Psychiatrists in Billings, MT

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Steven John Meek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Billings, MT 59102  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have a passion for designing specialized treatment plans tailored to analyzing and caring for the root elements of mental health. My solution-based focus and patient orientated treatment style has attained consistent results. I apply an array of treatment modalities supporting the biological, psychological, and social dynamics of mental health.
I have a passion for designing specialized treatment plans tailored to analyzing and caring for the root elements of mental health. My solution-based focus and patient orientated treatment style has attained consistent results. I apply an array of treatment modalities supporting the biological, psychological, and social dynamics of mental health.
(406) 333-7515 View (406) 333-7515
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Clarissa Doi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Billings, MT 59101  (Online Only)
I am a double board-certified, Stanford-trained physician with over 14 years of experience specializing in anxiety and depression care for adults.
I am a double board-certified, Stanford-trained physician with over 14 years of experience specializing in anxiety and depression care for adults.
(406) 852-5939 View (406) 852-5939
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Billings, MT 59102  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Montana state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99, Counseling $89-$129. Also accepting some insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Montana state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99, Counseling $89-$129. Also accepting some insurances.
(406) 318-8178 View (406) 318-8178
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Nesrin Abu Ata
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Billings, MT 59102
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
(406) 282-8320 View (406) 282-8320
At Your Service Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Billings, MT 59102
100% ONLINE visits You travel around looking for a new provider every time you change states. You don't have time or want to call into an office, negotiate appointments with secretaries, drive in traffic, sit in a crowded waiting room, just to continue your medicine. We are licensed in 20 states and offer video visits from your computer or phone. Saturday and Sunday hours available. SCHEDULE today ONLINE: AtYourServicePsychiatry.com
100% ONLINE visits You travel around looking for a new provider every time you change states. You don't have time or want to call into an office, negotiate appointments with secretaries, drive in traffic, sit in a crowded waiting room, just to continue your medicine. We are licensed in 20 states and offer video visits from your computer or phone. Saturday and Sunday hours available. SCHEDULE today ONLINE: AtYourServicePsychiatry.com
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Nick Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Billings, MT 59101  (Online Only)
My approach is rooted in a commitment to swift, impactful results. Drawing from my extensive emergency medical background, I believe mental health treatment should be as prompt and effective as any other medical intervention. I am resolute in my stance that individuals grappling with severe depression, anxiety, or any mental health challenge shouldn't endure prolonged waits for relief. I specialize in treating patients with severe mental illness who have often exhausted numerous medication options. My unique skill set and training position me to address cases where others may have faltered.
My approach is rooted in a commitment to swift, impactful results. Drawing from my extensive emergency medical background, I believe mental health treatment should be as prompt and effective as any other medical intervention. I am resolute in my stance that individuals grappling with severe depression, anxiety, or any mental health challenge shouldn't endure prolonged waits for relief. I specialize in treating patients with severe mental illness who have often exhausted numerous medication options. My unique skill set and training position me to address cases where others may have faltered.
(406) 693-4362 View (406) 693-4362
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Montana Psychiatry & Brain Health Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Billings, MT 59102
We are dedicated to serving the mental health needs of pediatric and adult patients in our region. We aim to provide compassionate, thoughtful and comprehensive care by using an integrative approach that focuses on biological, psychological, and social factors that are unique to each patient. We provide Medication Management, TMS Therapy, IV Ketamine and Spravato, Psychological Testing, and Therapy services across the state of Montana. Whatever your mental health needs are, our team at Montana Psychiatry will provide exemplary care to put you on the path to healing and enriched living.
We are dedicated to serving the mental health needs of pediatric and adult patients in our region. We aim to provide compassionate, thoughtful and comprehensive care by using an integrative approach that focuses on biological, psychological, and social factors that are unique to each patient. We provide Medication Management, TMS Therapy, IV Ketamine and Spravato, Psychological Testing, and Therapy services across the state of Montana. Whatever your mental health needs are, our team at Montana Psychiatry will provide exemplary care to put you on the path to healing and enriched living.
(406) 630-7955 View (406) 630-7955
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Jiff (Jennifer) McAnally
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Billings, MT 59102  (Online Only)
Jiff is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Montana State University and focused her research on treating Adverse Childhood Experiences. She has worked and trained at Montana State Hospital, the VA, and many regional hospitals and outpatient facilities where she has served all ages and complexities. She authors continuing education courses for nurses and instructs undergraduate and graduate nursing courses. Jiff grew up in the small-town, farming, ranching, and rodeo ways of life in Montana. She operates from the values of community learned here.
