Psychiatrists in Frederick, MD

Photo of Ifeoluwa Oyefeso, CRNP, PMH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ifeoluwa Oyefeso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21701
I graduated from the University of Maryland with a Doctorate degree in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing in 2018. Since graduation, I have been working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner both in Maryland and other states. My clinical experience over the years encompasses diverse clinical settings such as school-based program, mobile treatment program, day hospital, and geriatric home-based program within my agency.
I graduated from the University of Maryland with a Doctorate degree in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing in 2018. Since graduation, I have been working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner both in Maryland and other states. My clinical experience over the years encompasses diverse clinical settings such as school-based program, mobile treatment program, day hospital, and geriatric home-based program within my agency.
(240) 502-0404 View (240) 502-0404
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Newlife Aspiration Behavioural Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, DNP
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21704
Chinyere is a Board Certified licensed, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a BSN degree from Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, an MSN degree from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA. Chinyere has 14 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse and 10 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, providing psychiatric evaluation, treatment and medication management to patients with varying degree of mental illness. She has expertise in treating adolescent and adult patients.
Chinyere is a Board Certified licensed, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a BSN degree from Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, an MSN degree from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA. Chinyere has 14 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse and 10 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, providing psychiatric evaluation, treatment and medication management to patients with varying degree of mental illness. She has expertise in treating adolescent and adult patients.
(301) 263-7441 View (301) 263-7441
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Francisca Obodo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNPPMH
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21701
I am board certified dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner experienced in delivering competent and compassionate care with a nursing career spanning over 13 years. My practice philosophy centers on treating the patient as whole and not just based on their symptoms. I believe in empowering my patients to be active participants in matters concerning their own health and tailoring their treatment plans according to their own preference and individual needs and informed by evidence-based practice guidelines.
I am board certified dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner experienced in delivering competent and compassionate care with a nursing career spanning over 13 years. My practice philosophy centers on treating the patient as whole and not just based on their symptoms. I believe in empowering my patients to be active participants in matters concerning their own health and tailoring their treatment plans according to their own preference and individual needs and informed by evidence-based practice guidelines.
(240) 998-1364 View (240) 998-1364
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Grace Healthcare INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21703
We provide competent and compassionate care empowers individuals to address mental health challenges with resilience, fostering well-being for all. Grace healthcare provide; Initial and follow up assessment, Medication management, gradual dose reduction (GDR), Emergency Petition to hospitals, Inpatient and Telehealth Mental Health services
We provide competent and compassionate care empowers individuals to address mental health challenges with resilience, fostering well-being for all. Grace healthcare provide; Initial and follow up assessment, Medication management, gradual dose reduction (GDR), Emergency Petition to hospitals, Inpatient and Telehealth Mental Health services
(240) 652-2902 View (240) 652-2902
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Chouchouna Kalamba
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21704
I am a certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 10 years of nursing experience in a variety of healthcare settings. I am currently licensed to provide mental health services to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults in the state of Maryland. I conduct psychiatric evaluations, diagnose psychiatric illnesses, provide medication management, and supportive psychotherapy to individuals across the lifespan. I treat a wide range of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, ADHD/ADH, schizophrenia, etc…
I am a certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 10 years of nursing experience in a variety of healthcare settings. I am currently licensed to provide mental health services to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults in the state of Maryland. I conduct psychiatric evaluations, diagnose psychiatric illnesses, provide medication management, and supportive psychotherapy to individuals across the lifespan. I treat a wide range of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, ADHD/ADH, schizophrenia, etc…
(301) 678-1681 View (301) 678-1681
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21702
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(240) 226-3248 View (240) 226-3248
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Njideka Emenyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21702  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Dr. Njideka Emenyi “ Dr. E”. I am a doctoral prepared dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Are you looking for someone to hold your hands as you navigate the challenges of mental health?. If your answer is yes, I welcome you to my practice, Rehoboth Healthcare and Behavioral Services. At Rehoboth, we are committed to providing comprehensive, individualized and empathic treatment for individuals struggling with mental health disorders. We combine psychiatric evaluation, psychotherapy, and medication management.
