Psychiatrists in Gansevoort, NY

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Jeanne Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NPP-BC, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
Gansevoort, NY 12831
Kids, preteens, teens, young adults, college students, and adults who are struggling with anxiety, attention, mood, focus, and decision making. I will thoroughly assess, diagnose, and provide treatment options in order to help you reach your goals as well as your potential in life.
Kids, preteens, teens, young adults, college students, and adults who are struggling with anxiety, attention, mood, focus, and decision making. I will thoroughly assess, diagnose, and provide treatment options in order to help you reach your goals as well as your potential in life.
(518) 667-8029 View (518) 667-8029

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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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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Iadeluca NP Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Accepting new patients at our office in Clifton Park. NYS Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner private practice serving childhood through adulthood patients in New York's Capital Region. To request an appointment, please visit our website: www.kinpp.com
Accepting new patients at our office in Clifton Park. NYS Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner private practice serving childhood through adulthood patients in New York's Capital Region. To request an appointment, please visit our website: www.kinpp.com
(518) 975-3389 View (518) 975-3389
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Daniel Breeyear
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, MHNP-BC, BHCC, FMHC
Verified Verified
Glens Falls, NY 12801
My ideal client is someone who wishes to take a more comprehensive approach to their overall care. This individual could be experiencing a first time mental health concern but isn’t interested in a medicine only approach. This individual can also be someone who has experienced the traditional approach to care where medications are always the answer and wants something different for themselves. Medications are an important tool in psychiatry but we believe in taking a comprehensive approach to care. Allowing the body to do what nature designed by properly caring for the whole person can lead to improved outcomes for our patients.
My ideal client is someone who wishes to take a more comprehensive approach to their overall care. This individual could be experiencing a first time mental health concern but isn’t interested in a medicine only approach. This individual can also be someone who has experienced the traditional approach to care where medications are always the answer and wants something different for themselves. Medications are an important tool in psychiatry but we believe in taking a comprehensive approach to care. Allowing the body to do what nature designed by properly caring for the whole person can lead to improved outcomes for our patients.
(518) 900-1334 View (518) 900-1334
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Amarjot Surdhar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Hello, I am a double board-certified and licensed psychiatrist with lots of experience helping people in difficult situations. I work in a Psychiatric emergency room and routinely handle behavioral crises. As a Medical Director of a Substance Use Disorders Clinic in an academic teaching hospital, I have experience in helping people with multiple drug and alcohol problems. I routinely work with people and help them through anxiety, depression, mood, and psychosis issues. I can help you also.
Hello, I am a double board-certified and licensed psychiatrist with lots of experience helping people in difficult situations. I work in a Psychiatric emergency room and routinely handle behavioral crises. As a Medical Director of a Substance Use Disorders Clinic in an academic teaching hospital, I have experience in helping people with multiple drug and alcohol problems. I routinely work with people and help them through anxiety, depression, mood, and psychosis issues. I can help you also.
(516) 252-3132 View (516) 252-3132
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Tara Burke-Muscatello
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, NPP, BC
Verified Verified
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Not accepting new clients
I thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I applaud you for taking the first step towards improving your mental health and overall well-being. I encourage you to read on and decide if you would like me to be a part of your journey to wellness!
I thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I applaud you for taking the first step towards improving your mental health and overall well-being. I encourage you to read on and decide if you would like me to be a part of your journey to wellness!
(518) 302-2433 View (518) 302-2433
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Ceci Hayes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Ceci Hayes is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 25-years of experience as a registered nurse and over 18-years of experience in mental health. Her goals are to assist individuals achieve their personal and professional aspirations and aid in removing the stigma associated with mental illness. Ceci's approach includes medication management, psycho-educational learning, psychotherapy encompassing DBT, CBT, group and individual therapy. This holistic approach includes exploring biological, social, emotional, occupational, financial, environmental, intellectual, and spiritual factors.
Ceci Hayes is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 25-years of experience as a registered nurse and over 18-years of experience in mental health. Her goals are to assist individuals achieve their personal and professional aspirations and aid in removing the stigma associated with mental illness. Ceci's approach includes medication management, psycho-educational learning, psychotherapy encompassing DBT, CBT, group and individual therapy. This holistic approach includes exploring biological, social, emotional, occupational, financial, environmental, intellectual, and spiritual factors.
(518) 245-3288 View (518) 245-3288
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Marjorie Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  (Online Only)
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am credentialed to prescribe medications when indicated. My experience is in treating Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, Panic Disorder, Mood Disorders, and many other Mental Health issues that prevent a person from leading a happy and healthy life.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am credentialed to prescribe medications when indicated. My experience is in treating Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, Panic Disorder, Mood Disorders, and many other Mental Health issues that prevent a person from leading a happy and healthy life.
