Psychiatrists in Campbell County, KY

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Photo of Cindy Tufarella, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Campbell County, KY
Cindy Tufarella
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Alexandria, KY 41001
Cindy Tufarella is a dual certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and licensed by the states of Ohio and Kentucky. She earned her bachelor's and master's degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnnati. She earned her post master's in psychiatric/mental health from Rivier University. She has worked in healthcare for over 20 years including inpatient and outpatient mental health, clinic, and urgent care settings. Her scope of practice includes all ages across the life span.
Cindy Tufarella is a dual certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and licensed by the states of Ohio and Kentucky. She earned her bachelor's and master's degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnnati. She earned her post master's in psychiatric/mental health from Rivier University. She has worked in healthcare for over 20 years including inpatient and outpatient mental health, clinic, and urgent care settings. Her scope of practice includes all ages across the life span.
(859) 955-8983 View (859) 955-8983
Photo of Tracey Nearon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Campbell County, KY
Tracey Nearon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alexandria, KY 41001
Tracey is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and licensed by the states of Ohio and Kentucky. She earned her associate degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati Raymond Walters, her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ohio University, and her master’s degree in nursing from Northern Kentucky University. She has worked in healthcare for over 15 years with clinical experience in residential, inpatient acute care, and outpatient settings. Her scope of practice includes all ages across the life span.
Tracey is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and licensed by the states of Ohio and Kentucky. She earned her associate degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati Raymond Walters, her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ohio University, and her master’s degree in nursing from Northern Kentucky University. She has worked in healthcare for over 15 years with clinical experience in residential, inpatient acute care, and outpatient settings. Her scope of practice includes all ages across the life span.
(859) 605-3239 View (859) 605-3239
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Lonna Louise Larger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, BC
Verified Verified
Wilder, KY 41071
Hi there! I am Lonna Larger and I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I look forward to getting to know you and helping you on your path to wellness. I practice evidence-based medicine with a focus on trauma-informed care. Are you struggling with anxiety or flashbacks? Do you feel as if no one listens? Please come see me. I am Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. If you would like to schedule an intake with me, please call 859-572-0400.
Hi there! I am Lonna Larger and I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I look forward to getting to know you and helping you on your path to wellness. I practice evidence-based medicine with a focus on trauma-informed care. Are you struggling with anxiety or flashbacks? Do you feel as if no one listens? Please come see me. I am Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. If you would like to schedule an intake with me, please call 859-572-0400.
(859) 572-0400 View (859) 572-0400
Photo of Nkechinyere Nwosu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Campbell County, KY
Nkechinyere Nwosu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Fort Thomas, KY 41075
Nkechinyere is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is dedicated to patient care and the wellbeing of the mind and soul. She graduated from Liberty University with her PMHNP master's degree. She also holds a doctorate degree in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University. Nkechinyere is excited to be a part of the team at LifeStance and is welcoming new patients.
Nkechinyere is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is dedicated to patient care and the wellbeing of the mind and soul. She graduated from Liberty University with her PMHNP master's degree. She also holds a doctorate degree in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University. Nkechinyere is excited to be a part of the team at LifeStance and is welcoming new patients.
(859) 484-6802 View (859) 484-6802
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Ascend Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Thomas, KY 41075
We treat patients with all varieties of mental illness on an outpatient basis. We are within walking distance of a full service hospital which can be utilized in an emergent basis. We work well with individuals from all walks of life without discrimination.
We treat patients with all varieties of mental illness on an outpatient basis. We are within walking distance of a full service hospital which can be utilized in an emergent basis. We work well with individuals from all walks of life without discrimination.
(513) 643-2003 View (513) 643-2003
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Dr. Tamera Kim Meyer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport, KY 41071
I am here to assist with improving your mental health so that you can reach your full potential in life. Unlike other mental health practices, I am always accessible to my patients. I offer telehealth, in-person, and in-home services to accommodate patient needs. I practice general psychiatry for patients 13 years of age and older.
I am here to assist with improving your mental health so that you can reach your full potential in life. Unlike other mental health practices, I am always accessible to my patients. I offer telehealth, in-person, and in-home services to accommodate patient needs. I practice general psychiatry for patients 13 years of age and older.
(513) 902-3227 View (513) 902-3227

