Psychiatrists in Herriman, UT

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Stefanie Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Herriman, UT 84096  (Online Only)
Are you or a loved one experiencing mental health challenges and ready to get help ASAP? Are you considering starting or fine-tuning medications and supplements you already take? If so, please reach out to Stefanie at Integrative Family Psychiatry. She has immediate openings for medication management and therapy. She wants to help you navigate the challenges of mental health and wellness so you can live your best life. Stefanie is dual board certified in psychiatry and family medicine, so she uses an integrative approach by blending traditional, alternative, and holistic treatments to help provide the best possible outcomes.
Are you or a loved one experiencing mental health challenges and ready to get help ASAP? Are you considering starting or fine-tuning medications and supplements you already take? If so, please reach out to Stefanie at Integrative Family Psychiatry. She has immediate openings for medication management and therapy. She wants to help you navigate the challenges of mental health and wellness so you can live your best life. Stefanie is dual board certified in psychiatry and family medicine, so she uses an integrative approach by blending traditional, alternative, and holistic treatments to help provide the best possible outcomes.
(385) 475-2351 View (385) 475-2351
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Dynamic Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Herriman, UT 84065
Want to get both medication management and therapy in one place and be seen within a week by providers with decades of experience? We can help! Over 95% of our patients are seen in less than a week of calling and every provider is either a physician or directly trained by physicians. We accept anyone 12+ years old and take virtually all insurances. Call to setup your first appointment.
Want to get both medication management and therapy in one place and be seen within a week by providers with decades of experience? We can help! Over 95% of our patients are seen in less than a week of calling and every provider is either a physician or directly trained by physicians. We accept anyone 12+ years old and take virtually all insurances. Call to setup your first appointment.
(385) 475-4049 View (385) 475-4049
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Sheenali Kansagra
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Herriman, UT 84065
Having practiced in the field of mental health for over 10 years, I have worked with patients of all ages and treated a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and various psychotic disorders.
Having practiced in the field of mental health for over 10 years, I have worked with patients of all ages and treated a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and various psychotic disorders.
(385) 442-7714 View (385) 442-7714
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Steven K Elrod
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Herriman, UT 84096  (Online Only)
Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, or PTSD? A full psychiatric evaluation and research-proven effective treatment options including medication and psychotherapy could put you back on the healthy path.
Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, or PTSD? A full psychiatric evaluation and research-proven effective treatment options including medication and psychotherapy could put you back on the healthy path.
(801) 448-0102 View (801) 448-0102
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Annie Groesbeck
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Herriman, UT 84096
Annie Groesbeck is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in mental healthcare. She is dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals and families, believing that informed patients achieve better health outcomes. During visits, patients can expect open communication to discuss their unique concerns and mental health goals.
Annie Groesbeck is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in mental healthcare. She is dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals and families, believing that informed patients achieve better health outcomes. During visits, patients can expect open communication to discuss their unique concerns and mental health goals.
(385) 481-6591 View (385) 481-6591
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Dr. Vineka Heeramun
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Herriman, UT 84065
Feeling overwhelmed? Feel like you’re stuck? Disconnected, sad, down? Sleepless nights? Riddled with worry, anxiety, or panic? Feeling like you cant get going, get things done no matter how hard you try? Have You or a loved one been struggling with mood changes or psychosis? Suffered from trauma? Have you been hesitant to seek help despite your struggles? If you answered yes to any of the above, you are at right place.Now is the time to reach out. Your life does not need to be miserable, you deserve better. Let us help you, so you can achieve your goals.
Feeling overwhelmed? Feel like you’re stuck? Disconnected, sad, down? Sleepless nights? Riddled with worry, anxiety, or panic? Feeling like you cant get going, get things done no matter how hard you try? Have You or a loved one been struggling with mood changes or psychosis? Suffered from trauma? Have you been hesitant to seek help despite your struggles? If you answered yes to any of the above, you are at right place.Now is the time to reach out. Your life does not need to be miserable, you deserve better. Let us help you, so you can achieve your goals.
(801) 683-5133 View (801) 683-5133

