Psychiatrists in Beachwood, OH

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The Evolution through Mind, Body, and Spirit, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MHA, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
My name is Nicole Berry, and I am a dual Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. If you are currently experiencing anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress, or even an addiction to substances, I am here for you. My experience as a Nurse Practitioner includes, a variety of assessments for proper diagnosing, pharmacological management, group and individual therapies, and much more. With my vast experience, my goal is to assist you in becoming the best you, you can become, holistically.
My name is Nicole Berry, and I am a dual Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. If you are currently experiencing anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress, or even an addiction to substances, I am here for you. My experience as a Nurse Practitioner includes, a variety of assessments for proper diagnosing, pharmacological management, group and individual therapies, and much more. With my vast experience, my goal is to assist you in becoming the best you, you can become, holistically.
(440) 577-5984 View (440) 577-5984
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Nan Elaine Nelson
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beachwood, OH 44122  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone who wants to grow, live and be their best self
My ideal client is someone who wants to grow, live and be their best self
(216) 616-8078 View (216) 616-8078
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Deanna Berry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
Deanna Berry is a nurse practitioner dually certified in psychiatric and mental health as well as adult-geriatric primary care. She has 20 years experience as nurse. She received her bachelor's degree, master's degree and post-master's certification in nursing from Ursuline College in Cleveland, OH and is certified through the American Nursing Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Deanna Berry is a nurse practitioner dually certified in psychiatric and mental health as well as adult-geriatric primary care. She has 20 years experience as nurse. She received her bachelor's degree, master's degree and post-master's certification in nursing from Ursuline College in Cleveland, OH and is certified through the American Nursing Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
(440) 762-6239 View (440) 762-6239
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Daniel Gonzalez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beachwood, OH 44122
Accepting new patients! My name is Dr. Daniel Gonzalez. I'm a Cleveland native who completed undergraduate at Miami University of Ohio before going into medical school at the University of Toledo. After obtaining my medical degree (M.D.), I then completed my Adult Psychiatry residency at Cleveland Clinic. I am currently board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in Adult Psychiatry. I work exclusively with adults (18+), and while I have a special interest in mood and anxiety disorders I see the full spectrum of psychiatric illnesses. I also particularly enjoy working with the LGBTQIA+ population.
Accepting new patients! My name is Dr. Daniel Gonzalez. I'm a Cleveland native who completed undergraduate at Miami University of Ohio before going into medical school at the University of Toledo. After obtaining my medical degree (M.D.), I then completed my Adult Psychiatry residency at Cleveland Clinic. I am currently board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in Adult Psychiatry. I work exclusively with adults (18+), and while I have a special interest in mood and anxiety disorders I see the full spectrum of psychiatric illnesses. I also particularly enjoy working with the LGBTQIA+ population.
(216) 369-6523 View (216) 369-6523
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Jennifer Tucker Rosenberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Beachwood, OH 44122
I work together with my patients to discover the emotional pain they are experiencing. I feel open communication and listening is crucial to both making a diagnosis and to understanding a person and their struggles. I work closely with my patients to establish a diagnosis and the course of treatment. I find that therapy and medication alone or in combination can be very helpful. I work with people who struggle with life challenges included but not limited to anxiety, depression,life transitions,divorce, adhd,trauma,depression, anxiety,anxiety and depression in pregnancy and postpartum,infertility,relationship issues
I work together with my patients to discover the emotional pain they are experiencing. I feel open communication and listening is crucial to both making a diagnosis and to understanding a person and their struggles. I work closely with my patients to establish a diagnosis and the course of treatment. I find that therapy and medication alone or in combination can be very helpful. I work with people who struggle with life challenges included but not limited to anxiety, depression,life transitions,divorce, adhd,trauma,depression, anxiety,anxiety and depression in pregnancy and postpartum,infertility,relationship issues
(216) 223-6312 x2 View (216) 223-6312 x2
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Shane Strnad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
Shane Strnad is a board certified advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioner whose primary focus is mental health care through healthy living habits, diet and exercise. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Akron, where he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree and also has served as a lecturer and presenter. He has worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Mansfield, Ohio, and at community health centers in the Akron area.
Shane Strnad is a board certified advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioner whose primary focus is mental health care through healthy living habits, diet and exercise. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Akron, where he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree and also has served as a lecturer and presenter. He has worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Mansfield, Ohio, and at community health centers in the Akron area.
(216) 584-8861 View (216) 584-8861
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Cortney A Kohberger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
I perform independent psychiatric exams and provide forensic consultation to attorneys, court clinics, insurance companies, corporations, and human resource departments.
I perform independent psychiatric exams and provide forensic consultation to attorneys, court clinics, insurance companies, corporations, and human resource departments.
(216) 284-5963 View (216) 284-5963
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Alex McCormick
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Beachwood, OH 44122
Waitlist for new clients
I help those who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, or illness that keeps them from fulfilling their full potential. My approach is to optimize wellness by combining integrative and holistic principles with the traditional practice of psychiatry. As an osteopathic physician, my foundation is based on principles of treating the whole person, incorporating mind, body, and spirit; acknowledging that the body is capable of self-regulation and self-healing; and realizing that structure and function are reciprocally related.
