Psychiatrists in Palatine, IL

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llinois Telepsychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Palatine, IL 60067  (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.
(224) 487-7996 View (224) 487-7996
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Joanna Missygar (Addiction Speciality)
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Palatine, IL 60074
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist for drug or alcohol issues. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist for drug or alcohol issues. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
(773) 570-2911 View (773) 570-2911
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Sharyl Balkin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Palatine, IL 60067
I attended the University of Florida for my undergraduate degree and went on to complete a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Florida State. I earned Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry in 2022. Every visit, I aim to supply an inclusive, transparent, and team-based environment. I am a LGBTIQA+ ally.
I attended the University of Florida for my undergraduate degree and went on to complete a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Florida State. I earned Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry in 2022. Every visit, I aim to supply an inclusive, transparent, and team-based environment. I am a LGBTIQA+ ally.
(847) 851-3249 View (847) 851-3249
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Palatine, IL 60067
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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Holistic Mental Health Wellness Inc.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, A, P, N
Verified
Palatine, IL 60067
Ready to delve deep into the root of your struggles? I believe in body, mind, spirit connection & in one's ability to heal. I appreciate the opportunity to be able to have a positive impact in the lives of each person that comes into my life. My goal is to help guide you to understand the problem & not just symptom management, in this way minimizing the amounts of medications, if any, in time. Medications can be part of the puzzle yet not the whole answer. If you are ready to delve into the deepest parts of your being, I can guide you on your life journey with the aim to help you reach your healthiest and highest potential!
Ready to delve deep into the root of your struggles? I believe in body, mind, spirit connection & in one's ability to heal. I appreciate the opportunity to be able to have a positive impact in the lives of each person that comes into my life. My goal is to help guide you to understand the problem & not just symptom management, in this way minimizing the amounts of medications, if any, in time. Medications can be part of the puzzle yet not the whole answer. If you are ready to delve into the deepest parts of your being, I can guide you on your life journey with the aim to help you reach your healthiest and highest potential!
(847) 380-8777 View (847) 380-8777

