Psychiatrists in Corona, NY

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Lina M Zapata Samarel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MBA
Verified Verified
Corona, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications. Lina will listen to you with empathy and will partner with you on your wellness journey.
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications. Lina will listen to you with empathy and will partner with you on your wellness journey.
(914) 829-3296 View (914) 829-3296
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Niru Shamsun Nahar
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Corona, NY 11368  (Online Only)
I am a Board-certified psychiatrist (Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine). I completed psychiatry residency training at Harlem hospital/Columbia University and NYSPI/Columbia university. I have more than 20 years' experience in dealing with clients with anxiety, depression, mood dis, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, grief, family and relationship issues, and other mental health issues.
I am a Board-certified psychiatrist (Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine). I completed psychiatry residency training at Harlem hospital/Columbia University and NYSPI/Columbia university. I have more than 20 years' experience in dealing with clients with anxiety, depression, mood dis, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, grief, family and relationship issues, and other mental health issues.
(646) 502-9541 View (646) 502-9541
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Nichola Ali
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Corona, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Nichola Ali is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Stony Brook University with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Nichola had completed an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (RN) in 2014 from Rutgers University prior to becoming a PMHNP. Nichola received her first Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) in 2010 from Stony Brook University before diving into nursing.
Nichola Ali is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Stony Brook University with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Nichola had completed an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (RN) in 2014 from Rutgers University prior to becoming a PMHNP. Nichola received her first Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) in 2010 from Stony Brook University before diving into nursing.
(646) 798-1783 View (646) 798-1783
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Aparna Dole
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Corona, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Dr. Dole is board certified in Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Mumbai in 2002. She worked briefly with the NHS system in the United Kingdom prior to moving to the US. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn in 2009 and completed her fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in 2010. She has more than 10 years of experience in working with patients with Depression, and Anxiety.
Dr. Dole is board certified in Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Mumbai in 2002. She worked briefly with the NHS system in the United Kingdom prior to moving to the US. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn in 2009 and completed her fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in 2010. She has more than 10 years of experience in working with patients with Depression, and Anxiety.
(646) 687-4868 View (646) 687-4868
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TelepsychHealth
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Corona, NY 11368
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We have availability within 1-2 weeks. Our reviews are on our website. Feel free to call or message us to request an ASAP appointment. You might be a bit hesitant about receiving treatment over the internet if you haven’t done it before, and that’s totally understandable. If we can provide you any reassurance, most people end up finding they enjoy virtual visits more than going to an office.
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We have availability within 1-2 weeks. Our reviews are on our website. Feel free to call or message us to request an ASAP appointment. You might be a bit hesitant about receiving treatment over the internet if you haven’t done it before, and that’s totally understandable. If we can provide you any reassurance, most people end up finding they enjoy virtual visits more than going to an office.
(904) 906-4649 View (904) 906-4649

