Psychiatrists in Wallingford, CT

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Avi Mitra
Psychiatrist, MD, MS, FAPA
Verified Verified
Wallingford, CT 06492
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
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Traci Marando- Holistic Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wallingford, CT 06492  (Online Only)
As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 23 years experience in the field, I’ve had the opportunity to work with patients of all ages and in a variety of treatment settings. Specialty areas are recovery from narcissistic abuse/domestic violence, attachment styles/traumas, OCD/anxiety, depression, grief/loss, anger management, postpartum, divorce/separation, and codependency. At my private practice, Family Psychiatric Services, I provide a holistic approach, utilizing intensive therapy, nutrition, and medication management, with the goal of helping patients become medication free (as appropriate).
As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 23 years experience in the field, I’ve had the opportunity to work with patients of all ages and in a variety of treatment settings. Specialty areas are recovery from narcissistic abuse/domestic violence, attachment styles/traumas, OCD/anxiety, depression, grief/loss, anger management, postpartum, divorce/separation, and codependency. At my private practice, Family Psychiatric Services, I provide a holistic approach, utilizing intensive therapy, nutrition, and medication management, with the goal of helping patients become medication free (as appropriate).
(203) 403-6580 View (203) 403-6580
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Holly Hillburn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Wallingford, CT 06492
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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Dr. Nikita Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wallingford, CT 06492  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I completed a six-year combined undergraduate-graduate medical school program at the University of Missouri, earning my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Doctorate of Medicine. I completed my residency at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt program in Baltimore, followed by a Forensic Psychiatry fellowship through Columbia University in New York City.
I completed a six-year combined undergraduate-graduate medical school program at the University of Missouri, earning my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Doctorate of Medicine. I completed my residency at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt program in Baltimore, followed by a Forensic Psychiatry fellowship through Columbia University in New York City.
(929) 209-6091 View (929) 209-6091
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Lisa Killips
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Wallingford, CT 06494  (Online Only)
I am accepting new Clients. My goal is to treat clients with an individual, holistic approach in an effort to strive for a healthy, balanced, quality of life. I am an empathetic listener utilizing integrative treatment strategies of medication management, complimentary therapies, mindfulness, nutrition, exercise and more. Treatment is with thoughtful consideration of the Client as a whole.
I am accepting new Clients. My goal is to treat clients with an individual, holistic approach in an effort to strive for a healthy, balanced, quality of life. I am an empathetic listener utilizing integrative treatment strategies of medication management, complimentary therapies, mindfulness, nutrition, exercise and more. Treatment is with thoughtful consideration of the Client as a whole.
(860) 590-8236 View (860) 590-8236
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Fredo J Clermont
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Wallingford, CT 06492
Waitlist for new clients
Accepting New Patient on a limited basis. Experience working with a broad range of psychiatric issues specializing in medication management with an integrative treatment approach. As a Doctorally-prepared Double Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), My extensive work history providing care to patients with comorbid psychiatric issues (Anxiety, OCD, Mood Disorders, Depression including postpartum depression, PTSD, Bipolar) and medical conditions has contributed to my ability to assess each patient from a holistic view while focusing on the treatment of mental health.
Accepting New Patient on a limited basis. Experience working with a broad range of psychiatric issues specializing in medication management with an integrative treatment approach. As a Doctorally-prepared Double Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), My extensive work history providing care to patients with comorbid psychiatric issues (Anxiety, OCD, Mood Disorders, Depression including postpartum depression, PTSD, Bipolar) and medical conditions has contributed to my ability to assess each patient from a holistic view while focusing on the treatment of mental health.
(860) 901-0520 View (860) 901-0520

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Christine Aigbobun
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
Christine believes in treating people so that their individual and therapeutic goals are met and is dedicated to serving and healing the community through patient-centered care. Treatment should be an avenue to show compassion and understanding to patients and their needs without judgment or stigma whether it is through mediation, therapy, or both.
Christine believes in treating people so that their individual and therapeutic goals are met and is dedicated to serving and healing the community through patient-centered care. Treatment should be an avenue to show compassion and understanding to patients and their needs without judgment or stigma whether it is through mediation, therapy, or both.
(475) 275-6779 View (475) 275-6779
Photo of Maegan Monterose, MSN, APRN, PMHNP , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Maegan Monterose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
Struggling with mental health and feeling lost in the journey towards wellness? Are you seeking a compassionate expert to guide you towards a brighter, more stable future? I understand your search for relief and clarity amidst these challenges. As a dedicated mental health professional, my mission is to light your path towards healing and peace of mind. Together, we can create a treatment plan that you understand and actively participate in, paving the way towards a life of fulfillment and stability. I offer psychiatric medication management.
