Psychiatrists in Parkway Center, PA

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Ashley Womack
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Parkway Center, PA 15220
I'm Ashley, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience treating various mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and sleep disorders. I have been working in the mental health field for eight years. I started my career as an Associate degree registered nurse in geriatric psychiatry. Later, I completed my undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Wilmington University. I have worked in the crisis and inpatient adult behavioral healthcare settings at my local community hospital, providing acute psychiatric care to patients across the lifespan.
I'm Ashley, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience treating various mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and sleep disorders. I have been working in the mental health field for eight years. I started my career as an Associate degree registered nurse in geriatric psychiatry. Later, I completed my undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Wilmington University. I have worked in the crisis and inpatient adult behavioral healthcare settings at my local community hospital, providing acute psychiatric care to patients across the lifespan.
(484) 591-3666 View (484) 591-3666

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David T. Anthony
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Offering hybrid services- telehealth and in-person. Dr. David Anthony utilizes pharmacology along with supportive psychotherapy to treat patients. We accept commercial UPMC, Aetna and Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans. We do not accept Medicare or Medicaid insurances.
Offering hybrid services- telehealth and in-person. Dr. David Anthony utilizes pharmacology along with supportive psychotherapy to treat patients. We accept commercial UPMC, Aetna and Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans. We do not accept Medicare or Medicaid insurances.
(724) 964-2177 View (724) 964-2177
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Sarah G Robertson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP , PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
My ideal client would be someone looking for improvement not just from medication but also in character. It's someone who is actively working on themselves along with their provider and other mental health professionals. The ideal patient understands that medication management isn't the end goal, but understands that it is a gateway to better mental health results and better overall health.
My ideal client would be someone looking for improvement not just from medication but also in character. It's someone who is actively working on themselves along with their provider and other mental health professionals. The ideal patient understands that medication management isn't the end goal, but understands that it is a gateway to better mental health results and better overall health.
(412) 948-7435 View (412) 948-7435
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Dr. Suzanne Yang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15222  (Online Only)
Seeking to discover strengths to meet new challenges or define your sense of purpose? Are you having relationship issues at home, school, or work? Or maybe you are asking questions about your life story, its meaning, and your place in the world. Psychotherapy can be helpful in exploring and resolving these concerns. Every person has a story to tell. I offer insight-oriented psychotherapy, an approach that focuses on your perspective and unique story. A person’s feelings, thoughts, and choices may be influenced by factors from the past that are outside of one’s awareness and exert pressure on current experiences and events.
Seeking to discover strengths to meet new challenges or define your sense of purpose? Are you having relationship issues at home, school, or work? Or maybe you are asking questions about your life story, its meaning, and your place in the world. Psychotherapy can be helpful in exploring and resolving these concerns. Every person has a story to tell. I offer insight-oriented psychotherapy, an approach that focuses on your perspective and unique story. A person’s feelings, thoughts, and choices may be influenced by factors from the past that are outside of one’s awareness and exert pressure on current experiences and events.
(717) 220-8321 View (717) 220-8321
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Dr. Nicole Brynes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Dr. Nicole Brynes, DNP, PMHNP-BC, provides psychiatric medication management, consultation & diagnostic evaluations for children, adolescents & adults to help you achieve your highest potential. Perhaps you are interested in learning what medications might be options for you or your loved one, want a second opinion, or are ready to start regular medication management with an experienced provider. Please note that in accordance with the Ryan-Haight Act, I do not prescribe controlled substances (including stimulants or benzodiazepines) to those outside of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Nicole Brynes, DNP, PMHNP-BC, provides psychiatric medication management, consultation & diagnostic evaluations for children, adolescents & adults to help you achieve your highest potential. Perhaps you are interested in learning what medications might be options for you or your loved one, want a second opinion, or are ready to start regular medication management with an experienced provider. Please note that in accordance with the Ryan-Haight Act, I do not prescribe controlled substances (including stimulants or benzodiazepines) to those outside of Pennsylvania.
