Psychiatrists in South Plainfield, NJ

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Doris Chukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APN-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Plainfield, NJ 07080  (Online Only)
Top Choice Medical Consult provides a wide range of psychiatric mental health services to a diverse client population. With over 10 years experience in psychiatric and mental health, my experience and educational background have prepared me in providing the required services for mental health needs. I utilize a comprehensive approach in formulating a patient's diagnosis and treatment plan. Our services includes providing detailed psychiatric evaluation, establishing appropriate diagnosis, working with the client in choosing individualized suitable treatment and therapy.
Top Choice Medical Consult provides a wide range of psychiatric mental health services to a diverse client population. With over 10 years experience in psychiatric and mental health, my experience and educational background have prepared me in providing the required services for mental health needs. I utilize a comprehensive approach in formulating a patient's diagnosis and treatment plan. Our services includes providing detailed psychiatric evaluation, establishing appropriate diagnosis, working with the client in choosing individualized suitable treatment and therapy.
(732) 733-6745 View (732) 733-6745
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Laura Nyabeta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Book with me now by clicking on my website! Are you looking for compassionate and personalized mental health care? Welcome to my practice! I'm Laura Nyabeta, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a passion for helping individuals achieve their best mental health. With more than 5 years of experience in diverse healthcare settings, I bring a comprehensive approach to my practice in New Jersey.
Book with me now by clicking on my website! Are you looking for compassionate and personalized mental health care? Welcome to my practice! I'm Laura Nyabeta, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a passion for helping individuals achieve their best mental health. With more than 5 years of experience in diverse healthcare settings, I bring a comprehensive approach to my practice in New Jersey.
(908) 332-0567 View (908) 332-0567
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Serenity P C S (Dr. Barbara Njuguna)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Serenity Psychiatric & Counseling Services is dedicated to promoting mental wellness. Our team of highly experienced dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners is committed to empowering individuals, motivating them to build resilience, overcome challenges, and cultivate hope. We offer comprehensive services that treat mental health conditions and substance use disorders. We can help you in reaching your mental health goals.
Serenity Psychiatric & Counseling Services is dedicated to promoting mental wellness. Our team of highly experienced dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners is committed to empowering individuals, motivating them to build resilience, overcome challenges, and cultivate hope. We offer comprehensive services that treat mental health conditions and substance use disorders. We can help you in reaching your mental health goals.
(908) 460-5157 View (908) 460-5157
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Serenity Psychiatric And Counseling Services (Moses Mbugua)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APN
Verified Verified
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Welcome to Serenity Psychiatric & Counseling Services where we are dedicated to promoting mental wellness. Our team of highly experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners is committed to empowering individuals, motivating them to build resilience, overcome challenges, and cultivate hope. We offer comprehensive services that treat mental health conditions and substance use disorders. We can help you in reaching your mental health goals.
Welcome to Serenity Psychiatric & Counseling Services where we are dedicated to promoting mental wellness. Our team of highly experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners is committed to empowering individuals, motivating them to build resilience, overcome challenges, and cultivate hope. We offer comprehensive services that treat mental health conditions and substance use disorders. We can help you in reaching your mental health goals.
(908) 574-1179 View (908) 574-1179
A Better Mindset Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
South Plainfield, NJ 07080  (Online Only)
There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t. - Unknown
There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t. - Unknown
(302) 303-5604 View (302) 303-5604
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Miriam Toledano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
South Plainfield, NJ 07080  (Online Only)
Miriam is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has experience treating adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and many other mental health conditions. Miriam is a caring and compassionate person who works diligently to provide education on the best possible treatment options and plans, including medication and nonmedication options. Miriam completed her master's degree at Rowan University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and worked at Cooper University Hospital for the past 7 years caring for patients in the hospital setting.
Miriam is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has experience treating adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and many other mental health conditions. Miriam is a caring and compassionate person who works diligently to provide education on the best possible treatment options and plans, including medication and nonmedication options. Miriam completed her master's degree at Rowan University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and worked at Cooper University Hospital for the past 7 years caring for patients in the hospital setting.
(732) 629-9958 View (732) 629-9958

