Psychiatrists in Erie, CO

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Amanda Wisian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Erie, CO 80516
I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit, and I am more interested in the therapeutic connection with an individual rather than the generalization of treatment. My greatest passion is helping others find their way and bringing happiness and stability back into people’s lives.
I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit, and I am more interested in the therapeutic connection with an individual rather than the generalization of treatment. My greatest passion is helping others find their way and bringing happiness and stability back into people’s lives.
(970) 788-2208 View (970) 788-2208
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Ali Queen - Empowerment Mental Health
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, PMH-C, MPH
Verified Verified
16 Endorsed
Erie, CO 80516  (Online Only)
I am committed to supporting individuals navigating the complexities of mental health. Whether you're facing life's everyday stresses or transitioning through pivotal moments such as infertility, pregnancy, or postpartum challenges, you've found a place of understanding and empathy. My approach is holistic, focusing on compassionate support and effective coping strategies tailored to each unique journey. While I specialize in perinatal mental health, my mission encompasses guiding all clients toward wellness, ensuring a sense of being deeply heard and empowered. Together, we'll embark on a path of healing and growth!
I am committed to supporting individuals navigating the complexities of mental health. Whether you're facing life's everyday stresses or transitioning through pivotal moments such as infertility, pregnancy, or postpartum challenges, you've found a place of understanding and empathy. My approach is holistic, focusing on compassionate support and effective coping strategies tailored to each unique journey. While I specialize in perinatal mental health, my mission encompasses guiding all clients toward wellness, ensuring a sense of being deeply heard and empowered. Together, we'll embark on a path of healing and growth!
(720) 441-5071 View (720) 441-5071
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Henry Fagnant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Erie, CO 80516
Appointments available! Henry is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained his undergraduate and advanced nursing degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. He has over ten years of healthcare experience serving pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Henry’s background includes an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, ecclesiastical work in service to the poor and underserved, and nursing services that include pediatric homecare, hospital inpatient and hospice care.
Appointments available! Henry is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained his undergraduate and advanced nursing degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. He has over ten years of healthcare experience serving pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Henry’s background includes an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, ecclesiastical work in service to the poor and underserved, and nursing services that include pediatric homecare, hospital inpatient and hospice care.
(720) 734-8297 View (720) 734-8297
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Allison Poole
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Erie, CO 80516
Allison is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant, who also holds a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Special Education and Human Development and Family Studies. She works with both children and adults with various mental health conditions. Specifically, she enjoys working with teens and young adults battling depression and anxiety and children with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges. Her specialties include ADHD, anxiety, autism and other specific learning disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression, and mood disorders.
Allison is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant, who also holds a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Special Education and Human Development and Family Studies. She works with both children and adults with various mental health conditions. Specifically, she enjoys working with teens and young adults battling depression and anxiety and children with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges. Her specialties include ADHD, anxiety, autism and other specific learning disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression, and mood disorders.
(970) 438-2399 View (970) 438-2399
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Amanda Wisian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Erie, CO 80516
I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit, and I am more interested in the therapeutic connection with an individual rather than the generalization of treatment. My greatest passion is helping others find their way and bringing happiness and stability back into people’s lives.
I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit, and I am more interested in the therapeutic connection with an individual rather than the generalization of treatment. My greatest passion is helping others find their way and bringing happiness and stability back into people’s lives.
(970) 341-2293 View (970) 341-2293
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Lauren Hood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Erie, CO 80516
Accepting New Patients! Lauren Hood is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a full range of psychiatric services and specializes in medication management. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Wyoming. She became certified as a psychiatric registered nurse, through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, as her career progressed. Lauren completed her Master of Science in Nursing through Walden University.
Accepting New Patients! Lauren Hood is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a full range of psychiatric services and specializes in medication management. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Wyoming. She became certified as a psychiatric registered nurse, through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, as her career progressed. Lauren completed her Master of Science in Nursing through Walden University.
(720) 797-7601 View (720) 797-7601
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James Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Erie, CO 80516
Accepting New Patients! As a board-certified specialist, I focus on medication management and specialize in treating a wide range of ailments including depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, and more. I welcome patients with various insurances, ensuring accessibility for all. With the latest technology, I offer convenient e-prescriptions and conduct virtual sessions, providing the ease of care from the comfort of your home. Take the first step towards better mental health and schedule your in-office or video appointment today. Simply click the ‘My Website’ link or call 720-310-2773. Your well-being matters!
Accepting New Patients! As a board-certified specialist, I focus on medication management and specialize in treating a wide range of ailments including depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, and more. I welcome patients with various insurances, ensuring accessibility for all. With the latest technology, I offer convenient e-prescriptions and conduct virtual sessions, providing the ease of care from the comfort of your home. Take the first step towards better mental health and schedule your in-office or video appointment today. Simply click the ‘My Website’ link or call 720-310-2773. Your well-being matters!
(719) 642-6918 View (719) 642-6918
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James Camp NP LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Erie, CO 80516
Hello! My name is James Camp, and together we can strive for your success and wellness. My approach to psychiatry is an eclectic approach to improving your mental wellbeing through medication management and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bereavement and many other psychiatric disorders. I offer in-person and telehealth services. My practice is collaborative and allows you to set the pace for your path to success.
Hello! My name is James Camp, and together we can strive for your success and wellness. My approach to psychiatry is an eclectic approach to improving your mental wellbeing through medication management and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bereavement and many other psychiatric disorders. I offer in-person and telehealth services. My practice is collaborative and allows you to set the pace for your path to success.
(720) 868-9586 View (720) 868-9586
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Dr. Dylan Jones, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Erie, CO 80516
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with a solo private practice. Please call if you wish to schedule an appointment. If you get my voicemail, please leave me a message. In addition to newer medications, I am proficient in the use of older medications such as tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with a solo private practice. Please call if you wish to schedule an appointment. If you get my voicemail, please leave me a message. In addition to newer medications, I am proficient in the use of older medications such as tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
(720) 619-2023 View (720) 619-2023
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Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Erie, CO 80516
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
(303) 586-6880 View (303) 586-6880

