Psychiatrists in Astoria, NY

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Richard Alexander Groll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Astoria, NY 11105  (Online Only)
During our session, I will discuss your unique symptomatology in context with DSM-V diagnostic criteria. Any presenting health concerns may need referral for routine physical and labs before FDA approved medications can be prescribed. We will collaborate to create a unique treatment plan and discuss evidence based treatment options. At a later date, we will follow up usually within 2-4 weeks for medication management and adjust medications as needed in addition to monitoring your symptoms.
During our session, I will discuss your unique symptomatology in context with DSM-V diagnostic criteria. Any presenting health concerns may need referral for routine physical and labs before FDA approved medications can be prescribed. We will collaborate to create a unique treatment plan and discuss evidence based treatment options. At a later date, we will follow up usually within 2-4 weeks for medication management and adjust medications as needed in addition to monitoring your symptoms.
(929) 362-6385 View (929) 362-6385
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Namgyal Bhutia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Astoria, NY 11102  (Online Only)
Namgyal Bhutia , MD, is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in the care of people experiencing depression, anxiety/panic disorder, PTSD, and OCD. He successfully worked in psychiatric inpatient unit and Outpatient treatment settings in different city hospitals including the Veterans Hospital. In addition, he has experience in Psychiatric emergency/CPEP and telepsychiatry . Dr. Bhutia practices a holistic form of treatment, that includes medication management and supportive, problem-focused psychotherapy. He believes that connection, compassion, and knowledge are the keys to healing.
Namgyal Bhutia , MD, is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in the care of people experiencing depression, anxiety/panic disorder, PTSD, and OCD. He successfully worked in psychiatric inpatient unit and Outpatient treatment settings in different city hospitals including the Veterans Hospital. In addition, he has experience in Psychiatric emergency/CPEP and telepsychiatry . Dr. Bhutia practices a holistic form of treatment, that includes medication management and supportive, problem-focused psychotherapy. He believes that connection, compassion, and knowledge are the keys to healing.
(332) 334-8096 View (332) 334-8096
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Nabil Rezk
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Astoria, NY 11103
Hello and welcome to my practice. I am Dr Rezk; Board Certified Psychiatrist. I graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. I also did Psychodynamic psychotherapy fellowship at MSSM. My interest is towards my patients and my patients are my priority. I love my career and I love to take care of my patients. My 2 private Practice locations are at Bay Ridge BK and Astoria Queens which is very convenient and near transportation. We handle the work in a great team work manner and do great patients' care.
Hello and welcome to my practice. I am Dr Rezk; Board Certified Psychiatrist. I graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. I also did Psychodynamic psychotherapy fellowship at MSSM. My interest is towards my patients and my patients are my priority. I love my career and I love to take care of my patients. My 2 private Practice locations are at Bay Ridge BK and Astoria Queens which is very convenient and near transportation. We handle the work in a great team work manner and do great patients' care.
(347) 609-7773 View (347) 609-7773
Myea Meighan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Astoria, NY 11102
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner who is passionate about assisting my clients with the necessary tools to help them navigate life in the way they strive to live it. Unfortunately, many people have experienced working with providers who leave them feeling unheard and uncared for. This understandably leads to frustration. My goal is to create a client centered, judgement-free zone where you feel safe, comfortable and seen. No masking, no performing.
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner who is passionate about assisting my clients with the necessary tools to help them navigate life in the way they strive to live it. Unfortunately, many people have experienced working with providers who leave them feeling unheard and uncared for. This understandably leads to frustration. My goal is to create a client centered, judgement-free zone where you feel safe, comfortable and seen. No masking, no performing.
(929) 305-1644 View (929) 305-1644
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Meredith Hobart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
Astoria, NY 11101
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in precision psychiatry. I received my graduate degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 2006. In addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, I have been a psychiatric RN for 37 years. Prior to entering Yale, I worked for 7 years on a major Harvard Medical School psychiatric teaching unit. I am a conservative prescriber and believe in using the smallest possible dosages of medication to treat a client's symptoms. I do very thorough initial evaluations with my clients and work with them closely until they are stable on their medications.
