Psychiatrists in 21045

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Valmy Fotendong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified
Columbia, MD 21045
Valmy Fotendong is an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with training in patients with psychiatric disorders all across the life span in different settings. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in nursing and master’s in nursing science with a specialization in psychiatry. Her clinical experience includes working in hospitals such as St. Elizabeths Hospital East Cemetery in Washington DC and John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Some people say the heart keeps the body alive, but She says a sound mind makes a healthy heart. She comes from a person-centered approach for no 2 minds are the
Valmy Fotendong is an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with training in patients with psychiatric disorders all across the life span in different settings. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in nursing and master’s in nursing science with a specialization in psychiatry. Her clinical experience includes working in hospitals such as St. Elizabeths Hospital East Cemetery in Washington DC and John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Some people say the heart keeps the body alive, but She says a sound mind makes a healthy heart. She comes from a person-centered approach for no 2 minds are the
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
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Andy A Mattai
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21045
Don't wait for an appointment! Are you looking for more personalized psychiatric care? I am a board-certified psychiatrist with a strong interest in ADHD and mood disorders. My training includes completion of a clinical research fellowship at the National Institutes of Mental Health. As a result, I am a strong proponent of evidence-based psychiatric treatments and using innovative techniques to help the improve the quality of life for my patients. Please call our office for an appointment.
Don't wait for an appointment! Are you looking for more personalized psychiatric care? I am a board-certified psychiatrist with a strong interest in ADHD and mood disorders. My training includes completion of a clinical research fellowship at the National Institutes of Mental Health. As a result, I am a strong proponent of evidence-based psychiatric treatments and using innovative techniques to help the improve the quality of life for my patients. Please call our office for an appointment.
(443) 225-4505 View (443) 225-4505
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Tehila Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, CRNP
Verified
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
Tehila Healthcare LLC is a telehealth, psychiatric, mental, and behavioral health outpatient clinic serving Maryland and the District of Columbia (DC). It is managed by Favour Ofoegbu, a board-certified, detail-oriented psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with almost two decades of combined clinical experience. I have a niche for therapeutic listening as I care for age groups 12 and above. I specialize in diagnosing and treating Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Insomnia, Psychosis, etc. At Tehila Healthcare, your total wellness is our goal because your health is an invaluable investment. Our slogan is "Health is Wealth".
Tehila Healthcare LLC is a telehealth, psychiatric, mental, and behavioral health outpatient clinic serving Maryland and the District of Columbia (DC). It is managed by Favour Ofoegbu, a board-certified, detail-oriented psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with almost two decades of combined clinical experience. I have a niche for therapeutic listening as I care for age groups 12 and above. I specialize in diagnosing and treating Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Insomnia, Psychosis, etc. At Tehila Healthcare, your total wellness is our goal because your health is an invaluable investment. Our slogan is "Health is Wealth".
(240) 892-7142 View (240) 892-7142
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Yvonne Swann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Columbia, MD 21045
Yvonne has worked in various health care settings, dedicating her care to patients with an array of psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, neurocognitive and neurodevelopmental disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, trauma and stressor-related disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and alcohol and substance abuse disorders.
Yvonne has worked in various health care settings, dedicating her care to patients with an array of psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, neurocognitive and neurodevelopmental disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, trauma and stressor-related disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and alcohol and substance abuse disorders.
(410) 835-7524 View (410) 835-7524
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Tamina Dixon Umana
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, BSN, RYT, MCPC
Verified
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
Greetings, I am Tamina. I am enamored with spaces that cultivate connection and healing. In 2020, I founded The Space & Advocacy Project (S&A), centering the vision around intentionally curating these spaces within the lives of BIPOC/LGBTQ+ survivors of childhood trauma to improve our well-being. I am a Psychiatric Registered Nurse with certifications/extensive experience in Trauma-Informed Mental Health Counseling, Life Coaching, Professional Coaching (Master), and Somatic Coaching. I also hold certifications/extensive experience in Care Management, and Healthcare Quality.
Greetings, I am Tamina. I am enamored with spaces that cultivate connection and healing. In 2020, I founded The Space & Advocacy Project (S&A), centering the vision around intentionally curating these spaces within the lives of BIPOC/LGBTQ+ survivors of childhood trauma to improve our well-being. I am a Psychiatric Registered Nurse with certifications/extensive experience in Trauma-Informed Mental Health Counseling, Life Coaching, Professional Coaching (Master), and Somatic Coaching. I also hold certifications/extensive experience in Care Management, and Healthcare Quality.
