Psychiatrists in Belleville, NJ

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Morgan Edward Bardall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, BSN, BA, PMHNP
Verified
Belleville, NJ 07109
With experience in an array of psychiatric conditions, my goal at my all virtual practice is to help you to function at your best, with the idea that medications, if indicated, should start low and go slow. I may have a doctorate but all of my patients call me by my first name Morgan. My goal is to get to know you so that we can partner together to find what works best for you, safely and effectively. When working with me, I hope to create a connection that helps to help you to function at your best and find your new normal.
With experience in an array of psychiatric conditions, my goal at my all virtual practice is to help you to function at your best, with the idea that medications, if indicated, should start low and go slow. I may have a doctorate but all of my patients call me by my first name Morgan. My goal is to get to know you so that we can partner together to find what works best for you, safely and effectively. When working with me, I hope to create a connection that helps to help you to function at your best and find your new normal.
(732) 385-3819 View (732) 385-3819
Alexander R Babayants
Psychiatrist, MD PhD
Verified
Belleville, NJ 07109
I am a Diplomat of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; I am a Psychiatrist, practicing for many years and I will provide you with the best of my knowledge and experience opinion and treatment if needed. I will try to help you with psychotherapy sessions and if need it, with medication management as well.
I am a Diplomat of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; I am a Psychiatrist, practicing for many years and I will provide you with the best of my knowledge and experience opinion and treatment if needed. I will try to help you with psychotherapy sessions and if need it, with medication management as well.
(862) 500-3647 View (862) 500-3647
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Ofmeme Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Belleville, NJ 07109
If you are experiencing symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, ADHD, PTSD and substance use disorder, let Ofmeme Psychiatric Care provide you with services that are specific to your needs. Dr. Udofia offers comprehensive assessment, medication management and a range of treatment opportunities aimed at restoring patients back to optimal health. At Ofmeme Psychiatric Care, we also provide psychiatric evaluation for bariatric surgery.
If you are experiencing symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, ADHD, PTSD and substance use disorder, let Ofmeme Psychiatric Care provide you with services that are specific to your needs. Dr. Udofia offers comprehensive assessment, medication management and a range of treatment opportunities aimed at restoring patients back to optimal health. At Ofmeme Psychiatric Care, we also provide psychiatric evaluation for bariatric surgery.
(973) 891-4333 View (973) 891-4333
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Tolulope O Kolawole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APN-C
Verified
Belleville, NJ 07109  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatrist nurse practitioner with 18 years of practice experience both as a nurse and NP. Dedicated to exemplary patient outcomes and following all necessary treatment with the use of the evidence-based practice. Strong focus on listening to and addressing patient concerns and answering all questions in terms patients can easily understand. Willingness to work with all members of the clinical team and listen to their suggestions and input to improve results and maximize patient satisfaction.
I am a psychiatrist nurse practitioner with 18 years of practice experience both as a nurse and NP. Dedicated to exemplary patient outcomes and following all necessary treatment with the use of the evidence-based practice. Strong focus on listening to and addressing patient concerns and answering all questions in terms patients can easily understand. Willingness to work with all members of the clinical team and listen to their suggestions and input to improve results and maximize patient satisfaction.
(908) 356-5601 View (908) 356-5601

