Psychiatrists in Lincoln Park, IL

Photo of Shoaib Memon, Psychiatrist in Lincoln Park, IL
Shoaib Memon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Lincoln Park, IL 60614
Are you feeling lost and uncertain about the way your life is going? Do you feel alone or stuck in your situation? Are you struggling with feelings of stress, anxiety or depression? In order to effectively treat emotional problems and life challenges, it is important to find a psychiatrist in Chicago that can meet your needs. My first goal when meeting with you is to establish a genuine and collaborative connection. This will serve as the foundation for the work necessary to deal with daily feelings, understand experiences, and make positive changes to your life. We will work together to develop a plan to help you heal and grow.
Are you feeling lost and uncertain about the way your life is going? Do you feel alone or stuck in your situation? Are you struggling with feelings of stress, anxiety or depression? In order to effectively treat emotional problems and life challenges, it is important to find a psychiatrist in Chicago that can meet your needs. My first goal when meeting with you is to establish a genuine and collaborative connection. This will serve as the foundation for the work necessary to deal with daily feelings, understand experiences, and make positive changes to your life. We will work together to develop a plan to help you heal and grow.
(312) 800-1521 View (312) 800-1521
Photo of Tessa Schultz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lincoln Park, IL
Tessa Schultz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Lincoln Park, IL 60614
I provide psychiatry and mind health services for children/adolescents and adults. I am the founder of an innovative mental health clinic, providing the best mental heath treatment in Chicago and the Western Suburbs. We shift the clinical paradigm by combining the best of traditional psychiatry approaches with evidenced based wellness approaches. I treat through a holistic lens within your belief system. I am accepting clients virtually. March 2024 our physical location in Logan Square will be open and will be able to see clients in-person. We also offer yoga and psychedelics (Spring 2024). Awake with us!
I provide psychiatry and mind health services for children/adolescents and adults. I am the founder of an innovative mental health clinic, providing the best mental heath treatment in Chicago and the Western Suburbs. We shift the clinical paradigm by combining the best of traditional psychiatry approaches with evidenced based wellness approaches. I treat through a holistic lens within your belief system. I am accepting clients virtually. March 2024 our physical location in Logan Square will be open and will be able to see clients in-person. We also offer yoga and psychedelics (Spring 2024). Awake with us!
(630) 526-8742 View (630) 526-8742
Photo of Dylan Kathol, Psychiatrist in Lincoln Park, IL
Dylan Kathol
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lincoln Park, IL 60614
Not accepting new clients
Welcome to North Side Psychiatry. I am a Harvard-trained, board-certified adult psychiatrist who helps patients thrive in the face of life transitions. Whether a new parent, college student, recently separated person, or are at any other stage in your life, my goal is to collaborate with you to move your journey forward. I provide a supportive and validating experience as we work collaboratively to develop your unique treatment plan. I have extensive experience with perinatal mental illness, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and attentional disorders.
Welcome to North Side Psychiatry. I am a Harvard-trained, board-certified adult psychiatrist who helps patients thrive in the face of life transitions. Whether a new parent, college student, recently separated person, or are at any other stage in your life, my goal is to collaborate with you to move your journey forward. I provide a supportive and validating experience as we work collaboratively to develop your unique treatment plan. I have extensive experience with perinatal mental illness, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and attentional disorders.
(773) 232-4039 View (773) 232-4039
Photo of Sunshine Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lincoln Park, IL
Sunshine Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Lincoln Park, IL 60614
*****NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS**** Whether you need psychiatric evaluation and treatment for addiction, anxiety, depression, a mood disorder, ADHD, PTSD, or another mental health problem, as your provider, my goal is to help you get the solutions that will let you feel better soon. The belief in giving help with deep caring, and my style of listening, form the soul of my practice today. I see all patients as unique in their own way, and I value the privilege of giving the best care that my private practice in psychiatric medicine can provide.
