Psychiatrists in Lancaster County, NE

Moonstone Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Lincoln, NE 68506
At Moonstone Psychiatry, we offer a range of psychiatric services tailored to your needs. Our offerings include in-person office visits, Tele-psychiatry Services, Psychiatric Evaluations, and Medication Management. During your initial evaluation, we will conduct a detailed review of your past mental health history and treatments (if any), review medical issues as this may impact treatment, and discuss your mental health concerns and goals for treatment. If indicated, psychotropic medications may be prescribed at this time.
At Moonstone Psychiatry, we offer a range of psychiatric services tailored to your needs. Our offerings include in-person office visits, Tele-psychiatry Services, Psychiatric Evaluations, and Medication Management. During your initial evaluation, we will conduct a detailed review of your past mental health history and treatments (if any), review medical issues as this may impact treatment, and discuss your mental health concerns and goals for treatment. If indicated, psychotropic medications may be prescribed at this time.
(402) 337-4545 View (402) 337-4545
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Erin N Simanic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lincoln, NE 68508
Not accepting new clients
Seeking out a new provider can be difficult. It is essential to find a provider with whom you can connect and work collaboratively to achieve your goals and improve quality of life. I embrace a holistic framework and enjoy using my knowledge as a family NP to ensure all aspects of the mind and body are considered. I enjoy working with individuals with various mental health diagnoses and concerns. If you are interested in services, give me a call and I would be happy to discuss options!
Seeking out a new provider can be difficult. It is essential to find a provider with whom you can connect and work collaboratively to achieve your goals and improve quality of life. I embrace a holistic framework and enjoy using my knowledge as a family NP to ensure all aspects of the mind and body are considered. I enjoy working with individuals with various mental health diagnoses and concerns. If you are interested in services, give me a call and I would be happy to discuss options!
(531) 233-5761 View (531) 233-5761
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Katie Lynn Sturdevant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, BC
Verified
Lincoln, NE 68506
"If you are new to mental health medications, or if you are not, you might have doubts. I'll take the time to listen to your concerns and develop a plan that you are comfortable with. This is a process and I am willing to work with you and make the changes necessary to benefit your overall state of mental health."
"If you are new to mental health medications, or if you are not, you might have doubts. I'll take the time to listen to your concerns and develop a plan that you are comfortable with. This is a process and I am willing to work with you and make the changes necessary to benefit your overall state of mental health."
(531) 208-1530 View (531) 208-1530
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Connie R Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-NP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lincoln, NE 68510
You know yourself better than anyone else, so I will partner with you to plan your care. I will combine my knowledge, expertise, and various treatments with your expertise about you and your situation. I provide conservative treatment with the fewest medications possible. Let me help you meet your goals and get you back to life.
You know yourself better than anyone else, so I will partner with you to plan your care. I will combine my knowledge, expertise, and various treatments with your expertise about you and your situation. I provide conservative treatment with the fewest medications possible. Let me help you meet your goals and get you back to life.
(402) 523-2737 View (402) 523-2737
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Paige Buresh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Lincoln, NE 68526
Hello, I'm Paige Buresh, a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). With specialized training and experience in mental health care, I am here to provide comprehensive support to individuals seeking improved emotional well-being. I specialize in diagnosis and medication management, offering personalized treatment plans for children, adolescents, and adults. I firmly believe in the power of collaboration. As your PMHNP, I see us as partners working together to navigate the complexities of your mental health journey.
Hello, I'm Paige Buresh, a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). With specialized training and experience in mental health care, I am here to provide comprehensive support to individuals seeking improved emotional well-being. I specialize in diagnosis and medication management, offering personalized treatment plans for children, adolescents, and adults. I firmly believe in the power of collaboration. As your PMHNP, I see us as partners working together to navigate the complexities of your mental health journey.
(531) 242-6965 View (531) 242-6965
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Kimberly Waters
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP
Verified
Lincoln, NE 68510
As a Nurse Practitioner (APRN) I feel passionately that our physical and mental health are interconnected and it is best to treat from a whole body perspective and really get to know my patients on a personal level. Each and every person is an individual and I believe it is my role to listen, and learn about my patients .
As a Nurse Practitioner (APRN) I feel passionately that our physical and mental health are interconnected and it is best to treat from a whole body perspective and really get to know my patients on a personal level. Each and every person is an individual and I believe it is my role to listen, and learn about my patients .
(402) 809-5162 View (402) 809-5162
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Shayla Hinrichsen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Lincoln, NE 68526
Shayla Hinrichsen is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in psychiatric care and a commitment to promoting holistic mental health and wellness. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. With a passion for mental health advocacy and a focus on individualized, evidence-based care, Shayla provides comprehensive psychiatric assessments, diagnoses, and medication management for a wide range of mental health issues.
Shayla Hinrichsen is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in psychiatric care and a commitment to promoting holistic mental health and wellness. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. With a passion for mental health advocacy and a focus on individualized, evidence-based care, Shayla provides comprehensive psychiatric assessments, diagnoses, and medication management for a wide range of mental health issues.
