Psychiatrists in Linden, NJ

Photo of Henry Adewole Ibitokun, PMHNP, FNP-C, AGNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse
Henry Adewole Ibitokun
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, FNP-C, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
Linden, NJ 07036
Henry A. Ibitokun is a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner passionate about improving mental health and well-being. With over a decade's worth of experience in the field, Nurse practitioner Henry has honed expertise in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, and more. Book your Psych evaluation, medication management, and talk therapy sessions at www.hoclinical.com
Henry A. Ibitokun is a dedicated and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner passionate about improving mental health and well-being. With over a decade's worth of experience in the field, Nurse practitioner Henry has honed expertise in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, and more. Book your Psych evaluation, medication management, and talk therapy sessions at www.hoclinical.com
(732) 479-7169 View (732) 479-7169
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Ramandeep Kaur
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Linden, NJ 07036
Welcome to my practice. I am a dual board-certified Adult and Child- Adolescent Psychiatrist. I completed my General Psychiatry residency and Fellowship in Child- Adolescent Psychiatry from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, where I was appointed as chief fellow. I have been working as an attending psychiatrist with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, in the school-based programs, where I provide full range of psychiatric services to youths (5-21) in out of district therapeutic schools. I also work with Robert Wood Johnson- Barnabas Health, covering psychiatric emergency room and consultation services.
Welcome to my practice. I am a dual board-certified Adult and Child- Adolescent Psychiatrist. I completed my General Psychiatry residency and Fellowship in Child- Adolescent Psychiatry from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, where I was appointed as chief fellow. I have been working as an attending psychiatrist with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, in the school-based programs, where I provide full range of psychiatric services to youths (5-21) in out of district therapeutic schools. I also work with Robert Wood Johnson- Barnabas Health, covering psychiatric emergency room and consultation services.
(732) 334-3281 View (732) 334-3281
Photo of Ololade Ekwere - Healing Garden Psychiatric Services, PMHNP, FNP , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Healing Garden Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Linden, NJ 07036  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Patients! Ololade "Lola" Ekwere is a Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has practiced for over 12 years in various capacities in healthcare serving patients and their families. Because she understands the interconnectedness of mental and physical health, she works collaboratively with each patient to prioritize and meet their mental health needs. Additionally, she is empathetic, listens and practices using evidence-based guidelines in order to provide the best available care for her patients.
Accepting NEW Patients! Ololade "Lola" Ekwere is a Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has practiced for over 12 years in various capacities in healthcare serving patients and their families. Because she understands the interconnectedness of mental and physical health, she works collaboratively with each patient to prioritize and meet their mental health needs. Additionally, she is empathetic, listens and practices using evidence-based guidelines in order to provide the best available care for her patients.
(732) 538-5924 View (732) 538-5924
Photo of Henry Ibitokun, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Henry Ibitokun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Linden, NJ 07036
I am currently accepting new patients, and an ideal client is a patient seeking psychiatric care and mental health services who is willing to be dedicated, devoted, and involved in their treatment plan and overall success. I am a board-certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Family Nurse practitioner, and Adult and Gerontology Nurse practitioner, focusing on providing evidence-based, patient-centered, and culturally appropriate care to all patients.
I am currently accepting new patients, and an ideal client is a patient seeking psychiatric care and mental health services who is willing to be dedicated, devoted, and involved in their treatment plan and overall success. I am a board-certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Family Nurse practitioner, and Adult and Gerontology Nurse practitioner, focusing on providing evidence-based, patient-centered, and culturally appropriate care to all patients.
(908) 651-9974 View (908) 651-9974
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Bola Ikwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Linden, NJ 07036
Bola is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has about 17 years of clinical experience in mental health and neuroscience. She is a good listener, and she is passionate about caring for clients with mental health disorders. She cares for adults and adolescents with various diagnoses: Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety disorder, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia, OCD, etc.
Bola is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has about 17 years of clinical experience in mental health and neuroscience. She is a good listener, and she is passionate about caring for clients with mental health disorders. She cares for adults and adolescents with various diagnoses: Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety disorder, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia, OCD, etc.
(908) 388-9575 View (908) 388-9575
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H & O Clinical PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Linden, NJ 07036
As a dedicated and compassionate Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing holistic healthcare that addresses both the physical and mental well-being of my patients. With a background in primary care and specialized training in mental health, I strive to offer comprehensive and integrated care that promotes overall health and quality of life. I am passionate about fostering a collaborative and empathetic relationship with my patients. I believe in active listening and open communication to truly understand each individual's unique needs and concerns.
As a dedicated and compassionate Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing holistic healthcare that addresses both the physical and mental well-being of my patients. With a background in primary care and specialized training in mental health, I strive to offer comprehensive and integrated care that promotes overall health and quality of life. I am passionate about fostering a collaborative and empathetic relationship with my patients. I believe in active listening and open communication to truly understand each individual's unique needs and concerns.
(914) 730-5192 View (914) 730-5192
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Mental Health Clinic of Elizabeth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Linden, NJ 07036
Welcome! I am a Rutgers University educated Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in Medication management and Psychotherapy. My over 10years experience in clinical practice and experience enable me in addressing both personal and systematic problems of each individual. I take cognizance of the whole individual in my treatment focus with an emphasis on every aspect of the individual functioning and existence. In so doing, a unique and integrative treatment plan for each individual is formulated to enhance adequate functioning of all encountered individuals.
Welcome! I am a Rutgers University educated Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in Medication management and Psychotherapy. My over 10years experience in clinical practice and experience enable me in addressing both personal and systematic problems of each individual. I take cognizance of the whole individual in my treatment focus with an emphasis on every aspect of the individual functioning and existence. In so doing, a unique and integrative treatment plan for each individual is formulated to enhance adequate functioning of all encountered individuals.
(862) 225-6751 View (862) 225-6751
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Catherine “Kasia” Bodnar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Linden, NJ 07036
Hi there! Congratulations on taking the first step towards improving your well-being! As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I bring to my practice not only clinical expertise but also compassion, empathy, and a genuine commitment to your well-being. My journey in mental health care has been driven by a deep-rooted passion to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals facing various mental health challenges. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, insomnia or other mental illness I am here to offer my help.
Hi there! Congratulations on taking the first step towards improving your well-being! As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I bring to my practice not only clinical expertise but also compassion, empathy, and a genuine commitment to your well-being. My journey in mental health care has been driven by a deep-rooted passion to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals facing various mental health challenges. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, insomnia or other mental illness I am here to offer my help.
(908) 895-6131 View (908) 895-6131

