Psychiatrists in Ellicott City, MD

Jermany and Associates, P.A.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042
We focus on improving overall health and wellness. We offer NeuroStar TMS - a safe and effective drug-free advanced method to treat depression. We also provide General Psychiatric medication management, Weigh less strategies, and Outpatient medication assisted treatment with Buprenorphine for substance use. Dr. Jermany offers counsel for Medical Cannabis. Call 443-272-1541 for an appointment (in-person and telemedicine).
We focus on improving overall health and wellness. We offer NeuroStar TMS - a safe and effective drug-free advanced method to treat depression. We also provide General Psychiatric medication management, Weigh less strategies, and Outpatient medication assisted treatment with Buprenorphine for substance use. Dr. Jermany offers counsel for Medical Cannabis. Call 443-272-1541 for an appointment (in-person and telemedicine).
(443) 863-6157 View (443) 863-6157
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Yolana Young
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Welcome prospective clients! I am currently offering telepsychiatry visits only. I hope that I can help you progress to your optimal self and understand the complicated dynamics of your emotions. I have almost 11 years of experience treating patients. I would love to work on your strengths, weaknesses and help you gain insight into your overall sense of self. Depending on the individual, this may happen quickly or require time and patience. Based on your needs, we will determine if you will benefit from therapy and/or medications. I primarily provide medication management for difficulties that warrant psychotropic intervention.
Welcome prospective clients! I am currently offering telepsychiatry visits only. I hope that I can help you progress to your optimal self and understand the complicated dynamics of your emotions. I have almost 11 years of experience treating patients. I would love to work on your strengths, weaknesses and help you gain insight into your overall sense of self. Depending on the individual, this may happen quickly or require time and patience. Based on your needs, we will determine if you will benefit from therapy and/or medications. I primarily provide medication management for difficulties that warrant psychotropic intervention.
(844) 538-0048 View (844) 538-0048
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Glory Tataw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Accepting New Clients. Virtual and in person. 'No waiting list" Congratulations on this huge step on contacting and trusting Glory with your health. Seeking Mental Health could be a daunting task. Glory just want you to know that mprovement and living a quality life is possible. Just say yes to treatment and Glory will support you to achieve your goals. She will meet you where you are to help you become Who you want to be. Mental health is a continous journey take one step at a time. Glory will be wirh you each step of the way. Same day appt is possible. Schedule appt via website. Call for weekend and late evening appointments.
Accepting New Clients. Virtual and in person. 'No waiting list" Congratulations on this huge step on contacting and trusting Glory with your health. Seeking Mental Health could be a daunting task. Glory just want you to know that mprovement and living a quality life is possible. Just say yes to treatment and Glory will support you to achieve your goals. She will meet you where you are to help you become Who you want to be. Mental health is a continous journey take one step at a time. Glory will be wirh you each step of the way. Same day appt is possible. Schedule appt via website. Call for weekend and late evening appointments.
(410) 883-9678 View (410) 883-9678
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Joy Eghaghe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ellicott City, MD 21043
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive privileges. I believe in creating an atmosphere that is focussed on helping clients feel safe protected and heard. I believe in a solution-focused approach in managing my clients who happen to be my absolute priority. I will work with you without bias or judgement. Be rest assured that during therapy/treatment, I will provide evidence based methods to help you achieve balance through collaborative efforts. I have discovered personalized solutions that work. Let's do it!
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive privileges. I believe in creating an atmosphere that is focussed on helping clients feel safe protected and heard. I believe in a solution-focused approach in managing my clients who happen to be my absolute priority. I will work with you without bias or judgement. Be rest assured that during therapy/treatment, I will provide evidence based methods to help you achieve balance through collaborative efforts. I have discovered personalized solutions that work. Let's do it!
(443) 647-9128 View (443) 647-9128
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Kim Jones-Fearing, MD
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042  (Online Only)
The decision to seek mental health care can be a difficult one. By the time most people come to see me, they have already tried many other ways of feeling better. I will talk to you to find out what your goals are and what ways you are willing to try to start feeling better at a pace that feels most comfortable for you. I can do talk therapy as well if you do not have a therapist or do not feel comfortable transitioning to a therapist yet. We can discuss tele-psychiatry after your initial in person visits.
The decision to seek mental health care can be a difficult one. By the time most people come to see me, they have already tried many other ways of feeling better. I will talk to you to find out what your goals are and what ways you are willing to try to start feeling better at a pace that feels most comfortable for you. I can do talk therapy as well if you do not have a therapist or do not feel comfortable transitioning to a therapist yet. We can discuss tele-psychiatry after your initial in person visits.
(667) 200-0627 View (667) 200-0627
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Kristin Dominguez
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ellicott City, MD 21043  (Online Only)
My name is Dr. Dominguez and I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist practicing in the outpatient setting. Currently I am only seeing patients via telehealth. I take a comprehensive, holistic approach to determine an individualized treatment plan for each client.
My name is Dr. Dominguez and I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist practicing in the outpatient setting. Currently I am only seeing patients via telehealth. I take a comprehensive, holistic approach to determine an individualized treatment plan for each client.
(410) 376-5149 View (410) 376-5149
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Nadimire Jules-Dole
