Psychiatrists in Howell, NJ

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Psychiatric and Behavioral Services of New Jersey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, BC
Verified Verified
Howell, NJ 07731
Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services of New Jersey is a private psychiatric practice that provides a full range of outpatient mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, individual, family and group psychotherapy for clients at all stages of life; children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services of New Jersey is a private psychiatric practice that provides a full range of outpatient mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, individual, family and group psychotherapy for clients at all stages of life; children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
(732) 491-8710 View (732) 491-8710
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Dr. Mary McAleavy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Howell, NJ 07731  (Online Only)
Welcome to a space where healing begins and personal growth takes center stage. My focus is on understanding and addressing the unique challenges faced by children, adolescents, and young adults during pivotal moments in their lives. Specializing in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depressive disorders, behavioral issues, and stress management, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and thoughtful care. My approach is rooted in viewing individuals holistically, considering not just the symptoms but the person behind them.
Welcome to a space where healing begins and personal growth takes center stage. My focus is on understanding and addressing the unique challenges faced by children, adolescents, and young adults during pivotal moments in their lives. Specializing in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depressive disorders, behavioral issues, and stress management, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and thoughtful care. My approach is rooted in viewing individuals holistically, considering not just the symptoms but the person behind them.
(848) 305-2531 View (848) 305-2531
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Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, APN
Verified Verified
Howell, NJ 07731
Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services of New Jersey is a private psychiatric practice that provides a full range of outpatient mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, individual, family and group psychotherapy for clients at all stages of life; children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services of New Jersey is a private psychiatric practice that provides a full range of outpatient mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, individual, family and group psychotherapy for clients at all stages of life; children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
(848) 289-1485 View (848) 289-1485
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The Cohen Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Howell, NJ 07731
Welcome to The Cohen Center.....Are you overly stressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD symptoms, insomnia or depression? These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Willing to take the next step? Are you willing to see if medication, ideally, combined with therapy, can enhance your life. You will be monitored closely so that you do not needlessly experience side effects and that optimal treatment gains are obtained. Careful attention will be focused on any physical illnesses. Often this leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment.
Welcome to The Cohen Center.....Are you overly stressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD symptoms, insomnia or depression? These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Willing to take the next step? Are you willing to see if medication, ideally, combined with therapy, can enhance your life. You will be monitored closely so that you do not needlessly experience side effects and that optimal treatment gains are obtained. Careful attention will be focused on any physical illnesses. Often this leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment.
(732) 675-0011 View (732) 675-0011
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Chimena P Duke
Psychiatric Nurse, APN
Verified Verified
Howell, NJ 07731  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Welcome! I am Chimena Duke, a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a deep passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. With advanced training and extensive experience in the field of psychiatry, I am committed to providing client-centered care to my patients. I firmly believe that everyone deserves access to quality mental healthcare, and I am dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of those I serve.
Welcome! I am Chimena Duke, a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a deep passion for helping individuals achieve optimal mental health and well-being. With advanced training and extensive experience in the field of psychiatry, I am committed to providing client-centered care to my patients. I firmly believe that everyone deserves access to quality mental healthcare, and I am dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of those I serve.
(732) 605-4987 View (732) 605-4987
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Moyo Otepola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Howell, NJ 07731  (Online Only)
Moyo is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who treats clients across the lifespan with various mental health and behavioral issues. She works with clients of all ages and treats clients with several moods and mental health disorders which include but are not limited to bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, anxiety, panic attacks, sleep issues, etc. Moyo is passionate about what she does and treats clients with respect and dignity. Moyo also specializes in working with children and teenagers.
Moyo is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who treats clients across the lifespan with various mental health and behavioral issues. She works with clients of all ages and treats clients with several moods and mental health disorders which include but are not limited to bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, anxiety, panic attacks, sleep issues, etc. Moyo is passionate about what she does and treats clients with respect and dignity. Moyo also specializes in working with children and teenagers.
(609) 554-1247 View (609) 554-1247
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Dr. Rosemary Mensah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Howell, NJ 07731  (Online Only)
I am accepting new clients. As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, you can expect a warm, welcoming, and supportive environment dedicated to your mental well-being. I strive to create a space where you feel comfortable, heard, and understood. With a solid educational background and clinical experience, my primary focus is on the treatment of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and various mental health challenges. I believe in building a solid therapeutic alliance based on trust, respect, and empathy. I aim to create a collaborative and culturally sensitive environment where we can establish treatment goals.
I am accepting new clients. As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, you can expect a warm, welcoming, and supportive environment dedicated to your mental well-being. I strive to create a space where you feel comfortable, heard, and understood. With a solid educational background and clinical experience, my primary focus is on the treatment of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and various mental health challenges. I believe in building a solid therapeutic alliance based on trust, respect, and empathy. I aim to create a collaborative and culturally sensitive environment where we can establish treatment goals.
(848) 280-7941 View (848) 280-7941

