Psychiatrists in Waterford, MI

Photo of John Mrachina, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Waterford, MI
John Mrachina
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
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 Jillian Price, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Waterford, MI
Jillian Price
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C
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) 636-1320 View (248) 636-1320
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Advanced Psychiatric Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Waterford, MI 48327  (Online Only)
Welcome to Advanced Psychiatric Services where patient's care comes first. We believe the treatment in mental health should be a collaboration between the professional and the patient based on trust and honesty. We provide services for wide variety of mental health issues. We believe our patients time is equally valuable to ours, so we try hard to eliminate waiting, and use the time to discuss their issues, goals, and to provide the needed management, education, and support.
Welcome to Advanced Psychiatric Services where patient's care comes first. We believe the treatment in mental health should be a collaboration between the professional and the patient based on trust and honesty. We provide services for wide variety of mental health issues. We believe our patients time is equally valuable to ours, so we try hard to eliminate waiting, and use the time to discuss their issues, goals, and to provide the needed management, education, and support.
(947) 207-3592 View (947) 207-3592
Photo of Curtis Leipold, Psychiatric Nurse in Waterford, MI
Curtis Leipold
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified
Waterford, MI 48329
Curtis Leipold is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse over 15 years of experience in healthcare. Curtis obtained his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Purdue University and is a recent graduate from Wayne State University where he obtained his master's degree in nursing specializing in psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, bipolar, childhood behavioral issues, and panic disorders. Curtis treats patient between the ages of 10 and 75. Curtis has experience managing psychiatric medications for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Curtis uses a holistic approach to treat clients.
Curtis Leipold is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse over 15 years of experience in healthcare. Curtis obtained his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Purdue University and is a recent graduate from Wayne State University where he obtained his master's degree in nursing specializing in psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, bipolar, childhood behavioral issues, and panic disorders. Curtis treats patient between the ages of 10 and 75. Curtis has experience managing psychiatric medications for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Curtis uses a holistic approach to treat clients.
(248) 609-6050 View (248) 609-6050

