Psychiatrists in New Rochelle, NY

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Darcy Leon
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801
I am an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner with a background helping adults, adolescents, and their families heal from a variety of mental health issues. I believe that good communication between me and my clients will improve outcomes, and this has been confirmed in my practice. My primary focus of practice is psychopharmacology (medications). I am passionate about teaching my clients about their medications, staying up to date on new research, individualizing regimens for each person I treat.
I am an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner with a background helping adults, adolescents, and their families heal from a variety of mental health issues. I believe that good communication between me and my clients will improve outcomes, and this has been confirmed in my practice. My primary focus of practice is psychopharmacology (medications). I am passionate about teaching my clients about their medications, staying up to date on new research, individualizing regimens for each person I treat.
(914) 730-5592 View (914) 730-5592
Thomas Psychiatry NP PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801
I am a board certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner treating patients with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder and specializing in addiction.
I am a board certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner treating patients with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder and specializing in addiction.
(914) 908-6224 View (914) 908-6224
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Zachary Rothwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801
I do not prescribe medication. I provide therapy for adults struggling with relationship issues, addiction, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Many of my clients are high performers who have become successful despite a difficult childhood. If you are curious how therapy can help you reduce your suffering, improve your relationships, and help you heal from past traumas, I encourage you to reach out for a free consultation. I use elements of EMDR therapy in my approach. I am kink allied and sex positive. I invite you to come as you are. I will respect, support, and encourage you during our time in therapy.
I do not prescribe medication. I provide therapy for adults struggling with relationship issues, addiction, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Many of my clients are high performers who have become successful despite a difficult childhood. If you are curious how therapy can help you reduce your suffering, improve your relationships, and help you heal from past traumas, I encourage you to reach out for a free consultation. I use elements of EMDR therapy in my approach. I am kink allied and sex positive. I invite you to come as you are. I will respect, support, and encourage you during our time in therapy.
(914) 454-2393 View (914) 454-2393
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Nelly Gonzalez-Lepage
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Dr. Nelly Gonzalez-Lepage is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 2022. Dr. Gonzalez-Lepage graduated from the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She completed the first three years of Adult Psychiatry training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein Medical School in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Gonzalez-Lepage takes a comprehensive and collaborative approach to mental health. Together, she and clients explore individual needs and create a tailored approach to fit their unique needs.
Dr. Nelly Gonzalez-Lepage is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 2022. Dr. Gonzalez-Lepage graduated from the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She completed the first three years of Adult Psychiatry training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein Medical School in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Gonzalez-Lepage takes a comprehensive and collaborative approach to mental health. Together, she and clients explore individual needs and create a tailored approach to fit their unique needs.
(914) 444-2654 View (914) 444-2654
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New Rochelle, NY 10801  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, with a background in HIV, psychiatry, integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance. I have also pursued an additional two years of training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU psychoanalytic institute. I feel that most people neglect psychiatric symptoms and either suffer in silence , either because they do not realize that their symptoms are treatable or they believe that they have to be strong. Many people are on the wrong medication, on sub-therapeutic therapeutic doses. In my experience , with care and perseverance, most people can get better, and achieve a better quality of life.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, with a background in HIV, psychiatry, integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance. I have also pursued an additional two years of training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU psychoanalytic institute. I feel that most people neglect psychiatric symptoms and either suffer in silence , either because they do not realize that their symptoms are treatable or they believe that they have to be strong. Many people are on the wrong medication, on sub-therapeutic therapeutic doses. In my experience , with care and perseverance, most people can get better, and achieve a better quality of life.
(914) 826-8976 View (914) 826-8976
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Vontaye Smith
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Ms. Smith is New York State Licensed Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Planning may include medication management and other interventions to address client's needs. Ms. Smith will work remotely for the New Rochelle office.
Ms. Smith is New York State Licensed Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Planning may include medication management and other interventions to address client's needs. Ms. Smith will work remotely for the New Rochelle office.
(914) 873-4716 View (914) 873-4716
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Elba Bello
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Elba Bello, MD Dr. Bello employs different aspects of a child's life to come up with the most accurate diagnosis. She uses a psychosocial approach and invite the parents and child to actively participate in the treatment to ensure the most successful outcome. Dr. Bello has worked in a variety of settings including medication management, intensive outpatient treatment, day treatment and can offer many years of experience since completing her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University in 2005. Dr. Bello specializes in working with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and behavioral disorders.
