Psychiatrists in Saginaw, MI

Photo of Anne Tadeo - State Street Behavioral Services, MD, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
State Street Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD
Verified Verified
Saginaw, MI 48603  (Online Only)
Anne Tadeo, MD, is board-certified psychiatrist. "I earned my medical degree from University of Santo Tomas and completed my residency at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. My philosophy is simple, patient-centered treatment approach . It is important that my patient's concerns be the focus of every visit and decision making is based on informed consent . This means that it is a collaboration. Patient's rights go with patient responsibilities. And the patient's family and support system are encouraged to be involved. Patient's voice being heard means patient's needs are being understood . Expected outcome are needs being
Anne Tadeo, MD, is board-certified psychiatrist. "I earned my medical degree from University of Santo Tomas and completed my residency at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. My philosophy is simple, patient-centered treatment approach . It is important that my patient's concerns be the focus of every visit and decision making is based on informed consent . This means that it is a collaboration. Patient's rights go with patient responsibilities. And the patient's family and support system are encouraged to be involved. Patient's voice being heard means patient's needs are being understood . Expected outcome are needs being
(989) 368-0640 View (989) 368-0640
Photo of Ebony Blackmon Humphrey, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-, BC, CCM, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ebony Blackmon Humphrey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-, BC, CCM
Verified Verified
Saginaw, MI 48603
What is the quickest way to be seen? Click on the "My Website" tab and complete the "Pre-Screen" form. Once received our office will verify your insurance and send you a link to Luminello (Check Your Spam/Junk Folder). Once accepted, you can complete the new patient forms. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose passionate about caring for those with trauma narratives, such as sexual assault, childhood abuse and neglect, and addiction. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient settings with Acute Adults, Geriatric, Adolescent and Youth, Outpatient Substance Use, and Perinatal Mood Populations.
What is the quickest way to be seen? Click on the "My Website" tab and complete the "Pre-Screen" form. Once received our office will verify your insurance and send you a link to Luminello (Check Your Spam/Junk Folder). Once accepted, you can complete the new patient forms. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose passionate about caring for those with trauma narratives, such as sexual assault, childhood abuse and neglect, and addiction. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient settings with Acute Adults, Geriatric, Adolescent and Youth, Outpatient Substance Use, and Perinatal Mood Populations.
(469) 895-3253 View (469) 895-3253
Photo of Brooke Barnhill - Paradigm Behavioral Health, LLC, PMHNP, APRN, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Paradigm Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Saginaw, MI 48602  (Online Only)
I take a holistic approach to psychiatric care. A complete assessment is done at every initial visit which includes a diagnostic interview and medication management if the person chooses. I provide information and the person chooses how they want to move forward. New patients: Text or email your full name, DOB, phone number, and email address and type of insurance to our office number. You will receive a questionnaire via email to make sure we can provide the care you need. We do have openings for virtual psychiatric appts and therapy. -Most of our appointments are virtual so electronic correspondence is required.
I take a holistic approach to psychiatric care. A complete assessment is done at every initial visit which includes a diagnostic interview and medication management if the person chooses. I provide information and the person chooses how they want to move forward. New patients: Text or email your full name, DOB, phone number, and email address and type of insurance to our office number. You will receive a questionnaire via email to make sure we can provide the care you need. We do have openings for virtual psychiatric appts and therapy. -Most of our appointments are virtual so electronic correspondence is required.
(989) 625-4651 View (989) 625-4651
Photo of Taylor M Crossley, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Taylor M Crossley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Saginaw, MI 48603
Conducting life coaching services to patients including cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive therapy, marital counseling, couples therapy, family therapy and therapy using alternative medicine such as therapy including art, music, yoga, and equine to those victim to trauma.
Conducting life coaching services to patients including cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive therapy, marital counseling, couples therapy, family therapy and therapy using alternative medicine such as therapy including art, music, yoga, and equine to those victim to trauma.
