Psychiatrists in 85250

Photo of Marie Gronley, Psychiatrist in 85250, AZ
Marie Gronley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
As Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, I treat patients suffering from Anxiety Disorders including Panic Disorder, OCD, PTSD Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, ADHD, and Bipolar Disorder. You may visit my website directly PsychiatristScottsdale.com
As Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, I treat patients suffering from Anxiety Disorders including Panic Disorder, OCD, PTSD Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, ADHD, and Bipolar Disorder. You may visit my website directly PsychiatristScottsdale.com
(480) 808-9445 View (480) 808-9445
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Katrina Kaczmarek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience treating patients with ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, PMDD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD and autism spectrum disorder. I offer psychiatric medication management. To request an appointment, call, text or email. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation before scheduling your first appointment. I have experience caring for individuals of all ages. As a medical professional, my main responsibility is to prescribe and manage medication and to offer supporting listening through psychotherapy.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience treating patients with ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, PMDD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD and autism spectrum disorder. I offer psychiatric medication management. To request an appointment, call, text or email. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation before scheduling your first appointment. I have experience caring for individuals of all ages. As a medical professional, my main responsibility is to prescribe and manage medication and to offer supporting listening through psychotherapy.
(480) 605-2393 View (480) 605-2393
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Paul E Larralde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
I believe in the benefit of utilizing technology and non-traditional hours (Evenings & Weekends), in provide mental health care in the most appropriate and timely manner possible for the individual. I am a Board Certified Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I received a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing with Honors degree from Grand Canyon University and obtained a Masters of Science in Nursing with Honors degree from the University of Cincinnati. I have experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health, geriatric mental health, chemical dependency and crisis, including voluntary and involuntary hospitalization.
I believe in the benefit of utilizing technology and non-traditional hours (Evenings & Weekends), in provide mental health care in the most appropriate and timely manner possible for the individual. I am a Board Certified Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I received a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing with Honors degree from Grand Canyon University and obtained a Masters of Science in Nursing with Honors degree from the University of Cincinnati. I have experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health, geriatric mental health, chemical dependency and crisis, including voluntary and involuntary hospitalization.
(602) 428-7177 View (602) 428-7177
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Dr. DePalma Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Please go to onepsychiatry.com to schedule appointments and for more information about my practice or call us. I use a combination of methods tailored to each individual patient. Methods used range from medication management to psychotherapy to mindfulness based therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients and drawing from a broad background in psychopharmacology, molecular biology and combining this psychotherapy training. I am a non-judgmental a provider that will use every tool in my arsenal to help you . To schedule an appointment or to get more information, see onepsychiatry.com.
Please go to onepsychiatry.com to schedule appointments and for more information about my practice or call us. I use a combination of methods tailored to each individual patient. Methods used range from medication management to psychotherapy to mindfulness based therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients and drawing from a broad background in psychopharmacology, molecular biology and combining this psychotherapy training. I am a non-judgmental a provider that will use every tool in my arsenal to help you . To schedule an appointment or to get more information, see onepsychiatry.com.
(623) 257-7264 View (623) 257-7264
Photo of Kim Leight, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85250, AZ
Kim Leight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PsyNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 20 years of experience treating patients with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder and autism spectrum disorder. I have experience caring for individuals of all ages. As a medical professional, my main responsibility is to prescribe and manage medication. I encourage mindfulness practices as a way to approach all aspects of living. I stress the importance of healthy nutrition, exercise and the practice of good sleep hygiene. This allows me to take as conservative an approach as possible with medication.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 20 years of experience treating patients with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder and autism spectrum disorder. I have experience caring for individuals of all ages. As a medical professional, my main responsibility is to prescribe and manage medication. I encourage mindfulness practices as a way to approach all aspects of living. I stress the importance of healthy nutrition, exercise and the practice of good sleep hygiene. This allows me to take as conservative an approach as possible with medication.
(602) 845-8635 View (602) 845-8635
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Houshang Aminian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Dr. Houshang Aminian is a Psychiatrist in Arizona who has been practicing since 1976. He is fellowship trained and holds board certifications in Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. He has contributed research, publications and presentations to national and international journals and conferences. Dr. Aminian provides evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders through use of psychotherapy/support/referral as needed and use of psychotropic medications. Outside of work, Dr. Aminian enjoys painting, hiking, and tennis.
