Psychiatrists in Syracuse, NY

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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13202
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Lucinda Coffin
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13210
Lucinda Coffin is a Psychiatric PA passionate about holistic health and well-being. She combines conventional medication management with integrative health approaches to offer comprehensive care for adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other conditions. Believing in the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit, Lucinda considers all aspects of health. She integrates dietary considerations, exercise routines, and cognitive processes, into her treatment plans, ensuring patients receive personalized care tailored to unique needs and lifestyles.
Lucinda Coffin is a Psychiatric PA passionate about holistic health and well-being. She combines conventional medication management with integrative health approaches to offer comprehensive care for adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other conditions. Believing in the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit, Lucinda considers all aspects of health. She integrates dietary considerations, exercise routines, and cognitive processes, into her treatment plans, ensuring patients receive personalized care tailored to unique needs and lifestyles.
(315) 693-6552 View (315) 693-6552
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Andrew Curtin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13202
Not accepting new clients
As a former combat veteran I focus a great deal of my practice on trauma informed care and treating PTSD. My journey in the military led me to my career in nursing and later psychiatry. I have many patients that are current or former military, law enforcement, firefighters, EMT's and medical staff of various disciplines. I also am very experienced with treating: anxiety, panic disorders, depression, insomnia, ADHD, and bipolar disorder.
As a former combat veteran I focus a great deal of my practice on trauma informed care and treating PTSD. My journey in the military led me to my career in nursing and later psychiatry. I have many patients that are current or former military, law enforcement, firefighters, EMT's and medical staff of various disciplines. I also am very experienced with treating: anxiety, panic disorders, depression, insomnia, ADHD, and bipolar disorder.
(315) 291-8214 View (315) 291-8214
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Tania Marschall, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Syracuse, NY 13203
My name is Tania Marschall and I'm a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I'm happy to offer you Telepsychiatry services for the state of New York. Telepsychiatry is all about providing you the convenience you need in your life so you can get back to whats important . With Telepsychiatry, this allows increased access to care by reducing wait times, costs, commute times, eliminate child or eldercare, or taking time off work. With internet access, you will be able to schedule an appointment through your smartphone,tablet, or computer using a secure HIPPA compliant platform.
My name is Tania Marschall and I'm a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I'm happy to offer you Telepsychiatry services for the state of New York. Telepsychiatry is all about providing you the convenience you need in your life so you can get back to whats important . With Telepsychiatry, this allows increased access to care by reducing wait times, costs, commute times, eliminate child or eldercare, or taking time off work. With internet access, you will be able to schedule an appointment through your smartphone,tablet, or computer using a secure HIPPA compliant platform.
(315) 753-4411 View (315) 753-4411
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Francesca Jean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13224  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting new patients for therapy and medication management appointments. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with clinical experience in various settings and a broad range of mental health and psychiatric experiences. I use an eclectic and integrated style that blends elements of psychoanalysis, trauma informed care, and mindfulness. I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological challenges related to traumatic events, life transitions and relationship difficulties. I use a collaborative approach that caters to each patient’s needs while combining interpersonal approaches.
I am currently accepting new patients for therapy and medication management appointments. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with clinical experience in various settings and a broad range of mental health and psychiatric experiences. I use an eclectic and integrated style that blends elements of psychoanalysis, trauma informed care, and mindfulness. I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological challenges related to traumatic events, life transitions and relationship difficulties. I use a collaborative approach that caters to each patient’s needs while combining interpersonal approaches.
(315) 512-2596 View (315) 512-2596
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Heather Henderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13219
Not accepting new clients
The journey of life is unique and different for all of us. However, one of the common threads for us all is that this journey will be full of twists and turns and ups and downs. Heather will strive to assist you in navigating these twists and turns and ups and downs so that you are able to achieve wellness and your full potential.
The journey of life is unique and different for all of us. However, one of the common threads for us all is that this journey will be full of twists and turns and ups and downs. Heather will strive to assist you in navigating these twists and turns and ups and downs so that you are able to achieve wellness and your full potential.
(315) 564-4896 View (315) 564-4896
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13202  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also Accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also Accepting some insurances.
(833) 439-9425 View (833) 439-9425
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Brightside Health
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13206  (Online Only)
