Psychiatrists in Maryland City, MD

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Ugo O Azuewah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Maryland City, MD 20724  (Online Only)
My ideal clients are clients with depression, Anxiety, schizophrenia, mood disorder and panic attack. I will ensure that my patients understand all the pathophysiology behind their diagnoses. I will listen to every client to understand their needs, through utilizing individualized patient approach. At this practice, I understand that no two persons are the same, therefore, every one will be treated as such. We will set a measurable, realistic goal and will always reassess goals for possible change and adjustment as needed.
My ideal clients are clients with depression, Anxiety, schizophrenia, mood disorder and panic attack. I will ensure that my patients understand all the pathophysiology behind their diagnoses. I will listen to every client to understand their needs, through utilizing individualized patient approach. At this practice, I understand that no two persons are the same, therefore, every one will be treated as such. We will set a measurable, realistic goal and will always reassess goals for possible change and adjustment as needed.
(410) 609-6868 View (410) 609-6868
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APIC Health Systems
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CRNP
Verified
Maryland City, MD 20724
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS : Do you feel overwhelmed, depressed, and anxious due to life stressors? I offer a full range of services starting with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and development of collaborative treatment recommendations tailored to your specific needs. I work patiently with my patients to establish rapport, trust and develop the best medication treatment plan using the least amount of medications to best treat their symptoms. I specialize in helping children, teens and adults navigate through life challenges like ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Dementia, Bipolar Disorder.
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS : Do you feel overwhelmed, depressed, and anxious due to life stressors? I offer a full range of services starting with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and development of collaborative treatment recommendations tailored to your specific needs. I work patiently with my patients to establish rapport, trust and develop the best medication treatment plan using the least amount of medications to best treat their symptoms. I specialize in helping children, teens and adults navigate through life challenges like ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Dementia, Bipolar Disorder.
(443) 247-5063 View (443) 247-5063
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Mackay Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CRNP-PM, MSN, PHN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Maryland City, MD 20724
Dr. Angela Mackay, known to many as Dr. Mackay, completed her educational career at Walden University. While gaining clinical experience with Dr. Umaru Kamara at Axios Behavioral Health in La Plata, Southern Maryland. She has over 20 years of experience in a variety of specialties in inpatient and community healthcare settings including but not limited to psychiatry and brain injury. She was awarded Nurse of the Year by March of Dimes in 2015 as well as an individual national award by APNA in the same year. While my primary headquarters is located in MD, I have recently expanded to DC and California.
Dr. Angela Mackay, known to many as Dr. Mackay, completed her educational career at Walden University. While gaining clinical experience with Dr. Umaru Kamara at Axios Behavioral Health in La Plata, Southern Maryland. She has over 20 years of experience in a variety of specialties in inpatient and community healthcare settings including but not limited to psychiatry and brain injury. She was awarded Nurse of the Year by March of Dimes in 2015 as well as an individual national award by APNA in the same year. While my primary headquarters is located in MD, I have recently expanded to DC and California.
(410) 835-7064 View (410) 835-7064
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Dr. Vani Rao MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Maryland City, MD 20724
I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. I am also the Director of Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Fellowship program at Hopkins. In April 2013 I was inducted into the Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence. This honor is given to the physicians who are "committed to excellence in patient care". My research interest is on psychiatric aspects of Traumatic Brain Injury (Pl read Traumatized Brain: Amazon) and made significant contributions to this field. I am currently have a private practice in Washington DC. I am board certified in Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry.
I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. I am also the Director of Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Fellowship program at Hopkins. In April 2013 I was inducted into the Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence. This honor is given to the physicians who are "committed to excellence in patient care". My research interest is on psychiatric aspects of Traumatic Brain Injury (Pl read Traumatized Brain: Amazon) and made significant contributions to this field. I am currently have a private practice in Washington DC. I am board certified in Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry.
(202) 733-6502 View (202) 733-6502

