Psychiatrists in South Dakota

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Integrative Psychiatry with a Holistic Approach
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
2 Endorsed
Sioux Falls, SD 57105  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. The services I provide include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, psychoeducation, as well as an evidence-based practice of medication prescribing and management. I enjoy working with individuals throughout the lifespan from ages 5 and up and have experience in helping people with anxiety, ADD/ADHD, depression, panic, bipolar disorders, psychotic symptoms, and PTSD, among other diagnoses as well. I wouldn’t be where I am without those who've helped me along the way. That’s why I love using my passion and skills to make a difference.
I am a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. The services I provide include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, psychoeducation, as well as an evidence-based practice of medication prescribing and management. I enjoy working with individuals throughout the lifespan from ages 5 and up and have experience in helping people with anxiety, ADD/ADHD, depression, panic, bipolar disorders, psychotic symptoms, and PTSD, among other diagnoses as well. I wouldn’t be where I am without those who've helped me along the way. That’s why I love using my passion and skills to make a difference.
(605) 205-8986 View (605) 205-8986
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Nesrin Abu Ata
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jefferson, SD 57038
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
We all tend to seek help when what we are doing is no longer working, or we feel stuck , dissatisfied or our life is out of control, or someone we care about says that we should get help. I view these pivotal moments as potential moments of alchemy, if we are willing to be mindful with what is, staying with our experience and working through it. Remaining mindFUL allows the experience to teach us what we are supposed to learn, if we are open to it. I am here to support you as you go through your journey, face your challenges, identify patterns with you that keep you feel stuck so that you can be more free to be your best self.
(605) 349-2274 View (605) 349-2274
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At Your Service Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
No need to call; SCHEDULE ONLINE by going to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com Telepsychiatry for South Dakota with medications sent right to your local pharmacy. This telepsychiatry practice focuses on caring for you from your home or office, with visits from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. With over ten years of psychiatry experience, I care for people remotely with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar 1 and 2, PTSD, OCD, insomnia, agoraphobia, and various conditions. For more information, see our FAQ's section on the website
No need to call; SCHEDULE ONLINE by going to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com Telepsychiatry for South Dakota with medications sent right to your local pharmacy. This telepsychiatry practice focuses on caring for you from your home or office, with visits from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. With over ten years of psychiatry experience, I care for people remotely with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar 1 and 2, PTSD, OCD, insomnia, agoraphobia, and various conditions. For more information, see our FAQ's section on the website
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Sioux Falls, SD 57104  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in South Dakota for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in South Dakota for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
(605) 640-5122 View (605) 640-5122
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Shjade Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) treat mental health conditions with medication. Shjade approaches this treatment from a holistic frame - considering hydration, nutrition, vitamin deficiencies, medical conditions, and work in counseling. Shjade has experience working on the Brain and Spine unit, Oncology clinic and surgery, with pediatrics in home health, home hospice, adolescents and adults in drug rehabilitation, and veterans.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) treat mental health conditions with medication. Shjade approaches this treatment from a holistic frame - considering hydration, nutrition, vitamin deficiencies, medical conditions, and work in counseling. Shjade has experience working on the Brain and Spine unit, Oncology clinic and surgery, with pediatrics in home health, home hospice, adolescents and adults in drug rehabilitation, and veterans.
(605) 674-7173 View (605) 674-7173
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Katlyn Bowman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified
Sioux Falls, SD 57109  (Online Only)
At T-Force Health, I serve clients who are seeking convenient and comprehensive mental health care through telehealth. My clients grapple with busy schedules, limited provider availability, and geographical barriers. Clients need flexible scheduling, access to mental health care, and comprehensive services, that includes therapy and medication management all in one visit. The ideal client is looking to improve mental well-being, manage symptoms, and lead a balanced life. All of this can be achieved through my practice at T-Force Health with guaranteed privacy and anonymity on the clients time.
At T-Force Health, I serve clients who are seeking convenient and comprehensive mental health care through telehealth. My clients grapple with busy schedules, limited provider availability, and geographical barriers. Clients need flexible scheduling, access to mental health care, and comprehensive services, that includes therapy and medication management all in one visit. The ideal client is looking to improve mental well-being, manage symptoms, and lead a balanced life. All of this can be achieved through my practice at T-Force Health with guaranteed privacy and anonymity on the clients time.
(605) 937-8105 View (605) 937-8105
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Nicole Altman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Aberdeen, SD 57401
“I believe psychiatry is not only a science but also an art. Every person is unique, and therefore the approach to their treatment should be unique. I strive to provide holistic, individualized, collaborative and evidence-based care while meeting people where they’re at. I thoroughly believe in removing the stigma associated with mental health”.
“I believe psychiatry is not only a science but also an art. Every person is unique, and therefore the approach to their treatment should be unique. I strive to provide holistic, individualized, collaborative and evidence-based care while meeting people where they’re at. I thoroughly believe in removing the stigma associated with mental health”.
(605) 640-5720 View (605) 640-5720
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Dr. Michelle K. Cook
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Harrisburg, SD 57032
