Psychiatrists in Dearborn Heights, MI

Photo of Ammar Ali - The Place of Hope PLC, MD, Psychiatrist
The Place of Hope PLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127  (Online Only)
Hello, My name is Ammar Ali, I am a Medical Doctor and board-certified psychiatrist with over 10 years of experience working in hospitals across the United States. I graduated from Kufa University College of Medicine in Iraq in 2003 and finished psychiatry training in the Psychiatry Residency Program at Sanford School of Medicine University of South Dakota in 2014.
Hello, My name is Ammar Ali, I am a Medical Doctor and board-certified psychiatrist with over 10 years of experience working in hospitals across the United States. I graduated from Kufa University College of Medicine in Iraq in 2003 and finished psychiatry training in the Psychiatry Residency Program at Sanford School of Medicine University of South Dakota in 2014.
(313) 825-4275 View (313) 825-4275

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Photo of Markita M Thompson, DNP, AGNP-C, PMHNP-C, TBHP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Markita M Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, AGNP-C, PMHNP-C, TBHP
Verified 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
Photo of Larissa Barclay - A Better Tomorrow Counseling Services, LLC, DNP, NP-C, PMHNP-, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
A Better Tomorrow Counseling Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, NP-C, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Redford, MI 48239
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.
(313) 255-2650 View (313) 255-2650
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Alicia Lane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified 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
Photo of Andrea Skrocki, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Andrea Skrocki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Taylor, MI 48180  (Online Only)
Hi - my name is Andrea Skrocki and I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) newly practicing in Michigan. I have over 10 years of independent practice working in Montana and Colorado. I am thrilled to partner with Grow Therapy to offer my telepsychiatry services throughout Michigan. I strive to deliver high-quality evidence based telepsychiatry that utilizes the most recent advancement in psychiatry.
Hi - my name is Andrea Skrocki and I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) newly practicing in Michigan. I have over 10 years of independent practice working in Montana and Colorado. I am thrilled to partner with Grow Therapy to offer my telepsychiatry services throughout Michigan. I strive to deliver high-quality evidence based telepsychiatry that utilizes the most recent advancement in psychiatry.
(231) 403-2025 View (231) 403-2025
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Christina Snider
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48228  (Online Only)
I am Christina Snider and I am both a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have been practicing for over 24 years.
I am Christina Snider and I am both a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have been practicing for over 24 years.
(517) 781-7533 View (517) 781-7533
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Mel Bornstein Clinic Detroit for Psychotherapy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48219  (Online Only)
Mel Bornstein Clinic-Detroit is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Clinic staffed by Resident Psychiatrist Physicians at Authority Health Psychiatric Residency Training Program under the supervision of Psychoanalysts. We do not accept insurance reimbursement, and work with individuals based on what they are able to afford. Our psychiatrists psychotherapists are of diverse backgrounds, male, female, Black, White, and of South East Asian descent. We look forward to meeting with you.
Mel Bornstein Clinic-Detroit is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Clinic staffed by Resident Psychiatrist Physicians at Authority Health Psychiatric Residency Training Program under the supervision of Psychoanalysts. We do not accept insurance reimbursement, and work with individuals based on what they are able to afford. Our psychiatrists psychotherapists are of diverse backgrounds, male, female, Black, White, and of South East Asian descent. We look forward to meeting with you.
(313) 631-3138 View (313) 631-3138
Photo of Mfon Essien, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mfon Essien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified 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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Malini Shenava
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westland, MI 48186
Malini 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. Malini 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.
Malini 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. Malini 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.
(734) 205-1713 View (734) 205-1713
Photo of Karrin Boylston, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Karrin Boylston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Taylor, MI 48180
Karrin Boylston is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Master's degree in Nursing with a concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Northern Kentucky University, and a Bachelor's of science in Nursing from Western Governs University. Karrin is compassionate and cares about her patients from a holistic standpoint, not just the mental health diagnosis. Karrin loves pets, especially dogs! Outside of work, she loves to travel and experience different cultures. She also enjoys cooking big meals for her family.
Karrin Boylston is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Master's degree in Nursing with a concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Northern Kentucky University, and a Bachelor's of science in Nursing from Western Governs University. Karrin is compassionate and cares about her patients from a holistic standpoint, not just the mental health diagnosis. Karrin loves pets, especially dogs! Outside of work, she loves to travel and experience different cultures. She also enjoys cooking big meals for her family.
(734) 636-5965 View (734) 636-5965
Photo of Janice West - Tender Embrace Wellness, DNP, MSN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tender Embrace Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48228  (Online Only)
Welcome to Tender Embrace Wellness: Step into a space designed with you in mind – a supportive environment filled with love, compassion, and understanding. We recognize that each person is unique, and so is their path to healing. You'll find a place in our sanctuary where you are heard, valued, and embraced. Your story matters, and we are here to listen. Our dedicated team of compassionate practitioners is ready to hear your experiences, concerns, and dreams. We understand that the first step towards healing begins with a caring and attentive ear. Remember, if you're not happy, we're not satisfied.
Welcome to Tender Embrace Wellness: Step into a space designed with you in mind – a supportive environment filled with love, compassion, and understanding. We recognize that each person is unique, and so is their path to healing. You'll find a place in our sanctuary where you are heard, valued, and embraced. Your story matters, and we are here to listen. Our dedicated team of compassionate practitioners is ready to hear your experiences, concerns, and dreams. We understand that the first step towards healing begins with a caring and attentive ear. Remember, if you're not happy, we're not satisfied.
(346) 229-1026 View (346) 229-1026
