Psychiatrists in Dearborn, MI

Photo of Mfon Essien, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dearborn, MI
Mfon Essien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Dearborn, MI 48120
My ideal client would be someone who is currently taking on the burden of navigating the complexities of their mental health. Grappling with the struggles of depression, ADHD, bipolar, or even anxiety. Clients who are dealing with these specifics need a warm and comforting sense of well-being, as we work towards fine tuning their inner resilience, this will aid them to find self empowerment; with my personalized guidance, we'll work together as partners unlocking doors to bettered mental health.
My ideal client would be someone who is currently taking on the burden of navigating the complexities of their mental health. Grappling with the struggles of depression, ADHD, bipolar, or even anxiety. Clients who are dealing with these specifics need a warm and comforting sense of well-being, as we work towards fine tuning their inner resilience, this will aid them to find self empowerment; with my personalized guidance, we'll work together as partners unlocking doors to bettered mental health.
(313) 546-9643 View (313) 546-9643
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Mfon Essien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Dearborn, MI 48120
Hello, My name is Mfon Essien. I am psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I attended Walden University and attained my PMHNP.
Hello, My name is Mfon Essien. I am psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I attended Walden University and attained my PMHNP.
(313) 825-4818 View (313) 825-4818
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Steven Clevenger
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Dearborn, MI 48120  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome, my name is Dr Steven Clevenger. I do not have an "ideal patient" as I have found that every one of my patients is very different. I have extensive experience with many different patient populations from middle class suburban, rural, incarcerated individuals, the unhoused, substance abuse issues, college student and adolescents. The toolbox of solution I have to draw from is broad. Patients I seek to treat are those motivated to change and seeking a path forward.
Hello and welcome, my name is Dr Steven Clevenger. I do not have an "ideal patient" as I have found that every one of my patients is very different. I have extensive experience with many different patient populations from middle class suburban, rural, incarcerated individuals, the unhoused, substance abuse issues, college student and adolescents. The toolbox of solution I have to draw from is broad. Patients I seek to treat are those motivated to change and seeking a path forward.
(313) 450-9318 View (313) 450-9318
Photo of Nesrin Abu Ata, Psychiatrist in Dearborn, MI
Nesrin Abu Ata
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Dearborn, MI 48120
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
(406) 282-8320 View (406) 282-8320
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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Dearborn, MI 48121
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Kristi Ramirez 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.
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Kristi Ramirez 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.
(734) 294-5776 View (734) 294-5776
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Infinite Wellness Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Dearborn, MI 48124  (Online Only)
My ideal patient has done some research about their symptoms and potential treatments prior to the first appointment. It helps to have a realistic attitude about the treatment process.
My ideal patient has done some research about their symptoms and potential treatments prior to the first appointment. It helps to have a realistic attitude about the treatment process.
(248) 218-9429 View (248) 218-9429

