Psychiatrists in Middletown, NY

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Saron Fong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Middletown, NY 10941
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of healthcare experience in various healthcare settings, including acute and chronic illness. I work with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD, and other related mental illnesses. I enjoy working with individuals to make a positive difference with the goal of positive outcomes in their lives, with their families, and within their communities.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of healthcare experience in various healthcare settings, including acute and chronic illness. I work with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD, and other related mental illnesses. I enjoy working with individuals to make a positive difference with the goal of positive outcomes in their lives, with their families, and within their communities.
(845) 640-5693 View (845) 640-5693
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Debra Mayers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Middletown, NY 10940  (Online Only)
I understand you may be experiencing excessive worry, anxiousness, pounding chest and shortness of breath and cannot understand why. Or you may be feeling down, not able enjoy the things you once enjoyed, feel like you don’t want to get out of bed; I don’t want you continue to suffer anymore; I will work with you to provide a combination of medication and therapy that will give you the relief you are seeking and give you your life back.
I understand you may be experiencing excessive worry, anxiousness, pounding chest and shortness of breath and cannot understand why. Or you may be feeling down, not able enjoy the things you once enjoyed, feel like you don’t want to get out of bed; I don’t want you continue to suffer anymore; I will work with you to provide a combination of medication and therapy that will give you the relief you are seeking and give you your life back.
(845) 237-3932 View (845) 237-3932
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Let's Talk Wellness Counseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Middletown, NY 10940
Now Accepting New Clients! At Let's Talk Wellness Counseling, you will feel comfortable and receive nonjudgmental and open communication. I work with a wide range of issues including substance abuse, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, trauma, anger management, women issues, emotional disturbances, autism and other life stressors. I am looking forward to serving and supporting you! I offer in office and online video-based therapy and medication management services. Contact me to discover if I could be a good fit for you.
Now Accepting New Clients! At Let's Talk Wellness Counseling, you will feel comfortable and receive nonjudgmental and open communication. I work with a wide range of issues including substance abuse, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, trauma, anger management, women issues, emotional disturbances, autism and other life stressors. I am looking forward to serving and supporting you! I offer in office and online video-based therapy and medication management services. Contact me to discover if I could be a good fit for you.
(845) 203-0286 View (845) 203-0286
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Dr. Kimberly Robinson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Middletown, NY 10941
I specialize in the evaluation and treatment of both children, adolescents and adults for a variety of psychiatric disorders, including Anxiety, Depression, OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Personality disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. I provide trauma informed care, and make an effort to compassionately treat the whole person while valuing the autonomy of my patients. Recommendations may include recommendations for medication, therapy, supplements, lifestyle and behavioral changes. I have a special interest in women’s health, trauma informed care, attachment, and integrative psychiatry.
I specialize in the evaluation and treatment of both children, adolescents and adults for a variety of psychiatric disorders, including Anxiety, Depression, OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Personality disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. I provide trauma informed care, and make an effort to compassionately treat the whole person while valuing the autonomy of my patients. Recommendations may include recommendations for medication, therapy, supplements, lifestyle and behavioral changes. I have a special interest in women’s health, trauma informed care, attachment, and integrative psychiatry.
(845) 261-0944 View (845) 261-0944
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One Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P, BC
Verified Verified
Middletown, NY 10941  (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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Iva Lesniak, DO, Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO, BC
Verified Verified
Middletown, NY 10940
Hi, contact me if you're looking for an experienced, empathic Board Certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist who will work collaboratively with you to help you improve your quality of life and resilience. In treatment with me, you will find a safe, supportive environment where mutual respect, trust and personal growth become possible. I will work closely with you to select a treatment that best fits your individual needs and preferences, whether it's lifestyle changes, psychotherapy, medications, or a combination. Your input is very important to me and I am happy to answer any questions about the process and treatment.
Hi, contact me if you're looking for an experienced, empathic Board Certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist who will work collaboratively with you to help you improve your quality of life and resilience. In treatment with me, you will find a safe, supportive environment where mutual respect, trust and personal growth become possible. I will work closely with you to select a treatment that best fits your individual needs and preferences, whether it's lifestyle changes, psychotherapy, medications, or a combination. Your input is very important to me and I am happy to answer any questions about the process and treatment.
(845) 237-3981 View (845) 237-3981
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Jingduan Yang
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Middletown, NY 10940
Mental health issues are complex problems with the body, mind, and spirit. They demand a comprehensive evaluation to detect abnormal brain chemistry and physiology to employ an individualized and integrative approach to treat the root causes and relieve the symptoms. I have helped numerous people who are tired of the side effects and lack of efficacy of psychotropic medications and desire to achieve a healthier and happier life.
Mental health issues are complex problems with the body, mind, and spirit. They demand a comprehensive evaluation to detect abnormal brain chemistry and physiology to employ an individualized and integrative approach to treat the root causes and relieve the symptoms. I have helped numerous people who are tired of the side effects and lack of efficacy of psychotropic medications and desire to achieve a healthier and happier life.
(484) 870-3177 View (484) 870-3177

