Psychiatrists in Oceanside, NY

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Aziz Ahmed Soomro
Psychiatrist, MBBS, MD
Verified Verified
Oceanside, NY 11572
Dr. Soomro is a trained Child Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. Dr. Soomro completed his Adult Psychiatry training at New York University Medical School North Shore University Hospital Manhasset. Dr. Soomro subsequently completed his Child and Adolescents Psychiatry training at Dartmouth. Dr. Soomro has been affiliated with Brookdale Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, Northwell Health, Saint Joseph Medical Center, and NYCC Health and Hospital Corporation . Dr. Soomro has been involved in teaching and supervision of resident and fellows in training. Dr. Soomro has extensive experience in treating children, Adolescent and Adults.
Dr. Soomro is a trained Child Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. Dr. Soomro completed his Adult Psychiatry training at New York University Medical School North Shore University Hospital Manhasset. Dr. Soomro subsequently completed his Child and Adolescents Psychiatry training at Dartmouth. Dr. Soomro has been affiliated with Brookdale Hospital, Westchester Medical Center, Northwell Health, Saint Joseph Medical Center, and NYCC Health and Hospital Corporation . Dr. Soomro has been involved in teaching and supervision of resident and fellows in training. Dr. Soomro has extensive experience in treating children, Adolescent and Adults.
(929) 468-6584 View (929) 468-6584
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MYM Child & Adult Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oceanside, NY 11572  (Online Only)
Our Goal is to find the right balance between your need for appropriate therapeutic interventions and safe medication management for struggles with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Mood Disturbances, Sleep Challenges, Obsessive-Compulsive, Trauma & Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Our Goal is to find the right balance between your need for appropriate therapeutic interventions and safe medication management for struggles with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Mood Disturbances, Sleep Challenges, Obsessive-Compulsive, Trauma & Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(516) 703-4436 View (516) 703-4436
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Peter Jay Stein
Psychiatrist, MD, MA
Verified Verified
Oceanside, NY 11572  (Online Only)
Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology: Accurate diagnosis is paramount in psychiatry, and this requires adequate time, in order to develop rapport and understanding. For treatment, I apply the various tools of psychodynamic-expressive-psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and, when medically indicated, I may recommend, carefully prescribe, and monitor psychotropic (or psychoactive) medication (psychopharmacology/pharmacotherapy), across all diagnostic categories.
Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology: Accurate diagnosis is paramount in psychiatry, and this requires adequate time, in order to develop rapport and understanding. For treatment, I apply the various tools of psychodynamic-expressive-psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and, when medically indicated, I may recommend, carefully prescribe, and monitor psychotropic (or psychoactive) medication (psychopharmacology/pharmacotherapy), across all diagnostic categories.
(516) 714-5838 View (516) 714-5838
Angel on Duty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Oceanside, NY 11572
I m an advanced practice psychiatric nurse - specializing in treating children, adolescents, and adults in medication management and psychotherapy. I have a small practice in Rockville Centre, where I see a select group of patients who are committed to recovery and moving forward with their lives.
I m an advanced practice psychiatric nurse - specializing in treating children, adolescents, and adults in medication management and psychotherapy. I have a small practice in Rockville Centre, where I see a select group of patients who are committed to recovery and moving forward with their lives.
(516) 284-1526 View (516) 284-1526
Omanamhe Masagbor
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Oceanside, NY 11572
Trained as a child and adolescent psychiatrist and also as an adult psychiatrist, with board certification in both, I have experience in a variety of mental health difficulties in children, adolescents and adults. My goal is to apply this experience in management of every patient that seek my services to help improve their level of functioning in different areas of their lives including school, work, at home, with relationships and in the community.
Trained as a child and adolescent psychiatrist and also as an adult psychiatrist, with board certification in both, I have experience in a variety of mental health difficulties in children, adolescents and adults. My goal is to apply this experience in management of every patient that seek my services to help improve their level of functioning in different areas of their lives including school, work, at home, with relationships and in the community.
