Psychiatrists in New Brunswick, NJ

Photo of One Mind Psychiatry NP PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New Brunswick, NJ
One Mind Psychiatry NP PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P, BC
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
(201) 969-5923 View (201) 969-5923
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Sana Ahmed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, AGNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Sana is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), as well as an adult gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP-C). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. Sana possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with clients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, Sana’s role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and scientist.
Sana is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), as well as an adult gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP-C). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. Sana possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with clients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, Sana’s role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and scientist.
(732) 641-4153 View (732) 641-4153
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Edward O Oladipo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Brunswick, NJ 08901  (Online Only)
Are you grappling with life challenges that leave you feeling unfulfilled? Do you find yourself navigating daily struggles, feeling misunderstood and isolated? Perhaps your childhood was marked by abuse or neglect. Do you frequently experience sadness, irritability, anger, tension, or a lack of motivation? Are self-doubt and worries about your worthiness constant companions? Trusting others might be difficult, and mental health or relationships may pose significant hurdles. I'm here to assist. Whether you occasionally resort to excessive eating, restrictive diets, or using negative coping skills such as alcohol or illicit drugs.
Are you grappling with life challenges that leave you feeling unfulfilled? Do you find yourself navigating daily struggles, feeling misunderstood and isolated? Perhaps your childhood was marked by abuse or neglect. Do you frequently experience sadness, irritability, anger, tension, or a lack of motivation? Are self-doubt and worries about your worthiness constant companions? Trusting others might be difficult, and mental health or relationships may pose significant hurdles. I'm here to assist. Whether you occasionally resort to excessive eating, restrictive diets, or using negative coping skills such as alcohol or illicit drugs.
(732) 913-5771 View (732) 913-5771
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Care First Medical Group LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
I specialized in addiction psychiatry, skilled board-certified psychiatrist, particularly interested in the mind-body connection and utilizing a creative and cooperative pathway to wellness. While providing an expert opinion, Dr. Wassef very much is interested in working together with you. So, in a caring fashion, a careful assessment of your symptoms is conducted, including a full medical history, to then devise a treatment plan. Dr. Wassef also specialize in Depression with TMS.
I specialized in addiction psychiatry, skilled board-certified psychiatrist, particularly interested in the mind-body connection and utilizing a creative and cooperative pathway to wellness. While providing an expert opinion, Dr. Wassef very much is interested in working together with you. So, in a caring fashion, a careful assessment of your symptoms is conducted, including a full medical history, to then devise a treatment plan. Dr. Wassef also specialize in Depression with TMS.
(732) 487-3273 View (732) 487-3273
Photo of Kisha Cook, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New Brunswick, NJ
Kisha Cook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
I specialize in the complexities of treatment-resistant depression, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I envision working with clients eager to overcome these challenges, seeking a life defined by resilience and empowerment. My ideal client yearns for a deep understanding of their condition, effective coping strategies, and a compassionate, supportive partnership to guide their journey toward healing. Together, we will develop innovative and personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs, fostering a journey of recovery that paves the way to a brighter, hope-filled future.
I specialize in the complexities of treatment-resistant depression, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I envision working with clients eager to overcome these challenges, seeking a life defined by resilience and empowerment. My ideal client yearns for a deep understanding of their condition, effective coping strategies, and a compassionate, supportive partnership to guide their journey toward healing. Together, we will develop innovative and personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs, fostering a journey of recovery that paves the way to a brighter, hope-filled future.
(908) 681-8534 View (908) 681-8534
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Care First Psychiatry & TMS Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Welcome to Care First TMS Center: Specialized in adult psychiatry and addiction medicine, Treatment and Counseling. Welcome to the website of Dr. Tamer Wassef, The founder of Care First Medical Group, TMS Center. Dr. Wassef is a board-certified Psychiatrist offering safe, confidential and effective Adult Psychiatry, Addiction medicine and recovery management programs at his conveniently located office in New Brunswick, NJ.
Welcome to Care First TMS Center: Specialized in adult psychiatry and addiction medicine, Treatment and Counseling. Welcome to the website of Dr. Tamer Wassef, The founder of Care First Medical Group, TMS Center. Dr. Wassef is a board-certified Psychiatrist offering safe, confidential and effective Adult Psychiatry, Addiction medicine and recovery management programs at his conveniently located office in New Brunswick, NJ.
