Psychiatrists in Charlotte Hall, MD

TDK Integrated Health, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
As an independent psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am culturally diverse and competent in providing mental health services across the illness-wellness continuum and lifespan: children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
As an independent psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am culturally diverse and competent in providing mental health services across the illness-wellness continuum and lifespan: children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
(301) 945-8865 View (301) 945-8865
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Charlotte Ayuk Nkem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
At Oasis of Hope Behavioral Healthcare, I see children and adults with different mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, substance abuse etc. There is no waiting list, appointments are made at your earliest convenience. I love helping people, and I promise that you will be in safe hands. I also have 10 years of working experience in acute and outpatient mental health settings, including substance abuse. Some renowned hospitals where she gained work experience include the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Group, MedStar, and the Recovery Centers of America.
At Oasis of Hope Behavioral Healthcare, I see children and adults with different mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, substance abuse etc. There is no waiting list, appointments are made at your earliest convenience. I love helping people, and I promise that you will be in safe hands. I also have 10 years of working experience in acute and outpatient mental health settings, including substance abuse. Some renowned hospitals where she gained work experience include the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Group, MedStar, and the Recovery Centers of America.
(301) 786-5694 View (301) 786-5694

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EdChA Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
We perform psychiatric evaluation and medication management for adults experiencing mental health symptoms or suffering from various type of mental illness including Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and more.
We perform psychiatric evaluation and medication management for adults experiencing mental health symptoms or suffering from various type of mental illness including Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and more.
(240) 802-7091 View (240) 802-7091
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Comprehensive Health and Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
La Plata, MD 20646
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over nineteen years of experience in nursing. Accepting new patients with a wide range of mental health challenges. I am passionate about patients and value patients by showing everyone respect, compassion, kindness, empathetic, non-judgmental, patient-centered care, and treatment to patients. I provide evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management for a wide range of mental health illnesses. Services are offered confidentially and discreetly by telehealth services and outpatient office. When you are looking for a partner to walk you through the journey of mental health,
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over nineteen years of experience in nursing. Accepting new patients with a wide range of mental health challenges. I am passionate about patients and value patients by showing everyone respect, compassion, kindness, empathetic, non-judgmental, patient-centered care, and treatment to patients. I provide evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management for a wide range of mental health illnesses. Services are offered confidentially and discreetly by telehealth services and outpatient office. When you are looking for a partner to walk you through the journey of mental health,
(301) 761-5945 View (301) 761-5945

