Psychiatrists in 60602

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Ashley Dodd
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
Not accepting new clients
I am a board certified general adult psychiatrist, and I work with people who have a range of emotional problems including anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. I use my training in psychiatry to provide comprehensive care to address the well-being of the whole person. I feel comfortable using medications to treat these problems when medications are indicated, and I also enjoy seeing patients for psychotherapy. I attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma, then completed my residency in psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where I was chief resident during my final year of training.
I am a board certified general adult psychiatrist, and I work with people who have a range of emotional problems including anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. I use my training in psychiatry to provide comprehensive care to address the well-being of the whole person. I feel comfortable using medications to treat these problems when medications are indicated, and I also enjoy seeing patients for psychotherapy. I attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma, then completed my residency in psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where I was chief resident during my final year of training.
(312) 487-4260 View (312) 487-4260
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Alexander E. Obolsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
From time to time, our lives take an unexpected turn for the worse. We may suffer injury; succumb to physical or emotional illness, or experience conflict, loss, misfortune. Trauma and chronic disability may affect our loved ones or us. Life adversities may temporarily overwhelm our ability to carry on. We may turn pessimistic, doubtful, and hopeless. Feel demoralized, worried, and anxious. Suffer sadness, distress, and anguish. Become angry and resentful. Feel distrustful and quarrel with others. Recognize our isolation and loneliness. At such times, we could benefit from a psychiatric evaluation and treatment, including psychotherapy and prescription medicine.
From time to time, our lives take an unexpected turn for the worse. We may suffer injury; succumb to physical or emotional illness, or experience conflict, loss, misfortune. Trauma and chronic disability may affect our loved ones or us. Life adversities may temporarily overwhelm our ability to carry on. We may turn pessimistic, doubtful, and hopeless. Feel demoralized, worried, and anxious. Suffer sadness, distress, and anguish. Become angry and resentful. Feel distrustful and quarrel with others. Recognize our isolation and loneliness. At such times, we could benefit from a psychiatric evaluation and treatment, including psychotherapy and prescription medicine.
(312) 436-1329 View (312) 436-1329
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Katie Edwards Humpal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Katie! I specialize in providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals who are open to personal growth and self-improvement. Whether you're at the beginning of your journey or already motivated to make changes, I'm here to support and guide you. I offer medication management and psychotherapy to address a range of issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. Together, we can work towards overcoming challenges, finding new paths, and achieving a sense of freedom, fulfillment, and overall happiness. Let's embark on this journey of transformation together.
Hi, I'm Katie! I specialize in providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals who are open to personal growth and self-improvement. Whether you're at the beginning of your journey or already motivated to make changes, I'm here to support and guide you. I offer medication management and psychotherapy to address a range of issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. Together, we can work towards overcoming challenges, finding new paths, and achieving a sense of freedom, fulfillment, and overall happiness. Let's embark on this journey of transformation together.
(312) 646-6904 View (312) 646-6904
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Dr. Katie Washington Cole
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Katie Washington Cole is an addiction and recovery psychiatrist with expertise in mental health and substance use treatment in adults. She takes a relationship-centered approach to psychiatric care, using shared decision-making to prioritize your goals and values. Dr. Washington Cole completed medical school and a PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University. She completed general adult psychiatry residency at the University of Chicago and addiction psychiatry fellowship at the University of Illinois-Chicago. ​
Dr. Katie Washington Cole is an addiction and recovery psychiatrist with expertise in mental health and substance use treatment in adults. She takes a relationship-centered approach to psychiatric care, using shared decision-making to prioritize your goals and values. Dr. Washington Cole completed medical school and a PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University. She completed general adult psychiatry residency at the University of Chicago and addiction psychiatry fellowship at the University of Illinois-Chicago. ​
(312) 900-8263 View (312) 900-8263
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Nathan Ontrop
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
Not accepting new clients