I help those who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, or illness that keeps them from fulfilling their full potential. My approach is to optimize wellness by combining integrative and holistic principles with the traditional practice of psychiatry. As an osteopathic physician, my foundation is based on principles of treating the whole person, incorporating mind, body, and spirit; acknowledging that the body is capable of self-regulation and self-healing; and realizing that structure and function are reciprocally related.
(216) 279-8394 View (216) 279-8394
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James Srp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, CNS, LICDC
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
James Srp has been working in the field of addictions for the past 30 years. He was most recently a nurse practitioner at Addiction Recovery Services of University Hospitals of Cleveland, a program he helped develop in 2004 after an 18 year tenure as a staff nurse, followed by service as a clinical nurse specialist for the Cleveland Clinic Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center. He holds a master's degree in psychology from Cleveland State University, a master's degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ursuline College.
James Srp has been working in the field of addictions for the past 30 years. He was most recently a nurse practitioner at Addiction Recovery Services of University Hospitals of Cleveland, a program he helped develop in 2004 after an 18 year tenure as a staff nurse, followed by service as a clinical nurse specialist for the Cleveland Clinic Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center. He holds a master's degree in psychology from Cleveland State University, a master's degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ursuline College.
(216) 677-1840 View (216) 677-1840
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Navjoth Karuvannur
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
Dr. Karuvannur (Dr. K) is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 2018. He is dual board certified in both child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. He trained in adult psychiatry at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY where he served as the education committee representative. He completed his child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Cleveland Clinic where he served as chief fellow. He is a member of the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Ohio Psychiatric Physician’s Association.
Dr. Karuvannur (Dr. K) is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 2018. He is dual board certified in both child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. He trained in adult psychiatry at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY where he served as the education committee representative. He completed his child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Cleveland Clinic where he served as chief fellow. He is a member of the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Ohio Psychiatric Physician’s Association.
(216) 284-7910 View (216) 284-7910
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Anna Popova
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP/PM
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
Anna Popova, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC Anna Popova is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2017. She has a Master Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Akron, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ursuline College, is a Licensed Practical Nurse through ATS Institute of Technology, is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the Ohio Board of Nursing and is ANCC certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats children as young as 4 years old, adolescents, adults, and seniors.
Anna Popova, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC Anna Popova is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2017. She has a Master Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Akron, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ursuline College, is a Licensed Practical Nurse through ATS Institute of Technology, is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the Ohio Board of Nursing and is ANCC certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats children as young as 4 years old, adolescents, adults, and seniors.
(216) 446-8635 View (216) 446-8635
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Kamal-Neil Dass
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
Dr. Dass joined LifeStance Health from MetroHealth Medical Center, where he served as Medical Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and serves as assistant professor for the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and served both his general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Dr. Dass joined LifeStance Health from MetroHealth Medical Center, where he served as Medical Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and serves as assistant professor for the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and served both his general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland.
(216) 810-3121 View (216) 810-3121
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ARC Psychiatry
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122  (Online Only)
We believe in positive behavioral health and improving quality of life by evaluating, treating, and managing a variety of mental health conditions. We support our patients through their current life difficulties and alleviate the stress of behavioral health symptoms by offering timely access to individual, holistic, and innovative care.
We believe in positive behavioral health and improving quality of life by evaluating, treating, and managing a variety of mental health conditions. We support our patients through their current life difficulties and alleviate the stress of behavioral health symptoms by offering timely access to individual, holistic, and innovative care.
(216) 208-5303 View (216) 208-5303
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Eileen Zehe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beachwood, OH 44122
Eileen Zehe, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has provided care to individuals across the life span. Her primary focus over the last several years; however, has been on children and adolescents struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression and mood disorders.
Eileen Zehe, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has provided care to individuals across the life span. Her primary focus over the last several years; however, has been on children and adolescents struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression and mood disorders.
(216) 478-5647 View (216) 478-5647
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Neeti Wyckoff
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
Dr. Wyckoff is board certified and a fellow of the American Board of Pediatrics. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester and the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and served her residency at The Cleveland Clinic. She also served as staff pediatrician at both Akron City Hospital and Akron General Medical Center and was attending pediatrician at Akron Children's Hospital. Dr. Wyckoff completed her portal fellowship in child and adult psychiatry at University Hospitals, developing a Depression Toolkit for use at Rainbow Babies' and Children's Hospital.
