Psychiatrists in Lexington Park, MD

Photo of Dana Foster - Fostered Healthcare, LLC, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Fostered Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Lexington Park, MD 20653  (Online Only)
NOTE: Self-Pay (Cash/Credit Card) Patients Only
NOTE: Self-Pay (Cash/Credit Card) Patients Only
(240) 624-9294 View (240) 624-9294
Photo of Umaru Labay-Kamara - Axios Behavioral Health, Psychiatrist
Axios Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Dr Umaru Labay-Kamara, popularly called” Dr Kamara” by his patients is trained as a Medical Doctor with specialty in Psychiatry. He studied and completed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences School of medicine. He has been practicing Medicine for the past 20 years. He has been a staff psychiatrist and Medical Director at QCI Behavioral Health serving patients in Prince George’s, Calvert, St Mary’s and Charles County. He was recently awarded a Dedicated Service award for his dedication and service to his patients by the Prince George’s Department of Health. He is a member of APA and AACP
Dr Umaru Labay-Kamara, popularly called” Dr Kamara” by his patients is trained as a Medical Doctor with specialty in Psychiatry. He studied and completed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences School of medicine. He has been practicing Medicine for the past 20 years. He has been a staff psychiatrist and Medical Director at QCI Behavioral Health serving patients in Prince George’s, Calvert, St Mary’s and Charles County. He was recently awarded a Dedicated Service award for his dedication and service to his patients by the Prince George’s Department of Health. He is a member of APA and AACP
(240) 349-7033 View (240) 349-7033
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Maura Constance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, PMHNP, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lexington Park, MD 20653
I am a warm, compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner devoted to helping people overcome difficulties and thrive. I employ a humanistic approach that looks at the whole person to understand how elements in the past and factors in the present environment can contribute to your current challenges. I listen deeply and work with you to find the right mix of evidence-based therapies and medications to address your particular needs. I have a special interest in depression, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction issues, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
I am a warm, compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner devoted to helping people overcome difficulties and thrive. I employ a humanistic approach that looks at the whole person to understand how elements in the past and factors in the present environment can contribute to your current challenges. I listen deeply and work with you to find the right mix of evidence-based therapies and medications to address your particular needs. I have a special interest in depression, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction issues, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120

