Psychiatrists in 02140

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Dr. Justin Lacasse
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Cambridge, MA 02140
I am a Harvard and Tufts trained adult psychiatrist with fellowship specialization in the intersection of psychiatric and medical illness. I take a supportive patient-centered approach, utilizing evidence-based medication and psychotherapy interventions tailored to your specific situation, background, and preferences.
I am a Harvard and Tufts trained adult psychiatrist with fellowship specialization in the intersection of psychiatric and medical illness. I take a supportive patient-centered approach, utilizing evidence-based medication and psychotherapy interventions tailored to your specific situation, background, and preferences.
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Lisa Zakhary
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Cambridge, MA 02140  (Online Only)
Are those obsessions and rituals getting the better of you? Have you been struggling with skin picking or hair pulling and just don’t know where to turn? Do you experience distressing appearance concerns? You may be one of the many with OCD or a related disorder struggling to find a specialist or languishing on a long waitlist. I have been specializing in this area for over a decade and can provide you tailored medication recommendations so you can finally gain the control you seek. While I won’t be prescribing your medications, you can bring my recs back to your primary care doc or psychiatric prescriber for implementation.
Are those obsessions and rituals getting the better of you? Have you been struggling with skin picking or hair pulling and just don’t know where to turn? Do you experience distressing appearance concerns? You may be one of the many with OCD or a related disorder struggling to find a specialist or languishing on a long waitlist. I have been specializing in this area for over a decade and can provide you tailored medication recommendations so you can finally gain the control you seek. While I won’t be prescribing your medications, you can bring my recs back to your primary care doc or psychiatric prescriber for implementation.
(508) 286-7842 View (508) 286-7842
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Dr. Catline Jacques
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cambridge, MA 02140  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome! I am Dr. Catline Jacques, a double-boarded psychiatrist, Tufts-trained in general psychiatry and Harvard-trained in consultation-liaison psychiatry, and I am the founder of Alverdia Health. Alverdia is a holistic virtual mental health practice that serves adults from 21 to 65 in MA. With over 8 years of experience, I've dedicated my career to helping adults with anxiety and depression flourish. At Alverdia Health, my team & I use an evidence-based, person-centered approach to provide compassionate and high-quality care. We provide medication management when needed, supportive therapy and psychiatric consultation.
Hello and welcome! I am Dr. Catline Jacques, a double-boarded psychiatrist, Tufts-trained in general psychiatry and Harvard-trained in consultation-liaison psychiatry, and I am the founder of Alverdia Health. Alverdia is a holistic virtual mental health practice that serves adults from 21 to 65 in MA. With over 8 years of experience, I've dedicated my career to helping adults with anxiety and depression flourish. At Alverdia Health, my team & I use an evidence-based, person-centered approach to provide compassionate and high-quality care. We provide medication management when needed, supportive therapy and psychiatric consultation.
(617) 272-7355 View (617) 272-7355
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Caroline Lee Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cambridge, MA 02140  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of clinical practice across a variety of settings. My approach to mental health and medication management is patient centered. Understandably, many come to new providers feeling nervous or even jaded and unheard by previous experiences in health care. I like to collaborate with my patients to design a treatment plan that feels right. I practice psychiatry and medication management but I can also offer integrative approaches for those who are not interested in meds or would like to augment their treatment plan.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of clinical practice across a variety of settings. My approach to mental health and medication management is patient centered. Understandably, many come to new providers feeling nervous or even jaded and unheard by previous experiences in health care. I like to collaborate with my patients to design a treatment plan that feels right. I practice psychiatry and medication management but I can also offer integrative approaches for those who are not interested in meds or would like to augment their treatment plan.
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Wayne Brunell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cambridge, MA 02140  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified, Harvard Medical School affiliated, Adult Psychiatrist in private practice in Cambridge . I have had a subspecialty interest in treating OCD since the late 1980's. In addition to treating patients with OCD and related disorders, a large part of my practice is helping people who have depression, and anxiety problems such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. Most of my practice involves psychotherapy with empirically tested psychotherapies such as CBT and ACT, and medication management. Many like the idea of seeing one person for therapy and medication instead of two.
