Psychiatrists in Rockville, MD

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Debra Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BC, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockville, MD 20852
Hello, my name is Debra, I promote client openness to communicate their needs without judgment. Give feedback as to what their goals are and how we can work together and achieve them. I collaborate with others when needed to provide the service and care they want. My treatment approach is rooted in evidence-based practices that focus on the mind-body connection.
Hello, my name is Debra, I promote client openness to communicate their needs without judgment. Give feedback as to what their goals are and how we can work together and achieve them. I collaborate with others when needed to provide the service and care they want. My treatment approach is rooted in evidence-based practices that focus on the mind-body connection.
(240) 589-5507 View (240) 589-5507
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(240) 628-7511 View (240) 628-7511
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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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B Mansaray-Smith—Kids•Adults•Medication Managment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20852
Are you considering medication or has your therapist suggested it? Do you need to adjust or balance your psychiatric medication? Do you need a psychiatric evaluation? Expert help for ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia, OCD, and other mood disorders. An assessment can help determine if you need medication and what medications might work best for you. We can develop a tailored treatment plan for your needs. We can tweak your prescription to mitigate side effects and maximize benefits. You can be more focused, sleep better, be calmer, and better regulate your moods. I look forward to hearing your story.
Are you considering medication or has your therapist suggested it? Do you need to adjust or balance your psychiatric medication? Do you need a psychiatric evaluation? Expert help for ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia, OCD, and other mood disorders. An assessment can help determine if you need medication and what medications might work best for you. We can develop a tailored treatment plan for your needs. We can tweak your prescription to mitigate side effects and maximize benefits. You can be more focused, sleep better, be calmer, and better regulate your moods. I look forward to hearing your story.
(301) 709-8217 View (301) 709-8217
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Andre Gligor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850
Services available include psychopharmacology consultations, mental health evaluation and treatment, medication management, psychotherapy and second opinion consultations. Appointment availability is generally between the hours of 1 PM and 8 PM. Areas of special interest include sleep disorders, ADHD, Autism, OCD, Depression and PTSD. Additional services available are Behavior Therapy for OCD and counseling for families of persons with Autism. The goals of the practice are to provide help and solutions for problems that affect a client's quality of life and to help clients continue on life's journey without distress.
Services available include psychopharmacology consultations, mental health evaluation and treatment, medication management, psychotherapy and second opinion consultations. Appointment availability is generally between the hours of 1 PM and 8 PM. Areas of special interest include sleep disorders, ADHD, Autism, OCD, Depression and PTSD. Additional services available are Behavior Therapy for OCD and counseling for families of persons with Autism. The goals of the practice are to provide help and solutions for problems that affect a client's quality of life and to help clients continue on life's journey without distress.
(301) 679-7492 View (301) 679-7492
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Tolulope Oguntomi Psych Medication Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20852
Do you need a psychiatric assessment for evaluation? Do you need to tweak or balance your prescription for psychiatric medication? Are you considering medication or has your therapist recommended medication? In treatment, you can help for ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, insomnia or disordered sleep, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), mood disorders, self-harming, psychosis, issues related to pregnancy and postpartum, and other challenges. An assessment can help determine if you need medication, and we can develop a plan for your treatment. Reach out now for expert psychiatric support.
Do you need a psychiatric assessment for evaluation? Do you need to tweak or balance your prescription for psychiatric medication? Are you considering medication or has your therapist recommended medication? In treatment, you can help for ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, insomnia or disordered sleep, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), mood disorders, self-harming, psychosis, issues related to pregnancy and postpartum, and other challenges. An assessment can help determine if you need medication, and we can develop a plan for your treatment. Reach out now for expert psychiatric support.
(301) 591-6750 View (301) 591-6750
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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
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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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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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Columbia Associates North Bethesda
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20852
Columbia Associates is an outpatient mental health care provider dedicated to serving the Rockville community. As the largest and oldest child, adolescent and adult psychiatric practice in the Washington Metropolitan Area, we are familiar with the DMV region and provide psychiatry and therapy services for adults, adolescents and children. We also provide first-episode psychosis treatment, medication management, psychological testing and evaluation, TMS and Spravato therapies for treatment resistant-depression.
Columbia Associates is an outpatient mental health care provider dedicated to serving the Rockville community. As the largest and oldest child, adolescent and adult psychiatric practice in the Washington Metropolitan Area, we are familiar with the DMV region and provide psychiatry and therapy services for adults, adolescents and children. We also provide first-episode psychosis treatment, medication management, psychological testing and evaluation, TMS and Spravato therapies for treatment resistant-depression.
(301) 381-4096 View (301) 381-4096
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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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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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Dr. Vera Okoye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMH-BC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20852
Are you emotionally or mentally drained, can't focus on your daily activities, can't get along with your co-workers, friends, or family members, or embarrassed by your weight? If yes, then you are in good hands with You First Health and Wellness Services (YFHWS) where you are treated with respect and compassion. Your wellbeing is assured by Dr. Vera Okoye who has successfully treated people with mental derangement or emotional dysregulation. She is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental health, and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 26 years in practice. She is here for you from initial intake to a successful treatment outcome.
Are you emotionally or mentally drained, can't focus on your daily activities, can't get along with your co-workers, friends, or family members, or embarrassed by your weight? If yes, then you are in good hands with You First Health and Wellness Services (YFHWS) where you are treated with respect and compassion. Your wellbeing is assured by Dr. Vera Okoye who has successfully treated people with mental derangement or emotional dysregulation. She is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental health, and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 26 years in practice. She is here for you from initial intake to a successful treatment outcome.
(301) 781-5430 View (301) 781-5430
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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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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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Michelle Hornbaker-Park
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850  (Online Only)
Dr. Michelle Hornbaker-Park is a board-certified General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with over nine years of experience. Her practice focuses on medication management founded not only on evidence-based medicine but on the understanding that a trusting therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of behavioral health healing. She incorporates CBT, supportive therapy, and psychoeducation into her medication management appointments and may refer patients for additional psychotherapy to improve outcomes.
Dr. Michelle Hornbaker-Park is a board-certified General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with over nine years of experience. Her practice focuses on medication management founded not only on evidence-based medicine but on the understanding that a trusting therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of behavioral health healing. She incorporates CBT, supportive therapy, and psychoeducation into her medication management appointments and may refer patients for additional psychotherapy to improve outcomes.
(240) 376-5950 View (240) 376-5950
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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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Lisa Sohn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockville, MD 20850  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner based in Rockville, MD. I hold a doctoral degree in nursing and have achieved board certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). My extensive education and training empower me to deliver advanced psychiatric care, blending clinical expertise with a deep understanding of the biological, psychological, and social factors influencing mental health.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner based in Rockville, MD. I hold a doctoral degree in nursing and have achieved board certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). My extensive education and training empower me to deliver advanced psychiatric care, blending clinical expertise with a deep understanding of the biological, psychological, and social factors influencing mental health.
(240) 201-2574 View (240) 201-2574
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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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Rockville, MD

90+

Average cost per session

$197

Psychiatrists in Rockville, MD who prioritize treating:

90% Depression
89% Anxiety
70% ADHD
70% Bipolar Disorder
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Medication Management
66% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Cigna and Evernorth
77% 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.