Psychiatrists in Aspen Hill, MD

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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Aspen Hill, MD 20906  (Online Only)
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(301) 396-7258 View (301) 396-7258
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Mindy Shankman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Aspen Hill, MD 20906
As a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, I work with clients throughout their life cycle. I see patients individually, in family settings and couples. When treating a child or adolescent, you are really helping a whole family system regain balance and stability. I work with people with a wide range of disorders and life issues. I patients with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. I also work with children and adolescents with academic and developmental difficulties which may include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Executive Functioning Difficulties and Asperger's Syndrome.
As a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, I work with clients throughout their life cycle. I see patients individually, in family settings and couples. When treating a child or adolescent, you are really helping a whole family system regain balance and stability. I work with people with a wide range of disorders and life issues. I patients with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. I also work with children and adolescents with academic and developmental difficulties which may include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Executive Functioning Difficulties and Asperger's Syndrome.
(301) 710-0909 View (301) 710-0909
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Remarkable Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC, CRNP
Verified
Aspen Hill, MD 20906  (Online Only)
We are a provider of behavioral healthcare services through telehealth. We take pride and joy in supporting every individual by providing them with the tools and imparting to them the skills to cope with their behavioral health issues. Remarkable Behavioral Health believes in the combined efforts with its clients, their families, and other healthcare providers in managing the presented behavioral health concern. You can trust our behavioral health experts to lead you to live better and healthier lives because they are all licensed, proficient professionals in their field.
We are a provider of behavioral healthcare services through telehealth. We take pride and joy in supporting every individual by providing them with the tools and imparting to them the skills to cope with their behavioral health issues. Remarkable Behavioral Health believes in the combined efforts with its clients, their families, and other healthcare providers in managing the presented behavioral health concern. You can trust our behavioral health experts to lead you to live better and healthier lives because they are all licensed, proficient professionals in their field.
(240) 794-8456 View (240) 794-8456

