Psychiatrists in Scottsdale, AZ

Photo of Abigail Gerken, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scottsdale, AZ
Abigail Gerken
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
There are times in our life in which we feel stuck, overwhelmed, lost, or alone. When what we are currently doing to help is not working and you are looking for something else. Often times a psychiatric provider can guide you through this time. I am the type of psychiatric provider who will take time to get to know you, include you in your treatment plan, and create a safe place for you to share your concerns.
There are times in our life in which we feel stuck, overwhelmed, lost, or alone. When what we are currently doing to help is not working and you are looking for something else. Often times a psychiatric provider can guide you through this time. I am the type of psychiatric provider who will take time to get to know you, include you in your treatment plan, and create a safe place for you to share your concerns.
(602) 551-8711 View (602) 551-8711
Photo of Alexandria Kurtz, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Alexandria Kurtz
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85254  (Online Only)
Dr. Kurtz is a compassionate & empathetic Integrative Psychiatrist specializing in treating adults experiencing a variety of psychiatric symptoms. Stemming from her osteopathic medical training, she focuses treatment on the whole person - mind, body & spirit. After her psychiatry residency she completed a fellowship in integrative psychiatry & additional training in nutritional psychiatry. She has a passion for working alongside patients to address root causes of mental health symptoms through the skillful combination of traditional and advancing biomedical treatments with alternative modalities.
Dr. Kurtz is a compassionate & empathetic Integrative Psychiatrist specializing in treating adults experiencing a variety of psychiatric symptoms. Stemming from her osteopathic medical training, she focuses treatment on the whole person - mind, body & spirit. After her psychiatry residency she completed a fellowship in integrative psychiatry & additional training in nutritional psychiatry. She has a passion for working alongside patients to address root causes of mental health symptoms through the skillful combination of traditional and advancing biomedical treatments with alternative modalities.
(480) 374-5978 View (480) 374-5978
Photo of Leah Haddad, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scottsdale, AZ
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) 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 (Online Psychiatry) 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) 923-7422 View (480) 923-7422
Photo of Patrick Testa, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scottsdale, AZ
Patrick Testa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85260  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(480) 757-3026 View (480) 757-3026
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Dr. Carolina Tanzer
Psychiatrist, DO, PLLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85254  (Online Only)
I'm a Board Certified Psychiatrist, with 15 years of experience in Adult psychiatry and and Geriatric psychiatry. I am specialized in treating Depression/mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety disorders, PTSD, and several other psychiatric diagnoses. The treatment approach that I apply is Integrative Psychiatry. It is a psychiatric treatment approach that involves both medical and psychotherapeutic techniques.
I'm a Board Certified Psychiatrist, with 15 years of experience in Adult psychiatry and and Geriatric psychiatry. I am specialized in treating Depression/mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety disorders, PTSD, and several other psychiatric diagnoses. The treatment approach that I apply is Integrative Psychiatry. It is a psychiatric treatment approach that involves both medical and psychotherapeutic techniques.
(480) 470-3240 View (480) 470-3240
Photo of Joseph Kurtz, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Joseph Kurtz
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85254  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatrist that emphasizes the patient and doctor relationship. That means doing whatever is necessary to helping you become symptom free or achieve the goals that you have. I believe in utilizing cutting edge mental health treatments to help you. I implement the importance of therapy, and the strategic/targeted use of medications when absolutely necessary. Some of the areas that I have focused on is people struggling with depression, anxiety, mood fluctuations, relationship issues, and performance issues at work or with athletics.
I am a psychiatrist that emphasizes the patient and doctor relationship. That means doing whatever is necessary to helping you become symptom free or achieve the goals that you have. I believe in utilizing cutting edge mental health treatments to help you. I implement the importance of therapy, and the strategic/targeted use of medications when absolutely necessary. Some of the areas that I have focused on is people struggling with depression, anxiety, mood fluctuations, relationship issues, and performance issues at work or with athletics.
