Psychiatrists in Carle Place, NY

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Zen Integrative Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
Carle Place, NY 11514  (Online Only)
As a double board-certified practitioner in medicine and psychiatry, I am acutely aware of the impact of mental health on overall wellbeing. I leverage my background in critical care, preventative care, surgery and psychiatry to provide an evidence-based and results-oriented holistic approach catered to each individual. I combine medication management sessions with individual psychotherapy to achieve optimal results in a culturally sensitive and emotionally safe space for the client. My treatment plans are developed in conjunction with the client to provide focused care aimed at encouraging personal growth and development.
As a double board-certified practitioner in medicine and psychiatry, I am acutely aware of the impact of mental health on overall wellbeing. I leverage my background in critical care, preventative care, surgery and psychiatry to provide an evidence-based and results-oriented holistic approach catered to each individual. I combine medication management sessions with individual psychotherapy to achieve optimal results in a culturally sensitive and emotionally safe space for the client. My treatment plans are developed in conjunction with the client to provide focused care aimed at encouraging personal growth and development.
(516) 591-3301 View (516) 591-3301
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Shihab Touhid
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Carle Place, NY 11514
Shihab Touhid is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2011. He provides patient-centered and trauma-informed care with experience in treatment planning, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication management, and psychotropic medication education. He believes in treating patients with the fewest number of medications. He strongly educates clients about the potential for addiction when taking controlled substances. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, driving, watching wild animals and funny videos.
Shihab Touhid is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2011. He provides patient-centered and trauma-informed care with experience in treatment planning, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication management, and psychotropic medication education. He believes in treating patients with the fewest number of medications. He strongly educates clients about the potential for addiction when taking controlled substances. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, driving, watching wild animals and funny videos.
(516) 407-7804 View (516) 407-7804
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Neha Ali
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carle Place, NY 11514
Neha Ali is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York who has been in practice since 2023. She has completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. Neha was raised and trained on Long Island and is very familiar with the community. She can relate to issues that are presented and would like to continue to give back to her local community. She lends an empathetic ear to patients and provides care without judgment. Outside of work, Neha enjoys traveling, baking, and finding good restaurants.
Neha Ali is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York who has been in practice since 2023. She has completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. Neha was raised and trained on Long Island and is very familiar with the community. She can relate to issues that are presented and would like to continue to give back to her local community. She lends an empathetic ear to patients and provides care without judgment. Outside of work, Neha enjoys traveling, baking, and finding good restaurants.
(516) 518-3487 View (516) 518-3487
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Ayshea Beswick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Carle Place, NY 11514
Ayshea M. Beswick, NP Ayshea M. Beswick is a Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2023. She has more than 20 years of experience in various clinical settings. In her free time, Ayshea enjoys traveling, reading, and live music.
Ayshea M. Beswick, NP Ayshea M. Beswick is a Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2023. She has more than 20 years of experience in various clinical settings. In her free time, Ayshea enjoys traveling, reading, and live music.
(516) 928-5018 View (516) 928-5018
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Jaspreet Hans
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Carle Place, NY 11514
Dr. Jaspreet Hans, MD Dr. Jaspreet Hans is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 2023. She earned her MD degree from Ross University School of Medicine. She completed her General adult psychiatry residency, followed by fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) in East Meadow, NY. She also served as a chief resident for the adult outpatient behavioral health clinic at NUMC.
Dr. Jaspreet Hans, MD Dr. Jaspreet Hans is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 2023. She earned her MD degree from Ross University School of Medicine. She completed her General adult psychiatry residency, followed by fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) in East Meadow, NY. She also served as a chief resident for the adult outpatient behavioral health clinic at NUMC.
