Psychiatrists in Manhasset, NY

Photo of undefined - Emma Laskin MD PLLC, MD, Psychiatrist
Emma Laskin MD PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Manhasset, NY 11030
I am a warm and energetic Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist who uses a more interactive approach to treatment. I provide Psychotherapy-Oriented Medication Management and Supportive/Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy, integrating positive psychology and breathing techniques as needed. I offer 45-min sessions to all patients to meet their evolving needs. I also work closely with other medical and/or mental health practitioners caring for my patients. Goals for treatment are made in conjunction with my patients and their parents because having a meaningful understanding of treatment goals and processes leads to better outcomes.
I am a warm and energetic Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist who uses a more interactive approach to treatment. I provide Psychotherapy-Oriented Medication Management and Supportive/Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy, integrating positive psychology and breathing techniques as needed. I offer 45-min sessions to all patients to meet their evolving needs. I also work closely with other medical and/or mental health practitioners caring for my patients. Goals for treatment are made in conjunction with my patients and their parents because having a meaningful understanding of treatment goals and processes leads to better outcomes.
(516) 980-4795 View (516) 980-4795
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Mara Weinberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Manhasset, NY 11030  (Online Only)
Life can sometimes feel like a whirlwind with the constant stream of calls, messages, work pressures, family obligations, and health concerns. If you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed by it all, know that you're not alone. The inherent unpredictability of life often leaves us feeling like even the simplest tasks feel more challenging than they should. You will have a supportive and non judgmental space to discuss your thoughts, feelings, and treatment goals. You will leave our sessions with guidance, feeling a step closer to relieving your symptoms, improving your well-being, and regaining a sense of yourself.
Life can sometimes feel like a whirlwind with the constant stream of calls, messages, work pressures, family obligations, and health concerns. If you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed by it all, know that you're not alone. The inherent unpredictability of life often leaves us feeling like even the simplest tasks feel more challenging than they should. You will have a supportive and non judgmental space to discuss your thoughts, feelings, and treatment goals. You will leave our sessions with guidance, feeling a step closer to relieving your symptoms, improving your well-being, and regaining a sense of yourself.
(516) 981-4775 View (516) 981-4775
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One Mind Psychiatry NP PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P
Verified Verified
Manhasset, NY 11030  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
(201) 969-5923 View (201) 969-5923
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Scott Krakower
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Manhasset, NY 11030
Dr. Krakower is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and formerly served as Unit Chief of Psychiatry at Northwell Health / Zucker Hillside Hospital. He is internationally recognized for his work with patients suffering from trauma, anxiety, video gaming, head injuries, coronavirus recovery, and addiction. He has provided expert opinion for hundreds of studies worldwide. He is recognized as a top physician by SuperDoctors and was a group recipient of the the Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award.
Dr. Krakower is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and formerly served as Unit Chief of Psychiatry at Northwell Health / Zucker Hillside Hospital. He is internationally recognized for his work with patients suffering from trauma, anxiety, video gaming, head injuries, coronavirus recovery, and addiction. He has provided expert opinion for hundreds of studies worldwide. He is recognized as a top physician by SuperDoctors and was a group recipient of the the Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award.
(347) 695-3075 View (347) 695-3075
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Thomas Yang
Psychiatrist, Thomas Yang, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Manhasset, NY 11030  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Do you or a loved one struggle to be efficient at work or school? Despite being highly creative and intelligent? Or perhaps able to perform at the same time feeling strained, drained and unnatural. There are several treatable conditions that can interfere with ones ability to function consistently. My additional training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry allow me to team up with adults, teenagers and children to discover ways to make life less difficult.
Do you or a loved one struggle to be efficient at work or school? Despite being highly creative and intelligent? Or perhaps able to perform at the same time feeling strained, drained and unnatural. There are several treatable conditions that can interfere with ones ability to function consistently. My additional training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry allow me to team up with adults, teenagers and children to discover ways to make life less difficult.
(516) 928-6355 View (516) 928-6355
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Behavioral Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Manhasset, NY 11030
Dr. Thertus completed medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, followed by residency and fellowship in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. She has broad experience treating a variety of psychiatric conditions, patients from diverse backgrounds and is double board certified in general and child and adolescent psychiatry. She emphasizes shared decision making , encouraging personal input in goal setting and the recovery process.
