Psychiatrists in Silverton, OR

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She Soars Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MN, BSN, BS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Silverton, OR 97381
Audry Van Houweling, PMHNP-BC founded She Soars Psychiatry with the intent of providing a fresh approach to confronting mental health concerns that focuses not only on medication, but to the multiple factors that can impact emotional wellness. Factors may include hormone balance, cellular function, nutrition, immune function, organ function, gastrointestinal health, and certainly social and spiritual circumstances. She Soars Psychiatry offers holistic mental health solutions to individuals and families including medication management, counseling, and functional medicine. Accepting insurance and low monthly memberships available!
Audry Van Houweling, PMHNP-BC founded She Soars Psychiatry with the intent of providing a fresh approach to confronting mental health concerns that focuses not only on medication, but to the multiple factors that can impact emotional wellness. Factors may include hormone balance, cellular function, nutrition, immune function, organ function, gastrointestinal health, and certainly social and spiritual circumstances. She Soars Psychiatry offers holistic mental health solutions to individuals and families including medication management, counseling, and functional medicine. Accepting insurance and low monthly memberships available!
(541) 291-4170 View (541) 291-4170
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Abraham Ashton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silverton, OR 97381  (Online Only)
I am passionate about providing comprehensive mental health services to adults and adolescents. I believe in a strong therapeutic collaboration between myself and my patients. In my practice, I strive to achieve the highest care with respect and regard for my patients. Treatments align with evidence-based guidelines combined with clinical experience to develop a treatment plan that is centered around the patient.
I am passionate about providing comprehensive mental health services to adults and adolescents. I believe in a strong therapeutic collaboration between myself and my patients. In my practice, I strive to achieve the highest care with respect and regard for my patients. Treatments align with evidence-based guidelines combined with clinical experience to develop a treatment plan that is centered around the patient.
(971) 308-5723 View (971) 308-5723
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Christy Farleigh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silverton, OR 97381
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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Maggie Yorio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silverton, OR 97381  (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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Amanda Rapaport
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silverton, OR 97381
Amanda Rapaport is dually board certified as an FNP and a PMHNP. Amanda is experienced in treating various medical and mental health needs across the lifespan. Amanda is culturally sensitive; she has worked in healthcare in various US states and as a teacher abroad. She welcomes all cultures, preferences, points of view and LGBTQ individuals with care and respect. Amanda educates and partners with her patients to optimize their self-care and well-being and help them actualize their chosen goals. She takes a holistic approach and places the patient at the center of their treatment plan.
Amanda Rapaport is dually board certified as an FNP and a PMHNP. Amanda is experienced in treating various medical and mental health needs across the lifespan. Amanda is culturally sensitive; she has worked in healthcare in various US states and as a teacher abroad. She welcomes all cultures, preferences, points of view and LGBTQ individuals with care and respect. Amanda educates and partners with her patients to optimize their self-care and well-being and help them actualize their chosen goals. She takes a holistic approach and places the patient at the center of their treatment plan.
(503) 483-8334 View (503) 483-8334
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Robert Hiester
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silverton, OR 97381
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I assess, diagnose and treat adults with mental health concerns. I offer medication management and brief and supportive therapy. Many of my patients are established with a psychotherapist and see me for management of psychiatric medications.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I assess, diagnose and treat adults with mental health concerns. I offer medication management and brief and supportive therapy. Many of my patients are established with a psychotherapist and see me for management of psychiatric medications.
(503) 455-7714 View (503) 455-7714
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Esther Moseka Odaibo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Silverton, OR 97381
Accepting new patients ! Do you experience undue fear and anxiety ? Do you get confused and disorganized ? I am here to help you! My goal is to establish a therapeutic alliance with you. I want you to feel heard, understood and empowered. Together we will establish sustainable goals to create balance and manage the condition that is of concern to you. I work with patients across lifespan while using evidence based patient centered approaches. In addition to providing medication management and therapy for several mental health conditions, I provide treatment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and bipolar disorder.
Accepting new patients ! Do you experience undue fear and anxiety ? Do you get confused and disorganized ? I am here to help you! My goal is to establish a therapeutic alliance with you. I want you to feel heard, understood and empowered. Together we will establish sustainable goals to create balance and manage the condition that is of concern to you. I work with patients across lifespan while using evidence based patient centered approaches. In addition to providing medication management and therapy for several mental health conditions, I provide treatment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and bipolar disorder.
(971) 999-3237 View (971) 999-3237

