Psychiatrists in Columbia, MD

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Laurette Abunaw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with a specialization in psychiatry. I have over 17 years of combined clinical experience as a nurse and nurse practitioner working in acute care and outpatient clinical settings such as hospitals, day treatment centers, home care, rehabilitation centers, hospice and long-term care facilities. With this diverse background, I have served as a contributing nurse practitioner at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital providing psychiatric and mental health services on the behavioral, medical and emergency department units. I provide psychiatric consultations/evaluations and medication management services.
I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with a specialization in psychiatry. I have over 17 years of combined clinical experience as a nurse and nurse practitioner working in acute care and outpatient clinical settings such as hospitals, day treatment centers, home care, rehabilitation centers, hospice and long-term care facilities. With this diverse background, I have served as a contributing nurse practitioner at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital providing psychiatric and mental health services on the behavioral, medical and emergency department units. I provide psychiatric consultations/evaluations and medication management services.
(443) 365-2551 View (443) 365-2551
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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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Dr. Biliki Douglas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21045
Accepting New Patients! My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. I achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. My experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatric care. I treat several mental health disorders and provide a neutral ground to patients.
Accepting New Patients! My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. I achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. My experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatric care. I treat several mental health disorders and provide a neutral ground to patients.
(240) 433-7137 View (240) 433-7137
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Favour Ofoegbu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
My name is Favour Ofoegbu. I am a board-certified, detail-oriented psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with almost two decades of combined clinical experience. I specialize in treating various disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, OCD, Trauma & PTSD, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Eating disorders, Adjustment disorders, ADHD, Insomnia, and other mental health conditions. I am skilled at medication prescription and management. My patients consistently give positive feedback on how their symptoms are improving with the care received from our sessions. My goal is your total wellness.
My name is Favour Ofoegbu. I am a board-certified, detail-oriented psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with almost two decades of combined clinical experience. I specialize in treating various disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, OCD, Trauma & PTSD, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Eating disorders, Adjustment disorders, ADHD, Insomnia, and other mental health conditions. I am skilled at medication prescription and management. My patients consistently give positive feedback on how their symptoms are improving with the care received from our sessions. My goal is your total wellness.
(410) 941-3727 View (410) 941-3727
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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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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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Mindsense Serenity LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21045
Mindsense Serenity LLC is a nurse practitioner-led mental health practice. Our comprehensive psychiatric services include psychiatric consultations, diagnostic assessments, evaluations, medication management, psychiatric treatment, adjunct supportive therapy and wellness care to children 13 + , adults and seniors. We are dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve mental wellness through their everyday mental health struggles. We provide Virtual and In-person services by Appointment. Please visit our "Website" to explore our services and book an appointment with Laurette Abunaw, PMHNP-BC . We are accepting "New Patients".
Mindsense Serenity LLC is a nurse practitioner-led mental health practice. Our comprehensive psychiatric services include psychiatric consultations, diagnostic assessments, evaluations, medication management, psychiatric treatment, adjunct supportive therapy and wellness care to children 13 + , adults and seniors. We are dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve mental wellness through their everyday mental health struggles. We provide Virtual and In-person services by Appointment. Please visit our "Website" to explore our services and book an appointment with Laurette Abunaw, PMHNP-BC . We are accepting "New Patients".
(240) 634-9546 View (240) 634-9546
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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 psychiatric/mental health appointments, as well as weight loss and Bariatric psychiatric evaluations. (virtual appointments only). Lechia (pronounced Lee-sha) has a passion for helping people live their best lives. Life brings stress for everyone in some way, and how you deal with it makes the difference in your happiness and success. A healthy mental status helps. Whether you have been born with a mental illness, have been traumatized, abused, are making changes, or just are not able to handle life, we are here to help.
Currently accepting psychiatric/mental health appointments, as well as weight loss and Bariatric psychiatric evaluations. (virtual appointments only). Lechia (pronounced Lee-sha) has a passion for helping people live their best lives. Life brings stress for everyone in some way, and how you deal with it makes the difference in your happiness and success. A healthy mental status helps. Whether you have been born with a mental illness, have been traumatized, abused, are making changes, or just are not able to handle life, we are here to help.
(443) 552-7356 View (443) 552-7356
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Helen Metkowski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Telehealth Appointments Only....Helen Metkowski is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from York College of Pennsylvania and her Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree from Drexel University.
Telehealth Appointments Only....Helen Metkowski is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from York College of Pennsylvania and her Master's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree from Drexel University.
(240) 335-8690 View (240) 335-8690
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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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Laurette Abunaw
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21045
I am a Board Certified -Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on assessments, diagnosis & interventions such as medication management and individual/supportive therapy. I have over 17 years of combined clinical experience. I am well versed in providing mental health services through outpatient/tele-health, in-patient/hospital, long-term care, rehabilitation, and hospice related to mental health needs. My Inpatient/Hospital experience includes Contributing Nurse Practitioner at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital providing psychiatric and mental health services on the behavioral, medical and emergency department units.
I am a Board Certified -Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on assessments, diagnosis & interventions such as medication management and individual/supportive therapy. I have over 17 years of combined clinical experience. I am well versed in providing mental health services through outpatient/tele-health, in-patient/hospital, long-term care, rehabilitation, and hospice related to mental health needs. My Inpatient/Hospital experience includes Contributing Nurse Practitioner at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital providing psychiatric and mental health services on the behavioral, medical and emergency department units.
