Psychiatrists in Baldwin, NY

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Clyburn's Mental Health Services For Women
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Baldwin, NY 11510
Welcome and congratulations for taking the most important step as you begin to move in the direction of inner peace, emotional wellbeing and healing. Whether faced with current life challenges or experiencing difficulties related to a complicated past, you have acknowledged the presence of an inner struggle for which you have decided to seek professional support. If you are new to psychotherapy, just know that feeling a little apprehensive is quite common amongst new comers. The services that I offer are tailored to meet individual needs and/or the needs of the group during group sessions.
Welcome and congratulations for taking the most important step as you begin to move in the direction of inner peace, emotional wellbeing and healing. Whether faced with current life challenges or experiencing difficulties related to a complicated past, you have acknowledged the presence of an inner struggle for which you have decided to seek professional support. If you are new to psychotherapy, just know that feeling a little apprehensive is quite common amongst new comers. The services that I offer are tailored to meet individual needs and/or the needs of the group during group sessions.
(516) 268-0032 View (516) 268-0032
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Denise Louise Simmons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , MSN
Verified Verified
Baldwin, NY 11510  (Online Only)
DENISE L.SIMMONS 2001 - Summa Cum Laude Graduate of Adelphi University-Masters of Science in Nursing. N.Y.S. Certification in the area of Psychiatric Mental Health; Nurse Practitioner. Previously completed 21 years of Medical experience as Psychiatric RN- Mt. Sinai Medical Center, serving in both adult and child adolescent units. I present with 22 years of clinical experience, having provided psychiatric treatment to populations of diverse cultures, sexual orientations and age groups,spanning from Childhood through Geriatric.
DENISE L.SIMMONS 2001 - Summa Cum Laude Graduate of Adelphi University-Masters of Science in Nursing. N.Y.S. Certification in the area of Psychiatric Mental Health; Nurse Practitioner. Previously completed 21 years of Medical experience as Psychiatric RN- Mt. Sinai Medical Center, serving in both adult and child adolescent units. I present with 22 years of clinical experience, having provided psychiatric treatment to populations of diverse cultures, sexual orientations and age groups,spanning from Childhood through Geriatric.
(516) 613-3561 View (516) 613-3561
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Eliepsych
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMC, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baldwin, NY 11510  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner committed to providing mental health and wellness to adults from diverse backgrounds. I provide medication management for patients with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD, and mood disorders. I utilize a holistic, centered approach to help manage patients struggling with various mental health illnesses. Moreover, my goal is to help you improve your self-esteem, mental stability, and ability to function daily.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner committed to providing mental health and wellness to adults from diverse backgrounds. I provide medication management for patients with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD, and mood disorders. I utilize a holistic, centered approach to help manage patients struggling with various mental health illnesses. Moreover, my goal is to help you improve your self-esteem, mental stability, and ability to function daily.
(516) 774-5051 View (516) 774-5051
Angel on Duty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Baldwin, NY 11510
I m an advanced practice psychiatric nurse - specializing in treating children, adolescents, and adults in medication management and psychotherapy. I have a small practice in Rockville Centre, where I see a select group of patients who are committed to recovery and moving forward with their lives.
I m an advanced practice psychiatric nurse - specializing in treating children, adolescents, and adults in medication management and psychotherapy. I have a small practice in Rockville Centre, where I see a select group of patients who are committed to recovery and moving forward with their lives.
(516) 284-1526 View (516) 284-1526
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Telepsychiatry: Rave Psychiatry, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LCSW-R, LMSW, LMHC
Verified Verified
Baldwin, NY 11510
At Rave Psychiatry, We offer exceptional and convenient care utilizing tele-psychiatry, tele-therapy and traditional in-office visits; thereby giving client’s the option to choose on which method to see a psychiatric provider. Our team of 10+ Psychiatric providers are experienced, licensed and nationally certified, professional mental health providers that pride on working with each client in order to provide team oriented and consistent care at all times. We serve clients from NY via a secure Telepsychiatry platform through a HIPPA compliant platform that is approved by American Telemedicine Association.
At Rave Psychiatry, We offer exceptional and convenient care utilizing tele-psychiatry, tele-therapy and traditional in-office visits; thereby giving client’s the option to choose on which method to see a psychiatric provider. Our team of 10+ Psychiatric providers are experienced, licensed and nationally certified, professional mental health providers that pride on working with each client in order to provide team oriented and consistent care at all times. We serve clients from NY via a secure Telepsychiatry platform through a HIPPA compliant platform that is approved by American Telemedicine Association.
