Psychiatrists in Mendham, NJ

Photo of Jeffrey Wolff, Psychiatrist in Mendham, NJ
Jeffrey Wolff
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mendham, NJ 07945
Many of my clients have battled symptoms for years. Some have been in psychotherapy and some have tried psychiatric medications. Few have been able to work with one care provider in both modalities simultaneously. I offer this possibility- the option that many research studies have shown to be the most effective! As a physician I will take your overall health and nutritional status into account in formulating an approach to your care. I will make sure you are totally comfortable with our plan.
Many of my clients have battled symptoms for years. Some have been in psychotherapy and some have tried psychiatric medications. Few have been able to work with one care provider in both modalities simultaneously. I offer this possibility- the option that many research studies have shown to be the most effective! As a physician I will take your overall health and nutritional status into account in formulating an approach to your care. I will make sure you are totally comfortable with our plan.
(973) 536-2863 View (973) 536-2863
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Jonathan Easton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mendham, NJ 07945  (Online Only)
I have been in private practice of psychiatry and psychotherapy since 1986 at my New York City office. Prior to the pandemic I also had an office in Morristown, New Jersey. I am currently working by Zoom video only.
I have been in private practice of psychiatry and psychotherapy since 1986 at my New York City office. Prior to the pandemic I also had an office in Morristown, New Jersey. I am currently working by Zoom video only.
(908) 258-6409 View (908) 258-6409
Photo of Roger B. Granet, Psychiatrist in Mendham, NJ
Roger B. Granet
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Mendham, NJ 07945
Roger Granet MD blends cutting edge academic psychiatry with years of empathic clinical practice. Dr. Granet is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Lecturer in Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Consultant at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Attending Psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Division and Morristown Memorial Hospital. Dr. Granet is author of: If You Think You Have Depression (Dell,1998), If you Think You Have Panic Disorder (Dell, 1998), Is it Alzheimer’s? What To Do When Loved Ones Can’t Remember What They Should (Avon, 1998), and Why Am I Up, Why Am I Down: Understanding Bipolar Disorder (Dell, 1999), Surviving Cancer Emotionally: Learning How to Heal, (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001
Roger Granet MD blends cutting edge academic psychiatry with years of empathic clinical practice. Dr. Granet is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Lecturer in Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Consultant at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Attending Psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Division and Morristown Memorial Hospital. Dr. Granet is author of: If You Think You Have Depression (Dell,1998), If you Think You Have Panic Disorder (Dell, 1998), Is it Alzheimer’s? What To Do When Loved Ones Can’t Remember What They Should (Avon, 1998), and Why Am I Up, Why Am I Down: Understanding Bipolar Disorder (Dell, 1999), Surviving Cancer Emotionally: Learning How to Heal, (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001
(973) 917-8041 View (973) 917-8041
Photo of Kim A. Dolan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mendham, NJ
Kim A. Dolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MS, MBA
Verified
Mendham, NJ 07945
I am NOT currently taking new patients at this time. Please check back later. I offer an integrative approach to psychiatric services, including traditional psychopharmacology & nutrient therapies. I treat adults. I'm a graduate of Columbia University with 25+ years experience working in various settings in the mental health field. New clients begin with a comprehensive mental health & medical evaluation, which may include gene testing, blood work, or other diagnostic testing. I value your overall wellbeing & partner with you to develop a treatment plan designed to meet your needs & goals.
