Psychiatrists in Salt Lake City, UT

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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Adam Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84116  (Online Only)
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
(206) 312-7679 x2 View (206) 312-7679 x2
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Mandi Joy Christensen
Physician Assistant, MPAS, PA-C, BSRT
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Simply put, in my practice my patients get better. People need to feel seen and heard. They are looking for acceptance, hope and individualism. While you are in my care this will provided for each of you. Each treatment plan will be uniquely designed for you, taking into account the mind body connection to achieve individual remission. We will utilize blood work, lab/genetic testing to objectively treat both body and mind. This holistic approach also encompasses tools like therapy, mindfulness, spirituality, authenticity and connection. With the combination of the correct meds and these tools, remission can and will be achieved.
Simply put, in my practice my patients get better. People need to feel seen and heard. They are looking for acceptance, hope and individualism. While you are in my care this will provided for each of you. Each treatment plan will be uniquely designed for you, taking into account the mind body connection to achieve individual remission. We will utilize blood work, lab/genetic testing to objectively treat both body and mind. This holistic approach also encompasses tools like therapy, mindfulness, spirituality, authenticity and connection. With the combination of the correct meds and these tools, remission can and will be achieved.
(385) 438-3530 View (385) 438-3530
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Sara DeLong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Waitlist for new clients
We all go through difficult times. However, if you have been struggling with mood issues for more than a few weeks, or your loved ones have suggested you get help, you might benefit from a further evaluation. Dr. DeLong helps people get back on track and functioning at their best. She does medication assessments and evaluations for people age 21 years of age and older.
We all go through difficult times. However, if you have been struggling with mood issues for more than a few weeks, or your loved ones have suggested you get help, you might benefit from a further evaluation. Dr. DeLong helps people get back on track and functioning at their best. She does medication assessments and evaluations for people age 21 years of age and older.
(385) 316-6417 View (385) 316-6417
P. Soni, MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAACAP, DFAPA, FAAP
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
I am a board-certified Child & Adolescent and Adult psychiatrist with more than 30 years experience providing conservative medication management and individual psychotherapy. I have 6 years of training through the C. G. Jung Institute in Chicago. Therapy is Jungian-based and sometimes utilizes dreams, active imagination, sand tray, play therapy, even the tarot . Self-pay only; no insurance, medicaid, or medicare as my practice is small. NOTE: It takes approximately 2 months to schedule a new medication evaluation, usually less time for new therapy patients, no exceptions. You must leave a message to receive a return call.
I am a board-certified Child & Adolescent and Adult psychiatrist with more than 30 years experience providing conservative medication management and individual psychotherapy. I have 6 years of training through the C. G. Jung Institute in Chicago. Therapy is Jungian-based and sometimes utilizes dreams, active imagination, sand tray, play therapy, even the tarot . Self-pay only; no insurance, medicaid, or medicare as my practice is small. NOTE: It takes approximately 2 months to schedule a new medication evaluation, usually less time for new therapy patients, no exceptions. You must leave a message to receive a return call.
(801) 436-8471 View (801) 436-8471
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84101  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Utah for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. 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 are $99. Accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Utah for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. 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 are $99. Accepting some insurances.
(855) 789-3796 View (855) 789-3796
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Cheryl Marchant Jensen
Psychiatric Nurse, MS, APRN, PMHCNS-
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84124  (Online Only)
It's normal to feel anxious about seeking help. Relief often comes after reaching out. Its hard to bear any burden alone! I understand that you have come to this site in search of help from someone who is willing to listen fully and to work with you to achieve your mental health goals. Together we will identify your concerns and develop a plan to effectively treat them. You deserve to be heard, to have support, direction and, to be healthy and happy! I have over 30 years experience and, I am licensed to prescribe medications and to provide psychotherapy.
It's normal to feel anxious about seeking help. Relief often comes after reaching out. Its hard to bear any burden alone! I understand that you have come to this site in search of help from someone who is willing to listen fully and to work with you to achieve your mental health goals. Together we will identify your concerns and develop a plan to effectively treat them. You deserve to be heard, to have support, direction and, to be healthy and happy! I have over 30 years experience and, I am licensed to prescribe medications and to provide psychotherapy.
(801) 701-2087 View (801) 701-2087
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Jennifer Pemble Weakland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, ANP
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