(347) 835-5963 View (347) 835-5963

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MYM Child & Adult Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oceanside, NY 11572  (Online Only)
Our Goal is to find the right balance between your need for appropriate therapeutic interventions and safe medication management for struggles with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Mood Disturbances, Sleep Challenges, Obsessive-Compulsive, Trauma & Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Our Goal is to find the right balance between your need for appropriate therapeutic interventions and safe medication management for struggles with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Mood Disturbances, Sleep Challenges, Obsessive-Compulsive, Trauma & Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(516) 703-4436 View (516) 703-4436
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George Bush, MD
Psychiatrist, MD, MMSc
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rockville Centre, NY 11570  (Online Only)
I have 25+ years of experience as a clinical psychiatrist, with specialties in depression, anxiety, ADHD and OCD. As a Harvard Medical School Associate Professor of Psychiatry, I published many brain imaging research studies of cognitive and emotional functioning, and have particular expertise in diagnosing and treating neuropsychiatric disorders. I treat children, adolescents and adults. In addition to pioneering state-of-the-art treatments including psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and NeuroStar transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), I offer GeneSight pharmacogenetic testing to optimize medication choices.
I have 25+ years of experience as a clinical psychiatrist, with specialties in depression, anxiety, ADHD and OCD. As a Harvard Medical School Associate Professor of Psychiatry, I published many brain imaging research studies of cognitive and emotional functioning, and have particular expertise in diagnosing and treating neuropsychiatric disorders. I treat children, adolescents and adults. In addition to pioneering state-of-the-art treatments including psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and NeuroStar transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), I offer GeneSight pharmacogenetic testing to optimize medication choices.
(516) 570-7831 View (516) 570-7831
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Heart and Soul Community Counseling, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Freeport, NY 11520
We are an outpatient mental health center that has been serving the Long Island community for 30 years. We currently have three offices in West Babylon and Wantagh and in East Quogue NY. Heart & Soul offers medication management, genetic testing for medication, therapy and counseling, drama workshops and education and training for therapists and nurse practitioners.
We are an outpatient mental health center that has been serving the Long Island community for 30 years. We currently have three offices in West Babylon and Wantagh and in East Quogue NY. Heart & Soul offers medication management, genetic testing for medication, therapy and counseling, drama workshops and education and training for therapists and nurse practitioners.
(631) 202-1027 View (631) 202-1027
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Sagarika Ray
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockville Centre, NY 11571
I am a double Board Certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. I specialize in treating a vast array of mental illnesses including ADHD, depression, anxiety and autistic spectrum disorders. I initiate treatment with a thorough psychiatric evaluation, devise a specific treatment plan that is tailored for each individual based on their age and personal needs, offer medication management, individual and family therapy. I take special interest in treating depression and PTSD in adolescents and women.
I am a double Board Certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. I specialize in treating a vast array of mental illnesses including ADHD, depression, anxiety and autistic spectrum disorders. I initiate treatment with a thorough psychiatric evaluation, devise a specific treatment plan that is tailored for each individual based on their age and personal needs, offer medication management, individual and family therapy. I take special interest in treating depression and PTSD in adolescents and women.
(516) 830-4094 View (516) 830-4094
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Bryan J. Burroughs NP in Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Here at Bryan J. Burroughs NP in Psychiatry PLLC, we know how difficult and stressful it can be to find a psychiatrist during these times of uncertainty and confusion. Our goal is to make this process as seamless as possible for you. If you’re someone who struggles with mental health issues, finding the right Psychiatrist can make a world of difference in yours and your family’s lives. We will be with you every step of the way on your journey of mental health healing and wellness. Should you require professional assistance we encourage you to contact us to book an appointment.
Here at Bryan J. Burroughs NP in Psychiatry PLLC, we know how difficult and stressful it can be to find a psychiatrist during these times of uncertainty and confusion. Our goal is to make this process as seamless as possible for you. If you’re someone who struggles with mental health issues, finding the right Psychiatrist can make a world of difference in yours and your family’s lives. We will be with you every step of the way on your journey of mental health healing and wellness. Should you require professional assistance we encourage you to contact us to book an appointment.
