Psychiatrists in 11375

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ABC Psychiatric Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Forest Hills, NY 11375
“When patients walk into my office there is a lot going on in their lives and their minds are consumed by distressed thoughts. They may feel isolated, overwhelmed, stressed, agitated, anxious or angry at the world. They may feel upset at themselves or at others for feeling panicky, agitated, and powerless to focus and contemplate. They may also feel distracted, easily frustrated, ready to quit, helpless, hopeless, worthless, irritable, and look negatively at every aspect of their lives. These people are in search for compassion, sincerity, and real help – often quick help.”
“When patients walk into my office there is a lot going on in their lives and their minds are consumed by distressed thoughts. They may feel isolated, overwhelmed, stressed, agitated, anxious or angry at the world. They may feel upset at themselves or at others for feeling panicky, agitated, and powerless to focus and contemplate. They may also feel distracted, easily frustrated, ready to quit, helpless, hopeless, worthless, irritable, and look negatively at every aspect of their lives. These people are in search for compassion, sincerity, and real help – often quick help.”
(646) 651-4257 View (646) 651-4257
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Mohammed Mazharuddin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
In the realm of mental health, I am Dr. Mohammed Mazharuddin, a steadfast guide specializing in the intricate landscapes of anxiety, trauma, and mood disorders. Within my practice, I intertwine the wisdom of therapy with the science of medication, crafting bespoke paths toward holistic well-being.
In the realm of mental health, I am Dr. Mohammed Mazharuddin, a steadfast guide specializing in the intricate landscapes of anxiety, trauma, and mood disorders. Within my practice, I intertwine the wisdom of therapy with the science of medication, crafting bespoke paths toward holistic well-being.
(929) 930-4504 View (929) 930-4504
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Sandeep Dhingra
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
Dr. Sandeep Dhingra is a psychiatrist working with children, adolescent and adult population. After completing his Adult Psychiatry residency , Dr. Dhingra did a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry from Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Elmhurst campus). Dr. Dhingra has extensive experience in working with all kinds of childhood psychiatric disorders including ADHD, mood disorders and anxiety disorders. Dr. Dhingra is the Medical Director at the Child Center of New York. He also worked at Creedmoor outpatient services in the past.
Dr. Sandeep Dhingra is a psychiatrist working with children, adolescent and adult population. After completing his Adult Psychiatry residency , Dr. Dhingra did a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry from Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Elmhurst campus). Dr. Dhingra has extensive experience in working with all kinds of childhood psychiatric disorders including ADHD, mood disorders and anxiety disorders. Dr. Dhingra is the Medical Director at the Child Center of New York. He also worked at Creedmoor outpatient services in the past.
(718) 977-5490 View (718) 977-5490
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Yu Yang
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375
I am a board-certified general psychiatrist from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I completed my psychiatric residency training at the prestigious Icahn School Medicine at Mount Sinai and psychoanalytic fellowship at New York University School of Medicine. I'm presently serving as an attending psychiatrist in the state hospital psychiatric center. I have extensive and rich psychiatric experiences from practicing in the private clinic, to hospital inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room settings. I also conducted medical research regarding immunology psychiatry with over 40 medical publications on PubMed.
I am a board-certified general psychiatrist from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I completed my psychiatric residency training at the prestigious Icahn School Medicine at Mount Sinai and psychoanalytic fellowship at New York University School of Medicine. I'm presently serving as an attending psychiatrist in the state hospital psychiatric center. I have extensive and rich psychiatric experiences from practicing in the private clinic, to hospital inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room settings. I also conducted medical research regarding immunology psychiatry with over 40 medical publications on PubMed.
(917) 859-5536 View (917) 859-5536
Manuel Lopez-Leon
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, FAAFS, FASAP, FASAM
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375
My goal is to listen to your concerns, understand your needs, offer evidence-based solutions to regain emotional stability, and set you on a path to achieve your goals in your personal and professional life.
My goal is to listen to your concerns, understand your needs, offer evidence-based solutions to regain emotional stability, and set you on a path to achieve your goals in your personal and professional life.
(646) 759-0509 View (646) 759-0509
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Talking Works
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375
TMS in Queens! Depression is a serious medical illness affecting more than 14 million American adults every year. It results in a persistent state of sadness that may interfere with an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood, and physical health. Traditionally, Depression is treated with medication. Although antidepressants can be effective for many patients, they do not work for everyone. Some patients find they are unable to tolerate side effects associated with medication. For these patients, TriState TMS offers the new way back from depression and its treatment side effects.
TMS in Queens! Depression is a serious medical illness affecting more than 14 million American adults every year. It results in a persistent state of sadness that may interfere with an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood, and physical health. Traditionally, Depression is treated with medication. Although antidepressants can be effective for many patients, they do not work for everyone. Some patients find they are unable to tolerate side effects associated with medication. For these patients, TriState TMS offers the new way back from depression and its treatment side effects.
(929) 463-9732 View (929) 463-9732
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Empire Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
Psychiatric practice specializing in medication management for the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, Panic Disorder, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. Insurances Accepted, and now offering Tele-psychiatry in the New York, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island areas.
Psychiatric practice specializing in medication management for the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, Panic Disorder, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. Insurances Accepted, and now offering Tele-psychiatry in the New York, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island areas.
