Psychiatrists in Uniondale, NY

Photo of Macia Drummond - Bridge Back to Health, PhD, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Bridge Back to Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Uniondale, NY 11556
Dr. Macia Drummond, PhD, PMHNP-BC, empowers individuals, both adults and children, not just to overcome challenge, but to thrive. I envision a future where they can maintain healthy relationships, find fulfillment in their careers, and actively participate in their families and communities. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, but my practice offers a safe and supportive environment. Here, patients are not judged, but seen, heard, and valued for their potential. As a Mental Health Provider, I believe that reaching out for help isn't a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength –a first step on the path to a brighter future.
Dr. Macia Drummond, PhD, PMHNP-BC, empowers individuals, both adults and children, not just to overcome challenge, but to thrive. I envision a future where they can maintain healthy relationships, find fulfillment in their careers, and actively participate in their families and communities. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, but my practice offers a safe and supportive environment. Here, patients are not judged, but seen, heard, and valued for their potential. As a Mental Health Provider, I believe that reaching out for help isn't a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength –a first step on the path to a brighter future.
(516) 363-1754 View (516) 363-1754
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Judy E Vansiea
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MA, MS, APRN, NPP
Verified Verified
Uniondale, NY 11556  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients at my faith-based practice. Licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry/APRN with NY and KS. Educational degrees background consists of: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP); Master of Science in Mental Health Psychiatric Nursing and a Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling. I have worked in nursing for 27 years. I do immigration psychological evaluations too. I have worked in civilian and military nursing positions and was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. I am a Gulf War Era veteran.
Accepting new patients at my faith-based practice. Licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry/APRN with NY and KS. Educational degrees background consists of: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP); Master of Science in Mental Health Psychiatric Nursing and a Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling. I have worked in nursing for 27 years. I do immigration psychological evaluations too. I have worked in civilian and military nursing positions and was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. I am a Gulf War Era veteran.
(516) 563-4867 View (516) 563-4867
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Alicia Portuondo-Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Uniondale, NY 11556
A Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who treats children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of behavioral and emotional difficulties. Specializing in anxiety, depression, and women's issues especially related to post-partum mental health and motherhood stressors. It is my belief that it is essential to initiate treatment with a thorough psychiatric evaluation and a collaborative plan that engages the patient and family (when applicable) to participate in the overall treatment plan that may include therapy and or medication management.
A Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who treats children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of behavioral and emotional difficulties. Specializing in anxiety, depression, and women's issues especially related to post-partum mental health and motherhood stressors. It is my belief that it is essential to initiate treatment with a thorough psychiatric evaluation and a collaborative plan that engages the patient and family (when applicable) to participate in the overall treatment plan that may include therapy and or medication management.
(516) 699-1694 View (516) 699-1694
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Long Island Psychiatrist & Online Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Uniondale, NY 11553  (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) 550-3440 View (516) 550-3440
Photo of Ardouin Coriolan, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ardouin Coriolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Uniondale, NY 11553  (Online Only)
As a dedicated board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed in New York, I render hope for individuals battling mental illness and substance abuse. With a profound commitment to healing, I offer teletherapy services, leveraging technology to reach those in need regardless of location. Armed with a wealth of expertise and compassion, I provide personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique needs and circumstances. Some common issues potential clients seeking treatment from me usually consist of : substance abuse, depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, and low motivation.
As a dedicated board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed in New York, I render hope for individuals battling mental illness and substance abuse. With a profound commitment to healing, I offer teletherapy services, leveraging technology to reach those in need regardless of location. Armed with a wealth of expertise and compassion, I provide personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique needs and circumstances. Some common issues potential clients seeking treatment from me usually consist of : substance abuse, depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, and low motivation.
(631) 883-5549 View (631) 883-5549
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Empire-State NP in Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Uniondale, NY 11553
I'm Natacha Joseph, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, a board-certified psychiatric practitioner dedicated to helping clients through individualized integrative psychiatric treatment plans. These plans include both traditional and non-traditional/off-label uses of psychotropic medications and supplements. With nearly fifteen years of nursing experience and education in various areas of patient care, both medically and psychiatrically, I have extensive experience in a multitude of healthcare settings, including hospital medicine, home health care, and inpatient and outpatient clinical services.
