Psychiatrists in 08002

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RIMU health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
At RIMU Health we acknowledge the pandemic has greatly impacted mental and general health of our society. We strive to address these challenges by making mental and general health care easily accessible through tele health or tele medicine on our HIPPA compliant Platform. Our services are easily accessible on a computers, smartphones or tablets.
At RIMU Health we acknowledge the pandemic has greatly impacted mental and general health of our society. We strive to address these challenges by making mental and general health care easily accessible through tele health or tele medicine on our HIPPA compliant Platform. Our services are easily accessible on a computers, smartphones or tablets.
(609) 451-1960 View (609) 451-1960
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Krise Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Chinyere Ubah is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a graduate degree (FNP) from Rutgers University, New Jersey , and a postmaster’s certification (PMHNP) from Wilmington University, Delaware . She provides compassionate care to people living and working in New Jersey. She has experience in multiple settings, working with children, adolescents and adults facing various mental health challenges. She provides a personalized and evidence-based medication treatment that is designed to deliver the most optimal mental health outcome for her clients.
Chinyere Ubah is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a graduate degree (FNP) from Rutgers University, New Jersey , and a postmaster’s certification (PMHNP) from Wilmington University, Delaware . She provides compassionate care to people living and working in New Jersey. She has experience in multiple settings, working with children, adolescents and adults facing various mental health challenges. She provides a personalized and evidence-based medication treatment that is designed to deliver the most optimal mental health outcome for her clients.
(856) 545-0328 View (856) 545-0328
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KAL Behavioral Health Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
I am Dr Obinna Ezealor, DNP, PMHNP-BC, owner/founder of KAL Behavioral Health Inc. I have an extensive psychiatric experience, having worked for over 12 years in one of the NJ state-established long-term psychiatric hospital and experience in General and Addiction Psychiatry. I also have experience working both in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and treating clients from various ethnic and cultural groups. I am a highly motivated and organized individual passionate about caring for the mental health and addiction population, and my philosophy is to tailor each client’s care to their need.
I am Dr Obinna Ezealor, DNP, PMHNP-BC, owner/founder of KAL Behavioral Health Inc. I have an extensive psychiatric experience, having worked for over 12 years in one of the NJ state-established long-term psychiatric hospital and experience in General and Addiction Psychiatry. I also have experience working both in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and treating clients from various ethnic and cultural groups. I am a highly motivated and organized individual passionate about caring for the mental health and addiction population, and my philosophy is to tailor each client’s care to their need.
(856) 644-1897 View (856) 644-1897
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Rhapsody Healthcare Systems
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNPc, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
“A listening ear and a caring heart”. We manage mental and behavioral health with an individualized approach, providing care in person or via telepsychiatry. Providing care with empathy and compassion is paramount for all new or recurring mental health / behavioral diagnoses. We manage care using both pharmacological and non-pharmacological / holistic intervention.
“A listening ear and a caring heart”. We manage mental and behavioral health with an individualized approach, providing care in person or via telepsychiatry. Providing care with empathy and compassion is paramount for all new or recurring mental health / behavioral diagnoses. We manage care using both pharmacological and non-pharmacological / holistic intervention.
(609) 316-5794 View (609) 316-5794
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Amber Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients... 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 and Drexel University for my RN-BSN. I provide mental health care & wellness to clients in PA, NJ, FL, & MI. I have practiced in various mental health areas with over ten 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... 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 and Drexel University for my RN-BSN. I provide mental health care & wellness to clients in PA, NJ, FL, & MI. I have practiced in various mental health areas with over ten 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:)
(856) 248-3181 View (856) 248-3181
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Caring Counselors, Inc. (Heather Wilmore, APN)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
My name is Heather Wilmore, APN and I am the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Caring Counselors, Inc. For some, obtaining psychiatric medication management services may feel like a daunting task. When individuals come to my office, my goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where they feel comfortable and heard. I recognize that my patients are the experts when it comes to how they are feeling. So, it’s important for me to really listen to them. I believe it’s my job to help my patients through medication and/or psycho-education to live their best life.
My name is Heather Wilmore, APN and I am the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Caring Counselors, Inc. For some, obtaining psychiatric medication management services may feel like a daunting task. When individuals come to my office, my goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where they feel comfortable and heard. I recognize that my patients are the experts when it comes to how they are feeling. So, it’s important for me to really listen to them. I believe it’s my job to help my patients through medication and/or psycho-education to live their best life.
