Psychiatrists in Pelham, NY

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Cheryl McGibbon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pelham, NY 10803
I'm a board-certified, Cornell and Columbia-trained psychiatrist with expertise in treating mood, anxiety, attention, personality and psychotic disorders. I work extensively with individuals who are struggling with self-esteem, relationship issues, career/family balance, grief, trauma and life transitions. I also have specialty reproductive psychiatry training from the Columbia Women's clinic and have a special interest in pregnancy, postpartum depression, infertility, miscarriage, infant loss and parenting issues. I am dedicated to helping individuals gain a better understanding of the nature of their difficulties in order to learn, grow and find meaning in their challenges.
I'm a board-certified, Cornell and Columbia-trained psychiatrist with expertise in treating mood, anxiety, attention, personality and psychotic disorders. I work extensively with individuals who are struggling with self-esteem, relationship issues, career/family balance, grief, trauma and life transitions. I also have specialty reproductive psychiatry training from the Columbia Women's clinic and have a special interest in pregnancy, postpartum depression, infertility, miscarriage, infant loss and parenting issues. I am dedicated to helping individuals gain a better understanding of the nature of their difficulties in order to learn, grow and find meaning in their challenges.
(646) 846-4041 View (646) 846-4041
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Xenia Protopopescu
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Pelham, NY 10803
I am a Yale-educated, Cornell- and Columbia-trained psychiatrist (MD) with a PhD in neuroscience, providing customized treatment based on individual needs. I am committed to improving the wellness of my patients through a flexible and responsive approach. I specialize in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology for anxiety, OCD, ADHD, mood, and personality disorders. I am well versed in CBT, IPT, DBT, and psychodynamic psychotherapy (insight-oriented psychotherapy). I'm board certified (ABPN) in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. I believe that effective treatment requires getting to know patients as individuals.
I am a Yale-educated, Cornell- and Columbia-trained psychiatrist (MD) with a PhD in neuroscience, providing customized treatment based on individual needs. I am committed to improving the wellness of my patients through a flexible and responsive approach. I specialize in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology for anxiety, OCD, ADHD, mood, and personality disorders. I am well versed in CBT, IPT, DBT, and psychodynamic psychotherapy (insight-oriented psychotherapy). I'm board certified (ABPN) in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. I believe that effective treatment requires getting to know patients as individuals.
(646) 600-9012 View (646) 600-9012
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Darcy Leon
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Pelham, NY 10803
I am an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner with a background helping adults, adolescents, and their families heal from a variety of mental health issues. I believe that good communication between me and my clients will improve outcomes, and this has been confirmed in my practice. My primary focus of practice is psychopharmacology (medications). I am passionate about teaching my clients about their medications, staying up to date on new research, individualizing regimens for each person I treat.
I am an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner with a background helping adults, adolescents, and their families heal from a variety of mental health issues. I believe that good communication between me and my clients will improve outcomes, and this has been confirmed in my practice. My primary focus of practice is psychopharmacology (medications). I am passionate about teaching my clients about their medications, staying up to date on new research, individualizing regimens for each person I treat.
(914) 730-5592 View (914) 730-5592
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Vontaye Smith
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Pelham, NY 10803
Ms. Smith is New York State Licensed Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Planning may include medication management and other interventions to address client's needs. Ms. Smith will work remotely for the New Rochelle office.
Ms. Smith is New York State Licensed Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Planning may include medication management and other interventions to address client's needs. Ms. Smith will work remotely for the New Rochelle office.
(914) 873-4716 View (914) 873-4716
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Elba Bello
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pelham, NY 10803
Elba Bello, MD Dr. Bello employs different aspects of a child's life to come up with the most accurate diagnosis. She uses a psychosocial approach and invite the parents and child to actively participate in the treatment to ensure the most successful outcome. Dr. Bello has worked in a variety of settings including medication management, intensive outpatient treatment, day treatment and can offer many years of experience since completing her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University in 2005. Dr. Bello specializes in working with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and behavioral disorders.
