Psychiatrists in Parkville, MD

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Primal Point
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, CRNP, NP-C
Verified Verified
Parkville, MD 21234
“Every change counts” Primal Point Behavioral Health offers services to provide a comprehensive solution through a dedicated team of experienced professionals that include a dual board-certified Nurse practitioner. It is crucial to us to listen to your story and deliver care that tailors your needs. When hours or even days present challenges, look no further than Primal Point where the journey of your story matters. Our practice strives at establishing an optimized customer service and team effort that treats your current and preexisting mental health conditions to restore your mental ability.
“Every change counts” Primal Point Behavioral Health offers services to provide a comprehensive solution through a dedicated team of experienced professionals that include a dual board-certified Nurse practitioner. It is crucial to us to listen to your story and deliver care that tailors your needs. When hours or even days present challenges, look no further than Primal Point where the journey of your story matters. Our practice strives at establishing an optimized customer service and team effort that treats your current and preexisting mental health conditions to restore your mental ability.
(410) 280-7434 View (410) 280-7434
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Regina M Karanja
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Parkville, MD 21234
Are you feeling exhausted and fatigued by life? Do you feel like you are losing your north star and unable to make decisions in your life? Are you sensing an attack to your holistic wellness? Then you have arrived at the right psychiatric mental health clinician. I will actively listen to your story and help you navigate your journey through evidence-based assessment, provision of autonomous patient centered care, medication management and follow up. I collaborate with you to develop treatment plans and goals aimed at meeting your unique mental health needs, encourage compliance of treatment and empower you achieve wellness.
Are you feeling exhausted and fatigued by life? Do you feel like you are losing your north star and unable to make decisions in your life? Are you sensing an attack to your holistic wellness? Then you have arrived at the right psychiatric mental health clinician. I will actively listen to your story and help you navigate your journey through evidence-based assessment, provision of autonomous patient centered care, medication management and follow up. I collaborate with you to develop treatment plans and goals aimed at meeting your unique mental health needs, encourage compliance of treatment and empower you achieve wellness.
(410) 883-7337 View (410) 883-7337
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Angel Mbome
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Parkville, MD 21234
My name is Angel Mbome DNP-PMHNP, my approach to mental health care is holistic and integrative. I am passionate about blending evidence-based practices with faith-based principles, providing comprehensive support to address the mind, body, and spirit. I commonly use a person-centered approach, focusing on the individual's unique experiences, strengths, and goals. I may also explore underlying psychological processes and unresolved conflicts. My approach is eclectic, tailored to meet the diverse needs of your clients while honoring their faith and values.
My name is Angel Mbome DNP-PMHNP, my approach to mental health care is holistic and integrative. I am passionate about blending evidence-based practices with faith-based principles, providing comprehensive support to address the mind, body, and spirit. I commonly use a person-centered approach, focusing on the individual's unique experiences, strengths, and goals. I may also explore underlying psychological processes and unresolved conflicts. My approach is eclectic, tailored to meet the diverse needs of your clients while honoring their faith and values.
(443) 233-0502 View (443) 233-0502
All American Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Dr, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Parkville, MD 21234
Client focus care. Your iverall wellbeing is our focus.
Client focus care. Your iverall wellbeing is our focus.
(410) 593-3296 View (410) 593-3296
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Margaret Rajnic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Parkville, MD 21234
Hello, Dr Margaret Rajnic DNPC, PMHNPC my patients call me DR Z . I approach the patient based upon a needs assessment. I am skilled in a multitude of areas in the mental health space but also bring 20 years in Family medicine. When it comes to online psychiatric care, some of the best approaches can include a combination of online therapy and medication management. I offer consultations, medication prescriptions and CBT and talk therapy.
Hello, Dr Margaret Rajnic DNPC, PMHNPC my patients call me DR Z . I approach the patient based upon a needs assessment. I am skilled in a multitude of areas in the mental health space but also bring 20 years in Family medicine. When it comes to online psychiatric care, some of the best approaches can include a combination of online therapy and medication management. I offer consultations, medication prescriptions and CBT and talk therapy.