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Tania Heath
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20724  (Online Only)
Hi, I am honored to be your future provider. I sincerely understand how mental and emotional struggles can negatively impact your life, and the lives of the ones you love. I am immensely passionate about improving the lives of others, therefore, my mission is to provide you with expert care that is compassionate, personalized, and effective.
Hi, I am honored to be your future provider. I sincerely understand how mental and emotional struggles can negatively impact your life, and the lives of the ones you love. I am immensely passionate about improving the lives of others, therefore, my mission is to provide you with expert care that is compassionate, personalized, and effective.
(240) 698-2902 View (240) 698-2902
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Osaze Okoro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Laurel, MD 20707
Hello there, I'm Osaze (Oh-Sah-Zeh) Okoro, or you may call me Dr. O. Do you feel like your life has become more overwhelming and difficult to manage alone, especially since the pandemic? Are you struggling to keep up with your health, relationships, and work? Do you feel like you can no longer hold it together? I am here to help!
Hello there, I'm Osaze (Oh-Sah-Zeh) Okoro, or you may call me Dr. O. Do you feel like your life has become more overwhelming and difficult to manage alone, especially since the pandemic? Are you struggling to keep up with your health, relationships, and work? Do you feel like you can no longer hold it together? I am here to help!
(410) 457-3653 View (410) 457-3653
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Valmy Fotendong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified
Laurel, MD 20707
Valmy Fotendong is an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with training in patients with psychiatric disorders all across the life span in different settings. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in nursing and master’s in nursing science with a specialization in psychiatry. Her clinical experience includes working in hospitals such as St. Elizabeths Hospital East Cemetery in Washington DC and John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Some people say the heart keeps the body alive, but She says a sound mind makes a healthy heart. She comes from a person-centered approach for no 2 minds are the
Valmy Fotendong is an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with training in patients with psychiatric disorders all across the life span in different settings. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in nursing and master’s in nursing science with a specialization in psychiatry. Her clinical experience includes working in hospitals such as St. Elizabeths Hospital East Cemetery in Washington DC and John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Some people say the heart keeps the body alive, but She says a sound mind makes a healthy heart. She comes from a person-centered approach for no 2 minds are the
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
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We Walk Together LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Laurel, MD 20707
We Walk Together LLC Behavioral and Mental Health Clinic has helped many people grow and improve mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally through psychiatric mental health care.
We Walk Together LLC Behavioral and Mental Health Clinic has helped many people grow and improve mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally through psychiatric mental health care.
(240) 607-5319 View (240) 607-5319
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K&C Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Laurel, MD 20724
Do you feel overwhelmed with life stressors and don't know what to do? Do you feel like you are in a world full of trends? Muni got you taken care of.
Do you feel overwhelmed with life stressors and don't know what to do? Do you feel like you are in a world full of trends? Muni got you taken care of.
(443) 832-6679 View (443) 832-6679
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Cona Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, MSc, MSN
Laurel, MD 20707
Yes, you are not alone as everyone experiences loss, unforeseen changes, relationship challenges, difficulty with sleep, and anxiety provoking stress that may interfere with work, self, and/or relationships. Help is available at Cona healthcare. Welcome to Cona Healthcare Health Services, where your journey to mental health and physical wellness begins. At Cona Healthcare Services, we provide virtual, physical, and mental health services at your comfort. We are always at your service to help you function at your optimum with a sound mind. Dr. Endy Okoroafor is Doctoral prepared PMHNP at University of South Alabama & Board-Certified.
Yes, you are not alone as everyone experiences loss, unforeseen changes, relationship challenges, difficulty with sleep, and anxiety provoking stress that may interfere with work, self, and/or relationships. Help is available at Cona healthcare. Welcome to Cona Healthcare Health Services, where your journey to mental health and physical wellness begins. At Cona Healthcare Services, we provide virtual, physical, and mental health services at your comfort. We are always at your service to help you function at your optimum with a sound mind. Dr. Endy Okoroafor is Doctoral prepared PMHNP at University of South Alabama & Board-Certified.
(301) 246-8005 View (301) 246-8005
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Constantine Lewko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20708
Hi, my name is Constantine Lewko, I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 10 years of experience working with patients and families from adolescents to geriatrics with various mental health illnesses. I treat patients with ADHD, Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Psychotic Disorders. Mental Health illness is difficult for you as the patient, and it is as difficult for family and friends watching your loved one suffer. I am talking to you by experience due to my own family mental health struggles, but with the right provider who is willing to listen, remission is achievable. Let's work together.
Hi, my name is Constantine Lewko, I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 10 years of experience working with patients and families from adolescents to geriatrics with various mental health illnesses. I treat patients with ADHD, Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Psychotic Disorders. Mental Health illness is difficult for you as the patient, and it is as difficult for family and friends watching your loved one suffer. I am talking to you by experience due to my own family mental health struggles, but with the right provider who is willing to listen, remission is achievable. Let's work together.
(240) 540-5704 View (240) 540-5704
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Chi Q Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
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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Jason Eliassaint
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Laurel, MD 20708
My name is Jason, I am a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), specializing in anxiety, panic disorder, depression, trauma, ADHD, bipolar disorders, and schizophrenia. My goal is to create strong and trusting relationships with my patients in order to pursue the best course of effective treatment. I have experience working with adolescents, adults, and families. My sympathetic, kindhearted, and caring approaches to each individual patients make me capable of reaching the core of each of my patients’ issues and empowers them to enhance their awareness of their potentials in dealing with treatment and recovery
