Psychiatrists in 21044

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Alisha Shim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Columbia, MD 21044  (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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Samuel T Goldberg
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified
Columbia, MD 21044
Samuel T. Goldberg, M.D., is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is on the faculties of the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, where he has three times been named Teacher of the Year. Dr Goldberg was also honored with the Wendell Muncie Award by the Maryland Psychiatric Society. His recent publications and public lectures have concerned psychoanalytic perspectives on the works of William Shakespeare. His private practice of psychiatry and psychoanalysis centers in Columbia, Maryland.
Samuel T. Goldberg, M.D., is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is on the faculties of the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, where he has three times been named Teacher of the Year. Dr Goldberg was also honored with the Wendell Muncie Award by the Maryland Psychiatric Society. His recent publications and public lectures have concerned psychoanalytic perspectives on the works of William Shakespeare. His private practice of psychiatry and psychoanalysis centers in Columbia, Maryland.
(410) 696-4428 View (410) 696-4428
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Adeline Mangwa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , BC
Verified
Columbia, MD 21044
Life can be very stressful and overwhelming, sometimes it leaves us feeling sad, depressed, anxious and scared. Your mental health is our priority. Adeline is a board-certified PMHNP and suboxone certified, with 15 years plus working in the mental health field. Now helping clients and families face with mental health challenges, like anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance use disorder, schizoaffective disorder ,suboxone maintenance etc. After working together with Adeline, clients are successfully managing their symptoms, and now living their normal life. I believe your case is not different.
Life can be very stressful and overwhelming, sometimes it leaves us feeling sad, depressed, anxious and scared. Your mental health is our priority. Adeline is a board-certified PMHNP and suboxone certified, with 15 years plus working in the mental health field. Now helping clients and families face with mental health challenges, like anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance use disorder, schizoaffective disorder ,suboxone maintenance etc. After working together with Adeline, clients are successfully managing their symptoms, and now living their normal life. I believe your case is not different.
(240) 730-2995 View (240) 730-2995
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Terrye Mowatt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Columbia, MD 21044
Sometimes life does not go as smoothly as we would hope. Sometimes we need a little help negotiating life's challenges, particularly when we experience feelings of sadness, isolation, anxiety, or discontent. As a practitioner of psychiatry in the Washington-Baltimore area for over ten years, I have learned to look at individuals as a whole and help them draw on their strengths to negotiate life's obstacles. Doing so allows me to determine their needs and provide the compassionate, quality treatment that people deserve. I offer psychotherapy and medication management services to adults.
Sometimes life does not go as smoothly as we would hope. Sometimes we need a little help negotiating life's challenges, particularly when we experience feelings of sadness, isolation, anxiety, or discontent. As a practitioner of psychiatry in the Washington-Baltimore area for over ten years, I have learned to look at individuals as a whole and help them draw on their strengths to negotiate life's obstacles. Doing so allows me to determine their needs and provide the compassionate, quality treatment that people deserve. I offer psychotherapy and medication management services to adults.
