Psychiatrists in 19808

Photo of Florence Akouegnon - Caring Minds Medical Center, DNP, PMHNP, AGNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Caring Minds Medical Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGNP-BC
Verified Verified
Wilmington, DE 19808
We are experience in managing depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, ADHD, insomnia, and substance abuse. We are proud to provide a high-quality level in both psychiatry and medical care. We are committed to health and wellness to all. Our mission is to provide excellent medical and psychiatric care in a family centered environment. Our philosophy is shared by all our staff, from providers to the front desk. We value the relationships with our families, and enjoy caring for everyone.
We are experience in managing depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, ADHD, insomnia, and substance abuse. We are proud to provide a high-quality level in both psychiatry and medical care. We are committed to health and wellness to all. Our mission is to provide excellent medical and psychiatric care in a family centered environment. Our philosophy is shared by all our staff, from providers to the front desk. We value the relationships with our families, and enjoy caring for everyone.
(302) 550-9415 View (302) 550-9415
Photo of Kristen Ryan, MSN, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kristen Ryan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Wilmington, DE 19808
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome to my profile! I am so glad you found me and would be honored to work with you on your mental health journey. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over five years of experience in the mental health field. Initially from Long Island, NY, I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Public Health, with a minor in Spanish from Stony Brook University. I returned to the University of Delaware to receive my Bachelor’s Degree in nursing. It has been working in both inpatient and outpatient dual-diagnosis psychiatry settings that I found my true passion, and pursued my MSN in psychiatry.
Welcome to my profile! I am so glad you found me and would be honored to work with you on your mental health journey. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over five years of experience in the mental health field. Initially from Long Island, NY, I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Public Health, with a minor in Spanish from Stony Brook University. I returned to the University of Delaware to receive my Bachelor’s Degree in nursing. It has been working in both inpatient and outpatient dual-diagnosis psychiatry settings that I found my true passion, and pursued my MSN in psychiatry.
(302) 303-6010 View (302) 303-6010
Photo of Kristin McCall, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse
Kristin McCall
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wilmington, DE 19808
Kristin obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from West Chester University. After working as a community psychiatric nurse, she went back to school to obtain a Master's Degree as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has been practicing as a PMHNP since 2014. She focuses on connecting with her patients so that they feel comfortable with opening up and being honest, in hopes of creating a mutually agreeable treatment plan between prescriber and patient.
Kristin obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from West Chester University. After working as a community psychiatric nurse, she went back to school to obtain a Master's Degree as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has been practicing as a PMHNP since 2014. She focuses on connecting with her patients so that they feel comfortable with opening up and being honest, in hopes of creating a mutually agreeable treatment plan between prescriber and patient.
(302) 305-9708 View (302) 305-9708
Photo of Heather Cini - Journeys LLC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Journeys LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wilmington, DE 19808
Making the decision to enter counseling is not always an easy one. It is one that takes a lot of courage. Journeys creates a holistic environment to treat both the mind and the soul. Our clinicians have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. You will always feel welcome and accepted. Together we will find the treatment plan that fits you. Our therapists and Nurse Practitioner works with mental health, co-occurring, and dual diagnosis clients.
Making the decision to enter counseling is not always an easy one. It is one that takes a lot of courage. Journeys creates a holistic environment to treat both the mind and the soul. Our clinicians have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. You will always feel welcome and accepted. Together we will find the treatment plan that fits you. Our therapists and Nurse Practitioner works with mental health, co-occurring, and dual diagnosis clients.
(302) 204-2270 View (302) 204-2270
Photo of Ema M Ndi, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ema M Ndi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilmington, DE 19808
I have great passion and experience in offering unique individualized treatment/management of varying mental health conditions including Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, ADD/ADHD, Schizophrenia, Disruptive mood disregulatory disorder, ASD, Insomia and more. I am dual board certified in Family and mental health specialties thus I have great insight in treating the above conditions with excellent knowledge base on how the mental health informs the medical/physical health. I love to not only treat and support my patients but also love to empower and inspire them through out their care.
I have great passion and experience in offering unique individualized treatment/management of varying mental health conditions including Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, ADD/ADHD, Schizophrenia, Disruptive mood disregulatory disorder, ASD, Insomia and more. I am dual board certified in Family and mental health specialties thus I have great insight in treating the above conditions with excellent knowledge base on how the mental health informs the medical/physical health. I love to not only treat and support my patients but also love to empower and inspire them through out their care.
