Psychiatrists in Syosset, NY

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Sandra M. Sarro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Syosset, NY 11791  (Online Only)
Sandra M. Sarro, has been in the field of psychiatry for over 30 years. She received her Masters degree in Nursing with specialization in psychiatry across the life span from Stonybrook University. She earned board certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner prior to entering private practice. Ms. Sarro is in private practice in Syosett, NY. Her practice includes comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management and individual psychotherapy. The specialities she treats includes but is not limited to treating patients with Depression, Anxiety,
Sandra M. Sarro, has been in the field of psychiatry for over 30 years. She received her Masters degree in Nursing with specialization in psychiatry across the life span from Stonybrook University. She earned board certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner prior to entering private practice. Ms. Sarro is in private practice in Syosett, NY. Her practice includes comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management and individual psychotherapy. The specialities she treats includes but is not limited to treating patients with Depression, Anxiety,
(516) 744-3499 View (516) 744-3499
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Shariful A Syed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Syosset, NY 11791
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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Arborview NP in Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Syosset, NY 11791  (Online Only)
At Arborview Psychiatry, Dr. Manpreet Nijjar, a highly qualified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, spearheads the practice. Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, she earned both her Doctorate and Masters from Columbia University, focusing on Psychiatric Mental Health, and boasts a dual Bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in Dietetics and Nursing. She prioritizes establishing a therapeutic alliance built on trust, empathy, and collaboration to empower her clients on their journey toward mental health recovery and fulfillment.
At Arborview Psychiatry, Dr. Manpreet Nijjar, a highly qualified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, spearheads the practice. Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, she earned both her Doctorate and Masters from Columbia University, focusing on Psychiatric Mental Health, and boasts a dual Bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in Dietetics and Nursing. She prioritizes establishing a therapeutic alliance built on trust, empathy, and collaboration to empower her clients on their journey toward mental health recovery and fulfillment.
(516) 212-7610 View (516) 212-7610
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Victoria Fink
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Syosset, NY 11791
If you are struggling to find emotional balance, but want to live a healthier, happier life - I would gladly help you and welcome you to my office. My psychiatry practice is focused on treating mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, bipolar, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, and other related mental health conditions in late adolescence and adulthood. My other area of expertise is the management of mood disorders during and after pregnancy. I strive to ensure the most empathic, supporting and contemporary treatment in a safe and welcoming environment.
If you are struggling to find emotional balance, but want to live a healthier, happier life - I would gladly help you and welcome you to my office. My psychiatry practice is focused on treating mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, bipolar, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, and other related mental health conditions in late adolescence and adulthood. My other area of expertise is the management of mood disorders during and after pregnancy. I strive to ensure the most empathic, supporting and contemporary treatment in a safe and welcoming environment.
(347) 744-9753 View (347) 744-9753
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Alexander Ivan Gumbs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Syosset, NY 11791
Alexander Gumbs, FNP/PMHNP-BC is a dual board-certified practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine. Mr. Gumbs uses an integrative holistic approach to treat the bodies and minds of his patients. He is proficient in treating those across the lifespan (children, adolescents, adults, and seniors). Community focus is his passion. He has experience treating disadvantaged populations, such as the homeless and those in the criminal justice system transitioning back to civilian life. Mr. Gumbs treats those with anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, depression, autism, insomnia, dementia, and postpartum depression.
Alexander Gumbs, FNP/PMHNP-BC is a dual board-certified practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine. Mr. Gumbs uses an integrative holistic approach to treat the bodies and minds of his patients. He is proficient in treating those across the lifespan (children, adolescents, adults, and seniors). Community focus is his passion. He has experience treating disadvantaged populations, such as the homeless and those in the criminal justice system transitioning back to civilian life. Mr. Gumbs treats those with anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, depression, autism, insomnia, dementia, and postpartum depression.
(516) 464-3006 View (516) 464-3006
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Sam Shapiro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Syosset, NY 11791  (Online Only)
