Psychiatrists in Eudowood, MD

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Linda Nji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eudowood, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Hello, My name is Linda! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University. Furthermore, I have about 7 years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric mental health care.
Hello, My name is Linda! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University. Furthermore, I have about 7 years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric mental health care.
(240) 830-7163 View (240) 830-7163
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Chioma Calista Uzoma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, BSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eudowood, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Chioma is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner with 12 years of clinical experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics who combines active listening, compassion, and empathy to deliver client-centered, culturally- sensitive care.
Chioma is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner with 12 years of clinical experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics who combines active listening, compassion, and empathy to deliver client-centered, culturally- sensitive care.
(410) 220-6896 View (410) 220-6896
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Katherine Alexandra Turner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, BSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eudowood, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Persons seeking medication management services for with ADHD, depression, anxiety/panic disorders, and/or psychotic disorders feel free to text/call me at listed number or email me. l am also specialized in caring for persons with mental illness throughout the lifespan-from childhood to late adulthood. I have helped many people find a medication regimen that allows them to live and achieve to their best potential.
Persons seeking medication management services for with ADHD, depression, anxiety/panic disorders, and/or psychotic disorders feel free to text/call me at listed number or email me. l am also specialized in caring for persons with mental illness throughout the lifespan-from childhood to late adulthood. I have helped many people find a medication regimen that allows them to live and achieve to their best potential.
(443) 516-9716 View (443) 516-9716
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Michael Wagner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, RN, CNP, PMHNP, CPH
Verified Verified
Eudowood, MD 21204  (Online Only)
I am Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Certified in Public Health. I have been in the nursing field since 2008. My nursing career includes extensive experience in ambulatory care, behavioral and mental health, public health, health education, emergency response and in nurse administration.
I am Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Certified in Public Health. I have been in the nursing field since 2008. My nursing career includes extensive experience in ambulatory care, behavioral and mental health, public health, health education, emergency response and in nurse administration.
(240) 730-3411 View (240) 730-3411

