Psychiatrists in 08003

Photo of Initia Nova - Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, TMS, Psychiatrist in 08003, NJ
Initia Nova - Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, TMS
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Initia Nova is a comprehensive treatment team using advanced medical solutions to treat common problems, specializing in depression, PTSD, anxiety, OCD, addiction, and chronic headaches/migraines. Dr Patrick Sullivan and his team use ketamine infusions, ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP), TMS, NAD+ Brain Restoration Therapy, novel medications like baclofen, and individual psychotherapy to achieve results that were once thought impossible. If you are looking for something different, email us for a free phone consultation. We cater to individuals needing confidentiality and who have busy work and home life schedules. Out Of Network
Initia Nova is a comprehensive treatment team using advanced medical solutions to treat common problems, specializing in depression, PTSD, anxiety, OCD, addiction, and chronic headaches/migraines. Dr Patrick Sullivan and his team use ketamine infusions, ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP), TMS, NAD+ Brain Restoration Therapy, novel medications like baclofen, and individual psychotherapy to achieve results that were once thought impossible. If you are looking for something different, email us for a free phone consultation. We cater to individuals needing confidentiality and who have busy work and home life schedules. Out Of Network
(856) 924-6312 View (856) 924-6312
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Healthy Minds South Jersey
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Dr. Akhil Sethi is board certified in Adult psychiatry. He started his journey in the mental health field from England, having been trained at prestigious institutions, such as: St. Georges Hospital (South London) and in Queen Elizabeth Hospital (West Norfolk, UK), which is affiliated with University of Cambridge. He furthered his training with his psychiatry residency at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio and has had a keen interest in mood and anxiety disorders. He also gained expertise in management of treatment resistant mood disorders. He has done visiting fellowship in ECT from Duke University.
Dr. Akhil Sethi is board certified in Adult psychiatry. He started his journey in the mental health field from England, having been trained at prestigious institutions, such as: St. Georges Hospital (South London) and in Queen Elizabeth Hospital (West Norfolk, UK), which is affiliated with University of Cambridge. He furthered his training with his psychiatry residency at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio and has had a keen interest in mood and anxiety disorders. He also gained expertise in management of treatment resistant mood disorders. He has done visiting fellowship in ECT from Duke University.
(856) 517-2831 View (856) 517-2831
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Clarity Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP, RNFA
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Clarity Psychiatric Care is a boutique-style practice specializing in psychopharmacology (the art of prescribing medication in the field of psychiatry). Our providers, Cristina Sertway and Dr. Amy Carnall, offer office hours in Haddonfield and Elmer and Pennington, NJ. With over 25 years of clinical experience, Cristina and Dr. Amy are University of Pennsylvania, holistically-trained nurse practitioners, emphasizing patient and family-centered care.
Clarity Psychiatric Care is a boutique-style practice specializing in psychopharmacology (the art of prescribing medication in the field of psychiatry). Our providers, Cristina Sertway and Dr. Amy Carnall, offer office hours in Haddonfield and Elmer and Pennington, NJ. With over 25 years of clinical experience, Cristina and Dr. Amy are University of Pennsylvania, holistically-trained nurse practitioners, emphasizing patient and family-centered care.
(856) 302-0667 View (856) 302-0667
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Dr. Tony Issac
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Dr. Issac is an experienced addiction and general psychiatrist with eight years of experience. He has helped many overcome their mental health challenges. Issac evaluates, diagnoses, and treats people based on their medical pathology, nutritional, and hormonal health. People suffering from addictions, or with other mental health challenges, such as anxiety, and depression, can recover with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Combining medications with psychotherapy, Dr. Issac considers various medical factors to treat his patients; he plans comprehensive treatments. His warmth and compassion are welcoming and supportive.
Dr. Issac is an experienced addiction and general psychiatrist with eight years of experience. He has helped many overcome their mental health challenges. Issac evaluates, diagnoses, and treats people based on their medical pathology, nutritional, and hormonal health. People suffering from addictions, or with other mental health challenges, such as anxiety, and depression, can recover with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Combining medications with psychotherapy, Dr. Issac considers various medical factors to treat his patients; he plans comprehensive treatments. His warmth and compassion are welcoming and supportive.
(609) 798-0413 View (609) 798-0413
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Dr. Michelle Crawford
