Psychiatrists in 07728

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Althea Andrade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728
Althea Andrade is a PMHNP-BC with years of experience in treating children, adolescence adults and geriatric population with various mental illnesses not limited to ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, mood disorders, Gender identity disorders, eating disorder etc. Currently licensed in NJ, NY, and FL. Graduated with Presidential honor at Chamberlain University and honors at Walden University . Strongly believe mental health is wealth, and with a dynamic treatment of medication combined with psychotherapy client will benefit a great deal and be able to function effectively in society. Strongly believe in the well-being of my patient
Althea Andrade is a PMHNP-BC with years of experience in treating children, adolescence adults and geriatric population with various mental illnesses not limited to ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, mood disorders, Gender identity disorders, eating disorder etc. Currently licensed in NJ, NY, and FL. Graduated with Presidential honor at Chamberlain University and honors at Walden University . Strongly believe mental health is wealth, and with a dynamic treatment of medication combined with psychotherapy client will benefit a great deal and be able to function effectively in society. Strongly believe in the well-being of my patient
(732) 243-0765 View (732) 243-0765
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Joseph Spitalieri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
Born and raised in Brooklyn NY. I completed my Associates in Applied Science Nursing From Brookdale Community College, Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Aspen University, and Masters of Science in Nursing at Walden University. I currently hold the title of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in New York, New Jersey and Florida. I have worked the last 4 years in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY.
Born and raised in Brooklyn NY. I completed my Associates in Applied Science Nursing From Brookdale Community College, Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Aspen University, and Masters of Science in Nursing at Walden University. I currently hold the title of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in New York, New Jersey and Florida. I have worked the last 4 years in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY.
(732) 393-8391 View (732) 393-8391
CRP Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
Christine Possemato has closed her private practice to medication management and is now at CPC Integrated Health. Please contact them at 800-250-9811 to schedule. All insurances accepted. Specialties include eating disorders and peri/postnatal concerns.
Christine Possemato has closed her private practice to medication management and is now at CPC Integrated Health. Please contact them at 800-250-9811 to schedule. All insurances accepted. Specialties include eating disorders and peri/postnatal concerns.
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L. E. Loray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I have worked with clients across the lifespan, specializing in depression and anxiety disorders, mood dysregulation, trauma, addictions, attachment disruptions, and those struggling with adjustment and difficult transitions through life. My main approach to treatment is developing a collaborative relationship with my clients to enhance and foster an environment where patients feel validated while working to improve their psychosocial functioning. For those looking for a more holistic approach to treating mental health issues, I also offer Integrative Psychiatry services.
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I have worked with clients across the lifespan, specializing in depression and anxiety disorders, mood dysregulation, trauma, addictions, attachment disruptions, and those struggling with adjustment and difficult transitions through life. My main approach to treatment is developing a collaborative relationship with my clients to enhance and foster an environment where patients feel validated while working to improve their psychosocial functioning. For those looking for a more holistic approach to treating mental health issues, I also offer Integrative Psychiatry services.
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Sajjad A. Zaidi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
Sajjad Zaidi, M.D. is Medical Director and founder of Freehold Child Diagnostic Center, Inc. Dr. Zaidi is Triple Board Certified in Psychiatry/Neurology, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Zaidi's background has encompassed over thirty years of extensive and diverse experience in the field of Child, Adolescent & Family Psychiatry. Office locations in Freehold and Neptune, NJ.
Sajjad Zaidi, M.D. is Medical Director and founder of Freehold Child Diagnostic Center, Inc. Dr. Zaidi is Triple Board Certified in Psychiatry/Neurology, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Zaidi's background has encompassed over thirty years of extensive and diverse experience in the field of Child, Adolescent & Family Psychiatry. Office locations in Freehold and Neptune, NJ.
(732) 479-7241 View (732) 479-7241
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Valerie Molinari
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNHP, APN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
I am licensed in New Jersey and New York as a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have worked in a variety of Mental Health settings throughout my career.
I am licensed in New Jersey and New York as a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have worked in a variety of Mental Health settings throughout my career.
