Psychiatrists in Fort Carson, CO

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North Springs Psychiatry & TMS Center
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Fort Carson, CO 80902
Currently accepting new patients ages 3-64! Our practice specializes in patients with Major Depressive Disorder, OCD, and PTSD that have failed to respond fully to medications, or have experienced intolerable side effects. With 23 years of experience in mental health and psychiatry, our treatment team offers a unique combination of experience and the most up-to-date treatment options. We also work with your insurance to improve affordability and access to care.
Currently accepting new patients ages 3-64! Our practice specializes in patients with Major Depressive Disorder, OCD, and PTSD that have failed to respond fully to medications, or have experienced intolerable side effects. With 23 years of experience in mental health and psychiatry, our treatment team offers a unique combination of experience and the most up-to-date treatment options. We also work with your insurance to improve affordability and access to care.
(719) 602-7066 View (719) 602-7066
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Kathy L Myatt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Fort Carson, CO 80902
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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Syretta McGraw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Carson, CO 80913
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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Chandra Crawford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Carson, CO 80913  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my passion lies in providing a safe space for adults navigating the complexities of mental health. With 14 years of experience, my goal is to understand you wholly — your struggles, aspirations, and all factors that influence your well-being. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety or depression or seeking a path to joy, I’m here to listen, understand, and walk alongside you.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my passion lies in providing a safe space for adults navigating the complexities of mental health. With 14 years of experience, my goal is to understand you wholly — your struggles, aspirations, and all factors that influence your well-being. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety or depression or seeking a path to joy, I’m here to listen, understand, and walk alongside you.
(719) 749-3078 View (719) 749-3078
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Sean Elrod
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Carson, CO 80913  (Online Only)
Now ADHD certified! Life stressors got you down? Are you feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or exhausted? I strongly believe one's mental health is just as important as one's physical health. I recognize the importance of maintaining mental health and how it can greatly impact physical health and vice versa. We all have life stressors, and I strongly believe we can all benefit from regular mental health checkups. I enjoy working with a diverse adult population including the LGBTQ+ community. My approach is compassionate and non judgmental.
Now ADHD certified! Life stressors got you down? Are you feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or exhausted? I strongly believe one's mental health is just as important as one's physical health. I recognize the importance of maintaining mental health and how it can greatly impact physical health and vice versa. We all have life stressors, and I strongly believe we can all benefit from regular mental health checkups. I enjoy working with a diverse adult population including the LGBTQ+ community. My approach is compassionate and non judgmental.
(720) 806-6310 View (720) 806-6310
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Abraham Ashton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Carson, CO 80913  (Online Only)
In my practice, I strive to achieve the highest care with respect and regard for my patients. I am passionate about providing comprehensive mental health services to my community. I believe in therapeutic collaboration between myself and my patients. Treatments align with evidence-based guidelines, clinical experience, and personal observation to develop a patient-centered treatment plan. My goal is to support you on your mental health journey and help you find relief + happiness.
In my practice, I strive to achieve the highest care with respect and regard for my patients. I am passionate about providing comprehensive mental health services to my community. I believe in therapeutic collaboration between myself and my patients. Treatments align with evidence-based guidelines, clinical experience, and personal observation to develop a patient-centered treatment plan. My goal is to support you on your mental health journey and help you find relief + happiness.
(720) 743-3819 View (720) 743-3819
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Mary Chamberlain
Physician Assistant, MSPAS, PA-C, CAQ-psy
Verified Verified
Fort Carson, CO 80913
Hi, I'm Mary Chamberlain. I have a deep passion for mental well-being. In my practice, my goal is to assess the whole person, not just a diagnosis. I offer psychiatric diagnosis, medication management, and comprehensive treatment planning. My expertise also includes alternative depression treatments like esketamine nasal treatment and TMS therapy, ensuring recovery is tailored to each patient's unique needs.
Hi, I'm Mary Chamberlain. I have a deep passion for mental well-being. In my practice, my goal is to assess the whole person, not just a diagnosis. I offer psychiatric diagnosis, medication management, and comprehensive treatment planning. My expertise also includes alternative depression treatments like esketamine nasal treatment and TMS therapy, ensuring recovery is tailored to each patient's unique needs.
(719) 781-6208 View (719) 781-6208
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Heather Jones
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Carson, CO 80913
Dr. Heather Jones, trained at UCLA, Johns Hopkins, and the Mayo Clinic, is a compassionate mental health leader with over a decade of experience. Dr. Jones goes beyond expertise, taking the time to understand each patient's unique background and strengths. She fosters a strong connection and empowers patients to make informed healthcare decisions. Her approach is down-to-earth, marked by humor and empathy, creating a judgment-free zone. She tailors treatment to your specific needs, empowering you on your journey to well-being.
Dr. Heather Jones, trained at UCLA, Johns Hopkins, and the Mayo Clinic, is a compassionate mental health leader with over a decade of experience. Dr. Jones goes beyond expertise, taking the time to understand each patient's unique background and strengths. She fosters a strong connection and empowers patients to make informed healthcare decisions. Her approach is down-to-earth, marked by humor and empathy, creating a judgment-free zone. She tailors treatment to your specific needs, empowering you on your journey to well-being.
(719) 497-5661 View (719) 497-5661
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North Springs Psychiatry & TMS Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Carson, CO 80902
We are currently accepting new patients ages 3-64 for diagnostic evaluations and medication management. Our practice offers a collaborative approach to mental health care. Therapy modalities for patients 18 and over include EMDR, hypnotherapy, ketamine assisted psychotherapy, CBT, and marital counseling. Our clinical team uses the latest evidence based treatment options and have been providing mental health care for over 20 years. Our services are offered in-person at our Colorado Springs location as well as virtually to patients across Colorado and Alaska.
We are currently accepting new patients ages 3-64 for diagnostic evaluations and medication management. Our practice offers a collaborative approach to mental health care. Therapy modalities for patients 18 and over include EMDR, hypnotherapy, ketamine assisted psychotherapy, CBT, and marital counseling. Our clinical team uses the latest evidence based treatment options and have been providing mental health care for over 20 years. Our services are offered in-person at our Colorado Springs location as well as virtually to patients across Colorado and Alaska.
(719) 581-5851 View (719) 581-5851
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Kevin D Lowrey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Fort Carson, CO 80913
Saturday appointments available. Now offering hormone replacement therapy
Saturday appointments available. Now offering hormone replacement therapy
(480) 576-5382 View (480) 576-5382

