Psychiatrists in Salt Lake County, UT

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Photo of Christopher Searle, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salt Lake County, UT
Christopher Searle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sandy, UT 84094  (Online Only)
People First. You are never your diagnosis. My focus in on the human experience and discovering what it is like to be you. I provide a positive, non-judgemental environment where you are free to be yourself.
People First. You are never your diagnosis. My focus in on the human experience and discovering what it is like to be you. I provide a positive, non-judgemental environment where you are free to be yourself.
(801) 658-9252 View (801) 658-9252
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Tessa Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Murray, UT 84121
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome, and thank you for considering me as a resource on your journey to better mental health. I'm dedicated to partnering with you to navigate life's challenges and transformations. My ideal client is someone who is seeking meaningful change and growth, and who is open to exploring a multifaceted approach to achieve their mental health goals. This individual is willing to invest effort into their own well-being. I believe in the strength of combining therapies (The Developmental Model, CBT, Reality therapy, the Gottman method and ketamine-assisted therapy) with mindful lifestyle changes and a reframed perspective.
Welcome, and thank you for considering me as a resource on your journey to better mental health. I'm dedicated to partnering with you to navigate life's challenges and transformations. My ideal client is someone who is seeking meaningful change and growth, and who is open to exploring a multifaceted approach to achieve their mental health goals. This individual is willing to invest effort into their own well-being. I believe in the strength of combining therapies (The Developmental Model, CBT, Reality therapy, the Gottman method and ketamine-assisted therapy) with mindful lifestyle changes and a reframed perspective.
(385) 233-6913 View (385) 233-6913
Photo of Vanessa Lopez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salt Lake County, UT
Vanessa Lopez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84070
Our patients are individuals of all ages and backgrounds seeking care for a variety of mental health illnesses including mood disorders, anxiety, and substance use disorder. Our goal is to find the best treatment that will help patients to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. Allow us to help you find the best treatment that is evidence-based, integrative, and holistic. Together an individualized plan will be created to meet your specific mental health needs.
Our patients are individuals of all ages and backgrounds seeking care for a variety of mental health illnesses including mood disorders, anxiety, and substance use disorder. Our goal is to find the best treatment that will help patients to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. Allow us to help you find the best treatment that is evidence-based, integrative, and holistic. Together an individualized plan will be created to meet your specific mental health needs.
(385) 220-8302 View (385) 220-8302
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Marco Rudas-Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hello! My name is Marco Rudas-Garcia. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Utah and subsequently earned a master's degree in nursing from Gonzaga University. My professional experience includes working in surgical trauma units and psychiatric units, and I have experience in caring for developmentally delayed populations with mental illness. Additionally, I have worked at the VA hospital in Salt Lake City, providing care to veterans. My professional interests lie in working with trauma patients, as well as individuals with anxiety, depression, and various other mental health needs.
Hello! My name is Marco Rudas-Garcia. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Utah and subsequently earned a master's degree in nursing from Gonzaga University. My professional experience includes working in surgical trauma units and psychiatric units, and I have experience in caring for developmentally delayed populations with mental illness. Additionally, I have worked at the VA hospital in Salt Lake City, providing care to veterans. My professional interests lie in working with trauma patients, as well as individuals with anxiety, depression, and various other mental health needs.
(425) 403-2850 x2 View (425) 403-2850 x2
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Dr. Allyce K Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, APRN, NCMP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Draper, UT 84020
Are you struggling with postpartum anxiety or postpartum depression? Are you pregnant and experiencing mental health symptoms? Are you still having symptoms after seeing your midwife, obstetric provider, or therapist? I specialize in treating women in pregnancy, postpartum, and throughout the reproductive years. I often see women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder, infertility, pregnancy or infant loss, and for preconception counseling.
Are you struggling with postpartum anxiety or postpartum depression? Are you pregnant and experiencing mental health symptoms? Are you still having symptoms after seeing your midwife, obstetric provider, or therapist? I specialize in treating women in pregnancy, postpartum, and throughout the reproductive years. I often see women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder, infertility, pregnancy or infant loss, and for preconception counseling.
(385) 245-2713 View (385) 245-2713
Photo of Lillian Farris, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salt Lake County, UT
Lillian Farris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Holladay, UT 84117
Hello, I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health. I completed a post-doctorate residency at the SLC VA and have a certificate for object relations therapy. I am dedicated to my clients and I believe in treating each person as a whole. I realize that each individual is different and unique so I make sure to consider all psychosocial factors for both medication management and therapy. ****Currently accepting self pay and now accepting Blue Cross Blue Shield, UUHP Healthy Preferred or Healthy Premier plans, and HMHI-BHN***
Hello, I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health. I completed a post-doctorate residency at the SLC VA and have a certificate for object relations therapy. I am dedicated to my clients and I believe in treating each person as a whole. I realize that each individual is different and unique so I make sure to consider all psychosocial factors for both medication management and therapy. ****Currently accepting self pay and now accepting Blue Cross Blue Shield, UUHP Healthy Preferred or Healthy Premier plans, and HMHI-BHN***