(347) 472-1061 View (347) 472-1061
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Forest Hills, NY 11375
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York City. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar. The brain is a fragile organ and should be treated with respect.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York City. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar. The brain is a fragile organ and should be treated with respect.
(347) 921-9763 View (347) 921-9763
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Marina Doulova, MD - Child & Adult Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375
“When patients walk into my office there is a lot going on in their lives and their minds are consumed by distressed thoughts. They may feel isolated, overwhelmed, stressed, agitated, anxious or angry at the world. They may feel upset at themselves or at others for feeling panicky, agitated, and powerless to focus and contemplate. They may also feel distracted, easily frustrated, ready to quit, helpless, hopeless, worthless, irritable, and look negatively at every aspect of their lives. These people are in search for compassion, sincerity, and real help – often quick help.”
“When patients walk into my office there is a lot going on in their lives and their minds are consumed by distressed thoughts. They may feel isolated, overwhelmed, stressed, agitated, anxious or angry at the world. They may feel upset at themselves or at others for feeling panicky, agitated, and powerless to focus and contemplate. They may also feel distracted, easily frustrated, ready to quit, helpless, hopeless, worthless, irritable, and look negatively at every aspect of their lives. These people are in search for compassion, sincerity, and real help – often quick help.”
(718) 612-7944 View (718) 612-7944
Photo of Richard Callado, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 11375, NY
Richard Callado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatry. I have over a decade of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in multiple settings such as inpatient, outpatient clinics, and ER treating clients of all ages. I did my formal training at NYU Hospital. I have completed extra training at the Neuroscience Education Institute. I have also completed training with the First Episode Psychosis Program affiliated with Columbia University. In addition, I am an Associate Clinical professor at Pace University. I utilize current and proven evidence based methods.
I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatry. I have over a decade of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in multiple settings such as inpatient, outpatient clinics, and ER treating clients of all ages. I did my formal training at NYU Hospital. I have completed extra training at the Neuroscience Education Institute. I have also completed training with the First Episode Psychosis Program affiliated with Columbia University. In addition, I am an Associate Clinical professor at Pace University. I utilize current and proven evidence based methods.
(347) 662-2611 View (347) 662-2611
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Martyna DeVries I Mindbody Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist, and I can help you combat anxiety related to work, relationships, or life transitions. In addition, I treat a variety of mental health conditions, like bipolar disorder, depression, and addiction. Let's work on improving your self-esteem, self-identity, and body image. My goal with every encounter is to improve mental well-being, enhance coping skills, and increase overall self-awareness in a supportive environment while treating you in a holistic way.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist, and I can help you combat anxiety related to work, relationships, or life transitions. In addition, I treat a variety of mental health conditions, like bipolar disorder, depression, and addiction. Let's work on improving your self-esteem, self-identity, and body image. My goal with every encounter is to improve mental well-being, enhance coping skills, and increase overall self-awareness in a supportive environment while treating you in a holistic way.
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Dr. Govind B Oza
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board certified psychiatrist who helped many individuals with mind and emotional disturbances since I started my training in psychiatry in 2002. I have experienced in treating adolescents and adults since I completed my training in child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship in 2007. I can provide treatment for psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, depression and ADHD through psycho education and medication management. I always enjoy helping my patients and families for well-being.
I am a board certified psychiatrist who helped many individuals with mind and emotional disturbances since I started my training in psychiatry in 2002. I have experienced in treating adolescents and adults since I completed my training in child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship in 2007. I can provide treatment for psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, depression and ADHD through psycho education and medication management. I always enjoy helping my patients and families for well-being.
(516) 447-2317 View (516) 447-2317
Sandip Sheth MD
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375
I am a Board certified Adult Psychiatrist practicing for last 20 years in Queens. Trained at Albert Einstein college of Medicine and Long island Jewish Hospital. Teach Medical students and Psychiatric residents. Work with major Psychiatric disorder including Depression ,Anxiety disorder, Eating disorder, and Bipolar disorder. Always provide the most comfortable and emphatic environment to discuss any issues and enjoy coordinating the care between Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist. I believe combining Psychotherapy and Medication gives the best possible outcome. I understand every person is unique and needs individualized treatment.
I am a Board certified Adult Psychiatrist practicing for last 20 years in Queens. Trained at Albert Einstein college of Medicine and Long island Jewish Hospital. Teach Medical students and Psychiatric residents. Work with major Psychiatric disorder including Depression ,Anxiety disorder, Eating disorder, and Bipolar disorder. Always provide the most comfortable and emphatic environment to discuss any issues and enjoy coordinating the care between Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist. I believe combining Psychotherapy and Medication gives the best possible outcome. I understand every person is unique and needs individualized treatment.
(718) 268-9595 View (718) 268-9595
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Jacqueline Penn
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
Dr. Penn is a board-certified psychiatrist who treats adults, children, and adolescents. She is dedicated to providing quality, evidence-based, individualized treatment. Dr. Penn is currently an attending psychiatrist and clinical professor at New York University (NYU) and is in private practice. She is licensed in New York and California. She completed her Child & Adolescent Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and her residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. ​
