Psychiatrists in 50309

Photo of Erica Sloan, DNP, ARNP, CPNP-PC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Erica Sloan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, CPNP-PC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50309
The decision to seek evaluation and medication support for your child is complex and often emotional. I desire to help families understand all options in a supportive, caring environment where both children and their caregivers feel comfortable in asking questions and sharing concerns. In planning for your child's support, I understand that there are many factors to consider, including family dynamics, school performance, peer relationships, behaviors, nutrition, sleep, and overall wellness. I believe collaborating with families to create a well considered plan is imperative for successful outcomes.
The decision to seek evaluation and medication support for your child is complex and often emotional. I desire to help families understand all options in a supportive, caring environment where both children and their caregivers feel comfortable in asking questions and sharing concerns. In planning for your child's support, I understand that there are many factors to consider, including family dynamics, school performance, peer relationships, behaviors, nutrition, sleep, and overall wellness. I believe collaborating with families to create a well considered plan is imperative for successful outcomes.
(515) 824-0953 View (515) 824-0953
Photo of Quentin Chambers, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Quentin Chambers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50309  (Online Only)
Hi, if you are dealing with issues from lack of focus, ability to pay attention. If you are dealing with a form of substance abuse or anxiety. I am here to help. I don't just give you medicine. I work with you to determine if you even need medication. Maybe it's certain vitamins that are missing in your system, we will discover and treat it together. If you are looking for someone who will be attentive to your concerns, I am the right provider for you.
Hi, if you are dealing with issues from lack of focus, ability to pay attention. If you are dealing with a form of substance abuse or anxiety. I am here to help. I don't just give you medicine. I work with you to determine if you even need medication. Maybe it's certain vitamins that are missing in your system, we will discover and treat it together. If you are looking for someone who will be attentive to your concerns, I am the right provider for you.
(515) 608-8787 View (515) 608-8787
Photo of undefined - Baraka Behavioral Health (BBH), LLC, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Baraka Behavioral Health (BBH), LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50309
I am board certified psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric services includes evaluations, diagnosis, and psychiatric medication management for such conditions as depression, personality disorders, anxiety, bipolar, and attention deficit disorders among others for children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics. At BBS, you are guaranteed of a highly skilled and knowledgeable Practitioner, from the confines of your home, virtually, through your smartphone, and or computer. You are at the center, and You matter!
I am board certified psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric services includes evaluations, diagnosis, and psychiatric medication management for such conditions as depression, personality disorders, anxiety, bipolar, and attention deficit disorders among others for children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics. At BBS, you are guaranteed of a highly skilled and knowledgeable Practitioner, from the confines of your home, virtually, through your smartphone, and or computer. You are at the center, and You matter!
(515) 209-7917 View (515) 209-7917
Photo of Brittni Reifschneider, ARNP, FNP-C, PMH-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brittni Reifschneider
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, FNP-C, PMH-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50309
I have been working as a Nurse Practitioner for several years in a variety of fields including primary care, urgent care, mental health, and women's health. I enjoy connecting with patients and helping them through the many phases of their life that bring stressors and challenges. I work along side our therapists at Cascade to treat anxiety, depression, ADHD, and perinatal (pre and post-partum) mental health in adults over age 18.
I have been working as a Nurse Practitioner for several years in a variety of fields including primary care, urgent care, mental health, and women's health. I enjoy connecting with patients and helping them through the many phases of their life that bring stressors and challenges. I work along side our therapists at Cascade to treat anxiety, depression, ADHD, and perinatal (pre and post-partum) mental health in adults over age 18.
(515) 454-2064 View (515) 454-2064
Photo of Breanna Millsap, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Breanna Millsap
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50309  (Online Only)
Breanna Millsap (MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC) has over 20 years of experience in healthcare. She believes in treating the whole person, and recognizing the interconnectedness of mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Patients who have worked with her like that she's relatable, easy to talk to, and sincere. Initial visits typically 1 hour and follow-ups are generally 20 minutes. Same day appointments often available. Book Directly at Helloalma.com - Search Psychiatrist- type in Breanna Millsap... and schedule your consultation today.
Breanna Millsap (MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC) has over 20 years of experience in healthcare. She believes in treating the whole person, and recognizing the interconnectedness of mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Patients who have worked with her like that she's relatable, easy to talk to, and sincere. Initial visits typically 1 hour and follow-ups are generally 20 minutes. Same day appointments often available. Book Directly at Helloalma.com - Search Psychiatrist- type in Breanna Millsap... and schedule your consultation today.
(712) 717-0776 View (712) 717-0776
Photo of Elizabeth Brake, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Elizabeth Brake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50309  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS, CAN GET NEW PATIENTS IN WITHIN A WEEK! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS, CAN GET NEW PATIENTS IN WITHIN A WEEK! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
(515) 859-8138 View (515) 859-8138
