Psychiatrists in Urbana, MD

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Melissa Ward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified
Urbana, MD 21704
Melissa Ward, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner is originally from Ohio, where she attended Ohio University and obtained her bachelors in Psychology. She then relocated to Charleston, SC and attended the Medical University of South Carolina where she earned her bachelors in Nursing. Upon completion of her nursing degree she worked on the oncology unit at University of Maryland Medical Center.
Melissa Ward, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner is originally from Ohio, where she attended Ohio University and obtained her bachelors in Psychology. She then relocated to Charleston, SC and attended the Medical University of South Carolina where she earned her bachelors in Nursing. Upon completion of her nursing degree she worked on the oncology unit at University of Maryland Medical Center.
(240) 339-8035 View (240) 339-8035
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Meadows Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Urbana, MD 21704
I am an AOBNP Board Certified Psychiatrist with extensive experience in treating adult and adolescent patients with a wide variety of mental health conditions and who come from diverse backgrounds.
I am an AOBNP Board Certified Psychiatrist with extensive experience in treating adult and adolescent patients with a wide variety of mental health conditions and who come from diverse backgrounds.
(240) 226-1556 View (240) 226-1556

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Grace Healthcare INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Frederick, MD 21703
We provide competent and compassionate care empowers individuals to address mental health challenges with resilience, fostering well-being for all. Grace healthcare provide; Initial and follow up assessment, Medication management, gradual dose reduction (GDR), Emergency Petition to hospitals, Inpatient and Telehealth Mental Health services
We provide competent and compassionate care empowers individuals to address mental health challenges with resilience, fostering well-being for all. Grace healthcare provide; Initial and follow up assessment, Medication management, gradual dose reduction (GDR), Emergency Petition to hospitals, Inpatient and Telehealth Mental Health services
(240) 652-2902 View (240) 652-2902
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Brighter Living Mental Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified
Frederick, MD 21704
My mission is to help those suffering from mental health disorders live a functional and brighter life through education and treatment.
My mission is to help those suffering from mental health disorders live a functional and brighter life through education and treatment.
(240) 266-9780 View (240) 266-9780
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Emael Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, FNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21704  (Online Only)
Giving emotional support is a way of helping people feel connected and less alone. This is not always easy, and different situations call for different types of support." My expertise is in patients who suffer from Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Disruptive Behavior, personality disorders, and dissociative disorders. I am great at establishing and maintaining connections with my clients because it helps lower rates of anxiety and depression, higher self-esteem, greater empathy, and more trusting and cooperative relationships.
Giving emotional support is a way of helping people feel connected and less alone. This is not always easy, and different situations call for different types of support." My expertise is in patients who suffer from Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Disruptive Behavior, personality disorders, and dissociative disorders. I am great at establishing and maintaining connections with my clients because it helps lower rates of anxiety and depression, higher self-esteem, greater empathy, and more trusting and cooperative relationships.
(240) 748-0641 View (240) 748-0641
Shannon Sozzi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, MBA
Verified
Frederick, MD 21704
******EASY, CONVENIENT AND AFFORDABLE PHONE OR VIDEO VISITS FOR MEDICATION MANAGEMENT AND/OR THERAPY IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND. *** It's easy to fit in a visit from the privacy of your home, car or office with daytime, evening and weekend appointments. I strive to make visits easy and affordable. CALL OR EMAIL TODAY!! Now, more than ever we are suffering from anxiety, depression and uncertainty regarding our health and world. Lost wages, worry over bills, unemployment, fear of the unknown and unclear future....It helps to talk to someone that is a safe, dedicated person for your mental and emotional health.
******EASY, CONVENIENT AND AFFORDABLE PHONE OR VIDEO VISITS FOR MEDICATION MANAGEMENT AND/OR THERAPY IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND. *** It's easy to fit in a visit from the privacy of your home, car or office with daytime, evening and weekend appointments. I strive to make visits easy and affordable. CALL OR EMAIL TODAY!! Now, more than ever we are suffering from anxiety, depression and uncertainty regarding our health and world. Lost wages, worry over bills, unemployment, fear of the unknown and unclear future....It helps to talk to someone that is a safe, dedicated person for your mental and emotional health.
