Psychiatrists in Olney, MD

Photo of Liza Losada Schor, Psychiatric Nurse in Olney, MD
Liza Losada Schor
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN
Verified
Olney, MD 20832
Are you worried about your child or adolescent? Has a teacher or a pediatrician expressed some concern over your child's mood or behavior? Do you have a teen who is brimming with potential but seems sad or stuck? Do they worry too much? Perhaps your family or child has suffered a loss or trauma that may be getting in the way of their ability to be successful or enjoy things. If any of these apply to you then I can help. I offer a safe, non-judgmental space where young people and their families can be heard and supported.
Are you worried about your child or adolescent? Has a teacher or a pediatrician expressed some concern over your child's mood or behavior? Do you have a teen who is brimming with potential but seems sad or stuck? Do they worry too much? Perhaps your family or child has suffered a loss or trauma that may be getting in the way of their ability to be successful or enjoy things. If any of these apply to you then I can help. I offer a safe, non-judgmental space where young people and their families can be heard and supported.
(240) 442-1647 View (240) 442-1647
Photo of John Dahunsi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Olney, MD
John Dahunsi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MPH, PMHNP
Verified
Olney, MD 20832
My experience as a registered nurse for over ten years includes teaching, research, psychiatric inpatient units and crisis management. Seeing the overlay of trauma, mental health and substance abuse across all ages, identities, races and religions led me to want to help my patients on a deeper level to make change and be present for their change on a more personal level. This was my motivation to go back and earn my Doctorate Degree to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have additional training in addictions to help serve as many patients as I can regardless of their diagnoses or comorbidities.
My experience as a registered nurse for over ten years includes teaching, research, psychiatric inpatient units and crisis management. Seeing the overlay of trauma, mental health and substance abuse across all ages, identities, races and religions led me to want to help my patients on a deeper level to make change and be present for their change on a more personal level. This was my motivation to go back and earn my Doctorate Degree to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have additional training in addictions to help serve as many patients as I can regardless of their diagnoses or comorbidities.
(301) 969-4060 View (301) 969-4060
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Juliann Koch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP-B
Verified
Olney, MD 20832
Establishing a caring and trusting relationship with you is a priority for me. I will collaborate with you to discover your unique goals for treatment and encourage you to take an active role in formulating your care plan. I integrate medical and psychiatric knowledge with wisdom to treat and support my clients. My education at Georgetown University and University of Maryland provides a strong foundation in research, psychology, neurophysiology, medicine and nursing. With the use of psychotherapy, education, and medication, she guides individuals and families as they manage personal challenges.
Establishing a caring and trusting relationship with you is a priority for me. I will collaborate with you to discover your unique goals for treatment and encourage you to take an active role in formulating your care plan. I integrate medical and psychiatric knowledge with wisdom to treat and support my clients. My education at Georgetown University and University of Maryland provides a strong foundation in research, psychology, neurophysiology, medicine and nursing. With the use of psychotherapy, education, and medication, she guides individuals and families as they manage personal challenges.
(240) 663-5907 View (240) 663-5907
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Mario Pruss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Olney, MD 20832
I am a ABPN certified specialist in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the U.S.A. My experience in practice is lengthy and took place in private practice, county clinics, university settings, hospitals, elementary schools, prisons for the gravely mentally ill, and with ethnically different populations and cultures. I am bilingual in English and Spanish.
I am a ABPN certified specialist in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the U.S.A. My experience in practice is lengthy and took place in private practice, county clinics, university settings, hospitals, elementary schools, prisons for the gravely mentally ill, and with ethnically different populations and cultures. I am bilingual in English and Spanish.
(240) 384-5647 View (240) 384-5647
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Dr. Paulo J Negro
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Olney, MD 20832
