Sima Christina Paul

Sima Christina Paul

Adult & Child Psychiatrist, MD Adult Psychiatrist, MD Practice: Skypiatrist
New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania Accepting Online
Updated September 19, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • ADHD
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Child mental health
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder

Professional statement

Sima Paul M.D. is a licensed physician practicing psychiatry in NJ, NY, and PA. She works with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. Many of Dr. Paul’s patients are looking for treatment to address anxiety, depression, mood swings, irritability, ADHD, OCD, and identity issues. She is particularly passionate about serving young adults and adolescents, as she specialized with a fellowship in child psychiatry at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, Columbia University. Dr. Paul has advanced training in the areas of ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and depression.

Dr. Paul is trained in medication management for target symptoms. When patients are able to verbalize their symptoms and the changes they would like to see over time, medications are often helpful. Most patients will experience an improvement in whatever symptoms led them to get treatment in the first place.

Dr. Paul's style is direct, straightforward, and compassionate. When she first starts to work with a patient she tries to understand exactly what they are feeling and their symptoms, in their own words.

Dr. Paul credits a great deal of her knowledge of psychiatry care to working in the psychiatric emergency room in the heart of New York City during her residency training.

Since the pandemic, Dr. Paul is doing exclusively telepsychiatry.


Message to clients

My job is to listen to you describe your symptoms and goals, and then work with you to find the most appropriate medications for your situation. I use a collaborative and ongoing approach to medication. In addition, I often encourage patients to seek other therapeutic outlets, including but not limited to talk therapy.

The way you feel in reaction to medication is important, and you will be heard. Together we'll review possible side effects and interactions, and balance all factors to achieve the best possible outcome.

I follow treatment guidelines outlined by the APA, and use evidence-based data to guide my medication choices. Often medications do take time to feel the full effect. Follow-up appointments ensure that the process remains collaborative.


Specialties

ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

Child mental health - Specialized strategies for common childhood disorders including attention issues, attachment problems, behavioral disorders, learning disorders, autism spectrum diagnoses, and feeding or elimination issues.

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

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

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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)
  • FIT Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • Optum
  • Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $250 (30min)
  • Initial session: $450 (60min)
  • Medication management and therapy sessions: $250 (30min)
  • Medication management sessions: $250 (30min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
  • Courtesy billing
  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • As needed

Location(s)

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 4pm-8pm
  • Tue 4pm-8pm
  • Wed 4pm-8pm
  • Thu 4pm-8pm
  • Fri 4pm-8pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 4pm-8pm

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 4pm-8pm
  • Tue 4pm-8pm
  • Wed 4pm-8pm
  • Thu 4pm-8pm
  • Fri 4pm-8pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 4pm-8pm

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

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 20 years

High Focus Centers, Psychiatric Director Lawrenceville site , 2019 - Present
CPC Behavioral Healthcare, Outpatient Psychiatrist , 2018 - 2019
Hunterdon Medical Center, Attending Physician and Inpatient Psychiatrist, 2016 - 2018
Family Services Association , Outpatient Psychiatrist , 2015 - 2016
University Behavioral Health Care at Rutgers University, Attending Psychiatric Physician, 2014 - 2015
Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center, Attending Psychiatric Physician, 2012 - 2014

St. Luke's- Roosevelt Hospital Center University Hospital of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Psychiatric Residency training , 2007
Ross University School of Medicine , MD, 2001


Licensure

New Jersey: 25MA09445600

New York: 2665041

Pennsylvania: MD456125


Languages

English