(810) 207-6495 View (810) 207-6495
Photo of Gerome Hess, PMHNP, BC, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Gerome Hess
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, RN
Verified Verified
Saginaw, MI 48604
I am looking to provide care in a caring, Christian atmosphere for patients who sincerely desire to optimize their functioning status in life through the utilization of psychiatric medication services combined with psychotherapy services. I work with the patient and their family/friends to provide education regarding current psychiatric diagnoses and symptomology, available psychiatric medications to address current symptoms, and the various therapy options at Renewal Christian Counseling Center in order to partner with the patient in developing a comprehensive treatment plan.
I am looking to provide care in a caring, Christian atmosphere for patients who sincerely desire to optimize their functioning status in life through the utilization of psychiatric medication services combined with psychotherapy services. I work with the patient and their family/friends to provide education regarding current psychiatric diagnoses and symptomology, available psychiatric medications to address current symptoms, and the various therapy options at Renewal Christian Counseling Center in order to partner with the patient in developing a comprehensive treatment plan.
(810) 321-4570 View (810) 321-4570

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Steven Clevenger, DO, Psychiatrist
Steven Clevenger
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dearborn, MI 48120  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome, my name is Dr Steven Clevenger. I do not have an "ideal patient" as I have found that every one of my patients is very different. I have extensive experience with many different patient populations from middle class suburban, rural, incarcerated individuals, the unhoused, substance abuse issues, college student and adolescents. The toolbox of solution I have to draw from is broad. Patients I seek to treat are those motivated to change and seeking a path forward.
Hello and welcome, my name is Dr Steven Clevenger. I do not have an "ideal patient" as I have found that every one of my patients is very different. I have extensive experience with many different patient populations from middle class suburban, rural, incarcerated individuals, the unhoused, substance abuse issues, college student and adolescents. The toolbox of solution I have to draw from is broad. Patients I seek to treat are those motivated to change and seeking a path forward.
(313) 450-9318 View (313) 450-9318
Photo of Christie Jo Flamini, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Christie Jo Flamini
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified Verified
Livonia, MI 48152
Each person is as unique as a fingerprint which is why a one-sized approach doesn't work. I believe it is important to identify your personal concerns and goals for treatment, so that we may create an effective plan to achieve them.
Each person is as unique as a fingerprint which is why a one-sized approach doesn't work. I believe it is important to identify your personal concerns and goals for treatment, so that we may create an effective plan to achieve them.
(734) 526-6405 View (734) 526-6405
Photo of Kristi Ramirez - Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Nicole Jones, Dr Lemmen 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 ongoing collaboration with you to find the right dose to help you to feel and function at your best. Counseling may also be needed and we collaborate with our Best Fit Counseling specialists to meet your needs.
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Nicole Jones, Dr Lemmen 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 ongoing collaboration with you to find the right dose to help you to feel and function at your best. Counseling may also be needed and we collaborate with our Best Fit Counseling specialists to meet your needs.
(734) 294-5918 View (734) 294-5918
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Marcia Kent
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823
I am a proponent of reality based therapy and specialize in work with people impacted by narcissistic abuse, childhood trauma and a wide range of symptoms that include anxiety, depression, PTSD, cPTSD, trauma, Interpersonal relationships issues, and self esteem. Clients find my authentic and engaging approaches to therapy an invitation to unpack and explore themselves in a safe place.
I am a proponent of reality based therapy and specialize in work with people impacted by narcissistic abuse, childhood trauma and a wide range of symptoms that include anxiety, depression, PTSD, cPTSD, trauma, Interpersonal relationships issues, and self esteem. Clients find my authentic and engaging approaches to therapy an invitation to unpack and explore themselves in a safe place.
(517) 200-3529 View (517) 200-3529
Center for Family Psychiatry
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Saline, MI 48176
Family mental health services for all ages including individual counseling, medication management and advanced psychiatric care options such as TMS and Spravato.
Family mental health services for all ages including individual counseling, medication management and advanced psychiatric care options such as TMS and Spravato.
