Psychiatrists in Germantown, MD

Photo of Catherine Ogunsola - Mental Essence LLC, MD, MHS MSN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mental Essence LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD, MHS MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Germantown, MD 20874  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Catherine Ogunsola, I am a Board Certified Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with the unique background of a Physician. As a Physician I worked in both out-patient and in-patient settings assessing, diagnosing and treating medical and mental conditions in adolescents, adults and the geriatric populations in Nigeria, West Africa and in the United States. I provided therapeutic, supportive and educational services to veterans with various mental illnesses encompassing the range of psychiatric disorders in a comprehensive out patient setting - Partial Hospitalization Program and mental health clinic.
Hello! My name is Catherine Ogunsola, I am a Board Certified Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with the unique background of a Physician. As a Physician I worked in both out-patient and in-patient settings assessing, diagnosing and treating medical and mental conditions in adolescents, adults and the geriatric populations in Nigeria, West Africa and in the United States. I provided therapeutic, supportive and educational services to veterans with various mental illnesses encompassing the range of psychiatric disorders in a comprehensive out patient setting - Partial Hospitalization Program and mental health clinic.
(301) 683-5967 View (301) 683-5967
Photo of Chris Bertsch, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chris Bertsch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Germantown, MD 20874  (Online Only)
Schedule on our website NOW for an evaluation potentially as early as same-day anywhere in Maryland for medication management. My practice philosophy is to treat my patients the same way I would want my family to be treated. I evaluate patients holistically and genuinely listen. We work together formulating a treatment plan you are happy with. Rather than just dictating treatment, I prefer to explain reasonable options and let you choose what you are comfortable with. Evaluations are scheduled for 90 minutes and follow-up appointments for a full 30 minutes. To ensure your needs are fully met, appointments are never rushed.
Schedule on our website NOW for an evaluation potentially as early as same-day anywhere in Maryland for medication management. My practice philosophy is to treat my patients the same way I would want my family to be treated. I evaluate patients holistically and genuinely listen. We work together formulating a treatment plan you are happy with. Rather than just dictating treatment, I prefer to explain reasonable options and let you choose what you are comfortable with. Evaluations are scheduled for 90 minutes and follow-up appointments for a full 30 minutes. To ensure your needs are fully met, appointments are never rushed.
(443) 331-5476 View (443) 331-5476
Photo of Dr. Erin N. Torres, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Erin N. Torres
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Germantown, MD 20874
No matter the diagnosis everyone deserves the best care. I am passionate about ensuring my patients are treated as individuals and their needs are met in a caring and nurturing environment.
No matter the diagnosis everyone deserves the best care. I am passionate about ensuring my patients are treated as individuals and their needs are met in a caring and nurturing environment.
(240) 837-8285 View (240) 837-8285
Photo of Lisa Gordon, MD, DAPBN, Psychiatrist
Lisa Gordon
Psychiatrist, MD, DAPBN
Verified Verified
Germantown, MD 20876
Dr. Lisa Gordon, MD is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with extensive expertise treating a wide variety of mental health conditions and emotional challenges. She has been in practice for over 25 years with significant experience across inpatient and outpatient behavioral health care settings. She specializes in Cultural Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology and began her career as an Assistant Professor, doing research and providing cultural psychiatry training to medical students and residents.
Dr. Lisa Gordon, MD is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with extensive expertise treating a wide variety of mental health conditions and emotional challenges. She has been in practice for over 25 years with significant experience across inpatient and outpatient behavioral health care settings. She specializes in Cultural Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology and began her career as an Assistant Professor, doing research and providing cultural psychiatry training to medical students and residents.
(240) 873-2762 View (240) 873-2762
Photo of Lydia Opara - Lynsene Care LLC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lynsene Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Germantown, MD 20874
I have been in the healthcare industry for over 15 years with a degree in psychiatric mental health. With my wealth of experience in the healthcare industry, I provide professional and effective care towards my patients wellbeing and functionality. My areas of specialty are Geriatric, Adult, and Children with mental health issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, mood disorders, etc.
I have been in the healthcare industry for over 15 years with a degree in psychiatric mental health. With my wealth of experience in the healthcare industry, I provide professional and effective care towards my patients wellbeing and functionality. My areas of specialty are Geriatric, Adult, and Children with mental health issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, mood disorders, etc.
(240) 693-3896 View (240) 693-3896
Photo of Kerniba Ghoneim, DNP, PMHNP, CMHIMP, MBL, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kerniba Ghoneim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CMHIMP, MBL
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Germantown, MD 20874  (Online Only)
Dr. Ghoneim is a board-certified Doctorate Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (DNP, PMHNP-BC) and a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). She incorporates complementary therapies, such as nutrition, vitamins, and supplementation, into conventional psychiatry methods. Holistic and individualized care are used to identify and address the root cause of your personal and professional challenges. She prescribes medications conservatively, safely, and effectively. She treats all ages (8yrs and above) and accepts most major insurance payors. Request an assessment at www.vigorintegrative.com
