Psychiatrists in Chelsea, MI

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Davita Burkhead-Weiner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chelsea, MI 48118
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 View (734) 366-4884
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Paramjeet Chadha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chelsea, MI 48118
Living with mental illness can be challenging, and you don't have to face it alone. Finding the right approach can be overwhelming, but I'm here to help. With my education and expertise, I'll work with you as a team to bring out the best in you. My evidence-based practice and holistic approach ensure you receive personalized care that suits your unique situation.
Living with mental illness can be challenging, and you don't have to face it alone. Finding the right approach can be overwhelming, but I'm here to help. With my education and expertise, I'll work with you as a team to bring out the best in you. My evidence-based practice and holistic approach ensure you receive personalized care that suits your unique situation.
(734) 999-4098 View (734) 999-4098

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Barry M Miller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dexter, MI 48130
Most people, whether they have a psychiatric illness or not, need psychotherapy, at some point in their lives. I'm here to help determine what's wrong and how to best help. If a medicine is helpful, I'm trained to prescribe it. In most situations, medicine, alone, is not enough to help people disentangle themselves from the feelings, thoughts, or behaviors that have interfered with their functioning or caused such discomfort. Problematic patterns have developed over a long time, but for 'good reasons'. Until we know why, we're unlikely to change them.
Most people, whether they have a psychiatric illness or not, need psychotherapy, at some point in their lives. I'm here to help determine what's wrong and how to best help. If a medicine is helpful, I'm trained to prescribe it. In most situations, medicine, alone, is not enough to help people disentangle themselves from the feelings, thoughts, or behaviors that have interfered with their functioning or caused such discomfort. Problematic patterns have developed over a long time, but for 'good reasons'. Until we know why, we're unlikely to change them.
(734) 720-4895 View (734) 720-4895
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Brian Phillips
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Dexter, MI 48130
See openings and book an intake (I usually have openings within a week) at AnnArborPsych.com. I specialize in ADHD, a range of anxiety disorders, mood, and impulsivity. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I think of myself as a passionate nurse, care-giver, and patient advocate first, and a prescriber second. Good mental health care begins with listening to the patient. I have engaged in a considerable amount of additional training and supervision after completing my specialty in psychiatry. For years I have worked along side Dr. Akash Kumar MD and we are both passionate about staying on the cutting edge of psychiatric medicine.
See openings and book an intake (I usually have openings within a week) at AnnArborPsych.com. I specialize in ADHD, a range of anxiety disorders, mood, and impulsivity. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I think of myself as a passionate nurse, care-giver, and patient advocate first, and a prescriber second. Good mental health care begins with listening to the patient. I have engaged in a considerable amount of additional training and supervision after completing my specialty in psychiatry. For years I have worked along side Dr. Akash Kumar MD and we are both passionate about staying on the cutting edge of psychiatric medicine.
(734) 315-2256 View (734) 315-2256
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Laura Dansel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN-BC, NP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dexter, MI 48130
My practice is for psychotherapy only, I do not prescribe medication. I like to partner with clients to manage life's problems, build on their strengths, learn about themselves, and meet their life goals in a supportive, safe, non-judgmental, and respectful atmosphere. I am a former faculty member of the University of Michigan School of Nursing where I taught undergraduate and graduate level theory and clinical courses in psychiatric nursing. I have also taught graduate students at Michigan State University and practiced in a variety of settings.
My practice is for psychotherapy only, I do not prescribe medication. I like to partner with clients to manage life's problems, build on their strengths, learn about themselves, and meet their life goals in a supportive, safe, non-judgmental, and respectful atmosphere. I am a former faculty member of the University of Michigan School of Nursing where I taught undergraduate and graduate level theory and clinical courses in psychiatric nursing. I have also taught graduate students at Michigan State University and practiced in a variety of settings.
(734) 530-3230 View (734) 530-3230
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Norman Emil Alessi
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA, FAACAP
Verified Verified
Dexter, MI 48130
Psychiatry can be much more than merely the identification of a mental disorder and the prescription of psychotropic medications or other interventions to manage the symptoms of the condition. Over the past 40 years I’ve developed an understanding of the resulting functional difficulties that can arise when these conditions are present, tools to characterize them and strategies to treat or meliorate them. My goal and a mission of the Center and its staff is to identify and treat these conditions using a wide range of modalities and to improve a broad range of functioning from executive functioning to social skill functioning.
Psychiatry can be much more than merely the identification of a mental disorder and the prescription of psychotropic medications or other interventions to manage the symptoms of the condition. Over the past 40 years I’ve developed an understanding of the resulting functional difficulties that can arise when these conditions are present, tools to characterize them and strategies to treat or meliorate them. My goal and a mission of the Center and its staff is to identify and treat these conditions using a wide range of modalities and to improve a broad range of functioning from executive functioning to social skill functioning.
(734) 807-4446 View (734) 807-4446

