Psychiatrists in Saddle Brook, NJ

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Dr. Rathna Sree Mallela
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663
Dr. Rathna S. Mallela, MD, MPH, brings over 14 years of expertise as a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist, specializing in behavioral and emotional challenges. Her practice offers personalized, comprehensive mental health care, focusing on evidence-based medication management and holistic approaches. While Dr. Mallela does not provide therapy, she strongly encourages it as part of overall wellness. Her ideal clients are those seeking to achieve mental balance, improved relationships, and a better quality of life.
Dr. Rathna S. Mallela, MD, MPH, brings over 14 years of expertise as a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist, specializing in behavioral and emotional challenges. Her practice offers personalized, comprehensive mental health care, focusing on evidence-based medication management and holistic approaches. While Dr. Mallela does not provide therapy, she strongly encourages it as part of overall wellness. Her ideal clients are those seeking to achieve mental balance, improved relationships, and a better quality of life.
(551) 400-6468 View (551) 400-6468

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Marina Atesle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Paramus, NJ 07653
As a certified functional medicine practitioner with a deep passion for wellness, I am committed to providing a personalized approach to your mental health care. I will carefully listen to your concerns and create a customized treatment plan that fits your specific needs. This individualized strategy is aimed at addressing not just symptoms, but the underlying causes of your mental health challenges, ensuring a more holistic and effective path to well-being.
As a certified functional medicine practitioner with a deep passion for wellness, I am committed to providing a personalized approach to your mental health care. I will carefully listen to your concerns and create a customized treatment plan that fits your specific needs. This individualized strategy is aimed at addressing not just symptoms, but the underlying causes of your mental health challenges, ensuring a more holistic and effective path to well-being.
(973) 847-2948 View (973) 847-2948
Bergen Psychiatric Care, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, FASAM
Verified Verified
Hackensack, NJ 07601
I am an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and an American Board of Addiction Medicine certified Chief Psychiatrist who works in a distinguished Psychiatric Facility in NJ. I have extensive experience in managing a myriad of Psychiatric Disorders which include : Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Addiction Disorders and Bipolar Disorder etc. My treatment ideology is patient driven , empathetic and compassionate Psychiatric care. I am knowledgeable and thoroughly familiar with all the novel Psychopharmacological interventions that are FDA approved . I offer my patients personalized comprehensive Psychiatric Treatment in a comfortable and confidential setting. My staff is approachable and willing to accommodate patients and their special needs.
I am an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and an American Board of Addiction Medicine certified Chief Psychiatrist who works in a distinguished Psychiatric Facility in NJ. I have extensive experience in managing a myriad of Psychiatric Disorders which include : Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Addiction Disorders and Bipolar Disorder etc. My treatment ideology is patient driven , empathetic and compassionate Psychiatric care. I am knowledgeable and thoroughly familiar with all the novel Psychopharmacological interventions that are FDA approved . I offer my patients personalized comprehensive Psychiatric Treatment in a comfortable and confidential setting. My staff is approachable and willing to accommodate patients and their special needs.
(201) 949-7625 View (201) 949-7625
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Hamilton Behavioral
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hackensack, NJ 07602
At Hamilton Behavioral MDPA you will receive in depth psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Hamilton Behavioral is dedicated to provide individualized mental health treatment. We work with all ages from children to late adulthood. Utilizing the biopsychosocial approach we believe in integrating the various tangible issues whether it be a chemical imbalance, or combination of socioeconomic stressors. Everyone has a separate set of issues and there is no one universal treatment that fits all. Our goal it to cover your needs, however complicated they may be. We offer various services and have late hours. Conveniently located, try us!
At Hamilton Behavioral MDPA you will receive in depth psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Hamilton Behavioral is dedicated to provide individualized mental health treatment. We work with all ages from children to late adulthood. Utilizing the biopsychosocial approach we believe in integrating the various tangible issues whether it be a chemical imbalance, or combination of socioeconomic stressors. Everyone has a separate set of issues and there is no one universal treatment that fits all. Our goal it to cover your needs, however complicated they may be. We offer various services and have late hours. Conveniently located, try us!
(551) 234-0303 View (551) 234-0303
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Yissell Delvalle
Psychiatrist, MD, FASAM
Verified Verified
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Dr. Yissell Delvalle is a Board Certified Psychiatrist, Board Certified Addiction Medicine Doctor, who graduated from UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School in Newark. She particularly treats patients with addiction, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, psychosis and women with post-partum depression.
