Psychiatrists in Fort Lee, NJ

Tri America Health and Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD, LCSW, LCADC
Verified Verified
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Rediscover your happiness in a safe space! Tri America offers in-person visits in New Jersey and telehealth visits in 15 states. Services include individual & family counseling for children, adolescents, and adults, medication management, school testing for ADHD & TMS treatment for depression. Evening and weekend hours available. Call today to learn more.
Rediscover your happiness in a safe space! Tri America offers in-person visits in New Jersey and telehealth visits in 15 states. Services include individual & family counseling for children, adolescents, and adults, medication management, school testing for ADHD & TMS treatment for depression. Evening and weekend hours available. Call today to learn more.
(877) 959-8180 View (877) 959-8180
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Takashi Matsuki
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
I am a board-certified psychiatrist trained in both medication management and psychotherapy to treat a wide variety of psychiatric disorders. Prior to pursuing a career in psychiatry and psychotherapy in the U.S., I also had formal training and extensive clinical experience in primary care medicine in Japan.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist trained in both medication management and psychotherapy to treat a wide variety of psychiatric disorders. Prior to pursuing a career in psychiatry and psychotherapy in the U.S., I also had formal training and extensive clinical experience in primary care medicine in Japan.
(201) 977-6521 View (201) 977-6521
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Hong Kim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P, BC
Verified Verified
Fort Lee, NJ 07024  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
(201) 969-5923 View (201) 969-5923
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Leena Rajagopal
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Hi, I am a board certified general adult and forensic psychiatrist. I have experience in treating patients with mental illness in a variety of settings. I am licensed in New Jersey and New York and offer telepsychiatry at this time. During these stressful times, some of you may have developed new onset depression and anxiety, whereas some may experience worsening of older conditions. Whether you are experiencing new onset or worsening depression, anxiety, mood fluctuations, interpersonal problems, or other serious symptoms; ultimately these prevent you from living your life to your fullest potential. I want to help you feel better.
Hi, I am a board certified general adult and forensic psychiatrist. I have experience in treating patients with mental illness in a variety of settings. I am licensed in New Jersey and New York and offer telepsychiatry at this time. During these stressful times, some of you may have developed new onset depression and anxiety, whereas some may experience worsening of older conditions. Whether you are experiencing new onset or worsening depression, anxiety, mood fluctuations, interpersonal problems, or other serious symptoms; ultimately these prevent you from living your life to your fullest potential. I want to help you feel better.
(551) 313-9551 View (551) 313-9551
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Yuli Fradkin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
I started my career as a child psychiatrist and a researcher 20 years ago. I was interested not only in biological basis of mental disorders, but in psychotherapy and the concept of change. Upon immigration to the US, I studied among influential psychiatrists and therapists in New York and Boston. Currently I work in inpatient and outpatient settings, supervise medical students, and conduct psychiatric research. As I have been for the past 20 years, I am still fascinated with the amazing, complex process of individual development.
I started my career as a child psychiatrist and a researcher 20 years ago. I was interested not only in biological basis of mental disorders, but in psychotherapy and the concept of change. Upon immigration to the US, I studied among influential psychiatrists and therapists in New York and Boston. Currently I work in inpatient and outpatient settings, supervise medical students, and conduct psychiatric research. As I have been for the past 20 years, I am still fascinated with the amazing, complex process of individual development.
(646) 791-2766 View (646) 791-2766
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Dania Niwash
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Fort Lee, NJ 07024  (Online Only)
Dania Niwash is proudly part of Tri America Health & Wellness and is offering tele-visits for adults and children.
Dania Niwash is proudly part of Tri America Health & Wellness and is offering tele-visits for adults and children.
(201) 383-6438 View (201) 383-6438
Tri America TMS
Psychiatrist, MD, PA, APN
Verified Verified
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
TMS therapy & treatment has been researched for more than 30 years. In the United States, TMS therapy was first approved by the FDA in 2008 for the treatment of major depressive disorder in adult patients who had tried medications with no satisfactory results. Since TMS therapy has proven to be effective for the majority of patients treated, researchers are now studying its effectiveness for many other psychiatric and neurological conditions.
TMS therapy & treatment has been researched for more than 30 years. In the United States, TMS therapy was first approved by the FDA in 2008 for the treatment of major depressive disorder in adult patients who had tried medications with no satisfactory results. Since TMS therapy has proven to be effective for the majority of patients treated, researchers are now studying its effectiveness for many other psychiatric and neurological conditions.
(201) 831-9926 View (201) 831-9926
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Bridget Pepe
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Fort Lee, NJ 07024  (Online Only)
Tri America welcomes Bridget Pepe PA-C, CAQ-psychiatry who is a graduate of PA King’s College in Wilkes Barre, PA in 2019. From there Bridget has completed residency at the Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Once graduated Bridget has returned to NJ and has been practicing both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry and treats clients with diagnoses from anxiety, to depression, to psychosis, and all in between.
Tri America welcomes Bridget Pepe PA-C, CAQ-psychiatry who is a graduate of PA King’s College in Wilkes Barre, PA in 2019. From there Bridget has completed residency at the Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Once graduated Bridget has returned to NJ and has been practicing both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry and treats clients with diagnoses from anxiety, to depression, to psychosis, and all in between.
