Psychiatrists in Clifton Park, NY

Photo of Tara Burke-Muscatello, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clifton Park, NY
Tara Burke-Muscatello
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, NPP, BC
Verified Verified
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Not accepting new clients
I thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I applaud you for taking the first step towards improving your mental health and overall well-being. I encourage you to read on and decide if you would like me to be a part of your journey to wellness!
I thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I applaud you for taking the first step towards improving your mental health and overall well-being. I encourage you to read on and decide if you would like me to be a part of your journey to wellness!
(518) 302-2433 View (518) 302-2433
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Lisa Ann Oberg
Psychiatric Nurse, NPP-C, MS, RN
Verified Verified
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Not accepting new clients
I am currently NOT accepting new patients. I provide MEDICATION MANAGEMENT for people ages 18 and above. I treat people suffering from Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and OCD, to name a few. I have 15 years of experience in Psychiatry and have been a Nurse Practitioner for the past 8 years. I look forward to working with you.
I am currently NOT accepting new patients. I provide MEDICATION MANAGEMENT for people ages 18 and above. I treat people suffering from Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and OCD, to name a few. I have 15 years of experience in Psychiatry and have been a Nurse Practitioner for the past 8 years. I look forward to working with you.
(518) 304-5832 View (518) 304-5832
Photo of Maegan Majewski, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clifton Park, NY
Maegan Majewski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Maegan works with children, adolescents and adults struggling with their mental health symptoms. Her practice specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, Mood and Behavioral disorders, Women's Issues and Gender & Sexual Identity.
Maegan works with children, adolescents and adults struggling with their mental health symptoms. Her practice specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, Mood and Behavioral disorders, Women's Issues and Gender & Sexual Identity.
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Patricia Hayden Schiller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clifton Park, NY 12065
No two situations are the same and mental health needs in particular are profoundly personal. Everyone deserves competent, individualized, respectful care, but mental health providers are in short supply, especially for those who may need medication management as part of their treatment plan. If a provider is even accepting new patients, wait times for an appointment can be long and appointment times that meet your needs may also be in short supply. In response to these obstacles, my practice is structured to provide as much flexibility as possible to provide personalized care and meet the individual needs of my patients.
No two situations are the same and mental health needs in particular are profoundly personal. Everyone deserves competent, individualized, respectful care, but mental health providers are in short supply, especially for those who may need medication management as part of their treatment plan. If a provider is even accepting new patients, wait times for an appointment can be long and appointment times that meet your needs may also be in short supply. In response to these obstacles, my practice is structured to provide as much flexibility as possible to provide personalized care and meet the individual needs of my patients.
(518) 286-5371 View (518) 286-5371
Photo of Iadeluca NP Psychiatry PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clifton Park, NY
Iadeluca NP Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Accepting new patients at our office in Clifton Park. NYS Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner private practice serving childhood through adulthood patients in New York's Capital Region. To request an appointment, please visit our website: www.kinpp.com
Accepting new patients at our office in Clifton Park. NYS Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner private practice serving childhood through adulthood patients in New York's Capital Region. To request an appointment, please visit our website: www.kinpp.com
(518) 975-3389 View (518) 975-3389
Photo of KM Psychiatry Associates / Kristen Marquis PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clifton Park, NY
KM Psychiatry Associates / Kristen Marquis PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Our goal at KM Psychiatry Associates is to meet you wherever you are in your mental health journey. We exist to provide you with medication management to help you on your path of healing and recovery. Our patient-centered, and integrative approach to providing psychiatric care, will both challenge and embolden you to actively pursue change in your overall health and wellness. We firmly believe that your mental, and physical health are intricately intertwined. That is why we strive to provide a nurturing environment to facilitate an integrative healing experience, while providing you with individual care and compassion.
Our goal at KM Psychiatry Associates is to meet you wherever you are in your mental health journey. We exist to provide you with medication management to help you on your path of healing and recovery. Our patient-centered, and integrative approach to providing psychiatric care, will both challenge and embolden you to actively pursue change in your overall health and wellness. We firmly believe that your mental, and physical health are intricately intertwined. That is why we strive to provide a nurturing environment to facilitate an integrative healing experience, while providing you with individual care and compassion.
(518) 557-1712 View (518) 557-1712
Photo of Laurie Pollard, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clifton Park, NY
Laurie Pollard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NPP, BC
Verified Verified
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Not accepting new clients
NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME. Support and treatment consists of medication considerations, and therapeutic options designed for each individual. The main focus is on current issues and the needs presented on introduction and together we review treatment options and make a plan based on your interests and requests.
NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME. Support and treatment consists of medication considerations, and therapeutic options designed for each individual. The main focus is on current issues and the needs presented on introduction and together we review treatment options and make a plan based on your interests and requests.
(518) 288-2984 View (518) 288-2984
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Bick Wanck
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Our practice is located at 401 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs, NY with 12 mental health practitioners - therapists as well as prescribers - with an emphasis on psychotherapy and counseling. Please visit our website: www.bickwanckmdandassociates.com or contact the office at 518 583-3035 for further information. We accept commercial insurance only - no Medicare or Medicaid plans. You can also check out Bick’s author website at www.bickwanckmd.com to check out blogs and links to his book Mind Easing: the 3-layered healing plan for anxiety and depression.
