Psychiatrists in Short Hills, NJ

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Dr. Sarah Azarchi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
I am a NYU-trained board-certified psychiatrist & psychotherapist, licensed in New Jersey and New York. I believe in the power of the mind and its ​profound influence on overall wellbeing. I offer comprehensive treatment that integrates psychotherapy and medication management.
I am a NYU-trained board-certified psychiatrist & psychotherapist, licensed in New Jersey and New York. I believe in the power of the mind and its ​profound influence on overall wellbeing. I offer comprehensive treatment that integrates psychotherapy and medication management.
(908) 388-9920 View (908) 388-9920
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Geoffrey Talis
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
There are times you may feel lost in this fast-paced world and begin to struggle with managing your mood, energy levels, concentration, and desire. It may appear that others are thriving in life and you're the one feeling left behind, weak, inadequate, or dysfunctional in some way. For some reason, you're just not reaching your full potential. You may at this point decide to seek out a psychiatrist to help navigate the complex nature of your life from multiple perspectives including the mind, body, spirit, and community.
There are times you may feel lost in this fast-paced world and begin to struggle with managing your mood, energy levels, concentration, and desire. It may appear that others are thriving in life and you're the one feeling left behind, weak, inadequate, or dysfunctional in some way. For some reason, you're just not reaching your full potential. You may at this point decide to seek out a psychiatrist to help navigate the complex nature of your life from multiple perspectives including the mind, body, spirit, and community.
(973) 241-7565 View (973) 241-7565
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Sari Lehrhoff M.D., LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Short Hills, NJ 07078  (Online Only)
Dr. Lehrhoff is a psychiatrist, a therapist, & a master life coach who leads inspirational courses. Clients come to Doc to be advised how to ween off of their medications, or be guided through life challenges in her nonjudgemental presence. Dr. Lehrhoff practices with a wide-range of therapeutic modalities to guide clients towards feeling their best. If you are looking for a doctor who offers second opinion evaluations, therapy, transitional guidance, life coaching, functional medicine coaching, nutritional guidance, sex therapy, or yoga principles, then look no further. Dr. Lehrhoff next life changing coaching course starts 1/17/24
Dr. Lehrhoff is a psychiatrist, a therapist, & a master life coach who leads inspirational courses. Clients come to Doc to be advised how to ween off of their medications, or be guided through life challenges in her nonjudgemental presence. Dr. Lehrhoff practices with a wide-range of therapeutic modalities to guide clients towards feeling their best. If you are looking for a doctor who offers second opinion evaluations, therapy, transitional guidance, life coaching, functional medicine coaching, nutritional guidance, sex therapy, or yoga principles, then look no further. Dr. Lehrhoff next life changing coaching course starts 1/17/24
(732) 479-1594 View (732) 479-1594
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Dr. Jose Sanchez-Cruz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Short Hills, NJ 07078
I believe that everyone deserves access to compassionate, comprehensive mental health care. My mission is to empower you to overcome personal obstacles to improve your life, fostering a sense of hope, resilience, and self-efficacy. Together, we can work to manage your symptoms, understand your experiences, and cultivate a more fulfilling life.
I believe that everyone deserves access to compassionate, comprehensive mental health care. My mission is to empower you to overcome personal obstacles to improve your life, fostering a sense of hope, resilience, and self-efficacy. Together, we can work to manage your symptoms, understand your experiences, and cultivate a more fulfilling life.
(347) 685-6636 View (347) 685-6636
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Kimberly Monestime
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Short Hills, NJ 07078  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients at TeleNP Health! 8 years of diverse experience. Holistically and comprehensively treating an array of psychiatric conditions (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, etc). We are patient-centered, no one knows you better than you. Let's work together to identify & conquer the hurdles that stand in your way to a happy, fulfilled, & purposeful life. Visit our website to access an appointment. Currently offering telepsychiatry services for Adolescents, College Mental Health, & Adults.
