Psychiatrists in Ypsilanti, MI

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Rebecca W. Haas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48197  (Online Only)
Please, call me Becky, I am a certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of behavioral health experience. I enjoy working with clients across the life span, ranging from children to older adults. I use a combination of evidence based practice, compassion and humor to help you achieve your goals. I am a graduate of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program at the University of New Hampshire with a Master’s Degree in Science and Nursing / Family Nurse Practitioner program at Grand Valley State University. I am a native New Yorker and an animal lover. Please let me know how I can help.
Please, call me Becky, I am a certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of behavioral health experience. I enjoy working with clients across the life span, ranging from children to older adults. I use a combination of evidence based practice, compassion and humor to help you achieve your goals. I am a graduate of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program at the University of New Hampshire with a Master’s Degree in Science and Nursing / Family Nurse Practitioner program at Grand Valley State University. I am a native New Yorker and an animal lover. Please let me know how I can help.
(734) 348-3833 View (734) 348-3833
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Genevieve Sweeney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
I am a firm advocate for focused patient care. I am dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients and prescribing medication if needed to manage symptoms temporarily or longterm. I am passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life. I enjoy working with a diverse range of patients from all walks of life.
I am a firm advocate for focused patient care. I am dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients and prescribing medication if needed to manage symptoms temporarily or longterm. I am passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life. I enjoy working with a diverse range of patients from all walks of life.
(734) 896-5403 View (734) 896-5403
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Rohan Kedar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Dr. Rohan Kedar was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan. He earned his Bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He then attended Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, MI and graduated as part of its inaugural class. He completed his psychiatry residency at Trinity Health St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, MI. Dr. Kedar enjoys learning about his patients' stories and integrating psychotherapy with medication management. In his spare time, he enjoys getting involved with his church, watching football, and engaging in multiple different fandoms, such as Star Wars and Marvel.
Dr. Rohan Kedar was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan. He earned his Bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He then attended Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, MI and graduated as part of its inaugural class. He completed his psychiatry residency at Trinity Health St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, MI. Dr. Kedar enjoys learning about his patients' stories and integrating psychotherapy with medication management. In his spare time, he enjoys getting involved with his church, watching football, and engaging in multiple different fandoms, such as Star Wars and Marvel.
(734) 336-1900 View (734) 336-1900
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Curtis Norwick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Dr. Norwick, born and raised in Michigan, completed his undergraduate education at Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. He then attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. He completed his Psychiatry Residency through St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Norwick is dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate, and evidence-based care to all of his patients.
Dr. Norwick, born and raised in Michigan, completed his undergraduate education at Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. He then attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. He completed his Psychiatry Residency through St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Norwick is dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate, and evidence-based care to all of his patients.
(734) 808-3570 View (734) 808-3570
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Chris Cummings
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48197  (Online Only)
Hi, I am a PA-C that specializes in psychiatry. I am passionate about empowering individuals to achieve optimal well-being and am currently accepting new clients for remote appointments, offering convenient access to mental healthcare from the comfort of your own home. My area of expertise focuses on treating conditions such as anxiety, depression, OCD, and ADHD. I believe in a holistic approach, incorporating various modalities to create a personalized treatment plan for each client. This may include medication management, therapy techniques, and lifestyle recommendations.
Hi, I am a PA-C that specializes in psychiatry. I am passionate about empowering individuals to achieve optimal well-being and am currently accepting new clients for remote appointments, offering convenient access to mental healthcare from the comfort of your own home. My area of expertise focuses on treating conditions such as anxiety, depression, OCD, and ADHD. I believe in a holistic approach, incorporating various modalities to create a personalized treatment plan for each client. This may include medication management, therapy techniques, and lifestyle recommendations.
(231) 241-8587 View (231) 241-8587
Barry M Miller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Most people, whether they have a psychiatric illness or not, need psychotherapy, at some point in their lives. I'm here to help determine what's wrong and how to best help. If a medicine is helpful, I'm trained to prescribe it. In most situations, medicine, alone, is not enough to help people disentangle themselves from the feelings, thoughts, or behaviors that have interfered with their functioning or caused such discomfort. Problematic patterns have developed over a long time, but for 'good reasons'. Until we know why, we're unlikely to change them.
Most people, whether they have a psychiatric illness or not, need psychotherapy, at some point in their lives. I'm here to help determine what's wrong and how to best help. If a medicine is helpful, I'm trained to prescribe it. In most situations, medicine, alone, is not enough to help people disentangle themselves from the feelings, thoughts, or behaviors that have interfered with their functioning or caused such discomfort. Problematic patterns have developed over a long time, but for 'good reasons'. Until we know why, we're unlikely to change them.
(734) 720-4895 View (734) 720-4895
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Dr. Akash Kumar MD - Arbor Video Psych and ADHD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. Special interest in ADHD, anxiety, mood, and OCD. Therapeutic time cannot be rushed. As a medical doctor and psychiatrist, I address psychological AND medical factors by looking beyond the usual 20 psychiatric medications to investigate the underlying biological or psychological issues. Investigating may entail (based on current research): laboratory panels looking for chronic nutritional deficiencies; genetic testing (to predict what meds/supplements can help); brain scans; neuro exam; deeper forms of talk therapy
See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. Special interest in ADHD, anxiety, mood, and OCD. Therapeutic time cannot be rushed. As a medical doctor and psychiatrist, I address psychological AND medical factors by looking beyond the usual 20 psychiatric medications to investigate the underlying biological or psychological issues. Investigating may entail (based on current research): laboratory panels looking for chronic nutritional deficiencies; genetic testing (to predict what meds/supplements can help); brain scans; neuro exam; deeper forms of talk therapy
(517) 833-4110 View (517) 833-4110
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Mfon Essien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