*****NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS**** Whether you need psychiatric evaluation and treatment for addiction, anxiety, depression, a mood disorder, ADHD, PTSD, or another mental health problem, as your provider, my goal is to help you get the solutions that will let you feel better soon. The belief in giving help with deep caring, and my style of listening, form the soul of my practice today. I see all patients as unique in their own way, and I value the privilege of giving the best care that my private practice in psychiatric medicine can provide.
(708) 367-3780 View (708) 367-3780
Photo of Rachael Benson, Physician Assistant in Lincoln Park, IL
Rachael Benson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Lincoln Park, IL 60614  (Online Only)
Rachael Benson is a Certified Physician Assistant. Her education includes a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Microbiology and Cell Sciences, and a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from South University in Tampa, FL. At graduation, Rachael was also inducted into Pi Alpha, the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants. Rachael gained a passion for psychiatric work during her PA education.
Rachael Benson is a Certified Physician Assistant. Her education includes a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Microbiology and Cell Sciences, and a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from South University in Tampa, FL. At graduation, Rachael was also inducted into Pi Alpha, the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants. Rachael gained a passion for psychiatric work during her PA education.
(773) 248-2255 x1 View (773) 248-2255 x1

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Photo of Chime Ajiere, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lincoln Park, IL
Chime Ajiere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FPA, FNP-BC, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
Chicago, IL 60622  (Online Only)
**** Our clinic is accepting new patients****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. Email us or call us today to book an appointment.
**** Our clinic is accepting new patients****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. Email us or call us today to book an appointment.
(708) 942-8741 View (708) 942-8741
Photo of April Guilliams, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lincoln Park, IL
April Guilliams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Chicago, IL 60614
Hello friend, Welcome to the next steps of your mental health journey. Mental health challenges can be difficult to navigate. You are not alone, and I look forward to helping you attain your best life according to your ambitions, goals and dreams. You got this! April Guilliams, PMHNP-BC, is dedicated to providing unparalleled clarity and compassionate care. With a background rooted in a B.S. in Nursing and a PMHNP from OSF Saint Francis College, April combines academic expertise with hands-on experience.
Hello friend, Welcome to the next steps of your mental health journey. Mental health challenges can be difficult to navigate. You are not alone, and I look forward to helping you attain your best life according to your ambitions, goals and dreams. You got this! April Guilliams, PMHNP-BC, is dedicated to providing unparalleled clarity and compassionate care. With a background rooted in a B.S. in Nursing and a PMHNP from OSF Saint Francis College, April combines academic expertise with hands-on experience.
(309) 273-1139 View (309) 273-1139
Photo of Stacey Davis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lincoln Park, IL
Stacey Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
I believe in patient-led care. As your provider, I am here to listen and to answer any questions that you may have.
I believe in patient-led care. As your provider, I am here to listen and to answer any questions that you may have.
(503) 506-4583 View (503) 506-4583
Photo of Rachel Brown, Physician Assistant in Lincoln Park, IL
Rachel Brown
Physician Assistant, MMS, PA-C
Verified
Chicago, IL 60607
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
Photo of Pamela Shay, Psychiatrist in Lincoln Park, IL
Pamela Shay
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Chicago, IL 60601
Dr. Shay is a board-certified psychiatrist practicing adult general psychiatry since 2014, most recently in the outpatient clinic at VA St. Louis Healthcare System. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Iowa and worked for years in the insurance industry managing medicolegal issues before deciding to pursue medicine as a second career. Embracing principles of holistic medicine, Dr. Shay completed her medical degree at Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and her residency in general psychiatry at Loyola University Medical Center in the bio-psycho-social model of care.
Dr. Shay is a board-certified psychiatrist practicing adult general psychiatry since 2014, most recently in the outpatient clinic at VA St. Louis Healthcare System. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Iowa and worked for years in the insurance industry managing medicolegal issues before deciding to pursue medicine as a second career. Embracing principles of holistic medicine, Dr. Shay completed her medical degree at Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and her residency in general psychiatry at Loyola University Medical Center in the bio-psycho-social model of care.
