Psychiatrists in Elmhurst, IL

Photo of Saad Khan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Elmhurst, IL
Saad Khan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, F, N, P
Verified
Elmhurst, IL 60126  (Online Only)
I am Family Nurse Practitioner certified in the treatment of substance abuse / opioid use disorder using Suboxone. It can treat addiction and withdrawal that can arise from Heroin, Norco, Vicodin, Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and other medications that are in the Opioid family. I do Suboxone home induction so you do not have to go to the hospital or a detox center to get started. I also manage Anxiety, Depression. ADHD, PTSD, OCD, & Alcohol use disorder. Finally, I also do Ketamine nasal spray (Spravato) in Schaumburg, IL.
I am Family Nurse Practitioner certified in the treatment of substance abuse / opioid use disorder using Suboxone. It can treat addiction and withdrawal that can arise from Heroin, Norco, Vicodin, Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and other medications that are in the Opioid family. I do Suboxone home induction so you do not have to go to the hospital or a detox center to get started. I also manage Anxiety, Depression. ADHD, PTSD, OCD, & Alcohol use disorder. Finally, I also do Ketamine nasal spray (Spravato) in Schaumburg, IL.
(847) 443-5595 View (847) 443-5595
Photo of JOSEPH Spagnola, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Elmhurst, IL
JOSEPH Spagnola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, NP, FPA
Verified
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Joseph Spagnola III, delivers extensive and holistic psychiatric care for those who are 16 years old and older. Joseph works carefully with each of his clients to ensure that they are meeting their unique health and wellness goals. Joseph pioneers the increasing of awareness for behavioral and mental health disorders. Joseph is a clinical preceptor supervising nurse practitioner PMHNP students at universities such as NKU, EKU, Walden University, and Herzing University.
Joseph Spagnola III, delivers extensive and holistic psychiatric care for those who are 16 years old and older. Joseph works carefully with each of his clients to ensure that they are meeting their unique health and wellness goals. Joseph pioneers the increasing of awareness for behavioral and mental health disorders. Joseph is a clinical preceptor supervising nurse practitioner PMHNP students at universities such as NKU, EKU, Walden University, and Herzing University.
(331) 219-6981 View (331) 219-6981
Photo of Imuentiyan Oyesiku, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Elmhurst, IL
Imuentiyan Oyesiku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Hi there! Welcome to my professional profile! I am Faith Oyesiku, a highly skilled Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a master's degree in nursing. With three years of dedicated practice, I bring a wealth of experience across diverse healthcare settings. Are you looking for a provider who is Kind? Empathetic? Compassionate? then look no further!
Hi there! Welcome to my professional profile! I am Faith Oyesiku, a highly skilled Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a master's degree in nursing. With three years of dedicated practice, I bring a wealth of experience across diverse healthcare settings. Are you looking for a provider who is Kind? Empathetic? Compassionate? then look no further!
(630) 389-6206 View (630) 389-6206
Photo of Yunah Lee, Physician Assistant in Elmhurst, IL
Yunah Lee
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Hello, my name is Yunah Lee and I am a physician assistant, specializing in the field of psychiatry. I offer medication management in psychiatry. Specialities include treating: anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorder.
Hello, my name is Yunah Lee and I am a physician assistant, specializing in the field of psychiatry. I offer medication management in psychiatry. Specialities include treating: anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorder.
(331) 276-6353 View (331) 276-6353
Photo of Elizabeth Kelly, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Elmhurst, IL
