Psychiatrists in Doylestown, PA

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LifeBack of PA
Psychiatrist, LCSW, LPC, MD, LSW
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901
LifeBack provides individual, family and couples therapy to those struggling with a variety of behavioral health concerns. LifeBack is committed to providing superior patient care through a wide range of treatment modalities. Our patients achieve their goals with the support of our dedicated and dynamic team. LifeBack honors the needs and values of each patient, as we share in your goals on a journey to wellness!
LifeBack provides individual, family and couples therapy to those struggling with a variety of behavioral health concerns. LifeBack is committed to providing superior patient care through a wide range of treatment modalities. Our patients achieve their goals with the support of our dedicated and dynamic team. LifeBack honors the needs and values of each patient, as we share in your goals on a journey to wellness!
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Gregory Pinsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18902
Gregory Pinsky is a Psychiatrist in New York with six years of residency. He holds a Doctor of Medicine degree. Gregory believes in a treatment philosophy that titrates medications. In his spare time, Gregory enjoys classical music and working out.
Gregory Pinsky is a Psychiatrist in New York with six years of residency. He holds a Doctor of Medicine degree. Gregory believes in a treatment philosophy that titrates medications. In his spare time, Gregory enjoys classical music and working out.
(267) 774-2393 View (267) 774-2393
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Patricia M Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901
My passion is serving those with addiction and mental health concerns. It is my goal to instill hope and provide the medical tools necessary to support the journey to wellness. I value being part of a passionate team working to bring best practices and innovation to our clients. It doesn’t get any better than doing what you love. The first half of my nursing career was spent in psychiatric mental health nursing. The second half led me to achieving my dream of becoming a nurse practitioner and earning a doctorate in nursing practice.
My passion is serving those with addiction and mental health concerns. It is my goal to instill hope and provide the medical tools necessary to support the journey to wellness. I value being part of a passionate team working to bring best practices and innovation to our clients. It doesn’t get any better than doing what you love. The first half of my nursing career was spent in psychiatric mental health nursing. The second half led me to achieving my dream of becoming a nurse practitioner and earning a doctorate in nursing practice.
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Michael Bondar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901
Hello, I am a psychiatric provider in the Philly area. I am offering in-person and virtual appointments. I work with a wide array of disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, ODD, ADHD, ASD, borderline personality disorder, addiction, eating disorders, and self harm/suicidal ideations. I treat clients ranging from 6-90 years, however my specialty is children, teens, and young adults. I strive to create a comprehensive treatment plan for my clients. To ensure the best care, I work with my client's parents, therapists, doctors and teachers. I can prescribe genetic testing to make certain my clients are on the right medications.
Hello, I am a psychiatric provider in the Philly area. I am offering in-person and virtual appointments. I work with a wide array of disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, ODD, ADHD, ASD, borderline personality disorder, addiction, eating disorders, and self harm/suicidal ideations. I treat clients ranging from 6-90 years, however my specialty is children, teens, and young adults. I strive to create a comprehensive treatment plan for my clients. To ensure the best care, I work with my client's parents, therapists, doctors and teachers. I can prescribe genetic testing to make certain my clients are on the right medications.
(267) 622-4611 View (267) 622-4611
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Amy Bush
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18902  (Online Only)
There is no set approach to mental health care, individualized care is a key component to successful treatment. My experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatric care. I treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals seeking inner peace. I promise to be there for you every step of your journey. The goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
There is no set approach to mental health care, individualized care is a key component to successful treatment. My experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatric care. I treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals seeking inner peace. I promise to be there for you every step of your journey. The goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
(267) 578-4355 View (267) 578-4355
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Eileen Peirce
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Psych, NP
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901
Hello. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Doylestown, King of Prussia and virtually in PA. I work with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Self Harm, OCD, ODD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Addictions, ASP, Suicidal Ideation and many other mental health Issues. I can evaluate for ADHD in the initial session. I have consults with parents who are hesitant or not quite ready for their child or adolescent to start medication but want to become knowledgeable in case that time comes. I strive in my sessions to gather all pertinent information in order to prescribe the psychiatric medications that will best suit my clients needs.
Hello. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Doylestown, King of Prussia and virtually in PA. I work with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Self Harm, OCD, ODD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Addictions, ASP, Suicidal Ideation and many other mental health Issues. I can evaluate for ADHD in the initial session. I have consults with parents who are hesitant or not quite ready for their child or adolescent to start medication but want to become knowledgeable in case that time comes. I strive in my sessions to gather all pertinent information in order to prescribe the psychiatric medications that will best suit my clients needs.