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with a practice in downtown Chicago. My background was in engineering and business but now I am happy to be using my skills as a psychiatrist with a special interest in psychotherapy. In my practice, I seek to understand each person's struggles and work together to achieve a full and sustained recovery. For some this will include psychiatric medications, for others individual psychotherapy is most effective, and for some it will be both.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with a practice in downtown Chicago. My background was in engineering and business but now I am happy to be using my skills as a psychiatrist with a special interest in psychotherapy. In my practice, I seek to understand each person's struggles and work together to achieve a full and sustained recovery. For some this will include psychiatric medications, for others individual psychotherapy is most effective, and for some it will be both.
(312) 548-9016 View (312) 548-9016
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Dr. Joi Henry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
As a Chicago native, I understand how the noise and distractions of the city can easily mask the storm brewing on the inside of us. When it is time to face ourselves, it can be difficult to know where to begin. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I want to partner with you on your journey to healing. I received my doctoral degree from Rush University and I have over 5 years of experience with child/adolescent and adult mental health disorders.
As a Chicago native, I understand how the noise and distractions of the city can easily mask the storm brewing on the inside of us. When it is time to face ourselves, it can be difficult to know where to begin. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I want to partner with you on your journey to healing. I received my doctoral degree from Rush University and I have over 5 years of experience with child/adolescent and adult mental health disorders.
(312) 779-6833 x2 View (312) 779-6833 x2
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Robert Lloyd
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
My expertise is in treating mood, trauma, anxiety, and attention-related disorders. I take an integrative approach in considering the brain-body connection to treat mental illness, while identifying physical, emotional, and cognitive factors that impact treatment. My background is at the interface of medicine and psychiatry and I support a collaborative, multi-modal approach to helping patients achieve functional improvement and recovery. I am currently accepting new patients and see all patients in person for the initial consultation.
My expertise is in treating mood, trauma, anxiety, and attention-related disorders. I take an integrative approach in considering the brain-body connection to treat mental illness, while identifying physical, emotional, and cognitive factors that impact treatment. My background is at the interface of medicine and psychiatry and I support a collaborative, multi-modal approach to helping patients achieve functional improvement and recovery. I am currently accepting new patients and see all patients in person for the initial consultation.
(312) 820-9475 View (312) 820-9475
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Jeffrey David Roth
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
As a group psychotherapist and addiction psychiatrist, I am available to work with you on any phase of recovery from addictions, compulsive behaviors and the effects of being in a relationship with an addict (whether parent, sibling, partner or child). I understand addiction as a broad disease, including substances (alcohol, nicotine, opiates, stimulants, sedatives and other drugs), food, sex, money, work and codependence. I often work in collaboration with individual therapists and mutual support groups to enhance the effectiveness of each intervention.
As a group psychotherapist and addiction psychiatrist, I am available to work with you on any phase of recovery from addictions, compulsive behaviors and the effects of being in a relationship with an addict (whether parent, sibling, partner or child). I understand addiction as a broad disease, including substances (alcohol, nicotine, opiates, stimulants, sedatives and other drugs), food, sex, money, work and codependence. I often work in collaboration with individual therapists and mutual support groups to enhance the effectiveness of each intervention.
(312) 516-2341 View (312) 516-2341
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Luke Swift
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN-FPA, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
Have you been feeling unwell? Do you feel like you do not have a voice when it comes to your own mental health and wellness? Have you ever felt like your medications are continually increased or new medications added without any improvement in your symptoms? The humanity we share is more important than the mental illness we may not. As a practitioner, I strive to bring focus back to treating you as a whole rather than an isolated disorder. My focus in treatment is to provide a holistically dynamic integration of therapy and medication management with the goal of helping you lead a life unhindered by your mental health.
Have you been feeling unwell? Do you feel like you do not have a voice when it comes to your own mental health and wellness? Have you ever felt like your medications are continually increased or new medications added without any improvement in your symptoms? The humanity we share is more important than the mental illness we may not. As a practitioner, I strive to bring focus back to treating you as a whole rather than an isolated disorder. My focus in treatment is to provide a holistically dynamic integration of therapy and medication management with the goal of helping you lead a life unhindered by your mental health.
(312) 766-8451 x709 View (312) 766-8451 x709
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Meenakshi Denduluri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