Online Psychiatrists

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Lauren Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40513
Lauren Wilson is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has over 7 years of experience working in mental health. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has served as a clinical instructor for the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and her master's degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.
Lauren Wilson is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has over 7 years of experience working in mental health. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has served as a clinical instructor for the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and her master's degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.
(859) 724-5693 View (859) 724-5693
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Bliss Progressive Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40207
Are you tired of the 15 minute ‘med check’ style of psychiatric practice? Me, too. I specialize in treatment of individuals with a history of trauma and/or depression and anxiety that have not responded to traditional treatments. When a client says, “I’ve tried every medicine out there – none of them work,” my response is, “Let’s dig deeper.” I practice from a trauma-informed perspective. I'm endlessly curious and a creative thinker - both of these traits shape how I prescribe medications and which non-medication treatments recommendations I make.
Are you tired of the 15 minute ‘med check’ style of psychiatric practice? Me, too. I specialize in treatment of individuals with a history of trauma and/or depression and anxiety that have not responded to traditional treatments. When a client says, “I’ve tried every medicine out there – none of them work,” my response is, “Let’s dig deeper.” I practice from a trauma-informed perspective. I'm endlessly curious and a creative thinker - both of these traits shape how I prescribe medications and which non-medication treatments recommendations I make.
(502) 427-0381 View (502) 427-0381
Photo of Melissa Barnett, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Campbell County, KY
Melissa Barnett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Irvine, KY 40336
The majority of my professional career has been spent caring for individuals in Central and Eastern Kentucky, thus, providing me with a greater appreciation of the unique circumstances facing my patients. My passion for behavioral health and addiction medicine lead me to Trinity Health Group where I hope to continue providing exceptional care to individuals in Estill and surrounding counties.
The majority of my professional career has been spent caring for individuals in Central and Eastern Kentucky, thus, providing me with a greater appreciation of the unique circumstances facing my patients. My passion for behavioral health and addiction medicine lead me to Trinity Health Group where I hope to continue providing exceptional care to individuals in Estill and surrounding counties.
(606) 717-1024 View (606) 717-1024
Photo of Dr. Reisha Lynn Caudill, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Campbell County, KY
Dr. Reisha Lynn Caudill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207  (Online Only)
My specialties include depressive disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, PTSD, anxiety, psychotic disorders, and ADHD. I treat clients ages 5 and up with a wide range of psychiatric and mental health issues. I am LGBTQ+ friendly and offer Behavioral/Mental Health services and medication management through Telehealth across all of Kentucky.
My specialties include depressive disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, PTSD, anxiety, psychotic disorders, and ADHD. I treat clients ages 5 and up with a wide range of psychiatric and mental health issues. I am LGBTQ+ friendly and offer Behavioral/Mental Health services and medication management through Telehealth across all of Kentucky.
(502) 409-6993 View (502) 409-6993
Photo of Noreen Mason, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Campbell County, KY
Noreen Mason
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40204
Noreen Mason is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in psychopharmacology across the lifespan. She completed her initial training as a Nurse Practitioner in 2003 and thereafter achieved dual board certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Her extensive and wide ranging 20 year experience as a medical provider, coupled with natural curiosity and empathy, provide a distinctive approach. She considers a multitude of root causes that are often overlooked in Psychiatry, and is uniquely positioned to help those who have not found relief.
Noreen Mason is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in psychopharmacology across the lifespan. She completed her initial training as a Nurse Practitioner in 2003 and thereafter achieved dual board certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Her extensive and wide ranging 20 year experience as a medical provider, coupled with natural curiosity and empathy, provide a distinctive approach. She considers a multitude of root causes that are often overlooked in Psychiatry, and is uniquely positioned to help those who have not found relief.
(502) 536-8337 View (502) 536-8337
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Shana Cassady
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207  (Online Only)
My ideal client is an individual who struggles with coping with emotions and navigating stressors in daily life. These stressors may be related to work, relationships, lack of focus, or major life transitions such as the loss of loved one, grief, or chronic illness. My ideal client has identified their need for support and recognizes the value of overall health and wellness. We work together to set attainable goals focusing on mind and body. I offer a safe and comfortable environment where laughter is encouraged and sometimes follow tears.
My ideal client is an individual who struggles with coping with emotions and navigating stressors in daily life. These stressors may be related to work, relationships, lack of focus, or major life transitions such as the loss of loved one, grief, or chronic illness. My ideal client has identified their need for support and recognizes the value of overall health and wellness. We work together to set attainable goals focusing on mind and body. I offer a safe and comfortable environment where laughter is encouraged and sometimes follow tears.
(502) 409-6993 View (502) 409-6993
Photo of Teresa Ament, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Campbell County, KY
Teresa Ament
