Psychiatrists in Bartholomew County, IN

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Psyche, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbus, IN 47203
Hello! My name is Jessi and I'm a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have worked in healthcare for over 19 years now, and have found that psychiatry is my passion! I enjoy working with clients who want to build and maintain their mental health. I work with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of mental heatlh challenges.
Hello! My name is Jessi and I'm a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have worked in healthcare for over 19 years now, and have found that psychiatry is my passion! I enjoy working with clients who want to build and maintain their mental health. I work with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of mental heatlh challenges.
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Bellwood Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, IN 47320
I am passionate about helping those most in need.Many of my clients have not felt heard in the past.They struggle with the everyday things, due to a previous mis-diagnosis or lack of holistic treatment.I seek to listen and take the time needed to fully understand those struggling with ADHD, grief processing, depression, trauma, anxiety or PTSD. Some clients may experience psychosis, or suffer from a personality disorder, or more likely a combination of some of the above. I believe whole body wellness, spirituality, and the mind- body connection are as important as pharmaceutical remedies. If you need to be truly heard, let’s talk.
I am passionate about helping those most in need.Many of my clients have not felt heard in the past.They struggle with the everyday things, due to a previous mis-diagnosis or lack of holistic treatment.I seek to listen and take the time needed to fully understand those struggling with ADHD, grief processing, depression, trauma, anxiety or PTSD. Some clients may experience psychosis, or suffer from a personality disorder, or more likely a combination of some of the above. I believe whole body wellness, spirituality, and the mind- body connection are as important as pharmaceutical remedies. If you need to be truly heard, let’s talk.
(765) 754-4740 View (765) 754-4740
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Cameron Chappell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Carmel, IN 46032
I believe that our mental health is the most important thing we have in this world, and I want to help as many people as I can. My goal is to improve access to mental health treatment.
I believe that our mental health is the most important thing we have in this world, and I want to help as many people as I can. My goal is to improve access to mental health treatment.
(317) 793-3302 View (317) 793-3302
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Kayla Beier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Carmel, IN 46033
Endurance Mental Health & Wellness is not your typical psychiatry practice. We pride ourselves on spending time with our patients to truly get to know who they are and what makes them behave and feel the way they do. We ask questions many psychiatric providers don't. How do you eat, sleep, stress, work, move, pray? We are skilled at perfecting psychiatric diagnosis and believe medications can be a helpful tool when used in conjunction with good therapy, lifestyle changes, and hard work. We enjoy working with motivated patients who are looking for evidenced-based medical treatment delivered in a direct, practical approach.
Endurance Mental Health & Wellness is not your typical psychiatry practice. We pride ourselves on spending time with our patients to truly get to know who they are and what makes them behave and feel the way they do. We ask questions many psychiatric providers don't. How do you eat, sleep, stress, work, move, pray? We are skilled at perfecting psychiatric diagnosis and believe medications can be a helpful tool when used in conjunction with good therapy, lifestyle changes, and hard work. We enjoy working with motivated patients who are looking for evidenced-based medical treatment delivered in a direct, practical approach.
(317) 754-0648 View (317) 754-0648
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Holly Bowling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
New Castle, IN 47362  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients! As a PMHNP I am looking to grow my new Telehealth practice with clients who are unable to be seen at an in-person clinic. Providing visits via Telehealth allows clients the flexibility of conducting their visits virtually anywhere without the hassle of waiting for months to be seen by an in-person provider, all while still obtaining the same benefits, and with the same goal in mind, of improving mental health disorders.
Accepting new clients! As a PMHNP I am looking to grow my new Telehealth practice with clients who are unable to be seen at an in-person clinic. Providing visits via Telehealth allows clients the flexibility of conducting their visits virtually anywhere without the hassle of waiting for months to be seen by an in-person provider, all while still obtaining the same benefits, and with the same goal in mind, of improving mental health disorders.
(765) 275-1143 View (765) 275-1143
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Tejbir Ghuman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Greenwood, IN 46143  (Online Only)
I have years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with various psychiatric diagnosis. I treat depression, anxiety, and mood disorders via my virtual platform. I do not treat ADHD/ADD symptoms, substance abuse, or prescribe any controlled substances via my virtual practice. Intake appointments generally take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour. I will complete a psychiatric evaluation and provide a diagnosis (if appropriate). We will then discuss a treatment plan and follow up. We will determine the need for medication management and individual therapy based on symptoms and needs.
I have years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with various psychiatric diagnosis. I treat depression, anxiety, and mood disorders via my virtual platform. I do not treat ADHD/ADD symptoms, substance abuse, or prescribe any controlled substances via my virtual practice. Intake appointments generally take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour. I will complete a psychiatric evaluation and provide a diagnosis (if appropriate). We will then discuss a treatment plan and follow up. We will determine the need for medication management and individual therapy based on symptoms and needs.
