Psychiatrists in Bedford, MA

Photo of Valeria Dworkowitz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bedford, MA
Valeria Dworkowitz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bedford, MA 01730
I am an integrative practitioner licensed in NJ & MA who can assess biochemistry to identify important deficiencies/abnormalities that may be related to mental health symptoms. I can provide genetic testing for med management. Patients often seek integrative/"functional" psychiatry after they have trialed multiple medications, experienced unpleasant/unremitting side effects, and have not been able to obtain symptom alleviation with traditional psychiatry. I believe strongly in psychotherapy to help the patient work towards healing. I work collaboratively with other treatment providers and am a strong advocate for my patients needs.
I am an integrative practitioner licensed in NJ & MA who can assess biochemistry to identify important deficiencies/abnormalities that may be related to mental health symptoms. I can provide genetic testing for med management. Patients often seek integrative/"functional" psychiatry after they have trialed multiple medications, experienced unpleasant/unremitting side effects, and have not been able to obtain symptom alleviation with traditional psychiatry. I believe strongly in psychotherapy to help the patient work towards healing. I work collaboratively with other treatment providers and am a strong advocate for my patients needs.
(973) 409-1065 View (973) 409-1065
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Mark Strecker
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bedford, MA 01730
How do we learn to understand and trust what our feelings are saying to us? What makes it possible to change entrenched ways of coping that are not working? My focus in therapy is to help patients deepen their personal relationships and find their work more rewarding; medication can sometimes help alleviate symptoms that interfere with achieving these goals. By providing a safe and supportive environment for the patient's search for self-understanding, and listening closely to what is being said and not said, I collaborate with the patient in finding creative and pragmatic ways to overcome obstacles to change.
How do we learn to understand and trust what our feelings are saying to us? What makes it possible to change entrenched ways of coping that are not working? My focus in therapy is to help patients deepen their personal relationships and find their work more rewarding; medication can sometimes help alleviate symptoms that interfere with achieving these goals. By providing a safe and supportive environment for the patient's search for self-understanding, and listening closely to what is being said and not said, I collaborate with the patient in finding creative and pragmatic ways to overcome obstacles to change.
(781) 996-3478 View (781) 996-3478
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Margaret Cheng Tuttle
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bedford, MA 01730
Not accepting new clients
I am a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where I see adults in the outpatient general psychiatry clinic. In my private practice in Lexington, I enjoy working with clients to design individualized treatment plans, taking into account preferences for psychotherapy, medication, or some combination of the two.
I am a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where I see adults in the outpatient general psychiatry clinic. In my private practice in Lexington, I enjoy working with clients to design individualized treatment plans, taking into account preferences for psychotherapy, medication, or some combination of the two.
(781) 243-3785 View (781) 243-3785
Photo of Daria Cunningham, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bedford, MA
Daria Cunningham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Bedford, MA 01730  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Welcome! This is the first step to a healthier life. I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in a client-first approach as you navigate your journey to healing and wellness. I am dedicated in providing you with the leading standard of care, offering comprehensive and individualized support that is entirely customized to your needs. I use my previous educational background as well as my various clinical setting experiences to bring the highest expertise and support, as we explore your goals together and strive towards a healthy life.
Welcome! This is the first step to a healthier life. I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in a client-first approach as you navigate your journey to healing and wellness. I am dedicated in providing you with the leading standard of care, offering comprehensive and individualized support that is entirely customized to your needs. I use my previous educational background as well as my various clinical setting experiences to bring the highest expertise and support, as we explore your goals together and strive towards a healthy life.
(978) 464-3240 View (978) 464-3240
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Anne-Margaret (Annie) Botelho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bedford, MA 01731
While I am not personally currently accepting new patients, the providers that work for me are and have immediately availability within 1-2 weeks. Please go to our website www.safeharborwellness.org. Have you been struggling with symptoms that are impacting your ability to move forward? Have you tried medications for these symptoms that haven't been helpful for you? Have you been struggling in relationships, at work, in school or with activities of daily living? I put a focus on symptoms, not just diagnosis, to help you in these areas of your life. GeneSight testing offered, more information available on our website regarding this.
