Psychiatrists in Joliet, IL

Photo of Rhonda L Sykes, APRN, PMHNP, LCPC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rhonda L Sykes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, LCPC
Verified Verified
Joliet, IL 60435
When you are dealing with anxiety and stress in life, I understand that it can seem overwhelming, and you can feel really alone, not sure where to turn. It is important at these times to find the right kind of knowledgeable support and to feel comfortable with the clinician with whom you work. I would like to help you in the process of bringing understanding and solutions to the problems you are facing and to improve the quality of your daily life. I have 35 years of experience providing therapy services to individuals (children, adolescents and adults). I use an individualized approach and build on client strengths to heal.
When you are dealing with anxiety and stress in life, I understand that it can seem overwhelming, and you can feel really alone, not sure where to turn. It is important at these times to find the right kind of knowledgeable support and to feel comfortable with the clinician with whom you work. I would like to help you in the process of bringing understanding and solutions to the problems you are facing and to improve the quality of your daily life. I have 35 years of experience providing therapy services to individuals (children, adolescents and adults). I use an individualized approach and build on client strengths to heal.
(815) 661-2614 View (815) 661-2614
Photo of Pascale Kidane - VirtualPsychiatricCare.com, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Joliet, IL 60432  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment for a virtual online visit today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment for a virtual online visit today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
(406) 905-0329 View (406) 905-0329
Photo of Gundu Reddy - Illinois Telepsychiatry, MD, MBBS, Psychiatrist
Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Joliet, IL 60435  (Online Only)
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting a residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting a residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
(815) 743-3177 View (815) 743-3177
Photo of Kristine L Kitchener, BSN, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kristine L Kitchener
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Joliet, IL 60435
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I have worked with individuals from 13 through end of life, couples, families and groups. I am most comfortable working with college students, midlife through geriatric age. I work with individuals struggling with PTSD, anxiety/depression, grief and loss, addiction/chemical illness, chronic pain, eating disorders, sexual abuse/trauma, and sleep disturbances.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I have worked with individuals from 13 through end of life, couples, families and groups. I am most comfortable working with college students, midlife through geriatric age. I work with individuals struggling with PTSD, anxiety/depression, grief and loss, addiction/chemical illness, chronic pain, eating disorders, sexual abuse/trauma, and sleep disturbances.
(815) 998-5674 View (815) 998-5674
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Medinat Balogun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Joliet, IL 60435  (Online Only)
Dr. Medina Balogun is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) whose graduate education allows her to prescribe medication with integrated therapy in collaboration with a psychiatrist. She manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, sleep/insomnia, and trauma. Medina is passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health to adults and geriatric patients. As a DNP, Medina's role is multifaceted as she practices with evidence-based practice, as an educator, mental health advocate, therapist and medication manager.
Dr. Medina Balogun is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) whose graduate education allows her to prescribe medication with integrated therapy in collaboration with a psychiatrist. She manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, sleep/insomnia, and trauma. Medina is passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health to adults and geriatric patients. As a DNP, Medina's role is multifaceted as she practices with evidence-based practice, as an educator, mental health advocate, therapist and medication manager.
(815) 597-2144 View (815) 597-2144
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Cosme O Lozano
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Joliet, IL 60435
Dr. Lozano is the Medical Director of the Joliet Center for Clinical Research, founded in 2003. Dr. Lozano received his M.D. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and completed his residency in Psychiatry at Loyola University of Chicago. Dr Lozano completed his Geriatric Fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center before starting his clinical practice in Joliet in 1994. Dr. Lozano is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Lozano sees patients from ages to 18 and older and with all disorders from the surrounding Intermediate Care Facilities, Hospitals and office.
Dr. Lozano is the Medical Director of the Joliet Center for Clinical Research, founded in 2003. Dr. Lozano received his M.D. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and completed his residency in Psychiatry at Loyola University of Chicago. Dr Lozano completed his Geriatric Fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center before starting his clinical practice in Joliet in 1994. Dr. Lozano is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Lozano sees patients from ages to 18 and older and with all disorders from the surrounding Intermediate Care Facilities, Hospitals and office.
(815) 923-0429 x1 View (815) 923-0429 x1
Photo of Kristine L Kitchener - Owl Tree Therapy, RN, BSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Owl Tree Therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, BSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Joliet, IL 60435
