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{Jessie} Zhe Lin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, NPP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manlius, NY 13104
{Jessie} is a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP-BC). She is licensed in New York State to diagnose, provide therapy, education, and to prescribe medications for mental health conditions. She is licensed to provide treatments to children and adults. {Jessie} has worked in outpatient mental health clinic settings in the surrounding CNY region including: Syracuse, Oneida, Cortland, and Utica. {Jessie} graduated with high honors from SUNY Upstate School of Nursing with a Masters degree in Family Psychiatry Mental Health. She is nationally accredited in Psychiatry across the lifespan by ANCC.
{Jessie} is a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP-BC). She is licensed in New York State to diagnose, provide therapy, education, and to prescribe medications for mental health conditions. She is licensed to provide treatments to children and adults. {Jessie} has worked in outpatient mental health clinic settings in the surrounding CNY region including: Syracuse, Oneida, Cortland, and Utica. {Jessie} graduated with high honors from SUNY Upstate School of Nursing with a Masters degree in Family Psychiatry Mental Health. She is nationally accredited in Psychiatry across the lifespan by ANCC.
(315) 640-3835 View (315) 640-3835
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Stephanie Mancini Hughes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
East Syracuse, NY 13057
I strive to help those suffering with mental health issues and to give them a better quality of life. We will work as a team to develop an appropriate treatment plan to make this goal attainable.
I strive to help those suffering with mental health issues and to give them a better quality of life. We will work as a team to develop an appropriate treatment plan to make this goal attainable.
(833) 788-0327 View (833) 788-0327
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TMS Restoration Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, FACL
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fayetteville, NY 13066
We are professionals dedicated to providing treatment that elevates our patient’s life experience. We are located near Syracuse NY with offices in Fayetteville NY and Baldwinsville NY. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a treatment that targets key areas of the brain that are less active in people with moderate to severe depression. TMS is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression, and it’s typically used when other treatments haven’t allowed you to experience remission from your depression. TMS may also be used for other conditions.
We are professionals dedicated to providing treatment that elevates our patient’s life experience. We are located near Syracuse NY with offices in Fayetteville NY and Baldwinsville NY. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a treatment that targets key areas of the brain that are less active in people with moderate to severe depression. TMS is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression, and it’s typically used when other treatments haven’t allowed you to experience remission from your depression. TMS may also be used for other conditions.
(315) 400-4044 View (315) 400-4044
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Paige Cool
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manlius, NY 13104  (Online Only)
I started my career at University of Rochester Medical Center and I have 10 years of experience working in psychiatry ranging from outpatient clinics to inpatient settings. I work with children and adolescents as well as adults. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I received my master’s degree from the University of Rochester. Since 2019 I have lived and worked as a nurse practitioner in Denver, Colorado and now that I am back in New York, I look forward to help you in your mental health journey.
I started my career at University of Rochester Medical Center and I have 10 years of experience working in psychiatry ranging from outpatient clinics to inpatient settings. I work with children and adolescents as well as adults. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I received my master’s degree from the University of Rochester. Since 2019 I have lived and worked as a nurse practitioner in Denver, Colorado and now that I am back in New York, I look forward to help you in your mental health journey.
(585) 648-1141 View (585) 648-1141
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Brenda Lis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Fayetteville, NY 13066
Having grown up in an economically disadvantaged community, I witnessed the toll that mental illness can take on individuals and their families; and having raised three children on my own, I know what it is to struggle. My experiences fueled my passion for mental health care, and I bring this empathy and understanding to every patient interaction. I am deeply committed to helping my patients overcome their challenges and treating each individual with the same care and attention I would give to my own loved ones.
Having grown up in an economically disadvantaged community, I witnessed the toll that mental illness can take on individuals and their families; and having raised three children on my own, I know what it is to struggle. My experiences fueled my passion for mental health care, and I bring this empathy and understanding to every patient interaction. I am deeply committed to helping my patients overcome their challenges and treating each individual with the same care and attention I would give to my own loved ones.
