Psychiatrists in Lakeview, IL

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David L. Goldberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lakeview, IL 60613
I am a therapist that strives to achieve a balance in the treatment relationship that best promotes healing. I recognize the innate tendency towards health and growth while staying alert to the effects of genes and life stress/trauma on all of us. I work with a variety of age groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds. I provide individual psychotherapy as well as medication evaluation and management when it is indicated. I invest the time to get to know people and understand the context of their problems and strengths.
I am a therapist that strives to achieve a balance in the treatment relationship that best promotes healing. I recognize the innate tendency towards health and growth while staying alert to the effects of genes and life stress/trauma on all of us. I work with a variety of age groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds. I provide individual psychotherapy as well as medication evaluation and management when it is indicated. I invest the time to get to know people and understand the context of their problems and strengths.
(773) 717-2994 View (773) 717-2994
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Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Lakeview, IL 60613  (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.
(872) 281-4469 View (872) 281-4469
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Nicole Demikis-Bayron
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified
Lakeview, IL 60613
I am a Physician Assistant and have been providing psychiatry services for 2 years in outpatient, in home and treatment settings. I see adults 18 and over and address depression, mood disorders, disordered eating, anxiety, PTSD/trauma, insomnia, personality disorders, and other mental health differences.
I am a Physician Assistant and have been providing psychiatry services for 2 years in outpatient, in home and treatment settings. I see adults 18 and over and address depression, mood disorders, disordered eating, anxiety, PTSD/trauma, insomnia, personality disorders, and other mental health differences.
(872) 259-5596 View (872) 259-5596
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Joanna Cunningham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP-B
Verified
Lakeview, IL 60613
*I strive to provide compassionate, understanding and patient driven care, with each patient I see. Our goals are to help them reach their optimum mental health. We use the latest, most effective assessment and clinical tools to provide excellent, sound judgement in treatment protocols. I go to great lengths to listen and learn how to help each, specific patient along their journey. No one will be treated like a number.
*I strive to provide compassionate, understanding and patient driven care, with each patient I see. Our goals are to help them reach their optimum mental health. We use the latest, most effective assessment and clinical tools to provide excellent, sound judgement in treatment protocols. I go to great lengths to listen and learn how to help each, specific patient along their journey. No one will be treated like a number.
(847) 545-0862 View (847) 545-0862
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Theresa Towle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, APRN
Verified
Lakeview, IL 60613  (Online Only)
Greetings! My name is Dr. Theresa Towle. I have decades of experience providing holistic care to help heal hurt, process trauma, build resilience, and find balance. As a dual-certified family & psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner, I use evidence-based techniques to treat mind and body, including addressing the role of the gut-brain axis in anxiety, depression, trauma, attention issues, weight loss and a host of other issues. I am dedicated to working with you develop a holistic approach to care.
Greetings! My name is Dr. Theresa Towle. I have decades of experience providing holistic care to help heal hurt, process trauma, build resilience, and find balance. As a dual-certified family & psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner, I use evidence-based techniques to treat mind and body, including addressing the role of the gut-brain axis in anxiety, depression, trauma, attention issues, weight loss and a host of other issues. I am dedicated to working with you develop a holistic approach to care.
(708) 564-3560 View (708) 564-3560

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Calvin 'cal'e' Walker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Chicago, IL 60642
Cal'e Walker is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Cal'e imagines a place where patients can be free and unjudged. The only expectations are healing and laughter. He enjoys the healing process and assisting every patient with their passage to a healthy lifestyle and a healthy mind. As a team, Cal'e takes the patient to a higher being, with the understanding that life is not complicated; it's just complex. Cal'e is not just a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner; he's also human, the same as his patients.
Cal'e Walker is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Cal'e imagines a place where patients can be free and unjudged. The only expectations are healing and laughter. He enjoys the healing process and assisting every patient with their passage to a healthy lifestyle and a healthy mind. As a team, Cal'e takes the patient to a higher being, with the understanding that life is not complicated; it's just complex. Cal'e is not just a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner; he's also human, the same as his patients.
(708) 809-2442 View (708) 809-2442
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Rachel Brown
Physician Assistant, MMS, PA-C
Verified
Chicago, IL 60660
I specialize in medication management for adults with a variety of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, insomnia, and PTSD. I've been working in outpatient psychiatry for the past 8+ years and have particular interest in treating LGBTQ+ individuals.
I specialize in medication management for adults with a variety of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, insomnia, and PTSD. I've been working in outpatient psychiatry for the past 8+ years and have particular interest in treating LGBTQ+ individuals.
(331) 253-5730 View (331) 253-5730
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Katie Edwards Humpal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Chicago, IL 60647  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Katie! I specialize in providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals who are open to personal growth and self-improvement. Whether you're at the beginning of your journey or already motivated to make changes, I'm here to support and guide you. I offer medication management and psychotherapy to address a range of issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. Together, we can work towards overcoming challenges, finding new paths, and achieving a sense of freedom, fulfillment, and overall happiness. Let's embark on this journey of transformation together.
