Psychiatrists in Upper Marlboro, MD

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Suggero healthcare services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
As a formal U.S Army soldier, I witnessed several mental health disorders that are debilitating to soldiers personal life. And rather than talk, and complain about it, I decided to pursue a career in healthcare after my first degree in accounting. I served in the military for 9 years. I have seen firsthand the harmful impact of inaccurate preconceptions about mental health. I am enthusiastic about people’s needs and my goal is to improve the quality and accessibility of health care services, not only to veterans, but my community.
As a formal U.S Army soldier, I witnessed several mental health disorders that are debilitating to soldiers personal life. And rather than talk, and complain about it, I decided to pursue a career in healthcare after my first degree in accounting. I served in the military for 9 years. I have seen firsthand the harmful impact of inaccurate preconceptions about mental health. I am enthusiastic about people’s needs and my goal is to improve the quality and accessibility of health care services, not only to veterans, but my community.
(301) 781-5011 View (301) 781-5011
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Beautiful Mind Mental Health Services .
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Congratulations on taking the important steps towards prioritizing your mental wellness! I extend a heartfelt welcome to anyone seeking compassionate and non-judgmental care on their journey. As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my commitment is to provide high-quality, personalized care within a safe and nurturing environment where you are truly seen and heard.
Congratulations on taking the important steps towards prioritizing your mental wellness! I extend a heartfelt welcome to anyone seeking compassionate and non-judgmental care on their journey. As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my commitment is to provide high-quality, personalized care within a safe and nurturing environment where you are truly seen and heard.
(301) 507-1012 View (301) 507-1012
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Kumutha DANIEL
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
My ideal psychology-focused client may be grappling with anxiety, depression, or relationship challenges. They seek a safe space to explore their emotions and behaviors, along with tools to cope effectively. Their goal is to improve emotional regulation, enhance relationships, and achieve personal growth. They want validation, empowerment, and a deeper understanding of themselves to lead happier, more fulfilling lives.
My ideal psychology-focused client may be grappling with anxiety, depression, or relationship challenges. They seek a safe space to explore their emotions and behaviors, along with tools to cope effectively. Their goal is to improve emotional regulation, enhance relationships, and achieve personal growth. They want validation, empowerment, and a deeper understanding of themselves to lead happier, more fulfilling lives.
(301) 329-6651 View (301) 329-6651
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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774  (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
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
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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Mettle Works
Psychiatrist, LCPC, MD, LICSW-C
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Mettle Works Behavioral Health is a full service Mental Health Clinic. We are staffed with a bi-lingual experienced psychiatrist as well as a group of capable and compassionate clinicians. We offer Supported Employment and Community Integration Services. We also offer work based learning experiences to youth ages 14-22. We are excited to serve our community! Call us today for a consultation.
Mettle Works Behavioral Health is a full service Mental Health Clinic. We are staffed with a bi-lingual experienced psychiatrist as well as a group of capable and compassionate clinicians. We offer Supported Employment and Community Integration Services. We also offer work based learning experiences to youth ages 14-22. We are excited to serve our community! Call us today for a consultation.
(240) 334-6118 View (240) 334-6118
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Dr. Glory Ngum Forbi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, APRN, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774  (Online Only)
Do you suffer from chronic insomnia, low mood, worry about everything and anything, panic attack, difficulties with staying focus, problem with concentration, excessive sleep , attention problems, drugs and addiction problems? you are not alone, we are here to help you. I know some people it could be uncomfortable seeking help. I work with people across the life span to help deal with depression, anxiety , PTSD,ETOH abuse, ADHD, Bipolar and more. Please feel free to come, you wouldn't regret coming. We put our clients first.
Do you suffer from chronic insomnia, low mood, worry about everything and anything, panic attack, difficulties with staying focus, problem with concentration, excessive sleep , attention problems, drugs and addiction problems? you are not alone, we are here to help you. I know some people it could be uncomfortable seeking help. I work with people across the life span to help deal with depression, anxiety , PTSD,ETOH abuse, ADHD, Bipolar and more. Please feel free to come, you wouldn't regret coming. We put our clients first.
(301) 683-5359 View (301) 683-5359
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Dr. Dorothy Mbellason
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772  (Online Only)
At Compassionate Care Behavioral Health, we believe no two people are the same. That is why, as a well-established psychiatric nurse practitioner, we provide quality and compassionate care to individuals suffering from a variety of mental disorders. We believe that great overall health begins with good mental health. We have a special interest in treating children, adolescents, and adults and we develop individualized treatment plans based on each individual's mental health needs. You are not alone. Call us today. Help is available.