Dr. Yissell Delvalle is a Board Certified Psychiatrist, Board Certified Addiction Medicine Doctor, who graduated from UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School in Newark. She particularly treats patients with addiction, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, psychosis and women with post-partum depression.
(201) 864-4897 View (201) 864-4897
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Gail Bergin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP, CNS
Verified Verified
Paramus, NJ 07652  (Online Only)
Clients who are committed to becoming well and functioning at a level that expresses their ideal self are the clients that I most seek because my goal is to help clients achieve their best. The issues are always varied but their goals are aligned with a desire to achieve the best that they can be. I am not just about symptom relief as most medication prescribers are. I practice at Specialized Therapy Associates, LLC where clients can access a full range of services for mind-body health, such as, nutrition counseling to help overcome mood and sleep issues as an example or Yoga Therapy and mindfulness.
Clients who are committed to becoming well and functioning at a level that expresses their ideal self are the clients that I most seek because my goal is to help clients achieve their best. The issues are always varied but their goals are aligned with a desire to achieve the best that they can be. I am not just about symptom relief as most medication prescribers are. I practice at Specialized Therapy Associates, LLC where clients can access a full range of services for mind-body health, such as, nutrition counseling to help overcome mood and sleep issues as an example or Yoga Therapy and mindfulness.
(551) 209-2246 View (551) 209-2246
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Alan Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hackensack, NJ 07601
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, and other stress-related disorders. I am a psychopharmacologist with expertise in the use of medications that restore your healthy mood and functioning. In addition, I have treated patients with a variety of psychotherapeutic (talk therapy) techniques include helping patients develop insight into the causes of how they feel and cognitive behavioral therapy which helps patients deal with emotional distress by evaluating negative patterns of thinking. I offer therapy in a supportive and non-judgmental setting. I offer daytime and evening hours.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, and other stress-related disorders. I am a psychopharmacologist with expertise in the use of medications that restore your healthy mood and functioning. In addition, I have treated patients with a variety of psychotherapeutic (talk therapy) techniques include helping patients develop insight into the causes of how they feel and cognitive behavioral therapy which helps patients deal with emotional distress by evaluating negative patterns of thinking. I offer therapy in a supportive and non-judgmental setting. I offer daytime and evening hours.
(201) 244-4561 View (201) 244-4561
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Leonor Francisco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Hackensack, NJ 07601  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I started my nursing career in 2006 and have over 16 years of diverse nursing experience. I earn my patients’ trust by delivering quality and passionate care. The importance of helping a person heal, not only physically but emotionally, presented itself, and I moved on to pursue my graduate degree at Walden University to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
I started my nursing career in 2006 and have over 16 years of diverse nursing experience. I earn my patients’ trust by delivering quality and passionate care. The importance of helping a person heal, not only physically but emotionally, presented itself, and I moved on to pursue my graduate degree at Walden University to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(201) 482-1270 View (201) 482-1270
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Musaddiq Tariq
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604  (Online Only)
My job as a psychiatrist is centered on your recovery so you can engage fully with this wonderful life and leave your mental health struggles behind. I specialize in medication management for mood problems, anger management and panic disorders. My approach to therapy combines my characteristics as an individual who is compassionate, charismatic, non-judgmental – with years of experience and effective listening skills.
My job as a psychiatrist is centered on your recovery so you can engage fully with this wonderful life and leave your mental health struggles behind. I specialize in medication management for mood problems, anger management and panic disorders. My approach to therapy combines my characteristics as an individual who is compassionate, charismatic, non-judgmental – with years of experience and effective listening skills.
(973) 313-5839 View (973) 313-5839
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David A. Mitnick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Maywood, NJ 07607
David Mitnick M.D. combines evidence-based psychiatric approaches with over two decades of patient-centered humanism treating children, teens and adults. Dr. Mitnick is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He treats a broad range of mental health issues, with particular interest in ADD/ADHD, Asperger's/Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Mitnick believes in a comprehensive, collaborative and holistic approach to assessment and treatment. He provides evaluation, psychotherapy and medications customized to the individual.
