Psychiatrists in McDonald, PA

Photo of Ashley Barczok, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ashley Barczok
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
McDonald, PA 15057
Ashley Barczok is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2017. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Ashland University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University. Ashley likes to take the time to get to know each client as an individual rather than as a diagnosis and works with that individual to find an approach to treatment that works best. She keeps an open door to feedback and concerns at any point. Outside of work, Ashley spends a majority of her home time with her young daughter as she develops and explores her own interests.
Ashley Barczok is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2017. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Ashland University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University. Ashley likes to take the time to get to know each client as an individual rather than as a diagnosis and works with that individual to find an approach to treatment that works best. She keeps an open door to feedback and concerns at any point. Outside of work, Ashley spends a majority of her home time with her young daughter as she develops and explores her own interests.
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Muhammad Ilyas Shaikh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bridgeville, PA 15017
I am board certified psychiatrist for children, teens and adults in the greater Pittsburgh area. My goal is to relieve your stress, improve your self esteem and help coping with trauma with medication management. It is crucial to seek out help especially in these challenging times. I individualize psychiatric care where you feel safe and respected regardless of gender, race, orientation or religion. Please call Stepping Stones Psychiatric Care to start your journey with us. We have a wonderful support team to guide you on your path to recovery.
I am board certified psychiatrist for children, teens and adults in the greater Pittsburgh area. My goal is to relieve your stress, improve your self esteem and help coping with trauma with medication management. It is crucial to seek out help especially in these challenging times. I individualize psychiatric care where you feel safe and respected regardless of gender, race, orientation or religion. Please call Stepping Stones Psychiatric Care to start your journey with us. We have a wonderful support team to guide you on your path to recovery.
(412) 899-2645 View (412) 899-2645
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Elizabeth Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
McMurray, PA 15317  (Online Only)
Elizabeth is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working with T and C Psychiatric Services LLC. T and C Psychiatric Services is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders. At T and C Psychiatric Services, we strive to make accessing care easy and convenient for you. Becoming a patient is as simple as reaching out to us through a call, text, or email.
Elizabeth is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working with T and C Psychiatric Services LLC. T and C Psychiatric Services is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders. At T and C Psychiatric Services, we strive to make accessing care easy and convenient for you. Becoming a patient is as simple as reaching out to us through a call, text, or email.
(724) 605-4353 View (724) 605-4353
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PsyCare Inc
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Canonsburg, PA 15317
For 30 years, PsyCare has provided comprehensive mental healthcare to the communities we serve. We provide a full range of services including psychiatric consultations, medication management, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and Spravato. We are the leading provider of advanced non-pharmaceutical treatments for patients struggling to obtain lasting relief using traditional therapies alone. Our clinical and office support team focus to provide a caring patient-centered healthcare experience.
For 30 years, PsyCare has provided comprehensive mental healthcare to the communities we serve. We provide a full range of services including psychiatric consultations, medication management, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and Spravato. We are the leading provider of advanced non-pharmaceutical treatments for patients struggling to obtain lasting relief using traditional therapies alone. Our clinical and office support team focus to provide a caring patient-centered healthcare experience.
(412) 923-6070 View (412) 923-6070
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T and C Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
McMurray, PA 15317  (Online Only)
Our Expert Team is Ready to Help! T and C Psychiatric Services LLC is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders. At T and C Psychiatric Services, we strive to make accessing care easy and convenient for you. Becoming a patient is as simple as reaching out to us through a call, text, or email.
Our Expert Team is Ready to Help! T and C Psychiatric Services LLC is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders. At T and C Psychiatric Services, we strive to make accessing care easy and convenient for you. Becoming a patient is as simple as reaching out to us through a call, text, or email.
(724) 997-6199 View (724) 997-6199
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Katey Thiry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Katey (Kat) Thiry, a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), completed her master’s degree while working as a full-time employee and mother in August of 2023 from Wilkes University. After finishing her nursing diploma in 2014, then her bachelor’s degree in 2017, Kat worked in a variety of settings. Gaining invaluable experience, Kat has a background in abdominal transplant, emergency medicine, substance use and mental health. Kat recently started with PsyCare in January of 2024 as a new provider.
Katey (Kat) Thiry, a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), completed her master’s degree while working as a full-time employee and mother in August of 2023 from Wilkes University. After finishing her nursing diploma in 2014, then her bachelor’s degree in 2017, Kat worked in a variety of settings. Gaining invaluable experience, Kat has a background in abdominal transplant, emergency medicine, substance use and mental health. Kat recently started with PsyCare in January of 2024 as a new provider.
(412) 923-6070 View (412) 923-6070
