Psychiatrists in 85016

Photo of Jeffrey Cantrell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85016, AZ
Jeffrey Cantrell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85016  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner earning my undergraduate and advanced degrees at the University of Texas at Arlington. As an Army veteran, I bring a unique perspective to understanding the diverse challenges individuals may face. I specialize in providing compassionate and inclusive care for individuals navigating mental health challenges. My practice is rooted in a client-centered approach, recognizing the unique journey each person undertakes. I am proud to be LGBTQ+ affirming and embrace the diversity of our community.
I am a Board Certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner earning my undergraduate and advanced degrees at the University of Texas at Arlington. As an Army veteran, I bring a unique perspective to understanding the diverse challenges individuals may face. I specialize in providing compassionate and inclusive care for individuals navigating mental health challenges. My practice is rooted in a client-centered approach, recognizing the unique journey each person undertakes. I am proud to be LGBTQ+ affirming and embrace the diversity of our community.
(623) 263-4908 View (623) 263-4908
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Allison Stuart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85016  (Online Only)
My name is Ally and I am currently accepting new patients for psychiatric evaluations + medication management for ages 10-65. When it comes to mental health, I truly believe that getting to know who you are as a whole person is one of the most important things that can happen. You are a person who has endured magical, painful, exciting, and hard things. You are more than just symptoms, and answers don't always just lie in prescriptions to "fix" these symptoms. Mental health is a whole-body experience and a journey, not merely a destination. Using medication to help with treatment is just a piece of the overall picture.
My name is Ally and I am currently accepting new patients for psychiatric evaluations + medication management for ages 10-65. When it comes to mental health, I truly believe that getting to know who you are as a whole person is one of the most important things that can happen. You are a person who has endured magical, painful, exciting, and hard things. You are more than just symptoms, and answers don't always just lie in prescriptions to "fix" these symptoms. Mental health is a whole-body experience and a journey, not merely a destination. Using medication to help with treatment is just a piece of the overall picture.
(602) 833-2972 View (602) 833-2972
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Danny McClure
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85016
I am passionate about my practice of medicine because I feel the highest level of fulfillment from seeing my patients’ lives improve and knowing that I had, in some small way, a positive impact in the life of my patient and the countless other lives that each one of my patients influence. Additionally, I count it a high honor to have my patients share with me their lives and experiences, both good and bad, and feel there is a sense of healing that comes to patients not only by me providing treatments, but also in hearing their stories in a nonjudgmental manner!
I am passionate about my practice of medicine because I feel the highest level of fulfillment from seeing my patients’ lives improve and knowing that I had, in some small way, a positive impact in the life of my patient and the countless other lives that each one of my patients influence. Additionally, I count it a high honor to have my patients share with me their lives and experiences, both good and bad, and feel there is a sense of healing that comes to patients not only by me providing treatments, but also in hearing their stories in a nonjudgmental manner!
(480) 613-2504 View (480) 613-2504
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Dr. Maria Ingalla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, PMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85016  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner, specializing in evaluations and medication management. I own Paperflower Psychiatry. We are an inclusive practice that can help you decide on whether medication is right for you including risks and benefits so you can make an informed decision. We have providers who hold the same values..being real with you, none of this professionalism BS and we won't shame you for cannabis use :) I have trained a few of our NPs and provide mentorship to each of them. We see ages 6-24, and promise we can give you an amazing experience. LGBTQIA+ allied!
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner, specializing in evaluations and medication management. I own Paperflower Psychiatry. We are an inclusive practice that can help you decide on whether medication is right for you including risks and benefits so you can make an informed decision. We have providers who hold the same values..being real with you, none of this professionalism BS and we won't shame you for cannabis use :) I have trained a few of our NPs and provide mentorship to each of them. We see ages 6-24, and promise we can give you an amazing experience. LGBTQIA+ allied!
(928) 543-6363 View (928) 543-6363
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Preston Frank
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85016  (Online Only)
My name is Preston Frank. I am Board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
My name is Preston Frank. I am Board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
