Psychiatrists in Logan County, OK

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Skye Helker
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Guthrie, OK 73044
Skye graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2017, with distinction, with her Master of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program. Following graduation, she went on to complete an Emergency Medicine APC fellowship. Her undergraduate degree is from Oklahoma Baptist University, where she played collegiate volleyball. Before joining LifeStance Health in January of 2021, Skye worked as a PA in the Emergency Room. Skye desires to combine both modern medicine and a holistic approach to help women achieve their optimal health.
Skye graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2017, with distinction, with her Master of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program. Following graduation, she went on to complete an Emergency Medicine APC fellowship. Her undergraduate degree is from Oklahoma Baptist University, where she played collegiate volleyball. Before joining LifeStance Health in January of 2021, Skye worked as a PA in the Emergency Room. Skye desires to combine both modern medicine and a holistic approach to help women achieve their optimal health.
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Jennifer Dunning
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Guthrie, OK 73044
Jennifer graduated summa cum laude with her Master of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2017. During her clinical studies, she completed a College of Medicine fellowship in the Obstetrics and Gynecology and at Hope Center of Edmond, providing prenatal/postpartum services. She was presented with the William D. Stanhope Scholarship, awarded to PA students with the highest GPA at the end of didactic term. Upon graduation, she was awarded the OU Health Science Center Joseph J.
Jennifer graduated summa cum laude with her Master of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2017. During her clinical studies, she completed a College of Medicine fellowship in the Obstetrics and Gynecology and at Hope Center of Edmond, providing prenatal/postpartum services. She was presented with the William D. Stanhope Scholarship, awarded to PA students with the highest GPA at the end of didactic term. Upon graduation, she was awarded the OU Health Science Center Joseph J.
(405) 925-0848 View (405) 925-0848
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Karen Schaaf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Guthrie, OK 73044
Karen Schaaf is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2005. She graduated from Western University Health and Science. Karen treats her clients holistically to help with the mind and body, helping them to be functional and thrive. Outside of work, Karen loves the outdoors and travel and taking care of her family.
Karen Schaaf is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2005. She graduated from Western University Health and Science. Karen treats her clients holistically to help with the mind and body, helping them to be functional and thrive. Outside of work, Karen loves the outdoors and travel and taking care of her family.
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Natalie Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Guthrie, OK 73044
Natalie Evans, PMHNP Natalie Evans is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at OU Health Sciences Center and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at UT Health Sciences Center. Natalie believes that recovery is the goal of treatment and should be a holistic approach that strengthens all domains of a person's life. She feels care is best provided when provider and client engage in treatment as a team. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family.
Natalie Evans, PMHNP Natalie Evans is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at OU Health Sciences Center and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at UT Health Sciences Center. Natalie believes that recovery is the goal of treatment and should be a holistic approach that strengthens all domains of a person's life. She feels care is best provided when provider and client engage in treatment as a team. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family.
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Alicia Thompson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Guthrie, OK 73044
Alicia Thompson is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2000. She completed her undergraduate training, receiving a BS in Psychology with some graduate course work. She worked with the Intellectually disabled and in chemical dependency during that time and while applying to medical school. Alicia attended the University of Missouri in Columbia for Medical School, General Psychiatric Residency, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. During her General Psychiatric training she rotated through pediatric specialties in the place of adult ones, because she knew my primary focus would be working with children.
Alicia Thompson is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2000. She completed her undergraduate training, receiving a BS in Psychology with some graduate course work. She worked with the Intellectually disabled and in chemical dependency during that time and while applying to medical school. Alicia attended the University of Missouri in Columbia for Medical School, General Psychiatric Residency, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. During her General Psychiatric training she rotated through pediatric specialties in the place of adult ones, because she knew my primary focus would be working with children.
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Karon Potter
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Guthrie, OK 73044
Karon Potter PA-C, RD, CSOWM, CDE graduated with her Master of Health Sciences with Distinction in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2016. Prior to PA school she received a Bachelor and Master's in nutrition from Texas Tech University. Karon is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Before joining LifeStance Karon worked for an Oklahoma City health system developing a comprehensive medical weight management program.
Karon Potter PA-C, RD, CSOWM, CDE graduated with her Master of Health Sciences with Distinction in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2016. Prior to PA school she received a Bachelor and Master's in nutrition from Texas Tech University. Karon is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Before joining LifeStance Karon worked for an Oklahoma City health system developing a comprehensive medical weight management program.
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Jillian Pollard
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Guthrie, OK 73044
Jillian graduated with her Masters of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2018. She was presented with the William D. Stanhope Scholarship, awarded to PA students with the highest GPA at the end of didactic term. During her clinical studies, she completed a rotation at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa, OK. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Prior to attending PA school, she worked as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit.
Jillian graduated with her Masters of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2018. She was presented with the William D. Stanhope Scholarship, awarded to PA students with the highest GPA at the end of didactic term. During her clinical studies, she completed a rotation at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa, OK. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Prior to attending PA school, she worked as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit.
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Ketamine Therapy at LifeStance Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Guthrie, OK 73044
LifeStance Health in Oklahoma is a provider of ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine therapy is used in the treatment of several psychiatric disorders including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. LifeStance Health in Oklahoma also provides nasal spray Spravato (esketamine), another therapeutic option for treatment-resistant depression.
LifeStance Health in Oklahoma is a provider of ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine therapy is used in the treatment of several psychiatric disorders including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. LifeStance Health in Oklahoma also provides nasal spray Spravato (esketamine), another therapeutic option for treatment-resistant depression.
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Online Psychiatrists

