Psychiatrists in 98401

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Joshua Bess
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98401
Dr. Bess graduated from Swarthmore College and University of Michigan Medical School, completed residency at UM, including a year as a chief resident, then joined the psychiatry faculty at UM, working on the Inpatient, Consultation-Liaison and ECT teams. Interests include brain stimulation, pharmacology for treatment-resistant mood disorders and psychiatric illness complicated by medical problems.
Dr. Bess graduated from Swarthmore College and University of Michigan Medical School, completed residency at UM, including a year as a chief resident, then joined the psychiatry faculty at UM, working on the Inpatient, Consultation-Liaison and ECT teams. Interests include brain stimulation, pharmacology for treatment-resistant mood disorders and psychiatric illness complicated by medical problems.
(206) 966-6968 View (206) 966-6968
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Rosalid Kimani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98401  (Online Only)
Have you been struggling with depression, anxiety, lack of focus and concentration? Are your children having behavior issues both at home and at school? Mood swings? Anger issues? Irritability? Lack of sleep? Have you been feeling hopeless, worthless and has no motivation to do things that you once loved? Look no further, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, ready to help you and your family mental health struggles.
Have you been struggling with depression, anxiety, lack of focus and concentration? Are your children having behavior issues both at home and at school? Mood swings? Anger issues? Irritability? Lack of sleep? Have you been feeling hopeless, worthless and has no motivation to do things that you once loved? Look no further, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, ready to help you and your family mental health struggles.
(360) 346-1667 View (360) 346-1667
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Emily Ketchel @ Acorn Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98401  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm Emily, a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in mental health for adults and hormone replacement for women. I have been in healthcare for over fifteen years and love what I do. I stay current with research to give you the latest and most appropriate advise. My approach is collaborative and we will work around your schedule to get you the care you need. Please reach out if you have any questions. Looking forward to meeting you!
Hi! I'm Emily, a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in mental health for adults and hormone replacement for women. I have been in healthcare for over fifteen years and love what I do. I stay current with research to give you the latest and most appropriate advise. My approach is collaborative and we will work around your schedule to get you the care you need. Please reach out if you have any questions. Looking forward to meeting you!
(509) 253-5702 View (509) 253-5702
Photo of undefined - Magnolia Psychiatric Services, PLLC, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Magnolia Psychiatric Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98401  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am passionate about helping you to achieve optimal functioning in your pursuit to regain emotional and mental well-being. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide high-quality mental health care for adolescents and adults. I conduct comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively create individualized treatment plans. I give thorough consideration to the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting your mental health. Please note ALL visits are conducted VIRTUALLY.
Welcome! I am passionate about helping you to achieve optimal functioning in your pursuit to regain emotional and mental well-being. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide high-quality mental health care for adolescents and adults. I conduct comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively create individualized treatment plans. I give thorough consideration to the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting your mental health. Please note ALL visits are conducted VIRTUALLY.
(360) 553-0541 View (360) 553-0541
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Steve Brogdon
Psychiatrist, MS, MD
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98401
I am currently an Interventional Psychiatrist at SeattleNTC. I am sorry to say that I do not do medication management due to the the demand for Interventional treatments. I am available for a consultation on medications that I can share with you and your regular prescriber.
I am currently an Interventional Psychiatrist at SeattleNTC. I am sorry to say that I do not do medication management due to the the demand for Interventional treatments. I am available for a consultation on medications that I can share with you and your regular prescriber.
(425) 230-6344 View (425) 230-6344
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Dr. Michael Sun
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98401  (Online Only)
My name is Dr. Michael Sun. I graduated from Harvard University and Dartmouth Medical School before completing my adult psychiatry residency training at Duke University and my child and adolescent fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Before moving to Seattle, I was the Site Director for Education at the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Unit for the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.
