Psychiatrists in Union, NJ

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Daniel Okoro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC, DNP
Verified Verified
Union, NJ 07083
Dr. Daniel Okoro, DNP, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-BC, FNP-BC, provides compassionate and personalized care for those experiencing Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, other mental health issues, as well as those dealing with drug, alcohol and other substance abuse. Dr. Okoro always had a passion for, and is very proficient at psychological and physiological management of patients, able to quickly gain the trust and confidence of clients, very much cherishes teaching clients and able to take charge of management of their psychiatric and medical conditions.
Dr. Daniel Okoro, DNP, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-BC, FNP-BC, provides compassionate and personalized care for those experiencing Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, other mental health issues, as well as those dealing with drug, alcohol and other substance abuse. Dr. Okoro always had a passion for, and is very proficient at psychological and physiological management of patients, able to quickly gain the trust and confidence of clients, very much cherishes teaching clients and able to take charge of management of their psychiatric and medical conditions.
(908) 540-6811 View (908) 540-6811
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Vody Elaine Vincent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Union, NJ 07083
Vody Vincent is board-certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has been working in the mental health/psychiatric field for over two decades. She has extensive experience working with individuals dealing with various mental health issues. Vody has worked with children, adolescents and adults with psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, eating disorder and other mental health issues. She uses a holistic approach in treating her clients and connects well with them through her altruistic and compassionate nature.
Vody Vincent is board-certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has been working in the mental health/psychiatric field for over two decades. She has extensive experience working with individuals dealing with various mental health issues. Vody has worked with children, adolescents and adults with psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, eating disorder and other mental health issues. She uses a holistic approach in treating her clients and connects well with them through her altruistic and compassionate nature.
(908) 533-7607 View (908) 533-7607
Ifeoluwa Akindunbi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Union, NJ 07083
As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I am deeply committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals facing mental health challenges. I bring a holistic approach to patient wellness, integrating evidence-based practices with empathy and understanding. The relationship with clients is based on recognizing their unique experiences and collaborating on personalized treatment plans while providing active listening and effective communication. I strive to empower individuals to take control of their mental health journey, promoting resilience and recovery.
As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I am deeply committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals facing mental health challenges. I bring a holistic approach to patient wellness, integrating evidence-based practices with empathy and understanding. The relationship with clients is based on recognizing their unique experiences and collaborating on personalized treatment plans while providing active listening and effective communication. I strive to empower individuals to take control of their mental health journey, promoting resilience and recovery.
(908) 402-0871 View (908) 402-0871
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Amity Healthcare Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Union, NJ 07083
Benedicta Akpahu, MSN, APN, and PMHNP-BC, goal-oriented and compassionate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Benedicta has over 23 years of experience in Psychiatric and mental health as a nurse and she has many years of Nursing home experience working with elderly patients with Alzheimer's disease and other health issues. Benedicta obtained her bachelor's from the University of Phoenix and Master of Science with a focus on Psychiatric Mental Health throughout life span from Walden University. Benedicta is board-certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC).
Benedicta Akpahu, MSN, APN, and PMHNP-BC, goal-oriented and compassionate Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Benedicta has over 23 years of experience in Psychiatric and mental health as a nurse and she has many years of Nursing home experience working with elderly patients with Alzheimer's disease and other health issues. Benedicta obtained her bachelor's from the University of Phoenix and Master of Science with a focus on Psychiatric Mental Health throughout life span from Walden University. Benedicta is board-certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC).
(908) 860-8822 View (908) 860-8822
Access Psychiatric And Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Union, NJ 07083
I have 33 years experience in treating clients. I believe in connecting with my clients and making them relaxed and comfortable. My care is individualized to soothe my clients needs at an affordable cost. I have vast experience in Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy especially CBT, Behavioral Modification and Interpersonal Therapies, Addiction Treatment and Forensic Psychiatry.
I have 33 years experience in treating clients. I believe in connecting with my clients and making them relaxed and comfortable. My care is individualized to soothe my clients needs at an affordable cost. I have vast experience in Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy especially CBT, Behavioral Modification and Interpersonal Therapies, Addiction Treatment and Forensic Psychiatry.
(908) 345-2118 View (908) 345-2118
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Bethel Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Union, NJ 07083  (Online Only)
Augustina Ike is a proficient Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with several years of experience in mental health issues and promotes mental wellness. She has an outstanding reputation in treating mental health issues in all life spans.
Augustina Ike is a proficient Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with several years of experience in mental health issues and promotes mental wellness. She has an outstanding reputation in treating mental health issues in all life spans.
(908) 293-7848 View (908) 293-7848
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Amity Healthcare Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APN-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Union, NJ 07083
I am a doctoral prepared psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with extensive background in both inpatient and outpatient healthcare facilities. My approach to treatment is emphasized on the importance of understanding biological, psychological and social factors and their complex interactions in understanding health, illness and health care. My objective is to improve and extend psychiatric and mental health care to diverse populations. I am confident I have the skills, education, and experience necessary to provide you a customized treatment and outstanding care.
