Psychiatrists in Kings County, NY

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M And M Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Services PL
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11206  (Online Only)
Hablo Espanol, I am a Nurse Practitioner, certified in Family medicine and Board certified in Psychiatric mental health. I have many years of experience working in the field of psychiatry. I have been fortunate to be exposed to settings such as emergency department, psychiatric inpatient and outpatient services, inpatient alcohol, and drug detoxification services. My experience has allowed me to interact with and to help patients with a wide range of conditions such as Schizophrenia, Major depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety disorder, PTSD and Substance use Disorder.
Hablo Espanol, I am a Nurse Practitioner, certified in Family medicine and Board certified in Psychiatric mental health. I have many years of experience working in the field of psychiatry. I have been fortunate to be exposed to settings such as emergency department, psychiatric inpatient and outpatient services, inpatient alcohol, and drug detoxification services. My experience has allowed me to interact with and to help patients with a wide range of conditions such as Schizophrenia, Major depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety disorder, PTSD and Substance use Disorder.
(347) 836-5640 View (347) 836-5640
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Doug Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP-BC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11215  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS IN NY, FL, MT & CA. I'm Dr. Mitchell, PMHNP- BC, DNP & retired USAF Veteran. As a Psychiatric provider, my aim is to identify, address and modify conditions, limiting patterns and behaviors that diminish function and suppress growth. My philosophy is Bio-Psycho-Social; I acknowledge the whole dynamic being and maintain the explicit intent of fostering personal accountability, growth and development. I approach each therapeutic encounter as a unique opportunity to facilitate the process of expanding awareness and elevating consciousness. We believe illuminating barriers is the first step toward eliminating them.
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS IN NY, FL, MT & CA. I'm Dr. Mitchell, PMHNP- BC, DNP & retired USAF Veteran. As a Psychiatric provider, my aim is to identify, address and modify conditions, limiting patterns and behaviors that diminish function and suppress growth. My philosophy is Bio-Psycho-Social; I acknowledge the whole dynamic being and maintain the explicit intent of fostering personal accountability, growth and development. I approach each therapeutic encounter as a unique opportunity to facilitate the process of expanding awareness and elevating consciousness. We believe illuminating barriers is the first step toward eliminating them.
(347) 479-1352 View (347) 479-1352
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Natalie Grant-Villegas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Hello and welcome! My name is Natalie and I’m a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over five years of experience in the mental health field. I specialize in psychedelic medicine and currently offer ketamine-assisted psychotherapy at Healing Realms in Brooklyn. In a comfortable, safe, private office setting, I work with a co-therapist to collaboratively offer medical monitoring alongside transformative methods of depth-oriented psychotherapy. We personalize ketamine dosing for each client, administering via intramuscular injection in initial and subsequent doses as determined by client needs.
Hello and welcome! My name is Natalie and I’m a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over five years of experience in the mental health field. I specialize in psychedelic medicine and currently offer ketamine-assisted psychotherapy at Healing Realms in Brooklyn. In a comfortable, safe, private office setting, I work with a co-therapist to collaboratively offer medical monitoring alongside transformative methods of depth-oriented psychotherapy. We personalize ketamine dosing for each client, administering via intramuscular injection in initial and subsequent doses as determined by client needs.
(347) 970-7804 View (347) 970-7804
Janice Mordi
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
I am an experienced and competent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Clinical Research, Addiction Medicine, Patient Safety, Infection Control, and Electronic Medical Record (EMR), I have a strong commitment to serving communities throughout New York City, and specifically populations that are vulnerable and underserved as a result of social determinants that include socio-economic status, prejudice, homelessness, poor access to resources, un-domiciled clients who frequently have complex behavioral and/or legal concerns or involvement. My professio
I am an experienced and competent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Clinical Research, Addiction Medicine, Patient Safety, Infection Control, and Electronic Medical Record (EMR), I have a strong commitment to serving communities throughout New York City, and specifically populations that are vulnerable and underserved as a result of social determinants that include socio-economic status, prejudice, homelessness, poor access to resources, un-domiciled clients who frequently have complex behavioral and/or legal concerns or involvement. My professio
(347) 983-6071 View (347) 983-6071
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M And M Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Services PL
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11206  (Online Only)
Please note I do not provide therapy- we have therapist available. My specialty is medication management. ADHD Certifled Specialist. Our bilingual (Spanish/English) practice treats people of different backgrounds, cultures, socioeconomic statuses, races, sexual orientations, and gender. Our expertise includes the treatment of major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychotic spectrum disorders, as well as attention and concentration issues (ADHD). Nosotras Podemos ayudarles en todas sus necesidades de salud mental, mediante la creacion de tratamientos personalizado, trabajando en conjunto con usted y su terapista.