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Mentis Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901
ADHD and Autism spectrum testing & screening "included in the initial evaluation." Ann has received her Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and an undergraduate degree from Drexel University. She is board-certified and licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is nationally certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Ann achieved certification from the Neuroscience Education Institute as a Master Psychopharmacologist and offers non-invasive testing for genetic markers to optimize pharmacologic treatment. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
ADHD and Autism spectrum testing & screening "included in the initial evaluation." Ann has received her Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and an undergraduate degree from Drexel University. She is board-certified and licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is nationally certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Ann achieved certification from the Neuroscience Education Institute as a Master Psychopharmacologist and offers non-invasive testing for genetic markers to optimize pharmacologic treatment. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
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Dr. Jacob D Buinewicz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Doylestown, PA 18902
I am a Board Certified General Psychiatrist and a Fellowship Trained Addiction Psychiatrist who is capable of treating a wide array of psychiatric conditions. I graduated from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and then completed a 4-year residency training program in general psychiatry and 1-year fellowship in addiction psychiatry. I've worked with a wide variety of patients. I also have extensive work experience with young adults and career focused individuals who are experiencing psychiatric symptoms.
I am a Board Certified General Psychiatrist and a Fellowship Trained Addiction Psychiatrist who is capable of treating a wide array of psychiatric conditions. I graduated from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and then completed a 4-year residency training program in general psychiatry and 1-year fellowship in addiction psychiatry. I've worked with a wide variety of patients. I also have extensive work experience with young adults and career focused individuals who are experiencing psychiatric symptoms.
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Saundra Hyman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18902
Saundra Hyman, DNP, MSN/MEd, CRNP, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC I had the opportunity to work in a community Behavioral Health Center and saw a great need for mental health services in the community. This fueled my desire to work with this population. In my role as a PMHNP, I work with the patient, for the patient to help guide them to be the very best of themselves. I use of both medication management and brief psychotherapy to help patients to reach their desired goals. I have experience in treating a range of psychiatric conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma related disorders.
Saundra Hyman, DNP, MSN/MEd, CRNP, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC I had the opportunity to work in a community Behavioral Health Center and saw a great need for mental health services in the community. This fueled my desire to work with this population. In my role as a PMHNP, I work with the patient, for the patient to help guide them to be the very best of themselves. I use of both medication management and brief psychotherapy to help patients to reach their desired goals. I have experience in treating a range of psychiatric conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma related disorders.
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Richard T. Weyler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18902
Dr. Richard T. Weyler is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2008. Dr. Weyler earned his B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He then earned his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College and completed a general psychiatry residency at Temple University Hospital. He then returned to the University of Pennsylvania to complete his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Weyler provides a strengths-based and behavioral approach, in addition to prescribing medications when necessary.
Dr. Richard T. Weyler is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2008. Dr. Weyler earned his B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He then earned his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College and completed a general psychiatry residency at Temple University Hospital. He then returned to the University of Pennsylvania to complete his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Weyler provides a strengths-based and behavioral approach, in addition to prescribing medications when necessary.
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Amanda Decker
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18902
Amanda Decker is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Mandy is a graduate of Wilkes University and completed her clinical work through Cherry Hill Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Southern New Jersey, as well as the Y. A. L. E School. Mandy specializes in working with the child and adolescent population (ages 5-20). She spent eight years working in child welfare for the State of New Jersey, where she gained extensive experience working with the most challenging of family dynamics.
Amanda Decker is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Mandy is a graduate of Wilkes University and completed her clinical work through Cherry Hill Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Southern New Jersey, as well as the Y. A. L. E School. Mandy specializes in working with the child and adolescent population (ages 5-20). She spent eight years working in child welfare for the State of New Jersey, where she gained extensive experience working with the most challenging of family dynamics.
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PS Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901
PS Psychiatry works with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults to evaluate, diagnose and ultimately find the most effective medication with the goal of symptom management. We have three psychiatric providers offering weekday, week nights and weekend availability. Our providers are compassionate, caring and easily accessible. Collaborating with client's therapists and doctors is a key part of our process. We gather all pertinent information to ensure our client's are getting the right medication.
PS Psychiatry works with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults to evaluate, diagnose and ultimately find the most effective medication with the goal of symptom management. We have three psychiatric providers offering weekday, week nights and weekend availability. Our providers are compassionate, caring and easily accessible. Collaborating with client's therapists and doctors is a key part of our process. We gather all pertinent information to ensure our client's are getting the right medication.
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Mitchell Kho
Psychiatrist
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901
P.S. Psychiatry is a private psychiatry practice serving Doylestown and all of Pennsylvania. Our offices are located in the center of Doylestown Borough in the Historic Landmark Building. We work in-person and virtually. Dr Kho and Eileen Peirce work with children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and older adults. Their clients are a dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, OCD, ODD, ADHD, self harm, ODD, eating disorders, postpartum depression, mood instability, bipolar disorder, addictions, autism spectrum disorders, and personality disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder and others.
