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Ulas M Camsari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55343
Ulas Camsari, M.D. ( Dr. C ) is a quadruple boarded psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience in the field. He has trained at Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Mayo Clinic. Dr. Camsari is board certified in four areas of psychiatry: General Adult Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.
Ulas Camsari, M.D. ( Dr. C ) is a quadruple boarded psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience in the field. He has trained at Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Mayo Clinic. Dr. Camsari is board certified in four areas of psychiatry: General Adult Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.
(612) 400-7644 View (612) 400-7644
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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PHMNP
Verified Verified
Cottage Grove, MN 55016  (Online Only)
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(651) 314-1599 View (651) 314-1599
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Amanda Braatz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55416  (Online Only)
Amanda is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with more than 19 years of experience in health care. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she has worked in inpatient, hospital consultation, emergency/crisis, and clinic/outpatient settings. Her diverse background allows her to provide holistic, integrated, and individualized care for each person she works with.
Amanda is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with more than 19 years of experience in health care. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she has worked in inpatient, hospital consultation, emergency/crisis, and clinic/outpatient settings. Her diverse background allows her to provide holistic, integrated, and individualized care for each person she works with.
(651) 661-2326 View (651) 661-2326
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Cassie Renee Rider
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Bloomington, MN 55425  (Online Only)
Cassie Rider is a Telehealth-only provider that specializes in chemical dependency and mental health concerns. Cassie is also a MAT service provider for Suboxone. Cassie is the Owner and founder of Faith Forward Psychiatry which is licensed to practice in Minnesota and is currently accepting new patients >16 years old.
Cassie Rider is a Telehealth-only provider that specializes in chemical dependency and mental health concerns. Cassie is also a MAT service provider for Suboxone. Cassie is the Owner and founder of Faith Forward Psychiatry which is licensed to practice in Minnesota and is currently accepting new patients >16 years old.
(651) 615-8006 View (651) 615-8006
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Adonye Afonya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rochester, MN 55901
I believe that every individual and circumstance is unique, therefore a unique approach of care will result in the best possible outcome. Understanding the cultural, religious, psychological, and social characteristics of a patient and their family dynamic is of utmost importance when providing mental health care. I am accepting new patients ages 10+ for Medication management and Psychotherapy. Areas of focus include, but is not limited to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Psychosis and Adjustment Disorders.
I believe that every individual and circumstance is unique, therefore a unique approach of care will result in the best possible outcome. Understanding the cultural, religious, psychological, and social characteristics of a patient and their family dynamic is of utmost importance when providing mental health care. I am accepting new patients ages 10+ for Medication management and Psychotherapy. Areas of focus include, but is not limited to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Psychosis and Adjustment Disorders.
(507) 203-2847 View (507) 203-2847
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Prakriti Chaulagain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55416  (Online Only)
I bring authenticity, empathy, compassion, positivity, and cultural awareness to my practice. I utilize a client-centered approach to deliver whole-person care. I partner with my clients to find the best treatment plan for their mental health concerns. I will ensure you are listened to and treated as an individual, not as a diagnosis. I provide a safe, judgment-free environment, and you will feel assured that you are in good hands under my care.
I bring authenticity, empathy, compassion, positivity, and cultural awareness to my practice. I utilize a client-centered approach to deliver whole-person care. I partner with my clients to find the best treatment plan for their mental health concerns. I will ensure you are listened to and treated as an individual, not as a diagnosis. I provide a safe, judgment-free environment, and you will feel assured that you are in good hands under my care.
(612) 887-3591 View (612) 887-3591
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Maria Metry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Maria Metry is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2014. She received her undergraduate degree from St. Catherine University and doctorate of nurse practitioner from the University of Minnesota. Maria prides herself on creating an atmosphere of openness and acceptance with a little bit of humor. Her practice is based on getting to know the whole person and together creating a holistic plan to give her patients the most joy out of life. Maria's strength includes being empathic, nonjudgmental, and solution focused.
Maria Metry is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2014. She received her undergraduate degree from St. Catherine University and doctorate of nurse practitioner from the University of Minnesota. Maria prides herself on creating an atmosphere of openness and acceptance with a little bit of humor. Her practice is based on getting to know the whole person and together creating a holistic plan to give her patients the most joy out of life. Maria's strength includes being empathic, nonjudgmental, and solution focused.