Do you find it difficult to manage stress? Do you need an assessment for medication for anxiety, depression, or ADHD? Medication, or medication combined with therapy, can support significant improvement for many years. I provide concierge psychiatric care for adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD and other challenges. You can recover from mental health challenges, build self-esteem, and create healthy habits. In-person medication management and brief therapy are available in Columbia, MD. Online psychiatric care is available in Maryland, DC, VA, and Pennsylvania. I am looking forward to hearing your story!
Do you find it difficult to manage stress? Do you need an assessment for medication for anxiety, depression, or ADHD? Medication, or medication combined with therapy, can support significant improvement for many years. I provide concierge psychiatric care for adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD and other challenges. You can recover from mental health challenges, build self-esteem, and create healthy habits. In-person medication management and brief therapy are available in Columbia, MD. Online psychiatric care is available in Maryland, DC, VA, and Pennsylvania. I am looking forward to hearing your story!
(443) 979-8072 View (443) 979-8072
Photo of Valerie T. Relacion, Psychiatrist in Olney, MD
Valerie T. Relacion
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified
Olney, MD 20832
As a Certified Integrative Psychiatric Provider (CIPP), I am excited to work with patients who are interested in exploring alternative treatment options to achieve wellness and those interested in a combination of traditional and integrative approaches.
As a Certified Integrative Psychiatric Provider (CIPP), I am excited to work with patients who are interested in exploring alternative treatment options to achieve wellness and those interested in a combination of traditional and integrative approaches.
(301) 962-2634 View (301) 962-2634
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Edward Gelber
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Olney, MD 20830
I am seeing patients in my Rockville office located at 11119 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, and by videoconference (Zoom). I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and pre-teens. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity.
I am seeing patients in my Rockville office located at 11119 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, and by videoconference (Zoom). I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and pre-teens. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity.
(301) 750-2744 View (301) 750-2744
Photo of Jennifer Costello, Psychiatrist in Olney, MD
Jennifer Costello
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Olney, MD 20832
I take a collaborative approach to the evaluation and treatment of children and their families. While my training has provided me with expertise in medical treatment, I appreciate the importance of your family’s unique experiences and expertise regarding your child and family. Working together with your child, family, and therapist a well-rounded, effective, and implementable plan will be created. When considering whether medication is appropriate, exploration and education are critical to developing shared goals with families. Fully informed decisions are crucial to the overall success of the treatment plan.
I take a collaborative approach to the evaluation and treatment of children and their families. While my training has provided me with expertise in medical treatment, I appreciate the importance of your family’s unique experiences and expertise regarding your child and family. Working together with your child, family, and therapist a well-rounded, effective, and implementable plan will be created. When considering whether medication is appropriate, exploration and education are critical to developing shared goals with families. Fully informed decisions are crucial to the overall success of the treatment plan.
(240) 624-9585 View (240) 624-9585
Photo of James Park, Psychiatric Nurse in Olney, MD
James Park
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, CRNP, Adult
Verified
Olney, MD 20832
****TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE***** In life, we all experiences times of emotional pain. Sometimes, this leads to experiences of depression, anxiety, and other symptoms that may impact your relationships, work, and overall well-being. I work collaboratively with each patient to help relieve unnecessary suffering. Medications can be an important component of treatment. I work with each patient to carefully consider the best options as part of a holistic treatment plan. My areas of clinical focus include treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, and childhood onset ADHD.
****TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE***** In life, we all experiences times of emotional pain. Sometimes, this leads to experiences of depression, anxiety, and other symptoms that may impact your relationships, work, and overall well-being. I work collaboratively with each patient to help relieve unnecessary suffering. Medications can be an important component of treatment. I work with each patient to carefully consider the best options as part of a holistic treatment plan. My areas of clinical focus include treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, and childhood onset ADHD.
(443) 501-2806 View (443) 501-2806

