Psychiatrists in Montgomery County, OH

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Photo of Sarah Anderson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
Sarah Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miamisburg, OH 45342
Sarah is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She see's patients of all ages, for conditions such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, complicated grief, trauma, and others. Sarah is committed to meeting patients where they are emotionally, while creating a safe space that promotes open communication and personal growth. Sarah has limited immediate openings in her schedule. Call NOW to reserve an appointment.
Sarah is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She see's patients of all ages, for conditions such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar, complicated grief, trauma, and others. Sarah is committed to meeting patients where they are emotionally, while creating a safe space that promotes open communication and personal growth. Sarah has limited immediate openings in her schedule. Call NOW to reserve an appointment.
(937) 230-8139 View (937) 230-8139
Photo of Anna Wilcher, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
Anna Wilcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, AHN-BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Beavercreek, OH 45432
As Anna works with people across the lifespan from Kindergarden to elderly, she is influenced by her belief that health is achieved when the needs of the whole person, mind and body, are addressed. She wants to “meet a person where they are” and work together to set realistic, achievable, goals that will improve the overall quality of her patient’s life. She believes “It takes a village,” and looks forward to being a part of her patient’s village, providing expertise and support throughout their mental health journey. Anna is a Nurse Practitioner, with certifications in Advanced Holistic Nursing, Psychiatry and Mental Health.
As Anna works with people across the lifespan from Kindergarden to elderly, she is influenced by her belief that health is achieved when the needs of the whole person, mind and body, are addressed. She wants to “meet a person where they are” and work together to set realistic, achievable, goals that will improve the overall quality of her patient’s life. She believes “It takes a village,” and looks forward to being a part of her patient’s village, providing expertise and support throughout their mental health journey. Anna is a Nurse Practitioner, with certifications in Advanced Holistic Nursing, Psychiatry and Mental Health.
(937) 932-1261 View (937) 932-1261
Photo of A Life Renewed, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
A Life Renewed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBA, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Centerville, OH 45458
Our small, intimate, private practice gives patients a sense of privacy and quality care that larger institutions can struggle to provide at times. We want those who we serve to know they are not just a number, that they matter, their care is important, and we are committed to building a healthy and nurturing relationship with them. We serve adults, 18+, for mental health disorders in a safe and comforting environment. We offer several services including, but not limited to: psychiatric evaluations, medication management, pharmacogenomic testing, applicable labs and tests, just to name a few.
Our small, intimate, private practice gives patients a sense of privacy and quality care that larger institutions can struggle to provide at times. We want those who we serve to know they are not just a number, that they matter, their care is important, and we are committed to building a healthy and nurturing relationship with them. We serve adults, 18+, for mental health disorders in a safe and comforting environment. We offer several services including, but not limited to: psychiatric evaluations, medication management, pharmacogenomic testing, applicable labs and tests, just to name a few.
(937) 745-2129 View (937) 745-2129
Photo of Leigha Wachs, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
Leigha Wachs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beavercreek, OH 45432
Leigha Wachs is a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and ADHD in children. She utilizes FDA-approved and evidence-based therapies to create customized treatment plans based on individual patient needs. With her extensive experience and expertise, Leigha provides exceptional psychiatric and mental health care services to her patients. She is committed to upholding the highest standards of care, and her ultimate goal is to help patients achieve optimal mental health and overall well-being.
Leigha Wachs is a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and ADHD in children. She utilizes FDA-approved and evidence-based therapies to create customized treatment plans based on individual patient needs. With her extensive experience and expertise, Leigha provides exceptional psychiatric and mental health care services to her patients. She is committed to upholding the highest standards of care, and her ultimate goal is to help patients achieve optimal mental health and overall well-being.
(937) 358-8616 View (937) 358-8616
Photo of Xoliswa Cross, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
Xoliswa Cross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Dayton, OH 45414
Xoliswa Cross is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Kettering College of Medical Arts, a Bachelor of Nursing and master's degree in science with a Psychiatric Mental Health specialization from Wright State University. She has professional affiliations with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Psychological Association, International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses and the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.
