Psychiatrists in Hyattsville, MD

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Fara Medical Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hyattsville, MD 20785
Greetings! My name is Dr. Faramade (Fara) Eruanga DNP, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a board-certified nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry. I am dedicated to providing compassionate mental health care. With a deep understanding of the human mind and a passion for helping others, I strive to empower individuals on their journey toward mental well-being. I earned my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from a reputable institution where I developed a strong foundation in holistic patient care.I have worked in various clinical settings, gaining invaluable insights.
Greetings! My name is Dr. Faramade (Fara) Eruanga DNP, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a board-certified nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry. I am dedicated to providing compassionate mental health care. With a deep understanding of the human mind and a passion for helping others, I strive to empower individuals on their journey toward mental well-being. I earned my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from a reputable institution where I developed a strong foundation in holistic patient care.I have worked in various clinical settings, gaining invaluable insights.
(301) 720-1356 View (301) 720-1356
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Covenant Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Hyattsville, MD 20782
Fola Aloba is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with several years of experience working in different healthcare settings that include hospitals, assisted living facilities, Nursing homes, and hospice care. She understands the debilitating and the negative impacts of mental illnesses when left untreated. She is very passionate about her patients and shows a high level of empathy in rendering care and treatment to them. Fola works tirelessly in promoting treatment adherence in her patient through counseling and education. She is known to treat everyone that comes in contact with her with respect and dignity that they deserve.
Fola Aloba is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with several years of experience working in different healthcare settings that include hospitals, assisted living facilities, Nursing homes, and hospice care. She understands the debilitating and the negative impacts of mental illnesses when left untreated. She is very passionate about her patients and shows a high level of empathy in rendering care and treatment to them. Fola works tirelessly in promoting treatment adherence in her patient through counseling and education. She is known to treat everyone that comes in contact with her with respect and dignity that they deserve.
(240) 716-6456 View (240) 716-6456
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Revered Holistic Healthcare llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hyattsville, MD 20782  (Online Only)
I very much understand some of the hurdles that come with adjusting to chronic/Terminal illnesses, stressful family life, changing work environments, evolving living situations/arrangements, loss of Income and/or loved ones and the effect each of such factors can have on an individual's Mental health. At Revered Holistic Healthcare, our aim is to offer non-judgmental care to affect every aspect of an individual's life positively. Looking forward to working with individuals who are willing to be active participants in caring for their mental health via a holistic and collaborative approach on their journey to mental wellness
I very much understand some of the hurdles that come with adjusting to chronic/Terminal illnesses, stressful family life, changing work environments, evolving living situations/arrangements, loss of Income and/or loved ones and the effect each of such factors can have on an individual's Mental health. At Revered Holistic Healthcare, our aim is to offer non-judgmental care to affect every aspect of an individual's life positively. Looking forward to working with individuals who are willing to be active participants in caring for their mental health via a holistic and collaborative approach on their journey to mental wellness
(301) 709-7557 View (301) 709-7557
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Benedette Nnaji-Aniekwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hyattsville, MD 20783
We are your neighborhood mental health care clinic in Hyattsville, Maryland, providing evidence-based mental health services with dignity in a compassionate environment.
We are your neighborhood mental health care clinic in Hyattsville, Maryland, providing evidence-based mental health services with dignity in a compassionate environment.
(240) 255-9353 View (240) 255-9353
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Flintridge Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hyattsville, MD 20783
Ashley employs patient centered evidence-based practice and utilizes a holistic approach to care. Her practice focuses on medication management interventions with the individual specific treatment goals to help treat and reduce mental health related issues. She believes empathy and understanding are the most fundamental components of the Provider-patient relationship.
Ashley employs patient centered evidence-based practice and utilizes a holistic approach to care. Her practice focuses on medication management interventions with the individual specific treatment goals to help treat and reduce mental health related issues. She believes empathy and understanding are the most fundamental components of the Provider-patient relationship.
(301) 381-4885 View (301) 381-4885
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Kerniba Ghoneim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CMHIMP, MBL
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Hyattsville, MD 20782
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) 869-6520 View (240) 869-6520
