Psychiatrists in Maspeth, NY

Photo of Olena Zakharova, PMHNP, , MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Olena Zakharova
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Maspeth, NY 11378
Stressed out, feeling stuck? As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience treating a host of mental health conditions across the life span, I am here listen to you deeply and to understand your experience so that I can be of greatest help. I am pleased to provide all of my psychiatric services in English or Russian.
Stressed out, feeling stuck? As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience treating a host of mental health conditions across the life span, I am here listen to you deeply and to understand your experience so that I can be of greatest help. I am pleased to provide all of my psychiatric services in English or Russian.
(347) 218-9928 View (347) 218-9928

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Mind and Body Wellness Medical Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Long Island City, NY 11103  (Online Only)
We are a privately owned medical center that offers both psychotherapy and psychophramacology to the community. We provide individual, family and group counseling services in a professional and comfortable environment. Our staff of psychiatrists' and therapists specialize in treating children, adolescents and adults. We work as a team to help our clients achieve real and lasting change.
We are a privately owned medical center that offers both psychotherapy and psychophramacology to the community. We provide individual, family and group counseling services in a professional and comfortable environment. Our staff of psychiatrists' and therapists specialize in treating children, adolescents and adults. We work as a team to help our clients achieve real and lasting change.
(718) 204-9720 View (718) 204-9720
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Shannon R Dingle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Astoria, NY 11101  (Online Only)
Appreciation for the human spirit is an integral aspect of my approach to medication intervention and psychotherapy. I am aware of the courage it often takes to ask for, and accept clinical/psychopharmacological help. Collaboration in this process is most important. I strive to prescribe medication based on a detailed assessment. However, medication management does not lend itself to overnight fixes; It takes commitment and a patient who is onboard with the process. For individuals who are interested in talk therapy only, I am open to providing the service without medication. Some people may benefit from both, however.
Appreciation for the human spirit is an integral aspect of my approach to medication intervention and psychotherapy. I am aware of the courage it often takes to ask for, and accept clinical/psychopharmacological help. Collaboration in this process is most important. I strive to prescribe medication based on a detailed assessment. However, medication management does not lend itself to overnight fixes; It takes commitment and a patient who is onboard with the process. For individuals who are interested in talk therapy only, I am open to providing the service without medication. Some people may benefit from both, however.
(646) 759-4236 View (646) 759-4236
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Nichola Ali
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Corona, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Nichola Ali is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Stony Brook University with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Nichola had completed an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (RN) in 2014 from Rutgers University prior to becoming a PMHNP. Nichola received her first Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) in 2010 from Stony Brook University before diving into nursing.
Nichola Ali is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Stony Brook University with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Nichola had completed an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (RN) in 2014 from Rutgers University prior to becoming a PMHNP. Nichola received her first Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) in 2010 from Stony Brook University before diving into nursing.
(646) 798-1783 View (646) 798-1783
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Aparna Dole
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Corona, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Dr. Dole is board certified in Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Mumbai in 2002. She worked briefly with the NHS system in the United Kingdom prior to moving to the US. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn in 2009 and completed her fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in 2010. She has more than 10 years of experience in working with patients with Depression, and Anxiety.
Dr. Dole is board certified in Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Mumbai in 2002. She worked briefly with the NHS system in the United Kingdom prior to moving to the US. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn in 2009 and completed her fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in 2010. She has more than 10 years of experience in working with patients with Depression, and Anxiety.
(646) 687-4868 View (646) 687-4868
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Medication Management @ Enteos Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Middle Village, NY 11379  (Online Only)
My name is Jonor Espiritu-Santiago. I'm a board-certified PMHNP with over 20 years of experience in the psychiatric nursing field. My primary focus is on the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, depression, psychotic disorders, and ADHD. I ensure that my clients are empowered to treat their illnesses through encouragement and education. We provide translation for Spanish-speakers.
My name is Jonor Espiritu-Santiago. I'm a board-certified PMHNP with over 20 years of experience in the psychiatric nursing field. My primary focus is on the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, depression, psychotic disorders, and ADHD. I ensure that my clients are empowered to treat their illnesses through encouragement and education. We provide translation for Spanish-speakers.
(929) 521-6197 x2 View (929) 521-6197 x2
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Daferti Afflick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11375
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Daferti Afflick is a dedicated adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner offering virtual consultations at Orenda Psychiatry. With a master's degree in nursing from Molloy University, Ms. Afflick is skilled at managing various mental health concerns. She helps patients deal with issues like anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She also offers prescription refills.
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Daferti Afflick is a dedicated adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner offering virtual consultations at Orenda Psychiatry. With a master's degree in nursing from Molloy University, Ms. Afflick is skilled at managing various mental health concerns. She helps patients deal with issues like anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She also offers prescription refills.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
Photo of Abdelrahman Selim - ShorePeak Psychiatry and Wellness, MD, Psychiatrist
ShorePeak Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11368
