Psychiatrists in Orange County, NY

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Photo of Anthony Collica, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, NY
Anthony Collica
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Goshen, NY 10924
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and started practicing in 2021(PMHNP), but have been working in mental health in various roles since 2006 at 19 years of age. I graduated from Binghamton University Magna Cum Laude, with my Masters of Science. I help patients work through and over to the other side of their anxiety, trauma, depression, suicidal ideation, impulse control and psychosis. My approach to treatment is a patient centered approach while utilizing medication and CBT and motivational interviewing skills. No two patients are identical, and my treatment approach reflects that viewpoint.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and started practicing in 2021(PMHNP), but have been working in mental health in various roles since 2006 at 19 years of age. I graduated from Binghamton University Magna Cum Laude, with my Masters of Science. I help patients work through and over to the other side of their anxiety, trauma, depression, suicidal ideation, impulse control and psychosis. My approach to treatment is a patient centered approach while utilizing medication and CBT and motivational interviewing skills. No two patients are identical, and my treatment approach reflects that viewpoint.
(845) 286-4598 View (845) 286-4598
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Debra Mayers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Middletown, NY 10940  (Online Only)
I understand you may be experiencing excessive worry, anxiousness, pounding chest and shortness of breath and cannot understand why. Or you may be feeling down, not able enjoy the things you once enjoyed, feel like you don’t want to get out of bed; I don’t want you continue to suffer anymore; I will work with you to provide a combination of medication and therapy that will give you the relief you are seeking and give you your life back.
I understand you may be experiencing excessive worry, anxiousness, pounding chest and shortness of breath and cannot understand why. Or you may be feeling down, not able enjoy the things you once enjoyed, feel like you don’t want to get out of bed; I don’t want you continue to suffer anymore; I will work with you to provide a combination of medication and therapy that will give you the relief you are seeking and give you your life back.
(845) 237-3932 View (845) 237-3932
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Olanrewaju Somorin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Monroe, NY 10950  (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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Dr. Stephanie Monaco, MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Goshen, NY 10924
Hello, I'm Dr. Monaco. I have a true interest in helping others and an incredible understanding of people. I am a Mount Sinai Beth Israel trained psychiatrist with years of experience in medication treatment and psychotherapy. I also have additional specialization in mood disorders like bipolar disorder and depression. I use an integrative approach to therapy including supportive, cognitive and psychodynamic techniques. I provide medication management, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. I have practices in Manhattan & Goshen (New York) and Denver (Colorado).
Hello, I'm Dr. Monaco. I have a true interest in helping others and an incredible understanding of people. I am a Mount Sinai Beth Israel trained psychiatrist with years of experience in medication treatment and psychotherapy. I also have additional specialization in mood disorders like bipolar disorder and depression. I use an integrative approach to therapy including supportive, cognitive and psychodynamic techniques. I provide medication management, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. I have practices in Manhattan & Goshen (New York) and Denver (Colorado).
(646) 681-5657 View (646) 681-5657
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Dr. Alison Sullivan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Goshen, NY 10924
Not accepting new clients
I am a Columbia and Mount Sinai trained child and adolescent psychiatrist. After 16 years of working in hospital based clinics, I have decided to open a private practice to help serve the psychiatric needs of my surrounding community. I see patients in person for initial evaluations and ongoing care, but I can also offer telehealth services within NY state when needed. Please note, in order to take care of the needs of the children in the community, I am only accepting new patients under the age of 18 at this time.
I am a Columbia and Mount Sinai trained child and adolescent psychiatrist. After 16 years of working in hospital based clinics, I have decided to open a private practice to help serve the psychiatric needs of my surrounding community. I see patients in person for initial evaluations and ongoing care, but I can also offer telehealth services within NY state when needed. Please note, in order to take care of the needs of the children in the community, I am only accepting new patients under the age of 18 at this time.
(845) 209-0195 View (845) 209-0195
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Saron Fong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Middletown, NY 10941
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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Mary FitzGerald Switala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN
Verified Verified
Warwick, NY 10990
Waitlist for new clients
I focus on using a holistic and integrative approach to diagnosing and treating mental health conditions and work with clients to identify, understand, and solve issues. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and that it is a collaboration between the client and me. Together we can determine what is the right treatment for you.
I focus on using a holistic and integrative approach to diagnosing and treating mental health conditions and work with clients to identify, understand, and solve issues. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and that it is a collaboration between the client and me. Together we can determine what is the right treatment for you.
(845) 671-5003 View (845) 671-5003
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Kathleen J Boyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Warwick, NY 10990
I am a board certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner and have worked in the outpatient setting for the past 20 years. I focus on creating a comfortable environment for individuals so that healing can begin from the first encounter. Each individual is unique and their treatment plan is developed with their specific needs in mind. Empowering others to uncover their inner pain is facilitated so that happiness can replace that discomfort. Healing is a process and individuals who are depressed, anxious and suffering from other behavioral disorders will be guided on that journey to wellness.
I am a board certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner and have worked in the outpatient setting for the past 20 years. I focus on creating a comfortable environment for individuals so that healing can begin from the first encounter. Each individual is unique and their treatment plan is developed with their specific needs in mind. Empowering others to uncover their inner pain is facilitated so that happiness can replace that discomfort. Healing is a process and individuals who are depressed, anxious and suffering from other behavioral disorders will be guided on that journey to wellness.
