Psychiatrists in Fairfield, NJ

Photo of Reservoir Health Psychiatry - Jenika L. Miles, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairfield, NJ
Reservoir Health Psychiatry - Jenika L. Miles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC
Verified
Fairfield, NJ 07004  (Online Only)
My ideal client is motivated to improve their mental health, regardless of their specific condition. They may struggle with depression, anxiety, addiction, or other symptoms. They want a safe, supportive environment where they can develop coping skills and explore their thoughts and feelings. My goal is to provide personalized treatment and help them achieve their goals, whether that's managing their symptoms or feeling more content in daily life.
My ideal client is motivated to improve their mental health, regardless of their specific condition. They may struggle with depression, anxiety, addiction, or other symptoms. They want a safe, supportive environment where they can develop coping skills and explore their thoughts and feelings. My goal is to provide personalized treatment and help them achieve their goals, whether that's managing their symptoms or feeling more content in daily life.
(856) 644-2685 View (856) 644-2685
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Nadia Marcelin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfield, NJ 07004  (Online Only)
My name is Nadia Marcelin, I’m a long time resident of NJ where I live with my husband and my teenage daughter. I’m very passionate about providing care for my patients in an environment that is conducive to healing. I’m a compassionate provider with six years plus experiences in inpatients care with diverse mental issues. I pride myself in treating my patients as individuals and not as a case. I strongly believe that wellness and rehabilitation is a team effort between all parties involved. I value and seek to understand my patients’ needs so we can develop a working relationship based on trust, mutual respects and honesty.
My name is Nadia Marcelin, I’m a long time resident of NJ where I live with my husband and my teenage daughter. I’m very passionate about providing care for my patients in an environment that is conducive to healing. I’m a compassionate provider with six years plus experiences in inpatients care with diverse mental issues. I pride myself in treating my patients as individuals and not as a case. I strongly believe that wellness and rehabilitation is a team effort between all parties involved. I value and seek to understand my patients’ needs so we can develop a working relationship based on trust, mutual respects and honesty.
(856) 888-4935 View (856) 888-4935
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Kesha Cheron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Kesha is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is broadly experienced both as nurse and nurse practitioner. She works closely with her patients to help them meet their treatment goals. Kesha believes in a holistic approach and encourages patients to be active in their treatment plan to ensure desired outcomes are met. She helps patients manage their anxiety, depression, and many other conditions with new patient appointments available within 1-2 weeks currently (oct 2023).
Kesha is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is broadly experienced both as nurse and nurse practitioner. She works closely with her patients to help them meet their treatment goals. Kesha believes in a holistic approach and encourages patients to be active in their treatment plan to ensure desired outcomes are met. She helps patients manage their anxiety, depression, and many other conditions with new patient appointments available within 1-2 weeks currently (oct 2023).
(908) 774-2629 View (908) 774-2629
Photo of Adedoyin Asimolowo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairfield, NJ
Adedoyin Asimolowo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Adedoyin Asimolowo is board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Adedoyin provides culturally competent care to clients with various mental health problems. Clients go to Adedoyin to receive the best care possible and be at ease to discuss their medical, psychological difficulties. He is pleased to support them through their recovery, and bring knowledge and compassionate perspectives to the client’s care. He provides holistic care utilizing psychotherapy and psychopharmacology treatment to achieve optimal recovery and functioning. His specialties include providing assessment, diagnosis, and therapy for general mental health.
Adedoyin Asimolowo is board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Adedoyin provides culturally competent care to clients with various mental health problems. Clients go to Adedoyin to receive the best care possible and be at ease to discuss their medical, psychological difficulties. He is pleased to support them through their recovery, and bring knowledge and compassionate perspectives to the client’s care. He provides holistic care utilizing psychotherapy and psychopharmacology treatment to achieve optimal recovery and functioning. His specialties include providing assessment, diagnosis, and therapy for general mental health.
(862) 858-2932 View (862) 858-2932

