Psychiatrists in Edwardsville, IL

Photo of Dr. Audrey Faulstich, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Audrey Faulstich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Edwardsville, IL 62025  (Online Only)
One model can’t fill all—which is why I take on an individualized integrative approach in treating patients struggling with mental illness. During your visit, you can choose as many treatment approaches as you want (e.g., natural supplements, medications, talk therapy, working with you spiritually, functional medicine ). For example, if you want to discuss medications, supplements, and do some counseling, you can. I have a lot of experience working with all types of mental illnesses from ages 4 to 75. I will work with you to find the underlying causes of your mental illness and above all, empower you towards your recovery.
One model can’t fill all—which is why I take on an individualized integrative approach in treating patients struggling with mental illness. During your visit, you can choose as many treatment approaches as you want (e.g., natural supplements, medications, talk therapy, working with you spiritually, functional medicine ). For example, if you want to discuss medications, supplements, and do some counseling, you can. I have a lot of experience working with all types of mental illnesses from ages 4 to 75. I will work with you to find the underlying causes of your mental illness and above all, empower you towards your recovery.
Photo of Dr. Chenhang Zou, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Edwardsville, IL 62025  (Online Only)
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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Madelyn Hindia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Edwardsville, IL 62025  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Madelyn Hindia, a psychiatric nurse practitioner with a certification in perinatal mental health. My passion lies in supporting women through their unique mental health journeys, especially during pivotal moments such as pregnancy, postpartum, and when facing challenges like infertility or pregnancy and infant loss. I also have a strong background in addressing sexual dysfunction and a wide range of general psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I believe in treating each of my patients with a non-judgmental, empathetic approach.
Hello, I'm Madelyn Hindia, a psychiatric nurse practitioner with a certification in perinatal mental health. My passion lies in supporting women through their unique mental health journeys, especially during pivotal moments such as pregnancy, postpartum, and when facing challenges like infertility or pregnancy and infant loss. I also have a strong background in addressing sexual dysfunction and a wide range of general psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I believe in treating each of my patients with a non-judgmental, empathetic approach.
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Rebecca Palmer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Edwardsville, IL 62026
I truly believe patients should be treated based on their individual circumstances, as we all face different challenges and have unique needs. I feel that in order to achieve optimal mental health, patients should be included in determining goals for treatment and fully understand their treatment plan. I'll always take the time to talk through your symptoms and situation, discuss options, and ensure you understand the "why" and "what to expect" when any change to your treatment is made.
I truly believe patients should be treated based on their individual circumstances, as we all face different challenges and have unique needs. I feel that in order to achieve optimal mental health, patients should be included in determining goals for treatment and fully understand their treatment plan. I'll always take the time to talk through your symptoms and situation, discuss options, and ensure you understand the "why" and "what to expect" when any change to your treatment is made.
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Sherri Bowald
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edwardsville, IL 62025
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!
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Fundamental Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Collinsville, IL 62234  (Online Only)
As Nurse Practitioners, with specialized training in both Family and Psychiatric medicine, our core objective is to enhance the overall well-being and mental healthcare of our patients. We take utmost pride in our commitment to deliver the highest quality care, utilizing our gained knowledge and expertise to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients. This is achieved by adopting a comprehensive approach to patient care, where we recognize that the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of our patient’s health are interconnected.
As Nurse Practitioners, with specialized training in both Family and Psychiatric medicine, our core objective is to enhance the overall well-being and mental healthcare of our patients. We take utmost pride in our commitment to deliver the highest quality care, utilizing our gained knowledge and expertise to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients. This is achieved by adopting a comprehensive approach to patient care, where we recognize that the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of our patient’s health are interconnected.
(618) 266-3261 View (618) 266-3261

