Psychiatrists in Westmoreland County, PA

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Beth Marcieski
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Greensburg, PA 15601
I am a Physician Assistant at the Greensburg location of New Directions who provides psychiatry services in person and via telehealth. My physician assistant training was at St. Francis University in Loretto and University of Nebraska Medical Center. I have a diverse professional background with expertise in the fields of mental health and addiction medicine. I work with adults facing depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and other psychiatric conditions. Through thorough evaluations, I make accurate diagnoses and create personalized treatment plans.
I am a Physician Assistant at the Greensburg location of New Directions who provides psychiatry services in person and via telehealth. My physician assistant training was at St. Francis University in Loretto and University of Nebraska Medical Center. I have a diverse professional background with expertise in the fields of mental health and addiction medicine. I work with adults facing depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and other psychiatric conditions. Through thorough evaluations, I make accurate diagnoses and create personalized treatment plans.
(724) 571-4106 View (724) 571-4106
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Kathleen Mcewen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Greensburg, PA 15601  (Online Only)
Kathleen is a CRNP working with T and C Psychiatric Services LLC. T and C Psychiatric Services LLC is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders
Kathleen is a CRNP working with T and C Psychiatric Services LLC. T and C Psychiatric Services LLC is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders
(724) 306-6932 View (724) 306-6932
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Lauren Naveh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Greensburg, PA 15601  (Online Only)
Lauren is a CRNP working with T and C Psychiatric Services, LLC. Our Expert Team is Ready to Help! T and C Psychiatric Services LLC is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders. At T and C Psychiatric Services, we strive to make accessing care easy and convenient for you. Becoming a patient is as simple as reaching out to us through a call, text, or email.
Lauren is a CRNP working with T and C Psychiatric Services, LLC. Our Expert Team is Ready to Help! T and C Psychiatric Services LLC is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders. At T and C Psychiatric Services, we strive to make accessing care easy and convenient for you. Becoming a patient is as simple as reaching out to us through a call, text, or email.
(724) 303-7346 View (724) 303-7346
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T and C Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Greensburg, PA 15601  (Online Only)
Our Expert Team is Ready to Help! T and C Psychiatric Services LLC is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders. At T and C Psychiatric Services, we strive to make accessing care easy and convenient for you. Becoming a patient is as simple as reaching out to us through a call, text, or email.
Our Expert Team is Ready to Help! T and C Psychiatric Services LLC is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders. At T and C Psychiatric Services, we strive to make accessing care easy and convenient for you. Becoming a patient is as simple as reaching out to us through a call, text, or email.
(724) 997-6199 View (724) 997-6199
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Elizabeth Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Greensburg, PA 15601  (Online Only)
Elizabeth is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working with T and C Psychiatric Services LLC. T and C Psychiatric Services is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders. At T and C Psychiatric Services, we strive to make accessing care easy and convenient for you. Becoming a patient is as simple as reaching out to us through a call, text, or email.
Elizabeth is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working with T and C Psychiatric Services LLC. T and C Psychiatric Services is a telepsychiatry practice providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management for individuals at least 18 years of age and older throughout Pennsylvania. We treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and eating disorders. At T and C Psychiatric Services, we strive to make accessing care easy and convenient for you. Becoming a patient is as simple as reaching out to us through a call, text, or email.
(724) 605-4353 View (724) 605-4353
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Bryan Reed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensburg, PA 15601
I am a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner who tries to get the best outcomes for his patients by combining evidence and their preferences. I seek to treat the whole person by combining conventional psychiatry with brain-changing therapies. I have over 20 years of experience in the mental health field working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings.
I am a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner who tries to get the best outcomes for his patients by combining evidence and their preferences. I seek to treat the whole person by combining conventional psychiatry with brain-changing therapies. I have over 20 years of experience in the mental health field working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings.
(724) 603-1742 View (724) 603-1742
Christopher Snyder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Murrysville, PA 15668
Chris Snyder, CRNP, has immense knowledge and extreme passion in the field of psychiatry. He is now accepting new clients both virtually and at our Murrysville location. Inquire today about seeing Christopher to address your mental health concerns in a private, nonjudgmental, individualized approach.
Chris Snyder, CRNP, has immense knowledge and extreme passion in the field of psychiatry. He is now accepting new clients both virtually and at our Murrysville location. Inquire today about seeing Christopher to address your mental health concerns in a private, nonjudgmental, individualized approach.
(724) 414-8008 View (724) 414-8008
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Kelley M Smodic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Greensburg, PA 15601
Let's face it, life is not easy..... and living can be even more difficult. Healthy relationships are central to happiness in ALL aspects of living. All people are created differently, and while their problems may be similar, the way they handle these problems is diverse. So why treat everyone with a cookie cutter attitude? My approach to addressing life's problems is assorted in nature. I work with a wide range of adult emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling and beyond.
Let's face it, life is not easy..... and living can be even more difficult. Healthy relationships are central to happiness in ALL aspects of living. All people are created differently, and while their problems may be similar, the way they handle these problems is diverse. So why treat everyone with a cookie cutter attitude? My approach to addressing life's problems is assorted in nature. I work with a wide range of adult emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling and beyond.
(724) 480-1239 View (724) 480-1239
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Amy Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottdale, PA 15683
