Psychiatrists in White Creek, NY

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Ailish Samuelson
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
White Creek, NY 12057
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I was born and raised in upstate New York. I received by RN from Southern Vermont College. I then earned by BSN from SUNY Plattsburgh while working full time as a nurse manager of one of the wings of the Vermont Veterans Home. I found my love of mental health diagnosis and treatment while working with veterans and their families. This inspired me to then earn my training as a PMHNP from SUNY Stony Brook. I have experience in working with people of all ages and backgrounds, including substance use disorders.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I was born and raised in upstate New York. I received by RN from Southern Vermont College. I then earned by BSN from SUNY Plattsburgh while working full time as a nurse manager of one of the wings of the Vermont Veterans Home. I found my love of mental health diagnosis and treatment while working with veterans and their families. This inspired me to then earn my training as a PMHNP from SUNY Stony Brook. I have experience in working with people of all ages and backgrounds, including substance use disorders.
(518) 919-3982 View (518) 919-3982

Online Psychiatrists

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Erica M. Wall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12222
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Erica Wall, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Erica Wall, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
(518) 788-7983 View (518) 788-7983
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Naheed Akhtar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
I love to help people! I completed my residency from Northshore University Hospital Manhasset NY. integrated within the Northwell health system - I have been practicing psychiatry and seeding hope for more than 20 years in all settings for Pt population like in-patients , community health centers and ER .During these years my focus has been to listen empathically and treat them the best i can .i was awarded by pronounced Vitals as the most compassionate dr who treat their pts with utmost kindness - also top rated by U.S News Health. My passion and profession meets here.
I love to help people! I completed my residency from Northshore University Hospital Manhasset NY. integrated within the Northwell health system - I have been practicing psychiatry and seeding hope for more than 20 years in all settings for Pt population like in-patients , community health centers and ER .During these years my focus has been to listen empathically and treat them the best i can .i was awarded by pronounced Vitals as the most compassionate dr who treat their pts with utmost kindness - also top rated by U.S News Health. My passion and profession meets here.
(845) 251-4108 View (845) 251-4108
Photo of Elizabeth Mastro, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in White Creek, NY
Elizabeth Mastro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Elizabeth Mastro, NPP ANCC Board Certified Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner -Elizabeth received her Master's Degree and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification from Sage Graduate School. She has experience working in clinic settings with chronically mentally ill adults as well as in private practice providing psychopharmacology and therapy addressing all facets of mental health disorders.
Elizabeth Mastro, NPP ANCC Board Certified Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner -Elizabeth received her Master's Degree and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification from Sage Graduate School. She has experience working in clinic settings with chronically mentally ill adults as well as in private practice providing psychopharmacology and therapy addressing all facets of mental health disorders.
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Arielle Nicole Siniapkin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in both medication management and psychotherapy. I take a collaborative and supportive approach to treatment. I have experience working with clients across a broad spectrum of diagnoses, age groups, and needs. My goal is to empower you to reach deeper self-understanding, identify patterns that may or may not be serving you, and make changes to what feels stagnant or unsupportive. We will also work on recognizing and nurturing the strengths you hold that will support you in leading a healthier, fulfilled life.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in both medication management and psychotherapy. I take a collaborative and supportive approach to treatment. I have experience working with clients across a broad spectrum of diagnoses, age groups, and needs. My goal is to empower you to reach deeper self-understanding, identify patterns that may or may not be serving you, and make changes to what feels stagnant or unsupportive. We will also work on recognizing and nurturing the strengths you hold that will support you in leading a healthier, fulfilled life.
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Daniel Breeyear
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, MHNP-BC, BHCC, FMHC
Verified Verified
Glens Falls, NY 12801
My ideal client is someone who wishes to take a more comprehensive approach to their overall care. This individual could be experiencing a first time mental health concern but isn’t interested in a medicine only approach. This individual can also be someone who has experienced the traditional approach to care where medications are always the answer and wants something different for themselves. Medications are an important tool in psychiatry but we believe in taking a comprehensive approach to care. Allowing the body to do what nature designed by properly caring for the whole person can lead to improved outcomes for our patients.
My ideal client is someone who wishes to take a more comprehensive approach to their overall care. This individual could be experiencing a first time mental health concern but isn’t interested in a medicine only approach. This individual can also be someone who has experienced the traditional approach to care where medications are always the answer and wants something different for themselves. Medications are an important tool in psychiatry but we believe in taking a comprehensive approach to care. Allowing the body to do what nature designed by properly caring for the whole person can lead to improved outcomes for our patients.
