Psychiatrists in Cortland County, NY

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{Jessie} Zhe Lin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, NPP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cortland, NY 13045
{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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Syed H Jaffery
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
Cortland, NY 13045
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with extensive clinical experience in treating Children,Adolescents & Adults with mental health and substance use disorders.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with extensive clinical experience in treating Children,Adolescents & Adults with mental health and substance use disorders.
(917) 809-6587 View (917) 809-6587
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Psychiatric NP Healthcare of CNY
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ANP, NPP
Verified Verified
Cortland, NY 13045
Currently Accepting New Patients - We are a Self Pay Office: Welcome to Psychiatric NP Healthcare of Central NY. We are an independently owned and operated “Nurse Practitioner” Medication Management specialty office for Psychiatric Disorders, Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain Adjunct and Suboxone for Opiod Addiction Treatment & Chronic Pain Adjunctive Treatment (without opiate withdrawal symptoms). We decided to become a Self-Pay office so that Insurance companies/Medicare & Medicaid would not be able to decide what care you received but rather you receive the care you deserve to help save your life. - www.elijahstevensnp.com
Currently Accepting New Patients - We are a Self Pay Office: Welcome to Psychiatric NP Healthcare of Central NY. We are an independently owned and operated “Nurse Practitioner” Medication Management specialty office for Psychiatric Disorders, Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain Adjunct and Suboxone for Opiod Addiction Treatment & Chronic Pain Adjunctive Treatment (without opiate withdrawal symptoms). We decided to become a Self-Pay office so that Insurance companies/Medicare & Medicaid would not be able to decide what care you received but rather you receive the care you deserve to help save your life. - www.elijahstevensnp.com
(315) 565-6862 View (315) 565-6862

