Psychiatrists in Silver Spring, MD

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Foundational Healthcare Solutions LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20906  (Online Only)
I am a seasoned psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a wide range of experience acquired in many organizations including public and private. I have worked in psychiatric ER, dealing with patients of all walks of life with a varied set of mental conditions comprised of: drugs use, significant depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, etc. I have also practiced group therapy in public settings, leading to the empowerment of patients based on their personal engagement, their peers' encouragement, and ultimately to their recovery with little to no remission. I have taken care of patients on one-on-one basis in private practices.
I am a seasoned psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a wide range of experience acquired in many organizations including public and private. I have worked in psychiatric ER, dealing with patients of all walks of life with a varied set of mental conditions comprised of: drugs use, significant depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, etc. I have also practiced group therapy in public settings, leading to the empowerment of patients based on their personal engagement, their peers' encouragement, and ultimately to their recovery with little to no remission. I have taken care of patients on one-on-one basis in private practices.
(240) 702-1997 View (240) 702-1997
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Ji Su Hong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Hong specializes in child-, adolescent-, and adult psychiatry; and provides comprehensive psychiatric assessment, medication management, and psychotherapy. His expertise is in ADHD, anxiety disorder, OCD, depression in children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Hong is an expert in early childhood mental health for toddlers and preschoolers. Both telehealth and in-person sessions are offered. Dr. Hong is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Dr. Hong specializes in child-, adolescent-, and adult psychiatry; and provides comprehensive psychiatric assessment, medication management, and psychotherapy. His expertise is in ADHD, anxiety disorder, OCD, depression in children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Hong is an expert in early childhood mental health for toddlers and preschoolers. Both telehealth and in-person sessions are offered. Dr. Hong is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
(240) 905-4346 View (240) 905-4346
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Rachel Mackessy-Lloyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, and addiction. I will work with your mental healthcare team to collaborate and develop a plan that enables you to achieve your goals. My approach is grounded in the interpersonal theory of nursing, with strong influences of cognitive behavioral therapy. I am especially interested in mood disorder, anxiety, and addiction psychiatry.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, and addiction. I will work with your mental healthcare team to collaborate and develop a plan that enables you to achieve your goals. My approach is grounded in the interpersonal theory of nursing, with strong influences of cognitive behavioral therapy. I am especially interested in mood disorder, anxiety, and addiction psychiatry.
(240) 213-7631 View (240) 213-7631
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Temitope Adedapo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Temitope Adedapo is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about caring for patients. She works with patients across the lifespan who experience depression, mood disorders, ADHD, psychotic disorders and more. During treatment, she ensures holistic care to patients by providing active listening and culturally sensitive care. Temitope stays current with new advances in mental health treatment and therapies to best treat patients. Temitope is licensed n Maryland to provide psychiatric services both in office and telehealth.
Temitope Adedapo is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about caring for patients. She works with patients across the lifespan who experience depression, mood disorders, ADHD, psychotic disorders and more. During treatment, she ensures holistic care to patients by providing active listening and culturally sensitive care. Temitope stays current with new advances in mental health treatment and therapies to best treat patients. Temitope is licensed n Maryland to provide psychiatric services both in office and telehealth.
(301) 450-8489 View (301) 450-8489
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Mauricio Cortina
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Not accepting new clients
I have a collaborative style of working that takes people where they are, identify what brings them to therapy and what they need from me. We work to identify vulnerabilities that come from development and family/cultural/ethic backgrounds. Just as important, we work to identify strengths and what needs to be done to bring out the best version of themselves: to care and have compassion for themselves and others, develop their interest and passions. Over 40 years of as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist I have learned that diagnostic categories are not the most important factor in getting better but the determination to get well.
I have a collaborative style of working that takes people where they are, identify what brings them to therapy and what they need from me. We work to identify vulnerabilities that come from development and family/cultural/ethic backgrounds. Just as important, we work to identify strengths and what needs to be done to bring out the best version of themselves: to care and have compassion for themselves and others, develop their interest and passions. Over 40 years of as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist I have learned that diagnostic categories are not the most important factor in getting better but the determination to get well.
(240) 589-7749 View (240) 589-7749
Fulgentia Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Are you having a hard time coping with various life stressors? Do you need a caring provider who will patiently listen to what you have to say? If you are looking for a knowledgeable provider who can help you improve your mental health, then you've come to the right place.
Are you having a hard time coping with various life stressors? Do you need a caring provider who will patiently listen to what you have to say? If you are looking for a knowledgeable provider who can help you improve your mental health, then you've come to the right place.
