Psychiatrists in Overland Park, KS

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Megan Nickell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66212
My practice is open to new patients from Overland park, KS and the surrounding areas. Do you ever wonder if what you're feeling is normal, why you're forgetful, find it hard to concentrate, or get easily distracted? Perhaps mornings are a struggle, motivation has dwindled, or you are tearful for no reason. Is it hard to fall or stay asleep, leaving you exhausted. Have past traumas left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone. I would like to help.
My practice is open to new patients from Overland park, KS and the surrounding areas. Do you ever wonder if what you're feeling is normal, why you're forgetful, find it hard to concentrate, or get easily distracted? Perhaps mornings are a struggle, motivation has dwindled, or you are tearful for no reason. Is it hard to fall or stay asleep, leaving you exhausted. Have past traumas left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone. I would like to help.
(913) 578-6171 View (913) 578-6171
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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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Bee Well Psychiatric Associates, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66212
Our ideal patient is someone seeking compassionate and comprehensive mental health care in a supportive environment. They may be struggling with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, or ADHD, and are seeking relief from their symptoms to improve their overall well-being. Our clients value a holistic treatment approach that considers their unique needs and goals, recognizing the interconnectedness of mental, emotional, and physical health. They desire a safe space to openly discuss any concerns and work collaboratively with our team to develop personalized treatment plans that empower them to lead fulfilling lives.
Our ideal patient is someone seeking compassionate and comprehensive mental health care in a supportive environment. They may be struggling with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, or ADHD, and are seeking relief from their symptoms to improve their overall well-being. Our clients value a holistic treatment approach that considers their unique needs and goals, recognizing the interconnectedness of mental, emotional, and physical health. They desire a safe space to openly discuss any concerns and work collaboratively with our team to develop personalized treatment plans that empower them to lead fulfilling lives.
(913) 548-3734 View (913) 548-3734
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Inderjeet Kaur MD Compassionate Psychiatry Service
Psychiatrist, MD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Overland Park, KS 66210
Dr. Kaur is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, with 15 plus years of experience in various psychiatry settings, include as academic facilities, community mental health & managing the mental health concerns of various professionals via teleconsultation. She is licensed in the states of California, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Virginia.
Dr. Kaur is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, with 15 plus years of experience in various psychiatry settings, include as academic facilities, community mental health & managing the mental health concerns of various professionals via teleconsultation. She is licensed in the states of California, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Virginia.
(913) 513-3196 View (913) 513-3196
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Laura Tieszen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66213
Laura Tieszen is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2023. She has a BS in Biology from Northwestern University, a BSN from Bellarmine University, and an MSN from Walden University - APRN, PMHNP track. Laura provides a combination of genuine warmth and caring with excellent clinical knowledge to give patients the best possible care. Each person has their own unique story, and Laura values knowing the person in order to provide individual treatment. Outside of work, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and dog, Ted.
Laura Tieszen is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2023. She has a BS in Biology from Northwestern University, a BSN from Bellarmine University, and an MSN from Walden University - APRN, PMHNP track. Laura provides a combination of genuine warmth and caring with excellent clinical knowledge to give patients the best possible care. Each person has their own unique story, and Laura values knowing the person in order to provide individual treatment. Outside of work, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and dog, Ted.
(913) 398-3965 View (913) 398-3965
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Samuel Goetschius
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66210  (Online Only)
I provide services to Kansas residents of any gender seeking diagnosis for or medication management services for anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD and some limited substance abuse diagnoses with a focus on alcohol or opioid dependency. As part of telepsychiatry some counseling/therapy are often offered as part of the medication management practice.
I provide services to Kansas residents of any gender seeking diagnosis for or medication management services for anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD and some limited substance abuse diagnoses with a focus on alcohol or opioid dependency. As part of telepsychiatry some counseling/therapy are often offered as part of the medication management practice.
(913) 395-7147 View (913) 395-7147
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Dr. Kashif Hameed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66210
Mental health issues vary widely from anxiety and depression to complex mood and developmental disorders, each carrying unique challenges and needs. The overarching goal in psychiatric care is to alleviate distress and enhance functioning through individualized treatment plans. This typically involves a combination of medication management to address biological aspects and therapeutic interventions to tackle behavioral and emotional facets. Patients' needs also include understanding their conditions, reducing stigma, and integrating coping strategies into daily life.
Mental health issues vary widely from anxiety and depression to complex mood and developmental disorders, each carrying unique challenges and needs. The overarching goal in psychiatric care is to alleviate distress and enhance functioning through individualized treatment plans. This typically involves a combination of medication management to address biological aspects and therapeutic interventions to tackle behavioral and emotional facets. Patients' needs also include understanding their conditions, reducing stigma, and integrating coping strategies into daily life.
