Psychiatrists in Livingston, NJ

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Howard S Rudominer, MD,PA
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Livingston, NJ 07039
As a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with over 45 years of experience, I have extensive experience treating patients with a wide range of psychiatric and psychological disorders. I have been listed as one of the best psychiatrists in the USA and Canada specializing in the treatment of people with Mood Disorders on a leading depression website. I have also been listed as a Top Doctor as well as a most compassionate doctor. In addition I received the Patient's Choice Award as one of New Jersey's favorite physicins. I am a former Clinical Assistant Profesor of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center.
As a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with over 45 years of experience, I have extensive experience treating patients with a wide range of psychiatric and psychological disorders. I have been listed as one of the best psychiatrists in the USA and Canada specializing in the treatment of people with Mood Disorders on a leading depression website. I have also been listed as a Top Doctor as well as a most compassionate doctor. In addition I received the Patient's Choice Award as one of New Jersey's favorite physicins. I am a former Clinical Assistant Profesor of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center.
(862) 256-1915 View (862) 256-1915
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Louis Sanfilippo, MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Livingston, NJ 07039
I am a Yale-trained adult psychiatrist (board certified) and psychotherapist with over two decades of experience. My expertise is treating anxiety and depression, ADHD, sleep disorders, and performance/sports related problems. I provide psychotherapy and, when needed, medication treatment, approaching each patient as a whole person and tailoring treatment to meet their unique, personal needs. I consider my style non-judgmental and interactive, and collaborate with my patients to help them toward symptom relief, as well as greater wellness and fulfillment in life.
I am a Yale-trained adult psychiatrist (board certified) and psychotherapist with over two decades of experience. My expertise is treating anxiety and depression, ADHD, sleep disorders, and performance/sports related problems. I provide psychotherapy and, when needed, medication treatment, approaching each patient as a whole person and tailoring treatment to meet their unique, personal needs. I consider my style non-judgmental and interactive, and collaborate with my patients to help them toward symptom relief, as well as greater wellness and fulfillment in life.
(973) 629-8954 View (973) 629-8954
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Michael Zornitzer
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA
Verified Verified
Livingston, NJ 07039
I am a psychiatrist with over 30 years experience in private practice, board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I work with patients with depression, anxiety, panic, substance abuse, ADD, OCD, bipolar disorder, marital and relationship issues as well as most other problems for which people seek professional help.
I am a psychiatrist with over 30 years experience in private practice, board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I work with patients with depression, anxiety, panic, substance abuse, ADD, OCD, bipolar disorder, marital and relationship issues as well as most other problems for which people seek professional help.
(973) 567-3510 View (973) 567-3510
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Marc Cantillon
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, FANA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Livingston, NJ 07039
Sadness, ADD, addiction, relationships, other anguish? No matter what pain you bear, there is hope, with care, scientific evidence, and if needed legal help. For every problem, there are solutions: I have witnessed personal change, growth at any age. For children: identity and learning; for adults work/other responsibilities, or staying active and fully enjoying the wisdom of a mature life. Together we identify the issue(s), talking support CBT therapy and/or medication including natural complementary, exercises, work coaching. For fees, I work flexibly with those patients who have out of network coverage so they are reimbursed.
Sadness, ADD, addiction, relationships, other anguish? No matter what pain you bear, there is hope, with care, scientific evidence, and if needed legal help. For every problem, there are solutions: I have witnessed personal change, growth at any age. For children: identity and learning; for adults work/other responsibilities, or staying active and fully enjoying the wisdom of a mature life. Together we identify the issue(s), talking support CBT therapy and/or medication including natural complementary, exercises, work coaching. For fees, I work flexibly with those patients who have out of network coverage so they are reimbursed.
(973) 870-0599 View (973) 870-0599
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Rehman Madraswala
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Livingston, NJ 07039
I am dedicated to providing personalized and quality psychiatric care to help clients live more fulfilling lives. I use an integrated approach encompassing nutrition, supplements, exercise, sleep, psychotherapy, and only if necessary, medication. My child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry training was completed at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where I continue to serve as a Clinical Assistant Professor.
