Psychiatrists in Ulster County, NY

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Mina Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kingston, NY 12401  (Online Only)
I practice precision-based psychiatry with a mind-body approach for treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder & ADHD, prescribing medications with consideration for your unique genetic profile, biopsychosocial and family history and personal goals.
I practice precision-based psychiatry with a mind-body approach for treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder & ADHD, prescribing medications with consideration for your unique genetic profile, biopsychosocial and family history and personal goals.
(914) 928-2620 View (914) 928-2620
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Madeleine M Castellanos
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Paltz, NY 12561
I have 2 different, but overlapping, focuses in my practice. I am a holistic/nutritional psychiatrist, using a functional medicine approach to health and wellness, thereby trying to reduce or eliminate the need for medications. I also have a 15yr+ specialty in sex therapy with couples/individuals treating all sexual dysfunctions in all areas of desire, arousal, orgasm, pain, or sexual issues that interfere with a couple's happiness. I give couples & individuals a holistic understanding of their sexual difficulties - incorporating physical, psychological, emotional, and relational - to enhance sexual pleasure while maintaining balance in one's physical and emotional health.
I have 2 different, but overlapping, focuses in my practice. I am a holistic/nutritional psychiatrist, using a functional medicine approach to health and wellness, thereby trying to reduce or eliminate the need for medications. I also have a 15yr+ specialty in sex therapy with couples/individuals treating all sexual dysfunctions in all areas of desire, arousal, orgasm, pain, or sexual issues that interfere with a couple's happiness. I give couples & individuals a holistic understanding of their sexual difficulties - incorporating physical, psychological, emotional, and relational - to enhance sexual pleasure while maintaining balance in one's physical and emotional health.
(917) 740-4996 View (917) 740-4996
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Jonathan L. Kirsch
Psychiatrist, MD, RN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Kingston, NY 12401
Not accepting new clients
I am a clinical psychiatrist with a private practice in Kingston, New York, where I enjoy working with a wide array of clients, and assisting with their mental health needs. Both personable and caring, I provide an individualized approach to treatment in a relaxed environment. My evaluation process is thorough and comprehensive, and my recommendations are based on the best, most current research and clinical evidence available. My approach to treatment relies heavily on a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients. Working together as a "team" we develop the best and most practical solutions to address their unique needs.
I am a clinical psychiatrist with a private practice in Kingston, New York, where I enjoy working with a wide array of clients, and assisting with their mental health needs. Both personable and caring, I provide an individualized approach to treatment in a relaxed environment. My evaluation process is thorough and comprehensive, and my recommendations are based on the best, most current research and clinical evidence available. My approach to treatment relies heavily on a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients. Working together as a "team" we develop the best and most practical solutions to address their unique needs.
(845) 481-0627 View (845) 481-0627
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Omer Margolin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Paltz, NY 12561
Omer is a nurse practitioner dually certified in psychiatry and family medicine. He has received his Master's degree from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and his post-graduate certification in psychiatry from Duke University. In his psychiatric practice, he draws on his experience and training in traditional psychiatry, functional medicine as well as aspects of general medicine which are inherently intertwined with mental health.
Omer is a nurse practitioner dually certified in psychiatry and family medicine. He has received his Master's degree from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and his post-graduate certification in psychiatry from Duke University. In his psychiatric practice, he draws on his experience and training in traditional psychiatry, functional medicine as well as aspects of general medicine which are inherently intertwined with mental health.
(845) 524-9347 View (845) 524-9347
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Destined To Rise Mental Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ellenville, NY 12428  (Online Only)
I desire to provide assistance of gaining insight on how to navigate your emotions and reactions to situations that we have no control over. Helping clients to understand that they have the power by having clear insight on ones self.
I desire to provide assistance of gaining insight on how to navigate your emotions and reactions to situations that we have no control over. Helping clients to understand that they have the power by having clear insight on ones self.
(844) 925-3083 View (844) 925-3083
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Jessica Cingel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-P, PMHNP, LM, CNM
Verified Verified
Kingston, NY 12401
Not accepting new clients
