Psychiatrists in Passaic County, NJ

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Evolution Medicine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified
Wayne, NJ 07470  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with years of experience working in the mental health field. I am certified in perinatal mental health. My approach incorporates the awareness of the important connection between mind and body, and I work holistically with my patients to provide medical solutions for complex emotional health issues. My therapeutic style is interactive, and patient centered, and I enjoy working with patients that are motivated for wellness. There is no “one size fits all” approach to healing and I tailor my approach to meet the needs of each individual patient.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with years of experience working in the mental health field. I am certified in perinatal mental health. My approach incorporates the awareness of the important connection between mind and body, and I work holistically with my patients to provide medical solutions for complex emotional health issues. My therapeutic style is interactive, and patient centered, and I enjoy working with patients that are motivated for wellness. There is no “one size fits all” approach to healing and I tailor my approach to meet the needs of each individual patient.
(973) 756-3733 View (973) 756-3733
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Intouch Medical Consult LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Wayne, NJ 07470  (Online Only)
Welcome to Intouch Medical Consult, where we work with individuals and their families to promote mental wellness and avoid hospitalization or rehospitalization for psychiatric ailments. Our team of experienced practitioners with acute care backgrounds is committed to motivating and empowering patients to overcome mental health challenges using effective medications and talk therapies.
Welcome to Intouch Medical Consult, where we work with individuals and their families to promote mental wellness and avoid hospitalization or rehospitalization for psychiatric ailments. Our team of experienced practitioners with acute care backgrounds is committed to motivating and empowering patients to overcome mental health challenges using effective medications and talk therapies.
(862) 304-5169 View (862) 304-5169
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Ashley Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified
West Milford, NJ 07421  (Online Only)
Hello! I am Dr. Ashley Anderson, DNP, APRN. I believe in person-centered care with evidence-based treatment approaches and I strongly feel that building a connection with patients is a vital aspect of providing care. I use evidence-based practices with a focus on person-centered care and optimal clinical outcomes targeting quality of life, maximizing wellness, and recovery. I take pride in supporting my patients through difficult mental health symptoms, and I bring a knowledgeable and compassionate perspective to patient care. I like when my patients ask questions, and I'm always happy to address their concerns!
Hello! I am Dr. Ashley Anderson, DNP, APRN. I believe in person-centered care with evidence-based treatment approaches and I strongly feel that building a connection with patients is a vital aspect of providing care. I use evidence-based practices with a focus on person-centered care and optimal clinical outcomes targeting quality of life, maximizing wellness, and recovery. I take pride in supporting my patients through difficult mental health symptoms, and I bring a knowledgeable and compassionate perspective to patient care. I like when my patients ask questions, and I'm always happy to address their concerns!
(973) 314-9119 View (973) 314-9119
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Taylor Marie Zembricki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wayne, NJ 07470  (Online Only)
Taylor Zembricki is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who received her Doctorate in Nursing practice from Rutgers University. Her style can be described as person-centered, goal-directed and compassionate. She incorporates a multitude of psychotherapeutic techniques, depending on what best fits your needs. She uses an integrative approach, with a thorough understanding of the mind-body connection, treating her patients' in the most holistic way possible.
Taylor Zembricki is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who received her Doctorate in Nursing practice from Rutgers University. Her style can be described as person-centered, goal-directed and compassionate. She incorporates a multitude of psychotherapeutic techniques, depending on what best fits your needs. She uses an integrative approach, with a thorough understanding of the mind-body connection, treating her patients' in the most holistic way possible.
(862) 640-2183 View (862) 640-2183
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Digipsych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Wayne, NJ 07470  (Online Only)
Board Certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist who understands the strain mental health concerns place not only on clients, but their families. Access to mental health providers can be difficult, and there should be no need to wait lengthy time periods for mental health treatment. All appointments are virtual, and any medications and lab work are sent electronically to maximize efficiency and convenience. I am currently licensed in NJ, PA, AZ, and CA and accept commercial insurances in the aforementioned states. To schedule an appointment please go to www.digipsych.co (not com).
Board Certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist who understands the strain mental health concerns place not only on clients, but their families. Access to mental health providers can be difficult, and there should be no need to wait lengthy time periods for mental health treatment. All appointments are virtual, and any medications and lab work are sent electronically to maximize efficiency and convenience. I am currently licensed in NJ, PA, AZ, and CA and accept commercial insurances in the aforementioned states. To schedule an appointment please go to www.digipsych.co (not com).
