Psychiatrists in 11202

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Luca Gaetano Radomile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with clients who are motivated to better understand themselves and work on realizing their goals. Sometimes lifestyle change or even talk therapy alone is not enough to help people overcome their struggles and my objective is to help those individuals bridge that gap to living a more fulfilling life.
I enjoy working with clients who are motivated to better understand themselves and work on realizing their goals. Sometimes lifestyle change or even talk therapy alone is not enough to help people overcome their struggles and my objective is to help those individuals bridge that gap to living a more fulfilling life.
(929) 209-2825 View (929) 209-2825
Psychiatric services NYC, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
3 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11202
I am board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad spectrum of psychiatric conditions and addiction issues. I have completed fellowship at the Institute of Psychoanalytic Education. I have extensive experience in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy and am committed to providing compassionate, top quality mental health care and addiction problems that is customized to meet each of my patient's individual needs. Initial consultation consists of a comprehensive psychiatric assessment. I will also carefully screen for commonly missed coexisting conditions.
I am board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad spectrum of psychiatric conditions and addiction issues. I have completed fellowship at the Institute of Psychoanalytic Education. I have extensive experience in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy and am committed to providing compassionate, top quality mental health care and addiction problems that is customized to meet each of my patient's individual needs. Initial consultation consists of a comprehensive psychiatric assessment. I will also carefully screen for commonly missed coexisting conditions.
(347) 252-3841 View (347) 252-3841
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Kerry Callender
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202
Kerry is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health provider, that offers initial consultations, medication management and talk therapy, in a non-judgemental therapeutic setting, that is centered around patient empowerment. Allowing an individual to define what wellness means for themselves, by encouraging patients to utilize a multidisciplinary treatment approach.
Kerry is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health provider, that offers initial consultations, medication management and talk therapy, in a non-judgemental therapeutic setting, that is centered around patient empowerment. Allowing an individual to define what wellness means for themselves, by encouraging patients to utilize a multidisciplinary treatment approach.
(347) 493-2477 View (347) 493-2477
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Trevor Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing collaborative, holistic, and client-oriented care. My approach to treatment emphasizes improving self-esteem, enhancing meaning, and reducing suffering. I have an in-depth knowledge of psychiatric medications and their ability to increase energy, reduce symptoms, and improve daily functioning. However, medications are only one aspect of overall treatment. I am trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing, which I use to address issues with relationships, anxiety, and life transitions.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing collaborative, holistic, and client-oriented care. My approach to treatment emphasizes improving self-esteem, enhancing meaning, and reducing suffering. I have an in-depth knowledge of psychiatric medications and their ability to increase energy, reduce symptoms, and improve daily functioning. However, medications are only one aspect of overall treatment. I am trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing, which I use to address issues with relationships, anxiety, and life transitions.
(347) 686-8137 View (347) 686-8137
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Veronica O’Meally-Tully
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202
Does your daily life suffer because of your mental health issues? You can’t seem to get a grip on your anxiety or depression? Are you looking for a compassionate ally in your mental health journey? You yearn for understanding and unwavering support, but don’t know where to turn? If you are struggling to navigate life's challenges, Veronica is dedicated to creating a safe space for you to work through these challenges.
Does your daily life suffer because of your mental health issues? You can’t seem to get a grip on your anxiety or depression? Are you looking for a compassionate ally in your mental health journey? You yearn for understanding and unwavering support, but don’t know where to turn? If you are struggling to navigate life's challenges, Veronica is dedicated to creating a safe space for you to work through these challenges.
(347) 472-1115 View (347) 472-1115
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Alexis Sciarrino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202
Alexis Sciarrino, PMHNP-BC is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatry across the lifespan. Ms. Sciarrino received her Masters of Science degree from Hunter College. She has dedicated her life and her career to psychiatry. She strives to provide the most up to date evidence based care. She utilizes psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to ensure positive treatment outcomes and long term success. She has successful experience working with patients diagnosed with anxiety and depressive disorders as well as OCD, PTSD, Bipolar and ADHD diagnoses.
