Psychiatrists in 08053

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Alex Strauss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Marlton, NJ 08053
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 x3004 View (856) 481-3477 x3004
Psychiatric and Recovery Services
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053
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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Jillian Saad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053  (Online Only)
Dr. Jillian Saad is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who specializes in patient-centered care. She has been practicing for over 8 years in private practice and academic medicine. Dr. Saad focuses on medication management in 30-minute follow-up visits in conjunction with supportive and emotionally focused therapy. She takes a patientcentered approach that acknowledges all the psychosocial aspects of each individual to ensure they receive the most effective treatment possible.
Dr. Jillian Saad is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who specializes in patient-centered care. She has been practicing for over 8 years in private practice and academic medicine. Dr. Saad focuses on medication management in 30-minute follow-up visits in conjunction with supportive and emotionally focused therapy. She takes a patientcentered approach that acknowledges all the psychosocial aspects of each individual to ensure they receive the most effective treatment possible.
(856) 372-5904 View (856) 372-5904
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Sameerah Akhtar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053
Dr. Akhtar is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. She focuses on medication management for a wide range of psychiatric conditions, providing supportive therapy to help individuals navigate life's challenges and enhance their overall well-being, while emphasizing lifestyle changes and the development of coping skills. Dr. Akhtar completed her medical degree at the American University of Antigua, gaining a profound understanding of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of mental health.
Dr. Akhtar is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. She focuses on medication management for a wide range of psychiatric conditions, providing supportive therapy to help individuals navigate life's challenges and enhance their overall well-being, while emphasizing lifestyle changes and the development of coping skills. Dr. Akhtar completed her medical degree at the American University of Antigua, gaining a profound understanding of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of mental health.
(856) 565-4337 View (856) 565-4337
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Pooja Shah MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Marlton, NJ 08053
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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Brenda Camacho
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053  (Online Only)
Dr. Brenda Y. Camacho holds the position of Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is board-certified in Adult Psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 25 years. Dr. Brenda Y. Camacho’s practice focuses on medication management. Typically she offers this in conjunction with supportive or insight-oriented therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. On occasion, Dr. Camacho will believe additional therapy is also needed and asks that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Brenda Y. Camacho holds the position of Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is board-certified in Adult Psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 25 years. Dr. Brenda Y. Camacho’s practice focuses on medication management. Typically she offers this in conjunction with supportive or insight-oriented therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. On occasion, Dr. Camacho will believe additional therapy is also needed and asks that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
(856) 746-4748 View (856) 746-4748
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Arif Patel
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053  (Online Only)
Dr. Arif Patel is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. He obtained his medical degree from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency training at Authority Health, an affiliate of Michigan State University. In addition, he has completed a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Fellowship from the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. He has 4 years of clinical experience. Dr. Patel's practice focuses primarily on medication management. Follow-up appointments are typically 30 minutes and incorporate elements of supportive psychotherapy, CBT, and motivational interviewing.
Dr. Arif Patel is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. He obtained his medical degree from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency training at Authority Health, an affiliate of Michigan State University. In addition, he has completed a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Fellowship from the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. He has 4 years of clinical experience. Dr. Patel's practice focuses primarily on medication management. Follow-up appointments are typically 30 minutes and incorporate elements of supportive psychotherapy, CBT, and motivational interviewing.
(856) 350-4624 View (856) 350-4624
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Suzanne Doubrava
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053
Dr. Suzanne Doubrava is double-board certified in Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, a branch of medicine which explores the connection between the physical body and emotional health. She has been practicing for over 15 years after completing psychiatry residency at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Doubrava then received additional fellowship training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center. She has held academic appointments at both Rutgers Medical School and Fox Chase Cancer Center, as well cultivating a private practice for 10 years in Princeton, New Jersey.
Dr. Suzanne Doubrava is double-board certified in Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, a branch of medicine which explores the connection between the physical body and emotional health. She has been practicing for over 15 years after completing psychiatry residency at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Doubrava then received additional fellowship training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center. She has held academic appointments at both Rutgers Medical School and Fox Chase Cancer Center, as well cultivating a private practice for 10 years in Princeton, New Jersey.