(913) 423-3389 View (913) 423-3389
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Sue Clavette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66212
Your steps to mental and emotional wellness are only a phone call away. With over 25 years of experience assisting patients to find wellness and healing through some of life's most difficult seasons, I've developed a unique approach that begins with psychiatric assistance. I then introduce a combination of traditional and proven, effective complementary and alternative treatments. The goal of treatment is to leave you empowered to make ongoing healthy choices for improved, overall wellness, and peace of mind.
Your steps to mental and emotional wellness are only a phone call away. With over 25 years of experience assisting patients to find wellness and healing through some of life's most difficult seasons, I've developed a unique approach that begins with psychiatric assistance. I then introduce a combination of traditional and proven, effective complementary and alternative treatments. The goal of treatment is to leave you empowered to make ongoing healthy choices for improved, overall wellness, and peace of mind.
(913) 294-7895 View (913) 294-7895
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Holistic Mental Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66223  (Online Only)
Do you find yourself struggling to understand why you have certain feelings and wonder how you could feel better? Do you get anxious at times, depressed, struggle with your focus and concentration, or have experience any kind of trauma giving you nightmares? Landry at Holistic Mental Healthcare would love to help you get through those rough moments.
Do you find yourself struggling to understand why you have certain feelings and wonder how you could feel better? Do you get anxious at times, depressed, struggle with your focus and concentration, or have experience any kind of trauma giving you nightmares? Landry at Holistic Mental Healthcare would love to help you get through those rough moments.
(913) 349-6607 View (913) 349-6607
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66204
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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Buena Vida Integrative Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, NP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Overland Park, KS 66223
At Buena Vida Integrative Health our focus is to treat the person as a whole. We focus on integrative psychiatry, which aims to rebalance the mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and community in the individual. In integrative psychiatry, we focus on combining medication, lifestyle interventions, and therapy modalities, such as brief supportive psychotherapy and solution focused therapy. Our goal is to empower each person to maximize their well-being to reach their ultimate good life or “buena vida” in Spanish.
At Buena Vida Integrative Health our focus is to treat the person as a whole. We focus on integrative psychiatry, which aims to rebalance the mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and community in the individual. In integrative psychiatry, we focus on combining medication, lifestyle interventions, and therapy modalities, such as brief supportive psychotherapy and solution focused therapy. Our goal is to empower each person to maximize their well-being to reach their ultimate good life or “buena vida” in Spanish.
(913) 380-4856 View (913) 380-4856
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Laura Young
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66210
Laura Young is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kansas who has been practicing since 2021. Laura was born and raised in Kansas. Her post high school education began at Kansas City Kansas Community College, obtaining her Associates of Science in Nursing in 2009 at the young age of 20 years old on a presidential scholarship awarded from high school. She then went on to working as a bedside nurse for over 12 years. Laura went back to college, obtaining her Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2018 while working.
Laura Young is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kansas who has been practicing since 2021. Laura was born and raised in Kansas. Her post high school education began at Kansas City Kansas Community College, obtaining her Associates of Science in Nursing in 2009 at the young age of 20 years old on a presidential scholarship awarded from high school. She then went on to working as a bedside nurse for over 12 years. Laura went back to college, obtaining her Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2018 while working.
(913) 578-6085 View (913) 578-6085
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Dr. Victoria Haynes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66223
I am passionate about helping clients achieve optimal mental wellness by providing holistic care that includes psychotherapy, medication management, physical exams, and wellness services. I specialize in managing mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and trauma related disorders.
I am passionate about helping clients achieve optimal mental wellness by providing holistic care that includes psychotherapy, medication management, physical exams, and wellness services. I specialize in managing mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and trauma related disorders.
(913) 380-6849 View (913) 380-6849
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Brent Menninger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66210
Brent Menninger is a Medical Doctor who has been practicing since 1993. He graduated from The University of Kansas in Lawrence KS and completed his residency at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, KS. Dr. Menninger has been a Staff Psychiatrist at multiple hospitals in the state, along with being Chairman for the Department of Psychiatry at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Menninger believes in a holistic approach to psychiatric care, which includes treating the body and the mind, by using the basics of good health.
Brent Menninger is a Medical Doctor who has been practicing since 1993. He graduated from The University of Kansas in Lawrence KS and completed his residency at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, KS. Dr. Menninger has been a Staff Psychiatrist at multiple hospitals in the state, along with being Chairman for the Department of Psychiatry at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Menninger believes in a holistic approach to psychiatric care, which includes treating the body and the mind, by using the basics of good health.
