Psychiatrists in 21012

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Robert Herman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012
Robert A. Herman, M.D., FAPA, received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1983. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at New York University-Bellevue Hospital Center in 1987 and completed psychoanalytic training at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1992. He was certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is a Distinguished Life Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Herman has taught at New York University, Columbia University, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Robert A. Herman, M.D., FAPA, received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1983. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at New York University-Bellevue Hospital Center in 1987 and completed psychoanalytic training at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1992. He was certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is a Distinguished Life Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Herman has taught at New York University, Columbia University, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
(443) 888-2063 View (443) 888-2063
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Katherine Maas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012
Katherine Maas, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Georgetown in 2014. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice from George Mason University in 2020. Katherine’s past nursing experience includes critical care, cardiology, community health, and inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. She treats psychiatric patients across the lifespan. Katherine employs a variety of approaches and methodologies while working collaboratively with her patient to design appropriate and effective treatment plans.
Katherine Maas, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Georgetown in 2014. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice from George Mason University in 2020. Katherine’s past nursing experience includes critical care, cardiology, community health, and inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. She treats psychiatric patients across the lifespan. Katherine employs a variety of approaches and methodologies while working collaboratively with her patient to design appropriate and effective treatment plans.
(443) 486-3156 View (443) 486-3156
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Alimatu Nabie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012
Alimatu Nabie is a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Drexel University. Her background includes child, adolescent, and geriatric psychiatry and also psychosomatic medicine. Miss Nabie clinical career took her on a journey through the health care system, from inpatient to outpatient settings, managing the care of everyone from children with ADHD to geriatric patients with dementia.
Alimatu Nabie is a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Drexel University. Her background includes child, adolescent, and geriatric psychiatry and also psychosomatic medicine. Miss Nabie clinical career took her on a journey through the health care system, from inpatient to outpatient settings, managing the care of everyone from children with ADHD to geriatric patients with dementia.
(443) 785-2931 View (443) 785-2931
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Obinna Okonkwo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNPPMH
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012
Obinna Okonkwo is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland who has been practicing since 2021. He has an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Prince George's Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland University College, and a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. Mental health disorder is a 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).
Obinna Okonkwo is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland who has been practicing since 2021. He has an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Prince George's Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland University College, and a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. Mental health disorder is a 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).
(443) 767-4146 View (443) 767-4146
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Glenna Guthrie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practictioner (PMHNP). I recieved my Masters Degree from Walden University and have been practicing as a NP for the past year in an In-patient and Out-patient setting.
Hello, I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practictioner (PMHNP). I recieved my Masters Degree from Walden University and have been practicing as a NP for the past year in an In-patient and Out-patient setting.
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Rani George
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arnold, MD 21012  (Online Only)
Are you going through a hard time in life, unsure what to do, unable to sleep, racing thoughts, sadness, lack of motivation and energy affecting your daily activities such as work, school or family. Well I can help you, let's talk and work together in improving your mood. You need to communicate your problems, and I will help you through this hard time. We need to identify why you feel this way and what is the solution to the problem. My clinical approach includes medication management, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.
Are you going through a hard time in life, unsure what to do, unable to sleep, racing thoughts, sadness, lack of motivation and energy affecting your daily activities such as work, school or family. Well I can help you, let's talk and work together in improving your mood. You need to communicate your problems, and I will help you through this hard time. We need to identify why you feel this way and what is the solution to the problem. My clinical approach includes medication management, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.
(667) 244-3985 View (667) 244-3985
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Magnolia Psychiatric Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am passionate about helping you to achieve optimal functioning in your pursuit to regain emotional and mental well-being. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide high-quality mental health care for adolescents and adults. I conduct comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively create individualized treatment plans. I give thorough consideration to the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting your mental health.
Welcome! I am passionate about helping you to achieve optimal functioning in your pursuit to regain emotional and mental well-being. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide high-quality mental health care for adolescents and adults. I conduct comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively create individualized treatment plans. I give thorough consideration to the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting your mental health.
