Psychiatrists in Merrick, NY

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Sagarika Ray
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Merrick, NY 11566
I am a double Board Certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. I specialize in treating a vast array of mental illnesses including ADHD, depression, anxiety and autistic spectrum disorders. I initiate treatment with a thorough psychiatric evaluation, devise a specific treatment plan that is tailored for each individual based on their age and personal needs, offer medication management, individual and family therapy. I take special interest in treating depression and PTSD in adolescents and women.
I am a double Board Certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. I specialize in treating a vast array of mental illnesses including ADHD, depression, anxiety and autistic spectrum disorders. I initiate treatment with a thorough psychiatric evaluation, devise a specific treatment plan that is tailored for each individual based on their age and personal needs, offer medication management, individual and family therapy. I take special interest in treating depression and PTSD in adolescents and women.
(516) 830-4094 View (516) 830-4094
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Marianne Brulhardt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, NPP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Merrick, NY 11566
With over a decade of experience as a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my approach is individualized, targeted, compassionate, and caring. I pride myself in getting to know the people I care for and giving them the quality treatment they deserve. We will work together to find the best treatment for the symptoms you are experiencing to ease any suffering or discomfort you are having so you can live a life that is what you want it to be. Psychiatric assessments, medication management, developmental testing and evaluations, as well as collaboration with individual therapists are some of the services I provide.
With over a decade of experience as a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my approach is individualized, targeted, compassionate, and caring. I pride myself in getting to know the people I care for and giving them the quality treatment they deserve. We will work together to find the best treatment for the symptoms you are experiencing to ease any suffering or discomfort you are having so you can live a life that is what you want it to be. Psychiatric assessments, medication management, developmental testing and evaluations, as well as collaboration with individual therapists are some of the services I provide.
(516) 788-8797 View (516) 788-8797
Jiji George
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Merrick, NY 11566
Jiji George works in a private office at Long Island Psychiatric Services, PC. in Merrick, NY. It is a group of professionals committed to provide mental health services to residents of Long Island. Our compassionate staff provides a warm and comfortable atmosphere, knowledgeable psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric NPs and social workers. We do evaluations and provide recommendations for best treatment for you or your loved ones. We offer individual and family psychotherapy sessions, as well as medication management. We are open Monday through Friday, with late evenings availability. We do offer some Saturday hours.
Jiji George works in a private office at Long Island Psychiatric Services, PC. in Merrick, NY. It is a group of professionals committed to provide mental health services to residents of Long Island. Our compassionate staff provides a warm and comfortable atmosphere, knowledgeable psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric NPs and social workers. We do evaluations and provide recommendations for best treatment for you or your loved ones. We offer individual and family psychotherapy sessions, as well as medication management. We are open Monday through Friday, with late evenings availability. We do offer some Saturday hours.
(516) 856-1313 View (516) 856-1313
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Christina Gerdes
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Merrick, NY 11566
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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Deborah A Cosgrove
Psychiatric Nurse, MS, PMHCNS-, BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Merrick, NY 11566
Has someone suggested that you may need to take medication for what you're experiencing? Scary thought for most people. I'm a Nurse Practitioner with advanced training in therapy and medication management of all mood disorders. I strongly believe that total remission of your symptoms is possible. Research has shown that therapy in addition to medications for those who need them works best. Medication is prescribed as a last resort. I don't take prescribing medication lightly and do not believe in a one pill cure-all. There are many options we can explore.
Has someone suggested that you may need to take medication for what you're experiencing? Scary thought for most people. I'm a Nurse Practitioner with advanced training in therapy and medication management of all mood disorders. I strongly believe that total remission of your symptoms is possible. Research has shown that therapy in addition to medications for those who need them works best. Medication is prescribed as a last resort. I don't take prescribing medication lightly and do not believe in a one pill cure-all. There are many options we can explore.
(516) 715-4380 View (516) 715-4380
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Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Merrick, NY 11566
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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Clyburn's Mental Health Services For Women
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Merrick, NY 11566
