Psychiatrists in 98107

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Lindsey Mills
Physician Assistant, MSPAS, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
Ruby Therapeutics is dedicated to providing comprehensive care that is tailored to each individual.  We strive to create a warm atmosphere that is inclusive and supportive.  This practice is committed to understanding each patient's unique needs and providing high quality, evidence-based treatment. We offer a direct care approach, meaning your care relationship exists solely between you and your provider. Our goal is to provide a greater level of flexibility and collaboration for care that educates, empowers, and best meets your individual needs. Visit www.rubytherapeutics.com for more information and convenient scheduling options.
Ruby Therapeutics is dedicated to providing comprehensive care that is tailored to each individual.  We strive to create a warm atmosphere that is inclusive and supportive.  This practice is committed to understanding each patient's unique needs and providing high quality, evidence-based treatment. We offer a direct care approach, meaning your care relationship exists solely between you and your provider. Our goal is to provide a greater level of flexibility and collaboration for care that educates, empowers, and best meets your individual needs. Visit www.rubytherapeutics.com for more information and convenient scheduling options.
(206) 589-8546 View (206) 589-8546
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Kimberly Collison-Ris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
I am a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with Prescriptive Authority. I have over 16 years of experience providing healthcare services, combining medication management and whole-person centered health care.
I am a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with Prescriptive Authority. I have over 16 years of experience providing healthcare services, combining medication management and whole-person centered health care.
(206) 565-0212 View (206) 565-0212
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Sophia Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
Not accepting new clients
Sophia believes that medicine is anything that supports wellbeing. This stems beyond what is prescribed in medication but also in nutrition, environment, and activities that bring you joy. She aims to educate, empower, and partner with clients as part of a team to develop tailored plans that optimize mental health based on their own individual needs. Sophia practices with a holistic, integrative, and trauma-informed lens.
Sophia believes that medicine is anything that supports wellbeing. This stems beyond what is prescribed in medication but also in nutrition, environment, and activities that bring you joy. She aims to educate, empower, and partner with clients as part of a team to develop tailored plans that optimize mental health based on their own individual needs. Sophia practices with a holistic, integrative, and trauma-informed lens.
(206) 800-6217 View (206) 800-6217
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Clear Path Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107
I am board certified in both general and geriatric psychiatry. I received my B.S. in Human Biology from Stanford University. I graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2001 and completed a general psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University. Following my training, I joined the faculty at OHSU as a geriatric psychiatrist, specializing in treating patients with refractory mood disorders with electroconvulsive therapy.
I am board certified in both general and geriatric psychiatry. I received my B.S. in Human Biology from Stanford University. I graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2001 and completed a general psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University. Following my training, I joined the faculty at OHSU as a geriatric psychiatrist, specializing in treating patients with refractory mood disorders with electroconvulsive therapy.
(206) 672-4893 View (206) 672-4893
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Ghislaine Tonye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
Women's and Maternal Health. Patient's struggling with anxiety and depressive disorders.
Women's and Maternal Health. Patient's struggling with anxiety and depressive disorders.
(206) 944-5598 View (206) 944-5598
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Mihaela Corteza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
Find me on Grow Therapy, Alma, Headway or Sesame. I accept WA and FL patients (children, adolescents and adults) via Telehealth at The MindSight Clinic (www.themindsightclinic.com). Insurances accepted: Cigna, Aetna, Optum, UnitedHealthcare, Oxford, Oscar Health and soon BCBS. As a Double Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner, I bring a wealth of expertise in delivering comprehensive healthcare to individuals of all ages. Contact me via my website.
Find me on Grow Therapy, Alma, Headway or Sesame. I accept WA and FL patients (children, adolescents and adults) via Telehealth at The MindSight Clinic (www.themindsightclinic.com). Insurances accepted: Cigna, Aetna, Optum, UnitedHealthcare, Oxford, Oscar Health and soon BCBS. As a Double Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner, I bring a wealth of expertise in delivering comprehensive healthcare to individuals of all ages. Contact me via my website.
(206) 512-1969 View (206) 512-1969
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Mental Health For All Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and I completed my graduate program at Walden University. The services I provide include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, psychoeducation, as well as an evidence-based practice of medication prescribing and management. As a mental health provider, I value providing psychiatric care that supports holistic wellness of mind, body, and spirit, and greatly appreciate collaboration with other health care providers to ensure an integrated care approach.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and I completed my graduate program at Walden University. The services I provide include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, psychoeducation, as well as an evidence-based practice of medication prescribing and management. As a mental health provider, I value providing psychiatric care that supports holistic wellness of mind, body, and spirit, and greatly appreciate collaboration with other health care providers to ensure an integrated care approach.
(509) 253-8515 View (509) 253-8515
