Psychiatrists in Illinois

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Photo of Elizabeth Wengel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Illinois
Elizabeth Wengel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
My name is Elizabeth Wengel and I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in psychiatric evaluations and medication management. My goal is to put patients at ease by creating a supportive environment to address their concerns. I offer medication management and supportive therapy to improve self esteem and alleviate symptoms.
My name is Elizabeth Wengel and I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in psychiatric evaluations and medication management. My goal is to put patients at ease by creating a supportive environment to address their concerns. I offer medication management and supportive therapy to improve self esteem and alleviate symptoms.
(708) 765-6803 View (708) 765-6803
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Arturo Ventura
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540  (Online Only)
Hello, I’m Art Ventura. Are you scared of your own emotions? If you are, you’re definitely not alone. While we thrive for pleasant emotions, the moment we veer over to the troublesome side, rather than working on these challenges we tend to run away instead. Being licensed in both psychiatric and family medicine I can provide a unique perspective in treating mental health conditions particularly in evaluating and treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, ADHD, insomnia, dementia, OCD and other issues for individuals ages 18 to 65.
Hello, I’m Art Ventura. Are you scared of your own emotions? If you are, you’re definitely not alone. While we thrive for pleasant emotions, the moment we veer over to the troublesome side, rather than working on these challenges we tend to run away instead. Being licensed in both psychiatric and family medicine I can provide a unique perspective in treating mental health conditions particularly in evaluating and treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, ADHD, insomnia, dementia, OCD and other issues for individuals ages 18 to 65.
(630) 912-9446 View (630) 912-9446
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Balanced Psychiatric Solutions, Beata Janton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carol Stream, IL 60188  (Online Only)
I am a double board-certified nurse practitioner in family and psychiatric practice. I have been in practice since 2015, initially in family practice. I worked for a few years in a community health care clinic with patients from underserved populations. I became aware that my patients have complex medical healthcare problems and often have severe mental illnesses that were not treated. I realized that I needed to add a psychiatric specialty to become a competent psychiatric provider. I completed my psychiatric degree from the University of St. Francis. After graduation, I started to work with the underserved population again.
I am a double board-certified nurse practitioner in family and psychiatric practice. I have been in practice since 2015, initially in family practice. I worked for a few years in a community health care clinic with patients from underserved populations. I became aware that my patients have complex medical healthcare problems and often have severe mental illnesses that were not treated. I realized that I needed to add a psychiatric specialty to become a competent psychiatric provider. I completed my psychiatric degree from the University of St. Francis. After graduation, I started to work with the underserved population again.
(773) 207-3163 View (773) 207-3163
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Emilie Emberton
Physician Assistant, MS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60614
Every person is a mosaic of experiences, relationships, goals, and values across their lifespan - no one is defined by one independent thing. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life, and understand how core developmental aspects connect us all.
Every person is a mosaic of experiences, relationships, goals, and values across their lifespan - no one is defined by one independent thing. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life, and understand how core developmental aspects connect us all.
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Rachel Ramaswamy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60604
Accepting new patients as soon as this week. I am a board certified adult psychiatrist with an emphasis on reproductive psychiatry, including issues related to pregnancy, postpartum, menstruation and menopause. I utilize a holistic approach to understand my patients beyond a simple diagnosis. Through a supportive, collaborative relationship, we can work together toward sustainable growth and achieving your aspirational Self.
Accepting new patients as soon as this week. I am a board certified adult psychiatrist with an emphasis on reproductive psychiatry, including issues related to pregnancy, postpartum, menstruation and menopause. I utilize a holistic approach to understand my patients beyond a simple diagnosis. Through a supportive, collaborative relationship, we can work together toward sustainable growth and achieving your aspirational Self.
(630) 345-8537 View (630) 345-8537
The Juniper Center, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60601
At the Juniper Center our approach for addressing your medical and psychiatric needs is individualized. We work with you to determine which evidence-based treatments are best for you, whether it is with prescription medicines, or a more holistic non-medicine approach. We have specialized expertise in a variety of mental health conditions and will closely collaborate with you and your care providers to offer integrated and coordinated care. We work with your psychotherapists, both internal and external to coordinate your care, ensuring best outcomes.