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Dr. Kevin Sethi- Progressive Wellness Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
6 Endorsed
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Dr. Sethi completed his specialized psychiatric residency at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, MI. As an interventionist, he has a sub-specialized experience in the latest evidence-based treatment modalities including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Ketamine. He focuses in collaborative work with patients and providing ample time to make sure everything is clear and transparent. His goal is to help improve the quality of life for all his patients with a focus on preventive measures as well.
Dr. Sethi completed his specialized psychiatric residency at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, MI. As an interventionist, he has a sub-specialized experience in the latest evidence-based treatment modalities including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Ketamine. He focuses in collaborative work with patients and providing ample time to make sure everything is clear and transparent. His goal is to help improve the quality of life for all his patients with a focus on preventive measures as well.
(248) 985-7225 View (248) 985-7225
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Howard and Barbara Belkin, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD, DDS, JD
Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
WE NOW OFFER APPOINTMENTS THROUGH FACETIME AND TELEHEALTH VIDEO CONFERENCING. Without needing to download an app, you can see the psychiatrist through your iPhone, iPad, Android, or Google phone as well as through your Windows or Apple computer in the comfort of your home, school, or office. Our office specializes in the practice of psychiatry, counseling, and therapy for adults, adolescents, and children. We are conveniently located in Birmingham with on-site parking with convenient office hours. Please contact the office at (248) 644-3605 for information about scheduling an appointment through video conferencing.
WE NOW OFFER APPOINTMENTS THROUGH FACETIME AND TELEHEALTH VIDEO CONFERENCING. Without needing to download an app, you can see the psychiatrist through your iPhone, iPad, Android, or Google phone as well as through your Windows or Apple computer in the comfort of your home, school, or office. Our office specializes in the practice of psychiatry, counseling, and therapy for adults, adolescents, and children. We are conveniently located in Birmingham with on-site parking with convenient office hours. Please contact the office at (248) 644-3605 for information about scheduling an appointment through video conferencing.
(248) 644-3605 View (248) 644-3605
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Iyantta S. Howell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302  (Online Only)
Dr. Iyantta S. Howell is a double board-certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2008. She obtained her bachelor's degree from The University of Michigan and obtained her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She went on to complete her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training at The University of Pennsylvania's Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Howell has experience working in a variety of clinical environments, including inpatient and outpatient settings, prisons, residential treatment facilities, and partial hospital programs.
Dr. Iyantta S. Howell is a double board-certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2008. She obtained her bachelor's degree from The University of Michigan and obtained her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She went on to complete her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training at The University of Pennsylvania's Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Howell has experience working in a variety of clinical environments, including inpatient and outpatient settings, prisons, residential treatment facilities, and partial hospital programs.
(248) 720-5835 View (248) 720-5835
Photo of David Harris, Psychiatrist in Waterford, MI
David Harris
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Independence Charter Township, MI 48346
With over 30 years of experience and named Psychiatrist/Physician of the Year for 2023 by NAMI Michigan, Dr. David K. Harris is an exceptional Psychiatrist. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and has expertise in treating a variety of disorders. 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,
With over 30 years of experience and named Psychiatrist/Physician of the Year for 2023 by NAMI Michigan, Dr. David K. Harris is an exceptional Psychiatrist. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and has expertise in treating a variety of disorders. 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,
(248) 430-6783 View (248) 430-6783
Photo of Suzanne Lugger, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Waterford, MI
Suzanne Lugger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Clarkston, MI 48346
Suzanne Lugger is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has been practicing since 2005. Suzanne can help a client work towards identified goals to be the best version of themselves. Life is a journey; there is always a way to move forward. She looks forward to supporting clients through the process of growth to an improved quality of life. When not working, Suzanne enjoys gardening, running, sunshine, camping, travel, and spending time with family.
Suzanne Lugger is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has been practicing since 2005. Suzanne can help a client work towards identified goals to be the best version of themselves. Life is a journey; there is always a way to move forward. She looks forward to supporting clients through the process of growth to an improved quality of life. When not working, Suzanne enjoys gardening, running, sunshine, camping, travel, and spending time with family.
(248) 710-0974 View (248) 710-0974
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Fulfilled Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
At Fulfilled Care, I, Dr. Jimmy Metellus, am a compassionate psychiatrist providing a supportive space for individuals facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and life transitions. I specialize in evidence-based treatments tailored to your unique needs, guiding you on a transformative journey towards emotional stability, improved relationships, resilience, self-discovery, and functional daily living. My role is to empower you, ensuring mental health isn't a barrier but a catalyst for growth. Together, we navigate complexities, work towards your goals, fostering lasting positive change.
At Fulfilled Care, I, Dr. Jimmy Metellus, am a compassionate psychiatrist providing a supportive space for individuals facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and life transitions. I specialize in evidence-based treatments tailored to your unique needs, guiding you on a transformative journey towards emotional stability, improved relationships, resilience, self-discovery, and functional daily living. My role is to empower you, ensuring mental health isn't a barrier but a catalyst for growth. Together, we navigate complexities, work towards your goals, fostering lasting positive change.
(248) 289-8874 View (248) 289-8874
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Jennifer Bowden Psychiatry
Psychiatrist
Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301  (Online Only)
Parents want their children to thrive in life. They can feel helpless and frightened when their children suffer from mental health concerns. Seeking mental health care can also feel overwhelming. Parents want to feel confident in finding a doctor who they can trust to educate them and their children on accurate diagnosis and the risks and benefits of the most evidence-based treatment options for their children.
Parents want their children to thrive in life. They can feel helpless and frightened when their children suffer from mental health concerns. Seeking mental health care can also feel overwhelming. Parents want to feel confident in finding a doctor who they can trust to educate them and their children on accurate diagnosis and the risks and benefits of the most evidence-based treatment options for their children.
(616) 557-7576 View (616) 557-7576
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Bloom Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
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
Photo of Michael D Colman, Psychiatrist in Waterford, MI
Michael D Colman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
As a psychiatrist, child/adolescent psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst, my viewpoint is that emotional disturbances have as their basis the way a person thinks and feels. In treatment situations, I attempt to elaborate and elucidate the way a person thinks in order to help that person see the connections between their thinking and behavior, and what troubles that person. The symptoms which a person presents with help to lead us in the direction of discovering what the underlying problem is. It is a truism that one needs to know a problem is present in order to be able to do something about it.
