Psychiatrists in Kaneohe, HI

Photo of Alan Wolfson, Psychiatrist in Kaneohe, HI
Alan Wolfson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kaneohe, HI 96744  (Online Only)
Every human being is unique, and therefore, requires unique care for their healing. As a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of adults, I use an evidence-based, comprehensive approach that integrates medication management and preventative medicine with psychodynamic, eclectic psychotherapeutic interventions that are specific to your needs. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, Depression, Mood dysregulation, history of Trauma or other Mental Health related concerns, it is important to have providers who focus on you as an individual and whole person.
Every human being is unique, and therefore, requires unique care for their healing. As a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of adults, I use an evidence-based, comprehensive approach that integrates medication management and preventative medicine with psychodynamic, eclectic psychotherapeutic interventions that are specific to your needs. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, Depression, Mood dysregulation, history of Trauma or other Mental Health related concerns, it is important to have providers who focus on you as an individual and whole person.
(808) 427-1520 View (808) 427-1520
Photo of Tania Lynch, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kaneohe, HI
Tania Lynch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Aloha! I would be honored to partner with you on your mental wellness journey. I integrate therapeutic support, current evidence based psychiatric interventions and integrative psychiatric strategies, such as lifestyle changes, supplements and vitamins to develop an individualized holistic plan of care that aligns with your goals. My role is not only to support you to overcome your struggles, but also to help highlight and develop your strengths.
Aloha! I would be honored to partner with you on your mental wellness journey. I integrate therapeutic support, current evidence based psychiatric interventions and integrative psychiatric strategies, such as lifestyle changes, supplements and vitamins to develop an individualized holistic plan of care that aligns with your goals. My role is not only to support you to overcome your struggles, but also to help highlight and develop your strengths.
(808) 746-7455 View (808) 746-7455
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Colleen Sanders Alford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN-Rx, PMH-C
Verified
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Aloha! I am a holistic and integrative psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I promote well-being through prevention and education, in addition to assessment, diagnosis, care, and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. I provide medication management and supportive therapy throughout all of life’s stages. I take time to build the therapeutic relationship, becoming familiar with your story and challenges in order to better understand and support you. My focus is on helping patients who struggle with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, mood disorders, and postpartum depression.
Aloha! I am a holistic and integrative psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I promote well-being through prevention and education, in addition to assessment, diagnosis, care, and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. I provide medication management and supportive therapy throughout all of life’s stages. I take time to build the therapeutic relationship, becoming familiar with your story and challenges in order to better understand and support you. My focus is on helping patients who struggle with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, mood disorders, and postpartum depression.
(808) 481-5584 View (808) 481-5584
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Holly Holbrooks
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Kaneohe, HI 96744  (Online Only)
I have particular interest in working with individuals whose mental health has been impacted by marginalization, discrimination, racism, historical and cultural trauma, and other forms of oppression. Encountering the mental health care system has been and continues to be difficult and traumatic for many, and I deeply appreciate the opportunity to work with those who are willing to engage with me.
I have particular interest in working with individuals whose mental health has been impacted by marginalization, discrimination, racism, historical and cultural trauma, and other forms of oppression. Encountering the mental health care system has been and continues to be difficult and traumatic for many, and I deeply appreciate the opportunity to work with those who are willing to engage with me.
(808) 649-3350 View (808) 649-3350
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Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Program (KAP)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kaneohe, HI 96744
The Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) program incorporates integrative psychiatry/ketamine administration with trauma healing psychotherapy. It is designed to help individuals to heal the root of their pain, to create movement where their system feels “stuck” and to find the innate internal strength that each person holds. The Ketamine program helps individuals to work through their trauma, depression, anxiety, to optimize personal/spiritual growth and relationships, and to widen their perspective, seeing life through a more expansive lens.
The Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) program incorporates integrative psychiatry/ketamine administration with trauma healing psychotherapy. It is designed to help individuals to heal the root of their pain, to create movement where their system feels “stuck” and to find the innate internal strength that each person holds. The Ketamine program helps individuals to work through their trauma, depression, anxiety, to optimize personal/spiritual growth and relationships, and to widen their perspective, seeing life through a more expansive lens.
