Psychiatrists in 21061

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Kenah One health care Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP-BC, ANP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
t's wonderful you are looking for mental health treatment. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of nursing experience, and my passion is psychiatric nursing. I will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your life and your treatment needs. I conduct evaluations where I ask questions about your history and presenting problems. we develop a treatment plan that may include medications that would be helpful in addressing your symptoms. Keep in mind that medication may not always be needed to address your mental health needs. I use an holistic approach to meet your needs.
t's wonderful you are looking for mental health treatment. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of nursing experience, and my passion is psychiatric nursing. I will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your life and your treatment needs. I conduct evaluations where I ask questions about your history and presenting problems. we develop a treatment plan that may include medications that would be helpful in addressing your symptoms. Keep in mind that medication may not always be needed to address your mental health needs. I use an holistic approach to meet your needs.
(410) 873-1897 View (410) 873-1897
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Lumen Christi Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
We believe in Albus Dumbledore's Quote "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of time, if only one remembers to turn on the light". We are here to walk with you, listen and provide the best options for your health. Lumen Christi Behavioral Health LLC is a preeminent healthcare provider dedicated and passionate to delivering exceptional, individualized, and holistic care encompassing the mind, body, and spirit. Esther Chiedu, is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a lot of experience working in different areas of mental healthcare system.
We believe in Albus Dumbledore's Quote "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of time, if only one remembers to turn on the light". We are here to walk with you, listen and provide the best options for your health. Lumen Christi Behavioral Health LLC is a preeminent healthcare provider dedicated and passionate to delivering exceptional, individualized, and holistic care encompassing the mind, body, and spirit. Esther Chiedu, is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a lot of experience working in different areas of mental healthcare system.
(410) 376-8587 View (410) 376-8587
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Innovative Treatment Centers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Your mental health matters. Mental illness and substance misuse can be debilitating and incapacitating. If you encounter challenges in any of these areas, please get in touch with us. Our team has a combined 40-plus years of experience in treating addiction, trauma, and different facets of mental illness.
Your mental health matters. Mental illness and substance misuse can be debilitating and incapacitating. If you encounter challenges in any of these areas, please get in touch with us. Our team has a combined 40-plus years of experience in treating addiction, trauma, and different facets of mental illness.
(443) 347-6176 View (443) 347-6176
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Body Mind & Soul Family Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMH-BC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
I am Dr. Esther Shadare. Most of my patients call me "Dr. S, Dr. E, or Dr. Shadare (Sha-Dah-Ray)" - whichever works best for you without feeling embarrassed trying to say my name correctly. My mission is to enlighten others about mental health and to reduce the stigma associated with psychiatric disorders.
I am Dr. Esther Shadare. Most of my patients call me "Dr. S, Dr. E, or Dr. Shadare (Sha-Dah-Ray)" - whichever works best for you without feeling embarrassed trying to say my name correctly. My mission is to enlighten others about mental health and to reduce the stigma associated with psychiatric disorders.
(667) 372-5074 View (667) 372-5074
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Novum Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, CRNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
I provide client-centered care and treatments based on evidence-based guideline by diagnosing according to the latest edition of the DSM and listening to the clients concerns and symptoms. Effectively manage client symptoms by initiating, adjusting, and continuously monitoring medication administration. Improve client's self-awareness and knowledge regarding mental health illnesses and medications by educating on the proper use, drug interactions, and adverse drug reactions of medications and the course and prognosis of mental illnesses.
I provide client-centered care and treatments based on evidence-based guideline by diagnosing according to the latest edition of the DSM and listening to the clients concerns and symptoms. Effectively manage client symptoms by initiating, adjusting, and continuously monitoring medication administration. Improve client's self-awareness and knowledge regarding mental health illnesses and medications by educating on the proper use, drug interactions, and adverse drug reactions of medications and the course and prognosis of mental illnesses.
(410) 291-1683 View (410) 291-1683
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Lorri King
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
I have years of experience working with patients from all demographics, economic classes and varying mental health conditions.
I have years of experience working with patients from all demographics, economic classes and varying mental health conditions.
