Psychiatrists in Columbia, MD

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Nadine Kakanou
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
Nadine Kakanou is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who has 5 years of experience in the mental health field. Nadine completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Walden University. A PMHNP is tasked with evaluating a patient’s mental health status by assessing their relevant medical background, conducting comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, and identifying potential issues that might negatively impact a patient's mental health.
Nadine Kakanou is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who has 5 years of experience in the mental health field. Nadine completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Walden University. A PMHNP is tasked with evaluating a patient’s mental health status by assessing their relevant medical background, conducting comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, and identifying potential issues that might negatively impact a patient's mental health.
(240) 202-3880 View (240) 202-3880
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Lighthouse Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients! Are you tired of trying one medication after another to get relief from your symptoms? Let us work together to get to the root cause of your problems and make your life healthier and happier with and without medications. Let's meet over a FREE 15 minute consultation to see what we can do together to improve your life. Ask for the Deep Dive consultation.
Currently accepting new patients! Are you tired of trying one medication after another to get relief from your symptoms? Let us work together to get to the root cause of your problems and make your life healthier and happier with and without medications. Let's meet over a FREE 15 minute consultation to see what we can do together to improve your life. Ask for the Deep Dive consultation.
(443) 552-7356 View (443) 552-7356
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Selam Tekie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21045
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the impact of mental illness on you and your household? Finding the right diagnosis and treatment can be challenging but you don’t have to face it alone. I specialize in providing compassionate care for individuals aged 6 and above, dealing with a range of mental health conditions including(but not limited to) bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and schizophrenia. Break the silence surrounding your mental health to start/promote your healing journey through open conversation. My approach begins with active listening, where I will truly hear your concerns and experiences.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the impact of mental illness on you and your household? Finding the right diagnosis and treatment can be challenging but you don’t have to face it alone. I specialize in providing compassionate care for individuals aged 6 and above, dealing with a range of mental health conditions including(but not limited to) bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and schizophrenia. Break the silence surrounding your mental health to start/promote your healing journey through open conversation. My approach begins with active listening, where I will truly hear your concerns and experiences.
(443) 429-1412 View (443) 429-1412
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Yvonne Swann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Ms. Yvonne Swann is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Integrative Psychiatric Provider. Her credentials allow her to diagnose psychiatric conditions, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe medications to individuals across the lifespan. She was awarded her Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Walden University, completed a Fellowship in Integrative Psychiatry through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, and holds a Bachelor of Art Degree in History from Loyola University in Maryland.
Ms. Yvonne Swann is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Integrative Psychiatric Provider. Her credentials allow her to diagnose psychiatric conditions, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe medications to individuals across the lifespan. She was awarded her Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Walden University, completed a Fellowship in Integrative Psychiatry through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, and holds a Bachelor of Art Degree in History from Loyola University in Maryland.
(410) 835-7524 View (410) 835-7524
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Adeline Mangwa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21044
Life can be very stressful and overwhelming, sometimes it leaves us feeling sad, depressed, anxious and scared. Your mental health is our priority. Adeline is a board-certified PMHNP and suboxone certified, with 15 years plus working in the mental health field. Now helping clients and families face with mental health challenges, like anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance use disorder, schizoaffective disorder ,suboxone maintenance etc. After working together with Adeline, clients are successfully managing their symptoms, and now living their normal life. I believe your case is not different.
Life can be very stressful and overwhelming, sometimes it leaves us feeling sad, depressed, anxious and scared. Your mental health is our priority. Adeline is a board-certified PMHNP and suboxone certified, with 15 years plus working in the mental health field. Now helping clients and families face with mental health challenges, like anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance use disorder, schizoaffective disorder ,suboxone maintenance etc. After working together with Adeline, clients are successfully managing their symptoms, and now living their normal life. I believe your case is not different.
(240) 730-2995 View (240) 730-2995
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Gladstone Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatrist, LSCW, MD, CRNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046
Mental Health Care – For Everyone. At Gladstone Psychiatry, we believe everyone deserves access to high-quality mental health care. We use an individualized approach to help clients get their lives back on track. Our treatment approach is more than just medicine. Our psychiatrists work with you to provide evidence-based treatments, unique to your lifestyle and challenges. We believe in a holistic view of medicine and provide personalized care to each patient, while making it affordable, inclusive and easy to access.
Mental Health Care – For Everyone. At Gladstone Psychiatry, we believe everyone deserves access to high-quality mental health care. We use an individualized approach to help clients get their lives back on track. Our treatment approach is more than just medicine. Our psychiatrists work with you to provide evidence-based treatments, unique to your lifestyle and challenges. We believe in a holistic view of medicine and provide personalized care to each patient, while making it affordable, inclusive and easy to access.
(443) 708-5856 View (443) 708-5856
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Nicolas Kuiate Tekam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