(856) 421-5405 View (856) 421-5405
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Dr. Obinna Ezealor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
I am Dr Obinna Ezealor, DNP, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I have an extensive psychiatric experience, having worked for over 12 years in one of the NJ state-established long-term psychiatric hospital and experience in General and Addiction Psychiatry. I also have experience working both in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and treating clients from various ethnic and cultural groups. I am a highly motivated and organized individual passionate about caring for the mental health and addiction population, and my philosophy is to tailor each client’s care to their need.
I am Dr Obinna Ezealor, DNP, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I have an extensive psychiatric experience, having worked for over 12 years in one of the NJ state-established long-term psychiatric hospital and experience in General and Addiction Psychiatry. I also have experience working both in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and treating clients from various ethnic and cultural groups. I am a highly motivated and organized individual passionate about caring for the mental health and addiction population, and my philosophy is to tailor each client’s care to their need.
(732) 641-4655 View (732) 641-4655
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Margaret Harbison
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
After graduating with a Degree in Psychology from Georgetown University, I received a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. I began my career as Director of St. Mary's a facility for abused and neglected children/adolescents. I returned to The Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed my internship/residency at Pennsylvania Hospital/Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital. Served as a consultant to the Renfrew Center an eating disorder and women's mental health facility. As Director of Medical Education at Crozer-Chester Hospital I have taught medical students and residents. In practice for 20 years, I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist.
After graduating with a Degree in Psychology from Georgetown University, I received a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. I began my career as Director of St. Mary's a facility for abused and neglected children/adolescents. I returned to The Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed my internship/residency at Pennsylvania Hospital/Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital. Served as a consultant to the Renfrew Center an eating disorder and women's mental health facility. As Director of Medical Education at Crozer-Chester Hospital I have taught medical students and residents. In practice for 20 years, I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist.
(856) 983-3866 x3015 View (856) 983-3866 x3015
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Edward Baruch
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
I am Chief Psychiatrist at PASSNJ, Psychiatric and Addiction Services of Southern New Jersey. My staff and I provide traditional psychiatric care, evaluations, medication monitoring, and therapy for psychiatric patients as well as addicted, substance abusing individuals. Our goal has always been to use the best, safest and most cost effective treatments in order to get people back to their lives as quickly as possible. Some of the psychiatric conditions that we treat are agoraphobia, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, opiate addiction and other substance abuse.
I am Chief Psychiatrist at PASSNJ, Psychiatric and Addiction Services of Southern New Jersey. My staff and I provide traditional psychiatric care, evaluations, medication monitoring, and therapy for psychiatric patients as well as addicted, substance abusing individuals. Our goal has always been to use the best, safest and most cost effective treatments in order to get people back to their lives as quickly as possible. Some of the psychiatric conditions that we treat are agoraphobia, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, opiate addiction and other substance abuse.
(856) 291-5051 View (856) 291-5051
Psychiatric and Recovery Services
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Psychiatric and Recovery Services (formerly Psychiatric and Addiction Services or PASSNJ) treats: depression, opiate addiction, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and much more. We make sure to provide the safest, and most effective treatments in order to get back to their daily lives. We also offer forensic and clinical psychology in addition to our other services for children and adults. We also provide Suboxone or Buprenorphine, for those who are struggling with opiate addiction to help ease the withdrawal process.
Psychiatric and Recovery Services (formerly Psychiatric and Addiction Services or PASSNJ) treats: depression, opiate addiction, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and much more. We make sure to provide the safest, and most effective treatments in order to get back to their daily lives. We also offer forensic and clinical psychology in addition to our other services for children and adults. We also provide Suboxone or Buprenorphine, for those who are struggling with opiate addiction to help ease the withdrawal process.
(856) 872-2693 View (856) 872-2693
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Eboni Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse, DNPc, APN
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002  (Online Only)
“Mental Health is not a destination, it is a journey and a process” (Happiness360). My name is Dr. Eboni Freeman (DNP) and I specialize in psycho-pharmacologic management of mental health symptoms. Everyone is unique in their treatment needs and as a result, the approach to one's Psychiatric Treatment Plan should be an individualized one. I believe in a collaborative approach to practice and am looking forward to working with you in developing the best treatment plan with the goal of optimizing your overall quality of life.