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David Wolff
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728
"Listen to me." "Try to understand me." "Talk to me and work with me to explore solutions." I am board certified in General Psychiatry and I am a member of the Clinical TMS Society. I have been in practice for 25 years. My practice specialty is depression and anxiety. To implement change, I strongly believe in the importance of understanding your goals in entering treatment. Understanding your current and past life experiences is crucial to working with you to make sound recommendations.
"Listen to me." "Try to understand me." "Talk to me and work with me to explore solutions." I am board certified in General Psychiatry and I am a member of the Clinical TMS Society. I have been in practice for 25 years. My practice specialty is depression and anxiety. To implement change, I strongly believe in the importance of understanding your goals in entering treatment. Understanding your current and past life experiences is crucial to working with you to make sound recommendations.
(732) 285-1190 View (732) 285-1190
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The Cohen Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakewood, NJ 08701
Welcome to The Cohen Center....Are you overly stressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, or ADD/ADHD symptoms? Perhaps you are struggling with insomnia or depression. These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Are you ready to take the next step? Are you willing to see if medication, ideally, combined with therapy, can enhance your life? You will be monitored closely, so that you do not needlessly experience side effects, and that optimal treatment gains are obtained. Careful attention will be focused on any physical illnesses. Often, this approach leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment.
Welcome to The Cohen Center....Are you overly stressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, or ADD/ADHD symptoms? Perhaps you are struggling with insomnia or depression. These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Are you ready to take the next step? Are you willing to see if medication, ideally, combined with therapy, can enhance your life? You will be monitored closely, so that you do not needlessly experience side effects, and that optimal treatment gains are obtained. Careful attention will be focused on any physical illnesses. Often, this approach leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment.
(732) 675-0011 View (732) 675-0011
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L. E. Loray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I have worked with clients across the lifespan, specializing in depression and anxiety disorders, mood dysregulation, trauma, addictions, attachment disruptions, and those struggling with adjustment and difficult transitions through life. My main approach to treatment is developing a collaborative relationship with my clients to enhance and foster an environment where patients feel validated while working to improve their psychosocial functioning. For those looking for a more holistic approach to treating mental health issues, I also offer Integrative Psychiatry services.
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I have worked with clients across the lifespan, specializing in depression and anxiety disorders, mood dysregulation, trauma, addictions, attachment disruptions, and those struggling with adjustment and difficult transitions through life. My main approach to treatment is developing a collaborative relationship with my clients to enhance and foster an environment where patients feel validated while working to improve their psychosocial functioning. For those looking for a more holistic approach to treating mental health issues, I also offer Integrative Psychiatry services.
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Valerie Molinari
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNHP, APN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
I am licensed in New Jersey and New York as a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have worked in a variety of Mental Health settings throughout my career.
I am licensed in New Jersey and New York as a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have worked in a variety of Mental Health settings throughout my career.
(732) 393-8391 View (732) 393-8391
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Lotus Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brick, NJ 08723  (Online Only)
I am a Dual Certified Practitioner, board certified in both Psychiatry and Adult Medicine. I have worked in many settings, psychiatric hospital, hospital ICU, Inpatient detox, outpatient psychiatric and addiction treatment. I also specialize in Medical & Psychiatric patient education.
I am a Dual Certified Practitioner, board certified in both Psychiatry and Adult Medicine. I have worked in many settings, psychiatric hospital, hospital ICU, Inpatient detox, outpatient psychiatric and addiction treatment. I also specialize in Medical & Psychiatric patient education.
(732) 631-3575 View (732) 631-3575
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Melanie E DeNardo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wall, NJ 07719
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner currently accepting new patients. My primary focus is on medication management for a wide range of psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. I also provide Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) therapy to children struggling with OCD and anxiety. My journey in mental health care is deeply personal, as I am a parent to a daughter managing OCD and anxiety. This experience has strengthened my dedication to helping children and adolescents navigate through their mental health challenges.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner currently accepting new patients. My primary focus is on medication management for a wide range of psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. I also provide Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) therapy to children struggling with OCD and anxiety. My journey in mental health care is deeply personal, as I am a parent to a daughter managing OCD and anxiety. This experience has strengthened my dedication to helping children and adolescents navigate through their mental health challenges.
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Joseph Spitalieri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
Born and raised in Brooklyn NY. I completed my Associates in Applied Science Nursing From Brookdale Community College, Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Aspen University, and Masters of Science in Nursing at Walden University. I currently hold the title of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in New York, New Jersey and Florida. I have worked the last 4 years in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY.
Born and raised in Brooklyn NY. I completed my Associates in Applied Science Nursing From Brookdale Community College, Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Aspen University, and Masters of Science in Nursing at Walden University. I currently hold the title of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in New York, New Jersey and Florida. I have worked the last 4 years in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY.
(732) 393-8391 View (732) 393-8391