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Esteem Healthcare Services Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Hyattsville, MD 20783  (Online Only)
I focus on my training in the science of the human body, including anatomy, physiology, and biology. However, mental health support is also an important aspect of our daily lives. It is helpful to evaluate feelings, stressors, thoughts, and psychopharmacology that impact overall health and well-being. Every man, woman, and child will experience the need for mental health support. People face a lot of stressors in their work environment. Burnout, depression, and anxiety are rising fast in life's arenas. It’s important to prioritize your mental health and seek support.
I focus on my training in the science of the human body, including anatomy, physiology, and biology. However, mental health support is also an important aspect of our daily lives. It is helpful to evaluate feelings, stressors, thoughts, and psychopharmacology that impact overall health and well-being. Every man, woman, and child will experience the need for mental health support. People face a lot of stressors in their work environment. Burnout, depression, and anxiety are rising fast in life's arenas. It’s important to prioritize your mental health and seek support.
(301) 965-1414 View (301) 965-1414
Destiny League
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP
Verified Verified
Hyattsville, MD 20785
We understand the needs of any patients. Mental health struggle is a prevalent situation that requires continuous onslaught on the anomaly for the patient to have back his/her life. There are several mental health issues on the ground which include major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, insomnia, bipolar and the rest of it depending on your situation. Whatever the case, I believe we are equal to the task because we have got experienced providers that would take on the challenge to help our patients consistently take control of their mental health.
We understand the needs of any patients. Mental health struggle is a prevalent situation that requires continuous onslaught on the anomaly for the patient to have back his/her life. There are several mental health issues on the ground which include major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, insomnia, bipolar and the rest of it depending on your situation. Whatever the case, I believe we are equal to the task because we have got experienced providers that would take on the challenge to help our patients consistently take control of their mental health.
(301) 450-5473 View (301) 450-5473
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Messiah Health Center LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hyattsville, MD 20783  (Online Only)
Chinelo Anadu is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Captain in US Army Reserve, serving those that keep us safe. Chinelo has over 15 years of progressive Clinical experiences caring for individuals with diverse Psychiatric, Mental, and Behavioral Health needs. She has worked in different Healthcare settings that includes hospitals, Nursing homes, Assisted living facilities, Hospice care and out patients Clinics. She understood the impacts of Mental illness. Chinelo is actively making a tremendous difference in her Clients’ lives. Promotion of treatment adherence is her top priority.
Chinelo Anadu is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Captain in US Army Reserve, serving those that keep us safe. Chinelo has over 15 years of progressive Clinical experiences caring for individuals with diverse Psychiatric, Mental, and Behavioral Health needs. She has worked in different Healthcare settings that includes hospitals, Nursing homes, Assisted living facilities, Hospice care and out patients Clinics. She understood the impacts of Mental illness. Chinelo is actively making a tremendous difference in her Clients’ lives. Promotion of treatment adherence is her top priority.
(301) 215-3794 View (301) 215-3794
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leadfocushealth llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hyattsville, MD 20782  (Online Only)
Our primary area of expertise lies in behavioral and mental health, catering to individuals across the entire age spectrum. Our therapeutic approach is personalized, considering each patient's specific requirements. We guarantee that our patients experience active listening and have their requirements met by collaborating to rejuvenate their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Our primary area of expertise lies in behavioral and mental health, catering to individuals across the entire age spectrum. Our therapeutic approach is personalized, considering each patient's specific requirements. We guarantee that our patients experience active listening and have their requirements met by collaborating to rejuvenate their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
(301) 945-8122 View (301) 945-8122
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Utopia Health Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP Psyc
Verified Verified
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Utopia was created to help build a society where people not only identified their dreams, they achieved them. Motivated to transform and redefine the idea of wellness for all through the use of innovative modalities, Utopia Health Center strives toward ending the stigma associated with mental and substance use disorders. Being client centered is the foundation Utopia is built on; showing commitment to provide access to services and ensuring those services provide building blocks for a holistic culture of well-being. Cultivating a better tomorrow for our clients and the surrounding communities with our hands and hearts - that's Utopia.
