Psychiatrists in Newburgh, NY

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Crystal Moschiano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Newburgh, NY 12550  (Online Only)
Crystal Moschiano is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who earned her graduate degree from Hofstra University. She specializes in the management of mood and anxiety disorders, addiction psychiatry, and women’s health providing both psychotherapy and medication management.
Crystal Moschiano is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who earned her graduate degree from Hofstra University. She specializes in the management of mood and anxiety disorders, addiction psychiatry, and women’s health providing both psychotherapy and medication management.
(845) 385-2482 View (845) 385-2482
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Prof. Nancy Gartin Checchi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, CTN-B
Verified Verified
Newburgh, NY 12550
I love working with my clients and building a strong therapeutic relationship with them is a priority to me. I provide treatment to children and adults. I maintain a private practice in Newburgh, NY and offer telemedicine appointments. I am the Graduate Coordinator and a Professor for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Mount Saint Mary College. I have a therapy dog in the office who is a golden retriever named Mac. Please let me know if you are allergic or prefer him not to be in the office for our appointments.
I love working with my clients and building a strong therapeutic relationship with them is a priority to me. I provide treatment to children and adults. I maintain a private practice in Newburgh, NY and offer telemedicine appointments. I am the Graduate Coordinator and a Professor for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Mount Saint Mary College. I have a therapy dog in the office who is a golden retriever named Mac. Please let me know if you are allergic or prefer him not to be in the office for our appointments.
(845) 403-1361 View (845) 403-1361
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Hugh McKenzie, PNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP
Verified Verified
Newburgh, NY 12550
I have been in the field of psychiatry since 1994; and have been licensed and board certified as a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2012. Our goal is for everyone to achieve optimal health from a holistic perspective. Therefore in addition to medication mgmt, we promote healthy- transitions4u: mind, body, spirit. We are here for you and provide an accommodating atmosphere where you will be heard and encouraged to achieve your very best you!
I have been in the field of psychiatry since 1994; and have been licensed and board certified as a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2012. Our goal is for everyone to achieve optimal health from a holistic perspective. Therefore in addition to medication mgmt, we promote healthy- transitions4u: mind, body, spirit. We are here for you and provide an accommodating atmosphere where you will be heard and encouraged to achieve your very best you!
(845) 704-1262 View (845) 704-1262
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Laura Van De Laar
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, RN, NP-P
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Newburgh, NY 12550
I am a Columbia University-trained, board certified nurse practitioner treating clients from age five through adulthood. I am licensed in N.Y. and Ct. and provide thorough psychiatric evaluations with appropriate academic and testing recommendations, referrals to numerous community resources, alternative/supplementary treatment modalities where appropriate, medication evaluation/management and referrals for the right therapeutic support(s). I utilize genomic testing when appropriate or upon request. While I prefer in-person visits, telehealth and virtual appointments are also available.
I am a Columbia University-trained, board certified nurse practitioner treating clients from age five through adulthood. I am licensed in N.Y. and Ct. and provide thorough psychiatric evaluations with appropriate academic and testing recommendations, referrals to numerous community resources, alternative/supplementary treatment modalities where appropriate, medication evaluation/management and referrals for the right therapeutic support(s). I utilize genomic testing when appropriate or upon request. While I prefer in-person visits, telehealth and virtual appointments are also available.
(845) 593-8201 View (845) 593-8201
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Varinder S Rathore MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newburgh, NY 12550
"I am Double Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry & Addiction Psychiatry and an expert in MICA (Mentally Ill-Chemical Abuse) patients. I was born and raised in the Hudson Valley and thus feel a distinct sense of pride practicing here. I completed my Adult Psychiatry Residency at Albany Medical Center & Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center where he was an Assistant Professor. I have years of experience in treating patients with a vast range of psychiatric conditions including Major Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Bipolar Disorder and ADD/ADHD.
"I am Double Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry & Addiction Psychiatry and an expert in MICA (Mentally Ill-Chemical Abuse) patients. I was born and raised in the Hudson Valley and thus feel a distinct sense of pride practicing here. I completed my Adult Psychiatry Residency at Albany Medical Center & Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center where he was an Assistant Professor. I have years of experience in treating patients with a vast range of psychiatric conditions including Major Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Bipolar Disorder and ADD/ADHD.
(845) 478-6594 View (845) 478-6594
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Dr. Randy Ian Pardell
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Newburgh, NY 12550