P.S. Psychiatry is a private psychiatry practice serving Doylestown and all of Pennsylvania. Our offices are located in the center of Doylestown Borough in the Historic Landmark Building. We work in-person and virtually. Dr Kho and Eileen Peirce work with children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and older adults. Their clients are a dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, OCD, ODD, ADHD, self harm, ODD, eating disorders, postpartum depression, mood instability, bipolar disorder, addictions, autism spectrum disorders, and personality disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder and others.
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Dr. Jessica Spellun
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901
Life is complicated. Despite our best efforts, everyone struggles at times. I understand that making changes in your life can be overwhelming. I encourage you to gather courage, ask questions, and have hope that things can get better if you are willing to work for it. My goal is to create a safe, caring, and nonjudgmental space for clients to be heard and understood. My approach prioritizes individuality and a holistic view of emotional wellbeing. Communicating feelings in a safe environment promotes healing through expression, leads to new insights about yourself, and can help you form more meaningful connections with others.
Life is complicated. Despite our best efforts, everyone struggles at times. I understand that making changes in your life can be overwhelming. I encourage you to gather courage, ask questions, and have hope that things can get better if you are willing to work for it. My goal is to create a safe, caring, and nonjudgmental space for clients to be heard and understood. My approach prioritizes individuality and a holistic view of emotional wellbeing. Communicating feelings in a safe environment promotes healing through expression, leads to new insights about yourself, and can help you form more meaningful connections with others.
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Alexander Patsiornik
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18902
Alexander Patsiornik is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He is a foreign physician graduate from Odessa State Medical University, Ukraine class of 1994. He completed a pediatric surgical residency and soon after immigrated to the US where he transitioned into an advance nursing career. In 2011 Mr. Patsiornik became an adult nurse practitioner and has worked in multiple settings including Primary Care and Geriatrics.
Alexander Patsiornik is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He is a foreign physician graduate from Odessa State Medical University, Ukraine class of 1994. He completed a pediatric surgical residency and soon after immigrated to the US where he transitioned into an advance nursing career. In 2011 Mr. Patsiornik became an adult nurse practitioner and has worked in multiple settings including Primary Care and Geriatrics.
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Corie Baugh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Doylestown, PA 18901
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with immediate openings both in person and virtual. I am dedicated to providing compassionate care to those who are struggling in all areas of mental health. I take a holistic approach to care and consider the needs of each individual. It is important to me to meet each individual where they are and to work together to develop a treatment plan that best serves them in reaching their goals. My approach to prescribing is conservative in nature and personalized to the needs of the individual.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with immediate openings both in person and virtual. I am dedicated to providing compassionate care to those who are struggling in all areas of mental health. I take a holistic approach to care and consider the needs of each individual. It is important to me to meet each individual where they are and to work together to develop a treatment plan that best serves them in reaching their goals. My approach to prescribing is conservative in nature and personalized to the needs of the individual.
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Stephan Brautigam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901
I am committed to working with my clients and guiding them in their path towards wellness. By approaching all patients with empathy and compassion it allows me to see each client as a unique individual, not just a diagnosis. I work closely with psychiatrists and therapists to provide a collaborative approach and an individual plan to support their specific treatment goals. Each person under my care has a tailored treatment plan that can consist of pharmacological and/or non-pharmacological as best suited for them and their future wellbeing
I am committed to working with my clients and guiding them in their path towards wellness. By approaching all patients with empathy and compassion it allows me to see each client as a unique individual, not just a diagnosis. I work closely with psychiatrists and therapists to provide a collaborative approach and an individual plan to support their specific treatment goals. Each person under my care has a tailored treatment plan that can consist of pharmacological and/or non-pharmacological as best suited for them and their future wellbeing
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Padmapriya Marpuri
Psychiatrist, MD, MRCPsyc
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901  (Online Only)
We offer comprehensive tele-psychiatric assessment, medication management, and help formulate individualized treatment solutions for your mental health needs. Our goal is to create a safe and accessible way towards better mental wellbeing. By combining scientific evidence with empathy and compassion. We want to improve mental health awareness and bring healthcare to the homes of as many people as we can. Please visit www.azurepsychiatry.com to learn more about our practice.
We offer comprehensive tele-psychiatric assessment, medication management, and help formulate individualized treatment solutions for your mental health needs. Our goal is to create a safe and accessible way towards better mental wellbeing. By combining scientific evidence with empathy and compassion. We want to improve mental health awareness and bring healthcare to the homes of as many people as we can. Please visit www.azurepsychiatry.com to learn more about our practice.
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Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901
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.
(215) 999-6089 View (215) 999-6089
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Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP
Verified
Doylestown, PA 18901
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Doylestown, PA

40+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Doylestown, PA who prioritize treating:

98% Depression
98% Anxiety
85% Bipolar Disorder
78% Medication Management
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Trauma and PTSD
65% ADHD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
92% Cigna and Evernorth
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Doylestown, PA see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Doylestown?

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.