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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PHMNP
Verified Verified
McMurray, PA 15317  (Online Only)
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(412) 274-8510 View (412) 274-8510
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Samantha Pavlick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, WHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Samantha Pavlick is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health NP as well as a Women's Health NP. She earned her MSN at the University of Pennsylvania and post-masters certificate in mental health from Robert Morris University. She has extensive experience in women's health and a special interest in women's behavioral health as well as reproductive psychiatry. She works with women of all ages to address the unique concerns that can present during a woman's life. Samantha is trained in providing TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and Spravato.
Samantha Pavlick is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health NP as well as a Women's Health NP. She earned her MSN at the University of Pennsylvania and post-masters certificate in mental health from Robert Morris University. She has extensive experience in women's health and a special interest in women's behavioral health as well as reproductive psychiatry. She works with women of all ages to address the unique concerns that can present during a woman's life. Samantha is trained in providing TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and Spravato.
(412) 923-6070 View (412) 923-6070
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Frank A. Fetterolf
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Presto, PA 15142
My ideal client is a curious individual who desires a solution to their problems by utilizing their existing talents. They need another perspective to restructure their relationship with themselves with the courage to learn something new. They aim to achieve sustainable change through self-affirmation rather than forced surrender. They want to feel empowered and in control, motivated by the desire for long-term health and well-being. They seek to integrate their psychological desires with physical actions, ultimately enhancing their self-esteem and mastery.
My ideal client is a curious individual who desires a solution to their problems by utilizing their existing talents. They need another perspective to restructure their relationship with themselves with the courage to learn something new. They aim to achieve sustainable change through self-affirmation rather than forced surrender. They want to feel empowered and in control, motivated by the desire for long-term health and well-being. They seek to integrate their psychological desires with physical actions, ultimately enhancing their self-esteem and mastery.
(412) 832-9949 View (412) 832-9949
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Michelle Staley - Mental Health Psychiatry
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Michelle joined Nexus team with many years of experience as mental health physician assistant in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She received her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies Degree from Duquesne University. Michelle also received Master Psychopharmacology Certificate from the Neuroscience Education Institute and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Beck Institute.
Michelle joined Nexus team with many years of experience as mental health physician assistant in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She received her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies Degree from Duquesne University. Michelle also received Master Psychopharmacology Certificate from the Neuroscience Education Institute and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Beck Institute.
(412) 214-0042 View (412) 214-0042
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Kayla Ali - Psychiatry Mental Health
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
With a background in Health Sciences, Kayla completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant degree at Saint Francis University and has been practicing as a Certified Physician Assistant since 2018. Before joining the Nexus Group team, Kayla worked in The Department of Family Medicine at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). During her time at UPMC, Kayla provided extensive psychiatric care to hundreds of patients with mental health issues, including management of anxiety and depression, ADHD, and addiction.
With a background in Health Sciences, Kayla completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant degree at Saint Francis University and has been practicing as a Certified Physician Assistant since 2018. Before joining the Nexus Group team, Kayla worked in The Department of Family Medicine at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). During her time at UPMC, Kayla provided extensive psychiatric care to hundreds of patients with mental health issues, including management of anxiety and depression, ADHD, and addiction.
(412) 214-0042 View (412) 214-0042
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Burt Singerman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Upper Saint Clair, PA 15241
I greatly enjoy the development of mutual trust in a partnership between a psychiatrist and patient. Without this, progress rarely occurs. I have extensive training in multiple psychotherapeutic techniques and have taught hundreds of psychiatric residents, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and medical students as the past chair of three academic psychiatry departments.
I greatly enjoy the development of mutual trust in a partnership between a psychiatrist and patient. Without this, progress rarely occurs. I have extensive training in multiple psychotherapeutic techniques and have taught hundreds of psychiatric residents, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and medical students as the past chair of three academic psychiatry departments.
(412) 981-1952 View (412) 981-1952
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New Directions Psychiatric Services Wexford
Psychiatric Nurse, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Welcome! At New Directions, we offer an integrative, comprehensive approach to care that includes psychiatric services and counseling. We offer Tele-Psychiatry and in-office visits. We understand it can be difficult to seek help when you go through life with painful emotional states and feelings. Medications may not be the sole solution, but they can be a stepping stone utilized to ease the path towards easing your pain.
