Psychiatrists in Tucson, AZ

Photo of Karen Van Wie, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tucson, AZ
Karen Van Wie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85719
I have provided services for children and adults since 1977. As an RN I worked neonatal intensive care units and traveled throughout southern Arizona establishing early intervention services for children birth to 5 years age. Observing the lack of mental health care for children and families I completed the Family Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Partitioner program in 2005. I continued to deliver services throughout Arizona and abroad in Germany providing care for active duty military men and women, veterans, and military dependents stationed throughout Europe.
I have provided services for children and adults since 1977. As an RN I worked neonatal intensive care units and traveled throughout southern Arizona establishing early intervention services for children birth to 5 years age. Observing the lack of mental health care for children and families I completed the Family Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Partitioner program in 2005. I continued to deliver services throughout Arizona and abroad in Germany providing care for active duty military men and women, veterans, and military dependents stationed throughout Europe.
(520) 214-5603 View (520) 214-5603
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James Christopher Van Doren
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85712  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. Patients can connect quickly through a secure chat on my patient portal, ensuring concierge-level service and accessibility. I provide comprehensive treatment by using medication management with psychotherapy in a holistic approach, recognizing the unique life experiences of each patient.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. Patients can connect quickly through a secure chat on my patient portal, ensuring concierge-level service and accessibility. I provide comprehensive treatment by using medication management with psychotherapy in a holistic approach, recognizing the unique life experiences of each patient.
(520) 389-5749 View (520) 389-5749
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Yue Zong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85712
Accepting new patients age 6 and older. Dr. Yue Zong is a board certified adult, pediatric, and integrative psychiatrist. She is a Tucson native and lifelong Wildcat. Dr. Zong completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Arizona. Along with psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship, Dr. Zong gained additional training at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Zong's expertise allows her to fuse alternative, complementary, and nonpharmacologic options with evidence-based treatment. You will be in careful and capable hands when working with Dr. Zong.
Accepting new patients age 6 and older. Dr. Yue Zong is a board certified adult, pediatric, and integrative psychiatrist. She is a Tucson native and lifelong Wildcat. Dr. Zong completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Arizona. Along with psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship, Dr. Zong gained additional training at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Zong's expertise allows her to fuse alternative, complementary, and nonpharmacologic options with evidence-based treatment. You will be in careful and capable hands when working with Dr. Zong.
(520) 422-7969 View (520) 422-7969
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Daniel Lamanna
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85712
I’m a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tucson, Arizona and the co-owner of Manzanita Mind Institute. I provide diagnostic assessment and evaluation and prescribe psychiatric medication to address a wide variety of mental health concerns. I work from an integrated biological, psychological, social framework and tailor my care to meet the unique needs of each patient.
I’m a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tucson, Arizona and the co-owner of Manzanita Mind Institute. I provide diagnostic assessment and evaluation and prescribe psychiatric medication to address a wide variety of mental health concerns. I work from an integrated biological, psychological, social framework and tailor my care to meet the unique needs of each patient.
(520) 636-0928 View (520) 636-0928
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Elijah Oster-Morris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85704  (Online Only)
Discover the FREEDOM of telepsychiatry. Get help today. Mental health problems can feel like being lost in a maze with no way out. My goal is to provide a higher perspective that can set you free. My process of individualized treatment is unique to every situation. In my 20+ years experience, I have learned that every mental health issue appears incredibly complex, but in actuality is quite simple. By listening carefully and providing emotional support, I can hone in on the key issues and provide simple, elegant and actionable solutions to problems some people have struggled with for decades.
Discover the FREEDOM of telepsychiatry. Get help today. Mental health problems can feel like being lost in a maze with no way out. My goal is to provide a higher perspective that can set you free. My process of individualized treatment is unique to every situation. In my 20+ years experience, I have learned that every mental health issue appears incredibly complex, but in actuality is quite simple. By listening carefully and providing emotional support, I can hone in on the key issues and provide simple, elegant and actionable solutions to problems some people have struggled with for decades.
