Psychiatrists in Winfield, IL

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Margaret A. Tormay
Psychiatrist, MD
Winfield, IL 60190
Margaret A. Tormay, MD Dr. Tormay has been practicing psychiatry for over 30 years. She was raised on the East coast, graduating from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts and the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. She moved to Chicago in1985 for her psychiatry Residency at the University of Illinois. Dr. Tormay’s practice of psychiatry has always been informed by the Biopsychosocial Model of wellness and medicine developed by psychiatrist, George Engel, at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.
Margaret A. Tormay, MD Dr. Tormay has been practicing psychiatry for over 30 years. She was raised on the East coast, graduating from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts and the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. She moved to Chicago in1985 for her psychiatry Residency at the University of Illinois. Dr. Tormay’s practice of psychiatry has always been informed by the Biopsychosocial Model of wellness and medicine developed by psychiatrist, George Engel, at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.
(331) 444-7625 View (331) 444-7625
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Maureen Raiz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Winfield, IL 60190
Maureen Raiz is a Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Maureen provides a holistic approach, stigma-free, evidence-based, and compassionate care to individuals needing mental health services. She offers extensive psychiatric evaluations, supportive psychotherapy, psychopharmacological treatment initiation, and monitoring. Maureen has dedicated a significant amount of her career to providing mental health care to adults and older adults. Her ultimate goal is to improve access to mental health and help patients meet their goals. Outside of work, Maureen enjoys traveling to many different countries and experiencing different cultures.
Maureen Raiz is a Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Maureen provides a holistic approach, stigma-free, evidence-based, and compassionate care to individuals needing mental health services. She offers extensive psychiatric evaluations, supportive psychotherapy, psychopharmacological treatment initiation, and monitoring. Maureen has dedicated a significant amount of her career to providing mental health care to adults and older adults. Her ultimate goal is to improve access to mental health and help patients meet their goals. Outside of work, Maureen enjoys traveling to many different countries and experiencing different cultures.
(331) 258-8707 View (331) 258-8707
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Grant Tyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Winfield, IL 60190
I am a Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 10 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals, Couples, Families and I address Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Mood Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Grant Tyler is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with almost 20 years of service in the medical profession. Having experience as a FNP, Grant has a strong foundation in both primary care and preventative medicine.
I am a Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 10 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals, Couples, Families and I address Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Mood Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Grant Tyler is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with almost 20 years of service in the medical profession. Having experience as a FNP, Grant has a strong foundation in both primary care and preventative medicine.
(630) 937-3671 View (630) 937-3671
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Ana Mirica
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Winfield, IL 60190
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
Photo of Erica Veguilla, Psychiatrist in Winfield, IL
Erica Veguilla
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
2 Endorsed
Winfield, IL 60190
You may notice that your mental health difficulties go hand in hand with physical complaints. Or that life stressors are exacerbating anxiety or triggering a depression. Therefore, you may want a more holistic approach which looks at your medical conditions, but also potentially involves therapy, supplements, genetic testing, lifestyle interventions, and other coping tools. For example, a medical diagnosis such as infertility can feel lonely, stressful, & traumatic and at TreeLight Wellness we can develop a plan to help you deal with the complicated psychological impact of serious medical diagnoses such as infertility.
You may notice that your mental health difficulties go hand in hand with physical complaints. Or that life stressors are exacerbating anxiety or triggering a depression. Therefore, you may want a more holistic approach which looks at your medical conditions, but also potentially involves therapy, supplements, genetic testing, lifestyle interventions, and other coping tools. For example, a medical diagnosis such as infertility can feel lonely, stressful, & traumatic and at TreeLight Wellness we can develop a plan to help you deal with the complicated psychological impact of serious medical diagnoses such as infertility.
(708) 202-9859 View (708) 202-9859

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Semone West
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
9 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60540
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.
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Jamie Rawl
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Villa Park, IL 60181
I am a state-licensed and nationally board-certified physician associate who forms strong therapeutic alliances with patients in order to provide high-quality, culturally competent care.  I offer psychiatric evaluations and medication support using innovative modalities designed to diagnose and treat a variety of challenges. In addition to medication management, I specialize in the administration of psychedelic therapy (Spravato) for patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression. I also offer evaluations for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for those struggling with depression, OCD, anxious depression, and more.
I am a state-licensed and nationally board-certified physician associate who forms strong therapeutic alliances with patients in order to provide high-quality, culturally competent care.  I offer psychiatric evaluations and medication support using innovative modalities designed to diagnose and treat a variety of challenges. In addition to medication management, I specialize in the administration of psychedelic therapy (Spravato) for patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression. I also offer evaluations for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for those struggling with depression, OCD, anxious depression, and more.
