Psychiatrists in Lackawanna County, PA

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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Scranton, PA 18504  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in Pennsylvania via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make an appointment using our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in Pennsylvania via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make an appointment using our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
(833) 775-0571 View (833) 775-0571
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Summit Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP
Verified Verified
Clarks Summit, PA 18411  (Online Only)
Hello, and welcome to Summit Psychiatric Services, LLC, a full-service psychiatric practice. We are glad that you found us. Today’s world is one that we can hardly recognize. Isolation, quarantines, social distancing and separation from our family and friends has left us struggling with our emotions. Incidences of anxiety and depression are on the rise and folks are looking for help. You are not alone; we are all in this together.
Hello, and welcome to Summit Psychiatric Services, LLC, a full-service psychiatric practice. We are glad that you found us. Today’s world is one that we can hardly recognize. Isolation, quarantines, social distancing and separation from our family and friends has left us struggling with our emotions. Incidences of anxiety and depression are on the rise and folks are looking for help. You are not alone; we are all in this together.
(570) 479-2398 View (570) 479-2398
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Ashok Bharucha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dunmore, PA 18510
I am a graduate of the internationally renowned McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School with additional fellowship training in geriatric psychiatry from the University of Washington School of Medicine. I deal with the entire spectrum of mental health conditions for anyone 18+ years. Unlike most practices which operate with brief, purely medication-oriented approaches, I spend time getting to know my clients' personal and family history, and how these may affect their well-being and treatment.
I am a graduate of the internationally renowned McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School with additional fellowship training in geriatric psychiatry from the University of Washington School of Medicine. I deal with the entire spectrum of mental health conditions for anyone 18+ years. Unlike most practices which operate with brief, purely medication-oriented approaches, I spend time getting to know my clients' personal and family history, and how these may affect their well-being and treatment.
(272) 225-5551 View (272) 225-5551
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Cagel Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, DABPN
Verified Verified
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist. I have a wealth of experience in clinical management and providing comprehensive psychiatric treatment for a wide range of mental health concerns. My specialty includes treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, Sleep disorders and bipolar disorders. I have special interest in treatment of Neuropsychiatric disorders due to various organic brain diseases. I am highly experienced in the treatment of individuals between the ages of 18 - 80 years old.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist. I have a wealth of experience in clinical management and providing comprehensive psychiatric treatment for a wide range of mental health concerns. My specialty includes treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, Sleep disorders and bipolar disorders. I have special interest in treatment of Neuropsychiatric disorders due to various organic brain diseases. I am highly experienced in the treatment of individuals between the ages of 18 - 80 years old.
(272) 203-3102 View (272) 203-3102
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Allison Lyavdansky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, AGNP-C, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clarks Summit, PA 18411  (Online Only)
Imagine feeling more calm and balanced, ready to take on the day! Together we will help you to work toward becoming the best version of you! Our practice takes a holistic view at preserving and promoting mental health. With flexible scheduling and remote access, we are available for appointments long after traditional offices have closed for the day and from whatever location is most comfortable for you! Avoid the commute, lets meet online!
Imagine feeling more calm and balanced, ready to take on the day! Together we will help you to work toward becoming the best version of you! Our practice takes a holistic view at preserving and promoting mental health. With flexible scheduling and remote access, we are available for appointments long after traditional offices have closed for the day and from whatever location is most comfortable for you! Avoid the commute, lets meet online!
(272) 213-3319 View (272) 213-3319
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Cognitive Behavior Institute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Scranton, PA 18504  (Online Only)
Welcome to Cognitive Behavior Institute! We are committed to providing the best care possible through established treatment methods. These treatment methods are proven to be effective for a wide range of mental health diagnoses and psychological distresses. Cognitive Behavior Institute (CBI) is proud to employ adept licensed clinicians, board-certified psychiatrists, and compassionate administrative staff with diverse experience in their respective fields.
Welcome to Cognitive Behavior Institute! We are committed to providing the best care possible through established treatment methods. These treatment methods are proven to be effective for a wide range of mental health diagnoses and psychological distresses. Cognitive Behavior Institute (CBI) is proud to employ adept licensed clinicians, board-certified psychiatrists, and compassionate administrative staff with diverse experience in their respective fields.
(570) 682-5433 View (570) 682-5433
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Marjorie Maine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, PNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Scranton, PA 18504
Do you feel overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, extreme mood changes, or issues with focus? Are you plagued by addictions? Is this all affecting your work, physical health, and relationships? Hi, my name is Marjorie and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. If you're ready to begin your journey to mental wellness, I can help you navigate the path to living your best life. I believe in the mind-body connection and use a holistic approach to care. This can mean taking psychiatric medication, having psychotherapy sessions, making changes in your diet, or a combination.
Do you feel overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, extreme mood changes, or issues with focus? Are you plagued by addictions? Is this all affecting your work, physical health, and relationships? Hi, my name is Marjorie and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. If you're ready to begin your journey to mental wellness, I can help you navigate the path to living your best life. I believe in the mind-body connection and use a holistic approach to care. This can mean taking psychiatric medication, having psychotherapy sessions, making changes in your diet, or a combination.
(272) 204-3140 View (272) 204-3140
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Wanda Rodriguez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Olyphant, PA 18447
Hello there! I am a nurse practitioner who has worked in mental health for over 15 years and currently practices in Central Pennsylvania. My career began with crisis intervention and managing acute mental health emergencies. Expanding my scope, I later moved into case management, gaining a deep understanding of mental health conditions, the impact of the environment, and the importance of individualized care.
Hello there! I am a nurse practitioner who has worked in mental health for over 15 years and currently practices in Central Pennsylvania. My career began with crisis intervention and managing acute mental health emergencies. Expanding my scope, I later moved into case management, gaining a deep understanding of mental health conditions, the impact of the environment, and the importance of individualized care.
(223) 218-4520 View (223) 218-4520
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Millmark Health Inc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scranton, PA 18503
Dr. Asif is a licensed physician and board certified psychiatrist by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He provides medication management and psychotherapy via telemedicine for adults across the State of Pennsylvania. He treats patients with a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and others.
Dr. Asif is a licensed physician and board certified psychiatrist by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He provides medication management and psychotherapy via telemedicine for adults across the State of Pennsylvania. He treats patients with a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and others.
(570) 673-0738 View (570) 673-0738
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Tranquil & Serene Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Olyphant, PA 18447  (Online Only)
