Psychiatrists in Fairborn, OH

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Tyneah Morris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Fairborn, OH 45324
Tyneah Morris is an advanced practice registered nurse, board certified as a family psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. She is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Wright State University and a master's degree in nursing from Northern Kentucky University. She has previous history working with mental health in the community and outpatient setting and working with varying psychiatric diagnoses. She sees children, ages 13 and up, adults, and geriatrics.
Tyneah Morris is an advanced practice registered nurse, board certified as a family psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. She is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Wright State University and a master's degree in nursing from Northern Kentucky University. She has previous history working with mental health in the community and outpatient setting and working with varying psychiatric diagnoses. She sees children, ages 13 and up, adults, and geriatrics.
(937) 601-4185 View (937) 601-4185
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Jacqueline Countryman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fairborn, OH 45324
Dr. Countryman is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with 22 years of experience working with children and their families. She completed her undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University and her medical degree at Albany Medical College. She completed residency in general psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Wright State University/Wright Patterson AFB. She was in the United States Air Force for 9 years providing care for military members and their children. She has been providing care in the Dayton Ohio area since that time.
Dr. Countryman is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with 22 years of experience working with children and their families. She completed her undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University and her medical degree at Albany Medical College. She completed residency in general psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Wright State University/Wright Patterson AFB. She was in the United States Air Force for 9 years providing care for military members and their children. She has been providing care in the Dayton Ohio area since that time.
(937) 646-7303 View (937) 646-7303
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Mike Hatesohl
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fairborn, OH 45324
Dr. Mike Hatesohl, MD Dr. Mike Hatesohl is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 2023. Dr. Hatesohl seeks to treat a patient holistically, without judgement. He meets a patient where they are at and works together to develop a treatment plan that they both agree on. Dr. Mike Hatesohl emphasizes therapy in every appointment. Outside of work, Dr. Mike Hatesohl enjoys video games, exercising, reading history, trying new restaurants, and going for walks.
Dr. Mike Hatesohl, MD Dr. Mike Hatesohl is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 2023. Dr. Hatesohl seeks to treat a patient holistically, without judgement. He meets a patient where they are at and works together to develop a treatment plan that they both agree on. Dr. Mike Hatesohl emphasizes therapy in every appointment. Outside of work, Dr. Mike Hatesohl enjoys video games, exercising, reading history, trying new restaurants, and going for walks.
(937) 745-2165 View (937) 745-2165
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Leslie Pulver
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fairborn, OH 45324
Leslie Pulver is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2021. She has a Master's Degree from the University of South Alabama. Leslie meets patients where they are to work towards goals to improve their mental health and overall wellbeing and quality of life. Outside of work, Leslie enjoys reading, writing, knitting, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.
Leslie Pulver is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2021. She has a Master's Degree from the University of South Alabama. Leslie meets patients where they are to work towards goals to improve their mental health and overall wellbeing and quality of life. Outside of work, Leslie enjoys reading, writing, knitting, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.
(937) 932-1424 View (937) 932-1424
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Wright State Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD/DO
Verified Verified
Fairborn, OH 45324
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS--Come see our newly renovated offices conveniently located across from Wright State University. Our therapists are physicians who have graduated medical school and are completing the final years of their psychiatric training. We treat anxiety, depression, PTSD, and relationship problems in children, adolescents, and adults. We are unable to accept referrals or any form of insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid and CareSource. Medication management cannot be the sole reason for a visit. We regret the inconvenience.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS--Come see our newly renovated offices conveniently located across from Wright State University. Our therapists are physicians who have graduated medical school and are completing the final years of their psychiatric training. We treat anxiety, depression, PTSD, and relationship problems in children, adolescents, and adults. We are unable to accept referrals or any form of insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid and CareSource. Medication management cannot be the sole reason for a visit. We regret the inconvenience.