Elba Bello, MD Dr. Bello employs different aspects of a child's life to come up with the most accurate diagnosis. She uses a psychosocial approach and invite the parents and child to actively participate in the treatment to ensure the most successful outcome. Dr. Bello has worked in a variety of settings including medication management, intensive outpatient treatment, day treatment and can offer many years of experience since completing her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University in 2005. Dr. Bello specializes in working with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and behavioral disorders.
(914) 415-6835 View (914) 415-6835
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Leila Jean-Baptiste
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Leila Jean Baptiste is a medical doctor with more than ten years of experience, specializing in General Adult Psychiatry, who treats patients between 18 to 65. Leila obtained her medical degree at The State University of Haiti, where she specialized and completed her training as chief resident in Pediatrics. She then moved to the USA and continued her training with a second specialization in Adult General Psychiatry at the Westchester Medical Center Hospital in Valhalla, NY. Leila has a special interest in mental health advocacy and serves as an executive member in the Haitian American Psychiatry Association(HAPA).
Leila Jean Baptiste is a medical doctor with more than ten years of experience, specializing in General Adult Psychiatry, who treats patients between 18 to 65. Leila obtained her medical degree at The State University of Haiti, where she specialized and completed her training as chief resident in Pediatrics. She then moved to the USA and continued her training with a second specialization in Adult General Psychiatry at the Westchester Medical Center Hospital in Valhalla, NY. Leila has a special interest in mental health advocacy and serves as an executive member in the Haitian American Psychiatry Association(HAPA).
(914) 344-6492 View (914) 344-6492
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801  (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) 541-9040 View (949) 541-9040
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also Accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also Accepting some insurances.
(833) 439-9425 View (833) 439-9425
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Faiq A Hameedi
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10805
The Anxiety & Depression Center of Scarsdale is a unique, private psychiatry practice located in lower Westchester County and the Bronx. Dr. Hameedi is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in the discreet treatment of individuals experiencing mental illness and psychiatric symptoms. Dr. Hameedi understands that each individual is unique and requires a custom-tailored approach to address that person’s needs. Our goal is to provide a friendly and supportive environment so that our patients can explore their emotional needs and overcome barriers which limit their potential.
The Anxiety & Depression Center of Scarsdale is a unique, private psychiatry practice located in lower Westchester County and the Bronx. Dr. Hameedi is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in the discreet treatment of individuals experiencing mental illness and psychiatric symptoms. Dr. Hameedi understands that each individual is unique and requires a custom-tailored approach to address that person’s needs. Our goal is to provide a friendly and supportive environment so that our patients can explore their emotional needs and overcome barriers which limit their potential.
(914) 491-5722 View (914) 491-5722
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Dr. John Wang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Rochelle, NY 10801
As a doctor at Clearwave Mental Health, I provide comprehensive healthcare that engages my patients with personally tailored problem solving for both in-person as well as telehealth appointments. Our collaborative group of providers use techniques such as genetic testing, nutritional supplementation, QEEG mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to address each patient's physiological and psychological aspects of care and to create their optimal individualized treatment plan.
As a doctor at Clearwave Mental Health, I provide comprehensive healthcare that engages my patients with personally tailored problem solving for both in-person as well as telehealth appointments. Our collaborative group of providers use techniques such as genetic testing, nutritional supplementation, QEEG mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to address each patient's physiological and psychological aspects of care and to create their optimal individualized treatment plan.
(914) 229-9881 View (914) 229-9881
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Danielle Overton-Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. I possess strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation and intuition. As a PMHNP, my role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate and therapist.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. I possess strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation and intuition. As a PMHNP, my role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate and therapist.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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Daniel G. Wong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10804
As a board certified psychiatrist, trained in both medication management and talk therapy, I offer a holistic and empathic clinical approach to your treatment that values open communication, warmth, honesty, and professionalism. Whether it is talk therapy, medication management, or both, we will work collaboratively to develop a treatment approach that is consistent with your unique needs and goals. I provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, consultations and various modalities of psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults.
As a board certified psychiatrist, trained in both medication management and talk therapy, I offer a holistic and empathic clinical approach to your treatment that values open communication, warmth, honesty, and professionalism. Whether it is talk therapy, medication management, or both, we will work collaboratively to develop a treatment approach that is consistent with your unique needs and goals. I provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, consultations and various modalities of psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults.
(646) 798-6589 View (646) 798-6589

