Psychiatrists in Berwyn, IL

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Abigail M Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP, APRN, NP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Berwyn, IL 60402
Meet Abigail: Your Partner in Healing through Trauma-Informed Care Are you ready to embark on a journey of healing and transformation? Abigail, our dedicated practitioner, specializes in a trauma-informed approach to help you overcome PTSD, substance abuse, mood disorders, and anxiety. Trauma-Informed Care: Abigail brings deep understanding and empathy to her practice, creating a safe and nurturing space for your healing. Her trauma-informed approach ensures that your unique experiences are respected on your path to wellness. Overcoming PTSD: Abigail is your guide to breaking free from the chains of PTSD.
Meet Abigail: Your Partner in Healing through Trauma-Informed Care Are you ready to embark on a journey of healing and transformation? Abigail, our dedicated practitioner, specializes in a trauma-informed approach to help you overcome PTSD, substance abuse, mood disorders, and anxiety. Trauma-Informed Care: Abigail brings deep understanding and empathy to her practice, creating a safe and nurturing space for your healing. Her trauma-informed approach ensures that your unique experiences are respected on your path to wellness. Overcoming PTSD: Abigail is your guide to breaking free from the chains of PTSD.
(312) 598-1678 View (312) 598-1678
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William R Lynch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Berwyn, IL 60402
I am particularly interested in working with people who are motivated to optimize their ongoing development and maximize their functioning and joy in life. I dedicate my time to doing this for myself and my clientele.
I am particularly interested in working with people who are motivated to optimize their ongoing development and maximize their functioning and joy in life. I dedicate my time to doing this for myself and my clientele.
(312) 386-5281 View (312) 386-5281
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Steffanie Meeks (Addiction Treatment)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C
Verified Verified
Berwyn, IL 60402
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist for drug or alcohol issues. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist for drug or alcohol issues. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
(773) 796-4435 View (773) 796-4435

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Photo of Crystal Goods, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Crystal Goods
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60607
Crystal is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner on the Mindful Care team practicing out of Illinois.
Crystal is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner on the Mindful Care team practicing out of Illinois.
(773) 985-3575 View (773) 985-3575
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Louis Joseph
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60606
I am excited to announce that SinclairMethod.Org is now providing online alcohol treatment to all residents of Florida, New York, Illinois, Michigan, and others. The Sinclair Method (TSM) is an evidence-based treatment using the FDA-approved medication Naltrexone to gradually reduce problem-drinking. TSM has a success rate of 78%, with most patients reporting a significant reduction in their alcohol use, as well as reduced cravings and preoccupation with drinking.
I am excited to announce that SinclairMethod.Org is now providing online alcohol treatment to all residents of Florida, New York, Illinois, Michigan, and others. The Sinclair Method (TSM) is an evidence-based treatment using the FDA-approved medication Naltrexone to gradually reduce problem-drinking. TSM has a success rate of 78%, with most patients reporting a significant reduction in their alcohol use, as well as reduced cravings and preoccupation with drinking.
(786) 420-6822 View (786) 420-6822
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Ricardo Orozco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60642
I am able to provide medication management for any condition included in the DSM-V. Mood disorders, psychotic disorders, neurodivergent disorders, Depression, Anxiety, sleep disorders, etc. When managing Neurodivergent disorders, documentation to support childhood evaluations and diagnosis is required upon initial meeting. If patient was never evaluated as a child, we will require neuropsychological testing to support diagnosis prior to initiating pharmacologic treatment. Controlled substance agreements are utilized for any scheduled drugs that are prescribed. Strict DEA guidelines in practice for such medications.
I am able to provide medication management for any condition included in the DSM-V. Mood disorders, psychotic disorders, neurodivergent disorders, Depression, Anxiety, sleep disorders, etc. When managing Neurodivergent disorders, documentation to support childhood evaluations and diagnosis is required upon initial meeting. If patient was never evaluated as a child, we will require neuropsychological testing to support diagnosis prior to initiating pharmacologic treatment. Controlled substance agreements are utilized for any scheduled drugs that are prescribed. Strict DEA guidelines in practice for such medications.
