Psychiatrists in Carol Stream, IL

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Balanced Psychiatric Solutions, Beata Janton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carol Stream, IL 60188  (Online Only)
I am a double board-certified nurse practitioner in family and psychiatric practice. I have been in practice since 2015, initially in family practice. I worked for a few years in a community health care clinic with patients from underserved populations. I became aware that my patients have complex medical healthcare problems and often have severe mental illnesses that were not treated. I realized that I needed to add a psychiatric specialty to become a competent psychiatric provider. I completed my psychiatric degree from the University of St. Francis. After graduation, I started to work with the underserved population again.
I am a double board-certified nurse practitioner in family and psychiatric practice. I have been in practice since 2015, initially in family practice. I worked for a few years in a community health care clinic with patients from underserved populations. I became aware that my patients have complex medical healthcare problems and often have severe mental illnesses that were not treated. I realized that I needed to add a psychiatric specialty to become a competent psychiatric provider. I completed my psychiatric degree from the University of St. Francis. After graduation, I started to work with the underserved population again.
(773) 207-3163 View (773) 207-3163
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Values Based Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Carol Stream, IL 60188  (Online Only)
Values Based Psychiatry offers flexible appointment scheduling including early morning, late evening, and weekend availability. In fact, we will do our very best to schedule your first appointment within a week of your call.
Values Based Psychiatry offers flexible appointment scheduling including early morning, late evening, and weekend availability. In fact, we will do our very best to schedule your first appointment within a week of your call.
(630) 280-3216 View (630) 280-3216
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Nesrin Abu Ata
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carol Stream, IL 60188
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
(712) 481-9529 View (712) 481-9529
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At Your Service Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carol Stream, IL 60116
To see available appointments and schedule, go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com, and click the Book Online button. I established this online telepsychiatry practice with the busy person in mind—no need to call into an office and wait in a crowded waiting. With over a decade in psychiatric mental health practice, we care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar, and more. We strive to provide convenience with the ability to text us if needed between visits and receive compassionate care.
To see available appointments and schedule, go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com, and click the Book Online button. I established this online telepsychiatry practice with the busy person in mind—no need to call into an office and wait in a crowded waiting. With over a decade in psychiatric mental health practice, we care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar, and more. We strive to provide convenience with the ability to text us if needed between visits and receive compassionate care.

