Psychiatrists in Shawnee, OK

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Karyn Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shawnee, OK 74801  (Online Only)
Your mental well-being matters, and I am here to support you every step of the way. I am deeply committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals seeking support for their mental health needs. My practice is founded on the belief that every person deserves access to effective treatment and the opportunity to thrive in their daily lives. For many individuals, the decision to seek psychiatric care can be daunting, and I understand the courage it takes to take that first step towards healing.
Your mental well-being matters, and I am here to support you every step of the way. I am deeply committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals seeking support for their mental health needs. My practice is founded on the belief that every person deserves access to effective treatment and the opportunity to thrive in their daily lives. For many individuals, the decision to seek psychiatric care can be daunting, and I understand the courage it takes to take that first step towards healing.
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Online Psychiatrists

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Karon Potter
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73034
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.
(405) 554-9663 View (405) 554-9663
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Relindis Tita
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing compassionate mental health care for individuals of all ages specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, mood disorder, OCD, PTSD, issues concerning LGBTQ community, and substance use disorders. I enjoy my career and am always eager to learn and see many individuals recover from these disorders. My career goal is to give the best nursing services at each capacity and level. I have the knowledge and expertise to guide you toward a happier life. I can develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing compassionate mental health care for individuals of all ages specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, mood disorder, OCD, PTSD, issues concerning LGBTQ community, and substance use disorders. I enjoy my career and am always eager to learn and see many individuals recover from these disorders. My career goal is to give the best nursing services at each capacity and level. I have the knowledge and expertise to guide you toward a happier life. I can develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.
(405) 925-1905 View (405) 925-1905
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Dr. Sean Whelan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Dr. Sean Whelan grew up in Oklahoma City where he graduated from Putnam City North High School. He earned his bachelor's degree of Science in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. He attended both medical school and residency for Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to private practice, Dr. Whelan has experience in working with Native Americans and Veteran patients as well as those in the community mental health system.
Dr. Sean Whelan grew up in Oklahoma City where he graduated from Putnam City North High School. He earned his bachelor's degree of Science in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. He attended both medical school and residency for Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to private practice, Dr. Whelan has experience in working with Native Americans and Veteran patients as well as those in the community mental health system.
(405) 925-0921 View (405) 925-0921
MIRCS Psychiatric and Counseling Services
Psychiatrist, MD, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
At MIRCS, the Psychiatrists emphasizes in the use of evidence-based medicine, incorporating a psychotherapeutic, psychosocial, psychopharmacological, and holistic approach. We provide Cat-amine and Spravato treatment.All our patients will be evaluated by trained Psychiatrists who are qualified to treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders . We conduct evaluations via telemedicine and Face-Face to assess for possible psychiatric conditions. Based on the visit, we will develop an appropriate and potential pharmacologic treatment plan. We aim to bring compassionate, dedicated, individualized and exceptionally high quality care.
At MIRCS, the Psychiatrists emphasizes in the use of evidence-based medicine, incorporating a psychotherapeutic, psychosocial, psychopharmacological, and holistic approach. We provide Cat-amine and Spravato treatment.All our patients will be evaluated by trained Psychiatrists who are qualified to treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders . We conduct evaluations via telemedicine and Face-Face to assess for possible psychiatric conditions. Based on the visit, we will develop an appropriate and potential pharmacologic treatment plan. We aim to bring compassionate, dedicated, individualized and exceptionally high quality care.
(405) 583-7579 View (405) 583-7579
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Rachel Dalthorp
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Dr. Rachel Dalthorp received her medical degree from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine. Following medical school she completed a four year psychiatric residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where she focused on developing expertise in the assessment and treatment of mood disorders related to the female reproductive cycle. Dr. Dalthorp completed specialized training in the treatment of female sexual disorders and the use of psychedelic medications to treat depression.
Dr. Rachel Dalthorp received her medical degree from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine. Following medical school she completed a four year psychiatric residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where she focused on developing expertise in the assessment and treatment of mood disorders related to the female reproductive cycle. Dr. Dalthorp completed specialized training in the treatment of female sexual disorders and the use of psychedelic medications to treat depression.
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Ilona Willyard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Owasso, OK 74055
I am here to help. I believe in the importance of the healthcare provider and patient working together as partners to develop a plan of care that is best. I also strives to create a safe and non-judgmental environment for every client and am a LGBTQ+ affirming provider.
I am here to help. I believe in the importance of the healthcare provider and patient working together as partners to develop a plan of care that is best. I also strives to create a safe and non-judgmental environment for every client and am a LGBTQ+ affirming provider.
(918) 302-2554 View (918) 302-2554