While I am not personally currently accepting new patients, the providers that work for me are and have immediately availability within 1-2 weeks. Please go to our website www.safeharborwellness.org. Have you been struggling with symptoms that are impacting your ability to move forward? Have you tried medications for these symptoms that haven't been helpful for you? Have you been struggling in relationships, at work, in school or with activities of daily living? I put a focus on symptoms, not just diagnosis, to help you in these areas of your life. GeneSight testing offered, more information available on our website regarding this.
(508) 594-3522 View (508) 594-3522
Photo of Emily Flier Matteodo, Psychiatrist in Bedford, MA
Emily Flier Matteodo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bedford, MA 01730
People turn to psychotherapy for many reasons. Some are motivated by challenging or unexpected life events, such as a death or loss, a breakup or a divorce. Others struggle with work or relationships, life transition, or a vague feeling of dissatisfaction. Psychotherapy provides an opportunity to explore these experiences in order to understand and resolve them. In today's busy and overstimulating world, it is easy to disregard our needs, which can leave us feeling depleted. There is little time for self-reflection and introspection.
People turn to psychotherapy for many reasons. Some are motivated by challenging or unexpected life events, such as a death or loss, a breakup or a divorce. Others struggle with work or relationships, life transition, or a vague feeling of dissatisfaction. Psychotherapy provides an opportunity to explore these experiences in order to understand and resolve them. In today's busy and overstimulating world, it is easy to disregard our needs, which can leave us feeling depleted. There is little time for self-reflection and introspection.
(781) 676-3463 View (781) 676-3463
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Dr. Annise Jackson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bedford, MA 01731
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist offering expertise in mood disorders, psychosis, anxiety, and addiction. I am also a certified Suboxone prescriber. My practice is rooted in compassion and evidence-based treatment modalities. Please ask about telehealth/telepsychiatry services. Neuropsychological testing results are required for ADHD treatment.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist offering expertise in mood disorders, psychosis, anxiety, and addiction. I am also a certified Suboxone prescriber. My practice is rooted in compassion and evidence-based treatment modalities. Please ask about telehealth/telepsychiatry services. Neuropsychological testing results are required for ADHD treatment.
(339) 213-8289 View (339) 213-8289

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Photo of Dong Chan Park, Psychiatrist in Bedford, MA
Dong Chan Park
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, MA 02421
My clients are suffering from problematic maladaptive behavioral patterns that they recognize as such and feel that they do not have control over them. They realize that it first began as an escape from other underlying problems and they are now ready to face it so that they can grow as a person.
My clients are suffering from problematic maladaptive behavioral patterns that they recognize as such and feel that they do not have control over them. They realize that it first began as an escape from other underlying problems and they are now ready to face it so that they can grow as a person.
(617) 206-1476 View (617) 206-1476
Photo of Sangeeta Banerjee, Psychiatrist in Bedford, MA
Sangeeta Banerjee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02421
Dr. Banerjee provides psychiatric and psychopharmacological (medical) assessment and treatment for adults. Her areas of interest include various mood disorders,anxiety disorders,women's mental health issues. Education & Certifications Dr.Banerjee completed her medical education at RGKar Medical college( Calcutta University),India. She completed her psychiatry residency from St.Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston. Dr.Banerjee is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Banerjee provides psychiatric and psychopharmacological (medical) assessment and treatment for adults. Her areas of interest include various mood disorders,anxiety disorders,women's mental health issues. Education & Certifications Dr.Banerjee completed her medical education at RGKar Medical college( Calcutta University),India. She completed her psychiatry residency from St.Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston. Dr.Banerjee is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(781) 630-4663 View (781) 630-4663
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Anthony Marfeo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02420  (Online Only)
I am experienced in treating a wide range of motivated adult patients. I graduated Yale Medical School in 2010, completed four years of psychiatry training in 2014 at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training program, and am board-certified in psychiatry. I’ve also spent several years pursuing advanced training in insight-oriented psychodynamic therapy. My approach to mental health is comprehensive, taking into account the entire multidimensional person and the context of their lives.
I am experienced in treating a wide range of motivated adult patients. I graduated Yale Medical School in 2010, completed four years of psychiatry training in 2014 at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training program, and am board-certified in psychiatry. I’ve also spent several years pursuing advanced training in insight-oriented psychodynamic therapy. My approach to mental health is comprehensive, taking into account the entire multidimensional person and the context of their lives.
