Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, CO

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Photo of Daniel Plastino, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, CO
Daniel Plastino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Lakewood, CO 80228
I approach psychiatry with an integrative and collaborative care philosophy and believe that in order to achieve true healing, you have to treat the whole person. I seek to discover root causes rather than simply managing symptoms. I think it is important to have a wide-ranging toolkit from traditional medication management, to new therapies such as TMS and ketamine, and even integrative practices such as mindfulness. I have found in my own life that having a healthy body allows the mind to thrive better, and advocate for physical health strategies like nutrition, exercise, bodywork, and pain reduction.
I approach psychiatry with an integrative and collaborative care philosophy and believe that in order to achieve true healing, you have to treat the whole person. I seek to discover root causes rather than simply managing symptoms. I think it is important to have a wide-ranging toolkit from traditional medication management, to new therapies such as TMS and ketamine, and even integrative practices such as mindfulness. I have found in my own life that having a healthy body allows the mind to thrive better, and advocate for physical health strategies like nutrition, exercise, bodywork, and pain reduction.
(720) 428-2907 View (720) 428-2907
Photo of Kayla Krug, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, CO
Kayla Krug
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Lakewood, CO 80235
Kayla completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Arizona State University. She has experience working with clients with depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Kayla works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their background and their strengths, in order to provide an individualized approach. Kayla believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of treatment and creating lasting change.
Kayla completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Arizona State University. She has experience working with clients with depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Kayla works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their background and their strengths, in order to provide an individualized approach. Kayla believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of treatment and creating lasting change.
(720) 893-9441 View (720) 893-9441
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Amanda Farrell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Golden, CO 80401
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have worked outpatient for the last 8 years, providing medication management and ketamine treatment. Previously I worked in-patient with those in acute crisis & additionally in home health, providing psychiatric care in the patient's home. I provide integrative care, working with the patient's health care provider & therapist when indicated. I believe in a holistic treatment approach & I practice evidence-based treatment. My treatment goals include providing improved quality of life & I am eager to work with patients who are motivated to make personal changes.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have worked outpatient for the last 8 years, providing medication management and ketamine treatment. Previously I worked in-patient with those in acute crisis & additionally in home health, providing psychiatric care in the patient's home. I provide integrative care, working with the patient's health care provider & therapist when indicated. I believe in a holistic treatment approach & I practice evidence-based treatment. My treatment goals include providing improved quality of life & I am eager to work with patients who are motivated to make personal changes.
(720) 613-2752 View (720) 613-2752
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Wellness Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LCSW
Verified Verified
Lakewood, CO 80401
We specialize in integrative psychiatry services, emphasizing a holistic approach to mental health & well-being. Our goal is to make sure that each of our patients receives the best possible care. Drawing from our expertise, our philosophy centers around providing clients with personalized treatment plans tailored to their individual needs and goals. We understand that there is no single factor that determines one’s mental health, but rather a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social elements. Our practice is based on the principle that patients’ mental health can only improve if we attend to all of these factors.
We specialize in integrative psychiatry services, emphasizing a holistic approach to mental health & well-being. Our goal is to make sure that each of our patients receives the best possible care. Drawing from our expertise, our philosophy centers around providing clients with personalized treatment plans tailored to their individual needs and goals. We understand that there is no single factor that determines one’s mental health, but rather a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social elements. Our practice is based on the principle that patients’ mental health can only improve if we attend to all of these factors.
(720) 896-3164 View (720) 896-3164
Photo of Esther Okanlawon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, CO
Esther Okanlawon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Littleton, CO 80127
Accepting New Patients! I am dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been in healthcare for the past 14 years. Started out my career as a nurse in homecare in NY and also worked on the Navajo reservation. As an FNP, I have worked in primary care, wellness health and treated patients with substance use disorder. As a PMHNP, I am going to help you achieve your goal of functioning to your highest capabilities. I also offer suboxone services. Call or email today to learn more.
Accepting New Patients! I am dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been in healthcare for the past 14 years. Started out my career as a nurse in homecare in NY and also worked on the Navajo reservation. As an FNP, I have worked in primary care, wellness health and treated patients with substance use disorder. As a PMHNP, I am going to help you achieve your goal of functioning to your highest capabilities. I also offer suboxone services. Call or email today to learn more.
