Psychiatrists in Darien, IL

Photo of James Young, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Darien, IL
James Young
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARPN
Verified
Darien, IL 60561
James Young is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. James provides active, neutral, and non-judgmental listening. He will work to build an interactive assessment with your help. From this, James will work with you in order to come up with a collaborative treatment plan that encompasses your needs, goals, and evidence-based practices. Outside of work, James enjoys reading, exercising, and traveling.
James Young is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. James provides active, neutral, and non-judgmental listening. He will work to build an interactive assessment with your help. From this, James will work with you in order to come up with a collaborative treatment plan that encompasses your needs, goals, and evidence-based practices. Outside of work, James enjoys reading, exercising, and traveling.
(630) 937-1064 View (630) 937-1064
Photo of Dr. Talha John Baloch, Psychiatrist in Darien, IL
Dr. Talha John Baloch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Darien, IL 60561  (Online Only)
At Comprehensive Psych Solutions, we strive to provide the highest level of care to our clients. To do this, our Board Certified Psychiatrists perform a comprehensive evaluation and assessment. This allows us to provide different treatment solutions, that we discuss in great detail with you, so you can make the most educated decision for your health. Dr. Baloch is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. Please visit our website for more info. Open to patients in California, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio. Completely virtual care.
At Comprehensive Psych Solutions, we strive to provide the highest level of care to our clients. To do this, our Board Certified Psychiatrists perform a comprehensive evaluation and assessment. This allows us to provide different treatment solutions, that we discuss in great detail with you, so you can make the most educated decision for your health. Dr. Baloch is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. Please visit our website for more info. Open to patients in California, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio. Completely virtual care.
(630) 228-9214 View (630) 228-9214
Photo of Chung Hsin 'sony' Hu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Darien, IL
Chung Hsin 'sony' Hu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Darien, IL 60561
Sony Hu, PMHNP-BC, is passionate about providing psychiatric care for people with multiple backgrounds. He started his psychiatric journey since 2015 and continues on today. He is happy to provide care for children, adolescents and adults. Please feel free to contact him if you or your child is experiencing anxiety, OCD, depression, mood instability, behavioral concerns, ADHD, sleep disturbances or psychosis. If you are unsure if you are experiencing a psychiatric symptom, Sony will be happy to help you navigate and explore your area of need.
Sony Hu, PMHNP-BC, is passionate about providing psychiatric care for people with multiple backgrounds. He started his psychiatric journey since 2015 and continues on today. He is happy to provide care for children, adolescents and adults. Please feel free to contact him if you or your child is experiencing anxiety, OCD, depression, mood instability, behavioral concerns, ADHD, sleep disturbances or psychosis. If you are unsure if you are experiencing a psychiatric symptom, Sony will be happy to help you navigate and explore your area of need.
(630) 394-1548 View (630) 394-1548
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Janine Watters
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Darien, IL 60561
Janine Watters is a compassionate Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) based in Illinois. With a clinical focus spanning a broad age range from 6 to 65+, Janine has a particular affinity for adolescents and young adults. She possesses a wealth of expertise in addressing various mental health concerns and is committed to delivering individualized care. In her practice, Janine prioritizes thorough and genuine listening to understand the unique needs of her clients.
Janine Watters is a compassionate Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) based in Illinois. With a clinical focus spanning a broad age range from 6 to 65+, Janine has a particular affinity for adolescents and young adults. She possesses a wealth of expertise in addressing various mental health concerns and is committed to delivering individualized care. In her practice, Janine prioritizes thorough and genuine listening to understand the unique needs of her clients.
(630) 361-0543 View (630) 361-0543
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Chime Ajiere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FPA, FNP-BC, PMHNP, MSN
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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Beth (Ellie) DUDLEY
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Ellie is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on delivering high-quality mental health care. She embraces the use of telehealth to deliver safe, discreet, convenient, patient-centered care supported by evidence. Specializing in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment and management of a variety of mental health disorders, Ellie is an empathetic listener who believes that each patient requires unique attention. While all individuals can benefit from psychotherapy and some from psychotropic medication in their therapy plan, Ellie can explore all effective treatment options with you.
Ellie is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on delivering high-quality mental health care. She embraces the use of telehealth to deliver safe, discreet, convenient, patient-centered care supported by evidence. Specializing in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment and management of a variety of mental health disorders, Ellie is an empathetic listener who believes that each patient requires unique attention. While all individuals can benefit from psychotherapy and some from psychotropic medication in their therapy plan, Ellie can explore all effective treatment options with you.