Online Psychiatrists

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Detroit Recovery Project
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48208
Dr. Atul C. Shah, MD is a Practicing and Licensed Physician in the Metro-Detroit area as psychiatrist and general practitioner, serving a diverse range of patients with compassion, respect, and dignity. Dr. Shah has evaluated and treated patients in his practice for over 30 years both in Michigan as well as India.
Dr. Atul C. Shah, MD is a Practicing and Licensed Physician in the Metro-Detroit area as psychiatrist and general practitioner, serving a diverse range of patients with compassion, respect, and dignity. Dr. Shah has evaluated and treated patients in his practice for over 30 years both in Michigan as well as India.
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Orlena B Merritt-Davis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clinton Township, MI 48038
I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments and medication management utilizing evidence-based practices that take into consideration your specific needs and preferences. Working alongside a large team of mental health professionals at New Oakland Family Centers, I have the unique ability to access a wide range of additional specialty mental health services and expertise should the need arise. 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.
I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments and medication management utilizing evidence-based practices that take into consideration your specific needs and preferences. Working alongside a large team of mental health professionals at New Oakland Family Centers, I have the unique ability to access a wide range of additional specialty mental health services and expertise should the need arise. 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.
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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
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 a very 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. The specialties listed are for our all of our clinicians.
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 a very 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. The specialties listed are for our all of our clinicians.
(269) 775-4801 View (269) 775-4801
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Green Arbor Psych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
New patient openings within a week. See openings and book a video appointment online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUS: ADHD, Social and General Anxiety, Depression, Mood Swings, Impulse Control, OCD, and PTSD. I investigate for root causes of symptoms and have trained with Dr. Akash Kumar MD on his multi layered diagnostic approach to looking at nutritional, medical, psychiatric, and cognitive dimensions. With this background, we can find underlying often missed subtle conditions that contribute to symptoms.
New patient openings within a week. See openings and book a video appointment online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUS: ADHD, Social and General Anxiety, Depression, Mood Swings, Impulse Control, OCD, and PTSD. I investigate for root causes of symptoms and have trained with Dr. Akash Kumar MD on his multi layered diagnostic approach to looking at nutritional, medical, psychiatric, and cognitive dimensions. With this background, we can find underlying often missed subtle conditions that contribute to symptoms.
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Great Lakes Psychiatric Associates, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jackson, MI 49201
Dr. Rajput is a highly experienced and globally respected psychiatrist. He completed a prestigious fellowship at Stanford University and holds board certifications in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry. Over the past 24 years, Dr. Rajput has been at the forefront of treating a wide range of psychiatric issues, including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, bipolar illness, and ADHD. His goal is to bring people to their full potential, enabling them to enjoy life and achieve their goals. He possesses the expertise to provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and prescribe necessary medications to improve patients' quality of life.
Dr. Rajput is a highly experienced and globally respected psychiatrist. He completed a prestigious fellowship at Stanford University and holds board certifications in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry. Over the past 24 years, Dr. Rajput has been at the forefront of treating a wide range of psychiatric issues, including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, bipolar illness, and ADHD. His goal is to bring people to their full potential, enabling them to enjoy life and achieve their goals. He possesses the expertise to provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and prescribe necessary medications to improve patients' quality of life.
(248) 290-8627 View (248) 290-8627
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Rachael Blea
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Are you tired of going to prescribing physicians that don't take time to listen to your concerns? Or may not have had good luck finding the right medication to minimize your symptoms? Finding the right provider and right medication can be tricky and having someone by your side while you figure it out that you both trust, and really listens is key to success! I take time my time with patients, getting to know them, and the symptoms they are having troubles with so we can work together to figure out the best solution.
Are you tired of going to prescribing physicians that don't take time to listen to your concerns? Or may not have had good luck finding the right medication to minimize your symptoms? Finding the right provider and right medication can be tricky and having someone by your side while you figure it out that you both trust, and really listens is key to success! I take time my time with patients, getting to know them, and the symptoms they are having troubles with so we can work together to figure out the best solution.
(734) 275-2303 View (734) 275-2303
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Mauran Sivananthan, DO, PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
I am a dual board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, and I specialize in treating a range of disorders including ADHD, behavioral problems, anxiety, Autism, intellectual disabilities, men's health, and mental health issues in athletes. My goal with every patient is to provide up to date, evidence based, individualized, supportive, and collaborative care. Additionally, I am a sports psychiatrist with extensive experience working with athletes of all levels. I am currently the team psychiatrist for the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, and Detroit Pistons.
