Psychiatrists in Farmingdale, NJ

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Ruben Singh MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, DABPN
Verified Verified
Farmingdale, NJ 07727  (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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Dr. Rosemary Mensah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Tinton Falls, NJ 07712  (Online Only)
I am accepting new clients. As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, you can expect a warm, welcoming, and supportive environment dedicated to your mental well-being. I strive to create a space where you feel comfortable, heard, and understood. With a solid educational background and clinical experience, my primary focus is on the treatment of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and various mental health challenges. I believe in building a solid therapeutic alliance based on trust, respect, and empathy. I aim to create a collaborative and culturally sensitive environment where we can establish treatment goals.
I am accepting new clients. As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, you can expect a warm, welcoming, and supportive environment dedicated to your mental well-being. I strive to create a space where you feel comfortable, heard, and understood. With a solid educational background and clinical experience, my primary focus is on the treatment of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and various mental health challenges. I believe in building a solid therapeutic alliance based on trust, respect, and empathy. I aim to create a collaborative and culturally sensitive environment where we can establish treatment goals.
(848) 280-7941 View (848) 280-7941
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Natalya Csatari
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Eatontown, NJ 07724
I utilize a comprehensive approach to any struggle the client may be going through with medication paired with psychotherapy. My goal is to get the client in a place of confidence and fully functioning in their life as well as their relationships. This is done by giving the highest quality of care and customizing a treatment plan for each individual.
I utilize a comprehensive approach to any struggle the client may be going through with medication paired with psychotherapy. My goal is to get the client in a place of confidence and fully functioning in their life as well as their relationships. This is done by giving the highest quality of care and customizing a treatment plan for each individual.
(732) 782-9038 View (732) 782-9038
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Lotus Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colts Neck, NJ 07722  (Online Only)
I am a Dual Certified Practitioner, board certified in both Psychiatry and Adult Medicine. I have worked in many settings, psychiatric hospital, hospital ICU, Inpatient detox, outpatient psychiatric and addiction treatment. I also specialize in Medical & Psychiatric patient education.
I am a Dual Certified Practitioner, board certified in both Psychiatry and Adult Medicine. I have worked in many settings, psychiatric hospital, hospital ICU, Inpatient detox, outpatient psychiatric and addiction treatment. I also specialize in Medical & Psychiatric patient education.
(732) 631-3575 View (732) 631-3575
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Nicole Palmieri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified 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
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Dr. Leopold Bolona
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
Dr. Leopold Bolona is a compassionate psychiatrist in private practice in Westfield and Brick, and Freehold NJ seeing adults only at this time. The practice has 9 Nurse Practioners offering comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and individualized treatment for a variety of issues such as: Depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, addiction and more. 6 Therapist ready to assist all of our patients. The practice offers both in person and telehealth. All offices offer Genetic testing and Neuropsych testing. The Westfield and Freehold office also offers both TMS and Spravato for Treatment Resistant Depression.
Dr. Leopold Bolona is a compassionate psychiatrist in private practice in Westfield and Brick, and Freehold NJ seeing adults only at this time. The practice has 9 Nurse Practioners offering comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and individualized treatment for a variety of issues such as: Depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, addiction and more. 6 Therapist ready to assist all of our patients. The practice offers both in person and telehealth. All offices offer Genetic testing and Neuropsych testing. The Westfield and Freehold office also offers both TMS and Spravato for Treatment Resistant Depression.
(732) 440-3179 View (732) 440-3179
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Dr. Sarah Azarchi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Marlboro, NJ 07746
I am a NYU-trained board-certified psychiatrist & psychotherapist, licensed in New Jersey and New York. I believe in the power of the mind and its ​profound influence on overall wellbeing. I offer comprehensive treatment that integrates psychotherapy and medication management.
I am a NYU-trained board-certified psychiatrist & psychotherapist, licensed in New Jersey and New York. I believe in the power of the mind and its ​profound influence on overall wellbeing. I offer comprehensive treatment that integrates psychotherapy and medication management.
(908) 388-9920 View (908) 388-9920
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Dr. Stephen Jaeger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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
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Ashley Anderson - Next Openings: One Week
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Marlboro, NJ 07746  (Online Only)