Dr. Ghoneim is a board-certified Doctorate Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (DNP, PMHNP-BC) and a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). She incorporates complementary therapies, such as nutrition, vitamins, and supplementation, into conventional psychiatry methods. Holistic and individualized care are used to identify and address the root cause of your personal and professional challenges. She prescribes medications conservatively, safely, and effectively. She treats all ages (8yrs and above) and accepts most major insurance payors. Request an assessment at www.vigorintegrative.com
(240) 998-1561 View (240) 998-1561
Photo of Samaaneh Moezzi, PA-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Samaaneh Moezzi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PA-C
Verified Verified
Germantown, MD 20876  (Online Only)
Samaaneh Moezzi is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant(PA-C) from Towson University. Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant, she graduated at Hood College Frederick MD, with a master of science and worked as a scientist for a pharmacology company in Frederick. She had psychiatry externships at St. Joseph inpatient Psychiatric hospital, and was part of the healthcare team for assessment, management and discharge planning of psychiatric patients.
Samaaneh Moezzi is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant(PA-C) from Towson University. Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant, she graduated at Hood College Frederick MD, with a master of science and worked as a scientist for a pharmacology company in Frederick. She had psychiatry externships at St. Joseph inpatient Psychiatric hospital, and was part of the healthcare team for assessment, management and discharge planning of psychiatric patients.
(240) 847-0798 View (240) 847-0798
Photo of Habibatu Kemoh Sesay - Supreme Healthcare & Wellness Services, LLC , CRNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Supreme Healthcare & Wellness Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Germantown, MD 20874
The nursing practice approach that I model after is the holistic/humanistic approach that helps nurture mental and emotional health, in addition to physical health. My mission is to strive to provide nonjudgmental care to those seeking help regardless of race, lifestyle choice, financial status, spiritual belief or disability, while providing holistic, safe, and patient-centered care as I build a therapeutic relationship with my clients. I will work hard to gain and maintain their trust as a provider, a privilege I do not take lightly. Will work with them to regain control of their lives through individualized treatment plans.
The nursing practice approach that I model after is the holistic/humanistic approach that helps nurture mental and emotional health, in addition to physical health. My mission is to strive to provide nonjudgmental care to those seeking help regardless of race, lifestyle choice, financial status, spiritual belief or disability, while providing holistic, safe, and patient-centered care as I build a therapeutic relationship with my clients. I will work hard to gain and maintain their trust as a provider, a privilege I do not take lightly. Will work with them to regain control of their lives through individualized treatment plans.
(301) 265-3866 View (301) 265-3866
Photo of Judith Akoh-Arrey, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Judith Akoh-Arrey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Germantown, MD 20874
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my expertise lies in conducting thorough mental health assessments, making accurate diagnoses, and devising tailored treatment plans for patients of all ages. Grounded in evidence-based practice, I collaborate closely with interdisciplinary teams to ensure comprehensive care that addresses both the biological and psychosocial aspects of mental illness. Central to my therapeutic approach is empowering patients through education and fostering a supportive environment where they actively engage in their treatment journey.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my expertise lies in conducting thorough mental health assessments, making accurate diagnoses, and devising tailored treatment plans for patients of all ages. Grounded in evidence-based practice, I collaborate closely with interdisciplinary teams to ensure comprehensive care that addresses both the biological and psychosocial aspects of mental illness. Central to my therapeutic approach is empowering patients through education and fostering a supportive environment where they actively engage in their treatment journey.
(410) 397-7528 x1000 View (410) 397-7528 x1000
Photo of Henrietta Sagoe - Serenity Psychiatric & Mental Health Services LLC., PMHNP, APRN, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Serenity Psychiatric & Mental Health Services LLC.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Germantown, MD 20874
Are you feeling sad, empty, overwhelmed with emotions to the point that you feel stuck and it feels as if there is no way out or do you find your self excessively worrying, feeling tensed , nervous and unable to relax? Look no further, there is help.
Are you feeling sad, empty, overwhelmed with emotions to the point that you feel stuck and it feels as if there is no way out or do you find your self excessively worrying, feeling tensed , nervous and unable to relax? Look no further, there is help.
(240) 684-8318 View (240) 684-8318
Photo of Martha Amiewalan, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Martha Amiewalan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Germantown, MD 20876  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am a doctoral prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I believe in holistic centered care/utilization of evidence based practice in meeting patients’ quality care and uttermost satisfaction. I’m passionate in working with each person based on individual need.
Welcome! I am a doctoral prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I believe in holistic centered care/utilization of evidence based practice in meeting patients’ quality care and uttermost satisfaction. I’m passionate in working with each person based on individual need.
(240) 607-5384 View (240) 607-5384
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Edward Gelber
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Germantown, MD 20874
I am seeing patients in my Rockville office located at 11119 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, and by videoconference (Zoom). I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and pre-teens. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity.
