Our clients who enroll in the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) know that they need to be on medicaid in order to qualify for the program.


In order to help you make a more informed decision regarding your health, we put together this guide of the 10 Best Psychiatrists in NYC Who Accept Medicaid


(Below is a list of doctors with different specialties who accept Medicaid)

A closer look at Psychiatrists

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating disorders and illnesses related to the mind. Just like medical doctors who treat physical ailments, psychiatrists also attend medical school and are required to have a firm understanding of physiology, anatomy, biology, and other similar subjects. Psychiatrists do more intensive study into the human brain and the way that the mind works, and they often are required to take courses in pharmacology that specialize in medicines relating to the treatment of mental disorders.


Psychiatrists may sometimes offer counseling or talk therapy, similar to a psychologist, but the primary focus in many psychiatric practices is on identifying patients’ disorders and then creating a treatment plan that may or may not involve medication. Most psychiatric appointments involve some degree of discussion and attention to the patient’s situation so that the psychiatrist can understand the needs of the patient and successfully identify the disorder or ailment. Some of the illnesses and disorders that are commonly treated by psychiatrists include:


●       Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

●       ADD/ADHD

●       Schizophrenia and other mental illnesses

●       Depression/Anxiety

●       Eating disorders

●       Insomnia and other sleep disorders

●       Substance abuse/dependency

●       Autism

●       Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

●       Developmental disorders


Psychiatrists may work with patients of all ages and situations, or they may specialize in a particular field. For example, some psychiatrists specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry while others focus on geriatric psychiatry. General psychiatrists may have specialized certifications in these fields but choose to offer their services to a wider group of patients. In the United States, psychiatrists must complete medical school and also become board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology before they can legally practice in a hospital or open a private practice of their own.

1. Alan Pearl, MD (5 Stars)

Dr. Alan Pearl is an experienced psychiatrist from Switzerland with over 39 years of experience in the field. He graduated from the University of Bern Medical Faculty in 1974 with a medical degree, and shortly afterwards immigrated to the United States where he completed an internship at the Flower-Fifth Avenue New York Medical Hospital. He is board certified in the United States in psychiatry and neurology.


Dr. Pearl offers his patients treatment options for a wide range of issues. His private practice provides traditional psychotherapy, psychiatric diagnosis, and medical prescriptions when necessary. While the doctor treats many different disorders, these are just a few of the situations in which he specializes in treating:


●   Anxiety/Depression

●   Adjustment disorders


●   Bipolar Disorder

●   Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

●   Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

●   Interpersonal relationships counseling

●   And more…


Dr. Pearl strives to create a welcoming environment in which each of his patients can feel comfortable enough to be honest and truly explore their situation. He makes an effort to connect to each of his patients on an individual level to develop strong, lasting bonds. His patients have commented on how the doctor is extremely punctual with appointments, and also that he offers patients new perspectives to work with. He is cited as being a thoughtful and trustworthy doctor with a lot of knowledge and experience to offer his patients.


Dr. Pearl can be contacted at the following address:


135 West 70th Street, Suite 1C

New York, NY 10023

(212) 724-5188

2. Maurice Markewich, MD (5 Stars)

Dr. Maurice Markewich has been practicing psychiatry for over 50 years in New York. He attended medical school at the New York Medical College in Valhalla (formerly known as the New York Homeopathic Medical College and Flower Hospital) and went on to complete his first residency in psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He also has training and education in the field of neurology in addition to his extensive experience and expertise in psychiatry.


Dr. Markewich works with a wide range of psychiatric disorders and issues. He provides care to  his patients in the form of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, and offers assistance in the case that there’s a psychiatric emergency with a patient. Some of the many disorders that the doctor treats and works with include the following:


●   ADD and ADHD

●   Bipolar Disorder

●   Dissociative disorders

●   Schizophrenia

●   Insomnia

●   Depression

●   Depressive Disorder

●   Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

●   Insomnia and other sleep disorders

●   And more…


Dr. Markewich received the Compassionate Doctor Recognition in 2018 from Vitals.com, and indeed. In their reviews, patients have noted the fact that he’s a compassionate and highly attentive psychiatrist. This doctor’s patients say that he pays close attention to them and that he listens carefully during every appointment so that he can truly get to know and understand each of his patients. Dr. Markewich has also been said to have a light attitude and a good sense of humor that lends itself to helping patients feel more comfortable in the office. His techniques have sometimes been described as “unconventional”, but nonetheless quite effective.