Alexis Sciarrino, PMHNP-BC is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatry across the lifespan. Ms. Sciarrino received her Masters of Science degree from Hunter College. She has dedicated her life and her career to psychiatry. She strives to provide the most up to date evidence based care. She utilizes psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to ensure positive treatment outcomes and long term success. She has successful experience working with patients diagnosed with anxiety and depressive disorders as well as OCD, PTSD, Bipolar and ADHD diagnoses.
(347) 427-5765 View (347) 427-5765
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Kristoffer Acasio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202  (Online Only)
Kristoffer Acasio is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Kristoffer strives to build a collaborative relationship with each patient while empowering them to achieve their personal goals. He has experience working with diverse populations to develop effective, well-rounded treatment plans. Kristoffer uses cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and supportive therapy. He helps his patients identify their feelings and symptoms, then guides them in learning new ways to manage those symptoms through medication management and therapy. Kristoffer works with patients ages 18-55.
Kristoffer Acasio is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Kristoffer strives to build a collaborative relationship with each patient while empowering them to achieve their personal goals. He has experience working with diverse populations to develop effective, well-rounded treatment plans. Kristoffer uses cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and supportive therapy. He helps his patients identify their feelings and symptoms, then guides them in learning new ways to manage those symptoms through medication management and therapy. Kristoffer works with patients ages 18-55.
(929) 296-1877 View (929) 296-1877
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Ketrice-Ann Delonnay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202
Hi there! My name is Ketrice and I’m a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. My career began at the bedside but I’ve always maintained a passion for knowing people. I’ve been academically prepared at Hofstra University, where I’m also obtaining my doctoral degree. I have experience working inpatient with the severely ill but also with those who just need some support through a rough time. I look forward to getting to know you!
Hi there! My name is Ketrice and I’m a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. My career began at the bedside but I’ve always maintained a passion for knowing people. I’ve been academically prepared at Hofstra University, where I’m also obtaining my doctoral degree. I have experience working inpatient with the severely ill but also with those who just need some support through a rough time. I look forward to getting to know you!
(347) 410-7227 View (347) 410-7227
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Kerry Callender
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202
Kerry truly believes that being present and forming a team approach with patients is one of the most important aspects of patient care. Realizing that each patient is unique, working together with patients towards their goals, while being passionate about individual empowerment allows my skills to become another instrument they can use to navigate their lives. My focus is primarily on mood disorders, anxiety, depression and ADHD. assessment and safety planning.
Kerry truly believes that being present and forming a team approach with patients is one of the most important aspects of patient care. Realizing that each patient is unique, working together with patients towards their goals, while being passionate about individual empowerment allows my skills to become another instrument they can use to navigate their lives. My focus is primarily on mood disorders, anxiety, depression and ADHD. assessment and safety planning.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
Monet Mindell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202
My passion is partnering with individuals to help them thrive in mind, body and spirit within their families and communities. I can work with you to find the best plan of care to achieve your mental health goals. I have extensive experience in women’s health, working as a birth doula, registered nurse, lactation consultant, and now as an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I specialize in perinatal psychiatry including psychotherapy and medication management during pre-conception, pregnancy, postpartum, lactation, and beyond. My holistic approach to care is both person-centered and existential.
My passion is partnering with individuals to help them thrive in mind, body and spirit within their families and communities. I can work with you to find the best plan of care to achieve your mental health goals. I have extensive experience in women’s health, working as a birth doula, registered nurse, lactation consultant, and now as an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I specialize in perinatal psychiatry including psychotherapy and medication management during pre-conception, pregnancy, postpartum, lactation, and beyond. My holistic approach to care is both person-centered and existential.
(347) 627-0129 View (347) 627-0129
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Ifeoma Ukachukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202  (Online Only)
Ifeoma Ukachukwu is a psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with her doctorate degree in nursing. She manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including Depression and Anxiety. She is flexible and integrative in her approach in order to meet the needs and desired outcomes of each individual. Ifeoma is enthusiastic to apply her experience and compassion with clients as they begin to address issues that will help them to improve their quality of life and attain a sense of fulfillment. Her primary focuses are providing honest communication with her patients and quality resources for all those involved.
