Psychiatrists in Mechanicsville, MD

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EdChA Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
We perform psychiatric evaluation and medication management for adults experiencing mental health symptoms or suffering from various type of mental illness including Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and more.
We perform psychiatric evaluation and medication management for adults experiencing mental health symptoms or suffering from various type of mental illness including Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and more.
(240) 802-7091 View (240) 802-7091

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TDK Integrated Health, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
As an independent psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am culturally diverse and competent in providing mental health services across the illness-wellness continuum and lifespan: children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
As an independent psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am culturally diverse and competent in providing mental health services across the illness-wellness continuum and lifespan: children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
(301) 945-8865 View (301) 945-8865
CareMind Health
Psychiatrist, PMHNP, LCSW, LCPC, PA-C
Verified Verified
Prince Frederick, MD 20678  (Online Only)
CareMind Health is redefining the service of psychiatry and transforming behavioral health care. As a patient-centered organization, we are focused on supporting people with their mental health. We create access to convenient, high quality services delivered by compassionate and skilled clinicians. Our goal is to provide our clients with an exceptional experience that improves overall wellbeing, and restores the foundations of healthy living.
CareMind Health is redefining the service of psychiatry and transforming behavioral health care. As a patient-centered organization, we are focused on supporting people with their mental health. We create access to convenient, high quality services delivered by compassionate and skilled clinicians. Our goal is to provide our clients with an exceptional experience that improves overall wellbeing, and restores the foundations of healthy living.
(301) 825-5004 View (301) 825-5004
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Jessica Janey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
The patient always comes first. This means spending the time needed to get to the root of the problem, taking a holistic approach to look at the myriad factors that influence mental health, and providing a safe and comfortable environment where healing can occur. As a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, I can manage and treat a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and PTSD. I value providing special attention to individual needs, personal history, stressful or traumatic experiences, and concerns about medications.
The patient always comes first. This means spending the time needed to get to the root of the problem, taking a holistic approach to look at the myriad factors that influence mental health, and providing a safe and comfortable environment where healing can occur. As a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, I can manage and treat a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and PTSD. I value providing special attention to individual needs, personal history, stressful or traumatic experiences, and concerns about medications.
(301) 900-6547 View (301) 900-6547
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Charlotte Ayuk Nkem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
At Oasis of Hope Behavioral Healthcare, I see children and adults with different mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, substance abuse etc. There is no waiting list, appointments are made at your earliest convenience. I love helping people, and I promise that you will be in safe hands. I also have 10 years of working experience in acute and outpatient mental health settings, including substance abuse. Some renowned hospitals where she gained work experience include the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Group, MedStar, and the Recovery Centers of America.
At Oasis of Hope Behavioral Healthcare, I see children and adults with different mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, substance abuse etc. There is no waiting list, appointments are made at your earliest convenience. I love helping people, and I promise that you will be in safe hands. I also have 10 years of working experience in acute and outpatient mental health settings, including substance abuse. Some renowned hospitals where she gained work experience include the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Group, MedStar, and the Recovery Centers of America.
(301) 786-5694 View (301) 786-5694

