Psychiatrists in New York, NY

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Rachel Waters
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Rachel Waters is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Rachel’s treatment philosophy incorporates the mind and body. She conducts thorough patient assessments that factor in medical or biological contributors to behaviors, referring patients to resources when needed. Her goal is to enrich her patients’ lives so they can embrace life – the good and the bad. Rachel’s patients can expect to establish a trusting relationship with her as they receive individualized, evidence-based care.
Rachel Waters is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Rachel’s treatment philosophy incorporates the mind and body. She conducts thorough patient assessments that factor in medical or biological contributors to behaviors, referring patients to resources when needed. Her goal is to enrich her patients’ lives so they can embrace life – the good and the bad. Rachel’s patients can expect to establish a trusting relationship with her as they receive individualized, evidence-based care.
(646) 663-4142 View (646) 663-4142
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Caitlin Aguiar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Dr. Caitlin Aguiar is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. Her mental health care incorporates a holistic approach, while treating clients to facilitate healing and wellness. She incorporates non-pharmaceutical interventions to supplement medication-management including, but not limited to, mindfulness, breathwork, CBT, DBT and supportive therapy in 30min sessions.
Dr. Caitlin Aguiar is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. Her mental health care incorporates a holistic approach, while treating clients to facilitate healing and wellness. She incorporates non-pharmaceutical interventions to supplement medication-management including, but not limited to, mindfulness, breathwork, CBT, DBT and supportive therapy in 30min sessions.
(646) 916-5728 View (646) 916-5728
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Alexandra Hamlyn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Dr. Alexandra Hamlyn is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. She completed her medical education at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and then completed her residency in adult psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. She then went on to complete her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at NYU Langone and Bellevue Hospital. During this time, she also taught a course titled Love Actually at NYU School of Arts and Science.
Dr. Alexandra Hamlyn is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. She completed her medical education at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and then completed her residency in adult psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. She then went on to complete her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at NYU Langone and Bellevue Hospital. During this time, she also taught a course titled Love Actually at NYU School of Arts and Science.
(646) 736-4427 View (646) 736-4427
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Jennifer L Kraker
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10017
Waitlist for new clients
Jennifer Kraker, M.D., M.S., is a Columbia and Cornell educated psychiatrist who helps people who are experiencing arduous circumstances—such as relationship stress, family strain, career frustrations, worry, life transitions and times of crisis—live their most meaningful life. I'm often described by my patients as a compassionate doctor who "gets it," and I treat all psychiatric disorders including addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, women’s reproductive psychiatry, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and OCD. While I do not take insurance directly, I will work with you to maximize reimbursement through your insurance provider
Jennifer Kraker, M.D., M.S., is a Columbia and Cornell educated psychiatrist who helps people who are experiencing arduous circumstances—such as relationship stress, family strain, career frustrations, worry, life transitions and times of crisis—live their most meaningful life. I'm often described by my patients as a compassionate doctor who "gets it," and I treat all psychiatric disorders including addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, women’s reproductive psychiatry, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and OCD. While I do not take insurance directly, I will work with you to maximize reimbursement through your insurance provider
(646) 350-3740 View (646) 350-3740
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Jessica Kirby-Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
My approach to mental health care is to tailor treatment for the specific needs of each individual. I recognize that everyone has their own unique stories and struggles. It is important to me that my clients feel comfortable to express themselves in a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment.
My approach to mental health care is to tailor treatment for the specific needs of each individual. I recognize that everyone has their own unique stories and struggles. It is important to me that my clients feel comfortable to express themselves in a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment.
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Brealyn Sellers
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in treating disorders of substance use as well as underlying psychiatric conditions, such as mood and anxiety disorders, ADD and various others. My approach is holistic, and I utilize alternative and complementary medicine in addition to traditional, western psychopharmacology. I provide highly individualized care, and look closely at each patient's unique circumstances to find and address factors that may contribute to their complaint.
I specialize in treating disorders of substance use as well as underlying psychiatric conditions, such as mood and anxiety disorders, ADD and various others. My approach is holistic, and I utilize alternative and complementary medicine in addition to traditional, western psychopharmacology. I provide highly individualized care, and look closely at each patient's unique circumstances to find and address factors that may contribute to their complaint.
(646) 480-6729 View (646) 480-6729
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Dr. Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
New York, NY 10005  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York City . I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family/marital therapy, as well as psychiatric medication management. I believe that brain health is the key to every form of well being, and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms, has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include hallucinations, irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work-the core principles of treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York City . I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family/marital therapy, as well as psychiatric medication management. I believe that brain health is the key to every form of well being, and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms, has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include hallucinations, irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work-the core principles of treatment are often similar.
(347) 830-7467 View (347) 830-7467
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Gregory Siegel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10023
Not accepting new clients
Book a session with Greg if you’re looking for an empathetic, relatable psychiatric medication prescriber. With Greg, you’ll form a supportive alliance, allowing you to meet your therapeutic goals faster and more comfortably. With a holistic approach to psychiatric medication management, Greg aims to understand his patients beyond their symptoms and diagnoses. He fosters an open and nonjudgmental environment where all cultures and identities are embraced and affirmed. While some psychiatric professionals may feel unrelatable, Greg is kind-hearted, empathetic, down-to-earth, and supportive.
