Psychiatrists in Sagaponack, NY

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Sean X Luo
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sagaponack, NY 11962
I am a Columbia-trained general and addiction psychiatrist and researcher. My practice focuses on delivering high-quality treatment to a small number of patients. I focus on complex substance use, co-morbid/dual diagnoses cases such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and depression, and behavioral addictions such as sex/gaming addiction. I conduct both talk therapy and use medications in my practice and work with both patients and their families. The goal is transformative change in behavior patterns to help patients achieve their highest level of functioning.
I am a Columbia-trained general and addiction psychiatrist and researcher. My practice focuses on delivering high-quality treatment to a small number of patients. I focus on complex substance use, co-morbid/dual diagnoses cases such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and depression, and behavioral addictions such as sex/gaming addiction. I conduct both talk therapy and use medications in my practice and work with both patients and their families. The goal is transformative change in behavior patterns to help patients achieve their highest level of functioning.
(516) 784-5861 View (516) 784-5861
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Jessica M Carbajal Caceda
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Sagaponack, NY 11962
Navigating healthcare systems can be challenging and frustrating. I believe that a direct, open and compassionate approach brings the ideal environment for children to overcome depression, anxiety and other challenges that live throws. After many years working in academia and private practice I found that in conjunction of medications and/or therapy, active participation of families is crucial for my patients to improve. Medications and therapy are great modern tools to improve mental illness, but not enough. Active and open communication with patients and families often makes the difference between a successful and failed treatment
Navigating healthcare systems can be challenging and frustrating. I believe that a direct, open and compassionate approach brings the ideal environment for children to overcome depression, anxiety and other challenges that live throws. After many years working in academia and private practice I found that in conjunction of medications and/or therapy, active participation of families is crucial for my patients to improve. Medications and therapy are great modern tools to improve mental illness, but not enough. Active and open communication with patients and families often makes the difference between a successful and failed treatment
(631) 336-2256 View (631) 336-2256
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Jill Ahluwalia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, MPH
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sagaponack, NY 11962  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified, Columbia University trained, psychiatric nurse practitioner (NP) with 15 years of experience. I specialize in treating adults with a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, complex trauma, and insomnia. People come to me for medication, psychotherapy, and alternative treatments to improve mental health. My holistic approach combines personalized medicine with my passion for listening deeply to your experience. By going beyond the symptoms that bring you into treatment, I will partner with you to help you achieve more joy and fulfillment in your life.
I am a board-certified, Columbia University trained, psychiatric nurse practitioner (NP) with 15 years of experience. I specialize in treating adults with a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, complex trauma, and insomnia. People come to me for medication, psychotherapy, and alternative treatments to improve mental health. My holistic approach combines personalized medicine with my passion for listening deeply to your experience. By going beyond the symptoms that bring you into treatment, I will partner with you to help you achieve more joy and fulfillment in your life.
(929) 244-2945 View (929) 244-2945
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Diamond Mind & Body
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Sagaponack, NY 11962  (Online Only)
Have you ever felt rushed through a mental health visit? Have you ever felt like "just" a diagnosis or collection of symptoms? You are more than that: You are a complex and whole human being, and you have a right to be seen. I am committed to establishing a deep level of trust with each client, which I hope will serve as the foundation for our therapeutic alliance. I take the time to get to know each of my patients, making them feel safe, understanding their individual experiences and needs, and working with them to develop effective strategies for managing their mental health. Find out more at www.thediamondmindandbody.com.
Have you ever felt rushed through a mental health visit? Have you ever felt like "just" a diagnosis or collection of symptoms? You are more than that: You are a complex and whole human being, and you have a right to be seen. I am committed to establishing a deep level of trust with each client, which I hope will serve as the foundation for our therapeutic alliance. I take the time to get to know each of my patients, making them feel safe, understanding their individual experiences and needs, and working with them to develop effective strategies for managing their mental health. Find out more at www.thediamondmindandbody.com.
(929) 262-6542 View (929) 262-6542
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Anne Elise Pugliese
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sagaponack, NY 11962  (Online Only)
My name is Anne Pugliese. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have have been working in the mental health field for 13 yrs with the last 7 yrs as a NP in community mental health, private practice, inpatient and child psychiatry. I am licensed to treat patients in NY, NJ, and OH. Currently, I am taking insurance for the state of NY and OH. I take self-pay for patients in all three states. I treat a variety of mental disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, and many others.
