Psychiatrists in Utah County, UT

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Photo of Alyssa Anne Lee, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alyssa Anne Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Lehi, UT 84043  (Online Only)
Alyssa is nationally board certified in psychiatry, skilled in comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy. Her expertise is in child and adolescent psychiatry, but she has training across the lifespan. Alyssa enjoys an integrative approach and doesn’t believe that “one size fits all.” She is aware of social, economic, family, biological, behavioral, and community factors that play into treating each individual. Many modalities are available in treatment of psychiatric disorders and she is committed to finding the best combination for her patients and families.
Alyssa is nationally board certified in psychiatry, skilled in comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy. Her expertise is in child and adolescent psychiatry, but she has training across the lifespan. Alyssa enjoys an integrative approach and doesn’t believe that “one size fits all.” She is aware of social, economic, family, biological, behavioral, and community factors that play into treating each individual. Many modalities are available in treatment of psychiatric disorders and she is committed to finding the best combination for her patients and families.
(801) 876-5708 View (801) 876-5708
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Dr. Jessica Jones
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Highland, UT 84003
I have a passion for helping individuals of all ages reach their goals and thrive through each chapter of their lives. I provide compassionate, patient-centered, and evidence-based psychiatric care. I like to understand the contributors to your mental health condition(s) and then take a holistic approach and help you with a plan to address the contributors in a healthy way. I love that at Ampelis Health I work with experts in psychiatry, positive psychology, marriage and family relations, nutrition, mindfulness, and wellness. This gives my patients access to the tools they need to overcome and manage their mental health concerns.
I have a passion for helping individuals of all ages reach their goals and thrive through each chapter of their lives. I provide compassionate, patient-centered, and evidence-based psychiatric care. I like to understand the contributors to your mental health condition(s) and then take a holistic approach and help you with a plan to address the contributors in a healthy way. I love that at Ampelis Health I work with experts in psychiatry, positive psychology, marriage and family relations, nutrition, mindfulness, and wellness. This gives my patients access to the tools they need to overcome and manage their mental health concerns.
(385) 503-3817 View (385) 503-3817
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Hannah Banks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Hannah enjoys listening to her patients’ needs and coming up with creative, patient-centered care that is tailored to her patient using diverse treatment modalities such as medication management, therapy, lifestyle, and psychedelic therapies. Hannah loves to empower her patients and help them make decisions that will improve overall mental health and give them the tools necessary to do so.
Hannah enjoys listening to her patients’ needs and coming up with creative, patient-centered care that is tailored to her patient using diverse treatment modalities such as medication management, therapy, lifestyle, and psychedelic therapies. Hannah loves to empower her patients and help them make decisions that will improve overall mental health and give them the tools necessary to do so.
(385) 503-8619 View (385) 503-8619
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Carol Tanner
Physician Assistant, Pa-C
Verified Verified
Springville, UT 84663
Carol Tanner has been a physician assistant for 21 years, specializing in pediatric, adolescent, and adult care. Carol enjoys helping individuals work through depression, anxiety, phobias, PTSD, post-partum depression, sleep disorders, eating disorders, trauma, and grief/loss, as well as learning and attention disorders. Carol has enjoyed providing comprehensive health care services, especially counseling with patients in various areas of mental and physical health and promoting healthier lifestyles. She is passionate about providing care to her patients and advocates improving mental health with medication combined with exercises.
Carol Tanner has been a physician assistant for 21 years, specializing in pediatric, adolescent, and adult care. Carol enjoys helping individuals work through depression, anxiety, phobias, PTSD, post-partum depression, sleep disorders, eating disorders, trauma, and grief/loss, as well as learning and attention disorders. Carol has enjoyed providing comprehensive health care services, especially counseling with patients in various areas of mental and physical health and promoting healthier lifestyles. She is passionate about providing care to her patients and advocates improving mental health with medication combined with exercises.
(801) 823-4010 View (801) 823-4010
Jonathan Flake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
American Fork, UT 84003
