Psychiatrists in 98122

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Trae Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MPH, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98122  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW patients! Make appointments directly at www.psychmatters.net Dr. Stewart is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. He provides quality mental health care through assessment, diagnosis, and medication management via virtual appointments. Dr. Stewart focuses on medication management for adolescents and adults (13+ years old). He treats mental health disorders like anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, and sleep disorders.
Accepting NEW patients! Make appointments directly at www.psychmatters.net Dr. Stewart is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. He provides quality mental health care through assessment, diagnosis, and medication management via virtual appointments. Dr. Stewart focuses on medication management for adolescents and adults (13+ years old). He treats mental health disorders like anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, and sleep disorders.
(509) 792-3540 View (509) 792-3540
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Eilly Yang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, WHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122  (Online Only)
Trained at Johns Hopkins University and triple board-certified in psychiatry, family, and women's health, I have experience caring for a diverse client population. I use a holistic, whole-person approach, meaning that we not only focus on medication, but also on lifestyle and behavioral changes. When medication is recommended, our goal is to reduce side effects while maximizing the benefits. You will find that I am curious, open-minded, inquisitive, and accepting. I care about my clients deeply and aim to build trust and respect within our therapeutic relationship.
Trained at Johns Hopkins University and triple board-certified in psychiatry, family, and women's health, I have experience caring for a diverse client population. I use a holistic, whole-person approach, meaning that we not only focus on medication, but also on lifestyle and behavioral changes. When medication is recommended, our goal is to reduce side effects while maximizing the benefits. You will find that I am curious, open-minded, inquisitive, and accepting. I care about my clients deeply and aim to build trust and respect within our therapeutic relationship.
(206) 596-7635 View (206) 596-7635
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Marlen Lukatsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98122  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed and practicing in the states of Colorado and Washington. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, and adults (ages 10-64) with a passion for providing clients with the best possible comprehensive care while focusing on their mental health. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, medication management, and psychotherapy. At this time, I am accepting new clients for medication management with supportive therapy.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed and practicing in the states of Colorado and Washington. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, and adults (ages 10-64) with a passion for providing clients with the best possible comprehensive care while focusing on their mental health. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, medication management, and psychotherapy. At this time, I am accepting new clients for medication management with supportive therapy.
(206) 590-7428 x1 View (206) 590-7428 x1
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John Hinrichs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122  (Online Only)
If the thought of facing another day of incessant worries and intrusive thoughts has you wound up like a rubber band ready to snap or keeps you up at night, I am here to help. Are you striving to meet your goals but feeling paralyzed by anxiety and overwhelmed with exhaustion? I hope you are well, and even if you aren’t right now, that’s okay. We all struggle at times, and sometimes reaching out for that extra bit of support makes all the difference. If we work together, I will be there to support and guide you along your journey towards health.
If the thought of facing another day of incessant worries and intrusive thoughts has you wound up like a rubber band ready to snap or keeps you up at night, I am here to help. Are you striving to meet your goals but feeling paralyzed by anxiety and overwhelmed with exhaustion? I hope you are well, and even if you aren’t right now, that’s okay. We all struggle at times, and sometimes reaching out for that extra bit of support makes all the difference. If we work together, I will be there to support and guide you along your journey towards health.
(425) 629-8569 View (425) 629-8569
Catherine Terri Lee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122
My practice is oriented towards long-term insight-oriented psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults, sometimes including medication management as part of an overall treatment plan. I seek to provide non-critical, empathic, and respectful listening which will enable my patients to feel safe as we explore together the sources of their distress. As a person achieves greater self-understanding, greater self-acceptance and compassion towards oneself becomes possible, and this helps relieve suffering and affords greater personal freedom to become one's authentic self.
