Psychiatrists in Bolingbrook, IL

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Samuel Assam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Hello, I'm Samuel, a psychiatric nurse practitioner dedicated to enhancing mental well-being. I began my journey in the field of psychiatry in 2007, and my passion for healing continues to drive my practice. My practice is open to individuals, families, couples, and groups, as I believe in addressing mental health from every angle. I am committed to providing comprehensive care that takes into account the interconnectedness of our lives and relationships.
Hello, I'm Samuel, a psychiatric nurse practitioner dedicated to enhancing mental well-being. I began my journey in the field of psychiatry in 2007, and my passion for healing continues to drive my practice. My practice is open to individuals, families, couples, and groups, as I believe in addressing mental health from every angle. I am committed to providing comprehensive care that takes into account the interconnectedness of our lives and relationships.
(630) 332-0310 View (630) 332-0310
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Susan Gierczyk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
I am a double board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services since 2021 in outpatient and in-home settings. I see individuals ages 18 and up. My therapeutic stance is there is no one size fits all. My focus is to provide a realistic approach while still maintaining safety and integrity. I believe to meet people where they are and work to empower them. Working together on individualized plans helps to ensure the best outcome.
I am a double board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services since 2021 in outpatient and in-home settings. I see individuals ages 18 and up. My therapeutic stance is there is no one size fits all. My focus is to provide a realistic approach while still maintaining safety and integrity. I believe to meet people where they are and work to empower them. Working together on individualized plans helps to ensure the best outcome.
(630) 521-3294 View (630) 521-3294
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Coded Healthcare & Behavioral Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, OB, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
I am a kind practitioner and easy to talk to. I have unequaled passion for mental health which is evident in the way l communicate and interacts with patients. I welcome you to contact me and work together since l believe mental wellness is the foundation of healthy life. Dream are achievable where dreams can grow. An ability or opportunity to assist patients achieve their short and long term goals. I introduce the notions of empathy and compassion into the field of psychiatry.
I am a kind practitioner and easy to talk to. I have unequaled passion for mental health which is evident in the way l communicate and interacts with patients. I welcome you to contact me and work together since l believe mental wellness is the foundation of healthy life. Dream are achievable where dreams can grow. An ability or opportunity to assist patients achieve their short and long term goals. I introduce the notions of empathy and compassion into the field of psychiatry.
(630) 593-7632 View (630) 593-7632
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Senami Edalere-Lukula
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Hi there, I'm Senami Do you feel like you are trying to juggle a million things at once? Are you finding it challenging to balance your relationships, career, and health? Is treating oneself kindly difficult for you? As a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with expertise in psychiatry, I provide anxiety disorder management and burnout prevention for high achievers. Together, we can figure out what is not working and restore balance to your life. I utilize a holistic and evidence-based model, in caring for your mind, body, and spirit's needs for you to have a better relationship with yourself and others.
Hi there, I'm Senami Do you feel like you are trying to juggle a million things at once? Are you finding it challenging to balance your relationships, career, and health? Is treating oneself kindly difficult for you? As a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with expertise in psychiatry, I provide anxiety disorder management and burnout prevention for high achievers. Together, we can figure out what is not working and restore balance to your life. I utilize a holistic and evidence-based model, in caring for your mind, body, and spirit's needs for you to have a better relationship with yourself and others.
(630) 866-8266 View (630) 866-8266
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Senami E-Lukula
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Senami, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, brings over a decade of invaluable experience in healthcare to her practice. With a profound understanding of the human mind and a heartfelt dedication to helping others, she offers compassionate psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Specializing in Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar and various mental health conditions, Senami is committed to guiding individuals towards wellness. Her approach encompasses evidence-based, holistic healthcare, integrating both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Recognizing the complexities of life's challenges,
Senami, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, brings over a decade of invaluable experience in healthcare to her practice. With a profound understanding of the human mind and a heartfelt dedication to helping others, she offers compassionate psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Specializing in Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar and various mental health conditions, Senami is committed to guiding individuals towards wellness. Her approach encompasses evidence-based, holistic healthcare, integrating both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Recognizing the complexities of life's challenges,
(708) 765-6432 View (708) 765-6432
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Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Bolingbrook, IL 60440  (Online Only)
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting a residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting a residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
(630) 349-5712 View (630) 349-5712
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Mofoluwa Amiyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Bolingbrook, IL 60440  (Online Only)
