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Photo of Aminata Amy Bangura, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20774, MD
Aminata Amy Bangura
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Largo, MD 20774
At Citadel Services, we understand that mental health can affect one's quality of life. As such, our behavioral healthcare programs in Bowie, Maryland, aim to address our patients' various needs. Using evidence-based interventions, we work to help vulnerable people regain their dreams, aspiration, and a vision for a better future.
At Citadel Services, we understand that mental health can affect one's quality of life. As such, our behavioral healthcare programs in Bowie, Maryland, aim to address our patients' various needs. Using evidence-based interventions, we work to help vulnerable people regain their dreams, aspiration, and a vision for a better future.
(301) 719-2728 View (301) 719-2728
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Dr. Julaine Newell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
My focus is on clients seeking therapy tailored to address their unique struggles with Generalized Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Stress Management, Depression, and Communication Skills. My therapeutic approach is dedicated to addressing the symptoms of insomnia, fatigue, low motivation, panic disorder, and many more. I aim to provide empathetic and effective interventions to help manage mental health symptoms and impairments. Together, we work to identify how, and which medications can support the effectiveness of your current talk therapy treatments.
My focus is on clients seeking therapy tailored to address their unique struggles with Generalized Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Stress Management, Depression, and Communication Skills. My therapeutic approach is dedicated to addressing the symptoms of insomnia, fatigue, low motivation, panic disorder, and many more. I aim to provide empathetic and effective interventions to help manage mental health symptoms and impairments. Together, we work to identify how, and which medications can support the effectiveness of your current talk therapy treatments.
(301) 804-6849 View (301) 804-6849
Photo of Ruphina Nnebedum, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20774, MD
Ruphina Nnebedum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
Largo, MD 20774
You are not alone. Mental illness is like a medical condition, everyone has something he/she is dealing with, but together, we can get through the problem(s). By seeking help today, you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to help you achieve holistic well-being and maintain your normal day-day life/activities in the community.
You are not alone. Mental illness is like a medical condition, everyone has something he/she is dealing with, but together, we can get through the problem(s). By seeking help today, you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to help you achieve holistic well-being and maintain your normal day-day life/activities in the community.
(301) 381-1028 View (301) 381-1028
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Lynda Akudo Onyema
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-B
Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774  (Online Only)
I love helping those who are seeking answers and solutions to their mental health struggles. I take pride in ensuring my clients feel respected and valued. I believe every individual treatment is unique, and therapy and medication may be necessary to help make day-to-day living better and together, we can work to change the situation for the best. I take the time to provide individual care with confidence and compassion, focusing on meeting their needs with every encounter.
I love helping those who are seeking answers and solutions to their mental health struggles. I take pride in ensuring my clients feel respected and valued. I believe every individual treatment is unique, and therapy and medication may be necessary to help make day-to-day living better and together, we can work to change the situation for the best. I take the time to provide individual care with confidence and compassion, focusing on meeting their needs with every encounter.
(301) 450-8062 View (301) 450-8062
Photo of Calvary Psychiatric Services, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20774, MD
Calvary Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP-PM
Verified
Mental health disorder is major healthcare issue in the United States of America with nearly one in five U.S. adults living with a mental illness according to the National Institute of Mental Health (2022). Calvary Psychiatric Services LLC was founded in February of 2022 in Maryland to provide early diagnosis and treatment of mental illness to clients with the goal of achieving early remission or reduction of symptoms for our client to function at their best.
Mental health disorder is major healthcare issue in the United States of America with nearly one in five U.S. adults living with a mental illness according to the National Institute of Mental Health (2022). Calvary Psychiatric Services LLC was founded in February of 2022 in Maryland to provide early diagnosis and treatment of mental illness to clients with the goal of achieving early remission or reduction of symptoms for our client to function at their best.
(301) 781-6239 View (301) 781-6239
Photo of Zainab Pierre, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20774, MD
Zainab Pierre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP , BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Accepting New Referrals! I am a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in the state of Maryland. I am qualified to diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health illnesses across the entire lifespan. I have over many years of clinical experience and have worked in different healthcare setting including in-patient and outpatient health.