Nicolas Kuiate Tekam is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) since 2021. Nicolas manages and treats adult patients with a range of mental health issues. He specializes in treating anxiety, depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sleep issues, and stress across the lifespan. Nicolas is compassionate and dedicated to his patients and looks forward at their speedy recovery. His aim is to make a difference in people’s lives and community.
Nicolas Kuiate Tekam is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) since 2021. Nicolas manages and treats adult patients with a range of mental health issues. He specializes in treating anxiety, depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sleep issues, and stress across the lifespan. Nicolas is compassionate and dedicated to his patients and looks forward at their speedy recovery. His aim is to make a difference in people’s lives and community.
(240) 693-5536 View (240) 693-5536
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Amanda Ismail
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Amanda Ismail is a board-certified registered nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and mental health. She has a bachelor's in nursing degree from Frostburg State University and earned her master's degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.
Amanda Ismail is a board-certified registered nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and mental health. She has a bachelor's in nursing degree from Frostburg State University and earned her master's degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.
(240) 844-3471 View (240) 844-3471
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Ana C Duarte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21045
Hello! My name is Ana C. Duarte and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been in practice for over 14 years, providing medication management for individuals across the lifespan, focusing on adolescents through adults.
Hello! My name is Ana C. Duarte and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been in practice for over 14 years, providing medication management for individuals across the lifespan, focusing on adolescents through adults.
(443) 249-9241 x107 View (443) 249-9241 x107
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My Client Mental Health and Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044
Providing patient-centered psychiatric care in a friendly and supportive setting is our goal at My Client Mental Health and Wellness. As a first step in regaining self-control, reaching out is critical yet difficult one. Our experienced team will listen to you and work together on your recovery path. Many evidence-based tools are available to help you achieve your full potential, whether it is getting better sleep, coping with life's challenges, or improving your mood.
Providing patient-centered psychiatric care in a friendly and supportive setting is our goal at My Client Mental Health and Wellness. As a first step in regaining self-control, reaching out is critical yet difficult one. Our experienced team will listen to you and work together on your recovery path. Many evidence-based tools are available to help you achieve your full potential, whether it is getting better sleep, coping with life's challenges, or improving your mood.
(240) 913-8938 View (240) 913-8938
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Phyllis J Heffner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044
Do you/your child experience depression or anxiety that prevent you from feeling your best or living up to your potential? Does your child (or do you) find it hard to pay attention or act impulsively? Does your child have autism or emotional or behavioral problems? These issues can make life challenging, yet are often improved using natural methods. I practice holistic, integrative child, adolescent and adult psychiatry with the focus on finding and treating the underlying cause of each person's emotional and behavioral problems, often with natural methods rather than medications. NEW-online Scheduling available www.holisticchildpsychiatry.com
Do you/your child experience depression or anxiety that prevent you from feeling your best or living up to your potential? Does your child (or do you) find it hard to pay attention or act impulsively? Does your child have autism or emotional or behavioral problems? These issues can make life challenging, yet are often improved using natural methods. I practice holistic, integrative child, adolescent and adult psychiatry with the focus on finding and treating the underlying cause of each person's emotional and behavioral problems, often with natural methods rather than medications. NEW-online Scheduling available www.holisticchildpsychiatry.com
(410) 695-6398 View (410) 695-6398
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Master Plan Health Concepts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Our practice is based on Behavioral Health Treatment that focuses on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar. We lean towards a client centered, goal focused approach that gives people tools to effectively manage stressors and difficult life circumstances. We specialize in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, substance use, depression and bipolar. We will help to restore your mental stability which can help you maintain your physical health. We are here to help you through various challenges. You don't have to do it on your own. We can help you gain control of your life with various treatment and counseling options that are available.
Our practice is based on Behavioral Health Treatment that focuses on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar. We lean towards a client centered, goal focused approach that gives people tools to effectively manage stressors and difficult life circumstances. We specialize in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, substance use, depression and bipolar. We will help to restore your mental stability which can help you maintain your physical health. We are here to help you through various challenges. You don't have to do it on your own. We can help you gain control of your life with various treatment and counseling options that are available.
(443) 241-0377 View (443) 241-0377
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Dr. Ifeyinwa Maduka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Dr. Ifeyinwa Maduka is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 4 years of experience. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama and a Doctorate from Chatham University.
Dr. Ifeyinwa Maduka is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 4 years of experience. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama and a Doctorate from Chatham University.
(240) 384-4128 View (240) 384-4128
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Dina M Sztein
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046
Not accepting new clients
I'm a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and work with young children through young adults needing medications to treat psychiatric conditions, including: developmental disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, OCD, PTSD and other mood and anxiety-related conditions. I believe close collaboration with parents and other treatment providers is necessary to ensure children and adolescents get the best psychiatric care possible.
I'm a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and work with young children through young adults needing medications to treat psychiatric conditions, including: developmental disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, OCD, PTSD and other mood and anxiety-related conditions. I believe close collaboration with parents and other treatment providers is necessary to ensure children and adolescents get the best psychiatric care possible.
