Psychiatrists in Cambria Heights, NY

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Clyburn's Mental Health Services For Women
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Cambria Heights, NY 11411
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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Joan Dasilva
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Cambria Heights, NY 11411  (Online Only)
Joan Dasilva is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Joan knows that mental health conditions can significantly impact a person’s well-being, quality of life, and ability to function. That’s why he sees compassion as a critical part of high-quality care. He takes the time to listen to his patients’ concerns and to create a safe, welcoming environment where they can feel comfortable opening up about their mental health. Joan works with patients ages 18-64.
Joan Dasilva is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Joan knows that mental health conditions can significantly impact a person’s well-being, quality of life, and ability to function. That’s why he sees compassion as a critical part of high-quality care. He takes the time to listen to his patients’ concerns and to create a safe, welcoming environment where they can feel comfortable opening up about their mental health. Joan works with patients ages 18-64.
(646) 687-7827 View (646) 687-7827
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Romane Melissa Abbensetts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Cambria Heights, NY 11411  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, focused in providing Client Centered Care to adults with various mental health needs. To optimize care, first I will perform a comprehensive mental health assessment, individual psychotherapy and medication management. My objective is to evaluate both your physical and mental health well-being in order to formulate a diagnosis, and develop an invidualized treatment plan; to provide unbiased humane care, and effective treatment for all.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, focused in providing Client Centered Care to adults with various mental health needs. To optimize care, first I will perform a comprehensive mental health assessment, individual psychotherapy and medication management. My objective is to evaluate both your physical and mental health well-being in order to formulate a diagnosis, and develop an invidualized treatment plan; to provide unbiased humane care, and effective treatment for all.
(631) 253-8534 View (631) 253-8534

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Telehealthcare 365
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Valley Stream, NY 11580
Our Psychiatrist are MD and provides Tele-Psychiatry Consults via Video or Phone Session. We Offer Psychiatric consultations and Medication Management, Our staff is Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrists. We have convenient evening hours available for working Individuals. we treat all ages including Children, Adolescents and senior citizens. We treat all psychiatric conditions!, Accept several Insurances , Cash fees for Medication visits is $ 100 The First consultation is only $ 175 Appointments can be made by calling 718 381 2829. Managed by: Tele healthcare 365 LLC. and New Life Psychiatry Counseling svc. PC,
Our Psychiatrist are MD and provides Tele-Psychiatry Consults via Video or Phone Session. We Offer Psychiatric consultations and Medication Management, Our staff is Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrists. We have convenient evening hours available for working Individuals. we treat all ages including Children, Adolescents and senior citizens. We treat all psychiatric conditions!, Accept several Insurances , Cash fees for Medication visits is $ 100 The First consultation is only $ 175 Appointments can be made by calling 718 381 2829. Managed by: Tele healthcare 365 LLC. and New Life Psychiatry Counseling svc. PC,
(516) 412-6311 View (516) 412-6311
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Tishana Griffith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jamaica, NY 11411  (Online Only)
I am Tishana, an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. A born and raised New Yorker, I've committed myself to investing in the communities and places which nurtured me. In my professional experience, I have provided culturally sensitive care to individuals across the life span, who are experiencing acute or chronic mental health conditions in specialized clinical mental health care settings; both acute and outpatient.
I am Tishana, an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. A born and raised New Yorker, I've committed myself to investing in the communities and places which nurtured me. In my professional experience, I have provided culturally sensitive care to individuals across the life span, who are experiencing acute or chronic mental health conditions in specialized clinical mental health care settings; both acute and outpatient.
(929) 531-6947 View (929) 531-6947
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Carbon Minds Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Jamaica, NY 11413
Robert Terrelonge, APRN, PMHNP is a licensed Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in private practice in New York. He provides treatment for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. As a Nurse Practitioner, Mr. Terrelonge sees patients independently and offers many of the same services as a Psychiatrist, yet combines both medical and nursing perspectives. He currently serves Patients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island and uses both office visits and tele-psychiatry to provide easy, affordable and convenient psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
Robert Terrelonge, APRN, PMHNP is a licensed Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in private practice in New York. He provides treatment for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. As a Nurse Practitioner, Mr. Terrelonge sees patients independently and offers many of the same services as a Psychiatrist, yet combines both medical and nursing perspectives. He currently serves Patients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island and uses both office visits and tele-psychiatry to provide easy, affordable and convenient psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
(929) 429-4683 View (929) 429-4683
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Debra Mayers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Queens Village, NY 11428  (Online Only)
I understand you may be experiencing excessive worry, anxiousness, pounding chest and shortness of breath and cannot understand why. Or you may be feeling down, not able enjoy the things you once enjoyed, feel like you don’t want to get out of bed; I don’t want you continue to suffer anymore; I will work with you to provide a combination of medication and therapy that will give you the relief you are seeking and give you your life back.
