Psychiatrists in Monsey, NY

Photo of Nechama Keller-Sabel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monsey, NY
Nechama Keller-Sabel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BC
Verified Verified
Monsey, NY 10952
As a board certified licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have undertaken to help individuals restore their vitality and resume a life of meaning and purpose. Depression, anxiety, trauma, hyperactivity, and stress are some of the issues that are part of ones complicated life that can lead to dysfunction and suffering. A compassionate approach with an emphasis on ones cultural background, life experiences, and ones personal needs, help to shape the focus of my treatment. Setting realistic and far reaching goals that help individuals not only return to the life they once knew, but concentrate on a brighter and successful future filled with joy and accomplishment.
As a board certified licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have undertaken to help individuals restore their vitality and resume a life of meaning and purpose. Depression, anxiety, trauma, hyperactivity, and stress are some of the issues that are part of ones complicated life that can lead to dysfunction and suffering. A compassionate approach with an emphasis on ones cultural background, life experiences, and ones personal needs, help to shape the focus of my treatment. Setting realistic and far reaching goals that help individuals not only return to the life they once knew, but concentrate on a brighter and successful future filled with joy and accomplishment.
(845) 363-6447 View (845) 363-6447
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Elizabeth Feingold
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Monsey, NY 10952
I am a Columbia/Cornell trained, triple board certified psychiatrist with broad training in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, forensic psychiatry, and emergency psychiatry. I work with patients to get practical outcomes, such as improving school or work performance, relationships, or self-esteem.
I am a Columbia/Cornell trained, triple board certified psychiatrist with broad training in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, forensic psychiatry, and emergency psychiatry. I work with patients to get practical outcomes, such as improving school or work performance, relationships, or self-esteem.
(917) 832-1923 View (917) 832-1923
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Jason Dean
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Monsey, NY 10952  (Online Only)
Dr. Dean is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, specializing in a combination of psychotherapy and medication management. Dr. Dean delves deep into the root causes of anxiety and behavioral issues. Unlike many psychiatrists, Dr. Dean understands that symptoms are merely the surface of a much larger picture. By treating the whole person, not just the symptoms, Dr. Dean uncovers the underlying issues in social-emotional development, paving the way for a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Dr. Dean is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, specializing in a combination of psychotherapy and medication management. Dr. Dean delves deep into the root causes of anxiety and behavioral issues. Unlike many psychiatrists, Dr. Dean understands that symptoms are merely the surface of a much larger picture. By treating the whole person, not just the symptoms, Dr. Dean uncovers the underlying issues in social-emotional development, paving the way for a healthier and more fulfilling life.
(551) 239-1303 View (551) 239-1303
Photo of Micah B Engel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monsey, NY
Micah B Engel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Monsey, NY 10952
Not accepting new clients
I am a board-certified NP in Psychiatry trained at NYU and Touro University. I received several years of training and supervision at Four Winds Hospital and Mosaic Mental Health. I offer medication management and therapy for children and adults. My specialties include autism, pediatric ADHD, depression, trauma, anxiety and OCD. I provide services in New York and New Jersey.
I am a board-certified NP in Psychiatry trained at NYU and Touro University. I received several years of training and supervision at Four Winds Hospital and Mosaic Mental Health. I offer medication management and therapy for children and adults. My specialties include autism, pediatric ADHD, depression, trauma, anxiety and OCD. I provide services in New York and New Jersey.
(929) 362-4906 View (929) 362-4906

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Photo of Nelson Romero, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monsey, NY
Nelson Romero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Piermont, NY 10968
I am a PMHNP deeply dedicated to delivering high-quality, empathetic, and thorough mental health care to children, adolescents, and adults. My robust clinical abilities complement my innate capacity to establish strong connections with patients and their families. My practice is rooted in evidence-based guidelines, combining clinical expertise with personal observation and intuition. I prioritize interdisciplinary education and foster collaboration among healthcare professionals, emphasizing a holistic, patient-centered approach to health and well-being.
I am a PMHNP deeply dedicated to delivering high-quality, empathetic, and thorough mental health care to children, adolescents, and adults. My robust clinical abilities complement my innate capacity to establish strong connections with patients and their families. My practice is rooted in evidence-based guidelines, combining clinical expertise with personal observation and intuition. I prioritize interdisciplinary education and foster collaboration among healthcare professionals, emphasizing a holistic, patient-centered approach to health and well-being.
