Psychiatrists in Niwot, CO

Photo of Tamara Bockman - Tamara Bockman- Amavi Integrative Mental Health, MS, APN, ACCNS, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tamara Bockman- Amavi Integrative Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APN, ACCNS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Niwot, CO 80503
I am dual board certified as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Adult/Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. I bring nearly thirty years of experience to my mental health practice. My expertise includes both acute and maintenance psychiatric treatment, the establishment of new treatment plans, medication management, and psychiatric diagnostics for adults and geriatric patients. I use both an empathetic and compassionate approach to treating my client's mental health needs.
I am dual board certified as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Adult/Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. I bring nearly thirty years of experience to my mental health practice. My expertise includes both acute and maintenance psychiatric treatment, the establishment of new treatment plans, medication management, and psychiatric diagnostics for adults and geriatric patients. I use both an empathetic and compassionate approach to treating my client's mental health needs.
(303) 974-9400 View (303) 974-9400
Photo of Kristin Wingfield - Kristin Wingfield- Amavi Integrative Mental Health, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kristin Wingfield- Amavi Integrative Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Niwot, CO 80503  (Online Only)
Kristin Wingfield is a nurse practitioner board-certified in both psychiatric mental health and family practice. She is caring and empathetic and enjoys building relationships with patients to develop individualized care through a collaborative approach. She believes in the importance of recognizing the mind/body connection in the promotion of mental wellness. Kristin provides comprehensive psychiatric care through counseling, mental health education, and prescribing medications when helpful.
Kristin Wingfield is a nurse practitioner board-certified in both psychiatric mental health and family practice. She is caring and empathetic and enjoys building relationships with patients to develop individualized care through a collaborative approach. She believes in the importance of recognizing the mind/body connection in the promotion of mental wellness. Kristin provides comprehensive psychiatric care through counseling, mental health education, and prescribing medications when helpful.
(720) 909-6703 View (720) 909-6703
Photo of Heide Alexander - Heide Alexander- Amavi Integrative Mental Health, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Heide Alexander- Amavi Integrative Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Niwot, CO 80503
Greetings! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner and I look forward to helping you meet your mental wellness goals. I will work holistically with you to better understanding the root of your symptoms so we can develop a treatment plan together. I recognize that spirituality, mind, body, and lifestyle practices are all important strategies for improving wellness, and I understand that my patients are in the driver's seat of their care.
Greetings! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner and I look forward to helping you meet your mental wellness goals. I will work holistically with you to better understanding the root of your symptoms so we can develop a treatment plan together. I recognize that spirituality, mind, body, and lifestyle practices are all important strategies for improving wellness, and I understand that my patients are in the driver's seat of their care.
(720) 807-0431 View (720) 807-0431
Photo of Monique Rees - Monique Rees- Amavi Integrative Mental Health, PMHNP, LPC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Monique Rees- Amavi Integrative Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPC
Verified Verified
Niwot, CO 80503
I take a comprehensive approach to treating mental health conditions and tailor treatment to meet the needs of my patients. My training is unique in that I have a masters degree as a psychotherapist in addition to being a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. This, along with additional training in integrative psychiatry, allows me to treat my patients holistically, addressing symptoms as well as root causes for mental health conditions. I work with my patients to develop treatment plans that may include lifestyle changes, counseling, medication, and non pharmacological supplementation.
I take a comprehensive approach to treating mental health conditions and tailor treatment to meet the needs of my patients. My training is unique in that I have a masters degree as a psychotherapist in addition to being a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. This, along with additional training in integrative psychiatry, allows me to treat my patients holistically, addressing symptoms as well as root causes for mental health conditions. I work with my patients to develop treatment plans that may include lifestyle changes, counseling, medication, and non pharmacological supplementation.
(720) 741-6958 View (720) 741-6958
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Michael A Zona
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Niwot, CO 80503
All patients are treated with dignity and respect. Most of my patients require medical management solutions where both their medical issues and their psychiatric issues are coordinated and resolved. I actively work with my patients' internists/family practice/neurologists to coordinate care and develop a treatment plan. Patients are expected to be informed and to be involved in their care. All medications are carefully explained. I believe patients do best when they are engaged participants in their own care. Similarly, I actively encourage coordination with any patient that has their own therapist and want medication management only.
All patients are treated with dignity and respect. Most of my patients require medical management solutions where both their medical issues and their psychiatric issues are coordinated and resolved. I actively work with my patients' internists/family practice/neurologists to coordinate care and develop a treatment plan. Patients are expected to be informed and to be involved in their care. All medications are carefully explained. I believe patients do best when they are engaged participants in their own care. Similarly, I actively encourage coordination with any patient that has their own therapist and want medication management only.
(310) 751-7577 View (310) 751-7577
Photo of Jennifer Gerardy - Jen Gerardy- Amavi Integrative Mental Health, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jen Gerardy- Amavi Integrative Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Niwot, CO 80503
Welcome! I enjoy working with adult patients of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, and I bring over 20 years of acute care experience in medical, surgical, and critical care to my psychiatric practice. I am also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force Nurse Corps. I believe this background has given me unique insights into the bi-directional nature of physical and mental health and how family structure and social determinants can impact mental well-being. I have been told I have a compassionate and gentle nature, and I approach each patient with unconditional positive regard. I look forward to working with you!
Welcome! I enjoy working with adult patients of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, and I bring over 20 years of acute care experience in medical, surgical, and critical care to my psychiatric practice. I am also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force Nurse Corps. I believe this background has given me unique insights into the bi-directional nature of physical and mental health and how family structure and social determinants can impact mental well-being. I have been told I have a compassionate and gentle nature, and I approach each patient with unconditional positive regard. I look forward to working with you!
(303) 622-3294 View (303) 622-3294
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Will Van Derveer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Niwot, CO 80503
We regard people as inherently healthy and whole, in contrast to the conventional and widespread belief that people with psychiatric symptoms must be in long-term treatment. Psychological health can truly be achieved by learning new techniques of managing stress and overcoming fear-based habits. We prescribe medications as temporary tools for softening intense symptoms, allowing the deeper healing can occur. Alternative treatments such as vitamins and supplements are encouraged when appropriate. When depression or PTSD does not respond to conventional treatments, we may recommend a course of ketamine assisted psychotherapy.
We regard people as inherently healthy and whole, in contrast to the conventional and widespread belief that people with psychiatric symptoms must be in long-term treatment. Psychological health can truly be achieved by learning new techniques of managing stress and overcoming fear-based habits. We prescribe medications as temporary tools for softening intense symptoms, allowing the deeper healing can occur. Alternative treatments such as vitamins and supplements are encouraged when appropriate. When depression or PTSD does not respond to conventional treatments, we may recommend a course of ketamine assisted psychotherapy.
(303) 900-7450 View (303) 900-7450