Dr. Wyckoff is board certified and a fellow of the American Board of Pediatrics. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester and the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and served her residency at The Cleveland Clinic. She also served as staff pediatrician at both Akron City Hospital and Akron General Medical Center and was attending pediatrician at Akron Children's Hospital. Dr. Wyckoff completed her portal fellowship in child and adult psychiatry at University Hospitals, developing a Depression Toolkit for use at Rainbow Babies' and Children's Hospital.
(216) 714-8135 View (216) 714-8135
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Dr. Mallery Neff
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
Specialized in guiding youth through challenging mental health landscapes. If your teen is acting out, expressing suicidal thoughts, or has experienced trauma, but lacks a formal diagnosis, I am here to help.
Specialized in guiding youth through challenging mental health landscapes. If your teen is acting out, expressing suicidal thoughts, or has experienced trauma, but lacks a formal diagnosis, I am here to help.
(216) 340-9591 View (216) 340-9591
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KC Center for Health and Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
Are you or a loved one suffering from an addiction and/or depression, anxiety or any other mental illness and need help? Do you need a little assistance with losing weight or just need someone who is non judgmental to talk to? Are you currently looking for a psychiatric provider to refill your medication since your previous provider retired or relocated? Are you tired of waiting hours to see your provider? Are you tired of going to several specialist for your mental health, primary care and chronic pain needs? Well look no further! KC Center for Health and Wellness is here waiting for you! Call NOW! Same week availability.
Are you or a loved one suffering from an addiction and/or depression, anxiety or any other mental illness and need help? Do you need a little assistance with losing weight or just need someone who is non judgmental to talk to? Are you currently looking for a psychiatric provider to refill your medication since your previous provider retired or relocated? Are you tired of waiting hours to see your provider? Are you tired of going to several specialist for your mental health, primary care and chronic pain needs? Well look no further! KC Center for Health and Wellness is here waiting for you! Call NOW! Same week availability.
(216) 350-1847 View (216) 350-1847
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Emily Cao
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
Dr. Cao is a child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of mental health issues in children, adolescents, and young adults. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She attended the University of Cincinnati, where she graduated magna cum laude. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Cao served as Chief Resident for Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry during her adult psychiatry training at the University of Toledo Medical Center, where she was also recognized by the Department of Psychiatry with the Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Cao is a child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of mental health issues in children, adolescents, and young adults. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She attended the University of Cincinnati, where she graduated magna cum laude. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Cao served as Chief Resident for Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry during her adult psychiatry training at the University of Toledo Medical Center, where she was also recognized by the Department of Psychiatry with the Excellence in Teaching Award.
(216) 677-6148 View (216) 677-6148
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Michael McFadden
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
Dr. Michael McFadden, MD Dr. Michael McFadden is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 2017. He completed his residency in adult psychiatry at Summa Health System and Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital. Dr. McFadden completed his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Akron Children's Hospital. He is dual board-certified in child and adolescent and adult psychiatry. Dr. McFadden uses medication management in combination with cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and supportive therapies, and motivational interviewing with children and adolescents.
Dr. Michael McFadden, MD Dr. Michael McFadden is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 2017. He completed his residency in adult psychiatry at Summa Health System and Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital. Dr. McFadden completed his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Akron Children's Hospital. He is dual board-certified in child and adolescent and adult psychiatry. Dr. McFadden uses medication management in combination with cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and supportive therapies, and motivational interviewing with children and adolescents.
(216) 446-7920 View (216) 446-7920
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Noah L Miller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
I am board certified in both general psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry. As such, I not only see children and adolescents but also young adults. I prefer to work with this age group but I will consider working with middle-aged adults as long as it is a good "fit" for my practice. Also please know that my practice is not in any insurance networks, though we will submit all billing to your insurance so that you can collect any out-of-network benefits. I am comfortable diagnosing and treating ADHD & behavioral disorders, depression & other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and autism spectrum disorder.
I am board certified in both general psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry. As such, I not only see children and adolescents but also young adults. I prefer to work with this age group but I will consider working with middle-aged adults as long as it is a good "fit" for my practice. Also please know that my practice is not in any insurance networks, though we will submit all billing to your insurance so that you can collect any out-of-network benefits. I am comfortable diagnosing and treating ADHD & behavioral disorders, depression & other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and autism spectrum disorder.
(216) 250-9339 View (216) 250-9339

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Beachwood, OH

30+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Beachwood, OH who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Medication Management
91% Anxiety
82% Bipolar Disorder
79% Trauma and PTSD
76% ADHD
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
88% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Beachwood, OH see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

55% Female
45% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Beachwood?

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.