Psychiatrists in North East, MD

Photo of Antonio Pedulla - KetaMinds, MSN, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
KetaMinds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North East, MD 21901
If you suffer from Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Prolonged grief or other mental health concerns and have tried a variety of medications and treatments without success, ketamine may be a good option for you. Ketamine can be utilized alone or in conjunction with your current medication regimen. It also pairs well with therapy and it works on different receptors than other medications, which can help improve mood and lower anxiety when other medications can not. It also increases the neuroplasticity of the brain, which can help you alter the negative behaviors related to anxiety and OCD.
If you suffer from Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Prolonged grief or other mental health concerns and have tried a variety of medications and treatments without success, ketamine may be a good option for you. Ketamine can be utilized alone or in conjunction with your current medication regimen. It also pairs well with therapy and it works on different receptors than other medications, which can help improve mood and lower anxiety when other medications can not. It also increases the neuroplasticity of the brain, which can help you alter the negative behaviors related to anxiety and OCD.
(410) 453-1480 View (410) 453-1480
Photo of Antonio Pedulla, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Antonio Pedulla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
North East, MD 21901
As a mental health provider my goal is to offer easy and affordable access to mental health services, especially for individuals who are hesitant to seek help. I provide a non-judgmental atmosphere that allows patients to speak freely about their current struggles so that we may cooperatively determine the best path forward for treatment.
As a mental health provider my goal is to offer easy and affordable access to mental health services, especially for individuals who are hesitant to seek help. I provide a non-judgmental atmosphere that allows patients to speak freely about their current struggles so that we may cooperatively determine the best path forward for treatment.
(410) 220-2356 View (410) 220-2356
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Elizabeth Quill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
North East, MD 21901
We all exist along a continuum of mental health and wellness. There are times we need a little more help. Life today is hard! If you are dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, addiction, or other mental health concern, I am here to help. I will walk alongside you on your journey to total wellbeing.
We all exist along a continuum of mental health and wellness. There are times we need a little more help. Life today is hard! If you are dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, addiction, or other mental health concern, I am here to help. I will walk alongside you on your journey to total wellbeing.
(410) 892-1612 View (410) 892-1612
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Optimal Point Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
North East, MD 21901
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.
(301) 701-4615 View (301) 701-4615
Photo of Jartu Nylander, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jartu Nylander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
North East, MD 21901
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Your psychological state affects every aspect of your life, including your relationships, work, and overall wellbeing. I'm Jartu and it is an honor to be apart of your transformation. I have worked as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for over two years. I have gained knowledge enabling me to handle your psychiatric medication needs from the initial evaluations, to refilling your current psychiatric prescriptions. Whether your healing from trauma, seeking guidance through life's challenges or seeking balance/harmony, I provide a safe haven to share your thoughts and feelings.
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Your psychological state affects every aspect of your life, including your relationships, work, and overall wellbeing. I'm Jartu and it is an honor to be apart of your transformation. I have worked as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for over two years. I have gained knowledge enabling me to handle your psychiatric medication needs from the initial evaluations, to refilling your current psychiatric prescriptions. Whether your healing from trauma, seeking guidance through life's challenges or seeking balance/harmony, I provide a safe haven to share your thoughts and feelings.
(410) 936-5740 View (410) 936-5740