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Joshua Z Rosenthal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046
I am fully trained in both adult and child psychiatry and have a board certification in adult psychiatry and am also certified to prescribe Suboxone for opiate addiction. I have experience treating a broad range of psychiatric and behavior disorders, including depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), substance abuse, autism, asperger's disorder, and more. I also have extensive experience in clinical trials of new medications for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in adults and children. .
I am fully trained in both adult and child psychiatry and have a board certification in adult psychiatry and am also certified to prescribe Suboxone for opiate addiction. I have experience treating a broad range of psychiatric and behavior disorders, including depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), substance abuse, autism, asperger's disorder, and more. I also have extensive experience in clinical trials of new medications for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in adults and children. .
(410) 394-8309 View (410) 394-8309
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Brett Greenberger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21044
Dr. Brett Greenberger is dually board-certified in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. He specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, young adults and adults. He is the founder of Collaborative Counseling Center in Howard County, MD (www.collaborativecounselingcenter.com). He provides psychiatric services including psychiatric evaluations, ADHD evaluations and medication management. He believes in treating the whole client as they exist within their environment, which includes their family, school and community. Dr. Greenberger uses a strengths-based approach to treatment that focuses on improving client overall health and wellness.
Dr. Brett Greenberger is dually board-certified in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. He specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, young adults and adults. He is the founder of Collaborative Counseling Center in Howard County, MD (www.collaborativecounselingcenter.com). He provides psychiatric services including psychiatric evaluations, ADHD evaluations and medication management. He believes in treating the whole client as they exist within their environment, which includes their family, school and community. Dr. Greenberger uses a strengths-based approach to treatment that focuses on improving client overall health and wellness.
(443) 219-1680 View (443) 219-1680
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Arise Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21044
Accepting new patients. Hello, I'm Dr. Blanche Kattie, a mental health provider dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health care with a focus on empowerment and healing. With expertise in depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and ADHD, I offer a holistic approach that encompasses medication management and psychotherapy. Through a combination of medication management and psychotherapy, I strive to address the underlying factors contributing to mental health concerns and empower my clients to achieve lasting positive change.
Accepting new patients. Hello, I'm Dr. Blanche Kattie, a mental health provider dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health care with a focus on empowerment and healing. With expertise in depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and ADHD, I offer a holistic approach that encompasses medication management and psychotherapy. Through a combination of medication management and psychotherapy, I strive to address the underlying factors contributing to mental health concerns and empower my clients to achieve lasting positive change.
(240) 307-5441 View (240) 307-5441
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Brenda Pearson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience in understanding how physical and psychological illness affect the mind and body. I have learned that no one treatment is always effective for every person and any one ailment. My focus is holistic and I welcome natural treatments that have proven to be effective in providing relief as well as pharmacologic treatments. I truly believe the best outcome and optimal level of wellness is achieved when the patient can concurrently participate in therapy and is an active participant in their mental health treatment.
I have extensive experience in understanding how physical and psychological illness affect the mind and body. I have learned that no one treatment is always effective for every person and any one ailment. My focus is holistic and I welcome natural treatments that have proven to be effective in providing relief as well as pharmacologic treatments. I truly believe the best outcome and optimal level of wellness is achieved when the patient can concurrently participate in therapy and is an active participant in their mental health treatment.
(443) 241-6351 View (443) 241-6351
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Emotion Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-- VIRTUAL APPOINTMENTS /IN PERSON " am a Double Board Certified Psychiatrist committed to providing the highest quality of care, personalized to each individual. My methods of treatment are both psychodynamic and rooted in the evidence-based medicine technique. I have had experience in the treatment of Children, Adolescents and Adults for 12 years. The last 7 years I have worked as a telepsychiatrist providing comprehensive and superior treatment to my patients from the comfort of their homes.
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-- VIRTUAL APPOINTMENTS /IN PERSON " am a Double Board Certified Psychiatrist committed to providing the highest quality of care, personalized to each individual. My methods of treatment are both psychodynamic and rooted in the evidence-based medicine technique. I have had experience in the treatment of Children, Adolescents and Adults for 12 years. The last 7 years I have worked as a telepsychiatrist providing comprehensive and superior treatment to my patients from the comfort of their homes.
(270) 751-6174 View (270) 751-6174
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Kathryn Novak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044
Congratulations! You are taking the first step in getting help. I admire your courage. We will work together with therapy and medications to improve the quality of your life. Our clinic believes in evidenced base practice with a collaborative approach.
Congratulations! You are taking the first step in getting help. I admire your courage. We will work together with therapy and medications to improve the quality of your life. Our clinic believes in evidenced base practice with a collaborative approach.
(240) 820-2937 View (240) 820-2937
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Number of Psychiatrists in Columbia, MD

100+

Average cost per session

$197

Psychiatrists in Columbia, MD who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
93% Depression
88% Bipolar Disorder
80% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Trauma and PTSD
67% Medication Management

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Cigna and Evernorth
83% CareFirst
80% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Columbia, MD see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Columbia?

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.