Accepting New Patients at TeleNP Health! 8 years of diverse experience. Holistically and comprehensively treating an array of psychiatric conditions (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, etc). We are patient-centered, no one knows you better than you. Let's work together to identify & conquer the hurdles that stand in your way to a happy, fulfilled, & purposeful life. Visit our website to access an appointment. Currently offering telepsychiatry services for Adolescents, College Mental Health, & Adults.
(973) 434-5030 View (973) 434-5030
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Mindful Medicine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
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Stewart R. Reiter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
I graduated from Johns Hopkins University, and then received my M.D. from New Jersey Medical School. I completed my psychiatric residency at New York University and then did a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. I remained on the faculty where I taught medical students, did research in clinical psychopharmacology, and had a faculty practice. I also completed an externship in cognitive behavioral therapy under the tutelage of Dr. Aaron Beck at the University of Pennsylvania. I have written many published articles and have lectured extensively in the area of clinical psychopharmacology.
I graduated from Johns Hopkins University, and then received my M.D. from New Jersey Medical School. I completed my psychiatric residency at New York University and then did a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. I remained on the faculty where I taught medical students, did research in clinical psychopharmacology, and had a faculty practice. I also completed an externship in cognitive behavioral therapy under the tutelage of Dr. Aaron Beck at the University of Pennsylvania. I have written many published articles and have lectured extensively in the area of clinical psychopharmacology.
(908) 279-0430 View (908) 279-0430
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Dr. Kofoworola Ojo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Dr Ojo is a psychiatrist at SK Lifestyle Psychiatry. Dr. Ojo is a double-board certified Psychiatrist, with experience in treating a variety of psychiatric illnesses, ranging from mood, anxiety, psychosis, trauma, and stress-related disorders. Additionally, her advance training in psychosomatic medicine allows for a more in-depth understanding of the interplay between physical and mental health. Dr. Ojo has been exposed to diverse backgrounds differing from her own–she is well aware of the importance and impact this can have on an individual.
Dr Ojo is a psychiatrist at SK Lifestyle Psychiatry. Dr. Ojo is a double-board certified Psychiatrist, with experience in treating a variety of psychiatric illnesses, ranging from mood, anxiety, psychosis, trauma, and stress-related disorders. Additionally, her advance training in psychosomatic medicine allows for a more in-depth understanding of the interplay between physical and mental health. Dr. Ojo has been exposed to diverse backgrounds differing from her own–she is well aware of the importance and impact this can have on an individual.
(201) 389-2729 View (201) 389-2729
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Ololade Ekwere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078  (Online Only)
Ololade "Lola" Ekwere is a Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience caring for patients in different capacities. She understands the interconnectedness of mental and physical health, and works collaboratively with each patient to prioritize and meet their mental health needs. She is empathetic, listens, and practices using evidence-based guidelines in order to provide the best care.
Ololade "Lola" Ekwere is a Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience caring for patients in different capacities. She understands the interconnectedness of mental and physical health, and works collaboratively with each patient to prioritize and meet their mental health needs. She is empathetic, listens, and practices using evidence-based guidelines in order to provide the best care.
(908) 460-1383 View (908) 460-1383
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Michael Zornitzer
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
I am a psychiatrist with over 30 years experience in private practice, board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I work with patients with depression, anxiety, panic, substance abuse, ADD, OCD, bipolar disorder, marital and relationship issues as well as most other problems for which people seek professional help.
I am a psychiatrist with over 30 years experience in private practice, board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I work with patients with depression, anxiety, panic, substance abuse, ADD, OCD, bipolar disorder, marital and relationship issues as well as most other problems for which people seek professional help.
(973) 567-3510 View (973) 567-3510
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Indra Cidambi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Dr. Cidambi is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine (ABAM). She completed her residency in Psychiatry from Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine from NYU/Bellevue. Dr. Cidambi was the Director of Chemical Dependency at New Jersey's oldest inpatient mental health/substance abuse hospital. In 2010, Dr. Cidambi started her own substance abuse treatment facility, Center for Network Therapy (RecoveryCNT.com), providing outpatient detoxification from alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates and suboxone, and partial care and IOP programs. The Center for Network Therapy is in-network with most major private health insurance providers.
