Psychiatrists in Tooele County, UT

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Photo of Kristi Lawrence, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kristi Lawrence
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tooele, UT 84074
We all have the ability to recover, heal, and grow. Sometimes we just need someone who sees us clearly and can offer the right treatment. By knowing your goals and the challenges you face, we can design a treatment plan to allow you to stop suffering and achieve your full potential. Treatment can be therapy, medications, often a combination of the two. Together we can get you back to living the life you want to live.
We all have the ability to recover, heal, and grow. Sometimes we just need someone who sees us clearly and can offer the right treatment. By knowing your goals and the challenges you face, we can design a treatment plan to allow you to stop suffering and achieve your full potential. Treatment can be therapy, medications, often a combination of the two. Together we can get you back to living the life you want to live.
(435) 465-0822 View (435) 465-0822
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Brittany Talbot
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tooele, UT 84074
Book with me now by clicking on my website. Hello! I am a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner offering personalized care in private practice. With a focus on empowering individuals to overcome mental health challenges, I specialize in providing compassionate treatment for a range of concerns. Whether you're seeking support for depression, anxiety, trauma, or substance use, I invite you to connect with me to begin your journey towards improved well-being.
Book with me now by clicking on my website. Hello! I am a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner offering personalized care in private practice. With a focus on empowering individuals to overcome mental health challenges, I specialize in providing compassionate treatment for a range of concerns. Whether you're seeking support for depression, anxiety, trauma, or substance use, I invite you to connect with me to begin your journey towards improved well-being.
(435) 625-5043 View (435) 625-5043
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Dr. Brittany Bullock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tooele, UT 84074
I am a compassionate and dedicated mental health professional with a genuine passion for helping individuals achieve optimal well-being. I firmly believe in the power of collaboration, working closely with each client to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs and goals. Recognizing that mental health is a multi-faceted issue, I also emphasize the importance of self-care, stress management, and overall wellness in my practice. I educate and support my clients in adopting healthy lifestyle habits that contribute to their mental and emotional well-being.
I am a compassionate and dedicated mental health professional with a genuine passion for helping individuals achieve optimal well-being. I firmly believe in the power of collaboration, working closely with each client to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs and goals. Recognizing that mental health is a multi-faceted issue, I also emphasize the importance of self-care, stress management, and overall wellness in my practice. I educate and support my clients in adopting healthy lifestyle habits that contribute to their mental and emotional well-being.
(435) 466-7099 View (435) 466-7099
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Carian McLean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNM, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Tooele, UT 84074
Centering Psychiatry is accepting new clients - a consultation phone call or initial visit can be scheduled on our website. The practice provides thoughtful and individualized mental healthcare including medication management with the goal to improve daily emotional wellbeing for each client. Utilizing a holistic approach, we consider the impact of stress, sleep structure, nutrition, relationship dynamics, and thinking patterns on emotional health, coupled with thoughtful medication therapy. Centering Psychiatry approaches every client with trauma informed and LGBTQ+ affirming care.
Centering Psychiatry is accepting new clients - a consultation phone call or initial visit can be scheduled on our website. The practice provides thoughtful and individualized mental healthcare including medication management with the goal to improve daily emotional wellbeing for each client. Utilizing a holistic approach, we consider the impact of stress, sleep structure, nutrition, relationship dynamics, and thinking patterns on emotional health, coupled with thoughtful medication therapy. Centering Psychiatry approaches every client with trauma informed and LGBTQ+ affirming care.
(385) 743-1995 View (385) 743-1995
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Heather Dangerfield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Tooele, UT 84074
Heather M. Dangerfield is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2018. She has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Utah and a Bachelor's of Nursing and Bachelor's in Psychology from Westminster College. As someone working in mental health for almost twenty years, Heather continues to have passion for treating each individual as just that, an individual with unique needs and perspectives who deserves tailored treatment instead of a one size fits all approach. Heather spends her free time spoiling her cat, reading, powerlifting, playing with Legos, and doing embroidery.
Heather M. Dangerfield is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2018. She has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Utah and a Bachelor's of Nursing and Bachelor's in Psychology from Westminster College. As someone working in mental health for almost twenty years, Heather continues to have passion for treating each individual as just that, an individual with unique needs and perspectives who deserves tailored treatment instead of a one size fits all approach. Heather spends her free time spoiling her cat, reading, powerlifting, playing with Legos, and doing embroidery.
(385) 367-2449 View (385) 367-2449
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Roberta J Andreozzi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wendover, UT 84083
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner born and raised in rural Nevada. I understand and appreciate the uniqueness of living in the rurals, as well as, respect it is often difficult to find psychiatric services. My goal is to provide Mental Health services across the lifespan with compassion, integrity and dignity.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner born and raised in rural Nevada. I understand and appreciate the uniqueness of living in the rurals, as well as, respect it is often difficult to find psychiatric services. My goal is to provide Mental Health services across the lifespan with compassion, integrity and dignity.
(775) 204-3801 View (775) 204-3801

