Psychiatrists in Lawrenceburg, IN

Photo of Cody Ernst, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lawrenceburg, IN
Cody Ernst
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-CN, PMHNP-B
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
If you're living in the Midwest and struggling with a serious mental illness that's making it difficult to work, keep up with school, and maintain healthy relationships, I'm here to help. As a highly skilled Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with years of experience, I understand the unique challenges facing individuals in the region and offer personalized treatment plans that address their specific needs and goals. You can rely on me if you want to feel heard, valued, and understood so you can safely share your thoughts and feelings while receiving excellent treatment.
If you're living in the Midwest and struggling with a serious mental illness that's making it difficult to work, keep up with school, and maintain healthy relationships, I'm here to help. As a highly skilled Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with years of experience, I understand the unique challenges facing individuals in the region and offer personalized treatment plans that address their specific needs and goals. You can rely on me if you want to feel heard, valued, and understood so you can safely share your thoughts and feelings while receiving excellent treatment.
(812) 414-5314 View (812) 414-5314
Photo of Ashlie Collins, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lawrenceburg, IN
Ashlie Collins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-CN, PMHNP-B, ADHD-CC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
Looking for high-quality, compassionate mental health care? Meet Ashlie Collins, a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a specialization in ADHD. Ashlie's personalized, patient-centered approach to care empowers patients of all ages to achieve optimal mental health. Ashlie offers tailored treatment plans and uses the most current evidence-based practices to address the complex interplay between physical and mental health. She creates a warm, supportive environment where patients feel comfortable discussing their concerns. Let Ashlie help you achieve your mental health goals.
Looking for high-quality, compassionate mental health care? Meet Ashlie Collins, a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a specialization in ADHD. Ashlie's personalized, patient-centered approach to care empowers patients of all ages to achieve optimal mental health. Ashlie offers tailored treatment plans and uses the most current evidence-based practices to address the complex interplay between physical and mental health. She creates a warm, supportive environment where patients feel comfortable discussing their concerns. Let Ashlie help you achieve your mental health goals.
(812) 608-3289 View (812) 608-3289
Photo of Kristi Bates, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lawrenceburg, IN
Kristi Bates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
Having an serious mental illness can make it a struggle to work, keep up with school, stick to a regular schedule, have healthy relationships, socialize, maintain hygiene, and more. However, with early and consistent treatment—often a combination of medication and psychotherapy—it is possible to manage these conditions, overcome challenges, and lead a meaningful, productive life. At FlipSide Psychiatric Services we provide both traditional and alternative treatment modalities, to help people with SMIs feel better and pursue their goals.
Having an serious mental illness can make it a struggle to work, keep up with school, stick to a regular schedule, have healthy relationships, socialize, maintain hygiene, and more. However, with early and consistent treatment—often a combination of medication and psychotherapy—it is possible to manage these conditions, overcome challenges, and lead a meaningful, productive life. At FlipSide Psychiatric Services we provide both traditional and alternative treatment modalities, to help people with SMIs feel better and pursue their goals.
(513) 643-5693 View (513) 643-5693

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Meko Kokeh, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lawrenceburg, IN
Meko Kokeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Hello, my name is Meko. I am a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who wants to help meet your mental health needs. My primary goal for you is to increase your confidence in your abilities to achieve set goals and to assure you that help is always available. I became a mental health provider simply because, I have identified that I have an innate ability to render compassionate mental health care to those in need. Apart from using clinical skills to diagnose and treatment patients according to their individual needs, I am also committed to listening, providing support, and working with patients to achieve desire outcomes
Hello, my name is Meko. I am a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who wants to help meet your mental health needs. My primary goal for you is to increase your confidence in your abilities to achieve set goals and to assure you that help is always available. I became a mental health provider simply because, I have identified that I have an innate ability to render compassionate mental health care to those in need. Apart from using clinical skills to diagnose and treatment patients according to their individual needs, I am also committed to listening, providing support, and working with patients to achieve desire outcomes
(317) 666-4796 View (317) 666-4796
Photo of Dr. Greta L. Krause, Psychiatrist in Lawrenceburg, IN
Dr. Greta L. Krause
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Carmel, IN 46032
My primary goal for each and every one of my patients is to assist them in reaching their optimal state of health in order that they may resume living with renewed hope and passion. Though my training and focus initiated in psychiatry, I believe that problems related to depressed mood, insomnia, weight gain/loss, fatigue, and anxiety are actually only symptoms of dysfunction and or inflammation in other systems of the body. These underlying causes of poor health must be identified and treated correctly in order for the patient to achieve optimal physical and mental health.
