Psychiatrists in Lutherville Timonium, MD

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Azim Shahsavar M D
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
Dr. Shahsavar is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General as well as Addiction psychiatry. Dr. Shahsavar completed his psychiatry residency training at the Department of Mental Health, St. Elizabeths hospital in Washington, DC. He also completed an addiction fellowship at Yale University, School of Medicine. Presently, He is in private practice in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to starting his private practice, Dr. Shahsavar was working at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Towson, MD where he continues to have the hospital Privilage.
Dr. Shahsavar is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General as well as Addiction psychiatry. Dr. Shahsavar completed his psychiatry residency training at the Department of Mental Health, St. Elizabeths hospital in Washington, DC. He also completed an addiction fellowship at Yale University, School of Medicine. Presently, He is in private practice in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to starting his private practice, Dr. Shahsavar was working at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Towson, MD where he continues to have the hospital Privilage.
(443) 396-2430 View (443) 396-2430
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MNC Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093  (Online Only)
My name is Dr. Michael Nwandu. Dedicated, highly motivated psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have a wide range of medication management experience across the lifespan, including ADHD, eating disorders, substance use disorders, OCD, mood disorders and personality disorders. I believe successful medication management is based on open communication between myself and you. Strong focus on listening to you and addressing your concerns and answering all your questions.
My name is Dr. Michael Nwandu. Dedicated, highly motivated psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have a wide range of medication management experience across the lifespan, including ADHD, eating disorders, substance use disorders, OCD, mood disorders and personality disorders. I believe successful medication management is based on open communication between myself and you. Strong focus on listening to you and addressing your concerns and answering all your questions.
(410) 896-6805 View (410) 896-6805
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Christine Kalu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
Are you a teenager who is feeling sad or lonely? Or do you have school-age children struggling with anxiety and low self-esteem? With a deep passion for helping children and teenagers navigate the complexities of mental health issues, I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner who provides comprehensive care that encompasses both pharmacological interventions and psychotherapeutic approaches.
Are you a teenager who is feeling sad or lonely? Or do you have school-age children struggling with anxiety and low self-esteem? With a deep passion for helping children and teenagers navigate the complexities of mental health issues, I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner who provides comprehensive care that encompasses both pharmacological interventions and psychotherapeutic approaches.
(443) 998-9196 View (443) 998-9196
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Tamara Pottillo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC, CCM
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093  (Online Only)
Welcome to a new era of mental health treatment! Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, interpersonal struggles or other mental health concerns? Do you feel like traditional therapy hasn't provided the relief you need. My clinical practice focuses on consultation, evaluation, and treatment selection; that includes psychotherapy, lab evaluation, medical rule-out, and pharmacotherapy when necessary for patients ages 6-60 years old . Call today to schedule an appointment and embark on a transformative journey towards improved mental health.
Welcome to a new era of mental health treatment! Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, interpersonal struggles or other mental health concerns? Do you feel like traditional therapy hasn't provided the relief you need. My clinical practice focuses on consultation, evaluation, and treatment selection; that includes psychotherapy, lab evaluation, medical rule-out, and pharmacotherapy when necessary for patients ages 6-60 years old . Call today to schedule an appointment and embark on a transformative journey towards improved mental health.
(410) 734-5091 View (410) 734-5091
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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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LivingWaters Integrative Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
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. They are well-experienced in providing behavioral health support for various disorders which may include medications and therapy sessions. This journey is client-driven and we feel honored when clients invite us to be a part of their journey to renew and restore their mental health. We will not only treat your current and existing mental health conditions, but we will also 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. They are well-experienced in providing behavioral health support for various disorders which may include medications and therapy sessions. This journey is client-driven and we feel honored when clients invite us to be a part of their journey to renew and restore their mental health. We will not only treat your current and existing mental health conditions, but we will also educate you on different ways to prevent other mental health conditions from occurring.
(410) 672-7028 View (410) 672-7028
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Sara Vieweg Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
I provide talk therapy and medication management, as needed. Together, we can learn about how your mind works and put words to feelings that you have. We can also work to identify patterns which may be holding you back and potential shifts which may improve your feelings of efficacy. As you increase your self-understanding, you can find a deeper sense of purpose in your life and more meaningful connections in social and professional relationships. I also provide a sliding scale fee for an intensive talk therapy.
I provide talk therapy and medication management, as needed. Together, we can learn about how your mind works and put words to feelings that you have. We can also work to identify patterns which may be holding you back and potential shifts which may improve your feelings of efficacy. As you increase your self-understanding, you can find a deeper sense of purpose in your life and more meaningful connections in social and professional relationships. I also provide a sliding scale fee for an intensive talk therapy.
(410) 575-1761 View (410) 575-1761
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Betty Githuku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