Our practice is located at 401 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs, NY with 12 mental health practitioners - therapists as well as prescribers - with an emphasis on psychotherapy and counseling. Please visit our website: www.bickwanckmdandassociates.com or contact the office at 518 583-3035 for further information. We accept commercial insurance only - no Medicare or Medicaid plans. You can also check out Bick’s author website at www.bickwanckmd.com to check out blogs and links to his book Mind Easing: the 3-layered healing plan for anxiety and depression.
(518) 650-3364 View (518) 650-3364
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Vitality Psychiatry Group Practice
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Dr. Mitchell Cabisudo is a double board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist who has been trained in different schools of psychotherapy and has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the use of life-saving medications. After completing his adult residency training in Albany, NY, he pursued further specialization in Pediatric Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Cabisudo crucially understands the limitations and unfortunate repercussions of the use of medication. Therefore prior to contemplating to prescribing, he integrates the basic fundamentals yet profound complexities surrounding a person's life which can significantly dictate the overall changes in one's behavior and emotions.
Dr. Mitchell Cabisudo is a double board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist who has been trained in different schools of psychotherapy and has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the use of life-saving medications. After completing his adult residency training in Albany, NY, he pursued further specialization in Pediatric Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Cabisudo crucially understands the limitations and unfortunate repercussions of the use of medication. Therefore prior to contemplating to prescribing, he integrates the basic fundamentals yet profound complexities surrounding a person's life which can significantly dictate the overall changes in one's behavior and emotions.
(914) 502-3998 View (914) 502-3998
Photo of Eloise Palmisano PMHNP , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clifton Park, NY
Eloise Palmisano PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Clifton Park, NY 12065
I am Eloise Palmisano a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years with many years of practice Mental Health and various types of practice. In 2009 I became a Nurse Practitioner, graduated from Sage College in Troy New York. My practice is private I specialize in Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders including Binge Eating and Major Depressive Disorders. My patients should be engaged in therapy with a therapist and must be compliant with my treatment plan. I treat adults from the age of 18 to 80. I am available for new patients . I am also a Suboxone provider Certified Spravato site.
I am Eloise Palmisano a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years with many years of practice Mental Health and various types of practice. In 2009 I became a Nurse Practitioner, graduated from Sage College in Troy New York. My practice is private I specialize in Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders including Binge Eating and Major Depressive Disorders. My patients should be engaged in therapy with a therapist and must be compliant with my treatment plan. I treat adults from the age of 18 to 80. I am available for new patients . I am also a Suboxone provider Certified Spravato site.
(518) 621-4792 View (518) 621-4792
Photo of Nichole M. Orofino, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clifton Park, NY
Nichole M. Orofino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Nichole Orofino, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Nichole Orofino, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
(518) 788-7983 View (518) 788-7983
Jacquelyn Ransbury
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Jacquelyn Ransbury, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Jacquelyn Ransbury, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
(518) 788-7983 View (518) 788-7983
Photo of Ashley M. Monroe, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clifton Park, NY
Ashley M. Monroe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Ashley Monroe, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Ashley Monroe, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
(518) 788-7983 View (518) 788-7983
Photo of Anita F. Lopes, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clifton Park, NY
Anita F. Lopes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Anita Lopes, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Anita Lopes, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
(518) 788-7983 View (518) 788-7983
Photo of Carrie I. Edick, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clifton Park, NY
Carrie I. Edick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Carrie Edick, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Carrie Edick, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
(518) 788-7983 View (518) 788-7983
Photo of Dr. Elmer Jones Elma, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clifton Park, NY
Dr. Elmer Jones Elma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clifton Park, NY 12065
I seek out patients who are weary of their mental burdens so I can give them the care that they need and deserve.
I seek out patients who are weary of their mental burdens so I can give them the care that they need and deserve.
(518) 963-6981 View (518) 963-6981
Photo of Marjorie Russell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clifton Park, NY
Marjorie Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Clifton Park, NY 12065  (Online Only)
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am credentialed to prescribe medications when indicated. My experience is in treating Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, Panic Disorder, Mood Disorders, and many other Mental Health issues that prevent a person from leading a happy and healthy life.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am credentialed to prescribe medications when indicated. My experience is in treating Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, Panic Disorder, Mood Disorders, and many other Mental Health issues that prevent a person from leading a happy and healthy life.
(518) 333-7915 View (518) 333-7915
Photo of Erica M. Wall, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clifton Park, NY
Erica M. Wall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Erica Wall, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Erica Wall, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
(518) 788-7983 View (518) 788-7983
Photo of Amber L. Shutter, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clifton Park, NY
Amber L. Shutter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Amber Shutter, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Amber Shutter, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
(518) 788-7983 View (518) 788-7983
Photo of Hassan Naqvi, Psychiatrist in Clifton Park, NY
Hassan Naqvi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clifton Park, NY 12065
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(646) 437-8876 View (646) 437-8876

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Number of Psychiatrists in Clifton Park, NY

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Clifton Park, NY who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
90% ADHD
90% Bipolar Disorder
85% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
85% Medication Management
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% CDPHP
68% Aetna
68% BlueShield of Northeastern New York

How Psychiatrists in Clifton Park, NY see their clients

95% In Person and Online
5% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Clifton Park?

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.