Psychiatrists in Rumson, NJ

Photo of Ashley Anderson - Next Openings: One Week, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rumson, NJ
Ashley Anderson - Next Openings: One Week
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Rumson, NJ 07760  (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!
(848) 208-7532 View (848) 208-7532
Photo of Maggie Vasto, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rumson, NJ
Maggie Vasto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rumson, NJ 07760  (Online Only)
Having over 10 years of experience helping others on their journey to mental health wellness, Rx ReLeaf is committed to guiding you through YOUR journey to life’s fulfillment. Mental health doesn’t have to be a topic to shy away from. With the comfort of easy conversation, we can discuss what steps you take towards feeling your best self.
Having over 10 years of experience helping others on their journey to mental health wellness, Rx ReLeaf is committed to guiding you through YOUR journey to life’s fulfillment. Mental health doesn’t have to be a topic to shy away from. With the comfort of easy conversation, we can discuss what steps you take towards feeling your best self.
(732) 355-3986 View (732) 355-3986
Photo of The Cohen Center, Psychiatrist in Rumson, NJ
The Cohen Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rumson, NJ 07760
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 Jamie Pacilio, Physician Assistant in Rumson, NJ
Jamie Pacilio
Physician Assistant, MSPAS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Rumson, NJ 07760
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
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Dianne Ocampo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Psych, MSN APN
Verified Verified
Rumson, NJ 07760  (Online Only)
Are you suffering from poor sleep, crying episodes, racing thoughts, panic attacks, irritability, mood swings, poor focus, agitation, distractibility, nightmares, negative thoughts, or suicide thoughts? I have more than 10 years' experience as a psych RN and currently works an APN for the last three years. I specialize in Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorder, and OCD. I keep up with latest research based treatments for Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety, and OCD. My goal is to get my clients back on their feet and live happier.
Are you suffering from poor sleep, crying episodes, racing thoughts, panic attacks, irritability, mood swings, poor focus, agitation, distractibility, nightmares, negative thoughts, or suicide thoughts? I have more than 10 years' experience as a psych RN and currently works an APN for the last three years. I specialize in Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorder, and OCD. I keep up with latest research based treatments for Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety, and OCD. My goal is to get my clients back on their feet and live happier.
(908) 460-7316 View (908) 460-7316
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Laurie Greisch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rumson, NJ 07760
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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Denise Owen-Fabricius
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN
Verified Verified
Rumson, NJ 07760  (Online Only)
Pairing therapy & medication to treat depression & anxiety can help you feel better faster with a 50- 60% improved rate of recovery. I treat issues, such as ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, and OCD. One of my special interests is ADHD, both childhood & adult. I perform ADHD evals and treat ADHD, which includes prescribing stimulants, if warranted. Symptoms in adults can be poor listening skills, inability to follow through with tasks, low frustration tolerance, and impulsivity which can lead to a number of difficulties with your job, family relationships, friendships, romantic relationships, and other social connections.
Pairing therapy & medication to treat depression & anxiety can help you feel better faster with a 50- 60% improved rate of recovery. I treat issues, such as ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, and OCD. One of my special interests is ADHD, both childhood & adult. I perform ADHD evals and treat ADHD, which includes prescribing stimulants, if warranted. Symptoms in adults can be poor listening skills, inability to follow through with tasks, low frustration tolerance, and impulsivity which can lead to a number of difficulties with your job, family relationships, friendships, romantic relationships, and other social connections.
(856) 600-6760 View (856) 600-6760
Photo of The Parks Center for Women's Wellness & Medicine, Psychiatrist in Rumson, NJ
The Parks Center for Women's Wellness & Medicine
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Rumson, NJ 07760
The Parks Center for Women’s Wellness and Medicine treats women of all ages 18 years and older. We treat a broad range of mental heath issues including anxiety, depression, and bipolar illness in all phase of life. This includes, but is not limited too, comprehensive treatment of mood disorders during the reproductive years including mood disorders during the premenstrual period, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. www.theparkscenter.com
The Parks Center for Women’s Wellness and Medicine treats women of all ages 18 years and older. We treat a broad range of mental heath issues including anxiety, depression, and bipolar illness in all phase of life. This includes, but is not limited too, comprehensive treatment of mood disorders during the reproductive years including mood disorders during the premenstrual period, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. www.theparkscenter.com
(732) 945-8942 View (732) 945-8942
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Denise Huebler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Rumson, NJ 07760  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Denise and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Burnout, Binge Eating Disorder, Chronic Illness, College & Graduate Student Mental Health, Depression, Family Issues, Insomnia- Sleep Issues, LGBTQIA+, Gender & Sexuality Topics, Loss, Grief, and Bereavement, OCD, PTSD, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Stress Management. 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 Denise and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Burnout, Binge Eating Disorder, Chronic Illness, College & Graduate Student Mental Health, Depression, Family Issues, Insomnia- Sleep Issues, LGBTQIA+, Gender & Sexuality Topics, Loss, Grief, and Bereavement, OCD, PTSD, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Stress Management. 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.
(973) 834-6233 View (973) 834-6233
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Stephen Jaeger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rumson, NJ 07760
Yale University trained psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Jaeger’s philosophy on psychiatric care is grounded in his belief that every client is entitled to the highest quality personalized care. His unique approach focuses on individualized treatment plans. His mission is to optimize every aspect of your life and the individualized treatment plans are designed to do just that. Clients play an active role in tailoring their personalized treatment plan with Dr. Jaeger.
Yale University trained psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Jaeger’s philosophy on psychiatric care is grounded in his belief that every client is entitled to the highest quality personalized care. His unique approach focuses on individualized treatment plans. His mission is to optimize every aspect of your life and the individualized treatment plans are designed to do just that. Clients play an active role in tailoring their personalized treatment plan with Dr. Jaeger.
(732) 334-7946 View (732) 334-7946

