Psychiatrists in Rosedale, MD

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Baltimore County Mental Health Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Rosedale, MD 21237
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialized in Psychiatric Mental Health (CRNP-PMH), I am dedicated to providing comprehensive care for individuals from age 15 through older adulthood. My expertise lies in medication management and psychotherapy, and I am passionate about helping adults, older adults, and teens who are facing challenges related to depression, anxiety, grief, stress, bipolar and mood disorders, schizophrenia, and behavior issues. Your mental well-being is my priority, and I'm here to support you on your journey to a healthier mind.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialized in Psychiatric Mental Health (CRNP-PMH), I am dedicated to providing comprehensive care for individuals from age 15 through older adulthood. My expertise lies in medication management and psychotherapy, and I am passionate about helping adults, older adults, and teens who are facing challenges related to depression, anxiety, grief, stress, bipolar and mood disorders, schizophrenia, and behavior issues. Your mental well-being is my priority, and I'm here to support you on your journey to a healthier mind.
(410) 618-9532 x21237 View (410) 618-9532 x21237
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New Era Professional Health Care. LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, APRN, MSN, BSN
Verified Verified
Rosedale, MD 21237  (Online Only)
We understand the inevitable challenges of life that can affect your mental well-being. New Era Professional health care is here to support you on your journey to recovery. We strive to restore mental stability so that our client can regain control of their lives. We seek wellness for you, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive mental telehealth services for individuals from age 13 through adults. We are well-versed and highly knowledgeable in the management of crisis, medication management, Psychotherapy, and various psychiatric mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, Alzheimer’s disease + Dement,
We understand the inevitable challenges of life that can affect your mental well-being. New Era Professional health care is here to support you on your journey to recovery. We strive to restore mental stability so that our client can regain control of their lives. We seek wellness for you, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive mental telehealth services for individuals from age 13 through adults. We are well-versed and highly knowledgeable in the management of crisis, medication management, Psychotherapy, and various psychiatric mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, Alzheimer’s disease + Dement,
(410) 973-6830 View (410) 973-6830
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Resonance Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP-, PMH
Verified Verified
Rosedale, MD 21237
Identifying clients issues is the bedrock to managing their mental illness. With the support of clients psychiatry and medical history, previous medications and Lifestyle enable me to offer quality care to my clients.
Identifying clients issues is the bedrock to managing their mental illness. With the support of clients psychiatry and medical history, previous medications and Lifestyle enable me to offer quality care to my clients.
(410) 888-0304 View (410) 888-0304
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Lifestyle Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, DipABLM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rosedale, MD 21237
Are you an adult living with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health concerns? Would you like to work with a psychiatrist who will guide you to mental wellness through a combination of medications and targeted lifestyle modifications? Maybe you are looking to simplify your medications and focus on a whole person wellness approach? Give me a call and let's create an individualized treatment plan together.
Are you an adult living with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health concerns? Would you like to work with a psychiatrist who will guide you to mental wellness through a combination of medications and targeted lifestyle modifications? Maybe you are looking to simplify your medications and focus on a whole person wellness approach? Give me a call and let's create an individualized treatment plan together.
(443) 578-3774 View (443) 578-3774
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Oriented Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rosedale, MD 21237
We are accepting new patients! Services designed for, directed towards, and motivated by your needs
We are accepting new patients! Services designed for, directed towards, and motivated by your needs
(443) 888-2692 View (443) 888-2692
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Chinwe Okudo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Rosedale, MD 21237
We understand that Health & wellness is particularly important for individuals with, or at risk for behavioral health conditions, and is an important aspect in maintaining optimal physical health and wellness. Thus, we provide services for individuals with various mental health conditions such as: ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease + Dementia, Anxiety disorders, Bipolar disorder, Co-existing mental health conditions, Depression, Eating disorders, Grief, Body dysmorphic disorder, Personality disorders, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Stress, and so on; helping them live a more joyful, purposeful & balanced life in a healthy body.
We understand that Health & wellness is particularly important for individuals with, or at risk for behavioral health conditions, and is an important aspect in maintaining optimal physical health and wellness. Thus, we provide services for individuals with various mental health conditions such as: ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease + Dementia, Anxiety disorders, Bipolar disorder, Co-existing mental health conditions, Depression, Eating disorders, Grief, Body dysmorphic disorder, Personality disorders, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Stress, and so on; helping them live a more joyful, purposeful & balanced life in a healthy body.
