Psychiatrists in Bellingham, WA

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Tiffane Staley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98226  (Online Only)
Tiffane Staley, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who provides mental health care. Tools utilized are medication management and brief therapy to provide holistic care. They have been working in the Bellingham area since graduating in 2020. They particularly enjoy helping those who suffer from anxiety, depression, and PTSD. They are expanding their practice and have intake appointments available as soon as within the next couple of weeks, so don't hesitate to reach out!
Tiffane Staley, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who provides mental health care. Tools utilized are medication management and brief therapy to provide holistic care. They have been working in the Bellingham area since graduating in 2020. They particularly enjoy helping those who suffer from anxiety, depression, and PTSD. They are expanding their practice and have intake appointments available as soon as within the next couple of weeks, so don't hesitate to reach out!
(360) 743-4252 View (360) 743-4252
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Nicole Ervin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
I support young adults in feeling empowered to address the things that are preventing you from being your most genuine self. I started my career as a primary care provider, where I learned that it is difficult to improve your physical health if your emotional health isn’t in a stable place. My background provides me with the expertise to help you navigate the interplay between physical and emotional concerns.
I support young adults in feeling empowered to address the things that are preventing you from being your most genuine self. I started my career as a primary care provider, where I learned that it is difficult to improve your physical health if your emotional health isn’t in a stable place. My background provides me with the expertise to help you navigate the interplay between physical and emotional concerns.
(360) 873-5223 View (360) 873-5223
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Ross Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
Ross A Brown is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). He holds a Masters of Science and Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin, where he completed studies as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. For fifteen years he worked in preventative cardiology and stroke neurology, then went on to complete his postmaster certificate as a PMHNP at the University of New Mexico. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, he cares for patients ages sixteen and older with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, and treats the mental health needs of senior adults.
Ross A Brown is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). He holds a Masters of Science and Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin, where he completed studies as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. For fifteen years he worked in preventative cardiology and stroke neurology, then went on to complete his postmaster certificate as a PMHNP at the University of New Mexico. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, he cares for patients ages sixteen and older with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, and treats the mental health needs of senior adults.
(360) 549-9229 x2 View (360) 549-9229 x2
Dr. Nadia Saina
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
My ideal patient is someone who is actively interested in seeking treatment for their conditions and open to all treatment modalities including medications. Working together we can achieve better results.
My ideal patient is someone who is actively interested in seeking treatment for their conditions and open to all treatment modalities including medications. Working together we can achieve better results.
(360) 495-8058 View (360) 495-8058
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Carrie Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
To get started, complete form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact. As a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am dedicated to providing contextualized whole-person mental health care that considers the many factors – genetic, social, environmental, and cultural – that contribute to someone’s overall health picture. My approach is collaborative, evidence-informed, and patient-centered. I partner with my clients in shared-decision making and deeply value the foundational importance of trust, safety, and human connection in a therapeutic relationship.
To get started, complete form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact. As a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am dedicated to providing contextualized whole-person mental health care that considers the many factors – genetic, social, environmental, and cultural – that contribute to someone’s overall health picture. My approach is collaborative, evidence-informed, and patient-centered. I partner with my clients in shared-decision making and deeply value the foundational importance of trust, safety, and human connection in a therapeutic relationship.
(360) 519-5782 View (360) 519-5782
Neelam K Sampley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
Not accepting new clients
CURRENTLY NOT TAKING PATIENTS. I take a cognizant approach of relating mind, body (biology), spirituality and its interface with ones lived experiences to arrive at some semblance of wellness. My theoretical framework is guided by evidence based treatment practices, research and human development. A thorough evaluation will help to formulate a treatment plan which could include medication alone, psychotherapy or a combination. I work alongside other therapists if one is already involved.