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in precision psychiatry. I received my graduate degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 2006. In addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, I have been a psychiatric RN for 37 years. Prior to entering Yale, I worked for 7 years on a major Harvard Medical School psychiatric teaching unit. I am a conservative prescriber and believe in using the smallest possible dosages of medication to treat a client's symptoms. I do very thorough initial evaluations with my clients and work with them closely until they are stable on their medications.
(646) 491-8704 View (646) 491-8704
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Nader Galal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Astoria, NY 11102
Welcome, My name is Dr. Nader Galal. I'm a Board Certified Psychiatrist working in a Private Practice, in New York City. As a psychiatrist, my goal is to help you by diagnosing potential mental health conditions. I will discuss and offer my patients the best treatment options available. I am specialized in - but am not limited to - the treatment of ADD/ADHD, mood and personality disorders. If you require medication treatment options, I am able to provide medication management. If therapy is recommended or needed, my practice works with several therapists who can provide a wide range of services.
Welcome, My name is Dr. Nader Galal. I'm a Board Certified Psychiatrist working in a Private Practice, in New York City. As a psychiatrist, my goal is to help you by diagnosing potential mental health conditions. I will discuss and offer my patients the best treatment options available. I am specialized in - but am not limited to - the treatment of ADD/ADHD, mood and personality disorders. If you require medication treatment options, I am able to provide medication management. If therapy is recommended or needed, my practice works with several therapists who can provide a wide range of services.
(917) 510-3391 View (917) 510-3391
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In Session Psychiatry & Psychotherapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LMHC
Verified
Astoria, NY 11106
Perhaps you're struggling with a significant life difficulty, or perhaps things are going ok, but you feel that something is missing. As you have come to a point that you have considered to make a change, whether it be a change in yourself, your relationship with others, or another area of your life, it is important to enter into a therapeutic relationship characterized by safety, trust, and professionalism. Our experienced team of clinicians is specialized in: anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief & bereavement, relationship issues, dating coaching, jealousy, work & career issues, stress & burnout, and life transitions.
Perhaps you're struggling with a significant life difficulty, or perhaps things are going ok, but you feel that something is missing. As you have come to a point that you have considered to make a change, whether it be a change in yourself, your relationship with others, or another area of your life, it is important to enter into a therapeutic relationship characterized by safety, trust, and professionalism. Our experienced team of clinicians is specialized in: anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief & bereavement, relationship issues, dating coaching, jealousy, work & career issues, stress & burnout, and life transitions.
(203) 666-4507 View (203) 666-4507
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Celine Corona
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Astoria, NY 11106
Dr. Celine Corona is a licensed psychiatrist who specializes in treating children, teens and adults. She integrates techniques from the psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral theories into her practice of both psychotherapy and medication management. She believes a broad approach which considers the entirety of a person's life is the best strategy to achieve wellness. During this process, she aims to provide a warm, calming and healing space for those who struggle with internal conflict. Dr. Corona completed her general psychiatry training at Saint Elizabeths Hospital-Department of Behavioral Health in Washington, D. C in 2022.
Dr. Celine Corona is a licensed psychiatrist who specializes in treating children, teens and adults. She integrates techniques from the psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral theories into her practice of both psychotherapy and medication management. She believes a broad approach which considers the entirety of a person's life is the best strategy to achieve wellness. During this process, she aims to provide a warm, calming and healing space for those who struggle with internal conflict. Dr. Corona completed her general psychiatry training at Saint Elizabeths Hospital-Department of Behavioral Health in Washington, D. C in 2022.
