Psychiatrists in Washington, DC

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New Era Recovery & Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20002
Greg Obiwuma is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of working in psychiatric and mental health care in the Washington, DC metro area. We perform psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients with mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, ADHD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, psychotic illnesses and other mental health issues in people of all ages. At New Era Recovery and Behavioral Health LLC, we utilize a holistic approach to treat patients across the lifespan (Adults, Adolescents and Children). Applying evidence-based
Greg Obiwuma is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of working in psychiatric and mental health care in the Washington, DC metro area. We perform psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients with mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, ADHD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, psychotic illnesses and other mental health issues in people of all ages. At New Era Recovery and Behavioral Health LLC, we utilize a holistic approach to treat patients across the lifespan (Adults, Adolescents and Children). Applying evidence-based
(202) 946-7827 View (202) 946-7827
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Joseph Tarantolo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20003
I am a psychoanalyst with Buddhist and existential proclivities. Who are you ? Where is the meaning(s) in your life? Struggling with decisions? We all are. Life is wonderful. Life is too difficult. Joy and despair seem to elevate us and tear us down. . Can we go to pieces without falling apart? Harry Stack Sullivan, "The American Psychiatrist" who founded the Washington School of Psychiatry thinks we are all a collection of interpersonal relations. Psychotherapy is one of those unique relationships to explore and deepen your understanding of who you are. I love it!
I am a psychoanalyst with Buddhist and existential proclivities. Who are you ? Where is the meaning(s) in your life? Struggling with decisions? We all are. Life is wonderful. Life is too difficult. Joy and despair seem to elevate us and tear us down. . Can we go to pieces without falling apart? Harry Stack Sullivan, "The American Psychiatrist" who founded the Washington School of Psychiatry thinks we are all a collection of interpersonal relations. Psychotherapy is one of those unique relationships to explore and deepen your understanding of who you are. I love it!
(202) 543-5290 View (202) 543-5290
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Lisa Hadley
Psychiatrist, MD, JD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
New patients welcome! Video or in person. Openings within 1-2 weeks. In person in New York City or Washington, DC. Video available for patients in MD, DC, VA, NY, NJ, NM or IA. My practice focuses on psychiatric consultation and medication management. I look forward to discussing your medication needs with you. I will work closely with your therapist to ensure the best possible results for you. My practice is limited to adults. I have 20+ years experience working with people with psychiatric needs.
New patients welcome! Video or in person. Openings within 1-2 weeks. In person in New York City or Washington, DC. Video available for patients in MD, DC, VA, NY, NJ, NM or IA. My practice focuses on psychiatric consultation and medication management. I look forward to discussing your medication needs with you. I will work closely with your therapist to ensure the best possible results for you. My practice is limited to adults. I have 20+ years experience working with people with psychiatric needs.
(202) 499-4534 View (202) 499-4534
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Washington Interventional Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016
At Washington Interventional Psychiatry, we are dedicated to offering cutting-edge and evidence-based treatments that cater to a diverse range of mental health needs. Our practice is built on the foundation of providing effective, efficient, and safe interventions that truly make a difference in the lives of our patients. We take pride in being a leading psychiatric practice that embraces a comprehensive approach to mental health care. Our range of services includes medication management, interventional therapies, and even groundbreaking psychedelic treatments like ketamine and spravato.
At Washington Interventional Psychiatry, we are dedicated to offering cutting-edge and evidence-based treatments that cater to a diverse range of mental health needs. Our practice is built on the foundation of providing effective, efficient, and safe interventions that truly make a difference in the lives of our patients. We take pride in being a leading psychiatric practice that embraces a comprehensive approach to mental health care. Our range of services includes medication management, interventional therapies, and even groundbreaking psychedelic treatments like ketamine and spravato.
(202) 759-8751 View (202) 759-8751
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Dr. Celia Regina Oliveira
Psychiatrist, MD, , MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006
I am a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, DC and treat adults, young and older adolescents. As I was a pediatrician prior to becoming a psychiatrist, I am particularly interested in working with older adolescents and young adults who face a multitude of challenges as they progress into adulthood. Unlike many psychiatrists who prescribe medication only, I work with my clients through understanding and helping them in psychotherapy as well as providing expert treatment with the latest psychiatric medications.