(301) 591-6539 View (301) 591-6539
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John Daken
Psychiatrist, MD, BC
Verified
8 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20910
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. Proficient in both medication treatment and psychotherapy, I provide a whole-client approach. I take the time to hear the breadth and depth of your experience, and dedicate the same effort to crafting a treatment plan in a spirit of collaboration. I develop medication regimens tailored to your needs and update them as needed. I also provide both individual and group psychotherapy. I have a particular interest in making mental health care accessible to all members of our diverse community.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. Proficient in both medication treatment and psychotherapy, I provide a whole-client approach. I take the time to hear the breadth and depth of your experience, and dedicate the same effort to crafting a treatment plan in a spirit of collaboration. I develop medication regimens tailored to your needs and update them as needed. I also provide both individual and group psychotherapy. I have a particular interest in making mental health care accessible to all members of our diverse community.
(240) 230-3217 View (240) 230-3217
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20906  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Maryland for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment for a virtual online visit today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Accepting some insurances insurances.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Maryland for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment for a virtual online visit today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Accepting some insurances insurances.
(833) 321-0393 View (833) 321-0393
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Adolice Medical Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910
My goal is to help the patients function at their full capacity by addressing factors, including environmental, that may lead to mental illnesses such as Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. Patients' physical and mental health is my priority and I am here to work with them through collaborative treatment. Excellent service with respect, compassion, and integrity is also our goal.
My goal is to help the patients function at their full capacity by addressing factors, including environmental, that may lead to mental illnesses such as Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. Patients' physical and mental health is my priority and I am here to work with them through collaborative treatment. Excellent service with respect, compassion, and integrity is also our goal.
(240) 213-9418 View (240) 213-9418
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Dr. Ola Adekola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Dr. Ola Adekola is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She is the owner of Divine Wellness & Psychiatric Services. As a certified Mental health care provider, her role includes a wide range of mental health services to patients across a life. She is experienced and competent to provide a full range of primary mental health services, including biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis of patients with mental illness. Treatment modalities include both medication and psychotherapeutic management.
Dr. Ola Adekola is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She is the owner of Divine Wellness & Psychiatric Services. As a certified Mental health care provider, her role includes a wide range of mental health services to patients across a life. She is experienced and competent to provide a full range of primary mental health services, including biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis of patients with mental illness. Treatment modalities include both medication and psychotherapeutic management.
(301) 640-5787 View (301) 640-5787
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Alexis Ryan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Alexis Ryan is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with her Master’s of Science in Nursing acquired from Vanderbilt University’s No. 1 ranked program in the country. She combines expertise and evidence-based approaches to care with an unflagging commitment to compassion and kindness in order to treat a variety of psychiatric disorders with particular proficiency in mood disorders, trauma-related disorders, substance use disorders, and eating disorders. Alexis utilizes psychotherapy, creates treatment plans, prescribes clinically-supported medications, and provides diagnostic clarity and education.
Alexis Ryan is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with her Master’s of Science in Nursing acquired from Vanderbilt University’s No. 1 ranked program in the country. She combines expertise and evidence-based approaches to care with an unflagging commitment to compassion and kindness in order to treat a variety of psychiatric disorders with particular proficiency in mood disorders, trauma-related disorders, substance use disorders, and eating disorders. Alexis utilizes psychotherapy, creates treatment plans, prescribes clinically-supported medications, and provides diagnostic clarity and education.
(301) 709-9907 View (301) 709-9907
CareMind Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD, PA-C, LCSW-C, PMHNP
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (Online Only)
We are a nationwide, behavioral health practice with a focus on your mental health and well-being. We have a highly skilled team of Physicians, Therapists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants. If you are struggling to maintain your mental health, we are here to help! We offer evaluations, individual psychotherapy, and medication management to create a comprehensive care plan that’s right for you..
We are a nationwide, behavioral health practice with a focus on your mental health and well-being. We have a highly skilled team of Physicians, Therapists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants. If you are struggling to maintain your mental health, we are here to help! We offer evaluations, individual psychotherapy, and medication management to create a comprehensive care plan that’s right for you..
(240) 292-1760 View (240) 292-1760
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Jason Eliassaint
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20902
My name is Jason, I am a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), specializing in anxiety, panic disorder, depression, trauma, ADHD, bipolar disorders, and schizophrenia. My goal is to create strong and trusting relationships with my patients in order to pursue the best course of effective treatment. I have experience working with adolescents, adults, and families. My sympathetic, kindhearted, and caring approaches to each individual patients make me capable of reaching the core of each of my patients’ issues and empowers them to enhance their awareness of their potentials in dealing with treatment and recovery
My name is Jason, I am a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), specializing in anxiety, panic disorder, depression, trauma, ADHD, bipolar disorders, and schizophrenia. My goal is to create strong and trusting relationships with my patients in order to pursue the best course of effective treatment. I have experience working with adolescents, adults, and families. My sympathetic, kindhearted, and caring approaches to each individual patients make me capable of reaching the core of each of my patients’ issues and empowers them to enhance their awareness of their potentials in dealing with treatment and recovery
(240) 209-9881 View (240) 209-9881
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Dr Eden Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Our ideal clients are individuals struggling with a range of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, loss of appetite, insomnia, ADHD, behavior issues, and opioid use disorder. We also offer specialized addiction treatment. Our approach combines therapy and medication management to provide comprehensive care.