Jiff is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Montana State University and focused her research on treating Adverse Childhood Experiences. She has worked and trained at Montana State Hospital, the VA, and many regional hospitals and outpatient facilities where she has served all ages and complexities. She authors continuing education courses for nurses and instructs undergraduate and graduate nursing courses. Jiff grew up in the small-town, farming, ranching, and rodeo ways of life in Montana. She operates from the values of community learned here.
(406) 431-1336 View (406) 431-1336
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Svetlana Yakov
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Billings, MT 59102
Dr. Yakov is psychiatrist with combined background in medicine and neurology, participants of many clinical research projects and author numerous international/USA publications in neuropsychiatry on topics of movement disorders, smell/taste/hormonal abnormalities, sensory gaiting and sensory reduction methods in adult psychiatry. Since Psychiatry Residency training at University of Alabama of Birmingham (2012-2016), Dr. Yakov gained extensive experience in management treatment resistant depression/bipolar disorders and suicidal patients with novel antidepressant medications and cutting edge approaches (TMS, Spravato).
Dr. Yakov is psychiatrist with combined background in medicine and neurology, participants of many clinical research projects and author numerous international/USA publications in neuropsychiatry on topics of movement disorders, smell/taste/hormonal abnormalities, sensory gaiting and sensory reduction methods in adult psychiatry. Since Psychiatry Residency training at University of Alabama of Birmingham (2012-2016), Dr. Yakov gained extensive experience in management treatment resistant depression/bipolar disorders and suicidal patients with novel antidepressant medications and cutting edge approaches (TMS, Spravato).
(406) 416-5288 View (406) 416-5288
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Allison G Sears
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Billings, MT 59105  (Online Only)
Allison is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She obtained her master’s degree from Gonzaga University. During her eight years of acute-care experience working in psychiatry at Billings Clinic, she participated in forming the Psychiatric Stabilization Unit and worked on the in-patient units providing therapeutic care to patients across the lifespan. She has broad experience in crisis intervention, trauma-informed care, and suicide risk assessment and management. Allison now enjoys working out-patient to help clients manage their symptoms and enjoy their ideal quality of life.
Allison is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She obtained her master’s degree from Gonzaga University. During her eight years of acute-care experience working in psychiatry at Billings Clinic, she participated in forming the Psychiatric Stabilization Unit and worked on the in-patient units providing therapeutic care to patients across the lifespan. She has broad experience in crisis intervention, trauma-informed care, and suicide risk assessment and management. Allison now enjoys working out-patient to help clients manage their symptoms and enjoy their ideal quality of life.
(406) 905-0669 View (406) 905-0669
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Anu Marrott-Ware
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN-L, RN
Verified Verified
Billings, MT 59102  (Online Only)
Welcome to Holistic Mental Health, LLC! Are you looking for a provider who will work with you through the struggle/s you may be facing? As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide compassionate and individualized care, utilizing best practices.
Welcome to Holistic Mental Health, LLC! Are you looking for a provider who will work with you through the struggle/s you may be facing? As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide compassionate and individualized care, utilizing best practices.
(406) 642-7377 View (406) 642-7377
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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PHMNP
Verified Verified
Billings, MT 59102  (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.
(725) 209-2784 View (725) 209-2784
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Marcus Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Billings, MT 59105
Now accepting new patients with same week appointments! Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, issues with body image, severe mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
Now accepting new patients with same week appointments! Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, issues with body image, severe mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
(406) 631-8908 View (406) 631-8908
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Hope Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Billings, MT 59101
Hello! We are a mental health clinic providing psych evals, med management and psychotherapy. I am the Clinic owner and Clinician. When you schedule with me, you will be signing up for a team. Currently, there are 3 interns that work with me. An intern will take your medical history and psychiatric history, then I will come on and the intern and I will create the treatment plan. On subsequent visits, you will see the intern and he/she will bring me on when the medication and/or treatment plan needs to be changed. All of us provide Integrative Psychiatry using the most recent medications and supplements. Our interns do therapy too!
Hello! We are a mental health clinic providing psych evals, med management and psychotherapy. I am the Clinic owner and Clinician. When you schedule with me, you will be signing up for a team. Currently, there are 3 interns that work with me. An intern will take your medical history and psychiatric history, then I will come on and the intern and I will create the treatment plan. On subsequent visits, you will see the intern and he/she will bring me on when the medication and/or treatment plan needs to be changed. All of us provide Integrative Psychiatry using the most recent medications and supplements. Our interns do therapy too!
(406) 540-9173 View (406) 540-9173
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High Sierra Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Billings, MT 59101  (Online Only)
Are you a busy adult who is tired of waiting weeks or even months to get an appointment to see your prescriber for a simple refill of psychiatric medication? Are you sick of spending hours sitting in a crowded waiting room while you are missing work or time away from your family or studies? Do you have a therapist you love but who can’t prescribe your medication?