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Teresa "Terre" Ament, APRN is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2006. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies from the University of Louisville, and a Master of Science in Nursing in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Kentucky. Terre believes that people respond positively to unconditional acceptance, active listening, and gentle encouragement. She incorporates these skills into every patient visit.
Teresa "Terre" Ament, APRN is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2006. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies from the University of Louisville, and a Master of Science in Nursing in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Kentucky. Terre believes that people respond positively to unconditional acceptance, active listening, and gentle encouragement. She incorporates these skills into every patient visit.
(502) 547-7877 View (502) 547-7877
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Robert H Stewart (MD)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
Our calling is to care for those struggling under the gravity of depression, the tension of anxiety, the stress of attention deficit/hyperactivity, the strain of bipolar depression, and the pain of trauma. Our practice motto is: “To heal sometimes, to relieve often, to console always.”
Our calling is to care for those struggling under the gravity of depression, the tension of anxiety, the stress of attention deficit/hyperactivity, the strain of bipolar depression, and the pain of trauma. Our practice motto is: “To heal sometimes, to relieve often, to console always.”
(833) 780-1041 View (833) 780-1041
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40299  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(502) 547-0934 View (502) 547-0934
Photo of Kellye Singletary, Psychiatrist in Campbell County, KY
Kellye Singletary
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40202
As a psychiatrist, I believe that everyone should have access to quality mental health care. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and I strive to highlight the importance of psychoeducation, allowing each person to know what their symptoms mean in the context of an accurate diagnosis and utilize a patient-centered approach to care. At UpSing Telepsychiatry, we provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and brief psychodynamic therapy sessions. We offer in-person visits at our office located in Louisville, Kentucky as well as virtual telepsych visits to residents of Kentucky and Florida.
As a psychiatrist, I believe that everyone should have access to quality mental health care. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and I strive to highlight the importance of psychoeducation, allowing each person to know what their symptoms mean in the context of an accurate diagnosis and utilize a patient-centered approach to care. At UpSing Telepsychiatry, we provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and brief psychodynamic therapy sessions. We offer in-person visits at our office located in Louisville, Kentucky as well as virtual telepsych visits to residents of Kentucky and Florida.
(502) 306-3187 View (502) 306-3187
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40202  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Kentucky state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Kentucky state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurances.
(930) 205-4161 View (930) 205-4161
Photo of Becky Brandenburg, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Campbell County, KY
Becky Brandenburg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, KY 40475  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth for medication management for mental health disorders! I am available during the week as well as weekend and evening appointments to help fit your busy lifestyle. Please reach out via phone or email and I can assist you with getting scheduled.
Accepting new patients via telehealth for medication management for mental health disorders! I am available during the week as well as weekend and evening appointments to help fit your busy lifestyle. Please reach out via phone or email and I can assist you with getting scheduled.
(859) 568-4112 View (859) 568-4112
Photo of Brittany Stark, Psychiatric Nurse in Campbell County, KY
Brittany Stark
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40509
Brittany Stark, PMHNP Brittany Stark is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky with one year of experience. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. Brittany believes in providing a holistic, collaborative, and individualized approach to mental healthcare so that optimal mental healthcare goals are attainable and sustainable. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys hiking, camping, painting, writing, reading, traveling, music and being with her family.
Brittany Stark, PMHNP Brittany Stark is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky with one year of experience. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. Brittany believes in providing a holistic, collaborative, and individualized approach to mental healthcare so that optimal mental healthcare goals are attainable and sustainable. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys hiking, camping, painting, writing, reading, traveling, music and being with her family.
(859) 695-3899 View (859) 695-3899
Photo of Carol S McLennan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Campbell County, KY
Carol S McLennan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS, NP-C
Verified Verified
Lyndon, KY 40222
I am a psychiatric Nurse practitioner and a Family nurse practitioner with over 20 years experience treating a variety of diagnoses including PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Type I & II, as well as schizophrenia; ages 12 to 65; Specializing in military populations. Can provide in person & Telehealth appts. Psychiatric evaluations & medication management.
I am a psychiatric Nurse practitioner and a Family nurse practitioner with over 20 years experience treating a variety of diagnoses including PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Type I & II, as well as schizophrenia; ages 12 to 65; Specializing in military populations. Can provide in person & Telehealth appts. Psychiatric evaluations & medication management.
(502) 628-4157 View (502) 628-4157

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Number of Psychiatrists in Campbell County, KY

< 10

Psychiatrists in Campbell County, KY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management

Average years in practice

24 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Humana
100% Anthem | Elevance
75% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Campbell County, KY see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Campbell 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.