Psychiatrists in Westchester, IL

Photo of Cynthia Jo Neal, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Westchester, IL
Cynthia Jo Neal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westchester, IL 60154
Many of my clients complain of feeling stuck in their present thought processes. They face internal conflicts both big and small. They are aware of the way they want to react to situations and approach life, but often they feel sabotaged by destructive ways of thinking. Often these patterns have developed because of traumatic experiences that have occurred over time. Because of these thought processes, individuals can feel symptoms of anxiety and depression. People usually suffer in silence for years without anyone around them having any indication of their internal battle. This can lead to a strong sense of isolation.
Many of my clients complain of feeling stuck in their present thought processes. They face internal conflicts both big and small. They are aware of the way they want to react to situations and approach life, but often they feel sabotaged by destructive ways of thinking. Often these patterns have developed because of traumatic experiences that have occurred over time. Because of these thought processes, individuals can feel symptoms of anxiety and depression. People usually suffer in silence for years without anyone around them having any indication of their internal battle. This can lead to a strong sense of isolation.
(708) 316-9369 View (708) 316-9369
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Synergy Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Westchester, IL 60154  (Online Only)
Hello! I am Doris, a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am committed to providing equitable and compassionate psychiatric care to children and adults ages 5 to 65. In my treatment approach, the patient's input is crucial to creating a therapeutic partnership and improving outcomes. I rely on the patient-centered care model in my treatment approach as it offers many perspectives and includes the patient in the decision-making and treatment-planning process. My approach takes into consideration your developmental and bio-psycho-social histories and how they contribute to illness.
Hello! I am Doris, a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am committed to providing equitable and compassionate psychiatric care to children and adults ages 5 to 65. In my treatment approach, the patient's input is crucial to creating a therapeutic partnership and improving outcomes. I rely on the patient-centered care model in my treatment approach as it offers many perspectives and includes the patient in the decision-making and treatment-planning process. My approach takes into consideration your developmental and bio-psycho-social histories and how they contribute to illness.
(331) 259-8367 View (331) 259-8367
Photo of Chiedza Nwakudu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Westchester, IL
Chiedza Nwakudu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westchester, IL 60154
I am a double board certified psychiatric mental health and primary care nurse practitioner experienced in medication management of psychiatric conditions including anxiety, mood, and eating disorders, substance abuse, anger and stress management, and ADHD. I completed a Master's in Nursing Science degree from Rush University in Chicago, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the psychiatric mental health certificate from Lewis University in Illinois.
I am a double board certified psychiatric mental health and primary care nurse practitioner experienced in medication management of psychiatric conditions including anxiety, mood, and eating disorders, substance abuse, anger and stress management, and ADHD. I completed a Master's in Nursing Science degree from Rush University in Chicago, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the psychiatric mental health certificate from Lewis University in Illinois.
(331) 210-9626 View (331) 210-9626
Photo of Elizabeth Kelly, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Westchester, IL
Elizabeth Kelly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ANP-BC
Verified Verified
Westchester, IL 60154
During my time working in primary care I have observed significant deficits in access to quality mental health care for both the geriatric and adult populations including patients with dementia, major depressive disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and substance use disorder. I’ve become focused on helping fill in those gaps in care. So often medications are quickly prescribed to manage complex issues that need an interdisciplinary and holistic approach. I obtained my buprenorphine waiver to help contribute to a solution of the opiate crisis which I have seen devastate the lives of people of all ages.
During my time working in primary care I have observed significant deficits in access to quality mental health care for both the geriatric and adult populations including patients with dementia, major depressive disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and substance use disorder. I’ve become focused on helping fill in those gaps in care. So often medications are quickly prescribed to manage complex issues that need an interdisciplinary and holistic approach. I obtained my buprenorphine waiver to help contribute to a solution of the opiate crisis which I have seen devastate the lives of people of all ages.
(708) 726-5041 View (708) 726-5041

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Photo of Doris Nwoko, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Westchester, IL
Doris Nwoko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, APN
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Have you ever wondered if you are being heard or searched for a care provider who can relate to your challenges? Are you in need of medication management - initiation, adjustments, and maintenance? I have several years of psychiatric and mental health experience working with individuals aged 5 to 65 and older adults in inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings with various mental health issues. My treatment approach embodies the individual's developmental and bio-psycho-social histories and how they contribute to illness.
Have you ever wondered if you are being heard or searched for a care provider who can relate to your challenges? Are you in need of medication management - initiation, adjustments, and maintenance? I have several years of psychiatric and mental health experience working with individuals aged 5 to 65 and older adults in inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings with various mental health issues. My treatment approach embodies the individual's developmental and bio-psycho-social histories and how they contribute to illness.
(779) 223-5624 View (779) 223-5624
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OnlyMed Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521  (Online Only)
OnlyMed Clinic is a compassionate Clinic in Oak Brook serving Mental Health Patients. We offer safe in your home medication management in ADHD, Depression, Anxiety. We do telemedicine mostly but starting 5/1/23 we will be opening on Mondays in Hinsdale, IL!
