Psychiatrists in Palmer Lake, CO

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Holistic Mental Health Wellness Inc.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, A, P, N
Verified Verified
Palmer Lake, CO 80133
Ready to delve deep into the root of your struggles? I believe in body, mind, spirit connection & in one's ability to heal. I appreciate the opportunity to be able to have a positive impact in the lives of each person that comes into my life. My goal is to help guide you to understand the problem & not just symptom management, in this way minimizing the amounts of medications, if any, in time. Medications can be part of the puzzle yet not the whole answer. If you are ready to delve into the deepest parts of your being, I can guide you on your life journey with the aim to help you reach your healthiest and highest potential!
Ready to delve deep into the root of your struggles? I believe in body, mind, spirit connection & in one's ability to heal. I appreciate the opportunity to be able to have a positive impact in the lives of each person that comes into my life. My goal is to help guide you to understand the problem & not just symptom management, in this way minimizing the amounts of medications, if any, in time. Medications can be part of the puzzle yet not the whole answer. If you are ready to delve into the deepest parts of your being, I can guide you on your life journey with the aim to help you reach your healthiest and highest potential!
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Carol Dowd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Monument, CO 80132
Carol Dowd is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has a passion for helping people in all stages of life. Through her extensive nursing experience, she has gained valuable insights into the unique mental and emotional challenges individuals face. Her empathetic approach and commitment to providing holistic care makes her a trusted ally in promoting mental well-being.
Carol Dowd is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has a passion for helping people in all stages of life. Through her extensive nursing experience, she has gained valuable insights into the unique mental and emotional challenges individuals face. Her empathetic approach and commitment to providing holistic care makes her a trusted ally in promoting mental well-being.
(720) 776-5860 View (720) 776-5860
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Mindfulness Psychiatry, PLLC, Tracy Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
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!
(719) 215-9585 View (719) 215-9585
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Jayson Reyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
20 Endorsed
Monument, CO 80132  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 14 years of Psychiatric Mental Health experience, focusing mostly in crisis treatment, alcohol and opioid dependence along with the treatment of schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. I consult all clients without judgment, exclude no psychiatric issue or age group and truly believe every patient deserves only the best treatment and care. I have worked in several different units in the psychiatric Hospitals around the Miami area. I have two beautiful young children and an amazing wife that supports me in everything I do; they are the backbone of my life.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 14 years of Psychiatric Mental Health experience, focusing mostly in crisis treatment, alcohol and opioid dependence along with the treatment of schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. I consult all clients without judgment, exclude no psychiatric issue or age group and truly believe every patient deserves only the best treatment and care. I have worked in several different units in the psychiatric Hospitals around the Miami area. I have two beautiful young children and an amazing wife that supports me in everything I do; they are the backbone of my life.
(720) 571-4412 View (720) 571-4412
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Journey Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, RXN-P
Verified Verified
Monument, CO 80132
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience in mental health. I previously specialized in counseling teenagers and young adults and have specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I offer both medication management and counseling services to all age groups. Most of my appointments are offered virtually, providing convenience and comfort to clients throughout the state of Colorado.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience in mental health. I previously specialized in counseling teenagers and young adults and have specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I offer both medication management and counseling services to all age groups. Most of my appointments are offered virtually, providing convenience and comfort to clients throughout the state of Colorado.
(719) 299-3349 View (719) 299-3349
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Chris Archer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, GNP-BC
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Accepting New Patients! Christopher Archer, Maj (ret), USAF, PMHNP/GNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) with nearly 16 years of experience. In 2000, he joined the United States Air Force, where he worked as a clinical nurse in Pediatrics, Family Practice, Flight/Aerospace Medicine, and also had the opportunity to be a team leader on Vice President Dick Cheney's medical support team. Chris is an expert in diagnosing and treating ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Stress, Trauma and PTSD - as well as many other conditions.
Accepting New Patients! Christopher Archer, Maj (ret), USAF, PMHNP/GNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP) with nearly 16 years of experience. In 2000, he joined the United States Air Force, where he worked as a clinical nurse in Pediatrics, Family Practice, Flight/Aerospace Medicine, and also had the opportunity to be a team leader on Vice President Dick Cheney's medical support team. Chris is an expert in diagnosing and treating ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Stress, Trauma and PTSD - as well as many other conditions.