Jonathan started his career as a registered nurse working in various hospital settings and departments including medical/surgical, telemetry, and intensive care units. In his work, he frequently observed the correlation that poor mental health often leads to physical deterioration and hospitalization. Seeing this phenomenon guided Jonathan to aim his career toward mental healthcare, which he believes to be the foundation of overall well-being. He began to work in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings and earned a Master of Science degree from Wilkes University in nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Jonathan started his career as a registered nurse working in various hospital settings and departments including medical/surgical, telemetry, and intensive care units. In his work, he frequently observed the correlation that poor mental health often leads to physical deterioration and hospitalization. Seeing this phenomenon guided Jonathan to aim his career toward mental healthcare, which he believes to be the foundation of overall well-being. He began to work in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings and earned a Master of Science degree from Wilkes University in nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(385) 526-3937 View (385) 526-3937
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Todd Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84604
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Todd is a dedicated and empathetic mental health specialist with a passion for helping individuals find balance, recovery, and happiness in their lives. He has extensive experience in the field, having started his career as a psychiatric nurse and later serving as manager of Utah Valley Hospital's inpatient psychiatry department. He received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah and post-graduate certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of South Alabama. He is also an assistant professor at Roseman University of Health Sciences.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Todd is a dedicated and empathetic mental health specialist with a passion for helping individuals find balance, recovery, and happiness in their lives. He has extensive experience in the field, having started his career as a psychiatric nurse and later serving as manager of Utah Valley Hospital's inpatient psychiatry department. He received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah and post-graduate certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of South Alabama. He is also an assistant professor at Roseman University of Health Sciences.
(385) 449-3164 View (385) 449-3164
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Mind Body Ketamine
Psychiatrist, (ABPN), (ABAM), (ABPM)
Verified Verified
Orem, UT 84058
Dr. Jason Andersen primarily treats patients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, addiction, and pain. In recent years he has found ketamine to be extremely proactive in patients with these conditions. Ketamine has been a ground shaking treatment in the mental health world for many people, as we have seen in our practice help patients with major depressive disorder, PTSD and severe anxiety live a better life by providing relief from their symptoms. Patients frequently report instant relief from anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and even pain from subanesthetic doses of Ketamine.
Dr. Jason Andersen primarily treats patients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, addiction, and pain. In recent years he has found ketamine to be extremely proactive in patients with these conditions. Ketamine has been a ground shaking treatment in the mental health world for many people, as we have seen in our practice help patients with major depressive disorder, PTSD and severe anxiety live a better life by providing relief from their symptoms. Patients frequently report instant relief from anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and even pain from subanesthetic doses of Ketamine.
(801) 823-1342 View (801) 823-1342
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Premier Psychiatry Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lehi, UT 84043
Thank you for choosing Premier Psychiatry Solutions. Insurance credentialing is in process and will soon be available. Open Appointments Now. Visit our website for scheduling today. We are accepting new clients over age 12. We offer a simplified approach to complex issues with kind interactions. People enjoy that we are relatable, personable, and easy to discuss all topics of concern. One could expect a conservative approach to using medicines, and we highly encourage counseling concurrently with local therapists we recommend.
Thank you for choosing Premier Psychiatry Solutions. Insurance credentialing is in process and will soon be available. Open Appointments Now. Visit our website for scheduling today. We are accepting new clients over age 12. We offer a simplified approach to complex issues with kind interactions. People enjoy that we are relatable, personable, and easy to discuss all topics of concern. One could expect a conservative approach to using medicines, and we highly encourage counseling concurrently with local therapists we recommend.
(385) 510-5150 View (385) 510-5150
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Bruno Silva
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Lehi, UT 84043  (Online Only)
I am a nurse practitioner specializing in the treatment of individuals facing mental health challenges. In my approach to patient care, I prioritize understanding each individual's unique circumstances and aspirations. Recognizing that we are all different, I tailor treatments to align with each patient's specific needs and goals. I draw upon a diverse range of resources, integrating techniques from both western medicine and holistic care practices.
