Psychiatrists in Simsbury, CT

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Deborah S. Greene APRN
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, PMHCNS-
Verified Verified
Simsbury, CT 06070  (Online Only)
Mood Disorders and Anxiety are medical illnesses. Successful treatment is available. Treatment may involve various types of psychotherapy. It may also involve in the addition of medication which can successfully target symptoms. The word therapy stems for the Latin word for healing; the term nurse stems from the Latin word for care. Psychiatric nurses care for their patients who are suffering; while assisting our patients in the healing process
Mood Disorders and Anxiety are medical illnesses. Successful treatment is available. Treatment may involve various types of psychotherapy. It may also involve in the addition of medication which can successfully target symptoms. The word therapy stems for the Latin word for healing; the term nurse stems from the Latin word for care. Psychiatric nurses care for their patients who are suffering; while assisting our patients in the healing process
(860) 787-5578 View (860) 787-5578
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Leading Psychiatry of Connecticut
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Simsbury, CT 06070  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that specializes in medication management and treatment planning. Experienced in psychiatry and addiction, but also having worked in medicine and surgery, provides me with a unique skill set and ability to incorporate knowledge from multiple specialties when developing a targeted and personalized treatment plan.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that specializes in medication management and treatment planning. Experienced in psychiatry and addiction, but also having worked in medicine and surgery, provides me with a unique skill set and ability to incorporate knowledge from multiple specialties when developing a targeted and personalized treatment plan.
(860) 431-3521 View (860) 431-3521
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Amber Irimia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Simsbury, CT 06070
I am taking new patients! My approach to care is collaborative, I will work with you and anyone else you wish to be part of your care. Together, we will identify your unique needs and work to improve your mental health and overall well being.
I am taking new patients! My approach to care is collaborative, I will work with you and anyone else you wish to be part of your care. Together, we will identify your unique needs and work to improve your mental health and overall well being.
(860) 864-4989 View (860) 864-4989
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Shelly Foster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Simsbury, CT 06070  (Online Only)
I believe in decreasing stigma and barriers that prevent individuals from seeking mental health treatment. I have a holistic view of a person’s health and integrate this into clinical decisions. I believe in creating a trusting therapeutic relationship where the individual feels supported, validated, and listened to in a non-judgmental manner. I am passionate about providing quality service with empathy and patience. I hope to work in conjunction with therapists in Connecticut with the understanding that psychotherapy and medication management are evidence-based interventions and when combined provide the safest and best outcome.
I believe in decreasing stigma and barriers that prevent individuals from seeking mental health treatment. I have a holistic view of a person’s health and integrate this into clinical decisions. I believe in creating a trusting therapeutic relationship where the individual feels supported, validated, and listened to in a non-judgmental manner. I am passionate about providing quality service with empathy and patience. I hope to work in conjunction with therapists in Connecticut with the understanding that psychotherapy and medication management are evidence-based interventions and when combined provide the safest and best outcome.
(860) 530-6033 View (860) 530-6033
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Cara Marie Bartos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNS, APRN
Verified Verified
Simsbury, CT 06070
Not accepting new clients
Finding a psychiatric provider can be overwhelming, whether you are looking for yourself or a loved one. I am a psychiatric APRN who specializes in treating children and adolescents who struggle with emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues. I have 18 years of experience working with children and adolescents facing depression, anxiety, ADHD, and thought disorders. I have extensive experience in treating psychiatric symptoms related to trauma. When a child's symptoms impair their ability to achieve developmental milestones or a healthy quality of life, we must do our best to remove any obstacles that stand in their way.
Finding a psychiatric provider can be overwhelming, whether you are looking for yourself or a loved one. I am a psychiatric APRN who specializes in treating children and adolescents who struggle with emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues. I have 18 years of experience working with children and adolescents facing depression, anxiety, ADHD, and thought disorders. I have extensive experience in treating psychiatric symptoms related to trauma. When a child's symptoms impair their ability to achieve developmental milestones or a healthy quality of life, we must do our best to remove any obstacles that stand in their way.
