Psychiatrists in Maryland

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Photo of undefined - A Peaceful Mind , APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
A Peaceful Mind
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Are you feeling sad, lack of concentration, lack of energy, feeling irritable, anxious, you are not enjoying things you used to enjoy? Do you have, ADHD, Anxiety, Major Depression, Bipolar I/II, addiction, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Psychosis, Mood disorder? Are you looking for someone who is compassionate, understanding, and listens? Then you have come to the right place. Our provider will use a holistic approach and work with you to select the treatment plan tailored to your symptoms. We use individualize approach, new medications, and new testing that are available for treatment of mental health. Call or email us today!
Are you feeling sad, lack of concentration, lack of energy, feeling irritable, anxious, you are not enjoying things you used to enjoy? Do you have, ADHD, Anxiety, Major Depression, Bipolar I/II, addiction, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Psychosis, Mood disorder? Are you looking for someone who is compassionate, understanding, and listens? Then you have come to the right place. Our provider will use a holistic approach and work with you to select the treatment plan tailored to your symptoms. We use individualize approach, new medications, and new testing that are available for treatment of mental health. Call or email us today!
(240) 679-5930 View (240) 679-5930
Photo of Kerniba Ghoneim, DNP, PMHNP, CMHIMP, MBL, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kerniba Ghoneim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CMHIMP, MBL
Verified Verified
14 Endorsed
Germantown, MD 20874  (Online Only)
Dr. Ghoneim is a board-certified Doctorate Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (DNP, PMHNP-BC) and a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). She incorporates complementary therapies, such as nutrition, vitamins, and supplementation, into conventional psychiatry methods. Holistic and individualized care are used to identify and address the root cause of your personal and professional challenges. She prescribes medications conservatively, safely, and effectively. She treats all ages (8yrs and above) and accepts most major insurance payors. Request an assessment at www.vigorintegrative.com
Dr. Ghoneim is a board-certified Doctorate Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (DNP, PMHNP-BC) and a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). She incorporates complementary therapies, such as nutrition, vitamins, and supplementation, into conventional psychiatry methods. Holistic and individualized care are used to identify and address the root cause of your personal and professional challenges. She prescribes medications conservatively, safely, and effectively. She treats all ages (8yrs and above) and accepts most major insurance payors. Request an assessment at www.vigorintegrative.com
(240) 998-1561 View (240) 998-1561
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Krissey's Psychiatric and Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20720
Do you struggle with exhaustion, low energy, having trouble sleeping, feeling sad or down? Are you having excessive fear or worry or extreme feelings of guilt? Do you feel withdrawn from friends and activities? Have you noticed drastic mood changes of highs and lows? There is a reason you feel that way, and I can help. I am here to listen, empathize, and try to understand how these issues affect you and your loved ones. Remember, your mental health can affect your physical health. Call to schedule an appointment.
Do you struggle with exhaustion, low energy, having trouble sleeping, feeling sad or down? Are you having excessive fear or worry or extreme feelings of guilt? Do you feel withdrawn from friends and activities? Have you noticed drastic mood changes of highs and lows? There is a reason you feel that way, and I can help. I am here to listen, empathize, and try to understand how these issues affect you and your loved ones. Remember, your mental health can affect your physical health. Call to schedule an appointment.
(301) 329-4803 View (301) 329-4803
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Ebonique McClinnahan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
Ebonique McClinnahan is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Certified Professional and Development Life Coach. Ebonique’s experience includes more than 20 years of behavioral health care provided to both civilian and military service members within the community, acute care, residential treatment, and outpatient settings .Her background specialties include psychotic and mood disorders, depression, anxiety, life skills, substance abuse, addictions, crisis management, and sexual abuse.
Ebonique McClinnahan is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Certified Professional and Development Life Coach. Ebonique’s experience includes more than 20 years of behavioral health care provided to both civilian and military service members within the community, acute care, residential treatment, and outpatient settings .Her background specialties include psychotic and mood disorders, depression, anxiety, life skills, substance abuse, addictions, crisis management, and sexual abuse.
