Psychiatrists in Skillman, NJ

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Bright Futures Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Skillman, NJ 08558
Dr. Jennifer Dismukes, DO combines exceptional knowledge and skills with compassionate therapeutic services. She works hard to understand you and how your experiences, biology, family history and personality traits contribute to your current suffering and symptoms Dr. Dismukes is double Board-Certified Adult and Pediatric medical physician of Psychiatry, a Doctor-of-Medicine, specifically Osteopathic Medicine, which is the study of the entire body as a system. As such, She is an expert in the treatment of medical, psychiatric, psychological, and developmental problems.
Dr. Jennifer Dismukes, DO combines exceptional knowledge and skills with compassionate therapeutic services. She works hard to understand you and how your experiences, biology, family history and personality traits contribute to your current suffering and symptoms Dr. Dismukes is double Board-Certified Adult and Pediatric medical physician of Psychiatry, a Doctor-of-Medicine, specifically Osteopathic Medicine, which is the study of the entire body as a system. As such, She is an expert in the treatment of medical, psychiatric, psychological, and developmental problems.
(609) 722-7046 View (609) 722-7046
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Arnaldo Negron
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Skillman, NJ 08558  (Online Only)
We specialize in the Evaluation and Management of Adults with Psychiatric conditions. Aroga offer specialized treatment for medication resistant depressed patients such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Intranasal Ketamine and Spravato. We are the only center in the area to offer QB Test, a FDA cleared test to assess treatment optimization in ADHD. We also offer treatment for Eating disorders and Obesity, as well as Office-based treatment of opioid dependence and Addiction. Our therapies provide multiple psychotherapy techniques to help our patients to achieve complete treatment success.
We specialize in the Evaluation and Management of Adults with Psychiatric conditions. Aroga offer specialized treatment for medication resistant depressed patients such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Intranasal Ketamine and Spravato. We are the only center in the area to offer QB Test, a FDA cleared test to assess treatment optimization in ADHD. We also offer treatment for Eating disorders and Obesity, as well as Office-based treatment of opioid dependence and Addiction. Our therapies provide multiple psychotherapy techniques to help our patients to achieve complete treatment success.
(609) 279-1339 View (609) 279-1339
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Ashley Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Skillman, NJ 08558  (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!
(973) 381-1818 View (973) 381-1818

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Universal Behavioral Health Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Many people today are faced with mental health challenges that could prevent them from achieving their dreams. I understand that we all have goals and aspirations and everyone should be given the opportunity to reach their highest potential in life and impact their generation. I have been privileged to work with clients experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, fear, low self-esteem, psychosis and drug addiction to ensure that they get back to a state of emotional well-being and mental health. I worked with clients using psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy interventions with excellent results.
Many people today are faced with mental health challenges that could prevent them from achieving their dreams. I understand that we all have goals and aspirations and everyone should be given the opportunity to reach their highest potential in life and impact their generation. I have been privileged to work with clients experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, fear, low self-esteem, psychosis and drug addiction to ensure that they get back to a state of emotional well-being and mental health. I worked with clients using psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy interventions with excellent results.
(973) 510-2076 View (973) 510-2076
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Alexander Road Associates
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Princeton, NJ 08540
ARA has been serving the Princeton area for over thirty years. ARA offers psychiatry, psychotherapy, psycho/educational testing and substance abuse counseling for people of all ages. ARA is dedicated to providing thoughtful and compassionate integrated care for our patients. Psychiatrists and therapists collaborate to offer evidence-based treatments including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy and psycho-pharmacological intervention. ARA child, adolescent and adult psychiatrists are skilled in diagnosis & psychopharmacology.
ARA has been serving the Princeton area for over thirty years. ARA offers psychiatry, psychotherapy, psycho/educational testing and substance abuse counseling for people of all ages. ARA is dedicated to providing thoughtful and compassionate integrated care for our patients. Psychiatrists and therapists collaborate to offer evidence-based treatments including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy and psycho-pharmacological intervention. ARA child, adolescent and adult psychiatrists are skilled in diagnosis & psychopharmacology.
(609) 957-6887 View (609) 957-6887
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Jomaby HealthCare Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APN-c
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner in New Jersey and has been in the mental health/psychiatric field for 0ver 10 years. I have extensive inpatient and outpatient experience working with individuals with mental health issues. I have worked with adolescents and adults with psychiatric disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorders and other mental health issues.
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner in New Jersey and has been in the mental health/psychiatric field for 0ver 10 years. I have extensive inpatient and outpatient experience working with individuals with mental health issues. I have worked with adolescents and adults with psychiatric disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorders and other mental health issues.
(908) 365-0899 View (908) 365-0899
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Joseph A. Donnellan, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Hi! I have 27 years experience as a board-certified psychiatrist in central New Jersey. My specialties are eating disorders, depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I have been the medical director of the Eating Disorders Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (formerly Somerset Medical Center) for 22 years and I am the Chief of Psychiatry there, a position I have held since 1999. I have a private-practice in Hillsborough, which I started in 1993. I believe that one size does NOT fit all and every patient needs a unique treatment plan that should be developed together between professional and patient.
