Psychiatrists in Connecticut

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ABetterU LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MPH
Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
Life is an amazing and unpredictable journey we all share. It can bring joy, success, love and optimism, and also present extreme challenges, loss, sadness, grief and despair. We can sometimes feel overwhelmed, stressed or "stuck" for many reasons involving relationships, life transitions, illness, trauma, and personal circumstances. This can lead to depression, anxiety, mood swings and uncertainty about how to feel better and move forward. Regardless of what challenges you are facing, no situation is hopeless and there is always a way forward to a better you and and a better life.
Life is an amazing and unpredictable journey we all share. It can bring joy, success, love and optimism, and also present extreme challenges, loss, sadness, grief and despair. We can sometimes feel overwhelmed, stressed or "stuck" for many reasons involving relationships, life transitions, illness, trauma, and personal circumstances. This can lead to depression, anxiety, mood swings and uncertainty about how to feel better and move forward. Regardless of what challenges you are facing, no situation is hopeless and there is always a way forward to a better you and and a better life.
(203) 590-8859 View (203) 590-8859
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Elizabeth Alve-Hedegaard APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
West Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am not accepting new patients currently.
I am not accepting new patients currently.
(203) 409-8655 View (203) 409-8655
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Maria Manuela Da Costa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
West Hartford, CT 06107
I believe that the key to effective treatment depends upon a strong collaborative alliance between patient and physician. The difficulties you are experiencing are most likely a combination of physiological and psychological problems.Treatment begins with a comprehensive review of your physical, emotional state and social well being. If you need medication we will discuss the various options. Together we will take into account your unique circumstances and arrive at a personalized treatment plan. Subsequent visits will moniter your response to the medication and help you learn how the medication works.
I believe that the key to effective treatment depends upon a strong collaborative alliance between patient and physician. The difficulties you are experiencing are most likely a combination of physiological and psychological problems.Treatment begins with a comprehensive review of your physical, emotional state and social well being. If you need medication we will discuss the various options. Together we will take into account your unique circumstances and arrive at a personalized treatment plan. Subsequent visits will moniter your response to the medication and help you learn how the medication works.
(860) 578-8396 View (860) 578-8396
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Dr. Mary Salisbury
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
South Windsor, CT 06074  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients in January 2023. Hello! My name is Mary Salisbury, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC. I am a doctorally-prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive rights to prescribe psychiatric medications. I possess over 13 years of experience in the behavioral health field both in inpatient and outpatient settings. I am the program director of the masters nursing tracks for a local University. I am a nominated board member of the Connecticut Nurses Association. I provide supervision and mentorship to novice APRNs at a local community mental health agency.
Accepting new clients in January 2023. Hello! My name is Mary Salisbury, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC. I am a doctorally-prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive rights to prescribe psychiatric medications. I possess over 13 years of experience in the behavioral health field both in inpatient and outpatient settings. I am the program director of the masters nursing tracks for a local University. I am a nominated board member of the Connecticut Nurses Association. I provide supervision and mentorship to novice APRNs at a local community mental health agency.
(860) 661-1193 View (860) 661-1193
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Charles James Morgan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ridgefield, CT 06877
"The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence." Thich Nhat Hanh. I have over thirty-five years of delivery of care to a diverse group of patients in various clinical settings ranging from clinics, office practice, and partial hospital settings to inpatient psychiatry. My philosophy is to work collaboratively with the patient and family. I believe strongly in the power of connecting, that no one is defined by their diagnosis or symptoms, and attention must be paid to the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of treatment for lasting recovery.
"The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence." Thich Nhat Hanh. I have over thirty-five years of delivery of care to a diverse group of patients in various clinical settings ranging from clinics, office practice, and partial hospital settings to inpatient psychiatry. My philosophy is to work collaboratively with the patient and family. I believe strongly in the power of connecting, that no one is defined by their diagnosis or symptoms, and attention must be paid to the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of treatment for lasting recovery.