David Mitnick M.D. combines evidence-based psychiatric approaches with over two decades of patient-centered humanism treating children, teens and adults. Dr. Mitnick is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He treats a broad range of mental health issues, with particular interest in ADD/ADHD, Asperger's/Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Mitnick believes in a comprehensive, collaborative and holistic approach to assessment and treatment. He provides evaluation, psychotherapy and medications customized to the individual.
(201) 877-5505 View (201) 877-5505
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Salvatore Zullo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Salvatore and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Burnout, Bipolar, Depression, Family Issues, Life Coaching, Life Transitions, Men's Issues, Relationship Issues, 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 Salvatore and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New Jersey. I specialize in Anxiety, Burnout, Bipolar, Depression, Family Issues, Life Coaching, Life Transitions, Men's Issues, Relationship Issues, 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) 874-2811 View (973) 874-2811
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Eboni Brown Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
Mental Health is not a destination; it is a journey and a process” (Happiness360). My name is Dr. Eboni Freeman (DNP), and I specialize in the psycho-pharmacologic management of mental health symptoms. Everyone is unique in their treatment needs, so the approach to one's psychiatric treatment plan should be individualized. I believe in a collaborative approach to practice and am looking forward to working with you in developing the best treatment plan to optimize your overall quality of life
Mental Health is not a destination; it is a journey and a process” (Happiness360). My name is Dr. Eboni Freeman (DNP), and I specialize in the psycho-pharmacologic management of mental health symptoms. Everyone is unique in their treatment needs, so the approach to one's psychiatric treatment plan should be individualized. I believe in a collaborative approach to practice and am looking forward to working with you in developing the best treatment plan to optimize your overall quality of life
(862) 319-3428 View (862) 319-3428
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Jane O'Rourke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Paramus, NJ 07652
The foundation of my practice is compassion and a genuine sense of caring for my client's well being and quality of life. I treat my clients holistically while emphasizing a "partnership in care". My practice and expertise is across the lifespan and I care for children, adolescents, adults and elders.
The foundation of my practice is compassion and a genuine sense of caring for my client's well being and quality of life. I treat my clients holistically while emphasizing a "partnership in care". My practice and expertise is across the lifespan and I care for children, adolescents, adults and elders.
(551) 313-9518 View (551) 313-9518
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Tulika Srivastava
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Paramus, NJ 07653
Welcome to the practice of Dr. Tulika Srivastava, a compassionate and dedicated child psychiatrist, board-certified in both child and adolescent and adult psychiatry . My practice is a place of understanding and healing where the mental well being of children, adolescents and adults is the top priority. Recognizing the importance of early intervention in shaping a healthier future , I employ evidence based approaches tailored to each young patient’s needs. My comprehensive background in adult psychiatry allows me to extend quality care to adult patients too. I look forward to my patients having a healthier , more balanced future .
Welcome to the practice of Dr. Tulika Srivastava, a compassionate and dedicated child psychiatrist, board-certified in both child and adolescent and adult psychiatry . My practice is a place of understanding and healing where the mental well being of children, adolescents and adults is the top priority. Recognizing the importance of early intervention in shaping a healthier future , I employ evidence based approaches tailored to each young patient’s needs. My comprehensive background in adult psychiatry allows me to extend quality care to adult patients too. I look forward to my patients having a healthier , more balanced future .
(551) 239-8079 View (551) 239-8079
Jean Ying-Chang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hackensack, NJ 07601
I am extremely happy to be a part of the Specialized Therapy Associates team. STA has been in operation since 1994 with a staff of psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists in Hackensack, Paramus, Ramsey, Short Hills, & Fort Lee. STA provides the full range of psychological services: individual, couples, family & group therapy. We also provide a full range of psychological testing services for all age ranges.STA offers specialized programs which includes but not limited to eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, academic success, child and parenting. For Example, I to specialize in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.
I am extremely happy to be a part of the Specialized Therapy Associates team. STA has been in operation since 1994 with a staff of psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists in Hackensack, Paramus, Ramsey, Short Hills, & Fort Lee. STA provides the full range of psychological services: individual, couples, family & group therapy. We also provide a full range of psychological testing services for all age ranges.STA offers specialized programs which includes but not limited to eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, academic success, child and parenting. For Example, I to specialize in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.
