Psychiatrists in Schuylkill County, PA

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Broad Mountain Holistic Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Saint Clair, PA 17970
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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Sheila Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Pottsville, PA 17901  (Online Only)
Offering NEW in-office non-medication treatment for depression called "TMS" Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Offering NEW “Virtual ADHD Assessments for All of Pennsylvania". I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I specialize in the treatment of adults with Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Pre-pregnancy and Postpartum issues, Female Sexual Issues, Depression, Medication Management including discontinuation of current medication. I provide motivational talk psychotherapy and I am excited to assist patients decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
Offering NEW in-office non-medication treatment for depression called "TMS" Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Offering NEW “Virtual ADHD Assessments for All of Pennsylvania". I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I specialize in the treatment of adults with Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Pre-pregnancy and Postpartum issues, Female Sexual Issues, Depression, Medication Management including discontinuation of current medication. I provide motivational talk psychotherapy and I am excited to assist patients decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
(484) 623-5996 View (484) 623-5996

Online Psychiatrists

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Samantha Wyckoff
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19102
I am a fellowship-trained Addiction Psychiatrist offering virtual appointments for patients in Pennsylvania and in-person appointments for patients in Philadelphia (call for NY availability). I have a special interest in working with individuals with co-morbid mental health and substance use disorders, and have extensive clinical experience treating a full range of psychiatric and substance use disorder diagnoses. I practice using a harm-reductionist approach and strive to work collaboratively with patients to help them achieve their goals, work through resistance, and develop motivation for behavioral change.
I am a fellowship-trained Addiction Psychiatrist offering virtual appointments for patients in Pennsylvania and in-person appointments for patients in Philadelphia (call for NY availability). I have a special interest in working with individuals with co-morbid mental health and substance use disorders, and have extensive clinical experience treating a full range of psychiatric and substance use disorder diagnoses. I practice using a harm-reductionist approach and strive to work collaboratively with patients to help them achieve their goals, work through resistance, and develop motivation for behavioral change.
(484) 603-3959 View (484) 603-3959
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Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Radnor, PA 19087
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
(484) 946-3864 View (484) 946-3864
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Morgan Pontillo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chambersburg, PA 17202  (Online Only)
Everyone's mental health journey is an individual experience and their mental health treatment should reflect that. My education and training as a PMHNP allows me to provide medication management and basic psychotherapy to help individuals better manage bothersome symptoms and mental health conditions. I pride myself on being relaxed and approachable and I prioritize creating an environment where you feel at ease and safe. I treat ages 6+. Let me support you on your journey to a happier, healthier life.
Everyone's mental health journey is an individual experience and their mental health treatment should reflect that. My education and training as a PMHNP allows me to provide medication management and basic psychotherapy to help individuals better manage bothersome symptoms and mental health conditions. I pride myself on being relaxed and approachable and I prioritize creating an environment where you feel at ease and safe. I treat ages 6+. Let me support you on your journey to a happier, healthier life.
(717) 973-8578 View (717) 973-8578
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Katherine Benson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Williamsport, PA 17701  (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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Treesa Williamson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Havertown, PA 19083
Treesa Williamson is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Master's in Nursing Adult/Gerontology Primary care NP and a Post-Master's in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Treesa helps clients by being empathetic, non-judgmental, and making them feel safe and respected. Outside of work, Treesa enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Treesa Williamson is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Master's in Nursing Adult/Gerontology Primary care NP and a Post-Master's in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Treesa helps clients by being empathetic, non-judgmental, and making them feel safe and respected. Outside of work, Treesa enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
(484) 218-4105 View (484) 218-4105
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Nicole Carissimi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Nicole Carissimi, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program and completed her clinical work at Presbyterian Hospital and Pennsylvania Hospital. As a registered nurse, Nicole has worked in the areas of neurosurgery, intensive care, and hospice. Nicole first came to Philadelphia in 2006 to attend nursing school at Drexel University, and fell in love with the city and never left. She enjoys working with adults, with a special interest in substance abuse.
Nicole Carissimi, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program and completed her clinical work at Presbyterian Hospital and Pennsylvania Hospital. As a registered nurse, Nicole has worked in the areas of neurosurgery, intensive care, and hospice. Nicole first came to Philadelphia in 2006 to attend nursing school at Drexel University, and fell in love with the city and never left. She enjoys working with adults, with a special interest in substance abuse.
(484) 730-2165 View (484) 730-2165
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Rotimi M Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, MBBS
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19120
I have worked in psychiatry for many years and feel that it's my life purpose! I don't consider this to be a job, it's what I love to do. I've worked in a variety of settings (inpatient and outpatient) with people of all ages, which has given me the expertise and the courage to unravel the complex mental health conditions that inflict so many. I always make mental health simple for my clients, and work with patients to find an approach that feels right for them. Whether you're experiencing ADHD, depression, anxiety, mood swings, or something entirely different, I promise it will help to reach out!
I have worked in psychiatry for many years and feel that it's my life purpose! I don't consider this to be a job, it's what I love to do. I've worked in a variety of settings (inpatient and outpatient) with people of all ages, which has given me the expertise and the courage to unravel the complex mental health conditions that inflict so many. I always make mental health simple for my clients, and work with patients to find an approach that feels right for them. Whether you're experiencing ADHD, depression, anxiety, mood swings, or something entirely different, I promise it will help to reach out!
(610) 624-8419 View (610) 624-8419
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Brian Frankel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Mental suffering is often neither simple nor obvious to others. My primary aim is to help alleviate that suffering, and I recognize how important a personalized and collaborative approach is in this work. Psychiatric medication and psychotherapy are powerful tools that can promote well-being and I enjoy working in both modalities to provide a tailored treatment plan as well as foster greater understanding and growth. After completing my training at Yale I have worked in multiple treatment settings, which has broadened my perspective and helped me be attuned to each patient on an individual level.
