Psychiatrists in Wheat Ridge, CO

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Nicholas Sahagian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Dr. Nicholas Sahagian is a Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 2023. He completed his MD and Adult Psychiatry Residency at the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University and earned his BA in Neuroscience at Skidmore College. Dr. Sahagian has experience managing a broad array of complex psychiatric diagnoses in patients of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and clinical backgrounds. He offers psychiatric medication management but also routinely incorporates elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, lifestyle interventions, and family psychoeducation into his practice.
Dr. Nicholas Sahagian is a Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 2023. He completed his MD and Adult Psychiatry Residency at the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University and earned his BA in Neuroscience at Skidmore College. Dr. Sahagian has experience managing a broad array of complex psychiatric diagnoses in patients of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and clinical backgrounds. He offers psychiatric medication management but also routinely incorporates elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, lifestyle interventions, and family psychoeducation into his practice.
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Katelyn Gray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP PMHN
Verified
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Katelyn Gray is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Masters from Regis-University. Katelyn believes that people seeking help for their mental illness or substance use disorders should feel empowered and supported “ not be ashamed of themselves or feel embarrassed. In her spare time, Katelyn enjoys skiing, swimming, enjoying nature, and anything that involves her dogs.
Katelyn Gray is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Masters from Regis-University. Katelyn believes that people seeking help for their mental illness or substance use disorders should feel empowered and supported “ not be ashamed of themselves or feel embarrassed. In her spare time, Katelyn enjoys skiing, swimming, enjoying nature, and anything that involves her dogs.
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Hayley Price
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Hayley Price, PMHNP Hayley Price is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who will start practicing in 2023. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Ohio University and a Master's of Science in Nursing from Northern Kentucky University. Hayley believes in taking a holistic, empathetic, and collaborative approach in psychiatric treatment across the lifespan. In her spare time, Hayley enjoys running, lifting weights, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her dog (Gemini) and her cat (Libra).
Hayley Price, PMHNP Hayley Price is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Colorado who will start practicing in 2023. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Ohio University and a Master's of Science in Nursing from Northern Kentucky University. Hayley believes in taking a holistic, empathetic, and collaborative approach in psychiatric treatment across the lifespan. In her spare time, Hayley enjoys running, lifting weights, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her dog (Gemini) and her cat (Libra).
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Hayley Price
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033  (Online Only)
Hello, My name is Hayley Price and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the lovely state of Colorado. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Ohio University and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Northern Kentucky University. My goal each session is to create a welcoming and collaborative approach. As my patient, I value your opinion and I strive to create an environment where we can work together to better your overall mental well-being.
Hello, My name is Hayley Price and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the lovely state of Colorado. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Ohio University and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Northern Kentucky University. My goal each session is to create a welcoming and collaborative approach. As my patient, I value your opinion and I strive to create an environment where we can work together to better your overall mental well-being.
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Alan Ray Reed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Hello, I’m Alan (he/him), a Nurse Practitioner with dual certification in Family Practice and Psychiatric-Mental Health. I have over seven years of experience providing care to patients from diverse backgrounds at Federally Qualified Health Centers. I believe that every client has the potential to achieve wellness and happiness, and I’m honored to be part of their journey.
Hello, I’m Alan (he/him), a Nurse Practitioner with dual certification in Family Practice and Psychiatric-Mental Health. I have over seven years of experience providing care to patients from diverse backgrounds at Federally Qualified Health Centers. I believe that every client has the potential to achieve wellness and happiness, and I’m honored to be part of their journey.
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Amber Grob
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, PMH-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Psychiatric medications are implemented to decrease the severity and intensity of symptoms. Amber Grob has a conservative approach to medications. Specifically, diagnoses can be managed with limited medications on a consistent basis, as well as as needed medications. In some situations, there are compounding health or medical issues that can make this difficult. Medical, physical, hormonal and physiological components can be factors contributing to the presentation of psychiatric symptoms. All of this is assessed at your first appointment, as well as ongoing. Amber Grob also provides Genetic Testing for medication metabolism.
Psychiatric medications are implemented to decrease the severity and intensity of symptoms. Amber Grob has a conservative approach to medications. Specifically, diagnoses can be managed with limited medications on a consistent basis, as well as as needed medications. In some situations, there are compounding health or medical issues that can make this difficult. Medical, physical, hormonal and physiological components can be factors contributing to the presentation of psychiatric symptoms. All of this is assessed at your first appointment, as well as ongoing. Amber Grob also provides Genetic Testing for medication metabolism.
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Richard Craven
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
I have over 15 years experience working with and prescribing medications for young adults, adults, and the geriatric population in hospitals and outpatient clinics. I have training in Psychiatry and general medicine. The first appointment will be a focused evaluation where I will get to know you as an individual and ask detailed questions so an appropriate diagnosis can be made. Perhaps you are not sure whether medication is right for you, or you have had many medication trials in the past. During the initial evaluation, we will discuss the potential benefits and risks of medication for you as an individual.