(667) 220-6877 x2 View (667) 220-6877 x2
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Holistic Touch Healthcare Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
*WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*. With over 22 years of experience in the healthcare care industry, we are comfortably working with patients and their families. With our extensive training acquired over the years, we understand the importance of patients needs and create a customized plan designed for you specifically. At Holistic Touch, you will be able to voice your healthcare needs without feeling judged or uncomfortable. We treat clients holistically to help them achieve optimum levels of wellness. We offer Tele-psychiatry & treat ages 5 and up. We are looking forward to partnering with you on your journey to wellness.
*WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*. With over 22 years of experience in the healthcare care industry, we are comfortably working with patients and their families. With our extensive training acquired over the years, we understand the importance of patients needs and create a customized plan designed for you specifically. At Holistic Touch, you will be able to voice your healthcare needs without feeling judged or uncomfortable. We treat clients holistically to help them achieve optimum levels of wellness. We offer Tele-psychiatry & treat ages 5 and up. We are looking forward to partnering with you on your journey to wellness.
(443) 329-5431 View (443) 329-5431
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Pro-relief Consulting LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner for over 3 years, and I am also a board certified adult nurse practitioner for over 10 years. I began my nursing career graduating from university of MD with my bachelors, and then attended Johns Hopkins University for my masters. I decided to further my education by attending Brandman University to obtain my Doctorate and psychiatric mental health certification in 2018.
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner for over 3 years, and I am also a board certified adult nurse practitioner for over 10 years. I began my nursing career graduating from university of MD with my bachelors, and then attended Johns Hopkins University for my masters. I decided to further my education by attending Brandman University to obtain my Doctorate and psychiatric mental health certification in 2018.
(443) 815-7148 View (443) 815-7148
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Arise & Shine Health Center, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
At Arise & Shine our patients satisfaction is our number 1 priority. Our goal is to be able to create an environment, where people will be comfortable in sharing their feelings, experiences and mental health problems. We work with children and adolescents struggling with significant mood and behavioral dysregulation related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and ADHD. Our experience extends to college age. We will work with you to take control of your life so that you can be in charge once again. We are compassionate, warm, and welcoming mental health providers who focus on changing the lives of our patients .
At Arise & Shine our patients satisfaction is our number 1 priority. Our goal is to be able to create an environment, where people will be comfortable in sharing their feelings, experiences and mental health problems. We work with children and adolescents struggling with significant mood and behavioral dysregulation related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and ADHD. Our experience extends to college age. We will work with you to take control of your life so that you can be in charge once again. We are compassionate, warm, and welcoming mental health providers who focus on changing the lives of our patients .
(410) 220-4129 View (410) 220-4129
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Hightower Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
It is our Mission to be the provider of accessible, cost effective, and quality behavioral healthcare services to all people, in order to promote their mental health and well-being. We help you be a better you!
It is our Mission to be the provider of accessible, cost effective, and quality behavioral healthcare services to all people, in order to promote their mental health and well-being. We help you be a better you!
(443) 210-3047 View (443) 210-3047
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Health Plus Behavioral Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
A healthy mind is an asset and we believe everyone deserves the best care hence our job is to deliver that. Our aim at Health Plus Behavioral Care is to provide comprehensive mental health services at an affordable price regardless of insurance to all ages, from children to senior citizens. We strive to cultivate a more transparent, authentic, and safe culture, free of bias, which encourages everyone with whom we come in contact to have a voice about what matters. We currently accepting new clients same day, weekend, and evening appointments are available.
A healthy mind is an asset and we believe everyone deserves the best care hence our job is to deliver that. Our aim at Health Plus Behavioral Care is to provide comprehensive mental health services at an affordable price regardless of insurance to all ages, from children to senior citizens. We strive to cultivate a more transparent, authentic, and safe culture, free of bias, which encourages everyone with whom we come in contact to have a voice about what matters. We currently accepting new clients same day, weekend, and evening appointments are available.
