Psychiatrists in 11368

Photo of Keith Jenkins, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 11368, NY
Keith Jenkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11368
My name is Keith, and I am a doctorly prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner with a diverse clinical background. I see clients statewide in New York who struggle with a diverse range of mental disorders. I primarily focus on the adult population with a special interest in mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD utilizing a patient-centric approach to helping these individuals thrive in their daily lives and to function to their maximum potential.
My name is Keith, and I am a doctorly prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner with a diverse clinical background. I see clients statewide in New York who struggle with a diverse range of mental disorders. I primarily focus on the adult population with a special interest in mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD utilizing a patient-centric approach to helping these individuals thrive in their daily lives and to function to their maximum potential.
(929) 493-4291 View (929) 493-4291
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Niru Shamsun Nahar
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Corona, NY 11368  (Online Only)
I am a Board-certified psychiatrist (Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine). I completed psychiatry residency training at Harlem hospital/Columbia University and NYSPI/Columbia university. I have more than 20 years' experience in dealing with clients with anxiety, depression, mood dis, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, grief, family and relationship issues, and other mental health issues.
I am a Board-certified psychiatrist (Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine). I completed psychiatry residency training at Harlem hospital/Columbia University and NYSPI/Columbia university. I have more than 20 years' experience in dealing with clients with anxiety, depression, mood dis, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, grief, family and relationship issues, and other mental health issues.
(646) 502-9541 View (646) 502-9541
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Lina M Zapata Samarel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MBA
Verified Verified
Corona, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications. Lina will listen to you with empathy and will partner with you on your wellness journey.
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications. Lina will listen to you with empathy and will partner with you on your wellness journey.
(914) 829-3296 View (914) 829-3296
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Lena Najjarian
Physician Assistant, MS, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Lena treats patients with challenges in depression, anxiety, mood and psychotic disorders. Fastest way to get in touch: Please contact Lena through www.Rappore.com to schedule an appointment. Click "Get Started" to begin with our intake process. Our team of therapists & psychiatrists are leading minds in mental health. We understand your unique needs and are dedicated to helping you find solutions to life’s challenges.
Lena treats patients with challenges in depression, anxiety, mood and psychotic disorders. Fastest way to get in touch: Please contact Lena through www.Rappore.com to schedule an appointment. Click "Get Started" to begin with our intake process. Our team of therapists & psychiatrists are leading minds in mental health. We understand your unique needs and are dedicated to helping you find solutions to life’s challenges.
(914) 556-1062 View (914) 556-1062
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Lindsay Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Lindsay has been a practicing psychiatric provider since 2007. She is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC).Lindsay is experienced in treating adult patients in both private practice as well as community mental health settings. She has experience working with patients from different backgrounds and with a variety of mental health diagnoses. She brings a compassionate, non-judgmental approach to her practice and making sure her patients feel they are being heard is important to Lindsay.
Lindsay has been a practicing psychiatric provider since 2007. She is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC).Lindsay is experienced in treating adult patients in both private practice as well as community mental health settings. She has experience working with patients from different backgrounds and with a variety of mental health diagnoses. She brings a compassionate, non-judgmental approach to her practice and making sure her patients feel they are being heard is important to Lindsay.
(646) 679-6632 View (646) 679-6632
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Alexander Welge
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Dr. Welge completed his Residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, based at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, NY. For most of the past 10 years, Dr. Welge has primarily worked as an Outpatient Psychiatrist in a Community-based Behavioral Health Center in rural Pennsylvania, where he enjoyed building relationships with clients. Dr. Welge also has a Master's in Physiology, and that background served as a strength, as one's medical issues become as important as one's psychiatric issues as one ages.
Dr. Welge completed his Residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, based at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, NY. For most of the past 10 years, Dr. Welge has primarily worked as an Outpatient Psychiatrist in a Community-based Behavioral Health Center in rural Pennsylvania, where he enjoyed building relationships with clients. Dr. Welge also has a Master's in Physiology, and that background served as a strength, as one's medical issues become as important as one's psychiatric issues as one ages.
(646) 798-7521 View (646) 798-7521
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Adewunmi Julius Bankole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11368
My name is Dr. Adewunmi Bankole, a doctoral prepared Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with vast experience in psychiatry treating adults, children, adolescent and geriatric population. I am passionate about making sure that clients have a holistic care experience. My approach to treatment is emphasized on the importance of understanding your emotional stressors, helping you navigate complex relationships with co-workers, friends and families. I am an active listener and passionate about making you feel better.
