Psychiatrists in Catonsville, MD

Photo of Benneth Ekwe - Balanced life and counselling services LLC, PhD, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Balanced life and counselling services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Catonsville, MD 21228
At balanced life our patients satisfaction is our number 1 priority. Our goal is to be able to create an environment, where people will be comfortable in sharing their feelings, experiences and mental health problems. What makes us unique is the Keen listening ability and also the ability of understanding all members stories. We focus on promoting wellness and prevention by educating patients on the importance of maintaining good mental health and developing healthy habits that promote mental wellness. We make diet, exercise, and social support an integral part of this education. And that is why we are winning this race.
At balanced life our patients satisfaction is our number 1 priority. Our goal is to be able to create an environment, where people will be comfortable in sharing their feelings, experiences and mental health problems. What makes us unique is the Keen listening ability and also the ability of understanding all members stories. We focus on promoting wellness and prevention by educating patients on the importance of maintaining good mental health and developing healthy habits that promote mental wellness. We make diet, exercise, and social support an integral part of this education. And that is why we are winning this race.
(240) 791-6150 View (240) 791-6150
Photo of Stella C Nnabugwu - immaculate healthcare systems.com, BSN, MSN, PMHNP, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
immaculate healthcare systems.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Catonsville, MD 21228
Stella Nnabugwu is an ANCC Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner experienced in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She is experienced in using evidence-based practices through a holistic environment for mental health treatment, with a modern, progressive, and effective health system to provide extraordinary values to society. Mrs Nnabugwu Welcomes you to Immaculate Health Care systems, here at immaculate Health care we are "Building Hopes and Rebuilding Lives with strong team leadership and high expectations".
Stella Nnabugwu is an ANCC Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner experienced in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She is experienced in using evidence-based practices through a holistic environment for mental health treatment, with a modern, progressive, and effective health system to provide extraordinary values to society. Mrs Nnabugwu Welcomes you to Immaculate Health Care systems, here at immaculate Health care we are "Building Hopes and Rebuilding Lives with strong team leadership and high expectations".
(667) 226-9476 x1 View (667) 226-9476 x1
Photo of Jerome Obiagba - Accenture Healthcare Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Accenture Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Catonsville, MD 21228
We accept new patients. Jerome is a Proficient and reputable Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with over 12 years combined experience of mostly caring for individuals with mental health disorders in various settings. Treatment is provided in a caring environment where you can identify and explore those challenges that may interfere with a rewarding life, career, or fulfilling relationship. Treatment is personalized, evidenced based and tailored to meet your needs. We welcome adolescents, adults and geriatric patients for consultation, evaluation and medication management.
We accept new patients. Jerome is a Proficient and reputable Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with over 12 years combined experience of mostly caring for individuals with mental health disorders in various settings. Treatment is provided in a caring environment where you can identify and explore those challenges that may interfere with a rewarding life, career, or fulfilling relationship. Treatment is personalized, evidenced based and tailored to meet your needs. We welcome adolescents, adults and geriatric patients for consultation, evaluation and medication management.
(410) 881-8791 View (410) 881-8791
Photo of Natacha Wheeler, PMHNP,  MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Natacha Wheeler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Catonsville, MD 21228  (Online Only)
My name is Natacha Wheeler. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 26 years of Nursing experience in various areas, such as cardiac, critical care, maternal child health, and psychiatry. I am passionate about empowering individuals in their mental wellness by equipping them with positive coping skills to help optimize and improve mental health. My approach is holistic and my aim is to ensure that individuals feel heard and respected. I strive to collaborate in client’s care and develop a treatment plan specific to the individual’s needs. I offer services to age groups 18 and above.
My name is Natacha Wheeler. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 26 years of Nursing experience in various areas, such as cardiac, critical care, maternal child health, and psychiatry. I am passionate about empowering individuals in their mental wellness by equipping them with positive coping skills to help optimize and improve mental health. My approach is holistic and my aim is to ensure that individuals feel heard and respected. I strive to collaborate in client’s care and develop a treatment plan specific to the individual’s needs. I offer services to age groups 18 and above.