I am a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, DC and treat adults, young and older adolescents. As I was a pediatrician prior to becoming a psychiatrist, I am particularly interested in working with older adolescents and young adults who face a multitude of challenges as they progress into adulthood. Unlike many psychiatrists who prescribe medication only, I work with my clients through understanding and helping them in psychotherapy as well as providing expert treatment with the latest psychiatric medications.
(866) 968-2084 View (866) 968-2084
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Dr. Paulo Jacomo Negro
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
Do you find it difficult to manage stress? Do you need an assessment for medication for anxiety, depression, or ADHD? Medication, or medication combined with therapy, can support significant improvement for many years. I provide concierge psychiatric care for adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD and other challenges. You can recover from mental health challenges, build self-esteem, and create healthy habits. In-person medication management and brief therapy are available in Columbia, MD. Online psychiatric care is available in Maryland, DC, VA, and Pennsylvania. I am looking forward to hearing your story!
Do you find it difficult to manage stress? Do you need an assessment for medication for anxiety, depression, or ADHD? Medication, or medication combined with therapy, can support significant improvement for many years. I provide concierge psychiatric care for adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD and other challenges. You can recover from mental health challenges, build self-esteem, and create healthy habits. In-person medication management and brief therapy are available in Columbia, MD. Online psychiatric care is available in Maryland, DC, VA, and Pennsylvania. I am looking forward to hearing your story!
(202) 760-4513 View (202) 760-4513
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Samuel Koroma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20003
If you are suffering from a mental health condition that is causing distress or pain in your life, you are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from these conditions each year. Some find it more difficult to seek appropriate care. My goal is to work with you to help alleviate this distress and get you to optimal functioning. My approach is to provide individualized care tailored to you and your experience. I provide care in a compassionate, non-judgmental, culturally sensitive, and thoughtful manner that encompasses respect and dignity.
If you are suffering from a mental health condition that is causing distress or pain in your life, you are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from these conditions each year. Some find it more difficult to seek appropriate care. My goal is to work with you to help alleviate this distress and get you to optimal functioning. My approach is to provide individualized care tailored to you and your experience. I provide care in a compassionate, non-judgmental, culturally sensitive, and thoughtful manner that encompasses respect and dignity.
(202) 946-6233 View (202) 946-6233
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Ancella Fominyam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20007  (Online Only)
I incorporate a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach which allows for an individual to be aware of one’s own thoughts and how it influences a behavior. I apply evidence-based practices as I work with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, grief, the effects of trauma, boundary violations, depression, and more. Whatever you're facing, we’ll get clear about how it's affecting you and create a plan together to move you closer to living with more intention, joy and peace.
I incorporate a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach which allows for an individual to be aware of one’s own thoughts and how it influences a behavior. I apply evidence-based practices as I work with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, grief, the effects of trauma, boundary violations, depression, and more. Whatever you're facing, we’ll get clear about how it's affecting you and create a plan together to move you closer to living with more intention, joy and peace.
(855) 217-1682 x1 View (855) 217-1682 x1
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Jimmy Ibikunle, MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
I hope to meet your emotional and behavioral health needs by providing excellent office based psychiatric services. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring services across age groups. Evaluations are scheduled for 60 minutes and medication follow up visits for 20 minutes. I do not routinely offer psychotherapy services.
I hope to meet your emotional and behavioral health needs by providing excellent office based psychiatric services. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring services across age groups. Evaluations are scheduled for 60 minutes and medication follow up visits for 20 minutes. I do not routinely offer psychotherapy services.
(202) 759-3979 View (202) 759-3979
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Olubunmi Moses
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20045  (Online Only)
Olubunmi Moses is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has years of experience working with children, teens, and adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and chronic stress. She has extensive experience caring for patients in different age groups and different cultural backgrounds. She also has extensive clinical experience working with inpatient clients in a hospital setting.