Mental suffering is often neither simple nor obvious to others. My primary aim is to help alleviate that suffering, and I recognize how important a personalized and collaborative approach is in this work. Psychiatric medication and psychotherapy are powerful tools that can promote well-being and I enjoy working in both modalities to provide a tailored treatment plan as well as foster greater understanding and growth. After completing my training at Yale I have worked in multiple treatment settings, which has broadened my perspective and helped me be attuned to each patient on an individual level.
(267) 214-3177 View (267) 214-3177
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Michael W Huang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Engaging in the journey of psychotherapy can feel formidable, but I believe that it can also be transformative, freeing, and full of surprises. I specialize in psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy, where I work closely with you to explore unconscious parts of the self and patterns of being with others. This process can lead not only to relief from symptoms, but also achieve sustained, deeper changes. This often looks like the following: increased curiosity and creativity, a sense of wellbeing, improved satisfaction in relationships, pursuing life goals with more vigor and conviction.
Engaging in the journey of psychotherapy can feel formidable, but I believe that it can also be transformative, freeing, and full of surprises. I specialize in psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy, where I work closely with you to explore unconscious parts of the self and patterns of being with others. This process can lead not only to relief from symptoms, but also achieve sustained, deeper changes. This often looks like the following: increased curiosity and creativity, a sense of wellbeing, improved satisfaction in relationships, pursuing life goals with more vigor and conviction.
(267) 609-9786 View (267) 609-9786
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Michelle Antanovich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, DNP
Verified Verified
Radnor, PA 19087  (Online Only)
Michelle Antanovich is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Michelle understands that many of her patients are facing anxiety, depression, attention issues, and mood changes throughout their lives. She believes that understanding how to handle these fluctuations is key for healthy coping and living life to the fullest. In-session, Michelle is friendly, patient, and understanding.
Michelle Antanovich is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Michelle understands that many of her patients are facing anxiety, depression, attention issues, and mood changes throughout their lives. She believes that understanding how to handle these fluctuations is key for healthy coping and living life to the fullest. In-session, Michelle is friendly, patient, and understanding.
(484) 214-2581 View (484) 214-2581
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Randi Mittleman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
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
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David Holland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Water Gap Wellness Outpatient Center is here to help you with your mental health needs. Dr. Holland offers telehealth and in-person visits at our East Stroudsburg, Pa location and is accepting new clients. Dr. Holland can telehealth with Pennsylvania clients.
Water Gap Wellness Outpatient Center is here to help you with your mental health needs. Dr. Holland offers telehealth and in-person visits at our East Stroudsburg, Pa location and is accepting new clients. Dr. Holland can telehealth with Pennsylvania clients.
(570) 843-9135 View (570) 843-9135
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Katherine Vital-Daley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19125  (Online Only)
Dr. Katherine Vital-Daley is an adult psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She treats all adults and her passion lies in providing accessible care for women facing challenges throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum and in reproductive psychiatry. Dr. Vital-Daley's academic background is rooted in science, with an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Merced. She then pursued her medical doctorate at the Medical University of the Americas. Following medical school, she completed her psychiatry residency training.
Dr. Katherine Vital-Daley is an adult psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She treats all adults and her passion lies in providing accessible care for women facing challenges throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum and in reproductive psychiatry. Dr. Vital-Daley's academic background is rooted in science, with an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Merced. She then pursued her medical doctorate at the Medical University of the Americas. Following medical school, she completed her psychiatry residency training.
(267) 459-2363 View (267) 459-2363
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Fitz Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Harrisburg, PA 17101  (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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Leon Cushenberry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Leon Cushenberry, MD Leon Cushenberry is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2018. He completed medical school at the University of California, Davis and psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Afterwards, he completed additional training at the University of Pennsylvania as a Public Psychiatry Fellow which allowed him to understand the impact of an individual's community and social factors on their lived experiences.
Leon Cushenberry, MD Leon Cushenberry is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2018. He completed medical school at the University of California, Davis and psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Afterwards, he completed additional training at the University of Pennsylvania as a Public Psychiatry Fellow which allowed him to understand the impact of an individual's community and social factors on their lived experiences.
(484) 559-6607 View (484) 559-6607
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(267) 493-4369 View (267) 493-4369
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Michelle Zuccarini
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Center Valley, PA 18034  (Online Only)
Michelle Zuccarini is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate and master's degree in nursing as well as a post-master's certification as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. and obtained board certification in this specialty from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She is licensed to practice in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Michelle was awarded a doctoral degree in Nursing Practice from Clarion-Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Michelle Zuccarini is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate and master's degree in nursing as well as a post-master's certification as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. and obtained board certification in this specialty from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She is licensed to practice in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Michelle was awarded a doctoral degree in Nursing Practice from Clarion-Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
(484) 715-8488 View (484) 715-8488
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Amy Bush
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Doylestown, PA 18902  (Online Only)
There is no set approach to mental health care, individualized care is a key component to successful treatment. My experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatric care. I treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals seeking inner peace. I promise to be there for you every step of your journey. The goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
There is no set approach to mental health care, individualized care is a key component to successful treatment. My experience enables me to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatric care. I treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals seeking inner peace. I promise to be there for you every step of your journey. The goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
(267) 578-4355 View (267) 578-4355

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Number of Psychiatrists in Schuylkill County, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Schuylkill County, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Psychosis
100% Anger Management
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Antisocial Personality

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Schuylkill County, PA see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Schuylkill 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.