Psychiatrists in Franklin County, KY

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New Horizons Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frankfort, KY 40601
New Horizons Psychiatry is a private, outpatient, mental-health practice that offers evidence-based and patient-centered mental-health care in a private, discrete, and convenient setting in downtown Frankfort. I will see psychiatric mental-health clients of all ages for evaluation and medication management. I have experience working with children and adults of all ages, including veterans and police officers. I have helped clients with depression, bipolar, anxiety, psychosis, ADHD, PTSD, etc. My training has prepared me to understand the relationship between physical and mental health. Now accepting new clients!
New Horizons Psychiatry is a private, outpatient, mental-health practice that offers evidence-based and patient-centered mental-health care in a private, discrete, and convenient setting in downtown Frankfort. I will see psychiatric mental-health clients of all ages for evaluation and medication management. I have experience working with children and adults of all ages, including veterans and police officers. I have helped clients with depression, bipolar, anxiety, psychosis, ADHD, PTSD, etc. My training has prepared me to understand the relationship between physical and mental health. Now accepting new clients!
(502) 289-5809 View (502) 289-5809
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Kristen Cox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Frankfort, KY 40601
Kristen Cox is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2023. Kristen implements caring and compassion to her patients. She listens to their needs and uses clinical judgement to best help them. Kristen truly loves what she does, and helping people is a passion of hers. Outside of work, Kristen like to run; she has completed a few half marathons before. She loves spending time with her family and husband and their 12yearold pitbull.
Kristen Cox is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2023. Kristen implements caring and compassion to her patients. She listens to their needs and uses clinical judgement to best help them. Kristen truly loves what she does, and helping people is a passion of hers. Outside of work, Kristen like to run; she has completed a few half marathons before. She loves spending time with her family and husband and their 12yearold pitbull.
(502) 427-1544 View (502) 427-1544
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Holly Gray
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Frankfort, KY 40601
Holly Gray, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, where she teaches in the DNP program. Dr. Gray received both her BSN and DNP from the University of Kentucky. She practices in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her clinical interests include adolescent mood and anxiety disorders, severe mental illness, intellectual disability, and substance abuse disorders.
Holly Gray, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, where she teaches in the DNP program. Dr. Gray received both her BSN and DNP from the University of Kentucky. She practices in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her clinical interests include adolescent mood and anxiety disorders, severe mental illness, intellectual disability, and substance abuse disorders.
(502) 754-3938 View (502) 754-3938
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Compass Medical Group, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Frankfort, KY 40601
Hello! I am a board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I received my masters degree from the University of South Alabama and have over 14 years of experience in my field. I provide medication management in a peaceful, relaxing office space or via telehealth if the patient prefers. I also utilize several tools to help pinpoint your diagnosis to maximize treatment success! Private and secure Telehealth services are a special focus for me and Telehealth is currently the best option to observe health and safety guidelines and pairs perfectly with mental health treatment if preferred.
Hello! I am a board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I received my masters degree from the University of South Alabama and have over 14 years of experience in my field. I provide medication management in a peaceful, relaxing office space or via telehealth if the patient prefers. I also utilize several tools to help pinpoint your diagnosis to maximize treatment success! Private and secure Telehealth services are a special focus for me and Telehealth is currently the best option to observe health and safety guidelines and pairs perfectly with mental health treatment if preferred.
(502) 237-4635 View (502) 237-4635
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Ramesh Ghanta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Frankfort, KY 40601
Board certified in Psychiatry Adult/Board certified in addiction medicine.
Board certified in Psychiatry Adult/Board certified in addiction medicine.
(502) 427-7778 View (502) 427-7778
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Nick Bischoff
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Frankfort, KY 40601
Hello! I'm Nick. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I am deeply committed to redefining mental health care by focusing on holistic approaches. This commitment stems from witnessing the effects that an over reliance on prescription medication can have on individuals and our society. My approach is grounded in the philosophy that medication should be a bridge, not a barrier, to achieving mental health. I strive to help my patients achieve optimal wellness, through fostering an environment where they feel heard, understood, and actively involved in their care decisions.
Hello! I'm Nick. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I am deeply committed to redefining mental health care by focusing on holistic approaches. This commitment stems from witnessing the effects that an over reliance on prescription medication can have on individuals and our society. My approach is grounded in the philosophy that medication should be a bridge, not a barrier, to achieving mental health. I strive to help my patients achieve optimal wellness, through fostering an environment where they feel heard, understood, and actively involved in their care decisions.
(502) 373-6860 View (502) 373-6860
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Shirley Beth Hicks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Frankfort, KY 40601
Beth Hicks is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2020. Beth always shows clients empathy for what they've been through and shows personal interest in their care. She builds a good rapport that is healthy and caring. Outside of work, Beth loves yoga, cooking new recipes, traveling, and reading.
