Psychiatrists in Montclair, NJ

Photo of Cherie Elfenbein, Psychiatrist in Montclair, NJ
Cherie Elfenbein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042
I am board certified in adult psychiatry and I work with clients to attain mental wellness in all areas of one life. My practice is collaborative and integrates psychopharmacology with my interest/training in nutrition, mindfulness, yoga, exercise, and mindbody therapies. My areas of expertise are in treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, trauma. I search for the underlying physiologic causes that can contribute to your symptoms or challenges. Supplements, vitamins, and herbs may be recommended along with or instead of medicine. Genetic testing is offered to individualize treatment. Women’s health is another area of expertise.
I am board certified in adult psychiatry and I work with clients to attain mental wellness in all areas of one life. My practice is collaborative and integrates psychopharmacology with my interest/training in nutrition, mindfulness, yoga, exercise, and mindbody therapies. My areas of expertise are in treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, trauma. I search for the underlying physiologic causes that can contribute to your symptoms or challenges. Supplements, vitamins, and herbs may be recommended along with or instead of medicine. Genetic testing is offered to individualize treatment. Women’s health is another area of expertise.
(973) 333-4087 View (973) 333-4087
Photo of Ilija Karafiloski, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montclair, NJ
Ilija Karafiloski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Ilija and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in ADHD, Anxiety, Burnout, Depression, Anger Management, College & Graduate Student Mental Health, Family Issues, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Loss, Grief and Bereavement, Men's Issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Stress Management.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Ilija and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in ADHD, Anxiety, Burnout, Depression, Anger Management, College & Graduate Student Mental Health, Family Issues, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Loss, Grief and Bereavement, Men's Issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Stress Management.
(973) 834-7730 View (973) 834-7730
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Dominique Pelote
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Dominique and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Depression, Anxiety and Stress Management. 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 nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Dominique and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Depression, Anxiety and Stress Management. 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 nor impossible to access.
(973) 791-4800 View (973) 791-4800
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Jessica Vann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Jessica and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Chronic Illness, Depression, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Loss, Grief and Bereavement, Life Transitions, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Race/Cultural Identity and Stress Management. 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 nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Jessica and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Chronic Illness, Depression, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Loss, Grief and Bereavement, Life Transitions, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Race/Cultural Identity and Stress Management. 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 nor impossible to access.
(973) 860-3504 View (973) 860-3504
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Dr. Trish Lawson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ANP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
You are not alone. Emotional pain is real and extremely painful. Not feeling your best affects everything including work, school, and relationships. You cannot be your best when you are not feeling well. There is hope. My goal is to help people achieve emotional wellness. I work with my patients to enhance specific areas of life to promote better psychological well-being and cognitive function. I provide treatment for a variety of mental health conditions using diagnostic evaluations, medication management and psychotherapy. Let us help to improve the quality of your life. secure.helloalma.com/providers/triesha-gayle
You are not alone. Emotional pain is real and extremely painful. Not feeling your best affects everything including work, school, and relationships. You cannot be your best when you are not feeling well. There is hope. My goal is to help people achieve emotional wellness. I work with my patients to enhance specific areas of life to promote better psychological well-being and cognitive function. I provide treatment for a variety of mental health conditions using diagnostic evaluations, medication management and psychotherapy. Let us help to improve the quality of your life. secure.helloalma.com/providers/triesha-gayle
(646) 759-0323 View (646) 759-0323
Photo of Justin Capote, Psychiatrist in Montclair, NJ
Justin Capote
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
6 Endorsed
Montclair, NJ 07042
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board certified psychiatrist specializing in both adult psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. My areas of particular interest and expertise include medication simplification, issues related to chronic illness and death anxiety, as well as broader issues related to anxiety, addiction, depression, trauma, anger, and relationships. My approach in session is largely integrative, heavily informed by psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and relational life therapy concepts. I am a member of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and have been recognized as one of New Jersey's Best in Medicine.
I am a board certified psychiatrist specializing in both adult psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. My areas of particular interest and expertise include medication simplification, issues related to chronic illness and death anxiety, as well as broader issues related to anxiety, addiction, depression, trauma, anger, and relationships. My approach in session is largely integrative, heavily informed by psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and relational life therapy concepts. I am a member of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and have been recognized as one of New Jersey's Best in Medicine.
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Ashley Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Ashley and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, ADHD, Insomnia/Sleep Issues and Women's Issues.. 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 nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Ashley and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, ADHD, Insomnia/Sleep Issues and Women's Issues.. 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 nor impossible to access.
