Psychiatrists in New York, NY

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Roey Pasternak
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
Dr. Pasternak is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist currently practicing in Manhattan, New York and Englewood, New Jersey. He is dually Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and is licensed to practice in the both the State of New York and New Jersey. Pasternak incorporates psycho-dynamic, cognitive behavioral, supportive therapies, and psychopharmacological management, tailoring his approach to meet the specific needs of each client. Dr. Pasternak is very experienced in treating anxiety disorders utilizing psychopharmacological management in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy.
Dr. Pasternak is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist currently practicing in Manhattan, New York and Englewood, New Jersey. He is dually Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and is licensed to practice in the both the State of New York and New Jersey. Pasternak incorporates psycho-dynamic, cognitive behavioral, supportive therapies, and psychopharmacological management, tailoring his approach to meet the specific needs of each client. Dr. Pasternak is very experienced in treating anxiety disorders utilizing psychopharmacological management in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy.
(917) 688-4070 View (917) 688-4070
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Menekse Alpay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10025  (Online Only)
I work with individuals who have anxiety, depression, mood disorders, insomnia, relationship problems, trauma history, medical illness, neurological illness, and/or individuals who are helping family members with these problems. My experience over the last 25 years in psychiatry has shown that medications are helpful but do not take care of all problems in life. I offer combined psychiatric treatment. I received my psychiatric residency training from Georgetown University Hospital and fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine from Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
I work with individuals who have anxiety, depression, mood disorders, insomnia, relationship problems, trauma history, medical illness, neurological illness, and/or individuals who are helping family members with these problems. My experience over the last 25 years in psychiatry has shown that medications are helpful but do not take care of all problems in life. I offer combined psychiatric treatment. I received my psychiatric residency training from Georgetown University Hospital and fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine from Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
(914) 342-7750 View (914) 342-7750
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Lenny Gets
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10011
Hi! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience working with adolescents and adults in multiple settings facing various complex mental health issues, including ADHD, trauma, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and mood disorders.
Hi! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience working with adolescents and adults in multiple settings facing various complex mental health issues, including ADHD, trauma, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and mood disorders.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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Suzanne Mallouk, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist. I am also a psychoanalyst trained at the William Alanson White Institute. I specialize in psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy, which means we can work on looking at the underlying issues, that you may be unconscious of, that cause problems in daily living and contribute to unhappiness and lack of fulfillment. I am also a medical doctor so can evaluate you for the use of medications if needed. It is beneficial to have this combined treatment with just one provider. I offer tele-psychiatry on SecureVideo, a HIPPA compliant platform. Please call me to make an appointment.
I am a board certified psychiatrist. I am also a psychoanalyst trained at the William Alanson White Institute. I specialize in psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy, which means we can work on looking at the underlying issues, that you may be unconscious of, that cause problems in daily living and contribute to unhappiness and lack of fulfillment. I am also a medical doctor so can evaluate you for the use of medications if needed. It is beneficial to have this combined treatment with just one provider. I offer tele-psychiatry on SecureVideo, a HIPPA compliant platform. Please call me to make an appointment.
(646) 502-8545 View (646) 502-8545
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Christian Bjerre Real
Psychiatrist, MD, MMCI
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10017  (Online Only)
Nothing’s been the same since your cancer diagnosis. First was shock and disbelief. Is this really happening to me? Then came the anger, quickly followed by anxiety and depression. You had a plan for your life, but that’s all been turned upside down. The future has never felt more uncertain. You want to sit down and take some time to process this news. But you’ve become buried under a host of new responsibilities. Now, you spend every day on a barrage of doctor’s appointments, diagnostic tests, and critical treatment decisions. Friends and family offer help, but you’re scared of being a burden to them. It all feels so overwhelming.
Nothing’s been the same since your cancer diagnosis. First was shock and disbelief. Is this really happening to me? Then came the anger, quickly followed by anxiety and depression. You had a plan for your life, but that’s all been turned upside down. The future has never felt more uncertain. You want to sit down and take some time to process this news. But you’ve become buried under a host of new responsibilities. Now, you spend every day on a barrage of doctor’s appointments, diagnostic tests, and critical treatment decisions. Friends and family offer help, but you’re scared of being a burden to them. It all feels so overwhelming.