(443) 706-8554 View (443) 706-8554
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Dina M Sztein
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046
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.
(443) 516-9922 View (443) 516-9922
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Kathleen Swanson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046
I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, and work with teens and adults needing medications to treat psychiatric conditions, including: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, OCD, PTSD and other mood and anxiety-related conditions. I enjoy educating and collaborating with patients so they can be autonomous and informed participants in their treatment. My experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner includes working with those who suffer dementia and medical illnesses in assisted living and nursing facilities, working with teens and adults with developmental disabilities and collaborating with primary care providers to offer integrated mental health care.
I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, and work with teens and adults needing medications to treat psychiatric conditions, including: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, OCD, PTSD and other mood and anxiety-related conditions. I enjoy educating and collaborating with patients so they can be autonomous and informed participants in their treatment. My experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner includes working with those who suffer dementia and medical illnesses in assisted living and nursing facilities, working with teens and adults with developmental disabilities and collaborating with primary care providers to offer integrated mental health care.
(443) 543-9120 View (443) 543-9120
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Blanche Kattie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044
Accepting new patient. Welcome. I'm Blanche Kattie, a compassionate psychiatrist committed to guiding individuals on their path to mental well-being and fulfillment. With specialized expertise in depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and ADHD, I offer a comprehensive range of services including medication management and psychotherapy.By integrating medication management with psychotherapy, I aim to not only alleviate symptoms but also address the underlying factors contributing to your mental health concerns.
Accepting new patient. Welcome. I'm Blanche Kattie, a compassionate psychiatrist committed to guiding individuals on their path to mental well-being and fulfillment. With specialized expertise in depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and ADHD, I offer a comprehensive range of services including medication management and psychotherapy.By integrating medication management with psychotherapy, I aim to not only alleviate symptoms but also address the underlying factors contributing to your mental health concerns.
(240) 376-3164 View (240) 376-3164
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Crystal Daniels
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
I originally started a career in clinical psychology. Once I completed an APA internship in psychology, I decided to return to school to study advanced nursing in psychiatry.
I originally started a career in clinical psychology. Once I completed an APA internship in psychology, I decided to return to school to study advanced nursing in psychiatry.
(443) 672-5004 View (443) 672-5004
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Solutions For Mindfulness Psychiatric Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046
Solutions for Mindfulness remains committed to providing the latest treatment options and world class psychiatric services to Maryland residents. As a team our focus is on collaboration, and partnering with our patients to work with treatment plans that focus on our patients needs. we also discuss all options available to the patient. We offer non- medication options. these Include therapy and Transcranial magnetic Stimulation ( TMS) We realize that the clients we serve have a right to determine their best treatment options for themselves and their families.
Solutions for Mindfulness remains committed to providing the latest treatment options and world class psychiatric services to Maryland residents. As a team our focus is on collaboration, and partnering with our patients to work with treatment plans that focus on our patients needs. we also discuss all options available to the patient. We offer non- medication options. these Include therapy and Transcranial magnetic Stimulation ( TMS) We realize that the clients we serve have a right to determine their best treatment options for themselves and their families.
(410) 992-3796 View (410) 992-3796
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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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Dr. Ifeyinwa Maduka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Telehealth Appointments 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.
Telehealth Appointments 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.
(240) 384-4128 View (240) 384-4128
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Synergy Strive
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNSNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Synergy Strive is a diverse team of solution-focused clinicians with the goal of helping adults, teens, adolescents, and children uncover their true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can help you get on a path of healthy discovery. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation, we’re ready to work with you to achieve your goals.
Synergy Strive is a diverse team of solution-focused clinicians with the goal of helping adults, teens, adolescents, and children uncover their true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can help you get on a path of healthy discovery. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation, we’re ready to work with you to achieve your goals.
(410) 877-6149 View (410) 877-6149
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Geraldine Nkwain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients for telehealth appointments! Geraldine, a passionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a doctorate degree, is dedicated to helping you live your best life. With over 13 years of experience, she specializes in holistic wellness, effective communication, and empathy. From children to older adults, she supports clients through various challenges, including trauma, addiction, relationship issues, and more. Geraldine's approach involves active listening and individualized treatment plans to promote self-management and independence. Patient education and collaboration are at the core of her practice.
Now accepting new patients for telehealth appointments! Geraldine, a passionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a doctorate degree, is dedicated to helping you live your best life. With over 13 years of experience, she specializes in holistic wellness, effective communication, and empathy. From children to older adults, she supports clients through various challenges, including trauma, addiction, relationship issues, and more. Geraldine's approach involves active listening and individualized treatment plans to promote self-management and independence. Patient education and collaboration are at the core of her practice.
(240) 774-2175 View (240) 774-2175

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Columbia, MD

100+

Average cost per session

$155

Psychiatrists in Columbia, MD who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
92% Depression
86% Bipolar Disorder
81% ADHD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Trauma and PTSD
70% Medication Management

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Cigna and Evernorth
87% CareFirst
84% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Columbia, MD see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% 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.