Psychiatrists in Rockville, MD

Photo of Dr. Terri Negatu, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Terri Negatu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockville, MD 20852
At Sophroneo behavioral health we believe each individual is unique and deserves personalized treatment. Dr. Negatu's care is based on understanding that her clients physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual dimensions must be in balance for proper health and healing. She values providing options and working as a team with her clients. She creates a comprehensive treatment protocol that considers lifestyle, age, and medical history. Dr. Terry Negatu understands there is no one medication that would fit all, so she uses advanced genetic testing and evidence-based practice to find the medication that will work for you.
At Sophroneo behavioral health we believe each individual is unique and deserves personalized treatment. Dr. Negatu's care is based on understanding that her clients physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual dimensions must be in balance for proper health and healing. She values providing options and working as a team with her clients. She creates a comprehensive treatment protocol that considers lifestyle, age, and medical history. Dr. Terry Negatu understands there is no one medication that would fit all, so she uses advanced genetic testing and evidence-based practice to find the medication that will work for you.
(301) 321-7675 View (301) 321-7675
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Ezra Molina
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20852
With a passion for restoring mental health, I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to empowering clients to reach their mental health goals. My background includes an MSN from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a Post-Masters Certificate from George Washington University. I believe in providing personalized treatment plans that promote holistic well-being. I take the time to understand each client as unique, equipping them with the tools to participate actively in their healing journey.
With a passion for restoring mental health, I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to empowering clients to reach their mental health goals. My background includes an MSN from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a Post-Masters Certificate from George Washington University. I believe in providing personalized treatment plans that promote holistic well-being. I take the time to understand each client as unique, equipping them with the tools to participate actively in their healing journey.
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
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Mimi Tyson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20852
Mimi Tyson is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Maryland and the District of Colombia. Mimi Tyson is accepting new clients for telehealth and in-person sessions. She can prescribe psychiatric medications and provide therapy. She strives to provide quality services to individuals struggling with mental health disorders. She has experience serving individuals with diverse psychiatric conditions, including mood disorders, thought disorders, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and substance use disorders.
Mimi Tyson is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Maryland and the District of Colombia. Mimi Tyson is accepting new clients for telehealth and in-person sessions. She can prescribe psychiatric medications and provide therapy. She strives to provide quality services to individuals struggling with mental health disorders. She has experience serving individuals with diverse psychiatric conditions, including mood disorders, thought disorders, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and substance use disorders.
(301) 392-7120 View (301) 392-7120
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Edward Gelber
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850
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
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P. D. Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20852  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatrist and I greatly enjoy helping people of all ages. My special interests include the treatment of: depression, bi-polar and mood disorders, ADHD, Psychotic Disorders, General and Specific anxiety and OCD. I understand that having a child with Autism can be difficult for many reasons, please know that I am able to see and treat children on the spectrum.
I am a board certified Psychiatrist and I greatly enjoy helping people of all ages. My special interests include the treatment of: depression, bi-polar and mood disorders, ADHD, Psychotic Disorders, General and Specific anxiety and OCD. I understand that having a child with Autism can be difficult for many reasons, please know that I am able to see and treat children on the spectrum.
(571) 517-1773 View (571) 517-1773
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Dr. Marie C. Campagnone, Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20852
Do you need professional psychiatric support for medication management? Do you need help coping with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia? I am a psychiatrist, providing online care to patients in Maryland and Virginia and I look forward to providing you with the psychiatric care that best meets your needs and supports your emotional wellness. Care may include medication management, psychotherapy, or a combination of medication management and therapy. If you are in therapy and your therapist has suggested medication, we will work collaboratively with your psychotherapist.
Do you need professional psychiatric support for medication management? Do you need help coping with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia? I am a psychiatrist, providing online care to patients in Maryland and Virginia and I look forward to providing you with the psychiatric care that best meets your needs and supports your emotional wellness. Care may include medication management, psychotherapy, or a combination of medication management and therapy. If you are in therapy and your therapist has suggested medication, we will work collaboratively with your psychotherapist.
(301) 753-3430 View (301) 753-3430
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Serena Chen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850  (Online Only)
Dr. Serena Chen completed her psychiatry training at Harvard South Shore where she also served as the Chief of Wellness. In addition to her residency training, she pursued further therapy training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Dr. Chen believes in combining medication management and therapy for the best treatment outcomes. She takes a patient-centered and collaborative approach with the aim of helping patients achieve their own personal vision for improved well-being. She had previously worked as a consultant before deciding to pursue a career in medicine.