Online Psychiatrists

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Hope Psychiatric Consultants
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Yulanda, DNP, PMHNP, ACAGNP
Verified Verified
Oregon City, OR 97045
From the moment I enrolled in Jacksonville State University where I eventually earned both my master’s and Doctorate of Nursing with a specialty in Adult Gerontology Acute Care to my travels to the University of Texas where I earned my specialty in Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As the proud owner of Hope Psychiatric Consultants. The “Hope” in Hope Psychiatric Consultants happily stands for “Handing Out Positive Energy.” I ideated and implemented this telehealth psych platform to give those in need the medical attention and listening ear they need for their mental health.
From the moment I enrolled in Jacksonville State University where I eventually earned both my master’s and Doctorate of Nursing with a specialty in Adult Gerontology Acute Care to my travels to the University of Texas where I earned my specialty in Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As the proud owner of Hope Psychiatric Consultants. The “Hope” in Hope Psychiatric Consultants happily stands for “Handing Out Positive Energy.” I ideated and implemented this telehealth psych platform to give those in need the medical attention and listening ear they need for their mental health.
(334) 301-6915 View (334) 301-6915
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Scott M Murray
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97210
I am a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst specializing in psychotherapy for emotional challenges that interfere with living fully. My focus is on working to understand the dynamic forces within ourselves which contribute to these limitations. Medication can sometimes be a useful adjunct, but I do not emphasize it. I have been in practice for over twenty-five years.
I am a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst specializing in psychotherapy for emotional challenges that interfere with living fully. My focus is on working to understand the dynamic forces within ourselves which contribute to these limitations. Medication can sometimes be a useful adjunct, but I do not emphasize it. I have been in practice for over twenty-five years.
(503) 489-4250 View (503) 489-4250
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Kyle Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97225
Life with mood disorders, PTSD, or ADHD can be overwhelming and isolating. You might feel like your emotions are out of control, past traumas haunt your daily life, or your focus and productivity are constantly slipping away. These challenges can affect your relationships, work, and overall well-being. My aim is to help you navigate these difficulties, providing a compassionate and understanding environment to foster your growth and healing.
Life with mood disorders, PTSD, or ADHD can be overwhelming and isolating. You might feel like your emotions are out of control, past traumas haunt your daily life, or your focus and productivity are constantly slipping away. These challenges can affect your relationships, work, and overall well-being. My aim is to help you navigate these difficulties, providing a compassionate and understanding environment to foster your growth and healing.
(971) 365-4522 View (971) 365-4522
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Mason Spong
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97210
Have you tried several medications for your mental health and experienced no relief of symptoms? At Active Path, we are here to help your treatment-resistant depression, anxiety and OCD. Get back to you with services tailored to your specific needs. We offer Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), talk therapy, Spravato (esketamine), and medication management. These services are designed to provide comprehensive support to our patients on their mental health journey. Our services are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Have you tried several medications for your mental health and experienced no relief of symptoms? At Active Path, we are here to help your treatment-resistant depression, anxiety and OCD. Get back to you with services tailored to your specific needs. We offer Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), talk therapy, Spravato (esketamine), and medication management. These services are designed to provide comprehensive support to our patients on their mental health journey. Our services are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.
(360) 226-7652 View (360) 226-7652
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Eugene, OR 97402  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(541) 623-2622 View (541) 623-2622
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Lauren Merrell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97232
Waitlist for new clients
I treat clients who are seeking both talk therapy and medication management. When clients receive therapy and medication management from the same provider, I find that this leads to better outcomes, less medication, and greater satisfaction in care. In our first few sessions, I'll listen to you intently and then we'll determine a path forward. Most of my clients start to feel better within a few months.
I treat clients who are seeking both talk therapy and medication management. When clients receive therapy and medication management from the same provider, I find that this leads to better outcomes, less medication, and greater satisfaction in care. In our first few sessions, I'll listen to you intently and then we'll determine a path forward. Most of my clients start to feel better within a few months.
(971) 318-1721 View (971) 318-1721
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Jessica Norman- Agency Has Immediate Openings!
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clackamas, OR 97015
I believe in having positive values and acting as a safe space for clients to heal in. I practice kindness, respect, and patience in learning who my clients are and how best to help them. I was raised in Hawaii and warmth and genuineness is a part of the environment that I received my education and upbringing in. I am looking forward to meeting you and hope to have the opportunity to find out more about you. I am currently accepting clients in both Washington and Oregon states, both in person and via telehealth.
I believe in having positive values and acting as a safe space for clients to heal in. I practice kindness, respect, and patience in learning who my clients are and how best to help them. I was raised in Hawaii and warmth and genuineness is a part of the environment that I received my education and upbringing in. I am looking forward to meeting you and hope to have the opportunity to find out more about you. I am currently accepting clients in both Washington and Oregon states, both in person and via telehealth.
(503) 212-6142 View (503) 212-6142
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Gloria Sim Le
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Bend, OR 97702  (Online Only)