If you're looking to manage depression, anxiety, OCD, mood swings, trauma, or DP/DR symptoms, my services can help. I'm a psychiatrist (MD) and my experience includes five years at one the largest university counseling centers in the country, private practice, community clinics, and working with veterans. What I offer: unhurried visits, thoughtful treatment discussions, collaboration, and a focus on meeting your personal goals. I'm knowledgeable about medications, as well as other options for feeling better ranging from therapy to complementary/CAM approaches. Please note: I am 'out-of-network' with insurances at this time.
If you're looking to manage depression, anxiety, OCD, mood swings, trauma, or DP/DR symptoms, my services can help. I'm a psychiatrist (MD) and my experience includes five years at one the largest university counseling centers in the country, private practice, community clinics, and working with veterans. What I offer: unhurried visits, thoughtful treatment discussions, collaboration, and a focus on meeting your personal goals. I'm knowledgeable about medications, as well as other options for feeling better ranging from therapy to complementary/CAM approaches. Please note: I am 'out-of-network' with insurances at this time.
(516) 588-7257 View (516) 588-7257
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One Mind Psychiatry NP PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P
Verified Verified
Syosset, NY 11791  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
(201) 969-5923 View (201) 969-5923
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Long Island Psychiatrist Online and Office visits
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Syosset, NY 11791  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatrist practicing in Long Island, NY. I provide both office visits and telepsychiatry visits ( please visit my website at gaba.healthcare). I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, family and marital therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as medication management. Whatever your reasons for seeing a psychiatrist? whether you are suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, attention problems dysphoria or just wanting to perform better at work, I strongly believe that everyone has the potential to feel and be better, and everyone deserves optimal care.
I am a board certified Psychiatrist practicing in Long Island, NY. I provide both office visits and telepsychiatry visits ( please visit my website at gaba.healthcare). I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, family and marital therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as medication management. Whatever your reasons for seeing a psychiatrist? whether you are suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, attention problems dysphoria or just wanting to perform better at work, I strongly believe that everyone has the potential to feel and be better, and everyone deserves optimal care.
(516) 701-3494 View (516) 701-3494
Psychiatric & Psychotherapy Services
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, MS, NP
Verified Verified
Syosset, NY 11791
"The mission of my practice is to provide Person-Centered Care" and empower my clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve "their" desirable goals. I've had the satisfaction of seeing my clients achieve success and their lives changed through the shared partnership and treatment planning with me. Unlike the traditional mental health practitioner who focuses only on the problems or deficits, and dominates the treatment of decision making; I focus on my client's strengths, skill acquisition, quality-of-life, and choices. I like to talk to my clients. My clients feel they are heard and understood.
"The mission of my practice is to provide Person-Centered Care" and empower my clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve "their" desirable goals. I've had the satisfaction of seeing my clients achieve success and their lives changed through the shared partnership and treatment planning with me. Unlike the traditional mental health practitioner who focuses only on the problems or deficits, and dominates the treatment of decision making; I focus on my client's strengths, skill acquisition, quality-of-life, and choices. I like to talk to my clients. My clients feel they are heard and understood.
(631) 292-1868 View (631) 292-1868
Patricia Janson, NP, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Syosset, NY 11791
Patricia Janson is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Therapy. She has many years of experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families with expertise in treating a broad range of emotional and behavioral problems.
Patricia Janson is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Therapy. She has many years of experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families with expertise in treating a broad range of emotional and behavioral problems.
(917) 960-8048 View (917) 960-8048
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Dr. DeSarbo / ED-180 Treatment Progams
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Syosset, NY 11791
Dr. DeSarbo is a Board Certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of EATING DISORDERS and general psychiatry including mood disorders, anxiety issues, ADHD, OCD, relationship issues. In addition to psychopharmacology, he also practices CBT and existential therapy. He is the Medical Director of ED-180 Eating Disorder Treatment Programs which provides custom intensive treatment programs for patients in the Long Island/NYC area. He is also an author, a lecturer and the founder and host of the annual Long Island Conference on Eating Disorders. He oversees a full staff of therapists and clinicians at his offices.
Dr. DeSarbo is a Board Certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of EATING DISORDERS and general psychiatry including mood disorders, anxiety issues, ADHD, OCD, relationship issues. In addition to psychopharmacology, he also practices CBT and existential therapy. He is the Medical Director of ED-180 Eating Disorder Treatment Programs which provides custom intensive treatment programs for patients in the Long Island/NYC area. He is also an author, a lecturer and the founder and host of the annual Long Island Conference on Eating Disorders. He oversees a full staff of therapists and clinicians at his offices.