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Michael Enwere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Newark, NJ 07104  (Online Only)
Have you encountered challenges in locating a service provider who is dedicated to thoroughly understanding and assisting you? The task of finding a qualified professional capable of genuinely perceiving and acknowledging your needs can prove arduous. You may be grappling with depression, anxiety, or residual effects of past trauma. My expertise lies in aiding individuals to conquer such symptoms, alongside navigating an array of mental health and wellness obstacles. Above all, my role is to listen and facilitate your self-awareness, by providing utmost care and improving lifestyle betterment.
Have you encountered challenges in locating a service provider who is dedicated to thoroughly understanding and assisting you? The task of finding a qualified professional capable of genuinely perceiving and acknowledging your needs can prove arduous. You may be grappling with depression, anxiety, or residual effects of past trauma. My expertise lies in aiding individuals to conquer such symptoms, alongside navigating an array of mental health and wellness obstacles. Above all, my role is to listen and facilitate your self-awareness, by providing utmost care and improving lifestyle betterment.
(973) 447-9286 View (973) 447-9286
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Luminous Cares, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, MBA, APN-C
Verified
East Orange, NJ 07019
Luminous Cares, LLC, is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Provider, an expertise in psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, psychotherapy, medication management, and consultation, from children to adults (including Geriatrics) with psychiatric-mental health concerns. We pride ourselves in providing care dedicated to the spirit, soul and body of the individual; placing compassion, empathy and immediate response to emerging recovery/wellness issues. We maintain a data base of referrals for special therapies and for clients with medical problems. To foster the mental health of our population, we accept other insurances, plus medicare.
Luminous Cares, LLC, is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Provider, an expertise in psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, psychotherapy, medication management, and consultation, from children to adults (including Geriatrics) with psychiatric-mental health concerns. We pride ourselves in providing care dedicated to the spirit, soul and body of the individual; placing compassion, empathy and immediate response to emerging recovery/wellness issues. We maintain a data base of referrals for special therapies and for clients with medical problems. To foster the mental health of our population, we accept other insurances, plus medicare.
(862) 505-2141 View (862) 505-2141
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Fatmata Raymond
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Newark, NJ 07104  (Online Only)
Hello, Do you feel stressed, less motivated, tired and struggling to keep up with life's challenges? It's okay not to be okay, your struggles do not define you. Taking the first step towards improving your mental well-being can feel daunting, but by reaching out, you've already displayed tremendous courage. I understand that finding the right path to recovery can be overwhelming, which is why I am here to help you.
Hello, Do you feel stressed, less motivated, tired and struggling to keep up with life's challenges? It's okay not to be okay, your struggles do not define you. Taking the first step towards improving your mental well-being can feel daunting, but by reaching out, you've already displayed tremendous courage. I understand that finding the right path to recovery can be overwhelming, which is why I am here to help you.
(609) 451-7786 View (609) 451-7786
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Dr. Edna Hiers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
Newark, NJ 07107  (Online Only)
We create a safe space for clients to get their mental health needs met. Seeking mental health care is not a sign of weakness. It is a form of strength. Our doctoral-level psychiatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Edna Hiers, focuses on the whole person. Her style is addressing the whole person while focusing on how the mental, physical, spiritual, and psychosocial aspects of an individual contributes to their mental wellness which is the key to diagnosis. She strives to provide high quality of care by actively listening to the needs of her clients and by providing psychiatric evaluations, therapy, medication management, referrals.
We create a safe space for clients to get their mental health needs met. Seeking mental health care is not a sign of weakness. It is a form of strength. Our doctoral-level psychiatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Edna Hiers, focuses on the whole person. Her style is addressing the whole person while focusing on how the mental, physical, spiritual, and psychosocial aspects of an individual contributes to their mental wellness which is the key to diagnosis. She strives to provide high quality of care by actively listening to the needs of her clients and by providing psychiatric evaluations, therapy, medication management, referrals.
(732) 795-5227 View (732) 795-5227
Photo of Ann Nolan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Belleville, NJ
Ann Nolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Newark, NJ 07104
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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John R Cooke
Psychiatrist, MD, JD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
I graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and am board-certified in psychiatry. My background in medicine is diverse; I have also been an emergency physician. It is my professional conviction that one can live a meaningful and fulfilling life only through addressing the health of both the mind and the body. Thus, effective psychiatry must assess all aspects of a patient's condition.
I graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and am board-certified in psychiatry. My background in medicine is diverse; I have also been an emergency physician. It is my professional conviction that one can live a meaningful and fulfilling life only through addressing the health of both the mind and the body. Thus, effective psychiatry must assess all aspects of a patient's condition.
(973) 509-1500 View (973) 509-1500
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Marisa Savic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Newark, NJ 07104  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Marisa, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in New Jersey. Specializing in virtual sessions, I bring expertise in medication management and therapy designed to offer you invaluable support on your unique mental health journey.
Hello! I'm Marisa, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in New Jersey. Specializing in virtual sessions, I bring expertise in medication management and therapy designed to offer you invaluable support on your unique mental health journey.
(856) 898-3250 View (856) 898-3250
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Virtual Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Newark, NJ 07104  (Online Only)
I'm a dual certified FNP/ PMHNP. Taking a holistic approach is important to me and I feel this approach is of most benefit for my clients. I enjoy helping all types of clients but I gravitate towards working with individuals who are reaching out for help for the first time. This is because I feel I offer a positive initial encounter that will encourage them to continue seeking help in order to reach their goals but I will work with any client that needs assistance. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Accepting some insurances.
I'm a dual certified FNP/ PMHNP. Taking a holistic approach is important to me and I feel this approach is of most benefit for my clients. I enjoy helping all types of clients but I gravitate towards working with individuals who are reaching out for help for the first time. This is because I feel I offer a positive initial encounter that will encourage them to continue seeking help in order to reach their goals but I will work with any client that needs assistance. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Accepting some insurances.
(201) 212-6834 View (201) 212-6834
Access Psychiatric And Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newark, NJ 07104
I have 33 years experience in treating clients. I believe in connecting with my clients and making them relaxed and comfortable. My care is individualized to soothe my clients needs at an affordable cost. I have vast experience in Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy especially CBT, Behavioral Modification and Interpersonal Therapies, Addiction Treatment and Forensic Psychiatry.
I have 33 years experience in treating clients. I believe in connecting with my clients and making them relaxed and comfortable. My care is individualized to soothe my clients needs at an affordable cost. I have vast experience in Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy especially CBT, Behavioral Modification and Interpersonal Therapies, Addiction Treatment and Forensic Psychiatry.
(908) 345-2118 View (908) 345-2118
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Yolene Auguste
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Harrison, NJ 07029  (Online Only)
Yolene Auguste is a bilingual (English, Creole) board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with years of experience working with adults and seniors. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, adjustment disorders, OCD, panic disorders, schizophrenia, PTSD, stress, women's issues, and much more.
Yolene Auguste is a bilingual (English, Creole) board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with years of experience working with adults and seniors. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, adjustment disorders, OCD, panic disorders, schizophrenia, PTSD, stress, women's issues, and much more.
(908) 923-3097 View (908) 923-3097
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Ayodele Green
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
East Orange, NJ 07017
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist. After I completed Medical School at Temple University in PA, I matriculated to a Psychiatry Residency at Harlem Hospital, NY and a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship in Newark, NJ. I have been seeing both adults, Children and Adolescents providing psychotherapy as well as medication management.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist. After I completed Medical School at Temple University in PA, I matriculated to a Psychiatry Residency at Harlem Hospital, NY and a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship in Newark, NJ. I have been seeing both adults, Children and Adolescents providing psychotherapy as well as medication management.
(862) 375-4992 View (862) 375-4992
Photo of Theresa Webster, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Belleville, NJ
Theresa Webster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Bloomfield, NJ 07003  (Online Only)
Are you tired of your mental illness defining you? You may be unsure of the way forward, feeling anxious, fearful, angry, and hopelessness. You might not know how your mental illness overcame you. But one thing is for sure: you’re ready for some relief. You’re ready to stop masking your suffering but instead break through it. You are ready to know stability. Most of all, you are ready to live your best life. Clients come to me looking for a provider who understands there is not one pathway to becoming overwhelmed by mental illness and the journey to wellness is not one size fits all.
Are you tired of your mental illness defining you? You may be unsure of the way forward, feeling anxious, fearful, angry, and hopelessness. You might not know how your mental illness overcame you. But one thing is for sure: you’re ready for some relief. You’re ready to stop masking your suffering but instead break through it. You are ready to know stability. Most of all, you are ready to live your best life. Clients come to me looking for a provider who understands there is not one pathway to becoming overwhelmed by mental illness and the journey to wellness is not one size fits all.
(406) 413-9879 View (406) 413-9879