My name is Anne Pugliese. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have have been working in the mental health field for 13 yrs with the last 7 yrs as a NP in community mental health, private practice, inpatient and child psychiatry. I am licensed to treat patients in NY, NJ, and OH. Currently, I am taking insurance for the state of NY and OH. I take self-pay for patients in all three states. I treat a variety of mental disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, and many others.
(330) 583-1360 View (330) 583-1360
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Lauren Tableman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, RN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Sagaponack, NY 11962  (Online Only)
We as people are complex individuals who are more than just a diagnosis. I work with individuals from all walks of life, especially those who suffer silently & hide in plain sight. I treat a myriad of disorders, but my expertise lies in that of depressive and bipolar disorders, psychotic symptoms, anxiety, panic attacks, & insomnia.
We as people are complex individuals who are more than just a diagnosis. I work with individuals from all walks of life, especially those who suffer silently & hide in plain sight. I treat a myriad of disorders, but my expertise lies in that of depressive and bipolar disorders, psychotic symptoms, anxiety, panic attacks, & insomnia.
(631) 518-3518 View (631) 518-3518

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Creative Care Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Southampton, NY 11968  (Online Only)
At Creative Care Psychiatry, we know that each person comes with his/her/their own unique set of experiences. With this understanding we apply the highest standard of evidenced based medicine to a patient-centered treatment approach. Patients are active participants in the development of their treatment plans. It is our belief that health and wellness come with an holistic approach to patient care.
At Creative Care Psychiatry, we know that each person comes with his/her/their own unique set of experiences. With this understanding we apply the highest standard of evidenced based medicine to a patient-centered treatment approach. Patients are active participants in the development of their treatment plans. It is our belief that health and wellness come with an holistic approach to patient care.
(347) 851-1290 View (347) 851-1290
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Michael Morhous
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
My practice is devoted to helping patients surmount the obstacles that interfere with their ability to function optimally and live their best lives. Using evidence-based practices, I will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is compatible with your goals and values as an individual. Some of my patients see great benefit from the judicious use of the right medications alone; others prefer treatment which involves only psychotherapy. Many find that a combination of these two treatment modalities brings the quickest and longest lasting results.
My practice is devoted to helping patients surmount the obstacles that interfere with their ability to function optimally and live their best lives. Using evidence-based practices, I will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is compatible with your goals and values as an individual. Some of my patients see great benefit from the judicious use of the right medications alone; others prefer treatment which involves only psychotherapy. Many find that a combination of these two treatment modalities brings the quickest and longest lasting results.
(347) 577-9772 View (347) 577-9772
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Courtney Paton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sag Harbor, NY 11963  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Courtney and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I graduated with a Masters of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from Sage College. My specializations includes Medication Management, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Postpartum Depression, OCD, schizophrenia and Eating Disorders. 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 Courtney and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I graduated with a Masters of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from Sage College. My specializations includes Medication Management, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Postpartum Depression, OCD, schizophrenia and Eating Disorders. 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.
(518) 412-7085 View (518) 412-7085
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Kenneth R Cohen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
I am a Board Certified psychiatrist with over twenty-five years of clinical experience since my graduation from residency, and I maintain practices in psychiatry in New York City (in person or telemedicine Tuesday-Thursday), Sag Harbor Village (in person or telemedicine Friday), and Litchfield County, Connecticut (telemedicine only). Areas of expertise include psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, in-home and nursing home consultations and management, and work with patients suffering from medical illness; I have completed formal fellowships in these areas at Cornell, Columbia, and Memorial Sloan Kettering.
I am a Board Certified psychiatrist with over twenty-five years of clinical experience since my graduation from residency, and I maintain practices in psychiatry in New York City (in person or telemedicine Tuesday-Thursday), Sag Harbor Village (in person or telemedicine Friday), and Litchfield County, Connecticut (telemedicine only). Areas of expertise include psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, in-home and nursing home consultations and management, and work with patients suffering from medical illness; I have completed formal fellowships in these areas at Cornell, Columbia, and Memorial Sloan Kettering.
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Dr. Joseph Belloir
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Hampton, NY 11937  (Online Only)
As an ANCC Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with years of experience treating clients of diverse backgrounds in multiple settings, including partial hospitalization programs, inpatient units, homeless shelters, and private practice, I value the uniqueness of the human condition and tailor my treatment plans accordingly to reflect the needs of my clients using evidence-based treatment strategies to promote and enhance the recovery and healing process. I offer comprehensive and individualized care in a warm, safe, interactive environment and believe in treating the whole person - mind, body, and spirit.