(720) 730-4767 View (720) 730-4767
Photo of Judy Kwedar - Denver Wellness Associates, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, CO
Judy Kwedar - Denver Wellness Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, CO 80215
I have been practicing as a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in the Denver area since 2019. I offer psychiatric medication evaluations and treatment for various conditions including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and PTSD. I value practicing safe-competent care that incorporates current evidence-based practice. I hope to provide my clients with a comfortable environment where we can collaborate together to create an individualized treatment plan. I believe medication is just one of the many tools involved in treating mental health conditions.
I have been practicing as a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in the Denver area since 2019. I offer psychiatric medication evaluations and treatment for various conditions including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and PTSD. I value practicing safe-competent care that incorporates current evidence-based practice. I hope to provide my clients with a comfortable environment where we can collaborate together to create an individualized treatment plan. I believe medication is just one of the many tools involved in treating mental health conditions.
(720) 605-6460 View (720) 605-6460
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Michael Gower
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakewood, CO 80228
I chose to pursue a career in mental healthcare because I truly believe that every person during the course of their life struggles at some point with mental health issues. Grief, loss, anxiety, and despair are all natural parts of life, but so are love, joy and achievement. Being a mental healthcare provider means getting in touch with what connects us as human beings, and being in a position to help those who have lost balance in their lives due to depression and other mental health conditions makes it uniquely rewarding among medical fields.
I chose to pursue a career in mental healthcare because I truly believe that every person during the course of their life struggles at some point with mental health issues. Grief, loss, anxiety, and despair are all natural parts of life, but so are love, joy and achievement. Being a mental healthcare provider means getting in touch with what connects us as human beings, and being in a position to help those who have lost balance in their lives due to depression and other mental health conditions makes it uniquely rewarding among medical fields.
(720) 597-7870 View (720) 597-7870
Photo of Sherra Stclair, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, CO
Sherra Stclair
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Broomfield, CO 80021
Sherra St Clair is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Doctor of Nursing. She has more than a decade of experience working with individuals and families with a wide range of behavioral health issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. She is a compassionate provider who welcomes patients of all genders and socioeconomic backgrounds. Sherra recognizes that each individual is the expert in their life experiences and works to empower people to recognize their strengths, worth, and potential.
Sherra St Clair is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Doctor of Nursing. She has more than a decade of experience working with individuals and families with a wide range of behavioral health issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. She is a compassionate provider who welcomes patients of all genders and socioeconomic backgrounds. Sherra recognizes that each individual is the expert in their life experiences and works to empower people to recognize their strengths, worth, and potential.
(720) 702-4036 View (720) 702-4036
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Sami Tengberg - Denver Wellness Associates
Physician Assistant, PA-C , MMS
Verified Verified
Lakewood, CO 80215
I am psychiatry physician assistant. I see medication management patients, just like a Psychiatrist would, and are currently open to new patients. I am a Certified Physician Assistant who graduated from Midwestern University. I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona who decided to get out of the heat and move to Denver in 2019. I work mainly with young adults, however I like working with people across all spans of life. I deal with patients of varying disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADD/ADHD, OCD, and PTSD.
I am psychiatry physician assistant. I see medication management patients, just like a Psychiatrist would, and are currently open to new patients. I am a Certified Physician Assistant who graduated from Midwestern University. I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona who decided to get out of the heat and move to Denver in 2019. I work mainly with young adults, however I like working with people across all spans of life. I deal with patients of varying disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADD/ADHD, OCD, and PTSD.
(720) 650-7628 View (720) 650-7628
Photo of Rachel Campo, Physician Assistant in Jefferson County, CO
Rachel Campo
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Littleton, CO 80127
Meeting with a healthcare provider is one of the first steps toward improving one's mental health and wellbeing. I look forward to creating a relationship with my patients built on open-communication and trust. Together, we will design optimal strategies, through medication management and therapy, to help you achieve your full potential and best quality of life.
