Psychiatrists in Faribault, MN

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Nexus Of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Faribault, MN 55021
NEW Provider ALERT! Starting in April- available online and in-office! Offering TMS services and other alternative therapies! New evaluation appointments are currently available within 7 days or less. Our providers have over 30 years of combined healthcare experience with degrees in kinesiology, public health, pharmacology, and nursing. We bring a holistic and collaborative approach to psychiatric care. We believe that individuals require transparency, compassion, genuineness, and empathy from their medical providers.
NEW Provider ALERT! Starting in April- available online and in-office! Offering TMS services and other alternative therapies! New evaluation appointments are currently available within 7 days or less. Our providers have over 30 years of combined healthcare experience with degrees in kinesiology, public health, pharmacology, and nursing. We bring a holistic and collaborative approach to psychiatric care. We believe that individuals require transparency, compassion, genuineness, and empathy from their medical providers.
(952) 955-4110 View (952) 955-4110
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Dan Watts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Faribault, MN 55021
My private practice, Free Range Mental Health, offers medication management, brief therapy, and substance use disorder treatment including Medication assisted therapy (MAT) including Naltrexone and Suboxone, as well as referrals to outside agencies if needed.
My private practice, Free Range Mental Health, offers medication management, brief therapy, and substance use disorder treatment including Medication assisted therapy (MAT) including Naltrexone and Suboxone, as well as referrals to outside agencies if needed.
(507) 709-7962 View (507) 709-7962

