Psychiatrists in Hewlett, NY

Photo of Susan R Cohen, PhD, RNCS, Psychiatric Nurse
Susan R Cohen
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, RNCS
Verified Verified
Hewlett, NY 11557
I am not an MD I do NOT prescribe medication...I have been a therapist for more than 30 years. During that time I have lived through many of the life events my clients may have been or are experiencing. I am the daughter of an aging mother, the mother of married children and a grandmother. I have experienced the loss of a parent and my spouse and understand all the emotions that come along with all life's stressful events, both joyous and sad.
I am not an MD I do NOT prescribe medication...I have been a therapist for more than 30 years. During that time I have lived through many of the life events my clients may have been or are experiencing. I am the daughter of an aging mother, the mother of married children and a grandmother. I have experienced the loss of a parent and my spouse and understand all the emotions that come along with all life's stressful events, both joyous and sad.
(516) 360-2896 View (516) 360-2896
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Samantha Shue
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hewlett, NY 11557  (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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Photo of Desiree Petal Hopkinson - DH Mental Health Continuum, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
DH Mental Health Continuum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Valley Stream, NY 11581  (Online Only)
Book with me now by clicking on my website. My name is Desiree Hopkinson and I started DH Mental Health Continuum because I am passionate about giving quality access to care and the time you deserve. I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of behavioral and emotional difficulties. Ten years of experience in healthcare, including psychiatric mental health nursing working with clients across the lifespan with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline disorder, ADHD as well as anxiety, and depressive disorders.
Book with me now by clicking on my website. My name is Desiree Hopkinson and I started DH Mental Health Continuum because I am passionate about giving quality access to care and the time you deserve. I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of behavioral and emotional difficulties. Ten years of experience in healthcare, including psychiatric mental health nursing working with clients across the lifespan with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline disorder, ADHD as well as anxiety, and depressive disorders.
(516) 212-8738 View (516) 212-8738
Photo of Kaleen Boyd, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kaleen Boyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11580
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of clinical experience. I currently maintain a clinical position in Brooklyn, NY at a non for profit client centered outpatient community health program. I specialize in adult mental health treatment; notably assessing patients with various mental health conditions, formulating diagnoses and offering treatment options.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of clinical experience. I currently maintain a clinical position in Brooklyn, NY at a non for profit client centered outpatient community health program. I specialize in adult mental health treatment; notably assessing patients with various mental health conditions, formulating diagnoses and offering treatment options.
(646) 783-4831 View (646) 783-4831
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Anton Marcus Dragonetti
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11581  (Online Only)
I believe in using evidence-based practice and treatment modalities.I strive to look at each individual holistically and focus on holistic treatment which includes: medication management, nutrition, exercise and sleep hygiene practices. I listen to the individual’s needs and consider myself part of a team when working with clients. I believe in using supportive, solution focused, CBT and DBT therapy along with medication management to treat mental health conditions. Services available in NY,AZ,FL. Have availability within 1-3 business days. Now taking NY Medicaid.
I believe in using evidence-based practice and treatment modalities.I strive to look at each individual holistically and focus on holistic treatment which includes: medication management, nutrition, exercise and sleep hygiene practices. I listen to the individual’s needs and consider myself part of a team when working with clients. I believe in using supportive, solution focused, CBT and DBT therapy along with medication management to treat mental health conditions. Services available in NY,AZ,FL. Have availability within 1-3 business days. Now taking NY Medicaid.
(347) 983-6645 View (347) 983-6645
Photo of Ricardo Miller, DNP, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ricardo Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Valley Stream, NY 11580
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 17 years of clinical experience. I specialize in the diagnoses and treatment of adults with a range of mental health issues.In addition to providing a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to all of my new patients, I offer medication management for adults.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 17 years of clinical experience. I specialize in the diagnoses and treatment of adults with a range of mental health issues.In addition to providing a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to all of my new patients, I offer medication management for adults.
(516) 730-9852 View (516) 730-9852
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Telehealthcare 365
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Valley Stream, NY 11580
Our Psychiatrist are MD and provides Tele-Psychiatry Consults via Video or Phone Session. We Offer Psychiatric consultations and Medication Management, Our staff is Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrists. We have convenient evening hours available for working Individuals. we treat all ages including Children, Adolescents and senior citizens. We treat all psychiatric conditions!, Accept several Insurances , Cash fees for Medication visits is $ 100 The First consultation is only $ 175 Appointments can be made by calling 718 381 2829. Managed by: Tele healthcare 365 LLC. and New Life Psychiatry Counseling svc. PC,
Our Psychiatrist are MD and provides Tele-Psychiatry Consults via Video or Phone Session. We Offer Psychiatric consultations and Medication Management, Our staff is Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrists. We have convenient evening hours available for working Individuals. we treat all ages including Children, Adolescents and senior citizens. We treat all psychiatric conditions!, Accept several Insurances , Cash fees for Medication visits is $ 100 The First consultation is only $ 175 Appointments can be made by calling 718 381 2829. Managed by: Tele healthcare 365 LLC. and New Life Psychiatry Counseling svc. PC,