(240) 896-2915 View (240) 896-2915
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Suzzette Van-Lare
Physician Assistant, DMSc, PA-C
Verified
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
Dr. Suzzette Van-Lare, DMSc, PA-C is a doctorally prepared Psychiatric Physician Associate in Maryland. She received her Doctorate in Medical Science from the University of Lynchburg and Masters in PA Practice from Campbell University. She has a decade of experience managing behavioral health conditions. She is very experienced with ketamine and offers ketamine treatment to qualified candidates. She has expertise in the management of a range of psychiatric disorders, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, ADHD, OCD and more.
Dr. Suzzette Van-Lare, DMSc, PA-C is a doctorally prepared Psychiatric Physician Associate in Maryland. She received her Doctorate in Medical Science from the University of Lynchburg and Masters in PA Practice from Campbell University. She has a decade of experience managing behavioral health conditions. She is very experienced with ketamine and offers ketamine treatment to qualified candidates. She has expertise in the management of a range of psychiatric disorders, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, ADHD, OCD and more.
(240) 410-6347 View (240) 410-6347
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Oak Tree Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, -BC, HSLM
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
Dr. Zivago Bunting is a Nationally Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He earned his doctorate degree at the University of Maryland School of Nursing; licensed in MD, VA and District of Columbia. He evaluates research to foster high-quality, evidence-based patient-centered mental health care. Dr. Bunting's humble beginning, combined with twenty-two years of medical and mental health clinical experience, fosters his non-judgment listening skills. His role as your mental health provider is considered a privilege and an honor. Therefore, a partnership in your mental health journey is not taken lightly.
Dr. Zivago Bunting is a Nationally Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He earned his doctorate degree at the University of Maryland School of Nursing; licensed in MD, VA and District of Columbia. He evaluates research to foster high-quality, evidence-based patient-centered mental health care. Dr. Bunting's humble beginning, combined with twenty-two years of medical and mental health clinical experience, fosters his non-judgment listening skills. His role as your mental health provider is considered a privilege and an honor. Therefore, a partnership in your mental health journey is not taken lightly.
(240) 201-2059 View (240) 201-2059
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Mindsense Serenity LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, CRNP, PMH
Verified
Columbia, MD 21045
Mindsense Serenity LLC is a nurse practitioner-led mental health practice. Our comprehensive psychiatric services include psychiatric consultations, diagnostic assessments, evaluations, medication management, psychiatric treatment, adjunct psychotherapy and wellness care to children 13 + , adults and seniors. We are dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve mental wellness through their everyday mental health struggles. We provide Virtual and In-person services by Appointment. Please visit our "Website" to explore our services and book an appointment. We are accepting "New Patients".
Mindsense Serenity LLC is a nurse practitioner-led mental health practice. Our comprehensive psychiatric services include psychiatric consultations, diagnostic assessments, evaluations, medication management, psychiatric treatment, adjunct psychotherapy and wellness care to children 13 + , adults and seniors. We are dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve mental wellness through their everyday mental health struggles. We provide Virtual and In-person services by Appointment. Please visit our "Website" to explore our services and book an appointment. We are accepting "New Patients".
(240) 634-9546 View (240) 634-9546
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Caritas Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified
Columbia, MD 21045
Gaelle Nyasa is an ANCC Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner experienced in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She is experienced in providing safe, holistic mental health services with empathy in a compassionate and respectful environment.
Gaelle Nyasa is an ANCC Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner experienced in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She is experienced in providing safe, holistic mental health services with empathy in a compassionate and respectful environment.
(240) 376-2150 View (240) 376-2150
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Dr. Veronica Kwegyir-Afful
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
Whether you are navigating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, addiction or other psychiatric conditions, I am here to be your partner in healing. As a doctorate prepared and Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in Family Practice and Psychiatric/Mental Health with over 15 years of experience, I prioritize not only symptom relief but also the enhancement of overall quality of life. I work with patients to carefully assess the efficacy of medications, making adjustments as needed, and ensuring that the chosen interventions align with their specific goals and preferences.
Whether you are navigating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, addiction or other psychiatric conditions, I am here to be your partner in healing. As a doctorate prepared and Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in Family Practice and Psychiatric/Mental Health with over 15 years of experience, I prioritize not only symptom relief but also the enhancement of overall quality of life. I work with patients to carefully assess the efficacy of medications, making adjustments as needed, and ensuring that the chosen interventions align with their specific goals and preferences.
(410) 680-3695 View (410) 680-3695