(443) 963-3092 View (443) 963-3092
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Living Water Mental Health and Counseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061  (Online Only)
Do you have triggers connecting to your past trauma? Are these traumatic events taking over your everyday life and relationships? Do you find yourself behaving in a manner that does not represent who you are? Now might be the time to connect with a provider who can help. Let us work together to develop a plan to help you live a life with purpose. While I employ several psychotherapy techniques, my area of expertise lies in spiritually integrated psychotherapy and trauma-informed therapy.
Do you have triggers connecting to your past trauma? Are these traumatic events taking over your everyday life and relationships? Do you find yourself behaving in a manner that does not represent who you are? Now might be the time to connect with a provider who can help. Let us work together to develop a plan to help you live a life with purpose. While I employ several psychotherapy techniques, my area of expertise lies in spiritually integrated psychotherapy and trauma-informed therapy.
(410) 584-3047 View (410) 584-3047
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Access Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with emotional turmoil such as excessive worrying or sadness? Dealing with life stressors can get in the way of living a more fulfilling life. However, be encouraged because you are not alone! As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the founder of Access Psychiatry, I believe access to care is a basic human need and should be available to everyone regardless of their believe system, ethnic background, race, or sexual orientation. Our services are accessible to children and adult with conditions like ADHD, anxiety, bipolar, substance abuse and many more.
Are you struggling with emotional turmoil such as excessive worrying or sadness? Dealing with life stressors can get in the way of living a more fulfilling life. However, be encouraged because you are not alone! As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the founder of Access Psychiatry, I believe access to care is a basic human need and should be available to everyone regardless of their believe system, ethnic background, race, or sexual orientation. Our services are accessible to children and adult with conditions like ADHD, anxiety, bipolar, substance abuse and many more.
(410) 701-3323 View (410) 701-3323
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Greater Chesapeake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, LCSW-C, LCPC, RN, MD
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Now accepting adults and children in office or via telehealth. We offer medication management, therapy, and case management services. We treat a variety of mental health disorders including psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and substance use disorders. We also offer Suboxone/Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, and other medications to treat addictions. We partner with other agencies such as Mental Health Court, IOPs, PRPs, and hospitals. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, and can help patients with no insurance. Contact us: 443-438-6893 or email via the link on this page.
Now accepting adults and children in office or via telehealth. We offer medication management, therapy, and case management services. We treat a variety of mental health disorders including psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and substance use disorders. We also offer Suboxone/Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, and other medications to treat addictions. We partner with other agencies such as Mental Health Court, IOPs, PRPs, and hospitals. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, and can help patients with no insurance. Contact us: 443-438-6893 or email via the link on this page.
(410) 862-2975 View (410) 862-2975
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Tanveer A Padder
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Dr Padder is a Triple boarded Psychiatrist - Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Diplomat American Board of Addiction Medicine and added Certification in Clinical Psycho-Pharmacology. He is a preeminent expert in psychopharmacology and has been awarded a Master Psycho-pharmacologist certification. He has received numerous awards, including America's Top Psychiatrists, Patient choice award, Health grades honor roll, Top doctor award, Maryland, and many more. We also offer Ketamine therapy at the comfort of your home. For appointment for ketamine therapy, visit ketamineonline.us
Dr Padder is a Triple boarded Psychiatrist - Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Diplomat American Board of Addiction Medicine and added Certification in Clinical Psycho-Pharmacology. He is a preeminent expert in psychopharmacology and has been awarded a Master Psycho-pharmacologist certification. He has received numerous awards, including America's Top Psychiatrists, Patient choice award, Health grades honor roll, Top doctor award, Maryland, and many more. We also offer Ketamine therapy at the comfort of your home. For appointment for ketamine therapy, visit ketamineonline.us
(410) 618-0542 View (410) 618-0542
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Five Star Integrated Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!!....Five-Star Integrated Health Services is dedicated to helping people manage their mental health. Tamia Musgrave, the founder of Five-Star Integrated Health Services, has over 27 years of clinical experience in the healthcare industry. As a dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C), she utilizes a patient-centered approach in treating individuals and families. Our mission is to motivate and empower people to reach their optimal health wellness through an individualized, patient-centered approach.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!!....Five-Star Integrated Health Services is dedicated to helping people manage their mental health. Tamia Musgrave, the founder of Five-Star Integrated Health Services, has over 27 years of clinical experience in the healthcare industry. As a dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C), she utilizes a patient-centered approach in treating individuals and families. Our mission is to motivate and empower people to reach their optimal health wellness through an individualized, patient-centered approach.
