Psychiatrists in Great Neck, NY

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Shahnaz Malekan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Great Neck, NY 11021
I am a highly compassionate child, adolescent adult psychoanalyst and psychiatrist.I speak several languages including Farsi,have had the pleasure of working with patients of all ages from various cultures. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, young adults especially college students. While at UCLA I was awarded the Certificate of Honor in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement In Human Relations and Communication which led me to pursue a career in psychiatry.
I am a highly compassionate child, adolescent adult psychoanalyst and psychiatrist.I speak several languages including Farsi,have had the pleasure of working with patients of all ages from various cultures. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, young adults especially college students. While at UCLA I was awarded the Certificate of Honor in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement In Human Relations and Communication which led me to pursue a career in psychiatry.
(516) 252-3176 View (516) 252-3176
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Michael Arena
Psychiatrist, DO, CGP, FAPA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Great Neck, NY 11021
Not accepting new clients
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and a Certified Group Psychotherapist. I provide individual, group, family, and/or couple's therapy along with medication management when it is needed. If you are experiencing depression, anxiety/stress, feelings of emptiness, relationship problems, self-hatred/sabotage, oppressive perfectionism, indecisiveness, or a general unhappiness with life, I can assist you in managing and overcoming these difficulties.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and a Certified Group Psychotherapist. I provide individual, group, family, and/or couple's therapy along with medication management when it is needed. If you are experiencing depression, anxiety/stress, feelings of emptiness, relationship problems, self-hatred/sabotage, oppressive perfectionism, indecisiveness, or a general unhappiness with life, I can assist you in managing and overcoming these difficulties.
(516) 730-9717 View (516) 730-9717
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Anxiety Depression Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
16 Endorsed
Great Neck, NY 11021
Are you depressed or anxious? Have OCD or bipolar disorder? I am a depression & anxiety specialist. I use genetic testing (cheek swab) to identify medications that are safer and more effective. In addition, I offer three cutting-edge treatments that you won't find at most other psychiatry offices: ketamine, Spravato and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS is an effective option for patients who don't want medications. It's also covered by most insurances.
Are you depressed or anxious? Have OCD or bipolar disorder? I am a depression & anxiety specialist. I use genetic testing (cheek swab) to identify medications that are safer and more effective. In addition, I offer three cutting-edge treatments that you won't find at most other psychiatry offices: ketamine, Spravato and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS is an effective option for patients who don't want medications. It's also covered by most insurances.
(516) 928-4079 View (516) 928-4079
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Allan I. Stempler
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA
Verified Verified
Great Neck, NY 11021
I have over 40 years experience as an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. I help people who want to gain control over their emotions and behaviors through psychotherapy. I successfully treat patients who suffer from severe mental illnesses who require medication management as part of a treatment plan. I treat children with various emotional and developmental problems and coordinate care with other professionals. I perform evaluations to help patients with legal and occupational problems. I am often consulted to help families going through divorce and other losses.
I have over 40 years experience as an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. I help people who want to gain control over their emotions and behaviors through psychotherapy. I successfully treat patients who suffer from severe mental illnesses who require medication management as part of a treatment plan. I treat children with various emotional and developmental problems and coordinate care with other professionals. I perform evaluations to help patients with legal and occupational problems. I am often consulted to help families going through divorce and other losses.
(516) 362-2640 View (516) 362-2640
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Ronald B Cohen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Great Neck, NY 11021
Are you Stressed, Anxious, Chronically Sad, Lonely, Depressed? Who isn’t nowadays you might ask? And yet, maybe, just maybe, it doesn’t have to be this way. Maybe focusing on what is right with us rather than what is wrong with us will open up a whole new way of envisioning emotional health and well-being. Each of us has the ability to be more loving, thoughtful, and considerate. As a Mindfulness-Based Board Certified Psychiatrist I have developed the practices of Mindful Relationships, an integrative way to help individuals, couples and families resolve relationship difficulties and live happier, healthier, more fulfilling live.
Are you Stressed, Anxious, Chronically Sad, Lonely, Depressed? Who isn’t nowadays you might ask? And yet, maybe, just maybe, it doesn’t have to be this way. Maybe focusing on what is right with us rather than what is wrong with us will open up a whole new way of envisioning emotional health and well-being. Each of us has the ability to be more loving, thoughtful, and considerate. As a Mindfulness-Based Board Certified Psychiatrist I have developed the practices of Mindful Relationships, an integrative way to help individuals, couples and families resolve relationship difficulties and live happier, healthier, more fulfilling live.