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I have worked with individuals from 13 through end of life, couples, families and groups. I am most comfortable working with college students, midlife through geriatric age. I work with individuals struggling with PTSD, anxiety/depression, grief and loss, addiction/chemical illness, chronic pain, eating disorders, sexual abuse/trauma, and sleep disturbances.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I have worked with individuals from 13 through end of life, couples, families and groups. I am most comfortable working with college students, midlife through geriatric age. I work with individuals struggling with PTSD, anxiety/depression, grief and loss, addiction/chemical illness, chronic pain, eating disorders, sexual abuse/trauma, and sleep disturbances.
(815) 998-5607 View (815) 998-5607
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Dr. Pamela Solowski (Addiction Treatment)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Joliet, IL 60435
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist for drug or alcohol issues. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist for drug or alcohol issues. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
(815) 396-6406 View (815) 396-6406
Photo of Queen Ajiere, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Queen Ajiere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Joliet, IL 60435
Accepting new patients for telehealth or in-office visits in Illinois
Accepting new patients for telehealth or in-office visits in Illinois
(331) 236-6212 View (331) 236-6212
Photo of Sarah Amo-Mensah, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sarah Amo-Mensah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Joliet, IL 60431
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have 7 years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field ranging from child, adolescent, and adult inpatient care as well as mental health crisis stabilization.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have 7 years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field ranging from child, adolescent, and adult inpatient care as well as mental health crisis stabilization.
(331) 260-9737 View (331) 260-9737
Photo of Derik Johnson, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Derik Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Joliet, IL 60435  (Online Only)
I'm a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners passionate about helping people find their best selves. I understand that everyone's journey is unique, and I'm here to listen, support, and collaborate with you as you navigate yours.
I'm a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners passionate about helping people find their best selves. I understand that everyone's journey is unique, and I'm here to listen, support, and collaborate with you as you navigate yours.
(815) 420-4027 View (815) 420-4027
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Dr. Ola Fapohunda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Joliet, IL 60403  (Online Only)
Do you miss your old self? Do you still enjoy the things that you once upon a time found very enjoyable? Are you struggling with keeping up with your work, daily tasks and social life? Are you overwhelmed by the general worries of life? My goal is to help you get back to your optimal mental health by bringing you back to a place where you can do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people without any difficulty.
Do you miss your old self? Do you still enjoy the things that you once upon a time found very enjoyable? Are you struggling with keeping up with your work, daily tasks and social life? Are you overwhelmed by the general worries of life? My goal is to help you get back to your optimal mental health by bringing you back to a place where you can do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people without any difficulty.
(708) 419-3580 View (708) 419-3580
Photo of Devika R Patel, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Devika R Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Joliet, IL 60403
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 Aleksandr Zverinsky - Brave Health, MD, MSW, LCSW, PhD, FNP-C, Psychiatrist
Brave Health
Psychiatrist, MD, MSW, LCSW, PhD, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Joliet, IL 60403  (Online Only)
Brave Health is a virtual mental health provider dedicated to helping people thrive by engaging them in high-quality, affordable, and easily accessible mental health care. Our diverse clinical staff includes licensed psychiatrists and nurse practitioners with expertise in treating mental health. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to your health. We’ll work together to create a customized treatment plan for your needs. Our programs are evidence-based, drawing on approaches to treatment that are clinically proven to be effective.
Brave Health is a virtual mental health provider dedicated to helping people thrive by engaging them in high-quality, affordable, and easily accessible mental health care. Our diverse clinical staff includes licensed psychiatrists and nurse practitioners with expertise in treating mental health. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to your health. We’ll work together to create a customized treatment plan for your needs. Our programs are evidence-based, drawing on approaches to treatment that are clinically proven to be effective.
(914) 613-6615 View (914) 613-6615
Photo of Dr. Rose Ampadu - Zoelife Psychiatric Services - Dr. Rose Ampadu, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, FPA, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Zoelife Psychiatric Services - Dr. Rose Ampadu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, FPA
Verified Verified
Joliet, IL 60432
** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ** YOU CAN BOOK DIRECTLY, EMAIL or CALL to, set up an initial appointment. Untreated mental illness can unravel one’s life, causing stress, loss of hope, loss of relationships, loss of employment, and sadly the loss of one's life. I am a Family Psychiatrist Nurse Practitioner and pride in partnering with my patients to provide quality, individualized care and medication management of Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and eating disorders, disorders.
** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ** YOU CAN BOOK DIRECTLY, EMAIL or CALL to, set up an initial appointment. Untreated mental illness can unravel one’s life, causing stress, loss of hope, loss of relationships, loss of employment, and sadly the loss of one's life. I am a Family Psychiatrist Nurse Practitioner and pride in partnering with my patients to provide quality, individualized care and medication management of Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and eating disorders, disorders.
(708) 942-8961 View (708) 942-8961
Photo of Audrey Rolandelli, MSN, PMHNPBC, APN, Psychiatric Nurse