“Mental Health is not a destination, it is a journey and a process” (Happiness360). My name is Dr. Eboni Freeman (DNP) and I specialize in psycho-pharmacologic management of mental health symptoms. Everyone is unique in their treatment needs and as a result, the approach to one's Psychiatric Treatment Plan should be an individualized one. I believe in a collaborative approach to practice and am looking forward to working with you in developing the best treatment plan with the goal of optimizing your overall quality of life.
(856) 521-4744 View (856) 521-4744
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Chris Winfrey
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
I regard my role as a physician as one trusted by the community and public to provide a service that honors patient's whole being. It is a privilege to work with matters that people regard as sacred-issues of their heart and mind. Through New Image Wellness, I work to evaluate concerns that involve medical, psychological, and social issues. The interface of these three domains are best served when balanced. At times, one or more become strained and deserve more attention. When simple solutions and advice doesn't work, it is often helpful to seek medical management and talk therapy.
I regard my role as a physician as one trusted by the community and public to provide a service that honors patient's whole being. It is a privilege to work with matters that people regard as sacred-issues of their heart and mind. Through New Image Wellness, I work to evaluate concerns that involve medical, psychological, and social issues. The interface of these three domains are best served when balanced. At times, one or more become strained and deserve more attention. When simple solutions and advice doesn't work, it is often helpful to seek medical management and talk therapy.
(856) 878-2140 View (856) 878-2140
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Hatice Yilmaz
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
We specialize in treatment resistant DEPRESSION. As a board certified Child, Adolescent, & Adult psychiatrist, our team at Depression Doctors utilize evidence based and FDA approved treatments supported with solid research in treating your depression. At our center, we have been observing significant improvements in individuals with severe and chronic depression even if their symptoms did not improve with multiple antidepressants or combinations. Two cutting edge treatments for though-to-treat major depression are remarkably successful: TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) treatment.
We specialize in treatment resistant DEPRESSION. As a board certified Child, Adolescent, & Adult psychiatrist, our team at Depression Doctors utilize evidence based and FDA approved treatments supported with solid research in treating your depression. At our center, we have been observing significant improvements in individuals with severe and chronic depression even if their symptoms did not improve with multiple antidepressants or combinations. Two cutting edge treatments for though-to-treat major depression are remarkably successful: TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) treatment.
(856) 861-6370 View (856) 861-6370
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Laura G Leahy
Psychiatric Nurse, DrNP, APRN, PMH-FNP, CARN-AP, FAANP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Not accepting new clients
As a Psychiatric & Addictions Advanced Practice Nurse, Therapist and Master Psychopharmacologist, I evaluate the physical, behavioral and emotional issues which are impacting one's quality of life. I partner with my patients to develop a treatment plan which may include various forms of therapy and/or Psychotropic medications to address the issues at hand. To request an appointment, please complete the inquiry https://app.luminello.com/lauraleahypmhnp/form or visit www.APNSolutions.com
As a Psychiatric & Addictions Advanced Practice Nurse, Therapist and Master Psychopharmacologist, I evaluate the physical, behavioral and emotional issues which are impacting one's quality of life. I partner with my patients to develop a treatment plan which may include various forms of therapy and/or Psychotropic medications to address the issues at hand. To request an appointment, please complete the inquiry https://app.luminello.com/lauraleahypmhnp/form or visit www.APNSolutions.com
(856) 517-0266 View (856) 517-0266
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Alaukik Bhasin
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Every person is multidimensional, and we believe healthcare should reflect the uniqueness of each individual. At Nurture Psychiatry we do not see you within the limitations of a diagnosis. Instead, we make an effort to understand your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and how you interpret and interact with the world. We utilize a holistic and collaborative approach, incorporating other members of your healthcare team as needed. We aim to provide support and guidance to help people to retrain their minds and in turn reframe their lives.
Every person is multidimensional, and we believe healthcare should reflect the uniqueness of each individual. At Nurture Psychiatry we do not see you within the limitations of a diagnosis. Instead, we make an effort to understand your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and how you interpret and interact with the world. We utilize a holistic and collaborative approach, incorporating other members of your healthcare team as needed. We aim to provide support and guidance to help people to retrain their minds and in turn reframe their lives.
(609) 469-3399 View (609) 469-3399
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Rebecca Headley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002  (Online Only)
Rebecca, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), has worked in the medical field for over 20 years. She completes initial psychiatric evaluations and also manages and treats anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress, and self-esteem concerns. Rebecca is also a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-BC). Her professional goal is to improve mental health knowledge in the community to decrease the stigma that is currently placed on mental health. Preconceptions of mental health conditions can have a significant impact on one’s life as they may prevent many from seeking care.
