Psychiatrists in California, MD

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Living Water Mental Health and Counseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
California, MD 20619  (Online Only)
Do you have triggers connecting to your past trauma? Are these traumatic events taking over your everyday life and relationships? Do you find yourself behaving in a manner that does not represent who you are? Now might be the time to connect with a provider who can help. Let us work together to develop a plan to help you live a life with purpose. While I employ several psychotherapy techniques, my area of expertise lies in spiritually integrated psychotherapy and trauma-informed therapy.
Do you have triggers connecting to your past trauma? Are these traumatic events taking over your everyday life and relationships? Do you find yourself behaving in a manner that does not represent who you are? Now might be the time to connect with a provider who can help. Let us work together to develop a plan to help you live a life with purpose. While I employ several psychotherapy techniques, my area of expertise lies in spiritually integrated psychotherapy and trauma-informed therapy.
(410) 584-3047 View (410) 584-3047

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Amy Grammas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, RN, MS
Verified Verified
Leonardtown, MD 20650  (Online Only)
Amy Grammas is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that has over 20 years’ experience in the mental health field. She received her post-Master’s certificate in psychiatric mental health from The University of Maryland, School of Nursing and has a Master's degree from Loyola College in Clinical Psychology. She performs thorough psychiatric evaluations that may be required by other institutions, providers medication management, and is a licensed medical marijuana provider.
Amy Grammas is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that has over 20 years’ experience in the mental health field. She received her post-Master’s certificate in psychiatric mental health from The University of Maryland, School of Nursing and has a Master's degree from Loyola College in Clinical Psychology. She performs thorough psychiatric evaluations that may be required by other institutions, providers medication management, and is a licensed medical marijuana provider.
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Photo of Modupe Olufunke Adenekan - MEM Scepter Home & Behavioral Health Care, LLC , DNP, PMHNP, MSN, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
MEM Scepter Home & Behavioral Health Care, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Leonardtown, MD 20650
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Been in health care for over 15 years. I have extensive experience treating clients with various psychiatric conditions in acute and chronic stages and medication assisted treatment (MAT) including but not limited to mood disorder, depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, bipolar disorder schizophrenia, and neurocognitive disorders. Initial Mental Health Evaluation, Medication Management, Suboxone and Vivitrol Provider, and a provider to children as well.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Been in health care for over 15 years. I have extensive experience treating clients with various psychiatric conditions in acute and chronic stages and medication assisted treatment (MAT) including but not limited to mood disorder, depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, bipolar disorder schizophrenia, and neurocognitive disorders. Initial Mental Health Evaluation, Medication Management, Suboxone and Vivitrol Provider, and a provider to children as well.
(202) 644-1314 View (202) 644-1314
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Zitel Healthcare Services Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leonardtown, MD 20650
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 Dana Foster - Fostered Healthcare, LLC, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Fostered Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Lexington Park, MD 20653  (Online Only)
NOTE: Self-Pay (Cash/Credit Card) Patients Only
NOTE: Self-Pay (Cash/Credit Card) Patients Only
(240) 624-9294 View (240) 624-9294
CareMind Health
Psychiatrist, PMHNP, LCSW, LCPC, PA-C
Verified Verified
Leonardtown, MD 20650  (Online Only)
CareMind Health is redefining the service of psychiatry and transforming behavioral health care. As a patient-centered organization, we are focused on supporting people with their mental health. We create access to convenient, high quality services delivered by compassionate and skilled clinicians. Our goal is to provide our clients with an exceptional experience that improves overall wellbeing, and restores the foundations of healthy living.
CareMind Health is redefining the service of psychiatry and transforming behavioral health care. As a patient-centered organization, we are focused on supporting people with their mental health. We create access to convenient, high quality services delivered by compassionate and skilled clinicians. Our goal is to provide our clients with an exceptional experience that improves overall wellbeing, and restores the foundations of healthy living.
(301) 825-5004 View (301) 825-5004
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Axios Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Dr Umaru Labay-Kamara, popularly called” Dr Kamara” by his patients is trained as a Medical Doctor with specialty in Psychiatry. He studied and completed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences School of medicine. He has been practicing Medicine for the past 20 years. He has been a staff psychiatrist and Medical Director at QCI Behavioral Health serving patients in Prince George’s, Calvert, St Mary’s and Charles County. He was recently awarded a Dedicated Service award for his dedication and service to his patients by the Prince George’s Department of Health. He is a member of APA and AACP
Dr Umaru Labay-Kamara, popularly called” Dr Kamara” by his patients is trained as a Medical Doctor with specialty in Psychiatry. He studied and completed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences School of medicine. He has been practicing Medicine for the past 20 years. He has been a staff psychiatrist and Medical Director at QCI Behavioral Health serving patients in Prince George’s, Calvert, St Mary’s and Charles County. He was recently awarded a Dedicated Service award for his dedication and service to his patients by the Prince George’s Department of Health. He is a member of APA and AACP
(240) 349-7033 View (240) 349-7033
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Maura Constance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, PMHNP, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lexington Park, MD 20653
I am a warm, compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner devoted to helping people overcome difficulties and thrive. I employ a humanistic approach that looks at the whole person to understand how elements in the past and factors in the present environment can contribute to your current challenges. I listen deeply and work with you to find the right mix of evidence-based therapies and medications to address your particular needs. I have a special interest in depression, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction issues, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
