Psychiatrists in Glen Cove, NY

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Susan C. Cohen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, FNP, C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Cove, NY 11542  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, using a holistic approach, I am passionate about helping you feel your best. Keeping a balance with a healthy mind and body makes it possible to achieve your potential. I have experience helping clients move forward in their lives by making short and long term achievable goals.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, using a holistic approach, I am passionate about helping you feel your best. Keeping a balance with a healthy mind and body makes it possible to achieve your potential. I have experience helping clients move forward in their lives by making short and long term achievable goals.
(516) 585-3403 View (516) 585-3403
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Empire Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Glen Cove, NY 11542  (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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Long Island Psychiatrist & Online Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Glen Cove, NY 11542  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatrist practicing in Long Island, NY. I provide both office visits and telepsychiatry visits ( please visit my website at gaba.healthcare) . I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, family and marital therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as medication management. Whatever your reasons for seeing a psychiatrist ? whether you are suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, attention problems dysphoria, or just wanting to perform better at work, I strongly believe that everyone has the potential to feel and be better, and everyone deserves optimal care.
I am a board certified Psychiatrist practicing in Long Island, NY. I provide both office visits and telepsychiatry visits ( please visit my website at gaba.healthcare) . I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, family and marital therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as medication management. Whatever your reasons for seeing a psychiatrist ? whether you are suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, attention problems dysphoria, or just wanting to perform better at work, I strongly believe that everyone has the potential to feel and be better, and everyone deserves optimal care.
(516) 550-3440 View (516) 550-3440
Child & Adult Clinical Psychiatry NY & Deep TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Cove, NY 11542
Aleksandra Krunic, MD, a top psychiatrist serving patients in Long Island and New York with a variety of advanced treatments for mental health disorders, is announcing new BrainsWay’s Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Deep TMS) for the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Aleksandra Krunic, MD, lead psychiatrist and founder of the practice, has been utilizing a similar helmet for the treatment of depression with great patient outcomes. Deep TMS has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for depression since 2013 and received approval for OCD in August of 2018.
Aleksandra Krunic, MD, a top psychiatrist serving patients in Long Island and New York with a variety of advanced treatments for mental health disorders, is announcing new BrainsWay’s Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Deep TMS) for the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Aleksandra Krunic, MD, lead psychiatrist and founder of the practice, has been utilizing a similar helmet for the treatment of depression with great patient outcomes. Deep TMS has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for depression since 2013 and received approval for OCD in August of 2018.
(631) 546-0436 View (631) 546-0436

