Psychiatrists in Clear Spring, MD

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Altruist Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Clear Spring, MD 21722
Mrs. Solange Adangwa graduated from Walden University with a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mrs. Adangwa’s practice is telemedicine only currently. She is the owner and founder of Altruist Mental Health Services specializing in the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Drug/Alcohol Abuse, Binge eating, other eating disorders, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, OCD, Insomnia, and PTSD.
Mrs. Solange Adangwa graduated from Walden University with a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mrs. Adangwa’s practice is telemedicine only currently. She is the owner and founder of Altruist Mental Health Services specializing in the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Drug/Alcohol Abuse, Binge eating, other eating disorders, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, OCD, Insomnia, and PTSD.
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Ocean Reins Behavioral Health Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARPN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Accepting new clients, 21 yrs and younger with no or little wait time. "Bringing Hope During The Waves of Life."
Accepting new clients, 21 yrs and younger with no or little wait time. "Bringing Hope During The Waves of Life."
(757) 798-8549 View (757) 798-8549
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Lawretta Jinadu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who acknowledges each client's individuality and provides a holistic remedy based on personal needs. I am specialized in treating, Depressive disorders, Anxiety, Bipolar, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Mood Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Adult psychiatry using an evidence-based approach.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who acknowledges each client's individuality and provides a holistic remedy based on personal needs. I am specialized in treating, Depressive disorders, Anxiety, Bipolar, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Mood Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Adult psychiatry using an evidence-based approach.
(443) 672-5252 View (443) 672-5252
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Kema Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Josyane Kengni, CRNP, PMH is a board-certified nurse practitioner in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. She has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in nursing with years of nursing experience in a variety of settings. Our prescriber will work with you in the way that works best for you because her outcome is to find the right solution to your problem. Josyane draws on her experience as a medical nurse to rule out any possible medical conditions that could be affecting a patient’s mental health before treating a psychiatric condition. "Being our patient means that you have found the right fit"
Josyane Kengni, CRNP, PMH is a board-certified nurse practitioner in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. She has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in nursing with years of nursing experience in a variety of settings. Our prescriber will work with you in the way that works best for you because her outcome is to find the right solution to your problem. Josyane draws on her experience as a medical nurse to rule out any possible medical conditions that could be affecting a patient’s mental health before treating a psychiatric condition. "Being our patient means that you have found the right fit"
(240) 607-5571 View (240) 607-5571
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Magnolia Behavior Health Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
At Magnolia Behavior Health Center, we understand that seeking support for your mental and emotional well-being is a significant and courageous step. Our dedicated team is here to provide a safe and compassionate space where you can explore your concerns and work towards positive change. We specialize in offering personalized care for individuals facing various behavioral health challenges, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and more.
At Magnolia Behavior Health Center, we understand that seeking support for your mental and emotional well-being is a significant and courageous step. Our dedicated team is here to provide a safe and compassionate space where you can explore your concerns and work towards positive change. We specialize in offering personalized care for individuals facing various behavioral health challenges, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and more.
(240) 851-3932 View (240) 851-3932
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Newlife Aspiration Behavioural Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, DNP
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Chinyere is a Board Certified licensed, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a BSN degree from Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, an MSN degree from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA. Chinyere has 14 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse and 9 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, providing psychiatric evaluation, treatment and medication management to patients with varying degree of mental illness. She has expertise in treating adolescent and adult patients.
Chinyere is a Board Certified licensed, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a BSN degree from Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, an MSN degree from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA. Chinyere has 14 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse and 9 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, providing psychiatric evaluation, treatment and medication management to patients with varying degree of mental illness. She has expertise in treating adolescent and adult patients.
(301) 263-7441 View (301) 263-7441
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Priority Well- Being INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740  (Online Only)
The stigma around mental illness and the quality of treatment that mentally ill individuals receive have inspired me to become a Nurse in Mental Health. I have felt the necessity to stand up and do what is right as my contribution to fix this urgent issue. In our society, physical or medical diseases provoke empathy, but we demonstrate disdain for people impacted by mental conditions.
The stigma around mental illness and the quality of treatment that mentally ill individuals receive have inspired me to become a Nurse in Mental Health. I have felt the necessity to stand up and do what is right as my contribution to fix this urgent issue. In our society, physical or medical diseases provoke empathy, but we demonstrate disdain for people impacted by mental conditions.