(617) 804-5133 View (617) 804-5133
Photo of Edena Walden, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bedford, MA
Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02420
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(339) 218-3984 View (339) 218-3984
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Duy Ly
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, MA 02420  (Online Only)
I have a diverse experience in treating a wide variety of psychopathology in both in patient and outpatient settings. I have a lifelong passion for learning and strive to learn and grow, keeping abreast of the latest evidence based treatment approaches so I can provide the best possible outcomes to my patients. I utilize a comprehensive care model in a non judgmental environment to help my patients live a more fulfilling life. I coordinate with therapists, PCP and other health care providers to address all aspects of patient care along the lines of bio psychosocial models. I am empathic, caring and introspective.
I have a diverse experience in treating a wide variety of psychopathology in both in patient and outpatient settings. I have a lifelong passion for learning and strive to learn and grow, keeping abreast of the latest evidence based treatment approaches so I can provide the best possible outcomes to my patients. I utilize a comprehensive care model in a non judgmental environment to help my patients live a more fulfilling life. I coordinate with therapists, PCP and other health care providers to address all aspects of patient care along the lines of bio psychosocial models. I am empathic, caring and introspective.
(339) 331-1129 View (339) 331-1129
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Katherine Kosman
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02173  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Streamline your well-being with a Harvard-trained psychiatrist MD with psychotherapy as a focus and cornerstone of care. Individuals describe themselves as educated, aspiring, accomplished. But the journey of through life can scramble priorities and fulfillment. Invest in yourself to break free of patterns, to become the best you, and to chart the life legacy you desire. Connect conveniently from the privacy of your own home, right from where you are. It's Time to Prioritize Your Mental Health and Well-Being. It's Time to Feel Like Your Best Self.
Streamline your well-being with a Harvard-trained psychiatrist MD with psychotherapy as a focus and cornerstone of care. Individuals describe themselves as educated, aspiring, accomplished. But the journey of through life can scramble priorities and fulfillment. Invest in yourself to break free of patterns, to become the best you, and to chart the life legacy you desire. Connect conveniently from the privacy of your own home, right from where you are. It's Time to Prioritize Your Mental Health and Well-Being. It's Time to Feel Like Your Best Self.
(508) 475-5915 View (508) 475-5915
Photo of Tina Amerault, Psychiatrist in Bedford, MA
Tina Amerault
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lexington, MA 02421
Not accepting new clients
Seeking out help can be challenging, so feel proud for taking the first step towards healing. I am a licensed psychiatrist offering medication consultation and management, psychotherapy, and combinations of both. I offer insight-oriented care to people dealing with a wide array of mental health concerns and have special clinical interest in treating survivors of trauma, both physiological and emotional, and early attachment/relationship disruptions. Additionally, I prescribe and provide ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) to augment work already being done in psychotherapy.
Seeking out help can be challenging, so feel proud for taking the first step towards healing. I am a licensed psychiatrist offering medication consultation and management, psychotherapy, and combinations of both. I offer insight-oriented care to people dealing with a wide array of mental health concerns and have special clinical interest in treating survivors of trauma, both physiological and emotional, and early attachment/relationship disruptions. Additionally, I prescribe and provide ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) to augment work already being done in psychotherapy.
(339) 210-1212 View (339) 210-1212
Photo of Theodore P Wasik, Psychiatrist in Bedford, MA
Theodore P Wasik
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02420
Good mental health, well-being and a sense we are living the life we want are things many of us strive for but may find it difficult to attain. When it comes to achieving these goals, anxiety, depression, and other psychological woes can often prevent that from happening. These other woes may include a poor sense of what you want, who you are, what you are feeling and thinking, or self-defeating behaviors that you can’t seem to prevent or control. In my practice, we will strive together to overcome these obstacles so we can clear a path to help you discover and better understand the feelings and thoughts that are individually yours.
Good mental health, well-being and a sense we are living the life we want are things many of us strive for but may find it difficult to attain. When it comes to achieving these goals, anxiety, depression, and other psychological woes can often prevent that from happening. These other woes may include a poor sense of what you want, who you are, what you are feeling and thinking, or self-defeating behaviors that you can’t seem to prevent or control. In my practice, we will strive together to overcome these obstacles so we can clear a path to help you discover and better understand the feelings and thoughts that are individually yours.
