Psychiatrists in Malverne, NY

Photo of Telepsychiatry: Rave Psychiatry, PC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Malverne, NY
Telepsychiatry: Rave Psychiatry, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LCSW-R, LMSW, LMHC
Verified
Malverne, NY 11565
At Rave Psychiatry, We offer exceptional and convenient care utilizing tele-psychiatry, tele-therapy and traditional in-office visits; thereby giving client’s the option to choose on which method to see a psychiatric provider. Our team of 10+ Psychiatric providers are experienced, licensed and nationally certified, professional mental health providers that pride on working with each client in order to provide team oriented and consistent care at all times. We serve clients from NY via a secure Telepsychiatry platform through a HIPPA compliant platform that is approved by American Telemedicine Association.
At Rave Psychiatry, We offer exceptional and convenient care utilizing tele-psychiatry, tele-therapy and traditional in-office visits; thereby giving client’s the option to choose on which method to see a psychiatric provider. Our team of 10+ Psychiatric providers are experienced, licensed and nationally certified, professional mental health providers that pride on working with each client in order to provide team oriented and consistent care at all times. We serve clients from NY via a secure Telepsychiatry platform through a HIPPA compliant platform that is approved by American Telemedicine Association.
(347) 835-5963 View (347) 835-5963
Photo of Bridge to Care, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Malverne, NY
Bridge to Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MSN, B SN
Verified
Malverne, NY 11565  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Henrietta Oby. Okpala, a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Doctorate in Nursing Practice and 16 years' experience in treatment of mental disorders across the lifespan. My areas of expertise include; Diagnosis and treatment for Psychosis, Bipolar Disorder, Geriatric Psychiatry, and child/Adolescent psychiatry. My 16 years of practice was for under served communities in NY. I have come to understand that mental health is key to physical health. To maintain holistic function of a human being, my goal is to utilize the best available evidenced based treatment combination to restore optimal function of the mind and body.
I am Dr. Henrietta Oby. Okpala, a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Doctorate in Nursing Practice and 16 years' experience in treatment of mental disorders across the lifespan. My areas of expertise include; Diagnosis and treatment for Psychosis, Bipolar Disorder, Geriatric Psychiatry, and child/Adolescent psychiatry. My 16 years of practice was for under served communities in NY. I have come to understand that mental health is key to physical health. To maintain holistic function of a human being, my goal is to utilize the best available evidenced based treatment combination to restore optimal function of the mind and body.
(347) 427-5120 View (347) 427-5120
Photo of Mary A. Pestrak, Psychiatric Nurse in Malverne, NY
Mary A. Pestrak
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, NP
Verified
10 Endorsed
Malverne, NY 11565
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nassau County. I hold a Master's of Science from Columbia University (2008) and I am ANCC Board Certified in Psychiatric Mental Health. I diagnose and treat adults with a wide spectrum of psychiatric illnesses.
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nassau County. I hold a Master's of Science from Columbia University (2008) and I am ANCC Board Certified in Psychiatric Mental Health. I diagnose and treat adults with a wide spectrum of psychiatric illnesses.
(516) 346-5507 View (516) 346-5507
Photo of Ricardo Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Malverne, NY
Ricardo Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Malverne, NY 11565
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 17 years of clinical experience. I specialize in the diagnoses and treatment of adults with a range of mental health issues.In addition to providing a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to all of my new patients, I offer medication management for adults.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 17 years of clinical experience. I specialize in the diagnoses and treatment of adults with a range of mental health issues.In addition to providing a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to all of my new patients, I offer medication management for adults.
(516) 730-9852 View (516) 730-9852
Photo of Elizabeth Dania, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Malverne, NY
Elizabeth Dania
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ANP, RN
Verified
Malverne, NY 11565  (Online Only)
Dr. Elizabeth Dania is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner, board-certified and licensed by the state New York to provide family-centered, high quality, equitable and culturally-responsive healthcare to patients across the lifespan. Her scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common and complex health care problems. Additionally, she focuses on providing holistic care for clients, which bridges the common gaps between physical and mental health care, beginning in childhood and continuing throughout the aging process.