Book a session with Greg if you’re looking for an empathetic, relatable psychiatric medication prescriber. With Greg, you’ll form a supportive alliance, allowing you to meet your therapeutic goals faster and more comfortably. With a holistic approach to psychiatric medication management, Greg aims to understand his patients beyond their symptoms and diagnoses. He fosters an open and nonjudgmental environment where all cultures and identities are embraced and affirmed. While some psychiatric professionals may feel unrelatable, Greg is kind-hearted, empathetic, down-to-earth, and supportive.
(646) 362-8640 View (646) 362-8640
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Luis H Ripoll
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
I am a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, affiliated with Icahn School of Medicine and New York Psychoanalytic Institute. I treat people who feel stuck, either because of paralyzing anxiety, depression, or some other inexplicable emotional symptom. Others feel stuck in a particular way of relating to others, a specific view of themselves, compelling or distressing fantasies, or due to past traumatic experiences. I aim to provide individualized treatment to target a variety of difficulties in managing emotions, identity, and interpersonal functioning. When necessary, I also prescribe medication to optimize treatment.
I am a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, affiliated with Icahn School of Medicine and New York Psychoanalytic Institute. I treat people who feel stuck, either because of paralyzing anxiety, depression, or some other inexplicable emotional symptom. Others feel stuck in a particular way of relating to others, a specific view of themselves, compelling or distressing fantasies, or due to past traumatic experiences. I aim to provide individualized treatment to target a variety of difficulties in managing emotions, identity, and interpersonal functioning. When necessary, I also prescribe medication to optimize treatment.
(917) 267-0731 View (917) 267-0731
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Natalie A Gluck
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10024
Waitlist for new clients
Not Currently Accepting New Patients. I provide personalized, thoughtful care to patients in a warm, private, and safe environment. Areas of focus include depression/mood disorders, anxiety, personality, and stress disorders, creative block. I work with many individuals challenged by relationship struggles, life transitions, or the stresses of demanding and high-profile careers. During your initial consultation, I will conduct a comprehensive psychiatric assessment, then make recommendations tailored to your specific needs and preferences. Treatments offered may include medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two.
Not Currently Accepting New Patients. I provide personalized, thoughtful care to patients in a warm, private, and safe environment. Areas of focus include depression/mood disorders, anxiety, personality, and stress disorders, creative block. I work with many individuals challenged by relationship struggles, life transitions, or the stresses of demanding and high-profile careers. During your initial consultation, I will conduct a comprehensive psychiatric assessment, then make recommendations tailored to your specific needs and preferences. Treatments offered may include medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two.
(917) 382-2092 View (917) 382-2092
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Korey Mann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
My approach to mental health follows a holistic and wellness model. I believe each individual is unique and aim to preserve that uniqueness when comprising a treatment plan. One of the most important factors in treatment is comprising the treatment plan together with a shared decision making model. My goal is to help sustain mental wellness over the course of life so that you can live in your most authentic way. I’m also fluent in English, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu, which aids in my goal to provide individualized, culturally-competent care.
My approach to mental health follows a holistic and wellness model. I believe each individual is unique and aim to preserve that uniqueness when comprising a treatment plan. One of the most important factors in treatment is comprising the treatment plan together with a shared decision making model. My goal is to help sustain mental wellness over the course of life so that you can live in your most authentic way. I’m also fluent in English, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu, which aids in my goal to provide individualized, culturally-competent care.
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Michael Hawthorne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
Michael is a psychiatric mental health practitioner with over 20 years of experience in medicine. His approach is one that utilizes medication management in conjunction with talk-therapy. In his treatment style he views himself more of a partner who considers the "whole person" rather than strictly a medical clinician
Michael is a psychiatric mental health practitioner with over 20 years of experience in medicine. His approach is one that utilizes medication management in conjunction with talk-therapy. In his treatment style he views himself more of a partner who considers the "whole person" rather than strictly a medical clinician
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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Jennifer Mesrie
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
Welcome to a transformative mental health journey. If past care didn't meet your needs, you can discover a new path with me. I specialize in detailed assessments leading to precise diagnoses and personalized treatments. Offering both medication management and psychotherapy, I'm equipped to support you across a spectrum of mental health challenges, personal growth ambitions, or a quest for a more fulfilling life. Whether you need comprehensive care or collaboration alongside your current therapist, I'm here to provide holistic support. Let’s embark on a path to wellness designed just for you.
Welcome to a transformative mental health journey. If past care didn't meet your needs, you can discover a new path with me. I specialize in detailed assessments leading to precise diagnoses and personalized treatments. Offering both medication management and psychotherapy, I'm equipped to support you across a spectrum of mental health challenges, personal growth ambitions, or a quest for a more fulfilling life. Whether you need comprehensive care or collaboration alongside your current therapist, I'm here to provide holistic support. Let’s embark on a path to wellness designed just for you.
