Psychiatrists in Villanova, PA

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Francis Aledo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Villanova, PA 19085
Dr. Aledo graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine. She did her psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Institute for Juvenile Research of the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Aledo is Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Aledo graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine. She did her psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Institute for Juvenile Research of the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Aledo is Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
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Hannah Baumstein
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPC, CRNP, RN, BSN
Verified Verified
Villanova, PA 19085
My personality influences my approach to providing mental health treatment in several ways. I have a naturally empathetic and compassionate disposition, which allows me to genuinely connect with my clients and create a safe, non-judgmental space for them to share their thoughts and feelings. I'm also a good listener, which helps me understand my clients' concerns and needs more deeply. Furthermore, my patience and adaptability enable me to tailor my therapeutic techniques to meet the unique requirements of each individual, ensuring a more personalized and effective treatment experience.
My personality influences my approach to providing mental health treatment in several ways. I have a naturally empathetic and compassionate disposition, which allows me to genuinely connect with my clients and create a safe, non-judgmental space for them to share their thoughts and feelings. I'm also a good listener, which helps me understand my clients' concerns and needs more deeply. Furthermore, my patience and adaptability enable me to tailor my therapeutic techniques to meet the unique requirements of each individual, ensuring a more personalized and effective treatment experience.
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Complete Mind Care of Pa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Villanova, PA 19085  (Online Only)
Dr. Richard Yudell is a licensed psychiatrist with 41 years of experience. He received his medical degree from Universitat di Bologna Facolta di Medicina e Chirurgia in Bologna, Italy. After medical school, he completed his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is currently affiliated with Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Yudell association with Complete Mind Care of PA allows him to work with CMC of PA providers to help diagnose and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
Dr. Richard Yudell is a licensed psychiatrist with 41 years of experience. He received his medical degree from Universitat di Bologna Facolta di Medicina e Chirurgia in Bologna, Italy. After medical school, he completed his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is currently affiliated with Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Yudell association with Complete Mind Care of PA allows him to work with CMC of PA providers to help diagnose and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
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Danielle Giuliano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Villanova, PA 19085
Everyone’s journey with mental health is not the same, so it’s important to have a personalized treatment plan, to fit each individual’s need. Often times, patients I work with have only ever been offered medication as the solution to their symptoms. I recognize the value in medication management, while also being an advocate for alternate therapies, such as TMS and esketamine. I believe it is important to establish an honest and trustworthy relationship, to ensure optimal quality care, through effective and safe approaches to care.
Everyone’s journey with mental health is not the same, so it’s important to have a personalized treatment plan, to fit each individual’s need. Often times, patients I work with have only ever been offered medication as the solution to their symptoms. I recognize the value in medication management, while also being an advocate for alternate therapies, such as TMS and esketamine. I believe it is important to establish an honest and trustworthy relationship, to ensure optimal quality care, through effective and safe approaches to care.
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Linda Kim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Villanova, PA 19085
I am a Harvard trained, board certified psychiatrist who practices holistically, interweaving traditional psychiatric interventions (therapy and medications) with an evidence based understanding of hormones, supplements, stress issues, and more. My vision is to create a nurturing space that supports you through unique issues that we face – whether it be depression, anxiety, work-life balance, mood disorders in pregnancy, infertility, menopause, and more. Patients state that they look forward to their appointments with me as an opportunity to heal, to learn, and to grow in ways that were surprising to them.
I am a Harvard trained, board certified psychiatrist who practices holistically, interweaving traditional psychiatric interventions (therapy and medications) with an evidence based understanding of hormones, supplements, stress issues, and more. My vision is to create a nurturing space that supports you through unique issues that we face – whether it be depression, anxiety, work-life balance, mood disorders in pregnancy, infertility, menopause, and more. Patients state that they look forward to their appointments with me as an opportunity to heal, to learn, and to grow in ways that were surprising to them.