Dr. Elizabeth Dania is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner, board-certified and licensed by the state New York to provide family-centered, high quality, equitable and culturally-responsive healthcare to patients across the lifespan. Her scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common and complex health care problems. Additionally, she focuses on providing holistic care for clients, which bridges the common gaps between physical and mental health care, beginning in childhood and continuing throughout the aging process.
(516) 656-7495 View (516) 656-7495

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Jean-Jeffrey Marcellus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, AGNP-BC
Verified
Rockville Centre, NY 11570  (Online Only)
Mr. Jean-Jeffrey Marcellus is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health & Adult Nurse Practitioner, Jean-Jeffrey Marcellus specializes in Suboxone, Alcohol Addiction, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia and Pain Management Treatment at Marcellus Wellness & Addiction Services. He can provide confidential online treatment plans and consultations for you or a loved one seeking help.
Mr. Jean-Jeffrey Marcellus is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health & Adult Nurse Practitioner, Jean-Jeffrey Marcellus specializes in Suboxone, Alcohol Addiction, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia and Pain Management Treatment at Marcellus Wellness & Addiction Services. He can provide confidential online treatment plans and consultations for you or a loved one seeking help.
(516) 447-3832 View (516) 447-3832
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Jkristine Rendal-Sattem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
West Hempstead, NY 11552
Kristine is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner on the Mindful Care team practicing out of New York.
Kristine is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner on the Mindful Care team practicing out of New York.
(516) 774-2327 View (516) 774-2327
Photo of Samantha Shue, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Malverne, NY
Samantha Shue
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Hewlett, NY 11557  (Online Only)
Samantha Shue is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in adult and children services. She has experience working in a Residential Treatment Center and Therapeutic Family Foster Care agency with young children and adolescents, as well as experience working in outpatient mental health treatment, telepsychiatry, addiction services and the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).
Samantha Shue is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in adult and children services. She has experience working in a Residential Treatment Center and Therapeutic Family Foster Care agency with young children and adolescents, as well as experience working in outpatient mental health treatment, telepsychiatry, addiction services and the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).
(551) 257-2692 View (551) 257-2692
Photo of Nidhin Samuel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Malverne, NY
Nidhin Samuel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Rockville Centre, NY 11570  (Online Only)
Nidhin Samuel places a strong emphasis on creating a safe environment in which you can work toward developing and strengthening mental health and maintenance. She serves the public by preventing, identifying, and treating psychiatric conditions. She enjoys assisting and providing care through telehealth in an integrated practice, building and fortifying care accessible to you. Sessions are personalized, targeted, and integrative. The initial sessions will be dedicated to assessing your current wellness and creating a personalized plan to fit your unique needs and goals. ***She is accepting new clients.***
Nidhin Samuel places a strong emphasis on creating a safe environment in which you can work toward developing and strengthening mental health and maintenance. She serves the public by preventing, identifying, and treating psychiatric conditions. She enjoys assisting and providing care through telehealth in an integrated practice, building and fortifying care accessible to you. Sessions are personalized, targeted, and integrative. The initial sessions will be dedicated to assessing your current wellness and creating a personalized plan to fit your unique needs and goals. ***She is accepting new clients.***
(646) 970-1695 View (646) 970-1695
Photo of Tamara Gordon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Malverne, NY
Tamara Gordon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Valley Stream, NY 11581
Visit our website for more info www.pnpenvision.com. At Envision psychiatry, we offer comprehensive mental health evaluations, diagnosis and med management for conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Insomnia, OCD and ADHD. At present, we offer Telehealth and in-person session.We accept the following insurances. Cigna, Aetna, BCBS, UHC, oxford, Oscar, medicare, emblem health, GHI, 1199, CDPHP. Call, email or visit www.pnpenvision.com to schedule an appointment. Now offering Genesight testing.
Visit our website for more info www.pnpenvision.com. At Envision psychiatry, we offer comprehensive mental health evaluations, diagnosis and med management for conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Insomnia, OCD and ADHD. At present, we offer Telehealth and in-person session.We accept the following insurances. Cigna, Aetna, BCBS, UHC, oxford, Oscar, medicare, emblem health, GHI, 1199, CDPHP. Call, email or visit www.pnpenvision.com to schedule an appointment. Now offering Genesight testing.
