Psychiatrists in Pearl River, NY

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Ingrid L. Montgomery, MD, MPH, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Pearl River, NY 10965
I am a board certified psychiatrist treating adolescents and adults suffering from stress related issues that are causing dysfunction in your life. Some issues are as simple as learning healthy coping skills and having a support system that understands you. If you are suffering from a new onset or chronic illness such as bipolar, depression, substance use disorder, or anxiety, our practice will provide both medication and therapy to help in certain cases. You will receive an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. We provide concierge service (travel) to you in the comfort of your home or office-(postponed).
I am a board certified psychiatrist treating adolescents and adults suffering from stress related issues that are causing dysfunction in your life. Some issues are as simple as learning healthy coping skills and having a support system that understands you. If you are suffering from a new onset or chronic illness such as bipolar, depression, substance use disorder, or anxiety, our practice will provide both medication and therapy to help in certain cases. You will receive an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. We provide concierge service (travel) to you in the comfort of your home or office-(postponed).
(347) 658-1169 View (347) 658-1169
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Empowerment Health. LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BBA, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pearl River, NY 10965
Finding the right psychiatrist can be a very challenging endeavor mainly because this is usually a very delicate and private subject. We have experience in every aspect that relates to the field of psychiatry, but most importantly, we know how to combine that knowledge with complete confidentiality and respect to our patients. We are a psychiatric practice with an experienced staff of collaborative psychiatrists, board-certified psychiatric NPs, social workers, and therapists. We have broad expertise in the precise analysis of the factors and causes of the challenges that you are facing.
Finding the right psychiatrist can be a very challenging endeavor mainly because this is usually a very delicate and private subject. We have experience in every aspect that relates to the field of psychiatry, but most importantly, we know how to combine that knowledge with complete confidentiality and respect to our patients. We are a psychiatric practice with an experienced staff of collaborative psychiatrists, board-certified psychiatric NPs, social workers, and therapists. We have broad expertise in the precise analysis of the factors and causes of the challenges that you are facing.
(914) 228-7990 View (914) 228-7990
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Deirdre Mullen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Pearl River, NY 10965
Deirdre Mullen is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. She has been caring for diverse communities of patients for almost thirty years working mostly in Manhattan. She began her career as an RN in 1993 in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and received her MSN from Columbia University School of Nursing in 2000. While working as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Deirdre began to notice a lack of psychiatric services available when she referred patients for assistance with their mental health.
Deirdre Mullen is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. She has been caring for diverse communities of patients for almost thirty years working mostly in Manhattan. She began her career as an RN in 1993 in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and received her MSN from Columbia University School of Nursing in 2000. While working as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Deirdre began to notice a lack of psychiatric services available when she referred patients for assistance with their mental health.
(914) 335-3523 View (914) 335-3523
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Nelson Romero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Pearl River, NY 10965
I am a PMHNP deeply dedicated to delivering high-quality, empathetic, and thorough mental health care to children, adolescents, and adults. My robust clinical abilities complement my innate capacity to establish strong connections with patients and their families. My practice is rooted in evidence-based guidelines, combining clinical expertise with personal observation and intuition. I prioritize interdisciplinary education and foster collaboration among healthcare professionals, emphasizing a holistic, patient-centered approach to health and well-being.
I am a PMHNP deeply dedicated to delivering high-quality, empathetic, and thorough mental health care to children, adolescents, and adults. My robust clinical abilities complement my innate capacity to establish strong connections with patients and their families. My practice is rooted in evidence-based guidelines, combining clinical expertise with personal observation and intuition. I prioritize interdisciplinary education and foster collaboration among healthcare professionals, emphasizing a holistic, patient-centered approach to health and well-being.
(845) 660-6178 View (845) 660-6178
Amandeep Bhandal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pearl River, NY 10965
My name is Amandeep Bhandal. I am board certified adult Psychiatrist. I did my adult residency at Harlem Hospital, NY and my fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, PA. I am invested in providing care to children and their caregivers and to young adults. My area of interest is geared towards populations with Autism Spectrum Disorder, mood disorders, anxiety conditions and trauma. I believe in working with my patients towards optimal health.
My name is Amandeep Bhandal. I am board certified adult Psychiatrist. I did my adult residency at Harlem Hospital, NY and my fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, PA. I am invested in providing care to children and their caregivers and to young adults. My area of interest is geared towards populations with Autism Spectrum Disorder, mood disorders, anxiety conditions and trauma. I believe in working with my patients towards optimal health.
(914) 350-5705 View (914) 350-5705

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Sadhana Sardana
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New City, NY 10956
I value the importance of a comprehensive psychiatric assessment and collaboration with parents/families, teachers and other providers to understand the patient and his/her strengths and needs in the context of the family, taking into consideration the impact of the developmental, biological, psycho-social, cultural, educational, vocational factors etc. My patients describe me as a caring, empathic and kind-hearted person. I want to help people suffering from mental health issues so that they live a happy, independent, fulfilling and productive life.