(808) 559-9684 View (808) 559-9684
Photo of Quanae Lill -Xplor Counseling, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kaneohe, HI
Quanae Lill -Xplor Counseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MPH, APRN-RX, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Not accepting new clients
(808) 582-8361 View (808) 582-8361

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Syreeta Steele - Ohanapsych, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kaneohe, HI
Syreeta Steele - Ohanapsych
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Honolulu, HI 96817  (Online Only)
Syreeta worked as a Psychiatric Registered Nurse for six years before becoming a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2018. Syreeta enjoys working in behavioral health and cannot see herself doing anything else. She brings a compassionate, listening ear, along with safe and effective care. Syreeta believes in treating her patients as she would her own family members. Syreeta endorses whole health promotion and routinely encourages patients to engage in regular physical activity, proper diet, good work-life balance, healthy socializing and spiritual well-being.
Syreeta worked as a Psychiatric Registered Nurse for six years before becoming a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2018. Syreeta enjoys working in behavioral health and cannot see herself doing anything else. She brings a compassionate, listening ear, along with safe and effective care. Syreeta believes in treating her patients as she would her own family members. Syreeta endorses whole health promotion and routinely encourages patients to engage in regular physical activity, proper diet, good work-life balance, healthy socializing and spiritual well-being.
(808) 646-7052 View (808) 646-7052
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Dr. Jay Nichols
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Honolulu, HI 96814  (Online Only)
If you're feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or stuck, I invite you to take the first step towards a brighter future! I specialize in helping professionals who are experiencing burnout in their careers due to depression, anxiety, and ADHD. I am a board-certified psychiatrist and have extensive experience working with professionals such as CEO’s, lawyers, physicians, and other healthcare professionals to find renewed balance and reconnect with purpose in their lives. I also have experience in working with the LGBTQ+ community who might be struggling with sexual identity and are ready to start experiencing their true authentic life.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or stuck, I invite you to take the first step towards a brighter future! I specialize in helping professionals who are experiencing burnout in their careers due to depression, anxiety, and ADHD. I am a board-certified psychiatrist and have extensive experience working with professionals such as CEO’s, lawyers, physicians, and other healthcare professionals to find renewed balance and reconnect with purpose in their lives. I also have experience in working with the LGBTQ+ community who might be struggling with sexual identity and are ready to start experiencing their true authentic life.
(808) 736-5912 View (808) 736-5912
Photo of Laine Guillot, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kaneohe, HI
Laine Guillot
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Honolulu, HI 96814
Empathetic care and Empowerment. Hope and Healing. Optimization of Mental, Behavioral, and Physical Health. If you are in search of any of these things, I believe I can help. I am dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) so I understand how physical and mental health overlap and influence each other at all ages and stages of life. I lead with compassion and understand the importance of active listening. This creates a judgement-free space where healing can happen.
Empathetic care and Empowerment. Hope and Healing. Optimization of Mental, Behavioral, and Physical Health. If you are in search of any of these things, I believe I can help. I am dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) so I understand how physical and mental health overlap and influence each other at all ages and stages of life. I lead with compassion and understand the importance of active listening. This creates a judgement-free space where healing can happen.
(808) 204-4810 View (808) 204-4810
Photo of Ethan Pien, Psychiatrist in Kaneohe, HI
Ethan Pien
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Honolulu, HI 96814
I am a general psychiatrist servicing individuals (not couples or families) ages 18 and over. Common problems I deal with in my practice include depression, anxiety, adhd, psychosis, and bipolar disorders. My services include both psychiatric medications and counseling.
I am a general psychiatrist servicing individuals (not couples or families) ages 18 and over. Common problems I deal with in my practice include depression, anxiety, adhd, psychosis, and bipolar disorders. My services include both psychiatric medications and counseling.
(808) 201-6840 View (808) 201-6840
Photo of Joan Parker Dias - Xplor Counseling, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kaneohe, HI
Joan Parker Dias - Xplor Counseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNS, RN
Verified
Honolulu, HI 96815
If you or your child/adolescent are struggling to overcome/manage anxiety, depression, or trauma, then you know how easy it can be to get "stuck" in behavior patterns that keep you from living the life you want. At times, it may even seem impossible to gain traction and move forward. But, with the right help, you CAN start to make positive behavior changes and actually shift the way you view the world around you. That's where I can help--when I work with clients, I consider it a "team effort," during which we work together to find a way forward. Former clients would say I'm warm, trustworthy, and professional--and always have the best interests of my clients in mind.