As a board-certified general adult psychiatrist with specialized training in psychotherapy, my approach to patient care is rooted in forming meaningful connections with patients. I wholeheartedly believe that psychological suffering stems from a blend of biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors. My patients and I work together to uncover these factors and create treatment plans tailored to their specific needs.
As a board-certified general adult psychiatrist with specialized training in psychotherapy, my approach to patient care is rooted in forming meaningful connections with patients. I wholeheartedly believe that psychological suffering stems from a blend of biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors. My patients and I work together to uncover these factors and create treatment plans tailored to their specific needs.
(312) 321-8392 View (312) 321-8392
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Jeff K. Abbott
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602  (Online Only)
Jeff K. Abbott, MD is a ABPN board certified psychiatrist. He graduated medical school from UT Southwestern, and completed psychiatry residency training as Chief Resident from Northwestern University. He has received numerous awards for education, merit, and continues to teach trainees at Northwestern. Currently Dr. Abbott only offers telemedicine.
Jeff K. Abbott, MD is a ABPN board certified psychiatrist. He graduated medical school from UT Southwestern, and completed psychiatry residency training as Chief Resident from Northwestern University. He has received numerous awards for education, merit, and continues to teach trainees at Northwestern. Currently Dr. Abbott only offers telemedicine.
(872) 206-9913 View (872) 206-9913
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Alecia Hurley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
Not accepting new clients
As a provider, I enjoy connecting with clients and getting to know them on a personal level. I understand that reaching out for help is not always easy, but I am willing to meet you where they are. My passion is treating adults with mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance use disorders, BIPOC clients, and LGBTQIA+ identifying clients.
As a provider, I enjoy connecting with clients and getting to know them on a personal level. I understand that reaching out for help is not always easy, but I am willing to meet you where they are. My passion is treating adults with mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance use disorders, BIPOC clients, and LGBTQIA+ identifying clients.
(312) 820-8296 View (312) 820-8296
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Amy J Yang MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
I work with people interested in forming a relationship, primarily through therapy or therapy combined with medication work. I employ a whole-body approach and I can incorporate complementary modalities for integrative healing. I approach with understanding mental health issues through individual lens as well as family, social and cultural context. I love working with students, those from different cultural backgrounds, as well as those in the education and medical/mental health professions. My goal is to facilitate each person to find their own path in the midst of their healthcare journey.
I work with people interested in forming a relationship, primarily through therapy or therapy combined with medication work. I employ a whole-body approach and I can incorporate complementary modalities for integrative healing. I approach with understanding mental health issues through individual lens as well as family, social and cultural context. I love working with students, those from different cultural backgrounds, as well as those in the education and medical/mental health professions. My goal is to facilitate each person to find their own path in the midst of their healthcare journey.
(872) 219-1533 View (872) 219-1533
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Dr. Andrew J Matrick
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
I am a Northwestern-trained, board-certified physician psychiatrist with experience treating a broad range of mental health conditions. I utilize evidence-based medication strategies, integrative strategies (exercise, sleep hygiene and psychotherapy) to provide a comprehensive treatment approach that takes the whole person into account.
I am a Northwestern-trained, board-certified physician psychiatrist with experience treating a broad range of mental health conditions. I utilize evidence-based medication strategies, integrative strategies (exercise, sleep hygiene and psychotherapy) to provide a comprehensive treatment approach that takes the whole person into account.
(312) 779-0921 View (312) 779-0921
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Emily Hoag
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
Dr. Hoag draws from decades of clinical practice and experience across a wide range of settings, including academic psychiatry, community mental health, and primarily private practice. She has worked in private practice for 33 years. Dr. Hoag has extensive knowledge on medication management and therapeutic techniques.
Dr. Hoag draws from decades of clinical practice and experience across a wide range of settings, including academic psychiatry, community mental health, and primarily private practice. She has worked in private practice for 33 years. Dr. Hoag has extensive knowledge on medication management and therapeutic techniques.
(773) 974-9511 View (773) 974-9511
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Emily Berwald
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN APN, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
Despite us being more digitally connected than ever before, a disproportionate number of people today are struggling with loneliness, detachment, and chronic stress. Even in a city of three million people, it can be difficult to find community, connection, and fulfillment amongst our fellow humans. If you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed under the demands of our fast-paced society, or if you’re experiencing exhaustion or hopelessness, know that you’re not alone.