Rebecca, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), has worked in the medical field for over 20 years. She completes initial psychiatric evaluations and also manages and treats anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress, and self-esteem concerns. Rebecca is also a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP-BC). Her professional goal is to improve mental health knowledge in the community to decrease the stigma that is currently placed on mental health. Preconceptions of mental health conditions can have a significant impact on one’s life as they may prevent many from seeking care.
(856) 421-6679 View (856) 421-6679
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Pooja Shah MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Hi, I am Dr. Pooja Shah, a board-certified child psychiatrist and adult psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and Autism. If you have worked with a psychiatrist before or are new to seeking mental health care, Welcome! We will start with an initial 90-minute appointment where we go over your symptoms and formulate an evidence-based treatment plan including talk therapy and if appropriate, use of medications where indicated. We can also discuss non-medication alternatives if you prefer a holistic approach. I look forward to partnering with you to help you be the best version of you!
Hi, I am Dr. Pooja Shah, a board-certified child psychiatrist and adult psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and Autism. If you have worked with a psychiatrist before or are new to seeking mental health care, Welcome! We will start with an initial 90-minute appointment where we go over your symptoms and formulate an evidence-based treatment plan including talk therapy and if appropriate, use of medications where indicated. We can also discuss non-medication alternatives if you prefer a holistic approach. I look forward to partnering with you to help you be the best version of you!
(856) 474-3610 View (856) 474-3610
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Synapse Integrative Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
We specialize in the treatment of depression and other disorders including bipolar, ADHD, OCD, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, schizophrenia, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorders (DMDD), substance use, etc. Our expertise is in treating patients with depression, especially Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD), with a thorough diagnostic evaluation, neuropsychological testing, pharmacogenomic testing and using a range of treatment modalities, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and FDA approved medications for TRD including Spravato. We treat children and adults of all ages.
We specialize in the treatment of depression and other disorders including bipolar, ADHD, OCD, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, schizophrenia, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorders (DMDD), substance use, etc. Our expertise is in treating patients with depression, especially Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD), with a thorough diagnostic evaluation, neuropsychological testing, pharmacogenomic testing and using a range of treatment modalities, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and FDA approved medications for TRD including Spravato. We treat children and adults of all ages.
(833) 325-0351 View (833) 325-0351
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Zachariah Pranckun
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified, academically oriented child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who provides psychotherapy and medication management services to clients located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. I use a comprehensive, collaborative, and holistic approach. Please note that I am only providing services through telemedicine and I am not in-network with any insurance providers.
I am a board-certified, academically oriented child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who provides psychotherapy and medication management services to clients located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. I use a comprehensive, collaborative, and holistic approach. Please note that I am only providing services through telemedicine and I am not in-network with any insurance providers.
(610) 590-9062 View (610) 590-9062
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Arise Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002  (Online Only)
Visit AriseW.org to schedule. Arise Wellness offers medication management for Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Perinatal mental health, Trauma and PTSD, Sleep or Insomnia. We incorporate Brief CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy, as appropriate. Please note: This is a telehealth only practice. As such, we does not prescribe controlled medication (such as stimulants or benzodiazepines), in light of DEA regulations. Private Pay rate is $150 for follow-up visit and $275 for initial eval
Visit AriseW.org to schedule. Arise Wellness offers medication management for Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Perinatal mental health, Trauma and PTSD, Sleep or Insomnia. We incorporate Brief CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy, as appropriate. Please note: This is a telehealth only practice. As such, we does not prescribe controlled medication (such as stimulants or benzodiazepines), in light of DEA regulations. Private Pay rate is $150 for follow-up visit and $275 for initial eval
(856) 818-8806 View (856) 818-8806

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 08002

30+

Average cost per session

$210

Psychiatrists in 08002 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
87% Medication Management
84% Bipolar Disorder
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% ADHD
61% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Aetna
85% Cigna and Evernorth
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 08002 see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
29% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 08002?

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.