Psychiatrists in Mahomet, IL

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Dan Foutch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mahomet, IL 61853
Mental illness affects people from all walks of life and does not discriminate. I understand this and feel that everyone deserves compassionate treatment regardless of race, political affiliation, gender identity, sexual preference, or religious beliefs. I strive to provide trauma-informed care to all of my clients. This directly impacts my approach to treatment and has given me the ability to connect with my clients on a fundamental level. I understand that getting help can be difficult and that medication is not right for everyone. I will work with you to determine what is the best course of treatment for you.
Mental illness affects people from all walks of life and does not discriminate. I understand this and feel that everyone deserves compassionate treatment regardless of race, political affiliation, gender identity, sexual preference, or religious beliefs. I strive to provide trauma-informed care to all of my clients. This directly impacts my approach to treatment and has given me the ability to connect with my clients on a fundamental level. I understand that getting help can be difficult and that medication is not right for everyone. I will work with you to determine what is the best course of treatment for you.
(217) 680-2593 View (217) 680-2593
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Jodi Juenger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mahomet, IL 61853
I am a board-certified Nurse Practitioner and am dually certified in Family and Psychiatric medicine. Initially, I obtained my Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Degree, as I was unsure of what area of medicine I was interested in. All I knew was that I had a burning desire to improve my patients' overall health and well-being through independent practice. In 2019, I began thinking it was time to start focusing on my passion for mental health. I obtained my Master’s Degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and am Board Certified.I believe an individual must be treated as a whole and not by illness alone.
I am a board-certified Nurse Practitioner and am dually certified in Family and Psychiatric medicine. Initially, I obtained my Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Degree, as I was unsure of what area of medicine I was interested in. All I knew was that I had a burning desire to improve my patients' overall health and well-being through independent practice. In 2019, I began thinking it was time to start focusing on my passion for mental health. I obtained my Master’s Degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and am Board Certified.I believe an individual must be treated as a whole and not by illness alone.
(217) 687-1369 View (217) 687-1369
Megan Kathleen Ramirez
Psychiatric Nurse, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
Mahomet, IL 61853

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Amanda Hahn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61822  (Online Only)
Women and birthing people face their own unique mental health challenges. Mandy specializes in women's and perinatal psychiatry. She values a holistic approach to mental health and seeks to provide comprehensive care that addresses psychological, emotional, and physical well being. Services include medication management, supportive therapy, preconception counseling, and birth/postpartum planning. She also has additional training in integrative psychiatry and offers natural options for patients who prefer to limit medication, including treatments for depression, anxiety, and PMDD.
Women and birthing people face their own unique mental health challenges. Mandy specializes in women's and perinatal psychiatry. She values a holistic approach to mental health and seeks to provide comprehensive care that addresses psychological, emotional, and physical well being. Services include medication management, supportive therapy, preconception counseling, and birth/postpartum planning. She also has additional training in integrative psychiatry and offers natural options for patients who prefer to limit medication, including treatments for depression, anxiety, and PMDD.
(815) 402-2364 View (815) 402-2364
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Jodie Warsing
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61820  (Online Only)
Jodie, an ANCC Board-Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, holds an advanced Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) and brings over 20 years of diverse experience to her practice. Having worked in various settings, she has honed her skills and expertise to offer exceptional, compassionate care to individuals seeking to improve their mental well-being. Jodie is deeply committed to providing client-centered, empathetic care tailored to each person's unique needs. As a DNP, her versatile role encompasses medication management, therapy, education, community mental health advocacy, and legal reform advocacy.
Jodie, an ANCC Board-Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, holds an advanced Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) and brings over 20 years of diverse experience to her practice. Having worked in various settings, she has honed her skills and expertise to offer exceptional, compassionate care to individuals seeking to improve their mental well-being. Jodie is deeply committed to providing client-centered, empathetic care tailored to each person's unique needs. As a DNP, her versatile role encompasses medication management, therapy, education, community mental health advocacy, and legal reform advocacy.
(217) 386-5801 View (217) 386-5801
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Jacqueline Bode
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61820  (Online Only)
As a registered nurse of 15 years, Jacqueline had the privilege of caring for clients while demonstrating compassion, empathy, and trustworthiness. Wanting to do more for clients in her rural community, she received a degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner to treat patients by providing chronic disease management, preventative health services, and health education for 8 years. She has provided exceptional and timely mental health care for the past two years. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia, ADHD, stress, women's issues, or grief, Jacqueline work with you to formulate the best treatment plan.
As a registered nurse of 15 years, Jacqueline had the privilege of caring for clients while demonstrating compassion, empathy, and trustworthiness. Wanting to do more for clients in her rural community, she received a degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner to treat patients by providing chronic disease management, preventative health services, and health education for 8 years. She has provided exceptional and timely mental health care for the past two years. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia, ADHD, stress, women's issues, or grief, Jacqueline work with you to formulate the best treatment plan.
(217) 759-9752 View (217) 759-9752
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Champaign, IL 61820  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Theresa Towle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, APRN
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61822  (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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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61820
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Taysha Ryan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 727-6174 View (217) 727-6174

