Psychiatrists in Spring Valley, NY

Photo of Taqialdeen Zamil, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Spring Valley, NY
Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Spring Valley, NY 10977  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(949) 998-6338 View (949) 998-6338
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Elizabeth Piccolo,Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Spring Valley, NY 10977
My practice is ideal for those clients seeking a combination of a nursing and medical perspective. I am an advanced practice nurse with a board certification in Family Psychiatry. My license and certification allows me the privledge to prescribe medication while encorporating therapeutic modalities. I am able to treat and diagnose a diverse population with ages ranging from adolescent to geriatric. I have treated individuals with emotional and psychiatric needs including but not limited to depression, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, child ADHD and adult ADD, Substance Abuse, Post traumatic stress disorder, Anxiety disorders, Sleep disturbance and Alzheimers Dementia.
My practice is ideal for those clients seeking a combination of a nursing and medical perspective. I am an advanced practice nurse with a board certification in Family Psychiatry. My license and certification allows me the privledge to prescribe medication while encorporating therapeutic modalities. I am able to treat and diagnose a diverse population with ages ranging from adolescent to geriatric. I have treated individuals with emotional and psychiatric needs including but not limited to depression, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, child ADHD and adult ADD, Substance Abuse, Post traumatic stress disorder, Anxiety disorders, Sleep disturbance and Alzheimers Dementia.
(845) 694-7012 View (845) 694-7012
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Parvesh Sharma, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Spring Valley, NY 10977
Welcome to the private psychiatric practice of Dr. Parvesh Sharma. With over 20 years of experience, I specialize in the treatment of adults aged 18 and above, addressing a diverse range of psychiatric issues. My expertise includes managing conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, Bipolar disorders, ADHD, ODD, and stress associated with personal challenges or any mental illness. I am dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to support the mental well-being of my patients.
Welcome to the private psychiatric practice of Dr. Parvesh Sharma. With over 20 years of experience, I specialize in the treatment of adults aged 18 and above, addressing a diverse range of psychiatric issues. My expertise includes managing conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, Bipolar disorders, ADHD, ODD, and stress associated with personal challenges or any mental illness. I am dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to support the mental well-being of my patients.
(646) 760-6290 View (646) 760-6290
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Dr. Mary Asiedu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Spring Valley, NY 10977  (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

