Psychiatrists in Bethesda, MD

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Pavan Nath Segal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814  (Online Only)
I pride myself on being a caring, compassionate, and highly skilled psychiatrist. I am committed to understanding each patient and his or her unique situation. Furthermore, I utilize the most contemporary treatments available in mental healthcare to effectively treat my patients and bring about positive change in their lives. My particular areas of expertise include working with children, adolescents, and young adults. I am board certified in both child and adolescent psychiatry and general adult psychiatry. I have served as the medical director for psychiatric services at a number of the largest psychiatric centers in the nation.
I pride myself on being a caring, compassionate, and highly skilled psychiatrist. I am committed to understanding each patient and his or her unique situation. Furthermore, I utilize the most contemporary treatments available in mental healthcare to effectively treat my patients and bring about positive change in their lives. My particular areas of expertise include working with children, adolescents, and young adults. I am board certified in both child and adolescent psychiatry and general adult psychiatry. I have served as the medical director for psychiatric services at a number of the largest psychiatric centers in the nation.
(240) 453-4739 View (240) 453-4739
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Gloria Osuruaka
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bethesda, MD 20817
I am a Double Board-Certified General and Forensic Psychiatrist. I am passionate about mental health and the role it plays in leading a successful, purpose driven life. My undergraduate degree is in Biology and Philosophy from Quinnipiac University and then I went on to study at Ross University School of Medicine. My psychiatric Residency training was completed at Howard University Hospital. I sub-specialized in Forensic Psychiatry at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital.
I am a Double Board-Certified General and Forensic Psychiatrist. I am passionate about mental health and the role it plays in leading a successful, purpose driven life. My undergraduate degree is in Biology and Philosophy from Quinnipiac University and then I went on to study at Ross University School of Medicine. My psychiatric Residency training was completed at Howard University Hospital. I sub-specialized in Forensic Psychiatry at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital.
(301) 281-6820 View (301) 281-6820
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Calliope Health Psychiatry & Ketamine
Psychiatrist, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
7 Endorsed
Bethesda, MD 20814
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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Sonia Juneja
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814
I specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of mental disorders including mood, anxiety, psychosis, ADHD, eating disorders, insomnia and other psychosocial issues such as relationship problems, parenting, stress management and coping issues. I counsel patients from early childhood through adulthood and provide parental training to parents with young children with behavioral problems and special needs. I am available for consultation, medication evaluation, medication management, individual psychotherapy, family therapy, couples therapy and parent training.
I specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of mental disorders including mood, anxiety, psychosis, ADHD, eating disorders, insomnia and other psychosocial issues such as relationship problems, parenting, stress management and coping issues. I counsel patients from early childhood through adulthood and provide parental training to parents with young children with behavioral problems and special needs. I am available for consultation, medication evaluation, medication management, individual psychotherapy, family therapy, couples therapy and parent training.
(240) 821-6898 View (240) 821-6898
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Sandra Rubin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bethesda, MD 20814
I am a board certified psychiatrist with extensive training in Child Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. I implement a treatment model that uses different interventions tailored to the patient's individual needs. I specialize in active listening to provide a diagnosis and then specific interventions to bring relief to the patients and their families. Once the emergency is addressed, the next step is to focus on the most important tools for the patient- early recognition, education, and preventive interventions to manage stress.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with extensive training in Child Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. I implement a treatment model that uses different interventions tailored to the patient's individual needs. I specialize in active listening to provide a diagnosis and then specific interventions to bring relief to the patients and their families. Once the emergency is addressed, the next step is to focus on the most important tools for the patient- early recognition, education, and preventive interventions to manage stress.
(301) 654-0285 View (301) 654-0285
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Edward Gelber
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bethesda, MD 20817
I am seeing patients in my Rockville office located at 11119 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, and by videoconference (Zoom). I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and pre-teens. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity.
I am seeing patients in my Rockville office located at 11119 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, and by videoconference (Zoom). I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and pre-teens. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity.
(301) 750-2744 View (301) 750-2744
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Angela Enyioma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Angela. I am an APRN, PMHNP-BC, with 14 years of experience as a psych nurse and three years as a psych nurse practitioner working with clients with varied mental health challenges.
Hi, my name is Angela. I am an APRN, PMHNP-BC, with 14 years of experience as a psych nurse and three years as a psych nurse practitioner working with clients with varied mental health challenges.
(240) 789-4699 View (240) 789-4699
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Pendulum Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814  (Online Only)
