Psychiatrists in Mokena, IL

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Ryan Atkins
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Mokena, IL 60448
Treating each individual holistically isn't just a practice – it's a profound journey that holds the key to unlocking truly personalized and transformative healing experiences. By probing the depths of our identity we pave the way for comprehensive well-being, where the interconnected facets of the self converge to create a tapestry of vibrant health and genuine fulfillment.
Treating each individual holistically isn't just a practice – it's a profound journey that holds the key to unlocking truly personalized and transformative healing experiences. By probing the depths of our identity we pave the way for comprehensive well-being, where the interconnected facets of the self converge to create a tapestry of vibrant health and genuine fulfillment.
(708) 419-4634 View (708) 419-4634
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Medinat Balogun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Mokena, IL 60448  (Online Only)
Hi there, I’m Medina, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois. I help adult patients just like you or your loved one: individuals that have it within them to thrive, but just need some support getting there. Let’s focus on your strengths together! I am passionate about the psychiatry field and aim to provide patients with empathetic and holistic care. I also hope to continue to learn new evidence-based treatments and grow personally to better help my patients.
Hi there, I’m Medina, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois. I help adult patients just like you or your loved one: individuals that have it within them to thrive, but just need some support getting there. Let’s focus on your strengths together! I am passionate about the psychiatry field and aim to provide patients with empathetic and holistic care. I also hope to continue to learn new evidence-based treatments and grow personally to better help my patients.
(708) 295-3522 View (708) 295-3522
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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
Photo of Abosede Rachel Babalola - Best Option Behavioral Health Services, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Best Option Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mokena, IL 60448
Abosede Babalola specializes in evaluating and treating a comprehensive range of psychiatric conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorders, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and psychotic disorders like schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Dr. Babalola understands the emotional and physical suffering people experience with mental health disorders and dedicates herself to easing patients’ distress, offering empowerment and hope for mental well-being.
Abosede Babalola specializes in evaluating and treating a comprehensive range of psychiatric conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorders, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and psychotic disorders like schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Dr. Babalola understands the emotional and physical suffering people experience with mental health disorders and dedicates herself to easing patients’ distress, offering empowerment and hope for mental well-being.
(708) 726-4741 View (708) 726-4741
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Mofoluwa Amiyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mokena, IL 60448
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. My goal as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is to help the patient get the best solutions that will make them feel their best. Whether that is psychiatric evaluations and/ or treatments for any mental health problem; my style of giving help is by doing it with lots of care and deep listening, and viewing each of my patients as unique individual people. This is very important because a successful treatment results from having an understanding on someone's needs, environment, and circumstance(s).
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. My goal as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is to help the patient get the best solutions that will make them feel their best. Whether that is psychiatric evaluations and/ or treatments for any mental health problem; my style of giving help is by doing it with lots of care and deep listening, and viewing each of my patients as unique individual people. This is very important because a successful treatment results from having an understanding on someone's needs, environment, and circumstance(s).
(708) 360-7706 View (708) 360-7706
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Karyn Kudrna
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Mokena, IL 60448  (Online Only)
Immediate openings for telehealth visits. I enjoy working with adults and adolescents treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, and other mental health issues. I believe in developing strong therapeutic relationships with the goal of providing personalized care tailored to meet each person's individual needs. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1989 and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of St. Francis in 2018.
Immediate openings for telehealth visits. I enjoy working with adults and adolescents treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, and other mental health issues. I believe in developing strong therapeutic relationships with the goal of providing personalized care tailored to meet each person's individual needs. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1989 and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of St. Francis in 2018.
(331) 241-6676 View (331) 241-6676