(516) 412-6311 View (516) 412-6311
Photo of Veronica Ogula, PMHNP, DNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Veronica Ogula
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, BC
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11581  (Online Only)
"I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of inpatient and out-patient mental healthcare experience. I have extensive experience in diagnosing and managing mental health conditions, including psychiatric medications and individual therapy".
"I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of inpatient and out-patient mental healthcare experience. I have extensive experience in diagnosing and managing mental health conditions, including psychiatric medications and individual therapy".
(917) 382-8689 View (917) 382-8689
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Siobhan Kearns, NP in Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lynbrook, NY 11563  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with symptoms such as depression, mood, anxiety, ADHD, issues with sleep or PTSD casting a heavy toll on your daily life? As a dedicated Psychiatric NP, I am here to provide more than just clinical expertise. I am here to offer a listening ear, a guiding hand and a personalized path towards healing. Have you found yourself struggling to navigate your emotions, sleep patterns, or concentration? Let’s embark on a collaborative journey to form the foundation of a comprehensive approach to your mental well-being. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I serve the 5 boroughs of NYC, Suffolk, and Nassau
Are you struggling with symptoms such as depression, mood, anxiety, ADHD, issues with sleep or PTSD casting a heavy toll on your daily life? As a dedicated Psychiatric NP, I am here to provide more than just clinical expertise. I am here to offer a listening ear, a guiding hand and a personalized path towards healing. Have you found yourself struggling to navigate your emotions, sleep patterns, or concentration? Let’s embark on a collaborative journey to form the foundation of a comprehensive approach to your mental well-being. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I serve the 5 boroughs of NYC, Suffolk, and Nassau
(516) 447-2433 View (516) 447-2433
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Joseph Sherman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynbrook, NY 11563
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master's Degree in Nursing from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. I was honored to receive Northwell Health’s Advanced Clinical Providers Recognition Award in the Department of Psychiatry in 2019. I work with a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and insomnia.
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master's Degree in Nursing from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. I was honored to receive Northwell Health’s Advanced Clinical Providers Recognition Award in the Department of Psychiatry in 2019. I work with a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and insomnia.
(516) 518-4464 View (516) 518-4464
Photo of Elizabeth Dania, DNP, PMHNP, ANP, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Elizabeth Dania
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ANP, RN
Verified Verified
Malverne, NY 11565  (Online Only)
Dr. Elizabeth Dania is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner, board-certified and licensed by the state New York to provide family-centered, high quality, equitable and culturally-responsive healthcare to patients across the lifespan. Her scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common and complex health care problems. Additionally, she focuses on providing holistic care for clients, which bridges the common gaps between physical and mental health care, beginning in childhood and continuing throughout the aging process.
Dr. Elizabeth Dania is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner, board-certified and licensed by the state New York to provide family-centered, high quality, equitable and culturally-responsive healthcare to patients across the lifespan. Her scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common and complex health care problems. Additionally, she focuses on providing holistic care for clients, which bridges the common gaps between physical and mental health care, beginning in childhood and continuing throughout the aging process.
(516) 656-7495 View (516) 656-7495
Photo of Ayshea Monique Beswick, MSN, RN, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ayshea Monique Beswick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11580
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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Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, DNP
Verified Verified
Lynbrook, NY 11563  (Online Only)
Hello! This is Grace Manglet, DNP. I am a board Certified Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive privileges. I see clients via a secure Telepsychiatry platform. I use a holistic approach to Psychiatric and Mental Health issues, and focus on helping my clients create and maintain meaningful changes in their lives. Integration of mindfulness, meditation, exercise and healthy nutrition are essential components of my practice.
Hello! This is Grace Manglet, DNP. I am a board Certified Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive privileges. I see clients via a secure Telepsychiatry platform. I use a holistic approach to Psychiatric and Mental Health issues, and focus on helping my clients create and maintain meaningful changes in their lives. Integration of mindfulness, meditation, exercise and healthy nutrition are essential components of my practice.
(516) 252-3585 View (516) 252-3585
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Carbon Minds Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11580
Robert Terrelonge, APRN, PMHNP is a licensed Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in private practice in New York. He provides treatment for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. As a Nurse Practitioner, Mr. Terrelonge sees patients independently and offers many of the same services as a Psychiatrist, yet combines both medical and nursing perspectives. He currently serves Patients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island and uses both office visits and tele-psychiatry to provide easy, affordable and convenient psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
Robert Terrelonge, APRN, PMHNP is a licensed Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in private practice in New York. He provides treatment for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. As a Nurse Practitioner, Mr. Terrelonge sees patients independently and offers many of the same services as a Psychiatrist, yet combines both medical and nursing perspectives. He currently serves Patients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island and uses both office visits and tele-psychiatry to provide easy, affordable and convenient psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
