Psychiatrists in Somerville, NJ

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Mindspace Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Somerville, NJ 08876
Hello this is Dr. Padma Palvai a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. Are you searching for a passionate and resourceful psychiatrist for yourself or your child? Does your child need mental health services from a board certified psychiatrist who truly cares? Do you need to find someone skilled in working with clients diagnosed with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or other mental health conditions? You can stop searching. As a psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience treating children and adults I have gained the skills, knowledge, and drive to help you or your child thrive.
Hello this is Dr. Padma Palvai a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. Are you searching for a passionate and resourceful psychiatrist for yourself or your child? Does your child need mental health services from a board certified psychiatrist who truly cares? Do you need to find someone skilled in working with clients diagnosed with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or other mental health conditions? You can stop searching. As a psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience treating children and adults I have gained the skills, knowledge, and drive to help you or your child thrive.
(908) 913-7531 View (908) 913-7531
Universal Behavioral Health Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Somerville, NJ 08876
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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Mindspace Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Somerville, NJ 08876
Hello this is Dr. Padma Palvai a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. Are you searching for a passionate and resourceful psychiatrist for yourself or your child? Does your child need mental health services from a board certified psychiatrist who truly cares? Do you need to find someone skilled in working with clients diagnosed with autism, depression, or anxiety? You can stop searching. As a psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience treating children and adults in both the United States and India, I have gained the skills, knowledge, and drive to help you or your child thrive.
Hello this is Dr. Padma Palvai a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. Are you searching for a passionate and resourceful psychiatrist for yourself or your child? Does your child need mental health services from a board certified psychiatrist who truly cares? Do you need to find someone skilled in working with clients diagnosed with autism, depression, or anxiety? You can stop searching. As a psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience treating children and adults in both the United States and India, I have gained the skills, knowledge, and drive to help you or your child thrive.
(908) 224-4074 View (908) 224-4074
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Bright Futures Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Somerville, NJ 08876
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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Joseph A. Donnellan, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Somerville, NJ 08876
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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livingston heathcare llc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Somerville, NJ 08876
My philosophy of working with my patients is to first and foremost clarify the diagnosis. It can take few visits to do so and I like to spend time with you going over few things from past history. I believe in the importance of a Bio-psycho-social profile and getting to know different facets of your life - It is very important for me to get to know you as a person not just someone with symptoms of a disorder . I like to stay in touch with other treatment providers such as medical doctors and Psychotherapists as I believe coordination of care is very important.
My philosophy of working with my patients is to first and foremost clarify the diagnosis. It can take few visits to do so and I like to spend time with you going over few things from past history. I believe in the importance of a Bio-psycho-social profile and getting to know different facets of your life - It is very important for me to get to know you as a person not just someone with symptoms of a disorder . I like to stay in touch with other treatment providers such as medical doctors and Psychotherapists as I believe coordination of care is very important.
(908) 791-5960 View (908) 791-5960
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Gabriell Budoff
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
Somerville, NJ 08876
I am a board-certified behavioral health nurse practitioner, specializing in the mental health needs of adults and older adults. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Brandeis University and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Boston College William F. Connell School. I provide a nurturing and safe space, in which you can express yourself freely without fear of judgment. I practice with patience and compassion and promise to take the time to get to know who you are as an individual and your unique needs and strengths. I will work with you to come up with a treatment plan you are comfortable with.
I am a board-certified behavioral health nurse practitioner, specializing in the mental health needs of adults and older adults. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Brandeis University and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Boston College William F. Connell School. I provide a nurturing and safe space, in which you can express yourself freely without fear of judgment. I practice with patience and compassion and promise to take the time to get to know who you are as an individual and your unique needs and strengths. I will work with you to come up with a treatment plan you are comfortable with.
(908) 224-5598 View (908) 224-5598
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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