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Larissa Yossefi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Forest Hills, NY 11375
I am a board-certified family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner specializing in female health psychiatry, male health, and adolescent psychiatry. My focus is on health promotion during life transitions such as pregnancy, and childbirth, for both females and males, as well as changes in schools and college admissions for teenagers and adolescents. In my practice, I prioritize establishing a therapeutic partnership built on mutual respect, trust, and self-reflection. My goal is to support and guide you in strengthening and developing skills to navigate current challenges, gain insight into your past, and move to the future.
I am a board-certified family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner specializing in female health psychiatry, male health, and adolescent psychiatry. My focus is on health promotion during life transitions such as pregnancy, and childbirth, for both females and males, as well as changes in schools and college admissions for teenagers and adolescents. In my practice, I prioritize establishing a therapeutic partnership built on mutual respect, trust, and self-reflection. My goal is to support and guide you in strengthening and developing skills to navigate current challenges, gain insight into your past, and move to the future.
(516) 715-3176 View (516) 715-3176
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Natalie Howard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Woodside, NY 11377  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone who is looking for new and innovative solutions to treat depression that have been resistant to traditional treatment methods. They are looking for a holistic approach to care that goes beyond conventional methods, and they want personalized support that they can access easily through online platforms. They are motivated to find lasting healing and inner peace and are open to exploring a range of treatment options, including Suboxone, psychedelic therapy, and traditional medicine.
My ideal client is someone who is looking for new and innovative solutions to treat depression that have been resistant to traditional treatment methods. They are looking for a holistic approach to care that goes beyond conventional methods, and they want personalized support that they can access easily through online platforms. They are motivated to find lasting healing and inner peace and are open to exploring a range of treatment options, including Suboxone, psychedelic therapy, and traditional medicine.
(929) 565-6070 View (929) 565-6070
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11354  (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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Online Psychiatrist in Queens
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11354  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York City. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York City. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
(347) 652-2669 View (347) 652-2669
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Elmhurst, NY 11373  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(332) 264-0685 View (332) 264-0685
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Telepsychiatrist_Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11354
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services via video across New York. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services via video across New York. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
(347) 744-9908 View (347) 744-9908
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Mohammed Mazharuddin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11354  (Online Only)
In the realm of mental health, I am Dr. Mohammed Mazharuddin, a steadfast guide specializing in the intricate landscapes of anxiety, trauma, and mood disorders. Within my practice, I intertwine the wisdom of therapy with the science of medication, crafting bespoke paths toward holistic well-being.
In the realm of mental health, I am Dr. Mohammed Mazharuddin, a steadfast guide specializing in the intricate landscapes of anxiety, trauma, and mood disorders. Within my practice, I intertwine the wisdom of therapy with the science of medication, crafting bespoke paths toward holistic well-being.
(929) 930-4504 View (929) 930-4504
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Wilmot Lambert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11378  (Online Only)
I believe that health -care should be individualized and cater to the specific needs of each person. I have experience in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, alcohol dependence, ADHD and eating disorders like binge eating and bulimia. In addition to my knowledge and expertise in treating psychiatric conditions, I have extensive training in primary care and chronic disease management including diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease and degenerative joint disease management.
I believe that health -care should be individualized and cater to the specific needs of each person. I have experience in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, alcohol dependence, ADHD and eating disorders like binge eating and bulimia. In addition to my knowledge and expertise in treating psychiatric conditions, I have extensive training in primary care and chronic disease management including diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease and degenerative joint disease management.
(332) 378-5270 View (332) 378-5270
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Meredith Hobart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Astoria, NY 11103
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in precision psychiatry. I received my graduate degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 2006. In addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, I have been a psychiatric RN for 37 years. Prior to entering Yale, I worked for 7 years on a major Harvard Medical School psychiatric teaching unit. I am a conservative prescriber and believe in using the smallest possible dosages of medication to treat a client's symptoms. I do very thorough initial evaluations with my clients and work with them closely until they are stable on their medications.
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in precision psychiatry. I received my graduate degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 2006. In addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, I have been a psychiatric RN for 37 years. Prior to entering Yale, I worked for 7 years on a major Harvard Medical School psychiatric teaching unit. I am a conservative prescriber and believe in using the smallest possible dosages of medication to treat a client's symptoms. I do very thorough initial evaluations with my clients and work with them closely until they are stable on their medications.
(646) 491-8704 View (646) 491-8704
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Dongjin Kim NP in psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11354
My goal is your healthy well being. My passion is to assist you achieve your wellness leading to the goal of happiness. I am a board certified, licensed Psychiatric mental health NP in NY and NJ who can provide you with medication prescriptions and psychotherapy. I have been working in psychiatry since 2008 both in acute care hospitals and out-patient clinics, in NY and NJ. I see all age groups from children to adults including seniors over age 65.