(516) 730-9314 View (516) 730-9314
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Sagarika Ray
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oceanside, NY 11572
I am a double Board Certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. I specialize in treating a vast array of mental illnesses including ADHD, depression, anxiety and autistic spectrum disorders. I initiate treatment with a thorough psychiatric evaluation, devise a specific treatment plan that is tailored for each individual based on their age and personal needs, offer medication management, individual and family therapy. I take special interest in treating depression and PTSD in adolescents and women.
I am a double Board Certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. I specialize in treating a vast array of mental illnesses including ADHD, depression, anxiety and autistic spectrum disorders. I initiate treatment with a thorough psychiatric evaluation, devise a specific treatment plan that is tailored for each individual based on their age and personal needs, offer medication management, individual and family therapy. I take special interest in treating depression and PTSD in adolescents and women.
(516) 830-4094 View (516) 830-4094

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Bryan J. Burroughs NP in Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Here at Bryan J. Burroughs NP in Psychiatry PLLC, we know how difficult and stressful it can be to find a psychiatrist during these times of uncertainty and confusion. Our goal is to make this process as seamless as possible for you. If you’re someone who struggles with mental health issues, finding the right Psychiatrist can make a world of difference in yours and your family’s lives. We will be with you every step of the way on your journey of mental health healing and wellness. Should you require professional assistance we encourage you to contact us to book an appointment.
Here at Bryan J. Burroughs NP in Psychiatry PLLC, we know how difficult and stressful it can be to find a psychiatrist during these times of uncertainty and confusion. Our goal is to make this process as seamless as possible for you. If you’re someone who struggles with mental health issues, finding the right Psychiatrist can make a world of difference in yours and your family’s lives. We will be with you every step of the way on your journey of mental health healing and wellness. Should you require professional assistance we encourage you to contact us to book an appointment.
(585) 522-2125 View (585) 522-2125
Gail B Malloy
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-
Verified Verified
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
People come into therapy for many reasons. You may be in despair, hurting, worried, scared, depressed, frustrated or confused. Maybe you are curious, and want to understand yourself more deeply. Perhaps life just isn't what you had hoped it would be. Although I do not prescribe medication, I may be able to help you with therapy.
People come into therapy for many reasons. You may be in despair, hurting, worried, scared, depressed, frustrated or confused. Maybe you are curious, and want to understand yourself more deeply. Perhaps life just isn't what you had hoped it would be. Although I do not prescribe medication, I may be able to help you with therapy.
(516) 605-3157 View (516) 605-3157
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Ketie D Saintelus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Lynbrook, NY 11563
Hello, my name is Ketie Saintelus, I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Nurse practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I have 23 years of Nursing experience providing family-centered healthcare to patients of all ages. Mental Illness is real and it can take a toll on you. It is time to take charge of your life, stop procrastinating, do no be afraid and seek help. Simply ask me how? I am here to hear you, to help you feel well, to help you smile, and to help you appreciate you and fall in love with you all over again.
Hello, my name is Ketie Saintelus, I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Nurse practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I have 23 years of Nursing experience providing family-centered healthcare to patients of all ages. Mental Illness is real and it can take a toll on you. It is time to take charge of your life, stop procrastinating, do no be afraid and seek help. Simply ask me how? I am here to hear you, to help you feel well, to help you smile, and to help you appreciate you and fall in love with you all over again.
(516) 202-6714 View (516) 202-6714
Patricia Janson, NP, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Patricia Janson is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Therapy. She has many years of experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families with expertise in treating a broad range of emotional and behavioral problems.
Patricia Janson is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Therapy. She has many years of experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families with expertise in treating a broad range of emotional and behavioral problems.
