Psychiatrists in Dexter, MI

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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
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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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

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Alisa Schlacht
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
My goal is to provide excellent psychiatric care to people of any race, background, gender identity, sexual orientation, size, or abilities. When I see you, I see a whole person. Our minds and our lives are complex. Many factors, both extrinsic (such as our backgrounds, families, environment, stressors) and intrinsic (such as our genetics, neurobiology, hormones, physical health, etc) impact us and our well-being. These factors also affect each other! Fortunately, this complexity also provides many pathways to understand and treat our problems. There are many entry points to the path to feeling whole, connected and well.
My goal is to provide excellent psychiatric care to people of any race, background, gender identity, sexual orientation, size, or abilities. When I see you, I see a whole person. Our minds and our lives are complex. Many factors, both extrinsic (such as our backgrounds, families, environment, stressors) and intrinsic (such as our genetics, neurobiology, hormones, physical health, etc) impact us and our well-being. These factors also affect each other! Fortunately, this complexity also provides many pathways to understand and treat our problems. There are many entry points to the path to feeling whole, connected and well.
(734) 865-2944 View (734) 865-2944
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Davita Burkhead-Weiner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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 View (734) 366-4884
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Philip Saragoza
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Not accepting new clients
I practice adult psychiatry, including medication management and psychotherapy, tailored to individual needs. I have particular expertise in working with individuals experiencing significant loss, life changes, and problems in the workplace. Prior to starting my practice, I spent several years assessing and treating individuals with legal problems and a variety of mental health issues, including extensive past trauma. I enjoy helping people to improve their quality of life through facilitating introspection and developing insight and skills for managing emotional issues.
I practice adult psychiatry, including medication management and psychotherapy, tailored to individual needs. I have particular expertise in working with individuals experiencing significant loss, life changes, and problems in the workplace. Prior to starting my practice, I spent several years assessing and treating individuals with legal problems and a variety of mental health issues, including extensive past trauma. I enjoy helping people to improve their quality of life through facilitating introspection and developing insight and skills for managing emotional issues.
(734) 530-3263 View (734) 530-3263
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Luke Krupski
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
About me: I am a NCCPA Certified Physician Assistant who graduated from Concordia University, Ann Arbor with a Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
About me: I am a NCCPA Certified Physician Assistant who graduated from Concordia University, Ann Arbor with a Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
(734) 259-7351 View (734) 259-7351
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Amber Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, APN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48103  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients in PA, NJ, FL, & MI- Telehealth Only. Please send us an email! I am a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through AANP, and I graduated from Frontier Nursing University with my MSN & Drexel University for my BSN. I provide mental health care & wellness to clients. I have practiced in various mental health areas with 10+ years of experience providing care to children through geriatrics. I’ve always had a passion for the mental health specialty in caring for clients and providing positive client outcomes for themselves as well as their families. I make a great effort to provide safe client care.
Currently accepting new patients in PA, NJ, FL, & MI- Telehealth Only. Please send us an email! I am a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through AANP, and I graduated from Frontier Nursing University with my MSN & Drexel University for my BSN. I provide mental health care & wellness to clients. I have practiced in various mental health areas with 10+ years of experience providing care to children through geriatrics. I’ve always had a passion for the mental health specialty in caring for clients and providing positive client outcomes for themselves as well as their families. I make a great effort to provide safe client care.
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Steven L. Gotlib MD, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting new patients and can schedule within a week. Emotional stress, anxiety, and depression can cause intense suffering. Seeking help is the first step toward controlling your life. Anxiety and depression can interfere with enjoying your family and friends and performing your best at work or school. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems. I use an integrated approach that uses psychotherapy and, if necessary, medication. I have helped many patients improve their lives while minimizing the need for medications.