I am seeing patients in my Rockville office located at 11119 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, and by videoconference (Zoom). I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and pre-teens. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity.
(301) 750-2744 View (301) 750-2744
Photo of Brian West-Pearson, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brian West-Pearson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Germantown, MD 20876  (Online Only)
Dr. West-Pearson has a 25-year career in nursing, urgent care, and addiction treatment with a mental health specialty in addiction medicine. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, both from Wilmington University. He additionally obtained a Post Certification (PMHNP) and Masters in Public Administration from Wilkes University and Wilmington University, followed by a Masters in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) and a Doctoral in Nursing Practice from Walden University.
Dr. West-Pearson has a 25-year career in nursing, urgent care, and addiction treatment with a mental health specialty in addiction medicine. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, both from Wilmington University. He additionally obtained a Post Certification (PMHNP) and Masters in Public Administration from Wilkes University and Wilmington University, followed by a Masters in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) and a Doctoral in Nursing Practice from Walden University.
(667) 282-2336 View (667) 282-2336
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
Germantown, MD 20876
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 Chloe Nichols, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chloe Nichols
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Germantown, MD 20876  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric mental health and primary care nurse practitioner. If you are seeking a compassionate mental health provider who takes time to listen and believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship, then I may be the provider for you. Whether you are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, a substance use disorder or other mental health concern, I look forward to getting to know you and working together to help you achieve your goals and lead a healthier, more fulfilling life.
I am a psychiatric mental health and primary care nurse practitioner. If you are seeking a compassionate mental health provider who takes time to listen and believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship, then I may be the provider for you. Whether you are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, a substance use disorder or other mental health concern, I look forward to getting to know you and working together to help you achieve your goals and lead a healthier, more fulfilling life.
(240) 998-8359 View (240) 998-8359
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 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
Photo of Nkechi Achinanya, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nkechi Achinanya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Germantown, MD 20876  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in helping individuals and families with various mental health challenges. Do you sometimes feel like no one is listening or understanding when all you are trying to do is to communicate your needs? Do not be disturbed anymore as I am here for you. I am here to listen and help you understand that you are not alone in this journey. No matter what your situation is I can help you navigate through this journey. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you stressed out by the numerous demands of work, family, and relationships, I am here to help.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in helping individuals and families with various mental health challenges. Do you sometimes feel like no one is listening or understanding when all you are trying to do is to communicate your needs? Do not be disturbed anymore as I am here for you. I am here to listen and help you understand that you are not alone in this journey. No matter what your situation is I can help you navigate through this journey. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you stressed out by the numerous demands of work, family, and relationships, I am here to help.
(240) 240-3854 View (240) 240-3854
Photo of Lianna Bissell, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lianna Bissell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Germantown, MD 20876  (Online Only)
Hello! I work at Choice Clinical Services, located in Greenbelt. However, I can see patients remotely anywhere in MD. I work with patients of all ages and I am bilingual in English and Spanish. I have found that I really enjoy working with LGBTQIA+ individuals and adolescents. We will work as a team because ultimately, you know what will work best for you. Hope to hear from you! Please reach out via email or phone.
Hello! I work at Choice Clinical Services, located in Greenbelt. However, I can see patients remotely anywhere in MD. I work with patients of all ages and I am bilingual in English and Spanish. I have found that I really enjoy working with LGBTQIA+ individuals and adolescents. We will work as a team because ultimately, you know what will work best for you. Hope to hear from you! Please reach out via email or phone.
(240) 679-5994 View (240) 679-5994
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Adaku Anike
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Germantown, MD 20876  (Online Only)
Board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with great interpersonal skills and experience in emergency room psych consult, inpatient, and outpatient health care settings.
Board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with great interpersonal skills and experience in emergency room psych consult, inpatient, and outpatient health care settings.
(301) 450-6907 View (301) 450-6907
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Number of Psychiatrists in Germantown, MD

50+

Average cost per session

$165

Psychiatrists in Germantown, MD who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
96% Depression
86% Bipolar Disorder
82% Trauma and PTSD
81% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
56% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Cigna and Evernorth
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
88% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Germantown, MD see their clients

54% Online Only
46% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Germantown?

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.