Psychiatrists in Millburn, NJ

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Luchiee Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Millburn, NJ 07041
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, substance use disorder, or another mental health condition? Are you tired of navigating the waters of your mental health condition by yourself? You are not alone. I am Dr. Oluchi Chilaka, founder of Luchiee Psychiatric Services, and I am here to help. Together we will find the right treatment for your mental health condition. We provide psychiatric treatment across life-span, we also offer a range of treatments and evidence-based practices, such as Medication Assistive Treatment (MAT) if you’re in need of substance abuse treatment with Suboxone.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, substance use disorder, or another mental health condition? Are you tired of navigating the waters of your mental health condition by yourself? You are not alone. I am Dr. Oluchi Chilaka, founder of Luchiee Psychiatric Services, and I am here to help. Together we will find the right treatment for your mental health condition. We provide psychiatric treatment across life-span, we also offer a range of treatments and evidence-based practices, such as Medication Assistive Treatment (MAT) if you’re in need of substance abuse treatment with Suboxone.
(973) 221-8559 View (973) 221-8559
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Connected Tele-Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Millburn, NJ 07041
Choosing a psychiatrist is hard. Let me introduce myself. I am a working mother, spouse, and physician. I understand the challenges facing women and men today. As life becomes more stressful and as we do less to take care of ourselves, problems are likely to emerge. I see adults with Anxiety/Depressive Disorders, Marital/Relationship difficulties and other Life Crises. I focus on present-day coping strategies and on bettering your understanding of the way your difficulties are related to overall life history. I do intensive work with people who want to improve their self-understanding, define goals and lead more productive lives.
Choosing a psychiatrist is hard. Let me introduce myself. I am a working mother, spouse, and physician. I understand the challenges facing women and men today. As life becomes more stressful and as we do less to take care of ourselves, problems are likely to emerge. I see adults with Anxiety/Depressive Disorders, Marital/Relationship difficulties and other Life Crises. I focus on present-day coping strategies and on bettering your understanding of the way your difficulties are related to overall life history. I do intensive work with people who want to improve their self-understanding, define goals and lead more productive lives.
(973) 544-8653 View (973) 544-8653
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Dr. Payal K Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Millburn, NJ 07041
I am a board certified child/adult psychiatrist with 20yrs of experience. My goal is to provide compassionate quality care and I use a comprehensive treatment approach. I use principles of Psychodynamic psychotherapy and CBT and integrate it with medication management. I have the experience of treating different kinds of disorders in children/teens/adults.
I am a board certified child/adult psychiatrist with 20yrs of experience. My goal is to provide compassionate quality care and I use a comprehensive treatment approach. I use principles of Psychodynamic psychotherapy and CBT and integrate it with medication management. I have the experience of treating different kinds of disorders in children/teens/adults.
(973) 791-7490 View (973) 791-7490
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Alexander Sanchez
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified
Millburn, NJ 07041
I treat adult patients who are looking for a psychiatrist that provides comprehensive and attentive care. Too often have I heard the phrase repeated: "no one has ever really listened to me before." I believe that to address someone's problem, we need to know who that person is and what their individual goals are, not just the characteristics of the problem. Let's get you back to feeling like your full self.
I treat adult patients who are looking for a psychiatrist that provides comprehensive and attentive care. Too often have I heard the phrase repeated: "no one has ever really listened to me before." I believe that to address someone's problem, we need to know who that person is and what their individual goals are, not just the characteristics of the problem. Let's get you back to feeling like your full self.
(973) 791-7686 View (973) 791-7686
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Alice Chang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Millburn, NJ 07041  (Online Only)
Are you feeling empty or frustrated in your daily life? Your work is good, or good enough, but stressful or unfulfilling. Or you want your child to be happy and healthy, not sad or anxious, losing friends or their grades falling, instead more confident in social and academic situations. Or both. Despite your best efforts so far, nothing seems to work. You may feel powerless-but you already have all the tools you need to help yourself, or your child. You're the most important person in their lives (and your own), so I make sure you’re getting support and validation you need at home, at work, and/or in your child’s school system.
Are you feeling empty or frustrated in your daily life? Your work is good, or good enough, but stressful or unfulfilling. Or you want your child to be happy and healthy, not sad or anxious, losing friends or their grades falling, instead more confident in social and academic situations. Or both. Despite your best efforts so far, nothing seems to work. You may feel powerless-but you already have all the tools you need to help yourself, or your child. You're the most important person in their lives (and your own), so I make sure you’re getting support and validation you need at home, at work, and/or in your child’s school system.
(215) 647-0105 View (215) 647-0105
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Meg Sosnow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Millburn, NJ 07041
Not accepting new clients
As a board certified psychiatrist, I can help you improve your mental health problems in a warm compassionate manner. My treatment philosophy involves looking at all the factors that may be affecting your mental health, including biological, psychological and even environmental ones. I specialize in comprehensive evaluations and treatment and use many different treatments to help you feel better.
As a board certified psychiatrist, I can help you improve your mental health problems in a warm compassionate manner. My treatment philosophy involves looking at all the factors that may be affecting your mental health, including biological, psychological and even environmental ones. I specialize in comprehensive evaluations and treatment and use many different treatments to help you feel better.
