Mental Health

Mental Health Services

St. Margaret’s Center for Family Health in Princeton has a team of medical providers who provide mental health services and treatment, in addition to, primary care. The team is made up of Benjamin Shepherd, MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine and Psychiatry  and Elizabeth Birkey, PMHNP, a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Together, the team provides quality, compassionate care and treatment for conditions such as:

    • Depressive Disorders
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Alcohol/Substance Abuse Disorders
    • Forms of Psychosis (Including Schizophrenia)
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Forms of Neurocognitive Disorders
    • Care of Pregnant, Breastfeeding and Postpartum Women Struggling with Mental Health Conditions
    • And More.

Your mental health plays a major role in your overall wellness. It’s important to recognize and look for the signs and symptoms of poor or deteriorating mental health.

Common signs of anxiety and stress:

  • Increase or decrease in your energy and activity levels.
  • Having trouble sleeping or relaxing.
  • Inability to feel pleasure or have fun.
  • Increased irritability with outbursts of anger.
  • Feeling overwhelmed by sadness.
  • Having trouble thinking clearly and concentrating.

Mental health conditions and disorders are becoming more prevalent every day. You are not alone. Contact us to schedule an appointment at the Center for Family Health in Princeton using the form below.


We can’t control everything around us, but we do have some control over how we spend our time and energy. It is crucial, however, to reach out to your healthcare provider if there are mental or physical health issues that need to be addressed.”

– Benjamin Shepherd, MD


If you’re feeling suicidal or thinking of hurting yourself, seek help. Contact your primary care provider or a mental health professional. In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK(8255) or use its webchat at Contact organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for help and guidance. The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline can be reached at (800) 985-5990.

SOURCES: Mayo Clinic, CDC, SAMHSA, APA, Catholic Healthcare Association.