(630) 394-6208 View (630) 394-6208
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Devika R Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
Lisle, IL 60532
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
Photo of Leena Vala, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Darien, IL
Leena Vala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60563
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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Amanda Hahn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM, PMH-C
Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521  (Online Only)
Women and birthing people face their own unique mental health challenges. Mandy specializes in women's and perinatal psychiatry. She values a holistic approach to mental health and seeks to provide comprehensive care that addresses psychological, emotional, and physical well being. Services include medication management, supportive therapy, preconception counseling, and birth/postpartum planning. She also has additional training in integrative psychiatry and offers natural options for patients who prefer to limit medication, including treatments for depression, anxiety, and PMDD.
Women and birthing people face their own unique mental health challenges. Mandy specializes in women's and perinatal psychiatry. She values a holistic approach to mental health and seeks to provide comprehensive care that addresses psychological, emotional, and physical well being. Services include medication management, supportive therapy, preconception counseling, and birth/postpartum planning. She also has additional training in integrative psychiatry and offers natural options for patients who prefer to limit medication, including treatments for depression, anxiety, and PMDD.
(815) 402-2364 View (815) 402-2364
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Marlene Tang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
It is through empathy that we are able to see in the eyes of another, listen with the ears of another and feel with the heart of another ( Alfred Adler). I am a board-certified and licensed Psychiatry-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I take pride in taking my time to get to know my patient's concerns and goals for the visits, offering mental health evaluations & medication management. My practice is open to clients 16-64 yo with particular interest in anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD & Suboxone maintenance treatment.
It is through empathy that we are able to see in the eyes of another, listen with the ears of another and feel with the heart of another ( Alfred Adler). I am a board-certified and licensed Psychiatry-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I take pride in taking my time to get to know my patient's concerns and goals for the visits, offering mental health evaluations & medication management. My practice is open to clients 16-64 yo with particular interest in anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD & Suboxone maintenance treatment.
(224) 505-1571 View (224) 505-1571
Photo of Sarah Masri, Physician Assistant in Darien, IL
Sarah Masri
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lisle, IL 60532
I offer a personalized approach to treatment, developing a custom treatment plan to meet the specific needs of each client. Whether you are seeking help for addiction, depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric conditions, I'm here to help. Contact Lott Behavioral Health today to schedule an evaluation for yourself or your loved one.
I offer a personalized approach to treatment, developing a custom treatment plan to meet the specific needs of each client. Whether you are seeking help for addiction, depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric conditions, I'm here to help. Contact Lott Behavioral Health today to schedule an evaluation for yourself or your loved one.
(331) 246-1327 View (331) 246-1327
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Dr. Sherin Vachaparambil
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521  (Online Only)
I have experience in various settings including private, community, state and VA hospitals/clinics. My main areas of interest are mood disorders and PTSD. My approach to treatment is to focus on whole health with emphasis on both pharmaceutical and integrative therapies. Currently I only see patients via telehealth and do not prescribe controlled substances. I believe that by working together we an help you achieve your goals! To request an appointment, please visit our website at: www.mindwell.health
I have experience in various settings including private, community, state and VA hospitals/clinics. My main areas of interest are mood disorders and PTSD. My approach to treatment is to focus on whole health with emphasis on both pharmaceutical and integrative therapies. Currently I only see patients via telehealth and do not prescribe controlled substances. I believe that by working together we an help you achieve your goals! To request an appointment, please visit our website at: www.mindwell.health
(630) 914-6151 View (630) 914-6151
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Jamie Rawl
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Oak Brook, IL 60523
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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OnlyMed Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521  (Online Only)
OnlyMed Clinic is a compassionate Clinic in Oak Brook serving Mental Health Patients. We offer safe in your home medication management in ADHD, Depression, Anxiety. We do telemedicine mostly but starting 5/1/23 we will be opening on Mondays in Hinsdale, IL!
OnlyMed Clinic is a compassionate Clinic in Oak Brook serving Mental Health Patients. We offer safe in your home medication management in ADHD, Depression, Anxiety. We do telemedicine mostly but starting 5/1/23 we will be opening on Mondays in Hinsdale, IL!
(331) 225-1662 View (331) 225-1662
Photo of Dima Arbach, Psychiatrist in Darien, IL
Dima Arbach
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Dr. Arbach worked for years with war victims and developed a longstanding experience in treating trauma and adversity related issues. Dr. Arbach focuses on a wellness and whole person approach to mental health. She is active locally and nationally in physician wellness activities by leading support groups and seminars on the topic of professionals' wellness. ​Dr. Arbach believes in integrating nutritional and lifestyle assessments with biological, psychological, and social factors in the healing process.
