Psychiatrists in Hastings, MN

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Karena Rother
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hastings, MN 55033  (Online Only)
NEW patients welcome! I have always been passionate about helping individuals challenged by mental health disorders. My goal is to provide patient-centered care that is compassionate, ethical, efficient, and knowledge-based. I serve patients in Minnesota across the lifespan (ages 4 to 94) with a special focus on adolescents, young adults, and individuals struggling with substance use disorders.
NEW patients welcome! I have always been passionate about helping individuals challenged by mental health disorders. My goal is to provide patient-centered care that is compassionate, ethical, efficient, and knowledge-based. I serve patients in Minnesota across the lifespan (ages 4 to 94) with a special focus on adolescents, young adults, and individuals struggling with substance use disorders.
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Afolake Adewumi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
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.
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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

Online Psychiatrists

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Ellie Rizor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Edina, MN 55439
Please Note: Ellie practices in IA and MM. Ellie is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota. She works primarily with children, adolescents, and young adults with special interests in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Ellie believes in advocating for her clients' academic success and has an understanding of the impact mental health can have on educational experience
Please Note: Ellie practices in IA and MM. Ellie is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota. She works primarily with children, adolescents, and young adults with special interests in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Ellie believes in advocating for her clients' academic success and has an understanding of the impact mental health can have on educational experience
(319) 318-6487 View (319) 318-6487
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Brilliant Mental Health & Neuroscience
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MBS, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55105
At Brilliant Mental Health and Neuroscience, our vision is to create a world where mental health is a top priority and everyone has access to quality mental health care. We believe that mental health is just as important as physical health and we are committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent people from receiving the care they need. Our dedicated team of experienced psychiatrists and therapists is committed to providing compassionate and effective mental health care. We offer a wide range of services, including medication management, therapy, and cutting-edge treatments, with the goal of enhancing your well-being.
At Brilliant Mental Health and Neuroscience, our vision is to create a world where mental health is a top priority and everyone has access to quality mental health care. We believe that mental health is just as important as physical health and we are committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent people from receiving the care they need. Our dedicated team of experienced psychiatrists and therapists is committed to providing compassionate and effective mental health care. We offer a wide range of services, including medication management, therapy, and cutting-edge treatments, with the goal of enhancing your well-being.
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Patty-Jo Mantel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Roseville, MN 55113
My clinical approach is to value each person as precious and marvelously unique. I aim to help each person on their journey to have optimal mental health and be the best version of themselves. To reach this goal, I often recommend non-pharmacological interventions or supplements and order medications when it is helpful. I like to incorporate functional medicine into my practice whenever possible by using a holistic mind-body approach.
My clinical approach is to value each person as precious and marvelously unique. I aim to help each person on their journey to have optimal mental health and be the best version of themselves. To reach this goal, I often recommend non-pharmacological interventions or supplements and order medications when it is helpful. I like to incorporate functional medicine into my practice whenever possible by using a holistic mind-body approach.
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Collin Cowart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wayzata, MN 55391
My clients are ready to make a change that will have a positive impact in their lives and improve their quality of life. My clients spend their time with me because we work as a team to identify obstacles and support the process of growth. Even if my clients don't know what direction they're headed or how to make things better, they know I'm there to support them until they can find their own path.
My clients are ready to make a change that will have a positive impact in their lives and improve their quality of life. My clients spend their time with me because we work as a team to identify obstacles and support the process of growth. Even if my clients don't know what direction they're headed or how to make things better, they know I'm there to support them until they can find their own path.
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Laurel Edinburgh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CPNP, PMHS
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55403
I treat children, adolescents, and young adults with ADHD, Depression and Anxiety. I have a subspecialty interest in adolescent health and am an expert on how families can foster resiliency for their children and adolescents. I use a collaborative approach in my practice. I enjoy working closely with parents to help them support their child's recovery.
I treat children, adolescents, and young adults with ADHD, Depression and Anxiety. I have a subspecialty interest in adolescent health and am an expert on how families can foster resiliency for their children and adolescents. I use a collaborative approach in my practice. I enjoy working closely with parents to help them support their child's recovery.
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Elvis T Starllone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodbury, MN 55125
Hello all, whether you are new to mental health or have been searching for the right provider for a while, you are at the right place. It is my honor to meet you and work together to formulate an integrative and holistic plan that will promote wellness and a better outlook. My traits are team work, professionalism, customer service and flexibility. I see persons ages 6 to 80. I am particularly interested in substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, sleep issues and psychotic issues. As a veteran myself, I connect well with veterans, and members of the LGBTQ, refugees and immigrants are all welcomed.
