Psychiatrists in 07030

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Dr. Arnab Datta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hoboken, NJ 07030  (Online Only)
Arnab Datta, MD is a general psychiatrist, talk therapist, addiction psychiatrist, couples therapist and meditation/EMDR doctor in one. Dr. Datta was a meditation teacher, singer and artist before becoming an MD. Most of his patients want the truth ie. a great listener who provides real world congruent answers to their specific problems in the fewest sessions. You don’t need to be an addict to see Dr. Datta either. He’s a controlled substance specialist who treats adderall, benzos and suboxone patients. Those who have done ayahuasca and ketamine have come in for interpretations. All this is provided under one roof and on video chat
Arnab Datta, MD is a general psychiatrist, talk therapist, addiction psychiatrist, couples therapist and meditation/EMDR doctor in one. Dr. Datta was a meditation teacher, singer and artist before becoming an MD. Most of his patients want the truth ie. a great listener who provides real world congruent answers to their specific problems in the fewest sessions. You don’t need to be an addict to see Dr. Datta either. He’s a controlled substance specialist who treats adderall, benzos and suboxone patients. Those who have done ayahuasca and ketamine have come in for interpretations. All this is provided under one roof and on video chat
(551) 303-6031 x1 View (551) 303-6031 x1
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Victory Bay Recovery Center - Detox
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Victory Bay offers a variety of client-centered programs treating Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health. We help our clients successfully detox from drugs and alcohol in a comfortable inpatient or outpatient setting. Accommodations will be made for 24 hour staffing and clients will be cared for by licensed staff including Psychiatrists, APN, RN, etc. Detox is an individualized process, and we have found that a holistic approach is ideal when trying to successfully treat substance use disorder.
Victory Bay offers a variety of client-centered programs treating Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health. We help our clients successfully detox from drugs and alcohol in a comfortable inpatient or outpatient setting. Accommodations will be made for 24 hour staffing and clients will be cared for by licensed staff including Psychiatrists, APN, RN, etc. Detox is an individualized process, and we have found that a holistic approach is ideal when trying to successfully treat substance use disorder.
(201) 596-4868 View (201) 596-4868
Judith Chinonso Uwazuruonye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Experienced provider render Compassionate ,Empathetic, Holistic services. Provides the following modality services to the variety of mental health populations through Telehealth/Virtual : Assessment, Diagnosis, therapeutic counseling ,Psychotherapeutic Medication management , Motivational interviewing. substance Abuse, Substance withdrawal management, Generalized Anxiety, panic attacks, Depression, post traumatic stress Disorder, Bipolar, Gender Dysphoria in Adolescents and Adults, Adjustment Disorder, Schizophrenia, Autism, Attention deficit/ hyperactive disorder, Alcohol use D/O, Oppositional defiant disorder, Phobias etc.
Experienced provider render Compassionate ,Empathetic, Holistic services. Provides the following modality services to the variety of mental health populations through Telehealth/Virtual : Assessment, Diagnosis, therapeutic counseling ,Psychotherapeutic Medication management , Motivational interviewing. substance Abuse, Substance withdrawal management, Generalized Anxiety, panic attacks, Depression, post traumatic stress Disorder, Bipolar, Gender Dysphoria in Adolescents and Adults, Adjustment Disorder, Schizophrenia, Autism, Attention deficit/ hyperactive disorder, Alcohol use D/O, Oppositional defiant disorder, Phobias etc.
(551) 305-4161 View (551) 305-4161
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Linda Chuang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hoboken, NJ 07030
I am a Cornell and NYU educated board certified psychiatrist with extensive training in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Because of my belief in the connection between mind and body, I trained in both psychiatry and internal medicine. I approach patients from a humanistic and holistic view, with an awareness of the interactions of stress and it's impact on the body. My practice is eclectic and I see patients with a variety of psychiatric disorders or patients who simply want to achieve greater happiness and satisfaction in their lives.
I am a Cornell and NYU educated board certified psychiatrist with extensive training in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Because of my belief in the connection between mind and body, I trained in both psychiatry and internal medicine. I approach patients from a humanistic and holistic view, with an awareness of the interactions of stress and it's impact on the body. My practice is eclectic and I see patients with a variety of psychiatric disorders or patients who simply want to achieve greater happiness and satisfaction in their lives.
