Psychiatrists in Kensington, MD

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DMV Medical Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kensington, MD 20895
I'm a dedicated professional with a passion for psychiatric mental health. My philosophy is rooted in empathy, competence, and care. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I am committed to bringing positive change to the community by upholding values of respect, compassion, and consistency. I firmly believe that every patient, regardless of background or orientation, deserves respectful and confidential care. Preserving patient autonomy is at the core of my professional philosophy, driven by early experiences and values that fuel my focus on individuals facing mental health challenges.
I'm a dedicated professional with a passion for psychiatric mental health. My philosophy is rooted in empathy, competence, and care. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I am committed to bringing positive change to the community by upholding values of respect, compassion, and consistency. I firmly believe that every patient, regardless of background or orientation, deserves respectful and confidential care. Preserving patient autonomy is at the core of my professional philosophy, driven by early experiences and values that fuel my focus on individuals facing mental health challenges.
(240) 730-4361 View (240) 730-4361
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Beserat Kibret
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, CRNP
Verified Verified
Kensington, MD 20895
Are you experiencing persistent sadness, excessive worry, intrusive thoughts, difficulty regulating emotions, insomnia, impaired social functioning or challenges in daily activities and requiring professional help to address these Concerns? We are here to help and explore different treatment options. We perform comprehensive assessments to better understand the factors that contributes to your difficulties including biological, psychological, social factors and work with you to improve your wellbeing.
Are you experiencing persistent sadness, excessive worry, intrusive thoughts, difficulty regulating emotions, insomnia, impaired social functioning or challenges in daily activities and requiring professional help to address these Concerns? We are here to help and explore different treatment options. We perform comprehensive assessments to better understand the factors that contributes to your difficulties including biological, psychological, social factors and work with you to improve your wellbeing.
(301) 781-6903 View (301) 781-6903
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Dr. Tonisha Melvin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, CRRN, ANP-C, PMHNPBC, RYT-200
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kensington, MD 20895
Dr. Tonisha Melvin is the President and Co-CEO of DMV Medical Group, LLC located in Kensington, MD. She is an advocate for her clients. Her goal is to provide a safe space working with, encouraging, and supporting you so that you reach your optimal mental health goals. She provides healing and hope in a holistic way while utilizing evidence-based strategies along the way.
Dr. Tonisha Melvin is the President and Co-CEO of DMV Medical Group, LLC located in Kensington, MD. She is an advocate for her clients. Her goal is to provide a safe space working with, encouraging, and supporting you so that you reach your optimal mental health goals. She provides healing and hope in a holistic way while utilizing evidence-based strategies along the way.
(240) 929-1578 View (240) 929-1578
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June Ottley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kensington, MD 20895
June Ottley is certified as an Adult, Geriatric and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland who has been practicing since 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from the University of Maryland. She later returned to advance her education and clinical expertise, by obtaining a Post Master's degree from the University of Cincinnati.
June Ottley is certified as an Adult, Geriatric and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland who has been practicing since 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from the University of Maryland. She later returned to advance her education and clinical expertise, by obtaining a Post Master's degree from the University of Cincinnati.
(240) 523-4470 View (240) 523-4470
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Titilayo Raji
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kensington, MD 20895
Titi Raji is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland who has been practicing since 2019. She holds a DNP, PMHNP from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, an FNP from St Joseph College of Maine, and a BSN from Marymount University. Titi believes in providing individualized quality and compassionate mental health care services to clients and families in need through prevention, intervention, treatment, and education. She strives to provide patient-focused care in a supportive atmosphere in which patients, family members, and professionals are treated with the utmost dignity and respect.
Titi Raji is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland who has been practicing since 2019. She holds a DNP, PMHNP from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, an FNP from St Joseph College of Maine, and a BSN from Marymount University. Titi believes in providing individualized quality and compassionate mental health care services to clients and families in need through prevention, intervention, treatment, and education. She strives to provide patient-focused care in a supportive atmosphere in which patients, family members, and professionals are treated with the utmost dignity and respect.
