Psychiatrists in New Hope, PA

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Mentis Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New Hope, PA 18938
Accepting PA & NJ Insurance. ADHD and Autism spectrum screening "included in the initial evaluation." Ann has received her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and an undergraduate degree from Drexel University, board-certified and licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is nationally certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Ann achieved certification from the Neuroscience Education Institute as a Master Psychopharmacologist and offers non-invasive testing for genetic markers to optimize pharmacologic treatment. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
Accepting PA & NJ Insurance. ADHD and Autism spectrum screening "included in the initial evaluation." Ann has received her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and an undergraduate degree from Drexel University, board-certified and licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is nationally certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Ann achieved certification from the Neuroscience Education Institute as a Master Psychopharmacologist and offers non-invasive testing for genetic markers to optimize pharmacologic treatment. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
(267) 682-7123 View (267) 682-7123
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Dr. Jacob D Buinewicz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New Hope, PA 18938
I am a Board Certified General Psychiatrist and a Fellowship Trained Addiction Psychiatrist who is capable of treating a wide array of psychiatric conditions. I graduated from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and then completed a 4-year residency training program in general psychiatry and 1-year fellowship in addiction psychiatry. I've worked with a wide variety of patients. I also have extensive work experience with young adults and career focused individuals who are experiencing psychiatric symptoms.
I am a Board Certified General Psychiatrist and a Fellowship Trained Addiction Psychiatrist who is capable of treating a wide array of psychiatric conditions. I graduated from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and then completed a 4-year residency training program in general psychiatry and 1-year fellowship in addiction psychiatry. I've worked with a wide variety of patients. I also have extensive work experience with young adults and career focused individuals who are experiencing psychiatric symptoms.
(267) 692-8389 View (267) 692-8389
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Dorothy A Borresen
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, APN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
New Hope, PA 18938
My approach to helping people is patient-centered and integrative. I practice evidence-based approaches and shared decision making. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained at University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University and a licensed psychologist trained at Temple University. As an assistant professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School I teach family medicine residents and medical students psychopharmacology, behavioral health and life style medicine. This provides me with a breadth of knowledge and unique experience particularly when people have physical health problems.
My approach to helping people is patient-centered and integrative. I practice evidence-based approaches and shared decision making. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained at University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University and a licensed psychologist trained at Temple University. As an assistant professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School I teach family medicine residents and medical students psychopharmacology, behavioral health and life style medicine. This provides me with a breadth of knowledge and unique experience particularly when people have physical health problems.
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Donald A Rauh
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, FAPA
Verified Verified
New Hope, PA 18938
People may feel depressed and not know why. They may become more angry than seems warranted by the situation. They may not be able to maintain adequate focus and may miss details that compromise their performance. They may not achieve what they know they are capable of. They may feel fabulous and become incredibly productive for periods and then feel they are mired in lethargy and not know why. They may compromise their lives by spending too much time engaging in rituals. All of these problems and more can be carefully addressed by combining psychotherapy, lifestyle improvements, and with the judicious use of medications.
People may feel depressed and not know why. They may become more angry than seems warranted by the situation. They may not be able to maintain adequate focus and may miss details that compromise their performance. They may not achieve what they know they are capable of. They may feel fabulous and become incredibly productive for periods and then feel they are mired in lethargy and not know why. They may compromise their lives by spending too much time engaging in rituals. All of these problems and more can be carefully addressed by combining psychotherapy, lifestyle improvements, and with the judicious use of medications.
(215) 647-0586 View (215) 647-0586