(716) 354-1077 View (716) 354-1077
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Yichao Zhang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Syracuse, NY 13057
Don't let your mental illness become your identity and define who you are. I'm Yichao Zhang, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I'm currently accepting new clients who are looking for medication management and individual counseling for the betterment of their mental health.
Don't let your mental illness become your identity and define who you are. I'm Yichao Zhang, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I'm currently accepting new clients who are looking for medication management and individual counseling for the betterment of their mental health.
(315) 291-8816 View (315) 291-8816
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Judith H. Fager
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, FNP, ANP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
East Syracuse, NY 13057
Judith H. Fager is a highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP), who runs her private practice with a wealth of experience in the field of psychiatry. Judith provides compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to her patients. As a Psychiatric NP, Judith holds advanced degrees in nursing and specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions. Her practice encompasses a broad range of services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, therapy, and counseling. Judith adopts a patient-centered approach, actively listening to her patients' concerns.
Judith H. Fager is a highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP), who runs her private practice with a wealth of experience in the field of psychiatry. Judith provides compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to her patients. As a Psychiatric NP, Judith holds advanced degrees in nursing and specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions. Her practice encompasses a broad range of services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, therapy, and counseling. Judith adopts a patient-centered approach, actively listening to her patients' concerns.
(315) 754-9793 View (315) 754-9793
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Lorna Forbes NP in Psychiatry and Family Health PL
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fayetteville, NY 13066
It has always been my dream to have my own practice and I thank God that it is finally happening. My personal philosophy in life is to put God first, being thankful for all that I have, to always be kind to others even if it is seen by some as weakness, always be empathic, to look at my struggles as an opportunity for self-improvement and an opportunity to help others and finally to be a beacon of light to all who cross my path For my patients, I desire to travel with them on their journey as they navigate their way through life.
It has always been my dream to have my own practice and I thank God that it is finally happening. My personal philosophy in life is to put God first, being thankful for all that I have, to always be kind to others even if it is seen by some as weakness, always be empathic, to look at my struggles as an opportunity for self-improvement and an opportunity to help others and finally to be a beacon of light to all who cross my path For my patients, I desire to travel with them on their journey as they navigate their way through life.
(680) 201-5549 View (680) 201-5549
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Tania Marschall, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fayetteville, NY 13066
My name is Tania Marschall and I'm a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I'm happy to offer you Telepsychiatry services for the state of New York. Telepsychiatry is all about providing you the convenience you need in your life so you can get back to whats important . With Telepsychiatry, this allows increased access to care by reducing wait times, costs, commute times, eliminate child or eldercare, or taking time off work. With internet access, you will be able to schedule an appointment through your smartphone,tablet, or computer using a secure HIPPA compliant platform.
My name is Tania Marschall and I'm a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I'm happy to offer you Telepsychiatry services for the state of New York. Telepsychiatry is all about providing you the convenience you need in your life so you can get back to whats important . With Telepsychiatry, this allows increased access to care by reducing wait times, costs, commute times, eliminate child or eldercare, or taking time off work. With internet access, you will be able to schedule an appointment through your smartphone,tablet, or computer using a secure HIPPA compliant platform.
(315) 753-4411 View (315) 753-4411
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Kristen M Milburn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fayetteville, NY 13066
Are you looking for a safe and judgement free environment to address stressors in your life? Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, or other mental health disorders, working together we search for the root of the problem. Using a solution oriented treatment plan, we then move forward and identify the factors you can and cannot control and empower you to make the changes necessary to reach the goals you set.
Are you looking for a safe and judgement free environment to address stressors in your life? Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, or other mental health disorders, working together we search for the root of the problem. Using a solution oriented treatment plan, we then move forward and identify the factors you can and cannot control and empower you to make the changes necessary to reach the goals you set.
