Psychiatrists in Pennington, NJ

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The Psychiatric Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pennington, NJ 08534
Medications are only one tool we have in assisting us with mental health disorders. I believe if you are on meds, then you should also be in therapy. Medications should be prescribed in the lowest amount in number and dosage that is effective, and then challenged as one progresses towards wellness. We are not accepting nor managing patients that are currently being prescribed stimulants and or benzodiazepines. New patients must have discharge summaries forwarded by their previous provider before their first appointment.
Medications are only one tool we have in assisting us with mental health disorders. I believe if you are on meds, then you should also be in therapy. Medications should be prescribed in the lowest amount in number and dosage that is effective, and then challenged as one progresses towards wellness. We are not accepting nor managing patients that are currently being prescribed stimulants and or benzodiazepines. New patients must have discharge summaries forwarded by their previous provider before their first appointment.
(609) 474-3986 View (609) 474-3986
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Kevin Kavookjian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pennington, NJ 08534
Kevin Kavookjian, MD is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, and licensed in New Jersey, New York and Maine. Dr. Kavookjian practiced in Maine from 2008 until 2022. During that time he was the Medical Director of Health Affiliates of Maine, a statewide mental health agency. He served as the Medical Director at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Preceding that, Dr. Kavookjian was the Chief of Psychiatry at Southern Maine Medical Center. In 2022 Dr. Kavookjian's family returned to NJ both for easier access to superior schools and greater proximity to extended family.
Kevin Kavookjian, MD is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, and licensed in New Jersey, New York and Maine. Dr. Kavookjian practiced in Maine from 2008 until 2022. During that time he was the Medical Director of Health Affiliates of Maine, a statewide mental health agency. He served as the Medical Director at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Preceding that, Dr. Kavookjian was the Chief of Psychiatry at Southern Maine Medical Center. In 2022 Dr. Kavookjian's family returned to NJ both for easier access to superior schools and greater proximity to extended family.
(609) 737-7797 x164 View (609) 737-7797 x164
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Healing with Heart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pennington, NJ 08534  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who takes a client-centered approach to mental health care, recognizing that each client is unique and has their own set of needs and goals. I work collaboratively with clients to develop personalized treatment plans that are tailored to their specific needs. Learn more at healingwithheartinc.com
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who takes a client-centered approach to mental health care, recognizing that each client is unique and has their own set of needs and goals. I work collaboratively with clients to develop personalized treatment plans that are tailored to their specific needs. Learn more at healingwithheartinc.com
(640) 202-7926 View (640) 202-7926
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Madhurani Khare
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pennington, NJ 08534
Hello, I am Dr Madhurani Khare. My practice is centered around doing a thorough assessment which includes collaborating with a patient's therapist, primary care physician and schools/colleges to assess what my patients need. My philosophy is using a holistic approach which includes not only assessing if medications are needed, but also incorporating techniques such as appropriate nutrition, self-care and mindfulness. I also work on counseling parents and schools so that my patients and their families are supported in all areas. I offer appointments within a week in case of crisis situations.
Hello, I am Dr Madhurani Khare. My practice is centered around doing a thorough assessment which includes collaborating with a patient's therapist, primary care physician and schools/colleges to assess what my patients need. My philosophy is using a holistic approach which includes not only assessing if medications are needed, but also incorporating techniques such as appropriate nutrition, self-care and mindfulness. I also work on counseling parents and schools so that my patients and their families are supported in all areas. I offer appointments within a week in case of crisis situations.
(609) 604-6367 View (609) 604-6367
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Donna Gunther
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pennington, NJ 08534
Hello, my name is Donna and I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in New Jersey. One of the very important things I have learned through my years in practice is that the relationship and connection formed between a patient and their provider is paramount. It is the solid foundation from which someone can truly move forward with their mental health goals. I will provide the time you need to listen to your story, evaluate your situation, and then devise options for your treatment including medication if needed. I will collaborate with you in making treatment decisions every step of the way.
Hello, my name is Donna and I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in New Jersey. One of the very important things I have learned through my years in practice is that the relationship and connection formed between a patient and their provider is paramount. It is the solid foundation from which someone can truly move forward with their mental health goals. I will provide the time you need to listen to your story, evaluate your situation, and then devise options for your treatment including medication if needed. I will collaborate with you in making treatment decisions every step of the way.
(908) 263-1085 View (908) 263-1085
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Stacey Espaillat
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Pennington, NJ 08534
Dr. Espaillat is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She specializes in the evidence based treatment of anxiety, mood, and mental health disorders. Extensively trained in psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and lifestyle modifications, she offers a comprehensive, individualized approach tailored to her patients' individual needs.
Dr. Espaillat is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She specializes in the evidence based treatment of anxiety, mood, and mental health disorders. Extensively trained in psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and lifestyle modifications, she offers a comprehensive, individualized approach tailored to her patients' individual needs.
(267) 551-8863 View (267) 551-8863
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Mentis Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Pennington, NJ 08534
Accepting NJ & PA insurance. Board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. Treating a broad spectrum of mental health diagnoses. All screening, ADHD and Autism spectrum testing and screening "included in the initial evaluation." Office & Online psychiatric services. Treating children, adolescents, and adults. Ann is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings many years of professional mental health experience to the care of her patients. Her training has prepared her to treat patients across the lifespan -offering consultation, evaluation, and medication management for ages six through seniors.
Accepting NJ & PA insurance. Board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. Treating a broad spectrum of mental health diagnoses. All screening, ADHD and Autism spectrum testing and screening "included in the initial evaluation." Office & Online psychiatric services. Treating children, adolescents, and adults. Ann is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings many years of professional mental health experience to the care of her patients. Her training has prepared her to treat patients across the lifespan -offering consultation, evaluation, and medication management for ages six through seniors.
(267) 682-7123 View (267) 682-7123