I am a warm, compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner devoted to helping people overcome difficulties and thrive. I employ a humanistic approach that looks at the whole person to understand how elements in the past and factors in the present environment can contribute to your current challenges. I listen deeply and work with you to find the right mix of evidence-based therapies and medications to address your particular needs. I have a special interest in depression, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction issues, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Tonnesha Kidd - We care Psychiatry LLC, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
We care Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20715  (Online Only)
I graduated from Drexel University with my master's degree in nursing. I then earned a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner postgraduate certificate. I have over 20 years of experience working in healthcare. Psych has always been my passion. My experiences encompass working with clients across the lifespan, including children and adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations. I’ve provided services to clients presenting with many psychiatric disorders, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and more. I’m of the belief that mental health wellbeing is a priority, human beings are resilient, with holistic care.
I graduated from Drexel University with my master's degree in nursing. I then earned a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner postgraduate certificate. I have over 20 years of experience working in healthcare. Psych has always been my passion. My experiences encompass working with clients across the lifespan, including children and adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations. I’ve provided services to clients presenting with many psychiatric disorders, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and more. I’m of the belief that mental health wellbeing is a priority, human beings are resilient, with holistic care.
(301) 900-5137 View (301) 900-5137
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Frank Michael Copeli
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Timonium, MD 21093  (Online Only)
Dr. Copeli is a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist providing psychotherapy and medication management for patients located in Massachusetts and Maryland via telemedicine. Dr. Copeli emphasizes collaborative care with patients to find a targeted treatment approach that emphasizes your well-being and physical health. Requests for consultation will be considered on a rolling basis as availability opens. Dr. Copeli has considerable experience in geriatric psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and adult psychiatry.
Dr. Copeli is a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist providing psychotherapy and medication management for patients located in Massachusetts and Maryland via telemedicine. Dr. Copeli emphasizes collaborative care with patients to find a targeted treatment approach that emphasizes your well-being and physical health. Requests for consultation will be considered on a rolling basis as availability opens. Dr. Copeli has considerable experience in geriatric psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and adult psychiatry.
(410) 970-3061 View (410) 970-3061
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Graceland Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, CRNP
Verified Verified
Glen Burnie, MD 21061  (Online Only)
Sirah is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and an American Psychiatric Nurses Association Medication-Assisted Treatment certified nurse practitioner (APNA). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services. She sees patients aged 18 and above and accepts most major insurances. Sirah possesses solid clinical skills enhanced by her natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition.
Sirah is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and an American Psychiatric Nurses Association Medication-Assisted Treatment certified nurse practitioner (APNA). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services. She sees patients aged 18 and above and accepts most major insurances. Sirah possesses solid clinical skills enhanced by her natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition.
(443) 594-7418 View (443) 594-7418
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Oluwatoyin Adekeye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401
Dr. Oluwatoyin Adekeye, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She received her Post-Doctoral Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Brandman University. She also received her Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. She has double Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Biology from Howard University. Dr. Adekeye has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pain Management.
Dr. Oluwatoyin Adekeye, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She received her Post-Doctoral Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Brandman University. She also received her Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. She has double Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Biology from Howard University. Dr. Adekeye has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pain Management.
(410) 701-3259 View (410) 701-3259
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Dr. Gideon Esuzor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MBA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Providers at Wellness Takes Fortitude understand that different seasons in life can have a profound impact on our mental wellbeing. Oftentimes, it leads many to mask the underlying symptoms of sadness, anxiety, feelings of being overwhelmed, and feelings of disorganization. Nevertheless, seeking services can be a vulnerable, courageous, and rewarding step. Wellness Takes Fortitude promotes the acknowledgement and prioritization of our mental well-being much in the same way that physical wellbeing should be a priority. Taking care of yourself is a valuable investment in your overall quality of life.
Providers at Wellness Takes Fortitude understand that different seasons in life can have a profound impact on our mental wellbeing. Oftentimes, it leads many to mask the underlying symptoms of sadness, anxiety, feelings of being overwhelmed, and feelings of disorganization. Nevertheless, seeking services can be a vulnerable, courageous, and rewarding step. Wellness Takes Fortitude promotes the acknowledgement and prioritization of our mental well-being much in the same way that physical wellbeing should be a priority. Taking care of yourself is a valuable investment in your overall quality of life.
(301) 769-7209 View (301) 769-7209
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Tony Tu
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850  (Online Only)
Dr. Tony Tu is a board certified adult psychiatrist who emphasizes patient education and a psychodynamic approach to outpatient psychiatry. His passion for empowering patients with knowledge stems from his academic experience in psychiatry residency training. Dr. Tu's practice focuses on blending medication management together with psychotherapy. He also prioritizes collaboration with your therapist and encourages working together as a team.
