Psychiatrists in West Henrietta, NY

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Laura Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
West Henrietta, NY 14586
I believe in treating people like human beings and looking at the whole picture. Often patients who use substances are self medicating another problem. I would like to help them get to the root of that problem. So many providers only look at one problem while ignoring the rest. I fiercely believe in patient centered care. You are the one who knows what you need. I'm here to be your guide but ultimately it's up to you.
I believe in treating people like human beings and looking at the whole picture. Often patients who use substances are self medicating another problem. I would like to help them get to the root of that problem. So many providers only look at one problem while ignoring the rest. I fiercely believe in patient centered care. You are the one who knows what you need. I'm here to be your guide but ultimately it's up to you.
(585) 460-2201 View (585) 460-2201

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Malgorzata Komza
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clifton, NY 14428
Addiction and emotional or psychiatric problems can affect everyone. But no one needs to suffer in silence and live with addiction, depression, or anxiety. Everyone deserves respect and their questions answered. I am a medical doctor with additional experience in psychiatry. After obtaining a medical degree in Poland I was trained in psychiatry in the U.S., which included training in general psychiatry at Duke University and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Rutgers University. I was recently employed at an inpatient detoxification program, where I mostly managed patients suffering from alcohol and heroin addiction.
Addiction and emotional or psychiatric problems can affect everyone. But no one needs to suffer in silence and live with addiction, depression, or anxiety. Everyone deserves respect and their questions answered. I am a medical doctor with additional experience in psychiatry. After obtaining a medical degree in Poland I was trained in psychiatry in the U.S., which included training in general psychiatry at Duke University and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Rutgers University. I was recently employed at an inpatient detoxification program, where I mostly managed patients suffering from alcohol and heroin addiction.
(551) 213-6851 View (551) 213-6851
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Telepsychiatrist_Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
Rochester, NY 14620
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services via video across New York. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services via video across New York. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
(914) 506-5391 View (914) 506-5391
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Margreth Chioma Onyiuke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14620  (Online Only)
Do you feel that your current treatment plan is not providing the desired result? You have come to the right place, your wellbeing is my top priority. My role is to provide you with compassionate care, support and evidence-based treatment options tailored to your unique needs. My approach to care is centered around holistic well-being. I believe in treating the whole person, not just symptoms, by considering your physical, emotional, and social needs. By taking a comprehensive assessment, I can develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific concerns and goals. Above all, I am here to support you unconditionally.
Do you feel that your current treatment plan is not providing the desired result? You have come to the right place, your wellbeing is my top priority. My role is to provide you with compassionate care, support and evidence-based treatment options tailored to your unique needs. My approach to care is centered around holistic well-being. I believe in treating the whole person, not just symptoms, by considering your physical, emotional, and social needs. By taking a comprehensive assessment, I can develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific concerns and goals. Above all, I am here to support you unconditionally.
(646) 845-7836 View (646) 845-7836
Colleen Lynd, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pittsford, NY 14534
Dr. Lynd is a psychiatrist who runs a very small private practice that treats children, teenagers, and adults. Due to the limited hours and resources of the practice, she works primarily with patients who have mild symptoms of depression, anxiety, or trauma-related disorders. She does not prescribe controlled substances.
Dr. Lynd is a psychiatrist who runs a very small private practice that treats children, teenagers, and adults. Due to the limited hours and resources of the practice, she works primarily with patients who have mild symptoms of depression, anxiety, or trauma-related disorders. She does not prescribe controlled substances.
(585) 875-5315 View (585) 875-5315
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Kara Naylor-Krupka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MHA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14618
Waitlist for new clients
Are you or a loved one are struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, or having problems with anger or mood swings? I can help. My approach to treatment focuses on treating the whole person by offering a combination of evidence-based options from both conventional medicine and holistic approaches. Integrative medicine is geared to try to find the root causes of symptoms rather than managing symptoms with medication alone. This combined approach will help you achieve emotional and behavioral stability with the lowest dose of medication possible and address any nutritional deficiencies that may be contributing to your symptoms.
Are you or a loved one are struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, or having problems with anger or mood swings? I can help. My approach to treatment focuses on treating the whole person by offering a combination of evidence-based options from both conventional medicine and holistic approaches. Integrative medicine is geared to try to find the root causes of symptoms rather than managing symptoms with medication alone. This combined approach will help you achieve emotional and behavioral stability with the lowest dose of medication possible and address any nutritional deficiencies that may be contributing to your symptoms.
(585) 448-0035 View (585) 448-0035
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Asia L Todd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MS, RN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14624
