Psychiatrists in Jackson Heights, NY

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Dr. David Szuster Psychiatry P.C.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Hello New York! My name is David Szuster and I have been practicing psychiatry in NYC for over 30 years. I have special interest and expertise in helping my patient's recognize the role that chronic toxic stress is playing in their lives. As New Yorkers we are oftentimes unaware of toll that our stressful lifestyles can take on our immune and nervous systems. In treatment we will uncover the true origins of the "need to achieve" mentality and find ways to bring balance and peace into our daily practices. I can conduct therapy session in English, Spanish or Hebrew.
Hello New York! My name is David Szuster and I have been practicing psychiatry in NYC for over 30 years. I have special interest and expertise in helping my patient's recognize the role that chronic toxic stress is playing in their lives. As New Yorkers we are oftentimes unaware of toll that our stressful lifestyles can take on our immune and nervous systems. In treatment we will uncover the true origins of the "need to achieve" mentality and find ways to bring balance and peace into our daily practices. I can conduct therapy session in English, Spanish or Hebrew.
(718) 396-6766 View (718) 396-6766
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Online Psychiatrist in Queens
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Jackson Heights, NY 11372  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York City. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York City. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
(347) 652-2669 View (347) 652-2669
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Yu Yang
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
I am a board-certified general psychiatrist from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I completed my psychiatric residency training at the prestigious Icahn School Medicine at Mount Sinai and psychoanalytic fellowship at New York University School of Medicine. I'm presently serving as an attending psychiatrist in the state hospital psychiatric center. I have extensive and rich psychiatric experiences from practicing in the private clinic, to hospital inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room settings. I also conducted medical research regarding immunology psychiatry with over 40 medical publications on PubMed.
I am a board-certified general psychiatrist from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I completed my psychiatric residency training at the prestigious Icahn School Medicine at Mount Sinai and psychoanalytic fellowship at New York University School of Medicine. I'm presently serving as an attending psychiatrist in the state hospital psychiatric center. I have extensive and rich psychiatric experiences from practicing in the private clinic, to hospital inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room settings. I also conducted medical research regarding immunology psychiatry with over 40 medical publications on PubMed.
(917) 859-5536 View (917) 859-5536
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Meredith Hobart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in precision psychiatry. I received my graduate degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 2006. In addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, I have been a psychiatric RN for 37 years. Prior to entering Yale, I worked for 7 years on a major Harvard Medical School psychiatric teaching unit. I am a conservative prescriber and believe in using the smallest possible dosages of medication to treat a client's symptoms. I do very thorough initial evaluations with my clients and work with them closely until they are stable on their medications.
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in precision psychiatry. I received my graduate degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 2006. In addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, I have been a psychiatric RN for 37 years. Prior to entering Yale, I worked for 7 years on a major Harvard Medical School psychiatric teaching unit. I am a conservative prescriber and believe in using the smallest possible dosages of medication to treat a client's symptoms. I do very thorough initial evaluations with my clients and work with them closely until they are stable on their medications.
(347) 493-2120 View (347) 493-2120

