Psychiatrists in Wayzata, MN

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Prakriti Chaulagain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wayzata, MN 55391
I bring authenticity, empathy, compassion, positivity, and cultural awareness to my practice. I utilize a client-centered approach to deliver whole-person care. I partner with my clients to find the best treatment plan for their mental health concerns. I will ensure you are listened to and treated as an individual, not as a diagnosis. I provide a safe, judgment-free environment, and you will feel assured that you are in good hands under my care.
I bring authenticity, empathy, compassion, positivity, and cultural awareness to my practice. I utilize a client-centered approach to deliver whole-person care. I partner with my clients to find the best treatment plan for their mental health concerns. I will ensure you are listened to and treated as an individual, not as a diagnosis. I provide a safe, judgment-free environment, and you will feel assured that you are in good hands under my care.
(612) 887-3591 View (612) 887-3591
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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.
(763) 314-4471 View (763) 314-4471
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Leigh A. Hagglund
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wayzata, MN 55391
Life is really hard. Plain and simple. It can make you feel depressed, anxious, panicky, exhausted, and sometimes make you wonder if you're crazy. You might have an idea why you're feeling this way or you might be totally confused about it all. Regardless, you're here, reading this right now because you want to understand and you to want feel better. I can't guarantee I have all the answers but I do know I can help. I offer both online and in-person appointments.
Life is really hard. Plain and simple. It can make you feel depressed, anxious, panicky, exhausted, and sometimes make you wonder if you're crazy. You might have an idea why you're feeling this way or you might be totally confused about it all. Regardless, you're here, reading this right now because you want to understand and you to want feel better. I can't guarantee I have all the answers but I do know I can help. I offer both online and in-person appointments.
(763) 280-3770 View (763) 280-3770
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Mood And Anxiety Disorders Center
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Wayzata, MN 55391
The providers at our clinic are dedicated to providing the most empathetic, effective, evidence-based treatment for our patients with mood and anxiety disorders. Our providers understand the complexities of the various psychiatric medications used to manage these illnesses so our treatments are more effective. We have often found that patients who are referred to us have been put on many psychiatric medications that may not be truly targeting the individual's symptoms. We take the time to truly understand our patients, therefore, our treatment is truly more tailored to the individual.
The providers at our clinic are dedicated to providing the most empathetic, effective, evidence-based treatment for our patients with mood and anxiety disorders. Our providers understand the complexities of the various psychiatric medications used to manage these illnesses so our treatments are more effective. We have often found that patients who are referred to us have been put on many psychiatric medications that may not be truly targeting the individual's symptoms. We take the time to truly understand our patients, therefore, our treatment is truly more tailored to the individual.
(952) 260-2451 View (952) 260-2451
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James C. Van Doren, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wayzata, MN 55391  (Online Only)
Dr. Van Doren is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. Patients can connect quickly through a secure chat on my patient portal, ensuring concierge-level service and accessibility. I provide comprehensive treatment by using medication management with psychotherapy in a holistic approach, recognizing the unique life experiences of each patient.
Dr. Van Doren is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. Patients can connect quickly through a secure chat on my patient portal, ensuring concierge-level service and accessibility. I provide comprehensive treatment by using medication management with psychotherapy in a holistic approach, recognizing the unique life experiences of each patient.
(763) 402-9150 View (763) 402-9150
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Haley Carlock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Wayzata, MN 55391  (Online Only)
Dr. Carlock is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adolescents and adults with a special interest in treating individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and/or trauma. In addition to prescribing medication, Dr. Carlock utilizes skills learned from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine to help individuals treat their mental health symptoms in a more holistic way. She completed the Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine, the Advanced Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program, and other online webinars.
Dr. Carlock is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adolescents and adults with a special interest in treating individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and/or trauma. In addition to prescribing medication, Dr. Carlock utilizes skills learned from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine to help individuals treat their mental health symptoms in a more holistic way. She completed the Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine, the Advanced Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program, and other online webinars.
(763) 294-7972 View (763) 294-7972
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Twila B Germanson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wayzata, MN 55391  (Online Only)
As an experienced psychiatrist, I provide a range of services via telemedicine. These include diagnostic assessments, follow-up appointments, medication management, and supportive therapy. I utilize electronic-prescriptions, sending them directly to your pharmacy. I graduated and completed residency in 1999 at the University of Minnesota Medical School. What sets my practice apart is the autonomy I enjoy in my private practice. This freedom allows me to allocate the necessary time to each patient, ensuring that I provide the highest standard of care, tailored to your unique needs.
As an experienced psychiatrist, I provide a range of services via telemedicine. These include diagnostic assessments, follow-up appointments, medication management, and supportive therapy. I utilize electronic-prescriptions, sending them directly to your pharmacy. I graduated and completed residency in 1999 at the University of Minnesota Medical School. What sets my practice apart is the autonomy I enjoy in my private practice. This freedom allows me to allocate the necessary time to each patient, ensuring that I provide the highest standard of care, tailored to your unique needs.
(952) 529-4291 View (952) 529-4291
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Natalie Brandsrud
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Wayzata, MN 55391  (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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Plymouth Psych Group
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wayzata, MN 55391
We are a full-service mental health clinic and believe in a holistic approach for the treatment of mental illness - based on treating the "whole" person, taking into consideration the mental, emotional, physical, and social aspects of well-being. With compassion and understanding, our clinical team work with everyone to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. While focusing on our work to perform comprehensive assessments, accurate diagnoses, and advanced treatment of mental disorders in children and adults, our mission is to provide excellent and compassionate mental health care.
We are a full-service mental health clinic and believe in a holistic approach for the treatment of mental illness - based on treating the "whole" person, taking into consideration the mental, emotional, physical, and social aspects of well-being. With compassion and understanding, our clinical team work with everyone to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. While focusing on our work to perform comprehensive assessments, accurate diagnoses, and advanced treatment of mental disorders in children and adults, our mission is to provide excellent and compassionate mental health care.
(763) 225-2551 View (763) 225-2551

