Psychiatrists in 08901

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One Mind Psychiatry NP PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P, BC
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
(201) 969-5923 View (201) 969-5923
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Edward O Oladipo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Brunswick, NJ 08901  (Online Only)
Are you grappling with life challenges that leave you feeling unfulfilled? Do you find yourself navigating daily struggles, feeling misunderstood and isolated? Perhaps your childhood was marked by abuse or neglect. Do you frequently experience sadness, irritability, anger, tension, or a lack of motivation? Are self-doubt and worries about your worthiness constant companions? Trusting others might be difficult, and mental health or relationships may pose significant hurdles. I'm here to assist. Whether you occasionally resort to excessive eating, restrictive diets, or using negative coping skills such as alcohol or illicit drugs.
Are you grappling with life challenges that leave you feeling unfulfilled? Do you find yourself navigating daily struggles, feeling misunderstood and isolated? Perhaps your childhood was marked by abuse or neglect. Do you frequently experience sadness, irritability, anger, tension, or a lack of motivation? Are self-doubt and worries about your worthiness constant companions? Trusting others might be difficult, and mental health or relationships may pose significant hurdles. I'm here to assist. Whether you occasionally resort to excessive eating, restrictive diets, or using negative coping skills such as alcohol or illicit drugs.
(732) 913-5771 View (732) 913-5771
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Care First Psychiatry & TMS Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Welcome to Care First TMS Center: Specialized in adult psychiatry and addiction medicine, Treatment and Counseling. Welcome to the website of Dr. Tamer Wassef, The founder of Care First Medical Group, TMS Center. Dr. Wassef is a board-certified Psychiatrist offering safe, confidential and effective Adult Psychiatry, Addiction medicine and recovery management programs at his conveniently located office in New Brunswick, NJ.
Welcome to Care First TMS Center: Specialized in adult psychiatry and addiction medicine, Treatment and Counseling. Welcome to the website of Dr. Tamer Wassef, The founder of Care First Medical Group, TMS Center. Dr. Wassef is a board-certified Psychiatrist offering safe, confidential and effective Adult Psychiatry, Addiction medicine and recovery management programs at his conveniently located office in New Brunswick, NJ.
(848) 200-1699 View (848) 200-1699
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Sana Ahmed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, AGNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Sana is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), as well as an adult gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP-C). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. Sana possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with clients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, Sana’s role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and scientist.
Sana is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), as well as an adult gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP-C). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. Sana possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with clients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, Sana’s role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and scientist.
(732) 641-4153 View (732) 641-4153
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Kisha Cook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
I specialize in the complexities of treatment-resistant depression, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I envision working with clients eager to overcome these challenges, seeking a life defined by resilience and empowerment. My ideal client yearns for a deep understanding of their condition, effective coping strategies, and a compassionate, supportive partnership to guide their journey toward healing. Together, we will develop innovative and personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs, fostering a journey of recovery that paves the way to a brighter, hope-filled future.
I specialize in the complexities of treatment-resistant depression, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I envision working with clients eager to overcome these challenges, seeking a life defined by resilience and empowerment. My ideal client yearns for a deep understanding of their condition, effective coping strategies, and a compassionate, supportive partnership to guide their journey toward healing. Together, we will develop innovative and personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs, fostering a journey of recovery that paves the way to a brighter, hope-filled future.
(908) 681-8534 View (908) 681-8534
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Care First Medical Group LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
I specialized in addiction psychiatry, skilled board-certified psychiatrist, particularly interested in the mind-body connection and utilizing a creative and cooperative pathway to wellness. While providing an expert opinion, Dr. Wassef very much is interested in working together with you. So, in a caring fashion, a careful assessment of your symptoms is conducted, including a full medical history, to then devise a treatment plan. Dr. Wassef also specialize in Depression with TMS.
I specialized in addiction psychiatry, skilled board-certified psychiatrist, particularly interested in the mind-body connection and utilizing a creative and cooperative pathway to wellness. While providing an expert opinion, Dr. Wassef very much is interested in working together with you. So, in a caring fashion, a careful assessment of your symptoms is conducted, including a full medical history, to then devise a treatment plan. Dr. Wassef also specialize in Depression with TMS.
(732) 487-3273 View (732) 487-3273
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You Bridge Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, BC, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Yes! We are accepting all patients! All ages. Yes! You are not alone. Do You Truly Want a Better Mental Health? We treat all Mental Health Conditions and provide supportive therapy and medication for ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar etc - All diagnoses! If you want Right Mental Health Care! We're here for you! We provide Quality Mental Health Care - the Right way! Lets help you get to the bottom of your concerns . Feel free to Self schedule at You Bridge Health. Our clients testify to our approach (read our google reviews) and We are certain - so will you! Let Pave the path to a better YOU!
Yes! We are accepting all patients! All ages. Yes! You are not alone. Do You Truly Want a Better Mental Health? We treat all Mental Health Conditions and provide supportive therapy and medication for ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar etc - All diagnoses! If you want Right Mental Health Care! We're here for you! We provide Quality Mental Health Care - the Right way! Lets help you get to the bottom of your concerns . Feel free to Self schedule at You Bridge Health. Our clients testify to our approach (read our google reviews) and We are certain - so will you! Let Pave the path to a better YOU!