I'm a licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner in Kingston, NY. I've been a certified nurse midwife and lactation consultant for many years. I went back to school for psychiatry because I became frustrated with the lack of mental health resources in our area, especially for individuals whose mental health needs overlap with parenting, pregnancy, and relationship issues. I aim to help individuals balance the needs of family, work, and school with their mental health so they can feel their best in all areas of their life.
I'm a licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner in Kingston, NY. I've been a certified nurse midwife and lactation consultant for many years. I went back to school for psychiatry because I became frustrated with the lack of mental health resources in our area, especially for individuals whose mental health needs overlap with parenting, pregnancy, and relationship issues. I aim to help individuals balance the needs of family, work, and school with their mental health so they can feel their best in all areas of their life.
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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Paltz, NY 12561  (Online Only)
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my prfessional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my prfessional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
(888) 516-0397 View (888) 516-0397
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Leinani Margolin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Paltz, NY 12561
Leinani Margolin, M.S.N., ARNP, is a certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides therapy and medication management to women age 18-65 with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, perinatal mood disorders and postpartum depression. She considers biological, psychological and social aspects when addressing behavioral health concerns. She works to develop a balanced, holistic care plan that will support each client in their journey of healing and growth. She also enjoys working with students 18 years and older and is LGBTQ+friendly.
Leinani Margolin, M.S.N., ARNP, is a certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides therapy and medication management to women age 18-65 with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, perinatal mood disorders and postpartum depression. She considers biological, psychological and social aspects when addressing behavioral health concerns. She works to develop a balanced, holistic care plan that will support each client in their journey of healing and growth. She also enjoys working with students 18 years and older and is LGBTQ+friendly.
(845) 723-3740 View (845) 723-3740
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Psychiatrist in Poughkeepsie
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kingston, NY 12401  (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.
(845) 516-6998 View (845) 516-6998
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Michael Hidalgo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kingston, NY 12401
Our services are made with the busy family, student and professional in mind. Dr. Hidalgo offers convenient evening and weekend virtual appointments to fit your busy schedule. Our goal is to find the core of your symptoms and create a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan. We will explore your professional/academic life, family responsibilities, personal relationships, and physical health to identify areas where you can find relief. We will work together to find the best combination of medications, therapy, coaching, and lifestyle changes to achieve your goals.
Our services are made with the busy family, student and professional in mind. Dr. Hidalgo offers convenient evening and weekend virtual appointments to fit your busy schedule. Our goal is to find the core of your symptoms and create a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan. We will explore your professional/academic life, family responsibilities, personal relationships, and physical health to identify areas where you can find relief. We will work together to find the best combination of medications, therapy, coaching, and lifestyle changes to achieve your goals.
(914) 521-3327 View (914) 521-3327
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Annette Vallano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, RN, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Kingston, NY 12401  (Online Only)
Times of change and uncertainty can leave us feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from ourselves and others. Anxiety, depression and stress reactions can become common experiences. Psychotherapy offers opportunities to increase your understanding of why and how this happens as well as what to do about it. I work within an interpersonal and analytic perspective while incorporating the well known benefits of mindulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This combination creates curiosity, self-discovery and change. My style is warm, collaborative and flexible. You will find me actively involved rather than silent or distant.
Times of change and uncertainty can leave us feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from ourselves and others. Anxiety, depression and stress reactions can become common experiences. Psychotherapy offers opportunities to increase your understanding of why and how this happens as well as what to do about it. I work within an interpersonal and analytic perspective while incorporating the well known benefits of mindulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This combination creates curiosity, self-discovery and change. My style is warm, collaborative and flexible. You will find me actively involved rather than silent or distant.
(212) 586-6713 View (212) 586-6713