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Korey Mann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Astoria, NY 11103
My approach to mental health follows a holistic and wellness model. I believe each individual is unique and aim to preserve that uniqueness when comprising a treatment plan. One of the most important factors in treatment is comprising the treatment plan together with a shared decision making model. My goal is to help sustain mental wellness over the course of life so that you can live in your most authentic way. I’m also fluent in English, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu, which aids in my goal to provide individualized, culturally-competent care.
My approach to mental health follows a holistic and wellness model. I believe each individual is unique and aim to preserve that uniqueness when comprising a treatment plan. One of the most important factors in treatment is comprising the treatment plan together with a shared decision making model. My goal is to help sustain mental wellness over the course of life so that you can live in your most authentic way. I’m also fluent in English, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu, which aids in my goal to provide individualized, culturally-competent care.
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Nichole Mcleod
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Nichole and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder, Bipolar, Burnout, Chronic Illness, College & Graduate Student Mental Health, Depression, Family Issues, Life Coaching, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, OCD, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Seasonal Affective Disorder and Stress Management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Nichole and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder, Bipolar, Burnout, Chronic Illness, College & Graduate Student Mental Health, Depression, Family Issues, Life Coaching, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, OCD, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Seasonal Affective Disorder and Stress Management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(929) 531-5995 View (929) 531-5995
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Ruchi Vikas
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Astoria, NY 11102  (Online Only)
I work with creative professionals in their 20s-40s who struggle with anxiety, persistent feelings of sadness, or a general sense of stagnation. I have specific expertise with college-age students, overwhelmed parents, and ambitious professionals who feel burnt out. I use a strengths-based approach to help you gain control of your life. Though all psychotherapy takes time, my patients consistently notice some new skills within the first six weeks of treatment. I suggest medications when indicated, but these are optional. Whatever you are struggling with- it is real, it is treatable, and we will confront it together.
I work with creative professionals in their 20s-40s who struggle with anxiety, persistent feelings of sadness, or a general sense of stagnation. I have specific expertise with college-age students, overwhelmed parents, and ambitious professionals who feel burnt out. I use a strengths-based approach to help you gain control of your life. Though all psychotherapy takes time, my patients consistently notice some new skills within the first six weeks of treatment. I suggest medications when indicated, but these are optional. Whatever you are struggling with- it is real, it is treatable, and we will confront it together.
(347) 868-6772 View (347) 868-6772
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Giovanni Etienne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11368
*Currently accepting new patients via telepsychiatry.* I am ready to help you! I have been a Psychiatric Nurse for 11+ years and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 4+ years, and my mission is to improve your life. My specialties include the treatment of Anxiety, Addiction, and Trauma/PTSD for all age groups.
*Currently accepting new patients via telepsychiatry.* I am ready to help you! I have been a Psychiatric Nurse for 11+ years and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 4+ years, and my mission is to improve your life. My specialties include the treatment of Anxiety, Addiction, and Trauma/PTSD for all age groups.
(917) 663-4163 View (917) 663-4163
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Empire Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
Psychiatric practice specializing in medication management for the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, Panic Disorder, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. Insurances Accepted, and now offering Tele-psychiatry in the New York, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island areas.
Psychiatric practice specializing in medication management for the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, Panic Disorder, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. Insurances Accepted, and now offering Tele-psychiatry in the New York, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island areas.
(347) 472-1061 View (347) 472-1061
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Jean-Jeffrey Marcellus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, AGNP-BC
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
Mr. Jean-Jeffrey Marcellus is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health & Adult Nurse Practitioner, Jean-Jeffrey Marcellus specializes in Suboxone, Alcohol Addiction, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia and Pain Management Treatment at Marcellus Wellness & Addiction Services. He can provide confidential online treatment plans and consultations for you or a loved one seeking help.
Mr. Jean-Jeffrey Marcellus is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health & Adult Nurse Practitioner, Jean-Jeffrey Marcellus specializes in Suboxone, Alcohol Addiction, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia and Pain Management Treatment at Marcellus Wellness & Addiction Services. He can provide confidential online treatment plans and consultations for you or a loved one seeking help.
(516) 447-3832 View (516) 447-3832
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Luba Kessler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11375
As a psychoanalytically trained psychiatrist, I provide comprehensive treatment for a variety of mental health problems informed by the view of each person as an integrated body/mind/brain individual. The state of that integration is reflected in the physical, emotional and social wellbeing, manifesting in depressed and anxious states, as well as a variety of other mental and/or physical problems. Treatment recommendations are based on the assessment of these disturbances in the context of understanding personal history, as well as present day life demands and aspirations. They include individual, couples or family psychotherapy, with psychotropic medication if indicated.
As a psychoanalytically trained psychiatrist, I provide comprehensive treatment for a variety of mental health problems informed by the view of each person as an integrated body/mind/brain individual. The state of that integration is reflected in the physical, emotional and social wellbeing, manifesting in depressed and anxious states, as well as a variety of other mental and/or physical problems. Treatment recommendations are based on the assessment of these disturbances in the context of understanding personal history, as well as present day life demands and aspirations. They include individual, couples or family psychotherapy, with psychotropic medication if indicated.
(646) 374-3581 View (646) 374-3581
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Joseph Gagnon Jr.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, MSN, BS, RN-BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Corona, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Joe specializes in the treatment of ADHD (including adult-onset ADHD), Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Movement Disorders (specifically Tardive Dyskinesia), Psychotic Disorders (including early onset Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder), Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has extensive experience in treating both children and adolescents. Additionally, he holds a waiver for utilizing Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) in assisting individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorders.
Joe specializes in the treatment of ADHD (including adult-onset ADHD), Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Movement Disorders (specifically Tardive Dyskinesia), Psychotic Disorders (including early onset Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder), Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has extensive experience in treating both children and adolescents. Additionally, he holds a waiver for utilizing Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) in assisting individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorders.