(720) 706-1674 View (720) 706-1674
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Elizabeth DePalma
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80921  (Online Only)
I am a doctorally prepared, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) dedicated to providing exceptional mental health care to clients across the lifespan. I have been working in healthcare for over 14 years, with the past 9 years focused on mental health treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. As a US Air Force veteran, I also have experience working with active duty service members and veterans to meet their mental health care needs.
I am a doctorally prepared, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) dedicated to providing exceptional mental health care to clients across the lifespan. I have been working in healthcare for over 14 years, with the past 9 years focused on mental health treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. As a US Air Force veteran, I also have experience working with active duty service members and veterans to meet their mental health care needs.
(720) 802-6838 View (720) 802-6838
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Around The Block Health Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
People all around us have some sort of mental distress. Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Substance use disorder are among the people we all know. I am looking to reach clients who suffer from almost any common mental health condition. I look at my patients holistically. I am able to treat many psychiatric conditions as well as physical conditions.
People all around us have some sort of mental distress. Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Substance use disorder are among the people we all know. I am looking to reach clients who suffer from almost any common mental health condition. I look at my patients holistically. I am able to treat many psychiatric conditions as well as physical conditions.
(719) 212-4757 View (719) 212-4757
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M Sandoval
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, AGACNP, PMHNP-C, NP-BC
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Depressed, anxious, just not feeling “normal?” You are not alone despite how you may feel right now. Whether you need talk-support therapy, multimodal therapy or prescriptive management, I can help. My focused population is women, elderly, adolescents.
Depressed, anxious, just not feeling “normal?” You are not alone despite how you may feel right now. Whether you need talk-support therapy, multimodal therapy or prescriptive management, I can help. My focused population is women, elderly, adolescents.
(719) 454-8129 View (719) 454-8129
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North Springs Psychiatry & TMS Center
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Currently accepting new TMS, therapy, ketamine, and ketamine assisted psychotherapy patient ages 18+! 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 TMS, therapy, ketamine, and ketamine assisted psychotherapy patient ages 18+! 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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Jonathan Gravgaard
Physician Assistant, MSPAS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Monument, CO 80132
I believe in a team based approach to healthcare in which you, as an expert on your personal experiences, utilize my training in the treatment of mental health issues to help you live a joyful, fulfilling life. I have past experience working in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry with patients ranging in age from 6 to 75 years of age.
I believe in a team based approach to healthcare in which you, as an expert on your personal experiences, utilize my training in the treatment of mental health issues to help you live a joyful, fulfilling life. I have past experience working in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry with patients ranging in age from 6 to 75 years of age.
(719) 751-5587 View (719) 751-5587
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Tri-Lakes Recovery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Monument, CO 80132
At Tri-Lakes Recovery our patients receive treatment for diagnosis such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or substance use disorders such as alcohol or opiate abuse. Additionally, TLR welcomes patients who have been incarcerated and are in need of urgent follow up. We accept Medicaid, and offer low monthly rates for those who are self pay.
At Tri-Lakes Recovery our patients receive treatment for diagnosis such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or substance use disorders such as alcohol or opiate abuse. Additionally, TLR welcomes patients who have been incarcerated and are in need of urgent follow up. We accept Medicaid, and offer low monthly rates for those who are self pay.
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Online Kairos Psychiatry in Colorado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colorado Springs, CO 80920  (Online Only)
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, wherever you are, all across Colorado. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, wherever you are, all across Colorado. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
(720) 897-5644 View (720) 897-5644
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Renae Wise
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
U S A F Academy, CO 80840
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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Kim Inman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Monument, CO 80132  (Online Only)
Kimberly Inman, PMHNP, is a distinguished mental health practitioner licensed in the state of Colorado, with a passion for providing comprehensive care through telehealth medication management. With a dedication to enhancing the mental well-being of her clients, Kimberly specializes in addressing a spectrum of mental health concerns.
