Psychiatrists in Rolling Meadows, IL

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I Care 4 Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, AGNP-C, FPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
I am a duly certified PMHNP and AGNP with up to 6 yrs of experience. At Embrace Integral Care, I am here to meet your mental and health needs with a holistic approach. Best outcome in mental and general health result from your compliance and collaboration with care. Evidence shows that you can be the best you want to be when you choose to take control over your life therapeutically and pharmacologically. I am here to help and guide achieve your mental and health goals. Visit our website at www.embraceintegralcare.com
I am a duly certified PMHNP and AGNP with up to 6 yrs of experience. At Embrace Integral Care, I am here to meet your mental and health needs with a holistic approach. Best outcome in mental and general health result from your compliance and collaboration with care. Evidence shows that you can be the best you want to be when you choose to take control over your life therapeutically and pharmacologically. I am here to help and guide achieve your mental and health goals. Visit our website at www.embraceintegralcare.com
(630) 349-6748 View (630) 349-6748
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Carmela Sanchez, PA-C MMS
Psychiatrist, PA-C , MMS
Not Verified Not Verified
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Hello my name is Carmela Sanchez. I am Psychiatric Physician Assistant. Im a prescriber for psychiatric medication management and addiction/substance abuse . Im also in collaboration with Dr Vikramjit Gill, and Assisted Living Facilities to treat residents in their psychiatric needs. Bilingual (Spanish-English)
Hello my name is Carmela Sanchez. I am Psychiatric Physician Assistant. Im a prescriber for psychiatric medication management and addiction/substance abuse . Im also in collaboration with Dr Vikramjit Gill, and Assisted Living Facilities to treat residents in their psychiatric needs. Bilingual (Spanish-English)
(847) 429-3709 View (847) 429-3709
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Tahseen Mohammed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Dr. Tahseen Mohammed is a General and Child & Adolescent psychiatrist with over eighteen years of experience, and a diplomate in both disciplines through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Dr. Mohammed completed a residency in General Psychiatry at University of Chicago and a fellowship in Child & Adolescent psychiatry at University of Illinois at Chicago. His experiences include serving as Medical Director of the Pediatric Bipolar disorder program at UIC, Medical Director of inpatient and outpatient services at Northwest Community hospital .
Dr. Tahseen Mohammed is a General and Child & Adolescent psychiatrist with over eighteen years of experience, and a diplomate in both disciplines through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Dr. Mohammed completed a residency in General Psychiatry at University of Chicago and a fellowship in Child & Adolescent psychiatry at University of Illinois at Chicago. His experiences include serving as Medical Director of the Pediatric Bipolar disorder program at UIC, Medical Director of inpatient and outpatient services at Northwest Community hospital .
(224) 232-5101 View (224) 232-5101

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Photo of Devika Patel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rolling Meadows, IL
Devika Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Schaumburg, IL 60173
I am currently accepting new patients**** I have been providing excellent care for over 5 years with great compassion.  I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients 7 years and older with Anxiety Disorders, Depression, ADHD, Mood disorder, PTSD, Opioid Use Disorder, and other mental health problems.  I treat each patient as an individual and work together in developing treatment plans. I spend the time needed with each patient to get to know them and understand the source of their struggles.
I am currently accepting new patients**** I have been providing excellent care for over 5 years with great compassion.  I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients 7 years and older with Anxiety Disorders, Depression, ADHD, Mood disorder, PTSD, Opioid Use Disorder, and other mental health problems.  I treat each patient as an individual and work together in developing treatment plans. I spend the time needed with each patient to get to know them and understand the source of their struggles.
(224) 386-3252 View (224) 386-3252
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Heta Shah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Heta Shah is accepting new patients. Heta is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of mental health conditions. She is known for her compassionate and patient-centered approach, taking the time to listen to her patients’ concerns and develop individualized treatment plans that meet their unique needs. Her comprehensive assessments, evidence-based treatment plans, and ongoing support aim to promote mental wellness and improve the overall quality of life for her patients.
Heta Shah is accepting new patients. Heta is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of mental health conditions. She is known for her compassionate and patient-centered approach, taking the time to listen to her patients’ concerns and develop individualized treatment plans that meet their unique needs. Her comprehensive assessments, evidence-based treatment plans, and ongoing support aim to promote mental wellness and improve the overall quality of life for her patients.