My name is Dr. Michael Sun. I graduated from Harvard University and Dartmouth Medical School before completing my adult psychiatry residency training at Duke University and my child and adolescent fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Before moving to Seattle, I was the Site Director for Education at the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Unit for the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.
(206) 495-6117 View (206) 495-6117
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Andrew Jackenheimer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98401
I’m not sure I have an “ideal” patient. Most of my career has been spent treating anyone who came to the hospital or was assigned to my care. If I reflect on some patient success stories, each case was collaborative, utilizing evidence-based medicine with patients that had a high degree of motivation to get better, either utilizing medication or therapy and to maintain their recovery through self-care.
I’m not sure I have an “ideal” patient. Most of my career has been spent treating anyone who came to the hospital or was assigned to my care. If I reflect on some patient success stories, each case was collaborative, utilizing evidence-based medicine with patients that had a high degree of motivation to get better, either utilizing medication or therapy and to maintain their recovery through self-care.
(206) 209-1128 View (206) 209-1128
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Mental Health For All Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98401  (Online Only)
Mental Health For All is a diverse group of mental health professionals serving Washington through telehealth visits. Our mental health professionals see children, adolescents, and adults and specialize in a multitude of mental health diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sleep disorder, behavioral, schizophrenia, eating disorders, , and personality disorders and learning issues including ADHD.
Mental Health For All is a diverse group of mental health professionals serving Washington through telehealth visits. Our mental health professionals see children, adolescents, and adults and specialize in a multitude of mental health diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sleep disorder, behavioral, schizophrenia, eating disorders, , and personality disorders and learning issues including ADHD.
(509) 236-8743 View (509) 236-8743
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Embodied Wellness Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98401  (Online Only)
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Ifeoma Okwu is a dually board-certified family nurse practitioner and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who is licensed to practice in the state of Washington and California. She treats a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, and specializes in mental health, weight management, sexual dysfunction, and thyroid optimization. Her approach to psychiatric care includes the utilization of an integrative approach to treating a variety of mental health conditions. A life coach within our practice is sometimes recommended alongside therapy to holistically address the psychosocial needs of our clients.
Ifeoma Okwu is a dually board-certified family nurse practitioner and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who is licensed to practice in the state of Washington and California. She treats a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, and specializes in mental health, weight management, sexual dysfunction, and thyroid optimization. Her approach to psychiatric care includes the utilization of an integrative approach to treating a variety of mental health conditions. A life coach within our practice is sometimes recommended alongside therapy to holistically address the psychosocial needs of our clients.
(206) 565-1644 View (206) 565-1644
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Jamie Kanehl
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP-PC, PMHS, APRN
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98401
Hi! My name is Jamie! My goal is to truly get to know you so together we can create the best care plan to fit you or your child's needs for the goal of optimal mental health and wellness. I offer evaluation, diagnosis, medication management and holistic therapies for ADHD, anxiety, depression among other conditions for patients age 5-27. In addition to medication management, I incorporate many homeopathic supplements, foods, exercise and alternative therapies such as mindfulness, meditation, guided visualization, deep breathing, sleep hygiene, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and heart math into my practice.
Hi! My name is Jamie! My goal is to truly get to know you so together we can create the best care plan to fit you or your child's needs for the goal of optimal mental health and wellness. I offer evaluation, diagnosis, medication management and holistic therapies for ADHD, anxiety, depression among other conditions for patients age 5-27. In addition to medication management, I incorporate many homeopathic supplements, foods, exercise and alternative therapies such as mindfulness, meditation, guided visualization, deep breathing, sleep hygiene, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and heart math into my practice.
(360) 776-6604 View (360) 776-6604
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A Clear Me Suboxone Klinic (Cris Miranda)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98401
Trying to feel better? Trying to feel good? Unstable home, family, or job? You don't have to stay dependent on self-medicating yourself with opioids, stimulants, or other substances. If you need help with getting your life back on track, please schedule an appointment or a free, no obligation consultation through my Suboxone service with "Klinic" at aclearme.com. If you need help with other mental health services, please contact Mindful Therapy Group at (206) 708-7274 x 1 and ask for Cris Miranda.