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Mariel V Otter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, , CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Timonium, MD 21093
Difficult emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are, at times, part of the human experience but they need NOT control your life. Reclaim your humanity & cope effectively with a provider who listens to your story and supports your intentions. Mariel Otter, DNP, CRNP-PMH has 13 years of psychiatric experience and is an alumna of Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland with clinical training from renowned psychiatrists including Dr. Scott Aronson, MD, and Dr. Larry Alessi, MD. Mariel Otter, DNP, CRNP-PMH is rated as an expert in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder by U.S. News and World Report Health.
Difficult emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are, at times, part of the human experience but they need NOT control your life. Reclaim your humanity & cope effectively with a provider who listens to your story and supports your intentions. Mariel Otter, DNP, CRNP-PMH has 13 years of psychiatric experience and is an alumna of Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland with clinical training from renowned psychiatrists including Dr. Scott Aronson, MD, and Dr. Larry Alessi, MD. Mariel Otter, DNP, CRNP-PMH is rated as an expert in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder by U.S. News and World Report Health.
(410) 936-6731 View (410) 936-6731
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Robert Byron Lehman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204
My expertise is in the area of diagnosis and psychopharmacology. My office is a private practice setting and there is strong staff support for scheduling, medication refills, and for consultation with referring therapists . I have more than 30 years experience in the field and have an interest and involvement in pharmacology research through my company, Pharmasite Research. I have numerous publications in the field of psychopharmacology and lecture frequently in the area of psychopharmacology.
My expertise is in the area of diagnosis and psychopharmacology. My office is a private practice setting and there is strong staff support for scheduling, medication refills, and for consultation with referring therapists . I have more than 30 years experience in the field and have an interest and involvement in pharmacology research through my company, Pharmasite Research. I have numerous publications in the field of psychopharmacology and lecture frequently in the area of psychopharmacology.
(410) 942-9587 View (410) 942-9587
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MNC Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093  (Online Only)
My name is Dr. Michael Nwandu. Dedicated, highly motivated psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have a wide range of medication management experience across the lifespan, including ADHD, eating disorders, substance use disorders, OCD, mood disorders and personality disorders. I believe successful medication management is based on open communication between myself and you. Strong focus on listening to you and addressing your concerns and answering all your questions.
My name is Dr. Michael Nwandu. Dedicated, highly motivated psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have a wide range of medication management experience across the lifespan, including ADHD, eating disorders, substance use disorders, OCD, mood disorders and personality disorders. I believe successful medication management is based on open communication between myself and you. Strong focus on listening to you and addressing your concerns and answering all your questions.
(410) 896-6805 View (410) 896-6805
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Christine Liszewski
Psychiatrist, FAPA, MD, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21286
Dr Liszewski sees individuals for psychotherapy and medication management. She specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety and personality disorders. She has specializations in reproductive psychiatry, trauma disorders and neuropsychiatry. Dr. Liszewski also does limited psychological/psychoeducational testing. Her therapeutic focus is tailored to meet the needs of the individual however she has formal training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy.
Dr Liszewski sees individuals for psychotherapy and medication management. She specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety and personality disorders. She has specializations in reproductive psychiatry, trauma disorders and neuropsychiatry. Dr. Liszewski also does limited psychological/psychoeducational testing. Her therapeutic focus is tailored to meet the needs of the individual however she has formal training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy.
(443) 341-4566 View (443) 341-4566
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Nelly Kangethe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204
Nelly Kangethe, is a healthcare provider with over 20 years of experience in healthcare. She has worked in several healthcare settings including emergency room, acute care, long-term care, homecare, case management, insurance company and outpatient clinics. With her extensive experience, she understands the importance of offering genuine and quality care.
Nelly Kangethe, is a healthcare provider with over 20 years of experience in healthcare. She has worked in several healthcare settings including emergency room, acute care, long-term care, homecare, case management, insurance company and outpatient clinics. With her extensive experience, she understands the importance of offering genuine and quality care.
(443) 256-4054 View (443) 256-4054
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Christy Callahan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, CRNP
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Extensively trained in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD, she believes mindfulness, healthy lifestyle, and strong social connections are crucial to improving your mental health and well being. She listens to your needs, works closely with referring physicians and therapists, and develops a treatment plan with you to ensure you receive the high level of care you deserve. At Shine Behavioral Health, LLC, we care about you!
Extensively trained in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD, she believes mindfulness, healthy lifestyle, and strong social connections are crucial to improving your mental health and well being. She listens to your needs, works closely with referring physicians and therapists, and develops a treatment plan with you to ensure you receive the high level of care you deserve. At Shine Behavioral Health, LLC, we care about you!
(410) 762-4291 View (410) 762-4291
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Eva Ogbuokiri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Parkville, MD 21234
Hello, I am Dr. Eva Ogbuokiri, DNP, PMHNP, APRN. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in the state of MD and DC. I have had the privilege of working in the field of psychiatry and mental health for more than 2 decades, providing care to patients with a vast array of mental health disorders across the lifespan in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I work collaboratively with the patient using evidenced-based treatment approach to develop a plan of care that is tailored to the patient's specific needs, while providing care in a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate manner
Hello, I am Dr. Eva Ogbuokiri, DNP, PMHNP, APRN. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in the state of MD and DC. I have had the privilege of working in the field of psychiatry and mental health for more than 2 decades, providing care to patients with a vast array of mental health disorders across the lifespan in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I work collaboratively with the patient using evidenced-based treatment approach to develop a plan of care that is tailored to the patient's specific needs, while providing care in a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate manner
(443) 348-0710 View (443) 348-0710
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Pamela Nwaorgu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21286  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and received my degree from Walden University. I treat patients ranging from adolescents, young adults, adults, and the geriatric population. I have treated a wide range of patients, but my focus areas are anxiety, depression, bipolar, sleep disorders, PTSD, and ADD/ADHD patients. My patients will have a clear understanding of their treatment plan, and they will know that I am here to help them achieve their goals and always have their best interest at heart
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and received my degree from Walden University. I treat patients ranging from adolescents, young adults, adults, and the geriatric population. I have treated a wide range of patients, but my focus areas are anxiety, depression, bipolar, sleep disorders, PTSD, and ADD/ADHD patients. My patients will have a clear understanding of their treatment plan, and they will know that I am here to help them achieve their goals and always have their best interest at heart
(443) 331-9302 View (443) 331-9302
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Yemi Ayilegbe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204  (Online Only)
She currently works as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner; she is a compassionate provider who is committed to delivering care that is empathetic, non-judgmental, and patient-centered. Olayemi offers evidence-based treatment that is tailored to the unique needs of each patient with medication management and psychotherapy. She treats a wide variety of mental health issues and disorders. Yemi collaborates with the therapists on her team to provide integrated care for her patients benefiting from both therapy and medication.