I am dedicated to providing personalized and quality psychiatric care to help clients live more fulfilling lives. I use an integrated approach encompassing nutrition, supplements, exercise, sleep, psychotherapy, and only if necessary, medication. My child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry training was completed at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where I continue to serve as a Clinical Assistant Professor.
(908) 543-7938 View (908) 543-7938
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Seth Michael Dorsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Livingston, NJ 07039
Dr. Seth Dorsky is a Harvard trained child and adolescent psychiatrist. He completed his child and adolescent fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital where he held 2 academic appointments: one as a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School and one as fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Dorsky received his undergraduate degree from Brown University, attended medical school at the University of Vermont, and completed his adult psychiatry residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Dorsky is dual board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry.
Dr. Seth Dorsky is a Harvard trained child and adolescent psychiatrist. He completed his child and adolescent fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital where he held 2 academic appointments: one as a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School and one as fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Dorsky received his undergraduate degree from Brown University, attended medical school at the University of Vermont, and completed his adult psychiatry residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Dorsky is dual board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry.
(973) 707-3696 View (973) 707-3696
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Yissell Delvalle
Psychiatrist, MD, FASAM
Verified Verified
Livingston, NJ 07039
Dr. Yissell Delvalle is a Board Certified Psychiatrist, Board Certified Addiction Medicine Doctor, who graduated from UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School in Newark. She particularly treats patients with addiction, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, psychosis and women with post-partum depression.
Dr. Yissell Delvalle is a Board Certified Psychiatrist, Board Certified Addiction Medicine Doctor, who graduated from UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School in Newark. She particularly treats patients with addiction, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, psychosis and women with post-partum depression.
(201) 864-4897 View (201) 864-4897
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Roseland Psychotherapy Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Livingston, NJ 07039
Zhanna Berman is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in both Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) and Advance Family Health ( FNP-BC). She has extensive experience in multiple inpatient and outpatient facilities, and with many varieties of mental health issues affecting children, adolescents and adults. These issues include mood disorders, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, depression, ADHD, OCD and bipolar disorders, as well as postpartum, perimenopausal and menopausal issues in various manifestations.
Zhanna Berman is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in both Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) and Advance Family Health ( FNP-BC). She has extensive experience in multiple inpatient and outpatient facilities, and with many varieties of mental health issues affecting children, adolescents and adults. These issues include mood disorders, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, depression, ADHD, OCD and bipolar disorders, as well as postpartum, perimenopausal and menopausal issues in various manifestations.
(973) 287-4117 View (973) 287-4117
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Allen Ogram
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Livingston, NJ 07039
I would like a client that is perhaps hesitant to utilize mental health treatment. I feel reducing the stigma often attached to this treatment is vital. Having someone trust me enough to work with me and achieve a positive outcome would be my ideal client.
I would like a client that is perhaps hesitant to utilize mental health treatment. I feel reducing the stigma often attached to this treatment is vital. Having someone trust me enough to work with me and achieve a positive outcome would be my ideal client.
(973) 447-8814 View (973) 447-8814
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Adriana Banks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Livingston, NJ 07039
My ideal client wants help, puts in the effort to improve their health and wellness, and believes there is hope and recovery. "If we want to transform reality, we begin with ourselves. We do not ask the world to change." - Alejandro Jodorowsky.
My ideal client wants help, puts in the effort to improve their health and wellness, and believes there is hope and recovery. "If we want to transform reality, we begin with ourselves. We do not ask the world to change." - Alejandro Jodorowsky.
(973) 791-4870 View (973) 791-4870
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Livingston, NJ 07039
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(973) 798-9979 View (973) 798-9979
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Shandel Douglas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGNP-BC, MAT-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Livingston, NJ 07039