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, adult ADHD, and women's mental health. My approach is to understand your values and struggles in order to design a personalized treatment plan together with you. This may include medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. I am a former practicing OB/GYN who then changed career paths to Psychiatry to focus on treatment of the patient as a whole. My dual background has fostered a deep appreciation of the mind-body connection, an essential part of comprehensive psychiatric treatment.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, adult ADHD, and women's mental health. My approach is to understand your values and struggles in order to design a personalized treatment plan together with you. This may include medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. I am a former practicing OB/GYN who then changed career paths to Psychiatry to focus on treatment of the patient as a whole. My dual background has fostered a deep appreciation of the mind-body connection, an essential part of comprehensive psychiatric treatment.
(856) 925-7010 View (856) 925-7010
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Stephen Neff
Psychiatric Nurse, MDiv, MSN, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
My team and I specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry but have also seen adult clients for nearly 20 years. The bulk of our practice has been anxiety, ADHD and mood disorders in children, adolescents and adults. We have extensive experience with medication management of all levels of pathology from simple trouble focusing in school to suicidal or self-injurious behavior. We also work with special services schools to successfully reduce symptoms related to intellectual disability, mild to severe autism and/or developmental delays. Additionally, another specialty of ours is court-ordered psychiatric evaluations.
My team and I specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry but have also seen adult clients for nearly 20 years. The bulk of our practice has been anxiety, ADHD and mood disorders in children, adolescents and adults. We have extensive experience with medication management of all levels of pathology from simple trouble focusing in school to suicidal or self-injurious behavior. We also work with special services schools to successfully reduce symptoms related to intellectual disability, mild to severe autism and/or developmental delays. Additionally, another specialty of ours is court-ordered psychiatric evaluations.
(609) 552-8192 View (609) 552-8192
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Robert F. McFadden
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
I have expertise in psychodynamics, CBT, and psychopharmacology. I have experience in the clinical assessment and treatment of Adult ADHD, depression and anxiety. In 2015, I was named a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. I am a Three Best Rated Psychiatrist in Philadelphia. I was named a Top Doc in Psychiatry in 2020. I offer initial assessments, coordination of care, and the choice of several treatment modalities (including medication). I do not accept insurance. I can help you submit reimbursement forms to your insurance. Watch "What to Expect at Our First Meeting" on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sv9GGBp0AOU
I have expertise in psychodynamics, CBT, and psychopharmacology. I have experience in the clinical assessment and treatment of Adult ADHD, depression and anxiety. In 2015, I was named a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. I am a Three Best Rated Psychiatrist in Philadelphia. I was named a Top Doc in Psychiatry in 2020. I offer initial assessments, coordination of care, and the choice of several treatment modalities (including medication). I do not accept insurance. I can help you submit reimbursement forms to your insurance. Watch "What to Expect at Our First Meeting" on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sv9GGBp0AOU
(215) 600-4758 View (215) 600-4758
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Nicole Post
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
I am a double Board Certified Psychiatrist in both Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry, with an added Certification in Perinatal Mood Disorders. I specialize in treating Maternal Mental Health, Mood Disorders and Anxiety Disorders in the adult population.
I am a double Board Certified Psychiatrist in both Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry, with an added Certification in Perinatal Mood Disorders. I specialize in treating Maternal Mental Health, Mood Disorders and Anxiety Disorders in the adult population.
(856) 888-4907 View (856) 888-4907
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Alex Strauss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
I am board certified in both Adult psychiatry and Child & Adolescent psychiatry. I have expertise in the use of customized and collaborative therapeutic approaches including individual therapy, CBT, sports psychiatry, supportive therapy and family therapy. I complete a very detailed assessment in order to provide the most appropriate care and treatment plan. As a physician, I also recognize that at times medications are indicated in the recovery process. When appropriate, I will work with you on personalized medication management.
I am board certified in both Adult psychiatry and Child & Adolescent psychiatry. I have expertise in the use of customized and collaborative therapeutic approaches including individual therapy, CBT, sports psychiatry, supportive therapy and family therapy. I complete a very detailed assessment in order to provide the most appropriate care and treatment plan. As a physician, I also recognize that at times medications are indicated in the recovery process. When appropriate, I will work with you on personalized medication management.
(856) 481-3477 View (856) 481-3477
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John O'Reardon MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
I specialize in the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. I especially focus on treatment resistant cases where often you may feel hopeless and despairing. I emphasize a combination of medication and therapy approaches. I collaborate closely with therapists. I also administer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) (TMS) to treat severe depression, along with the best medications have to offer. All of this happens within a supportive therapeutic relationship.
