Psychiatrists in Massapequa, NY

Photo of Priyadarshan Bajpayi - Evolve Psychiatry, MD, MPH, Psychiatrist
Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Massapequa, NY 11758
Dr.Bajpayi is triple Board Certified in Adult,Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He is extensively trained in Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology. After he completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency training in Brooklyn, NY, he pursued further specialization in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at State University of New York , Brooklyn and Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Bajpayi has been associated with various hospitals in NY- North Shore LIJ, NY Methodist Hospital, Long Island College Hospital, VA Northport and South Oaks Hospital.Dr Bajpayi owns a private practice Evolve Psychiatry.
Dr.Bajpayi is triple Board Certified in Adult,Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He is extensively trained in Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology. After he completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency training in Brooklyn, NY, he pursued further specialization in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at State University of New York , Brooklyn and Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Bajpayi has been associated with various hospitals in NY- North Shore LIJ, NY Methodist Hospital, Long Island College Hospital, VA Northport and South Oaks Hospital.Dr Bajpayi owns a private practice Evolve Psychiatry.
(631) 240-4702 View (631) 240-4702
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Jessica Loftus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Massapequa, NY 11758
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
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Dr. Nicole Louis Beaubrun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP-BC, PMHNP-B, ANP-BC
Verified Verified
Massapequa, NY 11758  (Online Only)
Are you sad, unmotivated, and unable to find joy in old pleasurable habits? Difficulty sleeping due to racing thoughts and unable to complete tasks, or starting multiple projects and not finishing any? Do you find yourself constantly worrying throughout the day? These are a sample of some of the issues I can help you with.
Are you sad, unmotivated, and unable to find joy in old pleasurable habits? Difficulty sleeping due to racing thoughts and unable to complete tasks, or starting multiple projects and not finishing any? Do you find yourself constantly worrying throughout the day? These are a sample of some of the issues I can help you with.
(631) 791-6659 View (631) 791-6659
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Massapequa, NY 11758
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Krystal Plummer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Massapequa, NY 11758
Krystal Plummer, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She obtained a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Stony Brook University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Binghamton University. Dr. Plummer has experience providing psychiatric treatment to individuals across the lifespan and has worked in various clinical settings. She provides treatment through a holistic approach that is patient-centered. She is passionate about providing treatment to clients with mental disorders and prides herself on helping others.
Krystal Plummer, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She obtained a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Stony Brook University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Binghamton University. Dr. Plummer has experience providing psychiatric treatment to individuals across the lifespan and has worked in various clinical settings. She provides treatment through a holistic approach that is patient-centered. She is passionate about providing treatment to clients with mental disorders and prides herself on helping others.
(516) 260-4033 View (516) 260-4033
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Massapequa, NY 11758  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Marie Jean Schwarz
Psychiatric Nurse, NPP-BC
Verified Verified
Massapequa, NY 11758
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner treating patients through the use of psychotherapy and medication management. At any point in one's life, psychosocial issues come up, creating feelings of hopelessness, despair, and anxiety. They may or may not interfere in an obvious way, i.e. losing a job or a relationship, however, the feelings may be strong enough to cause significant distress to you. It takes great courage to admit when we need help and great freedom, relief, and joy to come through on the other side. . .
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner treating patients through the use of psychotherapy and medication management. At any point in one's life, psychosocial issues come up, creating feelings of hopelessness, despair, and anxiety. They may or may not interfere in an obvious way, i.e. losing a job or a relationship, however, the feelings may be strong enough to cause significant distress to you. It takes great courage to admit when we need help and great freedom, relief, and joy to come through on the other side. . .
(631) 613-8966 View (631) 613-8966
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Stacy Crilly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Massapequa, NY 11758
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), who is Board Certified to treat the age span (Child, adolescents, adult) in all aspects of mental health care. I have over 20 years experience in Mental Health in all settings (inpatient/outpatient). My focus is psychopharmacological treatment (medication management). My role was founded on the nursing process and therapeutic relationship and include: educating patients and families; diagnosing, treating, and managing acute illness; providing psychotherapy; prescribing medication for acute and chronic illness; diagnosing, treating, and managing acute illnesses.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), who is Board Certified to treat the age span (Child, adolescents, adult) in all aspects of mental health care. I have over 20 years experience in Mental Health in all settings (inpatient/outpatient). My focus is psychopharmacological treatment (medication management). My role was founded on the nursing process and therapeutic relationship and include: educating patients and families; diagnosing, treating, and managing acute illness; providing psychotherapy; prescribing medication for acute and chronic illness; diagnosing, treating, and managing acute illnesses.
(631) 502-4595 View (631) 502-4595
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Stat Psychiatry PC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Massapequa, NY 11758
Stat Psych is Long Island's premier outpatient psychiatric group. In our community, the demand for mental health treatment is so great that it has become common to have to wait several months for an initial appointment with an outpatient psychiatrist. At Stat Psych, we prioritize efficient treatment and take pride in offering flexible scheduling options. We perform comprehensive evaluations, provide appropriate referrals to therapy and prescribe medication when appropriate.
Stat Psych is Long Island's premier outpatient psychiatric group. In our community, the demand for mental health treatment is so great that it has become common to have to wait several months for an initial appointment with an outpatient psychiatrist. At Stat Psych, we prioritize efficient treatment and take pride in offering flexible scheduling options. We perform comprehensive evaluations, provide appropriate referrals to therapy and prescribe medication when appropriate.
(631) 894-9373 View (631) 894-9373
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Angela Resurreccion
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Massapequa, NY 11758  (Online Only)
I am deeply passionate about providing comprehensive and high quality of care to individuals struggling with mental health concerns. With a vast background in psychiatry, my goal is to achieve one’s optimal mental health wellness and quality of life.
I am deeply passionate about providing comprehensive and high quality of care to individuals struggling with mental health concerns. With a vast background in psychiatry, my goal is to achieve one’s optimal mental health wellness and quality of life.
(929) 421-1564 View (929) 421-1564