I am a nurse practitioner specializing in the treatment of individuals facing mental health challenges. In my approach to patient care, I prioritize understanding each individual's unique circumstances and aspirations. Recognizing that we are all different, I tailor treatments to align with each patient's specific needs and goals. I draw upon a diverse range of resources, integrating techniques from both western medicine and holistic care practices.
(385) 526-5596 View (385) 526-5596
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Celeste Setters
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Lehi, UT 84043
My name is Dr. Celeste Setters. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have extensive training treating children, adolescents, and adults in multiple practice settings. My approach is aimed to treat the person as a whole and promote optimal life-long health.
My name is Dr. Celeste Setters. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have extensive training treating children, adolescents, and adults in multiple practice settings. My approach is aimed to treat the person as a whole and promote optimal life-long health.
(385) 287-0555 View (385) 287-0555
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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
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Gary Webb
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Springville, UT 84663
Gary Webb began his career in mental health as an RN at the Utah State Hospital. After three years, he moved to Connecticut to complete the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty program at the Yale School of Nursing. Gary graduated from Yale in May, 2017 and has since moved back to Utah where he enjoys being closer to family and the mountains.
Gary Webb began his career in mental health as an RN at the Utah State Hospital. After three years, he moved to Connecticut to complete the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty program at the Yale School of Nursing. Gary graduated from Yale in May, 2017 and has since moved back to Utah where he enjoys being closer to family and the mountains.
(385) 666-0331 View (385) 666-0331
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Dr. Brian Berrett
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Lehi, UT 84043
Hello, my name is Brian Berrett. I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who is committed to providing high quality care in a timely manner - we will get you in within 2 weeks guaranteed. I specialize in depression, anxiety, eating disorders, ADHD, autism, trauma, and other mental health conditions. If we work together, I will enjoy finding solutions to help you live your best life -- a life built on striving towards your values, or the things you hold most dear in life. I take great joy when such achievements are more prevalent or poignant in your life due to the improved capacity you have gained.
Hello, my name is Brian Berrett. I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who is committed to providing high quality care in a timely manner - we will get you in within 2 weeks guaranteed. I specialize in depression, anxiety, eating disorders, ADHD, autism, trauma, and other mental health conditions. If we work together, I will enjoy finding solutions to help you live your best life -- a life built on striving towards your values, or the things you hold most dear in life. I take great joy when such achievements are more prevalent or poignant in your life due to the improved capacity you have gained.
(801) 921-5935 View (801) 921-5935
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Brayden Willis
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84601
Accepting NEW patients! With appointments IN-PERSON or TELE-HEALTH. Dr. Willis is a Physician Psychiatrist, dual board-certified in general and child & adolescent psychiatry. He is a real advocate for his patients, and they respond well to his approach. Parents value that Dr. Willis gives adequate time to: build rapport/trust, allow for all participants' voices to be heard, resolve concerns, provide therapy when possible, establish accurate diagnoses, implement effective individualized treatment plans, & safely manage any medications. The result is that all involved feel confident that they are receiving the highest quality of care.
Accepting NEW patients! With appointments IN-PERSON or TELE-HEALTH. Dr. Willis is a Physician Psychiatrist, dual board-certified in general and child & adolescent psychiatry. He is a real advocate for his patients, and they respond well to his approach. Parents value that Dr. Willis gives adequate time to: build rapport/trust, allow for all participants' voices to be heard, resolve concerns, provide therapy when possible, establish accurate diagnoses, implement effective individualized treatment plans, & safely manage any medications. The result is that all involved feel confident that they are receiving the highest quality of care.
(385) 274-1741 View (385) 274-1741
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Strive Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84604
Tired of a one-size-fits-all treatment for your mental health? We are too. At Strive Psychiatry we utilize a personalized approach to outpatient psychiatry and the therapeutic treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. We are dedicated to helping families, including adults and children, obtain evidence-based mental health treatment on an individual level.