(801) 876-4071 View (801) 876-4071
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Dr. Milind Gadgil
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dr. Gadgil, or Dr. G (as his clients/families refer to him), brings over a decade of experience as an empathic and non-judgmental psychiatrist. Currently he is accepting clients globally for Life Coaching only and developing classes and writing a book, in addition to supporting the psychiatric team at Unity Mental Health Care (UMHC). UMHC provides on demand assessments for ADHD and other conditions through our psychiatric providers. Please read our other UMHC provider profiles if you are needing psychiatric assessments/treatment, or contact Dr. G for Life Coaching.
Dr. Gadgil, or Dr. G (as his clients/families refer to him), brings over a decade of experience as an empathic and non-judgmental psychiatrist. Currently he is accepting clients globally for Life Coaching only and developing classes and writing a book, in addition to supporting the psychiatric team at Unity Mental Health Care (UMHC). UMHC provides on demand assessments for ADHD and other conditions through our psychiatric providers. Please read our other UMHC provider profiles if you are needing psychiatric assessments/treatment, or contact Dr. G for Life Coaching.
(801) 845-9813 View (801) 845-9813
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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
Marissa Sarhadi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84103  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I work with adult clients suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and mood instability. Many of my clients are dealing with emotional or behavioral issues related to modern life stresses and do not necessarily have a diagnosis (or "label"). Sometimes clients just need someone to maintain upkeep on ordering their medications and ensuring insurance coverage. I encourage people from all demographics and all backgrounds to have an open mind and reach out!
I work with adult clients suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and mood instability. Many of my clients are dealing with emotional or behavioral issues related to modern life stresses and do not necessarily have a diagnosis (or "label"). Sometimes clients just need someone to maintain upkeep on ordering their medications and ensuring insurance coverage. I encourage people from all demographics and all backgrounds to have an open mind and reach out!
(385) 380-3962 View (385) 380-3962
Photo of Dr. Alicia Johnson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salt Lake County, UT
Dr. Alicia Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Salt Lake City, UT 84104  (Online Only)
My name is Dr. Johnson. I love to help people dealing with real-life issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and those struggling with self-defeating behaviors. Delivering a safe, comfortable, non-judgmental environment and making a difference is what it is all about. My passion is assisting others in their journey, will prescribe medication, if needed, as I can make a difference. I am here to help. WEBSITE: www.progressivepsych.org (Book Online Today!)
My name is Dr. Johnson. I love to help people dealing with real-life issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and those struggling with self-defeating behaviors. Delivering a safe, comfortable, non-judgmental environment and making a difference is what it is all about. My passion is assisting others in their journey, will prescribe medication, if needed, as I can make a difference. I am here to help. WEBSITE: www.progressivepsych.org (Book Online Today!)
(435) 677-5993 View (435) 677-5993
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Jane Coats
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMH-BC
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107
Evidence-based treatment modalities guide best practice. A combination of unconditional positive regard, targeted therapies, and expertise in medication management inform treatment planning in collaboration with the patient and provider.
Evidence-based treatment modalities guide best practice. A combination of unconditional positive regard, targeted therapies, and expertise in medication management inform treatment planning in collaboration with the patient and provider.
(385) 483-5436 View (385) 483-5436
Photo of Dr. Amy K Parry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salt Lake County, UT
Dr. Amy K Parry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Murray, UT 84107  (Online Only)
Dr. Parry is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. She maintains a comprehensive focus to care, including brief psychotherapy and prescribing mental health medications if indicated for adolescents and adults. She possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families.
Dr. Parry is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. She maintains a comprehensive focus to care, including brief psychotherapy and prescribing mental health medications if indicated for adolescents and adults. She possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families.
(801) 516-3214 View (801) 516-3214
Photo of Landon Moyers, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salt Lake County, UT
Landon Moyers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murray, UT 84107
Dr. Moyers is a graduate of the University of Utah's top-ranked Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Psychiatry and Mental Health where he was an R. Harold Burton Fellow. He has worked in all levels of psychiatric care over the last 12 years. His experience began as a psychiatric technician working with pediatric and adolescent patients, as a nurse with young adults in addiction recovery, and then as a charge nurse at the Utah State Hospital pediatric unit. Doctorate-level internships were completed at Polizzi Clinic, the Utah State Hospital, the VA Hospital, and West Ridge Academy.
Dr. Moyers is a graduate of the University of Utah's top-ranked Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Psychiatry and Mental Health where he was an R. Harold Burton Fellow. He has worked in all levels of psychiatric care over the last 12 years. His experience began as a psychiatric technician working with pediatric and adolescent patients, as a nurse with young adults in addiction recovery, and then as a charge nurse at the Utah State Hospital pediatric unit. Doctorate-level internships were completed at Polizzi Clinic, the Utah State Hospital, the VA Hospital, and West Ridge Academy.
(385) 323-8549 View (385) 323-8549
Carla Applegate
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
South Jordan, UT 84095
Carla understands that people who suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health illnesses often feel weakened, alone and deprived of power or hope in living a contented, balanced and full life. Carla strives to help clients feel connected, empowered and hopeful in living a purposeful life.