(847) 860-6193 View (847) 860-6193
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Vesna Pirec
Psychiatrist, MD PhD
Verified
Naperville, IL 60565
I am a board certified psychiatrist who has been working in both academic and private sectors for the past 20 years in Chicago area. My areas of expertise are reproductive psychiatry (pregnancy, postpartum, perimenopause, infertility), as well as mood and anxiety disorders in both genders. My extensive experience, knowledge and multicultural sensitivity, have shaped my approach to treatment as individualized and holistic. I am combining integrative methods with psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic modalities to address complex mental health difficulties and treat them successfully. My practice is via tele-psychiatry only.
I am a board certified psychiatrist who has been working in both academic and private sectors for the past 20 years in Chicago area. My areas of expertise are reproductive psychiatry (pregnancy, postpartum, perimenopause, infertility), as well as mood and anxiety disorders in both genders. My extensive experience, knowledge and multicultural sensitivity, have shaped my approach to treatment as individualized and holistic. I am combining integrative methods with psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic modalities to address complex mental health difficulties and treat them successfully. My practice is via tele-psychiatry only.
(872) 206-9015 View (872) 206-9015
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Craig Kestenberg
Psychiatrist, DO
Naperville, IL 60540
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.
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Khyati V Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Warrenville, IL 60555
Khyati Patel is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner. She has experienced working with adults and adolescents. She has exceptional clinical skills in treating both pediatric and adult population. She is specializing in Adhd, Anxiety, Depression, and Ptsd. Khyati, approaches her patient Holistic rather than focusing on their diagnosis. She believes it is important to understand the patient holistically to receive benefits from the treatment. Listening to patients’ concerns is one of her empower skills that she carries with her.
Khyati Patel is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner. She has experienced working with adults and adolescents. She has exceptional clinical skills in treating both pediatric and adult population. She is specializing in Adhd, Anxiety, Depression, and Ptsd. Khyati, approaches her patient Holistic rather than focusing on their diagnosis. She believes it is important to understand the patient holistically to receive benefits from the treatment. Listening to patients’ concerns is one of her empower skills that she carries with her.
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Davena Beal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMH-NP
Verified
Lombard, IL 60148
After 20 years of working in the mental health field, I have learned that although psychotherapy can be a life changing experience, it is not always enough to adequately manage mental health symptoms. When patients are still experiencing debilitating symptoms of depression, anxiety, impulsiveness, or difficulty with concentration, then psychotropic medications may be beneficial. Medications may bring patients relief from overwhelming worry or panic symptoms, low mood and motivation, and mood swings or irritability.
After 20 years of working in the mental health field, I have learned that although psychotherapy can be a life changing experience, it is not always enough to adequately manage mental health symptoms. When patients are still experiencing debilitating symptoms of depression, anxiety, impulsiveness, or difficulty with concentration, then psychotropic medications may be beneficial. Medications may bring patients relief from overwhelming worry or panic symptoms, low mood and motivation, and mood swings or irritability.
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Shalini Chawla
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
11 Endorsed
Westmont, IL 60559
I am passionate about what I do and I love working with all kinds of people to help them with their problems whether its anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, family, school, marital, work, or relationship problems. My goal is to help my clients feel safe, heard, understood, and to help them reach their goals. I believe in individualized care and treatment as everyone is different and has different needs and aspirations for themselves. I love working with kids, parents, adults, and couples to help them solve whatever communication issues they are having in order to facilitate care. I want to help people live their best life every day.
I am passionate about what I do and I love working with all kinds of people to help them with their problems whether its anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, family, school, marital, work, or relationship problems. My goal is to help my clients feel safe, heard, understood, and to help them reach their goals. I believe in individualized care and treatment as everyone is different and has different needs and aspirations for themselves. I love working with kids, parents, adults, and couples to help them solve whatever communication issues they are having in order to facilitate care. I want to help people live their best life every day.
(630) 338-0460 View (630) 338-0460
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Suzanne Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN
Verified
Aurora, IL 60502
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 1 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see individuals and I address anxiety, depression, Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD), mood disorder, and psychosis.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 1 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see individuals and I address anxiety, depression, Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD), mood disorder, and psychosis.
(224) 257-3459 View (224) 257-3459
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Francesco Incandela
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515
I’m Dr. Incandela, a psychiatrist committed to helping people achieve their mental health goals and wellness. I graduated from psychiatry residency in 2023 and began practicing that same year. I collaborate with each person to develop a comprehensive and wholistic treatment plan that is tailored to the individual while incorporating evidence-based treatment models. For me, the wholistic process includes working to understand and target mental health concerns from a biological, psychological, and social perspective understanding that many things affect a person's mental health that medication alone may not address.
