Psychiatrists in Asbury Park, NJ

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Abir Marcus
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Dr. Marcus offers individualized approach in her treatments. She uses state of art treatments recommendations for the presenting problem while tailoring it to your personality and life style. Dr. Marcus is specialized in working with mood disorders such as Depression and Bipolar Disorders spectrum, Psychotic and Anxiety Disorders. She is also certified in addiction treatments including Detoxification, working on abstinence or harm reduction through the use of medications and therapy. Dr. Marcus is certified to prescribe Suboxone, Sublocade and Vivitrol.
Dr. Marcus offers individualized approach in her treatments. She uses state of art treatments recommendations for the presenting problem while tailoring it to your personality and life style. Dr. Marcus is specialized in working with mood disorders such as Depression and Bipolar Disorders spectrum, Psychotic and Anxiety Disorders. She is also certified in addiction treatments including Detoxification, working on abstinence or harm reduction through the use of medications and therapy. Dr. Marcus is certified to prescribe Suboxone, Sublocade and Vivitrol.
(732) 656-8701 View (732) 656-8701
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Ruben Singh MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, DABPN
Verified
Asbury Park, NJ 07712  (Online Only)
I offer a very empathic, compassionate, and individualized evaluation and treatment of a diverse population of every persuasion without any biases or prejudices and treat everyone with respect and dignity, no matter of their background or past history, and expect openness to reveal their innermost feelings for growth to happen to reach their highest potential. If you have treatment-resistant or complex problems in need of fine-tuning your medication regimen I will be able to provide the most up-to-date treatment modalities. To begin it's very easy all you have to do is be yourself and the rest therapist will handle.
I offer a very empathic, compassionate, and individualized evaluation and treatment of a diverse population of every persuasion without any biases or prejudices and treat everyone with respect and dignity, no matter of their background or past history, and expect openness to reveal their innermost feelings for growth to happen to reach their highest potential. If you have treatment-resistant or complex problems in need of fine-tuning your medication regimen I will be able to provide the most up-to-date treatment modalities. To begin it's very easy all you have to do is be yourself and the rest therapist will handle.
(732) 517-7599 View (732) 517-7599
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The Parks Center for Women\'s Wellness & Medicine
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Asbury Park, NJ 07712  (Online Only)
The Parks Center for Women’s Wellness and Medicine treats women of all ages 18 years and older. We treat a broad range of mental heath issues including anxiety, depression, and bipolar illness in all phase of life. This includes, but is not limited too, comprehensive treatment of mood disorders during the reproductive years including mood disorders during the premenstrual period, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. www.theparkscenter.com
The Parks Center for Women’s Wellness and Medicine treats women of all ages 18 years and older. We treat a broad range of mental heath issues including anxiety, depression, and bipolar illness in all phase of life. This includes, but is not limited too, comprehensive treatment of mood disorders during the reproductive years including mood disorders during the premenstrual period, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. www.theparkscenter.com
(732) 945-8942 View (732) 945-8942
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Dr. Tony Issac
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Dr. Issac is an experienced addiction and general psychiatrist with eight years of experience. He has helped many overcome their mental health challenges. Issac evaluates, diagnoses, and treats people based on their medical pathology, nutritional, and hormonal health. People suffering from addictions, or with other mental health challenges, such as anxiety, and depression, can recover with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Combining medications with psychotherapy, Dr. Issac considers various medical factors to treat his patients; he plans comprehensive treatments. His warmth and compassion are welcoming and supportive.
Dr. Issac is an experienced addiction and general psychiatrist with eight years of experience. He has helped many overcome their mental health challenges. Issac evaluates, diagnoses, and treats people based on their medical pathology, nutritional, and hormonal health. People suffering from addictions, or with other mental health challenges, such as anxiety, and depression, can recover with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Combining medications with psychotherapy, Dr. Issac considers various medical factors to treat his patients; he plans comprehensive treatments. His warmth and compassion are welcoming and supportive.
(201) 371-4044 View (201) 371-4044

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Nicole Palmieri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Manasquan, NJ 08736
Behavioral Health services provided by a doctorate level Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that is dedicated to providing quality care and treating the whole person, including the body, mind and spirit. With 10 years experience the the mental/behavioral health field, and great experience in evaluation, diagnosing, and medication management across the lifespan, I treat a wide range of behavioral, emotional, and substance use disorders, including opiate and alcohol use, anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, and mood disorders, amongst others.
Behavioral Health services provided by a doctorate level Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that is dedicated to providing quality care and treating the whole person, including the body, mind and spirit. With 10 years experience the the mental/behavioral health field, and great experience in evaluation, diagnosing, and medication management across the lifespan, I treat a wide range of behavioral, emotional, and substance use disorders, including opiate and alcohol use, anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, and mood disorders, amongst others.