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Rohan Kedar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westland, MI 48185
Dr. Rohan Kedar was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan. He earned his Bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He then attended Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, MI and graduated as part of its inaugural class. He completed his psychiatry residency at Trinity Health St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, MI. Dr. Kedar enjoys learning about his patients' stories and integrating psychotherapy with medication management. In his spare time, he enjoys getting involved with his church, watching football, and engaging in multiple different fandoms, such as Star Wars and Marvel.
Dr. Rohan Kedar was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan. He earned his Bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He then attended Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, MI and graduated as part of its inaugural class. He completed his psychiatry residency at Trinity Health St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, MI. Dr. Kedar enjoys learning about his patients' stories and integrating psychotherapy with medication management. In his spare time, he enjoys getting involved with his church, watching football, and engaging in multiple different fandoms, such as Star Wars and Marvel.
(734) 336-1900 View (734) 336-1900
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Dr. Gurjeet Singh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, DNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48202  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Singh, a licensed Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctorate degree in PMHNP and Nursing Education, deeply dedicated to supporting individuals on their path to mental and emotional well-being. My extensive education and training have equipped me with the expertise needed to provide compassionate and evidence-based mental health care.
I am Dr. Singh, a licensed Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctorate degree in PMHNP and Nursing Education, deeply dedicated to supporting individuals on their path to mental and emotional well-being. My extensive education and training have equipped me with the expertise needed to provide compassionate and evidence-based mental health care.
(734) 666-3977 View (734) 666-3977
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Princewell Onwere
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Detroit, MI 48207  (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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Markita M Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, AGNP-C, PMHNP-C, TBHP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48216  (Online Only)
I offer a full range of mental health care services to adolescent, and adults who seek change and stability. My services may include assessment, diagnosis, treatment, medication management, recommendations on diet change, supplements, herbs, and various forms psychotherapy or talk therapy. I practice integrative care with a holistic approach. My passion is caring for others and assisting clients and families in transitioning to wellness. I will work with you where you are to help get you through the healing process and on your way to living a happier, fulfilled life. Call today for your FREE phone consult!
I offer a full range of mental health care services to adolescent, and adults who seek change and stability. My services may include assessment, diagnosis, treatment, medication management, recommendations on diet change, supplements, herbs, and various forms psychotherapy or talk therapy. I practice integrative care with a holistic approach. My passion is caring for others and assisting clients and families in transitioning to wellness. I will work with you where you are to help get you through the healing process and on your way to living a happier, fulfilled life. Call today for your FREE phone consult!
(313) 334-7346 View (313) 334-7346
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Heather Sutherlin
Physician Assistant, FNP-BC
Verified
Detroit, MI 48226  (Online Only)
We are now offering Behavioral Health appointments, Therapy, ADHD Assessment and Treatment, as well as Primary Care and much more. We have dual board certified licensed providers ready to assist you with your behavioral health needs. If you're wanting to switch providers or establish online care send us a message for more information. We treat a variety of healthcare needs including medication management, diabetes management, weight management, depression and anxiety. Book today for an assessment. We offer low cash pay prices as well as accept insurance. Download our app today or contact us to confirm we accept your insurance.
We are now offering Behavioral Health appointments, Therapy, ADHD Assessment and Treatment, as well as Primary Care and much more. We have dual board certified licensed providers ready to assist you with your behavioral health needs. If you're wanting to switch providers or establish online care send us a message for more information. We treat a variety of healthcare needs including medication management, diabetes management, weight management, depression and anxiety. Book today for an assessment. We offer low cash pay prices as well as accept insurance. Download our app today or contact us to confirm we accept your insurance.
(586) 371-6132 View (586) 371-6132
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Haley Wanic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, AGNP-BC
Verified
Allen Park, MI 48101
I completed two bachelor’s degrees with honors at Grand Valley State University majoring in Biomedical Science and Nursing. I continued my education at Grand Valley State University and graduated with honors with my Doctor of Nursing Practice. I am dedicated to providing the best care possible by staying up to date on the latest evidence-based treatments and actively listening to my patients concerns. I employ a non-judgmental approach to get know my patients so we can create a treatment plan together. Populations I treat include, but are not limited to, teens-end of life, men, women, and LGBTQIA+.
I completed two bachelor’s degrees with honors at Grand Valley State University majoring in Biomedical Science and Nursing. I continued my education at Grand Valley State University and graduated with honors with my Doctor of Nursing Practice. I am dedicated to providing the best care possible by staying up to date on the latest evidence-based treatments and actively listening to my patients concerns. I employ a non-judgmental approach to get know my patients so we can create a treatment plan together. Populations I treat include, but are not limited to, teens-end of life, men, women, and LGBTQIA+.
(734) 802-1997 View (734) 802-1997
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Dr. Marissa DiMambro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Detroit, MI 48226
I completed my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) and became board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in 2023. I pride myself on my empathy towards others. In my role as a prescriber, I strive to look at my relationship with clients as a teammate, not an authority figure. I am passionate about comprehensive treatment approach. I completed my doctoral project with young adults in a group therapy setting managing symptoms of depression to help clients holistically. I look forward to gaining therapeutic relationships with clients of all ages to use medication as a tool for their mental health.
