Psychiatrists in Toms River, NJ

Photo of Grant Myers, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Toms River, NJ
Grant Myers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toms River, NJ 08753
Are you looking for a provider that will listen to you? I collaborate with my clients to find the best way to improve their health. Not sure if you are on the right medication? This practice specializes in medication management. Learn simple tools to assist you in decreasing your anxiety and improving your mood. I see clients online and in my Toms River office. I am currently accepting new clients and have 16 more openings left for the next two months. Visit the website now and book an appointment today! Once the slots fill I will close to new clients. www.gardenstatepsych.net
Are you looking for a provider that will listen to you? I collaborate with my clients to find the best way to improve their health. Not sure if you are on the right medication? This practice specializes in medication management. Learn simple tools to assist you in decreasing your anxiety and improving your mood. I see clients online and in my Toms River office. I am currently accepting new clients and have 16 more openings left for the next two months. Visit the website now and book an appointment today! Once the slots fill I will close to new clients. www.gardenstatepsych.net
(848) 301-1023 View (848) 301-1023
Photo of Nicholas LaCorte, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Toms River, NJ
Nicholas LaCorte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSW, MSN, PMHNPBC, RN, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toms River, NJ 08755  (Online Only)
Imagine what your life could be after taking a leap of faith. The first step is always the hardest but if it changes your life for the better why not see where it leads you. Whether you suffer from depression and anxiety, ADHD or codependency issues I can help. I have helped build confidence, improve assertion and self esteem. I have helped decrease co-dependence and build independence. Reach out to me if you're ready for change, or even if you're contemplating it and are anxious or unsure about what to expect.
Imagine what your life could be after taking a leap of faith. The first step is always the hardest but if it changes your life for the better why not see where it leads you. Whether you suffer from depression and anxiety, ADHD or codependency issues I can help. I have helped build confidence, improve assertion and self esteem. I have helped decrease co-dependence and build independence. Reach out to me if you're ready for change, or even if you're contemplating it and are anxious or unsure about what to expect.
(848) 222-3963 View (848) 222-3963
Photo of Modern Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Toms River, NJ
Modern Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, LCSW, LMFT, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Toms River, NJ 08755
Now Accepting New Patients- - -Most Insurance Plans Accepted- - - We are a team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, case managers and primary care physicians offering convenient and comprehensive mental health treatment across multiple states, both in-person and virtually. We specialize in treating a multitude of conditions therefore are able to match you with a provider best suited to meet your specific needs. Let us help you achieve a higher quality of life and overall sense of wellbeing. Contact us today!
Now Accepting New Patients- - -Most Insurance Plans Accepted- - - We are a team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, case managers and primary care physicians offering convenient and comprehensive mental health treatment across multiple states, both in-person and virtually. We specialize in treating a multitude of conditions therefore are able to match you with a provider best suited to meet your specific needs. Let us help you achieve a higher quality of life and overall sense of wellbeing. Contact us today!
(908) 638-1374 View (908) 638-1374
Photo of Irene Marsh, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Toms River, NJ
Irene Marsh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, IBCLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toms River, NJ 08753
Talking about Mental Health openly is a new concept. As the light is shed on mental health in general, there is another population that is struggling. This is the Perinatal population. Pregnancy is a wonderful time for some, while others struggle with anxiety and depression. Others do great during the pregnancy but struggle postpartum. Do you feel you need medication management? We can build a collaborative relationship and discuss the risks and benefits of all available treatments. Medication is an option, not a requirement.
Talking about Mental Health openly is a new concept. As the light is shed on mental health in general, there is another population that is struggling. This is the Perinatal population. Pregnancy is a wonderful time for some, while others struggle with anxiety and depression. Others do great during the pregnancy but struggle postpartum. Do you feel you need medication management? We can build a collaborative relationship and discuss the risks and benefits of all available treatments. Medication is an option, not a requirement.
(732) 627-4843 View (732) 627-4843
Photo of Gabriella Quigley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Toms River, NJ
Gabriella Quigley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toms River, NJ 08753
Not accepting new clients
Are you continuing to face unwanted symptoms of a potential mental health diagnosis despite acknowledgement or even psychotherapy? Are these symptoms holding you back from a life of contentment and joy? Perhaps you feel a life of remission is unfeasible but deep down you know what you want and need: wholeness and fulfillment. Imagine a life without mood swings, anxiety, addiction, disturbed sleep, or disordered eating. That is what you deserve, and we can help you achieve that through an individualized treatment plan and medication management.