(937) 775-7792 View (937) 775-7792
Photo of Laura Schreckengost - Solutions Health & Wellness, LLC, APRN-CN, P,  PMHN, P-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Solutions Health & Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-CN, P, PMHN, P-BC
Verified Verified
Fairborn, OH 45324
Now Accepting New Patients- We are able to accept referrals from your primary care provider or therapist. We accept most major insurances including Medicare and Medicaid. Allow us to provide you with the treatment you deserve! If you are suffering from anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues that you are struggling to overcome, we can help you. With my supportive staff I assist you with goal setting, making an individualized treatment plan, medication management and therapy, all designed around you and your needs while maintaining a safe and comfortable environment.
Now Accepting New Patients- We are able to accept referrals from your primary care provider or therapist. We accept most major insurances including Medicare and Medicaid. Allow us to provide you with the treatment you deserve! If you are suffering from anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues that you are struggling to overcome, we can help you. With my supportive staff I assist you with goal setting, making an individualized treatment plan, medication management and therapy, all designed around you and your needs while maintaining a safe and comfortable environment.
(937) 988-0989 View (937) 988-0989

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Jessie Maumburudze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beavercreek, OH 45440  (Online Only)
Hi! I am dual Board certified in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I received my Master's in Nursing degree and post graduate degree at Ursuline College, Ohio.
Hi! I am dual Board certified in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I received my Master's in Nursing degree and post graduate degree at Ursuline College, Ohio.
(216) 999-6625 View (216) 999-6625
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Berline Frye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Beavercreek, OH 45440  (Online Only)
Are you looking for a provider that listens to you ,gives you time and pay attention to your mental health needs? Have you tried to navigate the difficult world of finding a Mental provider that spends more than 15 minutes to ensure you have a correct diagnosis and treatment. Look no more! I provide diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and therapy services in a safe environment. After trying so long to find help for my own Loved ones, I made it my mission to do things differently, work harder to foster a safe environment for all patients, truly care for patients, and share good practices in empathy and understanding.
Are you looking for a provider that listens to you ,gives you time and pay attention to your mental health needs? Have you tried to navigate the difficult world of finding a Mental provider that spends more than 15 minutes to ensure you have a correct diagnosis and treatment. Look no more! I provide diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and therapy services in a safe environment. After trying so long to find help for my own Loved ones, I made it my mission to do things differently, work harder to foster a safe environment for all patients, truly care for patients, and share good practices in empathy and understanding.
(440) 261-5270 View (440) 261-5270
Photo of Grace Carlisle, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Grace Carlisle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beavercreek, OH 45432
I am passionate about making sure my clients feel heard. I want my patients to leave their appointments knowing that their provider cares about their progress and their overall health and happiness. I serve clients of all ages, and have a special interest in adolescents and young adults with anxiety, depression, panic disorders and trauma. My favorite motto is, "be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody."
I am passionate about making sure my clients feel heard. I want my patients to leave their appointments knowing that their provider cares about their progress and their overall health and happiness. I serve clients of all ages, and have a special interest in adolescents and young adults with anxiety, depression, panic disorders and trauma. My favorite motto is, "be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody."
(937) 759-0545 View (937) 759-0545
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Nne Ihemere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Beavercreek, OH 45440  (Online Only)
Nne graduated from The Ohio State University with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.
Nne graduated from The Ohio State University with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.
(513) 663-4438 View (513) 663-4438
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Misty McDowell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beavercreek, OH 45440  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience in psychiatry and five years of experience in treating addiction and alcohol dependence, and I am only licensed in Ohio. I specialize in providing mental health services for clients who have depression, anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia, social anxiety, post-partum depression, personality disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, tourette's disorder, excoriation skin-picking disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, nightmare disorder, night-tear disorder, eating disorders, etc.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience in psychiatry and five years of experience in treating addiction and alcohol dependence, and I am only licensed in Ohio. I specialize in providing mental health services for clients who have depression, anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia, social anxiety, post-partum depression, personality disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, tourette's disorder, excoriation skin-picking disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, nightmare disorder, night-tear disorder, eating disorders, etc.
