Psychiatrists in Rye Brook, NY

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Stephen L Stern
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rye Brook, NY 10573
Thanks very much for viewing my profile. I'm a board-certified psychiatrist who's very knowledgeable about helping people with depression, bipolar disorder, medical illnesses, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition to medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy, I'm also interested in the complementary use of meditation, mindfulness, exercise, light therapy, and companion animals. I believe that the key to successful treatment is a thorough biological, psychological, and social assessment followed by shared decision-making between patient and doctor. Please feel free to contact me for a phone consultation at no charge.
Thanks very much for viewing my profile. I'm a board-certified psychiatrist who's very knowledgeable about helping people with depression, bipolar disorder, medical illnesses, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition to medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy, I'm also interested in the complementary use of meditation, mindfulness, exercise, light therapy, and companion animals. I believe that the key to successful treatment is a thorough biological, psychological, and social assessment followed by shared decision-making between patient and doctor. Please feel free to contact me for a phone consultation at no charge.
(914) 752-2051 View (914) 752-2051
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David Andrew Stern
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rye Brook, NY 10573
I am a Columbia and Albert Einstein trained, board certified adult psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. In addition to working with patients, I am actively engaged in teaching and supervising younger psychiatrists and psychologists.
I am a Columbia and Albert Einstein trained, board certified adult psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. In addition to working with patients, I am actively engaged in teaching and supervising younger psychiatrists and psychologists.
(914) 228-6794 View (914) 228-6794
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Carline Lamour-Occean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Rye Brook, NY 10573  (Online Only)
Overcoming mental health challenge can seem unsurmountable; however, the first and often most difficult step is to get help. I am a double board-certified psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioner with multiple years of experience in the field, I specialize in the relationship between the mind and the body, and work with my patients to find the best solutions to move towards, health, and wholeness. I provide medication management to address all psychiatric diagnosis.
Overcoming mental health challenge can seem unsurmountable; however, the first and often most difficult step is to get help. I am a double board-certified psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioner with multiple years of experience in the field, I specialize in the relationship between the mind and the body, and work with my patients to find the best solutions to move towards, health, and wholeness. I provide medication management to address all psychiatric diagnosis.
(718) 750-9861 View (718) 750-9861
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Margarette Dessources
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, MSN, BSN
Verified
Rye Brook, NY 10573
I am a Board Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner, with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. I have nine years of experience in treatment of mental disorders across the lifespan. My areas of expertise include; Diagnosis and treatment for Psychosis, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, OCD and trauma-related disorders, such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I work primarily in underserved communities in New York. My approach is grounded in evidence-based treatment. I utilize an integrative model that draws upon cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness based copying strategies.
I am a Board Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner, with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. I have nine years of experience in treatment of mental disorders across the lifespan. My areas of expertise include; Diagnosis and treatment for Psychosis, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, OCD and trauma-related disorders, such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I work primarily in underserved communities in New York. My approach is grounded in evidence-based treatment. I utilize an integrative model that draws upon cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness based copying strategies.
(718) 260-6874 View (718) 260-6874
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Gundu Reddy (Online Psychiatrist)
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rye Brook, NY 10573  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Practicing in New York City. Due to requests, I have started providing tele-psychiatry services in Tennessee. I have really enjoyed learning meeting my patients in the South and learning a new culture and way of life. I have trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, depression, irritability, anxiety, OCD insomnia, wanting to perform better at work the core principles of symptom treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Practicing in New York City. Due to requests, I have started providing tele-psychiatry services in Tennessee. I have really enjoyed learning meeting my patients in the South and learning a new culture and way of life. I have trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, depression, irritability, anxiety, OCD insomnia, wanting to perform better at work the core principles of symptom treatment are often similar.
(423) 818-9306 View (423) 818-9306