Welcome and congratulations for taking the most important step as you begin to move in the direction of inner peace, emotional wellbeing and healing. Whether faced with current life challenges or experiencing difficulties related to a complicated past, you have acknowledged the presence of an inner struggle for which you have decided to seek professional support. If you are new to psychotherapy, just know that feeling a little apprehensive is quite common amongst new comers. The services that I offer are tailored to meet individual needs and/or the needs of the group during group sessions.
Welcome and congratulations for taking the most important step as you begin to move in the direction of inner peace, emotional wellbeing and healing. Whether faced with current life challenges or experiencing difficulties related to a complicated past, you have acknowledged the presence of an inner struggle for which you have decided to seek professional support. If you are new to psychotherapy, just know that feeling a little apprehensive is quite common amongst new comers. The services that I offer are tailored to meet individual needs and/or the needs of the group during group sessions.
(516) 268-0032 View (516) 268-0032
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Scott Krakower
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Merrick, NY 11566
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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MYM Child & Adult Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Merrick, NY 11566  (Online Only)
Our Goal is to find the right balance between your need for appropriate therapeutic interventions and safe medication management for struggles with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Mood Disturbances, Sleep Challenges, Obsessive-Compulsive, Trauma & Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Our Goal is to find the right balance between your need for appropriate therapeutic interventions and safe medication management for struggles with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Mood Disturbances, Sleep Challenges, Obsessive-Compulsive, Trauma & Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(516) 703-4436 View (516) 703-4436
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Daniel Moldwin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Merrick, NY 11566
I am a Duke University trained psychiatric nurse practitioner offering medication management for individuals 18 years and older. Building strong trusting relationships, providing education, and engaging in client-centered care are all important aspects of my treatment approach. My goal is to optimize each person’s quality of life, helping people to feel happier and more fulfilled. I am proud to provide clients across New York State with easily accessible, affordable, quality mental health care. xx Now offering Spravato therapy for patients struggling with Treatment Resistant Depression xx
I am a Duke University trained psychiatric nurse practitioner offering medication management for individuals 18 years and older. Building strong trusting relationships, providing education, and engaging in client-centered care are all important aspects of my treatment approach. My goal is to optimize each person’s quality of life, helping people to feel happier and more fulfilled. I am proud to provide clients across New York State with easily accessible, affordable, quality mental health care. xx Now offering Spravato therapy for patients struggling with Treatment Resistant Depression xx
(516) 548-6133 View (516) 548-6133
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Humanistic Family Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, NPP, BC
Verified Verified
Merrick, NY 11566
Humanistic Family Psychiatry & Addiction Treatment is a Sole Psychiatric/Addiction Treatment Practice located on the South Shore of Long Island. As a practitioner, I provide an integrative humanistic approach caring for children, adolescent, adults suffering from mental health issues as well as provide addiction treatment to those who suffer from substance abuse disorders. I treat each individual according to the whole person not just a diagnosis. I address persons mind, body and spirit. My mission is to return a person to their optimal health & assist one to live a happy, healthier & fulfilled life. Holistic approach used for treatment as well.
Humanistic Family Psychiatry & Addiction Treatment is a Sole Psychiatric/Addiction Treatment Practice located on the South Shore of Long Island. As a practitioner, I provide an integrative humanistic approach caring for children, adolescent, adults suffering from mental health issues as well as provide addiction treatment to those who suffer from substance abuse disorders. I treat each individual according to the whole person not just a diagnosis. I address persons mind, body and spirit. My mission is to return a person to their optimal health & assist one to live a happy, healthier & fulfilled life. Holistic approach used for treatment as well.
(646) 846-1809 View (646) 846-1809
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Siobhan Kearns, NP in Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Merrick, NY 11566  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with symptoms such as depression, mood, anxiety, ADHD, issues with sleep or PTSD casting a heavy toll on your daily life? As a dedicated Psychiatric NP, I am here to provide more than just clinical expertise. I am here to offer a listening ear, a guiding hand and a personalized path towards healing. Have you found yourself struggling to navigate your emotions, sleep patterns, or concentration? Let’s embark on a collaborative journey to form the foundation of a comprehensive approach to your mental well-being. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I serve the 5 boroughs of NYC, Suffolk, and Nassau
Are you struggling with symptoms such as depression, mood, anxiety, ADHD, issues with sleep or PTSD casting a heavy toll on your daily life? As a dedicated Psychiatric NP, I am here to provide more than just clinical expertise. I am here to offer a listening ear, a guiding hand and a personalized path towards healing. Have you found yourself struggling to navigate your emotions, sleep patterns, or concentration? Let’s embark on a collaborative journey to form the foundation of a comprehensive approach to your mental well-being. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I serve the 5 boroughs of NYC, Suffolk, and Nassau
(516) 447-2433 View (516) 447-2433