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Family Mental Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Union, NJ 07083
Are you suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, PTSD, OCD, ODD, ADHD, Alzheimer Dementia and substance abuse? My name is Patrick Obinna Oledimmah, PMHNP-BC. I can provide psychiatric services such as psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and individual psychotherapy. I am certified in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to prescribe Suboxone.
Are you suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, PTSD, OCD, ODD, ADHD, Alzheimer Dementia and substance abuse? My name is Patrick Obinna Oledimmah, PMHNP-BC. I can provide psychiatric services such as psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and individual psychotherapy. I am certified in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to prescribe Suboxone.
(908) 443-7049 View (908) 443-7049
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Ruth MacKenzie (adolescent/teen specialist)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified Verified
Cranford, NJ 07016
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.
(908) 498-7061 View (908) 498-7061
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cranford, NJ 07016
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.
(908) 402-0993 View (908) 402-0993
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Kesha Cheron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cranford, NJ 07016
Kesha is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is broadly experienced both as nurse and nurse practitioner. She works closely with her patients to help them meet their treatment goals. Kesha believes in a holistic approach and encourages patients to be active in their treatment plan to ensure desired outcomes are met. She helps patients manage their anxiety, depression, and many other conditions with new patient appointments available within 1-2 weeks currently (oct 2023).
Kesha is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is broadly experienced both as nurse and nurse practitioner. She works closely with her patients to help them meet their treatment goals. Kesha believes in a holistic approach and encourages patients to be active in their treatment plan to ensure desired outcomes are met. She helps patients manage their anxiety, depression, and many other conditions with new patient appointments available within 1-2 weeks currently (oct 2023).
(908) 774-2629 View (908) 774-2629
Photo of Pattie James, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Pattie James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cranford, NJ 07016
My ideal client is committed to accomplishing personal goals through a collaborative relationship built on trust, accountability, and communication. The ideal client is driven to explore the root cause of issues, recognize the work required to promote psychological well-being, and utilize available resources. Clients present with issues from past experiences and current stressors that impact their personal, professional, and social lives. My ideal client is willing to gain a broader understanding of these issues, desire personal growth, and develop effective coping skills that will manifest in an improved quality of life.
My ideal client is committed to accomplishing personal goals through a collaborative relationship built on trust, accountability, and communication. The ideal client is driven to explore the root cause of issues, recognize the work required to promote psychological well-being, and utilize available resources. Clients present with issues from past experiences and current stressors that impact their personal, professional, and social lives. My ideal client is willing to gain a broader understanding of these issues, desire personal growth, and develop effective coping skills that will manifest in an improved quality of life.
(908) 651-9415 View (908) 651-9415
Photo of Kathryn Groll, DNP, PMHNP, CNM, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kathryn Groll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CNM
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Cranford, NJ 07016  (Online Only)
At the core of Vineyard Psychiatry is a profound commitment to patient-centered care. The practice understands that mental health treatment is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor but a deeply personal journey. This commitment translates into an environment where patients are not merely recipients of care but active participants in their own healing process. Here, patients are heard, their perspectives respected, and their unique stories considered with the utmost reverence. www.vineyardpsychnp.com
At the core of Vineyard Psychiatry is a profound commitment to patient-centered care. The practice understands that mental health treatment is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor but a deeply personal journey. This commitment translates into an environment where patients are not merely recipients of care but active participants in their own healing process. Here, patients are heard, their perspectives respected, and their unique stories considered with the utmost reverence. www.vineyardpsychnp.com
