Psychiatrists in White Plains, MD

Photo of Rhoda Ndamukong - All Dimensions Behavioral Health, LLC, DNP, PMHNPBC, AGNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
All Dimensions Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
White Plains, MD 20695
Rhoda Ndamukong is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner with specializes in Adult-Geriatric and family psychiatric care. Rhoda graduated from Princes George’s community college as a registered nurse with high honors. She furthered her education achieving a bachelor’s degree and graduating with president honors from Chamberlain University. Rhoda also graduated with honors from Walden University with a Master’s in Nursing and Maryville University with a Post Master's in psychiatry. She is dual certified AANP and ANCC Nurse Practitioner. Rhoda's areas of focus are treating the whole spectrum of psychiatric disorders.
Rhoda Ndamukong is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner with specializes in Adult-Geriatric and family psychiatric care. Rhoda graduated from Princes George’s community college as a registered nurse with high honors. She furthered her education achieving a bachelor’s degree and graduating with president honors from Chamberlain University. Rhoda also graduated with honors from Walden University with a Master’s in Nursing and Maryville University with a Post Master's in psychiatry. She is dual certified AANP and ANCC Nurse Practitioner. Rhoda's areas of focus are treating the whole spectrum of psychiatric disorders.
(240) 213-7859 View (240) 213-7859
Photo of Tosin Fanimo - Great Touch Behavioral Health , DNP, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Great Touch Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
White Plains, MD 20695
My ideal client is someone who recognizes the importance of their mental health and is motivated to actively engage in their journey towards well-being.This client may be dealing with a range of mental health issues and challenges, such as depression and anxiety, stress management, trauma, and PTSD. Relationship Issue, self-esteem and self-Identity, emotional healing addiction recovery and life satisfaction. My ideal client seeks help because they recognize that investing in their mental health is essential for a fulfilling and balanced life. They want to break free from the limitations imposed by mental health challenges
My ideal client is someone who recognizes the importance of their mental health and is motivated to actively engage in their journey towards well-being.This client may be dealing with a range of mental health issues and challenges, such as depression and anxiety, stress management, trauma, and PTSD. Relationship Issue, self-esteem and self-Identity, emotional healing addiction recovery and life satisfaction. My ideal client seeks help because they recognize that investing in their mental health is essential for a fulfilling and balanced life. They want to break free from the limitations imposed by mental health challenges
(240) 851-4369 View (240) 851-4369
Photo of Maryland Psychiatric Care Marshall James, PMHNP, BC , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Maryland Psychiatric Care Marshall James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
White Plains, MD 20695
Marshall James, CRNP-PMH is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the treatment both children and adults. He uses a patient-centered based approach to empower and improve mental wellness. Marshall began his career as a nurse on the adult inpatient psychiatric unit. He has experience working with a wide variety of adults, each with their own unique stressors and strengths. His experience includes people with severe mental illness as well as those struggling with substance abuse. Marshall has gained training and experience working with children and families, as well as adolescents and adults.
Marshall James, CRNP-PMH is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the treatment both children and adults. He uses a patient-centered based approach to empower and improve mental wellness. Marshall began his career as a nurse on the adult inpatient psychiatric unit. He has experience working with a wide variety of adults, each with their own unique stressors and strengths. His experience includes people with severe mental illness as well as those struggling with substance abuse. Marshall has gained training and experience working with children and families, as well as adolescents and adults.
(410) 888-0007 View (410) 888-0007
Photo of Mujidat Bolaji Obaro, PMHNP, MUJIDAT, OBARO, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mujidat Bolaji Obaro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MUJIDAT, OBARO
Verified Verified
White Plains, MD 20695  (Online Only)
My clients can expect a safe and therapeutic environment where they can collaborate with me to meet their treatment goals. This requires that clients will be actively involved in treatment and will understand their mental health concerns are important. Clients can expect to be inspired with hope to achieve their treatment goals and to manage their mental health concerns with support.
My clients can expect a safe and therapeutic environment where they can collaborate with me to meet their treatment goals. This requires that clients will be actively involved in treatment and will understand their mental health concerns are important. Clients can expect to be inspired with hope to achieve their treatment goals and to manage their mental health concerns with support.
(301) 710-6571 View (301) 710-6571
TDK Integrated Health, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
White Plains, MD 20695
As an independent psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am culturally diverse and competent in providing mental health services across the illness-wellness continuum and lifespan: children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
As an independent psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am culturally diverse and competent in providing mental health services across the illness-wellness continuum and lifespan: children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
(301) 945-8865 View (301) 945-8865
Photo of Dawnette Campbell, CRNP , PMHNP , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dawnette Campbell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
White Plains, MD 20695
Everbloom Psychiatric and Mental Health Providers specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric illnesses such as Anxiety,Depression,Bipolar Disorder, ADHD,OCD, PTSD, Panic Disorder etc
Everbloom Psychiatric and Mental Health Providers specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric illnesses such as Anxiety,Depression,Bipolar Disorder, ADHD,OCD, PTSD, Panic Disorder etc
(301) 381-5680 View (301) 381-5680
Photo of Funmilayo Olugbemi, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Funmilayo Olugbemi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
White Plains, MD 20695
Funmilayo Olugbemi is a proficient Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with several years of experience in psychiatry and mental health issues.
Funmilayo Olugbemi is a proficient Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with several years of experience in psychiatry and mental health issues.
(240) 213-9460 View (240) 213-9460
Photo of Awawu Ojikutu - AIM Behavioral Health Services, DNP, AGPCNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
AIM Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, AGPCNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
White Plains, MD 20695  (Online Only)
Have you been looking for a new provider who listens to you, understands you, AND takes action? Then, look no further. At AIM Behavioral Health Services, our primary goal is to accept you as you are, help you initiate the care you need, and maintain the goals you create. AIM Behavioral Health Services is a comprehensive mental health service facility that provides affordable, high-value, patient-centered, compassionate, and unbiased care throughout the DMV area.
Have you been looking for a new provider who listens to you, understands you, AND takes action? Then, look no further. At AIM Behavioral Health Services, our primary goal is to accept you as you are, help you initiate the care you need, and maintain the goals you create. AIM Behavioral Health Services is a comprehensive mental health service facility that provides affordable, high-value, patient-centered, compassionate, and unbiased care throughout the DMV area.
(301) 945-8637 View (301) 945-8637
Photo of Dr. Nicola Clarke Wallen - Atlas Behavioral Health Services, DNP, PMHNPBC, CCM, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Atlas Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, CCM
Verified Verified
White Plains, MD 20695  (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
Photo of Funmilayo Olugbemi, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Funmilayo Olugbemi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
White Plains, MD 20695  (Online Only)
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am culturally diverse and competent in providing mental health services across the illness-wellness continuum and lifespan: children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am culturally diverse and competent in providing mental health services across the illness-wellness continuum and lifespan: children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.
(240) 932-5337 View (240) 932-5337