Are you a busy adult who is tired of waiting weeks or even months to get an appointment to see your prescriber for a simple refill of psychiatric medication? Are you sick of spending hours sitting in a crowded waiting room while you are missing work or time away from your family or studies? Do you have a therapist you love but who can’t prescribe your medication?
(800) 777-1420 View (800) 777-1420
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Dr. Theresa Clark
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Billings, MT 59101  (Online Only)
Welcome to Ten Mile Health and Wellness, the offices of Dr. Theresa Clark, MD. This online physician only practice focuses on providing high quality, individualized psychiatric care in a safe and caring environment. Evidence based medication management, psychotherapy and diet/lifestyle changes are involved in all evaluations.
Welcome to Ten Mile Health and Wellness, the offices of Dr. Theresa Clark, MD. This online physician only practice focuses on providing high quality, individualized psychiatric care in a safe and caring environment. Evidence based medication management, psychotherapy and diet/lifestyle changes are involved in all evaluations.
(406) 719-6718 View (406) 719-6718
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Michelle Herron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Billings, MT 59101
Michelle Herron grew up in Helena, Montana. She has been specializing in psychiatric care for 13 years. Michelle graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Montana State University in 2022; she is passionate about providing inclusive psychiatric services to Montanans. Michelle believes that the provider and client work together to find an individualized treatment that promotes health, healing, and hope.
Michelle Herron grew up in Helena, Montana. She has been specializing in psychiatric care for 13 years. Michelle graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Montana State University in 2022; she is passionate about providing inclusive psychiatric services to Montanans. Michelle believes that the provider and client work together to find an individualized treatment that promotes health, healing, and hope.
(406) 991-1616 View (406) 991-1616
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Topher Mercado, PMHNP - OptiMindHealth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Billings, MT 59102
Topher obtained his Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing at Florida International University. He is Board Certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida and Colorado. Topher has experience across a wide range of medical and psychiatric disorders. He has worked in a long-term acute care hospital and an inpatient behavioral health/psychiatric unit prior to joining OptiMindHealth as an outpatient clinician.
Topher obtained his Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing at Florida International University. He is Board Certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida and Colorado. Topher has experience across a wide range of medical and psychiatric disorders. He has worked in a long-term acute care hospital and an inpatient behavioral health/psychiatric unit prior to joining OptiMindHealth as an outpatient clinician.
(720) 443-4223 View (720) 443-4223
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Sparrow Psychiatry and Wellness, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Billings, MT 59101
I am rooted in integrative mental health, seeing a client as a whole person where family history, medical history, genetics, lifestyle choices and social connection intersect. I partner with clients to chart an individualized plan for wellness and psychiatric care. My treatment tool belt includes traditional western medicine and medications, pioneering interventions such as intranasal ketamine, as well as non-pharmaceutical interventions like meditation, mindfulness, and acudetox. I have high standards for dignified, ethical, and principled mental health care.
I am rooted in integrative mental health, seeing a client as a whole person where family history, medical history, genetics, lifestyle choices and social connection intersect. I partner with clients to chart an individualized plan for wellness and psychiatric care. My treatment tool belt includes traditional western medicine and medications, pioneering interventions such as intranasal ketamine, as well as non-pharmaceutical interventions like meditation, mindfulness, and acudetox. I have high standards for dignified, ethical, and principled mental health care.
(406) 641-3509 View (406) 641-3509
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Optimize Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Billings, MT 59101
Not accepting new clients
Optimize Psychiatry offers a modern & natural approach to psychiatry that is Personalized, Holistic, Functional & Scientifically Informed. We take a root-cause analytic approach to each client's unique biochemistry, genetics & psychological factors and work to align physiology, neurology, and psychodynamics by incorporating insights from various disciplines within and outside of medicine. Our goal is always to help you retrieve or discover your Optimized Self through insight and future-driven change designed to improve your health across life domains and aligned with your deepest values. (More details at optimizepsychiatry.com)
Optimize Psychiatry offers a modern & natural approach to psychiatry that is Personalized, Holistic, Functional & Scientifically Informed. We take a root-cause analytic approach to each client's unique biochemistry, genetics & psychological factors and work to align physiology, neurology, and psychodynamics by incorporating insights from various disciplines within and outside of medicine. Our goal is always to help you retrieve or discover your Optimized Self through insight and future-driven change designed to improve your health across life domains and aligned with your deepest values. (More details at optimizepsychiatry.com)

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Billings, MT

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Billings, MT who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
85% Anxiety
85% Medication Management
77% Trauma and PTSD
77% Bipolar Disorder
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
62% ADHD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
88% Cigna and Evernorth
82% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Billings, MT see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Billings?

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.