Dr. Penn is a board-certified psychiatrist who treats adults, children, and adolescents. She is dedicated to providing quality, evidence-based, individualized treatment. Dr. Penn is currently an attending psychiatrist and clinical professor at New York University (NYU) and is in private practice. She is licensed in New York and California. She completed her Child & Adolescent Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and her residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. ​
(646) 849-2841 View (646) 849-2841
Photo of Daferti Afflick, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 11375, NY
Daferti Afflick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11375
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Daferti Afflick is a dedicated adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner offering virtual consultations at Orenda Psychiatry. With a master's degree in nursing from Molloy University, Ms. Afflick is skilled at managing various mental health concerns. She helps patients deal with issues like anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She also offers prescription refills.
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Daferti Afflick is a dedicated adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner offering virtual consultations at Orenda Psychiatry. With a master's degree in nursing from Molloy University, Ms. Afflick is skilled at managing various mental health concerns. She helps patients deal with issues like anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She also offers prescription refills.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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Larissa Yossefi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Forest Hills, NY 11375
I am a board-certified family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner specializing in female health psychiatry, male health, and adolescent psychiatry. My focus is on health promotion during life transitions such as pregnancy, and childbirth, for both females and males, as well as changes in schools and college admissions for teenagers and adolescents. In my practice, I prioritize establishing a therapeutic partnership built on mutual respect, trust, and self-reflection. My goal is to support and guide you in strengthening and developing skills to navigate current challenges, gain insight into your past, and move to the future.
I am a board-certified family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner specializing in female health psychiatry, male health, and adolescent psychiatry. My focus is on health promotion during life transitions such as pregnancy, and childbirth, for both females and males, as well as changes in schools and college admissions for teenagers and adolescents. In my practice, I prioritize establishing a therapeutic partnership built on mutual respect, trust, and self-reflection. My goal is to support and guide you in strengthening and developing skills to navigate current challenges, gain insight into your past, and move to the future.
(516) 715-3176 View (516) 715-3176
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Phuc (Duyen) Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11375  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who emphasizes healing through emotional support and empowerment. I received my Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin and my Advanced Certificate in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from New York University.
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who emphasizes healing through emotional support and empowerment. I received my Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin and my Advanced Certificate in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from New York University.
(646) 832-2562 View (646) 832-2562
Photo of Noah D Freedman, Psychiatrist in 11375, NY
Noah D Freedman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Not accepting new clients
Are you held back by old patterns that you have struggled with forever? Are you concerned that your current medications and lifestyle choices are digging you into a rut that you may not be able to escape? I want to help you achieve the goals that are most important to you. We will devote careful attention to examining all the important aspects of your life with compassion, curiosity, and intelligence, to help you begin your journey anew. I will bring to our sessions my years of training and experience along with a well-seasoned perspective. I have studied mind-body medicine and the use of nutraceuticals as well as pharmaceuticals.
Are you held back by old patterns that you have struggled with forever? Are you concerned that your current medications and lifestyle choices are digging you into a rut that you may not be able to escape? I want to help you achieve the goals that are most important to you. We will devote careful attention to examining all the important aspects of your life with compassion, curiosity, and intelligence, to help you begin your journey anew. I will bring to our sessions my years of training and experience along with a well-seasoned perspective. I have studied mind-body medicine and the use of nutraceuticals as well as pharmaceuticals.
(929) 556-6527 View (929) 556-6527
Photo of Dawn Weathersby, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 11375, NY
Dawn Weathersby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Public Administration at Indiana University and my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Western Governors University. I received my Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama.
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Public Administration at Indiana University and my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Western Governors University. I received my Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama.
(929) 470-7208 View (929) 470-7208
Photo of Justin Yi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 11375, NY
Justin Yi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
I want to help guide individuals motivated and committed to their mental health journey. This includes individuals experiencing a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other psychiatric conditions that significantly impact their daily life.
I want to help guide individuals motivated and committed to their mental health journey. This includes individuals experiencing a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other psychiatric conditions that significantly impact their daily life.
(914) 430-0619 View (914) 430-0619

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 11375

20+

Average cost per session

$280

Psychiatrists in 11375 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
96% Depression
84% ADHD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
76% Bipolar Disorder
76% Medication Management
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth
74% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 11375 see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

Gender breakdown

57% Female
43% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 11375?

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.