(347) 727-1582 View (347) 727-1582
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Owl Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Astoria, NY 11102
Some adults with ADHD did not have symptoms in childhood or were not diagnosed. So ADHD in adults may go undetected. Untreated ADHD can have catastrophic consequences for an adult’s career and relationships. In some cases, ADHD may manifest as another problem, such as depression or substance abuse. For people with ADHD, not taking medication is often more dangerous than using medication.ADHD is a disease, but it also comes with its own unique set of skills—high energy, creativity, a desire to try new things, and much more. People with ADHD can and do succeed at the highest levels in every profession.
Some adults with ADHD did not have symptoms in childhood or were not diagnosed. So ADHD in adults may go undetected. Untreated ADHD can have catastrophic consequences for an adult’s career and relationships. In some cases, ADHD may manifest as another problem, such as depression or substance abuse. For people with ADHD, not taking medication is often more dangerous than using medication.ADHD is a disease, but it also comes with its own unique set of skills—high energy, creativity, a desire to try new things, and much more. People with ADHD can and do succeed at the highest levels in every profession.
(716) 588-4476 View (716) 588-4476
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Astoria, NY 11106
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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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
Astoria, NY 11101  (Online Only)
We are board-certified in treating Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York state via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified in treating Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York state via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
(551) 257-2731 View (551) 257-2731
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Telepsychiatrist_Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Astoria, NY 11106
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services via video across New York. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services via video across New York. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
(347) 744-9908 View (347) 744-9908
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Shanyq Salop
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Astoria, NY 11103
I help women identified with anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and especially postpartum struggles live a more complete life, build self-esteem and confidence, and improve overall mood and energy level. I use a combination of medication management and holistic approaches (treating you as a whole person- mind, and body) so that you can live the life you've always wanted. I approach each person with curiosity, empathy, and passion to help you live the life you deserve. ​​Psychotherapy, nutraceuticals, and relaxation techniques are combined with medication management when necessary.
I help women identified with anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and especially postpartum struggles live a more complete life, build self-esteem and confidence, and improve overall mood and energy level. I use a combination of medication management and holistic approaches (treating you as a whole person- mind, and body) so that you can live the life you've always wanted. I approach each person with curiosity, empathy, and passion to help you live the life you deserve. ​​Psychotherapy, nutraceuticals, and relaxation techniques are combined with medication management when necessary.
(718) 866-3759 View (718) 866-3759
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Maria Lourdes Bunque
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Astoria, NY 11102  (Online Only)
Maria Lourdes Bunque is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Lourdes is passionate about providing comprehensive, compassionate, evidence-based care to individuals and their families affected by mental illness. She engages her patients as active participants in developing personalized treatment plans to meet their unique needs and goals. Lourdes is committed to staying current on the latest psychiatric research and treatment developments. She creates a safe, supportive environment where her patients can feel comfortable discussing their concerns and working toward recovery.
Maria Lourdes Bunque is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Lourdes is passionate about providing comprehensive, compassionate, evidence-based care to individuals and their families affected by mental illness. She engages her patients as active participants in developing personalized treatment plans to meet their unique needs and goals. Lourdes is committed to staying current on the latest psychiatric research and treatment developments. She creates a safe, supportive environment where her patients can feel comfortable discussing their concerns and working toward recovery.
(929) 560-2072 View (929) 560-2072
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Empire Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Astoria, NY 11103  (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.
(516) 548-6427 View (516) 548-6427
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Shelley Padgett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Astoria, NY 11103  (Online Only)
Shelley Padgett is a warm and compassionate psychiatric provider. Her approach to treatment follows a wholistic model that combines talk therapy and medication as needed. She enjoys getting to know her patients on a personal level. She creates a space that is safe and free of judgement. Shelley is down to earth and through empathy, she forms meaningful connections with her patients. Shelly has over 20 years of nursing experience. She is highly skilled in psychopharmacology. She specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, sleep disorders, and ADHD.