CURRENTLY NOT TAKING PATIENTS. I take a cognizant approach of relating mind, body (biology), spirituality and its interface with ones lived experiences to arrive at some semblance of wellness. My theoretical framework is guided by evidence based treatment practices, research and human development. A thorough evaluation will help to formulate a treatment plan which could include medication alone, psychotherapy or a combination. I work alongside other therapists if one is already involved.
(360) 526-0169 View (360) 526-0169
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Michele Tulk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
Schedule online today at www.nwtelepsychiatry.com. Evening and weekend visits available! It's finally time to get some help. You've read educational websites, shared in online forums, had years of therapy, and it just hasn't been enough. It's time to seek out another layer of support. I have 11 years of experience prescribing mental health medications as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I am kind, safe, non-judgmental, and empathic. My style is client-centered where I function as a guide to help us find a sustainable medication regimen that you feel good about. I absolutely LOVE what I do.
Schedule online today at www.nwtelepsychiatry.com. Evening and weekend visits available! It's finally time to get some help. You've read educational websites, shared in online forums, had years of therapy, and it just hasn't been enough. It's time to seek out another layer of support. I have 11 years of experience prescribing mental health medications as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I am kind, safe, non-judgmental, and empathic. My style is client-centered where I function as a guide to help us find a sustainable medication regimen that you feel good about. I absolutely LOVE what I do.
(360) 900-1861 View (360) 900-1861
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Rachel Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
Rachel Lee is a dual board-certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. Medication management and talk therapy can be done via telehealth in WA or in-person in Bellingham. She also offers EMDR, walk & talk sessions, group sessions, and excursions. She speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Rachel Lee is a dual board-certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. Medication management and talk therapy can be done via telehealth in WA or in-person in Bellingham. She also offers EMDR, walk & talk sessions, group sessions, and excursions. She speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
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Kate Hume
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Kate Hume, MA, MSN, ARNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
Thanks for reaching out for assistance. I have extensive training in ADHD and mood disorders. I offer a comprehensive exam, a full explanation of psychiatric conditions, and many types of approaches to address these conditions. I prescribe psychiatric medications, psychotherapy, and when requested, alternative medical treatment for psychiatric illness.
Thanks for reaching out for assistance. I have extensive training in ADHD and mood disorders. I offer a comprehensive exam, a full explanation of psychiatric conditions, and many types of approaches to address these conditions. I prescribe psychiatric medications, psychotherapy, and when requested, alternative medical treatment for psychiatric illness.
(360) 685-1850 View (360) 685-1850
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Carly Hernandez Kadell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I believe one of the bravest things a person can do is be vulnerable enough to share their story. Especially when you don’t feel well, calling a doctor can be tremendously difficult. I promise I’m here to listen respectfully to your experience. I aim to provide a safe and collaborative therapeutic space as I join you on your healing journey. My approach is grounded in relational supportive counseling and mindfulness. I can assist you in coming into deeper awareness about core beliefs and ways of being, and help you discover yourself as you face the existential quandaries in your life.
I believe one of the bravest things a person can do is be vulnerable enough to share their story. Especially when you don’t feel well, calling a doctor can be tremendously difficult. I promise I’m here to listen respectfully to your experience. I aim to provide a safe and collaborative therapeutic space as I join you on your healing journey. My approach is grounded in relational supportive counseling and mindfulness. I can assist you in coming into deeper awareness about core beliefs and ways of being, and help you discover yourself as you face the existential quandaries in your life.
(206) 339-6795 View (206) 339-6795
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Clarity Mental Health and Recovery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Gurpal Chahal and I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner. For the fastest response, please send a booking request through provider.kareo.com/gurpal-chahal-1. In my practice, I aim to work with you in managing your mental health medications through a way that works for you. In my practice, I emphasize the importance of the therapeutic relationship and collaborating as a partner with you in your care.