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Ethan Bickelhaupt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66213
Ethan e. Bickelhaupt is a psychiatrist in kansas who has been practicing since 1982. Ethan grew up on a farm in idaho, graduated magna cum laude with a bs in zoology from the college of idaho and obtained an md degree from the university of washington in seattle in 1978. He completed a four-year residency at the menninger school of psychiatry in topeka, ks (now at baylor in houston, tx) in 1982. Because of U. S.
Ethan e. Bickelhaupt is a psychiatrist in kansas who has been practicing since 1982. Ethan grew up on a farm in idaho, graduated magna cum laude with a bs in zoology from the college of idaho and obtained an md degree from the university of washington in seattle in 1978. He completed a four-year residency at the menninger school of psychiatry in topeka, ks (now at baylor in houston, tx) in 1982. Because of U. S.
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Silverus Kimeli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66223
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
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Tina Hendrix
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66213
Tina Hendrix is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2022. Tina has over 10 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. Her experience includes Internal Medicine, medical surgical, medical telemetry, rehabilitation, adult and adolescent psychiatric care, labor, and delivery, antepartum/postpartum, school nursing, care coordination, and several years as a clinical instructor for nursing students. She is a Certified-Healthcare Provider Instructor for the American Heart Association. Tina's focus is in diagnosing and the management of all psychiatric disorders.
Tina Hendrix is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2022. Tina has over 10 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. Her experience includes Internal Medicine, medical surgical, medical telemetry, rehabilitation, adult and adolescent psychiatric care, labor, and delivery, antepartum/postpartum, school nursing, care coordination, and several years as a clinical instructor for nursing students. She is a Certified-Healthcare Provider Instructor for the American Heart Association. Tina's focus is in diagnosing and the management of all psychiatric disorders.
(913) 423-9109 View (913) 423-9109
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Karen L. Pulcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66210
Karen L. Pulcher is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kansas who has been practicing since 2018. Karen provides empathy, compassion, caring and understanding for the youth and the parent or guardian experiencing life related stress. She has been treating youth ages 7-18 for the last 4 and a half years with psychiatric and behavioral health issues. Karen's experience and success with youth and families enables her to provide individualized, insightful, validating mental health care for the suffering adult.
Karen L. Pulcher is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kansas who has been practicing since 2018. Karen provides empathy, compassion, caring and understanding for the youth and the parent or guardian experiencing life related stress. She has been treating youth ages 7-18 for the last 4 and a half years with psychiatric and behavioral health issues. Karen's experience and success with youth and families enables her to provide individualized, insightful, validating mental health care for the suffering adult.
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Diane Gaunt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66210
Diane Gaunt is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years' experience. She graduated from Wichita State University with her MSN in 1990 and provides initial psychiatric consultations for diagnostic purposes, along with psychiatric medication management. Diane primarily treats adult and geriatric patients with anxiety disorders and mood disorders. She also treats other conditions, including PTSD, attention deficit disorder, and psychiatric problems associated with dementia.
Diane Gaunt is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years' experience. She graduated from Wichita State University with her MSN in 1990 and provides initial psychiatric consultations for diagnostic purposes, along with psychiatric medication management. Diane primarily treats adult and geriatric patients with anxiety disorders and mood disorders. She also treats other conditions, including PTSD, attention deficit disorder, and psychiatric problems associated with dementia.
(913) 521-3951 View (913) 521-3951
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Jeff Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66210
Jeff Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2010. He has a PMHNP post-graduate certificate from University of Missouri, an MSN and certification as a family nurse practitioner from Westminster College, a BSN from the University of Utah, and an ADN from Salt Lake Community College. As a PMHNP, Jeff helps his clients by providing mental health assessments, creating treatment plans, prescribing medication, and offering therapy sessions. However, he uniquely offers his commitment to shared decision-making and patient-centered care.
Jeff Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2010. He has a PMHNP post-graduate certificate from University of Missouri, an MSN and certification as a family nurse practitioner from Westminster College, a BSN from the University of Utah, and an ADN from Salt Lake Community College. As a PMHNP, Jeff helps his clients by providing mental health assessments, creating treatment plans, prescribing medication, and offering therapy sessions. However, he uniquely offers his commitment to shared decision-making and patient-centered care.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Overland Park, KS

40+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Overland Park, KS who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
93% Medication Management
86% Depression
81% Bipolar Disorder
77% ADHD
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth
76% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Overland Park, KS see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
34% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Overland Park?

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.