I am a Board Certified, Harvard Medical School affiliated, Adult Psychiatrist in private practice in Cambridge . I have had a subspecialty interest in treating OCD since the late 1980's. In addition to treating patients with OCD and related disorders, a large part of my practice is helping people who have depression, and anxiety problems such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. Most of my practice involves psychotherapy with empirically tested psychotherapies such as CBT and ACT, and medication management. Many like the idea of seeing one person for therapy and medication instead of two.
(617) 234-4405 View (617) 234-4405
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Loren D'Angelo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cambridge, MA 02140
Hello! I am a Dual Certified Pediatric (CPNP-PC) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a passion for helping adolescents and young adults navigate the ebbs and flows of life. Everyone's journey is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to mental health. I strive to meet my patients where they are at, understanding their unique experiences, concerns, and treatment goals.
Hello! I am a Dual Certified Pediatric (CPNP-PC) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a passion for helping adolescents and young adults navigate the ebbs and flows of life. Everyone's journey is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to mental health. I strive to meet my patients where they are at, understanding their unique experiences, concerns, and treatment goals.
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Crystal Han
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cambridge, MA 02140
Many teens and young adults struggle with various aspects of their lives, be it identity, relationships, work/school, or past experiences that affect how they feel and navigate the world. I work with many young adults who may seem high functioning at first glance but struggle with depression, anxiety, stress, or other emotional issues. I have particular experience supporting Asians and Asian Americans navigating issues of race, identity and culture. Talk therapy and medications can be a powerful way to help people process, make sense of, and change these patterns that hold them back from living the life they want.
Many teens and young adults struggle with various aspects of their lives, be it identity, relationships, work/school, or past experiences that affect how they feel and navigate the world. I work with many young adults who may seem high functioning at first glance but struggle with depression, anxiety, stress, or other emotional issues. I have particular experience supporting Asians and Asian Americans navigating issues of race, identity and culture. Talk therapy and medications can be a powerful way to help people process, make sense of, and change these patterns that hold them back from living the life they want.
(781) 678-8163 View (781) 678-8163
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Alice Husted
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cambridge, MA 02140
Alice Husted is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has 10 years of experience treating adults and adolescents (13 and older) with an array of mental health issues. Alice has specialized experience working with patients who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which has provided her expertise in treating disorders that are often a result of trauma, such as addictions, mood disorders, and eating disorders.
Alice Husted is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has 10 years of experience treating adults and adolescents (13 and older) with an array of mental health issues. Alice has specialized experience working with patients who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which has provided her expertise in treating disorders that are often a result of trauma, such as addictions, mood disorders, and eating disorders.
(617) 431-1895 View (617) 431-1895
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Malak Rafla
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cambridge, MA 02140
Waitlist for new clients
Leading a fulfilling and happy life can be challenging and may even seem impossible at times. I believe that communicating and connecting via talk therapy is one path towards a happier and more meaningful life. My view is that therapy provides an opportunity to gain insight into one's relationships with one's self, others and society. I use a variety of approaches in my therapeutic work according to what works for each individual person. Together we'll focus on trying to understand the root causes of various problems and repetitive patterns of behavior that are difficult to change.
Leading a fulfilling and happy life can be challenging and may even seem impossible at times. I believe that communicating and connecting via talk therapy is one path towards a happier and more meaningful life. My view is that therapy provides an opportunity to gain insight into one's relationships with one's self, others and society. I use a variety of approaches in my therapeutic work according to what works for each individual person. Together we'll focus on trying to understand the root causes of various problems and repetitive patterns of behavior that are difficult to change.
(857) 259-5821 View (857) 259-5821
Cynthia Telingator
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cambridge, MA 02140
My career has focused on humanistic and relational approaches to taking care of children, adolescents, adults and families. Shame, stigma and loss impact development in a multitude of ways, and can deter people from reaching their personal and professional goals. Disruption due to trauma, loss, medical and mental health issues can have long lasting effects. I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy and focus on supporting one's resilience and strengths while exploring experiences and feelings which may interfere with forward movement.
