Psychiatrists in Rockville, MD

Photo of Lisa Sohn, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockville, MD
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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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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Favored Hands Telepsychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockville, MD 20852  (Online Only)
Favored Hands Telepsychiaty, LLC is a Telemedicine practice ran by Franca Bakane who is a board certified PMHNP with several years of experience serving patients with varying mental health conditions. Her background includes providing psychopharmacology and therapeutic services to adolescent and adults in a variety of settings including, inpatient, outpatient, and corrections. I diagnose and treat many conditions some of which include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, OCD, PTSD and a lot more. Telepsych Appointment are carried out via a secure video link. Evening hours may be available with Prior Arrangement.
Favored Hands Telepsychiaty, LLC is a Telemedicine practice ran by Franca Bakane who is a board certified PMHNP with several years of experience serving patients with varying mental health conditions. Her background includes providing psychopharmacology and therapeutic services to adolescent and adults in a variety of settings including, inpatient, outpatient, and corrections. I diagnose and treat many conditions some of which include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, OCD, PTSD and a lot more. Telepsych Appointment are carried out via a secure video link. Evening hours may be available with Prior Arrangement.
(301) 381-5507 View (301) 381-5507
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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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Stacy Woods
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Rockville, MD 20852
I am a board certified psychiatrist and completed my training at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. My patients may be seeking psychiatric help for the first time, others have tried a number of medications and have struggled to find the level of help they were seeking. With each patient I work carefully to evaluate which medication will be effective. As my patient your ongoing treatment will include consultation with you about the effects of any medication to ensure you get the maximum benefit to improve your quality of life. I can be reached by phone and email as needed.
I am a board certified psychiatrist and completed my training at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. My patients may be seeking psychiatric help for the first time, others have tried a number of medications and have struggled to find the level of help they were seeking. With each patient I work carefully to evaluate which medication will be effective. As my patient your ongoing treatment will include consultation with you about the effects of any medication to ensure you get the maximum benefit to improve your quality of life. I can be reached by phone and email as needed.
(301) 684-8159 View (301) 684-8159
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Amoah Asante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850
My ideal client is an adult who is struggling with adult ADHD & depression. You may feel overwhelmed and struggle to complete tasks and you may experience a lack of motivation and energy that makes it challenging to engage in these tasks or daily activities. You might find it difficult to get out of bed or take care of basic tasks due to depressive symptoms.
My ideal client is an adult who is struggling with adult ADHD & depression. You may feel overwhelmed and struggle to complete tasks and you may experience a lack of motivation and energy that makes it challenging to engage in these tasks or daily activities. You might find it difficult to get out of bed or take care of basic tasks due to depressive symptoms.
(240) 557-8256 View (240) 557-8256
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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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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. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(240) 443-2144 View (240) 443-2144
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Sarah Burkey Gibson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850  (Online Only)
After completing her undergraduate degree in social work and spending over a decade in the intellectual and developmental disability field, Sarah Burkey Gibson earned her master's in nursing at Regis College in the Boston area. Sarah partners with each patient to determine the best course of treatment, providing information on first-line psychiatric medications and all alternatives with a focus on evidence-based practice, safety, and culturally competent care.
After completing her undergraduate degree in social work and spending over a decade in the intellectual and developmental disability field, Sarah Burkey Gibson earned her master's in nursing at Regis College in the Boston area. Sarah partners with each patient to determine the best course of treatment, providing information on first-line psychiatric medications and all alternatives with a focus on evidence-based practice, safety, and culturally competent care.
(301) 273-7098 View (301) 273-7098
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Angela Harrison Brantley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20852
As a Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist, I enjoy working with both populations. I help adults understand that if they do not take care of their own mental health, they may have difficulty being the best for themselves and their children. We all know that our children are our greatest asset. Choosing a medication for your child is a complex and difficult decision. I understand the ambivalence associated with this delicate step for some. I have vast experience managing ADHD and behavioral problems in children along with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and OCD in the both the pediatric and adult populations.
As a Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist, I enjoy working with both populations. I help adults understand that if they do not take care of their own mental health, they may have difficulty being the best for themselves and their children. We all know that our children are our greatest asset. Choosing a medication for your child is a complex and difficult decision. I understand the ambivalence associated with this delicate step for some. I have vast experience managing ADHD and behavioral problems in children along with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and OCD in the both the pediatric and adult populations.
(301) 685-1395 View (301) 685-1395
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Temitope Adedapo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850
Temitope Adedapo is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about caring for patients. Providing care to both behavioral health and critical care patients in her career, she aims to provide consistent, compassionate, and competent care to her patient population. She works with patients across the lifespan who experience depression, mood disorders, ADHD, psychotic disorders and more.
Temitope Adedapo is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about caring for patients. Providing care to both behavioral health and critical care patients in her career, she aims to provide consistent, compassionate, and competent care to her patient population. She works with patients across the lifespan who experience depression, mood disorders, ADHD, psychotic disorders and more.
(301) 396-7626 View (301) 396-7626
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Mabel Brossa @ Realms Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockville, MD 20852  (Online Only)
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I dedicate myself to assisting my patients and their families on their mental health journey. My passion lies in understanding the unique needs of each individual. I make it a priority to listen attentively, allowing us to collaborate in the development of a personalized treatment plan. I specialize in the evaluation and management of various conditions, including ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, OCD, PTSD, Substance Use Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Sleep Disorders, Disruptive behavior, and Impulse control.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I dedicate myself to assisting my patients and their families on their mental health journey. My passion lies in understanding the unique needs of each individual. I make it a priority to listen attentively, allowing us to collaborate in the development of a personalized treatment plan. I specialize in the evaluation and management of various conditions, including ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, OCD, PTSD, Substance Use Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Sleep Disorders, Disruptive behavior, and Impulse control.
(301) 719-5874 View (301) 719-5874
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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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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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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
Carolyn S Weiss
Psychiatric Nurse, MS, APRN, PMH
Verified Verified
Rockville, MD 20850
Not accepting new clients
As a therapist, I believe that psychotherapy is an interactive/collaborative process between my client(s) and myself with a focus on creating a trusting, supportive relationship in which my client can develop and grow and work towards the goals that brought them into therapy. To accomplish this, I utilize a range of strategies.
As a therapist, I believe that psychotherapy is an interactive/collaborative process between my client(s) and myself with a focus on creating a trusting, supportive relationship in which my client can develop and grow and work towards the goals that brought them into therapy. To accomplish this, I utilize a range of strategies.
(301) 747-3884 View (301) 747-3884
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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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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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Rockville, MD

90+

Average cost per session

$197

Psychiatrists in Rockville, MD who prioritize treating:

89% Depression
87% Anxiety
68% Bipolar Disorder
68% Medication Management
66% ADHD
66% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Cigna and Evernorth
77% BlueCross and BlueShield
77% CareFirst

How Psychiatrists in Rockville, MD see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% 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.