(315) 277-6866 View (315) 277-6866
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Syracuse TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fayetteville, NY 13066
Trans-cranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a treatment that targets key areas of the brain that are less active in people with moderate to severe depression. TMS is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression, and it’s typically used when other treatments haven’t allowed you to experience remission from your depression. TMS is also being used for Anxiety, ADD, PTSD and is rapidly being considered by insurance companies for coverage outside of the current provision for moderate to severe depression. We have locations Fayetteville and Baldwinsville NY.
Trans-cranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a treatment that targets key areas of the brain that are less active in people with moderate to severe depression. TMS is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression, and it’s typically used when other treatments haven’t allowed you to experience remission from your depression. TMS is also being used for Anxiety, ADD, PTSD and is rapidly being considered by insurance companies for coverage outside of the current provision for moderate to severe depression. We have locations Fayetteville and Baldwinsville NY.
(315) 743-0988 View (315) 743-0988
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Dynamic Emotional Wellness with Telemedicine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
East Syracuse, NY 13057
WE NOW OFFER TELEMEDICINE! We are accepting new patients. Our goal is to provide QUALITY mental health care services to all of our patients in a TIMELY manner.
WE NOW OFFER TELEMEDICINE! We are accepting new patients. Our goal is to provide QUALITY mental health care services to all of our patients in a TIMELY manner.
(315) 329-5212 View (315) 329-5212
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Syracuse Best TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fayetteville, NY 13066
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a treatment that targets key areas of the brain that are less active in people with moderate to severe depression. TMS is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression, and it’s typically used when other treatments haven’t allowed you to experience remission from your depression, anxiety and PTSD
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a treatment that targets key areas of the brain that are less active in people with moderate to severe depression. TMS is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression, and it’s typically used when other treatments haven’t allowed you to experience remission from your depression, anxiety and PTSD
(680) 201-5098 View (680) 201-5098
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Julie Middleton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
East Syracuse, NY 13057
Welcome to Dynamic Emotional Wellness! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years experience in the field. I recognize that each individual is unique and that psychiatric issues can be challenging. Clients who present to me are often struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, ADD or schizophrenia and benefit from the assistance that medications can provide. I work one-on-one with clients to develop a treatment program that they are comfortable with and that helps them move toward reaching their goals.
Welcome to Dynamic Emotional Wellness! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years experience in the field. I recognize that each individual is unique and that psychiatric issues can be challenging. Clients who present to me are often struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, ADD or schizophrenia and benefit from the assistance that medications can provide. I work one-on-one with clients to develop a treatment program that they are comfortable with and that helps them move toward reaching their goals.
(833) 797-0717 View (833) 797-0717
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Amanda Allie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Fayetteville, NY 13066  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Amanda and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anger Management/Impulse Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Family Issues, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Life Coaching, Loss/Grief/Bereavement, Maternal Mental Health, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Relationship Issues, Religion/Spirituality, Seasonal Affective Disorder (OCD), Sexual Health/Dysfunction, Stress Management and Women's Issues.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Amanda and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anger Management/Impulse Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Family Issues, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Life Coaching, Loss/Grief/Bereavement, Maternal Mental Health, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Relationship Issues, Religion/Spirituality, Seasonal Affective Disorder (OCD), Sexual Health/Dysfunction, Stress Management and Women's Issues.
(929) 348-2110 View (929) 348-2110
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Alexis Dmytryk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13214
It is my pleasure to Welcome everyone to my practice ! I specialize in prescribing psychiatric medications to children, adolescents and adults . I treat depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, eating disorder, addiction, and insomnia.I am board-certified Psychiatric Nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority and have experience in both outpatient and acute settings. I see patients for psychotherapy and medication assessment. I am practicing from my office in Syracuse as well as online via telemedicine. Remember that you are not alone. I'm here to listen and support you at all times.
It is my pleasure to Welcome everyone to my practice ! I specialize in prescribing psychiatric medications to children, adolescents and adults . I treat depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, eating disorder, addiction, and insomnia.I am board-certified Psychiatric Nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority and have experience in both outpatient and acute settings. I see patients for psychotherapy and medication assessment. I am practicing from my office in Syracuse as well as online via telemedicine. Remember that you are not alone. I'm here to listen and support you at all times.