(410) 983-3202 View (410) 983-3202
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Melissa Ward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Melissa Ward, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner is originally from Ohio, where she attended Ohio University and obtained her bachelors in Psychology. She then relocated to Charleston, SC and attended the Medical University of South Carolina where she earned her bachelors in Nursing. Upon completion of her nursing degree she worked on the oncology unit at University of Maryland Medical Center.
Melissa Ward, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner is originally from Ohio, where she attended Ohio University and obtained her bachelors in Psychology. She then relocated to Charleston, SC and attended the Medical University of South Carolina where she earned her bachelors in Nursing. Upon completion of her nursing degree she worked on the oncology unit at University of Maryland Medical Center.
(240) 339-8035 View (240) 339-8035
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Outreach Recovery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
At Outreach Recovery, we are passionate about providing a helping hand to those struggling with mental health issues. Our comprehensive treatment plans are designed to cater to each individual's unique needs with compassion, respect, and the highest standard of care. Our programs include personalized therapy, medication management, and holistic approaches to healing, aiding individuals to combat and overcome various mental health disorders. Our dedicated team of professionals offers a highly effective, evidence-based approach to diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health conditions. With a focus on empowering our patients towa
At Outreach Recovery, we are passionate about providing a helping hand to those struggling with mental health issues. Our comprehensive treatment plans are designed to cater to each individual's unique needs with compassion, respect, and the highest standard of care. Our programs include personalized therapy, medication management, and holistic approaches to healing, aiding individuals to combat and overcome various mental health disorders. Our dedicated team of professionals offers a highly effective, evidence-based approach to diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health conditions. With a focus on empowering our patients towa
(443) 585-8036 View (443) 585-8036
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Dr. Arif Noorbaksh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
(240) 222-1758 View (240) 222-1758
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
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.
(240) 226-3248 View (240) 226-3248
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Pathway To Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Have you been in therapy since you were a child or young adult? Have you found it hard to complete your therapy? Therapy should not be a lifelong endeavor. Processing is the key. My name is Scarlet. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I specialize in psychedelics, and have extensive training in Ketamine use. If you have anxiety or depression, OCD or trauma that has not resolved via the traditional way with prescribed psychiatric medications and therapy, let’s talk and see if Ketamine is right for you. Note: I do not provide IV Ketamine. I am a provider of INharmony and SoundSelf therapy. More information by phone or website.
Have you been in therapy since you were a child or young adult? Have you found it hard to complete your therapy? Therapy should not be a lifelong endeavor. Processing is the key. My name is Scarlet. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I specialize in psychedelics, and have extensive training in Ketamine use. If you have anxiety or depression, OCD or trauma that has not resolved via the traditional way with prescribed psychiatric medications and therapy, let’s talk and see if Ketamine is right for you. Note: I do not provide IV Ketamine. I am a provider of INharmony and SoundSelf therapy. More information by phone or website.
(304) 403-7536 View (304) 403-7536
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Anissa Salerno
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Hagerstown, MD 21740  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I pay special attention to the individuals needs of a client as well as stressful or traumatic life experiences. Each patient is approached with warmth understanding, and provided helpful explanations that facilitate treatment all from the comforts of their own home via Telehealth. I treat a wide range of mental health concerns, including Anxiety ADHD Bipolar Depression for ages 5 to 50. www.mentalhealthcalmness.com
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I pay special attention to the individuals needs of a client as well as stressful or traumatic life experiences. Each patient is approached with warmth understanding, and provided helpful explanations that facilitate treatment all from the comforts of their own home via Telehealth. I treat a wide range of mental health concerns, including Anxiety ADHD Bipolar Depression for ages 5 to 50. www.mentalhealthcalmness.com
(301) 241-6070 View (301) 241-6070
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Rehoboth Healthcare and Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Dr. Njideka Emenyi “ Dr. E”. I am a doctoral prepared dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Are you looking for someone to hold your hands as you navigate the challenges of mental health?. If your answer is yes, I welcome you to my practice, Rehoboth Healthcare and Behavioral Services. At Rehoboth, we are committed to providing comprehensive, individualized and empathic treatment for individuals struggling with mental health disorders. We combine psychiatric evaluation, psychotherapy, and medication management.
Hello, my name is Dr. Njideka Emenyi “ Dr. E”. I am a doctoral prepared dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Are you looking for someone to hold your hands as you navigate the challenges of mental health?. If your answer is yes, I welcome you to my practice, Rehoboth Healthcare and Behavioral Services. At Rehoboth, we are committed to providing comprehensive, individualized and empathic treatment for individuals struggling with mental health disorders. We combine psychiatric evaluation, psychotherapy, and medication management.
