Psychiatrists in Ridgewood, NY

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New Life Psychiatry Counseling Svs -Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ridgewood, NY 11385
Call or email us for TELE - PSYCHIATRY Consults via Video or Phone Session, Board Certified Psychiatrists For PSYCHIATRIC CONSULTATIONS and Medication Management, Also provide Convenient EVENING and WEEKEND HOURS Available for Working Individuals We treat All Ages, CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, ADULTS and Seniors, TREAT ALL CONDITIONS, INSURANCES Accepted, 1199, AETNA, CIGNA, BLUE CROSS ( Commercial ), UNITED OXFORD, MAGNACARE, OSCAR , for Uninsured Low CASH FEE First visit $ 175 and Follow up $ 100 only. CALL OR GO TO www.SEEPSYCHIATRIST.com for Appointments . Managed by: NEW LIFE PSYCHIATRY COUNSELING SERVICE, PC
Call or email us for TELE - PSYCHIATRY Consults via Video or Phone Session, Board Certified Psychiatrists For PSYCHIATRIC CONSULTATIONS and Medication Management, Also provide Convenient EVENING and WEEKEND HOURS Available for Working Individuals We treat All Ages, CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, ADULTS and Seniors, TREAT ALL CONDITIONS, INSURANCES Accepted, 1199, AETNA, CIGNA, BLUE CROSS ( Commercial ), UNITED OXFORD, MAGNACARE, OSCAR , for Uninsured Low CASH FEE First visit $ 175 and Follow up $ 100 only. CALL OR GO TO www.SEEPSYCHIATRIST.com for Appointments . Managed by: NEW LIFE PSYCHIATRY COUNSELING SERVICE, PC
(718) 925-4964 View (718) 925-4964
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Telehealthcare 365
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ridgewood, NY 11385
Our Psychiatrist are MD and provides Tele-Psychiatry Consults via Video or Phone Session. We Offer Psychiatric consultations and Medication Management, Our staff is Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrists. We have convenient evening hours available for working Individuals. we treat all ages including Children, Adolescents and senior citizens. We treat all psychiatric conditions!, Accept several Insurances , Cash fees for Medication visits is $ 100 The First consultation is only $ 175 Appointments can be made by calling 718 381 2829. Managed by: Tele healthcare 365 LLC. and New Life Psychiatry Counseling svc. PC,
Our Psychiatrist are MD and provides Tele-Psychiatry Consults via Video or Phone Session. We Offer Psychiatric consultations and Medication Management, Our staff is Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrists. We have convenient evening hours available for working Individuals. we treat all ages including Children, Adolescents and senior citizens. We treat all psychiatric conditions!, Accept several Insurances , Cash fees for Medication visits is $ 100 The First consultation is only $ 175 Appointments can be made by calling 718 381 2829. Managed by: Tele healthcare 365 LLC. and New Life Psychiatry Counseling svc. PC,
(516) 412-6311 View (516) 412-6311
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Meredith Hobart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Ridgewood, NY 11385
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in precision psychiatry. I received my graduate degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 2006. In addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, I have been a psychiatric RN for 37 years. Prior to entering Yale, I worked for 7 years on a major Harvard Medical School psychiatric teaching unit. I am a conservative prescriber and believe in using the smallest possible dosages of medication to treat a client's symptoms. I do very thorough initial evaluations with my clients and work with them closely until they are stable on their medications.
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in precision psychiatry. I received my graduate degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 2006. In addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, I have been a psychiatric RN for 37 years. Prior to entering Yale, I worked for 7 years on a major Harvard Medical School psychiatric teaching unit. I am a conservative prescriber and believe in using the smallest possible dosages of medication to treat a client's symptoms. I do very thorough initial evaluations with my clients and work with them closely until they are stable on their medications.
(347) 321-7538 View (347) 321-7538
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Psychiatric Edge LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ridgewood, NY 11385  (Online Only)
At Psychiatric Edge, we believe that mental health care should be accessible, convenient, and compassionate. Our telepsychiatry practice is committed to providing high-quality psychiatric services to individuals across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York, right in the comfort of their own homes. We strive to empower our clients to overcome challenges and achieve their mental health goals. Our team of experienced and compassionate providers offer comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy. Schedule an appointment today and take the first step towards a brighter tomorrow!
At Psychiatric Edge, we believe that mental health care should be accessible, convenient, and compassionate. Our telepsychiatry practice is committed to providing high-quality psychiatric services to individuals across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York, right in the comfort of their own homes. We strive to empower our clients to overcome challenges and achieve their mental health goals. Our team of experienced and compassionate providers offer comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy. Schedule an appointment today and take the first step towards a brighter tomorrow!
(908) 650-1373 View (908) 650-1373
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Angela Resurreccion
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, MSN
Verified Verified
Ridgewood, NY 11385  (Online Only)
I am deeply passionate about providing comprehensive and high quality of care to individuals struggling with mental health concerns. With a vast background in psychiatry, my goal is to achieve one’s optimal mental health wellness and quality of life.
I am deeply passionate about providing comprehensive and high quality of care to individuals struggling with mental health concerns. With a vast background in psychiatry, my goal is to achieve one’s optimal mental health wellness and quality of life.
(631) 309-8346 View (631) 309-8346
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Sajmir Cepa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BC
Verified Verified
Ridgewood, NY 11385  (Online Only)
I'm experienced in helping people cope with a range of mental health challenges, and my goal is to provide a safe, caring environment for personal growth.
I'm experienced in helping people cope with a range of mental health challenges, and my goal is to provide a safe, caring environment for personal growth.
(347) 252-3820 View (347) 252-3820