Accepting New Referrals! I am a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in the state of Maryland. I am qualified to diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health illnesses across the entire lifespan. I have over many years of clinical experience and have worked in different healthcare setting including in-patient and outpatient health.
(301) 259-3735 View (301) 259-3735
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Activision Fidelity Psychiatric Mental Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My vision is to provide psychiatric mental health treatment to various clients with mental health disorder in a wholistic and compassionate manner in conjunction with therapy to enhance better patient outcome.
I am a board certified psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My vision is to provide psychiatric mental health treatment to various clients with mental health disorder in a wholistic and compassionate manner in conjunction with therapy to enhance better patient outcome.
(301) 852-7264 View (301) 852-7264
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Still Tranquility, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Largo, MD 20774  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Ms. Tucker is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with experience conducting psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing and treating individuals with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Her experience includes providing care to clients of different populations (adolescents, adults, geriatrics, and veterans), with the goals of restoring, improving, and stabilizing patients’ mental health. Ms. Tucker's practice philosophy comes from her nursing background that emphasizes providing safe, compassionate, and empathetic patient-centered care. She is currently licensed in MD, NY, and CA.
Ms. Tucker is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with experience conducting psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing and treating individuals with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Her experience includes providing care to clients of different populations (adolescents, adults, geriatrics, and veterans), with the goals of restoring, improving, and stabilizing patients’ mental health. Ms. Tucker's practice philosophy comes from her nursing background that emphasizes providing safe, compassionate, and empathetic patient-centered care. She is currently licensed in MD, NY, and CA.
(240) 816-4358 View (240) 816-4358
Photo of Dr. Glory Ngum Forbi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20774, MD
Dr. Glory Ngum Forbi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, APRN, MSN, RN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774  (Online Only)
Do you suffer from chronic insomnia, low mood, worry about everything and anything, panic attack, difficulties with staying focus, problem with concentration, excessive sleep , attention problems, drugs and addiction problems? you are not alone, we are here to help you. I know some people it could be uncomfortable seeking help. I work with people across the life span to help deal with depression, anxiety , PTSD,ETOH abuse, ADHD, Bipolar and more. Please feel free to come, you wouldn't regret coming. We put our clients first.
Do you suffer from chronic insomnia, low mood, worry about everything and anything, panic attack, difficulties with staying focus, problem with concentration, excessive sleep , attention problems, drugs and addiction problems? you are not alone, we are here to help you. I know some people it could be uncomfortable seeking help. I work with people across the life span to help deal with depression, anxiety , PTSD,ETOH abuse, ADHD, Bipolar and more. Please feel free to come, you wouldn't regret coming. We put our clients first.
(301) 683-5359 View (301) 683-5359
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The Fix Mental Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774  (Online Only)
The Fix Mental Wellness Center provides telehealth psychiatric services in Maryland, DC, and Florida, and treats a variety of mental health disorders via medication management. We are an inclusive practice, and welcome clients from all backgrounds and walks of life who are ready to take the next step toward bettering themselves. We will meet you where you are in your mental health journey, and help facilitate the change needed for you to live your best life.
The Fix Mental Wellness Center provides telehealth psychiatric services in Maryland, DC, and Florida, and treats a variety of mental health disorders via medication management. We are an inclusive practice, and welcome clients from all backgrounds and walks of life who are ready to take the next step toward bettering themselves. We will meet you where you are in your mental health journey, and help facilitate the change needed for you to live your best life.
(301) 962-2445 View (301) 962-2445
Photo of Yvette Takwe, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20774, MD
Yvette Takwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Largo, MD 20774  (Online Only)
Hi Everyone, Are you that person drowning in the many dilemas, and work stressors and unable to manage your anxiety due to the outrageous changes in our society and lives.
Hi Everyone, Are you that person drowning in the many dilemas, and work stressors and unable to manage your anxiety due to the outrageous changes in our society and lives.
