Psychiatrists in Gem County, ID

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Kathleen Mack
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FMP, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Emmett, ID 83617
Waitlist for new clients
With 30 years of experience in nursing and the last 17 in psychiatric care, Kathy is highly knowledgeable and supportive. She is a safe space for all people in the Treasure Valley area. The philosophy is client centered, even if you have never been on medications and some one may have suggested them or have been on them for years and they are not working as well as before. We will talk about what your expectations are and the recommendations are based on best practice guidelines and tailored to your needs. We have recently added an in person option for clients to be seen in a clinic. We will be at 2209 N. Whitley Dr. in Fruitland.
With 30 years of experience in nursing and the last 17 in psychiatric care, Kathy is highly knowledgeable and supportive. She is a safe space for all people in the Treasure Valley area. The philosophy is client centered, even if you have never been on medications and some one may have suggested them or have been on them for years and they are not working as well as before. We will talk about what your expectations are and the recommendations are based on best practice guidelines and tailored to your needs. We have recently added an in person option for clients to be seen in a clinic. We will be at 2209 N. Whitley Dr. in Fruitland.
(208) 944-1149 View (208) 944-1149
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Dumu Psychiatry LLC.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, BSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Emmett, ID 83617
As a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner the most significant part of my work is to provide a healing presence. Healing presence is being consciously and compassionately in the present moment with another or with others, believing in and affirming their potential for wholeness, wherever they are in life. I have found this an invaluable tool when dealing with patients in a mental crisis. It has helped me dismantle mistrust, helped me create rapport, helped me creating a lasting therapeutic relationships with my patients. When you are completely present, you stay awake to each unfolding moment.
As a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner the most significant part of my work is to provide a healing presence. Healing presence is being consciously and compassionately in the present moment with another or with others, believing in and affirming their potential for wholeness, wherever they are in life. I have found this an invaluable tool when dealing with patients in a mental crisis. It has helped me dismantle mistrust, helped me create rapport, helped me creating a lasting therapeutic relationships with my patients. When you are completely present, you stay awake to each unfolding moment.
(208) 205-9894 View (208) 205-9894

