Psychiatrists in Saint Matthews, KY

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Kim Vilt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Matthews, KY 40207
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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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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Barbara Jean Holbrook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40220  (Online Only)
I graduated with my Associate's degree in 2010. Prior to obtaining my nurse practitioner license in 2020 I spent most of my nursing career working in the mental health field. I have worked in acute crisis settings, outpatient settings, inpatient settings and with populations that include: severely mentally ill, forensics, dual diagnostic, substance abuse, pediatrics, adolescents, adults and geriatrics. This experience has been invaluable to me in my role as a provider, enabling me to interact comfortably with individuals of all ages and needs. Through compassionate, genuine care I build trusting relationships with my clients.
I graduated with my Associate's degree in 2010. Prior to obtaining my nurse practitioner license in 2020 I spent most of my nursing career working in the mental health field. I have worked in acute crisis settings, outpatient settings, inpatient settings and with populations that include: severely mentally ill, forensics, dual diagnostic, substance abuse, pediatrics, adolescents, adults and geriatrics. This experience has been invaluable to me in my role as a provider, enabling me to interact comfortably with individuals of all ages and needs. Through compassionate, genuine care I build trusting relationships with my clients.
(859) 470-3335 View (859) 470-3335
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Heather King
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40222  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a graduate of EKU. I started my nursing career as a psychiatric RN. A few of my professional research interests are integrating alternative treatments into mental healthcare, and furthering our reach with technology. I have a master’s degree in nursing informatics and a post master’s degree as a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner across the lifespan. I love seeing individuals of all ages.
I am a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a graduate of EKU. I started my nursing career as a psychiatric RN. A few of my professional research interests are integrating alternative treatments into mental healthcare, and furthering our reach with technology. I have a master’s degree in nursing informatics and a post master’s degree as a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner across the lifespan. I love seeing individuals of all ages.
(859) 712-7489 View (859) 712-7489
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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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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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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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Dr. Sarah Parsons
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Waitlist for new clients
Hello - I am Sarah Parsons DO – a Kentucky based, Christian, triple boarded psychiatrist dedicated to helping others. I offer in-person and tele-psychiatry appointments for patients in KY, IN, and AL. I was born and raised in Lexington, Ky and attended Centre College and Pikeville University School of Osteopathic Medicine. I completed residency in Psychiatry & Neurology at ETSU, in Johnson City, TN. I then completed fellowship in Consult Liaison Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, OH, specializing in women’s mental health, transplant psychiatry, HIV psychiatry, psychodermatology, psychooncology, and ICU psychiatry.
Hello - I am Sarah Parsons DO – a Kentucky based, Christian, triple boarded psychiatrist dedicated to helping others. I offer in-person and tele-psychiatry appointments for patients in KY, IN, and AL. I was born and raised in Lexington, Ky and attended Centre College and Pikeville University School of Osteopathic Medicine. I completed residency in Psychiatry & Neurology at ETSU, in Johnson City, TN. I then completed fellowship in Consult Liaison Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, OH, specializing in women’s mental health, transplant psychiatry, HIV psychiatry, psychodermatology, psychooncology, and ICU psychiatry.
(502) 383-5942 View (502) 383-5942
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Ohio Valley Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Ohio Valley Psychiatry provides excellent, quality care. Medications in conjunction with other treatment modalities promote self-management strategies and foster development of resilience. We want patients to develop the ability to manage symptoms amidst daily stressors and major life changes. Emphasis is placed on personal growth and sustaining meaningful, interpersonal relationships.
Ohio Valley Psychiatry provides excellent, quality care. Medications in conjunction with other treatment modalities promote self-management strategies and foster development of resilience. We want patients to develop the ability to manage symptoms amidst daily stressors and major life changes. Emphasis is placed on personal growth and sustaining meaningful, interpersonal relationships.
(502) 586-2592 View (502) 586-2592
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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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The Couch Immediate Mental Health Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40222
The Couch is Louisville's first and only immediate mental healthcare center,founded to help patients who are experiencing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety panic attacks, phobias, OCD, psychosis, ADHD, etc. Our mission is to provide patients with immediate support during a crisis, and to perform a complete psychiatric evaluation. We believe patients should be helped immediately when a mental health crisis arises. In these situations, patients who seek help are often facing two inadequate choices: waiting weeks to be seen by a psychiatrist, or going to the emergency room. We welcome walk-in patients.
The Couch is Louisville's first and only immediate mental healthcare center,founded to help patients who are experiencing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety panic attacks, phobias, OCD, psychosis, ADHD, etc. Our mission is to provide patients with immediate support during a crisis, and to perform a complete psychiatric evaluation. We believe patients should be helped immediately when a mental health crisis arises. In these situations, patients who seek help are often facing two inadequate choices: waiting weeks to be seen by a psychiatrist, or going to the emergency room. We welcome walk-in patients.
(502) 514-0497 View (502) 514-0497
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Erica Cecil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207  (Online Only)
