Psychiatrists in Barrington, IL

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Grace Roxas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Barrington, IL 60010
Grace Roxas is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and board certified family nurse practitioner. Her treatment approach begins with patient education and using evidence-based treatment options.
Grace Roxas is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and board certified family nurse practitioner. Her treatment approach begins with patient education and using evidence-based treatment options.
(224) 219-1612 View (224) 219-1612
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Lin Lu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Barrington, IL 60010
Dr. Lu specializes in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry, who has been practicing since 2010. She also has a PhD in Microbiology & Immunology. Her extensive training in both fields leads her to a unique understanding of the mind and body. She believes in people's potential and strives to develop a personal connection with them.
Dr. Lu specializes in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry, who has been practicing since 2010. She also has a PhD in Microbiology & Immunology. Her extensive training in both fields leads her to a unique understanding of the mind and body. She believes in people's potential and strives to develop a personal connection with them.
(224) 970-2457 View (224) 970-2457
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Jennie Krull
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Barrington, IL 60010
Jennie Krull, MSN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who also is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating patients with acute and chronic psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from outpatient clinics to nursing homes to addiction treatment centers. She specializes in treating ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, PTSD/trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, serious mental illness, and addiction.
Jennie Krull, MSN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who also is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating patients with acute and chronic psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from outpatient clinics to nursing homes to addiction treatment centers. She specializes in treating ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, PTSD/trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, serious mental illness, and addiction.
(224) 250-2844 View (224) 250-2844
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Jacqueline Nabukeera
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Barrington, IL 60010
Jackie Nabukeera, PMHNP-BC, brings compassionate expertise as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner serving diverse populations aged 15 to 65+ in Illinois. With a holistic approach, Jackie addresses a wide spectrum of mental health concerns, offering empathetic listening and evidence-based interventions tailored to each individual's needs. Drawing from a rich background as a generalist, Jackie is adept at navigating the complexities of mental health, empowering clients to embark on their journey towards wellness.
Jackie Nabukeera, PMHNP-BC, brings compassionate expertise as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner serving diverse populations aged 15 to 65+ in Illinois. With a holistic approach, Jackie addresses a wide spectrum of mental health concerns, offering empathetic listening and evidence-based interventions tailored to each individual's needs. Drawing from a rich background as a generalist, Jackie is adept at navigating the complexities of mental health, empowering clients to embark on their journey towards wellness.
(224) 362-0171 View (224) 362-0171
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Daniel Ross
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Barrington, IL 60010
It is not uncommon to find ourselves somehow off track and disconnected from who we thought we were. Our relationships may seem stuck and deeply unsatisfying. We feel lost and unsure of our place in the world. This may be accompanied by feelings of depression, anxiety or as physical problems. It can be experienced as a deep alienation, sadness and suffering. When we are called to make a change and resist, it can cause havoc in our lives; this can happen whether the change is in the outer circumstances of our life, our inner attitude, our world view, or some combination.
It is not uncommon to find ourselves somehow off track and disconnected from who we thought we were. Our relationships may seem stuck and deeply unsatisfying. We feel lost and unsure of our place in the world. This may be accompanied by feelings of depression, anxiety or as physical problems. It can be experienced as a deep alienation, sadness and suffering. When we are called to make a change and resist, it can cause havoc in our lives; this can happen whether the change is in the outer circumstances of our life, our inner attitude, our world view, or some combination.
(847) 849-1867 View (847) 849-1867
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Adriana Gilli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Barrington, IL 60010
Adriana Gilli is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to diagnose, treat, and prescribe psychiatric medication for children, adolescents, and adults. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Panic Attacks, and Insomnia. Adriana's practice style can be traditional (prescribing up to date psychiatric medications) or alternative medicine (natural treatments including but not limited to vitamins, supplements, lifestyle modification, nutrition, exercise, and stress management).
Adriana Gilli is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to diagnose, treat, and prescribe psychiatric medication for children, adolescents, and adults. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Panic Attacks, and Insomnia. Adriana's practice style can be traditional (prescribing up to date psychiatric medications) or alternative medicine (natural treatments including but not limited to vitamins, supplements, lifestyle modification, nutrition, exercise, and stress management).