Ifeoma Ukachukwu is a psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with her doctorate degree in nursing. She manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including Depression and Anxiety. She is flexible and integrative in her approach in order to meet the needs and desired outcomes of each individual. Ifeoma is enthusiastic to apply her experience and compassion with clients as they begin to address issues that will help them to improve their quality of life and attain a sense of fulfillment. Her primary focuses are providing honest communication with her patients and quality resources for all those involved.
(646) 846-8790 View (646) 846-8790
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Raafay Deen
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202  (Online Only)
Dr. Raafay Deen is a board eligible adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 4 years. At the heart of Dr. Deen’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis on establishing trust and building a therapeutic relationship to help patients achieve their goals. Dr. Deen’s practice focuses on medication management. Typically he offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30 minute follow-up visits. Occasionally Dr. Deen may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Raafay Deen is a board eligible adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 4 years. At the heart of Dr. Deen’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis on establishing trust and building a therapeutic relationship to help patients achieve their goals. Dr. Deen’s practice focuses on medication management. Typically he offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30 minute follow-up visits. Occasionally Dr. Deen may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
(929) 416-6163 View (929) 416-6163
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Zeynep Altun
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202  (Online Only)
Dr. Zeynep Altun is Board-Certified in Psychiatry and holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Dr. Altun has extensive theoretical knowledge of the nervous system and its disorders and more than 10 years of experience in treating various mental illnesses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, autism-spectrum and neuropsychiatric disorders, psychiatric emergencies and crisis management as well as cognitive behavioral and supportive psychotherapy.
Dr. Zeynep Altun is Board-Certified in Psychiatry and holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Dr. Altun has extensive theoretical knowledge of the nervous system and its disorders and more than 10 years of experience in treating various mental illnesses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, autism-spectrum and neuropsychiatric disorders, psychiatric emergencies and crisis management as well as cognitive behavioral and supportive psychotherapy.
(929) 345-3912 View (929) 345-3912
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SMPsychotherapy & Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, NP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11202
Have you ever been prescribed medication and rushed out of the provider's door? No more! Are you in therapy now but feel like your symptoms are not improving? Our NY board-certified Family Nurse Practitioners are here to help you. We have experience in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. We help women and families. We also have Medical Marijuana Practitioner.
Have you ever been prescribed medication and rushed out of the provider's door? No more! Are you in therapy now but feel like your symptoms are not improving? Our NY board-certified Family Nurse Practitioners are here to help you. We have experience in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. We help women and families. We also have Medical Marijuana Practitioner.
(929) 481-3284 View (929) 481-3284
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Dania Codada
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202  (Online Only)
Dania Codada is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Coming from a culture where mental health is misunderstood, Dania understands the impact it can have mentally, physically, socially, and on various relationship dynamics. She strives to collaborate with her patients to support them to their fullest potential and enhance their quality of life. She always aims to inspire her patients to become their best selves. Life can sometimes take a toll. Dania is here to support and provide coping tools through warmth, compassion, open-mindedness, and nonpharmacological approaches to help empower her patients.
Dania Codada is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Coming from a culture where mental health is misunderstood, Dania understands the impact it can have mentally, physically, socially, and on various relationship dynamics. She strives to collaborate with her patients to support them to their fullest potential and enhance their quality of life. She always aims to inspire her patients to become their best selves. Life can sometimes take a toll. Dania is here to support and provide coping tools through warmth, compassion, open-mindedness, and nonpharmacological approaches to help empower her patients.
(646) 798-1911 View (646) 798-1911
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Cherly Dasler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202  (Online Only)
Dr. Cheryl Dasler is a double board certified psychiatrist in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Following completion of her training, she spent the next 10 years fulfilling her passion for indigent care of children, working in a community mental health center. She went on to complete additional training in Functional Medicine, with the goal of offering patients greater insight into the physical factors contributing to their symptoms. She has also trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and encourages mindfulness as a healing technique along with medication management.
