Psychiatrists in New York, NY

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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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Abby Stuthers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, MPH, NP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10075  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome to my telehealth practice! However you identify, whoever you love, you have a respected place here. My core practice belief is that you are a unique individual, deserving of a skilled, non-judgmental ally. My holistic approach enhances psychotherapy and medication. What would you do if you weren't afraid? Or angry? Whether you seek treatment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief and loss, developing boundaries instead of walls or dealing with milestone life changes, together we can move you through the obstacles blocking your path to the life you want.
Hello and welcome to my telehealth practice! However you identify, whoever you love, you have a respected place here. My core practice belief is that you are a unique individual, deserving of a skilled, non-judgmental ally. My holistic approach enhances psychotherapy and medication. What would you do if you weren't afraid? Or angry? Whether you seek treatment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief and loss, developing boundaries instead of walls or dealing with milestone life changes, together we can move you through the obstacles blocking your path to the life you want.
(646) 759-9735 View (646) 759-9735
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Tom Jacob
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
Dr. Tom Jacob is double board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. He completed his undergraduate training at an accelerated undergraduate/graduate degree program via the New York Institute of Technology. Dr. Jacob was then accepted in to the medical school program at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has completed both a Residency in Adult Psychiatry and a Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Dr. Tom Jacob is double board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. He completed his undergraduate training at an accelerated undergraduate/graduate degree program via the New York Institute of Technology. Dr. Jacob was then accepted in to the medical school program at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has completed both a Residency in Adult Psychiatry and a Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
(646) 768-8250 View (646) 768-8250
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Joanna Gangemi
Psychiatric Nurse, RNMA, CNS, PNP
Not Verified Not Verified
New York, NY 10012
I have many years of experience treating adults, couples and families. Some modalities that I employ are psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive therapy and heart-centered hypnotherapy. I am also a yoga teacher and long-time meditator and can teach those methods. My practice is located in downtown Manhattan as well as in New Paltz, New York.I have experience with most diagnoses having worked in an inner-city out-patient clinic. My ideal clients are motivated to collaborate with me in order to improve the quality of their lives. I treat a cross section of issues.
I have many years of experience treating adults, couples and families. Some modalities that I employ are psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive therapy and heart-centered hypnotherapy. I am also a yoga teacher and long-time meditator and can teach those methods. My practice is located in downtown Manhattan as well as in New Paltz, New York.I have experience with most diagnoses having worked in an inner-city out-patient clinic. My ideal clients are motivated to collaborate with me in order to improve the quality of their lives. I treat a cross section of issues.
(646) 798-7674 View (646) 798-7674
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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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Metta Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016
Seria Mullen, an esteemed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNPBC) with licenses in New York and Georgia.
Seria Mullen, an esteemed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNPBC) with licenses in New York and Georgia.
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Menachem Liss
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Dr. Liss was born and raised in a neighborhood in the North Bronx. He attended Queens College, CUNY where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Hebrew. He completed Medical school at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY and thereafter was accepted to NUMC for psychiatry residency training. For his final year of residency, Dr. Liss was appointed to the position of Chief Resident at NUMC, Nassau University Medical Center.
Dr. Liss was born and raised in a neighborhood in the North Bronx. He attended Queens College, CUNY where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Hebrew. He completed Medical school at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY and thereafter was accepted to NUMC for psychiatry residency training. For his final year of residency, Dr. Liss was appointed to the position of Chief Resident at NUMC, Nassau University Medical Center.
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Robert Schwartz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10028
My training and clinical experience has been with the psychodynamic and psychoanalytic treatment of adults, adolescents and children. When neccessary, I prescribe psychotropic medication for the alleviation of severe symptoms of anxiety, depression and insomnia. I work with eating disorders and weight loss management. I am also a Clinical Associate Professor of psychiatry at the NYU Medical Center where I teach and supervise. My goal is to provide help to people who are struggling with problem that they have not been able to master and want the help of a professional.
My training and clinical experience has been with the psychodynamic and psychoanalytic treatment of adults, adolescents and children. When neccessary, I prescribe psychotropic medication for the alleviation of severe symptoms of anxiety, depression and insomnia. I work with eating disorders and weight loss management. I am also a Clinical Associate Professor of psychiatry at the NYU Medical Center where I teach and supervise. My goal is to provide help to people who are struggling with problem that they have not been able to master and want the help of a professional.
