Psychiatrists in Trumbull County, OH

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Photo of Stacy Horvath, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Trumbull County, OH
Stacy Horvath
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Warren, OH 44484
Accepting new clients! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering medication management. I am here to work with you to find the best treatment plan to manage those symptoms that are interfering with your life. We work together as team to make decisions that are informed and beneficial to your individual needs. My goal is to create a space that is supportive and free from judgment. I believe every single person deserves compassionate and comprehensive care.
Accepting new clients! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering medication management. I am here to work with you to find the best treatment plan to manage those symptoms that are interfering with your life. We work together as team to make decisions that are informed and beneficial to your individual needs. My goal is to create a space that is supportive and free from judgment. I believe every single person deserves compassionate and comprehensive care.
(330) 366-1921 View (330) 366-1921
Photo of Melissa Gelsomino, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Trumbull County, OH
Melissa Gelsomino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mineral Ridge, OH 44440  (Online Only)
Hi, and thank you for taking the time to invest in your mental health. Are you having a hard time balancing family, work, and life? Are you struggling with stress, avoidance and anxiety about the future? Are you just ready for a change and aren't sure how to make a plan of action?
Hi, and thank you for taking the time to invest in your mental health. Are you having a hard time balancing family, work, and life? Are you struggling with stress, avoidance and anxiety about the future? Are you just ready for a change and aren't sure how to make a plan of action?
(330) 778-4286 View (330) 778-4286
Photo of Mary G. Hall, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Trumbull County, OH
Mary G. Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-C, MSN, BSN
Verified Verified
Warren, OH 44484
I care about my patients and listen to his or her needs to come up with the best individualized treatment plan. I diagnose and treat all mental health conditions with appropriate medications as needed. I do this in a holistic manner, meaning I treat the patient as a whole rather than a sum of his or her parts. I will run appropriate bloodwork as well as treat mental health conditions in the context of any chronic illness the patient may be suffering. I am here to help.
I care about my patients and listen to his or her needs to come up with the best individualized treatment plan. I diagnose and treat all mental health conditions with appropriate medications as needed. I do this in a holistic manner, meaning I treat the patient as a whole rather than a sum of his or her parts. I will run appropriate bloodwork as well as treat mental health conditions in the context of any chronic illness the patient may be suffering. I am here to help.
(234) 235-3864 View (234) 235-3864
Photo of Jerret Kolesar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Trumbull County, OH
Jerret Kolesar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Warren, OH 44484
I work with individuals, couples, and families, helping them to navigate challenges that hinder the experience of the beauty and joy of life. I look to build healthy and trustworthy relationships with clients in order to tackle some of life's most difficult issues. In a confidential and safe environment, I address areas of addiction, anxiety and depression, trauma, PTSD, marital/premarital counseling, etc. I am able to address minor and major problems that are impeding you from experiencing your full potential.
I work with individuals, couples, and families, helping them to navigate challenges that hinder the experience of the beauty and joy of life. I look to build healthy and trustworthy relationships with clients in order to tackle some of life's most difficult issues. In a confidential and safe environment, I address areas of addiction, anxiety and depression, trauma, PTSD, marital/premarital counseling, etc. I am able to address minor and major problems that are impeding you from experiencing your full potential.
(234) 742-4495 View (234) 742-4495
Photo of Candice Wood, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Trumbull County, OH
Candice Wood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Newton Falls, OH 44444
I work with clients experiencing a variety of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, impulsive behaviors, anger, insomnia, PTSD, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, ADHD, dementia, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) disorder, and mental health symptoms during recovery from addiction. I offer both in office and telehealth appointments.
I work with clients experiencing a variety of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, impulsive behaviors, anger, insomnia, PTSD, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, ADHD, dementia, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) disorder, and mental health symptoms during recovery from addiction. I offer both in office and telehealth appointments.
(330) 578-4300 View (330) 578-4300
Photo of Stephanie Stecker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Trumbull County, OH
Stephanie Stecker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newton Falls, OH 44444
I am a strong believer in psychotherapy combined with medication management to achieve optimal mental health wellness. I am dedicated to understanding each client’s life experiences, traumas and personal holistic health goals. I also value the relationship between provider and client and will strive to build a foundation of trust, openness, and understanding to guide clients through a healthy and active life. Every treatment will be individualized and I will pay special attention to holistic care and treat every patient with compassion. Age range of patients served: 17 years and older
I am a strong believer in psychotherapy combined with medication management to achieve optimal mental health wellness. I am dedicated to understanding each client’s life experiences, traumas and personal holistic health goals. I also value the relationship between provider and client and will strive to build a foundation of trust, openness, and understanding to guide clients through a healthy and active life. Every treatment will be individualized and I will pay special attention to holistic care and treat every patient with compassion. Age range of patients served: 17 years and older
(330) 578-4300 View (330) 578-4300
Photo of Kassandra Kornbau, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Trumbull County, OH
Kassandra Kornbau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Warren, OH 44484
I received my Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2018, and I am dually board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by ANCC. My goal is to create a collaborative relationship with you to understand your unique story and provide individualized treatment through evidence-based practices. My clinical interests include, but are not limited to, the following: attention deficit disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, depressive disorders, anxiety/panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, binge eating disorder, and mood disorders.
I received my Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2018, and I am dually board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by ANCC. My goal is to create a collaborative relationship with you to understand your unique story and provide individualized treatment through evidence-based practices. My clinical interests include, but are not limited to, the following: attention deficit disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, depressive disorders, anxiety/panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, binge eating disorder, and mood disorders.
(330) 729-5770 View (330) 729-5770
Photo of Dr. Steven A King, Psychiatrist in Trumbull County, OH
Dr. Steven A King
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Warren, OH 44484
NOW OFFERING TELEHEALTH. Compassionate, caring and confidential psychiatric care and medication management provided in a comfortable and conveniently located Boardman office. Counseling is also available to augment treatment and improve patient outcomes.
NOW OFFERING TELEHEALTH. Compassionate, caring and confidential psychiatric care and medication management provided in a comfortable and conveniently located Boardman office. Counseling is also available to augment treatment and improve patient outcomes.
(234) 204-4410 View (234) 204-4410