(224) 344-2113 View (224) 344-2113
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BZA Behavioral Health - Arlington Heights office
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MEd, LCSW
Verified Verified
Schaumburg, IL 60173
BZA Behavioral Health is an inclusive, highly specialized group of clinicians dedicated to the emotional and behavioral wellness of the individuals and families we treat. We value the diversity & unique experiences of each person & it is our mission to have comprehensive & individualized types of treatment options to best match those personal needs. Services we offer include (but are not limited to) neuropsychological/psychological assessment, psychiatry, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, & art therapy. We work with clients of all ages to utilizing strength to cope with life's challenges.
BZA Behavioral Health is an inclusive, highly specialized group of clinicians dedicated to the emotional and behavioral wellness of the individuals and families we treat. We value the diversity & unique experiences of each person & it is our mission to have comprehensive & individualized types of treatment options to best match those personal needs. Services we offer include (but are not limited to) neuropsychological/psychological assessment, psychiatry, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, & art therapy. We work with clients of all ages to utilizing strength to cope with life's challenges.
(847) 892-1654 View (847) 892-1654
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Sarah Amo-Mensah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hoffman Estates, IL 60067
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have 7 years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field ranging from child, adolescent, and adult inpatient care as well as mental health crisis stabilization.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have 7 years of nursing experience in the psychiatric field ranging from child, adolescent, and adult inpatient care as well as mental health crisis stabilization.
(331) 260-9737 View (331) 260-9737
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Kumail Hussain
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Arlington Heights, IL 60005  (Online Only)
I am a Rush trained, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who provides psychotherapy and medication management. I am passionate about helping patients and their families overcome the stigma surrounding mental health treatment for children. There is an unfortunate shortage of psychiatrists that specialize in treating children, which I recognized early in my training. This area of psychiatry is uniquely challenging due to its diversity, but I have worked with patients from a wide range of socio-economic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, and even patients as young as three years old.
I am a Rush trained, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who provides psychotherapy and medication management. I am passionate about helping patients and their families overcome the stigma surrounding mental health treatment for children. There is an unfortunate shortage of psychiatrists that specialize in treating children, which I recognized early in my training. This area of psychiatry is uniquely challenging due to its diversity, but I have worked with patients from a wide range of socio-economic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, and even patients as young as three years old.
(847) 666-5339 View (847) 666-5339
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Haneen Al-Sheikh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Schaumburg, IL 60173
I am a board-certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatric. I have a true passion for mental health and helping others. I believe my patients deserve quality compassionate care. I have experience in different areas of medicine such as emergency medicine, urgent care, and family medicine
I am a board-certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatric. I have a true passion for mental health and helping others. I believe my patients deserve quality compassionate care. I have experience in different areas of medicine such as emergency medicine, urgent care, and family medicine
(847) 416-8601 View (847) 416-8601
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Zoelife psychiatric services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
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.
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.
(319) 214-7918 x60423 View (319) 214-7918 x60423
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Pooja J Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Schaumburg, IL 60173
I have been working in a psychiatric setting for a few years now. I have experienced in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I am skilled in providing individual and comprehensive care including prescribing medications and therapeutic approaches. I believe, mental health is just as important as any other medical issue. It plays an important role in the way we deal with daily life stress, how we relate to others, and the decisions we make. I believe in giving the best quality of care that my patient desires. I am friendly and approachable, with my warm nature I am easily get connected with children and adults.
I have been working in a psychiatric setting for a few years now. I have experienced in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I am skilled in providing individual and comprehensive care including prescribing medications and therapeutic approaches. I believe, mental health is just as important as any other medical issue. It plays an important role in the way we deal with daily life stress, how we relate to others, and the decisions we make. I believe in giving the best quality of care that my patient desires. I am friendly and approachable, with my warm nature I am easily get connected with children and adults.
(630) 354-0752 View (630) 354-0752
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Mandy Lusung
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Schaumburg, IL 60173
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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Robert Lloyd
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
My expertise is in treating mood, trauma, anxiety, and attention-related disorders. I take an integrative approach in considering the brain-body connection to treat mental illness, while identifying physical, emotional, and cognitive factors that impact treatment. My background is at the interface of medicine and psychiatry and I support a collaborative, multi-modal approach to helping patients achieve functional improvement and recovery. I am currently accepting new patients and see all patients in person for the initial consultation.
My expertise is in treating mood, trauma, anxiety, and attention-related disorders. I take an integrative approach in considering the brain-body connection to treat mental illness, while identifying physical, emotional, and cognitive factors that impact treatment. My background is at the interface of medicine and psychiatry and I support a collaborative, multi-modal approach to helping patients achieve functional improvement and recovery. I am currently accepting new patients and see all patients in person for the initial consultation.
