Psychiatrists in Saint Paul, MN

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Anisa Mohamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55116
Anisa Mohamed is a Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2023. She received a Bachelor degree from University of Minnesota and a Master degree from Walden University. Anisa understands that patients with mental health disorders struggle to be heard, respected, and receive optimal holistic care. Her goal is to provide culturally informed mental health care in populations across the lifespan for acute and chronic psychiatric disorders. Anisa is dedicated to improving lives for people with psychiatric disorders. Her experience and passion will allow her to make a positive contribution to her patients' lives.
Anisa Mohamed is a Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2023. She received a Bachelor degree from University of Minnesota and a Master degree from Walden University. Anisa understands that patients with mental health disorders struggle to be heard, respected, and receive optimal holistic care. Her goal is to provide culturally informed mental health care in populations across the lifespan for acute and chronic psychiatric disorders. Anisa is dedicated to improving lives for people with psychiatric disorders. Her experience and passion will allow her to make a positive contribution to her patients' lives.
(612) 482-0689 View (612) 482-0689
Sheila A Hoemberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55114  (Online Only)
Do you ever wonder if your provider really listens to you?–I can assure you that I will listen and will also encourage you to take an active role in managing your psychiatric care. We will work together to find the treatment that best addresses your symptoms–which may include a combination of medication and psychoeducation, to assist you in achieving your personal mental wellness goals. I provide this comprehensive treatment to anyone over the age of 6yrs; by first interviewing/assessing each patient to determine the presence of any problematic mental health symptoms. This may include specific mood, anxiety, or adjustment disorder.
Do you ever wonder if your provider really listens to you?–I can assure you that I will listen and will also encourage you to take an active role in managing your psychiatric care. We will work together to find the treatment that best addresses your symptoms–which may include a combination of medication and psychoeducation, to assist you in achieving your personal mental wellness goals. I provide this comprehensive treatment to anyone over the age of 6yrs; by first interviewing/assessing each patient to determine the presence of any problematic mental health symptoms. This may include specific mood, anxiety, or adjustment disorder.
(651) 427-3113 View (651) 427-3113
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Psychotherapy & Healing Associates
Psychiatrist
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55114
Many different factors cause depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. There may be situational, biological or hormonal components to a person’s suffering. Better self-care, coping techniques, and other alternatives may help, but may not bring enough relief or recovery necessary to function effectively and feel good. We perform thorough evaluations and have a discussion with you to determine if medication would be helpful or advised. Each person’s comfort level is respected and nothing is prescribed that goes against your willingness or readiness.
Many different factors cause depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. There may be situational, biological or hormonal components to a person’s suffering. Better self-care, coping techniques, and other alternatives may help, but may not bring enough relief or recovery necessary to function effectively and feel good. We perform thorough evaluations and have a discussion with you to determine if medication would be helpful or advised. Each person’s comfort level is respected and nothing is prescribed that goes against your willingness or readiness.
(651) 564-8254 View (651) 564-8254
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Stacey T Mietus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55101  (Online Only)
Tele-health only. Have you ever felt rushed through a mental health med visit? Have you ever felt like "just" a diagnosis or collection of symptoms? You are more than that: You are a complex and whole human being and you have a right to be seen. You also have a right to mental wellbeing - the ability to experience and move through all normal human emotions (happiness, anger, sadness, anxiety) with the energy and motivation to do the things you need and want to do.
Tele-health only. Have you ever felt rushed through a mental health med visit? Have you ever felt like "just" a diagnosis or collection of symptoms? You are more than that: You are a complex and whole human being and you have a right to be seen. You also have a right to mental wellbeing - the ability to experience and move through all normal human emotions (happiness, anger, sadness, anxiety) with the energy and motivation to do the things you need and want to do.
(651) 661-5433 View (651) 661-5433
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Maria Metry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP
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
Nels Kurt Langsten
Psychiatrist, M, D
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55107
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and therapist with 40 years experience. I am experienced in prescribing psychiatric medications but believe there is substantial evidence that the risks of most psychiatric medications are greater than the benefits. Abruptly stopping medication can cause serious withdrawal symptoms which reinforces the belief that people need to remain on medication indefinitely. My experience with thousands of patients has been that therapy has much more long term benefit than medications and that with good therapy most people can gradually taper off medications eventually. I have a sliding fee scale and accept most major insurance.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and therapist with 40 years experience. I am experienced in prescribing psychiatric medications but believe there is substantial evidence that the risks of most psychiatric medications are greater than the benefits. Abruptly stopping medication can cause serious withdrawal symptoms which reinforces the belief that people need to remain on medication indefinitely. My experience with thousands of patients has been that therapy has much more long term benefit than medications and that with good therapy most people can gradually taper off medications eventually. I have a sliding fee scale and accept most major insurance.