(518) 333-7915 View (518) 333-7915
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Rebekah P. Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Rebekah helps parents who are seeking expert guidance in medication management for their child whether it be for behavioral concerns, Autism Spectrum, ADHD, anxiety, or depression. Parents need accurate information, to understand of benefits and risks, and support in making informed decisions. The goal is to optimize treatment, address specific challenges, and ensure their child's well-being. Rebekah offers knowledge, personalized recommendations, and ongoing support to empower parents in making informed decisions for their child's care. Together, they strive for the best possible outcomes for the child's neurodevelopmental journey.
Rebekah helps parents who are seeking expert guidance in medication management for their child whether it be for behavioral concerns, Autism Spectrum, ADHD, anxiety, or depression. Parents need accurate information, to understand of benefits and risks, and support in making informed decisions. The goal is to optimize treatment, address specific challenges, and ensure their child's well-being. Rebekah offers knowledge, personalized recommendations, and ongoing support to empower parents in making informed decisions for their child's care. Together, they strive for the best possible outcomes for the child's neurodevelopmental journey.
(518) 765-7039 View (518) 765-7039
Alexander E Nicholson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NPP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
***Tele-psychiatry Offered***Children and Adults*** Medications&Therapy (therapy limited to adults-and based on availability) I take the perspective that we are all complex and should appreciate and understand as best we can the complexity rather than the view that mere molecules alone are affecting our emotional states. I aim to provide what I would expect in my own care or my child's care: an active, present, and compassionate clinician who tries to understand the person or child seeking help and assisting in choosing the best paths for my health, both physical and emotional.
***Tele-psychiatry Offered***Children and Adults*** Medications&Therapy (therapy limited to adults-and based on availability) I take the perspective that we are all complex and should appreciate and understand as best we can the complexity rather than the view that mere molecules alone are affecting our emotional states. I aim to provide what I would expect in my own care or my child's care: an active, present, and compassionate clinician who tries to understand the person or child seeking help and assisting in choosing the best paths for my health, both physical and emotional.
(518) 882-4198 View (518) 882-4198
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Laurie B Teal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP, NBCCH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Honoring your path to wholeness. I have 30 plus years of Psychiatric experience, hold numerous additional credentials and certifications, have been on a spiritually active path for as longs as I can remember. What brought me all this way might surprise you. Transforming my own pain into wisdom that education and credentials cannot begin to teach. So, what I truly offer is a heart centered space to reflect back to you who are, beyond your trauma, beyond your self judgements and limiting beliefs. My invitation is that you become aware of your own power to create a life worth living.
Honoring your path to wholeness. I have 30 plus years of Psychiatric experience, hold numerous additional credentials and certifications, have been on a spiritually active path for as longs as I can remember. What brought me all this way might surprise you. Transforming my own pain into wisdom that education and credentials cannot begin to teach. So, what I truly offer is a heart centered space to reflect back to you who are, beyond your trauma, beyond your self judgements and limiting beliefs. My invitation is that you become aware of your own power to create a life worth living.
(518) 636-1387 View (518) 636-1387
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Dr. Griffan Randall, D.O., PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Dr. Randall specializes in Psychiatry for Adolescents through Geriatrics. She offers Medication Management therapy, Various Individual Psychotherapies, Genetic testing, Court ordered evaluations, Medical Marijuana Certification, Maternal/Fetal Psychiatric Care, and Pre-Surgical Psychiatric Evaluations.
Dr. Randall specializes in Psychiatry for Adolescents through Geriatrics. She offers Medication Management therapy, Various Individual Psychotherapies, Genetic testing, Court ordered evaluations, Medical Marijuana Certification, Maternal/Fetal Psychiatric Care, and Pre-Surgical Psychiatric Evaluations.
(518) 255-7541 View (518) 255-7541
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Tempestt Black
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  (Online Only)
Hi, I look forward to meeting you! I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and US Army Reservist with over 5 years of nursing experience. I'm skilled in providing exceptional care to my clients experiencing mental illness and substance abuse. I utilize medication management and psychotherapy treatment regimens to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety Disorder, and Depressive Disorders and enjoy working with LGBTQIA+ populations. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hi, I look forward to meeting you! I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and US Army Reservist with over 5 years of nursing experience. I'm skilled in providing exceptional care to my clients experiencing mental illness and substance abuse. I utilize medication management and psychotherapy treatment regimens to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety Disorder, and Depressive Disorders and enjoy working with LGBTQIA+ populations. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(585) 312-6773 View (585) 312-6773
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Sandra Santana
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN-Ed, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  (Online Only)
Are you feeling stressed out? I can facilitate your holistic wellbeing via secure audio and video tele-remote care to deliver psychotherapy and/or medication management if needed. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in NYS, DC, MD, PA, FL, AZ & OH.
Are you feeling stressed out? I can facilitate your holistic wellbeing via secure audio and video tele-remote care to deliver psychotherapy and/or medication management if needed. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in NYS, DC, MD, PA, FL, AZ & OH.
(929) 416-2267 View (929) 416-2267
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Elizabeth Mastro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Elizabeth Mastro, NPP ANCC Board Certified Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner -Elizabeth received her Master's Degree and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification from Sage Graduate School. She has experience working in clinic settings with chronically mentally ill adults as well as in private practice providing psychopharmacology and therapy addressing all facets of mental health disorders.
