Psychiatrists in Newtown, PA

Photo of Randi Mittleman, Psychiatrist in Newtown, PA
Randi Mittleman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newtown, PA 18940
I am an adult psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience. My patients and I work together to understand the meaning behind their symptoms. Understanding facilitates change in the way they feel, think and relate to the people most important to them. I have worked with a wide age range of patients from college-aged students to older adults. Some of my patients are on medications and some are not. I do not see children under the age of 17.
I am an adult psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience. My patients and I work together to understand the meaning behind their symptoms. Understanding facilitates change in the way they feel, think and relate to the people most important to them. I have worked with a wide age range of patients from college-aged students to older adults. Some of my patients are on medications and some are not. I do not see children under the age of 17.
(267) 433-5507 View (267) 433-5507
Seth Rosenwald
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
I enjoy working with people in an empathic and understanding way. I try to help sort out psychologic factors and biologic factors in working to understand what someone may be struggling with. Therefore the use of psychotherapy as well as potential medications can help address underlying symptoms.
I enjoy working with people in an empathic and understanding way. I try to help sort out psychologic factors and biologic factors in working to understand what someone may be struggling with. Therefore the use of psychotherapy as well as potential medications can help address underlying symptoms.
(215) 867-8961 View (215) 867-8961
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
Harmony Bay Wellness 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 Wellness 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.
(267) 493-4005 View (267) 493-4005
Photo of Ann Nolan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Newtown, PA
Ann Nolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
Accepting PA & NJ Insurance. ADHD and Autism spectrum screening "included in initial psychiatric evaluation." Office and online psychiatric services offered. Treating children, adolescents, and adults. Ann is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings many years of professional mental health experience to the care of her patients. Her training has prepared her to treat patients across the lifespan - offering consultation, evaluation, and medication management for ages six through seniors. The practice is affiliated with Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center and Princeton House.
Accepting PA & NJ Insurance. ADHD and Autism spectrum screening "included in initial psychiatric evaluation." Office and online psychiatric services offered. Treating children, adolescents, and adults. Ann is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings many years of professional mental health experience to the care of her patients. Her training has prepared her to treat patients across the lifespan - offering consultation, evaluation, and medication management for ages six through seniors. The practice is affiliated with Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center and Princeton House.
(215) 935-4133 View (215) 935-4133
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Joseph Yi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
MODERN BEHAVIORAL is a health recovery center dedicated to providing quality Mental Health & Addiction Medicine treatment by combining the application of psychiatry with Holistic awareness. In addition to psychotherapy & conservative medication management, our group utilizes a more progressive approach by empowering each patient through nutritional education, exercise science, relaxation techniques, and other natural solutions for a more comfortable recovery process. Our program is committed to providing personally individualized quality care, and we hope to have the opportunity to assist you on your journey of recovery and health
MODERN BEHAVIORAL is a health recovery center dedicated to providing quality Mental Health & Addiction Medicine treatment by combining the application of psychiatry with Holistic awareness. In addition to psychotherapy & conservative medication management, our group utilizes a more progressive approach by empowering each patient through nutritional education, exercise science, relaxation techniques, and other natural solutions for a more comfortable recovery process. Our program is committed to providing personally individualized quality care, and we hope to have the opportunity to assist you on your journey of recovery and health
(215) 874-6346 View (215) 874-6346
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Kathryn Newton
Psychiatrist, DO, MPH
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hi! I'm Dr. Newton, a board certified adult psychiatrist. My particular areas of expertise include women's issues, especially issues surrounding perimenstrual mood disorders, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. I am passionate about treating anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and psychotic illnesses for adults of all ages, genders and identities. We can work one on one or in collaboration with your primary care provider, primary psychiatrist or Ob/Gyn for specialty care.
Hi! I'm Dr. Newton, a board certified adult psychiatrist. My particular areas of expertise include women's issues, especially issues surrounding perimenstrual mood disorders, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. I am passionate about treating anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and psychotic illnesses for adults of all ages, genders and identities. We can work one on one or in collaboration with your primary care provider, primary psychiatrist or Ob/Gyn for specialty care.
(215) 798-5716 View (215) 798-5716
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Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
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.
(267) 762-1493 View (267) 762-1493
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Parisa Parsa Accepting New Patients-Schedule Now!
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
I have always been very passionate about mental health, and working with patients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and substance use disorder over the years have helped me to develop an integrated approach to mental health. I pursued my studies to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner following practicing as a primary care provider for over six years. Working with a diverse population throughout my career in different countries including Canada has enabled me to develop a deeper understanding of the importance of mental health, and my goal is to work with each individual to find the best suitable treatment plan