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Sifat Ameen
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B
Verified
Port Chester, NY 10573
Sifat Ameen is a board-certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is dedicated about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services, including brief psychotherapy and prescribing medications if indicated, for young adults and adult population. Her ongoing areas of interest include integrating nutrition , physical movement and improved sleep practices as foundations and multi-level response for care. Overall Sifat tends to be more conservative in her prescribing practices, especially in regards to prescribing controlled substances.
Sifat Ameen is a board-certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is dedicated about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services, including brief psychotherapy and prescribing medications if indicated, for young adults and adult population. Her ongoing areas of interest include integrating nutrition , physical movement and improved sleep practices as foundations and multi-level response for care. Overall Sifat tends to be more conservative in her prescribing practices, especially in regards to prescribing controlled substances.
(914) 252-3894 View (914) 252-3894
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Anna Filova
Psychiatrist
Verified
Harrison, NY 10528
I am an adult psychiatrist with many years of experience. After working in inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs for almost 15 years, I have chosen to focus on my private practice, where I can make a personal difference in the lives of my patients. I do not believe in medication-only treatment. I feel that each of my patients has very unique issues and problems, and needs to be treated as an individual, without one-size-fits-all solutions. I focus on getting to know my patients and creating an individualized treatment plan.
I am an adult psychiatrist with many years of experience. After working in inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs for almost 15 years, I have chosen to focus on my private practice, where I can make a personal difference in the lives of my patients. I do not believe in medication-only treatment. I feel that each of my patients has very unique issues and problems, and needs to be treated as an individual, without one-size-fits-all solutions. I focus on getting to know my patients and creating an individualized treatment plan.
(646) 681-5720 View (646) 681-5720
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Kelli Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Rye, NY 10580  (Online Only)
I take a comprehensive and holistic approach to mental health emphasizing care of the mind and body. As a provider who is board certified in psychiatric mental health and primary care, I am equipped to partner with my clients to meet their psychological and medical needs with an open mind. I recognize the profound impact that mental health has on physical health, as well as the physical health impact on mental health. I partner with clients using psychodynamic therapy and evidence-based pharmacology. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, running and biking, reading, cooking, and spending time with my dog.
I take a comprehensive and holistic approach to mental health emphasizing care of the mind and body. As a provider who is board certified in psychiatric mental health and primary care, I am equipped to partner with my clients to meet their psychological and medical needs with an open mind. I recognize the profound impact that mental health has on physical health, as well as the physical health impact on mental health. I partner with clients using psychodynamic therapy and evidence-based pharmacology. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, running and biking, reading, cooking, and spending time with my dog.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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Juan A. Rivolta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rye, NY 10580
Juan Rivolta, MD, PLLC is a Child and Adult Psychiatry Private Practice, with the ultimate goal of providing patients the time and attention they need. I am Board-Certified in both Child and Adult Psychiatry. I completed my general psychiatry residency at BronxCare/Mount Sinai, and my Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College. The practice focuses on supportive/psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication management to help children and adults suffering from different psychiatric disorders.
Juan Rivolta, MD, PLLC is a Child and Adult Psychiatry Private Practice, with the ultimate goal of providing patients the time and attention they need. I am Board-Certified in both Child and Adult Psychiatry. I completed my general psychiatry residency at BronxCare/Mount Sinai, and my Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College. The practice focuses on supportive/psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication management to help children and adults suffering from different psychiatric disorders.
(914) 279-8822 View (914) 279-8822
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Christopher S. Aloezos, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Harrison, NY 10528
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist subspecialized in addiction psychiatry who provides comprehensive mental health treatment for adults- including psychotherapy and medication management, when indicated. I combine evidence-based treatment with person-centered care, and understand the intrinsic importance of the doctor-patient alliance. While I am a mental health expert, I know that each patient brings their unique life story, culture, and perspective to their mental health needs. In doing so, I work together with my patients to build insight and ultimately achieve treatment goals.