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ellicott City, MD 21042
I help children, adolescents, and adults achieve optimal mental health and well-being using a holistic approach. You deserve the best and I strive to work with you to provide exceptional service that is guided by science, compassion, and hope. I treat the whole person combining holistic techniques including nutritional supplements, herbal/plant-based medicine, laboratory testing, mind-body medicine with traditional psychiatric modalities like psychotropic medication and psychotherapy.
I help children, adolescents, and adults achieve optimal mental health and well-being using a holistic approach. You deserve the best and I strive to work with you to provide exceptional service that is guided by science, compassion, and hope. I treat the whole person combining holistic techniques including nutritional supplements, herbal/plant-based medicine, laboratory testing, mind-body medicine with traditional psychiatric modalities like psychotropic medication and psychotherapy.
(410) 346-9348 View (410) 346-9348
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042
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.
(443) 747-7265 View (443) 747-7265
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Kimberly C. Walker, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ellicott City, MD 21042  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am Board Certified in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. I have more than 20 years of experience treating ADHD, anxiety and mood issues. In working with youth, I strive to support the parents to draw on their innate strengths as experts in their children's functioning. Life brings transitions that may not play out neatly, but with collaboration, difficult times can become opportunities for growth. Medication may or may not play a role in treatment. Various treatment modalities will be explored.
I am Board Certified in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. I have more than 20 years of experience treating ADHD, anxiety and mood issues. In working with youth, I strive to support the parents to draw on their innate strengths as experts in their children's functioning. Life brings transitions that may not play out neatly, but with collaboration, difficult times can become opportunities for growth. Medication may or may not play a role in treatment. Various treatment modalities will be explored.
(240) 608-6270 View (240) 608-6270
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(443) 390-7615 View (443) 390-7615
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Dr. Gedeon Longtchi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, - BC
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042  (Online Only)
Hi, I am Dr. Gideon, and I am here to serve you in a relatable way to get you back to feeling like yourself again—patients suffering from Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, Relationship issues, or other mood-related symptoms. We aim to provide you with clinical expertise for mental, emotional, and spiritual stability. I manage patients with ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Eating disorders, OCD, personality disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia, and many more.
Hi, I am Dr. Gideon, and I am here to serve you in a relatable way to get you back to feeling like yourself again—patients suffering from Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, Relationship issues, or other mood-related symptoms. We aim to provide you with clinical expertise for mental, emotional, and spiritual stability. I manage patients with ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Eating disorders, OCD, personality disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia, and many more.
(240) 219-8750 View (240) 219-8750
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042
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.
(443) 339-8209 View (443) 339-8209
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Amoah Asante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042
My ideal client is an adult who is struggling with adult ADHD & depression. You may feel overwhelmed and struggle to complete tasks and you may experience a lack of motivation and energy that makes it challenging to engage in these tasks or daily activities. You might find it difficult to get out of bed or take care of basic tasks due to depressive symptoms.
My ideal client is an adult who is struggling with adult ADHD & depression. You may feel overwhelmed and struggle to complete tasks and you may experience a lack of motivation and energy that makes it challenging to engage in these tasks or daily activities. You might find it difficult to get out of bed or take care of basic tasks due to depressive symptoms.
(443) 730-5604 View (443) 730-5604
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Stephanie Durruthy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Life is full of surprises. Having a mental health issue was never you game plan. Smart people like yourself should be able to control their emotions. But here, you find yourself struggling with this new reality. It was your prior belief that mental illness happens to other people. What is the next step? Healing starts with your decision to fully understand your condition in order to achieve optimal wellness. Recovery requires time for self-discovery and awareness. Mental illness is not a choice, but your response to this situation is personal.
Life is full of surprises. Having a mental health issue was never you game plan. Smart people like yourself should be able to control their emotions. But here, you find yourself struggling with this new reality. It was your prior belief that mental illness happens to other people. What is the next step? Healing starts with your decision to fully understand your condition in order to achieve optimal wellness. Recovery requires time for self-discovery and awareness. Mental illness is not a choice, but your response to this situation is personal.
(410) 774-6535 View (410) 774-6535
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Bergina Brickhouse Isbell
Psychiatrist, MD, MHS, DipABPN
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Are you frustrated from past trauma and lingering depression? Is your loved one suffering and you want to help? Dr. Bergina and the Led Life team believe that there is a cure for hard to treat depression, which can be like cancer of the soul. With our proprietary ReTreatments (TM) that Rewire the brain, Renew the mind, and Restore joy. More than just prescribing medicines, we also prescribe hope. On the cutting edge of novel neurohealth treatments, Dr. Bergina prescribes Spravato (Esketamine) and provides Ketamine Assisted Therapy.
