Psychiatrists in Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Samiris Sostre
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677
Dr. Sam Sostre is a Board Certified Psychiatrist that has been practicing psychiatry since 1993. She received her undergraduate degree at New York University with a bachelors in Biology and Literature with honors. She obtained her medical degree from the SUNY School of Medicine at Buffalo, and she received her internship and residency training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore in New York City, and also completed her fellowship in administration and psychotherapy at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
Dr. Sam Sostre is a Board Certified Psychiatrist that has been practicing psychiatry since 1993. She received her undergraduate degree at New York University with a bachelors in Biology and Literature with honors. She obtained her medical degree from the SUNY School of Medicine at Buffalo, and she received her internship and residency training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore in New York City, and also completed her fellowship in administration and psychotherapy at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
(201) 771-3962 View (201) 771-3962
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Joseph Siragusa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and have been providing high-quality psychiatric treatment in NJ for several years. I distinguish myself by having a down-to-earth, collaborative approach to treatment. My practice is in an ultra-private, peaceful location and offer 24/7 accessibility to my clients. You deal with me and only me - not secretaries or administrators. My philosophy in treating clients is to establish a relationship based on mutual respect and understanding. Most of my clients have been with me for years as my dedication to their wellness is paramount to me. I am in this to help people - plain and simple.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and have been providing high-quality psychiatric treatment in NJ for several years. I distinguish myself by having a down-to-earth, collaborative approach to treatment. My practice is in an ultra-private, peaceful location and offer 24/7 accessibility to my clients. You deal with me and only me - not secretaries or administrators. My philosophy in treating clients is to establish a relationship based on mutual respect and understanding. Most of my clients have been with me for years as my dedication to their wellness is paramount to me. I am in this to help people - plain and simple.
(201) 212-4487 View (201) 212-4487

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Valsamma Joy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hackensack, NJ 07601
I have the most experience working with the adult population. My ideal client is not someone with a specific diagnosis or past experience. My ideal client is someone who is battling something within them and is seeking a helping hand to hold on. Treatment with the most appropriate medication can help a person overcome, and persevere. I hope to work with patients who really want to make a change in their lives. I like to treat my patients holistically with medications that safely help them . I hope that my patients seek my guidance because they want to challenge themselves. Together, we can make tomorrow a better day.
I have the most experience working with the adult population. My ideal client is not someone with a specific diagnosis or past experience. My ideal client is someone who is battling something within them and is seeking a helping hand to hold on. Treatment with the most appropriate medication can help a person overcome, and persevere. I hope to work with patients who really want to make a change in their lives. I like to treat my patients holistically with medications that safely help them . I hope that my patients seek my guidance because they want to challenge themselves. Together, we can make tomorrow a better day.
(732) 440-3016 View (732) 440-3016
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Ashley Blake Strongwater
Physician Assistant, DMSc, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Allendale, NJ 07401
I am dedicated to providing warm, skillful, compassionate, and personalized care to each patient for a variety of mental health conditions via a combination of therapy and medication when indicated. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is at the heart of successful treatment. I work diligently to create a safe, stigma-free, and welcoming environment where you can feel comfortable exploring your thoughts, feelings, and to increase your general wellbeing using a whole-body approach. I tailor my treatment approach collaboratively with you to meet your unique needs and goals.
I am dedicated to providing warm, skillful, compassionate, and personalized care to each patient for a variety of mental health conditions via a combination of therapy and medication when indicated. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is at the heart of successful treatment. I work diligently to create a safe, stigma-free, and welcoming environment where you can feel comfortable exploring your thoughts, feelings, and to increase your general wellbeing using a whole-body approach. I tailor my treatment approach collaboratively with you to meet your unique needs and goals.
(908) 308-4500 View (908) 308-4500
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Sharlene Willock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Milford, NJ 07646
Hello, my name is Sharlene and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I graduated with my Doctor of Nursing Practice from Arizona State University. I have over 22 years of nursing experience. My specializations include Anxiety, depression, ADHD, and some bipolar. I work at Lavender where we believe that psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive, intimidating or impossible to access.
