Psychiatrists in Harrison, NY

Photo of Josephine Kuhl, Psychiatrist in Harrison, NY
Josephine Kuhl
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Harrison, NY 10528
I work with people of all ages and from all walks of life. Most come because they have the sense that something in their life isn't working. They want to feel better and I want to help them. During our first visits we will get to know each other and talk about why you came in. We will start to determine your personal goals and the different treatment options available to you. I see patients in my private office, in a nonthreatening environment, with complete confidentiality. I want people to feel comfortable and safe in my office, even if it it their first experience with a psychiatrist.
I work with people of all ages and from all walks of life. Most come because they have the sense that something in their life isn't working. They want to feel better and I want to help them. During our first visits we will get to know each other and talk about why you came in. We will start to determine your personal goals and the different treatment options available to you. I see patients in my private office, in a nonthreatening environment, with complete confidentiality. I want people to feel comfortable and safe in my office, even if it it their first experience with a psychiatrist.
(914) 825-4335 View (914) 825-4335
Balu Kalayam, MD PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Harrison, NY 10528
As a Boarded psychiatrist based in Westchester Co, NY, specializes in adult and geriatric psychiatry, I also bring into my practice a background in Neurology and Medicine that enables me to address complex diagnostic and behavioral issues. Working with patients and their families, I have used a wide variety of treatments from individual psychotherapy, lifestyle change, different psychopharmacological tools and ketamine therapy to help patients. My practice includes patients 18 yo onward, including elderly patients with dementia and other neuropsychiatric syndromes and end-of-life care. I only work on a fee for service basis.
As a Boarded psychiatrist based in Westchester Co, NY, specializes in adult and geriatric psychiatry, I also bring into my practice a background in Neurology and Medicine that enables me to address complex diagnostic and behavioral issues. Working with patients and their families, I have used a wide variety of treatments from individual psychotherapy, lifestyle change, different psychopharmacological tools and ketamine therapy to help patients. My practice includes patients 18 yo onward, including elderly patients with dementia and other neuropsychiatric syndromes and end-of-life care. I only work on a fee for service basis.
(914) 256-1961 View (914) 256-1961
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Dimitry Francois
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harrison, NY 10528
I am an Ivy League-trained and triple-board certified psychiatrist in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and addiction medicine. My expertise is in diagnosing and treating complex psychiatric conditions, including late-life depression, bipolar spectrum disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety, personality disorders, substance use, and other disorders.
I am an Ivy League-trained and triple-board certified psychiatrist in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and addiction medicine. My expertise is in diagnosing and treating complex psychiatric conditions, including late-life depression, bipolar spectrum disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety, personality disorders, substance use, and other disorders.
(914) 477-2906 View (914) 477-2906
Photo of Lauren Adis Tabone, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Harrison, NY
Lauren Adis Tabone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Harrison, NY 10528
I am Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC) providing medication management for mental health conditions in adults . I sub-specialize in the treatment of ADHD, autism, anxiety, and depression. I I conduct thorough psychiatric evaluations to diagnose mental health conditions and provide evidence based treatment. I am trained in psychopharmacology and offer a personalized approach that is tailored to your individual needs. Treatment may include education, medication, and wellness practices such as exercise, nutrition, and other integrative approaches.
I am Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC) providing medication management for mental health conditions in adults . I sub-specialize in the treatment of ADHD, autism, anxiety, and depression. I I conduct thorough psychiatric evaluations to diagnose mental health conditions and provide evidence based treatment. I am trained in psychopharmacology and offer a personalized approach that is tailored to your individual needs. Treatment may include education, medication, and wellness practices such as exercise, nutrition, and other integrative approaches.
(845) 977-0411 View (845) 977-0411
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Karen G. Gennaro
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Harrison, NY 10528
AS A PSYCHIATRIST WHO IS ALSO A PSYCHOANALYST, I can help you better understand the root of your issues and develop methods for coping and moving forward. I will offer treatment tailored to your specific needs to help you maximize your unique strengths and shore up any vulnerabilities. Together we will work to enhance your sense of individuality, community and personal freedom. You will gain the strength to finally break out of old habits and release new potentials. Although I am an expert using psychiatric medication, I ONLY OFFER MEDICATION MANAGEMENT TO PEOPLE WILLING TO WORK WITH ME IN AT LEAST ONCE WEEKLY THERAPY.
AS A PSYCHIATRIST WHO IS ALSO A PSYCHOANALYST, I can help you better understand the root of your issues and develop methods for coping and moving forward. I will offer treatment tailored to your specific needs to help you maximize your unique strengths and shore up any vulnerabilities. Together we will work to enhance your sense of individuality, community and personal freedom. You will gain the strength to finally break out of old habits and release new potentials. Although I am an expert using psychiatric medication, I ONLY OFFER MEDICATION MANAGEMENT TO PEOPLE WILLING TO WORK WITH ME IN AT LEAST ONCE WEEKLY THERAPY.
(914) 260-6437 View (914) 260-6437
Photo of Bridgette L Riley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Harrison, NY
Bridgette L Riley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Harrison, NY 10528
Life is a challenge and to be honest it is. These challenges you are dealing with can have an impact on your thought , mood and behavior. I want to help you navigate through those challenges and get you back in control .
