Psychiatrists in 21046

Photo of Crystal Daniels, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 21046, MD
Crystal Daniels
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
I originally started a career in clinical psychology. Once I completed an APA internship in psychology, I decided to return to school to study advanced nursing in psychiatry.
I originally started a career in clinical psychology. Once I completed an APA internship in psychology, I decided to return to school to study advanced nursing in psychiatry.
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Richard Silver
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046
I am an adult/ adolescent psychiatrist and founder of the THRIVE Center for ADHD and Comprehensive Mental Health Care (www.MyThrive.net). THRIVE's specialty programs include ADHD/ Executive Dysfunction; Failure to Launch Young Adults; Workplace Mental Health; and Thriving Families. I believe that the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of personal growth flow together. THRIVE's goal is to create opportunities for success and mastery. We are committed to providing compassionate care which includes: discovering the gifts of individuals; honoring the wisdom of all participating in the healing partnership; and validating the unique ways each person experiences the world.
I am an adult/ adolescent psychiatrist and founder of the THRIVE Center for ADHD and Comprehensive Mental Health Care (www.MyThrive.net). THRIVE's specialty programs include ADHD/ Executive Dysfunction; Failure to Launch Young Adults; Workplace Mental Health; and Thriving Families. I believe that the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of personal growth flow together. THRIVE's goal is to create opportunities for success and mastery. We are committed to providing compassionate care which includes: discovering the gifts of individuals; honoring the wisdom of all participating in the healing partnership; and validating the unique ways each person experiences the world.
(410) 417-7816 View (410) 417-7816
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Dina M Sztein
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046
Not accepting new clients
I'm a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and work with young children through young adults needing medications to treat psychiatric conditions, including: developmental disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, OCD, PTSD and other mood and anxiety-related conditions. I believe close collaboration with parents and other treatment providers is necessary to ensure children and adolescents get the best psychiatric care possible.
I'm a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and work with young children through young adults needing medications to treat psychiatric conditions, including: developmental disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, OCD, PTSD and other mood and anxiety-related conditions. I believe close collaboration with parents and other treatment providers is necessary to ensure children and adolescents get the best psychiatric care possible.
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Renew your Mind Wellness Services LLC- Katia Coley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN , FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Hello there, are you sensing something doesn't feel right in your life, are you tired of the one size fit all medication management. My philosophy is that every person is a unique individual that deserves time and respect to be heard. As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my goal is to increase the quality of life with a uniquely personalized and comprehensive approach to care. I am also a certified Family Nurse Practitioner which allows me to provide more non-medical holistic care as I can give consideration to your medical issues.
Hello there, are you sensing something doesn't feel right in your life, are you tired of the one size fit all medication management. My philosophy is that every person is a unique individual that deserves time and respect to be heard. As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my goal is to increase the quality of life with a uniquely personalized and comprehensive approach to care. I am also a certified Family Nurse Practitioner which allows me to provide more non-medical holistic care as I can give consideration to your medical issues.
(443) 526-7324 View (443) 526-7324
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Gladstone Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatrist, LSCW, MD, CRNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046
Mental Health Care – For Everyone. At Gladstone Psychiatry, we believe everyone deserves access to high-quality mental health care. We use an individualized approach to help clients get their lives back on track. Our treatment approach is more than just medicine. Our psychiatrists work with you to provide evidence-based treatments, unique to your lifestyle and challenges. We believe in a holistic view of medicine and provide personalized care to each patient, while making it affordable, inclusive and easy to access.
Mental Health Care – For Everyone. At Gladstone Psychiatry, we believe everyone deserves access to high-quality mental health care. We use an individualized approach to help clients get their lives back on track. Our treatment approach is more than just medicine. Our psychiatrists work with you to provide evidence-based treatments, unique to your lifestyle and challenges. We believe in a holistic view of medicine and provide personalized care to each patient, while making it affordable, inclusive and easy to access.
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Yvonne Swann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Ms. Yvonne Swann is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Integrative Psychiatric Provider. Her credentials allow her to diagnose psychiatric conditions, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe medications to individuals across the lifespan. She was awarded her Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Walden University, completed a Fellowship in Integrative Psychiatry through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, and holds a Bachelor of Art Degree in History from Loyola University in Maryland.
Ms. Yvonne Swann is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Integrative Psychiatric Provider. Her credentials allow her to diagnose psychiatric conditions, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe medications to individuals across the lifespan. She was awarded her Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Walden University, completed a Fellowship in Integrative Psychiatry through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, and holds a Bachelor of Art Degree in History from Loyola University in Maryland.
