Psychiatrists in Talbot County, MD

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Justin C Hall
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Easton, MD 21601
Dr. Hall is a child and adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has been practicing for the past 15 years in both the public and private sector. He has experience treating a wide range and presentation of most child/adolescent and adult mental health disorders including: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, thought disorders, disruptive behavioral disorders, and insomnia. He enjoys working with clients on the autistic spectrum as well as adolescents who are dealing with transgender issues. He uses genetic testing as indicated.
Dr. Hall is a child and adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has been practicing for the past 15 years in both the public and private sector. He has experience treating a wide range and presentation of most child/adolescent and adult mental health disorders including: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, thought disorders, disruptive behavioral disorders, and insomnia. He enjoys working with clients on the autistic spectrum as well as adolescents who are dealing with transgender issues. He uses genetic testing as indicated.
(667) 222-6880 View (667) 222-6880
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Amanda Andrew
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
Easton, MD 21601
An eastern shore native, I have 15 years of experience working with older adults and their families. I received my Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2008, then completed a Master’s Degree in Nursing and became a Board Certified Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner in 2020. Drawn to the the mental health realm, I completed a postmasters study in 2023 and am now a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My goal is to serve adults with anxiety, depression, and/or with dementia syndromes by providing evidence-based, patient centered care, while supporting and educating the individuals caring for them.
An eastern shore native, I have 15 years of experience working with older adults and their families. I received my Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2008, then completed a Master’s Degree in Nursing and became a Board Certified Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner in 2020. Drawn to the the mental health realm, I completed a postmasters study in 2023 and am now a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My goal is to serve adults with anxiety, depression, and/or with dementia syndromes by providing evidence-based, patient centered care, while supporting and educating the individuals caring for them.
(667) 326-8719 View (667) 326-8719
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Deborah Gootee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Easton, MD 21601
My treatment approach begins with discussion of stressful issues from your perspective. If medication is identified as an intervention I can fully discuss potential benefit as well as risk. Treatment is customized on a person-by-person basis. I believe the best treatment or medication is the one that works for you. I often recommend nutrition, exercise, yoga, and other activities promoting rest and adequate sleep. I support Involvement of family and other treatment providers.
My treatment approach begins with discussion of stressful issues from your perspective. If medication is identified as an intervention I can fully discuss potential benefit as well as risk. Treatment is customized on a person-by-person basis. I believe the best treatment or medication is the one that works for you. I often recommend nutrition, exercise, yoga, and other activities promoting rest and adequate sleep. I support Involvement of family and other treatment providers.
(667) 868-0520 View (667) 868-0520
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Kristen Gialo
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Easton, MD 21601
I trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Sheppard Pratt Hospital. I am currently accepting new patients for psychotherapy and/or medication management throughout North Carolina. I offer telehealth services that make appointments convenient & easy to attend.
I trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Sheppard Pratt Hospital. I am currently accepting new patients for psychotherapy and/or medication management throughout North Carolina. I offer telehealth services that make appointments convenient & easy to attend.
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Light and Mind Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, CNS, PMH-NP, APRN
Verified Verified
Easton, MD 21601
As a mental health provider with over 10years of inpatient and outpatient experience. Dealing with patients requires compassion. When patients present with feeling down, depressed, hopeless, and anxious they need someone who they feel understands them and wants to help. Patients want caring, understanding, and authentic providers who would help ease their problems. Providers with such qualities help patients feel better knowing they have someone who cares about their Wellbeing.
As a mental health provider with over 10years of inpatient and outpatient experience. Dealing with patients requires compassion. When patients present with feeling down, depressed, hopeless, and anxious they need someone who they feel understands them and wants to help. Patients want caring, understanding, and authentic providers who would help ease their problems. Providers with such qualities help patients feel better knowing they have someone who cares about their Wellbeing.
