Psychiatrists in Louisville, KY

Photo of Kim Vilt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Louisville, KY
Kim Vilt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40223
Accepting New Patients May 28, 2024. Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner experienced working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. I welcome the opportunity to work with you and support you on your journey to better mental health. I am experienced in helping adult patients navigate depression, anxiety, Bipolar Spectrum Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia Disorders and cognitive challenges. I particularly enjoy providing care to individuals who are experiencing emotional and psychological challenges during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Accepting New Patients May 28, 2024. Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner experienced working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. I welcome the opportunity to work with you and support you on your journey to better mental health. I am experienced in helping adult patients navigate depression, anxiety, Bipolar Spectrum Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia Disorders and cognitive challenges. I particularly enjoy providing care to individuals who are experiencing emotional and psychological challenges during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
(502) 673-1612 View (502) 673-1612
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Kimberly Mosley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, ANP-C, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40218
Management of mental health issues has three components: you, your therapist, and your PMHNP. There is no one component that is better than the next. Mental health care is an ongoing treatment that relies on positive intentions and manifestations. The combined work of the client (you), therapist, and medication provider (PMHNP), allows the client to reach the goal of being the best version he/she can be.
Management of mental health issues has three components: you, your therapist, and your PMHNP. There is no one component that is better than the next. Mental health care is an ongoing treatment that relies on positive intentions and manifestations. The combined work of the client (you), therapist, and medication provider (PMHNP), allows the client to reach the goal of being the best version he/she can be.
(502) 677-3782 View (502) 677-3782
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Lacy Pippin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40202
I'm Lacy Pippin, a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner serving patients in Illinois and Kentucky. With over 6 years of experience in psychiatric-mental health and substance use settings, I specialize in treating various mental health disorders including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Trauma, and Grief. My approach focuses on patient-centered care, empowering individuals to actively participate in their treatment journey. Together, we navigate the process of mental health, fostering understanding and healing.
I'm Lacy Pippin, a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner serving patients in Illinois and Kentucky. With over 6 years of experience in psychiatric-mental health and substance use settings, I specialize in treating various mental health disorders including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Trauma, and Grief. My approach focuses on patient-centered care, empowering individuals to actively participate in their treatment journey. Together, we navigate the process of mental health, fostering understanding and healing.
(502) 369-0116 View (502) 369-0116
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Hillary Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207  (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
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Dane Mendelsohn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40241
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with expertise in Crisis Stabilization, Addiction Medicine, Women’s Health, and General Psychiatry. With six years of experience in psychiatry, I am equipped to treat patients of all ages. I offer various psychotherapy services such as lifestyle modification, manifestation, and mindfulness, and view medications as a tool not as a solution. Currently, I serve as a Medical Officer in the United States Air Force and have extensive knowledge in writing Veteran Affairs disability claim evaluations. I received my BSN from UofL and my MSN from WKU.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with expertise in Crisis Stabilization, Addiction Medicine, Women’s Health, and General Psychiatry. With six years of experience in psychiatry, I am equipped to treat patients of all ages. I offer various psychotherapy services such as lifestyle modification, manifestation, and mindfulness, and view medications as a tool not as a solution. Currently, I serve as a Medical Officer in the United States Air Force and have extensive knowledge in writing Veteran Affairs disability claim evaluations. I received my BSN from UofL and my MSN from WKU.
(502) 503-5549 View (502) 503-5549
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Patricia Estes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Amber Estes is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2020. She has an MSN from Northern Kentucky University, a BSN in Nursing from University of Kentucky, and a BA in Psychology from University of Kentucky. Amber specifically has experience in helping patients cope with stressors associated with chronic health conditions and other major life stressors. She strives to provide individualized care that supports the unique differences of each client she sees. Outside of work, Amber enjoys hiking, spending time with family, and traveling.
Amber Estes is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2020. She has an MSN from Northern Kentucky University, a BSN in Nursing from University of Kentucky, and a BA in Psychology from University of Kentucky. Amber specifically has experience in helping patients cope with stressors associated with chronic health conditions and other major life stressors. She strives to provide individualized care that supports the unique differences of each client she sees. Outside of work, Amber enjoys hiking, spending time with family, and traveling.