(848) 200-1699 View (848) 200-1699
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Trinity Psychiatry (Immaculata Emesue)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP, BC
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901  (Online Only)
My name is Immaculata Emesue, I am a board-certified Mental Health and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience in psychiatry. I am well experienced in the management of various psychiatry/mental illness. We all aware that life could be extremely stressful and especially with the ongoing chaos in our world today. We are here to help you to navigate through your life struggles and optimize your quality of life. Our goal is to help our patient to achieve optimal serenity and to bring life back to normal once again. We offer medication management and counselling for coping with your daily mental stress.
My name is Immaculata Emesue, I am a board-certified Mental Health and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience in psychiatry. I am well experienced in the management of various psychiatry/mental illness. We all aware that life could be extremely stressful and especially with the ongoing chaos in our world today. We are here to help you to navigate through your life struggles and optimize your quality of life. Our goal is to help our patient to achieve optimal serenity and to bring life back to normal once again. We offer medication management and counselling for coping with your daily mental stress.
(732) 582-5713 View (732) 582-5713
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You Bridge Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, BC, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Yes! We are accepting all patients! All ages. Yes! You are not alone. Do You Truly Want a Better Mental Health? We treat all Mental Health Conditions and provide supportive therapy and medication for ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar etc - All diagnoses! If you want Right Mental Health Care! We're here for you! We provide Quality Mental Health Care - the Right way! Lets help you get to the bottom of your concerns . Feel free to Self schedule at You Bridge Health. Our clients testify to our approach (read our google reviews) and We are certain - so will you! Let Pave the path to a better YOU!
Yes! We are accepting all patients! All ages. Yes! You are not alone. Do You Truly Want a Better Mental Health? We treat all Mental Health Conditions and provide supportive therapy and medication for ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar etc - All diagnoses! If you want Right Mental Health Care! We're here for you! We provide Quality Mental Health Care - the Right way! Lets help you get to the bottom of your concerns . Feel free to Self schedule at You Bridge Health. Our clients testify to our approach (read our google reviews) and We are certain - so will you! Let Pave the path to a better YOU!
(732) 479-1319 View (732) 479-1319
Photo of Kristen L. Carlo, Psychiatrist in New Brunswick, NJ
Kristen L. Carlo
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08902
My practice is dedicated to treating each individual as an individual; giving them the time and care that is needed to address their mental health concerns. I offer a variety of approaches that include therapy, medication management, and a combination of the two.
My practice is dedicated to treating each individual as an individual; giving them the time and care that is needed to address their mental health concerns. I offer a variety of approaches that include therapy, medication management, and a combination of the two.
(848) 999-3270 View (848) 999-3270
Photo of Ricardo J. Fernandez, Psychiatrist in New Brunswick, NJ
Ricardo J. Fernandez
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA, ABAM
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Our Mission is to provide highly individualized psychiatric care by specially trained experts. Working closely with the patient, the patient's family and other healthcare professionals, we develop a comprehensive treatment plan addressing biological, hormonal and psychosocial needs.In developing a clear diagnosis, we utilize comprenesive psychiatric testing in the evaluation phase to determine appropriate and effective treatment.Highly regarded within his field, Dr. Fernandez has almost 30 years experience in psychopharmacolgy and women's health. Quality of care is a priority.Patients are provided with round-the-clock access to their treating clinicians for emergencies and urgencies that cannot wait.
Our Mission is to provide highly individualized psychiatric care by specially trained experts. Working closely with the patient, the patient's family and other healthcare professionals, we develop a comprehensive treatment plan addressing biological, hormonal and psychosocial needs.In developing a clear diagnosis, we utilize comprenesive psychiatric testing in the evaluation phase to determine appropriate and effective treatment.Highly regarded within his field, Dr. Fernandez has almost 30 years experience in psychopharmacolgy and women's health. Quality of care is a priority.Patients are provided with round-the-clock access to their treating clinicians for emergencies and urgencies that cannot wait.