(929) 429-4683 View (929) 429-4683
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Anita Richardson-Sasson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lynbrook, NY 11563
*Currently accepting new patients via telepsychiatry.* I am ready to help you! I have been a Registered Nurse for 12+ years and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 4+ years, and my mission is to improve your life. My specialties include the treatment of anxiety, depression, and ADHD for adults, and older adults. I view psychiatry through a holistic standpoint, in which I use the mind and the body to help you get to the wellness that you so deserve.
*Currently accepting new patients via telepsychiatry.* I am ready to help you! I have been a Registered Nurse for 12+ years and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 4+ years, and my mission is to improve your life. My specialties include the treatment of anxiety, depression, and ADHD for adults, and older adults. I view psychiatry through a holistic standpoint, in which I use the mind and the body to help you get to the wellness that you so deserve.
(914) 359-3078 View (914) 359-3078
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Aleen Boyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Valley Stream, NY 11580
My passion is to help others achieve wellness. I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience. I currently work both inpatient and outpatient facilities within New York City. I specialize in the diagnoses and treatment of adults with a range of mental health issues.
My passion is to help others achieve wellness. I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience. I currently work both inpatient and outpatient facilities within New York City. I specialize in the diagnoses and treatment of adults with a range of mental health issues.
(718) 690-7261 View (718) 690-7261
Photo of Sakina Hayden - Peaceful Mind Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry PC, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Peaceful Mind Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lynbrook, NY 11563
I am a bilingual Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in psychopharmacology and my treatment philosophy centers on caring for the whole person as well as integrating holistic interventions when possible. I treat children, adolescents and adults across the life span. I offer virtual and in-person sessions. Please note that I do not sub-specialize in addictions.
I am a bilingual Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in psychopharmacology and my treatment philosophy centers on caring for the whole person as well as integrating holistic interventions when possible. I treat children, adolescents and adults across the life span. I offer virtual and in-person sessions. Please note that I do not sub-specialize in addictions.
(631) 570-8913 View (631) 570-8913
Gail B Malloy
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-
Verified Verified
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
People come into therapy for many reasons. You may be in despair, hurting, worried, scared, depressed, frustrated or confused. Maybe you are curious, and want to understand yourself more deeply. Perhaps life just isn't what you had hoped it would be. Although I do not prescribe medication, I may be able to help you with therapy.
People come into therapy for many reasons. You may be in despair, hurting, worried, scared, depressed, frustrated or confused. Maybe you are curious, and want to understand yourself more deeply. Perhaps life just isn't what you had hoped it would be. Although I do not prescribe medication, I may be able to help you with therapy.
(516) 605-3157 View (516) 605-3157
Photo of Christine Natasha Edmondson - ARCK NP in Psychiatry, PLLC, PMHNP , LCSW, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
ARCK NP in Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , LCSW
Verified Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11580
ARCK Psychiatry is a group practice of dedicated licensed mental health professionals that offer psychiatric evaluations, medication management and psycho-therapy. We understand that it is sometimes difficult to commute to an office due to health, family and demanding work schedules, therefore, we offer office services in (Nassau/Suffolk County) in addition to tele-health visits from the comfort of your home. We are open and flexible to providing the service that best fits your needs. To learn more about us visit https://www.arckpsychiatry.com/
ARCK Psychiatry is a group practice of dedicated licensed mental health professionals that offer psychiatric evaluations, medication management and psycho-therapy. We understand that it is sometimes difficult to commute to an office due to health, family and demanding work schedules, therefore, we offer office services in (Nassau/Suffolk County) in addition to tele-health visits from the comfort of your home. We are open and flexible to providing the service that best fits your needs. To learn more about us visit https://www.arckpsychiatry.com/
(516) 550-5325 View (516) 550-5325
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Devine Neuropsychiatric Services NP of psych
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Rosedale, NY 11422
Dr. Bello is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over ten years of experience in Adult, Child, and Adolescent mental health issues and extensive psychopharmacology experience. I am committed to providing compassionate, confidential, culturally sensitive, and evidence-based mental health care customized to meet your individual needs. School: Stony Brook University School of Nursing (BSN, MSN), New York. Chamberlain University (Doctor of Nursing Practice) Illinois. Please call today for an appointment.
Dr. Bello is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over ten years of experience in Adult, Child, and Adolescent mental health issues and extensive psychopharmacology experience. I am committed to providing compassionate, confidential, culturally sensitive, and evidence-based mental health care customized to meet your individual needs. School: Stony Brook University School of Nursing (BSN, MSN), New York. Chamberlain University (Doctor of Nursing Practice) Illinois. Please call today for an appointment.
(516) 412-6982 View (516) 412-6982

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Number of Psychiatrists in Hewlett, NY

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Psychiatrists in Hewlett, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Infertility
100% Grief
50% Relationship Issues
50% ADHD
50% Chronic Pain

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Empire BlueCross BlueShield
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Hewlett, NY see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hewlett?

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.