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Dr. Kimberly Ferrara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rising Sun, MD 21911  (Online Only)
Seeking psychiatric care for yourself or a loved one can be a challenging and unfamiliar journey. As a board-certified, doctorally-prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in treating children, adolescents, young adults under 25. With over 27 years of nursing experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, I offer a holistic, evidence-based approach to psychotherapy and medication management. I am dedicated to listening, supporting, and empowering individuals and diverse family systems. I have developed profound expertise in managing behavioral challenges across all age groups.
Seeking psychiatric care for yourself or a loved one can be a challenging and unfamiliar journey. As a board-certified, doctorally-prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in treating children, adolescents, young adults under 25. With over 27 years of nursing experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, I offer a holistic, evidence-based approach to psychotherapy and medication management. I am dedicated to listening, supporting, and empowering individuals and diverse family systems. I have developed profound expertise in managing behavioral challenges across all age groups.
(410) 297-7665 View (410) 297-7665
Photo of Dr. Tai Ajani, DNP, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Tai Ajani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Elkton, MD 21921
Dr. Tai Ajani, DNP, PMHNP-BC is doctoral-prepared, dual board-certified in psychiatric mental health and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. She has more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare provider and has delivered high-quality health care to multicultural patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. At MindBodyPinnacle Health in Maryland, she offers holistic psychiatric care to individuals over the age 10 years.
Dr. Tai Ajani, DNP, PMHNP-BC is doctoral-prepared, dual board-certified in psychiatric mental health and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. She has more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare provider and has delivered high-quality health care to multicultural patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. At MindBodyPinnacle Health in Maryland, she offers holistic psychiatric care to individuals over the age 10 years.
(443) 569-7815 View (443) 569-7815
Photo of Marianne Bitner, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Marianne Bitner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Port Deposit, MD 21904  (Online Only)
Marianne has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years. She holds a Masters Degree in Nursing from Eastern Kentucky University and is dual certified as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Marianne offers psychiatric services throughout Maryland for children and adults via telepsychiatry.
Marianne has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years. She holds a Masters Degree in Nursing from Eastern Kentucky University and is dual certified as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Marianne offers psychiatric services throughout Maryland for children and adults via telepsychiatry.
(410) 639-3597 View (410) 639-3597
Photo of Andrea Michaelena Lopez, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Andrea Michaelena Lopez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rising Sun, MD 21911
I'm comfortable treating clients including those with trauma, anxiety, panic, mood disorders, ADHD, eating disorders, and PMDD. I have worked with people from various backgrounds including high-profile clients with an increased need for privacy. My ideal client is proactive and engaged in their mental health care and is focused on mental wellness. Medication management can include a holistic and natural plan of care as appropriate. Primarily telehealth for MD & ME. NOTE: Stimulant-based ADHD treatment is not provided without neuropsychological or school-based testing completed over the past 3 years.
I'm comfortable treating clients including those with trauma, anxiety, panic, mood disorders, ADHD, eating disorders, and PMDD. I have worked with people from various backgrounds including high-profile clients with an increased need for privacy. My ideal client is proactive and engaged in their mental health care and is focused on mental wellness. Medication management can include a holistic and natural plan of care as appropriate. Primarily telehealth for MD & ME. NOTE: Stimulant-based ADHD treatment is not provided without neuropsychological or school-based testing completed over the past 3 years.
(207) 808-7728 View (207) 808-7728
Photo of Alice Harvey, MSN, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alice Harvey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP
Verified Verified
Elkton, MD 21921
I am passionate about empowering individuals to discover their best version of themselves, whether that be with medication management, psychotherapy or other wellness interventions such as medical weight loss.
I am passionate about empowering individuals to discover their best version of themselves, whether that be with medication management, psychotherapy or other wellness interventions such as medical weight loss.
(410) 567-0284 x101 View (410) 567-0284 x101
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Hallie Katrina Dennison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Elkton, MD 21922
Currently treating all psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, bipolar 1&2 disorder, ADHD, and schizophrenia and personality disorders
Currently treating all psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, bipolar 1&2 disorder, ADHD, and schizophrenia and personality disorders
(302) 207-2409 View (302) 207-2409
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Kristen Hunt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Elkton, MD 21921  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My ideal client is an individual who seeks a holistic and integrative approach to mental health care. This person understands that mental health is influenced by a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors, and is open to exploring various aspects of their life to achieve optimal well-being. The are open to exploring how their diet, lifestyle, environment, and physiological factors impact their mental health. They appreciate the interconnectedness of physical physical and mental health and are willing to consider non-traditional approaches to treatment alongside conventional methods.
My ideal client is an individual who seeks a holistic and integrative approach to mental health care. This person understands that mental health is influenced by a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors, and is open to exploring various aspects of their life to achieve optimal well-being. The are open to exploring how their diet, lifestyle, environment, and physiological factors impact their mental health. They appreciate the interconnectedness of physical physical and mental health and are willing to consider non-traditional approaches to treatment alongside conventional methods.
(443) 335-2108 View (443) 335-2108
Photo of Barbara Page, MSN, AGPNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Barbara Page
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGPNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Perryville, MD 21903  (Online Only)
Let's work together to accomplish the most successful outcome. We can develop and conquer both short-term and long-term goals. Collaboration has proven to be the best approach and key to success.
Let's work together to accomplish the most successful outcome. We can develop and conquer both short-term and long-term goals. Collaboration has proven to be the best approach and key to success.
(410) 304-7016 View (410) 304-7016
Photo of Kofo Abiru-Adebambo - Kolossal Healthcare Services LLC, CRNP, PMH-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kolossal Healthcare Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH-BC
Verified Verified
Elkton, MD 21921  (Online Only)
I am a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a deep passion for mental health wellness and a commitment to helping individuals achieve optimal well-being. I specialize in Anxiety disorders, Depression, Adjustment disorders Eating disorders, Mood disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in teens and adults.
