Psychiatrists in Bowie, MD

Photo of Tania Heath, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bowie, MD
Tania Heath
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bowie, MD 20721  (Online Only)
Hi, I am honored to be your future provider. I sincerely understand how mental and emotional struggles can negatively impact your life, and the lives of the ones you love. I am immensely passionate about improving the lives of others, therefore, my mission is to provide you with expert care that is compassionate, personalized, and effective.
Hi, I am honored to be your future provider. I sincerely understand how mental and emotional struggles can negatively impact your life, and the lives of the ones you love. I am immensely passionate about improving the lives of others, therefore, my mission is to provide you with expert care that is compassionate, personalized, and effective.
(240) 698-2902 View (240) 698-2902
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Urban Behavioral Associates, PA
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20715
Urban Behavioral Associates is a full-service mental health agency that provides an array of mental wellness services. Our individual counseling and medical management promote the 8 dimensions of wellness and good quality daily functioning. We strive to help you reach your full wellness potential!
Urban Behavioral Associates is a full-service mental health agency that provides an array of mental wellness services. Our individual counseling and medical management promote the 8 dimensions of wellness and good quality daily functioning. We strive to help you reach your full wellness potential!
(667) 220-7762 View (667) 220-7762
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Opus Dei Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bowie, MD 20720  (Online Only)
Welcome to Opus Dei Health Services, where your journey to mental health and physical wellness begins. At Opus Dei Health Services, we provide virtual physical and mental health services where you need it at your comfort. We are always at your service to help you function at your optimum with a sound mind. We specialize in treating and managing common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, PTSD, psychosis, and physical illnesses
Welcome to Opus Dei Health Services, where your journey to mental health and physical wellness begins. At Opus Dei Health Services, we provide virtual physical and mental health services where you need it at your comfort. We are always at your service to help you function at your optimum with a sound mind. We specialize in treating and managing common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, PTSD, psychosis, and physical illnesses
(301) 478-9464 View (301) 478-9464
Israel Ogunsola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20720  (Online Only)
My ideal client is open to treatment with no reservations but ready to be informed concerning available resources. Individualized care is the center of treatment. Each client is different, and culturally informed practice is taught. Any issues with behavioral challenges are welcomed. Their goal is to be better than when they first checked in. They want quality, autonomy, and care. Professional practice is rooted in care that focuses on the client’s needs and self-actualization of a stable mood and emotions.
My ideal client is open to treatment with no reservations but ready to be informed concerning available resources. Individualized care is the center of treatment. Each client is different, and culturally informed practice is taught. Any issues with behavioral challenges are welcomed. Their goal is to be better than when they first checked in. They want quality, autonomy, and care. Professional practice is rooted in care that focuses on the client’s needs and self-actualization of a stable mood and emotions.
(410) 862-2810 View (410) 862-2810
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Ify Ofodile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20716  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) that specializes in Psychiatric Evaluations, Medication Management, diagnosing, and treatment of individuals needing mental health care. Examples include Mood, Anxiety and adjustment disorders, , Bipolar, ADHD etc., I work with adults 18 and over.
Hello, I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) that specializes in Psychiatric Evaluations, Medication Management, diagnosing, and treatment of individuals needing mental health care. Examples include Mood, Anxiety and adjustment disorders, , Bipolar, ADHD etc., I work with adults 18 and over.
(301) 889-9335 View (301) 889-9335
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Vida Robb
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bowie, MD 20717  (Online Only)
Hello and thank you for your interest. I am a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maryland. My specialties include adult, adolescent and child tele-psychiatry. I have more than 4 year of diverse experience. I take a holistic approach to help my clients overcome obstacles that affect the mind, body and spirit. I am committed to taking culturally appropriate evidence based approaches in order to help each client reach optimal functionality within their everyday lives. I believe it is important for me to have a collaborative professional relationship with each client so that we can collectively meet the clients needs.
Hello and thank you for your interest. I am a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maryland. My specialties include adult, adolescent and child tele-psychiatry. I have more than 4 year of diverse experience. I take a holistic approach to help my clients overcome obstacles that affect the mind, body and spirit. I am committed to taking culturally appropriate evidence based approaches in order to help each client reach optimal functionality within their everyday lives. I believe it is important for me to have a collaborative professional relationship with each client so that we can collectively meet the clients needs.