Our psychiatric clinicians address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including genetic testing to inform medication management, nutritional supplementation, QEEG brain mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation . Our expertise is the treatment of Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Psychotic Disorders. We provide empathy, time and care to each of our patients
Our psychiatric clinicians address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including genetic testing to inform medication management, nutritional supplementation, QEEG brain mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation . Our expertise is the treatment of Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Psychotic Disorders. We provide empathy, time and care to each of our patients
(845) 262-2447 View (845) 262-2447
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Orenda Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newburgh, NY 12551  (Online Only)
My name is Kimberly Levitt. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric NP. I believe in a holistic approach to mental health treatment that prioritizes individual need. I encourage each patient to take an active role in their treatment as this overwhelmingly results in successful outcomes. I have experience in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and insomnia. I try to fully understand my patients and I provide a therapeutic space for them to feel comfortable sharing their story. I combine medication with talk therapy in each session.
My name is Kimberly Levitt. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric NP. I believe in a holistic approach to mental health treatment that prioritizes individual need. I encourage each patient to take an active role in their treatment as this overwhelmingly results in successful outcomes. I have experience in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and insomnia. I try to fully understand my patients and I provide a therapeutic space for them to feel comfortable sharing their story. I combine medication with talk therapy in each session.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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Perry Githens APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newburgh, NY 12550
Perry Githens has sound experience in substance abuse, long-term care settings, outpatient, and acute inpatient settings with pediatric and adult populations. He has experience in all different areas, such as residential substance abuse, alcohol use disorder, inpatient geriatric psychiatry with dementia, and mental illness in the elderly.
Perry Githens has sound experience in substance abuse, long-term care settings, outpatient, and acute inpatient settings with pediatric and adult populations. He has experience in all different areas, such as residential substance abuse, alcohol use disorder, inpatient geriatric psychiatry with dementia, and mental illness in the elderly.
(845) 250-3614 View (845) 250-3614
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One Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P, BC
Verified Verified
Newburgh, NY 12550  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
(201) 969-5923 View (201) 969-5923
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Saron Fong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newburgh, NY 12550
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of healthcare experience in various healthcare settings, including acute and chronic illness. I work with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD, and other related mental illnesses. I enjoy working with individuals to make a positive difference with the goal of positive outcomes in their lives, with their families, and within their communities.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of healthcare experience in various healthcare settings, including acute and chronic illness. I work with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD, and other related mental illnesses. I enjoy working with individuals to make a positive difference with the goal of positive outcomes in their lives, with their families, and within their communities.
(845) 640-5693 View (845) 640-5693
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Erin-Marie Kernan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-BC
Verified Verified
Newburgh, NY 12550
I am dedicated to helping clients manage anxiety, depression, mood, C-PTSD, ADHD, and neurocognitive disorders.
I am dedicated to helping clients manage anxiety, depression, mood, C-PTSD, ADHD, and neurocognitive disorders.
(845) 284-9649 View (845) 284-9649
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Casey Cuddy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Newburgh, NY 12550
I accept direct cash payment, and also insurance through Rula dot com. I am interested in, respectful of, and responsive to your issues, struggles, and inquiries, and I will challenge you to solve problems, to heal, and to grow. We will strive to identify causes of, and strategies for addressing symptoms and problems—not just to take medications. You will learn about your diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options to inform your healthcare choices. Trauma-related issues and safe, optimized prescribing are the primary focuses; however, all disorders are treated, and always with evidence-based practices. Visit cuddy.org for details
I accept direct cash payment, and also insurance through Rula dot com. I am interested in, respectful of, and responsive to your issues, struggles, and inquiries, and I will challenge you to solve problems, to heal, and to grow. We will strive to identify causes of, and strategies for addressing symptoms and problems—not just to take medications. You will learn about your diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options to inform your healthcare choices. Trauma-related issues and safe, optimized prescribing are the primary focuses; however, all disorders are treated, and always with evidence-based practices. Visit cuddy.org for details
(845) 668-4489 View (845) 668-4489
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Brian Park
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 203-2157 View (845) 203-2157