I specialize in the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. I especially focus on treatment resistant cases where often you may feel hopeless and despairing. I emphasize a combination of medication and therapy approaches. I collaborate closely with therapists. I also administer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) (TMS) to treat severe depression, along with the best medications have to offer. All of this happens within a supportive therapeutic relationship.
(856) 238-5241 View (856) 238-5241
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Chris Pagnani MD PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Founder and Medical Director of Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates - a network of over 20 psychiatric providers that are academically focused and utilize evidence based practice. In-office (Philadelphia, and The Main Line in Paoli, PA) and virtual Telehealth psychiatric appointments. We treat anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD. Child and adolescent psychiatric appointments. Fee for service practice, treating moderate levels of psychiatric illness for safety purposes (we do not have admitting privileges or a 24 hour emergency line). Board Certified and licensed in PA, NJ, NY, MD, DE, FL, CA. Visit www.RittenhousePA.com.
Founder and Medical Director of Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates - a network of over 20 psychiatric providers that are academically focused and utilize evidence based practice. In-office (Philadelphia, and The Main Line in Paoli, PA) and virtual Telehealth psychiatric appointments. We treat anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD. Child and adolescent psychiatric appointments. Fee for service practice, treating moderate levels of psychiatric illness for safety purposes (we do not have admitting privileges or a 24 hour emergency line). Board Certified and licensed in PA, NJ, NY, MD, DE, FL, CA. Visit www.RittenhousePA.com.
(267) 415-8618 View (267) 415-8618
Photo of Ryan Wooden, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 08003, NJ
Ryan Wooden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003  (Online Only)
Ryan Wooden is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in an integrative approach that may consist of therapy, medication, and non-medication healing techniques. He values the importance of each individual's uniqueness and incorporates this into each treatment plan for the most successful outcome. Above all, he loves to hear your story and wishes to guide you in your life journey the best he can. Ryan has a diverse background of knowledge with degrees.
Ryan Wooden is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in an integrative approach that may consist of therapy, medication, and non-medication healing techniques. He values the importance of each individual's uniqueness and incorporates this into each treatment plan for the most successful outcome. Above all, he loves to hear your story and wishes to guide you in your life journey the best he can. Ryan has a diverse background of knowledge with degrees.
(856) 463-7872 View (856) 463-7872
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Al (Alican) Dalkilic
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, FAPA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
I specialize in treatment resistant DEPRESSION. As a Yale University trained psychiatrist, I utilize evidence based and FDA approved treatments supported with solid research to help our clients with difficult-to-treat depression. At Depression Doctors & TMS Program, we have been observing significant improvements in individuals with severe and chronic depression even if their symptoms failed to respond to trials of multiple antidepressants, complex medication regimens, and therapies. Two safe, effective, & FDA approved treatments for though-to-treat major depression are: TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) treatment.
I specialize in treatment resistant DEPRESSION. As a Yale University trained psychiatrist, I utilize evidence based and FDA approved treatments supported with solid research to help our clients with difficult-to-treat depression. At Depression Doctors & TMS Program, we have been observing significant improvements in individuals with severe and chronic depression even if their symptoms failed to respond to trials of multiple antidepressants, complex medication regimens, and therapies. Two safe, effective, & FDA approved treatments for though-to-treat major depression are: TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) treatment.
(856) 517-4169 View (856) 517-4169
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Althea Andrade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
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
Photo of Norbert Csordas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 08003, NJ
Norbert Csordas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Everyone deserves to live their best life— sometimes that requires a helping hand. My goal is to build partnerships with patients and their families founded on trust and empathy to better heal a broad range of mental health conditions using a holistic take on therapy, medications, and some groundbreaking treatments. While I provide expert, research based care for most psychiatric issues from anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, to schizophrenia, choosing to partner with our team for treatment resistant depression may give you access to breakthroughs such as TMS and Spravato.
Everyone deserves to live their best life— sometimes that requires a helping hand. My goal is to build partnerships with patients and their families founded on trust and empathy to better heal a broad range of mental health conditions using a holistic take on therapy, medications, and some groundbreaking treatments. While I provide expert, research based care for most psychiatric issues from anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, to schizophrenia, choosing to partner with our team for treatment resistant depression may give you access to breakthroughs such as TMS and Spravato.