Dr. Markewich can be contacted at the following address:


301 E. 21st Street

New York City, NY 10010

(212) 674-2979


3. Joshua Issac Dorsky, MD (5 Stars)

Dr. Joshua Issac Dorsky is a board certified psychiatrist with a private practice in New York City that has been open to patients since 1990. Dr. Dorsky graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine with a medical degree in 1986, and then completed an internship at the University of New York Medical Center. Shortly thereafter, he completed three residencies in psychiatry at the New York University hospitals. He has been in practice for over 30 years. In addition to his education and experience, Dr. Dorsky has also received a certification in psychiatry and neurology. He is currently a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the North Shore-LIJ Medical Group in addition to operating his own private psychiatry practice.


Dr. Dorsky works with numerous psychiatric disorders and ailments, but he has the highest level of expertise when it comes to treating Bipolar Disorder, personality disorders, and mood disorders. He has also successfully treated the following disorders:


●       Depression/anxiety disorders

●       Insomnia

●       ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

●       Eating disorders

●       Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

●       Mental illnesses (like schizophrenia)

●       Adjustment disorders

●       Phobias

●       Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

●       And more…


For 34 years, Dr. Dorsky has offered psychotherapy and talk therapy methods to patients, as well as psychosocial interventions and medication prescriptions when needed. The doctor chooses his treatment methods and (when relevant) medications for the patient on a case-by-case basis and pays close attention to the needs and desires of every patient. His philosophy is firmly rooted in providing non-judgmental, compassionate care that is specially tailored to each person. Reviewers who have visited Dr. Dorsky repeatedly comment on how the doctor takes the necessary time to consider the situation before deciding on an exact treatment plan or medication.


Dr. Dorsky can be found at this address:


210 E. 64th Street

New York, NY 10065

(212) 434-3365


4. Daniel D. Kuhn, MD (5 Stars)

Dr. Daniel Kuhn is an integrative psychiatrist in New York who has developed his own psychiatric method known as the Kuhn Technique. He has been practicing for 45+ years and has worked as a psychiatrist across the world. His clinic, Integrative Neuropsychiatric Services of New York, specializes in offering psychotherapy using the Kuhn Technique. This technique has been particularly helpful for individuals suffering from PTSD, anxiety and depression, and dissociative disorders because of its emphasis on peak performance and hypno-cognitive therapy methods. However, the Kuhn Technique is applicable in a wide variety of situations.


In 1968, Dr. Kuhn graduated with a medical degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Hadassah Medical School. He completed his first internship in Israel at the Hadassah Medical Center. Upon immigrating to the United States he completed multiple residencies, including a residency in psychiatry at the Montefiore Medical Center, in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and a final residency at the Stony Brook University Hospital. He is certified in both psychiatry and neurology.


Dr. Kuhn works with children, adolescents, and adults. He offers psychiatric services related to the following disorders (among other issues not listed here):


●   Mood disorders

●   Depression/Anxiety

●   Insomnia and other sleep disorders

●   Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


●   Bipolar disorder

●   Schizophrenia

●   Personality disorders

●   And more


Dr. Kuhn’s practice name, location, and contact information are listed below:


Integrative Neuropsychiatric Services

200 W. 57th Street, Suite 1205

New York, NY 10019

(212) 315-1755


5. Inna Yuryev-Golger, MD (3.3 Stars)

Dr. Inna Yurev-Golger is a privately practicing psychiatrist in New York City with an excellent reputation for providing quality care and service. She runs her practice on Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn and accepts Medicaid insurance. Dr. Yurev-Golger not only provides in-person therapy sessions, but also offers video meetings so that patients have the option to obtain help from the comfort and safety of their own home. Her patients have often commented on her attentiveness to detail and caring manner during appointments; Dr. Yuryev-Golger can conduct appointments in English, Russian, and Ukrainian and serves a large community in the New York City and Brooklyn area.