If you or your child/adolescent are struggling to overcome/manage anxiety, depression, or trauma, then you know how easy it can be to get "stuck" in behavior patterns that keep you from living the life you want. At times, it may even seem impossible to gain traction and move forward. But, with the right help, you CAN start to make positive behavior changes and actually shift the way you view the world around you. That's where I can help--when I work with clients, I consider it a "team effort," during which we work together to find a way forward. Former clients would say I'm warm, trustworthy, and professional--and always have the best interests of my clients in mind.
(808) 824-4045 View (808) 824-4045
Photo of Tara Valenzuela, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kaneohe, HI
Tara Valenzuela
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Honolulu, HI 96813
Dr. Tara Valenzuela DNP, PMHNP-BC, is a mental health enthusiast, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and a professor of psychiatric nursing. She treats mental health across the lifespan. Her treatments are healing-centered, education-forward, and person-focused. This involves customized strategies for medication management. She aligns with the idea that Nursing is the facilitation of healing and works to provide intervention, education, and advocacy.
Dr. Tara Valenzuela DNP, PMHNP-BC, is a mental health enthusiast, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and a professor of psychiatric nursing. She treats mental health across the lifespan. Her treatments are healing-centered, education-forward, and person-focused. This involves customized strategies for medication management. She aligns with the idea that Nursing is the facilitation of healing and works to provide intervention, education, and advocacy.
(808) 563-4918 View (808) 563-4918
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Kate N Hamzi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Honolulu, HI 96803  (Online Only)
We will work collaboratively to establish a comprehensive plan and discuss the role of medication and psychotherapy in your treatment. While medication is beneficial in many cases, I believe in a holistic approach concentrating on lifestyle changes, social support systems and psychotherapy. I appreciate that each client I have the privilege to work with is unique and will work to create the most effective treatment plan based on each individuals’ goals. I know that seeking mental health care can elicit feelings of vulnerability. I strive to create an environment free of judgment, provide compassionate care.
We will work collaboratively to establish a comprehensive plan and discuss the role of medication and psychotherapy in your treatment. While medication is beneficial in many cases, I believe in a holistic approach concentrating on lifestyle changes, social support systems and psychotherapy. I appreciate that each client I have the privilege to work with is unique and will work to create the most effective treatment plan based on each individuals’ goals. I know that seeking mental health care can elicit feelings of vulnerability. I strive to create an environment free of judgment, provide compassionate care.
(808) 650-7835 View (808) 650-7835
Photo of Purpose Psychiatry / Jeremy R Verhines, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kaneohe, HI
Purpose Psychiatry / Jeremy R Verhines
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Honolulu, HI 96813
Purpose Psychiatry is a single specialty concierge fee-for-service practice that offers comprehensive mental health diagnosis, treatment and medication management services to clients in both California and Hawaii. We are dedicated to helping individuals enhance and achieve their psychological well-being. We are dedicated to helping individuals enhance and achieve their psychological well-being. We offer treatment for ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and OCD Disorders.
Purpose Psychiatry is a single specialty concierge fee-for-service practice that offers comprehensive mental health diagnosis, treatment and medication management services to clients in both California and Hawaii. We are dedicated to helping individuals enhance and achieve their psychological well-being. We are dedicated to helping individuals enhance and achieve their psychological well-being. We offer treatment for ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and OCD Disorders.
(949) 750-7082 View (949) 750-7082
Photo of Peter G Collori, Psychiatrist in Kaneohe, HI
Peter G Collori
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Honolulu, HI 96821  (Online Only)
I understand therapies - biological, psychological and mindfulness-based treatments - as ways to help you be more present in your life, face challenges in work and in love with confidence and feel secure enough to play. I understand feelings are not just symptoms but signals to be listened too and understood in their context. I also understand patients are people, not just victims of biology or inconvenient containers for medications. Our physical state is of great importance and still, it does not exist in a vacuum. It is intimately intertwined with our DNA, life circumstances, relationships, culture and past experiences.
I understand therapies - biological, psychological and mindfulness-based treatments - as ways to help you be more present in your life, face challenges in work and in love with confidence and feel secure enough to play. I understand feelings are not just symptoms but signals to be listened too and understood in their context. I also understand patients are people, not just victims of biology or inconvenient containers for medications. Our physical state is of great importance and still, it does not exist in a vacuum. It is intimately intertwined with our DNA, life circumstances, relationships, culture and past experiences.