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Daniel Gonzalez, Psychiatrist in Trumbull County, OH
Daniel Gonzalez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beachwood, OH 44122
Accepting new patients! My name is Dr. Daniel Gonzalez. I'm a Cleveland native who completed undergraduate at Miami University of Ohio before going into medical school at the University of Toledo. After obtaining my medical degree (M.D.), I then completed my Adult Psychiatry residency at Cleveland Clinic. I am currently board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in Adult Psychiatry. I work exclusively with adults (18+), and while I have a special interest in mood and anxiety disorders I see the full spectrum of psychiatric illnesses. I also particularly enjoy working with the LGBTQIA+ population.
Accepting new patients! My name is Dr. Daniel Gonzalez. I'm a Cleveland native who completed undergraduate at Miami University of Ohio before going into medical school at the University of Toledo. After obtaining my medical degree (M.D.), I then completed my Adult Psychiatry residency at Cleveland Clinic. I am currently board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in Adult Psychiatry. I work exclusively with adults (18+), and while I have a special interest in mood and anxiety disorders I see the full spectrum of psychiatric illnesses. I also particularly enjoy working with the LGBTQIA+ population.
(216) 369-6523 View (216) 369-6523
Photo of Linda Cunningham, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Trumbull County, OH
Linda Cunningham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakewood, OH 44107
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in adult psychiatry and addictions. I completed both my undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Akron. I have a wide variety of experience in the mental health field including both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, inpatient psychiatric consultation, psychiatric emergency medicine, geriatric psychiatry and addictions.
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in adult psychiatry and addictions. I completed both my undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Akron. I have a wide variety of experience in the mental health field including both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, inpatient psychiatric consultation, psychiatric emergency medicine, geriatric psychiatry and addictions.
(216) 626-7299 View (216) 626-7299
Photo of Danny Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Trumbull County, OH
Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakewood, OH 44107  (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.
(216) 340-9602 View (216) 340-9602
Photo of Kimberly Cromer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Trumbull County, OH
Kimberly Cromer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Rocky River, OH 44116
Kimberly Cromer is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience working with Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, MDD, Anxiety, ODD, DMDD, trauma, and addictions. Kimberly has over 17 years of health care experience and has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health. Kimberly has also worked with children and families struggling with mental health conditions.
Kimberly Cromer is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience working with Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, MDD, Anxiety, ODD, DMDD, trauma, and addictions. Kimberly has over 17 years of health care experience and has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health. Kimberly has also worked with children and families struggling with mental health conditions.
(440) 732-4441 View (440) 732-4441
Photo of Dr. Arif Noorbaksh, Psychiatrist in Trumbull County, OH
Dr. Arif Noorbaksh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
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.
(216) 508-8032 View (216) 508-8032
Photo of Shannon Milliken, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Trumbull County, OH
Shannon Milliken
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austintown, OH 44515
Throughout my 20 year career in healthcare I have come to appreciate that patients desire a healthcare provider that listens to their needs, validates their message and understands their concerns. I am an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In my practice I strive to have a therapeutic alliance with all my patients. I believe that the patient is a vital member of the health care team and a key component of creating a patient plan of care that is patient focused and patient centered.
Throughout my 20 year career in healthcare I have come to appreciate that patients desire a healthcare provider that listens to their needs, validates their message and understands their concerns. I am an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In my practice I strive to have a therapeutic alliance with all my patients. I believe that the patient is a vital member of the health care team and a key component of creating a patient plan of care that is patient focused and patient centered.
(330) 975-8891 View (330) 975-8891
Photo of Courtney Brumfield, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Trumbull County, OH
Courtney Brumfield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, APRN
Verified Verified
Strongsville, OH 44136
Courtney Brumfield is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that approaches treatment holistically and compassionately. She has extensive experience in mental health and medication management having worked with children, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric diagnosis, developmental disabilities, and varying levels of functioning. Her other areas of nursing experience include emergency medicine and medical/surgical inpatient. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Ohio Nurses Association.
Courtney Brumfield is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that approaches treatment holistically and compassionately. She has extensive experience in mental health and medication management having worked with children, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric diagnosis, developmental disabilities, and varying levels of functioning. Her other areas of nursing experience include emergency medicine and medical/surgical inpatient. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Ohio Nurses Association.
