Psychiatrists in 80906

Photo of Esther Okanlawon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80906, CO
Esther Okanlawon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Accepting New Patients! I am dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been in healthcare for the past 14 years. Started out my career as a nurse in homecare in NY and also worked on the Navajo reservation. As an FNP, I have worked in primary care, wellness health and treated patients with substance use disorder. As a PMHNP, I am going to help you achieve your goal of functioning to your highest capabilities. I also offer suboxone services. Call or email today to learn more.
Accepting New Patients! I am dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been in healthcare for the past 14 years. Started out my career as a nurse in homecare in NY and also worked on the Navajo reservation. As an FNP, I have worked in primary care, wellness health and treated patients with substance use disorder. As a PMHNP, I am going to help you achieve your goal of functioning to your highest capabilities. I also offer suboxone services. Call or email today to learn more.
(719) 628-5257 View (719) 628-5257
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Impact Psychiatric Care, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80906  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients with most insurances in Colorado and accepting self-pay patients in Oregon and Alaska! Impact Psychiatric Care, LLC is a partnership created to provide individuals across the lifespan with mental health treatment. Our goal is to provide each patient with individualized, efficient, cost effective, and accessible care. At Impact Psychiatric Care we partner with our patients to provide them with the tools to obtain their highest level of mental health functioning. Our team is made up of Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and Master Level Social Workers.
Accepting new patients with most insurances in Colorado and accepting self-pay patients in Oregon and Alaska! Impact Psychiatric Care, LLC is a partnership created to provide individuals across the lifespan with mental health treatment. Our goal is to provide each patient with individualized, efficient, cost effective, and accessible care. At Impact Psychiatric Care we partner with our patients to provide them with the tools to obtain their highest level of mental health functioning. Our team is made up of Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and Master Level Social Workers.
(719) 624-8453 View (719) 624-8453
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Colorado Recovery Solutions - Deep TMS & Ketamine
Psychiatrist, DO, DABPN
Verified
Are you frustrated with antidepressants not working? Is psychotherapy falling short of providing relief? Tired of feeling hopeless or even suicidal? Are you paralyzed by your Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, OCD, Chronic Pain, or Addiction? Do you feel misunderstood by most people around you, possibly even those you trust most? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it's time to try something new to break the cycle of frustration and improve your quality of life!
Are you frustrated with antidepressants not working? Is psychotherapy falling short of providing relief? Tired of feeling hopeless or even suicidal? Are you paralyzed by your Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, OCD, Chronic Pain, or Addiction? Do you feel misunderstood by most people around you, possibly even those you trust most? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it's time to try something new to break the cycle of frustration and improve your quality of life!
(719) 353-8673 View (719) 353-8673
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Sherissa Sebastian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN, RXN
Verified
Waitlist for new clients
Hello! My name is Dr. Sherissa Sebastian and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). I have experience working with all age groups facing a variety of mental health issues. My goal is to create a safe, open, and compassionate environment for you to express your concerns so we can create a successful plan together!
Hello! My name is Dr. Sherissa Sebastian and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). I have experience working with all age groups facing a variety of mental health issues. My goal is to create a safe, open, and compassionate environment for you to express your concerns so we can create a successful plan together!
(719) 631-1940 View (719) 631-1940
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Kathy L Myatt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
I have always had a special empathy for people at vulnerable points in their lives: birth, death, and points in-between. I want my patients to feel cozy, safe, accepted and believed. I like working alongside people as they regain hope, work through conflicts or grief, and develop a sense of well-being. It is my belief that true peace and healing can only occur with a full understanding of the individual and how they relate to the world around them.
I have always had a special empathy for people at vulnerable points in their lives: birth, death, and points in-between. I want my patients to feel cozy, safe, accepted and believed. I like working alongside people as they regain hope, work through conflicts or grief, and develop a sense of well-being. It is my belief that true peace and healing can only occur with a full understanding of the individual and how they relate to the world around them.
(719) 419-9422 View (719) 419-9422
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Christopher Flinton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
My ideal patient is a person or family motivated for change now. I offer cutting-edge treatments with intakes and followups within seven days to all of my patients. All patients have direct email, phone, and text access to my medical team. From young children to elite adult athletes with ADHD to people challenged by other behavioral health issues, I am enthusiastic and eager to help!
