Psychiatrists in Livonia, MI

Photo of Maria Villafuerte, Psychiatrist in Livonia, MI
Maria Villafuerte
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Livonia, MI 48154
I offer psychiatric evaluations for age 15 and above who are considering medication for a variety of mental health conditions. I treat patients experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. 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.
I offer psychiatric evaluations for age 15 and above who are considering medication for a variety of mental health conditions. I treat patients experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. 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) 366-4443 View (734) 366-4443
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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
Melanie Moore
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Livonia, MI 48152
Not accepting new clients
Hi, I'm Melanie and I provide compassionate care to better understand your symptoms and discuss treatment options. I prioritize learning more of a holistic view of the patient to better understand symptoms. Maybe you are having lower moods or anxiety which are leading to other symptoms such trouble sleeping, eating, or focusing, let's discuss it. I offer psychiatric services such as evaluation and medication management (if needed) for adolescents and adults. Maybe you don't need medication or you want to try limiting the amount of medication you take. Let's talk about it in a nonjudgemental and relaxed way.
Hi, I'm Melanie and I provide compassionate care to better understand your symptoms and discuss treatment options. I prioritize learning more of a holistic view of the patient to better understand symptoms. Maybe you are having lower moods or anxiety which are leading to other symptoms such trouble sleeping, eating, or focusing, let's discuss it. I offer psychiatric services such as evaluation and medication management (if needed) for adolescents and adults. Maybe you don't need medication or you want to try limiting the amount of medication you take. Let's talk about it in a nonjudgemental and relaxed way.
(734) 215-9959 View (734) 215-9959
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Falon (Simpson) Pollifrone
Physician Assistant, MS, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Livonia, MI 48152
Hi! I’m Falon, a certified physician assistant (PA-C) with a passion and personal connection to mental well-being. If you’re reading this, maybe you have been struggling to feel good for quite some time and think you’ve exhausted all your options. Maybe you are searching for help for your teen and are unsure of what the next steps may be or are worried about connecting with a provider. Let’s work together! I pride myself on being open, easy going, empathetic, and non-judgmental. I understand how difficult it can be to open up; so, I keep my sessions relaxed and more like a conversation than an interview.
Hi! I’m Falon, a certified physician assistant (PA-C) with a passion and personal connection to mental well-being. If you’re reading this, maybe you have been struggling to feel good for quite some time and think you’ve exhausted all your options. Maybe you are searching for help for your teen and are unsure of what the next steps may be or are worried about connecting with a provider. Let’s work together! I pride myself on being open, easy going, empathetic, and non-judgmental. I understand how difficult it can be to open up; so, I keep my sessions relaxed and more like a conversation than an interview.
(734) 245-8875 View (734) 245-8875
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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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Christie Jo Flamini
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified Verified
Livonia, MI 48152
Each person is as unique and individual as a fingerprint, which is why a one-sized approach doesn't work. I believe it is imperative to identify your personal goals of treatment to tailor a plan that will achieve them, otherwise it's not going to be effective. I primarily work with adults who are struggling with symptoms consistent with depressive, anxiety, and mood disorders. Because these symptoms may occur and overlap with a variety of diagnoses, I don't get hung up on the label. Instead, I look at a person with "fresh eyes" to ensure I am pinpointing and addressing their specific concerns.
Each person is as unique and individual as a fingerprint, which is why a one-sized approach doesn't work. I believe it is imperative to identify your personal goals of treatment to tailor a plan that will achieve them, otherwise it's not going to be effective. I primarily work with adults who are struggling with symptoms consistent with depressive, anxiety, and mood disorders. Because these symptoms may occur and overlap with a variety of diagnoses, I don't get hung up on the label. Instead, I look at a person with "fresh eyes" to ensure I am pinpointing and addressing their specific concerns.
(734) 526-6405 View (734) 526-6405
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Amy Salley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Livonia, MI 48150
Hello! With 18 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse, I've dedicated myself to understanding, caring for, and advocating for individuals on their mental health journeys. Recently licensed as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I merge my expertise and skills to offer comprehensive mental health care. I've worked in various settings including inpatient units, community centers, and outpatient clinics, fostering a holistic view of mental health treatment.
Hello! With 18 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse, I've dedicated myself to understanding, caring for, and advocating for individuals on their mental health journeys. Recently licensed as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I merge my expertise and skills to offer comprehensive mental health care. I've worked in various settings including inpatient units, community centers, and outpatient clinics, fostering a holistic view of mental health treatment.
(800) 395-3223 View (800) 395-3223
Premier Behavioral Medicine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Livonia, MI 48152
I am a board certified psychiatrist with second board certification in child and adolescent psychiatry. My passion is to work with all age ranges from treating a broad range of diagnosis. I have an extensive experience working with child/ Adult population. Our office is at a very convenient location with easy access to private/public transportation. We have flexible schedule including evenings and weekend appointments. We are accepting new patients with short wait time.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with second board certification in child and adolescent psychiatry. My passion is to work with all age ranges from treating a broad range of diagnosis. I have an extensive experience working with child/ Adult population. Our office is at a very convenient location with easy access to private/public transportation. We have flexible schedule including evenings and weekend appointments. We are accepting new patients with short wait time.
(248) 918-2273 View (248) 918-2273
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Amy Lynn Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Livonia, MI 48154
I am a part of the New Oakland Family Centers team and we all aim to serve any individual or family with mental health needs. I have three children, two of which have cognitive impairments and Autism, so I can relate to anyone with family members that have special needs! We also help many in the community to navigate anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD), conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, mood dysregulation disorder, substance abuse, insomnia, and eating disorders just to name a few. I look forward to meeting you!
