Psychiatrists in Westchester County, NY

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Photo of Alexis Fliehs, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Westchester County, NY
Alexis Fliehs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN (C
Verified
Yonkers, NY 10701
Wherever you are in your mental health journey, Alexis will meet you there. Her goal is to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment, setting the foundation for a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. A comprehensive and holistic assessment will guide the collaborative efforts between patient and provider to create personalized goals and a treatment plan. This may include psychoeducation, medication management, and therapy. Lifestyle modifications such as nutrition, sleep hygiene, exercise, and meditation are also incorporated. Alexis is passionate about helping those who are struggling with mental health issues.
Wherever you are in your mental health journey, Alexis will meet you there. Her goal is to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment, setting the foundation for a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. A comprehensive and holistic assessment will guide the collaborative efforts between patient and provider to create personalized goals and a treatment plan. This may include psychoeducation, medication management, and therapy. Lifestyle modifications such as nutrition, sleep hygiene, exercise, and meditation are also incorporated. Alexis is passionate about helping those who are struggling with mental health issues.
(914) 491-5165 View (914) 491-5165
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Jennifer C McKenna
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PNP, PMHNP
Verified
We are living in an extraordinary moment in human history. Change is coming...we can all feel it. Are you struggling to find your place in this time? You're meant to be part of it, yet you struggle with addiction, depression, anxiety, self-deprecation, or other deep-seated discomfort.
We are living in an extraordinary moment in human history. Change is coming...we can all feel it. Are you struggling to find your place in this time? You're meant to be part of it, yet you struggle with addiction, depression, anxiety, self-deprecation, or other deep-seated discomfort.
(914) 861-3693 View (914) 861-3693
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David M. Brody, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
I am an experienced psychiatrist having worked with children, adolescents, and adults over many years in a variety of settings, including private practice, day treatment, residential treatment, public schools and hospital, using a variety of modalities, including individual therapy, family therapy, parent counseling and medication. I follow an eclectic approach to treatment, with a strong background in psychodynamic and family systems.
I am an experienced psychiatrist having worked with children, adolescents, and adults over many years in a variety of settings, including private practice, day treatment, residential treatment, public schools and hospital, using a variety of modalities, including individual therapy, family therapy, parent counseling and medication. I follow an eclectic approach to treatment, with a strong background in psychodynamic and family systems.
(914) 935-7603 View (914) 935-7603
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Jessica Nowillo
Psychiatrist, DO, FAPA
Verified
Rye, NY 10580
I am a board certified psychiatrist with extensive experience in psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment. I have a special interest in women's mental health issues that include mood disorders related to menstruation, pregnancy and postpartum, as well as menopause and other life transitions. I enjoy providing comprehensive and compassionate psychiatric treatment that may include psychotherapy (talk therapy) and medication when appropriate. I am happy to coordinate with other treatment providers as necessary.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with extensive experience in psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment. I have a special interest in women's mental health issues that include mood disorders related to menstruation, pregnancy and postpartum, as well as menopause and other life transitions. I enjoy providing comprehensive and compassionate psychiatric treatment that may include psychotherapy (talk therapy) and medication when appropriate. I am happy to coordinate with other treatment providers as necessary.
(914) 334-6127 View (914) 334-6127
2nd Arc Pasychatric Associates
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
White Plains, NY 10605
Dr. Mina Oza, MD is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with over forty six years of experience in the medical field. She has worked extensively in inpatient, outpatient and private practice. She has served as supervisor for therapists, nurses, interns, residents and medical students. She graduated from Lady Hardinge Medical College, University Of Delhi medical school in 1974. She completed her training at the Elmhurst Hospital in NY. Her current areas of interest are child and adolescent psychiatry, peripartum and postpartum and women’s health. She now serves at the Medical Director of 2nd ARC psychiatric associates.
Dr. Mina Oza, MD is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with over forty six years of experience in the medical field. She has worked extensively in inpatient, outpatient and private practice. She has served as supervisor for therapists, nurses, interns, residents and medical students. She graduated from Lady Hardinge Medical College, University Of Delhi medical school in 1974. She completed her training at the Elmhurst Hospital in NY. Her current areas of interest are child and adolescent psychiatry, peripartum and postpartum and women’s health. She now serves at the Medical Director of 2nd ARC psychiatric associates.