My goal as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is to help the patient get the best solutions that will make them feel their best. Whether that is psychiatric evaluations and/ or treatments for any mental health problem; my style of giving help is by doing it with lots of care and deep listening, and viewing each of my patients as unique individual people. This is very important because a successful treatment results from having an understanding on someone's needs, environment, and circumstance(s).
My goal as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is to help the patient get the best solutions that will make them feel their best. Whether that is psychiatric evaluations and/ or treatments for any mental health problem; my style of giving help is by doing it with lots of care and deep listening, and viewing each of my patients as unique individual people. This is very important because a successful treatment results from having an understanding on someone's needs, environment, and circumstance(s).
(844) 334-3522 View (844) 334-3522
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Shannan Hermann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Bolingbrook, IL 60440  (Online Only)
Shannan is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats patients across the lifespan for a wide range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders, sleep/insomnia, substance misuse/abuse, problems related to psychosocial circumstances, interpersonal relationships, and stress management. Shannan uses a collaborative and comprehensive approach to care with pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatment options based on the individual needs of the client and best practices.
Shannan is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats patients across the lifespan for a wide range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders, sleep/insomnia, substance misuse/abuse, problems related to psychosocial circumstances, interpersonal relationships, and stress management. Shannan uses a collaborative and comprehensive approach to care with pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatment options based on the individual needs of the client and best practices.
(630) 576-9648 View (630) 576-9648
Ariana Sandoval
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
I am a dual board certified psychiatric and family practice nurse practitioner who has worked in Primary Care, Psychiatry and Substance Abuse over the last several years. My areas of expertise are mood and anxiety disorders. My extensive experience, knowledge and multicultural sensitivity, have shaped my approach to treatment as individualized and holistic. I am combining integrative methods with psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic modalities to address complex mental health difficulties and treat them successfully.
I am a dual board certified psychiatric and family practice nurse practitioner who has worked in Primary Care, Psychiatry and Substance Abuse over the last several years. My areas of expertise are mood and anxiety disorders. My extensive experience, knowledge and multicultural sensitivity, have shaped my approach to treatment as individualized and holistic. I am combining integrative methods with psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic modalities to address complex mental health difficulties and treat them successfully.
(331) 246-0531 View (331) 246-0531
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Tamra Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bolingbrook, IL 60490
As a Nurse Practitioner, I provide care for patients of all ages. My expertise is treating mood, behavioral disorders and other disorders in children and adults. I am passionate about helping my patients obtain stable mental health so that they may live their lives to the fullest. I work with each patient to ensure that they have the proper mental health counseling as well as the proper medication if medication is needed. I also encourage patients to engage in hobbies which will promote mental wellness. Self-care is so important for mental and physical well-being.
As a Nurse Practitioner, I provide care for patients of all ages. My expertise is treating mood, behavioral disorders and other disorders in children and adults. I am passionate about helping my patients obtain stable mental health so that they may live their lives to the fullest. I work with each patient to ensure that they have the proper mental health counseling as well as the proper medication if medication is needed. I also encourage patients to engage in hobbies which will promote mental wellness. Self-care is so important for mental and physical well-being.
(331) 207-9451 View (331) 207-9451
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Matthew Barnes (Addiction Treatment)
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Don't settle for a generic drug and alcohol psychiatrist. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
Don't settle for a generic drug and alcohol psychiatrist. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
(331) 200-5993 View (331) 200-5993
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Dr. Kenisha D. Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Are you feeling powerless, tired, stressed? Are you ready to experience a healthier balanced life with stronger relationships with others? Kenisha takes a completely different approach to health. It's less about medicating symptoms and more about finding the underlying cause and fixing it, so you get back on track towards vibrant health. Our wellness programs have successfully helped clients address many conditions/symptoms including: Depression, ADHD, Trauma, Bipolar, Stress, Alcohol Use Disorder, Pre-Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Horomone Imbalances, AutoImmune Disease, Gut Issues, Headaches & Obesity.
Are you feeling powerless, tired, stressed? Are you ready to experience a healthier balanced life with stronger relationships with others? Kenisha takes a completely different approach to health. It's less about medicating symptoms and more about finding the underlying cause and fixing it, so you get back on track towards vibrant health. Our wellness programs have successfully helped clients address many conditions/symptoms including: Depression, ADHD, Trauma, Bipolar, Stress, Alcohol Use Disorder, Pre-Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Horomone Imbalances, AutoImmune Disease, Gut Issues, Headaches & Obesity.
(708) 726-0880 View (708) 726-0880
Coded Healthcare & Behavioral Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 332-3830 View (630) 332-3830

