Psychiatrists in West Lafayette, IN

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Jessica Walsh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Personalized, Accessible, and Affordable. Evening and weekend availability. Easy online scheduling. My priority is to ensure you feel heard and listened to. Using a comprehensive and collaborative approach you and I will partner to develop a highly individualized treatment plan and optimized medication strategy to achieve maximal symptom relief. I take the time needed to get to know you and understand your needs. Goals most often met include personal growth, symptom relief, and overall improvement in daily functioning. Getting your mental health back on track shouldn't keep you waiting! Schedule online today.
Personalized, Accessible, and Affordable. Evening and weekend availability. Easy online scheduling. My priority is to ensure you feel heard and listened to. Using a comprehensive and collaborative approach you and I will partner to develop a highly individualized treatment plan and optimized medication strategy to achieve maximal symptom relief. I take the time needed to get to know you and understand your needs. Goals most often met include personal growth, symptom relief, and overall improvement in daily functioning. Getting your mental health back on track shouldn't keep you waiting! Schedule online today.
(317) 790-2118 View (317) 790-2118
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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) 217-0414 View (463) 217-0414
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Uros Koprivica
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
West Lafayette, IN 47907
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
(463) 465-2460 View (463) 465-2460
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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) 220-4991 View (463) 220-4991
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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) 252-3548 View (463) 252-3548
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Lacy Pippin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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.
(765) 791-1887 View (765) 791-1887
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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.
(463) 583-9878 View (463) 583-9878
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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) 219-5109 View (463) 219-5109
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Benjamin May
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
West Lafayette, IN 47907
I understand that making decisions about psychiatric medications is difficult, especially when there are so many factors to consider. Medications can facilitate emotional healing, but their limitations must be recognized. When prescribing, it is my goal to understand your priorities and collaborate with you in an effort to find a medication that is beneficial with minimal or no side effects. Genetic testing is available for those who would like to know more about how they metabolize medications.
I understand that making decisions about psychiatric medications is difficult, especially when there are so many factors to consider. Medications can facilitate emotional healing, but their limitations must be recognized. When prescribing, it is my goal to understand your priorities and collaborate with you in an effort to find a medication that is beneficial with minimal or no side effects. Genetic testing is available for those who would like to know more about how they metabolize medications.
(317) 884-8636 View (317) 884-8636
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Brett A Presley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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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Indy ADHD
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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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Jill Lavonne Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , ANP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
West Lafayette, IN 47906  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with 20 years experience. You don't have to struggle alone I am here to help! You will have my undivided attention, patience, compassion and receive a thorough psychiatric evaluation. My practice philosophy is 'Holistic,' avoid symptom chasing- get to the underlying problem. If you're tired of trying many different treatments with no results and feel as though no one is listening, you have come to the right place! Together, we will formulate a treatment plan specific to your individual needs.
Hello! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with 20 years experience. You don't have to struggle alone I am here to help! You will have my undivided attention, patience, compassion and receive a thorough psychiatric evaluation. My practice philosophy is 'Holistic,' avoid symptom chasing- get to the underlying problem. If you're tired of trying many different treatments with no results and feel as though no one is listening, you have come to the right place! Together, we will formulate a treatment plan specific to your individual needs.
(463) 275-2783 View (463) 275-2783
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Brooke Peterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Hello, I'm Brooke and I have worked with adults in the mental health field since 2007. My primary focus at this time is the assessment & treatment of adult Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADHD/ADD). ADD is certainly not limited to children. Many individuals continue to experience symptoms as adults, and adults who were never diagnosed as kids may develop more obvious symptoms in adulthood. Common ADD symptoms include difficulty focusing, prioritizing, retaining information, & staying on task; hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity that interferes with and impacts work, home life, & relationships, especially if left untreated.
Hello, I'm Brooke and I have worked with adults in the mental health field since 2007. My primary focus at this time is the assessment & treatment of adult Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADHD/ADD). ADD is certainly not limited to children. Many individuals continue to experience symptoms as adults, and adults who were never diagnosed as kids may develop more obvious symptoms in adulthood. Common ADD symptoms include difficulty focusing, prioritizing, retaining information, & staying on task; hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity that interferes with and impacts work, home life, & relationships, especially if left untreated.
(317) 520-8904 View (317) 520-8904

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Amber R Phebus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Lafayette, IN 47905
Hello, my name is Amber, and I am excited to get to know you! I have worked in mental health since 2016, and worked as a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) since 2022. I feel that the provider and patient relationship is very important, and that we should work together to meet your goals for your mental health outcomes! I take pride in being compassionate and understanding to your situations and to work together to create the best treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Hello, my name is Amber, and I am excited to get to know you! I have worked in mental health since 2016, and worked as a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) since 2022. I feel that the provider and patient relationship is very important, and that we should work together to meet your goals for your mental health outcomes! I take pride in being compassionate and understanding to your situations and to work together to create the best treatment plan tailored to your needs.
(765) 739-3482 View (765) 739-3482
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Katherine Monica Kelly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN MSN , FNP-C
Verified Verified
Lafayette, IN 47901  (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
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Shani Berrios
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lafayette, IN 47905
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
Photo of Jennifer Wood, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jennifer Wood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lafayette, IN 47905
Hello! My name is Jennifer and I am very excited to begin my career as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner! I plan to offer great compassion and communication to my clients as well as take pride in being on your team. This will allow us to collaborate together in creating the best treatment plan that works for YOU! My mental health goals for you are being able to achieve an optimal state of health and coping skills. I will be right beside you for utmost encouragement throughout your life journey. My ideal patient is one who is willing to take the first steps into changing, allowing them to start living their best life!
Hello! My name is Jennifer and I am very excited to begin my career as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner! I plan to offer great compassion and communication to my clients as well as take pride in being on your team. This will allow us to collaborate together in creating the best treatment plan that works for YOU! My mental health goals for you are being able to achieve an optimal state of health and coping skills. I will be right beside you for utmost encouragement throughout your life journey. My ideal patient is one who is willing to take the first steps into changing, allowing them to start living their best life!
(765) 734-9413 View (765) 734-9413
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Jessica Walsh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lafayette, IN 47904
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

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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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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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in West Lafayette, IN

10+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in West Lafayette, IN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
92% ADHD
69% Medication Management
62% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
54% Trauma and PTSD
54% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Aetna
88% BlueCross and BlueShield
88% MultiPlan

How Psychiatrists in West Lafayette, IN see their clients

93% In Person and Online
7% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in West Lafayette?

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.