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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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
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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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S Easo NP in Family Health and Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
East Meadow, NY 11554
Shiny Easo, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC: I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine, with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. I started working as a nurse practitioner since 2013 and have a genuine interest in treating a vast array of psychiatric disorders including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorders, OCD, PTSD, and related disorders. I have experience in treating patients with medical comorbidities and has training in issues related to primary health. I believes in the principle that body and mind are interconnected which allows me to provide comprehensive care to all of my patients.
Shiny Easo, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC: I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine, with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. I started working as a nurse practitioner since 2013 and have a genuine interest in treating a vast array of psychiatric disorders including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorders, OCD, PTSD, and related disorders. I have experience in treating patients with medical comorbidities and has training in issues related to primary health. I believes in the principle that body and mind are interconnected which allows me to provide comprehensive care to all of my patients.
(516) 614-4582 View (516) 614-4582
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PMHNP, INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Roosevelt, NY 11575
I am a licensed, board certified advance family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management for individuals, 6 years and older. My areas of expertise include depressive disorders, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD), Bipolar Disorder, and PTSD.
I am a licensed, board certified advance family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management for individuals, 6 years and older. My areas of expertise include depressive disorders, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD), Bipolar Disorder, and PTSD.
(646) 762-5035 View (646) 762-5035
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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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Zhanna Berman At Core Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Wantagh, NY 11793  (Online Only)
Book an appointment online today via our website corepsychiatry.org!
Book an appointment online today via our website corepsychiatry.org!
(646) 933-9658 View (646) 933-9658
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
East Meadow, NY 11554  (Online Only)
We are board-certified in treating Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York state via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified in treating Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York state via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
(551) 257-2731 View (551) 257-2731
Photo of Jason M. Careri, Psychiatrist in Merrick, NY
Jason M. Careri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Meadow, NY 11554
I am seeing new clients and offer in-person or virtual sessions. I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in evidence-based treatments for adults and adolescents who struggle with anxiety and depression, and ADHD. I strive to create an environment that is comfortable and client-centered. I work with people in order to reduce their suffering and to empower them to improve their lives. A specific plan is developed for each individual which can include psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, or both. Please call if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment. (516) 960-8096
I am seeing new clients and offer in-person or virtual sessions. I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in evidence-based treatments for adults and adolescents who struggle with anxiety and depression, and ADHD. I strive to create an environment that is comfortable and client-centered. I work with people in order to reduce their suffering and to empower them to improve their lives. A specific plan is developed for each individual which can include psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, or both. Please call if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment. (516) 960-8096
(516) 208-2953 View (516) 208-2953

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Merrick, NY

10+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Merrick, NY who prioritize treating:

83% Depression
83% Anxiety
83% Medication Management
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Bipolar Disorder
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

21 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Aetna
75% Cigna and Evernorth
63% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Merrick, NY see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Merrick?

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.