(845) 203-9308 View (845) 203-9308
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Brigitte Gordon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522  (Online Only)
What is your idea of mental wellness? How do you see yourself achieving it? I specialize in multiple treatment modalities including medication management, therapy, and integrative treatment, all intended to support your mental well-being. I am experienced with the pharmacological treatment of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, intrusive thoughts, and post traumatic stress disorder. In addition, I utilize therapy and integrative modalities of wellness to support clients' well-being. I am a multi-faceted provider that flourishes on working with clients who are open and inquisitive.
What is your idea of mental wellness? How do you see yourself achieving it? I specialize in multiple treatment modalities including medication management, therapy, and integrative treatment, all intended to support your mental well-being. I am experienced with the pharmacological treatment of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, intrusive thoughts, and post traumatic stress disorder. In addition, I utilize therapy and integrative modalities of wellness to support clients' well-being. I am a multi-faceted provider that flourishes on working with clients who are open and inquisitive.
(914) 348-2216 View (914) 348-2216
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Adam Kaufman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Chappaqua, NY 10514
Welcome! I am a board certified psychiatrist trained at Weill Cornell Medical College and NYU. I bring a compassionate and practical approach to helping you get where you want to go.
Welcome! I am a board certified psychiatrist trained at Weill Cornell Medical College and NYU. I bring a compassionate and practical approach to helping you get where you want to go.
(914) 425-5808 View (914) 425-5808
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Bridgette L Riley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Harrison, NY 10528
Life is a challenge and to be honest it is. These challenges you are dealing with can have an impact on your thought , mood and behavior. I want to help you navigate through those challenges and get you back in control .
Life is a challenge and to be honest it is. These challenges you are dealing with can have an impact on your thought , mood and behavior. I want to help you navigate through those challenges and get you back in control .
(914) 240-2570 View (914) 240-2570
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Philip Benjamin Cawkwell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bedford, NY 10506  (Online Only)
Hi there - I'm Dr. Philip Cawkwell, board certified in Adult Psychiatry as well as Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. I trained at the top institutions - NYU for medical school, MGH/McLean Harvard for Adult Residency, and Stanford for Child/Adolescent Fellowship. I have the ability to connect with teenagers and young adults, as well as the most up-to-date knowledge on the latest in psychiatric treatments. I am a good fit if you are looking for a provider who is easy to communicate with (both in and out of session), takes your concerns seriously, and is results-driven.
Hi there - I'm Dr. Philip Cawkwell, board certified in Adult Psychiatry as well as Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. I trained at the top institutions - NYU for medical school, MGH/McLean Harvard for Adult Residency, and Stanford for Child/Adolescent Fellowship. I have the ability to connect with teenagers and young adults, as well as the most up-to-date knowledge on the latest in psychiatric treatments. I am a good fit if you are looking for a provider who is easy to communicate with (both in and out of session), takes your concerns seriously, and is results-driven.
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Joy Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ardsley, NY 10502  (Online Only)
If you are looking for a psychiatrist who would understand you without judging you, and not see you as a "robot to be fixed with medications", you are at the right place. You can see me from the comfort of your home, office or any place you wanna be. I am very friendly, experienced and knowledgable. I would be happy to help you understand yourself better, find out what's best for you at the time and guide you towards that path.
If you are looking for a psychiatrist who would understand you without judging you, and not see you as a "robot to be fixed with medications", you are at the right place. You can see me from the comfort of your home, office or any place you wanna be. I am very friendly, experienced and knowledgable. I would be happy to help you understand yourself better, find out what's best for you at the time and guide you towards that path.
(845) 209-2726 View (845) 209-2726
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Dr. Becky Jordan - Founder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Harrison, NY 10528  (Online Only)
I am a Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Veteran & College Professor with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have specialty training in psychiatry to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. Treatment is customized to the individual client needs I perform psychiatric evaluations to diagnosis, prescribe and manage psychiatric medications. I collaborate with medical providers, therapists/school psychologists to provide comprehensive psychiatric treatment. I prescribe Medical Marijuana for many conditions.
