Psychiatrists in Folsom, CA

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Penelope Libeu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
Dr. Penelope Libeu is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and has been in practice since 2018. She received her BA from UC Berkeley, earned her medical degree from Rush Medical College, and graduated from Northwestern Memorial Hospital's psychiatry residency program. Dr. Libeu's approach to improving mental health is multidisciplinary and may include combining medication(s) with psychotherapy, group therapy, relationship (couple's) therapy, and making lifestyle changes to improve your overall well-being, e. g.
Dr. Penelope Libeu is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and has been in practice since 2018. She received her BA from UC Berkeley, earned her medical degree from Rush Medical College, and graduated from Northwestern Memorial Hospital's psychiatry residency program. Dr. Libeu's approach to improving mental health is multidisciplinary and may include combining medication(s) with psychotherapy, group therapy, relationship (couple's) therapy, and making lifestyle changes to improve your overall well-being, e. g.
(916) 818-2211 View (916) 818-2211
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Sweet Mind, A Psychiatric Nursing Corp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Folsom, CA 95630
Are you feeling anxious and overwhelmed? Is it hard for you to go to sleep and function every day? Are you noticiing it's difficult to wake up in the morning, get through the day, and sleep through the night? Is this affecting your self esteem, school grades, work, or achieving your goals? You are welcome here and you don't have to continue to suffer.
Are you feeling anxious and overwhelmed? Is it hard for you to go to sleep and function every day? Are you noticiing it's difficult to wake up in the morning, get through the day, and sleep through the night? Is this affecting your self esteem, school grades, work, or achieving your goals? You are welcome here and you don't have to continue to suffer.
(279) 205-7678 View (279) 205-7678
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Denali Tice
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
My expertise is in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy. This approach aims to address emotional and psychologic distress through the exploration of unconscious forces that are outside of our awareness and influence how we perceive ourselves and others, and how we relate to the world at large. This kind of psychological work is fostered by the development of a strong alliance between the patient and the therapist, which is why I meet with my patients at least once a week and often more frequently, including for full analysis.
My expertise is in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy. This approach aims to address emotional and psychologic distress through the exploration of unconscious forces that are outside of our awareness and influence how we perceive ourselves and others, and how we relate to the world at large. This kind of psychological work is fostered by the development of a strong alliance between the patient and the therapist, which is why I meet with my patients at least once a week and often more frequently, including for full analysis.
(916) 587-4616 View (916) 587-4616
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Melissa Fisher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
Melissa Fisher is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is committed to providing compassionate and empathetic care. She has been practicing medicine since 2003. Melissa is dual-certified as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. After working several years in hematology/oncology, she transitioned into psychiatry and completed a post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has been working in psychiatry for 10+ years and has experience treating adults of all ages in inpatient/skilled nursing and outpatient settings.
Melissa Fisher is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is committed to providing compassionate and empathetic care. She has been practicing medicine since 2003. Melissa is dual-certified as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. After working several years in hematology/oncology, she transitioned into psychiatry and completed a post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has been working in psychiatry for 10+ years and has experience treating adults of all ages in inpatient/skilled nursing and outpatient settings.
(916) 571-1399 View (916) 571-1399
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The Focus Doc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
Dr. Dave Auluck, M.D. is a 3rd generation physician, 2nd generation psychiatrist, and physician educator. He is passionate about improving the mental health treatment experience. His mission is to ensure personalized, industry-leading, preeminent care is accessible and affordable. He has worked with thousands of patients over the years and overseen program development for tens of thousands of others. He truly understands there is no "one size fits all" approach.
Dr. Dave Auluck, M.D. is a 3rd generation physician, 2nd generation psychiatrist, and physician educator. He is passionate about improving the mental health treatment experience. His mission is to ensure personalized, industry-leading, preeminent care is accessible and affordable. He has worked with thousands of patients over the years and overseen program development for tens of thousands of others. He truly understands there is no "one size fits all" approach.
(530) 270-3395 View (530) 270-3395
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Trauma Recovery Psychiatry Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630  (Online Only)
Welcome to my psychiatry practice focused on trauma recovery, where the journey towards healing begins with empathy and understanding. I specialize in providing tailored care for individuals navigating the enduring impacts of trauma on their well-being. Central to my approach is a profound comprehension of how trauma affects the mind, body, and soul. I acknowledge the diverse ways trauma can manifest, ranging from anxiety and depression to insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Thus, I adopt a holistic treatment strategy that delves into both the symptoms and root causes of distress.