Online Psychiatrists

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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13202  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also Accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also Accepting some insurances.
(833) 439-9425 View (833) 439-9425
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Keighley Loveland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14609  (Online Only)
I am accepting clients for telehealth appointments! I see older teens (16+) and adults for medication management. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with nearly 10 years of experience in the mental health field including inpatient settings, residential care, outpatient clinics, and consultation work. My experience has crossed the lifespan, from 5 to 105. All backgrounds and identities are welcomed and embraced in my practice. I strongly believe in the power of listening as part of the healing process and as a means of partnering with clients to ensure treatment goals are understood.
I am accepting clients for telehealth appointments! I see older teens (16+) and adults for medication management. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with nearly 10 years of experience in the mental health field including inpatient settings, residential care, outpatient clinics, and consultation work. My experience has crossed the lifespan, from 5 to 105. All backgrounds and identities are welcomed and embraced in my practice. I strongly believe in the power of listening as part of the healing process and as a means of partnering with clients to ensure treatment goals are understood.
(585) 440-5450 View (585) 440-5450
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I- View Psychiatric NP Behavioral Therapy PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BC, FPMHNP, NPP
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13212
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my primary focus is on providing compassionate and evidence-based mental health care to empower individuals like you on your journey towards well-being. My dedication to this field stems from a genuine passion for understanding the unique challenges each person faces and tailoring treatment plans to suit your specific needs. I firmly believe that fostering trust and a strong therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of successful mental health care. My approach is centered on active listening, empathy, and non-judgmental support. Together, we will work collaboratively to explore your concerns,
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my primary focus is on providing compassionate and evidence-based mental health care to empower individuals like you on your journey towards well-being. My dedication to this field stems from a genuine passion for understanding the unique challenges each person faces and tailoring treatment plans to suit your specific needs. I firmly believe that fostering trust and a strong therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of successful mental health care. My approach is centered on active listening, empathy, and non-judgmental support. Together, we will work collaboratively to explore your concerns,
(315) 599-1904 View (315) 599-1904
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New York Holistic Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13244  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist with 30 years of clinical experience in treating different mental diseases including: depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, etc. in different settings and cultures. I attended Southeastern University Medical School in Nanjing, China and did my residency at Strong Memorial Hospital of University of Rochester and my fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard Medical School. With my extensive training and experience, I can help you successfully deal with any mental health challenges you are facing.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with 30 years of clinical experience in treating different mental diseases including: depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, etc. in different settings and cultures. I attended Southeastern University Medical School in Nanjing, China and did my residency at Strong Memorial Hospital of University of Rochester and my fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard Medical School. With my extensive training and experience, I can help you successfully deal with any mental health challenges you are facing.
(646) 969-7763 View (646) 969-7763
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Fulton Family Tele- Psychiatry, Online services
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Fulton, NY 13069  (Online Only)
Being a mother of 6 children I know the importance of mental health and how difficult it is to find the right doctor, so I created a online private practice. One aspect of my practice involves helping patients of all ages to reassess their current medication regimen or explore the possibility of tapering off their medication. I understand that medication can be a useful tool in managing mental health symptoms, it is important to regularly reassess the effectiveness and side effects of any medication a patient is taking and evaluate the benefits and risks of their current medication to determine if any changes need to be made.
Being a mother of 6 children I know the importance of mental health and how difficult it is to find the right doctor, so I created a online private practice. One aspect of my practice involves helping patients of all ages to reassess their current medication regimen or explore the possibility of tapering off their medication. I understand that medication can be a useful tool in managing mental health symptoms, it is important to regularly reassess the effectiveness and side effects of any medication a patient is taking and evaluate the benefits and risks of their current medication to determine if any changes need to be made.
(315) 897-1473 x1 View (315) 897-1473 x1
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Penfield Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Penfield, NY 14526
Penfield Psychiatry is a private mental health practice with a focus on helping individuals find a new perspective on emotional concerns in their lives. We believe in a client-centered/collaborative approach to counseling in which the counselor and client work together to define goals and develop practical approaches to improve client’s lives. Counseling is most effective when a client regularly attends scheduled appointments and more importantly finds the courage to take action in their lives to do something different to effect change. Our goal is to assist with the change process for the client’s desired outcome.
Penfield Psychiatry is a private mental health practice with a focus on helping individuals find a new perspective on emotional concerns in their lives. We believe in a client-centered/collaborative approach to counseling in which the counselor and client work together to define goals and develop practical approaches to improve client’s lives. Counseling is most effective when a client regularly attends scheduled appointments and more importantly finds the courage to take action in their lives to do something different to effect change. Our goal is to assist with the change process for the client’s desired outcome.
(585) 535-6604 View (585) 535-6604
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One Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P, BC
Verified Verified
Ithaca, NY 14850  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
(201) 969-5923 View (201) 969-5923
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Kristen M Milburn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
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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Faith Based Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Victor, NY 14564
My psychiatric career has exponentially grow in treating individuals as 3 parts beings: a mind, a body and a soul. I would like to share my deep interest and enthusiasm in becoming a part of your faith-based psychiatric care and treatment. Having had 15 plus years of experience in all aspects of psychiatric care I am eager and energetic about teaching, coaching and treating mental health issues throughout the life span. I have had wonderful testimonials about the impact that integrating faith and mental health care has had on individuals. I am eager to contribute my skills and passion to you.
