Psychiatrists in Mason, MI

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Krista Askins Bedells
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Mason, MI 48854  (Online Only)
Krista is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) specializing in anxiety and depression. Krista works with adults 18 years of age and older. She provides holistic care with a patient centered approach that includes medication management and supportive therapy. Her practice is mainly virtual. Krista has over 13 years working as a nurse in hospital settings, urgent care, private practice, and community mental health agencies. Krista has been a PMHNP-BC since 2018.
Krista is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) specializing in anxiety and depression. Krista works with adults 18 years of age and older. She provides holistic care with a patient centered approach that includes medication management and supportive therapy. Her practice is mainly virtual. Krista has over 13 years working as a nurse in hospital settings, urgent care, private practice, and community mental health agencies. Krista has been a PMHNP-BC since 2018.
(517) 797-1956 View (517) 797-1956
Morgan Bowen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Mason, MI 48854
(517) 948-5013 View (517) 948-5013

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A Better Tomorrow Counseling Services, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Okemos, MI 48864  (Online Only)
I'm a board-certified adult and child psychiatrist specializing in the true integration of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy. I believe in active collaboration with patients to achieve treatment goals, while reducing the need for psychotropic medication when appropriate. I encourage patients, within an empathic and supportive environment, to gain a better understanding of themselves in order to facilitate positive change.
I'm a board-certified adult and child psychiatrist specializing in the true integration of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy. I believe in active collaboration with patients to achieve treatment goals, while reducing the need for psychotropic medication when appropriate. I encourage patients, within an empathic and supportive environment, to gain a better understanding of themselves in order to facilitate positive change.
(517) 210-1004 View (517) 210-1004
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Green Arbor Psych
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified
East Lansing, MI 48824
See new patient openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. My focus is on ADHD, mood swings, anxiety, depression, and complex PTSD. I see ages 8 and up. I look beyond symptoms, and the usual 20 medications, to assess for underlying causes of difficulty. Neurobiologically, this may include lab work to assess nutritional status, genetic testing, lifestyle factors, and often missed underlying medical conditions.
See new patient openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. My focus is on ADHD, mood swings, anxiety, depression, and complex PTSD. I see ages 8 and up. I look beyond symptoms, and the usual 20 medications, to assess for underlying causes of difficulty. Neurobiologically, this may include lab work to assess nutritional status, genetic testing, lifestyle factors, and often missed underlying medical conditions.
(734) 619-6733 View (734) 619-6733
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Devan Stevens
Physician Assistant, PA-C, OTR/L
Verified
2 Endorsed
Lansing, MI 48911  (Online Only)
Hi, I am a PA in psychiatry and am accepting new clients remotely. Remote visits are convenient and allow you to take the appointment from your phone or home according to your schedule. Have you been diagnosed with or suspect that you have anxiety, depression, or insomnia? Do you desire wellness and peace, but find that there are obstacles that are difficult to navigate. Obstacles such as ADHD, OCD, or mood swings. Have you felt unheard or misunderstood by doctors and therapists? Or do you want to figure out what's going on with your thoughts and/or behaviors.
Hi, I am a PA in psychiatry and am accepting new clients remotely. Remote visits are convenient and allow you to take the appointment from your phone or home according to your schedule. Have you been diagnosed with or suspect that you have anxiety, depression, or insomnia? Do you desire wellness and peace, but find that there are obstacles that are difficult to navigate. Obstacles such as ADHD, OCD, or mood swings. Have you felt unheard or misunderstood by doctors and therapists? Or do you want to figure out what's going on with your thoughts and/or behaviors.
(231) 427-0562 View (231) 427-0562
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Gerri Hagadon-Szakal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Lansing, MI 48911
I am board certified as both a psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. My focus is to improve the mental health status of the individual, family and community through emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention, by focusing on self-responsibility, education and treatment. I am a graduate of Michigan State University, Rush University in Chicago and Oakland University in Rochester, MI. I am an experienced nurse practitioner having a passion for working with children, adolescents and young adults. I have been a family nurse practitioner for 22 years and psychiatric provider for 14 years.
I am board certified as both a psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. My focus is to improve the mental health status of the individual, family and community through emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention, by focusing on self-responsibility, education and treatment. I am a graduate of Michigan State University, Rush University in Chicago and Oakland University in Rochester, MI. I am an experienced nurse practitioner having a passion for working with children, adolescents and young adults. I have been a family nurse practitioner for 22 years and psychiatric provider for 14 years.
(517) 684-3584 View (517) 684-3584
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Neurobehavioral Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Okemos, MI 48864
The Center for Neurobehavioral Health and Wellness offers comprehensive integrative psychiatry services. We focus on integrative strategies to reach optimal mental health and overall wellness. While we do prescribe medication, greater emphasis is placed on other factors known to contribute to improved wellbeing; such as prescription grade vitamin and supplement replacement, expansive psychotherapy, energy work, 13-week comprehensive wellness program, personality work, etc. These programs strive to provide a more comprehensive model of treatment than is available through traditional psychiatry services.