Utopia was created to help build a society where people not only identified their dreams, they achieved them. Motivated to transform and redefine the idea of wellness for all through the use of innovative modalities, Utopia Health Center strives toward ending the stigma associated with mental and substance use disorders. Being client centered is the foundation Utopia is built on; showing commitment to provide access to services and ensuring those services provide building blocks for a holistic culture of well-being. Cultivating a better tomorrow for our clients and the surrounding communities with our hands and hearts - that's Utopia.
(301) 220-2842 View (301) 220-2842
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Amoah Asante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Hyattsville, MD 20783
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.
(667) 382-9495 View (667) 382-9495
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Hyattsville, MD 20783
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(667) 220-7169 View (667) 220-7169
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Sandra Lake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hyattsville, MD 20782
Dr. Sandra Lake is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner with over 10 years in the healthcare industry. She has worked in different fields of healthcare, Intensive care, Medical-surgical, Mental health, telemetry, and obstetrics to name a few. She has both inpatient and outpatient experience. Dr. Lake is very compassionate, caring, listens, non-judgmental and treat everyone with dignity, empathy and respect. Dr. Lake focuses on the individual as a whole, and collaborates with other professionals that are involved in her patient's care to ensure optimal stability, thus promoting good quality of life.
Dr. Sandra Lake is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner with over 10 years in the healthcare industry. She has worked in different fields of healthcare, Intensive care, Medical-surgical, Mental health, telemetry, and obstetrics to name a few. She has both inpatient and outpatient experience. Dr. Lake is very compassionate, caring, listens, non-judgmental and treat everyone with dignity, empathy and respect. Dr. Lake focuses on the individual as a whole, and collaborates with other professionals that are involved in her patient's care to ensure optimal stability, thus promoting good quality of life.
(240) 226-1091 View (240) 226-1091
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Connor Stimpson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Hyattsville, MD 20783
My clients are often people who want to get better and are open to treatment recommendations. If you are seeking treatment you should be provided with empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practice.
My clients are often people who want to get better and are open to treatment recommendations. If you are seeking treatment you should be provided with empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practice.
(667) 230-5951 View (667) 230-5951
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Avareitta M Bailey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hyattsville, MD 20785  (Online Only)
As an experienced, empathetic nurse serving the psychiatric population for over 15 years, I take pride in ensuring my patients feel respected and valued. As their psychiatric practitioner, my patients' needs come first. I take the time to provide individual care with confidence and compassion, focusing on meeting their needs with every encounter.
As an experienced, empathetic nurse serving the psychiatric population for over 15 years, I take pride in ensuring my patients feel respected and valued. As their psychiatric practitioner, my patients' needs come first. I take the time to provide individual care with confidence and compassion, focusing on meeting their needs with every encounter.
(301) 298-8349 View (301) 298-8349
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hyattsville, MD 20783
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.
(667) 382-8772 View (667) 382-8772
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hyattsville, MD 20783
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.
(667) 222-5648 View (667) 222-5648
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Aida Dabreo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hyattsville, MD 20785  (Online Only)
Aida provides tele-psychiatry treatment including diagnosis, medication management, talk therapy, and CBT. She is committed to providing compassionate and patient-centered care. With a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health, Aida strives to create a safe and supportive environment where patients feel valued, heard, and empowered in their journey towards wellness. By leading with empathy and understanding, Aida aims to form genuine connections with each individual, recognizing the unique experiences and challenges they face.
Aida provides tele-psychiatry treatment including diagnosis, medication management, talk therapy, and CBT. She is committed to providing compassionate and patient-centered care. With a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health, Aida strives to create a safe and supportive environment where patients feel valued, heard, and empowered in their journey towards wellness. By leading with empathy and understanding, Aida aims to form genuine connections with each individual, recognizing the unique experiences and challenges they face.
(301) 591-6871 View (301) 591-6871
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hyattsville, MD 20783
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.
(667) 201-6262 View (667) 201-6262

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Number of Psychiatrists in Hyattsville, MD

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Hyattsville, MD who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
94% Anxiety
83% ADHD
81% Trauma and PTSD
75% Addiction
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% BlueCross and BlueShield
91% Cigna and Evernorth
91% CareFirst

How Psychiatrists in Hyattsville, MD see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hyattsville?

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.