(240) 716-6842 View (240) 716-6842
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Dr. Margaret Arotimi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012  (Online Only)
Dr. Margaret Arotimi is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, NE-BC) Licensed in VA, MD, DC. Having a true affinity for the humanistic, health-promoting principles of nursing. She brings compassion and dedication to caring for her patients' wellbeing. Dr. Arotimi draws on over 20 years of behavioral health experience across settings to provide patient-centered support.
Dr. Margaret Arotimi is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, NE-BC) Licensed in VA, MD, DC. Having a true affinity for the humanistic, health-promoting principles of nursing. She brings compassion and dedication to caring for her patients' wellbeing. Dr. Arotimi draws on over 20 years of behavioral health experience across settings to provide patient-centered support.
(301) 579-8105 View (301) 579-8105
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Shareen Campbell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012
My Name is Shareen Campbell. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I started out as a Medical Surgical Nurse. I spent about 5 years practicing on the medical side of nursing. I've always had a passion for mental health and after gaining medical experience I decided to make the transition to mental health nursing.
My Name is Shareen Campbell. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I started out as a Medical Surgical Nurse. I spent about 5 years practicing on the medical side of nursing. I've always had a passion for mental health and after gaining medical experience I decided to make the transition to mental health nursing.
(410) 304-6988 View (410) 304-6988
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Sheri Saluga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012  (Online Only)
Welcome, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been practicing for 6 years and enjoy seeing patients of all ages for medication management of their mental health issues. By utilizing a thoughtful, individualized, and patient collaborative treatment approach, I help patients reach their highest potential of mental wellbeing.
Welcome, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been practicing for 6 years and enjoy seeing patients of all ages for medication management of their mental health issues. By utilizing a thoughtful, individualized, and patient collaborative treatment approach, I help patients reach their highest potential of mental wellbeing.
(443) 960-8241 View (443) 960-8241
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Yvonne McKenzie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Dr. Yvonne. Do you feel pulled in a thousand directions and not able to put it all together? Are you struggling to keep up with your responsibilities? It's time to be kind to yourself and together we will address issues and come to a manageable regimen designed for you. Whether you're dealing with feeling overwhelmed, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, I'm here to help.
Hello, I'm Dr. Yvonne. Do you feel pulled in a thousand directions and not able to put it all together? Are you struggling to keep up with your responsibilities? It's time to be kind to yourself and together we will address issues and come to a manageable regimen designed for you. Whether you're dealing with feeling overwhelmed, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, I'm here to help.
(240) 226-1997 View (240) 226-1997
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Lakeyia Daniels
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012
Lakeyia Daniels is a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry. Ms. Lakeyia received her Bachelor of Science from Sojourner Douglas College as a Registered Nurse. During Lakeyia's nursing career, she developed a strong passion for psychiatric nursing after working in various settings. Due to Lakeyia's strong passion for psychiatric nursing, she was encouraged to pursue a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner certificate at Walden University, where she received her Master of Science in Nursing.
Lakeyia Daniels is a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry. Ms. Lakeyia received her Bachelor of Science from Sojourner Douglas College as a Registered Nurse. During Lakeyia's nursing career, she developed a strong passion for psychiatric nursing after working in various settings. Due to Lakeyia's strong passion for psychiatric nursing, she was encouraged to pursue a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner certificate at Walden University, where she received her Master of Science in Nursing.
(443) 323-1306 View (443) 323-1306
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Lawrencia Ugochukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Lawrencia, your trusted partner in your quest for life fulfillment and peace of mind that is devoid of anxiety and depression. I provide high-quality mental health treatment that is laser-focused on the individual.
Hello, I'm Lawrencia, your trusted partner in your quest for life fulfillment and peace of mind that is devoid of anxiety and depression. I provide high-quality mental health treatment that is laser-focused on the individual.
(410) 220-2478 View (410) 220-2478
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Philominah Akinwumi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012  (Online Only)
If you find yourself grappling with mental fatigue, overwhelming emotions, a loss of focus, challenges in task completion, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, anxiety, and difficulty realizing your full potential, you are not alone. If you resonate with these struggles and are in search of a Psychiatric Mental Health provider who possesses exceptional active listening skills and is dedicated to shared decision-making, your search ends here. Welcome to the right place for understanding and support.
If you find yourself grappling with mental fatigue, overwhelming emotions, a loss of focus, challenges in task completion, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, anxiety, and difficulty realizing your full potential, you are not alone. If you resonate with these struggles and are in search of a Psychiatric Mental Health provider who possesses exceptional active listening skills and is dedicated to shared decision-making, your search ends here. Welcome to the right place for understanding and support.
(410) 505-7206 View (410) 505-7206
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Kemi Omogoke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a doctoral-prepared Board-certified Psychiatric NP with over 8 years of psych/mental healthcare experience. I am a Bowie State University Bachelor of Professional graduate, and I received my MSN and DNP at Walden University. I have worked in various healthcare settings across the DMV. My field experience has empowered me in my specialties and am able to care for a client with mental health challenges across the lifespan.