Hello! I am Dr. Ashley Anderson, DNP, APRN. I believe in person-centered care with evidence-based treatment approaches and I strongly feel that building a connection with patients is a vital aspect of providing care. I use evidence-based practices with a focus on person-centered care and optimal clinical outcomes targeting quality of life, maximizing wellness, and recovery. I take pride in supporting my patients through difficult mental health symptoms, and I bring a knowledgeable and compassionate perspective to patient care. I like when my patients ask questions, and I'm always happy to address their concerns!
Hello! I am Dr. Ashley Anderson, DNP, APRN. I believe in person-centered care with evidence-based treatment approaches and I strongly feel that building a connection with patients is a vital aspect of providing care. I use evidence-based practices with a focus on person-centered care and optimal clinical outcomes targeting quality of life, maximizing wellness, and recovery. I take pride in supporting my patients through difficult mental health symptoms, and I bring a knowledgeable and compassionate perspective to patient care. I like when my patients ask questions, and I'm always happy to address their concerns!
(848) 289-1172 View (848) 289-1172
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Christine Tintorer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Holmdel, NJ 07733
Dr. Tintorer went to medical school at New Jersey Medical School, and went on to begin a residency in surgery before deciding that a career in psychiatry was where she wanted to be. She did her general psychiatry training at St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in Manhattan, then her Child and Adolescent Fellowship at St. Luke's Roosevelt Medical Center in Manhattan. She has rotated through a therapeutic school in NYC, worked in a substance abuse clinic in Brooklyn, and worked with psychiatric inpatient and outpatient children and adults in both NY and NJ. She has been in practice in Monmouth County since 2010.
Dr. Tintorer went to medical school at New Jersey Medical School, and went on to begin a residency in surgery before deciding that a career in psychiatry was where she wanted to be. She did her general psychiatry training at St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in Manhattan, then her Child and Adolescent Fellowship at St. Luke's Roosevelt Medical Center in Manhattan. She has rotated through a therapeutic school in NYC, worked in a substance abuse clinic in Brooklyn, and worked with psychiatric inpatient and outpatient children and adults in both NY and NJ. She has been in practice in Monmouth County since 2010.
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OCA Behavioral Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
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) 517-7681 View (732) 517-7681
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Psychiatric and Behavioral Services of New Jersey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, BC
Verified Verified
Howell, NJ 07731
Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services of New Jersey is a private psychiatric practice that provides a full range of outpatient mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, individual, family and group psychotherapy for clients at all stages of life; children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services of New Jersey is a private psychiatric practice that provides a full range of outpatient mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, individual, family and group psychotherapy for clients at all stages of life; children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
(732) 491-8710 View (732) 491-8710
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Chimena P Duke
Psychiatric Nurse, APN
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Welcome! I am Chimena Duke, a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a deep passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. With advanced training and extensive experience in the field of psychiatry, I am committed to providing client-centered care to my patients. I firmly believe that everyone deserves access to quality mental healthcare, and I am dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of those I serve.
Welcome! I am Chimena Duke, a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a deep passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. With advanced training and extensive experience in the field of psychiatry, I am committed to providing client-centered care to my patients. I firmly believe that everyone deserves access to quality mental healthcare, and I am dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of those I serve.
(732) 605-4987 View (732) 605-4987
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Joanne Wilson Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MSHA, RN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who focuses on life challenges midlife and beyond. Mental health and well-being are essential components of a fulfilling life throughout one's lifespan. Anxiety and depression do not have to be a normal part of life. It is important to recognize how our thoughts or feelings can keep us from truly living life. You can feel good about yourself, no matter what your calendar age or what circumstance of life is challenging you!
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who focuses on life challenges midlife and beyond. Mental health and well-being are essential components of a fulfilling life throughout one's lifespan. Anxiety and depression do not have to be a normal part of life. It is important to recognize how our thoughts or feelings can keep us from truly living life. You can feel good about yourself, no matter what your calendar age or what circumstance of life is challenging you!
(609) 806-5780 View (609) 806-5780
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Rebecca Florence Mizrahi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified 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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Dr. Mary McAleavy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Howell, NJ 07731  (Online Only)
Welcome to a space where healing begins and personal growth takes center stage. My focus is on understanding and addressing the unique challenges faced by children, adolescents, and young adults during pivotal moments in their lives. Specializing in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depressive disorders, behavioral issues, and stress management, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and thoughtful care. My approach is rooted in viewing individuals holistically, considering not just the symptoms but the person behind them.