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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Rebecca Greer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48197  (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
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Ashwini Gulwadi, M.D. - PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
In- office and Tele-visit appointments available, Accepting new patients now, please see my website gulwadimd.com for more details and contact information. Psychiatric services provided here include evaluating and treating clinical symptoms and emotional concerns that cause distress and limits functioning in various aspects of life. Drawing on my medical and psychotherapy training and experience, I can offer you an approach to treatment that can help your clinical needs at a pace that is best suited for you and can help you in making positive and lasting changes in your life.
In- office and Tele-visit appointments available, Accepting new patients now, please see my website gulwadimd.com for more details and contact information. Psychiatric services provided here include evaluating and treating clinical symptoms and emotional concerns that cause distress and limits functioning in various aspects of life. Drawing on my medical and psychotherapy training and experience, I can offer you an approach to treatment that can help your clinical needs at a pace that is best suited for you and can help you in making positive and lasting changes in your life.
(734) 436-3821 View (734) 436-3821
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ypsilanti, MI 48198  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Lindsay Rose Dunstan
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
I am a queer prison/police abolitionist. I enjoy working with folx with neurodivergent conditions and marginalized identities. I treat mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD, using both narrative and somatic approaches. I love helping others build daily wellness practices, including mindfulness meditation, yoga, creative expression, and self-compassion.
I am a queer prison/police abolitionist. I enjoy working with folx with neurodivergent conditions and marginalized identities. I treat mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD, using both narrative and somatic approaches. I love helping others build daily wellness practices, including mindfulness meditation, yoga, creative expression, and self-compassion.
(313) 456-9932 View (313) 456-9932
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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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 Mohammed Joz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ypsilanti, MI
Mohammed Joz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, APNP
Verified Verified
30 Endorsed
Canton, MI 48187  (Online Only)
I am Licensed and Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP in Adult, Adolescent, and Child Psychiatry. I believe that every patient deserves the best mental health care, and it's my job to deliver it! I pride myself on going the extra mile to provide research-driven holistic care. Starting with a complete/comprehensive Initial Psychiatric Evaluation and ensuring my patient receive their medication on time. I treat Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD, Psychotic disorders, PTSD and others conditions ... I am experienced with outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospitalization. I also provide brief CBT, DBT, general therapy.
I am Licensed and Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP in Adult, Adolescent, and Child Psychiatry. I believe that every patient deserves the best mental health care, and it's my job to deliver it! I pride myself on going the extra mile to provide research-driven holistic care. Starting with a complete/comprehensive Initial Psychiatric Evaluation and ensuring my patient receive their medication on time. I treat Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD, Psychotic disorders, PTSD and others conditions ... I am experienced with outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospitalization. I also provide brief CBT, DBT, general therapy.
(734) 259-7674 View (734) 259-7674
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A Better Tomorrow Counseling Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ND, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48109  (Online Only)
I am a Naturopathic Doctor and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with great expertise in Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) to promote healing in children, adolescents and adults with mental illness – including such conditions as ADHD, ODD, Depression, Bipolar, Mood disorders and Schizophrenia.
I am a Naturopathic Doctor and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with great expertise in Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) to promote healing in children, adolescents and adults with mental illness – including such conditions as ADHD, ODD, Depression, Bipolar, Mood disorders and Schizophrenia.
(248) 281-3862 View (248) 281-3862
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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
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. 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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Thomas L Atkins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Waitlist for new clients
I approach my work with an empathetic and non-judgmental mindset and this allows me to connect with my clients in a way that is based in collaboration and compassion. I use psychotherapy, insight oriented work, mindfulness, life-style changes, and medication to create an integrative treatment plan for each client. I specialize in depression, bipolar illness, ADHD, anxiety, eating disorders, and trauma. I am ready to learn about you and work together to help you meet your goals. Reach out so that we can get started!
I approach my work with an empathetic and non-judgmental mindset and this allows me to connect with my clients in a way that is based in collaboration and compassion. I use psychotherapy, insight oriented work, mindfulness, life-style changes, and medication to create an integrative treatment plan for each client. I specialize in depression, bipolar illness, ADHD, anxiety, eating disorders, and trauma. I am ready to learn about you and work together to help you meet your goals. Reach out so that we can get started!
(734) 471-5040 x101 View (734) 471-5040 x101
Photo of Arif Patel, Psychiatrist in Ypsilanti, MI
Arif Patel
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48108  (Online Only)
Dr. Arif Patel is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. He obtained his medical degree from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency training at Authority Health, an affiliate of Michigan State University. In addition, he has completed a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Fellowship from the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. He has 4 years of clinical experience. Dr. Patel's practice focuses primarily on medication management. Follow-up appointments are typically 30 minutes and incorporate elements of supportive psychotherapy, CBT, and motivational interviewing.
Dr. Arif Patel is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. He obtained his medical degree from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency training at Authority Health, an affiliate of Michigan State University. In addition, he has completed a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Fellowship from the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. He has 4 years of clinical experience. Dr. Patel's practice focuses primarily on medication management. Follow-up appointments are typically 30 minutes and incorporate elements of supportive psychotherapy, CBT, and motivational interviewing.
(856) 350-4624 View (856) 350-4624
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Green Arbor Psych
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Not accepting new clients
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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Ypsilanti, MI

10+

Average cost per session

$350

Psychiatrists in Ypsilanti, MI who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
85% Depression
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Trauma and PTSD
77% Bipolar Disorder
77% Medication Management
69% Grief

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
86% Other
71% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Ypsilanti, MI see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Ypsilanti?

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.