Beth Hicks is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2020. Beth always shows clients empathy for what they've been through and shows personal interest in their care. She builds a good rapport that is healthy and caring. Outside of work, Beth loves yoga, cooking new recipes, traveling, and reading.
(502) 317-0399 View (502) 317-0399
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Rebecca O'Hair
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Frankfort, KY 40601
becca is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing with Lifestance since 2021. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with her MSN - APRN. Rebecca believes that listening to the patient is one of the most important parts of developing a good working relationship. Equally important is including the patient in the development of the plan of care and helping them understand all of the options available to them. Particular areas of interest include depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders.
becca is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing with Lifestance since 2021. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with her MSN - APRN. Rebecca believes that listening to the patient is one of the most important parts of developing a good working relationship. Equally important is including the patient in the development of the plan of care and helping them understand all of the options available to them. Particular areas of interest include depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders.
(502) 369-0510 View (502) 369-0510
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Mark Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Frankfort, KY 40601
Mark Martin is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2010. Mark believes in treating people with respect and having an unbiased approach to each person's needs. In his spare time, Mark enjoys golf.
Mark Martin is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2010. Mark believes in treating people with respect and having an unbiased approach to each person's needs. In his spare time, Mark enjoys golf.
(502) 427-6324 View (502) 427-6324
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Frances Thom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Frankfort, KY 40601
Fran Thom, RN,MS ANP-BC,PMHNP-BC completed the post-masters” Psychiatric Mental Health nurse practitioner program at Northern Kentucky University. She has many years of experience in providing adult primary care, nursing management in a variety of health care facilities, and mental health services, both in California and Kentucky. She enjoys working with a wide range of behavioral health issues in both adults and adolescents ,including depression, anxiety, bipolar and personality disorders. When she is not working , Fran enjoys the outdoors and exercise.
Fran Thom, RN,MS ANP-BC,PMHNP-BC completed the post-masters” Psychiatric Mental Health nurse practitioner program at Northern Kentucky University. She has many years of experience in providing adult primary care, nursing management in a variety of health care facilities, and mental health services, both in California and Kentucky. She enjoys working with a wide range of behavioral health issues in both adults and adolescents ,including depression, anxiety, bipolar and personality disorders. When she is not working , Fran enjoys the outdoors and exercise.
(502) 206-1500 View (502) 206-1500
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Lauren M Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, ANP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frankfort, KY 40601
Lauren Williams is a double board-certified adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has over 14 years of experience working as a nurse and nurse practitioner with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and her master’s degree from Ball State University and Maryville University. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She works with children and adults, ages 8 and older, and specializes in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders.
Lauren Williams is a double board-certified adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has over 14 years of experience working as a nurse and nurse practitioner with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and her master’s degree from Ball State University and Maryville University. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She works with children and adults, ages 8 and older, and specializes in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders.
(502) 352-2208 View (502) 352-2208
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Sarah Thomas | The Lotus Connection
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Frankfort, KY 40601  (Online Only)
My mission at The Lotus Connection is to normalize mental health as a part of the human experience and allow everyone to love and accept every part of themselves; knowing they are uniquely and beautifully made; accepting that we are each perfectly imperfect! Regardless of circumstances you feel you may presently be or have been in, you can rise above and blossom Beautifully and Gracefully as the Lotus Flower. I specialize in medication management for Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, Social Anxiety), Depression, ADHD, Mood Disorders (Bipolar and Schizophrenia), and SUD.
My mission at The Lotus Connection is to normalize mental health as a part of the human experience and allow everyone to love and accept every part of themselves; knowing they are uniquely and beautifully made; accepting that we are each perfectly imperfect! Regardless of circumstances you feel you may presently be or have been in, you can rise above and blossom Beautifully and Gracefully as the Lotus Flower. I specialize in medication management for Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, Social Anxiety), Depression, ADHD, Mood Disorders (Bipolar and Schizophrenia), and SUD.
(502) 791-9800 View (502) 791-9800
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Hillary Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Frankfort, KY 40603  (Online Only)
I am a dual-certified family & psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with 14 years of experience. I believe the journey toward mental health should be a collaborative experience between client & provider & my goal as we work together is that this becomes a positive and even enjoyable process toward becoming the best version of yourself.
I am a dual-certified family & psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with 14 years of experience. I believe the journey toward mental health should be a collaborative experience between client & provider & my goal as we work together is that this becomes a positive and even enjoyable process toward becoming the best version of yourself.
(502) 409-6993 View (502) 409-6993