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Michelle Matusalem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Edison, NJ 08820
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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Sandhya Chinala
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Edison, NJ 08820
I am board- certified in general psychiatry, completed fellowship in child & adolescent psychiatry and licensed to practice in New Jersey. My practice is geared towards providing psychopharmacology to functional individuals.
I am board- certified in general psychiatry, completed fellowship in child & adolescent psychiatry and licensed to practice in New Jersey. My practice is geared towards providing psychopharmacology to functional individuals.
(732) 624-6333 View (732) 624-6333
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Serenity Healthcare Associates (Edna Akombe)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Piscataway, NJ 08854  (Online Only)
Edna Akombe, is a dual board-certified psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. Edna completed her undergraduate studies in Nursing from Rutgers University. Edna received her master’s degree in nursing from Walden University and a post graduate certificate degree in psychiatric mental health from Wilkes University.
Edna Akombe, is a dual board-certified psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. Edna completed her undergraduate studies in Nursing from Rutgers University. Edna received her master’s degree in nursing from Walden University and a post graduate certificate degree in psychiatric mental health from Wilkes University.
(908) 731-5222 View (908) 731-5222
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One Mind Psychiatry NP PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P, BC
Verified Verified
Plainfield, NJ 07060  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
(201) 969-5923 View (201) 969-5923
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Racquel San Juan
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Plainfield, NJ 07060
I'm dedicated to treating patients with compassion. I have a history of positive outcomes, and I am well respected in my field. Patients find that my approach to care is individualized and collaborative. I'm a board-certified psychiatrist passionate about helping patients with depression, anxiety, OCD, and other mental health diagnoses.
I'm dedicated to treating patients with compassion. I have a history of positive outcomes, and I am well respected in my field. Patients find that my approach to care is individualized and collaborative. I'm a board-certified psychiatrist passionate about helping patients with depression, anxiety, OCD, and other mental health diagnoses.
(848) 359-5805 View (848) 359-5805
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Serenity Healthcare Associates (Dr. J Akombe)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Piscataway, NJ 08854  (Online Only)
Dr. Jeliah Akombe is a dual board-certified psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner and Family nurse practitioner. Dr. Akombe completed her undergraduate studies in Nursing at New Jersey State University. Dr. Akombe received her master’s degree in nursing from Walden University and a doctorate degree from Samford University. She later earned her post doctorate degree in psychiatric mental health from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Akombe is licensed in 14 states including, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC , New York and Pennsylvania among others.
Dr. Jeliah Akombe is a dual board-certified psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner and Family nurse practitioner. Dr. Akombe completed her undergraduate studies in Nursing at New Jersey State University. Dr. Akombe received her master’s degree in nursing from Walden University and a doctorate degree from Samford University. She later earned her post doctorate degree in psychiatric mental health from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Akombe is licensed in 14 states including, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC , New York and Pennsylvania among others.
(848) 276-6952 View (848) 276-6952
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Rachael Olayemi Borishade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Edison, NJ 08820
I am a nurse with over 12 years' experience in acute care mental health psychiatrist hospital, long-term memory care facility and post-acute care facility caring for clients dealing with depression, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, PTSD, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. As a psychiatrist mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to restore individual mental health well-being through holistic care. I treat each individual with compassion and respect.
I am a nurse with over 12 years' experience in acute care mental health psychiatrist hospital, long-term memory care facility and post-acute care facility caring for clients dealing with depression, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, PTSD, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. As a psychiatrist mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to restore individual mental health well-being through holistic care. I treat each individual with compassion and respect.
(732) 410-5904 View (732) 410-5904
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Farah Asim Khan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Edison, NJ 08820
Specialized in children with ASD ( Autism spectrum disorder) ADHD and other behavioral problems. Learning how to treat children with behavioral problems has equipped me with a unique perspective and an invaluable tool with which I can provide the best care for my patients. A good psychiatrist not only needs to be competent and knowledgeable in the discipline, but also empathetic and sensitive towards patients. My training from New York Medical College and Robert Wood Johnson University hospital has enhanced my the ability and given me the experience to deal with diverse patient population ranging from children to adolescents and adults.
Specialized in children with ASD ( Autism spectrum disorder) ADHD and other behavioral problems. Learning how to treat children with behavioral problems has equipped me with a unique perspective and an invaluable tool with which I can provide the best care for my patients. A good psychiatrist not only needs to be competent and knowledgeable in the discipline, but also empathetic and sensitive towards patients. My training from New York Medical College and Robert Wood Johnson University hospital has enhanced my the ability and given me the experience to deal with diverse patient population ranging from children to adolescents and adults.
(908) 741-4589 View (908) 741-4589
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Christian Wellness Center of NJ LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Plainfield, NJ 07060
Dr. Emad Mounir is a Licensed Psychiatrist and ABPN board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, boasting 24+ years of experience. Dr. Mounir offers empathetic, reflective evaluation, and attentive listening during treatment. He suggests pharmacological and psycho-therapeutic interventions to alleviate suffering and elevate functioning, aligning with individual aspirations.