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Giovanni Etienne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11368
*Currently accepting new patients via telepsychiatry.* I am ready to help you! I have been a Psychiatric Nurse for 11+ years and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 4+ years, and my mission is to improve your life. My specialties include the treatment of Anxiety, Addiction, and Trauma/PTSD for all age groups.
*Currently accepting new patients via telepsychiatry.* I am ready to help you! I have been a Psychiatric Nurse for 11+ years and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 4+ years, and my mission is to improve your life. My specialties include the treatment of Anxiety, Addiction, and Trauma/PTSD for all age groups.
(917) 663-4163 View (917) 663-4163
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Joseph Gagnon Jr.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, MSN, BS, RN-BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Corona, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Joe specializes in the treatment of ADHD (including adult-onset ADHD), Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Movement Disorders (specifically Tardive Dyskinesia), Psychotic Disorders (including early onset Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder), Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has extensive experience in treating both children and adolescents. Additionally, he holds a waiver for utilizing Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) in assisting individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorders.
Joe specializes in the treatment of ADHD (including adult-onset ADHD), Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Movement Disorders (specifically Tardive Dyskinesia), Psychotic Disorders (including early onset Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder), Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has extensive experience in treating both children and adolescents. Additionally, he holds a waiver for utilizing Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) in assisting individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorders.
(267) 209-6722 View (267) 209-6722
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Adewunmi Julius Bankole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11368
My name is Dr. Adewunmi Bankole, I am a doctoral prepared Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with vast experience in psychiatry treating adults, children, adolescent and geriatric population. I am passionate about making sure that clients have a holistic care experience. My approach to treatment is emphasized on the importance of understanding your emotional stressors, helping you navigate complex relationships with co-workers, friends and families. I am an active listener and passionate about making you feel better.
My name is Dr. Adewunmi Bankole, I am a doctoral prepared Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with vast experience in psychiatry treating adults, children, adolescent and geriatric population. I am passionate about making sure that clients have a holistic care experience. My approach to treatment is emphasized on the importance of understanding your emotional stressors, helping you navigate complex relationships with co-workers, friends and families. I am an active listener and passionate about making you feel better.
(817) 672-1566 View (817) 672-1566
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Jaime Mash
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11367  (Online Only)
My name is Jaime Mash, MD and I am a board-certified psychiatrist offering online medication management to adults. I treat a full list of issues with specializations in women's mental health, trauma, PTSD, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
My name is Jaime Mash, MD and I am a board-certified psychiatrist offering online medication management to adults. I treat a full list of issues with specializations in women's mental health, trauma, PTSD, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
(213) 668-7548 View (213) 668-7548
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Bryan Burroughs At Core Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11352
Book an appointment online today via our website corepsychiatry.org! Bryan Burroughs PMHNP-BC is originally from Rochester, NY where he attended St John Fisher College for his undergraduate degree in Nursing. In his senior year, he spent a semester abroad in Jamaica working with various populations including geriatric, persistent mentally ill individuals, adults, young adults, and children, thus solidifying his decision to focus on individuals with mental health needs.
Book an appointment online today via our website corepsychiatry.org! Bryan Burroughs PMHNP-BC is originally from Rochester, NY where he attended St John Fisher College for his undergraduate degree in Nursing. In his senior year, he spent a semester abroad in Jamaica working with various populations including geriatric, persistent mentally ill individuals, adults, young adults, and children, thus solidifying his decision to focus on individuals with mental health needs.
(516) 219-9778 View (516) 219-9778
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Tina Wu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11355
I am an NYU-educated and ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in providing authentic and non-judgmental nursing care. My focuses are the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. I speak English, Cantonese and Mandarin. My approach is collaborative, individualized, holistic from a shared decision-making perspective.
I am an NYU-educated and ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in providing authentic and non-judgmental nursing care. My focuses are the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. I speak English, Cantonese and Mandarin. My approach is collaborative, individualized, holistic from a shared decision-making perspective.
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Talking Works
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375
TMS in Queens! Depression is a serious medical illness affecting more than 14 million American adults every year. It results in a persistent state of sadness that may interfere with an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood, and physical health. Traditionally, Depression is treated with medication. Although antidepressants can be effective for many patients, they do not work for everyone. Some patients find they are unable to tolerate side effects associated with medication. For these patients, TriState TMS offers the new way back from depression and its treatment side effects.
TMS in Queens! Depression is a serious medical illness affecting more than 14 million American adults every year. It results in a persistent state of sadness that may interfere with an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood, and physical health. Traditionally, Depression is treated with medication. Although antidepressants can be effective for many patients, they do not work for everyone. Some patients find they are unable to tolerate side effects associated with medication. For these patients, TriState TMS offers the new way back from depression and its treatment side effects.
(929) 463-9732 View (929) 463-9732
