Psychiatrists in Blacklick, OH

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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Blacklick, OH 43004  (Online Only)
Are you looking for a provider who will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges? At Balance Psychiatric Services, we understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
Are you looking for a provider who will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges? At Balance Psychiatric Services, we understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(503) 217-2913 View (503) 217-2913
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Mourine J Nyangoro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
Blacklick, OH 43004
The mental healthcare relies on cultural acceptance and transparency. My main objective as a psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner, is to use my professional expertise and experiences to advocate for patients who struggle to be heard or respected, and to manage their treatment with compassion, empowering, solution oriented, and attention to holistic care. My ultimate professional goal is to work with mental health patients to achieve their highest level of mental wellbeing, despite of their physical, mental, and financial limitations.
The mental healthcare relies on cultural acceptance and transparency. My main objective as a psychiatric mental health Nurse Practitioner, is to use my professional expertise and experiences to advocate for patients who struggle to be heard or respected, and to manage their treatment with compassion, empowering, solution oriented, and attention to holistic care. My ultimate professional goal is to work with mental health patients to achieve their highest level of mental wellbeing, despite of their physical, mental, and financial limitations.
(614) 683-4373 View (614) 683-4373
ALN Psych and Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Blacklick, OH 43004
To promote physical and psychological wellbeing by providing quality mental health care to our patients using evidence-based practice.
To promote physical and psychological wellbeing by providing quality mental health care to our patients using evidence-based practice.
(614) 418-6831 View (614) 418-6831