(402) 624-4454 View (402) 624-4454
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YOUniq Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, WHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Lincoln, NE 68506
We have NEW patient openings so, DON'T sit on a WAIT list! Get scheduled right away! At YOUniq Health, we help children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly dealing with several mild to severe psychiatric and mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, substance use disorder, PTSD, eating disorder, borderline personality disorder, and many more. We believe that whole health begins with a healthy mind so, our clinicians look at your whole being while evaluating you for the need for care, prescribing medications, and offering brief supportive therapy to you.
We have NEW patient openings so, DON'T sit on a WAIT list! Get scheduled right away! At YOUniq Health, we help children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly dealing with several mild to severe psychiatric and mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, substance use disorder, PTSD, eating disorder, borderline personality disorder, and many more. We believe that whole health begins with a healthy mind so, our clinicians look at your whole being while evaluating you for the need for care, prescribing medications, and offering brief supportive therapy to you.
(531) 208-1424 View (531) 208-1424
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Susan Gripp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN-NP, PMHNP
Verified
Lincoln, NE 68506
Your needs are unique so your care should be too. I provide individualized psychiatric and behavioral health care to children, adolescents and adults. I have a a specialty focus in adolescents and women of all ages, including expectant and nursing mothers.
Your needs are unique so your care should be too. I provide individualized psychiatric and behavioral health care to children, adolescents and adults. I have a a specialty focus in adolescents and women of all ages, including expectant and nursing mothers.
(402) 534-1491 View (402) 534-1491
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
Lincoln, NE 68510
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.
(402) 685-9533 View (402) 685-9533
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Lincoln, NE 68508  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other 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. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other 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. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
(786) 761-1151 View (786) 761-1151
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Teresa Dowling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lincoln, NE 68501
I have immediate availability. Individuals who are experiencing mental illness symptoms often struggle to perform at their best. They feel life can be a chore, or a mountain that is impossible to climb. I enjoy helping individuals regain control of their life, working with them to develop a treatment plan that allows them to perform at their best.
I have immediate availability. Individuals who are experiencing mental illness symptoms often struggle to perform at their best. They feel life can be a chore, or a mountain that is impossible to climb. I enjoy helping individuals regain control of their life, working with them to develop a treatment plan that allows them to perform at their best.
(402) 781-8456 View (402) 781-8456
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Her Story Women's Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lincoln, NE 68516
Not accepting new clients
Some of our offerings and specialties include telemedicine, psychiatric medication management for teens and adults, psychiatric evaluations, referral to individual and group therapies, pre-conception counseling, medication management during pregnancy, and treatment for postpartum disorders.
Some of our offerings and specialties include telemedicine, psychiatric medication management for teens and adults, psychiatric evaluations, referral to individual and group therapies, pre-conception counseling, medication management during pregnancy, and treatment for postpartum disorders.
(402) 704-3062 View (402) 704-3062
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Alicia Theilen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Lincoln, NE 68516
Now accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? The first steps taken toward healing may be intimidating, however, you do not have to make the journey alone. I am here to guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in cultivating a strong therapeutic partnership built on trust and respect. Together, a treatment plan will be created and tailored to fit you utilizing medication management. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your emotional, physical, and mental well-being.
Now accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? The first steps taken toward healing may be intimidating, however, you do not have to make the journey alone. I am here to guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in cultivating a strong therapeutic partnership built on trust and respect. Together, a treatment plan will be created and tailored to fit you utilizing medication management. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your emotional, physical, and mental well-being.
(402) 685-8214 View (402) 685-8214
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Dr. Joseph Kent
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lincoln, NE 68501  (Online Only)
Board certified MD psychiatrist who has been serving Nebraska and Iowa since 2014. Born and raised in Nebraska and attended medical school at UNMC and residency at Creighton. My goal for patients is for them to become well enough that they no longer need my services. I do not want patients to just exist, but to thrive as happy and functional individuals. This often includes their relationships, professions and education. I am a medication minimalist and strive for the least medications and lowest effective dose. Much of my time is spent identifying the correct diagnosis and reducing medications started by prior providers.
Board certified MD psychiatrist who has been serving Nebraska and Iowa since 2014. Born and raised in Nebraska and attended medical school at UNMC and residency at Creighton. My goal for patients is for them to become well enough that they no longer need my services. I do not want patients to just exist, but to thrive as happy and functional individuals. This often includes their relationships, professions and education. I am a medication minimalist and strive for the least medications and lowest effective dose. Much of my time is spent identifying the correct diagnosis and reducing medications started by prior providers.
(402) 824-2084 View (402) 824-2084
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Talia Baruch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Lincoln, NE 68501  (Online Only)