My ideal client would be someone seeking mental health support with a genuine commitment to their well-being and personal growth. Here are some characteristics, issues, needs, and goals of this client: Openness to therapy, mental health challenges, emotional support, self-improvement, stress management, relationship enhancement, coping skills, reducing symptoms, medication management, holistic approach, and long-term well-being. My ideal client is motivated, committed to their mental well-being, and seeking to improve their overall quality of life and achieve personal growth and self-awareness.
My ideal client would be someone seeking mental health support with a genuine commitment to their well-being and personal growth. Here are some characteristics, issues, needs, and goals of this client: Openness to therapy, mental health challenges, emotional support, self-improvement, stress management, relationship enhancement, coping skills, reducing symptoms, medication management, holistic approach, and long-term well-being. My ideal client is motivated, committed to their mental well-being, and seeking to improve their overall quality of life and achieve personal growth and self-awareness.
(973) 564-1774 View (973) 564-1774
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Eronmwon Balogun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ANP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Livingston, NJ 07039
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.
(973) 241-1740 View (973) 241-1740
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Christelle McClure
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Livingston, NJ 07039  (Online Only)
I'm Dr. Christelle McClure, a doctoral-prepared and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, excited to embark on the journey to optimal mental well-being with you. With over 12 years of nursing experience, I've had the privilege of working with diverse populations across the lifespan at various levels of care. I am passionate about implementing evidence-based practices and taking a holistic, patient-centered approach to treating mental health disorders.
I'm Dr. Christelle McClure, a doctoral-prepared and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, excited to embark on the journey to optimal mental well-being with you. With over 12 years of nursing experience, I've had the privilege of working with diverse populations across the lifespan at various levels of care. I am passionate about implementing evidence-based practices and taking a holistic, patient-centered approach to treating mental health disorders.
(201) 740-5836 View (201) 740-5836
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Geoffrey Talis
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Livingston, NJ 07039
There are times you may feel lost in this fast-paced world and begin to struggle with managing your mood, energy levels, concentration, and desire. It may appear that others are thriving in life and you're the one feeling left behind, weak, inadequate, or dysfunctional in some way. For some reason, you're just not reaching your full potential. You may at this point decide to seek out a psychiatrist to help navigate the complex nature of your life from multiple perspectives including the mind, body, spirit, and community.
There are times you may feel lost in this fast-paced world and begin to struggle with managing your mood, energy levels, concentration, and desire. It may appear that others are thriving in life and you're the one feeling left behind, weak, inadequate, or dysfunctional in some way. For some reason, you're just not reaching your full potential. You may at this point decide to seek out a psychiatrist to help navigate the complex nature of your life from multiple perspectives including the mind, body, spirit, and community.
(973) 241-7565 View (973) 241-7565
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Lilian Kordie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Livingston, NJ 07039
I'm a seasoned and compassionate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with two years of invaluable experience in the realm of mental health care. My journey into the world of healthcare was ignited by a profound commitment to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those navigating the intricate terrain of mental well-being. With a heart brimming with empathy and a mind fueled by a thirst for knowledge, I believe that the mental health of every individual is an integral facet of their overall wellness. My experience has reinforced my belief in the transformative power of effective psychiatric care.
I'm a seasoned and compassionate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with two years of invaluable experience in the realm of mental health care. My journey into the world of healthcare was ignited by a profound commitment to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those navigating the intricate terrain of mental well-being. With a heart brimming with empathy and a mind fueled by a thirst for knowledge, I believe that the mental health of every individual is an integral facet of their overall wellness. My experience has reinforced my belief in the transformative power of effective psychiatric care.
(973) 529-8069 View (973) 529-8069
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Henrietta Udeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CSN-NJ, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Livingston, NJ 07039
