Psychiatrists in Kansas City, KS

Photo of Elizabeth Brake, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Elizabeth Brake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Kansas City, KS 66109  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients, we can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse!
Accepting new patients, we can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse!
(701) 929-7786 View (701) 929-7786
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Prila Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kansas City, KS 66103
My ideal client may be navigating the challenges of women's mental health or perinatal issues, though I welcome individuals from all backgrounds starting at age 10. They seek understanding, relief from symptoms, and effective coping strategies. Their goals often include improving emotional regulation, overcoming anxiety or depression, and achieving a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a therapist who listens without judgment, offers flexible scheduling, and provides a blend of traditional and holistic treatment options to tailor a care plan that respects their unique needs and life circumstances.
My ideal client may be navigating the challenges of women's mental health or perinatal issues, though I welcome individuals from all backgrounds starting at age 10. They seek understanding, relief from symptoms, and effective coping strategies. Their goals often include improving emotional regulation, overcoming anxiety or depression, and achieving a balanced, fulfilling life. They want a therapist who listens without judgment, offers flexible scheduling, and provides a blend of traditional and holistic treatment options to tailor a care plan that respects their unique needs and life circumstances.
(913) 513-3817 View (913) 513-3817
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kansas City, KS 66101
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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C. Shaffia Laue
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kansas City, KS 66101
I graduated from The Menninger Clinic and pursued studies in environmental medicine, nutrition, biochemistry, auricular medicine, homeopathy and bioenergy healing. My practice incorporates spiritual, energetic meditative therapies and traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy, stress management, dreamwork, imagery, and behavior modification. I provide necessary information to choose a path toward wellness, rather than suppressing symptoms with drugs. Your spiritual beliefs are honored to facilitate your movement towards healing. Each individual is an active co-creator in orchestrating a personal treatment plan and path to wholeness.
I graduated from The Menninger Clinic and pursued studies in environmental medicine, nutrition, biochemistry, auricular medicine, homeopathy and bioenergy healing. My practice incorporates spiritual, energetic meditative therapies and traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy, stress management, dreamwork, imagery, and behavior modification. I provide necessary information to choose a path toward wellness, rather than suppressing symptoms with drugs. Your spiritual beliefs are honored to facilitate your movement towards healing. Each individual is an active co-creator in orchestrating a personal treatment plan and path to wholeness.
(785) 877-0905 View (785) 877-0905
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Alive Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHHNP
Verified Verified
Kansas City, KS 66104
I provide medication management to children, adolescents, and adults 18+ years of age at Alive Family Psychiatry in Leavenworth, KS. I treat several disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, sleep disorders, and ADHD, to name a few. My passion for treating mental health started during my RN training, and this desire has stayed solid and consistent ever since. I am a veteran of the Texas State Guard, the wife of a retired U.S. Army veteran, and a mother to exceptional children.
I provide medication management to children, adolescents, and adults 18+ years of age at Alive Family Psychiatry in Leavenworth, KS. I treat several disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, sleep disorders, and ADHD, to name a few. My passion for treating mental health started during my RN training, and this desire has stayed solid and consistent ever since. I am a veteran of the Texas State Guard, the wife of a retired U.S. Army veteran, and a mother to exceptional children.
(913) 349-9607 View (913) 349-9607
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Meriam Sam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Kansas City, KS 66103
I enjoy helping clients through their struggles with addiction and all other Mental Health Disorders. Intensive therapy and Medication Assisted Treatment are the tools utilized to helps assist you through your recovery. I am an advocate for holistic health care and have a passion for individually focused patient care. Im dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients, employing motivational interviewing techniques, and providing multiple proven treatment options. I am passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life.
I enjoy helping clients through their struggles with addiction and all other Mental Health Disorders. Intensive therapy and Medication Assisted Treatment are the tools utilized to helps assist you through your recovery. I am an advocate for holistic health care and have a passion for individually focused patient care. Im dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients, employing motivational interviewing techniques, and providing multiple proven treatment options. I am passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life.
(316) 535-7402 View (316) 535-7402
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Grand Vista Behavioral Health Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kansas City, KS 66112  (Online Only)
Are you tired of going through life's twist and turns? Are you in need of compassionate care? Help is here! At Grand Vista Behavioral, your mental wellness is our priority. In our sessions, we will work together to meet your needs. Contact us today and let's start working together!
Are you tired of going through life's twist and turns? Are you in need of compassionate care? Help is here! At Grand Vista Behavioral, your mental wellness is our priority. In our sessions, we will work together to meet your needs. Contact us today and let's start working together!
(832) 735-5970 View (832) 735-5970
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Stacey Eason at Season Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, CNM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kansas City, KS 66106
Waitlist for new clients
Equity, empowerment, autonomy. These are foundational for your path to wellness. I specialize in maternal mental health, children/adolescents, and ADHD & autism. I also work closely with people who have PTSD, especially complex PTSD. I believe that the best therapeutic relationships are achieved when you feel safe. It is my top priority to provide safety for everyone. My goal is inclusive and equitable care for every person who walks in to my office.
Equity, empowerment, autonomy. These are foundational for your path to wellness. I specialize in maternal mental health, children/adolescents, and ADHD & autism. I also work closely with people who have PTSD, especially complex PTSD. I believe that the best therapeutic relationships are achieved when you feel safe. It is my top priority to provide safety for everyone. My goal is inclusive and equitable care for every person who walks in to my office.
(316) 742-4966 View (316) 742-4966
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Ashley Mathias
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGPCNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kansas City, KS 66103  (Online Only)
As a dedicated PMHNP, my passion lies in providing exceptional mental healthcare that transforms lives. I believe in the power of compassionate and personalized care to promote healing and growth. Starting a private practice allows me to offer patient-centered space where individuals can find solace and support on their mental health journey. With a focus on evidence-based treatments and holistic approaches, I aim to address not just symptoms but the underlying factors. My commitment to continuous learning ensures my patients receive the highest standard of care.