I have over 15 years experience working with and prescribing medications for young adults, adults, and the geriatric population in hospitals and outpatient clinics. I have training in Psychiatry and general medicine. The first appointment will be a focused evaluation where I will get to know you as an individual and ask detailed questions so an appropriate diagnosis can be made. Perhaps you are not sure whether medication is right for you, or you have had many medication trials in the past. During the initial evaluation, we will discuss the potential benefits and risks of medication for you as an individual.
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Elizabeth Stevens
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Not accepting new clients
I have a unique perspective with respect to trauma, with both personal experience as well as training. I wrote a book to help people dive deeper through my story and the stories of others in order to provide tangible tools and insights into pathways towards healing. You can order it on Amazon or other retailers under Unshackled by Dr. Elizabeth Stevens.
I have a unique perspective with respect to trauma, with both personal experience as well as training. I wrote a book to help people dive deeper through my story and the stories of others in order to provide tangible tools and insights into pathways towards healing. You can order it on Amazon or other retailers under Unshackled by Dr. Elizabeth Stevens.
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Joe Maxwell
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033  (Online Only)
My style of practice includes a comprehensive patient-centered focus of care that supports traditional as well as holistic care. I believe that treatment of the whole person to be included as mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. My style of conservative psychopharmcological treatment is designed to be utilized collaboratively with the addition of a primary psychotherapist. Other important aspects of focus in his practice include: complementary and alternative medicine, lifestyle modification, exercise, nutrition, and stress management.
My style of practice includes a comprehensive patient-centered focus of care that supports traditional as well as holistic care. I believe that treatment of the whole person to be included as mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. My style of conservative psychopharmcological treatment is designed to be utilized collaboratively with the addition of a primary psychotherapist. Other important aspects of focus in his practice include: complementary and alternative medicine, lifestyle modification, exercise, nutrition, and stress management.
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TLCCounseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, CS
Verified
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
I know this is a difficult step to see a counselor. But try to forget the stigma. Everyone needs help now and then and it takes courage to reach out and connect. It's wired in you to need others during difficult times, and sometimes it's too much for a friend or a spouse to sort through things with you. I work with you to set practical goals, work toward them, and when you've reached them you can either wrap up your sessions with me, or set new goals. We only do what feels safe and right for you. I want to come along side you to get to the root of your concerns, and I give you tools to practice in between sessions.
I know this is a difficult step to see a counselor. But try to forget the stigma. Everyone needs help now and then and it takes courage to reach out and connect. It's wired in you to need others during difficult times, and sometimes it's too much for a friend or a spouse to sort through things with you. I work with you to set practical goals, work toward them, and when you've reached them you can either wrap up your sessions with me, or set new goals. We only do what feels safe and right for you. I want to come along side you to get to the root of your concerns, and I give you tools to practice in between sessions.
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Angela Graham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the founder of authentic mental health, PLLC.  I am a compassionate, down-to-earth provider, who is dedicated to helping individuals manage their mental and emotional well-being while creating healthy, fulfilling lives. I specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health conditions within a safe and supportive environment where clients feel comfortable sharing their concerns and working towards their mental health goals. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance and involving clients in their own treatment plans.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the founder of authentic mental health, PLLC.  I am a compassionate, down-to-earth provider, who is dedicated to helping individuals manage their mental and emotional well-being while creating healthy, fulfilling lives. I specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health conditions within a safe and supportive environment where clients feel comfortable sharing their concerns and working towards their mental health goals. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance and involving clients in their own treatment plans.
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Brittnee Rogers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
I am an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and my Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Prior to completing my Master of Science in Nursing I worked as a surgical nurse caring for patients during one of their most vulnerable times. I have worked in healthcare for fourteen years and found my passion caring for people in the mental health field through professional and personal experiences.
I am an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and my Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Prior to completing my Master of Science in Nursing I worked as a surgical nurse caring for patients during one of their most vulnerable times. I have worked in healthcare for fourteen years and found my passion caring for people in the mental health field through professional and personal experiences.
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Megan McNamee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Wheat Ridge, CO 80214
I believe authentic relationship and a depth of understanding are essential keys to best mental health treatment and support. Whether I am evaluating for therapy or medication services, I conduct comprehensive intakes so as to appreciate the complex roles and interplay of personal psychological development, attachment relationships, trauma, genetics, physical wellness and medical illness, brain injury, neurodevelopment, medications, treatment history, substance use, social roles, values, culture, and spiritual focus in a person’s life. My treatment approach is relational and works to support progress through insight.
I believe authentic relationship and a depth of understanding are essential keys to best mental health treatment and support. Whether I am evaluating for therapy or medication services, I conduct comprehensive intakes so as to appreciate the complex roles and interplay of personal psychological development, attachment relationships, trauma, genetics, physical wellness and medical illness, brain injury, neurodevelopment, medications, treatment history, substance use, social roles, values, culture, and spiritual focus in a person’s life. My treatment approach is relational and works to support progress through insight.
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Maria Pontiero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
I have an easygoing, friendly, and warm approach that will help you feel understood and supported. I will partner with you to create an integrative treatment plan combining pharmaceutical treatments, therapy, and complementary medicine including nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, balancing hormones, and utilizing the gut-brain connection to help you optimize your mental health. I work with patients ages 18 and up with all psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, OCD, trauma and issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community.