(551) 296-7156 View (551) 296-7156
Christopher Richards
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Triple board certified in Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. Integrative/holistic approach, psychotherapy, and use of medication when appropriate. Available for online video visits in 15+ states. New clients are kindly asked to schedule 1 day in advance. 24/7 scheduling and answering service in place. Look forward to collaborating with you!
Triple board certified in Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. Integrative/holistic approach, psychotherapy, and use of medication when appropriate. Available for online video visits in 15+ states. New clients are kindly asked to schedule 1 day in advance. 24/7 scheduling and answering service in place. Look forward to collaborating with you!
(833) 407-0830 View (833) 407-0830
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Lizzet I. Garcia MD 718-499-2925
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Hi, I am a medical doctor with a specialty in Adult Psychiatry with a sub-specialty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I am also a psychoanalyst and pursuing a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychodynamic Psychoanalysis at the Psychoanalytic Institute at Columbia University. I am also a Public Psychiatry Fellow at Columbia University. My training has enabled me to have expertise in psychopharmacology and also patient centered care with focus on primary psychiatric diagnosis and personality disorders. Now treating office based opioid use disorder with buprenorphine.
Hi, I am a medical doctor with a specialty in Adult Psychiatry with a sub-specialty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I am also a psychoanalyst and pursuing a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychodynamic Psychoanalysis at the Psychoanalytic Institute at Columbia University. I am also a Public Psychiatry Fellow at Columbia University. My training has enabled me to have expertise in psychopharmacology and also patient centered care with focus on primary psychiatric diagnosis and personality disorders. Now treating office based opioid use disorder with buprenorphine.
(347) 767-5577 View (347) 767-5577
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Caroline Bjorkman
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Dr. Caroline Bjorkman, at Mind Space Wellness, LLC, provides expert psychiatry services at locations in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and the Upper West Side area of Manhattan in New York City. Dr. Bjorkman completed her bachelor’s degree at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York, before receiving her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the New York Institute of Technology. She completed her residency and is attending physician at the Mount Sinai Health System across New York City. Dr. Bjorkman accepts most insurance providers. If you have specific questions regarding your coverage, please contact for additional information.
Dr. Caroline Bjorkman, at Mind Space Wellness, LLC, provides expert psychiatry services at locations in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and the Upper West Side area of Manhattan in New York City. Dr. Bjorkman completed her bachelor’s degree at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York, before receiving her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the New York Institute of Technology. She completed her residency and is attending physician at the Mount Sinai Health System across New York City. Dr. Bjorkman accepts most insurance providers. If you have specific questions regarding your coverage, please contact for additional information.
(646) 970-1321 View (646) 970-1321
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Dr. Kyu Oh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist practicing in NY, NJ, and via telehealth. I completed psychiatry residency training at Columbia University and I am now an Instructor in Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia. I work with clients struggling with a wide range of mental health problems, including stress, life transitions, relationship difficulties, work and school issues. I specialize in both medication management and psychotherapy for the treatment of the following psychiatric conditions: anxiety, panic, depression, OCD, and adult ADHD.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist practicing in NY, NJ, and via telehealth. I completed psychiatry residency training at Columbia University and I am now an Instructor in Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia. I work with clients struggling with a wide range of mental health problems, including stress, life transitions, relationship difficulties, work and school issues. I specialize in both medication management and psychotherapy for the treatment of the following psychiatric conditions: anxiety, panic, depression, OCD, and adult ADHD.
(646) 912-8774 View (646) 912-8774
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Aykut Ozden
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
I am a triple-board-certified child-adolescent, adult, and addiction psychiatrist. I worked at Mt. Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in NYC as a director. I am an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Rowan University now. I do psychiatric diagnostic assessments, and medication management including ketamine, vivitrol, suboxone, sublocade, as well as outpatient detox. I do accept all ages and most conditions. Please note that I see patients in Edgewater NJ or virtually. I am out of network for all insurances but will provide an invoice for you to submit.
I am a triple-board-certified child-adolescent, adult, and addiction psychiatrist. I worked at Mt. Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in NYC as a director. I am an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Rowan University now. I do psychiatric diagnostic assessments, and medication management including ketamine, vivitrol, suboxone, sublocade, as well as outpatient detox. I do accept all ages and most conditions. Please note that I see patients in Edgewater NJ or virtually. I am out of network for all insurances but will provide an invoice for you to submit.
(201) 220-5868 View (201) 220-5868
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Dongjin Kim NP in psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
My goal is your healthy well being. My passion is to assist you achieve your wellness leading to the goal of happiness. I am a board certified, licensed Psychiatric mental health NP in NY and NJ who can provide you with medication prescriptions and psychotherapy. I have been working in psychiatry since 2008 both in acute care hospitals and out-patient clinics, in NY and NJ. I see all age groups from children to adults including seniors over age 65.
