Psychiatrists in 21208

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Neil Warres, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pikesville, MD 21208
While always having a private, psychotherapy practice, I was Chief of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center for 20 years and also Chief of Psychiatry at Kernan Hospital and Montebello Hospital. Now in full-time practice, my office is conveniently located in Pikesville, one block from Reisterstown Road. I am Board Certified and am a past president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society.
While always having a private, psychotherapy practice, I was Chief of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center for 20 years and also Chief of Psychiatry at Kernan Hospital and Montebello Hospital. Now in full-time practice, my office is conveniently located in Pikesville, one block from Reisterstown Road. I am Board Certified and am a past president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society.
(410) 346-2029 View (410) 346-2029
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Keysha Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pikesville, MD 21208
I am a dually certified Family and Psychiatric nurse practitioner with 19 years of experience in health care. I completed undergraduate studies at Stevenson University and then received an MSN from Simmons University. After working with individuals suffering with mental illness and other co-occurring disorders, I began to see how the care was fragmented and marginalized. I am very passionate about addressing an individual’s health in its entirety, so I decided to obtain a post-graduate Psychiatric Certification from Wilkes University.
I am a dually certified Family and Psychiatric nurse practitioner with 19 years of experience in health care. I completed undergraduate studies at Stevenson University and then received an MSN from Simmons University. After working with individuals suffering with mental illness and other co-occurring disorders, I began to see how the care was fragmented and marginalized. I am very passionate about addressing an individual’s health in its entirety, so I decided to obtain a post-graduate Psychiatric Certification from Wilkes University.
(410) 469-8912 View (410) 469-8912
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Desmond M Kaplan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21208
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is my speciality, though I see individuals of all ages. Treating Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability is something I am nationally recognized for. I have recently entered private practice in Pikesville, MD.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is my speciality, though I see individuals of all ages. Treating Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability is something I am nationally recognized for. I have recently entered private practice in Pikesville, MD.
(443) 501-2155 View (443) 501-2155
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Linda Arobieke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Pikesville, MD 21208
As a Nurse Practitioner specializing in mental health psychiatry, the client experiencing bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, mood, disorders, substance abuse problems, trauma, and significant personal challenges is my goal. I will identify the primary causes of their challenges, and the client would benefit from a comprehensive psychiatric assessment. Mrs. Linda is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Nurses Association (ANA), International Society of Psychiatric Mental Nurses (ISPN), American Psychiatric Association (APA), and Maryland Nursing Association (MNA).
As a Nurse Practitioner specializing in mental health psychiatry, the client experiencing bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, mood, disorders, substance abuse problems, trauma, and significant personal challenges is my goal. I will identify the primary causes of their challenges, and the client would benefit from a comprehensive psychiatric assessment. Mrs. Linda is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Nurses Association (ANA), International Society of Psychiatric Mental Nurses (ISPN), American Psychiatric Association (APA), and Maryland Nursing Association (MNA).
(410) 364-4961 View (410) 364-4961
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Desmond Marc Kaplan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21208
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is my speciality, though I see individuals of all ages. Treating Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability is something I am nationally recognized for. I have recently entered private practice in Pikesville, MD.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is my speciality, though I see individuals of all ages. Treating Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability is something I am nationally recognized for. I have recently entered private practice in Pikesville, MD.
(443) 232-0846 View (443) 232-0846
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Desmond M. Kaplan
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21208
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is my speciality, though I see individuals of all ages. Treating Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability is something I am nationally recognized for. I have recently entered private practice in Pikesville, MD.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is my speciality, though I see individuals of all ages. Treating Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability is something I am nationally recognized for. I have recently entered private practice in Pikesville, MD.
(443) 998-8524 View (443) 998-8524
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Resilience Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pikesville, MD 21208
Christiana is a board-certified Family, Psychiatric, and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (CRNP-PMH, FNP-BC, FNP-C), located in Pikesville, Maryland. Christiana offers non-emergent personalized mental & behavioral health services, including but not limited to initial psychiatric evaluation and treatment, medication management across the lifespan. Credentialed with Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurances, Christiana provides mental health services from ages six-years old, pre-teens, teens and adults. When life throws curveballs at us, we need someone we can trust. That is where Christiana comes in to support you.
Christiana is a board-certified Family, Psychiatric, and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (CRNP-PMH, FNP-BC, FNP-C), located in Pikesville, Maryland. Christiana offers non-emergent personalized mental & behavioral health services, including but not limited to initial psychiatric evaluation and treatment, medication management across the lifespan. Credentialed with Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurances, Christiana provides mental health services from ages six-years old, pre-teens, teens and adults. When life throws curveballs at us, we need someone we can trust. That is where Christiana comes in to support you.
(410) 604-8946 View (410) 604-8946
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TSG Mental Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pikesville, MD 21208  (Online Only)
I am a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in private practice, who is also a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. My belief is that the patient benefits most by following the psychiatric evaluation with a dynamic and in-depth plan of action which is focused on the emotional and physical health of the patient. My duel degrees and clinical experience, provides a wealth of knowledge in medication management.
