Psychiatrists in Wayne, NJ

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Taylor Marie Zembricki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wayne, NJ 07470  (Online Only)
Taylor Zembricki is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who received her Doctorate in Nursing practice from Rutgers University. Her style can be described as person-centered, goal-directed and compassionate. She incorporates a multitude of psychotherapeutic techniques, depending on what best fits your needs. She uses an integrative approach, with a thorough understanding of the mind-body connection, treating her patients' in the most holistic way possible.
Taylor Zembricki is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who received her Doctorate in Nursing practice from Rutgers University. Her style can be described as person-centered, goal-directed and compassionate. She incorporates a multitude of psychotherapeutic techniques, depending on what best fits your needs. She uses an integrative approach, with a thorough understanding of the mind-body connection, treating her patients' in the most holistic way possible.
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Janet Randall
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Wayne, NJ 07470
Sometimes the circumstances in life are too much to handle without some help. The life events might be overwhelming or mental health might be compromised due to physiology. Working in psychiatry for over thirty years has given me a respect for many different modalities. There is not a one size fits all approach to healing. Together, we will look at the issues and find your path.
Sometimes the circumstances in life are too much to handle without some help. The life events might be overwhelming or mental health might be compromised due to physiology. Working in psychiatry for over thirty years has given me a respect for many different modalities. There is not a one size fits all approach to healing. Together, we will look at the issues and find your path.
(973) 809-0432 View (973) 809-0432
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Evolution Medicine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Wayne, NJ 07470  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with years of experience working in the mental health field. I am certified in perinatal mental health. My approach incorporates the awareness of the important connection between mind and body, and I work holistically with my patients to provide medical solutions for complex emotional health issues. My therapeutic style is interactive, and patient centered, and I enjoy working with patients that are motivated for wellness. There is no “one size fits all” approach to healing and I tailor my approach to meet the needs of each individual patient.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with years of experience working in the mental health field. I am certified in perinatal mental health. My approach incorporates the awareness of the important connection between mind and body, and I work holistically with my patients to provide medical solutions for complex emotional health issues. My therapeutic style is interactive, and patient centered, and I enjoy working with patients that are motivated for wellness. There is no “one size fits all” approach to healing and I tailor my approach to meet the needs of each individual patient.
(973) 756-3733 View (973) 756-3733
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Melissa McCalister
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wayne, NJ 07470  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to be happy in your life? Do you feel unfulfilled and disconnected from yourself and those around you? Do you feel like you have no purpose? Are your needs always at the bottom of your to-do list? In today's world, many of us are struggling with anxiety, depression, and feeling overwhelmed. Now more than ever, people are uncertain about managing their relationships, careers, and lives. Melissa McCalister, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, believes you change what you can and manage what you can’t. She provides a safe, inclusive space using virtual appointments to accommodate your busy schedule.
Are you struggling to be happy in your life? Do you feel unfulfilled and disconnected from yourself and those around you? Do you feel like you have no purpose? Are your needs always at the bottom of your to-do list? In today's world, many of us are struggling with anxiety, depression, and feeling overwhelmed. Now more than ever, people are uncertain about managing their relationships, careers, and lives. Melissa McCalister, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, believes you change what you can and manage what you can’t. She provides a safe, inclusive space using virtual appointments to accommodate your busy schedule.
(908) 224-4855 View (908) 224-4855
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Natasha Dillon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Wayne, NJ 07470  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, licensed in NY and NJ, and I have certification in ADHD treatment. I am a patient-focused provider who emphasizes building relationships with her patients and works towards creating a personalized treatment plan.
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, licensed in NY and NJ, and I have certification in ADHD treatment. I am a patient-focused provider who emphasizes building relationships with her patients and works towards creating a personalized treatment plan.
(973) 737-9644 View (973) 737-9644
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Pearl Psychiatry & Therapy Center: Child & Adult
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wayne, NJ 07470
Hi! I'm Dr. Zeynep Ozinci, a double-board certified psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience in the medical field. Beyond my credentials, I'm a dedicated professional, genuinely passionate about helping individuals of all ages achieve lasting well-being. I understand that every mental health journey is unique, and I'm committed to providing expert, personalized care tailored to your specific needs. My path to expertise has been extensive, from prestigious research at NYU to comprehensive medical training at Rutgers and Hofstra/Northwell, culminating in specialized fellowship training with clinical excellence recognition.