(917) 960-8048 View (917) 960-8048
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Telepsychiatry: Rave Psychiatry, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LCSW-R, LMSW, LMHC
Verified Verified
Malverne, NY 11565
At Rave Psychiatry, We offer exceptional and convenient care utilizing tele-psychiatry, tele-therapy and traditional in-office visits; thereby giving client’s the option to choose on which method to see a psychiatric provider. Our team of 10+ Psychiatric providers are experienced, licensed and nationally certified, professional mental health providers that pride on working with each client in order to provide team oriented and consistent care at all times. We serve clients from NY via a secure Telepsychiatry platform through a HIPPA compliant platform that is approved by American Telemedicine Association.
At Rave Psychiatry, We offer exceptional and convenient care utilizing tele-psychiatry, tele-therapy and traditional in-office visits; thereby giving client’s the option to choose on which method to see a psychiatric provider. Our team of 10+ Psychiatric providers are experienced, licensed and nationally certified, professional mental health providers that pride on working with each client in order to provide team oriented and consistent care at all times. We serve clients from NY via a secure Telepsychiatry platform through a HIPPA compliant platform that is approved by American Telemedicine Association.
(347) 835-5963 View (347) 835-5963
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Eliepsych
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMC, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baldwin, NY 11510  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner committed to providing mental health and wellness to adults from diverse backgrounds. I provide medication management for patients with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD, and mood disorders. I utilize a holistic, centered approach to help manage patients struggling with various mental health illnesses. Moreover, my goal is to help you improve your self-esteem, mental stability, and ability to function daily.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner committed to providing mental health and wellness to adults from diverse backgrounds. I provide medication management for patients with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD, and mood disorders. I utilize a holistic, centered approach to help manage patients struggling with various mental health illnesses. Moreover, my goal is to help you improve your self-esteem, mental stability, and ability to function daily.
(516) 774-5051 View (516) 774-5051
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Dr. Javaid Iftikhar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Lynbrook, NY 11563
Dr. Javaid iftikhar is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, a graduate of Hunter-Bellevue school of nursing and has been in clinical practice since 2014. He has worked in various clinical settings including hospitals, clinics, in home visits and has expertise in treating persons of all age groups with psychotherapy and/or medications. It may be time to get help if you are feling sad or down, have confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate, excessive fears or worries, extreme mood changes of highs and lows, withdrawal from friends and activities, significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping.
Dr. Javaid iftikhar is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, a graduate of Hunter-Bellevue school of nursing and has been in clinical practice since 2014. He has worked in various clinical settings including hospitals, clinics, in home visits and has expertise in treating persons of all age groups with psychotherapy and/or medications. It may be time to get help if you are feling sad or down, have confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate, excessive fears or worries, extreme mood changes of highs and lows, withdrawal from friends and activities, significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping.
(347) 706-3096 View (347) 706-3096
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Anita Richardson-Sasson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lynbrook, NY 11563
*Currently accepting new patients via telepsychiatry.* I am ready to help you! I have been a Registered Nurse for 12+ years and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 4+ years, and my mission is to improve your life. My specialties include the treatment of anxiety, depression, and ADHD for adults, and older adults. I view psychiatry through a holistic standpoint, in which I use the mind and the body to help you get to the wellness that you so deserve.
*Currently accepting new patients via telepsychiatry.* I am ready to help you! I have been a Registered Nurse for 12+ years and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 4+ years, and my mission is to improve your life. My specialties include the treatment of anxiety, depression, and ADHD for adults, and older adults. I view psychiatry through a holistic standpoint, in which I use the mind and the body to help you get to the wellness that you so deserve.
(914) 359-3078 View (914) 359-3078
Photo of Zhanna Berman At Core Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oceanside, NY
Zhanna Berman At Core Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Rockville Centre, NY 11570  (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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Heart and Soul Community Counseling, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Freeport, NY 11520
We are an outpatient mental health center that has been serving the Long Island community for 30 years. We currently have three offices in West Babylon and Wantagh and in East Quogue NY. Heart & Soul offers medication management, genetic testing for medication, therapy and counseling, drama workshops and education and training for therapists and nurse practitioners.