(848) 251-0183 View (848) 251-0183
Noble Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNL, PMHNP
Verified
Red Bank, NJ 07701
At Noble Care LLC, we offer many types of therapy to treat Stress, Anxiety, Depression PTSD, and ADHD, OCD Bipolar disorder, Addiction/Substance abuse and many other Mental Health Disorder. If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or want to take a new direction in your life, we are here to help.
At Noble Care LLC, we offer many types of therapy to treat Stress, Anxiety, Depression PTSD, and ADHD, OCD Bipolar disorder, Addiction/Substance abuse and many other Mental Health Disorder. If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or want to take a new direction in your life, we are here to help.
(732) 217-7883 View (732) 217-7883
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OCA Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified
Colts Neck, NJ 07722
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to The COVID-19 Health Crisis.
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to The COVID-19 Health Crisis.
(732) 314-7353 View (732) 314-7353
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The Cohen Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Eatontown, NJ 07724
Welcome to the Cohen Center....Are you overstressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, or ADD/ADHD symptoms? Perhaps you are struggling with insomnia or depression. These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Are you ready to take the first 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 the approach leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment
Welcome to the Cohen Center....Are you overstressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, or ADD/ADHD symptoms? Perhaps you are struggling with insomnia or depression. These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Are you ready to take the first 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 the approach leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment
(732) 675-0011 View (732) 675-0011
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Stephen Jaeger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lincroft, NJ 07738
Yale University trained psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Jaeger’s philosophy on psychiatric care is grounded in his belief that every client is entitled to the highest quality personalized care. His unique approach focuses on individualized treatment plans. His mission is to optimize every aspect of your life and the individualized treatment plans are designed to do just that. Clients play an active role in tailoring their personalized treatment plan with Dr. Jaeger.
Yale University trained psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Jaeger’s philosophy on psychiatric care is grounded in his belief that every client is entitled to the highest quality personalized care. His unique approach focuses on individualized treatment plans. His mission is to optimize every aspect of your life and the individualized treatment plans are designed to do just that. Clients play an active role in tailoring their personalized treatment plan with Dr. Jaeger.
(732) 592-5290 View (732) 592-5290
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Ashley Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified
Fair Haven, NJ 07704  (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) 503-5748 View (908) 503-5748
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Linden Psychiatric Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"- Lao Tzu......... Sometimes we feel stuck, overwhelmed, sad or confused. I believe mental health issues have biological, psychological and social roots. My practice provides medication management to address symptoms in addition to person-centered therapy to help identify and resolve negative perceptions and dysfunctional behavior patterns.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"- Lao Tzu......... Sometimes we feel stuck, overwhelmed, sad or confused. I believe mental health issues have biological, psychological and social roots. My practice provides medication management to address symptoms in addition to person-centered therapy to help identify and resolve negative perceptions and dysfunctional behavior patterns.
(732) 372-0070 View (732) 372-0070
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Dr. Stephen Jaeger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lincroft, NJ 07738
Yale University trained psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Jaeger’s philosophy on psychiatric care is grounded in his belief that every client is entitled to the highest quality personalized care. His unique approach focuses on individualized treatment plans. His mission is to optimize every aspect of your life and the individualized treatment plans are designed to do just that. Clients play an active role in tailoring their personalized treatment plan with Dr. Jaeger.
Yale University trained psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Jaeger’s philosophy on psychiatric care is grounded in his belief that every client is entitled to the highest quality personalized care. His unique approach focuses on individualized treatment plans. His mission is to optimize every aspect of your life and the individualized treatment plans are designed to do just that. Clients play an active role in tailoring their personalized treatment plan with Dr. Jaeger.
(732) 517-7971 View (732) 517-7971
Photo of Stephen Jaeger, Psychiatrist in Asbury Park, NJ
Stephen Jaeger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lincroft, NJ 07738
Yale University trained psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Jaeger’s philosophy on psychiatric care is grounded in his belief that every client is entitled to the highest quality personalized care. His unique approach focuses on individualized treatment plans. His mission is to optimize every aspect of your life and the individualized treatment plans are designed to do just that. Clients play an active role in tailoring their personalized treatment plan with Dr. Jaeger.
Yale University trained psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Jaeger’s philosophy on psychiatric care is grounded in his belief that every client is entitled to the highest quality personalized care. His unique approach focuses on individualized treatment plans. His mission is to optimize every aspect of your life and the individualized treatment plans are designed to do just that. Clients play an active role in tailoring their personalized treatment plan with Dr. Jaeger.