(864) 310-7712 View (864) 310-7712
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Jaclyn Daugherty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Frederick, MD 21703
Hi, I'm Jackie. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 4 years of experience as a NP and 10 years of experience in the mental health field. I have worked in settings including residential programs, acute psychiatric hospitals for both children and adults, outpatient offices, and a crisis walk-in clinic. I graduated in 2011 from UMD with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, in 2012 from Shenandoah University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and in 2019 from Shenandoah University with a Master of Science in Nursing.
Hi, I'm Jackie. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 4 years of experience as a NP and 10 years of experience in the mental health field. I have worked in settings including residential programs, acute psychiatric hospitals for both children and adults, outpatient offices, and a crisis walk-in clinic. I graduated in 2011 from UMD with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, in 2012 from Shenandoah University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and in 2019 from Shenandoah University with a Master of Science in Nursing.
(240) 335-8864 View (240) 335-8864
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Kimberly Braden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Frederick, MD 21704
Everyone deserves the opportunity to live their life to the fullest. My goal is to help those struggling with the situations keeping them from finding the best life possible. Whether you need help finding the right medication, coping with mental illness, or having trouble navigating life’s challenges, I want to be there. My hope is to not simply reach symptom management, but to move past it into your ideal life. I want your daily experience to be as rich and rewarding as possible. Not everyone is going to be "happy" all day every day (that would be amazing, though) any step closer to the ideal should be celebrated!
Everyone deserves the opportunity to live their life to the fullest. My goal is to help those struggling with the situations keeping them from finding the best life possible. Whether you need help finding the right medication, coping with mental illness, or having trouble navigating life’s challenges, I want to be there. My hope is to not simply reach symptom management, but to move past it into your ideal life. I want your daily experience to be as rich and rewarding as possible. Not everyone is going to be "happy" all day every day (that would be amazing, though) any step closer to the ideal should be celebrated!
(301) 450-6959 View (301) 450-6959
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Shannon Sozzi - Keeley Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MBA
Verified
Frederick, MD 21704  (Online Only)
****IMMEDIATE APPOINTMENTS FOR SELF PAY PATIENT---EASY, CONVENIENT AND AFFORDABLE PHONE OR VIDEO VISITS FOR MEDICATION AND/OR THERAPY IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND.** It is easy to fit in a visit from the privacy of your HOME, CAR OR OFFICE with DAYTIME, EVENING AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS. CALL OR EMAIL TODAY! Now, more than ever we are suffering from anxiety, sadness/depression and uncertainty regarding our health and world. Lost wages, worry over bills, unemployment, fear of the unknown and unclear future....it helps to talk to someone that is a safe, dedicated person for your mental and emotional health. As an experienced
****IMMEDIATE APPOINTMENTS FOR SELF PAY PATIENT---EASY, CONVENIENT AND AFFORDABLE PHONE OR VIDEO VISITS FOR MEDICATION AND/OR THERAPY IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND.** It is easy to fit in a visit from the privacy of your HOME, CAR OR OFFICE with DAYTIME, EVENING AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS. CALL OR EMAIL TODAY! Now, more than ever we are suffering from anxiety, sadness/depression and uncertainty regarding our health and world. Lost wages, worry over bills, unemployment, fear of the unknown and unclear future....it helps to talk to someone that is a safe, dedicated person for your mental and emotional health. As an experienced
(240) 877-9865 View (240) 877-9865
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Kathleen Snow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Frederick, MD 21704  (Online Only)
Kathleen “Katy” works with all ages and helps people find recovery through the path that is right for them – medication, natural treatments, and therapy or lifestyle interventions. Katy has extensive nursing experience in schools, hospitals, and medical offices. She emphasizes interventions that will be good for the long term health of the brain and the body. Psychiatric problems often run in families, and she works with families to help prevent those problems in their children. She is familiar with the educational system and can help guide families to make that work better for their children.
