Psychiatrists in Saline County, KS

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Angela Christine Kingsbury
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Kansas
Verified Verified
Salina, KS 67401  (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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Prila Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salina, KS 67401
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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Ediomi Enebong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Salina, KS 67401
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
(316) 974-3042 View (316) 974-3042
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Steven K Elrod
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Salina, KS 67401  (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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Robyn Renee Burwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Salina, KS 67401
(785) 201-5829 View (785) 201-5829

Online Psychiatrists

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Angela Armstrong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67226
Angela Armstrong, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds Master of Science in Nursing degrees in both Psychiatric Nursing and Nursing Education. She has been working in healthcare since 2007 in a variety of settings including infection control, public health, and long-term care. She provides interventions, treatment, and holistic support to clients across the lifespan with acute, chronic, and substance-induced mental illness. Angela’s approach is to provide high-quality, client-focused care to meet the unique needs of each client.
Angela Armstrong, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds Master of Science in Nursing degrees in both Psychiatric Nursing and Nursing Education. She has been working in healthcare since 2007 in a variety of settings including infection control, public health, and long-term care. She provides interventions, treatment, and holistic support to clients across the lifespan with acute, chronic, and substance-induced mental illness. Angela’s approach is to provide high-quality, client-focused care to meet the unique needs of each client.
(316) 536-7405 View (316) 536-7405
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Kelsey Barnickle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67206
I graduated as a Registered Nurse with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Washburn University in 2010. I worked in the hospital as a nurse in labor and delivery and pediatrics. I then decided I wanted to do more with my nursing career so went back to school and graduated as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Ball State University in July 2016.
I graduated as a Registered Nurse with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Washburn University in 2010. I worked in the hospital as a nurse in labor and delivery and pediatrics. I then decided I wanted to do more with my nursing career so went back to school and graduated as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Ball State University in July 2016.
(316) 844-7869 View (316) 844-7869
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Candice Boyce
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67212  (Online Only)
From the go, my priority is to establish a patient relationship of trust, feeling at ease with open expression, as if conversing with someone they trust. It is a profound honor that they have entrusted me with guiding them through a vulnerable period in their life. My patients have a central role in shaping their treatment plans, catering to their needs. Navigating the unknown has required the development of numerous strategies to find the root cause(s) of their concerns. Meticulous attention to the nuances and patterns can profoundly impact outcomes, and it is incredible to witness the rekindling of hope where it was once lost.
From the go, my priority is to establish a patient relationship of trust, feeling at ease with open expression, as if conversing with someone they trust. It is a profound honor that they have entrusted me with guiding them through a vulnerable period in their life. My patients have a central role in shaping their treatment plans, catering to their needs. Navigating the unknown has required the development of numerous strategies to find the root cause(s) of their concerns. Meticulous attention to the nuances and patterns can profoundly impact outcomes, and it is incredible to witness the rekindling of hope where it was once lost.
(319) 343-3672 View (319) 343-3672
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Julia McVay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67226
Julia McVay, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She has 8 years of nursing experience and her education includes a Master of Science in Nursing with a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialization. Julia takes great pride in providing exceptional care to all patients.
Julia McVay, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She has 8 years of nursing experience and her education includes a Master of Science in Nursing with a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialization. Julia takes great pride in providing exceptional care to all patients.
(316) 800-6725 View (316) 800-6725
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Amber Moore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67208  (Online Only)
I am Accepting New Patients 6 and over in Kansas, Arizona, and New Mexico who are seeking medication management and supportive therapy. Do you want to live a fulfilling life but need guidance to reach those goals? It takes tremendous courage to heal from past traumas, but I want to tell you it is possible. It is possible to live a life of hope and happiness and to find your true, authentic self along the way. Change doesn't happen overnight, but you have taken the first step in finding a new way of life.
I am Accepting New Patients 6 and over in Kansas, Arizona, and New Mexico who are seeking medication management and supportive therapy. Do you want to live a fulfilling life but need guidance to reach those goals? It takes tremendous courage to heal from past traumas, but I want to tell you it is possible. It is possible to live a life of hope and happiness and to find your true, authentic self along the way. Change doesn't happen overnight, but you have taken the first step in finding a new way of life.
(316) 835-9974 View (316) 835-9974
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Simply Better Behavioral Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wichita, KS 67226
Simply Better Behavioral Health is a mental health outpatient clinic in Wichita, Kansas with years of experience providing psychiatric treatments for children, adolescents, and adults. Our mental health consultants offer personalized and holistic care plans through our services. We’ll help you overcome problems, such as: ADHD ,Anxiety, Depression , OCD, ODD, Parent Behavioral Management Training Medication Management, etc.Call or email for a free 15 minute consultation.
Simply Better Behavioral Health is a mental health outpatient clinic in Wichita, Kansas with years of experience providing psychiatric treatments for children, adolescents, and adults. Our mental health consultants offer personalized and holistic care plans through our services. We’ll help you overcome problems, such as: ADHD ,Anxiety, Depression , OCD, ODD, Parent Behavioral Management Training Medication Management, etc.Call or email for a free 15 minute consultation.
(316) 867-9609 View (316) 867-9609
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Adam Gears
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MEd, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67214  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Adam, a psychiatric nurse practitioner providing medication management in AZ, WA, KA and CO. I'm committed to treating patients with honesty, a touch of humor, and straightforward communication. My main goal is to help patients feel better and regain the life they desire. If medication management isn't the right fit, we'll explore alternative approaches like healthy lifestyle changes, exercise, nutrition, and mindful practices. I'm here for you every step of the way.