(516) 585-3234 View (516) 585-3234
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Saba Mughal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Carle Place, NY 11514
Dr. Saba Mughal, MD Dr. Saba Mughal is a Psychiatrist in New York, and ABPN Board Certified. She completed her Residency training from Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow NY. Dr. Mughal is an empathetic listener, addresses questions and concerns, provides long-term therapeutic alliance with patients and families (if involved), and helps patients to have good quality of life and achieve desired goals In her free time, Dr. Mughal likes to travel and explore new places, spend time with her family and friends, and enjoys cooking.
Dr. Saba Mughal, MD Dr. Saba Mughal is a Psychiatrist in New York, and ABPN Board Certified. She completed her Residency training from Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow NY. Dr. Mughal is an empathetic listener, addresses questions and concerns, provides long-term therapeutic alliance with patients and families (if involved), and helps patients to have good quality of life and achieve desired goals In her free time, Dr. Mughal likes to travel and explore new places, spend time with her family and friends, and enjoys cooking.
(516) 217-2195 View (516) 217-2195

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Guiding Balance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Old Westbury, NY 11568
Welcome to Guiding Balance. We offer comprehensive diagnostic evaluations with genetic testing, medication management with genetic profiling, and psychotherapy. We treat pediatric, adult, and geriatric clients.
Welcome to Guiding Balance. We offer comprehensive diagnostic evaluations with genetic testing, medication management with genetic profiling, and psychotherapy. We treat pediatric, adult, and geriatric clients.
(631) 817-4192 View (631) 817-4192
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Jazz psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Garden City, NY 11530
As an integrative holistic psychiatrist, I specialize in helping individuals seeking relief from mental health challenges. I'm passionate about working with clients and am open to exploring a comprehensive approach to their well-being. Beyond traditional diagnostic evaluations, medication, and psychotherapy, I incorporate holistic therapies like nutrition, exercise, yoga, and meditation into our treatment plan. My mission is to guide clients in improving their mental health and overall well-being. I have a longstanding interest in spirituality, and when appropriate, I teach breathing and meditation.
As an integrative holistic psychiatrist, I specialize in helping individuals seeking relief from mental health challenges. I'm passionate about working with clients and am open to exploring a comprehensive approach to their well-being. Beyond traditional diagnostic evaluations, medication, and psychotherapy, I incorporate holistic therapies like nutrition, exercise, yoga, and meditation into our treatment plan. My mission is to guide clients in improving their mental health and overall well-being. I have a longstanding interest in spirituality, and when appropriate, I teach breathing and meditation.
(718) 577-2583 View (718) 577-2583
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Victoria Katz
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Garden City, NY 11530
I am a Board Certified, child, adolescent and young adult psychiatrist in private practice in New York's Queens and Long Island areas. The purpose of my practice is to provide a thorough and individualized assessment of each of my patient’s unique needs, being mindful of all the different aspects of their lives.
I am a Board Certified, child, adolescent and young adult psychiatrist in private practice in New York's Queens and Long Island areas. The purpose of my practice is to provide a thorough and individualized assessment of each of my patient’s unique needs, being mindful of all the different aspects of their lives.
(516) 447-2850 View (516) 447-2850
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Island Lighthouse Consultation Services, NPP, P.C.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Garden City, NY 11530
We are an expanding practice, currently accepting new clients for medication management, offering fairly immediate availability for new intakes. You have likely taken the first steps in accepting help, pursuing therapy, however, in spite of this, you may continue to struggle. In such cases, patients will often benefit from a combination of both medications and psychotherapy. At Island Lighthouse Consultation Services, NPP, P.C., we can assess your needs and together we can formulate an individualized treatment plan. Working in collaboration with you and your therapist, we can help you to achieve your greatest potential.
We are an expanding practice, currently accepting new clients for medication management, offering fairly immediate availability for new intakes. You have likely taken the first steps in accepting help, pursuing therapy, however, in spite of this, you may continue to struggle. In such cases, patients will often benefit from a combination of both medications and psychotherapy. At Island Lighthouse Consultation Services, NPP, P.C., we can assess your needs and together we can formulate an individualized treatment plan. Working in collaboration with you and your therapist, we can help you to achieve your greatest potential.