Dr. Cheryl Dasler is a double board certified psychiatrist in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Following completion of her training, she spent the next 10 years fulfilling her passion for indigent care of children, working in a community mental health center. She went on to complete additional training in Functional Medicine, with the goal of offering patients greater insight into the physical factors contributing to their symptoms. She has also trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and encourages mindfulness as a healing technique along with medication management.
(720) 637-2308 View (720) 637-2308
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Ashley Mathai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202  (Online Only)
Ashley Mathai is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Ashley partners with her patients to help them achieve their goals by providing holistic, personalized mental health care. During sessions, patients can expect active listening, respect, empathy, collaboration, and, most importantly, trust. She aims to support her patients so they can have holistic, culturally competent, wellness-focused services.
Ashley Mathai is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Ashley partners with her patients to help them achieve their goals by providing holistic, personalized mental health care. During sessions, patients can expect active listening, respect, empathy, collaboration, and, most importantly, trust. She aims to support her patients so they can have holistic, culturally competent, wellness-focused services.
(646) 798-4350 View (646) 798-4350
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Alexandra Dunn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202  (Online Only)
Dr. Dunn completed her medical training at University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and moved to New York to complete her psychiatric residency training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. During her training, she gained extensive clinical experience treating patients of all ages and backgrounds. She co-led a mindfulness group in the outpatient clinic, worked with students at Baruch College and rotated with the Assertive Community Treatment team at MSBI. Ultimately she chose to specialize in outpatient care, specifically treating patients with mood and anxiety disorders.
Dr. Dunn completed her medical training at University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and moved to New York to complete her psychiatric residency training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. During her training, she gained extensive clinical experience treating patients of all ages and backgrounds. She co-led a mindfulness group in the outpatient clinic, worked with students at Baruch College and rotated with the Assertive Community Treatment team at MSBI. Ultimately she chose to specialize in outpatient care, specifically treating patients with mood and anxiety disorders.
(718) 395-2571 View (718) 395-2571
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Lee Dockery
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202  (Online Only)
Dr. Lee Dockery serves as a general pscyhiatry provider for Talkiatry since joining in August 2022. He is board-eligible with expected certification in fall 2022, with further addiction psychiatry board-certification expected in 2023. He has been training and practicing psychiatry since 2018. Dr. Dockery’s practice emphasizes medication management within a therapy-informed framework, utilizing skills from Acceptance and Commitment therapy, mindfulness based therapies, motivation interviewing, and supportive therapy. Typically, he offers 60-minute new visits and 30-minute follow-up visits.
Dr. Lee Dockery serves as a general pscyhiatry provider for Talkiatry since joining in August 2022. He is board-eligible with expected certification in fall 2022, with further addiction psychiatry board-certification expected in 2023. He has been training and practicing psychiatry since 2018. Dr. Dockery’s practice emphasizes medication management within a therapy-informed framework, utilizing skills from Acceptance and Commitment therapy, mindfulness based therapies, motivation interviewing, and supportive therapy. Typically, he offers 60-minute new visits and 30-minute follow-up visits.
(646) 394-9728 View (646) 394-9728
Linda Perry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11202
Linda Perry, PMHNP is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in trauma-informed care and postpartum support. She is also trained in Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy, treating children, adolescents, adult and geriatric Psychopharmacology. Linda is also a Licensed Certified Nurse Midwife in NJ and NY, since 2002. She has experience as a Sexual assault nurse examiner, involvement in Domestic and Intimate Partner violence and is a volunteer advocate with the Rachel Coalition.
Linda Perry, PMHNP is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in trauma-informed care and postpartum support. She is also trained in Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy, treating children, adolescents, adult and geriatric Psychopharmacology. Linda is also a Licensed Certified Nurse Midwife in NJ and NY, since 2002. She has experience as a Sexual assault nurse examiner, involvement in Domestic and Intimate Partner violence and is a volunteer advocate with the Rachel Coalition.
(347) 752-5850 View (347) 752-5850

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Number of Psychiatrists in 11202

20+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 11202 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Medication Management
88% Anxiety
80% ADHD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
76% Grief
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
88% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 11202 see their clients

60% Online Only
40% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 11202?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.