Psychiatrists in 19106

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Paul Joseph Resignato
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19106
I view individuals as a “whole” with the understanding that our biology, social context, spirituality and community make us who we are. I frequently integrate these issues along with nutrition, exercise and lifestyle to support mental health. Underlying all my work with individuals and families is a foundation of open communication and a therapeutic relationship.
I view individuals as a “whole” with the understanding that our biology, social context, spirituality and community make us who we are. I frequently integrate these issues along with nutrition, exercise and lifestyle to support mental health. Underlying all my work with individuals and families is a foundation of open communication and a therapeutic relationship.
(609) 697-2068 View (609) 697-2068
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Molly Robinson
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Molly Robinson is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. Molly believes that communication is key when it comes to developing a treatment plan. She always strives to have an open communication style and enjoys teaching her patients about their mental illness so that they can better work together as a team to find the best treatment plan that works for them. Outside of work, Molly enjoys creative writing, movies, books, animals, trivia, and the ukulele.
Molly Robinson is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. Molly believes that communication is key when it comes to developing a treatment plan. She always strives to have an open communication style and enjoys teaching her patients about their mental illness so that they can better work together as a team to find the best treatment plan that works for them. Outside of work, Molly enjoys creative writing, movies, books, animals, trivia, and the ukulele.
(267) 214-3710 View (267) 214-3710
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Scott Ambrass
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Scott Ambrass earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The College of New Jersey and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University. While working for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on their neurological and brain injury rehabilitation unit, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Penn State University and his Master of Science in Nursing from Monmouth University. Scott was board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in late 2018 and began with Life Stance in June of 2020.
Scott Ambrass earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The College of New Jersey and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University. While working for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on their neurological and brain injury rehabilitation unit, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Penn State University and his Master of Science in Nursing from Monmouth University. Scott was board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in late 2018 and began with Life Stance in June of 2020.
(267) 710-7984 View (267) 710-7984
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Harvey Schwartz
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19106
I am a physician with 38 years of experience working with patients and teaching trainees at Jefferson Medical College. I offer individuals and couples the opportunity to engage in depth and thorough psychotherapy (with or without medication) to explore the hidden aspects of their fears, inhibitions and hopes in a secure and confidential emotional environment.
I am a physician with 38 years of experience working with patients and teaching trainees at Jefferson Medical College. I offer individuals and couples the opportunity to engage in depth and thorough psychotherapy (with or without medication) to explore the hidden aspects of their fears, inhibitions and hopes in a secure and confidential emotional environment.
(215) 874-6091 View (215) 874-6091
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Megan Ines
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Megan Ines is a Psychiatrist in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2023. She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, where she studied Human Biology, Health & Society with a minor in Policy Analysis & Management. Megan attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency at Northwell Health-Mather Hospital, where she served as chief resident. As a DO, Megan has been trained to look at a patient holistically, treating the whole patient and not just the disease.
Megan Ines is a Psychiatrist in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2023. She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, where she studied Human Biology, Health & Society with a minor in Policy Analysis & Management. Megan attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency at Northwell Health-Mather Hospital, where she served as chief resident. As a DO, Megan has been trained to look at a patient holistically, treating the whole patient and not just the disease.
(267) 641-9616 View (267) 641-9616
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Johanna Beck
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19106
As an adult psychiatrist who has chosen to pursue further specialization in child and adolescent psychiatry, I provide medication management and psychotherapy to patients of all ages. I have expertise in women’s mental health, burn out, anxiety/OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, psychosis, PTSD, and addiction. As a former teacher, my goal is for my patients to feel understood, as well as to better understand their own conditions and their treatment. I have a particular interest in treating children, young adults/transitional age youth, and parents. I believe that for our children to do well, we must first support their caregivers.
As an adult psychiatrist who has chosen to pursue further specialization in child and adolescent psychiatry, I provide medication management and psychotherapy to patients of all ages. I have expertise in women’s mental health, burn out, anxiety/OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, psychosis, PTSD, and addiction. As a former teacher, my goal is for my patients to feel understood, as well as to better understand their own conditions and their treatment. I have a particular interest in treating children, young adults/transitional age youth, and parents. I believe that for our children to do well, we must first support their caregivers.
(484) 218-5501 View (484) 218-5501
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Sonia Alam
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19106
I work with each client to come up with the best treatment plan for you. I like to be flexible in my approach. I focus on med management and I highly encourage therapy as a co treatment. I often recommend optimizing sleep whether that involves a sleep study, medication or therapeutic techniques. I encourage patients to help me communicate with their therapists. I value exercise and nutrition and like to help patients make goals towards optimal health.
I work with each client to come up with the best treatment plan for you. I like to be flexible in my approach. I focus on med management and I highly encourage therapy as a co treatment. I often recommend optimizing sleep whether that involves a sleep study, medication or therapeutic techniques. I encourage patients to help me communicate with their therapists. I value exercise and nutrition and like to help patients make goals towards optimal health.