(609) 318-3045 View (609) 318-3045
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Alexander Road Associates
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
ARA has been serving the Princeton area for over thirty years. ARA offers psychiatry, psychotherapy, psycho/educational testing and substance abuse counseling for people of all ages. ARA is dedicated to providing thoughtful and compassionate integrated care for our patients. Psychiatrists and therapists collaborate to offer evidence-based treatments including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy and psycho-pharmacological intervention. ARA child, adolescent and adult psychiatrists are skilled in diagnosis & psychopharmacology.
ARA has been serving the Princeton area for over thirty years. ARA offers psychiatry, psychotherapy, psycho/educational testing and substance abuse counseling for people of all ages. ARA is dedicated to providing thoughtful and compassionate integrated care for our patients. Psychiatrists and therapists collaborate to offer evidence-based treatments including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy and psycho-pharmacological intervention. ARA child, adolescent and adult psychiatrists are skilled in diagnosis & psychopharmacology.
(609) 957-6887 View (609) 957-6887
Photo of Farah Asim Khan, Psychiatrist in New Brunswick, NJ
Farah Asim Khan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Specialized in children with ASD ( Autism spectrum disorder) ADHD and other behavioral problems. Learning how to treat children with behavioral problems has equipped me with a unique perspective and an invaluable tool with which I can provide the best care for my patients. A good psychiatrist not only needs to be competent and knowledgeable in the discipline, but also empathetic and sensitive towards patients. My training from New York Medical College and Robert Wood Johnson University hospital has enhanced my the ability and given me the experience to deal with diverse patient population ranging from children to adolescents and adults.
Specialized in children with ASD ( Autism spectrum disorder) ADHD and other behavioral problems. Learning how to treat children with behavioral problems has equipped me with a unique perspective and an invaluable tool with which I can provide the best care for my patients. A good psychiatrist not only needs to be competent and knowledgeable in the discipline, but also empathetic and sensitive towards patients. My training from New York Medical College and Robert Wood Johnson University hospital has enhanced my the ability and given me the experience to deal with diverse patient population ranging from children to adolescents and adults.
(908) 741-4589 View (908) 741-4589
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The Cohen Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Welcome to The Cohen Center....Are you overly stressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD symptoms, insomnia or depression? These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Willing to take the next step? Are you willing to see if medication, ideally, combined with therapy, can enhance your life. You will be monitored closely so that you do not needlessly experience side effects and that optimal treatment gains are obtained. Careful attention will be focused on any physical illnesses. Often this leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment.
Welcome to The Cohen Center....Are you overly stressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD symptoms, insomnia or depression? These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Willing to take the next step? Are you willing to see if medication, ideally, combined with therapy, can enhance your life. You will be monitored closely so that you do not needlessly experience side effects and that optimal treatment gains are obtained. Careful attention will be focused on any physical illnesses. Often this leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment.
(732) 675-0011 View (732) 675-0011
Kelly Reid
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Not accepting new clients
I have over 30 years experience helping people with feelings such as anxiety, depression, panic or other troubling feelings. Whether one is dealing with a relationship issue, work issue, self-esteem issue, or life change issue, working in the privacy of a confidential setting, allows for the free expression of feelings. Gaining a better understanding of feelings, can often lead to insights that help resolve issues or underlying conflicts. Sometimes problems are more situational or short-term, and I work to help in those circumstances also.
I have over 30 years experience helping people with feelings such as anxiety, depression, panic or other troubling feelings. Whether one is dealing with a relationship issue, work issue, self-esteem issue, or life change issue, working in the privacy of a confidential setting, allows for the free expression of feelings. Gaining a better understanding of feelings, can often lead to insights that help resolve issues or underlying conflicts. Sometimes problems are more situational or short-term, and I work to help in those circumstances also.
(609) 910-4708 View (609) 910-4708
Photo of Eric Finkiel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New Brunswick, NJ
Eric Finkiel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Dr. Eric Finkiel, DNP, PMHNP-BC, is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Eric completed his undergraduate education in nursing at New Jersey City University. He received a master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Rutgers University, and a post graduate certificate as a PMHNP from the University of Cincinnati. Eric went on to receive his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from University of Massachusetts, Boston. Eric has been working as a nurse practitioner for over seven years and has extensive experience treating a variety of medical diagnosis.
