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Marilyn Lydia Martin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286
As a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst I feel privileged to work with people on their journey to discoverying how they can live more fulfilling lives. I practice psychiatry, psychoanalysis and psychopharmacology, and find that when people seek me out they are coping to the best of their current abilities. Therapy and or medication, with courage and hard work and an empathic clinician by their side may give them the opportunity to make new and healthier choices in their lives.
As a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst I feel privileged to work with people on their journey to discoverying how they can live more fulfilling lives. I practice psychiatry, psychoanalysis and psychopharmacology, and find that when people seek me out they are coping to the best of their current abilities. Therapy and or medication, with courage and hard work and an empathic clinician by their side may give them the opportunity to make new and healthier choices in their lives.
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Prevail Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Towson, MD 21286
The ideal client for Prevail Mental Health Services is someone seeking help for mental health concerns, such as anxiety or depression psychosis and other mental health issues, who values mental health and is motivated to work towards achieving better wellness. They need a safe, non-judgmental space, tailored evidence-based treatments, and respect for their cultural background. Their goals include reducing symptoms, improving coping, relationships, and quality of life. We strive to provide a supportive environment where we work collaboratively to develop a personalized treatment plan to achieve these goals.
The ideal client for Prevail Mental Health Services is someone seeking help for mental health concerns, such as anxiety or depression psychosis and other mental health issues, who values mental health and is motivated to work towards achieving better wellness. They need a safe, non-judgmental space, tailored evidence-based treatments, and respect for their cultural background. Their goals include reducing symptoms, improving coping, relationships, and quality of life. We strive to provide a supportive environment where we work collaboratively to develop a personalized treatment plan to achieve these goals.
(410) 593-0823 View (410) 593-0823
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Dominique Pope
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Towson, MD 21286
I believe in the importance of holistic care, recognizing that mental health encompasses more than just the biological aspects. My goal is to create a safe space to allow you to feel supported on your journey to mental wellness. I will take into account the psychosocial factors, environmental influences, and your unique individual experiences while working with you to develop custom treatment plans.
I believe in the importance of holistic care, recognizing that mental health encompasses more than just the biological aspects. My goal is to create a safe space to allow you to feel supported on your journey to mental wellness. I will take into account the psychosocial factors, environmental influences, and your unique individual experiences while working with you to develop custom treatment plans.
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Charlotte Coates-Wilkes
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Towson, MD 21286
I have a deep interest in helping you explore all aspects of your life-emotional,physical and spiritual. It is my belief that such an exploration will result in a conviction that it is your life that you are living, that it is you that is living it and no one else. It will help you feel that it is you that is in charge of your life and no one else.
I have a deep interest in helping you explore all aspects of your life-emotional,physical and spiritual. It is my belief that such an exploration will result in a conviction that it is your life that you are living, that it is you that is living it and no one else. It will help you feel that it is you that is in charge of your life and no one else.
(410) 449-4915 View (410) 449-4915
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Christine Liszewski
Psychiatrist, FAPA, MD, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286
Dr Liszewski sees individuals for psychotherapy and medication management. She specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety and personality disorders. She has specializations in reproductive psychiatry, trauma disorders and neuropsychiatry. Dr. Liszewski also does limited psychological/psychoeducational testing. Her therapeutic focus is tailored to meet the needs of the individual however she has formal training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy.
Dr Liszewski sees individuals for psychotherapy and medication management. She specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety and personality disorders. She has specializations in reproductive psychiatry, trauma disorders and neuropsychiatry. Dr. Liszewski also does limited psychological/psychoeducational testing. Her therapeutic focus is tailored to meet the needs of the individual however she has formal training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy.
(443) 341-4566 View (443) 341-4566
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Child and Adult Psychiatry LLC.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286
Here at Child & Adult Psychiatry we believe mental health treatment is so much more than medication and psychotherapy. When you come to our office you will be welcomed by a warm greeting and genuinely cared for as if you were family. We recognize that with the right balance of treatment that anyone can find the quality of life they want. We offer Medication Management, Individual, Couples, Family & Group Therapy in a comfortable, non-judgmental, outpatient setting.