It is time to bring the negative stigma of seeking help for mental health issues to an end. It is a stigma when a person with mental illness is mocked or called weak for seeking help. Black Americans are less likely to seek mental health care. Statistics tell us that about 25% of African Americans seek mental health treatment, compared to 40% of white Americans. For black men the numbers are even less. Seeking help from a culturally competent therapist can assist with managing and overcoming these effects. At Pendulum Psychiatry we aim to provide a safer, more welcoming space for Black men seeking medication management and therapy.
It is time to bring the negative stigma of seeking help for mental health issues to an end. It is a stigma when a person with mental illness is mocked or called weak for seeking help. Black Americans are less likely to seek mental health care. Statistics tell us that about 25% of African Americans seek mental health treatment, compared to 40% of white Americans. For black men the numbers are even less. Seeking help from a culturally competent therapist can assist with managing and overcoming these effects. At Pendulum Psychiatry we aim to provide a safer, more welcoming space for Black men seeking medication management and therapy.
(240) 635-9666 View (240) 635-9666
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Shilla Pokuaa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Shilla Pokuaa, a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Maryland. I graduated with my master's in 2017 from Bowie State University and went on to attain my DNP whilst working in the mental health field as an addiction and PMHNP provider. My passion is working with patients 18 and above with various types of mental illnesses.
Hello, I am Shilla Pokuaa, a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Maryland. I graduated with my master's in 2017 from Bowie State University and went on to attain my DNP whilst working in the mental health field as an addiction and PMHNP provider. My passion is working with patients 18 and above with various types of mental illnesses.
(240) 713-6082 View (240) 713-6082
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Alok Rawat
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Bethesda, MD 20814
My name is Dr. Alok Rawat. I am a board-certified psychiatrist with a focus on helping people with anxiety, depression, and mood/bipolar disorders, serving the Bethesda/Chevy Chase/Kensington, Maryland area as well as the Ellicott City/Columbia, Maryland area. I specialize in life-coaching and helping you find a better balance in your life, especially for busy professionals who want a goal-oriented approach to psychiatry. My interventions are evidence-based and time limited. I practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as life-coaching and motivational techniques, I also provide medication management where indicated.
My name is Dr. Alok Rawat. I am a board-certified psychiatrist with a focus on helping people with anxiety, depression, and mood/bipolar disorders, serving the Bethesda/Chevy Chase/Kensington, Maryland area as well as the Ellicott City/Columbia, Maryland area. I specialize in life-coaching and helping you find a better balance in your life, especially for busy professionals who want a goal-oriented approach to psychiatry. My interventions are evidence-based and time limited. I practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as life-coaching and motivational techniques, I also provide medication management where indicated.
(443) 345-4876 View (443) 345-4876
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Aeva Gaymon Doomes MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bethesda, MD 20817  (Online Only)
Aeva Gaymon-Doomes, MD, with over 20 years in psychiatry, focuses on child, adolescent, and women's psychiatry. She is double board-certified in adult and child & adolescent psychiatry, and a member of AACAP and Black Psychiatrists of America. She is a graduate of Howard College of Medicine and Spelman College. She specializes in treating anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD, providing services such as medication management, alongside Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. In addition, she offers strategic leadership coaching for adult women, employing emotional intelligence techniques to enhance their professional personal growth.
Aeva Gaymon-Doomes, MD, with over 20 years in psychiatry, focuses on child, adolescent, and women's psychiatry. She is double board-certified in adult and child & adolescent psychiatry, and a member of AACAP and Black Psychiatrists of America. She is a graduate of Howard College of Medicine and Spelman College. She specializes in treating anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD, providing services such as medication management, alongside Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. In addition, she offers strategic leadership coaching for adult women, employing emotional intelligence techniques to enhance their professional personal growth.
(301) 900-6243 View (301) 900-6243
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Funmi Opadina
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814  (Online Only)
Hi my name is Funmi Do you feel pulled in a million directions , overwhelmed and stressed, unable to fit it all in?
Hi my name is Funmi Do you feel pulled in a million directions , overwhelmed and stressed, unable to fit it all in?
(240) 696-3199 View (240) 696-3199
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Uchenwa D Okoli
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Cornell and Harvard educated psychiatrist with board certifications in both child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. I have also completed extended training in clinical neurology, which I find helpful in my approach with your care. I have experience working in a variety of settings (inpatient, outpatient, residential and school based) with very diverse patient populations. I've held faculty appointments at Harvard University, Albert Einstein Medical College and Georgetown University.
I am a Cornell and Harvard educated psychiatrist with board certifications in both child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. I have also completed extended training in clinical neurology, which I find helpful in my approach with your care. I have experience working in a variety of settings (inpatient, outpatient, residential and school based) with very diverse patient populations. I've held faculty appointments at Harvard University, Albert Einstein Medical College and Georgetown University.
(240) 503-8152 View (240) 503-8152
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Kate Pabai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814  (Online Only)