(520) 412-2801 View (520) 412-2801
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Medpsychplus LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Welcome! Dr. John Sparks DNP, PMHNP-BC earned is degree at the University of Arizona. He has spent the last five years working in community care seeing patients of all ages and working to help patients to manage Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Depression, Personality Disorders, Trauma, Tic Disorders, and adjustment disorders.
Welcome! Dr. John Sparks DNP, PMHNP-BC earned is degree at the University of Arizona. He has spent the last five years working in community care seeing patients of all ages and working to help patients to manage Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Depression, Personality Disorders, Trauma, Tic Disorders, and adjustment disorders.
(928) 597-5724 View (928) 597-5724
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Ken Gifford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85719
My ideal client as a nurse practitioner seeks psychiatric care to improve mental well-being. They may have mood or anxiety disorders. They need assessments, medication management, and support. They desire a provider who listens, respects autonomy, and creates a tailored treatment plan. Their goal is symptom relief, better functioning, and a higher quality of life. They value mental health's impact on overall well-being. I provide expert care, prescribe medication when necessary, monitor outcomes, and offer education for self-management. It's about promoting well-being through trust and patient-centered care.
My ideal client as a nurse practitioner seeks psychiatric care to improve mental well-being. They may have mood or anxiety disorders. They need assessments, medication management, and support. They desire a provider who listens, respects autonomy, and creates a tailored treatment plan. Their goal is symptom relief, better functioning, and a higher quality of life. They value mental health's impact on overall well-being. I provide expert care, prescribe medication when necessary, monitor outcomes, and offer education for self-management. It's about promoting well-being through trust and patient-centered care.
(520) 317-7282 View (520) 317-7282
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Milagro Behavioral Health-Dr. Shannon Padilla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85719
No waiting list for appointments! Offering In Person Appointments! Telemedicine visits available for services throughout the state of Arizona! Call 602-460-8416. Dr. Shannon Padilla, DNP, PMHNP, is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner providing adult psychiatric services. She has 25 years experience working in the mental health setting with teens and adults across their life span. Dr. Padilla specializes in diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional, behavioral and addiction disorders. She has strong skills in psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional, behavioral and addiction disorders.
No waiting list for appointments! Offering In Person Appointments! Telemedicine visits available for services throughout the state of Arizona! Call 602-460-8416. Dr. Shannon Padilla, DNP, PMHNP, is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner providing adult psychiatric services. She has 25 years experience working in the mental health setting with teens and adults across their life span. Dr. Padilla specializes in diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional, behavioral and addiction disorders. She has strong skills in psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional, behavioral and addiction disorders.
(520) 462-6018 View (520) 462-6018
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Brandon Yates Md Pllc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85716
Dr. Yates received his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. There, he developed a deep interest in the neuromuscular system, nutrition, medications, the brain, memory, and human perception of speech and emotion. He completed his psychiatric residency training at Banner-University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. Today, Dr. Yates combines his biological and medical backgrounds with in-depth psychotherapeutic, pharmacologic, and diagnostic expertise gained during his residency. He is currently scheduling 30, 60, and 90 minute visits via full time front office staff.
Dr. Yates received his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. There, he developed a deep interest in the neuromuscular system, nutrition, medications, the brain, memory, and human perception of speech and emotion. He completed his psychiatric residency training at Banner-University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. Today, Dr. Yates combines his biological and medical backgrounds with in-depth psychotherapeutic, pharmacologic, and diagnostic expertise gained during his residency. He is currently scheduling 30, 60, and 90 minute visits via full time front office staff.
(520) 399-8805 View (520) 399-8805
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Desert Sage Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Psych, MH, NP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85719
Daniel Chafetz is PsychMH/NP Board Certified Graduate of University of Arizona and Arizona State University with over 20 years of experience working in behavioral health in a variety of settings. "I do take a genuine interest in my clients. It is very fulfilling to watch people get better and attain their highest level of functioning. I use a collaborative approach with my clients and strive for excellence in over-all wholesome health."