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Scott Krakower
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Manhasset, NY 11030
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
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Ronald Schenendorf
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Manhasset, NY 11030  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
If you are reading this, it is likely your anxiety, depression or relationship problems have reached a point where you are wanting to get help through work with another person. You are understandably curious as to how I might be of help to you. In my 30 years in private practice, I have found that a mutually respectful therapeutic alliance utilizing psychodynamic insights and mindfulness based techniques, can help restore your ability to find joy and satisfaction in yourself, your relationships and your work. As you might expect, being a psychiatrist, I can use medication as an adjunct to therapy.
If you are reading this, it is likely your anxiety, depression or relationship problems have reached a point where you are wanting to get help through work with another person. You are understandably curious as to how I might be of help to you. In my 30 years in private practice, I have found that a mutually respectful therapeutic alliance utilizing psychodynamic insights and mindfulness based techniques, can help restore your ability to find joy and satisfaction in yourself, your relationships and your work. As you might expect, being a psychiatrist, I can use medication as an adjunct to therapy.
(516) 360-2804 View (516) 360-2804
Photo of Samantha Shue, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Samantha Shue
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jericho, NY 11853  (Online Only)
Samantha Shue is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in adult and children services. She has experience working in a Residential Treatment Center and Therapeutic Family Foster Care agency with young children and adolescents, as well as experience working in outpatient mental health treatment, telepsychiatry, addiction services and the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).
Samantha Shue is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in adult and children services. She has experience working in a Residential Treatment Center and Therapeutic Family Foster Care agency with young children and adolescents, as well as experience working in outpatient mental health treatment, telepsychiatry, addiction services and the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).
(551) 257-2692 View (551) 257-2692
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Susan Yeung
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Syosset, NY 11773  (Online Only)
Dr. Susan Yeung, a child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist is currently an attending psychiatrist at Maimonides Medical Center and also the Medical Director for their Child and Adolescent psychiatry clinic . In her private practice Dr. Yeung integrates a holistic approach to treat psychiatric conditions and behavioral issues. She utilizes both psychotherapeutic modalities as well as medication management, while focusing on safe, empathic, and a curious framework that promotes wellness and self-discovery. She gets to know her patients well and gives them ample time, without the distractions of insurance mandates.
Dr. Susan Yeung, a child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist is currently an attending psychiatrist at Maimonides Medical Center and also the Medical Director for their Child and Adolescent psychiatry clinic . In her private practice Dr. Yeung integrates a holistic approach to treat psychiatric conditions and behavioral issues. She utilizes both psychotherapeutic modalities as well as medication management, while focusing on safe, empathic, and a curious framework that promotes wellness and self-discovery. She gets to know her patients well and gives them ample time, without the distractions of insurance mandates.
(646) 718-5902 View (646) 718-5902
Photo of Courtney Chellew - Water Gap Wellness Center, DO, Psychiatrist
Water Gap Wellness Center
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Garden City Park, NY 11040
Please note that individual appointments are not available at this location. Please do not contact us unless you are interested in joining our comprehensive treatment program. Water Gap Wellness offers the most intensive Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Program in the Northeast. Our premier program requires a continuous commitment of 6 hours per day 6 days per week. Housing is available upon request. Included are weekly sessions with me or one of our other psychiatrists, two sessions with your primary therapist per week, and ongoing daily group sessions. Call us today - we are here for you.
Please note that individual appointments are not available at this location. Please do not contact us unless you are interested in joining our comprehensive treatment program. Water Gap Wellness offers the most intensive Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Program in the Northeast. Our premier program requires a continuous commitment of 6 hours per day 6 days per week. Housing is available upon request. Included are weekly sessions with me or one of our other psychiatrists, two sessions with your primary therapist per week, and ongoing daily group sessions. Call us today - we are here for you.
(570) 618-8846 View (570) 618-8846
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Alicia Portuondo-Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Roslyn, NY 11576
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
Photo of Michelle Salz, CNM, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michelle Salz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Port Washington, NY 11050  (Online Only)
Welcome. I am a dual board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and midwife with over 20 years experience in women's health. My clients feel uniquely understood during their pre-conception, prenatal and postpartum years and beyond. I am passionate about providing evidence based, safe and effective psychiatric medication management for women during and after their reproductive years. There are many medications that can be used safely in pregnancy and while breastfeeding, and peri-menopausal women may benefit from some medications over others.
Welcome. I am a dual board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and midwife with over 20 years experience in women's health. My clients feel uniquely understood during their pre-conception, prenatal and postpartum years and beyond. I am passionate about providing evidence based, safe and effective psychiatric medication management for women during and after their reproductive years. There are many medications that can be used safely in pregnancy and while breastfeeding, and peri-menopausal women may benefit from some medications over others.
(516) 518-6296 View (516) 518-6296
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Erika Balfour
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Roslyn Heights, NY 11577  (Online Only)
Dr. Balfour is a Yale University graduate and is triple board certified. At Discreet Medical, PC, we offer compassionate mental health services, using evidence based medicine, science, and collaborative care to provide our patients with tools to help them accomplish their goals. We specialize in treating patients suffering from mental conditions who may also be afflicted with concomitant medical conditions, such as cancer, autoimmune diseases or inflammatory diseases. We serve driven professionals to help support their goals and endeavors.
Dr. Balfour is a Yale University graduate and is triple board certified. At Discreet Medical, PC, we offer compassionate mental health services, using evidence based medicine, science, and collaborative care to provide our patients with tools to help them accomplish their goals. We specialize in treating patients suffering from mental conditions who may also be afflicted with concomitant medical conditions, such as cancer, autoimmune diseases or inflammatory diseases. We serve driven professionals to help support their goals and endeavors.
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Shihab Touhid
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Garden City, NY 11530
Shihab Touhid is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2011. He provides patient-centered and trauma-informed care with experience in treatment planning, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication management, and psychotropic medication education. He believes in treating patients with the fewest number of medications. He strongly educates clients about the potential for addiction when taking controlled substances. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, driving, watching wild animals and funny videos.