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Orenda Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Vernon, NY 10551  (Online Only)
My name is Kimberly Levitt. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric NP. I believe in a holistic approach to mental health treatment that prioritizes individual need. I encourage each patient to take an active role in their treatment as this overwhelmingly results in successful outcomes. I have experience in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and insomnia. I try to fully understand my patients and I provide a therapeutic space for them to feel comfortable sharing their story. I combine medication with talk therapy in each session.
My name is Kimberly Levitt. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric NP. I believe in a holistic approach to mental health treatment that prioritizes individual need. I encourage each patient to take an active role in their treatment as this overwhelmingly results in successful outcomes. I have experience in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and insomnia. I try to fully understand my patients and I provide a therapeutic space for them to feel comfortable sharing their story. I combine medication with talk therapy in each session.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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Felipe Castillo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Larchmont, NY 10538
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist sub-specialized in addiction psychiatry who provides comprehensive mental health treatment for adults - including psychotherapy and medication management. I will work together with you on your mental health needs without being judged, ignored or misunderstood. I intentionally have a low volume private practice in order to deliver personalized care. I primarily see patients on Thursdays evenings in person, and remotely other evenings.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist sub-specialized in addiction psychiatry who provides comprehensive mental health treatment for adults - including psychotherapy and medication management. I will work together with you on your mental health needs without being judged, ignored or misunderstood. I intentionally have a low volume private practice in order to deliver personalized care. I primarily see patients on Thursdays evenings in person, and remotely other evenings.
(646) 798-9661 View (646) 798-9661
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Eddyfay Daley Prayer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Larchmont, NY 10538  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a distinguished academic background, having earned my degree from Walden University. With a rich history spanning over two decades in healthcare, I bring a wealth of experience to my practice. In my role as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am also a certified medical marijuana provider. My comprehensive approach encompasses the treatment of adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients. Specializing in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Substance-related issues, I am committed to delivering compassionate and effective care.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a distinguished academic background, having earned my degree from Walden University. With a rich history spanning over two decades in healthcare, I bring a wealth of experience to my practice. In my role as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am also a certified medical marijuana provider. My comprehensive approach encompasses the treatment of adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients. Specializing in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Substance-related issues, I am committed to delivering compassionate and effective care.
(914) 685-5491 View (914) 685-5491
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Xenia Protopopescu
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Pelham, NY 10803
I am a Yale-educated, Cornell- and Columbia-trained psychiatrist (MD) with a PhD in neuroscience, providing customized treatment based on individual needs. I am committed to improving the wellness of my patients through a flexible and responsive approach. I specialize in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology for anxiety, OCD, ADHD, mood, and personality disorders. I am well versed in CBT, IPT, DBT, and psychodynamic psychotherapy (insight-oriented psychotherapy). I'm board certified (ABPN) in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. I believe that effective treatment requires getting to know patients as individuals.
I am a Yale-educated, Cornell- and Columbia-trained psychiatrist (MD) with a PhD in neuroscience, providing customized treatment based on individual needs. I am committed to improving the wellness of my patients through a flexible and responsive approach. I specialize in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology for anxiety, OCD, ADHD, mood, and personality disorders. I am well versed in CBT, IPT, DBT, and psychodynamic psychotherapy (insight-oriented psychotherapy). I'm board certified (ABPN) in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. I believe that effective treatment requires getting to know patients as individuals.
(646) 600-9012 View (646) 600-9012
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Nader Galal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bronxville, NY 10708
Welcome, My name is Dr. Nader Galal. I'm a Board Certified Psychiatrist working in a Private Practice, in New York City. As a psychiatrist, my goal is to help you by diagnosing potential mental health conditions. I will discuss and offer my patients the best treatment options available. I am specialized in - but am not limited to - the treatment of ADD/ADHD, mood and personality disorders. If you require medication treatment options, I am able to provide medication management. If therapy is recommended or needed, my practice works with several therapists who can provide a wide range of services.
Welcome, My name is Dr. Nader Galal. I'm a Board Certified Psychiatrist working in a Private Practice, in New York City. As a psychiatrist, my goal is to help you by diagnosing potential mental health conditions. I will discuss and offer my patients the best treatment options available. I am specialized in - but am not limited to - the treatment of ADD/ADHD, mood and personality disorders. If you require medication treatment options, I am able to provide medication management. If therapy is recommended or needed, my practice works with several therapists who can provide a wide range of services.
(917) 512-7736 View (917) 512-7736
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Psychiatrist in Westchester
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Vernon, NY 10550  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, licensed in New York. I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family and marital therapy. I have always felt that the brain is the most important and neglected organ in the body, and taking care of the brain is the key to well being. I take a holistic approach to care, evaluating for physical, nutrition, hormones, situational and psychodynamic causes of illness, whilst practicing evidence based psychiatry. I have a background in integrative psychiatry and HIV psychiatry. I believe that everyone has value, and everyone deserves the best care.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, licensed in New York. I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family and marital therapy. I have always felt that the brain is the most important and neglected organ in the body, and taking care of the brain is the key to well being. I take a holistic approach to care, evaluating for physical, nutrition, hormones, situational and psychodynamic causes of illness, whilst practicing evidence based psychiatry. I have a background in integrative psychiatry and HIV psychiatry. I believe that everyone has value, and everyone deserves the best care.
(914) 618-5989 View (914) 618-5989

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Number of Psychiatrists in New Rochelle, NY

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in New Rochelle, NY who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
86% Depression
86% Medication Management
79% ADHD
79% Trauma and PTSD
79% Sleep or Insomnia
71% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Aetna
82% Cigna and Evernorth
73% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in New Rochelle, NY see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in New Rochelle?

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.