Hello, my name is Sharlene and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I graduated with my Doctor of Nursing Practice from Arizona State University. I have over 22 years of nursing experience. My specializations include Anxiety, depression, ADHD, and some bipolar. I work at Lavender where we believe that psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive, intimidating or impossible to access.
(201) 416-7842 View (201) 416-7842
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Victory Bay Recovery Center - Detox
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Victory Bay offers a variety of client-centered programs treating Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health. We help our clients successfully detox from drugs and alcohol in a comfortable inpatient or outpatient setting. Accommodations will be made for 24 hour staffing and clients will be cared for by licensed staff including Psychiatrists, APN, RN, etc. Detox is an individualized process, and we have found that a holistic approach is ideal when trying to successfully treat substance use disorder.
Victory Bay offers a variety of client-centered programs treating Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health. We help our clients successfully detox from drugs and alcohol in a comfortable inpatient or outpatient setting. Accommodations will be made for 24 hour staffing and clients will be cared for by licensed staff including Psychiatrists, APN, RN, etc. Detox is an individualized process, and we have found that a holistic approach is ideal when trying to successfully treat substance use disorder.
(201) 571-6997 View (201) 571-6997
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Jericho Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Teaneck, NJ 07666  (Online Only)
Jericho Healthcare was founded and operated by a board of certified mental health nurse practitioners with several years of psychiatric experience. Here at Jericho Healthcare quality mental health care is provided and the provider collaborates collectively with the clients. The areas of clinical expertise and interests at Jericho Healthcare include working with clients from all walks of life, individuals, healthcare professionals, first responders, military populations, LGBTQ population, etc.
Jericho Healthcare was founded and operated by a board of certified mental health nurse practitioners with several years of psychiatric experience. Here at Jericho Healthcare quality mental health care is provided and the provider collaborates collectively with the clients. The areas of clinical expertise and interests at Jericho Healthcare include working with clients from all walks of life, individuals, healthcare professionals, first responders, military populations, LGBTQ population, etc.
(201) 584-8639 View (201) 584-8639
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Matisyahu Shulman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Teaneck, NJ 07666
I offer a unique mix of scientific knowledge and humanistic, patient centered medicine. I provide holistic care within a caring environment for my patients. This means developing a unique combination of therapy, lifestyle changes, and possibly medication. People are complex and anyone struggling with mental illness, addiction, or other issues needs a treatment plan that considers each person in his or her entirety.
I offer a unique mix of scientific knowledge and humanistic, patient centered medicine. I provide holistic care within a caring environment for my patients. This means developing a unique combination of therapy, lifestyle changes, and possibly medication. People are complex and anyone struggling with mental illness, addiction, or other issues needs a treatment plan that considers each person in his or her entirety.
(201) 720-6721 View (201) 720-6721
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Cristin Famularo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHS
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Saddle River, NJ 07458  (Online Only)
I am board certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, as well as certified as a Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist (PMHS). I work with the pediatric/adolescent/young adult population and their families who have an openness to therapy, self- improvement, emotional support, and who are seeking medication management. My clients depend on me to provide top notch care and I make sure to consistently deliver. My goal is a mutually agreed-upon treatment plan that allows my patients the best treatment in a nuturing, understanding, and compassionate environment.
I am board certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, as well as certified as a Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist (PMHS). I work with the pediatric/adolescent/young adult population and their families who have an openness to therapy, self- improvement, emotional support, and who are seeking medication management. My clients depend on me to provide top notch care and I make sure to consistently deliver. My goal is a mutually agreed-upon treatment plan that allows my patients the best treatment in a nuturing, understanding, and compassionate environment.
