Psychiatrists in Rensselaer, NY

Angela Sheehan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NPP, BC
Verified Verified
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Whether you are struggling with relationships, anxiety, depression, or inability to concentrate, when we have an opportunity to engage, we will look at many components of your life, not just the current or present issues. It is my belief that many of our thinking patterns are developed at a very young age through our upbringing and influence of culture and socialization. Sometimes these thinking patterns serve us and sometimes they are of disservice to us. Together we can find what is not serving you anymore and come up with new strategies that will lead to a better version of yourself. This may or may not include medication.
Whether you are struggling with relationships, anxiety, depression, or inability to concentrate, when we have an opportunity to engage, we will look at many components of your life, not just the current or present issues. It is my belief that many of our thinking patterns are developed at a very young age through our upbringing and influence of culture and socialization. Sometimes these thinking patterns serve us and sometimes they are of disservice to us. Together we can find what is not serving you anymore and come up with new strategies that will lead to a better version of yourself. This may or may not include medication.
(518) 750-0684 x100 View (518) 750-0684 x100
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Bick Wanck
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Our practice is located at 401 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs, NY with 12 mental health practitioners - therapists as well as prescribers - with an emphasis on psychotherapy and counseling. Please visit our website: www.bickwanckmdandassociates.com or contact the office at 518 583-3035 for further information. We accept commercial insurance only - no Medicare or Medicaid plans. You can also check out Bick’s author website at www.bickwanckmd.com to check out blogs and links to his book Mind Easing: the 3-layered healing plan for anxiety and depression.
Our practice is located at 401 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs, NY with 12 mental health practitioners - therapists as well as prescribers - with an emphasis on psychotherapy and counseling. Please visit our website: www.bickwanckmdandassociates.com or contact the office at 518 583-3035 for further information. We accept commercial insurance only - no Medicare or Medicaid plans. You can also check out Bick’s author website at www.bickwanckmd.com to check out blogs and links to his book Mind Easing: the 3-layered healing plan for anxiety and depression.
(518) 650-3364 View (518) 650-3364
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Danielle Damas NP in Psychiatry P.C.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rensselaer, NY 12144  (Online Only)
As a holistic mental health practice, Danielle Damas, Psychiatric NP, PC focuses on helping people of all ages overcome their challenges and move forward into a thriving, satisfying life. Board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner Danielle Damas, PMHNP-BC, MSN, BC-NP, is based in Valley Stream, New York, and offers her psychiatric services through telemedicine and in person visits.
As a holistic mental health practice, Danielle Damas, Psychiatric NP, PC focuses on helping people of all ages overcome their challenges and move forward into a thriving, satisfying life. Board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner Danielle Damas, PMHNP-BC, MSN, BC-NP, is based in Valley Stream, New York, and offers her psychiatric services through telemedicine and in person visits.
(516) 714-5852 View (516) 714-5852
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Christopher Viagrande NP Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, APRN, NPP-BC
Verified Verified
Rensselaer, NY 12144
60 Five-Star reviews and 20 years of experience in the field of Psychiatry. Most of my clients come to me after attempting treatment either with another psychiatric provider or their primary care provider. When it comes to your mental health there is a delicate balance between choosing the right medication for you and a personalized approach with therapy. If relief and success is what you seek, search no more and book today!
60 Five-Star reviews and 20 years of experience in the field of Psychiatry. Most of my clients come to me after attempting treatment either with another psychiatric provider or their primary care provider. When it comes to your mental health there is a delicate balance between choosing the right medication for you and a personalized approach with therapy. If relief and success is what you seek, search no more and book today!
(518) 516-5436 View (518) 516-5436

