Psychiatrists in Wexford, PA

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New Directions Psychiatric Services Wexford
Psychiatric Nurse, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wexford, PA 15090
Welcome! At New Directions, we offer an integrative, comprehensive approach to care that includes psychiatric services and counseling. We offer Tele-Psychiatry and in-office visits. We understand it can be difficult to seek help when you go through life with painful emotional states and feelings. Medications may not be the sole solution, but they can be a stepping stone utilized to ease the path towards easing your pain.
Welcome! At New Directions, we offer an integrative, comprehensive approach to care that includes psychiatric services and counseling. We offer Tele-Psychiatry and in-office visits. We understand it can be difficult to seek help when you go through life with painful emotional states and feelings. Medications may not be the sole solution, but they can be a stepping stone utilized to ease the path towards easing your pain.
(724) 414-1037 View (724) 414-1037
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Carrie Kalmar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wexford, PA 15090
As a PMHNP at New Directions, I am driven by compassion and dedicated to empowering individuals on their journey towards mental well-being. With specialized training and expertise in psychiatry, I have developed a comprehensive understanding of holistic mental health care options to address a wide range of psychiatric concerns. My primary goal is to create a warm and non-judgmental space where clients feel understood, heard and safe working together to find a treatment approach that best supports their unique needs.
As a PMHNP at New Directions, I am driven by compassion and dedicated to empowering individuals on their journey towards mental well-being. With specialized training and expertise in psychiatry, I have developed a comprehensive understanding of holistic mental health care options to address a wide range of psychiatric concerns. My primary goal is to create a warm and non-judgmental space where clients feel understood, heard and safe working together to find a treatment approach that best supports their unique needs.
(724) 242-6502 View (724) 242-6502
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Paul Frye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wexford, PA 15090
Over three decades of practicing as a psychiatric physician, Dr. Paul Frye has developed a partnership approach to treatment planning. Dr. Frye provides information and recommendations, encouraging those in treatment to collaborate in the decisions. His approach to treatment is considered eclectic and medications are prescribed only if deemed to be necessary.
Over three decades of practicing as a psychiatric physician, Dr. Paul Frye has developed a partnership approach to treatment planning. Dr. Frye provides information and recommendations, encouraging those in treatment to collaborate in the decisions. His approach to treatment is considered eclectic and medications are prescribed only if deemed to be necessary.
(724) 204-2835 View (724) 204-2835
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Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wexford, PA 15090
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.
(724) 492-4056 View (724) 492-4056
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wexford, PA 15090
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay Wellness is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(724) 885-2824 View (724) 885-2824
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Sona Nadkarni
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wexford, PA 15090
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist who completed my training at Allegheny General hospital in Pittsburgh. I am fellowship-trained in Child and Adolescent psychiatry from Western Psychiatric institute and Clinic of UPMC. Originally from India, where I completed my medical degree, my academic pursuits led me to Toronto, Canada where I worked as a research Coordinator for clinical trials in Cognitive Neurology, then to Albuquerque, New Mexico where I completed my internship and finally to Pittsburgh which I am proud to call home!
I am a board certified adult psychiatrist who completed my training at Allegheny General hospital in Pittsburgh. I am fellowship-trained in Child and Adolescent psychiatry from Western Psychiatric institute and Clinic of UPMC. Originally from India, where I completed my medical degree, my academic pursuits led me to Toronto, Canada where I worked as a research Coordinator for clinical trials in Cognitive Neurology, then to Albuquerque, New Mexico where I completed my internship and finally to Pittsburgh which I am proud to call home!
(724) 607-8499 View (724) 607-8499
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wexford, PA 15090
I am a Psychiatrist with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
I am a Psychiatrist with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
(724) 870-4294 View (724) 870-4294
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Melissa Turkal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wexford, PA 15090
Dr. Melissa Turkal is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2017. Dr. Turkal's goal is to promote a safe space for women to begin their journey toward improved mental health. She strives to honor your lived experience. Dr. Turkal is grateful to assist her female and feminine identifying clients find the correct diagnosis, the right combination of medication, proper nutrition, exercise, and therapy to achieve emotional stability and optimal recovery.
Dr. Melissa Turkal is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2017. Dr. Turkal's goal is to promote a safe space for women to begin their journey toward improved mental health. She strives to honor your lived experience. Dr. Turkal is grateful to assist her female and feminine identifying clients find the correct diagnosis, the right combination of medication, proper nutrition, exercise, and therapy to achieve emotional stability and optimal recovery.
(724) 286-4971 View (724) 286-4971
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Thomas Krochalis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wexford, PA 15090
