Psychiatrists in Lincolnwood, IL

Photo of Rachel Amodu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lincolnwood, IL
Rachel Amodu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lincolnwood, IL 60712  (Online Only)
I believe we function at our highest capacity when there is balance in mental, psychological, physical, social as well as in spiritual health. Our initial appointment entails listening to your detailed history, talking about your current stressors, and working on your goals of treatment. Our follow up appointments will be aimed at reviewing progress and making needed adjustments until we find the best balance for you. I believe for best outcomes, application of both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy are all it takes. Let's start a better mental health journey together.
I believe we function at our highest capacity when there is balance in mental, psychological, physical, social as well as in spiritual health. Our initial appointment entails listening to your detailed history, talking about your current stressors, and working on your goals of treatment. Our follow up appointments will be aimed at reviewing progress and making needed adjustments until we find the best balance for you. I believe for best outcomes, application of both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy are all it takes. Let's start a better mental health journey together.
(224) 507-5970 View (224) 507-5970
Photo of Rachel Amodu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lincolnwood, IL
Rachel Amodu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Lincolnwood, IL 60712  (Online Only)
I believe we function at our highest capacity when there is balance in mental, psychological, physical, social as well as in spiritual health. Our initial appointment entails listening to your detailed history, talking about your current stressors, and working on your goals of treatment. Our follow up appointments will be aimed at reviewing progress and making needed adjustments until we find the best balance for you. I believe for best outcomes, application of both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy are all it takes. Let's start a better mental health journey together.
I believe we function at our highest capacity when there is balance in mental, psychological, physical, social as well as in spiritual health. Our initial appointment entails listening to your detailed history, talking about your current stressors, and working on your goals of treatment. Our follow up appointments will be aimed at reviewing progress and making needed adjustments until we find the best balance for you. I believe for best outcomes, application of both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy are all it takes. Let's start a better mental health journey together.
(708) 234-1470 View (708) 234-1470
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Anjum Khan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Lincolnwood, IL 60712  (Online Only)
Board-certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience in treating a wide range of mental health conditions. I specialize in treating patients ranging between age of 14 years through age 65 years with mental health conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, and other psychiatric disorders.
Board-certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience in treating a wide range of mental health conditions. I specialize in treating patients ranging between age of 14 years through age 65 years with mental health conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, and other psychiatric disorders.
(773) 906-5043 View (773) 906-5043
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Charles E Kaegi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnwood, IL 60712  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice for over 30 years. I provide high quality psychiatric care to residents throughout the Chicago metro area for adult out-patient medication evaluation and management.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice for over 30 years. I provide high quality psychiatric care to residents throughout the Chicago metro area for adult out-patient medication evaluation and management.
(773) 904-0333 View (773) 904-0333
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Dr. Kenisha D. Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Lincolnwood, IL 60645
Are you feeling powerless, tired, stressed? Are you ready to experience a healthier balanced life with stronger relationships with others? Kenisha takes a completely different approach to health. It's less about medicating symptoms and more about finding the underlying cause and fixing it, so you get back on track towards vibrant health. Our wellness programs have successfully helped clients address many conditions/symptoms including: Depression, ADHD, Trauma, Bipolar, Stress, Alcohol Use Disorder, Pre-Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Horomone Imbalances, AutoImmune Disease, Gut Issues, Headaches & Obesity.
Are you feeling powerless, tired, stressed? Are you ready to experience a healthier balanced life with stronger relationships with others? Kenisha takes a completely different approach to health. It's less about medicating symptoms and more about finding the underlying cause and fixing it, so you get back on track towards vibrant health. Our wellness programs have successfully helped clients address many conditions/symptoms including: Depression, ADHD, Trauma, Bipolar, Stress, Alcohol Use Disorder, Pre-Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Horomone Imbalances, AutoImmune Disease, Gut Issues, Headaches & Obesity.
(708) 726-0880 View (708) 726-0880