Dr. Cidambi is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine (ABAM). She completed her residency in Psychiatry from Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine from NYU/Bellevue. Dr. Cidambi was the Director of Chemical Dependency at New Jersey's oldest inpatient mental health/substance abuse hospital. In 2010, Dr. Cidambi started her own substance abuse treatment facility, Center for Network Therapy (RecoveryCNT.com), providing outpatient detoxification from alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates and suboxone, and partial care and IOP programs. The Center for Network Therapy is in-network with most major private health insurance providers.
(973) 358-4128 View (973) 358-4128
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Sean X Luo
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Short Hills, NJ 07078
I am a Columbia-trained general and addiction psychiatrist and researcher. My practice focuses on delivering high-quality treatment to a small number of patients. I focus on complex substance use, co-morbid/dual diagnoses cases such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and depression, and behavioral addictions such as sex/gaming addiction. I conduct both talk therapy and use medications in my practice and work with both patients and their families. The goal is transformative change in behavior patterns to help patients achieve their highest level of functioning.
I am a Columbia-trained general and addiction psychiatrist and researcher. My practice focuses on delivering high-quality treatment to a small number of patients. I focus on complex substance use, co-morbid/dual diagnoses cases such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and depression, and behavioral addictions such as sex/gaming addiction. I conduct both talk therapy and use medications in my practice and work with both patients and their families. The goal is transformative change in behavior patterns to help patients achieve their highest level of functioning.
(516) 784-5861 View (516) 784-5861
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Shirley Rajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078  (Online Only)
I believe a comprehensive assessment, a working alliance with clients and families, and collaboration with all treatment providers should be the foundation of any treatment. I am a dual board certified adult and child-adolescent psychiatrist with extensive experience in treating patients with complex emotional and behavioral challenges. I am well adept at addressing issues ranging from depression, to ADHD, to behavioral issues, to struggles with addiction. I believe in balancing multiple psychotherapeutic modalities with psychopharmacology.
I believe a comprehensive assessment, a working alliance with clients and families, and collaboration with all treatment providers should be the foundation of any treatment. I am a dual board certified adult and child-adolescent psychiatrist with extensive experience in treating patients with complex emotional and behavioral challenges. I am well adept at addressing issues ranging from depression, to ADHD, to behavioral issues, to struggles with addiction. I believe in balancing multiple psychotherapeutic modalities with psychopharmacology.
(732) 607-4332 View (732) 607-4332
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Danielle Trenelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Dani, a Family Nurse Practitioner with certifications in Geriatrics and Counseling. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute (skin and respiratory infections) and chronic (pre-diabetes, diabetes, HTN, and pain)
Hello, I'm Dani, a Family Nurse Practitioner with certifications in Geriatrics and Counseling. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute (skin and respiratory infections) and chronic (pre-diabetes, diabetes, HTN, and pain)
(609) 507-0364 View (609) 507-0364
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Khushbu Joshi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Short Hills, NJ 07078  (Online Only)
Dr. Joshi has a commitment to taking a holistic approach to mental health. By incorporating her background as a pediatrician, she understands the importance of considering the entire well-being of her patients. She recognizes that mental health is interconnected with physical health, and that addressing both aspects is crucial for wellness. One of Dr. Joshi's greatest strengths lies in her ability to build strong connections with her patients and their families. She believes in the power of open communication and collaboration, working closely with parents and caregivers to develop effective treatment plans.
Dr. Joshi has a commitment to taking a holistic approach to mental health. By incorporating her background as a pediatrician, she understands the importance of considering the entire well-being of her patients. She recognizes that mental health is interconnected with physical health, and that addressing both aspects is crucial for wellness. One of Dr. Joshi's greatest strengths lies in her ability to build strong connections with her patients and their families. She believes in the power of open communication and collaboration, working closely with parents and caregivers to develop effective treatment plans.
