Psychiatrists in Salem, OR

Photo of Wendy Wan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, OR
Wendy Wan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97302
Everything seems extremely challenging, frustrating and unsatisfying when we are not well. This is especially true regarding mental health struggles. Occasional sadness or situational anxiety is a natural part of living. However, when ones mental health negatively impacts behaviors, feelings and thinking, treatment might be needed to help manage symptoms. My experience and education allow me to effectively help people manage mental illness and mental health issues.
Everything seems extremely challenging, frustrating and unsatisfying when we are not well. This is especially true regarding mental health struggles. Occasional sadness or situational anxiety is a natural part of living. However, when ones mental health negatively impacts behaviors, feelings and thinking, treatment might be needed to help manage symptoms. My experience and education allow me to effectively help people manage mental illness and mental health issues.
(971) 314-4880 View (971) 314-4880
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Micheal Draheim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97301
Welcome! I started my journey as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and later earned a Master's in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have a decade of varied experience, from outpatient services to psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities. My expertise covers conditions like ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. With a blend of comprehensive knowledge and heartfelt dedication, my goal is to uplift and stabilize the mental well-being of those I serve.
Welcome! I started my journey as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and later earned a Master's in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have a decade of varied experience, from outpatient services to psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities. My expertise covers conditions like ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. With a blend of comprehensive knowledge and heartfelt dedication, my goal is to uplift and stabilize the mental well-being of those I serve.
(503) 461-6138 View (503) 461-6138
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Maggie Yorio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301  (Online Only)
Currently Accepting New Patients! My name is Maggie Yorio. I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at BestMind Behavioral Health. I specialize in treating mood and anxiety disorders in adults through medication managment. My treatment style concentrates on active listening and building a therapeutic alliance with my patients, which helps me better understand their individual stories and goals.
Currently Accepting New Patients! My name is Maggie Yorio. I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at BestMind Behavioral Health. I specialize in treating mood and anxiety disorders in adults through medication managment. My treatment style concentrates on active listening and building a therapeutic alliance with my patients, which helps me better understand their individual stories and goals.
(971) 306-9491 View (971) 306-9491
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John Benson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with irritability, anxiety, low mood, poor focus, substance use, or lack of motivation that is impairing your relationships, your career, or your overall quality of life? Have you perhaps tried therapy, but found that your problems persisted? Have you tried medications, but found that psychiatric appointments were too impersonal or that your concerns about possible side effects or worsening symptoms were met with indifference?
Are you struggling with irritability, anxiety, low mood, poor focus, substance use, or lack of motivation that is impairing your relationships, your career, or your overall quality of life? Have you perhaps tried therapy, but found that your problems persisted? Have you tried medications, but found that psychiatric appointments were too impersonal or that your concerns about possible side effects or worsening symptoms were met with indifference?
(503) 832-5099 View (503) 832-5099
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Kimberly Rickel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97302
Accepting New Patients! My name is Kimberly Rickel, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS. Prior to obtaining my Master’s degree from Gonzaga University in 2022, I worked over a decade as a board-certified mental health registered nurse in a variety of mental health settings with the adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations. My experience includes working with conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, and cognitive disorders.
Accepting New Patients! My name is Kimberly Rickel, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS. Prior to obtaining my Master’s degree from Gonzaga University in 2022, I worked over a decade as a board-certified mental health registered nurse in a variety of mental health settings with the adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations. My experience includes working with conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, and cognitive disorders.
(503) 386-9652 View (503) 386-9652
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Sublime behavioral and wellness clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC , PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301
Dr. Jubril Adediran, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC has more than 20 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings including MED/Surg, LTAC, Behavioral health, and home health care.
Dr. Jubril Adediran, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC has more than 20 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings including MED/Surg, LTAC, Behavioral health, and home health care.
