Psychiatrists in Franklin County, OH

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Photo of Dr. Arif Noorbaksh, Psychiatrist in Franklin County, OH
Dr. Arif Noorbaksh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43221
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar and related disorders? I strongly believe in meeting patients where they are in their individual journeys. The ideal client is the one who attends their initial evaluation to talk through their experience and potential treatment options. I approach patient care holistically and attempt to develop an understanding of the patient’s lived experience and current symptoms.
(614) 350-3470 View (614) 350-3470
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Tiffani Gallimore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, DEA
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner serving the state of Ohio. With over 10 years of Emergency and Intensive Care medicine experience combined with 6 years of Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment experience, I can help guide you on your journey toward a healthy mind and body. I specialize in the medication management of depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, mood disorders, personality disorders, and stable schizophrenia. I lean toward the existential belief that responses such as fear, worry, and anxiety are often appropriate given the client's circumstances.
Hello! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner serving the state of Ohio. With over 10 years of Emergency and Intensive Care medicine experience combined with 6 years of Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment experience, I can help guide you on your journey toward a healthy mind and body. I specialize in the medication management of depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, mood disorders, personality disorders, and stable schizophrenia. I lean toward the existential belief that responses such as fear, worry, and anxiety are often appropriate given the client's circumstances.
(614) 918-4500 View (614) 918-4500
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TelaMD Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43210
TelaMD Health offers Multi-Specialty Care completely via telehealth. Speak with us on the phone or video chat with a mental health professional at your convenience from your home. We have a short waiting period and are currently accepting patients from a majority of insurance providers. Please call us at (614) 502-3491 if you would like to set up an appointment.
TelaMD Health offers Multi-Specialty Care completely via telehealth. Speak with us on the phone or video chat with a mental health professional at your convenience from your home. We have a short waiting period and are currently accepting patients from a majority of insurance providers. Please call us at (614) 502-3491 if you would like to set up an appointment.
(614) 502-3491 View (614) 502-3491
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Fatimah Thiam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43228  (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/.
(614) 698-1498 View (614) 698-1498
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Elizabeth Passino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215
I believe in building therapeutic relationships with my patients, utilizing evidence-based approaches, and partnering with patients to find the best interventions for their individual needs. I have experience treating depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and other psychotic disorders. I am currently accepting new patients, both adults and adolescents ages 16 and older.
I believe in building therapeutic relationships with my patients, utilizing evidence-based approaches, and partnering with patients to find the best interventions for their individual needs. I have experience treating depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and other psychotic disorders. I am currently accepting new patients, both adults and adolescents ages 16 and older.
(380) 205-3786 View (380) 205-3786
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CFF Medical & Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43231  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Dr. Ernestine Tasong, a licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner. Have you reviewed my profile? I'd love to schedule our first session to learn more about the support you need! You can also call or text me at 614-421-7969. Dr. Ernestine Tasong is a dual board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and a family nurse practitioner (FNP) provider in the state of Ohio, WA and MA. She specialized in depression, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, PTSD, social anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and schizophrenia and much more.
Hello, I am Dr. Ernestine Tasong, a licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner. Have you reviewed my profile? I'd love to schedule our first session to learn more about the support you need! You can also call or text me at 614-421-7969. Dr. Ernestine Tasong is a dual board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and a family nurse practitioner (FNP) provider in the state of Ohio, WA and MA. She specialized in depression, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, PTSD, social anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and schizophrenia and much more.
(614) 963-9533 View (614) 963-9533
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Dauntrica Wallstrum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43213
Dauntrica Wallstrum is a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. She is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She received her master's degree from The Ohio State University and dual bachelor's degrees from Ashland University. She has previous history working with mental health in the community setting and working with varying psychiatric diagnoses. She sees children, ages 5 and up, adolescents, and adults. Her focus is on the individual as a whole to help work towards achieving wellness.
Dauntrica Wallstrum is a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. She is certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She received her master's degree from The Ohio State University and dual bachelor's degrees from Ashland University. She has previous history working with mental health in the community setting and working with varying psychiatric diagnoses. She sees children, ages 5 and up, adolescents, and adults. Her focus is on the individual as a whole to help work towards achieving wellness.