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Dr. Eileen Kemether
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901  (Online Only)
Finding a compassionate and knowledgeable healthcare professional at the time of significant illness, pain and suffering is most important. My efforts have been to give psychiatric care in such a manner. My practice of psychiatry has been open since May of 1996. I provide talk therapy and medication management as well as collaborate with psychologists and social workers to provide medication management for their patients. My practice includes general adult and geriatric psychiatry.
Finding a compassionate and knowledgeable healthcare professional at the time of significant illness, pain and suffering is most important. My efforts have been to give psychiatric care in such a manner. My practice of psychiatry has been open since May of 1996. I provide talk therapy and medication management as well as collaborate with psychologists and social workers to provide medication management for their patients. My practice includes general adult and geriatric psychiatry.
(332) 456-4357 View (332) 456-4357
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Carolyn Morris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNPBC, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington Crossing, PA 18977
Are you longing for peace in your home? Is your family struggling daily with unsolved problems? Are you or your child impacted by ADHD? Has your child’s behavior impacted your relationship?
Are you longing for peace in your home? Is your family struggling daily with unsolved problems? Are you or your child impacted by ADHD? Has your child’s behavior impacted your relationship?
(215) 795-5181 View (215) 795-5181
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Richard T. Weyler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Doylestown, PA 18902
Dr. Richard T. Weyler is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2008. Dr. Weyler earned his B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He then earned his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College and completed a general psychiatry residency at Temple University Hospital. He then returned to the University of Pennsylvania to complete his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Weyler provides a strengths-based and behavioral approach, in addition to prescribing medications when necessary.
Dr. Richard T. Weyler is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2008. Dr. Weyler earned his B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He then earned his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College and completed a general psychiatry residency at Temple University Hospital. He then returned to the University of Pennsylvania to complete his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Weyler provides a strengths-based and behavioral approach, in addition to prescribing medications when necessary.
(267) 440-6834 View (267) 440-6834
Photo of Ann Nolan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New Hope, PA
Ann Nolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
Accepting NJ & PA insurance. ADHD and Autism spectrum testing and screening "included in the initial evaluation." Office & Online psychiatric services. Treating children, adolescents, and adults. Ann is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings many years of professional mental health experience to the care of her patients. Her training has prepared her to treat patients across the lifespan -offering consultation, evaluation, and medication management for ages six through seniors.
Accepting NJ & PA insurance. ADHD and Autism spectrum testing and screening "included in the initial evaluation." Office & Online psychiatric services. Treating children, adolescents, and adults. Ann is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings many years of professional mental health experience to the care of her patients. Her training has prepared her to treat patients across the lifespan -offering consultation, evaluation, and medication management for ages six through seniors.
(215) 608-7659 View (215) 608-7659
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Domonique Louis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Doylestown, PA 18902  (Online Only)
As a dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Domonique Louis APRN, PMHNP-BC has forged a distinguished career, blending academic excellence, community nursing, and synthesis of groundbreaking research in the field of psychiatry. She began her academic journey at the University of Memphis studying the development, structure and functioning of human society followed by a baccalaureate degree in nursing at Union University in Tennessee, laying the foundation for her passion for healthcare.
As a dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Domonique Louis APRN, PMHNP-BC has forged a distinguished career, blending academic excellence, community nursing, and synthesis of groundbreaking research in the field of psychiatry. She began her academic journey at the University of Memphis studying the development, structure and functioning of human society followed by a baccalaureate degree in nursing at Union University in Tennessee, laying the foundation for her passion for healthcare.
(484) 613-3408 View (484) 613-3408
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Javier G. Taboada
Psychiatrist, MD, FACP, FAAN
Not Verified Not Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
Dr. Javier G. Taboada, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and has his practice in Yardley, PA. He specializes in Adult and Child Psychiatry. He provides outpatient psychiatric evaluations, consultations and follow-up to adults and children. Fellow, American College of Physicians. Member of the American Medical Assoc. Member of the New Jersey Medical Society. Listed in ABMS, Compendium.
Dr. Javier G. Taboada, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and has his practice in Yardley, PA. He specializes in Adult and Child Psychiatry. He provides outpatient psychiatric evaluations, consultations and follow-up to adults and children. Fellow, American College of Physicians. Member of the American Medical Assoc. Member of the New Jersey Medical Society. Listed in ABMS, Compendium.
(215) 392-2285 View (215) 392-2285
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Padmapriya Marpuri
Psychiatrist, MD, MRCPsyc
Verified Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901  (Online Only)
We offer comprehensive tele-psychiatric assessment, medication management, and help formulate individualized treatment solutions for your mental health needs. Our goal is to create a safe and accessible way towards better mental wellbeing. By combining scientific evidence with empathy and compassion. We want to improve mental health awareness and bring healthcare to the homes of as many people as we can. Please visit www.azurepsychiatry.com to learn more about our practice.
We offer comprehensive tele-psychiatric assessment, medication management, and help formulate individualized treatment solutions for your mental health needs. Our goal is to create a safe and accessible way towards better mental wellbeing. By combining scientific evidence with empathy and compassion. We want to improve mental health awareness and bring healthcare to the homes of as many people as we can. Please visit www.azurepsychiatry.com to learn more about our practice.
(267) 389-3757 View (267) 389-3757
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Amanda Decker
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Doylestown, PA 18902
Amanda Decker is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Mandy is a graduate of Wilkes University and completed her clinical work through Cherry Hill Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Southern New Jersey, as well as the Y. A. L. E School. Mandy specializes in working with the child and adolescent population (ages 5-20). She spent eight years working in child welfare for the State of New Jersey, where she gained extensive experience working with the most challenging of family dynamics.
