Psychiatrists in Elmhurst, NY

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Justin Yi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Elmhurst, NY 11373  (Online Only)
I want to help guide individuals motivated and committed to their mental health journey. This includes individuals experiencing a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other psychiatric conditions that significantly impact their daily life.
I want to help guide individuals motivated and committed to their mental health journey. This includes individuals experiencing a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other psychiatric conditions that significantly impact their daily life.
(914) 430-0619 View (914) 430-0619
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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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M And M Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Services PL
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Elmhurst, NY 11373  (Online Only)
Please note I do not provide therapy- we have therapist available. My specialty is medication management. ADHD Certifled Specialist. Our bilingual (Spanish/English) practice treats people of different backgrounds, cultures, socioeconomic statuses, races, sexual orientations, and gender. Our expertise includes the treatment of major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychotic spectrum disorders, as well as attention and concentration issues (ADHD). Nosotras Podemos ayudarles en todas sus necesidades de salud mental, mediante la creacion de tratamientos personalizado, trabajando en conjunto con usted y su terapista.
Please note I do not provide therapy- we have therapist available. My specialty is medication management. ADHD Certifled Specialist. Our bilingual (Spanish/English) practice treats people of different backgrounds, cultures, socioeconomic statuses, races, sexual orientations, and gender. Our expertise includes the treatment of major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychotic spectrum disorders, as well as attention and concentration issues (ADHD). Nosotras Podemos ayudarles en todas sus necesidades de salud mental, mediante la creacion de tratamientos personalizado, trabajando en conjunto con usted y su terapista.
(646) 956-2697 View (646) 956-2697
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M and M Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Services PL
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Elmhurst, NY 11373  (Online Only)
Please note I do not provide therapy- we have therapist available. My specialty is medication management. ADHD Certifled Specialist. Our bilingual (Spanish/English) practice treats people of different backgrounds, cultures, socioeconomic statuses, races, sexual orientations, and gender. Our expertise includes the treatment of major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychotic spectrum disorders, as well as attention and concentration issues (ADHD). Nosotras Podemos ayudarles en todas sus necesidades de salud mental, mediante la creacion de tratamientos personalizado, trabajando en conjunto con usted y su terapista.
Please note I do not provide therapy- we have therapist available. My specialty is medication management. ADHD Certifled Specialist. Our bilingual (Spanish/English) practice treats people of different backgrounds, cultures, socioeconomic statuses, races, sexual orientations, and gender. Our expertise includes the treatment of major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychotic spectrum disorders, as well as attention and concentration issues (ADHD). Nosotras Podemos ayudarles en todas sus necesidades de salud mental, mediante la creacion de tratamientos personalizado, trabajando en conjunto con usted y su terapista.
(646) 906-8234 View (646) 906-8234