Photo of undefined - Bliss Psychiatry, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Bliss Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50309  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW patients, can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
Accepting NEW patients, can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
(515) 379-8572 View (515) 379-8572
Photo of Erika Bales, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Erika Bales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50309  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Taking the first step towards healing can be daunting, but you're not alone on this journey. I am here to help guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and respect. Together, we will create an effective treatment plan tailored to you. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. My goal is to support you in restoring and maintaining a healthier state of mind.
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Taking the first step towards healing can be daunting, but you're not alone on this journey. I am here to help guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and respect. Together, we will create an effective treatment plan tailored to you. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. My goal is to support you in restoring and maintaining a healthier state of mind.
(515) 325-1363 View (515) 325-1363
Photo of undefined - Alpha Allied Treatment Center, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alpha Allied Treatment Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50309  (Online Only)
I am an independent, full practice psychiatric nurse practitioner, able to prescribe, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders. I have spent the past 18yrs getting to know patients with Bipolar, Anxiety, ADD, Addiction and integrative psychiatry care. I find this group fascinating. I am interested in patients who are vested in their own mental health. If this is you, give me a call. Ask about our non-narcotics opiates withdrawal system, called "The Bridge" device. Almost 90% success rate. We are ready to help you.
I am an independent, full practice psychiatric nurse practitioner, able to prescribe, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders. I have spent the past 18yrs getting to know patients with Bipolar, Anxiety, ADD, Addiction and integrative psychiatry care. I find this group fascinating. I am interested in patients who are vested in their own mental health. If this is you, give me a call. Ask about our non-narcotics opiates withdrawal system, called "The Bridge" device. Almost 90% success rate. We are ready to help you.
(515) 855-6659 View (515) 855-6659
Photo of Rosaline During, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rosaline During
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50309  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Patients! We can usually get new patients in within a WEEK! We specialize in high quality telemedicine, personalized ADHD treatment, treatment for anxiety, PTSD, depression, OCD, and some substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
Accepting NEW Patients! We can usually get new patients in within a WEEK! We specialize in high quality telemedicine, personalized ADHD treatment, treatment for anxiety, PTSD, depression, OCD, and some substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
(515) 800-4471 View (515) 800-4471
Photo of Robert Husemann, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Robert Husemann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50309  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I enjoy working with new clients and finding ways to help improve their daily life. Many issues can be addressed with medications, therapy, and lifestyle modification.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I enjoy working with new clients and finding ways to help improve their daily life. Many issues can be addressed with medications, therapy, and lifestyle modification.
(563) 484-8299 View (563) 484-8299
Photo of Tomeka Hill, PMHNP, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tomeka Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50309  (Online Only)
My focus areas for mental health treatment include psychotherapeutic treatment and medication management for the following: anxiety, depression, PTSD, attention deficit disorder, and substance use disorder. I use evidence-based strategies to support issues such as trauma focused care. Motivational interviewing, strength-based care, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral strategies. My goal is to provide improvement in your overall health.
My focus areas for mental health treatment include psychotherapeutic treatment and medication management for the following: anxiety, depression, PTSD, attention deficit disorder, and substance use disorder. I use evidence-based strategies to support issues such as trauma focused care. Motivational interviewing, strength-based care, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral strategies. My goal is to provide improvement in your overall health.
(515) 808-5012 View (515) 808-5012
Photo of Elizabeth Brake, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Elizabeth Brake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50309
Accepting new patients, we can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse!
Accepting new patients, we can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse!
(515) 481-5268 View (515) 481-5268
Photo of Travis Brown, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Travis Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50309
Accepting NEW patients, can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
Accepting NEW patients, can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
(515) 316-2189 View (515) 316-2189
Photo of undefined - Veronica Holloway , MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Veronica Holloway
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50309  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! Taking the first steps towards improving your mental health can be intimidating. I sincerely want to help you in the journey to develop hope for the future, with renewed energy, strength and passion for life. I will be there helping and guiding you, to optimize your healing and health, with evidence based recommendations. Let's review your treatment goals and an action plan on how to achieve this. Please call to schedule your appointment 515-207-0110.
Accepting new patients! Taking the first steps towards improving your mental health can be intimidating. I sincerely want to help you in the journey to develop hope for the future, with renewed energy, strength and passion for life. I will be there helping and guiding you, to optimize your healing and health, with evidence based recommendations. Let's review your treatment goals and an action plan on how to achieve this. Please call to schedule your appointment 515-207-0110.
