Psychiatrists in 14201

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Gregory L Gass
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
MY NEW YORK PRACTICE IS TELEPSYCHIATRY ONLY. You must meet criteria for on-line sessions, but may live anywhere in the state of New York.I provide psychiatric & psychopharmacological assessment & treatment for adolescents & young adults.I appreciate a collaborative approach with individuals, their parents, & their therapist, focusing on how each might currently be suffering, directing each to the treatment that best suits their needs. Each individual will be an active participant in treatment planning with success & understanding as goals.
MY NEW YORK PRACTICE IS TELEPSYCHIATRY ONLY. You must meet criteria for on-line sessions, but may live anywhere in the state of New York.I provide psychiatric & psychopharmacological assessment & treatment for adolescents & young adults.I appreciate a collaborative approach with individuals, their parents, & their therapist, focusing on how each might currently be suffering, directing each to the treatment that best suits their needs. Each individual will be an active participant in treatment planning with success & understanding as goals.
(646) 490-1536 View (646) 490-1536
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Magnolia Psychiatric Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am passionate about helping you to achieve optimal functioning in your pursuit to regain emotional and mental well-being. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide high-quality mental health care for adolescents and adults. I conduct comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively create individualized treatment plans. I give thorough consideration to the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting your mental health.
Welcome! I am passionate about helping you to achieve optimal functioning in your pursuit to regain emotional and mental well-being. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide high-quality mental health care for adolescents and adults. I conduct comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively create individualized treatment plans. I give thorough consideration to the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting your mental health.
(240) 716-6842 View (240) 716-6842
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Maria Mann
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
Dr. Abramov is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of adults, with additional expertise in the care of older adults. Dr. Abramov’s practice focuses on medication management. It integrates principles from various therapeutic modalities including supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and motivational interviewing into 30-minute follow-up visits. At times, she may recommend the addition of an individual therapist to your care team in order to enhance treatment outcomes.
Dr. Abramov is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of adults, with additional expertise in the care of older adults. Dr. Abramov’s practice focuses on medication management. It integrates principles from various therapeutic modalities including supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and motivational interviewing into 30-minute follow-up visits. At times, she may recommend the addition of an individual therapist to your care team in order to enhance treatment outcomes.
(929) 296-8482 View (929) 296-8482
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Emmalee Boyle
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
Dr. Emmalee Boyle is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who specializes in providing patient-centered care. She offers a mix of medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Dr. Boyle’s areas of interest include treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and co-occurring substance use disorders. In addition, she enjoys helping the patient explore a holistic approach to their mental health treatment.
Dr. Emmalee Boyle is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who specializes in providing patient-centered care. She offers a mix of medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Dr. Boyle’s areas of interest include treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and co-occurring substance use disorders. In addition, she enjoys helping the patient explore a holistic approach to their mental health treatment.
(929) 207-2887 View (929) 207-2887
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Elaine Kwok
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
Dr. Elaine Kwok is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist who has been practicing for 9 years. She specializes in depression and anxiety and believes in a holistic approach to the wellness of both the mind and body. Dr. Kwok conducts a comprehensive and individualized assessment for each patient utilizing a combination of medication management, lifestyle changes, and coping skills, creating a safe and therapeutic environment to facilitate healing and growth. Dr. Kwok received her undergraduate degree from New York University and her medical degree from St. George’s University.
Dr. Elaine Kwok is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist who has been practicing for 9 years. She specializes in depression and anxiety and believes in a holistic approach to the wellness of both the mind and body. Dr. Kwok conducts a comprehensive and individualized assessment for each patient utilizing a combination of medication management, lifestyle changes, and coping skills, creating a safe and therapeutic environment to facilitate healing and growth. Dr. Kwok received her undergraduate degree from New York University and her medical degree from St. George’s University.
(856) 485-8063 View (856) 485-8063
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Geoffrey Peckover