(267) 209-6722 View (267) 209-6722
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Nabil Rezk
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Astoria, NY 11103
Hello and welcome to my practice. I am Dr Rezk; Board Certified Psychiatrist. I graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. I also did Psychodynamic psychotherapy fellowship at MSSM. My interest is towards my patients and my patients are my priority. I love my career and I love to take care of my patients. My 2 private Practice locations are at Bay Ridge BK and Astoria Queens which is very convenient and near transportation. We handle the work in a great team work manner and do great patients' care.
Hello and welcome to my practice. I am Dr Rezk; Board Certified Psychiatrist. I graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. I also did Psychodynamic psychotherapy fellowship at MSSM. My interest is towards my patients and my patients are my priority. I love my career and I love to take care of my patients. My 2 private Practice locations are at Bay Ridge BK and Astoria Queens which is very convenient and near transportation. We handle the work in a great team work manner and do great patients' care.
(347) 609-7773 View (347) 609-7773
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Dr. Patricia K Spector
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Hello, have you been feeling sad, anxious, unmotivated? Are you feeling overwhelmed with mental health issues? These are some of the issues I can help you with. I look forward to meeting you and working with you to meet your personal mental health goals. Life is a precious gift and every day is a new beginning to live our best lives. If you are not living your best life because of mental health issues, I can assist you to face the challenges in your path. I am accepting new clients Teens to Adults. I offer supportive therapy, medication management, and a holistic approach.
Hello, have you been feeling sad, anxious, unmotivated? Are you feeling overwhelmed with mental health issues? These are some of the issues I can help you with. I look forward to meeting you and working with you to meet your personal mental health goals. Life is a precious gift and every day is a new beginning to live our best lives. If you are not living your best life because of mental health issues, I can assist you to face the challenges in your path. I am accepting new clients Teens to Adults. I offer supportive therapy, medication management, and a holistic approach.
(516) 774-2715 View (516) 774-2715
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Mobolaji Rosanwo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP
Verified Verified
Long Island City, NY 11102
Mobolaji Rosanwo is dedicated to improving the well-being of the clients we serve through telepsychiatry and, ( in-person) mental health services when needed. We take various approaches to address each condition. We listen to their needs, understand the nature of their condition, and create the best treatment plan that is suitable for them.
Mobolaji Rosanwo is dedicated to improving the well-being of the clients we serve through telepsychiatry and, ( in-person) mental health services when needed. We take various approaches to address each condition. We listen to their needs, understand the nature of their condition, and create the best treatment plan that is suitable for them.
(410) 755-5293 View (410) 755-5293
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Jacqueline Penn
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
Dr. Penn is a board-certified psychiatrist who treats adults, children, and adolescents. She is dedicated to providing quality, evidence-based, individualized treatment. Dr. Penn is currently an attending psychiatrist and clinical professor at New York University (NYU) and is in private practice. She is licensed in New York and California. She completed her Child & Adolescent Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and her residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. ​
Dr. Penn is a board-certified psychiatrist who treats adults, children, and adolescents. She is dedicated to providing quality, evidence-based, individualized treatment. Dr. Penn is currently an attending psychiatrist and clinical professor at New York University (NYU) and is in private practice. She is licensed in New York and California. She completed her Child & Adolescent Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and her residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. ​
(646) 849-2841 View (646) 849-2841
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Dianne Ocampo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Psych, MSN APN
Verified Verified
East Elmhurst, NY 11369  (Online Only)
Are you suffering from poor sleep, crying episodes, racing thoughts, panic attacks, irritability, mood swings, poor focus, agitation, distractibility, nightmares, negative thoughts, or suicide thoughts? I have more than 10 years' experience as a psych RN and currently works an APN for the last three years. I specialize in Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorder, and OCD. I keep up with latest research based treatments for Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety, and OCD. My goal is to get my clients back on their feet and live happier.
Are you suffering from poor sleep, crying episodes, racing thoughts, panic attacks, irritability, mood swings, poor focus, agitation, distractibility, nightmares, negative thoughts, or suicide thoughts? I have more than 10 years' experience as a psych RN and currently works an APN for the last three years. I specialize in Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorder, and OCD. I keep up with latest research based treatments for Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety, and OCD. My goal is to get my clients back on their feet and live happier.
(908) 460-7316 View (908) 460-7316
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Mohammed Mazharuddin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Astoria, NY 11106  (Online Only)
In the realm of mental health, I am Dr. Mohammed Mazharuddin, a steadfast guide specializing in the intricate landscapes of anxiety, trauma, and mood disorders. Within my practice, I intertwine the wisdom of therapy with the science of medication, crafting bespoke paths toward holistic well-being.
In the realm of mental health, I am Dr. Mohammed Mazharuddin, a steadfast guide specializing in the intricate landscapes of anxiety, trauma, and mood disorders. Within my practice, I intertwine the wisdom of therapy with the science of medication, crafting bespoke paths toward holistic well-being.
(929) 930-4504 View (929) 930-4504
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Solomon I Mosheyev
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rego Park, NY 11374  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, have been practicing in this field for over five years and has experience working with a clientele with diverse and complex needs and diagnoses in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including substance abuse and addiction areas. While addressing each client holistically, I tailor interventions to one’s unique needs and goals.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, have been practicing in this field for over five years and has experience working with a clientele with diverse and complex needs and diagnoses in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including substance abuse and addiction areas. While addressing each client holistically, I tailor interventions to one’s unique needs and goals.
(347) 658-1275 View (347) 658-1275
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Empire Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Long Island City, NY 11103  (Online Only)
Psychiatric practice specializing in medication management for the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, Panic Disorder, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. Insurances Accepted, and now offering Tele-psychiatry in the New York, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island areas.
Psychiatric practice specializing in medication management for the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, Panic Disorder, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. Insurances Accepted, and now offering Tele-psychiatry in the New York, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island areas.
(332) 262-7193 View (332) 262-7193

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Jackson Heights, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Jackson Heights, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
75% Relationship Issues
75% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

19 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
50% 1199SEIU
50% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Jackson Heights, NY see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Jackson Heights?

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.