Carla understands that people who suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health illnesses often feel weakened, alone and deprived of power or hope in living a contented, balanced and full life. Carla strives to help clients feel connected, empowered and hopeful in living a purposeful life.
(385) 393-1156 View (385) 393-1156
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Mountain Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B, MSN-Ed, QMP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Murray, UT 84107
We treat a broad range of mental health issues throughout the lifespan; providing care to children, adolescents, and adults. We specialize in the medication management, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric and mental health conditions. We offer esketamine/ketamine therapy for treatment resistant depression (TRD) and depressive symptoms in adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) with suicidal thoughts or actions.
We treat a broad range of mental health issues throughout the lifespan; providing care to children, adolescents, and adults. We specialize in the medication management, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric and mental health conditions. We offer esketamine/ketamine therapy for treatment resistant depression (TRD) and depressive symptoms in adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) with suicidal thoughts or actions.
(385) 389-1145 View (385) 389-1145
Photo of Scott Osabuohien, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salt Lake County, UT
Scott Osabuohien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Draper, UT 84020
Scott’s life experiences, educational background, and professional work have helped him see the great need there is for professional quality mental health care. He hopes to fill the need for mental health treatment and support. Scott prioritizes a global perspective, practical application of psychiatric treatments, and in-depth analysis through listening and observation. His approach is greatly informed by continually researching and practicing the most current and evidenced-based methods. Scott is dedicated to offering all his education, knowledge, and experience to aid each patient.
Scott’s life experiences, educational background, and professional work have helped him see the great need there is for professional quality mental health care. He hopes to fill the need for mental health treatment and support. Scott prioritizes a global perspective, practical application of psychiatric treatments, and in-depth analysis through listening and observation. His approach is greatly informed by continually researching and practicing the most current and evidenced-based methods. Scott is dedicated to offering all his education, knowledge, and experience to aid each patient.
(385) 263-7688 View (385) 263-7688
Photo of Brock Haskell, Physician Assistant in Salt Lake County, UT
Brock Haskell
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Draper, UT 84020
Is your quality of life being negatively affected by a mental health disorder? Mental health disorders can affect relationships, work, hobbies, school, and other important areas of functioning. There is hope to get relief from these symptoms. Patients experience improved quality of life through medication management on a daily basis. We are able to get patients in quickly. We see all ages and work with many mental health disorders.
Is your quality of life being negatively affected by a mental health disorder? Mental health disorders can affect relationships, work, hobbies, school, and other important areas of functioning. There is hope to get relief from these symptoms. Patients experience improved quality of life through medication management on a daily basis. We are able to get patients in quickly. We see all ages and work with many mental health disorders.
(385) 442-7348 View (385) 442-7348
Photo of Kristen Dawson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salt Lake County, UT
Kristen Dawson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84094
Dr. Kristen Dawson takes a holistic approach to mental health care using a combination of medications, therapy, and lifestyle interventions to help her clients improve their mood, confidence, functioning, and relationships. She treats individuals with a broad range of conditions, embracing a humanistic-existential perspective that promotes autonomy and highlights each person's unique strengths, needs, and goals. With a warm and relaxed style, she strives to cultivate trusting relationships with her clients and draws from an array of therapeutic modalities to guide the journey toward their most fulfilling lives.
Dr. Kristen Dawson takes a holistic approach to mental health care using a combination of medications, therapy, and lifestyle interventions to help her clients improve their mood, confidence, functioning, and relationships. She treats individuals with a broad range of conditions, embracing a humanistic-existential perspective that promotes autonomy and highlights each person's unique strengths, needs, and goals. With a warm and relaxed style, she strives to cultivate trusting relationships with her clients and draws from an array of therapeutic modalities to guide the journey toward their most fulfilling lives.
(385) 324-3956 View (385) 324-3956
Photo of Michael Miles, Physician Assistant in Salt Lake County, UT
Michael Miles
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Draper, UT 84020
Mike graduated from the University of Utah physician assistant program and immediately pursued his doctorate degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He completed the psychiatry track of the Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) degree where he received additional education about the physiology of mental health conditions, psychiatric diagnosis, treatment, and therapy modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy.
Mike graduated from the University of Utah physician assistant program and immediately pursued his doctorate degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He completed the psychiatry track of the Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) degree where he received additional education about the physiology of mental health conditions, psychiatric diagnosis, treatment, and therapy modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy.
(385) 485-8061 View (385) 485-8061
Photo of McKenzie Reynolds, Physician Assistant in Salt Lake County, UT
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Salt Lake County, UT

100+

Average cost per session

$162

Psychiatrists in Salt Lake County, UT who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
93% Depression
81% Trauma and PTSD
81% Medication Management
78% Bipolar Disorder
74% ADHD
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Cigna and Evernorth
72% Aetna
72% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Salt Lake County, UT see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
25% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Salt Lake County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.