Hi, I'm Katie! I specialize in providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals who are open to personal growth and self-improvement. Whether you're at the beginning of your journey or already motivated to make changes, I'm here to support and guide you. I offer medication management and psychotherapy to address a range of issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. Together, we can work towards overcoming challenges, finding new paths, and achieving a sense of freedom, fulfillment, and overall happiness. Let's embark on this journey of transformation together.
(312) 646-6904 View (312) 646-6904
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Elizabeth D'Amore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657  (Online Only)
My passion lies in working with women who are seeking support while navigating mood and anxiety disorders, PMDD, perimenopause, fertility treatments and family planning, as well as those in the perinatal period. I offer an integrative approach to treatment, which includes: traditional medication, botanicals/nutraceuticals, healthy sleep habits, ecotherapy, supportive & mindfulness-based psychotherapy, healthy movement and nutrition, and forming a supportive network. I have received additional training in Integrative & Reproductive psychiatry, studying under Dr. Anna Glezer and Dr. Kate Salama.
My passion lies in working with women who are seeking support while navigating mood and anxiety disorders, PMDD, perimenopause, fertility treatments and family planning, as well as those in the perinatal period. I offer an integrative approach to treatment, which includes: traditional medication, botanicals/nutraceuticals, healthy sleep habits, ecotherapy, supportive & mindfulness-based psychotherapy, healthy movement and nutrition, and forming a supportive network. I have received additional training in Integrative & Reproductive psychiatry, studying under Dr. Anna Glezer and Dr. Kate Salama.
(872) 201-3372 x709 View (872) 201-3372 x709
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Clearview Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657
Accepting new patients. Are you feeling down, lonely, unappreciated, and unfulfilled? Are you always feeling on edge, overwhelmed, and unable to enjoy life? Are you feeling you lacked focus and attention and unable to achieve your life's goals? Are you grieving, or have unresolved traumatic past that is now rearing its ugly head? Are you finding it difficult to navigate life's transitions? Perhaps, you are a student or a busy professional looking for guidance or support. At Clearview Psychiatric Services, we want to help you live your best life now!
Accepting new patients. Are you feeling down, lonely, unappreciated, and unfulfilled? Are you always feeling on edge, overwhelmed, and unable to enjoy life? Are you feeling you lacked focus and attention and unable to achieve your life's goals? Are you grieving, or have unresolved traumatic past that is now rearing its ugly head? Are you finding it difficult to navigate life's transitions? Perhaps, you are a student or a busy professional looking for guidance or support. At Clearview Psychiatric Services, we want to help you live your best life now!
(847) 423-0462 View (847) 423-0462
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Matthew Brown
Psychiatrist, DO, MBA
Verified
Chicago, IL 60618  (Online Only)
Dr. Brown is a double board certified psychiatrist and treats children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Brown is an expert in the treatment of OCD. He will also work with clients regarding issues with PTSD, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD. Dr. Brown focuses largely on using supplements and other natural treatments such as a behavioral change to find a path forward. However, he does prescribe medications as well when needed. The goal of treatment is the less medication overall the better as long as the person is doing ok.
Dr. Brown is a double board certified psychiatrist and treats children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Brown is an expert in the treatment of OCD. He will also work with clients regarding issues with PTSD, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD. Dr. Brown focuses largely on using supplements and other natural treatments such as a behavioral change to find a path forward. However, he does prescribe medications as well when needed. The goal of treatment is the less medication overall the better as long as the person is doing ok.
(872) 266-7958 View (872) 266-7958
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Kiran Maharaja
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Chicago, IL 60614
I am a friendly and insightful psychiatrist who provides compassionate, empathetic care that is tailored to your concerns. I am trained in the use of both psychotherapy and medication management to treat a variety of psychiatric disorders. I have developed expertise in anxiety, trauma, personality disorders and mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder.
I am a friendly and insightful psychiatrist who provides compassionate, empathetic care that is tailored to your concerns. I am trained in the use of both psychotherapy and medication management to treat a variety of psychiatric disorders. I have developed expertise in anxiety, trauma, personality disorders and mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder.
(312) 548-8970 View (312) 548-8970
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Elizabeth Adekoya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do you you suffer from persistent sadness? Are you struggling to find joy in your day to day life? Or do you find yourself constantly worrying, afraid or anxious? Are you in search of a provider that is both compassionate and adequately skilled to help you treat and manage your symptoms? I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner. I help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety and any other comorbidities.
Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do you you suffer from persistent sadness? Are you struggling to find joy in your day to day life? Or do you find yourself constantly worrying, afraid or anxious? Are you in search of a provider that is both compassionate and adequately skilled to help you treat and manage your symptoms? I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner. I help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety and any other comorbidities.
