Psychiatrists in Glen Head, NY

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Victoria Capobianco
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Head, NY 11545
With the use of therapy or medication I can treat you or your child so that impairments can be identified and the ability to function more easily is achieved.
With the use of therapy or medication I can treat you or your child so that impairments can be identified and the ability to function more easily is achieved.
(516) 331-5698 View (516) 331-5698
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Water Gap Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Glen Head, NY 11545
PLEASE NOTE – INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE. DO NOT CONTACT UNLESS YOU ARE INTERESTED. Water Gap Wellness offers the most comprehensive and intensive Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Program in the Northeast. The Program requires a continuous commitment of 6 hours per day 6 days per week. Preferred housing is available. The Program includes 1 weekly session with a psychiatrist, 2 sessions with your primary therapist, and daily group sessions. Water Gap Wellness is an outpatient provider that accepts all private insurance. Located 75 miles from NYC and less than 100 miles from Philadelphia and Connecticut.
PLEASE NOTE – INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE. DO NOT CONTACT UNLESS YOU ARE INTERESTED. Water Gap Wellness offers the most comprehensive and intensive Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Program in the Northeast. The Program requires a continuous commitment of 6 hours per day 6 days per week. Preferred housing is available. The Program includes 1 weekly session with a psychiatrist, 2 sessions with your primary therapist, and daily group sessions. Water Gap Wellness is an outpatient provider that accepts all private insurance. Located 75 miles from NYC and less than 100 miles from Philadelphia and Connecticut.
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Donna Vahovius
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Hempstead, NY 11552
Donna is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner on the Mindful Care team practicing out of New York.
Donna is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner on the Mindful Care team practicing out of New York.
(516) 980-4876 View (516) 980-4876
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Jason M. Careri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Garden City, NY 11530
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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Guiding Balance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Old Westbury, NY 11568
Welcome to Guiding Balance. We offer comprehensive diagnostic evaluations with genetic testing, medication management with genetic profiling, and psychotherapy. We treat pediatric, adult, and geriatric clients.
Welcome to Guiding Balance. We offer comprehensive diagnostic evaluations with genetic testing, medication management with genetic profiling, and psychotherapy. We treat pediatric, adult, and geriatric clients.
(631) 817-4192 View (631) 817-4192
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Shine George
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Levittown, NY 11756
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 2yrs of experience in treating adults with various mental illness including but not limited to anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia, depression, OCD, mood disorder and ADHD. I have completed my master's degree from Molloy College. I offer medication management via both telehealth and in person appointments.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 2yrs of experience in treating adults with various mental illness including but not limited to anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia, depression, OCD, mood disorder and ADHD. I have completed my master's degree from Molloy College. I offer medication management via both telehealth and in person appointments.
(516) 973-1496 View (516) 973-1496
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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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Eryn Oberlander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Great Neck, NY 11021
Board Certified NYS Licensed Yale and Columbia educated psychiatrist and graduate of Amherst College Summa Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa. I specialize in freeing smart professionals from self-sabotaging emotional and behavioral patterns inhibiting success. If you are desiring to increase your satisfaction in work and personal relationships, wanting to identify your purpose and create joy, aiming to release habits that leak time and energy, wishing to transcend a childhood history of poor emotional parenting now interfering with bringing out your best ... My psychotherapy is transformational psychoeducation and I restore through re-story.
Board Certified NYS Licensed Yale and Columbia educated psychiatrist and graduate of Amherst College Summa Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa. I specialize in freeing smart professionals from self-sabotaging emotional and behavioral patterns inhibiting success. If you are desiring to increase your satisfaction in work and personal relationships, wanting to identify your purpose and create joy, aiming to release habits that leak time and energy, wishing to transcend a childhood history of poor emotional parenting now interfering with bringing out your best ... My psychotherapy is transformational psychoeducation and I restore through re-story.
(646) 846-6148 View (646) 846-6148
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Gina Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP-BC, ANP-BC
Verified Verified
Little Neck, NY 11362
I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Health Care in New York State, and now presiding at SilverLife NP Care. I have been trained and specialized in QEEG, Neurofeedback, Medication Management, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Trans-cranial Magnetic Stimulate Therapy. Having believed that brain health is connected to state of total physical, mental, and social well-being, I will develop and customize a unique treatment plan for each individual recovery/remission, and provide the best quality care to all my clients.
I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Health Care in New York State, and now presiding at SilverLife NP Care. I have been trained and specialized in QEEG, Neurofeedback, Medication Management, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Trans-cranial Magnetic Stimulate Therapy. Having believed that brain health is connected to state of total physical, mental, and social well-being, I will develop and customize a unique treatment plan for each individual recovery/remission, and provide the best quality care to all my clients.
(516) 430-2975 View (516) 430-2975
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Dr. Tarak Patel
Psychiatrist, MD, MSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Floral Park, NY 11001
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, that believes in simple practical evidence-based treatments that includes sometimes just a safe space to talk, because not everything needs a diagnosis. My mission is to provide a confidential and non-judgmental space for you to work through current struggles to restore or improve your emotional and psychological well-being or grow with insight. We do this together and sometimes it’s therapy, and/or medications that can help.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, that believes in simple practical evidence-based treatments that includes sometimes just a safe space to talk, because not everything needs a diagnosis. My mission is to provide a confidential and non-judgmental space for you to work through current struggles to restore or improve your emotional and psychological well-being or grow with insight. We do this together and sometimes it’s therapy, and/or medications that can help.
(516) 908-9848 View (516) 908-9848
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Adarsh K Gupta
Psychiatrist, MD, FAMP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Great Neck, NY 11021
