Psychiatrists in Monroe, NY

Photo of Olanrewaju Somorin, Psychiatrist in Monroe, NY
Olanrewaju Somorin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Monroe, NY 10950  (Online Only)
Dr Somorin is triple board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He has been listed as a top psychiatrist in the Hudson Valley Magazine yearly from 2006 to 2019. He graduated from Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx NY in August 1999He then completed a one year fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx NY. He treats clients struggling with anxiety, depression or substance abuse.
Dr Somorin is triple board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He has been listed as a top psychiatrist in the Hudson Valley Magazine yearly from 2006 to 2019. He graduated from Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx NY in August 1999He then completed a one year fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx NY. He treats clients struggling with anxiety, depression or substance abuse.
(845) 637-3365 View (845) 637-3365
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One Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P, BC
Verified Verified
Monroe, NY 10950  (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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Vitality Psychiatry Group Practice
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Monroe, NY 10950
Dr. Mitchell Cabisudo is a double board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist who has been trained in different schools of psychotherapy and has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the use of life-saving medications. After completing his adult residency training in Albany, NY, he pursued further specialization in Pediatric Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Cabisudo crucially understands the limitations and unfortunate repercussions of the use of medication. Therefore prior to contemplating to prescribing, he integrates the basic fundamentals yet profound complexities surrounding a person's life which can significantly dictate the overall changes in one's behavior and emotions.
Dr. Mitchell Cabisudo is a double board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist who has been trained in different schools of psychotherapy and has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the use of life-saving medications. After completing his adult residency training in Albany, NY, he pursued further specialization in Pediatric Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Cabisudo crucially understands the limitations and unfortunate repercussions of the use of medication. Therefore prior to contemplating to prescribing, he integrates the basic fundamentals yet profound complexities surrounding a person's life which can significantly dictate the overall changes in one's behavior and emotions.
(914) 502-3998 View (914) 502-3998
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Sadhana Sardana
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Monroe, NY 10949
I value the importance of a comprehensive psychiatric assessment and collaboration with parents/families, teachers and other providers to understand the patient and his/her strengths and needs in the context of the family, taking into consideration the impact of the developmental, biological, psycho-social, cultural, educational, vocational factors etc. My patients describe me as a caring, empathic and kind-hearted person. I want to help people suffering from mental health issues so that they live a happy, independent, fulfilling and productive life.
I value the importance of a comprehensive psychiatric assessment and collaboration with parents/families, teachers and other providers to understand the patient and his/her strengths and needs in the context of the family, taking into consideration the impact of the developmental, biological, psycho-social, cultural, educational, vocational factors etc. My patients describe me as a caring, empathic and kind-hearted person. I want to help people suffering from mental health issues so that they live a happy, independent, fulfilling and productive life.
(845) 203-3529 View (845) 203-3529

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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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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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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Edith Onua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Highland Mills, NY 10930  (Online Only)
What sets Edith apart is her compassionate and non-judgmental approach. She values open communication, actively listening to patients, and tailoring her services to their unique needs. Edith is known for providing unhurried visits, ensuring her patients feel heard and supported throughout their treatment journey. Edith offers flexible appointment times, including weekdays, evenings, and weekends. She understands the importance of accommodating diverse schedules to ensure accessibility for her clients.
What sets Edith apart is her compassionate and non-judgmental approach. She values open communication, actively listening to patients, and tailoring her services to their unique needs. Edith is known for providing unhurried visits, ensuring her patients feel heard and supported throughout their treatment journey. Edith offers flexible appointment times, including weekdays, evenings, and weekends. She understands the importance of accommodating diverse schedules to ensure accessibility for her clients.
(845) 250-6849 View (845) 250-6849
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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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Kanishk Solanki
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Central Valley, NY 10917  (Online Only)
Dr. Kanishk Solanki, MD, a licensed psychiatrist in New York, offers teletherapy services to individuals grappling with a myriad of mental health challenges. As an expert in the field, he specializes in assisting clients facing the burdens of anxiety, depression, and various other common psychiatric issues. Dr. Solanki recognizes that navigating these struggles can often feel overwhelming and isolating, prompting him to create a therapeutic environment that fosters trust, empathy, and understanding.
Dr. Kanishk Solanki, MD, a licensed psychiatrist in New York, offers teletherapy services to individuals grappling with a myriad of mental health challenges. As an expert in the field, he specializes in assisting clients facing the burdens of anxiety, depression, and various other common psychiatric issues. Dr. Solanki recognizes that navigating these struggles can often feel overwhelming and isolating, prompting him to create a therapeutic environment that fosters trust, empathy, and understanding.
(929) 556-6940 View (929) 556-6940
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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
Warwick, NY 10990
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

