Psychiatrists in Smithsburg, MD

Photo of Tolulope Lawson-John, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tolulope Lawson-John
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Smithsburg, MD 21783
Now Accepting New Clients!
Now Accepting New Clients!
(410) 886-7176 View (410) 886-7176
Photo of Adetutu Bolaji Awodipe - Revered Holistic Healthcare llc, PMHNP, FNP, MPH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Revered Holistic Healthcare llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smithsburg, MD 21783  (Online Only)
I very much understand some of the hurdles that come with adjusting to chronic mental health illness, stressful family life, changing work environments, evolving living situations/arrangements, loss of Income and/or loved ones and the effect each of such factors can have on an individual's Mental health. At Revered Holistic Healthcare, our aim is to offer non-judgmental care to affect every aspect of an individual's life positively. Looking forward to working with individuals who are willing to be active participants in caring for their mental health via a holistic and collaborative approach on their journey to mental wellness
I very much understand some of the hurdles that come with adjusting to chronic mental health illness, stressful family life, changing work environments, evolving living situations/arrangements, loss of Income and/or loved ones and the effect each of such factors can have on an individual's Mental health. At Revered Holistic Healthcare, our aim is to offer non-judgmental care to affect every aspect of an individual's life positively. Looking forward to working with individuals who are willing to be active participants in caring for their mental health via a holistic and collaborative approach on their journey to mental wellness
(301) 709-7557 View (301) 709-7557
Photo of Sheri Saluga, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sheri Saluga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Smithsburg, MD 21783  (Online Only)
Welcome, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been practicing for 6 years and enjoy seeing patients of all ages for medication management of their mental health issues. By utilizing a thoughtful, individualized, and patient collaborative treatment approach, I help patients reach their highest potential of mental wellbeing.
Welcome, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been practicing for 6 years and enjoy seeing patients of all ages for medication management of their mental health issues. By utilizing a thoughtful, individualized, and patient collaborative treatment approach, I help patients reach their highest potential of mental wellbeing.
(443) 960-8241 View (443) 960-8241
Photo of Dr. Tanveer A Padder, MD , ABPN, ABPM, Psychiatrist
Dr. Tanveer A Padder
Psychiatrist, MD , ABPN, ABPM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smithsburg, MD 21783  (Online Only)
Dr. Padder is a Triple boarded Psychiatrist - Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Diplomat American Board of Addiction Medicine and added Certification in Clinical Psycho-Pharmacology. He is a preeminent expert in psychopharmacology and has been awarded a Master Psycho-pharmacologist certification. He has received numerous awards, including America's Top Psychiatrists, Patient choice award, Health grades honor roll, Top doctor award, Maryland, and many more. We also offer Ketamine therapy at the comfort of your home. For appointment for ketamine therapy, visit ketamineonline.us
Dr. Padder is a Triple boarded Psychiatrist - Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Diplomat American Board of Addiction Medicine and added Certification in Clinical Psycho-Pharmacology. He is a preeminent expert in psychopharmacology and has been awarded a Master Psycho-pharmacologist certification. He has received numerous awards, including America's Top Psychiatrists, Patient choice award, Health grades honor roll, Top doctor award, Maryland, and many more. We also offer Ketamine therapy at the comfort of your home. For appointment for ketamine therapy, visit ketamineonline.us
(470) 625-6043 View (470) 625-6043
Photo of Lakeyia Daniels, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lakeyia Daniels
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Smithsburg, MD 21783
Lakeyia Daniels is a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry. Ms. Lakeyia received her Bachelor of Science from Sojourner Douglas College as a Registered Nurse. During Lakeyia's nursing career, she developed a strong passion for psychiatric nursing after working in various settings. Due to Lakeyia's strong passion for psychiatric nursing, she was encouraged to pursue a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner certificate at Walden University, where she received her Master of Science in Nursing.
Lakeyia Daniels is a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry. Ms. Lakeyia received her Bachelor of Science from Sojourner Douglas College as a Registered Nurse. During Lakeyia's nursing career, she developed a strong passion for psychiatric nursing after working in various settings. Due to Lakeyia's strong passion for psychiatric nursing, she was encouraged to pursue a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner certificate at Walden University, where she received her Master of Science in Nursing.
(443) 323-1306 View (443) 323-1306
Photo of Lawrencia Ugochukwu, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lawrencia Ugochukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Smithsburg, MD 21783  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Lawrencia, your trusted partner in your quest for life fulfillment and peace of mind that is devoid of anxiety and depression. I provide high-quality mental health treatment that is laser-focused on the individual.
Hello, I'm Lawrencia, your trusted partner in your quest for life fulfillment and peace of mind that is devoid of anxiety and depression. I provide high-quality mental health treatment that is laser-focused on the individual.