(480) 992-8532 View (480) 992-8532
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Deborah Stegner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85016
I am licensed and board certified in psychiatry and neurology. I am a seasoned psychiatrist with 17 years experience. After earning my medical degree at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2002, I then completed my residency at University of Colorado School of Medicine, specializing in General Adult Psychiatry. Previous to joining Serenity, I gained valuable experience as an Attending In-Patient Physician at several award-winning hospitals in Denver, Colorado.
I am licensed and board certified in psychiatry and neurology. I am a seasoned psychiatrist with 17 years experience. After earning my medical degree at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2002, I then completed my residency at University of Colorado School of Medicine, specializing in General Adult Psychiatry. Previous to joining Serenity, I gained valuable experience as an Attending In-Patient Physician at several award-winning hospitals in Denver, Colorado.
(480) 613-3005 View (480) 613-3005
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Interventional Psychiatry of Arizona
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Accepting New Patients for TMS, ECT, and Nasal Ketamine. If you have not been able to find relief of your depression and anxiety despite therapy and antidepressant medications, call Interventional Psychiatry of Arizona. We can help you. Call us for a consultation and learn about the most innovative and successful treatment approaches to mental health. We provide a personalized treatment plan with a wide range of options to help you finally find relief of your mental health symptoms.
Accepting New Patients for TMS, ECT, and Nasal Ketamine. If you have not been able to find relief of your depression and anxiety despite therapy and antidepressant medications, call Interventional Psychiatry of Arizona. We can help you. Call us for a consultation and learn about the most innovative and successful treatment approaches to mental health. We provide a personalized treatment plan with a wide range of options to help you finally find relief of your mental health symptoms.
(623) 283-2444 View (623) 283-2444
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Sara Schrag
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85016  (Online Only)
I have been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for 5 years, and have 15+ years of experience in the behavioral health field. I provide focused appointments for medication management of psychiatric disorders. I am experienced in treating a wide variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and other conditions.
I have been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for 5 years, and have 15+ years of experience in the behavioral health field. I provide focused appointments for medication management of psychiatric disorders. I am experienced in treating a wide variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and other conditions.
(602) 833-0130 View (602) 833-0130
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Michael Reese Lawrence
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85016  (Online Only)
My mission as a PMHNP is to provide compassionate and comprehensive care to those experiencing mental illness, while also increasing access to mental health care for all individuals. I believe in tailoring treatment plans to meet each person's unique needs, and staying up-to-date with the latest research and treatment modalities in the field. Above all, I am committed to treating every person with kindness, empathy, and respect, recognizing that mental illness can be a challenging and isolating experience. My goal is to help individuals achieve their fullest potential in all areas of their lives.
My mission as a PMHNP is to provide compassionate and comprehensive care to those experiencing mental illness, while also increasing access to mental health care for all individuals. I believe in tailoring treatment plans to meet each person's unique needs, and staying up-to-date with the latest research and treatment modalities in the field. Above all, I am committed to treating every person with kindness, empathy, and respect, recognizing that mental illness can be a challenging and isolating experience. My goal is to help individuals achieve their fullest potential in all areas of their lives.
(480) 906-4297 View (480) 906-4297
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Tatiana Sanabria
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85016  (Online Only)
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, offering medication management. As a healthcare professional, I believe it’s my responsibility to provide as much education about psychiatric conditions and psychotropic medications to you as I can, to help you make an informed decision about treatment. You know better than anyone else what your experience is and what your goals are. My goal is that we come up with a treatment plan together that is appropriate and doable, whether that includes medications or not. I believe that medications won’t always solve everything. Support is just as important, if not more.
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, offering medication management. As a healthcare professional, I believe it’s my responsibility to provide as much education about psychiatric conditions and psychotropic medications to you as I can, to help you make an informed decision about treatment. You know better than anyone else what your experience is and what your goals are. My goal is that we come up with a treatment plan together that is appropriate and doable, whether that includes medications or not. I believe that medications won’t always solve everything. Support is just as important, if not more.
