Psychiatrists in Lawrence Township, NJ

Photo of Kisha Cook, APN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kisha Cook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
In my practice, I delve into the complexities of treatment-resistant depression, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia with a focus on clients eager to face these challenges. I aim to partner with individuals desiring resilience and empowerment. My ideal client seeks a thorough understanding of their conditions, effective coping mechanisms, and values a compassionate, supportive alliance on their healing journey. Together, we'll craft innovative, custom treatment plans to address unique needs, setting the stage for a recovery journey that illuminates a hopeful and brighter future.
In my practice, I delve into the complexities of treatment-resistant depression, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia with a focus on clients eager to face these challenges. I aim to partner with individuals desiring resilience and empowerment. My ideal client seeks a thorough understanding of their conditions, effective coping mechanisms, and values a compassionate, supportive alliance on their healing journey. Together, we'll craft innovative, custom treatment plans to address unique needs, setting the stage for a recovery journey that illuminates a hopeful and brighter future.
(609) 905-4625 View (609) 905-4625
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Norbert Csordas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN
Verified Verified
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
Every individual is entitled to experience an optimal life, a journey that occasionally necessitates assistance. My aim is to establish relationships based on trust and empathy with both patients and their loved ones, enhancing the treatment of various mental health issues through a comprehensive approach that includes therapy, medication, and innovative therapies. Offering professional, evidence-based solutions for a wide array of psychiatric disorders like anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and schizophrenia, opting to collaborate with our team for treatment-resistant depression could unlock access to pioneering options like TMS and Spravato.
Every individual is entitled to experience an optimal life, a journey that occasionally necessitates assistance. My aim is to establish relationships based on trust and empathy with both patients and their loved ones, enhancing the treatment of various mental health issues through a comprehensive approach that includes therapy, medication, and innovative therapies. Offering professional, evidence-based solutions for a wide array of psychiatric disorders like anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and schizophrenia, opting to collaborate with our team for treatment-resistant depression could unlock access to pioneering options like TMS and Spravato.
(609) 554-1388 View (609) 554-1388
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Karen Yeboah-Norment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
My ideal patient is one with multiple psychiatric co-morbidities looking for a treatment to improve one’s mood, energy, anxiety, and focus. Do you feel sad daily, stopped socializing with friends & family members, perform the bare minimum work tasks, call out of work frequently, and are failing college classes due to not completing school assignments & attendance? Have you been using cannabis to cope with one’s current mood symptoms? Have you failed numerous medications due to side effects & effectiveness? I will help you develop a treatment plan to help you meet your mental health goals and feel content & yourself again.
My ideal patient is one with multiple psychiatric co-morbidities looking for a treatment to improve one’s mood, energy, anxiety, and focus. Do you feel sad daily, stopped socializing with friends & family members, perform the bare minimum work tasks, call out of work frequently, and are failing college classes due to not completing school assignments & attendance? Have you been using cannabis to cope with one’s current mood symptoms? Have you failed numerous medications due to side effects & effectiveness? I will help you develop a treatment plan to help you meet your mental health goals and feel content & yourself again.
(609) 900-7116 View (609) 900-7116
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Eucharia Onyemachi Ihem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified Verified
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
I have been a board certified psychiatric, mental health nurse practitioner for the past 6 years but have dedicated over 20 years to mental health care services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have provided effective care and support to individuals struggling with mental illness in our community, which is the foundation of Muna Behavioral Health. Muna Behavioral Health is a privately owned care center that makes mental health care services accessible to young adults and older individuals. I specialized in Mood Disorders, Depression, Anxiety and others.
I have been a board certified psychiatric, mental health nurse practitioner for the past 6 years but have dedicated over 20 years to mental health care services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have provided effective care and support to individuals struggling with mental illness in our community, which is the foundation of Muna Behavioral Health. Muna Behavioral Health is a privately owned care center that makes mental health care services accessible to young adults and older individuals. I specialized in Mood Disorders, Depression, Anxiety and others.