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Noel Tapia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Noel Tapia, PMHNP, is a compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois, specializing in the treatment of individuals aged 11 and above, with a particular focus on adolescents and teens (15+) and advanced aged adults. In his professional practice, Noel is unwaveringly dedicated to enhancing the mental well-being of his clients through personalized and empathetic care. While he is a generalist with a broad skill set, his distinctive emphasis on geriatrics equips him with a deep understanding of the nuanced needs of individuals in this specific demographic.
Noel Tapia, PMHNP, is a compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois, specializing in the treatment of individuals aged 11 and above, with a particular focus on adolescents and teens (15+) and advanced aged adults. In his professional practice, Noel is unwaveringly dedicated to enhancing the mental well-being of his clients through personalized and empathetic care. While he is a generalist with a broad skill set, his distinctive emphasis on geriatrics equips him with a deep understanding of the nuanced needs of individuals in this specific demographic.
(847) 851-4805 View (847) 851-4805
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Tana Lombardo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , FNP-BC
Verified
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Hi there, my name is Tana and I am a Rush trained, certified nurse practitioner. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, I worked bedside in the hospital as a nurse for 15 years. This is where I developed a deep passion for helping others heal. My belief in one’s ability to heal their mind, body, and spirit led me to where I currently practice at Holistic Mental Health Wellness, Inc.
Hi there, my name is Tana and I am a Rush trained, certified nurse practitioner. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, I worked bedside in the hospital as a nurse for 15 years. This is where I developed a deep passion for helping others heal. My belief in one’s ability to heal their mind, body, and spirit led me to where I currently practice at Holistic Mental Health Wellness, Inc.
(708) 729-5598 View (708) 729-5598
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Stephen Byrd
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Dr. Stephen Byrd is a clinical psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board-certified in both psychiatry and addiction medicine. He has been practicing for over 31 years in a wide variety of settings including work with inpatients and outpatients in private practice, community mental health, geriatric, VA, and community hospital/medical center settings. Dr. Byrd's practice focuses on evidence-based medication management usually provided in conjunction with 30- minute supportive psychotherapy informed by cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and motivational enhancement.
Dr. Stephen Byrd is a clinical psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board-certified in both psychiatry and addiction medicine. He has been practicing for over 31 years in a wide variety of settings including work with inpatients and outpatients in private practice, community mental health, geriatric, VA, and community hospital/medical center settings. Dr. Byrd's practice focuses on evidence-based medication management usually provided in conjunction with 30- minute supportive psychotherapy informed by cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and motivational enhancement.
(708) 726-4320 View (708) 726-4320
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Kalindi Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience of psychiatry across the lifespan. I value the importance of individualizing each patients’ care based on assessment data. I will then provide therapeutic interventions as necessary specific to that patient.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience of psychiatry across the lifespan. I value the importance of individualizing each patients’ care based on assessment data. I will then provide therapeutic interventions as necessary specific to that patient.
(630) 793-0286 View (630) 793-0286
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Ivy Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
As a nurse practitioner, Ivy provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management with a focus on the individual’s needs. She provides patient-centered adult comprehensive care, empowering clients to recognize and develop their strengths. She is dedicated and employs evidence-based practices, listens to the individual, and collaborates with them to find solutions that meet their needs and goals. She is deeply committed to assisting others in improving the quality of their lives.
As a nurse practitioner, Ivy provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management with a focus on the individual’s needs. She provides patient-centered adult comprehensive care, empowering clients to recognize and develop their strengths. She is dedicated and employs evidence-based practices, listens to the individual, and collaborates with them to find solutions that meet their needs and goals. She is deeply committed to assisting others in improving the quality of their lives.
(708) 726-5753 View (708) 726-5753
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Michael R. Binder M.D. Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
30 years of experience with adults and adolescents; wholistic approach; average time to improvement - 7 days; easy to reach with direct access to pager. Dr. Michael Binder is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and former Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He is an innovative neuropsychiatrist who published the first comprehensive psychophysiological hypothesis of psychiatric disorders, an advance that catapulted his success rate to nearly 100%. Dr. Binder offers both psychotherapy and medication management with attention to mind, body, and spirit.
30 years of experience with adults and adolescents; wholistic approach; average time to improvement - 7 days; easy to reach with direct access to pager. Dr. Michael Binder is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and former Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He is an innovative neuropsychiatrist who published the first comprehensive psychophysiological hypothesis of psychiatric disorders, an advance that catapulted his success rate to nearly 100%. Dr. Binder offers both psychotherapy and medication management with attention to mind, body, and spirit.
(847) 929-4808 View (847) 929-4808
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Robert Bloom
Psychiatrist
Verified
Glenview, IL 60026
Dr. Bloom graduated from Rush Medical College in 1983, where he went on to do his residency in psychiatry, and he spent his next four years there as Director of Medical Student Education. Dr. Bloom went on to serve in a variety of clinical and academic positions associated with the practice of both psychiatry and sleep medicine. Dr. Bloom is Board Certified in Psychiatry, is a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Bloom graduated from Rush Medical College in 1983, where he went on to do his residency in psychiatry, and he spent his next four years there as Director of Medical Student Education. Dr. Bloom went on to serve in a variety of clinical and academic positions associated with the practice of both psychiatry and sleep medicine. Dr. Bloom is Board Certified in Psychiatry, is a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
(847) 565-2986 x111 View (847) 565-2986 x111
