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Dr. Rudominer’s extensive psychodynamic and psychoanalytic training in the 1970's prepared him extremely well for this dual role. He began his full time private psychiatric practice in New York City. He is board certified in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. During the 1980’s he founded Brooklyn Center for Families in Crisis, a non-profit state-licensed mental health center designed to help meet the social and mental health needs of the community.

In 1993, after 20 years in private practice, Dr. Rudominer relocated his full-time child, adolescent and adult psychiatric and psychoanalytic practice from NYC to Livingston, NJ.  In 2005 Dr. Rudominer once again felt, as he did in the 1980's when he founded Brooklyn Center for Families in Crisis along side his private practice, that he needed to expand his private practice to meet the needs of many patients and families that he could no longer service as a solo practitioner.

In addition to his private practice and clinical experience, Dr. Rudominer is the author of numerous psychiatric and psychoanalytic articles in professional journals and books; He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at NYU Medical Center and has taught and lectured on a variety of mental health topics; has appeared on local radio; and continues to receive advanced training, and certification in the use of new types of treatments.

See attached CV for additional details.

Why choose a Psychiatrist?

And, what is the difference between a Psychiatrist, and a Psychologist, and a Psychiatric Social Worker, and a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner?

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A psychiatric evaluation will usually include a one hour or one and a half hour consultation with the patient (and/or family). Because of a psychiatrist’s medical training, he or she may also be able to diagnose an underlying medical condition which may have gone undetected by a non-medical professional who thought the problem was purely psychological in nature.

A psychologist has a Ph.D. degree, or a PsyD, and has completed an internship in a clinical setting and holds a state license. His or her training focuses on therapy and psychological testing. A psychologist is prohibited from prescribing medication in New Jersey and in most other states.

A licensed psychiatric social worker, or LCSW, has a degree in social work and is also trained and licensed to treat psychological problems. A licensed marriage and family counselor is another type of individual who is trained to provide therapy. His or her background and training varies.

A mental health nurse practitioner (MHNP), also known as a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PNP) or advanced psychiatric nurse practitioner, works in primary care facilities. private practice, outpatient mental health clinics, as well as in hospitals and community health centers. MHNP evaluate and provide care for patients who have anything from psychiatric disorders, medical mental conditions to substance abuse problems. They are licensed to provide emergency psychiatric services, psychosocial and physical assessment of their patients, treatment plans and continually manage their care including psychotherapy and prescribing medication. In order to become a nurse practitioner you must obtain at least six years of college education including a nursing and master's degree.

All of the above, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health nurse practitioners, and marriage and family therapists, are generically referred to as psychotherapists or counselors. Because of his or her medical training, a psychiatrist will ordinarily charge more for treatment services. 


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