Psychiatrists in New Carrollton, MD

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Royaltouch Integrated Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Carrollton, MD 20784  (Online Only)
Dr. Babatunde Akinyemi, fondly called Dr. Baba, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner (across the life span) and family nurse practitioner. He offers a holistic, integrative, and comprehensive approach to psychiatric care, which is exceptional. He is widely trained, caring and currently works with complex patients of all ages. He combines foundation in integrative family practice and psychiatric with use of standard and specialty testing, and genetics to unearth the source of illness and then tailor personalized treatment to meet clients’ needs. He treats clients with anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, and other disorders.
Dr. Babatunde Akinyemi, fondly called Dr. Baba, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner (across the life span) and family nurse practitioner. He offers a holistic, integrative, and comprehensive approach to psychiatric care, which is exceptional. He is widely trained, caring and currently works with complex patients of all ages. He combines foundation in integrative family practice and psychiatric with use of standard and specialty testing, and genetics to unearth the source of illness and then tailor personalized treatment to meet clients’ needs. He treats clients with anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, and other disorders.
(301) 359-1780 View (301) 359-1780
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Lewis C Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Carrollton, MD 20784  (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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Sandra Anoruo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Carrollton, MD 20784
Mental Health and Wellness requires individualized approach. My goal of treatment is to collaborate with the client, identify and improve client's strengths while working with them to identify and work on areas of weakness. There is no magic pill to take away stress, but it’s effect on our mental health can be effectively managed using joint effort. Limitations exist solely within us, we can realize our full potential with adequate support and the right mind-set.
Mental Health and Wellness requires individualized approach. My goal of treatment is to collaborate with the client, identify and improve client's strengths while working with them to identify and work on areas of weakness. There is no magic pill to take away stress, but it’s effect on our mental health can be effectively managed using joint effort. Limitations exist solely within us, we can realize our full potential with adequate support and the right mind-set.
(240) 220-9204 x1001 View (240) 220-9204 x1001
gateway behavioral health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
New Carrollton, MD 20784
Gateway Behavioral Health Services has a widely range of highly trained and experienced providers that are dedicated to their clients wellbeing. We offer a wide range of behavioral and mental health services ranging from psychiatric evaluation, psychotherapy, and medication management. We provide non-judgmental environment to everyone.
Gateway Behavioral Health Services has a widely range of highly trained and experienced providers that are dedicated to their clients wellbeing. We offer a wide range of behavioral and mental health services ranging from psychiatric evaluation, psychotherapy, and medication management. We provide non-judgmental environment to everyone.
(301) 945-8172 View (301) 945-8172

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Cindy Hatley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lanham, MD 20706
Hello, my name is Cindy Hatley and I am the owner of Empower Mental Health LLC in Maryland. I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of healthcare experience. I became dual board certified because I realized the significant need for access to quality mental health care and wanted to help fulfill that need.
Hello, my name is Cindy Hatley and I am the owner of Empower Mental Health LLC in Maryland. I am a dual board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of healthcare experience. I became dual board certified because I realized the significant need for access to quality mental health care and wanted to help fulfill that need.
(301) 409-5197 View (301) 409-5197
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Rhanee Perkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lanham, MD 20706  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. I have sixteen years' experience working in the specialty of mental health. Mental health challenges have the potential to hold us back from our responsibilities, life fulfillments and looking towards the future. We have all been there. The good thing is that you don't have to stay there!
Welcome! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. I have sixteen years' experience working in the specialty of mental health. Mental health challenges have the potential to hold us back from our responsibilities, life fulfillments and looking towards the future. We have all been there. The good thing is that you don't have to stay there!
(240) 623-2567 View (240) 623-2567
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Transformational Telepsychiatry, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP
Verified Verified
Lanham, MD 20703
Lateshia Jackson is a family psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed in Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia. She is a graduate of Howard University and University of Maryland Schools of Nursing. I am credentialed to provide medication management, psychotherapy, and psychiatric evaluations to children, adolescents, and adults. Specialities include mood disorder, substance misuse, anxiety disorder, and psychotic disorder. Certified to prescribe suboxone for opiate misuse. Also certified to provide recommendations for medical cannabis in District of Columbia and Maryland.
Lateshia Jackson is a family psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed in Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia. She is a graduate of Howard University and University of Maryland Schools of Nursing. I am credentialed to provide medication management, psychotherapy, and psychiatric evaluations to children, adolescents, and adults. Specialities include mood disorder, substance misuse, anxiety disorder, and psychotic disorder. Certified to prescribe suboxone for opiate misuse. Also certified to provide recommendations for medical cannabis in District of Columbia and Maryland.
(443) 292-9351 View (443) 292-9351
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Jamie McCracken
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Lanham, MD 20706  (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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Resilience Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lanham, MD 20706
Christiana is a board-certified Family, Psychiatric, and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (CRNP-PMH, FNP-BC, FNP-C), located in Pikesville, Maryland. Christiana offers non-emergent personalized mental & behavioral health services, including but not limited to initial psychiatric evaluation and treatment, medication management across the lifespan. Credentialed with Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurances, Christiana provides mental health services from ages six-years old, pre-teens, teens and adults. When life throws curveballs at us, we need someone we can trust. That is where Christiana comes in to support you.