Kimberly Inman, PMHNP, is a distinguished mental health practitioner licensed in the state of Colorado, with a passion for providing comprehensive care through telehealth medication management. With a dedication to enhancing the mental well-being of her clients, Kimberly specializes in addressing a spectrum of mental health concerns.
(719) 454-8910 View (719) 454-8910
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Lorraine Victorian-Burks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Monument, CO 80132  (Online Only)
Hello! I am an experienced, licensed, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. I provide medication management and other evidence-based approaches to treat a wide range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems.
Hello! I am an experienced, licensed, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. I provide medication management and other evidence-based approaches to treat a wide range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems.
(720) 797-4809 View (720) 797-4809
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Briana Haight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Monument, CO 80132
*Accepting New Clients* Hello, I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide treatment including medication management for all age ranges from childhood onward. Specializing in mental health allows me to provide excellent care for problems involving depression, sleep, anxiety, attention/concentration, mood disorders including bipolar and schizophrenia, trauma, addictions, behavioral issues and any emotional disturbances that may be experienced. I am conservative in my prescribing practices and prefer frequent follow ups.
*Accepting New Clients* Hello, I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide treatment including medication management for all age ranges from childhood onward. Specializing in mental health allows me to provide excellent care for problems involving depression, sleep, anxiety, attention/concentration, mood disorders including bipolar and schizophrenia, trauma, addictions, behavioral issues and any emotional disturbances that may be experienced. I am conservative in my prescribing practices and prefer frequent follow ups.
(720) 943-0396 View (720) 943-0396
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Erin Fry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Dr. Fry is a board certified psychiatrist, by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry and a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine where she also completed her residency in psychiatry. Patient referrals are now being accepted. Dr. Fry's practice is cashed based only, but will provide super bills to patients for insurance reimbursement.
Dr. Fry is a board certified psychiatrist, by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry and a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine where she also completed her residency in psychiatry. Patient referrals are now being accepted. Dr. Fry's practice is cashed based only, but will provide super bills to patients for insurance reimbursement.
(719) 419-8707 View (719) 419-8707
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Springs Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Monument, CO 80132
Christine Khan, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who graduated from California State University, Long Beach. Christine’s passion lies in working with children and their families in helping them achieve their goals and reach their maximum potential. She provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management with special attention to each person’s individual needs, including attention to personal history, concerns about, or fears of medications, all of which she approaches with patience, warmth, understanding, as well as helpful explanations that facilitate treatment.
Christine Khan, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who graduated from California State University, Long Beach. Christine’s passion lies in working with children and their families in helping them achieve their goals and reach their maximum potential. She provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management with special attention to each person’s individual needs, including attention to personal history, concerns about, or fears of medications, all of which she approaches with patience, warmth, understanding, as well as helpful explanations that facilitate treatment.
(719) 982-2111 View (719) 982-2111
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Colorado Recovery Solutions - Deep TMS & Ketamine
Psychiatrist, DO, DABPN
Verified Verified
Monument, CO 80132
Are you frustrated with antidepressants not working? Is psychotherapy falling short of providing relief? Tired of feeling hopeless or even suicidal? Are you paralyzed by your Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, OCD, Chronic Pain, or Addiction? Do you feel misunderstood by most people around you, possibly even those you trust most? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it's time to try something new to break the cycle of frustration and improve your quality of life!
Are you frustrated with antidepressants not working? Is psychotherapy falling short of providing relief? Tired of feeling hopeless or even suicidal? Are you paralyzed by your Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, OCD, Chronic Pain, or Addiction? Do you feel misunderstood by most people around you, possibly even those you trust most? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it's time to try something new to break the cycle of frustration and improve your quality of life!
(719) 353-8673 View (719) 353-8673

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Number of Psychiatrists in Palmer Lake, CO

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Psychiatrists in Palmer Lake, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Child
100% Chronic Pain
100% Eating Disorders

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Palmer Lake, CO see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Palmer Lake?

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.