Psychiatrists in Green Brook Township, NJ

Photo of Anchor Care: Adetutu Ogunmefun DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Green Brook Township, NJ
Anchor Care: Adetutu Ogunmefun DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Green Brook Township, NJ 08812
I am a compassionate and patient-focused practitioner with over ten years of experience in the healthcare field. Through active listening, I offer a combination of diverse clinical backgrounds in delivering high-quality patient care. I hold a doctorate in nursing from Rutgers University and am board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
I am a compassionate and patient-focused practitioner with over ten years of experience in the healthcare field. Through active listening, I offer a combination of diverse clinical backgrounds in delivering high-quality patient care. I hold a doctorate in nursing from Rutgers University and am board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(908) 895-5484 View (908) 895-5484

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Ololade Ekwere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Piscataway, NJ 08854  (Online Only)
Ololade "Lola" Ekwere is a Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has practiced for over 12 years in various capacities in healthcare serving patients and their families. During her career and education, Lola developed comfort treating individuals with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, sleep disorders and other common psychiatric disorders.
Ololade "Lola" Ekwere is a Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has practiced for over 12 years in various capacities in healthcare serving patients and their families. During her career and education, Lola developed comfort treating individuals with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, sleep disorders and other common psychiatric disorders.
(908) 460-7101 View (908) 460-7101
Hasan Miraj
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Middlesex, NJ 08846
i want to be the doctor you never want to leave. this is the real relationship between the physician and the patient. Healthy minds inspire others. live longer and pass on the passion. help me achieve that.
i want to be the doctor you never want to leave. this is the real relationship between the physician and the patient. Healthy minds inspire others. live longer and pass on the passion. help me achieve that.
(732) 335-7502 View (732) 335-7502
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One Mind Psychiatry NP PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P, BC
Verified Verified
Plainfield, NJ 07060  (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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Christian Wellness Center of NJ LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Plainfield, NJ 07060
Dr. Emad Mounir is a Licensed Psychiatrist and ABPN board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, boasting 24+ years of experience. Dr. Mounir offers empathetic, reflective evaluation, and attentive listening during treatment. He suggests pharmacological and psycho-therapeutic interventions to alleviate suffering and elevate functioning, aligning with individual aspirations.
Dr. Emad Mounir is a Licensed Psychiatrist and ABPN board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, boasting 24+ years of experience. Dr. Mounir offers empathetic, reflective evaluation, and attentive listening during treatment. He suggests pharmacological and psycho-therapeutic interventions to alleviate suffering and elevate functioning, aligning with individual aspirations.
(732) 978-9633 View (732) 978-9633
Photo of Serenity Psychiatric And Counseling Services (Barbara Njuguna), Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Green Brook Township, NJ
Serenity Psychiatric And Counseling Services (Barbara Njuguna)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Serenity Psychiatric & Counseling Services is dedicated to promoting mental wellness. Our team of highly experienced dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners is committed to empowering individuals, motivating them to build resilience, overcome challenges, and cultivate hope. We offer comprehensive services that treat mental health conditions and substance use disorders. We can help you in reaching your mental health goals.
Serenity Psychiatric & Counseling Services is dedicated to promoting mental wellness. Our team of highly experienced dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners is committed to empowering individuals, motivating them to build resilience, overcome challenges, and cultivate hope. We offer comprehensive services that treat mental health conditions and substance use disorders. We can help you in reaching your mental health goals.
(908) 460-5157 View (908) 460-5157
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Indra Cidambi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Middlesex, NJ 08846
Dr. Cidambi is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine (ABAM). She completed her residency in Psychiatry from Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine from NYU/Bellevue. Dr. Cidambi was the Director of Chemical Dependency at New Jersey's oldest inpatient mental health/substance abuse hospital. In 2010, Dr. Cidambi started her own substance abuse treatment facility, Center for Network Therapy (RecoveryCNT.com), providing outpatient detoxification from alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates and suboxone, and partial care and IOP programs. The Center for Network Therapy is in-network with most major private health insurance providers.
Dr. Cidambi is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine (ABAM). She completed her residency in Psychiatry from Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine from NYU/Bellevue. Dr. Cidambi was the Director of Chemical Dependency at New Jersey's oldest inpatient mental health/substance abuse hospital. In 2010, Dr. Cidambi started her own substance abuse treatment facility, Center for Network Therapy (RecoveryCNT.com), providing outpatient detoxification from alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates and suboxone, and partial care and IOP programs. The Center for Network Therapy is in-network with most major private health insurance providers.
(732) 638-1209 View (732) 638-1209
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Lukresia B Kawira
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, BC, APN, RN
Verified Verified
Middlesex, NJ 08846  (Online Only)
I am committed to tailoring each of my patient's treatment plans and dialogs to fit their individual needs. I believe in utilizing open dialogs to help build rapport, foster trust, and create a safe environment for my patients. I am certified to assess, diagnose, and treat the following Psychiatric disorders: Major depression • Anxiety disorders • Post-traumatic disorders • Mood disorders • Obsessive-compulsive disorders • Bipolar disorders • Sleep disorders for adults age 18+.