Olubunmi Moses is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has years of experience working with children, teens, and adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and chronic stress. She has extensive experience caring for patients in different age groups and different cultural backgrounds. She also has extensive clinical experience working with inpatient clients in a hospital setting.
(202) 831-2439 View (202) 831-2439
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Diamond Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20019
Welcome to Diamond Behavioral Services, where clients are treated with respect and dignity using evidence-based practices and individualized plans of care, with the goal of tailoring each patient's treatments based on his or her individual needs while implementing evidence-based treatment to promote mental health.
Welcome to Diamond Behavioral Services, where clients are treated with respect and dignity using evidence-based practices and individualized plans of care, with the goal of tailoring each patient's treatments based on his or her individual needs while implementing evidence-based treatment to promote mental health.
(202) 953-3345 View (202) 953-3345
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Jessica Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20008
Dr. Brown practices general adult psychiatry and psychoanalysis. She has broad clinical experience in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and psychopharmacology. Although her primary approach is individual treatment, she includes family members or significant others when appropriate. Dr. Brown specializes in evaluating and treating depression, anxiety disorders, relationship and parenting issues and emotional distress related to medical illness.
Dr. Brown practices general adult psychiatry and psychoanalysis. She has broad clinical experience in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and psychopharmacology. Although her primary approach is individual treatment, she includes family members or significant others when appropriate. Dr. Brown specializes in evaluating and treating depression, anxiety disorders, relationship and parenting issues and emotional distress related to medical illness.
(202) 759-3651 View (202) 759-3651
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Balanced life behavioral health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20003  (Online Only)
At balanced life 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. What makes us unique is the Keen listening ability and also the ability of understanding all members stories. We focus on promoting wellness and prevention by educating patients on the importance of maintaining good mental health and developing healthy habits that promote mental wellness. We make diet, exercise, and social support an integral part of this education. And that is why we are winning this race.
At balanced life 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. What makes us unique is the Keen listening ability and also the ability of understanding all members stories. We focus on promoting wellness and prevention by educating patients on the importance of maintaining good mental health and developing healthy habits that promote mental wellness. We make diet, exercise, and social support an integral part of this education. And that is why we are winning this race.
(202) 873-9332 View (202) 873-9332
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Ethan Sales
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006
My typical patients come to me having difficulty managing their mood, intrusive thoughts, anxiety, or dread. Specific contexts might include interpersonal difficulties, work-related problems, or challenges in relationships. In terms of treatments, ideal patients motivated to attend treatment sessions and work collaboratively. I treat people interested in medications, psychotherapy, or both.
My typical patients come to me having difficulty managing their mood, intrusive thoughts, anxiety, or dread. Specific contexts might include interpersonal difficulties, work-related problems, or challenges in relationships. In terms of treatments, ideal patients motivated to attend treatment sessions and work collaboratively. I treat people interested in medications, psychotherapy, or both.
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Pooja Lakshmin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
Not accepting new clients
**Please note: I am not accepting new patients at this time** I am a board certified perinatal psychiatrist specializing in women's mental health and perinatal psychiatry. I take a holistic and integrative approach to psychiatric treatment, and believe that no single modality can fix everything. In addition to prescribing medication when necessary, I provide psychotherapy as a means to navigate life transitions, interpersonal conflict, and identity shifts.
**Please note: I am not accepting new patients at this time** I am a board certified perinatal psychiatrist specializing in women's mental health and perinatal psychiatry. I take a holistic and integrative approach to psychiatric treatment, and believe that no single modality can fix everything. In addition to prescribing medication when necessary, I provide psychotherapy as a means to navigate life transitions, interpersonal conflict, and identity shifts.
(202) 851-9410 View (202) 851-9410
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Chi Q Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20003  (Online Only)