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Raena Khorram
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Villanova, PA 19085
I am a board certified, Harvard trained psychiatrist with a private practice in the Mainline seeing patients both in the office and online using a leading telepsychiatry platform. I work with patients to identify, understand, and solve problems. Together we transform that understanding into positive action. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and in a safe and confidential environment. It is a collaboration between the patient and the physician that allows for the greatest results. Together we will determine the best treatment for you whether that is therapy or medication or a combination of both.
I am a board certified, Harvard trained psychiatrist with a private practice in the Mainline seeing patients both in the office and online using a leading telepsychiatry platform. I work with patients to identify, understand, and solve problems. Together we transform that understanding into positive action. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and in a safe and confidential environment. It is a collaboration between the patient and the physician that allows for the greatest results. Together we will determine the best treatment for you whether that is therapy or medication or a combination of both.
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Daniel Bigman
Psychiatrist, MD, MHS, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Villanova, PA 19085
After medical school, internship, and residency training in Psychiatry, completed additional fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. Practice focus on neurodevelopment, neuropsychiatry, complex sleep, and consultation for diagnostic clarification.
After medical school, internship, and residency training in Psychiatry, completed additional fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. Practice focus on neurodevelopment, neuropsychiatry, complex sleep, and consultation for diagnostic clarification.
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Steven S Rolfe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Villanova, PA 19085  (Online Only)
I am trained as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with over 25 years experience treating adolescents,young adults, and adults. My practice is divided between intensive psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, and leadership consulting for executives and family enterprises. Approximately half of my professional time is spent in my consulting practice, advising CEOs, boards, and executive teams on psychological aspects of managing and leading their organizations. I work with companies and family businesses to address a leader's personal crises that is affecting their company.
I am trained as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with over 25 years experience treating adolescents,young adults, and adults. My practice is divided between intensive psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, and leadership consulting for executives and family enterprises. Approximately half of my professional time is spent in my consulting practice, advising CEOs, boards, and executive teams on psychological aspects of managing and leading their organizations. I work with companies and family businesses to address a leader's personal crises that is affecting their company.
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Aviva Zohar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Villanova, PA 19085
Here at Thalia Medical Center, we don’t tolerate self-shame. We don’t care what you look like, the car you drive, your background, or your history. Our treatment philosophy balances meeting you where you are and supporting you to get to where you want to be. TMC's services include medication management for depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorder therapy and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. We are powered by a balanced approach — curating an individualized, evidence-based program that supports our clients not just medically, but emotionally, physically, and socially as well. Now offering Telehealth in Delaware & Florida.
Here at Thalia Medical Center, we don’t tolerate self-shame. We don’t care what you look like, the car you drive, your background, or your history. Our treatment philosophy balances meeting you where you are and supporting you to get to where you want to be. TMC's services include medication management for depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorder therapy and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. We are powered by a balanced approach — curating an individualized, evidence-based program that supports our clients not just medically, but emotionally, physically, and socially as well. Now offering Telehealth in Delaware & Florida.
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Frank A. Fetterolf
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Villanova, PA 19085
I’m a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in integrating evidence-based (e.g., medication and behavioral therapy) and patient-centered (e.g., traditional and Ericksonian hypnosis) treatment. Examples of behavioral protocols include exposure therapy for trauma, dialectical skills for emotion regulation, activity schedule reviews for ADHD, sleep diaries for insomnia, and behavioral activation for depression. My medication prescribing is a collaborative endeavor, informed by the latest meta-analyses and randomized control trials.
I’m a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in integrating evidence-based (e.g., medication and behavioral therapy) and patient-centered (e.g., traditional and Ericksonian hypnosis) treatment. Examples of behavioral protocols include exposure therapy for trauma, dialectical skills for emotion regulation, activity schedule reviews for ADHD, sleep diaries for insomnia, and behavioral activation for depression. My medication prescribing is a collaborative endeavor, informed by the latest meta-analyses and randomized control trials.