My ideal patient is a person or family motivated for change now. I offer cutting-edge treatments with intakes and followups within seven days to all of my patients. All patients have direct email, phone, and text access to my medical team. From young children to elite adult athletes with ADHD to people challenged by other behavioral health issues, I am enthusiastic and eager to help!
(719) 751-5801 View (719) 751-5801
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Renae Wise
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Bright Futures Psychiatry, exclusively offering telepsychiatry appointments within the state of Colorado. Whether it is while your infant is taking their afternoon nap or you're waking up with your morning coffee, my clients have the flexibility to meet with me in the setting that is most convenient or comfortable. Visits are completed utilizing a HIPPA secure video teleconferencing platform.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Bright Futures Psychiatry, exclusively offering telepsychiatry appointments within the state of Colorado. Whether it is while your infant is taking their afternoon nap or you're waking up with your morning coffee, my clients have the flexibility to meet with me in the setting that is most convenient or comfortable. Visits are completed utilizing a HIPPA secure video teleconferencing platform.
(719) 356-5144 View (719) 356-5144
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Bright Futures Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Bright Futures Psychiatry offers traditional in-office & telepsychiatry appointments to clients throughout Colorado. Our telepsychiatry platform is easy to navigate and HIPAA compliant. It simply requires clicking a link to open the video conference from the convenience & comfort of your home, office, or location of your choosing. Our goal is to provide compassionate, prompt, & reliable mental health care...resulting in Bright Futures for our clients!
Bright Futures Psychiatry offers traditional in-office & telepsychiatry appointments to clients throughout Colorado. Our telepsychiatry platform is easy to navigate and HIPAA compliant. It simply requires clicking a link to open the video conference from the convenience & comfort of your home, office, or location of your choosing. Our goal is to provide compassionate, prompt, & reliable mental health care...resulting in Bright Futures for our clients!
(719) 220-3277 View (719) 220-3277
Photo of Amanda Haworth, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80906, CO
Amanda Haworth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , CNM, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
My ideal client will have issues with mood and/or anxiety disorder(s). They will need help in managing their disorder. Their goal will be to incorporate therapeutic, lifestyle modifications, and medicinal modalities to improve their sense of life. The patient wants to improve their overall value of life. They want to feel as if they have a purpose and feel joy in obtaining that purpose.
My ideal client will have issues with mood and/or anxiety disorder(s). They will need help in managing their disorder. Their goal will be to incorporate therapeutic, lifestyle modifications, and medicinal modalities to improve their sense of life. The patient wants to improve their overall value of life. They want to feel as if they have a purpose and feel joy in obtaining that purpose.
(316) 661-6477 View (316) 661-6477
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Rick Loonam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Now Scheduling New Patients! I'm Rick, a compassionate and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. With a solid foundation as a former flight and emergency department nurse, I bring over 15 years of invaluable experience to my practice. Graduating from Regis University in Denver, I'm dedicated to providing the highest quality care to my clients.
Now Scheduling New Patients! I'm Rick, a compassionate and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. With a solid foundation as a former flight and emergency department nurse, I bring over 15 years of invaluable experience to my practice. Graduating from Regis University in Denver, I'm dedicated to providing the highest quality care to my clients.
(720) 619-3338 View (720) 619-3338
Photo of Deanna Nicholson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80906, CO
Deanna Nicholson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Accepting New Patients Now! With over 16 years of experience in mental healthcare, I am a dedicated expert in my field. I merge cutting-edge knowledge with a genuine passion for providing exceptional care. From navigating substance use disorders to delving into the depths of depression and anxiety, I confront a wide spectrum of mental health challenges. My unwavering commitment to adult and geriatric populations, including those with cognitive impairment, truly sets me apart. Together, we will unlock your potential and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Your path to a brighter future starts here!
Accepting New Patients Now! With over 16 years of experience in mental healthcare, I am a dedicated expert in my field. I merge cutting-edge knowledge with a genuine passion for providing exceptional care. From navigating substance use disorders to delving into the depths of depression and anxiety, I confront a wide spectrum of mental health challenges. My unwavering commitment to adult and geriatric populations, including those with cognitive impairment, truly sets me apart. Together, we will unlock your potential and embark on a transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Your path to a brighter future starts here!