Life is a challenge and to be honest it is. These challenges you are dealing with can have an impact on your thought , mood and behavior. I want to help you navigate through those challenges and get you back in control .
(914) 240-2570 View (914) 240-2570
Photo of Christopher S. Aloezos, MD, Psychiatrist in Harrison, NY
Christopher S. Aloezos, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harrison, NY 10528
I am a psychiatrist board certified in general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry and provide comprehensive mental health treatment for adults - including psychotherapy and medication management, when indicated. I combine evidence-based treatment with person-centered care, and understand the intrinsic importance of the doctor-patient alliance. While I am a mental health expert, I know that each patient brings their unique life story, culture, and perspective to their mental health needs. In doing so, I work together with my patients to build insight and ultimately achieve treatment goals.
I am a psychiatrist board certified in general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry and provide comprehensive mental health treatment for adults - including psychotherapy and medication management, when indicated. I combine evidence-based treatment with person-centered care, and understand the intrinsic importance of the doctor-patient alliance. While I am a mental health expert, I know that each patient brings their unique life story, culture, and perspective to their mental health needs. In doing so, I work together with my patients to build insight and ultimately achieve treatment goals.
(347) 997-8468 View (347) 997-8468
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John A. Zagat
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Harrison, NY 10528  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist working in private practice in Westchester county (Harrison) as well as Greenwich Village. In addition to my practice, I am affiliated with NYU Child Study Center as an Adjunct Faculty Member, and I am a volunteer faculty member at New York Medical College. Previously, I was an attending psychiatrist at the Behavioral Health Center at Westchester Medical Center, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at New York Medical College.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist working in private practice in Westchester county (Harrison) as well as Greenwich Village. In addition to my practice, I am affiliated with NYU Child Study Center as an Adjunct Faculty Member, and I am a volunteer faculty member at New York Medical College. Previously, I was an attending psychiatrist at the Behavioral Health Center at Westchester Medical Center, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at New York Medical College.
(212) 301-0517 View (212) 301-0517
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Tyler Wright
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harrison, NY 10528
I help adults overcome depression and anxiety through an integrated, holistic, patient-centered approach. I am dedicated to supporting individuals navigating difficult life transitions, such as separation or divorce. I also specialize in helping adults manage bipolar and psychotic disorders, providing comprehensive care tailored to each person's unique needs.
I help adults overcome depression and anxiety through an integrated, holistic, patient-centered approach. I am dedicated to supporting individuals navigating difficult life transitions, such as separation or divorce. I also specialize in helping adults manage bipolar and psychotic disorders, providing comprehensive care tailored to each person's unique needs.
(914) 460-5986 View (914) 460-5986
Photo of Steve Velazquez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Harrison, NY
Steve Velazquez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harrison, NY 10528
Steve Velazquez is an ANCC board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who has over 7 years of experience in improving the lives of individuals suffering from mental health disorders. Steve is a warm, non-judgmental, and open-minded provider who will meet his clients at their level, and together, strive to achieve mental restoration and liberation.
Steve Velazquez is an ANCC board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who has over 7 years of experience in improving the lives of individuals suffering from mental health disorders. Steve is a warm, non-judgmental, and open-minded provider who will meet his clients at their level, and together, strive to achieve mental restoration and liberation.
(914) 449-4606 View (914) 449-4606
Photo of Rebecca M Gibbons, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Harrison, NY
Rebecca M Gibbons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Harrison, NY 10528
I specialize in offering personalized services to individuals who are dealing with immediate challenges related to anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. My focus is on providing crisis support and utilizing dynamic psychotherapy and integrative mental health care to address these complex issues. My ultimate goal is to assist clients in achieving wellness by leveraging my expertise in crisis intervention and fostering a strong therapeutic relationship. I am committed to guiding individuals on their journey towards improved well-being and mental health.
I specialize in offering personalized services to individuals who are dealing with immediate challenges related to anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. My focus is on providing crisis support and utilizing dynamic psychotherapy and integrative mental health care to address these complex issues. My ultimate goal is to assist clients in achieving wellness by leveraging my expertise in crisis intervention and fostering a strong therapeutic relationship. I am committed to guiding individuals on their journey towards improved well-being and mental health.
(914) 306-9072 View (914) 306-9072
Photo of Dr. Becky Jordan - Founder, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Harrison, NY
Dr. Becky Jordan - Founder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harrison, NY 10528
I am a Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Veteran & College Professor with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have specialty training in psychiatry to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. Treatment is customized to the individual client needs I perform psychiatric evaluations to diagnosis, prescribe and manage psychiatric medications. I collaborate with medical providers, therapists/school psychologists to provide comprehensive psychiatric treatment. I prescribe Medical Marijuana for many conditions.
