Psychiatrists in West Union, IA

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Malory Larson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Union, IA 52175
Hi there! I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience working in healthcare. I started my career in healthcare as a CNA at the age of 16, worked my way through nursing school, have experience working on an inpatient behavioral health unit for 6 years as a nurse, and have now been practicing as a psychiatric NP for the past 4 years.
Hi there! I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience working in healthcare. I started my career in healthcare as a CNA at the age of 16, worked my way through nursing school, have experience working on an inpatient behavioral health unit for 6 years as a nurse, and have now been practicing as a psychiatric NP for the past 4 years.
(563) 926-6286 View (563) 926-6286

Online Psychiatrists

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Ben Jaggers Covenant Family Solutions Coralville
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Coralville, IA 52241
Reflective listening and genuine care are foundations to my practice. Nurturing a clinical relationship with you is the reason I am here. Together we focus on a plan that is right for your current circumstances and future goals. By providing medication management and brief supportive therapy at each session, we not only work towards reducing severe psychiatric symptoms with medications, but work towards improving engagement in healthy self care choices related to our most basic needs as people (e.g. sleep, diet, movement, relationships, safety, security).
Reflective listening and genuine care are foundations to my practice. Nurturing a clinical relationship with you is the reason I am here. Together we focus on a plan that is right for your current circumstances and future goals. By providing medication management and brief supportive therapy at each session, we not only work towards reducing severe psychiatric symptoms with medications, but work towards improving engagement in healthy self care choices related to our most basic needs as people (e.g. sleep, diet, movement, relationships, safety, security).
(319) 264-2610 View (319) 264-2610
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Robin Cook Kopelman
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
North Liberty, IA 52317
Dr. Robin Kopelman is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry and is a leading expert in the state of Iowa in the fields of Women’s and Maternal/Perinatal Mental Health. She is passionate about working with women to streamline their care to address their unique preferences and life circumstances. Her expertise includes helping patients make informed decisions about medication use related to pregnancy, breastfeeding, and reproductive hormone status, while offering broader services to all women across adulthood.
Dr. Robin Kopelman is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry and is a leading expert in the state of Iowa in the fields of Women’s and Maternal/Perinatal Mental Health. She is passionate about working with women to streamline their care to address their unique preferences and life circumstances. Her expertise includes helping patients make informed decisions about medication use related to pregnancy, breastfeeding, and reproductive hormone status, while offering broader services to all women across adulthood.
(319) 209-9344 View (319) 209-9344
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Cedar Circle Mental Health and wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
I am a 2014 graduate of the University of Iowa. I have worked in healthcare for over 20 years in various capacities. I have practiced as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I currently accept clients 12 years of age and above. I manage a wide range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, and schizophrenia. I firmly believe in a holistic approach for my clients to achieve optimal mental health.
I am a 2014 graduate of the University of Iowa. I have worked in healthcare for over 20 years in various capacities. I have practiced as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I currently accept clients 12 years of age and above. I manage a wide range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, and schizophrenia. I firmly believe in a holistic approach for my clients to achieve optimal mental health.
(319) 271-3292 View (319) 271-3292
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Patterns Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401  (Online Only)
NOW ACCEPTING new virtual patients with same-week appointments. The thought of being all alone in a negative cycle that may be a result of anxiety, trauma, depression, unhealthy coping skills, and/or environmental stressors can be daunting. The treatment for most mental illnesses is effective therapy. However, some need a little more than therapy. How would you know if you could benefit from medications? If you have been suffering for a long time in a limited and/or negative cycle, most likely your brain will need some help; the right psychotropic medication will help improve your symptoms.
NOW ACCEPTING new virtual patients with same-week appointments. The thought of being all alone in a negative cycle that may be a result of anxiety, trauma, depression, unhealthy coping skills, and/or environmental stressors can be daunting. The treatment for most mental illnesses is effective therapy. However, some need a little more than therapy. How would you know if you could benefit from medications? If you have been suffering for a long time in a limited and/or negative cycle, most likely your brain will need some help; the right psychotropic medication will help improve your symptoms.
(319) 220-6751 View (319) 220-6751
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Andrew Foster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
To quote Lady Gaga, just because you were “born this way” or perhaps, experienced a trauma along the way, you do not need to hide yourself. Mental health impacts each and every person at some point in our lives. As someone who has personally experienced episodes of mental distress, I realize it can be debilitating and interfere with reaching our life goals and dreams if left untreated. Fortunately, mental illness can be effectively managed with a variety of interventions. I am passionate about helping those in my care overcome feelings of mental distress, maximize their quality of life, and attain their goals and dreams.