Elba Bello, MD Dr. Bello employs different aspects of a child's life to come up with the most accurate diagnosis. She uses a psychosocial approach and invite the parents and child to actively participate in the treatment to ensure the most successful outcome. Dr. Bello has worked in a variety of settings including medication management, intensive outpatient treatment, day treatment and can offer many years of experience since completing her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University in 2005. Dr. Bello specializes in working with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and behavioral disorders.
(914) 415-6835 View (914) 415-6835
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Leila Jean-Baptiste
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pelham, NY 10803
Leila Jean Baptiste is a medical doctor with more than ten years of experience, specializing in General Adult Psychiatry, who treats patients between 18 to 65. Leila obtained her medical degree at The State University of Haiti, where she specialized and completed her training as chief resident in Pediatrics. She then moved to the USA and continued her training with a second specialization in Adult General Psychiatry at the Westchester Medical Center Hospital in Valhalla, NY. Leila has a special interest in mental health advocacy and serves as an executive member in the Haitian American Psychiatry Association(HAPA).
Leila Jean Baptiste is a medical doctor with more than ten years of experience, specializing in General Adult Psychiatry, who treats patients between 18 to 65. Leila obtained her medical degree at The State University of Haiti, where she specialized and completed her training as chief resident in Pediatrics. She then moved to the USA and continued her training with a second specialization in Adult General Psychiatry at the Westchester Medical Center Hospital in Valhalla, NY. Leila has a special interest in mental health advocacy and serves as an executive member in the Haitian American Psychiatry Association(HAPA).
(914) 344-6492 View (914) 344-6492
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Nelly Gonzalez-Lepage
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pelham, NY 10803
Dr. Nelly Gonzalez-Lepage is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 2022. Dr. Gonzalez-Lepage graduated from the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She completed the first three years of Adult Psychiatry training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein Medical School in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Gonzalez-Lepage takes a comprehensive and collaborative approach to mental health. Together, she and clients explore individual needs and create a tailored approach to fit their unique needs.
Dr. Nelly Gonzalez-Lepage is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 2022. Dr. Gonzalez-Lepage graduated from the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She completed the first three years of Adult Psychiatry training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein Medical School in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Gonzalez-Lepage takes a comprehensive and collaborative approach to mental health. Together, she and clients explore individual needs and create a tailored approach to fit their unique needs.
(914) 444-2654 View (914) 444-2654

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Tamara Henry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Tamara's ideal client seeks a compassionate and patient psychiatric nurse practitioner who values the interconnectedness of physical and mental well-being. Clients come with a variety of issues, and their needs are diverse. Tamara understands that each patient is unique, and her goal is to provide personalized care that addresses physical and mental health. Her clients appreciate her holistic approach, which goes beyond prescribing medications to discuss sleep, nutrition, exercise, work-life balance, stressors, and positive coping skills. Tamara's commitment is to empower her clients, fostering a sense of well-being.
Tamara's ideal client seeks a compassionate and patient psychiatric nurse practitioner who values the interconnectedness of physical and mental well-being. Clients come with a variety of issues, and their needs are diverse. Tamara understands that each patient is unique, and her goal is to provide personalized care that addresses physical and mental health. Her clients appreciate her holistic approach, which goes beyond prescribing medications to discuss sleep, nutrition, exercise, work-life balance, stressors, and positive coping skills. Tamara's commitment is to empower her clients, fostering a sense of well-being.
(914) 326-0559 View (914) 326-0559
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B.T.M. Psychiatric NP Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, -BC, Psych, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bronx, NY 10466  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Here, is NON-judgmental environment that fosters and focuses on building patient trust/rapport through mutual respect. A Humanistic/Holistic approach is strongly emphasized and practiced. I believe creating a treatment plan that is tailored to each individuals needs. When prescribing, ruling out possible medical conditions and other factors contributing to symptoms is priority. I have expertise in treating child/adolescent disorders, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, PTSD, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, ADHD, and other mental health issues.