My primary goal for each and every one of my patients is to assist them in reaching their optimal state of health in order that they may resume living with renewed hope and passion. Though my training and focus initiated in psychiatry, I believe that problems related to depressed mood, insomnia, weight gain/loss, fatigue, and anxiety are actually only symptoms of dysfunction and or inflammation in other systems of the body. These underlying causes of poor health must be identified and treated correctly in order for the patient to achieve optimal physical and mental health.
(317) 316-3026 View (317) 316-3026
Photo of Shannon Bucciarelli, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lawrenceburg, IN
Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(317) 593-8095 View (317) 593-8095
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Dr. Arif Noorbaksh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westfield, IN 46074
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
(463) 229-6173 View (463) 229-6173
Photo of Abagael Jenkins, Psychiatric Nurse in Lawrenceburg, IN
Abagael Jenkins
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN (C
Verified
Zionsville, IN 46077
Abagael is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her bachelor's degree in Biology from Indiana University, bachelor's of science in nursing from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and master's degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her goal is to develop a trusting, therapeutic relationship where client and provider can collaborate on and establish a plan of treatment best suited to the client's needs.
Abagael is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her bachelor's degree in Biology from Indiana University, bachelor's of science in nursing from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and master's degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her goal is to develop a trusting, therapeutic relationship where client and provider can collaborate on and establish a plan of treatment best suited to the client's needs.
(463) 220-4324 View (463) 220-4324
Photo of Sabrina White, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lawrenceburg, IN
Sabrina White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified
4 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46260
I am co-owner of Clear Perspectives and an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who treats patients across the life-span. Additionally, I am certified in the treatment of Perinatal Mood Disorders through Postpartum Support International. I believe in a whole patient approach to mental health care including ongoing collaboration with providers, families and utilizing the latest research.
I am co-owner of Clear Perspectives and an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who treats patients across the life-span. Additionally, I am certified in the treatment of Perinatal Mood Disorders through Postpartum Support International. I believe in a whole patient approach to mental health care including ongoing collaboration with providers, families and utilizing the latest research.
(317) 676-5661 View (317) 676-5661
Photo of Katherine Monica Kelly, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lawrenceburg, IN
Katherine Monica Kelly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN MSN , FNP-C
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46260  (Online Only)
I am a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 27 years of experience working with children and adults of all ages. Our minds and bodies work together and when one area is not healthy, other areas can struggle as well. My goal is to assist in rebuilding a healthier and happier person inside and out.
I am a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 27 years of experience working with children and adults of all ages. Our minds and bodies work together and when one area is not healthy, other areas can struggle as well. My goal is to assist in rebuilding a healthier and happier person inside and out.
(317) 876-3699 View (317) 876-3699
Photo of Kim M Hizer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lawrenceburg, IN
Kim M Hizer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brownsburg, IN 46112  (Online Only)
Has life become overwhelming or unmanageable? Are you unsure where to look or how to choose a psychiatric provider? I understand the fear of choosing to reach out for help for the first time or leaving your current provider. You do not have to worry about being labeled or stigmatized. I am here to help YOU reach YOUR goals. I will listen to your concerns and develop an individualized treatment plan to help you overcome your barriers to reach your goals. I am currently accepting adult and teenagers (15 and older). I provide tele-health services. Please go to www.roadwaystorecovery.com soon to be Roadways to Wellness.
Has life become overwhelming or unmanageable? Are you unsure where to look or how to choose a psychiatric provider? I understand the fear of choosing to reach out for help for the first time or leaving your current provider. You do not have to worry about being labeled or stigmatized. I am here to help YOU reach YOUR goals. I will listen to your concerns and develop an individualized treatment plan to help you overcome your barriers to reach your goals. I am currently accepting adult and teenagers (15 and older). I provide tele-health services. Please go to www.roadwaystorecovery.com soon to be Roadways to Wellness.
