Psychiatrists in Waldorf, MD

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Venrice Kerr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603  (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
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Winifred Melinda Kargbo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20601
Winifred Kargbo, PMHNP-BC, provides outpatient psychiatric services for adults and youth clients in coordination with outpatient counseling services at Horizon’s Health & Wellness Center.
Winifred Kargbo, PMHNP-BC, provides outpatient psychiatric services for adults and youth clients in coordination with outpatient counseling services at Horizon’s Health & Wellness Center.
(301) 973-6533 View (301) 973-6533
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Kairos Healthcare Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, P-MSN, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20603  (Online Only)
Emotional problems and psychiatric conditions are like any other medical illness. We know that dealing with mental illness can be weakening and asking for help when dealing with these problems can be challenging. Kairos Healthcare services is here to help alleviate these challenges by creating a therapeutic relationship with you to manage the conditions in a most caring, compassionate, and understanding manner while ensuring your privacy. Psychiatric illness can complicate underlying medical conditions if left untreated; they are real and prevalent in every society and in all age groups, regardless of a person's economic status.
Emotional problems and psychiatric conditions are like any other medical illness. We know that dealing with mental illness can be weakening and asking for help when dealing with these problems can be challenging. Kairos Healthcare services is here to help alleviate these challenges by creating a therapeutic relationship with you to manage the conditions in a most caring, compassionate, and understanding manner while ensuring your privacy. Psychiatric illness can complicate underlying medical conditions if left untreated; they are real and prevalent in every society and in all age groups, regardless of a person's economic status.
(301) 900-3790 View (301) 900-3790
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Atlas Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, CCM
Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Welcome to Atlas Behavioral Health Services, where clients are treated with respect, utilizing evidence-based practices and individualized plans of care. My name is Dr. Nicola Clarke Wallen DNP and I am a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in Maryland to treat patients with mental health needs across the lifespan. As a graduate of the Wilmington University, I have over 12 years of experience in nursing and have worked with pediatric through geriatrics in various specialties, including mental health settings, community health, in-patient hospital, and out-patient clinic settings.
Welcome to Atlas Behavioral Health Services, where clients are treated with respect, utilizing evidence-based practices and individualized plans of care. My name is Dr. Nicola Clarke Wallen DNP and I am a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in Maryland to treat patients with mental health needs across the lifespan. As a graduate of the Wilmington University, I have over 12 years of experience in nursing and have worked with pediatric through geriatrics in various specialties, including mental health settings, community health, in-patient hospital, and out-patient clinic settings.
(240) 534-1926 View (240) 534-1926
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Yetunde Rotimi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603  (Online Only)
Ideal clients: individuals with mental health issues who feel like they have not been seen or listened to. Having difficulty dealing with their condition and looking to gain insight into their problem. The initial contact includes understanding the client's approach to the current illness, past medical history, family, psychosocial, childhood, and psychiatric history are examined.
Ideal clients: individuals with mental health issues who feel like they have not been seen or listened to. Having difficulty dealing with their condition and looking to gain insight into their problem. The initial contact includes understanding the client's approach to the current illness, past medical history, family, psychosocial, childhood, and psychiatric history are examined.
(240) 392-6901 View (240) 392-6901
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Greene Mental Wellness, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20601
Have you been struggling with loneliness, sadness, crying spells, overwhelming thoughts of regret or uncertainty, nervousness, irritability, mood changes, sleep issues, inattention, questionable ADHD? Well, welcome to a safe place. I’m here to help you explore your feeling and how your body responds to them. These responses may be related to complex life changes, traumatic events, chemical imbalances, or thought processes. I then incorporate the client's experience with my expertise to provide an individualized plan of care. I also offer full ADHD testing.
Have you been struggling with loneliness, sadness, crying spells, overwhelming thoughts of regret or uncertainty, nervousness, irritability, mood changes, sleep issues, inattention, questionable ADHD? Well, welcome to a safe place. I’m here to help you explore your feeling and how your body responds to them. These responses may be related to complex life changes, traumatic events, chemical imbalances, or thought processes. I then incorporate the client's experience with my expertise to provide an individualized plan of care. I also offer full ADHD testing.
(240) 318-7526 View (240) 318-7526
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Jacinta Madu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20603  (Online Only)
I am the lead board-certified family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), at GOFAN Healthcare Services LLC. I have a passion for mental health. As a PMHNP, I work with clients through compassion, empathy, respect, humility, and hope to restore dignity and reduce mental health stigma. I enjoy treating patients with all kinds of mental illnesses including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, and schizophrenia. My compassion and nonjudgmental approach to working with individuals and families builds hope and reduces mental health stigma.
I am the lead board-certified family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), at GOFAN Healthcare Services LLC. I have a passion for mental health. As a PMHNP, I work with clients through compassion, empathy, respect, humility, and hope to restore dignity and reduce mental health stigma. I enjoy treating patients with all kinds of mental illnesses including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, and schizophrenia. My compassion and nonjudgmental approach to working with individuals and families builds hope and reduces mental health stigma.