Hello! I have 10 years experience working in healthcare. I work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, concerning alcohol use, and trauma/PTSD with the goal to change harmful habits and narratives that have controlled their mental health, discover self-acceptance, and recognize their true value and potential. I provide a safe space for deep healing and life-changing care that includes medication, lifestyle interventions, sleep optimization, mindfulness, and more.
Hello! I have 10 years experience working in healthcare. I work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, concerning alcohol use, and trauma/PTSD with the goal to change harmful habits and narratives that have controlled their mental health, discover self-acceptance, and recognize their true value and potential. I provide a safe space for deep healing and life-changing care that includes medication, lifestyle interventions, sleep optimization, mindfulness, and more.
(585) 207-6123 View (585) 207-6123
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Katie Cauley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14618  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Katie and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, ADHD, Anger Management Bipolar Disorder, College & Graduate Student Mental Health, Depression, Family Issues, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Loss/Grief/Bereavement, Life Transitions, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Stress Management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Katie and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, ADHD, Anger Management Bipolar Disorder, College & Graduate Student Mental Health, Depression, Family Issues, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Loss/Grief/Bereavement, Life Transitions, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Stress Management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(929) 470-3486 View (929) 470-3486
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Rosetta Richards At Core Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14600  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Book an appointment on our website at corepsychiatry.org! Rosetta Richards is a Board-Certified Adult and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in New York and New Jersey. Rosetta received her Adult NP from Stony Brook University in 1999 and her Psychiatric NP from Molloy University in 2012. She has over twenty years of inpatient experience. She is qualified and experienced in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across their lifespans.
Book an appointment on our website at corepsychiatry.org! Rosetta Richards is a Board-Certified Adult and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in New York and New Jersey. Rosetta received her Adult NP from Stony Brook University in 1999 and her Psychiatric NP from Molloy University in 2012. She has over twenty years of inpatient experience. She is qualified and experienced in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across their lifespans.
(914) 344-5657 View (914) 344-5657
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Isaac Health
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14618  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Please reach out for behavioral/mental health issues related to dementia only. I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in brain health conditions and symptoms, like depression, anxiety, or other changes in mood, behavior, or personality. Through Isaac Health, I primarily provide evaluation and management of age-related behavioral/mental health issues, especially if likely due to Alzheimer's disease or other neurodegenerative disease related to dementia. Treatment may include psychopharmacology (medication management), specialized talk therapy, personalized counseling, and psychosocial support as needed.
Please reach out for behavioral/mental health issues related to dementia only. I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in brain health conditions and symptoms, like depression, anxiety, or other changes in mood, behavior, or personality. Through Isaac Health, I primarily provide evaluation and management of age-related behavioral/mental health issues, especially if likely due to Alzheimer's disease or other neurodegenerative disease related to dementia. Treatment may include psychopharmacology (medication management), specialized talk therapy, personalized counseling, and psychosocial support as needed.
(646) 212-3982 View (646) 212-3982
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Angela Marie Manjgaladze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNM, PMNHP
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14600
I am an experienced and passionate mental health care provider with hope to empower individuals in their own mental health care choices within a supportive network of resources. I will diligently work towards providing exceptional integrative mental health care within a trusted patient-provider relationship.
I am an experienced and passionate mental health care provider with hope to empower individuals in their own mental health care choices within a supportive network of resources. I will diligently work towards providing exceptional integrative mental health care within a trusted patient-provider relationship.
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Laura Jean Capuano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BC
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14607
If you are a health care worker or caregiver who is looking for a Psychiatric Provider feel free to reach out.
If you are a health care worker or caregiver who is looking for a Psychiatric Provider feel free to reach out.
(585) 523-1742 View (585) 523-1742
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Sheena Richardson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14618  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in nursing. I specialize in working with adults who have been diagnosed with mood and anxiety disorders including Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, OCD and PTSD disorders. I also work with those going through life transitions such as adjustments to illness, divorce and grief. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in nursing. I specialize in working with adults who have been diagnosed with mood and anxiety disorders including Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, OCD and PTSD disorders. I also work with those going through life transitions such as adjustments to illness, divorce and grief. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(716) 706-4634 View (716) 706-4634
