Psychiatrists in 20744

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Osenat Aremu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Fort Washington, MD 20744  (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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Leadeth Stillwaters
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Washington, MD 20744  (Online Only)
We are accepting new clients in DC, Maryland, and Virginia through telehealth (online). Struggling with sleep, anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, grief or loss, past trauma or PTSD, self harm, impulsivity, OCD, irritability, anger, stress managements, and mood swings? Do you need medication management, prescription refill, or therapy? We can help & support you through evidence base approach treatment. We understand life gets tough, but don’t give up. With our support you can overcome the challenges that life brings. Contact us today, we can help.
We are accepting new clients in DC, Maryland, and Virginia through telehealth (online). Struggling with sleep, anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, grief or loss, past trauma or PTSD, self harm, impulsivity, OCD, irritability, anger, stress managements, and mood swings? Do you need medication management, prescription refill, or therapy? We can help & support you through evidence base approach treatment. We understand life gets tough, but don’t give up. With our support you can overcome the challenges that life brings. Contact us today, we can help.
(301) 918-5379 View (301) 918-5379
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Brighterlife Healthcare Services INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP-, PMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Providing a wide range of mental health services to patients and families in an outpatient setting. Proving diagnoses, conduct therapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders, or substance abuse problems. Providing emergency psychiatric services, psychosocial and physical assessment of patients, treatment plans, and manage diagnosing treatments, and management of mental health disorders using pharmacological and non-pharmacological evidence-based options. Prescribing medication, Counseling, therapy, and helping those with depression or anxiety.
Providing a wide range of mental health services to patients and families in an outpatient setting. Proving diagnoses, conduct therapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders, or substance abuse problems. Providing emergency psychiatric services, psychosocial and physical assessment of patients, treatment plans, and manage diagnosing treatments, and management of mental health disorders using pharmacological and non-pharmacological evidence-based options. Prescribing medication, Counseling, therapy, and helping those with depression or anxiety.
(301) 215-2604 View (301) 215-2604
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Malcolm Cook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Washington, MD 20744  (Online Only)
I am a native Bronx, New Yorker with over 20 years of healthcare experience. I hold dual board certifications in Psychiatry and Family Medicine from the AANP and ANCC. Growing up in a large, multi-cultural environment, I feel comfortable communicating with people from all races, religions and socio-economic backgrounds. In January 2020, I decided to pursue my dream of starting my own practice to deliver quality mental health services with a "personal touch". At Platinum Behavioral Health, we provide empathic, holistic care. We work hard to understand the needs of our patients and their relationships with family and community.
I am a native Bronx, New Yorker with over 20 years of healthcare experience. I hold dual board certifications in Psychiatry and Family Medicine from the AANP and ANCC. Growing up in a large, multi-cultural environment, I feel comfortable communicating with people from all races, religions and socio-economic backgrounds. In January 2020, I decided to pursue my dream of starting my own practice to deliver quality mental health services with a "personal touch". At Platinum Behavioral Health, we provide empathic, holistic care. We work hard to understand the needs of our patients and their relationships with family and community.
(202) 991-4876 View (202) 991-4876
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Dr Goldberg & Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Washington, MD 20744  (Online Only)
I have experience in treating clients across the life span with different mental illnesses to include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar Disorder, depression, health promotion and wellness. I have vast experience in treating military populations and their families with PTSD, TBI, trauma and abuse. I also have experience in psychopharmacological intervention with medication management. I combine psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, counseling, wellness and health promotion interventions to provide whole patient approach in treating mental health illnesses.
I have experience in treating clients across the life span with different mental illnesses to include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar Disorder, depression, health promotion and wellness. I have vast experience in treating military populations and their families with PTSD, TBI, trauma and abuse. I also have experience in psychopharmacological intervention with medication management. I combine psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, counseling, wellness and health promotion interventions to provide whole patient approach in treating mental health illnesses.
(571) 348-5914 View (571) 348-5914
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Funmilayo Olugbemi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Fort Washington, MD 20744  (Online Only)
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am culturally diverse and competent in providing mental health services across the illness-wellness continuum and lifespan: children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am culturally diverse and competent in providing mental health services across the illness-wellness continuum and lifespan: children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
(240) 932-5337 View (240) 932-5337
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Coleen A. Harbin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Fort Washington, MD 20744  (Online Only)
