Psychiatrists in East Meadow, NY

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S Easo NP in Family Health and Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
East Meadow, NY 11554
Shiny Easo, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC: I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine, with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. I started working as a nurse practitioner since 2013 and have a genuine interest in treating a vast array of psychiatric disorders including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorders, OCD, PTSD, and related disorders. I have experience in treating patients with medical comorbidities and has training in issues related to primary health. I believes in the principle that body and mind are interconnected which allows me to provide comprehensive care to all of my patients.
Shiny Easo, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC: I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine, with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. I started working as a nurse practitioner since 2013 and have a genuine interest in treating a vast array of psychiatric disorders including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorders, OCD, PTSD, and related disorders. I have experience in treating patients with medical comorbidities and has training in issues related to primary health. I believes in the principle that body and mind are interconnected which allows me to provide comprehensive care to all of my patients.
(516) 614-4582 View (516) 614-4582
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Marina Jose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Meadow, NY 11554
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have 22 years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field ranging from child and adult inpatient and outpatients care. I received my Master Of Science in Psychiatric Nursing and Nurse practitioner Degree from Stony Brook University New York and worked as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in an inpatient Psychiatric Hospital. I also worked as a Nurse Educator and current Faculty of American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Now I am working in outpatient Psychiatry providing intensive outpatient services.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have 22 years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field ranging from child and adult inpatient and outpatients care. I received my Master Of Science in Psychiatric Nursing and Nurse practitioner Degree from Stony Brook University New York and worked as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in an inpatient Psychiatric Hospital. I also worked as a Nurse Educator and current Faculty of American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Now I am working in outpatient Psychiatry providing intensive outpatient services.
(516) 916-6947 View (516) 916-6947
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Jason M. Careri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Meadow, NY 11554
I am seeing new clients and offer in-person or virtual sessions. I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in evidence-based treatments for adults and adolescents who struggle with anxiety and depression, and ADHD. I strive to create an environment that is comfortable and client-centered. I work with people in order to reduce their suffering and to empower them to improve their lives. A specific plan is developed for each individual which can include psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, or both. Please call if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment. (516) 960-8096
I am seeing new clients and offer in-person or virtual sessions. I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in evidence-based treatments for adults and adolescents who struggle with anxiety and depression, and ADHD. I strive to create an environment that is comfortable and client-centered. I work with people in order to reduce their suffering and to empower them to improve their lives. A specific plan is developed for each individual which can include psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, or both. Please call if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment. (516) 960-8096
(516) 208-2953 View (516) 208-2953
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Christina Gerdes
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Meadow, NY 11554
I am a Columbia University trained psychiatrist and former chief resident of the Columbia Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. I provide psychotherapy and medication management for a range of life events and difficulties including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, panic, bipolar disorder, OCD, and substance use problems. I am skilled in psychopharmacology and a range of therapies including supportive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Together we will develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs at this time.
I am a Columbia University trained psychiatrist and former chief resident of the Columbia Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. I provide psychotherapy and medication management for a range of life events and difficulties including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, panic, bipolar disorder, OCD, and substance use problems. I am skilled in psychopharmacology and a range of therapies including supportive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Together we will develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs at this time.
(516) 788-6058 View (516) 788-6058
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
East Meadow, NY 11554  (Online Only)
We are board-certified in treating Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York state 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 in treating Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York state 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.
(551) 257-2731 View (551) 257-2731
Marsha Desrosiers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
East Meadow, NY 11554
(516) 530-1333 x100 View (516) 530-1333 x100

