Psychiatrists in 11242

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Kevin Lam
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Are you having difficulty with work, school, relationships or feeling stuck, anxious or unhappy? I am a board-certified psychiatrist providing adults, children and adolescents with compassionate, expert care incorporating the latest evidence based practices and integrative approaches to help you feel better. I specialize in work with children and adolescents in the areas of mood, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, tics, developmental and behavioral issues. I also welcome adults to my practice who may need help with depression, anxiety/panic, OCD, ADHD or struggling with stress related to work, relationships, transitions or career development.
Are you having difficulty with work, school, relationships or feeling stuck, anxious or unhappy? I am a board-certified psychiatrist providing adults, children and adolescents with compassionate, expert care incorporating the latest evidence based practices and integrative approaches to help you feel better. I specialize in work with children and adolescents in the areas of mood, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, tics, developmental and behavioral issues. I also welcome adults to my practice who may need help with depression, anxiety/panic, OCD, ADHD or struggling with stress related to work, relationships, transitions or career development.
(646) 663-4145 View (646) 663-4145
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Glenn Occhiogrosso
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Finding a good psychiatrist can be enormously difficult. Whether you’re looking for the first time, or trying to find someone new, you should be exacting in your criteria and have high expectations. By coming here, you’ve taken the first difficult step towards making this choice. This doesn’t mean the next steps are any less challenging, but it does mean you don’t have to take them alone. You should have hard, probing questions for someone you might be entrusting to help you get better. Here, I aim to satisfy those criteria and expectations. I will answer all of the questions.
Finding a good psychiatrist can be enormously difficult. Whether you’re looking for the first time, or trying to find someone new, you should be exacting in your criteria and have high expectations. By coming here, you’ve taken the first difficult step towards making this choice. This doesn’t mean the next steps are any less challenging, but it does mean you don’t have to take them alone. You should have hard, probing questions for someone you might be entrusting to help you get better. Here, I aim to satisfy those criteria and expectations. I will answer all of the questions.
(347) 246-4628 View (347) 246-4628
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Adriel Gerard
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11242
I bring my sense of humor and upbeat personality to every session, and I am deeply dedicated to working to help you feel better. I'm a board-certified psychiatrist who provides medication management and psychotherapy to adults. We can work together to address your everyday challenges and the issues that cause you stress, fear, and depression. I also provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which works in the "here and now" to address your thought processes and behaviors to help you feel happier. I offer flexible appointment times, including on weekends at my private office in Brooklyn Heights.
I bring my sense of humor and upbeat personality to every session, and I am deeply dedicated to working to help you feel better. I'm a board-certified psychiatrist who provides medication management and psychotherapy to adults. We can work together to address your everyday challenges and the issues that cause you stress, fear, and depression. I also provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which works in the "here and now" to address your thought processes and behaviors to help you feel happier. I offer flexible appointment times, including on weekends at my private office in Brooklyn Heights.
(516) 252-0191 View (516) 252-0191
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Joel Bernanke
Psychiatrist, MD, MSc
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a Cornell and Columbia trained, board certified psychiatrist providing virtual care to teenagers and adults in New York City and State. My individualized, comprehensive treatments include psychotherapy, research-backed complementary and alternative approaches, and medication when needed. I work with people facing personal, academic, and professional challenges, like coping with intense emotions, feeling down, experiencing anxiety or stress, suffering from trauma, having trouble in relationships, or struggling with focus and organization.
I am a Cornell and Columbia trained, board certified psychiatrist providing virtual care to teenagers and adults in New York City and State. My individualized, comprehensive treatments include psychotherapy, research-backed complementary and alternative approaches, and medication when needed. I work with people facing personal, academic, and professional challenges, like coping with intense emotions, feeling down, experiencing anxiety or stress, suffering from trauma, having trouble in relationships, or struggling with focus and organization.
(646) 586-3204 View (646) 586-3204
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Joseph Holmgren
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11242
I am a board certified psychiatrist specializing in the pharmacologic management of psychiatric conditions. I treat adults for a wide range of psychiatric conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder and attention deficit disorder. I have extensive training and experience in psychotherapy, but my practice is focused primarily on psychopharmacology. For individuals interested in both medication management and psychotherapy, I will work with your current therapist or will provide a referral to a experienced psychotherapist.