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
Dr. Peckover is a Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry. He has been practicing for three and a half years. Dr. Peckover provides patient-centered care with an emphasis on medication management, psychoeducational, and lifestyle adjustments. He typically provides supportive or integrative therapy along with medication management, but some cases will require the addition of a therapist to the treatment team.
Dr. Peckover is a Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry. He has been practicing for three and a half years. Dr. Peckover provides patient-centered care with an emphasis on medication management, psychoeducational, and lifestyle adjustments. He typically provides supportive or integrative therapy along with medication management, but some cases will require the addition of a therapist to the treatment team.
(877) 915-1075 View (877) 915-1075
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David Schwartz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
Dr. Schwartz is a board eligible Staff Psychiatrist as Talkiatry. He completed his residency at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus, New Jersey. Where he excelled in his leadership and knowledge, becoming the Chief Resident in just his third year of residency at the busiest outpatient behavioral health clinic in New Jersey. Upon completion of his third year of residency he went on to become Chief Academic Resident of his program, which allowed him to bestow his knowledge of psychiatry on younger psychiatrists in training.
Dr. Schwartz is a board eligible Staff Psychiatrist as Talkiatry. He completed his residency at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus, New Jersey. Where he excelled in his leadership and knowledge, becoming the Chief Resident in just his third year of residency at the busiest outpatient behavioral health clinic in New Jersey. Upon completion of his third year of residency he went on to become Chief Academic Resident of his program, which allowed him to bestow his knowledge of psychiatry on younger psychiatrists in training.
(929) 565-6717 View (929) 565-6717
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Geoffrey Sinner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
Dr. Sinner is Board Certified in Psychiatry. He completed his psychiatry residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He has practiced in various settings over his career including 5 years in inpatient settings in Vermont, where he also served as Medical Director for a state hospital psychiatric unit and taught medical students, followed by 5 years in an outpatient community mental health center in Pennsylvania before beginning his telepsychiatry practice serving individuals in Pennsylvania, Florida and New York.
Dr. Sinner is Board Certified in Psychiatry. He completed his psychiatry residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He has practiced in various settings over his career including 5 years in inpatient settings in Vermont, where he also served as Medical Director for a state hospital psychiatric unit and taught medical students, followed by 5 years in an outpatient community mental health center in Pennsylvania before beginning his telepsychiatry practice serving individuals in Pennsylvania, Florida and New York.
(267) 619-8942 View (267) 619-8942
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Zelimir Vukasin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
Dr. Zelimir Vukasin is an adult psychiatrist. He completed his psychiatric residency training at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. He also completed an internal medicine residency at New York Hospital, Medical Center of Queens. Dr. Vukasin received his medical degree from the University of Zagreb medical school in Croatia. He has practiced in various setting over his career including inpatient psychiatry, long term care, private practice, and non-profit outpatient psychiatric programs. He has more than 31 years of experience providing patients with compassionate psychiatric care through medication management.
Dr. Zelimir Vukasin is an adult psychiatrist. He completed his psychiatric residency training at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. He also completed an internal medicine residency at New York Hospital, Medical Center of Queens. Dr. Vukasin received his medical degree from the University of Zagreb medical school in Croatia. He has practiced in various setting over his career including inpatient psychiatry, long term care, private practice, and non-profit outpatient psychiatric programs. He has more than 31 years of experience providing patients with compassionate psychiatric care through medication management.
(646) 970-1607 View (646) 970-1607
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Namrata Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
Dr. Shah is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with experience in different clinical settings including both inpatient and outpatient with a variety of patient populations. She treats conditions such as mood disorders including depression and bipolar illness, anxiety disorders including panic disorder and OCD, and ADHD. She has a special interest in women’s mental health, including perinatal mental health.
Dr. Shah is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with experience in different clinical settings including both inpatient and outpatient with a variety of patient populations. She treats conditions such as mood disorders including depression and bipolar illness, anxiety disorders including panic disorder and OCD, and ADHD. She has a special interest in women’s mental health, including perinatal mental health.
(718) 865-3246 View (718) 865-3246
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Syed Abbasi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