Kathleen “Katy” works with all ages and helps people find recovery through the path that is right for them – medication, natural treatments, and therapy or lifestyle interventions. Katy has extensive nursing experience in schools, hospitals, and medical offices. She emphasizes interventions that will be good for the long term health of the brain and the body. Psychiatric problems often run in families, and she works with families to help prevent those problems in their children. She is familiar with the educational system and can help guide families to make that work better for their children.
(301) 234-8418 View (301) 234-8418
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Glory Tataw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21704
Accepting New Clients. Virtual and in person. 'No waiting list" Congratulations on this huge step on contacting and trusting Glory with your health. Seeking Mental Health could be a daunting task. Glory just want you to know that mprovement and living a quality life is possible. Just say yes to treatment and Glory will support you to achieve your goals. She will meet you where you are to help you become Who you want to be. Mental health is a continous journey take one step at a time. Glory will be wirh you each step of the way. Same day appt is possible. Schedule appt via website. Call for weekend and late evening appointments.
Accepting New Clients. Virtual and in person. 'No waiting list" Congratulations on this huge step on contacting and trusting Glory with your health. Seeking Mental Health could be a daunting task. Glory just want you to know that mprovement and living a quality life is possible. Just say yes to treatment and Glory will support you to achieve your goals. She will meet you where you are to help you become Who you want to be. Mental health is a continous journey take one step at a time. Glory will be wirh you each step of the way. Same day appt is possible. Schedule appt via website. Call for weekend and late evening appointments.
(410) 883-9678 View (410) 883-9678
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Dr. Sanjeev Singhal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21704
+++ AVAILABILITY FOR NEW PATIENTS EVALUATION - 7-10 DAYS. ++++ SELF PAY ONLY. WOMEN AND ADHD, SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER, PMDD, Treatment Resistant Depression, Panic Disorder, Anxiety. Our focus is on traditional MED MANAGEMENT & Problem oriented, Solutions Focused Therapy. EVALUATIONS 90 MINUTES, FOLLOW UP APPOINTMENTS 30-45 MINUTES.
+++ AVAILABILITY FOR NEW PATIENTS EVALUATION - 7-10 DAYS. ++++ SELF PAY ONLY. WOMEN AND ADHD, SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER, PMDD, Treatment Resistant Depression, Panic Disorder, Anxiety. Our focus is on traditional MED MANAGEMENT & Problem oriented, Solutions Focused Therapy. EVALUATIONS 90 MINUTES, FOLLOW UP APPOINTMENTS 30-45 MINUTES.
(240) 816-3625 View (240) 816-3625
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Shannon Sozzi - Keeley Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, MBA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21704  (Online Only)
Timely, convenient and affordable appointments by video for medication management and psychiatric services. It is easy to fit in a visit from the privacy of your home, car or office. We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments. Now, more than ever we are suffering from anxiety, sadness/depression and uncertainty regarding our health and world. Lost wages, worry over bills, unemployment, fear of the unknown and unclear future....it helps to talk to someone that is a safe, dedicated person for your mental and emotional health. Call or email our office to schedule your initial appointment.
Timely, convenient and affordable appointments by video for medication management and psychiatric services. It is easy to fit in a visit from the privacy of your home, car or office. We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments. Now, more than ever we are suffering from anxiety, sadness/depression and uncertainty regarding our health and world. Lost wages, worry over bills, unemployment, fear of the unknown and unclear future....it helps to talk to someone that is a safe, dedicated person for your mental and emotional health. Call or email our office to schedule your initial appointment.
(240) 716-6656 View (240) 716-6656
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Isabelle Nyota
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Frederick, MD 21704
Isabelle is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who provides mental health care to patients across the lifespan. Her career in nursing spans more than a decade, working in a variety of clinical settings. Isabelle applies a holistic approach to mental health care, which focuses on treating not just the symptoms of the disease but the whole individual. Her services include medication management and supportive psychotherapy for multiple psychiatric pathologies ranging from depression to anxiety, to Bipolar, to PTSD, to schizophrenia and ADHD, among others.
