Psychiatrists in Baltimore, MD

Photo of Scherra Boarman, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Scherra Boarman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21217  (Online Only)
Hi I'm Scherra, I will be fully dedicated and committed to you, as my patient, to ensure you feel your best again in a short period of time! As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I have years of experience in diverse roles in numerous care settings, from working in med-surg, ER, IMC, outpatient, and case management. Throughout these years of experience, I have faced numerous situations, where recognizing and understanding the importance of a patient’s overall mental health was an essential part in providing effective treatment.
Hi I'm Scherra, I will be fully dedicated and committed to you, as my patient, to ensure you feel your best again in a short period of time! As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I have years of experience in diverse roles in numerous care settings, from working in med-surg, ER, IMC, outpatient, and case management. Throughout these years of experience, I have faced numerous situations, where recognizing and understanding the importance of a patient’s overall mental health was an essential part in providing effective treatment.
(443) 238-1097 View (443) 238-1097
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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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Tywanna Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PFNP-DC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21210  (Online Only)
Tywanna Hamilton is a dual-certified Psychiatric Family Nurse Practitioner (PFNP-DC) who has over 9 years of experience treating a range of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, ADHD, adjustment disorders, and PTSD. In this role, she performs comprehensive assessments offering patients an opportunity to discuss current symptoms and concerns about their mental health. Tywanna provides patients and their families with education about disease processes, working with teens, adults, and seniors. She is here to educate, treat, celebrate, encourage and assist her clients in growing into the person they have always desired.
Tywanna Hamilton is a dual-certified Psychiatric Family Nurse Practitioner (PFNP-DC) who has over 9 years of experience treating a range of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, ADHD, adjustment disorders, and PTSD. In this role, she performs comprehensive assessments offering patients an opportunity to discuss current symptoms and concerns about their mental health. Tywanna provides patients and their families with education about disease processes, working with teens, adults, and seniors. She is here to educate, treat, celebrate, encourage and assist her clients in growing into the person they have always desired.
(443) 400-7923 View (443) 400-7923
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Optimum Mental Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21216
I am Dr. Sam Omotosho, founder and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner of Optimum Mental Health, LLC, located both in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. I provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management in the treatment of adolescents and adults, both in-person and online i.e by telehealth. I have over twenty years experience as a provider of outpatient mental health treatment services. We have made our referral or self-referral very easy, safe and confidential through the following website link: www.optimumMentalhealth.org We will respond to your referral or self-referral within 24 hours.
I am Dr. Sam Omotosho, founder and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner of Optimum Mental Health, LLC, located both in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. I provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management in the treatment of adolescents and adults, both in-person and online i.e by telehealth. I have over twenty years experience as a provider of outpatient mental health treatment services. We have made our referral or self-referral very easy, safe and confidential through the following website link: www.optimumMentalhealth.org We will respond to your referral or self-referral within 24 hours.
(667) 243-8097 View (667) 243-8097
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Natalie Marchione
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21209
Let’s be honest, they don’t talk about how hard motherhood or ‘adulting’ really is. You love your family, but nobody said it would be this hard! You braced yourself for the sleepless nights, dirty diapers, and tantrums, but the emotional impact of being a mother has caught you off guard. You didn’t anticipate feeling a perpetual sense of unease due to persistent worries, overwhelming sadness from a perceived loss of your former self, and guilt or hopelessness for not living up to the mother (or person) you think you should be. No matter where you may currently be physically or emotionally, you are here seeking treatment!
Let’s be honest, they don’t talk about how hard motherhood or ‘adulting’ really is. You love your family, but nobody said it would be this hard! You braced yourself for the sleepless nights, dirty diapers, and tantrums, but the emotional impact of being a mother has caught you off guard. You didn’t anticipate feeling a perpetual sense of unease due to persistent worries, overwhelming sadness from a perceived loss of your former self, and guilt or hopelessness for not living up to the mother (or person) you think you should be. No matter where you may currently be physically or emotionally, you are here seeking treatment!