Hello all, whether you are new to mental health or have been searching for the right provider for a while, you are at the right place. It is my honor to meet you and work together to formulate an integrative and holistic plan that will promote wellness and a better outlook. My traits are team work, professionalism, customer service and flexibility. I see persons ages 6 to 80. I am particularly interested in substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, sleep issues and psychotic issues. As a veteran myself, I connect well with veterans, and members of the LGBTQ, refugees and immigrants are all welcomed.
(651) 243-3064 View (651) 243-3064
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Jeanne Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55105
In my 36 years of work with individuals, clinicians and students, I am convinced that sorting through feelings of pain, distress or numbness, is best helped by exploring these difficulties with a reflective partner who understands the preciousness of opening up. This partnership can discover and illuminate parts of you, which enhances the unique interplay of your thoughts, feelings and experiences. These discoveries help you develop better tools for a richer life. Private pay. I am a Graduate of Rush Medical School, Northwestern University Medical School-Psychiatry and the Institute for Psychoanalysis- Chicago.
In my 36 years of work with individuals, clinicians and students, I am convinced that sorting through feelings of pain, distress or numbness, is best helped by exploring these difficulties with a reflective partner who understands the preciousness of opening up. This partnership can discover and illuminate parts of you, which enhances the unique interplay of your thoughts, feelings and experiences. These discoveries help you develop better tools for a richer life. Private pay. I am a Graduate of Rush Medical School, Northwestern University Medical School-Psychiatry and the Institute for Psychoanalysis- Chicago.
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Jacqueline Cooper
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416
Jackie Cooper is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over ten years of experience working in mental health. She's skilled in working with a variety of patient populations across the mental health care continuum and treats adults ages 18 and older. Jackie is passionate about helping people live their best lives and strives to provide care that is meaningful to each individual and fully involves each patient in their care.
Jackie Cooper is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over ten years of experience working in mental health. She's skilled in working with a variety of patient populations across the mental health care continuum and treats adults ages 18 and older. Jackie is passionate about helping people live their best lives and strives to provide care that is meaningful to each individual and fully involves each patient in their care.
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Jasmin Lindberg
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Otsego, MN 55330
I provide psychiatric care for the general adult population with a variety of diagnoses.
I provide psychiatric care for the general adult population with a variety of diagnoses.
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Bruno Perossa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Paul, MN 55114
The Physician's Psychiatrist. Frustrated that you or your child is not getting optimal mental health treatment or direct care with your doctor? Burned out and struggling, looking for discreet medication management and therapy? I am a Mayo Clinic trained, child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist providing tailored care for individuals struggling with an array of challenges from depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, trauma through an integrative lens offering medication management. Email to set up a 15 minute chat instead of calling. I am out of network with insurance but can provide bills for potential reimbursement of OON benefits.
The Physician's Psychiatrist. Frustrated that you or your child is not getting optimal mental health treatment or direct care with your doctor? Burned out and struggling, looking for discreet medication management and therapy? I am a Mayo Clinic trained, child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist providing tailored care for individuals struggling with an array of challenges from depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, trauma through an integrative lens offering medication management. Email to set up a 15 minute chat instead of calling. I am out of network with insurance but can provide bills for potential reimbursement of OON benefits.
(651) 240-2858 View (651) 240-2858
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Ekaete Oyeka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rochester, MN 55901
Ekaete "Eka" Oyeka, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who believes in a client's uniqueness and ensures holistic care based on individual needs. I provide individualized treatment using an evidence-based approach along with holistic care that facilitates the body’s own natural ability to relieve symptoms. My approach therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which focuses on examining and challenging negative thought patterns and behaviors to promote positive changes in emotions and behaviors.
Ekaete "Eka" Oyeka, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who believes in a client's uniqueness and ensures holistic care based on individual needs. I provide individualized treatment using an evidence-based approach along with holistic care that facilitates the body’s own natural ability to relieve symptoms. My approach therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which focuses on examining and challenging negative thought patterns and behaviors to promote positive changes in emotions and behaviors.
(651) 371-6806 View (651) 371-6806
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Cassidy Furey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edina, MN 55435
I am a Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience providing medication management for ages 4+ for a variety of conditions including anxiety, ADHD, depression, and other mood disorders. I take into consideration a comprehensive assessment and develop a realistic treatment plan with patients and families.
I am a Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience providing medication management for ages 4+ for a variety of conditions including anxiety, ADHD, depression, and other mood disorders. I take into consideration a comprehensive assessment and develop a realistic treatment plan with patients and families.
(952) 529-4749 View (952) 529-4749
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Joan Gibson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
