Psychiatrists in Las Vegas, NV

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Grace Korir
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89110
My name is Grace Korir, a Primary Healthcare Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I provide mental health care via telehealth throughout the state. My goal is to provide exceptional mental health care to individuals struggling with mental health challenges by providing support and treatment for better mental health outcomes. I am passionate about destigmatizing and promoting mental health wellness. My clients know me for my empathetic approach, excellent communication skills, and ability to build trusting relationship with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
My name is Grace Korir, a Primary Healthcare Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I provide mental health care via telehealth throughout the state. My goal is to provide exceptional mental health care to individuals struggling with mental health challenges by providing support and treatment for better mental health outcomes. I am passionate about destigmatizing and promoting mental health wellness. My clients know me for my empathetic approach, excellent communication skills, and ability to build trusting relationship with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
(725) 307-4937 View (725) 307-4937
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Freedom Psychiatry Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Are you feeling worthless about your life or hopeless about your future? Are you feeling anxious and scared to be in a public place? Do you have trouble focusing much better on your task at work or in school? You are not alone. We are here to help you balance your physical and mental health and improve your performance. We treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, panic attack, bipolar disorder, and many more. We are currently Accepting new clients. We accept Anthem, BCBS, Aetna, Cigna, and United health insurance. Please, check out what other are saying about us at: provider.kareo.com/paul-okoronkwo
Are you feeling worthless about your life or hopeless about your future? Are you feeling anxious and scared to be in a public place? Do you have trouble focusing much better on your task at work or in school? You are not alone. We are here to help you balance your physical and mental health and improve your performance. We treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, panic attack, bipolar disorder, and many more. We are currently Accepting new clients. We accept Anthem, BCBS, Aetna, Cigna, and United health insurance. Please, check out what other are saying about us at: provider.kareo.com/paul-okoronkwo
(725) 226-4751 View (725) 226-4751
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89123  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(702) 718-5611 View (702) 718-5611
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John Reitano
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Dr. John Reitano, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist trained at The Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania. He has 25 years of experience treating patients in all types of settings including private practice, community mental health, inpatient, couples, and family therapy as well as unique situations involving family businesses and the workplace.
Dr. John Reitano, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist trained at The Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania. He has 25 years of experience treating patients in all types of settings including private practice, community mental health, inpatient, couples, and family therapy as well as unique situations involving family businesses and the workplace.
(725) 696-9240 View (725) 696-9240
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Generaciónes Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89149
The ideal client is someone who seeks relief from mental health issues, has the goal of improved daily functioning and well-being, and wants a combination of medication management, therapy, and education to achieve these objectives. Their motivation stems from a desire for a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life. It's important to remember that each client's needs and goals will be unique, and the care provided by a PMHNP should always be tailored to the individual's specific circumstances and preferences.
The ideal client is someone who seeks relief from mental health issues, has the goal of improved daily functioning and well-being, and wants a combination of medication management, therapy, and education to achieve these objectives. Their motivation stems from a desire for a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life. It's important to remember that each client's needs and goals will be unique, and the care provided by a PMHNP should always be tailored to the individual's specific circumstances and preferences.
(702) 745-2631 View (702) 745-2631
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Rosette S Makon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, AGNP, WCC, RN
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89121
I believe, "A healthy person is a disabled on probation." With this being said, I treat my patients with respect by utilizing a holistic patient-centered approach to psychiatric care by integrating core values in medical/nursing practice and evidence-based psychiatric treatments. Although certified to provide psychiatric care across the life span, I prefer to provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, and medication management to patients 12+ of age. I offer to assist you with effective and affordable treatments. I perform periodic evaluations with blood/urine tests for disease monitoring. I am there when needed.
I believe, "A healthy person is a disabled on probation." With this being said, I treat my patients with respect by utilizing a holistic patient-centered approach to psychiatric care by integrating core values in medical/nursing practice and evidence-based psychiatric treatments. Although certified to provide psychiatric care across the life span, I prefer to provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, and medication management to patients 12+ of age. I offer to assist you with effective and affordable treatments. I perform periodic evaluations with blood/urine tests for disease monitoring. I am there when needed.
(702) 935-5333 View (702) 935-5333
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Faisal A Suba
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Dr. Suba completed his residency training in Psychiatry from the University of Nevada School of Medicine where he served as Chief resident of his program. He is board certified by the American board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Suba is currently on faculty with the UNLV School of Medicine where he received the faculty of the year award in 2013, 2014, and 2016 from the Department of Psychiatry. He is adjunct faculty at Touro University in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Suba has previously served as President of the Las Vegas branch of Nevada Psychiatric Association. Currently he serves as Medical Director of MonteVista hospital.
