Psychiatrists in Indianapolis, IN

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Phase Forward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, MSN, BSN, BSBA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46216
Andy is experienced in providing medication management along with supportive therapy for various psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, mood disorders, anxiety disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, neurocognitive disorders, sleep disorder, and addiction.
Andy is experienced in providing medication management along with supportive therapy for various psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, mood disorders, anxiety disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, neurocognitive disorders, sleep disorder, and addiction.
(463) 220-2723 View (463) 220-2723
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Glenda (Jan) Grovenberry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46216
Jan Grovenberry is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Indiana who has been practicing since 2020. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and a Master's Degree in Nursing from IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN. Jan helps her clients with her exceptional compassion/sensitivity and communication/relationship building and problem-solving skills. In her spare time, Jan enjoys time with her family. She loves fishing, boating, biking, gardening, bowling, going to concerts/ festivals and advocating for animal welfare.
Jan Grovenberry is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Indiana who has been practicing since 2020. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and a Master's Degree in Nursing from IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN. Jan helps her clients with her exceptional compassion/sensitivity and communication/relationship building and problem-solving skills. In her spare time, Jan enjoys time with her family. She loves fishing, boating, biking, gardening, bowling, going to concerts/ festivals and advocating for animal welfare.
(463) 258-8274 View (463) 258-8274
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Dr. Femi Akinsanya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46204  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Dr. Femi, your dedicated healthcare partner with nearly two decades of expertise in psychiatric care. My educational journey took me from the University of Maryland for Nursing, through Northern Kentucky University for my advanced practice degree, to Manchester University in Indiana where I earned my Doctor of Pharmacy.
Hello! I'm Dr. Femi, your dedicated healthcare partner with nearly two decades of expertise in psychiatric care. My educational journey took me from the University of Maryland for Nursing, through Northern Kentucky University for my advanced practice degree, to Manchester University in Indiana where I earned my Doctor of Pharmacy.
(463) 232-7332 View (463) 232-7332
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Michelle Porter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Hi! My name is Michelle and I am very excited to have begun my career as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner! I provide diagnostic assessments, medication management, and supportive therapy services. I have seven years of experience working in the mental health field and caring for patients across the lifespan. I believe that the provider-client relationship is one of the core elements of quality psychiatric care and strive to develop trust and understanding with my clients. My ideal patient is one that is invested in their mental health care and is willing to take the steps necessary to improve their wellbeing.
Hi! My name is Michelle and I am very excited to have begun my career as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner! I provide diagnostic assessments, medication management, and supportive therapy services. I have seven years of experience working in the mental health field and caring for patients across the lifespan. I believe that the provider-client relationship is one of the core elements of quality psychiatric care and strive to develop trust and understanding with my clients. My ideal patient is one that is invested in their mental health care and is willing to take the steps necessary to improve their wellbeing.
(317) 855-0777 View (317) 855-0777
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Heather Lett With Innate Way Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Hello! Here is a little about me.... I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner that believes given the right support, everyone is capable of healing. I utilize a holistic approach in treatment, and I am dedicated to supporting individuals and/or families looking for a more natural approach in healing from mental health struggles. I love learning about my clients and how best to serve them! I also support pregnant mothers and their families, which include pre/post pregnancy wellness into toddlerhood (parenting). Sometimes we just need someone to listen, help support us, and I am here to meet you right where you are!
Hello! Here is a little about me.... I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner that believes given the right support, everyone is capable of healing. I utilize a holistic approach in treatment, and I am dedicated to supporting individuals and/or families looking for a more natural approach in healing from mental health struggles. I love learning about my clients and how best to serve them! I also support pregnant mothers and their families, which include pre/post pregnancy wellness into toddlerhood (parenting). Sometimes we just need someone to listen, help support us, and I am here to meet you right where you are!
(317) 751-9959 View (317) 751-9959
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Zacia Green
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Hello, I am Zacia. I am here to help you with your mental health needs. I am here to listen to your concerns and come up with a treatment plan that best suits you. I am a goal-oriented provider. I like to help my patients set realistic and achievable goals and help them overcome obstacles. I strive to be a provider that is approachable, and someone my patients will find comfort in confiding in. I have flexible hours and evening/weekend appointments if needed. I look forward to meeting you and helping you though whatever it is that may be preventing you from obtaining that level of serenity that you desire.
Hello, I am Zacia. I am here to help you with your mental health needs. I am here to listen to your concerns and come up with a treatment plan that best suits you. I am a goal-oriented provider. I like to help my patients set realistic and achievable goals and help them overcome obstacles. I strive to be a provider that is approachable, and someone my patients will find comfort in confiding in. I have flexible hours and evening/weekend appointments if needed. I look forward to meeting you and helping you though whatever it is that may be preventing you from obtaining that level of serenity that you desire.