At Compassionate Care Behavioral Health, we believe no two people are the same. That is why, as a well-established psychiatric nurse practitioner, we provide quality and compassionate care to individuals suffering from a variety of mental disorders. We believe that great overall health begins with good mental health. We have a special interest in treating children, adolescents, and adults and we develop individualized treatment plans based on each individual's mental health needs. You are not alone. Call us today. Help is available.
(240) 534-1513 View (240) 534-1513
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Dr. Oluwatoyin Mary Adekeye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772  (Online Only)
Dr. Adekeye is a doctoral prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Her experience is broad in treating a range of psychiatric disorders including depression, mood disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, ADD/ADHD, sleep disorders, substance abuse and psychotic disorders. Her approach to patient care is to respect each patient’s values, preferences and expressed needs. Patient will feel safe, accepted, respected, and relatively comfortable.
Dr. Adekeye is a doctoral prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Her experience is broad in treating a range of psychiatric disorders including depression, mood disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, ADD/ADHD, sleep disorders, substance abuse and psychotic disorders. Her approach to patient care is to respect each patient’s values, preferences and expressed needs. Patient will feel safe, accepted, respected, and relatively comfortable.
(301) 970-3659 View (301) 970-3659
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Calvary Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP-PM
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Mental health disorder is major healthcare issue in the United States of America with nearly one in five U.S. adults living with a mental illness according to the National Institute of Mental Health (2022). Calvary Psychiatric Services LLC was founded in February of 2022 in Maryland to provide early diagnosis and treatment of mental illness to clients with the goal of achieving early remission or reduction of symptoms for our client to function at their best.
Mental health disorder is major healthcare issue in the United States of America with nearly one in five U.S. adults living with a mental illness according to the National Institute of Mental Health (2022). Calvary Psychiatric Services LLC was founded in February of 2022 in Maryland to provide early diagnosis and treatment of mental illness to clients with the goal of achieving early remission or reduction of symptoms for our client to function at their best.
(301) 781-6239 View (301) 781-6239
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Linda Kalle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774  (Online Only)
Welcome to AspireBlock Health, your ally in mental wellness. We cater to those ready for transformative mental growth, be it ADHD, behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, or life's challenges. Our holistic approach blends psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment plans with personalized care, fostering resilience and self-discovery. With confidentiality and comfort as our pillars, we create a safe space for your journey. Take the first step towards lasting well-being. Contact us today.
Welcome to AspireBlock Health, your ally in mental wellness. We cater to those ready for transformative mental growth, be it ADHD, behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, or life's challenges. Our holistic approach blends psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment plans with personalized care, fostering resilience and self-discovery. With confidentiality and comfort as our pillars, we create a safe space for your journey. Take the first step towards lasting well-being. Contact us today.
(240) 569-5956 View (240) 569-5956
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Risikat Afolabi-Zannu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772  (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
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Chibuzor Susie Igolo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774  (Online Only)
I am experienced in diagnosing and treating patients who experience both mental health disorders and substance use disorders. My integrated treatment plans are tailored to address the unique challenges of dual diagnosis, promoting holistic recovery and long-term well-being. With extensive experience in managing substance use disorders, I employ evidence-based practices to support patients in their journey towards sobriety. I am skilled in developing personalized treatment plans that include medication management, and lifestyle modifications to help individuals maintain sobriety and achieve lasting recovery.
I am experienced in diagnosing and treating patients who experience both mental health disorders and substance use disorders. My integrated treatment plans are tailored to address the unique challenges of dual diagnosis, promoting holistic recovery and long-term well-being. With extensive experience in managing substance use disorders, I employ evidence-based practices to support patients in their journey towards sobriety. I am skilled in developing personalized treatment plans that include medication management, and lifestyle modifications to help individuals maintain sobriety and achieve lasting recovery.
(301) 409-5061 View (301) 409-5061
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Masterpiece Behavioral Health Solutions, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland and the District of Columbia. I'm accepting new patients. I have worked in both in-patent and out-patient settings. My practice is evidence-based, and it is provided on a compassionate and individualized basis to assist individuals with mental health needs to function optimally. You and I will work together to ensure that you get the best care you deserve. Working with you to navigate the complex mental healthcare arena is a privilege, and I am looking forward to working with you. Thank you so much for allowing me to meet your mental health needs.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Maryland and the District of Columbia. I'm accepting new patients. I have worked in both in-patent and out-patient settings. My practice is evidence-based, and it is provided on a compassionate and individualized basis to assist individuals with mental health needs to function optimally. You and I will work together to ensure that you get the best care you deserve. Working with you to navigate the complex mental healthcare arena is a privilege, and I am looking forward to working with you. Thank you so much for allowing me to meet your mental health needs.