I am currently accepting new patients and can schedule within a week. Emotional stress, anxiety, and depression can cause intense suffering. Seeking help is the first step toward controlling your life. Anxiety and depression can interfere with enjoying your family and friends and performing your best at work or school. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems. I use an integrated approach that uses psychotherapy and, if necessary, medication. I have helped many patients improve their lives while minimizing the need for medications.
(734) 931-6688 View (734) 931-6688
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Mansi S Mehta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP, CNL, RN
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
EMAIL only (immediate openings within one week) - A true integrative psychiatry incorporates complementary/alternative/ talk therapy modalities for mind, body & soul connection. Modern Psychiatry requires a good insight into trauma informed care since we more than just diagnosis. Such trauma focused care augments safe space, enables freedom from trauma pain & ability to design future with more than just med management. In psychiatry symptoms often overlap with medical issues, so as double board-certified NP in Family Medicine & Psychiatry, I am comfortable capturing & addressing both medical and psych issues in a holistic manner.
EMAIL only (immediate openings within one week) - A true integrative psychiatry incorporates complementary/alternative/ talk therapy modalities for mind, body & soul connection. Modern Psychiatry requires a good insight into trauma informed care since we more than just diagnosis. Such trauma focused care augments safe space, enables freedom from trauma pain & ability to design future with more than just med management. In psychiatry symptoms often overlap with medical issues, so as double board-certified NP in Family Medicine & Psychiatry, I am comfortable capturing & addressing both medical and psych issues in a holistic manner.
(313) 254-6805 View (313) 254-6805
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Carter Doyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, CCISM, EMT-P
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I believe in caring for the whole person. I do this through an Internal Family Systems therapy lens, assessing, diagnosing, and caring for mental health concerns. Sometimes this means prescribing medication, and other times it means working together in psychotherapy to find the roots of pain.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I believe in caring for the whole person. I do this through an Internal Family Systems therapy lens, assessing, diagnosing, and caring for mental health concerns. Sometimes this means prescribing medication, and other times it means working together in psychotherapy to find the roots of pain.
(734) 259-7856 View (734) 259-7856
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Moira Kessler, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
I currently am accepting new patients, including early evening hours. My strongest clinical background is in treating adults, older children, and adolescents with symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. I offer individual psychotherapy as well as medication management appointments. I also have expertise in consulting with schools to help best support students. I have worked extensively with patients and families in improving relationships and communication. I have clinical expertise in providing diagnostic assessments, consultation, and care linkage for children, adolescents, and adults as well.
I currently am accepting new patients, including early evening hours. My strongest clinical background is in treating adults, older children, and adolescents with symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. I offer individual psychotherapy as well as medication management appointments. I also have expertise in consulting with schools to help best support students. I have worked extensively with patients and families in improving relationships and communication. I have clinical expertise in providing diagnostic assessments, consultation, and care linkage for children, adolescents, and adults as well.
(650) 542-0240 View (650) 542-0240
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Aeva Gaymon Doomes MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48103  (Online Only)
Aeva Gaymon-Doomes, MD, with over 20 years in psychiatry, focuses on child, adolescent, and women's psychiatry. She is double board-certified in adult and child & adolescent psychiatry, and a member of AACAP and Black Psychiatrists of America. She is a graduate of Howard College of Medicine and Spelman College. She specializes in treating anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD, providing services such as medication management, alongside Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. In addition, she offers strategic leadership coaching for adult women, employing emotional intelligence techniques to enhance their professional personal growth.
Aeva Gaymon-Doomes, MD, with over 20 years in psychiatry, focuses on child, adolescent, and women's psychiatry. She is double board-certified in adult and child & adolescent psychiatry, and a member of AACAP and Black Psychiatrists of America. She is a graduate of Howard College of Medicine and Spelman College. She specializes in treating anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD, providing services such as medication management, alongside Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. In addition, she offers strategic leadership coaching for adult women, employing emotional intelligence techniques to enhance their professional personal growth.
(301) 900-6243 View (301) 900-6243
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Gloria Egeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Gloria Egeh is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan. Gloria's treatment philosophy is to use integrity, enthusiasm, and empathy to provide evidence-based care to all patients while upholding the ethical principles of the nursing profession. She strives to ensure that all patients under her care will fully understand their treatment plan, medication options available for their treatment, mode of action, and side effects of all the medications prescribed to them. In her spare time, Gloria enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading, traveling, and gardening.