Hi there, I'm Adam, a psychiatric nurse practitioner providing medication management in AZ, WA, KA and CO. I'm committed to treating patients with honesty, a touch of humor, and straightforward communication. My main goal is to help patients feel better and regain the life they desire. If medication management isn't the right fit, we'll explore alternative approaches like healthy lifestyle changes, exercise, nutrition, and mindful practices. I'm here for you every step of the way.
(785) 675-5592 View (785) 675-5592
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Joe Stroud
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wichita, KS 67203
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
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★★TeleMind®★★
Psychiatrist, DO, Psych
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67212
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
(800) 341-3083 View (800) 341-3083
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Virtual Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Sterling, KS 67579  (Online Only)
My name is Sabra Tieperman. I have more than 20 years of experience as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse treating people of all ages. I established Virtual Psychiatric Services to make treatment accessible to everyone in a way that maximizes privacy, comfort, and convenience. With my online format of care you no longer need to worry about the hassles involved in traveling to an office, embarrassment about being seen in a mental health clinic, or fear being seen in person by a professional. And you don’t have to substitute services by your family doctor when you’d prefer to see a specialist. VPS eliminates all those concerns.
My name is Sabra Tieperman. I have more than 20 years of experience as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse treating people of all ages. I established Virtual Psychiatric Services to make treatment accessible to everyone in a way that maximizes privacy, comfort, and convenience. With my online format of care you no longer need to worry about the hassles involved in traveling to an office, embarrassment about being seen in a mental health clinic, or fear being seen in person by a professional. And you don’t have to substitute services by your family doctor when you’d prefer to see a specialist. VPS eliminates all those concerns.
(620) 524-9649 View (620) 524-9649
Cheryl Headley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wichita, KS 67202  (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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Ashley Ludlum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67206
In 2010, I graduated from Hesston College as a Registered Nurse. I began my nursing career in High Risk OB and GYN, in a hospital setting. I have also worked in surgical services and in research. It was during my time in research that I found my passion for mental health and made the decision to pursue a career in the field. I took a position at Psychiatric Consultants of Wichita working as a nurse, scribe, and Spravato Coordinator while pursuing a bachelor's degree and eventually a master's degree. I graduated from Walden University in 2022 as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and I continued working at PCW.
In 2010, I graduated from Hesston College as a Registered Nurse. I began my nursing career in High Risk OB and GYN, in a hospital setting. I have also worked in surgical services and in research. It was during my time in research that I found my passion for mental health and made the decision to pursue a career in the field. I took a position at Psychiatric Consultants of Wichita working as a nurse, scribe, and Spravato Coordinator while pursuing a bachelor's degree and eventually a master's degree. I graduated from Walden University in 2022 as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and I continued working at PCW.
(316) 742-6011 View (316) 742-6011
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Jane Crawford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67216  (Online Only)
I treat a variety of patients but they typically have at least a few things in common- their symptoms are unmanageable and oftentimes they have had difficulties with medications in the past. Every single patient is unique, from their symptoms to medication response. I work hard to meet my patients halfway to help manage their symptoms and reach their highest potential.
I treat a variety of patients but they typically have at least a few things in common- their symptoms are unmanageable and oftentimes they have had difficulties with medications in the past. Every single patient is unique, from their symptoms to medication response. I work hard to meet my patients halfway to help manage their symptoms and reach their highest potential.
(316) 227-1989 View (316) 227-1989
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Frances Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wichita, KS 67206
Welcoming New Patients! Frances (Fran) Miller APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP NP-C. Fran holds dual board certifications as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She provides mental health services including diagnosis and medication management for children, teens, and adults. Fran will work with you to meet your mental health goals in a dignified and respectful manner. She is passionate about educating her patients and their families about their diagnoses, medications, and treatment plans. Fran strives to give compassionate care in a friendly, comfortable setting to the community she serves.
Welcoming New Patients! Frances (Fran) Miller APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP NP-C. Fran holds dual board certifications as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She provides mental health services including diagnosis and medication management for children, teens, and adults. Fran will work with you to meet your mental health goals in a dignified and respectful manner. She is passionate about educating her patients and their families about their diagnoses, medications, and treatment plans. Fran strives to give compassionate care in a friendly, comfortable setting to the community she serves.
(316) 799-3815 View (316) 799-3815
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Krystal Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wichita, KS 67206
Hello, I'm Krystal, a psychiatric medication management specialist with a passion for understanding and supporting my patients. I've spent my career since the age of 19 immersed in mental health, driven by a desire to help individuals achieve happiness and fulfillment. Your journey and goals are unique, and I take the time to truly listen and understand what's important to you. By knowing your values and what makes you, you, I can tailor our treatment to fit your specific needs.
Hello, I'm Krystal, a psychiatric medication management specialist with a passion for understanding and supporting my patients. I've spent my career since the age of 19 immersed in mental health, driven by a desire to help individuals achieve happiness and fulfillment. Your journey and goals are unique, and I take the time to truly listen and understand what's important to you. By knowing your values and what makes you, you, I can tailor our treatment to fit your specific needs.
(316) 844-7510 View (316) 844-7510

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Number of Psychiatrists in Saline County, KS

< 10

Psychiatrists in Saline County, KS who prioritize treating:

80% Depression
80% Anxiety
80% ADHD
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Behavioral Issues
80% Medication Management
60% Grief

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Saline County, KS see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Saline County?

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.