Psychiatrists in Baltimore, MD

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Tosin Arowosegbe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21218  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with a mental health disorder or do you need a provider that will work alongside to meet your mental health needs? If so, I would be honored to be that provider for you. I am Oluwatosin (Tosin) a psychiatric nurse practitioner with many years of clinical experience. I am licensed in the state of Maryland and Virginia. I am fully comfortable with all facets of mental health disorders. I provide professional psychiatric healthcare services such as psychiatric evaluations and medication checks/management. I have excellent interpersonal skills and interactions with patients.
Do you struggle with a mental health disorder or do you need a provider that will work alongside to meet your mental health needs? If so, I would be honored to be that provider for you. I am Oluwatosin (Tosin) a psychiatric nurse practitioner with many years of clinical experience. I am licensed in the state of Maryland and Virginia. I am fully comfortable with all facets of mental health disorders. I provide professional psychiatric healthcare services such as psychiatric evaluations and medication checks/management. I have excellent interpersonal skills and interactions with patients.
(410) 862-4101 View (410) 862-4101
Renee C Feller
Psychiatric Nurse, MS, APRN, PMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21209
Are you interested in an integrated, holistic approach to coping with life's problems that feel overwhelming? Need help dealing with anxiety, depression, or spiritual issues? Deeper issues may include trauma, PTSD, panic, aging, loss, cancer, physical disorders, sensitive to life (HSP), and relationship issues. Treatments involve a range of psychodynamic modalities, EMDR, Ego State Theory, CBT, and meditation. These may be coupled with spiritual direction to help someone who is spiritually depressed or depleted. Helping you to achieve wholeness of body/mind/spirit/soul so that you can come alive to being your best self.
Are you interested in an integrated, holistic approach to coping with life's problems that feel overwhelming? Need help dealing with anxiety, depression, or spiritual issues? Deeper issues may include trauma, PTSD, panic, aging, loss, cancer, physical disorders, sensitive to life (HSP), and relationship issues. Treatments involve a range of psychodynamic modalities, EMDR, Ego State Theory, CBT, and meditation. These may be coupled with spiritual direction to help someone who is spiritually depressed or depleted. Helping you to achieve wholeness of body/mind/spirit/soul so that you can come alive to being your best self.
(410) 701-0961 View (410) 701-0961
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Gestell Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
Accepting New Patients - At Gestell Psychiatry, we take a holistic approach to mental health. We treat a broad spectrum of conditions, including depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, ADHD, dissociative, somatic, personality, neurodevelopmental, psychotic, and sexual/gender disorders. We see patients ages 18 and above for medication management. For more information: www.GestellPsychiatry.com
Accepting New Patients - At Gestell Psychiatry, we take a holistic approach to mental health. We treat a broad spectrum of conditions, including depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, ADHD, dissociative, somatic, personality, neurodevelopmental, psychotic, and sexual/gender disorders. We see patients ages 18 and above for medication management. For more information: www.GestellPsychiatry.com
(410) 657-6201 View (410) 657-6201
Sweetie H Doychinov
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH, BC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21215
I am a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with seven years of extensive experience in psychiatric nursing. My background includes working in both child and adult inpatient settings, as well as providing care in community mental health crisis stabilization and substance abuse treatment programs. After earning my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University, I immediately began my career in psychiatric nursing at an inpatient hospital. I am the Medical Director at a community mental health crisis stabilization and substance abuse treatment center and the Outpatient Mental Health Center.
I am a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with seven years of extensive experience in psychiatric nursing. My background includes working in both child and adult inpatient settings, as well as providing care in community mental health crisis stabilization and substance abuse treatment programs. After earning my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University, I immediately began my career in psychiatric nursing at an inpatient hospital. I am the Medical Director at a community mental health crisis stabilization and substance abuse treatment center and the Outpatient Mental Health Center.