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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(609) 710-7844 View (609) 710-7844
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Hindi/Urdu/Punjabi & in person meetings available
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC , Adults, Teens, Elders
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
I am a psychiatric provider/nurse practitioner Kaushiki Kapoor PMHNP-BC licensed by NJ board to prescribe psychiatric medications and can conduct psychotherapy at the same time. My personal philosophy of treatment is that just by meds all problems do not disappear. Medications and psychotherapy in combination need to happen for the body and mind wellness as well as growth. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. I can also offer my services to Hindi, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Urdu and Gujarati speaking patients. Call me today to book an appointment :)
I am a psychiatric provider/nurse practitioner Kaushiki Kapoor PMHNP-BC licensed by NJ board to prescribe psychiatric medications and can conduct psychotherapy at the same time. My personal philosophy of treatment is that just by meds all problems do not disappear. Medications and psychotherapy in combination need to happen for the body and mind wellness as well as growth. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. I can also offer my services to Hindi, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Urdu and Gujarati speaking patients. Call me today to book an appointment :)
(609) 905-4268 View (609) 905-4268
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Paul Oniwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Trenton, NJ 08608  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Paul and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, OCD and PTSD. 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 Paul and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, OCD and PTSD. 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) 879-6586 View (201) 879-6586
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Emily Coyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, NJ 08610
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
(609) 834-4221 View (609) 834-4221
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Ashley Anderson - Next Openings: One Week
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Ringoes, NJ 08551  (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!
(908) 860-8071 View (908) 860-8071
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Dr. Oluwabukola Princess Adasofunjo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Princeton, NJ 08540
I deliver individualized care for children, adolescents, and young adults with various mental health and behavior challenges. As a board-certified pediatrician, and adult, child & adolescent psychiatrist, I understand the associations between physical and psychological health; hence, I will work closely with your primary care doctor to ensure that you are in good physical and mental health.
I deliver individualized care for children, adolescents, and young adults with various mental health and behavior challenges. As a board-certified pediatrician, and adult, child & adolescent psychiatrist, I understand the associations between physical and psychological health; hence, I will work closely with your primary care doctor to ensure that you are in good physical and mental health.
(609) 604-7548 View (609) 604-7548
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Malathi Pilla
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
I am board certified in Psychiatry. I am recognized by American Psychiatric Association (APA). I did my basic schooling and medical school in India. Completed Psychiatric residency in Southern Illinois University, Springfield, Illinois in 2016. I also have a brief psychiatric experience in Jamaica, West Indies, where I lived for couple of years before moving to United States. Later practiced as adult outpatient psychiatrist in Las Cruces, New Mexico until May, 2022. While in New Mexico, I volunteered to teach the Psychiatric residents from University of New Mexico and supervised the Nurse Practitioners.
I am board certified in Psychiatry. I am recognized by American Psychiatric Association (APA). I did my basic schooling and medical school in India. Completed Psychiatric residency in Southern Illinois University, Springfield, Illinois in 2016. I also have a brief psychiatric experience in Jamaica, West Indies, where I lived for couple of years before moving to United States. Later practiced as adult outpatient psychiatrist in Las Cruces, New Mexico until May, 2022. While in New Mexico, I volunteered to teach the Psychiatric residents from University of New Mexico and supervised the Nurse Practitioners.
(609) 905-5506 View (609) 905-5506
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Dr. Bradford Bobrin
Psychiatrist, MD , FASAM , FACLP
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
I don't have an ideal client, except that they are open to change. I will see anyone who asks for help, but I expect they are or will be willing to change. I attempt to understand the patient as a whole, from birth to the present, from a medical, psychological, familial, and neurological perspective. I am focused on practical solutions and removing emotional blocks to making progress. I speak directly and am primarily concerned about the relationship with my patients. I am an avid advocate for my patients.