Christiana is a board-certified Family, Psychiatric, and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (CRNP-PMH, FNP-BC, FNP-C), located in Pikesville, Maryland. Christiana offers non-emergent personalized mental & behavioral health services, including but not limited to initial psychiatric evaluation and treatment, medication management across the lifespan. Credentialed with Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurances, Christiana provides mental health services from ages six-years old, pre-teens, teens and adults. When life throws curveballs at us, we need someone we can trust. That is where Christiana comes in to support you.
(410) 604-8946 View (410) 604-8946
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Esabella Tebid Mbah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lanham, MD 20706  (Online Only)
Dr. Esabella Tebid Mbah "Dr. Bella" is a doctoral-prepared dual board-certified psychiatric mental health and Family Nurse Practitioner. I am the medical director of my esteemed private practice LifeTouch Family Clinic in Lanham, Maryland.
Dr. Esabella Tebid Mbah "Dr. Bella" is a doctoral-prepared dual board-certified psychiatric mental health and Family Nurse Practitioner. I am the medical director of my esteemed private practice LifeTouch Family Clinic in Lanham, Maryland.
(240) 851-3642 View (240) 851-3642
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Francisca Onyedum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lanham, MD 20706  (Online Only)
My name is Francisca Onyedum. A board-certified and passionate mental health nurse practitioner who has been trained to provide comprehensive psychiatric care across the lifespan. She has over 20 years of experience in nursing mostly in behavioral health. She is well-versed and highly knowledgeable in the management of the crisis, and various psychiatric mental health disorders, such as anxiety, and depression. ADHD, PTSD, and mood disorders. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.
My name is Francisca Onyedum. A board-certified and passionate mental health nurse practitioner who has been trained to provide comprehensive psychiatric care across the lifespan. She has over 20 years of experience in nursing mostly in behavioral health. She is well-versed and highly knowledgeable in the management of the crisis, and various psychiatric mental health disorders, such as anxiety, and depression. ADHD, PTSD, and mood disorders. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.
(240) 847-3587 View (240) 847-3587
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Utopia Health Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP Psyc
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Utopia was created to help build a society where people not only identified their dreams, they achieved them. Motivated to transform and redefine the idea of wellness for all through the use of innovative modalities, Utopia Health Center strives toward ending the stigma associated with mental and substance use disorders. Being client centered is the foundation Utopia is built on; showing commitment to provide access to services and ensuring those services provide building blocks for a holistic culture of well-being. Cultivating a better tomorrow for our clients and the surrounding communities with our hands and hearts - that's Utopia.
Utopia was created to help build a society where people not only identified their dreams, they achieved them. Motivated to transform and redefine the idea of wellness for all through the use of innovative modalities, Utopia Health Center strives toward ending the stigma associated with mental and substance use disorders. Being client centered is the foundation Utopia is built on; showing commitment to provide access to services and ensuring those services provide building blocks for a holistic culture of well-being. Cultivating a better tomorrow for our clients and the surrounding communities with our hands and hearts - that's Utopia.
(301) 220-2842 View (301) 220-2842
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Risikat Afolabi-Zannu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lanham, MD 20706  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a Certified Registered Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (CMNHP). I obtained my master's degree at Walden University with specialty in Mental Health, i have been practicing for 3 years. I worked with children, Adolescent, Young adult and Elderly with mental health challenges ranges from ADHD, Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, schizophrenia, Bipolar, Insomnia, Bulimia... by providing adequate assessment and proper diagnosing of their symptoms, provision of counselling and medication management to maintain adequate livelihood functioning.
Hello, I am a Certified Registered Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (CMNHP). I obtained my master's degree at Walden University with specialty in Mental Health, i have been practicing for 3 years. I worked with children, Adolescent, Young adult and Elderly with mental health challenges ranges from ADHD, Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, schizophrenia, Bipolar, Insomnia, Bulimia... by providing adequate assessment and proper diagnosing of their symptoms, provision of counselling and medication management to maintain adequate livelihood functioning.
(240) 869-6534 View (240) 869-6534
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Liberty Behavioral Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lanham, MD 20706
Behavioral wellness is an ongoing process so, Liberty Behavioral Healthcare (LBH) is devoted to providing outstanding Psychiatric care to all their patients and family by using a holistic approach to treatment, taking into account the unique needs of each individual. Due to the misconceptions about mental health, people often suffer in silence and their conditions go untreated and become chronic. At LBH, we provide a safe and supportive environment where our patients can work through their challenges, achieve their goals, and feel safe. We can work with you in your journey toward a better life. All you must do is reach us.
