Psychiatrists in 60610

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Michelle Heyland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60610  (Online Only)
Please email to set up an initial appointment. I am a doctorally prepared, board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have experience treating a variety of conditions such as such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and thought disorders. I specialize in depression and anxiety. I am also an Associate Professor at Rush University. I am accepting new adult (18+) patients at my practice. A key part of my role is medication management. However, I also spend time getting to know you as a person and determining the aspects of your life that are contributing to the way you feel.
Please email to set up an initial appointment. I am a doctorally prepared, board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have experience treating a variety of conditions such as such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and thought disorders. I specialize in depression and anxiety. I am also an Associate Professor at Rush University. I am accepting new adult (18+) patients at my practice. A key part of my role is medication management. However, I also spend time getting to know you as a person and determining the aspects of your life that are contributing to the way you feel.
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Justin Lam
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60610
Philosophy of Practice: Our time together will always be collaborative in nature. Any treatment plan you decide upon will be individualized to reflect your specific needs. For some patients this means I am working with you as we develop the knowledge and skills needed for you to achieve whatever goals you have set for yourself. For others, my role in your care will simply be to answer any questions you might have and to continue clarifying the steps between where you stand now and where you imagine yourself being.
Philosophy of Practice: Our time together will always be collaborative in nature. Any treatment plan you decide upon will be individualized to reflect your specific needs. For some patients this means I am working with you as we develop the knowledge and skills needed for you to achieve whatever goals you have set for yourself. For others, my role in your care will simply be to answer any questions you might have and to continue clarifying the steps between where you stand now and where you imagine yourself being.
(815) 368-4214 View (815) 368-4214
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Tim Yovankin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60610
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Yovankin is a board-certified pediatric psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and behavioral conditions in adolescents and young adults. Dr. Yovankin attended Chicago Medical School and completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC), where he was named Chief Fellow. He also underwent training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.
Dr. Yovankin is a board-certified pediatric psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and behavioral conditions in adolescents and young adults. Dr. Yovankin attended Chicago Medical School and completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC), where he was named Chief Fellow. He also underwent training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute.
(847) 860-7168 View (847) 860-7168
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Christina Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60610  (Online Only)
Christina Nguyen is a board-certified and licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She graduated from the University of Kentucky with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Biology and Nursing. She then graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health. Christina has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and adults diagnosed with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, psychosis and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Christina Nguyen is a board-certified and licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She graduated from the University of Kentucky with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Biology and Nursing. She then graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health. Christina has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and adults diagnosed with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, psychosis and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(872) 242-1209 View (872) 242-1209
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Dr. Nina Pope-Osaghae
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60610  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience working with a variety of mental health disorders and specializes in working with both adolescents and adults who suffer from ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD and several other mental health disorders.
I am a board certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience working with a variety of mental health disorders and specializes in working with both adolescents and adults who suffer from ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD and several other mental health disorders.
(708) 741-2325 View (708) 741-2325
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Sarah Skea
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60610  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Sarah Skea, MSN, ARPN, PMHNP-BC, is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Board Certification. Sarah graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, known for having one of the best nursing programs in the country. With twelve years of experience, Sarah is an expert in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and life adjustments. Sarah is empathic and patient-centered. She approaches treatment with the belief that each client is an individual, with the goal of helping you regain a sense of wholeness. Sarah specializes in seeing children, adolescents, and adults.
Accepting New Clients. Sarah Skea, MSN, ARPN, PMHNP-BC, is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Board Certification. Sarah graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, known for having one of the best nursing programs in the country. With twelve years of experience, Sarah is an expert in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and life adjustments. Sarah is empathic and patient-centered. She approaches treatment with the belief that each client is an individual, with the goal of helping you regain a sense of wholeness. Sarah specializes in seeing children, adolescents, and adults.
(630) 517-0841 View (630) 517-0841
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Alexander E. Obolsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60610
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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Dr. Richard K. Kim