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Alice Chang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Villanova, PA 19085  (Online Only)
Are you feeling empty or frustrated in your daily life? Your work is good, or good enough, but stressful or unfulfilling. Or you want your child to be happy and healthy, not sad or anxious, losing friends or their grades falling, instead more confident in social and academic situations. Or both. Despite your best efforts so far, nothing seems to work. You may feel powerless-but you already have all the tools you need to help yourself, or your child. You're the most important person in their lives (and your own), so I make sure you’re getting support and validation you need at home, at work, and/or in your child’s school system.
Are you feeling empty or frustrated in your daily life? Your work is good, or good enough, but stressful or unfulfilling. Or you want your child to be happy and healthy, not sad or anxious, losing friends or their grades falling, instead more confident in social and academic situations. Or both. Despite your best efforts so far, nothing seems to work. You may feel powerless-but you already have all the tools you need to help yourself, or your child. You're the most important person in their lives (and your own), so I make sure you’re getting support and validation you need at home, at work, and/or in your child’s school system.
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Kathryn Zagrabbe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Villanova, PA 19085
At Juno Mental Health, we offer personalized and compassionate psychiatric care for each of our patients. Searching for any kind of mental health care can be difficult. Finding warm, individualized mental health care is even more challenging. And doing so while you balance the other demands of everyday life can make finding help feel simply impossible. At Juno Mental Health, we believe each patient has their own story. We want to learn your story and support you in achieving emotional well-being.
At Juno Mental Health, we offer personalized and compassionate psychiatric care for each of our patients. Searching for any kind of mental health care can be difficult. Finding warm, individualized mental health care is even more challenging. And doing so while you balance the other demands of everyday life can make finding help feel simply impossible. At Juno Mental Health, we believe each patient has their own story. We want to learn your story and support you in achieving emotional well-being.
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Dena Caplan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Villanova, PA 19085
Dena Caplan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. She earned a PMHNP from Wilkes University and a CPNP-PC from Thomas Jefferson University. Dena has been practicing as a Pediatric Nurse. Outside of work, Dena enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and children.
Dena Caplan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. She earned a PMHNP from Wilkes University and a CPNP-PC from Thomas Jefferson University. Dena has been practicing as a Pediatric Nurse. Outside of work, Dena enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and children.
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Anna Marie DiPietro
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Villanova, PA 19085
Tired of waiting for weeks or months for an appointment? Feeling depressed, anxious, angry? Having trouble concentrating? Insomnia or not wanting to do your normal activities? Looking for personalized, thorough, & thoughtful medication management? Interested in knowing what medications work for your specific genetic profile? If you're fed up with the months/years of failed treatment and medication trials, then come see me for psychiatric evaluation, medication, & GeneSight testing. I see adults and children! Note: I do not process insurance, but I provide receipts for which many of my clients receive over 80% reimbursement!
Tired of waiting for weeks or months for an appointment? Feeling depressed, anxious, angry? Having trouble concentrating? Insomnia or not wanting to do your normal activities? Looking for personalized, thorough, & thoughtful medication management? Interested in knowing what medications work for your specific genetic profile? If you're fed up with the months/years of failed treatment and medication trials, then come see me for psychiatric evaluation, medication, & GeneSight testing. I see adults and children! Note: I do not process insurance, but I provide receipts for which many of my clients receive over 80% reimbursement!
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Katrina Denise Scannelli
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Villanova, PA 19085  (Online Only)
Are you looking for someone who cares? Feeling anxious and worried most every day? It's time to reach out for help. As a dedicated Physician Assistant in Psychiatry, I am driven by a deep personal connection to the challenges of mental health. Growing up with close family and friends who battled depression and anxiety, I witnessed firsthand the impact these conditions can have on individuals and their loved ones. This experience ignited my passion for psychiatry and set me on a path of extensive training and education.
