Psychiatrists in Fairfield, CT

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George J Costanzo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DC APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fairfield, CT 06824  (Online Only)
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (APRN), licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan. At our practice, we collaborate with patients and their therapists to use medications conservatively, while always incorporating holistic methods to assist in recovery. I have 30 years of experience as a chiropractor, treating patients without the use of medication. Now, with the ability to prescribe medication, I carry with me the philosophy that judicious medication use is key in treatment plans. My strength is in adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (APRN), licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan. At our practice, we collaborate with patients and their therapists to use medications conservatively, while always incorporating holistic methods to assist in recovery. I have 30 years of experience as a chiropractor, treating patients without the use of medication. Now, with the ability to prescribe medication, I carry with me the philosophy that judicious medication use is key in treatment plans. My strength is in adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.
(860) 863-1289 View (860) 863-1289
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Laura Petiford
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Fairfield, CT 06824  (Online Only)
Being human isn't easy. Sometimes it's hard to make sense of it all and keep putting one foot in front of the other. If you find you are struggling to experience the joy you once had, you aren't alone. Cultivating and maintaining healthy behaviors and relationships, managing unhelpful thoughts and keeping anxiety from running the show are all achievable. You don't have to white knuckle your way through this alone.
Being human isn't easy. Sometimes it's hard to make sense of it all and keep putting one foot in front of the other. If you find you are struggling to experience the joy you once had, you aren't alone. Cultivating and maintaining healthy behaviors and relationships, managing unhelpful thoughts and keeping anxiety from running the show are all achievable. You don't have to white knuckle your way through this alone.
(203) 885-7215 View (203) 885-7215
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Limore Maron
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fairfield, CT 06824
Welcome to My Better Place LLC ! I, Dr. Limore Maron, am looking forward to starting our journey together. I provide patient centered care through Psychopharmacology ( medication management ), Natural supplements, and Supportive Therapy. Each patient deserves a tailored approach and we will work together to get you to a better place. I have been in clinical practice for over 14 years and treat ages 16-64 with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD , PTSD , OCD, I have held various academic appointments throughout my career at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine & University of Vermont School of Medicine.
Welcome to My Better Place LLC ! I, Dr. Limore Maron, am looking forward to starting our journey together. I provide patient centered care through Psychopharmacology ( medication management ), Natural supplements, and Supportive Therapy. Each patient deserves a tailored approach and we will work together to get you to a better place. I have been in clinical practice for over 14 years and treat ages 16-64 with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD , PTSD , OCD, I have held various academic appointments throughout my career at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine & University of Vermont School of Medicine.
(203) 212-8855 View (203) 212-8855
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Salvatore Iacobello
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fairfield, CT 06824
My motto is "Promoting Self-Regulation, and Bio-Emotional Health". I am a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist. I provide psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment for those who need it. I believe medications are not the answer to people emotional, psychological, and behavioral problems. My patients are individuals who want to improve the quality of their life and find their way to a satisfying and fulfilling future. My treatment approach is focused on the strengths of each individual and on helping people to obtain more insight and discover their true self.
My motto is "Promoting Self-Regulation, and Bio-Emotional Health". I am a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist. I provide psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment for those who need it. I believe medications are not the answer to people emotional, psychological, and behavioral problems. My patients are individuals who want to improve the quality of their life and find their way to a satisfying and fulfilling future. My treatment approach is focused on the strengths of each individual and on helping people to obtain more insight and discover their true self.
(203) 307-2007 View (203) 307-2007
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Beth Grunschel
Psychiatrist, MD, ScM
Verified Verified
Fairfield, CT 06824
Are you looking for a psychiatrist who is equally skilled and passionate in the arts of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology (prescribing medications)? My clinical style is engaging, interactive, and nonjudgmental. Medications are available when appropriate/helpful, but are just one of the tools available. I am also well-versed in talk therapy approaches when medications are not indicated/desirable. I look forward to your teaching me about the many different pieces that make you you, including looking at your medical health and social/family structures. I look forward to working together to find the right approach for you.