(708) 564-4185 View (708) 564-4185
Photo of Sarah Mennella, Psychiatrist in Lincoln Park, IL
Sarah Mennella
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
Dr. Mennella is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. Dr. Mennella's practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. Treatment emphasizes patient education and autonomy. Dr. Mennella is a proponent of shared decision-making and believes this facilitates a strong therapeutic relationship, greater satisfaction with care, and improved clinical outcomes.
Dr. Mennella is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. Dr. Mennella's practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. Treatment emphasizes patient education and autonomy. Dr. Mennella is a proponent of shared decision-making and believes this facilitates a strong therapeutic relationship, greater satisfaction with care, and improved clinical outcomes.
(708) 616-1626 View (708) 616-1626
Photo of Dr. Katie Washington Cole, Psychiatrist in Lincoln Park, IL
Dr. Katie Washington Cole
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602
Dr. Katie Washington Cole is an addiction and recovery psychiatrist with expertise in mental health and substance use treatment in adults. She takes a relationship-centered approach to psychiatric care, using shared decision-making to prioritize your goals and values. Dr. Washington Cole completed medical school and a PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University. She completed general adult psychiatry residency at the University of Chicago and addiction psychiatry fellowship at the University of Illinois-Chicago. ​
Dr. Katie Washington Cole is an addiction and recovery psychiatrist with expertise in mental health and substance use treatment in adults. She takes a relationship-centered approach to psychiatric care, using shared decision-making to prioritize your goals and values. Dr. Washington Cole completed medical school and a PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University. She completed general adult psychiatry residency at the University of Chicago and addiction psychiatry fellowship at the University of Illinois-Chicago. ​
(312) 900-8263 View (312) 900-8263
Photo of Andrew Richardson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lincoln Park, IL
Andrew Richardson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified
Chicago, IL 60613
I am excited to help individuals explore their mental wellness, and find the best modality to improve their quality of life. My background includes a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Physiology, Master's of Science in Nursing, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice in both Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult-Geriatric Primary Care. My training in psychiatry includes the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic mental health conditions, along with crisis management.
I am excited to help individuals explore their mental wellness, and find the best modality to improve their quality of life. My background includes a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Physiology, Master's of Science in Nursing, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice in both Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult-Geriatric Primary Care. My training in psychiatry includes the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic mental health conditions, along with crisis management.
(872) 219-1119 View (872) 219-1119
Photo of Ann Hruby, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lincoln Park, IL
Ann Hruby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, LCPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60647  (Online Only)
As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and licensed clinical professional counselor, I use a biopsychosocial approach to provide comprehensive services that meet patients' complex needs. I use a teamwork approach with patients, and I believe that building supportive relationships is of utmost importance. I value straightforward communication and provide patients with clear information and options. Although medication is something that patients often find useful in managing their symptoms, I also help patients make other positive changes in their lives that can improve their wellness.
As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and licensed clinical professional counselor, I use a biopsychosocial approach to provide comprehensive services that meet patients' complex needs. I use a teamwork approach with patients, and I believe that building supportive relationships is of utmost importance. I value straightforward communication and provide patients with clear information and options. Although medication is something that patients often find useful in managing their symptoms, I also help patients make other positive changes in their lives that can improve their wellness.
(773) 877-3027 View (773) 877-3027
Photo of Sandya Janardhan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lincoln Park, IL
Sandya Janardhan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Chicago, IL 60603
I am a highly motivated, board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to delivering compassionate care to individuals grappling with complex traumas, serious mental illness, and underserved mental health needs. I prioritize the significance of individualized care and am unwavering in my commitment to establishing a supportive and empathetic environment for my patients.
I am a highly motivated, board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to delivering compassionate care to individuals grappling with complex traumas, serious mental illness, and underserved mental health needs. I prioritize the significance of individualized care and am unwavering in my commitment to establishing a supportive and empathetic environment for my patients.
(312) 698-3386 View (312) 698-3386
Photo of Sahar Eftekhar, Psychiatrist in Lincoln Park, IL
Sahar Eftekhar
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Chicago, IL 60611
I am board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. I obtained my subspecialist training in Addiction Psychiatry at UCLA in Los Angeles, working at Cedar Sinai Medical Center and the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital. I completed my psychiatric residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. I obtained my medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology at Michigan State University.
