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Dr. Olalekan (Ola) Fapohunda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified
2 Endorsed
Waukegan, IL 60085  (Online Only)
Do you miss your old self? Do you still enjoy the things that you once upon a time 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 enjoy the things that you once upon a time 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.
(708) 419-3580 View (708) 419-3580
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Thrive Psychiatric Services, Esther Harris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, RN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grayslake, IL 60030  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a caring, compassionate and approachable provider who enjoys helping my patients discover hope, engage in healing and begin the process of living their lives to the fullest. I provide medication management and basic psychotherapy in Grayslake, IL. I treat all ages including children 6 years and up. Being licensed in both psychiatric and family medicine allows me to provide a unique perspective in treating mental health conditions. Let me use my experience and symptom-targeted treatment planning to help you manage the symptoms that are causing you challenges and stress in your life.
I am a caring, compassionate and approachable provider who enjoys helping my patients discover hope, engage in healing and begin the process of living their lives to the fullest. I provide medication management and basic psychotherapy in Grayslake, IL. I treat all ages including children 6 years and up. Being licensed in both psychiatric and family medicine allows me to provide a unique perspective in treating mental health conditions. Let me use my experience and symptom-targeted treatment planning to help you manage the symptoms that are causing you challenges and stress in your life.
(224) 241-6487 View (224) 241-6487
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Thrive Psychiatric Services, Melinda Edwards
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Grayslake, IL 60030  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric provider with over ten years experience in the field of mental health. I have both inpatient and outpatient experience as an RN and as a prescribing clinician. My goal as your practitioner is to provide a holistic treatment approach. We will work together to find a solution that allows you to easily cope with stressors, recognize potential and set goals, feel motivated, and have a physical and mental sense of well-being.
I am a psychiatric provider with over ten years experience in the field of mental health. I have both inpatient and outpatient experience as an RN and as a prescribing clinician. My goal as your practitioner is to provide a holistic treatment approach. We will work together to find a solution that allows you to easily cope with stressors, recognize potential and set goals, feel motivated, and have a physical and mental sense of well-being.
(224) 328-2783 View (224) 328-2783
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Waukegan, IL 60085  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth for entire state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting BCBS of IL, Optum/UHC insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth for entire state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting BCBS of IL, Optum/UHC insurances.
(855) 910-6739 View (855) 910-6739
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Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MBBS, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Gurnee, IL 60031  (Online Only)
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting a residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting a residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
(847) 750-5708 View (847) 750-5708
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Thrive Psychiatric Services, Lisa Hengen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grayslake, IL 60030  (Online Only)
At Thrive Psychiatric Services, I provide personalized, comprehensive and compassionate Psychiatric Care. I love what I do and never feel like it is work. I enjoy helping people to feel better, so they can have better quality of life. I strive to provide every patient with the best possible care. I feel it is an honor and a privilege to be part of my patient’s healthcare journey, and I am always mindful of the respect and trust that is needed to maintain a therapeutic relationship. I provide comprehensive mental health services, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, substance abuse/addiction treatment and psychotherapy.
At Thrive Psychiatric Services, I provide personalized, comprehensive and compassionate Psychiatric Care. I love what I do and never feel like it is work. I enjoy helping people to feel better, so they can have better quality of life. I strive to provide every patient with the best possible care. I feel it is an honor and a privilege to be part of my patient’s healthcare journey, and I am always mindful of the respect and trust that is needed to maintain a therapeutic relationship. I provide comprehensive mental health services, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, substance abuse/addiction treatment and psychotherapy.
(224) 298-8260 View (224) 298-8260
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Alexis Henion (Addiction Speciality)
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Waukegan, IL 60085
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist for drug and 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 and alcohol issues. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
(847) 278-2871 View (847) 278-2871
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Thrive Psychiatric Services, Archana Sood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Grayslake, IL 60030  (Online Only)
The ideal client would be open and honest about their symptoms, want to learn about their mental health diagnosis/diagnoses and be open to treatment options - which could include medication management, psychotherapy and/or behavioral changes. I would like to provide a supportive and safe space, where they are able to identify their issues, needs and their goals. They would be open to listening to my recommendations and I would support their decision, which may or may not include my recommendations.
The ideal client would be open and honest about their symptoms, want to learn about their mental health diagnosis/diagnoses and be open to treatment options - which could include medication management, psychotherapy and/or behavioral changes. I would like to provide a supportive and safe space, where they are able to identify their issues, needs and their goals. They would be open to listening to my recommendations and I would support their decision, which may or may not include my recommendations.