(646) 553-4082 View (646) 553-4082
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Sarah Shrader
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55105
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my goal is to build a collaborative relationships with my clients by getting to know them as a person and gaining an understanding of what their unique needs and concerns are. I value taking a holistic approach to treatment and believe that medication is only one part of the solution – often the best outcomes are seen with a combination of therapy and medication.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my goal is to build a collaborative relationships with my clients by getting to know them as a person and gaining an understanding of what their unique needs and concerns are. I value taking a holistic approach to treatment and believe that medication is only one part of the solution – often the best outcomes are seen with a combination of therapy and medication.
(651) 564-9216 View (651) 564-9216
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Chandra White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Hello, I'm Chandra. I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in Minnesota and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I am currently available to see ages 16-65 for medication management services related to Mood disorders like Depression and Bipolar, Anxiety disorders like Generalized anxiety and OCD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder and psychotic disorders. I also do some mindful therapy with Binge Eating Disorder in addition to brief psychotherapy and psychoeducation during medication management appointments.
Hello, I'm Chandra. I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in Minnesota and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I am currently available to see ages 16-65 for medication management services related to Mood disorders like Depression and Bipolar, Anxiety disorders like Generalized anxiety and OCD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder and psychotic disorders. I also do some mindful therapy with Binge Eating Disorder in addition to brief psychotherapy and psychoeducation during medication management appointments.
(651) 615-4470 View (651) 615-4470
Brilliant Mental Health & Neuroscience
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MBS, BSN, RN
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.
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.
(651) 237-8094 View (651) 237-8094
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Heidi J Titze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55114
Heidi Titze is a board-certified family practice and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has spent the majority of her career working in community care. She is passionate about helping those who need it most and ensuring that comprehensive health care is accessible to all. Heidi strives to focus on holistic integrated care attending to the physical, psychological, and social well-being of each of her patients. Her approach to your care is thorough and primarily focuses on treating you as the individual you are and not a symptom or a diagnosis.
Heidi Titze is a board-certified family practice and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has spent the majority of her career working in community care. She is passionate about helping those who need it most and ensuring that comprehensive health care is accessible to all. Heidi strives to focus on holistic integrated care attending to the physical, psychological, and social well-being of each of her patients. Her approach to your care is thorough and primarily focuses on treating you as the individual you are and not a symptom or a diagnosis.
(651) 360-1294 View (651) 360-1294
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Amanda Braatz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Paul, MN 55102  (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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Amazing Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Amazing Health is a community based mental health clinic. We provide mental health and wellness services in the community through an integrated treatment model for the psychiatric management of clients. We utilize a unique approach to improve client’s quality of life and families, eliminating barriers to mental health and wellness treatment. We collaborate with other mental health professionals to provide an integrative treatment plan. We work with our clients closely to develop effective treatment modalities that foster compliance to treatment regimen and lifestyle changes.
Amazing Health is a community based mental health clinic. We provide mental health and wellness services in the community through an integrated treatment model for the psychiatric management of clients. We utilize a unique approach to improve client’s quality of life and families, eliminating barriers to mental health and wellness treatment. We collaborate with other mental health professionals to provide an integrative treatment plan. We work with our clients closely to develop effective treatment modalities that foster compliance to treatment regimen and lifestyle changes.
(651) 661-3173 x55104 View (651) 661-3173 x55104
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Mary Beth Lardizabal
Psychiatrist, DO, DLFAPA
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55116
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome to the practice of Dr. Mary Beth Lardizabal at Clarity Group. I currently am limiting my practice to physician coaching and addressing mental health needs of physicians. I have limited openings at this time. I care deeply about my physician colleagues and have a passion for supporting physicians during these difficult times. I have many years of leadership experience and supporting, coaching and mentoring physicians in a large health care system.