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60610
Dr. Kim is an experienced board-certified psychiatrist who provides compassionate, personal care through counseling and medication management. He received his BA with Honors in the Philosophy of Science and Medicine from the University of Chicago, his MD from the University of Illinois, and his psychiatry residency at the Loyola University Medical Center where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Kim has expertise in both psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and telemedicine. Dr. Kim is offers online appointments.
Dr. Kim is an experienced board-certified psychiatrist who provides compassionate, personal care through counseling and medication management. He received his BA with Honors in the Philosophy of Science and Medicine from the University of Chicago, his MD from the University of Illinois, and his psychiatry residency at the Loyola University Medical Center where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Kim has expertise in both psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and telemedicine. Dr. Kim is offers online appointments.
(703) 940-9921 View (703) 940-9921
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Jeff K. Abbott
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60610  (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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Kimberly Lopez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60610
Hi, my name is Kimberly Lopez, and I am a psychiatric and family nurse practitioner. I love working with all age groups, from pediatric to geriatric. I have almost two years of experience in the nurse practitioner role, but I have a little over 10 years of critical care nursing before I became a nurse practitioner. I was born and raised in Chicago, IL, where I still reside. I am the first in my family to graduate from college.
Hi, my name is Kimberly Lopez, and I am a psychiatric and family nurse practitioner. I love working with all age groups, from pediatric to geriatric. I have almost two years of experience in the nurse practitioner role, but I have a little over 10 years of critical care nursing before I became a nurse practitioner. I was born and raised in Chicago, IL, where I still reside. I am the first in my family to graduate from college.
(312) 561-9596 View (312) 561-9596
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TelepsychHealth Outpatient Programs
Psychiatrist, MD, LCPC, CADC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60610
TelepsychHealth consists of a compassionate psychiatrist, psych PAs, NP, and therapists.
TelepsychHealth consists of a compassionate psychiatrist, psych PAs, NP, and therapists.
(312) 313-3966 View (312) 313-3966
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Karen Escobar Almeida
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60610
Dr. Karen Escobar Almeida is a board-certified Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 2016. She completed her Psychiatry Residency at the Icahn School of Mount Sinai in NYC and completed her fellowship in functional medicine at the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. Dr. Almeida offers a unique blend of psychiatric expertise and functional medicine knowledge, enabling her to provide personalized, evidence-based treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions. Dr. Almeida's holistic approach considers both psychotropic and natural medicine, fostering a compassionate and individualized healing journey.
Dr. Karen Escobar Almeida is a board-certified Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 2016. She completed her Psychiatry Residency at the Icahn School of Mount Sinai in NYC and completed her fellowship in functional medicine at the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. Dr. Almeida offers a unique blend of psychiatric expertise and functional medicine knowledge, enabling her to provide personalized, evidence-based treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions. Dr. Almeida's holistic approach considers both psychotropic and natural medicine, fostering a compassionate and individualized healing journey.
(872) 278-5637 View (872) 278-5637
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Balance Ketamine Clinics
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60610
We provide I.V. Ketamine therapy for treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders. Clinical studies clearly indicate that ketamine provides rapid relief from depressive symptoms and a significant reduction in suicidal thoughts. Ketamine offers hope to those with severe depression, anxiety and PTSD. This includes major depressive disorders, postpartum depression, bipolar depression, OCD and severe anxiety states. No other severe depression treatment offers such rapid and robust results. We believe that personalized care tailored to you is the best way to succeed in helping you.
We provide I.V. Ketamine therapy for treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders. Clinical studies clearly indicate that ketamine provides rapid relief from depressive symptoms and a significant reduction in suicidal thoughts. Ketamine offers hope to those with severe depression, anxiety and PTSD. This includes major depressive disorders, postpartum depression, bipolar depression, OCD and severe anxiety states. No other severe depression treatment offers such rapid and robust results. We believe that personalized care tailored to you is the best way to succeed in helping you.
(872) 219-0212 View (872) 219-0212
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Madison Maskalunas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60610
Hi there, I'm Madison! My approach to mental health emphasizes the importance of my patients feeling heard, understood and supported. My job is to guide you along this journey, unconditionally, so that you can harness your inner strength to overcome challenges and embrace a life of well-being and purpose! My goal of every patient interaction is that you leave feeling heard and hopeful for the future as we work together to accomplish your mental health goals. Accepting new patients! Also in the process of expanding insurance plans accepted TBA
Hi there, I'm Madison! My approach to mental health emphasizes the importance of my patients feeling heard, understood and supported. My job is to guide you along this journey, unconditionally, so that you can harness your inner strength to overcome challenges and embrace a life of well-being and purpose! My goal of every patient interaction is that you leave feeling heard and hopeful for the future as we work together to accomplish your mental health goals. Accepting new patients! Also in the process of expanding insurance plans accepted TBA
(847) 613-1911 View (847) 613-1911
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Rupinder Grewal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60610
