Psychiatrists in Franklin Park, NJ

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Godbridge Integrated Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ANP-BC, APN-c
Verified
2 Endorsed
Franklin Park, NJ 08823
As a board certified provider in both Psychiatry and Internal Medicine, Dr. Gordon Kusi not only provides comprehensive care, but also care that is compassionate, patient-centered, knowledgeable and evidence based. He received his bachelor’s master’s and doctoral education from Rutgers University and a post-masters from Wilkes University. Dr. Kusi is highly esteemed among his clients who speak well of his respect, love for his profession, and compassion he expressed while providing care. He believes the client is the most important person in the treatment arena and not only should be listened to, but also the focus should be on.
As a board certified provider in both Psychiatry and Internal Medicine, Dr. Gordon Kusi not only provides comprehensive care, but also care that is compassionate, patient-centered, knowledgeable and evidence based. He received his bachelor’s master’s and doctoral education from Rutgers University and a post-masters from Wilkes University. Dr. Kusi is highly esteemed among his clients who speak well of his respect, love for his profession, and compassion he expressed while providing care. He believes the client is the most important person in the treatment arena and not only should be listened to, but also the focus should be on.
(732) 889-5420 View (732) 889-5420
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Firmin Langyin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Franklin Park, NJ 08823
My name is Firmin Langyin, i graduated from Rutgers University with a doctorate degree in Nursing (Psychiatric/Mental Specialty) in 2020. I have experience in the management and treatment of various psychiatric disorders across lifespan including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and psychotic disorders.
My name is Firmin Langyin, i graduated from Rutgers University with a doctorate degree in Nursing (Psychiatric/Mental Specialty) in 2020. I have experience in the management and treatment of various psychiatric disorders across lifespan including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and psychotic disorders.
(732) 936-7752 View (732) 936-7752

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Trinity Psychiatry (Immaculata Emesue)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP, BC
Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901  (Online Only)
My name is Immaculata Emesue, I am a board-certified Mental Health and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience in psychiatry. I am well experienced in the management of various psychiatry/mental illness. We all aware that life could be extremely stressful and especially with the ongoing chaos in our world today. We are here to help you to navigate through your life struggles and optimize your quality of life. Our goal is to help our patient to achieve optimal serenity and to bring life back to normal once again. We offer medication management and counselling for coping with your daily mental stress.
My name is Immaculata Emesue, I am a board-certified Mental Health and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience in psychiatry. I am well experienced in the management of various psychiatry/mental illness. We all aware that life could be extremely stressful and especially with the ongoing chaos in our world today. We are here to help you to navigate through your life struggles and optimize your quality of life. Our goal is to help our patient to achieve optimal serenity and to bring life back to normal once again. We offer medication management and counselling for coping with your daily mental stress.
(732) 582-5713 View (732) 582-5713
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Dr. Edna Hiers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
Somerset, NJ 08873  (Online Only)
We create a safe space for clients to get their mental health needs met. Seeking mental health care is not a sign of weakness. It is a form of strength. Our doctoral-level psychiatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Edna Hiers, focuses on the whole person. Her style is addressing the whole person while focusing on how the mental, physical, spiritual, and psychosocial aspects of an individual contributes to their mental wellness which is the key to diagnosis. She strives to provide high quality of care by actively listening to the needs of her clients and by providing psychiatric evaluations, therapy, medication management, referrals.
We create a safe space for clients to get their mental health needs met. Seeking mental health care is not a sign of weakness. It is a form of strength. Our doctoral-level psychiatric nurse practitioner, Dr. Edna Hiers, focuses on the whole person. Her style is addressing the whole person while focusing on how the mental, physical, spiritual, and psychosocial aspects of an individual contributes to their mental wellness which is the key to diagnosis. She strives to provide high quality of care by actively listening to the needs of her clients and by providing psychiatric evaluations, therapy, medication management, referrals.
(732) 795-5227 View (732) 795-5227
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Psych Station of New Jersey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Somerset, NJ 08873
Kiran D Patel is a board-certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who treat the patients across all ages. Mr. Patel completed his Psychiatric specialty from University of South Alabama. Mr. Patel provide detail psychiatric evaluations, routine follow ups and complex medical management. He suggests pharmacological and psycho-therapeutic interventions for the psychiatric symptoms management. Mr. Patel are keen in providing add on psychotherapy including Positive reconstruction, Life style modification, coping skills.
Kiran D Patel is a board-certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who treat the patients across all ages. Mr. Patel completed his Psychiatric specialty from University of South Alabama. Mr. Patel provide detail psychiatric evaluations, routine follow ups and complex medical management. He suggests pharmacological and psycho-therapeutic interventions for the psychiatric symptoms management. Mr. Patel are keen in providing add on psychotherapy including Positive reconstruction, Life style modification, coping skills.