To quote Lady Gaga, just because you were “born this way” or perhaps, experienced a trauma along the way, you do not need to hide yourself. Mental health impacts each and every person at some point in our lives. As someone who has personally experienced episodes of mental distress, I realize it can be debilitating and interfere with reaching our life goals and dreams if left untreated. Fortunately, mental illness can be effectively managed with a variety of interventions. I am passionate about helping those in my care overcome feelings of mental distress, maximize their quality of life, and attain their goals and dreams.
(319) 463-3607 View (319) 463-3607
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Abbie Kelley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52411
Abbie is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She sees children and adults for medication management. Areas of interest include depression, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder, and post-partum depression.
Abbie is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She sees children and adults for medication management. Areas of interest include depression, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder, and post-partum depression.
(319) 253-2895 View (319) 253-2895
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Kathleen Holden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Kathleen is accepting NEW Patients 18+. When a patient arrives at the clinic, they will encounter a healing space with health and wellness in mind. Kathleen is here to hold space during times of crisis. She wants to help you build a treatment plan with your goals in mind. She finds meaning in helping patients who are in times of struggle, as well as, those who are ready to move from feeling “good enough” to feeling truly like themselves again.
Kathleen is accepting NEW Patients 18+. When a patient arrives at the clinic, they will encounter a healing space with health and wellness in mind. Kathleen is here to hold space during times of crisis. She wants to help you build a treatment plan with your goals in mind. She finds meaning in helping patients who are in times of struggle, as well as, those who are ready to move from feeling “good enough” to feeling truly like themselves again.
(319) 246-5254 View (319) 246-5254
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Queendroline Nkeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Coralville, IA 52241  (Online Only)
Feeling overwhelmed, or stressed? are you easily forgetful, distracted, and making careless mistakes at your job? Do you feel all over the place and jumping? You do not have to go through it alone. I can help you through this journey with ease. I am Queendroline Nkeh, A board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I approach my clients with a focus on understanding the peculiarity of their psychiatric & mental health needs. My goal is to cut through various barriers that may place limitations in getting mental health care and providing the treatment necessary to begin a client’s journey to recovery.
Feeling overwhelmed, or stressed? are you easily forgetful, distracted, and making careless mistakes at your job? Do you feel all over the place and jumping? You do not have to go through it alone. I can help you through this journey with ease. I am Queendroline Nkeh, A board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I approach my clients with a focus on understanding the peculiarity of their psychiatric & mental health needs. My goal is to cut through various barriers that may place limitations in getting mental health care and providing the treatment necessary to begin a client’s journey to recovery.
(319) 349-2840 View (319) 349-2840
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Davonna Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Coralville, IA 52241  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
(480) 500-1241 View (480) 500-1241
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Abbie Kelley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52411
Abbie Kelley, ARNP, PMHNP-BC is a board certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner at Psychiatric Associates at the Cedar Rapids location. She works with individuals ages four and up. She especially enjoys helping those who experience Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety, OCD, PTSD), Depression and other Mood Disorders, ADHD, Behavioral Disorders, Trauma, Psychotic Disorders, and Bipolar Disorders. In addition, she has a decade of experience managing an inpatient psychiatric unit.
Abbie Kelley, ARNP, PMHNP-BC is a board certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner at Psychiatric Associates at the Cedar Rapids location. She works with individuals ages four and up. She especially enjoys helping those who experience Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety, OCD, PTSD), Depression and other Mood Disorders, ADHD, Behavioral Disorders, Trauma, Psychotic Disorders, and Bipolar Disorders. In addition, she has a decade of experience managing an inpatient psychiatric unit.
(319) 220-5698 View (319) 220-5698
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CoreHealthPsych
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grinnell, IA 50112  (Online Only)
We are a virtual-psychiatric mental health practice. We at CoreHealthPsych believe that everyone in need should have access to quality care. We provide patients with the knowledge and tools they need to live their best lives. Our experience enables us to offer effective outpatient telehealth and individualized psychiatric care. We provide a safe and non-judgmental environment.
We are a virtual-psychiatric mental health practice. We at CoreHealthPsych believe that everyone in need should have access to quality care. We provide patients with the knowledge and tools they need to live their best lives. Our experience enables us to offer effective outpatient telehealth and individualized psychiatric care. We provide a safe and non-judgmental environment.
(515) 949-4839 View (515) 949-4839
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Jeanne-Marie Fournier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
North Liberty, IA 52317
NOW accepting new patients at Holistic Wellness & Psychiatry. Appointments are available within a week either in person or virtual. Jeanne-Marie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working with individuals aged 8 and older. No referrals are needed. She takes time to listen to her patients' concerns working towards overall goals. She uses a holistic approach incorporating trauma-informed care, empathy, and compassion to treat the whole person with traditional medicine. Our office is located at 10 W Cherry St, North Liberty. Cedar Rapids Location Opening in April: 42 7th Ave SW, Ste 100 Mott Blvd.