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Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, APN
Verified Verified
Holmdel, NJ 07733
Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services of New Jersey is a private psychiatric practice that provides a full range of outpatient mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, individual, family and group psychotherapy for clients at all stages of life; children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services of New Jersey is a private psychiatric practice that provides a full range of outpatient mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, individual, family and group psychotherapy for clients at all stages of life; children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
(848) 289-1485 View (848) 289-1485
Photo of Abir Marcus, Psychiatrist in Rumson, 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
Photo of Olga Esterov, Physician Assistant in Rumson, NJ
Olga Esterov
Physician Assistant, MS, PA-C, CAQ Psy
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
I have been helping adolescents/adults navigate through difficult psychiatric/emotional states for over 10 years. I conduct psychiatric evaluations and initiate/manage medication. I employ an evidenced-based medical and holistic approach to treatment - incorporating lifestyle changes, nutrition, and meditation/breathing/relaxation exercises in addition to treatment with medication.
I have been helping adolescents/adults navigate through difficult psychiatric/emotional states for over 10 years. I conduct psychiatric evaluations and initiate/manage medication. I employ an evidenced-based medical and holistic approach to treatment - incorporating lifestyle changes, nutrition, and meditation/breathing/relaxation exercises in addition to treatment with medication.
(732) 936-7559 View (732) 936-7559
Photo of Lotus Mental Health & Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rumson, NJ
Lotus Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Sea Bright, NJ 07760  (Online Only)
I am a Dual Certified Practitioner, board certified in both Psychiatry and Adult Medicine. I have worked in many settings, psychiatric hospital, hospital ICU, Inpatient detox, outpatient psychiatric and addiction treatment. I also specialize in Medical & Psychiatric patient education.
I am a Dual Certified Practitioner, board certified in both Psychiatry and Adult Medicine. I have worked in many settings, psychiatric hospital, hospital ICU, Inpatient detox, outpatient psychiatric and addiction treatment. I also specialize in Medical & Psychiatric patient education.
(732) 631-3575 View (732) 631-3575
Photo of Samantha Colón, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rumson, 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 Rumson, NJ
Jennifer Levine
Psychiatric Nurse, APRNC
Verified Verified
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 Miriam Tetelbom MD LLC, Psychiatrist in Rumson, NJ
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
Photo of The Cohen Center, Psychiatrist in Rumson, NJ
The Cohen Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Eatontown, NJ 07724
Welcome to the Cohen Center....Are you overstressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, or ADD/ADHD symptoms? Perhaps you are struggling with insomnia or depression. These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Are you ready to take the first 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 the approach leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment
Welcome to the Cohen Center....Are you overstressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, or ADD/ADHD symptoms? Perhaps you are struggling with insomnia or depression. These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Are you ready to take the first 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 the approach leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment
(732) 675-0011 View (732) 675-0011
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Happy Hour Therapeutics
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Red Bank, NJ 07702  (Online Only)
Are you constantly feeling like you can’t catch a break with life’s challenges pulling you in all directions? Are the days increasingly longer and the nights shorter? Are you tossing and turning most nights and wake up exhausted. Are you getting more forgetful, finding it hard to concentrate, or get easily distracted ? Have you noticed a change in appetite with drastic weight fluctuations? Maybe you find yourself crying for no reason and lashing out on people that you love and care for dearly. Have you experienced Trauma that has left you feeling anxious and on edge? Well guess what, You do not have to face these challenges alone!
Are you constantly feeling like you can’t catch a break with life’s challenges pulling you in all directions? Are the days increasingly longer and the nights shorter? Are you tossing and turning most nights and wake up exhausted. Are you getting more forgetful, finding it hard to concentrate, or get easily distracted ? Have you noticed a change in appetite with drastic weight fluctuations? Maybe you find yourself crying for no reason and lashing out on people that you love and care for dearly. Have you experienced Trauma that has left you feeling anxious and on edge? Well guess what, You do not have to face these challenges alone!
(973) 657-5874 View (973) 657-5874
Photo of Blessing Nwele, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rumson, NJ
Blessing Nwele
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eatontown, NJ 07724
My Name is Blessing Nwele and I am a board certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurse. Psychiatric/mental health disorders and behavioral health have been the focal point of my professional life for a decade, culminating in my opening of a mental health private practice. The Positive Touch Behavioral Health Services was born out of almost a decade entirely dedicated to promoting a culture of health and health equity.
My Name is Blessing Nwele and I am a board certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurse. Psychiatric/mental health disorders and behavioral health have been the focal point of my professional life for a decade, culminating in my opening of a mental health private practice. The Positive Touch Behavioral Health Services was born out of almost a decade entirely dedicated to promoting a culture of health and health equity.
(732) 783-5417 View (732) 783-5417

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Rumson, NJ

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Rumson, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
90% ADHD
90% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
90% Medication Management
80% Trauma and PTSD
70% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
83% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Rumson, NJ see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

88% Female
12% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rumson?

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.