Psychiatrists in Levittown, NY

Photo of Christyn A Grillo, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Christyn A Grillo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Levittown, NY 11756
Medication management for child, adolescent, and young adult populations.
Medication management for child, adolescent, and young adult populations.
(631) 201-5440 View (631) 201-5440
Photo of Simi Joseph, PMHNP, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Simi Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Levittown, NY 11756
I am a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, graduated in 2013 who has a doctorate degree. I have diverse experience in various hospitals and outpatient clinics, with an emphasis on Psychiatry and is good in medication management. I am affiliated with many local hospitals and also collaborates with physicians in different medical groups. I provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to young adults and adults who live with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, psychosis, and depression.
I am a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, graduated in 2013 who has a doctorate degree. I have diverse experience in various hospitals and outpatient clinics, with an emphasis on Psychiatry and is good in medication management. I am affiliated with many local hospitals and also collaborates with physicians in different medical groups. I provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to young adults and adults who live with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, psychosis, and depression.
(516) 266-2124 View (516) 266-2124
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Shine George
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Levittown, NY 11756
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 2yrs of experience in treating adults with various mental illness including but not limited to anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia, depression, OCD, mood disorder and ADHD. I have completed my master's degree from Molloy College. I offer medication management via both telehealth and in person appointments.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 2yrs of experience in treating adults with various mental illness including but not limited to anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia, depression, OCD, mood disorder and ADHD. I have completed my master's degree from Molloy College. I offer medication management via both telehealth and in person appointments.
(516) 973-1496 View (516) 973-1496
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Dr. Feby James Kanatt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Levittown, NY 11756  (Online Only)
As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am an expert in providing mental health care to adults and the geriatric population. My approach is collaborative and focused on responding to the needs and priorities of individual clients. Common challenges my clients seek treatment include anxiety, panic attack, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, mood disorder, sleep disturbances, psychotic episodes, and various dementia related behavioral challenges. My practice model also includes psychotherapy techniques in addition to medication management.
As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am an expert in providing mental health care to adults and the geriatric population. My approach is collaborative and focused on responding to the needs and priorities of individual clients. Common challenges my clients seek treatment include anxiety, panic attack, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, mood disorder, sleep disturbances, psychotic episodes, and various dementia related behavioral challenges. My practice model also includes psychotherapy techniques in addition to medication management.
(516) 973-0772 View (516) 973-0772
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Nisha Pradeep
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Levittown, NY 11756
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with over 9 yrs of experience in treating adults with various mental illness including but not limited to anxiety, panic disorder, depression, OCD, and ADHD. I have completed my masters degree from Stony Brook University and Doctorate degree from University at Buffalo. Every individual has unique needs and I use individually tailored treatment plans for my patients. Please use the website link, call or email to book an appointment.
I am a board certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with over 9 yrs of experience in treating adults with various mental illness including but not limited to anxiety, panic disorder, depression, OCD, and ADHD. I have completed my masters degree from Stony Brook University and Doctorate degree from University at Buffalo. Every individual has unique needs and I use individually tailored treatment plans for my patients. Please use the website link, call or email to book an appointment.
(516) 714-4556 View (516) 714-4556
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Levittown, NY 11756
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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Water Gap Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Levittown, NY 11756
Please note that individual sessions are not offered at this location. Water Gap Wellness offers an intensive mental health and substance use treatment that requires a continuous commitment of 6 hours per day 6 days per week. Housing is available upon request. Included are weekly sessions with me or one of our other providers, two sessions with your primary therapist per week, and ongoing daily group sessions. Call us today - we are here for you
Please note that individual sessions are not offered at this location. Water Gap Wellness offers an intensive mental health and substance use treatment that requires a continuous commitment of 6 hours per day 6 days per week. Housing is available upon request. Included are weekly sessions with me or one of our other providers, two sessions with your primary therapist per week, and ongoing daily group sessions. Call us today - we are here for you
(570) 258-8595 View (570) 258-8595
Photo of Dr. Ronil Shah, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Levittown, NY 11756  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Heart and Soul Community Counseling, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wantagh, NY 11793
We are an outpatient mental health center that has been serving the Long Island community for 30 years. We currently have three offices in West Babylon and Wantagh and in East Quogue NY. Heart & Soul offers medication management, genetic testing for medication, therapy and counseling, drama workshops and education and training for therapists and nurse practitioners.
We are an outpatient mental health center that has been serving the Long Island community for 30 years. We currently have three offices in West Babylon and Wantagh and in East Quogue NY. Heart & Soul offers medication management, genetic testing for medication, therapy and counseling, drama workshops and education and training for therapists and nurse practitioners.
