Psychiatrists in Highland Falls, NY

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Renata Krymkevich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Highland Falls, NY 10928
I've been practicing psychiatry for over 25 years with a special area of expertise in affective disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as treating young adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. I am an independent practitioner and my office is very private. I pride myself to run on schedule. I make myself available for emergency appointments if needed, and respond to phone calls within 24 business hours.
I've been practicing psychiatry for over 25 years with a special area of expertise in affective disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as treating young adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. I am an independent practitioner and my office is very private. I pride myself to run on schedule. I make myself available for emergency appointments if needed, and respond to phone calls within 24 business hours.
(845) 660-8267 View (845) 660-8267

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Vitality Psychiatry Group Practice
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Windsor, NY 12553
Dr. Mitchell Cabisudo is a double board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist who has been trained in different schools of psychotherapy and has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the use of life-saving medications. After completing his adult residency training in Albany, NY, he pursued further specialization in Pediatric Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Cabisudo crucially understands the limitations and unfortunate repercussions of the use of medication. Therefore prior to contemplating to prescribing, he integrates the basic fundamentals yet profound complexities surrounding a person's life which can significantly dictate the overall changes in one's behavior and emotions.
Dr. Mitchell Cabisudo is a double board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist who has been trained in different schools of psychotherapy and has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the use of life-saving medications. After completing his adult residency training in Albany, NY, he pursued further specialization in Pediatric Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Cabisudo crucially understands the limitations and unfortunate repercussions of the use of medication. Therefore prior to contemplating to prescribing, he integrates the basic fundamentals yet profound complexities surrounding a person's life which can significantly dictate the overall changes in one's behavior and emotions.
(914) 502-3998 View (914) 502-3998
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Orenda Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newburgh, NY 12551  (Online Only)
My name is Kimberly Levitt. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric NP. I believe in a holistic approach to mental health treatment that prioritizes individual need. I encourage each patient to take an active role in their treatment as this overwhelmingly results in successful outcomes. I have experience in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and insomnia. I try to fully understand my patients and I provide a therapeutic space for them to feel comfortable sharing their story. I combine medication with talk therapy in each session.
My name is Kimberly Levitt. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric NP. I believe in a holistic approach to mental health treatment that prioritizes individual need. I encourage each patient to take an active role in their treatment as this overwhelmingly results in successful outcomes. I have experience in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and insomnia. I try to fully understand my patients and I provide a therapeutic space for them to feel comfortable sharing their story. I combine medication with talk therapy in each session.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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Vitality Psychiatry Group Practice
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
New Windsor, NY 12553
Dr. Mitchell Cabisudo is a double board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist who has been trained in different schools of psychotherapy and has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the use of life-saving medications. After completing his adult residency training in Albany, NY, he pursued further specialization in Pediatric Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Cabisudo crucially understands the limitations and unfortunate repercussions of the use of medication. Therefore prior to contemplating to prescribing, he integrates the basic fundamentals yet profound complexities surrounding a person's life which can significantly dictate the overall changes in one's behavior and emotions.
Dr. Mitchell Cabisudo is a double board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist who has been trained in different schools of psychotherapy and has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the use of life-saving medications. After completing his adult residency training in Albany, NY, he pursued further specialization in Pediatric Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Cabisudo crucially understands the limitations and unfortunate repercussions of the use of medication. Therefore prior to contemplating to prescribing, he integrates the basic fundamentals yet profound complexities surrounding a person's life which can significantly dictate the overall changes in one's behavior and emotions.
(914) 502-3998 View (914) 502-3998
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Perry Githens APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beacon, NY 12508
Perry Githens has sound experience in substance abuse, long-term care settings, outpatient, and acute inpatient settings with pediatric and adult populations. He has experience in all different areas, such as residential substance abuse, alcohol use disorder, inpatient geriatric psychiatry with dementia, and mental illness in the elderly.
Perry Githens has sound experience in substance abuse, long-term care settings, outpatient, and acute inpatient settings with pediatric and adult populations. He has experience in all different areas, such as residential substance abuse, alcohol use disorder, inpatient geriatric psychiatry with dementia, and mental illness in the elderly.