Dr. Thertus completed medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, followed by residency and fellowship in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. She has broad experience treating a variety of psychiatric conditions, patients from diverse backgrounds and is double board certified in general and child and adolescent psychiatry. She emphasizes shared decision making , encouraging personal input in goal setting and the recovery process.
(516) 586-0861 View (516) 586-0861
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Arusha Farahani MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manhasset, NY 11030  (Online Only)
Everyone deserves the chance to have a mind that is calm, clear and content. As a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist I treat an array of conditions including anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder and more. While I specialize in medication management I consider the individual as a whole and provide comprehensive treatment plans that include non-medication strategies to help you live your best life. I encourage a collaborative approach and want patients to be active in treatment planning and decision-making. [I do not accept insurance but I am happy to provide invoices for you to submit for out-of-network benefits.]
Everyone deserves the chance to have a mind that is calm, clear and content. As a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist I treat an array of conditions including anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder and more. While I specialize in medication management I consider the individual as a whole and provide comprehensive treatment plans that include non-medication strategies to help you live your best life. I encourage a collaborative approach and want patients to be active in treatment planning and decision-making. [I do not accept insurance but I am happy to provide invoices for you to submit for out-of-network benefits.]
(516) 203-4187 View (516) 203-4187
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Ronald Schenendorf
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Manhasset, NY 11030  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
If you are reading this, it is likely your anxiety, depression or relationship problems have reached a point where you are wanting to get help through work with another person. You are understandably curious as to how I might be of help to you. In my 30 years in private practice, I have found that a mutually respectful therapeutic alliance utilizing psychodynamic insights and mindfulness based techniques, can help restore your ability to find joy and satisfaction in yourself, your relationships and your work. As you might expect, being a psychiatrist, I can use medication as an adjunct to therapy.
If you are reading this, it is likely your anxiety, depression or relationship problems have reached a point where you are wanting to get help through work with another person. You are understandably curious as to how I might be of help to you. In my 30 years in private practice, I have found that a mutually respectful therapeutic alliance utilizing psychodynamic insights and mindfulness based techniques, can help restore your ability to find joy and satisfaction in yourself, your relationships and your work. As you might expect, being a psychiatrist, I can use medication as an adjunct to therapy.
(516) 360-2804 View (516) 360-2804
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Ronald B Cohen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Manhasset, NY 11030
Are you Stressed, Anxious, Chronically Sad, Lonely, Depressed? Who isn’t nowadays you might ask? And yet, maybe, just maybe, it doesn’t have to be this way. Maybe focusing on what is right with us rather than what is wrong with us will open up a whole new way of envisioning emotional health and well-being. Each of us has the ability to be more loving, thoughtful, and considerate. As a Mindfulness-Based Board Certified Psychiatrist I have developed the practices of Mindful Relationships, an integrative way to help individuals, couples and families resolve relationship difficulties and live happier, healthier, more fulfilling live.
Are you Stressed, Anxious, Chronically Sad, Lonely, Depressed? Who isn’t nowadays you might ask? And yet, maybe, just maybe, it doesn’t have to be this way. Maybe focusing on what is right with us rather than what is wrong with us will open up a whole new way of envisioning emotional health and well-being. Each of us has the ability to be more loving, thoughtful, and considerate. As a Mindfulness-Based Board Certified Psychiatrist I have developed the practices of Mindful Relationships, an integrative way to help individuals, couples and families resolve relationship difficulties and live happier, healthier, more fulfilling live.
(516) 493-8946 View (516) 493-8946
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Shahnaz Malekan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Manhasset, NY 11030
I am a highly compassionate child, adolescent adult psychoanalyst and psychiatrist.I speak several languages including Farsi,have had the pleasure of working with patients of all ages from various cultures. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, young adults especially college students. While at UCLA I was awarded the Certificate of Honor in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement In Human Relations and Communication which led me to pursue a career in psychiatry.
I am a highly compassionate child, adolescent adult psychoanalyst and psychiatrist.I speak several languages including Farsi,have had the pleasure of working with patients of all ages from various cultures. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, young adults especially college students. While at UCLA I was awarded the Certificate of Honor in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement In Human Relations and Communication which led me to pursue a career in psychiatry.