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Innovative Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatrist
Verified
Columbia, MD 21045
NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENT APPOINTMENTS FOR ADULTS AND ADOLESCENTS! We believe that mental health and well-being can be achieved by addressing the myriad factors that contribute to psychological distress. Coping with stress, feelings of sadness, grief, or anger, changing behavior patterns, and medication management are all part of our comprehensive approach to treatment. At Innovative Psychiatry, we strive to meet our patients' individual needs through assessment, medication evaluation, and psychotherapy. The goal of our patient-centered approach is to ensure that your treatment plan is designed to meet your needs.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENT APPOINTMENTS FOR ADULTS AND ADOLESCENTS! We believe that mental health and well-being can be achieved by addressing the myriad factors that contribute to psychological distress. Coping with stress, feelings of sadness, grief, or anger, changing behavior patterns, and medication management are all part of our comprehensive approach to treatment. At Innovative Psychiatry, we strive to meet our patients' individual needs through assessment, medication evaluation, and psychotherapy. The goal of our patient-centered approach is to ensure that your treatment plan is designed to meet your needs.
(410) 457-7472 View (410) 457-7472
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Shanya S Hardie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
“It's time to rethink mental health”. Our Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner seeks to make each client experience unique by combining the latest evidence-based practices and technology to guide medication management and other healing options. Our provider recognizes the importance of customizing psychiatric care based on the individual characteristics, needs, and preferences of clients. We are happy to support you as you embrace your mental health and quality of life. Our behavioral health approach assists with the navigation of stress, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and other concerns.
“It's time to rethink mental health”. Our Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner seeks to make each client experience unique by combining the latest evidence-based practices and technology to guide medication management and other healing options. Our provider recognizes the importance of customizing psychiatric care based on the individual characteristics, needs, and preferences of clients. We are happy to support you as you embrace your mental health and quality of life. Our behavioral health approach assists with the navigation of stress, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and other concerns.
(240) 332-4133 View (240) 332-4133
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Laurette Abunaw
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified
Columbia, MD 21045
I am a Board Certified -Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on assessments, diagnosis & interventions such as medication management and individual/supportive therapy. I have over 17 years of combined clinical experience. I am well versed in providing mental health services through outpatient/tele-health, in-patient/hospital, long-term care, rehabilitation, and hospice related to mental health needs. My Inpatient/Hospital experience includes Contributing Nurse Practitioner at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital providing psychiatric and mental health services on the behavioral, medical and emergency department units.
I am a Board Certified -Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on assessments, diagnosis & interventions such as medication management and individual/supportive therapy. I have over 17 years of combined clinical experience. I am well versed in providing mental health services through outpatient/tele-health, in-patient/hospital, long-term care, rehabilitation, and hospice related to mental health needs. My Inpatient/Hospital experience includes Contributing Nurse Practitioner at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital providing psychiatric and mental health services on the behavioral, medical and emergency department units.
(443) 706-8554 View (443) 706-8554
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Tiffany Ross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, Ed, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner serving Maryland residents aged 6 and above, I am dedicated to delivering thorough and cohesive care. I prioritize collaborative decision-making, partnering closely with you to tailor a personalized care plan that reflects your input and preferences. My expertise spans the management of various mental health conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner serving Maryland residents aged 6 and above, I am dedicated to delivering thorough and cohesive care. I prioritize collaborative decision-making, partnering closely with you to tailor a personalized care plan that reflects your input and preferences. My expertise spans the management of various mental health conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
(240) 896-1459 View (240) 896-1459
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Geraldine Nkwain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients for telehealth appointments! Geraldine, a passionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a doctorate degree, is dedicated to helping you live your best life. With over 13 years of experience, she specializes in holistic wellness, effective communication, and empathy. From children to older adults, she supports clients through various challenges, including trauma, addiction, relationship issues, and more. Geraldine's approach involves active listening and individualized treatment plans to promote self-management and independence. Patient education and collaboration are at the core of her practice.
