Psychiatrists in Red Bank, NJ

Photo of Hema Vyas, Psychiatrist in Red Bank, NJ
Hema Vyas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Red Bank, NJ 07701
My approach is more holistic, I like to combine meditation, mindfulness techniques along with medication when necessary. I work with children, adolescents, and Adults. I treat Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD
My approach is more holistic, I like to combine meditation, mindfulness techniques along with medication when necessary. I work with children, adolescents, and Adults. I treat Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD
(732) 307-3889 View (732) 307-3889
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Kolli Psychiatric & Associates
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Red Bank, NJ 07701
With empathy, patience, and an approachable style, Kolli Psychiatric & Associates provides comprehensive mental health services to children, adults, and their families. Through the use of therapy, medication management or a combination of the two, we strive to help you reach your full wellness potential. Our practice consists of- Dr. Sireesha Kolli, a board-certified psychiatrist with training in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. While medical expertise forms the foundation of her treatment, her warmth, and sense of compassion are often cited by patients, families, and professionals as key motivating factors for success
With empathy, patience, and an approachable style, Kolli Psychiatric & Associates provides comprehensive mental health services to children, adults, and their families. Through the use of therapy, medication management or a combination of the two, we strive to help you reach your full wellness potential. Our practice consists of- Dr. Sireesha Kolli, a board-certified psychiatrist with training in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. While medical expertise forms the foundation of her treatment, her warmth, and sense of compassion are often cited by patients, families, and professionals as key motivating factors for success
(732) 812-4968 View (732) 812-4968
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Jessica Parekkadan Mohammed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Red Bank, NJ 07701  (Online Only)
Jessica Parekkadan-Mohammed is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PHMNP-BC) who has over 12 years of experience working with individuals across the lifespan. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, postpartum depression, mood disorders, and panic disorders. Jessica earned her Master's degree in Nursing from the Royal College of Nursing and completed her Nurse Practitioner Program at Monmouth University.
Jessica Parekkadan-Mohammed is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PHMNP-BC) who has over 12 years of experience working with individuals across the lifespan. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, postpartum depression, mood disorders, and panic disorders. Jessica earned her Master's degree in Nursing from the Royal College of Nursing and completed her Nurse Practitioner Program at Monmouth University.
(732) 561-5457 View (732) 561-5457
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Brain Mind Harmony
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Red Bank, NJ 07701
All Services are offered in person and via Tele Health. We are specialized in depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, addictions, sexuality, relationships and weight issues. Our psychiatrist combines medication, supplements and bio identical hormones in order to address the symptoms and their origin. We will match you with the best therapeutic approach based on your symptoms, preferences and personality: psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, Christian counseling or life coaching. We also offer outpatient detoxification for different drugs of abuse and alcohol, combined with counseling for relapse prevention and coping skills.
All Services are offered in person and via Tele Health. We are specialized in depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, addictions, sexuality, relationships and weight issues. Our psychiatrist combines medication, supplements and bio identical hormones in order to address the symptoms and their origin. We will match you with the best therapeutic approach based on your symptoms, preferences and personality: psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, Christian counseling or life coaching. We also offer outpatient detoxification for different drugs of abuse and alcohol, combined with counseling for relapse prevention and coping skills.
(732) 587-5715 View (732) 587-5715
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Abir Marcus
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Dr. Marcus offers individualized approach in her treatments. She uses state of art treatments recommendations for the presenting problem while tailoring it to your personality and life style. Dr. Marcus is specialized in working with mood disorders such as Depression and Bipolar Disorders spectrum, Psychotic and Anxiety Disorders. She is also certified in addiction treatments including Detoxification, working on abstinence or harm reduction through the use of medications and therapy. Dr. Marcus is certified to prescribe Suboxone, Sublocade and Vivitrol.
Dr. Marcus offers individualized approach in her treatments. She uses state of art treatments recommendations for the presenting problem while tailoring it to your personality and life style. Dr. Marcus is specialized in working with mood disorders such as Depression and Bipolar Disorders spectrum, Psychotic and Anxiety Disorders. She is also certified in addiction treatments including Detoxification, working on abstinence or harm reduction through the use of medications and therapy. Dr. Marcus is certified to prescribe Suboxone, Sublocade and Vivitrol.
(732) 656-8701 View (732) 656-8701
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Arjun(AJ) Swamy
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Red Bank, NJ 07701
I’m a Psychiatry PA that treats children, adolescents and adults with OCD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, ADHD and Alcohol Use Disorder. Generally I believe less medication is better; however, I work with people to find a regimen that may help improve their lives. I have experience with treating various members of the community including healthcare workers, veterans, police officers, teachers, clergy, LGBTQA+, BIPOC and more. In my free time I like to spend time with my wife and son, hike, play guitar, go on meditation retreats and perform improv comedy.