(319) 528-5111 View (319) 528-5111
Photo of undefined - Mind Matters Behavioral Health, MSN`, APRN, PMHNPBC, CCATP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mind Matters Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN`, APRN, PMHNPBC, CCATP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50309  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 7 years of nursing experience. I am also a certified clinical anxiety treatment professional (CCATP). My journey began in the ICU, caring for society's most vulnerable as they fought for their lives. Though we saved many, I yearned to do more - to truly improve their quality of life. This calling led me to psychiatry, where I now have the privilege of walking with people on their road to recovery. My goal is not just to prolong life, but to improve it.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 7 years of nursing experience. I am also a certified clinical anxiety treatment professional (CCATP). My journey began in the ICU, caring for society's most vulnerable as they fought for their lives. Though we saved many, I yearned to do more - to truly improve their quality of life. This calling led me to psychiatry, where I now have the privilege of walking with people on their road to recovery. My goal is not just to prolong life, but to improve it.
(865) 290-7619 View (865) 290-7619
Photo of David Kelbaugh, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
David Kelbaugh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50309  (Online Only)
Hello! I am David, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and the creator and owner of Clear Mind Mental Health. My experience is in private practice and acute behavioral health care. I'm passionate about truly listening to you and developing customized treatment plans to address your whole health - mind, body, and spirit. My holistic, personalized approach considers your unique needs and goals, and provides comprehensive mental health care from the comfort of your own home. Presently seeing patients in Washington state and Iowa.
Hello! I am David, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and the creator and owner of Clear Mind Mental Health. My experience is in private practice and acute behavioral health care. I'm passionate about truly listening to you and developing customized treatment plans to address your whole health - mind, body, and spirit. My holistic, personalized approach considers your unique needs and goals, and provides comprehensive mental health care from the comfort of your own home. Presently seeing patients in Washington state and Iowa.
(608) 422-4565 View (608) 422-4565
Photo of undefined - Mind Connection Behavioral Health, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mind Connection Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50309
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME***Welcome to Mind Connection Behavioral Health where your mental health is our priority. We are committed to providing you with exceptional mental health and psychiatric services, and delivering high quality care to patients of all ages. Our goal is to make you feel valued and not numbered.
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME***Welcome to Mind Connection Behavioral Health where your mental health is our priority. We are committed to providing you with exceptional mental health and psychiatric services, and delivering high quality care to patients of all ages. Our goal is to make you feel valued and not numbered.
(281) 957-6114 View (281) 957-6114
Photo of Martina Taina Barshall, MSN, PMHNPBC, APN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Martina Taina Barshall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Des Moines, IA 50309  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my goal is to provide compassionate, individualized care to each of my clients. I believe in creating a safe and supportive environment where you can openly share your thoughts and feelings. By combining evidence-based treatments with a deep empathy for your unique experiences, I aim to guide you toward healing and well-being. I am dedicated to reducing the stigma around mental health and empowering you with the knowledge and tools to manage your mental health effectively. Together, we will work on building a healthier, more fulfilling life.
As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my goal is to provide compassionate, individualized care to each of my clients. I believe in creating a safe and supportive environment where you can openly share your thoughts and feelings. By combining evidence-based treatments with a deep empathy for your unique experiences, I aim to guide you toward healing and well-being. I am dedicated to reducing the stigma around mental health and empowering you with the knowledge and tools to manage your mental health effectively. Together, we will work on building a healthier, more fulfilling life.
(515) 207-0690 View (515) 207-0690
Photo of undefined - Alpha Allied Mental Health Services (AMS), PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alpha Allied Mental Health Services (AMS)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Des Moines, IA 50309
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the states of Iowa and Missouri. I have full practice authority in the state of Iowa, I am accepting new patients in Iowa and Missouri. I practice psychiatry by assessing biological, psychological and social aspects of each patient I care for, to deliver optimal mental health. I take insurance in Missouri and Iowa. I prescribe a full range of psychotropic medications for genuine mental health disorders. We now have an additional provider that is accepting new patients. Give us a call.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the states of Iowa and Missouri. I have full practice authority in the state of Iowa, I am accepting new patients in Iowa and Missouri. I practice psychiatry by assessing biological, psychological and social aspects of each patient I care for, to deliver optimal mental health. I take insurance in Missouri and Iowa. I prescribe a full range of psychotropic medications for genuine mental health disorders. We now have an additional provider that is accepting new patients. Give us a call.
(636) 735-7068 View (636) 735-7068

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 50309

20+

Average cost per session

$125

Psychiatrists in 50309 who prioritize treating:

88% ADHD
84% Depression
84% Anxiety
76% Medication Management
68% Bipolar Disorder
64% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
60% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
68% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 50309 see their clients

64% Online Only
36% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 50309?

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.