(646) 713-1535 View (646) 713-1535
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Aparna Dole
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Dr. Dole is board certified in Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Mumbai in 2002. She worked briefly with the NHS system in the United Kingdom prior to moving to the US. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn in 2009 and completed her fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in 2010. She has more than 10 years of experience in working with patients with Depression, and Anxiety.
Dr. Dole is board certified in Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Mumbai in 2002. She worked briefly with the NHS system in the United Kingdom prior to moving to the US. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn in 2009 and completed her fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in 2010. She has more than 10 years of experience in working with patients with Depression, and Anxiety.
(646) 687-4868 View (646) 687-4868
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Julia Wellin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Dr. Wellin is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is double board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and in adult psychiatry, She has been in private practice for 44 years as well as working in community clinics. Dr. Wellin's practice focuses on medication management in conjunction with supportive psychotherapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. She encourages a team approach involving psychotherapists, medical doctors, and parents and family when appropriate, to provide holistic care for optimal outcomes. Her primary current focus is on adolescents and college-aged patients.
Dr. Wellin is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is double board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and in adult psychiatry, She has been in private practice for 44 years as well as working in community clinics. Dr. Wellin's practice focuses on medication management in conjunction with supportive psychotherapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. She encourages a team approach involving psychotherapists, medical doctors, and parents and family when appropriate, to provide holistic care for optimal outcomes. Her primary current focus is on adolescents and college-aged patients.
(646) 693-8473 View (646) 693-8473
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Sallie Jo Hadley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Dr. Sallie Jo Hadley holds the position of Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry She is board-certified in psychiatry and pediatrics and is board-eligible in child and adolescent psychiatry. She has been practicing for 22 years. Dr. Hadley is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s triple-board program (psychiatry, pediatrics, and child and adolescent psychiatry). She completed post-doctoral research fellowships at Mount Sinai’s Seaver Center for Autism Research/Compulsive-Impulsive Anxiety Disorders and at Columbia University’s New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Dr. Sallie Jo Hadley holds the position of Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry She is board-certified in psychiatry and pediatrics and is board-eligible in child and adolescent psychiatry. She has been practicing for 22 years. Dr. Hadley is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s triple-board program (psychiatry, pediatrics, and child and adolescent psychiatry). She completed post-doctoral research fellowships at Mount Sinai’s Seaver Center for Autism Research/Compulsive-Impulsive Anxiety Disorders and at Columbia University’s New York State Psychiatric Institute.
(646) 600-8070 View (646) 600-8070
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David C Saunders
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10024
I work with any person - child, adolescent, adult - who is seeking treatment. They may be suffering from depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder, among others. Or perhaps they have never been diagnosed with a clinical disorder, but are seeking help to reduce stress during a difficult time, such as a challenging life transition or the death of a loved one. Those seeking a highly individualized and comprehensive approach to mental health treatment might find my practice particularly attractive, given what it offers.
I work with any person - child, adolescent, adult - who is seeking treatment. They may be suffering from depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder, among others. Or perhaps they have never been diagnosed with a clinical disorder, but are seeking help to reduce stress during a difficult time, such as a challenging life transition or the death of a loved one. Those seeking a highly individualized and comprehensive approach to mental health treatment might find my practice particularly attractive, given what it offers.
(833) 440-0707 View (833) 440-0707
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Jonathan Weiss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10011
Dr. Weiss is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst providing high-quality treatment to patients of all ages in lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and surrounding communities. Dr. Weiss maintains certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the specialties of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic (Legal) Psychiatry. Services are available in French and German in addition to English. During the COVID-19 pandemic telepsychiatry sessions are available.
Dr. Weiss is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst providing high-quality treatment to patients of all ages in lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and surrounding communities. Dr. Weiss maintains certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the specialties of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic (Legal) Psychiatry. Services are available in French and German in addition to English. During the COVID-19 pandemic telepsychiatry sessions are available.
(646) 783-1656 View (646) 783-1656