(845) 250-3614 View (845) 250-3614
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Kanishk Solanki
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Central Valley, NY 10917  (Online Only)
Dr. Kanishk Solanki, MD, a licensed psychiatrist in New York, offers teletherapy services to individuals grappling with a myriad of mental health challenges. As an expert in the field, he specializes in assisting clients facing the burdens of anxiety, depression, and various other common psychiatric issues. Dr. Solanki recognizes that navigating these struggles can often feel overwhelming and isolating, prompting him to create a therapeutic environment that fosters trust, empathy, and understanding.
Dr. Kanishk Solanki, MD, a licensed psychiatrist in New York, offers teletherapy services to individuals grappling with a myriad of mental health challenges. As an expert in the field, he specializes in assisting clients facing the burdens of anxiety, depression, and various other common psychiatric issues. Dr. Solanki recognizes that navigating these struggles can often feel overwhelming and isolating, prompting him to create a therapeutic environment that fosters trust, empathy, and understanding.
(929) 556-6940 View (929) 556-6940
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Northern Medical Group Behavioral Health Division
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Windsor, NY 12553
Opiate addiction effects 1.9 million Americans and has the potential to destroy individuals and families but their is help.. We offer evidence-based medication assisted treatments including buprenorphine (Suboxone, Zubsolv) for opioid dependence. We offer personalized one-on-one care for every patient to reclaim their lives. Varinder S. Rathore MD is Board Certified in Addiction Psychiatry with 15+ years experience with opioid dependence treatment. As a former Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical he is one of the most skilled addiction physicians in the country. We can help you. Call us today.
Opiate addiction effects 1.9 million Americans and has the potential to destroy individuals and families but their is help.. We offer evidence-based medication assisted treatments including buprenorphine (Suboxone, Zubsolv) for opioid dependence. We offer personalized one-on-one care for every patient to reclaim their lives. Varinder S. Rathore MD is Board Certified in Addiction Psychiatry with 15+ years experience with opioid dependence treatment. As a former Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical he is one of the most skilled addiction physicians in the country. We can help you. Call us today.
(845) 237-3915 View (845) 237-3915
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Varinder S Rathore MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newburgh, NY 12550
"I am Double Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry & Addiction Psychiatry and an expert in MICA (Mentally Ill-Chemical Abuse) patients. I was born and raised in the Hudson Valley and thus feel a distinct sense of pride practicing here. I completed my Adult Psychiatry Residency at Albany Medical Center & Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center where he was an Assistant Professor. I have years of experience in treating patients with a vast range of psychiatric conditions including Major Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Bipolar Disorder and ADD/ADHD.
"I am Double Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry & Addiction Psychiatry and an expert in MICA (Mentally Ill-Chemical Abuse) patients. I was born and raised in the Hudson Valley and thus feel a distinct sense of pride practicing here. I completed my Adult Psychiatry Residency at Albany Medical Center & Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center where he was an Assistant Professor. I have years of experience in treating patients with a vast range of psychiatric conditions including Major Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Bipolar Disorder and ADD/ADHD.
(845) 478-6594 View (845) 478-6594
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Edith Onua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Highland Mills, NY 10930  (Online Only)
What sets Edith apart is her compassionate and non-judgmental approach. She values open communication, actively listening to patients, and tailoring her services to their unique needs. Edith is known for providing unhurried visits, ensuring her patients feel heard and supported throughout their treatment journey. Edith offers flexible appointment times, including weekdays, evenings, and weekends. She understands the importance of accommodating diverse schedules to ensure accessibility for her clients.
What sets Edith apart is her compassionate and non-judgmental approach. She values open communication, actively listening to patients, and tailoring her services to their unique needs. Edith is known for providing unhurried visits, ensuring her patients feel heard and supported throughout their treatment journey. Edith offers flexible appointment times, including weekdays, evenings, and weekends. She understands the importance of accommodating diverse schedules to ensure accessibility for her clients.