(301) 835-1441 View (301) 835-1441
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Asten Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Largo, MD 20774
Accepting New Referrals! I am a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in the state of Maryland and Washington D.C. I graduated from University of South Alabama and qualified to diagnose and treat a wide array of mental health conditions across the entire lifespan. I have over 18 years of clinical experience and have worked in different healthcare setting including in-patient and outpatient health. I worked at Oasis Center for Mental health, Annapolis Maryland, Psych Associates of Annapolis Maryland, Axios Behavioral health La-plata and as Associate Medical director at QCI Behavioral Health of Southern MD.
Accepting New Referrals! I am a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in the state of Maryland and Washington D.C. I graduated from University of South Alabama and qualified to diagnose and treat a wide array of mental health conditions across the entire lifespan. I have over 18 years of clinical experience and have worked in different healthcare setting including in-patient and outpatient health. I worked at Oasis Center for Mental health, Annapolis Maryland, Psych Associates of Annapolis Maryland, Axios Behavioral health La-plata and as Associate Medical director at QCI Behavioral Health of Southern MD.
(301) 272-1055 View (301) 272-1055
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Suggero healthcare services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
As a formal U.S Army soldier, I witnessed several mental health disorders that are debilitating to soldiers personal life. And rather than talk, and complain about it, I decided to pursue a career in healthcare after my first degree in accounting. I served in the military for 9 years. I have seen firsthand the harmful impact of inaccurate preconceptions about mental health. I am enthusiastic about people’s needs and my goal is to improve the quality and accessibility of health care services, not only to veterans, but my community.
As a formal U.S Army soldier, I witnessed several mental health disorders that are debilitating to soldiers personal life. And rather than talk, and complain about it, I decided to pursue a career in healthcare after my first degree in accounting. I served in the military for 9 years. I have seen firsthand the harmful impact of inaccurate preconceptions about mental health. I am enthusiastic about people’s needs and my goal is to improve the quality and accessibility of health care services, not only to veterans, but my community.
(301) 781-5011 View (301) 781-5011
Photo of Dare to Care Too, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20774, MD
Dare to Care Too, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, CCM
Verified
Accepting new Clients. Offering in person visits. Seeking a provider who listens to your entire story and works with you to develop a recovery plan? Then you have come to the right place. Knowing your story is important because you are the expert on you. Your symptoms do not have to impact your functioning when you have the right resources and supports in place. While medications are sometimes needed they are not the only answer to managing symptoms. Often behavioral therapy and modification are effective in managing symptoms alone or in conjunction with medications at the lowest effective dosage.
Accepting new Clients. Offering in person visits. Seeking a provider who listens to your entire story and works with you to develop a recovery plan? Then you have come to the right place. Knowing your story is important because you are the expert on you. Your symptoms do not have to impact your functioning when you have the right resources and supports in place. While medications are sometimes needed they are not the only answer to managing symptoms. Often behavioral therapy and modification are effective in managing symptoms alone or in conjunction with medications at the lowest effective dosage.
(240) 201-2970 View (240) 201-2970
Photo of Masterpiece Behavioral Health Solutions, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20774, MD
Masterpiece Behavioral Health Solutions, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland and the District of Columbia. I'm accepting new patients. I have worked in both in-patent and out-patient settings. My practice is evidence-based, and it is provided on a compassionate and individualized basis to assist individuals with mental health needs to function optimally. You and I will work together to ensure that you get the best care you deserve. Working with you to navigate the complex mental healthcare arena is a privilege, and I am looking forward to working with you. Thank you so much for allowing me to meet your mental health needs.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland and the District of Columbia. I'm accepting new patients. I have worked in both in-patent and out-patient settings. My practice is evidence-based, and it is provided on a compassionate and individualized basis to assist individuals with mental health needs to function optimally. You and I will work together to ensure that you get the best care you deserve. Working with you to navigate the complex mental healthcare arena is a privilege, and I am looking forward to working with you. Thank you so much for allowing me to meet your mental health needs.