(609) 738-0049 View (609) 738-0049
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Al (Alican) Dalkilic
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, FAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
I specialize in treatment resistant DEPRESSION. As a Yale University trained psychiatrist, I utilize evidence based and FDA approved treatments supported with solid research to help our clients with difficult-to-treat depression. At Depression Doctors & TMS Program, we have been observing significant improvements in individuals with severe and chronic depression even if their symptoms failed to respond to trials of multiple antidepressants, complex medication regimens, and therapies. Two safe, effective, & FDA approved treatments for though-to-treat major depression are: TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) treatment.
I specialize in treatment resistant DEPRESSION. As a Yale University trained psychiatrist, I utilize evidence based and FDA approved treatments supported with solid research to help our clients with difficult-to-treat depression. At Depression Doctors & TMS Program, we have been observing significant improvements in individuals with severe and chronic depression even if their symptoms failed to respond to trials of multiple antidepressants, complex medication regimens, and therapies. Two safe, effective, & FDA approved treatments for though-to-treat major depression are: TMS Therapy and Spravato (Esketamine) treatment.
(856) 517-4169 View (856) 517-4169
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Stephan Brautigam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
I am committed to working with my clients and guiding them in their path towards wellness. By approaching all patients with empathy and compassion it allows me to see each client as a unique individual, not just a diagnosis. I work closely with psychiatrists and therapists to provide a collaborative approach and an individual plan to support their specific treatment goals. Each person under my care has a tailored treatment plan that can consist of pharmacological and/or non-pharmacological as best suited for them and their future wellbeing
I am committed to working with my clients and guiding them in their path towards wellness. By approaching all patients with empathy and compassion it allows me to see each client as a unique individual, not just a diagnosis. I work closely with psychiatrists and therapists to provide a collaborative approach and an individual plan to support their specific treatment goals. Each person under my care has a tailored treatment plan that can consist of pharmacological and/or non-pharmacological as best suited for them and their future wellbeing
(609) 482-3701 View (609) 482-3701
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Carolyn Costella
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
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.
(609) 722-7040 View (609) 722-7040
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Shallom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648  (Online Only)
Toyin Oladele, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC (Shallom LLC): Specializes in providing mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations and medication management, to children, adolescents, teens and adults with more than seventeen years of experience. This vast experience delivered with patience and compassion, in managing conditions such as anxiety, depression, psychosis among others, has yielded tremendous positive outcomes to clients.
Toyin Oladele, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC (Shallom LLC): Specializes in providing mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations and medication management, to children, adolescents, teens and adults with more than seventeen years of experience. This vast experience delivered with patience and compassion, in managing conditions such as anxiety, depression, psychosis among others, has yielded tremendous positive outcomes to clients.
(215) 703-2662 View (215) 703-2662

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Tina Tsarouhas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Welcome to my practice. I am a licensed Advanced Practice Nurse board certified as a Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric Mental Health. I have 20 years of experience providing psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy and medication management to individuals, couples and families. Previous experience as a critical care nurse for 20 years provides me with additional knowledge of medical illnesses and how they contribute to mental health issues.
Welcome to my practice. I am a licensed Advanced Practice Nurse board certified as a Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric Mental Health. I have 20 years of experience providing psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy and medication management to individuals, couples and families. Previous experience as a critical care nurse for 20 years provides me with additional knowledge of medical illnesses and how they contribute to mental health issues.
(609) 337-3386 View (609) 337-3386
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Dr. Bradford Bobrin
Psychiatrist, MD , FASAM , FACLP
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
I don't have an ideal client, except that they are open to change. I will see anyone who asks for help, but I expect they are or will be willing to change. I attempt to understand the patient as a whole, from birth to the present, from a medical, psychological, familial, and neurological perspective. I am focused on practical solutions and removing emotional blocks to making progress. I speak directly and am primarily concerned about the relationship with my patients. I am an avid advocate for my patients.