Gloria Egeh is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan. Gloria's treatment philosophy is to use integrity, enthusiasm, and empathy to provide evidence-based care to all patients while upholding the ethical principles of the nursing profession. She strives to ensure that all patients under her care will fully understand their treatment plan, medication options available for their treatment, mode of action, and side effects of all the medications prescribed to them. In her spare time, Gloria enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading, traveling, and gardening.
(810) 442-4172 View (810) 442-4172
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Andrew T. Schmale
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
We generally only have openings for new TMS and ketamine patients. We have a waiting list for those looking for medication management. Please feel free to call and we will do our best to help!… About me: I was drawn to psychiatry because I enjoy connecting with people and feel everyone has a unique story to tell. I treat everything on the psychiatric spectrum from mild to moderate severity, as well as those stubborn conditions where medications have not been effective.
We generally only have openings for new TMS and ketamine patients. We have a waiting list for those looking for medication management. Please feel free to call and we will do our best to help!… About me: I was drawn to psychiatry because I enjoy connecting with people and feel everyone has a unique story to tell. I treat everything on the psychiatric spectrum from mild to moderate severity, as well as those stubborn conditions where medications have not been effective.
(734) 396-8810 View (734) 396-8810
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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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Anthony Wolf, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48103  (Online Only)
You shouldn't have to wait months to see a psychiatrist or settle for a provider who's not a good fit. You deserve someone who shows you they care about your future. I have immediate openings and can meet with you virtually in the comfort of your home or office. I'll listen to your story and work to understand the important details of your situation. I like to provide an atmosphere of warmth, humor, and acceptance during your visits. Regardless of whether you've taken psychiatric meds before, I can help you examine the alternatives and decide what might be best. Medications might even assist you in reaching your therapy goals.
You shouldn't have to wait months to see a psychiatrist or settle for a provider who's not a good fit. You deserve someone who shows you they care about your future. I have immediate openings and can meet with you virtually in the comfort of your home or office. I'll listen to your story and work to understand the important details of your situation. I like to provide an atmosphere of warmth, humor, and acceptance during your visits. Regardless of whether you've taken psychiatric meds before, I can help you examine the alternatives and decide what might be best. Medications might even assist you in reaching your therapy goals.
(616) 952-3036 View (616) 952-3036
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Andrew Leblanc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
About me: I am a ABPN Board-Certified Psychiatrist and did my residency as the University of Michigan, where I served as outpatient chief resident.
About me: I am a ABPN Board-Certified Psychiatrist and did my residency as the University of Michigan, where I served as outpatient chief resident.
(734) 304-7199 View (734) 304-7199
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Bloomfield Hills Psychiatry PLLC | Radu Iliescu MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Hello and welcome! If you are tired of seeing mental health providers without much progress, you came to the right place. I specialize in providing expert psychiatric consultation for children and adults who have not had success with their previous providers. I take my time getting to know each person & family who come into my office so that we can have a shared understanding of their problems, and develop highly effective solutions that work for them. My patients see quick results without requiring high doses of medication, and they get to do so without insurance companies intruding into their treatment or their privacy.
Hello and welcome! If you are tired of seeing mental health providers without much progress, you came to the right place. I specialize in providing expert psychiatric consultation for children and adults who have not had success with their previous providers. I take my time getting to know each person & family who come into my office so that we can have a shared understanding of their problems, and develop highly effective solutions that work for them. My patients see quick results without requiring high doses of medication, and they get to do so without insurance companies intruding into their treatment or their privacy.
(248) 702-4177 View (248) 702-4177

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Number of Psychiatrists in Dexter, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Dexter, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Stress
75% Relationship Issues
75% Child
75% Grief
75% Parenting

Average years in practice

43 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Other
33% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Dexter, MI see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Male
25% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Dexter?

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.