At the Juniper Center our approach for addressing your medical and psychiatric needs is individualized. We work with you to determine which evidence-based treatments are best for you, whether it is with prescription medicines, or a more holistic non-medicine approach. We have specialized expertise in a variety of mental health conditions and will closely collaborate with you and your care providers to offer integrated and coordinated care. We work with your psychotherapists, both internal and external to coordinate your care, ensuring best outcomes.
(312) 535-5805 x3 View (312) 535-5805 x3
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Mustapha Olugbile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60611  (Online Only)
Mustapha Olugbile is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with exceptional clinical skills. I specialize in providing the best quality care using evidence-based practice that includes medication management and therapeutic sessions. I have over eleven years’ experience in the field of mental illness. I worked as a registered nurse for 7 years before transitioning to psychiatric nurse practitioner the last 5 years. I provide both psychotherapy and psychopharmacological treatment.
Mustapha Olugbile is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with exceptional clinical skills. I specialize in providing the best quality care using evidence-based practice that includes medication management and therapeutic sessions. I have over eleven years’ experience in the field of mental illness. I worked as a registered nurse for 7 years before transitioning to psychiatric nurse practitioner the last 5 years. I provide both psychotherapy and psychopharmacological treatment.
(630) 454-9281 View (630) 454-9281
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Jo Muller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Downers Grove, IL 60515  (Online Only)
Jo is a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and PMHNP post graduate training at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, with her Master’s degree and FNP training at the University of Saint Francis. Jo is trained to provide individualized and inclusive high level patient care across the lifespan; her experience enables her to see the individual as a whole being and understand the relationship between physical and mental health.
Jo is a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and PMHNP post graduate training at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, with her Master’s degree and FNP training at the University of Saint Francis. Jo is trained to provide individualized and inclusive high level patient care across the lifespan; her experience enables her to see the individual as a whole being and understand the relationship between physical and mental health.
(630) 339-5175 View (630) 339-5175
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Krista Saum
Physician Assistant, MCMSc, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60614
Traditional psychiatric practices can be rigid and often push patients into boxes established by the DSM. While understanding the importance of identifying specific diagnoses, I strive to break apart labels and eliminate associated stigmas. I believe everyone falls on a continuum of multiple diagnoses, most of which are rooted in generational and childhood trauma. I hope to support my patients both pharmacologically and therapeutically on their journey to understanding and accepting themselves fully. I believe in treating the “whole-person” and emphasize the importance of exploring mind-body connection through mindfulness practices.
Traditional psychiatric practices can be rigid and often push patients into boxes established by the DSM. While understanding the importance of identifying specific diagnoses, I strive to break apart labels and eliminate associated stigmas. I believe everyone falls on a continuum of multiple diagnoses, most of which are rooted in generational and childhood trauma. I hope to support my patients both pharmacologically and therapeutically on their journey to understanding and accepting themselves fully. I believe in treating the “whole-person” and emphasize the importance of exploring mind-body connection through mindfulness practices.
(773) 839-7804 View (773) 839-7804
Raymelle M Schoos
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Raymelle M. Schoos is a psychiatrist in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. She received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Raymelle M. Schoos is a psychiatrist in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. She received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
(847) 320-0607 View (847) 320-0607
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Crystal Goods
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60607
Crystal is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner on the Mindful Care team practicing out of Illinois.
Crystal is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner on the Mindful Care team practicing out of Illinois.
(773) 985-3575 View (773) 985-3575
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Robert G Kohn
Psychiatrist, DO FAAN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McHenry, IL 60050
I offer the medical knowledge learned from a thirty year career in Neuropsychiatry. The brain and mind work in harmony seeking balance. The difficulty that you are experiencing, whether this affects your emotions, thinking or behavior, is something I may be able to help. Life is both complicated and simple. I would like to help.
I offer the medical knowledge learned from a thirty year career in Neuropsychiatry. The brain and mind work in harmony seeking balance. The difficulty that you are experiencing, whether this affects your emotions, thinking or behavior, is something I may be able to help. Life is both complicated and simple. I would like to help.