Welcome to my psychiatry practice focused on trauma recovery, where the journey towards healing begins with empathy and understanding. I specialize in providing tailored care for individuals navigating the enduring impacts of trauma on their well-being. Central to my approach is a profound comprehension of how trauma affects the mind, body, and soul. I acknowledge the diverse ways trauma can manifest, ranging from anxiety and depression to insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Thus, I adopt a holistic treatment strategy that delves into both the symptoms and root causes of distress.
(279) 465-0442 View (279) 465-0442
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Julie Marie Bergman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
Hi! I am the owner and founder of Grace Mental Health Resources. I am excited to share my years of mental health knowledge with you in order to improve your quality of life. I specialize in mitigating anxiety and depression and my goal is to help you transcend your well-being. I would love to help you move towards creating the life you have dreamed of living. I began my career in the US Army. I became a Registered Nurse in 2000. I became a Nurse Practitioner in 2016. I am now certified as a Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My hobbies include running, hiking, biking, swimming,
Hi! I am the owner and founder of Grace Mental Health Resources. I am excited to share my years of mental health knowledge with you in order to improve your quality of life. I specialize in mitigating anxiety and depression and my goal is to help you transcend your well-being. I would love to help you move towards creating the life you have dreamed of living. I began my career in the US Army. I became a Registered Nurse in 2000. I became a Nurse Practitioner in 2016. I am now certified as a Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My hobbies include running, hiking, biking, swimming,
(279) 201-5916 View (279) 201-5916
Julie Phenco
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist offering psychiatric consultation, psychotherapy and medication management. I value confidentiality, and listening to my patients is a significant part of the work I do. How I practice is largely influenced by my appreciation for the unique biological, psychological, socio-cultural and spiritual aspects of an individual person. I see adults struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, academic/ professional concerns and life transition difficulties among others.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist offering psychiatric consultation, psychotherapy and medication management. I value confidentiality, and listening to my patients is a significant part of the work I do. How I practice is largely influenced by my appreciation for the unique biological, psychological, socio-cultural and spiritual aspects of an individual person. I see adults struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, academic/ professional concerns and life transition difficulties among others.
(916) 580-3240 View (916) 580-3240
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Psychiatrist (Integrative/Holistic)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
Dr. Abhishek Rai is dedicated to transforming the lives of individuals grappling with psychiatric conditions such as depression, mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, and OCD. What sets Dr. Rai apart is his distinctive approach, seamlessly blending Western and Eastern medicine philosophies in a highly personalized manner for each patient. Driven by the conviction that true healing encompasses the body, mind, and spirit, he initiates treatment with medication but views complete healing as an intricate journey. He empowers his patients with evidence-based modalities and a diverse toolkit for a holistic and transformative healing experience
Dr. Abhishek Rai is dedicated to transforming the lives of individuals grappling with psychiatric conditions such as depression, mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, and OCD. What sets Dr. Rai apart is his distinctive approach, seamlessly blending Western and Eastern medicine philosophies in a highly personalized manner for each patient. Driven by the conviction that true healing encompasses the body, mind, and spirit, he initiates treatment with medication but views complete healing as an intricate journey. He empowers his patients with evidence-based modalities and a diverse toolkit for a holistic and transformative healing experience
(916) 892-0416 View (916) 892-0416
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Jeremy Ernst
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
Dr. Jeremy Ernst is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2017. Dr. Ernst helps clients by taking a holistic and collaborative approach to care. Together they are able to find root causes for mental health concerns and find safe and effective solutions. Outside of work, Dr. Ernst enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Jeremy Ernst is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2017. Dr. Ernst helps clients by taking a holistic and collaborative approach to care. Together they are able to find root causes for mental health concerns and find safe and effective solutions. Outside of work, Dr. Ernst enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with his family.
(916) 665-0448 View (916) 665-0448
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Shannon Suo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
I completed my undergraduate studies at UC Davis with a BS in Zoology, focused on behavior. I attended University of Cincinnati School of Medicine for my medical degree and came back to Sacramento for a combined residency in Family Medicine and Psychiatry. I chose the combined practice of Family Medicine and Psychiatry because I saw the impact that psychological concerns had on the health of individuals and how often primary care physicians were not prepared to understand or treat these problems. I maintain Board Certification in both Family Medicine and Adult Psychiatry.
