Psychiatrists in Gloucester City, NJ

Photo of Justina Adoh-Ojie, CRNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Justina Adoh-Ojie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Gloucester City, NJ 08030  (Online Only)
My name is Justina Adoh-Ojie, a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Provider, (PMHNP-BC). My goal is to establish a client-provider relationship and provide you with sincere, personalized care.
My name is Justina Adoh-Ojie, a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Provider, (PMHNP-BC). My goal is to establish a client-provider relationship and provide you with sincere, personalized care.
(484) 559-9387 View (484) 559-9387
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Melissa Mecka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Gloucester City, NJ 08030  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Melissa and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in New Jersey. I specialize in older adults 65+, middle-age life transitions, perimenopause and menopausal anxiety/depression and maternal mental health with an emphasis on individualized therapy and a holistic approach to care. I have been a board certified registered nurse for 29 years, a board certified Advanced Practice Nurse since 2000, and completed my post master’s degree in Psychiatry in 2021. Together with my colleagues at Lavender Psychiatry, I’m on a mission to create a world where feelings are felt, respected and cared for.
Hi, my name is Melissa and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in New Jersey. I specialize in older adults 65+, middle-age life transitions, perimenopause and menopausal anxiety/depression and maternal mental health with an emphasis on individualized therapy and a holistic approach to care. I have been a board certified registered nurse for 29 years, a board certified Advanced Practice Nurse since 2000, and completed my post master’s degree in Psychiatry in 2021. Together with my colleagues at Lavender Psychiatry, I’m on a mission to create a world where feelings are felt, respected and cared for.
(201) 729-3861 View (201) 729-3861
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Dr. Tony Issac
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gloucester City, NJ 08030
Dr. Issac is an experienced addiction and general psychiatrist with eight years of experience. He has helped many overcome their mental health challenges. Issac evaluates, diagnoses, and treats people based on their medical pathology, nutritional, and hormonal health. People suffering from addictions, or with other mental health challenges, such as anxiety, and depression, can recover with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Combining medications with psychotherapy, Dr. Issac considers various medical factors to treat his patients; he plans comprehensive treatments. His warmth and compassion are welcoming and supportive.
Dr. Issac is an experienced addiction and general psychiatrist with eight years of experience. He has helped many overcome their mental health challenges. Issac evaluates, diagnoses, and treats people based on their medical pathology, nutritional, and hormonal health. People suffering from addictions, or with other mental health challenges, such as anxiety, and depression, can recover with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Combining medications with psychotherapy, Dr. Issac considers various medical factors to treat his patients; he plans comprehensive treatments. His warmth and compassion are welcoming and supportive.
(973) 564-0829 View (973) 564-0829
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Victory Psych Consultation Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, - BC, MA
Verified Verified
Gloucester City, NJ 08030
I am a Board-Certified Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been providing proficient psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and treating diverse psychiatric conditions across the lifespan since June 2021. I provide initial assessments and follow-ups, medication management, hospital ER psychiatric liaison consultation, and collaborative care. I have over twenty-five years of experience in psychiatric nursing care, managing patients with mental health crises, and caring for clients in both short and long-term settings. My professional strengths include the use of evidence-based treatment approaches.
I am a Board-Certified Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been providing proficient psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and treating diverse psychiatric conditions across the lifespan since June 2021. I provide initial assessments and follow-ups, medication management, hospital ER psychiatric liaison consultation, and collaborative care. I have over twenty-five years of experience in psychiatric nursing care, managing patients with mental health crises, and caring for clients in both short and long-term settings. My professional strengths include the use of evidence-based treatment approaches.
(856) 475-6213 View (856) 475-6213