(443) 341-9379 View (443) 341-9379
Dasheara Duck
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN,, MSN, BC
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21205  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Dasheara Duck and I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. My overall goal is to break the stigma in mental health. I help high performance individuals identify and manage, stress, anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. Many individuals lives changed forever after Covid-19 and many continue to seek normalcy years later. I am here to tell you that it is perfectly ok not to be ok! Many of us require assistance adjusting to our "new" normal. Many of us just need a jump start to a healthier life. Its time to strengthen our mental health to break the stigma and be who we are meant to be.
Hi, my name is Dasheara Duck and I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. My overall goal is to break the stigma in mental health. I help high performance individuals identify and manage, stress, anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. Many individuals lives changed forever after Covid-19 and many continue to seek normalcy years later. I am here to tell you that it is perfectly ok not to be ok! Many of us require assistance adjusting to our "new" normal. Many of us just need a jump start to a healthier life. Its time to strengthen our mental health to break the stigma and be who we are meant to be.
(410) 453-1629 View (410) 453-1629
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Nicole Leistikow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21210
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in treating and protecting women’s mental health throughout the reproductive life cycle with both medications and psychotherapy. I help women make the best decisions for themselves and their families by giving evidence-based recommendations informed by research. As a therapist who can also prescribe medications, I am in a unique position to monitor symptoms and help you make a decision about when they can be helped with therapy, sleep, exercise, communication, and other modalities and when the volume is simply too high for these first line treatments to be effective.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in treating and protecting women’s mental health throughout the reproductive life cycle with both medications and psychotherapy. I help women make the best decisions for themselves and their families by giving evidence-based recommendations informed by research. As a therapist who can also prescribe medications, I am in a unique position to monitor symptoms and help you make a decision about when they can be helped with therapy, sleep, exercise, communication, and other modalities and when the volume is simply too high for these first line treatments to be effective.
(443) 464-2761 View (443) 464-2761
Photo of Jamie McCracken, PMHNP, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jamie McCracken
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21213  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Family PMHNP (psychiatric nurse practitioner). I graduated from Georgia State University, earning my Masters of Science in Nursing. I am nationally certified as a PMHNP (psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner). I help patients gain a new perspective with some supportive therapy and with medications. I enjoy fostering knowledge and empowerment about mental health. The world is often a place we need to create glimmers of light on the positive things that make us smile. I help people refocus their reality to create more smiles. Positivity, compassion and a little help from medication can shape your future
Hello! I am a Family PMHNP (psychiatric nurse practitioner). I graduated from Georgia State University, earning my Masters of Science in Nursing. I am nationally certified as a PMHNP (psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner). I help patients gain a new perspective with some supportive therapy and with medications. I enjoy fostering knowledge and empowerment about mental health. The world is often a place we need to create glimmers of light on the positive things that make us smile. I help people refocus their reality to create more smiles. Positivity, compassion and a little help from medication can shape your future
(443) 339-8920 View (443) 339-8920
Photo of Dympna Ndelle, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dympna Ndelle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21223  (Online Only)
I have known loss, sadness, anxiety, and feelings/emotions I cannot understand, and I know how empowering it has been for me to get someone to help make sense of them. I can empower you to find solutions to some or all of these emotions and feelings you might be battling. I have been trained in and acquired specialized skills to treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and a host of other mental and behavioral disorders for people of all ages.
I have known loss, sadness, anxiety, and feelings/emotions I cannot understand, and I know how empowering it has been for me to get someone to help make sense of them. I can empower you to find solutions to some or all of these emotions and feelings you might be battling. I have been trained in and acquired specialized skills to treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and a host of other mental and behavioral disorders for people of all ages.
(410) 431-1798 x100 View (410) 431-1798 x100
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David Censits
Psychiatrist, MD, MAPP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21208
David Censits is a Psychiatrist in Maryland who has been practicing since 2006. He earned his Master in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, graduated Medical School from Jefferson Medical College/Sydney Kimmel Medical College, and completed his Residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Sleep Disorders Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
David Censits is a Psychiatrist in Maryland who has been practicing since 2006. He earned his Master in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, graduated Medical School from Jefferson Medical College/Sydney Kimmel Medical College, and completed his Residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Sleep Disorders Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
(443) 233-1318 View (443) 233-1318
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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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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
Photo of Kemi Omogoke, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kemi Omogoke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21218  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a doctoral-prepared Board-certified Psychiatric NP with over 8 years of psych/mental healthcare experience. I am a Bowie State University Bachelor of Professional graduate, and I received my MSN and DNP at Walden University. I have worked in various healthcare settings across the DMV. My field experience has empowered me in my specialties and am able to care for a client with mental health challenges across the lifespan.