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Julie Cain PMHNP // Healthy Minds Rx
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84091
Julie Cain is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner ( PMHNP-BC). Julie offers psychiatric medication management including ketamine treatment for clients seeking relief from depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. In addition to psychiatric medication management for mental health concerns and substance use disorders, Julie has additional training in psychedelic assisted therapy offering harm reduction, and psycho educational supports for clients exploring these paths of healing.
Julie Cain is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner ( PMHNP-BC). Julie offers psychiatric medication management including ketamine treatment for clients seeking relief from depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD and other mental health concerns. In addition to psychiatric medication management for mental health concerns and substance use disorders, Julie has additional training in psychedelic assisted therapy offering harm reduction, and psycho educational supports for clients exploring these paths of healing.
(385) 380-3908 View (385) 380-3908
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Sumer Dawn Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84070
Our patients are individuals of all ages and all backgrounds who may require medication to help them live happy, healthy, and productive lives. They may be struggling with attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, substance use disorder, obsessive compulsive disorders, sexual disorders, behavioral disorders, borderline personality disorder, and many other difficulties. Some of our patients require treatment for opioid addiction with buprenorphine (i.e. Suboxone, Subutex, Zubzolve).
Our patients are individuals of all ages and all backgrounds who may require medication to help them live happy, healthy, and productive lives. They may be struggling with attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, substance use disorder, obsessive compulsive disorders, sexual disorders, behavioral disorders, borderline personality disorder, and many other difficulties. Some of our patients require treatment for opioid addiction with buprenorphine (i.e. Suboxone, Subutex, Zubzolve).
(801) 676-9452 View (801) 676-9452
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Jean Stanford
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Draper, UT 84020  (Online Only)
Jean is a board-certified physician assistant and has broad experience in healthcare, but has specialized in mental health treatment for the last 8 years. Before focusing in on mental health, she worked in pain management, endocrinology, nephrology, and family medicine. Prior to being a Physician Assistant, she graduated from WSU and worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in Adult and Neonatal Intensive Care Units with IHC for 18 years. This expanse of knowledge and experience guides Jean's balanced and well-rounded approach to mental health care.
Jean is a board-certified physician assistant and has broad experience in healthcare, but has specialized in mental health treatment for the last 8 years. Before focusing in on mental health, she worked in pain management, endocrinology, nephrology, and family medicine. Prior to being a Physician Assistant, she graduated from WSU and worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in Adult and Neonatal Intensive Care Units with IHC for 18 years. This expanse of knowledge and experience guides Jean's balanced and well-rounded approach to mental health care.
(801) 494-1922 View (801) 494-1922
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Altium Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Jordan, UT 84084
Are you or a loved one suffering with addiction? Our clinic can help with both therapy and medication-assisted treatment (e.g. Suboxone, Vivitrol).
Are you or a loved one suffering with addiction? Our clinic can help with both therapy and medication-assisted treatment (e.g. Suboxone, Vivitrol).
(801) 613-9843 View (801) 613-9843
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Matt Vickers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
South Jordan, UT 84095
It can be difficult for any person to overcome mental and emotional struggles on their own. It isn’t enough to simply want to feel better or want to stop hurting. Sometimes the emotional pain can feel like too much to handle... It doesn't have to be that way. • Hopelessness • Worry • Fear • Mental fatigue • Irritability • Feeling overwhelmed • Sleep problems • Mood swings • Disorganized thinking • Poor motivation • Anxiety attacks • Substance abuse • Intrusive thoughts • We can help. Our approach to treating mental illness begins with effective communication and focuses on the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms.
It can be difficult for any person to overcome mental and emotional struggles on their own. It isn’t enough to simply want to feel better or want to stop hurting. Sometimes the emotional pain can feel like too much to handle... It doesn't have to be that way. • Hopelessness • Worry • Fear • Mental fatigue • Irritability • Feeling overwhelmed • Sleep problems • Mood swings • Disorganized thinking • Poor motivation • Anxiety attacks • Substance abuse • Intrusive thoughts • We can help. Our approach to treating mental illness begins with effective communication and focuses on the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms.
(385) 402-8158 View (385) 402-8158
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Amanda Partridge
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84118  (Online Only)
Struggling to get better? Let me help you today! I am a Licensed and NCCPA-certified physician assistant (PA) who provides psychiatric assessments and medication management at Pine Ridge Mental Healthcare. I graduated from Wichita State University with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies.
Struggling to get better? Let me help you today! I am a Licensed and NCCPA-certified physician assistant (PA) who provides psychiatric assessments and medication management at Pine Ridge Mental Healthcare. I graduated from Wichita State University with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies.
(888) 688-0646 View (888) 688-0646
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Reid Robison
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Draper, UT 84020  (Online Only)
I work with individuals & families of all ages, across all mental health conditions. Here are a few of the services I offer: Ketamine therapy & Spravato (esketamine) nasal spray, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Depression & OCD, ADHD testing, Autism evals, Pharmacogenetics, and Clinical Trials (MDD, BPD, PTSD).
I work with individuals & families of all ages, across all mental health conditions. Here are a few of the services I offer: Ketamine therapy & Spravato (esketamine) nasal spray, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Depression & OCD, ADHD testing, Autism evals, Pharmacogenetics, and Clinical Trials (MDD, BPD, PTSD).
(801) 515-4367 View (801) 515-4367
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Tracey Tranter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Riverton, UT 84096
Tracey Tranter is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Bachelor and Masters Programs in Nursing at the University of Utah. Tracey takes the time to talk with the client about the core issue and make sure that their concerns are addressed. She is a good listener and can match medication management as part of their treatment plan. Tracey has worked with several treatment centers in Utah assisting people with mental health, in eating disorder treatment centers and over time she has developed an interest in addiction medicine and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Tracey Tranter is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Bachelor and Masters Programs in Nursing at the University of Utah. Tracey takes the time to talk with the client about the core issue and make sure that their concerns are addressed. She is a good listener and can match medication management as part of their treatment plan. Tracey has worked with several treatment centers in Utah assisting people with mental health, in eating disorder treatment centers and over time she has developed an interest in addiction medicine and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.