Despite us being more digitally connected than ever before, a disproportionate number of people today are struggling with loneliness, detachment, and chronic stress. Even in a city of three million people, it can be difficult to find community, connection, and fulfillment amongst our fellow humans. If you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed under the demands of our fast-paced society, or if you’re experiencing exhaustion or hopelessness, know that you’re not alone.
(312) 626-0294 x2 View (312) 626-0294 x2
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Victoria Nee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
Are you concerned your psychiatrist might diagnose & prescribe medication ("match the pill to the ill") without addressing root causes of your problem? Most psychiatrists don't look at the brain as part of the body & don't think about underlying conditions such as inflammation, an unhealthy gut, high toxin load, food sensitivities, or "out-of-whack" hormones (to name just a few). These conditions don't just affect your body, but also affect your brain, resulting in depression, anxiety, insomnia, "brain fog" & other psychological symptoms. Medication can work spectacularly well, but often doesn't, if the body is too imbalanced.
Are you concerned your psychiatrist might diagnose & prescribe medication ("match the pill to the ill") without addressing root causes of your problem? Most psychiatrists don't look at the brain as part of the body & don't think about underlying conditions such as inflammation, an unhealthy gut, high toxin load, food sensitivities, or "out-of-whack" hormones (to name just a few). These conditions don't just affect your body, but also affect your brain, resulting in depression, anxiety, insomnia, "brain fog" & other psychological symptoms. Medication can work spectacularly well, but often doesn't, if the body is too imbalanced.
(312) 634-6867 View (312) 634-6867
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Shoaib Memon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
Are you feeling lost and uncertain about the way your life is going? Do you feel alone or stuck in your situation? Are you struggling with feelings of stress, anxiety or depression? In order to effectively treat emotional problems and life challenges, it is important to find a psychiatrist in Chicago that can meet your needs. My first goal when meeting with you is to establish a genuine and collaborative connection. This will serve as the foundation for the work necessary to deal with daily feelings, understand experiences, and make positive changes to your life. We will work together to develop a plan to help you heal and grow.
Are you feeling lost and uncertain about the way your life is going? Do you feel alone or stuck in your situation? Are you struggling with feelings of stress, anxiety or depression? In order to effectively treat emotional problems and life challenges, it is important to find a psychiatrist in Chicago that can meet your needs. My first goal when meeting with you is to establish a genuine and collaborative connection. This will serve as the foundation for the work necessary to deal with daily feelings, understand experiences, and make positive changes to your life. We will work together to develop a plan to help you heal and grow.
(312) 800-1521 View (312) 800-1521
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Mark Chapman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
My practice includes the treatment of individuals with a variety of clinical concerns with a specialized focus on mood, anxiety, trauma, and attentional problems. I value a thorough diagnostic assessment in order to provide individualized care. Because I am skilled in utilizing biological treatments, such as psychiatric medication, as well as psychotherapy, I can provide multiple treatment options. I emphasize a thorough discussion of my diagnostic impressions, and I strongly encourage patients to ask questions and share in treatment decisions. My goal is for patients to feel comfortable and confident with their care.
My practice includes the treatment of individuals with a variety of clinical concerns with a specialized focus on mood, anxiety, trauma, and attentional problems. I value a thorough diagnostic assessment in order to provide individualized care. Because I am skilled in utilizing biological treatments, such as psychiatric medication, as well as psychotherapy, I can provide multiple treatment options. I emphasize a thorough discussion of my diagnostic impressions, and I strongly encourage patients to ask questions and share in treatment decisions. My goal is for patients to feel comfortable and confident with their care.
(773) 985-3821 x6 View (773) 985-3821 x6
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Inspire1Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
Hi! I’m Crystal Turner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have learned that, though the complexities that come with mental health are various, the commonality is the desire to be heard, seen, and treated as human and to attain the highest level of functioning in life.
Hi! I’m Crystal Turner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have learned that, though the complexities that come with mental health are various, the commonality is the desire to be heard, seen, and treated as human and to attain the highest level of functioning in life.
(312) 778-5571 View (312) 778-5571

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 60602

40+

Average cost per session

$235

Psychiatrists in 60602 who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
90% Depression
69% Medication Management
67% Bipolar Disorder
64% Trauma and PTSD
60% ADHD
57% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% BlueCross and BlueShield
55% Aetna
42% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 60602 see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 60602?

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.