Dr. Tony Tu is a board certified adult psychiatrist who emphasizes patient education and a psychodynamic approach to outpatient psychiatry. His passion for empowering patients with knowledge stems from his academic experience in psychiatry residency training. Dr. Tu's practice focuses on blending medication management together with psychotherapy. He also prioritizes collaboration with your therapist and encourages working together as a team.
(240) 690-5562 View (240) 690-5562
Photo of Jill Burgholzer, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jill Burgholzer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Stevensville, MD 21666
Jill Burgholzer, is a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a doctorate of nursing practice degree who brings years of mental health experience as both a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. After graduating from the University of Maryland's Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program she received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Delta State University. Throughout her career she has trained under multiple skilled psychiatrists at several area hospitals and has worked as adjunct clinical faculty at Salisbury University, Towson University and Drexel University. Licensed in Maryland and DC-offering onsite or telemedicine.
Jill Burgholzer, is a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a doctorate of nursing practice degree who brings years of mental health experience as both a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. After graduating from the University of Maryland's Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program she received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Delta State University. Throughout her career she has trained under multiple skilled psychiatrists at several area hospitals and has worked as adjunct clinical faculty at Salisbury University, Towson University and Drexel University. Licensed in Maryland and DC-offering onsite or telemedicine.
(443) 227-5679 View (443) 227-5679
Photo of Paula Ison, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Paula Ison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nottingham, MD 21236
Have you been suffering from symptoms that affect your thinking, perception, mood, and behavior? Are these symptoms making it difficult for you to cope with work, relationships, and other demands? Do you need a provider who will listen to your needs and formulate a comprehensive plan to help you return to your baseline level and effectively get back to normal life? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you are a candidate who can benefit from the treatment I provide that is tailored to your specific needs. I want to be a part of your journey in living the life you deserve. Every person in the world deserves that.
Have you been suffering from symptoms that affect your thinking, perception, mood, and behavior? Are these symptoms making it difficult for you to cope with work, relationships, and other demands? Do you need a provider who will listen to your needs and formulate a comprehensive plan to help you return to your baseline level and effectively get back to normal life? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you are a candidate who can benefit from the treatment I provide that is tailored to your specific needs. I want to be a part of your journey in living the life you deserve. Every person in the world deserves that.
(443) 296-5960 View (443) 296-5960
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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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Clearpoint Mental Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707
Accepting NEW clients BOTH in-person and Telehealth! Do you suffer from chronic low mood? Worry excessively about everything? Have difficulty concentrating and accomplishing everyday tasks? Experience flashbacks from trauma? Suffer from panic attacks? You are not alone as 1 in 5 adults in America has some mental illness. I work with individuals and families dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and Bipolar disorder. Book your appointment today.
Accepting NEW clients BOTH in-person and Telehealth! Do you suffer from chronic low mood? Worry excessively about everything? Have difficulty concentrating and accomplishing everyday tasks? Experience flashbacks from trauma? Suffer from panic attacks? You are not alone as 1 in 5 adults in America has some mental illness. I work with individuals and families dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and Bipolar disorder. Book your appointment today.
(410) 604-8448 View (410) 604-8448
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LeeAnn Goodson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHP-BC
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204
You matter. Your mental health impacts all other areas of your life and is just as important as a physical illness. It can be scary talking to someone for the first time and you may fear that you will be judged or misunderstood. I realize that it can take a lot of time for trust to be established and I want you to know that I am open to giving you all of the time that you need. This is your journey and I would be honored to walk beside you. You can submit contact information to schedule an appointment on my website. www.hopespringspsychiatryllc.com
You matter. Your mental health impacts all other areas of your life and is just as important as a physical illness. It can be scary talking to someone for the first time and you may fear that you will be judged or misunderstood. I realize that it can take a lot of time for trust to be established and I want you to know that I am open to giving you all of the time that you need. This is your journey and I would be honored to walk beside you. You can submit contact information to schedule an appointment on my website. www.hopespringspsychiatryllc.com
(443) 232-9536 View (443) 232-9536
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Dr. Claudia K-Ackah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Airy, MD 21771  (Online Only)
Compassionate, kind and a good listener are some of my strong traits. Doctorally trained psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been in practice since 2009, with good standing. Ready to help meet your needs as well as your family and friends. Available appointments within a week.
Compassionate, kind and a good listener are some of my strong traits. Doctorally trained psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been in practice since 2009, with good standing. Ready to help meet your needs as well as your family and friends. Available appointments within a week.
(240) 376-3218 View (240) 376-3218

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Number of Psychiatrists in California, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in California, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Grief
100% Spirituality
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Substance Use

Average years in practice

5 Years

Gender breakdown

100% Female

How Psychiatrists in California, MD see their clients

100% Online Only
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in California?

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.