(860) 512-7194 View (860) 512-7194
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Dr. Chanon C. Biceglia, DNP of Medica Today LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, NP-C, APRN
Verified Verified
Simsbury, CT 06070
With a strong passion for helping others succeed & work through obstacles in their life, I serve as both a psychiatric and medical provider, with a comprehensive education & experience of 25+ years. Holding a doctorate and double board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & medical APRN, I hold full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Connecticut & Arizona. My background & experience includes trauma & crisis, primary care, inpatient hospital, out-patient, family/couples, school based intervention, ADD/ADHD, & ASD health and wellness.
With a strong passion for helping others succeed & work through obstacles in their life, I serve as both a psychiatric and medical provider, with a comprehensive education & experience of 25+ years. Holding a doctorate and double board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & medical APRN, I hold full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Connecticut & Arizona. My background & experience includes trauma & crisis, primary care, inpatient hospital, out-patient, family/couples, school based intervention, ADD/ADHD, & ASD health and wellness.
(203) 806-9936 View (203) 806-9936
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CRB Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PHMNP
Verified Verified
Simsbury, CT 06070  (Online Only)
My name is Cynthia Roman-Chouinard, a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I'm committed to collaborating with you on your mental health journey. I believe in a holistic approach to mental health, incorporating physical health, lifestyle changes, and mental well-being into your treatment plan. We'll communicate openly about your needs and challenges and explore various therapeutic modalities to achieve your treatment goals.
My name is Cynthia Roman-Chouinard, a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I'm committed to collaborating with you on your mental health journey. I believe in a holistic approach to mental health, incorporating physical health, lifestyle changes, and mental well-being into your treatment plan. We'll communicate openly about your needs and challenges and explore various therapeutic modalities to achieve your treatment goals.
(860) 813-3144 View (860) 813-3144
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Holly Hillburn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Simsbury, CT 06070
I specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry and work with kids, ages 4 to 21. Please visit www.centralpsychiatry.com for details. I've been a board-certified advanced practice registered nurse since 2010 and graduated from the University of Rochester School of Nursing, in Western New York. I have worked alongside child psychiatrists for over a decade and attend the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual training academy. These experiences have enhanced my knowledge of pediatric psychopharmacology. I conduct psychiatric evaluations, clarify psychiatric diagnoses, and prescribe psychotropic medication.
I specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry and work with kids, ages 4 to 21. Please visit www.centralpsychiatry.com for details. I've been a board-certified advanced practice registered nurse since 2010 and graduated from the University of Rochester School of Nursing, in Western New York. I have worked alongside child psychiatrists for over a decade and attend the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual training academy. These experiences have enhanced my knowledge of pediatric psychopharmacology. I conduct psychiatric evaluations, clarify psychiatric diagnoses, and prescribe psychotropic medication.
(860) 467-0559 View (860) 467-0559
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Shantelle Brokaw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Simsbury, CT 06070  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
NOT Accepting new clients at this time. Helping women who experience anxiety, depression, or ADHD, lower and better manage their symptoms, adopt better lifestyle habits, improve the relationships in their lives and live with more clarity. Schedule an alignment call on the website; you will get 30 mins with me to answer any questions, get insight into your concerns, and see if it is a good fit to meet your needs.
NOT Accepting new clients at this time. Helping women who experience anxiety, depression, or ADHD, lower and better manage their symptoms, adopt better lifestyle habits, improve the relationships in their lives and live with more clarity. Schedule an alignment call on the website; you will get 30 mins with me to answer any questions, get insight into your concerns, and see if it is a good fit to meet your needs.
(959) 265-0992 View (959) 265-0992
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Amit Rathi MD
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Simsbury, CT 06070
I am a child, adolescent, & adult psychiatrist, treating a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and relational difficulties. I specialize in problems of mood (depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety (panic attacks, OCD, phobias, generalized anxiety), childhood behavior (ADHD, oppositionality), autism spectrum disorders, and thought disorders. I believe strongly in the importance of psychotherapy as well as the balanced, evidence-based use of medications, where necessary.