(516) 414-2545 View (516) 414-2545
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Dimple Sodhi
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Syosset, NY 11791
I am dual board certified in Child/Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I received my Adult Psychiatry training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and obtained my Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship from Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine. I treat a vast array of psychiatric ailments including but not limited to attention problems, mood issues, poor self esteem, PTSD, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, social awkwardness and behavioral problems.
I am dual board certified in Child/Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I received my Adult Psychiatry training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and obtained my Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship from Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine. I treat a vast array of psychiatric ailments including but not limited to attention problems, mood issues, poor self esteem, PTSD, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, social awkwardness and behavioral problems.
(516) 858-3302 View (516) 858-3302
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Jeanette Beth Beyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Syosset, NY 11791  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a New York State licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. I treat adults 18 to 65years old with various mental health diagnoses. I have over 30 years experience working with individuals struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, panic disorder, PTSD and schizophrenia. I have been prescribing psychiatric medications for approximately 20 years.
I am a New York State licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. I treat adults 18 to 65years old with various mental health diagnoses. I have over 30 years experience working with individuals struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, panic disorder, PTSD and schizophrenia. I have been prescribing psychiatric medications for approximately 20 years.
(516) 986-4155 View (516) 986-4155
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Lee Anne Nadell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Syosset, NY 11791
I have spent years working with a range of clients all struggling with some aspect of their lives ranging from anxiety and stress to depression. These clients initially present feeling frustrated and powerless due to a seemingly outsized challenge but with the necessary treatment positive outcomes have come out of conflict and have served for opportunities for growth. Working in collaboration with quality therapists and using pharmacological treatment when appropriate the implications can be boosted self-esteem, untangled emotional dilemmas, support during grief or trauma, or the discovery of courage after a loss, divorce or illness
I have spent years working with a range of clients all struggling with some aspect of their lives ranging from anxiety and stress to depression. These clients initially present feeling frustrated and powerless due to a seemingly outsized challenge but with the necessary treatment positive outcomes have come out of conflict and have served for opportunities for growth. Working in collaboration with quality therapists and using pharmacological treatment when appropriate the implications can be boosted self-esteem, untangled emotional dilemmas, support during grief or trauma, or the discovery of courage after a loss, divorce or illness
(516) 266-2127 View (516) 266-2127
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Jean Rigaud Cetoute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Syosset, NY 11773  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric-Mental Health. I specialized in several aspects of mental health such as mood disorders, eating disorders, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, sleep disorders, and anxiety disorders. I Provide comprehensive evaluations and medication management. I have a solid foundation to customize a treatment plan based on your specific needs. In a world where life is so unpredictable, my goal is to assure that I meet your needs to walk you through the dark tunnel. I look forward to helping you in times of uncertainty. Feel free to contact me.
I am a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric-Mental Health. I specialized in several aspects of mental health such as mood disorders, eating disorders, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, sleep disorders, and anxiety disorders. I Provide comprehensive evaluations and medication management. I have a solid foundation to customize a treatment plan based on your specific needs. In a world where life is so unpredictable, my goal is to assure that I meet your needs to walk you through the dark tunnel. I look forward to helping you in times of uncertainty. Feel free to contact me.
(929) 447-2430 View (929) 447-2430
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George Bush, MD
Psychiatrist, MD, MMSc
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Syosset, NY 11773  (Online Only)
I have 25+ years of experience as a clinical psychiatrist, with specialties in depression, anxiety, ADHD and OCD. As a Harvard Medical School Associate Professor of Psychiatry, I published many brain imaging research studies of cognitive and emotional functioning, and have particular expertise in diagnosing and treating neuropsychiatric disorders. I treat children, adolescents and adults. In addition to pioneering state-of-the-art treatments including psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and NeuroStar transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), I offer GeneSight pharmacogenetic testing to optimize medication choices.