(973) 313-8258 View (973) 313-8258
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Roey Pasternak
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Englewood, NJ 07631
Dr. Pasternak is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist currently practicing in Manhattan, New York and Englewood, New Jersey. He is dually Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and is licensed to practice in the both the State of New York and New Jersey. Pasternak incorporates psycho-dynamic, cognitive behavioral, supportive therapies, and psychopharmacological management, tailoring his approach to meet the specific needs of each client. Dr. Pasternak is very experienced in treating anxiety disorders utilizing psychopharmacological management in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy.
Dr. Pasternak is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist currently practicing in Manhattan, New York and Englewood, New Jersey. He is dually Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and is licensed to practice in the both the State of New York and New Jersey. Pasternak incorporates psycho-dynamic, cognitive behavioral, supportive therapies, and psychopharmacological management, tailoring his approach to meet the specific needs of each client. Dr. Pasternak is very experienced in treating anxiety disorders utilizing psychopharmacological management in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy.
(917) 688-4070 View (917) 688-4070
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Marina Nesterenko
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Hackensack, NJ 07601  (Online Only)
Dr. Marina Nesterenko is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. She is a 1997 medical school graduate in Kiev, Ukraine and completed her Residency and Fellowship at State University of New York in Syracuse, NY. Areas of patient care for child/adolescent/adult include ADHD, PTSD, anger aggression, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, depression, and panic attacks.
Dr. Marina Nesterenko is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. She is a 1997 medical school graduate in Kiev, Ukraine and completed her Residency and Fellowship at State University of New York in Syracuse, NY. Areas of patient care for child/adolescent/adult include ADHD, PTSD, anger aggression, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, depression, and panic attacks.
(201) 379-0169 View (201) 379-0169
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Veronica Rojas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
It is a privilege to do what I do on a daily basis; working with the "body/mind connection". I love working with people and going through their life stages together; adolescents, college students, young adults and then adults. I believe that the modality of treatment should be suited to the patient's needs. I have trained through different schools and continue to do so. Once we work together on identifying their issues, we work on them with a "tailored treatment", that said; individual psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation, complementary treatment with vitamins, exercises and if needed medication.
It is a privilege to do what I do on a daily basis; working with the "body/mind connection". I love working with people and going through their life stages together; adolescents, college students, young adults and then adults. I believe that the modality of treatment should be suited to the patient's needs. I have trained through different schools and continue to do so. Once we work together on identifying their issues, we work on them with a "tailored treatment", that said; individual psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation, complementary treatment with vitamins, exercises and if needed medication.
(917) 746-1415 View (917) 746-1415
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Marina Atesle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Paramus, NJ 07653
As a certified functional medicine practitioner with a deep passion for wellness, I am committed to providing a personalized approach to your mental health care. I will carefully listen to your concerns and create a customized treatment plan that fits your specific needs. This individualized strategy is aimed at addressing not just symptoms, but the underlying causes of your mental health challenges, ensuring a more holistic and effective path to well-being.
As a certified functional medicine practitioner with a deep passion for wellness, I am committed to providing a personalized approach to your mental health care. I will carefully listen to your concerns and create a customized treatment plan that fits your specific needs. This individualized strategy is aimed at addressing not just symptoms, but the underlying causes of your mental health challenges, ensuring a more holistic and effective path to well-being.
(973) 847-2948 View (973) 847-2948
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Kelly Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, BSN
Verified Verified
Hackensack, NJ 07601  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am an ANCC board-certified and licensed Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I am experienced, caring, and empathetic. I earned my Master of Science in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from New York University, where I focused on psychopharmacology and multiple psychotherapy treatment modalities. I also earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University and my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Elizabeth University.
I am an ANCC board-certified and licensed Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I am experienced, caring, and empathetic. I earned my Master of Science in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from New York University, where I focused on psychopharmacology and multiple psychotherapy treatment modalities. I also earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University and my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Elizabeth University.
(201) 984-7189 View (201) 984-7189
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Derek Berberian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Paramus, NJ 07652
Dr. Berberian is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Neurologist who has extensive experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, PSTD, OCD, ADHD, mood disorders, weight loss, smoking cessation, neuropathies, headaches and addiction. In addition, he performs outpatient bariatric screening, biofeedback, neurofeedback and EEG evaluations. Care is goal-oriented, addressing each individual's needs using a variety of patient-centered approaches. His focus includes adolescent, adult and geriatric populations.