Please note I do not provide therapy- we have therapist available. My specialty is medication management. ADHD Certifled Specialist. Our bilingual (Spanish/English) practice treats people of different backgrounds, cultures, socioeconomic statuses, races, sexual orientations, and gender. Our expertise includes the treatment of major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychotic spectrum disorders, as well as attention and concentration issues (ADHD). Nosotras Podemos ayudarles en todas sus necesidades de salud mental, mediante la creacion de tratamientos personalizado, trabajando en conjunto con usted y su terapista.
(347) 514-6596 View (347) 514-6596
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Stacy M Humphreys
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
I have been both a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Pediatric Medical Registered Nurse for over 15 years. I have helped heal the child physically, and emotionally. I’ve assisted pre-teens and teenagers through their transition into adulthood. My youngest patient was one hour old, my eldest was 102 years old. I have traveled the country and have met, cared for, and treated people of different backgrounds, cultures, socioeconomic status, race, sexual orientation, and gender. My work experience as a Psychiatric NP includes an emergency room, outpatient, and inpatient psychiatric unit.
I have been both a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Pediatric Medical Registered Nurse for over 15 years. I have helped heal the child physically, and emotionally. I’ve assisted pre-teens and teenagers through their transition into adulthood. My youngest patient was one hour old, my eldest was 102 years old. I have traveled the country and have met, cared for, and treated people of different backgrounds, cultures, socioeconomic status, race, sexual orientation, and gender. My work experience as a Psychiatric NP includes an emergency room, outpatient, and inpatient psychiatric unit.
(929) 264-5346 View (929) 264-5346
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Carlene Macmillan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11249
I am the co-founder of Fermata (www.fermata.health) and am a Harvard-trained psychiatrist for children, adolescents and adults. I am an expert in accelerated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and second opinions for complex cases, including when families are contemplating higher levels of care like residential treatment. My approach is to be collaborative, individualized and curious.This may involve managing medications, providing individual, family or group therapy or a combination of these options. I am comfortable working with individuals with complex psychiatric backgrounds. Please go to www.fermata.health to make an inquiry.
I am the co-founder of Fermata (www.fermata.health) and am a Harvard-trained psychiatrist for children, adolescents and adults. I am an expert in accelerated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and second opinions for complex cases, including when families are contemplating higher levels of care like residential treatment. My approach is to be collaborative, individualized and curious.This may involve managing medications, providing individual, family or group therapy or a combination of these options. I am comfortable working with individuals with complex psychiatric backgrounds. Please go to www.fermata.health to make an inquiry.
(929) 244-4358 View (929) 244-4358
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Dr. Irina Kogan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11215  (Online Only)
I work with patients with treatment-resistant depression when medications and therapy don’t provide enough quality of life improvement. I can refer my patients to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation of the brain (TMS) or Ketamine treatment, if necessary. I treat patients with ADHD, PTSD, Mood disorders, Anxiety spectrum disorders, and Dual diagnosis patients.
I work with patients with treatment-resistant depression when medications and therapy don’t provide enough quality of life improvement. I can refer my patients to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation of the brain (TMS) or Ketamine treatment, if necessary. I treat patients with ADHD, PTSD, Mood disorders, Anxiety spectrum disorders, and Dual diagnosis patients.
(347) 657-3328 View (347) 657-3328
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Sylvia Andreatto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11222  (Online Only)
I find it very fulfilling to work with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety and other mood problems. These difficulties often stem from traumatic past and negative thought patterns and they can be changed. My patients strive to create meaningful lives with sense of purpose, connection with others, joy and serenity. Unfortunately, mental scars from traumatic events, addictions, dysfunctional relationships, brain chemical imbalance and self-defeating thoughts and behavior patterns, are often the obstacles to the life they want for themselves.
I find it very fulfilling to work with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety and other mood problems. These difficulties often stem from traumatic past and negative thought patterns and they can be changed. My patients strive to create meaningful lives with sense of purpose, connection with others, joy and serenity. Unfortunately, mental scars from traumatic events, addictions, dysfunctional relationships, brain chemical imbalance and self-defeating thoughts and behavior patterns, are often the obstacles to the life they want for themselves.