I value the importance of a comprehensive psychiatric assessment and collaboration with parents/families, teachers and other providers to understand the patient and his/her strengths and needs in the context of the family, taking into consideration the impact of the developmental, biological, psycho-social, cultural, educational, vocational factors etc. My patients describe me as a caring, empathic and kind-hearted person. I want to help people suffering from mental health issues so that they live a happy, independent, fulfilling and productive life.
(845) 203-3529 View (845) 203-3529
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Miriam Wax
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Airmont, NY 10952  (Online Only)
Warm and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, will listen to you and suggest the best approach while respecting your self-awareness. This online venue best suits patients with anxiety, dysthymia (persistent depression), and insomnia. We do not treat addictions, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or suicidal ideation. Those conditions may require in-person clinicians and a higher level of care. The first meeting will determine our suitability; yours and mine. If you are not a candidate for online care, I will advise. We do not prescribe controlled substances such as Adderall, Vyvanse, or Xanax.
Warm and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, will listen to you and suggest the best approach while respecting your self-awareness. This online venue best suits patients with anxiety, dysthymia (persistent depression), and insomnia. We do not treat addictions, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or suicidal ideation. Those conditions may require in-person clinicians and a higher level of care. The first meeting will determine our suitability; yours and mine. If you are not a candidate for online care, I will advise. We do not prescribe controlled substances such as Adderall, Vyvanse, or Xanax.
(845) 406-9901 View (845) 406-9901
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Laura Coleman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NC-BC, CNL
Verified Verified
Nyack, NY 10960
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified Nurse Coach providing medication management and psychotherapy for clients in need of mental health services. In my capacity as a Nurse Coach, Psych Nurse, and Psychiatric NP, I have worked with adult clients experiencing stress, anxiety, marginalization, PTSD, situational and generational traumas, and individuals with co-occurring mental and physical health challenges.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified Nurse Coach providing medication management and psychotherapy for clients in need of mental health services. In my capacity as a Nurse Coach, Psych Nurse, and Psychiatric NP, I have worked with adult clients experiencing stress, anxiety, marginalization, PTSD, situational and generational traumas, and individuals with co-occurring mental and physical health challenges.
(845) 523-6981 View (845) 523-6981
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Stacey L Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Nyack, NY 10960
Ms. Stacey L. Coleman-Mitchell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, licensed in the states of California, Georgia, New York, Arizona, Florida, and Washington to treat children (7+), adolescents and adults . Ms. Coleman-Mitchell started her educational training by obtaining her Associate of Science in Nursing from Gordon University and later went to Chamberlain University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Soon after, Stacey received her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. She is committed to working together with her clients monthly to ensure they are receiving the best care possible.
Ms. Stacey L. Coleman-Mitchell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, licensed in the states of California, Georgia, New York, Arizona, Florida, and Washington to treat children (7+), adolescents and adults . Ms. Coleman-Mitchell started her educational training by obtaining her Associate of Science in Nursing from Gordon University and later went to Chamberlain University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Soon after, Stacey received her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. She is committed to working together with her clients monthly to ensure they are receiving the best care possible.
(718) 989-1476 View (718) 989-1476
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Dr. Mary Asiedu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New City, NY 10956  (Online Only)
I have a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and am a board-certified, New York University-trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in Mental health across the lifespan. I focus on helping patients relieve stress and improve their mental health and quality of life. I will partner with you to help you achieve joy and fulfillment by going beyond the symptoms that brought you into treatment. I have a niche for caregivers, adolescents, young adults, students, and those who are grieving. I am passionate about listening deeply to your experience.
I have a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and am a board-certified, New York University-trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in Mental health across the lifespan. I focus on helping patients relieve stress and improve their mental health and quality of life. I will partner with you to help you achieve joy and fulfillment by going beyond the symptoms that brought you into treatment. I have a niche for caregivers, adolescents, young adults, students, and those who are grieving. I am passionate about listening deeply to your experience.
(845) 209-0392 View (845) 209-0392
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Patricia M Waite
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pomona, NY 10970
Find caring and competent treatment at Essential Medical, where we support your mental well-being. We are here for you! Let Essential Medical partner with you on your journey to a better you.
Find caring and competent treatment at Essential Medical, where we support your mental well-being. We are here for you! Let Essential Medical partner with you on your journey to a better you.
(845) 493-3018 View (845) 493-3018
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Micah B Engel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Monsey, NY 10952
Not accepting new clients
I am a board-certified NP in Psychiatry trained at NYU and Touro University. I received several years of training and supervision at Four Winds Hospital and Mosaic Mental Health. I offer medication management and therapy for children and adults. My specialties include autism, pediatric ADHD, depression, trauma, anxiety and OCD. I provide services in New York and New Jersey.