(410) 835-4905 View (410) 835-4905
Photo of Theresa Uzoukwu, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Theresa Uzoukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Catonsville, MD 21228
At D & A Holdings, we understand that life can be rough and overwhelming, especially when juggling numerous things simultaneously. We can help address many daily mental health challenges people face using evidence-based approaches to better health. I am a Board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over a decade of experience with in-patient and out-patient mental health services. We provide psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, and teaching self-care activities, care coordination,
At D & A Holdings, we understand that life can be rough and overwhelming, especially when juggling numerous things simultaneously. We can help address many daily mental health challenges people face using evidence-based approaches to better health. I am a Board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over a decade of experience with in-patient and out-patient mental health services. We provide psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, and teaching self-care activities, care coordination,
(410) 989-4662 View (410) 989-4662
Photo of Nicole D Hawkins - Be Well Mental Health Services LLC, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Be Well Mental Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Catonsville, MD 21228
Be Well Mental Health Services strives to support the mental and behavioral health of children and adolescents. Symptoms of mental health disorders often present very differently in children. For example, a sudden drop in grades, insomnia, change in appetite or onset of chronic physical aliments - such as headaches and stomachaches. Be Well MHS specializes in taking a holistic approach to treatment which includes a psychiatric evaluation and medication management if needed. We educate parents/guardians regarding diagnoses and give referrals for therapy as well as supporting parents/guardians in the special education process.
Be Well Mental Health Services strives to support the mental and behavioral health of children and adolescents. Symptoms of mental health disorders often present very differently in children. For example, a sudden drop in grades, insomnia, change in appetite or onset of chronic physical aliments - such as headaches and stomachaches. Be Well MHS specializes in taking a holistic approach to treatment which includes a psychiatric evaluation and medication management if needed. We educate parents/guardians regarding diagnoses and give referrals for therapy as well as supporting parents/guardians in the special education process.
(410) 936-6323 View (410) 936-6323
Photo of Tiffany Ross - IAW Behavioral Health & Wellness, MSN,  Ed, CRNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
IAW Behavioral Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, Ed, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Catonsville, MD 21228
Hello there! I'm Tiffany Ross, Founder & CEO of IAW (I am Worthy) Behavioral Health & Wellness. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner serving Maryland residents aged 6 and above, I am dedicated to delivering thorough and cohesive care. I prioritize collaborative decision-making, partnering closely with you to tailor a personalized care plan that reflects your input and preferences. My expertise spans the management of various mental health conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
Hello there! I'm Tiffany Ross, Founder & CEO of IAW (I am Worthy) Behavioral Health & Wellness. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner serving Maryland residents aged 6 and above, I am dedicated to delivering thorough and cohesive care. I prioritize collaborative decision-making, partnering closely with you to tailor a personalized care plan that reflects your input and preferences. My expertise spans the management of various mental health conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
(240) 896-1459 View (240) 896-1459
Photo of Dr. Edith C Osei - Right Step Behavioral Health , DNP, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Right Step Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Catonsville, MD 21228
Are you suffering from a mental health issue or struggling with addiction? Giving up is not an option until our clients experiencing a mental health problem (s) and/or drug addiction issues get the necessary support they deserve. We treat our clients with respect and provide patient-centered care to help clients and their families improve upon their quality of life.
Are you suffering from a mental health issue or struggling with addiction? Giving up is not an option until our clients experiencing a mental health problem (s) and/or drug addiction issues get the necessary support they deserve. We treat our clients with respect and provide patient-centered care to help clients and their families improve upon their quality of life.
(443) 241-7872 View (443) 241-7872
Photo of Janine D Michaelson, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Janine D Michaelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Catonsville, MD 21228  (Online Only)
I am part of the team at Integra Mental Health, a trans-owned and queer-staffed private practice. I am uniquely qualified to assist LGBTQIA neurodiverse patients and those who have the most complex medication regimens and comorbidities such as pain, POTS, and EDS. Many patients who come to me have tried everything and nothing worked. Unlike other prescribers, I am knowledgeable about how alternative treatments can be integrated in your care.
I am part of the team at Integra Mental Health, a trans-owned and queer-staffed private practice. I am uniquely qualified to assist LGBTQIA neurodiverse patients and those who have the most complex medication regimens and comorbidities such as pain, POTS, and EDS. Many patients who come to me have tried everything and nothing worked. Unlike other prescribers, I am knowledgeable about how alternative treatments can be integrated in your care.
(443) 234-9643 View (443) 234-9643
Photo of Dr. Theresa Amaka Uzoukwu, DNP, PMHNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Theresa Amaka Uzoukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Catonsville, MD 21228
At D & A Holdings, we understand that life can be rough and overwhelming, especially when juggling numerous things simultaneously. We can help address many daily mental health challenges people face using evidence-based approaches to better health. I am a Board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over a decade of experience with in-patient and out-patient mental health services. We provide psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and OCD, and teach self-care activities and coordination.