As an ANCC Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with years of experience treating clients of diverse backgrounds in multiple settings, including partial hospitalization programs, inpatient units, homeless shelters, and private practice, I value the uniqueness of the human condition and tailor my treatment plans accordingly to reflect the needs of my clients using evidence-based treatment strategies to promote and enhance the recovery and healing process. I offer comprehensive and individualized care in a warm, safe, interactive environment and believe in treating the whole person - mind, body, and spirit.
(347) 752-4880 View (347) 752-4880
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Transform with Roman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bridgehampton, NY 11932  (Online Only)
At Transform with Roman, we specialize in providing high level medication management services for our adult patients. Located in Connecticut and New York, we are committed to delivering outstanding results while reaching a broad patient base through our telepsychiatry virtual platform.
At Transform with Roman, we specialize in providing high level medication management services for our adult patients. Located in Connecticut and New York, we are committed to delivering outstanding results while reaching a broad patient base through our telepsychiatry virtual platform.
(475) 203-1592 View (475) 203-1592
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Sidra Ghafoor
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southampton, NY 11968
I believe that healing begins at the level of mind, body and spirit, integrating a patient’s whole life experience into the treatment plan. I provide comprehensive treatment options combining psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic modalities. Working with me you will develop insight into yourself and begin to effect change and make progress in the problem areas of your life. I am ABPN board-certified in both General Psychiatry & Addiction Psychiatry. In addition to treating addictions, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders; I specialize in women's mental health.
I believe that healing begins at the level of mind, body and spirit, integrating a patient’s whole life experience into the treatment plan. I provide comprehensive treatment options combining psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic modalities. Working with me you will develop insight into yourself and begin to effect change and make progress in the problem areas of your life. I am ABPN board-certified in both General Psychiatry & Addiction Psychiatry. In addition to treating addictions, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders; I specialize in women's mental health.
(215) 253-3861 View (215) 253-3861
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Louisa J. Steinberg
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
I am a Columbia-trained, board certified psychiatrist. I have broad expertise in providing treatment of mental health issues. In my practice, I use an individualized, empathic, collaborative approach to the treatment of psychiatric conditions. Psychiatry is a unique specialty that requires us to not only treat the brain, but also the mind. Therefore, I offer a variety of treatment approaches, including medication management, several types of psychotherapy, and family/couples therapy. I offer telepsychiatry services to residents throughout NY.
I am a Columbia-trained, board certified psychiatrist. I have broad expertise in providing treatment of mental health issues. In my practice, I use an individualized, empathic, collaborative approach to the treatment of psychiatric conditions. Psychiatry is a unique specialty that requires us to not only treat the brain, but also the mind. Therefore, I offer a variety of treatment approaches, including medication management, several types of psychotherapy, and family/couples therapy. I offer telepsychiatry services to residents throughout NY.
(929) 367-8828 View (929) 367-8828
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Frederick Scholl Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southampton, NY 11968
Frederick Scholl MSN, APRN, PMHNP is a board-certified practitioner in psychiatry, licensed and registered in NYS. He specializes in treating a number of conditions with medication, including but not limited to, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and attention deficit disorder. In addition, we are now offering medication assisted treatment with Suboxone for opioid dependence. Frederick is a consultant for several area hospitals. His extensive experience includes emergency psychiatry, geriatric, adult, forensic and outpatient care.
Frederick Scholl MSN, APRN, PMHNP is a board-certified practitioner in psychiatry, licensed and registered in NYS. He specializes in treating a number of conditions with medication, including but not limited to, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and attention deficit disorder. In addition, we are now offering medication assisted treatment with Suboxone for opioid dependence. Frederick is a consultant for several area hospitals. His extensive experience includes emergency psychiatry, geriatric, adult, forensic and outpatient care.
(631) 213-1144 View (631) 213-1144
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Catherine Poulos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Southampton, NY 11968
At East End Mental Health, we believe in the integrative approach to behavioral health and psychiatric care. We offer our clients comprehensive array of treatment options which include individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, psychotherapy groups, psychiatric evaluations, psychopharmacotherapies, and laboratory diagnostic/genetic testing services.