I am a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in private practice, who is also a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. My belief is that the patient benefits most by following the psychiatric evaluation with a dynamic and in-depth plan of action which is focused on the emotional and physical health of the patient. My duel degrees and clinical experience, provides a wealth of knowledge in medication management.
(443) 448-8722 View (443) 448-8722
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Citywide Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21208
How Can We Help? Where does change begin? At some point in life, we all have challenges that cause us to seek change! Change begins with you selecting Citywide Behavioral Health (CBH). Citywide is a client-focused, culturally competent, strength-based, behavioral health program. We provide mental health and substance abuse services to adults. Citywide offers individualized care for our consumers including psychotherapy, medication management (also injections), psychiatric rehabilitation program (PRP), IOP and OP groups. In addition, we are a licensed residential housing program (3.5-3.1) for adults with dual diagnosis.
How Can We Help? Where does change begin? At some point in life, we all have challenges that cause us to seek change! Change begins with you selecting Citywide Behavioral Health (CBH). Citywide is a client-focused, culturally competent, strength-based, behavioral health program. We provide mental health and substance abuse services to adults. Citywide offers individualized care for our consumers including psychotherapy, medication management (also injections), psychiatric rehabilitation program (PRP), IOP and OP groups. In addition, we are a licensed residential housing program (3.5-3.1) for adults with dual diagnosis.
(410) 517-7861 View (410) 517-7861
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Janice L Miller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21208
You are not alone in the face of multiple or severe stressors in your life. No PhD psychologist or social worker in the state of Maryland is allowed to prescribe medications to help such conditions as stress, depression, anxiety, Bipolar, OCD, ADHD, and multiple other conditions which even your Internist or OB/Gyn are not adequately trained to diagnose and treat. I sometimes will do psychotherapy and medication management myself or alternatively I am happy to work collaberatively with a psychotherapist you may already have.
You are not alone in the face of multiple or severe stressors in your life. No PhD psychologist or social worker in the state of Maryland is allowed to prescribe medications to help such conditions as stress, depression, anxiety, Bipolar, OCD, ADHD, and multiple other conditions which even your Internist or OB/Gyn are not adequately trained to diagnose and treat. I sometimes will do psychotherapy and medication management myself or alternatively I am happy to work collaberatively with a psychotherapist you may already have.
(410) 484-2447 View (410) 484-2447
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Inclusive Wellness Services Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21208  (Online Only)
My team at Inclusive Wellness Services Inc. provide evidence-based and holistic psychiatric care that caters to the needs of diverse client population. We support the treatment of our clients in a positive and compassionate manner, while recognizing the clients' cultural preferences. We take pride in providing care that is tailored to meet the personal needs of the client using a warm and supportive approach that follows the lead of the client as an important part of the treatment.
My team at Inclusive Wellness Services Inc. provide evidence-based and holistic psychiatric care that caters to the needs of diverse client population. We support the treatment of our clients in a positive and compassionate manner, while recognizing the clients' cultural preferences. We take pride in providing care that is tailored to meet the personal needs of the client using a warm and supportive approach that follows the lead of the client as an important part of the treatment.
(443) 993-5080 View (443) 993-5080
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Desmond Marc Kaplan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21208
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Neuropsychiatrist who treats all ages with a wide variety of problems particularly depression & anxiety. I have over 20 years experience utilizing medication and therapy and get great satisfaction from helping people feel better as quickly as possible. I am on the part time faculties at Johns Hopkins & University of Maryland. I am caring, non-judgmental and confidential. I unfortunately do not take any insurance but will provide statements to submit to your insurance company. I welcome the opportunity to help you or your loved one.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Neuropsychiatrist who treats all ages with a wide variety of problems particularly depression & anxiety. I have over 20 years experience utilizing medication and therapy and get great satisfaction from helping people feel better as quickly as possible. I am on the part time faculties at Johns Hopkins & University of Maryland. I am caring, non-judgmental and confidential. I unfortunately do not take any insurance but will provide statements to submit to your insurance company. I welcome the opportunity to help you or your loved one.
(443) 501-2305 View (443) 501-2305
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Robert Byron Lehman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21208
My expertise is in the area of diagnosis and psychopharmacology. My office is a private practice setting and there is strong staff support for scheduling, medication refills, and for consultation with referring therapists . I have more than 30 years experience in the field and have an interest and involvement in pharmacology research through my company, Pharmasite Research. I have numerous publications in the field of psychopharmacology and lecture frequently in the area of psychopharmacology.
My expertise is in the area of diagnosis and psychopharmacology. My office is a private practice setting and there is strong staff support for scheduling, medication refills, and for consultation with referring therapists . I have more than 30 years experience in the field and have an interest and involvement in pharmacology research through my company, Pharmasite Research. I have numerous publications in the field of psychopharmacology and lecture frequently in the area of psychopharmacology.
(410) 942-9587 View (410) 942-9587
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GMH Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Pikesville, MD 21208  (Online Only)
I am a family psychiatric nurse practitioner treating a variety of patients across the lifespan. I perform diagnostic evaluations and or medication management. I see children to elderly treating diagnosis such as; depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. I am experienced in seeing children as well as adults. Culturally competent to see people from all walks of life no matter religion, race, or sexuality. Goal is to get client to optimum mental health. Now a Cannabis Certification Provider!