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Dr. Feby James Kanatt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bellmore, NY 11710  (Online Only)
As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am an expert in providing mental health care to adults and the geriatric population. My approach is collaborative and focused on responding to the needs and priorities of individual clients. Common challenges my clients seek treatment include anxiety, panic attack, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, mood disorder, sleep disturbances, psychotic episodes, and various dementia related behavioral challenges. My practice model also includes psychotherapy techniques in addition to medication management.
As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am an expert in providing mental health care to adults and the geriatric population. My approach is collaborative and focused on responding to the needs and priorities of individual clients. Common challenges my clients seek treatment include anxiety, panic attack, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, mood disorder, sleep disturbances, psychotic episodes, and various dementia related behavioral challenges. My practice model also includes psychotherapy techniques in addition to medication management.
(516) 973-0772 View (516) 973-0772
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VJM NP Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westbury, NY 11590  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been taking care of patients for the last 12 plus years. I have earned a master's degree in Nursing with Summa Cum Laude from Stonybrook University, specializing in psychiatry across the life span. I have experience in medication management treatment for patients from different backgrounds and all ages ranging from age 8 to 80 and above.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been taking care of patients for the last 12 plus years. I have earned a master's degree in Nursing with Summa Cum Laude from Stonybrook University, specializing in psychiatry across the life span. I have experience in medication management treatment for patients from different backgrounds and all ages ranging from age 8 to 80 and above.
(518) 405-6986 View (518) 405-6986
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Clyburn's Mental Health Services For Women
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Merrick, NY 11566
Welcome and congratulations for taking the most important step as you begin to move in the direction of inner peace, emotional wellbeing and healing. Whether faced with current life challenges or experiencing difficulties related to a complicated past, you have acknowledged the presence of an inner struggle for which you have decided to seek professional support. If you are new to psychotherapy, just know that feeling a little apprehensive is quite common amongst new comers. The services that I offer are tailored to meet individual needs and/or the needs of the group during group sessions.
Welcome and congratulations for taking the most important step as you begin to move in the direction of inner peace, emotional wellbeing and healing. Whether faced with current life challenges or experiencing difficulties related to a complicated past, you have acknowledged the presence of an inner struggle for which you have decided to seek professional support. If you are new to psychotherapy, just know that feeling a little apprehensive is quite common amongst new comers. The services that I offer are tailored to meet individual needs and/or the needs of the group during group sessions.
(516) 268-0032 View (516) 268-0032
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Daniel Moldwin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Merrick, NY 11566
I am a Duke University trained psychiatric nurse practitioner offering medication management for individuals 18 years and older. Building strong trusting relationships, providing education, and engaging in client-centered care are all important aspects of my treatment approach. My goal is to optimize each person’s quality of life, helping people to feel happier and more fulfilled. I am proud to provide clients across New York State with easily accessible, affordable, quality mental health care. xx Now offering Spravato therapy for patients struggling with Treatment Resistant Depression xx
I am a Duke University trained psychiatric nurse practitioner offering medication management for individuals 18 years and older. Building strong trusting relationships, providing education, and engaging in client-centered care are all important aspects of my treatment approach. My goal is to optimize each person’s quality of life, helping people to feel happier and more fulfilled. I am proud to provide clients across New York State with easily accessible, affordable, quality mental health care. xx Now offering Spravato therapy for patients struggling with Treatment Resistant Depression xx
(516) 548-6133 View (516) 548-6133
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Alicia Portuondo-Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Uniondale, NY 11556
A Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who treats children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of behavioral and emotional difficulties. Specializing in anxiety, depression, and women's issues especially related to post-partum mental health and motherhood stressors. It is my belief that it is essential to initiate treatment with a thorough psychiatric evaluation and a collaborative plan that engages the patient and family (when applicable) to participate in the overall treatment plan that may include therapy and or medication management.
A Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who treats children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of behavioral and emotional difficulties. Specializing in anxiety, depression, and women's issues especially related to post-partum mental health and motherhood stressors. It is my belief that it is essential to initiate treatment with a thorough psychiatric evaluation and a collaborative plan that engages the patient and family (when applicable) to participate in the overall treatment plan that may include therapy and or medication management.
(516) 699-1694 View (516) 699-1694
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Scott Krakower
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Merrick, NY 11566
Dr. Krakower is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and formerly served as Unit Chief of Psychiatry at Northwell Health / Zucker Hillside Hospital. He is internationally recognized for his work with patients suffering from trauma, anxiety, video gaming, head injuries, coronavirus recovery, and addiction. He has provided expert opinion for hundreds of studies worldwide. He is recognized as a top physician by SuperDoctors and was a group recipient of the the Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award.
Dr. Krakower is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and formerly served as Unit Chief of Psychiatry at Northwell Health / Zucker Hillside Hospital. He is internationally recognized for his work with patients suffering from trauma, anxiety, video gaming, head injuries, coronavirus recovery, and addiction. He has provided expert opinion for hundreds of studies worldwide. He is recognized as a top physician by SuperDoctors and was a group recipient of the the Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award.
(347) 695-3075 View (347) 695-3075
Jiji George
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Merrick, NY 11566