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Precious Barnes Abbott, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Precious Barnes Abbott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lafayette, CO 80026
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
Photo of Abbey Stone, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Abbey Stone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boulder, CO 80301
Suniasol Integrative Mental Health & Ketamine Clinic (Suniasol.com) offers safe & supportive ketamine treatment as well as medication management for Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD. We empower you with tools essential for navigating mental/emotional & life challenges for more spaciousness, insight, ease, peace, joy, and connection. Ketamine Treatment is available for those meeting criteria. Our approach is integrative, holistic, compassionate, somatically-oriented, and trauma-informed. Mental Wellness is multifactoral so our approach is holistic and deeply heartfelt.
Suniasol Integrative Mental Health & Ketamine Clinic (Suniasol.com) offers safe & supportive ketamine treatment as well as medication management for Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD. We empower you with tools essential for navigating mental/emotional & life challenges for more spaciousness, insight, ease, peace, joy, and connection. Ketamine Treatment is available for those meeting criteria. Our approach is integrative, holistic, compassionate, somatically-oriented, and trauma-informed. Mental Wellness is multifactoral so our approach is holistic and deeply heartfelt.
(720) 821-6815 View (720) 821-6815
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Charles Robert Davis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80302
I have been a Family Practice M.D. for the last 45 years. Throughout that time, I have always been interested most in Mental Health. In the last 10 years working as a gerontologist,I realized that caring for Mental Health was really more than a field of strong interest; but had become the area where I really wanted to serve. My passion to serve for the last three years. has evolved into starting a private practice devoted only to Mental Heath issues. My goal is to provide care to anyone regardless of insurance or financial status.
I have been a Family Practice M.D. for the last 45 years. Throughout that time, I have always been interested most in Mental Health. In the last 10 years working as a gerontologist,I realized that caring for Mental Health was really more than a field of strong interest; but had become the area where I really wanted to serve. My passion to serve for the last three years. has evolved into starting a private practice devoted only to Mental Heath issues. My goal is to provide care to anyone regardless of insurance or financial status.
(720) 703-9209 View (720) 703-9209
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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
Photo of Dr. Marcy Cooper, MD, MA, Psychiatrist
Dr. Marcy Cooper
Psychiatrist, MD, MA
Verified Verified
Lafayette, CO 80026
I strive to treat my child and adolescent patients in the context of home, school as well as the community. No appointment is complete without a discussion of diet, sleep, exercise and electronics. My training includes Pediatrics (Strong Memorial Hospital), General Psychiatry (Yale), Child/Adolescent Psychiatry (Harvard, Boston Children’s). I’ve been in the community for 25 years and I’m very familiar with local resources. I contract with Imagine! which is a not-for-profit serving youth with developmental disabilities.
I strive to treat my child and adolescent patients in the context of home, school as well as the community. No appointment is complete without a discussion of diet, sleep, exercise and electronics. My training includes Pediatrics (Strong Memorial Hospital), General Psychiatry (Yale), Child/Adolescent Psychiatry (Harvard, Boston Children’s). I’ve been in the community for 25 years and I’m very familiar with local resources. I contract with Imagine! which is a not-for-profit serving youth with developmental disabilities.
(303) 529-8071 View (303) 529-8071
Photo of Dr. Lisa Crowley - Integratefull, LLC., DNP, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Integratefull, LLC.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80302  (Online Only)
Hello there! My name is Dr. Lisa Crowley. I am a board certified, doctorate level, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and substance use are common problems for millions of people and I can help you through these and many other issues. If you are needing help, reach out! I am accepting clients with Aetna, Cigna, BCBS of MA, and cash pay clients. Call or book online at integratefull.com
Hello there! My name is Dr. Lisa Crowley. I am a board certified, doctorate level, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and substance use are common problems for millions of people and I can help you through these and many other issues. If you are needing help, reach out! I am accepting clients with Aetna, Cigna, BCBS of MA, and cash pay clients. Call or book online at integratefull.com
