Psychiatrists in Colorado Springs, CO

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Calming Waters Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Calming Waters Psychiatry welcomes clients 18 years and older (65+)! Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Eating disorders, Insomnia, Medication Management, OCD, Personality Disorders, PTSD, and Suicidal Ideations are evaluated and treated while optimizing patient safety. I follow the principles of shared decision-making and patient-centered care, holding the belief that patients should be actively involved in their care to optimize mental health outcomes. Strengthening a person's mental health and emotional well-being with a focus on improving quality of life measures are essential goals at Calming Waters Psychiatry.
Calming Waters Psychiatry welcomes clients 18 years and older (65+)! Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Eating disorders, Insomnia, Medication Management, OCD, Personality Disorders, PTSD, and Suicidal Ideations are evaluated and treated while optimizing patient safety. I follow the principles of shared decision-making and patient-centered care, holding the belief that patients should be actively involved in their care to optimize mental health outcomes. Strengthening a person's mental health and emotional well-being with a focus on improving quality of life measures are essential goals at Calming Waters Psychiatry.
(719) 625-8474 View (719) 625-8474
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Melissa Shulman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80918  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients! I believe mental health care should be an empowering experience. As your provider, we will work together to identify what is most important to you on your journey to building a rich and meaningful life. I provide holistic, trauma-informed care and medication management for a variety of mental health needs and specialize in treating anxiety, addictions, and mood disorders.
Accepting New Clients! I believe mental health care should be an empowering experience. As your provider, we will work together to identify what is most important to you on your journey to building a rich and meaningful life. I provide holistic, trauma-informed care and medication management for a variety of mental health needs and specialize in treating anxiety, addictions, and mood disorders.
(720) 571-8632 View (720) 571-8632
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Julie Gritz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80919  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Julie is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. When you meet with Julie, you'll meet with an experienced, attentive and caring provider that will help you find stability in your mental health journey. She'll welcome you into a collaborative atmosphere where your goals are the focus. Julie has a passion for teaching, she understands that people need to be in the driver's seat in getting their mental health needs met and always welcomes questions and discussion.
Julie is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. When you meet with Julie, you'll meet with an experienced, attentive and caring provider that will help you find stability in your mental health journey. She'll welcome you into a collaborative atmosphere where your goals are the focus. Julie has a passion for teaching, she understands that people need to be in the driver's seat in getting their mental health needs met and always welcomes questions and discussion.
(719) 223-3742 View (719) 223-3742
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Stacy Lindsey
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Stacy Lindsey is a Psychiatrist in Colorado with two years of experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Gerontology from William Carey University and a D.O. from William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Stacy believes in a treatment philosophy that minimizes polypharmacy while providing maximum benefit to the patient's quality of life. In her free time, Stacy enjoys spending time with her children, reading fiction novels, learning Spanish and the ukulele, and watching sports, especially basketball.
Stacy Lindsey is a Psychiatrist in Colorado with two years of experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Gerontology from William Carey University and a D.O. from William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Stacy believes in a treatment philosophy that minimizes polypharmacy while providing maximum benefit to the patient's quality of life. In her free time, Stacy enjoys spending time with her children, reading fiction novels, learning Spanish and the ukulele, and watching sports, especially basketball.
(720) 727-6566 View (720) 727-6566
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Latonia Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80903  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting new patients! Although I am not currently offering controlled substances, I assist individuals in dealing with anxiety and depression by addressing specific mental health needs through coaching, counseling, psychoeducation, medication management, and other psychotherapeutic interventions. Maintaining a person-centered focus and approach to help others reach their mental health goals allows me to provide treatment in a safe, effective manner using evidence-based practice tools.
I am currently accepting new patients! Although I am not currently offering controlled substances, I assist individuals in dealing with anxiety and depression by addressing specific mental health needs through coaching, counseling, psychoeducation, medication management, and other psychotherapeutic interventions. Maintaining a person-centered focus and approach to help others reach their mental health goals allows me to provide treatment in a safe, effective manner using evidence-based practice tools.