Shihab Touhid is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2011. He provides patient-centered and trauma-informed care with experience in treatment planning, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication management, and psychotropic medication education. He believes in treating patients with the fewest number of medications. He strongly educates clients about the potential for addiction when taking controlled substances. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, driving, watching wild animals and funny videos.
(516) 407-7804 View (516) 407-7804
Photo of Fahimir Jean-Baptiste - Diverse Mind Care, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Diverse Mind Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hicksville, NY 11801  (Online Only)
Fahimir Jean-Baptiste, is an ANCC board certified Psychiatrist Mental Nurse Practitioner. Fahimir has her Master of science in Nursing from Hofstra University School and has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Molloy College. Her clinical career took her on a journey through the healthcare system, from inpatient to outpatient settings. She manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including Major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and ADHD.
Fahimir Jean-Baptiste, is an ANCC board certified Psychiatrist Mental Nurse Practitioner. Fahimir has her Master of science in Nursing from Hofstra University School and has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Molloy College. Her clinical career took her on a journey through the healthcare system, from inpatient to outpatient settings. She manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including Major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and ADHD.
(516) 217-4842 View (516) 217-4842
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Harsimran Brar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plainview, NY 11803
My practice philosophy is treating a person as a whole. I provide confidential and comprehensive assessment based on you and/or your child’s personal needs. I am an Adult, Child and Adolescent psychiatrist and part of faculty practice at South Oaks Hospital Amityville. I offer evidence-based diagnostic and medication management services and incorporate healthier diet and lifestyle changes that will help you to be a better version of yourself. I treat mood, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, OCD, depression and other related mental health disorders. I specialize in dialectal behavioral therapy, specifically for people struggling with self harm.
My practice philosophy is treating a person as a whole. I provide confidential and comprehensive assessment based on you and/or your child’s personal needs. I am an Adult, Child and Adolescent psychiatrist and part of faculty practice at South Oaks Hospital Amityville. I offer evidence-based diagnostic and medication management services and incorporate healthier diet and lifestyle changes that will help you to be a better version of yourself. I treat mood, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, OCD, depression and other related mental health disorders. I specialize in dialectal behavioral therapy, specifically for people struggling with self harm.
(631) 480-8956 View (631) 480-8956
Photo of Dr. Godfrey Aneke, DNP,  MBA, MSc, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Godfrey Aneke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MBA, MSc, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
19 Endorsed
Garden City, NY 11530
At Timely Psychiatry, our clients receive personalized, evidence-based, high-quality psychiatric care. We focus on providing holistic care, treating you with dignity and respect, and protecting your privacy. We provide both medication management and psychotherapy to manage your mental health concerns. Our goal is to reduce human suffering and help you to live a meaningful, fulfilling, and enjoyable life!
At Timely Psychiatry, our clients receive personalized, evidence-based, high-quality psychiatric care. We focus on providing holistic care, treating you with dignity and respect, and protecting your privacy. We provide both medication management and psychotherapy to manage your mental health concerns. Our goal is to reduce human suffering and help you to live a meaningful, fulfilling, and enjoyable life!
(516) 715-3607 View (516) 715-3607
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Shariful A Syed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Syosset, NY 11791
I am an allopathic physician trained in child and adolescent psychiatry. I have a faculty appointment at Yale Univ. School of Medicine - treating the most complex mental illness in the country. I am conducting psychedelic trials for treatment resistant depression as well collaborate with leader in pediatric anxiety disorders. All of this towards the singular goal of affecting meaningful change that helps patients (and their families, necessarily).
I am an allopathic physician trained in child and adolescent psychiatry. I have a faculty appointment at Yale Univ. School of Medicine - treating the most complex mental illness in the country. I am conducting psychedelic trials for treatment resistant depression as well collaborate with leader in pediatric anxiety disorders. All of this towards the singular goal of affecting meaningful change that helps patients (and their families, necessarily).
(516) 550-5354 View (516) 550-5354
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Dr. John Wang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Garden City, NY 11530
As a doctor at Clearwave Psychiatry, I provide comprehensive healthcare that engages my patients with personally tailored problem solving for both in-person as well as telehealth appointments. Our collaborative group of providers use techniques such as genetic testing, nutritional supplementation, QEEG mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to address each patient's physiological and psychological aspects of care and to create their optimal individualized treatment plan.
As a doctor at Clearwave Psychiatry, I provide comprehensive healthcare that engages my patients with personally tailored problem solving for both in-person as well as telehealth appointments. Our collaborative group of providers use techniques such as genetic testing, nutritional supplementation, QEEG mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to address each patient's physiological and psychological aspects of care and to create their optimal individualized treatment plan.
(914) 229-9881 View (914) 229-9881
Photo of Uros Koprivica, APN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Uros Koprivica
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Garden City Park, NY 11040
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
(929) 499-0515 View (929) 499-0515
Photo of John Prato - Island Lighthouse Consultation Services, NPP, P.C., MS, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Island Lighthouse Consultation Services, NPP, P.C.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Garden City, NY 11530
We are an expanding practice, currently accepting new clients for medication management, offering fairly immediate availability for new intakes. You have likely taken the first steps in accepting help, pursuing therapy, however, in spite of this, you may continue to struggle. In such cases, patients will often benefit from a combination of both medications and psychotherapy. At Island Lighthouse Consultation Services, NPP, P.C., we can assess your needs and together we can formulate an individualized treatment plan. Working in collaboration with you and your therapist, we can help you to achieve your greatest potential.
We are an expanding practice, currently accepting new clients for medication management, offering fairly immediate availability for new intakes. You have likely taken the first steps in accepting help, pursuing therapy, however, in spite of this, you may continue to struggle. In such cases, patients will often benefit from a combination of both medications and psychotherapy. At Island Lighthouse Consultation Services, NPP, P.C., we can assess your needs and together we can formulate an individualized treatment plan. Working in collaboration with you and your therapist, we can help you to achieve your greatest potential.
(516) 399-0797 View (516) 399-0797

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Glen Cove, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Glen Cove, NY who prioritize treating:

75% Depression
75% Anxiety
75% ADHD
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Sleep or Insomnia
75% Stress
50% Addiction

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Glen Cove, NY see their clients

75% Online Only
25% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Glen Cove?

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.