Psychiatrists in Sandy, UT

Photo of Christopher Searle, DNP, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Christopher Searle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sandy, UT 84094  (Online Only)
People First. You are never your diagnosis. Let's focus on your human experience and let's discover what it's 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. Let's focus on your human experience and let's discover what it's 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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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
Photo of Tele Psych Meds 4 Kids: Danielle Heaps: Serving All Of Utah, CPNP, PMHS, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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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Jennifer Olsen
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84070
Many individuals are struggling with mental health problems causing them to feel discouraged or hopeless. At Anderson Wellness Group, we are passionate about the care and services we offer to our patients. We provide a wide range of mental health services to adults, adolescents, and children. Our psychiatric nurse practitioners are able to assess and diagnose mental health conditions, provide treatment plans, and prescribe medication. We are dedicated to finding a solution to help each one of our patients.
Many individuals are struggling with mental health problems causing them to feel discouraged or hopeless. At Anderson Wellness Group, we are passionate about the care and services we offer to our patients. We provide a wide range of mental health services to adults, adolescents, and children. Our psychiatric nurse practitioners are able to assess and diagnose mental health conditions, provide treatment plans, and prescribe medication. We are dedicated to finding a solution to help each one of our patients.
(385) 220-8010 View (385) 220-8010
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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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Andrea Farmer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84094  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am providing medication management support with the Moving Forward Counseling team. By joining our multidisciplinary team, you will receive individualized care to meet your healthcare needs. I have experience in the setting of general adult outpatient psychiatry, inpatient psychiatry, PHP, IOP, residential treatment programs, and addiction medicine. My goal is to guide and support clients in the restoration of their health. Health can be defined by one’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. I consider all these elements when providing care.
Welcome! I am providing medication management support with the Moving Forward Counseling team. By joining our multidisciplinary team, you will receive individualized care to meet your healthcare needs. I have experience in the setting of general adult outpatient psychiatry, inpatient psychiatry, PHP, IOP, residential treatment programs, and addiction medicine. My goal is to guide and support clients in the restoration of their health. Health can be defined by one’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. I consider all these elements when providing care.
(385) 469-3293 View (385) 469-3293
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Jennifer Marie Bush
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, APRN
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84070
I was born and grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico and I'm passionate about serving individuals from diverse backgrounds. I emphasize in collaborative care to create an individualized treatment plan combining knowledge of both physical and mental health care to achieve wellness.
I was born and grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico and I'm passionate about serving individuals from diverse backgrounds. I emphasize in collaborative care to create an individualized treatment plan combining knowledge of both physical and mental health care to achieve wellness.
(801) 676-9452 View (801) 676-9452
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Tonya Wright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sandy, UT 84093  (Online Only)
I currently accept Aetna, Cigna, and private pay per sliding scale. I am a passionate, board-certified mental health provider from Utah who is committed to promoting mental well-being. Beyond my professional pursuits, I find solace and inspiration in nature, and hiking in the beautiful landscapes of Utah allows me to reconnect with myself and appreciate the wonders of the world around me. Additionally, I firmly believe in meditation's power to cultivate inner peace and mindfulness, both of which are essential elements in maintaining mental well-being.
I currently accept Aetna, Cigna, and private pay per sliding scale. I am a passionate, board-certified mental health provider from Utah who is committed to promoting mental well-being. Beyond my professional pursuits, I find solace and inspiration in nature, and hiking in the beautiful landscapes of Utah allows me to reconnect with myself and appreciate the wonders of the world around me. Additionally, I firmly believe in meditation's power to cultivate inner peace and mindfulness, both of which are essential elements in maintaining mental well-being.
(801) 829-9734 View (801) 829-9734
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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
Sandy, UT 84093
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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Hannah Meier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84094
Welcome to Deep Roots Mental Health. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey to mental well-bring. I strive to create a warm and non-judgmental environment where clients can explore their challenges and discover their inner strengths. I work with individuals on medication management, therapy, or a combination of both.
Welcome to Deep Roots Mental Health. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey to mental well-bring. I strive to create a warm and non-judgmental environment where clients can explore their challenges and discover their inner strengths. I work with individuals on medication management, therapy, or a combination of both.
(307) 323-4523 View (307) 323-4523
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Landon Moyers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sandy, UT 84092
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
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84093
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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P. Soni, MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAACAP, DFAPA, FAAP
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84070
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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Dan Inouye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84070
I am an accessible adult psychiatrist. I am seeing patients through telepsychiatry at this time. I can be reached at 801-592-2002.
I am an accessible adult psychiatrist. I am seeing patients through telepsychiatry at this time. I can be reached at 801-592-2002.
(801) 683-5279 View (801) 683-5279
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Matthew Soulier
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84070
Dr. Soulier has practiced psychiatry since 2008 in a variety of clinical and scholarly settings. He was a faculty member and the Child Psychiatry Training Director at UC Davis School of Medicine for 10 years. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist and forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Soulier is passionate about the care and treatment of children, in both the clinical and court setting. His wealth of knowledge in the field of forensic psychiatry has been utilized in juvenile, family, and adult criminal courts, where he has been called to testify as an expert witness.
Dr. Soulier has practiced psychiatry since 2008 in a variety of clinical and scholarly settings. He was a faculty member and the Child Psychiatry Training Director at UC Davis School of Medicine for 10 years. As a child and adolescent psychiatrist and forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Soulier is passionate about the care and treatment of children, in both the clinical and court setting. His wealth of knowledge in the field of forensic psychiatry has been utilized in juvenile, family, and adult criminal courts, where he has been called to testify as an expert witness.
(385) 314-4998 View (385) 314-4998
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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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Josh Bentley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sandy, UT 84092
Dr. Bentley graduated with an Associate’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Weber State University, a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Western Governor’s University, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Utah. He has been working in healthcare for the past 8 years with a wide variety of experience including patients of all ages, while in inpatient, outpatient, and homecare settings.
Dr. Bentley graduated with an Associate’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Weber State University, a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Western Governor’s University, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Utah. He has been working in healthcare for the past 8 years with a wide variety of experience including patients of all ages, while in inpatient, outpatient, and homecare settings.
(801) 316-8951 View (801) 316-8951
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Cheryl Marchant Jensen
Psychiatric Nurse, MS, APRN, PMHCNS-
Verified Verified
Sandy, UT 84092  (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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Mountain Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B, MSN-Ed, QMP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sandy, UT 84070
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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Sandy, UT

20+

Average cost per session

$127

Psychiatrists in Sandy, UT who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
92% Medication Management
85% Bipolar Disorder
81% ADHD
81% Trauma and PTSD
81% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

71% Aetna
71% Cigna and Evernorth
67% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Sandy, UT see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

57% Female
43% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Sandy?

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.