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A Child and Family Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Gahanna, OH 43230
A Child and Family Psychiatry LLC was established by Dr. Sherk to provide treatments to Columbus residents. Dr. Sherk offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment for depression. Our aim is to cultivate a warm and caring rapport with all our patients to ensure the most comprehensive assessment and treatment possible in a friendly and compassionate setting. We pride ourselves on being empathetic as well as highly attentive, which means that we consistently strive to listen to and understand our patients.
A Child and Family Psychiatry LLC was established by Dr. Sherk to provide treatments to Columbus residents. Dr. Sherk offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment for depression. Our aim is to cultivate a warm and caring rapport with all our patients to ensure the most comprehensive assessment and treatment possible in a friendly and compassionate setting. We pride ourselves on being empathetic as well as highly attentive, which means that we consistently strive to listen to and understand our patients.
(718) 215-0995 View (718) 215-0995
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Amy Everhart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, PMH-C
Verified
Westerville, OH 43081
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in Reproductive Psychiatry which refers to women across the reproductive lifespan from preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, all stages of motherhood, and through the perimenopause years. My approach is to combine traditional medication management with integrative treatment options. My visits include a side of psychotherapy and I find being able to relate to my patients is everything! We will also discuss and look for any underlying conditions that might be exacerbating your symptoms so that you can have the answers you've been searching for.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in Reproductive Psychiatry which refers to women across the reproductive lifespan from preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, all stages of motherhood, and through the perimenopause years. My approach is to combine traditional medication management with integrative treatment options. My visits include a side of psychotherapy and I find being able to relate to my patients is everything! We will also discuss and look for any underlying conditions that might be exacerbating your symptoms so that you can have the answers you've been searching for.
(740) 665-8579 View (740) 665-8579
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Kerri Pearch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Columbus, OH 43219  (Online Only)
My passion is helping people improve their quality of life through unpacking the past and working towards a better future through medication and therapy. I enjoy working with all patients struggling with mental health and find that being a genuine listener helps to create a bond between myself and my patients.
My passion is helping people improve their quality of life through unpacking the past and working towards a better future through medication and therapy. I enjoy working with all patients struggling with mental health and find that being a genuine listener helps to create a bond between myself and my patients.
(513) 845-3797 View (513) 845-3797
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Kelly LaPointe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP-
Verified
Columbus, OH 43213
Kelly LaPointe is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2019. She has a Master's of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from The Ohio State University, a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, and an Associate of Science in Nursing from Ohio University. Kelly has more than 2 decades of nursing experience in the psychiatric field, ranging from child to adult inpatient care to community mental health crisis stabilization as well as many years in medical critical care settings.
Kelly LaPointe is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2019. She has a Master's of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from The Ohio State University, a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, and an Associate of Science in Nursing from Ohio University. Kelly has more than 2 decades of nursing experience in the psychiatric field, ranging from child to adult inpatient care to community mental health crisis stabilization as well as many years in medical critical care settings.
(614) 482-2848 View (614) 482-2848
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Michelle Marko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pickerington, OH 43147
I enjoy working with clients who are willing to open up to share their story. I appreciate being able to assist clients in connecting together past events and other factors to learn how those affect their current mental & physical health. My ideal client will have an open mind to learn on a basic level how mental health conditions develop, and also how we can apply treatments to help reduce the impact of mental health symptoms on their activities of daily living.
I enjoy working with clients who are willing to open up to share their story. I appreciate being able to assist clients in connecting together past events and other factors to learn how those affect their current mental & physical health. My ideal client will have an open mind to learn on a basic level how mental health conditions develop, and also how we can apply treatments to help reduce the impact of mental health symptoms on their activities of daily living.
(614) 739-9455 View (614) 739-9455
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MindsMatter Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP , PMHNP-B, C
Verified
Westerville, OH 43081
I'm a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management services to patients ages 16 +. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home.
I'm a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management services to patients ages 16 +. I'm board certified, specializing in medication management, treating depression, anxiety, addiction and many other ailments. Accepting new patients and variety of insurances. I can easily E-prescribe your medication and use the latest technology for easy virtual sessions, without you having to leave your home.
(614) 350-2842 View (614) 350-2842
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Lacey Kolb (Nau)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS-
Verified
Columbus, OH 43219
Lacey Kolb is a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. She received her master's degree in nursing from The Ohio State University and her bachelor's degree from Walsh University. She is certified through the American Nursing Credential Center. She previously worked in a community mental health outpatient practice and with Stonewall Columbus, helping to provide care to individuals in the LGTBQ+ community. She sees adults and adolescents ages 15 and up, with special interest in working with young adults. She provides a holistic approach to treatment and provides medication management services.
Lacey Kolb is a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. She received her master's degree in nursing from The Ohio State University and her bachelor's degree from Walsh University. She is certified through the American Nursing Credential Center. She previously worked in a community mental health outpatient practice and with Stonewall Columbus, helping to provide care to individuals in the LGTBQ+ community. She sees adults and adolescents ages 15 and up, with special interest in working with young adults. She provides a holistic approach to treatment and provides medication management services.
(740) 276-3598 View (740) 276-3598
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Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43229  (Online Only)
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
(440) 693-3884 View (440) 693-3884
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Greg Douglas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Columbus, OH 43219  (Online Only)
I provide professional mental health services regardless of where you may be in your journey. Whether you are seeking treatment for the first time or if you are unsatisfied with your current course of treatment, I am here to help guide you on your road to becoming the best version of yourself through your mental wellness. I utilize a personal and integrative approach to customize a treatment plan for a well-balanced mental and physical life. My philosophy is to address the root cause of mental health conditions, rather than treating surface symptoms only.
I provide professional mental health services regardless of where you may be in your journey. Whether you are seeking treatment for the first time or if you are unsatisfied with your current course of treatment, I am here to help guide you on your road to becoming the best version of yourself through your mental wellness. I utilize a personal and integrative approach to customize a treatment plan for a well-balanced mental and physical life. My philosophy is to address the root cause of mental health conditions, rather than treating surface symptoms only.
(513) 327-5419 View (513) 327-5419
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Rachel Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified
Westerville, OH 43081