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Sarah Mennella
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069  (Online Only)
Dr. Mennella is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. Dr. Mennella's practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. Treatment emphasizes patient education and autonomy. Dr. Mennella is a proponent of shared decision-making and believes this facilitates a strong therapeutic relationship, greater satisfaction with care, and improved clinical outcomes.
Dr. Mennella is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. Dr. Mennella's practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. Treatment emphasizes patient education and autonomy. Dr. Mennella is a proponent of shared decision-making and believes this facilitates a strong therapeutic relationship, greater satisfaction with care, and improved clinical outcomes.
(708) 616-1626 View (708) 616-1626
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Mandy Lusung
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Mandy is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience and knowledge. With a deep passion for improving the lives of her patients, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice. Mandy prioritizes the individuality of her patients when creating treatment plans and will work with you to achieve mental health stability to reach your optimal state of wellness and live your best life.
Mandy is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience and knowledge. With a deep passion for improving the lives of her patients, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice. Mandy prioritizes the individuality of her patients when creating treatment plans and will work with you to achieve mental health stability to reach your optimal state of wellness and live your best life.
(847) 916-0533 View (847) 916-0533
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Pamela Shay
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Dr. Shay is a board-certified psychiatrist practicing adult general psychiatry since 2014, most recently in the outpatient clinic at VA St. Louis Healthcare System. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Iowa and worked for years in the insurance industry managing medicolegal issues before deciding to pursue medicine as a second career. Embracing principles of holistic medicine, Dr. Shay completed her medical degree at Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and her residency in general psychiatry at Loyola University Medical Center in the bio-psycho-social model of care.
Dr. Shay is a board-certified psychiatrist practicing adult general psychiatry since 2014, most recently in the outpatient clinic at VA St. Louis Healthcare System. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Iowa and worked for years in the insurance industry managing medicolegal issues before deciding to pursue medicine as a second career. Embracing principles of holistic medicine, Dr. Shay completed her medical degree at Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and her residency in general psychiatry at Loyola University Medical Center in the bio-psycho-social model of care.
(708) 564-4185 View (708) 564-4185
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Samantha Lynch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
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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Velocity Health PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Northbrook, IL 60062
I accept new clients for virtual and in-person visits. I am looking to break the stigma surrounding mental health and provide clients with a combination of Western Medicine treatment options, as well as evidence-based holistic approaches in order to develop an individualized treatment plan for each client and help them reach their optimal health. Through my billing partner Headway clients can see exactly what their copay is and progress on their deductible so they always have price transparency. ADHD assessments require an in person appointment.
I accept new clients for virtual and in-person visits. I am looking to break the stigma surrounding mental health and provide clients with a combination of Western Medicine treatment options, as well as evidence-based holistic approaches in order to develop an individualized treatment plan for each client and help them reach their optimal health. Through my billing partner Headway clients can see exactly what their copay is and progress on their deductible so they always have price transparency. ADHD assessments require an in person appointment.
(224) 412-4427 View (224) 412-4427
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Schaumburg, IL 60193  (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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Quinette Iheanyichukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APN
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! Quinette is a board–certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with vast knowledge of treating patients 12 years and above with different mental/behavioral illnesses. Quinette is compassionate and provides Quality patient-centered care, shared decision-making, and a unique personalized treatment plan. I tailor my therapeutic, evidenced-based approach to meet patient needs and provide the highest level of care. As a provider, I believe in a holistic approach to mental health/wellness and focus on treating the whole person while supporting clients in achieving optimal mental health and well-being.
Accepting New Patients! Quinette is a board–certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with vast knowledge of treating patients 12 years and above with different mental/behavioral illnesses. Quinette is compassionate and provides Quality patient-centered care, shared decision-making, and a unique personalized treatment plan. I tailor my therapeutic, evidenced-based approach to meet patient needs and provide the highest level of care. As a provider, I believe in a holistic approach to mental health/wellness and focus on treating the whole person while supporting clients in achieving optimal mental health and well-being.
(224) 477-2522 View (224) 477-2522
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Joanna Cunningham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP-B
Verified
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
*I strive to provide compassionate, understanding and patient driven care, with each patient I see. Our goals are to help them reach their optimum mental health. We use the latest, most effective assessment and clinical tools to provide excellent, sound judgement in treatment protocols. I go to great lengths to listen and learn how to help each, specific patient along their journey. No one will be treated like a number.
*I strive to provide compassionate, understanding and patient driven care, with each patient I see. Our goals are to help them reach their optimum mental health. We use the latest, most effective assessment and clinical tools to provide excellent, sound judgement in treatment protocols. I go to great lengths to listen and learn how to help each, specific patient along their journey. No one will be treated like a number.
(847) 545-0862 View (847) 545-0862

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Number of Psychiatrists in Palatine, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Palatine, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Medication Management
80% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% ComPsych

How Psychiatrists in Palatine, IL see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Palatine?

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.