Online Psychiatrists

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lifestance health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Millersville, MD 21108
Chinyere Obi is a nurse practitioner who has been in practice for 18+ years. She went to Walden University where she received her Master’s of Nursing. She is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who uses methods such as CBT and Person Centered treatment to approach clients of all types. She believes that CBT is the most widely used therapy for anxiety disorders. She believes that research has shown it to be very effective in treating panic disorders, phobias, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety, among many other conditions.
Chinyere Obi is a nurse practitioner who has been in practice for 18+ years. She went to Walden University where she received her Master’s of Nursing. She is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who uses methods such as CBT and Person Centered treatment to approach clients of all types. She believes that CBT is the most widely used therapy for anxiety disorders. She believes that research has shown it to be very effective in treating panic disorders, phobias, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety, among many other conditions.
(410) 988-3923 View (410) 988-3923
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Rachael McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
There is more to treating mental health conditions than simply prescribing medications. I believe in taking a personal approach to patient care and collaborating with my patients to create a treatment plan that aligns with your beliefs and values. I consider the patient as a whole. Your treatment goals are my goals. I maintain a flexible schedule which includes evening and weekend appointments because life doesn't just occur 9am-5pm.
There is more to treating mental health conditions than simply prescribing medications. I believe in taking a personal approach to patient care and collaborating with my patients to create a treatment plan that aligns with your beliefs and values. I consider the patient as a whole. Your treatment goals are my goals. I maintain a flexible schedule which includes evening and weekend appointments because life doesn't just occur 9am-5pm.
(540) 533-2951 View (540) 533-2951
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Mcnolan Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aberdeen, MD 21001  (Online Only)
We currently accept new patients, late and early appointments, and Weekend appointments. I work with individuals who may be dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and more. With over 13 years of medical practice, I have extensive experience in managing patients with medication and providing brief supportive therapy. During our initial sessions, we will thoroughly explore the issues at hand and work together to develop a plan to address them effectively and help you reclaim your life. I offer virtual/telehealth services through a secure and HIPAA-compliant video conference platform.
We currently accept new patients, late and early appointments, and Weekend appointments. I work with individuals who may be dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and more. With over 13 years of medical practice, I have extensive experience in managing patients with medication and providing brief supportive therapy. During our initial sessions, we will thoroughly explore the issues at hand and work together to develop a plan to address them effectively and help you reclaim your life. I offer virtual/telehealth services through a secure and HIPAA-compliant video conference platform.
(443) 543-8329 View (443) 543-8329
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN , MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21202
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(443) 486-3987 View (443) 486-3987
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Kenneth Eguzo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Middle River, MD 21220
Kenneth Eguzo, DNP, APRN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychological disorders across the life span. I specialize in Psychiatric Evaluations and Psychopharmacological Management.
Kenneth Eguzo, DNP, APRN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychological disorders across the life span. I specialize in Psychiatric Evaluations and Psychopharmacological Management.
(410) 862-0540 View (410) 862-0540
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Maryland Wellness and Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21701
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? Have you been treated for these symptoms and have experienced failed medication trials? 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.
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? Have you been treated for these symptoms and have experienced failed medication trials? 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.
(410) 324-6308 x202 View (410) 324-6308 x202
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BAC Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20707  (Online Only)
I specialize in Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and a wide variety of mental health conditions/ disorders. My ideal clients are individuals and couples about the age of 12 with a history of anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder who usually need assistance with medication management. My goal is to ensure that there is positive progress in their Mental and Behavioral health in order to better manage their symptoms and achieve mental stability.
I specialize in Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and a wide variety of mental health conditions/ disorders. My ideal clients are individuals and couples about the age of 12 with a history of anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder who usually need assistance with medication management. My goal is to ensure that there is positive progress in their Mental and Behavioral health in order to better manage their symptoms and achieve mental stability.
(240) 998-1219 View (240) 998-1219
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Novum Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, CRNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
I provide client-centered care and treatments based on evidence-based guideline by diagnosing according to the latest edition of the DSM and listening to the clients concerns and symptoms. Effectively manage client symptoms by initiating, adjusting, and continuously monitoring medication administration. Improve client's self-awareness and knowledge regarding mental health illnesses and medications by educating on the proper use, drug interactions, and adverse drug reactions of medications and the course and prognosis of mental illnesses.
I provide client-centered care and treatments based on evidence-based guideline by diagnosing according to the latest edition of the DSM and listening to the clients concerns and symptoms. Effectively manage client symptoms by initiating, adjusting, and continuously monitoring medication administration. Improve client's self-awareness and knowledge regarding mental health illnesses and medications by educating on the proper use, drug interactions, and adverse drug reactions of medications and the course and prognosis of mental illnesses.
(410) 291-1683 View (410) 291-1683
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The Fix Mental Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
College Park, MD 20740