Tired of a one-size-fits-all treatment for your mental health? We are too. At Strive Psychiatry we utilize a personalized approach to outpatient psychiatry and the therapeutic treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. We are dedicated to helping families, including adults and children, obtain evidence-based mental health treatment on an individual level.
(801) 980-1905 View (801) 980-1905
Photo of Gayle Scanlan, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Gayle Scanlan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lehi, UT 84043
Gayle Scanlan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2022. Gayle believes approaching patients from all walks of life with empathy and kindness in an open-minded way will allow them to achieve their mental health goals. She values therapeutic communication and has cared for numerous patients and families undergoing crises. Gayle approaches patients in an unbiased and nonjudgmental manner, caring for them with empathy. Outside of work, Gayle enjoys hiking, yoga, learning new things, and spending time with her family.
Gayle Scanlan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Utah who has been practicing since 2022. Gayle believes approaching patients from all walks of life with empathy and kindness in an open-minded way will allow them to achieve their mental health goals. She values therapeutic communication and has cared for numerous patients and families undergoing crises. Gayle approaches patients in an unbiased and nonjudgmental manner, caring for them with empathy. Outside of work, Gayle enjoys hiking, yoga, learning new things, and spending time with her family.
(385) 462-0931 View (385) 462-0931
Photo of Karl Tucker, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Karl Tucker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Payson, UT 84651
Open and seeing patients. No Wait! We take most commercial insurances. Karl Tucker believes that good mental health requires a holistic approach incorporating all aspects of life, including exercise programs, mindfulness and meditation, social relationship improvement, nutrition, and sleep regimes.
Open and seeing patients. No Wait! We take most commercial insurances. Karl Tucker believes that good mental health requires a holistic approach incorporating all aspects of life, including exercise programs, mindfulness and meditation, social relationship improvement, nutrition, and sleep regimes.
(801) 609-2448 View (801) 609-2448
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84604
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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White Sage Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Not accepting new clients
My name is Catherine Collins. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a broad range of training and experience. I have treated adolescent and adult patients in multiple practice settings including hospitals, inpatient medical detox and outpatient medication management. Acknowledging the strong connection between mind, body and spirit, I focus on providing evidence-based care that nurtures wholeness and healing.
My name is Catherine Collins. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a broad range of training and experience. I have treated adolescent and adult patients in multiple practice settings including hospitals, inpatient medical detox and outpatient medication management. Acknowledging the strong connection between mind, body and spirit, I focus on providing evidence-based care that nurtures wholeness and healing.
(385) 323-8559 View (385) 323-8559
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Brian C Nyberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orem, UT 84097  (Online Only)
Virtual Consultation. I am committed to providing you with the highest quality of care. Platform: We will be conducting the appointment via Google Meet. You'll need a stable internet connection and access to a computer or mobile device with a webcam and microphone. If you haven't used Google Meet before, please try it out in advance. If you encounter any technical difficulties, please reach out to me for assistance. Privacy and Confidentiality: Your privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance. The confidentiality of our session depends on the the security of your internet connection and the privacy of your surroundings.
Virtual Consultation. I am committed to providing you with the highest quality of care. Platform: We will be conducting the appointment via Google Meet. You'll need a stable internet connection and access to a computer or mobile device with a webcam and microphone. If you haven't used Google Meet before, please try it out in advance. If you encounter any technical difficulties, please reach out to me for assistance. Privacy and Confidentiality: Your privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance. The confidentiality of our session depends on the the security of your internet connection and the privacy of your surroundings.
(623) 624-5128 View (623) 624-5128

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Number of Psychiatrists in Utah County, UT

80+

Average cost per session

$180

Psychiatrists in Utah County, UT who prioritize treating:

80% Depression
80% Anxiety
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% ADHD
67% Bipolar Disorder
66% Medication Management
65% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% BlueCross and BlueShield
81% Aetna
81% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Utah County, UT see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Utah 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.