(443) 383-4519 View (443) 383-4519
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Catherine Phyllis Nyotta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Parkville, MD 21234
My name is Phyllis Catherine Nyotta , CRNP , PHD . I currently hold family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have been practicing last 13 yrs as a nurse practitioner .I specialize in Depression , anxiety , Bipolar, ADHD, PTSD , psychotic , schizophrenia .
My name is Phyllis Catherine Nyotta , CRNP , PHD . I currently hold family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have been practicing last 13 yrs as a nurse practitioner .I specialize in Depression , anxiety , Bipolar, ADHD, PTSD , psychotic , schizophrenia .
(410) 443-0663 View (410) 443-0663
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Peace Healthcare Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, FNP, PMH-NP
Verified Verified
Parkville, MD 21234
My name is Priscilla Benewaah, I am currently a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My mission is to provide patient-centered healthcare with excellence in quality service and easy access to services. I am committed to the wellness of individuals, their families, and the community through prevention, intervention, treatment, and education. Furthermore, I believe in fostering hope and confidence in the ability to conquer life stresses and enrich the quality of lives for consumers.
My name is Priscilla Benewaah, I am currently a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My mission is to provide patient-centered healthcare with excellence in quality service and easy access to services. I am committed to the wellness of individuals, their families, and the community through prevention, intervention, treatment, and education. Furthermore, I believe in fostering hope and confidence in the ability to conquer life stresses and enrich the quality of lives for consumers.
(410) 634-7515 View (410) 634-7515
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Healthy Option Clinic, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Parkville, MD 21234
Victoria is a PMHNP-BC, dual board-certified in psychiatric mental health and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has over 20 years of experience as a healthcare provider and has delivered high-quality healthcare to multicultural patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. At Healthy Option Clinic, LLC in Maryland, she offers holistic psychiatric care to individuals 18 and older.
Victoria is a PMHNP-BC, dual board-certified in psychiatric mental health and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has over 20 years of experience as a healthcare provider and has delivered high-quality healthcare to multicultural patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. At Healthy Option Clinic, LLC in Maryland, she offers holistic psychiatric care to individuals 18 and older.
(410) 883-9533 View (410) 883-9533
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Vineyard Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Parkville, MD 21234  (Online Only)
Linda Nwachuku is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialized in providing comprehensive mental health treatment. With extensive experience in this field, her commitment is to empower individuals on their journey towards mental wellness.
Linda Nwachuku is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialized in providing comprehensive mental health treatment. With extensive experience in this field, her commitment is to empower individuals on their journey towards mental wellness.
(410) 970-3550 View (410) 970-3550
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Primal Point, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, LCSW-C, LMSW
Verified Verified
Parkville, MD 21234
Our Mission Statement: We are committed to helping people make healthy lifestyle choices for both the body and mind. Primal Point LLC wants to encourage individuals and their families to make resolutions to bring behavioral and physical health success. Our Vision Statement: To be the provider of choice for behavioral and primary care in Maryland, known for offering excellent behavioral and primary care services. We envision communities where all citizens share a sound mind and physical health.
Our Mission Statement: We are committed to helping people make healthy lifestyle choices for both the body and mind. Primal Point LLC wants to encourage individuals and their families to make resolutions to bring behavioral and physical health success. Our Vision Statement: To be the provider of choice for behavioral and primary care in Maryland, known for offering excellent behavioral and primary care services. We envision communities where all citizens share a sound mind and physical health.
(410) 324-6924 View (410) 324-6924
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Mahogany Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Parkville, MD 21234  (Online Only)
I believe that each person's path to mental wellness is distinct. My approach centers around YOU - your concerns, aspirations, and challenges. Together, we will embark on a collaborative journey towards healing and growth. Your comfort and trust are paramount. I am committed to creating a safe and non-judgmental space where you can openly express yourself. Your input and preferences will help to guide our treatment plan, ensuring it aligns with your goals. Your questions and doubts are encouraged, as they pave the way for informed decisions about your mental health.
