Psychiatrists in Calhoun County, MI

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Marjaneh Rouhani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Battle Creek, MI 49015
If you're challenged by ... *Depression *Anxiety *Phobias *Grief Recovery *Anger Management *Stress Management *Bipolar Disorder *Obsessive Compulsive Disorder *Seasonal Affective Disorder *Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder *Fibromyalgia *Post Traumatic Stress Disorder *Psychiatric Aspects of Cancer...I Can Help You
If you're challenged by ... *Depression *Anxiety *Phobias *Grief Recovery *Anger Management *Stress Management *Bipolar Disorder *Obsessive Compulsive Disorder *Seasonal Affective Disorder *Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder *Fibromyalgia *Post Traumatic Stress Disorder *Psychiatric Aspects of Cancer...I Can Help You
(269) 205-4875 View (269) 205-4875
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VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Battle Creek, MI 49017
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (517) 507-3108 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (517) 507-3108 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
(517) 507-3108 View (517) 507-3108
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Leanna Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified
Battle Creek, MI 49016  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. I completed undergrad at Northern Michigan University in 2011 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I then graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2016 with my Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialty. I have experience in treating a wide variety of mental health conditions in all age groups while working in a family practice setting.
I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. I completed undergrad at Northern Michigan University in 2011 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I then graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2016 with my Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialty. I have experience in treating a wide variety of mental health conditions in all age groups while working in a family practice setting.
(734) 206-7103 View (734) 206-7103
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Kalamazoo TMS & Behavior Health
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS, DDSc
Verified
Battle Creek, MI 49014
Dr. Tareen is double Board-Certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. She is renowned for providing compassionate & comprehensive care for patients suffering from complex psychiatric issues. Dr. Tareen's areas of interest includes women's behavioral health, psychosomatics & psychodermatology. She is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine. Dr. Tareen also serves as President and Board Member of the Kalamazoo County Medical Society, which serves to promote the betterment of public health. Her research has been published in prestigious journals & presented nationally & internationally.
Dr. Tareen is double Board-Certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. She is renowned for providing compassionate & comprehensive care for patients suffering from complex psychiatric issues. Dr. Tareen's areas of interest includes women's behavioral health, psychosomatics & psychodermatology. She is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine. Dr. Tareen also serves as President and Board Member of the Kalamazoo County Medical Society, which serves to promote the betterment of public health. Her research has been published in prestigious journals & presented nationally & internationally.
(269) 528-8448 View (269) 528-8448
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Battle Creek, MI 49037  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Battle Creek, MI 49037
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
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Kara Hunter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Battle Creek, MI 49015
(269) 248-3852 View (269) 248-3852