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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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Gladstone Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatrist, LSCW, MD, CRNP
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046
Mental Health Care – For Everyone. At Gladstone Psychiatry, we believe everyone deserves access to high-quality mental health care. We use an individualized approach to help clients get their lives back on track. Our treatment approach is more than just medicine. Our psychiatrists work with you to provide evidence-based treatments, unique to your lifestyle and challenges. We believe in a holistic view of medicine and provide personalized care to each patient, while making it affordable, inclusive and easy to access.
Mental Health Care – For Everyone. At Gladstone Psychiatry, we believe everyone deserves access to high-quality mental health care. We use an individualized approach to help clients get their lives back on track. Our treatment approach is more than just medicine. Our psychiatrists work with you to provide evidence-based treatments, unique to your lifestyle and challenges. We believe in a holistic view of medicine and provide personalized care to each patient, while making it affordable, inclusive and easy to access.
(443) 708-5856 View (443) 708-5856
Photo of Ramona C White - Master Plan Health Concepts , FNP-BC, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Master Plan Health Concepts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Columbia, MD 21046  (Online Only)
Our practice is based on Behavioral Health Treatment that focuses on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar. We lean towards a client centered, goal focused approach that gives people tools to effectively manage stressors and difficult life circumstances. We specialize in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, substance use, depression and bipolar. We will help to restore your mental stability which can help you maintain your physical health. We are here to help you through various challenges. You don't have to do it on your own. We can help you gain control of your life with various treatment and counseling options that are available.
Our practice is based on Behavioral Health Treatment that focuses on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar. We lean towards a client centered, goal focused approach that gives people tools to effectively manage stressors and difficult life circumstances. We specialize in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, substance use, depression and bipolar. We will help to restore your mental stability which can help you maintain your physical health. We are here to help you through various challenges. You don't have to do it on your own. We can help you gain control of your life with various treatment and counseling options that are available.
(443) 241-0377 View (443) 241-0377
Photo of Nadimire Jules-Dole, MD, Psychiatrist
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
Photo of Sandra Lake, PMHNP, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sandra Lake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Dr. Lake works with people of all ages and demographics who are experiencing mental health issues and disorders. She provides more than just medication management. Dr. Lake emphasizes the use of Psycho-education and comprehensive assessments of each patient's mental health needs to best develop effective treatment strategies, including the prescribing of medication in addition to daily/weekly lifestyle changes or plans to complement medication. She collaborates with the therapists on her team to provide integrated care for her patients benefiting from both therapy and medication.
Dr. Lake works with people of all ages and demographics who are experiencing mental health issues and disorders. She provides more than just medication management. Dr. Lake emphasizes the use of Psycho-education and comprehensive assessments of each patient's mental health needs to best develop effective treatment strategies, including the prescribing of medication in addition to daily/weekly lifestyle changes or plans to complement medication. She collaborates with the therapists on her team to provide integrated care for her patients benefiting from both therapy and medication.
(410) 220-6185 View (410) 220-6185
Photo of Sarah B. Johnson, MSN, CRNP, PMH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sarah B. Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Elkton, MD 21921
Sarah B. Johnson is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in Maryland and Delaware. Her approach to care involves tailoring a plan specific to each client's unique needs and goals, through the use of medication management and psychoeducation. She believes deeply in providing clients with compassionate and empathetic care; while also empowering them with the education and knowledge, to not only better understand and become comfortable with their mental health diagnosis and treatment, but to also become active participants in the decision-making process pertaining to their individual care.
Sarah B. Johnson is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in Maryland and Delaware. Her approach to care involves tailoring a plan specific to each client's unique needs and goals, through the use of medication management and psychoeducation. She believes deeply in providing clients with compassionate and empathetic care; while also empowering them with the education and knowledge, to not only better understand and become comfortable with their mental health diagnosis and treatment, but to also become active participants in the decision-making process pertaining to their individual care.
(443) 312-2999 View (443) 312-2999
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Chi Q Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20725  (Online Only)
My name is Abria. I am here to nurture and support your well-being through therapy and medications (if needed) to unlock your strength from within. I have been in the healthcare field for over 7 years, so helping others has become my passion in life. No matter what you're going through, I'm here to help.
My name is Abria. I am here to nurture and support your well-being through therapy and medications (if needed) to unlock your strength from within. I have been in the healthcare field for over 7 years, so helping others has become my passion in life. No matter what you're going through, I'm here to help.
(202) 935-9768 View (202) 935-9768
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RoGo Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beltsville, MD 20705
Rogo Health Services offers psychiatric services to all ages. We strive to provide care that is unique and personalized to each patient. Our approach is evidence-based and holistic. Our goal is to provide quality and comprehensive care with compassion.
Rogo Health Services offers psychiatric services to all ages. We strive to provide care that is unique and personalized to each patient. Our approach is evidence-based and holistic. Our goal is to provide quality and comprehensive care with compassion.
(301) 781-6095 View (301) 781-6095
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Modinat (Ty) Fagbenro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
Are you feeling sad or lonely lately? Do you have problems with anxiety or issues with self-esteem? If you do, you may benefit from the services of our health professionals. I am well-experienced in providing behavioral health support for various disorders which may include medications and therapy sessions. This journey is client-driven, and I feel honored when clients invite me to be a part of their journey to renew and restore their mental health. I will not only treat your current and existing mental health conditions, but I will equally educate you on different ways to prevent other mental health conditions from occurring.
Are you feeling sad or lonely lately? Do you have problems with anxiety or issues with self-esteem? If you do, you may benefit from the services of our health professionals. I am well-experienced in providing behavioral health support for various disorders which may include medications and therapy sessions. This journey is client-driven, and I feel honored when clients invite me to be a part of their journey to renew and restore their mental health. I will not only treat your current and existing mental health conditions, but I will equally educate you on different ways to prevent other mental health conditions from occurring.
(410) 672-7028 View (410) 672-7028
