Psychiatrists in New York, NY

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Dr. Jason Shimiaie
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Mount Sinai trained and affiliated, board-certified psychiatrist. I take an approach that is highly personalized to every individual's needs, taking into consideration unique characteristics and circumstances in each encounter. I believe that the treatment process is based in a partnership between patient and doctor, moving forward towards the patient's goals. ​
I am a Mount Sinai trained and affiliated, board-certified psychiatrist. I take an approach that is highly personalized to every individual's needs, taking into consideration unique characteristics and circumstances in each encounter. I believe that the treatment process is based in a partnership between patient and doctor, moving forward towards the patient's goals. ​
(646) 760-7760 View (646) 760-7760
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Trifecta Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10006
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist who is committed to a scientific and innovative approach to mental health treatment. I believe in a treatment approach based on each individual and consider delivering compassionate and comprehensive care a priority. Depending on the needs of each patient, I dedicate as much time as needed for optimal treatment, but strive to achieve targeted results with least imposition on patients' valuable time.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist who is committed to a scientific and innovative approach to mental health treatment. I believe in a treatment approach based on each individual and consider delivering compassionate and comprehensive care a priority. Depending on the needs of each patient, I dedicate as much time as needed for optimal treatment, but strive to achieve targeted results with least imposition on patients' valuable time.
(646) 480-7124 View (646) 480-7124
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Sheenie Ambardar MD, Concierge Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10023  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you're trudging through life, weighed down by a constant sense of sadness & worry? Perhaps the joy you once knew has faded, replaced by a persistent feeling of being stuck. You're not alone. Millions of adults struggle with Depression, Anxiety, OCD, and an overwhelming sense of being trapped in a cycle of negativity. I understand the profound impact these conditions can have on your daily life. The relentless drain of energy, the crippling anxieties, & the sense of hopelessness can make even the simplest tasks feel insurmountable. You may yearn for the vibrant life you once had, but the path forward seems unclear.
Do you feel like you're trudging through life, weighed down by a constant sense of sadness & worry? Perhaps the joy you once knew has faded, replaced by a persistent feeling of being stuck. You're not alone. Millions of adults struggle with Depression, Anxiety, OCD, and an overwhelming sense of being trapped in a cycle of negativity. I understand the profound impact these conditions can have on your daily life. The relentless drain of energy, the crippling anxieties, & the sense of hopelessness can make even the simplest tasks feel insurmountable. You may yearn for the vibrant life you once had, but the path forward seems unclear.
(646) 956-3585 View (646) 956-3585
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Daphne Simeon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10024
People often come to treatment when they are overwhelmed by symptoms, be it mood, anxiety, dissociation, obsessional thinking, or other disturbing experiences. Accompanying these symptoms there can be intense confusion, or a sense of loss, of the self - especially pronounced in young adults, and all those in the grip of major life/role transitions. Psychiatrists who are well-trained in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology are uniquely equipped to tackle these problems from more than one perspective, flexibly and comprehensively, and in collaboration with each individual patient's needs and preferences.
People often come to treatment when they are overwhelmed by symptoms, be it mood, anxiety, dissociation, obsessional thinking, or other disturbing experiences. Accompanying these symptoms there can be intense confusion, or a sense of loss, of the self - especially pronounced in young adults, and all those in the grip of major life/role transitions. Psychiatrists who are well-trained in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology are uniquely equipped to tackle these problems from more than one perspective, flexibly and comprehensively, and in collaboration with each individual patient's needs and preferences.
(917) 923-5197 View (917) 923-5197
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Zhanna Berman At Core Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010  (Online Only)
Book an appointment online today via our website corepsychiatry.org!
Book an appointment online today via our website corepsychiatry.org!
(646) 933-9658 View (646) 933-9658
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Diamond Mind & Body
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
New York, NY 10005  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing stress, sadness, worry, persistent sense of unease, lack of focus, motivation, or sleep? Ever felt rushed or just labeled with symptoms in a mental health visit? Remember, you're way more than any diagnosis. I'm here to really get to know you and build trust, making it the heart of our work together. I take time to understand who you are and what you need. Together, we'll find ways to help you feel better, tailored just for you.
Are you experiencing stress, sadness, worry, persistent sense of unease, lack of focus, motivation, or sleep? Ever felt rushed or just labeled with symptoms in a mental health visit? Remember, you're way more than any diagnosis. I'm here to really get to know you and build trust, making it the heart of our work together. I take time to understand who you are and what you need. Together, we'll find ways to help you feel better, tailored just for you.
(929) 262-6542 View (929) 262-6542
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Marcel Green
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014
Marcel Green MD is a double board-certified Child & Adolescent as well as Adult Psychiatrist. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s medical school, and obtained psychiatry residency training within the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and child-adolescent psychiatry fellowship training within the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is licensed to practice medicine in New York and California and has practiced extensively within the in- and outpatient settings and within urban, suburban, and rural settings of both states. Trained in numerous psychotherapy orientations he brings a holistic approach to care.