(346) 616-9129 View (346) 616-9129
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Dianna Harris (Accepting New Clients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97302
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 5/22/24 for Medication Management (I am not taking clients for therapy). Appointments are available in 2 weeks. Complete the Patient Inquiry Form on my website. You will receive a response the same or next day. My practice is primarily composed of adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I find that people reach out to treatment when excessive worry, low motivation, and negative thinking can lead to feeling less confident in their work, behind on tasks at home, and impacting their relationships. I don't treat ADHD and I don't prescribe controlled substances, such as Xanax for anxiety.
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 5/22/24 for Medication Management (I am not taking clients for therapy). Appointments are available in 2 weeks. Complete the Patient Inquiry Form on my website. You will receive a response the same or next day. My practice is primarily composed of adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I find that people reach out to treatment when excessive worry, low motivation, and negative thinking can lead to feeling less confident in their work, behind on tasks at home, and impacting their relationships. I don't treat ADHD and I don't prescribe controlled substances, such as Xanax for anxiety.
(503) 850-0267 View (503) 850-0267
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Nathan P. Johnson - (Stasis Psychiatry)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302
I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who graduated from Vanderbilt in 2016. Prior to starting a private practice, I worked in the acute setting at Salem Hospital treating clients in an inpatient unit. I have experience treating clients in stable, and acute disease states. Prior to beginning my career in psychiatric nursing, I specialized in behavioral neuroscience and studied for 12-years a combination of psychology, counseling, and behavioral interventions. My passion is mental health care and I seek to incorporate different modalities into the care.
I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who graduated from Vanderbilt in 2016. Prior to starting a private practice, I worked in the acute setting at Salem Hospital treating clients in an inpatient unit. I have experience treating clients in stable, and acute disease states. Prior to beginning my career in psychiatric nursing, I specialized in behavioral neuroscience and studied for 12-years a combination of psychology, counseling, and behavioral interventions. My passion is mental health care and I seek to incorporate different modalities into the care.
(503) 773-6576 View (503) 773-6576
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Dr. Andrew McKenzie
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97317  (Online Only)
I founded this personalized practice to provide mental health care to patients seeking a collaborative treatment relationship. My goal is to help you thrive by uncovering your inner strengths, values, and resources. My approach combines psychotherapy, lifestyle optimizations, and medication when appropriate. I do my best to get to know each patient as an individual. Together we’ll develop an integrated treatment plan for you.
I founded this personalized practice to provide mental health care to patients seeking a collaborative treatment relationship. My goal is to help you thrive by uncovering your inner strengths, values, and resources. My approach combines psychotherapy, lifestyle optimizations, and medication when appropriate. I do my best to get to know each patient as an individual. Together we’ll develop an integrated treatment plan for you.
(503) 486-3832 View (503) 486-3832
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Christy Farleigh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301
Hi, I'm Christy! With over a decade of clinical experience, I've had the opportunity to finely tune my skills in providing exceptional care to people from all walks of life. As a PMHNP, I put these skills to work helping clients like you identify and achieve your mental health goals. The heart of my practice is built on evidence-based treatments and patient-centered care, ensuring that each individual receives personalized support tailored to their unique needs.
Hi, I'm Christy! With over a decade of clinical experience, I've had the opportunity to finely tune my skills in providing exceptional care to people from all walks of life. As a PMHNP, I put these skills to work helping clients like you identify and achieve your mental health goals. The heart of my practice is built on evidence-based treatments and patient-centered care, ensuring that each individual receives personalized support tailored to their unique needs.
(971) 351-3362 View (971) 351-3362
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Melinda Lowe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301
Currently accepting new clients! Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or fatigue? Have you been wondering about treatment options that could help to improve your sense of health and wellness? As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I strive to provide a nonjudgmental and patient-centered environment where you can feel comfortable discussing your concerns.
Currently accepting new clients! Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or fatigue? Have you been wondering about treatment options that could help to improve your sense of health and wellness? As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I strive to provide a nonjudgmental and patient-centered environment where you can feel comfortable discussing your concerns.