(856) 925-6989 View (856) 925-6989
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Andrew Wilbur
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053  (Online Only)
Dr. Wilbur is a Double Board Certified Psychiatrist in Adult and Addiction Psychiatry. He completed his undergraduate degree in Public Health Studies at Johns Hopkins University and his medical education at the UMass Chan Medical School. Dr. Wilbur completed his psychiatry residency training and addiction psychiatry fellowship training at Yale School of Medicine. His practice focuses on medication management, typically offered in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits.
Dr. Wilbur is a Double Board Certified Psychiatrist in Adult and Addiction Psychiatry. He completed his undergraduate degree in Public Health Studies at Johns Hopkins University and his medical education at the UMass Chan Medical School. Dr. Wilbur completed his psychiatry residency training and addiction psychiatry fellowship training at Yale School of Medicine. His practice focuses on medication management, typically offered in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits.
(856) 556-3934 View (856) 556-3934
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Reservoir Health Psychiatry - Jenika L. Miles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053  (Online Only)
My ideal client is motivated to improve their mental health, regardless of their specific condition. They may struggle with depression, anxiety, addiction, or other symptoms. They want a safe, supportive environment where they can develop coping skills and explore their thoughts and feelings. My goal is to provide personalized treatment and help them achieve their goals, whether that's managing their symptoms or feeling more content in daily life.
My ideal client is motivated to improve their mental health, regardless of their specific condition. They may struggle with depression, anxiety, addiction, or other symptoms. They want a safe, supportive environment where they can develop coping skills and explore their thoughts and feelings. My goal is to provide personalized treatment and help them achieve their goals, whether that's managing their symptoms or feeling more content in daily life.
(856) 644-2685 View (856) 644-2685
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Alaukik Bhasin
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053
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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Margaret Harbison
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053
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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Synapse Integrative Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053
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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Zindadil Gandhi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053
Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Irritability, Guilt, Feeling of lack of control, Inability to pay attention, Sleeplessness are few of the many reasons that keep us from feeling happy. When experienced on daily basis, these can significantly interfere with our performance and relationships. We wish to be happy, to perform at our best. When these experiences are due to a psychiatric condition, it warrants appropriate treatment. I am a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. I practice Evidence Based Psychiatry to treat multiple psychiatric and behavioral conditions in Children, Teenagers and Adults.
Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Irritability, Guilt, Feeling of lack of control, Inability to pay attention, Sleeplessness are few of the many reasons that keep us from feeling happy. When experienced on daily basis, these can significantly interfere with our performance and relationships. We wish to be happy, to perform at our best. When these experiences are due to a psychiatric condition, it warrants appropriate treatment. I am a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. I practice Evidence Based Psychiatry to treat multiple psychiatric and behavioral conditions in Children, Teenagers and Adults.
(856) 367-6833 View (856) 367-6833
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Inspired Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, ANP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Marlton, NJ 08053
Inspired Healthcare Services LLC is a behavioral healthcare provider based in New Jersey. We will make sure that every person who taps our professional help will always be one step closer to their goals for behavioral well-being. Our help doesn’t just end after our clients’ sessions with our practitioners. We go beyond that to secure our clients’ behavioral health. OUR VALUES: are the set of core beliefs that guide our actions and behavior. We live by our values. They influence the way we treat our patients and clients. We value the dignity of those we serve and always treat them with respect and compassion.
Inspired Healthcare Services LLC is a behavioral healthcare provider based in New Jersey. We will make sure that every person who taps our professional help will always be one step closer to their goals for behavioral well-being. Our help doesn’t just end after our clients’ sessions with our practitioners. We go beyond that to secure our clients’ behavioral health. OUR VALUES: are the set of core beliefs that guide our actions and behavior. We live by our values. They influence the way we treat our patients and clients. We value the dignity of those we serve and always treat them with respect and compassion.
(609) 795-7408 View (609) 795-7408
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Tranquility Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053  (Online Only)
Welcome, I'm currently accepting new clients. Are you struggling emotionally? Having difficulty regulating your mood, getting adequate sleep, feeling anxious or irritable, lacking motivation, having problems with interpersonal relationships, or performing adequately at work or school. If this sounds like you, please know that you’re not alone. My guess is that getting started in treatment can be pretty scary, talking to someone you do not know about things that make you feel uncomfortable, sad, angry, anxious, overjoyed, or embarrassed. However, I would like to reassure you that this process is in place to help you to heal.