Dr. Berberian is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Neurologist who has extensive experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, PSTD, OCD, ADHD, mood disorders, weight loss, smoking cessation, neuropathies, headaches and addiction. In addition, he performs outpatient bariatric screening, biofeedback, neurofeedback and EEG evaluations. Care is goal-oriented, addressing each individual's needs using a variety of patient-centered approaches. His focus includes adolescent, adult and geriatric populations.
(551) 292-7298 View (551) 292-7298
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George Eskandar
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Ramsey, NJ 07446
My passion particularly lies with attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders. I value working in conjunction with the entire treatment team which is primarily composed of my clients, their family, and their therapeutic support system.
My passion particularly lies with attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders. I value working in conjunction with the entire treatment team which is primarily composed of my clients, their family, and their therapeutic support system.
(201) 690-1052 View (201) 690-1052
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Stephanie Morgana
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Paramus, NJ 07652
Stephanie Morgana, MSN, PMHNP-BC, extends a warm welcome to individuals seeking transformative mental health support at Baker Street Behavioral Health. Specializing in evidence-based medication management, Stephanie's clients are people looking for help with navigating issues such as ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, OCD, stress, PTSD, and/or LGBTQ+ issues, in a confidential space for self-exploration and growth.
Stephanie Morgana, MSN, PMHNP-BC, extends a warm welcome to individuals seeking transformative mental health support at Baker Street Behavioral Health. Specializing in evidence-based medication management, Stephanie's clients are people looking for help with navigating issues such as ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, OCD, stress, PTSD, and/or LGBTQ+ issues, in a confidential space for self-exploration and growth.
(973) 949-0753 View (973) 949-0753
Tri America TMS
Psychiatrist, MD, PA, APN
Verified Verified
Hackensack, NJ 07601
TMS therapy & treatment has been researched for more than 30 years. In the United States, TMS therapy was first approved by the FDA in 2008 for the treatment of major depressive disorder in adult patients who had tried medications with no satisfactory results. Since TMS therapy has proven to be effective for the majority of patients treated, researchers are now studying its effectiveness for many other psychiatric and neurological conditions.
TMS therapy & treatment has been researched for more than 30 years. In the United States, TMS therapy was first approved by the FDA in 2008 for the treatment of major depressive disorder in adult patients who had tried medications with no satisfactory results. Since TMS therapy has proven to be effective for the majority of patients treated, researchers are now studying its effectiveness for many other psychiatric and neurological conditions.
(201) 831-9926 View (201) 831-9926
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Berrios Psychotherapy Associates
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APN
Verified Verified
Englewood, NJ 07631
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I have over 40 years of experiencein conducting psychiatric evaluation and medication management as well as helping clients cope with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and adjustment to life cycle changes. I work collaboratively with clients to establish a trusting, mutually respectful and supportive relationship, set goals, build upon strengths to increase confidence self-esteem, and work toward solving issues which often cause people to feel stuck. Medication is a major tool to address the psychiatric diagnoses and addiction.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I have over 40 years of experiencein conducting psychiatric evaluation and medication management as well as helping clients cope with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and adjustment to life cycle changes. I work collaboratively with clients to establish a trusting, mutually respectful and supportive relationship, set goals, build upon strengths to increase confidence self-esteem, and work toward solving issues which often cause people to feel stuck. Medication is a major tool to address the psychiatric diagnoses and addiction.
(201) 380-8542 View (201) 380-8542
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(201) 690-1049 View (201) 690-1049

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Number of Psychiatrists in Woodcliff Lake, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Woodcliff Lake, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
50% Relationship Issues
50% Depression
50% Addiction
50% Child
50% ADHD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

How Psychiatrists in Woodcliff Lake, NJ see their clients

100% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Woodcliff Lake?

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.