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 4 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, insomnia, psychosis.
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 4 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, insomnia, psychosis.
(312) 728-2113 View (312) 728-2113
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Mustapha Olugbile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60610  (Online Only)
Mustapha Olugbile is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with exceptional clinical skills. I specialize in providing the best quality care using evidence-based practice that includes medication management and therapeutic sessions. I have over eleven years’ experience in the field of mental illness. I worked as a registered nurse for 7 years before transitioning to psychiatric nurse practitioner the last 5 years. I provide both psychotherapy and psychopharmacological treatment.
Mustapha Olugbile is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with exceptional clinical skills. I specialize in providing the best quality care using evidence-based practice that includes medication management and therapeutic sessions. I have over eleven years’ experience in the field of mental illness. I worked as a registered nurse for 7 years before transitioning to psychiatric nurse practitioner the last 5 years. I provide both psychotherapy and psychopharmacological treatment.
(630) 454-9281 View (630) 454-9281
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Rachael Benson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60610  (Online Only)
Rachael Benson is a Certified Physician Assistant. Her education includes a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Microbiology and Cell Sciences, and a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from South University in Tampa, FL. At graduation, Rachael was also inducted into Pi Alpha, the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants. Rachael gained a passion for psychiatric work during her PA education.
Rachael Benson is a Certified Physician Assistant. Her education includes a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Microbiology and Cell Sciences, and a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from South University in Tampa, FL. At graduation, Rachael was also inducted into Pi Alpha, the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants. Rachael gained a passion for psychiatric work during her PA education.
(773) 248-2255 x1 View (773) 248-2255 x1
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Pearle Olatunji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60610
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I bring a holistic approach to mental healthcare. My expertise lies in conducting comprehensive assessments, diagnosing mental health conditions, and creating personalized treatment plans. I provide evidence-based interventions, manage medications, and offer tailored psychotherapeutic support to meet each individual's unique needs. Additionally, I am committed to educating clients and their families to ensure they are well-informed about their conditions and available treatment options.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I bring a holistic approach to mental healthcare. My expertise lies in conducting comprehensive assessments, diagnosing mental health conditions, and creating personalized treatment plans. I provide evidence-based interventions, manage medications, and offer tailored psychotherapeutic support to meet each individual's unique needs. Additionally, I am committed to educating clients and their families to ensure they are well-informed about their conditions and available treatment options.
(708) 419-4759 View (708) 419-4759
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Alan Tony Amberg PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FPA
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60610
Living with a psychiatric disorder is tough. Ordinary things that should make you happy don’t. Ordinary relationships become difficult. Even if you can see that you’re succeeding, sometimes you just can’t feel it. When you work with me, I’m in there with you: finding positive vision and hope, working week by week with what hurts. I believe that all experiences can be ultimately integrated, and inside that physical machine is a beautiful human being, aching not just to heal, but to blossom into full authentic function.
Living with a psychiatric disorder is tough. Ordinary things that should make you happy don’t. Ordinary relationships become difficult. Even if you can see that you’re succeeding, sometimes you just can’t feel it. When you work with me, I’m in there with you: finding positive vision and hope, working week by week with what hurts. I believe that all experiences can be ultimately integrated, and inside that physical machine is a beautiful human being, aching not just to heal, but to blossom into full authentic function.
(872) 276-8881 View (872) 276-8881
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Cherie Borkorm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-c, PMHNP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60610  (Online Only)
As a mental healthcare provider, I specialize in delivering comprehensive care that merges medical expertise with evidence-based treatments through a dynamic tele-health platform. With a steadfast commitment to Integrative Health approaches, I strive to uncover the root causes of mental health disorders, crafting tailored treatment plans to suit the unique needs of each individual. With over two decades of experience in healthcare, I am dedicated to offering genuine, compassionate care to my patients and clients. Serving as a guide through life's challenges, I provide a supportive presence aimed at nurturing a positive balance.
As a mental healthcare provider, I specialize in delivering comprehensive care that merges medical expertise with evidence-based treatments through a dynamic tele-health platform. With a steadfast commitment to Integrative Health approaches, I strive to uncover the root causes of mental health disorders, crafting tailored treatment plans to suit the unique needs of each individual. With over two decades of experience in healthcare, I am dedicated to offering genuine, compassionate care to my patients and clients. Serving as a guide through life's challenges, I provide a supportive presence aimed at nurturing a positive balance.
(815) 569-0267 View (815) 569-0267

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 60610

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 60610 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
91% Depression
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% ADHD
70% Bipolar Disorder
70% Sleep or Insomnia
70% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% BlueCross and BlueShield
72% Aetna
72% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 60610 see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

54% Female
46% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 60610?

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.