Psychiatrists in Jo Daviess County, IL

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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Galena, IL 61036
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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A Beautiful Mind
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Galena, IL 61036  (Online Only)
As an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with a board certification in Psychiatric Mental Health, I am proud to be the founder of A Beautiful Mind, INC. I am pursuing my Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) while completing a functional psychiatry fellowship. My approach to care extends beyond traditional Western psychiatry. I focus on the root causes of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, and more.
As an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with a board certification in Psychiatric Mental Health, I am proud to be the founder of A Beautiful Mind, INC. I am pursuing my Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) while completing a functional psychiatry fellowship. My approach to care extends beyond traditional Western psychiatry. I focus on the root causes of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, and more.
(563) 204-8275 View (563) 204-8275

Online Psychiatrists

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Robert G Kohn
Psychiatrist, DO FAAN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McHenry, IL 60050
I offer the medical knowledge learned from a thirty year career in Neuropsychiatry. The brain and mind work in harmony seeking balance. The difficulty that you are experiencing, whether this affects your emotions, thinking or behavior, is something I may be able to help. Life is both complicated and simple. I would like to help.
I offer the medical knowledge learned from a thirty year career in Neuropsychiatry. The brain and mind work in harmony seeking balance. The difficulty that you are experiencing, whether this affects your emotions, thinking or behavior, is something I may be able to help. Life is both complicated and simple. I would like to help.
(779) 804-2262 View (779) 804-2262
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Abigail Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP , RN
Verified Verified
Lake In The Hills, IL 60102  (Online Only)
I have expertise in diagnosing and treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD/ trauma, OCD, and sleep disorders. Additionally, I offer support for individuals struggling with obesity and related mental health concerns. when treating any condition, I prioritize creating mutual goals with my patients. Oftentimes, patients visit a psychiatric provider and don’t feel they had a voice in their treatment. My passion is helping my patients achieve their goals. In other words, your goals are my goals too. I want you to feel heard and feel we are working towards what you want in treatment.
I have expertise in diagnosing and treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD/ trauma, OCD, and sleep disorders. Additionally, I offer support for individuals struggling with obesity and related mental health concerns. when treating any condition, I prioritize creating mutual goals with my patients. Oftentimes, patients visit a psychiatric provider and don’t feel they had a voice in their treatment. My passion is helping my patients achieve their goals. In other words, your goals are my goals too. I want you to feel heard and feel we are working towards what you want in treatment.
(847) 916-0806 View (847) 916-0806
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Jessica Stier
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockford, IL 61107  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatrist with expertise in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I earned my medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University and completed my psychiatry residency training at the University of Chicago. As a general psychiatrist, I have experience working with a wide range of psychiatric disorders and with patients from diverse cultural backgrounds. I understand that many people have difficulty accessing psychiatric services. Therefore, my practice utilizes a virtual platform to provide patients located in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin with high quality and confidential care.
I am a psychiatrist with expertise in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I earned my medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University and completed my psychiatry residency training at the University of Chicago. As a general psychiatrist, I have experience working with a wide range of psychiatric disorders and with patients from diverse cultural backgrounds. I understand that many people have difficulty accessing psychiatric services. Therefore, my practice utilizes a virtual platform to provide patients located in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin with high quality and confidential care.
(779) 204-5944 View (779) 204-5944
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Tana Lombardo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Hi there, my name is Tana and I am a Rush trained, certified nurse practitioner. Before becoming a nurse practitioner I worked bedside in the hospital as a nurse for over 15 years. This is where I developed a deep passion for helping others heal. My goal is to help you feel your very best. I want to hear your input and listen to your preferences when coming up with a plan that best fits your needs. I believe that working together and having an open & honest relationship is the best way to get you back to enjoying your life again.
Hi there, my name is Tana and I am a Rush trained, certified nurse practitioner. Before becoming a nurse practitioner I worked bedside in the hospital as a nurse for over 15 years. This is where I developed a deep passion for helping others heal. My goal is to help you feel your very best. I want to hear your input and listen to your preferences when coming up with a plan that best fits your needs. I believe that working together and having an open & honest relationship is the best way to get you back to enjoying your life again.
(708) 729-5598 View (708) 729-5598
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Jaya Luis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Saint Charles, IL 60175
Jaya Luis is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Jaya offers mental health treatment and support that promotes healing and growth, while empowering clients to take control of their own mental health journey. Outside of work, Jaya passionately follows/practices Christian beliefs and doctrine. Her day begins and ends with prayer and connection with her Creator. This keeps her grounded. Her hunger for family time never ends! She enjoys going on bikes rides and walks with family, it gives them a chance to connect. She has a gym membership and likes to work out.
Jaya Luis is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Jaya offers mental health treatment and support that promotes healing and growth, while empowering clients to take control of their own mental health journey. Outside of work, Jaya passionately follows/practices Christian beliefs and doctrine. Her day begins and ends with prayer and connection with her Creator. This keeps her grounded. Her hunger for family time never ends! She enjoys going on bikes rides and walks with family, it gives them a chance to connect. She has a gym membership and likes to work out.