(845) 250-6849 View (845) 250-6849
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G Friedlander NP in Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Cornwall, NY 12518
I am dually certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner focusing primarily on mental health. I have a passionate interest in helping others and believe mental healthcare is a collaborative process, the most important thing I do is communicate with my clients, working together as a therapeutic team to develop a treatment plan tailored to specific needs in an empathetic, caring and nonjudgmental environment I provide a combination of in person and virtual meetings
I am dually certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner focusing primarily on mental health. I have a passionate interest in helping others and believe mental healthcare is a collaborative process, the most important thing I do is communicate with my clients, working together as a therapeutic team to develop a treatment plan tailored to specific needs in an empathetic, caring and nonjudgmental environment I provide a combination of in person and virtual meetings
(845) 284-9511 View (845) 284-9511
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Olanrewaju Somorin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Point, NY 10996  (Online Only)
Dr Somorin is triple board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He has been listed as a top psychiatrist in the Hudson Valley Magazine yearly from 2006 to 2019. He graduated from Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx NY in August 1999He then completed a one year fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx NY. He treats clients struggling with anxiety, depression or substance abuse.
Dr Somorin is triple board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He has been listed as a top psychiatrist in the Hudson Valley Magazine yearly from 2006 to 2019. He graduated from Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx NY in August 1999He then completed a one year fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx NY. He treats clients struggling with anxiety, depression or substance abuse.
(845) 637-3365 View (845) 637-3365
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Hugh McKenzie, PNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP
Verified Verified
Newburgh, NY 12551
I have been in the field of psychiatry since 1994; and have been licensed and board certified as a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2012. Our goal is for everyone to achieve optimal health from a holistic perspective. Therefore in addition to medication mgmt, we promote healthy- transitions4u: mind, body, spirit. We are here for you and provide an accommodating atmosphere where you will be heard and encouraged to achieve your very best you!
I have been in the field of psychiatry since 1994; and have been licensed and board certified as a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2012. Our goal is for everyone to achieve optimal health from a holistic perspective. Therefore in addition to medication mgmt, we promote healthy- transitions4u: mind, body, spirit. We are here for you and provide an accommodating atmosphere where you will be heard and encouraged to achieve your very best you!
(845) 704-1262 View (845) 704-1262
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Andrene Campbell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Dr. Andrene Campbell is a licensed and board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Campbell completed medical school at Loma Linda University in California. She completed adult residency training at New York Presbyterian Hospital " Cornell division and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at New York Presbyterian Hospital " Columbia division. She has been an attending physician in the psychiatric emergency room at Northwell Health and a telepsychiatry attending physician at Northwell Health. She was also the medical director on an adult inpatient unit.
Dr. Andrene Campbell is a licensed and board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Campbell completed medical school at Loma Linda University in California. She completed adult residency training at New York Presbyterian Hospital " Cornell division and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at New York Presbyterian Hospital " Columbia division. She has been an attending physician in the psychiatric emergency room at Northwell Health and a telepsychiatry attending physician at Northwell Health. She was also the medical director on an adult inpatient unit.
(845) 253-4183 View (845) 253-4183
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Anna Buttlaire
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Anna Buttlaire is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 2020. Anna aims to be compassionate, empathetic, and collaborative in her work. She strives to use a holistic approach with patients and enjoys working with adults of all ages with both medication management and psychotherapy. Outside of work, Anna enjoys yoga, running, and reading.
Anna Buttlaire is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 2020. Anna aims to be compassionate, empathetic, and collaborative in her work. She strives to use a holistic approach with patients and enjoys working with adults of all ages with both medication management and psychotherapy. Outside of work, Anna enjoys yoga, running, and reading.
(914) 252-3295 View (914) 252-3295
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Virginia Connolly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RNMSNP-
Verified Verified
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Ginger Connolly graduated from Columbia University 22 years ago, obtaining her Nurse Practitioner degree. This was preceded by 20 years of inpatient treatment with both children and adults. She specializes in ADHD, General Anxiety Disorders, Major Depression, PTSD and Obsessive compulsive disorders. More attention is increasingly given to Social anxiety disorder which has increased in prevalence with the advent of the pandemic isolation. Age groups seen are from age 5 thru age 55. Child treatment is accompanied by parent training if needed, if Oppositional Defiant Disorder is noted in particular.