(732) 479-1319 View (732) 479-1319
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Trinity Psychiatry (Immaculata Emesue)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP, BC
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901  (Online Only)
My name is Immaculata Emesue, I am a board-certified Mental Health and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience in psychiatry. I am well experienced in the management of various psychiatry/mental illness. We all aware that life could be extremely stressful and especially with the ongoing chaos in our world today. We are here to help you to navigate through your life struggles and optimize your quality of life. Our goal is to help our patient to achieve optimal serenity and to bring life back to normal once again. We offer medication management and counselling for coping with your daily mental stress.
My name is Immaculata Emesue, I am a board-certified Mental Health and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience in psychiatry. I am well experienced in the management of various psychiatry/mental illness. We all aware that life could be extremely stressful and especially with the ongoing chaos in our world today. We are here to help you to navigate through your life struggles and optimize your quality of life. Our goal is to help our patient to achieve optimal serenity and to bring life back to normal once again. We offer medication management and counselling for coping with your daily mental stress.
(732) 582-5713 View (732) 582-5713
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Alexander Road Associates
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
ARA has been serving the Princeton area for over thirty years. ARA offers psychiatry, psychotherapy, psycho/educational testing and substance abuse counseling for people of all ages. ARA is dedicated to providing thoughtful and compassionate integrated care for our patients. Psychiatrists and therapists collaborate to offer evidence-based treatments including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy and psycho-pharmacological intervention. ARA child, adolescent and adult psychiatrists are skilled in diagnosis & psychopharmacology.
ARA has been serving the Princeton area for over thirty years. ARA offers psychiatry, psychotherapy, psycho/educational testing and substance abuse counseling for people of all ages. ARA is dedicated to providing thoughtful and compassionate integrated care for our patients. Psychiatrists and therapists collaborate to offer evidence-based treatments including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy and psycho-pharmacological intervention. ARA child, adolescent and adult psychiatrists are skilled in diagnosis & psychopharmacology.
(609) 957-6887 View (609) 957-6887
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Ricardo J. Fernandez
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA, ABAM
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Our Mission is to provide highly individualized psychiatric care by specially trained experts. Working closely with the patient, the patient's family and other healthcare professionals, we develop a comprehensive treatment plan addressing biological, hormonal and psychosocial needs.In developing a clear diagnosis, we utilize comprenesive psychiatric testing in the evaluation phase to determine appropriate and effective treatment.Highly regarded within his field, Dr. Fernandez has almost 30 years experience in psychopharmacolgy and women's health. Quality of care is a priority.Patients are provided with round-the-clock access to their treating clinicians for emergencies and urgencies that cannot wait.
Our Mission is to provide highly individualized psychiatric care by specially trained experts. Working closely with the patient, the patient's family and other healthcare professionals, we develop a comprehensive treatment plan addressing biological, hormonal and psychosocial needs.In developing a clear diagnosis, we utilize comprenesive psychiatric testing in the evaluation phase to determine appropriate and effective treatment.Highly regarded within his field, Dr. Fernandez has almost 30 years experience in psychopharmacolgy and women's health. Quality of care is a priority.Patients are provided with round-the-clock access to their treating clinicians for emergencies and urgencies that cannot wait.
(609) 318-3045 View (609) 318-3045
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The Cohen Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Welcome to The Cohen Center....Are you overly stressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD symptoms, insomnia or depression? These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Willing to take the next step? Are you willing to see if medication, ideally, combined with therapy, can enhance your life. You will be monitored closely so that you do not needlessly experience side effects and that optimal treatment gains are obtained. Careful attention will be focused on any physical illnesses. Often this leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment.
Welcome to The Cohen Center....Are you overly stressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD symptoms, insomnia or depression? These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Willing to take the next step? Are you willing to see if medication, ideally, combined with therapy, can enhance your life. You will be monitored closely so that you do not needlessly experience side effects and that optimal treatment gains are obtained. Careful attention will be focused on any physical illnesses. Often this leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment.
(732) 675-0011 View (732) 675-0011
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Farah Asim Khan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Specialized in children with ASD ( Autism spectrum disorder) ADHD and other behavioral problems. Learning how to treat children with behavioral problems has equipped me with a unique perspective and an invaluable tool with which I can provide the best care for my patients. A good psychiatrist not only needs to be competent and knowledgeable in the discipline, but also empathetic and sensitive towards patients. My training from New York Medical College and Robert Wood Johnson University hospital has enhanced my the ability and given me the experience to deal with diverse patient population ranging from children to adolescents and adults.
Specialized in children with ASD ( Autism spectrum disorder) ADHD and other behavioral problems. Learning how to treat children with behavioral problems has equipped me with a unique perspective and an invaluable tool with which I can provide the best care for my patients. A good psychiatrist not only needs to be competent and knowledgeable in the discipline, but also empathetic and sensitive towards patients. My training from New York Medical College and Robert Wood Johnson University hospital has enhanced my the ability and given me the experience to deal with diverse patient population ranging from children to adolescents and adults.