Struggling with mental health and feeling lost in the journey towards wellness? Are you seeking a compassionate expert to guide you towards a brighter, more stable future? I understand your search for relief and clarity amidst these challenges. As a dedicated mental health professional, my mission is to light your path towards healing and peace of mind. Together, we can create a treatment plan that you understand and actively participate in, paving the way towards a life of fulfillment and stability. I offer psychiatric medication management.
(888) 344-3893 View (888) 344-3893
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Milton Jason Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Meriden, CT 06451  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients. I have worked with outpatient clients of all ages that are struggling with mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, gender identity issues, and psychiatric symptoms associated with chronic medical disorders.
Now accepting new patients. I have worked with outpatient clients of all ages that are struggling with mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, gender identity issues, and psychiatric symptoms associated with chronic medical disorders.
(860) 864-5528 View (860) 864-5528
Photo of Olga Selikhov, MSN, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Olga Selikhov
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Olga and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Connecticut. I specialize in Anger Management, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Illness, Depression, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Stress Management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Olga and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Connecticut. I specialize in Anger Management, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Illness, Depression, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Stress Management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(475) 284-8854 View (475) 284-8854
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Linton Kinlock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHN-BC
Verified Verified
Hamden, CT 06514  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am deeply committed to improving the lives of individuals living with mental illness. I believe that with the right care, support , people can achieve their full potential and lead fulfilling lives. My passion stems from my own experiences with mental health, as well as my desire to make a positive impact in the lives of others. I have a strong background in both nursing and psychiatry, committed to staying current with the latest research, integrative treatments. I am a compassionate and empathetic practitioner who is dedicated to working with my patients to develop individualized treatment.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am deeply committed to improving the lives of individuals living with mental illness. I believe that with the right care, support , people can achieve their full potential and lead fulfilling lives. My passion stems from my own experiences with mental health, as well as my desire to make a positive impact in the lives of others. I have a strong background in both nursing and psychiatry, committed to staying current with the latest research, integrative treatments. I am a compassionate and empathetic practitioner who is dedicated to working with my patients to develop individualized treatment.
(860) 254-6569 View (860) 254-6569
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BE VEry Resilient, L.L.C.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
North Haven, CT 06473
Waitlist for new clients
The mission of BE VEry Resilient is to foster resilience by encouraging, uplifting, restoring, and renewing emotional strength, promoting balanced and stable emotions. Our goal for each individual is to cultivate therapeutic skills that enhance mental well-being and empower effective management of daily challenges. Sheneese, the owner/founder of BE VEry Resilient, brings over 10 years of experience in the nursing field, with a significant focus on mental health. Having practiced as a mental health provider in community outpatient settings, Sheneese has dedicated her career to supporting adults from diverse backgrounds.
The mission of BE VEry Resilient is to foster resilience by encouraging, uplifting, restoring, and renewing emotional strength, promoting balanced and stable emotions. Our goal for each individual is to cultivate therapeutic skills that enhance mental well-being and empower effective management of daily challenges. Sheneese, the owner/founder of BE VEry Resilient, brings over 10 years of experience in the nursing field, with a significant focus on mental health. Having practiced as a mental health provider in community outpatient settings, Sheneese has dedicated her career to supporting adults from diverse backgrounds.
(203) 350-7077 View (203) 350-7077
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Ashley LaBonte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
Ashley LaBonte is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field, receiving her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph in 2018. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, intensive outpatient treatment programs and more recently in outpatient community mental health.
Ashley LaBonte is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field, receiving her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph in 2018. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, intensive outpatient treatment programs and more recently in outpatient community mental health.
(888) 344-3893 View (888) 344-3893
Photo of Ellen Zummo, AGNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ellen Zummo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamden, CT 06518  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Ellen, and I am a certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. I have spent the last 3 years in the field of primary care, treating a range of illnesses in patients 18 years and older. I have experience in the treatment of anxiety, depression, adult ADHD. I pride myself in taking a compassionate and down to earth approach. When you feel as though life is becoming unmanageable...it does not have to be! Reach out to me today!
Hi! My name is Ellen, and I am a certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. I have spent the last 3 years in the field of primary care, treating a range of illnesses in patients 18 years and older. I have experience in the treatment of anxiety, depression, adult ADHD. I pride myself in taking a compassionate and down to earth approach. When you feel as though life is becoming unmanageable...it does not have to be! Reach out to me today!