Are you continuing to face unwanted symptoms of a potential mental health diagnosis despite acknowledgement or even psychotherapy? Are these symptoms holding you back from a life of contentment and joy? Perhaps you feel a life of remission is unfeasible but deep down you know what you want and need: wholeness and fulfillment. Imagine a life without mood swings, anxiety, addiction, disturbed sleep, or disordered eating. That is what you deserve, and we can help you achieve that through an individualized treatment plan and medication management.
(848) 278-6863 View (848) 278-6863
Photo of Dr. Obinna Ezealor, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Toms River, NJ
Dr. Obinna Ezealor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Toms River, NJ 08753
I am Dr Obinna Ezealor, DNP, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I have an extensive psychiatric experience, having worked for over 12 years in one of the NJ state-established long-term psychiatric hospital and experience in General and Addiction Psychiatry. I also have experience working both in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and treating clients from various ethnic and cultural groups. I am a highly motivated and organized individual passionate about caring for the mental health and addiction population, and my philosophy is to tailor each client’s care to their need.
I am Dr Obinna Ezealor, DNP, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I have an extensive psychiatric experience, having worked for over 12 years in one of the NJ state-established long-term psychiatric hospital and experience in General and Addiction Psychiatry. I also have experience working both in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and treating clients from various ethnic and cultural groups. I am a highly motivated and organized individual passionate about caring for the mental health and addiction population, and my philosophy is to tailor each client’s care to their need.
(732) 641-4655 View (732) 641-4655
Photo of Phenita Mouzon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Toms River, NJ
Phenita Mouzon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Toms River, NJ 08753  (Online Only)
Take the first step. Imagine how much better life will be without feelings of depression or anxiety. I can help whether you are suffering from codependence, anxiety, depression, ADHD or self confidence. My goal is to always build trusting relationships with my clients. Providing an environment that is comforting and safe. I have helped many clients become the best version of themselves again. Treatment is always individualized to your specific needs, with a holistic approach. Together we can work to come up with a plan that works best for you. Looking forward to helping you too. Please feel to call 732-998-7191 for appointments.
Take the first step. Imagine how much better life will be without feelings of depression or anxiety. I can help whether you are suffering from codependence, anxiety, depression, ADHD or self confidence. My goal is to always build trusting relationships with my clients. Providing an environment that is comforting and safe. I have helped many clients become the best version of themselves again. Treatment is always individualized to your specific needs, with a holistic approach. Together we can work to come up with a plan that works best for you. Looking forward to helping you too. Please feel to call 732-998-7191 for appointments.
(732) 998-7191 View (732) 998-7191
Photo of Robert Bishop, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Toms River, NJ
Robert Bishop
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Toms River, NJ 08753  (Online Only)
The clients that I treat are looking for help. They are either seeking medication to help with their mental illness or in need of someone to manage them. They are at the point where they need medical help due to a mental illness that impairs them from living a healthy, productive life.
The clients that I treat are looking for help. They are either seeking medication to help with their mental illness or in need of someone to manage them. They are at the point where they need medical help due to a mental illness that impairs them from living a healthy, productive life.
(732) 440-3154 View (732) 440-3154
Photo of New Way Psychiatry LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Toms River, NJ
New Way Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Toms River, NJ 08757  (Online Only)
Immediate Same Day Appointments are available 7 days a week for Residents of NJ and NY and your psychiatric evaluation, weight management, suboxone treatment and more and will be performed by a Doctorate level psychiatric provider and prescriber who is specializing and successfully treating clients from age 12. New Way Psychiatry LLC offers a new approach to your mental health world and well-being by offering Integrative psychiatric evaluations and medications management as well as a UNIQUE and personalized treatment for residents of NJ and NY. No waiting list! Appointments are available daily and late evenings, weekends.
Immediate Same Day Appointments are available 7 days a week for Residents of NJ and NY and your psychiatric evaluation, weight management, suboxone treatment and more and will be performed by a Doctorate level psychiatric provider and prescriber who is specializing and successfully treating clients from age 12. New Way Psychiatry LLC offers a new approach to your mental health world and well-being by offering Integrative psychiatric evaluations and medications management as well as a UNIQUE and personalized treatment for residents of NJ and NY. No waiting list! Appointments are available daily and late evenings, weekends.