I'm Natacha Joseph, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, a board-certified psychiatric practitioner dedicated to helping clients through individualized integrative psychiatric treatment plans. These plans include both traditional and non-traditional/off-label uses of psychotropic medications and supplements. With nearly fifteen years of nursing experience and education in various areas of patient care, both medically and psychiatrically, I have extensive experience in a multitude of healthcare settings, including hospital medicine, home health care, and inpatient and outpatient clinical services.
(516) 347-2408 View (516) 347-2408
Jonas Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Uniondale, NY 11556
(516) 212-7182 View (516) 212-7182

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Jiji George
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Merrick, NY 11566
Jiji George works in a private office at Long Island Psychiatric Services, PC. in Merrick, NY. It is a group of professionals committed to provide mental health services to residents of Long Island. Our compassionate staff provides a warm and comfortable atmosphere, knowledgeable psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric NPs and social workers. We do evaluations and provide recommendations for best treatment for you or your loved ones. We offer individual and family psychotherapy sessions, as well as medication management. We are open Monday through Friday, with late evenings availability. We do offer some Saturday hours.
Jiji George works in a private office at Long Island Psychiatric Services, PC. in Merrick, NY. It is a group of professionals committed to provide mental health services to residents of Long Island. Our compassionate staff provides a warm and comfortable atmosphere, knowledgeable psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric NPs and social workers. We do evaluations and provide recommendations for best treatment for you or your loved ones. We offer individual and family psychotherapy sessions, as well as medication management. We are open Monday through Friday, with late evenings availability. We do offer some Saturday hours.
(516) 856-1313 View (516) 856-1313
Photo of Simi Joseph, PMHNP, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Simi Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hempstead, NY 11549
I am a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, graduated in 2013 who has a doctorate degree. I have diverse experience in various hospitals and outpatient clinics, with an emphasis on Psychiatry and is good in medication management. I am affiliated with many local hospitals and also collaborates with physicians in different medical groups. I provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to young adults and adults who live with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, psychosis, and depression.
I am a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, graduated in 2013 who has a doctorate degree. I have diverse experience in various hospitals and outpatient clinics, with an emphasis on Psychiatry and is good in medication management. I am affiliated with many local hospitals and also collaborates with physicians in different medical groups. I provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to young adults and adults who live with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, psychosis, and depression.
(516) 266-2124 View (516) 266-2124
Photo of Pascale Kidane - VirtualPsychiatricCare.com, MSN, CNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
East Meadow, NY 11554  (Online Only)
We are board-certified in treating Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York state 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 in treating Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York state 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.
(551) 257-2731 View (551) 257-2731
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11550  (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.
(332) 264-0685 View (332) 264-0685
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Christina Gerdes
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Merrick, NY 11566
I am a Columbia University trained psychiatrist and former chief resident of the Columbia Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. I provide psychotherapy and medication management for a range of life events and difficulties including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, panic, bipolar disorder, OCD, and substance use problems. I am skilled in psychopharmacology and a range of therapies including supportive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Together we will develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs at this time.
I am a Columbia University trained psychiatrist and former chief resident of the Columbia Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. I provide psychotherapy and medication management for a range of life events and difficulties including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, panic, bipolar disorder, OCD, and substance use problems. I am skilled in psychopharmacology and a range of therapies including supportive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Together we will develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs at this time.
(516) 788-6058 View (516) 788-6058
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Ike Uzowulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11550  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders.
(929) 581-7893 View (929) 581-7893
Sandip Sheth MD
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Garden City, NY 11535
I am a Board certified Adult Psychiatrist practicing for last 20 years in Queens. Trained at Albert Einstein college of Medicine and Long island Jewish Hospital. Teach Medical students and Psychiatric residents. Work with major Psychiatric disorder including Depression ,Anxiety disorder, Eating disorder, and Bipolar disorder. Always provide the most comfortable and emphatic environment to discuss any issues and enjoy coordinating the care between Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist. I believe combining Psychotherapy and Medication gives the best possible outcome. I understand every person is unique and needs individualized treatment.