(240) 617-4937 View (240) 617-4937
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(240) 557-8957 View (240) 557-8957
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Tas Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Accepting New Referrals! Everyone deserves a positive mental health and access to quality mental health care, no matter their stage in life. Tas Behavioral Health (TBH) is devoted to providing exceptional outpatient Mental health services to empower you to meet your mental wellness goals and transform your life. Dr. Linda Nkongchu is Board Certified and dedicated Family Psychiatric Nurse practitioner (PMHNP) licensed in Washington DC and Maryland and owner of TBH. I have more than a decade of diverse experience in psychiatric and mental health treatment, including inpatient, outpatient and community settings.
Accepting New Referrals! Everyone deserves a positive mental health and access to quality mental health care, no matter their stage in life. Tas Behavioral Health (TBH) is devoted to providing exceptional outpatient Mental health services to empower you to meet your mental wellness goals and transform your life. Dr. Linda Nkongchu is Board Certified and dedicated Family Psychiatric Nurse practitioner (PMHNP) licensed in Washington DC and Maryland and owner of TBH. I have more than a decade of diverse experience in psychiatric and mental health treatment, including inpatient, outpatient and community settings.
(240) 541-5396 View (240) 541-5396
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Eastern Panhandle Psychiatry Inc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
We treat a variety of psychiatric conditions including (but not limited to) psychiatric emergencies and urgent consults for depression, anxiety, psychosis, panic attacks, drug detox, and Medication Assisted Treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. We see patient 6 yrs old and up.
We treat a variety of psychiatric conditions including (but not limited to) psychiatric emergencies and urgent consults for depression, anxiety, psychosis, panic attacks, drug detox, and Medication Assisted Treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. We see patient 6 yrs old and up.
(304) 224-2556 View (304) 224-2556
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Lydia Gugsa - Counseling On Call
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hi, I'm Victoria. I'm happy you found me! I encourage you to reach out today if you struggling with depression, anxiety, interpersonal struggles and any other mental health concerns you may be having! I offer highly qualified and years of experience in the mental health field. I am deeply passionate and enthusiastic about helping my patients improve their mental health! I am fully dedicating in providing each of my patients with ongoing care, modifying their treatment plans as necessary, and providing you the utmost support.
Hi, I'm Victoria. I'm happy you found me! I encourage you to reach out today if you struggling with depression, anxiety, interpersonal struggles and any other mental health concerns you may be having! I offer highly qualified and years of experience in the mental health field. I am deeply passionate and enthusiastic about helping my patients improve their mental health! I am fully dedicating in providing each of my patients with ongoing care, modifying their treatment plans as necessary, and providing you the utmost support.
(443) 727-1752 View (443) 727-1752
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My Care Clinic Llc- Hamida Majili
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hagerstown, MD 21740
I am Hamida Majili, a Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner Board Certified (PMHNP-BC). I have been in the healthcare field for over 13 years. Throughout my personal and career life, I have embraced diverse populations and strive to create a safe space for all, regardless of gender, religion, diagnosis, race/ethnicity, or sexual orientation. My Care Clinic (MCC) team focuses on person-centered care approaches and helping patients and families bridge the gap in mental health services, such as providing individualized therapy sessions, medication management, reducing mental health stigma, and providing access to care and resources.
I am Hamida Majili, a Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner Board Certified (PMHNP-BC). I have been in the healthcare field for over 13 years. Throughout my personal and career life, I have embraced diverse populations and strive to create a safe space for all, regardless of gender, religion, diagnosis, race/ethnicity, or sexual orientation. My Care Clinic (MCC) team focuses on person-centered care approaches and helping patients and families bridge the gap in mental health services, such as providing individualized therapy sessions, medication management, reducing mental health stigma, and providing access to care and resources.
(410) 970-6507 View (410) 970-6507
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Pro-relief Consulting LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hagerstown, MD 21740
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner for over 3 years, and I am also a board certified adult nurse practitioner for over 10 years. I began my nursing career graduating from university of MD with my bachelors, and then attended Johns Hopkins University for my masters. I decided to further my education by attending Brandman University to obtain my Doctorate and psychiatric mental health certification in 2018.
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner for over 3 years, and I am also a board certified adult nurse practitioner for over 10 years. I began my nursing career graduating from university of MD with my bachelors, and then attended Johns Hopkins University for my masters. I decided to further my education by attending Brandman University to obtain my Doctorate and psychiatric mental health certification in 2018.
(443) 815-7148 View (443) 815-7148

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Clear Spring?

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.