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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G Friedlander NP in Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Cornwall, NY 12518
I am dually certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner focusing primarily on mental health. I have a passionate interest in helping others and believe mental healthcare is a collaborative process, the most important thing I do is communicate with my clients, working together as a therapeutic team to develop a treatment plan tailored to specific needs in an empathetic, caring and nonjudgmental environment I provide a combination of in person and virtual meetings
I am dually certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner focusing primarily on mental health. I have a passionate interest in helping others and believe mental healthcare is a collaborative process, the most important thing I do is communicate with my clients, working together as a therapeutic team to develop a treatment plan tailored to specific needs in an empathetic, caring and nonjudgmental environment I provide a combination of in person and virtual meetings
(845) 284-9511 View (845) 284-9511
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Renata Krymkevich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Windsor, NY 12553
I've been practicing psychiatry for over 25 years with a special area of expertise in affective disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as treating young adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. I am an independent practitioner and my office is very private. I pride myself to run on schedule. I make myself available for emergency appointments if needed, and respond to phone calls within 24 business hours.
I've been practicing psychiatry for over 25 years with a special area of expertise in affective disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as treating young adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. I am an independent practitioner and my office is very private. I pride myself to run on schedule. I make myself available for emergency appointments if needed, and respond to phone calls within 24 business hours.
(845) 660-8267 View (845) 660-8267
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Vitality Psychiatry Group Practice
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
New Windsor, NY 12553
Dr. Mitchell Cabisudo is a double board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist who has been trained in different schools of psychotherapy and has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the use of life-saving medications. After completing his adult residency training in Albany, NY, he pursued further specialization in Pediatric Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Cabisudo crucially understands the limitations and unfortunate repercussions of the use of medication. Therefore prior to contemplating to prescribing, he integrates the basic fundamentals yet profound complexities surrounding a person's life which can significantly dictate the overall changes in one's behavior and emotions.
Dr. Mitchell Cabisudo is a double board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist who has been trained in different schools of psychotherapy and has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the use of life-saving medications. After completing his adult residency training in Albany, NY, he pursued further specialization in Pediatric Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Cabisudo crucially understands the limitations and unfortunate repercussions of the use of medication. Therefore prior to contemplating to prescribing, he integrates the basic fundamentals yet profound complexities surrounding a person's life which can significantly dictate the overall changes in one's behavior and emotions.
(914) 502-3998 View (914) 502-3998
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Olanrewaju Somorin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Point, NY 10996  (Online Only)
Dr Somorin is triple board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He has been listed as a top psychiatrist in the Hudson Valley Magazine yearly from 2006 to 2019. He graduated from Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx NY in August 1999He then completed a one year fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx NY. He treats clients struggling with anxiety, depression or substance abuse.
Dr Somorin is triple board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He has been listed as a top psychiatrist in the Hudson Valley Magazine yearly from 2006 to 2019. He graduated from Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx NY in August 1999He then completed a one year fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx NY. He treats clients struggling with anxiety, depression or substance abuse.
(845) 637-3365 View (845) 637-3365
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Northern Medical Group Behavioral Health Division
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fishkill, NY 12524
Opiate addiction effects 1.9 million Americans and has the potential to destroy individuals and families but their is help.. We offer evidence-based medication assisted treatments including buprenorphine (Suboxone, Zubsolv) for opioid dependence. We offer personalized one-on-one care for every patient to reclaim their lives. Varinder S. Rathore MD is Board Certified in Addiction Psychiatry with 15+ years experience with opioid dependence treatment. As a former Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical he is one of the most skilled addiction physicians in the country. We can help you. Call us today.
Opiate addiction effects 1.9 million Americans and has the potential to destroy individuals and families but their is help.. We offer evidence-based medication assisted treatments including buprenorphine (Suboxone, Zubsolv) for opioid dependence. We offer personalized one-on-one care for every patient to reclaim their lives. Varinder S. Rathore MD is Board Certified in Addiction Psychiatry with 15+ years experience with opioid dependence treatment. As a former Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical he is one of the most skilled addiction physicians in the country. We can help you. Call us today.
(845) 237-3915 View (845) 237-3915
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Vitality Psychiatry Group Practice
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Windsor, NY 12553
Dr. Mitchell Cabisudo is a double board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist who has been trained in different schools of psychotherapy and has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the use of life-saving medications. After completing his adult residency training in Albany, NY, he pursued further specialization in Pediatric Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Cabisudo crucially understands the limitations and unfortunate repercussions of the use of medication. Therefore prior to contemplating to prescribing, he integrates the basic fundamentals yet profound complexities surrounding a person's life which can significantly dictate the overall changes in one's behavior and emotions.
Dr. Mitchell Cabisudo is a double board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist who has been trained in different schools of psychotherapy and has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the use of life-saving medications. After completing his adult residency training in Albany, NY, he pursued further specialization in Pediatric Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Cabisudo crucially understands the limitations and unfortunate repercussions of the use of medication. Therefore prior to contemplating to prescribing, he integrates the basic fundamentals yet profound complexities surrounding a person's life which can significantly dictate the overall changes in one's behavior and emotions.
(914) 502-3998 View (914) 502-3998
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Wildflower Holistic Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chelsea, NY 12512  (Online Only)
Have you been struggling with excessive worry, low mood, or irritability? Just don't feel as good as you used to? Need some help getting back to living your best life? Let Wildflower Holistic Behavioral Health help you get back to living your best life.
Have you been struggling with excessive worry, low mood, or irritability? Just don't feel as good as you used to? Need some help getting back to living your best life? Let Wildflower Holistic Behavioral Health help you get back to living your best life.
(929) 447-2267 View (929) 447-2267

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Newburgh, NY

10+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Newburgh, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
92% Bipolar Disorder
85% Depression
85% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% ADHD
62% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Newburgh, NY see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Newburgh?

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.