Psychiatrists in 20910

CareMind Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD, PA-C, LCSW-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (Online Only)
We are a nationwide, behavioral health practice with a focus on your mental health and well-being. We have a highly skilled team of Physicians, Therapists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants. If you are struggling to maintain your mental health, we are here to help! We offer evaluations, individual psychotherapy, and medication management to create a comprehensive care plan that’s right for you..
We are a nationwide, behavioral health practice with a focus on your mental health and well-being. We have a highly skilled team of Physicians, Therapists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants. If you are struggling to maintain your mental health, we are here to help! We offer evaluations, individual psychotherapy, and medication management to create a comprehensive care plan that’s right for you..
(240) 292-1760 View (240) 292-1760
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Nakeia Newton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (Online Only)
My ideal client is anyone looking to take the first step on the journey of healing mind, body, and soul. I understand the tremendous courage it takes to choose healing. My goal is to deliver holistic psychiatry to individuals struggling to achieve mental wellness. My practice style is grounded in treating the whole person and guiding individuals in discovering their own unique definition of wellness.
My ideal client is anyone looking to take the first step on the journey of healing mind, body, and soul. I understand the tremendous courage it takes to choose healing. My goal is to deliver holistic psychiatry to individuals struggling to achieve mental wellness. My practice style is grounded in treating the whole person and guiding individuals in discovering their own unique definition of wellness.
(410) 264-1921 View (410) 264-1921
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Voltaire Behavioral Health and Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (Online Only)
Are you looking to create a happy and fulfilling life for yourself? Look no further than Voltaire BHW. With 30 years of combined nursing/advanced practice experience, our providers are here to support you. Since no two individuals are the same, our approach is tailored to your individual needs. New patients leave with an in-depth psychiatric assessment, complete with a diagnosis and an individualized treatment plan. We offer help for: Anxiety, Phobias, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, and Depression. This list is not exhaustive, call our office for more information on the conditions we treat!
Are you looking to create a happy and fulfilling life for yourself? Look no further than Voltaire BHW. With 30 years of combined nursing/advanced practice experience, our providers are here to support you. Since no two individuals are the same, our approach is tailored to your individual needs. New patients leave with an in-depth psychiatric assessment, complete with a diagnosis and an individualized treatment plan. We offer help for: Anxiety, Phobias, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, and Depression. This list is not exhaustive, call our office for more information on the conditions we treat!
(240) 301-1838 View (240) 301-1838
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John Daken
Psychiatrist, MD, BC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Not accepting new clients
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. Proficient in both medication treatment and psychotherapy, I provide a whole-client approach. I take the time to hear the breadth and depth of your experience, and dedicate the same effort to crafting a treatment plan in a spirit of collaboration. I develop medication regimens tailored to your needs and update them as needed. I also provide both individual and group psychotherapy. I have a particular interest in making mental health care accessible to all members of our diverse community.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. Proficient in both medication treatment and psychotherapy, I provide a whole-client approach. I take the time to hear the breadth and depth of your experience, and dedicate the same effort to crafting a treatment plan in a spirit of collaboration. I develop medication regimens tailored to your needs and update them as needed. I also provide both individual and group psychotherapy. I have a particular interest in making mental health care accessible to all members of our diverse community.
(240) 230-3217 View (240) 230-3217
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Denise Edgecombe Holland
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910
I believe that treating the whole person & promoting wellness can increase the joy in one's life.
I believe that treating the whole person & promoting wellness can increase the joy in one's life.
(240) 262-0798 View (240) 262-0798
CareMind Health
Psychiatrist, PMHNP, LCSW, LCPC, PA-C
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (Online Only)
CareMind Health is redefining the service of psychiatry and transforming behavioral health care. As a patient-centered organization, we are focused on supporting people with their mental health. We create access to convenient, high quality services delivered by compassionate and skilled clinicians. Our goal is to provide our clients with an exceptional experience that improves overall wellbeing, and restores the foundations of healthy living.
CareMind Health is redefining the service of psychiatry and transforming behavioral health care. As a patient-centered organization, we are focused on supporting people with their mental health. We create access to convenient, high quality services delivered by compassionate and skilled clinicians. Our goal is to provide our clients with an exceptional experience that improves overall wellbeing, and restores the foundations of healthy living.
(301) 825-5004 View (301) 825-5004
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Synergy Strive
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (Online Only)
Synergy Strive is a diverse team of solution-focused clinicians dedicated to helping adults, teens, adolescents, and children uncover their true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can help you get on a path of healthy discovery. If you're looking for support and guidance through a challenging situation, we’re ready to work with you to achieve your goals.   As Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, our patients benefit from the cohesiveness of meeting with one provider for both talk therapy and medication management during a 50 minute session.