(732) 393-8391 View (732) 393-8391
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Mercy Health & Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728  (Online Only)
Odette is a highly skilled and compassionate psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a deep commitment to mental health and wellness. With extensive clinical experience in a variety of settings, Odette has worked with individuals of all age groups, offering expert assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of a wide range of mental health conditions. Her empathetic and patient-centered approach, combined with a wealth of knowledge, ensures that every patient receives the highest standard of care. Odette is dedicated to improving the lives of those she serves through evidence-based treatment.
Odette is a highly skilled and compassionate psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a deep commitment to mental health and wellness. With extensive clinical experience in a variety of settings, Odette has worked with individuals of all age groups, offering expert assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of a wide range of mental health conditions. Her empathetic and patient-centered approach, combined with a wealth of knowledge, ensures that every patient receives the highest standard of care. Odette is dedicated to improving the lives of those she serves through evidence-based treatment.
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Dianne Ocampo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Psych, MSN APN
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728  (Online Only)
Are you suffering from poor sleep, crying episodes, racing thoughts, panic attacks, irritability, mood swings, poor focus, agitation, distractibility, nightmares, negative thoughts, or suicide thoughts? I have more than 10 years' experience as a psych RN and currently works an APN for the last three years. I specialize in Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorder, and OCD. I keep up with latest research based treatments for Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety, and OCD. My goal is to get my clients back on their feet and live happier.
Are you suffering from poor sleep, crying episodes, racing thoughts, panic attacks, irritability, mood swings, poor focus, agitation, distractibility, nightmares, negative thoughts, or suicide thoughts? I have more than 10 years' experience as a psych RN and currently works an APN for the last three years. I specialize in Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorder, and OCD. I keep up with latest research based treatments for Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety, and OCD. My goal is to get my clients back on their feet and live happier.
(908) 460-7316 View (908) 460-7316
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Chimena P Duke
Psychiatric Nurse, APN
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am Chimena Duke, a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a deep passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. With advanced training and extensive experience in the field of psychiatry, I am committed to providing client-centered care to my patients. I firmly believe that everyone deserves access to quality mental healthcare, and I am dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of those I serve.
Welcome! I am Chimena Duke, a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a deep passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. With advanced training and extensive experience in the field of psychiatry, I am committed to providing client-centered care to my patients. I firmly believe that everyone deserves access to quality mental healthcare, and I am dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of those I serve.
(732) 605-4987 View (732) 605-4987
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Nilda L Chapema
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728  (Online Only)
As a dedicated and experienced Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric Care, I am here to guide you on your journey towards optimal mental health and overall well-being. With a decade of hands-on clinical expertise, I am committed to elevating the standard of mental healthcare through compassionate engagement, preventive strategies, and tailored treatments. My patient-centric approach ensures that your unique needs are met with the utmost care and attention. Together, we can achieve consistently high-quality outcomes, empowering you to lead a fulfilling and balanced life. Let's work together to break the stigma surrounding mental heal
As a dedicated and experienced Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric Care, I am here to guide you on your journey towards optimal mental health and overall well-being. With a decade of hands-on clinical expertise, I am committed to elevating the standard of mental healthcare through compassionate engagement, preventive strategies, and tailored treatments. My patient-centric approach ensures that your unique needs are met with the utmost care and attention. Together, we can achieve consistently high-quality outcomes, empowering you to lead a fulfilling and balanced life. Let's work together to break the stigma surrounding mental heal
(732) 365-4542 View (732) 365-4542
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Dr. Victor G Grosu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728  (Online Only)
