Psychiatrists in Laurel, MD

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Dr. Kumli Anye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHP, AGNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20708  (Online Only)
At Conquest health, our goal is using a holistic approach to improve the mental well-being of our patients. You are making an important step by seeking out help, we never want you to feel like you are alone because of mental health issues. We will be with you every step of the way, providing medication management, coaching , therapy if needed tailored specifically to your needs so you can have a better quality of life. We provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, medication management, medical marijuana certification.
At Conquest health, our goal is using a holistic approach to improve the mental well-being of our patients. You are making an important step by seeking out help, we never want you to feel like you are alone because of mental health issues. We will be with you every step of the way, providing medication management, coaching , therapy if needed tailored specifically to your needs so you can have a better quality of life. We provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, medication management, medical marijuana certification.
(301) 708-0288 View (301) 708-0288
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Carlson Nkemnkeng
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP- , BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20708
My name is Carlson, I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides client centered care with individualized treatment plans. I have over 10 years of experience in the medical field working with various patients and their families to overcome their mental illness. I have worked in numerous settings from Psychiatry Emergency to jail. I am specialized in treating mood disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, ADHD, and psychosis.
My name is Carlson, I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides client centered care with individualized treatment plans. I have over 10 years of experience in the medical field working with various patients and their families to overcome their mental illness. I have worked in numerous settings from Psychiatry Emergency to jail. I am specialized in treating mood disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, ADHD, and psychosis.
(240) 628-7681 View (240) 628-7681
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Leighton Kennedy - Telehealth Only
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC, CRNP
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707  (Online Only)
I have over 20 years in psychiatric mental health care, from an RN through being an NP. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am certified to prescribe medications and treat people with mental health challenges from youth through late adulthood. Working with people from a variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds gives me deeper understanding of you. I would love to see how I can help you feel more like you can accomplish your day to day tasks and goals without you feeling overwhelmed by your mood symptoms, anxiety, or challenges managing your behaviors. I am rendering services remotely in Maryland and in Virginia.
I have over 20 years in psychiatric mental health care, from an RN through being an NP. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am certified to prescribe medications and treat people with mental health challenges from youth through late adulthood. Working with people from a variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds gives me deeper understanding of you. I would love to see how I can help you feel more like you can accomplish your day to day tasks and goals without you feeling overwhelmed by your mood symptoms, anxiety, or challenges managing your behaviors. I am rendering services remotely in Maryland and in Virginia.
(240) 363-8882 View (240) 363-8882
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Healing Hands Behavioral Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN-BSN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707
Not accepting new clients
Currently accepting new patients: Based in Laurel, MD, Mr. Eric Amene is a caring and compassionate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Mr. Amene is skilled at addressing a wide range of mental health concerns, including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, Bipolar disorder, substance use disorder, PTSD, personality disorders, and more...
Currently accepting new patients: Based in Laurel, MD, Mr. Eric Amene is a caring and compassionate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Mr. Amene is skilled at addressing a wide range of mental health concerns, including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, Bipolar disorder, substance use disorder, PTSD, personality disorders, and more...
(443) 329-5727 View (443) 329-5727
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SUUNA Chi Health Care Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Florenc, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20707
This provider has twenty plus years as a Psychiatric registered nurse and almost ten years as a Psychiatric Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in Maryland and Washington DC. This provider sees patients with ADHD, anxiety spectrum disorders, depression, bipolar disorders, eating disorder, substance abuse disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's. We offer medication management, brief psychotherapy and psychoeducation.
This provider has twenty plus years as a Psychiatric registered nurse and almost ten years as a Psychiatric Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in Maryland and Washington DC. This provider sees patients with ADHD, anxiety spectrum disorders, depression, bipolar disorders, eating disorder, substance abuse disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's. We offer medication management, brief psychotherapy and psychoeducation.
(240) 226-1868 View (240) 226-1868