Hi! I'm Dr. Zeynep Ozinci, a double-board certified psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience in the medical field. Beyond my credentials, I'm a dedicated professional, genuinely passionate about helping individuals of all ages achieve lasting well-being. I understand that every mental health journey is unique, and I'm committed to providing expert, personalized care tailored to your specific needs. My path to expertise has been extensive, from prestigious research at NYU to comprehensive medical training at Rutgers and Hofstra/Northwell, culminating in specialized fellowship training with clinical excellence recognition.
(862) 322-6207 View (862) 322-6207
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Intouch Medical Consult LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Wayne, NJ 07470  (Online Only)
Welcome to Intouch Medical Consult, where we work with individuals and their families to promote mental wellness and avoid hospitalization or rehospitalization for psychiatric ailments. Our team of experienced practitioners with acute care backgrounds is committed to motivating and empowering patients to overcome mental health challenges using effective medications and talk therapies.
Welcome to Intouch Medical Consult, where we work with individuals and their families to promote mental wellness and avoid hospitalization or rehospitalization for psychiatric ailments. Our team of experienced practitioners with acute care backgrounds is committed to motivating and empowering patients to overcome mental health challenges using effective medications and talk therapies.
(862) 304-5169 View (862) 304-5169
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Dr. Michael Sanya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wayne, NJ 07470  (Online Only)
Individuals grappling with mental health issues require more than just generic care; they need compassionate and supportive care tailored to individual circumstances. I'm an advanced mental health nurse practitioner who is focused on providing supportive psychotherapy, evaluation, diagnosing, and the treatment of mental health conditions, such as, depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, Bipolar, and much more. I ensure that each aspect of treatment is aligned with your specific needs and recovery goals. My approach is evidence-based, client-centered, empathetic, and deep commitment to your journey towards improved quality of life.
Individuals grappling with mental health issues require more than just generic care; they need compassionate and supportive care tailored to individual circumstances. I'm an advanced mental health nurse practitioner who is focused on providing supportive psychotherapy, evaluation, diagnosing, and the treatment of mental health conditions, such as, depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, Bipolar, and much more. I ensure that each aspect of treatment is aligned with your specific needs and recovery goals. My approach is evidence-based, client-centered, empathetic, and deep commitment to your journey towards improved quality of life.
(862) 378-3277 View (862) 378-3277
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David Goldbloom
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Wayne, NJ 07470
Thank you for viewing my profile. I completed a general psychiatry residency program and then additional specialty training in addiction psychiatry. As such, I treat patients with common psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and PTSD, as well as drug, alcohol, and behavioral addictions. I utilize evidence-based psychotherapies including cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, and motivational enhancement as well as medication when indicated. I regard mental illness and addiction for the impairments and negative consequences they create in the client's life and work to involve all those affected including clients and their family and friends.
Thank you for viewing my profile. I completed a general psychiatry residency program and then additional specialty training in addiction psychiatry. As such, I treat patients with common psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and PTSD, as well as drug, alcohol, and behavioral addictions. I utilize evidence-based psychotherapies including cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, and motivational enhancement as well as medication when indicated. I regard mental illness and addiction for the impairments and negative consequences they create in the client's life and work to involve all those affected including clients and their family and friends.
(973) 786-3215 View (973) 786-3215
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Digipsych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wayne, NJ 07470  (Online Only)
Board Certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist who understands the strain mental health concerns place not only on clients, but their families. Access to mental health providers can be difficult, and there should be no need to wait lengthy time periods for mental health treatment. All appointments are virtual, and any medications and lab work are sent electronically to maximize efficiency and convenience. I am currently licensed in NJ, PA, AZ, and CA and accept commercial insurances in the aforementioned states. To schedule an appointment please go to www.digipsych.co (not com).
Board Certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist who understands the strain mental health concerns place not only on clients, but their families. Access to mental health providers can be difficult, and there should be no need to wait lengthy time periods for mental health treatment. All appointments are virtual, and any medications and lab work are sent electronically to maximize efficiency and convenience. I am currently licensed in NJ, PA, AZ, and CA and accept commercial insurances in the aforementioned states. To schedule an appointment please go to www.digipsych.co (not com).
(732) 592-5771 View (732) 592-5771
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Mary FitzGerald Switala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN
Verified Verified
Wayne, NJ 07470
Waitlist for new clients
I focus on using a holistic and integrative approach to diagnosing and treating mental health conditions and work with clients to identify, understand, and solve issues. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and that it is a collaboration between the client and me. Together we can determine what is the right treatment for you.
I focus on using a holistic and integrative approach to diagnosing and treating mental health conditions and work with clients to identify, understand, and solve issues. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and that it is a collaboration between the client and me. Together we can determine what is the right treatment for you.
(973) 790-9222 View (973) 790-9222
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Margaret Gorny
Psychiatric Nurse, APN
Verified Verified
Wayne, NJ 07470
I have worked in the Mental Health field for over 30 years and have treated adults ranging in age from 18 to 80. I have also done extensive work with couples and families. My clients have had a wide variety of presenting problems from depression, anger management, relationships issues, anxiety, mood disorders, marital problems, phobias and obsessive compulsive behaviors. I see my client as a whole person not as a person with a problem. A person with strengths and weaknesses. Our job together is to find the answers and develop the skills to move forward to an enriching life.
I have worked in the Mental Health field for over 30 years and have treated adults ranging in age from 18 to 80. I have also done extensive work with couples and families. My clients have had a wide variety of presenting problems from depression, anger management, relationships issues, anxiety, mood disorders, marital problems, phobias and obsessive compulsive behaviors. I see my client as a whole person not as a person with a problem. A person with strengths and weaknesses. Our job together is to find the answers and develop the skills to move forward to an enriching life.
(973) 845-4092 View (973) 845-4092
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Seokkoon Cho
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wayne, NJ 07470
I am a truly caring, board certified psychiatrist, with extensive knowledge and experience in psychopharmacology. In order to bring peacefulness of mind and soul you desire and to ease your symptoms back to manageable levels, I believe it is essential to get the correct diagnosis and also the best treatments. I work with my clients to help them develop real comprehensive understanding using different approaches. I am experienced in several areas, including fatigue, pain syndrome, and insomnia, as well as anxiety, depression, ADHD, addictive behaviors of gambling, eating, alcohol, opiates, and other substances;
I am a truly caring, board certified psychiatrist, with extensive knowledge and experience in psychopharmacology. In order to bring peacefulness of mind and soul you desire and to ease your symptoms back to manageable levels, I believe it is essential to get the correct diagnosis and also the best treatments. I work with my clients to help them develop real comprehensive understanding using different approaches. I am experienced in several areas, including fatigue, pain syndrome, and insomnia, as well as anxiety, depression, ADHD, addictive behaviors of gambling, eating, alcohol, opiates, and other substances;
(201) 425-1130 View (201) 425-1130
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Maryann Ryan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, NPP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wayne, NJ 07470
My primary goal in providing mental healthcare is to create a welcoming and supportive environment where every individual feels valued, heard, and acknowledged. As a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner in both psychiatry and family medicine, I am capable of providing a comprehensive range of services, with a specific emphasis on medication management. We offer interpreter services for most languages and American Sign Language (ASL). In recognizing the importance of flexibility and patient choice, we provide the option for in-office or video consultations.
My primary goal in providing mental healthcare is to create a welcoming and supportive environment where every individual feels valued, heard, and acknowledged. As a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner in both psychiatry and family medicine, I am capable of providing a comprehensive range of services, with a specific emphasis on medication management. We offer interpreter services for most languages and American Sign Language (ASL). In recognizing the importance of flexibility and patient choice, we provide the option for in-office or video consultations.
(845) 253-4850 View (845) 253-4850
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Family Psychiatry and Therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wayne, NJ 07470  (Online Only)
Dr. Christopher Hannon is a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He obtained his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Louisville. His training covers mental health treatment across the lifespan including psychopharmacological management of psychiatric conditions and a host of therapeutic modalities. Areas of particular interest include trauma/PTSD, depression/anxiety, substance use disorders, as well as stigma around mental illness and in general.
Dr. Christopher Hannon is a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He obtained his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Louisville. His training covers mental health treatment across the lifespan including psychopharmacological management of psychiatric conditions and a host of therapeutic modalities. Areas of particular interest include trauma/PTSD, depression/anxiety, substance use disorders, as well as stigma around mental illness and in general.
(973) 221-8577 View (973) 221-8577
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Margaret King, APN, C, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, C
Verified Verified
Wayne, NJ 07470  (Online Only)