Our ideal clients are individuals struggling with a range of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, loss of appetite, insomnia, ADHD, behavior issues, and opioid use disorder. We also offer specialized addiction treatment. Our approach combines therapy and medication management to provide comprehensive care.
(240) 774-2319 x20910 View (240) 774-2319 x20910
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Swaminathan Thangaraj
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (Online Only)
Dr. Swaminathan Thangaraj is board certified in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, then completed general psychiatry residency at Drexel College of Medicine, followed by child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Before joining the outpatient psychiatry team at CareMind Health/Mindoula Clinical Services, Dr. Thangaraj worked as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Sheppard-Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and McLean Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Swaminathan Thangaraj is board certified in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, then completed general psychiatry residency at Drexel College of Medicine, followed by child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Before joining the outpatient psychiatry team at CareMind Health/Mindoula Clinical Services, Dr. Thangaraj worked as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Sheppard-Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and McLean Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
(301) 679-7790 View (301) 679-7790
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Fidelity Behavioral Health Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20905
We are here to take care of your mental health challenges, such as depression, mood, anxiety and short and long-term memory problems that pose a challenge to you. Our goal is to help you defeat these challenges and take control of your life, be able to carry out your day-to-day functions, manage your finances, and go places you have not been able to go, due to these challenges. At Fidelity Behavioral Healthcare, we are all about you and your loved ones, because your recovery and happiness is our goal for your therapy.
We are here to take care of your mental health challenges, such as depression, mood, anxiety and short and long-term memory problems that pose a challenge to you. Our goal is to help you defeat these challenges and take control of your life, be able to carry out your day-to-day functions, manage your finances, and go places you have not been able to go, due to these challenges. At Fidelity Behavioral Healthcare, we are all about you and your loved ones, because your recovery and happiness is our goal for your therapy.
(301) 259-3596 View (301) 259-3596
CareMind Health
Psychiatrist, PMHNP, LCSW, LCPC, PA-C
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (Online Only)
CareMind Health is redefining the service of psychiatry and transforming behavioral health care. As a patient-centered organization, we are focused on supporting people with their mental health. We create access to convenient, high quality services delivered by compassionate and skilled clinicians. Our goal is to provide our clients with an exceptional experience that improves overall wellbeing, and restores the foundations of healthy living.
CareMind Health is redefining the service of psychiatry and transforming behavioral health care. As a patient-centered organization, we are focused on supporting people with their mental health. We create access to convenient, high quality services delivered by compassionate and skilled clinicians. Our goal is to provide our clients with an exceptional experience that improves overall wellbeing, and restores the foundations of healthy living.
(301) 825-5004 View (301) 825-5004
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Blessing Medical Consultant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, , FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20904  (Online Only)
We are a leading mental health provider dedicated to empowering individuals and families on their path to lasting well-being and transformative healing. With a compassionate and personalized approach, our experienced team of professionals is committed to delivering exceptional care and support tailored to your unique needs.
We are a leading mental health provider dedicated to empowering individuals and families on their path to lasting well-being and transformative healing. With a compassionate and personalized approach, our experienced team of professionals is committed to delivering exceptional care and support tailored to your unique needs.
(301) 234-7399 View (301) 234-7399
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Dr. Samantha A Miller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20910
I am a board certified psychiatrist with an integrative practice offering holistic personalized psychiatric care. I specialize in conditions including depression, anxiety, trauma, coping with chronic medical illness and addiction. My services include medication management and psychotherapy. Complementary treatments like meditation and mindfulness practice, engaging nature in therapy and other approaches are offered. Visit my website at www.ipnamhealth.com to learn more about my practice, and to schedule a free 15-minute telephone consultation.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with an integrative practice offering holistic personalized psychiatric care. I specialize in conditions including depression, anxiety, trauma, coping with chronic medical illness and addiction. My services include medication management and psychotherapy. Complementary treatments like meditation and mindfulness practice, engaging nature in therapy and other approaches are offered. Visit my website at www.ipnamhealth.com to learn more about my practice, and to schedule a free 15-minute telephone consultation.
(240) 641-7379 View (240) 641-7379
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WeCarePsychiatricServices
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20902
We use a holistic approach with a treatment plan that mutually agreed upon to promote the general welfare of clients to improve their quality of life.
We use a holistic approach with a treatment plan that mutually agreed upon to promote the general welfare of clients to improve their quality of life.
(301) 265-2963 View (301) 265-2963

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Silver Spring, MD

100+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Silver Spring, MD who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
93% Depression
82% Bipolar Disorder
78% ADHD
78% Medication Management
74% Trauma and PTSD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Cigna and Evernorth
82% CareFirst
79% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Silver Spring, MD see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Silver Spring?

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.