Psychiatrists in Brandywine, MD

Photo of Tashekia Williamson, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tashekia Williamson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Brandywine, MD 20613  (Online Only)
Southern Comfort Psychiatric Services, LLC is a mental and behavioral health organization that aims to provide services to members of he community from ages 6 - 65+. We take a holistic approach to care as we aspire to help each client to approach and overcome obstacles that affect the mind, body and spirit. We are 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 client's needs.
Southern Comfort Psychiatric Services, LLC is a mental and behavioral health organization that aims to provide services to members of he community from ages 6 - 65+. We take a holistic approach to care as we aspire to help each client to approach and overcome obstacles that affect the mind, body and spirit. We are 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 client's needs.
(301) 753-8026 View (301) 753-8026
Photo of Charles Okorom - Zitel Healthcare Services Inc, DNP, APRN, CRNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Zitel Healthcare Services Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brandywine, MD 20613
Do you experience mood swings, depression, and anxiety that interferes with your daily life and work life? Have you been lacking interest in activities once enjoyed or do you feel anxious in every situation. A mood disorder presents in many forms and requires treatment. At Zitel Healthcare Services where your mental health matters, we provide patient-centered care with holistic approach to treatment in person or with confidential Telepsychiatry sessions in state of Maryland.
Do you experience mood swings, depression, and anxiety that interferes with your daily life and work life? Have you been lacking interest in activities once enjoyed or do you feel anxious in every situation. A mood disorder presents in many forms and requires treatment. At Zitel Healthcare Services where your mental health matters, we provide patient-centered care with holistic approach to treatment in person or with confidential Telepsychiatry sessions in state of Maryland.
(301) 205-5871 View (301) 205-5871
Photo of Gabriela Amaya, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Gabriela Amaya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brandywine, MD 20613
Promoting optimal mental and emotional well-being by providing compassionate care. Empowering individuals to achieve their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.
Promoting optimal mental and emotional well-being by providing compassionate care. Empowering individuals to achieve their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.
(301) 691-3062 View (301) 691-3062
Photo of Dr. Yetunde Precious Rotimi, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Yetunde Precious Rotimi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Brandywine, MD 20613  (Online Only)
At Opollo Health and Wellness, our core principles have always been rooted in providing patients with dignity, respect, and compassion. We understand that each individual's healthcare journey is unique, and we are committed to tailoring our approach to meet your specific needs. Dr. Rotimi is dedicated to a holistic approach to healthcare, merging evidence-based practices with personalized care. We have a wealth of experience working with patients from diverse backgrounds, and Dr. Rotimi brings over 16 years of clinical expertise to our practice.
At Opollo Health and Wellness, our core principles have always been rooted in providing patients with dignity, respect, and compassion. We understand that each individual's healthcare journey is unique, and we are committed to tailoring our approach to meet your specific needs. Dr. Rotimi is dedicated to a holistic approach to healthcare, merging evidence-based practices with personalized care. We have a wealth of experience working with patients from diverse backgrounds, and Dr. Rotimi brings over 16 years of clinical expertise to our practice.
(240) 301-4084 View (240) 301-4084

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Photo of Lucie S Lavarn - PSJZ Health Services, LLC, PMHNP , BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
PSJZ Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Accokeek, MD 20607  (Online Only)
Are you facing challenges like anxiety, depression, trauma, or relationship difficulties? Are you ready to make positive changes and seeking support to understand and manage your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors? At PSJZ Health Services, we provide a safe, supportive space for your mental wellness journey. Our goal is to offer compassionate support and effective strategies to help you navigate these challenges. We offer medications management, counseling, and therapeutic support for individuals and families.
Are you facing challenges like anxiety, depression, trauma, or relationship difficulties? Are you ready to make positive changes and seeking support to understand and manage your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors? At PSJZ Health Services, we provide a safe, supportive space for your mental wellness journey. Our goal is to offer compassionate support and effective strategies to help you navigate these challenges. We offer medications management, counseling, and therapeutic support for individuals and families.
(301) 298-3190 View (301) 298-3190
Photo of Calista Ogbu - Faithfirst Health Clinic AND Urgent Care LLC, DNP, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Faithfirst Health Clinic AND Urgent Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20604
In need of a provider with a touch of care and understands your mental health needs? At Faithfirst health, we see clients with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia and Mood disorder. Your mental health is our priority and recovery are possible. With over 8 years of experience in psychiatry practice, we have the clinical ability to care for you.