Welcome to a space where healing begins and personal growth takes center stage. My focus is on understanding and addressing the unique challenges faced by children, adolescents, and young adults during pivotal moments in their lives. Specializing in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depressive disorders, behavioral issues, and stress management, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and thoughtful care. My approach is rooted in viewing individuals holistically, considering not just the symptoms but the person behind them.
(848) 305-2531 View (848) 305-2531
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Cherry Health Solutions, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Neptune, NJ 07753  (Online Only)
My focus is a spiritual, integrative, holistic approach to assist you in your journey to optimal mental health and wellness. My clients enjoy a partnership being an active participant in their well being, and are willing to participate in talk therapy if medication is required. My clients prefer take fewer prescription medications, and to taper down dosing of their medications as much as possible. They are open to alternative therapies because they want to feel better and be the best version of themselves.
My focus is a spiritual, integrative, holistic approach to assist you in your journey to optimal mental health and wellness. My clients enjoy a partnership being an active participant in their well being, and are willing to participate in talk therapy if medication is required. My clients prefer take fewer prescription medications, and to taper down dosing of their medications as much as possible. They are open to alternative therapies because they want to feel better and be the best version of themselves.
(848) 204-1251 View (848) 204-1251
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Philip Heller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Colts Neck, NJ 07722
I find helping people who want to make their life better and more satisfying the most rewarding part of my work. When I am with a patient, I see them for who they are and what gets in their way, rather than a list of symptoms. Looking and listening to people, where they are in their life and how their problems block them from expressing their underlying health is important in order for people to feel heard and understood. This is the basis for making an accurate diagnosis which is the foundation for all therapy, whether it be with or without the support of medication.
I find helping people who want to make their life better and more satisfying the most rewarding part of my work. When I am with a patient, I see them for who they are and what gets in their way, rather than a list of symptoms. Looking and listening to people, where they are in their life and how their problems block them from expressing their underlying health is important in order for people to feel heard and understood. This is the basis for making an accurate diagnosis which is the foundation for all therapy, whether it be with or without the support of medication.
(732) 770-4476 View (732) 770-4476
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Miriam Tetelbom MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ocean, NJ 07712
During consultations, I focus on being supportive and understanding while at the same time being a very thorough professional. I have over thirty years of experience in various levels of care, assisting and guiding clients to adjust to new life situations. Taking the necessary time to listen to you helps me make the best evaluation and together we come up with a treatment plan. Before establishing my practice in the United States, I have also had a wide range of experience in Brazil, where for fifteen years, I worked as a clinical psychiatrist and taught medical students and psychiatry residents.I lecture in conferences as well.
During consultations, I focus on being supportive and understanding while at the same time being a very thorough professional. I have over thirty years of experience in various levels of care, assisting and guiding clients to adjust to new life situations. Taking the necessary time to listen to you helps me make the best evaluation and together we come up with a treatment plan. Before establishing my practice in the United States, I have also had a wide range of experience in Brazil, where for fifteen years, I worked as a clinical psychiatrist and taught medical students and psychiatry residents.I lecture in conferences as well.
(732) 605-5505 View (732) 605-5505
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Joseph Spitalieri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
Born and raised in Brooklyn NY. I completed my Associates in Applied Science Nursing From Brookdale Community College, Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Aspen University, and Masters of Science in Nursing at Walden University. I currently hold the title of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in New York, New Jersey and Florida. I have worked the last 4 years in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY.
Born and raised in Brooklyn NY. I completed my Associates in Applied Science Nursing From Brookdale Community College, Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Aspen University, and Masters of Science in Nursing at Walden University. I currently hold the title of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in New York, New Jersey and Florida. I have worked the last 4 years in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY.
(732) 393-8391 View (732) 393-8391

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Number of Psychiatrists in Farmingdale, NJ

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Psychiatrists in Farmingdale, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Eating Disorders
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Dissociative Disorders (DID)
100% Psychosis

Average years in practice

39 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Farmingdale, NJ see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Farmingdale?

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.