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Lina M Zapata Samarel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MBA
Verified Verified
Glendale, NY 11385  (Online Only)
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications. Lina will listen to you with empathy and will partner with you on your wellness journey.
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications. Lina will listen to you with empathy and will partner with you on your wellness journey.
(914) 829-3296 View (914) 829-3296
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TelepsychHealth
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Corona, NY 11368
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We have availability within 1-2 weeks. Our reviews are on our website. Feel free to call or message us to request an ASAP appointment. You might be a bit hesitant about receiving treatment over the internet if you haven’t done it before, and that’s totally understandable. If we can provide you any reassurance, most people end up finding they enjoy virtual visits more than going to an office.
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We have availability within 1-2 weeks. Our reviews are on our website. Feel free to call or message us to request an ASAP appointment. You might be a bit hesitant about receiving treatment over the internet if you haven’t done it before, and that’s totally understandable. If we can provide you any reassurance, most people end up finding they enjoy virtual visits more than going to an office.
(904) 906-4649 View (904) 906-4649
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Keith Jenkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Flushing, NY 11368
My name is Keith, and I am a doctorly prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner with a diverse clinical background. I see clients statewide in New York who struggle with a diverse range of mental disorders. I primarily focus on the adult population with a special interest in mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD utilizing a patient-centric approach to helping these individuals thrive in their daily lives and to function to their maximum potential.
My name is Keith, and I am a doctorly prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner with a diverse clinical background. I see clients statewide in New York who struggle with a diverse range of mental disorders. I primarily focus on the adult population with a special interest in mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD utilizing a patient-centric approach to helping these individuals thrive in their daily lives and to function to their maximum potential.
(929) 493-4291 View (929) 493-4291
Photo of Dawn Weathersby, PMHNP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dawn Weathersby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Public Administration at Indiana University and my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Western Governors University. I received my Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama.
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Public Administration at Indiana University and my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Western Governors University. I received my Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama.
(929) 470-7208 View (929) 470-7208
Photo of Richard Callado, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Richard Callado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatry. I have over a decade of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in multiple settings such as inpatient, outpatient clinics, and ER treating clients of all ages. I did my formal training at NYU Hospital. I have completed extra training at the Neuroscience Education Institute. I have also completed training with the First Episode Psychosis Program affiliated with Columbia University. In addition, I am an Associate Clinical professor at Pace University. I utilize current and proven evidence based methods.
I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatry. I have over a decade of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in multiple settings such as inpatient, outpatient clinics, and ER treating clients of all ages. I did my formal training at NYU Hospital. I have completed extra training at the Neuroscience Education Institute. I have also completed training with the First Episode Psychosis Program affiliated with Columbia University. In addition, I am an Associate Clinical professor at Pace University. I utilize current and proven evidence based methods.
(347) 662-2611 View (347) 662-2611
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Sandeep Dhingra
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Forest Hills, NY 11375  (Online Only)
Dr. Sandeep Dhingra is a psychiatrist working with children, adolescent and adult population. After completing his Adult Psychiatry residency , Dr. Dhingra did a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry from Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Elmhurst campus). Dr. Dhingra has extensive experience in working with all kinds of childhood psychiatric disorders including ADHD, mood disorders and anxiety disorders. Dr. Dhingra is the Medical Director at the Child Center of New York. He also worked at Creedmoor outpatient services in the past.
Dr. Sandeep Dhingra is a psychiatrist working with children, adolescent and adult population. After completing his Adult Psychiatry residency , Dr. Dhingra did a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry from Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Elmhurst campus). Dr. Dhingra has extensive experience in working with all kinds of childhood psychiatric disorders including ADHD, mood disorders and anxiety disorders. Dr. Dhingra is the Medical Director at the Child Center of New York. He also worked at Creedmoor outpatient services in the past.
(718) 977-5490 View (718) 977-5490
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Lena Najjarian
Physician Assistant, MS, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flushing, NY 11368  (Online Only)
Lena treats patients with challenges in depression, anxiety, mood and psychotic disorders. Fastest way to get in touch: Please contact Lena through www.Rappore.com to schedule an appointment. Click "Get Started" to begin with our intake process. Our team of therapists & psychiatrists are leading minds in mental health. We understand your unique needs and are dedicated to helping you find solutions to life’s challenges.
Lena treats patients with challenges in depression, anxiety, mood and psychotic disorders. Fastest way to get in touch: Please contact Lena through www.Rappore.com to schedule an appointment. Click "Get Started" to begin with our intake process. Our team of therapists & psychiatrists are leading minds in mental health. We understand your unique needs and are dedicated to helping you find solutions to life’s challenges.
(914) 556-1062 View (914) 556-1062

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Ridgewood, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Ridgewood, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Psychosis
83% Behavioral Issues

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
80% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Ridgewood, NY see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Male
20% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Ridgewood?

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.