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Gloria Akunna
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Bridgewater, NJ 08807  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with anxiety, sadness, low energy, poor focus, sleep issues, mood swings or irritability? Have you been feeling down, tired, stressed, and overwhelmed? Are you looking to continue your medication management? You have come to the right place! At PsychCare Health & Wellness, we begin with a comprehensive evaluation which is an important first step to finding the right solution for your mental health needs. We will work with you to devise an evidence-based treatment plan that is patient-centered, focusing on your unique individual needs. We also offer pharmacogenomic tests to guide medication management.
Are you struggling with anxiety, sadness, low energy, poor focus, sleep issues, mood swings or irritability? Have you been feeling down, tired, stressed, and overwhelmed? Are you looking to continue your medication management? You have come to the right place! At PsychCare Health & Wellness, we begin with a comprehensive evaluation which is an important first step to finding the right solution for your mental health needs. We will work with you to devise an evidence-based treatment plan that is patient-centered, focusing on your unique individual needs. We also offer pharmacogenomic tests to guide medication management.
(908) 503-2992 View (908) 503-2992
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Blessing Nwele Apn-Bc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APN, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
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.
(908) 509-6114 View (908) 509-6114
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Amy C Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgewater, NJ 08807  (Online Only)
Your mental health journey is unique, and your care should be too. I aim to provide comprehensive, holistic, and personalized mental health care. The priority in caring for my patients is to develop a safe treatment plan while recognizing and honoring where they are in their journey. I provide medication management via telehealth, providing ease and comfort of care.
Your mental health journey is unique, and your care should be too. I aim to provide comprehensive, holistic, and personalized mental health care. The priority in caring for my patients is to develop a safe treatment plan while recognizing and honoring where they are in their journey. I provide medication management via telehealth, providing ease and comfort of care.
(908) 503-5842 View (908) 503-5842
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Carol Smith
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
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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Amanda Guarnere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
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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Karen Yeboah-Norment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
My ideal patient is one with multiple psychiatric co-morbidities looking for a treatment to improve one’s mood, energy, anxiety, and focus. Do you feel sad daily, stopped socializing with friends & family members, perform the bare minimum work tasks, call out of work frequently, and are failing college classes due to not completing school assignments & attendance? Have you been using cannabis to cope with one’s current mood symptoms? Have you failed numerous medications due to side effects & effectiveness? I will help you develop a treatment plan to help you meet your mental health goals and feel content & yourself again.
My ideal patient is one with multiple psychiatric co-morbidities looking for a treatment to improve one’s mood, energy, anxiety, and focus. Do you feel sad daily, stopped socializing with friends & family members, perform the bare minimum work tasks, call out of work frequently, and are failing college classes due to not completing school assignments & attendance? Have you been using cannabis to cope with one’s current mood symptoms? Have you failed numerous medications due to side effects & effectiveness? I will help you develop a treatment plan to help you meet your mental health goals and feel content & yourself again.
(908) 498-9388 View (908) 498-9388
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
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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Godbridge Integrated Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ANP-BC, APN-c
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
As a board certified provider in both Psychiatry and Internal Medicine, Dr. Gordon Kusi not only provides comprehensive care, but also care that is compassionate, patient-centered, knowledgeable and evidence based. He received his bachelor’s master’s and doctoral education from Rutgers University and a post-masters from Wilkes University. Dr. Kusi is highly esteemed among his clients who speak well of his respect, love for his profession, and compassion he expressed while providing care. He believes the client is the most important person in the treatment arena and not only should be listened to, but also the focus should be on.
As a board certified provider in both Psychiatry and Internal Medicine, Dr. Gordon Kusi not only provides comprehensive care, but also care that is compassionate, patient-centered, knowledgeable and evidence based. He received his bachelor’s master’s and doctoral education from Rutgers University and a post-masters from Wilkes University. Dr. Kusi is highly esteemed among his clients who speak well of his respect, love for his profession, and compassion he expressed while providing care. He believes the client is the most important person in the treatment arena and not only should be listened to, but also the focus should be on.
(732) 889-5420 View (732) 889-5420
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Shandel Douglas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGNP-BC, MAT-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
My ideal client would be someone seeking mental health support with a genuine commitment to their well-being and personal growth. Here are some characteristics, issues, needs, and goals of this client: Openness to therapy, mental health challenges, emotional support, self-improvement, stress management, relationship enhancement, coping skills, reducing symptoms, medication management, holistic approach, and long-term well-being. My ideal client is motivated, committed to their mental well-being, and seeking to improve their overall quality of life and achieve personal growth and self-awareness.
My ideal client would be someone seeking mental health support with a genuine commitment to their well-being and personal growth. Here are some characteristics, issues, needs, and goals of this client: Openness to therapy, mental health challenges, emotional support, self-improvement, stress management, relationship enhancement, coping skills, reducing symptoms, medication management, holistic approach, and long-term well-being. My ideal client is motivated, committed to their mental well-being, and seeking to improve their overall quality of life and achieve personal growth and self-awareness.
(908) 386-5291 View (908) 386-5291
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Union Healthcare of New Jersey, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Raritan, NJ 08869  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Juliet Ajayi, PMHNP-BC, founder of Union Healthcare of New Jersey, LLC. My ideal client is an adult seeking support for mental health conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, or Bipolar Disorder. They're looking for expert guidance in managing their symptoms through medication, aiming for stability and improved quality of life. Their needs include understanding their condition, finding the right medication regimen, and achieving a sense of balance. They value a collaborative, compassionate, and informed approach to their treatment, wishing for a partnership that respects their experiences and goals for wellness.
Hi, I'm Juliet Ajayi, PMHNP-BC, founder of Union Healthcare of New Jersey, LLC. My ideal client is an adult seeking support for mental health conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, or Bipolar Disorder. They're looking for expert guidance in managing their symptoms through medication, aiming for stability and improved quality of life. Their needs include understanding their condition, finding the right medication regimen, and achieving a sense of balance. They value a collaborative, compassionate, and informed approach to their treatment, wishing for a partnership that respects their experiences and goals for wellness.
(908) 774-2605 View (908) 774-2605
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Anchor Care: Adetutu Ogunmefun DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
I am a compassionate and patient-focused practitioner with over ten years of experience in the healthcare field. Through active listening, I offer a combination of diverse clinical backgrounds in delivering high-quality patient care. I hold a doctorate in nursing from Rutgers University and am board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
I am a compassionate and patient-focused practitioner with over ten years of experience in the healthcare field. Through active listening, I offer a combination of diverse clinical backgrounds in delivering high-quality patient care. I hold a doctorate in nursing from Rutgers University and am board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(908) 895-5484 View (908) 895-5484
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Ann Rhatican
Psychiatric Nurse, PMH, CNS, APNC
Verified Verified
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
As an APN I have a strong conviction in the Mind Body connection which has led me to a holistic approach to care. My extensive experience in medical nursing as well as behavioral health nursing gives me a unique perspective, enabling me to identify the biopsychosocial needs of the client.My practice includes not only psychotherapy but also medication monitoring. In my prescriptive practice I work closely and collaborate with behavioral health clinicians and pschologists.
As an APN I have a strong conviction in the Mind Body connection which has led me to a holistic approach to care. My extensive experience in medical nursing as well as behavioral health nursing gives me a unique perspective, enabling me to identify the biopsychosocial needs of the client.My practice includes not only psychotherapy but also medication monitoring. In my prescriptive practice I work closely and collaborate with behavioral health clinicians and pschologists.
(908) 280-0268 View (908) 280-0268

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Somerville, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Somerville, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
88% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

67% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% Medicare
67% Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield

How Psychiatrists in Somerville, NJ see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Somerville?

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.