Online Psychiatrists

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Top Health Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55408
My name is Funsho King, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a focus on treating mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, etc. throughout the lifespan. My goal as a provider is to provide the care that you deserve. I am a good listener, compassionate, genuine, and empathetic.
My name is Funsho King, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a focus on treating mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, etc. throughout the lifespan. My goal as a provider is to provide the care that you deserve. I am a good listener, compassionate, genuine, and empathetic.
(612) 453-3101 View (612) 453-3101
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Afolake Adewumi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Lakeville, MN 55044
Afolake is a board certified, advanced practice provider who is passionate about providing safe, and holistic care to clients across the lifespan. Afolake provides psychiatric diagnostic evaluation and on-going psychiatric care for patients of all ages. With her experience working in various care settings (inpatient, transitional, and outpatient populations) and a background in health and wellness coaching, Afolake, listens to help identify and prioritize the unique needs of each client.
Afolake is a board certified, advanced practice provider who is passionate about providing safe, and holistic care to clients across the lifespan. Afolake provides psychiatric diagnostic evaluation and on-going psychiatric care for patients of all ages. With her experience working in various care settings (inpatient, transitional, and outpatient populations) and a background in health and wellness coaching, Afolake, listens to help identify and prioritize the unique needs of each client.
(952) 592-2485 View (952) 592-2485
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Natalie Brandsrud
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Plymouth, MN 55446  (Online Only)
Natalie is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for children, adolescents, and young adults ages 6 to 25. In her practice, she strives to create an environment in which each patient feels understood and genuinely cared for. With extended appointment times, she has the ability to listen to every individual story. She enjoys getting to know her patients and believes that building a warm and trusting relationship is crucial for success. She brings friendly smiles and optimism into her everyday practice.
Natalie is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for children, adolescents, and young adults ages 6 to 25. In her practice, she strives to create an environment in which each patient feels understood and genuinely cared for. With extended appointment times, she has the ability to listen to every individual story. She enjoys getting to know her patients and believes that building a warm and trusting relationship is crucial for success. She brings friendly smiles and optimism into her everyday practice.
(763) 273-8633 View (763) 273-8633
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Lilian Omodi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Fridley, MN 55432
We are seeing new clients and are focused on providing compassionate care to people with various mental health struggles. We provide client centered care for Major Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Trauma, Schizophrenia, ADHD and other psychiatric needs.
We are seeing new clients and are focused on providing compassionate care to people with various mental health struggles. We provide client centered care for Major Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Trauma, Schizophrenia, ADHD and other psychiatric needs.
(612) 662-1214 View (612) 662-1214
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Pointcare Medical Centre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55406
I am a double certified Family Nurse practitioner and Psychiatry and mental health nurse practitioner. My approach focuses on warm, compassionate, holistic, person-centered, and trauma-informed approach to treat clients.. I believe every patient has a unique story to share and I make every effort to provide individualized and culturally, sensitive care I apply an array of treatment modalities supporting the biological, psychological, and social dynamics of mental and physical need. I am passionate and committed to partnering with patients and their families, and to provide care that is uniquely tailored to their individual need .
I am a double certified Family Nurse practitioner and Psychiatry and mental health nurse practitioner. My approach focuses on warm, compassionate, holistic, person-centered, and trauma-informed approach to treat clients.. I believe every patient has a unique story to share and I make every effort to provide individualized and culturally, sensitive care I apply an array of treatment modalities supporting the biological, psychological, and social dynamics of mental and physical need. I am passionate and committed to partnering with patients and their families, and to provide care that is uniquely tailored to their individual need .
(612) 261-1845 View (612) 261-1845
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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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Alfredo Massa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Edina, MN 55435
Navigating the mental health world can be very difficult. Let me help you. I believe that building a trusting relationship with your provider can help you move forward and improve your quality of life. Easier said than done but the more you try the more successful you will be. After finishing medical school, I went through psychiatric training in New York and then completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Yale University. I have been practicing 15 + years, hold board certifications in both general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry and have an active license to practice medicine in MN, WI and OH.
Navigating the mental health world can be very difficult. Let me help you. I believe that building a trusting relationship with your provider can help you move forward and improve your quality of life. Easier said than done but the more you try the more successful you will be. After finishing medical school, I went through psychiatric training in New York and then completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Yale University. I have been practicing 15 + years, hold board certifications in both general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry and have an active license to practice medicine in MN, WI and OH.
(952) 260-6343 View (952) 260-6343
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Madeline Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rochester, MN 55901  (Online Only)
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care.
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care.
(541) 238-9201 x2 View (541) 238-9201 x2
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rochester, MN 55902
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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Maria Metry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55102
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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Mountain & Valley Sojourning
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ANCC BC
Verified Verified
Rochester, MN 55906  (Online Only)
Life is hard. There are days and moments when we all could use someone to sojourn alongside us through the mountains and valleys that come our way. Someone to remind us that we are not alone, we are in this together and together we can make progress. Progress towards the greater good, progress towards your individual goals, progress in your own health and well-being. I believe that you can gain power over the valleys and develop handles to help you find purpose, hope, and healing. It is my privilege and passion to walk beside you and I find great hope and joy in your personal success! Let’s make it happen.
Life is hard. There are days and moments when we all could use someone to sojourn alongside us through the mountains and valleys that come our way. Someone to remind us that we are not alone, we are in this together and together we can make progress. Progress towards the greater good, progress towards your individual goals, progress in your own health and well-being. I believe that you can gain power over the valleys and develop handles to help you find purpose, hope, and healing. It is my privilege and passion to walk beside you and I find great hope and joy in your personal success! Let’s make it happen.
(507) 533-3136 View (507) 533-3136
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Nurtured Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbury, MN 55125
I bring with me a unique set of work experiences that have fostered my passion for helping those in most need. I strongly believe that mental healthcare especially relies on a culture of acceptance and openness. I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner based in Minnesota. it will be my goal to advocate for patients who struggle to be heard or respected and to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to holistic care. If you or a loved one is struggling, please contact me.
I bring with me a unique set of work experiences that have fostered my passion for helping those in most need. I strongly believe that mental healthcare especially relies on a culture of acceptance and openness. I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner based in Minnesota. it will be my goal to advocate for patients who struggle to be heard or respected and to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to holistic care. If you or a loved one is struggling, please contact me.
(651) 661-1879 View (651) 661-1879
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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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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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Gladys A Ndege
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Champlin, MN 55316  (Online Only)
I believe that the development of mental health conditions is a combination of factors relating to genetics, environment and other stressors. Every client presents differently and therefore, I work with each individual uniquely to address the challenges associated with mental health. My approach is Client-Centered Care that enables and encourages clients to take part in their care.
I believe that the development of mental health conditions is a combination of factors relating to genetics, environment and other stressors. Every client presents differently and therefore, I work with each individual uniquely to address the challenges associated with mental health. My approach is Client-Centered Care that enables and encourages clients to take part in their care.
(763) 298-4312 View (763) 298-4312
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Nexus of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Lakeville, MN 55044  (Online Only)
NOW TAKING NEW PATIENTS! ONLINE VIDEO APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE! Appointments are available within 7 days or less. We also have extended evening hours. Our providers have over 30 years of combined healthcare experience with degrees in kinesiology, public health, pharmacology, and nursing. We bring a holistic and collaborative approach to psychiatric care. We believe that individuals require transparency, compassion, genuineness, and empathy from their medical providers.
NOW TAKING NEW PATIENTS! ONLINE VIDEO APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE! Appointments are available within 7 days or less. We also have extended evening hours. Our providers have over 30 years of combined healthcare experience with degrees in kinesiology, public health, pharmacology, and nursing. We bring a holistic and collaborative approach to psychiatric care. We believe that individuals require transparency, compassion, genuineness, and empathy from their medical providers.
(952) 955-4110 View (952) 955-4110
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Leah Good Psychiatry and Wellness Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Have you felt as if your past psychiatry providers didn’t have the time for your concerns, or even didn’t really know you or hear you? Working together to find the most appropriate diagnoses and best possible medication or other treatment modalities for you as an individual is my goal. I believe that this can be best accomplished by establishing a mutually respectful and trusting relationship, where you will be treated as an individual, not an illness or a number.
Have you felt as if your past psychiatry providers didn’t have the time for your concerns, or even didn’t really know you or hear you? Working together to find the most appropriate diagnoses and best possible medication or other treatment modalities for you as an individual is my goal. I believe that this can be best accomplished by establishing a mutually respectful and trusting relationship, where you will be treated as an individual, not an illness or a number.
(612) 688-3979 x1000 View (612) 688-3979 x1000
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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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Number of Psychiatrists in Faribault, MN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Faribault, MN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Faribault, MN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Faribault?

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.