Psychiatrists in 84770

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Integrated Psych, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint George, UT 84770
Integrated Psych specializes in childhood and adult mental health disorders. Services include psychiatric and psychological evaluations, medication management, genetic testing for medication optimization, neurofeedback, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and telemedicine services for remote access to a psychiatric provider. Integrated Psych uses the integrative approach to treatment of mental health disorders and collaborates with other mental health professionals and service providers for the best possible treatment and outcomes.
Integrated Psych specializes in childhood and adult mental health disorders. Services include psychiatric and psychological evaluations, medication management, genetic testing for medication optimization, neurofeedback, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and telemedicine services for remote access to a psychiatric provider. Integrated Psych uses the integrative approach to treatment of mental health disorders and collaborates with other mental health professionals and service providers for the best possible treatment and outcomes.
(435) 253-6812 View (435) 253-6812
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84770
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Sunie Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, IBCLC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84770
I specialize in women's issues with a focus on pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, disordered eating/eating disorders, sexual dysfunction/desire, faith/life transitions, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD/birth trauma, infertility, OCD, ADHD, and more. As a Lactation Consultant & previous postpartum nurse, I feel confident prescribing medication to pregnant & breastfeeding women. I do both talk therapy and medication management, I most insurance plans and Medicare
I specialize in women's issues with a focus on pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, disordered eating/eating disorders, sexual dysfunction/desire, faith/life transitions, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD/birth trauma, infertility, OCD, ADHD, and more. As a Lactation Consultant & previous postpartum nurse, I feel confident prescribing medication to pregnant & breastfeeding women. I do both talk therapy and medication management, I most insurance plans and Medicare
(435) 291-8212 View (435) 291-8212
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84770
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
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Lori Jardine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Saint George, UT 84770
My life's journey is to inspire others to live their best lives by reaching their greatest potential. I find strength in doing hard things and am driven to accomplish any goal. My most important contribution to the people in my life will be to teach them how to accomplish their dreams no matter how impossible they may seem. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner, it is my goal to help those who struggle with mental health to be able to live their best lives as soon as possible.
My life's journey is to inspire others to live their best lives by reaching their greatest potential. I find strength in doing hard things and am driven to accomplish any goal. My most important contribution to the people in my life will be to teach them how to accomplish their dreams no matter how impossible they may seem. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner, it is my goal to help those who struggle with mental health to be able to live their best lives as soon as possible.
(435) 500-6529 View (435) 500-6529
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Alberto W Souza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-c, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint George, UT 84770
Alberto has been working as a Nurse Practitioner since April of 2013 and has a Master’s Degree in Family Practice and a Post Master’s Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health. He has worked in health care for over 14 years and now specializes in helping people with Mental Health Disorders and Substance Addiction. His genuine love for people and desire to continue to learn and improve has allowed him to experience a great deal of success as a provider, to establish a good rapport with patients and to develop lasting relationships with medical professionals in the So. Utah area. Alberto is also fluent in English, Portuguese & Spanish.
Alberto has been working as a Nurse Practitioner since April of 2013 and has a Master’s Degree in Family Practice and a Post Master’s Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health. He has worked in health care for over 14 years and now specializes in helping people with Mental Health Disorders and Substance Addiction. His genuine love for people and desire to continue to learn and improve has allowed him to experience a great deal of success as a provider, to establish a good rapport with patients and to develop lasting relationships with medical professionals in the So. Utah area. Alberto is also fluent in English, Portuguese & Spanish.
(435) 657-5455 View (435) 657-5455
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John Hendleman
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint George, UT 84770
Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Ready to reclaim your life experience the joy you deserve? Medications and therapy are an essential component of treatment to assist in achieving Better Balance in your day-to-day living to those suffering with mental illness. In addition to traditional antidepressants, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Spravato are both FDA approved modalities covered by most insurances for treatment resistant depression and are both available at my clinic! Give me a call to see how I can help you on your journey to achieving Better Balance. Visit us today at www.betterbalancepsychiatry.com
Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Ready to reclaim your life experience the joy you deserve? Medications and therapy are an essential component of treatment to assist in achieving Better Balance in your day-to-day living to those suffering with mental illness. In addition to traditional antidepressants, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Spravato are both FDA approved modalities covered by most insurances for treatment resistant depression and are both available at my clinic! Give me a call to see how I can help you on your journey to achieving Better Balance. Visit us today at www.betterbalancepsychiatry.com
(801) 893-5047 View (801) 893-5047
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Taylor Beatty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84770
