Psychiatrists in Lanham, MD

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Courage Kwi-Mancho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
Lanham, MD 20706
Desire Healthcare LLC is a private medical provision practice based in the state of Maryland and founded by Dr. Courage Kwi-Mancho DNP, CRNP-BC, PMHNP-BC in 2019. The practice provides accessible preventive, wellness, acute/chronic, medical and behavioral health services to residents of the state of Maryland, with an emphasis on preventive, wellness, acute/chronic, and several medical/behavioral health services; with consideration to the numerous barriers, such as Covid-19, busy lifestyle, misinformation, underinsured, uninsured… etc., that prevent people from accessing medical care they need.
Desire Healthcare LLC is a private medical provision practice based in the state of Maryland and founded by Dr. Courage Kwi-Mancho DNP, CRNP-BC, PMHNP-BC in 2019. The practice provides accessible preventive, wellness, acute/chronic, medical and behavioral health services to residents of the state of Maryland, with an emphasis on preventive, wellness, acute/chronic, and several medical/behavioral health services; with consideration to the numerous barriers, such as Covid-19, busy lifestyle, misinformation, underinsured, uninsured… etc., that prevent people from accessing medical care they need.
(301) 685-7717 View (301) 685-7717
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Christiana Keke-Ekekwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified
Lanham, MD 20706
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am deeply committed to helping individuals with mental health disorders achieve their fullest potential. I have always been passionate about mental health and the impact that it has on an individual's overall well-being. Through my training and experience, I have come to understand that mental health is a vital aspect of one's health, and it requires comprehensive care that is tailored to the individual's unique needs. My journey to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner began when I first started my nursing career.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am deeply committed to helping individuals with mental health disorders achieve their fullest potential. I have always been passionate about mental health and the impact that it has on an individual's overall well-being. Through my training and experience, I have come to understand that mental health is a vital aspect of one's health, and it requires comprehensive care that is tailored to the individual's unique needs. My journey to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner began when I first started my nursing career.
(301) 985-2571 View (301) 985-2571
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Dr. Brenda Eno
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lanham, MD 20706
Having had a personal experience with postpartum depression many years ago, I am passionate about mental health and providing help to young people and adults struggling with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Substance use and bipolar disorder overcome the crippling negative self-talk and reclaim their control, confidence and purpose in life by offering an integrative treatment approach that includes medication management, therapy, supplements, sleep hygiene and lifestyle coaching .
Having had a personal experience with postpartum depression many years ago, I am passionate about mental health and providing help to young people and adults struggling with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Substance use and bipolar disorder overcome the crippling negative self-talk and reclaim their control, confidence and purpose in life by offering an integrative treatment approach that includes medication management, therapy, supplements, sleep hygiene and lifestyle coaching .
(301) 701-5488 x20706 View (301) 701-5488 x20706
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Chivic Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lanham, MD 20706
Dr. Ndidiamaka Mbakpuo (Dr. Didi) has over 13 years experience in the healthcare industry. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and PMHNP-BC. The need for mental wellbeing is more important now than ever. The worldwide impact of COVID-19 has left millions of people in despair. Many people have lost loved ones or impacted negatively as a result of COVID-19. Depression, anxiety, and break in mental health are on the rise. Young and old are confused and in despair. Many have not been able to grieve or come to terms with the loss of their loved ones. You mental wellbeing is as important as your physical health.
Dr. Ndidiamaka Mbakpuo (Dr. Didi) has over 13 years experience in the healthcare industry. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and PMHNP-BC. The need for mental wellbeing is more important now than ever. The worldwide impact of COVID-19 has left millions of people in despair. Many people have lost loved ones or impacted negatively as a result of COVID-19. Depression, anxiety, and break in mental health are on the rise. Young and old are confused and in despair. Many have not been able to grieve or come to terms with the loss of their loved ones. You mental wellbeing is as important as your physical health.
(240) 201-2541 View (240) 201-2541
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Hope For Living Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lanham, MD 20706
It is our mission to provide mental and behavioral health services to our clients, aiming for the betterment of their overall health. Our assessments, treatment plans, and evidence-based methods are therapeutic and holistic and aid our client's individual needs.
