Psychiatrists in 20602

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Peace & Positivity Mental Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with depression or anxiety? Are you finding it difficult to cope with life’s stressors? Are you noticing that it is difficult to cope with life because of your symptoms? We are all affected by emotional, psychological, or social situations that disturb our mental health. These disruptions cause problems that change our thinking, mood, and behavior. Let us work together to develop a plan to ease your stress and navigate your obstacles. Continue reading to learn how booking a session is the best decision for you.
Are you struggling with depression or anxiety? Are you finding it difficult to cope with life’s stressors? Are you noticing that it is difficult to cope with life because of your symptoms? We are all affected by emotional, psychological, or social situations that disturb our mental health. These disruptions cause problems that change our thinking, mood, and behavior. Let us work together to develop a plan to ease your stress and navigate your obstacles. Continue reading to learn how booking a session is the best decision for you.
(301) 638-8545 View (301) 638-8545
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EdChA Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20602
We perform psychiatric evaluation and medication management for adults experiencing mental health symptoms or suffering from various type of mental illness including Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and more.
We perform psychiatric evaluation and medication management for adults experiencing mental health symptoms or suffering from various type of mental illness including Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and more.
(240) 802-7091 View (240) 802-7091
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Atlas Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CCM
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Welcome to Atlas Behavioral Health Services, where clients are treated with respect, utilizing evidence-based practices and individualized plans of care. My name is Dr. Nicola Clarke Wallen DNP and I am a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in Maryland, DC and Virginia to treat patients with mental health needs.
Welcome to Atlas Behavioral Health Services, where clients are treated with respect, utilizing evidence-based practices and individualized plans of care. My name is Dr. Nicola Clarke Wallen DNP and I am a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in Maryland, DC and Virginia to treat patients with mental health needs.
(202) 629-0487 View (202) 629-0487
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AIH Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
If you are struggling with a mental health condition that is causing distress or pain in your life, you are not alone. Millions of Americans deal with the same issues; which are made worse by the pandemic. Some find it more difficult to seek appropriate care.
If you are struggling with a mental health condition that is causing distress or pain in your life, you are not alone. Millions of Americans deal with the same issues; which are made worse by the pandemic. Some find it more difficult to seek appropriate care.
(240) 209-9639 View (240) 209-9639
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Charlotte Ayuk Nkem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602
At Oasis of Hope Behavioral Healthcare, I see children and adults with different mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, substance abuse etc. There is no waiting list, appointments are made at your earliest convenience. I love helping people, and I promise that you will be in safe hands. I also have 10 years of working experience in acute and outpatient mental health settings, including substance abuse. Some renowned hospitals where she gained work experience include the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Group, MedStar, and the Recovery Centers of America.
At Oasis of Hope Behavioral Healthcare, I see children and adults with different mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, substance abuse etc. There is no waiting list, appointments are made at your earliest convenience. I love helping people, and I promise that you will be in safe hands. I also have 10 years of working experience in acute and outpatient mental health settings, including substance abuse. Some renowned hospitals where she gained work experience include the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Group, MedStar, and the Recovery Centers of America.
(301) 786-5694 View (301) 786-5694
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Awesome Experience Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20602
I treat patients with a variety of mental health conditions: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, Schizophrenia, SUD, BPD. I have the privilege to work with a diverse population providing culturally competent care and eliminate stigmas associated with mental health. I will be honored to help you navigate your mental health. We will empower you with coping skills to lead a productive life. It is always challenging when your life changes direction, whether anticipated or not. Sometimes we need some new tools to help us dealing with these changes. We assess, diagnose, treat mental health conditions.
I treat patients with a variety of mental health conditions: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, Schizophrenia, SUD, BPD. I have the privilege to work with a diverse population providing culturally competent care and eliminate stigmas associated with mental health. I will be honored to help you navigate your mental health. We will empower you with coping skills to lead a productive life. It is always challenging when your life changes direction, whether anticipated or not. Sometimes we need some new tools to help us dealing with these changes. We assess, diagnose, treat mental health conditions.
(301) 234-7035 View (301) 234-7035
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Clarence Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
www.reflectivemindsmw.com. Visit my website to request an appointment! Openings within the week! Now treating ADHD! As a compassionate and highly-skilled psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to providing exceptional care to individuals who are struggling with mental health issues. I have extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders, and I strive to empower my patients to achieve optimal mental wellness and improve their overall quality of life.
www.reflectivemindsmw.com. Visit my website to request an appointment! Openings within the week! Now treating ADHD! As a compassionate and highly-skilled psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to providing exceptional care to individuals who are struggling with mental health issues. I have extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders, and I strive to empower my patients to achieve optimal mental wellness and improve their overall quality of life.