Hello, my name is Dr. Njideka Emenyi “ Dr. E”. I am a doctoral prepared dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Are you looking for someone to hold your hands as you navigate the challenges of mental health?. If your answer is yes, I welcome you to my practice, Rehoboth Healthcare and Behavioral Services. At Rehoboth, we are committed to providing comprehensive, individualized and empathic treatment for individuals struggling with mental health disorders. We combine psychiatric evaluation, psychotherapy, and medication management.
(240) 775-2332 View (240) 775-2332
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Baltimore Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21701  (Online Only)
FAST new patient appointments across Maryland! We can work with ALL private insurance policies. Baltimore Psychiatry provides medication management for ADHD, depression, anxiety, and many other disorders. Our practice was designed with an emphasis on quality, convenience, and affordability for our patients. Our evaluations are scheduled for a full 90 minutes to ensure thorough treatment. We want our patients to be comfortable with their questions answered and needs met. Low cash pricing is available to those not using insurance. We offer evening and weekend hours to complement our patients busy schedules, rather than disrupt them.
FAST new patient appointments across Maryland! We can work with ALL private insurance policies. Baltimore Psychiatry provides medication management for ADHD, depression, anxiety, and many other disorders. Our practice was designed with an emphasis on quality, convenience, and affordability for our patients. Our evaluations are scheduled for a full 90 minutes to ensure thorough treatment. We want our patients to be comfortable with their questions answered and needs met. Low cash pricing is available to those not using insurance. We offer evening and weekend hours to complement our patients busy schedules, rather than disrupt them.
(240) 363-2477 View (240) 363-2477
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Saumya Antony
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21704
Hello! My name is Saumya Antony, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) at Frederick Psychiatry. During my training for nursing degree, I was doing rotation in a mental health unit. Working with patients I found my passion and decided to pursue specialty higher education in mental health. Since that time I have continued to pursue excellence in empathic understanding and treatment of emotional and behavioral issues.
Hello! My name is Saumya Antony, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) at Frederick Psychiatry. During my training for nursing degree, I was doing rotation in a mental health unit. Working with patients I found my passion and decided to pursue specialty higher education in mental health. Since that time I have continued to pursue excellence in empathic understanding and treatment of emotional and behavioral issues.
(667) 282-2338 View (667) 282-2338
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21702
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.
(240) 245-2807 View (240) 245-2807
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Dr. Apurva Makadiya
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21704
At Medpsych Health Services, our goal is to provide thoughtful, competent, compassionate, and thorough psychiatric consultation, diagnostic evaluation, medication treatment, and as well as therapy services to clients in a confidential and caring environment with special consideration to biological, psychological, and physical health. We are an integrated mental health service provider where psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists collectively treat mental illnesses with complete consideration of your full medical, psychological, social, and family history.
At Medpsych Health Services, our goal is to provide thoughtful, competent, compassionate, and thorough psychiatric consultation, diagnostic evaluation, medication treatment, and as well as therapy services to clients in a confidential and caring environment with special consideration to biological, psychological, and physical health. We are an integrated mental health service provider where psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists collectively treat mental illnesses with complete consideration of your full medical, psychological, social, and family history.
(301) 678-1192 View (301) 678-1192
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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21702  (Online Only)
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(240) 219-6566 View (240) 219-6566
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Jaclyn Daugherty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21703
Hi, I'm Jackie. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 4 years of experience as a NP and 10 years of experience in the mental health field. I have worked in settings including residential programs, acute psychiatric hospitals for both children and adults, outpatient offices, and a crisis walk-in clinic. I graduated in 2011 from UMD with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, in 2012 from Shenandoah University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and in 2019 from Shenandoah University with a Master of Science in Nursing.
Hi, I'm Jackie. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 4 years of experience as a NP and 10 years of experience in the mental health field. I have worked in settings including residential programs, acute psychiatric hospitals for both children and adults, outpatient offices, and a crisis walk-in clinic. I graduated in 2011 from UMD with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, in 2012 from Shenandoah University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and in 2019 from Shenandoah University with a Master of Science in Nursing.
(240) 335-8864 View (240) 335-8864
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Allyson Lawson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21704
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients across the lifespan.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients across the lifespan.
(301) 450-7654 View (301) 450-7654
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Caroline Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP-, PMH
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21704
If you have ever felt like you tried everything and that therapy just isn't enough, I welcome you to our practice. You may already have a medication that has worked in the past, or maybe you just want to talk through some new options. If you are hesitant, I am committed to providing care to those who seek medications but also for those who may be skeptical and hesitant. I enjoy working with anyone struggling with relationship issues, work/life balance, and life transitions/stressors as well as those with mood/anxiety disorders and previous trauma.