(475) 251-8442 View (475) 251-8442
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WCT Behavioral Health & Medication Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, LCSW
Verified
Ridgefield, CT 06879
My passion for empowering and aiding individuals in their wellness journey began 20 years ago. While working with under-served communities in New Haven and Hartford Counties, I was fortunate enough to interact and develop meaningful relationships with individuals of various cultural backgrounds. I continue to apply this philosophical thinking and practice while serving my patients in order to provide an individualized, holistic treatment.
My passion for empowering and aiding individuals in their wellness journey began 20 years ago. While working with under-served communities in New Haven and Hartford Counties, I was fortunate enough to interact and develop meaningful relationships with individuals of various cultural backgrounds. I continue to apply this philosophical thinking and practice while serving my patients in order to provide an individualized, holistic treatment.
(860) 782-6423 View (860) 782-6423
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Milind Kale, MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Taking your child to a psychiatrist is not an easy decision. Many parents have concerns about unnecessarily medicating their child or labeling them with a diagnosis at such a young age. As a physician and as a parent, I take those concerns very seriously. I do a lot of groundwork before I diagnose a child. I use validated rating scales completed by multiple sources and I always work in conjunction with a therapist. I take a family-centric approach to treatment. For school evaluations, I see my role as an advocate for the child, while not losing sight of the school's perspective.
Taking your child to a psychiatrist is not an easy decision. Many parents have concerns about unnecessarily medicating their child or labeling them with a diagnosis at such a young age. As a physician and as a parent, I take those concerns very seriously. I do a lot of groundwork before I diagnose a child. I use validated rating scales completed by multiple sources and I always work in conjunction with a therapist. I take a family-centric approach to treatment. For school evaluations, I see my role as an advocate for the child, while not losing sight of the school's perspective.
(860) 780-5455 View (860) 780-5455
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Clare Swanson
Psychiatrist
Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenwich, CT 06830
Dr. Swanson treats a spectrum of psychiatric and psychological concerns, focusing on individual challenges such as relationship difficulties, life transitions, personal fulfillment, and identity, in addition to addressing psychiatric issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and OCD. In my practice, treatments are tailored to each individual's needs and preferences, and can incorporate psychotherapy, medications, or both. Because I believe change happens most easily when we don’t feel judged, I aim for a warm and compassionate stance towards the challenges my patients face.
Dr. Swanson treats a spectrum of psychiatric and psychological concerns, focusing on individual challenges such as relationship difficulties, life transitions, personal fulfillment, and identity, in addition to addressing psychiatric issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and OCD. In my practice, treatments are tailored to each individual's needs and preferences, and can incorporate psychotherapy, medications, or both. Because I believe change happens most easily when we don’t feel judged, I aim for a warm and compassionate stance towards the challenges my patients face.
(475) 259-7647 View (475) 259-7647
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Mekessia Richards-Carby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Windsor, CT 06095
Welcome! I am Mekessia Richards-Carby, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience working in healthcare. My experience in psychiatry ranges from treating children and adolescents in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs to adults in addiction treatment, as well as older adults as they transition through life changes. I treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, Bipolar/mood disorders, OCD, sleep disorders, and more.
Welcome! I am Mekessia Richards-Carby, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience working in healthcare. My experience in psychiatry ranges from treating children and adolescents in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs to adults in addiction treatment, as well as older adults as they transition through life changes. I treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, Bipolar/mood disorders, OCD, sleep disorders, and more.
(860) 792-4721 View (860) 792-4721
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Diana Greco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seymour, CT 06483
Not accepting new clients
Hi! My name is Diana and I am a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. After working in Internal Medicine for many years, I found that so many of my patients were struggling with their mental health and not getting the help they needed. So I decided to focus on helping people improve their quality of life through comprehensive mental health care. I will work with you to find the right medication to help with your symptoms. I believe that medications are just one piece of the puzzle and will discuss the importance of other ways to improve your mental health as well.