My goal is your healthy well being. My passion is to assist you achieve your wellness leading to the goal of happiness. I am a board certified, licensed Psychiatric mental health NP in NY and NJ who can provide you with medication prescriptions and psychotherapy. I have been working in psychiatry since 2008 both in acute care hospitals and out-patient clinics, in NY and NJ. I see all age groups from children to adults including seniors over age 65.
(347) 966-7071 View (347) 966-7071
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Seokkoon Cho
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
I am a truly caring, board certified psychiatrist, with extensive knowledge and experience in psychopharmacology. In order to bring peacefulness of mind and soul you desire and to ease your symptoms back to manageable levels, I believe it is essential to get the correct diagnosis and also the best treatments. I work with my clients to help them develop real comprehensive understanding using different approaches. I am experienced in several areas, including fatigue, pain syndrome, and insomnia, as well as anxiety, depression, ADHD, addictive behaviors of gambling, eating, alcohol, opiates, and other substances;
I am a truly caring, board certified psychiatrist, with extensive knowledge and experience in psychopharmacology. In order to bring peacefulness of mind and soul you desire and to ease your symptoms back to manageable levels, I believe it is essential to get the correct diagnosis and also the best treatments. I work with my clients to help them develop real comprehensive understanding using different approaches. I am experienced in several areas, including fatigue, pain syndrome, and insomnia, as well as anxiety, depression, ADHD, addictive behaviors of gambling, eating, alcohol, opiates, and other substances;
(201) 425-1130 View (201) 425-1130
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Alan Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, and other stress-related disorders. I am a psychopharmacologist with expertise in the use of medications that restore your healthy mood and functioning. In addition, I have treated patients with a variety of psychotherapeutic (talk therapy) techniques include helping patients develop insight into the causes of how they feel and cognitive behavioral therapy which helps patients deal with emotional distress by evaluating negative patterns of thinking. I offer therapy in a supportive and non-judgmental setting. I offer daytime and evening hours.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, and other stress-related disorders. I am a psychopharmacologist with expertise in the use of medications that restore your healthy mood and functioning. In addition, I have treated patients with a variety of psychotherapeutic (talk therapy) techniques include helping patients develop insight into the causes of how they feel and cognitive behavioral therapy which helps patients deal with emotional distress by evaluating negative patterns of thinking. I offer therapy in a supportive and non-judgmental setting. I offer daytime and evening hours.
(201) 244-4561 View (201) 244-4561
New Jersey Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
At New Jersey Wellness Center we specialize in the treatment of Substance Use disorder and Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorder. We are committed to treating the individual client and their families with caring, qualified professionals in the field of psychiatry, clinical alcohol and drug counseling, mental health, social work, education and recovery support. Our team of experts will address underlying causes of substance abuse and behavioral patterns to guide clients toward a successful and lasting recovery.
At New Jersey Wellness Center we specialize in the treatment of Substance Use disorder and Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorder. We are committed to treating the individual client and their families with caring, qualified professionals in the field of psychiatry, clinical alcohol and drug counseling, mental health, social work, education and recovery support. Our team of experts will address underlying causes of substance abuse and behavioral patterns to guide clients toward a successful and lasting recovery.
(201) 399-3640 View (201) 399-3640
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Ling Chen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, AGPCNP, (NY/NJ)
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Fort Lee, NJ 07024  (Online Only)
If you are experiencing anxiety, panic moments, melancholic moods, brain fog, difficulty sleeping in addition to unintended weight gain, then you have found the right place! My medical background as a primary care provider allows me to rule out medical causes to find the root of the psychiatric symptoms. In addition, I like to use natural, over-the-counter supplements along with FDA-approved medications to holistically manage my patient's symptoms. Many psychotropic drugs also cause weight gain increasing your risk for other medical conditions, I have experience in managing psychiatric conditions and their metabolic side effects.
If you are experiencing anxiety, panic moments, melancholic moods, brain fog, difficulty sleeping in addition to unintended weight gain, then you have found the right place! My medical background as a primary care provider allows me to rule out medical causes to find the root of the psychiatric symptoms. In addition, I like to use natural, over-the-counter supplements along with FDA-approved medications to holistically manage my patient's symptoms. Many psychotropic drugs also cause weight gain increasing your risk for other medical conditions, I have experience in managing psychiatric conditions and their metabolic side effects.
(973) 659-4854 View (973) 659-4854
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Jingna Zhao
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
It is hard to survive, let alone thrive, in today’s modern society, especially without a reliable support system. It's understandable that life feels overwhelming, like you're constantly hanging on by a thread. Maybe you feel like your own worst enemy, constantly self-criticizing. Maybe you know you could achieve so much more if you just had the motivation and focus to tackle that to-do list. Maybe all your mental energy is spent worrying about the same things over and over, leaving you too exhausted for anything else. Or maybe you need help discovering yourself when all you’ve known is what others expect of you.
It is hard to survive, let alone thrive, in today’s modern society, especially without a reliable support system. It's understandable that life feels overwhelming, like you're constantly hanging on by a thread. Maybe you feel like your own worst enemy, constantly self-criticizing. Maybe you know you could achieve so much more if you just had the motivation and focus to tackle that to-do list. Maybe all your mental energy is spent worrying about the same things over and over, leaving you too exhausted for anything else. Or maybe you need help discovering yourself when all you’ve known is what others expect of you.
(551) 363-3150 View (551) 363-3150