At D & A Holdings, we understand that life can be rough and overwhelming, especially when juggling numerous things simultaneously. We can help address many daily mental health challenges people face using evidence-based approaches to better health. I am a Board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over a decade of experience with in-patient and out-patient mental health services. We provide psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and OCD, and teach self-care activities and coordination.
(443) 339-9285 View (443) 339-9285
Photo of Dr. Dorothy M. Kalyanapu, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr. Dorothy M. Kalyanapu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Catonsville, MD 21228
Dr. Dorothy Kalyanapu, MD, is an Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist and founder of Rethink Psychiatry who offers a holistic, comprehensive approach to psychiatric care, unique in her field. While she is extensively trained in child psychiatry, she works with complex patients of all ages, especially those who defy traditional classification. Using a foundation in integrative medicine, she uses standard and specialty lab testing, including genetics, to uncover the source of your issues and then tailors an individualized treatment plan to your specific needs.
Dr. Dorothy Kalyanapu, MD, is an Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist and founder of Rethink Psychiatry who offers a holistic, comprehensive approach to psychiatric care, unique in her field. While she is extensively trained in child psychiatry, she works with complex patients of all ages, especially those who defy traditional classification. Using a foundation in integrative medicine, she uses standard and specialty lab testing, including genetics, to uncover the source of your issues and then tailors an individualized treatment plan to your specific needs.
(443) 251-4204 View (443) 251-4204
Photo of Christy Inuata Abumere, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Christy Inuata Abumere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Catonsville, MD 21228  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), a Family Nurse Practitioner ( FNP), and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), with a vast experience in psychiatric nursing. I have served in many roles i.e., Assistant Director of Nursing, Nurse Consultant, as well as a Medical Director in an outpatient mental health clinic.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), a Family Nurse Practitioner ( FNP), and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), with a vast experience in psychiatric nursing. I have served in many roles i.e., Assistant Director of Nursing, Nurse Consultant, as well as a Medical Director in an outpatient mental health clinic.
(410) 862-4265 View (410) 862-4265
Photo of Vicky Deuboue - Trumedis Healthcare Services, DNP, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Trumedis Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Catonsville, MD 21228
Hi there, my name is Dr. Vicky Marie Deuboue, welcome to my page on Trumedis website. I have a Doctorate degree in Nurse Practitioner (DNP), with specialty in Family Nursing (FNP) I provide continuing and comprehensive healthcare for the individual and family across all ages, genders, diseases, and body systems. I have well over 15 years’ experience in my practice and I am looking forward to working with you.
Hi there, my name is Dr. Vicky Marie Deuboue, welcome to my page on Trumedis website. I have a Doctorate degree in Nurse Practitioner (DNP), with specialty in Family Nursing (FNP) I provide continuing and comprehensive healthcare for the individual and family across all ages, genders, diseases, and body systems. I have well over 15 years’ experience in my practice and I am looking forward to working with you.
(443) 960-7847 View (443) 960-7847
Photo of Jerome Obiagba, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jerome Obiagba
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Catonsville, MD 21228
Hi, I'm a Proficient and reputable Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with over 12 years combined experience of caring for individuals with mental health disorders in various settings. Treatment is provided in a caring environment where you can identify and explore those challenges that may interfere with a rewarding life, career, or fulfilling relationship. I welcome adolescents, adults and geriatric patients for consultation, evaluation and medication management.
Hi, I'm a Proficient and reputable Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with over 12 years combined experience of caring for individuals with mental health disorders in various settings. Treatment is provided in a caring environment where you can identify and explore those challenges that may interfere with a rewarding life, career, or fulfilling relationship. I welcome adolescents, adults and geriatric patients for consultation, evaluation and medication management.
(443) 639-8255 View (443) 639-8255
Photo of Paula Ohiku - Process of Changes, DNP, PMHNP, CRNP-FP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Process of Changes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CRNP-FP
Verified Verified
Catonsville, MD 21228
I currently practice at Process of Changes (POC) a multifaceted, inclusive behavioral health care facility that offers high quality transformative services, by highly qualified team. The services offered at POC includes Outpatient Mental Health (OMHC)Services; Outpatient treatment Program for substance use disorder, (SUD); Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program, (IOP); Psychiatric Rehabilitation for Adults, (PRP-A); Psychiatric Rehabilitation for Minors, (PRP-M), and a family medical Clinic in the same location. We are a “ONE STOP SHOP” outpatient facility for your mental health and medical care needs.