I am board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. I obtained my subspecialist training in Addiction Psychiatry at UCLA in Los Angeles, working at Cedar Sinai Medical Center and the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital. I completed my psychiatric residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. I obtained my medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology at Michigan State University.
(312) 663-8104 View (312) 663-8104
Photo of Alfreda Shields, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lincoln Park, IL
Alfreda Shields
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Chicago, IL 60601  (Online Only)
To schedule an appointment, please book a call with our Client Care Coordinator here: www.calendly.com/adminccbh I am dedicated to providing the evidence-based care that patients deserve, and I desire to establish long-lasting relationships with clients. I have an interest in treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, OCD, and PTSD.
To schedule an appointment, please book a call with our Client Care Coordinator here: www.calendly.com/adminccbh I am dedicated to providing the evidence-based care that patients deserve, and I desire to establish long-lasting relationships with clients. I have an interest in treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, OCD, and PTSD.
(312) 564-5830 View (312) 564-5830
Photo of Oreoluwatomi Agbaje, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lincoln Park, IL
Oreoluwatomi Agbaje
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60622
My name is Tomi ,a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Chicagoland area with experience treating patients across the lifespan. My passion for deeply understanding individual's unique needs makes me natural at this job. I work with patients, in partnership that lets us build a plan that will work better for them! I first and foremost provide a thorough assessment of client's physical, emotional, social, and psychological well-being. I then offer various types of therapy coupled with medication managements if deemed appropriately.
My name is Tomi ,a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Chicagoland area with experience treating patients across the lifespan. My passion for deeply understanding individual's unique needs makes me natural at this job. I work with patients, in partnership that lets us build a plan that will work better for them! I first and foremost provide a thorough assessment of client's physical, emotional, social, and psychological well-being. I then offer various types of therapy coupled with medication managements if deemed appropriately.
(773) 900-6609 View (773) 900-6609
Photo of Anna Hereth, Physician Assistant in Lincoln Park, IL
Anna Hereth
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ
Verified
Chicago, IL 60657
With more than 12 years dedicated to the mental health field, my expertise lies in assisting clients seeking a psychiatric provider committed to attentive listening, advocating for their needs, and developing a patient-centered treatment plan customized to address their unique concerns and treatment objectives. I specialize in connecting with individuals who have faced trauma, and are experiencing anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, providing genuine attention to their concerns and prioritizing their goals.
With more than 12 years dedicated to the mental health field, my expertise lies in assisting clients seeking a psychiatric provider committed to attentive listening, advocating for their needs, and developing a patient-centered treatment plan customized to address their unique concerns and treatment objectives. I specialize in connecting with individuals who have faced trauma, and are experiencing anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, providing genuine attention to their concerns and prioritizing their goals.
(872) 259-5324 View (872) 259-5324
Photo of Alan Tony Amberg PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lincoln Park, IL
Alan Tony Amberg PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FPA
Verified
Chicago, IL 60601
Living with a psychiatric disorder is tough. Ordinary things that should make you happy don’t. Ordinary relationships become difficult. Even if you can see that you’re succeeding, sometimes you just can’t feel it. When you work with me, I’m in there with you: finding positive vision and hope, working week by week with what hurts. I believe that all experiences can be ultimately integrated, and inside that physical machine is a beautiful human being, aching not just to heal, but to blossom into full authentic function.
Living with a psychiatric disorder is tough. Ordinary things that should make you happy don’t. Ordinary relationships become difficult. Even if you can see that you’re succeeding, sometimes you just can’t feel it. When you work with me, I’m in there with you: finding positive vision and hope, working week by week with what hurts. I believe that all experiences can be ultimately integrated, and inside that physical machine is a beautiful human being, aching not just to heal, but to blossom into full authentic function.
(872) 276-8881 View (872) 276-8881

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lincoln Park, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lincoln Park, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Medication Management
80% Bipolar Disorder
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
60% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
60% Blue Cross
60% Blue Shield

How Psychiatrists in Lincoln Park, IL see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lincoln Park?

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.