(443) 317-2307 View (443) 317-2307
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Transformation Healthcare INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP-BC, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21212
Hello, welcome! I am Francis, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with great passion for what I do. I provide Comprehensive Client-Focused Mental Health care to individuals and their families. I use a holistic approach when formulating your treatment plan because medication may not always be needed to address your mental health needs. On a personal note, I enjoy family time and watching soccer, basketball and football - my favorite football team is Tennessee Titans.
Hello, welcome! I am Francis, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with great passion for what I do. I provide Comprehensive Client-Focused Mental Health care to individuals and their families. I use a holistic approach when formulating your treatment plan because medication may not always be needed to address your mental health needs. On a personal note, I enjoy family time and watching soccer, basketball and football - my favorite football team is Tennessee Titans.
(410) 936-3186 View (410) 936-3186
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Cameron Williams
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21210
Many people struggle with persistently low moods or high anxieties. Such problems can go on for decades and lead to less-than-ideal coping mechanisms. Often such troubles affect important relationships and life goals, which furthers the suffering of the individual. Along the way, people acquire diagnoses like depression, generalized anxiety, addictive disorders, personality disorders, trauma disorders, eating disorders, etc. They may also collect prescription medications that are supposed to help, yet provide inadequate relief. My aim is to provide a custom-built, integrative and cohesive treatment for individuals.
Many people struggle with persistently low moods or high anxieties. Such problems can go on for decades and lead to less-than-ideal coping mechanisms. Often such troubles affect important relationships and life goals, which furthers the suffering of the individual. Along the way, people acquire diagnoses like depression, generalized anxiety, addictive disorders, personality disorders, trauma disorders, eating disorders, etc. They may also collect prescription medications that are supposed to help, yet provide inadequate relief. My aim is to provide a custom-built, integrative and cohesive treatment for individuals.
(443) 241-8904 View (443) 241-8904
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Stephen Condouris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21210  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
You are making a great decision to seek help today. My ideal client is someone struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges, who has decided they want to regain control of their life.
You are making a great decision to seek help today. My ideal client is someone struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges, who has decided they want to regain control of their life.
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Adonai Healthcare Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21202
Here is good news. You are never alone. I will be here for you. My name is Dr. Patience Ekeocha, an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, and have been in Primary Care practice for over 22 years.
Here is good news. You are never alone. I will be here for you. My name is Dr. Patience Ekeocha, an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, and have been in Primary Care practice for over 22 years.
(410) 883-5641 View (410) 883-5641
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APIC Health Systems
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CRNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21202
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS : Do you feel overwhelmed, depressed, and anxious due to life stressors? I offer a full range of services starting with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and development of collaborative treatment recommendations tailored to your specific needs. I work patiently with my patients to establish rapport, trust and develop the best medication treatment plan using the least amount of medications to best treat their symptoms. I specialize in helping children, teens and adults navigate through life challenges like ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Dementia, Bipolar Disorder.
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS : Do you feel overwhelmed, depressed, and anxious due to life stressors? I offer a full range of services starting with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and development of collaborative treatment recommendations tailored to your specific needs. I work patiently with my patients to establish rapport, trust and develop the best medication treatment plan using the least amount of medications to best treat their symptoms. I specialize in helping children, teens and adults navigate through life challenges like ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Dementia, Bipolar Disorder.
(443) 247-5063 View (443) 247-5063
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Erin McAndrew
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
My name is Erin McAndrew (pronouns: she/her) and I am an adult psychiatric/mental health Nurse Practitioner. I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to being an NP, I worked as an RN in the Pediatric Intensive Care, Postpartum, and Labor and Delivery units in various hospitals around the United States. As a NP, I believe that my patients and I are a team that is built on a foundation of mutual respect. Through a holistic approach, we work to minimize undesirable symptoms and maximize the patient’s ability to live a healthy, full life.