(312) 820-9475 View (312) 820-9475
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Sankrant Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Not accepting new clients
I am a Vanderbilt trained, board-certified Psychiatrist who provides adults psychotherapy and medication management. I integrate psychotherapy into treatment as it is often at times more helpful to reconsider your outlook, improve your coping strategies and alter your behaviors. After residency training, I have had the pleasure of obtaining experience in inpatient hospitals, partial hospitalization programs, substance abuse facilities, nursing homes, and working with organizations serving intellectual and developmental disabled individuals. I utilize psychotherapy into my practice which can lead to even deeper growth and self discovery.
I am a Vanderbilt trained, board-certified Psychiatrist who provides adults psychotherapy and medication management. I integrate psychotherapy into treatment as it is often at times more helpful to reconsider your outlook, improve your coping strategies and alter your behaviors. After residency training, I have had the pleasure of obtaining experience in inpatient hospitals, partial hospitalization programs, substance abuse facilities, nursing homes, and working with organizations serving intellectual and developmental disabled individuals. I utilize psychotherapy into my practice which can lead to even deeper growth and self discovery.
(847) 380-8386 View (847) 380-8386
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Sharyl Balkin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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
Photo of Dr. Chenhang Zou, Psychiatrist in Rolling Meadows, IL
Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
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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Jovel Broqueza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, FPA
Verified Verified
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Dr. Jovel Broqueza is a board-certified psychiatric and family practitioner with extensive experience working with a diverse population in healthcare settings. She is proficient in treating ADHD, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depression, and impulsive disorders in children, adults, and older adults. She optimizes patient care using evidence-based treatments through medication management and counseling in assisting patients to achieve balance leading to a path of healing. Visit us at Balancewellbeingllc.com for more details.
Dr. Jovel Broqueza is a board-certified psychiatric and family practitioner with extensive experience working with a diverse population in healthcare settings. She is proficient in treating ADHD, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depression, and impulsive disorders in children, adults, and older adults. She optimizes patient care using evidence-based treatments through medication management and counseling in assisting patients to achieve balance leading to a path of healing. Visit us at Balancewellbeingllc.com for more details.
(630) 344-9617 View (630) 344-9617
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Greater Heights P Medical services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, APRN-FP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Shalom is a board-certified advanced practitioner with Full Practice Authority (FPA). He has worked in various behavioral health Hospitals since past 15 years in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient, managing care from adolescents with autism to older adults with dementia. His expertise lies in listening to patients and astute ability to develop a care plan/medication management cultured to each patient needs. Everyone is different and should be treated as such. Shalom brings humor to set people at ease while building healthy therapeutic relationships with individuals.
Shalom is a board-certified advanced practitioner with Full Practice Authority (FPA). He has worked in various behavioral health Hospitals since past 15 years in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient, managing care from adolescents with autism to older adults with dementia. His expertise lies in listening to patients and astute ability to develop a care plan/medication management cultured to each patient needs. Everyone is different and should be treated as such. Shalom brings humor to set people at ease while building healthy therapeutic relationships with individuals.
(224) 232-5761 View (224) 232-5761
Photo of Joanna Missygar (Addiction Speciality), Physician Assistant in Rolling Meadows, IL
Joanna Missygar (Addiction Speciality)
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
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
Photo of Dr. Amber Bard, Psychiatrist in Rolling Meadows, IL
Dr. Amber Bard
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Schaumburg, IL 60173
I am a psychiatrist who is interested in you as a person and how we can work together to help you feel better. I am careful and intentional with medications. I strive to make sure you understand potential common side effects as well as potential benefits. In some cases, it's possible no medication is needed at all. I also have additional training in evidenced-based nutraceuticals and non-prescription medications. I take into account any genetic predispositions, family history, upbringing, and life experiences before offering a diagnosis. Our relationship is very important to me; I consider myself a warm and responsive physician.
I am a psychiatrist who is interested in you as a person and how we can work together to help you feel better. I am careful and intentional with medications. I strive to make sure you understand potential common side effects as well as potential benefits. In some cases, it's possible no medication is needed at all. I also have additional training in evidenced-based nutraceuticals and non-prescription medications. I take into account any genetic predispositions, family history, upbringing, and life experiences before offering a diagnosis. Our relationship is very important to me; I consider myself a warm and responsive physician.
(847) 469-1613 View (847) 469-1613

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Number of Psychiatrists in Rolling Meadows, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Rolling Meadows, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
67% Depression
67% Addiction
67% Child
67% ADHD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
67% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Rolling Meadows, IL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rolling Meadows?

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.