(732) 592-5771 View (732) 592-5771
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Janet Randall
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, APN, PMHNP
Verified
5 Endorsed
Wayne, NJ 07470
Sometimes the circumstances in life are too much to handle without some help. The life events might be overwhelming or mental health might be compromised due to physiology. Working in psychiatry for over thirty years has given me a respect for many different modalities. There is not a one size fits all approach to healing. Together, we will look at the issues and find your path.
Sometimes the circumstances in life are too much to handle without some help. The life events might be overwhelming or mental health might be compromised due to physiology. Working in psychiatry for over thirty years has given me a respect for many different modalities. There is not a one size fits all approach to healing. Together, we will look at the issues and find your path.
(973) 809-0432 View (973) 809-0432
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Nu Imagery Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, EdD, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CDCES
Verified
Haskell, NJ 07420  (Online Only)
We understand how struggling with body image, weight, metabolic issues and chronic illness affect mental health and day-to-day functioning. We combine pharmacology and psychotherapeutic interventions to help you improve your health. We can offer weight loss interventions and help you improve your metabolic function. We are ready to address your diet, physical activity, sleep, and coping patterns to make life changing solutions to your problems for you and your entire family, We specialize in family and pediatric and adolescent health.
We understand how struggling with body image, weight, metabolic issues and chronic illness affect mental health and day-to-day functioning. We combine pharmacology and psychotherapeutic interventions to help you improve your health. We can offer weight loss interventions and help you improve your metabolic function. We are ready to address your diet, physical activity, sleep, and coping patterns to make life changing solutions to your problems for you and your entire family, We specialize in family and pediatric and adolescent health.
(973) 846-9322 View (973) 846-9322
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Nu Imagery Healthcare, LLC.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, EdD, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CDCES
Verified
Haskell, NJ 07420
We believe that medical and psychological problems are intertwined and can be addressed in one session. We provide integrated and balanced healthcare to address primary care issues, especially weight loss & obesity, sleep, and diabetes while addressing psychiatric mental health issues. We help you cope with school/ work stress. We provide psychiatric and prescription treatment of obesity & binge eating with weight loss plans to keep you on track. We deliver psychotherapeutic techniques to help you reduce stress and cope with challenges. Our treatment modality may improve your quality of life and reduce stress from work and school.
We believe that medical and psychological problems are intertwined and can be addressed in one session. We provide integrated and balanced healthcare to address primary care issues, especially weight loss & obesity, sleep, and diabetes while addressing psychiatric mental health issues. We help you cope with school/ work stress. We provide psychiatric and prescription treatment of obesity & binge eating with weight loss plans to keep you on track. We deliver psychotherapeutic techniques to help you reduce stress and cope with challenges. Our treatment modality may improve your quality of life and reduce stress from work and school.
(201) 474-2305 View (201) 474-2305
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Abdallah Ragab
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Paterson, NJ 07503
I believe clients want to have full remission of their symptoms , so they are able to function well and enjoy their life. A lot of clients are afraid to reach out for help either because of the stigma, fear to taking medication, or concerns of the medication side effects. The mental illness stigma have prevented a lot of people to reach out for help, believe me no human being is immune from mental illness. So please reach out for help ,and don't keep struggling or self medicating with illicit substances . Self medicating by illicit substance, used to be called addiction, will lead to dual diagnosis disorder. I
I believe clients want to have full remission of their symptoms , so they are able to function well and enjoy their life. A lot of clients are afraid to reach out for help either because of the stigma, fear to taking medication, or concerns of the medication side effects. The mental illness stigma have prevented a lot of people to reach out for help, believe me no human being is immune from mental illness. So please reach out for help ,and don't keep struggling or self medicating with illicit substances . Self medicating by illicit substance, used to be called addiction, will lead to dual diagnosis disorder. I
(609) 793-8573 View (609) 793-8573
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Eboni Brown Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Clifton, NJ 07011
Mental Health is not a destination, it is a journey and a process” (Happiness360). My name is Dr. Eboni Freeman (DNP) and I specialize in psycho-pharmacologic management of mental health symptoms. Everyone is unique in their treatment needs and as a result, the approach to one's Psychiatric Treatment Plan should be an individualized one. I believe in a collaborative approach to practice and am looking forward to working with you in developing the best treatment plan with the goal of optimizing your overall quality of life
Mental Health is not a destination, it is a journey and a process” (Happiness360). My name is Dr. Eboni Freeman (DNP) and I specialize in psycho-pharmacologic management of mental health symptoms. Everyone is unique in their treatment needs and as a result, the approach to one's Psychiatric Treatment Plan should be an individualized one. I believe in a collaborative approach to practice and am looking forward to working with you in developing the best treatment plan with the goal of optimizing your overall quality of life
(862) 319-3428 View (862) 319-3428
Rehan Malik
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Clifton, NJ 07013
It is not uncommon for people to notice something is off, for some maybe your heart is racing in certain situations, or maybe you may not want to go out with friends and family as much as before the pandemic, have you been isolating more, eating less, trouble sleeping. It's very easy to just chalk it up to an "off day" or "stressful week" at work "it'll get better next week", well now it is just as easy to call and request a free consultation and get help for any issues going on new or old. We offer Tele-Health/ TeleMedicine Services, which allows you to have your visit from your home to allow for convivence/discretion.