Jiji George works in a private office at Long Island Psychiatric Services, PC. in Merrick, NY. It is a group of professionals committed to provide mental health services to residents of Long Island. Our compassionate staff provides a warm and comfortable atmosphere, knowledgeable psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric NPs and social workers. We do evaluations and provide recommendations for best treatment for you or your loved ones. We offer individual and family psychotherapy sessions, as well as medication management. We are open Monday through Friday, with late evenings availability. We do offer some Saturday hours.
Jiji George works in a private office at Long Island Psychiatric Services, PC. in Merrick, NY. It is a group of professionals committed to provide mental health services to residents of Long Island. Our compassionate staff provides a warm and comfortable atmosphere, knowledgeable psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric NPs and social workers. We do evaluations and provide recommendations for best treatment for you or your loved ones. We offer individual and family psychotherapy sessions, as well as medication management. We are open Monday through Friday, with late evenings availability. We do offer some Saturday hours.
(516) 856-1313 View (516) 856-1313
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Tashonna Webster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Uniondale, NY 11556
Are you currently going through each day in constant state of sadness, unable to pinpoint why you are not able to enjoy interactions with others or important moments. Have you been angry or irritable with others where minor conflicts are pushed out of proportion? These symptoms described can be seen in individuals who are suffering from depression or anxiety. These two conditions can have a huge impact on how you sleep or eat, relationships, performance at work, and health. Living with depression or anxiety can be quite challenging, but there is hope.
Are you currently going through each day in constant state of sadness, unable to pinpoint why you are not able to enjoy interactions with others or important moments. Have you been angry or irritable with others where minor conflicts are pushed out of proportion? These symptoms described can be seen in individuals who are suffering from depression or anxiety. These two conditions can have a huge impact on how you sleep or eat, relationships, performance at work, and health. Living with depression or anxiety can be quite challenging, but there is hope.
(516) 309-4898 View (516) 309-4898
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Simi Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hempstead, NY 11549
I am a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, graduated in 2013 who has a doctorate degree. I have diverse experience in various hospitals and outpatient clinics, with an emphasis on Psychiatry and is good in medication management. I am affiliated with many local hospitals and also collaborates with physicians in different medical groups. I provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to young adults and adults who live with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, psychosis, and depression.
I am a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, graduated in 2013 who has a doctorate degree. I have diverse experience in various hospitals and outpatient clinics, with an emphasis on Psychiatry and is good in medication management. I am affiliated with many local hospitals and also collaborates with physicians in different medical groups. I provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to young adults and adults who live with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, psychosis, and depression.
(516) 266-2124 View (516) 266-2124
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Levittown, NY 11756  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Levittown, NY 11756
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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MYM Child & Adult Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Merrick, NY 11566  (Online Only)
Our Goal is to find the right balance between your need for appropriate therapeutic interventions and safe medication management for struggles with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Mood Disturbances, Sleep Challenges, Obsessive-Compulsive, Trauma & Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Our Goal is to find the right balance between your need for appropriate therapeutic interventions and safe medication management for struggles with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Mood Disturbances, Sleep Challenges, Obsessive-Compulsive, Trauma & Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(516) 703-4436 View (516) 703-4436
Marie Mercure Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11550
Welcome and thank you for visiting my profile. I am a Board-Certified Psych Nurse Practitioner with great experience in the field. I provide diagnostic assessments and medication management to patients across the lifespan using holistic approach. I have experience working with adult and children(14+) with a variety of mental health needs. I have a primary clinical interest in anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD and Pre and/or Postpartum related mood disorders.
Welcome and thank you for visiting my profile. I am a Board-Certified Psych Nurse Practitioner with great experience in the field. I provide diagnostic assessments and medication management to patients across the lifespan using holistic approach. I have experience working with adult and children(14+) with a variety of mental health needs. I have a primary clinical interest in anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD and Pre and/or Postpartum related mood disorders.
(516) 518-7091 View (516) 518-7091
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Ardouin Coriolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Uniondale, NY 11553  (Online Only)
As a dedicated board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed in New York, I render hope for individuals battling mental illness and substance abuse. With a profound commitment to healing, I offer teletherapy services, leveraging technology to reach those in need regardless of location. Armed with a wealth of expertise and compassion, I provide personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique needs and circumstances. Some common issues potential clients seeking treatment from me usually consist of : substance abuse, depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, and low motivation.
As a dedicated board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed in New York, I render hope for individuals battling mental illness and substance abuse. With a profound commitment to healing, I offer teletherapy services, leveraging technology to reach those in need regardless of location. Armed with a wealth of expertise and compassion, I provide personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique needs and circumstances. Some common issues potential clients seeking treatment from me usually consist of : substance abuse, depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, and low motivation.
(631) 883-5549 View (631) 883-5549

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Number of Psychiatrists in East Meadow, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in East Meadow, NY who prioritize treating:

83% Depression
83% Anxiety
83% Bipolar Disorder
67% Medication Management
50% Relationship Issues
50% ADHD
50% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in East Meadow, NY see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in East Meadow?

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.