(908) 293-7499 View (908) 293-7499
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Sari Lehrhoff M.D., LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Millburn, NJ 07041  (Online Only)
Dr. Lehrhoff is a psychiatrist, a therapist, & a master life coach who leads inspirational courses. Clients come to Doc to be advised how to ween off of their medications, or be guided through life challenges in her nonjudgemental presence. Dr. Lehrhoff practices with a wide-range of therapeutic modalities to guide clients towards feeling their best. If you are looking for a doctor who offers second opinion evaluations, therapy, transitional guidance, life coaching, functional medicine coaching, nutritional guidance, sex therapy, or yoga principles, then look no further. Dr. Lehrhoff next life changing coaching course starts 1/17/24
Dr. Lehrhoff is a psychiatrist, a therapist, & a master life coach who leads inspirational courses. Clients come to Doc to be advised how to ween off of their medications, or be guided through life challenges in her nonjudgemental presence. Dr. Lehrhoff practices with a wide-range of therapeutic modalities to guide clients towards feeling their best. If you are looking for a doctor who offers second opinion evaluations, therapy, transitional guidance, life coaching, functional medicine coaching, nutritional guidance, sex therapy, or yoga principles, then look no further. Dr. Lehrhoff next life changing coaching course starts 1/17/24
(732) 479-1594 View (732) 479-1594
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Kate Rossettie
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, MSN, BC
Verified
Millburn, NJ 07041
Not accepting new clients
I am a Columbia University educated Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in medication management. I have 15 cherished years in mental healthcare working with very diverse populations in a wide variety of clinical settings. I treat all clients from a holistic and humanistic viewpoint and partner with them in achieving shared goals focused on optimizing their mental health and wellbeing. I have a particular interest in treating anxiety spectrum disorders and depression.
I am a Columbia University educated Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in medication management. I have 15 cherished years in mental healthcare working with very diverse populations in a wide variety of clinical settings. I treat all clients from a holistic and humanistic viewpoint and partner with them in achieving shared goals focused on optimizing their mental health and wellbeing. I have a particular interest in treating anxiety spectrum disorders and depression.
(201) 279-6832 View (201) 279-6832
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Veronica M Jensen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APNC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Millburn, NJ 07041
Hello, my name is Veronica Jensen, DNP, MSN, APNC, PMHNP-BC. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. I am the founder of Pathway to Wellness LLC. I have over 8 years of experience in prescribing psychotropic medications and over 15 years in the psychiatric field. I am very comfortable with complex, acute, and chronic cases. I have worked in various settings of mental health such as inpatient psychiatric units, emergency rooms, outpatient, acute outpatient services, and nursing home Dementia/Alzheimer units. I also provide consultation services for area nursing homes.
Hello, my name is Veronica Jensen, DNP, MSN, APNC, PMHNP-BC. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. I am the founder of Pathway to Wellness LLC. I have over 8 years of experience in prescribing psychotropic medications and over 15 years in the psychiatric field. I am very comfortable with complex, acute, and chronic cases. I have worked in various settings of mental health such as inpatient psychiatric units, emergency rooms, outpatient, acute outpatient services, and nursing home Dementia/Alzheimer units. I also provide consultation services for area nursing homes.
(908) 867-0284 View (908) 867-0284
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Geoffrey Talis
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified
Millburn, NJ 07041
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
Photo of Howard S Rudominer, MD,PA, Psychiatrist in Millburn, NJ
Howard S Rudominer, MD,PA
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Millburn, NJ 07041
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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ADHD, Mood & Behavior Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Millburn, NJ 07041
ADHD, Mood & Behavior Center is a comprehensive Child, Adolescent & Adult psychotherapy center, available ONLINE throughout NJ & NY, from the comfort of your home, and in person in northern NJ. Our three board certified child, adolescent & adult psychiatrists are devoted to the evaluation and treatment of emotional, behavioral, social, academic & employment difficulties, including ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Autism Spectrum Disorder, OCD, learning issues, bullying & video game addiction, and collaborate with our highly trained therapists to find solutions and bring stability to the child, adult or family.
ADHD, Mood & Behavior Center is a comprehensive Child, Adolescent & Adult psychotherapy center, available ONLINE throughout NJ & NY, from the comfort of your home, and in person in northern NJ. Our three board certified child, adolescent & adult psychiatrists are devoted to the evaluation and treatment of emotional, behavioral, social, academic & employment difficulties, including ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Autism Spectrum Disorder, OCD, learning issues, bullying & video game addiction, and collaborate with our highly trained therapists to find solutions and bring stability to the child, adult or family.
(973) 679-7936 View (973) 679-7936
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Rehman Madraswala
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Millburn, NJ 07041
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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Calvin George
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANP, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified
South Orange, NJ 07079  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients throughout New Jersey! Do you ever wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Are you getting forgetful? Do you find it hard to concentrate, or get easily distracted? Or maybe it's hard to get out of bed in the morning. Do you lack motivation to participate in life activities? Are you sometimes tearful for no reason? Is it hard to fall asleep? Do you wake up multiple times at night which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? Have you experienced trauma that has left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to face these challenges alone! I would love to help. I can provide that hand to support you.