My ideal client presents with anxiety; she has been experiencing a lot of panic attacks. She has been to the ER over three times in the past two months, where they ruled out cardiac problems. They always give her benzodiazepine and follow up with a psychiatrist. She does not want to be on medications, so she tried psychotherapy. She was then referred by her therapist. Her goal is to stay on medication for a short time. She prefers to use natural remedies. She is very fearful of science and the long-term effects of medications.
My ideal client presents with anxiety; she has been experiencing a lot of panic attacks. She has been to the ER over three times in the past two months, where they ruled out cardiac problems. They always give her benzodiazepine and follow up with a psychiatrist. She does not want to be on medications, so she tried psychotherapy. She was then referred by her therapist. Her goal is to stay on medication for a short time. She prefers to use natural remedies. She is very fearful of science and the long-term effects of medications.
(862) 386-3500 View (862) 386-3500
Photo of Ashley Anderson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Livingston, NJ
Ashley Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Livingston, NJ 07039  (Online Only)
Hello! I am Dr. Ashley Anderson, DNP, APRN. I believe in person-centered care with evidence-based treatment approaches and I strongly feel that building a connection with patients is a vital aspect of providing care. I use evidence-based practices with a focus on person-centered care and optimal clinical outcomes targeting quality of life, maximizing wellness, and recovery. I take pride in supporting my patients through difficult mental health symptoms, and I bring a knowledgeable and compassionate perspective to patient care. I like when my patients ask questions, and I'm always happy to address their concerns!
Hello! I am Dr. Ashley Anderson, DNP, APRN. I believe in person-centered care with evidence-based treatment approaches and I strongly feel that building a connection with patients is a vital aspect of providing care. I use evidence-based practices with a focus on person-centered care and optimal clinical outcomes targeting quality of life, maximizing wellness, and recovery. I take pride in supporting my patients through difficult mental health symptoms, and I bring a knowledgeable and compassionate perspective to patient care. I like when my patients ask questions, and I'm always happy to address their concerns!
(201) 379-2454 View (201) 379-2454
Photo of Robert Kirk, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Livingston, NJ
Robert Kirk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Livingston, NJ 07039
My client's issues may include academic issues, relationships, job stress, grieving, and alcohol/substance use. They would need help managing pronounced symptoms/episodes of difficulty with focus, attention, and staying organized; anxiety or depression; hyper-vigilance/arousal, poor/low frustration tolerance, and/or exhibit behaviors of avoidance; mood dysregulation; alcohol/substance withdrawal; or difficulty with sleep. Their overall goal would be to experience, at minimum, a significant reduction in frequency, intensity, and duration of pronounced symptoms, and perhaps with some of the symptoms, elimination of them.
My client's issues may include academic issues, relationships, job stress, grieving, and alcohol/substance use. They would need help managing pronounced symptoms/episodes of difficulty with focus, attention, and staying organized; anxiety or depression; hyper-vigilance/arousal, poor/low frustration tolerance, and/or exhibit behaviors of avoidance; mood dysregulation; alcohol/substance withdrawal; or difficulty with sleep. Their overall goal would be to experience, at minimum, a significant reduction in frequency, intensity, and duration of pronounced symptoms, and perhaps with some of the symptoms, elimination of them.
(973) 791-4085 View (973) 791-4085
Photo of Yelena Khaysman, Psychiatrist in Livingston, NJ
Yelena Khaysman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Livingston, NJ 07039
I am a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in adult and geriatric psychiatry. I have 13 years of clinical experience. I completed residency at NS-LIJ Zucker Hillside Hospital followed by a fellowship in Consultation Liaison/Psychosomatic medicine at Long Island Jewish Katz Hospital. I specialize in a broad range of psychiatric disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. Additionally, I have a particular focus in geriatric psychiatry and offer expert evaluation, work up, and management of dementia.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in adult and geriatric psychiatry. I have 13 years of clinical experience. I completed residency at NS-LIJ Zucker Hillside Hospital followed by a fellowship in Consultation Liaison/Psychosomatic medicine at Long Island Jewish Katz Hospital. I specialize in a broad range of psychiatric disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. Additionally, I have a particular focus in geriatric psychiatry and offer expert evaluation, work up, and management of dementia.
(973) 359-5798 View (973) 359-5798

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Number of Psychiatrists in Livingston, NJ

30+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Livingston, NJ who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
94% Depression
81% Bipolar Disorder
78% ADHD
78% Medication Management
69% Trauma and PTSD
61% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth
85% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Livingston, NJ see their clients

89% In Person and Online
11% Online Only

Gender breakdown

61% Female
39% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Livingston?

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.