(240) 913-6283 View (240) 913-6283
Mark Rosse
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kensington, MD 20895
Dr. Rosse, works with a multidisciplinary group practice, where our goal is to provide thoughtful, competent, compassionate, and thorough psychiatric consultation, diagnostic evaluation, medication treatment, and as well as therapy services to clients in a confidential and caring environment with special consideration to biological, psychological, and physical health. We are an integrated mental health service provider where psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists collectively treat mental illnesses with complete consideration of your full medical, psychological, social, and family history.
Dr. Rosse, works with a multidisciplinary group practice, where our goal is to provide thoughtful, competent, compassionate, and thorough psychiatric consultation, diagnostic evaluation, medication treatment, and as well as therapy services to clients in a confidential and caring environment with special consideration to biological, psychological, and physical health. We are an integrated mental health service provider where psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists collectively treat mental illnesses with complete consideration of your full medical, psychological, social, and family history.
(301) 417-5935 View (301) 417-5935
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ANHHS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kensington, MD 20895
Aanu Olorunsola MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders, to assist the client in coordinating and managing their mental health necessities, using the techniques of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery appropriate to the clients’ culture. I focus on cost effective and solid evidence based practice, providing effective and innovative whole health care for the people and community I serve.
Aanu Olorunsola MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders, to assist the client in coordinating and managing their mental health necessities, using the techniques of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery appropriate to the clients’ culture. I focus on cost effective and solid evidence based practice, providing effective and innovative whole health care for the people and community I serve.
(410) 724-1645 View (410) 724-1645
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Cecilia Tako
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kensington, MD 20895  (Online Only)
Cecilia is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training treating patients with psychiatric disorder. She began her career in business administration after graduating from the Virginia Commonwealth University, later followed her passion into nursing. After several years working as a nurse in different healthcare settings, she decided to specialize in mental health because of her personal experience with a loved one. She provides care using evidence-based practices and a holistic approach for both mind and body. Cecilia is a compassionate and result-driven professional .
Cecilia is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training treating patients with psychiatric disorder. She began her career in business administration after graduating from the Virginia Commonwealth University, later followed her passion into nursing. After several years working as a nurse in different healthcare settings, she decided to specialize in mental health because of her personal experience with a loved one. She provides care using evidence-based practices and a holistic approach for both mind and body. Cecilia is a compassionate and result-driven professional .
(301) 478-9331 View (301) 478-9331
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James Perritt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kensington, MD 20895
I have worked as a Registered Nurse at a hospital for about 12 years on a unit that specializes in Mood Disorders, like depression and bipolar disorder, and Eating Disorders. I have been working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2018. Email is the best way to contact me.
I have worked as a Registered Nurse at a hospital for about 12 years on a unit that specializes in Mood Disorders, like depression and bipolar disorder, and Eating Disorders. I have been working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2018. Email is the best way to contact me.
(410) 457-3596 View (410) 457-3596
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Icon Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kensington, MD 20895
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with DNP. Currently, I am a Provider here in Icon Clinic LLC in Greenbelt Maryland. I choose to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner because of the desire I have in helping people. That philosophy is one which I will stand by throughout my duration in this career. It will be based on providing competent, empathetic, compassionate, and holistic care to the best of my ability without bias. This philosophy or values I believed was in me from birth - The spirit of caring and giving to the fullest. These values are accompanied by respect, and trustworthiness.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with DNP. Currently, I am a Provider here in Icon Clinic LLC in Greenbelt Maryland. I choose to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner because of the desire I have in helping people. That philosophy is one which I will stand by throughout my duration in this career. It will be based on providing competent, empathetic, compassionate, and holistic care to the best of my ability without bias. This philosophy or values I believed was in me from birth - The spirit of caring and giving to the fullest. These values are accompanied by respect, and trustworthiness.
(240) 219-7609 View (240) 219-7609
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Edward Gelber
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kensington, MD 20891
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
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Alisha Shim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kensington, MD 20895  (Online Only)
Hi there! I'm Allie. I am an enthusiastic dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. As a compassionate and supportive provider, I want to help you find the motivation and support you need to achieve your personal goals.
