Psychiatrists in Herndon, VA

Photo of Ruth Esmeralda Mena, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ruth Esmeralda Mena
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Herndon, VA 20171  (Online Only)
Ruth Esmeralda Mena, PMHNP, is a board-certified bi-lingual (Spanish and English) who specializes in treating individuals across the lifespan with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, psychosis, and ADHD. With over eight years of diverse experience in community, outpatient, and acute care settings. She's compassionate and dedicated to improving mental health..
Ruth Esmeralda Mena, PMHNP, is a board-certified bi-lingual (Spanish and English) who specializes in treating individuals across the lifespan with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, psychosis, and ADHD. With over eight years of diverse experience in community, outpatient, and acute care settings. She's compassionate and dedicated to improving mental health..
(571) 604-5517 View (571) 604-5517
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Jamie Slagle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP, MNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Herndon, VA 20170  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have a passion and sensitivity for working with children, adolescents, and adults who are suffering from eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and depression. My goal is to honor my patients with the time, kindness, empathy, and professionalism.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have a passion and sensitivity for working with children, adolescents, and adults who are suffering from eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and depression. My goal is to honor my patients with the time, kindness, empathy, and professionalism.
(571) 454-5832 x803 View (571) 454-5832 x803
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Omiah Behavioral Health & Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Herndon, VA 20171
Accepting New Clients in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Whether online or in-person, we believe the right for every individual is to receive quality mental health services. Understanding each person’s experience is different, we consider all aspects of your life and treat the WHOLE person not just symptoms. Our clinicians are experienced providers who create partnership with each client, actively listen to your personal goals regarding treatment, uphold the dignity and integrity of each client, and are invested in your journey towards mental health wellness.
Accepting New Clients in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Whether online or in-person, we believe the right for every individual is to receive quality mental health services. Understanding each person’s experience is different, we consider all aspects of your life and treat the WHOLE person not just symptoms. Our clinicians are experienced providers who create partnership with each client, actively listen to your personal goals regarding treatment, uphold the dignity and integrity of each client, and are invested in your journey towards mental health wellness.
(540) 472-7728 View (540) 472-7728
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Seliat Dosunmu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Herndon, VA 20170
My ideal client experiences a range of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders. These conditions may stem from specific life transitions or traumas that have significantly impacted their mental well-being. My ideal client values comprehensive and empathetic care, recognizing the importance of mental health in achieving overall well-being. They are motivated to engage in their treatment process, actively working towards their goals and striving for a better quality of life.
My ideal client experiences a range of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders. These conditions may stem from specific life transitions or traumas that have significantly impacted their mental well-being. My ideal client values comprehensive and empathetic care, recognizing the importance of mental health in achieving overall well-being. They are motivated to engage in their treatment process, actively working towards their goals and striving for a better quality of life.
(571) 520-7044 View (571) 520-7044
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Milt Anderson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Herndon, VA 20170
Dr. Milt Anderson is a Psychiatrist in Virginia who has been practicing since 1992. He earned his M.D. at Washington University School of Medicine, completed his Internship and General Psychiatry Residency and his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Walter Reed Medical Center. Dr. Anderson is usually quickly able to forge a working alliance with clients and move fairly quickly from "intake mode" to "problem solving mode," even as the extended evaluation of a complex problem progresses.
Dr. Milt Anderson is a Psychiatrist in Virginia who has been practicing since 1992. He earned his M.D. at Washington University School of Medicine, completed his Internship and General Psychiatry Residency and his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Walter Reed Medical Center. Dr. Anderson is usually quickly able to forge a working alliance with clients and move fairly quickly from "intake mode" to "problem solving mode," even as the extended evaluation of a complex problem progresses.
(571) 701-1654 View (571) 701-1654
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Sabah Hadi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Herndon, VA 20170
Congratulation to Dr. Sabah Hadi for the esteemed recognition by the Washingtonian Magazine, as a "Top Psychiatrist". Dr. Hadi is one of few Adult and Child Psychiatrist in the area to receive this recognition and honor. Dr. Hadi is a Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist, trained, experienced and certified to treat all age groups. Dr. Hadi have more than 10 years experience and interest treating clients with ADD, Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, Eating disorder, Trauma, Obsessive and Autistic spectrum disorders. Dr. Hadi also has extensive training and experience treating addiction disorders. He is credentialed to treat opiate addiction with Suboxone.
Congratulation to Dr. Sabah Hadi for the esteemed recognition by the Washingtonian Magazine, as a "Top Psychiatrist". Dr. Hadi is one of few Adult and Child Psychiatrist in the area to receive this recognition and honor. Dr. Hadi is a Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist, trained, experienced and certified to treat all age groups. Dr. Hadi have more than 10 years experience and interest treating clients with ADD, Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, Eating disorder, Trauma, Obsessive and Autistic spectrum disorders. Dr. Hadi also has extensive training and experience treating addiction disorders. He is credentialed to treat opiate addiction with Suboxone.
(703) 831-6767 View (703) 831-6767
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Mariah Eze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Herndon, VA 20171  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Mariah. Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, mood swings or labile moods? I am a very compassionate board-certified mental health provider that utilizes holistic and psychopharmacological evidence-based approaches in diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and various other psychiatric disorders.
