Betsy  O'Brien

Betsy O'Brien


Psychiatrist, MD Practice: Skypiatrist
New York, New Jersey, Illinois Accepting Online

Dr. O'Brien provides remote sessions only. She is licensed in NJ, NY, and IL and can see patients living in any of those states

Dr. O'Brien does not treat Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Updated September 17, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Bipolar disorder

Professional statement

Dr. O’Brien is a dual board certified psychiatrist in adult psychiatry and consultation liaison psychiatry, which is the treatment of psychiatric symptoms in people with medical comorbidities. Dr. O'Brien graduated cum laude with distinction in psychology from Yale University. She went on to receive her MD from Mount Sinai Medical School and completed residency and fellowship training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City where she served as chief resident.

She focuses her treatment on general psychiatry including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, psychotic disorders, and identity issues. She does not treat ADHD. Her additional training includes specialty training in reproductive psychiatry and treating women in all stages of the reproductive cycle.

Her treatment philosophy emphasizes treatment of the whole individual. She pieces together symptoms that are due to physical illness, medication side effects, and the patient's psychiatric diagnosis. She believes psychopharmacological interventions are an important part of a treatment plan, alleviating symptoms and allowing a patient to better function in their day to day life. Medication also can stabilize symptoms so that a patient can effectively participate in other modalities of care such as therapy. Dr. O'Brien only sees patient's through telemedicine, allowing her flexibility to have unique office hours.

Dr. O'Brien's outside interests include skiing, playing tennis, running, and reading. She has an interest in the stock market and had worked for Lehman Brothers prior to pursuing her medical education. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children.

Message to clients

My name is Dr. OBrien and I look forward to working with you to realize your goals. I specialize in medication management of most conditions within the scope of general psychiatry, except ADHD. I treat patients on a HIPAA compliant videochat at Skypiatrist, which allows your treatment to take place in an environment and at a time that is most comfortable and convenient for you.

I have a strong belief that it is everyone's right to receive high quality psychiatric treatment and participate with several insurance panels.


Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Bipolar disorder - Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)
  • United Healthcare
  • FIT Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (15min)
  • Initial session: $350 (45min)
  • Medication management sessions: $200 (15min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other month
  • As needed


Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 5:30pm -9:30pm (EST)
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed 4:30pm -8:30 PM (EST)
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Online Sessions (New Jersey)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 5:30pm-9:30pm (EST)
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 4:30pm-8:30pm (EST)
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Illinois)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 4:30pm-8:30pm (CST)
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 3:30pm-7:30pm (CST)
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 11 years

Array Behavioral Care, Telemedicine Psychiatrist , 2018 - Present
Skypiatrist LLC, Outpatient Telemedicine Psychiatrist , 2021 - Present
Mount Sinai Hospital, Assistant professor, psychiatrist , 2015 - 2018
Mount Sinai Hospital, Fellow in Psychosomatic Medicine, 2014 - 2015
Mount Sinai Hospital, Resident in Psychiatry, 2010 - 2014
Mount Sinai Hospital, Chief Resident in Psychiatry, 2013 - 2014

Mount Sinai Hospital, Fellowship Psychosomatic Medicine, ABPN board certified , 2015
Mount Sinai Hospital , Residency psychiatry, ABPN board certified, 2014
Mount Sinai Medical School, MD, 2010
Yale University, Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Cum Laude, 2004


New York: 261787

New Jersey: 25MA10356300

Illinois: 036.146150