Dr. Yuryev-Golger graduated with her medical degree from the Kharkov Medical School in Ukraine, and then subsequently completed her first residency at the Kharkov Medical Hospital. After coming to the United States, she then completed another residency in psychiatry at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. The doctor holds medical qualifications in both neurology as well as psychiatry, which lends her a unique perspective in her practice and increases her ability to successfully diagnose and treat patients regardless of their situation.


With over 46 years of experience, Dr. Yuryev-Golger specializes in treating patients with the following disorders:

●       ADHD

●       Bipolar Disorder

●       Depression

●       Anxiety

●       Schizophrenia.


Dr. Yuryev-Golger regularly works with people who face all kinds of psychiatric issues beyond the specializations of her psychiatric practice however, and has also treated patients with sleep problems, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, eating disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, dementia and other memory impairment diseases. She offers both psychotherapy services and pharmacology/medication management services to her patients.


Dr. Yuryev-Golger can be reached at the following address and phone number:


Inna Yuryev Golger Psychiatry

2409 Ocean Ave., Unit #1F

Brooklyn, NY 11229

(718) 444-7774


6. Karen R. Ballaban-Gil, MD (3.7 Stars)

Dr. Karen Ballaban-Gil has been practicing for 34+ years in the Bronx as a psychiatrist and neurologist. In 1986 she graduated with her medical degree from the Albany Medical College of the Union University in addition to holding two certifications in urology. She has completed multiple residencies at more than one hospital, including a residency at the John Hopkins Hospital as well as affiliated hospitals, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the Montefiore Medical Center.


Dr. Ballaban-Gil provides psychiatric care to individuals from all ages and walks of life, but she specializes in working with children and adolescents. She is board certified in pediatrics and child neurology and works regularly with young people. Some of the most common disorders and issues that the doctor works with for you young clientele include:


●       Epilepsy

●       Chronic headaches and migraines

●       Sleep disorders

●       Autism

●       Developmental disabilities

●       Narcolepsy

●       Cerebrovascular disease

●       Vascular disease

●       Stroke

●       Birth defects

●       And more…


Dr. Ballaban-Gil places a focus on the role of nutrition in psychiatric health and is a proponent of the ketogenic diet. She frequently assists her patients by recommending dietary options that would help them overcome their unique situation, and her patients frequently cite her communication skills and listening ability as being a huge “plus”. Reviewers also noted her dedication to helping patients at every step in the process of recovery; even when she recommended that a patient be transferred to a different, more specialized doctor, she continued communicating with the patient and the new doctor to ensure that the care was adequate and worthwhile.


Dr. Ballaban-Gil can be contacted at the following address:


Montefiore Hospital Children’s Center

3415 Bainbridge Ave.

Bronx, NY 10467

(718) 920-4378


7. Iskander D. Enikeev, MD (3.8 Stars)

Dr. Iskander Enikeev has been practicing psychiatry for over 40 years with experience working with people across the world. In 1980, he received his medical degree from the Kazan State Medical University in Russia. After immigrating to the United States, the doctor was a fellow at the Law and Medical Ethics Center in Chicago, and afterwards he completed an internship at the Maimonides Medical Center in New York and a residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. He can conduct psychiatric appointments with patients in either Russian or English.


Dr. Enikeev works with patients using a few different psychiatric methods. He offers psychiatric diagnosis and evaluation as well as conducting psychological and neuropsychological tests; then he uses specialized therapeutic procedures to assist patients when necessary. He treats patients for many different disorders and psychiatric issues, but he has specifically worked with the following disorders:


●       Anxiety disorders

●       Phobias

●       Bipolar disorder

●       Eating disorders

●       ADD/ADHD

●       Dissociative disorders

●       And more…


Dr. Enikeev’s patients frequently noted that the doctor was very attentive and followed up with them after every visit to ensure their well being. They also noticed that the wait time before a scheduled appointment was comparatively low and very reasonable, which for many patients only added to this doctor’s value. He is also very willing to answer questions and pays close attention to the needs and concerns of his patients.


Dr. Enikeev can be reached at the following address and phone number:


Downtown Psychiatric Group – Brooklyn

7 Corbin Place, Unit C1

Brooklyn, NY 11235

(718) 331-3800

8. Amanda Itzkoff, MD (4.3 Stars)

Amanda Itzkoff has been practicing psychiatry for 21+ years in New York City. She graduated from Cornell University with her undergraduate degree and was the valedictorian of her class. She then went on to receive her medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine. After receiving her medical degree, she participated in a training and residency in psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she remains a part of the faculty. She has received many awards and recognitions, including the Adele Zinberg Award for Women’s Leadership in Psychiatry.