(312) 847-4534 View (312) 847-4534
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Robert Wirick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601
I strive to foster a collaborative relationship with each of my clients. I sincerely believe that a strong relationship between provider and patient begins with an understanding of how each client sees themselves - and their goals that they would like to personally achieve.
I strive to foster a collaborative relationship with each of my clients. I sincerely believe that a strong relationship between provider and patient begins with an understanding of how each client sees themselves - and their goals that they would like to personally achieve.
(708) 726-8782 View (708) 726-8782
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Alexander E. Obolsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
From time to time, our lives take an unexpected turn for the worse. We may suffer injury; succumb to physical or emotional illness, or experience conflict, loss, misfortune. Trauma and chronic disability may affect our loved ones or us. Life adversities may temporarily overwhelm our ability to carry on. We may turn pessimistic, doubtful, and hopeless. Feel demoralized, worried, and anxious. Suffer sadness, distress, and anguish. Become angry and resentful. Feel distrustful and quarrel with others. Recognize our isolation and loneliness. At such times, we could benefit from a psychiatric evaluation and treatment, including psychotherapy and prescription medicine.
From time to time, our lives take an unexpected turn for the worse. We may suffer injury; succumb to physical or emotional illness, or experience conflict, loss, misfortune. Trauma and chronic disability may affect our loved ones or us. Life adversities may temporarily overwhelm our ability to carry on. We may turn pessimistic, doubtful, and hopeless. Feel demoralized, worried, and anxious. Suffer sadness, distress, and anguish. Become angry and resentful. Feel distrustful and quarrel with others. Recognize our isolation and loneliness. At such times, we could benefit from a psychiatric evaluation and treatment, including psychotherapy and prescription medicine.
(312) 436-1329 View (312) 436-1329
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Rubabetu Abimbola Akinola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60611
I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with expertise in psychiatry.
I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with expertise in psychiatry.
(224) 231-5384 View (224) 231-5384
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Karen Escobar Almeida
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60611
Dr. Karen Escobar Almeida is a board-certified Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 2016. She completed her Psychiatry Residency at the Icahn School of Mount Sinai in NYC and completed her fellowship in functional medicine at the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. Dr. Almeida offers a unique blend of psychiatric expertise and functional medicine knowledge, enabling her to provide personalized, evidence-based treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions. Dr. Almeida's holistic approach considers both psychotropic and natural medicine, fostering a compassionate and individualized healing journey.
Dr. Karen Escobar Almeida is a board-certified Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 2016. She completed her Psychiatry Residency at the Icahn School of Mount Sinai in NYC and completed her fellowship in functional medicine at the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. Dr. Almeida offers a unique blend of psychiatric expertise and functional medicine knowledge, enabling her to provide personalized, evidence-based treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions. Dr. Almeida's holistic approach considers both psychotropic and natural medicine, fostering a compassionate and individualized healing journey.
(872) 278-5637 View (872) 278-5637
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New Vistas for Women Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ACNS-BC, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601
Stacey Molle (pronounced Moe-lay) is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner that has 18 years of nursing experience and certification in both Family Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health. She has worked with people from all walks of life and realizes that she particularly identifies with women, LGBTQIA+, and neurodivergent persons. Even while providing comprehensive care, she has found that something is missing in traditional medicine. By focusing on care that identifies the ROOT cause of clients’ symptoms, she has found that her clients have better outcomes.
Stacey Molle (pronounced Moe-lay) is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner that has 18 years of nursing experience and certification in both Family Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health. She has worked with people from all walks of life and realizes that she particularly identifies with women, LGBTQIA+, and neurodivergent persons. Even while providing comprehensive care, she has found that something is missing in traditional medicine. By focusing on care that identifies the ROOT cause of clients’ symptoms, she has found that her clients have better outcomes.