Online Psychiatrists

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Dr. Lori Anne Hopwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, WHNP, MPH
Verified Verified
Springfield, IL 62701  (Online Only)
I provided non-judgmental, empathetic care. Over the years, I have developed a special interested in increasing access to mental health services. My goal is to effectively assess, diagnose and treat your mental health challenges. I provide safe, quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care.
I provided non-judgmental, empathetic care. Over the years, I have developed a special interested in increasing access to mental health services. My goal is to effectively assess, diagnose and treat your mental health challenges. I provide safe, quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care.
(217) 403-9675 x92984 View (217) 403-9675 x92984
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Zackary Ladson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Springfield, IL 62704  (Online Only)
I am a certified Physician Assistant and completed my master's degree at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. I have several years of experience as a Family Medicine Physician Assistant, operating as the sole medical practitioner of my outpatient community health clinic. I manage an extensive array of acute and chronic health conditions, with a significant portion of my practice dedicated to diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders ranging from mild to severe.
I am a certified Physician Assistant and completed my master's degree at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. I have several years of experience as a Family Medicine Physician Assistant, operating as the sole medical practitioner of my outpatient community health clinic. I manage an extensive array of acute and chronic health conditions, with a significant portion of my practice dedicated to diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders ranging from mild to severe.
(217) 262-1734 View (217) 262-1734
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New Leaf Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Belleville, IL 62220
Empowering Minds, Transforming Lives: Your Path to Holistic Wellness! As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC), I am dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive care that bridges the gap between mental and physical health. My approach is holistic, focusing on the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—to help you achieve your wellness goals.
Empowering Minds, Transforming Lives: Your Path to Holistic Wellness! As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC), I am dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive care that bridges the gap between mental and physical health. My approach is holistic, focusing on the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—to help you achieve your wellness goals.
(618) 602-2747 View (618) 602-2747
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Springfield, IL 62703
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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Tanya Rolfe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Springfield, IL 62711
Tanya Rolfe is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2021. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Millikin University and her Master of Science in Nursing at Chamberlain University. Tanya uses her experience, education, and expertise to provide holistic high-quality care, advocate, and educate all demographic populations on physical and mental wellness. Outside of work, Tanya enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading/learning, and attending church.
Tanya Rolfe is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2021. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Millikin University and her Master of Science in Nursing at Chamberlain University. Tanya uses her experience, education, and expertise to provide holistic high-quality care, advocate, and educate all demographic populations on physical and mental wellness. Outside of work, Tanya enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading/learning, and attending church.
(217) 759-1231 View (217) 759-1231
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Meagan Maas
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Springfield, IL 62704  (Online Only)
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatrist, with fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I have a wide range of experiences working with children, adolescents, and adults in clinical, educational, and research settings over the past fourteen years, and see clients 35 years of age and under!
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatrist, with fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I have a wide range of experiences working with children, adolescents, and adults in clinical, educational, and research settings over the past fourteen years, and see clients 35 years of age and under!
(217) 776-8703 View (217) 776-8703
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Sunrise Family Practice Mind & Body Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
O Fallon, IL 62269  (Online Only)
I specialize in clients dedicated to nurturing their mental and physical well-being, navigating challenges such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, and a strong desire for relief. I am committed to enhancing mental health for both adults and children. Driven by a profound longing for an improved quality of life, my ideal client is prepared for a comprehensive treatment approach that integrates medication management with accessible therapy strategies.
I specialize in clients dedicated to nurturing their mental and physical well-being, navigating challenges such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, and a strong desire for relief. I am committed to enhancing mental health for both adults and children. Driven by a profound longing for an improved quality of life, my ideal client is prepared for a comprehensive treatment approach that integrates medication management with accessible therapy strategies.
(618) 851-2944 View (618) 851-2944
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Amber Altidor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Springfield, IL 62704  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression at home, at school, at work or socially? Have you become frustrated with not meeting your goals in these settings because of how you're feeling emotionally? Are you experiencing trouble concentrating or sleeping? Are you hoping to develop new coping strategies that support your lifestyle and functioning? I am able to provide medication management with psychotherapy to treat your symptoms so that you can start to or get back to enjoying your life and meeting your goals.
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression at home, at school, at work or socially? Have you become frustrated with not meeting your goals in these settings because of how you're feeling emotionally? Are you experiencing trouble concentrating or sleeping? Are you hoping to develop new coping strategies that support your lifestyle and functioning? I am able to provide medication management with psychotherapy to treat your symptoms so that you can start to or get back to enjoying your life and meeting your goals.