As a dedicated PMHNP, my passion lies in providing exceptional mental healthcare that transforms lives. I believe in the power of compassionate and personalized care to promote healing and growth. Starting a private practice allows me to offer patient-centered space where individuals can find solace and support on their mental health journey. With a focus on evidence-based treatments and holistic approaches, I aim to address not just symptoms but the underlying factors. My commitment to continuous learning ensures my patients receive the highest standard of care.
(405) 796-3357 View (405) 796-3357
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Green Pasture Primary Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kansas City, KS 66101
Do you have problems with focusing, impulsivity, or both that last for a long time and get in the way of daily life and growth. Carelessness with details, not paying attention when others are speaking, failing to complete tasks as directed, avoidance of activities demanding prolonged mental effort and fidgeting. Is your mood low, attention impaired, guilt feelings, suicidal thoughts, sleep disturbed, decreased appetite, decreased pleasure in normally enjoyable things, Are you experiencing low self-esteem? Do you manifest anxiety symptoms?
Do you have problems with focusing, impulsivity, or both that last for a long time and get in the way of daily life and growth. Carelessness with details, not paying attention when others are speaking, failing to complete tasks as directed, avoidance of activities demanding prolonged mental effort and fidgeting. Is your mood low, attention impaired, guilt feelings, suicidal thoughts, sleep disturbed, decreased appetite, decreased pleasure in normally enjoyable things, Are you experiencing low self-esteem? Do you manifest anxiety symptoms?
(813) 822-3429 View (813) 822-3429
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Silverus Kimeli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Kansas City, KS 66111
I am a dual board certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. I received my Bachelor of Science Nursing from The University of Oklahoma in 2006. I have worked in several acute mental care units and critical care units prior to pursuing graduate studies. I received my Master of Science in Nursing in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner from University of Cincinnati in 2019 and Certification in Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP) from Saginaw Valley State University in 2021.
I am a dual board certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. I received my Bachelor of Science Nursing from The University of Oklahoma in 2006. I have worked in several acute mental care units and critical care units prior to pursuing graduate studies. I received my Master of Science in Nursing in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner from University of Cincinnati in 2019 and Certification in Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP) from Saginaw Valley State University in 2021.
(913) 808-3179 View (913) 808-3179
Photo of Joe Stroud, DNP, APRN, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Joe Stroud
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kansas City, KS 66101
I'm focused on medication management to address behavioral health concerns. After serving in the Air Force for a decade, I pursued nursing, and began working in the Emergency Room. While pursing my APRN at the University of Kansas I focused on mental health electives and diversifying my experiences with people of all walks of life. This background allows him to comfortably care for many populations, including my fellow veterans, first responders, children, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other underserved communities. I use evidence-based practices to collaboratively develop the best treatment plan for your mental health.
I'm focused on medication management to address behavioral health concerns. After serving in the Air Force for a decade, I pursued nursing, and began working in the Emergency Room. While pursing my APRN at the University of Kansas I focused on mental health electives and diversifying my experiences with people of all walks of life. This background allows him to comfortably care for many populations, including my fellow veterans, first responders, children, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other underserved communities. I use evidence-based practices to collaboratively develop the best treatment plan for your mental health.
(316) 535-7358 View (316) 535-7358
Cheryl Headley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kansas City, KS 66102  (Online Only)
Book with me now by clicking on my website! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is available to treat Kansas residents. I have experience in treating a wide range of mental and behavioral health conditions in children, adolescents, and adults. I understand that each individual is unique and will work with the patient to meet their individual needs. I used evidence-based practice to support medication options available to you. My role is to offer you treatment options and help guide you in in finding treatment that fits your needs.
Book with me now by clicking on my website! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is available to treat Kansas residents. I have experience in treating a wide range of mental and behavioral health conditions in children, adolescents, and adults. I understand that each individual is unique and will work with the patient to meet their individual needs. I used evidence-based practice to support medication options available to you. My role is to offer you treatment options and help guide you in in finding treatment that fits your needs.
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Arista Recovery Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kansas City, KS 66102
Dr. Subbu Sarma, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in addiction medicine. Dr. Sarma received his medical degree in 1999 at the St. Louis University Medical School. Since 2005, he has practiced addiction medicine and treatment methods.
Dr. Subbu Sarma, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in addiction medicine. Dr. Sarma received his medical degree in 1999 at the St. Louis University Medical School. Since 2005, he has practiced addiction medicine and treatment methods.
(913) 379-4207 View (913) 379-4207
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Jessica Wunder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kansas City, KS 66103  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 15 years experience in mental health and over 10 years experience as psychiatric provider. I help adults struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, and burn out feel relief from unwanted thoughts, decrease overwhelm and guilt, find joy and wonder in their daily lives, slow down and enjoy free time all while feeling empowered on their healing journey. I also specialize in working with healthcare professionals experiencing burn out, vicarious trauma, and moral injury.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 15 years experience in mental health and over 10 years experience as psychiatric provider. I help adults struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, and burn out feel relief from unwanted thoughts, decrease overwhelm and guilt, find joy and wonder in their daily lives, slow down and enjoy free time all while feeling empowered on their healing journey. I also specialize in working with healthcare professionals experiencing burn out, vicarious trauma, and moral injury.
(816) 680-4287 View (816) 680-4287
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Angela Christine Kingsbury
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Kansas
Verified Verified
Kansas City, KS 66103  (Online Only)
Angela is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is available to treat Kansas residents. She is experienced to treat a wide range of mental and behavioral health conditions in children, adolescents, and adults. Angela advocates for her patients to meet all psychosocial needs. She nurtures patients to overcome barriers, using evidence-based solutions, and believes early identification and treatment is necessary for successful remission. Angela understands that each individual is unique, & works with the patient when building a therapeutic treatment plan to meet the best outcome!
Angela is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is available to treat Kansas residents. She is experienced to treat a wide range of mental and behavioral health conditions in children, adolescents, and adults. Angela advocates for her patients to meet all psychosocial needs. She nurtures patients to overcome barriers, using evidence-based solutions, and believes early identification and treatment is necessary for successful remission. Angela understands that each individual is unique, & works with the patient when building a therapeutic treatment plan to meet the best outcome!
(785) 369-7035 View (785) 369-7035