(503) 831-9183 View (503) 831-9183
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Rebecca Dorsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP , ENP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301  (Online Only)
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS: OR, MT, & WA** As your healthcare provider, I know that one cannot simply separate the mind from the body and the best care uses a holistic approach. I am board certified in psychiatry, family medicine, and emergency medicine; which gives me the unique ability to integrate all areas of your health into treatment planning. I provide mental health services that look at all aspects of care to include physical health concerns, environmental factors, and other barriers to care. My aim is to build therapeutic relationships with my clients and their families that focus on both immediate and long-term goals.
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS: OR, MT, & WA** As your healthcare provider, I know that one cannot simply separate the mind from the body and the best care uses a holistic approach. I am board certified in psychiatry, family medicine, and emergency medicine; which gives me the unique ability to integrate all areas of your health into treatment planning. I provide mental health services that look at all aspects of care to include physical health concerns, environmental factors, and other barriers to care. My aim is to build therapeutic relationships with my clients and their families that focus on both immediate and long-term goals.
(971) 278-9898 View (971) 278-9898
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Michael Tremko
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97301
I see adults, adolescents, and children ages six and older. My ideal client is someone who has had anxiety, panic attacks, irritability, anger management problems, depression, insomnia, loneliness, or suicidal thoughts. If you have fibromyalgia or memory problems sometimes there are ways to turn that around. I do medical screening to see whether there might be a medical issue that contributes to your psychiatric symptoms. Metabolism can be an issue and some might lose weight in treatment. If you are interested in medication-free treatment there are better options today.
I see adults, adolescents, and children ages six and older. My ideal client is someone who has had anxiety, panic attacks, irritability, anger management problems, depression, insomnia, loneliness, or suicidal thoughts. If you have fibromyalgia or memory problems sometimes there are ways to turn that around. I do medical screening to see whether there might be a medical issue that contributes to your psychiatric symptoms. Metabolism can be an issue and some might lose weight in treatment. If you are interested in medication-free treatment there are better options today.
(503) 966-2033 View (503) 966-2033
Photo of Ayako Garduque - Peach Moon Mental Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, OR
Ayako Garduque - Peach Moon Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97306
Currently accepting new clients and immediate openings available! Are you looking for confidential and supportive mental health treatment? You may be ready to seek help and are considering medications but do you have concerns about stigma, your health information being accessible to others in a large hospital system, or running into someone you know in the waiting room?
Currently accepting new clients and immediate openings available! Are you looking for confidential and supportive mental health treatment? You may be ready to seek help and are considering medications but do you have concerns about stigma, your health information being accessible to others in a large hospital system, or running into someone you know in the waiting room?
(503) 744-7954 View (503) 744-7954
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Dr. Kristina Timmons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97301
Now Accepting New Clients! Struggling with sadness, lack of motivation or finding joy? Consumed by worry or often feeling on edge? Trouble focusing or staying on task? Self-medicating because the emotional pain is too much? Do you often leave medical appointments feeling rushed and unheard or misunderstood? .... Whatever the struggle may be that is keeping you from being your best self, there is hope! ....You are the expert of your own experience and I bring years of experience and knowledge of the latest evidence-based treatments. I would love to meet with you and walk with you on your journey to mental wellness and freedom.
Now Accepting New Clients! Struggling with sadness, lack of motivation or finding joy? Consumed by worry or often feeling on edge? Trouble focusing or staying on task? Self-medicating because the emotional pain is too much? Do you often leave medical appointments feeling rushed and unheard or misunderstood? .... Whatever the struggle may be that is keeping you from being your best self, there is hope! ....You are the expert of your own experience and I bring years of experience and knowledge of the latest evidence-based treatments. I would love to meet with you and walk with you on your journey to mental wellness and freedom.
