Psychiatrists in Nassau, NY

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Usman Syed Riaz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nassau, NY 12123  (Online Only)
Board Certified Psychiatrist with Addiction Psychiatry and Sleep medicine as sub specialities. If you are suffering from mental health, substance use or sleep disorders, don’t keep it to yourself, ask for help and I will make sure to provide you the best care.
Board Certified Psychiatrist with Addiction Psychiatry and Sleep medicine as sub specialities. If you are suffering from mental health, substance use or sleep disorders, don’t keep it to yourself, ask for help and I will make sure to provide you the best care.
(929) 334-3758 View (929) 334-3758
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Magdalena Spariosu
Psychiatrist, FAPA, MD
Verified Verified
Nassau, NY 12123  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome to my page! As a Brain Injury Medicine Psychiatrist, I am passionate about helping high-achieving individuals who are facing the challenges of medical and neurological co-morbidities, particularly those who have experienced Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), whether recently or in the past. I am dedicated to providing compassionate care and guidance to patients recovering from TBI, who may be dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, memory deficits and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as they work towards reclaiming their sense of self and achieving their optimal well-being once again.
Hello and welcome to my page! As a Brain Injury Medicine Psychiatrist, I am passionate about helping high-achieving individuals who are facing the challenges of medical and neurological co-morbidities, particularly those who have experienced Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), whether recently or in the past. I am dedicated to providing compassionate care and guidance to patients recovering from TBI, who may be dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, memory deficits and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as they work towards reclaiming their sense of self and achieving their optimal well-being once again.
(347) 897-5791 View (347) 897-5791

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Bick Wanck
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Our practice is located at 401 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs, NY with 12 mental health practitioners - therapists as well as prescribers - with an emphasis on psychotherapy and counseling. Please visit our website: www.bickwanckmdandassociates.com or contact the office at 518 583-3035 for further information. We accept commercial insurance only - no Medicare or Medicaid plans. You can also check out Bick’s author website at www.bickwanckmd.com to check out blogs and links to his book Mind Easing: the 3-layered healing plan for anxiety and depression.
Our practice is located at 401 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs, NY with 12 mental health practitioners - therapists as well as prescribers - with an emphasis on psychotherapy and counseling. Please visit our website: www.bickwanckmdandassociates.com or contact the office at 518 583-3035 for further information. We accept commercial insurance only - no Medicare or Medicaid plans. You can also check out Bick’s author website at www.bickwanckmd.com to check out blogs and links to his book Mind Easing: the 3-layered healing plan for anxiety and depression.
(518) 650-3364 View (518) 650-3364
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Christopher Viagrande NP Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, APRN, NPP-BC
Verified Verified
Rensselaer, NY 12144
60 Five-Star reviews and 20 years of experience in the field of Psychiatry. Most of my clients come to me after attempting treatment either with another psychiatric provider or their primary care provider. When it comes to your mental health there is a delicate balance between choosing the right medication for you and a personalized approach with therapy. If relief and success is what you seek, search no more and book today!
60 Five-Star reviews and 20 years of experience in the field of Psychiatry. Most of my clients come to me after attempting treatment either with another psychiatric provider or their primary care provider. When it comes to your mental health there is a delicate balance between choosing the right medication for you and a personalized approach with therapy. If relief and success is what you seek, search no more and book today!
(518) 516-5436 View (518) 516-5436
Alexander E Nicholson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NPP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Greenbush, NY 12061
***Tele-psychiatry Offered***Children and Adults*** Medications&Therapy (therapy limited to adults-and based on availability) I take the perspective that we are all complex and should appreciate and understand as best we can the complexity rather than the view that mere molecules alone are affecting our emotional states. I aim to provide what I would expect in my own care or my child's care: an active, present, and compassionate clinician who tries to understand the person or child seeking help and assisting in choosing the best paths for my health, both physical and emotional.
***Tele-psychiatry Offered***Children and Adults*** Medications&Therapy (therapy limited to adults-and based on availability) I take the perspective that we are all complex and should appreciate and understand as best we can the complexity rather than the view that mere molecules alone are affecting our emotional states. I aim to provide what I would expect in my own care or my child's care: an active, present, and compassionate clinician who tries to understand the person or child seeking help and assisting in choosing the best paths for my health, both physical and emotional.
(518) 882-4198 View (518) 882-4198
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Danielle Damas NP in Psychiatry P.C.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rensselaer, NY 12144  (Online Only)
As a holistic mental health practice, Danielle Damas, Psychiatric NP, PC focuses on helping people of all ages overcome their challenges and move forward into a thriving, satisfying life. Board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner Danielle Damas, PMHNP-BC, MSN, BC-NP, is based in Valley Stream, New York, and offers her psychiatric services through telemedicine and in person visits.
As a holistic mental health practice, Danielle Damas, Psychiatric NP, PC focuses on helping people of all ages overcome their challenges and move forward into a thriving, satisfying life. Board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner Danielle Damas, PMHNP-BC, MSN, BC-NP, is based in Valley Stream, New York, and offers her psychiatric services through telemedicine and in person visits.
(516) 714-5852 View (516) 714-5852