My career has focused on humanistic and relational approaches to taking care of children, adolescents, adults and families. Shame, stigma and loss impact development in a multitude of ways, and can deter people from reaching their personal and professional goals. Disruption due to trauma, loss, medical and mental health issues can have long lasting effects. I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy and focus on supporting one's resilience and strengths while exploring experiences and feelings which may interfere with forward movement.
(617) 553-9082 View (617) 553-9082
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Cambridge Biotherapies
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cambridge, MA 02140
Cambridge Biotherapies is committed to helping people find relief from depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and OCD. We offer treatments in a safe, private, and comfortable setting with highly qualified and supportive staff. We maintain exemplary medical standards and incorporate developments from the most current research in a never-ending quest to improve our outcomes.
Cambridge Biotherapies is committed to helping people find relief from depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and OCD. We offer treatments in a safe, private, and comfortable setting with highly qualified and supportive staff. We maintain exemplary medical standards and incorporate developments from the most current research in a never-ending quest to improve our outcomes.
(617) 812-4910 View (617) 812-4910
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Arnold Robbins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cambridge, MA 02140  (Online Only)
I provide comprehensive humanistic psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. I have a lot of experience and clinical know-how across many psychotherapeutic approaches. I am empathic and thoughtful and approachable. I am a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Boston University, and a Lecturer at Tufts . I am a sought after supervisor for resident psychiatrists and colleagues. I work with all age groups except young children. My web site (ArnoldRobbinsMD.com.} I am comprehensive in my evaluations and treatment recommendations. I am responsive to each patient's needs. I use cinema to illustrate important emotions.
I provide comprehensive humanistic psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. I have a lot of experience and clinical know-how across many psychotherapeutic approaches. I am empathic and thoughtful and approachable. I am a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Boston University, and a Lecturer at Tufts . I am a sought after supervisor for resident psychiatrists and colleagues. I work with all age groups except young children. My web site (ArnoldRobbinsMD.com.} I am comprehensive in my evaluations and treatment recommendations. I am responsive to each patient's needs. I use cinema to illustrate important emotions.
(617) 941-4131 View (617) 941-4131
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Ayelet Barkai
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cambridge, MA 02140
People are often unaware of, and frustrated by, the emotional and relational roadblocks that repeatedly thwart them. I work with you to clarify and understand these issues and their origins, to help you effect positive change. I believe that the self-understanding that catalyzes such change is best reached by cultivating a psychotherapeutic relationship in which compassionate, honest and constructive communication can occur. I strive to create an environment that encourages the development of empathic and reflective self-awareness, recognizes and fosters resilience, and promotes your optimal well-being.
People are often unaware of, and frustrated by, the emotional and relational roadblocks that repeatedly thwart them. I work with you to clarify and understand these issues and their origins, to help you effect positive change. I believe that the self-understanding that catalyzes such change is best reached by cultivating a psychotherapeutic relationship in which compassionate, honest and constructive communication can occur. I strive to create an environment that encourages the development of empathic and reflective self-awareness, recognizes and fosters resilience, and promotes your optimal well-being.
(617) 440-3237 View (617) 440-3237
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Diana M Gamser
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cambridge, MA 02140
I am a Harvard-trained child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I have experience in providing diagnostic assessment, ongoing psychotherapy, parent guidance, medication (psychopharmacology) treatment and consultations. I enjoy working with people of all ages. I have served as a psychiatric consultant to a university counselling service, and I continue to work with middle, high school, and college age students. My approach draws on my training in a wide variety of treatment modalities, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and family work.
I am a Harvard-trained child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I have experience in providing diagnostic assessment, ongoing psychotherapy, parent guidance, medication (psychopharmacology) treatment and consultations. I enjoy working with people of all ages. I have served as a psychiatric consultant to a university counselling service, and I continue to work with middle, high school, and college age students. My approach draws on my training in a wide variety of treatment modalities, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and family work.
(617) 674-1087 View (617) 674-1087
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Nina Isakovich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cambridge, MA 02140
I am a compassionate and knowledgeable psychiatrist highly experienced in treating adults with severe psychiatric disorders and milder emotional disturbances. In addition to my general psychiatry training, I also completed the Harvard Fellowship in Women's Mental Health at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and have unique skills and experience in treating psychiatric symptoms and emotional distress during pregnancy and postpartum as well as psychological symptoms associated with other hormonal changes.