I am Dr. Gupta, Medical Director of Sleep, TMS & Wellness Center. I am board certified in Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, Sleep Medicine & Psychosomatic Medicine. My practice offers "Interventional psychiatry" treatments like TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and 'Ketamine' for treatment resistant depression, OCD and anxiety disorders. TMS therapy is FDA approved, non invasive with no systemic side effects. Most insurances provide coverage for TMS treatments. 'TMS neuromodulation' is a third major pillar in psychiatric care after psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. ( visit www.DrAGupta.com to learn more)
I am Dr. Gupta, Medical Director of Sleep, TMS & Wellness Center. I am board certified in Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, Sleep Medicine & Psychosomatic Medicine. My practice offers "Interventional psychiatry" treatments like TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and 'Ketamine' for treatment resistant depression, OCD and anxiety disorders. TMS therapy is FDA approved, non invasive with no systemic side effects. Most insurances provide coverage for TMS treatments. 'TMS neuromodulation' is a third major pillar in psychiatric care after psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. ( visit www.DrAGupta.com to learn more)
(516) 217-8064 View (516) 217-8064
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Empire Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Westbury, NY 11590  (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.
(646) 845-9787 View (646) 845-9787
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Zen Integrative Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
Carle Place, NY 11514  (Online Only)
As a double board-certified practitioner in medicine and psychiatry, I am acutely aware of the impact of mental health on overall wellbeing. I leverage my background in critical care, preventative care, surgery and psychiatry to provide an evidence-based and results-oriented holistic approach catered to each individual. I combine medication management sessions with individual psychotherapy to achieve optimal results in a culturally sensitive and emotionally safe space for the client. My treatment plans are developed in conjunction with the client to provide focused care aimed at encouraging personal growth and development.
As a double board-certified practitioner in medicine and psychiatry, I am acutely aware of the impact of mental health on overall wellbeing. I leverage my background in critical care, preventative care, surgery and psychiatry to provide an evidence-based and results-oriented holistic approach catered to each individual. I combine medication management sessions with individual psychotherapy to achieve optimal results in a culturally sensitive and emotionally safe space for the client. My treatment plans are developed in conjunction with the client to provide focused care aimed at encouraging personal growth and development.
(516) 591-3301 View (516) 591-3301
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Arusha Farahani MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Garden City, NY 11530  (Online Only)
Everyone deserves the chance to have a mind that is calm, clear and content. As a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist I treat an array of conditions including anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder and more. While I specialize in medication management I consider the individual as a whole and provide comprehensive treatment plans that include non-medication strategies to help you live your best life. I encourage a collaborative approach and want patients to be active in treatment planning and decision-making. [I do not accept insurance but I am happy to provide invoices for you to submit for out-of-network benefits.]
Everyone deserves the chance to have a mind that is calm, clear and content. As a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist I treat an array of conditions including anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder and more. While I specialize in medication management I consider the individual as a whole and provide comprehensive treatment plans that include non-medication strategies to help you live your best life. I encourage a collaborative approach and want patients to be active in treatment planning and decision-making. [I do not accept insurance but I am happy to provide invoices for you to submit for out-of-network benefits.]
(516) 203-4187 View (516) 203-4187
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Saba Mughal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Garden City, NY 11530
Dr. Saba Mughal, MD Dr. Saba Mughal is a Psychiatrist in New York, and ABPN Board Certified. She completed her Residency training from Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow NY. Dr. Mughal is an empathetic listener, addresses questions and concerns, provides long-term therapeutic alliance with patients and families (if involved), and helps patients to have good quality of life and achieve desired goals In her free time, Dr. Mughal likes to travel and explore new places, spend time with her family and friends, and enjoys cooking.
Dr. Saba Mughal, MD Dr. Saba Mughal is a Psychiatrist in New York, and ABPN Board Certified. She completed her Residency training from Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow NY. Dr. Mughal is an empathetic listener, addresses questions and concerns, provides long-term therapeutic alliance with patients and families (if involved), and helps patients to have good quality of life and achieve desired goals In her free time, Dr. Mughal likes to travel and explore new places, spend time with her family and friends, and enjoys cooking.
(516) 217-2195 View (516) 217-2195
Photo of Dr. Jessica Cosgrove, DO, Psychiatrist
Dr. Jessica Cosgrove
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Huntington, NY 11743
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist specializing in women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry. I work solely with adult women ages 18 and above. I have specialized training and competency in treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder, pregnant and postpartum women, those experiencing infertility, as well as those experiencing difficulties around the transition to menopause.
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist specializing in women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry. I work solely with adult women ages 18 and above. I have specialized training and competency in treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder, pregnant and postpartum women, those experiencing infertility, as well as those experiencing difficulties around the transition to menopause.
(631) 502-4439 View (631) 502-4439
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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
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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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Water Gap Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Levittown, NY 11756
Please note that individual sessions are not offered at this location. Water Gap Wellness offers an intensive mental health and substance use treatment that 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 providers, 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 sessions are not offered at this location. Water Gap Wellness offers an intensive mental health and substance use treatment that 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 providers, two sessions with your primary therapist per week, and ongoing daily group sessions. Call us today - we are here for you
(570) 258-8595 View (570) 258-8595
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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

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Number of Psychiatrists in Glen Head, NY

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Psychiatrists in Glen Head, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Suicidal Ideation

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Glen Head, NY see their clients

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Glen Head?

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.