(480) 725-8549 View (480) 725-8549
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Alta Vita Rx
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Our teams keen observations, diagnostic abilities and treatment options are communicated back to our clients in a transparent and compassionate manner. Our combined 50 plus years of community medical and mental healthcare provide clients with a well-rounded view for the treatment of their condition. Our team draws their experience through community-based clinics, institutions, hospitals and education centers
Our teams keen observations, diagnostic abilities and treatment options are communicated back to our clients in a transparent and compassionate manner. Our combined 50 plus years of community medical and mental healthcare provide clients with a well-rounded view for the treatment of their condition. Our team draws their experience through community-based clinics, institutions, hospitals and education centers
(623) 233-0426 View (623) 233-0426
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85251  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(623) 303-5547 View (623) 303-5547
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Ponyacare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
At Ponyacare, we recognize that psychiatric care plays a vital role in managing mental health conditions. Our dedicated team includes qualified psychiatrists who specialize in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental illnesses. They will work closely with you to provide personalized psychiatric evaluations, ongoing monitoring, and medication management when necessary. Our approach to psychiatric care is centered on collaborative and holistic treatment. We understand that medication alone may not address all the complexities of mental health, which is why our psychiatrists work closely with our therapists and other mental heal
At Ponyacare, we recognize that psychiatric care plays a vital role in managing mental health conditions. Our dedicated team includes qualified psychiatrists who specialize in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental illnesses. They will work closely with you to provide personalized psychiatric evaluations, ongoing monitoring, and medication management when necessary. Our approach to psychiatric care is centered on collaborative and holistic treatment. We understand that medication alone may not address all the complexities of mental health, which is why our psychiatrists work closely with our therapists and other mental heal
(480) 906-3236 View (480) 906-3236
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Mindfully Integrated Health PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Mindfully Integrated Health PLLC is a psychiatric practice in Scottsdale, AZ. We have a board certified psychiatrist as well as 3 PAs available for medication management. We also have several individual therapists that work with adolescents through older adulthood.
Mindfully Integrated Health PLLC is a psychiatric practice in Scottsdale, AZ. We have a board certified psychiatrist as well as 3 PAs available for medication management. We also have several individual therapists that work with adolescents through older adulthood.
(480) 386-1387 View (480) 386-1387
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85254  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(623) 462-4019 View (623) 462-4019
Photo of Diane Papke, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Diane Papke
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
I am a no nonsense psychiatrist who believes in “propelling people forward”. I enjoy my work and want to collaborate with you meet you in the middle to attain your goal in wellness and make your dreams a reality.
I am a no nonsense psychiatrist who believes in “propelling people forward”. I enjoy my work and want to collaborate with you meet you in the middle to attain your goal in wellness and make your dreams a reality.
(623) 292-4016 View (623) 292-4016
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Esad Boskailo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
I provide extensive, high quality evaluation and evidence-based psychiatric treatment for adults. I prescribe medications only when appropriate, and attempt to use the fewest number, along with the lowest possible doses and always combined with psychotherapy. I enjoy working with individuals and families in a compassionate, non-judgmental, and collaborative way. I also provide second opinions for complicated psychiatric patients. I am an expert in helping patients who have survived any kind of trauma, as well as patients with depression and anxiety. Dr. Boškailo co-authored the book "Wounded I Am More Awake"
I provide extensive, high quality evaluation and evidence-based psychiatric treatment for adults. I prescribe medications only when appropriate, and attempt to use the fewest number, along with the lowest possible doses and always combined with psychotherapy. I enjoy working with individuals and families in a compassionate, non-judgmental, and collaborative way. I also provide second opinions for complicated psychiatric patients. I am an expert in helping patients who have survived any kind of trauma, as well as patients with depression and anxiety. Dr. Boškailo co-authored the book "Wounded I Am More Awake"
(602) 459-9028 View (602) 459-9028
Photo of Katherine Gallardo, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Katherine Gallardo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
My practice philosophy combines expert knowledge about psychiatric conditions & treatments with mindfulness. Medications can be intimidating and bring feelings of hesitation. I can help you make an informed decision about medications and explain in a way that makes you feel supported. For those that want to understand the deeper meaning of life events and ties to symptoms, my strong training in psychotherapy can help you foster deeper understanding and awareness.
My practice philosophy combines expert knowledge about psychiatric conditions & treatments with mindfulness. Medications can be intimidating and bring feelings of hesitation. I can help you make an informed decision about medications and explain in a way that makes you feel supported. For those that want to understand the deeper meaning of life events and ties to symptoms, my strong training in psychotherapy can help you foster deeper understanding and awareness.