We are an outpatient mental health center that has been serving the Long Island community for 30 years. We currently have three offices in West Babylon and Wantagh and in East Quogue NY. Heart & Soul offers medication management, genetic testing for medication, therapy and counseling, drama workshops and education and training for therapists and nurse practitioners.
(631) 202-1027 View (631) 202-1027
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Zhanna Berman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP, CHES
Verified Verified
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Why is this happening to ME?  To my child?  Is this Just How it is? After all, I’ve done everything right. I’ve tried different doctors; numerous medications and not only am I not getting better but I’m having to deal with these side effects! If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.  Hope can be one of the hardest things to hold on to when you are struggling. I know that mental illness is more than a set of symptoms. They are conditions that affect everyone differently. This is why I develop a concierge treatment plan utilizing the latest science to provide precision and care for my patients. Hope is here!
Why is this happening to ME?  To my child?  Is this Just How it is? After all, I’ve done everything right. I’ve tried different doctors; numerous medications and not only am I not getting better but I’m having to deal with these side effects! If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.  Hope can be one of the hardest things to hold on to when you are struggling. I know that mental illness is more than a set of symptoms. They are conditions that affect everyone differently. This is why I develop a concierge treatment plan utilizing the latest science to provide precision and care for my patients. Hope is here!
(862) 229-9319 View (862) 229-9319
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Susan R Cohen
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, RNCS
Verified Verified
Lynbrook, NY 11563
I am not an MD I do NOT prescribe medication...I have been a therapist for more than 30 years. During that time I have lived through many of the life events my clients may have been or are experiencing. I am the daughter of an aging mother, the mother of married children and a grandmother. I have experienced the loss of a parent and my spouse and understand all the emotions that come along with all life's stressful events, both joyous and sad.
I am not an MD I do NOT prescribe medication...I have been a therapist for more than 30 years. During that time I have lived through many of the life events my clients may have been or are experiencing. I am the daughter of an aging mother, the mother of married children and a grandmother. I have experienced the loss of a parent and my spouse and understand all the emotions that come along with all life's stressful events, both joyous and sad.
(516) 360-2896 View (516) 360-2896
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Humanistic Family Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, NPP, BC
Verified Verified
Island Park, NY 11558
Humanistic Family Psychiatry & Addiction Treatment is a Sole Psychiatric/Addiction Treatment Practice located on the South Shore of Long Island. As a practitioner, I provide an integrative humanistic approach caring for children, adolescent, adults suffering from mental health issues as well as provide addiction treatment to those who suffer from substance abuse disorders. I treat each individual according to the whole person not just a diagnosis. I address persons mind, body and spirit. My mission is to return a person to their optimal health & assist one to live a happy, healthier & fulfilled life. Holistic approach used for treatment as well.
Humanistic Family Psychiatry & Addiction Treatment is a Sole Psychiatric/Addiction Treatment Practice located on the South Shore of Long Island. As a practitioner, I provide an integrative humanistic approach caring for children, adolescent, adults suffering from mental health issues as well as provide addiction treatment to those who suffer from substance abuse disorders. I treat each individual according to the whole person not just a diagnosis. I address persons mind, body and spirit. My mission is to return a person to their optimal health & assist one to live a happy, healthier & fulfilled life. Holistic approach used for treatment as well.
(646) 846-1809 View (646) 846-1809
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Joseph Sherman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynbrook, NY 11563
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master's Degree in Nursing from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. I was honored to receive Northwell Health’s Advanced Clinical Providers Recognition Award in the Department of Psychiatry in 2019. I work with a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and insomnia.
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master's Degree in Nursing from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. I was honored to receive Northwell Health’s Advanced Clinical Providers Recognition Award in the Department of Psychiatry in 2019. I work with a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and insomnia.
(516) 518-4464 View (516) 518-4464

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Oceanside, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Oceanside, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Medication Management
83% Trauma and PTSD
67% Child
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

39 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% 1199SEIU
100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Oceanside, NY see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Oceanside?

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.