NOW accepting new patients at Holistic Wellness & Psychiatry. Appointments are available within a week either in person or virtual. Jeanne-Marie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working with individuals aged 8 and older. No referrals are needed. She takes time to listen to her patients' concerns working towards overall goals. She uses a holistic approach incorporating trauma-informed care, empathy, and compassion to treat the whole person with traditional medicine. Our office is located at 10 W Cherry St, North Liberty. Cedar Rapids Location Opening in April: 42 7th Ave SW, Ste 100 Mott Blvd.
(319) 448-3805 View (319) 448-3805
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Alexine Kejika Nansinla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Coralville, IA 52241
I provide medication management services to children (ages 6+), adolescents, and adults. I understand life can have many challenges, and working together, I will help you gain a deeper understanding of how these challenges are impacting your life, school, work and social life. I provide a non-judgmental and client centered approach. I view you as an individual and will individualize your care based on your needs. I respect and value your cultural and personal values and will incorporate them into your plan of care. I will meet you where your mental and behavioral health needs exist and together, we will identify a treatment plan.
I provide medication management services to children (ages 6+), adolescents, and adults. I understand life can have many challenges, and working together, I will help you gain a deeper understanding of how these challenges are impacting your life, school, work and social life. I provide a non-judgmental and client centered approach. I view you as an individual and will individualize your care based on your needs. I respect and value your cultural and personal values and will incorporate them into your plan of care. I will meet you where your mental and behavioral health needs exist and together, we will identify a treatment plan.
(319) 343-5229 View (319) 343-5229
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Bliss Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52246  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW patients, can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
Accepting NEW patients, can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
(515) 379-8572 View (515) 379-8572
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Megan Engen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anamosa, IA 52205
Currently accepting new clients! Megan has over 10 years experience as a nurse in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Megan has been a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) since 2022, and has experience in the community mental health setting.
Currently accepting new clients! Megan has over 10 years experience as a nurse in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Megan has been a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) since 2022, and has experience in the community mental health setting.
(319) 224-0722 View (319) 224-0722
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Kristina Flanagan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FPMHNP
Verified Verified
Coralville, IA 52241
I practice patient centered care and see each patient as an individual not a diagnosis. I provided a thorough assessment, diagnosis, medication management, and help guide you to an individualized treatment plan.
I practice patient centered care and see each patient as an individual not a diagnosis. I provided a thorough assessment, diagnosis, medication management, and help guide you to an individualized treatment plan.
(319) 536-1228 View (319) 536-1228
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Kelly Jo Scheffert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50701
I have been working in psychiatry since 2008 in variety settings including inpatient, outpatient, corrections and academia. I am here to help you become the best version of yourself because you deserve it!
I have been working in psychiatry since 2008 in variety settings including inpatient, outpatient, corrections and academia. I am here to help you become the best version of yourself because you deserve it!
(319) 820-4794 View (319) 820-4794
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Margaret Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52245
I enjoy working with people ages 6 and up who are coping with mental health challenges including depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, and attention deficit disorder. I want to work with people to meet their goals of living their best life, in happiness health and safety. I like to work with people to develop individualized care plans and involve them in understanding the options they have to choose from when developing their care. I hope to establish a relationship based on mutual trust, and care with each of my clients.
I enjoy working with people ages 6 and up who are coping with mental health challenges including depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, and attention deficit disorder. I want to work with people to meet their goals of living their best life, in happiness health and safety. I like to work with people to develop individualized care plans and involve them in understanding the options they have to choose from when developing their care. I hope to establish a relationship based on mutual trust, and care with each of my clients.
(319) 220-5331 View (319) 220-5331
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Noel Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP, SANE
Verified Verified
Marion, IA 52302
Now able to accept new patients! Noel Adams is a board certified medication provider specializing in Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, panic disorder) ADHD, Depression and other Mood Disorders, Trauma, Bipolar Disorder, and Behavioral Disorders. Noel provides care to patients across a lifespan (ages 6+) with over a decade of experience in healthcare helping individuals navigate their mental health in both hospital and clinic settings.
Now able to accept new patients! Noel Adams is a board certified medication provider specializing in Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, panic disorder) ADHD, Depression and other Mood Disorders, Trauma, Bipolar Disorder, and Behavioral Disorders. Noel provides care to patients across a lifespan (ages 6+) with over a decade of experience in healthcare helping individuals navigate their mental health in both hospital and clinic settings.
(319) 318-6893 View (319) 318-6893

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Number of Psychiatrists in West Union, IA

< 10

Psychiatrists in West Union, IA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

4 Years

Gender breakdown

100% Female

How Psychiatrists in West Union, IA see their clients

100% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in West Union?

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.