Dr. Emad Mounir is a Licensed Psychiatrist and ABPN board-certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, boasting 24+ years of experience. Dr. Mounir offers empathetic, reflective evaluation, and attentive listening during treatment. He suggests pharmacological and psycho-therapeutic interventions to alleviate suffering and elevate functioning, aligning with individual aspirations.
(732) 978-9633 View (732) 978-9633
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Catherine N Okali
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Easy Behavioral Health Services focuses on the holistic care of patients. I am a doctorate prepared Board- Certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in New Jersey and New York with over 10 years of experience providing quality care to patients of different ages. Following the initial comprehensive and diagnostic evaluation, we develop an evidence-based individualized care plan that will achieve the health goals, provide compassionate, medication management, and holistic care to our clients.
Easy Behavioral Health Services focuses on the holistic care of patients. I am a doctorate prepared Board- Certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in New Jersey and New York with over 10 years of experience providing quality care to patients of different ages. Following the initial comprehensive and diagnostic evaluation, we develop an evidence-based individualized care plan that will achieve the health goals, provide compassionate, medication management, and holistic care to our clients.
(908) 873-3294 View (908) 873-3294
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Clifford Goldman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plainfield, NJ 07060
I am an adult psychiatrist in Westfield and Hoboken. I graduated with honors and majored in the Biological Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University. I optained my medical degree at NYU. My psychiatric training took place at Mount Sinai Hospital and then I served as chief resident and then unit chief on the teaching unit of the Bronx VA Hospital. I was medical director at Fair Oaks Hospital and then Charter Behavioral in Summit. I am a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I am providing telepsychiatry to all my patients.
I am an adult psychiatrist in Westfield and Hoboken. I graduated with honors and majored in the Biological Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University. I optained my medical degree at NYU. My psychiatric training took place at Mount Sinai Hospital and then I served as chief resident and then unit chief on the teaching unit of the Bronx VA Hospital. I was medical director at Fair Oaks Hospital and then Charter Behavioral in Summit. I am a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I am providing telepsychiatry to all my patients.
(908) 543-7935 View (908) 543-7935
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Oyebola Asenuga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APN-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plainfield, NJ 07060  (Online Only)
Nice to meet you! I'm Oyebola, the founder and owner of Restore Ark Healthcare. I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New Jersey with over 13 years of clinical experience working in different types of mental healthcare settings. I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive services to all patients in need.
Nice to meet you! I'm Oyebola, the founder and owner of Restore Ark Healthcare. I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New Jersey with over 13 years of clinical experience working in different types of mental healthcare settings. I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive services to all patients in need.
(908) 293-9535 View (908) 293-9535
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Pearl Louie
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plainfield, NJ 07060
I am a board certified psychiatrist and a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I am also among one of the first psychiatrists in the country to also be board certified in the subspecialty of Psychosomatic Medicine. Prior to joining the Westfield practice, I was an instructor in psychiatry and clinical fellow on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. I graduated cum laude from Columbia University in NYC. I completed a medical psychiatry fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston as well as a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Due to COVID-19 I am now providing telepsychiatry.
I am a board certified psychiatrist and a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I am also among one of the first psychiatrists in the country to also be board certified in the subspecialty of Psychosomatic Medicine. Prior to joining the Westfield practice, I was an instructor in psychiatry and clinical fellow on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. I graduated cum laude from Columbia University in NYC. I completed a medical psychiatry fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston as well as a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Due to COVID-19 I am now providing telepsychiatry.
(908) 913-6576 View (908) 913-6576
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Asia Morrison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plainfield, NJ 07060  (Online Only)
Your mental health care starts here! With a profound commitment to physical and mental well-being, I am a dual-certified Nurse Practitioner in Family Medicine and Psychiatry. Prior to the master's level degrees awarded by the University of Cincinnati, I obtained a Bachelor's in Psychology from Rutgers University, studying the human mind, its functions, and how it affects behavior. As a specialized Psychiatric Mental Health NP, I treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, as well as other complex mental health disorders. I strongly encourage your autonomy & participation in a mutually-agreed upon treatment plan.
Your mental health care starts here! With a profound commitment to physical and mental well-being, I am a dual-certified Nurse Practitioner in Family Medicine and Psychiatry. Prior to the master's level degrees awarded by the University of Cincinnati, I obtained a Bachelor's in Psychology from Rutgers University, studying the human mind, its functions, and how it affects behavior. As a specialized Psychiatric Mental Health NP, I treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, as well as other complex mental health disorders. I strongly encourage your autonomy & participation in a mutually-agreed upon treatment plan.
(973) 506-2762 View (973) 506-2762

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Number of Psychiatrists in South Plainfield, NJ

< 10

Psychiatrists in South Plainfield, NJ who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
83% Depression
83% ADHD
83% Trauma and PTSD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Bipolar Disorder
50% Grief

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in South Plainfield, NJ see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in South Plainfield?

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.