Psychiatrists in Lawrence County, IN

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Jessica Nicole Roberts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bedford, IN 47421  (Online Only)
Jessica has 6 years of experience working in psychiatry and addictions. She is a psychiatric nurse practitioner for Roadways to Recovery and is currently accepting new patients. Jessica treats adults with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She received her MSN at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. She is originally from West Virginia and has lived in Indiana since 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys time with loved ones and is very social. Hobbies include yoga, hiking, and biking
Jessica has 6 years of experience working in psychiatry and addictions. She is a psychiatric nurse practitioner for Roadways to Recovery and is currently accepting new patients. Jessica treats adults with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She received her MSN at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. She is originally from West Virginia and has lived in Indiana since 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys time with loved ones and is very social. Hobbies include yoga, hiking, and biking
(636) 433-8558 View (636) 433-8558
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bedford, IN 47421
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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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bedford, IN 47421
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(463) 466-5967 View (463) 466-5967
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Lacy Pippin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bedford, IN 47421
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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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bedford, IN 47421
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(463) 219-4976 View (463) 219-4976
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Bedford, IN 47421
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

Online Psychiatrists

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Zeba Madni
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46037  (Online Only)
I understand that your health and wellness are your priority and I will work collaboratively with you towards your goals. I believe in providing holistic and individualized care. My area of expertise includes Major depressive disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Mood Disorders, PostPartum Depression, Personality Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, OCD, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder and Psychosis.
I understand that your health and wellness are your priority and I will work collaboratively with you towards your goals. I believe in providing holistic and individualized care. My area of expertise includes Major depressive disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Mood Disorders, PostPartum Depression, Personality Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, OCD, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder and Psychosis.
(317) 483-8522 View (317) 483-8522
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Sarah Schinbeckler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46205  (Online Only)
With more than 11 years of clinical experience as a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my experience includes treating individuals with mood disorders (bipolar), depression, anxiety, trauma, ADD/ADHD, addiction, postpartum depression/anxiety, and difficulties adjusting to major life events.
With more than 11 years of clinical experience as a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my experience includes treating individuals with mood disorders (bipolar), depression, anxiety, trauma, ADD/ADHD, addiction, postpartum depression/anxiety, and difficulties adjusting to major life events.
(765) 791-1461 View (765) 791-1461
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Lacy Pippin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Albany, IN 47150
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) 389-8112 View (812) 389-8112
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Lindsay Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Hello! My name is Lindsay,. I take pride in being on YOUR team. I will work with you to create the best treatment plan to meet your needs. YOU are in charge of your treatment. I am only your "helper" to get you where you want to be. We will work together to ensure you are confident in our treatment decisions while achieving desired outcomes safely. My ideal patient is someone who is seeking personal growth and healing. Everyone deserves to wake up looking forward to starting their day by identifying the positives in their lives, changing controllable negatives, and coping with uncontrollable negatives that impede happiness!
Hello! My name is Lindsay,. I take pride in being on YOUR team. I will work with you to create the best treatment plan to meet your needs. YOU are in charge of your treatment. I am only your "helper" to get you where you want to be. We will work together to ensure you are confident in our treatment decisions while achieving desired outcomes safely. My ideal patient is someone who is seeking personal growth and healing. Everyone deserves to wake up looking forward to starting their day by identifying the positives in their lives, changing controllable negatives, and coping with uncontrollable negatives that impede happiness!
(317) 620-8394 View (317) 620-8394
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Indy ADHD
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Carmel, IN 46032
Are you a high-functioning adult with ADHD? If so, you know how untreated ADHD can significantly impact your life. You may struggle with focus, procrastination, time management, and organization. You may also feel overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed. At Indy ADHD, we understand. Dr. Ellingsworth offers an accessible, understanding, and specialized care model for adults with ADHD. We use cutting-edge technologies and research to provide tailored treatment plans that take into account your unique needs. Dr. Ellingsworth offers Telehealth appointments and transparent pricing, so you can get the care you need without breaking the bank.