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Photo of Edner Charles - EdChA Behavioral Health, CRNP, PMH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
EdChA Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified 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
Photo of Annie Tabi - Utopia Health Center, NP Psyc, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Utopia Health Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP Psyc
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603
Utopia was created to help build a society where people not only identified their dreams, they achieved them. Motivated to transform and redefine the idea of wellness for all through the use of innovative modalities, Utopia Health Center strives toward ending the stigma associated with mental and substance use disorders. Being client centered is the foundation Utopia is built on; showing commitment to provide access to services and ensuring those services provide building blocks for a holistic culture of well-being. Cultivating a better tomorrow for our clients and the surrounding communities with our hands and hearts - that's Utopia.
Utopia was created to help build a society where people not only identified their dreams, they achieved them. Motivated to transform and redefine the idea of wellness for all through the use of innovative modalities, Utopia Health Center strives toward ending the stigma associated with mental and substance use disorders. Being client centered is the foundation Utopia is built on; showing commitment to provide access to services and ensuring those services provide building blocks for a holistic culture of well-being. Cultivating a better tomorrow for our clients and the surrounding communities with our hands and hearts - that's Utopia.
(301) 220-2842 View (301) 220-2842
Photo of Umaru Labay-Kamara - Axios Behavioral Health, Psychiatrist
Axios Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
La Plata, MD 20646
Dr Umaru Labay-Kamara, popularly called” Dr Kamara” by his patients is trained as a Medical Doctor with specialty in Psychiatry. He studied and completed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences School of medicine. He has been practicing Medicine for the past 20 years. He has been a staff psychiatrist and Medical Director at QCI Behavioral Health serving patients in Prince George’s, Calvert, St Mary’s and Charles County. He was recently awarded a Dedicated Service award for his dedication and service to his patients by the Prince George’s Department of Health. He is a member of APA and AACP
Dr Umaru Labay-Kamara, popularly called” Dr Kamara” by his patients is trained as a Medical Doctor with specialty in Psychiatry. He studied and completed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences School of medicine. He has been practicing Medicine for the past 20 years. He has been a staff psychiatrist and Medical Director at QCI Behavioral Health serving patients in Prince George’s, Calvert, St Mary’s and Charles County. He was recently awarded a Dedicated Service award for his dedication and service to his patients by the Prince George’s Department of Health. He is a member of APA and AACP
(240) 349-7033 View (240) 349-7033
Photo of Aina Oluwo, CRNP, -PMH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Aina Oluwo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, -PMH
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20601
Aina is a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with board certification. She holds a license to provide treatment for adults, adolescents, and children as well as to diagnose, treat, and prescribe psychiatric drugs. She possesses expertise in treating individuals with disorders such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and bipolar disorder. Aina is passionate about mental health, and she uses a comprehensive approach to treat symptoms and illnesses, which includes lifestyle modifications, prescription and management of psychotropic medications and consistent therapy.
Aina is a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with board certification. She holds a license to provide treatment for adults, adolescents, and children as well as to diagnose, treat, and prescribe psychiatric drugs. She possesses expertise in treating individuals with disorders such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and bipolar disorder. Aina is passionate about mental health, and she uses a comprehensive approach to treat symptoms and illnesses, which includes lifestyle modifications, prescription and management of psychotropic medications and consistent therapy.
(301) 479-6647 View (301) 479-6647
Photo of Dr. Jaymie Fields, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Jaymie Fields
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20602  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Dr. Fields and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I obtained my doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh & studied behavioral health and psychiatry at the University of Virginia.
Hello! My name is Dr. Fields and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I obtained my doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh & studied behavioral health and psychiatry at the University of Virginia.
(410) 584-3629 View (410) 584-3629
Photo of Yunlay Bridges, MHA, MSN, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Yunlay Bridges
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MHA, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified 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