I completed my undergraduate studies at UC Davis with a BS in Zoology, focused on behavior. I attended University of Cincinnati School of Medicine for my medical degree and came back to Sacramento for a combined residency in Family Medicine and Psychiatry. I chose the combined practice of Family Medicine and Psychiatry because I saw the impact that psychological concerns had on the health of individuals and how often primary care physicians were not prepared to understand or treat these problems. I maintain Board Certification in both Family Medicine and Adult Psychiatry.
(916) 237-1795 View (916) 237-1795
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Melissa Maxwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from Western Governor's University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. I strive to create a collaborative relationship with my clients. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship begins with understanding my clients as they see themselves and the goals that they have for themselves.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from Western Governor's University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. I strive to create a collaborative relationship with my clients. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship begins with understanding my clients as they see themselves and the goals that they have for themselves.
(916) 269-5354 View (916) 269-5354
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Melissa Maxwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630  (Online Only)
I strive to create a collaborative relationship with my clients. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship begins with understanding my clients as they see themselves and the goals that they have for themselves. This understanding allows for an individual treatment plan to be created which may include medication management, motivational interviewing, and brief supportive therapy to address my client's needs. I believe that the best treatment outcomes are found in a multidisciplinary treatment approach, therefore I often encourage my clients to consider combined treatment with a therapist.
I strive to create a collaborative relationship with my clients. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship begins with understanding my clients as they see themselves and the goals that they have for themselves. This understanding allows for an individual treatment plan to be created which may include medication management, motivational interviewing, and brief supportive therapy to address my client's needs. I believe that the best treatment outcomes are found in a multidisciplinary treatment approach, therefore I often encourage my clients to consider combined treatment with a therapist.
(279) 529-5196 View (279) 529-5196
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Maisha Correia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
Dr. Maisha Correia is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2010. She earned her BA in Psychology with a Chemistry correlate from Vassar College, then moved to San Francisco to earn her MD from University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr. Correia provides a thoughtful, complete diagnostic evaluation in addition to well considered medication management for a variety of psychiatric conditions. She has a particular interest in treating chronic trauma symptoms as well as a broad base of experience doing so.
Dr. Maisha Correia is a Psychiatrist in California who has been practicing since 2010. She earned her BA in Psychology with a Chemistry correlate from Vassar College, then moved to San Francisco to earn her MD from University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr. Correia provides a thoughtful, complete diagnostic evaluation in addition to well considered medication management for a variety of psychiatric conditions. She has a particular interest in treating chronic trauma symptoms as well as a broad base of experience doing so.
(916) 776-5114 View (916) 776-5114
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Deepak Kumar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Folsom, CA 95630  (Online Only)
Deepak Kumar M.D., M.S. is an adult board-certified psychiatrist, licensed in CA, TX, NY, FL, PA, and MO. He has worked since 2010 in 9 states and in all kinds of settings from inpatient, IOP/PHP, and outpatient to state hospitals, correctional facilities and tele-psychiatry.
Deepak Kumar M.D., M.S. is an adult board-certified psychiatrist, licensed in CA, TX, NY, FL, PA, and MO. He has worked since 2010 in 9 states and in all kinds of settings from inpatient, IOP/PHP, and outpatient to state hospitals, correctional facilities and tele-psychiatry.
(516) 908-8530 View (516) 908-8530
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Navmoon Singh Mann
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
Mental health challenges can be scary and often leave you feeling overwhelmed. You do not have to face your struggles alone — call me today for a consultation and start down the path toward better health and greater joy.
Mental health challenges can be scary and often leave you feeling overwhelmed. You do not have to face your struggles alone — call me today for a consultation and start down the path toward better health and greater joy.
(209) 440-0901 View (209) 440-0901
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Emeka Anosike
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, MSN, MPH
Verified Verified
Folsom, CA 95630
My focus is on using medication management to improve quality of life. I treat adolescent and adult patients.
My focus is on using medication management to improve quality of life. I treat adolescent and adult patients.
(916) 608-0714 View (916) 608-0714
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Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Folsom, CA 95671
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/CA
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/CA
(559) 744-0489 View (559) 744-0489
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Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Folsom, CA 95763  (Online Only)
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/CA
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/CA
(559) 345-9942 View (559) 345-9942
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Amber Whitlatch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, PHN, CCTP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Folsom, CA 95762
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/CA
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/CA
(559) 254-4982 View (559) 254-4982

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Folsom, CA

20+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Folsom, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
88% Bipolar Disorder
85% Depression
81% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Medication Management
73% ADHD
73% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Optum
89% Aetna
84% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Folsom, CA see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Folsom?

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.