(410) 220-2478 View (410) 220-2478
Photo of Nkiru Ndukwe Smith - Horizon Wellness Services LLC, DNP, FNP-BC, PMH-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Horizon Wellness Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMH-BC
Verified Verified
Smithsburg, MD 21783
Dr. Nkiru Smith, DNP FNB-BC, PMHNP-BC, is a dually board-certified family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have been a nurse for the past two decades. I have worked in different healthcare settings, including critical care units, medical-surgical units, MAT, and outpatient, residential psychiatric mental facilities. As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I aim to ease suffering and pain. Each patient requires an individualized treatment approach. I provide warm, friendly, competent, and compassionate care in the office or tele-health.
Dr. Nkiru Smith, DNP FNB-BC, PMHNP-BC, is a dually board-certified family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have been a nurse for the past two decades. I have worked in different healthcare settings, including critical care units, medical-surgical units, MAT, and outpatient, residential psychiatric mental facilities. As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I aim to ease suffering and pain. Each patient requires an individualized treatment approach. I provide warm, friendly, competent, and compassionate care in the office or tele-health.
(410) 449-7538 View (410) 449-7538
Photo of Kemi Omogoke, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kemi Omogoke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Smithsburg, MD 21783  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a doctoral-prepared Board-certified Psychiatric NP with over 8 years of psych/mental healthcare experience. I am a Bowie State University Bachelor of Professional graduate, and I received my MSN and DNP at Walden University. I have worked in various healthcare settings across the DMV. My field experience has empowered me in my specialties and am able to care for a client with mental health challenges across the lifespan.
Hello! I am a doctoral-prepared Board-certified Psychiatric NP with over 8 years of psych/mental healthcare experience. I am a Bowie State University Bachelor of Professional graduate, and I received my MSN and DNP at Walden University. I have worked in various healthcare settings across the DMV. My field experience has empowered me in my specialties and am able to care for a client with mental health challenges across the lifespan.
(443) 979-8075 View (443) 979-8075
Photo of Venrice Kerr, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Venrice Kerr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Smithsburg, MD 21783  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing difficulty with managing life stressors, career, family, raising a child(ren), physical and mental health? Let me help you take a step to improve your mental health to provide the mental clarity to handle life stressors more efficiently. It brings me joy to help others reach their full potential. Let me help you! I am a dual-board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from SUNY Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 2004. Shortly thereafter, I obtained my master’s degree while working in an acute care setting for four years.
Are you experiencing difficulty with managing life stressors, career, family, raising a child(ren), physical and mental health? Let me help you take a step to improve your mental health to provide the mental clarity to handle life stressors more efficiently. It brings me joy to help others reach their full potential. Let me help you! I am a dual-board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from SUNY Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 2004. Shortly thereafter, I obtained my master’s degree while working in an acute care setting for four years.
(301) 450-5237 View (301) 450-5237
Photo of Titi Anjorin, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Titi Anjorin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Smithsburg, MD 21783
Hello there, I'm Dr. T. Do you feel stuck and trapped in yourself, unable to blend in? Are you wrestling to have friends at school or at work? Are you going through a life transition? Are you experiencing sleep, energy, appetite, work, school, and social functioning changes? Are you scared or concerned about hurting yourself or the people around you? Do you feel lonely, anxious, or run down easily when doing a task? Do you feel inadequate or struggling with relationships or lack thereof?
Hello there, I'm Dr. T. Do you feel stuck and trapped in yourself, unable to blend in? Are you wrestling to have friends at school or at work? Are you going through a life transition? Are you experiencing sleep, energy, appetite, work, school, and social functioning changes? Are you scared or concerned about hurting yourself or the people around you? Do you feel lonely, anxious, or run down easily when doing a task? Do you feel inadequate or struggling with relationships or lack thereof?
(240) 896-1145 View (240) 896-1145
Photo of Yvonne McKenzie, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Yvonne McKenzie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Smithsburg, MD 21783  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Dr. Yvonne. Do you feel pulled in a thousand directions and not able to put it all together? Are you struggling to keep up with your responsibilities? It's time to be kind to yourself and together we will address issues and come to a manageable regimen designed for you. Whether you're dealing with feeling overwhelmed, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, I'm here to help.
Hello, I'm Dr. Yvonne. Do you feel pulled in a thousand directions and not able to put it all together? Are you struggling to keep up with your responsibilities? It's time to be kind to yourself and together we will address issues and come to a manageable regimen designed for you. Whether you're dealing with feeling overwhelmed, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, I'm here to help.