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Alina Naik
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Alina Naik, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Rappore, a therapy services and medication management practice based in Manhattan, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, along with a certificate in Public Health. She then received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has worked in a variety of health settings, including acute care, psychiatry and neurology.
Alina Naik, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Rappore, a therapy services and medication management practice based in Manhattan, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, along with a certificate in Public Health. She then received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has worked in a variety of health settings, including acute care, psychiatry and neurology.
(332) 248-0613 View (332) 248-0613
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Luba Kessler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11375
As a psychoanalytically trained psychiatrist, I provide comprehensive treatment for a variety of mental health problems informed by the view of each person as an integrated body/mind/brain individual. The state of that integration is reflected in the physical, emotional and social wellbeing, manifesting in depressed and anxious states, as well as a variety of other mental and/or physical problems. Treatment recommendations are based on the assessment of these disturbances in the context of understanding personal history, as well as present day life demands and aspirations. They include individual, couples or family psychotherapy, with psychotropic medication if indicated.
As a psychoanalytically trained psychiatrist, I provide comprehensive treatment for a variety of mental health problems informed by the view of each person as an integrated body/mind/brain individual. The state of that integration is reflected in the physical, emotional and social wellbeing, manifesting in depressed and anxious states, as well as a variety of other mental and/or physical problems. Treatment recommendations are based on the assessment of these disturbances in the context of understanding personal history, as well as present day life demands and aspirations. They include individual, couples or family psychotherapy, with psychotropic medication if indicated.
(646) 374-3581 View (646) 374-3581
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Empire Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
Psychiatric practice specializing in medication management for the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, Panic Disorder, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. Insurances Accepted, and now offering Tele-psychiatry in the New York, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island areas.
Psychiatric practice specializing in medication management for the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, Panic Disorder, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. Insurances Accepted, and now offering Tele-psychiatry in the New York, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island areas.
(347) 472-1061 View (347) 472-1061
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Tina Wu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11355
I am an NYU-educated and ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in providing authentic and non-judgmental nursing care. My focuses are the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. I speak English, Cantonese and Mandarin. My approach is collaborative, individualized, holistic from a shared decision-making perspective.
I am an NYU-educated and ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in providing authentic and non-judgmental nursing care. My focuses are the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. I speak English, Cantonese and Mandarin. My approach is collaborative, individualized, holistic from a shared decision-making perspective.
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Marina Doulova, MD - Child & Adult Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375
“When patients walk into my office there is a lot going on in their lives and their minds are consumed by distressed thoughts. They may feel isolated, overwhelmed, stressed, agitated, anxious or angry at the world. They may feel upset at themselves or at others for feeling panicky, agitated, and powerless to focus and contemplate. They may also feel distracted, easily frustrated, ready to quit, helpless, hopeless, worthless, irritable, and look negatively at every aspect of their lives. These people are in search for compassion, sincerity, and real help – often quick help.”
“When patients walk into my office there is a lot going on in their lives and their minds are consumed by distressed thoughts. They may feel isolated, overwhelmed, stressed, agitated, anxious or angry at the world. They may feel upset at themselves or at others for feeling panicky, agitated, and powerless to focus and contemplate. They may also feel distracted, easily frustrated, ready to quit, helpless, hopeless, worthless, irritable, and look negatively at every aspect of their lives. These people are in search for compassion, sincerity, and real help – often quick help.”
(718) 612-7944 View (718) 612-7944
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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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Dawn Weathersby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Public Administration at Indiana University and my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Western Governors University. I received my Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama.
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Public Administration at Indiana University and my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Western Governors University. I received my Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama.
(929) 470-7208 View (929) 470-7208
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Mara Weinberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
Life can sometimes feel like a whirlwind with the constant stream of calls, messages, work pressures, family obligations, and health concerns. If you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed by it all, please know that you're not alone. The unpredictability of life can leave us feeling stressed, down, or anxious. If you ever feel unsure about how to improve your well-being, I'm here to offer the guidance and support you need. You will will have a supportive and non judgmental space to discuss your thoughts, feelings, and treatment goals. Asking for help brings you one step closer to relieving your symptoms & improving your well being.
Life can sometimes feel like a whirlwind with the constant stream of calls, messages, work pressures, family obligations, and health concerns. If you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed by it all, please know that you're not alone. The unpredictability of life can leave us feeling stressed, down, or anxious. If you ever feel unsure about how to improve your well-being, I'm here to offer the guidance and support you need. You will will have a supportive and non judgmental space to discuss your thoughts, feelings, and treatment goals. Asking for help brings you one step closer to relieving your symptoms & improving your well being.
(516) 981-4775 View (516) 981-4775
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Nadia Oryema
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Astoria, NY 11105
Waitlist for new clients