I don't have an ideal client, except that they are open to change. I will see anyone who asks for help, but I expect they are or will be willing to change. I attempt to understand the patient as a whole, from birth to the present, from a medical, psychological, familial, and neurological perspective. I am focused on practical solutions and removing emotional blocks to making progress. I speak directly and am primarily concerned about the relationship with my patients. I am an avid advocate for my patients.
(609) 293-4452 View (609) 293-4452
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Lawrence, NJ 08648
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(609) 834-3181 View (609) 834-3181
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Trenton, NJ 08648
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(609) 293-4668 View (609) 293-4668
Photo of Edena Walden, MSN, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Trenton, NJ 08648
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(609) 293-2860 View (609) 293-2860
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LifeBack of PA
Psychiatrist, LCSW, LPC, MD, LSW
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
LifeBack provides individual, family and couples therapy to those struggling with a variety of behavioral health concerns. LifeBack is committed to providing superior patient care through a wide range of treatment modalities. Our patients achieve their goals with the support of our dedicated and dynamic team. LifeBack honors the needs and values of each patient, as we share in your goals on a journey to wellness!
LifeBack provides individual, family and couples therapy to those struggling with a variety of behavioral health concerns. LifeBack is committed to providing superior patient care through a wide range of treatment modalities. Our patients achieve their goals with the support of our dedicated and dynamic team. LifeBack honors the needs and values of each patient, as we share in your goals on a journey to wellness!
(267) 337-7857 x28 View (267) 337-7857 x28
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Dorothy A Borresen
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, APN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
My approach to helping people is patient-centered and integrative. I practice evidence-based approaches and shared decision making. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained at University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University and a licensed psychologist trained at Temple University. As an assistant professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School I teach family medicine residents and medical students psychopharmacology, behavioral health and life style medicine. This provides me with a breadth of knowledge and unique experience particularly when people have physical health problems.
My approach to helping people is patient-centered and integrative. I practice evidence-based approaches and shared decision making. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained at University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University and a licensed psychologist trained at Temple University. As an assistant professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School I teach family medicine residents and medical students psychopharmacology, behavioral health and life style medicine. This provides me with a breadth of knowledge and unique experience particularly when people have physical health problems.
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Eronmwon Balogun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
As an ideal psychiatric mental health client, I present with moderate depression and generalized anxiety disorder. My primary needs include medication management for symptom relief and psychoeducation on coping strategies. My goals are to attain emotional stability, enhance daily functioning, and reduce distress. I seek an understanding of my conditions, effective pharmacological interventions, and therapeutic support to develop resilience. Motivated by a desire for improved quality of life, I aim to cultivate a balanced mental state, fostering a sense of control and well-being in navigating life's challenges.
As an ideal psychiatric mental health client, I present with moderate depression and generalized anxiety disorder. My primary needs include medication management for symptom relief and psychoeducation on coping strategies. My goals are to attain emotional stability, enhance daily functioning, and reduce distress. I seek an understanding of my conditions, effective pharmacological interventions, and therapeutic support to develop resilience. Motivated by a desire for improved quality of life, I aim to cultivate a balanced mental state, fostering a sense of control and well-being in navigating life's challenges.
(609) 604-7108 View (609) 604-7108
Photo of Michelle McCarthy, LMFT, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LMFT
Verified Verified
Lawrence, NJ 08648
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(609) 614-3232 View (609) 614-3232
Photo of Kisha Cook, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kisha Cook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
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
Photo of Michelle McCarthy, APN, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse
Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Trenton, NJ 08648
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(609) 710-7844 View (609) 710-7844
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lawrence, NJ 08648
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(640) 400-1654 View (640) 400-1654

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Number of Psychiatrists in Lawrence Township, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lawrence Township, NJ who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Anxiety
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Bipolar Disorder
63% ADHD
63% Medication Management
50% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
86% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Lawrence Township, NJ see their clients

88% In Person and Online
12% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lawrence 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.