Hi there, I'm Mariah. Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, mood swings or labile moods? I am a very compassionate board-certified mental health provider that utilizes holistic and psychopharmacological evidence-based approaches in diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and various other psychiatric disorders.
(571) 368-6828 View (571) 368-6828
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Natasha Olliver
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MS
Verified Verified
Herndon, VA 20170  (Online Only)
My goal is to help my patients navigate the complicated process of getting help for mental health concerns. There are so many mental health professionals and we all do different things. While I focus on medication management, I am happy to discuss all reasonable alternatives. I strive to offer unbiased, non-judgmental, culturally competent psychiatric healthcare. I want to support you in managing your conditions in a way that allows you the best quality of life with the lowest amount of medication necessary. I also want to increase access to mental health services for those in more rural areas.
My goal is to help my patients navigate the complicated process of getting help for mental health concerns. There are so many mental health professionals and we all do different things. While I focus on medication management, I am happy to discuss all reasonable alternatives. I strive to offer unbiased, non-judgmental, culturally competent psychiatric healthcare. I want to support you in managing your conditions in a way that allows you the best quality of life with the lowest amount of medication necessary. I also want to increase access to mental health services for those in more rural areas.
(571) 556-3805 View (571) 556-3805
Photo of Grace Lee, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Grace Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Herndon, VA 20170
Grace is a certified and licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia. She received her Master's degree in Nursing from the University of Virginia. Grace envisions to provide mental health services to adolescents and adults in managing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and ADHD. Her care goal especially focuses on the vulnerable population such as women and minority. She is culturally-sensitive and can provide bilingual care in English and Korean. Grace emphasizes the importance of holistic approach in working with her clients.
Grace is a certified and licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia. She received her Master's degree in Nursing from the University of Virginia. Grace envisions to provide mental health services to adolescents and adults in managing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and ADHD. Her care goal especially focuses on the vulnerable population such as women and minority. She is culturally-sensitive and can provide bilingual care in English and Korean. Grace emphasizes the importance of holistic approach in working with her clients.
(571) 497-5318 View (571) 497-5318
Photo of Cynthia Awadzi, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Cynthia Awadzi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Herndon, VA 20171
As a doctorate prepared nurse practitioner with five years of diverse experience in acute care, community, and outpatient settings, I bring a wealth of expertise in providing comprehensive healthcare.
As a doctorate prepared nurse practitioner with five years of diverse experience in acute care, community, and outpatient settings, I bring a wealth of expertise in providing comprehensive healthcare.
(703) 260-9498 View (703) 260-9498
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Newlife Aspiration Behavioural Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, DNP
Verified Verified
Herndon, VA 20171
Chinyere is a Board Certified licensed, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a BSN degree from Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, an MSN degree from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA. Chinyere has 14 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse and 10 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, providing psychiatric evaluation, treatment and medication management to patients with varying degree of mental illness. She has expertise in treating adolescent and adult patients.
Chinyere is a Board Certified licensed, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a BSN degree from Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, an MSN degree from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA. Chinyere has 14 years of experience as a psychiatric nurse and 10 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, providing psychiatric evaluation, treatment and medication management to patients with varying degree of mental illness. She has expertise in treating adolescent and adult patients.
(240) 313-8631 View (240) 313-8631
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Shenise Seabrook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Herndon, VA 20191  (Online Only)
Do you take time for your mental health care needs? You should never feel alone when it comes to getting mental health treatment. I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that specializes in providing individualistic and holistic mental health care with compassion. I diagnose and treat patients with anxiety, depression, sleep, and mood disorders while treating everyone with dignity and respect.
Do you take time for your mental health care needs? You should never feel alone when it comes to getting mental health treatment. I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that specializes in providing individualistic and holistic mental health care with compassion. I diagnose and treat patients with anxiety, depression, sleep, and mood disorders while treating everyone with dignity and respect.
(571) 517-2721 View (571) 517-2721
Photo of Jeanne Chutuape, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jeanne Chutuape
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Herndon, VA 20190
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths and harnessing your available resources while controlling the symptoms. At Inspire Behavioral Health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than the symptoms they are experiencing.
We all have solutions within us – it is a matter of learning how to tap into these solutions. The most effective way to heal is by focusing on your strengths and harnessing your available resources while controlling the symptoms. At Inspire Behavioral Health, we consider all treatment options available and strive to take a balanced and integrative approach. While it’s necessary to target the symptoms that lead someone to get help, but it is also important to understand that people are much more than the symptoms they are experiencing.
(571) 427-0742 View (571) 427-0742
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Leanne Hyler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Herndon, VA 20191  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm Leanne and I am passionate about helping people manage mental health issues with medications, diet, exercise, and self-care. I can help you overcome and better manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Seeking help can be scary but you're making the right choice. You deserve to be the best version of yourself that you can be.