Meeting with a healthcare provider is one of the first steps toward improving one's mental health and wellbeing. I look forward to creating a relationship with my patients built on open-communication and trust. Together, we will design optimal strategies, through medication management and therapy, to help you achieve your full potential and best quality of life.
(303) 493-9464 View (303) 493-9464
Photo of Amber Morris, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, CO
Amber Morris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Littleton, CO 80123
Amber is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with more than 11 years of experience as a nurse. She recently earned her master's degree in nursing from Maryville University. She has spent the past four years of her career specializing in psychiatry, with experience in outpatient and inpatient settings. When meeting with Amber, you will be welcomed by an empathetic, holistic, and warm approach. She has experience helping clients struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, insomnia, substance abuse, and other psychiatric conditions.
Amber is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with more than 11 years of experience as a nurse. She recently earned her master's degree in nursing from Maryville University. She has spent the past four years of her career specializing in psychiatry, with experience in outpatient and inpatient settings. When meeting with Amber, you will be welcomed by an empathetic, holistic, and warm approach. She has experience helping clients struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, insomnia, substance abuse, and other psychiatric conditions.
(720) 927-8348 View (720) 927-8348
Photo of Aaron Padron, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, CO
Aaron Padron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80123
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available.
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available.
(720) 619-6543 View (720) 619-6543
Photo of Charolette Lippolis Condon, Psychiatrist in Jefferson County, CO
Charolette Lippolis Condon
Psychiatrist, DO, MPH, FAPA
Verified Verified
Conifer, CO 80433
Accepting New Patients in Colorado - Are you struggling to get the help you need for your child? Have you seen professionals already, but things are not getting better? I am Board certified in child, adolescent & adult psychiatry and specialize in complex cases and second opinions. I work together with patients and families, to achieve goals as quickly and effectively, as possible. It begins with an accurate diagnosis and a plan that is clear, measurable and understandable. We will work together to track progress and make changes to treatment, as needed, in order to achieve your treatment goals.
Accepting New Patients in Colorado - Are you struggling to get the help you need for your child? Have you seen professionals already, but things are not getting better? I am Board certified in child, adolescent & adult psychiatry and specialize in complex cases and second opinions. I work together with patients and families, to achieve goals as quickly and effectively, as possible. It begins with an accurate diagnosis and a plan that is clear, measurable and understandable. We will work together to track progress and make changes to treatment, as needed, in order to achieve your treatment goals.
(720) 575-3772 View (720) 575-3772
Photo of Camie Vasquez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, CO
Camie Vasquez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80227
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I support people whose quality of life is being negatively impacted by depression, anxiety, and other conditions. In a safe and non-judgemental environment, I work alongside each person to create a treatment plan that is both effective and doable. While medications have their place in many circumstances, I also incorporate non-pharmaceutical approaches, such as therapy and lifestyle changes, so that the need for medication can be lessened when possible.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I support people whose quality of life is being negatively impacted by depression, anxiety, and other conditions. In a safe and non-judgemental environment, I work alongside each person to create a treatment plan that is both effective and doable. While medications have their place in many circumstances, I also incorporate non-pharmaceutical approaches, such as therapy and lifestyle changes, so that the need for medication can be lessened when possible.
(720) 821-1837 View (720) 821-1837
Photo of Joseph Crowley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, CO
Joseph Crowley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Lakewood, CO 80228
Mr. “Joe” Joseph P. Crowley is an experienced inpatient, board-certified psychiatric registered nurse with seven years of inpatient psychiatric experience. His approach to patient care is to focus on the needs of his patients. His patient-centered care approach requires him to meet each person where they are and work as a team to move them to where they want to be.
Mr. “Joe” Joseph P. Crowley is an experienced inpatient, board-certified psychiatric registered nurse with seven years of inpatient psychiatric experience. His approach to patient care is to focus on the needs of his patients. His patient-centered care approach requires him to meet each person where they are and work as a team to move them to where they want to be.