I am a board certified psychiatrist specializing in the pharmacologic management of psychiatric conditions. I treat adults for a wide range of psychiatric conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder and attention deficit disorder. I have extensive training and experience in psychotherapy, but my practice is focused primarily on psychopharmacology. For individuals interested in both medication management and psychotherapy, I will work with your current therapist or will provide a referral to a experienced psychotherapist.
(917) 746-0223 View (917) 746-0223
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Dr. Louise Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, - BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11242  (Online Only)
Dr. Thompson utilizes an evidenced-based holistic approach balancing psychotherapy with a conservative and efficient medication management approach. Because every patient is unique, treatment is individualized and patient centered. I believe in listening to patients in a non-judgmental, respectful, compassionate, and empathetic atmosphere as the first step to a therapeutic alliance for overcoming personal obstacles for a more fulfilling quality of life.
Dr. Thompson utilizes an evidenced-based holistic approach balancing psychotherapy with a conservative and efficient medication management approach. Because every patient is unique, treatment is individualized and patient centered. I believe in listening to patients in a non-judgmental, respectful, compassionate, and empathetic atmosphere as the first step to a therapeutic alliance for overcoming personal obstacles for a more fulfilling quality of life.
(844) 635-2193 View (844) 635-2193
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Joseph Mouallem
Psychiatrist, MD, JD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Waitlist for new clients
Dr. Mouallem is a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist specialized in evaluating and treating individuals with a wide range of issues, including depression and anxiety, relationship and career concerns, self-esteem problems, grief and loss. He has a special interest and focus in issues of early adulthood, reproductive psychiatry, and life transitions. After an extensive evaluation, you will work together to establish a plan of care that may include talk therapy, medication, or both when indicated. He has a warm and open-minded approach to care that is challenging and collaborative, thoughtful and thorough.
Dr. Mouallem is a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist specialized in evaluating and treating individuals with a wide range of issues, including depression and anxiety, relationship and career concerns, self-esteem problems, grief and loss. He has a special interest and focus in issues of early adulthood, reproductive psychiatry, and life transitions. After an extensive evaluation, you will work together to establish a plan of care that may include talk therapy, medication, or both when indicated. He has a warm and open-minded approach to care that is challenging and collaborative, thoughtful and thorough.
(646) 969-3519 View (646) 969-3519
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Vikas Malik
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Anxiety, Depression, Attention problems can cause significant difficulties in life. I provide medication management and at my Garden City location offer TMS therapy. TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is non-invasive treatment for Depression for patients who have not responded to medications and therapy. It does not require anesthesia and only requires at an average 20-30 minutes. Most patients are able to drive back home and resume daily activities.
Anxiety, Depression, Attention problems can cause significant difficulties in life. I provide medication management and at my Garden City location offer TMS therapy. TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is non-invasive treatment for Depression for patients who have not responded to medications and therapy. It does not require anesthesia and only requires at an average 20-30 minutes. Most patients are able to drive back home and resume daily activities.
(347) 370-3815 View (347) 370-3815
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Kabiite Mukisa Okello
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
I am Dr. Kabiite Mukisa Okello, a doctor-prepared, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 2 decades of experience. My practice style is versatile, offering evidence-based psychiatric medications and alternative natural treatments. I believe in a holistic approach, recognizing the connection between mind, body, and spirit for optimal well-being. With a kind and detail-oriented approach, I tailor treatments to each patient's unique needs, ensuring patient-centered care and effective outcomes. Together, we create an agreeable evidence-based treatment plan, leading to happy and healthy patients!
I am Dr. Kabiite Mukisa Okello, a doctor-prepared, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 2 decades of experience. My practice style is versatile, offering evidence-based psychiatric medications and alternative natural treatments. I believe in a holistic approach, recognizing the connection between mind, body, and spirit for optimal well-being. With a kind and detail-oriented approach, I tailor treatments to each patient's unique needs, ensuring patient-centered care and effective outcomes. Together, we create an agreeable evidence-based treatment plan, leading to happy and healthy patients!
(347) 475-1855 View (347) 475-1855
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Joanna Bornstein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Harvard and UCSF trained psychiatrist who specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of adult ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders.
I am a Harvard and UCSF trained psychiatrist who specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of adult ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders.
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Janice Mordi
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
