Psychiatrists in Boise, ID

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Cassi Shelly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83706  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Peaceful Mind Psychiatry is a Telehealth based company dedicated to virtually providing patients in Idaho and Washington with medication management services. This service is geared towards helping you achieve the mental wellness you deserve and need to live a happy and full life. Here are some of the diagnoses we are adept in treating: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia / Schizoaffective disorders, ADHD, Substance Use Disorders, insomnia.
Peaceful Mind Psychiatry is a Telehealth based company dedicated to virtually providing patients in Idaho and Washington with medication management services. This service is geared towards helping you achieve the mental wellness you deserve and need to live a happy and full life. Here are some of the diagnoses we are adept in treating: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia / Schizoaffective disorders, ADHD, Substance Use Disorders, insomnia.
(208) 875-5685 View (208) 875-5685
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Talia Sierra
Physician Assistant, PA-C, DMSc
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83703
Welcome! Are you ready to embark on your journey to well-being? I provide compassionate, personalized care tailored to meet your unique needs. Mental health can profoundly impact your well-being and I want to help you develop your individual path to healing. As a doctorally trained PA I specialize in understanding the unique nuances of each individual's mental health journey and address concerns such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and more. Your mental health is my priority and my goal is to empower you toward lasting transformation!
Welcome! Are you ready to embark on your journey to well-being? I provide compassionate, personalized care tailored to meet your unique needs. Mental health can profoundly impact your well-being and I want to help you develop your individual path to healing. As a doctorally trained PA I specialize in understanding the unique nuances of each individual's mental health journey and address concerns such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and more. Your mental health is my priority and my goal is to empower you toward lasting transformation!
(208) 271-3649 View (208) 271-3649
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Victor Onodjacha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83709  (Online Only)
My experience has been gained through various positions in the field of nursing as a registered nurse in the occupational, long term acute care, and psychiatric/mental health before moving into the role of a health care provider. I am a committed and hardworking individual with excellent communication and prioritization skills. I believe in being proactive and I am excellent at setting and attaining work related goals.
My experience has been gained through various positions in the field of nursing as a registered nurse in the occupational, long term acute care, and psychiatric/mental health before moving into the role of a health care provider. I am a committed and hardworking individual with excellent communication and prioritization skills. I believe in being proactive and I am excellent at setting and attaining work related goals.
(208) 551-1712 View (208) 551-1712
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Carey Crill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, PNP-C
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83706
I love working with children and families. I also love working with developmentally delayed children and adults. I will see all ages of clients though. I believe that every client I see wants to be as functional as the people that they see around them. My goal is to get them to a place where they feel that they can function within their role in society and feel fulfilled. Everyone in this world needs validation and to feel loved and needed. Often when we are struggling with mental health issues, those needs aren't being met. I want to get my patients to a place where they functioning and meeting those needs.
I love working with children and families. I also love working with developmentally delayed children and adults. I will see all ages of clients though. I believe that every client I see wants to be as functional as the people that they see around them. My goal is to get them to a place where they feel that they can function within their role in society and feel fulfilled. Everyone in this world needs validation and to feel loved and needed. Often when we are struggling with mental health issues, those needs aren't being met. I want to get my patients to a place where they functioning and meeting those needs.
(208) 231-3196 View (208) 231-3196
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Tauna Young
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83704
I am passionate about helping people achieve “total health” by assisting them to honor the connection between the emotional and physical impacts of all of life’s experiences. I believe that as a healthcare provider who is passionate about promoting total health, it is my duty and honor to provide a safe, judgement-free zone where patients can discuss their mental health concerns in a positive environment.
I am passionate about helping people achieve “total health” by assisting them to honor the connection between the emotional and physical impacts of all of life’s experiences. I believe that as a healthcare provider who is passionate about promoting total health, it is my duty and honor to provide a safe, judgement-free zone where patients can discuss their mental health concerns in a positive environment.
(986) 234-2679 View (986) 234-2679