Dr. Itzkoff offers psychiatric services to people with a wide range of issues, but she has a particular interest in working with addictions, eating disorders, and mood disorders like anxiety and depression. These are only some of the many disorders/situations that Dr. Itzkoff treats on a regular basis in her practice:


●       Depression/Anxiety

●       Adult ADD/ADHD

●       Reproductive psychiatry (including couple’s and marriage counseling)

●       Substance abuse/dependency

●       Bipolar disorder

●       Eating disorders

●       PTSD

●       Asperger’s Syndrome

●       Autism

●       And more…


Dr. Itzkoff is one of the few psychiatrists in New York City who offers ketamine therapy to individuals who are struggling with addiction, mood disorders, chronic pain, and PTSD and OCD disorders. Her practice at NYC Private Psychiatry also offers traditional psychotherapy, pharmacology services, addiction treatment, and Brainsway dTMS for depressive disorders. Her patients admire her dedication to continuous learning and appreciate her non-judgmental, affectionate attitude. Reviewers also noted how she was dedicated to helping her patients problem-solve no matter their situation.


Dr. Itzkoff can be found at the following address:


NYC Private Psychiatry

515 Madison Ave., 21st Floor

New York, NY 10022

(917) 982-2184


9. Scott Efraim Hirsch, MD (3 Stars)

Dr. Scott Efraim Hirsch is a psychiatrist in the Medicaid network who has been serving New York City and the surrounding areas as a psychiatrist for 19+ years. He studied at New York University, where he received his medical degree in 2001. A few years later in 2007, he completed his residency in psychiatry and neurology at the New York University Medical Center. He also holds a certification in urology. He has been in practice for over a decade. Currently, Dr. Hirsch is a clinical associate professor of neurology, psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Grossman School of Medicine at New York University.


Dr. Hirsch has a special interest in the behavioral complications of neurological disorders, but he treats a number of different psychiatric problems. He has worked specifically with Bipolar Disorder, depression and depressive disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), epilepsy, panic and anxiety disorders, dementia, schizophrenia, and more. As an assistant professor at New York University, Dr. Hirsch regularly conducts studies and participates in continued education, so his knowledge and abilities to help his patients are always expanding.


Dr. Hirsch’s patients have commented on how genuine and friendly the doctor is, and that they immediately felt calmer and more confident even moments after walking into his office. He is in high demand in New York City because of his strong commitment to helping his patients succeed in overcoming their struggles and because of his friendly and affectionate manner. He is a highly knowledgeable psychiatrist with a careful eye for detail.


Dr. Hirsch can be contacted at the following address:


NYU Langone Health

223 E. 34th Street

New York, NY 10016

(646) 558-0800

10. Mary A. O’Dowd, MD (3 Stars)

Dr. Mary O’Dowd has been in practice as a psychiatrist and geriatrician for 44+ years in New York. She obtained her medical degree from New York Medical College in 1976. She is licensed to practice medicine in both New York State and Maryland. Dr. O’Dowd has completed a residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Psychiatry as well as a residency at the Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in Internal Medicine. She is a well-rounded doctor with a diverse set of knowledge and expertise in multiple medical fields and regularly participates in educational opportunities to continue growing and learning as a professional psychiatrist.


Dr. O’Dowd holds multiple certifications in the psychiatric specialties of addiction, geriatrics, and forensics, as well as a certification in neurology. She treats many different disorders but specializes in working with the following psychiatric issues:


●       Borderline Personality Disorder

●       Adjustment Disorder

●       Memory impairment illnesses

●       Cognitive problems

●       Psychosomatic disorders

●       Addictions

●       And more…


Dr. O’Dowd has a special focus on geriatric disorders and works most frequently with older patients, although she also sees younger patients as well. She focuses on helping patients overcome the issues associated with addiction, old age, eating disorders, and more through a thoughtful and careful process that’s customized to each patient.


Dr. O’Dowd can be found at the following address:


111 E. 210th Street

Bronx, NY 10467

(718) 920-4796