(720) 802-6476 View (720) 802-6476
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Artin Terhakopian
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
6 Endorsed
If you suspect medical issues are contributing to your condition or if you think medical treatments are needed for your mental health, a psychiatric evaluation is the way to go. Dr. Terhakopian's services include the assessment and treatment of: Mood (e.g depressive and bipolar) disorders, Anxiety (e.g. phobic, panic, social or generalized anxiety) disorders, Obsessions and Compulsions, Trauma-related disorders (e.g. PTSD), Sleep disorders, Substance (e.g. alcohol or opioid) use disorders, and Psychotic disorders. Dr. Terhakopian is a Suboxone (buprenorphine-naloxone) and Ketamine prescriber and ECT referral provider.
If you suspect medical issues are contributing to your condition or if you think medical treatments are needed for your mental health, a psychiatric evaluation is the way to go. Dr. Terhakopian's services include the assessment and treatment of: Mood (e.g depressive and bipolar) disorders, Anxiety (e.g. phobic, panic, social or generalized anxiety) disorders, Obsessions and Compulsions, Trauma-related disorders (e.g. PTSD), Sleep disorders, Substance (e.g. alcohol or opioid) use disorders, and Psychotic disorders. Dr. Terhakopian is a Suboxone (buprenorphine-naloxone) and Ketamine prescriber and ECT referral provider.
(719) 220-3752 View (719) 220-3752
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Child, Adolescent, & Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNPBC
Verified
5 Endorsed
I provide early intervention and integrative approaches, such as communication with all providers, schools, and support teams. I design individualized treatment plans for a variety of mental health disorders. I primarily work with children, adolescents, and young adults. I encourage relationships within family systems, fostering opportunity for patients to be heard and to feel known within the context of their story.
I provide early intervention and integrative approaches, such as communication with all providers, schools, and support teams. I design individualized treatment plans for a variety of mental health disorders. I primarily work with children, adolescents, and young adults. I encourage relationships within family systems, fostering opportunity for patients to be heard and to feel known within the context of their story.
(719) 419-9547 View (719) 419-9547
Photo of Tim Wood, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80906, CO
Tim Wood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Hello, I’m Tim, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I I have always been interested in the mind-body connection and am very excited to work with new patients to help them define what they would like to work on and find a safe and effective path forward.
Hello, I’m Tim, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I I have always been interested in the mind-body connection and am very excited to work with new patients to help them define what they would like to work on and find a safe and effective path forward.
(720) 669-1280 View (720) 669-1280
Photo of Joelle Bailey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80906, CO
Joelle Bailey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
18 Endorsed
Self-scheduling available now through our website!-I have devoted my career to providing evidence-based, comprehensive mental health treatment to individuals of all ages.I bring a unique perspective to the field, combining diverse clinical expertise, empathy, and a patient-centered approach. Each person is different and your individual treatment plan should reflect that. I treat a multitude of psychiatric disorders including but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and OCD. Some specialized populations that I treat include perinatal, child, and co-occurring medical complexity.
Self-scheduling available now through our website!-I have devoted my career to providing evidence-based, comprehensive mental health treatment to individuals of all ages.I bring a unique perspective to the field, combining diverse clinical expertise, empathy, and a patient-centered approach. Each person is different and your individual treatment plan should reflect that. I treat a multitude of psychiatric disorders including but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and OCD. Some specialized populations that I treat include perinatal, child, and co-occurring medical complexity.
(719) 745-5956 View (719) 745-5956
Photo of Ivy Hoo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80906, CO
Ivy Hoo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Accepting New Patients! As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their full potential and lead a fulfilling life. My goal is to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to care, considering all the factors that may impact a person's mental health and well-being. This includes working in collaboration with my patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to ensure that the care provided is safe, effective, patient-centered, and tailored to meet each individual's unique needs. To check my availability go to our website and my first available will be listed there.
Accepting New Patients! As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their full potential and lead a fulfilling life. My goal is to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to care, considering all the factors that may impact a person's mental health and well-being. This includes working in collaboration with my patients, their families, and other healthcare providers to ensure that the care provided is safe, effective, patient-centered, and tailored to meet each individual's unique needs. To check my availability go to our website and my first available will be listed there.