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83702  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Idaho for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Insurances accepted.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Idaho for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Insurances accepted.
(208) 900-4637 View (208) 900-4637
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Aaron Thomason
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83709
Aaron is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He specializes in Psychiatry. Aaron is passionate about educating his patients and helping patients develop an individualized evidence-based plan of care. He believes in the importance of a patient-provider partnership and working with a team to treat the different factors that affect our mental health. Aaron is also open to identifying alternative ways to manage mental health struggles through more natural ways. He is both experienced and thorough in his care.
Aaron is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He specializes in Psychiatry. Aaron is passionate about educating his patients and helping patients develop an individualized evidence-based plan of care. He believes in the importance of a patient-provider partnership and working with a team to treat the different factors that affect our mental health. Aaron is also open to identifying alternative ways to manage mental health struggles through more natural ways. He is both experienced and thorough in his care.
(208) 487-8773 View (208) 487-8773
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Elizabeth Corrao
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83706
At the heart of my practice lies a commitment to person-centered care. I am guided by evidence-based practices, ensuring that our journey is grounded in approaches backed by research and proven effectiveness. Your path towards mental wellness is unique, and it deserves a tailored approach that resonates with your individual needs and experiences. While therapy modalities play a crucial role in addressing underlying issues and fostering resilience, I also understand that for some, medication can be an essential tool in managing symptoms and restoring balance.
At the heart of my practice lies a commitment to person-centered care. I am guided by evidence-based practices, ensuring that our journey is grounded in approaches backed by research and proven effectiveness. Your path towards mental wellness is unique, and it deserves a tailored approach that resonates with your individual needs and experiences. While therapy modalities play a crucial role in addressing underlying issues and fostering resilience, I also understand that for some, medication can be an essential tool in managing symptoms and restoring balance.
(208) 518-0570 View (208) 518-0570
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Psychiatry 121
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83702
Angela provides medication management, testing and treatment for adolescents and adults who are experiencing symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorder, PTSD, women’s health issues including PMDD and postpartum depression.
Angela provides medication management, testing and treatment for adolescents and adults who are experiencing symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorder, PTSD, women’s health issues including PMDD and postpartum depression.
(208) 646-9657 View (208) 646-9657
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Ryan Shackelford
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83705
Are you suffering with depression and/or anxiety? Have medications not been enough? Are you feeling stuck or keep hitting the same barriers in life? Difficulty in your relationships? Do you want to work in an accelerated and intensive manner with a knowledgeable and supportive therapist? If any of this is true or you have any range of emotional issues you need help with then please call me for help.
Are you suffering with depression and/or anxiety? Have medications not been enough? Are you feeling stuck or keep hitting the same barriers in life? Difficulty in your relationships? Do you want to work in an accelerated and intensive manner with a knowledgeable and supportive therapist? If any of this is true or you have any range of emotional issues you need help with then please call me for help.
(208) 427-3308 View (208) 427-3308
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Todd Salzsieder
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS, M ED
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83704
We understand that seeking help for your mental health can be overwhelming and uncomfortable. We want your experience to be as stress-free as possible. We deliver care with empathy & understanding while still providing a solid guide to emotional wellness. Medication is only part of the process for achieving your mental health goals and while it is an important tool, we will push to keep your total medication burden as low as possible. We promote overall wellness such as exercise, diet, stress-reducing activities, and life balance. We will work with your other care providers to ensure continuity throughout your treatment.
We understand that seeking help for your mental health can be overwhelming and uncomfortable. We want your experience to be as stress-free as possible. We deliver care with empathy & understanding while still providing a solid guide to emotional wellness. Medication is only part of the process for achieving your mental health goals and while it is an important tool, we will push to keep your total medication burden as low as possible. We promote overall wellness such as exercise, diet, stress-reducing activities, and life balance. We will work with your other care providers to ensure continuity throughout your treatment.