(440) 739-6138 View (440) 739-6138
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Nirvana Health & Wellness, Inc.
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS, MRCPsy, DipAB
Verified Verified
Westlake, OH 44145
I am excellent at what I do. I provide evidence based, state of the art, medication management for Psychiatric Disorders. I have practiced Psychiatry for 40 years in diverse settings. I specialize in services for treatment resistant patients. I also provide expert opinion for guardianship applications. We provide Cognitive Testing, Pharmacogenomic Counseling, Pre-Nuptial Counseling & Telehealth services on pre-paid cash payment basis. We also provide individual therapy in selected cases. Same day appointments are available on cash payment basis only. No-shows and cancellation fees apply. TMS services available at Lorain office now.
I am excellent at what I do. I provide evidence based, state of the art, medication management for Psychiatric Disorders. I have practiced Psychiatry for 40 years in diverse settings. I specialize in services for treatment resistant patients. I also provide expert opinion for guardianship applications. We provide Cognitive Testing, Pharmacogenomic Counseling, Pre-Nuptial Counseling & Telehealth services on pre-paid cash payment basis. We also provide individual therapy in selected cases. Same day appointments are available on cash payment basis only. No-shows and cancellation fees apply. TMS services available at Lorain office now.
(440) 210-9479 View (440) 210-9479
Photo of Deanna Berry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Trumbull County, OH
Deanna Berry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
Deanna Berry is a nurse practitioner dually certified in psychiatric and mental health as well as adult-geriatric primary care. She has 20 years experience as nurse. She received her bachelor's degree, master's degree and post-master's certification in nursing from Ursuline College in Cleveland, OH and is certified through the American Nursing Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Deanna Berry is a nurse practitioner dually certified in psychiatric and mental health as well as adult-geriatric primary care. She has 20 years experience as nurse. She received her bachelor's degree, master's degree and post-master's certification in nursing from Ursuline College in Cleveland, OH and is certified through the American Nursing Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
(440) 762-6239 View (440) 762-6239
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Theophilus Arthur-Mensah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Amherst, OH 44001  (Online Only)
My focus is on making precise and accurate diagnoses that then drive my psychopharmacologic approaches. I also employ an eclectic psychotherapeutic approach that includes using biblical perspectives as well as psychodynamic and cognitive restructuring modalities. I place a strong emphasis on establishing rapport and using the most robust psychotherapeutic approaches in dealing with complicated and treatment-resistant cases. I also employ much flexibility in my time spent with patients to allow for maximum effectiveness.
My focus is on making precise and accurate diagnoses that then drive my psychopharmacologic approaches. I also employ an eclectic psychotherapeutic approach that includes using biblical perspectives as well as psychodynamic and cognitive restructuring modalities. I place a strong emphasis on establishing rapport and using the most robust psychotherapeutic approaches in dealing with complicated and treatment-resistant cases. I also employ much flexibility in my time spent with patients to allow for maximum effectiveness.
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Photo of Nicholas Eilbeck, Psychiatrist in Trumbull County, OH
Nicholas Eilbeck
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beachwood, OH 44122
Dr. Eilbeck serves as Division Associate Medical Director for LifeStance Health. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and completed his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he also was Chief Fellow. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Eilbeck served as Chief Resident during his adult psychiatry training at the University of Toledo Medical Center.
Dr. Eilbeck serves as Division Associate Medical Director for LifeStance Health. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and completed his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he also was Chief Fellow. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Eilbeck served as Chief Resident during his adult psychiatry training at the University of Toledo Medical Center.
(216) 446-6735 View (216) 446-6735
Photo of Sara Hong, Psychiatrist in Trumbull County, OH
Sara Hong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fairlawn, OH 44333
Dr. Hong is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in child and adolescent psychiatry. She earned her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, her master's degree from Northern Illinois University and her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She served her general psychiatry residency and fellowship training at Thomas Jefferson University, where she was chief fellow. Dr. Hong is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Hong is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in child and adolescent psychiatry. She earned her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, her master's degree from Northern Illinois University and her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She served her general psychiatry residency and fellowship training at Thomas Jefferson University, where she was chief fellow. Dr. Hong is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association.
(330) 521-3495 View (330) 521-3495

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Number of Psychiatrists in Trumbull County, OH

< 10

Psychiatrists in Trumbull County, OH who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Anxiety
88% ADHD
88% Trauma and PTSD
88% Bipolar Disorder
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% Psychosis

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Trumbull County, OH see their clients

88% In Person and Online
12% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Trumbull 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.