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Briana Haight Rocky Heights Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80902
*ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS* OFFERING BOTH IN PERSON AND TELEHEALTH. IMMEDIATE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE. In network with Cigna, Anthem and United as well as accepting medicaid! Specializing in children and adolescents as well as adults of all ages with mental health concerns. I have worked with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, attention disorders, trauma disorders and a variety of other mood disorders. I have experience in inpatient, outpatient, crisis stabilization units, and emergency room settings. I also worked in an inpatient eating disorder unit for many years.
*ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS* OFFERING BOTH IN PERSON AND TELEHEALTH. IMMEDIATE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE. In network with Cigna, Anthem and United as well as accepting medicaid! Specializing in children and adolescents as well as adults of all ages with mental health concerns. I have worked with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, attention disorders, trauma disorders and a variety of other mood disorders. I have experience in inpatient, outpatient, crisis stabilization units, and emergency room settings. I also worked in an inpatient eating disorder unit for many years.
(303) 974-4352 View (303) 974-4352
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Renae Wise
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Bright Futures Psychiatry, exclusively offering telepsychiatry appointments within the state of Colorado. Whether it is while your infant is taking their afternoon nap or you're waking up with your morning coffee, my clients have the flexibility to meet with me in the setting that is most convenient or comfortable. Visits are completed utilizing a HIPPA secure video teleconferencing platform.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Bright Futures Psychiatry, exclusively offering telepsychiatry appointments within the state of Colorado. Whether it is while your infant is taking their afternoon nap or you're waking up with your morning coffee, my clients have the flexibility to meet with me in the setting that is most convenient or comfortable. Visits are completed utilizing a HIPPA secure video teleconferencing platform.
(719) 356-5144 View (719) 356-5144
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David Jiang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80902  (Online Only)
Dr. Jiang is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. His practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. His major goal is for treatment to be patient centered, with a focus on high quality, evidence-based care in the safest and most meaningful way.
Dr. Jiang is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. His practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. His major goal is for treatment to be patient centered, with a focus on high quality, evidence-based care in the safest and most meaningful way.
(720) 802-0058 View (720) 802-0058
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Allen Family Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80902  (Online Only)
Allen family Healthcare provides one on one counseling, Opioid addiction therapy, Medical Services for DM, HTN, Physicals (Sports, DOT, Work, & Student), as well as family therapy. The psychiatric and medical team uses a variety of approaches to help guide and treat patients. In addition, they can evaluate and assess patients and determine when it is medically necessary to prescribe medication. “My overall goal for my patients is to help them to develop a new normal, to live life to the fullest, and help them find things that make them happy. It’s very important to seize the day and live that day to the fullest,” says Allen.
Allen family Healthcare provides one on one counseling, Opioid addiction therapy, Medical Services for DM, HTN, Physicals (Sports, DOT, Work, & Student), as well as family therapy. The psychiatric and medical team uses a variety of approaches to help guide and treat patients. In addition, they can evaluate and assess patients and determine when it is medically necessary to prescribe medication. “My overall goal for my patients is to help them to develop a new normal, to live life to the fullest, and help them find things that make them happy. It’s very important to seize the day and live that day to the fullest,” says Allen.
(470) 323-8773 View (470) 323-8773
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Bright Futures Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 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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Weichen (Sabrina) Chen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80902  (Online Only)
I now see patients at Reiff Mental Health and accept new patients. Since 2013, I have assisted clients in recognizing how their past affects their present physical and mental health. My goal is to help my clients restore their mental wellness. Working collaboratively, you and I will create a personalized treatment plan to meet your unique needs and circumstances. Because medication can only relieve symptoms and not make one's life better and more meaningful, we will take a holistic approach to your treatment.
