Psychiatrists in Berkley, MI

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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Berkley, MI 48072
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Kristi Ramirez NP and I provide comprehensive assessments to help you make informed decisions regarding your best treatment options. For many problems medication can be an extremely helpful tool. We specialize in finding the right medication(s) and collaboration with our counseling specialists when needed to help you to feel and function at your best. Our time is limited now and we are unable to work with patients working with other counseling providers.
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Kristi Ramirez NP and I provide comprehensive assessments to help you make informed decisions regarding your best treatment options. For many problems medication can be an extremely helpful tool. We specialize in finding the right medication(s) and collaboration with our counseling specialists when needed to help you to feel and function at your best. Our time is limited now and we are unable to work with patients working with other counseling providers.
(734) 346-7654 View (734) 346-7654
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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Berkley, MI 48072
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Dr Lemmen and I will provide comprehensive assessments to help you make informed decisions regarding your best treatment options. For many problems medication can be an extremely helpful tool. We will work with you to find the right medication(s) to help you to feel and function at your best. Counseling or other services may also be needed and we will find the right specialist on our team for you. Our time is limited and we can't see patients in counseling with other providers.
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Dr Lemmen and I will provide comprehensive assessments to help you make informed decisions regarding your best treatment options. For many problems medication can be an extremely helpful tool. We will work with you to find the right medication(s) to help you to feel and function at your best. Counseling or other services may also be needed and we will find the right specialist on our team for you. Our time is limited and we can't see patients in counseling with other providers.
(248) 598-7285 View (248) 598-7285
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Clark Chen
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Berkley, MI 48072
Accepting New Patients - Hi there! I am dual board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who is taking on new patients by video appointments. I treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders including but not limited to: anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, trauma, depression, bipolar, oppositional defiant disorder, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.
Accepting New Patients - Hi there! I am dual board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who is taking on new patients by video appointments. I treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders including but not limited to: anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, trauma, depression, bipolar, oppositional defiant disorder, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.
(323) 859-6342 View (323) 859-6342
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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Berkley, MI 48072
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Kristi Ramirez, NP and I will provide comprehensive assessments to help you make informed decisions regarding your best treatment options. For many problems medication can be an extremely helpful tool. We specialize in finding the right medication(s) and we collaborate with our counseling specialists to help you to feel and function at your best. Our time is limited and we can't work with patients in counseling with other providers or new patients who need medication for ADHD.
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Kristi Ramirez, NP and I will provide comprehensive assessments to help you make informed decisions regarding your best treatment options. For many problems medication can be an extremely helpful tool. We specialize in finding the right medication(s) and we collaborate with our counseling specialists to help you to feel and function at your best. Our time is limited and we can't work with patients in counseling with other providers or new patients who need medication for ADHD.
(313) 217-3190 View (313) 217-3190
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Melanie Barbat
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-S
Verified
Berkley, MI 48072
You are an expecting, new mother, seasoned mother or experiencing grief around pregnancy or infant loss. You are either on medication already and looking for someone to support continuation or medication edits and education, or you are medication curious and want support as you explore the best ways to take care of your mental health in this stage of your life.
You are an expecting, new mother, seasoned mother or experiencing grief around pregnancy or infant loss. You are either on medication already and looking for someone to support continuation or medication edits and education, or you are medication curious and want support as you explore the best ways to take care of your mental health in this stage of your life.
(248) 453-1735 View (248) 453-1735