Hi, my name is Gurpal Chahal and I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner. For the fastest response, please send a booking request through provider.kareo.com/gurpal-chahal-1. In my practice, I aim to work with you in managing your mental health medications through a way that works for you. In my practice, I emphasize the importance of the therapeutic relationship and collaborating as a partner with you in your care.
(360) 226-7384 View (360) 226-7384
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Dev Brierley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting appointments, 9-3:30 pm, starting in June 2024 for telehealth only. I am passionate about my field. I am a doctorally trained, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Washington State. I received from my Bachelor of Nursing Science diploma (2009) and then my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (2016) both from Washington State University. I treat and manage medications for Depression, Anxiety, Eating DO, OCD and I particularly enjoy working with Bipolar Disorder.
I am currently accepting appointments, 9-3:30 pm, starting in June 2024 for telehealth only. I am passionate about my field. I am a doctorally trained, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Washington State. I received from my Bachelor of Nursing Science diploma (2009) and then my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (2016) both from Washington State University. I treat and manage medications for Depression, Anxiety, Eating DO, OCD and I particularly enjoy working with Bipolar Disorder.
(360) 401-8330 View (360) 401-8330
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Claire Thralls
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
Waitlist for new clients
I am a doctoral-trained, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Washington State. In my practice I enjoy working collaboratively with my patients to ensure that their specific health concerns are the focus of their care. My goal is to provide a therapeutic environment that allows you to express your healthcare needs, and discuss the best way I can help you to meet your ideal mental health state. To do this I incorporate my training in medication management, nursing, education, and therapy to assist in a holistic care process.
I am a doctoral-trained, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Washington State. In my practice I enjoy working collaboratively with my patients to ensure that their specific health concerns are the focus of their care. My goal is to provide a therapeutic environment that allows you to express your healthcare needs, and discuss the best way I can help you to meet your ideal mental health state. To do this I incorporate my training in medication management, nursing, education, and therapy to assist in a holistic care process.
(360) 300-8204 View (360) 300-8204
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Laura Radocchia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, PMH-C, RYT
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98228
Hi! I'm Laura Radocchia, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, PMH-C, RYT. I believe in your natural resilience and have current openings to help you along your journey. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I provide many types of treatment, from therapy to psychiatric medications and integrative treatments. Integrative can mean supplements, vitamins, and herbs, as well as exploring the whole context of your wellbeing across a range of vital dimensions (nutritional, behavioral, social, physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, environmental, etc.).
Hi! I'm Laura Radocchia, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, PMH-C, RYT. I believe in your natural resilience and have current openings to help you along your journey. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I provide many types of treatment, from therapy to psychiatric medications and integrative treatments. Integrative can mean supplements, vitamins, and herbs, as well as exploring the whole context of your wellbeing across a range of vital dimensions (nutritional, behavioral, social, physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, environmental, etc.).
(206) 208-0722 View (206) 208-0722
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Dr. Kelly C. Aldinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSW, RYT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
APRIL 2024 - OPEN www.upwellpsych.com/contact . Hello! I'm a doctor of nursing practice who is passionate about helping people access their own strengths. I am committed to walking beside you as you gain insight, learn new skills, and grow the self-belief to create the life you want to live. I firmly believe that one path does not fit all, and my life is evidence of that. I worked as a therapist prior to becoming a PMHNP, and bring diverse professional, educational and life experience to each session. Using empathy and authenticity, my goal is to help you find and live your own truth.
APRIL 2024 - OPEN www.upwellpsych.com/contact . Hello! I'm a doctor of nursing practice who is passionate about helping people access their own strengths. I am committed to walking beside you as you gain insight, learn new skills, and grow the self-belief to create the life you want to live. I firmly believe that one path does not fit all, and my life is evidence of that. I worked as a therapist prior to becoming a PMHNP, and bring diverse professional, educational and life experience to each session. Using empathy and authenticity, my goal is to help you find and live your own truth.
(360) 685-1658 View (360) 685-1658