Hi! I'm Leanne and I am passionate about helping people manage mental health issues with medications, diet, exercise, and self-care. I can help you overcome and better manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Seeking help can be scary but you're making the right choice. You deserve to be the best version of yourself that you can be.
(804) 376-8795 View (804) 376-8795
Photo of Rose Ehichioya, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rose Ehichioya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Herndon, VA 20191  (Online Only)
I'm Rose. Do you feel overwhelmed with life and feel like you don't know what to do? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself and others? I help high performers manage anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit. I also integrate non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments to help you develop a stronger relationship with yourself and others.
I'm Rose. Do you feel overwhelmed with life and feel like you don't know what to do? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself and others? I help high performers manage anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit. I also integrate non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments to help you develop a stronger relationship with yourself and others.
(571) 946-6716 View (571) 946-6716
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Tegan Snigier
Psychiatrist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Herndon, VA 20191  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has lived in both Virginia and Massachusetts. I have experience working with clients of all ages and their families.
Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has lived in both Virginia and Massachusetts. I have experience working with clients of all ages and their families.
(804) 206-5893 View (804) 206-5893
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Grow Therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Herndon, VA 20191  (Online Only)
I bring a wealth of experience and a compassionate touch to my role as a NP. With 17 years of dedicated service as a registered nurse in North Carolina, I have worked extensively in psychiatric hospitals, alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers, and hospice care. In 2021, I earned my Doctor of Nursing Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree from East Tennessee State University. Since then, I have been serving as a board-certified PMHNP across North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Current plans to launch business in July or August, 2024.
I bring a wealth of experience and a compassionate touch to my role as a NP. With 17 years of dedicated service as a registered nurse in North Carolina, I have worked extensively in psychiatric hospitals, alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers, and hospice care. In 2021, I earned my Doctor of Nursing Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree from East Tennessee State University. Since then, I have been serving as a board-certified PMHNP across North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Current plans to launch business in July or August, 2024.
(276) 322-8319 View (276) 322-8319
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Audrey Addaquay-Corey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Herndon, VA 20191  (Online Only)
I am a mother of 3 and a board certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in psychiatry since 2007. My specialties include Generalized anxiety disorder, Panic disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, PTSD, LGBTQIA. I am affiliated with University of Texas Dell Medical school and a former associate professor of psychiatric Nursing at Rasmussen College in Rockford Illinois and Herzing University, Madison Wisconsin.
I am a mother of 3 and a board certified in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in psychiatry since 2007. My specialties include Generalized anxiety disorder, Panic disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, PTSD, LGBTQIA. I am affiliated with University of Texas Dell Medical school and a former associate professor of psychiatric Nursing at Rasmussen College in Rockford Illinois and Herzing University, Madison Wisconsin.
(571) 486-5538 View (571) 486-5538
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Patricia Obeng
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Herndon, VA 20171
Dr. Patricia Obeng is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner who holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from George Mason University, Virginia, and has over 12 years of combined healthcare experience. Her expertise includes both inpatient and outpatient mental health services, as well as acute care in family medicine.
Dr. Patricia Obeng is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner who holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from George Mason University, Virginia, and has over 12 years of combined healthcare experience. Her expertise includes both inpatient and outpatient mental health services, as well as acute care in family medicine.
(804) 315-3219 View (804) 315-3219
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Madeleine Wilson Hao
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Herndon, VA 20170
Dr. Madeleine Wilson Hao is a doctorally prepared, double board-certified nurse practitioner with 10+ years of clinical experience, specializing in both psychiatry and family medicine. At NOVA Family Health, we will take the time needed to understand each client and family's unique circumstances and tailoring our approaches accordingly. Our clients are motivated to engage more fully in life, and seek supportive, evidence-based, personalized interventions. Seeking more than symptom relief and quick fixes; our clients seek partnership in working towards longterm fulfillment and a productive, balanced lifestyle.
Dr. Madeleine Wilson Hao is a doctorally prepared, double board-certified nurse practitioner with 10+ years of clinical experience, specializing in both psychiatry and family medicine. At NOVA Family Health, we will take the time needed to understand each client and family's unique circumstances and tailoring our approaches accordingly. Our clients are motivated to engage more fully in life, and seek supportive, evidence-based, personalized interventions. Seeking more than symptom relief and quick fixes; our clients seek partnership in working towards longterm fulfillment and a productive, balanced lifestyle.
(571) 946-4476 View (571) 946-4476
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Herndon, VA

30+

Average cost per session

$180

Psychiatrists in Herndon, VA who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
97% Anxiety
78% Bipolar Disorder
75% ADHD
75% Trauma and PTSD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
38% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Cigna and Evernorth
87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
84% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Herndon, VA see their clients

59% Online Only
41% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Herndon?

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.