I am an experienced and competent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Clinical Research, Addiction Medicine, Patient Safety, Infection Control, and Electronic Medical Record (EMR), I have a strong commitment to serving communities throughout New York City, and specifically populations that are vulnerable and underserved as a result of social determinants that include socio-economic status, prejudice, homelessness, poor access to resources, un-domiciled clients who frequently have complex behavioral and/or legal concerns or involvement. My professio
I am an experienced and competent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Clinical Research, Addiction Medicine, Patient Safety, Infection Control, and Electronic Medical Record (EMR), I have a strong commitment to serving communities throughout New York City, and specifically populations that are vulnerable and underserved as a result of social determinants that include socio-economic status, prejudice, homelessness, poor access to resources, un-domiciled clients who frequently have complex behavioral and/or legal concerns or involvement. My professio
(347) 983-6071 View (347) 983-6071
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Paul Davanzo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Paul Davanzo is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 15 years of experience. He earned his Master’s of Science in Nursing from Stonybrook University School of Nursing and Health Studies. After graduation, he started at South Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, then Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, and later New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center's CPEP unit. Throughout his career, Paul prioritizes addressing psycho-social needs in a compassionate, non-judgmental, safe therapeutic environment for clients.
Paul Davanzo is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 15 years of experience. He earned his Master’s of Science in Nursing from Stonybrook University School of Nursing and Health Studies. After graduation, he started at South Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, then Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, and later New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center's CPEP unit. Throughout his career, Paul prioritizes addressing psycho-social needs in a compassionate, non-judgmental, safe therapeutic environment for clients.
(718) 285-0531 View (718) 285-0531
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Flo Leighton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11242  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and have over 15 years of experience in the field of mental health. As a BIPOC provider I believe navigating clients’ life challenges through an intersectional lens is necessary in order to heal. My approach offers clients a holistic and integrative approach to treatment. Along with a functional medicine in lieu of medication management, I provide supportive psychotherapy that incorporates and skills based techniques.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and have over 15 years of experience in the field of mental health. As a BIPOC provider I believe navigating clients’ life challenges through an intersectional lens is necessary in order to heal. My approach offers clients a holistic and integrative approach to treatment. Along with a functional medicine in lieu of medication management, I provide supportive psychotherapy that incorporates and skills based techniques.
(646) 652-7996 View (646) 652-7996
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Shilpika Varma
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
I am a Board-Certified Adolescent/Adult/Child Psychiatrist with over 10 years of experience in various conditions, including Child/Adult ADHD, unipolar & bipolar depression, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and trauma. I approach each patient with a complimentary/alternative approach, combining traditional modalities with pre-existing ancient wisdom, tailoring the approach to each individual’s needs. All consultations are conducted to establish rapport and create a safe and trustworthy environment. This includes involving family members and communicating with an individual’s healthcare team to create a harmonious approach.
I am a Board-Certified Adolescent/Adult/Child Psychiatrist with over 10 years of experience in various conditions, including Child/Adult ADHD, unipolar & bipolar depression, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and trauma. I approach each patient with a complimentary/alternative approach, combining traditional modalities with pre-existing ancient wisdom, tailoring the approach to each individual’s needs. All consultations are conducted to establish rapport and create a safe and trustworthy environment. This includes involving family members and communicating with an individual’s healthcare team to create a harmonious approach.
(929) 930-1912 View (929) 930-1912
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Ajay Marken
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Dr. Marken is a Columbia- and Cornell-trained, board-certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist. He was on faculty at Harvard Medical School and is now on faculty at New York University. Dr. Marken predominantly provides psychotherapy and/or medication management. He has a patient-centered approach that provides thorough and individualized care for your particular needs. As a physician, Dr. Marken focuses on the interaction between the biological, the psychological, and the environmental contributors to mental health. He is a member of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry and works with athletes at all levels.
Dr. Marken is a Columbia- and Cornell-trained, board-certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist. He was on faculty at Harvard Medical School and is now on faculty at New York University. Dr. Marken predominantly provides psychotherapy and/or medication management. He has a patient-centered approach that provides thorough and individualized care for your particular needs. As a physician, Dr. Marken focuses on the interaction between the biological, the psychological, and the environmental contributors to mental health. He is a member of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry and works with athletes at all levels.