She currently works as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner; she is a compassionate provider who is committed to delivering care that is empathetic, non-judgmental, and patient-centered. Olayemi offers evidence-based treatment that is tailored to the unique needs of each patient with medication management and psychotherapy. She treats a wide variety of mental health issues and disorders. Yemi collaborates with the therapists on her team to provide integrated care for her patients benefiting from both therapy and medication.
(410) 376-5578 View (410) 376-5578
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Kristin Huntley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Kristin Huntley is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 14 years of experience in the healthcare field. Kristin is a graduate from Walden University, where she obtained her Master’s of Science in Nursing. She has experience in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and psychotic disorders among children, adolescents, and adults.
Kristin Huntley is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 14 years of experience in the healthcare field. Kristin is a graduate from Walden University, where she obtained her Master’s of Science in Nursing. She has experience in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and psychotic disorders among children, adolescents, and adults.
(443) 233-1225 View (443) 233-1225
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Elizabeth Omopariola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093  (Online Only)
I am a compassionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with a deep commitment to providing holistic and person-centered mental health care. With over 5 years of experience in the mental health field, I have developed a profound understanding of the complexities of mental health and the impact it has on individuals' lives. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I possess a unique blend of nursing expertise and advanced psychiatric knowledge.Through a comprehensive and collaborative approach, I strive to deliver exceptional care that addresses both the physical and emotional aspect. I am licensed in Maryland and Washington DC
I am a compassionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with a deep commitment to providing holistic and person-centered mental health care. With over 5 years of experience in the mental health field, I have developed a profound understanding of the complexities of mental health and the impact it has on individuals' lives. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I possess a unique blend of nursing expertise and advanced psychiatric knowledge.Through a comprehensive and collaborative approach, I strive to deliver exceptional care that addresses both the physical and emotional aspect. I am licensed in Maryland and Washington DC
(667) 222-1909 View (667) 222-1909
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Resilient Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204
WELCOME! Finding the right fit for your psychiatric provider can be difficult. It's crucial to find someone with whom you feel safe and connected. We value the client relationship and approach each session with an open mind, respect, and a genuine desire to help. We enjoy working with all ages and especially those once turned-off by mental health treatment.
WELCOME! Finding the right fit for your psychiatric provider can be difficult. It's crucial to find someone with whom you feel safe and connected. We value the client relationship and approach each session with an open mind, respect, and a genuine desire to help. We enjoy working with all ages and especially those once turned-off by mental health treatment.
(410) 770-2174 View (410) 770-2174
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Ariel Nickerson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Have you been suffering from symptoms that affect your thinking, perception, mood, and behavior? Are these symptoms making it difficult for you to cope with work, relationships, and other demands? Do you need a provider who will listen to your needs and formulate a comprehensive plan to help you return to your baseline level and effectively get back to normal life? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you are a candidate who can benefit from the treatment I provide that is tailored to your specific needs. I want to be a part of your journey in living the life you deserve. Every person in the world deserves that.
Have you been suffering from symptoms that affect your thinking, perception, mood, and behavior? Are these symptoms making it difficult for you to cope with work, relationships, and other demands? Do you need a provider who will listen to your needs and formulate a comprehensive plan to help you return to your baseline level and effectively get back to normal life? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you are a candidate who can benefit from the treatment I provide that is tailored to your specific needs. I want to be a part of your journey in living the life you deserve. Every person in the world deserves that.
(410) 220-2392 View (410) 220-2392
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Kristen Nagl
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Lutherville, MD 21093
I am a dedicated mental health provider and I have completed a fellowship at the University of Maryland focusing on children and adolescent psychiatry. Throughout my career, I have gained invaluable personal experience working with children diagnosed with autism, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. In my practice, I adopt a holistic approach to care, taking into consideration the individual's past traumas and how they impact their overall functioning, relationships, and well-being. By addressing these underlying factors, I strive to provide comprehensive and compassionate support to each child and adolescent under my care.
I am a dedicated mental health provider and I have completed a fellowship at the University of Maryland focusing on children and adolescent psychiatry. Throughout my career, I have gained invaluable personal experience working with children diagnosed with autism, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. In my practice, I adopt a holistic approach to care, taking into consideration the individual's past traumas and how they impact their overall functioning, relationships, and well-being. By addressing these underlying factors, I strive to provide comprehensive and compassionate support to each child and adolescent under my care.
(443) 331-9235 View (443) 331-9235
Prevail Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21286
The ideal client for Prevail Mental Health Services is someone seeking help for mental health concerns, such as anxiety or depression psychosis and other mental health issues, who values mental health and is motivated to work towards achieving better wellness. They need a safe, non-judgmental space, tailored evidence-based treatments, and respect for their cultural background. Their goals include reducing symptoms, improving coping, relationships, and quality of life. We strive to provide a supportive environment where we work collaboratively to develop a personalized treatment plan to achieve these goals.
The ideal client for Prevail Mental Health Services is someone seeking help for mental health concerns, such as anxiety or depression psychosis and other mental health issues, who values mental health and is motivated to work towards achieving better wellness. They need a safe, non-judgmental space, tailored evidence-based treatments, and respect for their cultural background. Their goals include reducing symptoms, improving coping, relationships, and quality of life. We strive to provide a supportive environment where we work collaboratively to develop a personalized treatment plan to achieve these goals.
(410) 593-0823 View (410) 593-0823
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Sandra Lake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Dr. Lake works with people of all ages and demographics who are experiencing mental health issues and disorders. She provides more than just medication management. Dr. Lake emphasizes the use of Psycho-education and comprehensive assessments of each patient's mental health needs to best develop effective treatment strategies, including the prescribing of medication in addition to daily/weekly lifestyle changes or plans to complement medication. She collaborates with the therapists on her team to provide integrated care for her patients benefiting from both therapy and medication.
Dr. Lake works with people of all ages and demographics who are experiencing mental health issues and disorders. She provides more than just medication management. Dr. Lake emphasizes the use of Psycho-education and comprehensive assessments of each patient's mental health needs to best develop effective treatment strategies, including the prescribing of medication in addition to daily/weekly lifestyle changes or plans to complement medication. She collaborates with the therapists on her team to provide integrated care for her patients benefiting from both therapy and medication.
(410) 220-6185 View (410) 220-6185

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Number of Psychiatrists in Eudowood, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in Eudowood, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
75% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
50% Psychosis

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Medicare

How Psychiatrists in Eudowood, MD see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Eudowood?

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.