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist subspecialized in addiction psychiatry who provides comprehensive mental health treatment for adults- including psychotherapy and medication management, when indicated. I combine evidence-based treatment with person-centered care, and understand the intrinsic importance of the doctor-patient alliance. While I am a mental health expert, I know that each patient brings their unique life story, culture, and perspective to their mental health needs. In doing so, I work together with my patients to build insight and ultimately achieve treatment goals.
(347) 997-8468 View (347) 997-8468
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Lauren Adis Tabone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Rye, NY 10580
I am Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC) providing medication management for mental health conditions in children, adolescents, and adults . I sub-specialize in the treatment of ADHD, autism, anxiety, and depression. I I conduct thorough psychiatric evaluations to diagnose mental health conditions and provide evidence based treatment. I am trained in psychopharmacology and offer a personalized approach that is tailored to your individual needs. Treatment may include education, medication, and wellness practices such as exercise, nutrition, and other integrative approaches.
I am Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC) providing medication management for mental health conditions in children, adolescents, and adults . I sub-specialize in the treatment of ADHD, autism, anxiety, and depression. I I conduct thorough psychiatric evaluations to diagnose mental health conditions and provide evidence based treatment. I am trained in psychopharmacology and offer a personalized approach that is tailored to your individual needs. Treatment may include education, medication, and wellness practices such as exercise, nutrition, and other integrative approaches.
(845) 977-0411 View (845) 977-0411
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Wildflower Holistic Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rye, NY 10580  (Online Only)
Have you been struggling with excessive worry, low mood, or irritability? Just don't feel as good as you used to? Need some help getting back to living your best life? Let Wildflower Holistic Behavioral Health help you get back to living your best life.
Have you been struggling with excessive worry, low mood, or irritability? Just don't feel as good as you used to? Need some help getting back to living your best life? Let Wildflower Holistic Behavioral Health help you get back to living your best life.
(929) 447-2267 View (929) 447-2267
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Tara Eyma
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Port Chester, NY 10573
Dr. Eyma is a board certified psychiatrist licensed to practice in both New York and Connecticut. She is a graduate of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/City College of New York (a combined BS/MD program) and obtained her medical degree from Albany Medical College. She has been a staff psychiatrist at Montefiore Medical Center and Yale New Haven Hospital. She has a particular interest in cross-cultural psychiatry and global mental health. She spent two years working in a mental health clinic in the Wellington region of New Zealand providing care to a diverse patient population including Maori and Pasifika people.
Dr. Eyma is a board certified psychiatrist licensed to practice in both New York and Connecticut. She is a graduate of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/City College of New York (a combined BS/MD program) and obtained her medical degree from Albany Medical College. She has been a staff psychiatrist at Montefiore Medical Center and Yale New Haven Hospital. She has a particular interest in cross-cultural psychiatry and global mental health. She spent two years working in a mental health clinic in the Wellington region of New Zealand providing care to a diverse patient population including Maori and Pasifika people.
(914) 353-4807 View (914) 353-4807
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Tamisha Kelly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Rye, NY 10580  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Tamisha and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I graduated with a Masters of Science from SUNY Stony Brook University. My specializations includes Anxiety, Depression and ADHD. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Tamisha and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I graduated with a Masters of Science from SUNY Stony Brook University. My specializations includes Anxiety, Depression and ADHD. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(516) 614-4327 View (516) 614-4327
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Arashinder Dhaliwal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Port Chester, NY 10573
Arashinder Dhaliwal has 10+ years of experience working with wide range of mental health issues. He believes that a thorough assessment of all aspects of mental health followed by collaborative treatment planning is key to successful treatment. He partners with his patients for their treatment goals and strives to provide holistic mental health care using up to date advancements in medications and therapy. He has special interest in anxiety, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, first break psychosis, trauma associated mental health disorders and ADHD.
Arashinder Dhaliwal has 10+ years of experience working with wide range of mental health issues. He believes that a thorough assessment of all aspects of mental health followed by collaborative treatment planning is key to successful treatment. He partners with his patients for their treatment goals and strives to provide holistic mental health care using up to date advancements in medications and therapy. He has special interest in anxiety, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, first break psychosis, trauma associated mental health disorders and ADHD.
(914) 928-2138 View (914) 928-2138
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Edisa Korac
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Port Chester, NY 10573