My ideal clients are open to sharing their lives with me. They are open to education and exploring treatment plans that suit their needs. My goal is to provide options for patients to be empowered. We can also use Genesight testing to help determine how your DNA interacts with medications to determine best treatment options. Genesight test results are usually returned within 48 hours, making it a fast efficient tool for selection of medications.
My ideal clients are open to sharing their lives with me. They are open to education and exploring treatment plans that suit their needs. My goal is to provide options for patients to be empowered. We can also use Genesight testing to help determine how your DNA interacts with medications to determine best treatment options. Genesight test results are usually returned within 48 hours, making it a fast efficient tool for selection of medications.
(484) 946-4199 View (484) 946-4199
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Sunshine Family Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Scranton, PA 18505
If your child/Adolescent is suffering from ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder or Autism spectrum disorder, I can help you with diagnosis, treatment and follow up. I see patients from the ages of 2 yrs and up. I do school clearances and referrals for Individual and Family therapy.
If your child/Adolescent is suffering from ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder or Autism spectrum disorder, I can help you with diagnosis, treatment and follow up. I see patients from the ages of 2 yrs and up. I do school clearances and referrals for Individual and Family therapy.
(272) 225-6331 View (272) 225-6331
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Sharon R Katz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, CNS, CRNP
Verified Verified
Olyphant, PA 18447
Have you been frustrated with not being able to understand your thoughts or being able to talk to your psychiatric provider? Have a complex family, medical or mental health illness that has frustrated other providers? I am very experienced: 25 years of working as a nurse and marriage and family therapist combined with an additional 13 years of prescribing holistic and traditional medications resulting in significant experience seeing patients for significant mental illnesses, I work to keep patients healthy, prescribing holistic as well as traditional methods of psychiatry and focused on improving functioning at home and work.
Have you been frustrated with not being able to understand your thoughts or being able to talk to your psychiatric provider? Have a complex family, medical or mental health illness that has frustrated other providers? I am very experienced: 25 years of working as a nurse and marriage and family therapist combined with an additional 13 years of prescribing holistic and traditional medications resulting in significant experience seeing patients for significant mental illnesses, I work to keep patients healthy, prescribing holistic as well as traditional methods of psychiatry and focused on improving functioning at home and work.
(267) 762-2765 View (267) 762-2765
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Joseph Ungvarsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Scranton, PA 18505
Accepting new clients for medication management - NO medicaid/medicare. Geisinger Family, or Capital Blue. We accept Highmark Blue Shield, Geisinger commercial, Cigna,UHC/Optum, Aetna and Private pay. Text or Call to schedule. Offering a therapeutic, individualized, person-centered approach to treatment. Combined medication management with individual psychotherapy for the best outcome and evidence for recovery based care. Have worked in all modalities and treatment settings within the mental health system. Experience is across the lifespan and with all different mental health concerns.
Accepting new clients for medication management - NO medicaid/medicare. Geisinger Family, or Capital Blue. We accept Highmark Blue Shield, Geisinger commercial, Cigna,UHC/Optum, Aetna and Private pay. Text or Call to schedule. Offering a therapeutic, individualized, person-centered approach to treatment. Combined medication management with individual psychotherapy for the best outcome and evidence for recovery based care. Have worked in all modalities and treatment settings within the mental health system. Experience is across the lifespan and with all different mental health concerns.
(570) 600-6692 View (570) 600-6692
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Katherine Benson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Olyphant, PA 18447  (Online Only)
My passion for collaboration and client advocacy, combined with nearly 15 years' nursing and mental health experience, means that I am uniquely suited to help clients identify challenges, and enabling them to meet their mental health goals. While all visits are provided via telehealth, I reside in the community I serve, and I believe that enabling individuals to grow stronger also enables communities to grow stronger. Through my years spent in training and practicing Psychiatry-Mental Health Nursing, I have learned that the solution is rarely as simple as taking a one-size-fits-all approach.
My passion for collaboration and client advocacy, combined with nearly 15 years' nursing and mental health experience, means that I am uniquely suited to help clients identify challenges, and enabling them to meet their mental health goals. While all visits are provided via telehealth, I reside in the community I serve, and I believe that enabling individuals to grow stronger also enables communities to grow stronger. Through my years spent in training and practicing Psychiatry-Mental Health Nursing, I have learned that the solution is rarely as simple as taking a one-size-fits-all approach.
(570) 514-4263 View (570) 514-4263
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Sheila Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Scranton, PA 18501  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
Accepting New Patients! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
(610) 490-8436 View (610) 490-8436
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Newton Psychiatric Clinic, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, MSc, DABPN
Verified Verified
Scranton, PA 18501
Working in both administrative and clinically driven roles, he remains highly involved and up-to-date in innovative approaches to mental health treatment. Dr. Newton has provided mental health care in all treatment settings including but not limited to, acute inpatient, outpatient, residential, corrections, long term inpatient settings, partial hospitalization programs, and any other imaginable setting that provides mental health treatment.
Working in both administrative and clinically driven roles, he remains highly involved and up-to-date in innovative approaches to mental health treatment. Dr. Newton has provided mental health care in all treatment settings including but not limited to, acute inpatient, outpatient, residential, corrections, long term inpatient settings, partial hospitalization programs, and any other imaginable setting that provides mental health treatment.
(570) 673-0954 View (570) 673-0954
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Broad Mountain Holistic Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Scranton, PA 18512
Waitlist for new clients
Offering a therapeutic, individualized, person-centered holistic approach to treatment. Combine medication management with individual psychotherapy for the best outcome and evidence for recovery based care. Utilize measurement based assessments to allow visual identification of progress of symptoms management. Have worked in all modalities and treatment settings within the mental health system. Experience is across the lifespan and with all different mental health concerns.
Offering a therapeutic, individualized, person-centered holistic approach to treatment. Combine medication management with individual psychotherapy for the best outcome and evidence for recovery based care. Utilize measurement based assessments to allow visual identification of progress of symptoms management. Have worked in all modalities and treatment settings within the mental health system. Experience is across the lifespan and with all different mental health concerns.
(725) 230-8541 View (725) 230-8541
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SolCentered Integrative Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Scranton, PA 18510
My name is Dr. Kristen Cheslick and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of nursing experience in providing compassionate, evidence-based care to patients across the lifespan (children/adolescents, adults and older adults). My available services include mental health evaluations, medication management, brief solution-based/supportive psychotherapy, and appropriate referrals as necessary. Email my office for an appointment today at contact@solcenteredcare.com. We have appointments available Monday through Friday and some weekends.
My name is Dr. Kristen Cheslick and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of nursing experience in providing compassionate, evidence-based care to patients across the lifespan (children/adolescents, adults and older adults). My available services include mental health evaluations, medication management, brief solution-based/supportive psychotherapy, and appropriate referrals as necessary. Email my office for an appointment today at contact@solcenteredcare.com. We have appointments available Monday through Friday and some weekends.
(272) 200-4618 View (272) 200-4618