I am a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a deep passion for mental health wellness and a commitment to helping individuals achieve optimal well-being. I specialize in Anxiety disorders, Depression, Adjustment disorders Eating disorders, Mood disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in teens and adults.
(443) 251-3050 View (443) 251-3050
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Comprehensive & Psych Associates, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, MSN, MsHCA
Verified Verified
Elkton, MD 21922
I am Dr. Modupe Apassa, DNP, a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner skilled in medication management and psychotherapy. In addition, I bring a 20-year experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner for a comprehensive review of your symptoms and the best medication(s) to meet your needs. When you indicate that you feel better, then I would have been successful in providing you optimal evidence-based care. Services are available via telepsychiatry due to the current pandemic but we also provide in-office visits.
I am Dr. Modupe Apassa, DNP, a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner skilled in medication management and psychotherapy. In addition, I bring a 20-year experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner for a comprehensive review of your symptoms and the best medication(s) to meet your needs. When you indicate that you feel better, then I would have been successful in providing you optimal evidence-based care. Services are available via telepsychiatry due to the current pandemic but we also provide in-office visits.
(301) 756-5464 View (301) 756-5464
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Joyce Bilski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Elkton, MD 21921
My goal is to provide high-quality treatment to clients challenged with mental health disorders by focusing on empowering the individual to improve their overall quality of life. I focus on creating a conducive atmosphere where clients feel valued and respected. I am dedicated to giving individualized care tailored to your needs to improve overall wellness and optimize outcomes.
My goal is to provide high-quality treatment to clients challenged with mental health disorders by focusing on empowering the individual to improve their overall quality of life. I focus on creating a conducive atmosphere where clients feel valued and respected. I am dedicated to giving individualized care tailored to your needs to improve overall wellness and optimize outcomes.
(410) 973-7539 View (410) 973-7539
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Sarah B. Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Elkton, MD 21921
Sarah B. Johnson is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in Maryland and Delaware. Her approach to care involves tailoring a plan specific to each client's unique needs and goals, through the use of medication management and psychoeducation. She believes deeply in providing clients with compassionate and empathetic care; while also empowering them with the education and knowledge, to not only better understand and become comfortable with their mental health diagnosis and treatment, but to also become active participants in the decision-making process pertaining to their individual care.
Sarah B. Johnson is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in Maryland and Delaware. Her approach to care involves tailoring a plan specific to each client's unique needs and goals, through the use of medication management and psychoeducation. She believes deeply in providing clients with compassionate and empathetic care; while also empowering them with the education and knowledge, to not only better understand and become comfortable with their mental health diagnosis and treatment, but to also become active participants in the decision-making process pertaining to their individual care.
(443) 312-2999 View (443) 312-2999
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Alert Mind Mental Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Elkton, MD 21921
Marc Exilus is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience in psychiatry. Marc has experience working in various settings, including community mental health, IOP/PHP, correctional, and hospital. I have experience working with diverse patient populations. Building the client-provider relationship is essential; I want to understand the client's needs and goals, and together, we can identify the best treatment outcomes. I have a proven record of treating complicated and severe mental disorders, including bipolar, schizophrenia, MDD, Anxiety, PTSD, and addiction.
Marc Exilus is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience in psychiatry. Marc has experience working in various settings, including community mental health, IOP/PHP, correctional, and hospital. I have experience working with diverse patient populations. Building the client-provider relationship is essential; I want to understand the client's needs and goals, and together, we can identify the best treatment outcomes. I have a proven record of treating complicated and severe mental disorders, including bipolar, schizophrenia, MDD, Anxiety, PTSD, and addiction.
(302) 924-3350 View (302) 924-3350
Photo of Christopher Bertsch - Baltimore Psychiatry, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Baltimore Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Elkton, MD 21921  (Online Only)
FAST new patient appointments across Maryland! We can work with ALL private insurance policies. Baltimore Psychiatry provides medication management for ADHD, depression, anxiety, and many other disorders. Our practice was designed with an emphasis on quality, convenience, and affordability for our patients. Our evaluations are scheduled for a full 90 minutes to ensure thorough treatment. We want our patients to be comfortable with their questions answered and needs met. Low cash pricing is available to those not using insurance. We offer evening and weekend hours to complement our patients busy schedules, rather than disrupt them.
FAST new patient appointments across Maryland! We can work with ALL private insurance policies. Baltimore Psychiatry provides medication management for ADHD, depression, anxiety, and many other disorders. Our practice was designed with an emphasis on quality, convenience, and affordability for our patients. Our evaluations are scheduled for a full 90 minutes to ensure thorough treatment. We want our patients to be comfortable with their questions answered and needs met. Low cash pricing is available to those not using insurance. We offer evening and weekend hours to complement our patients busy schedules, rather than disrupt them.
(240) 363-2477 View (240) 363-2477
Photo of Oluwatosin O Arowosegbe - Innovative Mindset Mental Health Services LLC, MSN, CRNP, APNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Innovative Mindset Mental Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, APNP
Verified Verified
Elkton, MD 21922
Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, mood disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts, eating disorder, substance abuse, compulsions, and many more? If yes, it’s time to seek professional help. Would you like to participate in meaningful guided interactions? I believe that our regular one-on-one detailed psychiatric evaluation is what you need. Reflect on it. You are in the best position to assess your needs. At Innovative Mindset Mental Health Services LLC, Our goal is to find the cause of a problem and find a way to neutralize its influence on our clients.
Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, mood disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts, eating disorder, substance abuse, compulsions, and many more? If yes, it’s time to seek professional help. Would you like to participate in meaningful guided interactions? I believe that our regular one-on-one detailed psychiatric evaluation is what you need. Reflect on it. You are in the best position to assess your needs. At Innovative Mindset Mental Health Services LLC, Our goal is to find the cause of a problem and find a way to neutralize its influence on our clients.
(410) 343-4852 View (410) 343-4852

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in North East, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in North East, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Medication Management
80% Sleep or Insomnia
80% Stress

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in North East, MD see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in North East?

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.