Dr. Syed Abbasi is an adult psychiatrist who completed his undergraduate education at Rutgers University and earned his medical degree at Ross University. He completed his psychiatry residency training at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center with training at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, additionally as Chief Resident at Columbia University's Outpatient Adult Psychiatry Eye-6 clinic.
Dr. Syed Abbasi is an adult psychiatrist who completed his undergraduate education at Rutgers University and earned his medical degree at Ross University. He completed his psychiatry residency training at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center with training at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, additionally as Chief Resident at Columbia University's Outpatient Adult Psychiatry Eye-6 clinic.
(929) 470-3391 View (929) 470-3391
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Andrew Lelin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
Dr. Andrew Lelin is a board-certified Psychiatrist in Adult Psychiatry. Dr. Lelin has an in-depth education in various psychotherapeutic modalities including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, habit-reversal, and cognitive-processing therapies, which he continues to incorporate into his daily practice. After completing training, he went on to provide inpatient consultation and crisis intervention services in New York City.
Dr. Andrew Lelin is a board-certified Psychiatrist in Adult Psychiatry. Dr. Lelin has an in-depth education in various psychotherapeutic modalities including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, habit-reversal, and cognitive-processing therapies, which he continues to incorporate into his daily practice. After completing training, he went on to provide inpatient consultation and crisis intervention services in New York City.
(646) 679-7715 View (646) 679-7715
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Vera Udebhulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201
Vera Udebhulu is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner who renders services to young teen and older adults (age range 14 and older). She has worked in different settings providing care to individuals and families suffering from acute to chronic mental illness. Vera is very passionate about delivering comprehensive, integrated, and individualized care to those seeking her services. She has been providing mental health services since 2013 and truly believes that effectively engaging her clients is an integral part of successful treatment.
Vera Udebhulu is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner who renders services to young teen and older adults (age range 14 and older). She has worked in different settings providing care to individuals and families suffering from acute to chronic mental illness. Vera is very passionate about delivering comprehensive, integrated, and individualized care to those seeking her services. She has been providing mental health services since 2013 and truly believes that effectively engaging her clients is an integral part of successful treatment.
(718) 578-4269 View (718) 578-4269
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Jonathan Hertz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
Dr. Jonathan Hertz is board-certified in adult psychiatry. He has also completed fellowships in child and adolescent and public psychiatry. He has been practicing psychiatry for over 18 years. Dr. Hertz's practice focuses on medication management which is offered with supportive and/or dynamic psychotherapy within 30-minute follow-up sessions. If patients have individual psychotherapists, Dr. Hertz will work collaboratively with these providers within a treatment-team approach to patient care delivery.
Dr. Jonathan Hertz is board-certified in adult psychiatry. He has also completed fellowships in child and adolescent and public psychiatry. He has been practicing psychiatry for over 18 years. Dr. Hertz's practice focuses on medication management which is offered with supportive and/or dynamic psychotherapy within 30-minute follow-up sessions. If patients have individual psychotherapists, Dr. Hertz will work collaboratively with these providers within a treatment-team approach to patient care delivery.
(856) 420-6395 View (856) 420-6395
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Michael Underriner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
Dr. Underriner is a board certified Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He completed his residency at New York University. His approach to treatment is holistic, taking into account the entire person, and emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic bond to help people reduce suffering and achieve their goals. He works with people struggling with ADHD, depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Dr. Underriner has maintained an interest in teaching and remains connected to the psychiatry department at NYU. He has supervised and taught junior residents and medical students.
Dr. Underriner is a board certified Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He completed his residency at New York University. His approach to treatment is holistic, taking into account the entire person, and emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic bond to help people reduce suffering and achieve their goals. He works with people struggling with ADHD, depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Dr. Underriner has maintained an interest in teaching and remains connected to the psychiatry department at NYU. He has supervised and taught junior residents and medical students.
(929) 581-8468 View (929) 581-8468
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Faizan Syed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