(480) 613-7901 View (480) 613-7901
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Jennifer Eastman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85016  (Online Only)
As a nurse practitioner, my philosophy of nursing is to provide individualized care to my clients by acknowledging their unique situations, educating patients and their families, and providing unconditionally compassionate, high-quality care.
As a nurse practitioner, my philosophy of nursing is to provide individualized care to my clients by acknowledging their unique situations, educating patients and their families, and providing unconditionally compassionate, high-quality care.
(480) 462-6930 View (480) 462-6930
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Randy Brazie
Psychiatrist, MD, SEP
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85016
If you are noticing the following symptoms, you are invited to contact the office to schedule an initial assessment: •Depression, sadness, numb mood •Lack of motivation or enjoyment • Irritability •Insomnia •Anxiety or nervousness •Panic attacks • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) •Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dr. Brazie specializes in the treatment of impacts from traumatic events on the nervous system and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) with Somatic Experiencing International, including those stemming from abuse, medical trauma or accidents.
If you are noticing the following symptoms, you are invited to contact the office to schedule an initial assessment: •Depression, sadness, numb mood •Lack of motivation or enjoyment • Irritability •Insomnia •Anxiety or nervousness •Panic attacks • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) •Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dr. Brazie specializes in the treatment of impacts from traumatic events on the nervous system and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) with Somatic Experiencing International, including those stemming from abuse, medical trauma or accidents.
(480) 618-1523 View (480) 618-1523
Photo of June Rolph, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85016, AZ
June Rolph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85016  (Online Only)
Life has been pretty stressful, hasn't it?
Life has been pretty stressful, hasn't it?
(480) 780-2365 View (480) 780-2365
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Ethel Antonio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85016  (Online Only)
I am dual certified nurse practitioner as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I believe understanding the connection between the mind and body is paramount. It is my goal to help individuals reach this balance. I am a compassionate practitioner with experience working with individuals with diverse backgrounds. I’m passionate about decreasing the stigma around mental health. I grew up in a culture where it was not okay to express any feelings and the idea of mental health/depression/anxiety was brushed under the rug. If you're going through this, we can talk about how that impacts you.
I am dual certified nurse practitioner as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I believe understanding the connection between the mind and body is paramount. It is my goal to help individuals reach this balance. I am a compassionate practitioner with experience working with individuals with diverse backgrounds. I’m passionate about decreasing the stigma around mental health. I grew up in a culture where it was not okay to express any feelings and the idea of mental health/depression/anxiety was brushed under the rug. If you're going through this, we can talk about how that impacts you.
(480) 660-9895 View (480) 660-9895
Photo of Meghan Baker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85016, AZ
Meghan Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, PMHC, MSN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85016  (Online Only)
Psychiatric medications can be life-saving scaffolding in the journey to managing your mental health. Sometimes they are a lifelong; sometimes they are a situation- or life-season- specific – but you are completely in control of that long-term plan and it will always be an ongoing discussion. I am a huge advocate of integrating non-medication tools into your toolbox– self-awareness, routine, practical life changes, sunlight, activity, community, and self-compassion (the list goes on) can be small-but-huge steps to transformation. Sometimes medication can be the step to take in order to be able to build in life management skills.
Psychiatric medications can be life-saving scaffolding in the journey to managing your mental health. Sometimes they are a lifelong; sometimes they are a situation- or life-season- specific – but you are completely in control of that long-term plan and it will always be an ongoing discussion. I am a huge advocate of integrating non-medication tools into your toolbox– self-awareness, routine, practical life changes, sunlight, activity, community, and self-compassion (the list goes on) can be small-but-huge steps to transformation. Sometimes medication can be the step to take in order to be able to build in life management skills.
(480) 442-2924 View (480) 442-2924
Marina Pitsilos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, CNP
