Psychiatrists in Jersey City, NJ

Photo of Antonio Pedulla - VirtualPsychiatricCare.com, MSN, PMHNP, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Jersey City, NJ 07302  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients. I'm a dual certified FNP/ PMHNP. Taking a holistic approach is important to me and I feel this approach is of most benefit for my clients. I enjoy helping all types of clients but I gravitate towards working with individuals who are reaching out for help for the first time. This is because I feel I offer a positive initial encounter that will encourage them to continue seeking help in order to reach their goals but I will work with any client that needs assistance. We offer affordable out-of-pocket rates. Accepting some insurances.
Accepting New Patients. I'm a dual certified FNP/ PMHNP. Taking a holistic approach is important to me and I feel this approach is of most benefit for my clients. I enjoy helping all types of clients but I gravitate towards working with individuals who are reaching out for help for the first time. This is because I feel I offer a positive initial encounter that will encourage them to continue seeking help in order to reach their goals but I will work with any client that needs assistance. We offer affordable out-of-pocket rates. Accepting some insurances.
(201) 212-6834 View (201) 212-6834
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Manita Shrestha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
Jersey City, NJ 07310  (Online Only)
Manita Shrestha is a doctoral-prepared, dual-certified psychiatric and primary care nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience. She holds a master's degree from NYU and a doctorate from Rutgers University. Dr. Shrestha takes pride in connecting with her patients and provides medication management and psychotherapy by incorporating a holistic, integrative approach.
Manita Shrestha is a doctoral-prepared, dual-certified psychiatric and primary care nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience. She holds a master's degree from NYU and a doctorate from Rutgers University. Dr. Shrestha takes pride in connecting with her patients and provides medication management and psychotherapy by incorporating a holistic, integrative approach.
(201) 582-0920 View (201) 582-0920
Photo of Olukayode Agunbiade - Da Brij LLC (Psychiatry and Mental Health Care), APN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Da Brij LLC (Psychiatry and Mental Health Care)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified Verified
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Olukayode Agunbiade offers psychiatry and counseling services both in-person and via Telehealth in Newark and Jersey City areas. I am a board certified nurse practitioner who offers assessment, counseling and medication management to children, adolescents and adults as may be required. My goal is to take good care of mentally-ill patients, assist clients in the journey of life, and foster a safe environment for all patients.
Olukayode Agunbiade offers psychiatry and counseling services both in-person and via Telehealth in Newark and Jersey City areas. I am a board certified nurse practitioner who offers assessment, counseling and medication management to children, adolescents and adults as may be required. My goal is to take good care of mentally-ill patients, assist clients in the journey of life, and foster a safe environment for all patients.
(973) 363-2287 View (973) 363-2287
Photo of Olukemi Owoseni - Harmony & Unity Mental Health, PMHNP, FNP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Harmony & Unity Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Jersey City, NJ 07305  (Online Only)
Welcome all! My name is Kemi and I am the Owner of Harmony & Unity Mental Health. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am also dual-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of experience in healthcare. I enjoy helping clients meet their goals and improve their overall health. Taking the first step can be a tough decision, but it can also be fulfilling over time. I believe my job is to appropriately help you on your goal towards betterment.
Welcome all! My name is Kemi and I am the Owner of Harmony & Unity Mental Health. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am also dual-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of experience in healthcare. I enjoy helping clients meet their goals and improve their overall health. Taking the first step can be a tough decision, but it can also be fulfilling over time. I believe my job is to appropriately help you on your goal towards betterment.
(201) 781-1875 View (201) 781-1875
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Stella Okah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Hi, My name is Stella E. Okah, I'm a psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board certified. I specialized ADHD, Addiction program/Detox, Anger Management, Anxiety, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Grief, LGBTQIA+, Mood Disorders, OCD, Personality Disorders, Trauma & PTSD, Suicidal Ideation, School Issues, Racism, Self Esteem, Self-Harming. Additionally, I work with children, adolescents, adults, and older persons.
Hi, My name is Stella E. Okah, I'm a psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board certified. I specialized ADHD, Addiction program/Detox, Anger Management, Anxiety, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Grief, LGBTQIA+, Mood Disorders, OCD, Personality Disorders, Trauma & PTSD, Suicidal Ideation, School Issues, Racism, Self Esteem, Self-Harming. Additionally, I work with children, adolescents, adults, and older persons.