Here at Child & Adult Psychiatry we believe mental health treatment is so much more than medication and psychotherapy. When you come to our office you will be welcomed by a warm greeting and genuinely cared for as if you were family. We recognize that with the right balance of treatment that anyone can find the quality of life they want. We offer Medication Management, Individual, Couples, Family & Group Therapy in a comfortable, non-judgmental, outpatient setting.
(410) 593-1140 View (410) 593-1140
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Timika Fisher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286  (Online Only)
Timika Fisher, PMHNP, earned her undergraduate degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She went on to complete a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Maryland. She then expanded her skills and education as a Family nurse practitioner through a postgraduate certification at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and certification as a Psychiatric Mental Heath Nurse Practitioner at George Washington University. Education has always shaped Timika’s path.
Timika Fisher, PMHNP, earned her undergraduate degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She went on to complete a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Maryland. She then expanded her skills and education as a Family nurse practitioner through a postgraduate certification at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and certification as a Psychiatric Mental Heath Nurse Practitioner at George Washington University. Education has always shaped Timika’s path.
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Erica Ingram
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified
Towson, MD 21286
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who works with children/adolescents/adults with mood disorders (such as depression and bipolar disorder). I empower individuals to reach their goals by assisting them in developing positive coping skills.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who works with children/adolescents/adults with mood disorders (such as depression and bipolar disorder). I empower individuals to reach their goals by assisting them in developing positive coping skills.
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Goldenmemory mental Health and Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286  (Online Only)
Hi. I'm a licensed and board certified psychiatry mental health nurse practitioner based in the state of Maryland. I received my Masters from Walden University and have been practicing for a year now. I help young adult and older adult struggling with mental health overcome and become the best versions of themselves.
Hi. I'm a licensed and board certified psychiatry mental health nurse practitioner based in the state of Maryland. I received my Masters from Walden University and have been practicing for a year now. I help young adult and older adult struggling with mental health overcome and become the best versions of themselves.
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Michelle L. Briggs, Nurse Practitioner, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Baltimore, MD 21286  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner with 30 years experience in the field. I am a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland Schools of Nursing. I have practiced in inpatient, emergency room, mobile crisis, home care, day hospital, and out patient settings. I am licensed to provide psychiatric evaluation, medication management and psychotherapy to ages 16 and over. I have specialized in geriatric, adult and young adult , substance misuse, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, adoption, grief, gender identity and family crisis. I recently became certified as a psychedelic assisted therapist.
I am a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner with 30 years experience in the field. I am a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland Schools of Nursing. I have practiced in inpatient, emergency room, mobile crisis, home care, day hospital, and out patient settings. I am licensed to provide psychiatric evaluation, medication management and psychotherapy to ages 16 and over. I have specialized in geriatric, adult and young adult , substance misuse, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, adoption, grief, gender identity and family crisis. I recently became certified as a psychedelic assisted therapist.
(443) 241-5272 View (443) 241-5272
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M Waqar Mohmand
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286
Dr. Mohmand is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who joined Pivot Point Counseling Services after working as Regional Medical Director at Pressley Ridge Outpatient Clinics for 3 years, while maintaining a part-time Private Practice. He started working on an Outpatient basis after a 20 plus year career on the Inpatient Units at Sheppard Pratt. He is double Board Certified in General as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Additionally, he has a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and holds faculty appointment at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore (Clinical Assistant Professor).
Dr. Mohmand is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who joined Pivot Point Counseling Services after working as Regional Medical Director at Pressley Ridge Outpatient Clinics for 3 years, while maintaining a part-time Private Practice. He started working on an Outpatient basis after a 20 plus year career on the Inpatient Units at Sheppard Pratt. He is double Board Certified in General as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Additionally, he has a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and holds faculty appointment at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore (Clinical Assistant Professor).