I understand you may be experiencing excessive worry, anxiousness, pounding chest and shortness of breath and cannot understand why. Or you may be feeling down, not able enjoy the things you once enjoyed, feel like you don’t want to get out of bed; I don’t want you continue to suffer anymore; I will work with you to provide a combination of medication and therapy that will give you the relief you are seeking and give you your life back.
(845) 237-3932 View (845) 237-3932
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Elizabeth Dania
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ANP, RN
Verified
Jamaica, NY 11412  (Online Only)
Dr. Elizabeth Dania is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner, board-certified and licensed by the state New York to provide family-centered, high quality, equitable and culturally-responsive healthcare to patients across the lifespan. Her scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common and complex health care problems. Additionally, she focuses on providing holistic care for clients, which bridges the common gaps between physical and mental health care, beginning in childhood and continuing throughout the aging process.
Dr. Elizabeth Dania is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner, board-certified and licensed by the state New York to provide family-centered, high quality, equitable and culturally-responsive healthcare to patients across the lifespan. Her scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common and complex health care problems. Additionally, she focuses on providing holistic care for clients, which bridges the common gaps between physical and mental health care, beginning in childhood and continuing throughout the aging process.
(516) 656-7495 View (516) 656-7495
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Maribeth Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rosedale, NY 11422  (Online Only)
At the forefront of mental health care, psychiatric nurse practitioners are pioneering a new era of treatment through telehealth. With over 15 years of invaluable experience in psychiatric nursing, nursing education, and a passionate commitment to volunteer EMS, I am proud to lead this transformative movement, offering compassionate care. Through virtual sessions, I am able to offer personalized care, foster meaningful connections, and instill hope in those who seek support during their mental health journey. Join the Movement: Together, let us embrace a new paradigm. Embark on a path towards wellness and healing.
At the forefront of mental health care, psychiatric nurse practitioners are pioneering a new era of treatment through telehealth. With over 15 years of invaluable experience in psychiatric nursing, nursing education, and a passionate commitment to volunteer EMS, I am proud to lead this transformative movement, offering compassionate care. Through virtual sessions, I am able to offer personalized care, foster meaningful connections, and instill hope in those who seek support during their mental health journey. Join the Movement: Together, let us embrace a new paradigm. Embark on a path towards wellness and healing.
(347) 848-1030 View (347) 848-1030
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Empire Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Floral Park, NY 11001  (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.
(332) 262-7193 View (332) 262-7193
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Vera Udebhulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Jamaica, NY 11412
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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Gina Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP-BC, ANP-BC
Verified
Floral Park, NY 11001
I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Health Care in New York State, and now presiding at SilverLife NP Care. I have been trained and specialized in QEEG, Neurofeedback, Medication Management, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Trans-cranial Magnetic Stimulate Therapy. Having believed that brain health is connected to state of total physical, mental, and social well-being, I will develop and customize a unique treatment plan for each individual recovery/remission, and provide the best quality care to all my clients.
I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Health Care in New York State, and now presiding at SilverLife NP Care. I have been trained and specialized in QEEG, Neurofeedback, Medication Management, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Trans-cranial Magnetic Stimulate Therapy. Having believed that brain health is connected to state of total physical, mental, and social well-being, I will develop and customize a unique treatment plan for each individual recovery/remission, and provide the best quality care to all my clients.
(516) 430-2975 View (516) 430-2975
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Staley Psychiatric Nurse Nurse Practitioner PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Albans, NY 11412
I have been working as an NPP for more than 10 years and with the mental health population for more than 15 years. I have an excellent relationship with my clients and colleagues and is described as a good listener, someone they can trust and feel comfortable with. I genuinely love what I do and my goal is help my clients attain mental and emotional stability to reach their full potential. It is my belief that through partnership and a collaborative approach you will be able to do that. We will explore evidence based treatment options to meet your needs. If you are interested in being your best, make the first step. Call today!