If you have ever felt like you tried everything and that therapy just isn't enough, I welcome you to our practice. You may already have a medication that has worked in the past, or maybe you just want to talk through some new options. If you are hesitant, I am committed to providing care to those who seek medications but also for those who may be skeptical and hesitant. I enjoy working with anyone struggling with relationship issues, work/life balance, and life transitions/stressors as well as those with mood/anxiety disorders and previous trauma.
(240) 679-8346 View (240) 679-8346
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Marie Sheila Tate
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21701
Are you tired of not being able to live your best life? Your mental health matters to me. Call me today for issues related to inattention, lack of focus and motivation, fatigue, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief, OCD, etc... Listen to my podcast on 10/9/2023 at Open For Business: Unscripted - Listen Frederick so you can get a feel for my style. Read my blog posts. Visit my website www.lakelinganorepsychiatry.com and make appointments directly from there.
Are you tired of not being able to live your best life? Your mental health matters to me. Call me today for issues related to inattention, lack of focus and motivation, fatigue, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief, OCD, etc... Listen to my podcast on 10/9/2023 at Open For Business: Unscripted - Listen Frederick so you can get a feel for my style. Read my blog posts. Visit my website www.lakelinganorepsychiatry.com and make appointments directly from there.
(240) 624-6448 View (240) 624-6448
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Paul Ackah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21704
Mental health issues are conditions that affect a person's thinking, mood, behavior, and overall well-being. These issues can range from mild to severe and can impact a person's ability to function in their daily life. Some common mental health issues include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. Mental health issues can also co-occur with other medical conditions, such as substance abuse or chronic pain. Meeting the needs of individuals with mental health issues can involve a range of approaches, including medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, and support from friends and family.
Mental health issues are conditions that affect a person's thinking, mood, behavior, and overall well-being. These issues can range from mild to severe and can impact a person's ability to function in their daily life. Some common mental health issues include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. Mental health issues can also co-occur with other medical conditions, such as substance abuse or chronic pain. Meeting the needs of individuals with mental health issues can involve a range of approaches, including medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, and support from friends and family.
(301) 281-4081 View (301) 281-4081
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IC Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21702
Have you been feeling down lately? Have you been diagnosed with a behavioral health condition but stopped getting treatments? We are here to give you the support that you need. At IC Health Services, Inc., we take a holistic approach in our services by providing various forms of treatments to address a variety of mental and behavioral health problems and to meet the unique needs of each client. Want to learn more about our practice? Feel free to give us a call at 443-620-3616
Have you been feeling down lately? Have you been diagnosed with a behavioral health condition but stopped getting treatments? We are here to give you the support that you need. At IC Health Services, Inc., we take a holistic approach in our services by providing various forms of treatments to address a variety of mental and behavioral health problems and to meet the unique needs of each client. Want to learn more about our practice? Feel free to give us a call at 443-620-3616
(240) 730-2993 View (240) 730-2993
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Maria Mbeboh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21702  (Online Only)
Dr Maria Mbeboh has extensive experience in nursing care. She is driven by her thirst for knowledge and dedication to delivering exceptional care. She is passionate about assisting others and has been actively involved in community service through non-profit organizations. She has taken part in medical missions abroad, delivering healthcare services to underserved populations with various medical/mental health problems. She believes in healthy therapeutic relationships between the provider and client to deliver higher quality care and make informed shared decisions. She is committed to examining psycho-social factors that affect the
Dr Maria Mbeboh has extensive experience in nursing care. She is driven by her thirst for knowledge and dedication to delivering exceptional care. She is passionate about assisting others and has been actively involved in community service through non-profit organizations. She has taken part in medical missions abroad, delivering healthcare services to underserved populations with various medical/mental health problems. She believes in healthy therapeutic relationships between the provider and client to deliver higher quality care and make informed shared decisions. She is committed to examining psycho-social factors that affect the
(240) 873-1893 View (240) 873-1893
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Mary Ann Dameron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21701
We are dedicated to enhancing mental health care access in Frederick County and surrouning areas. We promote mental wellness, providing integrated care and support for all age groups. Your journey to well-being begins here.
We are dedicated to enhancing mental health care access in Frederick County and surrouning areas. We promote mental wellness, providing integrated care and support for all age groups. Your journey to well-being begins here.
(301) 701-2340 View (301) 701-2340
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Frederick, MD

100+

Average cost per session

$177

Psychiatrists in Frederick, MD who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
91% Depression
90% Bipolar Disorder
83% ADHD
82% Trauma and PTSD
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Medication Management

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Cigna and Evernorth
83% CareFirst
80% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Frederick, MD see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Frederick?

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.