(856) 386-7369 View (856) 386-7369
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Maria Leotti
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AHNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003  (Online Only)
Please do not hesitate to use the contact information provided here on Psychology Today. You may copy the following to the pre-screen form from my scheduling site.
Please do not hesitate to use the contact information provided here on Psychology Today. You may copy the following to the pre-screen form from my scheduling site.
(856) 406-2199 View (856) 406-2199
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Haddonfield Psychiatry & Therapy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Dr. Andrade brings her wide range of experience and training to treat each person who comes to her as a unique, complex and multidimensional individual.
Dr. Andrade brings her wide range of experience and training to treat each person who comes to her as a unique, complex and multidimensional individual.
(856) 874-8083 View (856) 874-8083
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Mind Help Therapeutics
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003  (Online Only)
I began my career as a therapist after earning a MA in Counseling Psychology but later decided to pursue a career in nursing, working in cardiology and neurology. I returned to my “first love”, psychiatry, and obtained Masters and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Drexel University. I work with patients across the life span in multiple settings providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for those with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, and co-occurring chronic medical issues. I offer psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management from the comfort of your home via telehealth.
I began my career as a therapist after earning a MA in Counseling Psychology but later decided to pursue a career in nursing, working in cardiology and neurology. I returned to my “first love”, psychiatry, and obtained Masters and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Drexel University. I work with patients across the life span in multiple settings providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for those with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, and co-occurring chronic medical issues. I offer psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management from the comfort of your home via telehealth.
(302) 786-7487 View (302) 786-7487
Photo of Danielle Couture, Psychiatrist in 08003, NJ
Danielle Couture
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
If you are currently searching for a therapist or psychiatrist, it may be because you would like some help dealing with current unhappiness or dissatisfaction in your life. I collaboratively work with patients to identify issues, make goals, and create personalized treatment plans. My practice is focused on treatment for adults with anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (adult ADHD), and mood disorders. I can also help you deal with life transitions, low motivation, grief, stress, establishing relationships, and work-life balance.
If you are currently searching for a therapist or psychiatrist, it may be because you would like some help dealing with current unhappiness or dissatisfaction in your life. I collaboratively work with patients to identify issues, make goals, and create personalized treatment plans. My practice is focused on treatment for adults with anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (adult ADHD), and mood disorders. I can also help you deal with life transitions, low motivation, grief, stress, establishing relationships, and work-life balance.
(215) 372-8563 View (215) 372-8563
Photo of Dr. Osman Jalloh, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 08003, NJ
Dr. Osman Jalloh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Osman Jalloh (DNP), a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Adult Nurse Practitioner. My approach to mental health is addressing the person and pinpointing how their mental, physical, spiritual, and psychosocial well-being may contribute to their mental wellness. In addition to prescribing medications, I incorporate motivational interview, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and others in my treatment regimen. I listen to my patients as we develop a therapeutic relationship so that the patient and I can work together to attain and maintain future goals.
I am Dr. Osman Jalloh (DNP), a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Adult Nurse Practitioner. My approach to mental health is addressing the person and pinpointing how their mental, physical, spiritual, and psychosocial well-being may contribute to their mental wellness. In addition to prescribing medications, I incorporate motivational interview, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and others in my treatment regimen. I listen to my patients as we develop a therapeutic relationship so that the patient and I can work together to attain and maintain future goals.
(856) 658-0925 View (856) 658-0925

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 08003

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 08003 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
79% Bipolar Disorder
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Trauma and PTSD
71% Medication Management
67% ADHD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

70% Aetna
70% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
70% Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield

How Psychiatrists in 08003 see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

52% Male
48% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 08003?

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.