(224) 255-2107 View (224) 255-2107
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Thrive Psychiatric Services, Jessica Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Grayslake, IL 60030  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with a background in both emergency and psychiatric medicine for 10 years. I provide medication management for patients 6 years and up. My goal is to provide a caring, compassionate, holistic, and individualized care to each of my patients. Our visits will be judgement free and my individualized treatment recommendations for each patient is based on their preferences.
I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with a background in both emergency and psychiatric medicine for 10 years. I provide medication management for patients 6 years and up. My goal is to provide a caring, compassionate, holistic, and individualized care to each of my patients. Our visits will be judgement free and my individualized treatment recommendations for each patient is based on their preferences.
(224) 302-6973 View (224) 302-6973
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Dr. Farhad Daniel Hayatghaib
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Wadsworth, IL 60083  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm originally from Northern California. I went to medical school at Drexel University in Philadelphia and completed my Psychiatric residency training at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, IL. During my residency I received the Chandra Gupta Award for Collegiality and Humanity for service to my fellow residents. I have also worked for the Amen Clinics and completed training on SPECT brain imaging clinical interpretation. I have experience using nutritional supplements as well.
Hi! I'm originally from Northern California. I went to medical school at Drexel University in Philadelphia and completed my Psychiatric residency training at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, IL. During my residency I received the Chandra Gupta Award for Collegiality and Humanity for service to my fellow residents. I have also worked for the Amen Clinics and completed training on SPECT brain imaging clinical interpretation. I have experience using nutritional supplements as well.
(847) 719-6566 View (847) 719-6566
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Tamia Chapple
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Gurnee, IL 60031
Tamia Chapple is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has more than 10 years of experience in mental health in the inpatient and outpatient setting. She has earned MBA, HCM, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, GERO-BC, and CPhT degrees and certifications. Tamia specializes in treating children ages 4 to 17 with Neurodevelopmental Concerns, Autism, ADHD, Oppositional/Conduct/Defiance, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, and Psychotic Disorders. She also specializes in elderly patients with Irritability, Aggression, Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia.
Tamia Chapple is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has more than 10 years of experience in mental health in the inpatient and outpatient setting. She has earned MBA, HCM, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, GERO-BC, and CPhT degrees and certifications. Tamia specializes in treating children ages 4 to 17 with Neurodevelopmental Concerns, Autism, ADHD, Oppositional/Conduct/Defiance, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, and Psychotic Disorders. She also specializes in elderly patients with Irritability, Aggression, Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia.
(847) 595-4638 View (847) 595-4638
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Angela S. Peters
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ANP
Verified
Gurnee, IL 60031
Not accepting new clients
Are you struggling and ready for a change? If you are looking to connect with a provider who cares and accepts you for you...you're in the right place! I am a Nurse Practitioner dual certified in psychiatry and adult health with additional certification in pain management. My background before psychiatry included pain management, oncology, primary care, and education which gives me a unique perspective. I like to get to know you as a person and understand what your struggles are so that we can work together toward improving your mental wellness.
Are you struggling and ready for a change? If you are looking to connect with a provider who cares and accepts you for you...you're in the right place! I am a Nurse Practitioner dual certified in psychiatry and adult health with additional certification in pain management. My background before psychiatry included pain management, oncology, primary care, and education which gives me a unique perspective. I like to get to know you as a person and understand what your struggles are so that we can work together toward improving your mental wellness.
(847) 474-9355 View (847) 474-9355

Online Psychiatrists

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Sumaiyah Qureshi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Dr. Qureshi is a Board-Certified General Psychiatrist. She was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. She underwent her medical training at Mamata Medical College, India and completed residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Qureshi has gained extensive training in psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings and has worked with diverse populations. She has practiced Telepsychiatry since her graduation including working at community mental health centers serving the serious mentally ill in underserved areas.
Dr. Qureshi is a Board-Certified General Psychiatrist. She was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. She underwent her medical training at Mamata Medical College, India and completed residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Qureshi has gained extensive training in psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings and has worked with diverse populations. She has practiced Telepsychiatry since her graduation including working at community mental health centers serving the serious mentally ill in underserved areas.
(708) 742-6493 View (708) 742-6493
Photo of Dr. Karen DeCocker | Anxiety Depression Ptsd Assessment | Sgb | Ketamine | Tms, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Zion, IL
Dr. Karen DeCocker | Anxiety Depression Ptsd Assessment | Sgb | Ketamine | Tms
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, CNM
Verified
2 Endorsed
Westmont, IL 60559
I'm the Director of Advanced Practice Providers at Stella Center and oversee our assessment team. I became a nurse practitioner in 2007 after 10 years of hospital nursing experience. We specialize in identifying innovative treatments & therapies that can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment together that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, TMS therapy, integration therapy, and more.
