Psychiatrists in Howard County, MD

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Photo of Ebonique McClinnahan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Howard County, MD
Ebonique McClinnahan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
Ebonique McClinnahan is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Certified Professional and Development Life Coach. Ebonique’s experience includes more than 20 years of behavioral health care provided to both civilian and military service members within the community, acute care, residential treatment, and outpatient settings .Her background specialties include psychotic and mood disorders, depression, anxiety, life skills, substance abuse, addictions, crisis management, and sexual abuse.
Ebonique McClinnahan is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Certified Professional and Development Life Coach. Ebonique’s experience includes more than 20 years of behavioral health care provided to both civilian and military service members within the community, acute care, residential treatment, and outpatient settings .Her background specialties include psychotic and mood disorders, depression, anxiety, life skills, substance abuse, addictions, crisis management, and sexual abuse.
(240) 998-8324 View (240) 998-8324
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Dr. Gedeon Longtchi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, - BC
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042  (Online Only)
Hi, I am Dr. Gideon, and I am here to serve you in a relatable way to get you back to feeling like yourself again—patients suffering from Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, Relationship issues, or other mood-related symptoms. We aim to provide you with clinical expertise for mental, emotional, and spiritual stability. I manage patients with ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Eating disorders, OCD, personality disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia, and many more.
Hi, I am Dr. Gideon, and I am here to serve you in a relatable way to get you back to feeling like yourself again—patients suffering from Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, Relationship issues, or other mood-related symptoms. We aim to provide you with clinical expertise for mental, emotional, and spiritual stability. I manage patients with ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Eating disorders, OCD, personality disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia, and many more.
(240) 219-8750 View (240) 219-8750
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(443) 339-8209 View (443) 339-8209
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Kim Jones-Fearing, MD
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042  (Online Only)
The decision to seek mental health care can be a difficult one. By the time most people come to see me, they have already tried many other ways of feeling better. I will talk to you to find out what your goals are and what ways you are willing to try to start feeling better at a pace that feels most comfortable for you. I can do talk therapy as well if you do not have a therapist or do not feel comfortable transitioning to a therapist yet. We can discuss tele-psychiatry after your initial in person visits.
The decision to seek mental health care can be a difficult one. By the time most people come to see me, they have already tried many other ways of feeling better. I will talk to you to find out what your goals are and what ways you are willing to try to start feeling better at a pace that feels most comfortable for you. I can do talk therapy as well if you do not have a therapist or do not feel comfortable transitioning to a therapist yet. We can discuss tele-psychiatry after your initial in person visits.
(667) 200-0627 View (667) 200-0627
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Philominah Akinwumi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
If you find yourself grappling with mental fatigue, overwhelming emotions, a loss of focus, challenges in task completion, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, anxiety, and difficulty realizing your full potential, you are not alone. If you resonate with these struggles and are in search of a Psychiatric Mental Health provider who possesses exceptional active listening skills and is dedicated to shared decision-making, your search ends here. Welcome to the right place for understanding and support.
If you find yourself grappling with mental fatigue, overwhelming emotions, a loss of focus, challenges in task completion, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, anxiety, and difficulty realizing your full potential, you are not alone. If you resonate with these struggles and are in search of a Psychiatric Mental Health provider who possesses exceptional active listening skills and is dedicated to shared decision-making, your search ends here. Welcome to the right place for understanding and support.
(410) 505-7206 View (410) 505-7206
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Dr. Arif Noorbaksh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
(443) 448-8791 View (443) 448-8791
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Usha Bachani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044
As a child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, I have a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health issues in children and adolescents. With advanced training and expertise in both psychiatry and psychoanalysis, I offer a unique blend of treatment approaches to help my patients achieve their full potential.
As a child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, I have a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health issues in children and adolescents. With advanced training and expertise in both psychiatry and psychoanalysis, I offer a unique blend of treatment approaches to help my patients achieve their full potential.
(240) 774-2629 View (240) 774-2629
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Favour Ofoegbu Tehila Healthcare Llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, CRNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
Tehila Healthcare LLC is a telehealth, psychiatric, mental, and behavioral health outpatient clinic serving Maryland and the District of Columbia (DC). It is managed by Favour Ofoegbu, a board-certified, detail-oriented psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with almost two decades of combined clinical experience. I have a niche for therapeutic listening as I care for age groups 12 and above. I specialize in diagnosing and treating Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Insomnia, Psychosis, etc. At Tehila Healthcare, your total wellness is our goal because your health is an invaluable investment. Our slogan is "Health is Wealth".