Here, is NON-judgmental environment that fosters and focuses on building patient trust/rapport through mutual respect. A Humanistic/Holistic approach is strongly emphasized and practiced. I believe creating a treatment plan that is tailored to each individuals needs. When prescribing, ruling out possible medical conditions and other factors contributing to symptoms is priority. I have expertise in treating child/adolescent disorders, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, PTSD, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, ADHD, and other mental health issues.
(914) 350-5265 View (914) 350-5265
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Orenda Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Vernon, NY 10551  (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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Alexis Fliehs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10704
Wherever you are in your mental health journey, Alexis will meet you there. Her goal is to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment, setting the foundation for a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. A comprehensive and holistic assessment will guide the collaborative efforts between patient and provider to create personalized goals and a treatment plan. This may include psychoeducation, medication management, and therapy. Lifestyle modifications such as nutrition, sleep hygiene, exercise, and meditation are also incorporated. Alexis is passionate about helping those who are struggling with mental health issues.
Wherever you are in your mental health journey, Alexis will meet you there. Her goal is to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment, setting the foundation for a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. A comprehensive and holistic assessment will guide the collaborative efforts between patient and provider to create personalized goals and a treatment plan. This may include psychoeducation, medication management, and therapy. Lifestyle modifications such as nutrition, sleep hygiene, exercise, and meditation are also incorporated. Alexis is passionate about helping those who are struggling with mental health issues.
(914) 491-5165 View (914) 491-5165
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New Rochelle, NY 10801  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, with a background in HIV, psychiatry, integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance. I have also pursued an additional two years of training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU psychoanalytic institute. I feel that most people neglect psychiatric symptoms and either suffer in silence , either because they do not realize that their symptoms are treatable or they believe that they have to be strong. Many people are on the wrong medication, on sub-therapeutic therapeutic doses. In my experience , with care and perseverance, most people can get better, and achieve a better quality of life.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, with a background in HIV, psychiatry, integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance. I have also pursued an additional two years of training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU psychoanalytic institute. I feel that most people neglect psychiatric symptoms and either suffer in silence , either because they do not realize that their symptoms are treatable or they believe that they have to be strong. Many people are on the wrong medication, on sub-therapeutic therapeutic doses. In my experience , with care and perseverance, most people can get better, and achieve a better quality of life.
(914) 826-8976 View (914) 826-8976
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Nader Galal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bronxville, NY 10708
Welcome, My name is Dr. Nader Galal. I'm a Board Certified Psychiatrist working in a Private Practice, in New York City. As a psychiatrist, my goal is to help you by diagnosing potential mental health conditions. I will discuss and offer my patients the best treatment options available. I am specialized in - but am not limited to - the treatment of ADD/ADHD, mood and personality disorders. If you require medication treatment options, I am able to provide medication management. If therapy is recommended or needed, my practice works with several therapists who can provide a wide range of services.
Welcome, My name is Dr. Nader Galal. I'm a Board Certified Psychiatrist working in a Private Practice, in New York City. As a psychiatrist, my goal is to help you by diagnosing potential mental health conditions. I will discuss and offer my patients the best treatment options available. I am specialized in - but am not limited to - the treatment of ADD/ADHD, mood and personality disorders. If you require medication treatment options, I am able to provide medication management. If therapy is recommended or needed, my practice works with several therapists who can provide a wide range of services.
(917) 512-7736 View (917) 512-7736
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Tri-Star Behavioral Health INC.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
As a licensed psychiatrist accepting new clients, I understand the challenges you face and want to help. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or feeling stuck in unhealthy patterns, my goal is to provide a warm, nonjudgmental space for you to find clarity and meaning. I offer both counseling and medication management to support your healing. My therapeutic approach draws from CBT, DBT, and mindfulness to meet your unique needs. I have specialized training in PTSD, child/adolescent counseling, and medication management.
As a licensed psychiatrist accepting new clients, I understand the challenges you face and want to help. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or feeling stuck in unhealthy patterns, my goal is to provide a warm, nonjudgmental space for you to find clarity and meaning. I offer both counseling and medication management to support your healing. My therapeutic approach draws from CBT, DBT, and mindfulness to meet your unique needs. I have specialized training in PTSD, child/adolescent counseling, and medication management.
