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Lori A. Albright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Hello! My practice is in Rittenhouse Square with Southeastern Executive Health, and I have immediate appointments available for in-office or telemedicine appointments for PA and NJ clients. Extensive experience utilizing an evidence based approach specializing in the care and medication management of individuals with mood disorders, psychosis, anxiety, depression, trauma, co-occurring disorders, and addiction. I practice while prioritizing the client-provider relationship and maximizing access and support. MAT provider. Spravato (esketamine) provider. Long term injectables are done in-office. Clients have my cell phone and email.
Hello! My practice is in Rittenhouse Square with Southeastern Executive Health, and I have immediate appointments available for in-office or telemedicine appointments for PA and NJ clients. Extensive experience utilizing an evidence based approach specializing in the care and medication management of individuals with mood disorders, psychosis, anxiety, depression, trauma, co-occurring disorders, and addiction. I practice while prioritizing the client-provider relationship and maximizing access and support. MAT provider. Spravato (esketamine) provider. Long term injectables are done in-office. Clients have my cell phone and email.
(215) 789-4460 View (215) 789-4460
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LACKA Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Dr. Loretta Oguonu, is a board-certified doctorate prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I maintain LACKA Behavioral Health, a private owned practice which specializes in the treatment of younger adults and older adults with a broad range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorders, impulsivity, and many more. I have 16 years’ experience as a nurse in mental health disorders and has been treating younger adults and older adults as a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner for 8 years.
Dr. Loretta Oguonu, is a board-certified doctorate prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I maintain LACKA Behavioral Health, a private owned practice which specializes in the treatment of younger adults and older adults with a broad range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorders, impulsivity, and many more. I have 16 years’ experience as a nurse in mental health disorders and has been treating younger adults and older adults as a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner for 8 years.
(609) 445-3794 View (609) 445-3794
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Optwell Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Haddon Heights, NJ 08035
My name is Kate and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I look to help clients find mental wellness through a collaborative process, connecting mind, body, and spirit. Life has it challenges, and sometimes we need a little extra support. I’m here to be a part of that journey, supporting you on your path of healing.
My name is Kate and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I look to help clients find mental wellness through a collaborative process, connecting mind, body, and spirit. Life has it challenges, and sometimes we need a little extra support. I’m here to be a part of that journey, supporting you on your path of healing.
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Ruth MacKenzie (adolescent/teen specialist)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified Verified
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
(856) 565-3673 View (856) 565-3673
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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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Laura G Leahy
Psychiatric Nurse, DrNP, APRN, PMH-FNP, CARN-AP, FAANP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Not accepting new clients
As a Psychiatric & Addictions Advanced Practice Nurse, Therapist and Master Psychopharmacologist, I evaluate the physical, behavioral and emotional issues which are impacting one's quality of life. I partner with my patients to develop a treatment plan which may include various forms of therapy and/or Psychotropic medications to address the issues at hand. To request an appointment, please complete the inquiry https://app.luminello.com/lauraleahypmhnp/form or visit www.APNSolutions.com
As a Psychiatric & Addictions Advanced Practice Nurse, Therapist and Master Psychopharmacologist, I evaluate the physical, behavioral and emotional issues which are impacting one's quality of life. I partner with my patients to develop a treatment plan which may include various forms of therapy and/or Psychotropic medications to address the issues at hand. To request an appointment, please complete the inquiry https://app.luminello.com/lauraleahypmhnp/form or visit www.APNSolutions.com
(856) 517-0266 View (856) 517-0266
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Robert Kirk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
My client's issues may include academic issues, relationships, job stress, grieving, and alcohol/substance use. They would need help managing pronounced symptoms/episodes of difficulty with focus, attention, and staying organized; anxiety or depression; hyper-vigilance/arousal, poor/low frustration tolerance, and/or exhibit behaviors of avoidance; mood dysregulation; alcohol/substance withdrawal; or difficulty with sleep. Their overall goal would be to experience, at minimum, a significant reduction in frequency, intensity, and duration of pronounced symptoms, and perhaps with some of the symptoms, elimination of them.
My client's issues may include academic issues, relationships, job stress, grieving, and alcohol/substance use. They would need help managing pronounced symptoms/episodes of difficulty with focus, attention, and staying organized; anxiety or depression; hyper-vigilance/arousal, poor/low frustration tolerance, and/or exhibit behaviors of avoidance; mood dysregulation; alcohol/substance withdrawal; or difficulty with sleep. Their overall goal would be to experience, at minimum, a significant reduction in frequency, intensity, and duration of pronounced symptoms, and perhaps with some of the symptoms, elimination of them.