Marcel Green MD is a double board-certified Child & Adolescent as well as Adult Psychiatrist. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s medical school, and obtained psychiatry residency training within the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and child-adolescent psychiatry fellowship training within the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is licensed to practice medicine in New York and California and has practiced extensively within the in- and outpatient settings and within urban, suburban, and rural settings of both states. Trained in numerous psychotherapy orientations he brings a holistic approach to care.
(332) 455-1621 View (332) 455-1621
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Molly Trevail
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Molly and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 16 years of nursing experience. I specialize in anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. I earned my Master's Degree in Nursing in The Sage Colleges and work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Molly and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 16 years of nursing experience. I specialize in anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. I earned my Master's Degree in Nursing in The Sage Colleges and work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(518) 855-7976 View (518) 855-7976
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Yuliya Hryb
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10003
Hi there! I am a New York Medical College, Lenox Hill Hospital, and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai trained psychiatrist. I see kids, teens, and adults for therapy and also prescribe medications. Over the years, I have worked in a variety of settings including hospitals as a consultant to medical and surgical teams, inpatient psychiatric units, VA Hospital, various outpatient programs including intensive eating disorder program at Mount Sinai and the New School student health center. Currently, I hold a faculty position at NYU Langone Tisch Hospital and additionally see patients at NYU Brooklyn and Lenox Hill Hospitals.
Hi there! I am a New York Medical College, Lenox Hill Hospital, and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai trained psychiatrist. I see kids, teens, and adults for therapy and also prescribe medications. Over the years, I have worked in a variety of settings including hospitals as a consultant to medical and surgical teams, inpatient psychiatric units, VA Hospital, various outpatient programs including intensive eating disorder program at Mount Sinai and the New School student health center. Currently, I hold a faculty position at NYU Langone Tisch Hospital and additionally see patients at NYU Brooklyn and Lenox Hill Hospitals.
(718) 684-9647 View (718) 684-9647
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Samantha Shue
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Samantha Shue is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in adult and children services. She has experience working in a Residential Treatment Center and Therapeutic Family Foster Care agency with young children and adolescents, as well as experience working in outpatient mental health treatment, telepsychiatry, addiction services and the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).
Samantha Shue is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in adult and children services. She has experience working in a Residential Treatment Center and Therapeutic Family Foster Care agency with young children and adolescents, as well as experience working in outpatient mental health treatment, telepsychiatry, addiction services and the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).
(551) 257-2692 View (551) 257-2692
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Richard L Malen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10128  (Online Only)
I have expert knowledge of evaluation, medication treatment and psychotherapy. My approach is to listen carefully, understand your particular needs then tailor customized treatments. For those already in psychotherapy or not having that need, I am happy to provide medication treatment alone. I will monitor your responses to medication carefully so that you do not experience side effects and to see your gains are maximized. I practice an interpersonal form of psychotherapy. In this, interaction is encouraged rather than listening alone. I try to make myself available for your questions and return calls within a day. Appointments are available usually within one week.
I have expert knowledge of evaluation, medication treatment and psychotherapy. My approach is to listen carefully, understand your particular needs then tailor customized treatments. For those already in psychotherapy or not having that need, I am happy to provide medication treatment alone. I will monitor your responses to medication carefully so that you do not experience side effects and to see your gains are maximized. I practice an interpersonal form of psychotherapy. In this, interaction is encouraged rather than listening alone. I try to make myself available for your questions and return calls within a day. Appointments are available usually within one week.
(646) 400-0777 View (646) 400-0777
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Yewande Mikoku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10028  (Online Only)
Yewande Mikoku is a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Yewande empowers her patients by working in collaboration with them to choose the best treatment for their mental health needs. As a holistically-minded provider, she uses active listening and shared decision making in helping patients find right treatment. Yewande encourages patients to live up to their full potential. Yewande provides practicals that are easy to implement to promote optimal health. Yewande's approach begins with commitment to individuals needs and resources that support evidence based practices. Yewande works with patients 18-64.
Yewande Mikoku is a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Yewande empowers her patients by working in collaboration with them to choose the best treatment for their mental health needs. As a holistically-minded provider, she uses active listening and shared decision making in helping patients find right treatment. Yewande encourages patients to live up to their full potential. Yewande provides practicals that are easy to implement to promote optimal health. Yewande's approach begins with commitment to individuals needs and resources that support evidence based practices. Yewande works with patients 18-64.
(929) 335-9646 View (929) 335-9646
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Sara VanBronkhorst
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021
Not accepting new clients
I'm a psychiatrist for children, adolescents, and adults. I take a holistic approach to understanding how psychiatric distress develops, and also how to treat it. Sometimes a simple medication or a short course of talk therapy will make a world of difference, and sometimes you need a number of different supports to feel whole again. I'm here to help you figure that out, walking alongside you, and supporting you with an effective treatment that fits with your values and goals.
I'm a psychiatrist for children, adolescents, and adults. I take a holistic approach to understanding how psychiatric distress develops, and also how to treat it. Sometimes a simple medication or a short course of talk therapy will make a world of difference, and sometimes you need a number of different supports to feel whole again. I'm here to help you figure that out, walking alongside you, and supporting you with an effective treatment that fits with your values and goals.