(646) 798-7837 View (646) 798-7837
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Dr. Alana Ribowsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Hello and welcome to my profile! I have a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Columbia University in Psychiatry and am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have extensive experience working with adolescents and adults in multiple settings facing various complex mental health issues, including ADHD, trauma, depression, anxiety disorders, insomnia, bipolar, and psychotic-spectrum disorders. I take a holistic approach to psychiatry and work to help with burn out and stress to best assist individuals to flourish in their daily lives.
Hello and welcome to my profile! I have a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Columbia University in Psychiatry and am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have extensive experience working with adolescents and adults in multiple settings facing various complex mental health issues, including ADHD, trauma, depression, anxiety disorders, insomnia, bipolar, and psychotic-spectrum disorders. I take a holistic approach to psychiatry and work to help with burn out and stress to best assist individuals to flourish in their daily lives.
(347) 218-9654 View (347) 218-9654
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Tanya Azarani
Psychiatrist, MD, PLLC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist with training in conventional and alternative medicine. I treat adults of all ages with many conditions including anxiety, depression, insomnia, relationship difficulties, sexual orientation and gender identity concerns. I have experience working with college and graduate students and professionals with occupational burnout.
Welcome! I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist with training in conventional and alternative medicine. I treat adults of all ages with many conditions including anxiety, depression, insomnia, relationship difficulties, sexual orientation and gender identity concerns. I have experience working with college and graduate students and professionals with occupational burnout.
(347) 970-8003 View (347) 970-8003
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Wendy McIntosh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242  (Online Only)
My practice treats patients with mental health disorders such as Opioid Addiction, ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression. I offer a holistic approach in which I cater to my patient’s unique needs through a comprehensive initial evaluation. I also use a combination of psychotherapy and pharmacology to treat my patients to help them develop a healthy mind in order to maintain a fulfilling and balanced life. This can be achieved through long term treatment with the goal of returning you to pre-illness state or as close to as possible.
My practice treats patients with mental health disorders such as Opioid Addiction, ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression. I offer a holistic approach in which I cater to my patient’s unique needs through a comprehensive initial evaluation. I also use a combination of psychotherapy and pharmacology to treat my patients to help them develop a healthy mind in order to maintain a fulfilling and balanced life. This can be achieved through long term treatment with the goal of returning you to pre-illness state or as close to as possible.
(718) 841-0113 View (718) 841-0113
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Selcuk Ipek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11242
I am an interactive provider that works with you to clear your obstacles and meet your goals in life, and experience your life meaningfully. I want you to find a path to travel on that is clear, makes sense to you and I want to support you. Anxiety, depression, fears and emotional blocks are fairly common.
I am an interactive provider that works with you to clear your obstacles and meet your goals in life, and experience your life meaningfully. I want you to find a path to travel on that is clear, makes sense to you and I want to support you. Anxiety, depression, fears and emotional blocks are fairly common.
(212) 866-5239 View (212) 866-5239
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Tiziano Colibazzi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
I am Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and a board-certified psychiatrist committed to offering comprehensive care for individuals, couples and families. I practice and value psychotherapy because it can be an enormously powerful tool to enhance personal growth, learning and self-discovery. Being a physician enables me to offer the option of medication when needed. This has the advantage of integrating both types of treatments with one provider only. If you are already in psychotherapy, I will work in coordination with your therapist to achieve the best result.
I am Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and a board-certified psychiatrist committed to offering comprehensive care for individuals, couples and families. I practice and value psychotherapy because it can be an enormously powerful tool to enhance personal growth, learning and self-discovery. Being a physician enables me to offer the option of medication when needed. This has the advantage of integrating both types of treatments with one provider only. If you are already in psychotherapy, I will work in coordination with your therapist to achieve the best result.
(212) 561-8911 View (212) 561-8911

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 11242

20+

Average cost per session

$275

Psychiatrists in 11242 who prioritize treating:

81% Medication Management
77% Depression
77% Anxiety
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Bipolar Disorder
65% ADHD
62% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
75% Cigna and Evernorth
75% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in 11242 see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

61% Male
39% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 11242?

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.