Audrey Rolandelli
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, PMHNPBC, APN
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Joliet, IL 60403
Audrey is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats psychiatric conditions using a holistic approach with therapeutic intervention and medication management. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of disorders and behavioral symptoms. In 2018, She completed her Advanced Practice degree through St. Francis University in Joliet. Prior to this, Audrey worked as psychiatric nurse. Audrey has had extensive experience within multiple settings including inpatient, residential, PHP/IOP, and outpatient practice across the lifespan.
Audrey is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats psychiatric conditions using a holistic approach with therapeutic intervention and medication management. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of disorders and behavioral symptoms. In 2018, She completed her Advanced Practice degree through St. Francis University in Joliet. Prior to this, Audrey worked as psychiatric nurse. Audrey has had extensive experience within multiple settings including inpatient, residential, PHP/IOP, and outpatient practice across the lifespan.
(779) 235-5857 View (779) 235-5857
Photo of Mofoluwa Amiyan, APN, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mofoluwa Amiyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Joliet, IL 60431  (Online Only)
My goal as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is to help the patient get the best solutions that will make them feel their best. Whether that is psychiatric evaluations and/ or treatments for any mental health problem; my style of giving help is by doing it with lots of care and deep listening, and viewing each of my patients as unique individual people. This is very important because a successful treatment results from having an understanding on someone's needs, environment, and circumstance(s).
My goal as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is to help the patient get the best solutions that will make them feel their best. Whether that is psychiatric evaluations and/ or treatments for any mental health problem; my style of giving help is by doing it with lots of care and deep listening, and viewing each of my patients as unique individual people. This is very important because a successful treatment results from having an understanding on someone's needs, environment, and circumstance(s).
(844) 334-3522 View (844) 334-3522
Photo of Tamra Williams, CNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tamra Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Joliet, IL 60432
As a Nurse Practitioner, I provide care for patients of all ages. My expertise is treating mood, behavioral disorders and other disorders in children and adults. I am passionate about helping my patients obtain stable mental health so that they may live their lives to the fullest. I work with each patient to ensure that they have the proper mental health counseling as well as the proper medication if medication is needed. I also encourage patients to engage in hobbies which will promote mental wellness. Self-care is so important for mental and physical well-being.
As a Nurse Practitioner, I provide care for patients of all ages. My expertise is treating mood, behavioral disorders and other disorders in children and adults. I am passionate about helping my patients obtain stable mental health so that they may live their lives to the fullest. I work with each patient to ensure that they have the proper mental health counseling as well as the proper medication if medication is needed. I also encourage patients to engage in hobbies which will promote mental wellness. Self-care is so important for mental and physical well-being.
(331) 207-9451 View (331) 207-9451
Photo of Sarah Purdy - Today Telemedicine , PA-C, Physician Assistant
Today Telemedicine
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Joliet, IL 60403  (Online Only)
Visits in less than 72 hrs. Telemedicine only for mental health, physical health, urgent care and CBT therapy. Easy self-schedule and insurance accepted. www.TodayTelemedicine.com . Safe nonjudgmental environment, 24/7 access to team via portal and text or call us at 1-800-951-8257
Visits in less than 72 hrs. Telemedicine only for mental health, physical health, urgent care and CBT therapy. Easy self-schedule and insurance accepted. www.TodayTelemedicine.com . Safe nonjudgmental environment, 24/7 access to team via portal and text or call us at 1-800-951-8257
(773) 527-2906 View (773) 527-2906
Photo of Pooja J Patel, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Pooja J Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Joliet, IL 60435
I have been working in a psychiatric setting for a few years now. I have experienced in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I am skilled in providing individual and comprehensive care including prescribing medications and therapeutic approaches. I believe, mental health is just as important as any other medical issue. It plays an important role in the way we deal with daily life stress, how we relate to others, and the decisions we make. I believe in giving the best quality of care that my patient desires. I am friendly and approachable, with my warm nature I am easily get connected with children and adults.
I have been working in a psychiatric setting for a few years now. I have experienced in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I am skilled in providing individual and comprehensive care including prescribing medications and therapeutic approaches. I believe, mental health is just as important as any other medical issue. It plays an important role in the way we deal with daily life stress, how we relate to others, and the decisions we make. I believe in giving the best quality of care that my patient desires. I am friendly and approachable, with my warm nature I am easily get connected with children and adults.
(779) 237-8721 View (779) 237-8721

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Joliet, IL

20+

Average cost per session

$195

Psychiatrists in Joliet, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
86% ADHD
86% Bipolar Disorder
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Stress
64% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
89% BlueCross and BlueShield
89% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Joliet, IL see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Joliet?

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.