I currently practice at Process of Changes (POC) a multifaceted, inclusive behavioral health care facility that offers high quality transformative services, by highly qualified team. The services offered at POC includes Outpatient Mental Health (OMHC)Services; Outpatient treatment Program for substance use disorder, (SUD); Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program, (IOP); Psychiatric Rehabilitation for Adults, (PRP-A); Psychiatric Rehabilitation for Minors, (PRP-M), and a family medical Clinic in the same location. We are a “ONE STOP SHOP” outpatient facility for your mental health and medical care needs.
(410) 807-8943 View (410) 807-8943
Photo of Alicia Scott Darden - Alicia's MHS, PMHNP , BC, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alicia's MHS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , BC, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Catonsville, MD 21228
I want to support you into being your best self. Helping others is something I enjoy doing. Inspired by my own resilience through life’s challenges,I am driven to help others improve their mental health and lives. I draw from my professional and personal experiences.
I want to support you into being your best self. Helping others is something I enjoy doing. Inspired by my own resilience through life’s challenges,I am driven to help others improve their mental health and lives. I draw from my professional and personal experiences.
(443) 222-1226 View (443) 222-1226
Photo of Dr. Gloria N Nnah, DNP, PMHNP, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Gloria N Nnah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Catonsville, MD 21228  (Online Only)
Hello, My name is Dr. Gloria Nnah, I am a licensed Psychiatric Mental health Nurse practitioner Board certified in Maryland. I have been in the healthcare system for 16 years, and I have been an adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing for many years. told myself, I have been in the mental health field for so long and I might as well learn how to treat and prescribe medication so I went back to school and graduated 2 years ago.
Hello, My name is Dr. Gloria Nnah, I am a licensed Psychiatric Mental health Nurse practitioner Board certified in Maryland. I have been in the healthcare system for 16 years, and I have been an adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing for many years. told myself, I have been in the mental health field for so long and I might as well learn how to treat and prescribe medication so I went back to school and graduated 2 years ago.
(443) 672-5838 View (443) 672-5838
Photo of Chiamaka Nnah - Serenity Wellness Mental Health Clinic, LLC, MSN, PMHNP, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Serenity Wellness Mental Health Clinic, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Catonsville, MD 21228  (Online Only)
Feeling emotionally down, unhappy, sad, or discouraged? Look No Further, Serenity Wellness Mental Health Clinic is the platform for you. We have providers ranging in different ages ready to assist your mental health desires. At Serenity Wellness Mental Health Clinic, we tailor your emotional concerns to your treatment needs using screening tools and comprehensive evaluation to help with your diagnosis and treatment. The psychiatric mental health knowledge has enhanced my understanding of behavioral concerns and emotional and mental conditions.
Feeling emotionally down, unhappy, sad, or discouraged? Look No Further, Serenity Wellness Mental Health Clinic is the platform for you. We have providers ranging in different ages ready to assist your mental health desires. At Serenity Wellness Mental Health Clinic, we tailor your emotional concerns to your treatment needs using screening tools and comprehensive evaluation to help with your diagnosis and treatment. The psychiatric mental health knowledge has enhanced my understanding of behavioral concerns and emotional and mental conditions.
(410) 348-7652 View (410) 348-7652
Photo of Adonaca Barrett - Triumph Behavioral Health, CRNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Triumph Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Catonsville, MD 21228
At Triumph Behavioral Health our goal is to help people find relief from symptoms of depression, anxiety, poor attention/focus (ADHD), and mood swings/anger/irritability.
At Triumph Behavioral Health our goal is to help people find relief from symptoms of depression, anxiety, poor attention/focus (ADHD), and mood swings/anger/irritability.
(443) 315-2217 View (443) 315-2217
Photo of Susan Ouellette - Susan Ouellette, CRNP, CSP, RN, PC, CRNP, CSP, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Susan Ouellette, CRNP, CSP, RN, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, CSP, RN
Verified Verified
Catonsville, MD 21228
I have been a healthcare practitioner for 38 years. I treat teens, adults and elders for short term and chronic mental and physical conditions. I do prescribe meds but offer much more
I have been a healthcare practitioner for 38 years. I treat teens, adults and elders for short term and chronic mental and physical conditions. I do prescribe meds but offer much more
(410) 469-7409 View (410) 469-7409

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Catonsville, MD

60+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Catonsville, MD who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
86% Depression
83% ADHD
80% Bipolar Disorder
70% Trauma and PTSD
58% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
57% Medication Management

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Cigna and Evernorth
88% Aetna
87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Catonsville, MD see their clients

53% In Person and Online
47% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
17% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Catonsville?

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.