I am a dual board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, and I specialize in treating a range of disorders including ADHD, behavioral problems, anxiety, Autism, intellectual disabilities, men's health, and mental health issues in athletes. My goal with every patient is to provide up to date, evidence based, individualized, supportive, and collaborative care. Additionally, I am a sports psychiatrist with extensive experience working with athletes of all levels. I am currently the team psychiatrist for the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, and Detroit Pistons.
(734) 428-3660 View (734) 428-3660
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Raed Yousif
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lansing, MI 48911
Dr. Raed Yousif is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2006. He is a Medical Doctor with an American board certification in psychiatry, an American board certification in addiction psychiatry, and a Master's degree in basic medical science from Wayne State University. Dr. Yousif interviews the client, makes a diagnosis, and decides on the best way to treat the client. Outside of work, Dr. Yousif enjoys reading, listening to music, soccer, and table tennis.
Dr. Raed Yousif is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2006. He is a Medical Doctor with an American board certification in psychiatry, an American board certification in addiction psychiatry, and a Master's degree in basic medical science from Wayne State University. Dr. Yousif interviews the client, makes a diagnosis, and decides on the best way to treat the client. Outside of work, Dr. Yousif enjoys reading, listening to music, soccer, and table tennis.
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Curtis Norwick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Canton, MI 48187
Dr. Norwick, born and raised in Michigan, completed his undergraduate education at Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. He then attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. He completed his Psychiatry Residency through St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Norwick is dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate, and evidence-based care to all of his patients.
Dr. Norwick, born and raised in Michigan, completed his undergraduate education at Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. He then attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. He completed his Psychiatry Residency through St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Norwick is dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate, and evidence-based care to all of his patients.
(734) 808-3570 View (734) 808-3570
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Gwendolyn La Croix
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milan, MI 48160
I work with anyone who is needing help for their mental health from age 4 - 104. All are welcome.
I work with anyone who is needing help for their mental health from age 4 - 104. All are welcome.
(734) 766-7656 View (734) 766-7656
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Anne Marie Arevalo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Novi, MI 48375
Anne works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Anne believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Anne works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Anne believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
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Thomas L Atkins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Waitlist for new clients
I approach my work with an empathetic and non-judgmental mindset and this allows me to connect with my clients in a way that is based in collaboration and compassion. I use psychotherapy, insight oriented work, mindfulness, life-style changes, and medication to create an integrative treatment plan for each client. I specialize in depression, bipolar illness, ADHD, anxiety, eating disorders, and trauma. I am ready to learn about you and work together to help you meet your goals. Reach out so that we can get started!
I approach my work with an empathetic and non-judgmental mindset and this allows me to connect with my clients in a way that is based in collaboration and compassion. I use psychotherapy, insight oriented work, mindfulness, life-style changes, and medication to create an integrative treatment plan for each client. I specialize in depression, bipolar illness, ADHD, anxiety, eating disorders, and trauma. I am ready to learn about you and work together to help you meet your goals. Reach out so that we can get started!
(734) 471-5040 x101 View (734) 471-5040 x101
Heather Anthony
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48114
My name is Heather Anthony, PMHNP-BC. I have been a Registered Nurse since 2007. I have professional experience as a psychiatric nurse since 2011. I have professional experience as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2019. I performed my BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. I performed my MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) graduate studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. I have experience treating children, adolescent & adult populations with various mental health goals and past experiences.
My name is Heather Anthony, PMHNP-BC. I have been a Registered Nurse since 2007. I have professional experience as a psychiatric nurse since 2011. I have professional experience as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2019. I performed my BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. I performed my MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) graduate studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. I have experience treating children, adolescent & adult populations with various mental health goals and past experiences.
(810) 442-0624 View (810) 442-0624
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Dr. Bryan Weinstein
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Livonia, MI 48152  (Online Only)
Dr. Bryan Weinstein is a practicing Michigan psychiatrist with board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been board certified since 1999 and has been practicing psychiatric pharmacology as well as psychotherapy since 1997.
Dr. Bryan Weinstein is a practicing Michigan psychiatrist with board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been board certified since 1999 and has been practicing psychiatric pharmacology as well as psychotherapy since 1997.
(734) 338-7220 View (734) 338-7220

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Chelsea, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Chelsea, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Medication Management
100% Stress
50% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Chelsea, MI see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Chelsea?

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.