Online Psychiatrists

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Dawn Glowatz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40504  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm Dawn and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with 13 years of experience treating and working with clients of all ages. I believe that the relationship between a psychiatric nurse practitioner and the clients she serves is a partnership of trust and understanding.
Hi! I'm Dawn and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with 13 years of experience treating and working with clients of all ages. I believe that the relationship between a psychiatric nurse practitioner and the clients she serves is a partnership of trust and understanding.
(859) 374-3430 View (859) 374-3430
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Arnold G Shapiro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fort Wright, KY 41011
I am a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I've been in private practice in OH and KY for many years. My primary clinical focus is the treatment of ADHD, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Depression. My primary goal as a physician is to work with patients to establish and implement the treatment plan that best suits them and their families. I am proud to treat my patients who started as patients when they were children, who now also bring their children to me for treatment.
I am a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I've been in private practice in OH and KY for many years. My primary clinical focus is the treatment of ADHD, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Depression. My primary goal as a physician is to work with patients to establish and implement the treatment plan that best suits them and their families. I am proud to treat my patients who started as patients when they were children, who now also bring their children to me for treatment.
(513) 450-8296 View (513) 450-8296
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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
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Christian Litman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Georgetown, KY 40324
Harley Litman is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2023. She earned a Master's of Science in Nursing at Northern Kentucky University. Harley believes a patient should not only be involved in their care but encourage confidence when it comes to advocating for themself. She believes in educating and working with patients with tools in psychotherapy and/or medication management to enjoy and have a better quality of life. Outside of work, Harley loves to spend time with her husband and two kids. She enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling, and reading.
Harley Litman is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2023. She earned a Master's of Science in Nursing at Northern Kentucky University. Harley believes a patient should not only be involved in their care but encourage confidence when it comes to advocating for themself. She believes in educating and working with patients with tools in psychotherapy and/or medication management to enjoy and have a better quality of life. Outside of work, Harley loves to spend time with her husband and two kids. She enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling, and reading.
(502) 806-8394 View (502) 806-8394
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Angela Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Mitchell, KY 41017
Angela Miller is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2011. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. Angela believes in providing individualized treatment to her clients. She takes a unique approach in providing mental health services. Angela is approachable, attentive, and respects the decisions you make regarding your treatment. She looks forward to meeting you and planning your journey to a more fulfilling life.
Angela Miller is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2011. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. Angela believes in providing individualized treatment to her clients. She takes a unique approach in providing mental health services. Angela is approachable, attentive, and respects the decisions you make regarding your treatment. She looks forward to meeting you and planning your journey to a more fulfilling life.
(859) 651-1269 View (859) 651-1269
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Melissa Sullivan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
Dr. Sullivan is a board-certified psychiatrist practicing in Louisville, Kentucky. She attended medical school at the University of Louisville and completed a four-year residency training at the University of Louisville. She offers medication management in a therapeutic setting for a variety of disorders. Patients will receive an individualized treatment plan that will be designed in collaboration with Dr. Sullivan at the first appointment. Treatment will be offered in a caring and confidential setting where the goal is to help you, the patient, feel better as quickly as possible. Most patients can be seen within three weeks.
Dr. Sullivan is a board-certified psychiatrist practicing in Louisville, Kentucky. She attended medical school at the University of Louisville and completed a four-year residency training at the University of Louisville. She offers medication management in a therapeutic setting for a variety of disorders. Patients will receive an individualized treatment plan that will be designed in collaboration with Dr. Sullivan at the first appointment. Treatment will be offered in a caring and confidential setting where the goal is to help you, the patient, feel better as quickly as possible. Most patients can be seen within three weeks.
(502) 317-2853 View (502) 317-2853
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Kentucky Mental Health Care
Psychiatrist, MD, Psc
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40214
At Kentucky Mental Health Care, we provide psychiatric services such as medication management and medically assisted treatment (Suboxone and more), IOP, and TRP to both Medicaid and commercial insurance clients. The majority of our patients struggle with one or more of the following issues: ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, depression, substance abuse disorder, addiction, and/or personality disorder.
At Kentucky Mental Health Care, we provide psychiatric services such as medication management and medically assisted treatment (Suboxone and more), IOP, and TRP to both Medicaid and commercial insurance clients. The majority of our patients struggle with one or more of the following issues: ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, depression, substance abuse disorder, addiction, and/or personality disorder.
(502) 306-0871 View (502) 306-0871

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Franklin County, KY

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Franklin County, KY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
92% Anxiety
92% Bipolar Disorder
85% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% ADHD
77% Medication Management
69% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
90% Humana
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Franklin County, KY see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Franklin 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.