Welcome! At New Directions, we offer an integrative, comprehensive approach to care that includes psychiatric services and counseling. We offer Tele-Psychiatry and in-office visits. We understand it can be difficult to seek help when you go through life with painful emotional states and feelings. Medications may not be the sole solution, but they can be a stepping stone utilized to ease the path towards easing your pain.
(724) 414-1037 View (724) 414-1037
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Rebekah DeChicko - Mental Health Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Rebekah started her career path as a Registered Nurse working at Western Psychiatric Hospital. This experience ignited her passion for mental wellness. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing and completed her certification for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Wilkes University. She has over 15 years of experience and has cared for individuals with a variety of mental health challenges, including autism, mood disorders, depression, OCD, and anxiety. In addition to Rebekah's impressive education & work history, she also received her certification for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Beck Institute.
Rebekah started her career path as a Registered Nurse working at Western Psychiatric Hospital. This experience ignited her passion for mental wellness. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing and completed her certification for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Wilkes University. She has over 15 years of experience and has cared for individuals with a variety of mental health challenges, including autism, mood disorders, depression, OCD, and anxiety. In addition to Rebekah's impressive education & work history, she also received her certification for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Beck Institute.
(412) 214-0042 View (412) 214-0042
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Jayne Dalessio - Mental Health Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Jayne obtained her MSN from Drexel University, studying in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. She has a wealth of knowledge, having practiced in the mental health field since graduating from Penn State main campus in 2000 with a degree in psychology. Jayne has worked in various settings such as residential facilities for clients with autism, intellectual disabilities and started working as a nurse in 2009 at Western Psychiatric Hospital on the dual diagnosis unit after graduating from Heritage Valley Sewickley School of Nursing.
Jayne obtained her MSN from Drexel University, studying in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. She has a wealth of knowledge, having practiced in the mental health field since graduating from Penn State main campus in 2000 with a degree in psychology. Jayne has worked in various settings such as residential facilities for clients with autism, intellectual disabilities and started working as a nurse in 2009 at Western Psychiatric Hospital on the dual diagnosis unit after graduating from Heritage Valley Sewickley School of Nursing.
(412) 214-0042 View (412) 214-0042
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Joshua Riley
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgeville, PA 15017  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am NOT currently accepting new patients at this time. My approach is collaborative and non-directive, and I act as someone who can help identify possible routes through the challenges of your life but will not insist that you must choose a particular path. I am a consultant for you and what troubles you, and together we can identify what it is you care about in life and makes it worth living, what is standing in the way, and how medications and psychotherapy might be able to help you pursue the former and overcome the later.
I am NOT currently accepting new patients at this time. My approach is collaborative and non-directive, and I act as someone who can help identify possible routes through the challenges of your life but will not insist that you must choose a particular path. I am a consultant for you and what troubles you, and together we can identify what it is you care about in life and makes it worth living, what is standing in the way, and how medications and psychotherapy might be able to help you pursue the former and overcome the later.
(878) 217-0947 View (878) 217-0947
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Imperial, PA 15126
Harmony Bay is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(412) 981-2091 View (412) 981-2091
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Paul Frye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Imperial, PA 15126
Over three decades of practicing as a psychiatric physician, Dr. Paul Frye has developed a partnership approach to treatment planning. Dr. Frye provides information and recommendations, encouraging those in treatment to collaborate in the decisions. His approach to treatment is considered eclectic and medications are prescribed only if deemed to be necessary.
Over three decades of practicing as a psychiatric physician, Dr. Paul Frye has developed a partnership approach to treatment planning. Dr. Frye provides information and recommendations, encouraging those in treatment to collaborate in the decisions. His approach to treatment is considered eclectic and medications are prescribed only if deemed to be necessary.
(724) 204-2835 View (724) 204-2835
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Danielle Miller - Mental Health Psychiatry
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Danielle graduated from Seton Hill University with a BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies. She has experience treating all ages as well as a wide range of psychiatric conditions including anxiety, panic, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar, and schizophrenia disorders.
Danielle graduated from Seton Hill University with a BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies. She has experience treating all ages as well as a wide range of psychiatric conditions including anxiety, panic, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar, and schizophrenia disorders.
(412) 214-0042 View (412) 214-0042
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Imperial, PA 15126
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(412) 453-7683 View (412) 453-7683

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Number of Psychiatrists in McDonald, PA

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Psychiatrists in McDonald, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% ComPsych

How Psychiatrists in McDonald, PA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in McDonald?

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.