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Resiliency Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Camden, NJ 08100
Accepting New clients. I provide Adolescents and Adults mental health services. As a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Adutwumwaa Addo is passionate about enhancing the mental well-being of individuals and communities. With a strong educational background and years of clinical experience, I am committed to providing patient-centered comprehensive, compassionate care in the field of mental health. My areas of specialization encompass the treatment of mood disorders, depression, and anxiety disorders among many others.
Accepting New clients. I provide Adolescents and Adults mental health services. As a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Adutwumwaa Addo is passionate about enhancing the mental well-being of individuals and communities. With a strong educational background and years of clinical experience, I am committed to providing patient-centered comprehensive, compassionate care in the field of mental health. My areas of specialization encompass the treatment of mood disorders, depression, and anxiety disorders among many others.
(973) 381-1395 View (973) 381-1395
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Clarity Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP, RNFA
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Clarity Psychiatric Care is a boutique-style practice specializing in psychopharmacology (the art of prescribing medication in the field of psychiatry). Our providers, Cristina Sertway and Dr. Amy Carnall, offer office hours in Haddonfield and Elmer and Pennington, NJ. With over 25 years of clinical experience, Cristina and Dr. Amy are University of Pennsylvania, holistically-trained nurse practitioners, emphasizing patient and family-centered care.
Clarity Psychiatric Care is a boutique-style practice specializing in psychopharmacology (the art of prescribing medication in the field of psychiatry). Our providers, Cristina Sertway and Dr. Amy Carnall, offer office hours in Haddonfield and Elmer and Pennington, NJ. With over 25 years of clinical experience, Cristina and Dr. Amy are University of Pennsylvania, holistically-trained nurse practitioners, emphasizing patient and family-centered care.
(856) 302-0667 View (856) 302-0667
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Dr. Michelle Crawford
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, adult ADHD, and women's mental health. My approach is to understand your values and struggles in order to design a personalized treatment plan together with you. This may include medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. I am a former practicing OB/GYN who then changed career paths to Psychiatry to focus on treatment of the patient as a whole. My dual background has fostered a deep appreciation of the mind-body connection, an essential part of comprehensive psychiatric treatment.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, adult ADHD, and women's mental health. My approach is to understand your values and struggles in order to design a personalized treatment plan together with you. This may include medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. I am a former practicing OB/GYN who then changed career paths to Psychiatry to focus on treatment of the patient as a whole. My dual background has fostered a deep appreciation of the mind-body connection, an essential part of comprehensive psychiatric treatment.
(856) 925-7010 View (856) 925-7010
Photo of Karen Yeboah-Norment, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Karen Yeboah-Norment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Stratford, NJ 08084
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.
(856) 770-2182 View (856) 770-2182
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clementon, NJ 08021
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.
(856) 373-4892 View (856) 373-4892
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Loretta Sernekos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Collingswood, NJ 08108  (Online Only)
Dr. Loretta Sernekos, PhD, CRNP of Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates, provides holistic, empathic, and evidence-based care to her patients. Her prior experience as a nurse practitioner in outpatient primary care informs her thinking regarding psychiatric conditions and their relationship to the whole person’s physical and emotional health. Her appointment as a Senior Lecturer, teaching pharmacology and pathophysiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing allows her to stay current with evidence-based diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric conditions, as well as other medical conditions.
Dr. Loretta Sernekos, PhD, CRNP of Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates, provides holistic, empathic, and evidence-based care to her patients. Her prior experience as a nurse practitioner in outpatient primary care informs her thinking regarding psychiatric conditions and their relationship to the whole person’s physical and emotional health. Her appointment as a Senior Lecturer, teaching pharmacology and pathophysiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing allows her to stay current with evidence-based diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric conditions, as well as other medical conditions.
(215) 987-4880 View (215) 987-4880
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Arise Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002  (Online Only)
Visit AriseW.org to schedule. Arise Wellness offers medication management for Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Perinatal mental health, Trauma and PTSD, Sleep or Insomnia. We incorporate Brief CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy, as appropriate. Please note: This is a telehealth only practice. As such, we does not prescribe controlled medication (such as stimulants or benzodiazepines), in light of DEA regulations. Private Pay rate is $150 for follow-up visit and $275 for initial eval
Visit AriseW.org to schedule. Arise Wellness offers medication management for Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Perinatal mental health, Trauma and PTSD, Sleep or Insomnia. We incorporate Brief CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy, as appropriate. Please note: This is a telehealth only practice. As such, we does not prescribe controlled medication (such as stimulants or benzodiazepines), in light of DEA regulations. Private Pay rate is $150 for follow-up visit and $275 for initial eval
(856) 818-8806 View (856) 818-8806
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Nicole Post
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
I am a double Board Certified Psychiatrist in both Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry, with an added Certification in Perinatal Mood Disorders. I specialize in treating Maternal Mental Health, Mood Disorders and Anxiety Disorders in the adult population.
I am a double Board Certified Psychiatrist in both Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry, with an added Certification in Perinatal Mood Disorders. I specialize in treating Maternal Mental Health, Mood Disorders and Anxiety Disorders in the adult population.
(856) 888-4907 View (856) 888-4907
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Temi Akande
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Collingswood, NJ 08107  (Online Only)