(856) 733-5219 View (856) 733-5219
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Carolyn Costella
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
I specialize in treatment resistant DEPRESSION. I am board certified by ANCC for Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatric Mental Health with 25+ years of experience. Our team at Depression Doctors utilize evidence based and FDA approved treatments supported with solid research in treating your depression. In addition to medication management, our practice offers traditional talk therapy and cutting edge treatments for though-to-treat major depression: TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) treatment. We have been observing significant improvements in individuals with severe and chronic depression with TMS and Spravato treatments.
I specialize in treatment resistant DEPRESSION. I am board certified by ANCC for Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatric Mental Health with 25+ years of experience. Our team at Depression Doctors utilize evidence based and FDA approved treatments supported with solid research in treating your depression. In addition to medication management, our practice offers traditional talk therapy and cutting edge treatments for though-to-treat major depression: TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) treatment. We have been observing significant improvements in individuals with severe and chronic depression with TMS and Spravato treatments.
(856) 420-6062 View (856) 420-6062
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Dr. Emily Liberatore-Maguire
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Dr. Maguire is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist at Haddonfield Psychiatry & Therapy, licensed to practice in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed her adult psychiatry residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Dr. Maguire is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist at Haddonfield Psychiatry & Therapy, licensed to practice in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed her adult psychiatry residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
(609) 245-5107 View (609) 245-5107
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Dr. Tony Issac
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Camden, NJ 08101
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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Nadia Marcelin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Camden, NJ 08105  (Online Only)
My name is Nadia Marcelin, I’m a long time resident of NJ where I live with my husband and my teenage daughter. I’m very passionate about providing care for my patients in an environment that is conducive to healing. I’m a compassionate provider with six years plus experiences in inpatients care with diverse mental issues. I pride myself in treating my patients as individuals and not as a case. I strongly believe that wellness and rehabilitation is a team effort between all parties involved. I value and seek to understand my patients’ needs so we can develop a working relationship based on trust, mutual respects and honesty.
My name is Nadia Marcelin, I’m a long time resident of NJ where I live with my husband and my teenage daughter. I’m very passionate about providing care for my patients in an environment that is conducive to healing. I’m a compassionate provider with six years plus experiences in inpatients care with diverse mental issues. I pride myself in treating my patients as individuals and not as a case. I strongly believe that wellness and rehabilitation is a team effort between all parties involved. I value and seek to understand my patients’ needs so we can develop a working relationship based on trust, mutual respects and honesty.
(856) 888-4935 View (856) 888-4935
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Rachel Reis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates offers virtual and in-office appts. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to facilitate overall wellness and quality of life for those struggling with their mental health, through the application of evidence-based interventions including medication management and supportive psychotherapy. Fundamental to my practice is truly listening to what an individual is communicating, relieving them of their burden of struggling alone. I strive for a genuine partnership in treatment, encouraging individuals to take an active role in their care, facilitating resilience and growth.
Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates offers virtual and in-office appts. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to facilitate overall wellness and quality of life for those struggling with their mental health, through the application of evidence-based interventions including medication management and supportive psychotherapy. Fundamental to my practice is truly listening to what an individual is communicating, relieving them of their burden of struggling alone. I strive for a genuine partnership in treatment, encouraging individuals to take an active role in their care, facilitating resilience and growth.
(215) 987-4880 x5 View (215) 987-4880 x5
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Lisa Carol Diamond
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Camden, NJ 08100  (Online Only)
I treat children, adolescents, and adult patients who are looking for a psychiatrist that provides comprehensive and attentive care. I believe that to help someone, we need to know who that person is and what their individual goals are. Let's get you back to feeling like your full self!
I treat children, adolescents, and adult patients who are looking for a psychiatrist that provides comprehensive and attentive care. I believe that to help someone, we need to know who that person is and what their individual goals are. Let's get you back to feeling like your full self!
(201) 548-9968 View (201) 548-9968
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Henrietta Udeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CSN-NJ, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
My ideal client presents with anxiety; she has been experiencing a lot of panic attacks. She has been to the ER over three times in the past two months, where they ruled out cardiac problems. They always give her benzodiazepine and follow up with a psychiatrist. She does not want to be on medications, so she tried psychotherapy. She was then referred by her therapist. Her goal is to stay on medication for a short time. She prefers to use natural remedies. She is very fearful of science and the long-term effects of medications.