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Calliope Health Psychiatry & Ketamine
Psychiatrist, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
7 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20902
We provide psychiatric medication as well as ketamine infusions to relieve anxiety, depression, and symptoms of PTSD. We offer psychotherapy that enhances your treatment, in a safe and comfortable environment. Anna Richards, CRNP, is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Registered Nurse Practitioner. She brings her 10+ years of experience treating trauma disorders, mood disorders, and substance abuse as well as extensive work in crisis stabilization. She provides general psychiatry as well as ketamine-assisted therapy through infusions at our Bethesda clinic.
We provide psychiatric medication as well as ketamine infusions to relieve anxiety, depression, and symptoms of PTSD. We offer psychotherapy that enhances your treatment, in a safe and comfortable environment. Anna Richards, CRNP, is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Registered Nurse Practitioner. She brings her 10+ years of experience treating trauma disorders, mood disorders, and substance abuse as well as extensive work in crisis stabilization. She provides general psychiatry as well as ketamine-assisted therapy through infusions at our Bethesda clinic.
(240) 759-2171 View (240) 759-2171
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Amoah Asante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20906
My ideal client is an adult who is struggling with adult ADHD & depression. You may feel overwhelmed and struggle to complete tasks and you may experience a lack of motivation and energy that makes it challenging to engage in these tasks or daily activities. You might find it difficult to get out of bed or take care of basic tasks due to depressive symptoms.
My ideal client is an adult who is struggling with adult ADHD & depression. You may feel overwhelmed and struggle to complete tasks and you may experience a lack of motivation and energy that makes it challenging to engage in these tasks or daily activities. You might find it difficult to get out of bed or take care of basic tasks due to depressive symptoms.
(240) 557-8256 View (240) 557-8256
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Moronke O Aboyewa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20906  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing intense sadness or feeling depressed? Do you feel alone or unmotivated? Can’t get out of bed most days because you feel that there is nothing to live for? Are you consumed with fear that is stopping you from doing a lot of things and or preventing you from reaching your full potential? Maybe you are unable to control automated negative thoughts. I have good news for you –there is help! We will work with you to identify the root cause of your symptoms and to plan individualized and workable treatment plans .
Are you experiencing intense sadness or feeling depressed? Do you feel alone or unmotivated? Can’t get out of bed most days because you feel that there is nothing to live for? Are you consumed with fear that is stopping you from doing a lot of things and or preventing you from reaching your full potential? Maybe you are unable to control automated negative thoughts. I have good news for you –there is help! We will work with you to identify the root cause of your symptoms and to plan individualized and workable treatment plans .
(301) 205-5739 View (301) 205-5739
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Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20906
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.
(240) 443-2144 View (240) 443-2144
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Giovanni Pascal Pierre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20906  (Online Only)
Hey there! I am Giovanni Pierre, but you can call me Gio. First, thank you for taking this vital step towards better mental well-being. I get it—life is like a roller coaster, and sometimes, it’s the scary one you never wanted to get on. I own a practice called Safe Haven Health. Safe Haven Health is a virtual mental health clinic aiming to increase access to effective and efficient mental healthcare from the comfort of your home. Safe Haven Health specializes in mental health medication management, at-home ketamine treatment for depression and anxiety, ADHD testing and treatment, and more.
Hey there! I am Giovanni Pierre, but you can call me Gio. First, thank you for taking this vital step towards better mental well-being. I get it—life is like a roller coaster, and sometimes, it’s the scary one you never wanted to get on. I own a practice called Safe Haven Health. Safe Haven Health is a virtual mental health clinic aiming to increase access to effective and efficient mental healthcare from the comfort of your home. Safe Haven Health specializes in mental health medication management, at-home ketamine treatment for depression and anxiety, ADHD testing and treatment, and more.
(443) 347-6715 View (443) 347-6715
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Angela Harrison Brantley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rockville, MD 20853
As a Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist, I enjoy working with both populations. I help adults understand that if they do not take care of their own mental health, they may have difficulty being the best for themselves and their children. We all know that our children are our greatest asset. Choosing a medication for your child is a complex and difficult decision. I understand the ambivalence associated with this delicate step for some. I have vast experience managing ADHD and behavioral problems in children along with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and OCD in the both the pediatric and adult populations.
As a Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist, I enjoy working with both populations. I help adults understand that if they do not take care of their own mental health, they may have difficulty being the best for themselves and their children. We all know that our children are our greatest asset. Choosing a medication for your child is a complex and difficult decision. I understand the ambivalence associated with this delicate step for some. I have vast experience managing ADHD and behavioral problems in children along with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and OCD in the both the pediatric and adult populations.
(301) 685-1395 View (301) 685-1395
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Benjamin Dahunsi-Bright Care Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20902  (Online Only)
SCHEDULE ONLINE TODAY, AFFORDABLE PRICES, EXCELLENT SERVICE. Welcome to Bright Care Solutions, a practice established by Benjamin Dahunsi, a licensed Nurse Practitioner with multiple years of experience in mental health care. Bright Care Solutions services the metro area.
SCHEDULE ONLINE TODAY, AFFORDABLE PRICES, EXCELLENT SERVICE. Welcome to Bright Care Solutions, a practice established by Benjamin Dahunsi, a licensed Nurse Practitioner with multiple years of experience in mental health care. Bright Care Solutions services the metro area.
(443) 222-8109 View (443) 222-8109
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Baltimore Ketamine Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNA, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Our focus is to guide you through your healing path and support you in embracing your inner strength and beauty. We provide a sacred space, where we listen to you and where we together plan your treatment. We walk with you through your journey and hold the light while you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and reach your goals.
Our focus is to guide you through your healing path and support you in embracing your inner strength and beauty. We provide a sacred space, where we listen to you and where we together plan your treatment. We walk with you through your journey and hold the light while you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and reach your goals.
(410) 639-3356 View (410) 639-3356
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Kristi Muncie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20906  (Online Only)
Kristi Muncie MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC ​ Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Licensed in Oregon, Maryland. Kristi Muncie is board-certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and also board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Kristi is compassionate, empathic and kind. She has dedicated decades of her life to helping others. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University and then obtained both her master's degree and post-master's degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Kristi Muncie MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC ​ Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Licensed in Oregon, Maryland. Kristi Muncie is board-certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and also board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Kristi is compassionate, empathic and kind. She has dedicated decades of her life to helping others. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University and then obtained both her master's degree and post-master's degree from the University of Cincinnati.