I have an easygoing, friendly, and warm approach that will help you feel understood and supported. I will partner with you to create an integrative treatment plan combining pharmaceutical treatments, therapy, and complementary medicine including nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, balancing hormones, and utilizing the gut-brain connection to help you optimize your mental health. I work with patients ages 18 and up with all psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, OCD, trauma and issues affecting the LGBTQIA+ community.
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Alyssa Jennings
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, MSN, APRN
Verified
2 Endorsed
Wheat Ridge, CO 80215
Accepting New Patients! Now accepting Anthem, United, Cigna, Colorado Medicaid, and Self-Pay clients! Specializing in all ages from children to adults with mental health concerns. I have worked with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, attention disorders, trauma disorders, eating disorders, and a variety of other mood disorders. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient care.
Accepting New Patients! Now accepting Anthem, United, Cigna, Colorado Medicaid, and Self-Pay clients! Specializing in all ages from children to adults with mental health concerns. I have worked with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, attention disorders, trauma disorders, eating disorders, and a variety of other mood disorders. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient care.
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Sage Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified
Wheat Ridge, CO 80034
I help children, adolescents, and young adults navigate struggles with depression, anxiety, trauma and substance use disorders to overcome crippling negative self talk and self harming behaviors. I help clients to reclaim their innate internal healing ultimately reclaiming self-confidence, purpose and inner peace by an integrative treatment approach that offers medication management, therapy, supplements, lifestyle coaching and more.
I help children, adolescents, and young adults navigate struggles with depression, anxiety, trauma and substance use disorders to overcome crippling negative self talk and self harming behaviors. I help clients to reclaim their innate internal healing ultimately reclaiming self-confidence, purpose and inner peace by an integrative treatment approach that offers medication management, therapy, supplements, lifestyle coaching and more.
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Hy Gia Park
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, MS
Verified
Lakewood, CO 80214
I am here to provide guidance, expertise, and treatment approaches for stress, anxiety, trauma, depression, concentration problems, relationship difficulties, drug or alcohol use, or life/career transitions. No matter what their age, many of the clients who eventually find me have done everything they can on their own and/or with the help of loved ones to manage these issues and are just in need of a little more information, help and support. They are all seeking a professional who can offer insight into what is happening with them or their loved one and provide an assortment of treatment approaches.
I am here to provide guidance, expertise, and treatment approaches for stress, anxiety, trauma, depression, concentration problems, relationship difficulties, drug or alcohol use, or life/career transitions. No matter what their age, many of the clients who eventually find me have done everything they can on their own and/or with the help of loved ones to manage these issues and are just in need of a little more information, help and support. They are all seeking a professional who can offer insight into what is happening with them or their loved one and provide an assortment of treatment approaches.
(720) 209-8537 View (720) 209-8537
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Behavior Innovation
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80002  (Online Only)
Behavior Innovation is a safe space for you to talk about your mental health. Somewhere that you can turn to for help when you’re struggling. Visits are conducted 100% through video which allows you to schedule an appointment when it’s convenient for you to talk and you will receive medication management and compassionate care from a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
Behavior Innovation is a safe space for you to talk about your mental health. Somewhere that you can turn to for help when you’re struggling. Visits are conducted 100% through video which allows you to schedule an appointment when it’s convenient for you to talk and you will receive medication management and compassionate care from a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
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Elizabeth Kirt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Denver, CO 80002  (Online Only)
I specialize in using functional and holistic methods along with conventional methods to assist clients on their mental health journey. At our first appointment we discuss your goals and how you want to get there and create a plan together. As a psych nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner we can often dive deeper into your symptoms and look at the thyroid, hormones, vitamin levels and more to determine the cause of your symptoms.
I specialize in using functional and holistic methods along with conventional methods to assist clients on their mental health journey. At our first appointment we discuss your goals and how you want to get there and create a plan together. As a psych nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner we can often dive deeper into your symptoms and look at the thyroid, hormones, vitamin levels and more to determine the cause of your symptoms.
(970) 650-5344 View (970) 650-5344
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Marianne Strauman (Med Management - Accepting New Clients!)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHMP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakewood, CO 80215
NOW Accepting New Clients! Link in bio to schedule online instantly! > Marianne is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 12 years of experience in the medical profession. She began her career as a bedside nurse in the Intensive Care Unit, and then went on to obtain her Masters's Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in primary care as well as palliative care, helping care for patients and families with multiple medical conditions and emotional needs.
NOW Accepting New Clients! Link in bio to schedule online instantly! > Marianne is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 12 years of experience in the medical profession. She began her career as a bedside nurse in the Intensive Care Unit, and then went on to obtain her Masters's Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in primary care as well as palliative care, helping care for patients and families with multiple medical conditions and emotional needs.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Wheat Ridge, CO

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Wheat Ridge, CO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
94% ADHD
94% Bipolar Disorder
94% Medication Management
88% Trauma and PTSD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
91% Aetna
91% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Wheat Ridge, CO see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wheat Ridge?

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.