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Jeff Corbin
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
New Paltz, NY 12561
Not accepting new clients
Over the years in my private practice, as well as in hospital and clinical environments, I have focused on working closely with select psychotherapists, social workers and other mental health professionals in providing an integrated, compassionate approach to mental health for my patients -- treating a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder, through effective medication management.
Over the years in my private practice, as well as in hospital and clinical environments, I have focused on working closely with select psychotherapists, social workers and other mental health professionals in providing an integrated, compassionate approach to mental health for my patients -- treating a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder, through effective medication management.
(917) 924-5761 View (917) 924-5761
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Joanna Gangemi
Psychiatric Nurse, RNMA, CNS, PNP
Verified Verified
New Paltz, NY 12561
I have many years of experience treating adults, couples and families. Some modalities that I employ are psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive therapy and heart-centered hypnotherapy. I am also a yoga teacher and long-time meditator and can teach those methods. My practice is located in downtown Manhattan as well as in New Paltz, New York.I have experience with most diagnoses having worked in an inner-city out-patient clinic. My ideal clients are motivated to collaborate with me in order to improve the quality of their lives. I treat a cross section of issues.
I have many years of experience treating adults, couples and families. Some modalities that I employ are psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive therapy and heart-centered hypnotherapy. I am also a yoga teacher and long-time meditator and can teach those methods. My practice is located in downtown Manhattan as well as in New Paltz, New York.I have experience with most diagnoses having worked in an inner-city out-patient clinic. My ideal clients are motivated to collaborate with me in order to improve the quality of their lives. I treat a cross section of issues.
(646) 798-7674 View (646) 798-7674
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Laura Van De Laar
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, RN, NP-P
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Kingston, NY 12401
I am a Columbia University-trained, board certified nurse practitioner treating clients from age five through adulthood. I am licensed in N.Y. and Ct. and provide thorough psychiatric evaluations with appropriate academic and testing recommendations, referrals to numerous community resources, alternative/supplementary treatment modalities where appropriate, medication evaluation/management and referrals for the right therapeutic support(s). I utilize genomic testing when appropriate or upon request. While I prefer in-person visits, telehealth and virtual appointments are also available.
I am a Columbia University-trained, board certified nurse practitioner treating clients from age five through adulthood. I am licensed in N.Y. and Ct. and provide thorough psychiatric evaluations with appropriate academic and testing recommendations, referrals to numerous community resources, alternative/supplementary treatment modalities where appropriate, medication evaluation/management and referrals for the right therapeutic support(s). I utilize genomic testing when appropriate or upon request. While I prefer in-person visits, telehealth and virtual appointments are also available.
(845) 593-8201 View (845) 593-8201
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Sharon Packer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bearsville, NY 12409
Creative people can end distress-without losing creativity! I start with a comprehensive evaluation and "differential diagnosis." I customize treatment to your needs, combining natural techniques, psychopharmacology, brief CBT, arts-based or horticulture therapy, collaboration with other therapists, as needed. We review current concerns, medical, cultural, family, interpersonal, educational, vocational and substance histories, before identifying helpful-or harmful--past treatments, avoiding whatever harmed. I recognize "medical mimics" of mental symptoms, and medication side effects—and recommend natural solutions whenever possible.
Creative people can end distress-without losing creativity! I start with a comprehensive evaluation and "differential diagnosis." I customize treatment to your needs, combining natural techniques, psychopharmacology, brief CBT, arts-based or horticulture therapy, collaboration with other therapists, as needed. We review current concerns, medical, cultural, family, interpersonal, educational, vocational and substance histories, before identifying helpful-or harmful--past treatments, avoiding whatever harmed. I recognize "medical mimics" of mental symptoms, and medication side effects—and recommend natural solutions whenever possible.
(646) 681-4098 View (646) 681-4098
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Maureen Laffey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Paltz, NY 12561  (Online Only)
Maureen has over 25 years of experience in health care. She is a graduate of Niagara University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing, then a master’s degree as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Hunter College. She has worked as a consultant for those experiencing adjustment disorder, depression, anxiety, bipolar, grief, conflict, relationship issues, and others. Her professional skills include critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and communication. Maureen will collaborate with you, and if needed, she will present and prescribe a medication regimen that can benefit you towards moving forward and succeeding.