Hello! I am a doctoral-prepared Board-certified Psychiatric NP with over 8 years of psych/mental healthcare experience. I am a Bowie State University Bachelor of Professional graduate, and I received my MSN and DNP at Walden University. I have worked in various healthcare settings across the DMV. My field experience has empowered me in my specialties and am able to care for a client with mental health challenges across the lifespan.
(443) 979-8075 View (443) 979-8075
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Healing For Success
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21281  (Online Only)
Licensed in DC, MD and NY. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a Masters in Counseling. I offer holistic mental health services including, psychiatric evaluations, medication management. My area of specialty includes: ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma including narcissistic abuse recover.
Licensed in DC, MD and NY. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a Masters in Counseling. I offer holistic mental health services including, psychiatric evaluations, medication management. My area of specialty includes: ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma including narcissistic abuse recover.
(551) 239-1877 View (551) 239-1877
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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 6-106. 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 6-106. No one is too young or too old to receive care.
(410) 431-1656 View (410) 431-1656
Photo of Michele Mba, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michele Mba
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21231  (Online Only)
I specialize in helping individuals like you understand the profound link between nutrition and mental health. Together, we'll explore how optimal nutrition can positively impact your mood, energy levels, and overall sense of well-being. I firmly believe in the transformative power of food and its potential to heal both the mind and body. I offer personalized guidance and education on making mindful choices in your diet, focusing on plant-based nutrition and organic, farm-raised products.
I specialize in helping individuals like you understand the profound link between nutrition and mental health. Together, we'll explore how optimal nutrition can positively impact your mood, energy levels, and overall sense of well-being. I firmly believe in the transformative power of food and its potential to heal both the mind and body. I offer personalized guidance and education on making mindful choices in your diet, focusing on plant-based nutrition and organic, farm-raised products.
(443) 720-7224 View (443) 720-7224
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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
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Transformation Healthcare INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21202
Hello, I am Bola Osunkiyesi a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am culturally diverse and competent in providing mental health services across the health wellness-illness continuum and lifespan: adolescent, adult, and the geriatric population in the community. I love to read my bible, pray, and encouraging others. During my free time, I love to stay indoors with my family, and prepare traditional meals
Hello, I am Bola Osunkiyesi a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am culturally diverse and competent in providing mental health services across the health wellness-illness continuum and lifespan: adolescent, adult, and the geriatric population in the community. I love to read my bible, pray, and encouraging others. During my free time, I love to stay indoors with my family, and prepare traditional meals
(410) 397-7256 View (410) 397-7256
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Dr. Archana Varma Caballero
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21211
Do you feel stuck? It can be hard to make sense of difficult life events and even your own repetitive behavior or symptoms. It can feel daunting to find a prescriber that you feel comfortable with. If you are also interested in going deeper, we will work together to understand the roots of your feelings and reactions, which will pave the way for more balanced relationships and a more stable lifestyle. I strive to create a safe environment for this difficult and rewarding work. Please visit my practice website for more information: www.ArchanaVarmaMD.com
Do you feel stuck? It can be hard to make sense of difficult life events and even your own repetitive behavior or symptoms. It can feel daunting to find a prescriber that you feel comfortable with. If you are also interested in going deeper, we will work together to understand the roots of your feelings and reactions, which will pave the way for more balanced relationships and a more stable lifestyle. I strive to create a safe environment for this difficult and rewarding work. Please visit my practice website for more information: www.ArchanaVarmaMD.com
(443) 313-8663 View (443) 313-8663
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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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Baltimore, MD

400+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Baltimore, MD who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
93% Depression
84% Bipolar Disorder
79% ADHD
70% Trauma and PTSD
69% Medication Management
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Cigna and Evernorth
84% Aetna
79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Baltimore, MD see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% 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.