(651) 372-3274 View (651) 372-3274
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Cassy Burton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55305  (Online Only)
With 14 years of dedicated experience in psychiatry, I bring a wealth of knowledge and a compassionate approach to my work. My commitment to patient care is characterized by a unique blend of perspectives, fostering an environment that is caring, inviting, and welcoming. I strive to provide comprehensive support, ensuring each individual receives personalized attention and effective treatment tailored to their needs.
With 14 years of dedicated experience in psychiatry, I bring a wealth of knowledge and a compassionate approach to my work. My commitment to patient care is characterized by a unique blend of perspectives, fostering an environment that is caring, inviting, and welcoming. I strive to provide comprehensive support, ensuring each individual receives personalized attention and effective treatment tailored to their needs.
(763) 275-9961 View (763) 275-9961
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55404  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Phoebe Nyabando
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Nyaband
Verified Verified
Bloomington, MN 55435
Phoebe Nyabando is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2021. She has a Master of Science Degree with a major in Mental Health. Prior to that she was a registered nurse for 8 years with most of her time in inpatient psychiatry. Phoebe has experience in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She has eight years of experience working as a nurse, with most of her time in inpatient psychiatry and mental health. Phoebe's treatment model is a holistic approach and patient-centered care.
Phoebe Nyabando is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2021. She has a Master of Science Degree with a major in Mental Health. Prior to that she was a registered nurse for 8 years with most of her time in inpatient psychiatry. Phoebe has experience in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She has eight years of experience working as a nurse, with most of her time in inpatient psychiatry and mental health. Phoebe's treatment model is a holistic approach and patient-centered care.
(952) 800-7442 View (952) 800-7442
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David Brandsrud
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55343
Creating an environment where you feel respected, cared for, and understood is my ultimate goal. I want to learn about your history, what stands in the way of you feeling better, and how we can get there together. I will not simply write a prescription and send you on your way – establishing a trusted, long-term partnership is crucial for success. I believe in judicious use of medication, paying full attention to pros and cons. Together we will create a treatment plan that best meets your needs. I am happy to see children, adults, and everyone in between. We can talk about everything from serotonin to sports to spirituality.
Creating an environment where you feel respected, cared for, and understood is my ultimate goal. I want to learn about your history, what stands in the way of you feeling better, and how we can get there together. I will not simply write a prescription and send you on your way – establishing a trusted, long-term partnership is crucial for success. I believe in judicious use of medication, paying full attention to pros and cons. Together we will create a treatment plan that best meets your needs. I am happy to see children, adults, and everyone in between. We can talk about everything from serotonin to sports to spirituality.
(952) 234-3570 View (952) 234-3570
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James C. Van Doren, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Eden Prairie, MN 55344  (Online Only)
Dr. Van Doren is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. Patients can connect quickly through a secure chat on my patient portal, ensuring concierge-level service and accessibility. I provide comprehensive treatment by using medication management with psychotherapy in a holistic approach, recognizing the unique life experiences of each patient.
Dr. Van Doren is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. Patients can connect quickly through a secure chat on my patient portal, ensuring concierge-level service and accessibility. I provide comprehensive treatment by using medication management with psychotherapy in a holistic approach, recognizing the unique life experiences of each patient.
(763) 402-9150 View (763) 402-9150
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Brooke Kern
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakeville, MN 55044
Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or irritable? Are you currently seeing a psychiatrist or your primary for medications but don't feel like you're being heard? I am here for you! Accepting new clients for in-person or telehealth visits at Minnesota WellCare. I am an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in mental wellness and medications. My practice focuses on empowerment and hope. I am here to help you be your best self. I see clients ages 15 and over for depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, PTSD, insomnia, and other conditions.
Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or irritable? Are you currently seeing a psychiatrist or your primary for medications but don't feel like you're being heard? I am here for you! Accepting new clients for in-person or telehealth visits at Minnesota WellCare. I am an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in mental wellness and medications. My practice focuses on empowerment and hope. I am here to help you be your best self. I see clients ages 15 and over for depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, PTSD, insomnia, and other conditions.