Welcome, I'm currently accepting new clients. Are you struggling emotionally? Having difficulty regulating your mood, getting adequate sleep, feeling anxious or irritable, lacking motivation, having problems with interpersonal relationships, or performing adequately at work or school. If this sounds like you, please know that you’re not alone. My guess is that getting started in treatment can be pretty scary, talking to someone you do not know about things that make you feel uncomfortable, sad, angry, anxious, overjoyed, or embarrassed. However, I would like to reassure you that this process is in place to help you to heal.
(856) 408-1938 View (856) 408-1938
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Blissful Minds Wellness Center, LCC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053
Visit blissfulmindspsych.com to schedule. I provide medication management for Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Trauma, Sleep or Insomnia, and includes Motivational Interviewing, CBT, and Solution-Based. This is a telehealth-only practice. In essence, we do not initiate a controlled medication (such as benzodiazepines), by DEA regulations. Private pay rates are $150 for follow-up and $275 for initial evaluation. My goal as a psychiatric nurse practitioner is to provide compassionate, holistic, and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health challenges.
Visit blissfulmindspsych.com to schedule. I provide medication management for Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Trauma, Sleep or Insomnia, and includes Motivational Interviewing, CBT, and Solution-Based. This is a telehealth-only practice. In essence, we do not initiate a controlled medication (such as benzodiazepines), by DEA regulations. Private pay rates are $150 for follow-up and $275 for initial evaluation. My goal as a psychiatric nurse practitioner is to provide compassionate, holistic, and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health challenges.
(856) 666-7681 View (856) 666-7681
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Devon B. Young
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, AGNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Marlton, NJ 08053
Hi! I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult- Gerontology Nurse Practitioner with a passion for helping people. I am qualified to treat patients across the life span for a variety of Mental Health conditions. I also specialize in internal medicine for adults and geriatrics. I have 10 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and 15 years of experience in nursing. I have worked in a variety of medical settings from inpatient to outpatient. Regardless of the personal challenge, my goal is to provide evidence-based care using the mind-body connection to assist clients in achieving their wellness goals.
Hi! I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult- Gerontology Nurse Practitioner with a passion for helping people. I am qualified to treat patients across the life span for a variety of Mental Health conditions. I also specialize in internal medicine for adults and geriatrics. I have 10 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and 15 years of experience in nursing. I have worked in a variety of medical settings from inpatient to outpatient. Regardless of the personal challenge, my goal is to provide evidence-based care using the mind-body connection to assist clients in achieving their wellness goals.
(856) 865-5952 View (856) 865-5952
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Denise Owen-Fabricius
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053  (Online Only)
Pairing therapy & medication to treat depression & anxiety can help you feel better faster with a 50- 60% improved rate of recovery. I treat issues, such as ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, and OCD. One of my special interests is ADHD, both childhood & adult. I perform ADHD evals and treat ADHD, which includes prescribing stimulants, if warranted. Symptoms in adults can be poor listening skills, inability to follow through with tasks, low frustration tolerance, and impulsivity which can lead to a number of difficulties with your job, family relationships, friendships, romantic relationships, and other social connections.
Pairing therapy & medication to treat depression & anxiety can help you feel better faster with a 50- 60% improved rate of recovery. I treat issues, such as ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, and OCD. One of my special interests is ADHD, both childhood & adult. I perform ADHD evals and treat ADHD, which includes prescribing stimulants, if warranted. Symptoms in adults can be poor listening skills, inability to follow through with tasks, low frustration tolerance, and impulsivity which can lead to a number of difficulties with your job, family relationships, friendships, romantic relationships, and other social connections.
(856) 600-6760 View (856) 600-6760
Photo of Daniel P Mirro, Psychiatrist in 08053, NJ
Daniel P Mirro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Marlton, NJ 08053
I am a highly trained, board-certified psychiatrist with more than thirty five years of experience in integrated treatment in all forms of psychiatric problems. My skills include adolescent and adult psychiatry, hypnotherapy, group therapy, marital and family therapy, and psychopharmacology. In today's mental health market, almost all professionals either practice psychotherapy (social workers or psychologists) or prescribe medication (psychiatrists). I am one of the very few providers of combined intensive psychotherpay and psychopharmacology.
I am a highly trained, board-certified psychiatrist with more than thirty five years of experience in integrated treatment in all forms of psychiatric problems. My skills include adolescent and adult psychiatry, hypnotherapy, group therapy, marital and family therapy, and psychopharmacology. In today's mental health market, almost all professionals either practice psychotherapy (social workers or psychologists) or prescribe medication (psychiatrists). I am one of the very few providers of combined intensive psychotherpay and psychopharmacology.
(856) 758-2688 View (856) 758-2688

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 08053

50+

Average cost per session

$245

Psychiatrists in 08053 who prioritize treating:

98% Depression
94% Anxiety
92% Bipolar Disorder
87% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
87% Medication Management
74% ADHD
74% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Aetna
85% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
82% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 08053 see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

57% Female
43% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 08053?

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.