(302) 202-9633 View (302) 202-9633
Photo of Bancroft Behavioral Health Inc, DNP, PMHNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse
Bancroft Behavioral Health Inc
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Wilmington, DE 19808
Bradley Why is a Doctor of Nursing and is Board Certified in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. Bancroft Behavioral Health provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and medication management. Our approach to each potential client is personalized, collaborative and family centered. Dr. Why expertly treats mental health problems with conservative and appropriate medication choices and in close collaboration with each client and their therapist.
Bradley Why is a Doctor of Nursing and is Board Certified in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. Bancroft Behavioral Health provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and medication management. Our approach to each potential client is personalized, collaborative and family centered. Dr. Why expertly treats mental health problems with conservative and appropriate medication choices and in close collaboration with each client and their therapist.
(302) 300-4078 View (302) 300-4078
Photo of Savuol Ngo, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Savuol Ngo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wilmington, DE 19808
One of the most courageous steps we can take for ourselves is opening up about our mental symptoms and the internal struggles that we are experiencing. With new challenges and pressures, such as the pandemic, obstacles that may have once felt manageable, have caused us to feel cornered and finally confront the things we have been sweeping under the rug. Mental health symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, worsening difficulties with attention and focus for example can cause havoc in our lives and further diminishing our energy, motivation and feeling more isolated from others.
One of the most courageous steps we can take for ourselves is opening up about our mental symptoms and the internal struggles that we are experiencing. With new challenges and pressures, such as the pandemic, obstacles that may have once felt manageable, have caused us to feel cornered and finally confront the things we have been sweeping under the rug. Mental health symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, worsening difficulties with attention and focus for example can cause havoc in our lives and further diminishing our energy, motivation and feeling more isolated from others.
(302) 246-8091 View (302) 246-8091
Photo of Jeremy Legates, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jeremy Legates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wilmington, DE 19808  (Online Only)
Hi! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who lives and works in Delaware. I see clients with a variety of problems, including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and more.
Hi! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who lives and works in Delaware. I see clients with a variety of problems, including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and more.
(302) 578-7048 View (302) 578-7048
Photo of Helen Lancy, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Helen Lancy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilmington, DE 19808  (Online Only)
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
(302) 488-0020 View (302) 488-0020
Photo of Bridget Anakwe, PhD, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Bridget Anakwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wilmington, DE 19808  (Online Only)
Are you constantly irritable, anxious, or have racing thoughts? Do you feel depressed, lack motivation or procrastinate? Are these mental health issues causing major challenges to everyday living? Do you want to wake up each day confident that you are capable of functioning at your full capacity? Then, it’s time to embark on the bridge to wellness.
Are you constantly irritable, anxious, or have racing thoughts? Do you feel depressed, lack motivation or procrastinate? Are these mental health issues causing major challenges to everyday living? Do you want to wake up each day confident that you are capable of functioning at your full capacity? Then, it’s time to embark on the bridge to wellness.
(302) 732-2856 View (302) 732-2856
Photo of Olatokunbo Gbadebo, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Olatokunbo Gbadebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wilmington, DE 19808  (Online Only)
My name is Ola Gbadebo. I am board certified in family and psychiatric mental health. I have been practicing as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner for almost 25 years. Are you struggling with your mental health? I am here to help you.
My name is Ola Gbadebo. I am board certified in family and psychiatric mental health. I have been practicing as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner for almost 25 years. Are you struggling with your mental health? I am here to help you.
(302) 206-7367 View (302) 206-7367
Photo of Mallory Groff, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mallory Groff
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wilmington, DE 19808  (Online Only)
Are you burdened by the weight of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other challenging mental health issues? Remember, you're never alone in your journey, and there's a promising path toward a brighter tomorrow. I'm Mallory Groff, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), and I'm here to extend a uniquely compassionate route to your healing. My extensive experience has woven a rich tapestry of encounters with clients from diverse backgrounds, granting me profound insights into the intricacies of mental health.
Are you burdened by the weight of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other challenging mental health issues? Remember, you're never alone in your journey, and there's a promising path toward a brighter tomorrow. I'm Mallory Groff, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), and I'm here to extend a uniquely compassionate route to your healing. My extensive experience has woven a rich tapestry of encounters with clients from diverse backgrounds, granting me profound insights into the intricacies of mental health.