(201) 820-0658 View (201) 820-0658
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Joseph Siragusa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hoboken, NJ 07030
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and have been providing high-quality psychiatric treatment in NJ for several years. I distinguish myself by having a down-to-earth, collaborative approach to treatment. My practice is in an ultra-private, peaceful location and offer 24/7 accessibility to my clients. You deal with me and only me - not secretaries or administrators. My philosophy in treating clients is to establish a relationship based on mutual respect and understanding. Most of my clients have been with me for years as my dedication to their wellness is paramount to me. I am in this to help people - plain and simple.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and have been providing high-quality psychiatric treatment in NJ for several years. I distinguish myself by having a down-to-earth, collaborative approach to treatment. My practice is in an ultra-private, peaceful location and offer 24/7 accessibility to my clients. You deal with me and only me - not secretaries or administrators. My philosophy in treating clients is to establish a relationship based on mutual respect and understanding. Most of my clients have been with me for years as my dedication to their wellness is paramount to me. I am in this to help people - plain and simple.
(201) 212-4487 View (201) 212-4487
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Bhavin Gajera
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Hoboken, NJ 07030
I am a board certified Psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. After completing my medical school education, I achieved a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Arcadia University. I completed my adult psychiatry residency training at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. During my training at AEMC, I was awarded the prestigious national Distinguished Laughlin Fellow Merit Award for professional achievement and scholarship. I completed my Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Mount Sinai Health system - St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan where I also served as a Chief Fellow.
I am a board certified Psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. After completing my medical school education, I achieved a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Arcadia University. I completed my adult psychiatry residency training at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. During my training at AEMC, I was awarded the prestigious national Distinguished Laughlin Fellow Merit Award for professional achievement and scholarship. I completed my Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Mount Sinai Health system - St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan where I also served as a Chief Fellow.
(201) 820-0888 View (201) 820-0888
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Ozan Toy
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
3 Endorsed
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Ideal client is someone who desires a partner in addressing their mental health. I view the patient-doctor relationship as a shared decision making process that will facilitate an individually tailored approach to achieve optimal mental health. I use a holistic approach and consider biological, psychological, and social aspects of a client's life to determine the best treatment paradigms. Whether you are looking for a skilled talk therapist or need assistance with medications, I am confident that I can help you achieve your goals.
Ideal client is someone who desires a partner in addressing their mental health. I view the patient-doctor relationship as a shared decision making process that will facilitate an individually tailored approach to achieve optimal mental health. I use a holistic approach and consider biological, psychological, and social aspects of a client's life to determine the best treatment paradigms. Whether you are looking for a skilled talk therapist or need assistance with medications, I am confident that I can help you achieve your goals.
(201) 559-8306 View (201) 559-8306
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Ngozi Nkemka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Ngozi is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner on the Mindful Care team practicing out of New Jersey.
Ngozi is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner on the Mindful Care team practicing out of New Jersey.
(551) 305-4535 View (551) 305-4535
Michael John Magera
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hoboken, NJ 07030
My typical patient is a working professional, single or married, seeking a higher degree of career and relationship satisfaction. Often he or she is seeking assistance with how to navigate significant life transitions, for instance, marriage, parenthood, a job change or promotion, or issues related to loss and bereavement. I address the emotional growing pains associated with major life change and role transitions, and also help my patients formulate both effective coping strategies and goals for their future. My clients are motivated to better understand themselves so as to achieve a greater degree of fulfillment in important areas of their lives.
My typical patient is a working professional, single or married, seeking a higher degree of career and relationship satisfaction. Often he or she is seeking assistance with how to navigate significant life transitions, for instance, marriage, parenthood, a job change or promotion, or issues related to loss and bereavement. I address the emotional growing pains associated with major life change and role transitions, and also help my patients formulate both effective coping strategies and goals for their future. My clients are motivated to better understand themselves so as to achieve a greater degree of fulfillment in important areas of their lives.
(201) 713-2997 View (201) 713-2997
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Ketnie Aristide
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Ketnie is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner on the Mindful Care team practicing out of New Jersey.