Elizabeth Kelly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ANP-BC
Verified
Elmhurst, IL 60126
During my time working in primary care I have observed significant deficits in access to quality mental health care for both the geriatric and adult populations including patients with dementia, major depressive disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and substance use disorder. I’ve become focused on helping fill in those gaps in care. So often medications are quickly prescribed to manage complex issues that need an interdisciplinary and holistic approach. I obtained my buprenorphine waiver to help contribute to a solution of the opiate crisis which I have seen devastate the lives of people of all ages.
During my time working in primary care I have observed significant deficits in access to quality mental health care for both the geriatric and adult populations including patients with dementia, major depressive disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and substance use disorder. I’ve become focused on helping fill in those gaps in care. So often medications are quickly prescribed to manage complex issues that need an interdisciplinary and holistic approach. I obtained my buprenorphine waiver to help contribute to a solution of the opiate crisis which I have seen devastate the lives of people of all ages.
(708) 726-5041 View (708) 726-5041
Photo of Caitlin Strebing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Elmhurst, IL
Caitlin Strebing
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGACNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Elmhurst, IL 60126
My focus primarily is helping patients with treatment-resistant depression and anxiety. Listening is a very important first step. I am here to witness patient stories and help assess what treatment route is best for you. My goal for each patient is to have them leave feeling better than when they walked in. I want every patient to feel supported and know that I will not give up on them.
My focus primarily is helping patients with treatment-resistant depression and anxiety. Listening is a very important first step. I am here to witness patient stories and help assess what treatment route is best for you. My goal for each patient is to have them leave feeling better than when they walked in. I want every patient to feel supported and know that I will not give up on them.
(847) 851-4120 View (847) 851-4120
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Elmhurst, IL 60126
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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Photo of Chiedza Nwakudu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Elmhurst, IL
Chiedza Nwakudu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Elmhurst, IL 60126
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
Photo of Jennifer Gray, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Elmhurst, IL
Jennifer Gray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Elmhurst, IL 60126
My approach to treatment is to introduce and guide you down a pathway that you feel is suitable for you and your lifestyle. I use my sessions to learn and understand who you are as a person. It is essential for me to identify your specific concerns and then provide psychiatric treatment that aligns with your goals and values in life. I am passionate about discussing more than medication as treatment as I feel it takes more than medicine to develop a balanced, comfortable lifestyle. I also utilize a collaborative approach with other professionals to ensure that I provide the safest possible care.
My approach to treatment is to introduce and guide you down a pathway that you feel is suitable for you and your lifestyle. I use my sessions to learn and understand who you are as a person. It is essential for me to identify your specific concerns and then provide psychiatric treatment that aligns with your goals and values in life. I am passionate about discussing more than medication as treatment as I feel it takes more than medicine to develop a balanced, comfortable lifestyle. I also utilize a collaborative approach with other professionals to ensure that I provide the safest possible care.
(872) 266-8410 View (872) 266-8410