Thomas's foundational philosophy in treating patients is centered around a holistic approach, where medication management plays a role but is not the sole focus. He firmly believes in integrating psychotherapy and encouraging patients to actively participate in their mental health care, ensuring a comprehensive treatment plan. His professional background spans various settings, including working under the medical director for Northern Nevada's adult mental health system and at a federally qualified health center in Erie, PA. He is also a proud member of the Nursing Honor Society.
Thomas's foundational philosophy in treating patients is centered around a holistic approach, where medication management plays a role but is not the sole focus. He firmly believes in integrating psychotherapy and encouraging patients to actively participate in their mental health care, ensuring a comprehensive treatment plan. His professional background spans various settings, including working under the medical director for Northern Nevada's adult mental health system and at a federally qualified health center in Erie, PA. He is also a proud member of the Nursing Honor Society.
(724) 538-7867 View (724) 538-7867
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Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wexford, PA 15090
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
(724) 951-2984 View (724) 951-2984
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Greg Thorkelson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wexford, PA 15090
Dr. Thorkelson is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at The University of Pittsburgh. He completed his adult residency training at Temple University and his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at The University of Pittsburgh where he continued on in three roles: As Associate Medical Director at the Center for Integrative Medicine, as a staff psychiatrist at the John Merck Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders, and through the Visceral Inflammation and Pain (VIP) Center in the Department of Gastroenterology. Dr. Thorkelson specializes in the treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, autism, and ADHD.
Dr. Thorkelson is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at The University of Pittsburgh. He completed his adult residency training at Temple University and his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at The University of Pittsburgh where he continued on in three roles: As Associate Medical Director at the Center for Integrative Medicine, as a staff psychiatrist at the John Merck Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders, and through the Visceral Inflammation and Pain (VIP) Center in the Department of Gastroenterology. Dr. Thorkelson specializes in the treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, autism, and ADHD.
(412) 214-0042 View (412) 214-0042
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Sylvia Boules
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wexford, PA 15090  (Online Only)
I am a board certified general psychiatrist with additional fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry. I trained in the Bronx where I learned to practice in a diverse, busy hospital setting. I came to Pittsburgh in 2019 and have been working in the outpatient world with children and adolescents ever since. I enjoy a collaborative approach of gathering perspectives from families, patients, and schools to make an accurate, kind, and thoughtful treatment plan.
I am a board certified general psychiatrist with additional fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry. I trained in the Bronx where I learned to practice in a diverse, busy hospital setting. I came to Pittsburgh in 2019 and have been working in the outpatient world with children and adolescents ever since. I enjoy a collaborative approach of gathering perspectives from families, patients, and schools to make an accurate, kind, and thoughtful treatment plan.
(412) 754-4020 View (412) 754-4020
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Dr. Monica L Garrick Drago
Psychiatrist, MD, MSW, MJ
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wexford, PA 15090
My ideal clients are children (as young as 3), adults, and families. Parental involvement is crucial in therapy for children, and I advocate for supporting children with learning disabilities. I also have a strong history of helping students and parents navigate their educational rights, including at the college level. I mediate custody arrangements and troubled parent relationships, and I support parents dealing with behavioral difficulties in children or adolescents. My goal is to teach you that you will do well if you can; if you can’t, there is an issue that requires help with an emphasis on skills and understanding.
My ideal clients are children (as young as 3), adults, and families. Parental involvement is crucial in therapy for children, and I advocate for supporting children with learning disabilities. I also have a strong history of helping students and parents navigate their educational rights, including at the college level. I mediate custody arrangements and troubled parent relationships, and I support parents dealing with behavioral difficulties in children or adolescents. My goal is to teach you that you will do well if you can; if you can’t, there is an issue that requires help with an emphasis on skills and understanding.
(724) 401-4366 View (724) 401-4366
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Luke Swider
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wexford, PA 15090  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist who helps adults with depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, and other mental health concerns attain a better quality of life. Together, we will work with the latest evidence-based medication management and psychotherapy to build a lasting connection and define and achieve your well-being goals. I received my undergraduate degree from Penn State University and my medical degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Following this, I completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and was granted board certification by the ABPN.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist who helps adults with depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, and other mental health concerns attain a better quality of life. Together, we will work with the latest evidence-based medication management and psychotherapy to build a lasting connection and define and achieve your well-being goals. I received my undergraduate degree from Penn State University and my medical degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Following this, I completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and was granted board certification by the ABPN.
(412) 501-2504 View (412) 501-2504