(862) 212-0941 View (862) 212-0941
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Adedoyin Asimolowo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jersey City, NJ 07302  (Online Only)
Adedoyin Asimolowo is board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Adedoyin provides culturally competent care to clients with various mental health problems. Clients go to Adedoyin to receive the best care possible and be at ease to discuss their medical, psychological difficulties. He is pleased to support them through their recovery, and bring knowledge and compassionate perspectives to the client’s care. He provides holistic care utilizing psychotherapy and psychopharmacology treatment to achieve optimal recovery and functioning. His specialties include providing assessment, diagnosis, and therapy for general mental health.
Adedoyin Asimolowo is board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Adedoyin provides culturally competent care to clients with various mental health problems. Clients go to Adedoyin to receive the best care possible and be at ease to discuss their medical, psychological difficulties. He is pleased to support them through their recovery, and bring knowledge and compassionate perspectives to the client’s care. He provides holistic care utilizing psychotherapy and psychopharmacology treatment to achieve optimal recovery and functioning. His specialties include providing assessment, diagnosis, and therapy for general mental health.
(862) 858-2932 View (862) 858-2932
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Oladunni Liyele
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jersey City, NJ 07311
Oladunni Liyele, MSN, PMHNP-BC, BSN, RN, is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner on the team at Mindful Care. In her practice, Oladunni believes the most important part of patient care is providing a judgement-free zone, being empathetic, listening and communicating, and understanding that a patient's needs are most important.
Oladunni Liyele, MSN, PMHNP-BC, BSN, RN, is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner on the team at Mindful Care. In her practice, Oladunni believes the most important part of patient care is providing a judgement-free zone, being empathetic, listening and communicating, and understanding that a patient's needs are most important.
(551) 465-9662 View (551) 465-9662
Lavanya Kamineni
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Jersey City, NJ 07310
There is no such a thing as “Ideal client”. Each individual is unique and tailored to fit needs. If you are having mood up and down, feeling sad, not able to concentrate or focus at work or school, irritability or anger, I am here to help you to get through it. I believe in a holistic approach, take time to understand each individual's needs and tailor a treatment plan accordingly. I practice evidence-based medication treatment along with talk therapy. Specialized in treating common issues like ADHD, anxiety disorders, major depressive disorder and mood disorders.
There is no such a thing as “Ideal client”. Each individual is unique and tailored to fit needs. If you are having mood up and down, feeling sad, not able to concentrate or focus at work or school, irritability or anger, I am here to help you to get through it. I believe in a holistic approach, take time to understand each individual's needs and tailor a treatment plan accordingly. I practice evidence-based medication treatment along with talk therapy. Specialized in treating common issues like ADHD, anxiety disorders, major depressive disorder and mood disorders.
(732) 713-6280 View (732) 713-6280
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Ritu Chandak
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jersey City, NJ 07302
No matter what life circumstances bring you to seek treatment, you will find a compassionate and empathetic listener. My evaluation and treatment approach is thorough, professional and evidence based. I take a holistic view of the needs of my patients and recognize that a combination of medication management, psychotherapy, stress management and life style modification might achieve the best and sustained outcome for them.
No matter what life circumstances bring you to seek treatment, you will find a compassionate and empathetic listener. My evaluation and treatment approach is thorough, professional and evidence based. I take a holistic view of the needs of my patients and recognize that a combination of medication management, psychotherapy, stress management and life style modification might achieve the best and sustained outcome for them.
(201) 907-7875 View (201) 907-7875
Photo of Justin Salandanan, APN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Justin Salandanan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Justin Salandanan specializes in medication management of depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbance in adults. He takes a non-judgmental and collaborative approach with each of his clients. Justin utilizes GeneSight genetic testing when necessary to help guide treatment. To BOOK an Appointment online, visit: sigmund.headway.co, call 201-305-0456, or email.
Justin Salandanan specializes in medication management of depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbance in adults. He takes a non-judgmental and collaborative approach with each of his clients. Justin utilizes GeneSight genetic testing when necessary to help guide treatment. To BOOK an Appointment online, visit: sigmund.headway.co, call 201-305-0456, or email.
(201) 730-9016 View (201) 730-9016
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Dr. Jude C. Emelumba
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Jersey City, NJ 07304  (Online Only)
Dr. Jude C. Emelumba is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He received his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Rutgers University. Dr. Emelumba has a vast clinical experience that covers both inpatient and outpatient adult psychiatric care settings, addiction treatment, clinical supervision, and advanced nursing students' preceptorship. He has the MAT training and is affiliated to Christ Hospital In Jersey City, New Jersey. His expertise is anchored on a treatment modality that combines psychopharmacology and psychotherapy approaches to psychiatric care while advocating for patient wellness and health promotion.