Are you looking for a psychiatrist who is equally skilled and passionate in the arts of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology (prescribing medications)? My clinical style is engaging, interactive, and nonjudgmental. Medications are available when appropriate/helpful, but are just one of the tools available. I am also well-versed in talk therapy approaches when medications are not indicated/desirable. I look forward to your teaching me about the many different pieces that make you you, including looking at your medical health and social/family structures. I look forward to working together to find the right approach for you.
(203) 909-6956 View (203) 909-6956
Mihaela Nedelcuta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fairfield, CT 06824
Hi, people call me 'Dr. N' or 'Dr. Michaela Nedelcutza.' : [A] I have a private Psychiatry practice in downtown Fairfield near the train station. The "Website" button to the left leads to my professional psychiatry website (www.Psychiatrist-Fairfield.com).
Hi, people call me 'Dr. N' or 'Dr. Michaela Nedelcutza.' : [A] I have a private Psychiatry practice in downtown Fairfield near the train station. The "Website" button to the left leads to my professional psychiatry website (www.Psychiatrist-Fairfield.com).
(203) 763-4769 View (203) 763-4769
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Tasneem Khan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fairfield, CT 06824
My practice is geared for patients who are looking for evening and weekend appointments. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD or substance abuse issues and have difficulty making your appointments during working hours, this is the right place for you. You will be seen in a compassionate, confidential and professional environment.
My practice is geared for patients who are looking for evening and weekend appointments. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD or substance abuse issues and have difficulty making your appointments during working hours, this is the right place for you. You will be seen in a compassionate, confidential and professional environment.
(203) 697-8239 View (203) 697-8239
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Ashley Neal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfield, CT 06824
Hi everyone! I'm Dr. Neal. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Connecticut. I received my Doctorate from Fairfield University and have 9 years experience in mental health. My doctoratal project focused on deprescribing with the intent to improve patient outcomes. I work with adults aged 18 and up and I specialize in treating clients with significant trauma history. I am a part of a wonderful private practice led by Dr. Mark Waynik. My approach is comprehensive, compassionate, and individualized to provide the best possible outcomes for my clients and their families.
Hi everyone! I'm Dr. Neal. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Connecticut. I received my Doctorate from Fairfield University and have 9 years experience in mental health. My doctoratal project focused on deprescribing with the intent to improve patient outcomes. I work with adults aged 18 and up and I specialize in treating clients with significant trauma history. I am a part of a wonderful private practice led by Dr. Mark Waynik. My approach is comprehensive, compassionate, and individualized to provide the best possible outcomes for my clients and their families.
(203) 633-7424 View (203) 633-7424
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Jessica Levine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fairfield, CT 06824  (Online Only)
I am Yale-trained Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, and ADHD. I take a collaborative approach with my patients, and look at the whole picture to try to figure out both medication and lifestyle interventions. I aim to create a safe and welcoming environment, where you feel heard and are a big part in creating the treatment plan. I want you to feel empowered to make choices that support your mental health.
I am Yale-trained Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, and ADHD. I take a collaborative approach with my patients, and look at the whole picture to try to figure out both medication and lifestyle interventions. I aim to create a safe and welcoming environment, where you feel heard and are a big part in creating the treatment plan. I want you to feel empowered to make choices that support your mental health.
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Dr. Ariana Rick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fairfield, CT 06824
I am a doctorate prepared, board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is trained to treat patients of all ages with diverse needs. I am especially passionate about treating children, teens, and young adults. They so often need a provider who gives them a voice, treats them with kindness and respect, and is as enthusiastic and energetic as they are! I received my Doctorate in Nursing Practice, as well as my Bachelor of Science of Nursing and Bachelors in Psychology from Fairfield University. My doctorate project focused on educating care teams in clinical settings about trauma informed training practices.
I am a doctorate prepared, board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is trained to treat patients of all ages with diverse needs. I am especially passionate about treating children, teens, and young adults. They so often need a provider who gives them a voice, treats them with kindness and respect, and is as enthusiastic and energetic as they are! I received my Doctorate in Nursing Practice, as well as my Bachelor of Science of Nursing and Bachelors in Psychology from Fairfield University. My doctorate project focused on educating care teams in clinical settings about trauma informed training practices.
(203) 256-9926 View (203) 256-9926
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George Philip Kelly