Hi, I am accepting new patients. My sessions with you will focus on identifying your individual concerns, symptoms, and behaviors that you would like addressed. As a team, I will partner with you to target and address, the true underlying causes and factors, that prevent or inhibit you from living your ideal life. I provide therapy and medication management. In addition to treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric disorders, I have a strong background and interest in working with clients dealing with chronic diseases and end of life issues.
Hi, I am accepting new patients. My sessions with you will focus on identifying your individual concerns, symptoms, and behaviors that you would like addressed. As a team, I will partner with you to target and address, the true underlying causes and factors, that prevent or inhibit you from living your ideal life. I provide therapy and medication management. In addition to treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric disorders, I have a strong background and interest in working with clients dealing with chronic diseases and end of life issues.
(385) 336-0280 View (385) 336-0280
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Charlie Health
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84101  (Online Only)
Charlie Health is a leading provider of virtual mental health treatment for people in need of more than once-weekly therapy. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, suicidal ideation, or any ongoing mental health issue, Charlie Health’s Clinical Team is ready to help you start your healing journey today. You don’t have to struggle alone – we’re here for you. To get started today, reach out at t.ly/ch-ut
Charlie Health is a leading provider of virtual mental health treatment for people in need of more than once-weekly therapy. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, suicidal ideation, or any ongoing mental health issue, Charlie Health’s Clinical Team is ready to help you start your healing journey today. You don’t have to struggle alone – we’re here for you. To get started today, reach out at t.ly/ch-ut
(385) 213-1580 View (385) 213-1580
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Lin Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84121  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! I am currently providing telehealth appointments. Let's work together to improve your mental health.
Accepting new patients! I am currently providing telehealth appointments. Let's work together to improve your mental health.
(385) 645-3868 View (385) 645-3868
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Erika Bales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84111  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Taking the first step towards healing can be daunting, but you're not alone on this journey. I am here to help guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and respect. Together, we will create an effective treatment plan tailored to you. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. My goal is to support you in restoring and maintaining a healthier state of mind.
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Taking the first step towards healing can be daunting, but you're not alone on this journey. I am here to help guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and respect. Together, we will create an effective treatment plan tailored to you. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. My goal is to support you in restoring and maintaining a healthier state of mind.
(385) 327-8023 View (385) 327-8023
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Susie Wiet
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
A mindful approach to psychiatry: integration of emotional regulation, biological underpinnings, and building resiliency for substantive healing and wellness. Prolonged distress and/or our genetics can lead to problems with our mood, thinking, energy, productivity, health, sleep, connection with self and others, stamina, behaviors, etc. We may feel as if something is wrong or that we are struggling with serious mood changes, gripping anxiety, unusual thoughts, various addictions, physical symptoms, and more. We may find ourselves lost, frozen, feeling vulnerable and start the search for trusted help with which we resonate.
A mindful approach to psychiatry: integration of emotional regulation, biological underpinnings, and building resiliency for substantive healing and wellness. Prolonged distress and/or our genetics can lead to problems with our mood, thinking, energy, productivity, health, sleep, connection with self and others, stamina, behaviors, etc. We may feel as if something is wrong or that we are struggling with serious mood changes, gripping anxiety, unusual thoughts, various addictions, physical symptoms, and more. We may find ourselves lost, frozen, feeling vulnerable and start the search for trusted help with which we resonate.
(801) 217-9553 View (801) 217-9553
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Dr. Dallas Bowles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Accepting new patients with HMHI-BHN, Aetna, BlueCross/ BlueShield, or self-pay! I specialize in treating adults, and offer a range of mental health services, including diagnostic evaluation, psychotherapy, and medication prescription. I believe in holistic treatment for mental health issues and use the bio-psycho-social model. I want to help you progress on your path to supporting your well-being. I focus on depression, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD.
Accepting new patients with HMHI-BHN, Aetna, BlueCross/ BlueShield, or self-pay! I specialize in treating adults, and offer a range of mental health services, including diagnostic evaluation, psychotherapy, and medication prescription. I believe in holistic treatment for mental health issues and use the bio-psycho-social model. I want to help you progress on your path to supporting your well-being. I focus on depression, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD.
(435) 447-4435 View (435) 447-4435
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Connections Nursing Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84116  (Online Only)
Life can be hard, especially when you’re worn down and experiencing mood instability such as anxiety, depression, and all of its accompanying challenges. These challenges may include insomnia, apathy, restlessness, cravings, hopelessness, panic symptoms, low self worth, obsessions and endless ruminating, thoughts of self harm, and many others. These issues and more often stem from an unstable mood and tendencies toward certain negative thoughts and emotions brought about by life’s unrelenting challenges.