At East End Mental Health, we believe in the integrative approach to behavioral health and psychiatric care. We offer our clients comprehensive array of treatment options which include individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, psychotherapy groups, psychiatric evaluations, psychopharmacotherapies, and laboratory diagnostic/genetic testing services.
(631) 496-1420 View (631) 496-1420
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Julie Brownley
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Sag Harbor, NY 11963  (Online Only)
Psychiatryforwomen.org - Accepting Patients - Out Of Network With Insurance - Dr. Julie Brownley is a board certified women's psychiatrist. She attended medical school and Ph.D. training at University of Maryland and residency training in Adult Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She treats individuals seeking WOMEN-Specific care (LGBTQ individuals included) with depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, trauma and grief. She is a Reproductive Psychiatrist managing mood changes and anxiety due to hormone changes associated with menstruation, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. VISIT psychiatryforwomen.org for info
Psychiatryforwomen.org - Accepting Patients - Out Of Network With Insurance - Dr. Julie Brownley is a board certified women's psychiatrist. She attended medical school and Ph.D. training at University of Maryland and residency training in Adult Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She treats individuals seeking WOMEN-Specific care (LGBTQ individuals included) with depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, trauma and grief. She is a Reproductive Psychiatrist managing mood changes and anxiety due to hormone changes associated with menstruation, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. VISIT psychiatryforwomen.org for info
(667) 206-6841 View (667) 206-6841
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Sylvia Andreatto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Shelter Island, NY 11964  (Online Only)
I find it very fulfilling to work with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety and other mood problems. These difficulties often stem from traumatic past and negative thought patterns and they can be changed. My patients strive to create meaningful lives with sense of purpose, connection with others, joy and serenity. Unfortunately, mental scars from traumatic events, addictions, dysfunctional relationships, brain chemical imbalance and self-defeating thoughts and behavior patterns, are often the obstacles to the life they want for themselves.
I find it very fulfilling to work with people who are experiencing depression, anxiety and other mood problems. These difficulties often stem from traumatic past and negative thought patterns and they can be changed. My patients strive to create meaningful lives with sense of purpose, connection with others, joy and serenity. Unfortunately, mental scars from traumatic events, addictions, dysfunctional relationships, brain chemical imbalance and self-defeating thoughts and behavior patterns, are often the obstacles to the life they want for themselves.
(631) 869-7558 View (631) 869-7558
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Shariful A Syed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
East Hampton, NY 11937
I am an allopathic physician trained in child and adolescent psychiatry. I have a faculty appointment at Yale Univ. School of Medicine - treating the most complex mental illness in the country. I am conducting psychedelic trials for treatment resistant depression as well collaborate with leader in pediatric anxiety disorders. All of this towards the singular goal of affecting meaningful change that helps patients (and their families, necessarily).
I am an allopathic physician trained in child and adolescent psychiatry. I have a faculty appointment at Yale Univ. School of Medicine - treating the most complex mental illness in the country. I am conducting psychedelic trials for treatment resistant depression as well collaborate with leader in pediatric anxiety disorders. All of this towards the singular goal of affecting meaningful change that helps patients (and their families, necessarily).
(516) 550-5354 View (516) 550-5354
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Rena Ferguson, MD, PC
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southampton, NY 11968
Here at 1000 Main, we treat anyone who wants to live their potential. We work on what you put in your mouth, what thoughts you put in your head, and what words come out of your mouth (and heart). Many people come saying, "Is this all my life is going to be ? Maybe I was meant to feel so bad." We help answer those questions. We may believe in you more than you believe in you. We believe depression and mental illness are a perfect storm of biology, psychology, and environment. We are equipped to look at them all so you can have brighter skies ahead.
Here at 1000 Main, we treat anyone who wants to live their potential. We work on what you put in your mouth, what thoughts you put in your head, and what words come out of your mouth (and heart). Many people come saying, "Is this all my life is going to be ? Maybe I was meant to feel so bad." We help answer those questions. We may believe in you more than you believe in you. We believe depression and mental illness are a perfect storm of biology, psychology, and environment. We are equipped to look at them all so you can have brighter skies ahead.
(631) 760-1830 View (631) 760-1830

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Number of Psychiatrists in Sagaponack, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Sagaponack, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% ADHD
83% Bipolar Disorder
83% Sleep or Insomnia
83% Medication Management

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Aetna
75% Oxford
75% Other

How Psychiatrists in Sagaponack, NY see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Sagaponack?

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.