Psychiatrists in Brooklyn, NY

Photo of Dr. Sima Christina Paul, Psychiatrist in Brooklyn, NY
Dr. Sima Christina Paul
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11249  (Online Only)
Please go to headway.co for NJ residents, and for NY and PA residents please go to skypiatrist.com website to book an initial psychiatric evaluation. I see patients and licensed in NJ, NY, PA, WI, and accept all insurances. I treat all psychiatric conditions and can do medication management and therapy. I can help you treat whatever symptoms you may have or recommended the best approach to improve the way you feel. I see adults and adolescents/child starting at age 5. you must first open an account at headway.co or skypiatrist.com, enter you ID and insurance information, an email will follow on how to schedule an appointment online.
Please go to headway.co for NJ residents, and for NY and PA residents please go to skypiatrist.com website to book an initial psychiatric evaluation. I see patients and licensed in NJ, NY, PA, WI, and accept all insurances. I treat all psychiatric conditions and can do medication management and therapy. I can help you treat whatever symptoms you may have or recommended the best approach to improve the way you feel. I see adults and adolescents/child starting at age 5. you must first open an account at headway.co or skypiatrist.com, enter you ID and insurance information, an email will follow on how to schedule an appointment online.
(347) 970-6561 View (347) 970-6561
Photo of Kelly Cook, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brooklyn, NY
Kelly Cook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11234
Kelly Cook, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified psychiatric practitioner who works with clients to develop individualized integrative psychiatric treatment plans that include traditional as well as non-traditional/off-label uses of psychotropic medications, genetic testing, and supplements. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in English, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Hollins University and completed her clinical training as a psychiatric provider at The Ohio State University.
Kelly Cook, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified psychiatric practitioner who works with clients to develop individualized integrative psychiatric treatment plans that include traditional as well as non-traditional/off-label uses of psychotropic medications, genetic testing, and supplements. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in English, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Hollins University and completed her clinical training as a psychiatric provider at The Ohio State University.
(929) 955-1564 View (929) 955-1564
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Darwin Joseph Buschman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11215  (Online Only)
I am board certified psychiatrist, medical school SUNY Downstate, residency NYU/Bellvue, in private practice since 1986 in New York City with affiliations NYU, Mt. Sinai, St. Lukes/Roosevelt, Lenox Hill hospitals and others. I have a broad range of experience I describe as general psychiatry and experience with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dementias, and many areas although I don't prefer to treat Substance Abuse Disorders or ADHD (I do not prescribe stimulants.) I provide IPT short term psychotherapy, medication management, and 1-2 session psychiatric evaluations with assessment and recommendation. email me
I am board certified psychiatrist, medical school SUNY Downstate, residency NYU/Bellvue, in private practice since 1986 in New York City with affiliations NYU, Mt. Sinai, St. Lukes/Roosevelt, Lenox Hill hospitals and others. I have a broad range of experience I describe as general psychiatry and experience with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Dementias, and many areas although I don't prefer to treat Substance Abuse Disorders or ADHD (I do not prescribe stimulants.) I provide IPT short term psychotherapy, medication management, and 1-2 session psychiatric evaluations with assessment and recommendation. email me
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Photo of Hannah Bock, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brooklyn, NY
Hannah Bock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
My goal is to guide people towards reducing challenging psychological symptoms. I do largely adult psychiatric medication management with a comprehensive approach to care that integrates therapy. I help clients use their own practical skills and strengths to problem solve.
My goal is to guide people towards reducing challenging psychological symptoms. I do largely adult psychiatric medication management with a comprehensive approach to care that integrates therapy. I help clients use their own practical skills and strengths to problem solve.
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Photo of Lissa Edmond, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brooklyn, NY
Lissa Edmond
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11215  (Online Only)
Lissa (she/they) is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) as well as a certified yoga, qigong, and meditation teacher. Lissa provides psychiatric evaluation, psychopharmacology, and body-centered and mindfulness-based psychotherapy to those who are aged 15 and older. Lissa works collaboratively with each client to find a supportive holistic and integrative approach. Lissa specializes in treating anxiety, depression, mood, shame, grief, difficulties with life transitions and interpersonal challenges, and trauma including complex, race-based, and intergenerational trauma.