As a psychiatrist, child/adolescent psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst, my viewpoint is that emotional disturbances have as their basis the way a person thinks and feels. In treatment situations, I attempt to elaborate and elucidate the way a person thinks in order to help that person see the connections between their thinking and behavior, and what troubles that person. The symptoms which a person presents with help to lead us in the direction of discovering what the underlying problem is. It is a truism that one needs to know a problem is present in order to be able to do something about it.
(248) 688-0813 View (248) 688-0813
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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Kristi Ramirez NP and I 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 collaboration with our counseling specialists when needed to help you to feel and function at your best. Our time is limited now and we are unable to work with patients working with other counseling 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 NP and I 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 collaboration with our counseling specialists when needed to help you to feel and function at your best. Our time is limited now and we are unable to work with patients working with other counseling providers.
(734) 346-7654 View (734) 346-7654
Photo of Alexis Lykins, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Waterford, MI
Alexis Lykins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Auburn Hills, MI 48321
Accepting New Patients for Medication Management- Are you searching for a professional who is passionate about working collaboratively with you toward a treatment plan that is both evidence-based and helps accomplish your mental health goals? As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Wellspring Therapeutic Partners who provides medication consultation and management, along with other mental health services, I enjoy treating the underlying causes of symptoms and concerns, and often implement nutritional, behavioral, and lifestyle modifications as part of my practice.
Accepting New Patients for Medication Management- Are you searching for a professional who is passionate about working collaboratively with you toward a treatment plan that is both evidence-based and helps accomplish your mental health goals? As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Wellspring Therapeutic Partners who provides medication consultation and management, along with other mental health services, I enjoy treating the underlying causes of symptoms and concerns, and often implement nutritional, behavioral, and lifestyle modifications as part of my practice.
(586) 846-4835 View (586) 846-4835
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Dr. Jennifer Giordano
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302  (Online Only)
You know how your psychiatric medication makes you feel numb, disconnected, and not like yourself? Have you tried stopping it only to find it was very difficult and ended up right back on it? Now more than ever people are discovering that their psychiatric medications aren't all they had hoped they would be. I believe you should understand your options and have access to a way off your meds safely, effectively and guided by a doctor.
You know how your psychiatric medication makes you feel numb, disconnected, and not like yourself? Have you tried stopping it only to find it was very difficult and ended up right back on it? Now more than ever people are discovering that their psychiatric medications aren't all they had hoped they would be. I believe you should understand your options and have access to a way off your meds safely, effectively and guided by a doctor.
(810) 295-1170 View (810) 295-1170
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Stephen Colon M D
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
7 Endorsed
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Hi, I'm Dr. Colon. I'm a certified Integrative Psychiatrist. I provide holistic, highly personalized treatment that combines the best of Modern Medicine and Alternative/Complementary Medicine. I listen closely & get to know your goals and preferences. My approach is gentle, compassionate, & trauma-informed. Available treatments include psychotherapy, coaching, education, medication, natural supplements, nutrition, meditation, mind-body techniques, lifestyle medicine, exercise & more. I also specialize in working with neurodiverse adults including ADHD & ASD (Autism Spectrum / Asperger's). Let's work together to achieve your goals!
Hi, I'm Dr. Colon. I'm a certified Integrative Psychiatrist. I provide holistic, highly personalized treatment that combines the best of Modern Medicine and Alternative/Complementary Medicine. I listen closely & get to know your goals and preferences. My approach is gentle, compassionate, & trauma-informed. Available treatments include psychotherapy, coaching, education, medication, natural supplements, nutrition, meditation, mind-body techniques, lifestyle medicine, exercise & more. I also specialize in working with neurodiverse adults including ADHD & ASD (Autism Spectrum / Asperger's). Let's work together to achieve your goals!
(734) 206-7954 View (734) 206-7954
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New Oakland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Bloomfield, MI 48302
My vision is to reach out to individuals in the community to provide compassionate and timely mental health care. My treatment approach is based on accepting every individual as and where they are and helping them through their journey towards a complete and more holistic version of themselves.
My vision is to reach out to individuals in the community to provide compassionate and timely mental health care. My treatment approach is based on accepting every individual as and where they are and helping them through their journey towards a complete and more holistic version of themselves.
(248) 845-1369 View (248) 845-1369
Photo of Austin Powell, Physician Assistant in Waterford, MI
Austin Powell
Physician Assistant, PAC
Verified
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
LGBTQ allied - I am gay myself. See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUSES: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Impulse Control, PTSD. All of us at Arbor Psych go beyond the usual old 15 psych meds and utilize newer meds and other treatments. 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. If nothing has helped, please consider us. I can't emphasize enough that our first 3 priorities are diagnosis, diagnosis, and diagnosis.
LGBTQ allied - I am gay myself. See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUSES: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Impulse Control, PTSD. All of us at Arbor Psych go beyond the usual old 15 psych meds and utilize newer meds and other treatments. 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. If nothing has helped, please consider us. I can't emphasize enough that our first 3 priorities are diagnosis, diagnosis, and diagnosis.
(810) 255-4089 View (810) 255-4089
Photo of Bruce L Roth, Psychiatrist in Waterford, MI
Bruce L Roth
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Walled Lake, MI 48390
Dr. Roth has over 25 years of experience as a board certified adult and child psychiatrist. He is also an adult psychoanalyst affiliated with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and a Qualified Medical Evaluator in psychiatry for injured workers in the State of California. At CPS we have psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurse practitioner professionals providing the highest quality of mental health care to our clients. At CPS we offer a range of treatment from symptom focused counseling and medications to deeper psychoanalytic therapy and psychoanalysis.
Dr. Roth has over 25 years of experience as a board certified adult and child psychiatrist. He is also an adult psychoanalyst affiliated with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and a Qualified Medical Evaluator in psychiatry for injured workers in the State of California. At CPS we have psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurse practitioner professionals providing the highest quality of mental health care to our clients. At CPS we offer a range of treatment from symptom focused counseling and medications to deeper psychoanalytic therapy and psychoanalysis.
(810) 309-8989 View (810) 309-8989

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Waterford, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Waterford, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
75% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Stress

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Waterford, MI see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Male
34% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Waterford?

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.