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Pinnacle Behavioral Healthcare
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Pinnacle Behavioral Healthcare provides a comprehensive service for individuals with a variety of psychiatric and psychological problems. The mission of our company is to provide top-notch patient-centered services to individuals with mental health needs in a dignifying and compassionate manner. We are committed to excellence in helping our patients improve the quality of their lives in a timely manner. We welcome new patients and are always happy to accept referrals from various sources. We provide assessments and evaluations of mental illnesses, Crisis management, Medication management, Individual and group psychotherapy (talking through problems).
Pinnacle Behavioral Healthcare provides a comprehensive service for individuals with a variety of psychiatric and psychological problems. The mission of our company is to provide top-notch patient-centered services to individuals with mental health needs in a dignifying and compassionate manner. We are committed to excellence in helping our patients improve the quality of their lives in a timely manner. We welcome new patients and are always happy to accept referrals from various sources. We provide assessments and evaluations of mental illnesses, Crisis management, Medication management, Individual and group psychotherapy (talking through problems).
(952) 314-4594 View (952) 314-4594
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West End Consultation Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416
Medications are often necessary to treat psychiatric illnesses. Our prescribers take care to recommend psychiatric medications and dosages that are most effective at specifically targeting the patient's symptoms, without over-medicating patients. Whether we are starting new medications or streamlining a patient's current medications, our goal is to provide successful management of psychiatric symptoms with minimal side effects. We believe that providing psychiatric care is about treating the whole patient. We consider other medical conditions that may play a role in a person's mental health, and we encourage behavioral and cognitive skills to improve overall mental health.
Medications are often necessary to treat psychiatric illnesses. Our prescribers take care to recommend psychiatric medications and dosages that are most effective at specifically targeting the patient's symptoms, without over-medicating patients. Whether we are starting new medications or streamlining a patient's current medications, our goal is to provide successful management of psychiatric symptoms with minimal side effects. We believe that providing psychiatric care is about treating the whole patient. We consider other medical conditions that may play a role in a person's mental health, and we encourage behavioral and cognitive skills to improve overall mental health.
(952) 260-6617 x1 View (952) 260-6617 x1
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James Tutu Fiske
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55436
James T. Fiske has worked as a psychiatric nurse practitioner since 2020, after obtaining his graduate degree from the University of Arizona with honors and then passing the board exam. He worked as an outpatient provider for homeless people with a history of substance abuse and other comorbid psychiatric conditions. He later and currently works as a crisis provider with over a year of experience in that field.
James T. Fiske has worked as a psychiatric nurse practitioner since 2020, after obtaining his graduate degree from the University of Arizona with honors and then passing the board exam. He worked as an outpatient provider for homeless people with a history of substance abuse and other comorbid psychiatric conditions. He later and currently works as a crisis provider with over a year of experience in that field.
(952) 260-8537 View (952) 260-8537
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Abdirizak Nuno
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edina, MN 55343
In my practice, we are currently accepting NEW patients for medication management, therapy, chemical dependency treatment including suboxone. We also provide esketamine/spravato. My interests are varied and include a wide spectrum of disorders, such as major depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance use, ADHD and PTSD. I explore the biological, psychological and social components of mental illness and utilize tools and interventions to evaluate and treat my patients, including diagnostic laboratory tests, prescribed medications and coping strategies. We accept most insurances and private pay.
In my practice, we are currently accepting NEW patients for medication management, therapy, chemical dependency treatment including suboxone. We also provide esketamine/spravato. My interests are varied and include a wide spectrum of disorders, such as major depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance use, ADHD and PTSD. I explore the biological, psychological and social components of mental illness and utilize tools and interventions to evaluate and treat my patients, including diagnostic laboratory tests, prescribed medications and coping strategies. We accept most insurances and private pay.
(952) 230-3944 View (952) 230-3944
Photo of Helen Wood - Helen Wood, MD, PA, MD, Psychiatrist
Helen Wood, MD, PA
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Edina, MN 55436