I believe in an intuitive "inner intelligence" that binds us together and allows us to heal and be healed. This means that a diagnosis or a prescription pad isn't sufficient to treat complex mind-body-heart challenges such as depression or anxiety. My work is focused on creating and utilizing deep therapeutic relationships to discover and bring light to the shadows of the unconscious. These unconscious processes often contributing to dis-ease in day-to-day life. My work is intentionally inspired by my own pathway towards healing and wholeness. I believe we are all fellow-travelers seeking our own highest truth.
I believe in an intuitive "inner intelligence" that binds us together and allows us to heal and be healed. This means that a diagnosis or a prescription pad isn't sufficient to treat complex mind-body-heart challenges such as depression or anxiety. My work is focused on creating and utilizing deep therapeutic relationships to discover and bring light to the shadows of the unconscious. These unconscious processes often contributing to dis-ease in day-to-day life. My work is intentionally inspired by my own pathway towards healing and wholeness. I believe we are all fellow-travelers seeking our own highest truth.
(605) 636-8296 View (605) 636-8296
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Kimberly Oberloh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP
Verified
Rapid City, SD 57701
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes both in mental health and primary care. I am excited to announce that my partner CNP Laura Schirber and I will be opening our mental health care clinic, Optimum Mental Healthcare Professionals soon. I see a wide range of kids, adolescents, and adults for mental health. Phone number 605-716-3609. More info to come.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes both in mental health and primary care. I am excited to announce that my partner CNP Laura Schirber and I will be opening our mental health care clinic, Optimum Mental Healthcare Professionals soon. I see a wide range of kids, adolescents, and adults for mental health. Phone number 605-716-3609. More info to come.
(605) 467-8076 View (605) 467-8076
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Jennifer Pipitone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Just because something has been done one way for decades, does not mean that it is the right way or the only way. There is no such thing as a common treatment in mental health- psychotropic medications & psychotherapy are not one-size-fits-all. Each individual & their life story is unique, & therefore, so is each treatment.
Just because something has been done one way for decades, does not mean that it is the right way or the only way. There is no such thing as a common treatment in mental health- psychotropic medications & psychotherapy are not one-size-fits-all. Each individual & their life story is unique, & therefore, so is each treatment.
(605) 570-5420 View (605) 570-5420
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Joseph Micci
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Aberdeen, SD 57401  (Online Only)
Joseph Micci is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse that has been board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in Psychiatry to serve pediatric, adolescent, and adult clients. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University where he then worked at John Peter Smith Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry for 6 years. He then completed his Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Joe works with clients experiencing mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, and addiction disorders. He focuses on providing a calm and supportive environment.
Joseph Micci is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse that has been board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in Psychiatry to serve pediatric, adolescent, and adult clients. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University where he then worked at John Peter Smith Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry for 6 years. He then completed his Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Joe works with clients experiencing mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, and addiction disorders. He focuses on providing a calm and supportive environment.
(605) 250-2389 View (605) 250-2389
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Katie Kesterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Katie is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse that has been board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Psychiatry to serve clients throughout the lifespan. Katie received her BSN from Midwestern State University in 2011 and then her MSN from Walden University in 2021. Katie works with clients across the lifespan experiencing mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, and addiction disorders. Her treatment model emphasizes providing a calm and supportive environment in an attempt to humanize the experience of treatment while allowing clients to receive the highest quality of care.
Katie is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse that has been board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Psychiatry to serve clients throughout the lifespan. Katie received her BSN from Midwestern State University in 2011 and then her MSN from Walden University in 2021. Katie works with clients across the lifespan experiencing mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, and addiction disorders. Her treatment model emphasizes providing a calm and supportive environment in an attempt to humanize the experience of treatment while allowing clients to receive the highest quality of care.
(214) 817-2140 View (214) 817-2140
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Amber Moody
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
Winner, SD 57580
My ideal client seeks to enhance their quality of life through mental health support. Struggling with ADHD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, grief, or other symptoms, they aspire for holistic well-being. Eager for personalized care, they value a board-certified PMHNP's expertise. With a healthcare background since 2002, I aim to collaboratively address their unique challenges, fostering resilience and empowering them to lead fulfilling lives.
My ideal client seeks to enhance their quality of life through mental health support. Struggling with ADHD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, grief, or other symptoms, they aspire for holistic well-being. Eager for personalized care, they value a board-certified PMHNP's expertise. With a healthcare background since 2002, I aim to collaboratively address their unique challenges, fostering resilience and empowering them to lead fulfilling lives.
(605) 971-2961 View (605) 971-2961
Photo of Laura Schirber, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in South Dakota
Laura Schirber
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Rapid City, SD 57701
I am a dual certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner in Rapid City. I am excited to start a new practice with my partner Kimberly Oberloh, CNP at Optimum Mental Healthcare Professionals. Our focus is on brain and body to help patients optimize their mental and physical health. We are licensed in South Dakota, Wyoming, Minnesota, and North Dakota. We offer in person and telehealth appointments.