Online Psychiatrists

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Brent Coyle
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Meridian, ID 83646  (Online Only)
Brent R. Coyle, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with the additional distinction of "Distinguished Fellow," with over 36 years of experience in psychiatry in various settings, including inpatient, academic, and outpatient. Dr. Coyle received his M.D. from The University of Minnesota, Mpls. campus, and he completed his Psychiatric Residency at Wilford Hall, USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. His clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health and well-being.
Brent R. Coyle, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with the additional distinction of "Distinguished Fellow," with over 36 years of experience in psychiatry in various settings, including inpatient, academic, and outpatient. Dr. Coyle received his M.D. from The University of Minnesota, Mpls. campus, and he completed his Psychiatric Residency at Wilford Hall, USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. His clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health and well-being.
(208) 427-8860 View (208) 427-8860
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Ivydale Wellness Center, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Caldwell, ID 83605  (Online Only)
We are offering compassionate care via telepsychiatry(virtual visit) throughout the state of Idaho and accepting new patients for Addiction & Mental Health for Medication Management!!! We have expertise in treating children through adults, with minimal waiting time. Call our office now to get help scheduling your appointment. Telepsychiatry Across Idaho! Be seen from the privacy of your home with our experts! Virtual Compassionate , Comprehensive and Holistic Addiction and Mental Health Care! Schedule your visit today! Medication Management to all ages via Telepsychiatry !
We are offering compassionate care via telepsychiatry(virtual visit) throughout the state of Idaho and accepting new patients for Addiction & Mental Health for Medication Management!!! We have expertise in treating children through adults, with minimal waiting time. Call our office now to get help scheduling your appointment. Telepsychiatry Across Idaho! Be seen from the privacy of your home with our experts! Virtual Compassionate , Comprehensive and Holistic Addiction and Mental Health Care! Schedule your visit today! Medication Management to all ages via Telepsychiatry !
(208) 203-7371 View (208) 203-7371
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Kathryn Werner
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS, CAQ
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83705  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with insomnia, depression or anxiety? Have you been diagnosed with OCD, ADHD, or bipolar disorder? Or maybe you don't know exactly what's going on, but you know something is definitely off. You desperately want to get to the bottom of what's going on and get back to feeling like your self ASAP. Or maybe you're just tired of feeling like your providers don't really get you or your needs, and you're ready to work with someone who truly cares about the entire picture and not just prescribing meds.
Do you struggle with insomnia, depression or anxiety? Have you been diagnosed with OCD, ADHD, or bipolar disorder? Or maybe you don't know exactly what's going on, but you know something is definitely off. You desperately want to get to the bottom of what's going on and get back to feeling like your self ASAP. Or maybe you're just tired of feeling like your providers don't really get you or your needs, and you're ready to work with someone who truly cares about the entire picture and not just prescribing meds.
(208) 271-9557 View (208) 271-9557
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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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Amanda King
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83704
Amanda is a dynamic and compassionate Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience. Holding both a Master’s and Doctoral degree from Idaho State University, she brings a wealth of academic knowledge and practical expertise to her practice. Amanda seeks to guide, engage, and collaborate with her patients to help them achieve their health goals and highest level of wellbeing.
Amanda is a dynamic and compassionate Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience. Holding both a Master’s and Doctoral degree from Idaho State University, she brings a wealth of academic knowledge and practical expertise to her practice. Amanda seeks to guide, engage, and collaborate with her patients to help them achieve their health goals and highest level of wellbeing.
(986) 286-4205 View (986) 286-4205
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Meridian Advanced Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP-B, ADHD-CC
Verified Verified
Meridian, ID 83642
Meridian Advanced Psychiatry was created for patients that have previously received less than ideal treatment. We work with all patients with difficult to treat mental health concerns. If you feel you have not been listened to, or your concerns have been dismissed we are here to listen and help. We specialize in ADHD treatment in children through adults. We also specialize in substance use treatment or medication-assisted treatment, such as Suboxone, Sublocade, or Vivitrol.
Meridian Advanced Psychiatry was created for patients that have previously received less than ideal treatment. We work with all patients with difficult to treat mental health concerns. If you feel you have not been listened to, or your concerns have been dismissed we are here to listen and help. We specialize in ADHD treatment in children through adults. We also specialize in substance use treatment or medication-assisted treatment, such as Suboxone, Sublocade, or Vivitrol.
(208) 547-6511 View (208) 547-6511
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Leslie Pardue
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, CIMHP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Meridian, ID 83642
My approach to care is rooted in empathy, respect, and collaboration. I understand that each individual is unique, and I tailor my treatment plans to meet the specific needs and preferences of my patients. Whether it's managing medications or offering guidance and support, I prioritize open communication and active involvement in the decision-making processes. By fostering a therapeutic partnership built on trust and mutual respect, I empower my patients to take control of their mental health journey and work towards their goals.
My approach to care is rooted in empathy, respect, and collaboration. I understand that each individual is unique, and I tailor my treatment plans to meet the specific needs and preferences of my patients. Whether it's managing medications or offering guidance and support, I prioritize open communication and active involvement in the decision-making processes. By fostering a therapeutic partnership built on trust and mutual respect, I empower my patients to take control of their mental health journey and work towards their goals.
(208) 626-6168 View (208) 626-6168
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Dawn Locey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Meridian, ID 83642
My philosophy in nursing and psychiatry is to meet you where you are in your mental health journey and try to understand what brought you to where you are. I want to work with you and help you meet your mental health goals so you can live your best life. My goal is to use evidence-based and best practice to guide treatment and decision to support you and your own personal aspirations. By providing a safe and judgment free environment, you can start to grow and become your best you.