Dr. Arbach worked for years with war victims and developed a longstanding experience in treating trauma and adversity related issues. Dr. Arbach focuses on a wellness and whole person approach to mental health. She is active locally and nationally in physician wellness activities by leading support groups and seminars on the topic of professionals' wellness. ​Dr. Arbach believes in integrating nutritional and lifestyle assessments with biological, psychological, and social factors in the healing process.
(630) 349-5035 View (630) 349-5035
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Semone West
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
9 Endorsed
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Semone West, MD is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. She attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. She completed a psychiatry residency at Duke University in Durham, NC; and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, while also serving as an associate professor.
Semone West, MD is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. She attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. She completed a psychiatry residency at Duke University in Durham, NC; and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, while also serving as an associate professor.
(331) 245-3846 View (331) 245-3846
Photo of Sarah Sims, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Darien, IL
Sarah Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, FPA
Verified
5 Endorsed
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Sarah Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Transcendent Psychiatry treats pediatric, adolescents, and adults. In her practice, she integrates a combination of evidence-based psychopharmacologic management, psychotherapy, compassionate trauma informed care and various cognitive modalities to help you heal. She believes that high quality psychiatric care is more than just treating mental illness. It is a patient centered journey through transitioning mental illness to into mental wellness. Feel free to email us to schedule an intake.
Sarah Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Transcendent Psychiatry treats pediatric, adolescents, and adults. In her practice, she integrates a combination of evidence-based psychopharmacologic management, psychotherapy, compassionate trauma informed care and various cognitive modalities to help you heal. She believes that high quality psychiatric care is more than just treating mental illness. It is a patient centered journey through transitioning mental illness to into mental wellness. Feel free to email us to schedule an intake.
(331) 214-3648 View (331) 214-3648
Photo of Abid Nazeer, Psychiatrist in Darien, IL
Abid Nazeer
Psychiatrist, MD, FASAM
Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
Waitlist for new clients
Dr. Abid K. Nazeer M.D., FASAM is a practicing psychiatrist with board certifications in both psychiatry and addiction medicine. Dr. Nazeer is the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of Hopemark Health and is Vice President of the American Association of Psychedelics. In 2016, he founded Advanced Psychiatric Solutions, now Hopemark Health, pioneering the first dedicated outpatient psychiatric based ketamine clinic in the Midwest. Hopemark Health has successfully completed over 4500 IV ketamine treatments for mental health and substance use disorders in a comprehensive care model.
Dr. Abid K. Nazeer M.D., FASAM is a practicing psychiatrist with board certifications in both psychiatry and addiction medicine. Dr. Nazeer is the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of Hopemark Health and is Vice President of the American Association of Psychedelics. In 2016, he founded Advanced Psychiatric Solutions, now Hopemark Health, pioneering the first dedicated outpatient psychiatric based ketamine clinic in the Midwest. Hopemark Health has successfully completed over 4500 IV ketamine treatments for mental health and substance use disorders in a comprehensive care model.
(630) 360-8215 View (630) 360-8215
Photo of Madison Bertram, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Darien, IL
Madison Bertram
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
She began her career as a registered nurse working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Madison treats patients with a variety of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD.
She began her career as a registered nurse working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Madison treats patients with a variety of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD.
(630) 360-8279 View (630) 360-8279
Photo of Krista Bedells, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Darien, IL
Krista Bedells
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Hinsdale, IL 60521  (Online Only)
Krista Bedells is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Krista takes an empathic and compassionate approach to patient care. She strives to support patients so they can have a good quality of life and reach their fullest potential. Clients can expect her to work with them and listen to their concerns fully before developing a treatment plan. Krista makes a point to spend quality time with the patient to explore their situation and to fully understand their current symptoms.
Krista Bedells is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Krista takes an empathic and compassionate approach to patient care. She strives to support patients so they can have a good quality of life and reach their fullest potential. Clients can expect her to work with them and listen to their concerns fully before developing a treatment plan. Krista makes a point to spend quality time with the patient to explore their situation and to fully understand their current symptoms.
(646) 759-2638 View (646) 759-2638

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Number of Psychiatrists in Darien, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Darien, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
80% Trauma and PTSD

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Darien, IL see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Male
25% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Darien?

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.