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Anna E Vail
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, MPH
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
It's May and I'm scheduling clients 1-2 weeks out. A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2007 I've worked in Oregon, California and Washington, primarily with chronically mentally ill individuals in community mental health and correctional settings. In private practice since 2020. My treatment philosophy is "less is more" when prescribing psychiatric medications - focusing on maximizing the benefits of evidence based psychopharmacology in combination with other interventions such as exercise, mindfulness practice and a healthy diet.
It's May and I'm scheduling clients 1-2 weeks out. A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2007 I've worked in Oregon, California and Washington, primarily with chronically mentally ill individuals in community mental health and correctional settings. In private practice since 2020. My treatment philosophy is "less is more" when prescribing psychiatric medications - focusing on maximizing the benefits of evidence based psychopharmacology in combination with other interventions such as exercise, mindfulness practice and a healthy diet.
(360) 505-4918 View (360) 505-4918
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Win Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98226
Psychiatric Mental Health Provider. Accepting new patients ages 12 and above. With over 13 years of experience in Mental Health Care, I am committed to providing my patients the best care, with a compassionate and holistic approach, in an understanding and therapeutic environment. I work collaboratively with individuals/families to create individualized treatment plans that best meet the needs of my patients. I will not judge you but rather guide and help improve your abilities to live a healthy lifestyle. Together we will achieve a realistic goal that focuses on prevention and treatment.
Psychiatric Mental Health Provider. Accepting new patients ages 12 and above. With over 13 years of experience in Mental Health Care, I am committed to providing my patients the best care, with a compassionate and holistic approach, in an understanding and therapeutic environment. I work collaboratively with individuals/families to create individualized treatment plans that best meet the needs of my patients. I will not judge you but rather guide and help improve your abilities to live a healthy lifestyle. Together we will achieve a realistic goal that focuses on prevention and treatment.
(360) 762-3724 View (360) 762-3724
Nadia Saina
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225
Ideal client is one who is seeking active help with their mental illness and open to treatment modalities including medication trials
Ideal client is one who is seeking active help with their mental illness and open to treatment modalities including medication trials
(360) 502-8923 View (360) 502-8923
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Sprout Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
Have you ever wondered if you're living with ADHD or depression? It's understandable if you've ever struggled with fatigue, paying attention to things you don't find novel or challenging, or just feeling more down than usual. Dr. Taylor specializes in diagnosing, treating, and supporting adults living with ADHD or depression and who have an interest in a holistic approach.
Have you ever wondered if you're living with ADHD or depression? It's understandable if you've ever struggled with fatigue, paying attention to things you don't find novel or challenging, or just feeling more down than usual. Dr. Taylor specializes in diagnosing, treating, and supporting adults living with ADHD or depression and who have an interest in a holistic approach.
(509) 646-7719 View (509) 646-7719
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Angela Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Bellingham, WA 98225  (Online Only)
I can help you move beyond your trauma, anxiety, or depression. I believe you have the capacity to get better. I’d love to be your guide in getting there! My style is candid, thoughtful and compassionate. With the right information, I know my clients can make the best care decisions for themselves. Though medications are a piece of my toolkit, I also incorporate solutions-focused therapy, nutrition considerations, and overall wellness support. My hope is to get you feeling well.
I can help you move beyond your trauma, anxiety, or depression. I believe you have the capacity to get better. I’d love to be your guide in getting there! My style is candid, thoughtful and compassionate. With the right information, I know my clients can make the best care decisions for themselves. Though medications are a piece of my toolkit, I also incorporate solutions-focused therapy, nutrition considerations, and overall wellness support. My hope is to get you feeling well.
(360) 234-3305 View (360) 234-3305

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Number of Psychiatrists in Bellingham, WA

50+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Bellingham, WA who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
93% Anxiety
91% Medication Management
80% Trauma and PTSD
78% Bipolar Disorder
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
59% Stress

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
85% Regence
78% Premera

How Psychiatrists in Bellingham, WA see their clients

53% Online Only
47% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

76% Female
22% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bellingham?

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.