I believe that each person's path to mental wellness is distinct. My approach centers around YOU - your concerns, aspirations, and challenges. Together, we will embark on a collaborative journey towards healing and growth. Your comfort and trust are paramount. I am committed to creating a safe and non-judgmental space where you can openly express yourself. Your input and preferences will help to guide our treatment plan, ensuring it aligns with your goals. Your questions and doubts are encouraged, as they pave the way for informed decisions about your mental health.
(410) 973-6418 View (410) 973-6418
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Eva Ogbuokiri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Parkville, MD 21234
Hello, I am Dr. Eva Ogbuokiri, DNP, PMHNP, APRN. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in the state of MD and DC. I have had the privilege of working in the field of psychiatry and mental health for more than 2 decades, providing care to patients with a vast array of mental health disorders across the lifespan in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I work collaboratively with the patient using evidenced-based treatment approach to develop a plan of care that is tailored to the patient's specific needs, while providing care in a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate manner
Hello, I am Dr. Eva Ogbuokiri, DNP, PMHNP, APRN. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in the state of MD and DC. I have had the privilege of working in the field of psychiatry and mental health for more than 2 decades, providing care to patients with a vast array of mental health disorders across the lifespan in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I work collaboratively with the patient using evidenced-based treatment approach to develop a plan of care that is tailored to the patient's specific needs, while providing care in a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate manner
(443) 348-0710 View (443) 348-0710
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Infinite Mind Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH-BC
Verified Verified
Parkville, MD 21234
At Infinite Mind Wellness, our team of highly skilled professionals is headed by Olalekan Ajayi, PMHNP-BC, who has over sixteen years overall medical experience, 8 years in psychiatry and about two years in psychotropic management. Olalekan's experience encompasses a commitment to the delivery of exceptional, qualitative and compassionate patient care to diverse and multicultural client mixtures, children and adults (ages 8 years old and older). Serving the Baltimore area, and Maryland in-person and Telehealth services, with a special focus on medication management and referral to therapist for enhancement of mental well-being.
At Infinite Mind Wellness, our team of highly skilled professionals is headed by Olalekan Ajayi, PMHNP-BC, who has over sixteen years overall medical experience, 8 years in psychiatry and about two years in psychotropic management. Olalekan's experience encompasses a commitment to the delivery of exceptional, qualitative and compassionate patient care to diverse and multicultural client mixtures, children and adults (ages 8 years old and older). Serving the Baltimore area, and Maryland in-person and Telehealth services, with a special focus on medication management and referral to therapist for enhancement of mental well-being.
(410) 724-1936 View (410) 724-1936
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Cecilia Parker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Parkville, MD 21234
Hello, my name is Cecilia Parker. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I received my undergraduate nursing degree from Coppin State University and Graduate degree from U of Alabama at Birmingham. My nursing experience has run the gamut from the Emergency Dept to school nursing. Although the richness of these experiences has greatly varied, there is one consistent theme, mental health and stability is the foundation of success in all other areas of functioning. As psychotherapy improves the effectiveness of psychotherapy, I provide brief psychotherapy as appropriate as well as refer to licensed psychotherapists.
Hello, my name is Cecilia Parker. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I received my undergraduate nursing degree from Coppin State University and Graduate degree from U of Alabama at Birmingham. My nursing experience has run the gamut from the Emergency Dept to school nursing. Although the richness of these experiences has greatly varied, there is one consistent theme, mental health and stability is the foundation of success in all other areas of functioning. As psychotherapy improves the effectiveness of psychotherapy, I provide brief psychotherapy as appropriate as well as refer to licensed psychotherapists.
(443) 351-6501 View (443) 351-6501
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Chidiadi Agoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP- BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Parkville, MD 21234
Are you looking for a psychiatric mental health provider? Fairland Behavioral Health is the right place for you. At Fairland behavioral health, we provide patient centered, culturally sensitive and holistic care that is evidence based. Our nurse practitioner is dual certified in family practice and psychiatry with vast experience in outpatient, inpatient and long-term settings. We treat every patient with respect, compassion and dignity. This aspect ensures that our patients feel loved, thus leading to a quick recovery. We guarantee that very patient has been cared for with love to boost the recovery process.