(732) 592-5410 View (732) 592-5410
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Kolli Psychiatric & Associates
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
2 Endorsed
Red Bank, NJ 07701
With empathy, patience, and an approachable style, Kolli Psychiatric & Associates provides comprehensive mental health services to children, adults, and their families. Through the use of therapy, medication management or a combination of the two, we strive to help you reach your full wellness potential. Our practice consists of- Dr. Sireesha Kolli, a board-certified psychiatrist with training in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. While medical expertise forms the foundation of her treatment, her warmth, and sense of compassion are often cited by patients, families, and professionals as key motivating factors for success
With empathy, patience, and an approachable style, Kolli Psychiatric & Associates provides comprehensive mental health services to children, adults, and their families. Through the use of therapy, medication management or a combination of the two, we strive to help you reach your full wellness potential. Our practice consists of- Dr. Sireesha Kolli, a board-certified psychiatrist with training in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. While medical expertise forms the foundation of her treatment, her warmth, and sense of compassion are often cited by patients, families, and professionals as key motivating factors for success
(732) 812-4968 View (732) 812-4968
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Garden Psych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Colts Neck, NJ 07722
Do you have a busy life? Do you wish for you and your family to be as successful as possible? Garden Psych is a mental health practice with focus on telepsychiatry. The advantage of Garden Psych is using telemedicine to take less time off school or work. We are open on WEEKDAY EVENINGS and WEEKENDS! We have helped thousands of adults and children become more successful in their lives. Our award winning team of experts can help you do the same!
Do you have a busy life? Do you wish for you and your family to be as successful as possible? Garden Psych is a mental health practice with focus on telepsychiatry. The advantage of Garden Psych is using telemedicine to take less time off school or work. We are open on WEEKDAY EVENINGS and WEEKENDS! We have helped thousands of adults and children become more successful in their lives. Our award winning team of experts can help you do the same!
(732) 392-7233 View (732) 392-7233
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Daniel Manfra
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Fair Haven, NJ 07704
Waitlist for new clients
Dr. Manfra is a board certified psychiatrist and therapist, and is clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at Brown University. As a clinical psychiatrist, he provides highly-individualized treatment for a variety of issues with therapy and medications in Fair Haven, New Jersey. He treats adolescents, adults and families both virtually and in-person. Dr. Manfra also provides expert witness forensic consultations for medical-legal purposes. He is licensed in New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Dr. Manfra is a board certified psychiatrist and therapist, and is clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at Brown University. As a clinical psychiatrist, he provides highly-individualized treatment for a variety of issues with therapy and medications in Fair Haven, New Jersey. He treats adolescents, adults and families both virtually and in-person. Dr. Manfra also provides expert witness forensic consultations for medical-legal purposes. He is licensed in New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
(732) 334-7986 View (732) 334-7986
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Maggie Vasto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Rumson, NJ 07760  (Online Only)
Having over 10 years of experience helping others on their journey to mental health wellness, Rx ReLeaf is committed to guiding you through YOUR journey to life’s fulfillment. Mental health doesn’t have to be a topic to shy away from. With the comfort of easy conversation, we can discuss what steps you take towards feeling your best self.
Having over 10 years of experience helping others on their journey to mental health wellness, Rx ReLeaf is committed to guiding you through YOUR journey to life’s fulfillment. Mental health doesn’t have to be a topic to shy away from. With the comfort of easy conversation, we can discuss what steps you take towards feeling your best self.
(732) 355-3986 View (732) 355-3986
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Rebecca Florence Mizrahi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Manasquan, NJ 08736
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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Suzanne Chrebet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Manasquan, NJ 08736
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who believes in a holistic approach in order to satisfy one’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I utilize my knowledge and experience to provide medication management to assist patients in obtaining their specific treatment goals. Through comprehensive psychiatric assessment and utilization of evidence based treatments, my goal is to help individuals be the best version of themselves. I believe an important aspect to one’s treatment includes open communication between the client and provider.
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who believes in a holistic approach in order to satisfy one’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I utilize my knowledge and experience to provide medication management to assist patients in obtaining their specific treatment goals. Through comprehensive psychiatric assessment and utilization of evidence based treatments, my goal is to help individuals be the best version of themselves. I believe an important aspect to one’s treatment includes open communication between the client and provider.
(732) 838-6193 View (732) 838-6193
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The Cohen Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Long Branch, NJ 07740
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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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Asbury Park, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Asbury Park, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Psychosis
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

23 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Asbury Park, NJ see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Male
34% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Asbury Park?

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.