(410) 762-4132 View (410) 762-4132
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Luisito Torregosa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Rosedale, MD 21237
Accepting New Clients - I have a 30-year career in the health care field, starting as a nurse working in different areas, including emergency care, and currently practicing as a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. My various and lengthy experiences caring for people gave me the skills to communicate with clients compassionately. My dedication extends beyond diagnosis and treatment; it encapsulates a commitment to compassionate, empathetic care. Embracing a humanistic approach, I believe in the significance of longer appointment times to provide comprehensive, quality care, viewing each individual holistically.
Accepting New Clients - I have a 30-year career in the health care field, starting as a nurse working in different areas, including emergency care, and currently practicing as a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. My various and lengthy experiences caring for people gave me the skills to communicate with clients compassionately. My dedication extends beyond diagnosis and treatment; it encapsulates a commitment to compassionate, empathetic care. Embracing a humanistic approach, I believe in the significance of longer appointment times to provide comprehensive, quality care, viewing each individual holistically.
(443) 730-5651 View (443) 730-5651
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Amazing Behavioral Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rosedale, MD 21237
** Accepting New Patients** Our commitment is to provide you with amazing, efficient, cost-effective, evidence-based care via Telehealth or in our outpatient clinic. We provide outpatient, comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, consultation, and medication management. At Amazing Behavioral Health Services, we don't believe in a one-size-fits-all type of treatment. We respect the uniqueness of each patient and this allows them to be a part of their own treatment plan. Our goal is to help our patients to achieve a level of optimum stability and remission from symptoms of mental health problems.
** Accepting New Patients** Our commitment is to provide you with amazing, efficient, cost-effective, evidence-based care via Telehealth or in our outpatient clinic. We provide outpatient, comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, consultation, and medication management. At Amazing Behavioral Health Services, we don't believe in a one-size-fits-all type of treatment. We respect the uniqueness of each patient and this allows them to be a part of their own treatment plan. Our goal is to help our patients to achieve a level of optimum stability and remission from symptoms of mental health problems.
(410) 498-6305 View (410) 498-6305
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A better You Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Kenneth, DNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rosedale, MD 21237
Kenneth Eguzo, DNP, APRN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychological disorders across the life span. I specialize in Psychiatric Evaluations and Psychopharmacological Management.
Kenneth Eguzo, DNP, APRN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychological disorders across the life span. I specialize in Psychiatric Evaluations and Psychopharmacological Management.
(410) 593-3657 View (410) 593-3657
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Betty Githuku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rosedale, MD 21237
My philosophy is centered around partnering with my patients in their healing journey, and I strongly believe that our mental health is the foundation of our overall being. When we prioritize our mental health, other aspects of our lives can thrive accordingly. That's why I practice a holistic approach to mental health with a personalized plan for each patient. My goal is to provide compassionate and judgment-free care to all of my patients. We strive to ensure that you feel comfortable, supported, and important throughout your treatment. If you're looking for a partner in your mental health journey, I'm here to help.
My philosophy is centered around partnering with my patients in their healing journey, and I strongly believe that our mental health is the foundation of our overall being. When we prioritize our mental health, other aspects of our lives can thrive accordingly. That's why I practice a holistic approach to mental health with a personalized plan for each patient. My goal is to provide compassionate and judgment-free care to all of my patients. We strive to ensure that you feel comfortable, supported, and important throughout your treatment. If you're looking for a partner in your mental health journey, I'm here to help.
(443) 785-3064 View (443) 785-3064
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Juddy Morgan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rosedale, MD 21237  (Online Only)
My name is Juddy Morgan, a board-certified PMHNP/FNP. Very knowledgeable and dedicated to the needs of clients served. An expert in medication management for ADHD, depression, anxiety, and various other mental health disorders. I have more than 5 years of experience in various mental health settings working with clients across the lifespan with a primary focus on the pediatric population.
My name is Juddy Morgan, a board-certified PMHNP/FNP. Very knowledgeable and dedicated to the needs of clients served. An expert in medication management for ADHD, depression, anxiety, and various other mental health disorders. I have more than 5 years of experience in various mental health settings working with clients across the lifespan with a primary focus on the pediatric population.
(443) 978-1330 View (443) 978-1330

