Psychiatrists in Brooklyn, NY

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Babok Medical Health Services,Pc.(Mental Health)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11212
I am double boarded in Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and has been in practice for about 30years. I was the former Chairman of Department of Psychiatry at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn. I have expertise in the management and treatment of a broad spectrum of psychiatric conditions especially in younger age group population. I have extensive experience in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy and I am committed to providing compassionate, culturally sensitive, and evidence based mental health care that is customized to meet each of my patient's individual needs.
I am double boarded in Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and has been in practice for about 30years. I was the former Chairman of Department of Psychiatry at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn. I have expertise in the management and treatment of a broad spectrum of psychiatric conditions especially in younger age group population. I have extensive experience in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy and I am committed to providing compassionate, culturally sensitive, and evidence based mental health care that is customized to meet each of my patient's individual needs.
(718) 715-4706 View (718) 715-4706
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Tashai Surgeon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
I am committed to providing a compassionate and supportive environment for you , while assisting you navigate through your life challenges and achieving your goals. I offer personalized treatment plans that are tailored to your unique needs. As a certified Gestalt psychotherapist, I specialize in helping individuals develop a stronger sense of self-awareness and self-understanding, allowing them to overcome personal barriers and reach their full potential. With my extensive knowledge and training, I can guide you towards achieving greater balance in your life, both emotionally and mentally.
I am committed to providing a compassionate and supportive environment for you , while assisting you navigate through your life challenges and achieving your goals. I offer personalized treatment plans that are tailored to your unique needs. As a certified Gestalt psychotherapist, I specialize in helping individuals develop a stronger sense of self-awareness and self-understanding, allowing them to overcome personal barriers and reach their full potential. With my extensive knowledge and training, I can guide you towards achieving greater balance in your life, both emotionally and mentally.
(347) 252-8116 View (347) 252-8116
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Katherine Fichtel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Not accepting new clients
You have taken a big step in seeking help. My approach to psychiatry is to work with you to arrive at a sound understanding of the diagnosis and issues that bring you to treatment, and from there develop a plan of care together, which may include psychotherapy, and if necessary medication. When I meet you in my practice, I want to get to know you as a whole person, your history, your present challenges as well as your strengths and goals. Through this process, my hope is to help you gain clarity and self-knowledge, relieve your suffering, improve your relationships, and support you in building a full and meaningful life.
You have taken a big step in seeking help. My approach to psychiatry is to work with you to arrive at a sound understanding of the diagnosis and issues that bring you to treatment, and from there develop a plan of care together, which may include psychotherapy, and if necessary medication. When I meet you in my practice, I want to get to know you as a whole person, your history, your present challenges as well as your strengths and goals. Through this process, my hope is to help you gain clarity and self-knowledge, relieve your suffering, improve your relationships, and support you in building a full and meaningful life.
(347) 851-8408 View (347) 851-8408
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Royston Ogbuagu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Royston Ogbuagu, PMHNP-BC Royston's style of practice fosters the belief that every client is an individual who deserves an individualistic treatment approach to their own unique past, present and future life challenges. He brings a strong culturally sensitive approach to address ongoing stressors within the client, his environment and support network or lack thereof. His understanding of the client's personal values being a crucial tool to establish a good rapport, trust and a positive collaborative therapist/client relationship is a core strength he possesses.
Royston Ogbuagu, PMHNP-BC Royston's style of practice fosters the belief that every client is an individual who deserves an individualistic treatment approach to their own unique past, present and future life challenges. He brings a strong culturally sensitive approach to address ongoing stressors within the client, his environment and support network or lack thereof. His understanding of the client's personal values being a crucial tool to establish a good rapport, trust and a positive collaborative therapist/client relationship is a core strength he possesses.