My name is Jason, I am a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), specializing in anxiety, panic disorder, depression, trauma, ADHD, bipolar disorders, and schizophrenia. My goal is to create strong and trusting relationships with my patients in order to pursue the best course of effective treatment. I have experience working with adolescents, adults, and families. My sympathetic, kindhearted, and caring approaches to each individual patients make me capable of reaching the core of each of my patients’ issues and empowers them to enhance their awareness of their potentials in dealing with treatment and recovery
(240) 209-9881 View (240) 209-9881
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Cecilia Tako
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Laurel, MD 20707  (Online Only)
Cecilia is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training treating patients with psychiatric disorder. She began her career in business administration after graduating from the Virginia Commonwealth University, later followed her passion into nursing. After several years working as a nurse in different healthcare settings, she decided to specialize in mental health because of her personal experience with a loved one. She provides care using evidence-based practices and a holistic approach for both mind and body. Cecilia is a compassionate and result-driven professional .
Cecilia is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training treating patients with psychiatric disorder. She began her career in business administration after graduating from the Virginia Commonwealth University, later followed her passion into nursing. After several years working as a nurse in different healthcare settings, she decided to specialize in mental health because of her personal experience with a loved one. She provides care using evidence-based practices and a holistic approach for both mind and body. Cecilia is a compassionate and result-driven professional .
(301) 478-9331 View (301) 478-9331
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Chidera Health and Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Laurel, MD 20707  (Online Only)
Doctor Clementina Nwandu is a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and a Doctor in Nursing Practice. She is Board certified, and her focus is on Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She has over 27 years of experience in the healthcare industry as a nurse, and 23 of those in the mental health field. She is versed in a wide range of mental health conditions. She earned her Associate degree in nursing, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from Marymount University, her MSN degree /FNP from Bowie State University, and subsequently, her PMHNP certification and DNP from Shenandoah University.
Doctor Clementina Nwandu is a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and a Doctor in Nursing Practice. She is Board certified, and her focus is on Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She has over 27 years of experience in the healthcare industry as a nurse, and 23 of those in the mental health field. She is versed in a wide range of mental health conditions. She earned her Associate degree in nursing, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from Marymount University, her MSN degree /FNP from Bowie State University, and subsequently, her PMHNP certification and DNP from Shenandoah University.
(240) 563-9779 View (240) 563-9779
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Modinat (Ty) Fagbenro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20726
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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Oluwakemi Aje
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Laurel, MD 20708
As a physician who specializes in psychiatry and lifestyle medicine, I provide individualized treatment, tailored to each patient and their unique needs. I ensure that my patients feel heard and their needs are addressed.
As a physician who specializes in psychiatry and lifestyle medicine, I provide individualized treatment, tailored to each patient and their unique needs. I ensure that my patients feel heard and their needs are addressed.
(240) 334-6021 View (240) 334-6021
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Better You Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified
Laurel, MD 20707
My name is Olajumoke Rotimi. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am licensed in Maryland and DC. I am very excited to join this community with other mental health professionals. I work with all ages across the lifespan. I am available to see private pay clients. My primary areas of focus for medication management include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD.
My name is Olajumoke Rotimi. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I am licensed in Maryland and DC. I am very excited to join this community with other mental health professionals. I work with all ages across the lifespan. I am available to see private pay clients. My primary areas of focus for medication management include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD.
(240) 628-6892 View (240) 628-6892
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Dr. Amanda Felix
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20725  (Online Only)
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AGES 6 & ABOVE WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** Living with mental health conditions can be overwhelming. I understand all too well that the stigma of mental health can get in your way of seeking help. Even our own stigma may make us minimize or convince ourselves that everything is fine. But deciding to take charge of your mental health is an important decision to help you live a more fulfilling life.
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AGES 6 & ABOVE WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** Living with mental health conditions can be overwhelming. I understand all too well that the stigma of mental health can get in your way of seeking help. Even our own stigma may make us minimize or convince ourselves that everything is fine. But deciding to take charge of your mental health is an important decision to help you live a more fulfilling life.
(240) 698-2895 View (240) 698-2895
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Prime Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20707
We are here to provide non-judgmental support to you! Although we cannot change past challenging issues, we can support you to find a path to brighter future. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you just want to pursue a new positive path in life, let us support you to achieve your goals. We provide high quality, affordable therapy and medication management services to clients in need. Call us to make an appointment today! We are a team of experienced clinicians who are passionate about building stronger families.
We are here to provide non-judgmental support to you! Although we cannot change past challenging issues, we can support you to find a path to brighter future. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you just want to pursue a new positive path in life, let us support you to achieve your goals. We provide high quality, affordable therapy and medication management services to clients in need. Call us to make an appointment today! We are a team of experienced clinicians who are passionate about building stronger families.
(240) 713-6140 View (240) 713-6140

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Maryland City, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in Maryland City, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Behavioral Issues
75% Depression
75% ADHD
75% Psychosis

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Amerigroup
100% Medicaid

How Psychiatrists in Maryland City, MD see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Maryland City?

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.