Psychiatrists in Will County, IL

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Photo of Erin Williams, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Will County, IL
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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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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Ryan Atkins
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Mokena, IL 60448
Treating each individual holistically isn't just a practice – it's a profound journey that holds the key to unlocking truly personalized and transformative healing experiences. By probing the depths of our identity we pave the way for comprehensive well-being, where the interconnected facets of the self converge to create a tapestry of vibrant health and genuine fulfillment.
Treating each individual holistically isn't just a practice – it's a profound journey that holds the key to unlocking truly personalized and transformative healing experiences. By probing the depths of our identity we pave the way for comprehensive well-being, where the interconnected facets of the self converge to create a tapestry of vibrant health and genuine fulfillment.
(708) 419-4634 View (708) 419-4634
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Genesis Psychiatry - Jarryd McGuire
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Lenox, IL 60451
You struggle to find a mental health provider. If you find one, there is a 6 month wait list until the next appointment. After you finally have your appointment, you may have questions. You call and leave message after message with no response. At Genesis Psychiatry, we take a different approach. We do mental health care the right way by saying NO to month long wait lists and YES to being able to directly contact your healthcare provider. We have quick appointment times and a HIPPA compliant portal where you can send messages directly to your provider. Don’t delay your depression, anxiety, or ADHD treatment.
You struggle to find a mental health provider. If you find one, there is a 6 month wait list until the next appointment. After you finally have your appointment, you may have questions. You call and leave message after message with no response. At Genesis Psychiatry, we take a different approach. We do mental health care the right way by saying NO to month long wait lists and YES to being able to directly contact your healthcare provider. We have quick appointment times and a HIPPA compliant portal where you can send messages directly to your provider. Don’t delay your depression, anxiety, or ADHD treatment.
(563) 235-1630 View (563) 235-1630
Photo of Audrey Rolandelli, Psychiatric Nurse in Will County, IL
Audrey Rolandelli
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, PMHNPBC, APN
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
New Lenox, IL 60451
Audrey is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats psychiatric conditions using a holistic approach with therapeutic intervention and medication management. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of disorders and behavioral symptoms. In 2018, She completed her Advanced Practice degree through St. Francis University in Joliet. Prior to this, Audrey worked as psychiatric nurse. Audrey has had extensive experience within multiple settings including inpatient, residential, PHP/IOP, and outpatient practice across the lifespan.
Audrey is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats psychiatric conditions using a holistic approach with therapeutic intervention and medication management. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of disorders and behavioral symptoms. In 2018, She completed her Advanced Practice degree through St. Francis University in Joliet. Prior to this, Audrey worked as psychiatric nurse. Audrey has had extensive experience within multiple settings including inpatient, residential, PHP/IOP, and outpatient practice across the lifespan.
(779) 235-5857 View (779) 235-5857
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Cari Betts
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, PMHNPBC, APN
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
New Lenox, IL 60451
Over the years Cari has worked to provide compassionate psychiatric care to children and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her goal is to provide patient care from a holistic perspective which incorporates a persons cultural, spiritual and mental health needs into their care. Cari strives to help people live a life that aligns with their values and beliefs, and helps them to improve their mental health and overall well-being.
Over the years Cari has worked to provide compassionate psychiatric care to children and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her goal is to provide patient care from a holistic perspective which incorporates a persons cultural, spiritual and mental health needs into their care. Cari strives to help people live a life that aligns with their values and beliefs, and helps them to improve their mental health and overall well-being.
(779) 218-5551 View (779) 218-5551
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Chime Ajiere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FPA, FNP-BC, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Romeoville, IL 60446
***** Our clinic is accepting new patients**** We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment.
***** Our clinic is accepting new patients**** We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment.
(815) 522-1040 View (815) 522-1040
Photo of Derik Johnson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Will County, IL
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
Photo of Grace Esmalla, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Will County, IL
Grace Esmalla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Crest Hill, IL 60403
Our clinic is accepting new patients. We endeavors 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 treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment. You shouldn’t have to struggle to also find a provider.
Our clinic is accepting new patients. We endeavors 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 treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment. You shouldn’t have to struggle to also find a provider.
(815) 396-6903 View (815) 396-6903
Photo of Craig Kestenberg, Psychiatrist in Will County, IL
Craig Kestenberg
Psychiatrist, DO
Not Verified Not Verified
Naperville, IL 60564
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
Photo of Chime Ajiere, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Will County, IL
Chime Ajiere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FPA, FNP-BC, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Frankfort, IL 60423  (Online Only)
**** Our clinic is accepting new patients****We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment.
**** Our clinic is accepting new patients****We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment.
(708) 942-8741 View (708) 942-8741
