Psychiatrists in Asbury, NJ

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Rebecca Florence Mizrahi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Asbury, NJ 08802
People say I have a fun-loving and caring attitude and I am naturally optimistic. I have 8 years of experience in the medical field and the majority of it was on the front lines of inpatient detox. Psych, especially addictions, is my calling and I’m so lucky to have found my niche so quickly.
People say I have a fun-loving and caring attitude and I am naturally optimistic. I have 8 years of experience in the medical field and the majority of it was on the front lines of inpatient detox. Psych, especially addictions, is my calling and I’m so lucky to have found my niche so quickly.
(732) 889-5596 View (732) 889-5596
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Reflections Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Asbury, NJ 08802
We provide comprehensive psychiatric services to clients going through life challenges . We guide and support clients with treatment options . Our objective is to provide personalize care . We help people manage life issues including , but not limited to, depression, anxiety, trauma related disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders and psychosis. We will assist you get through these challenges and improve your mental well-being. We provide quality psychiatric care for diverse populations including adolescents, adults, geriatrics, LGBTQ and underserved communities .
We provide comprehensive psychiatric services to clients going through life challenges . We guide and support clients with treatment options . Our objective is to provide personalize care . We help people manage life issues including , but not limited to, depression, anxiety, trauma related disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders and psychosis. We will assist you get through these challenges and improve your mental well-being. We provide quality psychiatric care for diverse populations including adolescents, adults, geriatrics, LGBTQ and underserved communities .
(856) 666-3773 View (856) 666-3773