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Jesko Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73102  (Online Only)
At our mental health practice, our goal is to provide tailored solutions to meet their needs, particularly in the realm of medication management. We understand that each individual's journey to wellness is unique, which is why we offer personalized medication management services. Whether it's assessing, prescribing, or adjusting medications, our focus is on ensuring that our patients receive the right treatment at the right time. Additionally, we specialize in medication-assisted treatment, offering comprehensive support for various disorders. While we currently do not accept Medicare and Medicaid currently.
At our mental health practice, our goal is to provide tailored solutions to meet their needs, particularly in the realm of medication management. We understand that each individual's journey to wellness is unique, which is why we offer personalized medication management services. Whether it's assessing, prescribing, or adjusting medications, our focus is on ensuring that our patients receive the right treatment at the right time. Additionally, we specialize in medication-assisted treatment, offering comprehensive support for various disorders. While we currently do not accept Medicare and Medicaid currently.
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Shyvonne Gray
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Dr. Shyvonne Gray received her M.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She then completed four years of residency in general psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. After completing residency, she treated patients with severe mental illness at Jacobi Medical Center in New York City. She then moved back to Oklahoma, where she served as the medical director of Oakwood Springs Hospital in Oklahoma City. She comes to us from her Edmond private practice, Modern Mindcare, where she specialized in mood and anxiety disorders.
Dr. Shyvonne Gray received her M.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She then completed four years of residency in general psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. After completing residency, she treated patients with severe mental illness at Jacobi Medical Center in New York City. She then moved back to Oklahoma, where she served as the medical director of Oakwood Springs Hospital in Oklahoma City. She comes to us from her Edmond private practice, Modern Mindcare, where she specialized in mood and anxiety disorders.
(405) 369-8036 View (405) 369-8036
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Patrick Ellis
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Norman, OK 73069  (Online Only)
Do you want to find out if our clinic is a good fit for your needs? Find out in less than five minutes when you fill out our new patient survey on our website (www.drpatrickellis.com; click on Our Services/ New Patient Paperwork)
Do you want to find out if our clinic is a good fit for your needs? Find out in less than five minutes when you fill out our new patient survey on our website (www.drpatrickellis.com; click on Our Services/ New Patient Paperwork)
(405) 645-6371 View (405) 645-6371
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Tabor Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ardmore, OK 73401
We offer a wide range of services, covering all aspects of your healthcare needs. Whether you require routine check-ups, mental health evaluations, therapy sessions, or a combination of these, we have you covered. We understand that mental health and physical health are interconnected. Unlike traditional clinics, we believe in a holistic approach to your well-being, ensuring that every aspect of your care is closely coordinated and communicated between our expert team members.
We offer a wide range of services, covering all aspects of your healthcare needs. Whether you require routine check-ups, mental health evaluations, therapy sessions, or a combination of these, we have you covered. We understand that mental health and physical health are interconnected. Unlike traditional clinics, we believe in a holistic approach to your well-being, ensuring that every aspect of your care is closely coordinated and communicated between our expert team members.
(580) 219-4605 View (580) 219-4605
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Reliance Mental Health and Functional Medicine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, FMA-CP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bethany, OK 73008
Welcome! We are a mental health and primary care clinic that serves patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat depression, bipolar, trauma, anxiety, personality disorders, OCD, PTSD, autism spectrum disorders and issues concerning the LGBT community. Also, we work with addiction medicine and are committed to helping as many patients in need as we can. With patient safety in mind, we are more than willing to provide medication management to help people with mental health needs with not only medication but therapy and referrals. Please do not hesitate to call the office to verify insurance coverage and clinic hours.
Welcome! We are a mental health and primary care clinic that serves patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat depression, bipolar, trauma, anxiety, personality disorders, OCD, PTSD, autism spectrum disorders and issues concerning the LGBT community. Also, we work with addiction medicine and are committed to helping as many patients in need as we can. With patient safety in mind, we are more than willing to provide medication management to help people with mental health needs with not only medication but therapy and referrals. Please do not hesitate to call the office to verify insurance coverage and clinic hours.
(405) 449-5836 View (405) 449-5836
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Maris Mills
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Hello! My name is Maris Mills, and I'm a licensed and certified physician assistant working with a board certified psychiatrist to provide mental health care to adult patients. As a psychiatry physician assistant, I work closely with patients to develop individualized treatment plans that address their unique needs. I am dedicated to providing quality care by incorporating both medication management and therapy into treatment plans as needed. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment for patients, focused on improving both self-compassion and interpersonal skills to improve wellbeing and achieve optimal mental health.
Hello! My name is Maris Mills, and I'm a licensed and certified physician assistant working with a board certified psychiatrist to provide mental health care to adult patients. As a psychiatry physician assistant, I work closely with patients to develop individualized treatment plans that address their unique needs. I am dedicated to providing quality care by incorporating both medication management and therapy into treatment plans as needed. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment for patients, focused on improving both self-compassion and interpersonal skills to improve wellbeing and achieve optimal mental health.