(301) 450-5357 View (301) 450-5357
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Alexis Ryan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Alexis Ryan is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with her Master’s of Science in Nursing acquired from Vanderbilt University’s No. 1 ranked program in the country. She combines expertise and evidence-based approaches to care with an unflagging commitment to compassion and kindness in order to treat a variety of psychiatric disorders with particular proficiency in mood disorders, trauma-related disorders, substance use disorders, and eating disorders. Alexis utilizes psychotherapy, creates treatment plans, prescribes clinically-supported medications, and provides diagnostic clarity and education.
Alexis Ryan is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with her Master’s of Science in Nursing acquired from Vanderbilt University’s No. 1 ranked program in the country. She combines expertise and evidence-based approaches to care with an unflagging commitment to compassion and kindness in order to treat a variety of psychiatric disorders with particular proficiency in mood disorders, trauma-related disorders, substance use disorders, and eating disorders. Alexis utilizes psychotherapy, creates treatment plans, prescribes clinically-supported medications, and provides diagnostic clarity and education.
(301) 709-9907 View (301) 709-9907
Destiny League
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20906
We understand the needs of any patients. Mental health struggle is a prevalent situation that requires continuous onslaught on the anomaly for the patient to have back his/her life. There are several mental health issues on the ground which include major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, insomnia, bipolar and the rest of it depending on your situation. Whatever the case, I believe we are equal to the task because we have got experienced providers that would take on the challenge to help our patients consistently take control of their mental health.
We understand the needs of any patients. Mental health struggle is a prevalent situation that requires continuous onslaught on the anomaly for the patient to have back his/her life. There are several mental health issues on the ground which include major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, insomnia, bipolar and the rest of it depending on your situation. Whatever the case, I believe we are equal to the task because we have got experienced providers that would take on the challenge to help our patients consistently take control of their mental health.
(301) 450-5473 View (301) 450-5473
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Dr. Arif Noorbaksh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
(240) 226-3168 View (240) 226-3168
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Kiara S. Lewis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Kiara Lewis is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the medication management of mental illness. She enjoys supporting children, teens, and adults who are struggling with mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and mood disorders. She views her patients as the most important member of the treatment team and strongly values their views, insight, and experiences. Her patients describe her as down to earth, empathetic and supportive. She is committed to creating a safe space for her patients and is dedicated to supporting her patients throughout their mental health journey.
Kiara Lewis is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the medication management of mental illness. She enjoys supporting children, teens, and adults who are struggling with mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and mood disorders. She views her patients as the most important member of the treatment team and strongly values their views, insight, and experiences. Her patients describe her as down to earth, empathetic and supportive. She is committed to creating a safe space for her patients and is dedicated to supporting her patients throughout their mental health journey.
(410) 760-9079 View (410) 760-9079
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Solomon Meltzer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rockville, MD 20853
Through my training at Sheppard Pratt, I practice an integrated approach with consideration for the mind/body connection. While medications can play an important role in treatment of psychiatric illnesses, I endeavor to consider the whole person, paying careful attention to the individual and their internal world. Depressive and anxiety disorders are particularly suited to this holistic approach.
Through my training at Sheppard Pratt, I practice an integrated approach with consideration for the mind/body connection. While medications can play an important role in treatment of psychiatric illnesses, I endeavor to consider the whole person, paying careful attention to the individual and their internal world. Depressive and anxiety disorders are particularly suited to this holistic approach.
(410) 989-4937 View (410) 989-4937
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Mid-Atlantic Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20906  (Online Only)
Minimal wait time currently for new patients! Personalized psychiatric care from an experienced and accessible board-certified psychiatrist. Accepting patients statewide via telehealth. The website is under development but you may request to join the practice by clicking "make an appointment" on the home page of the website. You can also request to join the practice via email/phone and by directly accessing the intake request form by pasting the following into your browser address bar: app.luminello.com/christianmaurermd/form
Minimal wait time currently for new patients! Personalized psychiatric care from an experienced and accessible board-certified psychiatrist. Accepting patients statewide via telehealth. The website is under development but you may request to join the practice by clicking "make an appointment" on the home page of the website. You can also request to join the practice via email/phone and by directly accessing the intake request form by pasting the following into your browser address bar: app.luminello.com/christianmaurermd/form
(410) 204-2418 View (410) 204-2418
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20906  (Online Only)
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
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Louis Ari Kopolow
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA, ACP, CGP
Verified
Rockville, MD 20853
You may be feeling anxious, depressed, fearful, angry, uncomfortable in social situations, or experiencing other emotional difficulties. Perhaps someone you care about is having problems. Although psychological issues can cause upsetting thoughts and feelings, physiology (body and brain) may also play a role. An evaluation with a holistic-focused psychiatrist can help you make sense of things and find treatments that work. As a Board Certified psychiatrist for 25+ years, I have specialized training and experience in recognizing and treating emotional and medical issues. My therapeutic style is active, collaborative, and solution focused.
You may be feeling anxious, depressed, fearful, angry, uncomfortable in social situations, or experiencing other emotional difficulties. Perhaps someone you care about is having problems. Although psychological issues can cause upsetting thoughts and feelings, physiology (body and brain) may also play a role. An evaluation with a holistic-focused psychiatrist can help you make sense of things and find treatments that work. As a Board Certified psychiatrist for 25+ years, I have specialized training and experience in recognizing and treating emotional and medical issues. My therapeutic style is active, collaborative, and solution focused.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Aspen Hill, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in Aspen Hill, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Behavioral Issues
67% Relationship Issues
67% ADHD
67% Grief

Average years in practice

20 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% TRICARE

How Psychiatrists in Aspen Hill, MD see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Aspen Hill?

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.