Life can be complicated and it only seems to be getting more so. Often when out hiking we come across multiple paths that lead to the same point. Each path is different in length and difficulty. This is how life is for us. Our paths are individual but we are all looking for the same point of happiness. My goal is to help you along this path and move some boulders out of your way to make it easier for you to find that happiness. I like to take a full look at the patient and decide what is the best way to help you on that path. I utilize multiple tools to help with this including supplements, Amino Acids, and medications when needed.
Life can be complicated and it only seems to be getting more so. Often when out hiking we come across multiple paths that lead to the same point. Each path is different in length and difficulty. This is how life is for us. Our paths are individual but we are all looking for the same point of happiness. My goal is to help you along this path and move some boulders out of your way to make it easier for you to find that happiness. I like to take a full look at the patient and decide what is the best way to help you on that path. I utilize multiple tools to help with this including supplements, Amino Acids, and medications when needed.
(435) 253-6881 View (435) 253-6881
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Red Sands Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84770
Red Sands Psychiatry believes a healthy life full of joy is attainable for all, and we are eager to help our patients find that life. We strive to create a compassionate environment where we take time to get to know our patients, to understand their lives and how their diagnoses impact them and their loved ones. We believe in supporting our patients in their lifestyles and creating an atmosphere of acceptance and community. A team approach and collaborative care is necessary. We engage with our patients, their support team and additional healthcare providers to create holistic, research based, cost-effective, treatment plans.
Red Sands Psychiatry believes a healthy life full of joy is attainable for all, and we are eager to help our patients find that life. We strive to create a compassionate environment where we take time to get to know our patients, to understand their lives and how their diagnoses impact them and their loved ones. We believe in supporting our patients in their lifestyles and creating an atmosphere of acceptance and community. A team approach and collaborative care is necessary. We engage with our patients, their support team and additional healthcare providers to create holistic, research based, cost-effective, treatment plans.
(435) 412-8993 View (435) 412-8993
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Red Sands Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84770
Red Sands Psychiatry believes a healthy life full of joy is attainable for all, and we are eager to help our patients find that life. We strive to create a compassionate environment where we take time to get to know our patients, to understand their lives and how their diagnoses impact them and their loved ones. We believe in supporting our patients in their lifestyles and creating an atmosphere of acceptance and community. A team approach and collaborative care is necessary. We engage with our patients, their support team and additional healthcare providers to create holistic, research based, cost-effective, treatment plans.
Red Sands Psychiatry believes a healthy life full of joy is attainable for all, and we are eager to help our patients find that life. We strive to create a compassionate environment where we take time to get to know our patients, to understand their lives and how their diagnoses impact them and their loved ones. We believe in supporting our patients in their lifestyles and creating an atmosphere of acceptance and community. A team approach and collaborative care is necessary. We engage with our patients, their support team and additional healthcare providers to create holistic, research based, cost-effective, treatment plans.
(435) 441-4772 View (435) 441-4772
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Dr. Jeremy Larson
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84770
Born and raised here in St. George, being a psychiatrist never crossed my radar until my first rotation in medical school. I enjoyed the interpersonal relationships that develop with patients compared to all other physician specialties and the gratification that comes with being able to play a small part in helping someone overcome mental illness and feel better about themselves. I then decided to become a psychiatrist and completed a 4 year psychiatry residency in Pennsylvania.
Born and raised here in St. George, being a psychiatrist never crossed my radar until my first rotation in medical school. I enjoyed the interpersonal relationships that develop with patients compared to all other physician specialties and the gratification that comes with being able to play a small part in helping someone overcome mental illness and feel better about themselves. I then decided to become a psychiatrist and completed a 4 year psychiatry residency in Pennsylvania.
(435) 422-4380 View (435) 422-4380
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Daniel Sly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84770  (Online Only)
I am a bilingual psychiatric nurse practitioner and the owner of Connections Nursing Psychiatry, PLLC. I have worked in psychiatry since 2018 in most levels of psychiatric care, including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, outpatient, and telehealth. In these settings, I have experience working with both adults and adolescents. Having spent thousands of hours in the acute hospital setting, I have seen and treated many acute and complex cases across the spectrum of mental illlness, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and neurodivergence. I speak Spanish and have prior experience as a Spanish medical interpreter
I am a bilingual psychiatric nurse practitioner and the owner of Connections Nursing Psychiatry, PLLC. I have worked in psychiatry since 2018 in most levels of psychiatric care, including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, outpatient, and telehealth. In these settings, I have experience working with both adults and adolescents. Having spent thousands of hours in the acute hospital setting, I have seen and treated many acute and complex cases across the spectrum of mental illlness, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and neurodivergence. I speak Spanish and have prior experience as a Spanish medical interpreter
(435) 485-3808 View (435) 485-3808
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Sara DeLong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint George, UT 84770
Waitlist for new clients
We all go through difficult times. However, if you have been struggling with mood issues for more than a few weeks, or your loved ones have suggested you get help, you might benefit from a further evaluation. Dr. DeLong helps people get back on track and functioning at their best. She does medication assessments and evaluations for people age 21 years of age and older.
