Psychiatrists in Long Island City, NY

Photo of Natalie Li, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Natalie Li
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Long Island City, NY 11101  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience in psychopharmacology and medication management. My background as a first-generation immigrant contributes to a deep appreciation of the healing modalities in Eastern and Western cultures. I am familiar with integrative psychiatric treatments and mindfulness, and I am focused on establishing a trusting relationship. Psychedelic research makes me excited and feels hopeful that instead of merely managing the symptoms, the future of psychiatry can strive for addressing the root causes of human suffering.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience in psychopharmacology and medication management. My background as a first-generation immigrant contributes to a deep appreciation of the healing modalities in Eastern and Western cultures. I am familiar with integrative psychiatric treatments and mindfulness, and I am focused on establishing a trusting relationship. Psychedelic research makes me excited and feels hopeful that instead of merely managing the symptoms, the future of psychiatry can strive for addressing the root causes of human suffering.
(347) 745-7006 View (347) 745-7006
Photo of Shanyq Salop, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shanyq Salop
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Long Island City, NY 11101
I help women identified with anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and especially postpartum struggles live a more complete life, build self-esteem and confidence, and improve overall mood and energy level. I use a combination of medication management and holistic approaches (treating you as a whole person- mind, and body) so that you can live the life you've always wanted. I approach each person with curiosity, empathy, and passion to help you live the life you deserve. ​​Psychotherapy, nutraceuticals, and relaxation techniques are combined with medication management when necessary.
I help women identified with anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and especially postpartum struggles live a more complete life, build self-esteem and confidence, and improve overall mood and energy level. I use a combination of medication management and holistic approaches (treating you as a whole person- mind, and body) so that you can live the life you've always wanted. I approach each person with curiosity, empathy, and passion to help you live the life you deserve. ​​Psychotherapy, nutraceuticals, and relaxation techniques are combined with medication management when necessary.
(718) 866-3759 View (718) 866-3759
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Gabriella Farkas Md Phd
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Long Island City, NY 11101  (Online Only)
I love helping my patients feel healthy and happy, no matter where they need to start. I offer evidence-based diagnostic and medication management services. I welcome second opinion, medication revision, deprescribing inquiries. My services are conducted through a secure video application so you have access to them from the privacy and convenience of your home. I welcome residents of New York and South Carolina in my new practice. Please go to my website to complete your booking: drgabbyfarkas.com. I am looking forward to working with you.
I love helping my patients feel healthy and happy, no matter where they need to start. I offer evidence-based diagnostic and medication management services. I welcome second opinion, medication revision, deprescribing inquiries. My services are conducted through a secure video application so you have access to them from the privacy and convenience of your home. I welcome residents of New York and South Carolina in my new practice. Please go to my website to complete your booking: drgabbyfarkas.com. I am looking forward to working with you.
(843) 960-3684 View (843) 960-3684
Photo of Ariel Cotallat, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ariel Cotallat
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Long Island City, NY 11101  (Online Only)
In my practice, I specialize in helping individuals manage conditions like ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD through medication management and brief supportive therapy. I also provide support for personal challenges related to relationships, self-esteem, and sexual health. Having had the privilege of working with people from all walks of life, including my LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities, I've gained valuable insights and approaches. This varied experience helps me deeply connect with each person I work with, ensuring our journey together is both healing and empowering.
In my practice, I specialize in helping individuals manage conditions like ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD through medication management and brief supportive therapy. I also provide support for personal challenges related to relationships, self-esteem, and sexual health. Having had the privilege of working with people from all walks of life, including my LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities, I've gained valuable insights and approaches. This varied experience helps me deeply connect with each person I work with, ensuring our journey together is both healing and empowering.
(332) 334-8796 View (332) 334-8796
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Stephen Percy Sustento Mondia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Long Island City, NY 11101
No matter what stage in life you are, problems and issues arise. These may take the form of conflict within ourselves, manifesting as depression or anxiety that interferes with our lives. Or perhaps it may take the form of interpersonal conflict that makes it difficult to connect with our friends and loved ones. These issues are only exacerbated if you are dealing with it alone. However, the reality is that you don't have to. If you are looking for a psychiatrist to help you through tough times, then you have found the right place.
No matter what stage in life you are, problems and issues arise. These may take the form of conflict within ourselves, manifesting as depression or anxiety that interferes with our lives. Or perhaps it may take the form of interpersonal conflict that makes it difficult to connect with our friends and loved ones. These issues are only exacerbated if you are dealing with it alone. However, the reality is that you don't have to. If you are looking for a psychiatrist to help you through tough times, then you have found the right place.