My philosophy is centered around partnering with my patients in their healing journey, and I strongly believe that our mental health is the foundation of our overall being. When we prioritize our mental health, other aspects of our lives can thrive accordingly. That's why I practice a holistic approach to mental health with a personalized plan for each patient. My goal is to provide compassionate and judgment-free care to all of my patients. We strive to ensure that you feel comfortable, supported, and important throughout your treatment. If you're looking for a partner in your mental health journey, I'm here to help.
My philosophy is centered around partnering with my patients in their healing journey, and I strongly believe that our mental health is the foundation of our overall being. When we prioritize our mental health, other aspects of our lives can thrive accordingly. That's why I practice a holistic approach to mental health with a personalized plan for each patient. My goal is to provide compassionate and judgment-free care to all of my patients. We strive to ensure that you feel comfortable, supported, and important throughout your treatment. If you're looking for a partner in your mental health journey, I'm here to help.
(443) 785-3064 View (443) 785-3064
Celebramed LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
Our mental health issues are too frequently misdiagnosed when we fail to look an individual as a “whole”.  Only with a true integrative approach, that is client centered that a return to optimal status can be achieved. As your provider, I will be your partner in this healing process. I take a conservative approach to medication management and strive to help clients consistently function at their best.
Our mental health issues are too frequently misdiagnosed when we fail to look an individual as a “whole”.  Only with a true integrative approach, that is client centered that a return to optimal status can be achieved. As your provider, I will be your partner in this healing process. I take a conservative approach to medication management and strive to help clients consistently function at their best.
(410) 936-5849 View (410) 936-5849
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Elizabeth Omopariola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093  (Online Only)
I am a compassionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with a deep commitment to providing holistic and person-centered mental health care. With over 5 years of experience in the mental health field, I have developed a profound understanding of the complexities of mental health and the impact it has on individuals' lives. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I possess a unique blend of nursing expertise and advanced psychiatric knowledge.Through a comprehensive and collaborative approach, I strive to deliver exceptional care that addresses both the physical and emotional aspect. I am licensed in Maryland and Washington DC
I am a compassionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with a deep commitment to providing holistic and person-centered mental health care. With over 5 years of experience in the mental health field, I have developed a profound understanding of the complexities of mental health and the impact it has on individuals' lives. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I possess a unique blend of nursing expertise and advanced psychiatric knowledge.Through a comprehensive and collaborative approach, I strive to deliver exceptional care that addresses both the physical and emotional aspect. I am licensed in Maryland and Washington DC
(667) 222-1909 View (667) 222-1909
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Charlotte Coates-Wilkes
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
I have a deep interest in helping you explore all aspects of your life-emotional,physical and spiritual. It is my belief that such an exploration will result in a conviction that it is your life that you are living, that it is you that is living it and no one else. It will help you feel that it is you that is in charge of your life and no one else.
I have a deep interest in helping you explore all aspects of your life-emotional,physical and spiritual. It is my belief that such an exploration will result in a conviction that it is your life that you are living, that it is you that is living it and no one else. It will help you feel that it is you that is in charge of your life and no one else.
(410) 449-4915 View (410) 449-4915
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Ranen Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
After training at Hopkins and then serving as full-time staff/faculty at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for many years, I am now in private practice where I treat a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, irritability, OCD, mood swings, Bipolar, and life stressors. I am double Board-Certified, and both a Psychopharmacologist (medication expert) and Psychotherapist (using Cognitive-Behavioral therapy and other approaches). You deserve expertise, compassion, and a holistic approach to understanding you and your circumstances.
After training at Hopkins and then serving as full-time staff/faculty at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for many years, I am now in private practice where I treat a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, irritability, OCD, mood swings, Bipolar, and life stressors. I am double Board-Certified, and both a Psychopharmacologist (medication expert) and Psychotherapist (using Cognitive-Behavioral therapy and other approaches). You deserve expertise, compassion, and a holistic approach to understanding you and your circumstances.
(410) 413-2145 View (410) 413-2145
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Kristin Mary Sorensen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
I appreciate the opportunity to work with children, adolescent and adult clients. I see clients via a privacy protected telemedicine-video conferencing platform (Telemedicine) and in person if preferred. I welcome those who are feeling down, anxious, having difficulty focusing or controlling behavior and those who are concerned with alcohol and drug use. If you have longstanding psychiatric concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, attention deficit and addictions, I will conduct a thorough review of medication and hospitalization history and together, we will create a unique plan of care for you.
I appreciate the opportunity to work with children, adolescent and adult clients. I see clients via a privacy protected telemedicine-video conferencing platform (Telemedicine) and in person if preferred. I welcome those who are feeling down, anxious, having difficulty focusing or controlling behavior and those who are concerned with alcohol and drug use. If you have longstanding psychiatric concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, attention deficit and addictions, I will conduct a thorough review of medication and hospitalization history and together, we will create a unique plan of care for you.
(218) 228-8910 View (218) 228-8910
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Lisa Kebejian