I am committed to tailoring each of my patient's treatment plans and dialogs to fit their individual needs. I believe in utilizing open dialogs to help build rapport, foster trust, and create a safe environment for my patients. I am certified to assess, diagnose, and treat the following Psychiatric disorders: Major depression • Anxiety disorders • Post-traumatic disorders • Mood disorders • Obsessive-compulsive disorders • Bipolar disorders • Sleep disorders for adults age 18+.
(862) 244-1707 View (862) 244-1707
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Eric Finkiel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Dr. Eric Finkiel, DNP, PMHNP-BC, is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Eric completed his undergraduate education in nursing at New Jersey City University. He received a master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Rutgers University, and a post graduate certificate as a PMHNP from the University of Cincinnati. Eric went on to receive his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from University of Massachusetts, Boston. Eric has been working as a nurse practitioner for over seven years and has extensive experience treating a variety of medical diagnosis.
Dr. Eric Finkiel, DNP, PMHNP-BC, is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Eric completed his undergraduate education in nursing at New Jersey City University. He received a master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Rutgers University, and a post graduate certificate as a PMHNP from the University of Cincinnati. Eric went on to receive his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from University of Massachusetts, Boston. Eric has been working as a nurse practitioner for over seven years and has extensive experience treating a variety of medical diagnosis.
(732) 658-0835 View (732) 658-0835
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Kisha Cook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Piscataway, NJ 08854
I specialize in the complexities of treatment-resistant depression, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I envision working with clients eager to overcome these challenges, seeking a life defined by resilience and empowerment. My ideal client yearns for a deep understanding of their condition, effective coping strategies, and a compassionate, supportive partnership to guide their journey toward healing. Together, we will develop innovative and personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs, fostering a journey of recovery that paves the way to a brighter, hope-filled future.
I specialize in the complexities of treatment-resistant depression, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I envision working with clients eager to overcome these challenges, seeking a life defined by resilience and empowerment. My ideal client yearns for a deep understanding of their condition, effective coping strategies, and a compassionate, supportive partnership to guide their journey toward healing. Together, we will develop innovative and personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs, fostering a journey of recovery that paves the way to a brighter, hope-filled future.
(908) 681-8534 View (908) 681-8534
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Adebayo M Arowolo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Dunellen, NJ 08812
Compassionate and patient-focused Advanced Practice Nurse with over 10 years of experience. Offering a combination of diverse clinical experience in providing quality care and maintaining direct lines of communication with patients and the entire health-care team. Strong Patient advocacy across diverse medical settings; consistently commended for delivering patient-centered, quality critical care with strong advocacy. Dedicated to providing quality in applying innovative concepts to improve efficiency while ensuring flawless operations through excellent delivery of services.
Compassionate and patient-focused Advanced Practice Nurse with over 10 years of experience. Offering a combination of diverse clinical experience in providing quality care and maintaining direct lines of communication with patients and the entire health-care team. Strong Patient advocacy across diverse medical settings; consistently commended for delivering patient-centered, quality critical care with strong advocacy. Dedicated to providing quality in applying innovative concepts to improve efficiency while ensuring flawless operations through excellent delivery of services.
(848) 420-8241 View (848) 420-8241
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Serenity Healthcare Associates (Dr. J Akombe)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Piscataway, NJ 08854  (Online Only)
Dr. Jeliah Akombe is a dual board-certified psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner and Family nurse practitioner. Dr. Akombe completed her undergraduate studies in Nursing at New Jersey State University. Dr. Akombe received her master’s degree in nursing from Walden University and a doctorate degree from Samford University. She later earned her post doctorate degree in psychiatric mental health from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Akombe is licensed in 14 states including, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC , New York and Pennsylvania among others.
Dr. Jeliah Akombe is a dual board-certified psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner and Family nurse practitioner. Dr. Akombe completed her undergraduate studies in Nursing at New Jersey State University. Dr. Akombe received her master’s degree in nursing from Walden University and a doctorate degree from Samford University. She later earned her post doctorate degree in psychiatric mental health from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Akombe is licensed in 14 states including, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC , New York and Pennsylvania among others.
(848) 276-6952 View (848) 276-6952
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Racquel San Juan
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Plainfield, NJ 07060
I'm dedicated to treating patients with compassion. I have a history of positive outcomes, and I am well respected in my field. Patients find that my approach to care is individualized and collaborative. I'm a board-certified psychiatrist passionate about helping patients with depression, anxiety, OCD, and other mental health diagnoses.
I'm dedicated to treating patients with compassion. I have a history of positive outcomes, and I am well respected in my field. Patients find that my approach to care is individualized and collaborative. I'm a board-certified psychiatrist passionate about helping patients with depression, anxiety, OCD, and other mental health diagnoses.