I am a Board certified Adult Psychiatrist practicing for last 20 years in Queens. Trained at Albert Einstein college of Medicine and Long island Jewish Hospital. Teach Medical students and Psychiatric residents. Work with major Psychiatric disorder including Depression ,Anxiety disorder, Eating disorder, and Bipolar disorder. Always provide the most comfortable and emphatic environment to discuss any issues and enjoy coordinating the care between Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist. I believe combining Psychotherapy and Medication gives the best possible outcome. I understand every person is unique and needs individualized treatment.
(516) 217-8418 View (516) 217-8418
Photo of Aaron Padron - Insightful Psychiatry, PLLC, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Insightful Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11550
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available.
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available.
(206) 620-1222 View (206) 620-1222
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Neha Ali
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hempstead, NY 11550
Neha Ali is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York who has been in practice since 2023. She has completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. Neha was raised and trained on Long Island and is very familiar with the community. She can relate to issues that are presented and would like to continue to give back to her local community. She lends an empathetic ear to patients and provides care without judgment. Outside of work, Neha enjoys traveling, baking, and finding good restaurants.
Neha Ali is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York who has been in practice since 2023. She has completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. Neha was raised and trained on Long Island and is very familiar with the community. She can relate to issues that are presented and would like to continue to give back to her local community. She lends an empathetic ear to patients and provides care without judgment. Outside of work, Neha enjoys traveling, baking, and finding good restaurants.
(516) 518-3487 View (516) 518-3487
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Samantha Roche
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Garden City, NY 11530
Sometimes life's challenges require additional tools. I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master's Degree in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and a Doctoral Degree in Nursing Practice, specializing in medication management for mental health. As a teammate in your wellness journey, I work closely with your counselor and health care providers to optimize mental and physical health outcomes.
Sometimes life's challenges require additional tools. I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master's Degree in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and a Doctoral Degree in Nursing Practice, specializing in medication management for mental health. As a teammate in your wellness journey, I work closely with your counselor and health care providers to optimize mental and physical health outcomes.
(631) 250-6393 View (631) 250-6393
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Humanistic Family Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, NPP, BC
Verified Verified
Merrick, NY 11566
Humanistic Family Psychiatry & Addiction Treatment is a Sole Psychiatric/Addiction Treatment Practice located on the South Shore of Long Island. As a practitioner, I provide an integrative humanistic approach caring for children, adolescent, adults suffering from mental health issues as well as provide addiction treatment to those who suffer from substance abuse disorders. I treat each individual according to the whole person not just a diagnosis. I address persons mind, body and spirit. My mission is to return a person to their optimal health & assist one to live a happy, healthier & fulfilled life. Holistic approach used for treatment as well.
Humanistic Family Psychiatry & Addiction Treatment is a Sole Psychiatric/Addiction Treatment Practice located on the South Shore of Long Island. As a practitioner, I provide an integrative humanistic approach caring for children, adolescent, adults suffering from mental health issues as well as provide addiction treatment to those who suffer from substance abuse disorders. I treat each individual according to the whole person not just a diagnosis. I address persons mind, body and spirit. My mission is to return a person to their optimal health & assist one to live a happy, healthier & fulfilled life. Holistic approach used for treatment as well.
(646) 846-1809 View (646) 846-1809
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Theresa Chibuoke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MBA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11550
Hello I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texaas, New York and Arizona. My expertise lies in assessing, diagnosing, and treating mental health conditions, as well as promoting overall well-being.
Hello I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texaas, New York and Arizona. My expertise lies in assessing, diagnosing, and treating mental health conditions, as well as promoting overall well-being.
(646) 332-9647 View (646) 332-9647
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One Mind Psychiatry NP PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P, BC
Verified Verified
Hempstead, NY 11549  (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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Uniondale, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Uniondale, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
86% Medication Management
71% Bipolar Disorder
71% Self Esteem
57% ADHD
57% Grief

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
83% Empire BlueCross BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Uniondale, NY see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Uniondale?

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.