(484) 519-5845 View (484) 519-5845
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Spark TMS Therapy Philadelphia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is an FDA-Approved (2008) treatment for patients suffering from treatment resistant major depression, offering an alternative to treatment resistant medication. TMS is covered by most insurance providers, including Medicare. The TMS protocol offered at Spark TMS is established for the patient under the direct supervision of Andrew Peshek, M.D. Dr. Peshek has over 15 years of experience in the field of psychiatry. He obtained his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, and then completed his residency and fellowship at The University of Pennsylvania.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is an FDA-Approved (2008) treatment for patients suffering from treatment resistant major depression, offering an alternative to treatment resistant medication. TMS is covered by most insurance providers, including Medicare. The TMS protocol offered at Spark TMS is established for the patient under the direct supervision of Andrew Peshek, M.D. Dr. Peshek has over 15 years of experience in the field of psychiatry. He obtained his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, and then completed his residency and fellowship at The University of Pennsylvania.
(215) 607-2522 View (215) 607-2522
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Aaron Michael Bloch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19106  (Online Only)
My clients seek relief from complex mental health challenges, such as treatment-resistant depression, anxiety disorders, and psychosomatic issues. They desire personalized care that considers their unique cultural, spiritual, and childhood experiences. Their goal is not just symptom alleviation but holistic wellness, and they value collaboration in understanding and addressing their journey towards mental and emotional well-being.
My clients seek relief from complex mental health challenges, such as treatment-resistant depression, anxiety disorders, and psychosomatic issues. They desire personalized care that considers their unique cultural, spiritual, and childhood experiences. Their goal is not just symptom alleviation but holistic wellness, and they value collaboration in understanding and addressing their journey towards mental and emotional well-being.
(484) 712-1386 View (484) 712-1386
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Dr. Alexandra Rowan
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19106  (Online Only)
Currently offering medication management and evaluations. Dr. Alexandra Rowan, D.O. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in both Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry. Select insurances are accepted (listed below), otherwise, payment is out of pocket but you may be able to receive reimbursement from your insurance. All appointments are via telehealth for patients who are physically located at the time of their appointment in either NJ or PA
Currently offering medication management and evaluations. Dr. Alexandra Rowan, D.O. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in both Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry. Select insurances are accepted (listed below), otherwise, payment is out of pocket but you may be able to receive reimbursement from your insurance. All appointments are via telehealth for patients who are physically located at the time of their appointment in either NJ or PA
(856) 651-6868 View (856) 651-6868
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Zev Joel Zingher
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Hello and welcome! I am a double board certified general and child/adolescent psychiatrist. My approach to patient care equally values therapy and medication management. I strive to understand patients as more than a list of psychiatric symptoms — instead, I see patients as complex individuals, who are trying their best given their personal life histories and unique neurobiology. I truly work to be wholistic and listen to my patients.
Hello and welcome! I am a double board certified general and child/adolescent psychiatrist. My approach to patient care equally values therapy and medication management. I strive to understand patients as more than a list of psychiatric symptoms — instead, I see patients as complex individuals, who are trying their best given their personal life histories and unique neurobiology. I truly work to be wholistic and listen to my patients.
(919) 727-4551 View (919) 727-4551
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Main Line Institute
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Our team of Harvard-trained psychiatrists bring over 25 years of experience specializing in evidence-based psychiatry. We provide personalized and compassionate care through innovative treatments, including medication management and meticulously selected psychotherapy. Academically affiliated,  we stay current with up to date and innovative treatments and continue to present at academic meetings. We believe in a collaborative approach, working closely with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Our approach is that it is important to spend time making a diagnosis before recommending treatment.
Our team of Harvard-trained psychiatrists bring over 25 years of experience specializing in evidence-based psychiatry. We provide personalized and compassionate care through innovative treatments, including medication management and meticulously selected psychotherapy. Academically affiliated,  we stay current with up to date and innovative treatments and continue to present at academic meetings. We believe in a collaborative approach, working closely with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Our approach is that it is important to spend time making a diagnosis before recommending treatment.
(484) 917-5791 View (484) 917-5791
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Richard T. Weyler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Dr. Richard T. Weyler is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2008. Dr. Weyler earned his B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He then earned his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College and completed a general psychiatry residency at Temple University Hospital. He then returned to the University of Pennsylvania to complete his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Weyler provides a strengths-based and behavioral approach, in addition to prescribing medications when necessary.
Dr. Richard T. Weyler is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2008. Dr. Weyler earned his B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He then earned his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College and completed a general psychiatry residency at Temple University Hospital. He then returned to the University of Pennsylvania to complete his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Weyler provides a strengths-based and behavioral approach, in addition to prescribing medications when necessary.
(267) 440-6834 View (267) 440-6834
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Galina Lensky, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Dr. Galina Lensky is a board-certified general psychiatrist in Philadelphia. She specializes in the treatment of adults and geriatric patients with psychiatric disorders. She has a clinical interest in mood disorders, such as major depression, bipolar disorder,anxiety disorders.She works with people struggling with anxiety, eating disorders, post traumatic stress,OCD, sexuality issues, PMS, PMDD, psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and postpartum, and the menopausal transition,she is experienced in treating patients with psychiatric conditions in comorbidity with chronic medical illnesses.