It is our mission to provide mental and behavioral health services to our clients, aiming for the betterment of their overall health. Our assessments, treatment plans, and evidence-based methods are therapeutic and holistic and aid our client's individual needs.
(240) 716-6284 View (240) 716-6284
gateway behavioral health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
Lanham, MD 20706
Gateway Behavioral Health Services has a widely range of highly trained and experienced providers that are dedicated to their clients wellbeing. We offer a wide range of behavioral and mental health services ranging from psychiatric evaluation, psychotherapy, and medication management. We provide non-judgmental environment to everyone.
Gateway Behavioral Health Services has a widely range of highly trained and experienced providers that are dedicated to their clients wellbeing. We offer a wide range of behavioral and mental health services ranging from psychiatric evaluation, psychotherapy, and medication management. We provide non-judgmental environment to everyone.
(301) 945-8172 View (301) 945-8172
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Scholarstica N Osuagwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP, MSN
Verified
Lanham, MD 20706
Scholarstica is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP) from MD and DC. who works with adults and adolescents and provides care for patients who struggle with all mental health issues, She has extensive experience with Psychiatry and has been a board-certified PMHNP for over 2 years and psych nurse for over 8 years. Her treatment approach is rooted in evidence-based practices that focus on the mind-body connection. She studied at Walden University, where she obtained her MSN in psychiatric nursing, She also worked at PIW for 6 years, where she gained much experience that has been a crucial part of her practice &
Scholarstica is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP) from MD and DC. who works with adults and adolescents and provides care for patients who struggle with all mental health issues, She has extensive experience with Psychiatry and has been a board-certified PMHNP for over 2 years and psych nurse for over 8 years. Her treatment approach is rooted in evidence-based practices that focus on the mind-body connection. She studied at Walden University, where she obtained her MSN in psychiatric nursing, She also worked at PIW for 6 years, where she gained much experience that has been a crucial part of her practice &
(240) 734-3101 View (240) 734-3101
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Revive Health Care Services: Maria Tancho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified
Lanham, MD 20706
Here, you will find a variety of mental health services to help you navigate the complexities of mental health. Whether you are struggling with a specific issue or simply looking for ways to improve your overall well-being, our team is here to help.
Here, you will find a variety of mental health services to help you navigate the complexities of mental health. Whether you are struggling with a specific issue or simply looking for ways to improve your overall well-being, our team is here to help.
(301) 679-3538 View (301) 679-3538
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Meliora Davies
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lanham, MD 20706  (Online Only)
I serve all patients between the ages of 12 and older that require psychiatric mental health services
I serve all patients between the ages of 12 and older that require psychiatric mental health services
(301) 579-7863 View (301) 579-7863
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Gladstreams Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN,, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
Lanham, MD 20706
Are you feeling overwhelmed by loneliness, sadness, shame or guilt? Do you find yourself battling anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem? Are you worried about your child or adolescent? Gladstreams Mental Health & Wellness provides child and adult psychiatric services. Our providers believe in collaborative and person-centered care as each individual is unique, and we strive to provide personalized treatment plans tailored to meet each individual's specific needs and goals.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by loneliness, sadness, shame or guilt? Do you find yourself battling anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem? Are you worried about your child or adolescent? Gladstreams Mental Health & Wellness provides child and adult psychiatric services. Our providers believe in collaborative and person-centered care as each individual is unique, and we strive to provide personalized treatment plans tailored to meet each individual's specific needs and goals.
(301) 895-7853 View (301) 895-7853
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May's Healthcare Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP-B
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lanham, MD 20706
At May’s Healthcare Services LLC, we offer compassionate mental healthcare services for adolescents, adults, geriatric, and the LGBTQ population. We specialize in medication management of varied mental health disorders including ADHD, anxiety, and depression. We offer a holistic approach to mental health; our interventions are evidence-based and integrate cognitive behavior/supportive therapy.
At May’s Healthcare Services LLC, we offer compassionate mental healthcare services for adolescents, adults, geriatric, and the LGBTQ population. We specialize in medication management of varied mental health disorders including ADHD, anxiety, and depression. We offer a holistic approach to mental health; our interventions are evidence-based and integrate cognitive behavior/supportive therapy.
(301) 381-1318 View (301) 381-1318