Online Psychiatrists

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Lewis C Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, my ideal clients grapple with anxiety, depression, and trauma. They seek comprehensive care addressing mind, body, and spirit. They value evidence-based psychotherapy and medication management but desire a holistic approach that uncovers root causes. They aim for personal growth and resilience. My diverse 21-year US. Army Retired, and psychiatric nursing background resonates with them. They seek a therapeutic partnership for empowerment on their mental well-being journey.
As a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, my ideal clients grapple with anxiety, depression, and trauma. They seek comprehensive care addressing mind, body, and spirit. They value evidence-based psychotherapy and medication management but desire a holistic approach that uncovers root causes. They aim for personal growth and resilience. My diverse 21-year US. Army Retired, and psychiatric nursing background resonates with them. They seek a therapeutic partnership for empowerment on their mental well-being journey.
(301) 701-4613 View (301) 701-4613
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Blessing Iwuh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Nottingham, MD 21236
Blessing is a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health NP (PMHNP) who uses a patient-centered holistic approach and evidenced-based research to treat patients across the lifespan. She is a highly-skilled professional with 12 years of overall nursing experience. She has 8 years of experience in psychiatry and worked with diverse populations in various mental health settings including inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics. Her treatment modalities include a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology to create an individualized treatment plan effective to her client's needs.
Blessing is a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health NP (PMHNP) who uses a patient-centered holistic approach and evidenced-based research to treat patients across the lifespan. She is a highly-skilled professional with 12 years of overall nursing experience. She has 8 years of experience in psychiatry and worked with diverse populations in various mental health settings including inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics. Her treatment modalities include a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology to create an individualized treatment plan effective to her client's needs.
(410) 237-0522 View (410) 237-0522
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Marie Blanche Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bethesda, MD 20814  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients. The journey to recovery from mental illness begins when the patient is linked with the right provider and you can trust me to be the right provider. I provide genuine, compassionate mental health services. I accommodate and respect diversities. I am deeply passionate about providing quality holistic mental healthcare services and collaborate with my patients to ensure optimal wellness.
Accepting New Patients. The journey to recovery from mental illness begins when the patient is linked with the right provider and you can trust me to be the right provider. I provide genuine, compassionate mental health services. I accommodate and respect diversities. I am deeply passionate about providing quality holistic mental healthcare services and collaborate with my patients to ensure optimal wellness.
(240) 258-2011 View (240) 258-2011
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Voltaire Behavioral Health and Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (Online Only)
Are you looking to create a happy and fulfilling life for yourself? Look no further than Voltaire BHW. With 30 years of combined nursing/advanced practice experience, our providers are here to support you. Since no two individuals are the same, our approach is tailored to your individual needs. New patients leave with an in-depth psychiatric assessment, complete with a diagnosis and an individualized treatment plan. We offer help for: Anxiety, Phobias, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, and Depression. This list is not exhaustive, call our office for more information on the conditions we treat!
Are you looking to create a happy and fulfilling life for yourself? Look no further than Voltaire BHW. With 30 years of combined nursing/advanced practice experience, our providers are here to support you. Since no two individuals are the same, our approach is tailored to your individual needs. New patients leave with an in-depth psychiatric assessment, complete with a diagnosis and an individualized treatment plan. We offer help for: Anxiety, Phobias, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, and Depression. This list is not exhaustive, call our office for more information on the conditions we treat!
(240) 301-1838 View (240) 301-1838
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Waritta Howell
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Chevy Chase, MD 20815  (Online Only)
I am a Certified Physician Assistant specializing in psychiatry and am currently accepting new patients for medication management. I primarily see patients via telemedicine across DC, Maryland, Virginia and Georgia, and in person, as-needed, in downtown Chevy Chase, Md.
I am a Certified Physician Assistant specializing in psychiatry and am currently accepting new patients for medication management. I primarily see patients via telemedicine across DC, Maryland, Virginia and Georgia, and in person, as-needed, in downtown Chevy Chase, Md.
(240) 209-9703 View (240) 209-9703
Suzanne D Forman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20852
I am a down to earth physician who enjoys spending time with clients to get to know them as individuals with unique needs. I received my medical degree from the University of Massachusetts. I subsequently completed my psychiatric residency at Georgetown University Medical Center and a fellowship in Child Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital. I work with children, adolescents and adults and provide psychiatric treatment for Depression , Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, OCD, Autism and ADHD. I enjoy working with clients of all ages, of various backgrounds and the LGBT community.
I am a down to earth physician who enjoys spending time with clients to get to know them as individuals with unique needs. I received my medical degree from the University of Massachusetts. I subsequently completed my psychiatric residency at Georgetown University Medical Center and a fellowship in Child Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital. I work with children, adolescents and adults and provide psychiatric treatment for Depression , Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, OCD, Autism and ADHD. I enjoy working with clients of all ages, of various backgrounds and the LGBT community.
(301) 720-1425 View (301) 720-1425
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Peace & Positivity Mental Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20601
Are you struggling with depression or anxiety? Are you finding it difficult to cope with life’s stressors? Are you noticing that it is difficult to cope with life because of your symptoms? We are all affected by emotional, psychological, or social situations that disturb our mental health. These disruptions cause problems that change our thinking, mood, and behavior. Let us work together to develop a plan to ease your stress and navigate your obstacles. Continue reading to learn how booking a session is the best decision for you.
Are you struggling with depression or anxiety? Are you finding it difficult to cope with life’s stressors? Are you noticing that it is difficult to cope with life because of your symptoms? We are all affected by emotional, psychological, or social situations that disturb our mental health. These disruptions cause problems that change our thinking, mood, and behavior. Let us work together to develop a plan to ease your stress and navigate your obstacles. Continue reading to learn how booking a session is the best decision for you.
(301) 638-8545 View (301) 638-8545
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Solomon Meltzer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20852
Through my training at Sheppard Pratt, I practice an integrated approach with consideration for the mind/body connection. While medications can play an important role in treatment of psychiatric illnesses, I endeavor to consider the whole person, paying careful attention to the individual and their internal world. Depressive and anxiety disorders are particularly suited to this holistic approach.