(516) 493-8946 View (516) 493-8946
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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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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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Emma Laskin MD PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Great Neck, NY 11021
I am a warm and energetic Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist who uses a more interactive approach to treatment. I provide Psychotherapy-Oriented Medication Management and Supportive/Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy, integrating positive psychology and breathing techniques as needed. I offer 45-min sessions to all patients to meet their evolving needs. I also work closely with other medical and/or mental health practitioners caring for my patients. Goals for treatment are made in conjunction with my patients and their parents because having a meaningful understanding of treatment goals and processes leads to better outcomes.
I am a warm and energetic Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist who uses a more interactive approach to treatment. I provide Psychotherapy-Oriented Medication Management and Supportive/Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy, integrating positive psychology and breathing techniques as needed. I offer 45-min sessions to all patients to meet their evolving needs. I also work closely with other medical and/or mental health practitioners caring for my patients. Goals for treatment are made in conjunction with my patients and their parents because having a meaningful understanding of treatment goals and processes leads to better outcomes.
(516) 980-4795 View (516) 980-4795
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Erika Balfour
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Great Neck, NY 11020
Dr. Erika Balfour is a psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing medicine since 2003. She attended Yale University and the Renaissance School of Medicine, where she received a BA and MD degree, respectively. Dr. Balfour treats with medication management, but also considers other possible treatments and explanations for symptoms. She believes in assessing the entire person and enjoys working with patients.
Dr. Erika Balfour is a psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing medicine since 2003. She attended Yale University and the Renaissance School of Medicine, where she received a BA and MD degree, respectively. Dr. Balfour treats with medication management, but also considers other possible treatments and explanations for symptoms. She believes in assessing the entire person and enjoys working with patients.
(516) 715-5342 View (516) 715-5342
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Ahron Friedberg, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Great Neck, NY 11021
My therapeutic approach is to combine best clinical psychotherapy and psychopharmacology practices informed by contemporary neuroscience. Rather than focusing on diagnosis and disease, I am oriented toward maximizing health and wellness. I try to help a person full his or her potential in work and relationships, while achieving realistic goals and higher aims. If you'd like to set up a consultation, please call me directly at 212 737 5099.
My therapeutic approach is to combine best clinical psychotherapy and psychopharmacology practices informed by contemporary neuroscience. Rather than focusing on diagnosis and disease, I am oriented toward maximizing health and wellness. I try to help a person full his or her potential in work and relationships, while achieving realistic goals and higher aims. If you'd like to set up a consultation, please call me directly at 212 737 5099.
(917) 692-4405 View (917) 692-4405
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Joseph Scott Weiner
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Great Neck, NY 11020
My mission is to make sure that my patients receive the most thoughtful, empathetic and contemporary treatment in a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment. When you call for a consultation, we'll spend a little time talking by phone so we can see if we're a good fit. If we decide to meet, decisions about your care will be made as a team, with you being the most important member. I am devoted to providing attentive care to all my patients. Please explore my website to learn more about my practice and my qualifications: www.weinermd.com
My mission is to make sure that my patients receive the most thoughtful, empathetic and contemporary treatment in a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment. When you call for a consultation, we'll spend a little time talking by phone so we can see if we're a good fit. If we decide to meet, decisions about your care will be made as a team, with you being the most important member. I am devoted to providing attentive care to all my patients. Please explore my website to learn more about my practice and my qualifications: www.weinermd.com
(516) 336-4298 View (516) 336-4298
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Ronald Schenendorf
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Great Neck, NY 11021  (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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Scott M. Albin
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Great Neck, NY 11021
Dr. Albin is a Board Certified in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. He completed his residency and fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, and currently provides evaluation and management of mental health issues with psychotherapy and medication management in private practice.
Dr. Albin is a Board Certified in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. He completed his residency and fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, and currently provides evaluation and management of mental health issues with psychotherapy and medication management in private practice.
(516) 714-5811 View (516) 714-5811
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Sam Shapiro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Great Neck, NY 11023  (Online Only)
If you're looking to manage depression, anxiety, OCD, mood swings, trauma, or DP/DR symptoms, my services can help. I'm a psychiatrist (MD) and my experience includes five years at one the largest university counseling centers in the country, private practice, community clinics, and working with veterans. What I offer: unhurried visits, thoughtful treatment discussions, collaboration, and a focus on meeting your personal goals. I'm knowledgeable about medications, as well as other options for feeling better ranging from therapy to complementary/CAM approaches. Please note: I am 'out-of-network' with insurances at this time.