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Nikki Gaines
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MBA, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46206  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than ten years of experience in various facets of mental health. My philosophy includes a focus on whole mind and body wellness. I strive to deliver excellent, compassionate care through active listening and thoughtful collaboration with my patients – with a splash of humor. You will feel heard and validated, never rushed or ignored. My interest is in the person with a symptom rather than the symptom of a person.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than ten years of experience in various facets of mental health. My philosophy includes a focus on whole mind and body wellness. I strive to deliver excellent, compassionate care through active listening and thoughtful collaboration with my patients – with a splash of humor. You will feel heard and validated, never rushed or ignored. My interest is in the person with a symptom rather than the symptom of a person.
(317) 548-8608 View (317) 548-8608
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LaToya Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46222
I understand that seeking help for mental health concerns can be difficult and overwhelming. I am here to support you throughout your journey by creating a safe and welcoming space where you can feel heard and understood. I recognize that your struggles are unique and require an individualized approach. My goal is to work collaboratively with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your concerns and empowers you to achieve your goals.
I understand that seeking help for mental health concerns can be difficult and overwhelming. I am here to support you throughout your journey by creating a safe and welcoming space where you can feel heard and understood. I recognize that your struggles are unique and require an individualized approach. My goal is to work collaboratively with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your concerns and empowers you to achieve your goals.
(317) 434-1547 View (317) 434-1547
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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.
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Amy Abuasabeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46204  (Online Only)
Amy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She's worked as a psychiatric nurse for many years, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and is passionate about helping patients achieve their goals of mental and emotional wellness. She keeps abreast of the latest scientific advances in psychiatry to help her patients feel empowered and fulfilled.
Amy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She's worked as a psychiatric nurse for many years, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and is passionate about helping patients achieve their goals of mental and emotional wellness. She keeps abreast of the latest scientific advances in psychiatry to help her patients feel empowered and fulfilled.
(317) 720-3949 View (317) 720-3949
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Nick Kelly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Hello and thank you for visiting my page! My name is Nick and I am a family nurse practitioner. I am trained in family practice but have additional experience in mental health and addiction medicine. As a mental health provider I believe it's my duty to legitimize and de-stigmatize mental health, in addition to my goal of making healthcare more accessible.
Hello and thank you for visiting my page! My name is Nick and I am a family nurse practitioner. I am trained in family practice but have additional experience in mental health and addiction medicine. As a mental health provider I believe it's my duty to legitimize and de-stigmatize mental health, in addition to my goal of making healthcare more accessible.
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Jill Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ANP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46204  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. I have 17 years experience as an NP and over 38 years in health care. My expertise is in prescribing and medication management however, I also provide short-term psychotherapy.
Hello! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. I have 17 years experience as an NP and over 38 years in health care. My expertise is in prescribing and medication management however, I also provide short-term psychotherapy.
(317) 342-5865 View (317) 342-5865
Photo of Malinda Butler, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Indianapolis, IN
Malinda Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46205  (Online Only)
I'm excited to be a part of your journey in providing support to individuals facing various challenges in their lives. From depression and anxiety to trauma, ADHD/ADD, and work-related issues, I'm here to assist them on their path to healing and growth. I'm particularly passionate about advocating for inclusive care for individuals from all walks of life, including the LGBTQAI+ community. Instantly book a appointment with me by clicking on my website to the right.
I'm excited to be a part of your journey in providing support to individuals facing various challenges in their lives. From depression and anxiety to trauma, ADHD/ADD, and work-related issues, I'm here to assist them on their path to healing and growth. I'm particularly passionate about advocating for inclusive care for individuals from all walks of life, including the LGBTQAI+ community. Instantly book a appointment with me by clicking on my website to the right.
(346) 248-2638 View (346) 248-2638
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
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.
(317) 458-5454 View (317) 458-5454
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Danielle Perkins Manning
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Just Mental Health, Incorporated, is a community-based outpatient mental health clinic owned and operated by Dr. Danielle Perkins Manning, a Black woman and native of Indianapolis, Indiana. She is a board-certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience in nursing practice, education, and research.
Just Mental Health, Incorporated, is a community-based outpatient mental health clinic owned and operated by Dr. Danielle Perkins Manning, a Black woman and native of Indianapolis, Indiana. She is a board-certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience in nursing practice, education, and research.
(317) 548-6147 View (317) 548-6147
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Helix Health Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
I believe creating an environment of health and wellness begins with an open empathetic therapeutic relationship. A place where people feel safe to explore their family/relationship dynamics, unresolved traumas, and coping mechanisms. Through this exploration we will discover in what ways these impact your life. All the while, working together to identify your individual strengths and how we can adapt these to empower growth. We will establish an individual treatment plan that may include medications, complementary and alternative wellness interventions, and/or psychotherapy.