(412) 838-3773 View (412) 838-3773
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Dr. Monica Conn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
I understand that seeking help for mental health concerns can be difficult and challenging. I want you to know that you are not alone, and there is hope for your recovery. I know that dealing with mental health conditions can be overwhelming and affect various aspects of your life, including work, relationships, and daily activities. However, I am here to provide you with the support and guidance you need to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. I want to assure you that seeking mental health care is a brave and proactive step towards healing.
I understand that seeking help for mental health concerns can be difficult and challenging. I want you to know that you are not alone, and there is hope for your recovery. I know that dealing with mental health conditions can be overwhelming and affect various aspects of your life, including work, relationships, and daily activities. However, I am here to provide you with the support and guidance you need to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. I want to assure you that seeking mental health care is a brave and proactive step towards healing.
(412) 946-8045 View (412) 946-8045
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Julia Macedo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Dr. Macedo is a board-certified psychiatrist, focusing on a holistic, patient-centered approach towards assessing and treating mental health struggles with an emphasis on the mind-body connection. She recommends a multi-prong approach which includes medications, behavior changes, complimentary treatments and psychotherapy. Please visit www.reveriepsych.com
Dr. Macedo is a board-certified psychiatrist, focusing on a holistic, patient-centered approach towards assessing and treating mental health struggles with an emphasis on the mind-body connection. She recommends a multi-prong approach which includes medications, behavior changes, complimentary treatments and psychotherapy. Please visit www.reveriepsych.com
(412) 365-4732 View (412) 365-4732
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Alison Ercole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15220  (Online Only)
Hello, I’m Alison. Thanks for taking the first step. Have you been struggling with mental health symptoms despite your best effort to employ coping skills? Are you looking for individualized medication options? I am a PMHNP who utilizes a strengths-based approach. In our sessions together, I’ll meet you with compassion and evidenced-based psychopharmacological approaches so you can overcome life’s challenges.
Hello, I’m Alison. Thanks for taking the first step. Have you been struggling with mental health symptoms despite your best effort to employ coping skills? Are you looking for individualized medication options? I am a PMHNP who utilizes a strengths-based approach. In our sessions together, I’ll meet you with compassion and evidenced-based psychopharmacological approaches so you can overcome life’s challenges.
(484) 742-3658 View (484) 742-3658
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Chikodili Obi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15220  (Online Only)
Great to meet you! Chikodili Obi is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who graduated from Wilkes University. She is enthusiastic about providing quality, evidence based psychiatric care across the life span. Chikodili possesses strong clinical skills necessary to establish and build relationships with patients She specializes in treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, psychosis and mood disorders.
Great to meet you! Chikodili Obi is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who graduated from Wilkes University. She is enthusiastic about providing quality, evidence based psychiatric care across the life span. Chikodili possesses strong clinical skills necessary to establish and build relationships with patients She specializes in treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, psychosis and mood disorders.
(610) 510-6813 View (610) 510-6813
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Fitz Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15220  (Online Only)
tion Hello, feeling sad, anxious, or having difficulty concentrating and focusing? I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner focused on delivering Client-Centered, Caring, Compassionate, and Dedicated Care. I can help you through this trying time if the symptoms impact your daily living. Sometimes we fall into a rut and can not pull ourselves out. I treat individuals ages 14 to 70.
tion Hello, feeling sad, anxious, or having difficulty concentrating and focusing? I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner focused on delivering Client-Centered, Caring, Compassionate, and Dedicated Care. I can help you through this trying time if the symptoms impact your daily living. Sometimes we fall into a rut and can not pull ourselves out. I treat individuals ages 14 to 70.
(223) 215-4330 View (223) 215-4330
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Brigid Colligan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Brigid treats adolescents and adults looking to take control over their mental well being. She has been educated and trained as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through Duquesne University. With her education and training, she provides care for various psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to utilize the least amount of medications necessary, but with the goal of attaining a client's healing and life-long well-being.