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Seth Sherman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Seth Sherman, M.D., is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over ten years. At the heart of Dr. Sherman’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis one stablishing trust, rapport, and therapeutic alliance to help persons to feel and live well and to progress toward their goals, both in treatment and in life. Dr. Sherman begins with a consultation, a compassionate, collaborative process of discovery that culminates in a working diagnostic impression and, in turn, treatment recommendations.
Seth Sherman, M.D., is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over ten years. At the heart of Dr. Sherman’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis one stablishing trust, rapport, and therapeutic alliance to help persons to feel and live well and to progress toward their goals, both in treatment and in life. Dr. Sherman begins with a consultation, a compassionate, collaborative process of discovery that culminates in a working diagnostic impression and, in turn, treatment recommendations.
(929) 226-6673 View (929) 226-6673
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Norman Y. Lee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10011
I am a board certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist, specializing in mood, anxiety, and personality disorders. In addition to my private practice, I am an attending psychiatrist at Columbia University where I teach medical students and residents. I will work with you to develop a treatment plan which can include therapy and/or medications. As a graduate of the Juilliard School, I have a special interest in helping people in the performing arts who are struggling with various mood disorders. I work with clients of all different ages who hope to live a more satisfying life. Early morning, evening, and select weekend appts are available.
I am a board certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist, specializing in mood, anxiety, and personality disorders. In addition to my private practice, I am an attending psychiatrist at Columbia University where I teach medical students and residents. I will work with you to develop a treatment plan which can include therapy and/or medications. As a graduate of the Juilliard School, I have a special interest in helping people in the performing arts who are struggling with various mood disorders. I work with clients of all different ages who hope to live a more satisfying life. Early morning, evening, and select weekend appts are available.
(646) 681-5959 View (646) 681-5959
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Laura Rubinfeld
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10011  (Online Only)
Laura Rubinfeld, DO is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist committed to helping people identify their value system and live a meaningful life accordingly. Dr. Rubinfeld obtained her medical degree from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, and completed her residency in psychiatry at Northwell Health in Staten Island. Dr. Rubinfeld is experienced in treating the full spectrum of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, substance use disorders, and serious mental illnesses. Her areas of interest include women's mental health, reproductive psychiatry, and anxiety disorders.
Laura Rubinfeld, DO is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist committed to helping people identify their value system and live a meaningful life accordingly. Dr. Rubinfeld obtained her medical degree from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, and completed her residency in psychiatry at Northwell Health in Staten Island. Dr. Rubinfeld is experienced in treating the full spectrum of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, substance use disorders, and serious mental illnesses. Her areas of interest include women's mental health, reproductive psychiatry, and anxiety disorders.
(347) 281-7919 View (347) 281-7919
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Dr. Jennifer Okwerekwu
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10065  (Online Only)
Female-first psychiatric care. If you’re navigating a new season of life—trying to conceive, pregnancy, or perimenopause—or looking for support with treatment of a specific condition such as PMS or PMDD, PCOS, ADHD, depression, or anxiety, I want to offer you the expertise, compassion, and genuine care you deserve. I am a Harvard-trained and board-certified psychiatrist specializing in women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry. I take a conservative approach to medication, taking the time to listen to you and help you make empowered decisions about your mental health.
Female-first psychiatric care. If you’re navigating a new season of life—trying to conceive, pregnancy, or perimenopause—or looking for support with treatment of a specific condition such as PMS or PMDD, PCOS, ADHD, depression, or anxiety, I want to offer you the expertise, compassion, and genuine care you deserve. I am a Harvard-trained and board-certified psychiatrist specializing in women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry. I take a conservative approach to medication, taking the time to listen to you and help you make empowered decisions about your mental health.
(518) 559-0784 View (518) 559-0784
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Leonid Kapulsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10170  (Online Only)
Dr. Kapulsky specializes in the evidence-based treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, among other psychiatric conditions. His approach is both comprehensive and tailored, ensuring each patient's unique needs are met with the utmost care and professionalism.
Dr. Kapulsky specializes in the evidence-based treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, among other psychiatric conditions. His approach is both comprehensive and tailored, ensuring each patient's unique needs are met with the utmost care and professionalism.
(929) 930-6108 View (929) 930-6108
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Anna Balas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10128