(380) 208-1844 View (380) 208-1844
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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified 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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Pamela Oxley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, CNP
Verified Verified
Dublin, OH 43017  (Online Only)
No wait time for appointments - we believe patients deserve access to real time mental health care Did you know Emerald Psychiatry & TMS Center treats patients 13 years of age and older? This age group is severely underserved in the mental health community, and our goal is to provide real time mental health care for all.  Online appointments available now for adolescents in need! Serving Ohio through the convenience of online appointments and a growing network of locations.
No wait time for appointments - we believe patients deserve access to real time mental health care Did you know Emerald Psychiatry & TMS Center treats patients 13 years of age and older? This age group is severely underserved in the mental health community, and our goal is to provide real time mental health care for all.  Online appointments available now for adolescents in need! Serving Ohio through the convenience of online appointments and a growing network of locations.
(380) 333-6068 View (380) 333-6068
Photo of Taylor Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Franklin County, OH
Taylor Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43212  (Online Only)
Taylor is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats an array of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral issues, and sleep/insomnia. She is passionate about providing quality, evidence-based, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and young adults. As a PMHNP, Taylor's role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and medication manager.
Taylor is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats an array of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral issues, and sleep/insomnia. She is passionate about providing quality, evidence-based, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and young adults. As a PMHNP, Taylor's role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and medication manager.
(614) 541-1966 View (614) 541-1966
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Gerald Makobong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43220
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner fully licensed in Ohio. I have experience working with adult, adolescent, and geriatric populations in high-acuity inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, I have experience assessing, diagnosing, educating, and treating mental health patients ages 5-99.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner fully licensed in Ohio. I have experience working with adult, adolescent, and geriatric populations in high-acuity inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, I have experience assessing, diagnosing, educating, and treating mental health patients ages 5-99.
(380) 777-5578 View (380) 777-5578
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Hello Community Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Dr. Olivetta Uradu, I am a community psychiatrist trained at Howard University College of Medicine and Yale Department of Psychiatry. I provide mental health care to adults from diverse backgrounds and my expertise spans many diagnoses. I am especially passionate about women's mental health and have a focus in substance use disorders. I believe in conscious, equitable and collaborative care and look forward to partnering with you to create your unique mental wellness plan.
Hello! My name is Dr. Olivetta Uradu, I am a community psychiatrist trained at Howard University College of Medicine and Yale Department of Psychiatry. I provide mental health care to adults from diverse backgrounds and my expertise spans many diagnoses. I am especially passionate about women's mental health and have a focus in substance use disorders. I believe in conscious, equitable and collaborative care and look forward to partnering with you to create your unique mental wellness plan.
(860) 891-6901 View (860) 891-6901
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Barrie Behavioral Health (BBH).
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, CNP, Psych
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43229
Not accepting new clients
My name is Karim Barrie. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2017 and have been in practice since. My experiences are in psychiatry and addiction. I prefer to treat patients age 16 and above. I am well versed in treating: Anxiety Disorders (Anxiety, panic, social anxiety); Mood Disorders (Depression, Bipolar); Psychotic Disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder); PTSD; OCD. TELEHEALTH OPTION IS AVAILABLE.
My name is Karim Barrie. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2017 and have been in practice since. My experiences are in psychiatry and addiction. I prefer to treat patients age 16 and above. I am well versed in treating: Anxiety Disorders (Anxiety, panic, social anxiety); Mood Disorders (Depression, Bipolar); Psychotic Disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder); PTSD; OCD. TELEHEALTH OPTION IS AVAILABLE.
(380) 800-5691 View (380) 800-5691
Photo of Sarah Boyle, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Franklin County, OH
Sarah Boyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gahanna, OH 43230
My goal is to help you thrive, not merely survive. In addition to medication management, I utilize a holistic approach that incorporates lifestyle changes, movement and nutrition. Growth is facilitated by a person-centered, and trauma-informed approach that promotes a compassionate, non-judgemental environment. There is no "one size fits all" treatment plan. We will work in collaboration to create a treatment plan and goals that are within reach for you.
My goal is to help you thrive, not merely survive. In addition to medication management, I utilize a holistic approach that incorporates lifestyle changes, movement and nutrition. Growth is facilitated by a person-centered, and trauma-informed approach that promotes a compassionate, non-judgemental environment. There is no "one size fits all" treatment plan. We will work in collaboration to create a treatment plan and goals that are within reach for you.