Behavioral wellness is an ongoing process so, Liberty Behavioral Healthcare (LBH) is devoted to providing outstanding Psychiatric care to all their patients and family by using a holistic approach to treatment, taking into account the unique needs of each individual. Due to the misconceptions about mental health, people often suffer in silence and their conditions go untreated and become chronic. At LBH, we provide a safe and supportive environment where our patients can work through their challenges, achieve their goals, and feel safe. We can work with you in your journey toward a better life. All you must do is reach us.
(301) 781-6950 View (301) 781-6950
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Anyinkeng Lydia Tazi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP, BC
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770
It is not by chance that you are reading this piece. I have been in healthcare for over a decade now. It has always been my dream to serve my community and those that are underserved. I have worked and continue to work with people from various groups regardless of race, cultural or ethnic background. My approach in practice is patient centered. I am a great listener and a team player. I utilize a holistic approach in my practice and I work collaboratively with my patients to attain goals.
It is not by chance that you are reading this piece. I have been in healthcare for over a decade now. It has always been my dream to serve my community and those that are underserved. I have worked and continue to work with people from various groups regardless of race, cultural or ethnic background. My approach in practice is patient centered. I am a great listener and a team player. I utilize a holistic approach in my practice and I work collaboratively with my patients to attain goals.
(240) 628-7320 View (240) 628-7320
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Johanese Sandy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Lanham, MD 20706
Are you feeling down and out, unable to get the day started? Do you feel anxious, nervous, shaking, unable to meet and make new friends? Do you easily get distracted and unable to complete tasks? Struggling with addiction problems?
Are you feeling down and out, unable to get the day started? Do you feel anxious, nervous, shaking, unable to meet and make new friends? Do you easily get distracted and unable to complete tasks? Struggling with addiction problems?
(301) 900-3784 View (301) 900-3784
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Maria Harrison Nwachukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Glenarden, MD 20706  (Online Only)
Maria Harrison is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) Licensed in Maryland. I have over 14 years of experience in the healthcare industry. I aim to provide you the best care with respect and empathy. Let me walk with you through this journey with love and kindness.
Maria Harrison is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) Licensed in Maryland. I have over 14 years of experience in the healthcare industry. I aim to provide you the best care with respect and empathy. Let me walk with you through this journey with love and kindness.
(301) 478-8526 View (301) 478-8526
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John Devine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Lanham, MD 20706  (Online Only)
During my last 10 years of practice, mental health means adjusting to life’s changes and challenges in an emotionally healthy way. Mental health means overcoming barriers to activate our highest self and being emotionally in touch and stable. Mental health is a balance in our quality of life: work, love, spiritual, and leisure aspects, while working to accomplish our goals. Mental health is a daily practice that establishes a positive routine and a lifestyle that optimizes lasting joy.
During my last 10 years of practice, mental health means adjusting to life’s changes and challenges in an emotionally healthy way. Mental health means overcoming barriers to activate our highest self and being emotionally in touch and stable. Mental health is a balance in our quality of life: work, love, spiritual, and leisure aspects, while working to accomplish our goals. Mental health is a daily practice that establishes a positive routine and a lifestyle that optimizes lasting joy.
(410) 883-7014 View (410) 883-7014
John Adeleye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Riverdale, MD 20737
Each client deserves personal attention. I understand that each client's condition is different and requires adequate time to formulate a personal treatment plan. I realize the hesitation to pick a new provider, I get it. With me you are assured of a client centered focus that is informative and respectful of your personal treatment goals. A well informed client is most likely to comply with treatment recommendation. Do you just want to talk or does your condition require other forms of intervention? I will provide professional advise on how to proceed to achieve the desired outcomes.
Each client deserves personal attention. I understand that each client's condition is different and requires adequate time to formulate a personal treatment plan. I realize the hesitation to pick a new provider, I get it. With me you are assured of a client centered focus that is informative and respectful of your personal treatment goals. A well informed client is most likely to comply with treatment recommendation. Do you just want to talk or does your condition require other forms of intervention? I will provide professional advise on how to proceed to achieve the desired outcomes.
(240) 759-2768 View (240) 759-2768
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Christina Ekoko Abange
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Dr. Christina Ekoko Abange is an experienced and compassionate Pediatric, Geriatric, and Psychiatric Nurse with 13 years in the industry. Patient rights advocate with excellent communication and critical thinking skills. Track record for demonstrating strong leadership, team management, crisis management, and organizational skills. Patient-focused care provider dedicated to patient success. Dr. Christina Ekoko Abange is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Certified Registered Nurse (CRN)
Dr. Christina Ekoko Abange is an experienced and compassionate Pediatric, Geriatric, and Psychiatric Nurse with 13 years in the industry. Patient rights advocate with excellent communication and critical thinking skills. Track record for demonstrating strong leadership, team management, crisis management, and organizational skills. Patient-focused care provider dedicated to patient success. Dr. Christina Ekoko Abange is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Certified Registered Nurse (CRN)
(240) 202-3319 View (240) 202-3319

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in New Carrollton, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in New Carrollton, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
75% Aetna
75% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in New Carrollton, MD see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in New Carrollton?

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.