(224) 218-5752 View (224) 218-5752
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Sharyl Balkin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Barrington, IL 60010
I attended the University of Florida for my undergraduate degree and went on to complete a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Florida State. I earned Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry in 2022. Every visit, I aim to supply an inclusive, transparent, and team-based environment. I am a LGBTIQA+ ally.
I attended the University of Florida for my undergraduate degree and went on to complete a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Florida State. I earned Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry in 2022. Every visit, I aim to supply an inclusive, transparent, and team-based environment. I am a LGBTIQA+ ally.
(847) 851-3249 View (847) 851-3249
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Rachel Amodu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Barrington, IL 60010  (Online Only)
I believe we function at our highest capacity when there is balance in mental, psychological, physical, social as well as in spiritual health. Our initial appointment entails listening to your detailed history, talking about your current stressors, and working on your goals of treatment. Our follow up appointments will be aimed at reviewing progress and making needed adjustments until we find the best balance for you. I believe for best outcomes, application of both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy are all it takes. Let's start a better mental health journey together.
I believe we function at our highest capacity when there is balance in mental, psychological, physical, social as well as in spiritual health. Our initial appointment entails listening to your detailed history, talking about your current stressors, and working on your goals of treatment. Our follow up appointments will be aimed at reviewing progress and making needed adjustments until we find the best balance for you. I believe for best outcomes, application of both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy are all it takes. Let's start a better mental health journey together.
(708) 234-1470 View (708) 234-1470
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Jovel Broqueza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, FPA
Verified Verified
Barrington, IL 60010
Dr. Jovel Broqueza is a board-certified psychiatric and family practitioner with extensive experience working with a diverse population in healthcare settings. She is proficient in treating ADHD, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depression, and impulsive disorders in children, adults, and older adults. She optimizes patient care using evidence-based treatments through medication management and counseling, assisting patients in achieving balance and leading them on a healing path. Visit us at Balancewellbeingllc.com for more details.
Dr. Jovel Broqueza is a board-certified psychiatric and family practitioner with extensive experience working with a diverse population in healthcare settings. She is proficient in treating ADHD, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depression, and impulsive disorders in children, adults, and older adults. She optimizes patient care using evidence-based treatments through medication management and counseling, assisting patients in achieving balance and leading them on a healing path. Visit us at Balancewellbeingllc.com for more details.
(630) 344-9617 View (630) 344-9617
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Brianne Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FPA, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Barrington, IL 60010  (Online Only)
Are you drowning in an ocean of providers to choose from? Are you constantly overthinking? Do you struggle to quiet your racing thoughts, replaying different scenarios in your head? Do you feel like your mood has made it hard to fall asleep or get out of bed? Are you feeling isolated and lonely? You have a million things to do, but feel completely paralyzed. I understand how you feel and want to help you feel better.
Are you drowning in an ocean of providers to choose from? Are you constantly overthinking? Do you struggle to quiet your racing thoughts, replaying different scenarios in your head? Do you feel like your mood has made it hard to fall asleep or get out of bed? Are you feeling isolated and lonely? You have a million things to do, but feel completely paralyzed. I understand how you feel and want to help you feel better.
(847) 973-5890 View (847) 973-5890
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Quinette Iheanyichukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Barrington, IL 60011  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! Quinette is a board–certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with vast knowledge of treating patients 12 years and above with different mental/behavioral illnesses. Quinette is compassionate and provides Quality patient-centered care, shared decision-making, and a unique personalized treatment plan. I tailor my therapeutic, evidenced-based approach to meet patient needs and provide the highest level of care. As a provider, I believe in a holistic approach to mental health/wellness and focus on treating the whole person while supporting clients in achieving optimal mental health and well-being.
Accepting New Patients! Quinette is a board–certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with vast knowledge of treating patients 12 years and above with different mental/behavioral illnesses. Quinette is compassionate and provides Quality patient-centered care, shared decision-making, and a unique personalized treatment plan. I tailor my therapeutic, evidenced-based approach to meet patient needs and provide the highest level of care. As a provider, I believe in a holistic approach to mental health/wellness and focus on treating the whole person while supporting clients in achieving optimal mental health and well-being.
(224) 477-2522 View (224) 477-2522