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Keighley Loveland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14620
I am accepting clients for telehealth appointments! I see older teens (16+) and adults for medication management. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with nearly 10 years of experience in the mental health field including inpatient settings, residential care, outpatient clinics, and consultation work. My experience has crossed the lifespan, from 5 to 105. All backgrounds and identities are welcomed and embraced in my practice. I strongly believe in the power of listening as part of the healing process and as a means of partnering with clients to ensure treatment goals are understood.
I am accepting clients for telehealth appointments! I see older teens (16+) and adults for medication management. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with nearly 10 years of experience in the mental health field including inpatient settings, residential care, outpatient clinics, and consultation work. My experience has crossed the lifespan, from 5 to 105. All backgrounds and identities are welcomed and embraced in my practice. I strongly believe in the power of listening as part of the healing process and as a means of partnering with clients to ensure treatment goals are understood.
(585) 440-5450 View (585) 440-5450
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Sean P. Murphy, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14618  (Online Only)
If psychiatric symptoms are causing you pain and limiting your life, I want to help. Nothing pleases me more than compassionately leveraging evidence-based psychiatric medication management services on behalf of improving patients’ lives. I bring to clinic an abiding commitment to offering you collaborative, kind, affirming, personalized care.
If psychiatric symptoms are causing you pain and limiting your life, I want to help. Nothing pleases me more than compassionately leveraging evidence-based psychiatric medication management services on behalf of improving patients’ lives. I bring to clinic an abiding commitment to offering you collaborative, kind, affirming, personalized care.
(929) 325-0206 View (929) 325-0206
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Maggie Bird
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14600
Hi! I’m Maggie and I am humbled you have taken time to get to know me. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I believe each individual knows their body best and with the right help and guidance, can make decisions that can be life changing. I have worked with individuals across the lifespan and look forward to getting to know you.
Hi! I’m Maggie and I am humbled you have taken time to get to know me. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I believe each individual knows their body best and with the right help and guidance, can make decisions that can be life changing. I have worked with individuals across the lifespan and look forward to getting to know you.
(716) 356-3099 View (716) 356-3099
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14604  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, licensed in New York. I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family and marital therapy. I have always felt that the brain is the most important and neglected organ in the body, and taking care of the brain is the key to well being. I take a holistic approach to care, evaluating for physical, nutrition, hormones, situational and psychodynamic causes of illness, whilst practicing evidence based psychiatry. I have a background in integrative psychiatry and HIV psychiatry. I believe that everyone has value, and everyone deserves the best care.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, licensed in New York. I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family and marital therapy. I have always felt that the brain is the most important and neglected organ in the body, and taking care of the brain is the key to well being. I take a holistic approach to care, evaluating for physical, nutrition, hormones, situational and psychodynamic causes of illness, whilst practicing evidence based psychiatry. I have a background in integrative psychiatry and HIV psychiatry. I believe that everyone has value, and everyone deserves the best care.
(716) 714-0538 View (716) 714-0538
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14604  (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
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Dr. Nataliya Ables
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Mendon, NY 14506
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with over 10 years of practice in outpatient, inpatient, and ER settings. While I specialize in medication management, I prioritize an integrative approach to diagnose and treat patients with a focus on whole body wellness. My patients and I discuss lifestyle factors that may impact daily functioning and overall wellbeing. Finally, I place a great deal of importance on patient education, your comfort, and understanding, before proceeding with any form of treatment.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with over 10 years of practice in outpatient, inpatient, and ER settings. While I specialize in medication management, I prioritize an integrative approach to diagnose and treat patients with a focus on whole body wellness. My patients and I discuss lifestyle factors that may impact daily functioning and overall wellbeing. Finally, I place a great deal of importance on patient education, your comfort, and understanding, before proceeding with any form of treatment.
(716) 466-9689 View (716) 466-9689
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Trina Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14618
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Trina and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, Chronic illness, Depression, Bipolar, ADHD, Insomnia & sleep issues and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Trina and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, Chronic illness, Depression, Bipolar, ADHD, Insomnia & sleep issues and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(929) 447-0641 View (929) 447-0641

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Number of Psychiatrists in West Henrietta, NY

< 10

Psychiatrists in West Henrietta, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Chronic Pain
100% Infertility
100% Grief

Average years in practice

23 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in West Henrietta, NY see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in West Henrietta?

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.