Psychiatrists in Prince Georges County, MD

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Photo of Clementina U Nwandu - Chidera Health and Mental Health Services, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chidera Health and Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707  (Online Only)
Doctor Clementina Nwandu is a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and a Doctor in Nursing Practice. She is Board certified, and her focus is on Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She has over 27 years of experience in the healthcare industry as a nurse, and 23 of those in the mental health field. She is versed in a wide range of mental health conditions. She earned her Associate degree in nursing, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from Marymount University, her MSN degree /FNP from Bowie State University, and subsequently, her PMHNP certification and DNP from Shenandoah University.
Doctor Clementina Nwandu is a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and a Doctor in Nursing Practice. She is Board certified, and her focus is on Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She has over 27 years of experience in the healthcare industry as a nurse, and 23 of those in the mental health field. She is versed in a wide range of mental health conditions. She earned her Associate degree in nursing, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from Marymount University, her MSN degree /FNP from Bowie State University, and subsequently, her PMHNP certification and DNP from Shenandoah University.
(240) 563-9779 View (240) 563-9779
Photo of Folasade 'sade' Fawehinmi Alaba, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse
Folasade 'sade' Fawehinmi Alaba
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
My ideal client would be open to genuine care and support. I have a passion for helping those who are dealing with acute distress, mental health that impacts their quality of life, or behavioral challenges. It is my hope and goal to assist my client with addressing their mental health goals through medication management.
My ideal client would be open to genuine care and support. I have a passion for helping those who are dealing with acute distress, mental health that impacts their quality of life, or behavioral challenges. It is my hope and goal to assist my client with addressing their mental health goals through medication management.
(301) 381-5788 x5 View (301) 381-5788 x5
Photo of Annie Tabi - Utopia Health Center, NP Psyc, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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
Photo of Oko Akrong, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Oko Akrong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20715  (Online Only)
Oko uses a client-centered, solution-focused approach to provide the best possible care during treatment. He believes heartedly that his relationship with his patients is one of a navigator whose job is to use his skills, knowledge, and education to create a clear-cut path to the patient's happiness. He believes good communication and active listening lead to the best solution, and he uses these skills to help patients move forward in life. Please schedule appointments at www.dmvpsychiatricwellness.com. Thanks
Oko uses a client-centered, solution-focused approach to provide the best possible care during treatment. He believes heartedly that his relationship with his patients is one of a navigator whose job is to use his skills, knowledge, and education to create a clear-cut path to the patient's happiness. He believes good communication and active listening lead to the best solution, and he uses these skills to help patients move forward in life. Please schedule appointments at www.dmvpsychiatricwellness.com. Thanks
(301) 298-8366 View (301) 298-8366
Photo of Folake Aloba - Covenant Psychiatric Services, CRNP, PMH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Covenant Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Hyattsville, MD 20782
Fola Aloba is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with several years of experience working in different healthcare settings that include hospitals, assisted living facilities, Nursing homes, and hospice care. She understands the debilitating and the negative impacts of mental illnesses when left untreated. She is very passionate about her patients and shows a high level of empathy in rendering care and treatment to them. Fola works tirelessly in promoting treatment adherence in her patient through counseling and education. She is known to treat everyone that comes in contact with her with respect and dignity that they deserve.
Fola Aloba is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with several years of experience working in different healthcare settings that include hospitals, assisted living facilities, Nursing homes, and hospice care. She understands the debilitating and the negative impacts of mental illnesses when left untreated. She is very passionate about her patients and shows a high level of empathy in rendering care and treatment to them. Fola works tirelessly in promoting treatment adherence in her patient through counseling and education. She is known to treat everyone that comes in contact with her with respect and dignity that they deserve.
(240) 716-6456 View (240) 716-6456
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BAC Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20707  (Online Only)
I specialize in Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and a wide variety of mental health conditions/ disorders. My ideal clients are individuals and couples about the age of 12 with a history of anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder who usually need assistance with medication management. My goal is to ensure that there is positive progress in their Mental and Behavioral health in order to better manage their symptoms and achieve mental stability.
I specialize in Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and a wide variety of mental health conditions/ disorders. My ideal clients are individuals and couples about the age of 12 with a history of anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder who usually need assistance with medication management. My goal is to ensure that there is positive progress in their Mental and Behavioral health in order to better manage their symptoms and achieve mental stability.
(240) 998-1219 View (240) 998-1219
Photo of Aniekan Vincent - Anchor Behavioral and Mental Health Services, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Anchor Behavioral and Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707
Today's world and it's demands can be overwhelming be it familial, financially or otherwise. This reality takes a toll on everyone of us and can present a psychological challenge with a psychiatric base. Presentation secondary to these stresses may be different. Some present as depressed, anxious or otherwise. Here is hope, here is home because here, with years of experience in prescribing and management of psychotropics, help is available.