Brigid treats adolescents and adults looking to take control over their mental well being. She has been educated and trained as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through Duquesne University. With her education and training, she provides care for various psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, and trauma-related disorders. Her treatment philosophy is to utilize the least amount of medications necessary, but with the goal of attaining a client's healing and life-long well-being.
(412) 435-1770 View (412) 435-1770
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Holly Brady
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15220  (Online Only)
Accepts clients of all ages. Must be located in FL & PA. Dr. Brady takes a holistic approach to caring for her clients with the goal of improving each individual's overall wellbeing. Mental illness impacts many facets of one's life including relationships, work, school, sleep, appetite/nutrition, and physical health. Dr. Brady will do a comprehensive assessment to understand your quality of life and help you to regain and restore wellness. Her niche is treating OCD and anxiety & common comorbidities. She is also highly experienced in treating depression, mood disorders, and eating disorders. Website: bradypsychiatryandwellness.org
Accepts clients of all ages. Must be located in FL & PA. Dr. Brady takes a holistic approach to caring for her clients with the goal of improving each individual's overall wellbeing. Mental illness impacts many facets of one's life including relationships, work, school, sleep, appetite/nutrition, and physical health. Dr. Brady will do a comprehensive assessment to understand your quality of life and help you to regain and restore wellness. Her niche is treating OCD and anxiety & common comorbidities. She is also highly experienced in treating depression, mood disorders, and eating disorders. Website: bradypsychiatryandwellness.org
(484) 939-9914 View (484) 939-9914
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Jennifer Richards
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
My ideal clients seek comprehensive, compassionate psychiatric care. I work with adults and children, helping them overcome a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and ADHD. I embrace a holistic approach, combining mindfulness-based practices with medication management. Clients value my dual certifications that honor the mind-body connection. I also assist those with ADHD, bipolar/mood disorders, eating disorders, and behavioral/emotional challenges across the lifespan—children, adolescents, and adults. In a safe, non-judgmental environment, I provide open discussions about mental health concerns,
My ideal clients seek comprehensive, compassionate psychiatric care. I work with adults and children, helping them overcome a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and ADHD. I embrace a holistic approach, combining mindfulness-based practices with medication management. Clients value my dual certifications that honor the mind-body connection. I also assist those with ADHD, bipolar/mood disorders, eating disorders, and behavioral/emotional challenges across the lifespan—children, adolescents, and adults. In a safe, non-judgmental environment, I provide open discussions about mental health concerns,
(724) 399-3902 View (724) 399-3902
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Ayanna Logan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15220  (Online Only)
Do you feel like your life is not where you want it to be? Are you experiencing mental difficulties and believe that this is preventing you from moving forward in your life? Well I'm here to lend you some assistance. Whatever you're going through, I want to help you work through it so you can be the best you possible.
Do you feel like your life is not where you want it to be? Are you experiencing mental difficulties and believe that this is preventing you from moving forward in your life? Well I'm here to lend you some assistance. Whatever you're going through, I want to help you work through it so you can be the best you possible.
(267) 704-8657 View (267) 704-8657
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Brent Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15222  (Online Only)
I am a Board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 14 years experience in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry covering both acute and primary care. I have training in treatment of substance/alcohol use disorders, bipolar, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, personality disorders, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorders. Additional expertise includes weight loss/obesity and fluoroquinolone-associated disability (FQAD) medication management.
I am a Board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 14 years experience in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry covering both acute and primary care. I have training in treatment of substance/alcohol use disorders, bipolar, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, personality disorders, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorders. Additional expertise includes weight loss/obesity and fluoroquinolone-associated disability (FQAD) medication management.
(570) 865-7765 View (570) 865-7765
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Theresa Webster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15241  (Online Only)
Are you tired of your addiction defining you? You may be unsure of the way forward, feeling anxious, fearful, angry, and hopelessness. You might not know how your addiction overcame you. But one thing is for sure: you’re ready for some relief. You’re ready to stop numbing your pain but instead break through it. You are ready to know happiness. Most of all , you are ready to live your life in recovery, without the chains of dependence. Clients come to me looking for a provider who understands there is not one pathway to addiction, because recovery is not one size fits all.