Life can be overwhelming. Even positive changes can cause anxiety, stress and isolation. I offer a safe, non-judgmental place to explore your feelings authentically. You and I will work as a collaborative team to address matters such as anxiety, depression, relationship or parenting issues, gender dysphoria, sexuality, self-esteem, and major life changes and stressors. Additionally, I am able to prescribe and manage medications, if needed, without the need to go to a second provider. If you are taking or require controlled medications, you must attend your intake and 1 annual appointment in-person.
Life can be overwhelming. Even positive changes can cause anxiety, stress and isolation. I offer a safe, non-judgmental place to explore your feelings authentically. You and I will work as a collaborative team to address matters such as anxiety, depression, relationship or parenting issues, gender dysphoria, sexuality, self-esteem, and major life changes and stressors. Additionally, I am able to prescribe and manage medications, if needed, without the need to go to a second provider. If you are taking or require controlled medications, you must attend your intake and 1 annual appointment in-person.
(878) 645-3128 View (878) 645-3128
Photo of Nick Speeney, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nick Speeney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Greensburg, PA 15601
Speeney Psychiatric Services is dedicated to establishing a therapeutic alliance with all individuals who desire a positive change in their life. Achieving your idea of success and wellness is most important to me. We will work together to create a treatment plan that is right for you. I look forward to meeting you.
Speeney Psychiatric Services is dedicated to establishing a therapeutic alliance with all individuals who desire a positive change in their life. Achieving your idea of success and wellness is most important to me. We will work together to create a treatment plan that is right for you. I look forward to meeting you.
(724) 286-4253 View (724) 286-4253
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Dr. Axeline Johnson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greensburg, PA 15601
Dr. Johnson is bilingual (Spanish and English) and a Board-certified psychiatrist. She is welcoming new patients seeking professional help for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. With medical education at UCLA and specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania, she combines knowledge of psychopharmacology with a nuanced understanding of patients' concerns and experiences with medications. She is particularly cognizant of therapeutic inertia, and works with her patients to ensure that medications are effective and not over-used.
Dr. Johnson is bilingual (Spanish and English) and a Board-certified psychiatrist. She is welcoming new patients seeking professional help for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. With medical education at UCLA and specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania, she combines knowledge of psychopharmacology with a nuanced understanding of patients' concerns and experiences with medications. She is particularly cognizant of therapeutic inertia, and works with her patients to ensure that medications are effective and not over-used.
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Photo of Samantha O'Donnell, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Samantha O'Donnell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Greensburg, PA 15601
My name is Samantha O'Donnell. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 7 years of experience treating teens (12+) and adults. Unlike traditional approaches, I focus on the root cause of your struggles. I find and treat the "why" behind your symptoms to help you achieve lasting mental well-being and lead a happier, healthier life. Mental health is unique to each person, and I believe treatments should be tailored to each person as well! Together, we will work to understand your symptoms by exploring biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors.
My name is Samantha O'Donnell. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 7 years of experience treating teens (12+) and adults. Unlike traditional approaches, I focus on the root cause of your struggles. I find and treat the "why" behind your symptoms to help you achieve lasting mental well-being and lead a happier, healthier life. Mental health is unique to each person, and I believe treatments should be tailored to each person as well! Together, we will work to understand your symptoms by exploring biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors.
(717) 837-9952 View (717) 837-9952
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greensburg, PA 15601
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Photo of Lilian Ogujiofor, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lilian Ogujiofor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greensburg, PA 15601
Dr. Ogujiofor is a certified registered nurse practitioner with dual board certification in psychiatric mental health and family medicine. She is a highly motivated, team-oriented, and compassionate provider with the goal of providing evidence-based and individualized mental health care for each patient. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from West Chester University in 2016 and obtained her MSN from La Salle University in 2013 as well as Post-Master's in PMHNP in 2021 from Regis College.
Dr. Ogujiofor is a certified registered nurse practitioner with dual board certification in psychiatric mental health and family medicine. She is a highly motivated, team-oriented, and compassionate provider with the goal of providing evidence-based and individualized mental health care for each patient. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from West Chester University in 2016 and obtained her MSN from La Salle University in 2013 as well as Post-Master's in PMHNP in 2021 from Regis College.
(717) 912-8510 View (717) 912-8510
Photo of Jennifer Richards, CRNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jennifer Richards
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greensburg, PA 15601
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
Photo of Michelle Antanovich, PMHNP, BC, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michelle Antanovich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, DNP
Verified Verified
Greensburg, PA 15601  (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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Tiffany Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Youngstown, PA 15696
Mental health is a passion of mine. I help pregnant and non-pregnant adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and mood swings manage their symptoms through medication management. I've worked in various populations and have a diverse background including trauma, crisis, psychosis, pregnancy, and incarceration. My focus is to get you back to feeling balanced, back to those hobbies, back to enjoying life, and back to living.
Mental health is a passion of mine. I help pregnant and non-pregnant adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and mood swings manage their symptoms through medication management. I've worked in various populations and have a diverse background including trauma, crisis, psychosis, pregnancy, and incarceration. My focus is to get you back to feeling balanced, back to those hobbies, back to enjoying life, and back to living.
(972) 994-1549 View (972) 994-1549
Robert A Lowenstein
Psychiatrist, MD, FAACAP
Verified Verified
Greensburg, PA 15601
(412) 998-7501 View (412) 998-7501