My psychiatric career has exponentially grow in treating individuals as 3 parts beings: a mind, a body and a soul. I would like to share my deep interest and enthusiasm in becoming a part of your faith-based psychiatric care and treatment. Having had 15 plus years of experience in all aspects of psychiatric care I am eager and energetic about teaching, coaching and treating mental health issues throughout the life span. I have had wonderful testimonials about the impact that integrating faith and mental health care has had on individuals. I am eager to contribute my skills and passion to you.
(585) 549-2757 View (585) 549-2757
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13206  (Online Only)
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
(585) 449-9554 View (585) 449-9554
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A. Cyrus Marcy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Pittsford, NY 14534
Waitlist for new clients
If you are reading this, it is a safe bet you understand the challenges of living with an untreated or inadequately treated mental health condition. Day-to-day tasks that others navigate with ease become difficult. The once vivid dreams you had of the future become shaded with doubts. Perhaps you tried therapy and it was not enough. Maybe you tried medications and they had more side effects than they were worth. The only thing more frustrating than the symptoms of your illness is the growing sense that you will never get better.
If you are reading this, it is a safe bet you understand the challenges of living with an untreated or inadequately treated mental health condition. Day-to-day tasks that others navigate with ease become difficult. The once vivid dreams you had of the future become shaded with doubts. Perhaps you tried therapy and it was not enough. Maybe you tried medications and they had more side effects than they were worth. The only thing more frustrating than the symptoms of your illness is the growing sense that you will never get better.
(585) 252-5947 View (585) 252-5947
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Francesca Jean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13224  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting new patients for therapy and medication management appointments. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with clinical experience in various settings and a broad range of mental health and psychiatric experiences. I use an eclectic and integrated style that blends elements of psychoanalysis, trauma informed care, and mindfulness. I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological challenges related to traumatic events, life transitions and relationship difficulties. I use a collaborative approach that caters to each patient’s needs while combining interpersonal approaches.
I am currently accepting new patients for therapy and medication management appointments. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with clinical experience in various settings and a broad range of mental health and psychiatric experiences. I use an eclectic and integrated style that blends elements of psychoanalysis, trauma informed care, and mindfulness. I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological challenges related to traumatic events, life transitions and relationship difficulties. I use a collaborative approach that caters to each patient’s needs while combining interpersonal approaches.
(315) 512-2596 View (315) 512-2596
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Estelle “Stella” Webster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14616  (Online Only)
Addiction, MAT/Suboxone, mental health treatment-Private pay, cash only at this time- $300 initial/$100 follow up. I provide medication management and therapy combined. If you struggle with addiction, depression, intrusive thoughts, or anxiety and social awkwardness? I can help. Do you find yourself afraid to do the things you did prior to COVID isolation? Perhaps you struggle with addiction combined with mental illness, not knowing which came first? Addiction is never the core problem. Together, we can discover your true self, and potential. My role is to help with addiction, not enable it. I do not tolerate addiction chaos!
Addiction, MAT/Suboxone, mental health treatment-Private pay, cash only at this time- $300 initial/$100 follow up. I provide medication management and therapy combined. If you struggle with addiction, depression, intrusive thoughts, or anxiety and social awkwardness? I can help. Do you find yourself afraid to do the things you did prior to COVID isolation? Perhaps you struggle with addiction combined with mental illness, not knowing which came first? Addiction is never the core problem. Together, we can discover your true self, and potential. My role is to help with addiction, not enable it. I do not tolerate addiction chaos!
(585) 513-2437 View (585) 513-2437
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NeuroSciences Group TMS Therapy
Psychiatrist, MD, FACS, FAANS
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13202
After being in practice in Neurosurgery for 25 years; I am in awe at the amazing ability of the nervous system to heal itself with NeuroModulation . Partnering with SUNY - Upstate we now offer TMS therapy for patients with medically refractory depression, To help them get their lives back . There can be nothing more rewarding in the practice of medicine, than helping our patients enjoy and partake more fully in their own lives . WE ACCEPT ALL INSURANCES
After being in practice in Neurosurgery for 25 years; I am in awe at the amazing ability of the nervous system to heal itself with NeuroModulation . Partnering with SUNY - Upstate we now offer TMS therapy for patients with medically refractory depression, To help them get their lives back . There can be nothing more rewarding in the practice of medicine, than helping our patients enjoy and partake more fully in their own lives . WE ACCEPT ALL INSURANCES
(315) 679-4469 View (315) 679-4469
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Brian Yudhistira
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ithaca, NY 14853
Brian Yudhistira is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in ADHD and other co-occurring diagnoses such as generalized anxiety disorder, insomnia and major depressive disorder.
Brian Yudhistira is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in ADHD and other co-occurring diagnoses such as generalized anxiety disorder, insomnia and major depressive disorder.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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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
Empower Psychiatric NP Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Auburn, NY 13021
We are locally owned and operated in Auburn, NY and serve Cayuga and surrounding counties. We offer face-to-face office visits as well as virtual. We offer a wide spectrum of mental health services, including therapy and medication management. We specialize with children-adolescents and adults. Our New York State-licensed psychiatric providers include board-certified nurse practitioners and licensed therapists. See the difference and book a session today.
We are locally owned and operated in Auburn, NY and serve Cayuga and surrounding counties. We offer face-to-face office visits as well as virtual. We offer a wide spectrum of mental health services, including therapy and medication management. We specialize with children-adolescents and adults. Our New York State-licensed psychiatric providers include board-certified nurse practitioners and licensed therapists. See the difference and book a session today.
(315) 232-6761 View (315) 232-6761

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Number of Psychiatrists in Cortland County, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Cortland County, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Anger Management
100% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

9 Years

Gender breakdown

66% Male
34% Female

How Psychiatrists in Cortland County, NY see their clients

100% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cortland County?

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.