Psychiatrists in Chadds Ford, PA

Photo of Mark Novitsky - Novitsky MD - boutique mind doctors, MD, Psychiatrist
Novitsky MD - boutique mind doctors
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Rethink traditional psychiatry! Offering Virtual Personalized medication treatment guided by your unique DNA profile. Dr. Mark is a dual-board certified Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. Dr. Ali is a Certified Life and Weight Loss Coach, Board Certified Pediatrician, Board Certified Neonatologist, Blogger, International Speaker, and Podcast. Dr. Mark believes that effective work with children involves working closely with parents, schools, and other providers - to achieve a joint goal of optimizing a child’s well-being. ***At this time, due to COVID-19, we will are only doing virtual sessions ***
Rethink traditional psychiatry! Offering Virtual Personalized medication treatment guided by your unique DNA profile. Dr. Mark is a dual-board certified Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. Dr. Ali is a Certified Life and Weight Loss Coach, Board Certified Pediatrician, Board Certified Neonatologist, Blogger, International Speaker, and Podcast. Dr. Mark believes that effective work with children involves working closely with parents, schools, and other providers - to achieve a joint goal of optimizing a child’s well-being. ***At this time, due to COVID-19, we will are only doing virtual sessions ***
(610) 708-1521 View (610) 708-1521
Photo of Pamela Rootenberg, MD, Psychiatrist
Pamela Rootenberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
I treat adults with a wide variety of problems. My treatment is tailored to the individual needs of my patients and includes psychotherapy and the prescription of medication. Treatment is in a private and confidential setting. The first appointment is a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, lasting about 75 minutes. At the end of the evaluation, recommendations for treatment will be discussed. If there are medical issues, I will collaborate with other physicians as needed, and with your consent. Follow-up appointments will be arranged and scheduled as needed. Office hours are Monday through Friday by appointment, with some evening hours available.
I treat adults with a wide variety of problems. My treatment is tailored to the individual needs of my patients and includes psychotherapy and the prescription of medication. Treatment is in a private and confidential setting. The first appointment is a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, lasting about 75 minutes. At the end of the evaluation, recommendations for treatment will be discussed. If there are medical issues, I will collaborate with other physicians as needed, and with your consent. Follow-up appointments will be arranged and scheduled as needed. Office hours are Monday through Friday by appointment, with some evening hours available.
(610) 285-8811 View (610) 285-8811
Photo of David H Clements - Southeastern Executive Health, MD, Psychiatrist
Southeastern Executive Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
A psychiatry and psychotherapy practice that’s grounded in its commitment to elevating lives, our bespoke care enables patients to break patterns that no longer serve them. By providing effective, individualized and collaborative evidence-based treatment, we collaborate with our patients to rediscover what was lost or what they’re now seeking.
A psychiatry and psychotherapy practice that’s grounded in its commitment to elevating lives, our bespoke care enables patients to break patterns that no longer serve them. By providing effective, individualized and collaborative evidence-based treatment, we collaborate with our patients to rediscover what was lost or what they’re now seeking.
(484) 435-8987 View (484) 435-8987
Photo of Lori A. Albright, CRNP, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lori A. Albright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Hello! My practice is in Rittenhouse Square with Southeastern Executive Health, and I have immediate appointments available for in-office or telemedicine appointments for PA and NJ clients. Extensive experience utilizing an evidence based approach specializing in the care and medication management of individuals with mood disorders, psychosis, anxiety, depression, trauma, co-occurring disorders, and addiction. I practice while prioritizing the client-provider relationship and maximizing access and support. MAT provider. Spravato (esketamine) provider. Long term injectables are done in-office. Clients have my cell phone and email.