Daniel Chafetz is PsychMH/NP Board Certified Graduate of University of Arizona and Arizona State University with over 20 years of experience working in behavioral health in a variety of settings. "I do take a genuine interest in my clients. It is very fulfilling to watch people get better and attain their highest level of functioning. I use a collaborative approach with my clients and strive for excellence in over-all wholesome health."
(520) 357-0072 View (520) 357-0072
Photo of David Russell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tucson, AZ
David Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701
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.
(520) 341-8299 View (520) 341-8299
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Sharon Meglathery
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701
I am a board cert psychiatrist w/ 27 yrs of experience, incl: 3 yr residency in internal medicine (board cert, 2000) and exposure to alt approaches/diverse populations (Native American, holistic eating disorder facility, students, inner-city crisis work) who loves to learn/listen (courses: EMDR-basic, dissoc, addictions, personality, chronic illness, attachment; DBT; CBT; mindfulness, lifestyle, communication, evid-based non-pharm). I apply all of this when I assess and assist you to capitalize on strengths, gain resilience, dive deep into psyche/your past/struggles, process trauma, learn skills, broaden perspective and agency.
I am a board cert psychiatrist w/ 27 yrs of experience, incl: 3 yr residency in internal medicine (board cert, 2000) and exposure to alt approaches/diverse populations (Native American, holistic eating disorder facility, students, inner-city crisis work) who loves to learn/listen (courses: EMDR-basic, dissoc, addictions, personality, chronic illness, attachment; DBT; CBT; mindfulness, lifestyle, communication, evid-based non-pharm). I apply all of this when I assess and assist you to capitalize on strengths, gain resilience, dive deep into psyche/your past/struggles, process trauma, learn skills, broaden perspective and agency.
(520) 895-4797 View (520) 895-4797
Larry Onate
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85712
Work with motivated individuals seeking positive change in their lives from addictions, ADHD and personal growth issues.
Work with motivated individuals seeking positive change in their lives from addictions, ADHD and personal growth issues.
(520) 412-7713 View (520) 412-7713
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I & E Family and Psychiatry Practice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85707  (Online Only)
You may be struggling with depression or trauma related to relationships or family. Help is not far away and the time to seek help is now. I will work with you and help you regain control of your life and find lasting relief from your symptoms. We will work together to develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and goals. Many clients experience significant improvement within the first month of treatment, and I will work with you to ensure that you continue to make progress over time.
You may be struggling with depression or trauma related to relationships or family. Help is not far away and the time to seek help is now. I will work with you and help you regain control of your life and find lasting relief from your symptoms. We will work together to develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and goals. Many clients experience significant improvement within the first month of treatment, and I will work with you to ensure that you continue to make progress over time.
(520) 263-1622 View (520) 263-1622
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Chandan Nayak
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85712
Accepting patients age 18 and older. Dr. Chandan Nayak is a board-certified psychiatrist who treats adults with a broad range of mental health issues. Dr. Nayak grew up around the world before settling in Detroit, MI, where he spent the majority of his childhood and graduated medical school. Dr. Nayak is a proud Wolverine having attended the University of Michigan for his psychiatry training. Dr. Nayak's expertise is in neurodevelopmental disorders giving him opportunity to work with patients and their families to address mental health issues with a holistic, team-based approach, that uses medications only when necessary.
Accepting patients age 18 and older. Dr. Chandan Nayak is a board-certified psychiatrist who treats adults with a broad range of mental health issues. Dr. Nayak grew up around the world before settling in Detroit, MI, where he spent the majority of his childhood and graduated medical school. Dr. Nayak is a proud Wolverine having attended the University of Michigan for his psychiatry training. Dr. Nayak's expertise is in neurodevelopmental disorders giving him opportunity to work with patients and their families to address mental health issues with a holistic, team-based approach, that uses medications only when necessary.