(410) 656-4658 View (410) 656-4658
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Dr. Temitope Akinladenu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044
Welcome! I believe the right for every individual is to receive quality mental health services. I am a nationally board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained to treat all ages. I have a decade of healthcare experience in inpatient, outpatient, PHP, and IOP settings. My passion is to provide comprehensive care that focuses on client needs and empower full participation in their own treatment. I incorporate supportive therapy, use of positive coping skills and medication management (if needed). I believe educating how medications work in the brain is important for clients to know and understand
Welcome! I believe the right for every individual is to receive quality mental health services. I am a nationally board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained to treat all ages. I have a decade of healthcare experience in inpatient, outpatient, PHP, and IOP settings. My passion is to provide comprehensive care that focuses on client needs and empower full participation in their own treatment. I incorporate supportive therapy, use of positive coping skills and medication management (if needed). I believe educating how medications work in the brain is important for clients to know and understand
(240) 905-5656 View (240) 905-5656
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Phyllis J Heffner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044
Do you/your child experience depression or anxiety that prevent you from feeling your best or living up to your potential? Does your child (or do you) find it hard to pay attention or act impulsively? Does your child have autism or emotional or behavioral problems? These issues can make life challenging, yet are often improved using natural methods. I practice holistic, integrative child, adolescent and adult psychiatry with the focus on finding and treating the underlying cause of each person's emotional and behavioral problems, often with natural methods rather than medications. NEW-online Scheduling available www.holisticchildpsychiatry.com
Do you/your child experience depression or anxiety that prevent you from feeling your best or living up to your potential? Does your child (or do you) find it hard to pay attention or act impulsively? Does your child have autism or emotional or behavioral problems? These issues can make life challenging, yet are often improved using natural methods. I practice holistic, integrative child, adolescent and adult psychiatry with the focus on finding and treating the underlying cause of each person's emotional and behavioral problems, often with natural methods rather than medications. NEW-online Scheduling available www.holisticchildpsychiatry.com
(410) 695-6398 View (410) 695-6398
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My Client Mental Health and Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044
Providing patient-centered psychiatric care in a friendly and supportive setting is our goal at My Client Mental Health and Wellness. As a first step in regaining self-control, reaching out is critical yet difficult one. Our experienced team will listen to you and work together on your recovery path. Many evidence-based tools are available to help you achieve your full potential, whether it is getting better sleep, coping with life's challenges, or improving your mood.
Providing patient-centered psychiatric care in a friendly and supportive setting is our goal at My Client Mental Health and Wellness. As a first step in regaining self-control, reaching out is critical yet difficult one. Our experienced team will listen to you and work together on your recovery path. Many evidence-based tools are available to help you achieve your full potential, whether it is getting better sleep, coping with life's challenges, or improving your mood.
(240) 913-8938 View (240) 913-8938
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Omiah Behavioral Health & Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Columbia, MD 21044
Accepting New Clients in Maryland and Virginia. Whether online or in-person, we believe the right for every individual is to receive quality mental health services. Understanding each person’s lived experience is different, we consider all aspects of your life and treat the WHOLE person not just symptoms. Our clinicians are experienced providers who create therapeutic partnership with each client, actively listen to your personal goals, what you are experiencing and how effective treatment is going in each visit. We provide psychiatric evaluations, individual treatment plans, medication management and supportive therapy.
Accepting New Clients in Maryland and Virginia. Whether online or in-person, we believe the right for every individual is to receive quality mental health services. Understanding each person’s lived experience is different, we consider all aspects of your life and treat the WHOLE person not just symptoms. Our clinicians are experienced providers who create therapeutic partnership with each client, actively listen to your personal goals, what you are experiencing and how effective treatment is going in each visit. We provide psychiatric evaluations, individual treatment plans, medication management and supportive therapy.
(240) 647-5910 View (240) 647-5910
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Philominah Akinwumi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Columbia, MD 21044  (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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Kasheria West
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Columbia, MD 21044
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorder, substance use disorder? Are you noticing life is more difficult to cope with because of your mental health? With over 5 years of experience in health care industry, we are happy to serve patients and their families manage their health. We value every patient and their needs and create a personalized plan of care. At Arise Health Clinic, our health professionals provide care for many condition including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder and more.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorder, substance use disorder? Are you noticing life is more difficult to cope with because of your mental health? With over 5 years of experience in health care industry, we are happy to serve patients and their families manage their health. We value every patient and their needs and create a personalized plan of care. At Arise Health Clinic, our health professionals provide care for many condition including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder and more.
(240) 689-3171 View (240) 689-3171
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Usha Bachani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044
As a child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, I have a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health issues in children and adolescents. With advanced training and expertise in both psychiatry and psychoanalysis, I offer a unique blend of treatment approaches to help my patients achieve their full potential.
As a child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, I have a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health issues in children and adolescents. With advanced training and expertise in both psychiatry and psychoanalysis, I offer a unique blend of treatment approaches to help my patients achieve their full potential.