The Center for Neurobehavioral Health and Wellness offers comprehensive integrative psychiatry services. We focus on integrative strategies to reach optimal mental health and overall wellness. While we do prescribe medication, greater emphasis is placed on other factors known to contribute to improved wellbeing; such as prescription grade vitamin and supplement replacement, expansive psychotherapy, energy work, 13-week comprehensive wellness program, personality work, etc. These programs strive to provide a more comprehensive model of treatment than is available through traditional psychiatry services.
(517) 742-3155 View (517) 742-3155
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Julianne Bender
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Lansing, MI 48911
Julianne 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. Julianne 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.
Julianne 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. Julianne 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.
(517) 258-3623 View (517) 258-3623
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Integrated Solutions II, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Leslie, MI 49251  (Online Only)
Our approach at Integrated Solutions, II centers on integrative care, a healing process for medical and psychiatric ailments that lends itself to the broader concepts of health promotion (e.g. lifestyle counseling and dietary guidance) and prevention of illness. This fundamental principle has served as the platform of our clients and company success for many years. In other words, we focus on every aspect of the person. We are supported by a team of expert clinicians, both locally and nationally, we bring a collection of skill-sets equipped to manage the most perplexing conditions.
Our approach at Integrated Solutions, II centers on integrative care, a healing process for medical and psychiatric ailments that lends itself to the broader concepts of health promotion (e.g. lifestyle counseling and dietary guidance) and prevention of illness. This fundamental principle has served as the platform of our clients and company success for many years. In other words, we focus on every aspect of the person. We are supported by a team of expert clinicians, both locally and nationally, we bring a collection of skill-sets equipped to manage the most perplexing conditions.
(517) 721-7719 View (517) 721-7719
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Roy Meland
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Lansing, MI 48911
Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry.
Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry.
(517) 777-0292 View (517) 777-0292
Kathleen Frybarger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
1 Endorsed
Okemos, MI 48864
I have been providing behavioral health services for more than 30 years in a variety of roles and settings. For the last five years, I have been a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner assisting individuals and families to have their best lives possible through the evaluation and medication management of psychiatric diagnoses. As a member of the New Oakland Family Centers team, I provide levels of outpatient care to fit each individual's need. For more than 30 years, New Oakland Family Centers has been Michigan’s most dedicated providers of quality, compassionate, innovative mental health care and services.
I have been providing behavioral health services for more than 30 years in a variety of roles and settings. For the last five years, I have been a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner assisting individuals and families to have their best lives possible through the evaluation and medication management of psychiatric diagnoses. As a member of the New Oakland Family Centers team, I provide levels of outpatient care to fit each individual's need. 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.
(517) 994-1162 View (517) 994-1162
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VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lansing, MI 48910
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 (517) 507-3108 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 (517) 507-3108 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
(517) 507-3108 View (517) 507-3108
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Melissa Black
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Lansing, MI 48911
Melissa Black work in behavioral health as a residential psych tech in 2005 while attending nursing school and teaching yoga. She specialized in psychiatric nursing for ten years in the acute psychiatric inpatient and partial hospitalization settings with both adults and older adults. She received her MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021 from Regis College in Massachusetts. She has a special interest in perinatal mental health, psychotherapeutic supportive eating disorder treatment, and treatments of anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, and thought disorders.
Melissa Black work in behavioral health as a residential psych tech in 2005 while attending nursing school and teaching yoga. She specialized in psychiatric nursing for ten years in the acute psychiatric inpatient and partial hospitalization settings with both adults and older adults. She received her MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021 from Regis College in Massachusetts. She has a special interest in perinatal mental health, psychotherapeutic supportive eating disorder treatment, and treatments of anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, and thought disorders.
(517) 901-7190 View (517) 901-7190
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TelaMD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lansing, MI 48910
TelaMD offers Mental Health Care completely via telehealth. Speak with us on the phone or video chat with a provider at your convenience. We have a waiting period of only a few days and are currently accepting patients. Please call us at (248) 216-1901 if you would like to set up an appointment.Schedule online at phreesia.me/TelewebMD
TelaMD offers Mental Health Care completely via telehealth. Speak with us on the phone or video chat with a provider at your convenience. We have a waiting period of only a few days and are currently accepting patients. Please call us at (248) 216-1901 if you would like to set up an appointment.Schedule online at phreesia.me/TelewebMD
(248) 216-1901 View (248) 216-1901
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Melissa M Black
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Lansing, MI 48911
Waitlist for new clients
Melissa began in psychiatry as a residential psych tech in 2005 while attending nursing school and teaching yoga. She specialized in psychiatric nursing for the last ten years in the acute psychiatric inpatient and partial hospitalization settings with both adults and older adults. She received her MSN as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner across the lifespan in 2021 from Regis College. She has a special interest in women's health and the treatments of anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, and thought disorders.