Are you a high-functioning adult with ADHD? If so, you know how untreated ADHD can significantly impact your life. You may struggle with focus, procrastination, time management, and organization. You may also feel overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed. At Indy ADHD, we understand. Dr. Ellingsworth offers an accessible, understanding, and specialized care model for adults with ADHD. We use cutting-edge technologies and research to provide tailored treatment plans that take into account your unique needs. Dr. Ellingsworth offers Telehealth appointments and transparent pricing, so you can get the care you need without breaking the bank.
(317) 659-6251 View (317) 659-6251
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Dynamic Mental Healthcare Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHARM-D, PMHNP,
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46038  (Online Only)
Patient-Centered Approached At Dynamic Healthcare Services, we prioritize the needs and preferences of our patients. We believe in building strong therapeutic relationships based on trust and collaboration. Our team takes the time to listen to each patient's concerns, understand their unique experiences, and work together to develop a personalized treatment plan.
Patient-Centered Approached At Dynamic Healthcare Services, we prioritize the needs and preferences of our patients. We believe in building strong therapeutic relationships based on trust and collaboration. Our team takes the time to listen to each patient's concerns, understand their unique experiences, and work together to develop a personalized treatment plan.
(463) 218-9690 View (463) 218-9690
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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) 497-8383 View (812) 497-8383
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westfield, IN 46074
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.
(317) 676-9964 View (317) 676-9964
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Amanda V Kent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bloomington, IN 47401  (Online Only)
My clients come to me seeking help with various mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance use disorders, and many others. My goal is to work with my clients to help them find the right treatments and medications for them. You will leave my sessions feeling heard, cared for, and more hopeful.
My clients come to me seeking help with various mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance use disorders, and many others. My goal is to work with my clients to help them find the right treatments and medications for them. You will leave my sessions feeling heard, cared for, and more hopeful.
(812) 633-8091 View (812) 633-8091
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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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Melissa Maxwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Evansville, IN 47711
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from Western Governor's University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. I strive to create a collaborative relationship with my clients. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship begins with understanding my clients as they see themselves and the goals that they have for themselves.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from Western Governor's University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. I strive to create a collaborative relationship with my clients. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship begins with understanding my clients as they see themselves and the goals that they have for themselves.
(916) 269-5354 View (916) 269-5354
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Focus ADHD Indianapolis
Psychiatrist, DO, JD, MPH
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46204  (Online Only)
Are you an adult struggling with ADHD? If so, you’re not alone. The providers at Focus ADHD specialize in the treatment of ADHD in adults, particularly working professionals. ADHD affects millions of adults in the US and worldwide. The good news is that Dr. Mario Padron helps individuals like yourself who struggle with ADHD. With a proper diagnosis and a customized treatment plan, you CAN live a less frustrating, more fulfilling life. Focus ADHD is committed to creating a welcoming, non-judgmental clinic where you feel comfortable to come and share your symptoms, struggles, and your concerns.
Are you an adult struggling with ADHD? If so, you’re not alone. The providers at Focus ADHD specialize in the treatment of ADHD in adults, particularly working professionals. ADHD affects millions of adults in the US and worldwide. The good news is that Dr. Mario Padron helps individuals like yourself who struggle with ADHD. With a proper diagnosis and a customized treatment plan, you CAN live a less frustrating, more fulfilling life. Focus ADHD is committed to creating a welcoming, non-judgmental clinic where you feel comfortable to come and share your symptoms, struggles, and your concerns.
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Abimbola D Oluwasesin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46268
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner as well. I am dedicated to improving the mental wellbeing of individuals across the lifespan. I am also committed to providing a safe and supportive space for individuals seeking mental help. I care for all individuals across the lifespan.
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner as well. I am dedicated to improving the mental wellbeing of individuals across the lifespan. I am also committed to providing a safe and supportive space for individuals seeking mental help. I care for all individuals across the lifespan.
(765) 246-8420 View (765) 246-8420
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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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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lawrence County, IN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lawrence County, IN who prioritize treating:

83% Depression
83% Anxiety
83% ADHD
83% Trauma and PTSD
67% Addiction
67% Sleep or Insomnia
50% Grief

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Lawrence County, IN see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lawrence 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.