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Chivic Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, MSN
Verified
Lanham, MD 20706
Dr. Ndidiamaka Mbakpuo (Dr. Didi) has over 13 years experience in the healthcare industry. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and PMHNP-BC. The need for mental wellbeing is more important now than ever. The worldwide impact of COVID-19 has left millions of people in despair. Many people have lost loved ones or impacted negatively as a result of COVID-19. Depression, anxiety, and break in mental health are on the rise. Young and old are confused and in despair. Many have not been able to grieve or come to terms with the loss of their loved ones. You mental wellbeing is as important as your physical health.
Dr. Ndidiamaka Mbakpuo (Dr. Didi) has over 13 years experience in the healthcare industry. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and PMHNP-BC. The need for mental wellbeing is more important now than ever. The worldwide impact of COVID-19 has left millions of people in despair. Many people have lost loved ones or impacted negatively as a result of COVID-19. Depression, anxiety, and break in mental health are on the rise. Young and old are confused and in despair. Many have not been able to grieve or come to terms with the loss of their loved ones. You mental wellbeing is as important as your physical health.
(240) 209-9877 View (240) 209-9877
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leadfocushealth llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lanham, MD 20706  (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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Liberty Behavioral Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lanham, MD 20706
Behavioral wellness is an ongoing process so, Liberty Behavioral Healthcare (LBH) is devoted to providing outstanding Psychiatric care to all their patients and family by using a holistic approach to treatment, taking into account the unique needs of each individual. Due to the misconceptions about mental health, people often suffer in silence and their conditions go untreated and become chronic. At LBH, we provide a safe and supportive environment where our patients can work through their challenges, achieve their goals, and feel safe. We can work with you in your journey toward a better life. All you must do is reach us.
Behavioral wellness is an ongoing process so, Liberty Behavioral Healthcare (LBH) is devoted to providing outstanding Psychiatric care to all their patients and family by using a holistic approach to treatment, taking into account the unique needs of each individual. Due to the misconceptions about mental health, people often suffer in silence and their conditions go untreated and become chronic. At LBH, we provide a safe and supportive environment where our patients can work through their challenges, achieve their goals, and feel safe. We can work with you in your journey toward a better life. All you must do is reach us.
(301) 781-6950 View (301) 781-6950
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State of Mind Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
6 Endorsed
Lanham, MD 20706
Are you looking for a provider that actually gives a damn about you? If so, you might want to stop here! Whatever your problem, issue, or concern just know that we are confident we can work through it together! If you’re feeling hopeless, stressed, having relationship issues; overwhelmed with school, work or family related problems, and experiencing low self-esteem/low self-worth we are here to listen to you and give you the tools needed to manage. With over 22 years of experience in healthcare, Shaundra Parsley, CRNP-PMH has an extensive background with helping people like you.
Are you looking for a provider that actually gives a damn about you? If so, you might want to stop here! Whatever your problem, issue, or concern just know that we are confident we can work through it together! If you’re feeling hopeless, stressed, having relationship issues; overwhelmed with school, work or family related problems, and experiencing low self-esteem/low self-worth we are here to listen to you and give you the tools needed to manage. With over 22 years of experience in healthcare, Shaundra Parsley, CRNP-PMH has an extensive background with helping people like you.
(301) 857-4882 View (301) 857-4882
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Melvis Nde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Lanham, MD 20706  (Online Only)
Greetings, I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a passion for providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals across the lifespan. With a background in nursing and advanced training in psychiatric and psychological care, I am dedicated to promoting mental wellness and improving the quality of life for those struggling with mental health challenges. My journey in healthcare began with a strong foundation in nursing, and I have since expanded my expertise to specialize in mental health.
Greetings, I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a passion for providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals across the lifespan. With a background in nursing and advanced training in psychiatric and psychological care, I am dedicated to promoting mental wellness and improving the quality of life for those struggling with mental health challenges. My journey in healthcare began with a strong foundation in nursing, and I have since expanded my expertise to specialize in mental health.
(240) 589-5587 View (240) 589-5587
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Minadia Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNHP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lanham, MD 20706  (Online Only)