(720) 706-4556 View (720) 706-4556
Photo of Henry Fagnant, PNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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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Holistic Mental Healthcare PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80306
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, insomnia, concentration issues, fatigue, or other mental health problems? Have you tried therapy or managing these issues on your own, but just can't seem to get over the hump? Is your mental health holding you back from living your most joyful, most productive life? If so, hit the contact button to schedule, we can help!
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, insomnia, concentration issues, fatigue, or other mental health problems? Have you tried therapy or managing these issues on your own, but just can't seem to get over the hump? Is your mental health holding you back from living your most joyful, most productive life? If so, hit the contact button to schedule, we can help!
(720) 637-4384 View (720) 637-4384
Photo of Aaron Padron, NP, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Aaron Padron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80304
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
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Dr. Christopher T Clancy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80301
Harvard Trained Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. My mission is to provide wise, thoughtful, and meaningful care that will serve my patients, endeavoring to promote health, contentment, and joy whenever possible. Investigation and discovery were a part of my childhood and are integral to my person. The scope and content of my vision is directly a result of continuous exploration and desire to reflect on experience. My curiosity about the world and its people has been nourished by a liberal arts education, playing Ice Hockey at Dartmouth, by extensive travel, and by working in a multitude of cross cultural clinical settings
Harvard Trained Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. My mission is to provide wise, thoughtful, and meaningful care that will serve my patients, endeavoring to promote health, contentment, and joy whenever possible. Investigation and discovery were a part of my childhood and are integral to my person. The scope and content of my vision is directly a result of continuous exploration and desire to reflect on experience. My curiosity about the world and its people has been nourished by a liberal arts education, playing Ice Hockey at Dartmouth, by extensive travel, and by working in a multitude of cross cultural clinical settings
(505) 657-2768 View (505) 657-2768
Photo of Karly Yingst, CPNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Karly Yingst
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CPNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80305  (Online Only)
Karly’s passion is providing quality, caring mental health care. She believes each patient (and family) is unique and deserves exceptional and individualized care. She is knowledgeable, caring, and very popular already! Everyone loves Karly!
Karly’s passion is providing quality, caring mental health care. She believes each patient (and family) is unique and deserves exceptional and individualized care. She is knowledgeable, caring, and very popular already! Everyone loves Karly!
(720) 707-2879 View (720) 707-2879
Photo of Liz Connor, MSN, RN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Liz Connor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boulder, CO 80301
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am dedicated to your mental wellness. I listen attentively to your story and together, we will determine the best path towards feeling whole and happy. I offer a functional approach to psychiatry, which may include hormone and nutritional support, psychedelic medicine, and, if necessary, psychiatric medications tailored to your unique health, lifestyle, and wellness needs.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am dedicated to your mental wellness. I listen attentively to your story and together, we will determine the best path towards feeling whole and happy. I offer a functional approach to psychiatry, which may include hormone and nutritional support, psychedelic medicine, and, if necessary, psychiatric medications tailored to your unique health, lifestyle, and wellness needs.
(970) 540-4067 View (970) 540-4067
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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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Niwot, CO

< 10

Psychiatrists in Niwot, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Bipolar Disorder
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
86% Psychosis
86% Medication Management

Average years in practice

32 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Niwot, CO see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Niwot?

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.