Hi! I have 27 years experience as a board-certified psychiatrist in central New Jersey. My specialties are eating disorders, depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I have been the medical director of the Eating Disorders Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (formerly Somerset Medical Center) for 22 years and I am the Chief of Psychiatry there, a position I have held since 1999. I have a private-practice in Hillsborough, which I started in 1993. I believe that one size does NOT fit all and every patient needs a unique treatment plan that should be developed together between professional and patient.
(908) 332-5624 View (908) 332-5624
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Dr. Tony Issac
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Princeton, NJ 08540
Dr. Issac is an experienced addiction and general psychiatrist with eight years of experience. He has helped many overcome their mental health challenges. Issac evaluates, diagnoses, and treats people based on their medical pathology, nutritional, and hormonal health. People suffering from addictions, or with other mental health challenges, such as anxiety, and depression, can recover with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Combining medications with psychotherapy, Dr. Issac considers various medical factors to treat his patients; he plans comprehensive treatments. His warmth and compassion are welcoming and supportive.
Dr. Issac is an experienced addiction and general psychiatrist with eight years of experience. He has helped many overcome their mental health challenges. Issac evaluates, diagnoses, and treats people based on their medical pathology, nutritional, and hormonal health. People suffering from addictions, or with other mental health challenges, such as anxiety, and depression, can recover with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Combining medications with psychotherapy, Dr. Issac considers various medical factors to treat his patients; he plans comprehensive treatments. His warmth and compassion are welcoming and supportive.
(201) 371-4044 View (201) 371-4044
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ADHD, Mood & Behavior Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Montgomery, NJ 08502
ADHD, Mood & Behavior Center is a comprehensive Child, Adolescent & Adult psychotherapy center, available ONLINE throughout NJ & NY, from the comfort of your home, and in person in northern NJ. Our three board certified child, adolescent & adult psychiatrists are devoted to the evaluation and treatment of emotional, behavioral, social, academic & employment difficulties, including ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Autism Spectrum Disorder, OCD, learning issues, bullying & video game addiction, and collaborate with our highly trained therapists to find solutions and bring stability to the child, adult or family.
ADHD, Mood & Behavior Center is a comprehensive Child, Adolescent & Adult psychotherapy center, available ONLINE throughout NJ & NY, from the comfort of your home, and in person in northern NJ. Our three board certified child, adolescent & adult psychiatrists are devoted to the evaluation and treatment of emotional, behavioral, social, academic & employment difficulties, including ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Autism Spectrum Disorder, OCD, learning issues, bullying & video game addiction, and collaborate with our highly trained therapists to find solutions and bring stability to the child, adult or family.
(973) 679-7936 View (973) 679-7936
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Trinity Psychiatry (Immaculata Emesue)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP, BC
Verified Verified
Somerset, NJ 08875  (Online Only)
My name is Immaculata Emesue, I am a board-certified Mental Health and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience in psychiatry. I am well experienced in the management of various psychiatry/mental illness. We all aware that life could be extremely stressful and especially with the ongoing chaos in our world today. We are here to help you to navigate through your life struggles and optimize your quality of life. Our goal is to help our patient to achieve optimal serenity and to bring life back to normal once again. We offer medication management and counselling for coping with your daily mental stress.
My name is Immaculata Emesue, I am a board-certified Mental Health and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience in psychiatry. I am well experienced in the management of various psychiatry/mental illness. We all aware that life could be extremely stressful and especially with the ongoing chaos in our world today. We are here to help you to navigate through your life struggles and optimize your quality of life. Our goal is to help our patient to achieve optimal serenity and to bring life back to normal once again. We offer medication management and counselling for coping with your daily mental stress.
(732) 582-5713 View (732) 582-5713
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Ceretha Hall-Dyke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ANP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Princeton, NJ 08540
My approach revolves around personalized care, prioritizing each individual's unique needs to address their mental health concerns effectively. I offer a range of treatments, including therapy, medication management, or a combination thereof. My aim is to cultivate a secure environment where clients can comfortably meet their mental health needs. Seeking help for mental health is not a sign of weakness but a display of strength.
My approach revolves around personalized care, prioritizing each individual's unique needs to address their mental health concerns effectively. I offer a range of treatments, including therapy, medication management, or a combination thereof. My aim is to cultivate a secure environment where clients can comfortably meet their mental health needs. Seeking help for mental health is not a sign of weakness but a display of strength.
(908) 628-1444 View (908) 628-1444
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Carol Smith
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
South Brunswick, NJ 08810
Self-discovery and implementation of new habits and skills can be uncomfortable. My ideal client is someone who is ready to be uncomfortable and one who is dedicated to making an investment in their mental health. Having someone who is consistent with their care and transparent about their feelings and symptoms will lead to an efficient resolution of concerns and achieving goals.