Isabelle is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who provides mental health care to patients across the lifespan. Her career in nursing spans more than a decade, working in a variety of clinical settings. Isabelle applies a holistic approach to mental health care, which focuses on treating not just the symptoms of the disease but the whole individual. Her services include medication management and supportive psychotherapy for multiple psychiatric pathologies ranging from depression to anxiety, to Bipolar, to PTSD, to schizophrenia and ADHD, among others.
(240) 693-5211 View (240) 693-5211
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Paul Ackah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified
Frederick, MD 21704
Mental health issues are conditions that affect a person's thinking, mood, behavior, and overall well-being. These issues can range from mild to severe and can impact a person's ability to function in their daily life. Some common mental health issues include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. Mental health issues can also co-occur with other medical conditions, such as substance abuse or chronic pain. Meeting the needs of individuals with mental health issues can involve a range of approaches, including medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, and support from friends and family.
Mental health issues are conditions that affect a person's thinking, mood, behavior, and overall well-being. These issues can range from mild to severe and can impact a person's ability to function in their daily life. Some common mental health issues include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. Mental health issues can also co-occur with other medical conditions, such as substance abuse or chronic pain. Meeting the needs of individuals with mental health issues can involve a range of approaches, including medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, and support from friends and family.
(301) 281-4081 View (301) 281-4081
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Newlife Aspiration Behavioural Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, DNP
Verified
Frederick, MD 21704
Chinyere is a Board Certified licensed, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a BSN degree from Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, an MSN degree from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA. Chinyere has 14 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse and 9 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, providing psychiatric evaluation, treatment and medication management to patients with varying degree of mental illness. She has expertise in treating adolescent and adult patients.
Chinyere is a Board Certified licensed, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a BSN degree from Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, an MSN degree from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA. Chinyere has 14 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse and 9 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, providing psychiatric evaluation, treatment and medication management to patients with varying degree of mental illness. She has expertise in treating adolescent and adult patients.
(301) 263-7441 View (301) 263-7441
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Temitope Adedapo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Frederick, MD 21704
Temitope Adedapo is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about caring for patients. Providing care to both behavioral health and critical care patients in her career, she aims to provide consistent, compassionate, and competent care to her patient population. She works with patients across the lifespan who experience depression, mood disorders, ADHD, psychotic disorders and more.
Temitope Adedapo is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about caring for patients. Providing care to both behavioral health and critical care patients in her career, she aims to provide consistent, compassionate, and competent care to her patient population. She works with patients across the lifespan who experience depression, mood disorders, ADHD, psychotic disorders and more.
(301) 396-7626 View (301) 396-7626
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Nkechi Achinanya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Frederick, MD 21703
I like to treat each client as an individual to assess their needs for medication management as well as psychotherapy. I work with all types of clients but specialize with mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD and autism spectrum.
I like to treat each client as an individual to assess their needs for medication management as well as psychotherapy. I work with all types of clients but specialize with mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD and autism spectrum.
(240) 201-2491 x812 View (240) 201-2491 x812
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Kema Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified
Frederick, MD 21704
Kema Health Services provides comprehensive behavioral health services via Telehealth and In Person visits. We provide medication management for a variety of mental health issues, including ADHD/ADD, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, mood disorders, and more. We diagnose and treat children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population. Our prescribers are compassionate and we make sure that your needs are met.
Kema Health Services provides comprehensive behavioral health services via Telehealth and In Person visits. We provide medication management for a variety of mental health issues, including ADHD/ADD, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, mood disorders, and more. We diagnose and treat children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population. Our prescribers are compassionate and we make sure that your needs are met.
(301) 710-6168 x21704 View (301) 710-6168 x21704
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Graceland Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Frederick, MD 21704  (Online Only)
At Graceland Psychiatry, Our mission is very simple. We provide hope to patients suffering from depression, anxiety, Attention deficit (ADHD), and Bipolar disorder.
At Graceland Psychiatry, Our mission is very simple. We provide hope to patients suffering from depression, anxiety, Attention deficit (ADHD), and Bipolar disorder.
(240) 775-1821 View (240) 775-1821

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Urbana, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in Urbana, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
100% Stress

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Urbana, MD see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Urbana?

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.