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Orange County NP in Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Goshen, NY 10924
My ideal client desires to achieve a sense of balance and happiness, even in times of stress. They seek ways to experience calmness, clarity of mind, and rejuvenation. They want to learn effective techniques to manage stress, prioritize self-care, and establish a deeper connection with their true selves. Ultimately, their goal is to feel more joyful, energetic, and fully engaged in their daily routine while balancing work and personal life and maintaining good health.
My ideal client desires to achieve a sense of balance and happiness, even in times of stress. They seek ways to experience calmness, clarity of mind, and rejuvenation. They want to learn effective techniques to manage stress, prioritize self-care, and establish a deeper connection with their true selves. Ultimately, their goal is to feel more joyful, energetic, and fully engaged in their daily routine while balancing work and personal life and maintaining good health.
(845) 606-6404 View (845) 606-6404
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Barbara Marie Marszalek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP
Verified Verified
Montgomery, NY 12549
Are you suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD? Are you looking to connect with someone to help you find a way to heal? To pull the triggers away from you? I offer personalized integrative psychiatric care for those struggling mentally, emotionally or with addictions in Orange County NY. I specialize in ART ( Accelerated Resolution Therapy). It is a unique approach to psychotherapy to replace negative images in the unconscious mind that triggers and symptoms of PTSD with positive ones that my clients chose, hence removing the triggers causing the intrusive thoughts to completely STOP. You are important. You are worth it.
Are you suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD? Are you looking to connect with someone to help you find a way to heal? To pull the triggers away from you? I offer personalized integrative psychiatric care for those struggling mentally, emotionally or with addictions in Orange County NY. I specialize in ART ( Accelerated Resolution Therapy). It is a unique approach to psychotherapy to replace negative images in the unconscious mind that triggers and symptoms of PTSD with positive ones that my clients chose, hence removing the triggers causing the intrusive thoughts to completely STOP. You are important. You are worth it.
(845) 539-1056 View (845) 539-1056
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Dr. Stephanie Monaco, MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Goshen, NY 10924
Hello, I'm Dr. Monaco. I have a true interest in helping others and an incredible understanding of people. I am a Mount Sinai Beth Israel trained psychiatrist with years of experience in medication treatment and psychotherapy. I also have additional specialization in mood disorders like bipolar disorder and depression. I use an integrative approach to therapy including supportive, cognitive and psychodynamic techniques. I provide medication management, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. I have practices in Manhattan & Goshen (New York) and Denver (Colorado).
Hello, I'm Dr. Monaco. I have a true interest in helping others and an incredible understanding of people. I am a Mount Sinai Beth Israel trained psychiatrist with years of experience in medication treatment and psychotherapy. I also have additional specialization in mood disorders like bipolar disorder and depression. I use an integrative approach to therapy including supportive, cognitive and psychodynamic techniques. I provide medication management, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. I have practices in Manhattan & Goshen (New York) and Denver (Colorado).
(646) 681-5657 View (646) 681-5657
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Anthony Collica
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Goshen, NY 10924
Not accepting new clients
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and started practicing in 2021(PMHNP), but have been working in mental health in various roles since 2006 at 19 years of age. I graduated from Binghamton University Magna Cum Laude, with my Masters of Science. I help patients work through and over to the other side of their anxiety, trauma, depression, suicidal ideation, impulse control and psychosis. My approach to treatment is a patient centered approach while utilizing medication and CBT and motivational interviewing skills. No two patients are identical, and my treatment approach reflects that viewpoint.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and started practicing in 2021(PMHNP), but have been working in mental health in various roles since 2006 at 19 years of age. I graduated from Binghamton University Magna Cum Laude, with my Masters of Science. I help patients work through and over to the other side of their anxiety, trauma, depression, suicidal ideation, impulse control and psychosis. My approach to treatment is a patient centered approach while utilizing medication and CBT and motivational interviewing skills. No two patients are identical, and my treatment approach reflects that viewpoint.
(845) 286-4598 View (845) 286-4598
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Mary FitzGerald Switala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN
Verified Verified
Goshen, NY 10924
Waitlist for new clients
I focus on using a holistic and integrative approach to diagnosing and treating mental health conditions and work with clients to identify, understand, and solve issues. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and that it is a collaboration between the client and me. Together we can determine what is the right treatment for you.
I focus on using a holistic and integrative approach to diagnosing and treating mental health conditions and work with clients to identify, understand, and solve issues. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and that it is a collaboration between the client and me. Together we can determine what is the right treatment for you.
(845) 671-5003 View (845) 671-5003
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APM Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Otisville, NY 10963  (Online Only)
Are you noticing that life is difficult to cope with because of worries, feelings of inadequacy, experiencing changes in sleep or unable to cope with everyday life stressors? Is your child experiencing difficulties at school or home? I can help you or your child navigate emotions via brief supportive psychotherapy or through medication management. I find joy in working with individuals of all ages. As an experienced, compassionate, knowledgeable and dedicated clinician, I look forward to helping individuals improve their mental health
Are you noticing that life is difficult to cope with because of worries, feelings of inadequacy, experiencing changes in sleep or unable to cope with everyday life stressors? Is your child experiencing difficulties at school or home? I can help you or your child navigate emotions via brief supportive psychotherapy or through medication management. I find joy in working with individuals of all ages. As an experienced, compassionate, knowledgeable and dedicated clinician, I look forward to helping individuals improve their mental health
(631) 904-7212 View (631) 904-7212