Gloria Sim Le is an experienced dually board certified psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioner. She believes mental health is a crucial part of a person’s well-being and she is devoted to providing quality and empathetic mental health care to improve a person’s quality of life. She provides a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis of patients with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. She uses evidence-based treatment modalities, which include both medication and psychotherapeutic management.
Gloria Sim Le is an experienced dually board certified psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioner. She believes mental health is a crucial part of a person’s well-being and she is devoted to providing quality and empathetic mental health care to improve a person’s quality of life. She provides a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis of patients with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. She uses evidence-based treatment modalities, which include both medication and psychotherapeutic management.
(458) 219-8575 View (458) 219-8575
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Sarah Notton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MN, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214
I am here to assist you on your journey to live a life according to your values. My approach to treating common mental health challenges integrates medication management with skills, healthy lifestyle practices, and social frameworks that support your ability to thrive and engage in the world around you. Expect to collaborate on non-pharmaceutical interventions and activity plans while also working to find the lowest effective dose of medication(s) to help you function optimally.
I am here to assist you on your journey to live a life according to your values. My approach to treating common mental health challenges integrates medication management with skills, healthy lifestyle practices, and social frameworks that support your ability to thrive and engage in the world around you. Expect to collaborate on non-pharmaceutical interventions and activity plans while also working to find the lowest effective dose of medication(s) to help you function optimally.
(503) 470-2470 x1 View (503) 470-2470 x1
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Rebecca Moyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Corvallis, OR 97333
I am currently accepting new patients, ages 16-60. I treat mental health issues including: depression, anxiety, perinatal mood disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, and ADHD. I utilize a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes to promote health and wellbeing. I assist patients in stabilizing and managing symptoms first so we can focus on the deeper work of healing. I am patient-centered and trauma informed. I strive to understand your needs, respect you as the expert in your own life experiences, and honor your personal strengths. Please visit my website and complete the Contat Us form to become a new patient.
I am currently accepting new patients, ages 16-60. I treat mental health issues including: depression, anxiety, perinatal mood disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, and ADHD. I utilize a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes to promote health and wellbeing. I assist patients in stabilizing and managing symptoms first so we can focus on the deeper work of healing. I am patient-centered and trauma informed. I strive to understand your needs, respect you as the expert in your own life experiences, and honor your personal strengths. Please visit my website and complete the Contat Us form to become a new patient.
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Sonia Reisdorf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401  (Online Only)
Currently accepting NEW Patients! Free ADHD, Genetic, & Neuropsychological testing available! I'm psychiatric nurse practitioner with additional training and experience in addiction medicine. I'm dual board certified in both Adult Geriatrics and Psychiatry with an extensive experience treating mental health and addiction. I look forward to working with you.
Currently accepting NEW Patients! Free ADHD, Genetic, & Neuropsychological testing available! I'm psychiatric nurse practitioner with additional training and experience in addiction medicine. I'm dual board certified in both Adult Geriatrics and Psychiatry with an extensive experience treating mental health and addiction. I look forward to working with you.
(541) 952-3310 View (541) 952-3310
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Lynae Edmonds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97703
Currently Accepting New Patients! I am a board-certified Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP, PMHNP-BC) located in Bend, Oregon. I have experience working with patients across the lifespan who suffer from a variety of mental health concerns. A majority of my experience as a DNP has been focused on medication management in addition to the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for treatment-resistant depression.
Currently Accepting New Patients! I am a board-certified Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP, PMHNP-BC) located in Bend, Oregon. I have experience working with patients across the lifespan who suffer from a variety of mental health concerns. A majority of my experience as a DNP has been focused on medication management in addition to the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for treatment-resistant depression.
(458) 213-4989 View (458) 213-4989
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April Urquidez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
I see patients via video visit across OR and WA. I practice a patient centered approach and listen to my patients' needs. I am Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) across the lifespan. I have over 20 years of healthcare experience working in inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. I have extensive training in conducting psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, and prescribing medications, and supplements. I have experience in providing nutritional and wellness counseling.
I see patients via video visit across OR and WA. I practice a patient centered approach and listen to my patients' needs. I am Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) across the lifespan. I have over 20 years of healthcare experience working in inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. I have extensive training in conducting psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, and prescribing medications, and supplements. I have experience in providing nutritional and wellness counseling.
(360) 382-2860 View (360) 382-2860

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Silverton, OR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Silverton, OR who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
86% Depression
86% Grief
86% Medication Management

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% PacificSource
100% Providence

How Psychiatrists in Silverton, OR see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Silverton?

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.