Photo of Dr. Pamela Solowski (Addiction Treatment), Psychiatrist in Will County, IL
Dr. Pamela Solowski (Addiction Treatment)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Joliet, IL 60435
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
Photo of Medinat Balogun, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Will County, IL
Medinat Balogun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Joliet, IL 60435  (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
Photo of Benedeth Ndidi Nwumeh, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Will County, IL
Benedeth Ndidi Nwumeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Frankfort, IL 60423  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Bene Nwumeh our provider who is a dual board-certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Benedeth has been a Nurse Practitioner for many years and she focuses on mental wellness managing both adults and adolescents with anxiety, depression, ADHD, ADD, personality disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar, eating disorders, and more. She has more than 30 years of clinical experience in health care both in and outside the United States. Dr. Bene earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice with a Specialty in Psychiatry from the University of Massachusetts Global.
Meet Dr. Bene Nwumeh our provider who is a dual board-certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Benedeth has been a Nurse Practitioner for many years and she focuses on mental wellness managing both adults and adolescents with anxiety, depression, ADHD, ADD, personality disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar, eating disorders, and more. She has more than 30 years of clinical experience in health care both in and outside the United States. Dr. Bene earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice with a Specialty in Psychiatry from the University of Massachusetts Global.
(708) 554-7554 View (708) 554-7554
Photo of Senami E-Lukula, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Will County, IL
Senami E-Lukula
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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
Photo of Queen Ajiere, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Will County, IL
Queen Ajiere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Frankfort, IL 60423
Accepting new patients for telehealth or in-office visits in Illinois
Accepting new patients for telehealth or in-office visits in Illinois
(331) 236-6212 View (331) 236-6212
Photo of Dr. Ola Fapohunda, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Will County, IL
Dr. Ola Fapohunda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60564  (Online Only)
Do you miss your old self? Do you still derive joy in the things that you once found very enjoyable? Are you struggling with keeping up with your work, daily tasks and social life? Are you overwhelmed by the general worries of life? My goal is to help you get back to your optimal mental health by bringing you back to a place where you can do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people without any difficulty.
Do you miss your old self? Do you still derive joy in the things that you once found very enjoyable? Are you struggling with keeping up with your work, daily tasks and social life? Are you overwhelmed by the general worries of life? My goal is to help you get back to your optimal mental health by bringing you back to a place where you can do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people without any difficulty.
(224) 261-7171 View (224) 261-7171
Photo of Elizabeth Adekoya, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Will County, IL
Elizabeth Adekoya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Frankfort, IL 60423
Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do you you suffer from persistent sadness? Are you struggling to find joy in your day to day life? Or do you find yourself constantly worrying, afraid or anxious? Are you in search of a provider that is both compassionate and adequately skilled to help you treat and manage your symptoms? I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner. I help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety and any other comorbidities.
Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do you you suffer from persistent sadness? Are you struggling to find joy in your day to day life? Or do you find yourself constantly worrying, afraid or anxious? Are you in search of a provider that is both compassionate and adequately skilled to help you treat and manage your symptoms? I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner. I help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety and any other comorbidities.
(630) 454-1190 View (630) 454-1190
Photo of Amanda Twait, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Will County, IL
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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Coded Healthcare and Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Dr
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
I hold a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) and am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I earned my MSN with a concentration in psychiatric mental health and a doctorate in nursing with the highest honors. I am an approachable and affable practitioner. I exhibit an exceptional passion for mental health, which is conspicuously manifested in my patient interactions and correspondence. I urge you to initiate communication and consider collaborating, as I firmly assert that psychological wellness serves as the foundational underpinning for a fulfilling life and achievable vision.
I hold a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) and am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I earned my MSN with a concentration in psychiatric mental health and a doctorate in nursing with the highest honors. I am an approachable and affable practitioner. I exhibit an exceptional passion for mental health, which is conspicuously manifested in my patient interactions and correspondence. I urge you to initiate communication and consider collaborating, as I firmly assert that psychological wellness serves as the foundational underpinning for a fulfilling life and achievable vision.
(630) 509-0290 View (630) 509-0290

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Number of Psychiatrists in Will County, IL

80+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Will County, IL who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
91% Anxiety
86% Bipolar Disorder
75% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% Medication Management
59% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Cigna and Evernorth
88% Aetna
86% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Will County, IL see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Will County?

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.