(614) 683-3586 View (614) 683-3586
Photo of Laurel Hurst, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Laurel Hurst
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beavercreek, OH 45440  (Online Only)
Helping my patients feel safe, seen, and heard on the path to recovery is my primary goal as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
Helping my patients feel safe, seen, and heard on the path to recovery is my primary goal as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
(513) 654-2889 View (513) 654-2889
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Charlotte Lynch Aprn
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN
Verified Verified
Beavercreek, OH 45431
I am accepting new patients and able to offer immediate appointments. I work primarily with medication management and Spravato treatments (treatment-resistant depression), but listening is my superpower. Whether you're facing anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, OCD, or any other mental health challenge, I am here to provide a compassionate and non-judgmental space for you to express yourself. I believe that the foundation of mental health care lies in truly hearing and understanding the unique experiences of each person I work with. Appointments can be scheduled online cic-america.com/find-doctor or over the phone.
I am accepting new patients and able to offer immediate appointments. I work primarily with medication management and Spravato treatments (treatment-resistant depression), but listening is my superpower. Whether you're facing anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, OCD, or any other mental health challenge, I am here to provide a compassionate and non-judgmental space for you to express yourself. I believe that the foundation of mental health care lies in truly hearing and understanding the unique experiences of each person I work with. Appointments can be scheduled online cic-america.com/find-doctor or over the phone.
(937) 230-8722 x106 View (937) 230-8722 x106
Photo of Katelyn Boldon, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Katelyn Boldon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beavercreek, OH 45440  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Kate and I have been working in the mental health field for 9 years. I started off my undergraduate degree working alongside top psychiatrists at OSU in identifying and treatment manic symptoms in what is now published research. I obtained my bachelors degree in both psychology and nursing at OSU. I then went on to get my Masters degree in Psychiatric Nursing. I started off working as a psychiatric nurse in adolescent inpatient units. I then went on to community mental health, where I worked as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with clients from age 4 +, adolescents, adults to geriatric clients.
Hello! My name is Kate and I have been working in the mental health field for 9 years. I started off my undergraduate degree working alongside top psychiatrists at OSU in identifying and treatment manic symptoms in what is now published research. I obtained my bachelors degree in both psychology and nursing at OSU. I then went on to get my Masters degree in Psychiatric Nursing. I started off working as a psychiatric nurse in adolescent inpatient units. I then went on to community mental health, where I worked as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with clients from age 4 +, adolescents, adults to geriatric clients.
(937) 756-9140 View (937) 756-9140
Photo of Katie Stanford - Harmony Psychiatric Services, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Harmony Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Yellow Springs, OH 45387  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Katie Stanford is a board certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who works with adults (18+) and provides care for patients who struggle with mental health issues. Katie has experience with and currently offers medication management, supportive therapy, and other integrative treatment modalities. Her treatment approach is rooted in a holistic, patient centered model of care. Katie is a military veteran who studied at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Wilkes University where she ultimately obtained a Master of Science Degree in Nursing.
Katie Stanford is a board certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who works with adults (18+) and provides care for patients who struggle with mental health issues. Katie has experience with and currently offers medication management, supportive therapy, and other integrative treatment modalities. Her treatment approach is rooted in a holistic, patient centered model of care. Katie is a military veteran who studied at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Wilkes University where she ultimately obtained a Master of Science Degree in Nursing.
(740) 224-8976 View (740) 224-8976
Photo of Yvette Dorsey-Benson, PMHNP, MBA, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Yvette Dorsey-Benson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MBA
Verified Verified
Beavercreek, OH 45440
Do you feel trapped or stuck in emotional situations that leave you feeling like there’s no way out? “Suffering in silence” is not an option and it’s ok to ask for help. Let me help you equip yourself with the necessary tools to become your best version of self. Yvette Dorsey-Benson is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about helping individuals and families that struggle to manage stress, issues surrounding mental health and the day-to-day challenges that life can bring. “Understanding that we all experience dissatisfaction in life sometime or another is real. It’s ok not to be ok”.