It is not uncommon for people to notice something is off, for some maybe your heart is racing in certain situations, or maybe you may not want to go out with friends and family as much as before the pandemic, have you been isolating more, eating less, trouble sleeping. It's very easy to just chalk it up to an "off day" or "stressful week" at work "it'll get better next week", well now it is just as easy to call and request a free consultation and get help for any issues going on new or old. We offer Tele-Health/ TeleMedicine Services, which allows you to have your visit from your home to allow for convivence/discretion.
(973) 348-3786 View (973) 348-3786
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David Goldbloom
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Wayne, NJ 07470
Thank you for viewing my profile. I completed a general psychiatry residency program and then additional specialty training in addiction psychiatry. As such, I treat patients with common psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and PTSD, as well as drug, alcohol, and behavioral addictions. I utilize evidence-based psychotherapies including cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, and motivational enhancement as well as medication when indicated. I regard mental illness and addiction for the impairments and negative consequences they create in the client's life and work to involve all those affected including clients and their family and friends.
Thank you for viewing my profile. I completed a general psychiatry residency program and then additional specialty training in addiction psychiatry. As such, I treat patients with common psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and PTSD, as well as drug, alcohol, and behavioral addictions. I utilize evidence-based psychotherapies including cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, and motivational enhancement as well as medication when indicated. I regard mental illness and addiction for the impairments and negative consequences they create in the client's life and work to involve all those affected including clients and their family and friends.
(973) 786-3215 View (973) 786-3215
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Alicia Morris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified
1 Endorsed
West Milford, NJ 07421  (Online Only)
Thank you for visiting my page! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the life span, which means I help people of all ages) with a desire to help others that are faced with mental health concerns. My background includes working with various conditions including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders. My experience also includes inpatient stabilization and outpatient continued care.
Thank you for visiting my page! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the life span, which means I help people of all ages) with a desire to help others that are faced with mental health concerns. My background includes working with various conditions including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders. My experience also includes inpatient stabilization and outpatient continued care.
(973) 576-5194 View (973) 576-5194
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Pearl Psychiatry & Therapy Center: Child & Adult
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wayne, NJ 07470
Hi! I'm Dr. Zeynep Ozinci, a double-board certified psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience in the medical field. Beyond my credentials, I'm a dedicated professional, genuinely passionate about helping individuals of all ages achieve lasting well-being. I understand that every mental health journey is unique, and I'm committed to providing expert, personalized care tailored to your specific needs. My path to expertise has been extensive, from prestigious research at NYU to comprehensive medical training at Rutgers and Hofstra/Northwell, culminating in specialized fellowship training with clinical excellence recognition.
Hi! I'm Dr. Zeynep Ozinci, a double-board certified psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience in the medical field. Beyond my credentials, I'm a dedicated professional, genuinely passionate about helping individuals of all ages achieve lasting well-being. I understand that every mental health journey is unique, and I'm committed to providing expert, personalized care tailored to your specific needs. My path to expertise has been extensive, from prestigious research at NYU to comprehensive medical training at Rutgers and Hofstra/Northwell, culminating in specialized fellowship training with clinical excellence recognition.
(973) 381-3937 View (973) 381-3937
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Nu Imagery Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, EdD, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CDCES
Verified
Haskell, NJ 07420
We have specialists in pediatric and adolescent mental health, diabetes care, medical metabolic and weight management. We ensure that you understand how your own neuroendocrine system is influencing your symptoms through psycho-education, psychotherapy, and pharmacologic treatment options. Melissa Scollan-Koliopoulos, EDD, DNP, PMHNP and Michelle Reeves, DNP, PMHNP are certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners providing psychotherapy, diagnosis, and medication management. Ann Pinon, MSN, FNP & Donna Naturale, DNP, ANP, CDCES are nurse practitioners focusing on primary mental health care and obesity & diabetes.