(719) 625-3180 View (719) 625-3180
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MasterMind Clinic, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, RXN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80907  (Online Only)
Jennie’s philosophy is patient centered and her approach: 1- Promotes positive and effective psychiatric mental health care 2- Access to services, support, and mental health care 3- Encourages the removal of stigma related to mental health care for everyone she encounters Jennie works as a partner with all patients or caregivers to manage the mental health concerns. She will work with each individual to create a treatment plan which will address the symptoms while minimizing possible adverse events with options. All options in your treatment plan will be discussed to make informed decisions about your own care.
Jennie’s philosophy is patient centered and her approach: 1- Promotes positive and effective psychiatric mental health care 2- Access to services, support, and mental health care 3- Encourages the removal of stigma related to mental health care for everyone she encounters Jennie works as a partner with all patients or caregivers to manage the mental health concerns. She will work with each individual to create a treatment plan which will address the symptoms while minimizing possible adverse events with options. All options in your treatment plan will be discussed to make informed decisions about your own care.
(719) 644-6463 View (719) 644-6463
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Teodor Huzij
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
At Trinity Institute, we look forward to serving motivated people seeking health, especially the hurting body of Christ.
At Trinity Institute, we look forward to serving motivated people seeking health, especially the hurting body of Christ.
(719) 428-4361 View (719) 428-4361
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Abbey Carroll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Hi there!Abbey Carroll. I am a local to Colorado and left only briefly to complete my nursing degree in Oklahoma before moving back to the area. I have over 10 years of nursing experience in various positions and settings. While working extensively with adults of all ages, I found a passion in the mental health field. I have a deep interest in integrative care and believe that mental health must be addressed from multiple fronts.
Hi there!Abbey Carroll. I am a local to Colorado and left only briefly to complete my nursing degree in Oklahoma before moving back to the area. I have over 10 years of nursing experience in various positions and settings. While working extensively with adults of all ages, I found a passion in the mental health field. I have a deep interest in integrative care and believe that mental health must be addressed from multiple fronts.
(719) 626-8475 View (719) 626-8475
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Colorado Psychiatric
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsychNP, BC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80918  (Online Only)
Although carefully chosen medications can quickly achieve much needed relief of anxiety, depression, insomnia and trauma symptoms, a thorough evaluation can also identify many opportunities for improvement without medications. The most effective treatment plan may include work-life balance, nutrition and sleep strategies, address, avoid or adapting to triggers, in addition to multiple psychotherapies. When needed, medications with the lowest side effects, easiest to use, most predictably effective & not addictive are recommended. Ultimately, it is up to each person to decide which strategies they will use to achieve wellness.
Although carefully chosen medications can quickly achieve much needed relief of anxiety, depression, insomnia and trauma symptoms, a thorough evaluation can also identify many opportunities for improvement without medications. The most effective treatment plan may include work-life balance, nutrition and sleep strategies, address, avoid or adapting to triggers, in addition to multiple psychotherapies. When needed, medications with the lowest side effects, easiest to use, most predictably effective & not addictive are recommended. Ultimately, it is up to each person to decide which strategies they will use to achieve wellness.
(719) 359-9859 View (719) 359-9859
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Milestone Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80915
I have 10 years experience treating both mental health and substance abuse. My goal is to help patients and their families diagnose and treat the problems they have, while being respectful and compassionate. I help those suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, as well as many other mental health disorders, including opiate addiction on an outpatient basis using buprenorphine. I am accepting new patients, ages 8 and up. Milestone provides medication management of psychiatric medications only. We do NOT fill out disability nor FMLA paperwork.
I have 10 years experience treating both mental health and substance abuse. My goal is to help patients and their families diagnose and treat the problems they have, while being respectful and compassionate. I help those suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, as well as many other mental health disorders, including opiate addiction on an outpatient basis using buprenorphine. I am accepting new patients, ages 8 and up. Milestone provides medication management of psychiatric medications only. We do NOT fill out disability nor FMLA paperwork.