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Dr. Temitope Akinladenu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Greetings! I am a nationally board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained to treat all ages. I believe the right for every individual is to receive quality mental health services. I have a decade of healthcare experience in inpatient, outpatient, PHP, and IOP settings. My passion is to provide comprehensive care that focuses on client needs and empower full participation in their own treatment. I incorporate supportive therapy, use of positive coping skills and medication management (if needed). I believe educating how medications work in the brain is important for clients to know and understand
Greetings! I am a nationally board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained to treat all ages. I believe the right for every individual is to receive quality mental health services. I have a decade of healthcare experience in inpatient, outpatient, PHP, and IOP settings. My passion is to provide comprehensive care that focuses on client needs and empower full participation in their own treatment. I incorporate supportive therapy, use of positive coping skills and medication management (if needed). I believe educating how medications work in the brain is important for clients to know and understand
(240) 356-0559 View (240) 356-0559
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Ashley Fenton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, LCSW-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
As a dual certified primary care and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner as well as Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I believe in taking a biopsychosocial approach to care. Our physical health and mental health are so closely intertwined and influenced by both social and environmental factors.
As a dual certified primary care and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner as well as Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I believe in taking a biopsychosocial approach to care. Our physical health and mental health are so closely intertwined and influenced by both social and environmental factors.
(410) 755-5269 View (410) 755-5269
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Susana Nwosu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNPPMH
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901
At King Health Systems, we provide case management, therapy, and medication management for clients with Medicaid who are struggling with addiction, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, and more. We serve children ages 3 and up. We are currently offering telehealth and in person services. Our case management (PRP) services can assist clients with housing referrals, employment support, stress management, budgeting and money management, coping skills, socialization skills, parenting skills and mentoring services.
At King Health Systems, we provide case management, therapy, and medication management for clients with Medicaid who are struggling with addiction, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, and more. We serve children ages 3 and up. We are currently offering telehealth and in person services. Our case management (PRP) services can assist clients with housing referrals, employment support, stress management, budgeting and money management, coping skills, socialization skills, parenting skills and mentoring services.
(410) 904-6805 View (410) 904-6805
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Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rockville, MD 20850
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(240) 443-2144 View (240) 443-2144
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Makeida Koyi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Accepting New Patients! After my psychiatry residency program at the University of Maryland Sheppard Pratt, I completed a 1-year, extensive post-doctoral training in psychosomatic medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. I enjoy treating all areas of psychiatry and value the variety this field has to offer. I have co-authored and published literature on delirium and medical education.
Accepting New Patients! After my psychiatry residency program at the University of Maryland Sheppard Pratt, I completed a 1-year, extensive post-doctoral training in psychosomatic medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. I enjoy treating all areas of psychiatry and value the variety this field has to offer. I have co-authored and published literature on delirium and medical education.
(443) 331-5934 View (443) 331-5934
Photo of BirdView Behavioral Health Services, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Olney, MD
BirdView Behavioral Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20906
BirdView Behavioral Health Services, LLC provides psychiatric and mental health services to individuals and families in a therapeutic and non-judgmental manner. BirdView Behavioral Health Services, LLC (BBHS) listens to patients with empathy and passion. Here at BBHS, we assess, evaluate and re-evaluate, perform diagnostic evaluation, diagnose, treat, assist patients to acquire, develop and, maintain therapeutic skills they need for self-empowerment. Our Mission is to assist our patients in managing their symptoms, providing them with the necessary treatments and supports geared toward achieving full remission. BirdView Cares!
BirdView Behavioral Health Services, LLC provides psychiatric and mental health services to individuals and families in a therapeutic and non-judgmental manner. BirdView Behavioral Health Services, LLC (BBHS) listens to patients with empathy and passion. Here at BBHS, we assess, evaluate and re-evaluate, perform diagnostic evaluation, diagnose, treat, assist patients to acquire, develop and, maintain therapeutic skills they need for self-empowerment. Our Mission is to assist our patients in managing their symptoms, providing them with the necessary treatments and supports geared toward achieving full remission. BirdView Cares!
(410) 431-3863 View (410) 431-3863
Photo of Shannon Bucciarelli, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Olney, MD
Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(240) 650-9558 View (240) 650-9558
Photo of Sara Singh, Psychiatrist in Olney, MD
Sara Singh
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Dr. Singh, works with a multidisciplinary group practice, where our goal is to provide thoughtful, competent, compassionate, and thorough psychiatric consultation, diagnostic evaluation, medication treatment, and as well as therapy services to clients in a confidential and caring environment with special consideration to biological, psychological, and physical health. We are an integrated mental health service provider and use evidence-based latest techniques to treat mental illnesses with complete consideration of your full medical, psychological, social, and family history.
Dr. Singh, works with a multidisciplinary group practice, where our goal is to provide thoughtful, competent, compassionate, and thorough psychiatric consultation, diagnostic evaluation, medication treatment, and as well as therapy services to clients in a confidential and caring environment with special consideration to biological, psychological, and physical health. We are an integrated mental health service provider and use evidence-based latest techniques to treat mental illnesses with complete consideration of your full medical, psychological, social, and family history.
(301) 678-1073 View (301) 678-1073
Photo of Nguyen Faith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Olney, MD
Nguyen Faith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Germantown, MD 20876
As a board certified in psychiatric mental health and family practice. I have passionately dedicated my clinical career to take care of individuals across lifespan. My specialty including but not limited to anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, mood related disorders . I provide client-based psychiatric evaluation, psychosocial intervention, care coordination, referrals, and medication management for individuals from age 6 and older. In-person or telehealth appointments available. Call us for appointment within the week! Visit us at zenbeespsychiatry.com
As a board certified in psychiatric mental health and family practice. I have passionately dedicated my clinical career to take care of individuals across lifespan. My specialty including but not limited to anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, mood related disorders . I provide client-based psychiatric evaluation, psychosocial intervention, care coordination, referrals, and medication management for individuals from age 6 and older. In-person or telehealth appointments available. Call us for appointment within the week! Visit us at zenbeespsychiatry.com
(240) 209-9781 View (240) 209-9781
ADHD Management and Wellness Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , CRNP, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20904
At ADHD Management and Wellness Clinic, we provide the support and resources you need to help you succeed and reach your goals. We specialize in the evaluation and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) a neuro-cognitive disorder, with persistent patterns of inattention, distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Our licensed clinicians conduct a full evaluation and a thorough ADHD assessment to determine a treatment plan just for you which may include medication management if needed.
At ADHD Management and Wellness Clinic, we provide the support and resources you need to help you succeed and reach your goals. We specialize in the evaluation and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) a neuro-cognitive disorder, with persistent patterns of inattention, distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Our licensed clinicians conduct a full evaluation and a thorough ADHD assessment to determine a treatment plan just for you which may include medication management if needed.
(240) 816-3829 View (240) 816-3829
Photo of Constantine Lewko, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Olney, MD
Constantine Lewko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20902
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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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Olney, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in Olney, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
89% Anxiety
89% ADHD
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% Trauma and PTSD
78% Bipolar Disorder
78% Medication Management

Average years in practice

21 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% CareFirst
80% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Olney, MD see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

66% Male
34% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Olney?

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.