Psychiatrists in Plainfield, IL

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Connie Shyu
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
Shyu treats patients between the ages of 18 and 99 years old Connie Shyu is a board certified Physician Assistant who treats a wide range of psychiatric conditions with special interest in anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, and women's issues like post partum/perimenopausal mood and anxiety conditions. Connie earned a B.S. from University of Illinois and an MA in Medical Sciences from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL. She practiced in a variety of medical specialties including pulmonary and sleep medicine, pain management, and inpatient and outpatient psychiatry.
Shyu treats patients between the ages of 18 and 99 years old Connie Shyu is a board certified Physician Assistant who treats a wide range of psychiatric conditions with special interest in anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, and women's issues like post partum/perimenopausal mood and anxiety conditions. Connie earned a B.S. from University of Illinois and an MA in Medical Sciences from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL. She practiced in a variety of medical specialties including pulmonary and sleep medicine, pain management, and inpatient and outpatient psychiatry.
(815) 862-8969 View (815) 862-8969
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Derik Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plainfield, IL 60585  (Online Only)
I'm a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners passionate about helping people find their best selves. I understand that everyone's journey is unique, and I'm here to listen, support, and collaborate with you as you navigate yours.
I'm a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners passionate about helping people find their best selves. I understand that everyone's journey is unique, and I'm here to listen, support, and collaborate with you as you navigate yours.
(815) 420-4027 x101 View (815) 420-4027 x101
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Joyce Almacen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
Joyce Almacen is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. She has a double major in Psychology and Nursing (B.S. in Psychology and B.S. in Nursing) from Clarke University and an MSN - PMHNP from University of St. Francis. Joyce has a unique set of psychiatric work experiences coming from a background of being a psychiatric nurse for many years and now as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. Joyce has dealt with various types of mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, PTSD, substance abuse/addiction, and many more.
Joyce Almacen is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. She has a double major in Psychology and Nursing (B.S. in Psychology and B.S. in Nursing) from Clarke University and an MSN - PMHNP from University of St. Francis. Joyce has a unique set of psychiatric work experiences coming from a background of being a psychiatric nurse for many years and now as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. Joyce has dealt with various types of mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, PTSD, substance abuse/addiction, and many more.
(815) 336-4594 View (815) 336-4594
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Amanda Twait
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
Amanda Twait is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2009. She has a BSN from St. Joseph College of Nursing and an MSN from Rush University. Amanda recognizes that each person has a strong desire and need to be seen and heard. She makes a point of actively listening with compassion and respect. Amanda prefers to work as a team with individuals who are seeking assistance with their well-being. She views obtaining help and support for mental health issues as one of the bravest actions a person can take.
Amanda Twait is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2009. She has a BSN from St. Joseph College of Nursing and an MSN from Rush University. Amanda recognizes that each person has a strong desire and need to be seen and heard. She makes a point of actively listening with compassion and respect. Amanda prefers to work as a team with individuals who are seeking assistance with their well-being. She views obtaining help and support for mental health issues as one of the bravest actions a person can take.
(815) 885-5358 View (815) 885-5358
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Plainfield/Oswego Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
My name is Melissa Tatum, APRN-PMHNP and in my fifteen plus years as a mental health advocate and champion I have dedicated my career to delivering compassionate, culturally competent care and support to the men, women and children I serve.
My name is Melissa Tatum, APRN-PMHNP and in my fifteen plus years as a mental health advocate and champion I have dedicated my career to delivering compassionate, culturally competent care and support to the men, women and children I serve.
(815) 934-3086 View (815) 934-3086
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Erin Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
Erin Williams, PMHNP Erin Williams is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. She has Master's degrees in Health Education and Nursing. She has double-board certification in Family Practice and Psychiatry. As a professional psychiatric nurse practitioner, Erin's approach to helping patients is rooted in comprehensive and compassionate care. She begins by establishing a nurturing environment that fosters trust and comfort, encouraging open dialogue. Through thorough interviews and active listening, Erin gathers extensive information about the patient's history, symptoms, and aspirations.