Self-discovery and implementation of new habits and skills can be uncomfortable. My ideal client is someone who is ready to be uncomfortable and one who is dedicated to making an investment in their mental health. Having someone who is consistent with their care and transparent about their feelings and symptoms will lead to an efficient resolution of concerns and achieving goals.
(908) 341-0942 View (908) 341-0942
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
South Brunswick, NJ 08810
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(908) 373-5545 View (908) 373-5545
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Firmin Langyin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Franklin Park, NJ 08823
My name is Firmin Langyin, i graduated from Rutgers University with a doctorate degree in Nursing (Psychiatric/Mental Specialty) in 2020. I have experience in the management and treatment of various psychiatric disorders across lifespan including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and psychotic disorders.
My name is Firmin Langyin, i graduated from Rutgers University with a doctorate degree in Nursing (Psychiatric/Mental Specialty) in 2020. I have experience in the management and treatment of various psychiatric disorders across lifespan including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and psychotic disorders.
(732) 936-7752 View (732) 936-7752
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Eric Finkiel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Dr. Eric Finkiel, DNP, PMHNP-BC, is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Eric completed his undergraduate education in nursing at New Jersey City University. He received a master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Rutgers University, and a post graduate certificate as a PMHNP from the University of Cincinnati. Eric went on to receive his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from University of Massachusetts, Boston. Eric has been working as a nurse practitioner for over seven years and has extensive experience treating a variety of medical diagnosis.
Dr. Eric Finkiel, DNP, PMHNP-BC, is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Eric completed his undergraduate education in nursing at New Jersey City University. He received a master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Rutgers University, and a post graduate certificate as a PMHNP from the University of Cincinnati. Eric went on to receive his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from University of Massachusetts, Boston. Eric has been working as a nurse practitioner for over seven years and has extensive experience treating a variety of medical diagnosis.
(732) 658-0835 View (732) 658-0835
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Donna Gunther
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pennington, NJ 08534
Hello, my name is Donna and I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in New Jersey. One of the very important things I have learned through my years in practice is that the relationship and connection formed between a patient and their provider is paramount. It is the solid foundation from which someone can truly move forward with their mental health goals. I will provide the time you need to listen to your story, evaluate your situation, and then devise options for your treatment including medication if needed. I will collaborate with you in making treatment decisions every step of the way.
Hello, my name is Donna and I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in New Jersey. One of the very important things I have learned through my years in practice is that the relationship and connection formed between a patient and their provider is paramount. It is the solid foundation from which someone can truly move forward with their mental health goals. I will provide the time you need to listen to your story, evaluate your situation, and then devise options for your treatment including medication if needed. I will collaborate with you in making treatment decisions every step of the way.
(908) 263-1085 View (908) 263-1085
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
South Brunswick, NJ 08810
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(908) 676-6592 View (908) 676-6592
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Amanda Guarnere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
South Brunswick, NJ 08810
There is no such thing as an "ideal client." Each individual is unique, and care will be tailored to fit patient needs.
There is no such thing as an "ideal client." Each individual is unique, and care will be tailored to fit patient needs.
(908) 628-1221 View (908) 628-1221
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Michelle Matusalem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Kendall Park, NJ 08824
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in diagnosing and managing psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, sleep disorders, mood disorders, and more. I am licensed to prescribe medication and offer medication management to individuals of all ages seeking to improve their mental health. I am committed to providing compassionate and evidence-based care, and I believe in building trusting relationships with my patients through active listening and honest communication.
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in diagnosing and managing psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, sleep disorders, mood disorders, and more. I am licensed to prescribe medication and offer medication management to individuals of all ages seeking to improve their mental health. I am committed to providing compassionate and evidence-based care, and I believe in building trusting relationships with my patients through active listening and honest communication.
(732) 978-9127 View (732) 978-9127
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David Heekin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Somerville, NJ 08876
Not accepting new clients
I help adult clients ages 18+ with a diverse range of issues (anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, trauma, psychosis, etc.) through a practical and results-oriented approach that is focused mainly on medication management while incorporating a holistic focus through coordination with other professionals (talk therapy, nutrition, wellness, exercise, and other areas). I serve clients in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania through a convenient and secure online telehealth platform, although I also meet with clients in person at my Flemington, New Jersey office.
I help adult clients ages 18+ with a diverse range of issues (anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, trauma, psychosis, etc.) through a practical and results-oriented approach that is focused mainly on medication management while incorporating a holistic focus through coordination with other professionals (talk therapy, nutrition, wellness, exercise, and other areas). I serve clients in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania through a convenient and secure online telehealth platform, although I also meet with clients in person at my Flemington, New Jersey office.
(908) 529-0519 View (908) 529-0519

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Skillman, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Skillman, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Eating Disorders
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
67% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Skillman, NJ see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Skillman?

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.