(302) 306-2325 View (302) 306-2325
Photo of Elizabeth (Elissa) Seward, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Elizabeth (Elissa) Seward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Wilmington, DE 19808
I strongly believe that mental healthcare relies on a culture of acceptance and understanding. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, it is my goal to provide care for those that struggle to be heard and those that feel they do not belong. I plan to help manage my patient's treatment plans with compassion. l view individuals as more than their illness and treat holistically. I encourage my patients to practice self advocacy and autonomy. You are ultimately in charge of your life. I am simply here to help guide and assist you in finding happiness and peace with my acquired skill set from years of experience and advanced education.
I strongly believe that mental healthcare relies on a culture of acceptance and understanding. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, it is my goal to provide care for those that struggle to be heard and those that feel they do not belong. I plan to help manage my patient's treatment plans with compassion. l view individuals as more than their illness and treat holistically. I encourage my patients to practice self advocacy and autonomy. You are ultimately in charge of your life. I am simply here to help guide and assist you in finding happiness and peace with my acquired skill set from years of experience and advanced education.
(302) 343-5424 View (302) 343-5424
Photo of Dolapo Fox, FNP-C, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dolapo Fox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
21 Endorsed
Wilmington, DE 19808
If you are looking for a partner in your mental health journey who is dedicated to your overall well-being, please reach out, and let's discuss how I can support you! My practice is built on the belief that effective treatment extends beyond immediate psychological symptoms and must encompass the entire well-being of the individual. My approach to mental health care is patient-centered, focusing on tailoring interventions to meet the unique needs of each individual. I integrate evidence-based practices with innovative strategies to support not only mental health but also emotional, physical, and social well-being.
If you are looking for a partner in your mental health journey who is dedicated to your overall well-being, please reach out, and let's discuss how I can support you! My practice is built on the belief that effective treatment extends beyond immediate psychological symptoms and must encompass the entire well-being of the individual. My approach to mental health care is patient-centered, focusing on tailoring interventions to meet the unique needs of each individual. I integrate evidence-based practices with innovative strategies to support not only mental health but also emotional, physical, and social well-being.
(302) 251-1920 View (302) 251-1920
Photo of Yolaure Jean-Charles, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Yolaure Jean-Charles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wilmington, DE 19808
Are you feeling easily frustrated, overwhelmed, and stressed out? Are you feeling stuck? Are you experiencing mental health difficulties that are preventing you from moving forward in your life? Is this causing issues in your relationships, your work, your physical health, or your ability to keep up with self-care?
Are you feeling easily frustrated, overwhelmed, and stressed out? Are you feeling stuck? Are you experiencing mental health difficulties that are preventing you from moving forward in your life? Is this causing issues in your relationships, your work, your physical health, or your ability to keep up with self-care?
(302) 493-4162 View (302) 493-4162
Photo of Adam Horn, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Adam Horn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilmington, DE 19808  (Online Only)
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
(302) 330-2217 View (302) 330-2217
Photo of Jennifer Sims, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilmington, DE 19808  (Online Only)
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(302) 279-2501 View (302) 279-2501
Photo of Jack Castro - Brandywine Valley TMS, MD, Psychiatrist
Brandywine Valley TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wilmington, DE 19808
At Brandywine Valley TMS we provided TMS therapy (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) for patients with depression who have tried medications and/or psychotherapy but have not yet experienced the relief they seek.
At Brandywine Valley TMS we provided TMS therapy (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) for patients with depression who have tried medications and/or psychotherapy but have not yet experienced the relief they seek.
(302) 754-5641 View (302) 754-5641
Photo of Chloe Griffith, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chloe Griffith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilmington, DE 19808  (Online Only)
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
(302) 262-1868 View (302) 262-1868
Photo of Kiley Gilbert, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kiley Gilbert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wilmington, DE 19808  (Online Only)
My name is Kiley and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have been working in the mental health field since 2011. I have medication management experience with all ages in both inpatient and outpatient settings and have treated anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, ADHD, schizophrenia and many other diagnoses. I am licensed to see patients for medication management in Oregon, Colorado, Minnesota and Delaware.
My name is Kiley and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have been working in the mental health field since 2011. I have medication management experience with all ages in both inpatient and outpatient settings and have treated anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, ADHD, schizophrenia and many other diagnoses. I am licensed to see patients for medication management in Oregon, Colorado, Minnesota and Delaware.
(302) 751-5728 View (302) 751-5728

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 19808

20+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in 19808 who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
88% Depression
84% Bipolar Disorder
56% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
52% Addiction
52% ADHD
52% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Aetna
74% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
70% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 19808 see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 19808?

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.