Tehila Healthcare LLC is a telehealth, psychiatric, mental, and behavioral health outpatient clinic serving Maryland and the District of Columbia (DC). It is managed by Favour Ofoegbu, a board-certified, detail-oriented psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with almost two decades of combined clinical experience. I have a niche for therapeutic listening as I care for age groups 12 and above. I specialize in diagnosing and treating Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Insomnia, Psychosis, etc. At Tehila Healthcare, your total wellness is our goal because your health is an invaluable investment. Our slogan is "Health is Wealth".
(240) 892-7142 View (240) 892-7142
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Kayla Scrandis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21045
Are you depressed, anxious, have difficulty focusing, or have mood swings? Are you wondering if medicine is right for you? Together we can explore that option. During our first meeting you and I can come up with a plan that is right for you.
Are you depressed, anxious, have difficulty focusing, or have mood swings? Are you wondering if medicine is right for you? Together we can explore that option. During our first meeting you and I can come up with a plan that is right for you.
(443) 637-6483 View (443) 637-6483
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Amanda Ismail
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Telehealth Appointments Only.....Amanda Ismail is a board-certified registered nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and mental health. She has a bachelor's in nursing degree from Frostburg State University and earned her master's degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.
Telehealth Appointments Only.....Amanda Ismail is a board-certified registered nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and mental health. She has a bachelor's in nursing degree from Frostburg State University and earned her master's degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program.
(240) 844-3471 View (240) 844-3471
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Dr. Blanche Kattie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044
Accepting new patient. Welcome. I'm Blanche Kattie, a compassionate psychiatrist committed to guiding individuals on their path to mental well-being and fulfillment. With specialized expertise in depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and ADHD, I offer a comprehensive range of services including medication management and psychotherapy.By integrating medication management with psychotherapy, I aim to not only alleviate symptoms but also address the underlying factors contributing to your mental health concerns.
Accepting new patient. Welcome. I'm Blanche Kattie, a compassionate psychiatrist committed to guiding individuals on their path to mental well-being and fulfillment. With specialized expertise in depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and ADHD, I offer a comprehensive range of services including medication management and psychotherapy.By integrating medication management with psychotherapy, I aim to not only alleviate symptoms but also address the underlying factors contributing to your mental health concerns.
(240) 557-3228 View (240) 557-3228
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Andy A Mattai
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21045
Don't wait for an appointment! Are you looking for more personalized psychiatric care? I am a board-certified psychiatrist with a strong interest in ADHD and mood disorders. My training includes completion of a clinical research fellowship at the National Institutes of Mental Health. As a result, I am a strong proponent of evidence-based psychiatric treatments and using innovative techniques to help the improve the quality of life for my patients. Please call our office for an appointment.
Don't wait for an appointment! Are you looking for more personalized psychiatric care? I am a board-certified psychiatrist with a strong interest in ADHD and mood disorders. My training includes completion of a clinical research fellowship at the National Institutes of Mental Health. As a result, I am a strong proponent of evidence-based psychiatric treatments and using innovative techniques to help the improve the quality of life for my patients. Please call our office for an appointment.
(443) 225-4505 View (443) 225-4505
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Dr. Paulo J Negro
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Do you find it difficult to manage stress? Do you need an assessment for medication for anxiety, depression, or ADHD? Medication, or medication combined with therapy, can support significant improvement for many years. I provide concierge psychiatric care for adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD and other challenges. You can recover from mental health challenges, build self-esteem, and create healthy habits. In-person medication management and brief therapy are available in Columbia, MD. Online psychiatric care is available in Maryland, DC, VA, and Pennsylvania. I am looking forward to hearing your story!
Do you find it difficult to manage stress? Do you need an assessment for medication for anxiety, depression, or ADHD? Medication, or medication combined with therapy, can support significant improvement for many years. I provide concierge psychiatric care for adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD and other challenges. You can recover from mental health challenges, build self-esteem, and create healthy habits. In-person medication management and brief therapy are available in Columbia, MD. Online psychiatric care is available in Maryland, DC, VA, and Pennsylvania. I am looking forward to hearing your story!
(443) 979-8072 View (443) 979-8072
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Better You Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21045
My name is Olajumoke Rotimi. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am licensed in Maryland, DC, and VA. I am very excited to join this community with other mental health professionals. I work with all ages across the lifespan. I am available to see private pay clients. My primary areas of focus for medication management include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, and ADHD.
My name is Olajumoke Rotimi. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am licensed in Maryland, DC, and VA. I am very excited to join this community with other mental health professionals. I work with all ages across the lifespan. I am available to see private pay clients. My primary areas of focus for medication management include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, and ADHD.
(240) 628-6892 View (240) 628-6892
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Briana Riemer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Hi! Your health matters, and mental health is at the heart of being well. As a physician I have dedicated my life to helping others be their healthiest and most fulfilled selves. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, ADHD and adjustment disorders. I have particular interests in women’s health, professional stress/burnout, young adult health and coping with life transitions. I work to include behavioral/lifestyle change, exercise, and nutrition in treatment alongside medication evaluation. For additional information, please visit this website: www.marylandpsychcenters.com/bio-riemer