(551) 299-0558 View (551) 299-0558
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Angela Dang
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Angela is proudly part of Tri America Health & Wellness and sees both adolescents and adults for in-person and online in NJ and online in NY. She is a board certified Psychiatric Physician Assistant. She performs mental health assessments, establish diagnoses, and offer treatment in terms of medical management and counseling
Angela is proudly part of Tri America Health & Wellness and sees both adolescents and adults for in-person and online in NJ and online in NY. She is a board certified Psychiatric Physician Assistant. She performs mental health assessments, establish diagnoses, and offer treatment in terms of medical management and counseling
(201) 720-1713 View (201) 720-1713
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Elizabeth Baylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, BSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hackensack, NJ 07601  (Online Only)
I am an ANCC board-certified PMHNP. I received my MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health from Virginia Commonwealth University. I worked as an RN on a trauma step-down unit, helping patients who had endured bodily trauma and patients withdrawing from substances. The clinical experience I received during my training was largely with inpatient mood disorder and forensic psychiatric populations with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. When I began to work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, that experience influenced my decision to focus on mental health.
I am an ANCC board-certified PMHNP. I received my MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health from Virginia Commonwealth University. I worked as an RN on a trauma step-down unit, helping patients who had endured bodily trauma and patients withdrawing from substances. The clinical experience I received during my training was largely with inpatient mood disorder and forensic psychiatric populations with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. When I began to work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, that experience influenced my decision to focus on mental health.
(786) 244-5481 View (786) 244-5481
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Lashon Simpson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hackensack, NJ 07601
I’m a Psychiatric Provider that listens, shows compassion, and empathizes. I look forward to helping you rebuild your mental health by providing both pharmacological and holistic treatment plans. Rather you have ADHD, Depression, anxiety and/or insomnia, help is just a call away. We treat each client from a personal perspective and provide individualized psychiatric treatment plans that helps to rebuild your mental health.
I’m a Psychiatric Provider that listens, shows compassion, and empathizes. I look forward to helping you rebuild your mental health by providing both pharmacological and holistic treatment plans. Rather you have ADHD, Depression, anxiety and/or insomnia, help is just a call away. We treat each client from a personal perspective and provide individualized psychiatric treatment plans that helps to rebuild your mental health.
(973) 791-8079 View (973) 791-8079
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Oyebola Asenuga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APN-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hackensack, NJ 07601  (Online Only)
Nice to meet you! I'm Oyebola, the founder and owner of Restore Ark Healthcare. I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New Jersey with over 13 years of clinical experience working in different types of mental healthcare settings. I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive services to all patients in need.
Nice to meet you! I'm Oyebola, the founder and owner of Restore Ark Healthcare. I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New Jersey with over 13 years of clinical experience working in different types of mental healthcare settings. I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive services to all patients in need.
(908) 293-9535 View (908) 293-9535
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Mishela Gevorkyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Hackensack, NJ 07601  (Online Only)
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and an AANP-certified family nurse practitioner. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Nursing from the University of Miami, my Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL, and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate from Florida State University.
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and an AANP-certified family nurse practitioner. I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Nursing from the University of Miami, my Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL, and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate from Florida State University.
(786) 952-6122 View (786) 952-6122

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Number of Psychiatrists in Saddle Brook, NJ

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Psychiatrists in Saddle Brook, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Behavioral Issues
100% Developmental Disorders

Gender breakdown

100% Female

How Psychiatrists in Saddle Brook, NJ see their clients

100% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Saddle Brook?

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.