My ideal client presents with anxiety; she has been experiencing a lot of panic attacks. She has been to the ER over three times in the past two months, where they ruled out cardiac problems. They always give her benzodiazepine and follow up with a psychiatrist. She does not want to be on medications, so she tried psychotherapy. She was then referred by her therapist. Her goal is to stay on medication for a short time. She prefers to use natural remedies. She is very fearful of science and the long-term effects of medications.
(856) 363-0615 View (856) 363-0615
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Iconichealth LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APN
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Olasumbo Joseph Oladeru (RN, BSN, PMHNP-BC) is a licensed advanced nurse practitioner who specializes in psychiatric mental health. A graduate of Monmouth University and Immaculata University, Joseph is experienced in providing treatment for addictions and psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and opioid addictions. He is also certified in Medication Assisted Treatment. Joseph has devoted his life to providing professional care that is ethical, accessible and compassionate. With more than 23 years of healthcare and nursing experience, Joseph is driven
Olasumbo Joseph Oladeru (RN, BSN, PMHNP-BC) is a licensed advanced nurse practitioner who specializes in psychiatric mental health. A graduate of Monmouth University and Immaculata University, Joseph is experienced in providing treatment for addictions and psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and opioid addictions. He is also certified in Medication Assisted Treatment. Joseph has devoted his life to providing professional care that is ethical, accessible and compassionate. With more than 23 years of healthcare and nursing experience, Joseph is driven
(609) 245-5069 View (609) 245-5069
Psychiatric and Recovery Services
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Psychiatric and Recovery Services (formerly Psychiatric and Addiction Services or PASSNJ) treats: depression, opiate addiction, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and much more. We make sure to provide the safest, and most effective treatments in order to get back to their daily lives. We also offer forensic and clinical psychology in addition to our other services for children and adults. We also provide Suboxone or Buprenorphine, for those who are struggling with opiate addiction to help ease the withdrawal process.
Psychiatric and Recovery Services (formerly Psychiatric and Addiction Services or PASSNJ) treats: depression, opiate addiction, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and much more. We make sure to provide the safest, and most effective treatments in order to get back to their daily lives. We also offer forensic and clinical psychology in addition to our other services for children and adults. We also provide Suboxone or Buprenorphine, for those who are struggling with opiate addiction to help ease the withdrawal process.
(856) 872-2693 View (856) 872-2693
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Alysa Jeffers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, WHNPBC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Camden, NJ 08105  (Online Only)
As a healthcare provider with a background in OBGYN, my commitment extends beyond providing exceptional medical care; it encompasses a deep-seated passion for ensuring that every patient has equal access to comprehensive mental health services. Throughout my career, I have witnessed the profound impact that mental health has on physical health, particularly in women's health, and I am dedicated to breaking down barriers to care for all individuals, regardless of race, religion, or economic status
As a healthcare provider with a background in OBGYN, my commitment extends beyond providing exceptional medical care; it encompasses a deep-seated passion for ensuring that every patient has equal access to comprehensive mental health services. Throughout my career, I have witnessed the profound impact that mental health has on physical health, particularly in women's health, and I am dedicated to breaking down barriers to care for all individuals, regardless of race, religion, or economic status
(856) 543-2449 View (856) 543-2449
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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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Bright Side Wellness / Dr. LaTia Pierce DNP, APN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNPBC, FNPC
Verified Verified
Camden, NJ 08105  (Online Only)
Equal opportunity for mental health and wellness implies that everyone, regardless of their socio-economic status, race, gender, age, or geographical location, should have access to quality mental health services. I seek to provide all patients with respect, personalized treatment plans, education, support, empathy, time, shared decision-making, and quality care. I accept most insurance including Medicaid and Medicare health plans and have a strong background in working within underserved communities as well as with the developmentally disabled. I have experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders.
Equal opportunity for mental health and wellness implies that everyone, regardless of their socio-economic status, race, gender, age, or geographical location, should have access to quality mental health services. I seek to provide all patients with respect, personalized treatment plans, education, support, empathy, time, shared decision-making, and quality care. I accept most insurance including Medicaid and Medicare health plans and have a strong background in working within underserved communities as well as with the developmentally disabled. I have experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders.
(609) 793-9077 View (609) 793-9077
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Shannon Bucciarelli (adolescent/teen specialist)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
(856) 754-5200 View (856) 754-5200

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How can I find a psychiatrist in Haddon 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.