Quick appointments are available. I am board certified in Child & Adolescent psychiatry and provide medication management and psychotherapy services to children, adolescents and young adults, ages 8-22, with mental health conditions, including but not limited to ADHD, Depression, OCD, Panic, Mood Disorder, Stress, and Anxiety. I have been practicing psychiatry for over 17 years and was recognized by the NJ Top Doctor magazine as a Top Psychiatrist in 2019. I provide help using a comprehensive approach to treatment. I have frequent sessions with patients which allows me to monitor them closely to minimize side effects.
Quick appointments are available. I am board certified in Child & Adolescent psychiatry and provide medication management and psychotherapy services to children, adolescents and young adults, ages 8-22, with mental health conditions, including but not limited to ADHD, Depression, OCD, Panic, Mood Disorder, Stress, and Anxiety. I have been practicing psychiatry for over 17 years and was recognized by the NJ Top Doctor magazine as a Top Psychiatrist in 2019. I provide help using a comprehensive approach to treatment. I have frequent sessions with patients which allows me to monitor them closely to minimize side effects.
(848) 600-5264 View (848) 600-5264
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Gagandeep Singh, MD, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
The practice of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as Adult Psychiatry, is as exciting as it is varied. This specialty is truly one of the last bastions in modern medicine that allows the practitioner to 'connect' with the patient, and one where the value of the patient's input is not underestimated. My clinical interests include childhood and adolescent depression, other mood disorders, ADHD, child and adolescent anxiety disorders such as OCD, and post traumatic stress disorder. I also work with adults on all of the above issues. I look forward to helping you!
The practice of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as Adult Psychiatry, is as exciting as it is varied. This specialty is truly one of the last bastions in modern medicine that allows the practitioner to 'connect' with the patient, and one where the value of the patient's input is not underestimated. My clinical interests include childhood and adolescent depression, other mood disorders, ADHD, child and adolescent anxiety disorders such as OCD, and post traumatic stress disorder. I also work with adults on all of the above issues. I look forward to helping you!
(609) 644-2978 View (609) 644-2978
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Dr. Leopold Bolona
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
Dr. Leopold Bolona is a compassionate psychiatrist in private practice in Westfield and Brick, and Freehold NJ seeing adults only at this time. The practice has 9 Nurse Practioners offering comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and individualized treatment for a variety of issues such as: Depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, addiction and more. 6 Therapist ready to assist all of our patients. The practice offers both in person and telehealth. All offices offer Genetic testing and Neuropsych testing. The Westfield and Freehold office also offers both TMS and Spravato for Treatment Resistant Depression.
Dr. Leopold Bolona is a compassionate psychiatrist in private practice in Westfield and Brick, and Freehold NJ seeing adults only at this time. The practice has 9 Nurse Practioners offering comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and individualized treatment for a variety of issues such as: Depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, addiction and more. 6 Therapist ready to assist all of our patients. The practice offers both in person and telehealth. All offices offer Genetic testing and Neuropsych testing. The Westfield and Freehold office also offers both TMS and Spravato for Treatment Resistant Depression.
(732) 440-3179 View (732) 440-3179
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The Cohen Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728
Welcome to the Cohen Center....Are you overstressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, or ADD/ADHD symptoms? Perhaps you are struggling with insomnia or depression. These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Are you ready to take the first step? Are you willing to see if medication, ideally, combined with therapy can enhance your life? You will be monitored closely, so that you do not needlessly experience side effects and that optimal treatment gains are obtained. Careful attention will be focused on any physical illnesses. Often the approach leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment
Welcome to the Cohen Center....Are you overstressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, or ADD/ADHD symptoms? Perhaps you are struggling with insomnia or depression. These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Are you ready to take the first step? Are you willing to see if medication, ideally, combined with therapy can enhance your life? You will be monitored closely, so that you do not needlessly experience side effects and that optimal treatment gains are obtained. Careful attention will be focused on any physical illnesses. Often the approach leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment
(732) 675-0011 View (732) 675-0011
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Mendful Minds, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MHS, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728
I am a highly skilled psychiatric nurse practitioner dedicated to helping individuals overcome their mental health challenges and lead fulfilling lives. I'm passionate about empowering patients to take an active role in their mental health and well-being. I work collaboratively with patients to educate them about their conditions, help them develop coping skills, and encourage them to make positive lifestyle changes.