(503) 444-8973 View (503) 444-8973
Photo of Jenn Grant, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, OR
Jenn Grant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302
Now Accepting New TMS Patients at NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS! Hello and thanks for taking the time to invest in your mental health! I’m Dr. Grant and I’m a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) trained in both medication management and psychotherapy.  I treat a variety of conditions including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and psychosis. I also have a particular passion for functional and reproductive psychiatry, including working with clients in the pre-conception, pregnancy, and post-partum stages of life.
Now Accepting New TMS Patients at NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS! Hello and thanks for taking the time to invest in your mental health! I’m Dr. Grant and I’m a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) trained in both medication management and psychotherapy.  I treat a variety of conditions including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and psychosis. I also have a particular passion for functional and reproductive psychiatry, including working with clients in the pre-conception, pregnancy, and post-partum stages of life.
(503) 966-4192 View (503) 966-4192
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Nathaniel Kravitz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97301
Hi, my name is Nate Kravitz and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work with you to address your mental health needs. My main focus is usually to work with a person seeking out prescribing of psychiatric medications to help with their mental health concerns, including using some talk therapy, motivational enhancement, and education. I know that by working together we can improve your life and reduce mental health symptoms keeping you from meeting your life goals.
Hi, my name is Nate Kravitz and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work with you to address your mental health needs. My main focus is usually to work with a person seeking out prescribing of psychiatric medications to help with their mental health concerns, including using some talk therapy, motivational enhancement, and education. I know that by working together we can improve your life and reduce mental health symptoms keeping you from meeting your life goals.
(503) 994-9418 View (503) 994-9418
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Tania Guerrier Castor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97301
As you consider embarking on a journey towards healing, I want to extend my hand to you with empathy, understanding, and a commitment to support you every step of the way. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with individuals who grapple with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental health challenges. I understand that reaching out for help can be daunting, and I commend you for taking this courageous step. My journey in this field has been driven by a deep passion for helping others navigate the complexities of their mental health.
As you consider embarking on a journey towards healing, I want to extend my hand to you with empathy, understanding, and a commitment to support you every step of the way. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with individuals who grapple with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental health challenges. I understand that reaching out for help can be daunting, and I commend you for taking this courageous step. My journey in this field has been driven by a deep passion for helping others navigate the complexities of their mental health.
(503) 386-0257 View (503) 386-0257
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Leann Yamanaka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97301
Accepting new patients! Are you wondering if medication is right for you? You've heard it can help, but you've probably also heard some scary stories. Maybe your medication isn't working as well as it used to, or you want a second opinion about the diagnosis you were given. Maybe you are looking for a more holistic approach, or someone who will take the time to hear your whole story. Wherever you are on your journey, I'm here to help.
Accepting new patients! Are you wondering if medication is right for you? You've heard it can help, but you've probably also heard some scary stories. Maybe your medication isn't working as well as it used to, or you want a second opinion about the diagnosis you were given. Maybe you are looking for a more holistic approach, or someone who will take the time to hear your whole story. Wherever you are on your journey, I'm here to help.
(503) 683-8152 View (503) 683-8152
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Lisa Theobald
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302
As a new grad and mom, I am very aware of how life can be very stressful and overwhelming. Life sometimes gets hard to process and get through just day to day. I became a nurse and a nurse practitioner to help people with times like these. I want to have people see that things can be better and will work with them in a safe, nonjudgmental space to allow them to find what they hope and dream of. My work is focused on helping you to be the best you that you can be.
As a new grad and mom, I am very aware of how life can be very stressful and overwhelming. Life sometimes gets hard to process and get through just day to day. I became a nurse and a nurse practitioner to help people with times like these. I want to have people see that things can be better and will work with them in a safe, nonjudgmental space to allow them to find what they hope and dream of. My work is focused on helping you to be the best you that you can be.
(503) 486-3340 View (503) 486-3340

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Salem, OR

80+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Salem, OR who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
93% Depression
82% Bipolar Disorder
80% ADHD
80% Medication Management
76% Trauma and PTSD
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% Aetna
73% BlueCross and BlueShield
73% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Salem, OR see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Salem?

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.