I believe creating an environment of health and wellness begins with an open empathetic therapeutic relationship. A place where people feel safe to explore their family/relationship dynamics, unresolved traumas, and coping mechanisms. Through this exploration we will discover in what ways these impact your life. All the while, working together to identify your individual strengths and how we can adapt these to empower growth. We will establish an individual treatment plan that may include medications, complementary and alternative wellness interventions, and/or psychotherapy.
(317) 350-8838 View (317) 350-8838
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Helix Health Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
I am the co-owner and operator of Helix Health group. I believe creating an environment of health and wellness begins with an open empathetic therapeutic relationship. We will establish an individual treatment plan that may include medications, complementary and alternative wellness interventions, and/or psychotherapy. Please see helixhealthgroup.com for all pertinent scheduling and practice information, including our new monthly membership medication management plan of 75/month.
I am the co-owner and operator of Helix Health group. I believe creating an environment of health and wellness begins with an open empathetic therapeutic relationship. We will establish an individual treatment plan that may include medications, complementary and alternative wellness interventions, and/or psychotherapy. Please see helixhealthgroup.com for all pertinent scheduling and practice information, including our new monthly membership medication management plan of 75/month.
(317) 343-8462 View (317) 343-8462
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Eric Lyakhovetsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Eric Lyakhovetsky is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and has been involved in the psychiatric care of children and adults since 2010. He has studied at a variety of colleges including Indiana University, Bloomington before finishing his masters at Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis. Eric takes a holistic, patient-centered approach to treatment, with an emphasis on helping patients to understand their conditions and treatment options. He has extensive experience working with children, teens and adults ranging up to age 35 with a variety of conditions including ADHD, anxiety, depression and trauma.
Eric Lyakhovetsky is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and has been involved in the psychiatric care of children and adults since 2010. He has studied at a variety of colleges including Indiana University, Bloomington before finishing his masters at Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis. Eric takes a holistic, patient-centered approach to treatment, with an emphasis on helping patients to understand their conditions and treatment options. He has extensive experience working with children, teens and adults ranging up to age 35 with a variety of conditions including ADHD, anxiety, depression and trauma.
(463) 218-6518 View (463) 218-6518
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Madeline Briere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46260
I am the co-owner and operator of Clear Perspectives, LLC, an outpatient family mental health practice in Indianapolis, IN. I believe in a holistic approach to mental healthcare and utilize a variety of techniques including psychiatric medications alongside nutraceuticals (or supplements) with some behavioral therapy and lifestyle interventions in order to create personalized treatment plans. I believe that mental health symptoms rarely exist in a vacuum and love to work with entire families and/or support systems to ensure I am addressing the whole picture.
I am the co-owner and operator of Clear Perspectives, LLC, an outpatient family mental health practice in Indianapolis, IN. I believe in a holistic approach to mental healthcare and utilize a variety of techniques including psychiatric medications alongside nutraceuticals (or supplements) with some behavioral therapy and lifestyle interventions in order to create personalized treatment plans. I believe that mental health symptoms rarely exist in a vacuum and love to work with entire families and/or support systems to ensure I am addressing the whole picture.
(317) 967-9323 View (317) 967-9323
Photo of Heidi Needler, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Indianapolis, IN
Heidi Needler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46280
Heidi Needler is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Indiana. Since 2022, Heidi has been working alongside clients in a variety of mental health settings – outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospitalization. Prior to achieving her NP, Heidi was a practicing RN for 14yrs. She has been nominated for a Daisy Award for her compassion, warmth, and attentive care. Heidi provides holistic care with a focus on mental health disorders. Her passion is partnering with patients experiencing anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar and other mood disorders, as well as psychosis/schizophrenia to improve their quality of life.
Heidi Needler is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Indiana. Since 2022, Heidi has been working alongside clients in a variety of mental health settings – outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospitalization. Prior to achieving her NP, Heidi was a practicing RN for 14yrs. She has been nominated for a Daisy Award for her compassion, warmth, and attentive care. Heidi provides holistic care with a focus on mental health disorders. Her passion is partnering with patients experiencing anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar and other mood disorders, as well as psychosis/schizophrenia to improve their quality of life.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Indianapolis, IN

90+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Indianapolis, IN who prioritize treating:

98% Depression
94% Anxiety
75% ADHD
72% Medication Management
70% Trauma and PTSD
67% Bipolar Disorder
66% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
91% Cigna and Evernorth
88% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Indianapolis, IN see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
30% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Indianapolis?

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.