Hello! My practice is in Rittenhouse Square with Southeastern Executive Health, and I have immediate appointments available for in-office or telemedicine appointments for PA and NJ clients. Extensive experience utilizing an evidence based approach specializing in the care and medication management of individuals with mood disorders, psychosis, anxiety, depression, trauma, co-occurring disorders, and addiction. I practice while prioritizing the client-provider relationship and maximizing access and support. MAT provider. Spravato (esketamine) provider. Long term injectables are done in-office. Clients have my cell phone and email.
(215) 789-4460 View (215) 789-4460
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David T Springer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
I treat patients with a wide variety of problems. My treatment is tailored to the individual needs of my patients and includes psychotherapy and the prescription of medication. Treatment is in a private and confidential setting. The first appointment is a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, lasting about 75 minutes. At the end of the evaluation, recommendations for treatment will be discussed. If there are medical issues, I will collaborate with other physicians as needed, and with your consent. Follow-up appointments will be arranged and scheduled as needed. Office hours are Monday through Friday by appointment, with some evening hours available.
I treat patients with a wide variety of problems. My treatment is tailored to the individual needs of my patients and includes psychotherapy and the prescription of medication. Treatment is in a private and confidential setting. The first appointment is a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, lasting about 75 minutes. At the end of the evaluation, recommendations for treatment will be discussed. If there are medical issues, I will collaborate with other physicians as needed, and with your consent. Follow-up appointments will be arranged and scheduled as needed. Office hours are Monday through Friday by appointment, with some evening hours available.
(610) 898-3267 View (610) 898-3267
Photo of Maria Consuelo Lozano Celis - Maria Lozano MD, PLLC, MD, Psychiatrist
Maria Lozano MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Integrative Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Dreamwork. Please visit my website www.marialozanomd.com for more information.
Integrative Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Dreamwork. Please visit my website www.marialozanomd.com for more information.
(215) 774-5499 View (215) 774-5499
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Mintie Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Mintie Health & Wellness offers full service Outpatient Psychiatric Care. Our boutique style approach focuses on the individual and the family, ensuring excellent, holistic care, tailored to the whole person. We specialize in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Post Natal Psychiatry, and General Psychiatry.
Mintie Health & Wellness offers full service Outpatient Psychiatric Care. Our boutique style approach focuses on the individual and the family, ensuring excellent, holistic care, tailored to the whole person. We specialize in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Post Natal Psychiatry, and General Psychiatry.
(302) 786-7372 View (302) 786-7372
Photo of Maureen Clark, PMHNP,  CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Maureen Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Maureen Clark is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2021. She is a nursing graduate from Thomas Jefferson University and has a Masters in Nursing and a Post-Master certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Wilkes University. Maureen's philosophy of nursing is simple: serve anyone at any time. She has worked in various roles/settings with patients across the lifespan. Her approach involves acknowledging each individual person as a whole by addressing mind, body, and spirit to improve patients' lives.
Maureen Clark is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2021. She is a nursing graduate from Thomas Jefferson University and has a Masters in Nursing and a Post-Master certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Wilkes University. Maureen's philosophy of nursing is simple: serve anyone at any time. She has worked in various roles/settings with patients across the lifespan. Her approach involves acknowledging each individual person as a whole by addressing mind, body, and spirit to improve patients' lives.
(484) 725-6799 View (484) 725-6799
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Tiara Reid
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