(410) 835-7524 View (410) 835-7524
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Dr. Linda Alexandra Zetter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Dr. Linda Zetter is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over 15 yrs experience in the mental health field. She has worked in the Veteran’s’ Administration caring for veterans with serious mental illness, PTSD, anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. She has managed acute care patients in an inpatient setting as well as with the geriatric population. She has a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland and a Doctorate from Chatham University.
Dr. Linda Zetter is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over 15 yrs experience in the mental health field. She has worked in the Veteran’s’ Administration caring for veterans with serious mental illness, PTSD, anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. She has managed acute care patients in an inpatient setting as well as with the geriatric population. She has a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland and a Doctorate from Chatham University.
(443) 979-8879 View (443) 979-8879
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Tywanna Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
In any situation, a person decides what to do based on understanding of facts, issues, options for action and consequences. One size does not fit all. Chosen Therapeutic Services recognize that every individual needs a customized therapeutic protocol. While problems maybe similar across any age group, the way each person processes an issue differs. We are here to offer our clients the ability to recognize specific disorders or different types of psychological distress.
In any situation, a person decides what to do based on understanding of facts, issues, options for action and consequences. One size does not fit all. Chosen Therapeutic Services recognize that every individual needs a customized therapeutic protocol. While problems maybe similar across any age group, the way each person processes an issue differs. We are here to offer our clients the ability to recognize specific disorders or different types of psychological distress.
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Master Plan Health Concepts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Our practice is based on Behavioral Health Treatment that focuses on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar. We lean towards a client centered, goal focused approach that gives people tools to effectively manage stressors and difficult life circumstances. We specialize in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, substance use, depression and bipolar. We will help to restore your mental stability which can help you maintain your physical health. We are here to help you through various challenges. You don't have to do it on your own. We can help you gain control of your life with various treatment and counseling options that are available.
Our practice is based on Behavioral Health Treatment that focuses on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar. We lean towards a client centered, goal focused approach that gives people tools to effectively manage stressors and difficult life circumstances. We specialize in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, substance use, depression and bipolar. We will help to restore your mental stability which can help you maintain your physical health. We are here to help you through various challenges. You don't have to do it on your own. We can help you gain control of your life with various treatment and counseling options that are available.
(443) 241-0377 View (443) 241-0377
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Amanda Ismail
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Telehealth Appointments Only.....Amanda Ismail is a board-certified registered nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and mental health. She has a bachelor's in nursing degree from Frostburg State University and earned her master's degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.
Telehealth Appointments Only.....Amanda Ismail is a board-certified registered nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and mental health. She has a bachelor's in nursing degree from Frostburg State University and earned her master's degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.
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Brenda Pearson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience in understanding how physical and psychological illness affect the mind and body. I have learned that no one treatment is always effective for every person and any one ailment. My focus is holistic and I welcome natural treatments that have proven to be effective in providing relief as well as pharmacologic treatments. I truly believe the best outcome and optimal level of wellness is achieved when the patient can concurrently participate in therapy and is an active participant in their mental health treatment.
I have extensive experience in understanding how physical and psychological illness affect the mind and body. I have learned that no one treatment is always effective for every person and any one ailment. My focus is holistic and I welcome natural treatments that have proven to be effective in providing relief as well as pharmacologic treatments. I truly believe the best outcome and optimal level of wellness is achieved when the patient can concurrently participate in therapy and is an active participant in their mental health treatment.
(443) 241-6351 View (443) 241-6351
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James Park
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, CRNP, Adult
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046
****TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE***** In life, we all experiences times of emotional pain. Sometimes, this leads to experiences of depression, anxiety, and other symptoms that may impact your relationships, work, and overall well-being. I work collaboratively with each patient to help relieve unnecessary suffering. Medications can be an important component of treatment. I work with each patient to carefully consider the best options as part of a holistic treatment plan. My areas of clinical focus include treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, and childhood onset ADHD.
****TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE***** In life, we all experiences times of emotional pain. Sometimes, this leads to experiences of depression, anxiety, and other symptoms that may impact your relationships, work, and overall well-being. I work collaboratively with each patient to help relieve unnecessary suffering. Medications can be an important component of treatment. I work with each patient to carefully consider the best options as part of a holistic treatment plan. My areas of clinical focus include treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, and childhood onset ADHD.
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Kathleen Swanson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046
I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, and work with teens and adults needing medications to treat psychiatric conditions, including: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, OCD, PTSD and other mood and anxiety-related conditions. I enjoy educating and collaborating with patients so they can be autonomous and informed participants in their treatment. My experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner includes working with those who suffer dementia and medical illnesses in assisted living and nursing facilities, working with teens and adults with developmental disabilities and collaborating with primary care providers to offer integrated mental health care.