I don't have an ideal client, except that they are open to change. I will see anyone who asks for help, but I expect they are or will be willing to change. I attempt to understand the patient as a whole, from birth to the present, from a medical, psychological, familial, and neurological perspective. I am focused on practical solutions and removing emotional blocks to making progress. I speak directly and am primarily concerned about the relationship with my patients. I am an avid advocate for my patients.
(609) 293-4452 View (609) 293-4452
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Amanda Guarnere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
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.
(609) 798-7448 View (609) 798-7448
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Mahamaya Bhattacharyya
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550  (Online Only)
Dr Bhattacharyya works with the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model in mind and enjoys forming long term meaningful connections with her patients. She has a special interest in Women s health.
Dr Bhattacharyya works with the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model in mind and enjoys forming long term meaningful connections with her patients. She has a special interest in Women s health.
(908) 224-7118 View (908) 224-7118
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Tina James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Trenton, NJ 08638
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated from Walden University in 2020 with my MSN and focus in psychiatry as a nurse practitioner. I have been a nurse for about seven years with experience in inpatient psychiatry, medical surgical, ER crisis management, forensic and detox nursing. Psychiatry is dear to my heart and I enjoy advocating for mental healthcare. The mind, body and soul make up wellness and health, so without the proper mental health treatment, holistic care is incomplete.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated from Walden University in 2020 with my MSN and focus in psychiatry as a nurse practitioner. I have been a nurse for about seven years with experience in inpatient psychiatry, medical surgical, ER crisis management, forensic and detox nursing. Psychiatry is dear to my heart and I enjoy advocating for mental healthcare. The mind, body and soul make up wellness and health, so without the proper mental health treatment, holistic care is incomplete.
(609) 438-8910 View (609) 438-8910
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Ophelia O Matthews
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Dr
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Trenton, NJ 08638  (Online Only)
My name is Ophelia Matthews, and I am a PMHNP-BC Licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. My specialty is medication management; I manage patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADD/ADHD, and adjustment issues, PTSD. Ophelia solution behavioral health LLC is a solo community-based mental health agency on a mission to provide quality behavioral health services to stabilize, strengthen, and support youth and families and also includes medication management and provide Client treatment plans that are individualized and tailored to each client's specific needs and goals through Tele health.
My name is Ophelia Matthews, and I am a PMHNP-BC Licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. My specialty is medication management; I manage patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADD/ADHD, and adjustment issues, PTSD. Ophelia solution behavioral health LLC is a solo community-based mental health agency on a mission to provide quality behavioral health services to stabilize, strengthen, and support youth and families and also includes medication management and provide Client treatment plans that are individualized and tailored to each client's specific needs and goals through Tele health.
(609) 804-5339 View (609) 804-5339
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Dr. Sima Christina Paul
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540  (Online Only)
Please go to headway.co for NJ residents, and for NY and PA residents please go to skypiatrist.com website to book an initial psychiatric evaluation. I see patients and licensed in NJ, NY, PA, WI, and accept all insurances. I treat all psychiatric conditions and can do medication management and therapy. I can help you treat whatever symptoms you may have or recommended the best approach to improve the way you feel. I see adults and adolescents/child starting at age 5. you must first open an account at headway.co or skypiatrist.com, enter you ID and insurance information, an email will follow on how to schedule an appointment online.
Please go to headway.co for NJ residents, and for NY and PA residents please go to skypiatrist.com website to book an initial psychiatric evaluation. I see patients and licensed in NJ, NY, PA, WI, and accept all insurances. I treat all psychiatric conditions and can do medication management and therapy. I can help you treat whatever symptoms you may have or recommended the best approach to improve the way you feel. I see adults and adolescents/child starting at age 5. you must first open an account at headway.co or skypiatrist.com, enter you ID and insurance information, an email will follow on how to schedule an appointment online.
(347) 970-6561 View (347) 970-6561

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Number of Psychiatrists in Pennington, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Pennington, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
86% Bipolar Disorder
86% Medication Management
71% ADHD
57% Child

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Aetna
80% Cigna and Evernorth
40% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Pennington, NJ see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pennington?

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.