In need of a provider with a touch of care and understands your mental health needs? At Faithfirst health, we see clients with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia and Mood disorder. Your mental health is our priority and recovery are possible. With over 8 years of experience in psychiatry practice, we have the clinical ability to care for you.
(240) 698-2236 View (240) 698-2236
Photo of Clementina U Nwandu - Chidera Health and Mental Health Services, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chidera Health and Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603  (Online Only)
Doctor Clementina Nwandu is a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and a Doctor in Nursing Practice. She is Board certified, and her focus is on Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She has over 27 years of experience in the healthcare industry as a nurse, and 23 of those in the mental health field. She is versed in a wide range of mental health conditions. She earned her Associate degree in nursing, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from Marymount University, her MSN degree /FNP from Bowie State University, and subsequently, her PMHNP certification and DNP from Shenandoah University.
Doctor Clementina Nwandu is a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and a Doctor in Nursing Practice. She is Board certified, and her focus is on Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She has over 27 years of experience in the healthcare industry as a nurse, and 23 of those in the mental health field. She is versed in a wide range of mental health conditions. She earned her Associate degree in nursing, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from Marymount University, her MSN degree /FNP from Bowie State University, and subsequently, her PMHNP certification and DNP from Shenandoah University.
(240) 563-9779 View (240) 563-9779
Photo of Dr. Thickness Patrick Egwuatu - Icon Clinic, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Icon Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Washington, MD 20744
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with DNP. Currently, I am a Provider here in Icon Clinic LLC in Greenbelt Maryland. I choose to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner because of the desire I have in helping people. That philosophy is one which I will stand by throughout my duration in this career. It will be based on providing competent, empathetic, compassionate, and holistic care to the best of my ability without bias. This philosophy or values I believed was in me from birth - The spirit of caring and giving to the fullest. These values are accompanied by respect, and trustworthiness.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with DNP. Currently, I am a Provider here in Icon Clinic LLC in Greenbelt Maryland. I choose to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner because of the desire I have in helping people. That philosophy is one which I will stand by throughout my duration in this career. It will be based on providing competent, empathetic, compassionate, and holistic care to the best of my ability without bias. This philosophy or values I believed was in me from birth - The spirit of caring and giving to the fullest. These values are accompanied by respect, and trustworthiness.
(240) 219-7609 View (240) 219-7609
Photo of Ngozi Amadi-Obi - Prudent Behavioral and Wellness Health LLC, MSN, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Prudent Behavioral and Wellness Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clinton, MD 20735  (Online Only)
My name is Ngozi Amadi-Obi, but you can call me Ngozi. I work at Prudent Behavioral and Wellness Health as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. My responsibilities include helping individuals with mental health problems and their families find support and solutions to their mental health concerns. My practice is driven by empathy, value, trust and respect for person and culture. I encourage and empower my clients to participate in the decision-making process as we focus on the positive outcome.
My name is Ngozi Amadi-Obi, but you can call me Ngozi. I work at Prudent Behavioral and Wellness Health as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. My responsibilities include helping individuals with mental health problems and their families find support and solutions to their mental health concerns. My practice is driven by empathy, value, trust and respect for person and culture. I encourage and empower my clients to participate in the decision-making process as we focus on the positive outcome.
(301) 939-0351 View (301) 939-0351
Photo of Fatima M Koroma - Leadeth Stillwaters , APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Leadeth Stillwaters
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Washington, MD 20744  (Online Only)
We are accepting new clients in DC, Maryland, & Virginia through telehealth (online). Struggling with sleep, anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, grief or loss, past trauma or PTSD, self harm, impulsivity, OCD, irritability, anger, stress managements, and mood swings? Do you need medication management, prescription refill, or therapy? We can help & support you through evidence base approach treatment. We understand life gets tough, but don’t give up. With our support you can overcome the challenges that life brings. Contact us today, we can help.
We are accepting new clients in DC, Maryland, & Virginia through telehealth (online). Struggling with sleep, anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, grief or loss, past trauma or PTSD, self harm, impulsivity, OCD, irritability, anger, stress managements, and mood swings? Do you need medication management, prescription refill, or therapy? We can help & support you through evidence base approach treatment. We understand life gets tough, but don’t give up. With our support you can overcome the challenges that life brings. Contact us today, we can help.