I am a doctoral prepared psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with extensive background in both inpatient and outpatient healthcare facilities. My approach to treatment is emphasized on the importance of understanding biological, psychological and social factors and their complex interactions in understanding health, illness and health care. My objective is to improve and extend psychiatric and mental health care to diverse populations. I am confident I have the skills, education, and experience necessary to provide you a customized treatment and outstanding care.
(908) 854-4334 View (908) 854-4334
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Isaac Oke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Union, NJ 07083
Hello, I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in mental health and caring for those suffering from psychiatric disorders, mental illnesses, or emotional crises.
Hello, I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in mental health and caring for those suffering from psychiatric disorders, mental illnesses, or emotional crises.
(908) 916-3552 View (908) 916-3552
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Family Mental Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Union, NJ 07083
Are you suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, PTSD, OCD, ODD, ADHD, Alzheimer Dementia and substance abuse? My name is Patrick Obinna Oledimmah, PMHNP-BC. I can provide psychiatric services such as psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and individual psychotherapy. I am certified in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to prescribe Suboxone.
Are you suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, PTSD, OCD, ODD, ADHD, Alzheimer Dementia and substance abuse? My name is Patrick Obinna Oledimmah, PMHNP-BC. I can provide psychiatric services such as psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and individual psychotherapy. I am certified in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to prescribe Suboxone.
(908) 443-7049 View (908) 443-7049
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Chika C Ibeku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Union, NJ 07083  (Online Only)
Divine Mental Healthcare focuses on the holistic care of patients. I have more than 12 years of experience as a doctorate graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner. I strive to connect, support and balance the mental and physical needs of my patients to help them achieve a healthy whole person. In providing compassionate care to patients, I treat every patient as unique and work together with each patient to develop an evidence-based individualized care plan that will achieve their health goals. We are available to help any patient at any time. Just take the bold step and call 9084164288.
Divine Mental Healthcare focuses on the holistic care of patients. I have more than 12 years of experience as a doctorate graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner. I strive to connect, support and balance the mental and physical needs of my patients to help them achieve a healthy whole person. In providing compassionate care to patients, I treat every patient as unique and work together with each patient to develop an evidence-based individualized care plan that will achieve their health goals. We are available to help any patient at any time. Just take the bold step and call 9084164288.
(908) 970-8767 View (908) 970-8767
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Union Healthcare of New Jersey, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Union, NJ 07083  (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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Trinity Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Union, NJ 07083  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Angela Anukam, a board certified doctorate prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) currently licensed to practice in New Jersey. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree of nursing from Felician College in Lodi new Jersey. I earned Master of Nursing (MSN), and Advance Practice Nurse (APN) from Fairleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck New Jersey. I completed my Doctorate degree of Nursing (DNP) from Grand Canyon University Phoenix Arizona.
I am Dr. Angela Anukam, a board certified doctorate prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) currently licensed to practice in New Jersey. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree of nursing from Felician College in Lodi new Jersey. I earned Master of Nursing (MSN), and Advance Practice Nurse (APN) from Fairleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck New Jersey. I completed my Doctorate degree of Nursing (DNP) from Grand Canyon University Phoenix Arizona.
(862) 420-0372 View (862) 420-0372
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Regina Inokon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Union, NJ 07083
Dr. Regina Inokon, DNP, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner from Union, New Jersey who works with adults and adolescents and provides care for patients who struggle with anxiety and depression. Dr. Regina has extensive experience with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and has been a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner for almost 4 years. Dr. Regina's treatment approach is rooted in evidence-based practices that focus on the mind-body connection.
Dr. Regina Inokon, DNP, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner from Union, New Jersey who works with adults and adolescents and provides care for patients who struggle with anxiety and depression. Dr. Regina has extensive experience with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and has been a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner for almost 4 years. Dr. Regina's treatment approach is rooted in evidence-based practices that focus on the mind-body connection.
(908) 888-9164 View (908) 888-9164
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Mercy Throne Behavioral Health institute LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Union, NJ 07083  (Online Only)
At Mercy Throne Behavioral Health institute LLC, we understands that mental wellbeing is essential for a fulfilling and meaningful life. That is why we are dedicated to providing comprehensive services tailored to each individual's unique needs. we offer a person-centered approach and inclusive environment where people can explore their concerns and receive evidence-based treatment.
At Mercy Throne Behavioral Health institute LLC, we understands that mental wellbeing is essential for a fulfilling and meaningful life. That is why we are dedicated to providing comprehensive services tailored to each individual's unique needs. we offer a person-centered approach and inclusive environment where people can explore their concerns and receive evidence-based treatment.
(908) 504-7334 View (908) 504-7334
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Shiy Ajao