My goal is your healthy well being. My passion is to assist you achieve your wellness leading to the goal of happiness. I am a board certified, licensed Psychiatric mental health NP in NY and NJ who can provide you with medication prescriptions and psychotherapy. I have been working in psychiatry since 2008 both in acute care hospitals and out-patient clinics, in NY and NJ. I see all age groups from children to adults including seniors over age 65.
(347) 966-7071 View (347) 966-7071
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Solomon I Mosheyev
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rego Park, NY 11374  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, have been practicing in this field for over five years and has experience working with a clientele with diverse and complex needs and diagnoses in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including substance abuse and addiction areas. While addressing each client holistically, I tailor interventions to one’s unique needs and goals.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, have been practicing in this field for over five years and has experience working with a clientele with diverse and complex needs and diagnoses in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including substance abuse and addiction areas. While addressing each client holistically, I tailor interventions to one’s unique needs and goals.
(347) 658-1275 View (347) 658-1275
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LocalMD Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11378  (Online Only)
“Here to help” is an understatement at LocalMD. Our mission is to make sure that your mental and physical health can be improved in order to provide a better quality of life. We know that mental afflictions are just as serious as the physical ones, which is why we have a number of mental health services to make sure your mind is as sound as your body. We have an array of specialties here to serve your every need. Our Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems. Our Therapists are here to assist patients in reducing stress, improving emotionally, personal and relationship problems, and more!
“Here to help” is an understatement at LocalMD. Our mission is to make sure that your mental and physical health can be improved in order to provide a better quality of life. We know that mental afflictions are just as serious as the physical ones, which is why we have a number of mental health services to make sure your mind is as sound as your body. We have an array of specialties here to serve your every need. Our Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems. Our Therapists are here to assist patients in reducing stress, improving emotionally, personal and relationship problems, and more!
(332) 239-6214 View (332) 239-6214
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Talking Works
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375
TMS in Queens! Depression is a serious medical illness affecting more than 14 million American adults every year. It results in a persistent state of sadness that may interfere with an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood, and physical health. Traditionally, Depression is treated with medication. Although antidepressants can be effective for many patients, they do not work for everyone. Some patients find they are unable to tolerate side effects associated with medication. For these patients, TriState TMS offers the new way back from depression and its treatment side effects.
TMS in Queens! Depression is a serious medical illness affecting more than 14 million American adults every year. It results in a persistent state of sadness that may interfere with an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood, and physical health. Traditionally, Depression is treated with medication. Although antidepressants can be effective for many patients, they do not work for everyone. Some patients find they are unable to tolerate side effects associated with medication. For these patients, TriState TMS offers the new way back from depression and its treatment side effects.
(929) 463-9732 View (929) 463-9732
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Stephen Percy Sustento Mondia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodside, NY 11377
No matter what stage in life you are, problems and issues arise. These may take the form of conflict within ourselves, manifesting as depression or anxiety that interferes with our lives. Or perhaps it may take the form of interpersonal conflict that makes it difficult to connect with our friends and loved ones. These issues are only exacerbated if you are dealing with it alone. However, the reality is that you don't have to. If you are looking for a psychiatrist to help you through tough times, then you have found the right place.
No matter what stage in life you are, problems and issues arise. These may take the form of conflict within ourselves, manifesting as depression or anxiety that interferes with our lives. Or perhaps it may take the form of interpersonal conflict that makes it difficult to connect with our friends and loved ones. These issues are only exacerbated if you are dealing with it alone. However, the reality is that you don't have to. If you are looking for a psychiatrist to help you through tough times, then you have found the right place.
(718) 524-3247 View (718) 524-3247
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Stella O Okobi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11367  (Online Only)
Stella enjoys communicating and educating her clients about the importance of taking an active role in their health and mental health. Sometimes this is easier said than done; but she believes as an advocate of mental health, building a trusting relationship with her clients will encourage them to not just simply ask questions but engage in a dialogue that will promote better health related decisions. She believes that creating a safe space exudes comfort, patience, and trust. Moreover, it will lead her clients to have better health outcomes. Having the will to make a change is pivotal. So she is ready when you are!
Stella enjoys communicating and educating her clients about the importance of taking an active role in their health and mental health. Sometimes this is easier said than done; but she believes as an advocate of mental health, building a trusting relationship with her clients will encourage them to not just simply ask questions but engage in a dialogue that will promote better health related decisions. She believes that creating a safe space exudes comfort, patience, and trust. Moreover, it will lead her clients to have better health outcomes. Having the will to make a change is pivotal. So she is ready when you are!
(347) 966-4856 View (347) 966-4856

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Corona, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Corona, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Trauma and PTSD
60% Relationship Issues
60% Grief
60% Medication Management

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Corona, NY see their clients

80% Online Only
20% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Corona?

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.