I’m a Psychiatry PA that treats children, adolescents and adults with OCD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, ADHD and Alcohol Use Disorder. Generally I believe less medication is better; however, I work with people to find a regimen that may help improve their lives. I have experience with treating various members of the community including healthcare workers, veterans, police officers, teachers, clergy, LGBTQA+, BIPOC and more. In my free time I like to spend time with my wife and son, hike, play guitar, go on meditation retreats and perform improv comedy.
(848) 285-6213 View (848) 285-6213
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Miriam Tetelbom MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Red Bank, NJ 07701
During consultations, I focus on being supportive and understanding while at the same time being a very thorough professional. I have over thirty years of experience in various levels of care, assisting and guiding clients to adjust to new life situations. Taking the necessary time to listen to you helps me make the best evaluation and together we come up with a treatment plan. Before establishing my practice in the United States, I have also had a wide range of experience in Brazil, where for fifteen years, I worked as a clinical psychiatrist and taught medical students and psychiatry residents.I lecture in conferences as well.
During consultations, I focus on being supportive and understanding while at the same time being a very thorough professional. I have over thirty years of experience in various levels of care, assisting and guiding clients to adjust to new life situations. Taking the necessary time to listen to you helps me make the best evaluation and together we come up with a treatment plan. Before establishing my practice in the United States, I have also had a wide range of experience in Brazil, where for fifteen years, I worked as a clinical psychiatrist and taught medical students and psychiatry residents.I lecture in conferences as well.
(732) 605-5505 View (732) 605-5505
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Laurie Greisch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Healing Minds Psychiatry and Mental Wellness LLC is an outpatient psychiatry practice. I offer comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and brief supportive therapy for a variety of mental health conditions. Telepsychiatry is also available.
Healing Minds Psychiatry and Mental Wellness LLC is an outpatient psychiatry practice. I offer comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and brief supportive therapy for a variety of mental health conditions. Telepsychiatry is also available.
(732) 605-4597 View (732) 605-4597
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Coastal Psychiatry
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Is your child or teen feeling overwhelmed or anxious? I believe in a holistic approach to mental health and committed to understanding the root causes of symptoms and providing personalized treatment plans to promote healing and long-term wellness. My mission is to empower individuals to achieve their optimal mental health and wellness through compassionate care, evidence-based treatments and a comprehensive understanding of the mind-body connection. My evaluations aim to understand each individual's unique needs, including medical history, lifestyle factors, and genetic predispositions.
Is your child or teen feeling overwhelmed or anxious? I believe in a holistic approach to mental health and committed to understanding the root causes of symptoms and providing personalized treatment plans to promote healing and long-term wellness. My mission is to empower individuals to achieve their optimal mental health and wellness through compassionate care, evidence-based treatments and a comprehensive understanding of the mind-body connection. My evaluations aim to understand each individual's unique needs, including medical history, lifestyle factors, and genetic predispositions.
(848) 301-2104 View (848) 301-2104
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Dr. Deepti Varma
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Red Bank, NJ 07701
I have been in practice for over 10 years and specialize in medication treatments for ADHD, Oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, Autism spectrum disorder and tic disorders. I pursue a working alliance with families, schools, therapists, and pediatricians, including the review of prior assessments, as the basis of the treatment plan. My approach is to start with a thorough diagnosis and formulate a plan that includes medications, psychotherapy, diet, exercise, sleep hygiene, lab work and other lifestyle modifications to provide an individual treatment plan for each of my patients.
I have been in practice for over 10 years and specialize in medication treatments for ADHD, Oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, Autism spectrum disorder and tic disorders. I pursue a working alliance with families, schools, therapists, and pediatricians, including the review of prior assessments, as the basis of the treatment plan. My approach is to start with a thorough diagnosis and formulate a plan that includes medications, psychotherapy, diet, exercise, sleep hygiene, lab work and other lifestyle modifications to provide an individual treatment plan for each of my patients.
(732) 561-5282 View (732) 561-5282
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Neha Naqvi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Red Bank, NJ 07701
With empathy, patience, and an approachable style, Dr. Naqvi provides comprehensive mental health services to children, adults, and their families. Through the use of therapy, medication management or a combination of the two, she strives to help you reach your full wellness potential. She is a board-certified psychiatrist with training in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. While medical expertise forms the foundation of her treatment, her warmth, and sense of compassion are often cited by patients, families, and professionals as key motivating factors for success