(917) 905-9583 View (917) 905-9583
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Racquel Weinberger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at AVIMIND. While I have extensive experience, my primary focus is in ADHD, depression, anxiety, and OCD. My approach is holistic in which I strive to address all aspects of the mind, body, and environment, which impact our lives. To schedule an appointment, reach out via phone or email, or book online at avimind.com
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at AVIMIND. While I have extensive experience, my primary focus is in ADHD, depression, anxiety, and OCD. My approach is holistic in which I strive to address all aspects of the mind, body, and environment, which impact our lives. To schedule an appointment, reach out via phone or email, or book online at avimind.com
(347) 657-6977 View (347) 657-6977
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David Brody
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10019
I treat a wide spectrum of psychiatric conditions including mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, cognitive and memory problems, and persistent psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia. I have extensive experience treating the lasting effects of traumatic experiences and helping individuals overcome grief. My practice also includes diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders in adults (e.g., bulimia). Although my practice is guided by research on the most effective treatments, I tailor my treatment recommendations to the individual's specific circumstances.
I treat a wide spectrum of psychiatric conditions including mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, cognitive and memory problems, and persistent psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia. I have extensive experience treating the lasting effects of traumatic experiences and helping individuals overcome grief. My practice also includes diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders in adults (e.g., bulimia). Although my practice is guided by research on the most effective treatments, I tailor my treatment recommendations to the individual's specific circumstances.
(646) 233-0291 View (646) 233-0291
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Milos Starovic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10011
I created my practice to meet the need for fully personalized yet evidence-based care. The type of care that not only addresses your pharmaceutical needs but also accounts for your distinct personal history, complex circumstances, and unique personality. Prior to deciding on a pill, It is essential to put you at ease, ensure comfort, trust and profound understanding. We achieve this by allow enough time for human-to-human contact to happen and the therapeutic process to unfold. This way we can identify problems correctly and decide together what is the best treatment choice for you, setting you up for a success from the very start.
I created my practice to meet the need for fully personalized yet evidence-based care. The type of care that not only addresses your pharmaceutical needs but also accounts for your distinct personal history, complex circumstances, and unique personality. Prior to deciding on a pill, It is essential to put you at ease, ensure comfort, trust and profound understanding. We achieve this by allow enough time for human-to-human contact to happen and the therapeutic process to unfold. This way we can identify problems correctly and decide together what is the best treatment choice for you, setting you up for a success from the very start.
(332) 263-4036 View (332) 263-4036
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Daferti Afflick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Daferti Afflick is a dedicated adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner offering virtual consultations at Orenda Psychiatry. With a master's degree in nursing from Molloy University, Ms. Afflick is skilled at managing various mental health concerns. She helps patients deal with issues like anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She also offers prescription refills.
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Daferti Afflick is a dedicated adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner offering virtual consultations at Orenda Psychiatry. With a master's degree in nursing from Molloy University, Ms. Afflick is skilled at managing various mental health concerns. She helps patients deal with issues like anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She also offers prescription refills.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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Dr. Ernesto Henderson
Psychiatrist, DO, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
My ideal client is experiencing mental health challenges that require medical expertise. They need a thorough evaluation, personalized medication management, and a compassionate psychiatrist. Their goals include reducing symptoms, improving mental health, and developing coping skills. They want to live a happier, more fulfilling life, recognizing that psychiatric care is essential. They seek a personalized and holistic approach that addresses their unique medical needs.
My ideal client is experiencing mental health challenges that require medical expertise. They need a thorough evaluation, personalized medication management, and a compassionate psychiatrist. Their goals include reducing symptoms, improving mental health, and developing coping skills. They want to live a happier, more fulfilling life, recognizing that psychiatric care is essential. They seek a personalized and holistic approach that addresses their unique medical needs.
(332) 263-3680 View (332) 263-3680
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Danielle Overton-Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
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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Neil Krishan Aggarwal
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA, MA
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
My broad education - medical school at Case, cultural psychiatry at Harvard, residency training at Yale - has helped me understand that people need help throughout life. I treat adults ages 18 and over with a wide range of problems, including anxiety and depression. I can work with you to make sense of tough transitions like grief, relationship issues, balancing family roles, divorce, not meeting expectations at work or school, and medical illnesses. As former advisor to Yale's University Chaplain, I know how people who are suffering search for hope. I teach and supervise psychotherapy at Columbia where I am a full professor.
My broad education - medical school at Case, cultural psychiatry at Harvard, residency training at Yale - has helped me understand that people need help throughout life. I treat adults ages 18 and over with a wide range of problems, including anxiety and depression. I can work with you to make sense of tough transitions like grief, relationship issues, balancing family roles, divorce, not meeting expectations at work or school, and medical illnesses. As former advisor to Yale's University Chaplain, I know how people who are suffering search for hope. I teach and supervise psychotherapy at Columbia where I am a full professor.
(917) 746-8687 View (917) 746-8687
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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
82% Medication Management
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Trauma and PTSD
70% Bipolar Disorder
69% ADHD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Aetna
84% Cigna and Evernorth
81% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in New York, NY see their clients

53% In Person and Online
47% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
36% 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.