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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You Bridge Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, BC, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittstown, NJ 08867
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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David Vining Holbrook
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lebanon, NJ 08833
I like to think my practice offers something for everyone. I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, so I can prescribe medications, but I am also a therapist. Many patients like the idea of their psychopharmacologist also being their therapist, because it means that I understand my patients as whole persons, and can minimize the amount of medication necessary. In some cases problems can be addressed with therapy alone, by helping patients identify and manage their emotions. For patients who prefer to work with someone else as therapist, I can function solely as the psychopharmacologist.
I like to think my practice offers something for everyone. I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, so I can prescribe medications, but I am also a therapist. Many patients like the idea of their psychopharmacologist also being their therapist, because it means that I understand my patients as whole persons, and can minimize the amount of medication necessary. In some cases problems can be addressed with therapy alone, by helping patients identify and manage their emotions. For patients who prefer to work with someone else as therapist, I can function solely as the psychopharmacologist.
(908) 364-5823 View (908) 364-5823
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Adrienne Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNPBC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, NJ 07882
Currently only accepting new Pediatric and Perinatal clients. Whether your child is struggling with emotional problems or has difficulty with focus and concentration, or you are having your own challenges with anxiety, depression, mood swings, or even paranoia and psychosis. You can find help here at MindLight. We specialize in the pediatric and perinatal populations with many different kinds of challenges.
Currently only accepting new Pediatric and Perinatal clients. Whether your child is struggling with emotional problems or has difficulty with focus and concentration, or you are having your own challenges with anxiety, depression, mood swings, or even paranoia and psychosis. You can find help here at MindLight. We specialize in the pediatric and perinatal populations with many different kinds of challenges.
(908) 869-8333 View (908) 869-8333
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Abake Health and Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, NJ 07882
Are you currently going through challenging times? are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or substance use ? Have you tried numerous medications without any success? I am a doctoral trained Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), the founder of Abake Health and Wellness LLC (behavioral health), working with clients to manage symptoms through psychopharmacology across the life span.
Are you currently going through challenging times? are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or substance use ? Have you tried numerous medications without any success? I am a doctoral trained Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), the founder of Abake Health and Wellness LLC (behavioral health), working with clients to manage symptoms through psychopharmacology across the life span.
(908) 388-9453 View (908) 388-9453
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Ashley Anderson - Next Openings: One Week
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Lebanon, NJ 08833  (Online Only)
Hello! I am Dr. Ashley Anderson, DNP, APRN. I believe in person-centered care with evidence-based treatment approaches and I strongly feel that building a connection with patients is a vital aspect of providing care. I use evidence-based practices with a focus on person-centered care and optimal clinical outcomes targeting quality of life, maximizing wellness, and recovery. I take pride in supporting my patients through difficult mental health symptoms, and I bring a knowledgeable and compassionate perspective to patient care. I like when my patients ask questions, and I'm always happy to address their concerns!
Hello! I am Dr. Ashley Anderson, DNP, APRN. I believe in person-centered care with evidence-based treatment approaches and I strongly feel that building a connection with patients is a vital aspect of providing care. I use evidence-based practices with a focus on person-centered care and optimal clinical outcomes targeting quality of life, maximizing wellness, and recovery. I take pride in supporting my patients through difficult mental health symptoms, and I bring a knowledgeable and compassionate perspective to patient care. I like when my patients ask questions, and I'm always happy to address their concerns!
(848) 208-7532 View (848) 208-7532
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Wendy Ann Reiss
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865  (Online Only)
Wendy specializes in Depression, Anxiety and Addiction. She has been trained across lifespan, which allows her to treat patients of all ages. She will be your ally in your quest for well-being and balance. Wendy believes utilizing a holistic approach to wellness including emotional and physical health. She strives to provide culturally informed, and patient centered care tailored to each individual needs. Currently we are accepting new patients.
Wendy specializes in Depression, Anxiety and Addiction. She has been trained across lifespan, which allows her to treat patients of all ages. She will be your ally in your quest for well-being and balance. Wendy believes utilizing a holistic approach to wellness including emotional and physical health. She strives to provide culturally informed, and patient centered care tailored to each individual needs. Currently we are accepting new patients.
(908) 386-5112 View (908) 386-5112
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Paths Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clinton, NJ 08809
Not accepting new clients
Is your depression or anxiety getting in the way of fulfilling your daily responsibilities? Do you feel stuck or lost and aren't sure what direction to take anymore? Whether you're in search of help with medication management, therapy, or both - we are looking forward to helping you get you back on the path of mental wellness. Walk and talk therapy sessions available in beautiful Clinton, NJ!
Is your depression or anxiety getting in the way of fulfilling your daily responsibilities? Do you feel stuck or lost and aren't sure what direction to take anymore? Whether you're in search of help with medication management, therapy, or both - we are looking forward to helping you get you back on the path of mental wellness. Walk and talk therapy sessions available in beautiful Clinton, NJ!
(908) 676-6729 View (908) 676-6729
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Dolores Suzansky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or going through a challenging period in your life? Have your symptoms persisted despite multiple medication trials without success? I am Dolores Suzansky (MSN, RN, APN, PMHNP-BC, RNC-NIC), a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practicing with Oasis Better Health, working with clients to manage symptoms via psychopharmacology. I also have twenty years of experience as an RN supporting parents of babies in the NICU and mothers during the peripartum period. I work with adolescent, adult, and older adult clients.
Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or going through a challenging period in your life? Have your symptoms persisted despite multiple medication trials without success? I am Dolores Suzansky (MSN, RN, APN, PMHNP-BC, RNC-NIC), a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practicing with Oasis Better Health, working with clients to manage symptoms via psychopharmacology. I also have twenty years of experience as an RN supporting parents of babies in the NICU and mothers during the peripartum period. I work with adolescent, adult, and older adult clients.
(732) 538-9295 View (732) 538-9295
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T & K Baffour Psychiatric Recovery Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, RN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Providing high quality, affordable, holistic mental health services to teens and adults. We meet our clients where they are, and work together on their goals. We specialize in Medication Management; Substance Use Treatment and Counseling, with experience in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Suboxone treatment, and provides Medical Marijuana Cards to eligible clients.
Providing high quality, affordable, holistic mental health services to teens and adults. We meet our clients where they are, and work together on their goals. We specialize in Medication Management; Substance Use Treatment and Counseling, with experience in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Suboxone treatment, and provides Medical Marijuana Cards to eligible clients.
(484) 544-2703 View (484) 544-2703
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Pauline Ekeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed and board certified in the state of New Jersey to provide psychiatric care for clients with mental illness. I have experience with a wide variety of individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma and grief/loss. I have experience with adolescents and adults from different cultures and backgrounds. I am pleased to support my clients through difficult mental health symptoms, and I bring knowledgeable and compassionate perspectives to client care.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed and board certified in the state of New Jersey to provide psychiatric care for clients with mental illness. I have experience with a wide variety of individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma and grief/loss. I have experience with adolescents and adults from different cultures and backgrounds. I am pleased to support my clients through difficult mental health symptoms, and I bring knowledgeable and compassionate perspectives to client care.
(551) 282-9691 View (551) 282-9691