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fairfield, CT 06825
I became a doctor because I wanted to help people, and I found a home in Psychiatry. I believe a patient and a therapist together can change lives. This requires trust, motivation and an experienced therapist. Medication can be an enormously helpful part of this treatment. Many people, in this day-and-age, walk around feeling stressed, anxious, and depressed, and don't know that they can be helped. Modern treatment, including medication, can help with these symptoms.
I became a doctor because I wanted to help people, and I found a home in Psychiatry. I believe a patient and a therapist together can change lives. This requires trust, motivation and an experienced therapist. Medication can be an enormously helpful part of this treatment. Many people, in this day-and-age, walk around feeling stressed, anxious, and depressed, and don't know that they can be helped. Modern treatment, including medication, can help with these symptoms.
(203) 767-7799 View (203) 767-7799
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Dr. Deborah Lipschitz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fairfield, CT 06824
I am a South African trained doctor and an American trained psychiatrist. I have practiced child, adolescent and adult psychiatry in the town of Fairfield, CT for 28 years. Prior to establishing my full-time private practice I was on faculty at Yale University for 10 years where I practiced more of an academic/research type model of psychiatry. My diverse personal and professional background allows me to truly practice evidence based psychopharmacological care. However, I never only prescribe medications so many of my patients see me for psychotherapy as well as medication management.
I am a South African trained doctor and an American trained psychiatrist. I have practiced child, adolescent and adult psychiatry in the town of Fairfield, CT for 28 years. Prior to establishing my full-time private practice I was on faculty at Yale University for 10 years where I practiced more of an academic/research type model of psychiatry. My diverse personal and professional background allows me to truly practice evidence based psychopharmacological care. However, I never only prescribe medications so many of my patients see me for psychotherapy as well as medication management.
(203) 256-9926 View (203) 256-9926
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Tara Kerner
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Fairfield, CT 06825  (Online Only)
I am an adult psychiatrist practicing in Fairfield, CT. I work with a variety of patients; from people having difficulties adjusting to new life situations to those suffering with depression and anxiety. With my patients, we decide together what kind of therapy would best suit their individual needs. Sometimes it's weekly therapy and sometimes I may recommend medication. The overall goal is always the same: to help you gain an understanding of the problem at hand, to support you in the process of recovery, and to complete treatment with a healthier and happier frame of mind and body.
I am an adult psychiatrist practicing in Fairfield, CT. I work with a variety of patients; from people having difficulties adjusting to new life situations to those suffering with depression and anxiety. With my patients, we decide together what kind of therapy would best suit their individual needs. Sometimes it's weekly therapy and sometimes I may recommend medication. The overall goal is always the same: to help you gain an understanding of the problem at hand, to support you in the process of recovery, and to complete treatment with a healthier and happier frame of mind and body.
(917) 446-7014 View (917) 446-7014
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Amazing Victory Health and Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfield, CT 06824  (Online Only)
Does untreated mental health issues make daily life a struggle? Is anxiety or depression making you struggle just to get out of bed? Does your trauma history keep you from sleeping enough to support your busy life? Mental health issues can keep you from living the life you were meant to enjoy. Maybe you’ve tried talking to other medical professionals about mental health care but felt rushed or dismissed. You want to loosen the grip mental illness has on your life but don’t know where to start. Patient-centered mental health and medication management may help.
Does untreated mental health issues make daily life a struggle? Is anxiety or depression making you struggle just to get out of bed? Does your trauma history keep you from sleeping enough to support your busy life? Mental health issues can keep you from living the life you were meant to enjoy. Maybe you’ve tried talking to other medical professionals about mental health care but felt rushed or dismissed. You want to loosen the grip mental illness has on your life but don’t know where to start. Patient-centered mental health and medication management may help.
(203) 902-4707 View (203) 902-4707
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A Brand New Day, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfield, CT 06824
Have you tried many different medications and modalities and still not achieved optimal health? My practice will take these into consideration and build upon them. I am trained in diagnosing mental health disorders, addiction support and offering treatment options in the form of prescribing medication and other nonpharmacological interventions. I believe in the power of structure, exercise, diet, and sleep. My practice is trauma informed and we also can submit for genetic testing to see what medications might be the best fit for you.
Have you tried many different medications and modalities and still not achieved optimal health? My practice will take these into consideration and build upon them. I am trained in diagnosing mental health disorders, addiction support and offering treatment options in the form of prescribing medication and other nonpharmacological interventions. I believe in the power of structure, exercise, diet, and sleep. My practice is trauma informed and we also can submit for genetic testing to see what medications might be the best fit for you.