Accepting new patients throughout New Jersey! Do you ever wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Are you getting forgetful? Do you find it hard to concentrate, or get easily distracted? Or maybe it's hard to get out of bed in the morning. Do you lack motivation to participate in life activities? Are you sometimes tearful for no reason? Is it hard to fall asleep? Do you wake up multiple times at night which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? Have you experienced trauma that has left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to face these challenges alone! I would love to help. I can provide that hand to support you.
(973) 241-1416 View (973) 241-1416
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Theresa Webster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Springfield, NJ 07081  (Online Only)
Are you tired of your mental illness defining you? You may be unsure of the way forward, feeling anxious, fearful, angry, and hopelessness. You might not know how your mental illness overcame you. But one thing is for sure: you’re ready for some relief. You’re ready to stop masking your suffering but instead break through it. You are ready to know stability. Most of all, you are ready to live your best life. Clients come to me looking for a provider who understands there is not one pathway to becoming overwhelmed by mental illness and the journey to wellness is not one size fits all.
Are you tired of your mental illness defining you? You may be unsure of the way forward, feeling anxious, fearful, angry, and hopelessness. You might not know how your mental illness overcame you. But one thing is for sure: you’re ready for some relief. You’re ready to stop masking your suffering but instead break through it. You are ready to know stability. Most of all, you are ready to live your best life. Clients come to me looking for a provider who understands there is not one pathway to becoming overwhelmed by mental illness and the journey to wellness is not one size fits all.
(406) 413-9879 View (406) 413-9879
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Glorious Dawn Mental Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Springfield, NJ 07081
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner in New Jersey and New York. My passion is driven by my desire to see everyone do well. I have always been guided by my belief that I will only be judged by the success/recovery of my patients. My goal is to foster healing and provide quality evidence-based mental health care services for patients and their families. The core focus of our care is patient-driven.
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner in New Jersey and New York. My passion is driven by my desire to see everyone do well. I have always been guided by my belief that I will only be judged by the success/recovery of my patients. My goal is to foster healing and provide quality evidence-based mental health care services for patients and their families. The core focus of our care is patient-driven.
(908) 774-9062 View (908) 774-9062
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Tolulope O Kolawole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APN-C
Verified
Union, NJ 07083  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatrist nurse practitioner with 18 years of practice experience both as a nurse and NP. Dedicated to exemplary patient outcomes and following all necessary treatment with the use of the evidence-based practice. Strong focus on listening to and addressing patient concerns and answering all questions in terms patients can easily understand. Willingness to work with all members of the clinical team and listen to their suggestions and input to improve results and maximize patient satisfaction.
I am a psychiatrist nurse practitioner with 18 years of practice experience both as a nurse and NP. Dedicated to exemplary patient outcomes and following all necessary treatment with the use of the evidence-based practice. Strong focus on listening to and addressing patient concerns and answering all questions in terms patients can easily understand. Willingness to work with all members of the clinical team and listen to their suggestions and input to improve results and maximize patient satisfaction.
(908) 356-5601 View (908) 356-5601
Photo of Syed Tirmazi, Psychiatrist in Millburn, NJ
Syed Tirmazi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078  (Online Only)
In my online practice, I specialize in addressing psychiatric issues in both children and adults. I focus on conditions such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, bipolar disorder, psychosis, childhood ADHD, and behavioral issues. If you or your child are dealing with any of these challenges, I am here to provide support and guidance through telepsychiatry. Feel free to reach out to schedule an appointment.
In my online practice, I specialize in addressing psychiatric issues in both children and adults. I focus on conditions such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, bipolar disorder, psychosis, childhood ADHD, and behavioral issues. If you or your child are dealing with any of these challenges, I am here to provide support and guidance through telepsychiatry. Feel free to reach out to schedule an appointment.
(848) 276-7990 View (848) 276-7990
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Timothy Ssewagaba
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Dr. Timothy Ssewagaba is Doctoral prepared ,Double Board certified as a psychiatric and Family Nurse practitioner. The weight of mental health can impact day to day functionality. Left untreated it could be debilitating. Don't struggle alone. I can help
Dr. Timothy Ssewagaba is Doctoral prepared ,Double Board certified as a psychiatric and Family Nurse practitioner. The weight of mental health can impact day to day functionality. Left untreated it could be debilitating. Don't struggle alone. I can help
(908) 219-6950 View (908) 219-6950
Photo of Seth Michael Dorsky, Psychiatrist in Millburn, NJ
Seth Michael Dorsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Summit, NJ 07901
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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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Millburn, NJ

10+

Average cost per session

$450

Psychiatrists in Millburn, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
85% ADHD
85% Medication Management
77% Sleep or Insomnia
62% Self Esteem
54% Grief

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
67% Aetna
67% AmeriHealth

How Psychiatrists in Millburn, NJ see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Millburn?

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.