(317) 350-8379 View (317) 350-8379
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Christian Small
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Bloomfield, IN 47424
Thanks for visiting! My professional experience encompasses General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Family Medicine. I am the founder of Headlands ATS, a leader in addiction psychiatry. Our services are professional, personable, and based on methods proven to help you achieve sustainable recovery from substance use. At Headlands, we understand that the underpinnings of addiction have little to do with morality, character or personal responsibility – and everything to do with an individual trying desperately to cope with their suffering. We want to help you, give us a call.
Thanks for visiting! My professional experience encompasses General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Family Medicine. I am the founder of Headlands ATS, a leader in addiction psychiatry. Our services are professional, personable, and based on methods proven to help you achieve sustainable recovery from substance use. At Headlands, we understand that the underpinnings of addiction have little to do with morality, character or personal responsibility – and everything to do with an individual trying desperately to cope with their suffering. We want to help you, give us a call.
(812) 615-2575 View (812) 615-2575
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Bloomington, IN 47405
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(463) 227-0211 View (463) 227-0211
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bloomington, IN 47405
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(463) 263-8707 View (463) 263-8707
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Dorothy Bodur
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46038
Dorothy Bodur is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor's and master's degree in nursing from University of Southern Indiana. Dorothy has experience treating patients in inpatient, outpatient, community, and home-based visits. She has extensive experience in pairing behavioral training with medication management. She specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults with neurodiverse conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.
Dorothy Bodur is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor's and master's degree in nursing from University of Southern Indiana. Dorothy has experience treating patients in inpatient, outpatient, community, and home-based visits. She has extensive experience in pairing behavioral training with medication management. She specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults with neurodiverse conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.
(463) 583-8018 View (463) 583-8018
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Morgan McCormick
Psychiatrist, MD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46208
At Neighborhood Psychiatry, I work to help individuals realize their best versions of themselves. I take pride in developing a collaborative relationship with patients, with a focus on creating a supportive and confidential atmosphere to discuss personal concerns. Making the decision to pursue psychiatric treatment is not always an easy choice, I do my best to promote a warm and empathic relationship, the best environment to promote change and growth.
At Neighborhood Psychiatry, I work to help individuals realize their best versions of themselves. I take pride in developing a collaborative relationship with patients, with a focus on creating a supportive and confidential atmosphere to discuss personal concerns. Making the decision to pursue psychiatric treatment is not always an easy choice, I do my best to promote a warm and empathic relationship, the best environment to promote change and growth.
(317) 794-2244 View (317) 794-2244
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Muhammad Munir
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA, DABPN
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46038
I am uniquely Board Certified in adult as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. I completed adult psychiatry residency at Wayne State University MI then furthered education with child psychiatry fellowship at Brown University RI. I have worked in various clinical settings including inpatient units, outpatient, residential facilities and ER. As a child psychiatrist I have enjoyed working at school based clinics, academic institutions and community mental health agencies. These years of extensive clinical experience enable me to utilize various modalities of treatment for all age groups.
I am uniquely Board Certified in adult as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. I completed adult psychiatry residency at Wayne State University MI then furthered education with child psychiatry fellowship at Brown University RI. I have worked in various clinical settings including inpatient units, outpatient, residential facilities and ER. As a child psychiatrist I have enjoyed working at school based clinics, academic institutions and community mental health agencies. These years of extensive clinical experience enable me to utilize various modalities of treatment for all age groups.
(317) 943-7908 View (317) 943-7908
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Ashley Girardi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Avon, IN 46123
Ashley Girardi is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been psychiatric nurse for almost a decade and received her master’s degree in 2017 with a specialty in psychiatry/mental health from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has practiced in outpatient, inpatient, addiction and community health settings. Her goal is to provide holistic, integrated care for a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, bipolar, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, addiction and ADHD.
Ashley Girardi is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been psychiatric nurse for almost a decade and received her master’s degree in 2017 with a specialty in psychiatry/mental health from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has practiced in outpatient, inpatient, addiction and community health settings. Her goal is to provide holistic, integrated care for a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, bipolar, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, addiction and ADHD.
(317) 376-1339 View (317) 376-1339
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Southern Indiana Mental Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Seymour, IN 47274
Are you tired as soon as you wake up? Or going to bed and laying awake because you keep replaying your conversations, and actions over and over in your head? Or maybe your running around all day long super busy trying to get things done, and at the end of the day you realize you didn't much of anything done. Some people wonder if the things they struggle with are normal, and often might feel like they are the only ones who experience these issues. The truth is if you're asking yourself this, then it causing you some distress, which is not normal and to your surprise, you are not alone. I work with patients to create treatment plans
Are you tired as soon as you wake up? Or going to bed and laying awake because you keep replaying your conversations, and actions over and over in your head? Or maybe your running around all day long super busy trying to get things done, and at the end of the day you realize you didn't much of anything done. Some people wonder if the things they struggle with are normal, and often might feel like they are the only ones who experience these issues. The truth is if you're asking yourself this, then it causing you some distress, which is not normal and to your surprise, you are not alone. I work with patients to create treatment plans
(812) 906-5861 View (812) 906-5861
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Yahya Saeed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46204
I am excited to announce that SinclairMethod is now providing online alcohol treatment to all residents of Texas and Indiana. The Sinclair Method (TSM) is an evidence-based treatment using the FDA-approved medication Naltrexone to gradually reduce problem drinking.
