Psychiatrists in Randolph, NJ

Photo of Annette Allegra, DNP, APN-C, MSN, PMHNP, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Annette Allegra
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN-C, MSN, PMHNP, LLC
Verified Verified
Randolph, NJ 07869
I enjoy helping clients work toward feeling their best by medically treating and coaching them toward their greatest potential to live a more rewarding life. Due to my background of working with critically ill clients, as well as acute psychiatric and co-morbid illnesses, I am prepared to assist my clients in their journey towards better health. I work collaboratively with health providers as needed, and welcome collateral support for my clients if available. My experience includes treating a wide spectrum of conditions, which include but are not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.
I enjoy helping clients work toward feeling their best by medically treating and coaching them toward their greatest potential to live a more rewarding life. Due to my background of working with critically ill clients, as well as acute psychiatric and co-morbid illnesses, I am prepared to assist my clients in their journey towards better health. I work collaboratively with health providers as needed, and welcome collateral support for my clients if available. My experience includes treating a wide spectrum of conditions, which include but are not limited to: Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.
(862) 206-5391 View (862) 206-5391
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Linda Chuang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Randolph, NJ 07869
I am a Cornell and NYU educated board certified psychiatrist with extensive training in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Because of my belief in the connection between mind and body, I trained in both psychiatry and internal medicine. I approach patients from a humanistic and holistic view, with an awareness of the interactions of stress and it's impact on the body. My practice is eclectic and I see patients with a variety of psychiatric disorders or patients who simply want to achieve greater happiness and satisfaction in their lives.
I am a Cornell and NYU educated board certified psychiatrist with extensive training in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Because of my belief in the connection between mind and body, I trained in both psychiatry and internal medicine. I approach patients from a humanistic and holistic view, with an awareness of the interactions of stress and it's impact on the body. My practice is eclectic and I see patients with a variety of psychiatric disorders or patients who simply want to achieve greater happiness and satisfaction in their lives.
(201) 820-0658 View (201) 820-0658
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Sajid Baig
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Randolph, NJ 07869
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist providing diagnostic evaluations, medication management and psychotherapy for the general adult population. After finishing medical school, I completed my Psychiatric residency in 2016 at Howard University in Washington, DC where I served as chief resident in my senior year. Since then, I have worked in a variety of different settings including inpatient, outpatient, community center and forensics.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist providing diagnostic evaluations, medication management and psychotherapy for the general adult population. After finishing medical school, I completed my Psychiatric residency in 2016 at Howard University in Washington, DC where I served as chief resident in my senior year. Since then, I have worked in a variety of different settings including inpatient, outpatient, community center and forensics.
(201) 817-6230 View (201) 817-6230
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Bhavin Gajera
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Randolph, NJ 07869
I am a board certified Psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. After completing my medical school education, I achieved a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Arcadia University. I completed my adult psychiatry residency training at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. During my training at AEMC, I was awarded the prestigious national Distinguished Laughlin Fellow Merit Award for professional achievement and scholarship. I completed my Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Mount Sinai Health system - St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan where I also served as a Chief Fellow.
I am a board certified Psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. After completing my medical school education, I achieved a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Arcadia University. I completed my adult psychiatry residency training at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. During my training at AEMC, I was awarded the prestigious national Distinguished Laughlin Fellow Merit Award for professional achievement and scholarship. I completed my Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Mount Sinai Health system - St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan where I also served as a Chief Fellow.
(201) 820-0888 View (201) 820-0888
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Nirmal Sathaye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Randolph, NJ 07869
I am a Board-certified Psychiatrist with additional certification in Geriatrics. I have 20 plus years of experience treating patients in an outpatient setting. I provide diagnostic evaluation and medication monitoring for adults. I treat patients with different symptoms including anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, bipolarity and attentional issues. I believe in a collaborative and team approach to treatment. I like to understand the patient’s goals and needs and formulate a personalized treatment plan. I provide telepsychiatry to all my patients. “
I am a Board-certified Psychiatrist with additional certification in Geriatrics. I have 20 plus years of experience treating patients in an outpatient setting. I provide diagnostic evaluation and medication monitoring for adults. I treat patients with different symptoms including anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, bipolarity and attentional issues. I believe in a collaborative and team approach to treatment. I like to understand the patient’s goals and needs and formulate a personalized treatment plan. I provide telepsychiatry to all my patients. “
(908) 883-3879 View (908) 883-3879
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Yelena Khaysman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Randolph, NJ 07869
I am a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in adult and geriatric psychiatry. I have 13 years of clinical experience. I completed residency at NS-LIJ Zucker Hillside Hospital followed by a fellowship in Consultation Liaison/Psychosomatic medicine at Long Island Jewish Katz Hospital. I specialize in a broad range of psychiatric disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. Additionally, I have a particular focus in geriatric psychiatry and offer expert evaluation, work up, and management of dementia.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in adult and geriatric psychiatry. I have 13 years of clinical experience. I completed residency at NS-LIJ Zucker Hillside Hospital followed by a fellowship in Consultation Liaison/Psychosomatic medicine at Long Island Jewish Katz Hospital. I specialize in a broad range of psychiatric disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. Additionally, I have a particular focus in geriatric psychiatry and offer expert evaluation, work up, and management of dementia.