(518) 900-1334 View (518) 900-1334
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Michelle Marchand
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12205
Michelle is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner providing medication management and brief supportive psychotherapy. She specializes in working with children, teens and adults. Michelle takes a holistic and inclusive approach to the care she provides her clients. It’s is her goal to promote mental health across the life span and help clients achieve their best life.
Michelle is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner providing medication management and brief supportive psychotherapy. She specializes in working with children, teens and adults. Michelle takes a holistic and inclusive approach to the care she provides her clients. It’s is her goal to promote mental health across the life span and help clients achieve their best life.
(518) 806-7832 View (518) 806-7832
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Katherine Carlton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12203
Greetings & welcome. As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I offer in person & telehealth services to adolescents & adults.. I specialize in working with women facing fertility and reproductive health challenges including perinatal & birth trauma. Having worked with adolescents for decades, I enjoy guiding them through challenges. I hold a certification in Wellness Counseling from Cornell University. Diet, activity and spending time doing what nourishes you, all contribute to healing. Via telehealth & in person appointments we can explore your goals & treatment options.
Greetings & welcome. As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I offer in person & telehealth services to adolescents & adults.. I specialize in working with women facing fertility and reproductive health challenges including perinatal & birth trauma. Having worked with adolescents for decades, I enjoy guiding them through challenges. I hold a certification in Wellness Counseling from Cornell University. Diet, activity and spending time doing what nourishes you, all contribute to healing. Via telehealth & in person appointments we can explore your goals & treatment options.
(518) 721-3154 View (518) 721-3154
Jacquelyn Ransbury
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12222
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Jacquelyn Ransbury, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Jacquelyn Ransbury, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
(518) 788-7983 View (518) 788-7983
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KM Psychiatry Associates / Kristen Marquis PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Our goal at KM Psychiatry Associates is to meet you wherever you are in your mental health journey. We exist to provide you with medication management to help you on your path of healing and recovery. Our patient-centered, and integrative approach to providing psychiatric care, will both challenge and embolden you to actively pursue change in your overall health and wellness. We firmly believe that your mental, and physical health are intricately intertwined. That is why we strive to provide a nurturing environment to facilitate an integrative healing experience, while providing you with individual care and compassion.
Our goal at KM Psychiatry Associates is to meet you wherever you are in your mental health journey. We exist to provide you with medication management to help you on your path of healing and recovery. Our patient-centered, and integrative approach to providing psychiatric care, will both challenge and embolden you to actively pursue change in your overall health and wellness. We firmly believe that your mental, and physical health are intricately intertwined. That is why we strive to provide a nurturing environment to facilitate an integrative healing experience, while providing you with individual care and compassion.
(518) 557-1712 View (518) 557-1712
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Christopher Viagrande NP Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, APRN, NPP-BC
Verified Verified
Latham, NY 12110
60 Five-Star reviews and 20 years of experience in the field of Psychiatry. Most of my clients come to me after attempting treatment either with another psychiatric provider or their primary care provider. When it comes to your mental health there is a delicate balance between choosing the right medication for you and a personalized approach with therapy. If relief and success is what you seek, search no more and book today!
60 Five-Star reviews and 20 years of experience in the field of Psychiatry. Most of my clients come to me after attempting treatment either with another psychiatric provider or their primary care provider. When it comes to your mental health there is a delicate balance between choosing the right medication for you and a personalized approach with therapy. If relief and success is what you seek, search no more and book today!
(518) 516-5436 View (518) 516-5436
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New York Child Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Childhood through young adulthood are times of extraordinary physical, emotional, & intellectual growth. But sometimes, mental health issues can be overwhelming & may interfere with typical development & everyday functioning. That's why early evaluation, diagnosis, & treatment can have a major impact on improving the futures of children & adolescents with mental health problems. NYCP is a unique in that we specializes in mental health care for children & adolescents. We understand the unique challenges that these youth face, & we are dedicated to providing them with the high-quality care and support they need to thrive.