Amanda Decker is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Mandy is a graduate of Wilkes University and completed her clinical work through Cherry Hill Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Southern New Jersey, as well as the Y. A. L. E School. Mandy specializes in working with the child and adolescent population (ages 5-20). She spent eight years working in child welfare for the State of New Jersey, where she gained extensive experience working with the most challenging of family dynamics.
(267) 754-2557 View (267) 754-2557
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Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
(215) 607-2003 View (215) 607-2003
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Teri Hardgrove
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I treat psychiatric conditions using a holistic and bio-psycho-social approach. My goal is to restore feelings of stability and well-being and I work with each patient to develop a specialized plan of care. My training has offered me the ability to provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I understand that starting medication can have its concerns and I strive to provide education and counseling during this process.
As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I treat psychiatric conditions using a holistic and bio-psycho-social approach. My goal is to restore feelings of stability and well-being and I work with each patient to develop a specialized plan of care. My training has offered me the ability to provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I understand that starting medication can have its concerns and I strive to provide education and counseling during this process.
(267) 309-2815 View (267) 309-2815
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(215) 770-0128 View (215) 770-0128
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Michael Bondar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901
Hello, I am a psychiatric provider in the Philly area. I am offering in-person and virtual appointments. I work with a wide array of disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, ODD, ADHD, ASD, borderline personality disorder, addiction, eating disorders, and self harm/suicidal ideations. I treat clients ranging from 6-90 years, however my specialty is children, teens, and young adults. I strive to create a comprehensive treatment plan for my clients. To ensure the best care, I work with my client's parents, therapists, doctors and teachers. I can prescribe genetic testing to make certain my clients are on the right medications.
Hello, I am a psychiatric provider in the Philly area. I am offering in-person and virtual appointments. I work with a wide array of disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, ODD, ADHD, ASD, borderline personality disorder, addiction, eating disorders, and self harm/suicidal ideations. I treat clients ranging from 6-90 years, however my specialty is children, teens, and young adults. I strive to create a comprehensive treatment plan for my clients. To ensure the best care, I work with my client's parents, therapists, doctors and teachers. I can prescribe genetic testing to make certain my clients are on the right medications.
(267) 622-4611 View (267) 622-4611
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B, B-C
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(215) 857-9593 View (215) 857-9593
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Bobbie Posmontier
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940  (Online Only)
I am a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with expertise in psychotherapy, complementary modalities, and psychotropic medication support tailored to women across the lifespan. With my dual certification as both a nurse midwife and family psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have a unique understanding of women’s psychiatric disorders related to hormonal and neurobiological imbalances from menarche through menopause such as premenstrual mood disorder, antenatal and postpartum mood disorders, as well as peri- and post-menopausal psychiatric disturbances. My goal is to partner with you to explore ways to help you achieve physical, mental and spiritual balance in your life
I am a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with expertise in psychotherapy, complementary modalities, and psychotropic medication support tailored to women across the lifespan. With my dual certification as both a nurse midwife and family psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have a unique understanding of women’s psychiatric disorders related to hormonal and neurobiological imbalances from menarche through menopause such as premenstrual mood disorder, antenatal and postpartum mood disorders, as well as peri- and post-menopausal psychiatric disturbances. My goal is to partner with you to explore ways to help you achieve physical, mental and spiritual balance in your life
(215) 488-7277 View (215) 488-7277
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Joseph Yi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
MODERN BEHAVIORAL is a health recovery center dedicated to providing quality Mental Health & Addiction Medicine treatment by combining the application of psychiatry with Holistic awareness. In addition to psychotherapy & conservative medication management, our group utilizes a more progressive approach by empowering each patient through nutritional education, exercise science, relaxation techniques, and other natural solutions for a more comfortable recovery process. Our program is committed to providing personally individualized quality care, and we hope to have the opportunity to assist you on your journey of recovery and health
MODERN BEHAVIORAL is a health recovery center dedicated to providing quality Mental Health & Addiction Medicine treatment by combining the application of psychiatry with Holistic awareness. In addition to psychotherapy & conservative medication management, our group utilizes a more progressive approach by empowering each patient through nutritional education, exercise science, relaxation techniques, and other natural solutions for a more comfortable recovery process. Our program is committed to providing personally individualized quality care, and we hope to have the opportunity to assist you on your journey of recovery and health
(215) 874-6346 View (215) 874-6346
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Fitz Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Doylestown, PA 18902  (Online Only)
tion Hello, feeling sad, anxious, or having difficulty concentrating and focusing? I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner focused on delivering Client-Centered, Caring, Compassionate, and Dedicated Care. I can help you through this trying time if the symptoms impact your daily living. Sometimes we fall into a rut and can not pull ourselves out. I treat individuals ages 14 to 70.
tion Hello, feeling sad, anxious, or having difficulty concentrating and focusing? I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner focused on delivering Client-Centered, Caring, Compassionate, and Dedicated Care. I can help you through this trying time if the symptoms impact your daily living. Sometimes we fall into a rut and can not pull ourselves out. I treat individuals ages 14 to 70.
(223) 215-4330 View (223) 215-4330

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Number of Psychiatrists in New Hope, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in New Hope, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
75% Grief
75% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

23 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in New Hope, PA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

66% Male
34% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in New Hope?

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.