(908) 741-4589 View (908) 741-4589
Kelly Reid
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Not accepting new clients
I have over 30 years experience helping people with feelings such as anxiety, depression, panic or other troubling feelings. Whether one is dealing with a relationship issue, work issue, self-esteem issue, or life change issue, working in the privacy of a confidential setting, allows for the free expression of feelings. Gaining a better understanding of feelings, can often lead to insights that help resolve issues or underlying conflicts. Sometimes problems are more situational or short-term, and I work to help in those circumstances also.
I have over 30 years experience helping people with feelings such as anxiety, depression, panic or other troubling feelings. Whether one is dealing with a relationship issue, work issue, self-esteem issue, or life change issue, working in the privacy of a confidential setting, allows for the free expression of feelings. Gaining a better understanding of feelings, can often lead to insights that help resolve issues or underlying conflicts. Sometimes problems are more situational or short-term, and I work to help in those circumstances also.
(609) 910-4708 View (609) 910-4708
Photo of Michelle McCarthy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 08901, NJ
Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(848) 301-2103 View (848) 301-2103
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Shandel Douglas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGNP-BC, MAT-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
My ideal client would be someone seeking mental health support with a genuine commitment to their well-being and personal growth. Here are some characteristics, issues, needs, and goals of this client: Openness to therapy, mental health challenges, emotional support, self-improvement, stress management, relationship enhancement, coping skills, reducing symptoms, medication management, holistic approach, and long-term well-being. My ideal client is motivated, committed to their mental well-being, and seeking to improve their overall quality of life and achieve personal growth and self-awareness.
My ideal client would be someone seeking mental health support with a genuine commitment to their well-being and personal growth. Here are some characteristics, issues, needs, and goals of this client: Openness to therapy, mental health challenges, emotional support, self-improvement, stress management, relationship enhancement, coping skills, reducing symptoms, medication management, holistic approach, and long-term well-being. My ideal client is motivated, committed to their mental well-being, and seeking to improve their overall quality of life and achieve personal growth and self-awareness.
(848) 283-6360 View (848) 283-6360
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Christian Wellness Center of NJ LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Dr. Emad Mounir is a Licensed Psychiatrist and ABPN board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, boasting 24+ years of experience. Dr. Mounir offers empathetic, reflective evaluation, and attentive listening during treatment. He suggests pharmacological and psycho-therapeutic interventions to alleviate suffering and elevate functioning, aligning with individual aspirations.
Dr. Emad Mounir is a Licensed Psychiatrist and ABPN board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, boasting 24+ years of experience. Dr. Mounir offers empathetic, reflective evaluation, and attentive listening during treatment. He suggests pharmacological and psycho-therapeutic interventions to alleviate suffering and elevate functioning, aligning with individual aspirations.
(732) 978-9633 View (732) 978-9633
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Amanda Guarnere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
There is no such thing as an "ideal client." Each individual is unique, and care will be tailored to fit patient needs.
There is no such thing as an "ideal client." Each individual is unique, and care will be tailored to fit patient needs.
(848) 359-5795 View (848) 359-5795
Photo of Gabriel Essilfie, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 08901, NJ
Gabriel Essilfie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
My ideal client would be a client who comes in ready to work on their treatment together through psychotherapy and, at times, medication management. I strive to allow the client to feel heard, spend time with the client to understand their symptoms, and provide good, competent care.
My ideal client would be a client who comes in ready to work on their treatment together through psychotherapy and, at times, medication management. I strive to allow the client to feel heard, spend time with the client to understand their symptoms, and provide good, competent care.
(848) 208-7535 View (848) 208-7535
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Prince Kena
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, APN-C
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901  (Online Only)
My name is Prince Kena. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and I have been involved in the care of individuals with mental health disorders since 1994. I provide treatment and support to adult patients with psychotic disorders including schizophrenia, depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders.
My name is Prince Kena. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and I have been involved in the care of individuals with mental health disorders since 1994. I provide treatment and support to adult patients with psychotic disorders including schizophrenia, depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders.
(732) 913-5329 View (732) 913-5329
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Firmin Langyin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
My name is Firmin Langyin, i graduated from Rutgers University with a doctorate degree in Nursing (Psychiatric/Mental Specialty) in 2020. I have experience in the management and treatment of various psychiatric disorders across lifespan including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and psychotic disorders.
My name is Firmin Langyin, i graduated from Rutgers University with a doctorate degree in Nursing (Psychiatric/Mental Specialty) in 2020. I have experience in the management and treatment of various psychiatric disorders across lifespan including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and psychotic disorders.
(732) 936-7752 View (732) 936-7752

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 08901

30+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 08901 who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
76% ADHD
76% Bipolar Disorder
73% Trauma and PTSD
70% Medication Management
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Aetna
92% Cigna and Evernorth
92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 08901 see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 08901?

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.