(833) 401-9547 View (833) 401-9547
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Gundu Anupama Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10080  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist , with a special interest in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance. I have also trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy , family and marital therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Finding a psychiatrist can be a challenge , and it is important that you are listened to , your thoughts and ideas addressed, and through history and evaluation is utilized to ensure quality care. Whatever your reasons for seeking a psychiatrist ,with dedication and perseverance most people have the potential to feel better and achieve symptom relief. Please view my website and blog at gaba.healthcare
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist , with a special interest in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance. I have also trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy , family and marital therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Finding a psychiatrist can be a challenge , and it is important that you are listened to , your thoughts and ideas addressed, and through history and evaluation is utilized to ensure quality care. Whatever your reasons for seeking a psychiatrist ,with dedication and perseverance most people have the potential to feel better and achieve symptom relief. Please view my website and blog at gaba.healthcare
(347) 218-9115 View (347) 218-9115
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A. Benjamin Srivastava
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10017
I believe that the best treatment begins with a person-centered, comprehensive evaluation with an accurate diagnosis. I will then work with you to form a multimodal treatment plan including- but not limited to- evidence-based psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and spiritual/physical health.
I believe that the best treatment begins with a person-centered, comprehensive evaluation with an accurate diagnosis. I will then work with you to form a multimodal treatment plan including- but not limited to- evidence-based psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and spiritual/physical health.
(516) 701-3343 View (516) 701-3343
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Christine Harrington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010  (Online Only)
I am a doctorally prepared Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry, working with clients of all ages. I have been practicing for over 12 years and have been providing services via telehealth for over 5 years now. I am board certified by ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and as a Nurse Executive, Advanced. I have worked in behavioral health for over 20 years.
I am a doctorally prepared Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry, working with clients of all ages. I have been practicing for over 12 years and have been providing services via telehealth for over 5 years now. I am board certified by ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and as a Nurse Executive, Advanced. I have worked in behavioral health for over 20 years.
(332) 286-4406 View (332) 286-4406
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Meredith Hobart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in precision psychiatry. I received my graduate degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 2006. In addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, I have been a psychiatric RN for 37 years. Prior to entering Yale, I worked for 7 years on a major Harvard Medical School psychiatric teaching unit. I am a conservative prescriber and believe in using the smallest possible dosages of medication to treat a client's symptoms. I do very thorough initial evaluations with my clients and work with them closely until they are stable on their medications.
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in precision psychiatry. I received my graduate degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 2006. In addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, I have been a psychiatric RN for 37 years. Prior to entering Yale, I worked for 7 years on a major Harvard Medical School psychiatric teaching unit. I am a conservative prescriber and believe in using the smallest possible dosages of medication to treat a client's symptoms. I do very thorough initial evaluations with my clients and work with them closely until they are stable on their medications.
(347) 321-7538 View (347) 321-7538
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Complete Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10021  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist who practices both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
I am a board certified psychiatrist who practices both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
(914) 928-2461 View (914) 928-2461
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10028
So many people struggle with mental health issues or chemical dependency but are afraid to seek help. Here’s the truth — there is no shame in finding the care you need. In fact, it’s one of the bravest things you can do. Better mental health is a process, and there is no shame in working with an expert who can guide you through that journey. Our practice employs a holistic approach to care for people struggling with addiction, anxiety, insomnia, inattention, fatigue, low mood, stress, and depression.
So many people struggle with mental health issues or chemical dependency but are afraid to seek help. Here’s the truth — there is no shame in finding the care you need. In fact, it’s one of the bravest things you can do. Better mental health is a process, and there is no shame in working with an expert who can guide you through that journey. Our practice employs a holistic approach to care for people struggling with addiction, anxiety, insomnia, inattention, fatigue, low mood, stress, and depression.
(718) 550-7860 View (718) 550-7860
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Nudrat Bisciello
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
Nudrat Bisciello is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in NYS. She has over 10 years of experience working in both inpatient & outpatient mental health settings with a variety of populations. Nudrat believes in a holistic & integrative approach to treatment that can involve medications, psychotherapy, & alternative modalities, with a focus on empathic, compassionate care. She has additional certifications in Holistic Health, & Mindfulness and Meditation, and believes in integrating complementary practices in treatment when appropriate. Nudrat also has a strong interest in psychedelics for mental wellness.
Nudrat Bisciello is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in NYS. She has over 10 years of experience working in both inpatient & outpatient mental health settings with a variety of populations. Nudrat believes in a holistic & integrative approach to treatment that can involve medications, psychotherapy, & alternative modalities, with a focus on empathic, compassionate care. She has additional certifications in Holistic Health, & Mindfulness and Meditation, and believes in integrating complementary practices in treatment when appropriate. Nudrat also has a strong interest in psychedelics for mental wellness.
(332) 378-1856 View (332) 378-1856

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
69% ADHD
69% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% 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.