We all go through difficult times. However, if you have been struggling with mood issues for more than a few weeks, or your loved ones have suggested you get help, you might benefit from a further evaluation. Dr. DeLong helps people get back on track and functioning at their best. She does medication assessments and evaluations for people age 21 years of age and older.
(385) 316-6417 View (385) 316-6417
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McCall McMorris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84770  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! As a PMHNP I strive to help my patients feel heard & seen in an often dark and confusing mindset that can make them feel lost, misunderstood, and hopeless. To create a healthy therapeutic alliance between my patients and I is of utmost importance to me & aids in providing mental health relief. Being someone who personally struggles with bipolar I disorder, depression, ADHD, and anxiety, I can relate to my patients on a deeper level and provide optimal understanding. Through maintaining the therapeutic alliance & providing insight I aim to provide excellent mental health care to all of my patients.
Accepting new patients! As a PMHNP I strive to help my patients feel heard & seen in an often dark and confusing mindset that can make them feel lost, misunderstood, and hopeless. To create a healthy therapeutic alliance between my patients and I is of utmost importance to me & aids in providing mental health relief. Being someone who personally struggles with bipolar I disorder, depression, ADHD, and anxiety, I can relate to my patients on a deeper level and provide optimal understanding. Through maintaining the therapeutic alliance & providing insight I aim to provide excellent mental health care to all of my patients.
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Jennifer Foresman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84770  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to overcome your mental illness? Are you suffering from persistent feelings of sadness, chaotic mood swings, or debilitating anxiety? You might not remember a time when you didn’t feel this way. You are desperate for relief but beginning to wonder if there is hope of feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider with the experience and knowledge to manage challenging chronic symptoms, because mental health treatment does not need to be a constant unconquerable quest.
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to overcome your mental illness? Are you suffering from persistent feelings of sadness, chaotic mood swings, or debilitating anxiety? You might not remember a time when you didn’t feel this way. You are desperate for relief but beginning to wonder if there is hope of feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider with the experience and knowledge to manage challenging chronic symptoms, because mental health treatment does not need to be a constant unconquerable quest.
(202) 946-3073 View (202) 946-3073
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Tele Psych Meds 4 Kids: Danielle Heaps: Serving All Of Utah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CPNP, PMHS
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84770  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Pediatric / Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am commited to helping kids and teenagers with mental health issues. I have over 20 years experience of caring for kids. I specialize in diagnosing and treating children ages 6 y.o.-21 y.o. suffering from emotional and behavioral disorders, including, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, ODD and others. I love seeing the positive changes that occur in childrens' lives from proper diagnosis, treatment and management of emotional distress or pain.
I am a board certified Pediatric / Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am commited to helping kids and teenagers with mental health issues. I have over 20 years experience of caring for kids. I specialize in diagnosing and treating children ages 6 y.o.-21 y.o. suffering from emotional and behavioral disorders, including, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, ODD and others. I love seeing the positive changes that occur in childrens' lives from proper diagnosis, treatment and management of emotional distress or pain.
(385) 526-7602 View (385) 526-7602
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Dr. Marianne Haines
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, PCNS-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint George, UT 84770
Dr. Haines has over 25 years of clinical experience, the majority of which has been spent treating children and families. She is nationally board-certified in Neonatology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry specialties. In both clinical and residential treatment settings, Dr. Haines has worked extensively with individuals suffering from a variety of traumas and mental health disorders. She specializes in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry and provides diagnosis, medication management, psychotherapy, as well as collaboration with other psychiatrists, therapists, and healthcare providers to optimize the patient's treatment plan.
Dr. Haines has over 25 years of clinical experience, the majority of which has been spent treating children and families. She is nationally board-certified in Neonatology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry specialties. In both clinical and residential treatment settings, Dr. Haines has worked extensively with individuals suffering from a variety of traumas and mental health disorders. She specializes in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry and provides diagnosis, medication management, psychotherapy, as well as collaboration with other psychiatrists, therapists, and healthcare providers to optimize the patient's treatment plan.
(385) 336-0572 View (385) 336-0572
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Saint George, UT 84770  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Utah for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Utah for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Accepting some insurances.
(855) 789-3796 View (855) 789-3796

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Number of Psychiatrists in 84770

10+

Average cost per session

$99

Psychiatrists in 84770 who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
89% Sleep or Insomnia
89% Medication Management
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder
78% ADHD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Regence
69% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 84770 see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 84770?

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.