Synergy Strive is a diverse team of solution-focused clinicians dedicated to helping adults, teens, adolescents, and children uncover their true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can help you get on a path of healthy discovery. If you're looking for support and guidance through a challenging situation, we’re ready to work with you to achieve your goals.   As Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, our patients benefit from the cohesiveness of meeting with one provider for both talk therapy and medication management during a 50 minute session.
(240) 384-5883 View (240) 384-5883
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Heather Mak
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Dr. Heather Mak is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She received her medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and completed her Internship & residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Before joining the outpatient psychiatry team at CareMind Health/Mindoula Clinical Services, Dr. Mak worked as a Staff Psychiatrist for the San Diego Amer. Indian Health Center and for the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Additionally, Dr. Mak has held a Faculty position with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Mak is currently a Navy Reserve Officer.
Dr. Heather Mak is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She received her medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and completed her Internship & residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Before joining the outpatient psychiatry team at CareMind Health/Mindoula Clinical Services, Dr. Mak worked as a Staff Psychiatrist for the San Diego Amer. Indian Health Center and for the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Additionally, Dr. Mak has held a Faculty position with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Mak is currently a Navy Reserve Officer.
(301) 679-7478 View (301) 679-7478
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Edward Gelber
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910
I am seeing patients in my Rockville office located at 11119 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, and by videoconference (Zoom). I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and pre-teens. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity.
I am seeing patients in my Rockville office located at 11119 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, and by videoconference (Zoom). I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and pre-teens. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity.
(301) 750-2744 View (301) 750-2744
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Adolice Medical Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910
My goal is to help the patients function at their full capacity by addressing factors, including environmental, that may lead to mental illnesses such as Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. Patients' physical and mental health is my priority and I am here to work with them through collaborative treatment. Excellent service with respect, compassion, and integrity is also our goal.
My goal is to help the patients function at their full capacity by addressing factors, including environmental, that may lead to mental illnesses such as Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. Patients' physical and mental health is my priority and I am here to work with them through collaborative treatment. Excellent service with respect, compassion, and integrity is also our goal.
(240) 213-9418 View (240) 213-9418
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Ji Su Hong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Hong specializes in child-, adolescent-, and adult psychiatry; and provides comprehensive psychiatric assessment, medication management, and psychotherapy. His expertise is in ADHD, anxiety disorder, OCD, depression in children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Hong is an expert in early childhood mental health for toddlers and preschoolers. Both telehealth and in-person sessions are offered. Dr. Hong is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Dr. Hong specializes in child-, adolescent-, and adult psychiatry; and provides comprehensive psychiatric assessment, medication management, and psychotherapy. His expertise is in ADHD, anxiety disorder, OCD, depression in children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Hong is an expert in early childhood mental health for toddlers and preschoolers. Both telehealth and in-person sessions are offered. Dr. Hong is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
(240) 905-4346 View (240) 905-4346
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Shilla Pokuaa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Hello, I am Shilla Pokuaa, a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Maryland. I graduated with my master's in 2017 from Bowie State University and went on to attain my DNP whilst working in the mental health field as an addiction and PMHNP provider. My passion is working with patients 18 and above with various types of mental illnesses.
Hello, I am Shilla Pokuaa, a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Maryland. I graduated with my master's in 2017 from Bowie State University and went on to attain my DNP whilst working in the mental health field as an addiction and PMHNP provider. My passion is working with patients 18 and above with various types of mental illnesses.
(240) 410-6882 View (240) 410-6882
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Christopher J Tundo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Silver Spring, MD and can see patients age 13 and up. I offer both in-person and telemedicine appointments with flexible scheduling. Evening and weekend appointments are available and can generally schedule patients within 14 days.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Silver Spring, MD and can see patients age 13 and up. I offer both in-person and telemedicine appointments with flexible scheduling. Evening and weekend appointments are available and can generally schedule patients within 14 days.
(240) 719-5718 View (240) 719-5718
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Dr. Samantha A Miller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20910
I am a board certified psychiatrist with an integrative practice offering holistic personalized psychiatric care. I specialize in conditions including depression, anxiety, trauma, coping with chronic medical illness and addiction. My services include medication management and psychotherapy. Complementary treatments like meditation and mindfulness practice, engaging nature in therapy and other approaches are offered. Visit my website at www.ipnamhealth.com to learn more about my practice, and to schedule a free 15-minute telephone consultation.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with an integrative practice offering holistic personalized psychiatric care. I specialize in conditions including depression, anxiety, trauma, coping with chronic medical illness and addiction. My services include medication management and psychotherapy. Complementary treatments like meditation and mindfulness practice, engaging nature in therapy and other approaches are offered. Visit my website at www.ipnamhealth.com to learn more about my practice, and to schedule a free 15-minute telephone consultation.