(973) 359-5798 View (973) 359-5798
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Maxicare Healthcare Consult LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, HERBAL, DOC
Verified Verified
Randolph, NJ 07869
Trauma changes us; life stressors can cause our lives to unravel, it is all part of the normal human experience. Tosin places emphasis on humans as we are. While incorporating psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, his passion encourages healing, and teaches coping skills. With years of experience in Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Schizophrenia, Clinical Depression, PTSD, and Substance Abuse, Tosin has served as a guide to many families in both inpatient and out patient settings.
Trauma changes us; life stressors can cause our lives to unravel, it is all part of the normal human experience. Tosin places emphasis on humans as we are. While incorporating psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, his passion encourages healing, and teaches coping skills. With years of experience in Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Schizophrenia, Clinical Depression, PTSD, and Substance Abuse, Tosin has served as a guide to many families in both inpatient and out patient settings.
(973) 381-2689 View (973) 381-2689

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Angelic Helpers Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN-C, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
Life is full of challenges, obstacles, and disequilibrium. Are you feeling depressed, anxious, or given up hope about a better future? Utilizing a holistic approach that combines treating the physical and emotional, I am able to help you maximize your potential, and live a life that is fulfilling and rewarding. Have you been diagnosed or are you a survivor of a life-changing illness? I am able to help you emotionally while you recover physically.
Life is full of challenges, obstacles, and disequilibrium. Are you feeling depressed, anxious, or given up hope about a better future? Utilizing a holistic approach that combines treating the physical and emotional, I am able to help you maximize your potential, and live a life that is fulfilling and rewarding. Have you been diagnosed or are you a survivor of a life-changing illness? I am able to help you emotionally while you recover physically.
(973) 493-6857 View (973) 493-6857
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Kim A. Dolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MS, MBA
Verified Verified
Chester, NJ 07930
I am NOT currently taking new patients at this time. Please check back later. I offer an integrative approach to psychiatric services, including traditional psychopharmacology & nutrient therapies. I treat adults. I'm a graduate of Columbia University with 25+ years experience working in various settings in the mental health field. New clients begin with a comprehensive mental health & medical evaluation, which may include gene testing, blood work, or other diagnostic testing. I value your overall wellbeing & partner with you to develop a treatment plan designed to meet your needs & goals.
I am NOT currently taking new patients at this time. Please check back later. I offer an integrative approach to psychiatric services, including traditional psychopharmacology & nutrient therapies. I treat adults. I'm a graduate of Columbia University with 25+ years experience working in various settings in the mental health field. New clients begin with a comprehensive mental health & medical evaluation, which may include gene testing, blood work, or other diagnostic testing. I value your overall wellbeing & partner with you to develop a treatment plan designed to meet your needs & goals.
(551) 231-7420 View (551) 231-7420
Photo of Shkeya Bellfield - Greater Minds of America, LLC, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Greater Minds of America, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Chester, NJ 07930
Here at GMOA, we seek to further assist with medication management for anxiety, bipolar, depression, sleep disorders, schizophrenia, ADHD, ODD, and etc. We have provided excellent customer service to our clients. Schedule your appointment online with Greater Minds of America, LLC. At this time we are seeing clients in FL, NJ, NY each state will have telehealth available. Go to greatermindsoallc.com to schedule your appointment.
Here at GMOA, we seek to further assist with medication management for anxiety, bipolar, depression, sleep disorders, schizophrenia, ADHD, ODD, and etc. We have provided excellent customer service to our clients. Schedule your appointment online with Greater Minds of America, LLC. At this time we are seeing clients in FL, NJ, NY each state will have telehealth available. Go to greatermindsoallc.com to schedule your appointment.
(863) 296-2761 View (863) 296-2761
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Dr. Kofoworola Ojo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Dr Ojo is a psychiatrist at SK Lifestyle Psychiatry. Dr. Ojo is a double-board certified Psychiatrist, with experience in treating a variety of psychiatric illnesses, ranging from mood, anxiety, psychosis, trauma, and stress-related disorders. Additionally, her advance training in psychosomatic medicine allows for a more in-depth understanding of the interplay between physical and mental health. Dr. Ojo has been exposed to diverse backgrounds differing from her own–she is well aware of the importance and impact this can have on an individual.