(240) 998-8324 View (240) 998-8324
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Antonia L Baum, MD
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Bethesda, MD 20815  (Online Only)
Dr. Baum has a general adolescent and adult psychotherapy and medication management practice. I treat the “whole” patient, and have visits of sufficient length to know my patients thoroughly. I also focus attention on any ongoing medical problems. I encourage and incorporate exercise into treatment. I aspire to create an atmosphere that feels natural; if a patient prefers, we might have a walking session. When not practicing remotely, I have a therapy dog in my office. We can schedule a consultation to ascertain what your needs are, to establish a treatment plan, and to see whether I am a good fit for your ongoing treatment.
Dr. Baum has a general adolescent and adult psychotherapy and medication management practice. I treat the “whole” patient, and have visits of sufficient length to know my patients thoroughly. I also focus attention on any ongoing medical problems. I encourage and incorporate exercise into treatment. I aspire to create an atmosphere that feels natural; if a patient prefers, we might have a walking session. When not practicing remotely, I have a therapy dog in my office. We can schedule a consultation to ascertain what your needs are, to establish a treatment plan, and to see whether I am a good fit for your ongoing treatment.
(301) 651-9229 View (301) 651-9229
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Yvonne Swann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Ms. Yvonne Swann is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Integrative Psychiatric Provider. Her credentials allow her to diagnose psychiatric conditions, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe medications to individuals across the lifespan. She was awarded her Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Walden University, completed a Fellowship in Integrative Psychiatry through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, and holds a Bachelor of Art Degree in History from Loyola University in Maryland.
Ms. Yvonne Swann is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Integrative Psychiatric Provider. Her credentials allow her to diagnose psychiatric conditions, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe medications to individuals across the lifespan. She was awarded her Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Walden University, completed a Fellowship in Integrative Psychiatry through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, and holds a Bachelor of Art Degree in History from Loyola University in Maryland.
(410) 835-7524 View (410) 835-7524
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Ernest T. Keyaka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, AGPCNP-, other
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20904
As a Psychiatric mental health and behavioral professional, It if my goal to listen to my patients to get a deep understanding of their behavioral and mental health needs. It is also my goal to help and advocate for my patients who struggle to be heard and understood. My goal is equally to work in collaboration with my patients to come out with acceptable and practical treatment goals goals to manage their health mental needs with the ultimate goal of rehabilitating them.
As a Psychiatric mental health and behavioral professional, It if my goal to listen to my patients to get a deep understanding of their behavioral and mental health needs. It is also my goal to help and advocate for my patients who struggle to be heard and understood. My goal is equally to work in collaboration with my patients to come out with acceptable and practical treatment goals goals to manage their health mental needs with the ultimate goal of rehabilitating them.
(301) 970-4644 View (301) 970-4644
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NKT Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) since 2021. I manages and treats adult patients with a range of mental health ailments. I specializes in treating anxiety, depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sleep issues, and stress across the lifespan. I am compassionate and dedicated to my patients and looks forward at their speedy recovery. My motivation is to make a difference in people’s lives and in my community.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) since 2021. I manages and treats adult patients with a range of mental health ailments. I specializes in treating anxiety, depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sleep issues, and stress across the lifespan. I am compassionate and dedicated to my patients and looks forward at their speedy recovery. My motivation is to make a difference in people’s lives and in my community.
(240) 226-3748 View (240) 226-3748
Photo of Shannon Bucciarelli, MSN, PMHNP, B-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(667) 372-5010 View (667) 372-5010
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Outreach Recovery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21702
At Outreach Recovery, we are passionate about providing a helping hand to those struggling with mental health issues. Our comprehensive treatment plans are designed to cater to each individual's unique needs with compassion, respect, and the highest standard of care. Our programs include personalized therapy, medication management, and holistic approaches to healing, aiding individuals to combat and overcome various mental health disorders. Our dedicated team of professionals offers a highly effective, evidence-based approach to diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health conditions.