(301) 781-5041 View (301) 781-5041
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Clarence Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
7 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Appointment request: secure.helloalma.com/providers/clarence-johnson/ Openings within the week! Now treating ADHD! As a compassionate and highly-skilled psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to providing exceptional care to individuals who are struggling with mental health issues. With extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders, I strive to empower my patients to achieve optimal mental wellness and improve their overall quality of life.
Appointment request: secure.helloalma.com/providers/clarence-johnson/ Openings within the week! Now treating ADHD! As a compassionate and highly-skilled psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to providing exceptional care to individuals who are struggling with mental health issues. With extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders, I strive to empower my patients to achieve optimal mental wellness and improve their overall quality of life.
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Awesome Experience Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20601
I treat patients with a variety of mental health conditions: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, Schizophrenia, SUD, BPD. I have the privilege to work with a diverse population providing culturally competent care and eliminate stigmas associated with mental health. I will be honored to help you navigate your mental health. We will empower you with coping skills to lead a productive life. It is always challenging when your life changes direction, whether anticipated or not. Sometimes we need some new tools to help us dealing with these changes. We assess, diagnose, treat mental health conditions.
I treat patients with a variety of mental health conditions: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, Schizophrenia, SUD, BPD. I have the privilege to work with a diverse population providing culturally competent care and eliminate stigmas associated with mental health. I will be honored to help you navigate your mental health. We will empower you with coping skills to lead a productive life. It is always challenging when your life changes direction, whether anticipated or not. Sometimes we need some new tools to help us dealing with these changes. We assess, diagnose, treat mental health conditions.
(301) 234-7035 View (301) 234-7035
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EdChA Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified
2 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20602
We perform psychiatric evaluation and medication management for adults experiencing mental health symptoms or suffering from various type of mental illness including Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and more.
We perform psychiatric evaluation and medication management for adults experiencing mental health symptoms or suffering from various type of mental illness including Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and more.
(240) 802-7091 View (240) 802-7091
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F&M Behavioral Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Waldorf, MD 20601  (Online Only)
DR. Nji Fru is a board-certified Psychiatrist Mental Health /Family Nurse Practitioner treating patients across the life span. Practicing Since: 2017, Dr. Fru has an extensive track record of achievement in administering medical /psychiatric services with diverse populations, including pediatrics, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Dr. Nji is able to provide patient care for any type of psychiatric disorder. Experienced in psychiatric medications-Psychopharmacology.
DR. Nji Fru is a board-certified Psychiatrist Mental Health /Family Nurse Practitioner treating patients across the life span. Practicing Since: 2017, Dr. Fru has an extensive track record of achievement in administering medical /psychiatric services with diverse populations, including pediatrics, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Dr. Nji is able to provide patient care for any type of psychiatric disorder. Experienced in psychiatric medications-Psychopharmacology.
(301) 804-1477 View (301) 804-1477
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Charlotte Ayuk Nkem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602
At Oasis of Hope Behavioral Healthcare, I see children and adults with different mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, substance abuse etc. There is no waiting list, appointments are made at your earliest convenience. I love helping people, and I promise that you will be in safe hands. I also have 10 years of working experience in acute and outpatient mental health settings, including substance abuse. Some renowned hospitals where she gained work experience include the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Group, MedStar, and the Recovery Centers of America.
At Oasis of Hope Behavioral Healthcare, I see children and adults with different mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, substance abuse etc. There is no waiting list, appointments are made at your earliest convenience. I love helping people, and I promise that you will be in safe hands. I also have 10 years of working experience in acute and outpatient mental health settings, including substance abuse. Some renowned hospitals where she gained work experience include the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Group, MedStar, and the Recovery Centers of America.
(301) 786-5694 View (301) 786-5694
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AIH Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
If you are struggling with a mental health condition that is causing distress or pain in your life, you are not alone. Millions of Americans deal with the same issues; which are made worse by the pandemic. Some find it more difficult to seek appropriate care.
If you are struggling with a mental health condition that is causing distress or pain in your life, you are not alone. Millions of Americans deal with the same issues; which are made worse by the pandemic. Some find it more difficult to seek appropriate care.
(240) 209-9639 View (240) 209-9639
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EB Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603
Our mission is to provide comprehensive mental health where individualized and quality care enables individuals to regain hope at home. We help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan after proper diagnostic evaluation through the provision of exceptional mental healthcare backed by research-based education.
Our mission is to provide comprehensive mental health where individualized and quality care enables individuals to regain hope at home. We help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan after proper diagnostic evaluation through the provision of exceptional mental healthcare backed by research-based education.