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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wheaton, IL 60187
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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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
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Kimberly Hunt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Ideal client seeks support, coping tools, and medication management for mental health challenges. They aim to improve daily functioning and find relief from distressing symptoms, driven by a desire for better quality of life and overall well-being.
Ideal client seeks support, coping tools, and medication management for mental health challenges. They aim to improve daily functioning and find relief from distressing symptoms, driven by a desire for better quality of life and overall well-being.
(847) 860-7214 View (847) 860-7214
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Coded Healthcare & Behavioral Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, OB, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downers Grove, IL 60515
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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Dr. Nitika Pant
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Downers Grove, IL 60515
The ideal client for me is someone who is motivated to address their mental health challenges and is seeking guidance and support to improve their well-being. They may be a teenager or young adult who has been struggling to manage the symptoms of anxiety and ADHD, impacting their daily life, relationships, and overall sense of fulfillment. Their issues may include feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, experiencing difficulty concentrating and staying organized due to ADHD, and navigating the stressors of school, work, or social life. They may have tried various coping strategies on their own but have not seen significant improvement.
The ideal client for me is someone who is motivated to address their mental health challenges and is seeking guidance and support to improve their well-being. They may be a teenager or young adult who has been struggling to manage the symptoms of anxiety and ADHD, impacting their daily life, relationships, and overall sense of fulfillment. Their issues may include feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, experiencing difficulty concentrating and staying organized due to ADHD, and navigating the stressors of school, work, or social life. They may have tried various coping strategies on their own but have not seen significant improvement.
(630) 948-8375 View (630) 948-8375
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Adrian Zhubi
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60563
New patients welcome! I have a genuine passion for the field of psychiatry and my treatment approach is integrated, compassionate and patient-centered. I aim to foster an empathic and effective collaboration with you as we examine core conflicts and patterns of behavior obstructing your relationships, work and sense of self. My approach is balanced, holistic and collaborative. I believe the best care combines both medication management and psychotherapy and I am happy to provide psychotherapy as well as refer to other therapists.
New patients welcome! I have a genuine passion for the field of psychiatry and my treatment approach is integrated, compassionate and patient-centered. I aim to foster an empathic and effective collaboration with you as we examine core conflicts and patterns of behavior obstructing your relationships, work and sense of self. My approach is balanced, holistic and collaborative. I believe the best care combines both medication management and psychotherapy and I am happy to provide psychotherapy as well as refer to other therapists.
(331) 979-3219 View (331) 979-3219
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Courtney Wiseman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60563
Dr. Courtney Wiseman, Board-Certified Psychiatrist, expertly treats psychiatric disorders for patients over the age of 18. Dr. Wiseman received BA from University of Notre Dame and an MD from Georgetown University. She completed her residency in psychiatry at University of Illinois, Chicago while simultaneously earning an MA in public health at University of Chicago. Following her residency, she moved to Boston to become the attending psychiatrist at Cambridge Hospital.
Dr. Courtney Wiseman, Board-Certified Psychiatrist, expertly treats psychiatric disorders for patients over the age of 18. Dr. Wiseman received BA from University of Notre Dame and an MD from Georgetown University. She completed her residency in psychiatry at University of Illinois, Chicago while simultaneously earning an MA in public health at University of Chicago. Following her residency, she moved to Boston to become the attending psychiatrist at Cambridge Hospital.
(331) 207-9218 View (331) 207-9218
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Shalu Gugnani (Addiction Treatment)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Warrenville, IL 60555
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist for drug and 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 and alcohol issues. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
(708) 401-6391 View (708) 401-6391
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Elizabeth Adekoya (Now Accepting New Patients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, FPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60563
Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do you suffer from persistent sadness? Are you struggling to find joy in your day to day life? Or do you find yourself constantly worrying, afraid or anxious? Are you in search of a provider that is both compassionate and adequately skilled to help you treat and manage your symptoms? I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner and help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety, ADHD and any other comorbidities.
Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do you suffer from persistent sadness? Are you struggling to find joy in your day to day life? Or do you find yourself constantly worrying, afraid or anxious? Are you in search of a provider that is both compassionate and adequately skilled to help you treat and manage your symptoms? I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner and help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety, ADHD and any other comorbidities.
(872) 252-7686 View (872) 252-7686
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Tahseen Mohammed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Dr. Tahseen Mohammed is a General and Child & Adolescent psychiatrist with over eighteen years of experience, and a diplomate in both disciplines through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Dr. Mohammed completed a residency in General Psychiatry at University of Chicago and a fellowship in Child & Adolescent psychiatry at University of Illinois at Chicago. His experiences include serving as Medical Director of the Pediatric Bipolar disorder program at UIC, Medical Director of inpatient and outpatient services at Northwest Community hospital .
Dr. Tahseen Mohammed is a General and Child & Adolescent psychiatrist with over eighteen years of experience, and a diplomate in both disciplines through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Dr. Mohammed completed a residency in General Psychiatry at University of Chicago and a fellowship in Child & Adolescent psychiatry at University of Illinois at Chicago. His experiences include serving as Medical Director of the Pediatric Bipolar disorder program at UIC, Medical Director of inpatient and outpatient services at Northwest Community hospital .
(224) 232-5101 View (224) 232-5101