I have been working as an NPP for more than 10 years and with the mental health population for more than 15 years. I have an excellent relationship with my clients and colleagues and is described as a good listener, someone they can trust and feel comfortable with. I genuinely love what I do and my goal is help my clients attain mental and emotional stability to reach their full potential. It is my belief that through partnership and a collaborative approach you will be able to do that. We will explore evidence based treatment options to meet your needs. If you are interested in being your best, make the first step. Call today!
(929) 305-1273 View (929) 305-1273
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jamaica, NY 11432  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Judy E Vansiea
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MA, MS, APRN, NPP
Verified
Jamaica, NY 11412  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients at my faith-based practice. Licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry/APRN with NY and KS. Educational degrees background consists of: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP); Master of Science in Mental Health Psychiatric Nursing and a Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling. I have worked in nursing for 27 years. I do immigration psychological evaluations too. I have worked in civilian and military nursing positions and was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. I am a Gulf War Era veteran.
Accepting new patients at my faith-based practice. Licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry/APRN with NY and KS. Educational degrees background consists of: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP); Master of Science in Mental Health Psychiatric Nursing and a Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling. I have worked in nursing for 27 years. I do immigration psychological evaluations too. I have worked in civilian and military nursing positions and was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. I am a Gulf War Era veteran.
(516) 563-4867 View (516) 563-4867
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Sabrina Walcott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BC
Verified
Elmont, NY 11003  (Online Only)
I am committed to providing individualized care to persons across the lifespan. In my role as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I consider myself an agent of care to our society’s most vulnerable individuals. Personally, I pride myself in proving optimal restorative healing to others. I believe that the most important part of patient care is putting the patient's needs first and allowing them to be the focal point of the plan of care to foster a better patient relationship and outcomes.
I am committed to providing individualized care to persons across the lifespan. In my role as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I consider myself an agent of care to our society’s most vulnerable individuals. Personally, I pride myself in proving optimal restorative healing to others. I believe that the most important part of patient care is putting the patient's needs first and allowing them to be the focal point of the plan of care to foster a better patient relationship and outcomes.
(516) 563-5104 View (516) 563-5104
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Ebike Ale-Opinion
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Jamaica, NY 11413  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Ebike and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Women's Issues, Stress Management , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Anger Management, Depression, Insomnia and Sleep Issues and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Ebike and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Women's Issues, Stress Management , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Anger Management, Depression, Insomnia and Sleep Issues and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(929) 334-3445 View (929) 334-3445
RK NP in Psychiatry and NP in Family health PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified
Springfield Gardens, NY 11413  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified NP in Psychiatry and Family Health. I am accepting patients with mental health disorders for psych evaluations, and meds management. I have four years of experience in psychiatry and 9 years of experience in Internal medicine.
I am a Board Certified NP in Psychiatry and Family Health. I am accepting patients with mental health disorders for psych evaluations, and meds management. I have four years of experience in psychiatry and 9 years of experience in Internal medicine.
(516) 916-7634 View (516) 916-7634
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Tranquil Psychiatric NP Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jamaica, NY 11412  (Online Only)
Dr. Elizabeth Sewell is a Nurse Practitioner Specialist, Board Certified both in Family Medicine and Mental Health in Brooklyn, New York. She has diverse experiences in the Nursing field from the ICU, Maternal and Child, Juvenile detention, Visiting RN, Nursing home and Psychiatric Emergency nurse.
Dr. Elizabeth Sewell is a Nurse Practitioner Specialist, Board Certified both in Family Medicine and Mental Health in Brooklyn, New York. She has diverse experiences in the Nursing field from the ICU, Maternal and Child, Juvenile detention, Visiting RN, Nursing home and Psychiatric Emergency nurse.
(646) 564-3679 View (646) 564-3679
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PMHNP, INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Jamaica, NY 11433
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Cambria Heights, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Cambria Heights, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
67% Relationship Issues
67% Grief
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Divorce

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Empire BlueCross BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Cambria Heights, NY see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cambria Heights?

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.