Dr Ojo is a psychiatrist at SK Lifestyle Psychiatry. Dr. Ojo is a double-board certified Psychiatrist, with experience in treating a variety of psychiatric illnesses, ranging from mood, anxiety, psychosis, trauma, and stress-related disorders. Additionally, her advance training in psychosomatic medicine allows for a more in-depth understanding of the interplay between physical and mental health. Dr. Ojo has been exposed to diverse backgrounds differing from her own–she is well aware of the importance and impact this can have on an individual.
(201) 389-2729 View (201) 389-2729
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Roger B. Granet
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
Roger Granet MD blends cutting edge academic psychiatry with years of empathic clinical practice. Dr. Granet is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Lecturer in Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Consultant at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Attending Psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Division and Morristown Memorial Hospital. Dr. Granet is author of: If You Think You Have Depression (Dell,1998), If you Think You Have Panic Disorder (Dell, 1998), Is it Alzheimer’s? What To Do When Loved Ones Can’t Remember What They Should (Avon, 1998), and Why Am I Up, Why Am I Down: Understanding Bipolar Disorder (Dell, 1999), Surviving Cancer Emotionally: Learning How to Heal, (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001
Roger Granet MD blends cutting edge academic psychiatry with years of empathic clinical practice. Dr. Granet is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Lecturer in Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Consultant at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Attending Psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Division and Morristown Memorial Hospital. Dr. Granet is author of: If You Think You Have Depression (Dell,1998), If you Think You Have Panic Disorder (Dell, 1998), Is it Alzheimer’s? What To Do When Loved Ones Can’t Remember What They Should (Avon, 1998), and Why Am I Up, Why Am I Down: Understanding Bipolar Disorder (Dell, 1999), Surviving Cancer Emotionally: Learning How to Heal, (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001
(973) 917-8041 View (973) 917-8041
Photo of Henrietta Udeh, MSN, CSN-NJ, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Henrietta Udeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CSN-NJ, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
My ideal client presents with anxiety; she has been experiencing a lot of panic attacks. She has been to the ER over three times in the past two months, where they ruled out cardiac problems. They always give her benzodiazepine and follow up with a psychiatrist. She does not want to be on medications, so she tried psychotherapy. She was then referred by her therapist. Her goal is to stay on medication for a short time. She prefers to use natural remedies. She is very fearful of science and the long-term effects of medications.
My ideal client presents with anxiety; she has been experiencing a lot of panic attacks. She has been to the ER over three times in the past two months, where they ruled out cardiac problems. They always give her benzodiazepine and follow up with a psychiatrist. She does not want to be on medications, so she tried psychotherapy. She was then referred by her therapist. Her goal is to stay on medication for a short time. She prefers to use natural remedies. She is very fearful of science and the long-term effects of medications.
(862) 386-3500 View (862) 386-3500
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Kathryn Groll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CNM
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Succasunna, NJ 07876  (Online Only)
At the core of Vineyard Psychiatry is a profound commitment to patient-centered care. The practice understands that mental health treatment is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor but a deeply personal journey. This commitment translates into an environment where patients are not merely recipients of care but active participants in their own healing process. Here, patients are heard, their perspectives respected, and their unique stories considered with the utmost reverence. www.vineyardpsychnp.com
At the core of Vineyard Psychiatry is a profound commitment to patient-centered care. The practice understands that mental health treatment is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor but a deeply personal journey. This commitment translates into an environment where patients are not merely recipients of care but active participants in their own healing process. Here, patients are heard, their perspectives respected, and their unique stories considered with the utmost reverence. www.vineyardpsychnp.com
(908) 259-6476 View (908) 259-6476
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Tranquility Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960  (Online Only)
Welcome, I'm currently accepting new clients. Are you struggling emotionally? Having difficulty regulating your mood, getting adequate sleep, feeling anxious or irritable, lacking motivation, having problems with interpersonal relationships, or performing adequately at work or school. If this sounds like you, please know that you’re not alone. My guess is that getting started in treatment can be pretty scary, talking to someone you do not know about things that make you feel uncomfortable, sad, angry, anxious, overjoyed, or embarrassed. However, I would like to reassure you that this process is in place to help you to heal.
Welcome, I'm currently accepting new clients. Are you struggling emotionally? Having difficulty regulating your mood, getting adequate sleep, feeling anxious or irritable, lacking motivation, having problems with interpersonal relationships, or performing adequately at work or school. If this sounds like you, please know that you’re not alone. My guess is that getting started in treatment can be pretty scary, talking to someone you do not know about things that make you feel uncomfortable, sad, angry, anxious, overjoyed, or embarrassed. However, I would like to reassure you that this process is in place to help you to heal.