Hi! Your health matters, and mental health is at the heart of being well. As a physician I have dedicated my life to helping others be their healthiest and most fulfilled selves. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, ADHD and adjustment disorders. I have particular interests in women’s health, professional stress/burnout, young adult health and coping with life transitions. I work to include behavioral/lifestyle change, exercise, and nutrition in treatment alongside medication evaluation. For additional information, please visit this website: www.marylandpsychcenters.com/bio-riemer
(443) 665-0451 View (443) 665-0451
Photo of Amoah Asante, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Howard County, MD
Amoah Asante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042
My ideal client is an adult who is struggling with adult ADHD & depression. You may feel overwhelmed and struggle to complete tasks and you may experience a lack of motivation and energy that makes it challenging to engage in these tasks or daily activities. You might find it difficult to get out of bed or take care of basic tasks due to depressive symptoms.
My ideal client is an adult who is struggling with adult ADHD & depression. You may feel overwhelmed and struggle to complete tasks and you may experience a lack of motivation and energy that makes it challenging to engage in these tasks or daily activities. You might find it difficult to get out of bed or take care of basic tasks due to depressive symptoms.
(443) 730-5604 View (443) 730-5604
Joshua Z Rosenthal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046
I am fully trained in both adult and child psychiatry and have a board certification in adult psychiatry and am also certified to prescribe Suboxone for opiate addiction. I have experience treating a broad range of psychiatric and behavior disorders, including depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), substance abuse, autism, asperger's disorder, and more. I also have extensive experience in clinical trials of new medications for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in adults and children. .
I am fully trained in both adult and child psychiatry and have a board certification in adult psychiatry and am also certified to prescribe Suboxone for opiate addiction. I have experience treating a broad range of psychiatric and behavior disorders, including depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), substance abuse, autism, asperger's disorder, and more. I also have extensive experience in clinical trials of new medications for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in adults and children. .
(410) 394-8309 View (410) 394-8309
Photo of Remedy Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Howard County, MD
Remedy Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Elkridge, MD 21075  (Online Only)
Accepting new Clients. Are you seeking for a provider who listens to your entire story and works with you to develop a recovery plan? I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in Maryland. I have over 15 years of experience in Mental Health and have worked with various settings such as outpatient, inpatient and research. Each individual is unique, therefore, each treatment plan is individualized and created for you, with you. We encourage your involvement to enrich understanding regarding your needs while rendering an empathetic approach to your care. Let us walk this journey together.
Accepting new Clients. Are you seeking for a provider who listens to your entire story and works with you to develop a recovery plan? I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in Maryland. I have over 15 years of experience in Mental Health and have worked with various settings such as outpatient, inpatient and research. Each individual is unique, therefore, each treatment plan is individualized and created for you, with you. We encourage your involvement to enrich understanding regarding your needs while rendering an empathetic approach to your care. Let us walk this journey together.
(410) 983-6283 View (410) 983-6283
Photo of Shannon Kelso, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Howard County, MD
Shannon Kelso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbia, MD 21044  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients! I am a board-certified, doctorally-prepared psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. I primarily provide medication management. I work with adults and adolescents, and provide care for a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I am LGBTQ-friendly.
Accepting new clients! I am a board-certified, doctorally-prepared psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. I primarily provide medication management. I work with adults and adolescents, and provide care for a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I am LGBTQ-friendly.
(667) 206-3754 View (667) 206-3754
Photo of Tamina Dixon Umana, Psychiatric Nurse in Howard County, MD
Tamina Dixon Umana
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, BSN, RYT, MCPC
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21045  (Online Only)
Greetings, I am Tamina. I am enamored with spaces that cultivate connection and healing. In 2020, I founded The Space & Advocacy Project (S&A), centering the vision around intentionally curating these spaces within the lives of BIPOC/LGBTQ+ survivors of childhood trauma to improve our well-being. I am a Psychiatric Registered Nurse with certifications/extensive experience in Trauma-Informed Mental Health Counseling, Life Coaching, Professional Coaching (Master), and Somatic Coaching. I also hold certifications/extensive experience in Care Management, and Healthcare Quality.
Greetings, I am Tamina. I am enamored with spaces that cultivate connection and healing. In 2020, I founded The Space & Advocacy Project (S&A), centering the vision around intentionally curating these spaces within the lives of BIPOC/LGBTQ+ survivors of childhood trauma to improve our well-being. I am a Psychiatric Registered Nurse with certifications/extensive experience in Trauma-Informed Mental Health Counseling, Life Coaching, Professional Coaching (Master), and Somatic Coaching. I also hold certifications/extensive experience in Care Management, and Healthcare Quality.
(240) 896-2915 View (240) 896-2915

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Number of Psychiatrists in Howard County, MD

200+

Average cost per session

$167

Psychiatrists in Howard County, MD who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
93% Depression
88% Bipolar Disorder
80% ADHD
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Medication Management
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Cigna and Evernorth
84% CareFirst
83% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Howard County, MD see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Howard County?

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.