**Currently taking new clients**. Your mental health should be a priority and it is often necessary to seek assistance through life's transitions and difficulties. I am a Board Certified Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to patients. I have years of experience as a psychiatric nurse in children and adolescent crisis interventions, adult crisis and psychiatric intensive care. My special areas of experience include Depression, Anxiety and Mood disorders. I am a careful listener, caring, knowledgeable and sincere to my patients.
**Currently taking new clients**. Your mental health should be a priority and it is often necessary to seek assistance through life's transitions and difficulties. I am a Board Certified Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to patients. I have years of experience as a psychiatric nurse in children and adolescent crisis interventions, adult crisis and psychiatric intensive care. My special areas of experience include Depression, Anxiety and Mood disorders. I am a careful listener, caring, knowledgeable and sincere to my patients.
(973) 566-5216 View (973) 566-5216
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Dr. Alexandra Rowan
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Moorestown, NJ 08057  (Online Only)
Currently offering medication management and evaluations. Dr. Alexandra Rowan, D.O. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in both Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry. Select insurances are accepted (listed below), otherwise, payment is out of pocket but you may be able to receive reimbursement from your insurance. All appointments are via telehealth for patients who are physically located at the time of their appointment in either NJ or PA
Currently offering medication management and evaluations. Dr. Alexandra Rowan, D.O. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in both Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry. Select insurances are accepted (listed below), otherwise, payment is out of pocket but you may be able to receive reimbursement from your insurance. All appointments are via telehealth for patients who are physically located at the time of their appointment in either NJ or PA
(856) 651-6868 View (856) 651-6868
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Amy Glick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
For patients looking to improve their lives through the collaborative process of developing self-knowledge and making meaningful change.
For patients looking to improve their lives through the collaborative process of developing self-knowledge and making meaningful change.
(856) 329-8365 View (856) 329-8365
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Dr. Obinna Ezealor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
I am Dr Obinna Ezealor, DNP, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I have an extensive psychiatric experience, having worked for over 12 years in one of the NJ state-established long-term psychiatric hospital and experience in General and Addiction Psychiatry. I also have experience working both in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and treating clients from various ethnic and cultural groups. I am a highly motivated and organized individual passionate about caring for the mental health and addiction population, and my philosophy is to tailor each client’s care to their need.
I am Dr Obinna Ezealor, DNP, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I have an extensive psychiatric experience, having worked for over 12 years in one of the NJ state-established long-term psychiatric hospital and experience in General and Addiction Psychiatry. I also have experience working both in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and treating clients from various ethnic and cultural groups. I am a highly motivated and organized individual passionate about caring for the mental health and addiction population, and my philosophy is to tailor each client’s care to their need.
(732) 641-4655 View (732) 641-4655
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Synapse Integrative Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
We specialize in the treatment of depression and other disorders including bipolar, ADHD, OCD, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, schizophrenia, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorders (DMDD), substance use, etc. Our expertise is in treating patients with depression, especially Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD), with a thorough diagnostic evaluation, neuropsychological testing, pharmacogenomic testing and using a range of treatment modalities, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and FDA approved medications for TRD including Spravato. We treat children and adults of all ages.
We specialize in the treatment of depression and other disorders including bipolar, ADHD, OCD, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, schizophrenia, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorders (DMDD), substance use, etc. Our expertise is in treating patients with depression, especially Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD), with a thorough diagnostic evaluation, neuropsychological testing, pharmacogenomic testing and using a range of treatment modalities, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and FDA approved medications for TRD including Spravato. We treat children and adults of all ages.
(833) 325-0351 View (833) 325-0351
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Dr. Bradford Bobrin
Psychiatrist, MD, FASAM, FACLP
Verified Verified
Clementon, NJ 08021
I don't have an ideal client, except that they are open to change. I will see anyone who asks for help, but I expect they are or will be willing to change. I attempt to understand the patient as a whole, from birth to the present, from a medical, psychological, familial, and neurological perspective. I am focused on practical solutions and removing emotional blocks to making progress. I speak directly and am primarily concerned about the relationship with my patients. I am an avid advocate for my patients.
I don't have an ideal client, except that they are open to change. I will see anyone who asks for help, but I expect they are or will be willing to change. I attempt to understand the patient as a whole, from birth to the present, from a medical, psychological, familial, and neurological perspective. I am focused on practical solutions and removing emotional blocks to making progress. I speak directly and am primarily concerned about the relationship with my patients. I am an avid advocate for my patients.
(856) 579-6475 View (856) 579-6475
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Chris Winfrey
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
I regard my role as a physician as one trusted by the community and public to provide a service that honors patient's whole being. It is a privilege to work with matters that people regard as sacred-issues of their heart and mind. Through New Image Wellness, I work to evaluate concerns that involve medical, psychological, and social issues. The interface of these three domains are best served when balanced. At times, one or more become strained and deserve more attention. When simple solutions and advice doesn't work, it is often helpful to seek medical management and talk therapy.
I regard my role as a physician as one trusted by the community and public to provide a service that honors patient's whole being. It is a privilege to work with matters that people regard as sacred-issues of their heart and mind. Through New Image Wellness, I work to evaluate concerns that involve medical, psychological, and social issues. The interface of these three domains are best served when balanced. At times, one or more become strained and deserve more attention. When simple solutions and advice doesn't work, it is often helpful to seek medical management and talk therapy.
(856) 878-2140 View (856) 878-2140
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(856) 347-5942 View (856) 347-5942

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Number of Psychiatrists in Gloucester City, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Gloucester City, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Psychosis

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% Aetna
67% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Gloucester City, NJ see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Gloucester City?

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.