(201) 431-3271 View (201) 431-3271
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Maribel Abbate
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Short Hills, NJ 07078  (Online Only)
Please visit my personal website for all details and fees by clicking on the link to the left. With the privacy and convenience of videoconferencing, my focus is treating non emergent psychiatric issues, such as depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, adjustment and mood disorders. I work to understand the biological, psychological, social issues affecting every patient and will make recommendations which may include nutrition, exercise, sleep hygiene, meditation, light therapy, psychotherapy, supplements and/or medications. The goal is to provide private and comprehensive care in order to get every patient to better health.
Please visit my personal website for all details and fees by clicking on the link to the left. With the privacy and convenience of videoconferencing, my focus is treating non emergent psychiatric issues, such as depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, adjustment and mood disorders. I work to understand the biological, psychological, social issues affecting every patient and will make recommendations which may include nutrition, exercise, sleep hygiene, meditation, light therapy, psychotherapy, supplements and/or medications. The goal is to provide private and comprehensive care in order to get every patient to better health.
(973) 261-8641 View (973) 261-8641
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Tom Zaubler
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
I combine my decades of experience in academic psychiatry and my extensive knowledge of psychotherapeutic methods and psychopharmacology with empathy, focused listening and a caring responsiveness to provide personalized care to the patients in my practice, Pegasus Psychiatry Associates (www.PegasusPsych.com). I was Chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry at Morristown Medical Center (NJ's #1 rated hospital) for 21 years and am a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University's Medical School. I am widely published, have national recognition for my research and have served on state-wide mental health committees.
I combine my decades of experience in academic psychiatry and my extensive knowledge of psychotherapeutic methods and psychopharmacology with empathy, focused listening and a caring responsiveness to provide personalized care to the patients in my practice, Pegasus Psychiatry Associates (www.PegasusPsych.com). I was Chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry at Morristown Medical Center (NJ's #1 rated hospital) for 21 years and am a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University's Medical School. I am widely published, have national recognition for my research and have served on state-wide mental health committees.
(973) 532-6930 View (973) 532-6930
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Denise Owen-Fabricius
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078  (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
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Louis Sanfilippo, MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Short Hills, NJ 07078
I am a Yale-trained adult psychiatrist (board certified) and psychotherapist with over two decades of experience. My expertise is treating anxiety and depression, ADHD, sleep disorders, and performance/sports related problems. I provide psychotherapy and, when needed, medication treatment, approaching each patient as a whole person and tailoring treatment to meet their unique, personal needs. I consider my style non-judgmental and interactive, and collaborate with my patients to help them toward symptom relief, as well as greater wellness and fulfillment in life.
I am a Yale-trained adult psychiatrist (board certified) and psychotherapist with over two decades of experience. My expertise is treating anxiety and depression, ADHD, sleep disorders, and performance/sports related problems. I provide psychotherapy and, when needed, medication treatment, approaching each patient as a whole person and tailoring treatment to meet their unique, personal needs. I consider my style non-judgmental and interactive, and collaborate with my patients to help them toward symptom relief, as well as greater wellness and fulfillment in life.
(973) 629-8954 View (973) 629-8954
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Alicia Morris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Short Hills, NJ 07078  (Online Only)
Thank you for visiting my page! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the life span, which means I help people of all ages) with a desire to help others that are faced with mental health concerns. My background includes working with various conditions including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders. My experience also includes inpatient stabilization and outpatient continued care.
Thank you for visiting my page! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the life span, which means I help people of all ages) with a desire to help others that are faced with mental health concerns. My background includes working with various conditions including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders. My experience also includes inpatient stabilization and outpatient continued care.
(973) 576-5194 View (973) 576-5194
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Number of Psychiatrists in Short Hills, NJ

30+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Short Hills, NJ who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
90% Depression
87% Medication Management
74% ADHD
71% Trauma and PTSD
71% Bipolar Disorder
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Short Hills, NJ see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

59% Female
41% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Short Hills?

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.