(443) 775-3699 View (443) 775-3699
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Shantiah Moore-Norfleet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH, APRN
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Hi, my name is Shantiah Norfleet, and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience in the field. As a CRNP, PMH, and APRN, I specialize in medication management for various mental health conditions including ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I am committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to my patients and believe in the importance of collaborating with other healthcare professionals to ensure the best possible treatment outcomes. I am dedicated to using cost-effective, evidence-based practices in my work.
Hi, my name is Shantiah Norfleet, and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience in the field. As a CRNP, PMH, and APRN, I specialize in medication management for various mental health conditions including ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I am committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to my patients and believe in the importance of collaborating with other healthcare professionals to ensure the best possible treatment outcomes. I am dedicated to using cost-effective, evidence-based practices in my work.
(410) 648-9016 View (410) 648-9016
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Esno Health Group LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DrPH, APN
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Obinna Obiejemba, DrPH, APN., has always wanted to be a hand and a voice — a hand to help the infirmed, and a voice for the most vulnerable. This led him to academic pursuits and careers in clinical medicine and public health. He has spent nearly two decades working in Managed Care and with vulnerable and complex populations. Prior to his graduate studies in family practice, psychiatry, and public health, Dr. Obi led a variety of projects at Baltimore city jails and prisons to improve access to care. He has special interest in adult and geriatric psychiatric disorders including mood disorders, thought disorders, and dementia.
Obinna Obiejemba, DrPH, APN., has always wanted to be a hand and a voice — a hand to help the infirmed, and a voice for the most vulnerable. This led him to academic pursuits and careers in clinical medicine and public health. He has spent nearly two decades working in Managed Care and with vulnerable and complex populations. Prior to his graduate studies in family practice, psychiatry, and public health, Dr. Obi led a variety of projects at Baltimore city jails and prisons to improve access to care. He has special interest in adult and geriatric psychiatric disorders including mood disorders, thought disorders, and dementia.
(410) 609-9694 View (410) 609-9694
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Dr. Blanche Kattie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Accepting new patient. Welcome. I'm Blanche Kattie, a compassionate psychiatrist committed to guiding individuals on their path to mental well-being and fulfillment. With specialized expertise in depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and ADHD, I offer a comprehensive range of services including medication management and psychotherapy.By integrating medication management with psychotherapy, I aim to not only alleviate symptoms but also address the underlying factors contributing to your mental health concerns.
Accepting new patient. Welcome. I'm Blanche Kattie, a compassionate psychiatrist committed to guiding individuals on their path to mental well-being and fulfillment. With specialized expertise in depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and ADHD, I offer a comprehensive range of services including medication management and psychotherapy.By integrating medication management with psychotherapy, I aim to not only alleviate symptoms but also address the underlying factors contributing to your mental health concerns.
(240) 557-3228 View (240) 557-3228
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Amoah Asante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
My ideal client is an adult who is struggling with adult ADHD & depression. You may feel overwhelmed and struggle to complete tasks and you may experience a lack of motivation and energy that makes it challenging to engage in these tasks or daily activities. You might find it difficult to get out of bed or take care of basic tasks due to depressive symptoms.
My ideal client is an adult who is struggling with adult ADHD & depression. You may feel overwhelmed and struggle to complete tasks and you may experience a lack of motivation and energy that makes it challenging to engage in these tasks or daily activities. You might find it difficult to get out of bed or take care of basic tasks due to depressive symptoms.
(667) 285-8493 View (667) 285-8493

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 21061

50+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 21061 who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
91% Depression
88% Bipolar Disorder
77% ADHD
72% Trauma and PTSD
68% Addiction
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Cigna and Evernorth
87% Optum
80% CareFirst

How Psychiatrists in 21061 see their clients

50% Online Only
50% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 21061?

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.