I am a dual certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner in Rapid City. I am excited to start a new practice with my partner Kimberly Oberloh, CNP at Optimum Mental Healthcare Professionals. Our focus is on brain and body to help patients optimize their mental and physical health. We are licensed in South Dakota, Wyoming, Minnesota, and North Dakota. We offer in person and telehealth appointments.
(605) 467-5664 View (605) 467-5664
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Silver Lining Behavioral Health & Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, BA, RN, PMHNP
Verified
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
I truly believe we all share the need to find purpose, to find answers to life’s most difficult questions, and I want to be the person to help you find them. To help you find the silver lining into every situation you are confronted with. Through education, therapy, lifestyle changes, and medication management I believe a person can find happiness and equilibrium in their life. It is important that each patient be treated holistically and that is why I will work on integrating mental health into your plan of care.
I truly believe we all share the need to find purpose, to find answers to life’s most difficult questions, and I want to be the person to help you find them. To help you find the silver lining into every situation you are confronted with. Through education, therapy, lifestyle changes, and medication management I believe a person can find happiness and equilibrium in their life. It is important that each patient be treated holistically and that is why I will work on integrating mental health into your plan of care.
(509) 204-8625 View (509) 204-8625
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Cassandra Heuer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP, CNP, BSN
Verified
Pierre, SD 57501
Anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder, eating disorders, insomnia, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, panic disorder, social anxiety
Anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder, eating disorders, insomnia, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, panic disorder, social anxiety
(605) 971-2755 View (605) 971-2755
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Stephen Manlove
Psychiatrist, MD
Rapid City, SD 57701
We believe that we can help each patient get their life back. Each person’s mental health is affected by a wide variety of internal and external factors that can greatly affect how they respond to certain depression treatments. Starting with your first visit, we will take an in-depth look at your medical history, overall health, and more to put together a personalized treatment plan to help you start feeling your best.
We believe that we can help each patient get their life back. Each person’s mental health is affected by a wide variety of internal and external factors that can greatly affect how they respond to certain depression treatments. Starting with your first visit, we will take an in-depth look at your medical history, overall health, and more to put together a personalized treatment plan to help you start feeling your best.
(605) 309-7390 View (605) 309-7390
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Steven John Meek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
I have a passion for designing specialized treatment plans tailored to analyzing and caring for the root elements of mental health. My solution based focus and patient orientated treatment style has attained consistent results. I apply an array of treatment modalities supporting the biological, psychological, and social dynamics of mental health.
I have a passion for designing specialized treatment plans tailored to analyzing and caring for the root elements of mental health. My solution based focus and patient orientated treatment style has attained consistent results. I apply an array of treatment modalities supporting the biological, psychological, and social dynamics of mental health.
(605) 453-5114 View (605) 453-5114
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Silver Lining Integrative Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
We provide psychiatric medication management via telehealth and in person for Sioux Falls, SD, Yankton, SD, and Luverne, MN with telehealth in Aberdeen, SD & office coming available soon. Nebraska, Iowa, & Washington State telehealth only. Providers licensed in SD, MN, NE, IA, WA. Through a blend of medication management, psychotherapy, and therapeutic interventions, quality psychiatric patient care we strive not only to alleviate symptoms but also to enhance overall well-being and promote long-term recovery. Computerized ADHD testing also available for current & future medication management patients of Silver Lining.
We provide psychiatric medication management via telehealth and in person for Sioux Falls, SD, Yankton, SD, and Luverne, MN with telehealth in Aberdeen, SD & office coming available soon. Nebraska, Iowa, & Washington State telehealth only. Providers licensed in SD, MN, NE, IA, WA. Through a blend of medication management, psychotherapy, and therapeutic interventions, quality psychiatric patient care we strive not only to alleviate symptoms but also to enhance overall well-being and promote long-term recovery. Computerized ADHD testing also available for current & future medication management patients of Silver Lining.
(605) 250-0687 View (605) 250-0687
Photo of Jesse Tucker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in South Dakota
Jesse Tucker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified
Aberdeen, SD 57401  (Online Only)
Jesse Tucker is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that has been board certified in Psychiatric-Mental Health nursing, both for pediatric and adult populations. Jesse also obtained his post-graduate certification in addiction nursing. He enjoys working with those that are open to growth and ready for change. Vulnerability is embraced while still supporting accountability in the journey of wellness. He has almost 20 years of professional experience in the mental health industry and has been committed to helping others with passion.
Jesse Tucker is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that has been board certified in Psychiatric-Mental Health nursing, both for pediatric and adult populations. Jesse also obtained his post-graduate certification in addiction nursing. He enjoys working with those that are open to growth and ready for change. Vulnerability is embraced while still supporting accountability in the journey of wellness. He has almost 20 years of professional experience in the mental health industry and has been committed to helping others with passion.
(605) 853-8404 View (605) 853-8404

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$299

Psychiatrists in South Dakota who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
91% Anxiety
87% Bipolar Disorder
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Medication Management
74% ADHD

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

73% BlueCross and BlueShield
73% Wellmark BCBS
67% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in South Dakota see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in South Dakota?

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.