Maureen has over 25 years of experience in health care. She is a graduate of Niagara University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing, then a master’s degree as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Hunter College. She has worked as a consultant for those experiencing adjustment disorder, depression, anxiety, bipolar, grief, conflict, relationship issues, and others. Her professional skills include critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and communication. Maureen will collaborate with you, and if needed, she will present and prescribe a medication regimen that can benefit you towards moving forward and succeeding.
(646) 480-6738 View (646) 480-6738
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Jennifer Nicolette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
New Paltz, NY 12561  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Jennifer and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, sleep issues and Insomnia, Seasonal Affective Disorder, loss & grief, as well as 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 Jennifer and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, sleep issues and Insomnia, Seasonal Affective Disorder, loss & grief, as well as 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.
(332) 455-1881 View (332) 455-1881
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Syeda I Hasan MD, Pc DFAPA
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Paltz, NY 12561  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist in child & adolescent/Adult medicine with 20+ years of experience. Associated with the field of psychiatry, my work experience and professionalism have led me to establish myself as a strong candidate for dealing with patients with chronic mental ailments. I offer psychiatric consultations, evaluations & medication management through telemedicine.
I am a board certified psychiatrist in child & adolescent/Adult medicine with 20+ years of experience. Associated with the field of psychiatry, my work experience and professionalism have led me to establish myself as a strong candidate for dealing with patients with chronic mental ailments. I offer psychiatric consultations, evaluations & medication management through telemedicine.
(845) 539-1286 View (845) 539-1286
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Ruth C Schefflan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-P, MS, BS
Verified Verified
Kingston, NY 12401  (Online Only)
Do you frequently feel that stress, anxiety, anger, or depression interfere with your daily activities? If you do, I can offer help in relieving your emotional discomfort from whatever source. As an experienced, empathic, psychiatric nurse practitioner, with additional institute training in psychotherapy and mental health, I can provide you with the means to nurture social connections and aid in general well-being regardless of diagnosis. I can help with methods that include use of effective coping mechanisms, conflict resolution, and problem solving.
Do you frequently feel that stress, anxiety, anger, or depression interfere with your daily activities? If you do, I can offer help in relieving your emotional discomfort from whatever source. As an experienced, empathic, psychiatric nurse practitioner, with additional institute training in psychotherapy and mental health, I can provide you with the means to nurture social connections and aid in general well-being regardless of diagnosis. I can help with methods that include use of effective coping mechanisms, conflict resolution, and problem solving.
(845) 210-9787 View (845) 210-9787
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Shauna Roach Psychiatric NP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New Paltz, NY 12561  (Online Only)
One size does not fit all especially when it comes to your mental health, I am sure you will agree. You not only want expert care, but you want to feel as though your concerns are validated. You want to feel empowered to move to the next step with someone who is consistent and cares about you. I want to be your accountability partner on your journey to recovery. In addition to managing your medication management, I offer brief psychotherapy to support your medication management regimen. I want to also give you a prescription for lifestyle changes to improve your mental health.
One size does not fit all especially when it comes to your mental health, I am sure you will agree. You not only want expert care, but you want to feel as though your concerns are validated. You want to feel empowered to move to the next step with someone who is consistent and cares about you. I want to be your accountability partner on your journey to recovery. In addition to managing your medication management, I offer brief psychotherapy to support your medication management regimen. I want to also give you a prescription for lifestyle changes to improve your mental health.
(845) 516-9641 View (845) 516-9641

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Number of Psychiatrists in Ulster County, NY

20+

Average cost per session

$257

Psychiatrists in Ulster County, NY who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
83% Bipolar Disorder
71% Medication Management
63% ADHD
63% Trauma and PTSD
63% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Cigna and Evernorth
88% Aetna
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Ulster County, NY see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Ulster County?

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.