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Margaret Oliver
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Firestone, CO 80504  (Online Only)
Maggie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from Miami University. Since 2013 she has worked in various settings, such as: community mental health, private practice, corrections, and skilled/assisted nursing facilities.
Maggie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from Miami University. Since 2013 she has worked in various settings, such as: community mental health, private practice, corrections, and skilled/assisted nursing facilities.
(970) 638-7609 View (970) 638-7609
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Josh Raufman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80504  (Online Only)
Combining my background in neuroscience and my dedication to holistic mental health care, I provide a distinctive approach to psychiatric treatment. With over ten years of experience as a former teacher and a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to guiding individuals through their mental health journey. My training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC has equipped me with a diverse skill set, enabling me to offer effective support across various settings, including outpatient, corrections, and addictions contexts.
Combining my background in neuroscience and my dedication to holistic mental health care, I provide a distinctive approach to psychiatric treatment. With over ten years of experience as a former teacher and a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am committed to guiding individuals through their mental health journey. My training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC has equipped me with a diverse skill set, enabling me to offer effective support across various settings, including outpatient, corrections, and addictions contexts.
(720) 897-3578 View (720) 897-3578
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Joe Crowley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Firestone, CO 80504
Accepting New Patients! - Joseph “Joe” P. Crowley is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Colorado. He brings over seven years of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric experience to his patients while offering an attentive, accommodating patient care philosophy. Joe earned his BSN and MSN degrees at Regis University. He completed his inpatient and outpatient clinical training at various facilities in the Denver Metro area. He also received professional recognition for academic achievements and ICARE awards while working at the V.A. Eastern Colorado Health Care System.
Accepting New Patients! - Joseph “Joe” P. Crowley is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in Colorado. He brings over seven years of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric experience to his patients while offering an attentive, accommodating patient care philosophy. Joe earned his BSN and MSN degrees at Regis University. He completed his inpatient and outpatient clinical training at various facilities in the Denver Metro area. He also received professional recognition for academic achievements and ICARE awards while working at the V.A. Eastern Colorado Health Care System.
(970) 438-5700 View (970) 438-5700
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Mary Beth Hutchinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Firestone, CO 80504
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.
(720) 307-3476 View (720) 307-3476
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Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Firestone, CO 80504
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
Accepting New Patients for medication management of adult Colorado residents! Immediate Availability! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specializing in medication management of depression, ADHD, anxiety, and a variety of other mental health conditions. Please click on the “website” button to schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your journey to optimal well-being!
(720) 619-2241 View (720) 619-2241
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Ryan Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Firestone, CO 80504
Dr. Ryan Brown is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2020. Dr. Brown earned his Bachelor's degree in history from Southwestern University and his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed a residency in general psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Medical Center and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Texas Dell Medical School. Dr. Brown has experience and specialization in the treatment of acute mental illness, developmental disorders, and integrated whole person mental health care.
Dr. Ryan Brown is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2020. Dr. Brown earned his Bachelor's degree in history from Southwestern University and his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed a residency in general psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Medical Center and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Texas Dell Medical School. Dr. Brown has experience and specialization in the treatment of acute mental illness, developmental disorders, and integrated whole person mental health care.
