Psychiatrists in Leonardtown, MD

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MEM Scepter Home & Behavioral Health Care, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Leonardtown, MD 20650
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Been in health care for over 15 years. I have extensive experience treating clients with various psychiatric conditions in acute and chronic stages and medication assisted treatment (MAT) including but not limited to mood disorder, depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, bipolar disorder schizophrenia, and neurocognitive disorders. Initial Mental Health Evaluation, Medication Management, Suboxone and Vivitrol Provider, and a provider to children as well.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Been in health care for over 15 years. I have extensive experience treating clients with various psychiatric conditions in acute and chronic stages and medication assisted treatment (MAT) including but not limited to mood disorder, depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, bipolar disorder schizophrenia, and neurocognitive disorders. Initial Mental Health Evaluation, Medication Management, Suboxone and Vivitrol Provider, and a provider to children as well.
(202) 644-1314 View (202) 644-1314
CareMind Health
Psychiatrist, PMHNP, LCSW, LCPC, PA-C
Verified Verified
Leonardtown, MD 20650  (Online Only)
CareMind Health is redefining the service of psychiatry and transforming behavioral health care. As a patient-centered organization, we are focused on supporting people with their mental health. We create access to convenient, high quality services delivered by compassionate and skilled clinicians. Our goal is to provide our clients with an exceptional experience that improves overall wellbeing, and restores the foundations of healthy living.
CareMind Health is redefining the service of psychiatry and transforming behavioral health care. As a patient-centered organization, we are focused on supporting people with their mental health. We create access to convenient, high quality services delivered by compassionate and skilled clinicians. Our goal is to provide our clients with an exceptional experience that improves overall wellbeing, and restores the foundations of healthy living.
(301) 825-5004 View (301) 825-5004
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Amy Grammas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, RN, MS
Verified Verified
Leonardtown, MD 20650  (Online Only)
Amy Grammas is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that has over 20 years’ experience in the mental health field. She received her post-Master’s certificate in psychiatric mental health from The University of Maryland, School of Nursing and has a Master's degree from Loyola College in Clinical Psychology. She performs thorough psychiatric evaluations that may be required by other institutions, providers medication management, and is a licensed medical marijuana provider.
Amy Grammas is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that has over 20 years’ experience in the mental health field. She received her post-Master’s certificate in psychiatric mental health from The University of Maryland, School of Nursing and has a Master's degree from Loyola College in Clinical Psychology. She performs thorough psychiatric evaluations that may be required by other institutions, providers medication management, and is a licensed medical marijuana provider.
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Zitel Healthcare Services Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Do you experience mood swings, depression, and anxiety that interferes with your daily life and work life? Have you been lacking interest in activities once enjoyed or do you feel anxious in every situation. A mood disorder presents in many forms and requires treatment. At Zitel Healthcare Services where your mental health matters, we provide patient-centered care with holistic approach to treatment in person or with confidential Telepsychiatry sessions in state of Maryland.
Do you experience mood swings, depression, and anxiety that interferes with your daily life and work life? Have you been lacking interest in activities once enjoyed or do you feel anxious in every situation. A mood disorder presents in many forms and requires treatment. At Zitel Healthcare Services where your mental health matters, we provide patient-centered care with holistic approach to treatment in person or with confidential Telepsychiatry sessions in state of Maryland.
(301) 205-5871 View (301) 205-5871

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Living Water Mental Health and Counseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
California, MD 20619  (Online Only)
Do you have triggers connecting to your past trauma? Are these traumatic events taking over your everyday life and relationships? Do you find yourself behaving in a manner that does not represent who you are? Now might be the time to connect with a provider who can help. Let us work together to develop a plan to help you live a life with purpose. While I employ several psychotherapy techniques, my area of expertise lies in spiritually integrated psychotherapy and trauma-informed therapy.
Do you have triggers connecting to your past trauma? Are these traumatic events taking over your everyday life and relationships? Do you find yourself behaving in a manner that does not represent who you are? Now might be the time to connect with a provider who can help. Let us work together to develop a plan to help you live a life with purpose. While I employ several psychotherapy techniques, my area of expertise lies in spiritually integrated psychotherapy and trauma-informed therapy.
(410) 584-3047 View (410) 584-3047