(240) 774-2629 View (240) 774-2629
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Dr. Gifty Addai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044
Greetings! I am a nationally board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 12 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics in mental health. My approach is patient-centered and holistic, creating a partnership with each client. I advocate for patient empowerment through family and patient education, clear communication, and trust to help improve quality of life. My experience in medical and mental health allows me to make appropriate treatment plans, therapy and medication recommendations, if necessary. I believe in treating the root cause and not just treating symptoms.
Greetings! I am a nationally board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 12 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics in mental health. My approach is patient-centered and holistic, creating a partnership with each client. I advocate for patient empowerment through family and patient education, clear communication, and trust to help improve quality of life. My experience in medical and mental health allows me to make appropriate treatment plans, therapy and medication recommendations, if necessary. I believe in treating the root cause and not just treating symptoms.
(240) 743-2555 View (240) 743-2555
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Ebonique McClinnahan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
Ebonique McClinnahan is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Certified Professional and Development Life Coach. Ebonique’s experience includes more than 20 years of behavioral health care provided to both civilian and military service members within the community, acute care, residential treatment, and outpatient settings .Her background specialties include psychotic and mood disorders, depression, anxiety, life skills, substance abuse, addictions, crisis management, and sexual abuse.
Ebonique McClinnahan is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Certified Professional and Development Life Coach. Ebonique’s experience includes more than 20 years of behavioral health care provided to both civilian and military service members within the community, acute care, residential treatment, and outpatient settings .Her background specialties include psychotic and mood disorders, depression, anxiety, life skills, substance abuse, addictions, crisis management, and sexual abuse.
(240) 998-8324 View (240) 998-8324
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Favour Ofoegbu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
My name is Favour Ofoegbu. I am a board-certified, detail-oriented psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with almost two decades of combined clinical experience. I specialize in treating various disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, OCD, Trauma & PTSD, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Eating disorders, Adjustment disorders, ADHD, Insomnia, and other mental health conditions. I am skilled at medication prescription and management. My patients consistently give positive feedback on how their symptoms are improving with the care received from our sessions. My goal is your total wellness.
My name is Favour Ofoegbu. I am a board-certified, detail-oriented psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with almost two decades of combined clinical experience. I specialize in treating various disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, OCD, Trauma & PTSD, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Eating disorders, Adjustment disorders, ADHD, Insomnia, and other mental health conditions. I am skilled at medication prescription and management. My patients consistently give positive feedback on how their symptoms are improving with the care received from our sessions. My goal is your total wellness.
(410) 941-3727 View (410) 941-3727
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Blanche Kattie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorder, substance use disorder? Are you noticing life is more difficult to cope with because of your mental health? With over 10 years of experience in health care industry, we are happy to serve patients and their families manage their health. We value every patient and their needs and create a personalized plan of care. At Arise Health Clinic, our health professional provide care for many condition including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD and many more.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorder, substance use disorder? Are you noticing life is more difficult to cope with because of your mental health? With over 10 years of experience in health care industry, we are happy to serve patients and their families manage their health. We value every patient and their needs and create a personalized plan of care. At Arise Health Clinic, our health professional provide care for many condition including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD and many more.
(240) 376-3164 View (240) 376-3164
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Brett Greenberger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Columbia, MD 21044
Dr. Brett Greenberger is dually board-certified in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. He specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, young adults and adults. He is the founder of Collaborative Counseling Center in Howard County, MD (www.collaborativecounselingcenter.com). He provides psychiatric services including psychiatric evaluations, ADHD evaluations and medication management. He believes in treating the whole client as they exist within their environment, which includes their family, school and community. Dr. Greenberger uses a strengths-based approach to treatment that focuses on improving client overall health and wellness.
Dr. Brett Greenberger is dually board-certified in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. He specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, young adults and adults. He is the founder of Collaborative Counseling Center in Howard County, MD (www.collaborativecounselingcenter.com). He provides psychiatric services including psychiatric evaluations, ADHD evaluations and medication management. He believes in treating the whole client as they exist within their environment, which includes their family, school and community. Dr. Greenberger uses a strengths-based approach to treatment that focuses on improving client overall health and wellness.
