Psychiatrists in Erie County, NY

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Photo of Michael Victor, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Erie County, NY
Michael Victor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14217  (Online Only)
I believe mental wellness should be viewed no differently than physical wellness! The same time, effort, and dedication invested in taking care of your body should also be applied to your mental well-being. Together, we will assess and diagnose your mental health concerns and identify evidence-based treatments — including behavioral interventions and medication management. I believe in maintaining a "lowest and fewest" approach — or the lowest dose and fewest number of medications to address your areas of concern.
I believe mental wellness should be viewed no differently than physical wellness! The same time, effort, and dedication invested in taking care of your body should also be applied to your mental well-being. Together, we will assess and diagnose your mental health concerns and identify evidence-based treatments — including behavioral interventions and medication management. I believe in maintaining a "lowest and fewest" approach — or the lowest dose and fewest number of medications to address your areas of concern.
(716) 575-2854 View (716) 575-2854
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Pamela Anne Almeter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP-BC
Verified
Williamsville, NY 14221
Not accepting new clients
Mental illness can cause a person to feel alone, and misunderstood. Individuals may also feel overwhelmed, hopeless, and fearful that they will never feel better. If the individual struggling happens to be a child, worrying is relentless for the caregivers. Those struggling with mental health symptoms, also deserve to feel, that they are being heard. It is the role of the psychiatric nurse practitioner to support, to educate, to validate, to give hope, as well as to treat, utilizing a combination of psychiatric medication and psychotherapy.
Mental illness can cause a person to feel alone, and misunderstood. Individuals may also feel overwhelmed, hopeless, and fearful that they will never feel better. If the individual struggling happens to be a child, worrying is relentless for the caregivers. Those struggling with mental health symptoms, also deserve to feel, that they are being heard. It is the role of the psychiatric nurse practitioner to support, to educate, to validate, to give hope, as well as to treat, utilizing a combination of psychiatric medication and psychotherapy.
(716) 272-0369 View (716) 272-0369
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Lisa Rivera Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Williamsville, NY 14221
I understand that each individuals mental health is distinct, and I will take the time to assess your specific concerns. Your treatment plan, will be tailored to your needs, and goals to achieve your mental wellness.
I understand that each individuals mental health is distinct, and I will take the time to assess your specific concerns. Your treatment plan, will be tailored to your needs, and goals to achieve your mental wellness.
(716) 528-6236 View (716) 528-6236
Photo of Colleen Russo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Erie County, NY
Colleen Russo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Buffalo, NY 14224
Please contact the office after September 1, 2022 to schedule new patient intake appointments and follow up appointments. If you are an existing patient you will not require an initial intake at the new location. All initial intakes are required to be in-person.
Please contact the office after September 1, 2022 to schedule new patient intake appointments and follow up appointments. If you are an existing patient you will not require an initial intake at the new location. All initial intakes are required to be in-person.
(716) 630-9795 View (716) 630-9795
Photo of Mary Arlow, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Erie County, NY
Mary Arlow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14220
My journey into providing mental health services for the community began about 16 years ago while I was employed as a registered nurse at a local hospital. After being assigned to the hospital's inpatient mental health unit, I fell in love with the specialty. I have focused my career on providing mental health services since. I have gained well rounded experience in the field of mental health over the past sixteen years, and have worked in a variety of different settings including the psychiatric emergency room, inpatient hospital, outpatient clinics, and education.
My journey into providing mental health services for the community began about 16 years ago while I was employed as a registered nurse at a local hospital. After being assigned to the hospital's inpatient mental health unit, I fell in love with the specialty. I have focused my career on providing mental health services since. I have gained well rounded experience in the field of mental health over the past sixteen years, and have worked in a variety of different settings including the psychiatric emergency room, inpatient hospital, outpatient clinics, and education.
(716) 356-2766 View (716) 356-2766
Photo of Resilient Psychiatry New York, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Erie County, NY
Resilient Psychiatry New York
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Williamsville, NY 14221