(315) 707-4008 View (315) 707-4008

Online Psychiatrists

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Leah Fromm, NPP Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, RN, NPP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Penfield, NY 14526
I am now accepting new adult patients (ages 18+) for psychiatric evaluation and medication management in New York State. I have a wealth of experience providing compassionate, evidence-based care to patients with a variety of needs.
I am now accepting new adult patients (ages 18+) for psychiatric evaluation and medication management in New York State. I have a wealth of experience providing compassionate, evidence-based care to patients with a variety of needs.
(585) 312-6960 View (585) 312-6960
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Zendi Moldenhauer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, NPP, PNP
Verified Verified
Pittsford, NY 14534
Are you or your child struggling with medical or emotional concerns? You are not alone! As board-certified nurse practitioners at Arbor Health, trained in Functional Medicine & Psychiatry, we are here to help you and your children! We combine medicine AND psychiatry to assess both physical and emotional concerns. We test for nutritional deficiencies, infections, gut health, thyroid & hormonal imbalances, heavy metals, food sensitivities, and we offer QEEG brain mapping and the GenoMind genetic test. Treatments may include medications, supplements, nutrients, diet & lifestyle changes, health coaching, therapy, and Neurofeedback.
Are you or your child struggling with medical or emotional concerns? You are not alone! As board-certified nurse practitioners at Arbor Health, trained in Functional Medicine & Psychiatry, we are here to help you and your children! We combine medicine AND psychiatry to assess both physical and emotional concerns. We test for nutritional deficiencies, infections, gut health, thyroid & hormonal imbalances, heavy metals, food sensitivities, and we offer QEEG brain mapping and the GenoMind genetic test. Treatments may include medications, supplements, nutrients, diet & lifestyle changes, health coaching, therapy, and Neurofeedback.
(585) 332-2062 View (585) 332-2062
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Terry Jean Yonker Psychiatric NP PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Rochester, NY 14623  (Online Only)
In the midst of life's challenges, difficulties, and chaos, it helps to realize that we are not alone. Sharing the journey with another can offer peace, healing, hope, and an opportunity to grow. My goal is to walk with others on their journeys, to hear their stories, and to respond with empathy and understanding. As a nurse with decades of experience, I believe in a patient-centered holistic approach where patient needs are prioritized and where shared decision making is key.
In the midst of life's challenges, difficulties, and chaos, it helps to realize that we are not alone. Sharing the journey with another can offer peace, healing, hope, and an opportunity to grow. My goal is to walk with others on their journeys, to hear their stories, and to respond with empathy and understanding. As a nurse with decades of experience, I believe in a patient-centered holistic approach where patient needs are prioritized and where shared decision making is key.
(315) 310-7148 View (315) 310-7148
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Dr. Brooke A. Finley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP, APHN-BC
Verified Verified
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Waitlist for new clients
Whatever challenges you face, it is my experience that you can work through them when you are motivated to explore what you don't know about yourself and have a good fit with a skilled psychotherapist who understands you. Respectively, I practice psychoanalytic psychotherapy, an approach that most therapists choose for themselves because it is so transformative. It is particularly helpful for long-term and difficult-to-change issues, providing long-lasting growth and psychic relief. While I won't give you "tools" or homework, I will help you foster new ways to listen to your soul so you can create a satisfactory life worth living.
Whatever challenges you face, it is my experience that you can work through them when you are motivated to explore what you don't know about yourself and have a good fit with a skilled psychotherapist who understands you. Respectively, I practice psychoanalytic psychotherapy, an approach that most therapists choose for themselves because it is so transformative. It is particularly helpful for long-term and difficult-to-change issues, providing long-lasting growth and psychic relief. While I won't give you "tools" or homework, I will help you foster new ways to listen to your soul so you can create a satisfactory life worth living.
(585) 209-5585 View (585) 209-5585

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Chittenango?

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.