I am a highly skilled psychiatric nurse practitioner dedicated to helping individuals overcome their mental health challenges and lead fulfilling lives. I'm passionate about empowering patients to take an active role in their mental health and well-being. I work collaboratively with patients to educate them about their conditions, help them develop coping skills, and encourage them to make positive lifestyle changes.
(856) 386-7974 View (856) 386-7974
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Monica Ariyo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728
Dr. Monica Ariyo helps clients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Mood disorders, Trauma and PTSD, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Psychiatric evaluation, and medication management.
Dr. Monica Ariyo helps clients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Mood disorders, Trauma and PTSD, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Psychiatric evaluation, and medication management.
(609) 834-3241 View (609) 834-3241
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Abir Marcus
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
At Brain Mind Harmony, Dr. Marcus and colleagues offer a comprehensive treatment addressing the whole person inside and outside. We combine the use of medications, bio identical hormones, nutritional supplements together with individual, family and group therapy. We will work with you in developing a treatment plan that best suit your needs, life style and preferences.Dr. Marcus is board certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine. Our therapists are specialized in Christian counseling, life coaching, EMDR , family, couple and group therapy. Our services are billed as out of network .
At Brain Mind Harmony, Dr. Marcus and colleagues offer a comprehensive treatment addressing the whole person inside and outside. We combine the use of medications, bio identical hormones, nutritional supplements together with individual, family and group therapy. We will work with you in developing a treatment plan that best suit your needs, life style and preferences.Dr. Marcus is board certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine. Our therapists are specialized in Christian counseling, life coaching, EMDR , family, couple and group therapy. Our services are billed as out of network .
(732) 410-6537 View (732) 410-6537
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David Wolff
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728
"Listen to me." "Try to understand me." "Talk to me and work with me to explore solutions." I am board certified in General Psychiatry and I am a member of the Clinical TMS Society. I have been in practice for 25 years. My practice specialty is depression and anxiety. To implement change, I strongly believe in the importance of understanding your goals in entering treatment. Understanding your current and past life experiences is crucial to working with you to make sound recommendations.
"Listen to me." "Try to understand me." "Talk to me and work with me to explore solutions." I am board certified in General Psychiatry and I am a member of the Clinical TMS Society. I have been in practice for 25 years. My practice specialty is depression and anxiety. To implement change, I strongly believe in the importance of understanding your goals in entering treatment. Understanding your current and past life experiences is crucial to working with you to make sound recommendations.
(732) 285-1190 View (732) 285-1190
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Steven Dyckman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728
My practice is built around the dedication to diagnose, treat, and offer preventative alternatives to provide mental health, hope, and self-empowerment to each patient. I understand the complex relationship between emotional suffering, illness, and other medical disorders. I specialize in providing treatment for ADD / ADHD, OCD, ODD, and Mood Disorders for patients of all ages. I have completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and will partner with young patients and their parents to provide an effective strategy to restore balance and harmony for all. Consultations are conducted to establish rapport and create a safe and trustworthy environment.
My practice is built around the dedication to diagnose, treat, and offer preventative alternatives to provide mental health, hope, and self-empowerment to each patient. I understand the complex relationship between emotional suffering, illness, and other medical disorders. I specialize in providing treatment for ADD / ADHD, OCD, ODD, and Mood Disorders for patients of all ages. I have completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and will partner with young patients and their parents to provide an effective strategy to restore balance and harmony for all. Consultations are conducted to establish rapport and create a safe and trustworthy environment.
(732) 238-7711 View (732) 238-7711
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OCA Behavioral Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis.
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis.
(732) 517-7681 View (732) 517-7681

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 07728

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 07728 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
96% Medication Management
81% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
81% Trauma and PTSD
78% Bipolar Disorder
74% ADHD

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Aetna
75% Cigna and Evernorth
75% Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield

How Psychiatrists in 07728 see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

59% Female
41% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 07728?

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.