Psychiatrists in Rockland County, NY

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Photo of Khatija Bukhari, Psychiatrist in Rockland County, NY
Khatija Bukhari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Nyack, NY 10994
Seeking a psychiatrist for oneself or a family member can be a daunting process. Recognizing this, I work to put the entire family at ease through my unique approach to treatment. I describe myself as family-centered, meaning that I cater not just to the patient, but to their entire family. Through a comprehensive intake process that takes into account cultural perspectives, I assess the individual from a developmental, biological, and psycho-social perspective. I view my patients as complex individuals who are so much more than a diagnosis. My preferred modality is pharmacotherapy, though I also provide psychotherapy.
Seeking a psychiatrist for oneself or a family member can be a daunting process. Recognizing this, I work to put the entire family at ease through my unique approach to treatment. I describe myself as family-centered, meaning that I cater not just to the patient, but to their entire family. Through a comprehensive intake process that takes into account cultural perspectives, I assess the individual from a developmental, biological, and psycho-social perspective. I view my patients as complex individuals who are so much more than a diagnosis. My preferred modality is pharmacotherapy, though I also provide psychotherapy.
(845) 731-6126 View (845) 731-6126
Photo of Max Slotwinski, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockland County, NY
Max Slotwinski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Nyack, NY 10960
Waitlist for new clients
My ideal client is motivated to build a therapeutic relationship that goes well beyond just a prescription. Currently, I only offer services via telehealth, so one must be comfortable with utilizing that platform. A physical office space is in my near future, but even then, I intend to offer hybrid care for the convenience and comfort of my clients. My ideal client wishes to gain insight and clarity through the psychiatric evaluation process and also find balance and quality of life via ongoing treatment.
My ideal client is motivated to build a therapeutic relationship that goes well beyond just a prescription. Currently, I only offer services via telehealth, so one must be comfortable with utilizing that platform. A physical office space is in my near future, but even then, I intend to offer hybrid care for the convenience and comfort of my clients. My ideal client wishes to gain insight and clarity through the psychiatric evaluation process and also find balance and quality of life via ongoing treatment.
(845) 479-6713 View (845) 479-6713
Photo of Dominic Joseph Ferro, Psychiatrist in Rockland County, NY
Dominic Joseph Ferro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nanuet, NY 10954
I am a general psychiatrist treating a wide array of psychiatric problems. I have experience with patients with mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders as well as ADHD. I also treat adolescents with these problems. I also have experience working with people with personality disorders. I work with some people psychotherapeutically, but I also perform diagnostic assessments and psychopharmacology consultation for people in therapy with other mental health professionals. I am also certified to treat opiate dependence with buprenorphine (Suboxone).
I am a general psychiatrist treating a wide array of psychiatric problems. I have experience with patients with mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders as well as ADHD. I also treat adolescents with these problems. I also have experience working with people with personality disorders. I work with some people psychotherapeutically, but I also perform diagnostic assessments and psychopharmacology consultation for people in therapy with other mental health professionals. I am also certified to treat opiate dependence with buprenorphine (Suboxone).
(845) 443-7334 View (845) 443-7334
Photo of Miriam Wax, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockland County, NY
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
Photo of Becca Spaulding, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockland County, NY
Becca Spaulding
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nyack, NY 10960  (Online Only)
I continue to combine authentic curiosity with the highest standards of medical education to offer superior and quality care to my clients. I am able to utilize by expertise to focus on the particular needs of an individual to engage in a meaningful collaboration that keeps clients fully informed, involved in their care and moving towards their optimal level of wellbeing and potential. I love what I do and I am generous with my attention, patience, empathy and knowledge.
I continue to combine authentic curiosity with the highest standards of medical education to offer superior and quality care to my clients. I am able to utilize by expertise to focus on the particular needs of an individual to engage in a meaningful collaboration that keeps clients fully informed, involved in their care and moving towards their optimal level of wellbeing and potential. I love what I do and I am generous with my attention, patience, empathy and knowledge.
(718) 285-3451 View (718) 285-3451
Photo of Dana Neal, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockland County, NY
Dana Neal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Valley Cottage, NY 10989  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with seven years of combined inpatient psychiatric and medical experience. I earned my MSN from Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing and specialize in psychotherapy and medication management.
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with seven years of combined inpatient psychiatric and medical experience. I earned my MSN from Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing and specialize in psychotherapy and medication management.
(845) 666-3554 View (845) 666-3554
Amandeep Bhandal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Nyack, NY 10994
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
Photo of Deirdre Mullen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockland County, NY
Deirdre Mullen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
West Nyack, NY 10994
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
Photo of Katie Lindenbaum, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockland County, NY
Katie Lindenbaum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Nyack, NY 10994  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering medication management for adults with mental health concerns. I incorporate supportive psychotherapy in my sessions and take a holistic approach, placing emphasis on lifestyle modifications, sleep hygiene, and nutrition. I have worked in different roles in oncology for over 9 years and provide support to individuals who have been affected by cancer (oncology patients, survivors, caregivers, and individuals experiencing loss). I have a strong understanding of the unique needs that can arise through all phases of the cancer journey.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering medication management for adults with mental health concerns. I incorporate supportive psychotherapy in my sessions and take a holistic approach, placing emphasis on lifestyle modifications, sleep hygiene, and nutrition. I have worked in different roles in oncology for over 9 years and provide support to individuals who have been affected by cancer (oncology patients, survivors, caregivers, and individuals experiencing loss). I have a strong understanding of the unique needs that can arise through all phases of the cancer journey.
