Psychiatrists in 21209

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Victoria Adaramaja
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
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
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PrimeHealth Behavioral Healthcare Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP-PMH
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
Primehealth Behavioral Healthcare Services, LLC (PBH) was born out of compassion to help Maryland residents access psychiatric and Mental Health Services that are tailored to their individual needs. The mission of PHB Services is to provide the prime and highest quality of care to all our clients’ psychiatric and mental health needs with empathy, commitment, and compassion. Our vision is to provide the highest quality of psychiatric and mental health care to individuals and their families, fostering a healthy society and creating social change. We believe that health is the sine qua non and inalienable right of all individuals.
Primehealth Behavioral Healthcare Services, LLC (PBH) was born out of compassion to help Maryland residents access psychiatric and Mental Health Services that are tailored to their individual needs. The mission of PHB Services is to provide the prime and highest quality of care to all our clients’ psychiatric and mental health needs with empathy, commitment, and compassion. Our vision is to provide the highest quality of psychiatric and mental health care to individuals and their families, fostering a healthy society and creating social change. We believe that health is the sine qua non and inalienable right of all individuals.
(410) 498-7405 View (410) 498-7405
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Gestell Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
Accepting New Patients - At Gestell Psychiatry, we take a holistic approach to mental health. We treat a broad spectrum of conditions, including depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, ADHD, dissociative, somatic, personality, neurodevelopmental, psychotic, and sexual/gender disorders. We see patients ages 18 and above for medication management. For more information: www.GestellPsychiatry.com
Accepting New Patients - At Gestell Psychiatry, we take a holistic approach to mental health. We treat a broad spectrum of conditions, including depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, ADHD, dissociative, somatic, personality, neurodevelopmental, psychotic, and sexual/gender disorders. We see patients ages 18 and above for medication management. For more information: www.GestellPsychiatry.com
(410) 657-6201 View (410) 657-6201
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Kenneth G Muthee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21209
Prescribers at Transitional Care Services assist clients with life challenges, relationship issues, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, and persistent mental illness medication management to include suboxone treatment for substance use disorder changing lives one person at a time. Transitional Care Services is staffed with dedicated professionals with over 20 years of experience in behavioral health. We provide services to couples’ adults, adolescents, and children with various behavioral health needs, EAP service to include DFWP for non-DOT covered employees to include Cannabis Education, Drug and Alcohol Education,
Prescribers at Transitional Care Services assist clients with life challenges, relationship issues, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, and persistent mental illness medication management to include suboxone treatment for substance use disorder changing lives one person at a time. Transitional Care Services is staffed with dedicated professionals with over 20 years of experience in behavioral health. We provide services to couples’ adults, adolescents, and children with various behavioral health needs, EAP service to include DFWP for non-DOT covered employees to include Cannabis Education, Drug and Alcohol Education,
(410) 862-0533 View (410) 862-0533
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David Censits
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
David Censits, MD 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 believes that when treated with dignity, a patient's treatment has a better outcome. In his spare time, David enjoys Olympic/starting strength-style weightlifting, music, and being a father/husband.
David Censits, MD 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 believes that when treated with dignity, a patient's treatment has a better outcome. In his spare time, David enjoys Olympic/starting strength-style weightlifting, music, and being a father/husband.
(443) 232-9011 View (443) 232-9011
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Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Groups, Baltimore
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
Welcome, my name is Dinah Miller, M.D. and I am a psychiatrist in Baltimore. Are you in treatment but finding that your medications and psychotherapy are just not enough? Perhaps you are still depressed, anxious, or just very stuck in life and need a new perspective or reset. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy can help, and I love the connected nature of group treatment, especially for people who may be isolated by their illness. I am a psychiatrist who uses Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), an innovative psychedelic treatment, to help people when conventional treatments just aren't enough.
Welcome, my name is Dinah Miller, M.D. and I am a psychiatrist in Baltimore. Are you in treatment but finding that your medications and psychotherapy are just not enough? Perhaps you are still depressed, anxious, or just very stuck in life and need a new perspective or reset. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy can help, and I love the connected nature of group treatment, especially for people who may be isolated by their illness. I am a psychiatrist who uses Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), an innovative psychedelic treatment, to help people when conventional treatments just aren't enough.