(516) 908-6084 View (516) 908-6084
Photo of Zhanna Berman At Core Health Management, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Malverne, NY
Zhanna Berman At Core Health Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Rockville Centre, NY 11570  (Online Only)
Zhanna Berman is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in both Advanced Family Health (FNP-BC) and Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP-BC). Zhanna has over 6 years of extensive experience in multiple inpatient and outpatient facilities. She is passionate about whole-body wellness and preventative care. Zhanna believes that this approach is key to a patient's trust in her, to work together to get the patient the life that they want and deserve.
Zhanna Berman is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in both Advanced Family Health (FNP-BC) and Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP-BC). Zhanna has over 6 years of extensive experience in multiple inpatient and outpatient facilities. She is passionate about whole-body wellness and preventative care. Zhanna believes that this approach is key to a patient's trust in her, to work together to get the patient the life that they want and deserve.
(646) 933-9658 View (646) 933-9658
Photo of Anita Richardson-Sasson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Malverne, NY
Anita Richardson-Sasson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Lynbrook, NY 11563
*Currently accepting new patients via telepsychiatry.* I am ready to help you! I have been a Registered Nurse for 12+ years and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 4+ years, and my mission is to improve your life. My specialties include the treatment of anxiety, depression, and ADHD for adults, and older adults. I view psychiatry through a holistic standpoint, in which I use the mind and the body to help you get to the wellness that you so deserve.
*Currently accepting new patients via telepsychiatry.* I am ready to help you! I have been a Registered Nurse for 12+ years and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 4+ years, and my mission is to improve your life. My specialties include the treatment of anxiety, depression, and ADHD for adults, and older adults. I view psychiatry through a holistic standpoint, in which I use the mind and the body to help you get to the wellness that you so deserve.
(914) 359-3078 View (914) 359-3078
Photo of Dr. Javaid Iftikhar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Malverne, NY
Dr. Javaid Iftikhar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Lynbrook, NY 11563
Dr. Javaid iftikhar is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, a graduate of Hunter-Bellevue school of nursing and has been in clinical practice since 2014. He has worked in various clinical settings including hospitals, clinics, in home visits and has expertise in treating persons of all age groups with psychotherapy and/or medications. It may be time to get help if you are feling sad or down, have confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate, excessive fears or worries, extreme mood changes of highs and lows, withdrawal from friends and activities, significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping.
Dr. Javaid iftikhar is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, a graduate of Hunter-Bellevue school of nursing and has been in clinical practice since 2014. He has worked in various clinical settings including hospitals, clinics, in home visits and has expertise in treating persons of all age groups with psychotherapy and/or medications. It may be time to get help if you are feling sad or down, have confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate, excessive fears or worries, extreme mood changes of highs and lows, withdrawal from friends and activities, significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping.
(347) 706-3096 View (347) 706-3096
Kamilia Ait Belkacem
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
West Hempstead, NY 11552  (Online Only)
Kamilia is a Certified Physician Assistant on the Mindful Care team practicing out of New York and Florida.
Kamilia is a Certified Physician Assistant on the Mindful Care team practicing out of New York and Florida.
(516) 550-4592 View (516) 550-4592
Photo of Ariela Frieder, Psychiatrist in Malverne, NY
Ariela Frieder
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockville Centre, NY 11570  (Online Only)
I’m a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in women’s mental health. This includes emotional and psychological problems during pregnancy, postpartum, perinatal losses, infertility and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. I pursue a residency in OBGYN in Argentina and a residency in Adult Psychiatry and Fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx, NY. I worked and taught at Montefiore Medical Group and Zucker Hillside Hospital were I served as the Physician in Charge of the Perinatal Program.
I’m a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in women’s mental health. This includes emotional and psychological problems during pregnancy, postpartum, perinatal losses, infertility and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. I pursue a residency in OBGYN in Argentina and a residency in Adult Psychiatry and Fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx, NY. I worked and taught at Montefiore Medical Group and Zucker Hillside Hospital were I served as the Physician in Charge of the Perinatal Program.
(516) 548-2495 View (516) 548-2495
Photo of Sagarika Ray, Psychiatrist in Malverne, NY
Sagarika Ray
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockville Centre, NY 11571
I am a double Board Certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. I specialize in treating a vast array of mental illnesses including ADHD, depression, anxiety and autistic spectrum disorders. I initiate treatment with a thorough psychiatric evaluation, devise a specific treatment plan that is tailored for each individual based on their age and personal needs, offer medication management, individual and family therapy. I take special interest in treating depression and PTSD in adolescents and women.