Online Psychiatrists

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Yoni Hochstein
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSEd
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
Parents will seek out treatment for a variety of reasons- sometimes it's "just a bump in the road", and other times it has been years of escalating or worsening habits. Some clients are going through a crisis, while others look to build on their strengths and improve their daily quality of living. Life rarely works out the way we intend, and navigating challenges can be particularly difficult for young people. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my job is to assist clients and their parents in working through life's challenges.
Parents will seek out treatment for a variety of reasons- sometimes it's "just a bump in the road", and other times it has been years of escalating or worsening habits. Some clients are going through a crisis, while others look to build on their strengths and improve their daily quality of living. Life rarely works out the way we intend, and navigating challenges can be particularly difficult for young people. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my job is to assist clients and their parents in working through life's challenges.
(332) 529-1860 View (332) 529-1860
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Drew K. Goldbaum-Ratkevich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP-P, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10036  (Online Only)
Drew is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner & Co-Founder of the esteemed Bass Wellness Center (BWC). For the past 8+ years, Drew has been at the forefront of delivering inclusive and empathic psychiatric nursing care, primarily focusing on treating anxiety disorders, ADHD, mood disorders, disordered eating, and addictions and providing LGBTQ-affirmative care. Drew's passion lies in offering care tailored to your unique needs, all within a nurturing, safe & non-judgmental space.
Drew is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner & Co-Founder of the esteemed Bass Wellness Center (BWC). For the past 8+ years, Drew has been at the forefront of delivering inclusive and empathic psychiatric nursing care, primarily focusing on treating anxiety disorders, ADHD, mood disorders, disordered eating, and addictions and providing LGBTQ-affirmative care. Drew's passion lies in offering care tailored to your unique needs, all within a nurturing, safe & non-judgmental space.
(929) 325-0141 View (929) 325-0141
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Trisha Mayorga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Trisha Mayorga has been a registered nurse since 2011 and worked 11 years in Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She started her career on a surgical unit caring for patients post procedures. During her later years she transitioned to the Mindful care unit: A unit for patients with psychiatric disorders requiring medical care. She specialized in taking care of Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients as well as schizophrenia, and bipolar. Trisha further her career by graduating from Hunter College with her degree of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has recently worked in private practice assisting patients.
Trisha Mayorga has been a registered nurse since 2011 and worked 11 years in Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She started her career on a surgical unit caring for patients post procedures. During her later years she transitioned to the Mindful care unit: A unit for patients with psychiatric disorders requiring medical care. She specialized in taking care of Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients as well as schizophrenia, and bipolar. Trisha further her career by graduating from Hunter College with her degree of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has recently worked in private practice assisting patients.
(631) 380-4597 View (631) 380-4597
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Long Island Psychiatrist & Online Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
New Hyde Park, NY 11042  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatrist practicing in Long Island, NY. I provide both office visits and telepsychiatry visits ( please visit my website at gaba.healthcare) . I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, family and marital therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as medication management. Whatever your reasons for seeing a psychiatrist ? whether you are suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, attention problems dysphoria, or just wanting to perform better at work, I strongly believe that everyone has the potential to feel and be better, and everyone deserves optimal care.