Hi! My name is Diana and I am a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. After working in Internal Medicine for many years, I found that so many of my patients were struggling with their mental health and not getting the help they needed. So I decided to focus on helping people improve their quality of life through comprehensive mental health care. I will work with you to find the right medication to help with your symptoms. I believe that medications are just one piece of the puzzle and will discuss the importance of other ways to improve your mental health as well.
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Henry F. Crabbe MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New London, CT 06320
Dr. Henry Crabbe is a Yale-trained and Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been in private practice in the community for more than 30 years. He also has been involved in research in the development of new medications in his specialty.
Dr. Henry Crabbe is a Yale-trained and Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been in private practice in the community for more than 30 years. He also has been involved in research in the development of new medications in his specialty.
(860) 512-7188 View (860) 512-7188
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Emmaus Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CARN-AP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester, CT 06040
Not accepting new clients
Our small, outpatient private practice creates a welcoming, personalized treatment environment without stigma for adults seeking treatment for substance-use disorders. We offer education, options, and peer support. We will partner with you to develop a long-term plan for your health and well-being. Our method blends Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) with psychosocial nursing interventions and recovery coaching. We individualize your care based on past experiences and your current goals. Our patients receive thorough screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment with availability of 24 hour, on-call care.
Our small, outpatient private practice creates a welcoming, personalized treatment environment without stigma for adults seeking treatment for substance-use disorders. We offer education, options, and peer support. We will partner with you to develop a long-term plan for your health and well-being. Our method blends Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) with psychosocial nursing interventions and recovery coaching. We individualize your care based on past experiences and your current goals. Our patients receive thorough screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment with availability of 24 hour, on-call care.
(860) 791-4010 View (860) 791-4010
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Gony Alexandra Weiss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westport, CT 06880
Are you struggling with depression, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, frustration, poor motivation, difficulty focusing or general dissatisfaction with where you are in life? Are you wanting help, guidance, and support in creating a life that you love? If so, I am happy to help. I am a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist who values a caring, compassionate, and comprehensive approach to patient care. I specialize in working with Empaths who are open to incorporating spiritual practices in their lives to help their symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. If this resonates, contact me so we can set up an appointment to meet!
Are you struggling with depression, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, frustration, poor motivation, difficulty focusing or general dissatisfaction with where you are in life? Are you wanting help, guidance, and support in creating a life that you love? If so, I am happy to help. I am a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist who values a caring, compassionate, and comprehensive approach to patient care. I specialize in working with Empaths who are open to incorporating spiritual practices in their lives to help their symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. If this resonates, contact me so we can set up an appointment to meet!
(475) 242-8026 View (475) 242-8026
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In Session Psychiatry & Psychotherapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LMHC
Verified
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Perhaps you're struggling with a significant life difficulty, or perhaps things are going ok, but you feel that something is missing. As you have come to a point that you have considered to make a change, whether it be a change in yourself, your relationship with others, or another area of your life, it is important to enter into a therapeutic relationship characterized by safety, trust, and professionalism. Our experienced team of clinicians is specialized in: anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief & bereavement, relationship issues, dating coaching, jealousy, work & career issues, stress & burnout, and life transitions.
Perhaps you're struggling with a significant life difficulty, or perhaps things are going ok, but you feel that something is missing. As you have come to a point that you have considered to make a change, whether it be a change in yourself, your relationship with others, or another area of your life, it is important to enter into a therapeutic relationship characterized by safety, trust, and professionalism. Our experienced team of clinicians is specialized in: anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief & bereavement, relationship issues, dating coaching, jealousy, work & career issues, stress & burnout, and life transitions.
(203) 666-4507 View (203) 666-4507
Photo of Lee Weber, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Connecticut
Lee Weber
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Essex, CT 06426
Accepting NEW Child CLIENTS. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). I specialize in children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 5 - 24) who are struggling with mental health issues. I evaluate and treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, OCD, and other psychiatric disorders. I provide psychiatric evaluations and consults, medication management, individual and group therapy, as well as ongoing management.