I am a Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Veteran & College Professor with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have specialty training in psychiatry to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. Treatment is customized to the individual client needs I perform psychiatric evaluations to diagnosis, prescribe and manage psychiatric medications. I collaborate with medical providers, therapists/school psychologists to provide comprehensive psychiatric treatment. I prescribe Medical Marijuana for many conditions.
(914) 315-4291 View (914) 315-4291
Photo of Eddyfay Daley Prayer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Westchester County, NY
Eddyfay Daley Prayer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP
Verified
Larchmont, NY 10538  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a distinguished academic background, having earned my degree from Walden University. With a rich history spanning over two decades in healthcare, I bring a wealth of experience to my practice. In my role as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am also a certified medical marijuana provider. My comprehensive approach encompasses the treatment of adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients. Specializing in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Substance-related issues, I am committed to delivering compassionate and effective care.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a distinguished academic background, having earned my degree from Walden University. With a rich history spanning over two decades in healthcare, I bring a wealth of experience to my practice. In my role as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am also a certified medical marijuana provider. My comprehensive approach encompasses the treatment of adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients. Specializing in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Substance-related issues, I am committed to delivering compassionate and effective care.
(914) 685-5491 View (914) 685-5491
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Nosata Ogala Asuzu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified
White Plains, NY 10607  (Online Only)
My number 1 passion is to help people achieve optimal health. I believe in partnering with my clients to join hands and pursue the same goal: overall health, wellbeing and happiness.
My number 1 passion is to help people achieve optimal health. I believe in partnering with my clients to join hands and pursue the same goal: overall health, wellbeing and happiness.
(347) 572-7643 View (347) 572-7643
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F. Ore' Adaramola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
White Plains, NY 10605
Taking an active and collaborative approach, enabling my clients; to care for themselves and their mental health needs. Every individual is the master of their own life, and I pride myself in fostering an environment that enables my clients to develop coping skills and gain insight into their own personal challenges. While working collaboratively, I will assist in identifying challenges and reframe negative beliefs. I am trained in the use of medication management and brief psychotherapy to assist individuals in meeting their goals. My personal mission is to help you improve your quality of life.
Taking an active and collaborative approach, enabling my clients; to care for themselves and their mental health needs. Every individual is the master of their own life, and I pride myself in fostering an environment that enables my clients to develop coping skills and gain insight into their own personal challenges. While working collaboratively, I will assist in identifying challenges and reframe negative beliefs. I am trained in the use of medication management and brief psychotherapy to assist individuals in meeting their goals. My personal mission is to help you improve your quality of life.
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Photo of Maureen B Doyle, Psychiatric Nurse in Westchester County, NY
Maureen B Doyle
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, PMHCNS-, CARN, CNE
Verified
Valhalla, NY 10595  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting new clients. MY FORTE IS TALK THERAPY. I DO NOT PRESCRIBE! Hope for relief from pain and dreams of becoming one's best self require an empathic foundation of trust. Imagine that you are harnessing your intuitive power to change. If you would welcome a companion-guide on such a journey, contact me, I'll do my best to help. Extensive experience as an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse in both direct clinical practice and teaching in academic and clinical settings, provides a secure base of wisdom and evidence that informs my practice.
I am currently accepting new clients. MY FORTE IS TALK THERAPY. I DO NOT PRESCRIBE! Hope for relief from pain and dreams of becoming one's best self require an empathic foundation of trust. Imagine that you are harnessing your intuitive power to change. If you would welcome a companion-guide on such a journey, contact me, I'll do my best to help. Extensive experience as an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse in both direct clinical practice and teaching in academic and clinical settings, provides a secure base of wisdom and evidence that informs my practice.
(914) 229-9268 View (914) 229-9268
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Tara Brass
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583
I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and earned my MD from Jefferson Medical College. I completed my Psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai (NYC) where I received extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. My specialties are in the areas of mood, anxiety and eating disorders. I am also trained and certified as a health coach by The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I have maintained a private practice in Scarsdale since 2005 and I am now thrilled to be able to offer my services to patients in Florida via my telemedicine practice.