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Prompt Solutions Health And Wellness Center LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified
East Orange, NJ 07017
Philip Ofosu-Mensah, DNP, MSN, APN, PMHNP-BC, is a compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner and founder of Prompt Solutions Health and Wellness Center, LLC. Philip has over 12 years of experience in psychiatry as both a psychiatric registered nurse and nurse practitioner. He believes each individual has their own story, challenges and perspectives that influence their mental health and works to accommodate individual patient's schedules. His goal is to improve his patient’s quality of life by providing active listening and compassionate care through a multidisciplinary approach to treatment.
Philip Ofosu-Mensah, DNP, MSN, APN, PMHNP-BC, is a compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner and founder of Prompt Solutions Health and Wellness Center, LLC. Philip has over 12 years of experience in psychiatry as both a psychiatric registered nurse and nurse practitioner. He believes each individual has their own story, challenges and perspectives that influence their mental health and works to accommodate individual patient's schedules. His goal is to improve his patient’s quality of life by providing active listening and compassionate care through a multidisciplinary approach to treatment.
(973) 858-5423 View (973) 858-5423
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Dr. Fausat Funmilola Odubiyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC, APRN
Verified
East Orange, NJ 07017
I'm a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in working with adults in behavioral health. Funmi's experience in adults diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, mood, and anxiety disorders, including Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, and PTSD. I have devoted 21 years of experience in treating patients with mental health. Practicing kindness and compassion has been essential. Able health care accepting Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna Optum UBH, Oxford Health Plan, Compsych, Maritain, Multiplan for New York, and self cash payment.
I'm a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in working with adults in behavioral health. Funmi's experience in adults diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, mood, and anxiety disorders, including Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, and PTSD. I have devoted 21 years of experience in treating patients with mental health. Practicing kindness and compassion has been essential. Able health care accepting Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna Optum UBH, Oxford Health Plan, Compsych, Maritain, Multiplan for New York, and self cash payment.
(718) 550-7759 View (718) 550-7759
Photo of Phenita Mouzon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Belleville, NJ
Phenita Mouzon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Newark, NJ 07104  (Online Only)
Take the first step. Imagine how much better life will be without feelings of depression or anxiety. I can help whether you are suffering from codependence, anxiety, depression, ADHD or self confidence. My goal is to always build trusting relationships with my clients. Providing an environment that is comforting and safe. I have helped many clients become the best version of themselves again. Treatment is always individualized to your specific needs, with a holistic approach. Together we can work to come up with a plan that works best for you. Looking forward to helping you too. Please feel to call 732-998-7191 for appointments.
Take the first step. Imagine how much better life will be without feelings of depression or anxiety. I can help whether you are suffering from codependence, anxiety, depression, ADHD or self confidence. My goal is to always build trusting relationships with my clients. Providing an environment that is comforting and safe. I have helped many clients become the best version of themselves again. Treatment is always individualized to your specific needs, with a holistic approach. Together we can work to come up with a plan that works best for you. Looking forward to helping you too. Please feel to call 732-998-7191 for appointments.
(732) 998-7191 View (732) 998-7191
Photo of Abimbola Otufale, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Belleville, NJ
Abimbola Otufale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
East Orange, NJ 07017  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Abby. Are you constantly feeling like you're in the eye of a storm, with life's challenges pulling you in all directions? Is balancing your relationships, work, and personal well-being becoming increasingly difficult? Do you find it hard to give yourself the kindness and care you deserve? I guide people battling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, insomnia, stress, and anger toward achieving a better quality of life. Together, we'll identify the aspects of your life that are causing distress and help set you back on the path toward balance.
Hi there, I'm Abby. Are you constantly feeling like you're in the eye of a storm, with life's challenges pulling you in all directions? Is balancing your relationships, work, and personal well-being becoming increasingly difficult? Do you find it hard to give yourself the kindness and care you deserve? I guide people battling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, insomnia, stress, and anger toward achieving a better quality of life. Together, we'll identify the aspects of your life that are causing distress and help set you back on the path toward balance.
(973) 314-2502 View (973) 314-2502

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Belleville, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Belleville, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Psychosis
75% Sleep or Insomnia
75% Medication Management

Average years in practice

19 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Medicare
67% Amerigroup
67% AmeriHealth

How Psychiatrists in Belleville, NJ see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Male
34% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Belleville?

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.