Psychiatrists in Laurel, MD

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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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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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Metrix Healthcare llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH-BC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707
Hello, I am Ogo Tunde-Sanya and I am dual-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. Who specializes in prescribing medication to children and adults. With a deep understanding of pharmacology and psychological conditions, I can carefully evaluate patients' needs and provide them with appropriate treatment options. By staying up-to-date with the latest research and advancements in the field, I strive to offer the best possible care to my patients, ensuring their well-being and optimal health outcomes.
Hello, I am Ogo Tunde-Sanya and I am dual-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. Who specializes in prescribing medication to children and adults. With a deep understanding of pharmacology and psychological conditions, I can carefully evaluate patients' needs and provide them with appropriate treatment options. By staying up-to-date with the latest research and advancements in the field, I strive to offer the best possible care to my patients, ensuring their well-being and optimal health outcomes.
(301) 750-9346 View (301) 750-9346
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Cholet Kelly Josué
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707
**Accepting new clients.** Each person is unique in their cultural and social background. I take time to understand the whole person and treat patients with an individual, integrative approach, using both medication and other evidence-based strategies (including brain/behavioral modification tools). I also offer cannabis certifications in compliance with MMCC. I see children, adolescents, and adults and have been practicing medicine in the DMV for 12 years. I have specialized training in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Shepherd-Pratt. I treat gaming, social media addiction.
**Accepting new clients.** Each person is unique in their cultural and social background. I take time to understand the whole person and treat patients with an individual, integrative approach, using both medication and other evidence-based strategies (including brain/behavioral modification tools). I also offer cannabis certifications in compliance with MMCC. I see children, adolescents, and adults and have been practicing medicine in the DMV for 12 years. I have specialized training in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Shepherd-Pratt. I treat gaming, social media addiction.
(240) 202-3916 View (240) 202-3916
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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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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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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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Dr. Uchenna Obichere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20708
Hello! I am Dr. Uchenna Obichere, a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland and a Board-Certified FNP with over 30 years of clinical experience in the clinical arena. I obtained my BSN degree and Master of Science-Family Nurse Practitioner from Bowie State University, a PMHNP Degree from the University of Massachusetts Global, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice-Executive Leadership from Grand Canyon University. I have worked as a clinician in outpatient, inpatient, and telehealth settings. I utilize evidence-based treatment strategies to provide individualized patient care.
Hello! I am Dr. Uchenna Obichere, a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland and a Board-Certified FNP with over 30 years of clinical experience in the clinical arena. I obtained my BSN degree and Master of Science-Family Nurse Practitioner from Bowie State University, a PMHNP Degree from the University of Massachusetts Global, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice-Executive Leadership from Grand Canyon University. I have worked as a clinician in outpatient, inpatient, and telehealth settings. I utilize evidence-based treatment strategies to provide individualized patient care.
(240) 698-2208 View (240) 698-2208
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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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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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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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Dr. Amanda Felix
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20725  (Online Only)
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AGES 6 & ABOVE WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** Living with mental health conditions can be overwhelming. I understand all too well that the stigma of mental health can get in your way of seeking help. Even our own stigma may make us minimize or convince ourselves that everything is fine. But deciding to take charge of your mental health is an important decision to help you live a more fulfilling life.
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AGES 6 & ABOVE WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** Living with mental health conditions can be overwhelming. I understand all too well that the stigma of mental health can get in your way of seeking help. Even our own stigma may make us minimize or convince ourselves that everything is fine. But deciding to take charge of your mental health is an important decision to help you live a more fulfilling life.
(240) 698-2895 View (240) 698-2895
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Anew Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW patients -appointments available within 1 week- Visit our website and BOOK online. We serve the state of Maryland via telepsychiatry. Utilizing a patient centered approach, we listen to your concerns and develop a treatment plan in partnership with you. Whether you chose an integrative or conventional approach, our practitioners honor each patients individuality and preferences in determining which strategies will be most beneficial to achieve optimal mental wellness, not just the absence of symptoms.
Accepting NEW patients -appointments available within 1 week- Visit our website and BOOK online. We serve the state of Maryland via telepsychiatry. Utilizing a patient centered approach, we listen to your concerns and develop a treatment plan in partnership with you. Whether you chose an integrative or conventional approach, our practitioners honor each patients individuality and preferences in determining which strategies will be most beneficial to achieve optimal mental wellness, not just the absence of symptoms.
(443) 247-0411 View (443) 247-0411
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Mattdivine healthcare and wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20708  (Online Only)
Ogochukwu Enyi is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing as a Psychiatric lead nurse in an acute inpatient Psychiatric facility for the past 7 years. She started as a nurse in other areas of nursing before finding her passion in a Psychiatric facility. She has been practicing as a psychiatric nurse for the past seven years and she recognize that it is important to continuously enhance her knowledge in the breadth and complexity of psychiatric illnesses.
Ogochukwu Enyi is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing as a Psychiatric lead nurse in an acute inpatient Psychiatric facility for the past 7 years. She started as a nurse in other areas of nursing before finding her passion in a Psychiatric facility. She has been practicing as a psychiatric nurse for the past seven years and she recognize that it is important to continuously enhance her knowledge in the breadth and complexity of psychiatric illnesses.
(301) 781-7448 View (301) 781-7448
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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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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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Abelina Maldonado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20707
Hello! I'm Abelina. Taking the first step in seeking mental help guidance can be overwhelming for some. Whether you need assistance during a temporary situation, have the desire to restart a treatment plan, or just want someone to talk to, making the first step was the best decision! You did it & congratulations!
Hello! I'm Abelina. Taking the first step in seeking mental help guidance can be overwhelming for some. Whether you need assistance during a temporary situation, have the desire to restart a treatment plan, or just want someone to talk to, making the first step was the best decision! You did it & congratulations!
(410) 406-6762 View (410) 406-6762
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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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Constantine Lewko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20708
Hi, my name is Constantine Lewko, I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 10 years of experience working with patients and families from adolescents to geriatrics with various mental health illnesses. I treat patients with ADHD, Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Psychotic Disorders. Mental Health illness is difficult for you as the patient, and it is as difficult for family and friends watching your loved one suffer. I am talking to you by experience due to my own family mental health struggles, but with the right provider who is willing to listen, remission is achievable. Let's work together.
Hi, my name is Constantine Lewko, I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 10 years of experience working with patients and families from adolescents to geriatrics with various mental health illnesses. I treat patients with ADHD, Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Psychotic Disorders. Mental Health illness is difficult for you as the patient, and it is as difficult for family and friends watching your loved one suffer. I am talking to you by experience due to my own family mental health struggles, but with the right provider who is willing to listen, remission is achievable. Let's work together.
(240) 540-5704 View (240) 540-5704
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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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Laurel, MD

50+

Average cost per session

$180

Psychiatrists in Laurel, MD who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
93% Depression
88% ADHD
88% Bipolar Disorder
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% Medication Management
72% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Optum
88% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Laurel, MD see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% 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.