(410) 927-1842 View (410) 927-1842
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Mohammed Younus
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21209
If you suffer from Anxiety, Social phobia, Depression or ADHD, you are not alone, these are treatable illnesses and I have expertise to help you. Whether, you have never been treated or not totally satisfied with current treatment, there is help available. I treat Adults, Adolescents and Children
If you suffer from Anxiety, Social phobia, Depression or ADHD, you are not alone, these are treatable illnesses and I have expertise to help you. Whether, you have never been treated or not totally satisfied with current treatment, there is help available. I treat Adults, Adolescents and Children
(443) 963-3546 View (443) 963-3546
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Nazli Emadi
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
Dr. Emadi is board certified psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Emadi has been working in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience and psychiatry since 2005. She has done extensive research on brain function during her PhD in cognitive neuroscience and her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, CA. She did her psychiatry residency at Yale school of medicine, CT. She enjoys applying her knowledge of the human brain in clinical practice of psychiatry. Dr. Emadi worked at Psych Associates of Maryland as a clinical director for two years (2020-2022) before starting her own private practice.
Dr. Emadi is board certified psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Emadi has been working in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience and psychiatry since 2005. She has done extensive research on brain function during her PhD in cognitive neuroscience and her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, CA. She did her psychiatry residency at Yale school of medicine, CT. She enjoys applying her knowledge of the human brain in clinical practice of psychiatry. Dr. Emadi worked at Psych Associates of Maryland as a clinical director for two years (2020-2022) before starting her own private practice.
(667) 206-5751 View (667) 206-5751
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Ranen Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
After training at Hopkins and then serving as full-time staff/faculty at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for many years, I am now in private practice where I treat a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, irritability, OCD, mood swings, Bipolar, and life stressors. I am double Board-Certified, and both a Psychopharmacologist (medication expert) and Psychotherapist (using Cognitive-Behavioral therapy and other approaches). You deserve expertise, compassion, and a holistic approach to understanding you and your circumstances.
After training at Hopkins and then serving as full-time staff/faculty at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for many years, I am now in private practice where I treat a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, irritability, OCD, mood swings, Bipolar, and life stressors. I am double Board-Certified, and both a Psychopharmacologist (medication expert) and Psychotherapist (using Cognitive-Behavioral therapy and other approaches). You deserve expertise, compassion, and a holistic approach to understanding you and your circumstances.
(410) 413-2145 View (410) 413-2145
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Benjamin Israel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
Coping can be tough! If you've had difficulty feeling comfortable, connected, or present in your relationships, then we may be well-fitted to work together. I welcome patients who've struggled with shame, or even self-hatred, or who have not found other treatments helpful enough.
Coping can be tough! If you've had difficulty feeling comfortable, connected, or present in your relationships, then we may be well-fitted to work together. I welcome patients who've struggled with shame, or even self-hatred, or who have not found other treatments helpful enough.
(410) 835-4938 View (410) 835-4938
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Natalie Marchione
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
Let’s be honest, they don’t talk about how hard motherhood or ‘adulting’ really is. You love your family, but nobody said it would be this hard! You braced yourself for the sleepless nights, dirty diapers, and tantrums, but the emotional impact of being a mother has caught you off guard. You didn’t anticipate feeling a perpetual sense of unease due to persistent worries, overwhelming sadness from a perceived loss of your former self, and guilt or hopelessness for not living up to the mother (or person) you think you should be. No matter where you may currently be physically or emotionally, you are here seeking treatment!
Let’s be honest, they don’t talk about how hard motherhood or ‘adulting’ really is. You love your family, but nobody said it would be this hard! You braced yourself for the sleepless nights, dirty diapers, and tantrums, but the emotional impact of being a mother has caught you off guard. You didn’t anticipate feeling a perpetual sense of unease due to persistent worries, overwhelming sadness from a perceived loss of your former self, and guilt or hopelessness for not living up to the mother (or person) you think you should be. No matter where you may currently be physically or emotionally, you are here seeking treatment!
(443) 341-9379 View (443) 341-9379
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Thecla Asoluka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
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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Gladstone Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatrist, LSCW, MD, CRNP