(917) 497-1913 View (917) 497-1913
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(949) 541-9040 View (949) 541-9040
Thomas Psychiatry NP PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801
I am a board certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner treating patients with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder and specializing in addiction.
I am a board certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner treating patients with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder and specializing in addiction.
(914) 908-6224 View (914) 908-6224
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Hasan Asif
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10704
I am a board certified psychiatrist in private practice for over 23 years. I am the founder and clinical Director of Brain Wellness Center, where the art of healing comes together with tools of neuroscience to provide a comprehensive objective evaluation and treatment for the body brain and mind. Our therapeutics;neuro psychotherapy provided along with transcranial magnetic stimulation and neurofeedback brain training is the most comprehensive way to address trauma, addictions and mood disorders. Our approach addresses issues on a spectrum spanning from disorders to stress resilience/ wellness to optimization.
I am a board certified psychiatrist in private practice for over 23 years. I am the founder and clinical Director of Brain Wellness Center, where the art of healing comes together with tools of neuroscience to provide a comprehensive objective evaluation and treatment for the body brain and mind. Our therapeutics;neuro psychotherapy provided along with transcranial magnetic stimulation and neurofeedback brain training is the most comprehensive way to address trauma, addictions and mood disorders. Our approach addresses issues on a spectrum spanning from disorders to stress resilience/ wellness to optimization.
(914) 793-0900 View (914) 793-0900
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Hierarchy Bh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is Board Certified. I have a expertise in providing Psychiatric Assessments, Medication Management, Individual and Family Psychotherapy. I am specialized in Adults and Geriatric Psychiatry. Majority of my training and clinical experience has been at coney island hospital and Lincoln hospital.
I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is Board Certified. I have a expertise in providing Psychiatric Assessments, Medication Management, Individual and Family Psychotherapy. I am specialized in Adults and Geriatric Psychiatry. Majority of my training and clinical experience has been at coney island hospital and Lincoln hospital.
(914) 368-6613 View (914) 368-6613
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Edward K Afful
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Bronx, NY 10475
Feeling down, low or sad? Anxious, irritable? Experiencing mood swings, panic attacks? Are you experiencing intrusive thoughts or hearing voices? Or you need a provider to hear you out and offer support and guidance to make the day a little better? Mr Afful can help you or your loved one manage anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, attention-deficit disorders as well as many other mental illnesses.
Feeling down, low or sad? Anxious, irritable? Experiencing mood swings, panic attacks? Are you experiencing intrusive thoughts or hearing voices? Or you need a provider to hear you out and offer support and guidance to make the day a little better? Mr Afful can help you or your loved one manage anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, attention-deficit disorders as well as many other mental illnesses.
(914) 350-4238 View (914) 350-4238
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Nia Josiah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Vernon, NY 10553
I am a trained Doctor of Nursing Practice, licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Assistant Professor. I assess, diagnose, prescribe, and treat individuals with mental health needs across the lifespan. I use integrative medicine, an evidence-based, patient-centered approach fusing conventional and complementary interventions together to address the needs of the "whole person." I combine armamentarium of body, psyche, and collective knowledge through relationships and connections within the Universe missioned to unearth deeply rooted issues, promoting healing rather than "band-aiding symptoms."
I am a trained Doctor of Nursing Practice, licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Assistant Professor. I assess, diagnose, prescribe, and treat individuals with mental health needs across the lifespan. I use integrative medicine, an evidence-based, patient-centered approach fusing conventional and complementary interventions together to address the needs of the "whole person." I combine armamentarium of body, psyche, and collective knowledge through relationships and connections within the Universe missioned to unearth deeply rooted issues, promoting healing rather than "band-aiding symptoms."
(301) 200-1777 View (301) 200-1777

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Pelham, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Pelham, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
86% Depression
86% Medication Management
71% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Trauma and PTSD
71% Bipolar Disorder

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Aetna
80% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Pelham, NY see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pelham?

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.