(630) 716-9384 View (630) 716-9384
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Tina Iyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dixon, IL 61021  (Online Only)
I work with children (6+), adolescents, as well as adults suffering from a variety of emotional, behavioral, or learning disorders, including but not limited to ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, PTSD, autism, eating disorders, mood disorder, sleep issues, and OCD.
I work with children (6+), adolescents, as well as adults suffering from a variety of emotional, behavioral, or learning disorders, including but not limited to ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, PTSD, autism, eating disorders, mood disorder, sleep issues, and OCD.
(779) 246-4072 View (779) 246-4072
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Better Me Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BC, FPA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Machesney Park, IL 61115  (Online Only)
Life can be challenging, demanding, overwhelming and sometimes painful. But suffering does not have to be a part of your life. Mental health symptoms are unique to each individual. In addition there are many factors to consider when seeking mental health services. There are so many treatment options and approaches, it can be confusing. Together we will explore your specific needs and find the treatment options that work for you.
Life can be challenging, demanding, overwhelming and sometimes painful. But suffering does not have to be a part of your life. Mental health symptoms are unique to each individual. In addition there are many factors to consider when seeking mental health services. There are so many treatment options and approaches, it can be confusing. Together we will explore your specific needs and find the treatment options that work for you.
(815) 520-0353 View (815) 520-0353
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Juliette Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Rockford, IL 61107
I want to know your story. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it is my job to make sure you feel seen and heard in order to provide the best care possible. I have been in the field of mental health since 2018, working in both the inpatient and outpatient sectors. I have experience across the lifespan working with a broad range of mental health diagnoses including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar, mood disorders, personality disorders, PTSD/trauma, and serious mental illness. Together, we will collaborate using a biopsychosocial approach to meet your individual goals.
I want to know your story. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it is my job to make sure you feel seen and heard in order to provide the best care possible. I have been in the field of mental health since 2018, working in both the inpatient and outpatient sectors. I have experience across the lifespan working with a broad range of mental health diagnoses including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar, mood disorders, personality disorders, PTSD/trauma, and serious mental illness. Together, we will collaborate using a biopsychosocial approach to meet your individual goals.
(630) 339-5160 View (630) 339-5160
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Danielle Silva
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Woodstock, IL 60098
Hello, I'm Danielle Silva, a licensed and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with four years of experience. I specialize in providing compassionate care and evidence-based therapies to support individuals in managing mental health challenges. I'm dedicated to collaborating with my patients to develop personalized treatment plans that promote healing and enhance overall well-being. I typically work with patients across the lifespan who are struggling with a variety of mental health conditions.
Hello, I'm Danielle Silva, a licensed and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with four years of experience. I specialize in providing compassionate care and evidence-based therapies to support individuals in managing mental health challenges. I'm dedicated to collaborating with my patients to develop personalized treatment plans that promote healing and enhance overall well-being. I typically work with patients across the lifespan who are struggling with a variety of mental health conditions.
(773) 232-5789 View (773) 232-5789
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Amanda Lantow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Rockford, IL 61107
I find the greatest fulfillment in assisting individuals who are grappling with anxiety or depression and find themselves in a state of stagnation. Guiding them to envision possibilities beyond their current challenges is immensely rewarding. These individuals aspire to feel better, break free from the constraints of anxiety and depression, and regain the confidence to pursue their goals unhindered. Ultimately, their journey involves building self-esteem, unraveling the barriers that hold them back, and ascending to a more gratifying and fulfilling life.
I find the greatest fulfillment in assisting individuals who are grappling with anxiety or depression and find themselves in a state of stagnation. Guiding them to envision possibilities beyond their current challenges is immensely rewarding. These individuals aspire to feel better, break free from the constraints of anxiety and depression, and regain the confidence to pursue their goals unhindered. Ultimately, their journey involves building self-esteem, unraveling the barriers that hold them back, and ascending to a more gratifying and fulfilling life.
(815) 859-8275 View (815) 859-8275
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Zoelife psychiatric services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Cherry Valley, IL 61016
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.
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.
(319) 214-7918 View (319) 214-7918
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Senami Edalere-Lukula
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rockford, IL 61101
Hi there, I'm Senami Do you feel like you are trying to juggle a million things at once? Are you finding it challenging to balance your relationships, career, and health? Is treating oneself kindly difficult for you? As a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with expertise in psychiatry, I provide anxiety disorder management and burnout prevention for high achievers. Together, we can figure out what is not working and restore balance to your life. I utilize a holistic and evidence-based model, in caring for your mind, body, and spirit's needs for you to have a better relationship with yourself and others.