I am a child, adolescent, & adult psychiatrist, treating a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and relational difficulties. I specialize in problems of mood (depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety (panic attacks, OCD, phobias, generalized anxiety), childhood behavior (ADHD, oppositionality), autism spectrum disorders, and thought disorders. I believe strongly in the importance of psychotherapy as well as the balanced, evidence-based use of medications, where necessary.
(860) 910-1088 View (860) 910-1088

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Thrive Behavioral Health, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06119  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with depression or find anxiety interferes with your ability to function? Do you have difficulty concentrating or staying on task? Do you experience sleep issues or low energy? Your struggles do not define you. You are worthy of happiness and peace of mind. Mental health treatment is a journey and there is no shame in seeking help. Mental health is as important as physical health. I want to help improve your quality of life and function by setting you on a path of hope and wellness, in order to see the light at the end of your road. This is my goal as a mental health provider. I offer treatment to all CT residents.
Do you struggle with depression or find anxiety interferes with your ability to function? Do you have difficulty concentrating or staying on task? Do you experience sleep issues or low energy? Your struggles do not define you. You are worthy of happiness and peace of mind. Mental health treatment is a journey and there is no shame in seeking help. Mental health is as important as physical health. I want to help improve your quality of life and function by setting you on a path of hope and wellness, in order to see the light at the end of your road. This is my goal as a mental health provider. I offer treatment to all CT residents.
(860) 854-4210 View (860) 854-4210
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Karina Weiss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06105
A psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience, Dr. Weiss earned her Bachelors of Science, from Brown U., her MD at U. of Louisville followed by training at 3 Harvard Hospitals, then serving as Chief Resident. She has been providing care to adult outpatients in the Hartford area for over 10 years. Now in private practice, her clinical approach to treating adults emphasizes trust and nurturing a therapeutic partnership. She provides full psychiatric services to help people recover from stumbling blocks they may encounter. She values proper diagnosis and evidence-based treatment.
A psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience, Dr. Weiss earned her Bachelors of Science, from Brown U., her MD at U. of Louisville followed by training at 3 Harvard Hospitals, then serving as Chief Resident. She has been providing care to adult outpatients in the Hartford area for over 10 years. Now in private practice, her clinical approach to treating adults emphasizes trust and nurturing a therapeutic partnership. She provides full psychiatric services to help people recover from stumbling blocks they may encounter. She values proper diagnosis and evidence-based treatment.
(860) 467-1889 View (860) 467-1889
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Jessica Harrison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06103  (Online Only)
I am a dual certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have an extensive medical background that includes primary care, urgent care, internal medicine and hospital medicine. My psychiatric experience includes substance abuse, eating disorders, crisis stabilization, and outpatient services caring for individuals with depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, women's mental health, and bipolar disorder II.
I am a dual certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have an extensive medical background that includes primary care, urgent care, internal medicine and hospital medicine. My psychiatric experience includes substance abuse, eating disorders, crisis stabilization, and outpatient services caring for individuals with depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, women's mental health, and bipolar disorder II.
(706) 705-8227 View (706) 705-8227
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Christopher Hammel
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Hartford, CT 06105
As a board-certified psychiatrist trained and experienced in both talk therapy and medication management, I offer a holistic approach to your treatment: Whether you would benefit from medication, therapy, or both, I'm here to help. I work with adult patients of all ages.
As a board-certified psychiatrist trained and experienced in both talk therapy and medication management, I offer a holistic approach to your treatment: Whether you would benefit from medication, therapy, or both, I'm here to help. I work with adult patients of all ages.
(860) 792-5108 View (860) 792-5108
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Thamara Jonathas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry. I have 13 years of experience working in healthcare, providing care to patients of all ages. I am dedicated to delivering high-quality, evidence-based care and building strong relationships with my patients to ensure their overall health and well-being. I am passionate about patient education and empowerment. I am committed to staying current on the latest advancements in healthcare and to provide the best possible care for my patients.
Hello, I am a board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry. I have 13 years of experience working in healthcare, providing care to patients of all ages. I am dedicated to delivering high-quality, evidence-based care and building strong relationships with my patients to ensure their overall health and well-being. I am passionate about patient education and empowerment. I am committed to staying current on the latest advancements in healthcare and to provide the best possible care for my patients.