(301) 962-2872 View (301) 962-2872
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Olatunji Folawewo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20721  (Online Only)
Dr. Olatunji Folawewo is an established and highly skilled Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience in psychiatry and mental health issues. He obtained his doctorate in nursing from University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Dr. Olatunji Folawewo is an established and highly skilled Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience in psychiatry and mental health issues. He obtained his doctorate in nursing from University of Maryland, Baltimore.
(301) 804-6948 View (301) 804-6948
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Opollo Health and Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bowie, MD 20720
Welcome to Opollo Health and Wellness, where your well-being is our top priority. Our approach is rooted in kindness, understanding, and personalized care. Dr. Rotimi recognizes the uniqueness of each individual and is committed to working closely with you to achieve optimal health through a holistic approach and evidence-based care. At Opollo, we've created a judgment-free zone to ensure you receive the care you need in a supportive environment for healing and growth. With over 16 years of experience, Dr. Rotimi specializes in treating various conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and more.
Welcome to Opollo Health and Wellness, where your well-being is our top priority. Our approach is rooted in kindness, understanding, and personalized care. Dr. Rotimi recognizes the uniqueness of each individual and is committed to working closely with you to achieve optimal health through a holistic approach and evidence-based care. At Opollo, we've created a judgment-free zone to ensure you receive the care you need in a supportive environment for healing and growth. With over 16 years of experience, Dr. Rotimi specializes in treating various conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and more.
(301) 368-6174 View (301) 368-6174
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Remarkable Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC, CRNP
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20716  (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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Melanie Osefo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20720  (Online Only)
Navigating the path to mental well-being is a deeply personal journey, and I am here to be your guide. Recognizing the unique challenges that accompany conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, schizoaffective disorder, and more, I bring a personalized and compassionate approach to help individuals overcome these struggles. Daily tasks can sometimes feel overwhelming, making accomplishment seem distant. If the noise of the world makes it challenging to quiet your mind, I offer understanding and support.
Navigating the path to mental well-being is a deeply personal journey, and I am here to be your guide. Recognizing the unique challenges that accompany conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, schizoaffective disorder, and more, I bring a personalized and compassionate approach to help individuals overcome these struggles. Daily tasks can sometimes feel overwhelming, making accomplishment seem distant. If the noise of the world makes it challenging to quiet your mind, I offer understanding and support.
(301) 686-5207 View (301) 686-5207
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Guardian Mental and Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bowie, MD 20721
At Guardian Mental & Behavioral Services LLC, you will be welcomed as a family. Believing that every person has the right to live life to the fullest, we work with every patient to meet that right. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in WDC and Maryland. I have been a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2019 with a whole wealth of experience in emergency psychiatry as a psychiatric nurse. I am also very familiar with the needs of our folks with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). These experiences have prepared me to adequately support our patients of all ages, cognitive abilities, and works of life.
At Guardian Mental & Behavioral Services LLC, you will be welcomed as a family. Believing that every person has the right to live life to the fullest, we work with every patient to meet that right. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in WDC and Maryland. I have been a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2019 with a whole wealth of experience in emergency psychiatry as a psychiatric nurse. I am also very familiar with the needs of our folks with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). These experiences have prepared me to adequately support our patients of all ages, cognitive abilities, and works of life.
(301) 715-8185 View (301) 715-8185
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Anyinkia Forteh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20715  (Online Only)