Lissa (she/they) is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) as well as a certified yoga, qigong, and meditation teacher. Lissa provides psychiatric evaluation, psychopharmacology, and body-centered and mindfulness-based psychotherapy to those who are aged 15 and older. Lissa works collaboratively with each client to find a supportive holistic and integrative approach. Lissa specializes in treating anxiety, depression, mood, shame, grief, difficulties with life transitions and interpersonal challenges, and trauma including complex, race-based, and intergenerational trauma.
(917) 590-3727 View (917) 590-3727
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Nahil Chohan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Did life take an unexpected turn? Are you feeling frustrated or having difficulty with relationships, work, or school? Are you struggling with anxiety, stress, or unhappiness? We have all gone through uncertainties in our lives. You are not alone. Come and let’s talk about anything on your mind. I will take the time to listen. We will explore your life-present and past. We will understand your core self. I will help you embrace your unique identity.
Did life take an unexpected turn? Are you feeling frustrated or having difficulty with relationships, work, or school? Are you struggling with anxiety, stress, or unhappiness? We have all gone through uncertainties in our lives. You are not alone. Come and let’s talk about anything on your mind. I will take the time to listen. We will explore your life-present and past. We will understand your core self. I will help you embrace your unique identity.
(929) 930-4714 View (929) 930-4714
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Osarugue Blessing Erhunmwunsee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11212  (Online Only)
Clients with mental health issues struggle to be heard, understood, and treated with empathy and compassion, and to be able function at their best.
Clients with mental health issues struggle to be heard, understood, and treated with empathy and compassion, and to be able function at their best.
(929) 410-5317 View (929) 410-5317
Photo of Ajay Marken, Psychiatrist in Brooklyn, NY
Ajay Marken
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Dr. Marken is a Columbia- and Cornell-trained, board-certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist. He was on faculty at Harvard Medical School and is now on faculty at New York University. Dr. Marken predominantly provides psychotherapy and/or medication management. He has a patient-centered approach that provides thorough and individualized care for your particular needs. As a physician, Dr. Marken focuses on the interaction between the biological, the psychological, and the environmental contributors to mental health. He is a member of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry and works with athletes at all levels.
Dr. Marken is a Columbia- and Cornell-trained, board-certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist. He was on faculty at Harvard Medical School and is now on faculty at New York University. Dr. Marken predominantly provides psychotherapy and/or medication management. He has a patient-centered approach that provides thorough and individualized care for your particular needs. As a physician, Dr. Marken focuses on the interaction between the biological, the psychological, and the environmental contributors to mental health. He is a member of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry and works with athletes at all levels.
(646) 798-7837 View (646) 798-7837
Photo of Zoe Goldberg, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brooklyn, NY
Zoe Goldberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I obtained my Masters of Science and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Columbia University and completed my clinical training at Bellevue Hospital. I have worked with adults of all ages experiencing anxiety, depression, insomnia, and various other mental health concerns.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I obtained my Masters of Science and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Columbia University and completed my clinical training at Bellevue Hospital. I have worked with adults of all ages experiencing anxiety, depression, insomnia, and various other mental health concerns.
(929) 207-9379 View (929) 207-9379
Photo of Abigail Cohen, Psychiatrist in Brooklyn, NY
Abigail Cohen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11201
I am a double board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, treating the full spectrum of psychiatric conditions with care for each individual and their needs. I specialize in the treatment of ADHD across the lifespan, with particular attention to the intersection of ADHD and substance use and the unique problems faced by college students and young adults. Prior to medical training, I studied Art History at Rice University and Art Education at Columbia Teacher’s College. I attended Drexel University College of Medicine and completed residency and fellowship training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
I am a double board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, treating the full spectrum of psychiatric conditions with care for each individual and their needs. I specialize in the treatment of ADHD across the lifespan, with particular attention to the intersection of ADHD and substance use and the unique problems faced by college students and young adults. Prior to medical training, I studied Art History at Rice University and Art Education at Columbia Teacher’s College. I attended Drexel University College of Medicine and completed residency and fellowship training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
(347) 835-5743 View (347) 835-5743
Photo of Charlotte Coates, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brooklyn, NY
Charlotte Coates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11235  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Charlotte Coates is a board certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse practitioner in the state of New York. She graduated from NYU School of Nursing with a masters degree in nursing science in 2019. She also holds a bachelors of science in nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing. Charlotte focuses on helping individuals with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD and trauma as well as relationship challenges, work-related stress, and adjusting to aging. She believes in an individualized and collaborative approach to treatment. She offers medication management with supportive psychotherapy.