At Outreach Recovery, we are passionate about providing a helping hand to those struggling with mental health issues. Our comprehensive treatment plans are designed to cater to each individual's unique needs with compassion, respect, and the highest standard of care. Our programs include personalized therapy, medication management, and holistic approaches to healing, aiding individuals to combat and overcome various mental health disorders. Our dedicated team of professionals offers a highly effective, evidence-based approach to diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health conditions.
(443) 585-8036 View (443) 585-8036
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Chinyere Nzekwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20707
I tend to focus on giving patients the best services in my professional engagements. First, I try to understand their circumstances and offer tailored solutions fitting their personal needs. In essence, I am motivated by the desire to see my patients recovering from their illnesses and becoming productive in their life.
I tend to focus on giving patients the best services in my professional engagements. First, I try to understand their circumstances and offer tailored solutions fitting their personal needs. In essence, I am motivated by the desire to see my patients recovering from their illnesses and becoming productive in their life.
(240) 851-3258 View (240) 851-3258
Photo of Amy Grammas, CRNP, RN, MS, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amy Grammas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, RN, MS
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21230  (Online Only)
Amy Grammas is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that has over 20 years’ experience in the mental health field. She received her post-Master’s certificate in psychiatric mental health from The University of Maryland, School of Nursing and has a Master's degree from Loyola College in Clinical Psychology. She performs thorough psychiatric evaluations that may be required by other institutions, providers medication management, and is a licensed medical marijuana provider.
Amy Grammas is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that has over 20 years’ experience in the mental health field. She received her post-Master’s certificate in psychiatric mental health from The University of Maryland, School of Nursing and has a Master's degree from Loyola College in Clinical Psychology. She performs thorough psychiatric evaluations that may be required by other institutions, providers medication management, and is a licensed medical marijuana provider.
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Holistic Touch Healthcare Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
*WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*. With over 22 years of experience in the healthcare care industry, we are comfortably working with patients and their families. With our extensive training acquired over the years, we understand the importance of patients needs and create a customized plan designed for you specifically. At Holistic Touch, you will be able to voice your healthcare needs without feeling judged or uncomfortable. We treat clients holistically to help them achieve optimum levels of wellness. We offer Tele-psychiatry & treat ages 5 and up. We are looking forward to partnering with you on your journey to wellness.
*WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*. With over 22 years of experience in the healthcare care industry, we are comfortably working with patients and their families. With our extensive training acquired over the years, we understand the importance of patients needs and create a customized plan designed for you specifically. At Holistic Touch, you will be able to voice your healthcare needs without feeling judged or uncomfortable. We treat clients holistically to help them achieve optimum levels of wellness. We offer Tele-psychiatry & treat ages 5 and up. We are looking forward to partnering with you on your journey to wellness.
(443) 329-5431 View (443) 329-5431
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21202
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(443) 647-8719 View (443) 647-8719
Photo of Munachim Uyanwune, MD, Psychiatrist
Munachim Uyanwune
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Timonium, MD 21093
Do you feel anxious, depressed, have difficulty concentrating, or feel you are not quite where you should be, difficulty functioning? If so, Dr. Uyanwune (popularly known as 'Dr. U') is who you need to see! Dr. Uyanwune brings a holistic approach in her treatment of behavioral health problems. She believes in wellness & uses both therapy and medication in treating clients. She believes "less is more" and strives to use medication only when needed and the minimal amount of it to best target symptoms. Dr. Uyanwune takes time to educate her clients as well.