Dr. Jude C. Emelumba is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He received his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Rutgers University. Dr. Emelumba has a vast clinical experience that covers both inpatient and outpatient adult psychiatric care settings, addiction treatment, clinical supervision, and advanced nursing students' preceptorship. He has the MAT training and is affiliated to Christ Hospital In Jersey City, New Jersey. His expertise is anchored on a treatment modality that combines psychopharmacology and psychotherapy approaches to psychiatric care while advocating for patient wellness and health promotion.
(201) 597-5695 View (201) 597-5695
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Nerisa Bryan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jersey City, NJ 07302  (Online Only)
I grew up witnessing people with mental illness being teased and physically abused on the streets by the people around them. Seeing some of our most vulnerable population being mistreated in this way left an indelible impression on me and I believe that experience, in part, influenced my decision to enter a profession that was all about caring for others.
I grew up witnessing people with mental illness being teased and physically abused on the streets by the people around them. Seeing some of our most vulnerable population being mistreated in this way left an indelible impression on me and I believe that experience, in part, influenced my decision to enter a profession that was all about caring for others.
(862) 375-4585 View (862) 375-4585
James Alaeto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN
Verified Verified
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Are you having difficulty with Stress? Anxiety? Depression? Insomnia? Or have you had a history of Mental Health Issues that you want to discuss? Do you have Addiction to Opiates, Narcotics, Alcohol? Just Relapsed and Need Help Now? We are here to help. Our Mental Health and Addiction Center is Open 5 days a week with multiple providers to help you. We Proudly Accept Medicaid of New Jersey and also Commercial Insurance with out of network benefits. We know how difficult it is to try and reach out to someone. But it just takes a phone call to start the process! Call us anytime!
Are you having difficulty with Stress? Anxiety? Depression? Insomnia? Or have you had a history of Mental Health Issues that you want to discuss? Do you have Addiction to Opiates, Narcotics, Alcohol? Just Relapsed and Need Help Now? We are here to help. Our Mental Health and Addiction Center is Open 5 days a week with multiple providers to help you. We Proudly Accept Medicaid of New Jersey and also Commercial Insurance with out of network benefits. We know how difficult it is to try and reach out to someone. But it just takes a phone call to start the process! Call us anytime!
(201) 561-8538 View (201) 561-8538
Photo of Lashon Simpson, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lashon Simpson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jersey City, NJ 07306  (Online Only)
I’m a Psychiatric Provider that listens, shows compassion, and empathizes. I look forward to helping you rebuild your mental health by providing both pharmacological and holistic treatment plans. Rather you have ADHD, Depression, anxiety and/or insomnia, help is just a call away. We treat each client from a personal perspective and provide individualized psychiatric treatment plans that helps to rebuild your mental health.
I’m a Psychiatric Provider that listens, shows compassion, and empathizes. I look forward to helping you rebuild your mental health by providing both pharmacological and holistic treatment plans. Rather you have ADHD, Depression, anxiety and/or insomnia, help is just a call away. We treat each client from a personal perspective and provide individualized psychiatric treatment plans that helps to rebuild your mental health.
(201) 380-8948 View (201) 380-8948
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Alter Self Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jersey City, NJ 07302  (Online Only)
At Alter Self Psychiatry LLC, we follow a patient-centered, biopsychosocial model. We carefully assesses each patient's unique needs and concerns to create tailored treatment plans and accurate diagnoses. With a belief in the potential for positive change in every patient, we foster a supportive and collaborative therapeutic relationship. We are dedicated to helping individuals on their journey towards mental wellness, offering a range of evidence-based treatments and the expertise to guide you towards a happier, healthier life. Contact us today to embark on your path to mental well-being. (Website is under construction)
At Alter Self Psychiatry LLC, we follow a patient-centered, biopsychosocial model. We carefully assesses each patient's unique needs and concerns to create tailored treatment plans and accurate diagnoses. With a belief in the potential for positive change in every patient, we foster a supportive and collaborative therapeutic relationship. We are dedicated to helping individuals on their journey towards mental wellness, offering a range of evidence-based treatments and the expertise to guide you towards a happier, healthier life. Contact us today to embark on your path to mental well-being. (Website is under construction)
(862) 858-2612 View (862) 858-2612
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Mental Health & Addiction Center and Subxone Ctr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, APN, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Addiction is a disease that overtakes your life. In the past the resources needed to assist in overcoming this were expensive and out of reach for the majority that needed them. This creates a cycle of staying on the street and being consumed by the addiction. We offer treatment for those that may have been left out in the past. Our diverse team of health care providers takes a personal approach to the treatment and will assist you or your loved one into a life that they have control of. We offer mental health treatment as well to address underlying mood and anxiety issues.