(952) 295-4039 View (952) 295-4039
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Dr. Dana Eason
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bloomington, MN 55425
Now offering ADHD testing! Facing life’s challenges are difficult enough without struggling to find a provider that will take the time to listen & partner with you in your care. Well, search no more! Dr. Dana believes providing compassion & building a strong rapport are the foundations to creating a trusting partnership. She doesn't believe in "cookie cutter" approaches. Rather, Dr. Dana considers several interventions to help you achieve an optimal quality of life based on your specific needs & stressors: psychotherapy, psychotropic medication & integrative psychiatry (e.g. herbs, supplements, essential oils, plant-based medicine).
Now offering ADHD testing! Facing life’s challenges are difficult enough without struggling to find a provider that will take the time to listen & partner with you in your care. Well, search no more! Dr. Dana believes providing compassion & building a strong rapport are the foundations to creating a trusting partnership. She doesn't believe in "cookie cutter" approaches. Rather, Dr. Dana considers several interventions to help you achieve an optimal quality of life based on your specific needs & stressors: psychotherapy, psychotropic medication & integrative psychiatry (e.g. herbs, supplements, essential oils, plant-based medicine).
(248) 710-0775 View (248) 710-0775
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Grant Gregory
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Savage, MN 55378
Grant Gregory is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and received his Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota in 2014. He has enjoyed working in the behavioral health field since 2006. He has worked and trained in a variety of settings including chemical dependency facilities, adult/child/adolescent inpatient hospitals, outpatient and forensic settings, and in residential treatment of severe and persistent mental illnesses.
Grant Gregory is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and received his Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota in 2014. He has enjoyed working in the behavioral health field since 2006. He has worked and trained in a variety of settings including chemical dependency facilities, adult/child/adolescent inpatient hospitals, outpatient and forensic settings, and in residential treatment of severe and persistent mental illnesses.
(952) 243-2159 View (952) 243-2159
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55403  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Minnesota for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Minnesota for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
(651) 315-7493 View (651) 315-7493
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Angela Shengena
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Chaska, MN 55318
I am a board-certified nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), committed to providing comprehensive and accessible psychiatric care in private practice. I began my nursing career with a primary focus on medical and emotional stabilization. After years of working with patients, I became passionate about supporting individuals in their mental health management. This led me to pursue further education to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have worked in psychiatric emergency rooms, inpatient, and partial hospitalization settings and am excited to be able to continue to support patients in the outpatient world as well.
I am a board-certified nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), committed to providing comprehensive and accessible psychiatric care in private practice. I began my nursing career with a primary focus on medical and emotional stabilization. After years of working with patients, I became passionate about supporting individuals in their mental health management. This led me to pursue further education to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have worked in psychiatric emergency rooms, inpatient, and partial hospitalization settings and am excited to be able to continue to support patients in the outpatient world as well.
(952) 900-7420 View (952) 900-7420
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Kayla Parker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Excelsior, MN 55331
Welcome! I am double board certified in Psychiatry and Family Medicine. I believe in working with my patients to develop a plan that works for their individual needs. I focus on not only mental health but also the physical health of my patients.
Welcome! I am double board certified in Psychiatry and Family Medicine. I believe in working with my patients to develop a plan that works for their individual needs. I focus on not only mental health but also the physical health of my patients.
(763) 373-7617 View (763) 373-7617
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Shannon Meyers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
Eden Prairie, MN 55344  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients- Hello, I'm Dr. Meyers. I’m double-board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner, though I practice exclusively in psychiatry. My background and clinical experience in family practice and psychiatry gives me a well-rounded perspective of both physical and mental well-being. I treat patients ages 5-64. I enjoy working with patients with a variety of diagnoses across the spectrum of mental health disorders. I look forward to working with you to improve your mental health.
Accepting New Patients- Hello, I'm Dr. Meyers. I’m double-board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner, though I practice exclusively in psychiatry. My background and clinical experience in family practice and psychiatry gives me a well-rounded perspective of both physical and mental well-being. I treat patients ages 5-64. I enjoy working with patients with a variety of diagnoses across the spectrum of mental health disorders. I look forward to working with you to improve your mental health.
(407) 337-2587 View (407) 337-2587
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
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How can I find a psychiatrist in Blue Earth?

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.