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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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Kim Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frankfort, IL 60423  (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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Zoelife Psychiatric Services- Ally Wade
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Frankfort, IL 60423  (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) 834-6346 View (708) 834-6346
Photo of Benedeth Ndidi Nwumeh, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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
Photo of Dr. Rose Ampadu - Zoelife Psychiatric Services - Dr. Rose Ampadu, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, FPA, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Zoelife Psychiatric Services - Dr. Rose Ampadu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, FPA
Verified Verified
Frankfort, IL 60423
** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ** YOU CAN BOOK DIRECTLY, EMAIL or CALL to, set up an initial appointment. Untreated mental illness can unravel one’s life, causing stress, loss of hope, loss of relationships, loss of employment, and sadly the loss of one's life. I am a Family Psychiatrist Nurse Practitioner and pride in partnering with my patients to provide quality, individualized care and medication management of Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and eating disorders, disorders.
** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ** YOU CAN BOOK DIRECTLY, EMAIL or CALL to, set up an initial appointment. Untreated mental illness can unravel one’s life, causing stress, loss of hope, loss of relationships, loss of employment, and sadly the loss of one's life. I am a Family Psychiatrist Nurse Practitioner and pride in partnering with my patients to provide quality, individualized care and medication management of Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and eating disorders, disorders.
(708) 942-8961 View (708) 942-8961
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Mofoluwa Amiyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60467  (Online Only)
My goal as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is to help the patient get the best solutions that will make them feel their best. Whether that is psychiatric evaluations and/ or treatments for any mental health problem; my style of giving help is by doing it with lots of care and deep listening, and viewing each of my patients as unique individual people. This is very important because a successful treatment results from having an understanding on someone's needs, environment, and circumstance(s).
My goal as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is to help the patient get the best solutions that will make them feel their best. Whether that is psychiatric evaluations and/ or treatments for any mental health problem; my style of giving help is by doing it with lots of care and deep listening, and viewing each of my patients as unique individual people. This is very important because a successful treatment results from having an understanding on someone's needs, environment, and circumstance(s).
(844) 334-3522 View (844) 334-3522
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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
Photo of Elizabeth Adekoya (Now Accepting New Patients), PMHNP, BC, FPA, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Elizabeth Adekoya (Now Accepting New Patients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, FPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frankfort, IL 60423
Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do 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 and help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety, ADHD and any other comorbidities.
Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do 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 and help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety, ADHD and any other comorbidities.
(872) 252-7686 View (872) 252-7686
Photo of Chime Ajiere, APRN, FPA, FNP-BC, PMHNP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chime Ajiere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FPA, FNP-BC, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Frankfort, IL 60423  (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
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Dr. Ola Fapohunda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Frankfort, IL 60423  (Online Only)
Do you miss your old self? Do you still enjoy the things that you once upon a time found very enjoyable? Are you struggling with keeping up with your work, daily tasks and social life? Are you overwhelmed by the general worries of life? My goal is to help you get back to your optimal mental health by bringing you back to a place where you can do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people without any difficulty.
Do you miss your old self? Do you still enjoy the things that you once upon a time found very enjoyable? Are you struggling with keeping up with your work, daily tasks and social life? Are you overwhelmed by the general worries of life? My goal is to help you get back to your optimal mental health by bringing you back to a place where you can do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people without any difficulty.
(708) 419-3580 View (708) 419-3580
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Queen Ajiere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Frankfort, IL 60423
Accepting new patients for telehealth or in-office visits in Illinois
Accepting new patients for telehealth or in-office visits in Illinois
(331) 236-6212 View (331) 236-6212
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Kimberly Lopez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60467
Hi, my name is Kimberly Lopez, and I am a psychiatric and family nurse practitioner. I love working with all age groups, from pediatric to geriatric. I have almost two years of experience in the nurse practitioner role, but I have a little over 10 years of critical care nursing before I became a nurse practitioner. I was born and raised in Chicago, IL, where I still reside. I am the first in my family to graduate from college.
Hi, my name is Kimberly Lopez, and I am a psychiatric and family nurse practitioner. I love working with all age groups, from pediatric to geriatric. I have almost two years of experience in the nurse practitioner role, but I have a little over 10 years of critical care nursing before I became a nurse practitioner. I was born and raised in Chicago, IL, where I still reside. I am the first in my family to graduate from college.
(312) 561-9596 View (312) 561-9596
Photo of Kimberly Lopez, CNP, APRN, ADHDCCS, CCTP-II, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kimberly Lopez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, APRN, ADHDCCS, CCTP-II, DNP
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60467
I am a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist Intensive Training (ASDCS), Certified ADHD Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP), Certified Complex PTSD and Trauma (CCTP-II). I assess, diagnose, and treat all ages of life; from pediatric to geriatric. Each patient is unique in what their needs are, and will be treated to meet those needs.
I am a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist Intensive Training (ASDCS), Certified ADHD Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP), Certified Complex PTSD and Trauma (CCTP-II). I assess, diagnose, and treat all ages of life; from pediatric to geriatric. Each patient is unique in what their needs are, and will be treated to meet those needs.
(312) 779-0920 View (312) 779-0920
Photo of Dr. Brandy McCrudden, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Brandy McCrudden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60467
(708) 505-8301 View (708) 505-8301

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Mokena, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Mokena, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
83% ADHD
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Mokena, IL see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Mokena?

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.