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Welcome to ShorePeak Psychiatry and Wellness, where we aim to be your resource for all of your mental health needs. Being telehealth based, we can see you at your convenience from a private location of your choice. We specialize in a wide variety of psychiatric care including depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, as well as perinatal and postpartum psychiatric conditions. Whether you are feeling not like yourself or have a long term mental health concern, we are here to help you on your journey to wellness. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that takes into account your unique concerns and needs.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Welcome to ShorePeak Psychiatry and Wellness, where we aim to be your resource for all of your mental health needs. Being telehealth based, we can see you at your convenience from a private location of your choice. We specialize in a wide variety of psychiatric care including depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, as well as perinatal and postpartum psychiatric conditions. Whether you are feeling not like yourself or have a long term mental health concern, we are here to help you on your journey to wellness. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that takes into account your unique concerns and needs.
(303) 529-6984 View (303) 529-6984
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Jeremy Walsh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Astoria, NY 11103  (Online Only)
Hello there! It can be very challenging asking for help and sometimes even harder finding the help you need. Rest assured that you will be invited to explore your thoughts and feelings in a nonjudgmental space.
Hello there! It can be very challenging asking for help and sometimes even harder finding the help you need. Rest assured that you will be invited to explore your thoughts and feelings in a nonjudgmental space.
(332) 333-3512 View (332) 333-3512
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VIP Integrative Health Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, Family , DNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Long Island City, NY 11101  (Online Only)
I create a safe, supportive, and non‑judgmental environment for every client and understand the importance of empathy, trust and kindness. My sympathetic, kindhearted, and caring approaches to each individual patient makes me capable of reaching the core of each of my patients’ issues. I empower them to enhance their awareness of their potentials in dealing with treatment and recovery. Tele Health Virtual Visits Available! same day/next day appointments available! Call for psychiatric evaluations, medication management, prescriptions, addiction, anxiety/depression/bipolar disorder
I create a safe, supportive, and non‑judgmental environment for every client and understand the importance of empathy, trust and kindness. My sympathetic, kindhearted, and caring approaches to each individual patient makes me capable of reaching the core of each of my patients’ issues. I empower them to enhance their awareness of their potentials in dealing with treatment and recovery. Tele Health Virtual Visits Available! same day/next day appointments available! Call for psychiatric evaluations, medication management, prescriptions, addiction, anxiety/depression/bipolar disorder
(929) 242-6534 View (929) 242-6534
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Alexandra Back
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11385  (Online Only)
I have worked as a mental health practitioner for 16 years. I am also a board certified medical provider (ANP/GNP), and have practiced a combination of integrated medical and psychiatric care for over a decade. Given this experience, I am able to meet a wide array of patient treatment needs.
I have worked as a mental health practitioner for 16 years. I am also a board certified medical provider (ANP/GNP), and have practiced a combination of integrated medical and psychiatric care for over a decade. Given this experience, I am able to meet a wide array of patient treatment needs.
(929) 305-0483 View (929) 305-0483
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Psychiatric Edge
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ridgewood, NY 11385  (Online Only)
At Psychiatric Edge, we believe that mental health care should be accessible, convenient, and compassionate. Our telepsychiatry practice is committed to providing high-quality psychiatric services to individuals across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York, right in the comfort of their own homes. We strive to empower our clients to overcome challenges and achieve their mental health goals. Our team of experienced and compassionate providers offer comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy. Schedule an appointment today and take the first step towards a brighter tomorrow!
At Psychiatric Edge, we believe that mental health care should be accessible, convenient, and compassionate. Our telepsychiatry practice is committed to providing high-quality psychiatric services to individuals across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York, right in the comfort of their own homes. We strive to empower our clients to overcome challenges and achieve their mental health goals. Our team of experienced and compassionate providers offer comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy. Schedule an appointment today and take the first step towards a brighter tomorrow!
(908) 650-1373 View (908) 650-1373
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ABC Psychiatric Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
18 Endorsed
Forest Hills, NY 11375
“When patients walk into my office there is a lot going on in their lives and their minds are consumed by distressed thoughts. They may feel isolated, overwhelmed, stressed, agitated, anxious or angry at the world. They may feel upset at themselves or at others for feeling panicky, agitated, and powerless to focus and contemplate. They may also feel distracted, easily frustrated, ready to quit, helpless, hopeless, worthless, irritable, and look negatively at every aspect of their lives. These people are in search for compassion, sincerity, and real help – often quick help.”
“When patients walk into my office there is a lot going on in their lives and their minds are consumed by distressed thoughts. They may feel isolated, overwhelmed, stressed, agitated, anxious or angry at the world. They may feel upset at themselves or at others for feeling panicky, agitated, and powerless to focus and contemplate. They may also feel distracted, easily frustrated, ready to quit, helpless, hopeless, worthless, irritable, and look negatively at every aspect of their lives. These people are in search for compassion, sincerity, and real help – often quick help.”
(646) 651-4257 View (646) 651-4257
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Mara Weinberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
Life can often feel overwhelming, with the constant demands of work, family, and personal health pulling you in multiple directions. If you find yourself feeling stressed, anxious, or down, know that you're not alone. The unpredictability of life can leave us all feeling off balance at times. If you're struggling to find your footing and improve your well-being, I'm here to help. I prioritize a client-centered approach, ensuring that each individual's unique experiences and needs are central to our collaborative work.
Life can often feel overwhelming, with the constant demands of work, family, and personal health pulling you in multiple directions. If you find yourself feeling stressed, anxious, or down, know that you're not alone. The unpredictability of life can leave us all feeling off balance at times. If you're struggling to find your footing and improve your well-being, I'm here to help. I prioritize a client-centered approach, ensuring that each individual's unique experiences and needs are central to our collaborative work.
(516) 981-4775 View (516) 981-4775