(848) 294-1561 View (848) 294-1561
Photo of Felix Geller, Psychiatrist in Toms River, NJ
Felix Geller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Toms River, NJ 08755
After completing training in 2012 at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center of Shreveport, I began practicing psychiatry. have experience practicing in multiple settings including emergency room, hospital, medical wards, outpatient programs, outpatient offices, correctional facilities, research substance use programs and teaching programs.
After completing training in 2012 at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center of Shreveport, I began practicing psychiatry. have experience practicing in multiple settings including emergency room, hospital, medical wards, outpatient programs, outpatient offices, correctional facilities, research substance use programs and teaching programs.
(908) 224-4095 View (908) 224-4095
Photo of Dr. Andrew Manoski, Psychiatrist in Toms River, NJ
Dr. Andrew Manoski
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toms River, NJ 08753
Waitlist for new clients
I am currently looking for clients interested in working on their mental well-being through a deeper understanding of themselves. Through this work of introspection, we hope to better manage relationship conflicts, recurring issues with anxiety or moods, and self-sabotaging behaviors. By better understanding our past ways of interacting and experiencing the world, we can more more consciously work toward goals for the future.
I am currently looking for clients interested in working on their mental well-being through a deeper understanding of themselves. Through this work of introspection, we hope to better manage relationship conflicts, recurring issues with anxiety or moods, and self-sabotaging behaviors. By better understanding our past ways of interacting and experiencing the world, we can more more consciously work toward goals for the future.
(609) 928-7115 View (609) 928-7115
Photo of Catherine “Kasia” Bodnar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Toms River, NJ
Catherine “Kasia” Bodnar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toms River, NJ 08755
Hi there! Congratulations on taking the first step towards improving your well-being! As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I bring to my practice not only clinical expertise but also compassion, empathy, and a genuine commitment to your well-being. My journey in mental health care has been driven by a deep-rooted passion to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals facing various mental health challenges. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, insomnia or other mental illness I am here to offer my help.
Hi there! Congratulations on taking the first step towards improving your well-being! As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I bring to my practice not only clinical expertise but also compassion, empathy, and a genuine commitment to your well-being. My journey in mental health care has been driven by a deep-rooted passion to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals facing various mental health challenges. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, insomnia or other mental illness I am here to offer my help.
(908) 895-6131 View (908) 895-6131
Photo of Alexander Iofin, Psychiatrist in Toms River, NJ
Alexander Iofin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Toms River, NJ 08755  (Online Only)
I am dedicated to providing personalized and quality psychiatric care to help achieve the life you have always wanted. I specialize in Adult ADHD, ADD, and Anxiety disorders. I look at the whole individual, not just your symptoms, to better understand underlying components that may be affecting your mental health. Many adults who suffer from ADHD don't know they have the condition. Currently, its thought that only 10.9% of adults with ADHD are getting the necessary treatment. A self-report screener is available on my website for Adult ADHD. Don't let Anxiety or ADHD keep you from living your best life.
I am dedicated to providing personalized and quality psychiatric care to help achieve the life you have always wanted. I specialize in Adult ADHD, ADD, and Anxiety disorders. I look at the whole individual, not just your symptoms, to better understand underlying components that may be affecting your mental health. Many adults who suffer from ADHD don't know they have the condition. Currently, its thought that only 10.9% of adults with ADHD are getting the necessary treatment. A self-report screener is available on my website for Adult ADHD. Don't let Anxiety or ADHD keep you from living your best life.
(732) 528-3232 View (732) 528-3232
Photo of KAL Behavioral Health Inc, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Toms River, NJ
KAL Behavioral Health Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Toms River, NJ 08753
I am Dr Obinna Ezealor, DNP, PMHNP-BC, owner/founder of KAL Behavioral Health Inc. I have an extensive psychiatric experience, having worked for over 12 years in one of the NJ state-established long-term psychiatric hospital and experience in General and Addiction Psychiatry. I also have experience working both in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and treating clients from various ethnic and cultural groups. I am a highly motivated and organized individual passionate about caring for the mental health and addiction population, and my philosophy is to tailor each client’s care to their need.
I am Dr Obinna Ezealor, DNP, PMHNP-BC, owner/founder of KAL Behavioral Health Inc. I have an extensive psychiatric experience, having worked for over 12 years in one of the NJ state-established long-term psychiatric hospital and experience in General and Addiction Psychiatry. I also have experience working both in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and treating clients from various ethnic and cultural groups. I am a highly motivated and organized individual passionate about caring for the mental health and addiction population, and my philosophy is to tailor each client’s care to their need.