Online Psychiatrists

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Chelsea Bauer
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Kaysville, UT 84037
My philosophy is that it’s okay to ask for help. The bar needs to be lowered on the stigma for mental health. Life can be hard, and everyone needs some help at times. I want to encourage people to not be afraid or ashamed to reach out for help, and to be open and honest with their treatment team. I am here to help anyone who is ready. I believe in getting to know people, finding out their individual story, their needs, and creating a treatment and medication plan together.
My philosophy is that it’s okay to ask for help. The bar needs to be lowered on the stigma for mental health. Life can be hard, and everyone needs some help at times. I want to encourage people to not be afraid or ashamed to reach out for help, and to be open and honest with their treatment team. I am here to help anyone who is ready. I believe in getting to know people, finding out their individual story, their needs, and creating a treatment and medication plan together.
(385) 432-6845 View (385) 432-6845
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John G Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
John is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who earned his Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Utah. He has 7 years of experience working in mental health with an emphasis in anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and adolescent psychiatry. His doctoral thesis focused of lifestyle modifications to improve mental wellness and resilience. He understands that everyone is unique, requiring personalized treatment plans.
John is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who earned his Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Utah. He has 7 years of experience working in mental health with an emphasis in anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and adolescent psychiatry. His doctoral thesis focused of lifestyle modifications to improve mental wellness and resilience. He understands that everyone is unique, requiring personalized treatment plans.
(801) 406-3731 View (801) 406-3731
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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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Tauna Young
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified Verified
Lehi, UT 84043
I am passionate about helping people achieve “total health” by assisting them to honor the connection between the emotional and physical impacts of all of life’s experiences. I believe that as a healthcare provider who is passionate about promoting total health, it is my duty and honor to provide a safe, judgement-free zone where patients can discuss their mental health concerns in a positive environment.
I am passionate about helping people achieve “total health” by assisting them to honor the connection between the emotional and physical impacts of all of life’s experiences. I believe that as a healthcare provider who is passionate about promoting total health, it is my duty and honor to provide a safe, judgement-free zone where patients can discuss their mental health concerns in a positive environment.
(385) 853-5262 View (385) 853-5262
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Joni Lybbert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Draper, UT 84020
I am passionate about helping perinatal women and have focused much of my training on caring for pregnant and postpartum clients. This passion led me to start a podcast, The Sad Mom's Club, dedicated to helping Utah women learn about and connect to local maternal mental health resources. I also volunteer on the Postpartum Support International Utah Chapter Board as Chair of Community Outreach. I also see people experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD, and trauma symptoms.
I am passionate about helping perinatal women and have focused much of my training on caring for pregnant and postpartum clients. This passion led me to start a podcast, The Sad Mom's Club, dedicated to helping Utah women learn about and connect to local maternal mental health resources. I also volunteer on the Postpartum Support International Utah Chapter Board as Chair of Community Outreach. I also see people experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD, and trauma symptoms.
(801) 823-4501 View (801) 823-4501
Photo of Katey McKell, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Katey McKell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murray, UT 84107
In 2021, Dr. McKell (she/her/hers) earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in psychiatric-mental health from the University of Utah. Katey started her career working primarily with adolescents at the Huntsman Mental Health (formerly University Neuropsychiatric Institute). She has over 10 years of in-patient mental health experience. Katey believes in using evidence-based therapies and creating a collaborative environment with her clients. She emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach and the use of medications along with therapy.
In 2021, Dr. McKell (she/her/hers) earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis in psychiatric-mental health from the University of Utah. Katey started her career working primarily with adolescents at the Huntsman Mental Health (formerly University Neuropsychiatric Institute). She has over 10 years of in-patient mental health experience. Katey believes in using evidence-based therapies and creating a collaborative environment with her clients. She emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach and the use of medications along with therapy.
(385) 519-0552 View (385) 519-0552
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Leah Young
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Springville, UT 84663
Leah believes in guiding her patients on the path to health and wellness with a holistic approach. She is passionate about implementing multiple modalities to achieve that wellness and emphasizes that the soul, mind, and body are all interconnected. In her free time, Leah enjoys spending time outdoors with her loved ones, exploring new books and traveling. Leah is dedicated to advocating for historically marginalized communities, including the LGBTQIA community. She is committed to promoting fair and supportive policies and healthcare initiatives to ensure that everyone has access to compassionate care.