I have had the privilege of working with children, adolescents, and young adults for the past 30 years. I have specialized expertise in diagnosing and treating Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, ADHD, Autism, and Trauma. I perform comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, prescribe medication, collaborate with therapists and do consultations with schools. Talking with family is key in my evaluations and treatment. There is a shortage and need for mental health services in our youth. I'm here to let you know, there is HOPE!
I have had the privilege of working with children, adolescents, and young adults for the past 30 years. I have specialized expertise in diagnosing and treating Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, ADHD, Autism, and Trauma. I perform comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, prescribe medication, collaborate with therapists and do consultations with schools. Talking with family is key in my evaluations and treatment. There is a shortage and need for mental health services in our youth. I'm here to let you know, there is HOPE!
(973) 542-2035 View (973) 542-2035
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Mental Health & Addiction Center and Subxone Ctr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, APN, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wayne, NJ 07470
Addiction is a disease that overtakes your life. In the past the resources needed to assist in overcoming this were expensive and out of reach for the majority that needed them. This creates a cycle of staying on the street and being consumed by the addiction. We offer treatment for those that may have been left out in the past. Our diverse team of health care providers takes a personal approach to the treatment and will assist you or your loved one into a life that they have control of. We offer mental health treatment as well to address underlying mood and anxiety issues.
Addiction is a disease that overtakes your life. In the past the resources needed to assist in overcoming this were expensive and out of reach for the majority that needed them. This creates a cycle of staying on the street and being consumed by the addiction. We offer treatment for those that may have been left out in the past. Our diverse team of health care providers takes a personal approach to the treatment and will assist you or your loved one into a life that they have control of. We offer mental health treatment as well to address underlying mood and anxiety issues.
(551) 222-6923 View (551) 222-6923
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Nu Imagery Healthcare, LLC.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, EdD, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CDCES
Verified Verified
Wayne, NJ 07470
We believe that medical and psychological problems are intertwined and can be addressed in one session. We provide integrated and balanced healthcare to address primary care issues, especially weight loss & obesity, sleep, and diabetes while addressing psychiatric mental health issues. We help you cope with school/ work stress. We provide psychiatric and prescription treatment of obesity & binge eating with weight loss plans to keep you on track. We deliver psychotherapeutic techniques to help you reduce stress and cope with challenges. Our treatment modality may improve your quality of life and reduce stress from work and school.
We believe that medical and psychological problems are intertwined and can be addressed in one session. We provide integrated and balanced healthcare to address primary care issues, especially weight loss & obesity, sleep, and diabetes while addressing psychiatric mental health issues. We help you cope with school/ work stress. We provide psychiatric and prescription treatment of obesity & binge eating with weight loss plans to keep you on track. We deliver psychotherapeutic techniques to help you reduce stress and cope with challenges. Our treatment modality may improve your quality of life and reduce stress from work and school.
(201) 474-2305 View (201) 474-2305
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Albatross to Phoenix Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wayne, NJ 07470  (Online Only)
Seeking psychiatric care can be an intimidating experience. You may be seeking help for the first time, or you may have had a poor experience in the past. Everyone that seeks healthcare deserves a safe and personal treatment plan. It is my pleasure to serve you.
Seeking psychiatric care can be an intimidating experience. You may be seeking help for the first time, or you may have had a poor experience in the past. Everyone that seeks healthcare deserves a safe and personal treatment plan. It is my pleasure to serve you.
(862) 244-1827 View (862) 244-1827

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Lisa Scarlatella
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Passaic, NJ 07055  (Online Only)
I am an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I hold a Master of Science in Nursing and a Post Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Fairleigh Dickinson University with Sigma Theta Tau honors. I have experience working as a Nurse Practitioner in college health and clinical experience with medication management for adults in inpatient and outpatient settings.
I am an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I hold a Master of Science in Nursing and a Post Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Fairleigh Dickinson University with Sigma Theta Tau honors. I have experience working as a Nurse Practitioner in college health and clinical experience with medication management for adults in inpatient and outpatient settings.
(551) 210-4766 View (551) 210-4766

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Wayne, NJ

10+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Wayne, NJ who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
84% ADHD
74% Trauma and PTSD
74% Bipolar Disorder
74% Medication Management
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

73% Aetna
73% Cigna and Evernorth
67% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Wayne, NJ see their clients

52% Online Only
48% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wayne?

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.