I have 25+ years of experience as a clinical psychiatrist, with specialties in depression, anxiety, ADHD and OCD. As a Harvard Medical School Associate Professor of Psychiatry, I published many brain imaging research studies of cognitive and emotional functioning, and have particular expertise in diagnosing and treating neuropsychiatric disorders. I treat children, adolescents and adults. In addition to pioneering state-of-the-art treatments including psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and NeuroStar transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), I offer GeneSight pharmacogenetic testing to optimize medication choices.
(516) 570-7831 View (516) 570-7831
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Susan Yeung
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Syosset, NY 11773  (Online Only)
Dr. Susan Yeung, a child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist is currently an attending psychiatrist at Maimonides Medical Center and also the Medical Director for their Child and Adolescent psychiatry clinic . In her private practice Dr. Yeung integrates a holistic approach to treat psychiatric conditions and behavioral issues. She utilizes both psychotherapeutic modalities as well as medication management, while focusing on safe, empathic, and a curious framework that promotes wellness and self-discovery. She gets to know her patients well and gives them ample time, without the distractions of insurance mandates.
Dr. Susan Yeung, a child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist is currently an attending psychiatrist at Maimonides Medical Center and also the Medical Director for their Child and Adolescent psychiatry clinic . In her private practice Dr. Yeung integrates a holistic approach to treat psychiatric conditions and behavioral issues. She utilizes both psychotherapeutic modalities as well as medication management, while focusing on safe, empathic, and a curious framework that promotes wellness and self-discovery. She gets to know her patients well and gives them ample time, without the distractions of insurance mandates.
(646) 718-5902 View (646) 718-5902
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Behavioral Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Syosset, NY 11791
Dr. Thertus completed medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, followed by residency and fellowship in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. She has broad experience treating a variety of psychiatric conditions, patients from diverse backgrounds and is double board certified in general and child and adolescent psychiatry. She emphasizes shared decision making , encouraging personal input in goal setting and the recovery process.
Dr. Thertus completed medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, followed by residency and fellowship in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. She has broad experience treating a variety of psychiatric conditions, patients from diverse backgrounds and is double board certified in general and child and adolescent psychiatry. She emphasizes shared decision making , encouraging personal input in goal setting and the recovery process.
(516) 586-0861 View (516) 586-0861
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Dr. Jessica Cosgrove
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Syosset, NY 11773
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist specializing in women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry. I work solely with adult women ages 18 and above. I have specialized training and competency in treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder, pregnant and postpartum women, those experiencing infertility, as well as those experiencing difficulties around the transition to menopause.
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist specializing in women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry. I work solely with adult women ages 18 and above. I have specialized training and competency in treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder, pregnant and postpartum women, those experiencing infertility, as well as those experiencing difficulties around the transition to menopause.
(631) 502-4439 View (631) 502-4439
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Daphne Wang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Syosset, NY 11773  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Dr. Daphne Wang. I believe in a warm, collaborative approach, where I spend time getting to know and truly understand my patients and together with my clinical expertise, provide expertly tailored treatments. My training allows me to understand a person from their developmental beginnings and how they are shaped by biological, psychological and sociological aspects of their lives. I am also fluent in Mandarin and have extensive experience working with Chinese speaking patients and recognize the importance of providing culturally sensitive care.
Hello, I am Dr. Daphne Wang. I believe in a warm, collaborative approach, where I spend time getting to know and truly understand my patients and together with my clinical expertise, provide expertly tailored treatments. My training allows me to understand a person from their developmental beginnings and how they are shaped by biological, psychological and sociological aspects of their lives. I am also fluent in Mandarin and have extensive experience working with Chinese speaking patients and recognize the importance of providing culturally sensitive care.
(929) 605-5381 View (929) 605-5381

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Syosset, NY

20+

Average cost per session

$337

Psychiatrists in Syosset, NY who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
89% Depression
89% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
89% Medication Management
78% Bipolar Disorder
74% ADHD
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

67% Aetna
56% Cigna and Evernorth
56% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Syosset, NY see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
34% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Syosset?

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.