Psychiatrists in Scottsdale, AZ

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Psychunlimited.com
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85251  (Online Only)
Telehealth Psychiatrist, dedicated in assisting clients to achieve quality of life and balance by addressing their psychiatric needs; court cases also. I am certified in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, primordial sound meditation, yoga nidra meditation, guided imagery and reiki energy work. EMDR may also be available for those with traumas. I also practice other introspective and spiritual methods in my practice, such as hypnotherapy and chakra balancing. The needs of the client are my priority. What also makes my practice unique, is that I am also a canine psychiatrist and see many furry clients.
Telehealth Psychiatrist, dedicated in assisting clients to achieve quality of life and balance by addressing their psychiatric needs; court cases also. I am certified in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, primordial sound meditation, yoga nidra meditation, guided imagery and reiki energy work. EMDR may also be available for those with traumas. I also practice other introspective and spiritual methods in my practice, such as hypnotherapy and chakra balancing. The needs of the client are my priority. What also makes my practice unique, is that I am also a canine psychiatrist and see many furry clients.
(623) 777-7916 View (623) 777-7916
Photo of Desanne Gonsalves, Physician Assistant in Scottsdale, AZ
Desanne Gonsalves
Physician Assistant, PA
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 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 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) 605-5044 View (480) 605-5044
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Desanne Gonsalves
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85054  (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 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 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) 908-9364 View (480) 908-9364
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Pamela L. Perry PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
I am still accepting new clients and am offering phone and video sessions for distancing or quarantined clients. I DO NOT PROVIDE COUNSELING OR TALK THERAPY. I strive to promote emotional wellness and assist clients in achieving a high quality of life. I treat numerous issues, such as co-occurring substance abuse and chronic mental illness, mood disorders, and perinatal mood disorders.
I am still accepting new clients and am offering phone and video sessions for distancing or quarantined clients. I DO NOT PROVIDE COUNSELING OR TALK THERAPY. I strive to promote emotional wellness and assist clients in achieving a high quality of life. I treat numerous issues, such as co-occurring substance abuse and chronic mental illness, mood disorders, and perinatal mood disorders.
(480) 771-8586 View (480) 771-8586
Photo of David Russell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scottsdale, AZ
David Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
My ideal clients are adults dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD and/or bipolar disorder. They seek a compassionate professional to understand and manage their conditions. Their goals are to improve mental well-being, gain symptom control, and achieve a balanced life. They desire change, understanding, and strategies to enhance personal and professional relationships, driven by a need for empowerment and improved quality of life.
My ideal clients are adults dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD and/or bipolar disorder. They seek a compassionate professional to understand and manage their conditions. Their goals are to improve mental well-being, gain symptom control, and achieve a balanced life. They desire change, understanding, and strategies to enhance personal and professional relationships, driven by a need for empowerment and improved quality of life.
(623) 343-8492 View (623) 343-8492
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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
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(480) 630-5973 View (480) 630-5973
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Mind Over Manolos Psychiatry™️
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Mind Over Manolos Psychiatry founded by Dr. Mona Amini centers on enhancing your mental well-being through focused treatment tailored to you from the very start. Our initial new patient consultation sets the stage for a treatment journey that's uniquely yours. This assessment considers every facet of your individual needs, potentially involving medication optimization, targeted psychotherapy, precise laboratory and pharmacogenomic testing to ensure treatments align with your genetic makeup, lifestyle review, and cutting-edge options like IV therapy and oral supplements to address any nutritional gaps, straight to your door.
Mind Over Manolos Psychiatry founded by Dr. Mona Amini centers on enhancing your mental well-being through focused treatment tailored to you from the very start. Our initial new patient consultation sets the stage for a treatment journey that's uniquely yours. This assessment considers every facet of your individual needs, potentially involving medication optimization, targeted psychotherapy, precise laboratory and pharmacogenomic testing to ensure treatments align with your genetic makeup, lifestyle review, and cutting-edge options like IV therapy and oral supplements to address any nutritional gaps, straight to your door.
(602) 902-1517 View (602) 902-1517
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Marc Schwartz
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Dr. Schwartz is a board certified psychiatrist working in private practice with children, adolescents, and adults in the treatment of all mental health disorders. Dr. Schwartz takes pride in providing the best care within a comfortable environment for you and your family. Please give us a call if you have any questions or wish to make an appointment.
Dr. Schwartz is a board certified psychiatrist working in private practice with children, adolescents, and adults in the treatment of all mental health disorders. Dr. Schwartz takes pride in providing the best care within a comfortable environment for you and your family. Please give us a call if you have any questions or wish to make an appointment.
(480) 923-7564 View (480) 923-7564
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
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) 933-7118 View (480) 933-7118