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Grace Kwon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner whose primary services include psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing, medication management, and psychoeducation. While medications might not be ideal in all situations, they may be helpful and improve quality of life. I value working collaboratively with my clients to create an individualized treatment plan that best suits their needs. My goal is to provide care that helps decrease symptoms, improve wellness and sustain recovery while respecting their culture, preferences, and values.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner whose primary services include psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing, medication management, and psychoeducation. While medications might not be ideal in all situations, they may be helpful and improve quality of life. I value working collaboratively with my clients to create an individualized treatment plan that best suits their needs. My goal is to provide care that helps decrease symptoms, improve wellness and sustain recovery while respecting their culture, preferences, and values.
(206) 222-4618 View (206) 222-4618
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Brandon Dukovic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner currently accepting new patients for Telehealth or in-person sessions, looking to work with individuals interested in exploring adding medication to their mental health treatment. My practice emphasizes a holistic approach, taking the time to fully understand the areas in which you are looking to grow, and acknowledging that taking that initial step to reach out for help is a daunting one. I look to partner with my clients, taking time to find the right next steps on a path towards wellness that works for you.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner currently accepting new patients for Telehealth or in-person sessions, looking to work with individuals interested in exploring adding medication to their mental health treatment. My practice emphasizes a holistic approach, taking the time to fully understand the areas in which you are looking to grow, and acknowledging that taking that initial step to reach out for help is a daunting one. I look to partner with my clients, taking time to find the right next steps on a path towards wellness that works for you.
(206) 759-7887 View (206) 759-7887
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Eliza Brink
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
My first goal in treatment is to get to know my clients and understand their story. As a trained and experienced nurse practitioner, I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments, diagnose and prescribe medication to both children and adults.
My first goal in treatment is to get to know my clients and understand their story. As a trained and experienced nurse practitioner, I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments, diagnose and prescribe medication to both children and adults.
(206) 451-1909 View (206) 451-1909
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Debra Peasley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric and Mental Health with 18 years experience providing individuals with care and treatment of acute and chronic mental health issues through Psychopharmacology and brief, supportive therapy. I have worked in a variety of settings including psychiatric hospitals, outpatient settings, community mental health clinics , telemedicine and as a psychiatric consultant in long term care. This makes me uniquely qualified to partner with individual adults ages 18 to 85 with medical issues impacting their mental health and well-being.
I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric and Mental Health with 18 years experience providing individuals with care and treatment of acute and chronic mental health issues through Psychopharmacology and brief, supportive therapy. I have worked in a variety of settings including psychiatric hospitals, outpatient settings, community mental health clinics , telemedicine and as a psychiatric consultant in long term care. This makes me uniquely qualified to partner with individual adults ages 18 to 85 with medical issues impacting their mental health and well-being.
(509) 204-8736 View (509) 204-8736
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Jennifer Morris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107
Jennifer Morris is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Washington who has been practicing since 2023. She graduated as LPN in 2008, RN in 2009, BSN in 2013 and PMHNP in 2023. Jennifer is laid back, open minded, and easy to talk to. She wants clients in control of their treatment and provides multiple options when available. Jennifer believes in holistic care as well as providing the care she would want for her or her children. Outside of work, Jennifer loves animals of all kinds; she has 3 fur babies herself. She loves the outdoors and traveling.
Jennifer Morris is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Washington who has been practicing since 2023. She graduated as LPN in 2008, RN in 2009, BSN in 2013 and PMHNP in 2023. Jennifer is laid back, open minded, and easy to talk to. She wants clients in control of their treatment and provides multiple options when available. Jennifer believes in holistic care as well as providing the care she would want for her or her children. Outside of work, Jennifer loves animals of all kinds; she has 3 fur babies herself. She loves the outdoors and traveling.
(425) 215-1206 View (425) 215-1206
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Ashley Osborne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Ashley Osborne, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
If you're looking for a kind, knowledgeable & compassionate provider, you are in the right place. Ashley a board-certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 10 yrs. experience working in mental health, in outpatient, inpatient and residential settings. Ashley enjoys working with children, teens and adults with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, behavioral issues, eating disorders, attention-deficient disorders (ADHD) and Autism. After spending the last two years working with two WashU Psychiatrists, prescribing the latest treatments and working in new drug research, she has gained significant experience and expertise.
If you're looking for a kind, knowledgeable & compassionate provider, you are in the right place. Ashley a board-certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 10 yrs. experience working in mental health, in outpatient, inpatient and residential settings. Ashley enjoys working with children, teens and adults with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, behavioral issues, eating disorders, attention-deficient disorders (ADHD) and Autism. After spending the last two years working with two WashU Psychiatrists, prescribing the latest treatments and working in new drug research, she has gained significant experience and expertise.
(206) 899-0974 View (206) 899-0974
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Sean Dunn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, BA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107
I know all too well that finding the right provider can be a struggle. I run a client-centered practice, which means YOU come first. Through my patient portal, you can make your own appointments, submit refill requests, track lab results, and get in touch all without lifting a phone. I run an intentionally small-scale, streamlined practice, which means less logistical hassles and phone-tag. While in my care, you will be with a passionate provider who adheres to the most current and evidence-based practices. Learn more and reach out at www.atcpsychiatry.com