Online Psychiatrists

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Cameron Williams
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21210
Many people struggle with persistently low moods or high anxieties. Such problems can go on for decades and lead to less-than-ideal coping mechanisms. Often such troubles affect important relationships and life goals, which furthers the suffering of the individual. Along the way, people acquire diagnoses like depression, generalized anxiety, addictive disorders, personality disorders, trauma disorders, eating disorders, etc. They may also collect prescription medications that are supposed to help, yet provide inadequate relief. My aim is to provide a custom-built, integrative and cohesive treatment for individuals.
Many people struggle with persistently low moods or high anxieties. Such problems can go on for decades and lead to less-than-ideal coping mechanisms. Often such troubles affect important relationships and life goals, which furthers the suffering of the individual. Along the way, people acquire diagnoses like depression, generalized anxiety, addictive disorders, personality disorders, trauma disorders, eating disorders, etc. They may also collect prescription medications that are supposed to help, yet provide inadequate relief. My aim is to provide a custom-built, integrative and cohesive treatment for individuals.
(443) 241-8904 View (443) 241-8904
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Sharon Pugh
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21286  (Online Only)
I believe one of the most important ways a medical clinician can support others with mental health challenges is by first creating a trusting and comfortable connection with patients. Healing begins with patients feeling welcome, safe, and heard.
I believe one of the most important ways a medical clinician can support others with mental health challenges is by first creating a trusting and comfortable connection with patients. Healing begins with patients feeling welcome, safe, and heard.
(410) 784-4688 View (410) 784-4688
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Opemipo Ogeyingbo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, CRNP, MD
Verified Verified
Millersville, MD 21108  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Ogeyingbo; I have over a decade of experience working as a registered nurse, and I am an ECFMG-certified physician currently working as a Psychiatric nurse practitioner. I share a unique bonding with my clients and value working with them as a team.
I am Dr. Ogeyingbo; I have over a decade of experience working as a registered nurse, and I am an ECFMG-certified physician currently working as a Psychiatric nurse practitioner. I share a unique bonding with my clients and value working with them as a team.
(410) 973-7591 View (410) 973-7591
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John Devine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21218  (Online Only)
During my last 10 years of practice, mental health means adjusting to life’s changes and challenges in an emotionally healthy way. Mental health means overcoming barriers to activate our highest self and being emotionally in touch and stable. Mental health is a balance in our quality of life: work, love, spiritual, and leisure aspects, while working to accomplish our goals. Mental health is a daily practice that establishes a positive routine and a lifestyle that optimizes lasting joy.
During my last 10 years of practice, mental health means adjusting to life’s changes and challenges in an emotionally healthy way. Mental health means overcoming barriers to activate our highest self and being emotionally in touch and stable. Mental health is a balance in our quality of life: work, love, spiritual, and leisure aspects, while working to accomplish our goals. Mental health is a daily practice that establishes a positive routine and a lifestyle that optimizes lasting joy.
(410) 883-7014 View (410) 883-7014
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Pavan Nath Segal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814  (Online Only)
I pride myself on being a caring, compassionate, and highly skilled psychiatrist. I am committed to understanding each patient and his or her unique situation. Furthermore, I utilize the most contemporary treatments available in mental healthcare to effectively treat my patients and bring about positive change in their lives. My particular areas of expertise include working with children, adolescents, and young adults. I am board certified in both child and adolescent psychiatry and general adult psychiatry. I have served as the medical director for psychiatric services at a number of the largest psychiatric centers in the nation.
I pride myself on being a caring, compassionate, and highly skilled psychiatrist. I am committed to understanding each patient and his or her unique situation. Furthermore, I utilize the most contemporary treatments available in mental healthcare to effectively treat my patients and bring about positive change in their lives. My particular areas of expertise include working with children, adolescents, and young adults. I am board certified in both child and adolescent psychiatry and general adult psychiatry. I have served as the medical director for psychiatric services at a number of the largest psychiatric centers in the nation.
(240) 453-4739 View (240) 453-4739
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Diana Pieterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Randallstown, MD 21133
I am delighted that you are considering mental health treatment. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years over 10 years of nursing experience. I am passionate about helping individuals cope with their everyday challenges. I conduct psychiatric evaluation and with your help, we will develop a treatment plan that may include medication to help manage your symptoms. I work closely with your therapist and other mental health specialist to help you on your journey of healing and recovery.
I am delighted that you are considering mental health treatment. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years over 10 years of nursing experience. I am passionate about helping individuals cope with their everyday challenges. I conduct psychiatric evaluation and with your help, we will develop a treatment plan that may include medication to help manage your symptoms. I work closely with your therapist and other mental health specialist to help you on your journey of healing and recovery.
(410) 970-3834 View (410) 970-3834
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Chioma Iroegbu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707
Hi! My name is Chioma Snowbird Iroegbu. I am a highly skilled and experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) licensed in the states of Maryland, Delaware, & Virginia. I am compassionate & dedicated to making a positive impact on the mental well-being of my patients. I am dedicated to fostering healing & hope in the lives of those with mental health issues. I believe in the power of faith to contribute to healing and recovery.
Hi! My name is Chioma Snowbird Iroegbu. I am a highly skilled and experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) licensed in the states of Maryland, Delaware, & Virginia. I am compassionate & dedicated to making a positive impact on the mental well-being of my patients. I am dedicated to fostering healing & hope in the lives of those with mental health issues. I believe in the power of faith to contribute to healing and recovery.
(240) 202-2729 View (240) 202-2729
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Chivic Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, MSN
Verified 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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Dr. Jaymie Fields