(720) 790-3097 View (720) 790-3097
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Jessica Tsourmas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Firestone, CO 80504
Dr. Jessica Tsourmas is a Psychiatrist in Colorado who has been practicing since 2006. She studied at Vanderbilt University and George Washington Medical. Dr. Tsourmas would describe her medical and psychiatric approach as holistic and patient centered. The joy in and passion in what she does comes from each patient striving for and achieving their own personal goals. There is something so meaningful in this work when a patient gets better and creates the life they want to live. Outside of work, Dr. Tsourmas enjoys spending time with family and friends, yoga, cooking, reading, being a lifelong student, and DIYing.
Dr. Jessica Tsourmas is a Psychiatrist in Colorado who has been practicing since 2006. She studied at Vanderbilt University and George Washington Medical. Dr. Tsourmas would describe her medical and psychiatric approach as holistic and patient centered. The joy in and passion in what she does comes from each patient striving for and achieving their own personal goals. There is something so meaningful in this work when a patient gets better and creates the life they want to live. Outside of work, Dr. Tsourmas enjoys spending time with family and friends, yoga, cooking, reading, being a lifelong student, and DIYing.
(970) 251-1817 View (970) 251-1817
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Dean Gainey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Brighton, CO 80601  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Michigan State University. My clinical acumen is enriched by an extensive career dedicated to healthcare, where I have cultivated a deep understanding of the diverse communities I serve. My background includes a pivotal role in the U.S. Army as a Psychiatric Nurse, which has provided me with invaluable experience in care coordination and healthcare team leadership.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Michigan State University. My clinical acumen is enriched by an extensive career dedicated to healthcare, where I have cultivated a deep understanding of the diverse communities I serve. My background includes a pivotal role in the U.S. Army as a Psychiatric Nurse, which has provided me with invaluable experience in care coordination and healthcare team leadership.
(720) 414-5897 View (720) 414-5897
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Rhiannon Lee Brey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longmont, CO 80504
My nursing career brought me the good fortune of traveling for work; I have lived in all four corners of the US (and in the middle, too!) and have enjoyed meeting and working with individuals of diverse backgrounds. As a nurse practitioner, curiosity and respect drive my practice; I join each person’s journey toward mental wellness with a collaborative treatment approach, taking time to “zoom out” and view symptoms through a holistic lens.
My nursing career brought me the good fortune of traveling for work; I have lived in all four corners of the US (and in the middle, too!) and have enjoyed meeting and working with individuals of diverse backgrounds. As a nurse practitioner, curiosity and respect drive my practice; I join each person’s journey toward mental wellness with a collaborative treatment approach, taking time to “zoom out” and view symptoms through a holistic lens.
(970) 615-5590 View (970) 615-5590
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Precious Barnes Abbott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Firestone, CO 80504
Are you currently feeling like life is getting the best of you? Like you are in a constant state of overwhelm or like you're just going through the motions most of the time? Are you finding it harder and harder to wind down or on the contrary find motivation to do daily tasks that were once a breeze for you? Is it hard for you to concentrate or find joy in things that you previously found fulfilling? Are you struggling to find balance between school/work or household responsibilities and self care? If so please allow me to help.
Are you currently feeling like life is getting the best of you? Like you are in a constant state of overwhelm or like you're just going through the motions most of the time? Are you finding it harder and harder to wind down or on the contrary find motivation to do daily tasks that were once a breeze for you? Is it hard for you to concentrate or find joy in things that you previously found fulfilling? Are you struggling to find balance between school/work or household responsibilities and self care? If so please allow me to help.
(720) 738-4793 View (720) 738-4793

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Erie, CO

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Erie, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
90% Medication Management
70% ADHD
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Trauma and PTSD
70% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Aetna
88% BlueCross and BlueShield
88% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Erie, CO see their clients

90% In Person and Online
10% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Erie?

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.