(845) 409-0476 View (845) 409-0476
Photo of Crystal Moschiano, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, NY
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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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
Photo of Barbara Marie Marszalek, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, NY
Barbara Marie Marszalek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP
Verified Verified
Montgomery, NY 12549
Are you suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD? Are you looking to connect with someone to help you find a way to heal? To pull the triggers away from you? I offer personalized integrative psychiatric care for those struggling mentally, emotionally or with addictions in Orange County NY. I specialize in ART ( Accelerated Resolution Therapy). It is a unique approach to psychotherapy to replace negative images in the unconscious mind that triggers and symptoms of PTSD with positive ones that my clients chose, hence removing the triggers causing the intrusive thoughts to completely STOP. You are important. You are worth it.
Are you suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD? Are you looking to connect with someone to help you find a way to heal? To pull the triggers away from you? I offer personalized integrative psychiatric care for those struggling mentally, emotionally or with addictions in Orange County NY. I specialize in ART ( Accelerated Resolution Therapy). It is a unique approach to psychotherapy to replace negative images in the unconscious mind that triggers and symptoms of PTSD with positive ones that my clients chose, hence removing the triggers causing the intrusive thoughts to completely STOP. You are important. You are worth it.
(845) 539-1056 View (845) 539-1056
Photo of Maryann Ryan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, NY
Maryann Ryan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, NPP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Warwick, NY 10990
My primary goal in providing mental healthcare is to create a welcoming and supportive environment where every individual feels valued, heard, and acknowledged. As a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner in both psychiatry and family medicine, I am capable of providing a comprehensive range of services, with a specific emphasis on medication management. We offer interpreter services for most languages and American Sign Language (ASL). In recognizing the importance of flexibility and patient choice, we provide the option for in-office or video consultations.
My primary goal in providing mental healthcare is to create a welcoming and supportive environment where every individual feels valued, heard, and acknowledged. As a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner in both psychiatry and family medicine, I am capable of providing a comprehensive range of services, with a specific emphasis on medication management. We offer interpreter services for most languages and American Sign Language (ASL). In recognizing the importance of flexibility and patient choice, we provide the option for in-office or video consultations.
(845) 253-4850 View (845) 253-4850
Photo of Laura Van De Laar, Psychiatric Nurse in Orange County, NY
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
Photo of Vitality Psychiatry Group Practice, Psychiatrist in Orange County, NY
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
Photo of One Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, NY
One Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P, BC
Verified Verified
Monroe, NY 10950  (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
Photo of Renata Krymkevich, Psychiatrist in Orange County, NY
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
Photo of G Friedlander NP in Psychiatry PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, NY
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
Photo of Megan Grogan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, NY
Megan Grogan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Warwick, NY 10990
Megan Grogan is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience working in various healthcare settings. Megan has a special focus on women’s mental health relating to PMDD, postpartum depression and anxiety, and menopause. I am currently accepting new patients aged 16+. I invite you to call to schedule an appointment. Working together to form a therapeutic relationship, your mental health will be addressed in a non-judgmental empathetic environment. Individualized care focused on enabling you to feel your best will be the primary goal. Medication management will be judiciously approached to provide desired outcomes.
Megan Grogan is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience working in various healthcare settings. Megan has a special focus on women’s mental health relating to PMDD, postpartum depression and anxiety, and menopause. I am currently accepting new patients aged 16+. I invite you to call to schedule an appointment. Working together to form a therapeutic relationship, your mental health will be addressed in a non-judgmental empathetic environment. Individualized care focused on enabling you to feel your best will be the primary goal. Medication management will be judiciously approached to provide desired outcomes.
(845) 524-1439 View (845) 524-1439
Photo of Edith Onua, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, NY
Edith Onua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Highland Mills, NY 10930  (Online Only)
What sets Edith apart is her compassionate and non-judgmental approach. She values open communication, actively listening to patients, and tailoring her services to their unique needs. Edith is known for providing unhurried visits, ensuring her patients feel heard and supported throughout their treatment journey. Edith offers flexible appointment times, including weekdays, evenings, and weekends. She understands the importance of accommodating diverse schedules to ensure accessibility for her clients.
What sets Edith apart is her compassionate and non-judgmental approach. She values open communication, actively listening to patients, and tailoring her services to their unique needs. Edith is known for providing unhurried visits, ensuring her patients feel heard and supported throughout their treatment journey. Edith offers flexible appointment times, including weekdays, evenings, and weekends. She understands the importance of accommodating diverse schedules to ensure accessibility for her clients.
(845) 250-6849 View (845) 250-6849
Photo of Prof. Nancy Gartin Checchi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, NY
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Orange County, NY

30+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Orange County, NY who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
84% Medication Management
74% Bipolar Disorder
71% ADHD
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
55% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Aetna
87% Cigna and Evernorth
77% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Orange County, NY see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Orange County?

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.