Elizabeth Mastro, NPP ANCC Board Certified Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner -Elizabeth received her Master's Degree and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification from Sage Graduate School. She has experience working in clinic settings with chronically mentally ill adults as well as in private practice providing psychopharmacology and therapy addressing all facets of mental health disorders.
(518) 255-8108 View (518) 255-8108
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Thompson Psych NPs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenfield Center, NY 12833
Are you an adult or a parent seeking medication management and psychotherapy for yourself or your child? Thompson Psych NPs is focused on helping individuals of all ages who are struggling with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and more. We offer a variety of treatment options, including medication management and psychotherapy, to help you achieve optimal mental health and wellness.
Are you an adult or a parent seeking medication management and psychotherapy for yourself or your child? Thompson Psych NPs is focused on helping individuals of all ages who are struggling with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and more. We offer a variety of treatment options, including medication management and psychotherapy, to help you achieve optimal mental health and wellness.
(518) 855-9394 View (518) 855-9394
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Jessica C. Olivo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  (Online Only)
Jessica Olivo is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 15 years of mental health experience. She provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management follow up. Jessica provides supportive listening, compassion, and cultivates a collaborative relationship with her patients. She approaches care in a calm and therapeutic manner that allows clients to feel comfortable expressing themselves and to be proactive members in their own treatment.
Jessica Olivo is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 15 years of mental health experience. She provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management follow up. Jessica provides supportive listening, compassion, and cultivates a collaborative relationship with her patients. She approaches care in a calm and therapeutic manner that allows clients to feel comfortable expressing themselves and to be proactive members in their own treatment.
(845) 640-5810 View (845) 640-5810
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KM Psychiatry Associates / Kristen Marquis PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Our goal at KM Psychiatry Associates is to meet you wherever you are in your mental health journey. We exist to provide you with medication management to help you on your path of healing and recovery. Our patient-centered, and integrative approach to providing psychiatric care, will both challenge and embolden you to actively pursue change in your overall health and wellness. We firmly believe that your mental, and physical health are intricately intertwined. That is why we strive to provide a nurturing environment to facilitate an integrative healing experience, while providing you with individual care and compassion.
Our goal at KM Psychiatry Associates is to meet you wherever you are in your mental health journey. We exist to provide you with medication management to help you on your path of healing and recovery. Our patient-centered, and integrative approach to providing psychiatric care, will both challenge and embolden you to actively pursue change in your overall health and wellness. We firmly believe that your mental, and physical health are intricately intertwined. That is why we strive to provide a nurturing environment to facilitate an integrative healing experience, while providing you with individual care and compassion.
(518) 557-1712 View (518) 557-1712
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Arielle Nicole Siniapkin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in both medication management and psychotherapy. I take a collaborative and supportive approach to treatment. I have experience working with clients across a broad spectrum of diagnoses, age groups, and needs. My goal is to empower you to reach deeper self-understanding, identify patterns that may or may not be serving you, and make changes to what feels stagnant or unsupportive. We will also work on recognizing and nurturing the strengths you hold that will support you in leading a healthier, fulfilled life.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in both medication management and psychotherapy. I take a collaborative and supportive approach to treatment. I have experience working with clients across a broad spectrum of diagnoses, age groups, and needs. My goal is to empower you to reach deeper self-understanding, identify patterns that may or may not be serving you, and make changes to what feels stagnant or unsupportive. We will also work on recognizing and nurturing the strengths you hold that will support you in leading a healthier, fulfilled life.
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Victoria M VanScoy-McAllister
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NPP, BC
Verified Verified
Glens Falls, NY 12801  (Online Only)
Victoria VanScoy McAllister, NPP is a Nurse Practitioner specialist in Glens Falls New York. She graduated from Sage College in 2012. Prior to graduating as a Nurse Practitioner, she had over 20 years of diverse experience in psychiatric nursing. Victoria prides herself on providing high-quality individual care. She provides a full comprehensive 60 minute intake and 20-30 minute follow up appointments for medication management and psychotherapy. In addition, she provides a relaxed, friendly atmosphere that allows her patients to feel comfortable. She takes pride in providing a collaborative holistic approach to her treatment.
Victoria VanScoy McAllister, NPP is a Nurse Practitioner specialist in Glens Falls New York. She graduated from Sage College in 2012. Prior to graduating as a Nurse Practitioner, she had over 20 years of diverse experience in psychiatric nursing. Victoria prides herself on providing high-quality individual care. She provides a full comprehensive 60 minute intake and 20-30 minute follow up appointments for medication management and psychotherapy. In addition, she provides a relaxed, friendly atmosphere that allows her patients to feel comfortable. She takes pride in providing a collaborative holistic approach to her treatment.
(518) 216-0463 View (518) 216-0463

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Number of Psychiatrists in Gansevoort, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Gansevoort, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Eating Disorders
100% Grief
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Gansevoort, NY see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Gansevoort?

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.