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Brianna Foster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Waitlist for new clients
Are you tired of feeling like a number? Dismissed by the medical professionals who refuse to consider deeper possibilities for your mental health challenges? Exhausted by the constant overprescribing of medication without feeling truly heard and seen? Without attention and time spent looking further into root causes that could be affecting you such as hormonal imbalances, lifestyle, and diet, without consideration for adverse side effects? Meet Nurse Practitioner Foster. She uses a comprehensive approach and considers the whole person when integrating medication. She also incorporates the use of Gene-Sight testing into her practice.
Are you tired of feeling like a number? Dismissed by the medical professionals who refuse to consider deeper possibilities for your mental health challenges? Exhausted by the constant overprescribing of medication without feeling truly heard and seen? Without attention and time spent looking further into root causes that could be affecting you such as hormonal imbalances, lifestyle, and diet, without consideration for adverse side effects? Meet Nurse Practitioner Foster. She uses a comprehensive approach and considers the whole person when integrating medication. She also incorporates the use of Gene-Sight testing into her practice.
(248) 653-5351 View (248) 653-5351
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Melissa Sue Carafelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified
Royal Oak, MI 48067
My 15 years of experience caring for patients across the lifespan and via different practice settings including outpatient psych/mental health, inpatient psych/mental health, acute care hospital, urgent care, and skilled nursing facilities/assisted livings has given me a wealth of knowledge to pull from to help you with the struggles you’re facing. I graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with my bachelor's degree, from South University with my MSN, and graduated with my Post-Master's from Maryville University.
My 15 years of experience caring for patients across the lifespan and via different practice settings including outpatient psych/mental health, inpatient psych/mental health, acute care hospital, urgent care, and skilled nursing facilities/assisted livings has given me a wealth of knowledge to pull from to help you with the struggles you’re facing. I graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with my bachelor's degree, from South University with my MSN, and graduated with my Post-Master's from Maryville University.
(586) 300-3793 View (586) 300-3793
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Howard and Barbara Belkin, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD, DDS, JD
Verified
Birmingham, MI 48009
WE NOW OFFER APPOINTMENTS THROUGH FACETIME AND TELEHEALTH VIDEO CONFERENCING. Without needing to download an app, you can see the psychiatrist through your iPhone, iPad, Android, or Google phone as well as through your Windows or Apple computer in the comfort of your home, school, or office. Our office specializes in the practice of psychiatry, counseling, and therapy for adults, adolescents, and children. We are conveniently located in Birmingham with on-site parking with convenient office hours. Please contact the office at (248) 644-3605 for information about scheduling an appointment through video conferencing.
WE NOW OFFER APPOINTMENTS THROUGH FACETIME AND TELEHEALTH VIDEO CONFERENCING. Without needing to download an app, you can see the psychiatrist through your iPhone, iPad, Android, or Google phone as well as through your Windows or Apple computer in the comfort of your home, school, or office. Our office specializes in the practice of psychiatry, counseling, and therapy for adults, adolescents, and children. We are conveniently located in Birmingham with on-site parking with convenient office hours. Please contact the office at (248) 644-3605 for information about scheduling an appointment through video conferencing.
(248) 644-3605 View (248) 644-3605
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Helios Psychiatry and Counseling
Psychiatrist
Verified
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Helios Psychiatry and Counseling is a group practice consisting of a psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, physician assistants, licensed social workers, and licensed professional counselors. We are committed to providing services to clients who suffer from any emotional or mental health issues -- depression, anxiety, trauma, obsessions, addiction, among other issues.
Helios Psychiatry and Counseling is a group practice consisting of a psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, physician assistants, licensed social workers, and licensed professional counselors. We are committed to providing services to clients who suffer from any emotional or mental health issues -- depression, anxiety, trauma, obsessions, addiction, among other issues.
(586) 371-8150 View (586) 371-8150
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Jeremy M. Baruch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Birmingham, MI 48009  (Online Only)
I am committed to meeting you with an open, curious mind, and compassionate heart as we work together on your challenges and build toward your goals. My passion is to work with people who are going through a life transition, adjusting to school, navigating relationships and careers, and trying to make sense of their lives to build a better future. I offer individual therapy and the option of prescribing medications to individuals who prefer not to split their mental health treatment between a prescriber and a therapist. I deeply value the opportunity to collaborate with you on your journey.