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Anna M Phillips
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
My clients are looking for medication management, but also are motivated to work towards better life choices. We will collaborate to find ways to start or continue your healing journey and move towards an enrichment journey.
My clients are looking for medication management, but also are motivated to work towards better life choices. We will collaborate to find ways to start or continue your healing journey and move towards an enrichment journey.
(847) 686-3254 View (847) 686-3254
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Darrin Coulter
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
My clients are motivated to improve and I meet them where they are. They prioritize their mental health and are motivated because they understand that there is a better path forward. Every session we work together to create a new path toward healing.
My clients are motivated to improve and I meet them where they are. They prioritize their mental health and are motivated because they understand that there is a better path forward. Every session we work together to create a new path toward healing.
(847) 796-8607 View (847) 796-8607
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Lotus Center for Women's Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Are you a woman who is seeking support while navigating depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder, PMDD, perimenopause, fertility treatments, family planning, pregnancy or infant loss, pregnancy & postpartum? I have been surrounded by strong women who have weathered the storm despite every sign telling them to quit. I am a fierce believer that every woman has a unique story and within every woman is a power that is unmatched by anything else in this world. I love this work because I get to witness & help women explore and discover their capacity to love and heal. I would consider it a privilege to be a part of your journey.
Are you a woman who is seeking support while navigating depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder, PMDD, perimenopause, fertility treatments, family planning, pregnancy or infant loss, pregnancy & postpartum? I have been surrounded by strong women who have weathered the storm despite every sign telling them to quit. I am a fierce believer that every woman has a unique story and within every woman is a power that is unmatched by anything else in this world. I love this work because I get to witness & help women explore and discover their capacity to love and heal. I would consider it a privilege to be a part of your journey.
(309) 322-9422 View (309) 322-9422
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Eric Martinez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
I'm Eric Martinez, a seasoned family nurse practitioner with a passion for holistic patient care. Over the years, I've dedicated myself to enhancing my expertise, transitioning to specialize in mental health as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. My journey has been driven by a desire to address the multifaceted needs of my patients, recognizing that true well-being encompasses both physical and mental health. In my practice, I strive to empower individuals to make meaningful changes in their lives.
I'm Eric Martinez, a seasoned family nurse practitioner with a passion for holistic patient care. Over the years, I've dedicated myself to enhancing my expertise, transitioning to specialize in mental health as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. My journey has been driven by a desire to address the multifaceted needs of my patients, recognizing that true well-being encompasses both physical and mental health. In my practice, I strive to empower individuals to make meaningful changes in their lives.
(708) 859-7031 View (708) 859-7031
Photo of Brianna Wicinski, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, FPA, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brianna Wicinski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, FPA, RN
Verified Verified
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Since the beginning of my career, I have gained knowledge and expertise as a healthcare provider in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I excel in providing care to a variety of individuals, including emergency, intensive care, medical-surgical, correctional, and psychiatric populations. While supporting my patients in overcoming their physical and emotional challenges, I developed a passion for working with individuals struggling with mental health disorders and and thoroughly enjoy educating & empowering my patients to strengthen their mental health throughout their healing journey.
Since the beginning of my career, I have gained knowledge and expertise as a healthcare provider in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I excel in providing care to a variety of individuals, including emergency, intensive care, medical-surgical, correctional, and psychiatric populations. While supporting my patients in overcoming their physical and emotional challenges, I developed a passion for working with individuals struggling with mental health disorders and and thoroughly enjoy educating & empowering my patients to strengthen their mental health throughout their healing journey.
(224) 293-6742 View (224) 293-6742
Photo of Sky Espe, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sky Espe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089  (Online Only)