Online Psychiatrists

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Abby Otufale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Abby and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Bipolar, Binge Eating Disorder, ADHD, Depression and Insomnia & Sleep Disorder. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Abby and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Bipolar, Binge Eating Disorder, ADHD, Depression and Insomnia & Sleep Disorder. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(973) 354-5585 View (973) 354-5585
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Ann Nolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
ADHD and Autism spectrum testing and screening "included in the initial evaluation." Online virtual and office appointments available. Schedule appointments directly at Mentis-Psychiatry.com - Treating children, adolescents, and adults. Ann is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings many years of professional mental health experience to the care of her patients. Treating patients across the lifespan - offering consultation, evaluation, and medication management for ages six through seniors. The practice is affiliated with Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center and Princeton House.
ADHD and Autism spectrum testing and screening "included in the initial evaluation." Online virtual and office appointments available. Schedule appointments directly at Mentis-Psychiatry.com - Treating children, adolescents, and adults. Ann is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings many years of professional mental health experience to the care of her patients. Treating patients across the lifespan - offering consultation, evaluation, and medication management for ages six through seniors. The practice is affiliated with Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center and Princeton House.
(609) 853-5330 View (609) 853-5330
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Pattie James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cranford, NJ 07016
My ideal client is committed to accomplishing personal goals through a collaborative relationship built on trust, accountability, and communication. The ideal client is driven to explore the root cause of issues, recognize the work required to promote psychological well-being, and utilize available resources. Clients present with issues from past experiences and current stressors that impact their personal, professional, and social lives. My ideal client is willing to gain a broader understanding of these issues, desire personal growth, and develop effective coping skills that will manifest in an improved quality of life.
My ideal client is committed to accomplishing personal goals through a collaborative relationship built on trust, accountability, and communication. The ideal client is driven to explore the root cause of issues, recognize the work required to promote psychological well-being, and utilize available resources. Clients present with issues from past experiences and current stressors that impact their personal, professional, and social lives. My ideal client is willing to gain a broader understanding of these issues, desire personal growth, and develop effective coping skills that will manifest in an improved quality of life.
(908) 651-9415 View (908) 651-9415
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Staci Barilari
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Belmar, NJ 07719  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm Staci. I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who is dedicated to integrative care, specializing in anxiety, depression, and perinatal mental health. I am committed to fostering holistic well-being and empowering individuals on their mental health journey. My appointments typically include medication management with talk therapy. I strive to create a strong relationship with my clients. Please send me an email to schedule an initial consultation. I'm looking forward to meeting you!
Hi! I'm Staci. I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who is dedicated to integrative care, specializing in anxiety, depression, and perinatal mental health. I am committed to fostering holistic well-being and empowering individuals on their mental health journey. My appointments typically include medication management with talk therapy. I strive to create a strong relationship with my clients. Please send me an email to schedule an initial consultation. I'm looking forward to meeting you!
(848) 272-7153 View (848) 272-7153
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Leslie Feggans-Haynes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Mrs. Leslie Feggans-Haynes is a dedicated and compassionate dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a passion for understanding the critical importance of addressing psychological well-being alongside physical health. Mrs. Leslie Feggans-Haynes is a dedicated and compassionate dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a passion for understanding the critical importance of addressing psychological well-being alongside physical health. She uses psychotherapy, wellness, medication management, and evidenced based
Mrs. Leslie Feggans-Haynes is a dedicated and compassionate dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a passion for understanding the critical importance of addressing psychological well-being alongside physical health. Mrs. Leslie Feggans-Haynes is a dedicated and compassionate dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a passion for understanding the critical importance of addressing psychological well-being alongside physical health. She uses psychotherapy, wellness, medication management, and evidenced based
(484) 759-7908 View (484) 759-7908
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Robert Bishop
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Toms River, NJ 08753  (Online Only)
The clients that I treat are looking for help. They are either seeking medication to help with their mental illness or in need of someone to manage them. They are at the point where they need medical help due to a mental illness that impairs them from living a healthy, productive life.
The clients that I treat are looking for help. They are either seeking medication to help with their mental illness or in need of someone to manage them. They are at the point where they need medical help due to a mental illness that impairs them from living a healthy, productive life.
(732) 440-3154 View (732) 440-3154
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Ashley Anderson - Next Openings: One Week
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Ringoes, NJ 08551  (Online Only)
Hello! I am Dr. Ashley Anderson, DNP, APRN. I believe in person-centered care with evidence-based treatment approaches and I strongly feel that building a connection with patients is a vital aspect of providing care. I use evidence-based practices with a focus on person-centered care and optimal clinical outcomes targeting quality of life, maximizing wellness, and recovery. I take pride in supporting my patients through difficult mental health symptoms, and I bring a knowledgeable and compassionate perspective to patient care. I like when my patients ask questions, and I'm always happy to address their concerns!
Hello! I am Dr. Ashley Anderson, DNP, APRN. I believe in person-centered care with evidence-based treatment approaches and I strongly feel that building a connection with patients is a vital aspect of providing care. I use evidence-based practices with a focus on person-centered care and optimal clinical outcomes targeting quality of life, maximizing wellness, and recovery. I take pride in supporting my patients through difficult mental health symptoms, and I bring a knowledgeable and compassionate perspective to patient care. I like when my patients ask questions, and I'm always happy to address their concerns!
(908) 860-8071 View (908) 860-8071
Photo of Shirley Rajan, Psychiatrist in Asbury, NJ
Shirley Rajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Dr. Shirley Rajan is a Psychiatrist in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2016. Dr. Rajan offers clients medication management and treatments for chronic self-harm, chronic suicidality, personality disorders and utilizes dialectical behavioral therapy. Outside of work, Dr. Rajan enjoys softball, archery, bowling, and movies.
Dr. Shirley Rajan is a Psychiatrist in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2016. Dr. Rajan offers clients medication management and treatments for chronic self-harm, chronic suicidality, personality disorders and utilizes dialectical behavioral therapy. Outside of work, Dr. Rajan enjoys softball, archery, bowling, and movies.
(862) 386-2276 View (862) 386-2276

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Number of Psychiatrists in Asbury, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Asbury, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

2 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Asbury, NJ see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Asbury?

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.