(208) 754-5874 View (208) 754-5874
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Krystal Demoney-Hendrickson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83702  (Online Only)
Currently, I am licensed in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington! As a mental health practitioner, I aim to enhance mental wellness and soothe the frayed nerves of those overwhelmed by life experiences. My restorative approach to mental health, attracts clients interested in the root cause of their mental health symptoms. I believe in treatment from a holistic perspective, involving mind, physical body, intuition, and spirit.
Currently, I am licensed in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington! As a mental health practitioner, I aim to enhance mental wellness and soothe the frayed nerves of those overwhelmed by life experiences. My restorative approach to mental health, attracts clients interested in the root cause of their mental health symptoms. I believe in treatment from a holistic perspective, involving mind, physical body, intuition, and spirit.
(208) 515-2812 View (208) 515-2812
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Amanda Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83706
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in private practice in Boise, ID. As a PMHNP, I hold a master’s degree in nursing with specialized education and training in psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. I am able to prescribe and manage psychiatric medications and use brief solution focused therapies. My approach to pharmacotherapy is judicious and thoughtful. I am currently accepting new clients ages 14 and up and I am credentialed with most major commercial insurance panels.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in private practice in Boise, ID. As a PMHNP, I hold a master’s degree in nursing with specialized education and training in psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. I am able to prescribe and manage psychiatric medications and use brief solution focused therapies. My approach to pharmacotherapy is judicious and thoughtful. I am currently accepting new clients ages 14 and up and I am credentialed with most major commercial insurance panels.
(208) 502-8425 View (208) 502-8425
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Boise Ketamine Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83705
I opened Boise Ketamine Clinic over 8 years ago after losing a loved one to suicide. I read a study on ketamine for suicidal ER patients and the results were astounding, a 70% remission in 24 hours after a single ketamine dose. I opened BKC as a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) and returned to school to obtain my PMHNP (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I served a three year board term for the non-profit, American Society of Ketamine Practitioners. I then completed Integrative Psychiatry Institute Certificate Program for guiding non-ordinary states journeys and legal psychedelic medicine work.
I opened Boise Ketamine Clinic over 8 years ago after losing a loved one to suicide. I read a study on ketamine for suicidal ER patients and the results were astounding, a 70% remission in 24 hours after a single ketamine dose. I opened BKC as a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) and returned to school to obtain my PMHNP (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I served a three year board term for the non-profit, American Society of Ketamine Practitioners. I then completed Integrative Psychiatry Institute Certificate Program for guiding non-ordinary states journeys and legal psychedelic medicine work.
(208) 427-8596 View (208) 427-8596
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Dana McKee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83706
Hi! I’m Dana McKee, a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing at Treasure Valley Psychology. My specialty is mental health evaluation and medication management for conditions such as anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar disorder, and more. I am additionally certified to treat perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This means I am equipped to support people preparing for, in the midst of, and following a pregnancy and during lactation. I happily work with non-birthing partners, intended, and adoptive parents, as well as any non-childbearing adult desiring compassionate and supportive mental health care.
Hi! I’m Dana McKee, a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing at Treasure Valley Psychology. My specialty is mental health evaluation and medication management for conditions such as anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar disorder, and more. I am additionally certified to treat perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This means I am equipped to support people preparing for, in the midst of, and following a pregnancy and during lactation. I happily work with non-birthing partners, intended, and adoptive parents, as well as any non-childbearing adult desiring compassionate and supportive mental health care.
(986) 202-0657 View (986) 202-0657
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Hope Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83706
Hi, I'm Satu Woodland and am the Clinic Owner and Clinician at Hope Mental Health. We are a mental health clinic providing psych evals, med management and psychotherapy. When you schedule with me, you will be signing up for a team. We have PMHNP interns that work with me. An intern will take your medical history and psychiatric history, then bring me in and together weI will create the treatment plan. On subsequent visits, you will see the intern and he/she will bring me on when the medication and/or treatment plan needs to be changed. All of us provide Integrative Psychiatry using the most recent medications and supplements.