(848) 359-5805 View (848) 359-5805
Evelyn O
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-c, PMHNPbc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Piscataway, NJ 08854  (Online Only)
I aim to support my patients by offering compassion, actively listening to their concerns, and collaborating with them to achieve their mental health and wellness objectives. This involves delivering concierge mental and behavioral health care through tele-health visits, all from the convenience and comfort of their homes. At the heart of my practice is the fundamental belief in uplifting individuals to their fullest potential. I guide them towards achieving stability in their mental, physical, emotional, and overall well-being. I am committed to standing by your side throughout your wellness journey.
I aim to support my patients by offering compassion, actively listening to their concerns, and collaborating with them to achieve their mental health and wellness objectives. This involves delivering concierge mental and behavioral health care through tele-health visits, all from the convenience and comfort of their homes. At the heart of my practice is the fundamental belief in uplifting individuals to their fullest potential. I guide them towards achieving stability in their mental, physical, emotional, and overall well-being. I am committed to standing by your side throughout your wellness journey.
(609) 300-4431 View (609) 300-4431
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Serenity Healthcare Associates (Edna Akombe)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Piscataway, NJ 08854  (Online Only)
Edna Akombe, is a dual board-certified psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. Edna completed her undergraduate studies in Nursing from Rutgers University. Edna received her master’s degree in nursing from Walden University and a post graduate certificate degree in psychiatric mental health from Wilkes University.
Edna Akombe, is a dual board-certified psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. Edna completed her undergraduate studies in Nursing from Rutgers University. Edna received her master’s degree in nursing from Walden University and a post graduate certificate degree in psychiatric mental health from Wilkes University.
(908) 731-5222 View (908) 731-5222
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Pearl Louie
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plainfield, NJ 07060
I am a board certified psychiatrist and a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I am also among one of the first psychiatrists in the country to also be board certified in the subspecialty of Psychosomatic Medicine. Prior to joining the Westfield practice, I was an instructor in psychiatry and clinical fellow on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. I graduated cum laude from Columbia University in NYC. I completed a medical psychiatry fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston as well as a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Due to COVID-19 I am now providing telepsychiatry.
I am a board certified psychiatrist and a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I am also among one of the first psychiatrists in the country to also be board certified in the subspecialty of Psychosomatic Medicine. Prior to joining the Westfield practice, I was an instructor in psychiatry and clinical fellow on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. I graduated cum laude from Columbia University in NYC. I completed a medical psychiatry fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston as well as a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Due to COVID-19 I am now providing telepsychiatry.
(908) 913-6576 View (908) 913-6576
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Robert Moreines
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plainfield, NJ 07060
I am a member of the American Psychiatric Association, NJ Psychiatric Asso. and Tri County Psychiatric Asso. I am Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. I have published articles and book chapters in the fields of psychiatric diagnosis, treatment of mood disorders and Seasonal Affective Disorder. I was chief of Adult Psychiatry and Associate Medical Director at Fair Oaks Hospital, where I treated the most ill patients. I have been in outpatient private practice since 1992.
I am a member of the American Psychiatric Association, NJ Psychiatric Asso. and Tri County Psychiatric Asso. I am Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. I have published articles and book chapters in the fields of psychiatric diagnosis, treatment of mood disorders and Seasonal Affective Disorder. I was chief of Adult Psychiatry and Associate Medical Director at Fair Oaks Hospital, where I treated the most ill patients. I have been in outpatient private practice since 1992.
(908) 543-7272 View (908) 543-7272
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Brook Evans
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MSPAS
Verified Verified
Warren, NJ 07059
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts? Is your goal to tune down the impulsive, negative talk and to be able to cope and manage daily anxiety? I am here to help. I am fully transparent with my patients about my own mental health struggles. I believe sharing my own experiences allows patients to better relate and recognize that I am able to understand what they are experiencing.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts? Is your goal to tune down the impulsive, negative talk and to be able to cope and manage daily anxiety? I am here to help. I am fully transparent with my patients about my own mental health struggles. I believe sharing my own experiences allows patients to better relate and recognize that I am able to understand what they are experiencing.
(848) 600-5437 View (848) 600-5437
Photo of Ashley Anderson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Green Brook Township, NJ
Ashley Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Warren, NJ 07059  (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!
(201) 380-8980 View (201) 380-8980
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Clifford Goldman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plainfield, NJ 07060
I am an adult psychiatrist in Westfield and Hoboken. I graduated with honors and majored in the Biological Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University. I optained my medical degree at NYU. My psychiatric training took place at Mount Sinai Hospital and then I served as chief resident and then unit chief on the teaching unit of the Bronx VA Hospital. I was medical director at Fair Oaks Hospital and then Charter Behavioral in Summit. I am a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I am providing telepsychiatry to all my patients.
I am an adult psychiatrist in Westfield and Hoboken. I graduated with honors and majored in the Biological Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University. I optained my medical degree at NYU. My psychiatric training took place at Mount Sinai Hospital and then I served as chief resident and then unit chief on the teaching unit of the Bronx VA Hospital. I was medical director at Fair Oaks Hospital and then Charter Behavioral in Summit. I am a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I am providing telepsychiatry to all my patients.
(908) 543-7935 View (908) 543-7935

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Green Brook Township?

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.