(520) 386-0574 View (520) 386-0574
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Pinky Castillo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, RN
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85756  (Online Only)
Is mental health issue a challenge and preventing you from feeling and doing your best? Let me help you. I am a practicing board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with experiences in geriatric psychiatry, adult psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, mental and drug rehabilitation. I am also a board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) and worked as a FNP in correctional and hospital settings. Additionally, I have long years of RN experience in various specialties. My professional experiences allow me to deliver a caring and a more comprehensive approach in psychiatry.
Is mental health issue a challenge and preventing you from feeling and doing your best? Let me help you. I am a practicing board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with experiences in geriatric psychiatry, adult psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, mental and drug rehabilitation. I am also a board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) and worked as a FNP in correctional and hospital settings. Additionally, I have long years of RN experience in various specialties. My professional experiences allow me to deliver a caring and a more comprehensive approach in psychiatry.
(720) 220-4599 View (720) 220-4599
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Collins Iyamah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85712  (Online Only)
I studied both nursing and advanced practice nursing at University of Texas at Arlington and Walden University Minnesota and also completed his fellowship with Medical City Behavioral unit at McKinney Texas and several mental health outpatient clinics in Dallas/Fort Worth. My clinical practice focuses on consultation, treatment selection and administration, and care coordination for patients struggling with a wide range of psychiatric illness.
I studied both nursing and advanced practice nursing at University of Texas at Arlington and Walden University Minnesota and also completed his fellowship with Medical City Behavioral unit at McKinney Texas and several mental health outpatient clinics in Dallas/Fort Worth. My clinical practice focuses on consultation, treatment selection and administration, and care coordination for patients struggling with a wide range of psychiatric illness.
(520) 492-0034 x1 View (520) 492-0034 x1
Photo of Lisa Eisenbraun-Long, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tucson, AZ
Lisa Eisenbraun-Long
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85705
I've recently joined the team with Tucson Counseling Associates which specializes in working with the lgbtqia+ population, psychedelic integration, and ketamine assisted psychotherapy. I have an interest in working with many diverse populations, especially lgbtqia+, military veterans, children and older adults.
I've recently joined the team with Tucson Counseling Associates which specializes in working with the lgbtqia+ population, psychedelic integration, and ketamine assisted psychotherapy. I have an interest in working with many diverse populations, especially lgbtqia+, military veterans, children and older adults.
(928) 487-4638 View (928) 487-4638
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Mountain Dew Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85742
Mountain Dew Behavioral Health is an out patient psychiatry clinic that takes care of mental illness such as depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, bipolar disorders, psychotic disorders, medication management of alcohol and opioid related cravings, and total management of mental health issues.
Mountain Dew Behavioral Health is an out patient psychiatry clinic that takes care of mental illness such as depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, bipolar disorders, psychotic disorders, medication management of alcohol and opioid related cravings, and total management of mental health issues.
(520) 447-2077 View (520) 447-2077
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Willie Lynch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85719
Trauma informed care that focuses on the individual not only the disease process. If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma (PTSD), or other psychological stressors, I offer compassionate care that combines the best clinical research and treatment possible. NOW offering TMS services as a non pharmaceutical treatment for depression, ADHD, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar Depression... TMS has a success rate much higher then medications alone. I primarily focus on the biological side of the illness with a therapeutic approach.
Trauma informed care that focuses on the individual not only the disease process. If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma (PTSD), or other psychological stressors, I offer compassionate care that combines the best clinical research and treatment possible. NOW offering TMS services as a non pharmaceutical treatment for depression, ADHD, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar Depression... TMS has a success rate much higher then medications alone. I primarily focus on the biological side of the illness with a therapeutic approach.
(520) 551-6053 View (520) 551-6053

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Tucson, AZ

100+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Tucson, AZ who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
93% Depression
84% Bipolar Disorder
84% Medication Management
76% ADHD
73% Trauma and PTSD
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth
87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Tucson, AZ see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
33% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tucson?

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.