Today's world and it's demands can be overwhelming be it familial, financially or otherwise. This reality takes a toll on everyone of us and can present a psychological challenge with a psychiatric base. Presentation secondary to these stresses may be different. Some present as depressed, anxious or otherwise. Here is hope, here is home because here, with years of experience in prescribing and management of psychotropics, help is available.
(240) 847-0188 View (240) 847-0188
Photo of Chuks Nwaulu - Legacy Medical and Mental Health Clinic, DNP, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Legacy Medical and Mental Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Temple Hills, MD 20748
At Legacy medical and Mental Clinic, our goal is to deliver patient centered psychiatric and behavioral services geared towards improved quality of life.
At Legacy medical and Mental Clinic, our goal is to deliver patient centered psychiatric and behavioral services geared towards improved quality of life.
(240) 332-1715 View (240) 332-1715
Photo of Christina Ekoko Abange, DNP, APRN, CRNP, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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
Photo of Dr. Chibuzo Efuribe -  Rehoboth Wellness Center , DNP, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rehoboth Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770  (Online Only)
Dr. Efuribe provides compassionate care in a warm, non-judgmental environment where you can share your concerns and feel safe and supported. With a passion for delivering exceptional care, she helps individuals navigate through mental health challenges. She works with individuals aged 13-65 years and specialize in Depression, ADHD, Anxiety and other mental health challenges.
Dr. Efuribe provides compassionate care in a warm, non-judgmental environment where you can share your concerns and feel safe and supported. With a passion for delivering exceptional care, she helps individuals navigate through mental health challenges. She works with individuals aged 13-65 years and specialize in Depression, ADHD, Anxiety and other mental health challenges.
(240) 249-4498 View (240) 249-4498
Photo of Olatunji Folawewo - Boundless Mental Health, DNP,  , CRNP, PMH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Boundless Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, , CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20721  (Online Only)
Dr. Olatunji Folawewo is an established and highly skilled Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience in psychiatry and mental health issues. He obtained his doctorate in nursing from University of Maryland, Baltimore. He has an excellent reputation in treating mental health issues from children to adults as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He has been actively involved in quality care in underserved communities, hospitals with inpatients, responding to crisis cases, and home-based care as a registered nurse in psychiatry.
Dr. Olatunji Folawewo is an established and highly skilled Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience in psychiatry and mental health issues. He obtained his doctorate in nursing from University of Maryland, Baltimore. He has an excellent reputation in treating mental health issues from children to adults as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He has been actively involved in quality care in underserved communities, hospitals with inpatients, responding to crisis cases, and home-based care as a registered nurse in psychiatry.
(301) 690-9380 View (301) 690-9380
Photo of Ndubuisi Isaac Okoroafor - Cona Healthcare Services, DNP, PMHNP-B, MSc, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Cona Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, MSc, MSN
Not Verified Not Verified
Bowie, MD 20715
Yes, you are not alone as everyone experiences loss, unforeseen changes, relationship challenges, difficulty with sleep, and anxiety provoking stress that may interfere with work, self, and/or relationships. Help is available at Cona healthcare. Welcome to Cona Healthcare Health Services, where your journey to mental health and physical wellness begins. At Cona Healthcare Services, we provide virtual, physical, and mental health services at your comfort. We are always at your service to help you function at your optimum with a sound mind. Dr. Endy Okoroafor is Doctoral prepared PMHNP at University of South Alabama & Board-Certified.
Yes, you are not alone as everyone experiences loss, unforeseen changes, relationship challenges, difficulty with sleep, and anxiety provoking stress that may interfere with work, self, and/or relationships. Help is available at Cona healthcare. Welcome to Cona Healthcare Health Services, where your journey to mental health and physical wellness begins. At Cona Healthcare Services, we provide virtual, physical, and mental health services at your comfort. We are always at your service to help you function at your optimum with a sound mind. Dr. Endy Okoroafor is Doctoral prepared PMHNP at University of South Alabama & Board-Certified.
(301) 246-8005 View (301) 246-8005
Photo of Yvette Takwe, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Yvette Takwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Largo, MD 20774  (Online Only)
Hi Everyone, Are you that person drowning in the many dilemas, and work stressors and unable to manage your anxiety due to the outrageous changes in our society and lives.
Hi Everyone, Are you that person drowning in the many dilemas, and work stressors and unable to manage your anxiety due to the outrageous changes in our society and lives.
(301) 835-1441 View (301) 835-1441
Photo of Leighton Kennedy - Telehealth Only, PMHNP-, BC, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Leighton Kennedy - Telehealth Only
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC, CRNP
Verified Verified
Laurel, MD 20707  (Online Only)
I have over 20 years in psychiatric mental health care, from an RN through being an NP. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am certified to prescribe medications and treat people with mental health challenges from youth through late adulthood. Working with people from a variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds gives me deeper understanding of you. I would love to see how I can help you feel more like you can accomplish your day to day tasks and goals without you feeling overwhelmed by your mood symptoms, anxiety, or challenges managing your behaviors. I am rendering services remotely in Maryland and in Virginia.
I have over 20 years in psychiatric mental health care, from an RN through being an NP. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am certified to prescribe medications and treat people with mental health challenges from youth through late adulthood. Working with people from a variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds gives me deeper understanding of you. I would love to see how I can help you feel more like you can accomplish your day to day tasks and goals without you feeling overwhelmed by your mood symptoms, anxiety, or challenges managing your behaviors. I am rendering services remotely in Maryland and in Virginia.