(646) 859-5439 View (646) 859-5439
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Shakiya Mussington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP-P, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10036  (Online Only)
The Bass Wellness Center (BWC) is excited to welcome Shakiya to their practice! BWC provides the most advanced, evidence-based mental healthcare, including a full continuum of psych & addiction services online, at your convenience! Shakiya is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. Shakiya's practice focuses on the treatment of PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD and schizophrenia/psychotic disorders. Shakiya's style is solution-oriented, open-minded & promotes empowerment.
The Bass Wellness Center (BWC) is excited to welcome Shakiya to their practice! BWC provides the most advanced, evidence-based mental healthcare, including a full continuum of psych & addiction services online, at your convenience! Shakiya is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. Shakiya's practice focuses on the treatment of PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD and schizophrenia/psychotic disorders. Shakiya's style is solution-oriented, open-minded & promotes empowerment.
(646) 859-1844 View (646) 859-1844
Dr. Ann Dolinsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10019
I treat people with anxiety, panic attacks, mood disorders, eating and sleep disorders. Issues related to work and/or relationships are also common reasons for seeking treatment. After an evaluation, I will suggest a treatment plan for you. Commonly this includes a form of psychotherapy, and sometimes medication. I may also suggest some behavioral changes. A good treatment plan should be thoughtful and practical, taking into account your strengths as well as difficulties. Happiness and a greater sense of well being are usually some of the goals.
I treat people with anxiety, panic attacks, mood disorders, eating and sleep disorders. Issues related to work and/or relationships are also common reasons for seeking treatment. After an evaluation, I will suggest a treatment plan for you. Commonly this includes a form of psychotherapy, and sometimes medication. I may also suggest some behavioral changes. A good treatment plan should be thoughtful and practical, taking into account your strengths as well as difficulties. Happiness and a greater sense of well being are usually some of the goals.
(212) 582-0676 View (212) 582-0676
Photo of Diana Gomez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New York, NY
Diana Gomez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Diana is bilingual, able to provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, supportive therapy, and medication management for those speaking English and/or Spanish.
Diana is bilingual, able to provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, supportive therapy, and medication management for those speaking English and/or Spanish.
(646) 759-9564 View (646) 759-9564
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Maryellen Hammill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Maryellen Hammill is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Maryellen is a warm, empathetic care provider who understands the importance of being fully present and engaged with her patients. She helps her patients identify issues causing them distress and helps them explore holistic, evidence-based treatment options. Everyday challenges, life transitions, adverse experiences, and personal stressors can manifest in the form of stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc. A thorough psychiatric interview and assessment can bring those issues to light. She provides psychiatric assessments, talk therapy, and Med Management.
Maryellen Hammill is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Maryellen is a warm, empathetic care provider who understands the importance of being fully present and engaged with her patients. She helps her patients identify issues causing them distress and helps them explore holistic, evidence-based treatment options. Everyday challenges, life transitions, adverse experiences, and personal stressors can manifest in the form of stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc. A thorough psychiatric interview and assessment can bring those issues to light. She provides psychiatric assessments, talk therapy, and Med Management.
(646) 553-1928 View (646) 553-1928
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Jennifer Lyman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Dr. Lyman is a board-certified psychiatrist who values the lived experience of every individual seeking treatment. She completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, received her MPH from University of Hawai'i, Manoa and graduated with her MD from the John A. Burns School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Psychiatry at the Queens Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She is currently pursuing a nutritional psychiatry certificate through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and has a particular interest in the connection between the food we consume and our emotional well-being.
Dr. Lyman is a board-certified psychiatrist who values the lived experience of every individual seeking treatment. She completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, received her MPH from University of Hawai'i, Manoa and graduated with her MD from the John A. Burns School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Psychiatry at the Queens Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She is currently pursuing a nutritional psychiatry certificate through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and has a particular interest in the connection between the food we consume and our emotional well-being.
(646) 963-9285 View (646) 963-9285
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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.
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Psych Matters, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018
Dr. Scardino is board certified in General Psychiatry. He has 39 years of experience treating the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders, using a comprehensive biopsychosocial approach to expedite patients’ recovery. He has received multiple awards and recognitions in Harris County for his service excellence. Dr. Scardino began practicing psychiatric medicine in 1986, and has been chosen as the head of interdisciplinary treatment teams numerous times. He has served as a medical director at the MHMRA and Mid City Community Service Center.