(585) 522-2125 View (585) 522-2125
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Peter Jay Stein
Psychiatrist, MD, MA
Verified Verified
Rockville Centre, NY 11570  (Online Only)
Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology: Accurate diagnosis is paramount in psychiatry, and this requires adequate time, in order to develop rapport and understanding. For treatment, I apply the various tools of psychodynamic-expressive-psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and, when medically indicated, I may recommend, carefully prescribe, and monitor psychotropic (or psychoactive) medication (psychopharmacology/pharmacotherapy), across all diagnostic categories.
Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology: Accurate diagnosis is paramount in psychiatry, and this requires adequate time, in order to develop rapport and understanding. For treatment, I apply the various tools of psychodynamic-expressive-psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and, when medically indicated, I may recommend, carefully prescribe, and monitor psychotropic (or psychoactive) medication (psychopharmacology/pharmacotherapy), across all diagnostic categories.
(516) 714-5838 View (516) 714-5838
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Humanistic Family Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, NPP, BC
Verified Verified
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Humanistic Family Psychiatry & Addiction Treatment is a Sole Psychiatric/Addiction Treatment Practice located on the South Shore of Long Island. As a practitioner, I provide an integrative humanistic approach caring for children, adolescent, adults suffering from mental health issues as well as provide addiction treatment to those who suffer from substance abuse disorders. I treat each individual according to the whole person not just a diagnosis. I address persons mind, body and spirit. My mission is to return a person to their optimal health & assist one to live a happy, healthier & fulfilled life. Holistic approach used for treatment as well.
Humanistic Family Psychiatry & Addiction Treatment is a Sole Psychiatric/Addiction Treatment Practice located on the South Shore of Long Island. As a practitioner, I provide an integrative humanistic approach caring for children, adolescent, adults suffering from mental health issues as well as provide addiction treatment to those who suffer from substance abuse disorders. I treat each individual according to the whole person not just a diagnosis. I address persons mind, body and spirit. My mission is to return a person to their optimal health & assist one to live a happy, healthier & fulfilled life. Holistic approach used for treatment as well.
(646) 846-1809 View (646) 846-1809
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Bryan Burroughs At Core Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Book an appointment online today via our website corepsychiatry.org! Bryan Burroughs PMHNP-BC is originally from Rochester, NY where he attended St John Fisher College for his undergraduate degree in Nursing. In his senior year, he spent a semester abroad in Jamaica working with various populations including geriatric, persistent mentally ill individuals, adults, young adults, and children, thus solidifying his decision to focus on individuals with mental health needs.
Book an appointment online today via our website corepsychiatry.org! Bryan Burroughs PMHNP-BC is originally from Rochester, NY where he attended St John Fisher College for his undergraduate degree in Nursing. In his senior year, he spent a semester abroad in Jamaica working with various populations including geriatric, persistent mentally ill individuals, adults, young adults, and children, thus solidifying his decision to focus on individuals with mental health needs.
(516) 219-9778 View (516) 219-9778
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Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Merrick, NY 11566
Dr.Bajpayi is triple Board Certified in Adult,Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He is extensively trained in Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology. After he completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency training in Brooklyn, NY, he pursued further specialization in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at State University of New York , Brooklyn and Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Bajpayi has been associated with various hospitals in NY- North Shore LIJ, NY Methodist Hospital, Long Island College Hospital, VA Northport and South Oaks Hospital.Dr Bajpayi owns a private practice Evolve Psychiatry.
Dr.Bajpayi is triple Board Certified in Adult,Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He is extensively trained in Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology. After he completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency training in Brooklyn, NY, he pursued further specialization in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at State University of New York , Brooklyn and Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Bajpayi has been associated with various hospitals in NY- North Shore LIJ, NY Methodist Hospital, Long Island College Hospital, VA Northport and South Oaks Hospital.Dr Bajpayi owns a private practice Evolve Psychiatry.
(631) 240-4702 View (631) 240-4702
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Ayshea Monique Beswick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Every patient has diverse needs and is individual's and approach to treatment will be tailored to everyone's needs. A collaborative approach which may include both therapy and/or medication management. I encourage an honest, trustworthy relationship that will be beneficial in your journey to finding balance. I congratulate you on taking the steps towards finding a mental health partner, because together we will develop a treatment plan that is best suited for you and your current situation.