(301) 918-5379 View (301) 918-5379
Photo of Leighton Kennedy - Innovo Life Mental Health Practice - Telehealth , PMHNP-B, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Innovo Life Mental Health Practice - Telehealth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, CRNP
Verified Verified
Clinton, MD 20735  (Online Only)
In 2013, Innovo Life, LLC opened to service individuals in the Maryland area and now in Virginia too. Over the past 2 decades plus, the owners and staff combined, have been in involved in the lives of many and are now using these experiences to empower, support, educate, and treat individuals who cross the entryway of Innovo Life. We offer to the community: Psychiatric Diagnosis and Medication Management. Life Coaching is also available to get on track with your goals, be accountable with your goals and see achievement (In Spanish and English)
In 2013, Innovo Life, LLC opened to service individuals in the Maryland area and now in Virginia too. Over the past 2 decades plus, the owners and staff combined, have been in involved in the lives of many and are now using these experiences to empower, support, educate, and treat individuals who cross the entryway of Innovo Life. We offer to the community: Psychiatric Diagnosis and Medication Management. Life Coaching is also available to get on track with your goals, be accountable with your goals and see achievement (In Spanish and English)
(240) 712-5408 View (240) 712-5408
Photo of Dr. Tai Ajani, DNP, APRN, PMH-BC, AGNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Tai Ajani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMH-BC, AGNP-BC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20603
Dr. Tai Ajani, DNP, PMHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC is doctoral-prepared, dual board-certified in psychiatric mental health and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. She has more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare provider and has delivered high-quality health care to multicultural patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. At MindBodyPinnacle Health in Maryland, she offers holistic psychiatric care to individuals over the age 10 years.
Dr. Tai Ajani, DNP, PMHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC is doctoral-prepared, dual board-certified in psychiatric mental health and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. She has more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare provider and has delivered high-quality health care to multicultural patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. At MindBodyPinnacle Health in Maryland, she offers holistic psychiatric care to individuals over the age 10 years.
(301) 381-2346 View (301) 381-2346
Photo of Berenice Mumbemsa Anjeh, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Berenice Mumbemsa Anjeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Clinton, MD 20735
Berenice is a board-certified Nurse practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry. She is licensed to diagnose, treat, and prescribe psychotropic medications, and therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She has experience working with patients with conditions like, but not limited to, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Panic attacks, and insomnia. Berenice has over 14 years of experience as a healthcare practitioner starting off as a Licensed Practical Nurse and working her way up to a master’s degree as a nurse practitioner in psychiatric mental health on course to graduate with a DNP.
Berenice is a board-certified Nurse practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry. She is licensed to diagnose, treat, and prescribe psychotropic medications, and therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She has experience working with patients with conditions like, but not limited to, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Panic attacks, and insomnia. Berenice has over 14 years of experience as a healthcare practitioner starting off as a Licensed Practical Nurse and working her way up to a master’s degree as a nurse practitioner in psychiatric mental health on course to graduate with a DNP.
(301) 781-6244 View (301) 781-6244
Photo of Ebony Joi Cross - Arise Behavioral Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Arise Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20601
At Arise Behavioral Health, we prioritize treating the whole person, not just their symptoms. Our CARF-accredited, state-licensed outpatient mental health clinic offers comprehensive services for adults, adolescents, and children in Southern Maryland and Prince George's County. Our clinic staff includes a diverse group of mental health professionals, including therapists, social workers, nurses, psychologists, and psychiatrists.
At Arise Behavioral Health, we prioritize treating the whole person, not just their symptoms. Our CARF-accredited, state-licensed outpatient mental health clinic offers comprehensive services for adults, adolescents, and children in Southern Maryland and Prince George's County. Our clinic staff includes a diverse group of mental health professionals, including therapists, social workers, nurses, psychologists, and psychiatrists.
(301) 381-2457 View (301) 381-2457
Photo of Bukola Zubair - EB Behavioral Health, CRNP, PMH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
EB Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603
Our mission is to provide comprehensive mental health where individualized and quality care enables individuals to regain hope at home. We help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan after proper diagnostic evaluation through the provision of exceptional mental healthcare backed by research-based education.
Our mission is to provide comprehensive mental health where individualized and quality care enables individuals to regain hope at home. We help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan after proper diagnostic evaluation through the provision of exceptional mental healthcare backed by research-based education.