(719) 772-0846 View (719) 772-0846
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Syretta McGraw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Ms. McGraw has worked in the field of nursing for 23 years in a variety of settings which gives her the competence for a well-rounded approach to treatment. She holds a Master’s degree in Nursing and is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is proficient in outpatient behavioral health for adults and seniors, civilians, military dependents, retirees, and the LGBTQI+ population. She believes in treating the whole person in order to achieve a holistic approach to care.
Ms. McGraw has worked in the field of nursing for 23 years in a variety of settings which gives her the competence for a well-rounded approach to treatment. She holds a Master’s degree in Nursing and is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is proficient in outpatient behavioral health for adults and seniors, civilians, military dependents, retirees, and the LGBTQI+ population. She believes in treating the whole person in order to achieve a holistic approach to care.
(719) 738-8859 View (719) 738-8859
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Kathy L Myatt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
I have always had a special empathy for people at vulnerable points in their lives: birth, death, and points in-between. I want my patients to feel cozy, safe, accepted and believed. I like working alongside people as they regain hope, work through conflicts or grief, and develop a sense of well-being. It is my belief that true peace and healing can only occur with a full understanding of the individual and how they relate to the world around them.
I have always had a special empathy for people at vulnerable points in their lives: birth, death, and points in-between. I want my patients to feel cozy, safe, accepted and believed. I like working alongside people as they regain hope, work through conflicts or grief, and develop a sense of well-being. It is my belief that true peace and healing can only occur with a full understanding of the individual and how they relate to the world around them.
(719) 419-9422 View (719) 419-9422
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Sheri Rockwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
I have always had a passion for helping people with mental health issues. I received my first bachelor's degree in social work at Brigham Young University. A few years later I received my second bachelor's degree in nursing at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I working for a few years as a registered nurse with most of my time spent working as a psychiatric nurse. I then received my master's degree as a family nurse practitioner from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and then went on to get a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner post master's certification.
I have always had a passion for helping people with mental health issues. I received my first bachelor's degree in social work at Brigham Young University. A few years later I received my second bachelor's degree in nursing at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I working for a few years as a registered nurse with most of my time spent working as a psychiatric nurse. I then received my master's degree as a family nurse practitioner from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and then went on to get a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner post master's certification.
(719) 749-7252 View (719) 749-7252
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Brandon Baker
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Dr. Brandon Baker is a Psychiatrist in Colorado who has been practicing since 2018. He graduated from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Baker believes every person does the best they can with the knowledge, tools, and perceptions they have available at the moment. He feels it is the job of those in mental health to help enlighten people and equip them to be their best selves.
Dr. Brandon Baker is a Psychiatrist in Colorado who has been practicing since 2018. He graduated from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Baker believes every person does the best they can with the knowledge, tools, and perceptions they have available at the moment. He feels it is the job of those in mental health to help enlighten people and equip them to be their best selves.
(719) 215-9093 View (719) 215-9093
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Bellbird Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBA, RN, PMHNP
Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80909  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Holly Werstein, and I would love to work together. This quote speaks to my philosophy of care, “Emotional pain is not something that should be hidden away and never spoken about. There is truth in your pain, there is growth in your pain, but only if it’s first brought out into the open.” — Steven Aitchison. With a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, medication services, and/or psychotropic genetic testing, we will design your path to emotional relief and healing.
Hi! My name is Holly Werstein, and I would love to work together. This quote speaks to my philosophy of care, “Emotional pain is not something that should be hidden away and never spoken about. There is truth in your pain, there is growth in your pain, but only if it’s first brought out into the open.” — Steven Aitchison. With a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, medication services, and/or psychotropic genetic testing, we will design your path to emotional relief and healing.
(719) 851-5647 View (719) 851-5647
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Mary Beth Hutchinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Are you depressed or anxious? I can help with your medication management. My name is Mary "Beth" Hutchinson. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, treating patients ages 4 and up. I am also certified as a family nurse practitioner, which provides a broad base to individualize age appropriate treatment. We can meet and have our sessions through video on our telemedicine platform, so you can be at the comfort of your home while we meet. We will evaluate your specific concerns, work with you to develop a practical plan, and I'll support you through the process of improving your life.