You will find me understanding and receptive, sensible and levelheaded as we explore the roots of your distress. We shy away neither from mundane nor from imaginative solutions! My work is informed both by my background in child and adolescent psychiatry with its emphasis on development and by psychoanalytic understanding of conflict. I use medication as needed, part of a global approach devised for your individual needs.
You will find me understanding and receptive, sensible and levelheaded as we explore the roots of your distress. We shy away neither from mundane nor from imaginative solutions! My work is informed both by my background in child and adolescent psychiatry with its emphasis on development and by psychoanalytic understanding of conflict. I use medication as needed, part of a global approach devised for your individual needs.
(646) 374-3115 View (646) 374-3115
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David S Ludwig
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10021
I am a highly experienced board-certified psychiatrist deeply committed to the well-being of my patients. I received my medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed my residency in psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center where I was a chief resident my final year. Prior to attending medical school I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. I am a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.
I am a highly experienced board-certified psychiatrist deeply committed to the well-being of my patients. I received my medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed my residency in psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center where I was a chief resident my final year. Prior to attending medical school I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. I am a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.
(914) 350-5783 View (914) 350-5783
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Elie G Aoun
Psychiatrist, MD, MRO
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10004
Elie G. Aoun, MD, MRO, is a Columbia University, quadruple board certified psychiatrist licensed in New York and in California practicing in downtown NYC. Dr. Aoun trained in general psychiatry at Brown University, in addiction psychiatry at UCSF and in forensic psychiatry at the combined Columbia University and Cornell University program. He has additional expertise in neuro-psycho-endocrinology and psychotherapy. Dr. Aoun provides diagnostic evaluations including second opinions, treatment for psychiatric disorders using psychotherapy, medication management , and forensic evaluations for civil and criminal litigation.
Elie G. Aoun, MD, MRO, is a Columbia University, quadruple board certified psychiatrist licensed in New York and in California practicing in downtown NYC. Dr. Aoun trained in general psychiatry at Brown University, in addiction psychiatry at UCSF and in forensic psychiatry at the combined Columbia University and Cornell University program. He has additional expertise in neuro-psycho-endocrinology and psychotherapy. Dr. Aoun provides diagnostic evaluations including second opinions, treatment for psychiatric disorders using psychotherapy, medication management , and forensic evaluations for civil and criminal litigation.
(347) 658-5633 View (347) 658-5633
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Jeremy R Mack
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10128
Medication can provide wonderful relief for acute matters but only psychotherapy offers the possibility of fundamental change of life-long destructive patterns. With a combination of medication and therapy I have helped many patients to achieve a better life. Board certified in child as well as adult psychiatry, I am experienced in the treatment of conditions affecting children and adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
Medication can provide wonderful relief for acute matters but only psychotherapy offers the possibility of fundamental change of life-long destructive patterns. With a combination of medication and therapy I have helped many patients to achieve a better life. Board certified in child as well as adult psychiatry, I am experienced in the treatment of conditions affecting children and adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
(212) 987-2815 View (212) 987-2815
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Jessica Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
Dr. Jessica Clark is an ANCC board-certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in medication prescription and management. She holds a doctorate in nursing practice from the University at Buffalo and bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Rochester. Before joining Rivia, Dr. Clark served as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in the U.S. Air Force where she worked with patients struggling with a wide- range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, mood and sleep issues, alcohol dependence, relationship issues, and general life stress.
Dr. Jessica Clark is an ANCC board-certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in medication prescription and management. She holds a doctorate in nursing practice from the University at Buffalo and bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Rochester. Before joining Rivia, Dr. Clark served as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in the U.S. Air Force where she worked with patients struggling with a wide- range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, mood and sleep issues, alcohol dependence, relationship issues, and general life stress.
(646) 859-3050 View (646) 859-3050

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in New York, NY

1,000+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in New York, NY who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
94% Depression
83% Medication Management
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Trauma and PTSD
69% ADHD
69% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
84% Cigna and Evernorth
84% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in New York, NY see their clients

53% In Person and Online
47% Online Only

Gender breakdown

61% Female
38% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in New York?

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.