I am excited to announce that SinclairMethod is now providing online alcohol treatment to all residents of Texas and Indiana. The Sinclair Method (TSM) is an evidence-based treatment using the FDA-approved medication Naltrexone to gradually reduce problem drinking.
(713) 820-6908 View (713) 820-6908
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Zeba Madni
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Carmel, IN 46032
Dr. Zeba Madni is a Psychiatrist in Indiana who has been practicing since 2012. Dr. Madni completed her medical degree through Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in Aligarh, India. She went on to complete her residency at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Madni's interest to become a psychiatrist came from her interest in patients' stories and the need to help them, educate them and encourage them to take an active role in their care.
Dr. Zeba Madni is a Psychiatrist in Indiana who has been practicing since 2012. Dr. Madni completed her medical degree through Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in Aligarh, India. She went on to complete her residency at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Madni's interest to become a psychiatrist came from her interest in patients' stories and the need to help them, educate them and encourage them to take an active role in their care.
(317) 483-4705 View (317) 483-4705
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Kimberly Grider
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Kimberly Grider is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Indiana who has been practicing since 2022. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Purdue University and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Kimberly has experience providing mental health care for children, teenagers, adults, and older adults. It is her goal to create a safe space for clients to feel seen, understood, and empowered to be their best selves. Kimberly partners with clients to provide evidence-based guidance to help them meet their mental health goals and achieve overall well-being.
Kimberly Grider is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Indiana who has been practicing since 2022. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Purdue University and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Kimberly has experience providing mental health care for children, teenagers, adults, and older adults. It is her goal to create a safe space for clients to feel seen, understood, and empowered to be their best selves. Kimberly partners with clients to provide evidence-based guidance to help them meet their mental health goals and achieve overall well-being.
(463) 583-1893 View (463) 583-1893
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Lacy Pippin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bloomington, IN 47405
I imagine my ideal client to be a person seeking treatment for struggles that they are not able to handle on their own, such as overwhelming anxiety or depression. They are invested in improving their life and functioning but may not know where to start or may have failed in the process of seeking treatment in the past. They need some guidance in getting back to a place where they are happy with their life and they need support and kindness along the way. They want to have a better understanding of themselves and their feelings with an emphasis placed on learning coping skills to help them through difficult times.
I imagine my ideal client to be a person seeking treatment for struggles that they are not able to handle on their own, such as overwhelming anxiety or depression. They are invested in improving their life and functioning but may not know where to start or may have failed in the process of seeking treatment in the past. They need some guidance in getting back to a place where they are happy with their life and they need support and kindness along the way. They want to have a better understanding of themselves and their feelings with an emphasis placed on learning coping skills to help them through difficult times.
(812) 506-2574 View (812) 506-2574
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MTP Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, ABAM
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46278
Welcome to MTP Psychiatry the official practice of Tanveer A. Padder, MD, a triple board-certified psychiatrist. Under his insightful leadership and great clinical expertise, we deliver a diverse and comprehensive array of state-of-the-art mental health services to our clients, including oral and intranasal ketamine. We provide care for many diseases and conditions, including anxiety, major depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, PTSD, OCD,and many more. We extend our services to all age groups and collaborate with other specialists and professionals as part of our “all-inclusive” care philosophy.
Welcome to MTP Psychiatry the official practice of Tanveer A. Padder, MD, a triple board-certified psychiatrist. Under his insightful leadership and great clinical expertise, we deliver a diverse and comprehensive array of state-of-the-art mental health services to our clients, including oral and intranasal ketamine. We provide care for many diseases and conditions, including anxiety, major depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, PTSD, OCD,and many more. We extend our services to all age groups and collaborate with other specialists and professionals as part of our “all-inclusive” care philosophy.
(219) 245-2733 View (219) 245-2733
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Daniel B Shepler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP
Verified Verified
Carmel, IN 46032
My name is Daniel Shepler. I am dual certified as a Primary Mental Health NP-C as well as an Adult-Gero NP-BC. I see patients ages 10 and up. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adolescents and adults.
My name is Daniel Shepler. I am dual certified as a Primary Mental Health NP-C as well as an Adult-Gero NP-BC. I see patients ages 10 and up. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adolescents and adults.
(317) 900-4146 View (317) 900-4146

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Number of Psychiatrists in Bartholomew County, IN

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Psychiatrists in Bartholomew County, IN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Bartholomew County, IN 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 Bartholomew 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.