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The Ward Practice
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Skokie, IL 60076  (Online Only)
Dr. Cheriece McNeely is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who provides expert psychiatric care throughout the lifespan. She utilizes a holistic, individualized approach in partnership with her patients to develop a treatment plan which aligns with their goals. She understands that various factors affect her patients and the way they show up in the world. She aims to support her patients navigate the stress and anxiety of life transitions, overcome the effects of traumatic life experiences, so that they may enjoy a vibrant, thriving life.
Dr. Cheriece McNeely is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who provides expert psychiatric care throughout the lifespan. She utilizes a holistic, individualized approach in partnership with her patients to develop a treatment plan which aligns with their goals. She understands that various factors affect her patients and the way they show up in the world. She aims to support her patients navigate the stress and anxiety of life transitions, overcome the effects of traumatic life experiences, so that they may enjoy a vibrant, thriving life.
(630) 458-3776 View (630) 458-3776
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Generations Behavioral Healthcare, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Skokie, IL 60076
At Generations Behavioral Healthcare, P.C., (GBH) we offer telehealth services so that you can seek help in the comfort, safety and convenience of your home using fully HIPAA compliant meeting software with the flexibility for Live Text, Live Phone or Live Video sessions. We serve the entire states of Illinois and Florida and offer counseling, neuropsychological testing and psychiatric medication management for children, adolescents and adult clients.
At Generations Behavioral Healthcare, P.C., (GBH) we offer telehealth services so that you can seek help in the comfort, safety and convenience of your home using fully HIPAA compliant meeting software with the flexibility for Live Text, Live Phone or Live Video sessions. We serve the entire states of Illinois and Florida and offer counseling, neuropsychological testing and psychiatric medication management for children, adolescents and adult clients.
(847) 600-4263 View (847) 600-4263
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David Michael
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60625
I have a pas­sion for work­ing with peo­ple in out­pa­tient psy­chi­atric care, including med­ica­tion man­age­ment in conjunction with psy­chother­a­py. I believe in using a com­bined and com­pre­hen­sive approach to men­tal health treat­ment.
I have a pas­sion for work­ing with peo­ple in out­pa­tient psy­chi­atric care, including med­ica­tion man­age­ment in conjunction with psy­chother­a­py. I believe in using a com­bined and com­pre­hen­sive approach to men­tal health treat­ment.
(773) 299-1382 View (773) 299-1382
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Irma E Funes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60646
I will treat your Behavioral and Mental Health Disorder as if was my own. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Treat psychiatric conditions using a holistic approach . I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of disorders. In 2011, completed Masters of Science in Nursing at North Park University in Chicago.
I will treat your Behavioral and Mental Health Disorder as if was my own. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Treat psychiatric conditions using a holistic approach . I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of disorders. In 2011, completed Masters of Science in Nursing at North Park University in Chicago.
(773) 692-8564 View (773) 692-8564
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Melinda Rader
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60626
Thank-you for considering me for your psychiatric medication management needs. I have experience working with adults and elders experiencing a wide array of mental health issues, including anxiety, chronic stress, depression, bipolar disorder, thought disorders, and alcohol and substance misuse issues.
Thank-you for considering me for your psychiatric medication management needs. I have experience working with adults and elders experiencing a wide array of mental health issues, including anxiety, chronic stress, depression, bipolar disorder, thought disorders, and alcohol and substance misuse issues.
(217) 776-8523 View (217) 776-8523
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Vibhuti Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-C
Verified Verified
Skokie, IL 60076
At Here & Now our goal is to help each client discover the joy of feeling comfortable in their skin and knowing their purpose in life. Our clinical specialists thoughtfully and compassionately tailor a Wellness Hub of solutions to each client’s unique needs. Our Wellness Hub of professionals incorporates evidence-based practices. Everyone's Hub at Here & Now is unique; it may involve Psychiatry, Ketamine or Talk therapy, Neurobiofeedback/brain training, Infusion therapy, Art therapy, Hypnosis, Breath work, VR exposure therapy, EMDR, Movement and Somatic work. We also offer trusted resources for overcoming substance abuse issues.
At Here & Now our goal is to help each client discover the joy of feeling comfortable in their skin and knowing their purpose in life. Our clinical specialists thoughtfully and compassionately tailor a Wellness Hub of solutions to each client’s unique needs. Our Wellness Hub of professionals incorporates evidence-based practices. Everyone's Hub at Here & Now is unique; it may involve Psychiatry, Ketamine or Talk therapy, Neurobiofeedback/brain training, Infusion therapy, Art therapy, Hypnosis, Breath work, VR exposure therapy, EMDR, Movement and Somatic work. We also offer trusted resources for overcoming substance abuse issues.
(847) 469-9368 View (847) 469-9368
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Christopher Lynn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, NP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Skokie, IL 60077
I look forward to the prospect of working with you. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, psychiatric medication management and supportive therapy for adult clients ages 18 and above. I am double board-certified as a Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated to maximizing your health and wellness by integrating traditional healthcare with complementary/alternative therapies in order to prevent/manage chronic illness and promote a healthy lifestyle.
I look forward to the prospect of working with you. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, psychiatric medication management and supportive therapy for adult clients ages 18 and above. I am double board-certified as a Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated to maximizing your health and wellness by integrating traditional healthcare with complementary/alternative therapies in order to prevent/manage chronic illness and promote a healthy lifestyle.
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60202  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth for entire state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We 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 on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting BCBS of IL, Optum/UHC insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth for entire state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We 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 on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting BCBS of IL, Optum/UHC insurances.
(855) 910-6739 View (855) 910-6739
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Relief Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Skokie, IL 60077
Dr. Poprawski specializes in the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat depression, OCD, and other diagnoses. Through collaboration with all providers at Relief, Dr. Poprawski has a proven track record of outstanding outcomes in the field of neuropsychiatry. Her commitment to providing the best patient care is unparalleled and contagious with patients and her peers. She uses multiple modalities in conjunction with TMS to create the best possible outcomes and efficacy. Dr. Poprawski values the goals of her patients and treats all patients with individualized care.