Thrive Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Newcastle, OK 73065
I want to help you move past your trauma, find your purpose and achieve your goals. I want to support full self acceptance and help you learn healthy ways to process emotions. I use EMDR, mindfulness, meditation and direct communication. I like to challenge your perspective with validation and help you gain new insights.
I want to help you move past your trauma, find your purpose and achieve your goals. I want to support full self acceptance and help you learn healthy ways to process emotions. I use EMDR, mindfulness, meditation and direct communication. I like to challenge your perspective with validation and help you gain new insights.
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Elite Touch Behavioral Health Clinic Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73102  (Online Only)
Elite Touch Behavioral Health Clinic is a family-oriented clinic, offering mental health services through telehealth. It was established to support clients and their families with some mental health challenges. Our mission is to help our clients improve health and quality of life by providing outstanding Affordable care, including a thorough assessment, treatment, and education. Our vision is to provide comprehensive psychiatric services to our clients, empowering them and contributing to the growth of the community.
Elite Touch Behavioral Health Clinic is a family-oriented clinic, offering mental health services through telehealth. It was established to support clients and their families with some mental health challenges. Our mission is to help our clients improve health and quality of life by providing outstanding Affordable care, including a thorough assessment, treatment, and education. Our vision is to provide comprehensive psychiatric services to our clients, empowering them and contributing to the growth of the community.
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Teresa Miller
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Teresa completed her Masters of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2007. She got her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Biology from Southern Nazarene University. Before joining Balance Women's Health, Teresa worked as a PA in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility since 2011. She has a special interest in treating women who struggle with PCOS, infertility, and other hormonal issues. Previous to her time in REI, she worked four years in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. She maintains professional membership in the Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants.
Teresa completed her Masters of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2007. She got her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Biology from Southern Nazarene University. Before joining Balance Women's Health, Teresa worked as a PA in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility since 2011. She has a special interest in treating women who struggle with PCOS, infertility, and other hormonal issues. Previous to her time in REI, she worked four years in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. She maintains professional membership in the Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants.
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Dustin O Hayes
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
I specialize in psychiatry and opioid dependence. We accept Medicaid, Medicare primary and self pay. Please visit eclipestulsa.com or call 918 799 3535 to request an appointment.
I specialize in psychiatry and opioid dependence. We accept Medicaid, Medicare primary and self pay. Please visit eclipestulsa.com or call 918 799 3535 to request an appointment.
(918) 416-3039 View (918) 416-3039
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Channel Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Channel Johnson is a Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from the University of Tulsa, a Master's of Science of Nursing, Specialty Family Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University, and a Master of Science of Nursing, Specialty, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Channel strives to provide personalized care and focus on each individual's needs. To each individual client, she strives to provide compassionate care.
Channel Johnson is a Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from the University of Tulsa, a Master's of Science of Nursing, Specialty Family Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University, and a Master of Science of Nursing, Specialty, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Channel strives to provide personalized care and focus on each individual's needs. To each individual client, she strives to provide compassionate care.
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Janefrances Ologolo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Jane Ologolo is a Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Langston University-Tulsa Campus, a FNP-Masters from Maryville University, and a PMHNP-Post-Masters from Maryville University. Jane believes in individualized treatment plans, as every person is unique in their way. She firmly believes in fairness, compassion, and respect in dealing with her patients. In her spare time, Jane enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.
Jane Ologolo is a Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Langston University-Tulsa Campus, a FNP-Masters from Maryville University, and a PMHNP-Post-Masters from Maryville University. Jane believes in individualized treatment plans, as every person is unique in their way. She firmly believes in fairness, compassion, and respect in dealing with her patients. In her spare time, Jane enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.
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Branden Carr
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74133
Branden Carr, DO Branden Carr is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma. He completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree at Oklahoma State University and is currently working towards his final year of residency and plan to graduate in 2023. He has been able to practice psychiatry in a wide range of environments including inpatient, outpatient, addiction, consults, and more. Branden’s goal is to obtain an excellent understanding of a client’s emotional health and to set realistic expectations that they can work towards together.