(380) 201-9553 View (380) 201-9553
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Luke Swift
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN-FPA, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
Have you been feeling unwell? Do you feel like you do not have a voice when it comes to your own mental health and wellness? Have you ever felt like your medications are continually increased or new medications added without any improvement in your symptoms? The humanity we share is more important than the mental illness we may not. As a practitioner, I strive to bring focus back to treating you as a whole rather than an isolated disorder. My focus in treatment is to provide a holistically dynamic integration of therapy and medication management with the goal of helping you lead a life unhindered by your mental health.
Have you been feeling unwell? Do you feel like you do not have a voice when it comes to your own mental health and wellness? Have you ever felt like your medications are continually increased or new medications added without any improvement in your symptoms? The humanity we share is more important than the mental illness we may not. As a practitioner, I strive to bring focus back to treating you as a whole rather than an isolated disorder. My focus in treatment is to provide a holistically dynamic integration of therapy and medication management with the goal of helping you lead a life unhindered by your mental health.
(312) 766-8451 x2 View (312) 766-8451 x2
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Marc Sandrolini
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60641
Dr. Marc Sandrolini is a Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 1996. Dr. Sandrolini attended medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed his residency in adult psychiatry at the University of Illinois Hospital. He then completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Yale University. Dr. Sandrolini understands that effective treatment starts with a conversation. Dr. Sandrolini helps his patients feel heard, accepted, and understood, so that they can feel comfortable sharing difficult details and sensitive concerns.
Dr. Marc Sandrolini is a Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 1996. Dr. Sandrolini attended medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed his residency in adult psychiatry at the University of Illinois Hospital. He then completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Yale University. Dr. Sandrolini understands that effective treatment starts with a conversation. Dr. Sandrolini helps his patients feel heard, accepted, and understood, so that they can feel comfortable sharing difficult details and sensitive concerns.
(872) 278-2174 View (872) 278-2174
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Andreea Seicean
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, MPH
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601
Andreea Seicean, MD, PhD, MPH, completed her training at Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has extensive experience treating mood and anxiety disorders and addiction in teens and adults. Dr. Seicean has published more than forty articles and been the recipient of multiple awards from: The National Institute of Mental Health, The American Psychiatric Association and The American Association of Neurological Surgeons. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she continues to be active in research and teaches psychopharmacology.
Andreea Seicean, MD, PhD, MPH, completed her training at Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has extensive experience treating mood and anxiety disorders and addiction in teens and adults. Dr. Seicean has published more than forty articles and been the recipient of multiple awards from: The National Institute of Mental Health, The American Psychiatric Association and The American Association of Neurological Surgeons. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she continues to be active in research and teaches psychopharmacology.
(312) 380-2790 View (312) 380-2790
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Brett Stephan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60607
I provide medication management and therapy for many conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, and other conditions. When we meet for our first video session, we'll discuss your symptoms and treatment goals and we'll carefully select medications that fit your unique needs. I am based in Chicago, and I see clients in IL, WA, OR, AZ, NM, MT, AK, ND, and DE, all via telehealth. I am accepting new clients, and I treat both adults and adolescents. I'm excited for the opportunity to work with you.
I provide medication management and therapy for many conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, and other conditions. When we meet for our first video session, we'll discuss your symptoms and treatment goals and we'll carefully select medications that fit your unique needs. I am based in Chicago, and I see clients in IL, WA, OR, AZ, NM, MT, AK, ND, and DE, all via telehealth. I am accepting new clients, and I treat both adults and adolescents. I'm excited for the opportunity to work with you.