Maureen Conway, PMHNP was raised in Upstate New York and later graduated from Vanderbilt University. She provides Evaluation, Diagnosis and Treatment in general Psychiatry. She prescribes Mental Health medications for Psychiatric conditions, including: Depression and Mood symptoms (including Bipolar) , ADHD/ADD, PTSD symptoms, Panic and anxiety (including OCD), Insomnia, amongst others. She has owned her independent private practice in Portland, Oregon for over 20 years. She provides in-person for Initial intake at her office in Williamsville, NY (Buffalo, NY) followed by in-person or telemedicine sessions for follow-up
Maureen Conway, PMHNP was raised in Upstate New York and later graduated from Vanderbilt University. She provides Evaluation, Diagnosis and Treatment in general Psychiatry. She prescribes Mental Health medications for Psychiatric conditions, including: Depression and Mood symptoms (including Bipolar) , ADHD/ADD, PTSD symptoms, Panic and anxiety (including OCD), Insomnia, amongst others. She has owned her independent private practice in Portland, Oregon for over 20 years. She provides in-person for Initial intake at her office in Williamsville, NY (Buffalo, NY) followed by in-person or telemedicine sessions for follow-up
(716) 466-5253 View (716) 466-5253
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Inspiring Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Williamsville, NY 14221  (Online Only)
Inspiring Care is ACCEPTING new patient who is suffering from depression, anxiety, and ADHD. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner experienced in treating a variety of mental health concerns. I currently provide individualized therapy, evaluation for medication, diagnosis, and treatment for anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I offer care that is individualized and holistic to all my patients. My telehealth appointment is made accessible online to serve my patients better. Be aware that all initial and specific treatments require an in-person visit with the prescriber.
Inspiring Care is ACCEPTING new patient who is suffering from depression, anxiety, and ADHD. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner experienced in treating a variety of mental health concerns. I currently provide individualized therapy, evaluation for medication, diagnosis, and treatment for anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I offer care that is individualized and holistic to all my patients. My telehealth appointment is made accessible online to serve my patients better. Be aware that all initial and specific treatments require an in-person visit with the prescriber.
(716) 333-7266 View (716) 333-7266
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Brenda Lis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14218
Having grown up in an economically disadvantaged community, I witnessed the toll that mental illness can take on individuals and their families; and having raised three children on my own, I know what it is to struggle. My experiences fueled my passion for mental health care, and I bring this empathy and understanding to every patient interaction. I am deeply committed to helping my patients overcome their challenges and treating each individual with the same care and attention I would give to my own loved ones.
Having grown up in an economically disadvantaged community, I witnessed the toll that mental illness can take on individuals and their families; and having raised three children on my own, I know what it is to struggle. My experiences fueled my passion for mental health care, and I bring this empathy and understanding to every patient interaction. I am deeply committed to helping my patients overcome their challenges and treating each individual with the same care and attention I would give to my own loved ones.
(716) 354-1077 View (716) 354-1077
Photo of Timothy Greco, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Erie County, NY
Timothy Greco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Amherst, NY 14228
Are you on psychiatric medications and feel that they are not working for you? Have you thought you might need to go on psychiatric medication but are scared of the side effects or how they will make you feel? Have you frequently been engulfed in overwhelming depression, yet occasionally find yourself unexpectedly elated? Do you find yourself crippled by anxiety? Has someone ever suggested you have bipolar disorder but don’t know what that really is? Have you ever been so down that you can’t get out of bed and do the things you need to do? If these things resonate, you may be in the right place.
Are you on psychiatric medications and feel that they are not working for you? Have you thought you might need to go on psychiatric medication but are scared of the side effects or how they will make you feel? Have you frequently been engulfed in overwhelming depression, yet occasionally find yourself unexpectedly elated? Do you find yourself crippled by anxiety? Has someone ever suggested you have bipolar disorder but don’t know what that really is? Have you ever been so down that you can’t get out of bed and do the things you need to do? If these things resonate, you may be in the right place.
(716) 354-1976 View (716) 354-1976
Photo of Debra J Stacey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Erie County, NY
Debra J Stacey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSNE, AGPCNP, FPMHNP, APRN, CDE
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14225