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Christyn A Grillo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wantagh, NY 11793
Medication management for child, adolescent, and young adult populations.
Medication management for child, adolescent, and young adult populations.
(631) 201-5440 View (631) 201-5440
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Christina Gerdes
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wantagh, NY 11793
I am a Columbia University trained psychiatrist and former chief resident of the Columbia Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. I provide psychotherapy and medication management for a range of life events and difficulties including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, panic, bipolar disorder, OCD, and substance use problems. I am skilled in psychopharmacology and a range of therapies including supportive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Together we will develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs at this time.
I am a Columbia University trained psychiatrist and former chief resident of the Columbia Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. I provide psychotherapy and medication management for a range of life events and difficulties including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, panic, bipolar disorder, OCD, and substance use problems. I am skilled in psychopharmacology and a range of therapies including supportive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Together we will develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs at this time.
(516) 788-6058 View (516) 788-6058
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Heart and Soul Community Counseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wantagh, NY 11793
Heart and Soul Community Counseling, Inc. has been serving the mental health needs of New York for 30 years. We have three offices in Babylon and Wantagh and in East Quogu, NY. Heart and Soul is staffed with psychiatric nurse practitioners, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers and licensed mental health counselors. The center offers therapy, medication mangement, genetic testing for medicine, drama workshops, education and training of staff through local universities and an animal friendly environement. All this makes Heart and Soul a progressive and competent center.
Heart and Soul Community Counseling, Inc. has been serving the mental health needs of New York for 30 years. We have three offices in Babylon and Wantagh and in East Quogu, NY. Heart and Soul is staffed with psychiatric nurse practitioners, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers and licensed mental health counselors. The center offers therapy, medication mangement, genetic testing for medicine, drama workshops, education and training of staff through local universities and an animal friendly environement. All this makes Heart and Soul a progressive and competent center.
(631) 405-4279 View (631) 405-4279
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Peaceful Mind Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Farmingdale, NY 11735
I am a bilingual Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in psychopharmacology and my treatment philosophy centers on caring for the whole person as well as integrating holistic interventions when possible. I treat children, adolescents and adults across the life span. I offer virtual and in-person sessions. Please note that I do not sub-specialize in addictions.
I am a bilingual Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in psychopharmacology and my treatment philosophy centers on caring for the whole person as well as integrating holistic interventions when possible. I treat children, adolescents and adults across the life span. I offer virtual and in-person sessions. Please note that I do not sub-specialize in addictions.
(631) 570-8913 View (631) 570-8913
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Harsimran Brar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Amityville, NY 11701
My practice philosophy is treating a person as a whole. I provide confidential and comprehensive assessment based on you and/or your child’s personal needs. I am an Adult, Child and Adolescent psychiatrist and part of faculty practice at South Oaks Hospital Amityville. I offer evidence-based diagnostic and medication management services and incorporate healthier diet and lifestyle changes that will help you to be a better version of yourself. I treat mood, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, OCD, depression and other related mental health disorders. I specialize in dialectal behavioral therapy, specifically for people struggling with self harm.
My practice philosophy is treating a person as a whole. I provide confidential and comprehensive assessment based on you and/or your child’s personal needs. I am an Adult, Child and Adolescent psychiatrist and part of faculty practice at South Oaks Hospital Amityville. I offer evidence-based diagnostic and medication management services and incorporate healthier diet and lifestyle changes that will help you to be a better version of yourself. I treat mood, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, OCD, depression and other related mental health disorders. I specialize in dialectal behavioral therapy, specifically for people struggling with self harm.
(631) 480-8956 View (631) 480-8956
Photo of Tatyana Goykhberg - South Shore Psychiatry, PMHNP-, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
South Shore Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wantagh, NY 11793