Do you feel anxious, depressed, have difficulty concentrating, or feel you are not quite where you should be, difficulty functioning? If so, Dr. Uyanwune (popularly known as 'Dr. U') is who you need to see! Dr. Uyanwune brings a holistic approach in her treatment of behavioral health problems. She believes in wellness & uses both therapy and medication in treating clients. She believes "less is more" and strives to use medication only when needed and the minimal amount of it to best target symptoms. Dr. Uyanwune takes time to educate her clients as well.
(410) 709-6913 View (410) 709-6913
Photo of Dr. Dorothy Mbellason, PMHNP, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Dorothy Mbellason
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772  (Online Only)
At Compassionate Care Behavioral Health, we believe no two people are the same. That is why, as a well-established psychiatric nurse practitioner, we provide quality and compassionate care to individuals suffering from a variety of mental disorders. We believe that great overall health begins with good mental health. We have a special interest in treating children, adolescents, and adults and we develop individualized treatment plans based on each individual's mental health needs. You are not alone. Call us today. Help is available.
At Compassionate Care Behavioral Health, we believe no two people are the same. That is why, as a well-established psychiatric nurse practitioner, we provide quality and compassionate care to individuals suffering from a variety of mental disorders. We believe that great overall health begins with good mental health. We have a special interest in treating children, adolescents, and adults and we develop individualized treatment plans based on each individual's mental health needs. You are not alone. Call us today. Help is available.
(240) 534-1513 View (240) 534-1513
Photo of Luisito Torregosa, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Luisito Torregosa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204
Accepting New Clients - I have a 30-year career in the health care field, starting as a nurse working in different areas, including emergency care, and currently practicing as a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. My various and lengthy experiences caring for people gave me the skills to communicate with clients compassionately. My dedication extends beyond diagnosis and treatment; it encapsulates a commitment to compassionate, empathetic care. Embracing a humanistic approach, I believe in the significance of longer appointment times to provide comprehensive, quality care, viewing each individual holistically.
Accepting New Clients - I have a 30-year career in the health care field, starting as a nurse working in different areas, including emergency care, and currently practicing as a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. My various and lengthy experiences caring for people gave me the skills to communicate with clients compassionately. My dedication extends beyond diagnosis and treatment; it encapsulates a commitment to compassionate, empathetic care. Embracing a humanistic approach, I believe in the significance of longer appointment times to provide comprehensive, quality care, viewing each individual holistically.
(443) 730-5651 View (443) 730-5651
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IAW Behavioral Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, Ed, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Catonsville, MD 21228
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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Glory Tataw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Accepting New Clients. Virtual and in person. 'No waiting list" Congratulations on this huge step on contacting and trusting Glory with your health. Seeking Mental Health could be a daunting task. Glory just want you to know that mprovement and living a quality life is possible. Just say yes to treatment and Glory will support you to achieve your goals. She will meet you where you are to help you become Who you want to be. Mental health is a continous journey take one step at a time. Glory will be wirh you each step of the way. Same day appt is possible. Schedule appt via website. Call for weekend and late evening appointments.
Accepting New Clients. Virtual and in person. 'No waiting list" Congratulations on this huge step on contacting and trusting Glory with your health. Seeking Mental Health could be a daunting task. Glory just want you to know that mprovement and living a quality life is possible. Just say yes to treatment and Glory will support you to achieve your goals. She will meet you where you are to help you become Who you want to be. Mental health is a continous journey take one step at a time. Glory will be wirh you each step of the way. Same day appt is possible. Schedule appt via website. Call for weekend and late evening appointments.
(410) 883-9678 View (410) 883-9678
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Denoor Healthcare Services Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP-PM, MSN, BSN, PHN
Verified Verified
Reisterstown, MD 21136
At Denoor Healthcare Services Inc, we focus on your needs and goals.
At Denoor Healthcare Services Inc, we focus on your needs and goals.
(410) 849-6704 View (410) 849-6704

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Maryland who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
91% Depression
80% Bipolar Disorder
79% ADHD
70% Medication Management
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Cigna and Evernorth
82% Aetna
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Maryland see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Maryland?

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.