Brightside Health offers online psychiatry and therapy from the comfort of home. Meet with a psychiatric provider in as little as 24 hours. We provide personalized, data-driven psychiatry, evidence-based therapy, and continuous support from expert providers to help our members feel better and stay that way. Our precision-prescribing analyzes over 100 unique data points and decades of clinical research to pinpoint your best match. At Brightside, we track your progress at every step so you and your provider can make informed decisions and adjust your care until it’s right for you.
Brightside Health offers online psychiatry and therapy from the comfort of home. Meet with a psychiatric provider in as little as 24 hours. We provide personalized, data-driven psychiatry, evidence-based therapy, and continuous support from expert providers to help our members feel better and stay that way. Our precision-prescribing analyzes over 100 unique data points and decades of clinical research to pinpoint your best match. At Brightside, we track your progress at every step so you and your provider can make informed decisions and adjust your care until it’s right for you.
(315) 860-0312 View (315) 860-0312
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Psychiatric NP Healthcare of CNY
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ANP, NPP
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13206
Currently Accepting New Patients - We are a Self Pay Office: Welcome to Psychiatric NP Healthcare of Central NY. We are an independently owned and operated “Nurse Practitioner” Medication Management specialty office for Psychiatric Disorders, Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain Adjunct and Suboxone for Opiod Addiction Treatment & Chronic Pain Adjunctive Treatment (without opiate withdrawal symptoms). We decided to become a Self-Pay office so that Insurance companies/Medicare & Medicaid would not be able to decide what care you received but rather you receive the care you deserve to help save your life. - www.elijahstevensnp.com
Currently Accepting New Patients - We are a Self Pay Office: Welcome to Psychiatric NP Healthcare of Central NY. We are an independently owned and operated “Nurse Practitioner” Medication Management specialty office for Psychiatric Disorders, Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain Adjunct and Suboxone for Opiod Addiction Treatment & Chronic Pain Adjunctive Treatment (without opiate withdrawal symptoms). We decided to become a Self-Pay office so that Insurance companies/Medicare & Medicaid would not be able to decide what care you received but rather you receive the care you deserve to help save your life. - www.elijahstevensnp.com
(315) 565-6862 View (315) 565-6862
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13210  (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.
(315) 562-0251 View (315) 562-0251
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13202  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Photo of Yichao Zhang, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Syracuse, NY
Yichao Zhang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Syracuse, NY 13202
Don't let your mental illness become your identity and define who you are. I'm Yichao Zhang, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I'm currently accepting new clients who are looking for medication management and individual counseling for the betterment of their mental health.
Don't let your mental illness become your identity and define who you are. I'm Yichao Zhang, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I'm currently accepting new clients who are looking for medication management and individual counseling for the betterment of their mental health.
(315) 291-8816 View (315) 291-8816
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13206  (Online Only)
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
(585) 449-9554 View (585) 449-9554
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Alexis Dmytryk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13203
It is my pleasure to Welcome everyone to my practice ! I specialize in prescribing psychiatric medications to children, adolescents and adults . I treat depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, eating disorder, addiction, and insomnia.I am board-certified Psychiatric Nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority and have experience in both outpatient and acute settings. I see patients for psychotherapy and medication assessment. I am practicing from my office in Syracuse as well as online via telemedicine. Remember that you are not alone. I'm here to listen and support you at all times.
It is my pleasure to Welcome everyone to my practice ! I specialize in prescribing psychiatric medications to children, adolescents and adults . I treat depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, eating disorder, addiction, and insomnia.I am board-certified Psychiatric Nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority and have experience in both outpatient and acute settings. I see patients for psychotherapy and medication assessment. I am practicing from my office in Syracuse as well as online via telemedicine. Remember that you are not alone. I'm here to listen and support you at all times.
(315) 707-4008 View (315) 707-4008
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NeuroSciences Group TMS Therapy
Psychiatrist, MD, FACS, FAANS
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13202
After being in practice in Neurosurgery for 25 years; I am in awe at the amazing ability of the nervous system to heal itself with NeuroModulation . Partnering with SUNY - Upstate we now offer TMS therapy for patients with medically refractory depression, To help them get their lives back . There can be nothing more rewarding in the practice of medicine, than helping our patients enjoy and partake more fully in their own lives . WE ACCEPT ALL INSURANCES
After being in practice in Neurosurgery for 25 years; I am in awe at the amazing ability of the nervous system to heal itself with NeuroModulation . Partnering with SUNY - Upstate we now offer TMS therapy for patients with medically refractory depression, To help them get their lives back . There can be nothing more rewarding in the practice of medicine, than helping our patients enjoy and partake more fully in their own lives . WE ACCEPT ALL INSURANCES
(315) 679-4469 View (315) 679-4469