Trying to feel better? Trying to feel good? Unstable home, family, or job? You don't have to stay dependent on self-medicating yourself with opioids, stimulants, or other substances. If you need help with getting your life back on track, please schedule an appointment or a free, no obligation consultation through my Suboxone service with "Klinic" at aclearme.com. If you need help with other mental health services, please contact Mindful Therapy Group at (206) 708-7274 x 1 and ask for Cris Miranda.
(206) 495-0724 View (206) 495-0724
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Arsalan Hamid
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98401  (Online Only)
Introducing Arsalan, a compassionate board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a license to practice in Washington. Arsalan's primary goal is to collaborate with individuals, supporting them on their personal journey towards mental well-being. Recognizing the inherent beauty of the human mind, Arsalan approaches care with gentleness and a holistic perspective. Together, you and Arsalan will create treatment goals and develop personalized pathways tailored to your specific needs.
Introducing Arsalan, a compassionate board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a license to practice in Washington. Arsalan's primary goal is to collaborate with individuals, supporting them on their personal journey towards mental well-being. Recognizing the inherent beauty of the human mind, Arsalan approaches care with gentleness and a holistic perspective. Together, you and Arsalan will create treatment goals and develop personalized pathways tailored to your specific needs.
(206) 578-3322 View (206) 578-3322
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EZ Mind Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98401  (Online Only)
Do you feel depressed or anxious? Struggling to stay motivated or focused? Hitting roadblocks as you try to navigate big life transitions? I can help.
Do you feel depressed or anxious? Struggling to stay motivated or focused? Hitting roadblocks as you try to navigate big life transitions? I can help.
(307) 314-0398 View (307) 314-0398
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Carmen Samson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98401
Mental health should not be a taboo subject or a rushed intervention. Each person responds differently to life events. There should be no shame or stigma in sharing feelings and looking for help. I am here to help you find your balance and the correct treatment to regain yourself and succeed in life. I strive to offer excellent and individualized treatment (including medications and therapy), because each client is a unique individual who deserves understanding and is treated with dignity and respect.
Mental health should not be a taboo subject or a rushed intervention. Each person responds differently to life events. There should be no shame or stigma in sharing feelings and looking for help. I am here to help you find your balance and the correct treatment to regain yourself and succeed in life. I strive to offer excellent and individualized treatment (including medications and therapy), because each client is a unique individual who deserves understanding and is treated with dignity and respect.
(425) 215-1855 View (425) 215-1855
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Mary Opara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MS, BSc
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98401  (Online Only)
I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), licensed, and Board Certified, in Psychiatry/Mental Health as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. My Philosophy is "Let all you do be done with love." If a client for instance, has depression and anxiety, we will discuss how it affects their life. Talk about what triggers make it worse, and how they handle the symptoms. For compliance, we collaborate on the best plan of care. I present the options for medications, benefits, alternatives, side effects, and encourage therapy as a great combination with the medication. The ultimate goal is to return the client to be healthy, happy and enjoy life again.
I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), licensed, and Board Certified, in Psychiatry/Mental Health as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. My Philosophy is "Let all you do be done with love." If a client for instance, has depression and anxiety, we will discuss how it affects their life. Talk about what triggers make it worse, and how they handle the symptoms. For compliance, we collaborate on the best plan of care. I present the options for medications, benefits, alternatives, side effects, and encourage therapy as a great combination with the medication. The ultimate goal is to return the client to be healthy, happy and enjoy life again.
(206) 590-7571 View (206) 590-7571
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Gladys Onchwati
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98401
If you're seeking a dedicated healthcare professional who not only understands the complexities of mental health but also specializes in prescribing the necessary medications, you've come to the right place. I recognize the profound impact that mental health has on your overall well-being. My mission is to provide comprehensive and personalized treatment, combining evidence-based medicine with a compassionate and empathetic approach. With over 6 years experience diagnosing and treating patients, I am committed to helping you regain control of your lives and achieve optimal mental health.