About Tiara K. Reid, CRNP Tiara is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is also educated as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner and received her graduate degree from Wilmington University. She earned a post-master's in psychiatry across the lifespan and continued a post master's doctoral degree with Rutgers University. Upon completion of her academic career Tiara completed a one year residency at Center for Family Guidance (CFG), the only Advance Practice Nurse Residency on the East Coast for an additional year of training.
About Tiara K. Reid, CRNP Tiara is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is also educated as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner and received her graduate degree from Wilmington University. She earned a post-master's in psychiatry across the lifespan and continued a post master's doctoral degree with Rutgers University. Upon completion of her academic career Tiara completed a one year residency at Center for Family Guidance (CFG), the only Advance Practice Nurse Residency on the East Coast for an additional year of training.
(484) 857-1018 View (484) 857-1018
Photo of Julianne Walters, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Julianne Walters
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Julianne Walters, CRNP Julianne Walters is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who started practicing in 2012. She has earned an MSN, CRNP, and PMHNP-BC. Julianne believes that as a psychiatric mental health provider, quality of care, patient education and treating patients as unique individuals are most important. She feels her patients should have input into their treatment plans and options and gives patients the time that they deserve so she can properly assess, diagnose, and treat them.
Julianne Walters, CRNP Julianne Walters is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who started practicing in 2012. She has earned an MSN, CRNP, and PMHNP-BC. Julianne believes that as a psychiatric mental health provider, quality of care, patient education and treating patients as unique individuals are most important. She feels her patients should have input into their treatment plans and options and gives patients the time that they deserve so she can properly assess, diagnose, and treat them.
(484) 286-5372 View (484) 286-5372
Photo of Summer Alonso, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Summer Alonso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Everyone is on a journey in life. We are all individuals with our own unique experiences and perspectives that make us who we are. It is important to me as a psychiatric nurse practitioner to provide individualized and holistic care that respects all people in their own unique context of culture, experiences, genetics, perspectives, emotions, spirituality, and goals. I take seriously the honor and trust of sharing time with people to help them to have the best quality of life and mental health possible.
Everyone is on a journey in life. We are all individuals with our own unique experiences and perspectives that make us who we are. It is important to me as a psychiatric nurse practitioner to provide individualized and holistic care that respects all people in their own unique context of culture, experiences, genetics, perspectives, emotions, spirituality, and goals. I take seriously the honor and trust of sharing time with people to help them to have the best quality of life and mental health possible.
(484) 897-6763 View (484) 897-6763
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Raheela Sultan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
I am a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with experience in managing symptoms of ADHD, mood, anxiety, OCD, and trauma. I employ a holistic approach in treatment, recognizing that medication management of psychiatric illness makes up just a small part of a person's journey towards recovery. I encourage optimizing sleep, nutrition, and exercise and actively collaborate with psychotherapists, school counselors, PCPs, and other specialists to ensure successful communication between all involved parties.
I am a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with experience in managing symptoms of ADHD, mood, anxiety, OCD, and trauma. I employ a holistic approach in treatment, recognizing that medication management of psychiatric illness makes up just a small part of a person's journey towards recovery. I encourage optimizing sleep, nutrition, and exercise and actively collaborate with psychotherapists, school counselors, PCPs, and other specialists to ensure successful communication between all involved parties.
(484) 430-3520 View (484) 430-3520