Hello! I am a doctoral-prepared Board-certified Psychiatric NP with over 8 years of psych/mental healthcare experience. I am a Bowie State University Bachelor of Professional graduate, and I received my MSN and DNP at Walden University. I have worked in various healthcare settings across the DMV. My field experience has empowered me in my specialties and am able to care for a client with mental health challenges across the lifespan.
(443) 979-8075 View (443) 979-8075
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Justin C Hall
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012
Dr. Hall is a child and adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has been practicing for the past 15 years in both the public and private sector. He has experience treating a wide range and presentation of most child/adolescent and adult mental health disorders including: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, thought disorders, disruptive behavioral disorders, and insomnia. He enjoys working with clients on the autistic spectrum as well as adolescents who are dealing with transgender issues. He uses genetic testing as indicated.
Dr. Hall is a child and adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has been practicing for the past 15 years in both the public and private sector. He has experience treating a wide range and presentation of most child/adolescent and adult mental health disorders including: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, thought disorders, disruptive behavioral disorders, and insomnia. He enjoys working with clients on the autistic spectrum as well as adolescents who are dealing with transgender issues. He uses genetic testing as indicated.
(667) 222-6880 View (667) 222-6880
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Titi Anjorin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012
Hello there, I'm Dr. T. Do you feel stuck and trapped in yourself, unable to blend in? Are you wrestling to have friends at school or at work? Are you going through a life transition? Are you experiencing sleep, energy, appetite, work, school, and social functioning changes? Are you scared or concerned about hurting yourself or the people around you? Do you feel lonely, anxious, or run down easily when doing a task? Do you feel inadequate or struggling with relationships or lack thereof?
Hello there, I'm Dr. T. Do you feel stuck and trapped in yourself, unable to blend in? Are you wrestling to have friends at school or at work? Are you going through a life transition? Are you experiencing sleep, energy, appetite, work, school, and social functioning changes? Are you scared or concerned about hurting yourself or the people around you? Do you feel lonely, anxious, or run down easily when doing a task? Do you feel inadequate or struggling with relationships or lack thereof?
(240) 896-1145 View (240) 896-1145
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Horizon Wellness Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMH-BC
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012
Dr. Nkiru Smith, DNP FNB-BC, PMHNP-BC, is a dually board-certified family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have been a nurse for the past two decades. I have worked in different healthcare settings, including critical care units, medical-surgical units, MAT, and outpatient, residential psychiatric mental facilities. As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I aim to ease suffering and pain. Each patient requires an individualized treatment approach. I provide warm, friendly, competent, and compassionate care in the office or tele-health.
Dr. Nkiru Smith, DNP FNB-BC, PMHNP-BC, is a dually board-certified family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have been a nurse for the past two decades. I have worked in different healthcare settings, including critical care units, medical-surgical units, MAT, and outpatient, residential psychiatric mental facilities. As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I aim to ease suffering and pain. Each patient requires an individualized treatment approach. I provide warm, friendly, competent, and compassionate care in the office or tele-health.
(410) 449-7538 View (410) 449-7538
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Dr. Janel Hillstrom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012  (Online Only)
Life can be incredibly challenging. I want to help you feel better. I offer medication management for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and port-partum mental illness. During our first meeting, we will review your history and experiences that have brought you to where you are today. This thorough understanding will allow us to develop a treatment plan to lead you on the right path to wellness. I look forward to meeting you! Please note that I book in Mountain Time.
Life can be incredibly challenging. I want to help you feel better. I offer medication management for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and port-partum mental illness. During our first meeting, we will review your history and experiences that have brought you to where you are today. This thorough understanding will allow us to develop a treatment plan to lead you on the right path to wellness. I look forward to meeting you! Please note that I book in Mountain Time.
(410) 618-4605 View (410) 618-4605
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Melvis Nde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arnold, MD 21012  (Online Only)
Greetings, I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a passion for providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals across the lifespan. With a background in nursing and advanced training in psychiatric and psychological care, I am dedicated to promoting mental wellness and improving the quality of life for those struggling with mental health challenges. My journey in healthcare began with a strong foundation in nursing, and I have since expanded my expertise to specialize in mental health.
Greetings, I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a passion for providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals across the lifespan. With a background in nursing and advanced training in psychiatric and psychological care, I am dedicated to promoting mental wellness and improving the quality of life for those struggling with mental health challenges. My journey in healthcare began with a strong foundation in nursing, and I have since expanded my expertise to specialize in mental health.
(240) 589-5587 View (240) 589-5587
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 21012

20+

Average cost per session

$140

Psychiatrists in 21012 who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
88% Bipolar Disorder
84% Anxiety
84% ADHD
64% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
56% Trauma and PTSD
32% Addiction

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Other

How Psychiatrists in 21012 see their clients

52% Online Only
48% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 21012?

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.