Psychiatrists in Frostburg, MD

Photo of Linda Nkongchu - Tas Behavioral Health, DNP, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tas Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Frostburg, MD 21532
Accepting New Referrals! Everyone deserves a positive mental health and access to quality mental health care, no matter their stage in life. Tas Behavioral Health (TBH) is devoted to providing exceptional outpatient Mental health services to empower you to meet your mental wellness goals and transform your life. Dr. Linda Nkongchu is Board Certified and dedicated Family Psychiatric Nurse practitioner (PMHNP) licensed in Washington DC and Maryland and owner of TBH. I have more than a decade of diverse experience in psychiatric and mental health treatment, including inpatient, outpatient and community settings.
Accepting New Referrals! Everyone deserves a positive mental health and access to quality mental health care, no matter their stage in life. Tas Behavioral Health (TBH) is devoted to providing exceptional outpatient Mental health services to empower you to meet your mental wellness goals and transform your life. Dr. Linda Nkongchu is Board Certified and dedicated Family Psychiatric Nurse practitioner (PMHNP) licensed in Washington DC and Maryland and owner of TBH. I have more than a decade of diverse experience in psychiatric and mental health treatment, including inpatient, outpatient and community settings.
(240) 541-5396 View (240) 541-5396

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Photo of Christopher Bertsch - Baltimore Psychiatry, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Baltimore Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21502  (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
Photo of Solange Fechwi Adangwa - Altruist Mental Health Services , MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Altruist Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21501
Mrs. Solange Adangwa graduated from Walden University with a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mrs. Adangwa’s practice is telemedicine only currently. She is the owner and founder of Altruist Mental Health Services specializing in the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Drug/Alcohol Abuse, Binge eating, other eating disorders, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, OCD, Insomnia, and PTSD.
Mrs. Solange Adangwa graduated from Walden University with a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mrs. Adangwa’s practice is telemedicine only currently. She is the owner and founder of Altruist Mental Health Services specializing in the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Drug/Alcohol Abuse, Binge eating, other eating disorders, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, OCD, Insomnia, and PTSD.
(240) 332-1472 View (240) 332-1472
Photo of Carole Tchatchoua, MSN , CRNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Carole Tchatchoua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumberland, MD 21502
At B.T Restoration & Healing Center INJ, LLC, we are professionally trained Mental Health Nurse Practitioners with over twenty years of clinical expertise, ensuring high standards of competent care for various patients with diverse needs. We are energetic and motivational leaders dedicated to driving top-quality patient care, with the ability to build relationships from day one. We are committed to changing our Community one life at a time. We deliver holistic restoration and healing services to adults. In-person or telehealth appointments are available. Call us for an appointment within 48 hrs. Visit us at www.bt-healingcenter.com
At B.T Restoration & Healing Center INJ, LLC, we are professionally trained Mental Health Nurse Practitioners with over twenty years of clinical expertise, ensuring high standards of competent care for various patients with diverse needs. We are energetic and motivational leaders dedicated to driving top-quality patient care, with the ability to build relationships from day one. We are committed to changing our Community one life at a time. We deliver holistic restoration and healing services to adults. In-person or telehealth appointments are available. Call us for an appointment within 48 hrs. Visit us at www.bt-healingcenter.com
(240) 734-3027 View (240) 734-3027
Photo of Dana Foster, NP, DEA, CDS, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dana Foster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, DEA, CDS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumberland, MD 21502  (Online Only)
Ms. Foster is a Family Medicine and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides holistic mental-health care. She provides care to individuals seeking medication management to manage their mental health. Healthcare has been her profession of choice since she was an adolescent, that has blossomed into a career of great commitment and compassion for the health and wellness of others. Combining her medical practice and mental health practice, she has provided symptom relief for individuals, seeking care for the mind and body.
Ms. Foster is a Family Medicine and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides holistic mental-health care. She provides care to individuals seeking medication management to manage their mental health. Healthcare has been her profession of choice since she was an adolescent, that has blossomed into a career of great commitment and compassion for the health and wellness of others. Combining her medical practice and mental health practice, she has provided symptom relief for individuals, seeking care for the mind and body.
(301) 689-4077 View (301) 689-4077
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Amy Grammas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, RN, MS
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21502  (Online Only)
Amy Grammas is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that has over 20 years’ experience in the mental health field. She received her post-Master’s certificate in psychiatric mental health from The University of Maryland, School of Nursing and has a Master's degree from Loyola College in Clinical Psychology. She performs thorough psychiatric evaluations that may be required by other institutions, providers medication management, and is a licensed medical marijuana provider.
Amy Grammas is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that has over 20 years’ experience in the mental health field. She received her post-Master’s certificate in psychiatric mental health from The University of Maryland, School of Nursing and has a Master's degree from Loyola College in Clinical Psychology. She performs thorough psychiatric evaluations that may be required by other institutions, providers medication management, and is a licensed medical marijuana provider.
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evercarerecovery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21502