Dr. Suba completed his residency training in Psychiatry from the University of Nevada School of Medicine where he served as Chief resident of his program. He is board certified by the American board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Suba is currently on faculty with the UNLV School of Medicine where he received the faculty of the year award in 2013, 2014, and 2016 from the Department of Psychiatry. He is adjunct faculty at Touro University in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Suba has previously served as President of the Las Vegas branch of Nevada Psychiatric Association. Currently he serves as Medical Director of MonteVista hospital.
(702) 919-7516 View (702) 919-7516
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F Matthew Johnson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89145  (Online Only)
My private psychiatric consulting practice is devoted to mood and thought disorders. I am a minimalist when it comes to using psychiatric medications. I often see folks who are either over-medicated and/or on the wrong types of medications. The two letters after my surname are M and D. To me these letters not only stand for Medical Doctor, but more important to me, is they stand for Medical Detective.
My private psychiatric consulting practice is devoted to mood and thought disorders. I am a minimalist when it comes to using psychiatric medications. I often see folks who are either over-medicated and/or on the wrong types of medications. The two letters after my surname are M and D. To me these letters not only stand for Medical Doctor, but more important to me, is they stand for Medical Detective.
(844) 390-3778 View (844) 390-3778
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Leesha Bitto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89129  (Online Only)
To my future patients. Sometimes we need someone's ear to listen and to hear us. Sometimes we need to be able to vent frustrations in a safe space. Sometimes we need to feel as though we can be our authentic selves without judgement. Sometimes we need a compass to help guide us to the path we desire. Your needs and goals are my priorities, together within a therapeutic relationship, I will assist you to achieve your treatment goals.
To my future patients. Sometimes we need someone's ear to listen and to hear us. Sometimes we need to be able to vent frustrations in a safe space. Sometimes we need to feel as though we can be our authentic selves without judgement. Sometimes we need a compass to help guide us to the path we desire. Your needs and goals are my priorities, together within a therapeutic relationship, I will assist you to achieve your treatment goals.
(702) 842-2615 View (702) 842-2615
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Jessica Hubbard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Providing mental health services that give patients the time and attention that they need and deserve is my ultimate goal. I have a passion for mental health and I want to make a difference in the patients I serve. I treat all patients across the lifespan of all ages, and backgrounds.
Providing mental health services that give patients the time and attention that they need and deserve is my ultimate goal. I have a passion for mental health and I want to make a difference in the patients I serve. I treat all patients across the lifespan of all ages, and backgrounds.
(725) 999-4907 View (725) 999-4907
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AB Holistic Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89115
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
(702) 935-1383 View (702) 935-1383
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Rodney Fox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Specializing in comprehensive care for the LGBTQI+ and diverse communities, my practice uniquely combines medication management with therapy. Facing challenges like anxiety, impulsivity, or emotional ups and downs? These issues, often exacerbated by societal pressures and inequalities, need a specialized approach. I focus on ADHD and anxiety, offering support that integrates medication and therapy to navigate these experiences.
Specializing in comprehensive care for the LGBTQI+ and diverse communities, my practice uniquely combines medication management with therapy. Facing challenges like anxiety, impulsivity, or emotional ups and downs? These issues, often exacerbated by societal pressures and inequalities, need a specialized approach. I focus on ADHD and anxiety, offering support that integrates medication and therapy to navigate these experiences.
(725) 237-5770 View (725) 237-5770
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Nevada Family Psychiatry
Physician Assistant, PA-C, DHS, DFAAPA
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89144
My name is James Somers. I am a doctoral-trained PA who has been practicing in psychiatry and mental wellness for the past 24 years. I specialize in treating many disorders that stem from low neurotransmitter levels (e.g., serotonin, GABA, and dopamine.) At times, I prescribe commonly used anti-anxiety/depressants that can be useful in the short or long term, depending on the situation. However, I look at the whole body, and many times, naturally restoring the brain's normal function resolves the need for prescription medication with the advantage that It is extremely effective with none of the downsides of prescription medication.
My name is James Somers. I am a doctoral-trained PA who has been practicing in psychiatry and mental wellness for the past 24 years. I specialize in treating many disorders that stem from low neurotransmitter levels (e.g., serotonin, GABA, and dopamine.) At times, I prescribe commonly used anti-anxiety/depressants that can be useful in the short or long term, depending on the situation. However, I look at the whole body, and many times, naturally restoring the brain's normal function resolves the need for prescription medication with the advantage that It is extremely effective with none of the downsides of prescription medication.