(856) 408-1938 View (856) 408-1938
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Telapsychiatry LLC
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Parsippany, NJ 07054  (Online Only)
We are a psychiatric practice treating patients in New Jersey at this time through telehealth visits. We are comprised of psychiatrists, psychiatric physician assistants, and psychiatric nurse practitioners. We are committed to providing accessible, low cost, and high quality mental health care with an emphasis on maximizing lifestyle changes and prescribing medications at the lowest effective dose. We participate with insurance plans and offer self-pay options as well. We currently accept Aetna, Cigna, Bluecross Blueshield, Optum, among other plans.
We are a psychiatric practice treating patients in New Jersey at this time through telehealth visits. We are comprised of psychiatrists, psychiatric physician assistants, and psychiatric nurse practitioners. We are committed to providing accessible, low cost, and high quality mental health care with an emphasis on maximizing lifestyle changes and prescribing medications at the lowest effective dose. We participate with insurance plans and offer self-pay options as well. We currently accept Aetna, Cigna, Bluecross Blueshield, Optum, among other plans.
(862) 247-4356 View (862) 247-4356
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Dr. Tony Issac
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Succasunna, NJ 07876
Dr. Issac is an experienced addiction and general psychiatrist with eight years of experience. He has helped many overcome their mental health challenges. Issac evaluates, diagnoses, and treats people based on their medical pathology, nutritional, and hormonal health. People suffering from addictions, or with other mental health challenges, such as anxiety, and depression, can recover with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Combining medications with psychotherapy, Dr. Issac considers various medical factors to treat his patients; he plans comprehensive treatments. His warmth and compassion are welcoming and supportive.
Dr. Issac is an experienced addiction and general psychiatrist with eight years of experience. He has helped many overcome their mental health challenges. Issac evaluates, diagnoses, and treats people based on their medical pathology, nutritional, and hormonal health. People suffering from addictions, or with other mental health challenges, such as anxiety, and depression, can recover with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Combining medications with psychotherapy, Dr. Issac considers various medical factors to treat his patients; he plans comprehensive treatments. His warmth and compassion are welcoming and supportive.
(201) 482-3451 View (201) 482-3451
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Omar Canosa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
I am board-certified in both adult and child/adolescent psychiatry, and do my best work with adolescent clients, and their families. I am intensively trained in DBT, and its principles inform my practice, even when the full model is not applied. I am also trained in medical acupuncture, and have practiced martial arts and meditative systems for over two decades. By virtue of this unique training, I am dedicated to an integrative approach which both addresses symptoms and problems, while also seeking to maximize the capacity for attaining and sustaining wellbeing. I am equally fluent in English and Spanish.
I am board-certified in both adult and child/adolescent psychiatry, and do my best work with adolescent clients, and their families. I am intensively trained in DBT, and its principles inform my practice, even when the full model is not applied. I am also trained in medical acupuncture, and have practiced martial arts and meditative systems for over two decades. By virtue of this unique training, I am dedicated to an integrative approach which both addresses symptoms and problems, while also seeking to maximize the capacity for attaining and sustaining wellbeing. I am equally fluent in English and Spanish.
(973) 552-2631 View (973) 552-2631
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Shirley Rajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Dr. Shirley Rajan is a Psychiatrist in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2016. Dr. Rajan offers clients medication management and treatments for chronic self-harm, chronic suicidality, personality disorders and utilizes dialectical behavioral therapy. Outside of work, Dr. Rajan enjoys softball, archery, bowling, and movies.
Dr. Shirley Rajan is a Psychiatrist in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2016. Dr. Rajan offers clients medication management and treatments for chronic self-harm, chronic suicidality, personality disorders and utilizes dialectical behavioral therapy. Outside of work, Dr. Rajan enjoys softball, archery, bowling, and movies.
(862) 386-2276 View (862) 386-2276
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Roy Bachar MD
Psychiatrist, MD, 3300001
Verified Verified
Morristown, NJ 07960
In my practice, I bring a very broad set of experiences from inpatient psychiatry on the vanguard of psychopharmacological medication treatment, psychoanalytic and psychodynamic talk therapy, all in one place offering safe, tele-health as well as in-person consultations and expertly tailored treatment for those suffering from mood, anxiety, or interpersonal difficulties. There is never a better time than now to begin the process of connecting and working upon your health, wellness, and improving your mental wellbeing than now.
In my practice, I bring a very broad set of experiences from inpatient psychiatry on the vanguard of psychopharmacological medication treatment, psychoanalytic and psychodynamic talk therapy, all in one place offering safe, tele-health as well as in-person consultations and expertly tailored treatment for those suffering from mood, anxiety, or interpersonal difficulties. There is never a better time than now to begin the process of connecting and working upon your health, wellness, and improving your mental wellbeing than now.
(973) 490-4727 View (973) 490-4727

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Randolph, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Randolph, NJ who prioritize treating:

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

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
50% Cigna and Evernorth
17% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Randolph, NJ see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Randolph?

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.