Telehealth visits available! I have an extensive nursing practice history in almost every inpatient and outpatient area specializing in Primary Care, Women's Health, Diabetes, Mental Health and Chronic Disease management providing a more comprehensive outcome improving both mental and physical health. As a nurse, I utilize a more proactive and wellness based approach to partner with clients in the areas of diagnosis and treatment. Individual sessions can be scheduled for psychiatric/mental health evaluation, management and psychotherapy. Onsite counseling is also available.
Telehealth visits available! I have an extensive nursing practice history in almost every inpatient and outpatient area specializing in Primary Care, Women's Health, Diabetes, Mental Health and Chronic Disease management providing a more comprehensive outcome improving both mental and physical health. As a nurse, I utilize a more proactive and wellness based approach to partner with clients in the areas of diagnosis and treatment. Individual sessions can be scheduled for psychiatric/mental health evaluation, management and psychotherapy. Onsite counseling is also available.
(716) 608-3303 View (716) 608-3303
Photo of VirtualPsychiatricCare.com, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Erie County, NY
VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, PMHNP
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14202  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York state via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment for a virtual visit today. Evening/weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups $99. Also accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified to Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York state via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment for a virtual visit today. Evening/weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups $99. Also accepting some insurances.
(844) 204-0522 View (844) 204-0522
Photo of Dr. Ronil Shah, Psychiatrist in Erie County, NY
Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
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Photo of Meghan McDonough, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Erie County, NY
Meghan McDonough
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14221
Meghan is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who believes in a client-centered approach. Clients come with many obstacles and require individualized care that look and feel different at various times within the lifespan. Meghan is available to serve her clients with their preferences in mind and assist them in reaching treatment options best suited for their needs. Meghan firmly believes that each client has to become an active participant within their treatment, both in counseling and medication management, to become an effective member of society.
Meghan is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who believes in a client-centered approach. Clients come with many obstacles and require individualized care that look and feel different at various times within the lifespan. Meghan is available to serve her clients with their preferences in mind and assist them in reaching treatment options best suited for their needs. Meghan firmly believes that each client has to become an active participant within their treatment, both in counseling and medication management, to become an effective member of society.
(716) 458-0031 View (716) 458-0031
Photo of Jerry Corp, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Erie County, NY
Jerry Corp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Buffalo, NY 14227  (Online Only)
Mental Health is becoming more of a priority and advances in technology have created more opportunities for people to receive the mental health care they deserve. My focus is to remove those barriers that prevented people from reaching out and to improve on the past practices. The Telehealth platform I utilize removes the need to attend an appointment in an office, transportation issues, reduces scheduling issues, and provides convenience to those seeking mental health care. Visits can be made over phone or video, making it convenient for you to attend from the comfort of your home or even on a business trip.
Mental Health is becoming more of a priority and advances in technology have created more opportunities for people to receive the mental health care they deserve. My focus is to remove those barriers that prevented people from reaching out and to improve on the past practices. The Telehealth platform I utilize removes the need to attend an appointment in an office, transportation issues, reduces scheduling issues, and provides convenience to those seeking mental health care. Visits can be made over phone or video, making it convenient for you to attend from the comfort of your home or even on a business trip.
(716) 325-4752 View (716) 325-4752
Photo of Senses Medical Wellness, PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Erie County, NY
Senses Medical Wellness, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14204
You deserve everything good and positive, because YOU are YOU! Let’s begin the journey together to enhance your emotional and mental well being. Together, we can empower YOU by finding the best solutions for your challenges and strengthen your positive coping strategies!
You deserve everything good and positive, because YOU are YOU! Let’s begin the journey together to enhance your emotional and mental well being. Together, we can empower YOU by finding the best solutions for your challenges and strengthen your positive coping strategies!