Dr. Galina Lensky is a board-certified general psychiatrist in Philadelphia. She specializes in the treatment of adults and geriatric patients with psychiatric disorders. She has a clinical interest in mood disorders, such as major depression, bipolar disorder,anxiety disorders.She works with people struggling with anxiety, eating disorders, post traumatic stress,OCD, sexuality issues, PMS, PMDD, psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and postpartum, and the menopausal transition,she is experienced in treating patients with psychiatric conditions in comorbidity with chronic medical illnesses.
(215) 883-8580 View (215) 883-8580
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Dr. Stephanie Cross
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19106
The journey to emotional well-being can be a challenge, is an ever evolving process, and our goals for treatment vary over the lifespan. Dr. Cross is a UPenn trained adult psychiatrist, with a private practice located in Philadelphia, and is available to help you on your mental health journey. She has an exceptional training background, with additional experience working with older adults and medically complex individuals. She takes a holistic mind-body approach to treatment, and works to build a safe space for exploration and healing.
The journey to emotional well-being can be a challenge, is an ever evolving process, and our goals for treatment vary over the lifespan. Dr. Cross is a UPenn trained adult psychiatrist, with a private practice located in Philadelphia, and is available to help you on your mental health journey. She has an exceptional training background, with additional experience working with older adults and medically complex individuals. She takes a holistic mind-body approach to treatment, and works to build a safe space for exploration and healing.
(484) 755-3946 View (484) 755-3946
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Katelyn Shaffer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19106  (Online Only)
Dr. Katelyn Shaffer DNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing care to patients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Dr. Shaffer has taken on many roles as a psychiatric NP. She has worked with patients across the lifespan in settings including, outpatient psychiatry, acute inpatient care, research, and education. Working with adult patients in outpatient psychiatry has always been Dr. Shaffer’s primary interest and specialty. She is well-versed in treating an array of diagnoses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders.
Dr. Katelyn Shaffer DNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing care to patients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Dr. Shaffer has taken on many roles as a psychiatric NP. She has worked with patients across the lifespan in settings including, outpatient psychiatry, acute inpatient care, research, and education. Working with adult patients in outpatient psychiatry has always been Dr. Shaffer’s primary interest and specialty. She is well-versed in treating an array of diagnoses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders.
(267) 651-1112 View (267) 651-1112
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Christina Woodson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19106  (Online Only)
Christina is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and former Clinical Social Worker who combines empathy and a strong understanding of psychopharmacology to provide comprehensive mental health treatment. Mental Health conditions treated include depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief/bereavement, adjustment disorder, ADHD, and OCD. Christina is passionate about mental health advocacy, client-centered care, and building a strong and effective therapeutic relationship.
Christina is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and former Clinical Social Worker who combines empathy and a strong understanding of psychopharmacology to provide comprehensive mental health treatment. Mental Health conditions treated include depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief/bereavement, adjustment disorder, ADHD, and OCD. Christina is passionate about mental health advocacy, client-centered care, and building a strong and effective therapeutic relationship.
(267) 651-1015 View (267) 651-1015
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Yi Wang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19106
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS...I am a UPenn-trained, fully licensed and boarded psychiatrist. I help people resolve psychological or psychiatric problems that keep them from fully enjoying their lives. Some of my patients struggle with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic. Others have trouble coping with stress arising from major life events, grief, or relationship difficulties. Some simply wish to understand themselves better or to live more intentionally.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS...I am a UPenn-trained, fully licensed and boarded psychiatrist. I help people resolve psychological or psychiatric problems that keep them from fully enjoying their lives. Some of my patients struggle with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic. Others have trouble coping with stress arising from major life events, grief, or relationship difficulties. Some simply wish to understand themselves better or to live more intentionally.
(267) 313-5249 View (267) 313-5249
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Russell Bohner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19106  (Online Only)
Russell Bohner is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has worked with psychiatric patients for over 21 years. Through his education and previous practice experience, Russell has accumulated a wide range of experiences working with people from adolescents to the elderly. Russell started his career in psychiatry as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and worked his way to a Master's degree in Nursing (MSN) at Wilkes University before obtaining his Nurse Practitioner (NP) license.
Russell Bohner is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has worked with psychiatric patients for over 21 years. Through his education and previous practice experience, Russell has accumulated a wide range of experiences working with people from adolescents to the elderly. Russell started his career in psychiatry as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and worked his way to a Master's degree in Nursing (MSN) at Wilkes University before obtaining his Nurse Practitioner (NP) license.
(267) 710-7198 View (267) 710-7198
Advocare Integrative Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 19106

20+

Average cost per session

$325

Psychiatrists in 19106 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
85% Bipolar Disorder
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% Medication Management
60% Trauma and PTSD
50% ADHD

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
91% Highmark

How Psychiatrists in 19106 see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

56% Female
44% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 19106?

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.