I have always been very passionate about mental health, and working with patients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and substance use disorder over the years have helped me to develop an integrated approach to mental health. I pursued my studies to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner following practicing as a primary care provider for over six years. Working with a diverse population throughout my career in different countries including Canada has enabled me to develop a deeper understanding of the importance of mental health, and my goal is to work with each individual to find the best suitable treatment plan
(215) 234-7313 View (215) 234-7313
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Bobbie Posmontier
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940  (Online Only)
I am a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with expertise in psychotherapy, complementary modalities, and psychotropic medication support tailored to women across the lifespan. With my dual certification as both a nurse midwife and family psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have a unique understanding of women’s psychiatric disorders related to hormonal and neurobiological imbalances from menarche through menopause such as premenstrual mood disorder, antenatal and postpartum mood disorders, as well as peri- and post-menopausal psychiatric disturbances. My goal is to partner with you to explore ways to help you achieve physical, mental and spiritual balance in your life
I am a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with expertise in psychotherapy, complementary modalities, and psychotropic medication support tailored to women across the lifespan. With my dual certification as both a nurse midwife and family psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have a unique understanding of women’s psychiatric disorders related to hormonal and neurobiological imbalances from menarche through menopause such as premenstrual mood disorder, antenatal and postpartum mood disorders, as well as peri- and post-menopausal psychiatric disturbances. My goal is to partner with you to explore ways to help you achieve physical, mental and spiritual balance in your life
(215) 488-7277 View (215) 488-7277
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Tobey Schilling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP-BC, LPC, CHHC
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner across the lifespan. I work with clients and families and will assess if there is an immediate need psychiatric need for medication. In addition and equally important I evaluate the therapeutic process that is often driving his or her mental state. I incorporate all of my areas of expertise - medication, therapy and healthy eating - while working with a client
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner across the lifespan. I work with clients and families and will assess if there is an immediate need psychiatric need for medication. In addition and equally important I evaluate the therapeutic process that is often driving his or her mental state. I incorporate all of my areas of expertise - medication, therapy and healthy eating - while working with a client
(267) 756-2188 View (267) 756-2188
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Jieun Kim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
I provide a complete range of psychiatric services including comprehensive evaluation, medication management, individual therapy and family therapy for children of all ages through adults. I understand how the complex dynamics of family affect the individual and how having a challenging child with emotional and behavioral problems affect the family system as well. I focus on the strengths of each child, individual and family, and utilize them in therapy to empower the child and their families to help them accept and overcome their issues.
I provide a complete range of psychiatric services including comprehensive evaluation, medication management, individual therapy and family therapy for children of all ages through adults. I understand how the complex dynamics of family affect the individual and how having a challenging child with emotional and behavioral problems affect the family system as well. I focus on the strengths of each child, individual and family, and utilize them in therapy to empower the child and their families to help them accept and overcome their issues.
(215) 688-5628 View (215) 688-5628
Photo of Ann Nolan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Newtown, PA
Ann Nolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
Accepting NJ & PA insurance. ADHD and Autism spectrum testing and screening "included in the initial evaluation." Office & Online psychiatric services. Treating children, adolescents, and adults. Ann is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings many years of professional mental health experience to the care of her patients. Her training has prepared her to treat patients across the lifespan -offering consultation, evaluation, and medication management for ages six through seniors.
Accepting NJ & PA insurance. ADHD and Autism spectrum testing and screening "included in the initial evaluation." Office & Online psychiatric services. Treating children, adolescents, and adults. Ann is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings many years of professional mental health experience to the care of her patients. Her training has prepared her to treat patients across the lifespan -offering consultation, evaluation, and medication management for ages six through seniors.
(215) 608-7659 View (215) 608-7659
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Huma Mahmood
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
Double Board Certified Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist providing psychotherapy, Medication Management and compassionate care to patients in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Two practice locations: Mainline Mental Health, LLC www.mainlinemh.com in Narberth, PA & Supreme Wellness, LLC www.supremewellnessrecovery.com in Newtown, PA which also provided Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Addiction Counseling to teens and adults. Our staff includes highly skilled licensed therapists who specialize in anxiety, depression and trauma-focused treatment.
Double Board Certified Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist providing psychotherapy, Medication Management and compassionate care to patients in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Two practice locations: Mainline Mental Health, LLC www.mainlinemh.com in Narberth, PA & Supreme Wellness, LLC www.supremewellnessrecovery.com in Newtown, PA which also provided Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Addiction Counseling to teens and adults. Our staff includes highly skilled licensed therapists who specialize in anxiety, depression and trauma-focused treatment.