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Sosunmolu O Shoyinka
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA, DFAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Prairie Village, KS 66208
Hello. I am Dr Sosunmolu Shoyinka. If you are on this page, you or a family member are most likely struggling with a mental health issue. I work with adults and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorder, and mental health issues related to a medical condition. In my daily work with patients, my top priority is that they feel heard, understood and supported. Together as a team in each session, we will establish a plan till we meet again the following month. I believe collaboration is key and that "it takes a village". So with consent, I am happy to speak with other clinicians involved in your care.
Hello. I am Dr Sosunmolu Shoyinka. If you are on this page, you or a family member are most likely struggling with a mental health issue. I work with adults and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorder, and mental health issues related to a medical condition. In my daily work with patients, my top priority is that they feel heard, understood and supported. Together as a team in each session, we will establish a plan till we meet again the following month. I believe collaboration is key and that "it takes a village". So with consent, I am happy to speak with other clinicians involved in your care.
(623) 518-1025 View (623) 518-1025
Photo of Elizabeth Brake, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Elizabeth Brake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66204
Accepting NEW patients, we can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse!
Accepting NEW patients, we can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse!
(316) 799-3426 View (316) 799-3426
Photo of Steven K Elrod, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Steven K Elrod
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Overland Park, KS 66224  (Online Only)
Hi! Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, PTSD? A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and research-proven treatment options could put you back on the right path.
Hi! Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, PTSD? A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and research-proven treatment options could put you back on the right path.
(913) 675-1395 View (913) 675-1395
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Amanda Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Leawood, KS 66206
I believe that psychiatric nurse practitioners have the unique opportunity to provide care that is built upon forming a relationship with the patient. Psychiatric illnesses are complex and require careful assessment that takes into consideration the biological, psychological, social, and developmental aspects of the patient's life.
I believe that psychiatric nurse practitioners have the unique opportunity to provide care that is built upon forming a relationship with the patient. Psychiatric illnesses are complex and require careful assessment that takes into consideration the biological, psychological, social, and developmental aspects of the patient's life.
(913) 243-2570 View (913) 243-2570

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Number of Psychiatrists in Kansas City, KS

10+

Average cost per session

$149

Psychiatrists in Kansas City, KS who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
88% Depression
81% Bipolar Disorder
75% ADHD
75% Medication Management
50% Grief
50% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Aetna
86% Cigna and Evernorth
79% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Kansas City, KS see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Kansas City?

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.