Are you tired of your addiction defining you? You may be unsure of the way forward, feeling anxious, fearful, angry, and hopelessness. You might not know how your addiction overcame you. But one thing is for sure: you’re ready for some relief. You’re ready to stop numbing your pain but instead break through it. You are ready to know happiness. Most of all , you are ready to live your life in recovery, without the chains of dependence. Clients come to me looking for a provider who understands there is not one pathway to addiction, because recovery is not one size fits all.
(878) 217-0967 View (878) 217-0967
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Melissa Brubaker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15212  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Melissa, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, dedicated to providing compassionate and personalized mental health care. I offer telehealth medication management for adults with a focus on burnout, stress, anxiety, and depression. Alongside medications, I emphasize a comprehensive approach to wellness, including nutrition, exercise, sleep, self-care practices and coping strategies. Together, we’ll identify your treatment goals and the best options for achieving them. - Private pay rate is $200 for INTAKE and $150 for follow-up.
Hi, I’m Melissa, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, dedicated to providing compassionate and personalized mental health care. I offer telehealth medication management for adults with a focus on burnout, stress, anxiety, and depression. Alongside medications, I emphasize a comprehensive approach to wellness, including nutrition, exercise, sleep, self-care practices and coping strategies. Together, we’ll identify your treatment goals and the best options for achieving them. - Private pay rate is $200 for INTAKE and $150 for follow-up.
(484) 759-8611 View (484) 759-8611
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Amanda Hillen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15220  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner treating clients aged 18 and older, I focus on addressing a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and PTSD. My approach prioritizes building a fair and trusting relationship with patients, ensuring they feel respected, heard, and empowered throughout their mental wellness journey. By recognizing the unique needs of each individual, I utilize a comprehensive method that combines medication management with therapeutic interventions.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner treating clients aged 18 and older, I focus on addressing a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and PTSD. My approach prioritizes building a fair and trusting relationship with patients, ensuring they feel respected, heard, and empowered throughout their mental wellness journey. By recognizing the unique needs of each individual, I utilize a comprehensive method that combines medication management with therapeutic interventions.
(412) 455-8438 View (412) 455-8438
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Jacob McBride
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
As a psychiatrist, I work with clients to develop a holistic plan to promote mental health and well-being. A holistic plan necessarily looks different for each individual. Generally there is a role for medication, psychotherapy or discussion on psychological growth, and practical changes in the way one lives. In particular, how we take care of our bodies with exercise and what we eat plays a large role. Working together, we can use evidence-based treatments to serve your individualized needs and goals.
As a psychiatrist, I work with clients to develop a holistic plan to promote mental health and well-being. A holistic plan necessarily looks different for each individual. Generally there is a role for medication, psychotherapy or discussion on psychological growth, and practical changes in the way one lives. In particular, how we take care of our bodies with exercise and what we eat plays a large role. Working together, we can use evidence-based treatments to serve your individualized needs and goals.
(412) 385-0819 View (412) 385-0819
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Nicola Susan Gray
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15205  (Online Only)
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist and have experience treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders. I specialize in Women's mental health, including pharmacotherapy during pregnancy and the postpartum period and preconception counseling. I am also licensed to prescribe medical marijuana. I do not accept Medicaid or Medicare. Regarding all commercial insurance companies, I am out of network. This means that clients need to pay at the time of the appointment. He or she will be given a receipt and are responsible for submitting it to their insurance companies for direct reimbursement.
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist and have experience treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders. I specialize in Women's mental health, including pharmacotherapy during pregnancy and the postpartum period and preconception counseling. I am also licensed to prescribe medical marijuana. I do not accept Medicaid or Medicare. Regarding all commercial insurance companies, I am out of network. This means that clients need to pay at the time of the appointment. He or she will be given a receipt and are responsible for submitting it to their insurance companies for direct reimbursement.
(412) 404-2428 View (412) 404-2428

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Parkway Center?

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.