With empathy, patience, and an approachable style, Dr. Naqvi provides comprehensive mental health services to children, adults, and their families. Through the use of therapy, medication management or a combination of the two, she strives to help you reach your full wellness potential. She is a board-certified psychiatrist with training in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. While medical expertise forms the foundation of her treatment, her warmth, and sense of compassion are often cited by patients, families, and professionals as key motivating factors for success
(732) 392-7421 View (732) 392-7421
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Jennifer O'Scanlon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Red Bank, NJ 07701
You have probably been going to therapy for some time now. You've made progress but there are still days when you feel anxious or depressed. This may be holding you back from meeting your goals and it's where I can help. I offer medication management at the lowest doses possible to help reduce your symptoms allowing you to fully engage in your therapy. With symptoms reduced you will be able to fully utilize all the skills you’ve learned, allowing you to heal and better handle life's stressors.
You have probably been going to therapy for some time now. You've made progress but there are still days when you feel anxious or depressed. This may be holding you back from meeting your goals and it's where I can help. I offer medication management at the lowest doses possible to help reduce your symptoms allowing you to fully engage in your therapy. With symptoms reduced you will be able to fully utilize all the skills you’ve learned, allowing you to heal and better handle life's stressors.
(732) 795-2202 View (732) 795-2202
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JF Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Not accepting new clients
When someone is looking for help with their mental health it is important to for a mental health provider to understand what a person is going through and what it took for a person to reach out for help. I am someone that listens and treats people with kindness and respect. I am interested in what the issue is, what the persons goals are and if we can achieve them together. I believe that for a person to have good mental health they also have to have good physical health. In order to achieve this: one needs good nutrition, sleep, and the importance of therapy.
When someone is looking for help with their mental health it is important to for a mental health provider to understand what a person is going through and what it took for a person to reach out for help. I am someone that listens and treats people with kindness and respect. I am interested in what the issue is, what the persons goals are and if we can achieve them together. I believe that for a person to have good mental health they also have to have good physical health. In order to achieve this: one needs good nutrition, sleep, and the importance of therapy.
(732) 838-6553 View (732) 838-6553
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Anthony DiMura
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Telepsych offered for most clients. As a mental health consumer myself, I understand the damper mental illness can have on your life. What once made you happy leaves you dull, things you looked forward to make you feel anxious, and the people around you are concerned. You may feel hopeless and helpless and have tried therapy and medication in the past with little success. Spending time to listen to you is what I do best. Medication is not always needed, but when it is you will have the education to make an informed decision of how you want to proceed. I believe in quality of service, not quantity. You time should be Your time.
Telepsych offered for most clients. As a mental health consumer myself, I understand the damper mental illness can have on your life. What once made you happy leaves you dull, things you looked forward to make you feel anxious, and the people around you are concerned. You may feel hopeless and helpless and have tried therapy and medication in the past with little success. Spending time to listen to you is what I do best. Medication is not always needed, but when it is you will have the education to make an informed decision of how you want to proceed. I believe in quality of service, not quantity. You time should be Your time.
(908) 402-7174 View (908) 402-7174
Photo of Abir Marcus, Psychiatrist in Red Bank, NJ
Abir Marcus
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Red Bank, NJ 07701
At Brain Mind Harmony, Dr. Marcus and colleagues offer a comprehensive treatment addressing the whole person inside and outside. We combine the use of medications, bio identical hormones, nutritional supplements together with individual, family and group therapy. We will work with you in developing a treatment plan that best suit your needs, life style and preferences.Dr. Marcus is board certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine. Our therapists are specialized in Christian counseling, life coaching, EMDR , family, couple and group therapy. Our services are billed as out of network .
At Brain Mind Harmony, Dr. Marcus and colleagues offer a comprehensive treatment addressing the whole person inside and outside. We combine the use of medications, bio identical hormones, nutritional supplements together with individual, family and group therapy. We will work with you in developing a treatment plan that best suit your needs, life style and preferences.Dr. Marcus is board certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine. Our therapists are specialized in Christian counseling, life coaching, EMDR , family, couple and group therapy. Our services are billed as out of network .
(732) 410-6537 View (732) 410-6537
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The Cohen Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Welcome to The Cohen Center....Are you overly stressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD symptoms, insomnia or depression? These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Willing to take the next step? Are you willing to see if medication, ideally, combined with therapy, can enhance your life. You will be monitored closely so that you do not needlessly experience side effects and that optimal treatment gains are obtained. Careful attention will be focused on any physical illnesses. Often this leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment.