Rachel Jones is a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with seven of experience. She received her master's degree in nursing from The Ohio State University and Wright State University and her bachelor's degree from Grace College in Indiana. She is certified through the American Nursing Credential Center. She has previously worked in inpatient, outpatient, emergency and foster care settings. She specializes in medication management for her clients and is also knowledgeable in motivational interviewing and supportive counseling. She sees clients up to age 40.
Rachel Jones is a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with seven of experience. She received her master's degree in nursing from The Ohio State University and Wright State University and her bachelor's degree from Grace College in Indiana. She is certified through the American Nursing Credential Center. She has previously worked in inpatient, outpatient, emergency and foster care settings. She specializes in medication management for her clients and is also knowledgeable in motivational interviewing and supportive counseling. She sees clients up to age 40.
(380) 777-5484 View (380) 777-5484
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Harriet Bomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Columbus, OH 43209  (Online Only)
Hello. My name is Harriet Bomas, and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner working under PitBull Psych, LLC. I work through Brightside Health based in San Franicisco, California, offering the best in online therapy and medication management. I am licensed in Ohio, Utah, Florida, Indiana and Michigan. Please visit www.brightside.com to start. This is a welcoming and comfortable virtual practice.
Hello. My name is Harriet Bomas, and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner working under PitBull Psych, LLC. I work through Brightside Health based in San Franicisco, California, offering the best in online therapy and medication management. I am licensed in Ohio, Utah, Florida, Indiana and Michigan. Please visit www.brightside.com to start. This is a welcoming and comfortable virtual practice.
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Buckeye Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, DABPN
Verified
Westerville, OH 43081
Sometimes therapy is not enough. As a Board Certified Psychiatrist I am trained in medication management and psychotherapy. There is no need to see another physician for your medication. Many overwhelmed clients are forced to see both a therapist and a primary care doctor. Busy primary care doctors are often more comfortable and accustomed to treating diabetes and hypertension, than depression and anxiety. Their overloaded schedules make it difficult to collaborate with your therapist. I can simplify the process and provide the comprehensive mental health expertise you are looking for. Together, we can address both your chemical and psychological needs.
Sometimes therapy is not enough. As a Board Certified Psychiatrist I am trained in medication management and psychotherapy. There is no need to see another physician for your medication. Many overwhelmed clients are forced to see both a therapist and a primary care doctor. Busy primary care doctors are often more comfortable and accustomed to treating diabetes and hypertension, than depression and anxiety. Their overloaded schedules make it difficult to collaborate with your therapist. I can simplify the process and provide the comprehensive mental health expertise you are looking for. Together, we can address both your chemical and psychological needs.
(614) 944-8290 View (614) 944-8290
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Veena Tripathi Ahuja
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43219  (Online Only)
Now Accepting New Patients! Dr. Ahuja is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist at Balanced Innovative Care. She has expertise in treating all mental health disorders including Autism, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Trauma, and Stress-related disorders. She offers specialized diagnostic Autism evaluations, ADHD evaluations, one-time consultations, and ongoing care with medication management to patients in Ohio and Wisconsin. Online appointments are available with no waitlist including evenings and weekends. Schedule a new patient appointment directly from her website here: www.BalancedInnovativeCare.com/new-patients
Now Accepting New Patients! Dr. Ahuja is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist at Balanced Innovative Care. She has expertise in treating all mental health disorders including Autism, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Trauma, and Stress-related disorders. She offers specialized diagnostic Autism evaluations, ADHD evaluations, one-time consultations, and ongoing care with medication management to patients in Ohio and Wisconsin. Online appointments are available with no waitlist including evenings and weekends. Schedule a new patient appointment directly from her website here: www.BalancedInnovativeCare.com/new-patients
(614) 660-5449 View (614) 660-5449
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Fatimah Thiam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Fatimah, a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who have been in practice over the last 8 years, with experience working in inpatient, outpatient and crisis settings. Do you suffer from ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia, mood swings, eating disorders, insomnia, trauma/PTSD, personality disorders or substance abuse? I'm here because of you and I care about you. To book your appointment go to https:/centralbehavioralclinic.com/.
Hello, I am Fatimah, a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who have been in practice over the last 8 years, with experience working in inpatient, outpatient and crisis settings. Do you suffer from ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia, mood swings, eating disorders, insomnia, trauma/PTSD, personality disorders or substance abuse? I'm here because of you and I care about you. To book your appointment go to https:/centralbehavioralclinic.com/.
(786) 244-7347 View (786) 244-7347
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Emily Coyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Westerville, OH 43081
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
(380) 888-3141 View (380) 888-3141
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Evan Silverland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Westerville, OH 43081
Are you struggling with your mental health? Have you attempted therapy and utilized coping skills without much relief? Unsure if medication is appropriate for you or is what you're currently taking not working? As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I can help guide you in this decision making process. I see patients of all ages experiencing a wide range of illness, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
Are you struggling with your mental health? Have you attempted therapy and utilized coping skills without much relief? Unsure if medication is appropriate for you or is what you're currently taking not working? As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I can help guide you in this decision making process. I see patients of all ages experiencing a wide range of illness, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
(614) 756-6898 View (614) 756-6898
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Nyla Bintu Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Columbus, OH 43229
Ark wellness Center is a treatment center focused on mental health and substance use disorders. We believe that all people have the right to quality care/services. Ark Wellness Center provides an environment that is safe and non-judgmental. We allow you and your loved ones to play an active role to achieve recovery. Some of the services we provide include; a comprehensive assessment, anxiety, depression, medication management, substance abuse, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, OCD, and other conditions both onsite/virtual. Ark Wellness provides care for patients ages 65+, adults and teens. It is your time to break the cycle and we are here to help you all the way to achieve your goal. Call us now. Our focus is mainly on you and your journey.
Ark wellness Center is a treatment center focused on mental health and substance use disorders. We believe that all people have the right to quality care/services. Ark Wellness Center provides an environment that is safe and non-judgmental. We allow you and your loved ones to play an active role to achieve recovery. Some of the services we provide include; a comprehensive assessment, anxiety, depression, medication management, substance abuse, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, OCD, and other conditions both onsite/virtual. Ark Wellness provides care for patients ages 65+, adults and teens. It is your time to break the cycle and we are here to help you all the way to achieve your goal. Call us now. Our focus is mainly on you and your journey.
(513) 647-6377 View (513) 647-6377

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Blacklick, OH

< 10

Psychiatrists in Blacklick, OH who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
67% ADHD
67% Eating Disorders
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in Blacklick, OH see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Blacklick?

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.