(845) 660-6178 View (845) 660-6178
Photo of Becca Spaulding, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monsey, NY
Becca Spaulding
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nyack, NY 10960  (Online Only)
I continue to combine authentic curiosity with the highest standards of medical education to offer superior and quality care to my clients. I am able to utilize by expertise to focus on the particular needs of an individual to engage in a meaningful collaboration that keeps clients fully informed, involved in their care and moving towards their optimal level of wellbeing and potential. I love what I do and I am generous with my attention, patience, empathy and knowledge.
I continue to combine authentic curiosity with the highest standards of medical education to offer superior and quality care to my clients. I am able to utilize by expertise to focus on the particular needs of an individual to engage in a meaningful collaboration that keeps clients fully informed, involved in their care and moving towards their optimal level of wellbeing and potential. I love what I do and I am generous with my attention, patience, empathy and knowledge.
(718) 285-3451 View (718) 285-3451
Photo of Dongjin Kim NP in psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monsey, NY
Dongjin Kim NP in psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Piermont, NY 10968
My goal is your healthy well being. My passion is to assist you achieve your wellness leading to the goal of happiness. I am a board certified, licensed Psychiatric mental health NP in NY and NJ who can provide you with medication prescriptions and psychotherapy. I have been working in psychiatry since 2008 both in acute care hospitals and out-patient clinics, in NY and NJ. I see all age groups from children to adults including seniors over age 65.
My goal is your healthy well being. My passion is to assist you achieve your wellness leading to the goal of happiness. I am a board certified, licensed Psychiatric mental health NP in NY and NJ who can provide you with medication prescriptions and psychotherapy. I have been working in psychiatry since 2008 both in acute care hospitals and out-patient clinics, in NY and NJ. I see all age groups from children to adults including seniors over age 65.
(347) 966-7071 View (347) 966-7071
Photo of Martin A Kron, Psychiatrist in Monsey, NY
Martin A Kron
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montebello, NY 10901
Hi, my name is Dr. Martin Kron. I am a double board certified psychiatrist. I trained at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel in NYC and have worked with people in all walks of life. Ever since I was young I have been told that I am an easy person to talk to, and I truly enjoy practicing psychiatry and helping people improve their mental health. I have a calming, nonjudgmental demeanor and I have always been told by my patients that they feel like they are in good hands.
Hi, my name is Dr. Martin Kron. I am a double board certified psychiatrist. I trained at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel in NYC and have worked with people in all walks of life. Ever since I was young I have been told that I am an easy person to talk to, and I truly enjoy practicing psychiatry and helping people improve their mental health. I have a calming, nonjudgmental demeanor and I have always been told by my patients that they feel like they are in good hands.
(845) 660-6997 View (845) 660-6997
Photo of Jennifer Walsh, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monsey, NY
Jennifer Walsh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, WHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orangeburg, NY 10962
Quality mental health care is vital to overall health and well-being. It is important for this care to be personalized and designed around each person’s unique experiences, needs, and priorities. I partner with patients to evaluate mental health concerns and develop a comprehensive treatment plan that includes education, counseling, medication management, and positive lifestyle change.
Quality mental health care is vital to overall health and well-being. It is important for this care to be personalized and designed around each person’s unique experiences, needs, and priorities. I partner with patients to evaluate mental health concerns and develop a comprehensive treatment plan that includes education, counseling, medication management, and positive lifestyle change.
(914) 574-4535 View (914) 574-4535
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Dr. Randy Ian Pardell
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nanuet, NY 10954
Our psychiatric clinicians address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including genetic testing to inform medication management, nutritional supplementation, QEEG brain mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation . Our expertise is the treatment of Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Psychotic Disorders. We provide empathy, time and care to each of our patients
Our psychiatric clinicians address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including genetic testing to inform medication management, nutritional supplementation, QEEG brain mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation . Our expertise is the treatment of Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Psychotic Disorders. We provide empathy, time and care to each of our patients
(845) 262-2447 View (845) 262-2447
Photo of Edith Onua, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monsey, NY
Edith Onua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New City, NY 10956  (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. Mary Asiedu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New City, NY 10956  (Online Only)
I have a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and am a board-certified, New York University-trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in Mental health across the lifespan. I focus on helping patients relieve stress and improve their mental health and quality of life. I will partner with you to help you achieve joy and fulfillment by going beyond the symptoms that brought you into treatment. I have a niche for caregivers, adolescents, young adults, students, and those who are grieving. I am passionate about listening deeply to your experience.