(973) 218-4822 View (973) 218-4822
Photo of Magdalena Spariosu, Psychiatrist in Montclair, NJ
Magdalena Spariosu
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Montclair, NJ 07042
Hello and welcome to my page! As a Brain Injury Medicine Psychiatrist, I am passionate about helping high-achieving individuals who are facing the challenges of medical and neurological co-morbidities, particularly those who have experienced Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), whether recently or in the past. I am dedicated to providing compassionate care and guidance to patients recovering from TBI, who may be dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, memory deficits and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as they work towards reclaiming their sense of self and achieving their optimal well-being once again.
Hello and welcome to my page! As a Brain Injury Medicine Psychiatrist, I am passionate about helping high-achieving individuals who are facing the challenges of medical and neurological co-morbidities, particularly those who have experienced Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), whether recently or in the past. I am dedicated to providing compassionate care and guidance to patients recovering from TBI, who may be dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, memory deficits and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as they work towards reclaiming their sense of self and achieving their optimal well-being once again.
(973) 965-8322 View (973) 965-8322
Sarah Meyer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042
I am a board-certified psychiatrist who provides psychotherapy and psychopharmacology treatment for adults. After receiving my medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College, I completed residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. Following residency, I worked for several years as an attending psychiatrist on an inpatient unit at Columbia University Medical Center. 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 women's mental health, including psychiatric issues surrounding pregnancy, post-partum, fertility, PMS, and menopause.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist who provides psychotherapy and psychopharmacology treatment for adults. After receiving my medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College, I completed residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. Following residency, I worked for several years as an attending psychiatrist on an inpatient unit at Columbia University Medical Center. 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 women's mental health, including psychiatric issues surrounding pregnancy, post-partum, fertility, PMS, and menopause.
(973) 850-4620 View (973) 850-4620
Photo of Adutwumwaa Addo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montclair, NJ
Adutwumwaa Addo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. I provide Adolescents and Adults mental health services. As a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I am passionate about enhancing the mental well-being of individuals and communities. With a strong educational background and years of clinical experience, I am committed to providing patient-centered comprehensive, compassionate care in the field of mental health. My areas of specialization encompass the treatment of mood disorders, depression, and anxiety disorders among many others.
Accepting New Clients. I provide Adolescents and Adults mental health services. As a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I am passionate about enhancing the mental well-being of individuals and communities. With a strong educational background and years of clinical experience, I am committed to providing patient-centered comprehensive, compassionate care in the field of mental health. My areas of specialization encompass the treatment of mood disorders, depression, and anxiety disorders among many others.
(973) 943-4462 View (973) 943-4462
Photo of Maria Piantanida, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montclair, NJ
Maria Piantanida
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Maria and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in medication management, anxiety and depression in women, and adult work life balance. 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 nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Maria and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in medication management, anxiety and depression in women, and adult work life balance. 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 nor impossible to access.
(201) 345-5279 View (201) 345-5279
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Elizabeth Corvino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Elizabeth and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Women's Issues, as well as medication management. 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 nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Elizabeth and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Women's Issues, as well as medication management. 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 nor impossible to access.
(201) 907-7398 View (201) 907-7398
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Patricia Gazzola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN-C
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over a decade of experience diagnosing mental health issues, prescribing psychotropic medications and counseling patients and their families. Specific areas of clinical interest include: child/teen/young adult mental health and wellness, the neurobiology and treatment of pediatric eating disorders and pharmacological approaches to the treatment of ADHD, including cases complicated by other mental health issues.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over a decade of experience diagnosing mental health issues, prescribing psychotropic medications and counseling patients and their families. Specific areas of clinical interest include: child/teen/young adult mental health and wellness, the neurobiology and treatment of pediatric eating disorders and pharmacological approaches to the treatment of ADHD, including cases complicated by other mental health issues.
(973) 587-2438 View (973) 587-2438
Photo of Khadija Ibeh, MD, MPH, PA, Psychiatrist in Montclair, NJ
Khadija Ibeh, MD, MPH, PA
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
3 Endorsed
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Khadija Ibeh, MD, MPH. If you found this page, I am so excited for you!!! You are taking steps towards a brighter tomorrow. I can imagine that you are hesitant about who you can trust with your problems. Let me tell you a little about myself to make the choice easier. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with over a decade of clinical experience. I hold advanced degrees from Wellesley College, YaIe University, and Stony Brook School of Medicine. I believe in the combination of psychotherapy and medication for a rapid return of functioning.