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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12210
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Telepsychiatrist_Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
Albany, NY 12204
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services via video across New York. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services via video across New York. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
(914) 506-5391 View (914) 506-5391
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Natalie Howard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12201  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone who is looking for new and innovative solutions to treat depression that have been resistant to traditional treatment methods. They are looking for a holistic approach to care that goes beyond conventional methods, and they want personalized support that they can access easily through online platforms. They are motivated to find lasting healing and inner peace and are open to exploring a range of treatment options, including Suboxone, psychedelic therapy, and traditional medicine.
My ideal client is someone who is looking for new and innovative solutions to treat depression that have been resistant to traditional treatment methods. They are looking for a holistic approach to care that goes beyond conventional methods, and they want personalized support that they can access easily through online platforms. They are motivated to find lasting healing and inner peace and are open to exploring a range of treatment options, including Suboxone, psychedelic therapy, and traditional medicine.
(929) 565-6070 View (929) 565-6070
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Yvonne Lorelle Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12201  (Online Only)
Are you looking for individualized compassionate care based on mutual respect and understanding in a judgement free environment?? Then you've come to the right place! I offer a collaborative approach to help people achieve their goals. I believe in treating each person as a unique individual, and together, we will find the best path toward wellness. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is experienced in treating depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric disorders.
Are you looking for individualized compassionate care based on mutual respect and understanding in a judgement free environment?? Then you've come to the right place! I offer a collaborative approach to help people achieve their goals. I believe in treating each person as a unique individual, and together, we will find the best path toward wellness. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is experienced in treating depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric disorders.
(315) 302-1745 View (315) 302-1745
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The Mindful Lemon Marriage and Family Therapy INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12201  (Online Only)
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
(646) 860-0702 View (646) 860-0702
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12207  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York state via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment for a virtual visit today. Evening/weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups $99. Also accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified to Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York state via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment for a virtual visit today. Evening/weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups $99. Also accepting some insurances.
(844) 204-0522 View (844) 204-0522
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Hung Do
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12204  (Online Only)
I am board certified in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Over the years, I have helped thousands of patients achieve sobriety with a combination of medication management and counseling. I have extensive experience with buprenorphine, methadone, vivitrol, and psychiatric medications to help with underlying mental illness.
I am board certified in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Over the years, I have helped thousands of patients achieve sobriety with a combination of medication management and counseling. I have extensive experience with buprenorphine, methadone, vivitrol, and psychiatric medications to help with underlying mental illness.
(617) 201-1002 View (617) 201-1002
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Svetlana Zak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12201  (Online Only)
I can help you figure out the best medication to take for your symptoms. I have been practicing the art of psychopharmacology for 17 years. Getting on the right medication can be life changing. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADHD can be reduced dramatically with medication. Many of my patients are surprised how well the medication can work. If you have tried therapy unsuccessfully, you may need to start a medication regimen that only an experienced psychiatric NP can put together. I see adults age 18 and up.
I can help you figure out the best medication to take for your symptoms. I have been practicing the art of psychopharmacology for 17 years. Getting on the right medication can be life changing. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADHD can be reduced dramatically with medication. Many of my patients are surprised how well the medication can work. If you have tried therapy unsuccessfully, you may need to start a medication regimen that only an experienced psychiatric NP can put together. I see adults age 18 and up.
(347) 218-9038 View (347) 218-9038
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Quality Telehealth NP in Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12204  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Yandama Bangura and I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in outpatient mental health. I received my graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 2016. I am a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a passion for improving mental health and well-being. With a firm belief in the power of both modern medicine and integrative approaches, I am committed to providing comprehensive and holistic care to my clients. I believe in providing non-judgmental, compassionate, and empathetic care.
Hello! My name is Yandama Bangura and I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in outpatient mental health. I received my graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 2016. I am a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a passion for improving mental health and well-being. With a firm belief in the power of both modern medicine and integrative approaches, I am committed to providing comprehensive and holistic care to my clients. I believe in providing non-judgmental, compassionate, and empathetic care.
(838) 384-3991 View (838) 384-3991
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Laurie Pollard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NPP, BC