Does fear, anxiety, depression, and stress keep you in a loop of hopelessness, feeling stuck, in poor relationships, and general unhappiness? These factors can be very impactful to one's mental health. If you can relate to any of this, I can help you. My name is Coleen Harbin and I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I aspire to help people prioritize the improvement of their mental health so that they can live the life that they desire, instead of just existing. This can be done through education, self-awareness, accountability, encouragement, nutrition, therapy, and/or medication management.
Does fear, anxiety, depression, and stress keep you in a loop of hopelessness, feeling stuck, in poor relationships, and general unhappiness? These factors can be very impactful to one's mental health. If you can relate to any of this, I can help you. My name is Coleen Harbin and I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I aspire to help people prioritize the improvement of their mental health so that they can live the life that they desire, instead of just existing. This can be done through education, self-awareness, accountability, encouragement, nutrition, therapy, and/or medication management.
(240) 433-5364 View (240) 433-5364
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ANHHS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Aanu Olorunsola MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders, to assist the client in coordinating and managing their mental health necessities, using the techniques of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery appropriate to the clients’ culture. I focus on cost effective and solid evidence based practice, providing effective and innovative whole health care for the people and community I serve.
Aanu Olorunsola MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders, to assist the client in coordinating and managing their mental health necessities, using the techniques of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery appropriate to the clients’ culture. I focus on cost effective and solid evidence based practice, providing effective and innovative whole health care for the people and community I serve.
(410) 724-1645 View (410) 724-1645
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Alisha Shim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Washington, MD 20744  (Online Only)
Hi there! I'm Allie. I am an enthusiastic dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. As a compassionate and supportive provider, I want to help you find the motivation and support you need to achieve your personal goals.
Hi there! I'm Allie. I am an enthusiastic dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. As a compassionate and supportive provider, I want to help you find the motivation and support you need to achieve your personal goals.
(410) 324-6978 View (410) 324-6978
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All Dimensions Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
Rhoda Ndamukong is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner with specializes in Adult-Geriatric and family psychiatric care. Rhoda graduated from Princes George’s community college as a registered nurse with high honors. She furthered her education achieving a bachelor’s degree and graduating with president honors from Chamberlain University. Rhoda also graduated with honors from Walden University with a Master’s in Nursing and Maryville University with a Post Master's in psychiatry. She is dual certified AANP and ANCC Nurse Practitioner. Rhoda's areas of focus are treating the whole spectrum of psychiatric disorders.
Rhoda Ndamukong is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner with specializes in Adult-Geriatric and family psychiatric care. Rhoda graduated from Princes George’s community college as a registered nurse with high honors. She furthered her education achieving a bachelor’s degree and graduating with president honors from Chamberlain University. Rhoda also graduated with honors from Walden University with a Master’s in Nursing and Maryville University with a Post Master's in psychiatry. She is dual certified AANP and ANCC Nurse Practitioner. Rhoda's areas of focus are treating the whole spectrum of psychiatric disorders.
(240) 213-7859 View (240) 213-7859
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Icon Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with DNP. Currently, I am a Provider here in Icon Clinic LLC in Greenbelt Maryland. I choose to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner because of the desire I have in helping people. That philosophy is one which I will stand by throughout my duration in this career. It will be based on providing competent, empathetic, compassionate, and holistic care to the best of my ability without bias. This philosophy or values I believed was in me from birth - The spirit of caring and giving to the fullest. These values are accompanied by respect, and trustworthiness.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with DNP. Currently, I am a Provider here in Icon Clinic LLC in Greenbelt Maryland. I choose to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner because of the desire I have in helping people. That philosophy is one which I will stand by throughout my duration in this career. It will be based on providing competent, empathetic, compassionate, and holistic care to the best of my ability without bias. This philosophy or values I believed was in me from birth - The spirit of caring and giving to the fullest. These values are accompanied by respect, and trustworthiness.
(240) 219-7609 View (240) 219-7609
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Pendulum Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Washington, MD 20744  (Online Only)
It is time to bring the negative stigma of seeking help for mental health issues to an end. It is a stigma when a person with mental illness is mocked or called weak for seeking help. Black Americans are less likely to seek mental health care. Statistics tell us that about 25% of African Americans seek mental health treatment, compared to 40% of white Americans. For black men the numbers are even less. Seeking help from a culturally competent therapist can assist with managing and overcoming these effects. At Pendulum Psychiatry we aim to provide a safer, more welcoming space for Black men seeking medication management and therapy.