My philosophy in nursing and psychiatry is to meet you where you are in your mental health journey and try to understand what brought you to where you are. I want to work with you and help you meet your mental health goals so you can live your best life. My goal is to use evidence-based and best practice to guide treatment and decision to support you and your own personal aspirations. By providing a safe and judgment free environment, you can start to grow and become your best you.
(208) 745-3154 View (208) 745-3154
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Featherstone (Rachel) Featherstone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, WHNP-BC, MSN, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83701  (Online Only)
Parenting is a journey--you don't have to do it alone. Originally, the mission of Eucalyptus Health focused on parents, but the need for affirming psychiatric providers for the LGBTQIA+ community and veterans became increasingly apparent. Given my knowledge base of the brain, hormones, sexuality, gender roles, eating disorders, and pregnancy, as well as my lived experience as a nonbinary person and Army veteran, I am delighted to help people get back to enjoying their lives to the fullest.
Parenting is a journey--you don't have to do it alone. Originally, the mission of Eucalyptus Health focused on parents, but the need for affirming psychiatric providers for the LGBTQIA+ community and veterans became increasingly apparent. Given my knowledge base of the brain, hormones, sexuality, gender roles, eating disorders, and pregnancy, as well as my lived experience as a nonbinary person and Army veteran, I am delighted to help people get back to enjoying their lives to the fullest.
(208) 295-9541 View (208) 295-9541
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Davonna Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83702  (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.
(208) 914-6756 View (208) 914-6756
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Jeremy L Hurst
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Meridian, ID 83646  (Online Only)
Embark on a transformative journey to inner harmony with Harmony NP. Recognize the power in saying 'enough.' Struggling with anxiety, depression, or life's challenges? I can help! As a compassionate mental health provider, I blend expertise with empathy. Let's navigate to emotional well-being, unlocking your harmony. Harnessing cutting-edge genomic testing and personalized medication therapy, I tailor solutions for your unique needs. Your balanced future starts here!
Embark on a transformative journey to inner harmony with Harmony NP. Recognize the power in saying 'enough.' Struggling with anxiety, depression, or life's challenges? I can help! As a compassionate mental health provider, I blend expertise with empathy. Let's navigate to emotional well-being, unlocking your harmony. Harnessing cutting-edge genomic testing and personalized medication therapy, I tailor solutions for your unique needs. Your balanced future starts here!
(208) 274-8596 View (208) 274-8596
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Nick Hovda
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83705
Waitlist for new clients
Are antidepressant medications not providing the relief you hoped for? In my psychiatry residency, I saw scores of patients with depression, anxiety, and PTSD who did not respond well to the traditional first line treatments of antidepressant medications (SSRIs, SNRIs) plus cognitive behavioral therapy. Many had tried over 10 meds and had years of therapy/counseling without benefit. These frustrating experiences led me to develop and pursue interests in mental health treatments that are more likely to be effective—mainly intensive dynamic psychotherapy and ketamine- assisted psychotherapy.
Are antidepressant medications not providing the relief you hoped for? In my psychiatry residency, I saw scores of patients with depression, anxiety, and PTSD who did not respond well to the traditional first line treatments of antidepressant medications (SSRIs, SNRIs) plus cognitive behavioral therapy. Many had tried over 10 meds and had years of therapy/counseling without benefit. These frustrating experiences led me to develop and pursue interests in mental health treatments that are more likely to be effective—mainly intensive dynamic psychotherapy and ketamine- assisted psychotherapy.
(208) 644-8047 View (208) 644-8047
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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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Brightside Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83704  (Online Only)
It gets much better from here. No matter what you're going through, our expert providers are here to help with online mental health care tailored to you. Brightside Health offers personalized psychiatry, proven therapy, or both to help you feel better. Get started right from home, with appointments in as little as 2 days.
It gets much better from here. No matter what you're going through, our expert providers are here to help with online mental health care tailored to you. Brightside Health offers personalized psychiatry, proven therapy, or both to help you feel better. Get started right from home, with appointments in as little as 2 days.
(802) 481-3190 View (802) 481-3190
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Hope Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83706  (Online Only)
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.
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.
(208) 925-1735 View (208) 925-1735
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Headway
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN, MSN, BC, CNP
Verified Verified
Boise, ID 83713
I specialize in mental health and wellness, addiction (drug, alcohol, gambling, sex, and food), body image and weight loss support, transgender support, depression, anxiety, ADHD, borderline personality, RAD, ODD, OCD, PTSD, sleep disorders, insomnia, Bipolar, schizophrenia, spectrum disorders, suicidal tendencies and emotional support across the lifespan licensed and trained in youth, adolescence, adult and geriatric population. I have both inpatient and outpatient care level experience as well as intensive outpatient support training and services. I encourage patient and family involvement in care planning and decision making.
I specialize in mental health and wellness, addiction (drug, alcohol, gambling, sex, and food), body image and weight loss support, transgender support, depression, anxiety, ADHD, borderline personality, RAD, ODD, OCD, PTSD, sleep disorders, insomnia, Bipolar, schizophrenia, spectrum disorders, suicidal tendencies and emotional support across the lifespan licensed and trained in youth, adolescence, adult and geriatric population. I have both inpatient and outpatient care level experience as well as intensive outpatient support training and services. I encourage patient and family involvement in care planning and decision making.
(208) 581-4308 View (208) 581-4308
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Alex B Wills
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Boise, ID 83704
When you're tired of pretending to be happy or not getting effective treatment, it's time to see me at Perma Mental Health. I provide a safe, warm, non-judgmental environment for you or your loved ones to heal. Together we will discuss your concerns and develop solutions to free you from anxiety and depression. Once free, you will find joy and a new sense of well-being.
When you're tired of pretending to be happy or not getting effective treatment, it's time to see me at Perma Mental Health. I provide a safe, warm, non-judgmental environment for you or your loved ones to heal. Together we will discuss your concerns and develop solutions to free you from anxiety and depression. Once free, you will find joy and a new sense of well-being.
(208) 273-9536 View (208) 273-9536

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Gem County, ID

< 10

Psychiatrists in Gem County, ID who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Oppositional Defiance (ODD)

Average years in practice

19 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Gem County, ID see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Gem County?

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.