(773) 917-1067 View (773) 917-1067
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Britt the NP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Mount Vernon, IL 62864
Hello! I'm Britt ;) Thank you for visiting! My goals are to help your reach your goals and full potential. I love getting to know people and hearing your unique story. My goals are to use my listening skills and experience as a family & psych NP to help you identify and work on any issues. I am developing more interest in the integrative approach to health so will be exploring that more. I am open to working with you in flexible ways to deliver care that is meaningful to you. I have an open mind approach to life and care. I do not prescribe controlled meds.
Hello! I'm Britt ;) Thank you for visiting! My goals are to help your reach your goals and full potential. I love getting to know people and hearing your unique story. My goals are to use my listening skills and experience as a family & psych NP to help you identify and work on any issues. I am developing more interest in the integrative approach to health so will be exploring that more. I am open to working with you in flexible ways to deliver care that is meaningful to you. I have an open mind approach to life and care. I do not prescribe controlled meds.
(618) 353-0920 View (618) 353-0920
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Chandra Pierson-Rye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Springfield, IL 62711
Chandra A. Pierson-Rye is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2016. She has over 20 years of diverse clinical experience. She received her Bachelor's in Science & Nursing (BSN) from MacMurray college, her Master's in Nursing & Science (MSN) from Maryville University, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Southern Illinois University “ Edwardsville (SIU-E). She is a member of several organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.
Chandra A. Pierson-Rye is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2016. She has over 20 years of diverse clinical experience. She received her Bachelor's in Science & Nursing (BSN) from MacMurray college, her Master's in Nursing & Science (MSN) from Maryville University, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Southern Illinois University “ Edwardsville (SIU-E). She is a member of several organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.
(217) 837-9274 View (217) 837-9274
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Geneva A. Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Springfield, IL 62711
Geneva A. Sanders is an accomplished Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois, with a wealth of clinical experience spanning over eight years in both medical and psychiatric settings. Throughout her career, Geneva has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and has actively participated in professional organizations, including her membership in the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. With her diverse clinical background and extensive education, Geneva brings a comprehensive and well-rounded approach to her practice, ensuring that her patients receive the highest quality of care.
Geneva A. Sanders is an accomplished Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois, with a wealth of clinical experience spanning over eight years in both medical and psychiatric settings. Throughout her career, Geneva has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and has actively participated in professional organizations, including her membership in the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. With her diverse clinical background and extensive education, Geneva brings a comprehensive and well-rounded approach to her practice, ensuring that her patients receive the highest quality of care.
(217) 339-3486 View (217) 339-3486
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Angela K Severado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Springfield, IL 62703  (Online Only)
I know this is not easy, but taking the first step is a part of the journey. I like to always set the expectation where it needs to be set. Psychiatric help is slow and takes time, but through each step, we will get closer to your goal. I want this to be a together process, we will figure this out.
I know this is not easy, but taking the first step is a part of the journey. I like to always set the expectation where it needs to be set. Psychiatric help is slow and takes time, but through each step, we will get closer to your goal. I want this to be a together process, we will figure this out.
(217) 386-6863 View (217) 386-6863
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Stages Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
O Fallon, IL 62269  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed by depression, stress, or anxiety? As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with dual certification in Family Medicine, I offer compassionate, holistic care tailored to your unique needs. Whether you're a preteen, teen, adult, or elderly, I provide evaluations and medication management via secure, HIPAA-compliant Tele-psychiatry video conferences.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by depression, stress, or anxiety? As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with dual certification in Family Medicine, I offer compassionate, holistic care tailored to your unique needs. Whether you're a preteen, teen, adult, or elderly, I provide evaluations and medication management via secure, HIPAA-compliant Tele-psychiatry video conferences.
(863) 431-9217 View (863) 431-9217
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Sunrise Family Practice Mind & Body Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
O Fallon, IL 62269
I specialize in clients dedicated to nurturing their mental and physical well-being, navigating challenges such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, and a strong desire for relief. I am committed to enhancing mental health for both adults and children. Driven by a profound longing for an improved quality of life, my ideal client is prepared for a comprehensive treatment approach that integrates medication management with accessible therapy strategies.
I specialize in clients dedicated to nurturing their mental and physical well-being, navigating challenges such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, and a strong desire for relief. I am committed to enhancing mental health for both adults and children. Driven by a profound longing for an improved quality of life, my ideal client is prepared for a comprehensive treatment approach that integrates medication management with accessible therapy strategies.
(618) 892-5128 View (618) 892-5128

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Number of Psychiatrists in Edwardsville, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Edwardsville, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
80% Anxiety
80% ADHD
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Sleep or Insomnia
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
60% Transgender

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Aetna
75% Cigna and Evernorth
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Edwardsville, IL see their clients

60% Online Only
40% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Edwardsville?

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.