My practice is grounded in providing high quality, person-centered care. I am passionate about helping people navigate difficult periods in their lives and change patterns of thinking and behavior that cause distress. My approach respects and honors the unique experiences of those seeking treatment. I hold board certifications in both general adult and forensic psychiatry and have been in practice since 2018. I offer both therapy and medication management. Depending on your circumstances I might recommend one treatment modality or both. Treatment is dynamic and we would continue assess your needs over time.
My practice is grounded in providing high quality, person-centered care. I am passionate about helping people navigate difficult periods in their lives and change patterns of thinking and behavior that cause distress. My approach respects and honors the unique experiences of those seeking treatment. I hold board certifications in both general adult and forensic psychiatry and have been in practice since 2018. I offer both therapy and medication management. Depending on your circumstances I might recommend one treatment modality or both. Treatment is dynamic and we would continue assess your needs over time.
(347) 542-7003 View (347) 542-7003
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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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Emmie Macalisang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11354  (Online Only)
Emmie Macalisang is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a focus on a holistic and person-centered approach. She prides in providing compassionate and respectful care where clients feel attended to and valued, promoting a trusting and collaborative relationship with her clients. She has experience in caring for the underserved and diverse population with various mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, adjustment disorders.
Emmie Macalisang is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a focus on a holistic and person-centered approach. She prides in providing compassionate and respectful care where clients feel attended to and valued, promoting a trusting and collaborative relationship with her clients. She has experience in caring for the underserved and diverse population with various mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, adjustment disorders.
(929) 930-4564 View (929) 930-4564
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Jean-Jeffrey Marcellus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, AGNP-BC
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
Mr. Jean-Jeffrey Marcellus is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health & Adult Nurse Practitioner, Jean-Jeffrey Marcellus specializes in Suboxone, Alcohol Addiction, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia and Pain Management Treatment at Marcellus Wellness & Addiction Services. He can provide confidential online treatment plans and consultations for you or a loved one seeking help.
Mr. Jean-Jeffrey Marcellus is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health & Adult Nurse Practitioner, Jean-Jeffrey Marcellus specializes in Suboxone, Alcohol Addiction, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia and Pain Management Treatment at Marcellus Wellness & Addiction Services. He can provide confidential online treatment plans and consultations for you or a loved one seeking help.
(516) 447-3832 View (516) 447-3832
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Dr. Patricia K Spector
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Hello, have you been feeling sad, anxious, unmotivated? Are you feeling overwhelmed with mental health issues? These are some of the issues I can help you with. I look forward to meeting you and working with you to meet your personal mental health goals. Life is a precious gift and every day is a new beginning to live our best lives. If you are not living your best life because of mental health issues, I can assist you to face the challenges in your path. I am accepting new clients Teens to Adults. I offer supportive therapy, medication management, and a holistic approach.
Hello, have you been feeling sad, anxious, unmotivated? Are you feeling overwhelmed with mental health issues? These are some of the issues I can help you with. I look forward to meeting you and working with you to meet your personal mental health goals. Life is a precious gift and every day is a new beginning to live our best lives. If you are not living your best life because of mental health issues, I can assist you to face the challenges in your path. I am accepting new clients Teens to Adults. I offer supportive therapy, medication management, and a holistic approach.
(516) 774-2715 View (516) 774-2715
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Keith Jenkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11368
My name is Keith, and I am a doctorly prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner with a diverse clinical background. I see clients statewide in New York who struggle with a diverse range of mental disorders. I primarily focus on the adult population with a special interest in mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD utilizing a patient-centric approach to helping these individuals thrive in their daily lives and to function to their maximum potential.
My name is Keith, and I am a doctorly prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner with a diverse clinical background. I see clients statewide in New York who struggle with a diverse range of mental disorders. I primarily focus on the adult population with a special interest in mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD utilizing a patient-centric approach to helping these individuals thrive in their daily lives and to function to their maximum potential.
(929) 493-4291 View (929) 493-4291
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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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Marie Dornevil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B, ACNP-BC
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11354  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Welcome to M and D Beyond knowing INC. a clinical Tele-health practice located in New York, serving the Nassau, Suffolk, and New York five boroughs virtually. The practice specializes in a wide range of services aimed at addressing various mental health concerns. Lead by a dual board-certified nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in providing acute and mental health care to diverse populations in various settings. Collaborate with physicians, care managers, and social workers to deliver holistic and patient-centered care to patients with complex medical and psychiatric needs.
Welcome to M and D Beyond knowing INC. a clinical Tele-health practice located in New York, serving the Nassau, Suffolk, and New York five boroughs virtually. The practice specializes in a wide range of services aimed at addressing various mental health concerns. Lead by a dual board-certified nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in providing acute and mental health care to diverse populations in various settings. Collaborate with physicians, care managers, and social workers to deliver holistic and patient-centered care to patients with complex medical and psychiatric needs.
(516) 212-6547 View (516) 212-6547

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Number of Psychiatrists in Elmhurst, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Elmhurst, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
75% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Behavioral Issues

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Elmhurst, NY see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Elmhurst?

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.