(516) 252-3176 View (516) 252-3176
Photo of Michael Arena, DO, CGP, FAPA, Psychiatrist
Michael Arena
Psychiatrist, DO, CGP, FAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manhasset, NY 11030
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and a Certified Group Psychotherapist. I provide individual, group, family, and/or couple's therapy along with medication management when it is needed. If you are experiencing depression, anxiety/stress, feelings of emptiness, relationship problems, self-hatred/sabotage, oppressive perfectionism, indecisiveness, or a general unhappiness with life, I can assist you in managing and overcoming these difficulties.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and a Certified Group Psychotherapist. I provide individual, group, family, and/or couple's therapy along with medication management when it is needed. If you are experiencing depression, anxiety/stress, feelings of emptiness, relationship problems, self-hatred/sabotage, oppressive perfectionism, indecisiveness, or a general unhappiness with life, I can assist you in managing and overcoming these difficulties.
(516) 730-9717 View (516) 730-9717
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Tomer T. Levin M.D. Collaborative Care Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
16 Endorsed
Manhasset, NY 11030
Are you depressed or anxious? Interested in considering a medication or understanding why your medications are not working? I am a depression & anxiety specialist. I help people with depression, anxiety, bipolar and OCD. Our goal will be to find the right medication for you. I use genetic testing to identify medications that are more effective and safer. I prescribe ketamine Spravato, two groundbreaking treatments that are not routinely available in most psychiatry offices. Tired of getting siloed care? I will collaborate closely with your therapist/doctor to drive total wellness, hence the name, "Collaborative Care Psychiatry."
Are you depressed or anxious? Interested in considering a medication or understanding why your medications are not working? I am a depression & anxiety specialist. I help people with depression, anxiety, bipolar and OCD. Our goal will be to find the right medication for you. I use genetic testing to identify medications that are more effective and safer. I prescribe ketamine Spravato, two groundbreaking treatments that are not routinely available in most psychiatry offices. Tired of getting siloed care? I will collaborate closely with your therapist/doctor to drive total wellness, hence the name, "Collaborative Care Psychiatry."
(516) 928-4079 View (516) 928-4079
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Jessica Loftus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Manhasset, NY 11030
My name is Jessica Loftus and I'm an Ivy League educated, Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with dual masters degrees in care coordination and psychology. I specialize in medication management and supportive therapy for adults and have unique experience with college-aged individuals. My mission is to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care. My practice is rooted in a holistic approach to mental health care, focusing not only on treating symptoms, but also addressing the underlying causes of mental distress. This includes understanding each patient's unique life experiences and any biological predispositions.
My name is Jessica Loftus and I'm an Ivy League educated, Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with dual masters degrees in care coordination and psychology. I specialize in medication management and supportive therapy for adults and have unique experience with college-aged individuals. My mission is to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care. My practice is rooted in a holistic approach to mental health care, focusing not only on treating symptoms, but also addressing the underlying causes of mental distress. This includes understanding each patient's unique life experiences and any biological predispositions.
(516) 550-0245 View (516) 550-0245
Photo of undefined - Water Gap Wellness Center, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Water Gap Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Manhasset, NY 11030
PLEASE NOTE – INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE. DO NOT CONTACT UNLESS YOU ARE INTERESTED. Water Gap Wellness offers the most comprehensive and intensive Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Program in the Northeast. The Program requires a continuous commitment of 6 hours per day 6 days per week. Preferred housing is available. The Program includes 1 weekly session with a psychiatrist, 2 sessions with your primary therapist, and daily group sessions. Water Gap Wellness is an outpatient provider that accepts all private insurance. Located 75 miles from NYC and less than 100 miles from Philadelphia and Connecticut.
PLEASE NOTE – INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE. DO NOT CONTACT UNLESS YOU ARE INTERESTED. Water Gap Wellness offers the most comprehensive and intensive Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Program in the Northeast. The Program requires a continuous commitment of 6 hours per day 6 days per week. Preferred housing is available. The Program includes 1 weekly session with a psychiatrist, 2 sessions with your primary therapist, and daily group sessions. Water Gap Wellness is an outpatient provider that accepts all private insurance. Located 75 miles from NYC and less than 100 miles from Philadelphia and Connecticut.