My name is Abria. I am here to nurture and support your well-being through therapy and medications (if needed) to unlock your strength from within. I have been in the healthcare field for over 7 years, so helping others has become my passion in life. No matter what you're going through, I'm here to help.
My name is Abria. I am here to nurture and support your well-being through therapy and medications (if needed) to unlock your strength from within. I have been in the healthcare field for over 7 years, so helping others has become my passion in life. No matter what you're going through, I'm here to help.
(202) 935-9768 View (202) 935-9768
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Svetlana Yakov
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Svetlana Yakov, board certified psychiatrist with combined background in medicine and neurology in academics, clinics and research, author of USA/international publications and presentations in neuroscience/neuropsychiatry. I treat a variety of mental disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, schizophrenia, substance use disorder and I specialize in treatment resistant mental illness that are not responsive to prior medications.
I am Dr. Svetlana Yakov, board certified psychiatrist with combined background in medicine and neurology in academics, clinics and research, author of USA/international publications and presentations in neuroscience/neuropsychiatry. I treat a variety of mental disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, schizophrenia, substance use disorder and I specialize in treatment resistant mental illness that are not responsive to prior medications.
(877) 806-5285 View (877) 806-5285
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Aastha Krebs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MBA
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20005
Dr. Aastha Krebs is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Recognized for her exceptional and compassionate care, she was honored with the Excellence in Nursing Award by the Good Samaritan Foundation. Dr. Krebs has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters in psychiatric nursing and health policy. Dr. Krebs focuses on treating clients across the lifespan including children, adolescents, and adults.
Dr. Aastha Krebs is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Recognized for her exceptional and compassionate care, she was honored with the Excellence in Nursing Award by the Good Samaritan Foundation. Dr. Krebs has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters in psychiatric nursing and health policy. Dr. Krebs focuses on treating clients across the lifespan including children, adolescents, and adults.
(855) 729-1455 View (855) 729-1455
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Eric Liao
Psychiatrist, MD, JD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20010
Not accepting new clients
I want to help you move toward the person you want to be. We’ll work to understand who you are and get a handle on the symptoms and the behavior patterns that get in your way. We’ll put together a treatment plan just for you. And then we’ll use both traditional and cutting-edge mental health treatments to move those obstacles out of your way.
I want to help you move toward the person you want to be. We’ll work to understand who you are and get a handle on the symptoms and the behavior patterns that get in your way. We’ll put together a treatment plan just for you. And then we’ll use both traditional and cutting-edge mental health treatments to move those obstacles out of your way.
(202) 335-9565 View (202) 335-9565
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Sinan Duzyurek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
My training and clinical experience of 3 decades include general medicine, neuropsychiatry; comprehensive adult psychiatry, sexual medicine, various psychotherapies (such as here-and-now focused therapy); rTMS; esketamine (Spravato) and ketamine treatments; psychiatric genetic testing; and advanced psychopharmacology with integrated supportive psychotherapy / counseling during patient sessions. I employ a multidimensional and integrated approach toward an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis and effective treatment strategies. I am in the clinical faculty at the GWU, Depart. of Psychiatry. (Note: not offering rTMS at this time)
My training and clinical experience of 3 decades include general medicine, neuropsychiatry; comprehensive adult psychiatry, sexual medicine, various psychotherapies (such as here-and-now focused therapy); rTMS; esketamine (Spravato) and ketamine treatments; psychiatric genetic testing; and advanced psychopharmacology with integrated supportive psychotherapy / counseling during patient sessions. I employ a multidimensional and integrated approach toward an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis and effective treatment strategies. I am in the clinical faculty at the GWU, Depart. of Psychiatry. (Note: not offering rTMS at this time)
(202) 759-3055 View (202) 759-3055

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Washington, DC

200+

Average cost per session

$207

Psychiatrists in Washington, DC who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
91% Anxiety
74% Medication Management
72% ADHD
70% Bipolar Disorder
69% Trauma and PTSD
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Cigna and Evernorth
78% Aetna
74% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Washington, DC see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

68% Female
31% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Washington?

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.