Are you looking for a psychiatric mental health provider? Fairland Behavioral Health is the right place for you. At Fairland behavioral health, we provide patient centered, culturally sensitive and holistic care that is evidence based. Our nurse practitioner is dual certified in family practice and psychiatry with vast experience in outpatient, inpatient and long-term settings. We treat every patient with respect, compassion and dignity. This aspect ensures that our patients feel loved, thus leading to a quick recovery. We guarantee that very patient has been cared for with love to boost the recovery process.
(301) 478-8823 View (301) 478-8823
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Amoah Asante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified Verified
Parkville, MD 21234
My ideal client is an adult who is struggling with adult ADHD & depression. You may feel overwhelmed and struggle to complete tasks and you may experience a lack of motivation and energy that makes it challenging to engage in these tasks or daily activities. You might find it difficult to get out of bed or take care of basic tasks due to depressive symptoms.
My ideal client is an adult who is struggling with adult ADHD & depression. You may feel overwhelmed and struggle to complete tasks and you may experience a lack of motivation and energy that makes it challenging to engage in these tasks or daily activities. You might find it difficult to get out of bed or take care of basic tasks due to depressive symptoms.
(443) 998-9216 View (443) 998-9216
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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Parkville, MD 21234  (Online Only)
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(301) 396-7258 View (301) 396-7258
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Amazing Behavioral Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Parkville, MD 21234
** Accepting New Patients** Our commitment is to provide you with amazing, efficient, cost-effective, evidence-based care via Telehealth or in our outpatient clinic. We provide outpatient, comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, consultation, and medication management. At Amazing Behavioral Health Services, we don't believe in a one-size-fits-all type of treatment. We respect the uniqueness of each patient and this allows them to be a part of their own treatment plan. Our goal is to help our patients to achieve a level of optimum stability and remission from symptoms of mental health problems.
** Accepting New Patients** Our commitment is to provide you with amazing, efficient, cost-effective, evidence-based care via Telehealth or in our outpatient clinic. We provide outpatient, comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, consultation, and medication management. At Amazing Behavioral Health Services, we don't believe in a one-size-fits-all type of treatment. We respect the uniqueness of each patient and this allows them to be a part of their own treatment plan. Our goal is to help our patients to achieve a level of optimum stability and remission from symptoms of mental health problems.
(410) 498-6305 View (410) 498-6305
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Natacha Wheeler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Parkville, MD 21234  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My name is Natacha Wheeler. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 26 years of Nursing experience in various areas, such as cardiac, critical care, maternal child health, and psychiatry. I am passionate about empowering individuals in their mental wellness by equipping them with positive coping skills to help optimize and improve mental health. My approach is holistic and my aim is to ensure that individuals feel heard and respected. I strive to collaborate in client’s care and develop a treatment plan specific to the individual’s needs. I offer services to age groups 18 and above.
My name is Natacha Wheeler. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 26 years of Nursing experience in various areas, such as cardiac, critical care, maternal child health, and psychiatry. I am passionate about empowering individuals in their mental wellness by equipping them with positive coping skills to help optimize and improve mental health. My approach is holistic and my aim is to ensure that individuals feel heard and respected. I strive to collaborate in client’s care and develop a treatment plan specific to the individual’s needs. I offer services to age groups 18 and above.
(410) 835-4905 View (410) 835-4905
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Adam Horn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Parkville, MD 21234  (Online Only)
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
(240) 219-7699 View (240) 219-7699

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Parkville, MD

30+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Parkville, MD who prioritize treating:

88% Anxiety
84% Depression
75% ADHD
75% Bipolar Disorder
66% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
59% Trauma and PTSD
56% Behavioral Issues

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Cigna and Evernorth
93% Optum
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Parkville, MD see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Parkville?

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.