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
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.
(443) 708-5856 View (443) 708-5856
Renee C Feller
Psychiatric Nurse, MS, APRN, PMH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21209
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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Laura R Gaffney
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
Mental illness often makes life harder and it can feel like walking through mud just to do normal activities. I have seen people improve dramatically with simple solutions, such as medication and therapy. For some, the solutions are not so easy but it is never hopeless. If you are ready for the journey to wellness, I will be there to help you move forward step by step
Mental illness often makes life harder and it can feel like walking through mud just to do normal activities. I have seen people improve dramatically with simple solutions, such as medication and therapy. For some, the solutions are not so easy but it is never hopeless. If you are ready for the journey to wellness, I will be there to help you move forward step by step
(410) 401-0943 View (410) 401-0943
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Stephen Condouris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21209  (Online Only)
You are making a great decision to seek help today. My ideal client is someone struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges, who has decided they want to regain control of their life.
You are making a great decision to seek help today. My ideal client is someone struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges, who has decided they want to regain control of their life.
(410) 604-8870 View (410) 604-8870
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Somya Abubucker
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
Accepting New Patients - www.GestellPsychiatry.com - I am a Johns Hopkins trained board-certified adult psychiatrist. I treat a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, psychotic, dissociative, somatic, personality, neurodevelopmental, ADHD, and sexual/gender disorders. I see patients 18 and above for medication management.
Accepting New Patients - www.GestellPsychiatry.com - I am a Johns Hopkins trained board-certified adult psychiatrist. I treat a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, psychotic, dissociative, somatic, personality, neurodevelopmental, ADHD, and sexual/gender disorders. I see patients 18 and above for medication management.
(410) 873-1834 View (410) 873-1834
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Dr. Neal G Ranen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
After training at Hopkins and then serving as full-time staff/faculty at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for many years, I am now in private practice where I treat a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, irritability, OCD, mood swings, Bipolar, and life stressors. I am double Board-Certified, and both a Psychopharmacologist (medication expert) and Psychotherapist (using Cognitive-Behavioral therapy and other approaches). You deserve expertise, compassion, and a holistic approach to understanding you and your circumstances.
After training at Hopkins and then serving as full-time staff/faculty at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for many years, I am now in private practice where I treat a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, irritability, OCD, mood swings, Bipolar, and life stressors. I am double Board-Certified, and both a Psychopharmacologist (medication expert) and Psychotherapist (using Cognitive-Behavioral therapy and other approaches). You deserve expertise, compassion, and a holistic approach to understanding you and your circumstances.
(410) 413-2145 View (410) 413-2145
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Desmond M. Kaplan
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
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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Dr. Archana Varma Caballero
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21209
Do you feel stuck? It can be hard to make sense of difficult life events and even your own repetitive behavior or symptoms. It can feel daunting to find a prescriber that you feel comfortable with. If you are also interested in going deeper, we will work together to understand the roots of your feelings and reactions, which will pave the way for more balanced relationships and a more stable lifestyle. I strive to create a safe environment for this difficult and rewarding work. Please visit my practice website for more information: www.ArchanaVarmaMD.com
Do you feel stuck? It can be hard to make sense of difficult life events and even your own repetitive behavior or symptoms. It can feel daunting to find a prescriber that you feel comfortable with. If you are also interested in going deeper, we will work together to understand the roots of your feelings and reactions, which will pave the way for more balanced relationships and a more stable lifestyle. I strive to create a safe environment for this difficult and rewarding work. Please visit my practice website for more information: www.ArchanaVarmaMD.com
(443) 313-8663 View (443) 313-8663

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 21209

30+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 21209 who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
97% Anxiety
82% Trauma and PTSD
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
76% Bipolar Disorder
71% ADHD
71% Medication Management

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Cigna and Evernorth
83% CareFirst
79% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 21209 see their clients

95% In Person and Online
5% Online Only

Gender breakdown

54% Female
46% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 21209?

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.