(410) 237-0550 View (410) 237-0550
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Susan M Hagelman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Easton, MD 21601
Don’t sit on a waiting list to get help for your depression and anxiety symptoms! At Bee Well, we will get you scheduled within one week. Susan offers care and compassion on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with in-person & telehealth comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and brief psychotherapy. If you are looking for a better quality of life look no further. Together, we will work to create clarity in your mental health symptoms and develop a complete plan to help you overcome the challenges you are experiencing, whether thats having the energy to get out of bed in the morning or stop those anxious thoughts.
Don’t sit on a waiting list to get help for your depression and anxiety symptoms! At Bee Well, we will get you scheduled within one week. Susan offers care and compassion on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with in-person & telehealth comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and brief psychotherapy. If you are looking for a better quality of life look no further. Together, we will work to create clarity in your mental health symptoms and develop a complete plan to help you overcome the challenges you are experiencing, whether thats having the energy to get out of bed in the morning or stop those anxious thoughts.
(410) 883-5684 View (410) 883-5684
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Abundant Life Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Easton, MD 21601
Want to live your best life? Allow me the opportunity to help to achieve that goal! I am a dual board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 27 years of nursing experience.
Want to live your best life? Allow me the opportunity to help to achieve that goal! I am a dual board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 27 years of nursing experience.
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Sara Hayden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Easton, MD 21601  (Online Only)
Now accepting new clients for telehealth! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a doctorate degree in nursing practice. I bring together the art and science of psychiatry, nursing, and complementary therapies to provide patient-centered, personalized care that addresses not only the symptoms of mental disorders, but also the unique needs and aspirations of each individual. I approach my practice with a dedication to recognizing and addressing the root causes of mental health challenges, striving to empower individuals on their path to recovery and optimal mental health.
Now accepting new clients for telehealth! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a doctorate degree in nursing practice. I bring together the art and science of psychiatry, nursing, and complementary therapies to provide patient-centered, personalized care that addresses not only the symptoms of mental disorders, but also the unique needs and aspirations of each individual. I approach my practice with a dedication to recognizing and addressing the root causes of mental health challenges, striving to empower individuals on their path to recovery and optimal mental health.
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Jill M Willis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Easton, MD 21601  (Online Only)
In my 44 years on this earth, I have been faced with more lessons than I can count. These lessons enable me to relate on a level that I think is 100% necessary for building a solid and lasting relationship with my patients. I hope to share my experience, strength, and hope with you to genuinely support lasting change in your life. I offer an empathetic ear, an understanding heart, and many years of having my nose planted in books about psychiatry, to meet your individual needs. Not to mention, I absolutely love the work that I do.
In my 44 years on this earth, I have been faced with more lessons than I can count. These lessons enable me to relate on a level that I think is 100% necessary for building a solid and lasting relationship with my patients. I hope to share my experience, strength, and hope with you to genuinely support lasting change in your life. I offer an empathetic ear, an understanding heart, and many years of having my nose planted in books about psychiatry, to meet your individual needs. Not to mention, I absolutely love the work that I do.
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Kristen Gialo
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Easton, MD 21601
I trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore and Towson. I am currently accepting new patients for medication management throughout Maryland. I offer telehealth services that make appointments convenient & easy to attend.
I trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore and Towson. I am currently accepting new patients for medication management throughout Maryland. I offer telehealth services that make appointments convenient & easy to attend.
(240) 617-3889 View (240) 617-3889
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Christina Marie Bowman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Easton, MD 21601  (Online Only)
I am a board certified general psychiatrist licensed in Maryland. I have experience in performing comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluations as well as providing evidence-based treatments for a wide variety of mental health diagnoses in adolescents and adults.
I am a board certified general psychiatrist licensed in Maryland. I have experience in performing comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluations as well as providing evidence-based treatments for a wide variety of mental health diagnoses in adolescents and adults.
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Neuropsychiatry salehinia LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Easton, MD 21601
Dr. Salehinia is a board-certified psychiatrist licensed in Maryland and Virginia. Graduated from Tehran University as Internist, general psychiatry in Chicago Medical School,Fellowships in Neuropsychoanalysis(Chicago) and Neuropsychiatry(Johns Hopkins).Enjoys working with all sort of people who suffer from mental illness, believes in biopsychosicial approach and teamwork with patients and family.He believes in holistic approach to mental health and enjoys helping individual community to evolve together.