(808) 495-0145 View (808) 495-0145
Photo of Justin Salandanan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kaneohe, HI
Justin Salandanan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Honolulu, HI 96802
Justin Salandanan specializes in medication management of depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbance in adults. He takes a non-judgmental and collaborative approach with each of his clients. Justin utilizes GeneSight genetic testing when necessary to help guide treatment. (Note: Due to pending changes of DEA regulations related to Telehealth, this provider is currently not prescribing any controlled substances including stimulants and benzodiazepines). To BOOK an Appointment online, visit: sigmund.headway.co, call 201-305-0456, or email.
Justin Salandanan specializes in medication management of depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbance in adults. He takes a non-judgmental and collaborative approach with each of his clients. Justin utilizes GeneSight genetic testing when necessary to help guide treatment. (Note: Due to pending changes of DEA regulations related to Telehealth, this provider is currently not prescribing any controlled substances including stimulants and benzodiazepines). To BOOK an Appointment online, visit: sigmund.headway.co, call 201-305-0456, or email.
(201) 730-9016 View (201) 730-9016
Photo of Garrett Milo Halweg, Psychiatrist in Kaneohe, HI
Garrett Milo Halweg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Honolulu, HI 96813
Dr. Garrett Halweg began a quest for improving brain health at the completion of his residency from University of Hawaii, Queens Medical Center in 2003. He headed up a private practice in Southern California working on common disorders like depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Dr. Halweg survived multi-system organ failure because of a Leptospirosis infection from a local waterfall in November 2013, which prompted a renewed interest in optimizing physical health and mental awareness. This experience taught him lessons that shaped his life and now wants to share his story with others.
Dr. Garrett Halweg began a quest for improving brain health at the completion of his residency from University of Hawaii, Queens Medical Center in 2003. He headed up a private practice in Southern California working on common disorders like depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Dr. Halweg survived multi-system organ failure because of a Leptospirosis infection from a local waterfall in November 2013, which prompted a renewed interest in optimizing physical health and mental awareness. This experience taught him lessons that shaped his life and now wants to share his story with others.
(808) 664-1402 View (808) 664-1402
Photo of Shameca Hudson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Kaneohe, HI
Shameca Hudson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified
Kailua, HI 96734
Dr. Shameca Hudson is a Board Certified - Family and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience treating adults, children, and families with mental illness. She takes an integrative and individualized approach to care. She is interested in culture and its impact on mental health..
Dr. Shameca Hudson is a Board Certified - Family and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of experience treating adults, children, and families with mental illness. She takes an integrative and individualized approach to care. She is interested in culture and its impact on mental health..
(808) 746-8806 View (808) 746-8806
Shantelle Coe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Kailua, HI 96734  (Online Only)
Shantelle is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in mental wellness for adults who may be experiencing difficulty focusing or completing daily tasks, as well as those suffering from feelings of depression, stress, or anxiety. Shantelle believes in a collaborative and holistic approach to mental wellness that will allow her clients to work towards their best selves; this may include talk therapy, medication, or a combination of both.
Shantelle is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in mental wellness for adults who may be experiencing difficulty focusing or completing daily tasks, as well as those suffering from feelings of depression, stress, or anxiety. Shantelle believes in a collaborative and holistic approach to mental wellness that will allow her clients to work towards their best selves; this may include talk therapy, medication, or a combination of both.
(808) 818-8238 View (808) 818-8238
Jacob Lee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Honolulu, HI 96813
Dr. Jacob Lee is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who earned his M.D. and completed Psychiatry Residency at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He served as Chief Fellow for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine. He works with children, teens, adults, and their families to navigate mental illness, life stage transitions, and issues of identity including gender and sexual minority care.
Dr. Jacob Lee is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who earned his M.D. and completed Psychiatry Residency at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He served as Chief Fellow for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine. He works with children, teens, adults, and their families to navigate mental illness, life stage transitions, and issues of identity including gender and sexual minority care.
(808) 666-9686 View (808) 666-9686

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Kaneohe, HI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Kaneohe, HI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder
67% ADHD
67% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Hawaii Medical Services Association
83% TRICARE
83% University Health Alliance

How Psychiatrists in Kaneohe, HI see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Kaneohe?

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.