Hello, my name is Khadija Ibeh, MD, MPH. If you found this page, I am so excited for you!!! You are taking steps towards a brighter tomorrow. I can imagine that you are hesitant about who you can trust with your problems. Let me tell you a little about myself to make the choice easier. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with over a decade of clinical experience. I hold advanced degrees from Wellesley College, YaIe University, and Stony Brook School of Medicine. I believe in the combination of psychotherapy and medication for a rapid return of functioning.
(732) 654-0718 View (732) 654-0718
Photo of Erin Zerbo, Psychiatrist in Montclair, NJ
Erin Zerbo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Montclair, NJ 07042
I am an open-minded practitioner and I feel strongly that it is every person’s birthright to be happy and to live a fulfilling life. I believe that every person is always doing their best; there is no such thing as laziness or a lack of motivation. I employ a client-centered approach to help people tackle the burdens that are holding them back. I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and only recommend medication cautiously and with clear intention.
I am an open-minded practitioner and I feel strongly that it is every person’s birthright to be happy and to live a fulfilling life. I believe that every person is always doing their best; there is no such thing as laziness or a lack of motivation. I employ a client-centered approach to help people tackle the burdens that are holding them back. I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and only recommend medication cautiously and with clear intention.
(908) 258-6075 View (908) 258-6075
Photo of Ling Chen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montclair, NJ
Ling Chen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
If you are experiencing anxiety, panic moments, melancholic moods, brain fog, difficulty sleeping in addition to unintended weight gain, then you have found the right place! My medical background as a primary care provider allows me to rule out medical causes to find the root of the psychiatric symptoms. In addition, I like to use natural, over-the-counter supplements along with FDA-approved medications to holistically manage my patient's symptoms. Many psychotropic drugs also cause weight gain increasing your risk for other medical conditions, I have experience in managing psychiatric conditions and their metabolic side effects.
If you are experiencing anxiety, panic moments, melancholic moods, brain fog, difficulty sleeping in addition to unintended weight gain, then you have found the right place! My medical background as a primary care provider allows me to rule out medical causes to find the root of the psychiatric symptoms. In addition, I like to use natural, over-the-counter supplements along with FDA-approved medications to holistically manage my patient's symptoms. Many psychotropic drugs also cause weight gain increasing your risk for other medical conditions, I have experience in managing psychiatric conditions and their metabolic side effects.
(973) 659-4854 View (973) 659-4854
Photo of Elizabeth Mulwa, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montclair, NJ
Elizabeth Mulwa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Hi, I am Dr. Liz Mulwa based in NJ. English & Swahili speaking Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctor of Dental medicine degree background. Graduated at Fairleigh Dickson University.
Hi, I am Dr. Liz Mulwa based in NJ. English & Swahili speaking Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctor of Dental medicine degree background. Graduated at Fairleigh Dickson University.
(973) 791-6355 View (973) 791-6355
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Global Health Resources and Referral Services, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042
At Health Resources and Referral Services, Inc, you will find an experienced provider who has helped clients just like you build richer more rewarding lives. Our provider is a DNP, MHPNP-BC
At Health Resources and Referral Services, Inc, you will find an experienced provider who has helped clients just like you build richer more rewarding lives. Our provider is a DNP, MHPNP-BC
(973) 528-7960 View (973) 528-7960
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Total Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, P, M, H, N
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042
Total Wellness Center is psychiatry and counseling practice that offers treatment both in-person and via Telehealth. With offices in New Jersey and Connecticut, all of our doctors come from Ivy league schools. We offer evening and weekends appointments and accept major insurance plans such as Horizon, Cigna, Aetna and others. Not all doctors and therapists are in-network with all insurances, please contact our office for more information on how to book an appointment. Aside from Medication management and Psychotherapy. we provide Hypnotherapy, Group therapy and divorce mediation.
Total Wellness Center is psychiatry and counseling practice that offers treatment both in-person and via Telehealth. With offices in New Jersey and Connecticut, all of our doctors come from Ivy league schools. We offer evening and weekends appointments and accept major insurance plans such as Horizon, Cigna, Aetna and others. Not all doctors and therapists are in-network with all insurances, please contact our office for more information on how to book an appointment. Aside from Medication management and Psychotherapy. we provide Hypnotherapy, Group therapy and divorce mediation.
(862) 263-7056 x1 View (862) 263-7056 x1
Photo of Staci Barilari, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montclair, NJ
Staci Barilari
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Montclair, NJ 07042  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Staci and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Life transitions, Maternal Mental Health/pre/postpartum, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Relationship issues, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Stress Management and Women's Issues. 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 nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Staci and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Life transitions, Maternal Mental Health/pre/postpartum, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Relationship issues, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Stress Management and Women's Issues. 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 nor impossible to access.
(973) 965-8365 View (973) 965-8365

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Number of Psychiatrists in Montclair, NJ

70+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Montclair, NJ who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
78% ADHD
78% Bipolar Disorder
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Trauma and PTSD
71% Medication Management

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Aetna
91% Cigna and Evernorth
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Montclair, NJ see their clients

56% Online Only
44% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Montclair?

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.