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice in Towson. My practice emphasizes a collaborative process of exploration and understanding. I would seek to help you to understand yourself better, including your feelings and conflicts that may drive behaviors or get in the way. I believe that insight has the potential to lead to change. I see adults who may seek treatment for symptoms of depression or anxiety, for support as they work through life transitions or stressors in their lives, or for a variety of other reasons.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice in Towson. My practice emphasizes a collaborative process of exploration and understanding. I would seek to help you to understand yourself better, including your feelings and conflicts that may drive behaviors or get in the way. I believe that insight has the potential to lead to change. I see adults who may seek treatment for symptoms of depression or anxiety, for support as they work through life transitions or stressors in their lives, or for a variety of other reasons.
(443) 991-8515 View (443) 991-8515
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Michelle L. Briggs, Nurse Practitioner, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner with 30 years experience in the field. I am a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland Schools of Nursing. I have practiced in inpatient, emergency room, mobile crisis, home care, day hospital, and out patient settings. I am licensed to provide psychiatric evaluation, medication management and psychotherapy to ages 16 and over. I have specialized in geriatric, adult and young adult , substance misuse, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, adoption, grief, gender identity and family crisis. I recently became certified as a psychedelic assisted therapist.
I am a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner with 30 years experience in the field. I am a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland Schools of Nursing. I have practiced in inpatient, emergency room, mobile crisis, home care, day hospital, and out patient settings. I am licensed to provide psychiatric evaluation, medication management and psychotherapy to ages 16 and over. I have specialized in geriatric, adult and young adult , substance misuse, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, adoption, grief, gender identity and family crisis. I recently became certified as a psychedelic assisted therapist.
(443) 241-5272 View (443) 241-5272
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Brittany Ullman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
Brittany Ullman is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Throughout her years of experience, she faced numerous situations where understanding and recognizing a patient’s mental health was essential. Brittany has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their families. Her mission is to help and advocate for patients who struggle to be heard and understood, and to manage their treatment with empathy and compassion. In addition to her practical experience, Brittany has a unique ability to connect with individuals, a capacity to understand them, and the empathy to meet them where they are.
Brittany Ullman is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Throughout her years of experience, she faced numerous situations where understanding and recognizing a patient’s mental health was essential. Brittany has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their families. Her mission is to help and advocate for patients who struggle to be heard and understood, and to manage their treatment with empathy and compassion. In addition to her practical experience, Brittany has a unique ability to connect with individuals, a capacity to understand them, and the empathy to meet them where they are.
(443) 323-1821 View (443) 323-1821
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Sara Bortner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
Dr. Sara Bortner is a native of Maryland and earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Maryland. She received her BSN from Towson University. Sara originally started her career as a Registered Nurse at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and COVID-19 relief efforts. Sara is board certified and is trained across the lifespan including, pediatrics and adults, to treat various mental health disorders.
Dr. Sara Bortner is a native of Maryland and earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Maryland. She received her BSN from Towson University. Sara originally started her career as a Registered Nurse at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and COVID-19 relief efforts. Sara is board certified and is trained across the lifespan including, pediatrics and adults, to treat various mental health disorders.
(443) 708-5856 View (443) 708-5856
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Carli Ruffner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and medication management for individuals across the lifespan. My diverse professional background includes roles as a bedside nurse, a clinical instructor for undergraduate nursing students, and experience in school-based settings, as well as, both inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities.
I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and medication management for individuals across the lifespan. My diverse professional background includes roles as a bedside nurse, a clinical instructor for undergraduate nursing students, and experience in school-based settings, as well as, both inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities.
(443) 323-2449 View (443) 323-2449
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Gladstone Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatrist, LCSW, MD, CRNP
Verified Verified
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
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

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Susan Ouellette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204
I have worked in healthcare for over forty years, twenty of which working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I love working with folks of all ages with short and long-term mental and physical conditions. I also enjoy helping those who are going through a rough patch that, as we all know, life tends to throw unexpectedly. I recognize that staying healthy requires a more complex treatment plan than simply prescribing a pill; although I can do that, I also offer tools to help you communicate, to feel better about yourself and your life, and to find your purpose and what brings you true, internal happiness.
I have worked in healthcare for over forty years, twenty of which working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I love working with folks of all ages with short and long-term mental and physical conditions. I also enjoy helping those who are going through a rough patch that, as we all know, life tends to throw unexpectedly. I recognize that staying healthy requires a more complex treatment plan than simply prescribing a pill; although I can do that, I also offer tools to help you communicate, to feel better about yourself and your life, and to find your purpose and what brings you true, internal happiness.
(443) 665-8173 View (443) 665-8173

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lutherville Timonium, MD

10+

Average cost per session

$240

Psychiatrists in Lutherville Timonium, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
84% ADHD
79% Trauma and PTSD
79% Bipolar Disorder
79% Medication Management
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Aetna
93% Cigna and Evernorth
87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Lutherville Timonium, MD see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lutherville Timonium?

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.