(718) 550-5275 View (718) 550-5275
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Egger NP in Psychiatry, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
6 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11221  (Online Only)
The practice is run by Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Kristen Egger treating adolescents and adults with a wide range of behavioral and emotional difficulties. With over 10 years experience working inpatient, outpatient, & emergency setting, our treatment philosophy centers on treating the whole person. We will explore the individual’s mental, physical, and emotional health with the goal of health promotion and disease prevention. Medical Marijuana Evaluations & Certification.
The practice is run by Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Kristen Egger treating adolescents and adults with a wide range of behavioral and emotional difficulties. With over 10 years experience working inpatient, outpatient, & emergency setting, our treatment philosophy centers on treating the whole person. We will explore the individual’s mental, physical, and emotional health with the goal of health promotion and disease prevention. Medical Marijuana Evaluations & Certification.
(516) 271-3347 View (516) 271-3347
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Sarah L Hartman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11215
I am an experienced, Columbia University-trained psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and I specialize in treating patients who require psychodynamic treatment to understand themselves and their problems more deeply; medications; or often a combination of the two. Choice of treatment modality is always dependent on the needs and preferences of the patient.
I am an experienced, Columbia University-trained psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and I specialize in treating patients who require psychodynamic treatment to understand themselves and their problems more deeply; medications; or often a combination of the two. Choice of treatment modality is always dependent on the needs and preferences of the patient.
(347) 647-9644 View (347) 647-9644
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Tenisha Simon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
Tenisha Simon is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She enjoys working with clients to create their ideal treatment plan in order to achieve their health and wellness goals. Let's work together if: 1. You want a solid relationship with your provider. 2. You need more than what a traditional psychiatry practice offers. 3. You want to improve all aspects of your health by making lifestyle changes 4. You are ready to grow and heal with guidance.
Tenisha Simon is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She enjoys working with clients to create their ideal treatment plan in order to achieve their health and wellness goals. Let's work together if: 1. You want a solid relationship with your provider. 2. You need more than what a traditional psychiatry practice offers. 3. You want to improve all aspects of your health by making lifestyle changes 4. You are ready to grow and heal with guidance.
(347) 321-9631 View (347) 321-9631
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Kerry Callender
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Kerry is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health provider, that offers initial consultations, medication management and talk therapy, in a non-judgemental therapeutic setting, that is centered around patient empowerment. Allowing an individual to define what wellness means for themselves, by encouraging patients to utilize a multidisciplinary treatment approach.
Kerry is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health provider, that offers initial consultations, medication management and talk therapy, in a non-judgemental therapeutic setting, that is centered around patient empowerment. Allowing an individual to define what wellness means for themselves, by encouraging patients to utilize a multidisciplinary treatment approach.
(347) 493-2477 View (347) 493-2477
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Shadi Aramesh
Psychiatrist, MD, Only, Tele, Health
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11235  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or stress? Are you experiencing fatigue, frequent mood swings, poor concentration, and anger? Are you feeling overwhelmed, irritable, feeling sad and anxious? Don’t let these symptoms define you. I treat various conditions with psychotherapy and/or medication management that may include General Anxiety Disorder, depression, OCD, ADD & ADHD, PTSD, phobias, relationship issues, and much more.
Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or stress? Are you experiencing fatigue, frequent mood swings, poor concentration, and anger? Are you feeling overwhelmed, irritable, feeling sad and anxious? Don’t let these symptoms define you. I treat various conditions with psychotherapy and/or medication management that may include General Anxiety Disorder, depression, OCD, ADD & ADHD, PTSD, phobias, relationship issues, and much more.
(718) 568-7085 View (718) 568-7085
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Vsevolod Rudoy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11234
Dr. Rudoy is a dedicated and fully licensed psychiatrist serving the NYC community with over 20 years of medical experience. He understands the uniqueness of each patient’s situation and he uses his experience and continued learning to provide outstanding medication management therapy to promote healthy living and a better quality of life for his clients. Dr. Rudoy is reliable and dedicated to his patients and works in collaboration with them to identify the most effective treatment plan with consultations being catered appropriately to accommodate each individual’s needs and concerns so that they can meet their full potential.