Edisa Korac is a Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2015. She has a BA in Psychology (Summa Cum Laude), a BSN in Nursing (Magna Cum Laude), and an MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Magna Cum Laude) from Hunter College. As a health professional for over 7 years, Edisa has seen so much suffering but has also seen the natural human propensity to veer towards hope. Hope keeps us all going and it's the driving force behind why she is where she is today. Edisa can empathize with clients and instill hope with her holistic view of health.
Edisa Korac is a Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2015. She has a BA in Psychology (Summa Cum Laude), a BSN in Nursing (Magna Cum Laude), and an MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Magna Cum Laude) from Hunter College. As a health professional for over 7 years, Edisa has seen so much suffering but has also seen the natural human propensity to veer towards hope. Hope keeps us all going and it's the driving force behind why she is where she is today. Edisa can empathize with clients and instill hope with her holistic view of health.
(914) 685-5471 View (914) 685-5471
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Jeffrey P Kahn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rye, NY 10580
Jeffrey P. Kahn, MD is a Columbia trained psychiatrist and Full Cornell Professor in Westchester (Scarsdale) and on the Upper West Side. He offers thoughtful psychotherapy, careful medication, and thorough evaluation. This empathic approach helps with relationship, work and career issues - and with anxiety, depression, and psychosis. Thorough evaluation includes attentive listening, detailed history, emotional understanding, clear diagnoses, and best options. Mostly an office psychiatrist, he has studied, written, spoken, and taught on many topics. More then ten years a Top Doctor (New York Magazine, Castle-Connolly Medical).
Jeffrey P. Kahn, MD is a Columbia trained psychiatrist and Full Cornell Professor in Westchester (Scarsdale) and on the Upper West Side. He offers thoughtful psychotherapy, careful medication, and thorough evaluation. This empathic approach helps with relationship, work and career issues - and with anxiety, depression, and psychosis. Thorough evaluation includes attentive listening, detailed history, emotional understanding, clear diagnoses, and best options. Mostly an office psychiatrist, he has studied, written, spoken, and taught on many topics. More then ten years a Top Doctor (New York Magazine, Castle-Connolly Medical).
(914) 610-7316 View (914) 610-7316
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Tyler Wright
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Harrison, NY 10528
Seeking support for mental health challenges? Let's work together! I specialize in medication management and empowering individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia as well as other mental health issues. With a collaborative approach, we'll navigate your journey towards stability, resilience, and fulfillment.
Seeking support for mental health challenges? Let's work together! I specialize in medication management and empowering individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia as well as other mental health issues. With a collaborative approach, we'll navigate your journey towards stability, resilience, and fulfillment.
(914) 460-5986 View (914) 460-5986
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Karen G. Gennaro
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified
Harrison, NY 10528
AS A PSYCHIATRIST WHO IS ALSO A PSYCHOANALYST, I can help you better understand the root of your issues and develop methods for coping and moving forward. I will offer treatment tailored to your specific needs to help you maximize your unique strengths and shore up any vulnerabilities. Together we will work to enhance your sense of individuality, community and personal freedom. You will gain the strength to finally break out of old habits and release new potentials. Although I am an expert using psychiatric medication, I ONLY OFFER MEDICATION MANAGEMENT TO PEOPLE WILLING TO WORK WITH ME IN AT LEAST ONCE WEEKLY THERAPY.
AS A PSYCHIATRIST WHO IS ALSO A PSYCHOANALYST, I can help you better understand the root of your issues and develop methods for coping and moving forward. I will offer treatment tailored to your specific needs to help you maximize your unique strengths and shore up any vulnerabilities. Together we will work to enhance your sense of individuality, community and personal freedom. You will gain the strength to finally break out of old habits and release new potentials. Although I am an expert using psychiatric medication, I ONLY OFFER MEDICATION MANAGEMENT TO PEOPLE WILLING TO WORK WITH ME IN AT LEAST ONCE WEEKLY THERAPY.
(914) 260-6437 View (914) 260-6437
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John A. Zagat
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rye, NY 10580  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist working in private practice in Westchester county (Harrison) as well as Greenwich Village. In addition to my practice, I am affiliated with NYU Child Study Center as an Adjunct Faculty Member, and I am a volunteer faculty member at New York Medical College. Previously, I was an attending psychiatrist at the Behavioral Health Center at Westchester Medical Center, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at New York Medical College.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist working in private practice in Westchester county (Harrison) as well as Greenwich Village. In addition to my practice, I am affiliated with NYU Child Study Center as an Adjunct Faculty Member, and I am a volunteer faculty member at New York Medical College. Previously, I was an attending psychiatrist at the Behavioral Health Center at Westchester Medical Center, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at New York Medical College.
(212) 301-0517 View (212) 301-0517

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Number of Psychiatrists in Rye Brook, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Rye Brook, NY who prioritize treating:

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

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
67% Cigna and Evernorth
67% Medicare

How Psychiatrists in Rye Brook, NY see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rye Brook?

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.