(385) 485-6740 View (385) 485-6740
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Regan Haight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Draper, UT 84020
Accepting New Clients! I bring a deep understanding of the gut-brain connection, genetics, diet, nutrition, stress, trauma, and various lifestyle and environmental factors that impact mental health. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to help you achieve lasting healing by addressing the root causes of mental illness and improving your quality of life. With 13 years of experience in medication management, I am well-versed in prescribing medications when necessary. However, I believe in a comprehensive approach that goes beyond conventional treatments.
Accepting New Clients! I bring a deep understanding of the gut-brain connection, genetics, diet, nutrition, stress, trauma, and various lifestyle and environmental factors that impact mental health. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to help you achieve lasting healing by addressing the root causes of mental illness and improving your quality of life. With 13 years of experience in medication management, I am well-versed in prescribing medications when necessary. However, I believe in a comprehensive approach that goes beyond conventional treatments.
(385) 600-5341 View (385) 600-5341
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McKenzie Reynolds
Physician Assistant, MPAS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84094
Hello - I'm glad you're here! I provide medication management support with the Moving Forward Counseling team. Our multidisciplinary team provides individualized care to meet your healthcare needs. I have experience in family medicine, psychiatry, and addiction medicine. My goal is to empower you and support you in identifying and overcoming barriers that are preventing you from living your best life. I strongly believe in the power of holistic health and incorporate nutrition, exercise, and comprehensive lifestyle optimization into care plans to help you reach your health and wellness goals in all areas of your life.
Hello - I'm glad you're here! I provide medication management support with the Moving Forward Counseling team. Our multidisciplinary team provides individualized care to meet your healthcare needs. I have experience in family medicine, psychiatry, and addiction medicine. My goal is to empower you and support you in identifying and overcoming barriers that are preventing you from living your best life. I strongly believe in the power of holistic health and incorporate nutrition, exercise, and comprehensive lifestyle optimization into care plans to help you reach your health and wellness goals in all areas of your life.
(385) 899-2437 View (385) 899-2437
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Draper, UT 84020
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
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Siqin (Sushi) Simmons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84092
Dr. Simmons received an MD overseas and a DNP from the University of Utah. She is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has nearly 20 years' experience in healthcare. Having lived in four countries with different cultures, she understands that each individual is the outcome of the complex interactions of their biopsychosocial factors and that trauma can have profound negative effects in people's lives. She respects people’s perspectives from all walks of life. She loves to assist people in improving the quality of their lives with evidence-based medical knowledge and psychotherapy skills.
Dr. Simmons received an MD overseas and a DNP from the University of Utah. She is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has nearly 20 years' experience in healthcare. Having lived in four countries with different cultures, she understands that each individual is the outcome of the complex interactions of their biopsychosocial factors and that trauma can have profound negative effects in people's lives. She respects people’s perspectives from all walks of life. She loves to assist people in improving the quality of their lives with evidence-based medical knowledge and psychotherapy skills.
(385) 257-9169 View (385) 257-9169
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Harmony Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Draper, UT 84020
I believe that the best healing comes as a result of emotional resiliency, appropriate psychopharmacology and compassionate care. Having worked as a L&D nurse for 14 years I have an extensive knowledge of women's health issues during and after pregnancy. I also worked with the severely mentally ill population for several years where I became skilled in treating and understanding bipolar, schizophrenia and personality disorders. I would love to have the opportunity to help you. I can diagnose and treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD and many other mental health struggles that you or your loved one may have.
I believe that the best healing comes as a result of emotional resiliency, appropriate psychopharmacology and compassionate care. Having worked as a L&D nurse for 14 years I have an extensive knowledge of women's health issues during and after pregnancy. I also worked with the severely mentally ill population for several years where I became skilled in treating and understanding bipolar, schizophrenia and personality disorders. I would love to have the opportunity to help you. I can diagnose and treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD and many other mental health struggles that you or your loved one may have.
(435) 201-8670 View (435) 201-8670
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Tele Psych Meds 4 Kids: Danielle Heaps: Serving All Of Utah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CPNP, PMHS
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84093  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Pediatric / Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am commited to helping kids and teenagers with mental health issues. I have over 20 years experience of caring for kids. I specialize in diagnosing and treating children ages 6 y.o.-21 y.o. suffering from emotional and behavioral disorders, including, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, ODD and others. I love seeing the positive changes that occur in childrens' lives from proper diagnosis, treatment and management of emotional distress or pain.
I am a board certified Pediatric / Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am commited to helping kids and teenagers with mental health issues. I have over 20 years experience of caring for kids. I specialize in diagnosing and treating children ages 6 y.o.-21 y.o. suffering from emotional and behavioral disorders, including, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, ODD and others. I love seeing the positive changes that occur in childrens' lives from proper diagnosis, treatment and management of emotional distress or pain.
(385) 526-7602 View (385) 526-7602

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Herriman, UT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Herriman, UT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
83% ADHD
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Suicidal Ideation

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
67% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Herriman, UT see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Herriman?

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.