Are you frustrated from past trauma and lingering depression? Is your loved one suffering and you want to help? Dr. Bergina and the Led Life team believe that there is a cure for hard to treat depression, which can be like cancer of the soul. With our proprietary ReTreatments (TM) that Rewire the brain, Renew the mind, and Restore joy. More than just prescribing medicines, we also prescribe hope. On the cutting edge of novel neurohealth treatments, Dr. Bergina prescribes Spravato (Esketamine) and provides Ketamine Assisted Therapy.
(844) 334-7258 View (844) 334-7258
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Yang Roby
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Innerpeace Psychiatric Services, led by Dr. Yang Roby, a board-certified psychiatrist in Howard County, Maryland. With a Ph.D. in Human Genetics and neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University and extensive psychiatry residency training at the University of Iowa, she horns her expertise in treating various psychiatric conditions spanning five years of outpatient care. she integrates principles of evidence-based pharmaceutical treatments with her practice with Satir transformation therapy and mindfulness techniques, ensuring personalized, patient-centered care to guide individuals on their path to find inner peace.
Innerpeace Psychiatric Services, led by Dr. Yang Roby, a board-certified psychiatrist in Howard County, Maryland. With a Ph.D. in Human Genetics and neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University and extensive psychiatry residency training at the University of Iowa, she horns her expertise in treating various psychiatric conditions spanning five years of outpatient care. she integrates principles of evidence-based pharmaceutical treatments with her practice with Satir transformation therapy and mindfulness techniques, ensuring personalized, patient-centered care to guide individuals on their path to find inner peace.
(443) 355-4468 View (443) 355-4468
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Ashley Vickery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Waitlist for new clients
Ashley works with adolescent and adult clients with a variety of mental health needs. Ashley believes in collaboration with therapists for well-rounded care of individual clients. Ashley meets clients where they are to help them become who they want to be.
Ashley works with adolescent and adult clients with a variety of mental health needs. Ashley believes in collaboration with therapists for well-rounded care of individual clients. Ashley meets clients where they are to help them become who they want to be.
(410) 618-4071 View (410) 618-4071
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Dr. Paulo J Negro
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Do you find it difficult to manage stress? Do you need an assessment for medication for anxiety, depression, or ADHD? Medication, or medication combined with therapy, can support significant improvement for many years. I provide concierge psychiatric care for adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD and other challenges. You can recover from mental health challenges, build self-esteem, and create healthy habits. In-person medication management and brief therapy are available in Columbia, MD. Online psychiatric care is available in Maryland, DC, VA, and Pennsylvania. I am looking forward to hearing your story!
Do you find it difficult to manage stress? Do you need an assessment for medication for anxiety, depression, or ADHD? Medication, or medication combined with therapy, can support significant improvement for many years. I provide concierge psychiatric care for adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD and other challenges. You can recover from mental health challenges, build self-esteem, and create healthy habits. In-person medication management and brief therapy are available in Columbia, MD. Online psychiatric care is available in Maryland, DC, VA, and Pennsylvania. I am looking forward to hearing your story!
(443) 979-8072 View (443) 979-8072
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Mid-Atlantic Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042  (Online Only)
Minimal wait time currently for new patients! Personalized psychiatric care from an experienced and accessible board-certified psychiatrist. Accepting patients statewide via telehealth. The website is under development but you may request to join the practice by clicking "make an appointment" on the home page of the website. You can also request to join the practice via email/phone and by directly accessing the intake request form by pasting the following into your browser address bar: app.luminello.com/christianmaurermd/form
Minimal wait time currently for new patients! Personalized psychiatric care from an experienced and accessible board-certified psychiatrist. Accepting patients statewide via telehealth. The website is under development but you may request to join the practice by clicking "make an appointment" on the home page of the website. You can also request to join the practice via email/phone and by directly accessing the intake request form by pasting the following into your browser address bar: app.luminello.com/christianmaurermd/form
(410) 204-2418 View (410) 204-2418
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Briana Riemer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Hi! Your health matters, and mental health is at the heart of being well. As a physician I have dedicated my life to helping others be their healthiest and most fulfilled selves. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, ADHD and adjustment disorders. I have particular interests in women’s health, professional stress/burnout, young adult health and coping with life transitions. I work to include behavioral/lifestyle change, exercise, and nutrition in treatment alongside medication evaluation. For additional information, please visit this website: www.marylandpsychcenters.com/bio-riemer
Hi! Your health matters, and mental health is at the heart of being well. As a physician I have dedicated my life to helping others be their healthiest and most fulfilled selves. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, ADHD and adjustment disorders. I have particular interests in women’s health, professional stress/burnout, young adult health and coping with life transitions. I work to include behavioral/lifestyle change, exercise, and nutrition in treatment alongside medication evaluation. For additional information, please visit this website: www.marylandpsychcenters.com/bio-riemer
(443) 665-0451 View (443) 665-0451

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Number of Psychiatrists in Ellicott City, MD

60+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Ellicott City, MD who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
89% Bipolar Disorder
79% Medication Management
76% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Cigna and Evernorth
84% BlueCross and BlueShield
78% CareFirst

How Psychiatrists in Ellicott City, MD see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

68% Female
32% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Ellicott City?

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.