(240) 641-7379 View (240) 641-7379
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Esabella Tebid Mbah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (Online Only)
Dr. Esabella Tebid Mbah "Dr. Bella" is a doctoral-prepared dual board-certified psychiatric mental health and Family Nurse Practitioner. I am the medical director of my esteemed private practice LifeTouch Family Clinic in Lanham, Maryland.
Dr. Esabella Tebid Mbah "Dr. Bella" is a doctoral-prepared dual board-certified psychiatric mental health and Family Nurse Practitioner. I am the medical director of my esteemed private practice LifeTouch Family Clinic in Lanham, Maryland.
(240) 851-3642 View (240) 851-3642
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Temitope Akinpetide
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Dr. Temi has extensive experience in treating mental health disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar etc in children, adolescents, and adults, and in various clinical settings. Dr. Temi is attentive and she provides evidence-based care in a holistic approach by taking various factors into account. When Dr. Temi is with her patient, she takes her time listening to her patient’s needs as she thinks successful treatment is based on strong communication and collaborative work with patients.
Dr. Temi has extensive experience in treating mental health disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar etc in children, adolescents, and adults, and in various clinical settings. Dr. Temi is attentive and she provides evidence-based care in a holistic approach by taking various factors into account. When Dr. Temi is with her patient, she takes her time listening to her patient’s needs as she thinks successful treatment is based on strong communication and collaborative work with patients.
(240) 410-1821 View (240) 410-1821
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Swaminathan Thangaraj
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (Online Only)
Dr. Swaminathan Thangaraj is board certified in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, then completed general psychiatry residency at Drexel College of Medicine, followed by child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Before joining the outpatient psychiatry team at CareMind Health/Mindoula Clinical Services, Dr. Thangaraj worked as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Sheppard-Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and McLean Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Swaminathan Thangaraj is board certified in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, then completed general psychiatry residency at Drexel College of Medicine, followed by child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Before joining the outpatient psychiatry team at CareMind Health/Mindoula Clinical Services, Dr. Thangaraj worked as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Sheppard-Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and McLean Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
(301) 679-7790 View (301) 679-7790
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Dr Eden Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Our ideal clients are individuals struggling with a range of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, loss of appetite, insomnia, ADHD, behavior issues, and opioid use disorder. We also offer specialized addiction treatment. Our approach combines therapy and medication management to provide comprehensive care.
Our ideal clients are individuals struggling with a range of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, loss of appetite, insomnia, ADHD, behavior issues, and opioid use disorder. We also offer specialized addiction treatment. Our approach combines therapy and medication management to provide comprehensive care.
(240) 774-2319 x20910 View (240) 774-2319 x20910
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Christine Ro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910
At Synergy Strive, our patients' treatment is guided by respect and self-acceptance and by collaborating with patients to reach or regain optimal health. We have a diverse team of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners who work closely with patients to practice holistic mental and physical health care. We seek to understand all aspects of an individual's history, which could affect every part of their life. We take an integrative approach to treatment, using medication as an adjunct to therapy and incorporating non-drug treatments such as TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) for Anxious Depression & OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
At Synergy Strive, our patients' treatment is guided by respect and self-acceptance and by collaborating with patients to reach or regain optimal health. We have a diverse team of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners who work closely with patients to practice holistic mental and physical health care. We seek to understand all aspects of an individual's history, which could affect every part of their life. We take an integrative approach to treatment, using medication as an adjunct to therapy and incorporating non-drug treatments such as TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) for Anxious Depression & OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
(240) 789-4670 View (240) 789-4670
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Kasheria West
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Accepting New Clients. Kasheria West is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who uses various treatments, including psychiatric evaluations, psychosocial interventions, and medication management. Her specialty is devoted to diagnosing, preventing, and treating mental disorders. Through comprehensive assessment, personalized treatment planning, and ongoing support, she strive to empower her patients to thrive in all aspects of their lives. She aspire to be a trusted partner in her patients mental health journey, offering hope, guidance, and advocacy every step of the way.
Accepting New Clients. Kasheria West is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who uses various treatments, including psychiatric evaluations, psychosocial interventions, and medication management. Her specialty is devoted to diagnosing, preventing, and treating mental disorders. Through comprehensive assessment, personalized treatment planning, and ongoing support, she strive to empower her patients to thrive in all aspects of their lives. She aspire to be a trusted partner in her patients mental health journey, offering hope, guidance, and advocacy every step of the way.
(240) 689-3171 View (240) 689-3171

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 20910

40+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 20910 who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
88% Anxiety
84% Bipolar Disorder
74% ADHD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Medication Management
58% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Cigna and Evernorth
78% CareFirst
75% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 20910 see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 20910?

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.