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Yvonne McKenzie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Dr. Yvonne. Do you feel pulled in a thousand directions and not able to put it all together? Are you struggling to keep up with your responsibilities? It's time to be kind to yourself and together we will address issues and come to a manageable regimen designed for you. Whether you're dealing with feeling overwhelmed, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, I'm here to help.
Hello, I'm Dr. Yvonne. Do you feel pulled in a thousand directions and not able to put it all together? Are you struggling to keep up with your responsibilities? It's time to be kind to yourself and together we will address issues and come to a manageable regimen designed for you. Whether you're dealing with feeling overwhelmed, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, I'm here to help.
(240) 226-1997 View (240) 226-1997
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Kandice King
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Annapolis, MD 21401
Kandice King is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that specializes in working with children and adults with various struggles like depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other behavioral health concerns. She works with the patient to give them the reassurance and support they need to establish a medication regimen that helps them cope with different mental health concerns. She understands the importance of being one’s best self in today's world and works hard to customize the most effective individualized treatment plan.
Kandice King is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that specializes in working with children and adults with various struggles like depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other behavioral health concerns. She works with the patient to give them the reassurance and support they need to establish a medication regimen that helps them cope with different mental health concerns. She understands the importance of being one’s best self in today's world and works hard to customize the most effective individualized treatment plan.
(410) 936-3163 View (410) 936-3163
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Leadeth Stillwaters
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Washington, MD 20744  (Online Only)
We are accepting new clients in DC, Maryland, & Virginia through telehealth (online). Struggling with sleep, anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, grief or loss, past trauma or PTSD, self harm, impulsivity, OCD, irritability, anger, stress managements, and mood swings? Do you need medication management, prescription refill, or therapy? We can help & support you through evidence base approach treatment. We understand life gets tough, but don’t give up. With our support you can overcome the challenges that life brings. Contact us today, we can help.
We are accepting new clients in DC, Maryland, & Virginia through telehealth (online). Struggling with sleep, anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, grief or loss, past trauma or PTSD, self harm, impulsivity, OCD, irritability, anger, stress managements, and mood swings? Do you need medication management, prescription refill, or therapy? We can help & support you through evidence base approach treatment. We understand life gets tough, but don’t give up. With our support you can overcome the challenges that life brings. Contact us today, we can help.
(301) 918-5379 View (301) 918-5379
Photo of Jokotola Ayoajayi, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jokotola Ayoajayi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Annapolis, MD 21401
I am a dedicated and compassionate mental health professional with a strong background in nursing and a passion for helping individuals achieve and maintain their optimal psychological well-being. With a Bachelor of Nursing from Coppin State University, where I was honored as the Dean awardee and graduated in the top 5% of my class in 2014, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to my practice. Professional Credentials: Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
I am a dedicated and compassionate mental health professional with a strong background in nursing and a passion for helping individuals achieve and maintain their optimal psychological well-being. With a Bachelor of Nursing from Coppin State University, where I was honored as the Dean awardee and graduated in the top 5% of my class in 2014, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to my practice. Professional Credentials: Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
(410) 834-8496 View (410) 834-8496
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Abundant Healthcare Services Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner(PMHNP), I find it indispensable to have the ability to actively manage mental and physical conditions cohesively. PMHNP primary focus is promoting mental health through assessment, diagnosis, disease prevention and treatment. PMHNP are proficient in the art and science of psychotherapy. PMHNP provide comprehensive patient centered MH and psychiatric care in a variety of settings such as in-patient facilities, state psychiatric facilities, correctional facilities, MH centers and schools. PMHNP execute treatment plans by means of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapeutic interventions.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner(PMHNP), I find it indispensable to have the ability to actively manage mental and physical conditions cohesively. PMHNP primary focus is promoting mental health through assessment, diagnosis, disease prevention and treatment. PMHNP are proficient in the art and science of psychotherapy. PMHNP provide comprehensive patient centered MH and psychiatric care in a variety of settings such as in-patient facilities, state psychiatric facilities, correctional facilities, MH centers and schools. PMHNP execute treatment plans by means of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapeutic interventions.
(240) 650-9969 View (240) 650-9969
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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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Frida Fru
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Accokeek, MD 20607  (Online Only)
Frida is able to diagnose and provide treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders including bipolar, depression, anxiety, post traumatic disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, personality disorders, and more. Frida has been a Nurse Practitioner with Insight Treatment Center where her primary focus is on providing leadership in the areas of mental health, addiction treatment, patient management, clinical experience, mentoring/developing staff, and effective multi-tasking to meet organizational goals.
Frida is able to diagnose and provide treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders including bipolar, depression, anxiety, post traumatic disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, personality disorders, and more. Frida has been a Nurse Practitioner with Insight Treatment Center where her primary focus is on providing leadership in the areas of mental health, addiction treatment, patient management, clinical experience, mentoring/developing staff, and effective multi-tasking to meet organizational goals.
(301) 970-3823 View (301) 970-3823
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Mohammed Younus
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21209
If you suffer from Anxiety, Social phobia, Depression or ADHD, you are not alone, these are treatable illnesses and I have expertise to help you. Whether, you have never been treated or not totally satisfied with current treatment, there is help available. I treat Adults, Adolescents and Children
If you suffer from Anxiety, Social phobia, Depression or ADHD, you are not alone, these are treatable illnesses and I have expertise to help you. Whether, you have never been treated or not totally satisfied with current treatment, there is help available. I treat Adults, Adolescents and Children
(443) 963-3546 View (443) 963-3546

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lexington Park, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lexington Park, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
67% Addiction

Average years in practice

1 Year

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Lexington Park, MD see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lexington Park?

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.