(475) 335-8054 View (475) 335-8054
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Martha Lino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, RN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Yalesville, CT 06492  (Online Only)
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology. I completed my nursing education at Binghamton University (SUNY), earning my Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing.
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology. I completed my nursing education at Binghamton University (SUNY), earning my Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing.
(475) 447-1254 View (475) 447-1254
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Dr Adrienne Hicks, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Hamden, CT 06518  (Online Only)
I treat patients with mental illnesses and manage general medical concerns.
I treat patients with mental illnesses and manage general medical concerns.
(203) 587-8295 View (203) 587-8295
Photo of Christta Sprott - Destination Psychiatry, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Destination Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cheshire, CT 06410
Are you experiencing struggles with your mental health? Are you anxious or depressed and don’t know where to turn? Have you been through significant traumas or life stressors and can’t figure out how to work through them? Healing is possible! Hi, I'm Christta and I am the owner and provider at Destination Psychiatry, conveniently and discreetly located for those who wish to maintain privacy in their mental health journey. The space is TRULY warm and inviting and promotes trust and healing. I specialize in psychiatric evaluations, medication management and individual therapy for anxiety, depression, mood disorders and much more!
Are you experiencing struggles with your mental health? Are you anxious or depressed and don’t know where to turn? Have you been through significant traumas or life stressors and can’t figure out how to work through them? Healing is possible! Hi, I'm Christta and I am the owner and provider at Destination Psychiatry, conveniently and discreetly located for those who wish to maintain privacy in their mental health journey. The space is TRULY warm and inviting and promotes trust and healing. I specialize in psychiatric evaluations, medication management and individual therapy for anxiety, depression, mood disorders and much more!
(475) 325-5847 View (475) 325-5847
Photo of Emily Friedman, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Emily Friedman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cheshire, CT 06408  (Online Only)
With more than 8 years of experience working in the mental health field helping clients achieve their vision of wellness, stability and peace, I offer a safe, affirming, nonjudgmental space to share where you've been and envision where you'd like to go. I have worked in substance use disorder programs as well as intensive outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings.
With more than 8 years of experience working in the mental health field helping clients achieve their vision of wellness, stability and peace, I offer a safe, affirming, nonjudgmental space to share where you've been and envision where you'd like to go. I have worked in substance use disorder programs as well as intensive outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings.
(475) 897-5578 View (475) 897-5578
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John M. de Figueiredo, M.D., LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
Dr. de Figueiredo is a Johns Hopkins trained psychiatrist and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale. He has been in practice over 30 years. He offers telepsychiatry (appointments through video conferencing) throughout Connecticut, New York, Florida, and Arizona. He typically offers medication management for depression and anxiety and supportive psychotherapy for dealing effectively with stressful situations and restoring the balance and harmony in life. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He participates in most insurance plans.
Dr. de Figueiredo is a Johns Hopkins trained psychiatrist and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale. He has been in practice over 30 years. He offers telepsychiatry (appointments through video conferencing) throughout Connecticut, New York, Florida, and Arizona. He typically offers medication management for depression and anxiety and supportive psychotherapy for dealing effectively with stressful situations and restoring the balance and harmony in life. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He participates in most insurance plans.
(475) 253-3762 View (475) 253-3762
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Ryan Dillon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Guilford, CT 06437
I take a safe, comfortable, and multifaceted approach towards treatment. I have experience and have been trained in family psychiatry. Therefore, I treat all ages and populations. My primary area of focus is that of diagnostic evaluation and psychiatric medication management. However, I believe that psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment. I will provide this type of services if I feel I can help! If not, I will refer you to the appropriate therapist. Accordingly, communicating and involving treatment from other providers and "looking at the big picture" is essential!
I take a safe, comfortable, and multifaceted approach towards treatment. I have experience and have been trained in family psychiatry. Therefore, I treat all ages and populations. My primary area of focus is that of diagnostic evaluation and psychiatric medication management. However, I believe that psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment. I will provide this type of services if I feel I can help! If not, I will refer you to the appropriate therapist. Accordingly, communicating and involving treatment from other providers and "looking at the big picture" is essential!
(203) 433-2550 View (203) 433-2550

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Wallingford, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Wallingford, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Medication Management
67% Other
67% Bipolar Disorder
67% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Wallingford, CT see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wallingford?

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.