Are you depressed or anxious? I can help with your medication management. My name is Mary "Beth" Hutchinson. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, treating patients ages 4 and up. I am also certified as a family nurse practitioner, which provides a broad base to individualize age appropriate treatment. We can meet and have our sessions through video on our telemedicine platform, so you can be at the comfort of your home while we meet. We will evaluate your specific concerns, work with you to develop a practical plan, and I'll support you through the process of improving your life.
(719) 394-9967 View (719) 394-9967
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Sherissa Sebastian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN, RXN
Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Waitlist for new clients
Hello! My name is Dr. Sherissa Sebastian and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). I have experience working with all age groups facing a variety of mental health issues. My goal is to create a safe, open, and compassionate environment for you to express your concerns so we can create a successful plan together!
Hello! My name is Dr. Sherissa Sebastian and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). I have experience working with all age groups facing a variety of mental health issues. My goal is to create a safe, open, and compassionate environment for you to express your concerns so we can create a successful plan together!
(719) 631-1940 View (719) 631-1940
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Melanie R Sida
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, Rxn
Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Melanie is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in children and adolescents with developmental, behavioral and mental health disorders. She sees children and adolescents and is able to provide general assessments, recommendations for therapies and medication management for various disorders including ADHD, Autism, Anxiety and Depression. She has prescriptive authority in Colorado and can prescribe medications for children and adolescents. She has been in practice in Colorado since 2002.
Melanie is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in children and adolescents with developmental, behavioral and mental health disorders. She sees children and adolescents and is able to provide general assessments, recommendations for therapies and medication management for various disorders including ADHD, Autism, Anxiety and Depression. She has prescriptive authority in Colorado and can prescribe medications for children and adolescents. She has been in practice in Colorado since 2002.
(719) 224-8753 View (719) 224-8753
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Bright Futures Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Bright Futures Psychiatry offers traditional in-office & telepsychiatry appointments to clients throughout Colorado. Our telepsychiatry platform is easy to navigate and HIPAA compliant. It simply requires clicking a link to open the video conference from the convenience & comfort of your home, office, or location of your choosing. Our goal is to provide compassionate, prompt, & reliable mental health care...resulting in Bright Futures for our clients!
Bright Futures Psychiatry offers traditional in-office & telepsychiatry appointments to clients throughout Colorado. Our telepsychiatry platform is easy to navigate and HIPAA compliant. It simply requires clicking a link to open the video conference from the convenience & comfort of your home, office, or location of your choosing. Our goal is to provide compassionate, prompt, & reliable mental health care...resulting in Bright Futures for our clients!
(719) 220-3277 View (719) 220-3277
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Cottonwood Creek Wellness Center Psychiatric Team
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPs
Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
We welcome you to learn more about Cottonwood Creek Wellness Center’s Psychiatric Services. Our board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners will partner with you to identify the best psychiatric and integrative interventions that are both evidence-based and individualized to you. Our services include: Psychiatric evaluations, genetic testing, and integrative strategies. We will explore symptoms, lifestyle factors & your history to collaborate on a plan that provides symptom relief, increases functioning & improves mental wellness.
We welcome you to learn more about Cottonwood Creek Wellness Center’s Psychiatric Services. Our board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners will partner with you to identify the best psychiatric and integrative interventions that are both evidence-based and individualized to you. Our services include: Psychiatric evaluations, genetic testing, and integrative strategies. We will explore symptoms, lifestyle factors & your history to collaborate on a plan that provides symptom relief, increases functioning & improves mental wellness.
(719) 982-8214 View (719) 982-8214

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Number of Psychiatrists in Colorado Springs, CO

200+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Colorado Springs, CO who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
94% Anxiety
90% Medication Management
83% ADHD
81% Bipolar Disorder
79% Trauma and PTSD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
92% Cigna and Evernorth
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Colorado Springs, CO see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
24% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Colorado Springs?

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.