(508) 905-6564 View (508) 905-6564
Photo of Shweta Sidhu, Psychiatrist in Bedford, MA
Shweta Sidhu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, MA 02420
Accepting new patients, I am a double board certified psychiatrist with certifications in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry. I have been on faculty at academic centers and involved in teaching medical students and training psychiatry residents. My diverse and in depth experience has helped me look out for the subtle nuances which often get missed and lead to treatment resistance.
Accepting new patients, I am a double board certified psychiatrist with certifications in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry. I have been on faculty at academic centers and involved in teaching medical students and training psychiatry residents. My diverse and in depth experience has helped me look out for the subtle nuances which often get missed and lead to treatment resistance.
(339) 218-3390 View (339) 218-3390
Photo of Geoffrey Z Liu, Psychiatrist in Bedford, MA
Geoffrey Z Liu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, MA 02173
Let’s face it – life is a struggle. Managing the demands of work, our children, our parents, our relationships, all in an imperfect society can exact a heavy emotional toll, which in today’s day and age, we seldom have time to process. As a psychotherapist, I believe that processing emotions can unlock new ways of coping with the stresses of life. To be sure, this process can be hard work, but in my experience, it can be rewarding.
Let’s face it – life is a struggle. Managing the demands of work, our children, our parents, our relationships, all in an imperfect society can exact a heavy emotional toll, which in today’s day and age, we seldom have time to process. As a psychotherapist, I believe that processing emotions can unlock new ways of coping with the stresses of life. To be sure, this process can be hard work, but in my experience, it can be rewarding.
(617) 944-2471 View (617) 944-2471
Photo of Stacie Rose, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bedford, MA
Stacie Rose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02421  (Online Only)
Stacie is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, providing diagnostic mental health evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of psychosocial and behavioral health concerns. Utilizing an integrative approach, treatment is a collaborative process that may include a combination of psychotherapy, medication management, lifestyle/nutritional modifications, and complementary practices.
Stacie is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, providing diagnostic mental health evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of psychosocial and behavioral health concerns. Utilizing an integrative approach, treatment is a collaborative process that may include a combination of psychotherapy, medication management, lifestyle/nutritional modifications, and complementary practices.
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Usamah Simjee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, MA 02420  (Online Only)
Dr. Simjee provides an evidenced-based and holistic approach toward healing mental illness including mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, trauma related disorders, reproductive psychiatry, addiction, and psychosis. His experience spans multiple treatment settings including outpatient, inpatient, emergency, and substance detox. Dr. Simjee has a special interest in teaching and has provided numerous lectures to medical professionals on the intersectionality of mental and physical illnesses. He is committed to providing safe, equitable, and inclusive treatment for all.
Dr. Simjee provides an evidenced-based and holistic approach toward healing mental illness including mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, trauma related disorders, reproductive psychiatry, addiction, and psychosis. His experience spans multiple treatment settings including outpatient, inpatient, emergency, and substance detox. Dr. Simjee has a special interest in teaching and has provided numerous lectures to medical professionals on the intersectionality of mental and physical illnesses. He is committed to providing safe, equitable, and inclusive treatment for all.
(339) 330-3960 x11 View (339) 330-3960 x11
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Hillary Woodworth
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02420
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist offering both medication and therapy services for a variety of mental health concerns. I completed my residency training at Massachusetts General/McLean Hospital and am currently appointed as an attending psychiatrist and instructor at Harvard Medical School. In addition to treating common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder, I have specialized training in the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD), as well as individuals with chronic gastrointestinal symptoms.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist offering both medication and therapy services for a variety of mental health concerns. I completed my residency training at Massachusetts General/McLean Hospital and am currently appointed as an attending psychiatrist and instructor at Harvard Medical School. In addition to treating common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder, I have specialized training in the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD), as well as individuals with chronic gastrointestinal symptoms.
(617) 798-9619 View (617) 798-9619

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Number of Psychiatrists in Bedford, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Bedford, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Women's Issues
57% Relationship Issues
57% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% BlueCross and BlueShield
60% Harvard Pilgrim
60% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Bedford, MA see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bedford?

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.