(475) 244-7556 View (475) 244-7556
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Timothy C. Van Deusen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fairfield, CT 06825
I'm board certified in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry focusing on the complex issues of adolescents and young adults ages 13-29. These years of development can be complicated and confusing, and the time for the emergence of many psychiatric disorders. My areas of interests include anxiety, depression, and the transitioning to college. I also help college students return back to school when they have had to take a break due to stress leading to poor grades, family issues, relationship conflicts, or other emotional hardships.. I provide weekly psychotherapy and prescribe medications when indicated.
I'm board certified in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry focusing on the complex issues of adolescents and young adults ages 13-29. These years of development can be complicated and confusing, and the time for the emergence of many psychiatric disorders. My areas of interests include anxiety, depression, and the transitioning to college. I also help college students return back to school when they have had to take a break due to stress leading to poor grades, family issues, relationship conflicts, or other emotional hardships.. I provide weekly psychotherapy and prescribe medications when indicated.
(203) 779-6313 View (203) 779-6313
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Joan F Poll
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fairfield, CT 06430
Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis
Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis
(203) 584-9478 View (203) 584-9478
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Avi Mitra
Psychiatrist, MD, MS, FAPA
Verified Verified
Fairfield, CT 06824
I am a Mayo Clinic trained Adult Psychiatrist. I have trained in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Yale University's Child Study Center. I have 19 years of experience practicing Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I am a Fellow of the American Psychiatry Association.
I am a Mayo Clinic trained Adult Psychiatrist. I have trained in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Yale University's Child Study Center. I have 19 years of experience practicing Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I am a Fellow of the American Psychiatry Association.
(203) 590-5778 View (203) 590-5778
Photo of Deirdre Murty, Psychiatric Nurse in Fairfield, CT
Deirdre Murty
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, MSN, APRN, CS
Verified Verified
Fairfield, CT 06824  (Online Only)
I am a board certified child and adolescent Clinical Nurse Specialist providing diagnostic psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy, psychopharmacological interventions, psycho-education, family therapy and couples work. I seek to help individuals understand and cope with their current emotions, stressors and life changes through what is known as the therapist/client connection. This is often over looked. It is a powerful and necessary component to a clients' progress. Now, more than ever I work hard to provide a relatable environment for my clients to feel comfortable, heard and empowered to make changes in their lives.
I am a board certified child and adolescent Clinical Nurse Specialist providing diagnostic psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy, psychopharmacological interventions, psycho-education, family therapy and couples work. I seek to help individuals understand and cope with their current emotions, stressors and life changes through what is known as the therapist/client connection. This is often over looked. It is a powerful and necessary component to a clients' progress. Now, more than ever I work hard to provide a relatable environment for my clients to feel comfortable, heard and empowered to make changes in their lives.
(203) 635-8676 View (203) 635-8676
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Kym D'Agostino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fairfield, CT 06824
I'm Kym D’Agostino, a double board-certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. With over 25 years of dedicated experience, I've had the privilege of providing high-quality care to individuals of all ages, particularly children, adolescents, and young adults. As an APRN, I have the advantage of being both a psycho-pharmacologist and and a psycho-therapist. I provide holistic and empathic care to my clients within a psychodynamic framework which recognizes the profound impact of one's history and relationships on their well being.
I'm Kym D’Agostino, a double board-certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. With over 25 years of dedicated experience, I've had the privilege of providing high-quality care to individuals of all ages, particularly children, adolescents, and young adults. As an APRN, I have the advantage of being both a psycho-pharmacologist and and a psycho-therapist. I provide holistic and empathic care to my clients within a psychodynamic framework which recognizes the profound impact of one's history and relationships on their well being.
(203) 457-8243 View (203) 457-8243

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Fairfield, CT

40+

Average cost per session

$237

Psychiatrists in Fairfield, CT who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
80% Medication Management
76% Bipolar Disorder
70% ADHD
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% Aetna
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
80% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Fairfield, CT see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fairfield?

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.