Through my training at Sheppard Pratt, I practice an integrated approach with consideration for the mind/body connection. While medications can play an important role in treatment of psychiatric illnesses, I endeavor to consider the whole person, paying careful attention to the individual and their internal world. Depressive and anxiety disorders are particularly suited to this holistic approach.
(410) 989-4937 View (410) 989-4937
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Mcnolan Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aberdeen, MD 21001  (Online Only)
We currently accept new patients, late and early appointments, and Weekend appointments. I work with individuals who may be dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and more. With over 13 years of medical practice, I have extensive experience in managing patients with medication and providing brief supportive therapy. During our initial sessions, we will thoroughly explore the issues at hand and work together to develop a plan to address them effectively and help you reclaim your life. I offer virtual/telehealth services through a secure and HIPAA-compliant video conference platform.
We currently accept new patients, late and early appointments, and Weekend appointments. I work with individuals who may be dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and more. With over 13 years of medical practice, I have extensive experience in managing patients with medication and providing brief supportive therapy. During our initial sessions, we will thoroughly explore the issues at hand and work together to develop a plan to address them effectively and help you reclaim your life. I offer virtual/telehealth services through a secure and HIPAA-compliant video conference platform.
(443) 543-8329 View (443) 543-8329
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Riechi Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, RN, BSN
Verified Verified
Ellicott City, MD 21042
At Riechi Health Services LLC, our approach is driven by the fact that mental wellness is a personal journey. With degrees from Bowie State and Walden Universities, and DNP in view, I, Chioma Okechukwu is a compassionate Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that desires to assist you on this journey. Struggling to connect with people of little common interest? The burden of making others priority is eating you up? Under the pressure of living up to other people's expectation? Afraid you may relapse? These and more can get you stuck at a crossroad. I'm non-judgmental, patient, have a listening ear, and knows you are unique.
At Riechi Health Services LLC, our approach is driven by the fact that mental wellness is a personal journey. With degrees from Bowie State and Walden Universities, and DNP in view, I, Chioma Okechukwu is a compassionate Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that desires to assist you on this journey. Struggling to connect with people of little common interest? The burden of making others priority is eating you up? Under the pressure of living up to other people's expectation? Afraid you may relapse? These and more can get you stuck at a crossroad. I'm non-judgmental, patient, have a listening ear, and knows you are unique.
(410) 824-5393 x1 View (410) 824-5393 x1
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Love Chibuihe Nzeako
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Owings Mills, MD 21117  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Love. Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Whether you're dealing with overwhelm, relationship issues, cycles of anxiety and depression, or other personality and psychological issues, I'm here to help. Seeking treatment can be intimidating and scary but you've just made the right choice to seek treatment.
Hi there, I'm Love. Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Whether you're dealing with overwhelm, relationship issues, cycles of anxiety and depression, or other personality and psychological issues, I'm here to help. Seeking treatment can be intimidating and scary but you've just made the right choice to seek treatment.
(410) 457-9697 View (410) 457-9697
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bethesda, MD 20817
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(240) 896-2693 View (240) 896-2693
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Rani George
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salisbury, MD 21804  (Online Only)
Are you going through a hard time in life, unsure what to do, unable to sleep, racing thoughts, sadness, lack of motivation and energy affecting your daily activities such as work, school or family. Well I can help you, let's talk and work together in improving your mood. You need to communicate your problems, and I will help you through this hard time. We need to identify why you feel this way and what is the solution to the problem. My clinical approach includes medication management, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.
Are you going through a hard time in life, unsure what to do, unable to sleep, racing thoughts, sadness, lack of motivation and energy affecting your daily activities such as work, school or family. Well I can help you, let's talk and work together in improving your mood. You need to communicate your problems, and I will help you through this hard time. We need to identify why you feel this way and what is the solution to the problem. My clinical approach includes medication management, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.
(667) 244-3985 View (667) 244-3985
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Jamie McCracken
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21213  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Family PMHNP (psychiatric nurse practitioner). I graduated from Georgia State University, earning my Masters of Science in Nursing. I am nationally certified as a PMHNP (psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner). I help patients gain a new perspective with some supportive therapy and with medications. I enjoy fostering knowledge and empowerment about mental health. The world is often a place we need to create glimmers of light on the positive things that make us smile. I help people refocus their reality to create more smiles. Positivity, compassion and a little help from medication can shape your future
Hello! I am a Family PMHNP (psychiatric nurse practitioner). I graduated from Georgia State University, earning my Masters of Science in Nursing. I am nationally certified as a PMHNP (psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner). I help patients gain a new perspective with some supportive therapy and with medications. I enjoy fostering knowledge and empowerment about mental health. The world is often a place we need to create glimmers of light on the positive things that make us smile. I help people refocus their reality to create more smiles. Positivity, compassion and a little help from medication can shape your future
(443) 339-8920 View (443) 339-8920
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Christine Barmoy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westminster, MD 21157  (Online Only)
Seeking mental health care can be daunting. Finding a provider who truly listens and appreciates your mental health journey can be challenging. I believe that I am here to help guide and work with you to create a successful treatment plan. You know yourself and your experiences better than anyone. I want to be a part of your journey and work with you to help your build on your strengths and develop the skills to be the best version of yourself that you can be.
Seeking mental health care can be daunting. Finding a provider who truly listens and appreciates your mental health journey can be challenging. I believe that I am here to help guide and work with you to create a successful treatment plan. You know yourself and your experiences better than anyone. I want to be a part of your journey and work with you to help your build on your strengths and develop the skills to be the best version of yourself that you can be.
(443) 234-8643 View (443) 234-8643

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Number of Psychiatrists in Mechanicsville, MD

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Psychiatrists in Mechanicsville, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Anger Management
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Wellpoint | Amerigroup
100% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Mechanicsville, MD see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Mechanicsville?

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.