(203) 599-0864 View (203) 599-0864
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Mental Health and Psychiatry Services MHPS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
West Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Patients: Appointments go to www.mhpspsych.com, call or email. Bridgitte F. Ackeifi APRN, PMHNP-BC holistically works with patients and their families with mental health and substance use illnesses to create an individualized treatment plan using evidence-based research, and a patient-centered approach with the use of medication management, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and encourages psychotherapy as needed to promote function, increase potential, decrease symptoms/hospitalizations, empowering, and instilling more hope, positivity, support, and love, healing one patient, one day at a time. Thank you.
Accepting NEW Patients: Appointments go to www.mhpspsych.com, call or email. Bridgitte F. Ackeifi APRN, PMHNP-BC holistically works with patients and their families with mental health and substance use illnesses to create an individualized treatment plan using evidence-based research, and a patient-centered approach with the use of medication management, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and encourages psychotherapy as needed to promote function, increase potential, decrease symptoms/hospitalizations, empowering, and instilling more hope, positivity, support, and love, healing one patient, one day at a time. Thank you.
(860) 846-3775 View (860) 846-3775
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Njideka Ikeakor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hartford, CT 06105  (Online Only)
Mental health and substance abuse are my passion. With an extensive work history with special populations and covering the full spectrum of mental health issues. I provide medication management, counseling, assessments among other services. I'm committed to provide a highly professional, confidential service in an environment that is safe and promotes personal growth and healing. WITH 24/7 direct access for established patients.
Mental health and substance abuse are my passion. With an extensive work history with special populations and covering the full spectrum of mental health issues. I provide medication management, counseling, assessments among other services. I'm committed to provide a highly professional, confidential service in an environment that is safe and promotes personal growth and healing. WITH 24/7 direct access for established patients.
(860) 809-4318 View (860) 809-4318
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Debra Sicilian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Windsor, CT 06095  (Online Only)
My name is Debra Sicilian, and I am a dedicated psychiatric consultant offering open and genuine support for your well-being. With extensive clinical experience, I deeply grasp brain function, medications, and treatments. My unwavering commitment to uncovering the root causes behind distressing symptoms is what sets me apart. The complexity of the brain, governing various aspects of our being, drives my fascination. I acknowledge the uniqueness of each individual's neurodiversity, influencing treatment responses.
My name is Debra Sicilian, and I am a dedicated psychiatric consultant offering open and genuine support for your well-being. With extensive clinical experience, I deeply grasp brain function, medications, and treatments. My unwavering commitment to uncovering the root causes behind distressing symptoms is what sets me apart. The complexity of the brain, governing various aspects of our being, drives my fascination. I acknowledge the uniqueness of each individual's neurodiversity, influencing treatment responses.
(475) 405-2067 View (475) 405-2067
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John Graziano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
John Graziano, APRN, PMHNP has a philosophy that care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with John, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfillment. That’s because – with a board certification in psychiatry and experience in a variety of settings such as inpatient, community, and outpatient – John is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
John Graziano, APRN, PMHNP has a philosophy that care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with John, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfillment. That’s because – with a board certification in psychiatry and experience in a variety of settings such as inpatient, community, and outpatient – John is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
(860) 847-8294 View (860) 847-8294
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Ashley N Sansom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06107  (Online Only)
Evening and weekend appointments available! I am a Doctorally-trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience treating a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, and eating disorders. Using a patient-centered, holistic approach to care, I address both the physical and emotional aspects of health and well-being. I am dedicated to providing compassionate care in a warm and welcoming environment.
Evening and weekend appointments available! I am a Doctorally-trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience treating a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, and eating disorders. Using a patient-centered, holistic approach to care, I address both the physical and emotional aspects of health and well-being. I am dedicated to providing compassionate care in a warm and welcoming environment.
(914) 256-8039 View (914) 256-8039

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Simsbury, CT

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Simsbury, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
90% ADHD
90% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
20% Harvard Pilgrim

How Psychiatrists in Simsbury, CT see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Simsbury?

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.