(240) 226-1997 View (240) 226-1997
Photo of Shilla Pokuaa, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shilla Pokuaa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Smithsburg, MD 21783  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Shilla Pokuaa, a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Maryland. I graduated with my master's in 2017 from Bowie State University and went on to attain my DNP whilst working in the mental health field as an addiction and PMHNP provider. My passion is working with patients 18 and above with various types of mental illnesses.
Hello, I am Shilla Pokuaa, a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Maryland. I graduated with my master's in 2017 from Bowie State University and went on to attain my DNP whilst working in the mental health field as an addiction and PMHNP provider. My passion is working with patients 18 and above with various types of mental illnesses.
(240) 713-6082 View (240) 713-6082
Photo of Mabel Boboh Nsagha - May's Healthcare Services LLC, CRNP, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
May's Healthcare Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smithsburg, MD 21783  (Online Only)
Welcome to May’s Healthcare Services. I'm Mabel Nsagha, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in Maryland, Virginia, and DC, with a passion for providing compassionate and personalized care to individuals seeking support for their mental health. With 13 years of experience working in diverse healthcare settings, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my practice. I specialize in medication management and talk therapy, offering a holistic approach, rooted in evidence-based practices and tailored to meet your specific goals. Together, we will work to identify effective coping strategies, develop skills
Welcome to May’s Healthcare Services. I'm Mabel Nsagha, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in Maryland, Virginia, and DC, with a passion for providing compassionate and personalized care to individuals seeking support for their mental health. With 13 years of experience working in diverse healthcare settings, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my practice. I specialize in medication management and talk therapy, offering a holistic approach, rooted in evidence-based practices and tailored to meet your specific goals. Together, we will work to identify effective coping strategies, develop skills
(301) 381-1318 View (301) 381-1318
Photo of Dr. Olayemi A Adurota - Luminox Healthcare Services, LLC, DNP, PMHNP, FNP- C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Luminox Healthcare Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP- C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smithsburg, MD 21783  (Online Only)
We understand how frustrating it is to sit unattended in a crowded waiting room waiting for a provider. Telemedicine continues to grow globally as the healthcare community experiences its many advantages. Conventional in-office settings might pose few barriers regarding participation, accessibility and time management. Luminox is here to bridge that gap. We offer personalized HIPAA compliant comprehensive treatment plans that is specifically tailored and individualized towards your unique needs. You deserve the best; therefore, you are involved every step of the way in the decision making, management plan and follow up.
We understand how frustrating it is to sit unattended in a crowded waiting room waiting for a provider. Telemedicine continues to grow globally as the healthcare community experiences its many advantages. Conventional in-office settings might pose few barriers regarding participation, accessibility and time management. Luminox is here to bridge that gap. We offer personalized HIPAA compliant comprehensive treatment plans that is specifically tailored and individualized towards your unique needs. You deserve the best; therefore, you are involved every step of the way in the decision making, management plan and follow up.
(301) 433-7746 View (301) 433-7746
Photo of Shareen Campbell, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shareen Campbell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Smithsburg, MD 21783
My Name is Shareen Campbell. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I started out as a Medical Surgical Nurse. I spent about 5 years practicing on the medical side of nursing. I've always had a passion for mental health and after gaining medical experience I decided to make the transition to mental health nursing.
My Name is Shareen Campbell. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I started out as a Medical Surgical Nurse. I spent about 5 years practicing on the medical side of nursing. I've always had a passion for mental health and after gaining medical experience I decided to make the transition to mental health nursing.
(410) 304-6988 View (410) 304-6988
Photo of Jerome Obiagba, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jerome Obiagba
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Smithsburg, MD 21783
Hi, I'm a Proficient and reputable Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with over 12 years combined experience of caring for individuals with mental health disorders in various settings. Treatment is provided in a caring environment where you can identify and explore those challenges that may interfere with a rewarding life, career, or fulfilling relationship. I welcome adolescents, adults and geriatric patients for consultation, evaluation and medication management.
Hi, I'm a Proficient and reputable Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with over 12 years combined experience of caring for individuals with mental health disorders in various settings. Treatment is provided in a caring environment where you can identify and explore those challenges that may interfere with a rewarding life, career, or fulfilling relationship. I welcome adolescents, adults and geriatric patients for consultation, evaluation and medication management.