(405) 725-2696 View (405) 725-2696
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Ashley Wigington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73112  (Online Only)
My goal as a provider has always been to create a space where every patient feels heard, comfortable, and welcomed. I am passionate about providing care that not only addresses mental health concerns but also supports the overall well-being of my patients.
My goal as a provider has always been to create a space where every patient feels heard, comfortable, and welcomed. I am passionate about providing care that not only addresses mental health concerns but also supports the overall well-being of my patients.
(405) 775-9872 View (405) 775-9872
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Ashley Totten-Gilbert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Broken Arrow, OK 74012  (Online Only)
Ashley Totten-Gilbert is the founder of Ashco Psych and Wellness. She has more than 21 years experience in the medical field. Ashley Totten-Gilbert is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and board-certified adult geriatric primary care nurse practitioner by ANCC.
Ashley Totten-Gilbert is the founder of Ashco Psych and Wellness. She has more than 21 years experience in the medical field. Ashley Totten-Gilbert is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and board-certified adult geriatric primary care nurse practitioner by ANCC.
(918) 372-3718 View (918) 372-3718
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Kara Lynn Alger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Kara, our esteemed Nurse Practitioner at Mind Rejuvenation, is ANCC Board Certified and holds a Doctorate of Nursing from Oklahoma City University. She brings over a decade of specialized experience to our team. Her firsthand knowledge from bodybuilding and CrossFit over the years has shaped her insight into the body’s capabilities and recovery processes, enriching her approach to patient care. She's skilled in managing ADHD trauma, providing psychiatric evaluations, and overseeing medication management, ensuring tailored care for each patient. On weekends, she dedicates her time to Laureate in-patient care.
Kara, our esteemed Nurse Practitioner at Mind Rejuvenation, is ANCC Board Certified and holds a Doctorate of Nursing from Oklahoma City University. She brings over a decade of specialized experience to our team. Her firsthand knowledge from bodybuilding and CrossFit over the years has shaped her insight into the body’s capabilities and recovery processes, enriching her approach to patient care. She's skilled in managing ADHD trauma, providing psychiatric evaluations, and overseeing medication management, ensuring tailored care for each patient. On weekends, she dedicates her time to Laureate in-patient care.
(918) 300-4902 View (918) 300-4902
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Lyndsey Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73112  (Online Only)
Embracing mental health care is not just about managing symptoms—it’s a pathway to understanding oneself, cultivating resilience, and developing coping strategies for life's challenges. My approach is collaborative, valuing your unique perspective and lived experiences. I view our therapeutic relationship as a partnership, working together to explore the depths of your concerns, set achievable goals, and ultimately empower you to lead a more fulfilling life.
Embracing mental health care is not just about managing symptoms—it’s a pathway to understanding oneself, cultivating resilience, and developing coping strategies for life's challenges. My approach is collaborative, valuing your unique perspective and lived experiences. I view our therapeutic relationship as a partnership, working together to explore the depths of your concerns, set achievable goals, and ultimately empower you to lead a more fulfilling life.
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Alicia Thompson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73034
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.
(405) 266-4493 View (405) 266-4493
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Edmond Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatrist, ABPN, ABPM, ABOM
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73013
We offer individualized medical and interventional options for patients struggling with treatment-refractory depression, generalized anxiety disorder, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse disorders. With 25 years of experience, our privately-held patient-centered outpatient Edmond clinic strives to incorporate internal medicine-focused psychiatric treatment options providing care to partner with you in achieving your goals.
We offer individualized medical and interventional options for patients struggling with treatment-refractory depression, generalized anxiety disorder, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse disorders. With 25 years of experience, our privately-held patient-centered outpatient Edmond clinic strives to incorporate internal medicine-focused psychiatric treatment options providing care to partner with you in achieving your goals.
(405) 285-2260 View (405) 285-2260
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Tabatha June Truelove
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Muskogee, OK 74401
I am a board-certified, psychiatric nurse practitioner. I specialize in the treatment of ADHD in children and adolescents and adults. I love to help patients reach their goals and become the best versions of themselves. I believe in a supportive environment for each of my patients. I enjoy hearing out my patients needs and offering a individual treatment plan that best supports each of my patients.
I am a board-certified, psychiatric nurse practitioner. I specialize in the treatment of ADHD in children and adolescents and adults. I love to help patients reach their goals and become the best versions of themselves. I believe in a supportive environment for each of my patients. I enjoy hearing out my patients needs and offering a individual treatment plan that best supports each of my patients.
(918) 937-7833 View (918) 937-7833

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Number of Psychiatrists in Shawnee, OK

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Psychiatrists in Shawnee, OK who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Eating Disorders
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

25 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Medicaid
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Shawnee, OK see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Shawnee?

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.