I am a Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Veteran & College Professor with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have specialty training in psychiatry to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. Treatment is customized to the individual client needs I perform psychiatric evaluations to diagnosis, prescribe and manage psychiatric medications. I collaborate with medical providers, therapists/school psychologists to provide comprehensive psychiatric treatment. I prescribe Medical Marijuana for many conditions.
(914) 315-4291 View (914) 315-4291
Photo of Adam Knowles, Psychiatrist in Harrison, NY
Adam Knowles
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Harrison, NY 10528
As the former medical director of a large outpatient psychiatry clinic, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to my work with each of my patients. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and ADHD with medication management. Just as important as my pharmacological expertise, my philosophy is to treat patients with the kindness, respect, and dignity that they deserve and good outcomes will soon follow.
As the former medical director of a large outpatient psychiatry clinic, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to my work with each of my patients. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and ADHD with medication management. Just as important as my pharmacological expertise, my philosophy is to treat patients with the kindness, respect, and dignity that they deserve and good outcomes will soon follow.
(914) 559-7732 View (914) 559-7732
Photo of Barbara Fontane, Psychiatrist in Harrison, NY
Barbara Fontane
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Harrison, NY 10528
I provide support for anxiety and depression linked to family or relationship challenges. Whether you opt for medication, therapy, or a combination of both, I'm here to assist. Opening up about deeply personal fears and worries can be daunting, but I'm here to guide you through it. I understand the desire for a more fulfilling life and the complexities of treatment. I offer both in-person and virtual sessions for your convenience. Let's work together to address your concerns and improve your well-being.
I provide support for anxiety and depression linked to family or relationship challenges. Whether you opt for medication, therapy, or a combination of both, I'm here to assist. Opening up about deeply personal fears and worries can be daunting, but I'm here to guide you through it. I understand the desire for a more fulfilling life and the complexities of treatment. I offer both in-person and virtual sessions for your convenience. Let's work together to address your concerns and improve your well-being.
(914) 359-3665 View (914) 359-3665
Photo of Anna Filova, Psychiatrist in Harrison, NY
Anna Filova
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Harrison, NY 10528
I am an adult psychiatrist with many years of experience. After working in inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs for almost 15 years, I have chosen to focus on my private practice, where I can make a personal difference in the lives of my patients. I do not believe in medication-only treatment. I feel that each of my patients has very unique issues and problems, and needs to be treated as an individual, without one-size-fits-all solutions. I focus on getting to know my patients and creating an individualized treatment plan.
I am an adult psychiatrist with many years of experience. After working in inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs for almost 15 years, I have chosen to focus on my private practice, where I can make a personal difference in the lives of my patients. I do not believe in medication-only treatment. I feel that each of my patients has very unique issues and problems, and needs to be treated as an individual, without one-size-fits-all solutions. I focus on getting to know my patients and creating an individualized treatment plan.
(646) 681-5720 View (646) 681-5720
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Jessica Eisenberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Harrison, NY 10528  (Online Only)
I am a double board certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist in New York. I am passionate about helping children, adolescents, and adults to feel better understood as individuals, reach their personal goals, and forge more meaningful relationships. To accomplish this, I approach my patients with warmth and empathic curiosity and utilize integrated and holistic methods of treatment. I’m trained in various modalities of evidenced based psychotherapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic psychotherapy. When the need arises, I also prescribe medication to enhance treatment.
I am a double board certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist in New York. I am passionate about helping children, adolescents, and adults to feel better understood as individuals, reach their personal goals, and forge more meaningful relationships. To accomplish this, I approach my patients with warmth and empathic curiosity and utilize integrated and holistic methods of treatment. I’m trained in various modalities of evidenced based psychotherapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic psychotherapy. When the need arises, I also prescribe medication to enhance treatment.
(914) 233-3414 View (914) 233-3414
Allison Downer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Harrison, NY 10528
My ideal client comes in and while they may not be able to verbalize directly, they are open to the process of working with me in a collaborative way to present what is going on in their lives currently. They will also have an idea of what their goals are or we can work together to define them. My ideal client recognizes that we are a team and that I am not there to merely give orders but to work as a team in implementing a plan moving forward. There are patients that come in because their prescriber has retired or relocated-of course that has its own management plan.
My ideal client comes in and while they may not be able to verbalize directly, they are open to the process of working with me in a collaborative way to present what is going on in their lives currently. They will also have an idea of what their goals are or we can work together to define them. My ideal client recognizes that we are a team and that I am not there to merely give orders but to work as a team in implementing a plan moving forward. There are patients that come in because their prescriber has retired or relocated-of course that has its own management plan.
(914) 499-0137 View (914) 499-0137