Childhood through young adulthood are times of extraordinary physical, emotional, & intellectual growth. But sometimes, mental health issues can be overwhelming & may interfere with typical development & everyday functioning. That's why early evaluation, diagnosis, & treatment can have a major impact on improving the futures of children & adolescents with mental health problems. NYCP is a unique in that we specializes in mental health care for children & adolescents. We understand the unique challenges that these youth face, & we are dedicated to providing them with the high-quality care and support they need to thrive.
(518) 855-1984 View (518) 855-1984
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Psychiatrist in Poughkeepsie
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601  (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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pw psych NP svcs pllc
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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Faisal Rafiq
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12203
According to Federal Mandate all New Patients must be seen in person, in the office to establish care…Dr. Faisal Rafiq is a Psychiatrist and has been practicing since 2008, gaining vast experience throughout the field of Psychiatry, medication management, Psychvisit is a Full Service psychiatric practice offering state of the art treatments such as Genetic Testing, TMS therapy, Spravato Treatment, Long Acting injectables for Bipolar and Addiction.
According to Federal Mandate all New Patients must be seen in person, in the office to establish care…Dr. Faisal Rafiq is a Psychiatrist and has been practicing since 2008, gaining vast experience throughout the field of Psychiatry, medication management, Psychvisit is a Full Service psychiatric practice offering state of the art treatments such as Genetic Testing, TMS therapy, Spravato Treatment, Long Acting injectables for Bipolar and Addiction.
(631) 856-2627 View (631) 856-2627
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Jessica C. Olivo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601  (Online Only)
Jessica Olivo is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 15 years of mental health experience. She provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management follow up. Jessica provides supportive listening, compassion, and cultivates a collaborative relationship with her patients. She approaches care in a calm and therapeutic manner that allows clients to feel comfortable expressing themselves and to be proactive members in their own treatment.
Jessica Olivo is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 15 years of mental health experience. She provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management follow up. Jessica provides supportive listening, compassion, and cultivates a collaborative relationship with her patients. She approaches care in a calm and therapeutic manner that allows clients to feel comfortable expressing themselves and to be proactive members in their own treatment.
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Davonna Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
(878) 205-8667 View (878) 205-8667
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Latham NP Care PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPbc
Verified Verified
Troy, NY 12180
Feeling overwhelmed in silent moments, convinced your anxious thoughts are visible to everyone around you? You're not alone, and I understand the weight of that secret worry." I have available appointment open at this time.
Feeling overwhelmed in silent moments, convinced your anxious thoughts are visible to everyone around you? You're not alone, and I understand the weight of that secret worry." I have available appointment open at this time.
(518) 309-7627 View (518) 309-7627
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Orenda Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lagrangeville, NY 12540  (Online Only)
Dr. Jarvis, a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner, emphasizes a holistic approach to mental health, considering the mind, body, and spirit. She values the patient as an active partner in their care, striving to empower them in managing their health journey. Dr. Jarvis offers comprehensive services, including psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy, medication management, psychoeducation, and culturally sensitive care. Patients under her care feel genuinely supported, heard, and empowered, fostering hope for positive improvements in their situations.
Dr. Jarvis, a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner, emphasizes a holistic approach to mental health, considering the mind, body, and spirit. She values the patient as an active partner in their care, striving to empower them in managing their health journey. Dr. Jarvis offers comprehensive services, including psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy, medication management, psychoeducation, and culturally sensitive care. Patients under her care feel genuinely supported, heard, and empowered, fostering hope for positive improvements in their situations.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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Viktoriya Natanel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12207  (Online Only)
I’m a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 8 years of nursing experience. I am familiar with depression, anxiety, insomnia as well as the panic disorder, bipolar 2 and adhd disorders. I like to educate my clients about mental health and medications, proper drug use and interactions, adverse drug reactions, and the course and prognosis of mental illness.
I’m a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 8 years of nursing experience. I am familiar with depression, anxiety, insomnia as well as the panic disorder, bipolar 2 and adhd disorders. I like to educate my clients about mental health and medications, proper drug use and interactions, adverse drug reactions, and the course and prognosis of mental illness.
(518) 757-9683 View (518) 757-9683

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in White Creek, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in White Creek, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Domestic Abuse

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in White Creek, NY see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in White Creek?

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.