Psychiatrists in Orland Park, IL

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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
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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
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Samantha Lynch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Orland Park, IL 60462
I have spent the last 15 years working as a registered nurse in various hospice organizations. I valued the psychosocial component that is inherent to hospice so much that I decided to go back to school for my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree. I value the connection that comes with psychiatry and that allows me to provide my patients with the best care possible.
I have spent the last 15 years working as a registered nurse in various hospice organizations. I valued the psychosocial component that is inherent to hospice so much that I decided to go back to school for my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree. I value the connection that comes with psychiatry and that allows me to provide my patients with the best care possible.
(312) 376-2696 View (312) 376-2696
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Better Pathways Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60462  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm Elizabeth. I'm a family nurse practitioner practicing with over 10 years of experience and found my passion treating those who are struggling with the ups and downs of life. Every patient has a unique story to tell and journey to walk. When those ups and downs of life get to be too much, it's time to take control and get on a "Better Pathway". I provide medication management from ages 6 through geriatrics for a variety of mood disorders and provide personal, individualized care because I know that mental health treatment is not "one size fits all". Call for an appointment today! Appointments available within 7 days!
Hi! I'm Elizabeth. I'm a family nurse practitioner practicing with over 10 years of experience and found my passion treating those who are struggling with the ups and downs of life. Every patient has a unique story to tell and journey to walk. When those ups and downs of life get to be too much, it's time to take control and get on a "Better Pathway". I provide medication management from ages 6 through geriatrics for a variety of mood disorders and provide personal, individualized care because I know that mental health treatment is not "one size fits all". Call for an appointment today! Appointments available within 7 days!
(708) 726-4049 View (708) 726-4049
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Best Option Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orland Park, IL 60462
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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Zoelife Psychiatric Services- Ally Wade
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60462  (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
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Robert Wirick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60462
I strive to foster a collaborative relationship with each of my clients. I sincerely believe that a strong relationship between provider and patient begins with an understanding of how each client sees themselves - and their goals that they would like to personally achieve.
I strive to foster a collaborative relationship with each of my clients. I sincerely believe that a strong relationship between provider and patient begins with an understanding of how each client sees themselves - and their goals that they would like to personally achieve.
(708) 726-8782 View (708) 726-8782
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Premier Psychiatry, Psychiatric and Behavioral
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60467
Our ideal client seeks compassionate care and effective solutions for their mental health challenges. They may struggle with depression, anxiety, or trauma and desire relief from symptoms that hinder their daily life. They seek understanding, validation, and support in navigating their journey towards healing and self-discovery. Their goal is to regain control, find inner peace, and live a fulfilling life, free from the burdens of their mental health issues.
Our ideal client seeks compassionate care and effective solutions for their mental health challenges. They may struggle with depression, anxiety, or trauma and desire relief from symptoms that hinder their daily life. They seek understanding, validation, and support in navigating their journey towards healing and self-discovery. Their goal is to regain control, find inner peace, and live a fulfilling life, free from the burdens of their mental health issues.
(708) 934-0464 View (708) 934-0464
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Hopemark Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60462
If you are struggling with your mental health, Hopemark Health can help. Our psychiatric clinics are committed to providing cutting-edge treatments for mental health challenges that have not responded to traditional approaches.
If you are struggling with your mental health, Hopemark Health can help. Our psychiatric clinics are committed to providing cutting-edge treatments for mental health challenges that have not responded to traditional approaches.
(708) 766-7982 View (708) 766-7982
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Bayo Agbolade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60462
Bayo Agbolade is a highly skilled Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing in Illinois. Specializing in adult general psychiatry, Bayo caters to individuals aged 18 to 65+ with a comprehensive range of mental health needs. His clinical expertise spans various areas, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, mood and personality disorders, substance use disorders, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). With a commitment to holistic care, Bayo approaches each client with a personalized and comprehensive perspective.
Bayo Agbolade is a highly skilled Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing in Illinois. Specializing in adult general psychiatry, Bayo caters to individuals aged 18 to 65+ with a comprehensive range of mental health needs. His clinical expertise spans various areas, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, mood and personality disorders, substance use disorders, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). With a commitment to holistic care, Bayo approaches each client with a personalized and comprehensive perspective.
(708) 722-7611 View (708) 722-7611
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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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Janine Watters
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60462
Janine Watters is a compassionate Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) based in Illinois. With a clinical focus spanning a broad age range from 6 to 65+, Janine has a particular affinity for adolescents and young adults. She possesses a wealth of expertise in addressing various mental health concerns and is committed to delivering individualized care. In her practice, Janine prioritizes thorough and genuine listening to understand the unique needs of her clients.
Janine Watters is a compassionate Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) based in Illinois. With a clinical focus spanning a broad age range from 6 to 65+, Janine has a particular affinity for adolescents and young adults. She possesses a wealth of expertise in addressing various mental health concerns and is committed to delivering individualized care. In her practice, Janine prioritizes thorough and genuine listening to understand the unique needs of her clients.
(630) 361-0543 View (630) 361-0543
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Becoming Behavioral Health & Wellness PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60462
