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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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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Jimmy Chenowith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Avon, IN 46123
Jimmy Chenowith is a Nurse Practitioner in Indiana who has been practicing since 2022. He received his Associate's degree in Nursing from Midlands Technical College in South Carolina in 2007. Jimmy went on to receive his Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Western Governors University in 2014, and later completed his Master's degree in nursing in 2021. Jimmy has been practicing as an RN for 17 years prior to becoming an NP. He feels this experience is invaluable and provides a foundation that is unique in its own way.
Jimmy Chenowith is a Nurse Practitioner in Indiana who has been practicing since 2022. He received his Associate's degree in Nursing from Midlands Technical College in South Carolina in 2007. Jimmy went on to receive his Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Western Governors University in 2014, and later completed his Master's degree in nursing in 2021. Jimmy has been practicing as an RN for 17 years prior to becoming an NP. He feels this experience is invaluable and provides a foundation that is unique in its own way.
(317) 451-4435 View (317) 451-4435
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Regina Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FPA, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Munster, IN 46321
Hello, I’m Regina! I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 2 decades of healthcare experience. I believe there is help if you are struggling with your mental health, and that help is just a phone call away.
Hello, I’m Regina! I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 2 decades of healthcare experience. I believe there is help if you are struggling with your mental health, and that help is just a phone call away.
(219) 308-3994 View (219) 308-3994
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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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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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Christina Outlaw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Munster, IN 46321
Christina Outlaw is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist specializing in adult chronic mental illness including mood disorders, substance abuse support, anxiety and depression. Christina’s clinical experience includes psychiatric evaluation and assessment, as well as medication management using the latest evidence-based interventions and treatment options.
Christina Outlaw is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist specializing in adult chronic mental illness including mood disorders, substance abuse support, anxiety and depression. Christina’s clinical experience includes psychiatric evaluation and assessment, as well as medication management using the latest evidence-based interventions and treatment options.
(219) 300-9094 View (219) 300-9094
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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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Lacy Pippin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fort Wayne, IN 46818
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.
(260) 202-1324 View (260) 202-1324
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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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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46240
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.
(317) 934-6199 View (317) 934-6199
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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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Phase Forward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, MSN, BSN, BSBA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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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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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Brett A Presley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Zionsville, IN 46077
At my private practice, I greatly enjoy helping people dealing with mental health issues including depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and some substance use disorders. We will focus as a team on what YOU want to get out of treatment. As a physician, I view my primary role as an educator. We will spend a lot of time sharing information that will guide us in developing your individualized treatment plan. My goals for you are the goals you set for yourself. I provide both medication management and individual psychotherapy, with emphasis on healthy lifestyle activities. I serve young adults to seniors.
At my private practice, I greatly enjoy helping people dealing with mental health issues including depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and some substance use disorders. We will focus as a team on what YOU want to get out of treatment. As a physician, I view my primary role as an educator. We will spend a lot of time sharing information that will guide us in developing your individualized treatment plan. My goals for you are the goals you set for yourself. I provide both medication management and individual psychotherapy, with emphasis on healthy lifestyle activities. I serve young adults to seniors.
(317) 699-7208 View (317) 699-7208
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Tejbir Ghuman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Greenwood, IN 46143  (Online Only)
I have years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with various psychiatric diagnosis. I treat depression, anxiety, and mood disorders via my virtual platform. I do not treat ADHD/ADD symptoms, substance abuse, or prescribe any controlled substances via my virtual practice. Intake appointments generally take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour. I will complete a psychiatric evaluation and provide a diagnosis (if appropriate). We will then discuss a treatment plan and follow up. We will determine the need for medication management and individual therapy based on symptoms and needs.
I have years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with various psychiatric diagnosis. I treat depression, anxiety, and mood disorders via my virtual platform. I do not treat ADHD/ADD symptoms, substance abuse, or prescribe any controlled substances via my virtual practice. Intake appointments generally take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour. I will complete a psychiatric evaluation and provide a diagnosis (if appropriate). We will then discuss a treatment plan and follow up. We will determine the need for medication management and individual therapy based on symptoms and needs.
(317) 350-8379 View (317) 350-8379
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Adjust Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified 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
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PhaseForward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46216
Our mission is to provide quality, compassionate, and evidenced-based mental health treatment by promoting forward personal growth and psychological health. We seek to empower our clients to confront individual barriers throughout different phases of life with the goal of reducing and/or eliminating symptoms. We collaborate with our clients to tailor interventions specific to their individual needs.
Our mission is to provide quality, compassionate, and evidenced-based mental health treatment by promoting forward personal growth and psychological health. We seek to empower our clients to confront individual barriers throughout different phases of life with the goal of reducing and/or eliminating symptoms. We collaborate with our clients to tailor interventions specific to their individual needs.
(463) 241-3719 View (463) 241-3719
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Dorothy Bodur
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46038
Dorothy Bodur is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor's and master's degree in nursing from University of Southern Indiana. Dorothy has experience treating patients in inpatient, outpatient, community, and home-based visits. She has extensive experience in pairing behavioral training with medication management. She specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults with neurodiverse conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.
Dorothy Bodur is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor's and master's degree in nursing from University of Southern Indiana. Dorothy has experience treating patients in inpatient, outpatient, community, and home-based visits. She has extensive experience in pairing behavioral training with medication management. She specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults with neurodiverse conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.
(463) 583-8018 View (463) 583-8018

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Number of Psychiatrists in Peru, IN

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

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.