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Nkechi Achinanya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nottingham, MD 21236
Nkechi Achinanya is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She has been with Discovery MD since April, 2023. She graduated from Walden University with a Master of Science in nursing and her specialty is psychiatry. Nkechi serves clients with varying mental health conditions like schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), substance use disorders and other behavioral health challenges. She treats clients using evidence-based pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods with the aim of providing a holistic treatment approach for individuals.
Nkechi Achinanya is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She has been with Discovery MD since April, 2023. She graduated from Walden University with a Master of Science in nursing and her specialty is psychiatry. Nkechi serves clients with varying mental health conditions like schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), substance use disorders and other behavioral health challenges. She treats clients using evidence-based pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods with the aim of providing a holistic treatment approach for individuals.
(410) 701-2363 View (410) 701-2363
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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21206  (Online Only)
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(240) 414-4435 View (240) 414-4435
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Dr. Julaine Newell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21206
My focus is on clients seeking therapy tailored to address their unique struggles with Generalized Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Stress Management, Depression, and Communication Skills. My therapeutic approach is dedicated to addressing the symptoms of insomnia, fatigue, low motivation, panic disorder, and many more. I aim to provide empathetic and effective interventions to help manage mental health symptoms and impairments. Together, we work to identify how, and which medications can support the effectiveness of your current talk therapy treatments.
My focus is on clients seeking therapy tailored to address their unique struggles with Generalized Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Stress Management, Depression, and Communication Skills. My therapeutic approach is dedicated to addressing the symptoms of insomnia, fatigue, low motivation, panic disorder, and many more. I aim to provide empathetic and effective interventions to help manage mental health symptoms and impairments. Together, we work to identify how, and which medications can support the effectiveness of your current talk therapy treatments.
(301) 804-6849 View (301) 804-6849
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Gladwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Essex, MD 21221  (Online Only)
Hi, am Catherine ! Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? I help my clients manage anxiety and avoid burnout, are you a high performer ? lets see what we can do to keep you up there
Hi, am Catherine ! Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? I help my clients manage anxiety and avoid burnout, are you a high performer ? lets see what we can do to keep you up there
(425) 584-3896 View (425) 584-3896
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Cerebral
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baltimore, MD 21206  (Online Only)
We all have life challenges that affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Consequently, our reactions to those stressors reflect our ability to succeed or fail in a given situation. Naturally, our internal biological strength can only alleviate the effect of those stressors on our mental well-being to some extent. When we have exhausted all of our natural capacity to internally cope with our mental health crisis, we need help from mental health professionals. Therefore, I utilize a realistic care approach that is based on a holistic view of your mental health with evidence-based practice to improve the quality of your life.
We all have life challenges that affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Consequently, our reactions to those stressors reflect our ability to succeed or fail in a given situation. Naturally, our internal biological strength can only alleviate the effect of those stressors on our mental well-being to some extent. When we have exhausted all of our natural capacity to internally cope with our mental health crisis, we need help from mental health professionals. Therefore, I utilize a realistic care approach that is based on a holistic view of your mental health with evidence-based practice to improve the quality of your life.
(443) 647-8862 View (443) 647-8862
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Arise & Shine Health Center, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Baltimore, MD 21206
We embrace an integrated, strength-based approach to promoting wellness. We work with children, adolescents, young adults, and families affected by a variety of behavioral health symptoms. We have worked extensively with children and adolescents struggling with significant mood and behavioral dysregulation related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and ADHD. Our experience extends to college age. We will work with you to take control of your life so that you can be in charge once again. We are compassionate, warm, and welcoming mental health providers who focus on changing the lives of our patients .
We embrace an integrated, strength-based approach to promoting wellness. We work with children, adolescents, young adults, and families affected by a variety of behavioral health symptoms. We have worked extensively with children and adolescents struggling with significant mood and behavioral dysregulation related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and ADHD. Our experience extends to college age. We will work with you to take control of your life so that you can be in charge once again. We are compassionate, warm, and welcoming mental health providers who focus on changing the lives of our patients .
(410) 220-4129 View (410) 220-4129
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Mind At Peace Psychotherapy, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC, CRNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Essex, MD 21221
Welcome to Mind At Peace Psychotherapy. We are passionate about your physical and mental well-being . We specialize in psychiatric mental & behavioral health. We provide various assessments, diagnosis, treatment, medication management & psychotherapy. Our services accommodate tele-psychiatry as well as in-person services. We are always accepting new clients ages 5 and above. Your success is our highest aim. We don’t just treat, we care.We don't just care, we do. Our goal is to raise and maintain the standard of services to all our clients leading to improved good quality of life
Welcome to Mind At Peace Psychotherapy. We are passionate about your physical and mental well-being . We specialize in psychiatric mental & behavioral health. We provide various assessments, diagnosis, treatment, medication management & psychotherapy. Our services accommodate tele-psychiatry as well as in-person services. We are always accepting new clients ages 5 and above. Your success is our highest aim. We don’t just treat, we care.We don't just care, we do. Our goal is to raise and maintain the standard of services to all our clients leading to improved good quality of life
(410) 936-6209 View (410) 936-6209
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Kenneth Eguzo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Middle River, MD 21220
Kenneth Eguzo, DNP, APRN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychological disorders across the life span. I specialize in Psychiatric Evaluations and Psychopharmacological Management.
Kenneth Eguzo, DNP, APRN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychological disorders across the life span. I specialize in Psychiatric Evaluations and Psychopharmacological Management.
(410) 862-0540 View (410) 862-0540
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Talia Griffin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nottingham, MD 21236
***ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*** Have you been suffering from symptoms that affect your thinking, perception, mood, and behavior? Are these symptoms making it difficult for you to cope with work, relationships, and other demands? Do you need a provider who will listen to your needs and formulate a comprehensive plan to help you return to your baseline level and effectively get back to normal life? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you are a candidate who can benefit from the treatment I provide that is tailored to your specific needs. My goals are your goals and I will be with you every step of the way.
***ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*** Have you been suffering from symptoms that affect your thinking, perception, mood, and behavior? Are these symptoms making it difficult for you to cope with work, relationships, and other demands? Do you need a provider who will listen to your needs and formulate a comprehensive plan to help you return to your baseline level and effectively get back to normal life? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you are a candidate who can benefit from the treatment I provide that is tailored to your specific needs. My goals are your goals and I will be with you every step of the way.
(443) 353-0965 View (443) 353-0965

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Rosedale, MD

10+

Average cost per session

$100

Psychiatrists in Rosedale, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
91% ADHD
91% Bipolar Disorder
73% Trauma and PTSD
73% Medication Management
64% Addiction

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Medicare
82% Aetna
82% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Rosedale, MD see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rosedale?

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.