(502) 563-1286 View (502) 563-1286
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Mark Bush
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40241
Accepting New Patients. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of helping people manage their mental health wellness. I believe that mental wellness is a key foundation for overall health. I understand that all my clients are unique and valued individuals who deserve acceptance, appreciation, support, and compassion. My perfect client would be someone struggling with life’s challenges who wants to obtain optimal happiness and wellness. My goal is simple - to assist you to live your very best life. Everyone deserves that!
Accepting New Patients. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of helping people manage their mental health wellness. I believe that mental wellness is a key foundation for overall health. I understand that all my clients are unique and valued individuals who deserve acceptance, appreciation, support, and compassion. My perfect client would be someone struggling with life’s challenges who wants to obtain optimal happiness and wellness. My goal is simple - to assist you to live your very best life. Everyone deserves that!
(502) 419-4289 View (502) 419-4289
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Behj Group Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40258
Our mission is to be a blessing to all we encounter. Whether through the services we provide, a kind word, or a soothing smile, we seek to understand all those who enter through our doors.
Our mission is to be a blessing to all we encounter. Whether through the services we provide, a kind word, or a soothing smile, we seek to understand all those who enter through our doors.
(270) 290-0874 View (270) 290-0874
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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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Dr. Ethan Short
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40241
My calling is to care for those struggling under the gravity of severe mental illness including schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, addictions (opiates, methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, alcohol, tobacco, etc.), PTSD, depression and anxiety disorders, and adult ADHD. I am trained in multiple psychotherapies, but primarily practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as an alternative to medication, or as an adjunctive treatment for the above conditions.
My calling is to care for those struggling under the gravity of severe mental illness including schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, addictions (opiates, methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, alcohol, tobacco, etc.), PTSD, depression and anxiety disorders, and adult ADHD. I am trained in multiple psychotherapies, but primarily practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as an alternative to medication, or as an adjunctive treatment for the above conditions.
(502) 806-8395 View (502) 806-8395
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Dr. Angelina Strickland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40210
Our practice is dedicated to helping our clients live a healthier life both mentally and physically. I am board certified as both a psychiatric and family nurse practitioner, so I look at your body as a whole to see how I can get you feeling better. I want you to feel safe when you come through our doors. It's ok, not to be ok.
Our practice is dedicated to helping our clients live a healthier life both mentally and physically. I am board certified as both a psychiatric and family nurse practitioner, so I look at your body as a whole to see how I can get you feeling better. I want you to feel safe when you come through our doors. It's ok, not to be ok.
(502) 237-8489 View (502) 237-8489
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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
Photo of Lisa Green, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Louisville, KY
Lisa Green
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40299
Accepting new clients: Dr. Lisa Green holds a Doctorate of Nursing Degree & is board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). As a Nurse Practitioner, she offers comprehensive evaluations and assessments. She provides holistic and traditional services to help empower clients on their healing journey from anxiety, depression and trauma. She values a collaborative and personalized approach that considers each client's unique preferences including the integration of various modalities to support each individual's mental health and well-being.
Accepting new clients: Dr. Lisa Green holds a Doctorate of Nursing Degree & is board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). As a Nurse Practitioner, she offers comprehensive evaluations and assessments. She provides holistic and traditional services to help empower clients on their healing journey from anxiety, depression and trauma. She values a collaborative and personalized approach that considers each client's unique preferences including the integration of various modalities to support each individual's mental health and well-being.
(502) 743-4871 View (502) 743-4871
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Hannah Morrison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Hannah Morrison is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She completed her BSN at University of Kentucky and her MSN at Frontier Nursing University. She works with children and adults, ages 6-64, and specializes in assessment, diagnosis, treatment and medication management of a variety of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), postpartum anxiety/depression, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bipolar disorder.
Hannah Morrison is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She completed her BSN at University of Kentucky and her MSN at Frontier Nursing University. She works with children and adults, ages 6-64, and specializes in assessment, diagnosis, treatment and medication management of a variety of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), postpartum anxiety/depression, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bipolar disorder.
