Psychiatrists in Mamaroneck, NY

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Paula Bu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
When depression, anxiety, or trauma overshadows your thoughts, it can be difficult to even imagine how life could be different. Whether you are struggling with work-life balance, relationships, or life transitions, I offer new ways of thinking and a personalized treatment plan that empowers you to live your most meaningful life. I also have significant experience treating college students, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people of color.
When depression, anxiety, or trauma overshadows your thoughts, it can be difficult to even imagine how life could be different. Whether you are struggling with work-life balance, relationships, or life transitions, I offer new ways of thinking and a personalized treatment plan that empowers you to live your most meaningful life. I also have significant experience treating college students, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people of color.
(267) 358-6157 View (267) 358-6157
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Cara Gouldey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
The best psychiatric care is tailored to an individual's unique needs, understood through the context of their environment, relationships, and lived experience. With this foundation, I work with patients to identify and achieve their mental health and wellness goals. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of direct patient care experience in a diversity of roles, including diagnosing and treating mental health disorders in group practice, community settings, and via telehealth. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adults, adolescents, and school-aged children.
The best psychiatric care is tailored to an individual's unique needs, understood through the context of their environment, relationships, and lived experience. With this foundation, I work with patients to identify and achieve their mental health and wellness goals. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of direct patient care experience in a diversity of roles, including diagnosing and treating mental health disorders in group practice, community settings, and via telehealth. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adults, adolescents, and school-aged children.
(267) 358-6157 View (267) 358-6157
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Lisa Turtz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
I am a Board certified Psychiatrist, licensed in New York State, with over 30 years of experience. I have had a private practice in Larchmont, NY since 2016. I was also, a private practitioner, working at two Montefiore Medical groups from April 2008-2022. Prior to that, I worked as a Psychiatrist for HIP for many years from 1990 to April 2008, first at a Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic and then at two medical group sites. I enjoyed working as a Psychiatrist in a medical setting, collaborating with primary care physicians, where there is an interface between Psychiatry and Medicine.
I am a Board certified Psychiatrist, licensed in New York State, with over 30 years of experience. I have had a private practice in Larchmont, NY since 2016. I was also, a private practitioner, working at two Montefiore Medical groups from April 2008-2022. Prior to that, I worked as a Psychiatrist for HIP for many years from 1990 to April 2008, first at a Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic and then at two medical group sites. I enjoyed working as a Psychiatrist in a medical setting, collaborating with primary care physicians, where there is an interface between Psychiatry and Medicine.
(914) 825-4472 View (914) 825-4472
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Jeffrey P Kahn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
Jeffrey P. Kahn, MD is a Columbia trained psychiatrist and Full Cornell Professor in Westchester (Scarsdale) and on the Upper West Side. He offers thoughtful psychotherapy, careful medication, and thorough evaluation. This empathic approach helps with relationship, work and career issues - and with anxiety, depression, and psychosis. Thorough evaluation includes attentive listening, detailed history, emotional understanding, clear diagnoses, and best options. Mostly an office psychiatrist, he has studied, written, spoken, and taught on many topics. More then ten years a Top Doctor (New York Magazine, Castle-Connolly Medical).
Jeffrey P. Kahn, MD is a Columbia trained psychiatrist and Full Cornell Professor in Westchester (Scarsdale) and on the Upper West Side. He offers thoughtful psychotherapy, careful medication, and thorough evaluation. This empathic approach helps with relationship, work and career issues - and with anxiety, depression, and psychosis. Thorough evaluation includes attentive listening, detailed history, emotional understanding, clear diagnoses, and best options. Mostly an office psychiatrist, he has studied, written, spoken, and taught on many topics. More then ten years a Top Doctor (New York Magazine, Castle-Connolly Medical).
(914) 610-7316 View (914) 610-7316
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Galit Sharon Marcus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MPH
Verified
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