Online Psychiatrists

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Dr. Dennis Lin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, DNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
I am Licensed and Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry. At EZ TelePsych we believe that every patient deserves the best mental health care, and it's our job to deliver it! We pride ourselves on going the extra mile to provide research-driven holistic psychiatric care. www.eztelepsych.com for more information and to book an appointment.
I am Licensed and Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry. At EZ TelePsych we believe that every patient deserves the best mental health care, and it's our job to deliver it! We pride ourselves on going the extra mile to provide research-driven holistic psychiatric care. www.eztelepsych.com for more information and to book an appointment.
(734) 390-4853 View (734) 390-4853
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Angela Smedo
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Dr. Angela Smedo is an adult psychiatrist specializing in providing brief psychotherapy in addition to medication management. She completed her residency in General Psychiatry at Michigan State University in June 2022. During her residency, she received additional longitudinal training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and enjoyed her role as a DBT skills group leader and consultation team member. She has experience in treating patients experiencing grief, trauma reactions, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, and personality disorders.
Dr. Angela Smedo is an adult psychiatrist specializing in providing brief psychotherapy in addition to medication management. She completed her residency in General Psychiatry at Michigan State University in June 2022. During her residency, she received additional longitudinal training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and enjoyed her role as a DBT skills group leader and consultation team member. She has experience in treating patients experiencing grief, trauma reactions, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, and personality disorders.
(248) 430-5991 View (248) 430-5991
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Jillian Price
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C
Verified
Waterford, MI 48327
At Healing Mental Health our mission is to provide high-quality mental health medication management to our community, city, county, and beyond. We envision a future where mental health is an important part of overall health, and mental care is an integral part of all health care.
At Healing Mental Health our mission is to provide high-quality mental health medication management to our community, city, county, and beyond. We envision a future where mental health is an important part of overall health, and mental care is an integral part of all health care.
(248) 636-1320 View (248) 636-1320
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Princewell Onwere
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823  (Online Only)
Welcome to my outpatient psychiatry practice. I take a whole person clinical approach to assessment and treatment. When necessary, I may prescribe psychotropic medication to help alleviate overwhelming mental distress that impairs functioning in meaningful areas of one’s life. I also provide mindfulness-based psychotherapy and consider the role of diet, physical exercise, and other lifestyle activities in support of mental health. I offer hope for individuals seeking relief from depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, and other mental health conditions.
Welcome to my outpatient psychiatry practice. I take a whole person clinical approach to assessment and treatment. When necessary, I may prescribe psychotropic medication to help alleviate overwhelming mental distress that impairs functioning in meaningful areas of one’s life. I also provide mindfulness-based psychotherapy and consider the role of diet, physical exercise, and other lifestyle activities in support of mental health. I offer hope for individuals seeking relief from depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, and other mental health conditions.
(517) 429-2005 View (517) 429-2005
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Laura Lee Anders
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
When it comes to your mental health, compassionate care makes all the difference. I combine expertise with genuine empathy to provide you with the compassionate support you deserve. I understand that seeking help can be a vulnerable experience, which is why I create a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can openly discuss your concerns. I take the time to listen attentively, offering a compassionate ear and personalized treatment options tailored to your unique needs. Experience the difference that compassionate care can make in your mental well-being by scheduling an appointment with my practice today.
When it comes to your mental health, compassionate care makes all the difference. I combine expertise with genuine empathy to provide you with the compassionate support you deserve. I understand that seeking help can be a vulnerable experience, which is why I create a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can openly discuss your concerns. I take the time to listen attentively, offering a compassionate ear and personalized treatment options tailored to your unique needs. Experience the difference that compassionate care can make in your mental well-being by scheduling an appointment with my practice today.
(616) 219-0003 View (616) 219-0003
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Larissa Barclay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, NP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified
Southfield, MI 48075
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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David Harris
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
With over 30 years of experience and named Psychiatrist/Physician of the Year for 2023 by NAMI Michigan, Dr. David K. Harris is an exceptional Psychiatrist. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and has expertise in treating a variety of disorders. For more than 30 years, New Oakland Family Centers has been Michigan’s most dedicated providers of quality, compassionate, innovative mental health care and services. Today, more than 30,000 people across our state receive more than 600,000 points of service from New Oakland every year...from the Detroit area to Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids,
With over 30 years of experience and named Psychiatrist/Physician of the Year for 2023 by NAMI Michigan, Dr. David K. Harris is an exceptional Psychiatrist. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and has expertise in treating a variety of disorders. For more than 30 years, New Oakland Family Centers has been Michigan’s most dedicated providers of quality, compassionate, innovative mental health care and services. Today, more than 30,000 people across our state receive more than 600,000 points of service from New Oakland every year...from the Detroit area to Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids,
