Psychiatrists in Jamaica, NY

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PMHNP, INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Jamaica, NY 11432
I am a licensed, board certified advance family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management for individuals, 6 years and older. My areas of expertise include depressive disorders, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD), Bipolar Disorder, and PTSD.
I am a licensed, board certified advance family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management for individuals, 6 years and older. My areas of expertise include depressive disorders, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD), Bipolar Disorder, and PTSD.
(646) 762-5035 View (646) 762-5035
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Carbon Minds Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Jamaica, NY 11413
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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Elizabeth Dania
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ANP, RN
Verified Verified
Jamaica, NY 11412  (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
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Tishana Griffith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jamaica, NY 11411  (Online Only)
I am Tishana, an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. A born and raised New Yorker, I've committed myself to investing in the communities and places which nurtured me. In my professional experience, I have provided culturally sensitive care to individuals across the life span, who are experiencing acute or chronic mental health conditions in specialized clinical mental health care settings; both acute and outpatient.
I am Tishana, an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. A born and raised New Yorker, I've committed myself to investing in the communities and places which nurtured me. In my professional experience, I have provided culturally sensitive care to individuals across the life span, who are experiencing acute or chronic mental health conditions in specialized clinical mental health care settings; both acute and outpatient.
(929) 531-6947 View (929) 531-6947
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Dageria Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jamaica, NY 11434  (Online Only)
You are looking for help and before you decide where to turn you have done your research. Trying to find the right person, the right fit to help you get to where you want to go. You want to feel normal and happy within yourself because you are tired of how you are feeling. Therefore seeking mental treatment is first step to your ideal self.
You are looking for help and before you decide where to turn you have done your research. Trying to find the right person, the right fit to help you get to where you want to go. You want to feel normal and happy within yourself because you are tired of how you are feeling. Therefore seeking mental treatment is first step to your ideal self.
(516) 788-5384 View (516) 788-5384
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Ayshea Monique Beswick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Jamaica, NY 11434
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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Felicia Hassan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jamaica, NY 11432
Hi! I offer psychiatric assessment and diagnosing that takes place on an individual basis. our mission is to offer innovative and convenient care via face to face and virtual, we also offer home visit on case-by-case basis. (medication management) and home/tele-therapy (talk therapy).
Hi! I offer psychiatric assessment and diagnosing that takes place on an individual basis. our mission is to offer innovative and convenient care via face to face and virtual, we also offer home visit on case-by-case basis. (medication management) and home/tele-therapy (talk therapy).
(929) 209-3361 View (929) 209-3361
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Jamaica, NY 11405  (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. The brain is a fragile organ and should be treated with respect.
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. The brain is a fragile organ and should be treated with respect.
(347) 921-9763 View (347) 921-9763
Marie Rose Bhuiyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Jamaica, NY 11419
Not accepting new clients
I am a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been in private practice since 2011. This practice was initiated in response to the growing need for outpatient mental health services specifically to Muslim (but not limited to) patients that are inclusive, and integrate religiously, spiritually and culturally sensitive treatments. My services are open to anyone who is experiencing psychological issues, or anyone who has been diagnosed with psychiatric and mental illness.
I am a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been in private practice since 2011. This practice was initiated in response to the growing need for outpatient mental health services specifically to Muslim (but not limited to) patients that are inclusive, and integrate religiously, spiritually and culturally sensitive treatments. My services are open to anyone who is experiencing psychological issues, or anyone who has been diagnosed with psychiatric and mental illness.
(516) 209-4525 View (516) 209-4525
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jamaica, NY 11432  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Dr. Nikita Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jamaica, NY 11434  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I completed a six-year combined undergraduate-graduate medical school program at the University of Missouri, earning my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Doctorate of Medicine. I completed my residency at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt program in Baltimore, followed by a Forensic Psychiatry fellowship through Columbia University in New York City.
