Psychiatrists in Yonkers, NY

Photo of Iman Hines, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Yonkers, NY
Iman Hines
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Yonkers, NY 10704  (Online Only)
Through my patient focused, individualized treatment, I will assist you in the implementation of a lifestyle transformation that addresses the mind, body, soul and spirit. As a millennial psychiatric provider, I encourage patient-provider collaboration. My goal is to provide an exceptional experience. My ideal patient is high functioning, technologically savvy, success- driven and amenable to a lifestyle overhaul that addresses nutrition, exercise, structure and affirmative mental training. This client appreciates a solution-based, action-driven approach to achieving their goals.
Through my patient focused, individualized treatment, I will assist you in the implementation of a lifestyle transformation that addresses the mind, body, soul and spirit. As a millennial psychiatric provider, I encourage patient-provider collaboration. My goal is to provide an exceptional experience. My ideal patient is high functioning, technologically savvy, success- driven and amenable to a lifestyle overhaul that addresses nutrition, exercise, structure and affirmative mental training. This client appreciates a solution-based, action-driven approach to achieving their goals.
(914) 502-4504 View (914) 502-4504
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Giovanni Etienne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10704
*Currently accepting new patients via telepsychiatry.* I am ready to help you! I have been a Psychiatric Nurse for 11+ years and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 4+ years, and my mission is to improve your life. My specialties include the treatment of Anxiety, Addiction, and Trauma/PTSD for all age groups.
*Currently accepting new patients via telepsychiatry.* I am ready to help you! I have been a Psychiatric Nurse for 11+ years and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 4+ years, and my mission is to improve your life. My specialties include the treatment of Anxiety, Addiction, and Trauma/PTSD for all age groups.
(917) 663-4163 View (917) 663-4163
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Exit 9 Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10703  (Online Only)
I will work together with each person to determine how best I can help you.
I will work together with each person to determine how best I can help you.
(347) 572-7136 View (347) 572-7136
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Leonid Stosman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10710  (Online Only)
As your dedicated provider, I'm here to offer hands-on support every step of the way on your wellness journey. It's common to encounter emotional and behavioral blocks such as anxiety and depression along this path, and I'm committed to helping you find personally relevant and meaningful solutions to alleviate your suffering and ignite a newfound sense of hope for the future. We'll work collaboratively to unearth the obstacles hindering your progress and identify your goals, paving the way for a deeper and more meaningful life experience.
As your dedicated provider, I'm here to offer hands-on support every step of the way on your wellness journey. It's common to encounter emotional and behavioral blocks such as anxiety and depression along this path, and I'm committed to helping you find personally relevant and meaningful solutions to alleviate your suffering and ignite a newfound sense of hope for the future. We'll work collaboratively to unearth the obstacles hindering your progress and identify your goals, paving the way for a deeper and more meaningful life experience.
(914) 350-4431 View (914) 350-4431
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Dr. Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10701  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(914) 359-3899 View (914) 359-3899
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10710  (Online Only)
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
(585) 449-9554 View (585) 449-9554
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Kevyn B Tracy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yonkers, NY 10701  (Online Only)
My name is Dr. Kevyn Tracy, DNP, PMHNP-BC and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and founder of SpirituallyFIT Psychiatry for the state of New York. I am originally from Atlanta, GA and I graduated from Columbia University with my doctorate in nursing practice. Did you know that only 2% of psychiatrists are Black? Well, I’m here to change that! My goal is to help individuals of color with their mental health by taking on a holistic approach and by utilizing medication. I believe medications aren’t the cure for psychiatric diagnoses but they can help us on this journey toward healing.
My name is Dr. Kevyn Tracy, DNP, PMHNP-BC and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and founder of SpirituallyFIT Psychiatry for the state of New York. I am originally from Atlanta, GA and I graduated from Columbia University with my doctorate in nursing practice. Did you know that only 2% of psychiatrists are Black? Well, I’m here to change that! My goal is to help individuals of color with their mental health by taking on a holistic approach and by utilizing medication. I believe medications aren’t the cure for psychiatric diagnoses but they can help us on this journey toward healing.