I’m Dr. Incandela, a psychiatrist committed to helping people achieve their mental health goals and wellness. I graduated from psychiatry residency in 2023 and began practicing that same year. I collaborate with each person to develop a comprehensive and wholistic treatment plan that is tailored to the individual while incorporating evidence-based treatment models. For me, the wholistic process includes working to understand and target mental health concerns from a biological, psychological, and social perspective understanding that many things affect a person's mental health that medication alone may not address.
(331) 321-4984 View (331) 321-4984
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Boski Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Aurora, IL 60502
Dr. Boski Patel holds the position of psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is double board-certified in geriatric and adult psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 3 years. Dr. Patel's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Patel may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Boski Patel holds the position of psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is double board-certified in geriatric and adult psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 3 years. Dr. Patel's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Patel may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
(708) 381-1980 View (708) 381-1980
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Dianna Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, ARNP
Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Hi, are you ready to feel better sooner? I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner currently seeing patients virtually in IL, WA, OR, and NC with BlueSky Telepsych. We specialize in PTSD, Depression, Trauma, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Anxiety, Anger Management, Panic Disorders, Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Grief, Bereavement, ADHD, Psychotherapy, Medication Management, Personality Disorders, and More. Book an appointment today and feel better sooner.
Hi, are you ready to feel better sooner? I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner currently seeing patients virtually in IL, WA, OR, and NC with BlueSky Telepsych. We specialize in PTSD, Depression, Trauma, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Anxiety, Anger Management, Panic Disorders, Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Grief, Bereavement, ADHD, Psychotherapy, Medication Management, Personality Disorders, and More. Book an appointment today and feel better sooner.
(630) 755-3480 View (630) 755-3480
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Evan O Foster Deranja
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Oak Brook, IL 60523
My ideal patient is one who is willing and motivated to work together with me, as a team, to help figure out what is contributing to their struggles and how to work through it. It's frequently an iterative process whereby we make progress together over time. Sometimes it seems relatively simple, but frequently it's not. The keys are to keep going, to keep working at it, to never give up, to not shy away from complexity, and to be willing to begin anywhere. The wisdom of knowing when to keep working at solving a problem vs when to work towards acceptance is only achieved through our authentic best efforts over time.
My ideal patient is one who is willing and motivated to work together with me, as a team, to help figure out what is contributing to their struggles and how to work through it. It's frequently an iterative process whereby we make progress together over time. Sometimes it seems relatively simple, but frequently it's not. The keys are to keep going, to keep working at it, to never give up, to not shy away from complexity, and to be willing to begin anywhere. The wisdom of knowing when to keep working at solving a problem vs when to work towards acceptance is only achieved through our authentic best efforts over time.
(708) 787-8470 View (708) 787-8470
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Carmen Orellana Martinez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Aurora, IL 60502  (Online Only)
Dr. Carmen Orellana is a Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry who has been in practice for over 6 years, both in the U.S. and abroad. She is double board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry. Dr. Orellana’s clinical interest include mood and anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, and ADHD-related disorders. She strives to provide exceptional medical care and has extensive experience in treating persons with diverse behavioral disorders and backgrounds. Dr. Orellana involves her patients in all decisions about their health, and provides care that is respectful of patient preferences, needs and values.
Dr. Carmen Orellana is a Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry who has been in practice for over 6 years, both in the U.S. and abroad. She is double board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry. Dr. Orellana’s clinical interest include mood and anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, and ADHD-related disorders. She strives to provide exceptional medical care and has extensive experience in treating persons with diverse behavioral disorders and backgrounds. Dr. Orellana involves her patients in all decisions about their health, and provides care that is respectful of patient preferences, needs and values.
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Mindwell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lombard, IL 60148
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Ruhina Ali
Psychiatrist, MD
Naperville, IL 60540
Dr. Ruhina N. Ali is a Psychiatrist in Illinois. She studied General Psychiatry and completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic and graduated from St. Matthew's College of Medicine. Dr. Ali looks at the whole person, the family, and all environmental factors when she approaches patient care. She uses the latest scientific research and evidence-based practice to build a treatment plan with the patient and family. And Dr. Ali uses compassion and empathy to help patients and families heal.
Dr. Ruhina N. Ali is a Psychiatrist in Illinois. She studied General Psychiatry and completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic and graduated from St. Matthew's College of Medicine. Dr. Ali looks at the whole person, the family, and all environmental factors when she approaches patient care. She uses the latest scientific research and evidence-based practice to build a treatment plan with the patient and family. And Dr. Ali uses compassion and empathy to help patients and families heal.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Winfield, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Winfield, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
80% ADHD
80% Sleep or Insomnia
60% Trauma and PTSD
60% Other
60% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Aetna
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Winfield, IL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Winfield?

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.