Psychiatrists in Shoreview, MN

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Temitope Abiola Dawodu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shoreview, MN 55126
Our ideal client is any one seeking answers about their mental or emotional health. We can help create a treatment plan together to help you achieve your personal goals.
Our ideal client is any one seeking answers about their mental or emotional health. We can help create a treatment plan together to help you achieve your personal goals.
(651) 615-9465 View (651) 615-9465
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Wisdom Psychiatric Care & Medication Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Shoreview, MN 55126
Boutique Mental Healthcare: Setting itself apart from large health systems, our boutique approach to mental healthcare ensures that we can deliver high-quality care that is tailored to your unique needs; we make the time to listen and to truly hear what your needs, healing goals, and preferences are. We take pride in delivering an exceptional level of customer service, medical expertise, and commitment to health and wellness for all our patients. Wisdom-Clinic is SHARE certified by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, because we believe in shared decision-making when it comes to care for our clients.
Boutique Mental Healthcare: Setting itself apart from large health systems, our boutique approach to mental healthcare ensures that we can deliver high-quality care that is tailored to your unique needs; we make the time to listen and to truly hear what your needs, healing goals, and preferences are. We take pride in delivering an exceptional level of customer service, medical expertise, and commitment to health and wellness for all our patients. Wisdom-Clinic is SHARE certified by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, because we believe in shared decision-making when it comes to care for our clients.
(651) 412-3726 View (651) 412-3726