My name is Erin McAndrew (pronouns: she/her) and I am an adult psychiatric/mental health Nurse Practitioner. I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to being an NP, I worked as an RN in the Pediatric Intensive Care, Postpartum, and Labor and Delivery units in various hospitals around the United States. As a NP, I believe that my patients and I are a team that is built on a foundation of mutual respect. Through a holistic approach, we work to minimize undesirable symptoms and maximize the patient’s ability to live a healthy, full life.
(410) 453-8915 View (410) 453-8915
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Vonetta Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
Vonetta is a Baltimore-native, graduated with a BS in Nursing from Coppin State University and an MS in Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Adult-focused from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Her early career was spent working at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Towson, MD, as lead/charge nurse before advancing to the nurse management role of the co-occurring (addictions) disorders unit. Since completing education as a psychiatric NP in 2013, Vonetta has worked in outpatient settings, including at the esteemed Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Center in Towson, MD.
Vonetta is a Baltimore-native, graduated with a BS in Nursing from Coppin State University and an MS in Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Adult-focused from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Her early career was spent working at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Towson, MD, as lead/charge nurse before advancing to the nurse management role of the co-occurring (addictions) disorders unit. Since completing education as a psychiatric NP in 2013, Vonetta has worked in outpatient settings, including at the esteemed Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Center in Towson, MD.
(410) 457-9896 View (410) 457-9896
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Sabina Bonfadini
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21202  (Online Only)
If you are stressed, on edge, or feeling down and overwhelmed, let me help you make things better on your journey to wellness! You can self-schedule your appointment now. I am offering same week’s appointment. You will get access to unlimited video appointments, and you can reach me at any time with Unlimited Messages. I help people with depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, sleep and relationship issues, financial difficulties, and nutritional imbalance. I will be your clinician, overseeing all your psychiatric medication needs.
If you are stressed, on edge, or feeling down and overwhelmed, let me help you make things better on your journey to wellness! You can self-schedule your appointment now. I am offering same week’s appointment. You will get access to unlimited video appointments, and you can reach me at any time with Unlimited Messages. I help people with depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, sleep and relationship issues, financial difficulties, and nutritional imbalance. I will be your clinician, overseeing all your psychiatric medication needs.
(410) 324-2663 View (410) 324-2663
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Thecla Asoluka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
Thecla Asoluka as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, brings empathy, an easygoing communication style, and a sweet sense of humor, making it easy for her to talk to patients and family members. A typical day for Thecla includes assessing and diagnosing patients on mental health issues such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, or those who struggle with substance abuse or the heartbreak of dementia.
Thecla Asoluka as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, brings empathy, an easygoing communication style, and a sweet sense of humor, making it easy for her to talk to patients and family members. A typical day for Thecla includes assessing and diagnosing patients on mental health issues such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, or those who struggle with substance abuse or the heartbreak of dementia.
(410) 709-7647 View (410) 709-7647
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John Devine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21218  (Online Only)
During my last 10 years of practice, mental health means adjusting to life’s changes and challenges in an emotionally healthy way. Mental health means overcoming barriers to activate our highest self and being emotionally in touch and stable. Mental health is a balance in our quality of life: work, love, spiritual, and leisure aspects, while working to accomplish our goals. Mental health is a daily practice that establishes a positive routine and a lifestyle that optimizes lasting joy.
During my last 10 years of practice, mental health means adjusting to life’s changes and challenges in an emotionally healthy way. Mental health means overcoming barriers to activate our highest self and being emotionally in touch and stable. Mental health is a balance in our quality of life: work, love, spiritual, and leisure aspects, while working to accomplish our goals. Mental health is a daily practice that establishes a positive routine and a lifestyle that optimizes lasting joy.
(410) 883-7014 View (410) 883-7014
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Meredith Barrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21202  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Do you find yourself struggling to get by each day? Do you feel like you keep hitting a wall? Or that no matter what you do, you cannot climb your way out of the hole? To struggle is to be human, but it is possible to find balance. It is possible to find contentment and joy. It is possible to discover release, to experience freedom from mental anguish. Unrelieved mental and emotional hurdles make our worlds small, and tend to propel us further and further into isolation. I am here to listen, and to help you achieve mental wellness by giving you the tools you need to regain control of your life.