Xoliswa Cross is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Kettering College of Medical Arts, a Bachelor of Nursing and master's degree in science with a Psychiatric Mental Health specialization from Wright State University. She has professional affiliations with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Psychological Association, International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses and the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.
(937) 834-8297 View (937) 834-8297
Photo of Biaunka Lee, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
Biaunka Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Centerville, OH 45459
Biaunka Phillips is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2022. Biaunka helps her clients by being patient centered, empathetic, attentive, and dedicated to their needs. She involves her clients, so they feel they are a part of their care. Biaunka has gained experience in critical care, medical-surgical, and long-term care throughout her nursing career. Over the last 7 years, Biaunka has worked in mental health and provided education and assisted in meeting patients' needs.
Biaunka Phillips is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2022. Biaunka helps her clients by being patient centered, empathetic, attentive, and dedicated to their needs. She involves her clients, so they feel they are a part of their care. Biaunka has gained experience in critical care, medical-surgical, and long-term care throughout her nursing career. Over the last 7 years, Biaunka has worked in mental health and provided education and assisted in meeting patients' needs.
(937) 927-8985 View (937) 927-8985
Photo of Tassielli Mental Health & Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
Tassielli Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APR, BC-ACNP, BCPMHNP
Verified Verified
Dayton, OH 45420
Hello, I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I treat adults struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD to name of few. My goal is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals struggling with managing their life. My philosophy is that good mental health is key to the over all well-being of an individual.
Hello, I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I treat adults struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD to name of few. My goal is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals struggling with managing their life. My philosophy is that good mental health is key to the over all well-being of an individual.
(937) 884-1936 View (937) 884-1936
Photo of Michelle LeMaster, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
Michelle LeMaster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beavercreek, OH 45432
I work primarily with medication management but listening is my superpower. Whether you're facing anxiety, depression, 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.
I work primarily with medication management but listening is my superpower. Whether you're facing anxiety, depression, 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.
(937) 828-4433 View (937) 828-4433
Photo of Denise Dews, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
Denise Dews
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dayton, OH 45402
I’m here to help you with your mental health concerns and provide you with the best possible care.” I can provide medication treatment as well as psychotherapy. I have a vast array of experience in mental health, as I've been a psychiatric nurse since 2011. My focus is on treating children, adolescents and adults through the life span.
I’m here to help you with your mental health concerns and provide you with the best possible care.” I can provide medication treatment as well as psychotherapy. I have a vast array of experience in mental health, as I've been a psychiatric nurse since 2011. My focus is on treating children, adolescents and adults through the life span.
(513) 960-7137 View (513) 960-7137
Photo of Katherine G Smith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
Katherine G Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beavercreek, OH 45432
I graduated with a master's degree from NKU and discovered my passion for mental healthcare while working in an emergency level I trauma center. Providing care to patients experiencing mental health crises in a psychiatric emergency department fueled my commitment to advocacy in this field. My hobbies include reading, crocheting, baking, and spending time with family and friends. I am dedicated to addressing the unique needs of individuals with empathy, ensuring they receive the support necessary to reach their goals and support their overall well-being. My favorite quote, "There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t".
I graduated with a master's degree from NKU and discovered my passion for mental healthcare while working in an emergency level I trauma center. Providing care to patients experiencing mental health crises in a psychiatric emergency department fueled my commitment to advocacy in this field. My hobbies include reading, crocheting, baking, and spending time with family and friends. I am dedicated to addressing the unique needs of individuals with empathy, ensuring they receive the support necessary to reach their goals and support their overall well-being. My favorite quote, "There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t".
(937) 646-1717 View (937) 646-1717
Photo of Heather Cypher, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
Heather Cypher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Miamisburg, OH 45342
Dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner here, committed to providing genuine and inclusive care. My focus lies in serving the LGBTQ community, utilizing holistic approaches to prioritize mental well-being. With a knack for skillful medication management across various mental health conditions, I integrate evidence-based practices into prescribing decisions. Beyond that, I'm committed to creating a warm and supportive space, aiming to build therapeutic relationships that empower individuals on their unique journey to mental health and overall wellness.
Dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner here, committed to providing genuine and inclusive care. My focus lies in serving the LGBTQ community, utilizing holistic approaches to prioritize mental well-being. With a knack for skillful medication management across various mental health conditions, I integrate evidence-based practices into prescribing decisions. Beyond that, I'm committed to creating a warm and supportive space, aiming to build therapeutic relationships that empower individuals on their unique journey to mental health and overall wellness.
(937) 709-5833 View (937) 709-5833
Photo of Grace Carlisle, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
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
Photo of Rhea J Jeffers, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
Rhea J Jeffers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Dayton, OH 45420
I am here to help any patient seeking help with their emotions, stress, mood or any mental health problems they may be experiencing. My goal is to help anyone in need with mental health issues to live the best life possible without a long wait. I encourage therapy along with medication management to improve overall mental health outcomes. I do not prescribe stimulants but I do use non-stimulants to treat ADHD, and ADD. I accept all insurances, Medicaid and Medicare. Specify 3085 Woodman Dr Ste 205, Dayton, OH 45420 or my new office opening 8/2023 at 12 Wenger Rd Englewood, OH 45322.
I am here to help any patient seeking help with their emotions, stress, mood or any mental health problems they may be experiencing. My goal is to help anyone in need with mental health issues to live the best life possible without a long wait. I encourage therapy along with medication management to improve overall mental health outcomes. I do not prescribe stimulants but I do use non-stimulants to treat ADHD, and ADD. I accept all insurances, Medicaid and Medicare. Specify 3085 Woodman Dr Ste 205, Dayton, OH 45420 or my new office opening 8/2023 at 12 Wenger Rd Englewood, OH 45322.
(937) 858-5233 View (937) 858-5233
Photo of WoodStream Wellness , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
WoodStream Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Miamisburg, OH 45342
Compassion. Connection. Collaboration. Mental Health Support Serving the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. Our WSW Team includes board certified specialists committed to treating, inspiring, empowering, nurturing, and supporting the human spirit. Our office is proud to offer both prescribers for medication management and therapists for psychotherapy. At WSW, we are devoted to not only upholding, but surpassing standards of mental health care and our clients’ expectations. We serve the Southwest Ohio Area with honor.
Compassion. Connection. Collaboration. Mental Health Support Serving the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. Our WSW Team includes board certified specialists committed to treating, inspiring, empowering, nurturing, and supporting the human spirit. Our office is proud to offer both prescribers for medication management and therapists for psychotherapy. At WSW, we are devoted to not only upholding, but surpassing standards of mental health care and our clients’ expectations. We serve the Southwest Ohio Area with honor.
(937) 358-8155 View (937) 358-8155
Photo of Micheal (Michelle) Kitzmiller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
Micheal (Michelle) Kitzmiller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Beavercreek, OH 45432
I am passionate about making sure my clients feel safe and heard. I want you to leave your appointment knowing that you have someone on your side. I serve clients of all ages and with all diagnoses, if you are struggling with any mental health issue please reach out to me. I have a special interest in people struggling with ADHD and anxiety. Additionally, I am passionate about the mental health of new parents and improving the quality of care postpartum. I believe in the power of positivity and collaboration with my patients. Send me an email and we can discuss how I can serve you!
I am passionate about making sure my clients feel safe and heard. I want you to leave your appointment knowing that you have someone on your side. I serve clients of all ages and with all diagnoses, if you are struggling with any mental health issue please reach out to me. I have a special interest in people struggling with ADHD and anxiety. Additionally, I am passionate about the mental health of new parents and improving the quality of care postpartum. I believe in the power of positivity and collaboration with my patients. Send me an email and we can discuss how I can serve you!