If you're seeking a dedicated healthcare professional who not only understands the complexities of mental health but also specializes in prescribing the necessary medications, you've come to the right place. I recognize the profound impact that mental health has on your overall well-being. My mission is to provide comprehensive and personalized treatment, combining evidence-based medicine with a compassionate and empathetic approach. With over 6 years experience diagnosing and treating patients, I am committed to helping you regain control of your lives and achieve optimal mental health.
(206) 875-2869 View (206) 875-2869
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Peace of Mind Psychiatric Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, WHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98401  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome! I'm Alisha Fluker, a doctoral-prepared, dual-certified psychiatric and women's health nurse practitioner. Specializing in the comprehensive care of women facing challenges like anxiety, depression, and premenstrual mood and anxiety symptoms, I am a certified perinatal mental health professional with a particular focus on supporting those dealing with postpartum depression and anxiety. My approach involves personalized treatment modalities, encompassing medication management, lifestyle modifications, supplement recommendations, and more.
Hello and welcome! I'm Alisha Fluker, a doctoral-prepared, dual-certified psychiatric and women's health nurse practitioner. Specializing in the comprehensive care of women facing challenges like anxiety, depression, and premenstrual mood and anxiety symptoms, I am a certified perinatal mental health professional with a particular focus on supporting those dealing with postpartum depression and anxiety. My approach involves personalized treatment modalities, encompassing medication management, lifestyle modifications, supplement recommendations, and more.
(855) 695-4687 View (855) 695-4687
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Solidarity Mental Health, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98401
Welcome! Do you live in fear or worry about your future? Do you feel self-doubt, guilt, or stuck in the past? Do you lack the focus and motivation required to meet your goals in school or work? Dr. Renia Smith provides online and in-person evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), mood disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder, and Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Smith is an expert mental health provider who works with children, adolescents, and adults.
Welcome! Do you live in fear or worry about your future? Do you feel self-doubt, guilt, or stuck in the past? Do you lack the focus and motivation required to meet your goals in school or work? Dr. Renia Smith provides online and in-person evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), mood disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder, and Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Smith is an expert mental health provider who works with children, adolescents, and adults.
(425) 331-9003 View (425) 331-9003
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Edward G Worsman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98401  (Online Only)
I would like to be a part of my clients journey to meeting their mental health needs. I believe working closely together to identify the goals of treatment and having a good image of what better looks like.
I would like to be a part of my clients journey to meeting their mental health needs. I believe working closely together to identify the goals of treatment and having a good image of what better looks like.
(360) 845-5487 View (360) 845-5487
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Ashley Cyronak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98401  (Online Only)
Our mission is to enhance wellness and motivate self-improvement by strengthening minds. We offer high quality health care for patients seeking a trustworthy long-term psychiatric provider who can provide medication management and supportive counseling. The providers at Carative Psychiatry (CP) provide care to their patients using medical and mental health care models in order to treat the whole individual. The providers at CP are passionate about serving the community and helping others achieve their goals by using the Carative theory. Telepsychiatry practice serving Washington.
Our mission is to enhance wellness and motivate self-improvement by strengthening minds. We offer high quality health care for patients seeking a trustworthy long-term psychiatric provider who can provide medication management and supportive counseling. The providers at Carative Psychiatry (CP) provide care to their patients using medical and mental health care models in order to treat the whole individual. The providers at CP are passionate about serving the community and helping others achieve their goals by using the Carative theory. Telepsychiatry practice serving Washington.
(509) 738-1922 View (509) 738-1922

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 98401

20+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in 98401 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
89% ADHD
89% Medication Management
85% Trauma and PTSD
81% Bipolar Disorder
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Cigna and Evernorth
83% Aetna
78% Premera

How Psychiatrists in 98401 see their clients

51% Online Only
49% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

61% Female
39% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 98401?

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.