Hi, I'm Satu Woodland and am the Clinic Owner and Clinician at Hope Mental Health. We are a mental health clinic providing psych evals, med management and psychotherapy. When you schedule with me, you will be signing up for a team. We have PMHNP interns that work with me. An intern will take your medical history and psychiatric history, then bring me in and together weI will create the treatment plan. On subsequent visits, you will see the intern and he/she will bring me on when the medication and/or treatment plan needs to be changed. All of us provide Integrative Psychiatry using the most recent medications and supplements.
(208) 925-1735 View (208) 925-1735
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Brig Panther
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83706
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. I work with adolescents and adults who struggle with a variety of mental health concerns. I am passionate about mental health and firmly believe that working with vulnerable populations is my purpose. Although my focus is medication management, I believe improving mental health involves a holistic approach that addresses multiple lifestyle factors. I take pride in being a good listener. I genuinely want to understand where my patients come from so that I can develop a treatment plan that is evidence-based, holistic, and targeted to meet individual needs.
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. I work with adolescents and adults who struggle with a variety of mental health concerns. I am passionate about mental health and firmly believe that working with vulnerable populations is my purpose. Although my focus is medication management, I believe improving mental health involves a holistic approach that addresses multiple lifestyle factors. I take pride in being a good listener. I genuinely want to understand where my patients come from so that I can develop a treatment plan that is evidence-based, holistic, and targeted to meet individual needs.
(208) 544-4478 View (208) 544-4478
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Stephan France at Resilient Health Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83702
Welcome to Resilient Health Psychiatry. I am Stephan France, an experienced board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I will ensure that your mental health needs are addressed with empathy and expertise. Through tailored treatment plans and attentive support, patients can anticipate a nurturing atmosphere where your concerns are understood and your values are respected. I will work with you to support and empower you as you learn to decrease the frequency and intensity of disruptive thoughts and behaviors. Thank you for visiting Resilient Health Psychiatry, where your journey to mental health resilience begins!
Welcome to Resilient Health Psychiatry. I am Stephan France, an experienced board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I will ensure that your mental health needs are addressed with empathy and expertise. Through tailored treatment plans and attentive support, patients can anticipate a nurturing atmosphere where your concerns are understood and your values are respected. I will work with you to support and empower you as you learn to decrease the frequency and intensity of disruptive thoughts and behaviors. Thank you for visiting Resilient Health Psychiatry, where your journey to mental health resilience begins!
(208) 856-6742 View (208) 856-6742
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Alexandra Seaman
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83706
Now accepting new clients! Alex Seaman at Well Being provides Psychiatric Medication Management for Children, Adolescents and Adults.
Now accepting new clients! Alex Seaman at Well Being provides Psychiatric Medication Management for Children, Adolescents and Adults.
(208) 909-4023 View (208) 909-4023
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Josh Woodland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83706  (Online Only)
For a limited time, I am accepting new clients with limited availability within a week of booking. Rather than offering quick appointments and rushed prescriptions, my style is a holistic, personalized approach. By integrating medication management with various therapeutic techniques in a relaxed, conversational environment, I create a space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings deeply and comfortably. My clients often leave our sessions with a sense of relief, knowing they have a treatment plan that is tailored to their unique needs and preferences.
For a limited time, I am accepting new clients with limited availability within a week of booking. Rather than offering quick appointments and rushed prescriptions, my style is a holistic, personalized approach. By integrating medication management with various therapeutic techniques in a relaxed, conversational environment, I create a space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings deeply and comfortably. My clients often leave our sessions with a sense of relief, knowing they have a treatment plan that is tailored to their unique needs and preferences.
(986) 216-5154 View (986) 216-5154

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Boise, ID

70+

Average cost per session

$149

Psychiatrists in Boise, ID who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
89% Depression
80% Bipolar Disorder
76% Medication Management
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% ADHD
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Cigna and Evernorth
81% Aetna
70% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Boise, ID see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
30% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Boise?

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.