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Insyte Psychiatric
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Montclair, NJ 07042
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist . I see individuals in need of medication management. I strongly believe that clients should be well informed about their treatment . Clients participate in treatment planning and their needs are always taken into consideration. My clients feel well cared for and walk away knowing that at all times I have their best interests in mind. It is my hope that clients feel we are taking a journey together in terms of their treatment. I specialize in postpartum depression, major depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, alcohol abuse, psychotic disorders and bipolar disorder.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist . I see individuals in need of medication management. I strongly believe that clients should be well informed about their treatment . Clients participate in treatment planning and their needs are always taken into consideration. My clients feel well cared for and walk away knowing that at all times I have their best interests in mind. It is my hope that clients feel we are taking a journey together in terms of their treatment. I specialize in postpartum depression, major depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, alcohol abuse, psychotic disorders and bipolar disorder.
(732) 515-5089 View (732) 515-5089
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Samantha Ceceli
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042
I am a certified Physician Assistant who specializes in delivering compassionate and effective psychiatric care. I have received rigorous training in treating psychiatric disorders from the nation's leading institutions and experts, with a special focus on depression and anxiety disorders (including PTSD), OCD, and ADHD. My expertise extends to individuals of all ages and stages of life to help restore mental health and well-being. I am a University of Virginia and California Baptist University alum with prior experience at Mount Sinai and NYU.
I am a certified Physician Assistant who specializes in delivering compassionate and effective psychiatric care. I have received rigorous training in treating psychiatric disorders from the nation's leading institutions and experts, with a special focus on depression and anxiety disorders (including PTSD), OCD, and ADHD. My expertise extends to individuals of all ages and stages of life to help restore mental health and well-being. I am a University of Virginia and California Baptist University alum with prior experience at Mount Sinai and NYU.
(201) 559-0230 View (201) 559-0230
Photo of Pattie James, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairfield, NJ
Pattie James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
East Hanover, NJ 07936
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.
(973) 846-9786 View (973) 846-9786
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Melissa Mecka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Melissa and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in New Jersey. I specialize in maternal mental health, pre/postpartum, perimenopause and menopausal anxiety/depression with an emphasis on individualized therapy and a holistic approach to care. When clinically indicated I can, and will, prescribe medication on a case-by-case basis. We will determine the treatment plan together keeping your personal goals as a priority.I’m passionate about women's issues and destigmatizing mental healthcare.
Hi, my name is Melissa and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in New Jersey. I specialize in maternal mental health, pre/postpartum, perimenopause and menopausal anxiety/depression with an emphasis on individualized therapy and a holistic approach to care. When clinically indicated I can, and will, prescribe medication on a case-by-case basis. We will determine the treatment plan together keeping your personal goals as a priority.I’m passionate about women's issues and destigmatizing mental healthcare.
(201) 729-3861 View (201) 729-3861
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Kiasili Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, DDS
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Dr. Liz Mulwa is an English, Swahili, and Kikuyu speaking Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, with a doctor of Dentistry background. Clients struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD among others may wonder about how to resolve. Expect a client-centered treatment journey in a safe and welcoming environment that allows you or your loved ones to explore obstacles with concerns related to ADHD, anxiety, depression, and/or other issues. Liz focus is to help clients feel empowered, develop assertiveness, and develop better coping skills. We encourage clients to establish and maintain quality communication & boundaries around themself.
Dr. Liz Mulwa is an English, Swahili, and Kikuyu speaking Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, with a doctor of Dentistry background. Clients struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD among others may wonder about how to resolve. Expect a client-centered treatment journey in a safe and welcoming environment that allows you or your loved ones to explore obstacles with concerns related to ADHD, anxiety, depression, and/or other issues. Liz focus is to help clients feel empowered, develop assertiveness, and develop better coping skills. We encourage clients to establish and maintain quality communication & boundaries around themself.
(908) 883-4526 View (908) 883-4526
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BirchWood Health - Jacquelyn Zagone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified
Parsippany, NJ 07054  (Online Only)
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. With a deep understanding of the complexities of psychiatric conditions, I employ a patient-centered approach to treatment, ensuring that each individual’s unique needs and circumstances are at the forefront of their care plan. Find out more about me and my practice at www.BirchWood.Health
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. With a deep understanding of the complexities of psychiatric conditions, I employ a patient-centered approach to treatment, ensuring that each individual’s unique needs and circumstances are at the forefront of their care plan. Find out more about me and my practice at www.BirchWood.Health
(862) 356-6293 View (862) 356-6293
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Ashley Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042  (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!
(973) 310-5576 View (973) 310-5576
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Prompt Solutions Health And Wellness Center LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Verona, NJ 07044
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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Constance Health and Behavioral Consult
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APN
Verified
1 Endorsed
West Orange, NJ 07052  (Online Only)
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, my heart is fully committed to nurturing and providing gentle, comprehensive mental health care. I deeply empathize with the intricate challenges of psychiatric conditions and passionately embrace a patient-centered approach in my treatment plans. My focus is always on recognizing and honoring the unique journey and needs of each individual. I warmly invite you to learn more about my compassionate practice and how we can walk together towards healing at www.constancehbc.org.