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Devika R Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
Naperville, IL 60563
I am currently accepting new patients. I have been providing excellent care for over 5 years with great compassion. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients age of 5 years and older with Anxiety Disorders, Depression, ADHD, Mood disorder, PTSD, Opioid Use Disorder, and other mental health problems. I treat each patient as an individual and work together in developing treatment plans. I spend the time needed with each patient to get to know them and understand the source of their struggles.
I am currently accepting new patients. I have been providing excellent care for over 5 years with great compassion. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients age of 5 years and older with Anxiety Disorders, Depression, ADHD, Mood disorder, PTSD, Opioid Use Disorder, and other mental health problems. I treat each patient as an individual and work together in developing treatment plans. I spend the time needed with each patient to get to know them and understand the source of their struggles.
(331) 248-6192 View (331) 248-6192
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Anna Kurapey
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Naperville, IL 60564  (Online Only)
Dr. Kurapey guides you to harness your intuitive wisdom to bring you closer to the life you imagine. She provides comprehensive integrative psychiatric care to help you identify the root cause of your symptoms. Her approach explores the whole person, including your mind, body, lifestyle, spirituality, culture, and external environment. Dr. Kurapey believes in tailoring treatments to your unique needs.
Dr. Kurapey guides you to harness your intuitive wisdom to bring you closer to the life you imagine. She provides comprehensive integrative psychiatric care to help you identify the root cause of your symptoms. Her approach explores the whole person, including your mind, body, lifestyle, spirituality, culture, and external environment. Dr. Kurapey believes in tailoring treatments to your unique needs.
(630) 934-2169 View (630) 934-2169
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Orange Tree Health & Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60564
Waitlist for new clients
The clients that I see the most are children and adolescents as that is where the greatest need is currently, but I still truly enjoy with adults as well. My clients are struggling with stressors and mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, psychosis, etc. My clients are looking for a strong therapeutic connection and someone they trust to recommend lifestyle changes and medications if needed. They are hoping to make a positive change in their lives, whether that is through therapy, lifestyle changes and/or medications. They want to work collaboratively with a physician on reaching their goals to feel healthy and happy.
The clients that I see the most are children and adolescents as that is where the greatest need is currently, but I still truly enjoy with adults as well. My clients are struggling with stressors and mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, psychosis, etc. My clients are looking for a strong therapeutic connection and someone they trust to recommend lifestyle changes and medications if needed. They are hoping to make a positive change in their lives, whether that is through therapy, lifestyle changes and/or medications. They want to work collaboratively with a physician on reaching their goals to feel healthy and happy.
(630) 551-8994 View (630) 551-8994
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Plainfield/Oswego Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
My name is Melissa Tatum, APRN-PMHNP and in my fifteen plus years as a mental health advocate and champion I have dedicated my career to delivering compassionate, culturally competent care and support to the men, women and children I serve.
My name is Melissa Tatum, APRN-PMHNP and in my fifteen plus years as a mental health advocate and champion I have dedicated my career to delivering compassionate, culturally competent care and support to the men, women and children I serve.
(815) 934-3086 x104 View (815) 934-3086 x104
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Zoelife Psychiatric Services - Dr. Rose Ampadu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, APN-FPA
Verified
Crest Hill, IL 60403
I am Dual Board-Certified in Mental Health and Family practice. I bring to psychiatry a fresh approach, culturally sensitive care, and the concept of “Presence, Creativity, and Neuroplasticity”. I also believe in the concepts of partnership, empowerment by providing personalized and comprehensive services in an atmosphere of respect and compassion. I approach psychiatry as a work of art and believe each encounter is unique, and the journey is different for each person.
I am Dual Board-Certified in Mental Health and Family practice. I bring to psychiatry a fresh approach, culturally sensitive care, and the concept of “Presence, Creativity, and Neuroplasticity”. I also believe in the concepts of partnership, empowerment by providing personalized and comprehensive services in an atmosphere of respect and compassion. I approach psychiatry as a work of art and believe each encounter is unique, and the journey is different for each person.
(321) 248-1859 View (321) 248-1859
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iCare psychiatry and behavioral services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Naperville, IL 60563
New Patients are welcome. Testimonials and Reviews from trusted patients for holistic and integrative approaches say a lot about her compassion for your wellness. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Rubby provides quality video consultation for Illinois residents. She offers same-day appointments, Days & Weekends. Your choice of “early morning or late evening with no wait time" that accommodates your work schedule is available. She ensures your prescription is sent electronically to the pharmacy of your choice and that your medication is received timely. You have a choice; thank you for giving her the will and trust in the treatment.
New Patients are welcome. Testimonials and Reviews from trusted patients for holistic and integrative approaches say a lot about her compassion for your wellness. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Rubby provides quality video consultation for Illinois residents. She offers same-day appointments, Days & Weekends. Your choice of “early morning or late evening with no wait time" that accommodates your work schedule is available. She ensures your prescription is sent electronically to the pharmacy of your choice and that your medication is received timely. You have a choice; thank you for giving her the will and trust in the treatment.
(630) 280-3097 View (630) 280-3097
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Karyn Kudrna
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
8 Endorsed
Warrenville, IL 60555  (Online Only)
Immediate openings for telehealth visits. I enjoy working with adults and adolescents treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, and other mental health issues. I believe in developing strong therapeutic relationships with the goal of providing personalized care tailored to meet each person's individual needs. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1989 and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of St. Francis in 2018.
Immediate openings for telehealth visits. I enjoy working with adults and adolescents treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, and other mental health issues. I believe in developing strong therapeutic relationships with the goal of providing personalized care tailored to meet each person's individual needs. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1989 and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of St. Francis in 2018.
(331) 241-6676 View (331) 241-6676

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Bolingbrook, IL

10+

Average cost per session

$180

Psychiatrists in Bolingbrook, IL who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Anxiety
85% Bipolar Disorder
77% ADHD
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Trauma and PTSD
62% Suicidal Ideation

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Aetna
91% Cigna and Evernorth
91% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Bolingbrook, IL see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bolingbrook?

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.