Addiction is a disease that overtakes your life. In the past the resources needed to assist in overcoming this were expensive and out of reach for the majority that needed them. This creates a cycle of staying on the street and being consumed by the addiction. We offer treatment for those that may have been left out in the past. Our diverse team of health care providers takes a personal approach to the treatment and will assist you or your loved one into a life that they have control of. We offer mental health treatment as well to address underlying mood and anxiety issues.
(551) 222-6923 View (551) 222-6923
Shelly Clavis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jersey City, NJ 07306  (Online Only)
Are you down and feeling depressed? Diagnosed with the following - PTSD, ADHD, Addictions, Insomnia, Bipolar Disorder Schizophrenia - or need medication maintenance - Call us!
Are you down and feeling depressed? Diagnosed with the following - PTSD, ADHD, Addictions, Insomnia, Bipolar Disorder Schizophrenia - or need medication maintenance - Call us!
(201) 730-9753 View (201) 730-9753
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Oluseyi Aluko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Jersey City, NJ 07311
Oluseyi Aluko, PMHNP-BC is a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at Mindful Care New Jersey. Oluseyi holds a Masters of Science in Nursing Informatics from Excelsior College, Albany NY and a Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from Fairleigh Dickinson University NJ. In his practice, he believes the most important part of patient care is "the ability to really listen to the patient and to focus intensely on what the patient really needs."
Oluseyi Aluko, PMHNP-BC is a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at Mindful Care New Jersey. Oluseyi holds a Masters of Science in Nursing Informatics from Excelsior College, Albany NY and a Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from Fairleigh Dickinson University NJ. In his practice, he believes the most important part of patient care is "the ability to really listen to the patient and to focus intensely on what the patient really needs."
(551) 291-2060 View (551) 291-2060
Leonie Johnson-Sena
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jersey City, NJ 07306
As a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with years of experience, I treat the full spectrum of psychiatric conditions. The enitire focus of my practice is personal empowerment and the elimination of shame in regard to mental, behavioral and emotional health. It is my delight to help bring dignity back to the lives of adults and children. If you have taken the first steps to go see a psychiatrist for whatever the reason, reaching is a sign of strength, not weakness. The goal of my practice is for my patients to gain strength, useful tools and insight to successfully manage
As a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with years of experience, I treat the full spectrum of psychiatric conditions. The enitire focus of my practice is personal empowerment and the elimination of shame in regard to mental, behavioral and emotional health. It is my delight to help bring dignity back to the lives of adults and children. If you have taken the first steps to go see a psychiatrist for whatever the reason, reaching is a sign of strength, not weakness. The goal of my practice is for my patients to gain strength, useful tools and insight to successfully manage
(201) 870-0989 View (201) 870-0989
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Stella Okah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Are you having difficulty with Stress? Anxiety? Depression? Insomnia? Or have you had a history of Mental Health Issues that you want to discuss? Do you have Addiction to Opiates, Narcotics, Alcohol? Just Relapsed and Need Help Now? We are here to help. Our Mental Health and Addiction Center is Open 5 days a week with multiple providers to help you. We Proudly Accept Medicaid of New Jersey and also Commercial Insurance with out of network benefits.
Are you having difficulty with Stress? Anxiety? Depression? Insomnia? Or have you had a history of Mental Health Issues that you want to discuss? Do you have Addiction to Opiates, Narcotics, Alcohol? Just Relapsed and Need Help Now? We are here to help. Our Mental Health and Addiction Center is Open 5 days a week with multiple providers to help you. We Proudly Accept Medicaid of New Jersey and also Commercial Insurance with out of network benefits.
(201) 972-5906 View (201) 972-5906
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Number of Psychiatrists in Jersey City, NJ

100+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Jersey City, NJ who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
77% ADHD
73% Bipolar Disorder
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
66% Medication Management
62% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Cigna and Evernorth
78% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
76% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Jersey City, NJ see their clients

53% Online Only
47% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

62% Female
37% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Jersey 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.