Psychiatrists in Clarendon Hills, IL

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Gina Mathew
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. I can help a client by providing optimal care through medication management and therapeutic skills. I am compassionate and firmly believe in implementing a holistic approach when treating individuals with mental health concerns. I believe in providing culturally sensitive care and treating clients with respect and dignity. Prior to joining LifeStance, I worked in an inpatient setting primarily with children and adolescents with behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. I can help a client by providing optimal care through medication management and therapeutic skills. I am compassionate and firmly believe in implementing a holistic approach when treating individuals with mental health concerns. I believe in providing culturally sensitive care and treating clients with respect and dignity. Prior to joining LifeStance, I worked in an inpatient setting primarily with children and adolescents with behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
(630) 526-6560 View (630) 526-6560
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Christopher Lynn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
I look forward to the prospect of working with you. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, psychiatric medication management and supportive therapy for adult clients ages 18 and above. I am double board-certified as a Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated to maximizing your health and wellness by integrating traditional healthcare with complementary/alternative therapies in order to prevent/manage chronic illness and promote a healthy lifestyle.
I look forward to the prospect of working with you. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, psychiatric medication management and supportive therapy for adult clients ages 18 and above. I am double board-certified as a Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated to maximizing your health and wellness by integrating traditional healthcare with complementary/alternative therapies in order to prevent/manage chronic illness and promote a healthy lifestyle.
(773) 918-2047 View (773) 918-2047
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Denise Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
Dr. Denise Garcia is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2021. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Resurrection University and her Doctorate Degree in Nursing from Rush University College of Nursing. Dr. Garcia is certified in psychiatry across the lifespan and is trained to work with different populations. She can provide services like psychiatric evaluations, assessments, and order laboratory tests/imagining.
Dr. Denise Garcia is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2021. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Resurrection University and her Doctorate Degree in Nursing from Rush University College of Nursing. Dr. Garcia is certified in psychiatry across the lifespan and is trained to work with different populations. She can provide services like psychiatric evaluations, assessments, and order laboratory tests/imagining.
(630) 552-6992 View (630) 552-6992
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Sanjeev Dwivedi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
Dr. Sanjeev Dwivedi, Board-Certified Psychiatrist, believes you don't have to navigate mental health challenges on your own, and he is here to provide care to children, adolescents, and adults with issues such as OCD, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. Dr. Dwivedi completed his fellowship at the Institute for Juvenile Research and his residency at Chicago Medical School. Prior to joining LifeStance Health, Dr. Dwivedi served as a child psychiatrist for DuPage County and did research at Hines VA Hospital.
Dr. Sanjeev Dwivedi, Board-Certified Psychiatrist, believes you don't have to navigate mental health challenges on your own, and he is here to provide care to children, adolescents, and adults with issues such as OCD, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. Dr. Dwivedi completed his fellowship at the Institute for Juvenile Research and his residency at Chicago Medical School. Prior to joining LifeStance Health, Dr. Dwivedi served as a child psychiatrist for DuPage County and did research at Hines VA Hospital.
(630) 912-0951 View (630) 912-0951
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Francesco Incandela
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
I’m Dr. Incandela, a psychiatrist committed to helping people achieve their mental health goals and wellness. I graduated from psychiatry residency in 2023 and began practicing that same year. I collaborate with each person to develop a comprehensive and wholistic treatment plan that is tailored to the individual while incorporating evidence-based treatment models. For me, the wholistic process includes working to understand and target mental health concerns from a biological, psychological, and social perspective understanding that many things affect a person's mental health that medication alone may not address.
I’m Dr. Incandela, a psychiatrist committed to helping people achieve their mental health goals and wellness. I graduated from psychiatry residency in 2023 and began practicing that same year. I collaborate with each person to develop a comprehensive and wholistic treatment plan that is tailored to the individual while incorporating evidence-based treatment models. For me, the wholistic process includes working to understand and target mental health concerns from a biological, psychological, and social perspective understanding that many things affect a person's mental health that medication alone may not address.
(331) 321-4984 View (331) 321-4984
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Iyad Alkhouri
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
(630) 474-6507 View (630) 474-6507