I have been working as a psychiatric- mental health nurse practitioner since 2017 after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to this, I obtained my BSN from the University of Kentucky in 2012. I have experience working in the outpatient and inpatient psychiatric setting. I have experience in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. I understand each circumstance is special and I like to incorporate issues with any stressors that may be impacting your mental health. I as well welcome the LGBTQ+ community!
I have been working as a psychiatric- mental health nurse practitioner since 2017 after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to this, I obtained my BSN from the University of Kentucky in 2012. I have experience working in the outpatient and inpatient psychiatric setting. I have experience in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. I understand each circumstance is special and I like to incorporate issues with any stressors that may be impacting your mental health. I as well welcome the LGBTQ+ community!
(502) 409-6993 View (502) 409-6993
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Brooke Bischoff
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40222
Accepting New Patients! I know asking for help in mental health can be challenging. My goal is to provide a a safe space for you to feel supported, heard and have your goals met beyond medication and diagnosis. If you are looking for someone who provides compassionate care, patient centered care, and a supportive therapeutic relationship; I would love to work together to help guide you through your mental health journey.
Accepting New Patients! I know asking for help in mental health can be challenging. My goal is to provide a a safe space for you to feel supported, heard and have your goals met beyond medication and diagnosis. If you are looking for someone who provides compassionate care, patient centered care, and a supportive therapeutic relationship; I would love to work together to help guide you through your mental health journey.
(502) 317-2573 View (502) 317-2573
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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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Kayla Lesher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
Appointments available for in person and Telehealth! At Inclusion Mental Health, we have 5 practitioners available with full prescriptive authority. Please visit inclusionmentalhealth.com to get to know our providers!
Appointments available for in person and Telehealth! At Inclusion Mental Health, we have 5 practitioners available with full prescriptive authority. Please visit inclusionmentalhealth.com to get to know our providers!
(502) 317-8134 View (502) 317-8134
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Ashley Ann Ricketts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lyndon, KY 40222
Adolescent, teen and adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) - I believe in patient-centered, individualized, & holistic approaches to one's well-being. I will take my time in assessing your mental, physical, environmental and spiritual needs. I encourage utilizing physical activity, nutrition, and social connectedness in addition to conventional treatments such as medication management or therapy. My hope is to help you identify your strengths and challenges to create a roadmap in establishing customized goals and treatment plan.
Adolescent, teen and adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) - I believe in patient-centered, individualized, & holistic approaches to one's well-being. I will take my time in assessing your mental, physical, environmental and spiritual needs. I encourage utilizing physical activity, nutrition, and social connectedness in addition to conventional treatments such as medication management or therapy. My hope is to help you identify your strengths and challenges to create a roadmap in establishing customized goals and treatment plan.
(502) 628-4199 View (502) 628-4199
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Mariano Abaya Galang III
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
focus on adults psychiatry primarily medication management of patients with anxiety , depression bioolar disorder and ADHD I also treat patients with addiction problems
focus on adults psychiatry primarily medication management of patients with anxiety , depression bioolar disorder and ADHD I also treat patients with addiction problems
(502) 771-8604 View (502) 771-8604
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Noreen Mason
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
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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Charlie Ren Scheuerman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Louisville, KY 40207  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Louisville, Kentucky. I work with patients with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar and Mood Spectrum, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Eating Disorders, and Panic Disorders. I also welcome anyone in the LGBTQ community.
Hello, I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Louisville, Kentucky. I work with patients with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar and Mood Spectrum, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Eating Disorders, and Panic Disorders. I also welcome anyone in the LGBTQ community.
(502) 409-6993 View (502) 409-6993
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Jessica Sibbie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Louisville, KY 40222
I have been a registered nurse since 2015. My experience as bedside nurse in the hospital made me realize how important mental health is in treating patients holistically. My knowledge and experience motivated me to focus on a critical area in a person’s life that is often overlooked. I believe your feelings, emotions, and thoughts are valid. Although I am a newly graduated board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, together we can focus on building a better version of you. Your treatment plan will be guided by evidence base practice and the latest clinical guidelines. Please know I do not prescribe benzodiazepines.
I have been a registered nurse since 2015. My experience as bedside nurse in the hospital made me realize how important mental health is in treating patients holistically. My knowledge and experience motivated me to focus on a critical area in a person’s life that is often overlooked. I believe your feelings, emotions, and thoughts are valid. Although I am a newly graduated board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, together we can focus on building a better version of you. Your treatment plan will be guided by evidence base practice and the latest clinical guidelines. Please know I do not prescribe benzodiazepines.
(502) 586-3573 View (502) 586-3573

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Saint Matthews?

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.