(443) 639-8255 View (443) 639-8255
Photo of Risikat Afolabi-Zannu, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Risikat Afolabi-Zannu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Smithsburg, MD 21783  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a Certified Registered Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (CMNHP). I obtained my master's degree at Walden University with specialty in Mental Health, i have been practicing for 3 years. I worked with children, Adolescent, Young adult and Elderly with mental health challenges ranges from ADHD, Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, schizophrenia, Bipolar, Insomnia, Bulimia... by providing adequate assessment and proper diagnosing of their symptoms, provision of counselling and medication management to maintain adequate livelihood functioning.
Hello, I am a Certified Registered Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (CMNHP). I obtained my master's degree at Walden University with specialty in Mental Health, i have been practicing for 3 years. I worked with children, Adolescent, Young adult and Elderly with mental health challenges ranges from ADHD, Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, schizophrenia, Bipolar, Insomnia, Bulimia... by providing adequate assessment and proper diagnosing of their symptoms, provision of counselling and medication management to maintain adequate livelihood functioning.
(240) 869-6534 View (240) 869-6534
Photo of Pamela Pierce - PierCentral Wellness Solutions, MSN, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
PierCentral Wellness Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smithsburg, MD 21783  (Online Only)
As the sole provider here at PierCentral Wellness Solutions, Pam serves to facilitate a nonjudgmental environment where clients feel safe to explore options available for the treatment of symptoms that may impact social and/or occupational functioning. Pam is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has amassed an abundance of experience and education including a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Georgia College & State University, clinical experience with Wellstar Health System in Georgia, and 10 years of experience as a registered nurse working in the mental health setting.
As the sole provider here at PierCentral Wellness Solutions, Pam serves to facilitate a nonjudgmental environment where clients feel safe to explore options available for the treatment of symptoms that may impact social and/or occupational functioning. Pam is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has amassed an abundance of experience and education including a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Georgia College & State University, clinical experience with Wellstar Health System in Georgia, and 10 years of experience as a registered nurse working in the mental health setting.
(443) 957-4311 View (443) 957-4311
Photo of Eveline Gwaabe - Wisechoice Multispecialty clinic LLC, PMHNP-B, NP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Wisechoice Multispecialty clinic LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, NP-C
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Smithsburg, MD 21783
Not accepting new clients
Ms. Gwaabe is the founder and medical director of Wisechoice M.C. She is certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been practicing as a nurse practitioner since 2016. She values lives and listens to her clients. Her services are collaborative and integrative with the patient, therapists, PCP and families. She highly believes in everyone's right to high quality healthcare. Wisechoice Multispecialty Clinic is ready to welcome you in a safe space. Together we can make a difference!
Ms. Gwaabe is the founder and medical director of Wisechoice M.C. She is certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been practicing as a nurse practitioner since 2016. She values lives and listens to her clients. Her services are collaborative and integrative with the patient, therapists, PCP and families. She highly believes in everyone's right to high quality healthcare. Wisechoice Multispecialty Clinic is ready to welcome you in a safe space. Together we can make a difference!
(301) 321-8603 View (301) 321-8603

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Photo of Margaret Knight, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Margaret Knight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740  (Online Only)
Your concerns matter! I provide a compassionate space to safely explore mental health matters for children, adolescents, and young adults ages 0-through 21 years. Let's work together to develop a personalized tool-kit for your life's journey. As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Pediatric Mental Health speciality I'm licensed to care for Clients 0- through 21years; therefore can not take clients 22 years of age or older.
Your concerns matter! I provide a compassionate space to safely explore mental health matters for children, adolescents, and young adults ages 0-through 21 years. Let's work together to develop a personalized tool-kit for your life's journey. As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Pediatric Mental Health speciality I'm licensed to care for Clients 0- through 21years; therefore can not take clients 22 years of age or older.
(410) 826-0402 View (410) 826-0402

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Smithsburg, MD

10+

Average cost per session

$180

Psychiatrists in Smithsburg, MD who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
89% Anxiety
89% ADHD
84% Bipolar Disorder
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
53% Addiction
53% Eating Disorders

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Other

How Psychiatrists in Smithsburg, MD see their clients

63% Online Only
37% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Smithsburg?

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.