My practice is oriented towards long-term insight-oriented psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults, sometimes including medication management as part of an overall treatment plan. I seek to provide non-critical, empathic, and respectful listening which will enable my patients to feel safe as we explore together the sources of their distress. As a person achieves greater self-understanding, greater self-acceptance and compassion towards oneself becomes possible, and this helps relieve suffering and affords greater personal freedom to become one's authentic self.
(206) 745-4453 View (206) 745-4453
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Lindsey Oleksa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98122
Lindsey provides comprehensive psychiatric assessments, diagnosis, and treatment for a wide variety of mental health conditions. She provides a holistic approach that integrates medication management, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes to address the many factors impacting her clients' wellbeing.
Lindsey provides comprehensive psychiatric assessments, diagnosis, and treatment for a wide variety of mental health conditions. She provides a holistic approach that integrates medication management, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes to address the many factors impacting her clients' wellbeing.
(206) 567-1320 View (206) 567-1320
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Michelle Hardenbrook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Unfortunately I am not accepting new clients at this time. I have more than 25 years of experience working every level of psychiatric treatment. I specializes in diagnosing and treating autism but am skilled in all childhood and adult psychiatric disorders. My goal is to help you understand how your, or your child's brain, functions and to give you the tools to improve your life. If you are struggling with day to day function due to symptoms of psychiatric illness, call me today. Psychiatric illness is treatable and recovery is possible for everybody.
Unfortunately I am not accepting new clients at this time. I have more than 25 years of experience working every level of psychiatric treatment. I specializes in diagnosing and treating autism but am skilled in all childhood and adult psychiatric disorders. My goal is to help you understand how your, or your child's brain, functions and to give you the tools to improve your life. If you are struggling with day to day function due to symptoms of psychiatric illness, call me today. Psychiatric illness is treatable and recovery is possible for everybody.
(206) 312-4612 View (206) 312-4612
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Justin Roberts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122  (Online Only)
While I am positioned to offer a LGBTQ+ perspective in my practice, I support clients from all backgrounds in reaching their mental health goals through compassionate, patient-centered care. I specialize in LGBTQ+ issues, sex-positive counseling, mood disorders, and substance use disorders for adults over 18 years old. I approach all clients with curiosity and an open mind, using psychotherapeutic modalities centered in mindfulness and current evidence-based treatment.
While I am positioned to offer a LGBTQ+ perspective in my practice, I support clients from all backgrounds in reaching their mental health goals through compassionate, patient-centered care. I specialize in LGBTQ+ issues, sex-positive counseling, mood disorders, and substance use disorders for adults over 18 years old. I approach all clients with curiosity and an open mind, using psychotherapeutic modalities centered in mindfulness and current evidence-based treatment.
(619) 776-3607 View (619) 776-3607
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Carly Hernandez Kadell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98122  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I believe one of the bravest things a person can do is be vulnerable enough to share their story. Especially when you don’t feel well, calling a doctor can be tremendously difficult. I promise I’m here to listen respectfully to your experience. I aim to provide a safe and collaborative therapeutic space as I join you on your healing journey. My approach is grounded in relational supportive counseling and mindfulness. I can assist you in coming into deeper awareness about core beliefs and ways of being, and help you discover yourself as you face the existential quandaries in your life.
I believe one of the bravest things a person can do is be vulnerable enough to share their story. Especially when you don’t feel well, calling a doctor can be tremendously difficult. I promise I’m here to listen respectfully to your experience. I aim to provide a safe and collaborative therapeutic space as I join you on your healing journey. My approach is grounded in relational supportive counseling and mindfulness. I can assist you in coming into deeper awareness about core beliefs and ways of being, and help you discover yourself as you face the existential quandaries in your life.
(206) 339-6795 View (206) 339-6795
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Brian L. Grant
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98122
My work focuses on helping patients enhance and improve effective functioning and satisfaction in their relationship with themselves and others; at home, work and community. I am flexible in my approach, and let the circumstances and reality of the patient shape our work together. I can prescribe medications when appropriate for my psychotherapy patients, but my primary focus is psychotherapy. I am not available for medication management only. I prefer in person sessions but depending upon circumstances, will consider online or a hybrid of both.