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Lee R Gardner M D
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Englewood, NJ 07631  (Online Only)
We are living in terribly stressful times: political divisions, military unrest, economic uncertainty and a marked deterioration professional integrity. As a result, people are struggling more with: anxiety, depression, isolation, relationship conflicts & adjustment difficulties. Too often, continued feelings of being out of control, frustration and disappointment can illicit one’s worst traits and/or bring back memories of past traumas. It takes courage to reach out for help. I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to hear about how you are hoping I can help you and determine if we are a good fit.
We are living in terribly stressful times: political divisions, military unrest, economic uncertainty and a marked deterioration professional integrity. As a result, people are struggling more with: anxiety, depression, isolation, relationship conflicts & adjustment difficulties. Too often, continued feelings of being out of control, frustration and disappointment can illicit one’s worst traits and/or bring back memories of past traumas. It takes courage to reach out for help. I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to hear about how you are hoping I can help you and determine if we are a good fit.
(201) 654-0682 View (201) 654-0682

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Fort Lee, NJ

10+

Average cost per session

$350

Psychiatrists in Fort Lee, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
95% Anxiety
74% ADHD
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Bipolar Disorder
68% Medication Management
63% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Aetna
85% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
77% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Fort Lee, NJ see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

53% Male
47% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fort Lee?

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.