Hello and welcome, my name is Gideon fon i am certified registered nurse practitioner in maryland, I am here to help you with the issues you , i have over 20 years treating patients with schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, depression, ptsd. I also treat patients with substance use disorder.
Hello and welcome, my name is Gideon fon i am certified registered nurse practitioner in maryland, I am here to help you with the issues you , i have over 20 years treating patients with schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, depression, ptsd. I also treat patients with substance use disorder.
(240) 283-4956 View (240) 283-4956
Photo of Dr. Tai Ajani, DNP, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Tai Ajani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumberland, MD 21501
Dr. Tai Ajani, DNP, PMHNP-BC is doctoral-prepared, dual board-certified in psychiatric mental health and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. She has more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare provider and has delivered high-quality health care to multicultural patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. At MindBodyPinnacle Health in Maryland, she offers holistic psychiatric care to individuals over the age 10 years.
Dr. Tai Ajani, DNP, PMHNP-BC is doctoral-prepared, dual board-certified in psychiatric mental health and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. She has more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare provider and has delivered high-quality health care to multicultural patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. At MindBodyPinnacle Health in Maryland, she offers holistic psychiatric care to individuals over the age 10 years.
(443) 569-7815 View (443) 569-7815
Photo of Sabina Bonfadini, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sabina Bonfadini
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Savage, MD 21545  (Online Only)
If you are stressed, on edge, or feeling down and overwhelmed, let me help you make things better on your journey to wellness! You can self-schedule your appointment now. I am offering same week’s appointment. You will get access to unlimited video appointments, and you can reach me at any time with Unlimited Messages. I help people with depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, sleep and relationship issues, financial difficulties, and nutritional imbalance. I will be your clinician, overseeing all your psychiatric medication needs.
If you are stressed, on edge, or feeling down and overwhelmed, let me help you make things better on your journey to wellness! You can self-schedule your appointment now. I am offering same week’s appointment. You will get access to unlimited video appointments, and you can reach me at any time with Unlimited Messages. I help people with depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, sleep and relationship issues, financial difficulties, and nutritional imbalance. I will be your clinician, overseeing all your psychiatric medication needs.
(410) 324-2663 View (410) 324-2663
Photo of Glory A Tataw - Glory Tataw, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Glory Tataw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumberland, MD 21501
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
Outreach Recovery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21502
Outreach offers mental health and addiction counseling services at a variety of convenient locations. At outreach, we help clients find their inner strength while on their journey to wellness, happiness, and long-term recovery. Outreach utilizes evidence-based approaches and offers a safe and nurturing environment for clients to process and understand their feelings and behaviors.
Outreach offers mental health and addiction counseling services at a variety of convenient locations. At outreach, we help clients find their inner strength while on their journey to wellness, happiness, and long-term recovery. Outreach utilizes evidence-based approaches and offers a safe and nurturing environment for clients to process and understand their feelings and behaviors.
(606) 446-1718 View (606) 446-1718
Photo of Shannon Sozzi - Shannon Sozzi - Keeley Psychiatry, PMHNP, MBA, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shannon Sozzi - Keeley Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MBA
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21501  (Online Only)
****IMMEDIATE APPOINTMENTS FOR SELF PAY PATIENT---EASY, CONVENIENT AND AFFORDABLE PHONE OR VIDEO VISITS FOR MEDICATION AND/OR THERAPY IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND.** It is easy to fit in a visit from the privacy of your HOME, CAR OR OFFICE with DAYTIME, EVENING AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS. CALL OR EMAIL TODAY! Now, more than ever we are suffering from anxiety, sadness/depression and uncertainty regarding our health and world. Lost wages, worry over bills, unemployment, fear of the unknown and unclear future....it helps to talk to someone that is a safe, dedicated person for your mental and emotional health. As an experienced
****IMMEDIATE APPOINTMENTS FOR SELF PAY PATIENT---EASY, CONVENIENT AND AFFORDABLE PHONE OR VIDEO VISITS FOR MEDICATION AND/OR THERAPY IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND.** It is easy to fit in a visit from the privacy of your HOME, CAR OR OFFICE with DAYTIME, EVENING AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS. CALL OR EMAIL TODAY! Now, more than ever we are suffering from anxiety, sadness/depression and uncertainty regarding our health and world. Lost wages, worry over bills, unemployment, fear of the unknown and unclear future....it helps to talk to someone that is a safe, dedicated person for your mental and emotional health. As an experienced
(240) 200-0961 View (240) 200-0961
Photo of Siddharth Arora - Care Clinic, DO, MS, DABPN, Psychiatrist
Care Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO, MS, DABPN
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21501
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
(855) 918-0775 View (855) 918-0775
Photo of Amy Schroyer, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amy Schroyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21502
Ms. Stafford-Schroyer is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through Steeple City Psychological Services. She earned her nursing degrees from Allegany College of Maryland, Chamberlain University, and her Master's in nursing from Walden University in Psychiatric Mental Health across the Lifespan.
Ms. Stafford-Schroyer is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through Steeple City Psychological Services. She earned her nursing degrees from Allegany College of Maryland, Chamberlain University, and her Master's in nursing from Walden University in Psychiatric Mental Health across the Lifespan.
(240) 657-2814 View (240) 657-2814