(631) 202-1027 View (631) 202-1027
Photo of Dr. Michael Stephen La Sala, DO, MS, Psychiatrist
Dr. Michael Stephen La Sala
Psychiatrist, DO, MS
Verified Verified
Westbury, NY 11590  (Online Only)
Often times patient's are left frustrated without proper understanding of their diagnosis and treatment options. Patient's are too often told their symptoms are "all in their head." If you are suffering from psychiatric illness as a component of an overall medical/neurological disorder or disease then I can help. I specialize in psychosomatic psychiatry and treatment of psychiatric manifestations of medical/neurological illness. My aim is to help educate you on your illness, help guide you through treatment options and ultimately take a whole body approach to alleviating your symptoms and improving your overall well-being.
Often times patient's are left frustrated without proper understanding of their diagnosis and treatment options. Patient's are too often told their symptoms are "all in their head." If you are suffering from psychiatric illness as a component of an overall medical/neurological disorder or disease then I can help. I specialize in psychosomatic psychiatry and treatment of psychiatric manifestations of medical/neurological illness. My aim is to help educate you on your illness, help guide you through treatment options and ultimately take a whole body approach to alleviating your symptoms and improving your overall well-being.
(516) 928-6028 View (516) 928-6028
Photo of Pascale Kidane - VirtualPsychiatricCare.com, MSN, CNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
East Meadow, NY 11554  (Online Only)
We are board-certified in treating Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York state via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified in treating Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York state via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
(551) 257-2731 View (551) 257-2731
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Dr. Chenen Hsieh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hicksville, NY 11801
Navigating the path toward mental health wellness is a deeply personal journey, often filled with challenges. Adopting a patient-centered treatment approach, I tailor recommendations according to the latest scientific evidence. My prescribing philosophy prioritizes optimizing patients' medication regimens, ensuring each medicine or supplement serves a clear purpose.
Navigating the path toward mental health wellness is a deeply personal journey, often filled with challenges. Adopting a patient-centered treatment approach, I tailor recommendations according to the latest scientific evidence. My prescribing philosophy prioritizes optimizing patients' medication regimens, ensuring each medicine or supplement serves a clear purpose.
(516) 216-9893 View (516) 216-9893
Photo of Heather LoNigro - Heart and Soul Community Counseling, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Heart and Soul Community Counseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wantagh, NY 11793
Heart and Soul Community Counseling, Inc. has been serving the mental health needs of New York for 30 years. We have three offices in Babylon and Wantagh and in East Quogu, NY. Heart and Soul is staffed with psychiatric nurse practitioners, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers and licensed mental health counselors. The center offers therapy, medication mangement, genetic testing for medicine, drama workshops, education and training of staff through local universities and an animal friendly environement. All this makes Heart and Soul a progressive and competent center.
Heart and Soul Community Counseling, Inc. has been serving the mental health needs of New York for 30 years. We have three offices in Babylon and Wantagh and in East Quogu, NY. Heart and Soul is staffed with psychiatric nurse practitioners, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers and licensed mental health counselors. The center offers therapy, medication mangement, genetic testing for medicine, drama workshops, education and training of staff through local universities and an animal friendly environement. All this makes Heart and Soul a progressive and competent center.
(631) 405-4279 View (631) 405-4279
Photo of Marie C. Patton, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Marie C. Patton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hicksville, NY 11801  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Self-care is important to the overall wellbeing and health of an individual. Seeking assistance in sorting out day-to-day issues that impact your ability to attain your goals is the first step in working toward them. Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, worried and sometimes depressed? I understand. Have a child or teen who is afraid, overwhelmed, moody and sometimes irritable? I understand that also. We all have experiences that have shaped who we are today. You are important and you have a story to tell. I am here to listen to yours and to be of service to you.
Self-care is important to the overall wellbeing and health of an individual. Seeking assistance in sorting out day-to-day issues that impact your ability to attain your goals is the first step in working toward them. Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, worried and sometimes depressed? I understand. Have a child or teen who is afraid, overwhelmed, moody and sometimes irritable? I understand that also. We all have experiences that have shaped who we are today. You are important and you have a story to tell. I am here to listen to yours and to be of service to you.
(631) 318-4996 View (631) 318-4996
Photo of Grace Manglet - Telepsychiatry, MS, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, DNP
Verified Verified
Bethpage, NY 11714  (Online Only)
Hello! This is Grace Manglet, DNP. I am a board Certified Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive privileges. I see clients via a secure Telepsychiatry platform. I use a holistic approach to Psychiatric and Mental Health issues, and focus on helping my clients create and maintain meaningful changes in their lives. Integration of mindfulness, meditation, exercise and healthy nutrition are essential components of my practice.
Hello! This is Grace Manglet, DNP. I am a board Certified Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive privileges. I see clients via a secure Telepsychiatry platform. I use a holistic approach to Psychiatric and Mental Health issues, and focus on helping my clients create and maintain meaningful changes in their lives. Integration of mindfulness, meditation, exercise and healthy nutrition are essential components of my practice.
(516) 252-3585 View (516) 252-3585
Photo of Dr. Samuel Reinfeld, DO, Psychiatrist
Dr. Samuel Reinfeld
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Westbury, NY 11590
Not accepting new clients