Life can be hard, especially when you’re worn down and experiencing mood instability such as anxiety, depression, and all of its accompanying challenges. These challenges may include insomnia, apathy, restlessness, cravings, hopelessness, panic symptoms, low self worth, obsessions and endless ruminating, thoughts of self harm, and many others. These issues and more often stem from an unstable mood and tendencies toward certain negative thoughts and emotions brought about by life’s unrelenting challenges.
(210) 361-3795 View (210) 361-3795
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Cultivating Clarity
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Oh, the comfort —the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person —having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. —author Dinah María Mulock Craik
Oh, the comfort —the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person —having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. —author Dinah María Mulock Craik
(385) 474-4319 View (385) 474-4319
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Jennifer Foresman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84106  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to overcome your mental illness? Are you suffering from persistent feelings of sadness, chaotic mood swings, or debilitating anxiety? You might not remember a time when you didn’t feel this way. You are desperate for relief but beginning to wonder if there is hope of feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider with the experience and knowledge to manage challenging chronic symptoms, because mental health treatment does not need to be a constant unconquerable quest.
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to overcome your mental illness? Are you suffering from persistent feelings of sadness, chaotic mood swings, or debilitating anxiety? You might not remember a time when you didn’t feel this way. You are desperate for relief but beginning to wonder if there is hope of feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider with the experience and knowledge to manage challenging chronic symptoms, because mental health treatment does not need to be a constant unconquerable quest.
(202) 946-3073 View (202) 946-3073
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Melissa Alm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Do you find that you are struggling more and more to manage work, home, school and stability in your relationships with family and friends? It is true that these overwhelming feelings and struggles can visit anyone from time to time throughout their lives. However, if their visits have become extended stays and then they have set up permanent residence that is affecting your ability to live your life - it may be time to reach out for some additional help.
Do you find that you are struggling more and more to manage work, home, school and stability in your relationships with family and friends? It is true that these overwhelming feelings and struggles can visit anyone from time to time throughout their lives. However, if their visits have become extended stays and then they have set up permanent residence that is affecting your ability to live your life - it may be time to reach out for some additional help.
(385) 489-1384 View (385) 489-1384
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Krista Gusack
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84105  (Online Only)
As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am experienced in treating people with diagnoses including anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma related disorders including PTSD, ADHD, insomnia, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, substance use, and personality disorders. I am passionate about providing an accepting environment where we work together to explore your values, preferences and goals. Options will be shared with you with risks/benefits, you are encouraged to ask questions and have a supportive person present if you choose this.
As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am experienced in treating people with diagnoses including anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma related disorders including PTSD, ADHD, insomnia, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, substance use, and personality disorders. I am passionate about providing an accepting environment where we work together to explore your values, preferences and goals. Options will be shared with you with risks/benefits, you are encouraged to ask questions and have a supportive person present if you choose this.
(801) 206-9596 View (801) 206-9596
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Juliana Pires
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salt Lake City, UT 84118  (Online Only)
I have helped people who reported anxiety that "comes unannounced from nowhere", or had been feeling low and having difficulty finding motivation, or who were just not feeling like themselves for different reasons including poor sleep, low energy, inability to stop worrying, and inability to concentrate to complete tasks.
I have helped people who reported anxiety that "comes unannounced from nowhere", or had been feeling low and having difficulty finding motivation, or who were just not feeling like themselves for different reasons including poor sleep, low energy, inability to stop worrying, and inability to concentrate to complete tasks.
(801) 845-2115 View (801) 845-2115

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Salt Lake City, UT

70+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Salt Lake City, UT who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
94% Depression
86% Medication Management
85% Trauma and PTSD
82% Bipolar Disorder
76% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

76% Cigna and Evernorth
72% Aetna
71% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Salt Lake City, UT see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Salt Lake City?

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.