Charlotte Coates is a board certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse practitioner in the state of New York. She graduated from NYU School of Nursing with a masters degree in nursing science in 2019. She also holds a bachelors of science in nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing. Charlotte focuses on helping individuals with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD and trauma as well as relationship challenges, work-related stress, and adjusting to aging. She believes in an individualized and collaborative approach to treatment. She offers medication management with supportive psychotherapy.
(347) 970-7411 View (347) 970-7411
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Ideal Mental Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients: Specialize in treating adults and children with mental health conditions, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Autism Medication Management, ADHD, ODD, and Learning Disabilities. If you're feeling overwhelmed, tired, irritable, struggling with daily tasks, experiencing poor concentration, sadness, anxiety, frequent mood swings, or anger issues, it's crucial not to let these symptoms define you. Seek help today, as many of these symptoms may be linked to your mental health and are often treatable. To schedule a free 15-minute consult, visit our website, www.idealmentalcare.com
Accepting New Clients: Specialize in treating adults and children with mental health conditions, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Autism Medication Management, ADHD, ODD, and Learning Disabilities. If you're feeling overwhelmed, tired, irritable, struggling with daily tasks, experiencing poor concentration, sadness, anxiety, frequent mood swings, or anger issues, it's crucial not to let these symptoms define you. Seek help today, as many of these symptoms may be linked to your mental health and are often treatable. To schedule a free 15-minute consult, visit our website, www.idealmentalcare.com
(929) 533-1893 View (929) 533-1893
Photo of The Talking Remedy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brooklyn, NY
The Talking Remedy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
As your therapist, I am here to support you through life challenges and hurdles, supporting you and helping you attain a more positive aspect. I use an empathetic, patient centered approach sometimes in conjunction with medication to help you get to where you want to be in life.
As your therapist, I am here to support you through life challenges and hurdles, supporting you and helping you attain a more positive aspect. I use an empathetic, patient centered approach sometimes in conjunction with medication to help you get to where you want to be in life.
(929) 492-4220 View (929) 492-4220
Photo of Vera Udebhulu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brooklyn, NY
Vera Udebhulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11208
Vera Udebhulu is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner who renders services to young teen and older adults (age range 14 and older). She has worked in different settings providing care to individuals and families suffering from acute to chronic mental illness. Vera is very passionate about delivering comprehensive, integrated, and individualized care to those seeking her services. She has been providing mental health services since 2013 and truly believes that effectively engaging her clients is an integral part of successful treatment.
Vera Udebhulu is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner who renders services to young teen and older adults (age range 14 and older). She has worked in different settings providing care to individuals and families suffering from acute to chronic mental illness. Vera is very passionate about delivering comprehensive, integrated, and individualized care to those seeking her services. She has been providing mental health services since 2013 and truly believes that effectively engaging her clients is an integral part of successful treatment.
(718) 578-4269 View (718) 578-4269
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Susan Tansil
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11201
PLEASE NOTE This practice location is not in network with any insurance programs. I am a psychiatrist in private practice. I am currently accepting new patients--I see fully vaccinated patients in person on Thursdays in my office on Brooklyn Heights, or via telemedicine on other days of the week. In meeting, we can discuss what's been bothering you recently, and what you'd like to change to feel better.
PLEASE NOTE This practice location is not in network with any insurance programs. I am a psychiatrist in private practice. I am currently accepting new patients--I see fully vaccinated patients in person on Thursdays in my office on Brooklyn Heights, or via telemedicine on other days of the week. In meeting, we can discuss what's been bothering you recently, and what you'd like to change to feel better.
(917) 809-5067 View (917) 809-5067
Photo of Rachel Eakley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brooklyn, NY
Rachel Eakley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Not accepting new clients
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing individual psychotherapy and medication management for adults and children with mental health needs. I have experience working with clients across a broad spectrum of diagnoses, age groups, and needs. I have a special interest in supporting individuals through times of transition, such as marriage, pregnancy, new parenthood, college, loss, and separation.