Accepting NEW Child CLIENTS. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). I specialize in children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 5 - 24) who are struggling with mental health issues. I evaluate and treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, OCD, and other psychiatric disorders. I provide psychiatric evaluations and consults, medication management, individual and group therapy, as well as ongoing management.
(860) 852-1566 View (860) 852-1566
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Ric Wilkinson
Psychiatric Nurse, MEd, RN-BC, CARN
Verified
1 Endorsed
West Hartford, CT 06119
Not accepting new clients
I am a Registered Nurse Psychotherapist and I have been in practice for over 20 years. I specialize in substance abuse and recovery oriented therapy. I work with adolescents and adults. I also see clients who suffer from chronic medical issues who need help in coping with the daily stress of this illness.
I am a Registered Nurse Psychotherapist and I have been in practice for over 20 years. I specialize in substance abuse and recovery oriented therapy. I work with adolescents and adults. I also see clients who suffer from chronic medical issues who need help in coping with the daily stress of this illness.
(860) 357-5899 View (860) 357-5899
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Blues & Blahs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified
Milford, CT 06461  (Online Only)
Blues and Blahs was born out of a vision to provide mental health services for the LGBTQIA+ community and our allies. Dr. Nelson Leach offers treatments that are affordable, convenient, and based on current evidence. No matter what struggles you may be facing, you have the power to overcome them. We are here to support you every step on your journey towards wellness. Together, we can develop strategies and find the proper medication and/or therapy to help you feel your best and live the life you deserve. Visit bluesandblahs.com to book your appointment today!
Blues and Blahs was born out of a vision to provide mental health services for the LGBTQIA+ community and our allies. Dr. Nelson Leach offers treatments that are affordable, convenient, and based on current evidence. No matter what struggles you may be facing, you have the power to overcome them. We are here to support you every step on your journey towards wellness. Together, we can develop strategies and find the proper medication and/or therapy to help you feel your best and live the life you deserve. Visit bluesandblahs.com to book your appointment today!
(203) 350-0329 View (203) 350-0329
Photo of Susan Dains, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Connecticut
Susan Dains
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Canton, CT 06019
Whether you are struggling with a new onset of symptoms or need therapy adjunct for chronic history/treatment. Assistance with treatment for substance use disorders; alcohol, opiates , cocaine and treatment resistant disorders. Medication management for all your behavioral health needs.
Whether you are struggling with a new onset of symptoms or need therapy adjunct for chronic history/treatment. Assistance with treatment for substance use disorders; alcohol, opiates , cocaine and treatment resistant disorders. Medication management for all your behavioral health needs.
(860) 300-2028 View (860) 300-2028
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John T Palma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
I'm a compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner that likes to take the appropriate time to get to know the needs and objectives of my clients. I specialize in adults but will see children 13 and older depending on the case. I treat individuals suffering from a variety of conditions, such as, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. I value the input of those I work with and through collaboration we will achieve the best possible outcome.
I'm a compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner that likes to take the appropriate time to get to know the needs and objectives of my clients. I specialize in adults but will see children 13 and older depending on the case. I treat individuals suffering from a variety of conditions, such as, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. I value the input of those I work with and through collaboration we will achieve the best possible outcome.
(203) 404-6074 View (203) 404-6074
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Daley Prayer NP, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Norwalk, CT 06851  (Online Only)
am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who received my degree from Walden University, with over 20 years of experience in healthcare. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and a certified medical marijuana provider, I treat adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients. My focus areas are treating clients with Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Mood disorders, and Substance use disorders.
am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who received my degree from Walden University, with over 20 years of experience in healthcare. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and a certified medical marijuana provider, I treat adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients. My focus areas are treating clients with Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Mood disorders, and Substance use disorders.
(914) 873-4180 View (914) 873-4180

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Connecticut who prioritize treating:

89% Depression
88% Anxiety
76% Medication Management
70% ADHD
70% Bipolar Disorder
68% Trauma and PTSD
64% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
78% Cigna and Evernorth
77% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Connecticut see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
29% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Connecticut?

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.