I am a part of the New Oakland Family Centers team and we all aim to serve any individual or family with mental health needs. I have three children, two of which have cognitive impairments and Autism, so I can relate to anyone with family members that have special needs! We also help many in the community to navigate anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD), conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, mood dysregulation disorder, substance abuse, insomnia, and eating disorders just to name a few. I look forward to meeting you!
(734) 514-4592 View (734) 514-4592
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Zeeshan Choudhry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Livonia, MI 48154
Hello I evaluate and prescribe medications for many diagnoses for kids and adults such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance abuse, oppositional defiance disorder as well as many others. I want to help you or your child the best that I can whether you want to come in person or are comfortable talking from home I am flexible. 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
Hello I evaluate and prescribe medications for many diagnoses for kids and adults such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance abuse, oppositional defiance disorder as well as many others. I want to help you or your child the best that I can whether you want to come in person or are comfortable talking from home I am flexible. 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
(800) 395-3223 View (800) 395-3223
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Green Arbor Psych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Livonia, MI 48152
New patient openings within a week. See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUSES: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Impulse Control, PTSD. We use traditional medication when appropriate, but then also use current research to go beyond the usual 15 psych meds. At Arbor Video Psych, our approach involves looking at root causes rather than only symptoms. We look for nutritional deficits, metabolic abnormalities, subtle psychological trauma, hidden sleep issues, brain injury, and advanced thyroid testing going beyond a simple TSH level. If nothing has helped, consider us.
New patient openings within a week. See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUSES: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Impulse Control, PTSD. We use traditional medication when appropriate, but then also use current research to go beyond the usual 15 psych meds. At Arbor Video Psych, our approach involves looking at root causes rather than only symptoms. We look for nutritional deficits, metabolic abnormalities, subtle psychological trauma, hidden sleep issues, brain injury, and advanced thyroid testing going beyond a simple TSH level. If nothing has helped, consider us.
(734) 275-2355 View (734) 275-2355
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Bloom Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Livonia, MI 48152
Bloom Psychiatry provides high-quality, individualized psychiatric treatment to adolescents and adults using a holistic treatment approach. New patients in the state of Michigan are now being accepted for telehealth, hybrid, or in-person appointments. Services include psychotherapy and/or medication management, as indicated by individual need.
Bloom Psychiatry provides high-quality, individualized psychiatric treatment to adolescents and adults using a holistic treatment approach. New patients in the state of Michigan are now being accepted for telehealth, hybrid, or in-person appointments. Services include psychotherapy and/or medication management, as indicated by individual need.
(248) 629-1380 View (248) 629-1380
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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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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Livonia, MI 48152
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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Fulfilled Care Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Livonia, MI 48150
At Fulfilled Care Psychiatry, you're in the care of a compassionate psychiatrist who understands the challenges you're facing, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, or life transitions. Dr. Jimmy Metellus, M.D specializes in evidence-based treatments tailored just for you. His purpose is to guide you on a journey toward emotional stability, improved relationships, resilience, self-discovery, and everyday functionality.
At Fulfilled Care Psychiatry, you're in the care of a compassionate psychiatrist who understands the challenges you're facing, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, or life transitions. Dr. Jimmy Metellus, M.D specializes in evidence-based treatments tailored just for you. His purpose is to guide you on a journey toward emotional stability, improved relationships, resilience, self-discovery, and everyday functionality.
(248) 289-8874 View (248) 289-8874
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Anita Manns
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, RN, ANP-C, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Livonia, MI 48150
Hi, I'm a Child and Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner proficient in the art and science of medication management, psychotherapy, and physical assessment. I am passionate about optimizing your mental health needs to improve your overall health and mental wellness. I have 22 years of experience in working with vulnerable patient populations and I am ready to meet your mental health needs with compassion and understanding using an evidence-based approach.
Hi, I'm a Child and Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner proficient in the art and science of medication management, psychotherapy, and physical assessment. I am passionate about optimizing your mental health needs to improve your overall health and mental wellness. I have 22 years of experience in working with vulnerable patient populations and I am ready to meet your mental health needs with compassion and understanding using an evidence-based approach.
(313) 464-0017 View (313) 464-0017

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Karrin Boylston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Westland, MI 48186
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
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GT Psychiatric Services
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Plymouth, MI 48170  (Online Only)
My ideal client is self aware and is openly seeking treatment options. Clients should be open to discussing their mental health and developing an individualized treatment plan to meet their goals.
My ideal client is self aware and is openly seeking treatment options. Clients should be open to discussing their mental health and developing an individualized treatment plan to meet their goals.
(248) 266-9880 View (248) 266-9880
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Mfon Essien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Detroit, MI 48219
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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VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (248) 422-0035 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (248) 422-0035 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
(248) 422-0035 View (248) 422-0035

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Livonia, MI

10+

Average cost per session

$212

Psychiatrists in Livonia, MI who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
81% ADHD
81% Bipolar Disorder
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Trauma and PTSD
69% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
91% Aetna
91% Blue Care Network

How Psychiatrists in Livonia, MI see their clients

94% In Person and Online
6% Online Only

Gender breakdown

55% Female
45% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Livonia?

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.