(347) 751-6345 View (347) 751-6345
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H & O Clinical PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10710
As a dedicated and compassionate Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing holistic healthcare that addresses both the physical and mental well-being of my patients. With a background in primary care and specialized training in mental health, I strive to offer comprehensive and integrated care that promotes overall health and quality of life. I am passionate about fostering a collaborative and empathetic relationship with my patients. I believe in active listening and open communication to truly understand each individual's unique needs and concerns.
As a dedicated and compassionate Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing holistic healthcare that addresses both the physical and mental well-being of my patients. With a background in primary care and specialized training in mental health, I strive to offer comprehensive and integrated care that promotes overall health and quality of life. I am passionate about fostering a collaborative and empathetic relationship with my patients. I believe in active listening and open communication to truly understand each individual's unique needs and concerns.
(914) 730-5192 View (914) 730-5192
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Anita Richardson-Sasson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10701
*Currently accepting new patients via telepsychiatry.* I am ready to help you! I have been a Registered Nurse for 12+ years and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 4+ years, and my mission is to improve your life. My specialties include the treatment of anxiety, depression, and ADHD for adults, and older adults. I view psychiatry through a holistic standpoint, in which I use the mind and the body to help you get to the wellness that you so deserve.
*Currently accepting new patients via telepsychiatry.* I am ready to help you! I have been a Registered Nurse for 12+ years and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for 4+ years, and my mission is to improve your life. My specialties include the treatment of anxiety, depression, and ADHD for adults, and older adults. I view psychiatry through a holistic standpoint, in which I use the mind and the body to help you get to the wellness that you so deserve.
(914) 359-3078 View (914) 359-3078
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Yadagiri Chepuru MD
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10701
I am a board certified Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacologist trained in England and united States. Been on faculty at NewYork Medical college and Albert Einstein College of Medicine . Currently the Chief Of Psychiatry at St john's Hospital, Yonkers, NY.
I am a board certified Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacologist trained in England and united States. Been on faculty at NewYork Medical college and Albert Einstein College of Medicine . Currently the Chief Of Psychiatry at St john's Hospital, Yonkers, NY.
(914) 816-2997 View (914) 816-2997
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Alexis Fliehs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN (C
Verified 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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Meghann Alcala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10701
Meghann is passionate about providing quality, comprehensive, and compassionate patient-centered care. She takes pride in treating the person as a whole. Past experiences have given Meghann training geared towards utilizing individualized approaches to further assist diverse populations in coping with personal obstacles through psychiatric evaluations, therapy, and medication management. She has experience in treating a range of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
Meghann is passionate about providing quality, comprehensive, and compassionate patient-centered care. She takes pride in treating the person as a whole. Past experiences have given Meghann training geared towards utilizing individualized approaches to further assist diverse populations in coping with personal obstacles through psychiatric evaluations, therapy, and medication management. She has experience in treating a range of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
(914) 598-9358 View (914) 598-9358
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10701  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also Accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also Accepting some insurances.
(833) 439-9425 View (833) 439-9425
Photo of Henry Adewole Ibitokun, Psychiatric Nurse in Yonkers, NY
Henry Adewole Ibitokun
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, FNP-C, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10710
Henry A. Ibitokun is a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner passionate about improving mental health and well-being. With over a decade's worth of experience in the field, Nurse practitioner Henry has honed expertise in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, and more.
Henry A. Ibitokun is a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner passionate about improving mental health and well-being. With over a decade's worth of experience in the field, Nurse practitioner Henry has honed expertise in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, and more.
(732) 479-7169 View (732) 479-7169
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10701  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Allied Healers, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Allied Healers, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
(925) 886-4303 View (925) 886-4303
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Yonkers, NY 10710  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, with a background in HIV, psychiatry, integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance. I have also pursued an additional two years of training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU psychoanalytic institute. I feel that most people neglect psychiatric symptoms and either suffer in silence , either because they do not realize that their symptoms are treatable or they believe that they have to be strong. Many people are on the wrong medication, on sub-therapeutic therapeutic doses. In my experience , with care and perseverance, most people can get better, and achieve a better quality of life.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, with a background in HIV, psychiatry, integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance. I have also pursued an additional two years of training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU psychoanalytic institute. I feel that most people neglect psychiatric symptoms and either suffer in silence , either because they do not realize that their symptoms are treatable or they believe that they have to be strong. Many people are on the wrong medication, on sub-therapeutic therapeutic doses. In my experience , with care and perseverance, most people can get better, and achieve a better quality of life.