Dr. Salehinia is a board-certified psychiatrist licensed in Maryland and Virginia. Graduated from Tehran University as Internist, general psychiatry in Chicago Medical School,Fellowships in Neuropsychoanalysis(Chicago) and Neuropsychiatry(Johns Hopkins).Enjoys working with all sort of people who suffer from mental illness, believes in biopsychosicial approach and teamwork with patients and family.He believes in holistic approach to mental health and enjoys helping individual community to evolve together.
(667) 222-2486 View (667) 222-2486
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Raymond S Hoffman
Psychiatrist, MD, FIPA
Verified Verified
Easton, MD 21601
I am a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in practice in the Cape St. Clair area of Annapolis, MD, downtown Easton, MD, and in northern Caroline County, MD. My experience spans many years in the medication management of major and minor psychiatric disorders, but also in in-depth psychotherapeutic treatment of depression, anxiety, inhibitions, trauma, dissociation, attachment issues, relational challenges, and addiction. I am also experienced in the supervision of therapists expanding their psychodynamic and psychoanalytic knowledge base and in providing personal psychotherapy and control analysis for students in these disciplines.
I am a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in practice in the Cape St. Clair area of Annapolis, MD, downtown Easton, MD, and in northern Caroline County, MD. My experience spans many years in the medication management of major and minor psychiatric disorders, but also in in-depth psychotherapeutic treatment of depression, anxiety, inhibitions, trauma, dissociation, attachment issues, relational challenges, and addiction. I am also experienced in the supervision of therapists expanding their psychodynamic and psychoanalytic knowledge base and in providing personal psychotherapy and control analysis for students in these disciplines.
(443) 233-0341 View (443) 233-0341
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Alexa Burley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Easton, MD 21601  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my clients are seeking a compassionate partner on their mental health journey. Many face challenges from mood disorders to complex psychiatric conditions, desiring a holistic approach beyond symptom relief, and seeking a safe space where their voice is heard and valued. They aspire to collaborate on a treatment plan aligned with life goals. They are motivated by open dialogue, they appreciate evidence-based interventions and a person-centered approach. Their goal extends beyond symptom relief to resilience, growth, and a meaningful life journey.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my clients are seeking a compassionate partner on their mental health journey. Many face challenges from mood disorders to complex psychiatric conditions, desiring a holistic approach beyond symptom relief, and seeking a safe space where their voice is heard and valued. They aspire to collaborate on a treatment plan aligned with life goals. They are motivated by open dialogue, they appreciate evidence-based interventions and a person-centered approach. Their goal extends beyond symptom relief to resilience, growth, and a meaningful life journey.
(410) 970-3569 View (410) 970-3569
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Jill Burgholzer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Easton, MD 21601
Not accepting new clients
Jill Burgholzer, is a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a doctorate of nursing practice degree who brings years of mental health experience as both a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. After graduating from the University of Maryland's Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program she received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Delta State University. Throughout her career she has trained under multiple skilled psychiatrists at several area hospitals and has worked as adjunct clinical faculty at Salisbury University, Towson University and Drexel University. Licensed in Maryland and DC-offering onsite or telemedicine.
Jill Burgholzer, is a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a doctorate of nursing practice degree who brings years of mental health experience as both a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. After graduating from the University of Maryland's Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program she received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Delta State University. Throughout her career she has trained under multiple skilled psychiatrists at several area hospitals and has worked as adjunct clinical faculty at Salisbury University, Towson University and Drexel University. Licensed in Maryland and DC-offering onsite or telemedicine.