Online Psychiatrists

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Erika Marshall
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chappaqua, NY 10514
I am a board certified psychiatrist practicing in Chappaqua, NY in Northern Westchester as well as online. I provide consultation, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology (medication management) for adults and older adolescents. I treat a wide variety of mental health conditions with particular interests in anxiety disorders, depression and other mood disorders, women's mental health and working with parents of children with special needs.
I am a board certified psychiatrist practicing in Chappaqua, NY in Northern Westchester as well as online. I provide consultation, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology (medication management) for adults and older adolescents. I treat a wide variety of mental health conditions with particular interests in anxiety disorders, depression and other mood disorders, women's mental health and working with parents of children with special needs.
(914) 864-0966 View (914) 864-0966
Photo of Victoria M VanScoy-McAllister, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nassau, NY
Victoria M VanScoy-McAllister
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NPP, BC
Verified Verified
Glens Falls, NY 12801  (Online Only)
Victoria VanScoy McAllister, NPP is a Nurse Practitioner specialist in Glens Falls New York. She graduated from Sage College in 2012. Prior to graduating as a Nurse Practitioner, she had over 20 years of diverse experience in psychiatric nursing. Victoria prides herself on providing high-quality individual care. She provides a full comprehensive 60 minute intake and 30-45 minute follow up appointments for medication management and psychotherapy. In addition, she provides a relaxed, friendly atmosphere that allows her patients to feel comfortable. She takes pride in providing a collaborative holistic approach to her treatment.
Victoria VanScoy McAllister, NPP is a Nurse Practitioner specialist in Glens Falls New York. She graduated from Sage College in 2012. Prior to graduating as a Nurse Practitioner, she had over 20 years of diverse experience in psychiatric nursing. Victoria prides herself on providing high-quality individual care. She provides a full comprehensive 60 minute intake and 30-45 minute follow up appointments for medication management and psychotherapy. In addition, she provides a relaxed, friendly atmosphere that allows her patients to feel comfortable. She takes pride in providing a collaborative holistic approach to her treatment.
(518) 216-0463 View (518) 216-0463
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New York Child Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Welcome! I'm Amy, a dedicated and compassionate Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in providing comprehensive mental healthcare services for teens and children. With a deep commitment to the well-being of young individuals, I offer a holistic and collaborative approach to promote their mental, emotional, and physical health. I completed my Masters in Nursing at Russell Sage College where I gained a solid foundation in evidence-based practices and specializing in pediatric and adolescent healthcare.
Welcome! I'm Amy, a dedicated and compassionate Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in providing comprehensive mental healthcare services for teens and children. With a deep commitment to the well-being of young individuals, I offer a holistic and collaborative approach to promote their mental, emotional, and physical health. I completed my Masters in Nursing at Russell Sage College where I gained a solid foundation in evidence-based practices and specializing in pediatric and adolescent healthcare.
(518) 855-1984 View (518) 855-1984
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Ceci Hayes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Ceci Hayes is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 25-years of experience as a registered nurse and over 18-years of experience in mental health. Her goals are to assist individuals achieve their personal and professional aspirations and aid in removing the stigma associated with mental illness. Ceci's approach includes medication management, psycho-educational learning, psychotherapy encompassing DBT, CBT, group and individual therapy. This holistic approach includes exploring biological, social, emotional, occupational, financial, environmental, intellectual, and spiritual factors.
Ceci Hayes is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 25-years of experience as a registered nurse and over 18-years of experience in mental health. Her goals are to assist individuals achieve their personal and professional aspirations and aid in removing the stigma associated with mental illness. Ceci's approach includes medication management, psycho-educational learning, psychotherapy encompassing DBT, CBT, group and individual therapy. This holistic approach includes exploring biological, social, emotional, occupational, financial, environmental, intellectual, and spiritual factors.
(518) 245-3288 View (518) 245-3288
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Patricia Hayden Schiller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clifton Park, NY 12065
No two situations are the same and mental health needs in particular are profoundly personal. Everyone deserves competent, individualized, respectful care, but mental health providers are in short supply, especially for those who may need medication management as part of their treatment plan. If a provider is even accepting new patients, wait times for an appointment can be long and appointment times that meet your needs may also be in short supply. In response to these obstacles, my practice is structured to provide as much flexibility as possible to provide personalized care and meet the individual needs of my patients.
No two situations are the same and mental health needs in particular are profoundly personal. Everyone deserves competent, individualized, respectful care, but mental health providers are in short supply, especially for those who may need medication management as part of their treatment plan. If a provider is even accepting new patients, wait times for an appointment can be long and appointment times that meet your needs may also be in short supply. In response to these obstacles, my practice is structured to provide as much flexibility as possible to provide personalized care and meet the individual needs of my patients.
(518) 286-5371 View (518) 286-5371
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G Friedlander NP in Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Cornwall, NY 12518
I am dually certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner focusing primarily on mental health. I have a passionate interest in helping others and believe mental healthcare is a collaborative process, the most important thing I do is communicate with my clients, working together as a therapeutic team to develop a treatment plan tailored to specific needs in an empathetic, caring and nonjudgmental environment I provide a combination of in person and virtual meetings