Online Psychiatrists

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Spectrum Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
New Lenox, IL 60451  (Online Only)
Johnny Williamson, MD is board certified in General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has a breadth of experience treating children and adults of all ages. He provides psychotherapy and psychotropic medication management to treat attention deficit disorders, autism, anxiety, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, school phobia, and specializes in the treatment of PTSD and eating disorders. He believes in a holistic approach that combines appropriate therapeutic modalities treating individuals, families, and groups; and, where indicated, effective medication strategies.
Johnny Williamson, MD is board certified in General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has a breadth of experience treating children and adults of all ages. He provides psychotherapy and psychotropic medication management to treat attention deficit disorders, autism, anxiety, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, school phobia, and specializes in the treatment of PTSD and eating disorders. He believes in a holistic approach that combines appropriate therapeutic modalities treating individuals, families, and groups; and, where indicated, effective medication strategies.
(630) 686-7062 View (630) 686-7062
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Benedeth Ndidi Nwumeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Frankfort, IL 60423  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Bene Nwumeh our provider who is a dual board-certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Benedeth has been a Nurse Practitioner for many years and she focuses on mental wellness managing both adults and adolescents with anxiety, depression, ADHD, ADD, personality disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar, eating disorders, and more. She has more than 30 years of clinical experience in health care both in and outside the United States. Dr. Bene earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice with a Specialty in Psychiatry from the University of Massachusetts Global.
Meet Dr. Bene Nwumeh our provider who is a dual board-certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Benedeth has been a Nurse Practitioner for many years and she focuses on mental wellness managing both adults and adolescents with anxiety, depression, ADHD, ADD, personality disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar, eating disorders, and more. She has more than 30 years of clinical experience in health care both in and outside the United States. Dr. Bene earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice with a Specialty in Psychiatry from the University of Massachusetts Global.
(708) 554-7554 View (708) 554-7554
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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.
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Hannah Wychocki
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Mokena, IL 60448
I was drawn to the field of psychiatry by my fascination with the mind and how it influences the person we become. Our mind not only affects our mental health, but also our physical wellbeing. It is crucial to include mental health as a normal part of healthcare to create a balanced quality of life. Utilizing a client-provider partnership and evidence-based practice, my goal is to provide compassionate, confidential, personalized, and exceptional care.
I was drawn to the field of psychiatry by my fascination with the mind and how it influences the person we become. Our mind not only affects our mental health, but also our physical wellbeing. It is crucial to include mental health as a normal part of healthcare to create a balanced quality of life. Utilizing a client-provider partnership and evidence-based practice, my goal is to provide compassionate, confidential, personalized, and exceptional care.
(708) 905-2257 View (708) 905-2257
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Zoelife Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Frankfort, IL 60423
Hi! I am Queen **** 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. You shouldn’t have to struggle to also find a provider.
Hi! I am Queen **** 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. You shouldn’t have to struggle to also find a provider.
(779) 237-7950 View (779) 237-7950
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Amber Altidor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Springfield, IL 62704  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression at home, at school, at work or socially? Have you become frustrated with not meeting your goals in these settings because of how you're feeling emotionally? Are you experiencing trouble concentrating or sleeping? Are you hoping to develop new coping strategies that support your lifestyle and functioning? I am able to provide medication management with psychotherapy to treat your symptoms so that you can start to or get back to enjoying your life and meeting your goals.
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression at home, at school, at work or socially? Have you become frustrated with not meeting your goals in these settings because of how you're feeling emotionally? Are you experiencing trouble concentrating or sleeping? Are you hoping to develop new coping strategies that support your lifestyle and functioning? I am able to provide medication management with psychotherapy to treat your symptoms so that you can start to or get back to enjoying your life and meeting your goals.
(773) 917-1067 View (773) 917-1067
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Holistic Behavioral and TMS therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frankfort, IL 60423
Lawrence Abah, PMHNP treats patients starting from 12 years old. Lawrence is dual board certified in Across the lifespan psychiatry and Family practice. Lawrence believes in using holistic approach to behavioral health and partnering with his clients for the best treatment outcome. He believes in development of good therapeutic alliance with his patients. He prides himself in providing patient focused, high quality and individualized care to his patients. Lawrence has more than 15 years experience in behavioral health, and he understands how difficult it is finding that provider that truly cares about your holistic wellness.
Lawrence Abah, PMHNP treats patients starting from 12 years old. Lawrence is dual board certified in Across the lifespan psychiatry and Family practice. Lawrence believes in using holistic approach to behavioral health and partnering with his clients for the best treatment outcome. He believes in development of good therapeutic alliance with his patients. He prides himself in providing patient focused, high quality and individualized care to his patients. Lawrence has more than 15 years experience in behavioral health, and he understands how difficult it is finding that provider that truly cares about your holistic wellness.
(708) 627-9296 View (708) 627-9296
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Elizabeth Adekoya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Frankfort, IL 60423
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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Angela K Severado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Springfield, IL 62703  (Online Only)
I know this is not easy, but taking the first step is a part of the journey. I like to always set the expectation where it needs to be set. Psychiatric help is slow and takes time, but through each step, we will get closer to your goal. I want this to be a together process, we will figure this out.
I know this is not easy, but taking the first step is a part of the journey. I like to always set the expectation where it needs to be set. Psychiatric help is slow and takes time, but through each step, we will get closer to your goal. I want this to be a together process, we will figure this out.
(217) 386-6863 View (217) 386-6863
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Semone West
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
New Lenox, IL 60451
Semone West, MD is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. She attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. She completed a psychiatry residency at Duke University in Durham, NC; and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, while also serving as an associate professor.
Semone West, MD is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. She attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. She completed a psychiatry residency at Duke University in Durham, NC; and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, while also serving as an associate professor.
(815) 418-6070 View (815) 418-6070

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Number of Psychiatrists in Mahomet, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Mahomet, IL who prioritize treating:

67% Depression
67% Anxiety
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Psychosis
67% Bipolar Disorder
67% Borderline Personality (BPD)

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Mahomet, IL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Mahomet?

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.