I completed my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) and became board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in 2023. I pride myself on my empathy towards others. In my role as a prescriber, I strive to look at my relationship with clients as a teammate, not an authority figure. I am passionate about comprehensive treatment approach. I completed my doctoral project with young adults in a group therapy setting managing symptoms of depression to help clients holistically. I look forward to gaining therapeutic relationships with clients of all ages to use medication as a tool for their mental health.
(313) 631-8132 View (313) 631-8132
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Curtis Norwick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westland, MI 48186
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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Duy Tran
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Detroit, MI 48201  (Online Only)
Dr. Duy Tran is an adult psychiatrist. He received his Medical Doctor degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed residency training in general psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Dr. Tran aims to provide mental health care that helps patients live more fulfilling life. Dr. Tran has extensive experience treating psychiatric disorders in diverse populations, including college students, LGBT, perinatal, veterans, and those with socioeconomic disadvantages
Dr. Duy Tran is an adult psychiatrist. He received his Medical Doctor degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed residency training in general psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Dr. Tran aims to provide mental health care that helps patients live more fulfilling life. Dr. Tran has extensive experience treating psychiatric disorders in diverse populations, including college students, LGBT, perinatal, veterans, and those with socioeconomic disadvantages
(415) 936-7406 View (415) 936-7406
Photo of Genevieve Sweeney, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dearborn, MI
Genevieve Sweeney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48204
I am a firm advocate for focused patient care. I am dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients and prescribing medication if needed to manage symptoms temporarily or longterm. I am passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life. I enjoy working with a diverse range of patients from all walks of life.
I am a firm advocate for focused patient care. I am dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients and prescribing medication if needed to manage symptoms temporarily or longterm. I am passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life. I enjoy working with a diverse range of patients from all walks of life.
(734) 896-5403 View (734) 896-5403
Photo of Mohammed Joz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dearborn, MI
Mohammed Joz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, APNP
Verified
24 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48201  (Online Only)
I am Licensed and Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP in Adult, Adolescent, and Child Psychiatry. I believe that every patient deserves the best mental health care, and it's my job to deliver it! I pride myself on going the extra mile to provide research-driven holistic care. Starting with a complete/comprehensive Initial Psychiatric Evaluation and ensuring my patient receive their medication on time. I treat Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD, Psychotic disorders, PTSD and others conditions ... I am experienced with outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospitalization. I also provide brief CBT, DBT, general therapy.
I am Licensed and Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP in Adult, Adolescent, and Child Psychiatry. I believe that every patient deserves the best mental health care, and it's my job to deliver it! I pride myself on going the extra mile to provide research-driven holistic care. Starting with a complete/comprehensive Initial Psychiatric Evaluation and ensuring my patient receive their medication on time. I treat Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD, Psychotic disorders, PTSD and others conditions ... I am experienced with outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospitalization. I also provide brief CBT, DBT, general therapy.
(734) 259-7674 View (734) 259-7674
Photo of Dianna Smith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dearborn, MI
Dianna Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Taylor, MI 48180
Dianna Smith, MSN, PMHNP-B is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of professional nursing experience caring for psychiatric, mental health/behavioral, developmental/intellectual disability, and substance abuse clients in the community and acute settings. She loves providing direct care and values her expanded capacity to serve as a Provider.
Dianna Smith, MSN, PMHNP-B is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of professional nursing experience caring for psychiatric, mental health/behavioral, developmental/intellectual disability, and substance abuse clients in the community and acute settings. She loves providing direct care and values her expanded capacity to serve as a Provider.
(919) 948-1213 View (919) 948-1213
Photo of Lindsay Rose Dunstan, Psychiatrist in Dearborn, MI
Lindsay Rose Dunstan
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Taylor, MI 48180
I am a queer prison/police abolitionist. I enjoy working with folx with neurodivergent conditions and marginalized identities. I treat mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD, using both narrative and somatic approaches. I love helping others build daily wellness practices, including mindfulness meditation, yoga, creative expression, and self-compassion.
I am a queer prison/police abolitionist. I enjoy working with folx with neurodivergent conditions and marginalized identities. I treat mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD, using both narrative and somatic approaches. I love helping others build daily wellness practices, including mindfulness meditation, yoga, creative expression, and self-compassion.
(313) 456-9932 View (313) 456-9932
Photo of Dr. Ronil Shah, Psychiatrist in Dearborn, MI
Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Detroit, MI 48206  (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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Number of Psychiatrists in Dearborn, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Dearborn, MI who prioritize treating:

83% Depression
83% Anxiety
67% ADHD
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Medication Management
50% Addiction
50% Life Coaching

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Aetna
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
60% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Dearborn, MI see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Dearborn?

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.