(212) 655-0541 View (212) 655-0541
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Tri-Star Behavioral Health Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, MSN, APRN, ANCC-BC, BSN
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10705
I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is Board Certified. I have expertise in providing Psychiatric Assessments, Medication Management, Individual and Family Psychotherapy. I specialize in Child/Adolescent, Young Adults, Adults and the Geriatric Population. Majority of my training and clinical experience has been at Bellevue Hospital, VA Hospitals and the Prison System.
I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is Board Certified. I have expertise in providing Psychiatric Assessments, Medication Management, Individual and Family Psychotherapy. I specialize in Child/Adolescent, Young Adults, Adults and the Geriatric Population. Majority of my training and clinical experience has been at Bellevue Hospital, VA Hospitals and the Prison System.
(646) 863-4287 View (646) 863-4287
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Kenneth James Garcia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10703
Medications provide transient benefits for the majority of psychiatric issues. For optimal and enduring results, the combination of capable psychotherapy to foster insight with judicial use of supplemental medication to moderate distracting emotionality is best. Tragically, since psychiatric medications were introduced in the 1950's, psychiatrists have forgetten the unique experience of the individual and instead overdiagnose a few disorders and treat predominantly with medication. There are no magic pills. Any patient willing to do the work, can experience a positive change in their lives. (2) No insurance accepted.
Medications provide transient benefits for the majority of psychiatric issues. For optimal and enduring results, the combination of capable psychotherapy to foster insight with judicial use of supplemental medication to moderate distracting emotionality is best. Tragically, since psychiatric medications were introduced in the 1950's, psychiatrists have forgetten the unique experience of the individual and instead overdiagnose a few disorders and treat predominantly with medication. There are no magic pills. Any patient willing to do the work, can experience a positive change in their lives. (2) No insurance accepted.
(315) 828-0767 View (315) 828-0767
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B.T.M. Psychiatric NP Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, -BC, Psych, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yonkers, NY 10701  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Here, is NON-judgmental environment that fosters and focuses on building patient trust/rapport through mutual respect. A Humanistic/Holistic approach is strongly emphasized and practiced. I believe creating a treatment plan that is tailored to each individuals needs. When prescribing, ruling out possible medical conditions and other factors contributing to symptoms is priority. I have expertise in treating child/adolescent disorders, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, PTSD, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, ADHD, and other mental health issues.
Here, is NON-judgmental environment that fosters and focuses on building patient trust/rapport through mutual respect. A Humanistic/Holistic approach is strongly emphasized and practiced. I believe creating a treatment plan that is tailored to each individuals needs. When prescribing, ruling out possible medical conditions and other factors contributing to symptoms is priority. I have expertise in treating child/adolescent disorders, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, PTSD, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, ADHD, and other mental health issues.
(914) 350-5265 View (914) 350-5265
Photo of Nasir Naqvi, Psychiatrist in Yonkers, NY
Nasir Naqvi
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Yonkers, NY 10701
You've taken the first step toward getting help. Now you may be wondering: Do I need talk therapy, medication or both? As a board-certified psychiatrists who is trained in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, I can help you choose a treatment that suits your unique needs. I provide integrated, holistic care that addresses mind, brain, body and environment while emphasizing safety, comfort, understanding and availability. No matter what kind of treatment you choose, I will listen to what you say.
You've taken the first step toward getting help. Now you may be wondering: Do I need talk therapy, medication or both? As a board-certified psychiatrists who is trained in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, I can help you choose a treatment that suits your unique needs. I provide integrated, holistic care that addresses mind, brain, body and environment while emphasizing safety, comfort, understanding and availability. No matter what kind of treatment you choose, I will listen to what you say.
(914) 920-2953 View (914) 920-2953

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Yonkers, NY

30+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Yonkers, NY who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
94% Anxiety
84% ADHD
84% Trauma and PTSD
84% Bipolar Disorder
84% Medication Management
74% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Yonkers, NY see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Yonkers?

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.