(734) 275-3594 View (734) 275-3594
Photo of Addiction Treatment At Westlake Consultation Center, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Addiction Treatment At Westlake Consultation Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Addiction Treatment Specialist at Westlake enjoy helping clients through their struggles with addiction. Intensive therapy and Medication Assisted Treatment are the tools utilized to helps assist you through your recovery. We are also advocates for holistic health care and have a passion for individually focused patient care. We are dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients, employing motivational interviewing techniques, and providing multiple proven treatment options. We are passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life.
Addiction Treatment Specialist at Westlake enjoy helping clients through their struggles with addiction. Intensive therapy and Medication Assisted Treatment are the tools utilized to helps assist you through your recovery. We are also advocates for holistic health care and have a passion for individually focused patient care. We are dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients, employing motivational interviewing techniques, and providing multiple proven treatment options. We are passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life.
(248) 453-7513 x1 View (248) 453-7513 x1
Photo of Dr. Sarah DeLeon - Envision Psychiatry PLLC, MD, Psychiatrist
Envision Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester Hills, MI 48307  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome! My name is Dr. Sarah DeLeon. I am a licensed psychiatrist who is board-certified psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In practice since 2019, I believe in nurturing both mind and body for true psychiatric healing. My approach uses both evidence-based psychiatric principles combined with complementary therapies, offering personalized care for your unique needs. My ideal patient is someone whose goals are to strive for emotional stability, self-understanding, and effective coping strategies through an integrative treatment approach.
Hello and welcome! My name is Dr. Sarah DeLeon. I am a licensed psychiatrist who is board-certified psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In practice since 2019, I believe in nurturing both mind and body for true psychiatric healing. My approach uses both evidence-based psychiatric principles combined with complementary therapies, offering personalized care for your unique needs. My ideal patient is someone whose goals are to strive for emotional stability, self-understanding, and effective coping strategies through an integrative treatment approach.
(248) 965-4346 View (248) 965-4346
Photo of Dr. Dennis Lin, PMHNP, -BC, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Dennis Lin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, DNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
I am Licensed and Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry. At EZ TelePsych we believe that every patient deserves the best mental health care, and it's our job to deliver it! We pride ourselves on going the extra mile to provide research-driven holistic psychiatric care. www.eztelepsych.com for more information and to book an appointment.
I am Licensed and Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry. At EZ TelePsych we believe that every patient deserves the best mental health care, and it's our job to deliver it! We pride ourselves on going the extra mile to provide research-driven holistic psychiatric care. www.eztelepsych.com for more information and to book an appointment.
(734) 390-4853 View (734) 390-4853
Photo of Rebecca Greer, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rebecca Greer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Royal Oak, MI 48067  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm Rebecca Greer. I am a doctoral prepared and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) (ANCC) and family nurse practitioner (FNP) (AANP). I received my master's degree in nursing from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) in 2015, my doctor of nursing practice from UDM in 2020, and my post master's certificate/degree from the University of Michigan in 2021.
Welcome! I'm Rebecca Greer. I am a doctoral prepared and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) (ANCC) and family nurse practitioner (FNP) (AANP). I received my master's degree in nursing from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) in 2015, my doctor of nursing practice from UDM in 2020, and my post master's certificate/degree from the University of Michigan in 2021.
(313) 425-8197 View (313) 425-8197
Photo of Jean Thayer-Seitz, NP-BC, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jean Thayer-Seitz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
I am a board-certified Nurse Practitioner. I have a wide range of knowledge treating Depression, Mood Disorders, Crisis Intervention, Anxiety and Psychosis. I also treat adults ages and older. I use a Holistic approach and establish a therapeutic and fulfilling rapport with all of my clients.
I am a board-certified Nurse Practitioner. I have a wide range of knowledge treating Depression, Mood Disorders, Crisis Intervention, Anxiety and Psychosis. I also treat adults ages and older. I use a Holistic approach and establish a therapeutic and fulfilling rapport with all of my clients.
(734) 876-8334 View (734) 876-8334
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John Mrachina
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Waterford, MI 48327
At Healing Mental Health our mission is to provide high-quality mental health medication management to our community, city, county, and beyond. We envision a future where mental health is an important part of overall health, and mental care is an integral part of all health care.