I completed a six-year combined undergraduate-graduate medical school program at the University of Missouri, earning my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Doctorate of Medicine. I completed my residency at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt program in Baltimore, followed by a Forensic Psychiatry fellowship through Columbia University in New York City.
(929) 209-6091 View (929) 209-6091
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Tranquil Psychiatric NP Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jamaica, NY 11412  (Online Only)
Dr. Elizabeth Sewell is a Nurse Practitioner Specialist, Board Certified both in Family Medicine and Mental Health in Brooklyn, New York. She has diverse experiences in the Nursing field from the ICU, Maternal and Child, Juvenile detention, Visiting RN, Nursing home and Psychiatric Emergency nurse.
Dr. Elizabeth Sewell is a Nurse Practitioner Specialist, Board Certified both in Family Medicine and Mental Health in Brooklyn, New York. She has diverse experiences in the Nursing field from the ICU, Maternal and Child, Juvenile detention, Visiting RN, Nursing home and Psychiatric Emergency nurse.
(646) 564-3679 View (646) 564-3679
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Maryellen Hammill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Jamaica, NY 11411  (Online Only)
Maryellen Hammill is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Maryellen is a warm, empathetic care provider who understands the importance of being fully present and engaged with her patients. She helps her patients identify issues causing them distress and helps them explore holistic, evidence-based treatment options. Everyday challenges, life transitions, adverse experiences, and personal stressors can manifest in the form of stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc. A thorough psychiatric interview and assessment can bring those issues to light. She provides psychiatric assessments, talk therapy, and Med Management.
Maryellen Hammill is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Maryellen is a warm, empathetic care provider who understands the importance of being fully present and engaged with her patients. She helps her patients identify issues causing them distress and helps them explore holistic, evidence-based treatment options. Everyday challenges, life transitions, adverse experiences, and personal stressors can manifest in the form of stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc. A thorough psychiatric interview and assessment can bring those issues to light. She provides psychiatric assessments, talk therapy, and Med Management.
(646) 553-1928 View (646) 553-1928
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Annette Jarrett-Graham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Jamaica, NY 11434  (Online Only)
I am a board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Health Nurse Practitioner. Central to my professional philosophy is the commitment to enhance both behavioral and medical health, while effectively managing diseases and medications. Working with a diverse range of patients throughout my career has enabled me to communicate effectively with clients from diverse backgrounds.
I am a board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Health Nurse Practitioner. Central to my professional philosophy is the commitment to enhance both behavioral and medical health, while effectively managing diseases and medications. Working with a diverse range of patients throughout my career has enabled me to communicate effectively with clients from diverse backgrounds.
(631) 641-8858 View (631) 641-8858
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Felicia Hassan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jamaica, NY 11434
At Helping Hand psychiatric Np P.C, we are a private practice that offers psychiatric assessment and diagnosing that takes place on an individual basis. our mission is to offer innovative and convenient care via face to face and virtual, we also offer home visit on case-by-case basis. (medication management) and home/tele-therapy (talk therapy). Note: WE accept all insurances and treat all ages from 3 years old to 99 years old. we service all of New York state, NJ and CT. Psychiatric evaluations and offers individual, group, and family therapy. We also provides care to those with chronic diseases associated with mental illness
At Helping Hand psychiatric Np P.C, we are a private practice that offers psychiatric assessment and diagnosing that takes place on an individual basis. our mission is to offer innovative and convenient care via face to face and virtual, we also offer home visit on case-by-case basis. (medication management) and home/tele-therapy (talk therapy). Note: WE accept all insurances and treat all ages from 3 years old to 99 years old. we service all of New York state, NJ and CT. Psychiatric evaluations and offers individual, group, and family therapy. We also provides care to those with chronic diseases associated with mental illness
(845) 402-2490 View (845) 402-2490
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Bridge Back to Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Jamaica, NY 11405
Dr. Macia Drummond, PhD, PMHNP-BC, empowers individuals, both adults and children, not just to overcome challenge, but to thrive. I envision a future where they can maintain healthy relationships, find fulfillment in their careers, and actively participate in their families and communities. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, but my practice offers a safe and supportive environment. Here, patients are not judged, but seen, heard, and valued for their potential. As a Mental Health Provider, I believe that reaching out for help isn't a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength –a first step on the path to a brighter future.