(908) 259-6476 View (908) 259-6476
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Shannon Bucciarelli (adolescent/teen specialist)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Cranford, NJ 07016
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.
(908) 676-7566 View (908) 676-7566
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Pearl Louie
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cranford, NJ 07016
I am a board certified psychiatrist and a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I am also among one of the first psychiatrists in the country to also be board certified in the subspecialty of Psychosomatic Medicine. Prior to joining the Westfield practice, I was an instructor in psychiatry and clinical fellow on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. I graduated cum laude from Columbia University in NYC. I completed a medical psychiatry fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston as well as a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Due to COVID-19 I am now providing telepsychiatry.
I am a board certified psychiatrist and a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I am also among one of the first psychiatrists in the country to also be board certified in the subspecialty of Psychosomatic Medicine. Prior to joining the Westfield practice, I was an instructor in psychiatry and clinical fellow on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. I graduated cum laude from Columbia University in NYC. I completed a medical psychiatry fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston as well as a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Due to COVID-19 I am now providing telepsychiatry.
(908) 913-6576 View (908) 913-6576
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Carol Smith
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Cranford, NJ 07016
Self-discovery and implementation of new habits and skills can be uncomfortable. My ideal client is someone who is ready to be uncomfortable and one who is dedicated to making an investment in their mental health. Having someone who is consistent with their care and transparent about their feelings and symptoms will lead to an efficient resolution of concerns and achieving goals.
Self-discovery and implementation of new habits and skills can be uncomfortable. My ideal client is someone who is ready to be uncomfortable and one who is dedicated to making an investment in their mental health. Having someone who is consistent with their care and transparent about their feelings and symptoms will lead to an efficient resolution of concerns and achieving goals.
(732) 724-0482 View (732) 724-0482
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Dr. Jordan Metsky
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cranford, NJ 07016
Hello, I’m Dr. Jordan Metsky, a double Board Certified child and adult psychiatrist. I am currently welcoming new patients into my practice including children, teens, and adults and can get you or your child scheduled from our initial phone call. My areas of expertise include treating depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, and tics. I evaluate and treat autism and ADHD in children and adults and I can work with your child's school to help get them the accommodations they need to succeed. I offer patients psychiatric medication as well as other non-pharmacologic treatment options.
Hello, I’m Dr. Jordan Metsky, a double Board Certified child and adult psychiatrist. I am currently welcoming new patients into my practice including children, teens, and adults and can get you or your child scheduled from our initial phone call. My areas of expertise include treating depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, and tics. I evaluate and treat autism and ADHD in children and adults and I can work with your child's school to help get them the accommodations they need to succeed. I offer patients psychiatric medication as well as other non-pharmacologic treatment options.
(908) 840-8045 View (908) 840-8045
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Eronmwon Balogun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cranford, NJ 07016
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.
(908) 521-4085 View (908) 521-4085
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Dr. Leopold Bolona
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Clark, NJ 07066
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Linden, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Linden, NJ who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Anxiety
88% ADHD
88% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
88% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
63% Eating Disorders

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
86% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Linden, NJ see their clients

88% In Person and Online
12% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Linden?

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.