I am NOT currently taking new patients at this time. Please check back later. I offer an integrative approach to psychiatric services, including traditional psychopharmacology & nutrient therapies. I treat adults. I'm a graduate of Columbia University with 25+ years experience working in various settings in the mental health field. New clients begin with a comprehensive mental health & medical evaluation, which may include gene testing, blood work, or other diagnostic testing. I value your overall wellbeing & partner with you to develop a treatment plan designed to meet your needs & goals.
(551) 231-7420 View (551) 231-7420
Photo of Tom Zaubler, Psychiatrist in Mendham, NJ
Tom Zaubler
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Mendham, NJ 07945
I combine my decades of experience in academic psychiatry and my extensive knowledge of psychotherapeutic methods and psychopharmacology with empathy, focused listening and a caring responsiveness to provide personalized care to the patients in my practice, Pegasus Psychiatry Associates (www.PegasusPsych.com). I was Chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry at Morristown Medical Center (NJ's #1 rated hospital) for 21 years and am a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University's Medical School. I am widely published, have national recognition for my research and have served on state-wide mental health committees.
I combine my decades of experience in academic psychiatry and my extensive knowledge of psychotherapeutic methods and psychopharmacology with empathy, focused listening and a caring responsiveness to provide personalized care to the patients in my practice, Pegasus Psychiatry Associates (www.PegasusPsych.com). I was Chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry at Morristown Medical Center (NJ's #1 rated hospital) for 21 years and am a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University's Medical School. I am widely published, have national recognition for my research and have served on state-wide mental health committees.
(973) 532-6930 View (973) 532-6930
Photo of Ashley Anderson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mendham, NJ
Ashley Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified
Mendham, NJ 07945  (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!
(973) 346-9610 View (973) 346-9610
Photo of Ashley Anderson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mendham, NJ
Ashley Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified
Mendham, NJ 07945  (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!
(973) 281-4286 View (973) 281-4286
Photo of Melissa McCalister, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mendham, NJ
Melissa McCalister
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Mendham, NJ 07926  (Online Only)
It has been said that you change what you can and manage what you can’t. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Melissa McCalister always leads with that concept. She understands that people want to be heard and seek guidance. Melissa guides her patients by helping them answer their questions through Motivational Interviewing. As a healthcare professional, she has served patients in various roles delivering the highest quality care. These valuable experiences have inspired her to help others improve their quality of life through better mental health practices and living well.
It has been said that you change what you can and manage what you can’t. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Melissa McCalister always leads with that concept. She understands that people want to be heard and seek guidance. Melissa guides her patients by helping them answer their questions through Motivational Interviewing. As a healthcare professional, she has served patients in various roles delivering the highest quality care. These valuable experiences have inspired her to help others improve their quality of life through better mental health practices and living well.
(908) 224-4855 View (908) 224-4855