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Stacey L Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Nyack, NY 10960
Ms. Stacey L. Coleman-Mitchell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, licensed in the states of California, Georgia, New York, Arizona, Florida, and Washington to treat children (7+), adolescents and adults . Ms. Coleman-Mitchell started her educational training by obtaining her Associate of Science in Nursing from Gordon University and later went to Chamberlain University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Soon after, Stacey received her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. She is committed to working together with her clients monthly to ensure they are receiving the best care possible.
Ms. Stacey L. Coleman-Mitchell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, licensed in the states of California, Georgia, New York, Arizona, Florida, and Washington to treat children (7+), adolescents and adults . Ms. Coleman-Mitchell started her educational training by obtaining her Associate of Science in Nursing from Gordon University and later went to Chamberlain University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Soon after, Stacey received her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. She is committed to working together with her clients monthly to ensure they are receiving the best care possible.
(718) 989-1476 View (718) 989-1476
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Dongjin Kim NP in psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified
Piermont, NY 10968
My goal is your healthy well being. My passion is to assist you achieve your wellness leading to the goal of happiness. I am a board certified, licensed Psychiatric mental health NP in NY and NJ who can provide you with medication prescriptions and psychotherapy. I have been working in psychiatry since 2008 both in acute care hospitals and out-patient clinics, in NY and NJ. I see all age groups from children to adults including seniors over age 65.
My goal is your healthy well being. My passion is to assist you achieve your wellness leading to the goal of happiness. I am a board certified, licensed Psychiatric mental health NP in NY and NJ who can provide you with medication prescriptions and psychotherapy. I have been working in psychiatry since 2008 both in acute care hospitals and out-patient clinics, in NY and NJ. I see all age groups from children to adults including seniors over age 65.
(347) 966-7071 View (347) 966-7071
Photo of Dr. Jena Simon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Spring Valley, NY
Dr. Jena Simon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Nyack, NY 10960
Jena M. Simon, DNP, is a Double Board-Certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatric mental health and family health. After graduating from Columbia University in 2010 as a Family and Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Simon worked in New York City at a large tertiary medical center caring for adults with sickle cell disease. In this role, she became attuned to the needs of people living with chronic illness and chronic pain.
Jena M. Simon, DNP, is a Double Board-Certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatric mental health and family health. After graduating from Columbia University in 2010 as a Family and Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Simon worked in New York City at a large tertiary medical center caring for adults with sickle cell disease. In this role, she became attuned to the needs of people living with chronic illness and chronic pain.
(347) 967-5203 View (347) 967-5203
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Micah B Engel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Monsey, NY 10952
Not accepting new clients
I am a board-certified NP in Psychiatry trained at NYU and Touro University. I received several years of training and supervision at Four Winds Hospital and Mosaic Mental Health. I offer medication management and therapy for children and adults. My specialties include autism, pediatric ADHD, depression, trauma, anxiety and OCD. I provide services in New York and New Jersey.
I am a board-certified NP in Psychiatry trained at NYU and Touro University. I received several years of training and supervision at Four Winds Hospital and Mosaic Mental Health. I offer medication management and therapy for children and adults. My specialties include autism, pediatric ADHD, depression, trauma, anxiety and OCD. I provide services in New York and New Jersey.
(929) 362-4906 View (929) 362-4906
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Katie Lindenbaum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
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 Taqialdeen Zamil, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Spring Valley, NY
Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
New City, NY 10956  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(516) 289-9381 View (516) 289-9381
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Empowerment Health. LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BBA, MSN, PMHNP
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
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Ingrid L. Montgomery, MD, MPH, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
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
Photo of Nechama Keller-Sabel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Spring Valley, NY
Nechama Keller-Sabel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BC
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
Amandeep Bhandal
Psychiatrist, MD
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
Clovis Raymond
Psychiatrist, MD
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
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Monowara Begum
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New City, NY 10956  (Online Only)
Welcome to my private practice. Do not suffer in silence, there is hope and help. I have extensive experience of over forty years treating anxiety, depression, panic disorder, O.C.D., mood disorder, bipolar, schizophrenia, among others. I provide comprehensive mental health evaluation, diagnosis,and treatment for the adult, geriatric, and adolescent population. I have special expertise in psychopharmacology and the treatment of individuals who did not respond to various treatments in the past. I believe in compassionate care, I do not give up until my patients feel they have reached their maximum level of wellbeing.
Welcome to my private practice. Do not suffer in silence, there is hope and help. I have extensive experience of over forty years treating anxiety, depression, panic disorder, O.C.D., mood disorder, bipolar, schizophrenia, among others. I provide comprehensive mental health evaluation, diagnosis,and treatment for the adult, geriatric, and adolescent population. I have special expertise in psychopharmacology and the treatment of individuals who did not respond to various treatments in the past. I believe in compassionate care, I do not give up until my patients feel they have reached their maximum level of wellbeing.
(845) 764-4183 View (845) 764-4183
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Nancy Pletcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, CNOR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Nyack, NY 10960  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Nancy and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 7 years of nursing experience. I specialize in depression, anxiety and medication management. 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 Nancy and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 7 years of nursing experience. I specialize in depression, anxiety and medication management. 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.
(347) 789-7509 View (347) 789-7509
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Julia W Feuer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP, AOCNP
Verified
Montebello, NY 10901  (Online Only)
I strive to help those with chronic illness. I am specialized in anxiety and depression. My goal is to increase ones quality of life through trust and relationship building.
I strive to help those with chronic illness. I am specialized in anxiety and depression. My goal is to increase ones quality of life through trust and relationship building.
(845) 630-0992 View (845) 630-0992
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Nelson Romero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Piermont, NY 10968
I am a PMHNP deeply dedicated to delivering high-quality, empathetic, and thorough mental health care to children, adolescents, and adults. My robust clinical abilities complement my innate capacity to establish strong connections with patients and their families. My practice is rooted in evidence-based guidelines, combining clinical expertise with personal observation and intuition. I prioritize interdisciplinary education and foster collaboration among healthcare professionals, emphasizing a holistic, patient-centered approach to health and well-being.
I am a PMHNP deeply dedicated to delivering high-quality, empathetic, and thorough mental health care to children, adolescents, and adults. My robust clinical abilities complement my innate capacity to establish strong connections with patients and their families. My practice is rooted in evidence-based guidelines, combining clinical expertise with personal observation and intuition. I prioritize interdisciplinary education and foster collaboration among healthcare professionals, emphasizing a holistic, patient-centered approach to health and well-being.
(845) 660-6178 View (845) 660-6178
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Laura Coleman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NC-BC, CNL
Verified
Nyack, NY 10960
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified Nurse Coach providing medication management and psychotherapy for clients in need of mental health services. In my capacity as a Nurse Coach, Psych Nurse, and Psychiatric NP, I have worked with adult clients experiencing stress, anxiety, marginalization, PTSD, situational and generational traumas, and individuals with co-occurring mental and physical health challenges.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified Nurse Coach providing medication management and psychotherapy for clients in need of mental health services. In my capacity as a Nurse Coach, Psych Nurse, and Psychiatric NP, I have worked with adult clients experiencing stress, anxiety, marginalization, PTSD, situational and generational traumas, and individuals with co-occurring mental and physical health challenges.
(845) 523-6981 View (845) 523-6981

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Number of Psychiatrists in Spring Valley, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Spring Valley, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Medication Management
75% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Psychosis

Average years in practice

26 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Spring Valley, NY see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Spring Valley?

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.