I have a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and am a board-certified, New York University-trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in Mental health across the lifespan. I focus on helping patients relieve stress and improve their mental health and quality of life. I will partner with you to help you achieve joy and fulfillment by going beyond the symptoms that brought you into treatment. I have a niche for caregivers, adolescents, young adults, students, and those who are grieving. I am passionate about listening deeply to your experience.
(845) 209-0392 View (845) 209-0392
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Sadhana Sardana
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New City, NY 10956
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
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Haverstraw, NY 10927  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(315) 562-0251 View (315) 562-0251
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Dr. Mellen Lovrin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
West Nyack, NY 10994
Not accepting new clients
As a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychoanalyst, I am qualified to provide comprehensive psychiatric- mental health assessments, psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication management.
As a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychoanalyst, I am qualified to provide comprehensive psychiatric- mental health assessments, psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication management.
(845) 977-0181 View (845) 977-0181
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Shakeeb Hussain
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nanuet, NY 10954
I work with a collaborative group of providers at Clearwave Mental Health where we provide in-person appointments as well as telehealth appointments. Our psychiatric clinicians address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including genetic testing to inform medication management, nutritional supplementation, QEEG mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
I work with a collaborative group of providers at Clearwave Mental Health where we provide in-person appointments as well as telehealth appointments. Our psychiatric clinicians address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including genetic testing to inform medication management, nutritional supplementation, QEEG mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
(914) 825-4271 View (914) 825-4271
Photo of Saiful Islam, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monsey, NY
Saiful Islam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over seven years of experience in psychiatry. I received my Master of Science in Nursing from Hunter College, trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and worked as a Psychiatric Consultation Liason at Northwell Health at Long Island Medical Center.
I am an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over seven years of experience in psychiatry. I received my Master of Science in Nursing from Hunter College, trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and worked as a Psychiatric Consultation Liason at Northwell Health at Long Island Medical Center.
(646) 762-1345 View (646) 762-1345
Photo of Khatija Bukhari, Psychiatrist in Monsey, NY
Khatija Bukhari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Nyack, NY 10994
Seeking a psychiatrist for oneself or a family member can be a daunting process. Recognizing this, I work to put the entire family at ease through my unique approach to treatment. I describe myself as family-centered, meaning that I cater not just to the patient, but to their entire family. Through a comprehensive intake process that takes into account cultural perspectives, I assess the individual from a developmental, biological, and psycho-social perspective. I view my patients as complex individuals who are so much more than a diagnosis. My preferred modality is pharmacotherapy, though I also provide psychotherapy.
Seeking a psychiatrist for oneself or a family member can be a daunting process. Recognizing this, I work to put the entire family at ease through my unique approach to treatment. I describe myself as family-centered, meaning that I cater not just to the patient, but to their entire family. Through a comprehensive intake process that takes into account cultural perspectives, I assess the individual from a developmental, biological, and psycho-social perspective. I view my patients as complex individuals who are so much more than a diagnosis. My preferred modality is pharmacotherapy, though I also provide psychotherapy.
(845) 731-6126 View (845) 731-6126
Photo of Judy Dulberg, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monsey, NY
Judy Dulberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nanuet, NY 10954
As a clinician at Clearwave Mental Health, I provide compassionate and personalized mental healthcare to my patients. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I received a BA degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College and a BSN degree from NYU. I also have a MA degree in Disability Studies from the City University of New York and earned her MSN in Nursing from Russell Sage College and was inducted to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. My goal is to provide individualized care with meaningful, supportive, and therapeutic rapport and communication.
As a clinician at Clearwave Mental Health, I provide compassionate and personalized mental healthcare to my patients. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I received a BA degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College and a BSN degree from NYU. I also have a MA degree in Disability Studies from the City University of New York and earned her MSN in Nursing from Russell Sage College and was inducted to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. My goal is to provide individualized care with meaningful, supportive, and therapeutic rapport and communication.
(845) 412-9289 View (845) 412-9289
Photo of Taqialdeen Zamil, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monsey, NY
Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spring Valley, NY 10977  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(949) 998-6338 View (949) 998-6338

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Monsey, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Monsey, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Autism
100% Medication Management
75% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Monsey, NY see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Monsey?

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.