I'm the Director of Advanced Practice Providers at Stella Center and oversee our assessment team. I became a nurse practitioner in 2007 after 10 years of hospital nursing experience. We specialize in identifying innovative treatments & therapies that can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment together that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, TMS therapy, integration therapy, and more.
(708) 934-8044 View (708) 934-8044
Photo of Matthew Barnes (Addiction Treatment), Physician Assistant in Zion, IL
Matthew Barnes (Addiction Treatment)
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Warrenville, IL 60555
Don't settle for a generic drug and alcohol psychiatrist. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
Don't settle for a generic drug and alcohol psychiatrist. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
(331) 200-5993 View (331) 200-5993
Photo of Heta Shah, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Zion, IL
Heta Shah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
5 Endorsed
Saint Charles, IL 60174
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.
(847) 610-6226 View (847) 610-6226
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Theresa Towle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, APRN
Verified
Chicago, IL 60611  (Online Only)
Greetings! My name is Dr. Theresa Towle. I have decades of experience providing holistic care to help heal hurt, process trauma, build resilience, and find balance. As a dual-certified family & psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner, I use evidence-based techniques to treat mind and body, including addressing the role of the gut-brain axis in anxiety, depression, trauma, attention issues, weight loss and a host of other issues. I am dedicated to working with you develop a holistic approach to care.
Greetings! My name is Dr. Theresa Towle. I have decades of experience providing holistic care to help heal hurt, process trauma, build resilience, and find balance. As a dual-certified family & psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner, I use evidence-based techniques to treat mind and body, including addressing the role of the gut-brain axis in anxiety, depression, trauma, attention issues, weight loss and a host of other issues. I am dedicated to working with you develop a holistic approach to care.
(708) 564-3560 View (708) 564-3560
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Dacia J Harrold
Psychiatrist, MD, MA
Verified
Chicago, IL 60657  (Online Only)
As a psychoanalyst my approach is grounded in a humble appreciation for how individuals work to create a way of life that is safe and enriching, based on an understanding that at times despite best efforts we can feel pain, sadness or anger or even wrestle with unwanted feelings or behaviors that we cannot quite name. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy can be helpful in that it allows one to incorporate a view of the past that can shed light on present struggles. It is based on the belief that we employ particular coping strategies to manage the challenges inherent in being a subject in the
As a psychoanalyst my approach is grounded in a humble appreciation for how individuals work to create a way of life that is safe and enriching, based on an understanding that at times despite best efforts we can feel pain, sadness or anger or even wrestle with unwanted feelings or behaviors that we cannot quite name. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy can be helpful in that it allows one to incorporate a view of the past that can shed light on present struggles. It is based on the belief that we employ particular coping strategies to manage the challenges inherent in being a subject in the
(773) 598-5060 View (773) 598-5060
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PsyCare of FCS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified
Aurora, IL 60506
We are a group of psychiatric nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, social workers and therapists with nearly 100 years of experience in behavioral health care. In our practice at Family Counseling Service, we treat children, adolescents, and adults. Our team of professional counselors/social workers and medication providers work together to help individuals achieve successful outcomes in their lives.
We are a group of psychiatric nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, social workers and therapists with nearly 100 years of experience in behavioral health care. In our practice at Family Counseling Service, we treat children, adolescents, and adults. Our team of professional counselors/social workers and medication providers work together to help individuals achieve successful outcomes in their lives.
(331) 244-5030 View (331) 244-5030
Photo of Milica Ciglanic, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Zion, IL
Milica Ciglanic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Hello, I am Milica, a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a strong commitment to improving the mental well-being of adolescents and adults. With a specialization in mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD. I have had the privilege of working with diverse patient populations, providing comprehensive psychiatric care that is rooted in evidence-based treatments and a patient-centered approach. My experience has equipped me with the skills to assess, diagnose, and develop personalized treatment plans that address the unique needs of each individual.
Hello, I am Milica, a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a strong commitment to improving the mental well-being of adolescents and adults. With a specialization in mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD. I have had the privilege of working with diverse patient populations, providing comprehensive psychiatric care that is rooted in evidence-based treatments and a patient-centered approach. My experience has equipped me with the skills to assess, diagnose, and develop personalized treatment plans that address the unique needs of each individual.
(630) 491-9658 View (630) 491-9658

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How can I find a psychiatrist in Zion?

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.