Psychiatrists in Peru, IN

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Lindsey Morgan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Peru, IN 46970
Hello! My name is Lindsey, and I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of experience in the mental health field. I am so glad you are here and about to take the first step by asking for help. People often come into our lives for a reason, so I aim to make every interaction meaningful. Helping others reach their true potential through growth and recovery is something I'm passionate about. This starts with listening to understand who you are, what you've been through, and your goals for treatment. Together, we will develop a personalized plan to help guide you toward healing and overall wellness.
Hello! My name is Lindsey, and I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of experience in the mental health field. I am so glad you are here and about to take the first step by asking for help. People often come into our lives for a reason, so I aim to make every interaction meaningful. Helping others reach their true potential through growth and recovery is something I'm passionate about. This starts with listening to understand who you are, what you've been through, and your goals for treatment. Together, we will develop a personalized plan to help guide you toward healing and overall wellness.
(463) 466-5391 View (463) 466-5391
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Lindsay Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Peru, IN 46970
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

Online Psychiatrists

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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Westfield, IN 46074
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) 548-0037 View (317) 548-0037
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Queela K Tadoum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46220  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my personal statement revolves around my passion for mental health and my commitment to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals struggling with mental illnesses. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve overall wellness. I have witnessed the impact that mental health issues can have on individuals and their families. I have seen the stigma surrounding mental illness and the barriers that prevent individuals from seeking the help they need. This has inspired me to pursue a career in psychiatry.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my personal statement revolves around my passion for mental health and my commitment to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals struggling with mental illnesses. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve overall wellness. I have witnessed the impact that mental health issues can have on individuals and their families. I have seen the stigma surrounding mental illness and the barriers that prevent individuals from seeking the help they need. This has inspired me to pursue a career in psychiatry.
(463) 400-3059 View (463) 400-3059
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LaToya Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 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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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
Zionsville Ketamine - Christopher Dull, MD
Psychiatrist, MD, JD
Verified Verified
Zionsville, IN 46077
Our wonderful patients come from all walks of life. They seek evaluation, treatment, and relief from depression or suicidal thoughts that are resistant to antidepressants and/or other medications. We care for patients either as their primary psychiatric provider or upon referral to us from other medical or therapy providers. We treat with Spravato (generic name esketamine) or ketamine. Even if patients decide they do not want ketamine-based treatment, we have other effective ways to help. We are a mental health clinic and that is our passion.
Our wonderful patients come from all walks of life. They seek evaluation, treatment, and relief from depression or suicidal thoughts that are resistant to antidepressants and/or other medications. We care for patients either as their primary psychiatric provider or upon referral to us from other medical or therapy providers. We treat with Spravato (generic name esketamine) or ketamine. Even if patients decide they do not want ketamine-based treatment, we have other effective ways to help. We are a mental health clinic and that is our passion.
(317) 720-3755 View (317) 720-3755
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Shani Berrios
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Kokomo, IN 46902
Hi! As someone who has personal experience related to mental health difficulty and trauma, I am hoping to provide empathetic care to help individuals achieve and maintain a better quality of life. My goal is to treat individuals holistically, working collaboratively with clients to tailor personalized treatment plans.
Hi! As someone who has personal experience related to mental health difficulty and trauma, I am hoping to provide empathetic care to help individuals achieve and maintain a better quality of life. My goal is to treat individuals holistically, working collaboratively with clients to tailor personalized treatment plans.
(765) 249-3760 View (765) 249-3760
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Jessica Walsh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Noblesville, IN 46060
Welcome to a highly personalized, accessible, compassionate, and affordable psychiatric practice. My priority is to ensure you feel heard and listened to. It is my intent to understand your priorities and collaborate with you in an effort to find a medication that is beneficial with minimal or no side effects. Using a comprehensive and collaborative approach, we will partner, to develop a personalized plan and an optimized medication management strategy to achieve maximal symptom relief. Treatment goals most often met include emotional healing, maximal symptom relief, and improvement in daily functioning.
Welcome to a highly personalized, accessible, compassionate, and affordable psychiatric practice. My priority is to ensure you feel heard and listened to. It is my intent to understand your priorities and collaborate with you in an effort to find a medication that is beneficial with minimal or no side effects. Using a comprehensive and collaborative approach, we will partner, to develop a personalized plan and an optimized medication management strategy to achieve maximal symptom relief. Treatment goals most often met include emotional healing, maximal symptom relief, and improvement in daily functioning.
(317) 953-8344 View (317) 953-8344
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Renee McDougal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carmel, IN 46032
Hi there! I'm passionate about offering a personalized and holistic approach to support your mental well-being. At Ivy Health, we believe in nurturing the connection between your mind, body, and spirit. Life can be tough, and there are often battles that go unseen. Our mission is to be there for you, providing guidance and treatment to help you find a more centered and balanced self. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, or any other challenges, I'm here to work with you.
Hi there! I'm passionate about offering a personalized and holistic approach to support your mental well-being. At Ivy Health, we believe in nurturing the connection between your mind, body, and spirit. Life can be tough, and there are often battles that go unseen. Our mission is to be there for you, providing guidance and treatment to help you find a more centered and balanced self. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, or any other challenges, I'm here to work with you.
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Kimberly Harter
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Carmel, IN 46032