Dr. Eric Finkiel, DNP, PMHNP-BC, is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Eric completed his undergraduate education in nursing at New Jersey City University. He received a master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Rutgers University, and a post graduate certificate as a PMHNP from the University of Cincinnati. Eric went on to receive his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from University of Massachusetts, Boston. Eric has been working as a nurse practitioner for over seven years and has extensive experience treating a variety of medical diagnosis.
(732) 658-0835 View (732) 658-0835
Photo of Connor Stimpson, Physician Assistant in New Brunswick, NJ
Connor Stimpson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
My clients are often people who want to get better and are open to treatment recommendations. If you are seeking treatment you should be provided with empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practice.
My clients are often people who want to get better and are open to treatment recommendations. If you are seeking treatment you should be provided with empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practice.
(848) 420-9951 View (848) 420-9951
Photo of Amanda Guarnere, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New Brunswick, NJ
Amanda Guarnere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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.
(848) 359-5795 View (848) 359-5795
Photo of Emad Mounir, Psychiatrist in New Brunswick, NJ
Emad Mounir
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08902  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with mood problems, anxiety, or difficulties with attention, concentration, focusing, organizing, & prioritizing your daily activities and executive functioning? Are you having difficulties coping with daily stressors, loss, or interpersonal problems? You’ve come to the right place to start your journey of healing. With over 24 years in practice, I’ve worked in various capacities including outpatient, inpatient, & partial hospitalization programs, and have treated adult and elder patients with emotional and mental issues. I provide space to improve the capacity in which you function day-to-day by working with you.
Are you struggling with mood problems, anxiety, or difficulties with attention, concentration, focusing, organizing, & prioritizing your daily activities and executive functioning? Are you having difficulties coping with daily stressors, loss, or interpersonal problems? You’ve come to the right place to start your journey of healing. With over 24 years in practice, I’ve worked in various capacities including outpatient, inpatient, & partial hospitalization programs, and have treated adult and elder patients with emotional and mental issues. I provide space to improve the capacity in which you function day-to-day by working with you.
(732) 333-8520 View (732) 333-8520
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Christian Wellness Center of NJ LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Dr. Emad Mounir is a Licensed Psychiatrist and ABPN board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, boasting 24+ years of experience. Dr. Mounir offers empathetic, reflective evaluation, and attentive listening during treatment. He suggests pharmacological and psycho-therapeutic interventions to alleviate suffering and elevate functioning, aligning with individual aspirations.
Dr. Emad Mounir is a Licensed Psychiatrist and ABPN board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, boasting 24+ years of experience. Dr. Mounir offers empathetic, reflective evaluation, and attentive listening during treatment. He suggests pharmacological and psycho-therapeutic interventions to alleviate suffering and elevate functioning, aligning with individual aspirations.
(732) 978-9633 View (732) 978-9633
Photo of Karen Yeboah-Norment, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New Brunswick, NJ
Karen Yeboah-Norment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
My ideal patient is one with multiple psychiatric co-morbidities looking for a treatment to improve one’s mood, energy, anxiety, and focus. Do you feel sad daily, stopped socializing with friends & family members, perform the bare minimum work tasks, call out of work frequently, and are failing college classes due to not completing school assignments & attendance? Have you been using cannabis to cope with one’s current mood symptoms? Have you failed numerous medications due to side effects & effectiveness? I will help you develop a treatment plan to help you meet your mental health goals and feel content & yourself again.
My ideal patient is one with multiple psychiatric co-morbidities looking for a treatment to improve one’s mood, energy, anxiety, and focus. Do you feel sad daily, stopped socializing with friends & family members, perform the bare minimum work tasks, call out of work frequently, and are failing college classes due to not completing school assignments & attendance? Have you been using cannabis to cope with one’s current mood symptoms? Have you failed numerous medications due to side effects & effectiveness? I will help you develop a treatment plan to help you meet your mental health goals and feel content & yourself again.
(848) 271-5515 View (848) 271-5515

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Number of Psychiatrists in New Brunswick, NJ

30+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in New Brunswick, NJ who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
78% ADHD
78% Bipolar Disorder
73% Medication Management
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth
87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in New Brunswick, NJ see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in New Brunswick?

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.