I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and earned my MD from Jefferson Medical College. I completed my Psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai (NYC) where I received extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. My specialties are in the areas of mood, anxiety and eating disorders. I am also trained and certified as a health coach by The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I have maintained a private practice in Scarsdale since 2005 and I am now thrilled to be able to offer my services to patients in Florida via my telemedicine practice.
(914) 499-0168 View (914) 499-0168
Photo of Dr. Julia Novikov, Psychiatrist in Westchester County, NY
Dr. Julia Novikov
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
White Plains, NY 10603
Double board-certified psychiatrist with subspecialties in general psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and reproductive psychiatry. I am passionate about providing comprehensive mental health care to adult individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Subspecialized expertise allows me to address the unique mental health concerns that arise with various comorbid chronic medical conditions as well as all stages of female reproductive cycle. I believe in a patient-centered approach, each individual's unique needs are taken into consideration in developing a personalized treatment plan.
Double board-certified psychiatrist with subspecialties in general psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and reproductive psychiatry. I am passionate about providing comprehensive mental health care to adult individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Subspecialized expertise allows me to address the unique mental health concerns that arise with various comorbid chronic medical conditions as well as all stages of female reproductive cycle. I believe in a patient-centered approach, each individual's unique needs are taken into consideration in developing a personalized treatment plan.
(914) 483-3474 View (914) 483-3474
Photo of Grace Onovo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Westchester County, NY
Grace Onovo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Grace Onovo is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with 20 years of experience - 4 of those years are devoted to psychiatric care. She spent 16 years treating patients with Substance-Use Disorders and mental illnesses. She specializes in Medication Management and Medication Assisted Treatment (Suboxone). She assesses, diagnoses and treats adults and children with sleep disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, and OCD. She offers Group, Individual, Support and Motivational Interview Therapy.
Grace Onovo is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with 20 years of experience - 4 of those years are devoted to psychiatric care. She spent 16 years treating patients with Substance-Use Disorders and mental illnesses. She specializes in Medication Management and Medication Assisted Treatment (Suboxone). She assesses, diagnoses and treats adults and children with sleep disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, and OCD. She offers Group, Individual, Support and Motivational Interview Therapy.
(914) 279-3463 View (914) 279-3463
Photo of Zachary Rothwell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Westchester County, NY
Zachary Rothwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
New Rochelle, NY 10801
I do not prescribe medication. I provide therapy for adults struggling with relationship issues, addiction, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Many of my clients are high performers who have become successful despite a difficult childhood. If you are curious how therapy can help you reduce your suffering, improve your relationships, and help you heal from past traumas, I encourage you to reach out for a free consultation. I use elements of EMDR therapy in my approach. I am kink allied and sex positive. I invite you to come as you are. I will respect, support, and encourage you during our time in therapy.
I do not prescribe medication. I provide therapy for adults struggling with relationship issues, addiction, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Many of my clients are high performers who have become successful despite a difficult childhood. If you are curious how therapy can help you reduce your suffering, improve your relationships, and help you heal from past traumas, I encourage you to reach out for a free consultation. I use elements of EMDR therapy in my approach. I am kink allied and sex positive. I invite you to come as you are. I will respect, support, and encourage you during our time in therapy.
(914) 454-2393 View (914) 454-2393
Photo of Ayodele Adeigbola, Psychiatrist in Westchester County, NY
Ayodele Adeigbola
Psychiatrist, Ayodele Adeigbola, MD
Verified
White Plains, NY 10605  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist. I graduated from Howard University College of Medicine and trained at New York Presbyterian Hospital, both Weill Cornell and Columbia campuses. I provide both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy for a broad array of mental health concerns. I have experience working with people from diverse communities in a manner that is respectful of all that makes us unique in this world.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist. I graduated from Howard University College of Medicine and trained at New York Presbyterian Hospital, both Weill Cornell and Columbia campuses. I provide both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy for a broad array of mental health concerns. I have experience working with people from diverse communities in a manner that is respectful of all that makes us unique in this world.
(845) 720-3795 View (845) 720-3795

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Number of Psychiatrists in Westchester County, NY

200+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Westchester County, NY who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
82% Medication Management
72% ADHD
72% Trauma and PTSD
71% Bipolar Disorder
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth
76% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Westchester County, NY see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Westchester 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.