Dr. Rudoy is a dedicated and fully licensed psychiatrist serving the NYC community with over 20 years of medical experience. He understands the uniqueness of each patient’s situation and he uses his experience and continued learning to provide outstanding medication management therapy to promote healthy living and a better quality of life for his clients. Dr. Rudoy is reliable and dedicated to his patients and works in collaboration with them to identify the most effective treatment plan with consultations being catered appropriately to accommodate each individual’s needs and concerns so that they can meet their full potential.
(347) 329-5762 View (347) 329-5762
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Dr. Mellen Lovrin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Not accepting new clients
As a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychoanalyst, I am qualified to provide comprehensive psychiatric- mental health assessments, psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication management.
As a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychoanalyst, I am qualified to provide comprehensive psychiatric- mental health assessments, psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication management.
(845) 977-0181 View (845) 977-0181
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Jean Rigaud Cetoute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11236  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric-Mental Health. I specialized in several aspects of mental health such as mood disorders, eating disorders, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, sleep disorders, and anxiety disorders. I Provide comprehensive evaluations and medication management. I have a solid foundation to customize a treatment plan based on your specific needs. In a world where life is so unpredictable, my goal is to assure that I meet your needs to walk you through the dark tunnel. I look forward to helping you in times of uncertainty. Feel free to contact me.
I am a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric-Mental Health. I specialized in several aspects of mental health such as mood disorders, eating disorders, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, sleep disorders, and anxiety disorders. I Provide comprehensive evaluations and medication management. I have a solid foundation to customize a treatment plan based on your specific needs. In a world where life is so unpredictable, my goal is to assure that I meet your needs to walk you through the dark tunnel. I look forward to helping you in times of uncertainty. Feel free to contact me.
(718) 930-7136 View (718) 930-7136
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Stacy M Humphreys
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
I have been both a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Pediatric Medical Registered Nurse for over 15 years. I have helped heal the child physically, and emotionally. I’ve assisted pre-teens and teenagers through their transition into adulthood. My youngest patient was one hour old, my eldest was 102 years old. I have traveled the country and have met, cared for, and treated people of different backgrounds, cultures, socioeconomic status, race, sexual orientation, and gender. My work experience as a Psychiatric NP includes an emergency room, outpatient, and inpatient psychiatric unit.
I have been both a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Pediatric Medical Registered Nurse for over 15 years. I have helped heal the child physically, and emotionally. I’ve assisted pre-teens and teenagers through their transition into adulthood. My youngest patient was one hour old, my eldest was 102 years old. I have traveled the country and have met, cared for, and treated people of different backgrounds, cultures, socioeconomic status, race, sexual orientation, and gender. My work experience as a Psychiatric NP includes an emergency room, outpatient, and inpatient psychiatric unit.
(929) 264-5346 View (929) 264-5346
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Yuriy Bortnik
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified
4 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Not accepting new clients
Currently affiliated with Readywell Telepsychiatry. Here to work with any and all patients experiencing depression spectrum, anxiety, ADHD and/or PTSD. I am versed in treating first responders and essential workers during the covid-19 pandemic in NYC , as I myself returned to a critical care and bedside role during this time and have a first person understanding of what you may have seen/felt. In tandem with our treatment, I tend to encourage targeted psychotherapy alongside for those patients who do not currently have therapists. However, everyone is unique and I am glad to evaluate individual needs!
Currently affiliated with Readywell Telepsychiatry. Here to work with any and all patients experiencing depression spectrum, anxiety, ADHD and/or PTSD. I am versed in treating first responders and essential workers during the covid-19 pandemic in NYC , as I myself returned to a critical care and bedside role during this time and have a first person understanding of what you may have seen/felt. In tandem with our treatment, I tend to encourage targeted psychotherapy alongside for those patients who do not currently have therapists. However, everyone is unique and I am glad to evaluate individual needs!