(516) 399-0797 View (516) 399-0797
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Adarsh K Gupta
Psychiatrist, MD, FAMP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Garden City, NY 11530
I am Dr. Gupta, Medical Director of Sleep, TMS & Wellness Center. I am board certified in Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, Sleep Medicine & Psychosomatic Medicine. My practice offers "Interventional psychiatry" treatments like TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and 'Ketamine' for treatment resistant depression, OCD and anxiety disorders. TMS therapy is FDA approved, non invasive with no systemic side effects. Most insurances provide coverage for TMS treatments. 'TMS neuromodulation' is a third major pillar in psychiatric care after psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. ( visit www.DrAGupta.com to learn more)
I am Dr. Gupta, Medical Director of Sleep, TMS & Wellness Center. I am board certified in Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, Sleep Medicine & Psychosomatic Medicine. My practice offers "Interventional psychiatry" treatments like TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and 'Ketamine' for treatment resistant depression, OCD and anxiety disorders. TMS therapy is FDA approved, non invasive with no systemic side effects. Most insurances provide coverage for TMS treatments. 'TMS neuromodulation' is a third major pillar in psychiatric care after psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. ( visit www.DrAGupta.com to learn more)
(516) 217-8064 View (516) 217-8064
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George Bush, MD
Psychiatrist, MD, MMSc
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Garden City, NY 11530  (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
Sandip Sheth MD
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Garden City, NY 11535
I am a Board certified Adult Psychiatrist practicing for last 20 years in Queens. Trained at Albert Einstein college of Medicine and Long island Jewish Hospital. Teach Medical students and Psychiatric residents. Work with major Psychiatric disorder including Depression ,Anxiety disorder, Eating disorder, and Bipolar disorder. Always provide the most comfortable and emphatic environment to discuss any issues and enjoy coordinating the care between Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist. I believe combining Psychotherapy and Medication gives the best possible outcome. I understand every person is unique and needs individualized treatment.
I am a Board certified Adult Psychiatrist practicing for last 20 years in Queens. Trained at Albert Einstein college of Medicine and Long island Jewish Hospital. Teach Medical students and Psychiatric residents. Work with major Psychiatric disorder including Depression ,Anxiety disorder, Eating disorder, and Bipolar disorder. Always provide the most comfortable and emphatic environment to discuss any issues and enjoy coordinating the care between Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist. I believe combining Psychotherapy and Medication gives the best possible outcome. I understand every person is unique and needs individualized treatment.
(516) 217-8418 View (516) 217-8418
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Judy E Vansiea
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MA, MS, APRN, NPP
Verified Verified
Uniondale, NY 11556  (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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Long Island Psychiatrist & Online Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Uniondale, NY 11553  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatrist practicing in Long Island, NY. I provide both office visits and telepsychiatry visits ( please visit my website at gaba.healthcare) . I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, family and marital therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as medication management. Whatever your reasons for seeing a psychiatrist ? whether you are suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, attention problems dysphoria, or just wanting to perform better at work, I strongly believe that everyone has the potential to feel and be better, and everyone deserves optimal care.
I am a board certified Psychiatrist practicing in Long Island, NY. I provide both office visits and telepsychiatry visits ( please visit my website at gaba.healthcare) . I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, family and marital therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as medication management. Whatever your reasons for seeing a psychiatrist ? whether you are suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, attention problems dysphoria, or just wanting to perform better at work, I strongly believe that everyone has the potential to feel and be better, and everyone deserves optimal care.
(516) 550-3440 View (516) 550-3440
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Scott M. Albin
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Garden City, NY 11530
Dr. Albin is a Board Certified in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. He completed his residency and fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, and currently provides evaluation and management of mental health issues with psychotherapy and medication management in private practice.
Dr. Albin is a Board Certified in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. He completed his residency and fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, and currently provides evaluation and management of mental health issues with psychotherapy and medication management in private practice.