My name is Dr. Adewunmi Bankole, a doctoral prepared Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with vast experience in psychiatry treating adults, children, adolescent and geriatric population. I am passionate about making sure that clients have a holistic care experience. My approach to treatment is emphasized on the importance of understanding your emotional stressors, helping you navigate complex relationships with co-workers, friends and families. I am an active listener and passionate about making you feel better.
(817) 672-1566 View (817) 672-1566
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Cheryl Gould
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NPP, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Our team of therapists & psychiatrists are leading minds in mental health. We understand your unique needs and are dedicated to helping you find solutions to life’s challenges. We use the most up to date, scientifically proven treatments. When patients have the courage to place faith in us, we have a responsibility to justify their confidence.
Our team of therapists & psychiatrists are leading minds in mental health. We understand your unique needs and are dedicated to helping you find solutions to life’s challenges. We use the most up to date, scientifically proven treatments. When patients have the courage to place faith in us, we have a responsibility to justify their confidence.
(646) 679-6329 View (646) 679-6329
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(914) 598-8967 View (914) 598-8967
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Alina Naik
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Alina Naik, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Rappore, a therapy services and medication management practice based in Manhattan, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, along with a certificate in Public Health. She then received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has worked in a variety of health settings, including acute care, psychiatry and neurology.
Alina Naik, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Rappore, a therapy services and medication management practice based in Manhattan, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, along with a certificate in Public Health. She then received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has worked in a variety of health settings, including acute care, psychiatry and neurology.
(332) 248-0613 View (332) 248-0613
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Joseph Gagnon Jr.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, MSN, BS, RN-BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Corona, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Joe specializes in the treatment of ADHD (including adult-onset ADHD), Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Movement Disorders (specifically Tardive Dyskinesia), Psychotic Disorders (including early onset Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder), Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has extensive experience in treating both children and adolescents. Additionally, he holds a waiver for utilizing Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) in assisting individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorders.
Joe specializes in the treatment of ADHD (including adult-onset ADHD), Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Movement Disorders (specifically Tardive Dyskinesia), Psychotic Disorders (including early onset Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder), Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has extensive experience in treating both children and adolescents. Additionally, he holds a waiver for utilizing Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) in assisting individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorders.
(267) 209-6722 View (267) 209-6722
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Lobelys Anicet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Lobelys and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression and ADHD. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Lobelys and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression and ADHD. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(929) 930-3444 View (929) 930-3444
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Aparna Dole
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Corona, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Dr. Dole is board certified in Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Mumbai in 2002. She worked briefly with the NHS system in the United Kingdom prior to moving to the US. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn in 2009 and completed her fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in 2010. She has more than 10 years of experience in working with patients with Depression, and Anxiety.
Dr. Dole is board certified in Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Mumbai in 2002. She worked briefly with the NHS system in the United Kingdom prior to moving to the US. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn in 2009 and completed her fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in 2010. She has more than 10 years of experience in working with patients with Depression, and Anxiety.
(646) 687-4868 View (646) 687-4868
Photo of Grace Kim, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 11368, NY
Grace Kim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Grace Kim (she/her) is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Rappore, a therapy services and medication management practice based in Manhattan, New York. Grace is passionate about equity and meets every client with empathy, honoring each person’s highly individualized route to a healing path. She focuses on creating a collaborative environment and incorporates both evidence-based psychopharmacology and supportive therapies.
Grace Kim (she/her) is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Rappore, a therapy services and medication management practice based in Manhattan, New York. Grace is passionate about equity and meets every client with empathy, honoring each person’s highly individualized route to a healing path. She focuses on creating a collaborative environment and incorporates both evidence-based psychopharmacology and supportive therapies.
(332) 378-5268 View (332) 378-5268
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DH Mental Health Continuum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Corona, NY 11368  (Online Only)