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Nkemdilim Ohaka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20708  (Online Only)
Nkemdilim Ohaka, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner and a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Nkemdilim obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Kaplan University currently known as Perdue University. Her desire for knowledge and expertise in nursing made her return to school and obtained her master’s degree in nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
Nkemdilim Ohaka, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner and a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Nkemdilim obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Kaplan University currently known as Perdue University. Her desire for knowledge and expertise in nursing made her return to school and obtained her master’s degree in nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
(443) 526-7554 View (443) 526-7554
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Anchor Behavioral and Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707
Today's world and it's demands can be overwhelming be it familial, financially or otherwise. This reality takes a toll on everyone of us and can present a psychological challenge with a psychiatric base. Presentation secondary to these stresses may be different. Some present as depressed, anxious or otherwise. Here is hope, here is home because here, with years of experience in prescribing and management of psychotropics, help is available.
Today's world and it's demands can be overwhelming be it familial, financially or otherwise. This reality takes a toll on everyone of us and can present a psychological challenge with a psychiatric base. Presentation secondary to these stresses may be different. Some present as depressed, anxious or otherwise. Here is hope, here is home because here, with years of experience in prescribing and management of psychotropics, help is available.
(240) 847-0188 View (240) 847-0188
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Comprehensive & Psych Associates, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, MSN, MsHCA
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707
I am Dr. Modupe Apassa, DNP, a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner skilled in medication management and psychotherapy. In addition, I bring a 20-year experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner for a comprehensive review of your symptoms and the best medication(s) to meet your needs. When you indicate that you feel better, then I would have been successful in providing you optimal evidence-based care. Services are available via telepsychiatry due to the current pandemic but we also provide in-office visits.
I am Dr. Modupe Apassa, DNP, a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner skilled in medication management and psychotherapy. In addition, I bring a 20-year experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner for a comprehensive review of your symptoms and the best medication(s) to meet your needs. When you indicate that you feel better, then I would have been successful in providing you optimal evidence-based care. Services are available via telepsychiatry due to the current pandemic but we also provide in-office visits.
(301) 756-5464 View (301) 756-5464
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BAC Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20707  (Online Only)
I specialize in Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and a wide variety of mental health conditions/ disorders. My ideal clients are individuals and couples about the age of 12 with a history of anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder who usually need assistance with medication management. My goal is to ensure that there is positive progress in their Mental and Behavioral health in order to better manage their symptoms and achieve mental stability.
I specialize in Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and a wide variety of mental health conditions/ disorders. My ideal clients are individuals and couples about the age of 12 with a history of anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder who usually need assistance with medication management. My goal is to ensure that there is positive progress in their Mental and Behavioral health in order to better manage their symptoms and achieve mental stability.
(240) 998-1219 View (240) 998-1219
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Prime Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20707
We are here to provide non-judgmental support to you! Although we cannot change past challenging issues, we can support you to find a path to brighter future. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you just want to pursue a new positive path in life, let us support you to achieve your goals. We provide high quality, affordable therapy and medication management services to clients in need. Call us to make an appointment today! We are a team of experienced clinicians who are passionate about building stronger families.
We are here to provide non-judgmental support to you! Although we cannot change past challenging issues, we can support you to find a path to brighter future. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you just want to pursue a new positive path in life, let us support you to achieve your goals. We provide high quality, affordable therapy and medication management services to clients in need. Call us to make an appointment today! We are a team of experienced clinicians who are passionate about building stronger families.
(240) 713-6140 View (240) 713-6140
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Integral Psychiatry and Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20708  (Online Only)