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Dr. Jacob Palathinkal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyD, NP
Verified Verified
Manhasset, NY 11030
I am a child/adolescent psychopharmacologist with extensive experience treating various diagnoses .I specialize in ADHD, DMDD and depression.
I am a child/adolescent psychopharmacologist with extensive experience treating various diagnoses .I specialize in ADHD, DMDD and depression.
(516) 373-7896 View (516) 373-7896
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Erika Balfour
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Manhasset, NY 11030
Dr. Erika Balfour is a psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing medicine since 2003. She attended Yale University and the Renaissance School of Medicine, where she received a BA and MD degree, respectively. Dr. Balfour treats with medication management, but also considers other possible treatments and explanations for symptoms. She believes in assessing the entire person and enjoys working with patients.
Dr. Erika Balfour is a psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing medicine since 2003. She attended Yale University and the Renaissance School of Medicine, where she received a BA and MD degree, respectively. Dr. Balfour treats with medication management, but also considers other possible treatments and explanations for symptoms. She believes in assessing the entire person and enjoys working with patients.
(516) 715-5342 View (516) 715-5342
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Irene Tetzlaff
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Manhasset, NY 11030
Irene Tetzlaff is a skilled and compassionate clinician. She specializes in psychotherapeutic methods and medication management for adults, seniors, children and adolescents. Irene utilizes a holistic approach to wellness, treating her clients as individuals and not simply a list of symptoms to be treated. She employs modern telepsychiatry platforms for her client visits. Irene has served patients in both Pennsylvania and New York. Her patients have uniformly provided glowing reviews of her care. They feel she demonstrates true compassion and empathy.
Irene Tetzlaff is a skilled and compassionate clinician. She specializes in psychotherapeutic methods and medication management for adults, seniors, children and adolescents. Irene utilizes a holistic approach to wellness, treating her clients as individuals and not simply a list of symptoms to be treated. She employs modern telepsychiatry platforms for her client visits. Irene has served patients in both Pennsylvania and New York. Her patients have uniformly provided glowing reviews of her care. They feel she demonstrates true compassion and empathy.
(646) 849-7058 View (646) 849-7058
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Amarjot Surdhar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Manhasset, NY 11030
Hello, I am a double board-certified and licensed psychiatrist with lots of experience helping people in difficult situations. I work in a Psychiatric emergency room and routinely handle behavioral crises. As a Medical Director of a Substance Use Disorders Clinic in an academic teaching hospital, I have experience in helping people with multiple drug and alcohol problems. I routinely work with people and help them through anxiety, depression, mood, and psychosis issues. I can help you also.
Hello, I am a double board-certified and licensed psychiatrist with lots of experience helping people in difficult situations. I work in a Psychiatric emergency room and routinely handle behavioral crises. As a Medical Director of a Substance Use Disorders Clinic in an academic teaching hospital, I have experience in helping people with multiple drug and alcohol problems. I routinely work with people and help them through anxiety, depression, mood, and psychosis issues. I can help you also.
(516) 252-3132 View (516) 252-3132
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Ali Khan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Manhasset, NY 11030
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
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Roxanne Singer-Gheorghiu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGPCNP, AGNP-C, CDCES
Verified Verified
Manhasset, NY 11030  (Online Only)
Roxanne Singer is a doctorate prepared, triple Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. She is passionate about providing empathetic, client-centered care for individuals whose lives are interrupted by anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, schizophrenia, and OCD. Many of her clients seek help to manage emotions that feel uncontrollable, emotions like anger, frustration, sadness, grief, and loneliness.
Roxanne Singer is a doctorate prepared, triple Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. She is passionate about providing empathetic, client-centered care for individuals whose lives are interrupted by anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, schizophrenia, and OCD. Many of her clients seek help to manage emotions that feel uncontrollable, emotions like anger, frustration, sadness, grief, and loneliness.
(332) 244-9796 View (332) 244-9796

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Manhasset, NY

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Manhasset, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
95% Depression
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
76% Medication Management
71% Bipolar Disorder
67% Trauma and PTSD
62% Grief

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

71% Aetna
71% Cigna and Evernorth
71% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Manhasset, NY see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Manhasset?

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.