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse licensed in NY specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, sleep disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and a number of other psychiatric conditions. Appointments are available for initial evaluations and follow-up appointments for patients in NY. Office appointments are available. We offer a unique perspective to patient care as we provide a holistic approach, emphasizing a connection between the mind and body.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse licensed in NY specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, sleep disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and a number of other psychiatric conditions. Appointments are available for initial evaluations and follow-up appointments for patients in NY. Office appointments are available. We offer a unique perspective to patient care as we provide a holistic approach, emphasizing a connection between the mind and body.
(631) 250-8709 View (631) 250-8709
Photo of Gretchen Kretkowski-Rieger - Heart and Soul Community Counseling, Inc, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Heart and Soul Community Counseling, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wantagh, NY 11793
We are an outpatient mental health center that has been serving the Long Island community for 30 years. We currently have three offices in West Babylon and Wantagh and in East Quogue NY. Heart & Soul offers medication management, genetic testing for medication, therapy and counseling, drama workshops and education and training for therapists and nurse practitioners.
We are an outpatient mental health center that has been serving the Long Island community for 30 years. We currently have three offices in West Babylon and Wantagh and in East Quogue NY. Heart & Soul offers medication management, genetic testing for medication, therapy and counseling, drama workshops and education and training for therapists and nurse practitioners.
(631) 202-1027 View (631) 202-1027
Photo of Jean Norvy - Norvy Mindful Care PC dba NOVA Wellness Psychiatry, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Norvy Mindful Care PC dba NOVA Wellness Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wantagh, NY 11793
Maybe you want to finally change yourself for the better, but don’t know where to start! At Norvy Mindful Care, we have the formula to make you grow into the new services you! You maybe be suffering from depression, anxiety, or COVID-19 related mental health symptoms or Your doctor may be out of town and you need your psych meds refilled or You may not be able to quit that substance use alone—we have the seed for you! At Norvy Mindful Care, we use a holistic partnership approach in the development of your plan of care—so choose us as we will always choose the best seed for you to grow into the new you!
Maybe you want to finally change yourself for the better, but don’t know where to start! At Norvy Mindful Care, we have the formula to make you grow into the new services you! You maybe be suffering from depression, anxiety, or COVID-19 related mental health symptoms or Your doctor may be out of town and you need your psych meds refilled or You may not be able to quit that substance use alone—we have the seed for you! At Norvy Mindful Care, we use a holistic partnership approach in the development of your plan of care—so choose us as we will always choose the best seed for you to grow into the new you!
(516) 548-2938 View (516) 548-2938
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Joseph Sherman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wantagh, NY 11793
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master's Degree in Nursing from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. I was honored to receive Northwell Health’s Advanced Clinical Providers Recognition Award in the Department of Psychiatry in 2019. I work with a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and insomnia.
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master's Degree in Nursing from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. I was honored to receive Northwell Health’s Advanced Clinical Providers Recognition Award in the Department of Psychiatry in 2019. I work with a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and insomnia.
(516) 518-4464 View (516) 518-4464
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Faisal Rafiq
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Amityville, NY 11701
According to Federal Mandate all New Patients must be seen in person, in the office to establish care…Dr. Faisal Rafiq is a Psychiatrist and has been practicing since 2008, gaining vast experience throughout the field of Psychiatry, medication management, Psychvisit is a Full Service psychiatric practice offering state of the art treatments such as Genetic Testing, TMS therapy, Spravato Treatment, Long Acting injectables for Bipolar and Addiction.
According to Federal Mandate all New Patients must be seen in person, in the office to establish care…Dr. Faisal Rafiq is a Psychiatrist and has been practicing since 2008, gaining vast experience throughout the field of Psychiatry, medication management, Psychvisit is a Full Service psychiatric practice offering state of the art treatments such as Genetic Testing, TMS therapy, Spravato Treatment, Long Acting injectables for Bipolar and Addiction.
(631) 856-2627 View (631) 856-2627

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Massapequa, NY

10+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Massapequa, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
90% Medication Management
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Bipolar Disorder
70% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Massapequa, NY see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Massapequa?

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.