Florence Amaikwu PMHNP-BC is a board-certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with more than 17 years of clinical experience. She is licensed in the state of Maryland. Florence is a graduate from Coppin State University with BSN and Masters’s in psychiatric Mental health from Walden University. She has worked as a clinician both in outpatients and telehealth services. She cares for children, adults, and the geriatric population. Florence is passionate about reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Florence Amaikwu PMHNP-BC is a board-certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with more than 17 years of clinical experience. She is licensed in the state of Maryland. Florence is a graduate from Coppin State University with BSN and Masters’s in psychiatric Mental health from Walden University. She has worked as a clinician both in outpatients and telehealth services. She cares for children, adults, and the geriatric population. Florence is passionate about reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness.
(301) 265-3984 View (301) 265-3984
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Nicole LaShawn Rosser
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20708
Nicole is a psychiatric nurse practitioner servicing the community in an emergency and psychiatric setting for over 15 years, providing care to patients of all ages. She has experience treating mental health emergencies, crisis, and addiction. She graduated with a Master’s Degree of Science in Nursing and is board certified in treating patients with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorders, and many other mental health issues. Nicole has experience providing psychotherapy and medication management to patients of various ages and backgrounds and has worked in a variety of critical care settings.
Nicole is a psychiatric nurse practitioner servicing the community in an emergency and psychiatric setting for over 15 years, providing care to patients of all ages. She has experience treating mental health emergencies, crisis, and addiction. She graduated with a Master’s Degree of Science in Nursing and is board certified in treating patients with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorders, and many other mental health issues. Nicole has experience providing psychotherapy and medication management to patients of various ages and backgrounds and has worked in a variety of critical care settings.
(240) 774-1306 View (240) 774-1306
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Chidera Health and Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707  (Online Only)
Doctor Clementina Nwandu is a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and a Doctor in Nursing Practice. She is Board certified, and her focus is on Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She has over 27 years of experience in the healthcare industry as a nurse, and 23 of those in the mental health field. She is versed in a wide range of mental health conditions. She earned her Associate degree in nursing, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from Marymount University, her MSN degree /FNP from Bowie State University, and subsequently, her PMHNP certification and DNP from Shenandoah University.
Doctor Clementina Nwandu is a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and a Doctor in Nursing Practice. She is Board certified, and her focus is on Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She has over 27 years of experience in the healthcare industry as a nurse, and 23 of those in the mental health field. She is versed in a wide range of mental health conditions. She earned her Associate degree in nursing, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from Marymount University, her MSN degree /FNP from Bowie State University, and subsequently, her PMHNP certification and DNP from Shenandoah University.
(240) 563-9779 View (240) 563-9779
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KNK Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707
At KNK Mental health services, we utilize best practices and a holistic approach to meet the individual mental healthcare needs of our clients. Our team of psychiatry nurse practitioners have an extensive experience at both in patient and outpatient settings. We are eager to assist you to optimize your mental wellbeing through an integrated approach of treatment tailored to meet your specific needs. We see clients from 6 years of age and above and across all mental health spectrum. We provide psychotherapy as well as medication management. We are currently accepting new patients and there is no waiting list.
At KNK Mental health services, we utilize best practices and a holistic approach to meet the individual mental healthcare needs of our clients. Our team of psychiatry nurse practitioners have an extensive experience at both in patient and outpatient settings. We are eager to assist you to optimize your mental wellbeing through an integrated approach of treatment tailored to meet your specific needs. We see clients from 6 years of age and above and across all mental health spectrum. We provide psychotherapy as well as medication management. We are currently accepting new patients and there is no waiting list.
(410) 216-0797 View (410) 216-0797
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Chinyere Nzekwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20707
I tend to focus on giving patients the best services in my professional engagements. First, I try to understand their circumstances and offer tailored solutions fitting their personal needs. In essence, I am motivated by the desire to see my patients recovering from their illnesses and becoming productive in their life.
I tend to focus on giving patients the best services in my professional engagements. First, I try to understand their circumstances and offer tailored solutions fitting their personal needs. In essence, I am motivated by the desire to see my patients recovering from their illnesses and becoming productive in their life.
(240) 851-3258 View (240) 851-3258
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We Walk Together LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707
W am currently accepting new patients. However, we do not accept Virginia Medicaid. We Walk Together LLC Behavioral and Mental Health Clinic has helped many people grow and improve mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally through psychiatric mental health care. Our specialization lies in treating adults, offering comprehensive medication management for all mental health disorders including ADHD. The initial appointment typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, ensuring a thorough assessment. Medication is prescribed based on client preference and need. The best way to contact us is via email or text 240-607-5319.