We have specialists in pediatric and adolescent mental health, diabetes care, medical metabolic and weight management. We ensure that you understand how your own neuroendocrine system is influencing your symptoms through psycho-education, psychotherapy, and pharmacologic treatment options. Melissa Scollan-Koliopoulos, EDD, DNP, PMHNP and Michelle Reeves, DNP, PMHNP are certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners providing psychotherapy, diagnosis, and medication management. Ann Pinon, MSN, FNP & Donna Naturale, DNP, ANP, CDCES are nurse practitioners focusing on primary mental health care and obesity & diabetes.
(973) 846-5695 View (973) 846-5695
Photo of Melissa McCalister, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Passaic County, NJ
Melissa McCalister
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Wayne, NJ 07470  (Online Only)
It has been said that you change what you can and manage what you can’t. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Melissa McCalister always leads with that concept. She understands that people want to be heard and seek guidance. Melissa guides her patients by helping them answer their questions through Motivational Interviewing. As a healthcare professional, she has served patients in various roles delivering the highest quality care. These valuable experiences have inspired her to help others improve their quality of life through better mental health practices and living well.
It has been said that you change what you can and manage what you can’t. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Melissa McCalister always leads with that concept. She understands that people want to be heard and seek guidance. Melissa guides her patients by helping them answer their questions through Motivational Interviewing. As a healthcare professional, she has served patients in various roles delivering the highest quality care. These valuable experiences have inspired her to help others improve their quality of life through better mental health practices and living well.
(908) 224-4855 View (908) 224-4855
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Ashley Anderson - Next Opening: One Week
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hewitt, NJ 07421  (Online Only)
Hello! I am Dr. Ashley Anderson, DNP, APRN. I believe in person-centered care with evidence-based treatment approaches and I strongly feel that building a connection with patients is a vital aspect of providing care. I use evidence-based practices with a focus on person-centered care and optimal clinical outcomes targeting quality of life, maximizing wellness, and recovery. I take pride in supporting my patients through difficult mental health symptoms, and I bring a knowledgeable and compassionate perspective to patient care. I like when my patients ask questions, and I'm always happy to address their concerns!
Hello! I am Dr. Ashley Anderson, DNP, APRN. I believe in person-centered care with evidence-based treatment approaches and I strongly feel that building a connection with patients is a vital aspect of providing care. I use evidence-based practices with a focus on person-centered care and optimal clinical outcomes targeting quality of life, maximizing wellness, and recovery. I take pride in supporting my patients through difficult mental health symptoms, and I bring a knowledgeable and compassionate perspective to patient care. I like when my patients ask questions, and I'm always happy to address their concerns!
(973) 358-7485 View (973) 358-7485
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Mary FitzGerald Switala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN
Verified
Wayne, NJ 07470
Waitlist for new clients
I focus on using a holistic and integrative approach to diagnosing and treating mental health conditions and work with clients to identify, understand, and solve issues. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and that it is a collaboration between the client and me. Together we can determine what is the right treatment for you.
I focus on using a holistic and integrative approach to diagnosing and treating mental health conditions and work with clients to identify, understand, and solve issues. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and that it is a collaboration between the client and me. Together we can determine what is the right treatment for you.
(973) 790-9222 View (973) 790-9222
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Oksana Libelt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Paterson, NJ 07503  (Online Only)
My name is Oksana Libelt. I have been in medicine almost 25 years. My clinical background include different varies of care from critical care to proctology. I have started my career in Russia and continued to peruse my profession in USA. I am living in Matawan, New Jersey with my husband and three children. Education has always been a big and important part of my life. My point of view is, as much as we know, the more we can offer for society and patients.
My name is Oksana Libelt. I have been in medicine almost 25 years. My clinical background include different varies of care from critical care to proctology. I have started my career in Russia and continued to peruse my profession in USA. I am living in Matawan, New Jersey with my husband and three children. Education has always been a big and important part of my life. My point of view is, as much as we know, the more we can offer for society and patients.
(833) 646-3968 View (833) 646-3968
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Family Psychiatry and Therapy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Paterson, NJ 07514
We pride ourselves in providing a nurturing, clean and confidential atmosphere for our patients. We treat all ages and stages of development. We have emergency and same-day appointments. Confidentiality and privacy are maintained to the strictest of standards. We have modern electronic medical records and electronic prescribing.
We pride ourselves in providing a nurturing, clean and confidential atmosphere for our patients. We treat all ages and stages of development. We have emergency and same-day appointments. Confidentiality and privacy are maintained to the strictest of standards. We have modern electronic medical records and electronic prescribing.
(201) 258-3240 View (201) 258-3240

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Number of Psychiatrists in Passaic County, NJ

40+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Passaic County, NJ who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
86% Medication Management
84% Trauma and PTSD
81% ADHD
81% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
81% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% Aetna
81% Cigna and Evernorth
78% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Passaic County, NJ see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Passaic County?

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.