(917) 920-5043 View (917) 920-5043
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Holly L White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11249
I specialize in medication management and psychotherapy for adults dealing with reproductive issues, specifically during the fertility journey, pregnancy, postpartum and early parenting. You are the authority on your goals, your life, and your story. I can offer up to date, practical information, flexibility and collaboration.
I specialize in medication management and psychotherapy for adults dealing with reproductive issues, specifically during the fertility journey, pregnancy, postpartum and early parenting. You are the authority on your goals, your life, and your story. I can offer up to date, practical information, flexibility and collaboration.
(347) 696-4224 View (347) 696-4224
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Raviv Berlin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11211  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with advanced training in child and adolescent psychiatry and clinical expertise working with college students and young adults. I am licensed to practice medicine in New York and Connecticut. I specialize in treating adolescents and young adults with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship difficulties, and challenging life transitions. My style is guided by warmth, compassion, and flexibility and I work collaboratively with patients to create treatment plans individualized to their specific needs.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with advanced training in child and adolescent psychiatry and clinical expertise working with college students and young adults. I am licensed to practice medicine in New York and Connecticut. I specialize in treating adolescents and young adults with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship difficulties, and challenging life transitions. My style is guided by warmth, compassion, and flexibility and I work collaboratively with patients to create treatment plans individualized to their specific needs.
(929) 205-5081 View (929) 205-5081
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MYM Child & Adult Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11235  (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.
(718) 550-6731 View (718) 550-6731
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Theresa Varela
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, NPP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11218  (Online Only)
The element of compassion is a foundation for healing, and it can bring one deeper understanding of the why's and how’s in life and that is essential to our work together. With clarity on how to enrich our lives within the context of healthy self-identities, relationships, and careers, we are better equipped to exist and prosper in our abundant and loving Universe.
The element of compassion is a foundation for healing, and it can bring one deeper understanding of the why's and how’s in life and that is essential to our work together. With clarity on how to enrich our lives within the context of healthy self-identities, relationships, and careers, we are better equipped to exist and prosper in our abundant and loving Universe.
(347) 690-7586 View (347) 690-7586
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Saumya Dave, MD PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
Hi! I am Dr. Saumya Dave. As a board certified psychiatrist, I am passionate about working with people in areas such as self-care, depression, anxiety, burnout, and family conflict. I use an integrative, multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach to come up with a unique treatment plan for each individual.
Hi! I am Dr. Saumya Dave. As a board certified psychiatrist, I am passionate about working with people in areas such as self-care, depression, anxiety, burnout, and family conflict. I use an integrative, multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach to come up with a unique treatment plan for each individual.
(929) 238-8704 View (929) 238-8704
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Kabiite Mukisa Okello
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
I am Dr. Kabiite Mukisa Okello, a doctor-prepared, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 2 decades of experience. My practice style is versatile, offering evidence-based psychiatric medications and alternative natural treatments. I believe in a holistic approach, recognizing the connection between mind, body, and spirit for optimal well-being. With a kind and detail-oriented approach, I tailor treatments to each patient's unique needs, ensuring patient-centered care and effective outcomes. Together, we create an agreeable evidence-based treatment plan, leading to happy and healthy patients!
I am Dr. Kabiite Mukisa Okello, a doctor-prepared, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 2 decades of experience. My practice style is versatile, offering evidence-based psychiatric medications and alternative natural treatments. I believe in a holistic approach, recognizing the connection between mind, body, and spirit for optimal well-being. With a kind and detail-oriented approach, I tailor treatments to each patient's unique needs, ensuring patient-centered care and effective outcomes. Together, we create an agreeable evidence-based treatment plan, leading to happy and healthy patients!
(347) 475-1855 View (347) 475-1855

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Number of Psychiatrists in Brooklyn, NY

500+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Brooklyn, NY who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
88% Medication Management
74% Bipolar Disorder
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Trauma and PTSD
69% ADHD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Brooklyn, NY see their clients

52% Online Only
48% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Brooklyn?

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.