Dr. Houshang Aminian is a Psychiatrist in Arizona who has been practicing since 1976. He is fellowship trained and holds board certifications in Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. He has contributed research, publications and presentations to national and international journals and conferences. Dr. Aminian provides evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders through use of psychotherapy/support/referral as needed and use of psychotropic medications. Outside of work, Dr. Aminian enjoys painting, hiking, and tennis.
(480) 530-6589 View (480) 530-6589
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Diane Papke
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Dr. Diane Papke is a Psychiatrist in Arizona who has been practicing since 2005. Dr. Papke helps her clients by providing medication management and supportive listening. In her spare time, Dr. Papke enjoys swimming, walking, going to art type movies and live performances, spending time with her family and friends, playing board and card games and streaming and watching PBS.
Dr. Diane Papke is a Psychiatrist in Arizona who has been practicing since 2005. Dr. Papke helps her clients by providing medication management and supportive listening. In her spare time, Dr. Papke enjoys swimming, walking, going to art type movies and live performances, spending time with her family and friends, playing board and card games and streaming and watching PBS.
(623) 292-4016 View (623) 292-4016
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Clarity BHG Outpatient Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Clarity Behavioral Health Group endeavors to provide evidenced-based care and treatment that clears the path for all those seeking to overcome their mental health challenges. We work daily with a variety of adult men and women from all walks of life to provide culturally-sensitive quality care that transcends the expected to deliver the exceptional. Our Clear Care Model has been designed to provide comfort and assurances that help individuals break free of the obstacles that once hindered their ability to seek care.
Clarity Behavioral Health Group endeavors to provide evidenced-based care and treatment that clears the path for all those seeking to overcome their mental health challenges. We work daily with a variety of adult men and women from all walks of life to provide culturally-sensitive quality care that transcends the expected to deliver the exceptional. Our Clear Care Model has been designed to provide comfort and assurances that help individuals break free of the obstacles that once hindered their ability to seek care.
(520) 210-5390 View (520) 210-5390
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Luciana Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Compass Mental Health & Wellness (MHW) invites you to partner with us. At Compass MHW, you are not just another patient, you are part of a team. We believe in a holistic approach to mental health and wellness, in which the care is not focused solely on existing illness or pathology but expanded to allow for an integrative treatment program. During your sessions, you and your provider may discuss factors such as your daily habits and any existing physical conditions, in addition to your current symptoms. It is through that engagement that the provider is able to develop a customized program of care to better treat your concerns. Our
Compass Mental Health & Wellness (MHW) invites you to partner with us. At Compass MHW, you are not just another patient, you are part of a team. We believe in a holistic approach to mental health and wellness, in which the care is not focused solely on existing illness or pathology but expanded to allow for an integrative treatment program. During your sessions, you and your provider may discuss factors such as your daily habits and any existing physical conditions, in addition to your current symptoms. It is through that engagement that the provider is able to develop a customized program of care to better treat your concerns. Our
(602) 691-4148 View (602) 691-4148
Photo of Jodene Jensen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85250, AZ
Jodene Jensen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85250  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients. Self-schedule at www.solreibehavioralhealth.com. Jodene Jensen, DNP, MPH, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, works with patients age 14 and up who have symptoms of anxiety (generalized anxiety, panic, social anxiety), mood disorders (depression, bipolar, mania), psychosis (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder), ADHD, PTSD, OCD, addiction, and insomnia. She will listen carefully to you to find the best personalized treatment to obtain calm and symptom relief. Accepting new patients. Schedule a free consultation at www.solreibehavioralhealth.com. In-network with many insurances. Accepts private pay.
Accepting new patients. Self-schedule at www.solreibehavioralhealth.com. Jodene Jensen, DNP, MPH, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, works with patients age 14 and up who have symptoms of anxiety (generalized anxiety, panic, social anxiety), mood disorders (depression, bipolar, mania), psychosis (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder), ADHD, PTSD, OCD, addiction, and insomnia. She will listen carefully to you to find the best personalized treatment to obtain calm and symptom relief. Accepting new patients. Schedule a free consultation at www.solreibehavioralhealth.com. In-network with many insurances. Accepts private pay.
(321) 529-0252 View (321) 529-0252
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85250, AZ
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(623) 288-4064 View (623) 288-4064
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(480) 571-1983 View (480) 571-1983
Photo of Beth Pembroke, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85250, AZ
Beth Pembroke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85250  (Online Only)
My treatment style consists of mutual optimism, curiosity, teamwork and self motivation. I have 15 years of experience in Mental Health. My education includes both a MSN & MEd. I offer patient-provider collaboration, honesty, hope, and patience. My philosophy is that solutions take time, and healing is a lifelong endeavor. I provide open mindedness, affirmation, & humor.
My treatment style consists of mutual optimism, curiosity, teamwork and self motivation. I have 15 years of experience in Mental Health. My education includes both a MSN & MEd. I offer patient-provider collaboration, honesty, hope, and patience. My philosophy is that solutions take time, and healing is a lifelong endeavor. I provide open mindedness, affirmation, & humor.