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Desanne Gonsalves
Physician Assistant, PA
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 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 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) 605-1841 View (480) 605-1841
Photo of Michael Lee Sandridge, Physician Assistant in Scottsdale, AZ
Michael Lee Sandridge
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
I evaluate, diagnose, and treat individuals to help them understand and address their mental health challenges.
I evaluate, diagnose, and treat individuals to help them understand and address their mental health challenges.
(480) 905-8755 View (480) 905-8755
Photo of Katrina Kaczmarek, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scottsdale, AZ
Katrina Kaczmarek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience treating patients with ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, PMDD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD and autism spectrum disorder. I offer psychiatric medication management. To request an appointment, call, text or email. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation before scheduling your first appointment. I have experience caring for individuals of all ages. As a medical professional, my main responsibility is to prescribe and manage medication and to offer supporting listening through psychotherapy.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience treating patients with ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, PMDD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD and autism spectrum disorder. I offer psychiatric medication management. To request an appointment, call, text or email. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation before scheduling your first appointment. I have experience caring for individuals of all ages. As a medical professional, my main responsibility is to prescribe and manage medication and to offer supporting listening through psychotherapy.
(480) 605-2393 View (480) 605-2393
Photo of Spark Telepsychiatry - Mental Health Clinics, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scottsdale, AZ
Spark Telepsychiatry - Mental Health Clinics
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85258  (Online Only)
Spark is accepting new patients and we have SAME & NEXT DAY appointments readily available! Plus, and more importantly, we are a fully 5 STAR rated Psychiatric Practices across all review sites. We specialize in treating depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. We use technology to offer the most convenient care possible. In most cases, you can self-schedule appointments online, see your provider by HIPPA secure video, and have prescriptions sent in real-time electronically to the pharmacy of your choice.
Spark is accepting new patients and we have SAME & NEXT DAY appointments readily available! Plus, and more importantly, we are a fully 5 STAR rated Psychiatric Practices across all review sites. We specialize in treating depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. We use technology to offer the most convenient care possible. In most cases, you can self-schedule appointments online, see your provider by HIPPA secure video, and have prescriptions sent in real-time electronically to the pharmacy of your choice.
(602) 962-1445 View (602) 962-1445
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scottsdale, AZ
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, 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 (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(480) 690-3342 View (480) 690-3342
Photo of Andrea Cook, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Scottsdale, AZ
Andrea Cook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN-Ed, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
15 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85258  (Online Only)
Imagine a place where your struggles with anxiety, depression, trauma, or life's numerous transitions are not just heard but deeply understood. I help young to middle-aged adults embark on a transformative journey, guided by compassion, expertise, and a personalized approach to therapy and medication management. This isn't just about finding relief; it's about uncovering the strength within you and navigating life's challenges with renewed hope and resilience.
Imagine a place where your struggles with anxiety, depression, trauma, or life's numerous transitions are not just heard but deeply understood. I help young to middle-aged adults embark on a transformative journey, guided by compassion, expertise, and a personalized approach to therapy and medication management. This isn't just about finding relief; it's about uncovering the strength within you and navigating life's challenges with renewed hope and resilience.
(480) 757-3083 View (480) 757-3083
Photo of Valbuena Wellness, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Valbuena Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Dr. Valbuena is a distinguished psychiatrist and addiction specialist who is the founder of the Valbuena 360 Wellness Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Valbuena is a distinguished psychiatrist and addiction specialist who is the founder of the Valbuena 360 Wellness Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
(480) 725-3288 View (480) 725-3288
Photo of Adel Mostafavi, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
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
Photo of Esad Boskailo, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
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 Alvin Burstein, Psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ
Alvin Burstein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
I specialize in helping people with complex problems who have not yet responded to treatment. Problems can include compound psychiatric illnesses, medical, neurologic, or pharmacologic problems.
I specialize in helping people with complex problems who have not yet responded to treatment. Problems can include compound psychiatric illnesses, medical, neurologic, or pharmacologic problems.
(480) 905-8755 View (480) 905-8755

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Number of Psychiatrists in Scottsdale, AZ

100+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Scottsdale, AZ who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
89% Depression
82% ADHD
82% Bipolar Disorder
73% Trauma and PTSD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Medication Management

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Scottsdale, AZ see their clients

53% In Person and Online
47% 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.