(937) 882-5732 View (937) 882-5732
Photo of Janet Neal, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
Janet Neal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miamisburg, OH 45342
I am accepting new clients and take most insurances. I would love to work with you on your mental health. Your next step is to call Wood stream Wellness and ask to be scheduled with Janet. 937-759-0545
I am accepting new clients and take most insurances. I would love to work with you on your mental health. Your next step is to call Wood stream Wellness and ask to be scheduled with Janet. 937-759-0545
(937) 358-8232 View (937) 358-8232
Photo of Rachel Cuenot, Psychiatrist in Montgomery County, OH
Rachel Cuenot
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dayton, OH 45459
I am a board certified psychiatrist and I can provide medication treatment as well as psychotherapy. Patients that typically benefit from the treatments that I provide are those that suffer from symptoms such as depression, anxiety, shame, lack of fulfillment in their relationships and career, inner conflicts, negative thoughts, and self-doubt. They may have difficulty finding contentment and meaning, setting boundaries, living their lives authentically, or with maintaining their confidence and self-esteem. They may also struggle with bodily stress symptoms such as headaches, fibromyalgia, insomnia, IBS, and fatigue.
I am a board certified psychiatrist and I can provide medication treatment as well as psychotherapy. Patients that typically benefit from the treatments that I provide are those that suffer from symptoms such as depression, anxiety, shame, lack of fulfillment in their relationships and career, inner conflicts, negative thoughts, and self-doubt. They may have difficulty finding contentment and meaning, setting boundaries, living their lives authentically, or with maintaining their confidence and self-esteem. They may also struggle with bodily stress symptoms such as headaches, fibromyalgia, insomnia, IBS, and fatigue.
(937) 358-6240 View (937) 358-6240
Photo of Sylvie Wellness Center LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
Sylvie Wellness Center LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dayton, OH 45449
Sylvie is a compassionate provider who focuses on a holistic, individualized approach to health by devoting time to your care. She is dual-certified and offers dual diagnoses of addiction and underlying mental health issues. Sylvie's goal is to build healthy communities and reduce the stigma associated with addiction, psychiatry, and weight. She offers flexible hours early in the morning, evenings, or weekends, no waiting time, telehealth, and in-person visits. No insurance is required, copay, or surprise billing.
Sylvie is a compassionate provider who focuses on a holistic, individualized approach to health by devoting time to your care. She is dual-certified and offers dual diagnoses of addiction and underlying mental health issues. Sylvie's goal is to build healthy communities and reduce the stigma associated with addiction, psychiatry, and weight. She offers flexible hours early in the morning, evenings, or weekends, no waiting time, telehealth, and in-person visits. No insurance is required, copay, or surprise billing.
(937) 872-3341 View (937) 872-3341
Photo of Sarah Keechle, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
Sarah Keechle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miamisburg, OH 45342
As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my focus is on providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals facing challenges related to substance use, anxiety, depression, and dual diagnosis. What sets me apart is my commitment to understanding the unique needs of each client and tailoring my approach to their specific situation.
As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my focus is on providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals facing challenges related to substance use, anxiety, depression, and dual diagnosis. What sets me apart is my commitment to understanding the unique needs of each client and tailoring my approach to their specific situation.
(937) 939-2091 View (937) 939-2091
Photo of Amanda Hardesty, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Montgomery County, OH
Amanda Hardesty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Centerville, OH 45459
Amanda is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner and was a previous trauma nurse of 10+ years. She has a vast array of experience in psychiatric services. Amanda's goal is to provide an empathetic, engaged and client centered service and care for medication management.
Amanda is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner and was a previous trauma nurse of 10+ years. She has a vast array of experience in psychiatric services. Amanda's goal is to provide an empathetic, engaged and client centered service and care for medication management.
(937) 860-2525 View (937) 860-2525

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Number of Psychiatrists in Montgomery County, OH

60+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Montgomery County, OH who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
88% Depression
78% Bipolar Disorder
69% Trauma and PTSD
67% Medication Management
63% ADHD
59% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
91% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Montgomery County, OH see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
15% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Montgomery 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.