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12201
Not accepting new clients
NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME. Support and treatment consists of medication considerations, and therapeutic options designed for each individual. The main focus is on current issues and the needs presented on introduction and together we review treatment options and make a plan based on your interests and requests.
NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME. Support and treatment consists of medication considerations, and therapeutic options designed for each individual. The main focus is on current issues and the needs presented on introduction and together we review treatment options and make a plan based on your interests and requests.
(518) 288-2984 View (518) 288-2984
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Nicola Rivers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12207
Currently accepting new clients. I am board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a passion for providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals of all ages. With over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, I am dedicated to helping my patients achieve optimal mental well-being.
Currently accepting new clients. I am board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a passion for providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals of all ages. With over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, I am dedicated to helping my patients achieve optimal mental well-being.
(518) 759-6655 View (518) 759-6655
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Julie Rogers Yankowsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APHN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12201  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
New York and Vermont - At PsychLife Mental Wellness, we specialize in caring for those experiencing symptoms of anxiety, bipolar, depression, and trauma related disorders. You desire a life that's filled with joy and love without being stressed about the symptoms of a mental illness and we're here to help you do just that!
New York and Vermont - At PsychLife Mental Wellness, we specialize in caring for those experiencing symptoms of anxiety, bipolar, depression, and trauma related disorders. You desire a life that's filled with joy and love without being stressed about the symptoms of a mental illness and we're here to help you do just that!
(315) 678-4429 View (315) 678-4429
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Gregory L Gass
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12210  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
MY NEW YORK PRACTICE IS TELEPSYCHIATRY ONLY. You must meet criteria for on-line sessions, but may live anywhere in the state of New York.I provide psychiatric & psychopharmacological assessment & treatment for adolescents & young adults.I appreciate a collaborative approach with individuals, their parents, & their therapist, focusing on how each might currently be suffering, directing each to the treatment that best suits their needs. Each individual will be an active participant in treatment planning with success & understanding as goals.
MY NEW YORK PRACTICE IS TELEPSYCHIATRY ONLY. You must meet criteria for on-line sessions, but may live anywhere in the state of New York.I provide psychiatric & psychopharmacological assessment & treatment for adolescents & young adults.I appreciate a collaborative approach with individuals, their parents, & their therapist, focusing on how each might currently be suffering, directing each to the treatment that best suits their needs. Each individual will be an active participant in treatment planning with success & understanding as goals.
(646) 490-1536 View (646) 490-1536
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Telepsychiatry Upstate New York
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12207  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, licensed in New York. I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family and marital therapy. I have always felt that the brain is the most important and neglected organ in the body, and taking care of the brain is the key to well being. I take a holistic approach to care, evaluating for physical, nutrition, hormones, situational and psychodynamic causes of illness, whilst practicing evidence based psychiatry. I have a background in integrative psychiatry and HIV psychiatry. I believe that everyone has value, and everyone deserves the best care.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, licensed in New York. I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family and marital therapy. I have always felt that the brain is the most important and neglected organ in the body, and taking care of the brain is the key to well being. I take a holistic approach to care, evaluating for physical, nutrition, hormones, situational and psychodynamic causes of illness, whilst practicing evidence based psychiatry. I have a background in integrative psychiatry and HIV psychiatry. I believe that everyone has value, and everyone deserves the best care.
(518) 519-8503 View (518) 519-8503
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12202  (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) 998-6338 View (949) 998-6338
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Ceci Hayes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12201
Ceci Hayes is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 25-years of experience as a registered nurse and over 18-years of experience in mental health. Her goals are to assist individuals achieve their personal and professional aspirations and aid in removing the stigma associated with mental illness. Ceci's approach includes medication management, psycho-educational learning, psychotherapy encompassing DBT, CBT, group and individual therapy. This holistic approach includes exploring biological, social, emotional, occupational, financial, environmental, intellectual, and spiritual factors.
Ceci Hayes is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 25-years of experience as a registered nurse and over 18-years of experience in mental health. Her goals are to assist individuals achieve their personal and professional aspirations and aid in removing the stigma associated with mental illness. Ceci's approach includes medication management, psycho-educational learning, psychotherapy encompassing DBT, CBT, group and individual therapy. This holistic approach includes exploring biological, social, emotional, occupational, financial, environmental, intellectual, and spiritual factors.
(518) 245-3288 View (518) 245-3288

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Number of Psychiatrists in Rensselaer, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Rensselaer, NY who prioritize treating:

75% ADHD
75% Bipolar Disorder
50% Depression
50% Anxiety
50% Addiction
50% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
50% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Anthem | Elevance
100% Empire BlueCross BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Rensselaer, NY see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rensselaer?

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.