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21218  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Dr. Fields and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I obtained my doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh & studied behavioral health and psychiatry at the University of Virginia.
Hello! My name is Dr. Fields and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I obtained my doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh & studied behavioral health and psychiatry at the University of Virginia.
(410) 584-3629 View (410) 584-3629
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David E Scharff
Psychiatrist, MD, FABP
Verified Verified
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
I'm a psychoanalyst who works with adults, children, couples and families, and have a subspecialty in sexual difficulties. I have taught and written about issues across many areas of the life cycle, and am probably best known for my treatment and teaching about couple and family difficulties. Although I am a psychiatrist, I only prescribe for patients I treat with psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
I'm a psychoanalyst who works with adults, children, couples and families, and have a subspecialty in sexual difficulties. I have taught and written about issues across many areas of the life cycle, and am probably best known for my treatment and teaching about couple and family difficulties. Although I am a psychiatrist, I only prescribe for patients I treat with psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
(240) 209-9657 View (240) 209-9657
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Mimi Tyson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20852
Mimi Tyson is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Maryland and the District of Colombia. Mimi Tyson is accepting new clients for telehealth and in-person sessions. She can prescribe psychiatric medications and provide therapy. She strives to provide quality services to individuals struggling with mental health disorders. She has experience serving individuals with diverse psychiatric conditions, including mood disorders, thought disorders, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and substance use disorders.
Mimi Tyson is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Maryland and the District of Colombia. Mimi Tyson is accepting new clients for telehealth and in-person sessions. She can prescribe psychiatric medications and provide therapy. She strives to provide quality services to individuals struggling with mental health disorders. She has experience serving individuals with diverse psychiatric conditions, including mood disorders, thought disorders, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and substance use disorders.
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
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Sara Hayden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Easton, MD 21601  (Online Only)
Now accepting new clients for telehealth! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a doctorate degree in nursing practice. I bring together the art and science of psychiatry, nursing, and complementary therapies to provide patient-centered, personalized care that addresses not only the symptoms of mental disorders, but also the unique needs and aspirations of each individual. I approach my practice with a dedication to recognizing and addressing the root causes of mental health challenges, striving to empower individuals on their path to recovery and optimal mental health.
Now accepting new clients for telehealth! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a doctorate degree in nursing practice. I bring together the art and science of psychiatry, nursing, and complementary therapies to provide patient-centered, personalized care that addresses not only the symptoms of mental disorders, but also the unique needs and aspirations of each individual. I approach my practice with a dedication to recognizing and addressing the root causes of mental health challenges, striving to empower individuals on their path to recovery and optimal mental health.
(667) 868-0372 View (667) 868-0372
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Nadimire Jules-Dole
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ellicott City, MD 21042
I help children, adolescents, and adults achieve optimal mental health and well-being using a holistic approach. You deserve the best and I strive to work with you to provide exceptional service that is guided by science, compassion, and hope. I treat the whole person combining holistic techniques including nutritional supplements, herbal/plant-based medicine, laboratory testing, mind-body medicine with traditional psychiatric modalities like psychotropic medication and psychotherapy.
I help children, adolescents, and adults achieve optimal mental health and well-being using a holistic approach. You deserve the best and I strive to work with you to provide exceptional service that is guided by science, compassion, and hope. I treat the whole person combining holistic techniques including nutritional supplements, herbal/plant-based medicine, laboratory testing, mind-body medicine with traditional psychiatric modalities like psychotropic medication and psychotherapy.
(410) 346-9348 View (410) 346-9348
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BISAK Healthcare Systems, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21202
Are you struggling with mental health concerns with ongoing signs and symptoms that cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function? Are you experiencing extreme mood changes, agitation, not being yourself, lack of sleep, lack of motivation, feeling sad, detachment from reality, excessive anger, lack of concentration, or suicidal thoughts? Are you finding it hard to hold a job or live the kind of life you envisage for yourself? Are you noticing life is difficult to live as others around you? If your answers are yes, then I can help you.
Are you struggling with mental health concerns with ongoing signs and symptoms that cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function? Are you experiencing extreme mood changes, agitation, not being yourself, lack of sleep, lack of motivation, feeling sad, detachment from reality, excessive anger, lack of concentration, or suicidal thoughts? Are you finding it hard to hold a job or live the kind of life you envisage for yourself? Are you noticing life is difficult to live as others around you? If your answers are yes, then I can help you.
(410) 970-3784 View (410) 970-3784
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Transformation Healthcare INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP-BC, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21212
Hello, welcome! I am Francis, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with great passion for what I do. I provide Comprehensive Client-Focused Mental Health care to individuals and their families. I use a holistic approach when formulating your treatment plan because medication may not always be needed to address your mental health needs. On a personal note, I enjoy family time and watching soccer, basketball and football - my favorite football team is Tennessee Titans.
Hello, welcome! I am Francis, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with great passion for what I do. I provide Comprehensive Client-Focused Mental Health care to individuals and their families. I use a holistic approach when formulating your treatment plan because medication may not always be needed to address your mental health needs. On a personal note, I enjoy family time and watching soccer, basketball and football - my favorite football team is Tennessee Titans.
(410) 936-3186 View (410) 936-3186

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Leonardtown, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in Leonardtown, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% CareFirst

How Psychiatrists in Leonardtown, MD see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Leonardtown?

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.