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Ishaq Lachin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lisle, IL 60532
Dr. Ishaq (Isaac) Lachin sees individuals aged 6 to 65. He received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago, and then received his MD from the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed both his general psychiatry residency training and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is board certified in both adult and child & adolescent psychiatry, and has received multiple awards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Illinois Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Ishaq (Isaac) Lachin sees individuals aged 6 to 65. He received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago, and then received his MD from the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed both his general psychiatry residency training and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is board certified in both adult and child & adolescent psychiatry, and has received multiple awards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Illinois Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
(630) 517-9367 x132 View (630) 517-9367 x132
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Andrea Uribe
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Lisle, IL 60532
Andrea Uribe, DO, treats patients age five to 25 suffering from anxiety, depression, mood and bipolar disorders, disruptive behavior, autism, OCD, ADHD, and more. She has served DuPage County since 2007 and is double board-certified in both adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. Her years of experience includes private practice, community health, and educating primary care providers to foster their knowledge of treating psychiatric conditions in outpatient practice. She is also a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Andrea Uribe, DO, treats patients age five to 25 suffering from anxiety, depression, mood and bipolar disorders, disruptive behavior, autism, OCD, ADHD, and more. She has served DuPage County since 2007 and is double board-certified in both adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. Her years of experience includes private practice, community health, and educating primary care providers to foster their knowledge of treating psychiatric conditions in outpatient practice. She is also a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
(331) 253-4672 View (331) 253-4672
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Evan O Foster Deranja
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Oak Brook, IL 60523
My ideal patient is one who is willing and motivated to work together with me, as a team, to help figure out what is contributing to their struggles and how to work through it. It's frequently an iterative process whereby we make progress together over time. Sometimes it seems relatively simple, but frequently it's not. The keys are to keep going, to keep working at it, to never give up, to not shy away from complexity, and to be willing to begin anywhere. The wisdom of knowing when to keep working at solving a problem vs when to work towards acceptance is only achieved through our authentic best efforts over time.
My ideal patient is one who is willing and motivated to work together with me, as a team, to help figure out what is contributing to their struggles and how to work through it. It's frequently an iterative process whereby we make progress together over time. Sometimes it seems relatively simple, but frequently it's not. The keys are to keep going, to keep working at it, to never give up, to not shy away from complexity, and to be willing to begin anywhere. The wisdom of knowing when to keep working at solving a problem vs when to work towards acceptance is only achieved through our authentic best efforts over time.
(708) 787-8470 View (708) 787-8470
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January Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oak Brook, IL 60523
I am dual board certified PMHNP/FNP and began practicing general psychiatry in 2009. I have treated a broad range of psychiatric conditions in many different settings across the lifespan. I treat mood and anxiety disorders as well as PTSD, ADHD, and Schizophrenia spectrum disorders using medication management where indicated as well as therapy. I have been providing ketamine-assisted therapy since 2019 for treatment-resistant depressive disorders and PTSD.
I am dual board certified PMHNP/FNP and began practicing general psychiatry in 2009. I have treated a broad range of psychiatric conditions in many different settings across the lifespan. I treat mood and anxiety disorders as well as PTSD, ADHD, and Schizophrenia spectrum disorders using medication management where indicated as well as therapy. I have been providing ketamine-assisted therapy since 2019 for treatment-resistant depressive disorders and PTSD.
(630) 446-2935 View (630) 446-2935
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Linda Marie Banks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Linda is a board-certified nurse practitioner in both psychiatry and family medicine. She completed her training at Samford University and has undergraduate degrees in both Psychology and Nursing. She is trained to work with all ages, including children. Linda uses her education and experience to provide trauma-informed, inclusive, personalized care for every patient. She uses a holistic and integrative approach to take the whole patient into consideration. Her training helps her to understand both physical and mental health, and how to address the mind-body connection in her care.
Linda is a board-certified nurse practitioner in both psychiatry and family medicine. She completed her training at Samford University and has undergraduate degrees in both Psychology and Nursing. She is trained to work with all ages, including children. Linda uses her education and experience to provide trauma-informed, inclusive, personalized care for every patient. She uses a holistic and integrative approach to take the whole patient into consideration. Her training helps her to understand both physical and mental health, and how to address the mind-body connection in her care.
(408) 478-4142 View (408) 478-4142
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Justin Jelinski
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Justin is a certified Physician Assistant with over 10 years of experience. He has worked with patients of all ages and is dedicated to not only finding the appropriate treatment for his patients, but also getting to the root of the issue at hand. Justin has a Bachelor of Science from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, and a Master of Science of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of St. Francis in New Mexico.
Justin is a certified Physician Assistant with over 10 years of experience. He has worked with patients of all ages and is dedicated to not only finding the appropriate treatment for his patients, but also getting to the root of the issue at hand. Justin has a Bachelor of Science from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, and a Master of Science of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of St. Francis in New Mexico.
(630) 345-4726 View (630) 345-4726

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Number of Psychiatrists in Carol Stream, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Carol Stream, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Grief
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Medication Management

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
50% Aetna
50% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Carol Stream, IL see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Carol Stream?

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.