(602) 932-6602 View (602) 932-6602
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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 Laura Hatfield, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scottsdale, AZ
Laura Hatfield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Do you get irritable for no reason? Cry over every little thing? Tired all day long...but too wound up to sleep at night? Is getting out of bed difficult, but you've run out of excuses for missing work, school, or other obligations? Maybe the meds you've tried don't feel quite right...or they stop working. At Sonoran Sol Mental Health & Wellness, we treat mood disorders (ie depression, TRD, pregnancy/postpartum, severe PMS, bipolar), anxiety & panic disorders, ADHD, substance use & MAT. Also, we do psych evals & clearance for procedures: WLS, SCS, etc.
Do you get irritable for no reason? Cry over every little thing? Tired all day long...but too wound up to sleep at night? Is getting out of bed difficult, but you've run out of excuses for missing work, school, or other obligations? Maybe the meds you've tried don't feel quite right...or they stop working. At Sonoran Sol Mental Health & Wellness, we treat mood disorders (ie depression, TRD, pregnancy/postpartum, severe PMS, bipolar), anxiety & panic disorders, ADHD, substance use & MAT. Also, we do psych evals & clearance for procedures: WLS, SCS, etc.
(480) 405-8230 View (480) 405-8230
Photo of Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85262  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(408) 692-1335 View (408) 692-1335
Photo of Victory Health Solution LLC (Virtual Appts ONLY), Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scottsdale, AZ
Victory Health Solution LLC (Virtual Appts ONLY)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC, CNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85255  (Online Only)
Attention:Same day prescriptions. we offer only telepsychiatry services. Afraid of over dose call me for Naloxone Now ! Addiction,Opiod use, CALL for your Naltrexone now. No more addiction. Your local pharmacy may be able to give you Vivitrol. TRIWEST/ TRICARE welcome. Please note we do not offer in-person services at this time. We treat opioid, addiction, schizophrenia, bipolar, anxiety, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, cleptomaniac, ADHD and depression. We treat all other mental health disorders. Please click on our website link to make your appointment. We accept cash at $90 / Month if you do not have insurance.
Attention:Same day prescriptions. we offer only telepsychiatry services. Afraid of over dose call me for Naloxone Now ! Addiction,Opiod use, CALL for your Naltrexone now. No more addiction. Your local pharmacy may be able to give you Vivitrol. TRIWEST/ TRICARE welcome. Please note we do not offer in-person services at this time. We treat opioid, addiction, schizophrenia, bipolar, anxiety, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, cleptomaniac, ADHD and depression. We treat all other mental health disorders. Please click on our website link to make your appointment. We accept cash at $90 / Month if you do not have insurance.
(623) 304-6079 View (623) 304-6079
Photo of New Wave Health and Wellness, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
New Wave Health and Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
At New Wave we believe mental health has been declining in the U.S. over the past few years and is nearing an all-time low. Whether you have minor struggles or a psychiatric illness we can evaluate and customize treatment based on the most up to date science. Because no two people are the same, we pride ourselves in using innovative methods and technology to provide a unique experience for our patient. We are a full spectrum Psychiatric, Addiction Medicine, and Ketamine infusion practice with medication treatment, psychotherapy, addiction therapy and counseling with sensitivity and a niche for treating professionals.
At New Wave we believe mental health has been declining in the U.S. over the past few years and is nearing an all-time low. Whether you have minor struggles or a psychiatric illness we can evaluate and customize treatment based on the most up to date science. Because no two people are the same, we pride ourselves in using innovative methods and technology to provide a unique experience for our patient. We are a full spectrum Psychiatric, Addiction Medicine, and Ketamine infusion practice with medication treatment, psychotherapy, addiction therapy and counseling with sensitivity and a niche for treating professionals.
(480) 424-4962 View (480) 424-4962
Photo of Frank J Genova, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Frank J Genova
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
I work with adults, across a wide variety of mental health conditions including Depression, Bipolar and Anxiety Disorders. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I understand the many challenges we face, and I know that healing happens. All are welcome here.
I work with adults, across a wide variety of mental health conditions including Depression, Bipolar and Anxiety Disorders. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I understand the many challenges we face, and I know that healing happens. All are welcome here.
(623) 552-6457 View (623) 552-6457

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Number of Psychiatrists in Scottsdale, AZ

100+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Scottsdale, AZ who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
90% Depression
82% Bipolar Disorder
81% ADHD
73% Trauma and PTSD
73% Medication Management
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Scottsdale, AZ see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
34% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Scottsdale?

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.