Hi there! I'm Allie. I am an enthusiastic dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. As a compassionate and supportive provider, I want to help you find the motivation and support you need to achieve your personal goals.
(410) 324-6978 View (410) 324-6978
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Pendulum Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kensington, MD 20895  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
It is time to bring the negative stigma of seeking help for mental health issues to an end. It is a stigma when a person with mental illness is mocked or called weak for seeking help. Black Americans are less likely to seek mental health care. Statistics tell us that about 25% of African Americans seek mental health treatment, compared to 40% of white Americans. For black men the numbers are even less. Seeking help from a culturally competent therapist can assist with managing and overcoming these effects. At Pendulum Psychiatry we aim to provide a safer, more welcoming space for Black men seeking medication management and therapy.
It is time to bring the negative stigma of seeking help for mental health issues to an end. It is a stigma when a person with mental illness is mocked or called weak for seeking help. Black Americans are less likely to seek mental health care. Statistics tell us that about 25% of African Americans seek mental health treatment, compared to 40% of white Americans. For black men the numbers are even less. Seeking help from a culturally competent therapist can assist with managing and overcoming these effects. At Pendulum Psychiatry we aim to provide a safer, more welcoming space for Black men seeking medication management and therapy.
(240) 635-9666 View (240) 635-9666

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Ji Su Hong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Hong specializes in child-, adolescent-, and adult psychiatry; and provides comprehensive psychiatric assessment, medication management, and psychotherapy. His expertise is in ADHD, anxiety disorder, OCD, depression in children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Hong is an expert in early childhood mental health for toddlers and preschoolers. Both telehealth and in-person sessions are offered. Dr. Hong is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Dr. Hong specializes in child-, adolescent-, and adult psychiatry; and provides comprehensive psychiatric assessment, medication management, and psychotherapy. His expertise is in ADHD, anxiety disorder, OCD, depression in children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Hong is an expert in early childhood mental health for toddlers and preschoolers. Both telehealth and in-person sessions are offered. Dr. Hong is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
(240) 905-4346 View (240) 905-4346
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Stacy Woods
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Bethesda, MD 20814
I am a board certified psychiatrist and completed my training at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. My patients may be seeking psychiatric help for the first time, others have tried a number of medications and have struggled to find the level of help they were seeking. With each patient I work carefully to evaluate which medication will be effective. As my patient your ongoing treatment will include consultation with you about the effects of any medication to ensure you get the maximum benefit to improve your quality of life. I can be reached by phone and email as needed.
I am a board certified psychiatrist and completed my training at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. My patients may be seeking psychiatric help for the first time, others have tried a number of medications and have struggled to find the level of help they were seeking. With each patient I work carefully to evaluate which medication will be effective. As my patient your ongoing treatment will include consultation with you about the effects of any medication to ensure you get the maximum benefit to improve your quality of life. I can be reached by phone and email as needed.
(301) 684-8159 View (301) 684-8159
Photo of Yared Taffesse, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kensington, MD
Yared Taffesse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bethesda, MD 20814  (Online Only)
Yared Taffesse is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). He has vast clinical experience in treating individuals with mental illnesses. In the last 13 years, Yared has provided psychiatric and mental health care to individuals of diverse backgrounds and mental health conditions. He has experience in Hospitals and outpatient clinics including partial hospitalization programs, emergency, and crisis stabilization centers, and at schools and universities. Yared is fluent in Amharic and English. He has professional and volunteer experience working with refugees, new immigrants and asylees.
Yared Taffesse is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). He has vast clinical experience in treating individuals with mental illnesses. In the last 13 years, Yared has provided psychiatric and mental health care to individuals of diverse backgrounds and mental health conditions. He has experience in Hospitals and outpatient clinics including partial hospitalization programs, emergency, and crisis stabilization centers, and at schools and universities. Yared is fluent in Amharic and English. He has professional and volunteer experience working with refugees, new immigrants and asylees.