(720) 738-7971 View (720) 738-7971
Photo of Heather Ford, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, CO
Heather Ford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Golden, CO 80401  (Online Only)
With backgrounds in both conventional and alternative therapies, I love personalizing care to your individual mental health needs. Your symptoms are often rooted in a deeper cause (or causes) that require considering your mind, body, daily habits and relationships. I specialize in working with adults 18 and older who want to go beyond just 'a pill for every ill' worldview and incorporate lifestyle changes, hormone optimization and effective supplement regimes. Appointments Online -Lunch Time and After Work or After Class Options Available! With
With backgrounds in both conventional and alternative therapies, I love personalizing care to your individual mental health needs. Your symptoms are often rooted in a deeper cause (or causes) that require considering your mind, body, daily habits and relationships. I specialize in working with adults 18 and older who want to go beyond just 'a pill for every ill' worldview and incorporate lifestyle changes, hormone optimization and effective supplement regimes. Appointments Online -Lunch Time and After Work or After Class Options Available! With
(720) 586-4778 View (720) 586-4778
Photo of Jessica Reiss, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, CO
Jessica Reiss
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Golden, CO 80401
All Seasons Psychiatry exists to provide hopeful and empathetic psychiatric care in a safe, supportive and mindful space. The primary purpose of this practice is to evaluate psychiatric diagnoses and provide medication treatment options. I also incorporate therapy themes from DBT, CBT, solution focused, Enneagram and IFS theories.
All Seasons Psychiatry exists to provide hopeful and empathetic psychiatric care in a safe, supportive and mindful space. The primary purpose of this practice is to evaluate psychiatric diagnoses and provide medication treatment options. I also incorporate therapy themes from DBT, CBT, solution focused, Enneagram and IFS theories.
(720) 821-5674 View (720) 821-5674
Photo of Rick Loonam, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, CO
Rick Loonam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Littleton, CO 80128
Now Scheduling New Patients! I'm Rick, a compassionate and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. With a solid foundation as a former flight and emergency department nurse, I bring over 15 years of invaluable experience to my practice. Graduating from Regis University in Denver, I'm dedicated to providing the highest quality care to my clients.
Now Scheduling New Patients! I'm Rick, a compassionate and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. With a solid foundation as a former flight and emergency department nurse, I bring over 15 years of invaluable experience to my practice. Graduating from Regis University in Denver, I'm dedicated to providing the highest quality care to my clients.
(720) 815-9450 View (720) 815-9450
Photo of Amy Prater, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, CO
Amy Prater
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, CO 80401
I bring a warm, compassionate, and calm energy to each patient interaction. As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I strive to provide a caring relationship where each person can feel safe and accepted. Research increasingly supports an integrative approach to mental health care, which can include medication, therapy, nutritional support, and exploration of habits, history, and stressors. I will collaborate with you to find a treatment plan that is clinically appropriate and sensitive to your personal needs.
I bring a warm, compassionate, and calm energy to each patient interaction. As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I strive to provide a caring relationship where each person can feel safe and accepted. Research increasingly supports an integrative approach to mental health care, which can include medication, therapy, nutritional support, and exploration of habits, history, and stressors. I will collaborate with you to find a treatment plan that is clinically appropriate and sensitive to your personal needs.
(720) 707-3070 View (720) 707-3070
Photo of Felicia Turner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Jefferson County, CO
Felicia Turner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Golden, CO 80401  (Online Only)
Welcome to Psychiatry On Demand, where we strive to create a warm and understanding environment that helps you begin your journey toward mental wellness. We are happy to welcome individuals like you who are navigating the complexities of mental health. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other challenges, we are here to offer personalized strategies for growth and resilience that are precisely tailored to your needs.
Welcome to Psychiatry On Demand, where we strive to create a warm and understanding environment that helps you begin your journey toward mental wellness. We are happy to welcome individuals like you who are navigating the complexities of mental health. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other challenges, we are here to offer personalized strategies for growth and resilience that are precisely tailored to your needs.
(720) 571-4075 View (720) 571-4075

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Number of Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, CO

200+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, CO who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
88% Medication Management
87% ADHD
84% Trauma and PTSD
81% Bipolar Disorder
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
94% Cigna and Evernorth
92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Jefferson County, CO see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Jefferson County?

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.