I am a double Board Certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. I specialize in treating a vast array of mental illnesses including ADHD, depression, anxiety and autistic spectrum disorders. I initiate treatment with a thorough psychiatric evaluation, devise a specific treatment plan that is tailored for each individual based on their age and personal needs, offer medication management, individual and family therapy. I take special interest in treating depression and PTSD in adolescents and women.
(516) 830-4094 View (516) 830-4094
Photo of Siobhan Kearns, NP in Psychiatry, PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Malverne, NY
Siobhan Kearns, NP in Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, BSN, RN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynbrook, NY 11563  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with symptoms such as depression, mood, anxiety, ADHD or PTSD casting a heavy toll on your daily life? As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am here to provide more than just clinical expertise. I am here to offer a listening ear, a guiding hand and a personalized path towards healing. Have you found yourself struggling to navigate your emotions, sleep patterns, or concentration? Let’s embark on a collaborative journey to form the foundation of a comprehensive approach to your mental well-being. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I serve the 5 boroughs of NYC, Suffolk, and Nassau
Are you struggling with symptoms such as depression, mood, anxiety, ADHD or PTSD casting a heavy toll on your daily life? As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am here to provide more than just clinical expertise. I am here to offer a listening ear, a guiding hand and a personalized path towards healing. Have you found yourself struggling to navigate your emotions, sleep patterns, or concentration? Let’s embark on a collaborative journey to form the foundation of a comprehensive approach to your mental well-being. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I serve the 5 boroughs of NYC, Suffolk, and Nassau
(516) 447-2433 View (516) 447-2433
Photo of Peter Jay Stein, Psychiatrist in Malverne, NY
Peter Jay Stein
Psychiatrist, MD, MA
Verified
Rockville Centre, NY 11570  (Online Only)
Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology: Accurate diagnosis is paramount in psychiatry, and this requires adequate time, in order to develop rapport and understanding. For treatment, I apply the various tools of psychodynamic-expressive-psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and, when medically indicated, I may recommend, carefully prescribe, and monitor psychotropic (or psychoactive) medication (psychopharmacology/pharmacotherapy), across all diagnostic categories.
Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology: Accurate diagnosis is paramount in psychiatry, and this requires adequate time, in order to develop rapport and understanding. For treatment, I apply the various tools of psychodynamic-expressive-psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and, when medically indicated, I may recommend, carefully prescribe, and monitor psychotropic (or psychoactive) medication (psychopharmacology/pharmacotherapy), across all diagnostic categories.
(516) 714-5838 View (516) 714-5838
Photo of Shihab Touhid, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Malverne, NY
Shihab Touhid
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
West Hempstead, NY 11552
Shihab Touhid is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2011. He provides patient-centered and trauma-informed care with experience in treatment planning, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication management, and psychotropic medication education. He believes in treating patients with the fewest number of medications. He strongly educates clients about the potential for addiction when taking controlled substances. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, driving, watching wild animals and funny videos.
Shihab Touhid is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2011. He provides patient-centered and trauma-informed care with experience in treatment planning, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication management, and psychotropic medication education. He believes in treating patients with the fewest number of medications. He strongly educates clients about the potential for addiction when taking controlled substances. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, driving, watching wild animals and funny videos.
(516) 407-7804 View (516) 407-7804
Photo of Ayshea Beswick, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Malverne, NY
Ayshea Beswick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
West Hempstead, NY 11552
Ayshea M. Beswick, NP Ayshea M. Beswick is a Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2023. She has more than 20 years of experience in various clinical settings. In her free time, Ayshea enjoys traveling, reading, and live music.
Ayshea M. Beswick, NP Ayshea M. Beswick is a Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2023. She has more than 20 years of experience in various clinical settings. In her free time, Ayshea enjoys traveling, reading, and live music.
(516) 928-5018 View (516) 928-5018

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Number of Psychiatrists in Malverne, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Malverne, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
80% Bipolar Disorder
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
60% Psychosis
60% Sleep or Insomnia
60% Medication Management

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% 1199SEIU
100% Aetna
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Malverne, NY see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Malverne?

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.