(630) 454-1190 View (630) 454-1190
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Alexandra Whitaker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ANP-BC
Verified
Chicago, IL 60657
Alexandra Whitaker has treated patients with depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, Bipolar depressive disorder, ADHD, and substance use. She believes that mental health is as important as physical health. She aims to deliver the best evidence-based care with respect and compassion. She has experience working with patients from various cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds and is fluent in Polish. She recognizes each person for their individuality which is reflected in her holistic treatment plans. She enjoys collaborating with patients to help them identify and overcome barriers.
Alexandra Whitaker has treated patients with depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, Bipolar depressive disorder, ADHD, and substance use. She believes that mental health is as important as physical health. She aims to deliver the best evidence-based care with respect and compassion. She has experience working with patients from various cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds and is fluent in Polish. She recognizes each person for their individuality which is reflected in her holistic treatment plans. She enjoys collaborating with patients to help them identify and overcome barriers.
(888) 870-1775 View (888) 870-1775
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Valencia Mitonya Covington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified
12 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60618
Anxiety, depression, insomnia, mood disorders, PTSD to name a few are examples of mental health issues people struggle with every day. These mental health issues can have a significant impact on our lives. You deserve to be happy, have confidence, self-love, and enjoy life. I also prepare paperwork required for bariatric surgery. As a provider, I utilize a comprehensive approach to diagnose and formulate individualized treatment plan that will work out for you. We now offer Gene-sight testing, cognitive testing for disorders such as ADHD, and other mood disorders. Spanish translator available. We are waiting for your call.
Anxiety, depression, insomnia, mood disorders, PTSD to name a few are examples of mental health issues people struggle with every day. These mental health issues can have a significant impact on our lives. You deserve to be happy, have confidence, self-love, and enjoy life. I also prepare paperwork required for bariatric surgery. As a provider, I utilize a comprehensive approach to diagnose and formulate individualized treatment plan that will work out for you. We now offer Gene-sight testing, cognitive testing for disorders such as ADHD, and other mood disorders. Spanish translator available. We are waiting for your call.
(404) 586-4079 View (404) 586-4079
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Kim Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Kim! I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. I have over a decade of healthcare experience. I believe in providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values.
Hi, I’m Kim! I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. I have over a decade of healthcare experience. I believe in providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values.
(708) 740-2226 View (708) 740-2226
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Trevor Cavness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Chicago, IL 60613  (Online Only)
I look forward to working with individuals to explore their mental health and to improve their well-being based on their individual goals by utilizing a holistic, collaborative, person-centered approach. My educational background includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and a Master’s of Science in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatric-Mental Health. I am also board-certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
I look forward to working with individuals to explore their mental health and to improve their well-being based on their individual goals by utilizing a holistic, collaborative, person-centered approach. My educational background includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and a Master’s of Science in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatric-Mental Health. I am also board-certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
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Peter Nichols
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
Dr. Nichols has been practicing in Illinois since 2004. He grew up in California and studied at the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to medical school at the University of Southern California and moved to Illinois in 2004. He trained at the University of Chicago completing a residency in general psychiatry and then further studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for juvenile research completing a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. He has been at life stance since 2018 and enjoys working primarily with children, but treats patients up to the age of 50.
Dr. Nichols has been practicing in Illinois since 2004. He grew up in California and studied at the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to medical school at the University of Southern California and moved to Illinois in 2004. He trained at the University of Chicago completing a residency in general psychiatry and then further studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for juvenile research completing a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. He has been at life stance since 2018 and enjoys working primarily with children, but treats patients up to the age of 50.
(773) 985-7807 View (773) 985-7807
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Brandy Eichelberger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Chicago, IL 60647
I found my greatest worth in treating individuals struggling with the challenges of life using a patient-centered and evidence-based approach. I connect and build therapeutic rapport with my patients through compassion, integrity, good communication skills and simply treating them how I want myself and my family to be treated.
I found my greatest worth in treating individuals struggling with the challenges of life using a patient-centered and evidence-based approach. I connect and build therapeutic rapport with my patients through compassion, integrity, good communication skills and simply treating them how I want myself and my family to be treated.
(618) 423-8309 View (618) 423-8309
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Sameka Dowell Mills
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPA, APN
Verified
Chicago, IL 60657  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Sameka Dowell Mills and I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, licensed in multiple states, who has worked in the field of Psychiatry-Mental Health since 2017. Mental Health, counseling and advocating for patients are a few of my passions and I would enjoy collaborating with each and everyone of you daily.
Welcome! My name is Sameka Dowell Mills and I am a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, licensed in multiple states, who has worked in the field of Psychiatry-Mental Health since 2017. Mental Health, counseling and advocating for patients are a few of my passions and I would enjoy collaborating with each and everyone of you daily.
(708) 742-8892 View (708) 742-8892

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lakeview, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lakeview, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
80% Grief
80% Trauma and PTSD
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
60% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Other
75% Aetna
75% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Lakeview, IL see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lakeview?

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.