Melissa began in psychiatry as a residential psych tech in 2005 while attending nursing school and teaching yoga. She specialized in psychiatric nursing for the last ten years in the acute psychiatric inpatient and partial hospitalization settings with both adults and older adults. She received her MSN as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner across the lifespan in 2021 from Regis College. She has a special interest in women's health and the treatments of anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, and thought disorders.
(517) 781-7820 View (517) 781-7820
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Ryan Upson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Lansing, MI 48911
Ryan is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Regis College in Weston Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Ryan has experience working in the acute psychiatric inpatient setting, partial hospitalization setting, and in the outpatient setting. Ryan is passionate about providing quality mental health services using a humanistic philosophy of holistic care for both mind and body, and a commitment to individualized, comprehensive care for all patients, rooted in empathy and cultural sensitivity.
Ryan is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Regis College in Weston Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Ryan has experience working in the acute psychiatric inpatient setting, partial hospitalization setting, and in the outpatient setting. Ryan is passionate about providing quality mental health services using a humanistic philosophy of holistic care for both mind and body, and a commitment to individualized, comprehensive care for all patients, rooted in empathy and cultural sensitivity.
(517) 760-5844 View (517) 760-5844
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Jeffrey Frey
Psychiatrist
Verified
Lansing, MI 48911
Dr. Frey is a general adult psychiatrist who completed his residency training in 2012. He graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed his internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Warren/Detroit, MI, and his residency in psychiatry at Michigan State University. Dr. Frey is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Prior to entering private/outpatient practice, he served as director of Michigan State University's inpatient psychiatry service through Sparrow/St. Lawrence Hospital.
Dr. Frey is a general adult psychiatrist who completed his residency training in 2012. He graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed his internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Warren/Detroit, MI, and his residency in psychiatry at Michigan State University. Dr. Frey is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Prior to entering private/outpatient practice, he served as director of Michigan State University's inpatient psychiatry service through Sparrow/St. Lawrence Hospital.
(517) 210-0012 View (517) 210-0012
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Deanna Reed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Lansing, MI 48911
Deanna is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science of Nursing from Walden University and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan-Flint. Deanna has worked in the Lansing area. Deanna is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to patients from 18 to 65+. Deanna has worked with the mental health community for the past 15 years, with the local community mental health and inpatient psychiatric setting. She holds an interest in treating all mental illnesses and promoting overall well-being.
Deanna is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science of Nursing from Walden University and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan-Flint. Deanna has worked in the Lansing area. Deanna is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to patients from 18 to 65+. Deanna has worked with the mental health community for the past 15 years, with the local community mental health and inpatient psychiatric setting. She holds an interest in treating all mental illnesses and promoting overall well-being.
(517) 994-1462 View (517) 994-1462
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Heidi Chriss
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Okemos, MI 48864
At Traini Counseling, we offer a wide range of services designed to support your mental health needs. Whether you're an adult or a child, we have specialized prescribers ready to provide expert guidance and prescribe medications tailored to your unique requirements. Benefit from in-office or video consultations with TCG prescribers for quicker relief from symptoms related to bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other mental health challenges. Whether discussing treatment options or seeking a prescription refill, our prescribers are here to assist, with appointments available every 20 minutes.
At Traini Counseling, we offer a wide range of services designed to support your mental health needs. Whether you're an adult or a child, we have specialized prescribers ready to provide expert guidance and prescribe medications tailored to your unique requirements. Benefit from in-office or video consultations with TCG prescribers for quicker relief from symptoms related to bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other mental health challenges. Whether discussing treatment options or seeking a prescription refill, our prescribers are here to assist, with appointments available every 20 minutes.
(810) 631-3045 View (810) 631-3045
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Raed Yousif
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lansing, MI 48911
Dr. Raed Yousif is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2006. He is a Medical Doctor with an American board certification in psychiatry, an American board certification in addiction psychiatry, and a Master's degree in basic medical science from Wayne State University. Dr. Yousif interviews the client, makes a diagnosis, and decides on the best way to treat the client. Outside of work, Dr. Yousif enjoys reading, listening to music, soccer, and table tennis.
Dr. Raed Yousif is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2006. He is a Medical Doctor with an American board certification in psychiatry, an American board certification in addiction psychiatry, and a Master's degree in basic medical science from Wayne State University. Dr. Yousif interviews the client, makes a diagnosis, and decides on the best way to treat the client. Outside of work, Dr. Yousif enjoys reading, listening to music, soccer, and table tennis.
(517) 201-0299 View (517) 201-0299

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Number of Psychiatrists in Mason, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Mason, MI who prioritize treating:

50% Depression
50% Anxiety
50% Spirituality
50% Life Transitions

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Mason, MI see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Mason?

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.