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, my heart is fully committed to nurturing and providing gentle, comprehensive mental health care. I deeply empathize with the intricate challenges of psychiatric conditions and passionately embrace a patient-centered approach in my treatment plans. My focus is always on recognizing and honoring the unique journey and needs of each individual. I warmly invite you to learn more about my compassionate practice and how we can walk together towards healing at www.constancehbc.org.
(973) 846-1545 View (973) 846-1545
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Oksana Libelt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Paterson, NJ 07503  (Online Only)
My name is Oksana Libelt. I have been in medicine almost 25 years. My clinical background include different varies of care from critical care to proctology. I have started my career in Russia and continued to peruse my profession in USA. I am living in Matawan, New Jersey with my husband and three children. Education has always been a big and important part of my life. My point of view is, as much as we know, the more we can offer for society and patients.
My name is Oksana Libelt. I have been in medicine almost 25 years. My clinical background include different varies of care from critical care to proctology. I have started my career in Russia and continued to peruse my profession in USA. I am living in Matawan, New Jersey with my husband and three children. Education has always been a big and important part of my life. My point of view is, as much as we know, the more we can offer for society and patients.
(833) 646-3968 View (833) 646-3968
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Staci Barilari
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Staci and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Life transitions, Maternal Mental Health/pre/postpartum, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Relationship issues, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Stress Management and Women's Issues. 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 Staci and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Life transitions, Maternal Mental Health/pre/postpartum, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Relationship issues, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Stress Management and Women's Issues. 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) 965-8365 View (973) 965-8365
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Marina Atesle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042
As a certified functional medicine practitioner with a deep passion for wellness, I am committed to providing a personalized approach to your mental health care. I will carefully listen to your concerns and create a customized treatment plan that fits your specific needs. This individualized strategy is aimed at addressing not just symptoms, but the underlying causes of your mental health challenges, ensuring a more holistic and effective path to well-being.
As a certified functional medicine practitioner with a deep passion for wellness, I am committed to providing a personalized approach to your mental health care. I will carefully listen to your concerns and create a customized treatment plan that fits your specific needs. This individualized strategy is aimed at addressing not just symptoms, but the underlying causes of your mental health challenges, ensuring a more holistic and effective path to well-being.
(973) 847-2948 View (973) 847-2948
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Paul Oniwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Paul and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, OCD and PTSD. 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 Paul and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, OCD and PTSD. 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.
(201) 879-6586 View (201) 879-6586
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Shirley Rajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078  (Online Only)
I believe a comprehensive assessment, a working alliance with clients and families, and collaboration with all treatment providers should be the foundation of any treatment. I am a dual board certified adult and child-adolescent psychiatrist with extensive experience in treating patients with complex emotional and behavioral challenges. I am well adept at addressing issues ranging from depression, to ADHD, to behavioral issues, to struggles with addiction. I believe in balancing multiple psychotherapeutic modalities with psychopharmacology.
I believe a comprehensive assessment, a working alliance with clients and families, and collaboration with all treatment providers should be the foundation of any treatment. I am a dual board certified adult and child-adolescent psychiatrist with extensive experience in treating patients with complex emotional and behavioral challenges. I am well adept at addressing issues ranging from depression, to ADHD, to behavioral issues, to struggles with addiction. I believe in balancing multiple psychotherapeutic modalities with psychopharmacology.
(732) 607-4332 View (732) 607-4332
Photo of Elizabeth Corvino, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fairfield, NJ
Elizabeth Corvino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Elizabeth and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Women's Issues, as well as medication management. 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 Elizabeth and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Women's Issues, as well as medication management. 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.
(201) 907-7398 View (201) 907-7398
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Theresa Flanagan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Dr. Flanagan is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who understands the challenges that children and their families face. With her compassionate and empathetic approach, she provides a holistic and comprehensive treatment plan that goes beyond just prescribing medication. Dr. Flanagan believes in the power of combining psychotherapy and parent guidance with medication management. She recognizes that mental health issues can have an impact on a child's daily life, and by addressing both the emotional and biological aspects, she aims to create lasting positive changes. What sets her apart understanding of lifestyle factors as well.
Dr. Flanagan is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who understands the challenges that children and their families face. With her compassionate and empathetic approach, she provides a holistic and comprehensive treatment plan that goes beyond just prescribing medication. Dr. Flanagan believes in the power of combining psychotherapy and parent guidance with medication management. She recognizes that mental health issues can have an impact on a child's daily life, and by addressing both the emotional and biological aspects, she aims to create lasting positive changes. What sets her apart understanding of lifestyle factors as well.
(201) 903-9520 View (201) 903-9520

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Fairfield, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Fairfield, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
50% ADHD
50% Eating Disorders

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
75% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Fairfield, NJ see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fairfield?

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.