I now see patients at Reiff Mental Health and accept new patients. Since 2013, I have assisted clients in recognizing how their past affects their present physical and mental health. My goal is to help my clients restore their mental wellness. Working collaboratively, you and I will create a personalized treatment plan to meet your unique needs and circumstances. Because medication can only relieve symptoms and not make one's life better and more meaningful, we will take a holistic approach to your treatment.
(720) 466-2789 View (720) 466-2789
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Jeffrey Wentz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80913
Dr. Wentz is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and United States Air Force veteran with extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of mental illness across the lifespan. He earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Nebraska, and completed his postgraduate training in Psychiatry at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Dr. Wentz is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and United States Air Force veteran with extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of mental illness across the lifespan. He earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Nebraska, and completed his postgraduate training in Psychiatry at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.
(719) 356-5384 View (719) 356-5384
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Tina Chapman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80902  (Online Only)
Tina is a board certified psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner with over a decade of experience in behavioral health. She is committed to providing individualized, culturally responsive care. She believes in meeting you where you are and appreciates the unique values and experiences that help define your journey. Tina prioritizes collaboration and values your insight. She looks forward to helping you define and achieve your wellness goals.
Tina is a board certified psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner with over a decade of experience in behavioral health. She is committed to providing individualized, culturally responsive care. She believes in meeting you where you are and appreciates the unique values and experiences that help define your journey. Tina prioritizes collaboration and values your insight. She looks forward to helping you define and achieve your wellness goals.
(210) 864-5824 View (210) 864-5824
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Emmanuel Nwabude
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80902
Are you having mood swings? Feeling anxious, down, inattentive, overwhelmed with stress, or having the overall feeling that life just keeps getting harder? Have you tried to explain how you feel to friends or family, but no one fully understands? Because you don't want to be a burden, you sometimes hide your true feelings. I understand these struggles, and will love to help you turn things around for the better. I want to see you live life to your fullest potential. If you are looking for a provider who sees you as a person and not just as your diagnosis, condition or past struggles, please feel free to contact me. I love to help.
Are you having mood swings? Feeling anxious, down, inattentive, overwhelmed with stress, or having the overall feeling that life just keeps getting harder? Have you tried to explain how you feel to friends or family, but no one fully understands? Because you don't want to be a burden, you sometimes hide your true feelings. I understand these struggles, and will love to help you turn things around for the better. I want to see you live life to your fullest potential. If you are looking for a provider who sees you as a person and not just as your diagnosis, condition or past struggles, please feel free to contact me. I love to help.
(206) 208-6335 View (206) 208-6335
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Cindy Rossetti
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80902  (Online Only)
Dr. Cindy Rossetti is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 13 years. Dr. Rossetti received her medical degree from The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She completed her general psychiatry residency at University of Kentucky in Lexington where she was chief resident. She worked at Eastern State Hospital in Kentucky treating severe and persistent mental illness. She spent most of her post graduate time providing outpatient care in a rural and underserved area of Arkansas.
Dr. Cindy Rossetti is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 13 years. Dr. Rossetti received her medical degree from The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She completed her general psychiatry residency at University of Kentucky in Lexington where she was chief resident. She worked at Eastern State Hospital in Kentucky treating severe and persistent mental illness. She spent most of her post graduate time providing outpatient care in a rural and underserved area of Arkansas.
(720) 709-2837 View (720) 709-2837

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Fort Carson, CO

10+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Fort Carson, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
90% ADHD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Suicidal Ideation

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Fort Carson, CO see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fort Carson?

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.