(732) 660-9502 View (732) 660-9502
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Joseph A. Donnellan, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Hi! I have 27 years experience as a board-certified psychiatrist in central New Jersey. My specialties are eating disorders, depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I have been the medical director of the Eating Disorders Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (formerly Somerset Medical Center) for 22 years and I am the Chief of Psychiatry there, a position I have held since 1999. I have a private-practice in Hillsborough, which I started in 1993. I believe that one size does NOT fit all and every patient needs a unique treatment plan that should be developed together between professional and patient.
Hi! I have 27 years experience as a board-certified psychiatrist in central New Jersey. My specialties are eating disorders, depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I have been the medical director of the Eating Disorders Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (formerly Somerset Medical Center) for 22 years and I am the Chief of Psychiatry there, a position I have held since 1999. I have a private-practice in Hillsborough, which I started in 1993. I believe that one size does NOT fit all and every patient needs a unique treatment plan that should be developed together between professional and patient.
(908) 332-5624 View (908) 332-5624
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Dolores Suzansky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP-B
Verified
1 Endorsed
Somerset, NJ 08873  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or going through a challenging period in your life? Have your symptoms persisted despite multiple medication trials without success? I am Dolores Suzansky (MSN, RN, APN, PMHNP-BC, RNC-NIC), a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practicing with Oasis Better Health, working with clients to manage symptoms via psychopharmacology. I also have twenty years of experience as an RN supporting parents of babies in the NICU and mothers during the peripartum period. I work with adolescent, adult, and older adult clients.
Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or going through a challenging period in your life? Have your symptoms persisted despite multiple medication trials without success? I am Dolores Suzansky (MSN, RN, APN, PMHNP-BC, RNC-NIC), a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practicing with Oasis Better Health, working with clients to manage symptoms via psychopharmacology. I also have twenty years of experience as an RN supporting parents of babies in the NICU and mothers during the peripartum period. I work with adolescent, adult, and older adult clients.
(732) 538-9295 View (732) 538-9295
Photo of David Heekin, Psychiatrist in Franklin Park, NJ
David Heekin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Somerville, NJ 08876
Please visit www.heekinwellness.com to schedule an initial consultation. I help adult clients ages 18+ with a diverse range of issues (anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, trauma, psychosis, etc.) through a practical and results-oriented approach that is focused mainly on medication management while incorporating a holistic focus through coordination with other professionals (talk therapy, nutrition, wellness, exercise, and other areas). I serve clients in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania through a convenient and secure online telehealth platform, although I also meet with clients in person at my Flemington, New Jersey office.
Please visit www.heekinwellness.com to schedule an initial consultation. I help adult clients ages 18+ with a diverse range of issues (anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, trauma, psychosis, etc.) through a practical and results-oriented approach that is focused mainly on medication management while incorporating a holistic focus through coordination with other professionals (talk therapy, nutrition, wellness, exercise, and other areas). I serve clients in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania through a convenient and secure online telehealth platform, although I also meet with clients in person at my Flemington, New Jersey office.
(908) 529-0519 View (908) 529-0519
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Huma Ansari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
At Mind Matters Psychiatry LLC, we offer truly individualized care for your psychiatric needs. We listen to your story, understand your struggles and then, together we develop a treatment plan that is uniquely individual to your needs. We are also happy to include your support system in your care, if you so desire as well as incorporate your religious/ spiritual beliefs, if that is important to you. With your permission, we will work closely with your PCP/ therapist to ensure a holistic approach in achieving complete well being. We offer treatment to adults and teenagers ages 14 and above.
At Mind Matters Psychiatry LLC, we offer truly individualized care for your psychiatric needs. We listen to your story, understand your struggles and then, together we develop a treatment plan that is uniquely individual to your needs. We are also happy to include your support system in your care, if you so desire as well as incorporate your religious/ spiritual beliefs, if that is important to you. With your permission, we will work closely with your PCP/ therapist to ensure a holistic approach in achieving complete well being. We offer treatment to adults and teenagers ages 14 and above.
(973) 304-5695 View (973) 304-5695
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
South Brunswick, NJ 08810
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(908) 373-5545 View (908) 373-5545
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Somerset, NJ 08873
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(973) 798-9062 View (973) 798-9062
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Ronke Babalola
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
2 Endorsed
East Brunswick, NJ 08816  (Online Only)
Everyone deserves the best care and this is why this practice was created. We provide personalized and quality psychiatric care to children, adolescent and adult.​
Everyone deserves the best care and this is why this practice was created. We provide personalized and quality psychiatric care to children, adolescent and adult.​
(848) 225-9177 View (848) 225-9177
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Dr. Andrea Papa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Somerset, NJ 08873
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(973) 352-0498 View (973) 352-0498
Photo of Ashley Anderson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Franklin Park, NJ
Ashley Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified
Belle Mead, NJ 08502  (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) 359-5327 View (973) 359-5327
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ADHD, Mood & Behavior Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Montgomery, NJ 08502
ADHD, Mood & Behavior Center is a comprehensive Child, Adolescent & Adult psychotherapy center, available ONLINE throughout NJ & NY, from the comfort of your home, and in person in northern NJ. Our three board certified child, adolescent & adult psychiatrists are devoted to the evaluation and treatment of emotional, behavioral, social, academic & employment difficulties, including ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Autism Spectrum Disorder, OCD, learning issues, bullying & video game addiction, and collaborate with our highly trained therapists to find solutions and bring stability to the child, adult or family.