OnlyMed Clinic is a compassionate Clinic in Oak Brook serving Mental Health Patients. We offer safe in your home medication management in ADHD, Depression, Anxiety. We do telemedicine mostly but starting 5/1/23 we will be opening on Mondays in Hinsdale, IL!
(331) 225-1662 View (331) 225-1662
Photo of Suzanne Rosenfeld, Psychiatrist in Westchester, IL
Suzanne Rosenfeld
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oak Park, IL 60301
What do you want to get from a therapeutic encounter? Perhaps you hope it will open doors or you wish to validate decisions made in your life. Alternatively you feel that your kindest and most creative self is limited in its potentialities and you are unsure why you feel depressed, anxious, or unfulfilled. Maybe you need to explore the emotional impact of an illness, or, the effects of psychological and environmental stressors on your body (unexplainable physical complaints, professional burnout). In all these situations, consider a psychoanalytical consultation that begins with the doctor-patient relationship as the treatment of choice.
What do you want to get from a therapeutic encounter? Perhaps you hope it will open doors or you wish to validate decisions made in your life. Alternatively you feel that your kindest and most creative self is limited in its potentialities and you are unsure why you feel depressed, anxious, or unfulfilled. Maybe you need to explore the emotional impact of an illness, or, the effects of psychological and environmental stressors on your body (unexplainable physical complaints, professional burnout). In all these situations, consider a psychoanalytical consultation that begins with the doctor-patient relationship as the treatment of choice.
(312) 698-3266 View (312) 698-3266
Photo of Sarah Schrock, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Westchester, IL
Sarah Schrock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN, MSN
Verified Verified
Oak Park, IL 60304
I provide Psychiatric Assessments and Medication Management for clients across the lifespan dealing with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and mood disorders. My clinical approach is client centered and I strive to provide a collaborative therapeutic relationship to help individuals thrive in treatment.
I provide Psychiatric Assessments and Medication Management for clients across the lifespan dealing with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and mood disorders. My clinical approach is client centered and I strive to provide a collaborative therapeutic relationship to help individuals thrive in treatment.
(708) 726-5452 View (708) 726-5452
Photo of Joseph Malcolm, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Westchester, IL
Joseph Malcolm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60639  (Online Only)
I have been in health care for over two decades and in the mental health arena for over 15 years in a multitude of capacities: from direct nursing care, administration, and working as a health care provider serving our nation's heroes, and in the correctional system. Helping children and adolescents is not only a passion but a calling. Guiding children and adolescents to meet their optimal level of achievement, as they navigate through diagnoses such as ADHD, Conduct Disorder, DMDD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and other disorders that impeded our children and adolescents from meeting their fullest potential.
I have been in health care for over two decades and in the mental health arena for over 15 years in a multitude of capacities: from direct nursing care, administration, and working as a health care provider serving our nation's heroes, and in the correctional system. Helping children and adolescents is not only a passion but a calling. Guiding children and adolescents to meet their optimal level of achievement, as they navigate through diagnoses such as ADHD, Conduct Disorder, DMDD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and other disorders that impeded our children and adolescents from meeting their fullest potential.
(630) 523-0330 View (630) 523-0330
Photo of Beth Dudley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Westchester, IL
Beth Dudley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Beth is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on delivering high-quality mental health care. She embraces the use of telehealth to deliver safe, discreet, convenient, patient-centered care supported by evidence. Specializing in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment and management of a variety of mental health disorders, Beth is an empathetic listener who believes that each patient requires unique attention. While all individuals can benefit from psychotherapy and some from psychotropic medication in their therapy plan, Beth can explore all effective treatment options with you.
Beth is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on delivering high-quality mental health care. She embraces the use of telehealth to deliver safe, discreet, convenient, patient-centered care supported by evidence. Specializing in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment and management of a variety of mental health disorders, Beth is an empathetic listener who believes that each patient requires unique attention. While all individuals can benefit from psychotherapy and some from psychotropic medication in their therapy plan, Beth can explore all effective treatment options with you.
(630) 381-6186 View (630) 381-6186
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Dr. Gregory Jasinski
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60634
Dr. Jasinski is a board certified psychiatrist who completed medical residency in psychiatry at the University of Maryland Sheppard Pratt program in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Jasinski has years of experience in the medical profession practicing as both a family physician and psychiatrist. He has practiced medicine in a variety of clinical settings such emergency departments, urgent care, outpatient medical clinics, and obstetrics. Dr. Jasinski is the Medical Director of the Meadows Outpatient Program-Chicago and he is on staff at Linden Oaks Hospital in Naperville, Illinois as well as OSF Medical Center in Urbana, IL.
Dr. Jasinski is a board certified psychiatrist who completed medical residency in psychiatry at the University of Maryland Sheppard Pratt program in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Jasinski has years of experience in the medical profession practicing as both a family physician and psychiatrist. He has practiced medicine in a variety of clinical settings such emergency departments, urgent care, outpatient medical clinics, and obstetrics. Dr. Jasinski is the Medical Director of the Meadows Outpatient Program-Chicago and he is on staff at Linden Oaks Hospital in Naperville, Illinois as well as OSF Medical Center in Urbana, IL.