I know all too well that finding the right provider can be a struggle. I run a client-centered practice, which means YOU come first. Through my patient portal, you can make your own appointments, submit refill requests, track lab results, and get in touch all without lifting a phone. I run an intentionally small-scale, streamlined practice, which means less logistical hassles and phone-tag. While in my care, you will be with a passionate provider who adheres to the most current and evidence-based practices. Learn more and reach out at www.atcpsychiatry.com
(206) 202-3334 View (206) 202-3334
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Maggie Frankino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner focused on collaborative treatment to promote self-efficacy, improve self-esteem, and manage stress in order to help clients reach their mental health goals. I am trained in comprehensive psychiatric assessment and diagnosis which guides a treatment plan tailored to each individual’s needs. Treatment plans may include the prescribing of medications which can provide symptom relief and support for many psychiatric conditions.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner focused on collaborative treatment to promote self-efficacy, improve self-esteem, and manage stress in order to help clients reach their mental health goals. I am trained in comprehensive psychiatric assessment and diagnosis which guides a treatment plan tailored to each individual’s needs. Treatment plans may include the prescribing of medications which can provide symptom relief and support for many psychiatric conditions.
(206) 222-9823 View (206) 222-9823
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Erin Kessler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MA, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107
I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who is dedicated to partnering with women to support them on their path to mental wellness. My approach is integrative, utilizing my training in psychopharmacology as well as my interest in complementary and alternative medicine. I truly believe individuals are the experts on themselves and seek to create personalized, sustainable and comprehensive treatment plans with the women I work with.
I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who is dedicated to partnering with women to support them on their path to mental wellness. My approach is integrative, utilizing my training in psychopharmacology as well as my interest in complementary and alternative medicine. I truly believe individuals are the experts on themselves and seek to create personalized, sustainable and comprehensive treatment plans with the women I work with.
(206) 785-2087 View (206) 785-2087
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Tram-Anh Thi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I conduct comprehensive psychological assessments, diagnose, and prescribe medication. I emphasize shared and informed decision-making when tackling symptom management. My goal is to help you leverage a combination of lifestyle, environmental and pharmacological modifications to optimize functioning and well-being. Prior to Spruce, I spent the last seven years at Seattle Children's Hospital, Harborview Medical Center and teaching for the University of Washington's School of Nursing.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I conduct comprehensive psychological assessments, diagnose, and prescribe medication. I emphasize shared and informed decision-making when tackling symptom management. My goal is to help you leverage a combination of lifestyle, environmental and pharmacological modifications to optimize functioning and well-being. Prior to Spruce, I spent the last seven years at Seattle Children's Hospital, Harborview Medical Center and teaching for the University of Washington's School of Nursing.
(206) 785-2935 View (206) 785-2935
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Mercygrace Mental Wellness, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
(206) 202-8325 View (206) 202-8325
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Levi Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
I believe that wherever you’re at with your mental health journey, either for yourself or a loved one, there is one thing everyone is looking for first: to be understood. In the busy world we live in, with what seems like access to everyone and everything right at our fingertips, we know what it is like to be heard; though, it is often difficult to experience meaningful connection, feel related to, and know an understanding has taken place beyond mere words. My goal is to connect in a calm and caring way with each person I meet, to understand where you are at in your journey, and to work together to identify your needs.
I believe that wherever you’re at with your mental health journey, either for yourself or a loved one, there is one thing everyone is looking for first: to be understood. In the busy world we live in, with what seems like access to everyone and everything right at our fingertips, we know what it is like to be heard; though, it is often difficult to experience meaningful connection, feel related to, and know an understanding has taken place beyond mere words. My goal is to connect in a calm and caring way with each person I meet, to understand where you are at in your journey, and to work together to identify your needs.
(206) 973-3591 View (206) 973-3591
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Arezu Piroozmandi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
I believe mental health is an artifact of both personal and cultural background, and upbringing. My diverse background and encounters have taught me that psychological illnesses are just as critical as physical illnesses. I acknowledge and appreciate diversity and multi-cultured backgrounds and believe this to be an influential asset in my ability to connect with and assist individuals from a holistic standpoint. During our sessions, you will be met with sincere empathy, respect and compassion.
I believe mental health is an artifact of both personal and cultural background, and upbringing. My diverse background and encounters have taught me that psychological illnesses are just as critical as physical illnesses. I acknowledge and appreciate diversity and multi-cultured backgrounds and believe this to be an influential asset in my ability to connect with and assist individuals from a holistic standpoint. During our sessions, you will be met with sincere empathy, respect and compassion.
(206) 752-1895 View (206) 752-1895

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 98107

80+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 98107 who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
93% Depression
85% Medication Management
82% Bipolar Disorder
80% Trauma and PTSD
79% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Aetna
77% Cigna and Evernorth
74% Premera

How Psychiatrists in 98107 see their clients

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 98107?

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.