Kimberly is a certified physician assistant (PA) began her career practicing in urgent care in 2017 and eventually transitioned into psychiatry. She is passionate about mental health and the importance it plays in overall health and well being. Kimberly recognizes the importance of providing empathetic, quality, and compassionate care that is evidence based, yet individualized and tailored to the patient. Kimberly is committed to helping you feel your best and helping you cultivate personal growth in all areas of your life.
Kimberly is a certified physician assistant (PA) began her career practicing in urgent care in 2017 and eventually transitioned into psychiatry. She is passionate about mental health and the importance it plays in overall health and well being. Kimberly recognizes the importance of providing empathetic, quality, and compassionate care that is evidence based, yet individualized and tailored to the patient. Kimberly is committed to helping you feel your best and helping you cultivate personal growth in all areas of your life.
(317) 961-3131 View (317) 961-3131
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Jenna Shock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Wayne, IN 46802  (Online Only)
Have you tried to navigate the difficult world of finding a psych provider that actually listens? Someone that spends more than 10 minutes working to be sure diagnoses are correct and medications are optimal? After trying to navigate that world myself with family members, I made it my goal to do things differently. With me, you're more than just a number. I am able to provide diagnostic evaluations and medication management. My "office" is a safe space - anxiety, depression, trauma, LGBTQIA+, whatever the issue you face this is a place of non-judgment and I'm here to help you navigate.
Have you tried to navigate the difficult world of finding a psych provider that actually listens? Someone that spends more than 10 minutes working to be sure diagnoses are correct and medications are optimal? After trying to navigate that world myself with family members, I made it my goal to do things differently. With me, you're more than just a number. I am able to provide diagnostic evaluations and medication management. My "office" is a safe space - anxiety, depression, trauma, LGBTQIA+, whatever the issue you face this is a place of non-judgment and I'm here to help you navigate.
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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. I work collaboratively with you towards your goals. I believe in providing holistic, 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, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder and Psychosis.
I understand that your health and wellness are your priority. I work collaboratively with you towards your goals. I believe in providing holistic, 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, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder and Psychosis.
(317) 483-8522 View (317) 483-8522
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Kristin A Manning
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN/MBA, APRNFNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46037
I am passionate about caring for and prescribing medication for clients suffering from mental health illnesses. Individuals who note depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorders, sleep disorders, PTSD or other mental health concerns may find it necessary to seek a professional practitioner who can evaluate, appropriately diagnose and prescribe medication in order to achieve mental wellness, and ultimately, to improve their quality of life.
I am passionate about caring for and prescribing medication for clients suffering from mental health illnesses. Individuals who note depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorders, sleep disorders, PTSD or other mental health concerns may find it necessary to seek a professional practitioner who can evaluate, appropriately diagnose and prescribe medication in order to achieve mental wellness, and ultimately, to improve their quality of life.
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Sabrina White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
5 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
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Cracked Open Therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Noblesville, IN 46060
Hello! My name is Auggy and I am a PMHNP specializing in mood, anxiolytic, and addiction disorders including but not limited to: MDD, bipolar I and II, ADHD, GAD, PTSD, OCD, and Opioid & Alcohol use disorders. I utilize a collaborative approach with my patients when prescribing. What this means is we decide on a treatment plan together, including medications if deemed necessary. I may be the "expert", but in reality it is you who is the expert of your health. Therefore, your input and feedback during our sessions is of most importance.
Hello! My name is Auggy and I am a PMHNP specializing in mood, anxiolytic, and addiction disorders including but not limited to: MDD, bipolar I and II, ADHD, GAD, PTSD, OCD, and Opioid & Alcohol use disorders. I utilize a collaborative approach with my patients when prescribing. What this means is we decide on a treatment plan together, including medications if deemed necessary. I may be the "expert", but in reality it is you who is the expert of your health. Therefore, your input and feedback during our sessions is of most importance.
(317) 961-7856 View (317) 961-7856
Rebecca J. Moredock Mueller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenfield, IN 46140
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and current Professor of Forensic Psychiatry. I work with children (5 and older), adolescents and adults and my particular areas of focus are mood disorders (Depression, Bipolar Spectrum, and Seasonal Affective Disorder), Anxiety Spectrum, Eating Disorders, Special Needs Children, ADD/ADHD. I also offer specialty evaluations pertaining to child adoption, aviation, and forensics. My practice is located right off of State Road 9 and I-70 in Greenfield,IN. Please feel free to contact us if you are in need, I try to reserve appointment spots for new patients so I can typically get people in quickly.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and current Professor of Forensic Psychiatry. I work with children (5 and older), adolescents and adults and my particular areas of focus are mood disorders (Depression, Bipolar Spectrum, and Seasonal Affective Disorder), Anxiety Spectrum, Eating Disorders, Special Needs Children, ADD/ADHD. I also offer specialty evaluations pertaining to child adoption, aviation, and forensics. My practice is located right off of State Road 9 and I-70 in Greenfield,IN. Please feel free to contact us if you are in need, I try to reserve appointment spots for new patients so I can typically get people in quickly.
(317) 961-8548 View (317) 961-8548
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Wayne, IN 46818
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.
(260) 909-8308 View (260) 909-8308
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Adam Humphrey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46260
As a dedicated and empathetic practitioner, I am committed to providing a safe and supportive space for individuals seeking help with mental health challenges. Whether you're navigating the complexities of anxiety, depression, ADHD, addiction, or any other mental health concern, my goal is to collaborate with you to cultivate a path towards healing and empowerment.
As a dedicated and empathetic practitioner, I am committed to providing a safe and supportive space for individuals seeking help with mental health challenges. Whether you're navigating the complexities of anxiety, depression, ADHD, addiction, or any other mental health concern, my goal is to collaborate with you to cultivate a path towards healing and empowerment.
(317) 751-7164 View (317) 751-7164
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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.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Peru, IN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Peru, IN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Anger Management
100% Substance Use

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in Peru, 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 Peru?

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.