New appointment times are available starting in January, 2017. I look forward to working with patients that desire to improve their emotional and mental health and are motivated to take active steps toward achieving their recovery.
New appointment times are available starting in January, 2017. I look forward to working with patients that desire to improve their emotional and mental health and are motivated to take active steps toward achieving their recovery.
(952) 679-8836 View (952) 679-8836
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Thrive Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416
Thrive Behavioral Health Services is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner led clinic focused on treating various Psychiatric conditions to include Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Various types of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders as well as Binge Eating Disorders.
Thrive Behavioral Health Services is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner led clinic focused on treating various Psychiatric conditions to include Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Various types of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders as well as Binge Eating Disorders.
(813) 993-0315 View (813) 993-0315
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Ediomi 'edee' Enebong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55305  (Online Only)
Have you ever felt rushed through a mental health 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. I am committed to establishing a deep level of trust with each client, which I hope will serve as the foundation for our therapeutic alliance. I take the time to get to know each of my patients, understanding their individual experiences and needs, and working with them to develop effective strategies for managing their mental health. Find out more at www.pleasantplacepsychiatry.com.
Have you ever felt rushed through a mental health 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. I am committed to establishing a deep level of trust with each client, which I hope will serve as the foundation for our therapeutic alliance. I take the time to get to know each of my patients, understanding their individual experiences and needs, and working with them to develop effective strategies for managing their mental health. Find out more at www.pleasantplacepsychiatry.com.
(763) 314-3709 View (763) 314-3709
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YourTime Psychiatry & Medical Cannabis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Plymouth, MN 55446
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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Telemental Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55424
Are you feeling the weight of a demanding career, the academic demands of school, or the general stresses of everyday life? If you or your loved ones, aged 12 and up, are navigating the challenges of ADHD, anxiety, or depression, I'm here to extend a helping hand. My name is Gerard Balan, a seasoned psychiatric nurse practitioner who understands you need mental health support that adapts to your lifestyle. With our services, you'll find discrete, effective care without having to step away from your work, school, or personal commitments.
Are you feeling the weight of a demanding career, the academic demands of school, or the general stresses of everyday life? If you or your loved ones, aged 12 and up, are navigating the challenges of ADHD, anxiety, or depression, I'm here to extend a helping hand. My name is Gerard Balan, a seasoned psychiatric nurse practitioner who understands you need mental health support that adapts to your lifestyle. With our services, you'll find discrete, effective care without having to step away from your work, school, or personal commitments.
(612) 314-8967 View (612) 314-8967
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Dr. Bola Salabiu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Doctora, PMHNP, Masters, MAT
Verified Verified
Edina, MN 55343  (Online Only)
Dr. Bola Salabiu is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of working with people experiencing challenges with depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, eating DO, Mental, Behavioral, Neurodevelopmental disorders, panic disorders, PTSD, and others. Bola sees patients through Lifespan for Mental health and medication management. Bola has extensive experience counseling children, adolescents, adults, seniors, families, couples, and groups in clinical and outpatient settings.
Dr. Bola Salabiu is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of working with people experiencing challenges with depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, eating DO, Mental, Behavioral, Neurodevelopmental disorders, panic disorders, PTSD, and others. Bola sees patients through Lifespan for Mental health and medication management. Bola has extensive experience counseling children, adolescents, adults, seniors, families, couples, and groups in clinical and outpatient settings.
(612) 800-8165 View (612) 800-8165

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Wayzata, MN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Wayzata, MN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
89% Bipolar Disorder
89% Medication Management
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Sleep or Insomnia
56% ADHD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% PreferredOne
100% HealthPartners of MN and WI
80% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Wayzata, MN see their clients

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wayzata?

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.