I am committed to meeting you with an open, curious mind, and compassionate heart as we work together on your challenges and build toward your goals. My passion is to work with people who are going through a life transition, adjusting to school, navigating relationships and careers, and trying to make sense of their lives to build a better future. I offer individual therapy and the option of prescribing medications to individuals who prefer not to split their mental health treatment between a prescriber and a therapist. I deeply value the opportunity to collaborate with you on your journey.
(734) 472-2514 View (734) 472-2514
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Modern Mind Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Dear Future Client, at Modern Mind Clinic, you can be seen as early as 7 days from the completion of your intake form. At Modern Mind Clinic, we prioritize the well-being and mental health of all our patients. We understand that each person is unique, and their experiences and needs should be at the center of their treatment journey. Our approach focuses on providing personalized care and support to help individuals achieve optimal mental health.
Dear Future Client, at Modern Mind Clinic, you can be seen as early as 7 days from the completion of your intake form. At Modern Mind Clinic, we prioritize the well-being and mental health of all our patients. We understand that each person is unique, and their experiences and needs should be at the center of their treatment journey. Our approach focuses on providing personalized care and support to help individuals achieve optimal mental health.
(248) 607-7190 View (248) 607-7190
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Thomas Park MD & Associates
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Southfield, MI 48075
Thomas Park MD is a skilled, knowledgeable, and compassionate Board Certified Psychiatrist who has been in practice for over forty years. Dr. Park specializes in evaluation, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, untreatable depression as well as Traumatic Brain Injury (closed head injury).
Thomas Park MD is a skilled, knowledgeable, and compassionate Board Certified Psychiatrist who has been in practice for over forty years. Dr. Park specializes in evaluation, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, untreatable depression as well as Traumatic Brain Injury (closed head injury).
(313) 546-1113 View (313) 546-1113
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A Better Tomorrow Counseling Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, NP-C, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
Southfield, MI 48075
Hello, I'm a Child and Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a passion for wellness and integrative care. It would be my pleasure to work with you or your children to address behavioral health needs. I have over 25 years of clinical experience. I have worked as a Nurse Practitioner in primary care, long-term care, wound care, outpatient behavioral and mental health, partial psychiatric hospitalization, and in the inpatient psychiatric hospital setting.
Hello, I'm a Child and Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a passion for wellness and integrative care. It would be my pleasure to work with you or your children to address behavioral health needs. I have over 25 years of clinical experience. I have worked as a Nurse Practitioner in primary care, long-term care, wound care, outpatient behavioral and mental health, partial psychiatric hospitalization, and in the inpatient psychiatric hospital setting.
(248) 595-7833 View (248) 595-7833
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Larissa Barclay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, NP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified
Southfield, MI 48076
I am a doctoral-prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner passionate about wellness and integrative care. I would be pleased to work with you to address behavioral and mental health needs. I have over 25 years of clinical experience in primary care, long-term care, outpatient behavioral and mental health, partial psychiatric hospitalization, and inpatient psychiatric hospital settings.
I am a doctoral-prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner passionate about wellness and integrative care. I would be pleased to work with you to address behavioral and mental health needs. I have over 25 years of clinical experience in primary care, long-term care, outpatient behavioral and mental health, partial psychiatric hospitalization, and inpatient psychiatric hospital settings.
(248) 963-8189 View (248) 963-8189
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Pranav M. Jagtap
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Birmingham, MI 48012
I can help if: 1) you’ve tried & failed medications 2) you’d rather not try pharmacotherapy; 3) you want to taper off your medications; 4) you’re seeking new perspectives; 5) you are ready to take your life to the next level. In today’s rapidly evolving Information Age, it is important to adopt a dynamic & versatile approach. Leveraging my expertise in Economics, Neuroscience, Depth Psychology, and web3 technologies, I can help you develop the skillsets required to thrive in the post-COVID world. Psychiatry is more than the reduction of symptoms on behavioral rating scales; it is Individuation & Actualization towards full potential.
I can help if: 1) you’ve tried & failed medications 2) you’d rather not try pharmacotherapy; 3) you want to taper off your medications; 4) you’re seeking new perspectives; 5) you are ready to take your life to the next level. In today’s rapidly evolving Information Age, it is important to adopt a dynamic & versatile approach. Leveraging my expertise in Economics, Neuroscience, Depth Psychology, and web3 technologies, I can help you develop the skillsets required to thrive in the post-COVID world. Psychiatry is more than the reduction of symptoms on behavioral rating scales; it is Individuation & Actualization towards full potential.
(248) 289-7935 View (248) 289-7935