(301) 923-4853 View (301) 923-4853
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Folasade 'sade' Fawehinmi Alaba
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
My ideal client would be open to genuine care and support. I have a passion for helping those who are dealing with acute distress, mental health that impacts their quality of life, or behavioral challenges. It is my hope and goal to assist my client with addressing their mental health goals through medication management.
My ideal client would be open to genuine care and support. I have a passion for helping those who are dealing with acute distress, mental health that impacts their quality of life, or behavioral challenges. It is my hope and goal to assist my client with addressing their mental health goals through medication management.
(301) 381-5788 x5 View (301) 381-5788 x5
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Timika Goodson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772  (Online Only)
Welcome to Neighborhood NP, your trusted destination for virtual behavioral telehealth and virtual Primary Care services.. When you choose Neighborhood NP for your mental health care needs, you're not just receiving treatment – you're being seen as a whole person, with your physical and emotional well-being at the forefront. One of the key benefits of having both medical and mental health services under one roof is the seamless coordination of care. Our team is trained to consider all aspects of your health, ensuring that you receive comprehensive support tailored to your unique needs.
Welcome to Neighborhood NP, your trusted destination for virtual behavioral telehealth and virtual Primary Care services.. When you choose Neighborhood NP for your mental health care needs, you're not just receiving treatment – you're being seen as a whole person, with your physical and emotional well-being at the forefront. One of the key benefits of having both medical and mental health services under one roof is the seamless coordination of care. Our team is trained to consider all aspects of your health, ensuring that you receive comprehensive support tailored to your unique needs.
(240) 332-5071 View (240) 332-5071
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Olakunle Ayanwale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Mr Olakunle Ayanwale is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in the State of Maryland. District of Columbia, and Virginia, with a strong track record of establishing solid relationships with clients, Collogues, and local agencies. A professional driven to help patients overcome personal obstacles.
Mr Olakunle Ayanwale is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in the State of Maryland. District of Columbia, and Virginia, with a strong track record of establishing solid relationships with clients, Collogues, and local agencies. A professional driven to help patients overcome personal obstacles.
(240) 693-5701 View (240) 693-5701
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Mbijeh Elizabeth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner on a mission to normalize seeking mental health services. We all struggle with mental health challenges at some point in our existence. It is okay to talk about it and to seek help. You are not alone. It will be an honor to be your partner in this journey of rediscovery and recovery.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner on a mission to normalize seeking mental health services. We all struggle with mental health challenges at some point in our existence. It is okay to talk about it and to seek help. You are not alone. It will be an honor to be your partner in this journey of rediscovery and recovery.
(301) 259-3147 View (301) 259-3147
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www.daretocaretoo.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
A caring professional with passion for delivering services to those dealing with mental health disorders. Earning the privilege to support and treat those with these disorders with dignity and respect are an important part of how care is delivered and what all clients deserve. In order to accurately diagnose and treat individuals a keen listening ear is important. This lends itself to a person centered centered treatment plan that includes the parts of the plan that are consistent with what the client wants, what their symptoms require and how their support network can be included to optimize recovery.
A caring professional with passion for delivering services to those dealing with mental health disorders. Earning the privilege to support and treat those with these disorders with dignity and respect are an important part of how care is delivered and what all clients deserve. In order to accurately diagnose and treat individuals a keen listening ear is important. This lends itself to a person centered centered treatment plan that includes the parts of the plan that are consistent with what the client wants, what their symptoms require and how their support network can be included to optimize recovery.
(301) 381-5746 View (301) 381-5746
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Luminox Healthcare Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP- C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772  (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

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Number of Psychiatrists in Upper Marlboro, MD

50+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Upper Marlboro, MD who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
82% ADHD
79% Bipolar Disorder
73% Trauma and PTSD
64% Medication Management
57% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Cigna and Evernorth
91% Aetna
87% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Upper Marlboro, MD see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

88% Female
12% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Upper Marlboro?

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.