As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my passion lies in providing comprehensive and empathetic care to adults navigating the complexities of mental health. With specialized expertise in addressing a spectrum of conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, mood disorders, and psychosis, I am committed to offering personalized support tailored to each individual's unique needs. Drawing from a robust background in psychiatric care, I approach treatment with a deep understanding of the multifaceted nature of these conditions.
As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my passion lies in providing comprehensive and empathetic care to adults navigating the complexities of mental health. With specialized expertise in addressing a spectrum of conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, mood disorders, and psychosis, I am committed to offering personalized support tailored to each individual's unique needs. Drawing from a robust background in psychiatric care, I approach treatment with a deep understanding of the multifaceted nature of these conditions.
(301) 701-4828 View (301) 701-4828
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Titi Anjorin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Lanham, MD 20706
Hello there, I'm Dr. T. Do you feel stuck and trapped in yourself, unable to blend in? Are you wrestling to have friends at school or at work? Are you going through a life transition? Are you experiencing sleep, energy, appetite, work, school, and social functioning changes? Are you scared or concerned about hurting yourself or the people around you? Do you feel lonely, anxious, or run down easily when doing a task? Do you feel inadequate or struggling with relationships or lack thereof?
Hello there, I'm Dr. T. Do you feel stuck and trapped in yourself, unable to blend in? Are you wrestling to have friends at school or at work? Are you going through a life transition? Are you experiencing sleep, energy, appetite, work, school, and social functioning changes? Are you scared or concerned about hurting yourself or the people around you? Do you feel lonely, anxious, or run down easily when doing a task? Do you feel inadequate or struggling with relationships or lack thereof?
(240) 896-1145 View (240) 896-1145
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Fountain of Life Healthcare PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP-BC
Verified
Lanham, MD 20706
We at Fountain of Life Health Care PC provide holistic-based mental and behavioral services to individuals of different ages and backgrounds. We strive to create a safe space for clients that will allow them to overcome challenges while working towards healing from their past and present life events. Our person-centered care approach emphasizes the importance of tailoring individualized treatment and support to meet the unique needs and preferences of each individual. We have expertise in assessment, evaluation, medication management, and collaborative care.
We at Fountain of Life Health Care PC provide holistic-based mental and behavioral services to individuals of different ages and backgrounds. We strive to create a safe space for clients that will allow them to overcome challenges while working towards healing from their past and present life events. Our person-centered care approach emphasizes the importance of tailoring individualized treatment and support to meet the unique needs and preferences of each individual. We have expertise in assessment, evaluation, medication management, and collaborative care.
(240) 226-1894 View (240) 226-1894
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Chidiadi Agoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP- BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Lanham, MD 20706
Are you looking for a psychiatric mental health provider? Fairland Behavioral Health is the right place for you. At Fairland behavioral health, we provide patient centered, culturally sensitive and holistic care that is evidence based. Our nurse practitioner is dual certified in family practice and psychiatry with vast experience in outpatient, inpatient and long-term settings. We treat every patient with respect, compassion and dignity. This aspect ensures that our patients feel loved, thus leading to a quick recovery. We guarantee that very patient has been cared for with love to boost the recovery process.
Are you looking for a psychiatric mental health provider? Fairland Behavioral Health is the right place for you. At Fairland behavioral health, we provide patient centered, culturally sensitive and holistic care that is evidence based. Our nurse practitioner is dual certified in family practice and psychiatry with vast experience in outpatient, inpatient and long-term settings. We treat every patient with respect, compassion and dignity. This aspect ensures that our patients feel loved, thus leading to a quick recovery. We guarantee that very patient has been cared for with love to boost the recovery process.
(301) 478-8823 View (301) 478-8823

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Number of Psychiatrists in Lanham, MD

60+

Average cost per session

$127

Psychiatrists in Lanham, MD who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
90% Depression
88% Bipolar Disorder
87% ADHD
63% Trauma and PTSD
53% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
50% Medication Management

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% Cigna and Evernorth
93% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
90% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Lanham, MD see their clients

53% Online Only
47% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

93% Female
7% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lanham?

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.