(631) 869-7558 View (631) 869-7558
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Levi Welton
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MEd
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11206  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatry Physician Assistant specializing in telehealth, I provide compassionate care to individuals, particularly focusing on anxiety and depression. My evidence-based approach emphasizes medication management tailored to each patient's needs, complemented by collaborative support from therapists and other healthcare professionals. With extensive experience treating patients over 12 years old, I understand the nuances of adolescent and adult mental health. As an observant Jew, I am familiar with the Jewish lifestyle, ensuring a culturally sensitive approach to care while welcoming individuals of all backgrounds and faiths.
As a Psychiatry Physician Assistant specializing in telehealth, I provide compassionate care to individuals, particularly focusing on anxiety and depression. My evidence-based approach emphasizes medication management tailored to each patient's needs, complemented by collaborative support from therapists and other healthcare professionals. With extensive experience treating patients over 12 years old, I understand the nuances of adolescent and adult mental health. As an observant Jew, I am familiar with the Jewish lifestyle, ensuring a culturally sensitive approach to care while welcoming individuals of all backgrounds and faiths.
(929) 348-2763 x3002 View (929) 348-2763 x3002
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Kelly Cook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11234
Kelly Cook, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified psychiatric practitioner who works with clients to develop individualized integrative psychiatric treatment plans that include traditional as well as non-traditional/off-label uses of psychotropic medications, genetic testing, and supplements. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in English, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Hollins University and completed her clinical training as a psychiatric provider at The Ohio State University.
Kelly Cook, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified psychiatric practitioner who works with clients to develop individualized integrative psychiatric treatment plans that include traditional as well as non-traditional/off-label uses of psychotropic medications, genetic testing, and supplements. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in English, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Hollins University and completed her clinical training as a psychiatric provider at The Ohio State University.
(929) 955-1564 View (929) 955-1564
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Ladan Shaikh
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Not accepting new clients
I am a psychiatrist trained in the treatment of adults. I provide a comprehensive approach to treatment which includes therapy, life style modification and medication management. I am interested in a collaborative approach with patients with a focus on integrative and holistic care. I work with adults of all ages and backgrounds and strive to foster a comfortable atmosphere for my patients.
I am a psychiatrist trained in the treatment of adults. I provide a comprehensive approach to treatment which includes therapy, life style modification and medication management. I am interested in a collaborative approach with patients with a focus on integrative and holistic care. I work with adults of all ages and backgrounds and strive to foster a comfortable atmosphere for my patients.
(917) 688-2334 View (917) 688-2334
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Osarugue Blessing Erhunmwunsee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11212  (Online Only)
Clients with mental health issues struggle to be heard, understood, and treated with empathy and compassion, and to be able function at their best.
Clients with mental health issues struggle to be heard, understood, and treated with empathy and compassion, and to be able function at their best.
(929) 410-5317 View (929) 410-5317
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Kevin Lam
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Are you having difficulty with work, school, relationships or feeling stuck, anxious or unhappy? I am a board-certified psychiatrist providing adults, children and adolescents with compassionate, expert care incorporating the latest evidence based practices and integrative approaches to help you feel better. I specialize in work with children and adolescents in the areas of mood, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, tics, developmental and behavioral issues. I also welcome adults to my practice who may need help with depression, anxiety/panic, OCD, ADHD or struggling with stress related to work, relationships, transitions or career development.
Are you having difficulty with work, school, relationships or feeling stuck, anxious or unhappy? I am a board-certified psychiatrist providing adults, children and adolescents with compassionate, expert care incorporating the latest evidence based practices and integrative approaches to help you feel better. I specialize in work with children and adolescents in the areas of mood, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, tics, developmental and behavioral issues. I also welcome adults to my practice who may need help with depression, anxiety/panic, OCD, ADHD or struggling with stress related to work, relationships, transitions or career development.