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Tashekia Williamson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Southern Comfort Psychiatric Services, LLC is a mental and behavioral health organization that aims to provide services to members of he community from ages 6 - 65+. We take a holistic approach to care as we aspire to help each client to approach and overcome obstacles that affect the mind, body and spirit. We are committed to taking culturally appropriate evidence based approaches in order to help each client reach optimal functionality within their everyday lives. I believe it is important for me to have a collaborative professional relationship with each client so that we can collectively meet the client's needs.
Southern Comfort Psychiatric Services, LLC is a mental and behavioral health organization that aims to provide services to members of he community from ages 6 - 65+. We take a holistic approach to care as we aspire to help each client to approach and overcome obstacles that affect the mind, body and spirit. We are committed to taking culturally appropriate evidence based approaches in order to help each client reach optimal functionality within their everyday lives. I believe it is important for me to have a collaborative professional relationship with each client so that we can collectively meet the client's needs.
(301) 753-8026 View (301) 753-8026
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Atlas Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, CCM
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Welcome to Atlas Behavioral Health Services, where clients are treated with respect, utilizing evidence-based practices and individualized plans of care. My name is Dr. Nicola Clarke Wallen DNP and I am a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in Maryland to treat patients with mental health needs across the lifespan. As a graduate of the Wilmington University, I have over 12 years of experience in nursing and have worked with pediatric through geriatrics in various specialties, including mental health settings, community health, in-patient hospital, and out-patient clinic settings.
Welcome to Atlas Behavioral Health Services, where clients are treated with respect, utilizing evidence-based practices and individualized plans of care. My name is Dr. Nicola Clarke Wallen DNP and I am a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in Maryland to treat patients with mental health needs across the lifespan. As a graduate of the Wilmington University, I have over 12 years of experience in nursing and have worked with pediatric through geriatrics in various specialties, including mental health settings, community health, in-patient hospital, and out-patient clinic settings.
(240) 534-1926 View (240) 534-1926
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Zitel Healthcare Services Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20602
Do you experience mood swings, depression, and anxiety that interferes with your daily life and work life? Have you been lacking interest in activities once enjoyed or do you feel anxious in every situation. A mood disorder presents in many forms and requires treatment. At Zitel Healthcare Services where your mental health matters, we provide patient-centered care with holistic approach to treatment in person or with confidential Telepsychiatry sessions in state of Maryland.
Do you experience mood swings, depression, and anxiety that interferes with your daily life and work life? Have you been lacking interest in activities once enjoyed or do you feel anxious in every situation. A mood disorder presents in many forms and requires treatment. At Zitel Healthcare Services where your mental health matters, we provide patient-centered care with holistic approach to treatment in person or with confidential Telepsychiatry sessions in state of Maryland.
(301) 205-5871 View (301) 205-5871
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Venrice Kerr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing difficulty with managing life stressors, career, family, raising a child(ren), physical and mental health? Let me help you take a step to improve your mental health to provide the mental clarity to handle life stressors more efficiently. It brings me joy to help others reach their full potential. Let me help you! I am a dual-board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from SUNY Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 2004. Shortly thereafter, I obtained my master’s degree while working in an acute care setting for four years.
Are you experiencing difficulty with managing life stressors, career, family, raising a child(ren), physical and mental health? Let me help you take a step to improve your mental health to provide the mental clarity to handle life stressors more efficiently. It brings me joy to help others reach their full potential. Let me help you! I am a dual-board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from SUNY Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 2004. Shortly thereafter, I obtained my master’s degree while working in an acute care setting for four years.
(301) 450-5237 View (301) 450-5237
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Osenat Aremu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
A new, innovated approach to your wellbeing... Are you tired of combating daily mental health struggles alone? Facing work burnout, constantly on edge & irritable, battling loneliness, sadness, shame or guilt? Do you find yourself battling anxiety, obsessive thoughts, depression, insomnia, or low self-esteem? You eagerly yearn to return back to socializing, and functioning at your highest potential.
A new, innovated approach to your wellbeing... Are you tired of combating daily mental health struggles alone? Facing work burnout, constantly on edge & irritable, battling loneliness, sadness, shame or guilt? Do you find yourself battling anxiety, obsessive thoughts, depression, insomnia, or low self-esteem? You eagerly yearn to return back to socializing, and functioning at your highest potential.
(240) 730-3126 View (240) 730-3126
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Axios Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20602
Dr Umaru Labay-Kamara, popularly called” Dr Kamara” by his patients is trained as a Medical Doctor with specialty in Psychiatry. He studied and completed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences School of medicine. He has been practicing Medicine for the past 20 years. He has been a staff psychiatrist and Medical Director at QCI Behavioral Health serving patients in Prince George’s, Calvert, St Mary’s and Charles County. He was recently awarded a Dedicated Service award for his dedication and service to his patients by the Prince George’s Department of Health. He is a member of APA and AACP
Dr Umaru Labay-Kamara, popularly called” Dr Kamara” by his patients is trained as a Medical Doctor with specialty in Psychiatry. He studied and completed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences School of medicine. He has been practicing Medicine for the past 20 years. He has been a staff psychiatrist and Medical Director at QCI Behavioral Health serving patients in Prince George’s, Calvert, St Mary’s and Charles County. He was recently awarded a Dedicated Service award for his dedication and service to his patients by the Prince George’s Department of Health. He is a member of APA and AACP
(240) 349-7033 View (240) 349-7033
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Insight Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, BSc