We work hard at ensuring people get quality mental health care from their first visit forward and are here to support individuals throughout their journey. We provide care for patients who have a variety of psychiatric conditions. Specializing in ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia and comorbid medical/psychiatric conditions. We treat each person with compassion, we speak kindly to others, listen carefully without judgement, we are empathetic to other people's needs and have a desire to help people. The most rewarding part our job is seeing patients who feel and function better.
We work hard at ensuring people get quality mental health care from their first visit forward and are here to support individuals throughout their journey. We provide care for patients who have a variety of psychiatric conditions. Specializing in ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia and comorbid medical/psychiatric conditions. We treat each person with compassion, we speak kindly to others, listen carefully without judgement, we are empathetic to other people's needs and have a desire to help people. The most rewarding part our job is seeing patients who feel and function better.
(952) 900-4427 View (952) 900-4427
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Charlotte Szabo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHFNP, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Edina, MN 55439
I am board certified to treat children, adolescents, and adults for simple, multiplex, and the most challenging psychiatric disorders. I have extensive experience with hospital, community, and outpatient practices with a substantial range of patients from different ethnic, sexual, and socio-economic backgrounds. My patients often say that my distinctive perspective helps to form the open, trusting, and personable relationship I have with them. As a prescriber of psychiatric medications, I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients, and digging deep to find the solution(s) to the difficulties that might be causing you distress.
I am board certified to treat children, adolescents, and adults for simple, multiplex, and the most challenging psychiatric disorders. I have extensive experience with hospital, community, and outpatient practices with a substantial range of patients from different ethnic, sexual, and socio-economic backgrounds. My patients often say that my distinctive perspective helps to form the open, trusting, and personable relationship I have with them. As a prescriber of psychiatric medications, I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients, and digging deep to find the solution(s) to the difficulties that might be causing you distress.
(612) 268-5858 View (612) 268-5858
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Jessica Wettlin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savage, MN 55378  (Online Only)
Jessica is a highly trained and knowledgeable Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s degree in Nursing and Board Certification in Psychiatric Mental Health. She has spent over 21 years in mental health serving both child and adult clients and is passionate about helping others navigate their own mental health challenges. She started her career in mental health working in both the adult and juvenile correction settings, mental health group homes, and continued on into the Healthcare setting. She has since served in inpatient hospitals, supervised mental health lodging facilities, and taught mental health in Universities and hospitals.
Jessica is a highly trained and knowledgeable Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s degree in Nursing and Board Certification in Psychiatric Mental Health. She has spent over 21 years in mental health serving both child and adult clients and is passionate about helping others navigate their own mental health challenges. She started her career in mental health working in both the adult and juvenile correction settings, mental health group homes, and continued on into the Healthcare setting. She has since served in inpatient hospitals, supervised mental health lodging facilities, and taught mental health in Universities and hospitals.
(952) 592-4404 View (952) 592-4404
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Elysia Peterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
After spending nearly a decade in children’s mental health, I decided it was time to change lanes. Shifting Focus was created to offer a more personalized approach in treating the emotional and behavioral challenges that children and adolescents may face. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a special interest in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and trauma. While these are areas of interest, I am comfortable and proficient with treating all psychiatric disorders .
After spending nearly a decade in children’s mental health, I decided it was time to change lanes. Shifting Focus was created to offer a more personalized approach in treating the emotional and behavioral challenges that children and adolescents may face. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a special interest in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and trauma. While these are areas of interest, I am comfortable and proficient with treating all psychiatric disorders .
(320) 348-7847 View (320) 348-7847
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Dr. Jose Rengifo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Dr Rengifo is a Harvard trained board-certified psychiatrist who has expertise in medical education and diagnosing & treatment of various psychiatric conditions in adults. He completed his education at Cornell University and Rush Medical College as well as completing a psychiatry residency at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. Most recently, he has an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry through Brown Medical School in Providence, RI with several teaching awards. Dr Rengifo brings a passion for teaching and excellent beside manner to all his patients.
Dr Rengifo is a Harvard trained board-certified psychiatrist who has expertise in medical education and diagnosing & treatment of various psychiatric conditions in adults. He completed his education at Cornell University and Rush Medical College as well as completing a psychiatry residency at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. Most recently, he has an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry through Brown Medical School in Providence, RI with several teaching awards. Dr Rengifo brings a passion for teaching and excellent beside manner to all his patients.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Hastings, MN

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Psychiatrists in Hastings, MN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Substance Use

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Medica
100% Medicaid

How Psychiatrists in Hastings, MN see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hastings?

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.