Welcome to the practice of Dr. Mary Beth Lardizabal at Clarity Group. I currently am limiting my practice to physician coaching and addressing mental health needs of physicians. I have limited openings at this time. I care deeply about my physician colleagues and have a passion for supporting physicians during these difficult times. I have many years of leadership experience and supporting, coaching and mentoring physicians in a large health care system.
(651) 370-8133 View (651) 370-8133
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55130
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and trauma therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with virtual visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and trauma therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with virtual visits to suit your schedule.
(612) 324-4110 View (612) 324-4110
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Vivek Prasad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55106
I am an ABPN board certified adult psychiatrist. In my training at Indiana University, I've learned about various therapies to help you look at ways your thoughts affect your feelings and behaviors. You can learn skills and habits that will benefit your life and help you achieve your goals. Attaining balance requires that one learns the necessary tools to cope with stress and to react appropriately to life's uncertainties.
I am an ABPN board certified adult psychiatrist. In my training at Indiana University, I've learned about various therapies to help you look at ways your thoughts affect your feelings and behaviors. You can learn skills and habits that will benefit your life and help you achieve your goals. Attaining balance requires that one learns the necessary tools to cope with stress and to react appropriately to life's uncertainties.
(507) 623-7210 View (507) 623-7210
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Mark L Willenbring
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55102
You are looking for a psychiatrist who actually listens to you, and responds to your needs. You are looking for clear answers to your questions, delivered in a compassionate way. Naturally, you are also looking for expert psychopharmacology as well as psychotherapy. You can find all of that and more in my office. I have over 50 years practice as a psychiatrist, in many different settings. I can offer you brief psychotherapy, psychopharmacology or extended treatment.
You are looking for a psychiatrist who actually listens to you, and responds to your needs. You are looking for clear answers to your questions, delivered in a compassionate way. Naturally, you are also looking for expert psychopharmacology as well as psychotherapy. You can find all of that and more in my office. I have over 50 years practice as a psychiatrist, in many different settings. I can offer you brief psychotherapy, psychopharmacology or extended treatment.
(651) 560-8355 View (651) 560-8355
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Ethan Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55116  (Online Only)
Ethan is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in various mental health settings including inpatient, emergency care, and outpatient clinic. Ethan is committed to welcoming patients of all backgrounds and helping them achieve their goals for wellness through evidence-based treatment options.
Ethan is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in various mental health settings including inpatient, emergency care, and outpatient clinic. Ethan is committed to welcoming patients of all backgrounds and helping them achieve their goals for wellness through evidence-based treatment options.
(612) 887-2502 View (612) 887-2502
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Sarah Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, , FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Complete Health clinics mission is to provide excellent Medical and Psychiatric care to patients and family. Our goal is to provide quality care to ​multiple communities and States. We also offer telepsychiatry options to fit your needs. we are a multispecialty clinic that acts as a one stop point so that you can reserve time and energy for other important things that matters. We are also committed to continuously educating ourselves and incorporating the best of technology to provide excellent care to our patients.
Complete Health clinics mission is to provide excellent Medical and Psychiatric care to patients and family. Our goal is to provide quality care to ​multiple communities and States. We also offer telepsychiatry options to fit your needs. we are a multispecialty clinic that acts as a one stop point so that you can reserve time and energy for other important things that matters. We are also committed to continuously educating ourselves and incorporating the best of technology to provide excellent care to our patients.
(516) 209-2462 View (516) 209-2462
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55130
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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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55130
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults of all walks of life. Backed by medical and specialty training from the University of Michigan coupled with broad clinical experience, she provides bespoke care for various psychiatric concerns, including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. This integrative approach sets the foundation for healing and life-long well-being.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Saint Paul, MN

50+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Saint Paul, MN who prioritize treating:

84% Anxiety
80% Depression
76% Medication Management
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder
71% ADHD
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% BlueCross and BlueShield
79% Aetna
76% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Saint Paul, MN see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

87% Female
13% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Saint Paul?

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.