Are personal, school, or business relationships a problem for you? Are you depressed, angry, or anxious? Do you feel different, alone, or like an outsider? Do you have low self esteem? Are there disturbing problems in your life that you struggle to improve? Are you trying to discover who you are? I use a "toolbox" approach using one or more therapeutic techniques based on what you need. I am trained in interpersonal therapy, mindfulness, psychopharmacology, CBT, DBT skills, EMDR, Gottman method, and trauma-informed therapy. I am confident that my combination of skills will help if we have a compatible and good rapport together.
Are personal, school, or business relationships a problem for you? Are you depressed, angry, or anxious? Do you feel different, alone, or like an outsider? Do you have low self esteem? Are there disturbing problems in your life that you struggle to improve? Are you trying to discover who you are? I use a "toolbox" approach using one or more therapeutic techniques based on what you need. I am trained in interpersonal therapy, mindfulness, psychopharmacology, CBT, DBT skills, EMDR, Gottman method, and trauma-informed therapy. I am confident that my combination of skills will help if we have a compatible and good rapport together.
(914) 268-6113 View (914) 268-6113
Photo of Dr. Alexandra Kreitman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mamaroneck, NY
Dr. Alexandra Kreitman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
Alexandra is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in New York with experience in treating children/adolescents and adults. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at one of the nation's leading institutes, Columbia University School of Nursing and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from NYU. Her approach toward mental health is holistic and integrative, with a focus on biological, psychological, and sociological factors that contribute to mental health and wellness.
Alexandra is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in New York with experience in treating children/adolescents and adults. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at one of the nation's leading institutes, Columbia University School of Nursing and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from NYU. Her approach toward mental health is holistic and integrative, with a focus on biological, psychological, and sociological factors that contribute to mental health and wellness.
(914) 996-6672 View (914) 996-6672
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Anastasia Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP
Verified
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
As a licensed therapist accepting new clients, I understand the challenges you face and want to help. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or feeling stuck in unhealthy patterns, my goal is to provide a warm, nonjudgmental space for you to find clarity and meaning. I offer both counseling and medication management to support your healing. My therapeutic approach draws from CBT, DBT, and mindfulness to meet your unique needs. I have specialized training in PTSD, child/adolescent counseling, and medication management.
As a licensed therapist accepting new clients, I understand the challenges you face and want to help. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or feeling stuck in unhealthy patterns, my goal is to provide a warm, nonjudgmental space for you to find clarity and meaning. I offer both counseling and medication management to support your healing. My therapeutic approach draws from CBT, DBT, and mindfulness to meet your unique needs. I have specialized training in PTSD, child/adolescent counseling, and medication management.
(914) 350-4223 View (914) 350-4223
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Dana Neal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Mamaroneck, NY 10543  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with seven years of combined inpatient psychiatric and medical experience. I earned my MSN from Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing and specialize in psychotherapy and medication management.
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with seven years of combined inpatient psychiatric and medical experience. I earned my MSN from Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing and specialize in psychotherapy and medication management.
(845) 666-3554 View (845) 666-3554
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Rebecca M Gibbons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
I specialize in offering personalized services to individuals who are dealing with immediate challenges related to anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. My focus is on providing crisis support and utilizing dynamic psychotherapy and integrative mental health care to address these complex issues. My ultimate goal is to assist clients in achieving wellness by leveraging my expertise in crisis intervention and fostering a strong therapeutic relationship. I am committed to guiding individuals on their journey towards improved well-being and mental health.
I specialize in offering personalized services to individuals who are dealing with immediate challenges related to anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. My focus is on providing crisis support and utilizing dynamic psychotherapy and integrative mental health care to address these complex issues. My ultimate goal is to assist clients in achieving wellness by leveraging my expertise in crisis intervention and fostering a strong therapeutic relationship. I am committed to guiding individuals on their journey towards improved well-being and mental health.
(845) 552-2624 View (845) 552-2624