I am dually certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner focusing primarily on mental health. I have a passionate interest in helping others and believe mental healthcare is a collaborative process, the most important thing I do is communicate with my clients, working together as a therapeutic team to develop a treatment plan tailored to specific needs in an empathetic, caring and nonjudgmental environment I provide a combination of in person and virtual meetings
(845) 284-9511 View (845) 284-9511
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Judy Dulberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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
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Kelli Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lagrangeville, NY 12540  (Online Only)
I take a comprehensive and holistic approach to mental health emphasizing care of the mind and body. As a provider who is board certified in psychiatric mental health and primary care, I am equipped to partner with my clients to meet their psychological and medical needs with an open mind. I recognize the profound impact that mental health has on physical health, as well as the physical health impact on mental health. I partner with clients using psychodynamic therapy and evidence-based pharmacology. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, running and biking, reading, cooking, and spending time with my dog.
I take a comprehensive and holistic approach to mental health emphasizing care of the mind and body. As a provider who is board certified in psychiatric mental health and primary care, I am equipped to partner with my clients to meet their psychological and medical needs with an open mind. I recognize the profound impact that mental health has on physical health, as well as the physical health impact on mental health. I partner with clients using psychodynamic therapy and evidence-based pharmacology. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, running and biking, reading, cooking, and spending time with my dog.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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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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Lifespan NP in Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
I work with clients of all ages across all diagnoses. My ideal client is someone who wants to work together to manage their mental health. Psychiatry can be frustrating, often people feel like a "guinea pig" because can be difficult to find the right medication to alleviate symptoms. It takes trust and collaboration between client and provider to be successful.
I work with clients of all ages across all diagnoses. My ideal client is someone who wants to work together to manage their mental health. Psychiatry can be frustrating, often people feel like a "guinea pig" because can be difficult to find the right medication to alleviate symptoms. It takes trust and collaboration between client and provider to be successful.
(845) 448-2956 View (845) 448-2956
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Kim Gendron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, NPP-BC
Verified Verified
Malta, NY 12020
Kim has been in the field of nursing for 37 years with the last 26 years focused on her practice as a Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Professor at Sage College in Troy for the last eight years teaching Graduate Nurse Practitioner students. She has been a pioneer in integrative psychiatry in a multitude of outpatient settings for the last 15 years. She has integrated psychiatry into adult family practices, primary care health centers, and continues to practice in multiple local nursing home settings providing Geropsychiatry to nursing home residents. Her practice includes medication management as well as psychotherapy.
Kim has been in the field of nursing for 37 years with the last 26 years focused on her practice as a Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Professor at Sage College in Troy for the last eight years teaching Graduate Nurse Practitioner students. She has been a pioneer in integrative psychiatry in a multitude of outpatient settings for the last 15 years. She has integrated psychiatry into adult family practices, primary care health centers, and continues to practice in multiple local nursing home settings providing Geropsychiatry to nursing home residents. Her practice includes medication management as well as psychotherapy.
(518) 240-9924 View (518) 240-9924
Photo of Perry Githens, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nassau, NY
Perry Githens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beacon, NY 12508
I embrace a diverse practice that ranges from adolescents through older adults in all ages and areas. I enjoy helping people that have struggled to find a way to peace and happiness. Perry appreciates listening and learning about a person and building a therapeutic relationship. I work with people who have never taken medications that are new to psychiatric treatment and medication management. I also have the ability to manage difficult complex psychiatric cases.
I embrace a diverse practice that ranges from adolescents through older adults in all ages and areas. I enjoy helping people that have struggled to find a way to peace and happiness. Perry appreciates listening and learning about a person and building a therapeutic relationship. I work with people who have never taken medications that are new to psychiatric treatment and medication management. I also have the ability to manage difficult complex psychiatric cases.
(860) 792-4332 View (860) 792-4332
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Vera Imperiale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12205
We all have issues in life, so let's be real. Don't let any emotional or psychological issue block your destiny or purpose in life. I believe in a Holistic approach in treating patients from ages 5-85. I care about the relationship as well as the outcome. I provide medications as well as brief psychotherapy modalities as needed. Clients can obtain an appointment within several days in person or by telehealth. I am committed to listening with my heart. Peace always begins with a smile. Let's journey together. Contact me today.
We all have issues in life, so let's be real. Don't let any emotional or psychological issue block your destiny or purpose in life. I believe in a Holistic approach in treating patients from ages 5-85. I care about the relationship as well as the outcome. I provide medications as well as brief psychotherapy modalities as needed. Clients can obtain an appointment within several days in person or by telehealth. I am committed to listening with my heart. Peace always begins with a smile. Let's journey together. Contact me today.
(518) 632-7693 View (518) 632-7693
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Iva Lesniak, DO, Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO, BC
Verified Verified
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Nassau, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Nassau, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Chronic Pain
100% Domestic Abuse
100% Grief
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Empire BlueCross BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Nassau, NY see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Nassau?

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.