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Caroline Gamble
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Caroline Gamble is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who treats adolescents and adults. Caroline began her career in mental health working as an inpatient psychiatric mental health nurse at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. After graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with her Master’s degree, she joined BlueSky Telepsych.
Caroline Gamble is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who treats adolescents and adults. Caroline began her career in mental health working as an inpatient psychiatric mental health nurse at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. After graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with her Master’s degree, she joined BlueSky Telepsych.
(630) 912-7206 View (630) 912-7206
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Michaeline Steves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 11 years of nursing experience. While caring for my patients as a nurse, I have recognized that physical and mental health are symbiotic and necessary to thrive. I have always wanted to help others; listening is one of my biggest strengths. The mind has always fascinated me as to how powerful thoughts and feelings can be. I believe in a holistic approach and that every person is unique, and so should their care. I am passionate about learning and staying current on evidence-based practice and applying that knowledge to help my patients.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 11 years of nursing experience. While caring for my patients as a nurse, I have recognized that physical and mental health are symbiotic and necessary to thrive. I have always wanted to help others; listening is one of my biggest strengths. The mind has always fascinated me as to how powerful thoughts and feelings can be. I believe in a holistic approach and that every person is unique, and so should their care. I am passionate about learning and staying current on evidence-based practice and applying that knowledge to help my patients.
(630) 339-3752 View (630) 339-3752
Photo of Amer Smajkic M.D., Psychiatrist in Elmhurst, IL
Amer Smajkic M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Since 1995, Dr. Amer Smajkic has been practicing Psychiatry in the Chicago area. As a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Smajkic is applying his knowledge and skills as a Psycho-pharmacologist, Behaviorist and Cognitive Behavioral therapist. The focus of his care are ADHD disorders, Learning disorders, Developmental disorders, Mood disorders and Anxiety disorders.
Since 1995, Dr. Amer Smajkic has been practicing Psychiatry in the Chicago area. As a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Smajkic is applying his knowledge and skills as a Psycho-pharmacologist, Behaviorist and Cognitive Behavioral therapist. The focus of his care are ADHD disorders, Learning disorders, Developmental disorders, Mood disorders and Anxiety disorders.
(312) 697-1173 View (312) 697-1173
Photo of Devika Patel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Elmhurst, IL
Devika Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Chicago, IL 60631
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 7 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 7 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.
(224) 386-3252 View (224) 386-3252
Photo of Dr. Morgan Alexander, Psychiatrist in Elmhurst, IL
Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Wheaton, IL 60187  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Photo of Kimberly Carias, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Elmhurst, IL
Kimberly Carias
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Ms. Kimberly Carias is an adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. She offers her services at BlueSky Telepsych in Downers Grove, IL, ever mindful of the overall well-being of her patients.
Ms. Kimberly Carias is an adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. She offers her services at BlueSky Telepsych in Downers Grove, IL, ever mindful of the overall well-being of her patients.
(630) 349-7388 View (630) 349-7388
Photo of Anisha Dhan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Elmhurst, IL
Anisha Dhan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Anisha’s goal is to provide patient-centered, empathetic care to every patient she encounters at Bluesky Telepsych. Focus areas include and not limited to major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia , bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Anisha has a passion for working with patients to improve their mental health and well-being. She bases her practice on developing strong therapeutic relationships and using evidence-based practice.
Anisha’s goal is to provide patient-centered, empathetic care to every patient she encounters at Bluesky Telepsych. Focus areas include and not limited to major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia , bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Anisha has a passion for working with patients to improve their mental health and well-being. She bases her practice on developing strong therapeutic relationships and using evidence-based practice.
(630) 387-6346 View (630) 387-6346
Photo of Dr. Nitika Pant, Psychiatrist in Elmhurst, IL
Dr. Nitika Pant
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hinsdale, IL 60521
I am a board certified medical doctor who specializes in providing psychiatric care for kids, teens, and adults. I primarily offer Telepsychiatry services, however, I understand that there are cases where in-person visits may be necessary or preferred. For those situations, I am also available for in-person consultations.
I am a board certified medical doctor who specializes in providing psychiatric care for kids, teens, and adults. I primarily offer Telepsychiatry services, however, I understand that there are cases where in-person visits may be necessary or preferred. For those situations, I am also available for in-person consultations.
(630) 948-8375 View (630) 948-8375
Photo of Francesco Incandela, Psychiatrist in Elmhurst, IL
Francesco Incandela
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Westmont, IL 60559
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
Photo of Beth (Ellie) DUDLEY, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Elmhurst, IL
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
Photo of Stacey M Schulte, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Elmhurst, IL
Stacey M Schulte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGPCNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Stacey Schulte is currently accepting new patients! Stacey Schulte is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She provides general psychiatric services for adult patients who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder.For every new patient, Stacey provides a comprehensive initial psychiatric assessment, and offers subsequent mental health treatment including medication management and individual psychotherapy. Stacey is dedicated to helping patients live vibrant and fulfilling lives.
Stacey Schulte is currently accepting new patients! Stacey Schulte is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She provides general psychiatric services for adult patients who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder.For every new patient, Stacey provides a comprehensive initial psychiatric assessment, and offers subsequent mental health treatment including medication management and individual psychotherapy. Stacey is dedicated to helping patients live vibrant and fulfilling lives.
(872) 233-4576 View (872) 233-4576

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Number of Psychiatrists in Elmhurst, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Elmhurst, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
89% Depression
78% Trauma and PTSD
78% Sleep or Insomnia
78% Stress
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Elmhurst, IL see their clients

89% In Person and Online
11% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Elmhurst?

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.