(301) 591-6442 View (301) 591-6442
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Yunlay Bridges
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MHA, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603  (Online Only)
Each of us will experience life stressors (depression, anxiety, grief and trauma), which are part of the humanistic experience. Working together can allow us to unpack unhealthy behaviors. Therapy can be the pathway to finding the root cause and uncovering triggers to develop positive strategies to maneuver through life’s challenging moments.
Each of us will experience life stressors (depression, anxiety, grief and trauma), which are part of the humanistic experience. Working together can allow us to unpack unhealthy behaviors. Therapy can be the pathway to finding the root cause and uncovering triggers to develop positive strategies to maneuver through life’s challenging moments.
(301) 781-5365 View (301) 781-5365
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Arise Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
1 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20601
At Arise Behavioral Health, we prioritize treating the whole person, not just their symptoms. Our CARF-accredited, state-licensed outpatient mental health clinic offers comprehensive services for adults, adolescents, and children in Southern Maryland and Prince George's County. Our clinic staff includes a diverse group of mental health professionals, including therapists, social workers, nurses, psychologists, and psychiatrists.
At Arise Behavioral Health, we prioritize treating the whole person, not just their symptoms. Our CARF-accredited, state-licensed outpatient mental health clinic offers comprehensive services for adults, adolescents, and children in Southern Maryland and Prince George's County. Our clinic staff includes a diverse group of mental health professionals, including therapists, social workers, nurses, psychologists, and psychiatrists.
(301) 381-2457 View (301) 381-2457
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Zitel Healthcare Services Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20602
Do you experience mood swings, depression, and anxiety that interferes with your daily life and work life? Have you been lacking interest in activities once enjoyed or do you feel anxious in every situation. A mood disorder presents in many forms and requires treatment. At Zitel Healthcare Services where your mental health matters, we provide patient-centered care with holistic approach to treatment in person or with confidential Telepsychiatry sessions in state of Maryland.
Do you experience mood swings, depression, and anxiety that interferes with your daily life and work life? Have you been lacking interest in activities once enjoyed or do you feel anxious in every situation. A mood disorder presents in many forms and requires treatment. At Zitel Healthcare Services where your mental health matters, we provide patient-centered care with holistic approach to treatment in person or with confidential Telepsychiatry sessions in state of Maryland.
(301) 205-5871 View (301) 205-5871
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Asdo Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602
Asdo Behavioral Health’s goal is to tailor every patient’s treatments, based on individual needs, while implementing evidenced based treatment to enhance healing and promote our patient's mental state.
Asdo Behavioral Health’s goal is to tailor every patient’s treatments, based on individual needs, while implementing evidenced based treatment to enhance healing and promote our patient's mental state.
(301) 263-3786 View (301) 263-3786
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Tranquil Haven Mental Wellness Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20603  (Online Only)
Do you feel that your emotions, mental state, or self-perceptions cause you to feel misunderstood and alone? Do you envision a place where you can feel at peace and safely express who you are and what you need to thrive? Please know you are not alone. My name is Marcia Friend, and I am here to help. Using evidence-based practices, I am equipped to treat neurodevelopmental, behavioral, emotional, psychosocial, and other psychosis-related mental health challenges for adolescents and adults. Your treatment plan may include medication, counseling, or both, depending upon your needs and goals.
Do you feel that your emotions, mental state, or self-perceptions cause you to feel misunderstood and alone? Do you envision a place where you can feel at peace and safely express who you are and what you need to thrive? Please know you are not alone. My name is Marcia Friend, and I am here to help. Using evidence-based practices, I am equipped to treat neurodevelopmental, behavioral, emotional, psychosocial, and other psychosis-related mental health challenges for adolescents and adults. Your treatment plan may include medication, counseling, or both, depending upon your needs and goals.
(301) 579-7936 View (301) 579-7936
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Vanessa Wansel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20603  (Online Only)
Vanessa is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is as caring, compassionate, and professional. She began her career in the Emergency department prior to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner and has also gained experience in the in-patient and outpatient setting. Her areas of experience include management of adults (ages 18-65), members of the LGBTQIA+ community, military service members and their families, as well as those dealing with life transitions, trauma, loss, grief, anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bipolar and history of substance use disorders.
Vanessa is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is as caring, compassionate, and professional. She began her career in the Emergency department prior to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner and has also gained experience in the in-patient and outpatient setting. Her areas of experience include management of adults (ages 18-65), members of the LGBTQIA+ community, military service members and their families, as well as those dealing with life transitions, trauma, loss, grief, anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bipolar and history of substance use disorders.
(301) 965-1429 View (301) 965-1429

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Number of Psychiatrists in Waldorf, MD

40+

Average cost per session

$137

Psychiatrists in Waldorf, MD who prioritize treating:

91% Bipolar Disorder
89% Depression
89% Anxiety
80% ADHD
78% Trauma and PTSD
76% Medication Management
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

98% Cigna and Evernorth
93% Aetna
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Waldorf, MD see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Waldorf?

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.