(443) 227-5679 View (443) 227-5679
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Christy Callahan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, CRNP
Verified Verified
Easton, MD 21601  (Online Only)
Extensively trained in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD, she believes mindfulness, healthy lifestyle, and strong social connections are crucial to improving your mental health and well being. She listens to your needs, works closely with referring physicians and therapists, and develops a treatment plan with you to ensure you receive the high level of care you deserve. At Shine Behavioral Health, LLC, we care about you!
Extensively trained in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD, she believes mindfulness, healthy lifestyle, and strong social connections are crucial to improving your mental health and well being. She listens to your needs, works closely with referring physicians and therapists, and develops a treatment plan with you to ensure you receive the high level of care you deserve. At Shine Behavioral Health, LLC, we care about you!
(410) 762-4291 View (410) 762-4291
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Devoted Health Care Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Easton, MD 21601  (Online Only)
My name is Sylvie Fon PMHNP-BC, highly motivated psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have a wide range of medication management experience across the lifespan, including Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, eating disorders, substance use disorders, OCD, psychosis and personality disorders.
My name is Sylvie Fon PMHNP-BC, highly motivated psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have a wide range of medication management experience across the lifespan, including Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, eating disorders, substance use disorders, OCD, psychosis and personality disorders.
(410) 498-5816 View (410) 498-5816
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Brandy Barrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Easton, MD 21601
Brandy Barrett is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) from Chestertown, Maryland. She has been practicing since 2020. Brandy graduated from Walden University's Masters in Science program specializing in psychiatry. Brandy serves client across the life span. Children, adolescents and adults struggling with various mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorders, neurodevelopment disorders like ADHD, mood disorders, psychosis/schizophrenia, substance abuse disorders and other mental health conditions.
Brandy Barrett is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) from Chestertown, Maryland. She has been practicing since 2020. Brandy graduated from Walden University's Masters in Science program specializing in psychiatry. Brandy serves client across the life span. Children, adolescents and adults struggling with various mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorders, neurodevelopment disorders like ADHD, mood disorders, psychosis/schizophrenia, substance abuse disorders and other mental health conditions.
(410) 755-5406 View (410) 755-5406
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Atola Idika
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, CRNP
Verified Verified
Easton, MD 21601  (Online Only)
NEW Patients 8+ WELCOME! I approach every unique case in a friendly, professional manner and have extensive training in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorders, trauma, and behavioral issues. I will work with you and your child to develop an effective and dynamic treatment plan that incorporates holistic coping skills to improve treatment outcomes. Additionally, integrating a collaborative approach towards treatment will help you feel comfortable and focuses on your unique needs to improve your overall mental health and wellness. TO schedule an appointment, go to www.SHINEMaryland.com.
NEW Patients 8+ WELCOME! I approach every unique case in a friendly, professional manner and have extensive training in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorders, trauma, and behavioral issues. I will work with you and your child to develop an effective and dynamic treatment plan that incorporates holistic coping skills to improve treatment outcomes. Additionally, integrating a collaborative approach towards treatment will help you feel comfortable and focuses on your unique needs to improve your overall mental health and wellness. TO schedule an appointment, go to www.SHINEMaryland.com.
(410) 995-9878 View (410) 995-9878
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Kamala Via
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Easton, MD 21601  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Experienced in the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and PTSD, Dr. Via listens to your concerns and works closely with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. Her open and collaborative approach towards treatment helps people feel comfortable and focuses on each person's unique needs. She is skilled in providing supportive solution focused care with a holistic approach and works closely with referring therapists and physicians. Schedule an appointment at www.SHINEMaryland.com.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Experienced in the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and PTSD, Dr. Via listens to your concerns and works closely with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. Her open and collaborative approach towards treatment helps people feel comfortable and focuses on each person's unique needs. She is skilled in providing supportive solution focused care with a holistic approach and works closely with referring therapists and physicians. Schedule an appointment at www.SHINEMaryland.com.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Talbot County, MD

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Talbot County, MD who prioritize treating:

90% Depression
90% Anxiety
70% Bipolar Disorder
70% Medication Management
65% ADHD
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
55% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% CareFirst
73% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Talbot County, MD see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Talbot County?

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.