Welcome to The Cohen Center....Are you overly stressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD symptoms, insomnia or depression? These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Willing to take the next step? Are you willing to see if medication, ideally, combined with therapy, can enhance your life. You will be monitored closely so that you do not needlessly experience side effects and that optimal treatment gains are obtained. Careful attention will be focused on any physical illnesses. Often this leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment.
(732) 675-0011 View (732) 675-0011
Photo of Graydon Gregory Goss, Psychiatrist in Red Bank, NJ
Graydon Gregory Goss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Dr. Graydon Goss was raised in Tinton Falls, NJ. He attended Christian Brothers Academy, Brown University and Dartmouth Medical School receiving his Doctorate in Medicine in 1977. After training in Psychiatry and Child / Adolescent Psychiatry at Los Angeles County General Hospital and U.S.C. Medical Center, he served as Chief of the LA County Adolescent Psychiatric Crisis Unit. In 1998 he returned to NJ, where he utilizes skills developed over 38 years of practice addressing the complex problems which face today's teens and their families. Unlike many psychiatrists he provides talk and behavioral psychotherapies as well as psychopharmacology.
Dr. Graydon Goss was raised in Tinton Falls, NJ. He attended Christian Brothers Academy, Brown University and Dartmouth Medical School receiving his Doctorate in Medicine in 1977. After training in Psychiatry and Child / Adolescent Psychiatry at Los Angeles County General Hospital and U.S.C. Medical Center, he served as Chief of the LA County Adolescent Psychiatric Crisis Unit. In 1998 he returned to NJ, where he utilizes skills developed over 38 years of practice addressing the complex problems which face today's teens and their families. Unlike many psychiatrists he provides talk and behavioral psychotherapies as well as psychopharmacology.
(732) 530-1181 View (732) 530-1181
Photo of Samantha Colón, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Red Bank, NJ
Samantha Colón
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Red Bank, NJ 07701
I’m Samantha, board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have been able to work with many adults and young adults through significant symptoms of anxiety, depression, executive difficulties, or stressful times. Together we can find ways to manage symptoms, get to a healthier place in your life and an improved version of yourself. I am happy to meet your goals, big or small, I take pride in advocating for my patients. Please click on “my website” to BOOK, or visit arieswellness.info
I’m Samantha, board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have been able to work with many adults and young adults through significant symptoms of anxiety, depression, executive difficulties, or stressful times. Together we can find ways to manage symptoms, get to a healthier place in your life and an improved version of yourself. I am happy to meet your goals, big or small, I take pride in advocating for my patients. Please click on “my website” to BOOK, or visit arieswellness.info
(732) 392-7477 View (732) 392-7477
Photo of Jennifer Levine, Psychiatric Nurse in Red Bank, NJ
Jennifer Levine
Psychiatric Nurse, APRNC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Red Bank, NJ 07701
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and have been in practice since 2004. I have expertise in understanding and treating a wide range of emotional problems. I received my masters degree from Rutgers university and I have years of postgraduate psychoanalytic training. My education and years of experience have enabled me to provide a therapeutic non judgmental environment.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and have been in practice since 2004. I have expertise in understanding and treating a wide range of emotional problems. I received my masters degree from Rutgers university and I have years of postgraduate psychoanalytic training. My education and years of experience have enabled me to provide a therapeutic non judgmental environment.
(732) 852-7228 View (732) 852-7228
Photo of Jamie Pacilio, Physician Assistant in Red Bank, NJ
Jamie Pacilio
Physician Assistant, MSPAS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Red Bank, NJ 07701
My goal is to help patients who are struggling with their mental health optimize the quality of their life through symptom management. I am experienced at treating a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses through medication, Spravato (esketamine), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy. My “ideal” patient is someone who is suffering with a mood disorder, personality disorder, psychotic disorder, or any variation of the three, and wants help with managing their symptoms. I work well with both men and women. I am very comfortable working with patients who are aligned with LGBQT+.
My goal is to help patients who are struggling with their mental health optimize the quality of their life through symptom management. I am experienced at treating a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses through medication, Spravato (esketamine), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy. My “ideal” patient is someone who is suffering with a mood disorder, personality disorder, psychotic disorder, or any variation of the three, and wants help with managing their symptoms. I work well with both men and women. I am very comfortable working with patients who are aligned with LGBQT+.
(732) 347-8625 View (732) 347-8625

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Red Bank, NJ

40+

Average cost per session

$285

Psychiatrists in Red Bank, NJ who prioritize treating:

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

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Cigna and Evernorth
71% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
67% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Red Bank, NJ see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
29% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Red Bank?

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.