Kate Pabai is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner with a huge passion for mental health, whose care is centered on incorporating the medical as well as the mental health needs of her clients. She provides extensive psychiatric evaluations, psychopharmacological treatment initiation, and monitoring for both acute and chronic mental health problems. Kate has worked in a variety of settings including medical, surgical, stroke, dialysis, behavioral units, and case management before having two years plus experience in out patient mental health clinic treating patients with a wide range of psychiatric disorder .
Kate Pabai is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner with a huge passion for mental health, whose care is centered on incorporating the medical as well as the mental health needs of her clients. She provides extensive psychiatric evaluations, psychopharmacological treatment initiation, and monitoring for both acute and chronic mental health problems. Kate has worked in a variety of settings including medical, surgical, stroke, dialysis, behavioral units, and case management before having two years plus experience in out patient mental health clinic treating patients with a wide range of psychiatric disorder .
(240) 802-7581 View (240) 802-7581
Photo of JaeHoon Kim, PMHNP, Lazarus Psychiatry LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bethesda, MD
JaeHoon Kim, PMHNP, Lazarus Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bethesda, MD 20814
Would it be possible to be a family practitioner who has a kind bedside manner, is on a first-name basis with many patients and also, when needed, can make house calls? This is what I used to watch when I grew up, Marcus Welby, M.D. He left me an image of a doctor with humanity in his office as well as mature medical craftmanship. Managed care environment makes this type of practice difficult, but this is my goal to provide compassionate care, filling the gap in the healthcare system whether it is caused by stigma, culture, or finance.
Would it be possible to be a family practitioner who has a kind bedside manner, is on a first-name basis with many patients and also, when needed, can make house calls? This is what I used to watch when I grew up, Marcus Welby, M.D. He left me an image of a doctor with humanity in his office as well as mature medical craftmanship. Managed care environment makes this type of practice difficult, but this is my goal to provide compassionate care, filling the gap in the healthcare system whether it is caused by stigma, culture, or finance.
(240) 202-3387 View (240) 202-3387
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Antonia L Baum, MD
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
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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Bashkim Kadriu
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814
I received my board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). I completed my Psychiatry Residency training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda. My treatment approach is individual-centered, uniquely and collaboratively created with the client via a thorough understanding of life experience, symptoms, needs, and goals. It aims to improve individual mental health and overall sense of well-being. Complex mind & brain requires integrated multi-modal approach and thorough clinical expertise to ensure the best care is provided.
I received my board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). I completed my Psychiatry Residency training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda. My treatment approach is individual-centered, uniquely and collaboratively created with the client via a thorough understanding of life experience, symptoms, needs, and goals. It aims to improve individual mental health and overall sense of well-being. Complex mind & brain requires integrated multi-modal approach and thorough clinical expertise to ensure the best care is provided.
(240) 507-5579 View (240) 507-5579
Photo of Michelle Graves Seelman, MD, LLC, Psychiatrist in Bethesda, MD
Michelle Graves Seelman, MD, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in the mental health needs of children, adolescents and young adults. I focus on the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, behavior problems, school difficulties, attention issues and autism spectrum disorders.
I specialize in the mental health needs of children, adolescents and young adults. I focus on the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, behavior problems, school difficulties, attention issues and autism spectrum disorders.
(301) 250-1662 View (301) 250-1662
Photo of Linda Nji, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bethesda, MD
Linda Nji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814  (Online Only)
Hello, My name is Linda! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University. Furthermore, I have about 7 years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric mental health care.
Hello, My name is Linda! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University. Furthermore, I have about 7 years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric mental health care.
(240) 830-7163 View (240) 830-7163
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Ugonma Nwokorie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814  (Online Only)
Hi! Ugonma “Peace” is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She holds BSN and she graduated from Walden University with Masters Degree in nursing and a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She works with all ages and helps people find recovery through the path that is right for them via psychotropic medications and therapy or lifestyle interventions for children, adolescences,
Hi! Ugonma “Peace” is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She holds BSN and she graduated from Walden University with Masters Degree in nursing and a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She works with all ages and helps people find recovery through the path that is right for them via psychotropic medications and therapy or lifestyle interventions for children, adolescences,
(240) 451-8736 View (240) 451-8736

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Number of Psychiatrists in Bethesda, MD

100+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Bethesda, MD who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
93% Depression
79% Bipolar Disorder
74% ADHD
69% Trauma and PTSD
62% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
58% Medication Management

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Cigna and Evernorth
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
79% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Bethesda, MD see their clients

51% In Person and Online
49% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
26% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bethesda?

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.