(630) 791-5764 View (630) 791-5764
Photo of Bruce Bassi, Psychiatrist in Westchester, IL
Bruce Bassi
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60639
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We have availability within 1-2 weeks. We have 4.9 star average of over 300+ reviews (on our website). Feel free to call or message us to request an ASAP appointment. You might be a bit hesitant about receiving treatment over the internet if you haven’t done it before, and that’s totally understandable. If we can provide you any reassurance, most people end up finding they enjoy virtual visits more than going to an office.
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We have availability within 1-2 weeks. We have 4.9 star average of over 300+ reviews (on our website). Feel free to call or message us to request an ASAP appointment. You might be a bit hesitant about receiving treatment over the internet if you haven’t done it before, and that’s totally understandable. If we can provide you any reassurance, most people end up finding they enjoy virtual visits more than going to an office.
(312) 635-4411 View (312) 635-4411
Photo of Devika Patel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Westchester, IL
Devika Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60631
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
Photo of Aarti Mehta, Psychiatrist in Westchester, IL
Aarti Mehta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Willowbrook, IL 60527
Not accepting new clients
In my practice, I strive to take a holistic approach to treatment. I focus on the biological aspects of treatment via medications when necessary, the psychological aspects of treatment via psychotherapy and the social aspects of treatment by inviting family and significant others to participate in treatment if the patient wishes. Psychiatric issues are much more complex than a single diagnosis, and I look forward the challenge of discovering the depth of each patient.
In my practice, I strive to take a holistic approach to treatment. I focus on the biological aspects of treatment via medications when necessary, the psychological aspects of treatment via psychotherapy and the social aspects of treatment by inviting family and significant others to participate in treatment if the patient wishes. Psychiatric issues are much more complex than a single diagnosis, and I look forward the challenge of discovering the depth of each patient.
(773) 245-1975 View (773) 245-1975
Photo of Evie Life Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Westchester, IL
Evie Life Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BIC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Elmhurst, IL 60126  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with persistent sadness that interferes with your daily functioning? or Do you find yourself unable to engage in activities you once enjoyed. Is panic, worry, and fear dominating your thoughts and actions, making it challenging to navigate through life's demands? Do you feel overwhelmed by the stressors of daily life? Are you experiencing difficulties with focus and concentration? Please know you are not alone and this is a safe space for you.
Are you struggling with persistent sadness that interferes with your daily functioning? or Do you find yourself unable to engage in activities you once enjoyed. Is panic, worry, and fear dominating your thoughts and actions, making it challenging to navigate through life's demands? Do you feel overwhelmed by the stressors of daily life? Are you experiencing difficulties with focus and concentration? Please know you are not alone and this is a safe space for you.
(708) 729-9483 View (708) 729-9483
Photo of Ana Mirica, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Westchester, IL
Ana Mirica
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 11 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Depression, hyperactive disorder (ADD / ADHD), sleep disorders.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 11 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Depression, hyperactive disorder (ADD / ADHD), sleep disorders.
(630) 491-5669 View (630) 491-5669
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Semone West
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Semone West, MD is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. She attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. She completed a psychiatry residency at Duke University in Durham, NC; and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, while also serving as an associate professor.
Semone West, MD is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. She attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. She completed a psychiatry residency at Duke University in Durham, NC; and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, while also serving as an associate professor.
(331) 245-3846 View (331) 245-3846
Photo of Abdullah Bin Mahfodh, Psychiatrist in Westchester, IL
Abdullah Bin Mahfodh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Dr. Abdullah Bin Mahfodh is a dedicated psychiatrist with dual board certification in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. His comprehensive expertise spans individuals of all ages, making him a trusted resource for those seeking holistic mental health care.
Dr. Abdullah Bin Mahfodh is a dedicated psychiatrist with dual board certification in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. His comprehensive expertise spans individuals of all ages, making him a trusted resource for those seeking holistic mental health care.
(708) 350-6820 View (708) 350-6820
Photo of Mandy Pollard, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Westchester, IL
Mandy Pollard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
La Grange, IL 60525
Mandy (she/her pronouns) is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with patient interests across the lifespan. Mandy completed her nursing degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore- most recently, she graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Mandy is passionate about first responder mental health efforts and women's mental health care, and loves working with children & teens. If she sounds like a provider for you, Mandy is accepting new patients this summer & will work with your schedule because you mental health matters! Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions or for a free 15-minute consult!
Mandy (she/her pronouns) is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with patient interests across the lifespan. Mandy completed her nursing degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore- most recently, she graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Mandy is passionate about first responder mental health efforts and women's mental health care, and loves working with children & teens. If she sounds like a provider for you, Mandy is accepting new patients this summer & will work with your schedule because you mental health matters! Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions or for a free 15-minute consult!
(708) 578-2870 View (708) 578-2870
Photo of Sarah Amo-Mensah, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Westchester, IL
Sarah Amo-Mensah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lombard, IL 60148
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Westchester, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Westchester, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Eating Disorders
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Stress
75% Addiction
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Westchester, IL see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Westchester?

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.