I am a board-certified NP in Psychiatry trained at NYU and Touro University. I received several years of training and supervision at Four Winds Hospital and Mosaic Mental Health. I offer medication management and therapy for children and adults. My specialties include autism, pediatric ADHD, depression, trauma, anxiety and OCD. I provide services in New York and New Jersey.
(929) 362-4906 View (929) 362-4906
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Saiful Islam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over seven years of experience in psychiatry. I received my Master of Science in Nursing from Hunter College, trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and worked as a Psychiatric Consultation Liason at Northwell Health at Long Island Medical Center.
I am an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over seven years of experience in psychiatry. I received my Master of Science in Nursing from Hunter College, trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and worked as a Psychiatric Consultation Liason at Northwell Health at Long Island Medical Center.
(646) 762-1345 View (646) 762-1345
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Dr. Fatima Odetalla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pomona, NY 10970
Just as lighthouses guide ships in the dark, and through storms, Lighthouse Behavioral Health strives to assist clients who are experiencing mental health issues with navigating life's challenges.
Just as lighthouses guide ships in the dark, and through storms, Lighthouse Behavioral Health strives to assist clients who are experiencing mental health issues with navigating life's challenges.
(845) 640-5321 View (845) 640-5321
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Edith Onua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New City, NY 10956  (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
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Saron Fong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nanuet, NY 10954
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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William Andrew Sterling
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Suffern, NY 10901
Dr. William Sterling is a psychiatrist in clinical and forensic practice. He completed medical school at SUNY Downstate College Of Medicine, residency at Zucker-Hillside Hospital/Hofstra-Northwell, and fellowship in forensic psychiatric at New York University. He is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He has been in private practice since 2021. Dr. Sterling works primarily as a forensic evaluator, and is available as an expert witness on a variety of topics. Those topics include:
Dr. William Sterling is a psychiatrist in clinical and forensic practice. He completed medical school at SUNY Downstate College Of Medicine, residency at Zucker-Hillside Hospital/Hofstra-Northwell, and fellowship in forensic psychiatric at New York University. He is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He has been in private practice since 2021. Dr. Sterling works primarily as a forensic evaluator, and is available as an expert witness on a variety of topics. Those topics include:
(929) 460-0434 View (929) 460-0434
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Semenov Yakov
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nyack, NY 10960
Dr. Yakov Semenov is a Board-certified Psychiatrist practicing Adult psychiatry and psychotherapy in the US since 2009. He trained at Russian State Medical University before completing psychiatry residency at The University of Texas, Houston. Dr. Semenov employs an integrative approach, blending individual psychotherapy, lifestyle adjustments, and medication management for psychiatric issues. He leads an active life, engaging in sports, travel, reading, and playing guitar.
Dr. Yakov Semenov is a Board-certified Psychiatrist practicing Adult psychiatry and psychotherapy in the US since 2009. He trained at Russian State Medical University before completing psychiatry residency at The University of Texas, Houston. Dr. Semenov employs an integrative approach, blending individual psychotherapy, lifestyle adjustments, and medication management for psychiatric issues. He leads an active life, engaging in sports, travel, reading, and playing guitar.
(845) 328-5633 View (845) 328-5633
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Jason Dean
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Monsey, NY 10952  (Online Only)
Dr. Dean is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, specializing in a combination of psychotherapy and medication management. Dr. Dean delves deep into the root causes of anxiety and behavioral issues. Unlike many psychiatrists, Dr. Dean understands that symptoms are merely the surface of a much larger picture. By treating the whole person, not just the symptoms, Dr. Dean uncovers the underlying issues in social-emotional development, paving the way for a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Dr. Dean is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, specializing in a combination of psychotherapy and medication management. Dr. Dean delves deep into the root causes of anxiety and behavioral issues. Unlike many psychiatrists, Dr. Dean understands that symptoms are merely the surface of a much larger picture. By treating the whole person, not just the symptoms, Dr. Dean uncovers the underlying issues in social-emotional development, paving the way for a healthier and more fulfilling life.
(551) 239-1303 View (551) 239-1303
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Dr. Ruiy Shah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spring Valley, NY 10977  (Online Only)
My educational background was primarily in cognitive and clinical psychology research. While in school, I had the opportunity to interact with many mental healthcare providers in the field. Although I loved researching and contributing to the development of our collective knowledge of mental health, I felt I could impart the most good in a direct care role. I graduated with high honors from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College before earning my master's and doctorate degrees in nursing from Columbia University.
My educational background was primarily in cognitive and clinical psychology research. While in school, I had the opportunity to interact with many mental healthcare providers in the field. Although I loved researching and contributing to the development of our collective knowledge of mental health, I felt I could impart the most good in a direct care role. I graduated with high honors from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College before earning my master's and doctorate degrees in nursing from Columbia University.
(646) 845-0417 View (646) 845-0417

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Number of Psychiatrists in Pearl River, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Pearl River, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Medication Management
80% Child
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Pearl River, NY see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pearl River?

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.