Photo of Dr. Tai Ajani, DNP, APRN, PMH-BC, AGNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Tai Ajani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMH-BC, AGNP-BC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20603
Dr. Tai Ajani, DNP, PMHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC is doctoral-prepared, dual board-certified in psychiatric mental health and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. She has more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare provider and has delivered high-quality health care to multicultural patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. At MindBodyPinnacle Health in Maryland, she offers holistic psychiatric care to individuals over the age 10 years.
Dr. Tai Ajani, DNP, PMHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC is doctoral-prepared, dual board-certified in psychiatric mental health and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. She has more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare provider and has delivered high-quality health care to multicultural patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. At MindBodyPinnacle Health in Maryland, she offers holistic psychiatric care to individuals over the age 10 years.
(301) 381-2346 View (301) 381-2346
Photo of Kimberly Brown-Gross, CRNP, PMH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kimberly Brown-Gross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20603  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently work with the Mackenzie Counseling and Consultation Services (MCCS) interdisciplinary team. I am passionate about providing collaborative, supportive mental health services to my clients. With over 20 years of experience as a nurse, I have worked in several leadership positions including nurse director at a local hospital. In addition, I received the nurse of the year award in 2009 and the nurse leader of the year in May 2022.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently work with the Mackenzie Counseling and Consultation Services (MCCS) interdisciplinary team. I am passionate about providing collaborative, supportive mental health services to my clients. With over 20 years of experience as a nurse, I have worked in several leadership positions including nurse director at a local hospital. In addition, I received the nurse of the year award in 2009 and the nurse leader of the year in May 2022.
(301) 259-3057 View (301) 259-3057
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Melissa Shepard
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waldorf, MD 20604
I have openings for medication management, but unfortunately a waitlist for therapy at this time. I am in-network with some Aetna, Cigna, and United Healthcare plans. I am also happy to provide a superbill that can be submitted to insurance for any out-of-network benefits. Email preferred. Hi, I'm Melissa (aka Dr. Shepard)! Since deciding to pursue psychiatry, I've made it my mission to end mental health stigma and make mental health treatment less scary.
I have openings for medication management, but unfortunately a waitlist for therapy at this time. I am in-network with some Aetna, Cigna, and United Healthcare plans. I am also happy to provide a superbill that can be submitted to insurance for any out-of-network benefits. Email preferred. Hi, I'm Melissa (aka Dr. Shepard)! Since deciding to pursue psychiatry, I've made it my mission to end mental health stigma and make mental health treatment less scary.
(301) 265-2644 View (301) 265-2644
Photo of Doris Ogunmakinwa - Synchrony Behavioral Health Services LLC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Synchrony Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waldorf, MD 20602
Are you a parent of a child or adolescent experiencing challenges at home or school? Or an adult encountering the difficulties of everyday life that have escalated your anxiety levels and intensified your depressive symptoms? Or are you mourning the loss of a spouse, relationship, or beloved pet? If you answered yes to these questions, please call us at Synchrony Behavioral Health Services LLC. We are available to assist you in recognizing your strengths. We are here to help you to "Discover Peace of Mind and Inner Strength." Our scope of practice encompasses medication management and brief psychotherapy.
Are you a parent of a child or adolescent experiencing challenges at home or school? Or an adult encountering the difficulties of everyday life that have escalated your anxiety levels and intensified your depressive symptoms? Or are you mourning the loss of a spouse, relationship, or beloved pet? If you answered yes to these questions, please call us at Synchrony Behavioral Health Services LLC. We are available to assist you in recognizing your strengths. We are here to help you to "Discover Peace of Mind and Inner Strength." Our scope of practice encompasses medication management and brief psychotherapy.
(301) 781-6840 View (301) 781-6840

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in White Plains, MD

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in White Plains, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
90% Depression
90% ADHD
90% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
90% Trauma and PTSD
90% Bipolar Disorder
80% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
90% Aetna
90% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in White Plains, MD see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

90% Female
10% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in White Plains?

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.