Every patient has diverse needs and is individual's and approach to treatment will be tailored to everyone's needs. A collaborative approach which may include both therapy and/or medication management. I encourage an honest, trustworthy relationship that will be beneficial in your journey to finding balance. I congratulate you on taking the steps towards finding a mental health partner, because together we will develop a treatment plan that is best suited for you and your current situation.
(516) 604-5122 View (516) 604-5122
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PMHNP, INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Roosevelt, NY 11575
I am a licensed, board certified advance family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management for individuals, 6 years and older. My areas of expertise include depressive disorders, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD), Bipolar Disorder, and PTSD.
I am a licensed, board certified advance family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management for individuals, 6 years and older. My areas of expertise include depressive disorders, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD), Bipolar Disorder, and PTSD.
(646) 762-5035 View (646) 762-5035
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Joshua Kanner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist practicing in private practice in North Central Phoenix. I believe in the unique complexity of every individual. As such, I try to understand the many factors that contribute to the development of symptoms: biological, psychological, genetic, and social. I strive to form an authentic therapeutic relationship with each client to ease the pain of mental illness and to help clients obtain the tools needed to reach their fullest potential.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist practicing in private practice in North Central Phoenix. I believe in the unique complexity of every individual. As such, I try to understand the many factors that contribute to the development of symptoms: biological, psychological, genetic, and social. I strive to form an authentic therapeutic relationship with each client to ease the pain of mental illness and to help clients obtain the tools needed to reach their fullest potential.
(602) 899-1165 View (602) 899-1165
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Ariela Frieder
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockville Centre, NY 11570  (Online Only)
I’m a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in women’s mental health. This includes emotional and psychological problems during pregnancy, postpartum, perinatal losses, infertility and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. I pursue a residency in OBGYN in Argentina and a residency in Adult Psychiatry and Fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx, NY. I worked and taught at Montefiore Medical Group and Zucker Hillside Hospital were I served as the Physician in Charge of the Perinatal Program.
I’m a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in women’s mental health. This includes emotional and psychological problems during pregnancy, postpartum, perinatal losses, infertility and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. I pursue a residency in OBGYN in Argentina and a residency in Adult Psychiatry and Fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx, NY. I worked and taught at Montefiore Medical Group and Zucker Hillside Hospital were I served as the Physician in Charge of the Perinatal Program.
(516) 548-2495 View (516) 548-2495
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Zhanna Berman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP, CHES
Verified Verified
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Why is this happening to ME?  To my child?  Is this Just How it is? After all, I’ve done everything right. I’ve tried different doctors; numerous medications and not only am I not getting better but I’m having to deal with these side effects! If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.  Hope can be one of the hardest things to hold on to when you are struggling. I know that mental illness is more than a set of symptoms. They are conditions that affect everyone differently. This is why I develop a concierge treatment plan utilizing the latest science to provide precision and care for my patients. Hope is here!
Why is this happening to ME?  To my child?  Is this Just How it is? After all, I’ve done everything right. I’ve tried different doctors; numerous medications and not only am I not getting better but I’m having to deal with these side effects! If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.  Hope can be one of the hardest things to hold on to when you are struggling. I know that mental illness is more than a set of symptoms. They are conditions that affect everyone differently. This is why I develop a concierge treatment plan utilizing the latest science to provide precision and care for my patients. Hope is here!
(862) 229-9319 View (862) 229-9319
Photo of Jason M. Careri, Psychiatrist in Baldwin, NY
Jason M. Careri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
I am seeing new clients and offer in-person or virtual sessions. I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in evidence-based treatments for adults and adolescents who struggle with anxiety and depression, and ADHD. I strive to create an environment that is comfortable and client-centered. I work with people in order to reduce their suffering and to empower them to improve their lives. A specific plan is developed for each individual which can include psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, or both. Please call if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment. (516) 960-8096
I am seeing new clients and offer in-person or virtual sessions. I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in evidence-based treatments for adults and adolescents who struggle with anxiety and depression, and ADHD. I strive to create an environment that is comfortable and client-centered. I work with people in order to reduce their suffering and to empower them to improve their lives. A specific plan is developed for each individual which can include psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, or both. Please call if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment. (516) 960-8096
(516) 208-2953 View (516) 208-2953

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Baldwin, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Baldwin, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
80% ADHD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Bipolar Disorder
60% Child

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
75% 1199SEIU
75% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Baldwin, NY see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Baldwin?

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.