(646) 663-4145 View (646) 663-4145
Avantgarde psychiatric consulting
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Every life is a book, one which is filled with different chapters and different stories. It is filled with your emotions, your thoughts and feelings, your relationships and interactions with the world around you. At times those stories are full of joy and happiness other times darkness ,sadness and struggles. The beauty of the book of life is that in fact it is being authored by you, you are the main character, editor and publisher of those stories and chapters , it is about your journey and your destinations, your are at the helm
Every life is a book, one which is filled with different chapters and different stories. It is filled with your emotions, your thoughts and feelings, your relationships and interactions with the world around you. At times those stories are full of joy and happiness other times darkness ,sadness and struggles. The beauty of the book of life is that in fact it is being authored by you, you are the main character, editor and publisher of those stories and chapters , it is about your journey and your destinations, your are at the helm
(347) 252-9503 View (347) 252-9503
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Sabina Kasai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11206  (Online Only)
Sabina is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 7 years nursing experience at one of the top hospital institutions in the city. She is graduate from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing's PMHNP master's program, and an alum from LIU Brooklyn's nursing program. She is also the cofounder of Noir Wellness Group. Noir Wellness Group is a web based mental health practice offering telehealth service specializing in mental wellness, and therapy. If you have any questions or would like to inquire about our services, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Sabina is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 7 years nursing experience at one of the top hospital institutions in the city. She is graduate from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing's PMHNP master's program, and an alum from LIU Brooklyn's nursing program. She is also the cofounder of Noir Wellness Group. Noir Wellness Group is a web based mental health practice offering telehealth service specializing in mental wellness, and therapy. If you have any questions or would like to inquire about our services, please don't hesitate to reach out.
(929) 295-5015 View (929) 295-5015
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Tashai Surgeon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
I am committed to providing a compassionate and supportive environment for you , while assisting you navigate through your life challenges and achieving your goals. I offer personalized treatment plans that are tailored to your unique needs. As a certified Gestalt psychotherapist, I specialize in helping individuals develop a stronger sense of self-awareness and self-understanding, allowing them to overcome personal barriers and reach their full potential. With my extensive knowledge and training, I can guide you towards achieving greater balance in your life, both emotionally and mentally.
I am committed to providing a compassionate and supportive environment for you , while assisting you navigate through your life challenges and achieving your goals. I offer personalized treatment plans that are tailored to your unique needs. As a certified Gestalt psychotherapist, I specialize in helping individuals develop a stronger sense of self-awareness and self-understanding, allowing them to overcome personal barriers and reach their full potential. With my extensive knowledge and training, I can guide you towards achieving greater balance in your life, both emotionally and mentally.
(347) 252-8116 View (347) 252-8116
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Joanna Bornstein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Harvard and UCSF trained psychiatrist who specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of adult ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders.
I am a Harvard and UCSF trained psychiatrist who specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of adult ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders.
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Kathleen Fentress Tripp
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, PMHNP-B, PNP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Supporting you in your health and recovery are my top priorities and I look forward to working with you closely to address your needs or the needs of your child. I am a Yale-educated, board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 7 years of experience. I am a specialist in integrative psychopharmacology and I work with children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, I am a psychotherapist using CBT and DBT approaches to address mood, anxiety, relationship, and other concerns. My goal is to listen to you deeply and to understand your experience so that I can be of greatest help.
Supporting you in your health and recovery are my top priorities and I look forward to working with you closely to address your needs or the needs of your child. I am a Yale-educated, board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 7 years of experience. I am a specialist in integrative psychopharmacology and I work with children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, I am a psychotherapist using CBT and DBT approaches to address mood, anxiety, relationship, and other concerns. My goal is to listen to you deeply and to understand your experience so that I can be of greatest help.
(646) 490-1747 View (646) 490-1747
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Rachel Eakley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Not accepting new clients
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing individual psychotherapy and medication management for adults and children with mental health needs. I have experience working with clients across a broad spectrum of diagnoses, age groups, and needs. I have a special interest in supporting individuals through times of transition, such as marriage, pregnancy, new parenthood, college, loss, and separation.
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing individual psychotherapy and medication management for adults and children with mental health needs. I have experience working with clients across a broad spectrum of diagnoses, age groups, and needs. I have a special interest in supporting individuals through times of transition, such as marriage, pregnancy, new parenthood, college, loss, and separation.
(516) 701-2950 View (516) 701-2950

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Number of Psychiatrists in Kings County, NY

500+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Kings County, NY who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
85% Medication Management
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Bipolar Disorder
72% Trauma and PTSD
69% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Kings County, NY see their clients

53% Online Only
47% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

64% Female
35% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Kings County?

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.