Ketnie is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner on the Mindful Care team practicing out of New Jersey.
(551) 465-5226 View (551) 465-5226
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Christelle McClure
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hoboken, NJ 07030  (Online Only)
I'm Dr. Christelle McClure, a doctoral-prepared and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, excited to embark on the journey to optimal mental well-being with you. With over 12 years of nursing experience, I've had the privilege of working with diverse populations across the lifespan at various levels of care. I am passionate about implementing evidence-based practices and taking a holistic, patient-centered approach to treating mental health disorders.
I'm Dr. Christelle McClure, a doctoral-prepared and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, excited to embark on the journey to optimal mental well-being with you. With over 12 years of nursing experience, I've had the privilege of working with diverse populations across the lifespan at various levels of care. I am passionate about implementing evidence-based practices and taking a holistic, patient-centered approach to treating mental health disorders.
(201) 740-5836 View (201) 740-5836
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Andrea Nagy-Hallett M.d. (She-Her-Hers)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hoboken, NJ 07030
I am an adult psychiatrist with 20+ years of experience in the outpatient setting. I treat patients with different symptoms including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, OCD. Nevertheless my specialty is adult ADHD/ADD that effects 4-5% of the adult population. If you have been struggling with periodic depression and frequent anxiety, if you feel overwhelmed with your every-day responsibilities and you have tried different medications with limited result, you may be suffering from adult ADHD/ADD. I can diagnose and treat you for this very confusing condition.
I am an adult psychiatrist with 20+ years of experience in the outpatient setting. I treat patients with different symptoms including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, OCD. Nevertheless my specialty is adult ADHD/ADD that effects 4-5% of the adult population. If you have been struggling with periodic depression and frequent anxiety, if you feel overwhelmed with your every-day responsibilities and you have tried different medications with limited result, you may be suffering from adult ADHD/ADD. I can diagnose and treat you for this very confusing condition.
(201) 654-3864 View (201) 654-3864
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Cristina Lanzillotta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hoboken, NJ 07030
As a UPenn-trained psychiatrist, I work with you to craft a personalized treatment strategy, which may include medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. My commitment is to establish a lasting, trusted partnership with you aimed at enriching your overall well-being. Together, we collaborate to create a plan tailored to meet your unique needs and circumstances.
As a UPenn-trained psychiatrist, I work with you to craft a personalized treatment strategy, which may include medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. My commitment is to establish a lasting, trusted partnership with you aimed at enriching your overall well-being. Together, we collaborate to create a plan tailored to meet your unique needs and circumstances.
(484) 372-4599 View (484) 372-4599
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Oluseyi Aluko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Oluseyi Aluko, PMHNP-BC is a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at Mindful Care New Jersey. Oluseyi holds a Masters of Science in Nursing Informatics from Excelsior College, Albany NY and a Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from Fairleigh Dickinson University NJ. In his practice, he believes the most important part of patient care is "the ability to really listen to the patient and to focus intensely on what the patient really needs."
Oluseyi Aluko, PMHNP-BC is a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at Mindful Care New Jersey. Oluseyi holds a Masters of Science in Nursing Informatics from Excelsior College, Albany NY and a Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from Fairleigh Dickinson University NJ. In his practice, he believes the most important part of patient care is "the ability to really listen to the patient and to focus intensely on what the patient really needs."
(201) 308-8252 View (201) 308-8252
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Alla Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Not accepting new clients
Hello! I am a Columbia and NYU-trained, board-certified psychiatrist specializing in treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. At our initial session, we'll discuss what brought you here, your previous treatment experiences, and your goals. Together, we will come up with a plan for helping you feel better. This may include therapy, medication, or a combination of both. If you are already seeing a therapist, I am happy to work closely with them and provide medication management.
Hello! I am a Columbia and NYU-trained, board-certified psychiatrist specializing in treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. At our initial session, we'll discuss what brought you here, your previous treatment experiences, and your goals. Together, we will come up with a plan for helping you feel better. This may include therapy, medication, or a combination of both. If you are already seeing a therapist, I am happy to work closely with them and provide medication management.
