Psychiatrists in Carpentersville, IL

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Dennis Brightwell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Carpentersville, IL 60110
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 49 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Addiction / Substance Abuse, Cognitive Disorders, Mood Disorder, Schizophrenia, Sleep Disorders.
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 49 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Addiction / Substance Abuse, Cognitive Disorders, Mood Disorder, Schizophrenia, Sleep Disorders.
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Holistic Behavioral and TMS therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lake In The Hills, IL 60102
Lawrence Abah, PMHNP treats patients starting from 12 years old. Lawrence is dual board certified in Across the lifespan psychiatry and Family practice. Lawrence believes in using holistic approach to behavioral health and partnering with his clients for the best treatment outcome. He believes in development of good therapeutic alliance with his patients. He prides himself in providing patient focused, high quality and individualized care to his patients. Lawrence has more than 15 years experience in behavioral health, and he understands how difficult it is finding that provider that truly cares about your holistic wellness.
Lawrence Abah, PMHNP treats patients starting from 12 years old. Lawrence is dual board certified in Across the lifespan psychiatry and Family practice. Lawrence believes in using holistic approach to behavioral health and partnering with his clients for the best treatment outcome. He believes in development of good therapeutic alliance with his patients. He prides himself in providing patient focused, high quality and individualized care to his patients. Lawrence has more than 15 years experience in behavioral health, and he understands how difficult it is finding that provider that truly cares about your holistic wellness.
(708) 627-9296 View (708) 627-9296
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Khyati V Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Elgin, IL 60120
Khyati Patel is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner. She has experienced working with adults and adolescents. She has exceptional clinical skills in treating both pediatric and adult population. She is specializing in Adhd, Anxiety, Depression, and Ptsd. Khyati, approaches her patient Holistic rather than focusing on their diagnosis. She believes it is important to understand the patient holistically to receive benefits from the treatment. Listening to patients’ concerns is one of her empower skills that she carries with her.
Khyati Patel is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner. She has experienced working with adults and adolescents. She has exceptional clinical skills in treating both pediatric and adult population. She is specializing in Adhd, Anxiety, Depression, and Ptsd. Khyati, approaches her patient Holistic rather than focusing on their diagnosis. She believes it is important to understand the patient holistically to receive benefits from the treatment. Listening to patients’ concerns is one of her empower skills that she carries with her.
(847) 595-5190 View (847) 595-5190
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Greater Heights P Medical services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, APRN-FP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
Elgin, IL 60120
Shalom is a board-certified advanced practitioner with Full Practice Authority (FPA). He has worked in various behavioral health Hospitals since past 15 years in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient, managing care from adolescents with autism to older adults with dementia. His expertise lies in listening to patients and astute ability to develop a care plan/medication management cultured to each patient needs. Everyone is different and should be treated as such. Shalom brings humor to set people at ease while building healthy therapeutic relationships with individuals.
Shalom is a board-certified advanced practitioner with Full Practice Authority (FPA). He has worked in various behavioral health Hospitals since past 15 years in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient, managing care from adolescents with autism to older adults with dementia. His expertise lies in listening to patients and astute ability to develop a care plan/medication management cultured to each patient needs. Everyone is different and should be treated as such. Shalom brings humor to set people at ease while building healthy therapeutic relationships with individuals.
(224) 232-5761 View (224) 232-5761
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Altasano Integrative Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNA, PMHNP
Verified
West Dundee, IL 60118
Are you trying to manage an issue such as treatment resistant depression, insomnia, brain fog, fatigue, loss of libido or trichotillomania/body-focused repetitive disorders, without the use of conventional psychiatric medications? Mental health conditions like these affect overall quality life and impact the way you engage in relationships and in the world, and ultimately, interfere with your ability to reach your full potential. If you think that mental and physical health are interconnected and that complex mind-body health issues sometimes require non-conventional treatments, you might find the solutions you are seeking with us.
Are you trying to manage an issue such as treatment resistant depression, insomnia, brain fog, fatigue, loss of libido or trichotillomania/body-focused repetitive disorders, without the use of conventional psychiatric medications? Mental health conditions like these affect overall quality life and impact the way you engage in relationships and in the world, and ultimately, interfere with your ability to reach your full potential. If you think that mental and physical health are interconnected and that complex mind-body health issues sometimes require non-conventional treatments, you might find the solutions you are seeking with us.
(815) 472-8896 View (815) 472-8896
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Elgin, IL 60120  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
(309) 808-6562 View (309) 808-6562
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Devika Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
I am currently accepting new patients** I have been providing excellent care for over 4 years with great compassion.  I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients 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 4 years with great compassion.  I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients 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.
(847) 261-8144 View (847) 261-8144
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Ci Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APN, CEO
Verified
Elgin, IL 60123
I utilize a comprehensive approach to treating your brain and body. By combining genetic testing with a variety of assessment screenings and lab work, I try to identify just exactly what your brain needs and what chemicals need to regulated.
I utilize a comprehensive approach to treating your brain and body. By combining genetic testing with a variety of assessment screenings and lab work, I try to identify just exactly what your brain needs and what chemicals need to regulated.
(224) 347-6943 View (224) 347-6943
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Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Elgin, IL 60120  (Online Only)
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting 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 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.
(331) 259-8087 View (331) 259-8087
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Elgin, IL 60120
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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Values Based Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Elgin, IL 60120  (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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Heta Shah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
Heta Shah is accepting new patients. Heta is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of mental health conditions. She is known for her compassionate and patient-centered approach, taking the time to listen to her patients’ concerns and develop individualized treatment plans that meet their unique needs. Her comprehensive assessments, evidence-based treatment plans, and ongoing support aim to promote mental wellness and improve the overall quality of life for her patients.
Heta Shah is accepting new patients. Heta is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of mental health conditions. She is known for her compassionate and patient-centered approach, taking the time to listen to her patients’ concerns and develop individualized treatment plans that meet their unique needs. Her comprehensive assessments, evidence-based treatment plans, and ongoing support aim to promote mental wellness and improve the overall quality of life for her patients.