(773) 831-4366 View (773) 831-4366
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Sarah Tisser
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
La Grange, IL 60525
Sarah Tisser was born and raised in France and lived in Israel for 10 years. She is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children and adults. She has experience treating all psychiatric disorders, including perinatal mental health: She is PSI certified. Sarah also treats patients with sexual dysfunction due to anxiety and depression, and would adjust medications to avoid sexual side effects. She sees clients aged 6 years and up.
Sarah Tisser was born and raised in France and lived in Israel for 10 years. She is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children and adults. She has experience treating all psychiatric disorders, including perinatal mental health: She is PSI certified. Sarah also treats patients with sexual dysfunction due to anxiety and depression, and would adjust medications to avoid sexual side effects. She sees clients aged 6 years and up.
(708) 719-6273 View (708) 719-6273
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Keith Carter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602  (Online Only)
Dr. Carter graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with his BSN and later earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Rush University. He also is an alumni of SAMHSA’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), whose aim is to improve behavioral health care outcomes for racial and ethnic populations. He works actively to further understand individuals' experience with mental health and help guide future clinical implications.
Dr. Carter graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with his BSN and later earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Rush University. He also is an alumni of SAMHSA’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), whose aim is to improve behavioral health care outcomes for racial and ethnic populations. He works actively to further understand individuals' experience with mental health and help guide future clinical implications.
(217) 599-5399 x2 View (217) 599-5399 x2
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JOSEPH Spagnola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, NP, FPA
Verified Verified
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Joseph Spagnola III, delivers extensive and holistic psychiatric care for those who are 16 years old and older. Joseph works carefully with each of his clients to ensure that they are meeting their unique health and wellness goals. Joseph pioneers the increasing of awareness for behavioral and mental health disorders. Joseph is a clinical preceptor supervising nurse practitioner PMHNP students at universities such as NKU, EKU, Walden University, and Herzing University.
Joseph Spagnola III, delivers extensive and holistic psychiatric care for those who are 16 years old and older. Joseph works carefully with each of his clients to ensure that they are meeting their unique health and wellness goals. Joseph pioneers the increasing of awareness for behavioral and mental health disorders. Joseph is a clinical preceptor supervising nurse practitioner PMHNP students at universities such as NKU, EKU, Walden University, and Herzing University.
(331) 219-6981 View (331) 219-6981
Photo of Sahar Eftekhar, DO, Psychiatrist
Sahar Eftekhar
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60611
I am board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. I obtained my subspecialist training in Addiction Psychiatry at UCLA in Los Angeles, working at Cedar Sinai Medical Center and the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital. I completed my psychiatric residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. I obtained my medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology at Michigan State University.
I am board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. I obtained my subspecialist training in Addiction Psychiatry at UCLA in Los Angeles, working at Cedar Sinai Medical Center and the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital. I completed my psychiatric residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. I obtained my medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology at Michigan State University.
(312) 663-8104 View (312) 663-8104
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Tara Livingston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60618
I'm grateful for this opportunity I have to help people - such as yourself - to feel their best! I want to learn about you: your goals, your struggles, your strengths and your areas in need of strengthening. I pride myself in my ability to listen empathetically and non-judgmentally. During each session I provide support and work with my clients in a way that they feel understood, cared for, and confident that things can get better. Life can be overwhelming at times, and while the struggle is real, you don't have to fight it alone. I want to empower you and help you to overcome the things that have been holding you back from feel
I'm grateful for this opportunity I have to help people - such as yourself - to feel their best! I want to learn about you: your goals, your struggles, your strengths and your areas in need of strengthening. I pride myself in my ability to listen empathetically and non-judgmentally. During each session I provide support and work with my clients in a way that they feel understood, cared for, and confident that things can get better. Life can be overwhelming at times, and while the struggle is real, you don't have to fight it alone. I want to empower you and help you to overcome the things that have been holding you back from feel
(309) 316-3574 View (309) 316-3574

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Berwyn, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Berwyn, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Peer Relationships
100% Medication Management
100% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Berwyn, IL 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 Berwyn?

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.