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Eddyfay Daley Prayer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP
Verified
Larchmont, NY 10538  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a distinguished academic background, having earned my degree from Walden University. With a rich history spanning over two decades in healthcare, I bring a wealth of experience to my practice. In my role as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am also a certified medical marijuana provider. My comprehensive approach encompasses the treatment of adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients. Specializing in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Substance-related issues, I am committed to delivering compassionate and effective care.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a distinguished academic background, having earned my degree from Walden University. With a rich history spanning over two decades in healthcare, I bring a wealth of experience to my practice. In my role as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am also a certified medical marijuana provider. My comprehensive approach encompasses the treatment of adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients. Specializing in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Substance-related issues, I am committed to delivering compassionate and effective care.
(914) 685-5491 View (914) 685-5491
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Jessica Eisenberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Harrison, NY 10528  (Online Only)
I am a double board certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist in New York. I am passionate about helping children, adolescents, and adults to feel better understood as individuals, reach their personal goals, and forge more meaningful relationships. To accomplish this, I approach my patients with warmth and empathic curiosity and utilize integrated and holistic methods of treatment. I’m trained in various modalities of evidenced based psychotherapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic psychotherapy. When the need arises, I also prescribe medication to enhance treatment.
I am a double board certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist in New York. I am passionate about helping children, adolescents, and adults to feel better understood as individuals, reach their personal goals, and forge more meaningful relationships. To accomplish this, I approach my patients with warmth and empathic curiosity and utilize integrated and holistic methods of treatment. I’m trained in various modalities of evidenced based psychotherapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic psychotherapy. When the need arises, I also prescribe medication to enhance treatment.
(914) 233-3414 View (914) 233-3414
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Arashinder Dhaliwal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rye, NY 10580
Arashinder Dhaliwal has 10+ years of experience working with wide range of mental health issues. He believes that a thorough assessment of all aspects of mental health followed by collaborative treatment planning is key to successful treatment. He partners with his patients for their treatment goals and strives to provide holistic mental health care using up to date advancements in medications and therapy. He has special interest in anxiety, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, first break psychosis, trauma associated mental health disorders and ADHD.
Arashinder Dhaliwal has 10+ years of experience working with wide range of mental health issues. He believes that a thorough assessment of all aspects of mental health followed by collaborative treatment planning is key to successful treatment. He partners with his patients for their treatment goals and strives to provide holistic mental health care using up to date advancements in medications and therapy. He has special interest in anxiety, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, first break psychosis, trauma associated mental health disorders and ADHD.
(914) 928-2138 View (914) 928-2138
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Juan A. Rivolta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rye, NY 10580
Juan Rivolta, MD, PLLC is a Child and Adult Psychiatry Private Practice, with the ultimate goal of providing patients the time and attention they need. I am Board-Certified in both Child and Adult Psychiatry. I completed my general psychiatry residency at BronxCare/Mount Sinai, and my Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College. The practice focuses on supportive/psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication management to help children and adults suffering from different psychiatric disorders.
Juan Rivolta, MD, PLLC is a Child and Adult Psychiatry Private Practice, with the ultimate goal of providing patients the time and attention they need. I am Board-Certified in both Child and Adult Psychiatry. I completed my general psychiatry residency at BronxCare/Mount Sinai, and my Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College. The practice focuses on supportive/psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication management to help children and adults suffering from different psychiatric disorders.
(914) 279-8822 View (914) 279-8822
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Kelli Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Rye, NY 10580  (Online Only)
I take a comprehensive and holistic approach to mental health emphasizing care of the mind and body. As a provider who is board certified in psychiatric mental health and primary care, I am equipped to partner with my clients to meet their psychological and medical needs with an open mind. I recognize the profound impact that mental health has on physical health, as well as the physical health impact on mental health. I partner with clients using psychodynamic therapy and evidence-based pharmacology. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, running and biking, reading, cooking, and spending time with my dog.
I take a comprehensive and holistic approach to mental health emphasizing care of the mind and body. As a provider who is board certified in psychiatric mental health and primary care, I am equipped to partner with my clients to meet their psychological and medical needs with an open mind. I recognize the profound impact that mental health has on physical health, as well as the physical health impact on mental health. I partner with clients using psychodynamic therapy and evidence-based pharmacology. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, running and biking, reading, cooking, and spending time with my dog.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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Jessica Nowillo
Psychiatrist, DO, FAPA
Verified
Rye, NY 10580