Online Psychiatrists

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Dr. Arlyne Katz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, NMD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10112  (Online Only)
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in the Psychiatric Assessment and Medication Management of adults with ADHD, Depression and Anxiety. I am also a Naturopathic/Integrative Medicine Doctor with a unique approach to mental health and wellness. I practice mind-body medicine by treating the whole person by means of conventional and complementary methods via the utilization of pharmaceuticals, supplements, and therapeutic techniques.
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in the Psychiatric Assessment and Medication Management of adults with ADHD, Depression and Anxiety. I am also a Naturopathic/Integrative Medicine Doctor with a unique approach to mental health and wellness. I practice mind-body medicine by treating the whole person by means of conventional and complementary methods via the utilization of pharmaceuticals, supplements, and therapeutic techniques.
(929) 207-7612 View (929) 207-7612
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Benjamin Recca
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10024  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients (updated June 2022). Welcome! I am a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in general adult psychiatry with a subspecialty in addiction. My priority is to listen carefully and compassionately, and provide judgement-free, collaborative, high-quality care. I have extensive experience treating adults with a wide variety of mental health concerns and offer a personalized and personable treatment approach. I conduct a comprehensive evaluation to create a cohesive narrative that begins to make sense of what brought you in, with the goal of you living a happier, healthier, more meaningful life.
Accepting New Patients (updated June 2022). Welcome! I am a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in general adult psychiatry with a subspecialty in addiction. My priority is to listen carefully and compassionately, and provide judgement-free, collaborative, high-quality care. I have extensive experience treating adults with a wide variety of mental health concerns and offer a personalized and personable treatment approach. I conduct a comprehensive evaluation to create a cohesive narrative that begins to make sense of what brought you in, with the goal of you living a happier, healthier, more meaningful life.
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Claudine Sapini
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plainview, NY 11803  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and DNP with a graduate degree from Molloy University. I have experience working with adolescents and adults facing various complex mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, panic disorders, grief, and relationships concerns, in multiple settings.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and DNP with a graduate degree from Molloy University. I have experience working with adolescents and adults facing various complex mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, panic disorders, grief, and relationships concerns, in multiple settings.
(516) 689-9653 View (516) 689-9653
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Jennifer MacQueen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Jennifer and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Religion/Spirituality, Relationship Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Loss/Grief/Bereavement, Life Transitions, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Family Issues, Depression, Chronic Illness and Anxiety. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Jennifer and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Religion/Spirituality, Relationship Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Loss/Grief/Bereavement, Life Transitions, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Family Issues, Depression, Chronic Illness and Anxiety. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(929) 225-8493 View (929) 225-8493
Photo of Anastasia Ruiz, Psychiatrist in Monroe, NY
Anastasia Ruiz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
Doctor Ruiz is a board-certified psychiatrist physician who specializes in psychiatric diagnosis and treatment in anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma and stressor related disorders, ADHD, and pregnancy related psychiatric conditions. Dr. Ruiz received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry, graduating from the Honors College with Magna Cum Laude. She later completed four-years of medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and an additional four-years of psychiatric residency training.
Doctor Ruiz is a board-certified psychiatrist physician who specializes in psychiatric diagnosis and treatment in anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma and stressor related disorders, ADHD, and pregnancy related psychiatric conditions. Dr. Ruiz received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry, graduating from the Honors College with Magna Cum Laude. She later completed four-years of medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and an additional four-years of psychiatric residency training.
(917) 634-5311 View (917) 634-5311
Photo of Anisha Gulati, Psychiatrist in Monroe, NY
Anisha Gulati
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Dr. Gulati is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 10 years. She has worked in inpatient units, private practice, and community mental health, as well as served as Chief Medical Officer of a large psychiatric hospital. In 2018 she was awarded the Charleston Choice Award for Best Psychiatrist in Charleston, South Carolina. She currently resides in South Florida. Dr. Gulati's practice centers around treating the whole patient: mind, body, and spirit. She believes the judicious use of psychiatric medications, coupled with psychotherapy and alternative treatments such as meditation and yoga, can bring a
Dr. Gulati is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 10 years. She has worked in inpatient units, private practice, and community mental health, as well as served as Chief Medical Officer of a large psychiatric hospital. In 2018 she was awarded the Charleston Choice Award for Best Psychiatrist in Charleston, South Carolina. She currently resides in South Florida. Dr. Gulati's practice centers around treating the whole patient: mind, body, and spirit. She believes the judicious use of psychiatric medications, coupled with psychotherapy and alternative treatments such as meditation and yoga, can bring a
(904) 977-6917 View (904) 977-6917
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Lesego Goba
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11378  (Online Only)
Lesego Goba, NP, has mental health clinical experience in multiple settings and is Board Certified to serve adolescents and adults who are faced with mental health challenges within the mood-disorder spectrum, particularly Anxiety, Depression and Bipolar disorder.
Lesego Goba, NP, has mental health clinical experience in multiple settings and is Board Certified to serve adolescents and adults who are faced with mental health challenges within the mood-disorder spectrum, particularly Anxiety, Depression and Bipolar disorder.
(332) 244-3878 View (332) 244-3878
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pw psych NP svcs pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Paltz, NY 12561  (Online Only)
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my prfessional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my prfessional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
(888) 516-0397 View (888) 516-0397
Photo of Erica Johnson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monroe, NY
Erica Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC-MSN, RN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Erica Johnson is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in the state of New York. She completed her Bachelors of Nursing from Temple University in Philadelphia, P.A. She received her Masters of Nursing in Psychiatry from Walden University. She has over 11 years in the field of Nursing.
Erica Johnson is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in the state of New York. She completed her Bachelors of Nursing from Temple University in Philadelphia, P.A. She received her Masters of Nursing in Psychiatry from Walden University. She has over 11 years in the field of Nursing.
(718) 816-8558 View (718) 816-8558

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Monroe, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Monroe, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Medication Management
75% Addiction
75% Child
75% Stress

Average years in practice

23 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
67% 1199SEIU

How Psychiatrists in Monroe, NY see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Male
34% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Monroe?

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.