(443) 219-1680 View (443) 219-1680
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Irfan Saeed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Columbia, MD 21044
Are you suffering with substance abuse? Do you sometimes feel depressed or anxious? Do you need a reliable psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience? Are you in Columbia, MD or the surrounding areas? Dr. Irfan Saeed is now available and accepting insurance*. Conveniently located next to Columbia Mall with free on-site parking. We offer evening and weekend hours. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today. We can lead you to the road of recovery, happiness, and inner peace. Now we also offer TMS treatment for depression and other conditions.
Are you suffering with substance abuse? Do you sometimes feel depressed or anxious? Do you need a reliable psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience? Are you in Columbia, MD or the surrounding areas? Dr. Irfan Saeed is now available and accepting insurance*. Conveniently located next to Columbia Mall with free on-site parking. We offer evening and weekend hours. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today. We can lead you to the road of recovery, happiness, and inner peace. Now we also offer TMS treatment for depression and other conditions.
(410) 849-6343 View (410) 849-6343
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Olivia Anaele-Nwogu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
Do you miss the casualness and thrill of your early relationship. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 12 years of experience I understand that good health cannot exist without mental health. I serve my patients by preventing, identifying, and treating psychiatric conditions through holistic approaches in many ways. I employ experience, culture, and history of patients to facilitate healing.
Do you miss the casualness and thrill of your early relationship. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 12 years of experience I understand that good health cannot exist without mental health. I serve my patients by preventing, identifying, and treating psychiatric conditions through holistic approaches in many ways. I employ experience, culture, and history of patients to facilitate healing.
(410) 883-8587 View (410) 883-8587
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Emotion Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-- VIRTUAL APPOINTMENTS /IN PERSON " am a Double Board Certified Psychiatrist committed to providing the highest quality of care, personalized to each individual. My methods of treatment are both psychodynamic and rooted in the evidence-based medicine technique. I have had experience in the treatment of Children, Adolescents and Adults for 12 years. The last 7 years I have worked as a telepsychiatrist providing comprehensive and superior treatment to my patients from the comfort of their homes.
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-- VIRTUAL APPOINTMENTS /IN PERSON " am a Double Board Certified Psychiatrist committed to providing the highest quality of care, personalized to each individual. My methods of treatment are both psychodynamic and rooted in the evidence-based medicine technique. I have had experience in the treatment of Children, Adolescents and Adults for 12 years. The last 7 years I have worked as a telepsychiatrist providing comprehensive and superior treatment to my patients from the comfort of their homes.
(270) 751-6174 View (270) 751-6174
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Dr. Chiedozie O Ojimba
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Columbia, MD 21044
Dr. Ojimba is a board-certified psychiatrist in general adult and addiction psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Dr. Ojimba understands that patients with mental illness and substance use problems are a vulnerable population who have struggled through the stigma of looking for help and must be heard and supported. He uses empathy and understanding in collaborating with patients and their families to achieve agreed treatment plans and goals. He specializes in treating individual of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientation, ethnicities for a wide range of mental health conditions and addiction
Dr. Ojimba is a board-certified psychiatrist in general adult and addiction psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Dr. Ojimba understands that patients with mental illness and substance use problems are a vulnerable population who have struggled through the stigma of looking for help and must be heard and supported. He uses empathy and understanding in collaborating with patients and their families to achieve agreed treatment plans and goals. He specializes in treating individual of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientation, ethnicities for a wide range of mental health conditions and addiction
(240) 905-5168 View (240) 905-5168

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Number of Psychiatrists in 21044

90+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 21044 who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
91% Depression
84% Bipolar Disorder
81% ADHD
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Medication Management
66% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Cigna and Evernorth
84% CareFirst
82% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 21044 see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 21044?

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.