Shelley Padgett is a warm and compassionate psychiatric provider. Her approach to treatment follows a wholistic model that combines talk therapy and medication as needed. She enjoys getting to know her patients on a personal level. She creates a space that is safe and free of judgement. Shelley is down to earth and through empathy, she forms meaningful connections with her patients. Shelly has over 20 years of nursing experience. She is highly skilled in psychopharmacology. She specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, sleep disorders, and ADHD.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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Destiny Bernard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Astoria, NY 11102
Destiny Bernard, PMHNP-BC is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Hofstra University with a specialty of Psychiatry across the lifespan. Her experience consists of hospital-based inpatient and outpatient treatment with the focus of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, OCD and psychosis. She is passionate about helping individuals overcome their struggles and achieve optimal mental wellness through evidence-based practices and personalized treatment plans.
Destiny Bernard, PMHNP-BC is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Hofstra University with a specialty of Psychiatry across the lifespan. Her experience consists of hospital-based inpatient and outpatient treatment with the focus of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, OCD and psychosis. She is passionate about helping individuals overcome their struggles and achieve optimal mental wellness through evidence-based practices and personalized treatment plans.
(718) 866-3594 View (718) 866-3594
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Ariel Cotallat
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Astoria, NY 11103  (Online Only)
Are you often caught in a cycle of unrelenting anxiety or mood swings? I recognize the challenges: sleepless nights, an uneasy mind, the weight of constant stress. You're not in this battle alone. My approach combines thorough evaluations, tailored medication, and therapy to guide you towards tranquility and balance. Together, we'll develop effective strategies to reclaim your peace and build a resilient, healthier mental state.
Are you often caught in a cycle of unrelenting anxiety or mood swings? I recognize the challenges: sleepless nights, an uneasy mind, the weight of constant stress. You're not in this battle alone. My approach combines thorough evaluations, tailored medication, and therapy to guide you towards tranquility and balance. Together, we'll develop effective strategies to reclaim your peace and build a resilient, healthier mental state.
(332) 334-8796 View (332) 334-8796
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Christina Davis | Anxiety Depression Ptsd Assessment | Sgb | Ketamine Therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Astoria, NY 11101
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse at Stella Center with 12+ years of experience. We specialize in identifying which innovative medical treatments & virtual therapies can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment together that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our advanced protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, integration therapy, and more. This allows you to feel better faster and maintain long-lasting gains.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse at Stella Center with 12+ years of experience. We specialize in identifying which innovative medical treatments & virtual therapies can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment together that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our advanced protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, integration therapy, and more. This allows you to feel better faster and maintain long-lasting gains.
(646) 722-4660 View (646) 722-4660
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Ruchi Vikas
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
2 Endorsed
Astoria, NY 11102  (Online Only)
I work with creative professionals in their 20s-40s who struggle with anxiety, persistent feelings of sadness, or a general sense of stagnation. I have specific expertise with college-age students, overwhelmed parents, and ambitious professionals who feel burnt out. I use a strengths-based approach to help you gain control of your life. Though all psychotherapy takes time, my patients consistently notice some new skills within the first six weeks of treatment. I suggest medications when indicated, but these are optional. Whatever you are struggling with- it is real, it is treatable, and we will confront it together.
I work with creative professionals in their 20s-40s who struggle with anxiety, persistent feelings of sadness, or a general sense of stagnation. I have specific expertise with college-age students, overwhelmed parents, and ambitious professionals who feel burnt out. I use a strengths-based approach to help you gain control of your life. Though all psychotherapy takes time, my patients consistently notice some new skills within the first six weeks of treatment. I suggest medications when indicated, but these are optional. Whatever you are struggling with- it is real, it is treatable, and we will confront it together.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Astoria, NY

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Astoria, NY who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% Trauma and PTSD
78% Medication Management
70% ADHD
59% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Aetna
91% Cigna and Evernorth
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Astoria, NY see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Astoria?

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.