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Deirdre Denholm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BA, MSN, PMHNP, --BC
Verified
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Do you need someone to listen? Are you struggling with a mental health issue and uncertain where to turn? Are you thinking about therapy or even medication? Do you need guidance regarding your current medication? Are you feeling down, depressed, anxious? I would love to help!
Do you need someone to listen? Are you struggling with a mental health issue and uncertain where to turn? Are you thinking about therapy or even medication? Do you need guidance regarding your current medication? Are you feeling down, depressed, anxious? I would love to help!
(248) 773-4737 View (248) 773-4737
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A Better Tomorrow Counseling Services, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Southfield, MI 48075
I'm a board-certified adult and child psychiatrist specializing in the true integration of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy. I believe in active collaboration with patients to achieve treatment goals, while reducing the need for psychotropic medication when appropriate. I encourage patients, within an empathic and supportive environment, to gain a better understanding of themselves in order to facilitate positive change.
I'm a board-certified adult and child psychiatrist specializing in the true integration of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy. I believe in active collaboration with patients to achieve treatment goals, while reducing the need for psychotropic medication when appropriate. I encourage patients, within an empathic and supportive environment, to gain a better understanding of themselves in order to facilitate positive change.
(517) 513-6662 View (517) 513-6662
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Shiba L Nixon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Southfield, MI 48076  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my master’s degree in Nursing Science from Wayne State University. I specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders of those ages 14 and up including but not limited to anxiety, depression, psychosis and ADHD. Foundation thoughts is currently open on Monday evenings and Saturdays offering medication management and therapy. Medication management is offered for various mental health disorders and substance abuse problems. The goal of the company is directed towards a holistic care.
I am a Board Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my master’s degree in Nursing Science from Wayne State University. I specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders of those ages 14 and up including but not limited to anxiety, depression, psychosis and ADHD. Foundation thoughts is currently open on Monday evenings and Saturdays offering medication management and therapy. Medication management is offered for various mental health disorders and substance abuse problems. The goal of the company is directed towards a holistic care.
(313) 513-9772 View (313) 513-9772
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Alexis Lykins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Accepting New Patients for Medication Management- Are you searching for a professional who is passionate about working collaboratively with you toward a treatment plan that is both evidence-based and helps accomplish your mental health goals? As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Wellspring Therapeutic Partners who provides medication consultation and management, along with other mental health services, I enjoy treating the underlying causes of symptoms and concerns, and often implement nutritional, behavioral, and lifestyle modifications as part of my practice.
Accepting New Patients for Medication Management- Are you searching for a professional who is passionate about working collaboratively with you toward a treatment plan that is both evidence-based and helps accomplish your mental health goals? As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Wellspring Therapeutic Partners who provides medication consultation and management, along with other mental health services, I enjoy treating the underlying causes of symptoms and concerns, and often implement nutritional, behavioral, and lifestyle modifications as part of my practice.
(586) 846-4835 View (586) 846-4835
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Daniela L Hagen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Southfield, MI 48076
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 15 years of experience in the field. I am currently accepting new patients and have immediate openings. My expertise lies in mental health across the lifespan, specifically in addressing conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and OCD. Committed to eliminating mental health stigma, my primary goal is to guide patients toward remission, emphasizing mental health as an integral part of overall well-being.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 15 years of experience in the field. I am currently accepting new patients and have immediate openings. My expertise lies in mental health across the lifespan, specifically in addressing conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and OCD. Committed to eliminating mental health stigma, my primary goal is to guide patients toward remission, emphasizing mental health as an integral part of overall well-being.
(248) 927-1972 View (248) 927-1972

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Berkley, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Berkley, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Parenting
80% Relationship Issues
80% Addiction
80% Child

Average years in practice

36 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Berkley, MI see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

60% Male
40% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Berkley?

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.