Now accepting new patients for telehealth appointments! Geraldine, a passionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a doctorate degree, is dedicated to helping you live your best life. With over 13 years of experience, she specializes in holistic wellness, effective communication, and empathy. From children to older adults, she supports clients through various challenges, including trauma, addiction, relationship issues, and more. Geraldine's approach involves active listening and individualized treatment plans to promote self-management and independence. Patient education and collaboration are at the core of her practice.
(240) 774-2175 View (240) 774-2175
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Lighthouse Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C, CRNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
Currently accepting psychiatric/mental health appointments, as well as weight loss and Bariatric psychiatric evaluations. (virtual appointments only). Lechia (pronounced Lee-sha) has a passion for helping people live their best lives. Life brings stress for everyone in some way, and how you deal with it makes the difference in your happiness and success. A healthy mental status helps. Whether you have been born with a mental illness, have been traumatized, abused, are making changes, or just are not able to handle life, we are here to help.
Currently accepting psychiatric/mental health appointments, as well as weight loss and Bariatric psychiatric evaluations. (virtual appointments only). Lechia (pronounced Lee-sha) has a passion for helping people live their best lives. Life brings stress for everyone in some way, and how you deal with it makes the difference in your happiness and success. A healthy mental status helps. Whether you have been born with a mental illness, have been traumatized, abused, are making changes, or just are not able to handle life, we are here to help.
(443) 552-7356 View (443) 552-7356
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Better You Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified
Columbia, MD 21045
My name is Olajumoke Rotimi. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am licensed in Maryland and DC. I am very excited to join this community with other mental health professionals. I work with all ages across the lifespan. I am available to see private pay clients. My primary areas of focus for medication management include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD.
My name is Olajumoke Rotimi. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am licensed in Maryland and DC. I am very excited to join this community with other mental health professionals. I work with all ages across the lifespan. I am available to see private pay clients. My primary areas of focus for medication management include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD.
(240) 628-6892 View (240) 628-6892
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Transformation Healthcare INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP-BC, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
Columbia, MD 21045
Hello, welcome! I am Francis, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with great passion for what I do. I provide Comprehensive Client-Focused Mental Health care to individuals and their families. I use a holistic approach when formulating your treatment plan because medication may not always be needed to address your mental health needs. On a personal note, I enjoy family time and watching soccer, basketball and football - my favorite football team is Tennessee Titans.
Hello, welcome! I am Francis, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with great passion for what I do. I provide Comprehensive Client-Focused Mental Health care to individuals and their families. I use a holistic approach when formulating your treatment plan because medication may not always be needed to address your mental health needs. On a personal note, I enjoy family time and watching soccer, basketball and football - my favorite football team is Tennessee Titans.
(410) 936-3186 View (410) 936-3186
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Breakthrough Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
At Breakthrough Behavioral Health Services, we’re committed to providing you with the most exceptional care in a compassionate and friendly atmosphere. Since the beginning of our practice, we have had the philosophy that our patients come first, insurance issues come second. No matter why you’re visiting us, we provide comprehensive and excellent care. Find out more about our provider and let us take care of you.
At Breakthrough Behavioral Health Services, we’re committed to providing you with the most exceptional care in a compassionate and friendly atmosphere. Since the beginning of our practice, we have had the philosophy that our patients come first, insurance issues come second. No matter why you’re visiting us, we provide comprehensive and excellent care. Find out more about our provider and let us take care of you.
(240) 332-1976 View (240) 332-1976
Jermany and Associates, P.A.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Columbia, MD 21045
We focus on improving overall health and wellness. We offer NeuroStar TMS - a safe and effective drug-free advanced method to treat depression. We also provide General Psychiatric medication management, Weigh less strategies, and Outpatient medication assisted treatment with Buprenorphine for substance use. Dr. Jermany offers counsel for Medical Cannabis. Call 443-272-1541 for an appointment (in-person and telemedicine).
We focus on improving overall health and wellness. We offer NeuroStar TMS - a safe and effective drug-free advanced method to treat depression. We also provide General Psychiatric medication management, Weigh less strategies, and Outpatient medication assisted treatment with Buprenorphine for substance use. Dr. Jermany offers counsel for Medical Cannabis. Call 443-272-1541 for an appointment (in-person and telemedicine).
(443) 863-6157 View (443) 863-6157

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 21045

60+

Average cost per session

$185

Psychiatrists in 21045 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
92% Anxiety
84% Bipolar Disorder
82% ADHD
77% Medication Management
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Cigna and Evernorth
89% BlueCross and BlueShield
87% CareFirst

How Psychiatrists in 21045 see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

68% Female
32% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 21045?

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.