I am a compassionate and knowledgeable psychiatrist highly experienced in treating adults with severe psychiatric disorders and milder emotional disturbances. In addition to my general psychiatry training, I also completed the Harvard Fellowship in Women's Mental Health at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and have unique skills and experience in treating psychiatric symptoms and emotional distress during pregnancy and postpartum as well as psychological symptoms associated with other hormonal changes.
(617) 209-2625 View (617) 209-2625
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Anthony Marfeo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cambridge, MA 02140  (Online Only)
I am experienced in treating a wide range of motivated adult patients. I graduated Yale Medical School in 2010, completed four years of psychiatry training in 2014 at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training program, and am board-certified in psychiatry. I’ve also spent several years pursuing advanced training in insight-oriented psychodynamic therapy. My approach to mental health is comprehensive, taking into account the entire multidimensional person and the context of their lives.
I am experienced in treating a wide range of motivated adult patients. I graduated Yale Medical School in 2010, completed four years of psychiatry training in 2014 at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training program, and am board-certified in psychiatry. I’ve also spent several years pursuing advanced training in insight-oriented psychodynamic therapy. My approach to mental health is comprehensive, taking into account the entire multidimensional person and the context of their lives.
(617) 804-5133 View (617) 804-5133
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Sara Lozyniak
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cambridge, MA 02140  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified, Harvard-trained psychiatrist in private practice in Cambridge, MA. Most of my work is currently with undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals. My initial consultation typically involves multiple appointments as I gather information about you and your concerns. Then, we can discuss pros and cons of potential next steps, and work together to form a plan. I see most patients for psychotherapy (talk therapy), and some for a combination of psychotherapy and medication management.
I am a Board-Certified, Harvard-trained psychiatrist in private practice in Cambridge, MA. Most of my work is currently with undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals. My initial consultation typically involves multiple appointments as I gather information about you and your concerns. Then, we can discuss pros and cons of potential next steps, and work together to form a plan. I see most patients for psychotherapy (talk therapy), and some for a combination of psychotherapy and medication management.
(617) 299-8967 View (617) 299-8967
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Omar Sultan Haque M D Ph D
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, MTS
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Cambridge, MA 02140  (Online Only)
NOT Currently Accepting New Patients… Greetings! I specialize in individualized and compassionate psychiatric treatment with evidence-based medical interventions. With expert medication management, I aspire to help our patients recover and return to their lives and relationships feeling whole again.
NOT Currently Accepting New Patients… Greetings! I specialize in individualized and compassionate psychiatric treatment with evidence-based medical interventions. With expert medication management, I aspire to help our patients recover and return to their lives and relationships feeling whole again.
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Hillary Woodworth
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cambridge, MA 02140
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist offering both medication and therapy services for a variety of mental health concerns. I completed my residency training at Massachusetts General/McLean Hospital and am currently appointed as an attending psychiatrist and instructor at Harvard Medical School. In addition to treating common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder, I have specialized training in the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD), as well as individuals with chronic gastrointestinal symptoms.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist offering both medication and therapy services for a variety of mental health concerns. I completed my residency training at Massachusetts General/McLean Hospital and am currently appointed as an attending psychiatrist and instructor at Harvard Medical School. In addition to treating common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder, I have specialized training in the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD), as well as individuals with chronic gastrointestinal symptoms.
(617) 798-9619 View (617) 798-9619
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Dr. Hanan Khairalla
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Cambridge, MA 02140  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Not accepting new patients. I am a board certified adult psychiatrist. I bring many years of US and international experience into my practice. I have a special interest in working with college students and young professionals who suffer from mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. The majority of my work focuses on lifestyle modifications and medication management.
Not accepting new patients. I am a board certified adult psychiatrist. I bring many years of US and international experience into my practice. I have a special interest in working with college students and young professionals who suffer from mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. The majority of my work focuses on lifestyle modifications and medication management.
(508) 544-0530 View (508) 544-0530

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 02140

20+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 02140 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
77% Medication Management
73% Trauma and PTSD
68% Relationship Issues
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

81% BlueCross and BlueShield
50% Aetna
44% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 02140 see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
29% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 02140?

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.