I am a family psychiatric nurse practitioner treating a variety of patients across the lifespan. I perform diagnostic evaluations and or medication management. I see children to elderly treating diagnosis such as; depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. I am experienced in seeing children as well as adults. Culturally competent to see people from all walks of life no matter religion, race, or sexuality. Goal is to get client to optimum mental health. Now a Cannabis Certification Provider!
(301) 273-7174 x1 View (301) 273-7174 x1
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IAW Behavioral Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, Ed, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pikesville, MD 21208
Hello there! I'm Tiffany Ross, Founder & CEO of IAW (I am Worthy) Behavioral Health & Wellness. 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.
Hello there! I'm Tiffany Ross, Founder & CEO of IAW (I am Worthy) Behavioral Health & Wellness. 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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David Censits
Psychiatrist, MD, MAPP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21208
David Censits is a Psychiatrist in Maryland who has been practicing since 2006. He earned his Master in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, graduated Medical School from Jefferson Medical College/Sydney Kimmel Medical College, and completed his Residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Sleep Disorders Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
David Censits is a Psychiatrist in Maryland who has been practicing since 2006. He earned his Master in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, graduated Medical School from Jefferson Medical College/Sydney Kimmel Medical College, and completed his Residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Sleep Disorders Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
(443) 233-1318 View (443) 233-1318
Renee C Feller
Psychiatric Nurse, MS, APRN, PMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pikesville, MD 21208
Are you interested in an integrated, holistic approach to coping with life's problems that feel overwhelming? Need help dealing with anxiety, depression, or spiritual issues? Deeper issues may include trauma, PTSD, panic, aging, loss, cancer, physical disorders, sensitive to life (HSP), and relationship issues. Treatments involve a range of psychodynamic modalities, EMDR, Ego State Theory, CBT, and meditation. These may be coupled with spiritual direction to help someone who is spiritually depressed or depleted. Helping you to achieve wholeness of body/mind/spirit/soul so that you can come alive to being your best self.
Are you interested in an integrated, holistic approach to coping with life's problems that feel overwhelming? Need help dealing with anxiety, depression, or spiritual issues? Deeper issues may include trauma, PTSD, panic, aging, loss, cancer, physical disorders, sensitive to life (HSP), and relationship issues. Treatments involve a range of psychodynamic modalities, EMDR, Ego State Theory, CBT, and meditation. These may be coupled with spiritual direction to help someone who is spiritually depressed or depleted. Helping you to achieve wholeness of body/mind/spirit/soul so that you can come alive to being your best self.
(410) 701-0961 View (410) 701-0961
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Thecla Asoluka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Pikesville, MD 21208
Thecla Asoluka as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, brings empathy, an easygoing communication style, and a sweet sense of humor, making it easy for her to talk to patients and family members. A typical day for Thecla includes assessing and diagnosing patients on mental health issues such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, or those who struggle with substance abuse or the heartbreak of dementia.
Thecla Asoluka as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, brings empathy, an easygoing communication style, and a sweet sense of humor, making it easy for her to talk to patients and family members. A typical day for Thecla includes assessing and diagnosing patients on mental health issues such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, or those who struggle with substance abuse or the heartbreak of dementia.
(410) 709-7647 View (410) 709-7647
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Bolaji O Olugboja
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Pikesville, MD 21208
I am dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in two states; Maryland and Florida.  I have been providing nursing services for over 14years. In my practice, an individual's mental health symptoms are not only addressed, we believe in a holistic approach, whereby an individual's mental and social factors are taken into consideration. Consequently, my utmost goal is to restore individuals to normal lives and foster a HEALTHIER YOU
I am dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in two states; Maryland and Florida.  I have been providing nursing services for over 14years. In my practice, an individual's mental health symptoms are not only addressed, we believe in a holistic approach, whereby an individual's mental and social factors are taken into consideration. Consequently, my utmost goal is to restore individuals to normal lives and foster a HEALTHIER YOU
(410) 403-3140 View (410) 403-3140
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Victoria Adaramaja
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Pikesville, MD 21208
I am a doctoral prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. My goal is to provide individualized mental health treatment plan. I strive to provide quality care in a collaborative, supportive, and non-judgment manner. Like I always tell my primary care patients; Life is full of seasons and each season prepare you for the next! My approach is very warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, compassion, and kindness. I will tailor our sessions and your treatment plan to your individual needs and meeting you where you are in life.
I am a doctoral prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. My goal is to provide individualized mental health treatment plan. I strive to provide quality care in a collaborative, supportive, and non-judgment manner. Like I always tell my primary care patients; Life is full of seasons and each season prepare you for the next! My approach is very warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, compassion, and kindness. I will tailor our sessions and your treatment plan to your individual needs and meeting you where you are in life.
(443) 578-3804 View (443) 578-3804

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 21208

30+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 21208 who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
76% Bipolar Disorder
73% ADHD
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Medication Management
62% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% Cigna and Evernorth
78% CareFirst
74% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 21208 see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in 21208?

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.