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Jamie Rawl
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
I am a state-licensed and nationally board-certified physician associate who forms strong therapeutic alliances with patients in order to provide high-quality, culturally competent care.  I offer psychiatric evaluations and medication support using innovative modalities designed to diagnose and treat a variety of challenges. In addition to medication management, I specialize in the administration of psychedelic therapy (Spravato) for patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression. I also offer evaluations for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for those struggling with depression, OCD, anxious depression, and more.
I am a state-licensed and nationally board-certified physician associate who forms strong therapeutic alliances with patients in order to provide high-quality, culturally competent care.  I offer psychiatric evaluations and medication support using innovative modalities designed to diagnose and treat a variety of challenges. In addition to medication management, I specialize in the administration of psychedelic therapy (Spravato) for patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression. I also offer evaluations for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for those struggling with depression, OCD, anxious depression, and more.
(847) 860-6193 View (847) 860-6193
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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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Aarti Mehta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Willowbrook, IL 60527
Not accepting new clients
In my practice, I strive to take a holistic approach to treatment. I focus on the biological aspects of treatment via medications when necessary, the psychological aspects of treatment via psychotherapy and the social aspects of treatment by inviting family and significant others to participate in treatment if the patient wishes. Psychiatric issues are much more complex than a single diagnosis, and I look forward the challenge of discovering the depth of each patient.
In my practice, I strive to take a holistic approach to treatment. I focus on the biological aspects of treatment via medications when necessary, the psychological aspects of treatment via psychotherapy and the social aspects of treatment by inviting family and significant others to participate in treatment if the patient wishes. Psychiatric issues are much more complex than a single diagnosis, and I look forward the challenge of discovering the depth of each patient.
(773) 245-1975 View (773) 245-1975
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Haneen Al-Sheikh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westmont, IL 60559
I am a board-certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatric. I have a true passion for mental health and helping others. I believe my patients deserve quality compassionate care. I have experience in different areas of medicine such as emergency medicine, urgent care, and family medicine
I am a board-certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatric. I have a true passion for mental health and helping others. I believe my patients deserve quality compassionate care. I have experience in different areas of medicine such as emergency medicine, urgent care, and family medicine
(847) 416-8601 View (847) 416-8601
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Kirsten Book, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Licensed in AZ, WA, and IL. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My treatment philosophy includes a combination of evidence-based psychopharmacologic management, psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, and other cognitive modalities to aid in recovery. I am confident that combining medication with other treatments is more effective than medication alone. I also believe a multidisciplinary treatment team approach with therapists and other professionals is optimal for the patient's recovery.
Licensed in AZ, WA, and IL. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My treatment philosophy includes a combination of evidence-based psychopharmacologic management, psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, and other cognitive modalities to aid in recovery. I am confident that combining medication with other treatments is more effective than medication alone. I also believe a multidisciplinary treatment team approach with therapists and other professionals is optimal for the patient's recovery.
(312) 525-8463 View (312) 525-8463
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Chiedza Nwakudu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
I am a double board certified psychiatric mental health and primary care nurse practitioner experienced in medication management of psychiatric conditions including anxiety, mood, and eating disorders, substance abuse, anger and stress management, and ADHD. I completed a Master's in Nursing Science degree from Rush University in Chicago, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the psychiatric mental health certificate from Lewis University in Illinois.
I am a double board certified psychiatric mental health and primary care nurse practitioner experienced in medication management of psychiatric conditions including anxiety, mood, and eating disorders, substance abuse, anger and stress management, and ADHD. I completed a Master's in Nursing Science degree from Rush University in Chicago, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the psychiatric mental health certificate from Lewis University in Illinois.
(331) 210-9626 View (331) 210-9626
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Elizabeth Wengel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
My name is Elizabeth Wengel and I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in psychiatric evaluations and medication management. My goal is to put patients at ease by creating a supportive environment to address their concerns. I offer medication management and supportive therapy to improve self esteem and alleviate symptoms.
My name is Elizabeth Wengel and I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in psychiatric evaluations and medication management. My goal is to put patients at ease by creating a supportive environment to address their concerns. I offer medication management and supportive therapy to improve self esteem and alleviate symptoms.
(708) 765-6803 View (708) 765-6803
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Dr. Karen DeCocker | Anxiety Depression Ptsd Assessment | Sgb | Ketamine | Tms
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, CNM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westmont, IL 60559
I'm the Director of Advanced Practice Providers at Stella Center and oversee our assessment team. I became a nurse practitioner in 2007 after 10 years of hospital nursing experience. We specialize in identifying innovative treatments & therapies that can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment together that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, TMS therapy, integration therapy, and more.