(240) 363-8882 View (240) 363-8882
Photo of Dieudonne Metombe - Hope For Living Healthcare LLC, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Hope For Living Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lanham, MD 20706
It is our mission to provide mental and behavioral health services to our clients, aiming for the betterment of their overall health. Our assessments, treatment plans, and evidence-based methods are therapeutic and holistic and aid our client's individual needs.
It is our mission to provide mental and behavioral health services to our clients, aiming for the betterment of their overall health. Our assessments, treatment plans, and evidence-based methods are therapeutic and holistic and aid our client's individual needs.
(240) 716-6284 View (240) 716-6284
Photo of Dr. Uchenna Obichere, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Uchenna Obichere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20708
Hello! I am Dr. Uchenna Obichere, a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland and a Board-Certified FNP with over 30 years of clinical experience in the clinical arena. I obtained my BSN degree and Master of Science-Family Nurse Practitioner from Bowie State University, a PMHNP Degree from the University of Massachusetts Global, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice-Executive Leadership from Grand Canyon University. I have worked as a clinician in outpatient, inpatient, and telehealth settings. I utilize evidence-based treatment strategies to provide individualized patient care.
Hello! I am Dr. Uchenna Obichere, a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland and a Board-Certified FNP with over 30 years of clinical experience in the clinical arena. I obtained my BSN degree and Master of Science-Family Nurse Practitioner from Bowie State University, a PMHNP Degree from the University of Massachusetts Global, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice-Executive Leadership from Grand Canyon University. I have worked as a clinician in outpatient, inpatient, and telehealth settings. I utilize evidence-based treatment strategies to provide individualized patient care.
(240) 698-2208 View (240) 698-2208
Photo of Charles Besong - Prime Behavioral Health, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Prime Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Laurel, MD 20707
We are here to provide non-judgmental support to you! Although we cannot change past challenging issues, we can support you to find a path to brighter future. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you just want to pursue a new positive path in life, let us support you to achieve your goals. We provide high quality, affordable therapy and medication management services to clients in need. Call us to make an appointment today! We are a team of experienced clinicians who are passionate about building stronger families.
We are here to provide non-judgmental support to you! Although we cannot change past challenging issues, we can support you to find a path to brighter future. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you just want to pursue a new positive path in life, let us support you to achieve your goals. We provide high quality, affordable therapy and medication management services to clients in need. Call us to make an appointment today! We are a team of experienced clinicians who are passionate about building stronger families.
(240) 713-6140 View (240) 713-6140
Photo of Meena Kumar - Chivic Health Care Services, PMHNP-, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chivic Health Care Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770
I am dual certified as Family and Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner. I have been practicing in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. My healthcare journey began in 1989 as a registered nurse. My goal is to treat my clients suffering from mental illnesses as well as physical illnesses. Having been born and raised in India, my core values are based on humanity and giving back to my community. I have been providing care for patients across the lifespan and am well experienced with dealing with various medical and mental health disorders.
I am dual certified as Family and Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner. I have been practicing in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. My healthcare journey began in 1989 as a registered nurse. My goal is to treat my clients suffering from mental illnesses as well as physical illnesses. Having been born and raised in India, my core values are based on humanity and giving back to my community. I have been providing care for patients across the lifespan and am well experienced with dealing with various medical and mental health disorders.
(240) 617-4823 View (240) 617-4823
gateway behavioral health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Lanham, MD 20706
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
Photo of Chinma Njoku, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chinma Njoku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Bowie, MD 20720  (Online Only)
Do you feel down, depressed, changes in appetite, feel anxious, can’t stop worrying about things, have low motivation, can’t get out of bed? Is it hard to pay attention and complete tasks? Do you suffer from nightmares due to past trauma? Does your heart race and do you have panic attacks? I am here to tell you that you are not alone in your journey. I will listen to your concerns in a safe and positive space and, working together in partnership, help you find the solutions you are looking for. As an experienced professional, I will support you with the best quality care you deserve through medication management.
Do you feel down, depressed, changes in appetite, feel anxious, can’t stop worrying about things, have low motivation, can’t get out of bed? Is it hard to pay attention and complete tasks? Do you suffer from nightmares due to past trauma? Does your heart race and do you have panic attacks? I am here to tell you that you are not alone in your journey. I will listen to your concerns in a safe and positive space and, working together in partnership, help you find the solutions you are looking for. As an experienced professional, I will support you with the best quality care you deserve through medication management.
(301) 273-1413 View (301) 273-1413
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Number of Psychiatrists in Prince Georges County, MD

300+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Prince Georges County, MD who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
83% ADHD
82% Bipolar Disorder
68% Trauma and PTSD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
64% Medication Management

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Cigna and Evernorth
88% Aetna
83% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Prince Georges County, MD see their clients

57% In Person and Online
43% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
15% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Prince Georges County?

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.