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Dr. Tammy Lobach
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Baden, PA 15005
Dr. Tammy Lobach, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC is a dual-certified doctorate-prepared nurse practitioner. She specializes in psychiatric mental health and is a family nurse practitioner. Her nursing career started over 20 years ago in Pennsylvania. Tammy received her Master’s in Nursing Science from DeSales University and completed a post-master certification at Wilkes University. She also achieved a doctorate degree from Bloomsburg University. Tammy’s goal is to focus on the needs of patients and families. She takes pride in the partnership and teamwork with patients that will lead to optimal mental health and wellness. She is qualified to
Dr. Tammy Lobach, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC is a dual-certified doctorate-prepared nurse practitioner. She specializes in psychiatric mental health and is a family nurse practitioner. Her nursing career started over 20 years ago in Pennsylvania. Tammy received her Master’s in Nursing Science from DeSales University and completed a post-master certification at Wilkes University. She also achieved a doctorate degree from Bloomsburg University. Tammy’s goal is to focus on the needs of patients and families. She takes pride in the partnership and teamwork with patients that will lead to optimal mental health and wellness. She is qualified to
(484) 806-9353 View (484) 806-9353
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Kathleen Mcewen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15237  (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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Sarah G Robertson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP , PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Warrendale, PA 15086
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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T and C Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15203  (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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Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Coraopolis, PA 15108
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.
(412) 500-9581 View (412) 500-9581
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Dale E. Panzer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
I provide telepsychiatry and in-person services in a highly private setting in Gladwyne, PA. I have been in practice over 25 years and my typical patient is a professional who struggles with anxiety, depression or meeting the demands of a busy lie. Studies have repeatedly shown that the combination of medicine and psychotherapy is better than either alone, but treatment decisions must always be based on the individual's needs. I am one of the few providers with comprehensive skills in both and have additional qualifications and experience in in-depth psychotherapy that I am happy to discuss with you.
I provide telepsychiatry and in-person services in a highly private setting in Gladwyne, PA. I have been in practice over 25 years and my typical patient is a professional who struggles with anxiety, depression or meeting the demands of a busy lie. Studies have repeatedly shown that the combination of medicine and psychotherapy is better than either alone, but treatment decisions must always be based on the individual's needs. I am one of the few providers with comprehensive skills in both and have additional qualifications and experience in in-depth psychotherapy that I am happy to discuss with you.
(610) 756-9645 View (610) 756-9645

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Wexford, PA

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Wexford, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
93% Depression
93% ADHD
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
79% Trauma and PTSD
57% Bipolar Disorder
57% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
79% Cigna and Evernorth
71% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Wexford, PA see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wexford?

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.