If you're looking to manage depression, anxiety, OCD, mood swings, trauma, or DP/DR symptoms, my services can help. I'm a psychiatrist (MD) and my experience includes five years at one the largest university counseling centers in the country, private practice, community clinics, and working with veterans. What I offer: unhurried visits, thoughtful treatment discussions, collaboration, and a focus on meeting your personal goals. I'm knowledgeable about medications, as well as other options for feeling better ranging from therapy to complementary/CAM approaches. Please note: I am 'out-of-network' with insurances at this time.
(516) 588-7257 View (516) 588-7257
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Amarjot Surdhar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Great Neck, NY 11020
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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Brian Doyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Great Neck, NY 11026  (Online Only)
Brian is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner that incorporates a holistic approach to providing patients with exceptional care. He believes that a well-balanced mind and body is essential towards an individual’s optimum health and well-being. Brian uses an empathetic approach to build therapeutic relationships with his patients to improve their overall quality of life.
Brian is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner that incorporates a holistic approach to providing patients with exceptional care. He believes that a well-balanced mind and body is essential towards an individual’s optimum health and well-being. Brian uses an empathetic approach to build therapeutic relationships with his patients to improve their overall quality of life.
(646) 970-9824 View (646) 970-9824
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Ayshea Monique Beswick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Great Neck, NY 11020
Every patient has diverse needs and is individual's and approach to treatment will be tailored to everyone's needs. A collaborative approach which may include both therapy and/or medication management. I encourage an honest, trustworthy relationship that will be beneficial in your journey to finding balance. I congratulate you on taking the steps towards finding a mental health partner, because together we will develop a treatment plan that is best suited for you and your current situation.
Every patient has diverse needs and is individual's and approach to treatment will be tailored to everyone's needs. A collaborative approach which may include both therapy and/or medication management. I encourage an honest, trustworthy relationship that will be beneficial in your journey to finding balance. I congratulate you on taking the steps towards finding a mental health partner, because together we will develop a treatment plan that is best suited for you and your current situation.
(516) 604-5122 View (516) 604-5122
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One Mind Psychiatry NP PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P
Verified Verified
Great Neck, NY 11021  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
(201) 969-5923 View (201) 969-5923
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Remi's Room, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, NE-BC
Verified Verified
Great Neck, NY 11020  (Online Only)
As individuals, we are very much influenced by what our eyes have seen, our ears have heard, and what our hearts have felt. With over 25 years of healthcare experience in various clinical settings I understand the need for care that is individualized, delivered with cultural competence and designed to empower. I am a provider who understands stress, coping and the beauty of transformation.
As individuals, we are very much influenced by what our eyes have seen, our ears have heard, and what our hearts have felt. With over 25 years of healthcare experience in various clinical settings I understand the need for care that is individualized, delivered with cultural competence and designed to empower. I am a provider who understands stress, coping and the beauty of transformation.
(609) 757-9016 View (609) 757-9016
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Dr. Robert E Feinstein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Great Neck, NY 11022  (Online Only)
My focus is to help you, as a unique person, heal, change, energize, be creative, and optimize your strengths. I can help you achieve this by listening to your concerns; providing a safe space for discussion and innovation, offering in depth psychotherapy with or without medication. I will collaborate with you as we work toward recovery, utilizing evidenced-based strategies and novel solutions for your problems or issues. I am a full fee professional who does NOT take INSurance
My focus is to help you, as a unique person, heal, change, energize, be creative, and optimize your strengths. I can help you achieve this by listening to your concerns; providing a safe space for discussion and innovation, offering in depth psychotherapy with or without medication. I will collaborate with you as we work toward recovery, utilizing evidenced-based strategies and novel solutions for your problems or issues. I am a full fee professional who does NOT take INSurance
(475) 231-3451 View (475) 231-3451
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Number of Psychiatrists in Great Neck, NY

20+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Great Neck, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
81% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
81% Medication Management
77% Trauma and PTSD
77% Sleep or Insomnia
73% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

19 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Aetna
69% Cigna and Evernorth
63% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Great Neck, NY see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Male
40% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Great Neck?

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.