(779) 804-2262 View (779) 804-2262
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Saad Khan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, F, N, P
Verified Verified
Elmhurst, IL 60126  (Online Only)
I am Family Nurse Practitioner certified in the treatment of substance abuse / opioid use disorder using Suboxone. It can treat addiction and withdrawal that can arise from Heroin, Norco, Vicodin, Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and other medications that are in the Opioid family. I do Suboxone home induction so you do not have to go to the hospital or a detox center to get started. I also manage Anxiety, Depression. ADHD, PTSD, OCD, & Alcohol use disorder. Finally, I also do Ketamine nasal spray (Spravato) in Schaumburg, IL.
I am Family Nurse Practitioner certified in the treatment of substance abuse / opioid use disorder using Suboxone. It can treat addiction and withdrawal that can arise from Heroin, Norco, Vicodin, Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and other medications that are in the Opioid family. I do Suboxone home induction so you do not have to go to the hospital or a detox center to get started. I also manage Anxiety, Depression. ADHD, PTSD, OCD, & Alcohol use disorder. Finally, I also do Ketamine nasal spray (Spravato) in Schaumburg, IL.
(847) 443-5595 View (847) 443-5595
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Dr. Gregory Jasinski
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Warrenville, IL 60555
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
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Northshore TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Have you tried medication and therapy, but are still struggling with depression, anxious depression, or OCD? TMS Therapy is an FDA-Approved treatment that can help those with treatment resistant mood disorders get relief in as little as 6 weeks. TMS Therapy is a non-invasive, 20 minute treatment done in the outpatient setting that uses a magnetic field to stimulate a targeted area of the brain. Patients are awake during the treatment and can drive themselves to and from the treatment. TMS is tolerable, with less than 2% of patients discontinuing TMS for discomfort.
Have you tried medication and therapy, but are still struggling with depression, anxious depression, or OCD? TMS Therapy is an FDA-Approved treatment that can help those with treatment resistant mood disorders get relief in as little as 6 weeks. TMS Therapy is a non-invasive, 20 minute treatment done in the outpatient setting that uses a magnetic field to stimulate a targeted area of the brain. Patients are awake during the treatment and can drive themselves to and from the treatment. TMS is tolerable, with less than 2% of patients discontinuing TMS for discomfort.
(847) 916-0461 View (847) 916-0461
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Iancu 'mike' Bradean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Evanston, IL 60201
Mike Bradean is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2014. He has an Undergraduate in Nursing and Psychology and an Advanced Practice Nurse specialized in Mental Health. Mike provides an empathetic approach focused on understanding each client's unique circumstances. He also loves to educate his clients on the various aspects of their condition and their treatment options. Outside of work, Mike enjoys reading, race car driving, and working out.
Mike Bradean is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2014. He has an Undergraduate in Nursing and Psychology and an Advanced Practice Nurse specialized in Mental Health. Mike provides an empathetic approach focused on understanding each client's unique circumstances. He also loves to educate his clients on the various aspects of their condition and their treatment options. Outside of work, Mike enjoys reading, race car driving, and working out.
(847) 393-9657 View (847) 393-9657
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Premier Psychiatry, Psychiatric and Behavioral
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60467
Our ideal client seeks compassionate care and effective solutions for their mental health challenges. They may struggle with depression, anxiety, or trauma and desire relief from symptoms that hinder their daily life. They seek understanding, validation, and support in navigating their journey towards healing and self-discovery. Their goal is to regain control, find inner peace, and live a fulfilling life, free from the burdens of their mental health issues.
Our ideal client seeks compassionate care and effective solutions for their mental health challenges. They may struggle with depression, anxiety, or trauma and desire relief from symptoms that hinder their daily life. They seek understanding, validation, and support in navigating their journey towards healing and self-discovery. Their goal is to regain control, find inner peace, and live a fulfilling life, free from the burdens of their mental health issues.
(708) 934-0464 View (708) 934-0464
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Evan O Foster Deranja
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified 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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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
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Elizabeth Adekoya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, FPA, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60611  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients! Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do you suffer from persistent sadness? Do you find yourself struggling to focus or concentrate? 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 and I help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety, ADHD and any other comorbidities.
Now accepting new patients! Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do you suffer from persistent sadness? Do you find yourself struggling to focus or concentrate? 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 and I help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety, ADHD and any other comorbidities.
(872) 244-6995 View (872) 244-6995

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Illinois who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
91% Depression
74% Bipolar Disorder
69% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Medication Management
66% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% BlueCross and BlueShield
81% Aetna
78% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Illinois see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
28% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Illinois?

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.