(301) 923-4853 View (301) 923-4853
Photo of Transformational Telepsychiatry, Inc, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20774, MD
Transformational Telepsychiatry, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP
Verified
Largo, MD 20774
Lateshia Jackson is a family psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed in Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia. She is a graduate of Howard University and University of Maryland Schools of Nursing. I am credentialed to provide medication management, psychotherapy, and psychiatric evaluations to children, adolescents, and adults. Specialities include mood disorder, substance misuse, anxiety disorder, and psychotic disorder. Certified to prescribe suboxone for opiate misuse. Also certified to provide recommendations for medical cannabis in District of Columbia and Maryland.
Lateshia Jackson is a family psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed in Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia. She is a graduate of Howard University and University of Maryland Schools of Nursing. I am credentialed to provide medication management, psychotherapy, and psychiatric evaluations to children, adolescents, and adults. Specialities include mood disorder, substance misuse, anxiety disorder, and psychotic disorder. Certified to prescribe suboxone for opiate misuse. Also certified to provide recommendations for medical cannabis in District of Columbia and Maryland.
(443) 292-9351 View (443) 292-9351
Photo of MJB Holisitc and Therapeutic Services LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20774, MD
MJB Holisitc and Therapeutic Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Largo, MD 20774
MJB appreciate clients who are searching for an inclusive space to fully be who they are, without fear of judgement or shame. MJB believes in addressing the “whole” patient, and not the “hole” in the patient. We are committed to providing you with the support, care and resources you need to help you navigate this path to mental health healing. We strive to create a safe space for clients that will allow them to overcome challenges while working towards healing from their past and present life events.
MJB appreciate clients who are searching for an inclusive space to fully be who they are, without fear of judgement or shame. MJB believes in addressing the “whole” patient, and not the “hole” in the patient. We are committed to providing you with the support, care and resources you need to help you navigate this path to mental health healing. We strive to create a safe space for clients that will allow them to overcome challenges while working towards healing from their past and present life events.
(301) 842-7494 View (301) 842-7494
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Mettle Works
Psychiatrist, LCPC, MD, LICSW-C
Verified
Mettle Works Behavioral Health is a full service Mental Health Clinic. We are staffed with a bi-lingual experienced psychiatrist as well as a group of capable and compassionate clinicians. We offer Supported Employment and Community Integration Services. We also offer work based learning experiences to youth ages 14-22. We are excited to serve our community! Call us today for a consultation.
Mettle Works Behavioral Health is a full service Mental Health Clinic. We are staffed with a bi-lingual experienced psychiatrist as well as a group of capable and compassionate clinicians. We offer Supported Employment and Community Integration Services. We also offer work based learning experiences to youth ages 14-22. We are excited to serve our community! Call us today for a consultation.
(240) 334-6118 View (240) 334-6118
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Moronke O Aboyewa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified
Springdale, MD 20774  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing intense sadness or feeling depressed? Do you feel alone or unmotivated? Can’t get out of bed most days because you feel that there is nothing to live for? Are you consumed with fear that is stopping you from doing a lot of things and or preventing you from reaching your full potential? Maybe you are unable to control automated negative thoughts. I have good news for you –there is help! We will work with you to identify the root cause of your symptoms and to plan individualized and workable treatment plans .
Are you experiencing intense sadness or feeling depressed? Do you feel alone or unmotivated? Can’t get out of bed most days because you feel that there is nothing to live for? Are you consumed with fear that is stopping you from doing a lot of things and or preventing you from reaching your full potential? Maybe you are unable to control automated negative thoughts. I have good news for you –there is help! We will work with you to identify the root cause of your symptoms and to plan individualized and workable treatment plans .
(301) 205-5739 x20774 View (301) 205-5739 x20774
Photo of Jennifer Sims, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20774, MD
Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774  (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) 414-4435 View (240) 414-4435

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Number of Psychiatrists in 20774

50+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 20774 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
84% Bipolar Disorder
78% ADHD
74% Trauma and PTSD
69% Medication Management
66% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Cigna and Evernorth
86% Aetna
82% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 20774 see their clients

53% Online Only
47% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 20774?

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.