Dr. Serena Chen completed her psychiatry training at Harvard South Shore where she also served as the Chief of Wellness. In addition to her residency training, she pursued further therapy training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Dr. Chen believes in combining medication management and therapy for the best treatment outcomes. She takes a patient-centered and collaborative approach with the aim of helping patients achieve their own personal vision for improved well-being. She had previously worked as a consultant before deciding to pursue a career in medicine.
(240) 734-2369 View (240) 734-2369
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Mario Pruss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockville, MD 20850
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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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(240) 628-7525 View (240) 628-7525
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Mindy Shankman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockville, MD 20852
As a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, I work with clients throughout their life cycle. I see patients individually, in family settings and couples. When treating a child or adolescent, you are really helping a whole family system regain balance and stability. I work with people with a wide range of disorders and life issues. I patients with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. I also work with children and adolescents with academic and developmental difficulties which may include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Executive Functioning Difficulties and Asperger's Syndrome.
As a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, I work with clients throughout their life cycle. I see patients individually, in family settings and couples. When treating a child or adolescent, you are really helping a whole family system regain balance and stability. I work with people with a wide range of disorders and life issues. I patients with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. I also work with children and adolescents with academic and developmental difficulties which may include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Executive Functioning Difficulties and Asperger's Syndrome.
(301) 710-0909 View (301) 710-0909
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Shama Milon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850
Dr. Shama Milon is a triple-board eligible physician in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has experience treating mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and other conditions, including specializing in treating patients with co-occurring psychiatric and medical conditions. . Central to her philosophy as a physician is to understand the unique physical, emotional, and psychological needs of her patients. She strives to provide an empathetic and judgment-free space where her patients and families can feel supported and understood.
Dr. Shama Milon is a triple-board eligible physician in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has experience treating mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and other conditions, including specializing in treating patients with co-occurring psychiatric and medical conditions. . Central to her philosophy as a physician is to understand the unique physical, emotional, and psychological needs of her patients. She strives to provide an empathetic and judgment-free space where her patients and families can feel supported and understood.
(240) 844-3050 View (240) 844-3050
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Tony Tu
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850  (Online Only)
Dr. Tony Tu is a board certified adult psychiatrist who emphasizes patient education and a psychodynamic approach to outpatient psychiatry. His passion for empowering patients with knowledge stems from his academic experience in psychiatry residency training. Dr. Tu's practice focuses on blending medication management together with psychotherapy. He also prioritizes collaboration with your therapist and encourages working together as a team.
Dr. Tony Tu is a board certified adult psychiatrist who emphasizes patient education and a psychodynamic approach to outpatient psychiatry. His passion for empowering patients with knowledge stems from his academic experience in psychiatry residency training. Dr. Tu's practice focuses on blending medication management together with psychotherapy. He also prioritizes collaboration with your therapist and encourages working together as a team.
(240) 690-5562 View (240) 690-5562
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(240) 433-7238 View (240) 433-7238
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Kate Pabai•Psychiatric Nurse•Medication Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MS, RN
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20852
Do you, your teenager, or your adolescent need medication management for ADHD, depression, insomnia or problems sleeping, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, or other psychiatric challenges? Are you already taking medication but need to adjust your prescription? Has your therapist recommended medication? You don't have to struggle or suffer needlessly. If you are not sure about medication, an assessment can help determine if you need medication, and we can develop a plan for your treatment. Often, medication and support psychotherapy can deliver tangible improvements in your life. Reach out now. I am eager to hear your story!
Do you, your teenager, or your adolescent need medication management for ADHD, depression, insomnia or problems sleeping, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, or other psychiatric challenges? Are you already taking medication but need to adjust your prescription? Has your therapist recommended medication? You don't have to struggle or suffer needlessly. If you are not sure about medication, an assessment can help determine if you need medication, and we can develop a plan for your treatment. Often, medication and support psychotherapy can deliver tangible improvements in your life. Reach out now. I am eager to hear your story!
(301) 691-4331 View (301) 691-4331
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(240) 628-7673 View (240) 628-7673
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Meadows Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockville, MD 20850
I am an AOBNP Board Certified Psychiatrist with extensive experience in treating adult and adolescent patients with a wide variety of mental health conditions and who come from diverse backgrounds.