Dr. Scardino is board certified in General Psychiatry. He has 39 years of experience treating the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders, using a comprehensive biopsychosocial approach to expedite patients’ recovery. He has received multiple awards and recognitions in Harris County for his service excellence. Dr. Scardino began practicing psychiatric medicine in 1986, and has been chosen as the head of interdisciplinary treatment teams numerous times. He has served as a medical director at the MHMRA and Mid City Community Service Center.
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Photo of Lindsay Thomas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New York, NY
Lindsay Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Lindsay has been a practicing psychiatric provider since 2007. She is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC).Lindsay is experienced in treating adult patients in both private practice as well as community mental health settings. She has experience working with patients from different backgrounds and with a variety of mental health diagnoses. She brings a compassionate, non-judgmental approach to her practice and making sure her patients feel they are being heard is important to Lindsay.
Lindsay has been a practicing psychiatric provider since 2007. She is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC).Lindsay is experienced in treating adult patients in both private practice as well as community mental health settings. She has experience working with patients from different backgrounds and with a variety of mental health diagnoses. She brings a compassionate, non-judgmental approach to her practice and making sure her patients feel they are being heard is important to Lindsay.
(646) 679-6632 View (646) 679-6632
Photo of Michelle Freedland, Psychiatric Nurse in New York, NY
Michelle Freedland
Psychiatric Nurse
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology. I practice personalized medicine and believe in the need for individualized care with the goal of forging relationships that allow for change based on knowledge and support. Ingrained in my approach is the notion of holistic care and that kindness and empathy aid in the promotion of healing and recovery. I am committed to assisting clients with developing the tools they need to lead productive and meaningful lives.
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology. I practice personalized medicine and believe in the need for individualized care with the goal of forging relationships that allow for change based on knowledge and support. Ingrained in my approach is the notion of holistic care and that kindness and empathy aid in the promotion of healing and recovery. I am committed to assisting clients with developing the tools they need to lead productive and meaningful lives.
(646) 762-7545 View (646) 762-7545
Photo of Jennifer Beach, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New York, NY
Jennifer Beach
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP-P, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10036  (Online Only)
Jennifer Beach is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who comes to the Bass Wellness Center with a wealth of experience in the field of mental health and specializes in addressing traumatic stress disorders. She recognizes that her clients often present with various concerns, including anxiety, depression, attention difficulties, and substance use.
Jennifer Beach is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who comes to the Bass Wellness Center with a wealth of experience in the field of mental health and specializes in addressing traumatic stress disorders. She recognizes that her clients often present with various concerns, including anxiety, depression, attention difficulties, and substance use.
(929) 543-6312 View (929) 543-6312
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Lee Dockery
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Dr. Lee Dockery serves as a general pscyhiatry provider for Talkiatry since joining in August 2022. He is board-eligible with expected certification in fall 2022, with further addiction psychiatry board-certification expected in 2023. He has been training and practicing psychiatry since 2018. Dr. Dockery’s practice emphasizes medication management within a therapy-informed framework, utilizing skills from Acceptance and Commitment therapy, mindfulness based therapies, motivation interviewing, and supportive therapy. Typically, he offers 60-minute new visits and 30-minute follow-up visits.
Dr. Lee Dockery serves as a general pscyhiatry provider for Talkiatry since joining in August 2022. He is board-eligible with expected certification in fall 2022, with further addiction psychiatry board-certification expected in 2023. He has been training and practicing psychiatry since 2018. Dr. Dockery’s practice emphasizes medication management within a therapy-informed framework, utilizing skills from Acceptance and Commitment therapy, mindfulness based therapies, motivation interviewing, and supportive therapy. Typically, he offers 60-minute new visits and 30-minute follow-up visits.
(646) 394-9728 View (646) 394-9728
Photo of Samuel Kolander, Psychiatrist in New York, NY
Samuel Kolander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Our team of therapists & psychiatrists are leading minds in mental health We understand your unique needs and are dedicated to helping you find solutions to life’s challenges. We use the most up to date, scientifically proven treatments. When patients have the courage to place faith in us, we have a responsibility to justify their confidence.
Our team of therapists & psychiatrists are leading minds in mental health We understand your unique needs and are dedicated to helping you find solutions to life’s challenges. We use the most up to date, scientifically proven treatments. When patients have the courage to place faith in us, we have a responsibility to justify their confidence.
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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
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.