Are you looking for someone who cares? Feeling anxious and worried most every day? It's time to reach out for help. As a dedicated Physician Assistant in Psychiatry, I am driven by a deep personal connection to the challenges of mental health. Growing up with close family and friends who battled depression and anxiety, I witnessed firsthand the impact these conditions can have on individuals and their loved ones. This experience ignited my passion for psychiatry and set me on a path of extensive training and education.
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Karen (Yang) Chen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Villanova, PA 19085
Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates is a network of over 20 psychiatric providers including Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and Psychotherapists. We offer in-office and Virtual Telehealth appointments in Philadelphia, The Main Line of Philadelphia and Virtually to NJ, NY and FL. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in medication management for a variety of mental health conditions in adults ages 18+, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, PMDD, bipolar disorder, and more.
Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates is a network of over 20 psychiatric providers including Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and Psychotherapists. We offer in-office and Virtual Telehealth appointments in Philadelphia, The Main Line of Philadelphia and Virtually to NJ, NY and FL. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in medication management for a variety of mental health conditions in adults ages 18+, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, PMDD, bipolar disorder, and more.
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Suzanne Palekar
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Villanova, PA 19085  (Online Only)
Dr. Palekar became a psychiatrist because she loves hearing people's stories, motivations, and fears. She loves problem-solving to craft the most individualized and evidence-based treatment plan. She loves developing relationships with patients over time and truly getting to know them. Reaching out for help during a time of vulnerability is one of the hardest things you can do. Dr. Palekar is honored to be considered as someone who can help during these dark times. She has a history of working with all types of psychiatric illness, from minor anxiety to the most treatment resistant cases.
Dr. Palekar became a psychiatrist because she loves hearing people's stories, motivations, and fears. She loves problem-solving to craft the most individualized and evidence-based treatment plan. She loves developing relationships with patients over time and truly getting to know them. Reaching out for help during a time of vulnerability is one of the hardest things you can do. Dr. Palekar is honored to be considered as someone who can help during these dark times. She has a history of working with all types of psychiatric illness, from minor anxiety to the most treatment resistant cases.
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Tenesa Rivera
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Villanova, PA 19085
Dr. Tenesa Rivera is a board certified psychiatrist. She obtained her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, completing the Women's Health Education Pathway. She trained in the psychiatry residency program in psychiatry at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Rivera then sub-specialized in the treatment of children through a fellowship at Jefferson University Hospital in child and adolescent psychiatry, where she served as a chief fellow.
Dr. Tenesa Rivera is a board certified psychiatrist. She obtained her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, completing the Women's Health Education Pathway. She trained in the psychiatry residency program in psychiatry at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Rivera then sub-specialized in the treatment of children through a fellowship at Jefferson University Hospital in child and adolescent psychiatry, where she served as a chief fellow.
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Dr. Michael W. Antzis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Villanova, PA 19085
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. I offer psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy for adults. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. I take a holistic approach to treatment, and take great care to listen carefully to my patients, partnering with them to move treatment forward and help them reach their goals.
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. I offer psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy for adults. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. I take a holistic approach to treatment, and take great care to listen carefully to my patients, partnering with them to move treatment forward and help them reach their goals.
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Dr. Suparna Basu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
Suparna Basu is an experienced and compassionate board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in caring for those with a variety of mental health problems and emotional issues . Dr. Basu is a psychopharmacologist who focuses primarily on medication management. She prefers her patients have a separate therapist that she can collaborate with. Dr. Basu's approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which her working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about Dr.Basu on her website; http://basupsychiatry.com
Suparna Basu is an experienced and compassionate board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in caring for those with a variety of mental health problems and emotional issues . Dr. Basu is a psychopharmacologist who focuses primarily on medication management. She prefers her patients have a separate therapist that she can collaborate with. Dr. Basu's approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which her working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about Dr.Basu on her website; http://basupsychiatry.com
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Villanova, PA

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Villanova, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
79% ADHD
74% Sleep or Insomnia
74% Stress
68% Medication Management
63% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Aetna
71% Humana
71% Magellan

How Psychiatrists in Villanova, PA see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Villanova?

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.