Faizan Syed, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist. He has experience working with patients of all age groups who have struggled with trauma, relationship/attachment issues, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, psychosis, and personality disorders. He believes in the power and importance of psychotherapy as part of the therapeutic process and integrates individualized psychotherapy. He tailors techniques to each patient’s needs. He uses an integrative, holistic approach that combines different schools of psychology, philosophy, and neurology,
Faizan Syed, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist. He has experience working with patients of all age groups who have struggled with trauma, relationship/attachment issues, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, psychosis, and personality disorders. He believes in the power and importance of psychotherapy as part of the therapeutic process and integrates individualized psychotherapy. He tailors techniques to each patient’s needs. He uses an integrative, holistic approach that combines different schools of psychology, philosophy, and neurology,
(929) 203-9081 View (929) 203-9081
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Alexandra Dunn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (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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Corey Gonera
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
Corey is a board certified Staff Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Talkiatry. He works primarily with clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, stress management, and major life changes. He has experience and a passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community. His treatment modalities include a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and psychopharmacology to help clients achieve their goals.
Corey is a board certified Staff Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Talkiatry. He works primarily with clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, stress management, and major life changes. He has experience and a passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community. His treatment modalities include a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and psychopharmacology to help clients achieve their goals.
(646) 859-5281 View (646) 859-5281
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Stuart Silverman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
Dr. Silverman is a board certified Staff Psychist at Talkiatry. He has over 30 years of experience and joined Talkiatry in 2019. He treats clients with talk therapy, medication management when indicated and by supporting clients in making lifestyle changes and choosing health-promoting strategies that produce sustained results. He completed his medical training at Tel Aviv University in Israel. After completing medical training, Dr. Silverman went on to complete two years of Residency in Pediatrics at The Brookdale Hospital Medical Center and an additional two years of Residency in Psychiatry at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Silverman is a board certified Staff Psychist at Talkiatry. He has over 30 years of experience and joined Talkiatry in 2019. He treats clients with talk therapy, medication management when indicated and by supporting clients in making lifestyle changes and choosing health-promoting strategies that produce sustained results. He completed his medical training at Tel Aviv University in Israel. After completing medical training, Dr. Silverman went on to complete two years of Residency in Pediatrics at The Brookdale Hospital Medical Center and an additional two years of Residency in Psychiatry at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.
(646) 859-5347 View (646) 859-5347
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Jacqueline Lewandowski
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14201  (Online Only)
Dr. Jacqueline Lewandowski is a board-certified physician specializing in adult psychiatry. She obtained her undergraduate degree from New York University where she studied psychology and child/adolescent mental health. Before moving back to New York, Dr. Lewandowski received her medical degree from St. George's University in Grenada to complete her residency at Morningside and West Mount Sinai Hospitals. Since completing training, Dr. Lewandowski has practiced and held teaching positions. Dr. Lewandowski has a wide range of experience treating various psychiatric diagnoses and populations.
Dr. Jacqueline Lewandowski is a board-certified physician specializing in adult psychiatry. She obtained her undergraduate degree from New York University where she studied psychology and child/adolescent mental health. Before moving back to New York, Dr. Lewandowski received her medical degree from St. George's University in Grenada to complete her residency at Morningside and West Mount Sinai Hospitals. Since completing training, Dr. Lewandowski has practiced and held teaching positions. Dr. Lewandowski has a wide range of experience treating various psychiatric diagnoses and populations.
(646) 846-5480 View (646) 846-5480

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Number of Psychiatrists in 14201

100+

Average cost per session

$125

Psychiatrists in 14201 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
99% Anxiety
96% Medication Management
95% Bipolar Disorder
81% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Trauma and PTSD
64% Stress

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

99% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
98% Cigna and Evernorth
97% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 14201 see their clients

82% Online Only
18% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 14201?

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.