(240) 594-9381 View (240) 594-9381
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Rivka Ben-Dor
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Bethesda, MD 20852
I provide personalized treatment for both women and men seeking comprehensive psychiatric care. Problems can often feel overwhelming. Together we will work to identify the problem and the solutions in a safe and confidential atmosphere. If you are feeling anxious, down, or are having trouble concentrating I will work with you to attain a better quality of life. If you already have a therapist, I will communicate regularly with your therapist to provide personalized and effective care.
I provide personalized treatment for both women and men seeking comprehensive psychiatric care. Problems can often feel overwhelming. Together we will work to identify the problem and the solutions in a safe and confidential atmosphere. If you are feeling anxious, down, or are having trouble concentrating I will work with you to attain a better quality of life. If you already have a therapist, I will communicate regularly with your therapist to provide personalized and effective care.
(240) 986-3067 View (240) 986-3067
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Douglas A Chavis
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814
I can work with you on your struggles with anxiety, depression, or issues around intimacy, relationships, and sexuality. Or. I can work with your child or adolescent who may by overwhelmed with anxiety, depression, drug use, school difficulties, social difficulties, or conflicts with parents. If you are a couple I can help you resolve the intense pain of a difficult and conflicted relationship. I can also help if your family is struggling with loss, a disruptive parent or child, sibling squabbles or parent-child conflict.
I can work with you on your struggles with anxiety, depression, or issues around intimacy, relationships, and sexuality. Or. I can work with your child or adolescent who may by overwhelmed with anxiety, depression, drug use, school difficulties, social difficulties, or conflicts with parents. If you are a couple I can help you resolve the intense pain of a difficult and conflicted relationship. I can also help if your family is struggling with loss, a disruptive parent or child, sibling squabbles or parent-child conflict.
(301) 710-0483 View (301) 710-0483
Photo of Dr. Marie C. Campagnone, Psychiatrist, Psychiatrist in Kensington, MD
Dr. Marie C. Campagnone, Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20852
Do you need professional psychiatric support for medication management? Do you need help coping with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia? I am a psychiatrist, providing online care to patients in Maryland and Virginia and I look forward to providing you with the psychiatric care that best meets your needs and supports your emotional wellness. Care may include medication management, psychotherapy, or a combination of medication management and therapy. If you are in therapy and your therapist has suggested medication, we will work collaboratively with your psychotherapist.
Do you need professional psychiatric support for medication management? Do you need help coping with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia? I am a psychiatrist, providing online care to patients in Maryland and Virginia and I look forward to providing you with the psychiatric care that best meets your needs and supports your emotional wellness. Care may include medication management, psychotherapy, or a combination of medication management and therapy. If you are in therapy and your therapist has suggested medication, we will work collaboratively with your psychotherapist.
(301) 753-3430 View (301) 753-3430
Photo of Marc S Lener, Psychiatrist in Kensington, MD
Marc S Lener
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814
I received my Bachelors Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where I majored in the Biological Basis of Behavior and competed on the Men's Varsity Swimming Team. After graduating and prior to medical school, I became a private high school science teacher. I completed my Psychiatry residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC, where I was selected as Chief Resident. During that time, I also completed a Psychodynamic Fellowship at New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. I then completed a Clinical Research Fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health with a focus on Depression and Anxiety.
I received my Bachelors Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where I majored in the Biological Basis of Behavior and competed on the Men's Varsity Swimming Team. After graduating and prior to medical school, I became a private high school science teacher. I completed my Psychiatry residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC, where I was selected as Chief Resident. During that time, I also completed a Psychodynamic Fellowship at New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. I then completed a Clinical Research Fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health with a focus on Depression and Anxiety.
(240) 478-6928 View (240) 478-6928

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Kensington, MD

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Kensington, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
92% Depression
92% Bipolar Disorder
77% ADHD
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
54% Psychosis
54% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
91% Aetna
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Kensington, MD see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Kensington?

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.