My work focuses on helping patients enhance and improve effective functioning and satisfaction in their relationship with themselves and others; at home, work and community. I am flexible in my approach, and let the circumstances and reality of the patient shape our work together. I can prescribe medications when appropriate for my psychotherapy patients, but my primary focus is psychotherapy. I am not available for medication management only. I prefer in person sessions but depending upon circumstances, will consider online or a hybrid of both.
(206) 472-1906 View (206) 472-1906
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Iman M Yunis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122
Dr. Yunis is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate degree, practicing in Washington State. Her professional degrees were awarded from Seattle University. She is deeply committed to supporting clients and families in improving their mental health using their strengths and goals. Dr. Yunis believes that you are the expert in your life, and that collaborating with you to create a realistic and individualized treatment plan is essential to meeting your unique needs and reaching your goals. The foundation of her practice is a mindful, holistic and patient-centered approach to wellness.
Dr. Yunis is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate degree, practicing in Washington State. Her professional degrees were awarded from Seattle University. She is deeply committed to supporting clients and families in improving their mental health using their strengths and goals. Dr. Yunis believes that you are the expert in your life, and that collaborating with you to create a realistic and individualized treatment plan is essential to meeting your unique needs and reaching your goals. The foundation of her practice is a mindful, holistic and patient-centered approach to wellness.
(206) 483-0730 View (206) 483-0730
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Win Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122
Psychiatric Mental Health Provider. Accepting new patients ages 12 and above. With over 13 years of experience in Mental Health Care, I am committed to providing my patients the best care, with a compassionate and holistic approach, in an understanding and therapeutic environment. I work collaboratively with individuals/families to create individualized treatment plans that best meet the needs of my patients. I will not judge you but rather guide and help improve your abilities to live a healthy lifestyle. Together we will achieve a realistic goal that focuses on prevention and treatment.
Psychiatric Mental Health Provider. Accepting new patients ages 12 and above. With over 13 years of experience in Mental Health Care, I am committed to providing my patients the best care, with a compassionate and holistic approach, in an understanding and therapeutic environment. I work collaboratively with individuals/families to create individualized treatment plans that best meet the needs of my patients. I will not judge you but rather guide and help improve your abilities to live a healthy lifestyle. Together we will achieve a realistic goal that focuses on prevention and treatment.
(360) 762-3724 View (360) 762-3724
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Steven Pline
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ANRP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122
All are welcome here. We all live with problems: and they need not define us. I provide proven treatments to help patients access wellness and recovery. You have choices here. Since there are many paths of wellness and recovery, I recommend evidence-proven options to help you experience health, hope, and meaning your way.
All are welcome here. We all live with problems: and they need not define us. I provide proven treatments to help patients access wellness and recovery. You have choices here. Since there are many paths of wellness and recovery, I recommend evidence-proven options to help you experience health, hope, and meaning your way.
(206) 590-4772 View (206) 590-4772
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Ideal Mental Health and Wellness - Debbie Singh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, FNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122
Taking New Clients - Working with adults and children who have a variety of mental health conditions and symptoms, including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Autism, ODD, and poor concentration. I look forward to helping you on your journey to wellness. My name is Debbie Singh, FNP, PMHNP-BC. Are you feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, irritable, unable to keep up with daily tasks, have poor concentration, feeling sad and anxious, are you experiencing frequent mood swings and anger? Don't let these symptoms define you; get help; often, these symptoms may be related to your mental health in many cases.
Taking New Clients - Working with adults and children who have a variety of mental health conditions and symptoms, including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Autism, ODD, and poor concentration. I look forward to helping you on your journey to wellness. My name is Debbie Singh, FNP, PMHNP-BC. Are you feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, irritable, unable to keep up with daily tasks, have poor concentration, feeling sad and anxious, are you experiencing frequent mood swings and anger? Don't let these symptoms define you; get help; often, these symptoms may be related to your mental health in many cases.
(206) 278-4533 View (206) 278-4533