Dr. Macia Drummond, PhD, PMHNP-BC, empowers individuals, both adults and children, not just to overcome challenge, but to thrive. I envision a future where they can maintain healthy relationships, find fulfillment in their careers, and actively participate in their families and communities. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, but my practice offers a safe and supportive environment. Here, patients are not judged, but seen, heard, and valued for their potential. As a Mental Health Provider, I believe that reaching out for help isn't a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength –a first step on the path to a brighter future.
(516) 363-1754 View (516) 363-1754
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Anne Hewitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jamaica, NY 11451
I've experienced firsthand the weight of anxiety and the grip of depression. But from these struggles, I've emerged with a burning resolve to be a light for others. My aim is to serve as a beacon of hope and understanding, offering compassionate care rooted in honesty and clinical expertise. My approach to treatment is grounded in the belief that healing begins with feeling seen, heard, and understood.
I've experienced firsthand the weight of anxiety and the grip of depression. But from these struggles, I've emerged with a burning resolve to be a light for others. My aim is to serve as a beacon of hope and understanding, offering compassionate care rooted in honesty and clinical expertise. My approach to treatment is grounded in the belief that healing begins with feeling seen, heard, and understood.
(716) 703-5130 View (716) 703-5130
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Empire-State NP in Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Jamaica, NY 11432
I'm Natacha Joseph, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, a board-certified psychiatric practitioner dedicated to helping clients through individualized integrative psychiatric treatment plans. These plans include both traditional and non-traditional/off-label uses of psychotropic medications and supplements. With nearly fifteen years of nursing experience and education in various areas of patient care, both medically and psychiatrically, I have extensive experience in a multitude of healthcare settings, including hospital medicine, home health care, and inpatient and outpatient clinical services.
I'm Natacha Joseph, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, a board-certified psychiatric practitioner dedicated to helping clients through individualized integrative psychiatric treatment plans. These plans include both traditional and non-traditional/off-label uses of psychotropic medications and supplements. With nearly fifteen years of nursing experience and education in various areas of patient care, both medically and psychiatrically, I have extensive experience in a multitude of healthcare settings, including hospital medicine, home health care, and inpatient and outpatient clinical services.
(516) 347-2408 View (516) 347-2408
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Kyle Wiktor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Jamaica, NY 11416
My name is Kyle Wiktor and I have been a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2001 and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2012. I have worked in most areas of inpatient and outpatient mental health and chemical dependency. I am comfortable with most general psychiatric issues. I am a good listener and I want to understand what you want and need for treatment and then see how we can work together to accomplish the goals. I started in general medical care but found my passion was working with clients experiencing mental health and chemical dependency issues.
My name is Kyle Wiktor and I have been a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2001 and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2012. I have worked in most areas of inpatient and outpatient mental health and chemical dependency. I am comfortable with most general psychiatric issues. I am a good listener and I want to understand what you want and need for treatment and then see how we can work together to accomplish the goals. I started in general medical care but found my passion was working with clients experiencing mental health and chemical dependency issues.
(929) 416-6239 View (929) 416-6239
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Marina Jose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jamaica, NY 11420
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have 22 years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field ranging from child and adult inpatient and outpatients care. I received my Master Of Science in Psychiatric Nursing and Nurse practitioner Degree from Stony Brook University New York and worked as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in an inpatient Psychiatric Hospital. I also worked as a Nurse Educator and current Faculty of American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Now I am working in outpatient Psychiatry providing intensive outpatient services.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have 22 years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field ranging from child and adult inpatient and outpatients care. I received my Master Of Science in Psychiatric Nursing and Nurse practitioner Degree from Stony Brook University New York and worked as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in an inpatient Psychiatric Hospital. I also worked as a Nurse Educator and current Faculty of American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Now I am working in outpatient Psychiatry providing intensive outpatient services.
(516) 916-6947 View (516) 916-6947

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Jamaica, NY

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Jamaica, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
72% Bipolar Disorder
72% Medication Management
69% ADHD
59% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
59% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
96% Cigna and Evernorth
88% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Jamaica, NY see their clients

51% Online Only
49% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

82% Female
18% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Jamaica?

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.