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Samantha Colón
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wall, NJ 07719
Are you going through a tough time and it’s impacting your ability to function as an employee, parent, spouse, or just don’t feel yourself? I’m Samantha, board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have been able to work with many adults and young adults through significant symptoms of anxiety, depression, executive difficulties, or stressful times. Together we can find ways to manage symptoms, get to a healthier place in your life and an improved version of yourself. I am happy to meet your goals, big or small, I take pride in advocating for my patients. Please click on “my website” to BOOK, or visit arieswellness.info
Are you going through a tough time and it’s impacting your ability to function as an employee, parent, spouse, or just don’t feel yourself? I’m Samantha, board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have been able to work with many adults and young adults through significant symptoms of anxiety, depression, executive difficulties, or stressful times. Together we can find ways to manage symptoms, get to a healthier place in your life and an improved version of yourself. I am happy to meet your goals, big or small, I take pride in advocating for my patients. Please click on “my website” to BOOK, or visit arieswellness.info
(732) 392-7477 View (732) 392-7477
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Dr. Leopold Bolona
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
Dr. Leopold Bolona is a compassionate psychiatrist in private practice in Westfield and Brick, and Freehold NJ seeing adults only at this time. The practice has 9 Nurse Practioners offering comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and individualized treatment for a variety of issues such as: Depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, addiction and more. 6 Therapist ready to assist all of our patients. The practice offers both in person and telehealth. All offices offer Genetic testing and Neuropsych testing. The Westfield and Freehold office also offers both TMS and Spravato for Treatment Resistant Depression.
Dr. Leopold Bolona is a compassionate psychiatrist in private practice in Westfield and Brick, and Freehold NJ seeing adults only at this time. The practice has 9 Nurse Practioners offering comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and individualized treatment for a variety of issues such as: Depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, addiction and more. 6 Therapist ready to assist all of our patients. The practice offers both in person and telehealth. All offices offer Genetic testing and Neuropsych testing. The Westfield and Freehold office also offers both TMS and Spravato for Treatment Resistant Depression.
(732) 440-3179 View (732) 440-3179
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Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728  (Online Only)
In my online practice, I, Syed Tirmazi, MD, specialize in addressing psychiatric issues in both children and adults. I focus on conditions such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, bipolar disorder, psychosis, childhood ADHD, and behavioral issues. Empathetic listening and involving your family and social contacts in treatment process where possible are focus of my management strategy. If you or your child are dealing with any of these challenges, I am here to provide support and guidance. Feel free to reach out to schedule an appointment or visit my website www.childadultpsych.com.
In my online practice, I, Syed Tirmazi, MD, specialize in addressing psychiatric issues in both children and adults. I focus on conditions such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, bipolar disorder, psychosis, childhood ADHD, and behavioral issues. Empathetic listening and involving your family and social contacts in treatment process where possible are focus of my management strategy. If you or your child are dealing with any of these challenges, I am here to provide support and guidance. Feel free to reach out to schedule an appointment or visit my website www.childadultpsych.com.
(848) 276-7990 View (848) 276-7990
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Sajjad A. Zaidi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Freehold, NJ 07728
Sajjad Zaidi, M.D. is Medical Director and founder of Freehold Child Diagnostic Center, Inc. Dr. Zaidi is Triple Board Certified in Psychiatry/Neurology, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Zaidi's background has encompassed over thirty years of extensive and diverse experience in the field of Child, Adolescent & Family Psychiatry. Office locations in Freehold and Neptune, NJ.
Sajjad Zaidi, M.D. is Medical Director and founder of Freehold Child Diagnostic Center, Inc. Dr. Zaidi is Triple Board Certified in Psychiatry/Neurology, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Zaidi's background has encompassed over thirty years of extensive and diverse experience in the field of Child, Adolescent & Family Psychiatry. Office locations in Freehold and Neptune, NJ.
(732) 479-7241 View (732) 479-7241
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Joanne Wilson Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MSHA, RN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Freehold, NJ 07728
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who focuses on life challenges midlife and beyond. Mental health and well-being are essential components of a fulfilling life throughout one's lifespan. Anxiety and depression do not have to be a normal part of life. It is important to recognize how our thoughts or feelings can keep us from truly living life. You can feel good about yourself, no matter what your calendar age or what circumstance of life is challenging you!
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who focuses on life challenges midlife and beyond. Mental health and well-being are essential components of a fulfilling life throughout one's lifespan. Anxiety and depression do not have to be a normal part of life. It is important to recognize how our thoughts or feelings can keep us from truly living life. You can feel good about yourself, no matter what your calendar age or what circumstance of life is challenging you!
(609) 806-5780 View (609) 806-5780
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Denise Daley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MLP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brick, NJ 08723
I have been practicing in the mental health field for over 20 years, seeing patients with multiple mental health issues including, but not limited to Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Substance Use Disorder.
I have been practicing in the mental health field for over 20 years, seeing patients with multiple mental health issues including, but not limited to Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Substance Use Disorder.
(732) 365-0530 View (732) 365-0530

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Howell, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Howell, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
86% Depression
86% Trauma and PTSD
71% Child
71% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Anger Management

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Howell, NJ see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

60% Male
40% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Howell?

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.