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Alex Tan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ND, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients for ADHD Management via Telehealth/In-Person. Are you looking to work with a medical provider who can help evaluate and manage ADHD? Adults with ADHD may struggle with staying focused, paying attention, completing projects and may feel impulsive and restless. This can affect your work, personal lives and relationships. I provide comprehensive evaluations to discern if your symptoms may be due to ADHD or other conditions, and provide both prescription and non-prescription options for treatment. I believe that ADHD can become a strength if it is managed properly and responsibly.
Accepting New Patients for ADHD Management via Telehealth/In-Person. Are you looking to work with a medical provider who can help evaluate and manage ADHD? Adults with ADHD may struggle with staying focused, paying attention, completing projects and may feel impulsive and restless. This can affect your work, personal lives and relationships. I provide comprehensive evaluations to discern if your symptoms may be due to ADHD or other conditions, and provide both prescription and non-prescription options for treatment. I believe that ADHD can become a strength if it is managed properly and responsibly.
(206) 759-2246 View (206) 759-2246
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Ronke Arogundade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122
**NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS** I offer medication management for mental disorders such as mood disorders, anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, Bipolar Disorders and so much more. I love working with children, teenagers and adults and I am passionate about what I do.
**NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS** I offer medication management for mental disorders such as mood disorders, anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, Bipolar Disorders and so much more. I love working with children, teenagers and adults and I am passionate about what I do.
(206) 222-0849 View (206) 222-0849
Divine Behavioral health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122
We are accepting new clients of all ages for psychiatry evaluation and medication management options. We offer a holistic approach to care, and the treatment plan is tailored toward the client's goal. Divine Behavioral Health Services LLC provides clients with the opportunity to feel safe to talk about mental health challenges without fear or shame. We discuss treatment plans and provide education that allows you to make an informed decision about the care that is right for you.
We are accepting new clients of all ages for psychiatry evaluation and medication management options. We offer a holistic approach to care, and the treatment plan is tailored toward the client's goal. Divine Behavioral Health Services LLC provides clients with the opportunity to feel safe to talk about mental health challenges without fear or shame. We discuss treatment plans and provide education that allows you to make an informed decision about the care that is right for you.
(206) 290-7385 View (206) 290-7385
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Vernon LaFreniere
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122
Are you feeling disconnected from your life? Overwhelmed with tasks which lead to little satisfaction? Does it seem like you are not enjoying activities that were once fun? Do you cry more often, feel like nothing can be done to fix your life, or feel disappointed when you wake up in the morning? I come through for people when they have been trying and are close to giving up. My main tool is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, a new alternative to traditional therapy and medication management. You could finally feel like yourself again. Stop hiding how you feel and free yourself to project who you really are. Call us today.
Are you feeling disconnected from your life? Overwhelmed with tasks which lead to little satisfaction? Does it seem like you are not enjoying activities that were once fun? Do you cry more often, feel like nothing can be done to fix your life, or feel disappointed when you wake up in the morning? I come through for people when they have been trying and are close to giving up. My main tool is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, a new alternative to traditional therapy and medication management. You could finally feel like yourself again. Stop hiding how you feel and free yourself to project who you really are. Call us today.
(206) 429-6872 View (206) 429-6872
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Dr. Michael Krausser@ Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122
Dr. Michael Krausser is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse practitioner that earned his Medical degree from the University of Washington. A native Seattleite, he enjoys serving patients within the greater Seattle community and is qualified to treat a wide variety of mental health issues across the lifespan. Mike utilizes a holistic approach, to improving the mental health of his patients.
Dr. Michael Krausser is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse practitioner that earned his Medical degree from the University of Washington. A native Seattleite, he enjoys serving patients within the greater Seattle community and is qualified to treat a wide variety of mental health issues across the lifespan. Mike utilizes a holistic approach, to improving the mental health of his patients.
(206) 501-4342 View (206) 501-4342

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 98122

10+

Average cost per session

$262

Psychiatrists in 98122 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
95% Medication Management
84% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
79% ADHD
79% Bipolar Disorder
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
67% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 98122 see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 98122?

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.