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Opemipo Ogeyingbo, MPH, CRNP, MD, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Opemipo Ogeyingbo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, CRNP, MD
Verified Verified
Germantown, MD 20876  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Ogeyingbo; I have over a decade of experience working as a registered nurse, and I am an ECFMG-certified physician currently working as a Psychiatric nurse practitioner. I share a unique bonding with my clients and value working with them as a team.
I am Dr. Ogeyingbo; I have over a decade of experience working as a registered nurse, and I am an ECFMG-certified physician currently working as a Psychiatric nurse practitioner. I share a unique bonding with my clients and value working with them as a team.
(410) 973-7591 View (410) 973-7591
Photo of Sarah Hollingsworth, CRNP, PMH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sarah Hollingsworth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21701
Before I was a nurse practitioner I was a nurse. Before I was a nurse I was a mother with postpartum anxiety and depression. Mental health is my passion because I bring the empathy of shared experience to the table. I know how painful anxiety and depression can be, how embarrassing it might be to seek out help, how daunting the medication is, and how it feels to lose hope; to feel stuck. I do what I do because I know how effective the medications are, and for most people we can find a medication that works for them.
Before I was a nurse practitioner I was a nurse. Before I was a nurse I was a mother with postpartum anxiety and depression. Mental health is my passion because I bring the empathy of shared experience to the table. I know how painful anxiety and depression can be, how embarrassing it might be to seek out help, how daunting the medication is, and how it feels to lose hope; to feel stuck. I do what I do because I know how effective the medications are, and for most people we can find a medication that works for them.
(301) 321-7218 View (301) 321-7218
Photo of Tammy Faye Lewis, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tammy Faye Lewis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hagerstown, MD 21740  (Online Only)
Tammy focuses on addressing issues in current & past experiences, trauma, parenting, relationship issues & divorce, co-parenting, stress, substance use, anxiety, mood, depression, lifestyles, & goals.
Tammy focuses on addressing issues in current & past experiences, trauma, parenting, relationship issues & divorce, co-parenting, stress, substance use, anxiety, mood, depression, lifestyles, & goals.
(240) 257-0118 View (240) 257-0118
Photo of Mandi Rhone - Myndpathpsychiatry and Medical Associates, MSN, PMHNP , FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Myndpathpsychiatry and Medical Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP , FNP-C
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21702
My name is Mandi Rhone. I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner. I am eager to assist you in managing your mental healthcare needs and will play a key role in working with you to lower your stress and anxiety. It is my duty in Psychiatry to understand my patients mental health issues on a personal and emotional level. I bring a diverse range of experience as a clinician over the past 16 years approximately five of which has been in a more autonomous role as a Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner and more recently in Psychiatry.
My name is Mandi Rhone. I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner. I am eager to assist you in managing your mental healthcare needs and will play a key role in working with you to lower your stress and anxiety. It is my duty in Psychiatry to understand my patients mental health issues on a personal and emotional level. I bring a diverse range of experience as a clinician over the past 16 years approximately five of which has been in a more autonomous role as a Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner and more recently in Psychiatry.
(410) 421-7354 View (410) 421-7354
Photo of Ida Konchou - Tida Healthcare, M, H, N, P, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tida Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, M, H, N, P
Verified Verified
Germantown, MD 20876  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse Practitioner with more than 5 years of experience. I am licensed in the state of Maryland, and I have worked in different settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, and group homes.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse Practitioner with more than 5 years of experience. I am licensed in the state of Maryland, and I have worked in different settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, and group homes.
(410) 406-1022 View (410) 406-1022
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
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.
(240) 647-9139 View (240) 647-9139

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Number of Psychiatrists in Frostburg, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in Frostburg, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Wellpoint | Amerigroup
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Frostburg, MD see their clients

100% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Frostburg?

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.