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Union, NJ 07083  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I prioritize a holistic and patient-centered approach, recognizing the importance of mental health is just as crucial as physical well-being (Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, across all life stages). I am dedicated to provide comprehensive care, that focuses on the individual's unique needs. In my practice, I emphasize the importance of an initial psychiatric evaluation to gain a deep understanding of a patient's mental health status. I am committed to taking the time necessary to listen attentively to my patients, fostering a secure environment for open communication and trust-building.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I prioritize a holistic and patient-centered approach, recognizing the importance of mental health is just as crucial as physical well-being (Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, across all life stages). I am dedicated to provide comprehensive care, that focuses on the individual's unique needs. In my practice, I emphasize the importance of an initial psychiatric evaluation to gain a deep understanding of a patient's mental health status. I am committed to taking the time necessary to listen attentively to my patients, fostering a secure environment for open communication and trust-building.
(908) 739-6638 View (908) 739-6638
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Dr. B ~ Blessed Family Care & Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Union, NJ 07083
At Blessed Family Care & Mental Wellness, Dr. Bola Fadipe provides comprehensive psychiatric services through an integrative and functional approach to help you reduce the risk of chronic diseases related to mental illness, stress, anxiety, and substance abuse. We deliver a unique focus on pregnant women during antenatal care and postpartum. Our services include the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders, medication management, appropriate screenings, psychotherapy. We also strive to reduce stigma and to help you face stressful challenges and milestones in your life.
At Blessed Family Care & Mental Wellness, Dr. Bola Fadipe provides comprehensive psychiatric services through an integrative and functional approach to help you reduce the risk of chronic diseases related to mental illness, stress, anxiety, and substance abuse. We deliver a unique focus on pregnant women during antenatal care and postpartum. Our services include the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders, medication management, appropriate screenings, psychotherapy. We also strive to reduce stigma and to help you face stressful challenges and milestones in your life.
(908) 860-9094 View (908) 860-9094
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Janet Bosede Akilo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Union, NJ 07083  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm a board certified Psych NP with over 10 years of experience in meeting the needs of my clients. My specific focus includes diagnosing, treating and preventing mental, emotional and behavioral disorders across the life span. I also specialize in substance abuse and addiction treatment. I provide holistic and patient centered care by partnering with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your individual needs and goals.
Welcome! I'm a board certified Psych NP with over 10 years of experience in meeting the needs of my clients. My specific focus includes diagnosing, treating and preventing mental, emotional and behavioral disorders across the life span. I also specialize in substance abuse and addiction treatment. I provide holistic and patient centered care by partnering with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your individual needs and goals.
(908) 888-9067 View (908) 888-9067
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Bola Ikwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Union, NJ 07083
Bola is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has about 17 years of clinical experience in mental health and neuroscience. She is a good listener, and she is passionate about caring for clients with mental health disorders. She cares for adults and adolescents with various diagnoses: Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety disorder, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia, OCD, etc.
Bola is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has about 17 years of clinical experience in mental health and neuroscience. She is a good listener, and she is passionate about caring for clients with mental health disorders. She cares for adults and adolescents with various diagnoses: Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety disorder, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia, OCD, etc.
(908) 388-9575 View (908) 388-9575
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Headway
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Union, NJ 07083
My ideal client seeks support for issues like anxiety, depression, trauma, or relationship difficulties. They desire a safe space, compassionate listening, tailored treatment options, and effective coping strategies. Their goals include finding relief, developing healthier relationships, improving well-being, fostering personal growth and regaining balance and purpose. They choose professional help to gain expert guidance, evidence-based treatments, and a path towards empowerment and a meaningful life.
My ideal client seeks support for issues like anxiety, depression, trauma, or relationship difficulties. They desire a safe space, compassionate listening, tailored treatment options, and effective coping strategies. Their goals include finding relief, developing healthier relationships, improving well-being, fostering personal growth and regaining balance and purpose. They choose professional help to gain expert guidance, evidence-based treatments, and a path towards empowerment and a meaningful life.
(908) 521-4869 View (908) 521-4869
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Alimata Sore Ouedraogo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Union, NJ 07083
Accepting New Clients. Call and get your same day, week, evening and weekend appointment. Are you or a loved one suffering from mental health concerns? Do you feel hopeless, helpless, or as if your life has no purpose? Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Look no further. At Prime Minded Care, we believe that high quality mental health care is more than treating illness - it is a journey to achieving wellness.
Accepting New Clients. Call and get your same day, week, evening and weekend appointment. Are you or a loved one suffering from mental health concerns? Do you feel hopeless, helpless, or as if your life has no purpose? Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Look no further. At Prime Minded Care, we believe that high quality mental health care is more than treating illness - it is a journey to achieving wellness.
(862) 420-9234 View (862) 420-9234

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Union, NJ

30+

Average cost per session

$199

Psychiatrists in Union, NJ who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
89% Depression
79% Bipolar Disorder
74% ADHD
66% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
66% Trauma and PTSD
66% Psychosis

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% Aetna
85% Cigna and Evernorth
79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Union, NJ see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Union?

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.