It is time to bring the negative stigma of seeking help for mental health issues to an end. It is a stigma when a person with mental illness is mocked or called weak for seeking help. Black Americans are less likely to seek mental health care. Statistics tell us that about 25% of African Americans seek mental health treatment, compared to 40% of white Americans. For black men the numbers are even less. Seeking help from a culturally competent therapist can assist with managing and overcoming these effects. At Pendulum Psychiatry we aim to provide a safer, more welcoming space for Black men seeking medication management and therapy.
(240) 635-9666 View (240) 635-9666
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Fort Washington, MD 20744  (Online Only)
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
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Photo of James Perritt, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
James Perritt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
I have worked as a Registered Nurse at a hospital for about 12 years on a unit that specializes in Mood Disorders, like depression and bipolar disorder, and Eating Disorders. I have been working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2018. Email is the best way to contact me.
I have worked as a Registered Nurse at a hospital for about 12 years on a unit that specializes in Mood Disorders, like depression and bipolar disorder, and Eating Disorders. I have been working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2018. Email is the best way to contact me.
(410) 457-3596 View (410) 457-3596
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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Washington, MD 20744  (Online Only)
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(240) 219-6566 View (240) 219-6566
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Tranquil Haven Mental Wellness Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Washington, MD 20744  (Online Only)
Do you feel that your emotions, mental state, or self-perceptions cause you to feel misunderstood and alone? Do you envision a place where you can feel at peace and safely express who you are and what you need to thrive? Please know you are not alone. My name is Marcia Friend, and I am here to help. Using evidence-based practices, I am equipped to treat neurodevelopmental, behavioral, emotional, psychosocial, and other psychosis-related mental health challenges for adolescents and adults. Your treatment plan may include medication, counseling, or both, depending upon your needs and goals.
Do you feel that your emotions, mental state, or self-perceptions cause you to feel misunderstood and alone? Do you envision a place where you can feel at peace and safely express who you are and what you need to thrive? Please know you are not alone. My name is Marcia Friend, and I am here to help. Using evidence-based practices, I am equipped to treat neurodevelopmental, behavioral, emotional, psychosocial, and other psychosis-related mental health challenges for adolescents and adults. Your treatment plan may include medication, counseling, or both, depending upon your needs and goals.
(301) 579-7936 View (301) 579-7936
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Sylvie Mirindi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Washington, MD 20744  (Online Only)
I am a registered nurse and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. I received my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. Before my psychiatric mental health nursing practice studies, I earned my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Advanced Community Public Health Nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
I am a registered nurse and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. I received my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. Before my psychiatric mental health nursing practice studies, I earned my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Advanced Community Public Health Nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
(240) 802-8108 View (240) 802-8108
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Funmilayo Olugbemi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Funmilayo Olugbemi is a proficient Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with several years of experience in psychiatry and mental health issues.
Funmilayo Olugbemi is a proficient Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with several years of experience in psychiatry and mental health issues.
(240) 213-9460 View (240) 213-9460
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Dr. Ernesto Henderson
Psychiatrist, DO, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Washington, MD 20744  (Online Only)
My ideal client is experiencing mental health challenges that require medical expertise. They need a thorough evaluation, personalized medication management, and a compassionate psychiatrist. Their goals include reducing symptoms, improving mental health, and developing coping skills. They want to live a happier, more fulfilling life, recognizing that psychiatric care is essential. They seek a personalized and holistic approach that addresses their unique medical needs.
My ideal client is experiencing mental health challenges that require medical expertise. They need a thorough evaluation, personalized medication management, and a compassionate psychiatrist. Their goals include reducing symptoms, improving mental health, and developing coping skills. They want to live a happier, more fulfilling life, recognizing that psychiatric care is essential. They seek a personalized and holistic approach that addresses their unique medical needs.
(332) 263-3680 View (332) 263-3680

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 20744

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 20744 who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
89% Depression
89% Bipolar Disorder
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Trauma and PTSD
68% Medication Management
63% ADHD

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
89% Aetna
84% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 20744 see their clients

68% Online Only
32% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 20744?

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.