ADHD, Mood & Behavior Center is a comprehensive Child, Adolescent & Adult psychotherapy center, available ONLINE throughout NJ & NY, from the comfort of your home, and in person in northern NJ. Our three board certified child, adolescent & adult psychiatrists are devoted to the evaluation and treatment of emotional, behavioral, social, academic & employment difficulties, including ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Autism Spectrum Disorder, OCD, learning issues, bullying & video game addiction, and collaborate with our highly trained therapists to find solutions and bring stability to the child, adult or family.
(973) 679-7936 View (973) 679-7936
Photo of Carol Smith, Physician Assistant in Franklin Park, NJ
Carol Smith
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Somerset, NJ 08873
Self-discovery and implementation of new habits and skills can be uncomfortable. My ideal client is someone who is ready to be uncomfortable and one who is dedicated to making an investment in their mental health. Having someone who is consistent with their care and transparent about their feelings and symptoms will lead to an efficient resolution of concerns and achieving goals.
Self-discovery and implementation of new habits and skills can be uncomfortable. My ideal client is someone who is ready to be uncomfortable and one who is dedicated to making an investment in their mental health. Having someone who is consistent with their care and transparent about their feelings and symptoms will lead to an efficient resolution of concerns and achieving goals.
(973) 358-0428 View (973) 358-0428
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Allen Ogram
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Somerset, NJ 08873
I would like a client that is perhaps hesitant to utilize mental health treatment. I feel reducing the stigma often attached to this treatment is vital. Having someone trust me enough to work with me and achieve a positive outcome would be my ideal client.
I would like a client that is perhaps hesitant to utilize mental health treatment. I feel reducing the stigma often attached to this treatment is vital. Having someone trust me enough to work with me and achieve a positive outcome would be my ideal client.
(973) 447-8814 View (973) 447-8814
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Shandel Douglas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGNP-BC, MAT-C, PMHNP
Verified
Somerset, NJ 08873
My ideal client would be someone seeking mental health support with a genuine commitment to their well-being and personal growth. Here are some characteristics, issues, needs, and goals of this client: Openness to therapy, mental health challenges, emotional support, self-improvement, stress management, relationship enhancement, coping skills, reducing symptoms, medication management, holistic approach, and long-term well-being. My ideal client is motivated, committed to their mental well-being, and seeking to improve their overall quality of life and achieve personal growth and self-awareness.
My ideal client would be someone seeking mental health support with a genuine commitment to their well-being and personal growth. Here are some characteristics, issues, needs, and goals of this client: Openness to therapy, mental health challenges, emotional support, self-improvement, stress management, relationship enhancement, coping skills, reducing symptoms, medication management, holistic approach, and long-term well-being. My ideal client is motivated, committed to their mental well-being, and seeking to improve their overall quality of life and achieve personal growth and self-awareness.
(973) 564-1774 View (973) 564-1774
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Jomaby HealthCare Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APN-c
Verified
1 Endorsed
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner in New Jersey and has been in the mental health/psychiatric field for 0ver 10 years. I have extensive inpatient and outpatient experience working with individuals with mental health issues. I have worked with adolescents and adults with psychiatric disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorders and other mental health issues.
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner in New Jersey and has been in the mental health/psychiatric field for 0ver 10 years. I have extensive inpatient and outpatient experience working with individuals with mental health issues. I have worked with adolescents and adults with psychiatric disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorders and other mental health issues.
(908) 365-0899 View (908) 365-0899
Photo of Karen Yeboah-Norment, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Franklin Park, NJ
Karen Yeboah-Norment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified
South Brunswick, NJ 08810
My ideal patient is one with multiple psychiatric co-morbidities looking for a treatment to improve one’s mood, energy, anxiety, and focus. Do you feel sad daily, stopped socializing with friends & family members, perform the bare minimum work tasks, call out of work frequently, and are failing college classes due to not completing school assignments & attendance? Have you been using cannabis to cope with one’s current mood symptoms? Have you failed numerous medications due to side effects & effectiveness? I will help you develop a treatment plan to help you meet your mental health goals and feel content & yourself again.
My ideal patient is one with multiple psychiatric co-morbidities looking for a treatment to improve one’s mood, energy, anxiety, and focus. Do you feel sad daily, stopped socializing with friends & family members, perform the bare minimum work tasks, call out of work frequently, and are failing college classes due to not completing school assignments & attendance? Have you been using cannabis to cope with one’s current mood symptoms? Have you failed numerous medications due to side effects & effectiveness? I will help you develop a treatment plan to help you meet your mental health goals and feel content & yourself again.
(908) 498-9388 View (908) 498-9388

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Number of Psychiatrists in Franklin Park, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Franklin Park, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Psychosis
50% Relationship Issues
50% Addiction
50% Child

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Franklin Park, NJ see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Franklin Park?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.