Do you find yourself struggling to get by each day? Do you feel like you keep hitting a wall? Or that no matter what you do, you cannot climb your way out of the hole? To struggle is to be human, but it is possible to find balance. It is possible to find contentment and joy. It is possible to discover release, to experience freedom from mental anguish. Unrelieved mental and emotional hurdles make our worlds small, and tend to propel us further and further into isolation. I am here to listen, and to help you achieve mental wellness by giving you the tools you need to regain control of your life.
(410) 936-4805 View (410) 936-4805
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Clear Mind Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21225
We are a team of Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and a Psychiatrist with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Our providers work with clients to help tailor a personalized treatment plan. Over 12 years Experience with PSYCHOTROPIC MANAGEMENT, AND BRIEF PSYCHOTHERAPY. At Clear Mind Health we are here to help you get back to living, and being your very best self. TRY US
We are a team of Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and a Psychiatrist with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Our providers work with clients to help tailor a personalized treatment plan. Over 12 years Experience with PSYCHOTROPIC MANAGEMENT, AND BRIEF PSYCHOTHERAPY. At Clear Mind Health we are here to help you get back to living, and being your very best self. TRY US
(443) 201-7295 View (443) 201-7295
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Lydia Gugsa - Counseling On Call
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21218
Hi, I'm Lydia. I'm happy you found me! I am fully dedicated and attentive to each of my patients in helping them find the best medication regimen for them! I utilize my knowledge and expertise in the mental health field to provide individual-centered care for every patient I see. My experience includes depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and mental rehabilitation.
Hi, I'm Lydia. I'm happy you found me! I am fully dedicated and attentive to each of my patients in helping them find the best medication regimen for them! I utilize my knowledge and expertise in the mental health field to provide individual-centered care for every patient I see. My experience includes depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and mental rehabilitation.
(443) 888-2338 View (443) 888-2338
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Elizabeth Turin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21223
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(410) 621-9196 View (410) 621-9196
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Sara Jeurling
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
Dr. Jeurling earned her medical degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine and completed her residency training in psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Health System. She completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Health System and stayed there after graduation as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Jeurling subsequently worked at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt treating both adult and child and adolescent patients with Eating Disorders.
Dr. Jeurling earned her medical degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine and completed her residency training in psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Health System. She completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Health System and stayed there after graduation as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Jeurling subsequently worked at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt treating both adult and child and adolescent patients with Eating Disorders.
(410) 339-8670 View (410) 339-8670
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Gabrielle Riley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21201
Taking the time and effort to seek treatment is the first step to feeling better, and I recognize what an enormous feat this is for people. I see patients in person at 516 N. Charles St. suite 305 Balt. MD 21201 M-F. Virtual appointments are also available daily, and some weekends on a case by case baisis. I assist and guide people to self-empowerment and self-actualization to improve their health and well-being. I meet people where they are, with compassion and respect, and I see patients from 5-105. No one is too young or too old to receive care.
Taking the time and effort to seek treatment is the first step to feeling better, and I recognize what an enormous feat this is for people. I see patients in person at 516 N. Charles St. suite 305 Balt. MD 21201 M-F. Virtual appointments are also available daily, and some weekends on a case by case baisis. I assist and guide people to self-empowerment and self-actualization to improve their health and well-being. I meet people where they are, with compassion and respect, and I see patients from 5-105. No one is too young or too old to receive care.
(410) 431-1656 View (410) 431-1656

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Baltimore, MD

300+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Baltimore, MD who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
85% Bipolar Disorder
78% ADHD
71% Trauma and PTSD
68% Medication Management
66% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Cigna and Evernorth
80% Aetna
77% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Baltimore, MD see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
17% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Baltimore?

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.