I am an AOBNP Board Certified Psychiatrist with extensive experience in treating adult and adolescent patients with a wide variety of mental health conditions and who come from diverse backgrounds.
(240) 226-1556 View (240) 226-1556
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Patrice Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MA, CRNP
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850
I have over 20 years of experience as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I would like to share my knowledge and compassion with you through my mental health private practice. I can meet ADULTS in-person in my Rockville MD office or via telehealth in Maryland or New York. I believe in treating the unique needs and circumstances of each individual, rather than just focusing on a diagnosis. There are too many special situations I can help with, but of note is my experience treating Active-Duty Soldiers, collaborative with DBT therapists, Smoking Cessation, End of Life planning, Depression and Psychotic Disorders.
I have over 20 years of experience as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I would like to share my knowledge and compassion with you through my mental health private practice. I can meet ADULTS in-person in my Rockville MD office or via telehealth in Maryland or New York. I believe in treating the unique needs and circumstances of each individual, rather than just focusing on a diagnosis. There are too many special situations I can help with, but of note is my experience treating Active-Duty Soldiers, collaborative with DBT therapists, Smoking Cessation, End of Life planning, Depression and Psychotic Disorders.
(301) 479-9027 View (301) 479-9027
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Cedarbrook Psychiatric Clinic, L.L.C.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850
Hei-Jung C. Kim, M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist and a Christian psychiatrist who has been caring for patients for over 30 years. She has earned a reputation for successfully helping patients to manage their illnesses and improve their quality of life. She is experienced in dealing with acute, complex cases needing intensive intervention as well as complicated medication management issues. She encourages patients' families to participate in the treatment process when appropriate. She believes each patient is unique, and they and their caregivers deserve to be respected and heard when formulating appropriate treatment plans.
Hei-Jung C. Kim, M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist and a Christian psychiatrist who has been caring for patients for over 30 years. She has earned a reputation for successfully helping patients to manage their illnesses and improve their quality of life. She is experienced in dealing with acute, complex cases needing intensive intervention as well as complicated medication management issues. She encourages patients' families to participate in the treatment process when appropriate. She believes each patient is unique, and they and their caregivers deserve to be respected and heard when formulating appropriate treatment plans.
(301) 909-5902 View (301) 909-5902
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Shola Adebusoye—Medication Management•Psychiatric
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20852
Do you struggle with OCD, ADHD, insomnia, PTSD, depression, or other mental health concerns? Are you considering medication or need to tweak your medication for better results? Personalized medication management and therapeutic support tailored to your needs. Get everything you need: comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication prescriptions, and ongoing monitoring. Our goal is to ensure optimal benefits and minimize side effects. You can gain calm, balance, focus, improved sleep, and relief from difficult symptoms. Call to arrange an initial appointment. I look forward to hearing your story.
Do you struggle with OCD, ADHD, insomnia, PTSD, depression, or other mental health concerns? Are you considering medication or need to tweak your medication for better results? Personalized medication management and therapeutic support tailored to your needs. Get everything you need: comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication prescriptions, and ongoing monitoring. Our goal is to ensure optimal benefits and minimize side effects. You can gain calm, balance, focus, improved sleep, and relief from difficult symptoms. Call to arrange an initial appointment. I look forward to hearing your story.
(301) 215-3621 View (301) 215-3621
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Bose Ajayi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20852
Bose's experience working at Walter Reed helped her understand more about mental health issues, especially facing the military and their family. This great opportunity increased her desire to pursue a degree in mental health where she graduated from Walden University and aspires to use her degree to make a positive difference in caring for those with mental health care needs. She understands the stigmatization, and challenges that are associated with mental health issues. For these reasons, she provides holistic and patient-centered care where the families are involved when necessary and approved by the patient.
Bose's experience working at Walter Reed helped her understand more about mental health issues, especially facing the military and their family. This great opportunity increased her desire to pursue a degree in mental health where she graduated from Walden University and aspires to use her degree to make a positive difference in caring for those with mental health care needs. She understands the stigmatization, and challenges that are associated with mental health issues. For these reasons, she provides holistic and patient-centered care where the families are involved when necessary and approved by the patient.
(703) 457-9148 View (703) 457-9148

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Rockville, MD

90+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Rockville, MD who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
89% Anxiety
71% ADHD
71% Bipolar Disorder
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Medication Management
66% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Cigna and Evernorth
76% CareFirst
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Rockville, MD see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rockville?

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.