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LivingHope Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
Towson, MD 21286
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 14 years as an experienced Registered Nurse in the psychiatric and mental health care unit. I currently work at LivingHope Health Services, LLC, an outpatient psychiatric clinic located at 8600 LaSalle Road, Chester Building Suite 321, Towson, MD 21286. We provide a full psychiatric service and behavioral care which includes psychiatric evaluations, medication management, psychotherapy, and telepsychiatry to all individuals across life span. Our office is a comforting, welcoming place to obtain a full sense of peace, happiness, and hope so you can thrive.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 14 years as an experienced Registered Nurse in the psychiatric and mental health care unit. I currently work at LivingHope Health Services, LLC, an outpatient psychiatric clinic located at 8600 LaSalle Road, Chester Building Suite 321, Towson, MD 21286. We provide a full psychiatric service and behavioral care which includes psychiatric evaluations, medication management, psychotherapy, and telepsychiatry to all individuals across life span. Our office is a comforting, welcoming place to obtain a full sense of peace, happiness, and hope so you can thrive.
(443) 218-9679 View (443) 218-9679
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Alfred W Forrester
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286
Most of my clinical time is spent in assessing patients, making pharmacologic recommendations in the management of major psychiatric disorders, and providing follow-up medication management. Areas of interest include the management of affective disorders - major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder; anxiety disorders, PTSD and OCD; adult ADHD; the interface of major medical illness and psychiatric response; and a variety of adjustment disorders resulting from lifestyle issues. I also have experience in the management of substance use disorders and am the Medical Director of a nationally acclaimed addiction program in Towson.
Most of my clinical time is spent in assessing patients, making pharmacologic recommendations in the management of major psychiatric disorders, and providing follow-up medication management. Areas of interest include the management of affective disorders - major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder; anxiety disorders, PTSD and OCD; adult ADHD; the interface of major medical illness and psychiatric response; and a variety of adjustment disorders resulting from lifestyle issues. I also have experience in the management of substance use disorders and am the Medical Director of a nationally acclaimed addiction program in Towson.
(410) 734-2389 View (410) 734-2389
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Betty Githuku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286
My philosophy is centered around partnering with my patients in their healing journey, and I strongly believe that our mental health is the foundation of our overall being. When we prioritize our mental health, other aspects of our lives can thrive accordingly. That's why I practice a holistic approach to mental health with a personalized plan for each patient. My goal is to provide compassionate and judgment-free care to all of my patients. We strive to ensure that you feel comfortable, supported, and important throughout your treatment. If you're looking for a partner in your mental health journey, I'm here to help.
My philosophy is centered around partnering with my patients in their healing journey, and I strongly believe that our mental health is the foundation of our overall being. When we prioritize our mental health, other aspects of our lives can thrive accordingly. That's why I practice a holistic approach to mental health with a personalized plan for each patient. My goal is to provide compassionate and judgment-free care to all of my patients. We strive to ensure that you feel comfortable, supported, and important throughout your treatment. If you're looking for a partner in your mental health journey, I'm here to help.
(443) 785-3064 View (443) 785-3064
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Revered Holistic Healthcare llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MPH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286  (Online Only)
I very much understand some of the hurdles that come with adjusting to chronic/Terminal illnesses, stressful family life, changing work environments, evolving living situations/arrangements, loss of Income and/or loved ones and the effect each of such factors can have on an individual's Mental health. At Revered Holistic Healthcare, our aim is to offer non-judgmental care to affect every aspect of an individual's life positively. Looking forward to working with individuals who are willing to be active participants in caring for their mental health via a holistic and collaborative approach on their journey to mental wellness
I very much understand some of the hurdles that come with adjusting to chronic/Terminal illnesses, stressful family life, changing work environments, evolving living situations/arrangements, loss of Income and/or loved ones and the effect each of such factors can have on an individual's Mental health. At Revered Holistic Healthcare, our aim is to offer non-judgmental care to affect every aspect of an individual's life positively. Looking forward to working with individuals who are willing to be active participants in caring for their mental health via a holistic and collaborative approach on their journey to mental wellness
(301) 709-7557 View (301) 709-7557