(718) 524-3247 View (718) 524-3247
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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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LIC Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Long Island City, NY 11101
Dr. Ben Wan is a board-certified psychiatrist providing individualized treatment for adults suffering from depression and anxiety, OCD, ADHD, and other issues related to work and relationships. Dr. Wan provides psychoanalytic psychotherapy informed by more recent advances in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and mindfulness theory. When indicated, Dr. Wan also recommends and prescribes medication.
Dr. Ben Wan is a board-certified psychiatrist providing individualized treatment for adults suffering from depression and anxiety, OCD, ADHD, and other issues related to work and relationships. Dr. Wan provides psychoanalytic psychotherapy informed by more recent advances in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and mindfulness theory. When indicated, Dr. Wan also recommends and prescribes medication.
(929) 227-4955 View (929) 227-4955
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Destiny Bernard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Long Island City, NY 11101
Destiny Bernard, PMHNP-BC is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Hofstra University with a specialty of Psychiatry across the lifespan. Her experience consists of hospital-based inpatient and outpatient treatment with the focus of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, OCD and psychosis. She is passionate about helping individuals overcome their struggles and achieve optimal mental wellness through evidence-based practices and personalized treatment plans.
Destiny Bernard, PMHNP-BC is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Hofstra University with a specialty of Psychiatry across the lifespan. Her experience consists of hospital-based inpatient and outpatient treatment with the focus of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, OCD and psychosis. She is passionate about helping individuals overcome their struggles and achieve optimal mental wellness through evidence-based practices and personalized treatment plans.
(718) 866-3594 View (718) 866-3594
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Rashad Previllon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Long Island City, NY 11101  (Online Only)
Rashad is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in providing mental health care to patients 18 and older. Her role involves assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients with various mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, and ADHD. When providing to care to patients, Rashad uses pharmacological interventions, psychotherapy, and other evidence- based treatments to help patients manage their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life. Rashad has a deep understanding of social and cultural factors that impact mental health.
Rashad is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in providing mental health care to patients 18 and older. Her role involves assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients with various mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, and ADHD. When providing to care to patients, Rashad uses pharmacological interventions, psychotherapy, and other evidence- based treatments to help patients manage their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life. Rashad has a deep understanding of social and cultural factors that impact mental health.
(347) 906-5689 View (347) 906-5689
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Brenda Kibola
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Long Island City, NY 11101
When life feels clouded by depression or anxiety, it can seem like the joyful world you once knew is just out of reach. It's like a puzzle piece is missing, but it's hard to figure out which one. I've heard this from many clients, and together we've managed to fill in those gaps. We've addressed conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and peripartum disorders using a blend of medication and therapy. If it aligns with your beliefs, we can incorporate Christian Biblical principles into your treatment. Let's work collaboratively to rediscover the joy and peace in your world.
When life feels clouded by depression or anxiety, it can seem like the joyful world you once knew is just out of reach. It's like a puzzle piece is missing, but it's hard to figure out which one. I've heard this from many clients, and together we've managed to fill in those gaps. We've addressed conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and peripartum disorders using a blend of medication and therapy. If it aligns with your beliefs, we can incorporate Christian Biblical principles into your treatment. Let's work collaboratively to rediscover the joy and peace in your world.
(646) 681-4541 View (646) 681-4541
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Lauren Hanna
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Long Island City, NY 11101
I am psychodynamically oriented, providing holistic care (including psychotherapy). I view our relationship as one of equals in which we work together to understand you better. I incorporate creativity and draw wisdom from spiritual practices to cope with stress. I incorporate cultural humility into care (concerns related to race, ethnicity, and gender).
I am psychodynamically oriented, providing holistic care (including psychotherapy). I view our relationship as one of equals in which we work together to understand you better. I incorporate creativity and draw wisdom from spiritual practices to cope with stress. I incorporate cultural humility into care (concerns related to race, ethnicity, and gender).
(516) 690-7133 View (516) 690-7133
Photo of Nikesha Abdool, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nikesha Abdool
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Long Island City, NY 11101
Providing individual psychotherapy and medication management utilizing an eclectic therapy modality to meet the individual needs. Utilizing an holistic approach to treat mental health issues utilizing various modalities such as behavioral interventions, natural supplements, as well as pharmacological interventions.
Providing individual psychotherapy and medication management utilizing an eclectic therapy modality to meet the individual needs. Utilizing an holistic approach to treat mental health issues utilizing various modalities such as behavioral interventions, natural supplements, as well as pharmacological interventions.