(463) 222-3821 View (463) 222-3821
Photo of Holly Bowling, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lawrenceburg, IN
Holly Bowling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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
Photo of Brigid Kirlin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lawrenceburg, IN
Brigid Kirlin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Fishers, IN 46038
If you or a loved one are suffering from OCD or an anxiety disorder, you are not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses, yet most sufferers do not have access to effective treatment. The good news is that if you or your loved one is troubled with unwanted thoughts or worries, physical symptoms due to anxiety, perfectionism, phobias, health fears, or any other anxiety, there is help. There are medication management options that have been shown to be effective and can be paired with evidence-based psychotherapeutic techniques such CBT to maximize treatment effects.
If you or a loved one are suffering from OCD or an anxiety disorder, you are not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses, yet most sufferers do not have access to effective treatment. The good news is that if you or your loved one is troubled with unwanted thoughts or worries, physical symptoms due to anxiety, perfectionism, phobias, health fears, or any other anxiety, there is help. There are medication management options that have been shown to be effective and can be paired with evidence-based psychotherapeutic techniques such CBT to maximize treatment effects.
(317) 661-4363 View (317) 661-4363
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Adjust Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46038
We understand the frustrations that can come along with mental health treatment. Everything from “my provider doesn’t listen” to “I can’t afford this medication.” While we can’t solve all of the world’s problems in a single visit, we can guarantee that we put the patient first…ALWAYS. We have nearly two decades of combined experience caring for patients from all ages and backgrounds in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. We specialize in treating Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, ADHD, and more!
We understand the frustrations that can come along with mental health treatment. Everything from “my provider doesn’t listen” to “I can’t afford this medication.” While we can’t solve all of the world’s problems in a single visit, we can guarantee that we put the patient first…ALWAYS. We have nearly two decades of combined experience caring for patients from all ages and backgrounds in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. We specialize in treating Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, ADHD, and more!
(317) 790-2535 View (317) 790-2535
Photo of Eric Lyakhovetsky, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lawrenceburg, IN
Eric Lyakhovetsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
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
Photo of LaToya Evans, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lawrenceburg, IN
LaToya Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
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
Photo of New Outlook Counseling, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lawrenceburg, IN
New Outlook Counseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Bloomington, IN 47403
We take a holistic and collaborative approach in the provision of psychiatric evaluations and medication management services. We have clinical expertise in treating simple and complex mental health needs. We treat clients with anxiety, depression, OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and dual diagnosis.
We take a holistic and collaborative approach in the provision of psychiatric evaluations and medication management services. We have clinical expertise in treating simple and complex mental health needs. We treat clients with anxiety, depression, OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and dual diagnosis.
(812) 929-2193 View (812) 929-2193
Photo of Zeba Madni, Psychiatrist in Lawrenceburg, IN
Zeba Madni
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46037  (Online Only)
I completed my residency from Indiana University School of Medicine and am Board Certified in General Psychiatry. I am licensed and provide tele-psychiatry services in the states of AL, FL, KS, KY, MT, PA, IL, TN, TX, VA, WV, IN and KY. I understand that your health and wellness are your priority and I will collaborate with you to work towards those goals. I believe in providing holistic, individualized care.
I completed my residency from Indiana University School of Medicine and am Board Certified in General Psychiatry. I am licensed and provide tele-psychiatry services in the states of AL, FL, KS, KY, MT, PA, IL, TN, TX, VA, WV, IN and KY. I understand that your health and wellness are your priority and I will collaborate with you to work towards those goals. I believe in providing holistic, individualized care.
(317) 483-8522 View (317) 483-8522
Photo of Zacia Green, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lawrenceburg, IN
Zacia Green
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
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.
(463) 465-2137 View (463) 465-2137
Photo of Dr. Arif Noorbaksh, Psychiatrist in Lawrenceburg, IN
Dr. Arif Noorbaksh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Are you struggling with depressive, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
Are you struggling with depressive, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
(463) 666-2327 View (463) 666-2327

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lawrenceburg, IN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lawrenceburg, IN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Borderline Personality (BPD)
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Medicaid
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Lawrenceburg, IN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lawrenceburg?

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.