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Active Responders Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified
Towson, MD 21286
At active responders inc, it's important to recognize the uniqueness and diversity of individuals seeking support. While each person may have specific issues, needs, and goals, there are some common aspects that can be considered. Our ideal mental health client may be experiencing a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, relationship difficulties, self-esteem issues, or life transitions. These issues may be impacting their daily functioning, relationships, and overall well-being. Active responders provide a safe and non-judgmental space where they can openly express their thoughts, emotions, and concerns.
At active responders inc, it's important to recognize the uniqueness and diversity of individuals seeking support. While each person may have specific issues, needs, and goals, there are some common aspects that can be considered. Our ideal mental health client may be experiencing a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, relationship difficulties, self-esteem issues, or life transitions. These issues may be impacting their daily functioning, relationships, and overall well-being. Active responders provide a safe and non-judgmental space where they can openly express their thoughts, emotions, and concerns.
(443) 879-7563 View (443) 879-7563
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Katherine Alexandra Turner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, BSN, PMHNP
Verified
Towson, MD 21286  (Online Only)
Persons seeking medication management services for with ADHD, depression, anxiety/panic disorders, and/or psychotic disorders feel free to text/call me at listed number or email me. l am also specialized in caring for persons with mental illness throughout the lifespan-from childhood to late adulthood. I have helped many people find a medication regimen that allows them to live and achieve to their best potential.
Persons seeking medication management services for with ADHD, depression, anxiety/panic disorders, and/or psychotic disorders feel free to text/call me at listed number or email me. l am also specialized in caring for persons with mental illness throughout the lifespan-from childhood to late adulthood. I have helped many people find a medication regimen that allows them to live and achieve to their best potential.
(443) 516-9716 View (443) 516-9716
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Pamela Nwaorgu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMH
Verified
Towson, MD 21286  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and received my degree from Walden University. I treat patients ranging from adolescents, young adults, adults, and the geriatric population. I have treated a wide range of patients, but my focus areas are anxiety, depression, bipolar, sleep disorders, PTSD, and ADD/ADHD patients. My patients will have a clear understanding of their treatment plan, and they will know that I am here to help them achieve their goals and always have their best interest at heart
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and received my degree from Walden University. I treat patients ranging from adolescents, young adults, adults, and the geriatric population. I have treated a wide range of patients, but my focus areas are anxiety, depression, bipolar, sleep disorders, PTSD, and ADD/ADHD patients. My patients will have a clear understanding of their treatment plan, and they will know that I am here to help them achieve their goals and always have their best interest at heart
(443) 331-9302 View (443) 331-9302
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Kenneth G Muthee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286
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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Vida Robb
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286  (Online Only)
Hello and thank you for your interest. I am a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maryland. My specialties include adult, adolescent and child tele-psychiatry. I have more than 4 year of diverse experience. I take a holistic approach to help my clients overcome obstacles that affect the mind, body and spirit. I am committed to taking culturally appropriate evidence based approaches in order to help each client reach optimal functionality within their everyday lives. I believe it is important for me to have a collaborative professional relationship with each client so that we can collectively meet the clients needs.
Hello and thank you for your interest. I am a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maryland. My specialties include adult, adolescent and child tele-psychiatry. I have more than 4 year of diverse experience. I take a holistic approach to help my clients overcome obstacles that affect the mind, body and spirit. I am committed to taking culturally appropriate evidence based approaches in order to help each client reach optimal functionality within their everyday lives. I believe it is important for me to have a collaborative professional relationship with each client so that we can collectively meet the clients needs.
(301) 962-2872 View (301) 962-2872

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Number of Psychiatrists in 21286

20+

Average cost per session

$240

Psychiatrists in 21286 who prioritize treating:

81% Depression
81% Anxiety
67% ADHD
67% Bipolar Disorder
62% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
62% Medication Management
52% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Cigna and Evernorth
71% BlueCross and BlueShield
65% Medicaid

How Psychiatrists in 21286 see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
18% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 21286?

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.