Do you struggle to find the energy to do things you once enjoyed? Activities that used to bring happiness and fulfillment now feel like an insurmountable task. Even the simplest of tasks, like getting out of bed or taking a shower, feels impossible. The constant negative thoughts and feelings are overwhelming. You might not feel as if you can ever get better but you are ready to find a way to get out of the isolating hole of depression. You are ready to start living your life again. Clients come to me looking for a compassionate and patient provider who brings them hope in even the darkest of times.
Do you struggle to find the energy to do things you once enjoyed? Activities that used to bring happiness and fulfillment now feel like an insurmountable task. Even the simplest of tasks, like getting out of bed or taking a shower, feels impossible. The constant negative thoughts and feelings are overwhelming. You might not feel as if you can ever get better but you are ready to find a way to get out of the isolating hole of depression. You are ready to start living your life again. Clients come to me looking for a compassionate and patient provider who brings them hope in even the darkest of times.
(206) 203-8169 View (206) 203-8169
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Nancy Handler, MD , Mind & Mood Mental Health, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lincoln, NE 68520
Dr. Nancy Handler, founder of Mind and Mood Mental Health, LLC, is a board certified psychiatrist who graduated medical school from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed residency at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Handler has completed additional training in management of women's mental health through Mass General Hospital. She specializes in the diagnosis and management of various mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders.
Dr. Nancy Handler, founder of Mind and Mood Mental Health, LLC, is a board certified psychiatrist who graduated medical school from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed residency at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Handler has completed additional training in management of women's mental health through Mass General Hospital. She specializes in the diagnosis and management of various mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders.
(402) 928-2002 View (402) 928-2002
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Rebecca Dawn Slominski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified
Lincoln, NE 68510
Dawn Slominski is a nurse practitioner with a doctorate degree specializing in behavioral/mental health treatment. She has more than 4 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, 25+ years in the nursing field. Dawn believes in providing individualized treatment plans based on the unique circumstances of each client. She believes people have innate healing abilities, clients are people not illnesses, recovery involves addressing causes not just symptoms, and healing takes a collaborative approach. She seeks to empower individuals and families through intervention, treatment, education, support, and advocacy. Ages 17 years and up.
Dawn Slominski is a nurse practitioner with a doctorate degree specializing in behavioral/mental health treatment. She has more than 4 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, 25+ years in the nursing field. Dawn believes in providing individualized treatment plans based on the unique circumstances of each client. She believes people have innate healing abilities, clients are people not illnesses, recovery involves addressing causes not just symptoms, and healing takes a collaborative approach. She seeks to empower individuals and families through intervention, treatment, education, support, and advocacy. Ages 17 years and up.
(402) 227-1965 View (402) 227-1965
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Athena Clare Fertig
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified
Lincoln, NE 68506
Accepting new patients! I offer in person and telehealth visits and I am fully licensed in Iowa and Nebraska. My mission is to provide affordable, holistic, compassionate and comprehensive care. Now accepting many insurance plans; I also offer sliding scale option for self-pay. I take a Holistic approach, which may include referrals for therapy, nutritional counseling, ruling out environmental and medical problems that may cause symptoms, genetic testing when needed, and medications to target symptoms. I invite you to contact my office for an initial consultation.
Accepting new patients! I offer in person and telehealth visits and I am fully licensed in Iowa and Nebraska. My mission is to provide affordable, holistic, compassionate and comprehensive care. Now accepting many insurance plans; I also offer sliding scale option for self-pay. I take a Holistic approach, which may include referrals for therapy, nutritional counseling, ruling out environmental and medical problems that may cause symptoms, genetic testing when needed, and medications to target symptoms. I invite you to contact my office for an initial consultation.
(712) 458-4217 View (712) 458-4217
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Jackie Wayman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
2 Endorsed
Lincoln, NE 68501  (Online Only)
NOW accepting new clients! You are the architect of your own life. I partner with you to ensure you have a solid foundation to build on. With over a decade in healthcare, I have dedicated my career to helping people feel their best. I am a firm believer that mental health is a complex balance of physical, emotional, and social well-being. I empower you to start today on a new journey, regardless of where you are beginning. I enjoy getting to know people and prioritizing their values, preferences, and needs in creating a comprehensive care plan.
NOW accepting new clients! You are the architect of your own life. I partner with you to ensure you have a solid foundation to build on. With over a decade in healthcare, I have dedicated my career to helping people feel their best. I am a firm believer that mental health is a complex balance of physical, emotional, and social well-being. I empower you to start today on a new journey, regardless of where you are beginning. I enjoy getting to know people and prioritizing their values, preferences, and needs in creating a comprehensive care plan.
(402) 313-3069 View (402) 313-3069

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lancaster County, NE

20+

Average cost per session

$212

Psychiatrists in Lancaster County, NE who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
96% ADHD
96% Medication Management
91% Bipolar Disorder
87% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
87% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% BlueCross and BlueShield
90% Aetna
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Lancaster County, NE see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

90% Female
10% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lancaster County?

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.