(602) 932-1287 View (602) 932-1287
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Interventional Psychiatry of Arizona
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
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
Photo of Teresa Buot-Smith, Psychiatrist in 85250, AZ
Teresa Buot-Smith
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
We have provided general psychiatric services in the greater Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler and Paradise Valley area for the last 25 years. We do thorough evaluations, genetic testing and personalized prescribing as well as therapy to clients 18 years and older. Areas of expertise are Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Substance abuse, Post-partum Depression, Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.
We have provided general psychiatric services in the greater Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler and Paradise Valley area for the last 25 years. We do thorough evaluations, genetic testing and personalized prescribing as well as therapy to clients 18 years and older. Areas of expertise are Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Substance abuse, Post-partum Depression, Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.
(602) 560-3816 View (602) 560-3816
Photo of Samantha Kragel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85250, AZ
Samantha Kragel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have worked in the healthcare field for 13 years. I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cedarville University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. I started my career at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in 2008 and have always had a passion for working with children and adolescents. Throughout my career, I came to realize the overwhelming need for quality mental health care for our youth, and this really sparked my interest in helping people of all ages who struggle with mental health.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have worked in the healthcare field for 13 years. I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cedarville University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. I started my career at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in 2008 and have always had a passion for working with children and adolescents. Throughout my career, I came to realize the overwhelming need for quality mental health care for our youth, and this really sparked my interest in helping people of all ages who struggle with mental health.
(480) 685-4123 View (480) 685-4123
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Psych ZenHealth, Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Psych ZenHealth is committed to providing holistic and compassionate care to the population in our community from ages 17 years and above; to restore, improve and maintain optimal mental health. In course of providing treatment for my clients, I incorporate psychotherapy, Christian counseling, motivational interview, cognitive behavioral therapy, reality orientation, counseling, meditation, health education on diet & exercise and positive reinforcement. I am committed to collaborative care which means, I consider overall physical, mental, emotional and social issues and make referral when necessary to other healthcare specialists.
Psych ZenHealth is committed to providing holistic and compassionate care to the population in our community from ages 17 years and above; to restore, improve and maintain optimal mental health. In course of providing treatment for my clients, I incorporate psychotherapy, Christian counseling, motivational interview, cognitive behavioral therapy, reality orientation, counseling, meditation, health education on diet & exercise and positive reinforcement. I am committed to collaborative care which means, I consider overall physical, mental, emotional and social issues and make referral when necessary to other healthcare specialists.
(623) 439-7645 View (623) 439-7645
Photo of Jennifer Welch, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85250, AZ
Jennifer Welch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
We believe patients need to be included in the decision-making process for their care. We provide education regarding diagnoses and treatment options to empower our patients. We value the patient-provider relationship, offering a warm and nonjudgmental environment. We support alternative treatment options, such as supplements, nutrition, and psychotherapy. We approach treatment with addressing core issues, as we believe this is the foundation for healing.
We believe patients need to be included in the decision-making process for their care. We provide education regarding diagnoses and treatment options to empower our patients. We value the patient-provider relationship, offering a warm and nonjudgmental environment. We support alternative treatment options, such as supplements, nutrition, and psychotherapy. We approach treatment with addressing core issues, as we believe this is the foundation for healing.
(480) 351-2303 View (480) 351-2303
Photo of David Russell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85250, AZ
David Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
My ideal clients are adults dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD and/or bipolar disorder. They seek a compassionate professional to understand and manage their conditions. Their goals are to improve mental well-being, gain symptom control, and achieve a balanced life. They desire change, understanding, and strategies to enhance personal and professional relationships, driven by a need for empowerment and improved quality of life.
My ideal clients are adults dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD and/or bipolar disorder. They seek a compassionate professional to understand and manage their conditions. Their goals are to improve mental well-being, gain symptom control, and achieve a balanced life. They desire change, understanding, and strategies to enhance personal and professional relationships, driven by a need for empowerment and improved quality of life.
(623) 343-8492 View (623) 343-8492

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 85250

10+

Average cost per session

$230

Psychiatrists in 85250 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
95% Depression
89% ADHD
89% Trauma and PTSD
89% Bipolar Disorder
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
79% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 85250 see their clients

90% In Person and Online
10% Online Only

Gender breakdown

59% Female
41% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 85250?

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.