W am currently accepting new patients. However, we do not accept Virginia Medicaid. We Walk Together LLC Behavioral and Mental Health Clinic has helped many people grow and improve mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally through psychiatric mental health care. Our specialization lies in treating adults, offering comprehensive medication management for all mental health disorders including ADHD. The initial appointment typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, ensuring a thorough assessment. Medication is prescribed based on client preference and need. The best way to contact us is via email or text 240-607-5319.
(240) 607-5319 View (240) 607-5319
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Innovo Life Mental Health Practice - Telehealth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, CRNP
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707  (Online Only)
In 2013, Innovo Life, LLC opened to service individuals in the Maryland area and now in Virginia too. Over the past 2 decades plus, the owners and staff combined, have been in involved in the lives of many and are now using these experiences to empower, support, educate, and treat individuals who cross the entryway of Innovo Life. We offer to the community: Psychiatric Diagnosis and Medication Management. Life Coaching is also available to get on track with your goals, be accountable with your goals and see achievement (In Spanish and English)
In 2013, Innovo Life, LLC opened to service individuals in the Maryland area and now in Virginia too. Over the past 2 decades plus, the owners and staff combined, have been in involved in the lives of many and are now using these experiences to empower, support, educate, and treat individuals who cross the entryway of Innovo Life. We offer to the community: Psychiatric Diagnosis and Medication Management. Life Coaching is also available to get on track with your goals, be accountable with your goals and see achievement (In Spanish and English)
(240) 712-5408 View (240) 712-5408
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Kairos Embrace Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20707
Do you sense that your voice isn't being fully heard, appointments are hurried, or you're feeling anxious about getting started? Do you find it hard to lead a high-quality life because of conditions like Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and various other mental health disorders? Are you in search of a serene and welcoming space (both in-person & online) where your individual needs are prioritized, rather than adhering to a one-size-fits-all approach? A place where your thoughts are not merely acknowledged but genuinely heard?
Do you sense that your voice isn't being fully heard, appointments are hurried, or you're feeling anxious about getting started? Do you find it hard to lead a high-quality life because of conditions like Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and various other mental health disorders? Are you in search of a serene and welcoming space (both in-person & online) where your individual needs are prioritized, rather than adhering to a one-size-fits-all approach? A place where your thoughts are not merely acknowledged but genuinely heard?
(240) 570-7349 View (240) 570-7349
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Matobi Family Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707
**Accepting new patients**. I am Dr. Sussan Ononaku, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP-BC,. I have more than 30years experience in healthcare with varied experiences in medical and mental health care. My experience as a family nurse practitioner gave me added knowledge to manage your body, mind and spirit. every one is a unique individual with different sociocultural background and differences. I will take time to understand you and manage you as a whole individual with respect as well as maintain your dignity.
**Accepting new patients**. I am Dr. Sussan Ononaku, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP-BC,. I have more than 30years experience in healthcare with varied experiences in medical and mental health care. My experience as a family nurse practitioner gave me added knowledge to manage your body, mind and spirit. every one is a unique individual with different sociocultural background and differences. I will take time to understand you and manage you as a whole individual with respect as well as maintain your dignity.
(240) 693-3289 View (240) 693-3289
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Osaze Okoro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707
Hello there, I'm Osaze (Oh-Sah-Zeh) Okoro, or you may call me Dr. O. Do you feel like your life has become more overwhelming and difficult to manage alone, especially since the pandemic? Are you struggling to keep up with your health, relationships, and work? Do you feel like you can no longer hold it together? I am here to help!
Hello there, I'm Osaze (Oh-Sah-Zeh) Okoro, or you may call me Dr. O. Do you feel like your life has become more overwhelming and difficult to manage alone, especially since the pandemic? Are you struggling to keep up with your health, relationships, and work? Do you feel like you can no longer hold it together? I am here to help!
(410) 457-3653 View (410) 457-3653

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Laurel, MD

60+

Average cost per session

$190

Psychiatrists in Laurel, MD who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
90% Depression
86% ADHD
86% Bipolar Disorder
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Medication Management
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Optum
90% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Laurel, MD see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Laurel?

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.