I believe in creating an accessible and personalized treatment approach, and recognize the value and strengths of the neurodivergent community and the importance of listening to lived experiences.
I believe in creating an accessible and personalized treatment approach, and recognize the value and strengths of the neurodivergent community and the importance of listening to lived experiences.
(847) 429-3507 View (847) 429-3507
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Shalini Varma, M.D.
Psychiatrist, Doctor, BdCert, Meds, COACH, Therapy
Verified Verified
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Accepting people of all ages within one week! Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, School and Work Accommodations, Difficulty sleeping, Addictions & Medication. Evening appointments are available. Care provided by me, a Physician, a Double Board Certified MD Psychiatrist may be a more effective approach for you. I am structured and organized with treatment. I also provide neuropsychological and psychological TESTING. I am available for urgent needs. Work together to decrease struggling. US born and educated at Rutgers Medical School & completed Psychiatry Residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
Accepting people of all ages within one week! Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, School and Work Accommodations, Difficulty sleeping, Addictions & Medication. Evening appointments are available. Care provided by me, a Physician, a Double Board Certified MD Psychiatrist may be a more effective approach for you. I am structured and organized with treatment. I also provide neuropsychological and psychological TESTING. I am available for urgent needs. Work together to decrease struggling. US born and educated at Rutgers Medical School & completed Psychiatry Residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
(224) 374-1918 View (224) 374-1918
Photo of Lisa Hengen - Thrive Psychiatric Services, Lisa Hengen, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Thrive Psychiatric Services, Lisa Hengen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vernon Hills, IL 60061  (Online Only)
At Thrive Psychiatric Services, I provide personalized, comprehensive and compassionate Psychiatric Care. I love what I do and never feel like it is work. I enjoy helping people to feel better, so they can have better quality of life. I strive to provide every patient with the best possible care. I feel it is an honor and a privilege to be part of my patient’s healthcare journey, and I am always mindful of the respect and trust that is needed to maintain a therapeutic relationship. I provide comprehensive mental health services, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, substance abuse/addiction treatment and psychotherapy.
At Thrive Psychiatric Services, I provide personalized, comprehensive and compassionate Psychiatric Care. I love what I do and never feel like it is work. I enjoy helping people to feel better, so they can have better quality of life. I strive to provide every patient with the best possible care. I feel it is an honor and a privilege to be part of my patient’s healthcare journey, and I am always mindful of the respect and trust that is needed to maintain a therapeutic relationship. I provide comprehensive mental health services, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, substance abuse/addiction treatment and psychotherapy.
(224) 298-8260 View (224) 298-8260
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Vik S Gill
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
South Barrington, IL 60010
In my psychiatric practice, I sees a wide array of clients, including children as young as four years old. I have a special expertise in reducing and consolidating psychiatric medicines in patients on multiple medicines. My areas of expertise include ADHD, Adult and Childhood Mood disorders, Adult and Childhood Bipolar disorder and Depression, Anxiety disorders, and anger management. I also have expertise in management of sleep disorders. I am licensed in Maryland, DC for online appointments. See reviews at https://www.healthgrades.com/physician/dr-vikramjit-gill-xvq3s https://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Vikramjit_S_Gill.html
In my psychiatric practice, I sees a wide array of clients, including children as young as four years old. I have a special expertise in reducing and consolidating psychiatric medicines in patients on multiple medicines. My areas of expertise include ADHD, Adult and Childhood Mood disorders, Adult and Childhood Bipolar disorder and Depression, Anxiety disorders, and anger management. I also have expertise in management of sleep disorders. I am licensed in Maryland, DC for online appointments. See reviews at https://www.healthgrades.com/physician/dr-vikramjit-gill-xvq3s https://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Vikramjit_S_Gill.html
(224) 385-1140 View (224) 385-1140

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Barrington, IL

10+

Average cost per session

$190

Psychiatrists in Barrington, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Bipolar Disorder
91% Trauma and PTSD
73% Medication Management
64% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
91% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Barrington, IL see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

89% Female
11% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Barrington?

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.