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Dr. Alexandra Kreitman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580
Alexandra is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in New York with experience in treating children/adolescents and adults. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at one of the nation's leading institutes, Columbia University School of Nursing and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from NYU. Her approach toward mental health is holistic and integrative, with a focus on biological, psychological, and sociological factors that contribute to mental health and wellness.
Alexandra is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in New York with experience in treating children/adolescents and adults. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at one of the nation's leading institutes, Columbia University School of Nursing and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from NYU. Her approach toward mental health is holistic and integrative, with a focus on biological, psychological, and sociological factors that contribute to mental health and wellness.
(914) 996-6672 View (914) 996-6672
Photo of Margaret Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Harrison, NY
Margaret Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, LMSW, MSN
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580
Dr. Miller DNP treats individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder, PTSD and ADHD. If you are struggling with a mood disorder or chronic inattention impacting work and relationships Dr. Miller will tailor treatment holistically and individually to your needs. Integrating an understanding of your lifestyle and needs into your treatment allows Dr. Miller to treat you as a whole person, understanding your symptoms in the context of your life.
Dr. Miller DNP treats individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder, PTSD and ADHD. If you are struggling with a mood disorder or chronic inattention impacting work and relationships Dr. Miller will tailor treatment holistically and individually to your needs. Integrating an understanding of your lifestyle and needs into your treatment allows Dr. Miller to treat you as a whole person, understanding your symptoms in the context of your life.
(888) 334-2500 View (888) 334-2500
Photo of Edisa Korac, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Harrison, NY
Edisa Korac
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580
Edisa Korac is a Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2015. She has a BA in Psychology (Summa Cum Laude), a BSN in Nursing (Magna Cum Laude), and an MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Magna Cum Laude) from Hunter College. As a health professional for over 7 years, Edisa has seen so much suffering but has also seen the natural human propensity to veer towards hope. Hope keeps us all going and it's the driving force behind why she is where she is today. Edisa can empathize with clients and instill hope with her holistic view of health.
Edisa Korac is a Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2015. She has a BA in Psychology (Summa Cum Laude), a BSN in Nursing (Magna Cum Laude), and an MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Magna Cum Laude) from Hunter College. As a health professional for over 7 years, Edisa has seen so much suffering but has also seen the natural human propensity to veer towards hope. Hope keeps us all going and it's the driving force behind why she is where she is today. Edisa can empathize with clients and instill hope with her holistic view of health.
(914) 685-5471 View (914) 685-5471

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Harrison, NY

10+

Average cost per session

$350

Psychiatrists in Harrison, NY who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
82% Medication Management
76% ADHD
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Bipolar Disorder
65% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Cigna and Evernorth
50% Aetna
50% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Harrison, NY see their clients

89% In Person and Online
11% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Harrison?

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.