My name is Desiree Hopkinson and I started DH Mental Health Continuum because I am passionate about giving quality access to care and the time you deserve. I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of behavioral and emotional difficulties. Ten years of experience in healthcare, including psychiatric mental health nursing working with clients across the lifespan with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline disorder, ADHD as well as anxiety, and depressive disorders.
My name is Desiree Hopkinson and I started DH Mental Health Continuum because I am passionate about giving quality access to care and the time you deserve. I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of behavioral and emotional difficulties. Ten years of experience in healthcare, including psychiatric mental health nursing working with clients across the lifespan with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline disorder, ADHD as well as anxiety, and depressive disorders.
(516) 212-8738 View (516) 212-8738
Photo of ShorePeak Psychiatry and Wellness, Psychiatrist in 11368, NY
ShorePeak Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11368
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Welcome to ShorePeak Psychiatry and Wellness, where we aim to be your resource for all of your mental health needs. Being telehealth based, we can see you at your convenience from a private location of your choice. We specialize in a wide variety of psychiatric care including depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, as well as perinatal and postpartum psychiatric conditions. Whether you are feeling not like yourself or have a long term mental health concern, we are here to help you on your journey to wellness. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that takes into account your unique concerns and needs.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Welcome to ShorePeak Psychiatry and Wellness, where we aim to be your resource for all of your mental health needs. Being telehealth based, we can see you at your convenience from a private location of your choice. We specialize in a wide variety of psychiatric care including depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, as well as perinatal and postpartum psychiatric conditions. Whether you are feeling not like yourself or have a long term mental health concern, we are here to help you on your journey to wellness. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that takes into account your unique concerns and needs.
(303) 529-6984 View (303) 529-6984
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Samuel Kolander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Our team of therapists & psychiatrists are leading minds in mental health We understand your unique needs and are dedicated to helping you find solutions to life’s challenges. We use the most up to date, scientifically proven treatments. When patients have the courage to place faith in us, we have a responsibility to justify their confidence.
Our team of therapists & psychiatrists are leading minds in mental health We understand your unique needs and are dedicated to helping you find solutions to life’s challenges. We use the most up to date, scientifically proven treatments. When patients have the courage to place faith in us, we have a responsibility to justify their confidence.
(347) 801-7457 View (347) 801-7457
Photo of Nichola Ali, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 11368, NY
Nichola Ali
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Corona, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Nichola Ali is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Stony Brook University with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Nichola had completed an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (RN) in 2014 from Rutgers University prior to becoming a PMHNP. Nichola received her first Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) in 2010 from Stony Brook University before diving into nursing.
Nichola Ali is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Stony Brook University with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Nichola had completed an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (RN) in 2014 from Rutgers University prior to becoming a PMHNP. Nichola received her first Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) in 2010 from Stony Brook University before diving into nursing.
(646) 798-1783 View (646) 798-1783
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Sajmir Cepa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BC
Verified Verified
Corona, NY 11368  (Online Only)
I'm experienced in helping people cope with a range of mental health challenges, and my goal is to provide a safe, caring environment for personal growth.
I'm experienced in helping people cope with a range of mental health challenges, and my goal is to provide a safe, caring environment for personal growth.
(347) 252-3820 View (347) 252-3820
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Dr. Patricia K Spector
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Hello, have you been feeling sad, anxious, unmotivated? Are you feeling overwhelmed with mental health issues? These are some of the issues I can help you with. I look forward to meeting you and working with you to meet your personal mental health goals. Life is a precious gift and every day is a new beginning to live our best lives. If you are not living your best life because of mental health issues, I can assist you to face the challenges in your path. I am accepting new clients Teens to Adults. I offer supportive therapy, medication management, and a holistic approach.
Hello, have you been feeling sad, anxious, unmotivated? Are you feeling overwhelmed with mental health issues? These are some of the issues I can help you with. I look forward to meeting you and working with you to meet your personal mental health goals. Life is a precious gift and every day is a new beginning to live our best lives. If you are not living your best life because of mental health issues, I can assist you to face the challenges in your path. I am accepting new clients Teens to Adults. I offer supportive therapy, medication management, and a holistic approach.
(516) 774-2715 View (516) 774-2715

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 11368

20+

Average cost per session

$275

Psychiatrists in 11368 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
95% Depression
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
82% Trauma and PTSD
73% ADHD
68% Bipolar Disorder
68% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
90% Aetna
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 11368 see their clients

77% Online Only
23% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

59% Female
33% Male
8% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 11368?

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.