Photo of Dennis Lin - New Oakland Family Center, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
New Oakland Family Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Southgate, MI 48195
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, Lansing and Port Huron. To speak with a New Oakland team member about your needs and interests in our programs, call: (800) 395-3223 any time of the day or night. Someone will be standing by to take your call and help you get started, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
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, Lansing and Port Huron. To speak with a New Oakland team member about your needs and interests in our programs, call: (800) 395-3223 any time of the day or night. Someone will be standing by to take your call and help you get started, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
(800) 393-3223 View (800) 393-3223
Photo of Umeika Stephens, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Umeika Stephens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Redford, MI 48240  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
As a Detroit native, she is acutely aware of the mental and physical health care needs in the community and the disparities that impact patients' access to culturally sensitive mental health services. My goal is to listen and help patients set goals and receive treatments that help them to become the versions of themselves. I believe that care occurs as a team effort with the patient as the expert in their lived experience. I offer pharmacogenetic testing for medications and truly strive to create patient centered care atmosphere.
As a Detroit native, she is acutely aware of the mental and physical health care needs in the community and the disparities that impact patients' access to culturally sensitive mental health services. My goal is to listen and help patients set goals and receive treatments that help them to become the versions of themselves. I believe that care occurs as a team effort with the patient as the expert in their lived experience. I offer pharmacogenetic testing for medications and truly strive to create patient centered care atmosphere.
(248) 574-8029 View (248) 574-8029
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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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Lindsay Rose Dunstan
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified 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 Karla Jordan, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Karla Jordan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48228  (Online Only)
Hi ! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has over 7 years of clinical experience. I earned a Master’s in Nursing, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification from the University of St. Francis. My career background includes positions at various health centers and behavioral hospitals. I assist individuals with mental health disorders and help them feel their best.
Hi ! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has over 7 years of clinical experience. I earned a Master’s in Nursing, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification from the University of St. Francis. My career background includes positions at various health centers and behavioral hospitals. I assist individuals with mental health disorders and help them feel their best.
(517) 852-8916 View (517) 852-8916
Photo of Dr. Robert John Lagrou - New Oakland Family Centers, DO, Psychiatrist
New Oakland Family Centers
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Livonia, MI 48154
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, Lansing and Port Huron.
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, Lansing and Port Huron.
(734) 802-0879 View (734) 802-0879
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Jude Osagie Ukpebor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Inkster, MI 48141
I appreciate your proactive step of prioritizing your well-being; recognizing the importance of self-care and self-love; which is indeed the first stride toward healing. As a certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am open-minded, warm and approach care with a holistic perspective. The patient will benefit from quality health care.
I appreciate your proactive step of prioritizing your well-being; recognizing the importance of self-care and self-love; which is indeed the first stride toward healing. As a certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am open-minded, warm and approach care with a holistic perspective. The patient will benefit from quality health care.
(947) 300-5393 View (947) 300-5393
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Joyweena Glaser
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Detroit, MI 48204  (Online Only)
Hello there, I approach mental health with a warm and understanding perspective, focusing on you as a whole person, not just your symptoms. Together, we'll dive into the root causes of your concerns, exploring what truly matters to you. I have a strong background in psychiatric nursing, with years of experience in helping individuals facing various mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. I'm here to provide you with expert guidance and support. Additionally, I specialize in medication management, ensuring that your treatment is both balanced and effective.
Hello there, I approach mental health with a warm and understanding perspective, focusing on you as a whole person, not just your symptoms. Together, we'll dive into the root causes of your concerns, exploring what truly matters to you. I have a strong background in psychiatric nursing, with years of experience in helping individuals facing various mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. I'm here to provide you with expert guidance and support. Additionally, I specialize in medication management, ensuring that your treatment is both balanced and effective.
(989) 656-5890 View (989) 656-5890
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Patrick Gresham
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Livonia, MI 48154
I'm board-certified in both General Psychiatry as well as Child & Adolescent Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have a variety of special interests including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, genetics, evolutionary psychology and issues impacting the LGBT community. I'm enthusiastic about teaching and will always go into detail about the nature of psychiatric illness and the impact of medication. I try to keep a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere for all ages.
I'm board-certified in both General Psychiatry as well as Child & Adolescent Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have a variety of special interests including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, genetics, evolutionary psychology and issues impacting the LGBT community. I'm enthusiastic about teaching and will always go into detail about the nature of psychiatric illness and the impact of medication. I try to keep a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere for all ages.
(248) 721-8077 View (248) 721-8077

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Number of Psychiatrists in Dearborn Heights, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Dearborn Heights, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Geriatric and Seniors
100% Grief
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Gender breakdown

100% Male

How Psychiatrists in Dearborn Heights, MI see their clients

100% Online Only
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Dearborn Heights?

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.