I am a board certified Psychiatrist practicing in Long Island, NY. I provide both office visits and telepsychiatry visits ( please visit my website at gaba.healthcare) . I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, family and marital therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as medication management. Whatever your reasons for seeing a psychiatrist ? whether you are suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, attention problems dysphoria, or just wanting to perform better at work, I strongly believe that everyone has the potential to feel and be better, and everyone deserves optimal care.
(516) 550-3440 View (516) 550-3440
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Elizabeth Cohen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Islandia, NY 11749
I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Binge Eating, Alcohol Abuse, Bariatric Evaluations, Menapausal Symptoms & Insomnia. I enjoy working with teens and adults by helping them navigate through current issues. I believe strongly in treating my patients as a "whole person". Your consultation may include: Diagnostics testing such as Lab work , Genetic testing , Written screening tools. Solution Focused treatment includes: Diet / Behavior Lifestyle Modifications, Vitamin Therapy, and Medications as deemed appropriate.
I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Binge Eating, Alcohol Abuse, Bariatric Evaluations, Menapausal Symptoms & Insomnia. I enjoy working with teens and adults by helping them navigate through current issues. I believe strongly in treating my patients as a "whole person". Your consultation may include: Diagnostics testing such as Lab work , Genetic testing , Written screening tools. Solution Focused treatment includes: Diet / Behavior Lifestyle Modifications, Vitamin Therapy, and Medications as deemed appropriate.
(631) 791-6801 View (631) 791-6801
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Ankur Upadhyay
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10007  (Online Only)
Dr. Ankur Upadhyay is a licensed Psychiatrist. He provides psychiatric care supported by evidence based medical practices, highlighted by his experience with mindfulness based therapies and psychoanalysis. His journey started in India where he gained knowledge in spirituality and the practice of mindful living. He has since completed his Psychiatry residency training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Morningside-West Hospitals), and treated patients from diverse backgrounds. He has also completed training in the Intensive Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy program at William Alanson White Institute in NYC.
Dr. Ankur Upadhyay is a licensed Psychiatrist. He provides psychiatric care supported by evidence based medical practices, highlighted by his experience with mindfulness based therapies and psychoanalysis. His journey started in India where he gained knowledge in spirituality and the practice of mindful living. He has since completed his Psychiatry residency training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Morningside-West Hospitals), and treated patients from diverse backgrounds. He has also completed training in the Intensive Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy program at William Alanson White Institute in NYC.
(646) 956-4559 View (646) 956-4559
Photo of Saira Bhatti, Psychiatrist in Middletown, NY
Saira Bhatti
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
My ideal patient is an individual who is struggling in their day to day lives and is looking to make a change and get help in making that change. Whether that is because of common issues related to depression and anxiety, or perhaps concerns about bipolar disorder, life adjustments, grief, and women's health concerns.
My ideal patient is an individual who is struggling in their day to day lives and is looking to make a change and get help in making that change. Whether that is because of common issues related to depression and anxiety, or perhaps concerns about bipolar disorder, life adjustments, grief, and women's health concerns.
(646) 212-3882 View (646) 212-3882

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Number of Psychiatrists in Middletown, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Middletown, NY who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% ADHD
71% Bipolar Disorder
71% Sleep or Insomnia
71% Medication Management

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Middletown, NY see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Middletown?

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.