Dr. Poprawski specializes in the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat depression, OCD, and other diagnoses. Through collaboration with all providers at Relief, Dr. Poprawski has a proven track record of outstanding outcomes in the field of neuropsychiatry. Her commitment to providing the best patient care is unparalleled and contagious with patients and her peers. She uses multiple modalities in conjunction with TMS to create the best possible outcomes and efficacy. Dr. Poprawski values the goals of her patients and treats all patients with individualized care.
(331) 276-6131 View (331) 276-6131
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Olukemi Ajayi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60626  (Online Only)
I have a Master of Science in Nursing graduate of Walden University and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner across the Lifespan. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am responsible for providing my patients with superior, evidence-based care to improve their quality of life. I place a lot of value on developing long-lasting relationships with people.
I have a Master of Science in Nursing graduate of Walden University and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner across the Lifespan. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am responsible for providing my patients with superior, evidence-based care to improve their quality of life. I place a lot of value on developing long-lasting relationships with people.
(224) 487-8023 View (224) 487-8023
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Ashok Nagella
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60202
Dr. Ashok Nagella is an ABPN Board Certified Psychiatrist that specializes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry but does see clients up to age of 64. He has been in practice for 20 years in various settings from inpatient to outpatient psychiatry, has supervised and taught psychiatry residents and medical students, and has worked with a very diverse clientele from private practice settings to community mental health. Dr. Nagella grew up and attended school in the Chicago area.
Dr. Ashok Nagella is an ABPN Board Certified Psychiatrist that specializes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry but does see clients up to age of 64. He has been in practice for 20 years in various settings from inpatient to outpatient psychiatry, has supervised and taught psychiatry residents and medical students, and has worked with a very diverse clientele from private practice settings to community mental health. Dr. Nagella grew up and attended school in the Chicago area.
(847) 892-1434 View (847) 892-1434
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Arturo Ventura
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60626  (Online Only)
Hello, I’m Art Ventura. Are you scared of your own emotions? If you are, you’re definitely not alone. While we thrive for pleasant emotions, the moment we veer over to the troublesome side, rather than working on these challenges we tend to run away instead. Being licensed in both psychiatric and family medicine I can provide a unique perspective in treating mental health conditions particularly in evaluating and treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, ADHD, insomnia, dementia, OCD and other issues for individuals ages 18 to 65.
Hello, I’m Art Ventura. Are you scared of your own emotions? If you are, you’re definitely not alone. While we thrive for pleasant emotions, the moment we veer over to the troublesome side, rather than working on these challenges we tend to run away instead. Being licensed in both psychiatric and family medicine I can provide a unique perspective in treating mental health conditions particularly in evaluating and treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, ADHD, insomnia, dementia, OCD and other issues for individuals ages 18 to 65.
(630) 912-9446 View (630) 912-9446
Photo of Amanda Bowers, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lincolnwood, IL
Amanda Bowers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60626  (Online Only)
I’m a family nurse practitioner (FNP) as well as psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). I have provided care for many years to women in an OBGYN setting that are suffering from mental needs as well as those with substance abuse disorders.
I’m a family nurse practitioner (FNP) as well as psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). I have provided care for many years to women in an OBGYN setting that are suffering from mental needs as well as those with substance abuse disorders.
(224) 442-9823 View (224) 442-9823
Photo of Thrive Psychiatric Services, Archana Sood, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lincolnwood, IL
Thrive Psychiatric Services, Archana Sood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Skokie, IL 60076  (Online Only)
The ideal client would be open and honest about their symptoms, want to learn about their mental health diagnosis/diagnoses and be open to treatment options - which could include medication management, psychotherapy and/or behavioral changes. I would like to provide a supportive and safe space, where they are able to identify their issues, needs and their goals. They would be open to listening to my recommendations and I would support their decision, which may or may not include my recommendations.
The ideal client would be open and honest about their symptoms, want to learn about their mental health diagnosis/diagnoses and be open to treatment options - which could include medication management, psychotherapy and/or behavioral changes. I would like to provide a supportive and safe space, where they are able to identify their issues, needs and their goals. They would be open to listening to my recommendations and I would support their decision, which may or may not include my recommendations.
(224) 255-2107 View (224) 255-2107
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Chudney Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60626  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Chudney, I am a dual licensed nurse practitioner. I am a certified family medicine and psychiatric mental health doctorate prepared nurse practitioner. I specialize in providing care for the whole being, working with patient's age 5-65 years of age. I am a native of Tennessee. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Baptist College of Health Science in 2011. I then went to earn a Master's in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Tennessess State University in 2017. In December 2022, I graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center with my Doctorate in Psychiatric Mental Health.
Hello! My name is Chudney, I am a dual licensed nurse practitioner. I am a certified family medicine and psychiatric mental health doctorate prepared nurse practitioner. I specialize in providing care for the whole being, working with patient's age 5-65 years of age. I am a native of Tennessee. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Baptist College of Health Science in 2011. I then went to earn a Master's in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Tennessess State University in 2017. In December 2022, I graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center with my Doctorate in Psychiatric Mental Health.
(224) 298-8473 View (224) 298-8473

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lincolnwood, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lincolnwood, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
80% ADHD
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Bipolar Disorder
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
40% Medication Management

Average years in practice

2 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Lincolnwood, IL see their clients

80% Online Only
20% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lincolnwood?

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.