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Advanced Psychiatry of Elgin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Elgin, IL 60123
Dr. Malik completed her internship at the Harvard Medical School South Shore Psychiatry Program. She then completed both a residency in psychiatry, and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Toledo Medical School. She holds double-board certification in child and adolescent psychiatry and general psychiatry and is one of the few psychiatrists in northern Illinois who has specialized training in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. In addition to providing empirically validated treatment, she is also certified to provide cutting edge treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
Dr. Malik completed her internship at the Harvard Medical School South Shore Psychiatry Program. She then completed both a residency in psychiatry, and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Toledo Medical School. She holds double-board certification in child and adolescent psychiatry and general psychiatry and is one of the few psychiatrists in northern Illinois who has specialized training in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. In addition to providing empirically validated treatment, she is also certified to provide cutting edge treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
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Advanced Psychiatry of Elgin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Elgin, IL 60123
Advanced Psychiatry of Elgin offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) .TMS is a non-invasive, FDA-approved alternative treatment indicated for use in patients who have Major Depressive Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and have not responded to psychotropic medication. • Covered by most insurances • Has minimal side effects • No anesthesia • No memory issues
Advanced Psychiatry of Elgin offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) .TMS is a non-invasive, FDA-approved alternative treatment indicated for use in patients who have Major Depressive Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and have not responded to psychotropic medication. • Covered by most insurances • Has minimal side effects • No anesthesia • No memory issues
(224) 864-9719 View (224) 864-9719
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At Your Service Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Elgin, IL 60123
To see availability and schedule, go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com. Prescription medications are sent to your local pharmacy after the visit. You finally decided to reach out for help, but it takes months to get in. I established this online telepsychiatry practice with the busy person in mind. We care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar, and more. We strive to offer compassionate and convenient psychiatric care.
To see availability and schedule, go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com. Prescription medications are sent to your local pharmacy after the visit. You finally decided to reach out for help, but it takes months to get in. I established this online telepsychiatry practice with the busy person in mind. We care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar, and more. We strive to offer compassionate and convenient psychiatric care.
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Sunshine Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Elgin, IL 60123
*****NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS**** Whether you need psychiatric evaluation and treatment for addiction, anxiety, depression, a mood disorder, ADHD, PTSD, or another mental health problem, as your provider, my goal is to help you get the solutions that will let you feel better soon. The belief in giving help with deep caring, and my style of listening, form the soul of my practice today. I see all patients as unique in their own way, and I value the privilege of giving the best care that my private practice in psychiatric medicine can provide.
*****NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS**** Whether you need psychiatric evaluation and treatment for addiction, anxiety, depression, a mood disorder, ADHD, PTSD, or another mental health problem, as your provider, my goal is to help you get the solutions that will let you feel better soon. The belief in giving help with deep caring, and my style of listening, form the soul of my practice today. I see all patients as unique in their own way, and I value the privilege of giving the best care that my private practice in psychiatric medicine can provide.
(708) 367-3780 View (708) 367-3780
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Leena Vala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
I am a board certified Nurse Practitioner, providing compassionate and supportive care, to promote healing and growth of my patients. As a strong advocate for mental wellbeing, I understand the importance of early diagnosis and treatment. I offer same week appointment accommodate my patients. I am an empathetic care provider approaching each patient from an individualistic perspective and emphasizing patient specific treatment goals. I provide a thorough evaluation and treatment plan in coherence with medication management focusing on anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, mood disorder, PTSD and other mental health conditions.
I am a board certified Nurse Practitioner, providing compassionate and supportive care, to promote healing and growth of my patients. As a strong advocate for mental wellbeing, I understand the importance of early diagnosis and treatment. I offer same week appointment accommodate my patients. I am an empathetic care provider approaching each patient from an individualistic perspective and emphasizing patient specific treatment goals. I provide a thorough evaluation and treatment plan in coherence with medication management focusing on anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, mood disorder, PTSD and other mental health conditions.
(331) 207-9792 View (331) 207-9792
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Jovel Broqueza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, FPA
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 in assisting patients to achieve balance leading to a path of healing. 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 in assisting patients to achieve balance leading to a path of healing. Visit us at Balancewellbeingllc.com for more details.
(630) 344-9617 View (630) 344-9617
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Michelle Gosnell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN CNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Algonquin, IL 60102
I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for children 6 years and older with Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for children 6 years and older with Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(815) 393-1038 View (815) 393-1038
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Sherri Bowald
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cary, IL 60013
I offer short wait time for appointment and convenient telehealth or office psychiatric care utilizing a professional approach. As a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse, I offer expertise from a 20-plus nursing background. With the ability to prescribe psychotropic medication and/or controlled substances if needed, my ability to assist clients through a rough patch or chronic disability is enhanced. No need to wait 3-4 months to see a psychiatrist for urgent mental health needs!
I offer short wait time for appointment and convenient telehealth or office psychiatric care utilizing a professional approach. As a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse, I offer expertise from a 20-plus nursing background. With the ability to prescribe psychotropic medication and/or controlled substances if needed, my ability to assist clients through a rough patch or chronic disability is enhanced. No need to wait 3-4 months to see a psychiatrist for urgent mental health needs!
(309) 315-4720 View (309) 315-4720

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Number of Psychiatrists in Carpentersville, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Carpentersville, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Addiction
100% Other
100% Substance Use
100% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

50 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% The Alliance
100% American Behavioral

How Psychiatrists in Carpentersville, IL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Carpentersville?

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.