NOW accepting NEW Patients. Facing life’s challenges are difficult enough without struggling to find a provider that will take the time to listen & partner with you in your care. Well...search no more! Dana believes providing compassion & building a strong rapport are the foundations to creating a trusting partnership. She doesn't believe in "cookie cutter" approaches. Rather, Dana tailors each partners treatment plan according to their specific needs & stressors. She utilizes several different types of intervention including psychotherapy, psychotropic medication & naturopathy to help partners achieve an optimal quality of life.
NOW accepting NEW Patients. Facing life’s challenges are difficult enough without struggling to find a provider that will take the time to listen & partner with you in your care. Well...search no more! Dana believes providing compassion & building a strong rapport are the foundations to creating a trusting partnership. She doesn't believe in "cookie cutter" approaches. Rather, Dana tailors each partners treatment plan according to their specific needs & stressors. She utilizes several different types of intervention including psychotherapy, psychotropic medication & naturopathy to help partners achieve an optimal quality of life.
(708) 942-8393 View (708) 942-8393
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Mofoluwa Amiyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60467
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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Tasheia Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60462
Tasheia Williams is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. She earned her Master’s degree in Nursing at Walden University. Among the most common myths related to mental health is the idea that one is either mentally healthy or mentally ill. Regardless of one’s state of being, they exist on a continuum. As a provider, Tasheia provides the most recent evidence-based practice treatment to fully help each patient that is struggling with mental health.
Tasheia Williams is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. She earned her Master’s degree in Nursing at Walden University. Among the most common myths related to mental health is the idea that one is either mentally healthy or mentally ill. Regardless of one’s state of being, they exist on a continuum. As a provider, Tasheia provides the most recent evidence-based practice treatment to fully help each patient that is struggling with mental health.
(708) 734-6558 View (708) 734-6558
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Doug Nyenke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, MSN
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60462
I’m a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a robust foundation in nursing, spanning over sixteen years across critical care and telemetry care units. My specialization includes treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders, with a commitment to medication management and supportive therapy. I’m also an Army veteran with eleven-plus years of leadership experience. My combined nursing and military experiences have broadened my skill set, teaching me to be creative, personable, and hardworking. I greatly value a team-based approach to patient care.
I’m a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a robust foundation in nursing, spanning over sixteen years across critical care and telemetry care units. My specialization includes treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders, with a commitment to medication management and supportive therapy. I’m also an Army veteran with eleven-plus years of leadership experience. My combined nursing and military experiences have broadened my skill set, teaching me to be creative, personable, and hardworking. I greatly value a team-based approach to patient care.
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Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Orland Park, IL 60462  (Online Only)
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting a residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting a residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
(815) 743-3177 View (815) 743-3177
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Kellie Vaidya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orland Park, IL 60462
Currently accepting new clients both in person and virtually. Immediate openings available now! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I specialize in psychiatric assessments and medication management and utilize a personal and individual approach with all my clients. I treat adults ages 18-65 dealing with a broad range of conditions including: depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, and other mood disorders.
Currently accepting new clients both in person and virtually. Immediate openings available now! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I specialize in psychiatric assessments and medication management and utilize a personal and individual approach with all my clients. I treat adults ages 18-65 dealing with a broad range of conditions including: depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, and other mood disorders.
(708) 304-9042 View (708) 304-9042
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Linda Marie Banks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60467
Linda is a board-certified nurse practitioner in both psychiatry and family medicine. She completed her training at Samford University and has undergraduate degrees in both Psychology and Nursing. She is trained to work with all ages, including children. Linda uses her education and experience to provide trauma-informed, inclusive, personalized care for every patient. She uses a holistic and integrative approach to take the whole patient into consideration. Her training helps her to understand both physical and mental health, and how to address the mind-body connection in her care.
Linda is a board-certified nurse practitioner in both psychiatry and family medicine. She completed her training at Samford University and has undergraduate degrees in both Psychology and Nursing. She is trained to work with all ages, including children. Linda uses her education and experience to provide trauma-informed, inclusive, personalized care for every patient. She uses a holistic and integrative approach to take the whole patient into consideration. Her training helps her to understand both physical and mental health, and how to address the mind-body connection in her care.
(408) 478-4142 View (408) 478-4142
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SageMind Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60462
Dr. Othman Mohammad is a board-certified, Harvard-trained child, and adult psychiatrist. He has been practicing psychiatry for 10+ years. In addition to treating patients, he is also an assistant professor of psychiatry and is actively involved in teaching and supervising medical students, mental health workers, and residents. He has publicly spoken and presented regionally and nationally on various topics including bipolar disorder treatment, disaster trauma first aid, and refugee mental health. Dr. Mohammad is deeply committed to making psychiatric care accessible, down to earth, trauma informed, personalized and personable.
Dr. Othman Mohammad is a board-certified, Harvard-trained child, and adult psychiatrist. He has been practicing psychiatry for 10+ years. In addition to treating patients, he is also an assistant professor of psychiatry and is actively involved in teaching and supervising medical students, mental health workers, and residents. He has publicly spoken and presented regionally and nationally on various topics including bipolar disorder treatment, disaster trauma first aid, and refugee mental health. Dr. Mohammad is deeply committed to making psychiatric care accessible, down to earth, trauma informed, personalized and personable.
(331) 704-1035 View (331) 704-1035

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Number of Psychiatrists in Orland Park, IL

30+

Average cost per session

$275

Psychiatrists in Orland Park, IL who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
91% Anxiety
78% ADHD
78% Medication Management
75% Bipolar Disorder
66% Trauma and PTSD
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% BlueCross and BlueShield
85% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
81% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Orland Park, IL see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Orland 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.