Erin Williams, PMHNP Erin Williams is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. She has Master's degrees in Health Education and Nursing. She has double-board certification in Family Practice and Psychiatry. As a professional psychiatric nurse practitioner, Erin's approach to helping patients is rooted in comprehensive and compassionate care. She begins by establishing a nurturing environment that fosters trust and comfort, encouraging open dialogue. Through thorough interviews and active listening, Erin gathers extensive information about the patient's history, symptoms, and aspirations.
(815) 393-2833 View (815) 393-2833
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Katrina Ferracane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate from University of Illinois at Chicago. I have over 12 years working as a psychiatric registered nurse, and also have served as a combat medic in the U.S. Army. I treat people 7 years old to adulthood, and have experience with anxiety and mood disorders, psychosis, ADHD, and other disorders.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate from University of Illinois at Chicago. I have over 12 years working as a psychiatric registered nurse, and also have served as a combat medic in the U.S. Army. I treat people 7 years old to adulthood, and have experience with anxiety and mood disorders, psychosis, ADHD, and other disorders.
(815) 609-1544 View (815) 609-1544
Derick Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
The goal is to assist all clients to reach the optimal self while creating improved mental health and resilience.
The goal is to assist all clients to reach the optimal self while creating improved mental health and resilience.
(331) 258-8648 View (331) 258-8648
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Senami E-Lukula
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Plainfield, IL 60585
Senami, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, brings over a decade of invaluable experience in healthcare to her practice. With a profound understanding of the human mind and a heartfelt dedication to helping others, she offers compassionate psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Specializing in Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar and various mental health conditions, Senami is committed to guiding individuals towards wellness. Her approach encompasses evidence-based, holistic healthcare, integrating both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Recognizing the complexities of life's challenges,
Senami, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, brings over a decade of invaluable experience in healthcare to her practice. With a profound understanding of the human mind and a heartfelt dedication to helping others, she offers compassionate psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Specializing in Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar and various mental health conditions, Senami is committed to guiding individuals towards wellness. Her approach encompasses evidence-based, holistic healthcare, integrating both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Recognizing the complexities of life's challenges,
(708) 765-6432 View (708) 765-6432
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Rhonda L Sykes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, LCPC
Verified Verified
Plainfield, IL 60586
When you are dealing with anxiety and stress in life, I understand that it can seem overwhelming, and you can feel really alone, not sure where to turn. It is important at these times to find the right kind of knowledgeable support and to feel comfortable with the clinician with whom you work. I would like to help you in the process of bringing understanding and solutions to the problems you are facing and to improve the quality of your daily life. I have 35 years of experience providing therapy services to individuals (children, adolescents and adults). I use an individualized approach and build on client strengths to heal.
When you are dealing with anxiety and stress in life, I understand that it can seem overwhelming, and you can feel really alone, not sure where to turn. It is important at these times to find the right kind of knowledgeable support and to feel comfortable with the clinician with whom you work. I would like to help you in the process of bringing understanding and solutions to the problems you are facing and to improve the quality of your daily life. I have 35 years of experience providing therapy services to individuals (children, adolescents and adults). I use an individualized approach and build on client strengths to heal.
(815) 661-2614 View (815) 661-2614
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Cosme O Lozano
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plainfield, IL 60585
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.
(815) 923-0429 View (815) 923-0429
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Plainfield, IL 60544  (Online Only)
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting 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 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.
(331) 259-8087 View (331) 259-8087
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Dr. Pamela Solowski (Addiction Treatment)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plainfield, IL 60586
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).
(815) 396-6406 View (815) 396-6406
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plainfield, IL 60544
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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Diana Wells
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plainfield, IL 60544