(856) 644-1897 View (856) 644-1897
Photo of The Cohen Center, Psychiatrist in Toms River, NJ
The Cohen Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Toms River, NJ 08753
Welcome to The Cohen Center....Are you overly stressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD symptoms, insomnia or depression? These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Willing to take the next step? Are you willing to see if medication, ideally, combined with therapy, can enhance your life. You will be monitored closely so that you do not needlessly experience side effects and that optimal treatment gains are obtained. Careful attention will be focused on any physical illnesses. Often this leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment.
Welcome to The Cohen Center....Are you overly stressed? Suffering anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD symptoms, insomnia or depression? These symptoms are easily treatable, sometimes requiring medication. Willing to take the next step? Are you willing to see if medication, ideally, combined with therapy, can enhance your life. You will be monitored closely so that you do not needlessly experience side effects and that optimal treatment gains are obtained. Careful attention will be focused on any physical illnesses. Often this leads to a more appropriate diagnosis and plan of treatment.
(732) 675-0011 View (732) 675-0011
Photo of OCA Behavioral Health Services, Psychiatric Nurse in Toms River, NJ
OCA Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
Toms River, NJ 08753
EVALUATION & FOLLOW-UP IS NOW AVAILABLE VIA TELEHEALTH DUE TO THE COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS..... OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively.
EVALUATION & FOLLOW-UP IS NOW AVAILABLE VIA TELEHEALTH DUE TO THE COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS..... OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively.
(732) 365-4207 View (732) 365-4207
Photo of Psychiatric and Behavioral Services of New Jersey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Toms River, NJ
Psychiatric and Behavioral Services of New Jersey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, BC
Verified Verified
Toms River, NJ 08755
Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services of New Jersey is a private psychiatric practice that provides a full range of outpatient mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, individual, family and group psychotherapy for clients at all stages of life; children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services of New Jersey is a private psychiatric practice that provides a full range of outpatient mental health services, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, individual, family and group psychotherapy for clients at all stages of life; children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
(732) 491-8710 View (732) 491-8710
Photo of OCA Behavioral Health Services, Psychiatric Nurse in Toms River, NJ
OCA Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toms River, NJ 08755
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to The COVID-19 Health Crisis.
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to The COVID-19 Health Crisis.
(732) 907-8786 View (732) 907-8786
Photo of Moshe Frances, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Toms River, NJ
Moshe Frances
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Toms River, NJ 08754
My approach to treating clients emphasizes a compassionate-focused and individualized approach which infuses medication management and supportive therapy. I therefore created VIP Psychiatry, a concierge private practice that tailors treatment to the client and allows for flexible scheduling. I commend my clients for taking the first step by calling the office and admitting that help is needed. Exploring emotions and behaviors in an honest way can feel frighting but be very rewarding. When clients are ready to get the help they seek, I provide the support and techniques needed to help them overcome the issues they face.
My approach to treating clients emphasizes a compassionate-focused and individualized approach which infuses medication management and supportive therapy. I therefore created VIP Psychiatry, a concierge private practice that tailors treatment to the client and allows for flexible scheduling. I commend my clients for taking the first step by calling the office and admitting that help is needed. Exploring emotions and behaviors in an honest way can feel frighting but be very rewarding. When clients are ready to get the help they seek, I provide the support and techniques needed to help them overcome the issues they face.
(732) 334-7432 View (732) 334-7432
Photo of JoAnne Piaggio, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Toms River, NJ
JoAnne Piaggio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Toms River, NJ 08753
I am excited to utilize my experience to assist you, my client, in achieving and maintaining your optimum mental health. Together, we can identify and overcome obstacles that are holding you back from living your best life.
I am excited to utilize my experience to assist you, my client, in achieving and maintaining your optimum mental health. Together, we can identify and overcome obstacles that are holding you back from living your best life.
(848) 222-8793 View (848) 222-8793

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Number of Psychiatrists in Toms River, NJ

30+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Toms River, NJ who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
95% Anxiety
92% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
84% ADHD
81% Bipolar Disorder
76% Medication Management
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth
79% Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield

How Psychiatrists in Toms River, NJ see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

57% Female
43% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Toms River?

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.