I'm the Director of Advanced Practice Providers at Stella Center and oversee our assessment team. I became a nurse practitioner in 2007 after 10 years of hospital nursing experience. We specialize in identifying innovative treatments & therapies that can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment together that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, TMS therapy, integration therapy, and more.
(708) 934-8044 View (708) 934-8044
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Marisa Serrato
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521  (Online Only)
Dr. Marisa Serrato is committed to educating and empowering each person with the knowledge and tools they need to optimize their mental wellness and maximize their quality of life. Dr. Serrato strongly values working as a team with her patients, and believes that effective work together calls for ongoing communication as well as an understanding of each person’s unique perspective, biology, and experience. She has an expertise in College Mental Health and has focused her practice to the treatment of the emerging adult population.
Dr. Marisa Serrato is committed to educating and empowering each person with the knowledge and tools they need to optimize their mental wellness and maximize their quality of life. Dr. Serrato strongly values working as a team with her patients, and believes that effective work together calls for ongoing communication as well as an understanding of each person’s unique perspective, biology, and experience. She has an expertise in College Mental Health and has focused her practice to the treatment of the emerging adult population.
(708) 726-8735 View (708) 726-8735
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Shalini Chawla
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Westmont, IL 60559
I am passionate about what I do and I love working with all kinds of people to help them with their problems whether its anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, family, school, marital, work, or relationship problems. My goal is to help my clients feel safe, heard, understood, and to help them reach their goals. I believe in individualized care and treatment as everyone is different and has different needs and aspirations for themselves. I love working with kids, parents, adults, and couples to help them solve whatever communication issues they are having in order to facilitate care. I want to help people live their best life every day.
I am passionate about what I do and I love working with all kinds of people to help them with their problems whether its anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, family, school, marital, work, or relationship problems. My goal is to help my clients feel safe, heard, understood, and to help them reach their goals. I believe in individualized care and treatment as everyone is different and has different needs and aspirations for themselves. I love working with kids, parents, adults, and couples to help them solve whatever communication issues they are having in order to facilitate care. I want to help people live their best life every day.
(630) 338-0460 View (630) 338-0460
Photo of Orlando Malate, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clarendon Hills, IL
Orlando Malate
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Oak Brook, IL 60521
Dr. Orlando Malate is a compassionate mental health nurse practitioner offering therapy and medication management in Illinois. Dr. Malate treats depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders. He approaches his practice with a deeper, wider, relational approach that centers on listening to you. His practice setting offers a safe, confidential, and trusting space to talk about your feelings and to develop individualized treatment plans.
Dr. Orlando Malate is a compassionate mental health nurse practitioner offering therapy and medication management in Illinois. Dr. Malate treats depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders. He approaches his practice with a deeper, wider, relational approach that centers on listening to you. His practice setting offers a safe, confidential, and trusting space to talk about your feelings and to develop individualized treatment plans.
(224) 412-5947 View (224) 412-5947
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Doris Nwoko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, APN
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Have you ever wondered if you are being heard or searched for a care provider who can relate to your challenges? Are you in need of medication management - initiation, adjustments, and maintenance? I have several years of psychiatric and mental health experience working with individuals aged 5 to 65 and older adults in inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings with various mental health issues. My treatment approach embodies the individual's developmental and bio-psycho-social histories and how they contribute to illness.
Have you ever wondered if you are being heard or searched for a care provider who can relate to your challenges? Are you in need of medication management - initiation, adjustments, and maintenance? I have several years of psychiatric and mental health experience working with individuals aged 5 to 65 and older adults in inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings with various mental health issues. My treatment approach embodies the individual's developmental and bio-psycho-social histories and how they contribute to illness.
(779) 223-5624 View (779) 223-5624
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NeuroMod Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Willowbrook, IL 60527
We offer transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when other depression treatments haven't been effective. TMS can be a good alternative for you, especially if you have had issues tolerating medications, or are not fully helped by medications or simply want to try a different approach for your treatment.
We offer transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when other depression treatments haven't been effective. TMS can be a good alternative for you, especially if you have had issues tolerating medications, or are not fully helped by medications or simply want to try a different approach for your treatment.
(331) 207-9175 View (331) 207-9175
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Chime Ajiere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FPA, FNP-BC, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Darien, IL 60561
***** Our clinic is accepting new patients**** We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment.
***** Our clinic is accepting new patients**** We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment.
(815) 522-1040 View (815) 522-1040

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Clarendon Hills, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Clarendon Hills, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
83% Anxiety
83% ADHD
83% Trauma and PTSD
67% Child

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Clarendon Hills, IL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Clarendon Hills?

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.