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Photo of Lauren Decker, DNP, APRN, CPNP, PMHS, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lauren Decker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CPNP, PMHS
Verified Verified
Garnet Valley, PA 19060
I am a doctorally-trained child and adolescent psychiatric nurse practitioner providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and evidence-based medication management for children, adolescents, and young adults with various behavioral/mental health needs.
I am a doctorally-trained child and adolescent psychiatric nurse practitioner providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and evidence-based medication management for children, adolescents, and young adults with various behavioral/mental health needs.
(302) 279-5818 View (302) 279-5818
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Ifeoluwa Ajuwon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Glen Mills, PA 19342  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner dedicated to helping clients enhance their quality of life. My approach is rooted in empathetic communication, patient advocacy, empowerment, and timely interventions. I strive to create a therapeutic environment that is respectful, nonjudgmental, and focused on your well-being. By combining evidence-based guidelines with my clinical experience, I aim to provide you with the highest standard of care. Together, we can work towards achieving your mental health goals.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner dedicated to helping clients enhance their quality of life. My approach is rooted in empathetic communication, patient advocacy, empowerment, and timely interventions. I strive to create a therapeutic environment that is respectful, nonjudgmental, and focused on your well-being. By combining evidence-based guidelines with my clinical experience, I aim to provide you with the highest standard of care. Together, we can work towards achieving your mental health goals.
(484) 603-6873 View (484) 603-6873
Photo of Marie Kupis Bigas, MSN,  PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Marie Kupis Bigas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Chester, PA 19382
Marie Bigas is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2021. She has a Post Master’s Certification as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from DeSales University. Marie has many years of behavioral health experience including children, adolescents, adults, geriatrics, developmental disabilities, and addictions. She has strong communication and listening skills and enjoys interactive education. Marie’s goals are to develop a relationship and plan with the patient. Outside of work, Marie enjoys hiking, kayaking, crafts, and sleeping.
Marie Bigas is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2021. She has a Post Master’s Certification as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from DeSales University. Marie has many years of behavioral health experience including children, adolescents, adults, geriatrics, developmental disabilities, and addictions. She has strong communication and listening skills and enjoys interactive education. Marie’s goals are to develop a relationship and plan with the patient. Outside of work, Marie enjoys hiking, kayaking, crafts, and sleeping.
(484) 779-9579 View (484) 779-9579
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Chester, PA 19380
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(484) 673-6376 View (484) 673-6376
Photo of Nneka Ikedinma - Able Integrative Practice , DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Able Integrative Practice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Chester, PA 19382  (Online Only)
Dr. Nneka Ikedinma is the founder of Able Integrative Practice and she is a dedicated and highly qualified professional with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. As a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with an additional board certification as a family nurse practitioner (FNP), she has exceptional knowledge and skills in providing top-notch advanced psychiatric and mental health treatment. She utilizes a patient-centered approach in her practice and tailors her treatment to each individual patient's needs because everyone’s mental health journey varies. She is licensed to practice in Texas and Pennsylvania
Dr. Nneka Ikedinma is the founder of Able Integrative Practice and she is a dedicated and highly qualified professional with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. As a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with an additional board certification as a family nurse practitioner (FNP), she has exceptional knowledge and skills in providing top-notch advanced psychiatric and mental health treatment. She utilizes a patient-centered approach in her practice and tailors her treatment to each individual patient's needs because everyone’s mental health journey varies. She is licensed to practice in Texas and Pennsylvania
(215) 267-5849 View (215) 267-5849
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Andrea Favini
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Chester, PA 19380  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Favini is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who is not currently accepting new patients. She has experience treating a variety of conditions including depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, and bipolar disorder. She has expertise in perinatal psychiatry as well as infertility and mood changes related to the menstrual cycle and perimenopause.
Dr. Favini is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who is not currently accepting new patients. She has experience treating a variety of conditions including depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, and bipolar disorder. She has expertise in perinatal psychiatry as well as infertility and mood changes related to the menstrual cycle and perimenopause.
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Suzanne Palekar
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Chester, PA 19380  (Online Only)
Dr. Palekar became a psychiatrist because she loves hearing people's stories, motivations, and fears. She loves problem-solving to craft the most individualized and evidence-based treatment plan. She loves developing relationships with patients over time and truly getting to know them. Reaching out for help during a time of vulnerability is one of the hardest things you can do. Dr. Palekar is honored to be considered as someone who can help during these dark times. She has a history of working with all types of psychiatric illness, from minor anxiety to the most treatment resistant cases.
Dr. Palekar became a psychiatrist because she loves hearing people's stories, motivations, and fears. She loves problem-solving to craft the most individualized and evidence-based treatment plan. She loves developing relationships with patients over time and truly getting to know them. Reaching out for help during a time of vulnerability is one of the hardest things you can do. Dr. Palekar is honored to be considered as someone who can help during these dark times. She has a history of working with all types of psychiatric illness, from minor anxiety to the most treatment resistant cases.
(484) 868-9396 View (484) 868-9396
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Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Chester, PA 19380
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
(484) 559-6648 View (484) 559-6648

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Chadds Ford, PA

10+

Average cost per session

$312

Psychiatrists in Chadds Ford, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Trauma and PTSD
67% ADHD
67% Bipolar Disorder
67% Women's Issues

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Other
83% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Chadds Ford, PA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Chadds Ford?

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.