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Christelle McClure
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Morristown, NJ 07962  (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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Chelsea Robbins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ANCC-BC
Verified
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
My goal is to teach realistic coping skills and means to improve wellness. Treatment may include coping skills building, gaining insight, supportive therapy, and medications (when necessary). I have added experience in OCD, anxiety, and panic disorders as well as working with young adults and parents with children experiencing medical/health issues. I hope to assist individuals to wellness efficiently and believe both long-term and short-term active treatment can be successful.
My goal is to teach realistic coping skills and means to improve wellness. Treatment may include coping skills building, gaining insight, supportive therapy, and medications (when necessary). I have added experience in OCD, anxiety, and panic disorders as well as working with young adults and parents with children experiencing medical/health issues. I hope to assist individuals to wellness efficiently and believe both long-term and short-term active treatment can be successful.
(908) 376-9512 View (908) 376-9512
Photo of Pattie James, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mendham, NJ
Pattie James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
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.
(973) 846-9786 View (973) 846-9786
Photo of Deidre McHugh, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mendham, NJ
Deidre McHugh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
New Vernon, NJ 07976  (Online Only)
My favorite part of being a psychiatric nurse practitioner is tailoring treatment to each individual’s needs, and watching each person grow and heal. It’s an honor to be a part of someone’s health journey. I enjoy Integrating emotional wellness techniques into a holistic health health perspective, utilizing elements of psychiatric medication management, solution-focused and mindfulness therapies, and personalized recommendations. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive or impossible to access.
My favorite part of being a psychiatric nurse practitioner is tailoring treatment to each individual’s needs, and watching each person grow and heal. It’s an honor to be a part of someone’s health journey. I enjoy Integrating emotional wellness techniques into a holistic health health perspective, utilizing elements of psychiatric medication management, solution-focused and mindfulness therapies, and personalized recommendations. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive or impossible to access.
(206) 752-4036 View (206) 752-4036
Photo of Emmanuel Adjin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mendham, NJ
Emmanuel Adjin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Wharton, NJ 07885  (Online Only)
A key component of growth and development is to gain control and mastery in areas we find challenging. And sometimes, disruption in one’s mental health can get in the way of acquiring such mastery. Seeking help to improve your mental wellbeing is what can make the difference.
A key component of growth and development is to gain control and mastery in areas we find challenging. And sometimes, disruption in one’s mental health can get in the way of acquiring such mastery. Seeking help to improve your mental wellbeing is what can make the difference.
(973) 310-5791 View (973) 310-5791
Photo of Ashley Anderson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mendham, NJ
Ashley Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified
Randolph, NJ 07869  (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.
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.
(973) 315-6772 View (973) 315-6772
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BirchWood Health - Jacquelyn Zagone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified
Parsippany, NJ 07054  (Online Only)
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. With a deep understanding of the complexities of psychiatric conditions, I employ a patient-centered approach to treatment, ensuring that each individual’s unique needs and circumstances are at the forefront of their care plan. Find out more about me and my practice at www.BirchWood.Health
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. With a deep understanding of the complexities of psychiatric conditions, I employ a patient-centered approach to treatment, ensuring that each individual’s unique needs and circumstances are at the forefront of their care plan. Find out more about me and my practice at www.BirchWood.Health
(862) 356-6293 View (862) 356-6293
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Indra Cidambi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
Dr. Cidambi is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine (ABAM). She completed her residency in Psychiatry from Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine from NYU/Bellevue. Dr. Cidambi was the Director of Chemical Dependency at New Jersey's oldest inpatient mental health/substance abuse hospital. In 2010, Dr. Cidambi started her own substance abuse treatment facility, Center for Network Therapy (RecoveryCNT.com), providing outpatient detoxification from alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates and suboxone, and partial care and IOP programs. The Center for Network Therapy is in-network with most major private health insurance providers.
Dr. Cidambi is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine (ABAM). She completed her residency in Psychiatry from Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine from NYU/Bellevue. Dr. Cidambi was the Director of Chemical Dependency at New Jersey's oldest inpatient mental health/substance abuse hospital. In 2010, Dr. Cidambi started her own substance abuse treatment facility, Center for Network Therapy (RecoveryCNT.com), providing outpatient detoxification from alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates and suboxone, and partial care and IOP programs. The Center for Network Therapy is in-network with most major private health insurance providers.
(973) 358-4128 View (973) 358-4128
Photo of Amanda Guarnere, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mendham, NJ
Amanda Guarnere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
There is no such thing as an "ideal client." Each individual is unique, and care will be tailored to fit patient needs.
There is no such thing as an "ideal client." Each individual is unique, and care will be tailored to fit patient needs.
(973) 828-8285 View (973) 828-8285
Photo of Robert Kirk, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mendham, NJ
Robert Kirk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
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 Adriana Banks, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Mendham, NJ
Adriana Banks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
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
Photo of Omar Canosa, Psychiatrist in Mendham, NJ
Omar Canosa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
I am board-certified in both adult and child/adolescent psychiatry, and do my best work with adolescent clients, and their families. I am intensively trained in DBT, and its principles inform my practice, even when the full model is not applied. I am also trained in medical acupuncture, and have practiced martial arts and meditative systems for over two decades. By virtue of this unique training, I am dedicated to an integrative approach which both addresses symptoms and problems, while also seeking to maximize the capacity for attaining and sustaining wellbeing. I am equally fluent in English and Spanish.
I am board-certified in both adult and child/adolescent psychiatry, and do my best work with adolescent clients, and their families. I am intensively trained in DBT, and its principles inform my practice, even when the full model is not applied. I am also trained in medical acupuncture, and have practiced martial arts and meditative systems for over two decades. By virtue of this unique training, I am dedicated to an integrative approach which both addresses symptoms and problems, while also seeking to maximize the capacity for attaining and sustaining wellbeing. I am equally fluent in English and Spanish.
(973) 552-2631 View (973) 552-2631

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Mendham, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Mendham, NJ who prioritize treating:

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

Average years in practice

33 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Mendham, NJ see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Mendham?

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.