(215) 874-3636 View (215) 874-3636
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Danielle Marie Trenelli
Psychiatric Nurse, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Dani, a Family Nurse Practitioner with certifications in Geriatrics and Counseling. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute (skin and respiratory infections) and chronic (pre-diabetes, diabetes, HTN, and pain)
Hello, I'm Dani, a Family Nurse Practitioner with certifications in Geriatrics and Counseling. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute (skin and respiratory infections) and chronic (pre-diabetes, diabetes, HTN, and pain)
(551) 356-8242 View (551) 356-8242
Photo of Angel Marie Augustin, Psychiatrist in Newtown, PA
Angel Marie Augustin
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Angel Augustin, a board-certified psychiatrist based out of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love! I completed my psychiatric training at the University of Pennsylvania. I have expertise in the treatment of various psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, low self-esteem, grief, cultural identity, and struggles with life transitions. I believe in taking a holistic and collaborative approach to creating a treatment plan that aligns with your goals.
I am Dr. Angel Augustin, a board-certified psychiatrist based out of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love! I completed my psychiatric training at the University of Pennsylvania. I have expertise in the treatment of various psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, low self-esteem, grief, cultural identity, and struggles with life transitions. I believe in taking a holistic and collaborative approach to creating a treatment plan that aligns with your goals.
(484) 977-3269 View (484) 977-3269
Photo of Ann Nolan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Newtown, PA
Ann Nolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
Accepting PA & NJ insurance. ADHD and Autism spectrum screening "included in the initial evaluation." Online virtual and office appointments available. Treating children, adolescents, and adults. Ann is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings many years of professional mental health experience to the care of her patients. Treating patients across the lifespan - offering consultation, evaluation, and medication management for ages six through seniors. The practice is affiliated with Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center and Princeton House.
Accepting PA & NJ insurance. ADHD and Autism spectrum screening "included in the initial evaluation." Online virtual and office appointments available. Treating children, adolescents, and adults. Ann is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings many years of professional mental health experience to the care of her patients. Treating patients across the lifespan - offering consultation, evaluation, and medication management for ages six through seniors. The practice is affiliated with Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center and Princeton House.
(609) 853-5330 View (609) 853-5330
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Teri Hardgrove
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I treat psychiatric conditions using a holistic and bio-psycho-social approach. My goal is to restore feelings of stability and well-being and I work with each patient to develop a specialized plan of care. My training has offered me the ability to provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I understand that starting medication can have its concerns and I strive to provide education and counseling during this process.
As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I treat psychiatric conditions using a holistic and bio-psycho-social approach. My goal is to restore feelings of stability and well-being and I work with each patient to develop a specialized plan of care. My training has offered me the ability to provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I understand that starting medication can have its concerns and I strive to provide education and counseling during this process.
(267) 309-2815 View (267) 309-2815
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Javier G. Taboada
Psychiatrist, MD, FACP, FAAN
Not Verified Not Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
Dr. Javier G. Taboada, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and has his practice in Yardley, PA. He specializes in Adult and Child Psychiatry. He provides outpatient psychiatric evaluations, consultations and follow-up to adults and children. Fellow, American College of Physicians. Member of the American Medical Assoc. Member of the New Jersey Medical Society. Listed in ABMS, Compendium.
Dr. Javier G. Taboada, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and has his practice in Yardley, PA. He specializes in Adult and Child Psychiatry. He provides outpatient psychiatric evaluations, consultations and follow-up to adults and children. Fellow, American College of Physicians. Member of the American Medical Assoc. Member of the New Jersey Medical Society. Listed in ABMS, Compendium.
(215) 392-2285 View (215) 392-2285
Photo of Biju Basil, Psychiatrist in Newtown, PA
Biju Basil
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
Dr.Basil is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who practices in Yardley PA. He specializes in the treatment of different Mental Health Conditions including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, ADHD, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Substance abuse, Dual Diagnosis disorders,
Dr.Basil is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who practices in Yardley PA. He specializes in the treatment of different Mental Health Conditions including Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, ADHD, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Substance abuse, Dual Diagnosis disorders,
(215) 352-4311 View (215) 352-4311
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B, B-C
Verified Verified
Newtown, PA 18940
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(215) 857-9593 View (215) 857-9593

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Newtown, PA

30+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Newtown, PA who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Anxiety
85% Bipolar Disorder
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Trauma and PTSD
70% ADHD
67% Medication Management

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Cigna and Evernorth
90% Aetna
71% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Newtown, PA see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Newtown?

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.