(248) 430-6783 View (248) 430-6783
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New Oakland Family Centers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified
6 Endorsed
Hi, my name is Michelle Collins. I hold a doctoral degree in nursing practice. In addition, I am a dual ANCC board certified psychiatric mental health (PMHNP-BC) and family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) with 18 years of broad advanced practice experience. My training and years of clinical practice has allowed me to cultivate competent and compassionate care for clients across the lifespan. Together, we will work to establish a respectful client-provider relationship free from bias, judgement, and stigma. My goal is ultimately to help each client become or return to the best version of themselves.
Hi, my name is Michelle Collins. I hold a doctoral degree in nursing practice. In addition, I am a dual ANCC board certified psychiatric mental health (PMHNP-BC) and family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) with 18 years of broad advanced practice experience. My training and years of clinical practice has allowed me to cultivate competent and compassionate care for clients across the lifespan. Together, we will work to establish a respectful client-provider relationship free from bias, judgement, and stigma. My goal is ultimately to help each client become or return to the best version of themselves.
(248) 900-3254 View (248) 900-3254
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Davita Burkhead-Weiner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Davita Burkhead-Weiner, MD, is a board certified Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before establishing a private practice, Dr. Burkhead-Weiner was an outpatient psychiatrist at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. She is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed her residency in Adult Psychiatry and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry through the University of Michigan in 2014.
Davita Burkhead-Weiner, MD, is a board certified Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before establishing a private practice, Dr. Burkhead-Weiner was an outpatient psychiatrist at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. She is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed her residency in Adult Psychiatry and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry through the University of Michigan in 2014.
(734) 366-4884 x111 View (734) 366-4884 x111
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Psychiatric and Psychological Specialties
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Saint Joseph, MI 49085  (Online Only)
Dr. Kachman is a Michigan trained physician with deep roots in southwest Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2002 from Michigan State University Honors College, and her Doctor of Medicine degree in 2008 from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. She completed her residency in psychiatry in 2012 at Michigan State University’s Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. Dr. Kachman, who has been board certified in psychiatry since 2013. She has over 10 years of experience working with patients.
Dr. Kachman is a Michigan trained physician with deep roots in southwest Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2002 from Michigan State University Honors College, and her Doctor of Medicine degree in 2008 from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. She completed her residency in psychiatry in 2012 at Michigan State University’s Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. Dr. Kachman, who has been board certified in psychiatry since 2013. She has over 10 years of experience working with patients.
(269) 371-4904 View (269) 371-4904
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Rise Psychiatric Services (Online Mental Health)
Physician Assistant, LPC, PA-C
Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304  (Online Only)
With over 20 years experience in the field, I have a deep understanding of the needs, struggles and hopes of my patients, as well as that which heals and inspires them. I believe clients benefit most from an engaged partner on their journey, rather than a passive listener. I believe that you are the expert on you, and as a counselor and PA, my goal is to help you find the answers and hope inside of you to heal. I believe that people are individuals and should be treated as such, so I do not employ a cookie cutter approach to treatment. My clients truly value that.
With over 20 years experience in the field, I have a deep understanding of the needs, struggles and hopes of my patients, as well as that which heals and inspires them. I believe clients benefit most from an engaged partner on their journey, rather than a passive listener. I believe that you are the expert on you, and as a counselor and PA, my goal is to help you find the answers and hope inside of you to heal. I believe that people are individuals and should be treated as such, so I do not employ a cookie cutter approach to treatment. My clients truly value that.
(947) 888-7236 View (947) 888-7236
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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Nicole Jones, 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 specialize in finding the right medication(s) and ongoing collaboration with you to find the right dose to help you to feel and function at your best. Counseling may also be needed and we collaborate with our Best Fit Counseling specialists to meet your needs.
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Nicole Jones, 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 specialize in finding the right medication(s) and ongoing collaboration with you to find the right dose to help you to feel and function at your best. Counseling may also be needed and we collaborate with our Best Fit Counseling specialists to meet your needs.
(734) 294-5918 View (734) 294-5918
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Alicia Lane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified
Taylor, MI 48180  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with experience working-in the psychiatric field working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
Hello! I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with experience working-in the psychiatric field working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
(734) 789-6312 View (734) 789-6312

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Number of Psychiatrists in Calhoun County, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Calhoun County, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
71% Stress

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Medicare
75% Aetna
75% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Calhoun County, MI see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Calhoun County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.