Leah believes in guiding her patients on the path to health and wellness with a holistic approach. She is passionate about implementing multiple modalities to achieve that wellness and emphasizes that the soul, mind, and body are all interconnected. In her free time, Leah enjoys spending time outdoors with her loved ones, exploring new books and traveling. Leah is dedicated to advocating for historically marginalized communities, including the LGBTQIA community. She is committed to promoting fair and supportive policies and healthcare initiatives to ensure that everyone has access to compassionate care.
(801) 829-9338 View (801) 829-9338
Photo of Alana Jacobs-Davis, PhD, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alana Jacobs-Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Centerville, UT 84014  (Online Only)
Upon graduating from the University of Kansas and Wichita State University with a Masters in Nursing in December 1992, I embarked on a fulfilling journey dedicated to mental health care. Joining the outpatient mental health team at the wonderful George Whalen Veteran’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, I had the privilege of providing medication management and various individual and group psychotherapies for 26 years. In May 2006, earning my Doctorate from the College of Nursing at the University of Utah was a significant milestone that deepened my commitment to serving others.
Upon graduating from the University of Kansas and Wichita State University with a Masters in Nursing in December 1992, I embarked on a fulfilling journey dedicated to mental health care. Joining the outpatient mental health team at the wonderful George Whalen Veteran’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, I had the privilege of providing medication management and various individual and group psychotherapies for 26 years. In May 2006, earning my Doctorate from the College of Nursing at the University of Utah was a significant milestone that deepened my commitment to serving others.
(385) 213-1052 View (385) 213-1052
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Dan Inouye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Draper, UT 84020
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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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
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Armando (Manny) Slack
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Kaysville, UT 84037
I enjoy working with children, teens and adults who are experiencing both minor and more severe mental health conditions and feel that they can benefit from the addition of medication to their treatment plan. I encourage my patients to take an active role in therapy in addition to medication management for ideal results.
I enjoy working with children, teens and adults who are experiencing both minor and more severe mental health conditions and feel that they can benefit from the addition of medication to their treatment plan. I encourage my patients to take an active role in therapy in addition to medication management for ideal results.
(385) 334-5181 View (385) 334-5181
Photo of Jaden Olson, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jaden Olson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Draper, UT 84020
Hello, I am thrilled to introduce myself as a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who is passionate about partnering with you on your journey towards optimal mental well-being. Choosing the right provider is a crucial step, and I am here to assure you that my expertise and approach set me apart as an ideal partner in your mental health care. With a deep-rooted commitment to compassionate and personalized care, I bring a blend of advanced training, clinical experience, and genuine empathy to our therapeutic relationship. My goal is not just to treat symptoms, but to truly understand you as an individual.
Hello, I am thrilled to introduce myself as a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who is passionate about partnering with you on your journey towards optimal mental well-being. Choosing the right provider is a crucial step, and I am here to assure you that my expertise and approach set me apart as an ideal partner in your mental health care. With a deep-rooted commitment to compassionate and personalized care, I bring a blend of advanced training, clinical experience, and genuine empathy to our therapeutic relationship. My goal is not just to treat symptoms, but to truly understand you as an individual.
(801) 896-1703 View (801) 896-1703
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Hayden Chevalier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Lehi, UT 84043
I believe that patient care is individualized and focused on helping individuals improve their day-to-day life and reach their goals. I have found that improving mental healthcare takes a high level of detail, and all aspects of an individual’s life need to be considered in order for them to receive the highest level of personal success. Because of this, my approach to patient care is not simply focused on the patient, but also on helping each individual establish a support network and healthy habits that will provide strength during their mental health journey.
I believe that patient care is individualized and focused on helping individuals improve their day-to-day life and reach their goals. I have found that improving mental healthcare takes a high level of detail, and all aspects of an individual’s life need to be considered in order for them to receive the highest level of personal success. Because of this, my approach to patient care is not simply focused on the patient, but also on helping each individual establish a support network and healthy habits that will provide strength during their mental health journey.
(801) 997-1163 View (801) 997-1163
Photo of Jane Coats, DNP, APRN, PMH-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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

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Number of Psychiatrists in Tooele County, UT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Tooele County, UT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder
83% Medication Management
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Cigna and Evernorth
75% EMI Health

How Psychiatrists in Tooele County, UT see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tooele 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.