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Marina Pitsilos, PMHNP-BC has over 10 years of experience as a medical professional with a focus in the area of mental health and chemical dependency treatment. Marina holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Purdue University as well as a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Rasmussen College and a Master’s of Science Degree from Walden University with a focus in the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program. Marina has excelled throughout her career working in various levels of care within the area of substance abuse treatment including residential care, PHP and IOP.
Marina Pitsilos, PMHNP-BC has over 10 years of experience as a medical professional with a focus in the area of mental health and chemical dependency treatment. Marina holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Purdue University as well as a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Rasmussen College and a Master’s of Science Degree from Walden University with a focus in the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program. Marina has excelled throughout her career working in various levels of care within the area of substance abuse treatment including residential care, PHP and IOP.
(602) 783-8657 View (602) 783-8657
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85016  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(480) 405-7195 View (480) 405-7195
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Anavota Behavioral Health PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85016  (Online Only)
Welcome to Anavota Behavioral Health. SAME-DAY Appointments Available. Do you feel anxious, or overwhelmed? Do you feel you are on the right treatment plan? We understand that seeking help can be a daunting process, but you're not alone. Our primary mission is to provide a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment where you can openly discuss your feelings and thoughts. We consistently receive high satisfaction ratings from our patients for our empathetic approach, quality of care, and commitment to improving their mental health.
Welcome to Anavota Behavioral Health. SAME-DAY Appointments Available. Do you feel anxious, or overwhelmed? Do you feel you are on the right treatment plan? We understand that seeking help can be a daunting process, but you're not alone. Our primary mission is to provide a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment where you can openly discuss your feelings and thoughts. We consistently receive high satisfaction ratings from our patients for our empathetic approach, quality of care, and commitment to improving their mental health.
(520) 433-9823 View (520) 433-9823
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Nathaniel Brooks
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Phoenix, AZ 85016
I was drawn to psychiatry because I enjoy connecting with my patients. Understanding a person’s background and experiences plays a significant role in their treatment and response, and psychiatry gives me the opportunity to look at more than just a physical exam or lab test and use the overall human experience as the basis for treatment. I’m excited to be a part of a clinic that prioritizes the best mental health experience for every patient, from staff that truly cares to the most effective mental health treatments available.
I was drawn to psychiatry because I enjoy connecting with my patients. Understanding a person’s background and experiences plays a significant role in their treatment and response, and psychiatry gives me the opportunity to look at more than just a physical exam or lab test and use the overall human experience as the basis for treatment. I’m excited to be a part of a clinic that prioritizes the best mental health experience for every patient, from staff that truly cares to the most effective mental health treatments available.
(623) 253-8464 View (623) 253-8464
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Thomas Gazda
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenix, AZ 85016
I obtained my medical degree through the University of Illinois College of Medicine. I completed a Family Practice Residency at the University of Vermont in 1982 , served as Chief Resident and became Board Certified 1982 - 1989. This was followed by a Residency in Psychiatry at the University of Vermont and Board Certification in Psychiatry in 1986. I then became a member of the University of Vermont Psychiatry Department where I served as Director of Crisis Services of Chittenden County and Director of the Psychiatry Consultation - Liaison Service advancing to Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry.
I obtained my medical degree through the University of Illinois College of Medicine. I completed a Family Practice Residency at the University of Vermont in 1982 , served as Chief Resident and became Board Certified 1982 - 1989. This was followed by a Residency in Psychiatry at the University of Vermont and Board Certification in Psychiatry in 1986. I then became a member of the University of Vermont Psychiatry Department where I served as Director of Crisis Services of Chittenden County and Director of the Psychiatry Consultation - Liaison Service advancing to Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry.
(844) 348-2480 View (844) 348-2480

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 85016

50+

Average cost per session

$190

Psychiatrists in 85016 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
85% Bipolar Disorder
81% ADHD
76% Medication Management
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% Cigna and Evernorth
81% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
79% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 85016 see their clients

62% Online Only
38% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

73% Female
25% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 85016?

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.