(614) 603-0925 View (614) 603-0925
Photo of Sarah Craycraft, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Franklin County, OH
Sarah Craycraft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained in assessing, diagnosing, and treating a variety of mental health conditions. My previous experience includes working with adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. I work collaboratively with individuals to create a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses your unique needs through medication management and therapeutic interventions.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained in assessing, diagnosing, and treating a variety of mental health conditions. My previous experience includes working with adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. I work collaboratively with individuals to create a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses your unique needs through medication management and therapeutic interventions.
(380) 600-8783 View (380) 600-8783
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Kyle Resnick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hilliard, OH 43026
Dr. Kyle Resnick completed his psychiatry residency at Cleveland Clinic Akron General / SummaHealth, where he served as chief resident and earned the Intern of the Year award. During residency, Dr. Resnick gained experience working with adults in outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospital settings. He earned his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University and undergraduate degrees from Miami University of Ohio in zoology, neuroscience, and classical antiquities. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Kyle Resnick completed his psychiatry residency at Cleveland Clinic Akron General / SummaHealth, where he served as chief resident and earned the Intern of the Year award. During residency, Dr. Resnick gained experience working with adults in outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospital settings. He earned his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University and undergraduate degrees from Miami University of Ohio in zoology, neuroscience, and classical antiquities. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association.
(380) 600-9319 View (380) 600-9319
Photo of Dale LaChance, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Franklin County, OH
Dale LaChance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43235  (Online Only)
I practice a collaborative approach to mental health by working with clients to develop an individualized plan to help improve mental health and overall quality of life at home, work, or school. I believe in using evidence-based practice and a holistic approach to help guide clinical decisions and provide treatment, but understand that medications are not always a solution.
I practice a collaborative approach to mental health by working with clients to develop an individualized plan to help improve mental health and overall quality of life at home, work, or school. I believe in using evidence-based practice and a holistic approach to help guide clinical decisions and provide treatment, but understand that medications are not always a solution.
(614) 683-2088 View (614) 683-2088
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Untangled Psychiatry -Mistique Chantay Henry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP, CEO
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215
I am committed to be there for you every step of your journey. I have strived to create a practice that represents what I believe in: integrated mental health care that focuses on the whole person, with longer appointment times, access to speak directly to your provider when needed, evening and weekend appointment availability, while providing evidence-based psychiatric care.
I am committed to be there for you every step of your journey. I have strived to create a practice that represents what I believe in: integrated mental health care that focuses on the whole person, with longer appointment times, access to speak directly to your provider when needed, evening and weekend appointment availability, while providing evidence-based psychiatric care.
(614) 532-4293 View (614) 532-4293
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Hope Providers Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43204
I am a dual certified nurse practitioner in mental health and family practice. I see patient via Telehealth and in person for medication management. I have been a nurse for 9 years and a nurse practitioner for 4 years.
I am a dual certified nurse practitioner in mental health and family practice. I see patient via Telehealth and in person for medication management. I have been a nurse for 9 years and a nurse practitioner for 4 years.
(614) 756-4624 View (614) 756-4624
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turning point psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43220  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
A mental health provider/counselor helps patients overcome psychological challenges, often by helping them to develop the insight about their illness, guiding and supporting them in learning to change their negative behaviors and thought patterns, and providing them with the best pharmacological approach in order to treat their mental illness. It’s a deeply rewarding line of work that I find, highly fulfilling,فارسی زبان ها را حتما دعوت می کنم که تماس بگیرند برای روان درمانی در زمینه مشاورت ویا دارو درمانی. من ایرانی هستم وخیلی مایل به درمان هم کشوری هایم هستم
A mental health provider/counselor helps patients overcome psychological challenges, often by helping them to develop the insight about their illness, guiding and supporting them in learning to change their negative behaviors and thought patterns, and providing them with the best pharmacological approach in order to treat their mental illness. It’s a deeply rewarding line of work that I find, highly fulfilling,فارسی زبان ها را حتما دعوت می کنم که تماس بگیرند برای روان درمانی در زمینه مشاورت ویا دارو درمانی. من ایرانی هستم وخیلی مایل به درمان هم کشوری هایم هستم
(346) 239-8416 View (346) 239-8416

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Number of Psychiatrists in Franklin County, OH

200+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Franklin County, OH who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
96% Depression
85% Bipolar Disorder
77% Trauma and PTSD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Medication Management
60% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% Aetna
91% Cigna and Evernorth
87% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Franklin County, OH see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Franklin County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.