Hi there, I'm Senami Do you feel like you are trying to juggle a million things at once? Are you finding it challenging to balance your relationships, career, and health? Is treating oneself kindly difficult for you? As a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with expertise in psychiatry, I provide anxiety disorder management and burnout prevention for high achievers. Together, we can figure out what is not working and restore balance to your life. I utilize a holistic and evidence-based model, in caring for your mind, body, and spirit's needs for you to have a better relationship with yourself and others.
(630) 866-8266 View (630) 866-8266
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Sarah Bier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockford, IL 61108  (Online Only)
Women and birthing people face unique mental health challenges. Sarah specializes in women's and perinatal psychiatry, valuing a holistic approach to mental health. She provides comprehensive care that addresses psychological, emotional, and physical well-being. Her services include medication management, supportive therapy, preconception counseling, and birth/postpartum planning. With additional training in integrative psychiatry, Sarah offers natural treatment options for those who prefer to limit medication, addressing conditions such as depression, anxiety, and PMDD.
Women and birthing people face unique mental health challenges. Sarah specializes in women's and perinatal psychiatry, valuing a holistic approach to mental health. She provides comprehensive care that addresses psychological, emotional, and physical well-being. Her services include medication management, supportive therapy, preconception counseling, and birth/postpartum planning. With additional training in integrative psychiatry, Sarah offers natural treatment options for those who prefer to limit medication, addressing conditions such as depression, anxiety, and PMDD.
(815) 605-8205 View (815) 605-8205
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Nicole Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rockford, IL 61101  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients! I am a Family Nurse Practitioner with a dual certification in Psychiatry and Mental Health.
Accepting new clients! I am a Family Nurse Practitioner with a dual certification in Psychiatry and Mental Health.
(872) 259-5364 View (872) 259-5364
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Stephanie Onyeforo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rockford, IL 61101  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Stephanie. I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner who provides high-quality psychiatric services to children aged ten and above and adolescent and adult psychiatric services.
Hello, I'm Stephanie. I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner who provides high-quality psychiatric services to children aged ten and above and adolescent and adult psychiatric services.
(815) 369-0135 View (815) 369-0135
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Tiesha Panek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wonder Lake, IL 60097  (Online Only)
After spending over 10 years working as a registered nurse and nurse educator, I felt the calling to change my focus and serve those struggling with their mental health. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have a passion for helping men and women overcome depression, anxiety, and attention-deficit disorders. My goal is for you to feel like your best self! Individualized care plans can be made to fit your lifestyle. As a Certified Integrative Mental Health Provider, I can offer alternative treatments for those wishing to avoid prescription medication.
After spending over 10 years working as a registered nurse and nurse educator, I felt the calling to change my focus and serve those struggling with their mental health. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have a passion for helping men and women overcome depression, anxiety, and attention-deficit disorders. My goal is for you to feel like your best self! Individualized care plans can be made to fit your lifestyle. As a Certified Integrative Mental Health Provider, I can offer alternative treatments for those wishing to avoid prescription medication.
(815) 201-2299 View (815) 201-2299
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Kohn Medical Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
McHenry, IL 60050
Welcome to Kohn Medical Group, where I hope to help you feel your best! I work as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Board Certified for Psychiatric Mental Health. My therapeutic approach encourages patient involvement in their treatment plan to ensure the focus is on what matters most to the patient. Unfortunately, there is no "magic pill" to fix everything, but with hard work and commitment I help patients achieve happy, balanced, and a mentally/physically healthy life. I have training and experience for patients across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, and adults.
Welcome to Kohn Medical Group, where I hope to help you feel your best! I work as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Board Certified for Psychiatric Mental Health. My therapeutic approach encourages patient involvement in their treatment plan to ensure the focus is on what matters most to the patient. Unfortunately, there is no "magic pill" to fix everything, but with hard work and commitment I help patients achieve happy, balanced, and a mentally/physically healthy life. I have training and experience for patients across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, and adults.
(779) 246-4426 View (779) 246-4426
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Allyson Guzman Monelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC, FPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Hey there, I'm Ally- and yes, you guessed it, I prefer Ally over the whole "Allyson" thing. I've been a nurse practitioner for a few years now, but let me take you on a journey from where it all began. Picture this: I was a mere 15-year old diving into the world of healthcare as a dietary aide at Alexian Village. Yeah, that's right, I started right at the bottom, soaking up the experiences like a sponge. Fast forward a bit, and I found myself rocking new titles of CNA, PCT, and eventually a full-fledged registered nurse. It's like that song "Started from the Bottom," and trust me, I can hum it in my sleep.
Hey there, I'm Ally- and yes, you guessed it, I prefer Ally over the whole "Allyson" thing. I've been a nurse practitioner for a few years now, but let me take you on a journey from where it all began. Picture this: I was a mere 15-year old diving into the world of healthcare as a dietary aide at Alexian Village. Yeah, that's right, I started right at the bottom, soaking up the experiences like a sponge. Fast forward a bit, and I found myself rocking new titles of CNA, PCT, and eventually a full-fledged registered nurse. It's like that song "Started from the Bottom," and trust me, I can hum it in my sleep.
(224) 207-4122 View (224) 207-4122

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Number of Psychiatrists in Jo Daviess County, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Jo Daviess County, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
50% Relationship Issues
50% ADHD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Jo Daviess County, IL see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Jo Daviess County?

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.