(502) 427-7382 View (502) 427-7382
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William Nunley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40217
I am a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst serving OR and KY. I work primarily with mental health professionals, physicians, attorneys, entrepreneurs, and people in transition in their personal or professional identity. Most people begin therapy with me to improve their mood, sleep, or a more general sense of deep suffering. I can help understand patterns of distressing conflicts in one or more areas of your life such that you feel less isolated by intense emotions and build anew patterns in relating.
I am a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst serving OR and KY. I work primarily with mental health professionals, physicians, attorneys, entrepreneurs, and people in transition in their personal or professional identity. Most people begin therapy with me to improve their mood, sleep, or a more general sense of deep suffering. I can help understand patterns of distressing conflicts in one or more areas of your life such that you feel less isolated by intense emotions and build anew patterns in relating.
(502) 547-7843 View (502) 547-7843
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Summyji Groom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40202  (Online Only)
Optimal Mental Health Virtual Clinic, PLLC is committed to providing personalized, comprehensive mental health care in a safe, secure virtual space. We cater to individuals dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, or those wishing to enhance their mental well-being. Our strength lies in our holistic approach, integrating various therapeutic methods tailored to each client's unique needs. Our skilled professionals foster a supportive environment, aimed at empowering clients to navigate life's challenges with increased resilience. Your mental health is our priority.
Optimal Mental Health Virtual Clinic, PLLC is committed to providing personalized, comprehensive mental health care in a safe, secure virtual space. We cater to individuals dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, or those wishing to enhance their mental well-being. Our strength lies in our holistic approach, integrating various therapeutic methods tailored to each client's unique needs. Our skilled professionals foster a supportive environment, aimed at empowering clients to navigate life's challenges with increased resilience. Your mental health is our priority.
(502) 673-1568 View (502) 673-1568
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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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Brian T Briscoe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40241
Are you a Christian looking for help? Feeling overwhelmed? Unable to fall asleep? Can't turn your mind off? Having mood swings or anxious thoughts? Unable to focus? In a 'dark place' and unable to pull yourself out? Been diagnosed with Depression, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, PTSD, ... or just wondering if you might be struggling with a medical or psychological issue?
Are you a Christian looking for help? Feeling overwhelmed? Unable to fall asleep? Can't turn your mind off? Having mood swings or anxious thoughts? Unable to focus? In a 'dark place' and unable to pull yourself out? Been diagnosed with Depression, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, PTSD, ... or just wondering if you might be struggling with a medical or psychological issue?
(502) 289-0649 View (502) 289-0649
Photo of Elizabeth Crowe, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Louisville, KY
Elizabeth Crowe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40223
I'm all about creating a space where you feel heard and supported, free from judgment. I've been in the healthcare field for over 17 years. My focus is on building a real connection with my patients – a therapeutic relationship that goes beyond just diagnoses and treatments. Compassionate care is at the core of what I do. So, if you're looking for someone who's been around, understands the challenges, and genuinely cares, I'm here for you. Let's work together! Schedule online at Inclusionmentalhealth.com.
I'm all about creating a space where you feel heard and supported, free from judgment. I've been in the healthcare field for over 17 years. My focus is on building a real connection with my patients – a therapeutic relationship that goes beyond just diagnoses and treatments. Compassionate care is at the core of what I do. So, if you're looking for someone who's been around, understands the challenges, and genuinely cares, I'm here for you. Let's work together! Schedule online at Inclusionmentalhealth.com.
(502) 673-1320 View (502) 673-1320
Photo of Erin Rush Ortegon, Psychiatrist in Louisville, KY
Erin Rush Ortegon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40291  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hi, my name is Dr. Erin. I know that parenting can be difficult and there are times we all need a little support. That is why I specialize in working with children and families to improve communication and strengthen bonds as they move through difficult life changes.
Hi, my name is Dr. Erin. I know that parenting can be difficult and there are times we all need a little support. That is why I specialize in working with children and families to improve communication and strengthen bonds as they move through difficult life changes.
(502) 427-7039 View (502) 427-7039

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Number of Psychiatrists in Louisville, KY

90+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Louisville, KY who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
92% Depression
81% Bipolar Disorder
77% Trauma and PTSD
75% Medication Management
74% ADHD
61% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
82% Cigna and Evernorth
80% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Louisville, KY see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

83% Female
17% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Louisville?

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.