I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, and work with teens and adults needing medications to treat psychiatric conditions, including: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, OCD, PTSD and other mood and anxiety-related conditions. I enjoy educating and collaborating with patients so they can be autonomous and informed participants in their treatment. My experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner includes working with those who suffer dementia and medical illnesses in assisted living and nursing facilities, working with teens and adults with developmental disabilities and collaborating with primary care providers to offer integrated mental health care.
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Joshua Z Rosenthal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046
I am fully trained in both adult and child psychiatry and have a board certification in adult psychiatry and am also certified to prescribe Suboxone for opiate addiction. I have experience treating a broad range of psychiatric and behavior disorders, including depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), substance abuse, autism, asperger's disorder, and more. I also have extensive experience in clinical trials of new medications for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in adults and children. .
I am fully trained in both adult and child psychiatry and have a board certification in adult psychiatry and am also certified to prescribe Suboxone for opiate addiction. I have experience treating a broad range of psychiatric and behavior disorders, including depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), substance abuse, autism, asperger's disorder, and more. I also have extensive experience in clinical trials of new medications for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in adults and children. .
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Synergy Strive
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNSNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Synergy Strive is a diverse team of solution-focused clinicians with the goal of 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 extra support and guidance through a challenging situation, we’re ready to work with you to achieve your goals.
Synergy Strive is a diverse team of solution-focused clinicians with the goal of 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 extra support and guidance through a challenging situation, we’re ready to work with you to achieve your goals.
(410) 877-6149 View (410) 877-6149
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Linh Register
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046
Mrs. Register immigrated to the United State at the age of 11 from Vietnam. She grew up in Garden City, KS. She is the oldest of 8 children. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University and worked for a short time in that field before deciding to stay home full time to raise her three children. After her last child started Kindergarten, she wanted to pursue a career in nursing. Her first nursing job was at a maximum security forensic psychiatric hospital in Maryland. It was there that she decided to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Earned a Master's degree from Walden.
Mrs. Register immigrated to the United State at the age of 11 from Vietnam. She grew up in Garden City, KS. She is the oldest of 8 children. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University and worked for a short time in that field before deciding to stay home full time to raise her three children. After her last child started Kindergarten, she wanted to pursue a career in nursing. Her first nursing job was at a maximum security forensic psychiatric hospital in Maryland. It was there that she decided to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Earned a Master's degree from Walden.
(443) 294-8916 View (443) 294-8916
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Dr. Ifeyinwa Maduka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Telehealth Appointments Only....Dr. Ifeyinwa Maduka is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 4 years of experience. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama and a Doctorate from Chatham University.
Telehealth Appointments Only....Dr. Ifeyinwa Maduka is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 4 years of experience. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama and a Doctorate from Chatham University.
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Solutions For Mindfulness Psychiatric Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046
Solutions for Mindfulness remains committed to providing the latest treatment options and world class psychiatric services to Maryland residents. As a team our focus is on collaboration, and partnering with our patients to work with treatment plans that focus on our patients needs. we also discuss all options available to the patient. We offer non- medication options. these Include therapy and Transcranial magnetic Stimulation ( TMS) We realize that the clients we serve have a right to determine their best treatment options for themselves and their families.
Solutions for Mindfulness remains committed to providing the latest treatment options and world class psychiatric services to Maryland residents. As a team our focus is on collaboration, and partnering with our patients to work with treatment plans that focus on our patients needs. we also discuss all options available to the patient. We offer non- medication options. these Include therapy and Transcranial magnetic Stimulation ( TMS) We realize that the clients we serve have a right to determine their best treatment options for themselves and their families.
(410) 992-3796 View (410) 992-3796
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Helen Metkowski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Telehealth Appointments Only....Helen Metkowski is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from York College of Pennsylvania and her Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree from Drexel University.
Telehealth Appointments Only....Helen Metkowski is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from York College of Pennsylvania and her Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree from Drexel University.
(240) 335-8690 View (240) 335-8690
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Ruth Bissell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Ruth earned a BSN with a focus on addiction studies. She assisted with the recovery of adolescents and adults by using Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT), counseling, education, and group therapy. Since addiction treatment often requires treating other psychiatric problems, Ruth gained expertise in the treatment of psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, and ADHD as well studying Motivational Therapy (MT) and psychotherapy.
Ruth earned a BSN with a focus on addiction studies. She assisted with the recovery of adolescents and adults by using Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT), counseling, education, and group therapy. Since addiction treatment often requires treating other psychiatric problems, Ruth gained expertise in the treatment of psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, and ADHD as well studying Motivational Therapy (MT) and psychotherapy.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 21046

30+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 21046 who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
91% Anxiety
91% ADHD
85% Bipolar Disorder
74% Medication Management
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% BlueCross and BlueShield
90% CareFirst
86% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 21046 see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 21046?

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.