At Healing Mental Health our mission is to provide high-quality mental health medication management to our community, city, county, and beyond. We envision a future where mental health is an important part of overall health, and mental care is an integral part of all health care.
(248) 453-2149 View (248) 453-2149
Photo of Kathleen Kraft, MSN, PMHNP-C, ANP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kathleen Kraft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C, ANP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clinton Township, MI 48035
Grand Opening July 2024, now scheduling appointments. Lotus Quest provides psychiatric and wellness care to women and men ages 18 to 64. We specialize in helping with Binge Eating Disorder and other mental health concerns such as Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, OCD. Medications may be prescribed to help you when necessary, but this is all based on your needs. We provide a holistic view in care to help you achieve your goals. We do not treat ADHD, developmental conditions, or Substance Abuse Disorders.
Grand Opening July 2024, now scheduling appointments. Lotus Quest provides psychiatric and wellness care to women and men ages 18 to 64. We specialize in helping with Binge Eating Disorder and other mental health concerns such as Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, OCD. Medications may be prescribed to help you when necessary, but this is all based on your needs. We provide a holistic view in care to help you achieve your goals. We do not treat ADHD, developmental conditions, or Substance Abuse Disorders.
(586) 619-8935 View (586) 619-8935
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Princewell Onwere
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
East Lansing, MI 48823  (Online Only)
Welcome to my outpatient psychiatry practice. I take a whole person clinical approach to assessment and treatment. When necessary, I may prescribe psychotropic medication to help alleviate overwhelming mental distress that impairs functioning in meaningful areas of one’s life. I also provide mindfulness-based psychotherapy and consider the role of diet, physical exercise, and other lifestyle activities in support of mental health. I offer hope for individuals seeking relief from depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, and other mental health conditions.
Welcome to my outpatient psychiatry practice. I take a whole person clinical approach to assessment and treatment. When necessary, I may prescribe psychotropic medication to help alleviate overwhelming mental distress that impairs functioning in meaningful areas of one’s life. I also provide mindfulness-based psychotherapy and consider the role of diet, physical exercise, and other lifestyle activities in support of mental health. I offer hope for individuals seeking relief from depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, and other mental health conditions.
(517) 429-2005 View (517) 429-2005
Photo of Priscilla Ann Everett, MSN, APRN, PMNHPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Priscilla Ann Everett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMNHPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Farmington Hills, MI 48331
Why choose her or us? Because her expertise is combined with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Priscilla is a 2 way collaboration. She works with patients in terms of prescribing psychiatric medications, understanding that every person & situation are unique & that while she may understand the science behind the medications, each person’s response may differ. Her experience with patients living with many disorders such as PTSD/C-PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Impulse control issues & Addiction.
Why choose her or us? Because her expertise is combined with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Priscilla is a 2 way collaboration. She works with patients in terms of prescribing psychiatric medications, understanding that every person & situation are unique & that while she may understand the science behind the medications, each person’s response may differ. Her experience with patients living with many disorders such as PTSD/C-PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Impulse control issues & Addiction.
(734) 600-9106 View (734) 600-9106
Heather Anthony
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48114
My name is Heather Anthony, PMHNP-BC. I have been a Registered Nurse since 2007. I have professional experience as a psychiatric nurse since 2011. I have professional experience as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2019. I performed my BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. I performed my MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) graduate studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. I have experience treating children, adolescent & adult populations with various mental health goals and past experiences.
My name is Heather Anthony, PMHNP-BC. I have been a Registered Nurse since 2007. I have professional experience as a psychiatric nurse since 2011. I have professional experience as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2019. I performed my BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. I performed my MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) graduate studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. I have experience treating children, adolescent & adult populations with various mental health goals and past experiences.
(810) 442-0624 View (810) 442-0624

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Number of Psychiatrists in Saginaw, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Saginaw, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Dual Diagnosis
80% Psychosis
80% Suicidal Ideation
60% Addiction

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Optum
60% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Saginaw, MI see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Saginaw?

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.