The Fix Mental Wellness Center provides telehealth psychiatric services in Maryland, DC, and Florida, and treats a variety of mental health disorders via medication management. We are an inclusive practice, and welcome clients from all backgrounds and walks of life who are ready to take the next step toward bettering themselves. We will meet you where you are in your mental health journey, and help facilitate the change needed for you to live your best life.
The Fix Mental Wellness Center provides telehealth psychiatric services in Maryland, DC, and Florida, and treats a variety of mental health disorders via medication management. We are an inclusive practice, and welcome clients from all backgrounds and walks of life who are ready to take the next step toward bettering themselves. We will meet you where you are in your mental health journey, and help facilitate the change needed for you to live your best life.
(240) 713-6179 View (240) 713-6179
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Rose Ambrose
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Highland, MD 20777
Currently accepting New Patients. It can be hard to take the first step in getting help and whether it’s with me or another professional, I encourage you to reach out. My goal is to make getting started with treatment less stressful and provide high quality, empathetic, and non-judgmental care. I’m a board-certified psychiatrist and I maintain a small private practice in order to offer my patients responsive care. Availability: Currently seeing patients throughout Maryland or in-office at my Howard County location.
Currently accepting New Patients. It can be hard to take the first step in getting help and whether it’s with me or another professional, I encourage you to reach out. My goal is to make getting started with treatment less stressful and provide high quality, empathetic, and non-judgmental care. I’m a board-certified psychiatrist and I maintain a small private practice in order to offer my patients responsive care. Availability: Currently seeing patients throughout Maryland or in-office at my Howard County location.
(410) 846-6456 View (410) 846-6456
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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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Holistic Touch Healthcare Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
*WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*. With over 22 years of experience in the healthcare care industry, we are comfortably working with patients and their families. With our extensive training acquired over the years, we understand the importance of patients needs and create a customized plan designed for you specifically. At Holistic Touch, you will be able to voice your healthcare needs without feeling judged or uncomfortable. We treat clients holistically to help them achieve optimum levels of wellness. We offer Tele-psychiatry & treat ages 5 and up. We are looking forward to partnering with you on your journey to wellness.
*WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*. With over 22 years of experience in the healthcare care industry, we are comfortably working with patients and their families. With our extensive training acquired over the years, we understand the importance of patients needs and create a customized plan designed for you specifically. At Holistic Touch, you will be able to voice your healthcare needs without feeling judged or uncomfortable. We treat clients holistically to help them achieve optimum levels of wellness. We offer Tele-psychiatry & treat ages 5 and up. We are looking forward to partnering with you on your journey to wellness.
(443) 329-5431 View (443) 329-5431
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RCC Community Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Pikesville, MD 21208
RCC seeks to serve clients who need hope and second chances. We strive to reach patients who are ready to take hold of their addiction and mental health and conquer the difficulties they face. Clinically, we specialize in substance abuse treatment and we desire to guide patient's to recovery of their addiction through a range of flexible options.
RCC seeks to serve clients who need hope and second chances. We strive to reach patients who are ready to take hold of their addiction and mental health and conquer the difficulties they face. Clinically, we specialize in substance abuse treatment and we desire to guide patient's to recovery of their addiction through a range of flexible options.
(443) 381-6869 View (443) 381-6869
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Masterpiece Behavioral Health Solutions, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland and the District of Columbia. I'm accepting new patients. I have worked in both in-patent and out-patient settings. My practice is evidence-based, and it is provided on a compassionate and individualized basis to assist individuals with mental health needs to function optimally. You and I will work together to ensure that you get the best care you deserve. Working with you to navigate the complex mental healthcare arena is a privilege, and I am looking forward to working with you. Thank you so much for allowing me to meet your mental health needs.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland and the District of Columbia. I'm accepting new patients. I have worked in both in-patent and out-patient settings. My practice is evidence-based, and it is provided on a compassionate and individualized basis to assist individuals with mental health needs to function optimally. You and I will work together to ensure that you get the best care you deserve. Working with you to navigate the complex mental healthcare arena is a privilege, and I am looking forward to working with you. Thank you so much for allowing me to meet your mental health needs.
(301) 923-4853 View (301) 923-4853
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Dr. Gifty Addai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044
Greetings! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 12 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics. My approach is patient-centered and holistic, creating a therapeutic partnership with each client. I advocate for patient empowerment through family and patient education, clear communication, and trust to help improve quality of life. My experience in medical and mental health allows me to make appropriate treatment plans, therapy and medication recommendations, if necessary. I believe in treating the root cause and not just treating symptoms.
Greetings! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 12 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics. My approach is patient-centered and holistic, creating a therapeutic partnership with each client. I advocate for patient empowerment through family and patient education, clear communication, and trust to help improve quality of life. My experience in medical and mental health allows me to make appropriate treatment plans, therapy and medication recommendations, if necessary. I believe in treating the root cause and not just treating symptoms.
(571) 536-7951 View (571) 536-7951
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bethesda, MD 20817
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(240) 410-1496 View (240) 410-1496

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Charlotte Hall, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in Charlotte Hall, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Geriatric and Seniors
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Dissociative Disorders (DID)
100% Psychosis

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Wellpoint | Amerigroup
100% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Charlotte Hall, MD see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Charlotte Hall?

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.