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Are you seeking a safe space where your mental health concerns are met with understanding, empathy, and personalized attention? Look no further than Insight Wellness Center. Our team of dedicated professionals is committed to providing you with the highest standard of compassionate care tailored to your unique need. We believe in the power of personalized treatment plans that honor your individual journey to healing. We're here to walk alongside you every step of the way, offering encouragement, validation, and genuine compassion as you navigate the ups and downs of your mental health journey.
Are you seeking a safe space where your mental health concerns are met with understanding, empathy, and personalized attention? Look no further than Insight Wellness Center. Our team of dedicated professionals is committed to providing you with the highest standard of compassionate care tailored to your unique need. We believe in the power of personalized treatment plans that honor your individual journey to healing. We're here to walk alongside you every step of the way, offering encouragement, validation, and genuine compassion as you navigate the ups and downs of your mental health journey.
(240) 887-1986 View (240) 887-1986
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Claudia Gierent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
I'm a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner-family certified. I have been practicing since 2012. I see an array of patients with various mental illnesses, including dual diagnosis across the lifespan. Originally from Ghana- I've been living in the US since 2001 and obtained all my higher education here. Graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore County withe a degree in Psychology, then went to Johns Hopkins University to obtain a degree in nursing. Later graduated with my masters from University of Maryland, Baltimore. I have my doctorate from Walden University.
I'm a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner-family certified. I have been practicing since 2012. I see an array of patients with various mental illnesses, including dual diagnosis across the lifespan. Originally from Ghana- I've been living in the US since 2001 and obtained all my higher education here. Graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore County withe a degree in Psychology, then went to Johns Hopkins University to obtain a degree in nursing. Later graduated with my masters from University of Maryland, Baltimore. I have my doctorate from Walden University.
(240) 696-4068 View (240) 696-4068
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Dr. Jaymie Fields
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Dr. Fields and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I obtained my doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh & studied behavioral health and psychiatry at the University of Virginia.
Hello! My name is Dr. Fields and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I obtained my doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh & studied behavioral health and psychiatry at the University of Virginia.
(410) 584-3629 View (410) 584-3629
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Samirawit Hailemariam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in private practice. I reside in Maryland with my two teenage children.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in private practice. I reside in Maryland with my two teenage children.
(240) 852-2482 View (240) 852-2482
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Marie Blanche Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients. The journey to recovery from mental illness begins when the patient is linked with the right provider and you can trust me to be the right provider. I provide genuine, compassionate mental health services. I accommodate and respect diversities. I am deeply passionate about providing quality holistic mental healthcare services and collaborate with my patients to ensure optimal wellness.
Accepting New Patients. The journey to recovery from mental illness begins when the patient is linked with the right provider and you can trust me to be the right provider. I provide genuine, compassionate mental health services. I accommodate and respect diversities. I am deeply passionate about providing quality holistic mental healthcare services and collaborate with my patients to ensure optimal wellness.
(240) 258-2011 View (240) 258-2011
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Nonye Mbionwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
My name is Nonye Mbionwu. I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I am here to support you . I have been in this role for 3 years. I have extensive experience in inpatient and emergency department. I am very passionate about what I do and my patients are my utmost priority. I specialize in helping individuals to manage their mental health challenges and work with you to develop personalized treatment plans.
My name is Nonye Mbionwu. I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I am here to support you . I have been in this role for 3 years. I have extensive experience in inpatient and emergency department. I am very passionate about what I do and my patients are my utmost priority. I specialize in helping individuals to manage their mental health challenges and work with you to develop personalized treatment plans.
(301) 507-3136 View (301) 507-3136
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Kairos Healthcare Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, P-MSN, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Charles, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Emotional problems and psychiatric conditions are like any other medical illness. We know that dealing with mental illness can be weakening and asking for help when dealing with these problems can be challenging. Kairos Healthcare services is here to help alleviate these challenges by creating a therapeutic relationship with you to manage the conditions in a most caring, compassionate, and understanding manner while ensuring your privacy. Psychiatric illness can complicate underlying medical conditions if left untreated; they are real and prevalent in every society and in all age groups, regardless of a person's economic status.
Emotional problems and psychiatric conditions are like any other medical illness. We know that dealing with mental illness can be weakening and asking for help when dealing with these problems can be challenging. Kairos Healthcare services is here to help alleviate these challenges by creating a therapeutic relationship with you to manage the conditions in a most caring, compassionate, and understanding manner while ensuring your privacy. Psychiatric illness can complicate underlying medical conditions if left untreated; they are real and prevalent in every society and in all age groups, regardless of a person's economic status.
(301) 900-3790 View (301) 900-3790

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 20602

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 20602 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
87% Anxiety
87% Bipolar Disorder
83% Trauma and PTSD
78% ADHD
65% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
57% Psychosis

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
87% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 20602 see their clients

73% Online Only
27% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 20602?

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.