(646) 849-7031 View (646) 849-7031
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Luba Kessler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Long Island City, NY 11101
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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Celine Corona
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Long Island City, NY 11101
Dr. Celine Corona is a licensed psychiatrist who specializes in treating children, teens and adults. She integrates techniques from the psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral theories into her practice of both psychotherapy and medication management. She believes a broad approach which considers the entirety of a person's life is the best strategy to achieve wellness. During this process, she aims to provide a warm, calming and healing space for those who struggle with internal conflict. Dr. Corona completed her general psychiatry training at Saint Elizabeths Hospital-Department of Behavioral Health in Washington, D. C in 2022.
Dr. Celine Corona is a licensed psychiatrist who specializes in treating children, teens and adults. She integrates techniques from the psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral theories into her practice of both psychotherapy and medication management. She believes a broad approach which considers the entirety of a person's life is the best strategy to achieve wellness. During this process, she aims to provide a warm, calming and healing space for those who struggle with internal conflict. Dr. Corona completed her general psychiatry training at Saint Elizabeths Hospital-Department of Behavioral Health in Washington, D. C in 2022.
(347) 727-1582 View (347) 727-1582
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Richard Groll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Long Island City, NY 11101
Richard Groll is an ANCC boardcertified psychiatricmental health nurse practitioner. He completed his MSN in psychiatricmental health nursing at Hunter College. He utilizes his uptodate training and knowledge of treating mental illness in the adult population. During your session Richard will ensure that he is active listening, communicating effectively, and providing you with a patient centered approach to treatment. Richard validates each individual’s experience and has proven to be respectful, punctual, and motivated when assisting individuals in their recovery and restoration of their mental wellbeing.
Richard Groll is an ANCC boardcertified psychiatricmental health nurse practitioner. He completed his MSN in psychiatricmental health nursing at Hunter College. He utilizes his uptodate training and knowledge of treating mental illness in the adult population. During your session Richard will ensure that he is active listening, communicating effectively, and providing you with a patient centered approach to treatment. Richard validates each individual’s experience and has proven to be respectful, punctual, and motivated when assisting individuals in their recovery and restoration of their mental wellbeing.
(347) 836-6793 View (347) 836-6793
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Ruchi Vikas
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Long Island City, NY 11101  (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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Mind and Body Wellness Medical Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Long Island City, NY 11103  (Online Only)
We are a privately owned medical center that offers both psychotherapy and psychophramacology to the community. We provide individual, family and group counseling services in a professional and comfortable environment. Our staff of psychiatrists' and therapists specialize in treating children, adolescents and adults. We work as a team to help our clients achieve real and lasting change.
We are a privately owned medical center that offers both psychotherapy and psychophramacology to the community. We provide individual, family and group counseling services in a professional and comfortable environment. Our staff of psychiatrists' and therapists specialize in treating children, adolescents and adults. We work as a team to help our clients achieve real and lasting change.
(718) 204-9720 View (718) 204-9720
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Brada Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Long Island City, NY 11101
Do you feel like you're constantly struggling to keep up, juggling the demands of work, home, and personal life, yet never quite catching up? Are you overwhelmed by the relentless pace, feeling lost in a sea of responsibilities that seems to grow by the day? It's a shared experience for many, where the pressure to perform perfectly in every aspect of life leads to deep-seated anxiety and a loss of one's sense of self. Ignoring these feelings can lead to a downward spiral of stress and emotional exhaustion. Remember, you're not alone in this struggle. It's crucial to acknowledge these challenges to find a path to peace and balance.
Do you feel like you're constantly struggling to keep up, juggling the demands of work, home, and personal life, yet never quite catching up? Are you overwhelmed by the relentless pace, feeling lost in a sea of responsibilities that seems to grow by the day? It's a shared experience for many, where the pressure to perform perfectly in every aspect of life leads to deep-seated anxiety and a loss of one's sense of self. Ignoring these feelings can lead to a downward spiral of stress and emotional exhaustion. Remember, you're not alone in this struggle. It's crucial to acknowledge these challenges to find a path to peace and balance.
(715) 317-5466 View (715) 317-5466
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Long Island City, NY 11101  (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
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Long Island City, NY 11106  (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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Number of Psychiatrists in Long Island City, NY

30+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Long Island City, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
95% Depression
73% Trauma and PTSD
73% Sleep or Insomnia
70% ADHD
70% Medication Management
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
81% Cigna and Evernorth
77% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Long Island City, NY see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Long Island City?

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.