Online Psychiatrists

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Green Pastures Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Du Bois, PA 15801  (Online Only)
Telepsych PA statewide. New patients seen within 1-2 weeks. Now offering remote QB testing for ADHD. At Green Pastures Mental Health Services, we believe that care should be accessible, compassionate, & patient-centered. Our team of board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality telepsychiatric care from the comfort & convenience of your own home. Your mental well-being is our top priority, & we are here to support you on your journey to a healthier, happier life.Services We Offer: Psychiatric Assessment. Medication Management, Psychotherapy, Education.
Telepsych PA statewide. New patients seen within 1-2 weeks. Now offering remote QB testing for ADHD. At Green Pastures Mental Health Services, we believe that care should be accessible, compassionate, & patient-centered. Our team of board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality telepsychiatric care from the comfort & convenience of your own home. Your mental well-being is our top priority, & we are here to support you on your journey to a healthier, happier life.Services We Offer: Psychiatric Assessment. Medication Management, Psychotherapy, Education.
(814) 980-7467 View (814) 980-7467
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(412) 368-0059 View (412) 368-0059

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Number of Psychiatrists in Westmoreland County, PA

10+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Westmoreland County, PA who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
89% Depression
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% ADHD
63% Medication Management
58% Trauma and PTSD
58% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
88% Highmark
81% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Westmoreland County, PA see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
15% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Westmoreland 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.