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Psychotherapy & Healing Associates
Psychiatrist
Verified 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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Elizabeth Storm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Maplewood, MN 55109
Elizabeth Storm is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2020. Elizabeth is a compassionate and empathetic professional that values people as individuals. She takes pride in providing timely, patient-specific care based on current evidence-based research. As a provider, Elizabeth takes pride in her ability to listen to, observe, educate, and understand the needs of her clients. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys the outdoors. She and her dogs hike at every opportunity and will jump into any lake not frozen over.
Elizabeth Storm is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2020. Elizabeth is a compassionate and empathetic professional that values people as individuals. She takes pride in providing timely, patient-specific care based on current evidence-based research. As a provider, Elizabeth takes pride in her ability to listen to, observe, educate, and understand the needs of her clients. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys the outdoors. She and her dogs hike at every opportunity and will jump into any lake not frozen over.
(651) 467-5067 View (651) 467-5067
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Agnes Limunga Jackai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55114
Now accepting new clients within 48 hours with no waiting list. Seeking mental health wellness will empower your day-to-day life, healthy behaviors, self-management, and well-being. Start the Healing process. I’m a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with 11 + years of inpatient and outpatient nursing experience in various healthcare settings. I earned my Master of Science in PMHNP from Walden University. I'm specialized in Psych Med Management, evaluation, Prescription / Refill, Med Review, and Follow-up for individuals across the lifespan. I works with adults, adolescents, and children 8 +.
Now accepting new clients within 48 hours with no waiting list. Seeking mental health wellness will empower your day-to-day life, healthy behaviors, self-management, and well-being. Start the Healing process. I’m a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with 11 + years of inpatient and outpatient nursing experience in various healthcare settings. I earned my Master of Science in PMHNP from Walden University. I'm specialized in Psych Med Management, evaluation, Prescription / Refill, Med Review, and Follow-up for individuals across the lifespan. I works with adults, adolescents, and children 8 +.
(651) 390-1495 View (651) 390-1495
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Amazing Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified 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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YourTime Psychiatry & Medical Cannabis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55106
At YourTime Psychiatry & Medical Cannabis, we believe it’s ‘your time’ to feel better. We are dedicated to assisting adults, teenagers, and children with using psychiatric medication and medical cannabis to improve mental health.
At YourTime Psychiatry & Medical Cannabis, we believe it’s ‘your time’ to feel better. We are dedicated to assisting adults, teenagers, and children with using psychiatric medication and medical cannabis to improve mental health.
(763) 343-5759 View (763) 343-5759
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Dynamics Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , CNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Roseville, MN 55113
I want to offer my clients guidance that can change their lives so they can overcome challenging circumstances, work with the assessment team, and continue their treatment and medication management. I have strong analytical skills, work well under pressure, and enjoy participating in the clinical team. I am committed to my goal and believe I have the necessary qualities as a successful Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
I want to offer my clients guidance that can change their lives so they can overcome challenging circumstances, work with the assessment team, and continue their treatment and medication management. I have strong analytical skills, work well under pressure, and enjoy participating in the clinical team. I am committed to my goal and believe I have the necessary qualities as a successful Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(952) 260-1948 View (952) 260-1948
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Ashley Breding
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55105
I'm thrilled to announce my recent graduation from Vanderbilt University, where I refined my nursing skills and passion. With a focus on supporting individuals across the lifespan, I bring rich experience in assisting those with eating disorders, complex trauma, anxiety, and substance use disorders. My journey to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner is driven by my deep love for listening to people's stories and my genuine desire to be part of their transformative process. Crafting personalized treatment plans, I blend medication management with therapy techniques, rooted in meeting each person's unique needs.
I'm thrilled to announce my recent graduation from Vanderbilt University, where I refined my nursing skills and passion. With a focus on supporting individuals across the lifespan, I bring rich experience in assisting those with eating disorders, complex trauma, anxiety, and substance use disorders. My journey to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner is driven by my deep love for listening to people's stories and my genuine desire to be part of their transformative process. Crafting personalized treatment plans, I blend medication management with therapy techniques, rooted in meeting each person's unique needs.
(651) 565-6864 View (651) 565-6864
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Ann Hruby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, LCPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55455  (Online Only)
Would you like genuine care and interest from your provider? As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and clinical professional counselor, I use a biopsychosocial approach to provide comprehensive services that meet patients' complex needs. I use a teamwork approach with patients, and I believe that building supportive relationships is of utmost importance. I value straightforward communication and provide patients with clear information and options. Although patients often find medication useful in managing their symptoms, I also help patients make other positive changes in their lives to improve their wellness.
Would you like genuine care and interest from your provider? As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and clinical professional counselor, I use a biopsychosocial approach to provide comprehensive services that meet patients' complex needs. I use a teamwork approach with patients, and I believe that building supportive relationships is of utmost importance. I value straightforward communication and provide patients with clear information and options. Although patients often find medication useful in managing their symptoms, I also help patients make other positive changes in their lives to improve their wellness.
(773) 877-3027 View (773) 877-3027
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Dr. Nicholas Hatcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CIPP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55106  (Online Only)
I like working with those who are interested in a more comprehensive evaluation of the brain-body-environment interaction and how different systems interact. Instead of relying on guesswork, my specialty includes advanced diagnostic testing to better understand these relationships and tailor treatment to your unique needs. I want to provide the most for you as a whole individual while minimizing interruptions to your daily life (no waiting in the office or waiting months for an appointment). You, as my patient, will have direct access to me for the duration of your treatment via text, email, or call. Accepting UHC & private pay.
I like working with those who are interested in a more comprehensive evaluation of the brain-body-environment interaction and how different systems interact. Instead of relying on guesswork, my specialty includes advanced diagnostic testing to better understand these relationships and tailor treatment to your unique needs. I want to provide the most for you as a whole individual while minimizing interruptions to your daily life (no waiting in the office or waiting months for an appointment). You, as my patient, will have direct access to me for the duration of your treatment via text, email, or call. Accepting UHC & private pay.
(612) 682-7838 View (612) 682-7838
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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.
(952) 592-7921 View (952) 592-7921
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Shalene Kennedy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board certified psychiatrist that specializes in children and adolescents with a special interest in medically complex cases. My practice is primarily with those enrolled in the Aris Clinic –Woodwinds Intensive Outpatient Program for adolescents. I place great importance on a team approach to providing care to ensure that a patient’s biological, psychological and social issues are all addressed in an interconnected way. The benefits of nutrition, sleep and exercise are also included in my treatment approach.
I am a board certified psychiatrist that specializes in children and adolescents with a special interest in medically complex cases. My practice is primarily with those enrolled in the Aris Clinic –Woodwinds Intensive Outpatient Program for adolescents. I place great importance on a team approach to providing care to ensure that a patient’s biological, psychological and social issues are all addressed in an interconnected way. The benefits of nutrition, sleep and exercise are also included in my treatment approach.
(651) 349-4698 View (651) 349-4698
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Tamara Tew
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Parenting a child and/or adolescent with a mental illness can be challenging and may require asking for help. Kids and teens are complex and often shut their parents out. They are fascinating beings whose lives can be severely disrupted by mental illness. My goal as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is to provide assessments, medication management, and referrals to help the family get back on track and achieve balance.
Parenting a child and/or adolescent with a mental illness can be challenging and may require asking for help. Kids and teens are complex and often shut their parents out. They are fascinating beings whose lives can be severely disrupted by mental illness. My goal as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is to provide assessments, medication management, and referrals to help the family get back on track and achieve balance.
(651) 376-2492 View (651) 376-2492
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Heidi J Titze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified 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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Dr. Dina M Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Paul, MN 55101
My goal is to help you lead a hopeful, fulfilling life. I see adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, alcohol use, psychotic disorders, neurocognitive disorders, ASD, dementia. You will feel heard and validated when you see me. I currently see only adults (older than 18).
My goal is to help you lead a hopeful, fulfilling life. I see adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, alcohol use, psychotic disorders, neurocognitive disorders, ASD, dementia. You will feel heard and validated when you see me. I currently see only adults (older than 18).
(651) 409-4512 View (651) 409-4512
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InnerClarity Psychiatry & Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, PHN
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55106  (Online Only)
Hello! I am currently accepting new patients! I'm Aicha, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, dedicated to offering comprehensive and culturally congruent care to support individuals on their path to personal growth. I help young adults, women, and mothers struggling with depression, anxiety, and burnout improve their mood, reduce anxiety, feel energized, and engage more effectively in their personal and professional relationships through holistic treatment modalities.
Hello! I am currently accepting new patients! I'm Aicha, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, dedicated to offering comprehensive and culturally congruent care to support individuals on their path to personal growth. I help young adults, women, and mothers struggling with depression, anxiety, and burnout improve their mood, reduce anxiety, feel energized, and engage more effectively in their personal and professional relationships through holistic treatment modalities.
(952) 260-6430 View (952) 260-6430
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Jessica Denning
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP, PHN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vadnais Heights, MN 55110  (Online Only)
I empower patients that are motivated for treatment who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and bipolar spectrum disorders learn how to regulate their emotions, find pleasure in the little things, and live their best life. I do this by taking the time to Truly Listen and offer a personalized integrative treatment plan including medications, supplements, therapy, and lifestyle coaching. I also specialize in working with healthcare workers who are struggling with burnout.
I empower patients that are motivated for treatment who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and bipolar spectrum disorders learn how to regulate their emotions, find pleasure in the little things, and live their best life. I do this by taking the time to Truly Listen and offer a personalized integrative treatment plan including medications, supplements, therapy, and lifestyle coaching. I also specialize in working with healthcare workers who are struggling with burnout.
(651) 867-6764 View (651) 867-6764
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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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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified 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 DBT-informed 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 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 DBT-informed 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 visits to suit your schedule.
(612) 324-4110 View (612) 324-4110

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Number of Psychiatrists in Shoreview, MN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Shoreview, MN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Medica

How Psychiatrists in Shoreview, MN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Shoreview?

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.