Suffering from mental health issues can be among one of the most difficult things a person can go through. Depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, PTSD, and other mental health struggles can look different in each individual. In order to provide high quality treatment, you need a psychiatrist to spend time to understand you and to develop a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals. As your psychiatrist, I am dedicated to empowering you to achieve your fullest potential and improve your quality of life.
Suffering from mental health issues can be among one of the most difficult things a person can go through. Depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, PTSD, and other mental health struggles can look different in each individual. In order to provide high quality treatment, you need a psychiatrist to spend time to understand you and to develop a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals. As your psychiatrist, I am dedicated to empowering you to achieve your fullest potential and improve your quality of life.
(516) 928-4784 View (516) 928-4784
Photo of Shiny Easo - S Easo NP in Family Health and Psychiatry, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
S Easo NP in Family Health and Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
East Meadow, NY 11554
Shiny Easo, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC: I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine, with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. I started working as a nurse practitioner since 2013 and have a genuine interest in treating a vast array of psychiatric disorders including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorders, OCD, PTSD, and related disorders. I have experience in treating patients with medical comorbidities and has training in issues related to primary health. I believes in the principle that body and mind are interconnected which allows me to provide comprehensive care to all of my patients.
Shiny Easo, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC: I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine, with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. I started working as a nurse practitioner since 2013 and have a genuine interest in treating a vast array of psychiatric disorders including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorders, OCD, PTSD, and related disorders. I have experience in treating patients with medical comorbidities and has training in issues related to primary health. I believes in the principle that body and mind are interconnected which allows me to provide comprehensive care to all of my patients.
(516) 614-4582 View (516) 614-4582
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VJM NP Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westbury, NY 11590  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been taking care of patients for the last 12 plus years. I have earned a master's degree in Nursing with Summa Cum Laude from Stonybrook University, specializing in psychiatry across the life span. I have experience in medication management treatment for patients from different backgrounds and all ages ranging from age 8 to 80 and above.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been taking care of patients for the last 12 plus years. I have earned a master's degree in Nursing with Summa Cum Laude from Stonybrook University, specializing in psychiatry across the life span. I have experience in medication management treatment for patients from different backgrounds and all ages ranging from age 8 to 80 and above.
(518) 405-6986 View (518) 405-6986
Photo of Jean Norvy - Norvy Mindful Care PC dba NOVA Wellness Psychiatry, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Norvy Mindful Care PC dba NOVA Wellness Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wantagh, NY 11793
Maybe you want to finally change yourself for the better, but don’t know where to start! At Norvy Mindful Care, we have the formula to make you grow into the new services you! You maybe be suffering from depression, anxiety, or COVID-19 related mental health symptoms or Your doctor may be out of town and you need your psych meds refilled or You may not be able to quit that substance use alone—we have the seed for you! At Norvy Mindful Care, we use a holistic partnership approach in the development of your plan of care—so choose us as we will always choose the best seed for you to grow into the new you!
Maybe you want to finally change yourself for the better, but don’t know where to start! At Norvy Mindful Care, we have the formula to make you grow into the new services you! You maybe be suffering from depression, anxiety, or COVID-19 related mental health symptoms or Your doctor may be out of town and you need your psych meds refilled or You may not be able to quit that substance use alone—we have the seed for you! At Norvy Mindful Care, we use a holistic partnership approach in the development of your plan of care—so choose us as we will always choose the best seed for you to grow into the new you!
(516) 548-2938 View (516) 548-2938
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Ali Khan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hicksville, NY 11801
I am a Clinical Assistant Professor in Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Inpatient Medical Director at Bellevue Hospital/NYU and Per-diem ER psychiatrist at Cohen's Children Hospital. My professional background involves working in inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and community treatment, catering to individuals across all age groups. Beyond clinical practice, I have actively engaged with national medical organizations and contributed to initiatives supporting both physicians and patients. I have published widely in the form of case reports, systematic reviews, and meta-analysis.
I am a Clinical Assistant Professor in Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Inpatient Medical Director at Bellevue Hospital/NYU and Per-diem ER psychiatrist at Cohen's Children Hospital. My professional background involves working in inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and community treatment, catering to individuals across all age groups. Beyond clinical practice, I have actively engaged with national medical organizations and contributed to initiatives supporting both physicians and patients. I have published widely in the form of case reports, systematic reviews, and meta-analysis.
(516) 914-8344 View (516) 914-8344

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Levittown, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Levittown, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
88% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
88% Trauma and PTSD
88% Sleep or Insomnia
88% Medication Management
88% Stress

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Aetna
80% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Levittown, NY see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

88% Female
12% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Levittown?

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.