(516) 714-5811 View (516) 714-5811
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Mara Weinberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Garden City, NY 11530  (Online Only)
Life can sometimes feel like a whirlwind with the constant stream of calls, messages, work pressures, family obligations, and health concerns. If you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed by it all, please know that you're not alone. The unpredictability of life can leave us feeling stressed, down, or anxious. If you ever feel unsure about how to improve your well-being, I'm here to offer the guidance and support you need. You will will have a supportive and non judgmental space to discuss your thoughts, feelings, and treatment goals. Asking for help brings you one step closer to relieving your symptoms & improving your well being.
Life can sometimes feel like a whirlwind with the constant stream of calls, messages, work pressures, family obligations, and health concerns. If you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed by it all, please know that you're not alone. The unpredictability of life can leave us feeling stressed, down, or anxious. If you ever feel unsure about how to improve your well-being, I'm here to offer the guidance and support you need. You will will have a supportive and non judgmental space to discuss your thoughts, feelings, and treatment goals. Asking for help brings you one step closer to relieving your symptoms & improving your well being.
(516) 981-4775 View (516) 981-4775
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Felicia Hassan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11550
Hi! I offer psychiatric assessment and diagnosing that takes place on an individual basis. our mission is to offer innovative and convenient care via face to face and virtual, we also offer home visit on case-by-case basis. (medication management) and home/tele-therapy (talk therapy).
Hi! I offer psychiatric assessment and diagnosing that takes place on an individual basis. our mission is to offer innovative and convenient care via face to face and virtual, we also offer home visit on case-by-case basis. (medication management) and home/tele-therapy (talk therapy).
(929) 209-3361 View (929) 209-3361
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Dr. DeSarbo / ED-180 Treatment Progams
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Garden City, NY 11530
Dr. DeSarbo is a Board Certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of EATING DISORDERS and general psychiatry including mood disorders, anxiety issues, ADHD, OCD, relationship issues. In addition to psychopharmacology, he also practices CBT and existential therapy. He is the Medical Director of ED-180 Eating Disorder Treatment Programs which provides custom intensive treatment programs for patients in the Long Island/NYC area. He is also an author, a lecturer and the founder and host of the annual Long Island Conference on Eating Disorders. He oversees a full staff of therapists and clinicians at his offices.
Dr. DeSarbo is a Board Certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of EATING DISORDERS and general psychiatry including mood disorders, anxiety issues, ADHD, OCD, relationship issues. In addition to psychopharmacology, he also practices CBT and existential therapy. He is the Medical Director of ED-180 Eating Disorder Treatment Programs which provides custom intensive treatment programs for patients in the Long Island/NYC area. He is also an author, a lecturer and the founder and host of the annual Long Island Conference on Eating Disorders. He oversees a full staff of therapists and clinicians at his offices.
(516) 414-2545 View (516) 414-2545
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Tashonna Webster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Garden City, NY 11530
Are you currently going through each day in constant state of sadness, unable to pinpoint why you are not able to enjoy interactions with others or important moments. Have you been angry or irritable with others where minor conflicts are pushed out of proportion? These symptoms described can be seen in individuals who are suffering from depression or anxiety. These two conditions can have a huge impact on how you sleep or eat, relationships, performance at work, and health. Living with depression or anxiety can be quite challenging, but there is hope.
Are you currently going through each day in constant state of sadness, unable to pinpoint why you are not able to enjoy interactions with others or important moments. Have you been angry or irritable with others where minor conflicts are pushed out of proportion? These symptoms described can be seen in individuals who are suffering from depression or anxiety. These two conditions can have a huge impact on how you sleep or eat, relationships, performance at work, and health. Living with depression or anxiety can be quite challenging, but there is hope.
(516) 309-4898 View (516) 309-4898

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Number of Psychiatrists in Carle Place, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Carle Place, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% ADHD
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder
83% Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Carle Place, NY see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Carle Place?

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.