I am a board certified psychiatrist with extensive experience in psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment. I have a special interest in women's mental health issues that include mood disorders related to menstruation, pregnancy and postpartum, as well as menopause and other life transitions. I enjoy providing comprehensive and compassionate psychiatric treatment that may include psychotherapy (talk therapy) and medication when appropriate. I am happy to coordinate with other treatment providers as necessary.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with extensive experience in psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment. I have a special interest in women's mental health issues that include mood disorders related to menstruation, pregnancy and postpartum, as well as menopause and other life transitions. I enjoy providing comprehensive and compassionate psychiatric treatment that may include psychotherapy (talk therapy) and medication when appropriate. I am happy to coordinate with other treatment providers as necessary.
(914) 334-6127 View (914) 334-6127
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Elba Bello
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10804
Elba Bello, MD Dr. Bello employs different aspects of a child's life to come up with the most accurate diagnosis. She uses a psychosocial approach and invite the parents and child to actively participate in the treatment to ensure the most successful outcome. Dr. Bello has worked in a variety of settings including medication management, intensive outpatient treatment, day treatment and can offer many years of experience since completing her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University in 2005. Dr. Bello specializes in working with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and behavioral disorders.
Elba Bello, MD Dr. Bello employs different aspects of a child's life to come up with the most accurate diagnosis. She uses a psychosocial approach and invite the parents and child to actively participate in the treatment to ensure the most successful outcome. Dr. Bello has worked in a variety of settings including medication management, intensive outpatient treatment, day treatment and can offer many years of experience since completing her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University in 2005. Dr. Bello specializes in working with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and behavioral disorders.
(914) 415-6835 View (914) 415-6835
Photo of Christopher S. Aloezos, MD, Psychiatrist in Mamaroneck, NY
Christopher S. Aloezos, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rye, NY 10580
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist subspecialized in addiction psychiatry who provides comprehensive mental health treatment for adults- including psychotherapy and medication management, when indicated. I combine evidence-based treatment with person-centered care, and understand the intrinsic importance of the doctor-patient alliance. While I am a mental health expert, I know that each patient brings their unique life story, culture, and perspective to their mental health needs. In doing so, I work together with my patients to build insight and ultimately achieve treatment goals.
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist subspecialized in addiction psychiatry who provides comprehensive mental health treatment for adults- including psychotherapy and medication management, when indicated. I combine evidence-based treatment with person-centered care, and understand the intrinsic importance of the doctor-patient alliance. While I am a mental health expert, I know that each patient brings their unique life story, culture, and perspective to their mental health needs. In doing so, I work together with my patients to build insight and ultimately achieve treatment goals.
(347) 997-8468 View (347) 997-8468
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Bridgette L Riley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Harrison, NY 10528
Life is a challenge and to be honest it is. These challenges you are dealing with can have an impact on your thought , mood and behavior. I want to help you navigate through those challenges and get you back in control .
Life is a challenge and to be honest it is. These challenges you are dealing with can have an impact on your thought , mood and behavior. I want to help you navigate through those challenges and get you back in control .
(914) 240-2570 View (914) 240-2570
Photo of Anna Bunag, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mamaroneck, NY
Anna Bunag
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MPH
Verified
Larchmont, NY 10538  (Online Only)
My private practice focuses on treating adults with mood disorders including Depression and Anxiety. I specialize in medication management in a non-judgmental, thoughtful, and safe space. I include health, medical, and psycho-education and counseling pertinent to your treatment. I work collaboratively with you and your therapist, if you have one, to ensure seamless, whole-person care. I hold video sessions only at this time and thus accept clients from ALL of NY State.
My private practice focuses on treating adults with mood disorders including Depression and Anxiety. I specialize in medication management in a non-judgmental, thoughtful, and safe space. I include health, medical, and psycho-education and counseling pertinent to your treatment. I work collaboratively with you and your therapist, if you have one, to ensure seamless, whole-person care. I hold video sessions only at this time and thus accept clients from ALL of NY State.
(914) 359-2454 View (914) 359-2454
Photo of Karen G. Gennaro, Psychiatrist in Mamaroneck, NY
Karen G. Gennaro
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified
Rye, NY 10580
AS A PSYCHIATRIST WHO IS ALSO A PSYCHOANALYST, I can help you better understand the root of your issues and develop methods for coping and moving forward. I will offer treatment tailored to your specific needs to help you maximize your unique strengths and shore up any vulnerabilities. Together we will work to enhance your sense of individuality, community and personal freedom. You will gain the strength to finally break out of old habits and release new potentials. Although I am an expert using psychiatric medication, I ONLY OFFER MEDICATION MANAGEMENT TO PEOPLE WILLING TO WORK WITH ME IN AT LEAST ONCE WEEKLY THERAPY.
AS A PSYCHIATRIST WHO IS ALSO A PSYCHOANALYST, I can help you better understand the root of your issues and develop methods for coping and moving forward. I will offer treatment tailored to your specific needs to help you maximize your unique strengths and shore up any vulnerabilities. Together we will work to enhance your sense of individuality, community and personal freedom. You will gain the strength to finally break out of old habits and release new potentials. Although I am an expert using psychiatric medication, I ONLY OFFER MEDICATION MANAGEMENT TO PEOPLE WILLING TO WORK WITH ME IN AT LEAST ONCE WEEKLY THERAPY.
(914) 260-6437 View (914) 260-6437

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Mamaroneck, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Mamaroneck, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
89% Medication Management
78% Stress
67% Trauma and PTSD
56% Relationship Issues
56% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Mamaroneck, NY see their clients

89% In Person and Online
11% Online Only

Gender breakdown

89% Female
11% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Mamaroneck?

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.