Ginger Connolly graduated from Columbia University 22 years ago, obtaining her Nurse Practitioner degree. This was preceded by 20 years of inpatient treatment with both children and adults. She specializes in ADHD, General Anxiety Disorders, Major Depression, PTSD and Obsessive compulsive disorders. More attention is increasingly given to Social anxiety disorder which has increased in prevalence with the advent of the pandemic isolation. Age groups seen are from age 5 thru age 55. Child treatment is accompanied by parent training if needed, if Oppositional Defiant Disorder is noted in particular.
(914) 530-6233 View (914) 530-6233
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Sybil Mouzon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Dr. Mouzon is a New York State licensed psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She earned her medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and completed psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to joining our staff, she was the Associate Medical Director of the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Department at Montefiore Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Mouzon is a New York State licensed psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She earned her medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and completed psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to joining our staff, she was the Associate Medical Director of the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Department at Montefiore Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
(914) 758-1195 View (914) 758-1195
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Alejandra Vivas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Dr. Alejandra Vivas, MD Dr. Alejandra Vivas is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 2020. Dr. Vivas completed her medical education at the University of Vermont. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and an Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor's Degree from Florida International University where she graduated with honors Magna Cum Laude. Her training includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and she prefers an integrative approach. Dr. Vivas can help patients understand their mental health and approach it through a compassionate lens.
Dr. Alejandra Vivas, MD Dr. Alejandra Vivas is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 2020. Dr. Vivas completed her medical education at the University of Vermont. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and an Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor's Degree from Florida International University where she graduated with honors Magna Cum Laude. Her training includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and she prefers an integrative approach. Dr. Vivas can help patients understand their mental health and approach it through a compassionate lens.
(914) 817-0597 View (914) 817-0597
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Jennifer C McKenna
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Croton On Hudson, NY 10520
We are living in an extraordinary moment in human history. Change is coming...we can all feel it. Are you struggling to find your place in this time? You're meant to be part of it, yet you struggle with addiction, depression, anxiety, self-deprecation, or other deep-seated discomfort.
We are living in an extraordinary moment in human history. Change is coming...we can all feel it. Are you struggling to find your place in this time? You're meant to be part of it, yet you struggle with addiction, depression, anxiety, self-deprecation, or other deep-seated discomfort.
(914) 861-3693 View (914) 861-3693
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Maryellen D'Ambrosio
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Maryellen D'Ambrosio is a New York State licensed Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and is Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialling Center. She has been practicing Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, since 2004, and has provided treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She graduated, Summa Cum Laude, from Pace University - Leinhard School of Nursing with a Master of Science Degree. Her advanced education included specialized training (ages 3-17), with more explicit preparation and clinical instruction, in the area of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Maryellen D'Ambrosio is a New York State licensed Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and is Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialling Center. She has been practicing Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, since 2004, and has provided treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She graduated, Summa Cum Laude, from Pace University - Leinhard School of Nursing with a Master of Science Degree. Her advanced education included specialized training (ages 3-17), with more explicit preparation and clinical instruction, in the area of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
(914) 743-3618 View (914) 743-3618
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Alexis N Haughton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, with more than 11 years of psychiatric experience. I strive to provide safe access to mental health services across the lifespan and specialize in a wide range of psychiatric conditions. I am certified in medical Marijuana and Suboxone.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, with more than 11 years of psychiatric experience. I strive to provide safe access to mental health services across the lifespan and specialize in a wide range of psychiatric conditions. I am certified in medical Marijuana and Suboxone.
(914) 350-6323 View (914) 350-6323

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Number of Psychiatrists in Highland Falls, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Highland Falls, NY who prioritize treating:

Average years in practice

33 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% 1199SEIU
100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Highland Falls, NY see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Highland Falls?

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.