Online Psychiatrists

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Bryn Mawr Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
I am a highly experienced board-certified psychiatrist with added qualifications in addiction psychiatry. I spend a good deal of time and energy to establish an accurate diagnosis, then create a treatment plan tailored to the individual. I am interested in learning about a person’s strengths and resources as well as his or her challenges and conflicts. Because of my training and experience I am able to be helpful to adults of different ages who come to me with a wide range of mental health concerns.
I am a highly experienced board-certified psychiatrist with added qualifications in addiction psychiatry. I spend a good deal of time and energy to establish an accurate diagnosis, then create a treatment plan tailored to the individual. I am interested in learning about a person’s strengths and resources as well as his or her challenges and conflicts. Because of my training and experience I am able to be helpful to adults of different ages who come to me with a wide range of mental health concerns.
(484) 380-9225 View (484) 380-9225
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Southampton, PA 18966
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(267) 551-5821 View (267) 551-5821

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Number of Psychiatrists in Lackawanna County, PA

10+

Average cost per session

$180

Psychiatrists in Lackawanna County, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
94% Anxiety
94% Bipolar Disorder
83% Trauma and PTSD
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% ADHD
72% Medication Management

Average years in practice

21 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
81% Cigna and Evernorth
81% Highmark

How Psychiatrists in Lackawanna County, PA see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

59% Female
41% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lackawanna County?

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.