Branden Carr, DO Branden Carr is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma. He completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree at Oklahoma State University and is currently working towards his final year of residency and plan to graduate in 2023. He has been able to practice psychiatry in a wide range of environments including inpatient, outpatient, addiction, consults, and more. Branden’s goal is to obtain an excellent understanding of a client’s emotional health and to set realistic expectations that they can work towards together.
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Brandie Strange
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRNCNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
I have 10+ years of experience in outpatient psychiatry. As a dual-boarded NP, I feel strongly about leaning into my experiences in physical medicine as an adjunct to my psychiatry practice. I welcome adults 18+ with special population insight in military families (AF veteran), first responders, and foster care families.
I have 10+ years of experience in outpatient psychiatry. As a dual-boarded NP, I feel strongly about leaning into my experiences in physical medicine as an adjunct to my psychiatry practice. I welcome adults 18+ with special population insight in military families (AF veteran), first responders, and foster care families.
(405) 840-3793 View (405) 840-3793
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Rebecca Cline
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Rebecca Cline is a dual board-certified Nurse practitioner who has been practicing since 2011. She graduated from Graceland University in Independence, Missouri with a post master's degree in Family Nurse Practitioner. She later extended her scope of practice after attending The University of Cincinnati, in Cincinnati, Ohio with a post master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner. Rebecca believes in a collaborative, interdisciplinary care approach for the best practice outcomes for her patients.
Rebecca Cline is a dual board-certified Nurse practitioner who has been practicing since 2011. She graduated from Graceland University in Independence, Missouri with a post master's degree in Family Nurse Practitioner. She later extended her scope of practice after attending The University of Cincinnati, in Cincinnati, Ohio with a post master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner. Rebecca believes in a collaborative, interdisciplinary care approach for the best practice outcomes for her patients.
(918) 727-7673 View (918) 727-7673
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Gary L Massad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73118  (Online Only)
With a distinguished career spanning over five decades, Dr. Gary Massad stands as a beacon in the medical community. He is a psychiatrist, widely recognized for his expertise in sports medicine, orthopedics, and workers' compensation. He dedicates his extensive knowledge and experience to the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Dr. Massad's approach to patient care is deeply rooted in his passion for listening to and understanding the unique needs of each individual and looks forward to working with the client where they are at in their current life path.
With a distinguished career spanning over five decades, Dr. Gary Massad stands as a beacon in the medical community. He is a psychiatrist, widely recognized for his expertise in sports medicine, orthopedics, and workers' compensation. He dedicates his extensive knowledge and experience to the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Dr. Massad's approach to patient care is deeply rooted in his passion for listening to and understanding the unique needs of each individual and looks forward to working with the client where they are at in their current life path.
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Heath Mueller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Dr. Heath Mueller is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed both her Bachelor of Science degree and her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Oklahoma. Following completion of her medical training, she completed four years of training in general psychiatry at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. While in residency she gained additional experience in psychiatric crisis management while moonlighting at the Tulsa Center for Behavioral Health.
Dr. Heath Mueller is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed both her Bachelor of Science degree and her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Oklahoma. Following completion of her medical training, she completed four years of training in general psychiatry at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. While in residency she gained additional experience in psychiatric crisis management while moonlighting at the Tulsa Center for Behavioral Health.
(918) 553-5708 View (918) 553-5708
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Katarina Norman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74119
I provide psychiatric med management and brief psychotherapy to clients with multiple psychiatric conditions. My specialty areas include bipolar disorder, substance abuse, patient's experiencing homelessness, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and LGBTQIA+. I have a suboxone program for patients seeking addiction medicine. I am accepting new patients, however, due to maternity leave I am scheduling out into August 2024.
I provide psychiatric med management and brief psychotherapy to clients with multiple psychiatric conditions. My specialty areas include bipolar disorder, substance abuse, patient's experiencing homelessness, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and LGBTQIA+. I have a suboxone program for patients seeking addiction medicine. I am accepting new patients, however, due to maternity leave I am scheduling out into August 2024.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Logan County, OK

< 10

Psychiatrists in Logan County, OK who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Anxiety
88% ADHD
88% Medication Management
88% Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% Trauma and PTSD

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Logan County, OK see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Logan 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.