(301) 591-6442 View (301) 591-6442
Photo of Samuel Koroma - AIH Behavioral Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
AIH Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
If you are struggling with a mental health condition that is causing distress or pain in your life, you are not alone. Millions of Americans deal with the same issues; which are made worse by the pandemic. Some find it more difficult to seek appropriate care.
If you are struggling with a mental health condition that is causing distress or pain in your life, you are not alone. Millions of Americans deal with the same issues; which are made worse by the pandemic. Some find it more difficult to seek appropriate care.
(240) 209-9639 View (240) 209-9639
Photo of Coleen A. Harbin, APRN, PMHNP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Coleen A. Harbin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Fort Washington, MD 20744  (Online Only)
Does fear, anxiety, depression, and stress keep you in a loop of hopelessness, feeling stuck, in poor relationships, and general unhappiness? These factors can be very impactful to one's mental health. If you can relate to any of this, I can help you. My name is Coleen Harbin and I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I aspire to help people prioritize the improvement of their mental health so that they can live the life that they desire, instead of just existing. This can be done through education, self-awareness, accountability, encouragement, nutrition, therapy, and/or medication management.
Does fear, anxiety, depression, and stress keep you in a loop of hopelessness, feeling stuck, in poor relationships, and general unhappiness? These factors can be very impactful to one's mental health. If you can relate to any of this, I can help you. My name is Coleen Harbin and I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I aspire to help people prioritize the improvement of their mental health so that they can live the life that they desire, instead of just existing. This can be done through education, self-awareness, accountability, encouragement, nutrition, therapy, and/or medication management.
(240) 433-5364 View (240) 433-5364
Photo of Marcia Friend - Tranquil Haven Mental Wellness Services LLC, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tranquil Haven Mental Wellness Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20603  (Online Only)
Do you feel that your emotions, mental state, or self-perceptions cause you to feel misunderstood and alone? Do you envision a place where you can feel at peace and safely express who you are and what you need to thrive? Please know you are not alone. My name is Marcia Friend, and I am here to help. Using evidence-based practices, I am equipped to treat neurodevelopmental, behavioral, emotional, psychosocial, and other psychosis-related mental health challenges for adolescents and adults. Your treatment plan may include medication, counseling, or both, depending upon your needs and goals.
Do you feel that your emotions, mental state, or self-perceptions cause you to feel misunderstood and alone? Do you envision a place where you can feel at peace and safely express who you are and what you need to thrive? Please know you are not alone. My name is Marcia Friend, and I am here to help. Using evidence-based practices, I am equipped to treat neurodevelopmental, behavioral, emotional, psychosocial, and other psychosis-related mental health challenges for adolescents and adults. Your treatment plan may include medication, counseling, or both, depending upon your needs and goals.
(301) 579-7936 View (301) 579-7936
Photo of Dr. Jaymie Fields, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Jaymie Fields
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Dr. Fields and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I obtained my doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh & studied behavioral health and psychiatry at the University of Virginia.
Hello! My name is Dr. Fields and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I obtained my doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh & studied behavioral health and psychiatry at the University of Virginia.
(410) 584-3629 View (410) 584-3629
Photo of Dr. Glory Ngum Forbi, PMHNP, DNP, APRN, MSN, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Glory Ngum Forbi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, APRN, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774  (Online Only)
Do you suffer from chronic insomnia, low mood, worry about everything and anything, panic attack, difficulties with staying focus, problem with concentration, excessive sleep , attention problems, drugs and addiction problems? you are not alone, we are here to help you. I know some people it could be uncomfortable seeking help. I work with people across the life span to help deal with depression, anxiety , PTSD,ETOH abuse, ADHD, Bipolar and more. Please feel free to come, you wouldn't regret coming. We put our clients first.
Do you suffer from chronic insomnia, low mood, worry about everything and anything, panic attack, difficulties with staying focus, problem with concentration, excessive sleep , attention problems, drugs and addiction problems? you are not alone, we are here to help you. I know some people it could be uncomfortable seeking help. I work with people across the life span to help deal with depression, anxiety , PTSD,ETOH abuse, ADHD, Bipolar and more. Please feel free to come, you wouldn't regret coming. We put our clients first.
(301) 683-5359 View (301) 683-5359

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Brandywine, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in Brandywine, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Suicidal Ideation
75% Child

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Brandywine, MD see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Brandywine?

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.