(914) 218-6069 View (914) 218-6069
Photo of Empowerment Health. LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockland County, NY
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
Photo of Sadhana Sardana, Psychiatrist in Rockland County, NY
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
Photo of Monique Scott, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockland County, NY
Monique Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
New City, NY 10956  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Accepting New Patients MAY 2024. Sometimes it's hard to accept that you may need more than "a little help" and do not know where to start. Maybe you are beyond that stage and is looking for the right fit to continue your psychiatric needs; If you are looking for a warm, non judgmental atmosphere where your treatment is looked as a partnership, then you have made the right choice. Complete the intake form at www.drscottnp.com/intake-form
Accepting New Patients MAY 2024. Sometimes it's hard to accept that you may need more than "a little help" and do not know where to start. Maybe you are beyond that stage and is looking for the right fit to continue your psychiatric needs; If you are looking for a warm, non judgmental atmosphere where your treatment is looked as a partnership, then you have made the right choice. Complete the intake form at www.drscottnp.com/intake-form
(845) 630-0834 View (845) 630-0834
Photo of Julia W Feuer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockland County, NY
Julia W Feuer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP, AOCNP
Verified Verified
Montebello, NY 10901  (Online Only)
I am an experienced nurse practitioner who strives to provide personalized care. I am specialized in anxiety, depression, OCD and bipolar. My goal is to increase ones quality of life through trust and relationship building with the most recent advances in medication management.
I am an experienced nurse practitioner who strives to provide personalized care. I am specialized in anxiety, depression, OCD and bipolar. My goal is to increase ones quality of life through trust and relationship building with the most recent advances in medication management.
(845) 630-0992 View (845) 630-0992
Photo of Dr. Mary Asiedu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockland County, NY
Dr. Mary Asiedu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 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
Photo of Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy, Psychiatrist in Rockland County, NY
Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Nyack, NY 10960  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(845) 286-4873 View (845) 286-4873
Photo of Patricia M Waite, Psychiatrist in Rockland County, NY
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
Clovis Raymond
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bardonia, NY 10954
Welcome to the private psychiatric practice of Clovis Raymond, M.D., serving children, adolescents, and adults. Our goal is to provide you and your family timely, comprehensive, respectful, quality services in a safe and pleasant clinical environment.
Welcome to the private psychiatric practice of Clovis Raymond, M.D., serving children, adolescents, and adults. Our goal is to provide you and your family timely, comprehensive, respectful, quality services in a safe and pleasant clinical environment.
(845) 704-2768 View (845) 704-2768
Photo of Nechama Keller-Sabel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockland County, NY
Nechama Keller-Sabel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BC
Verified Verified
Suffern, NY 10901
As a board certified licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have undertaken to help individuals restore their vitality and resume a life of meaning and purpose. Depression, anxiety, trauma, hyperactivity, and stress are some of the issues that are part of ones complicated life that can lead to dysfunction and suffering. A compassionate approach with an emphasis on ones cultural background, life experiences, and ones personal needs, help to shape the focus of my treatment. Setting realistic and far reaching goals that help individuals not only return to the life they once knew, but concentrate on a brighter and successful future filled with joy and accomplishment.
As a board certified licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have undertaken to help individuals restore their vitality and resume a life of meaning and purpose. Depression, anxiety, trauma, hyperactivity, and stress are some of the issues that are part of ones complicated life that can lead to dysfunction and suffering. A compassionate approach with an emphasis on ones cultural background, life experiences, and ones personal needs, help to shape the focus of my treatment. Setting realistic and far reaching goals that help individuals not only return to the life they once knew, but concentrate on a brighter and successful future filled with joy and accomplishment.
(845) 363-6447 View (845) 363-6447
Photo of Laura N. Antar, MD, PhD, PLLC, Psychiatrist in Rockland County, NY
Laura N. Antar, MD, PhD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
New City, NY 10956
I specialize in state-of-the-art, outpatient treatment of stress, anxiety and depression. I have extensive experience treating patients with bipolar disorder, mood disorders, PTSD and ADHD. Most of my patients work, go to school and are able to live their lives, but have issues that "get in their way." Others experience more significant distress. I treat each person with what he or she needs, whether it is with talk therapy medicine, or a combination of both, as needed. I do not insist my patients stay in therapy for years, as independence is our mutual goal.
I specialize in state-of-the-art, outpatient treatment of stress, anxiety and depression. I have extensive experience treating patients with bipolar disorder, mood disorders, PTSD and ADHD. Most of my patients work, go to school and are able to live their lives, but have issues that "get in their way." Others experience more significant distress. I treat each person with what he or she needs, whether it is with talk therapy medicine, or a combination of both, as needed. I do not insist my patients stay in therapy for years, as independence is our mutual goal.
(845) 367-4800 View (845) 367-4800
Photo of Ingrid L. Montgomery, MD, MPH, PLLC, Psychiatrist in Rockland County, NY
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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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Rockland County, NY

50+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Rockland County, NY who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
93% Depression
91% Medication Management
78% Trauma and PTSD
78% Sleep or Insomnia
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Rockland County, NY see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
31% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rockland County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.