(720) 706-3420 View (720) 706-3420
Photo of Jami Gonzales, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80906, CO
Jami Gonzales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Jami is a board certified Psychiatric mental health Nurse practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Missouri and her graduate degree from Maryville University. She has been a nurse since 2007, with the majority of those years working in the psychiatric field at psychiatric hospitals as well as outpatient clinics. Jami’s philosophy is that mental healthcare relies on a culture of acceptance and openness. As a provider, Jami works hard to foster a safe environment for all patients. Her goal is to partner with you to develop an individualized treatment plan with an open-minded approach.
Jami is a board certified Psychiatric mental health Nurse practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Missouri and her graduate degree from Maryville University. She has been a nurse since 2007, with the majority of those years working in the psychiatric field at psychiatric hospitals as well as outpatient clinics. Jami’s philosophy is that mental healthcare relies on a culture of acceptance and openness. As a provider, Jami works hard to foster a safe environment for all patients. Her goal is to partner with you to develop an individualized treatment plan with an open-minded approach.
(719) 416-5730 View (719) 416-5730
Photo of Stacy Lindsey, Psychiatrist in 80906, CO
Stacy Lindsey
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Stacy Lindsey is a Psychiatrist in Colorado with two years of experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Gerontology from William Carey University and a D.O. from William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Stacy believes in a treatment philosophy that minimizes polypharmacy while providing maximum benefit to the patient's quality of life. In her free time, Stacy enjoys spending time with her children, reading fiction novels, learning Spanish and the ukulele, and watching sports, especially basketball.
Stacy Lindsey is a Psychiatrist in Colorado with two years of experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Gerontology from William Carey University and a D.O. from William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Stacy believes in a treatment philosophy that minimizes polypharmacy while providing maximum benefit to the patient's quality of life. In her free time, Stacy enjoys spending time with her children, reading fiction novels, learning Spanish and the ukulele, and watching sports, especially basketball.
(720) 727-6566 View (720) 727-6566
Photo of Sabrah Jean Collar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 80906, CO
Sabrah Jean Collar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Waitlist for new clients
Sabrah provides a compassionate and integrated approach. She strives to listen carefully and establish open communication with clients. From a trauma-informed perspective, she partners with you to develop a care plan. Her approach to psychiatric care and medication management blends person-centered care with recommendations that are guided by research and evidence. She partners with clients through education about different components of psychiatric health, including nutrition, physical activity, and relationships.
Sabrah provides a compassionate and integrated approach. She strives to listen carefully and establish open communication with clients. From a trauma-informed perspective, she partners with you to develop a care plan. Her approach to psychiatric care and medication management blends person-centered care with recommendations that are guided by research and evidence. She partners with clients through education about different components of psychiatric health, including nutrition, physical activity, and relationships.
(719) 451-7210 View (719) 451-7210
Photo of Dr. Joshua James, Psychiatrist in 80906, CO
Dr. Joshua James
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80906  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients. Initial consultation is free. Dr. James completed medical school at Texas A&M School of Medicine and psychiatric residency at UT Health in San Antonio. He is committed to serving the people of Colorado, Texas, and Utah. He specializes in helping people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, but can treat other mental health afflictions as well (see list for the most commonly treated conditions). Dr. James works exclusively via telehealth to conveniently fit appointments into your busy schedule. Insurance is not accepted at this time but ask about options for insurance reimbursement.
Accepting new patients. Initial consultation is free. Dr. James completed medical school at Texas A&M School of Medicine and psychiatric residency at UT Health in San Antonio. He is committed to serving the people of Colorado, Texas, and Utah. He specializes in helping people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, but can treat other mental health afflictions as well (see list for the most commonly treated conditions). Dr. James works exclusively via telehealth to conveniently fit appointments into your busy schedule. Insurance is not accepted at this time but ask about options for insurance reimbursement.
(210) 985-7604 View (210) 985-7604

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 80906

20+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 80906 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
95% Depression
95% ADHD
95% Trauma and PTSD
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
86% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
94% Cigna and Evernorth
89% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in 80906 see their clients

91% In Person and Online
9% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 80906?

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.