You've been carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, feeling the strain of emotional turmoil and the relentless demands of life. The stress, the anxiety, and the sadness seem almost too much to bear. But you don't have to face it alone. At Tranquil Mind Counseling & Wellness Center, LLC, I see you, and I hear you. Our compassionate team of mental health professionals is here to help you navigate the stormy waters of your emotions and find a safe harbor. Rediscover your inner strength and experience the transformative power of expert psychological care, combined with personalized medication management.
You've been carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, feeling the strain of emotional turmoil and the relentless demands of life. The stress, the anxiety, and the sadness seem almost too much to bear. But you don't have to face it alone. At Tranquil Mind Counseling & Wellness Center, LLC, I see you, and I hear you. Our compassionate team of mental health professionals is here to help you navigate the stormy waters of your emotions and find a safe harbor. Rediscover your inner strength and experience the transformative power of expert psychological care, combined with personalized medication management.
(301) 298-8337 View (301) 298-8337
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Boundless Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, , CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20721  (Online Only)
Dr. Olatunji Folawewo is an established and highly skilled Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience in psychiatry and mental health issues. He obtained his doctorate in nursing from University of Maryland, Baltimore. He has an excellent reputation in treating mental health issues from children to adults as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He has been actively involved in quality care in underserved communities, hospitals with inpatients, responding to crisis cases, and home-based care as a registered nurse in psychiatry.
Dr. Olatunji Folawewo is an established and highly skilled Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience in psychiatry and mental health issues. He obtained his doctorate in nursing from University of Maryland, Baltimore. He has an excellent reputation in treating mental health issues from children to adults as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He has been actively involved in quality care in underserved communities, hospitals with inpatients, responding to crisis cases, and home-based care as a registered nurse in psychiatry.
(301) 690-9380 View (301) 690-9380
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Nneka Wogu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20720  (Online Only)
Welcome! my name is Nneka, a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the state of Maryland. I treat adults of all ages and my area of expertise is in Anxiety, Depression, mood disorder and ADHD. I have an extensive experience providing medication management using a holistic approach. During visits, I will listen carefully to your specific concerns and collaboratively develop a treatment plan that balances your physical and mental health. With each patient, My aim is to help you actively reach the optimal state of wellness that you thrive in.
Welcome! my name is Nneka, a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the state of Maryland. I treat adults of all ages and my area of expertise is in Anxiety, Depression, mood disorder and ADHD. I have an extensive experience providing medication management using a holistic approach. During visits, I will listen carefully to your specific concerns and collaboratively develop a treatment plan that balances your physical and mental health. With each patient, My aim is to help you actively reach the optimal state of wellness that you thrive in.
(240) 410-1383 View (240) 410-1383
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AIM Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, AGPCNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20716  (Online Only)
Have you been looking for a new provider who listens to you, understands you, AND takes action? Then, look no further. At AIM Behavioral Health Services, our primary goal is to accept you as you are, help you initiate the care you need, and maintain the goals you create. AIM Behavioral Health Services is a comprehensive mental health service facility that provides affordable, high-value, patient-centered, compassionate, and unbiased care throughout the DMV area.
Have you been looking for a new provider who listens to you, understands you, AND takes action? Then, look no further. At AIM Behavioral Health Services, our primary goal is to accept you as you are, help you initiate the care you need, and maintain the goals you create. AIM Behavioral Health Services is a comprehensive mental health service facility that provides affordable, high-value, patient-centered, compassionate, and unbiased care throughout the DMV area.
(301) 945-8637 View (301) 945-8637
Photo of Deora Johnson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bowie, MD
Deora Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20720
I have a passion for providing qclients with a holistic approach to mental health care which includes both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions. I work with the adult and senior populations focusing on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues. I will work closely with you to help guide you through the process of understanding and deciding on the most effective interventions/medication management options for your diagnosis.
I have a passion for providing qclients with a holistic approach to mental health care which includes both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions. I work with the adult and senior populations focusing on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues. I will work closely with you to help guide you through the process of understanding and deciding on the most effective interventions/medication management options for your diagnosis.