(716) 899-1850 View (716) 899-1850
Photo of Amanda Block, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Erie County, NY
Amanda Block
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14209
I offer services to both pediatric and adult clients, ages 8 + up at my small privately owned practice; Manifest Wellness. Appointments can be conducted in person or virtually via telehealth.
I offer services to both pediatric and adult clients, ages 8 + up at my small privately owned practice; Manifest Wellness. Appointments can be conducted in person or virtually via telehealth.
(716) 588-4021 View (716) 588-4021
Photo of Paul L. Fazekas, PhD, NP (ADHD-telepsychiatry), Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Erie County, NY
Paul L. Fazekas, PhD, NP (ADHD-telepsychiatry)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, NP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamburg, NY 14075
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Fazekas received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Master of Science as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He is licensed in NY State both as a Clinical Psychologist and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. These unique credentials provide him the ability to offer comprehensive ADHD services for adults including neuropsychiatric assessments and prescriptions & medication management.
Dr. Fazekas received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Master of Science as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He is licensed in NY State both as a Clinical Psychologist and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. These unique credentials provide him the ability to offer comprehensive ADHD services for adults including neuropsychiatric assessments and prescriptions & medication management.
(716) 229-5083 View (716) 229-5083
Photo of Owl Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Erie County, NY
Owl Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
West Seneca, NY 14224
Some adults with ADHD did not have symptoms in childhood or were not diagnosed. So ADHD in adults may go undetected. Untreated ADHD can have catastrophic consequences for an adult’s career and relationships. In some cases, ADHD may manifest as another problem, such as depression or substance abuse. For people with ADHD, not taking medication is often more dangerous than using medication.ADHD is a disease, but it also comes with its own unique set of skills—high energy, creativity, a desire to try new things, and much more. People with ADHD can and do succeed at the highest levels in every profession.
Some adults with ADHD did not have symptoms in childhood or were not diagnosed. So ADHD in adults may go undetected. Untreated ADHD can have catastrophic consequences for an adult’s career and relationships. In some cases, ADHD may manifest as another problem, such as depression or substance abuse. For people with ADHD, not taking medication is often more dangerous than using medication.ADHD is a disease, but it also comes with its own unique set of skills—high energy, creativity, a desire to try new things, and much more. People with ADHD can and do succeed at the highest levels in every profession.
(716) 588-4476 View (716) 588-4476
Photo of Chanel Freeman NP in Psychiatry PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Erie County, NY
Chanel Freeman NP in Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Amherst, NY 14226  (Online Only)
My ideal client would be the client who reaches out for help. I understand that can sometimes be the hardest thing to do. That shows tremendous strength and courage. A client who understands that they need help and is open and willing for treatment can make great change in their life. I believe the client wants to feel good about themselves, they would like some relief from the mental stress or anguish that they are experiencing. With my assistance we will work together to bring about this change.
My ideal client would be the client who reaches out for help. I understand that can sometimes be the hardest thing to do. That shows tremendous strength and courage. A client who understands that they need help and is open and willing for treatment can make great change in their life. I believe the client wants to feel good about themselves, they would like some relief from the mental stress or anguish that they are experiencing. With my assistance we will work together to bring about this change.
(716) 576-3338 View (716) 576-3338
Photo of Taqialdeen Zamil, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Erie County, NY
Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Buffalo, NY 14225  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(585) 515-3265 View (585) 515-3265

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Number of Psychiatrists in Erie County, NY

100+

Average cost per session

$187

Psychiatrists in Erie County, NY who prioritize treating:

99% Depression
98% Anxiety
90% Bipolar Disorder
90% Medication Management
79% Trauma and PTSD
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Stress

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
92% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Erie County, NY see their clients

71% Online Only
29% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

71% Female
28% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Erie 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.