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Dr. Karuna Mizusaki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sunnyside, NY 11104
My therapeutic approach is warm, non judgmental, and from a place of empathy and compassion. I am committed to providing trauma-informed and culturally relevant mental health care for underserved communities. My focuses are child adolescent psychiatry and young adult mental health. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I prioritize individualized, person-centered care to create a comprehensive treatment and medication plan for every individual. Outside of psychiatry, I have a lifelong background in dance that provides a compassionate perspective in caring for performing artists of all types in New York City.
My therapeutic approach is warm, non judgmental, and from a place of empathy and compassion. I am committed to providing trauma-informed and culturally relevant mental health care for underserved communities. My focuses are child adolescent psychiatry and young adult mental health. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I prioritize individualized, person-centered care to create a comprehensive treatment and medication plan for every individual. Outside of psychiatry, I have a lifelong background in dance that provides a compassionate perspective in caring for performing artists of all types in New York City.
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Tahara Miah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11222
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated with my masters from New York University. I have worked on an inpatient psychiatry unit and in an outpatient clinic. I have experience working with chronic mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. I work with an amazing team of mental health providers at Orenda Psychiatry.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated with my masters from New York University. I have worked on an inpatient psychiatry unit and in an outpatient clinic. I have experience working with chronic mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. I work with an amazing team of mental health providers at Orenda Psychiatry.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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Meredith Hobart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Astoria, NY 11101
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in precision psychiatry. I received my graduate degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 2006. In addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, I have been a psychiatric RN for many years. Prior to entering Yale, I worked for 7 years on a major Harvard Medical School psychiatric teaching unit. I am a conservative prescriber and believe in using the smallest possible dosages of medication to treat a client's symptoms. I do very thorough initial evaluations with my clients and work with them closely until they are stable on their medications.
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in precision psychiatry. I received my graduate degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 2006. In addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, I have been a psychiatric RN for many years. Prior to entering Yale, I worked for 7 years on a major Harvard Medical School psychiatric teaching unit. I am a conservative prescriber and believe in using the smallest possible dosages of medication to treat a client's symptoms. I do very thorough initial evaluations with my clients and work with them closely until they are stable on their medications.
(646) 491-8704 View (646) 491-8704
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Marsha Desrosiers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Ridgewood, NY 11385
I have over 15 years of experience in the field of mental health. My passion for psychiatry stems from a deep-seated belief in the importance of mental well-being as a cornerstone of overall health. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with a diverse range of patients, each with unique needs and challenges, and I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care tailored to each individual. I specialize in the treatment of various mental health concerns. My approach is holistic to support my patients in achieving their mental health goals. I provide telehealth services to allow for flexibility.
I have over 15 years of experience in the field of mental health. My passion for psychiatry stems from a deep-seated belief in the importance of mental well-being as a cornerstone of overall health. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with a diverse range of patients, each with unique needs and challenges, and I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care tailored to each individual. I specialize in the treatment of various mental health concerns. My approach is holistic to support my patients in achieving their mental health goals. I provide telehealth services to allow for flexibility.
(516) 530-1333 View (516) 530-1333
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LocalMD Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11378  (Online Only)
“Here to help” is an understatement at LocalMD. Our mission is to make sure that your mental and physical health can be improved in order to provide a better quality of life. We know that mental afflictions are just as serious as the physical ones, which is why we have a number of mental health services to make sure your mind is as sound as your body. We have an array of specialties here to serve your every need. Our Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems. Our Therapists are here to assist patients in reducing stress, improving emotionally, personal and relationship problems, and more!
“Here to help” is an understatement at LocalMD. Our mission is to make sure that your mental and physical health can be improved in order to provide a better quality of life. We know that mental afflictions are just as serious as the physical ones, which is why we have a number of mental health services to make sure your mind is as sound as your body. We have an array of specialties here to serve your every need. Our Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems. Our Therapists are here to assist patients in reducing stress, improving emotionally, personal and relationship problems, and more!
(332) 239-6214 View (332) 239-6214
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Alina Naik
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Alina Naik, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Rappore, a therapy services and medication management practice based in Manhattan, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, along with a certificate in Public Health. She then received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has worked in a variety of health settings, including acute care, psychiatry and neurology.
Alina Naik, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Rappore, a therapy services and medication management practice based in Manhattan, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, along with a certificate in Public Health. She then received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has worked in a variety of health settings, including acute care, psychiatry and neurology.
(332) 248-0613 View (332) 248-0613

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Number of Psychiatrists in Maspeth, NY

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Psychiatrists in Maspeth, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Eating Disorders
100% Geriatric and Seniors
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% 1199SEIU
100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Maspeth, NY see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Maspeth?

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.