(702) 714-1904 View (702) 714-1904
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Ameduri Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNS, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89119
At Ameduri Health Services, we know you are busy and we are here to help! We offer extended business hours to accommodate work, school, sports, and Saturday appointments by request. Having a bad day? We reserve same-day crisis appointments for those in need. Tried medication after medication and can't find the right one? We offer genesight testing to help guide medication treatment options. We will monitor your progress closely to ensure you are moving forward and make adjustments as needed. We use evidence based prescribing practices to help you achieve stability so that you may live your best life and engage in life with clarity.
At Ameduri Health Services, we know you are busy and we are here to help! We offer extended business hours to accommodate work, school, sports, and Saturday appointments by request. Having a bad day? We reserve same-day crisis appointments for those in need. Tried medication after medication and can't find the right one? We offer genesight testing to help guide medication treatment options. We will monitor your progress closely to ensure you are moving forward and make adjustments as needed. We use evidence based prescribing practices to help you achieve stability so that you may live your best life and engage in life with clarity.
(702) 551-2036 View (702) 551-2036
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Merle Tolentino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Merle Tolentino is a board certified psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner in both Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She has acquire several years of experience in various settings to treat individuals with mental illness.
Merle Tolentino is a board certified psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner in both Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She has acquire several years of experience in various settings to treat individuals with mental illness.
(702) 466-1705 View (702) 466-1705
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Healthy Mind Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89119  (Online Only)
You are not alone in your struggles to overcome your feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability. With supportive and compassionate care, let's work together to explore solutions that can help lead you to healthier functioning, a healthier mind, and happier living.
You are not alone in your struggles to overcome your feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability. With supportive and compassionate care, let's work together to explore solutions that can help lead you to healthier functioning, a healthier mind, and happier living.
(702) 819-8760 View (702) 819-8760
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Dr. Janette Coelho Leal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89123  (Online Only)
Dr.. Leal is a Mayo Clinic trained psychiatrist treating people with a variety of psychiatry issues. Including but not limited to depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD and bipolar disorder. Treatment is tailored to you, your unique presentation and your needs.
Dr.. Leal is a Mayo Clinic trained psychiatrist treating people with a variety of psychiatry issues. Including but not limited to depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD and bipolar disorder. Treatment is tailored to you, your unique presentation and your needs.
(702) 935-4349 View (702) 935-4349
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Lawrence Abah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89128
Dr. Lawrence Abah, DNP, PMHNP treats patients starting from 12 years old. Lawrence is dual board certified in Across the lifespan psychiatry and Family practice. Lawrence believes in using holistic approach to behavioral health and partnering with his clients for the best treatment outcome. He believes in development of good therapeutic alliance with his patients. He prides himself in providing patient focused, high quality and individualized care to his patients. Lawrence has more than 15 years experience in behavioral health, and he understands how difficult it is finding that provider.
Dr. Lawrence Abah, DNP, PMHNP treats patients starting from 12 years old. Lawrence is dual board certified in Across the lifespan psychiatry and Family practice. Lawrence believes in using holistic approach to behavioral health and partnering with his clients for the best treatment outcome. He believes in development of good therapeutic alliance with his patients. He prides himself in providing patient focused, high quality and individualized care to his patients. Lawrence has more than 15 years experience in behavioral health, and he understands how difficult it is finding that provider.
(725) 269-3640 View (725) 269-3640
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Hagop Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
(702) 276-8320 View (702) 276-8320
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David Linden
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89107
My mission is to help families find solutions to life's challenges & assist in finding healthier ways to achieve a happier life. Specializing in affordable psychiatry & pain management services,I'll work with your family to do this. I also work with chronic pain patients understanding that 30-40% of chronic pain patients are also dealing with depression & the side effects of constant pain. We will discuss & work through those deep issues that may be at the core of your chronic pain.
My mission is to help families find solutions to life's challenges & assist in finding healthier ways to achieve a happier life. Specializing in affordable psychiatry & pain management services,I'll work with your family to do this. I also work with chronic pain patients understanding that 30-40% of chronic pain patients are also dealing with depression & the side effects of constant pain. We will discuss & work through those deep issues that may be at the core of your chronic pain.
(702) 919-5839 View (702) 919-5839

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Las Vegas, NV

200+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Las Vegas, NV who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
88% Depression
83% Bipolar Disorder
79% Medication Management
75% ADHD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Las Vegas, NV see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
34% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Las Vegas?

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.