Do you feel trapped or stuck in emotional situations that leave you feeling like there’s no way out? “Suffering in silence” is not an option and it’s ok to ask for help. Let me help you equip yourself with the necessary tools to become your best version of self. Yvette Dorsey-Benson is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about helping individuals and families that struggle to manage stress, issues surrounding mental health and the day-to-day challenges that life can bring. “Understanding that we all experience dissatisfaction in life sometime or another is real. It’s ok not to be ok”.
(937) 230-8235 x101 View (937) 230-8235 x101
Photo of Nicole Sbrocchi, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nicole Sbrocchi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beavercreek, OH 45440
Mental health is as important as physical health because it affects our thoughts, feelings, and actions. When our mental health is affected, it can influence how we see ourselves, relate to others, and make decisions.
Mental health is as important as physical health because it affects our thoughts, feelings, and actions. When our mental health is affected, it can influence how we see ourselves, relate to others, and make decisions.
(567) 409-2316 View (567) 409-2316
Photo of Nichole McCoy, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nichole McCoy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Beavercreek, OH 45440  (Online Only)
Hello there, I'm Nikki. Are you struggling with feelings of self-doubt and confusion, or even deal with the trap of negative self-talk. Do you feel overwhelmed and pulled in a thousand directions? Do you find it hard to fit in, struggle with relationships, balance life, work and your health? No motivation, feelings lonely, and struggling to get out of bed? Do you struggle sleeping too much or barely at all with a constant energy? You deserve a safe space to talk, heal, and get to the root cause of what is weighing you down.
Hello there, I'm Nikki. Are you struggling with feelings of self-doubt and confusion, or even deal with the trap of negative self-talk. Do you feel overwhelmed and pulled in a thousand directions? Do you find it hard to fit in, struggle with relationships, balance life, work and your health? No motivation, feelings lonely, and struggling to get out of bed? Do you struggle sleeping too much or barely at all with a constant energy? You deserve a safe space to talk, heal, and get to the root cause of what is weighing you down.
(937) 857-5558 View (937) 857-5558
Photo of Neil Tournoux, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Neil Tournoux
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dayton, OH 45448  (Online Only)
There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think..." I became a nurse practitioner while working inpatient as a psychiatric nurse for 5 years. I am proud of my profession in nursing, as I believe that nurse practitioners bring a unique perspective to this field. Being fully present, and actively listening to understand what a patient is trying to convey is invaluable. My goal is to allow you to feel heard.
There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think..." I became a nurse practitioner while working inpatient as a psychiatric nurse for 5 years. I am proud of my profession in nursing, as I believe that nurse practitioners bring a unique perspective to this field. Being fully present, and actively listening to understand what a patient is trying to convey is invaluable. My goal is to allow you to feel heard.
(513) 643-5861 View (513) 643-5861
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Tyneah Morris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Huber Heights, OH 45424
"There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn't." That is my mission statement and goal for all to understand that come in for help. Mental health is an important medical specialty, but is often overlooked. As a board- certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner I am trained to assess, diagnose and treat the mental health needs of patients—such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or substance abuse disorders. My patients receive patient centered care with ongoing treatment plans that are adjusted and specifically customized according to the need.
"There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn't." That is my mission statement and goal for all to understand that come in for help. Mental health is an important medical specialty, but is often overlooked. As a board- certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner I am trained to assess, diagnose and treat the mental health needs of patients—such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or substance abuse disorders. My patients receive patient centered care with ongoing treatment plans that are adjusted and specifically customized according to the need.
(937) 731-3918 View (937) 731-3918

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Fairborn, OH

< 10

Psychiatrists in Fairborn, OH who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Medication Management
67% Bipolar Disorder
67% Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Fairborn, OH see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fairborn?

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.