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing individual psychotherapy and medication management for adults and children with mental health needs. I have experience working with clients across a broad spectrum of diagnoses, age groups, and needs. I have a special interest in supporting individuals through times of transition, such as marriage, pregnancy, new parenthood, college, loss, and separation.
(516) 701-2950 View (516) 701-2950
Photo of Dr. Sabrina Gratia, Psychiatrist in Brooklyn, NY
Dr. Sabrina Gratia
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11215
I am a double board certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Physician Psychiatrist and Columbia trained Therapist. I have a solo private practice in Park Slope and you will always be seen by a physician. I hope to help you or your child develop into your/their best version of yourself by building a trusting and caring therapeutic relationship. Each person is seen as an individual and is encouraged to be an active participant in their own treatment, whether it be psychotherapy and/or medication management.
I am a double board certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Physician Psychiatrist and Columbia trained Therapist. I have a solo private practice in Park Slope and you will always be seen by a physician. I hope to help you or your child develop into your/their best version of yourself by building a trusting and caring therapeutic relationship. Each person is seen as an individual and is encouraged to be an active participant in their own treatment, whether it be psychotherapy and/or medication management.
(914) 819-5695 View (914) 819-5695
Photo of Toba Omidiji, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brooklyn, NY
Toba Omidiji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11212  (Online Only)
Toba has experience treating a range of psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, and schizophrenia; in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. He currently renders care to the young adult (17) and older adult population. When treating clients who are experiencing mental health issues it is very important to understand the other elements that may serve as contributing factors for their diagnosis. It takes a level of compassion, integrity, patience, and understanding to work with individuals who are experiencing difficulties managing mental health or the mental health of their loved ones.
Toba has experience treating a range of psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, and schizophrenia; in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. He currently renders care to the young adult (17) and older adult population. When treating clients who are experiencing mental health issues it is very important to understand the other elements that may serve as contributing factors for their diagnosis. It takes a level of compassion, integrity, patience, and understanding to work with individuals who are experiencing difficulties managing mental health or the mental health of their loved ones.
(718) 831-6668 View (718) 831-6668
Photo of Natasha Felton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brooklyn, NY
Natasha Felton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Your health and well-being are my top priority. I am a Brooklyn-based Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 18 years of experience. I focus on integrative psychotherapy and psychopharmacology considering your priorities, lifestyle, and your symptoms to help you address your concerns and to enhance your life. As we collaborate to achieve your goals, you can expect a thorough, but gentle, compassionate and personalized experience. I work with both adolescents and adults, and serve individuals from every cultural background. I work in private practice with Dr. Beata Lewis MD at Mind Body Seven.
Your health and well-being are my top priority. I am a Brooklyn-based Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 18 years of experience. I focus on integrative psychotherapy and psychopharmacology considering your priorities, lifestyle, and your symptoms to help you address your concerns and to enhance your life. As we collaborate to achieve your goals, you can expect a thorough, but gentle, compassionate and personalized experience. I work with both adolescents and adults, and serve individuals from every cultural background. I work in private practice with Dr. Beata Lewis MD at Mind Body Seven.
(646) 719-0813 View (646) 719-0813
Photo of Jennifer Landolt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brooklyn, NY
Jennifer Landolt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, P/NH
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Jennifer Landolt has worked in psychiatric nursing since 1994. She is a career nursing professional with experience treating clients throughout the adult lifespan and in many different environments ranging from inpatient to outpatient and from institutional to the private practice sectors. Jennifer is trained in diagnosing mental health disorders, addiction support and offering treatment options in the form of prescribing medication and other nonpharmacological interventions. She believes in the power of structure, exercise, meditation, mindfulness and journaling.
Jennifer Landolt has worked in psychiatric nursing since 1994. She is a career nursing professional with experience treating clients throughout the adult lifespan and in many different environments ranging from inpatient to outpatient and from institutional to the private practice sectors. Jennifer is trained in diagnosing mental health disorders, addiction support and offering treatment options in the form of prescribing medication and other nonpharmacological interventions. She believes in the power of structure, exercise, meditation, mindfulness and journaling.
(929) 581-8744 View (929) 581-8744

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Brooklyn, NY

500+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Brooklyn, NY who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
85% Medication Management
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Bipolar Disorder
72% Trauma and PTSD
68% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Brooklyn, NY see their clients

54% Online Only
46% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

64% Female
35% Male
1% Non-Binary
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.