(929) 298-3354 View (929) 298-3354
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Esther Kuffour
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Hoboken, NJ 07030  (Online Only)
Esther Kuffour is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who treats clients across the lifespan with various mental health and behavioral issues. She works with clients of all ages and treats clients with several moods and mental health disorders, which include but are not limited to bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, anxiety, panic attacks, sleep issues, etc. She is passionate about her work and treats clients with respect and dignity.
Esther Kuffour is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who treats clients across the lifespan with various mental health and behavioral issues. She works with clients of all ages and treats clients with several moods and mental health disorders, which include but are not limited to bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, anxiety, panic attacks, sleep issues, etc. She is passionate about her work and treats clients with respect and dignity.
(732) 517-7815 View (732) 517-7815
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Lashon Simpson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Hoboken, NJ 07030  (Online Only)
I’m a Psychiatric Provider that listens, shows compassion, and empathizes. I look forward to helping you rebuild your mental health by providing both pharmacological and holistic treatment plans. Rather you have ADHD, Depression, anxiety and/or insomnia, help is just a call away. We treat each client from a personal perspective and provide individualized psychiatric treatment plans that helps to rebuild your mental health.
I’m a Psychiatric Provider that listens, shows compassion, and empathizes. I look forward to helping you rebuild your mental health by providing both pharmacological and holistic treatment plans. Rather you have ADHD, Depression, anxiety and/or insomnia, help is just a call away. We treat each client from a personal perspective and provide individualized psychiatric treatment plans that helps to rebuild your mental health.
(201) 380-8948 View (201) 380-8948
Monica Benjamin
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Monica is a Certified Physician Assistant on the Mindful Care team practicing out of New York and New Jersey.
Monica is a Certified Physician Assistant on the Mindful Care team practicing out of New York and New Jersey.
(929) 822-5392 View (929) 822-5392
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Kiasili Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, DDS
Verified
Hoboken, NJ 07030  (Online Only)
Dr. Liz Mulwa is an English, Swahili, and Kikuyu speaking Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, with a doctor of Dentistry background. Clients struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD among others may wonder about how to resolve. Expect a client-centered treatment journey in a safe and welcoming environment that allows you or your loved ones to explore obstacles with concerns related to ADHD, anxiety, depression, and/or other issues. Liz focus is to help clients feel empowered, develop assertiveness, and develop better coping skills. We encourage clients to establish and maintain quality communication & boundaries around themself.
Dr. Liz Mulwa is an English, Swahili, and Kikuyu speaking Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, with a doctor of Dentistry background. Clients struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD among others may wonder about how to resolve. Expect a client-centered treatment journey in a safe and welcoming environment that allows you or your loved ones to explore obstacles with concerns related to ADHD, anxiety, depression, and/or other issues. Liz focus is to help clients feel empowered, develop assertiveness, and develop better coping skills. We encourage clients to establish and maintain quality communication & boundaries around themself.
(908) 883-4526 View (908) 883-4526
Photo of Amber Nelson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 07030, NJ
Amber Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, APN, FNP-BC
Verified
Hoboken, NJ 07030  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients in PA, NJ, FL, & MI- Telehealth Only. Please send us an email! I am a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through AANP, and I graduated from Frontier Nursing University with my MSN & Drexel University for my BSN. I provide mental health care & wellness to clients. I have practiced in various mental health areas with 10+ years of experience providing care to children through geriatrics. I’ve always had a passion for the mental health specialty in caring for clients and providing positive client outcomes for themselves as well as their families. I make a great effort to provide safe client care.
Currently accepting new patients in PA, NJ, FL, & MI- Telehealth Only. Please send us an email! I am a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through AANP, and I graduated from Frontier Nursing University with my MSN & Drexel University for my BSN. I provide mental health care & wellness to clients. I have practiced in various mental health areas with 10+ years of experience providing care to children through geriatrics. I’ve always had a passion for the mental health specialty in caring for clients and providing positive client outcomes for themselves as well as their families. I make a great effort to provide safe client care.
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Number of Psychiatrists in 07030

50+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 07030 who prioritize treating:

86% Anxiety
84% Depression
76% ADHD
71% Medication Management
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
62% Bipolar Disorder
60% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Cigna and Evernorth
82% Aetna
77% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 07030 see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 07030?

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.