(240) 512-6994 View (240) 512-6994
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Chinma Njoku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20720  (Online Only)
Do you feel down, depressed, changes in appetite, feel anxious, can’t stop worrying about things, have low motivation, can’t get out of bed? Is it hard to pay attention and complete tasks? Do you suffer from nightmares due to past trauma? Does your heart race and do you have panic attacks? I am here to tell you that you are not alone in your journey. I will listen to your concerns in a safe and positive space and, working together in partnership, help you find the solutions you are looking for. As an experienced professional, I will support you with the best quality care you deserve through medication management.
Do you feel down, depressed, changes in appetite, feel anxious, can’t stop worrying about things, have low motivation, can’t get out of bed? Is it hard to pay attention and complete tasks? Do you suffer from nightmares due to past trauma? Does your heart race and do you have panic attacks? I am here to tell you that you are not alone in your journey. I will listen to your concerns in a safe and positive space and, working together in partnership, help you find the solutions you are looking for. As an experienced professional, I will support you with the best quality care you deserve through medication management.
(301) 273-1413 View (301) 273-1413
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Trinity Family and Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bowie, MD 20715
Dealing with mental illness can be debilitating and asking for help when dealing with these issues can be challenging at times. It is the core of my practice to create a relationship where you feel comfortable and safe in sharing your problems with me. I hope to work with you to ensure that you attain and maintain your utmost health while ensuring your privacy. Every individual treatment is unique, and medication may be necessary to help make day-to-day living better; together, we can work to change the situation for the best.
Dealing with mental illness can be debilitating and asking for help when dealing with these issues can be challenging at times. It is the core of my practice to create a relationship where you feel comfortable and safe in sharing your problems with me. I hope to work with you to ensure that you attain and maintain your utmost health while ensuring your privacy. Every individual treatment is unique, and medication may be necessary to help make day-to-day living better; together, we can work to change the situation for the best.
(301) 478-8578 View (301) 478-8578
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Oko Akrong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20715  (Online Only)
Oko uses a client-centered, solution-focused approach to provide the best possible care during treatment. He believes heartedly that his relationship with his patients is one of a navigator whose job is to use his skills, knowledge, and education to create a clear-cut path to the patient's happiness. He believes good communication and active listening lead to the best solution, and he uses these skills to help patients move forward in life. Please schedule appointments at www.dmvpsychiatricwellness.com. Thanks
Oko uses a client-centered, solution-focused approach to provide the best possible care during treatment. He believes heartedly that his relationship with his patients is one of a navigator whose job is to use his skills, knowledge, and education to create a clear-cut path to the patient's happiness. He believes good communication and active listening lead to the best solution, and he uses these skills to help patients move forward in life. Please schedule appointments at www.dmvpsychiatricwellness.com. Thanks
(301) 298-8366 View (301) 298-8366
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Rita Chioma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20720  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Dr. Rita Chioma! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse and Acute Care Nurse (PHMNP-BC, ACNP-BC) in Maryland and the District of Columbia, with over 20 years of clinical experience. I am patient-oriented and committed to providing optimum care to psychiatric mental health patients via telehealth to meet their needs. As a mental health specialist, I believe it is of the utmost importance to be open-minded, listen attentively to my patients, and take pleasure in maintaining the well-being of my patients!
Hi, my name is Dr. Rita Chioma! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse and Acute Care Nurse (PHMNP-BC, ACNP-BC) in Maryland and the District of Columbia, with over 20 years of clinical experience. I am patient-oriented and committed to providing optimum care to psychiatric mental health patients via telehealth to meet their needs. As a mental health specialist, I believe it is of the utmost importance to be open-minded, listen attentively to my patients, and take pleasure in maintaining the well-being of my patients!
(301) 381-1696 View (301) 381-1696

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Bowie, MD

100+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Bowie, MD who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
87% ADHD
84% Bipolar Disorder
77% Medication Management
72% Trauma and PTSD
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Cigna and Evernorth
91% Aetna
82% CareFirst

How Psychiatrists in Bowie, MD see their clients

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

87% Female
13% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bowie?

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.