Diana Wells is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She started her medical journal from the University of St. Francis, Joliet IL, where she obtained a bachelorette of science in Nursing. She practiced as a Registered Nurse for three years focusing on behavioral/mental health. She gained a vast knowledge in mental health disorders and Emergency medicine before advancing her career as an Advanced Practice Nurse with a specialty in psychiatric. Her practicum/residency experiences were in an inpatient/outpatient setting, and Telehealth.
Diana Wells is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She started her medical journal from the University of St. Francis, Joliet IL, where she obtained a bachelorette of science in Nursing. She practiced as a Registered Nurse for three years focusing on behavioral/mental health. She gained a vast knowledge in mental health disorders and Emergency medicine before advancing her career as an Advanced Practice Nurse with a specialty in psychiatric. Her practicum/residency experiences were in an inpatient/outpatient setting, and Telehealth.
(855) 641-1658 View (855) 641-1658
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Cherie Borkorm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-c, PMHNP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Plainfield, IL 60586  (Online Only)
As a mental healthcare provider, I specialize in delivering comprehensive care that merges medical expertise with evidence-based treatments through a dynamic tele-health platform. With a steadfast commitment to Integrative Health approaches, I strive to uncover the root causes of mental health disorders, crafting tailored treatment plans to suit the unique needs of each individual. With over two decades of experience in healthcare, I am dedicated to offering genuine, compassionate care to my patients and clients. Serving as a guide through life's challenges, I provide a supportive presence aimed at nurturing a positive balance.
As a mental healthcare provider, I specialize in delivering comprehensive care that merges medical expertise with evidence-based treatments through a dynamic tele-health platform. With a steadfast commitment to Integrative Health approaches, I strive to uncover the root causes of mental health disorders, crafting tailored treatment plans to suit the unique needs of each individual. With over two decades of experience in healthcare, I am dedicated to offering genuine, compassionate care to my patients and clients. Serving as a guide through life's challenges, I provide a supportive presence aimed at nurturing a positive balance.
(815) 569-0267 View (815) 569-0267
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Craig Kestenberg
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Plainfield, IL 60585
Dr. Craig Kestenberg is a Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 2001. He has a D.O. degree with Residency Training in Psychiatry as well as Fellowship Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Child And Adolescent Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Kestenberg enjoys providing patients and their family members with the most appropriate patient-centered treatment options, which is based on his great medical knowledge from past training, continuing education, and a variety of clinical experiences.
Dr. Craig Kestenberg is a Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 2001. He has a D.O. degree with Residency Training in Psychiatry as well as Fellowship Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Child And Adolescent Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Kestenberg enjoys providing patients and their family members with the most appropriate patient-centered treatment options, which is based on his great medical knowledge from past training, continuing education, and a variety of clinical experiences.
(630) 349-7803 View (630) 349-7803
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Medinat Balogun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plainfield, IL 60586  (Online Only)
Dr. Medina Balogun is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) whose graduate education allows her to prescribe medication with integrated therapy in collaboration with a psychiatrist. She manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, sleep/insomnia, and trauma. Medina is passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health to adults and geriatric patients. As a DNP, Medina's role is multifaceted as she practices with evidence-based practice, as an educator, mental health advocate, therapist and medication manager.
Dr. Medina Balogun is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) whose graduate education allows her to prescribe medication with integrated therapy in collaboration with a psychiatrist. She manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, sleep/insomnia, and trauma. Medina is passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health to adults and geriatric patients. As a DNP, Medina's role is multifaceted as she practices with evidence-based practice, as an educator, mental health advocate, therapist and medication manager.
(815) 597-2144 View (815) 597-2144
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TABS Behavioral Health, INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plainfield, IL 60585
(779) 208-4162 View (779) 208-4162

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Plainfield, IL

20+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Plainfield, IL who prioritize treating:

90% Depression
90% Anxiety
90% Bipolar Disorder
70% ADHD
70% Trauma and PTSD
65% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% Medication Management

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
94% Cigna and Evernorth
94% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Plainfield, IL see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Plainfield?

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.