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New York Holistic Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13244  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist with 30 years of clinical experience in treating different mental diseases including: depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, etc. in different settings and cultures. I attended Southeastern University Medical School in Nanjing, China and did my residency at Strong Memorial Hospital of University of Rochester and my fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard Medical School. With my extensive training and experience, I can help you successfully deal with any mental health challenges you are facing.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with 30 years of clinical experience in treating different mental diseases including: depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, etc. in different settings and cultures. I attended Southeastern University Medical School in Nanjing, China and did my residency at Strong Memorial Hospital of University of Rochester and my fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard Medical School. With my extensive training and experience, I can help you successfully deal with any mental health challenges you are facing.
(646) 969-7763 View (646) 969-7763
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Julie Rogers Yankowsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APHN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Syracuse, NY 13210  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
New York and Vermont - At PsychLife Mental Wellness, we specialize in caring for those experiencing symptoms of anxiety, bipolar, depression, and trauma related disorders. You desire a life that's filled with joy and love without being stressed about the symptoms of a mental illness and we're here to help you do just that!
New York and Vermont - At PsychLife Mental Wellness, we specialize in caring for those experiencing symptoms of anxiety, bipolar, depression, and trauma related disorders. You desire a life that's filled with joy and love without being stressed about the symptoms of a mental illness and we're here to help you do just that!
(315) 678-4429 View (315) 678-4429
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Samantha G Works
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Syracuse, NY 13203
Do you feel unhappy? Have you not felt like yourself lately? Are you lacking motivation to do things? Have you been struggling with focus and concentration? Are you tired all of the time? Do you feel sad or low? Do you feel tense, irritable or worry and ruminate on things? Have you been having trouble sleeping? Has your appetite been poor? Do you cry for no reason? Are you struggling to make sense of past situations or events? These are all things I can assist you in navigating through. We can work together to get YOU back to the best version of yourself.
Do you feel unhappy? Have you not felt like yourself lately? Are you lacking motivation to do things? Have you been struggling with focus and concentration? Are you tired all of the time? Do you feel sad or low? Do you feel tense, irritable or worry and ruminate on things? Have you been having trouble sleeping? Has your appetite been poor? Do you cry for no reason? Are you struggling to make sense of past situations or events? These are all things I can assist you in navigating through. We can work together to get YOU back to the best version of yourself.
(315) 501-0278 View (315) 501-0278
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Syracuse, NY 13201  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, licensed in New York. I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family and marital therapy. I have always felt that the brain is the most important and neglected organ in the body, and taking care of the brain is the key to well being. I take a holistic approach to care, evaluating for physical, nutrition, hormones, situational and psychodynamic causes of illness, whilst practicing evidence based psychiatry. I have a background in integrative psychiatry and HIV psychiatry. I believe that everyone has value, and everyone deserves the best care.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, licensed in New York. I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family and marital therapy. I have always felt that the brain is the most important and neglected organ in the body, and taking care of the brain is the key to well being. I take a holistic approach to care, evaluating for physical, nutrition, hormones, situational and psychodynamic causes of illness, whilst practicing evidence based psychiatry. I have a background in integrative psychiatry and HIV psychiatry. I believe that everyone has value, and everyone deserves the best care.
(716) 714-0538 View (716) 714-0538
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{Jessie} Zhe Lin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, NPP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Syracuse, NY 13201
{Jessie} is a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP-BC). She is licensed in New York State to diagnose, provide therapy, education, and to prescribe medications for mental health conditions. She is licensed to provide treatments to children and adults. {Jessie} has worked in outpatient mental health clinic settings in the surrounding CNY region including: Syracuse, Oneida, Cortland, and Utica. {Jessie} graduated with high honors from SUNY Upstate School of Nursing with a Masters degree in Family Psychiatry Mental Health. She is nationally accredited in Psychiatry across the lifespan by ANCC.
{Jessie} is a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP-BC). She is licensed in New York State to diagnose, provide therapy, education, and to prescribe medications for mental health conditions. She is licensed to provide treatments to children and adults. {Jessie} has worked in outpatient mental health clinic settings in the surrounding CNY region including: Syracuse, Oneida, Cortland, and Utica. {Jessie} graduated with high honors from SUNY Upstate School of Nursing with a Masters degree in Family Psychiatry Mental Health. She is nationally accredited in Psychiatry across the lifespan by ANCC.
(315) 640-3835 View (315) 640-3835

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Syracuse, NY

40+

Average cost per session

$162

Psychiatrists in Syracuse, NY who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
91% Anxiety
79% Medication Management
77% Trauma and PTSD
77% Bipolar Disorder
77% Sleep or Insomnia
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
91% Cigna and Evernorth
81% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Syracuse, NY see their clients

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Syracuse?

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.