Psychiatrists in Chehalis, WA

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Luke Greene
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Chehalis, WA 98532
As an authentic and personable care provider, Luke’s goal is to make personal local mental health care available for everyone. Luke earned his Master’s degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Azusa Pacific University in California in 2012. During this time, he worked for a private mental health facility and for the local VA. Luke has more than ten years of experience providing mental health care in both outpatient and inpatient facilities. He was as an outpatient mental health care provider for the VA center in Bath, New York for over four years.
As an authentic and personable care provider, Luke’s goal is to make personal local mental health care available for everyone. Luke earned his Master’s degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Azusa Pacific University in California in 2012. During this time, he worked for a private mental health facility and for the local VA. Luke has more than ten years of experience providing mental health care in both outpatient and inpatient facilities. He was as an outpatient mental health care provider for the VA center in Bath, New York for over four years.
(360) 938-4387 View (360) 938-4387
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Harvey William Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHMP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Chehalis, WA 98532
As a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am equipped to provide comprehensive care for individuals and families facing mental health challenges. My training and experience have prepared me to work with a diverse range of patients, including those from under-served populations. I have a background in military medicine, working my way from being an army medic to supervising the army's busiest emergency department. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working closely with social workers and caregivers to advocate for the needs of foster children.
As a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am equipped to provide comprehensive care for individuals and families facing mental health challenges. My training and experience have prepared me to work with a diverse range of patients, including those from under-served populations. I have a background in military medicine, working my way from being an army medic to supervising the army's busiest emergency department. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working closely with social workers and caregivers to advocate for the needs of foster children.
(206) 895-6430 View (206) 895-6430
Photo of Jeanette G Revay, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jeanette G Revay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Chehalis, WA 98532
We facilitate lives to sobriety and returning them to their path of becoming the person they were meant to be. I believe that everyone is created for a purpose. With our help, we will help you to find freedom to find that purpose through treatment, compassion and fellowship. Helping family and friends to understand what has happened with their loved one and why. Help them to understand what addiction is and to understand the way back and the possibilities available to their loved one and how they can help them to recover. Help the addicted one and their family to restore family relationships that have been damaged and broken
We facilitate lives to sobriety and returning them to their path of becoming the person they were meant to be. I believe that everyone is created for a purpose. With our help, we will help you to find freedom to find that purpose through treatment, compassion and fellowship. Helping family and friends to understand what has happened with their loved one and why. Help them to understand what addiction is and to understand the way back and the possibilities available to their loved one and how they can help them to recover. Help the addicted one and their family to restore family relationships that have been damaged and broken
(360) 810-5440 View (360) 810-5440
Photo of Christie A Green, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Christie A Green
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Chehalis, WA 98532  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients in Arizona, Iowa, and Washington State! As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I assess, diagnose, and provide ongoing medication management. I offer mental health medication bridges, emotional support animal letters, and can connect you to one of our therapists for talk therapy. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, I can assess and treat basic medical concerns. I order labs, address results, and provide medication bridges until you can see your primary care provider.
Accepting new patients in Arizona, Iowa, and Washington State! As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I assess, diagnose, and provide ongoing medication management. I offer mental health medication bridges, emotional support animal letters, and can connect you to one of our therapists for talk therapy. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, I can assess and treat basic medical concerns. I order labs, address results, and provide medication bridges until you can see your primary care provider.
(480) 256-8690 View (480) 256-8690
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Well Thought, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Chehalis, WA 98532
Acknowledging your having a problem and asking for help is hard, and you don't want to wait weeks or months to get the help you need - this can be both frustrating and dangerous! Your Primary Care Provider is great for many of your needs, but for mental health you really want to be seen by someone who specializes in psychiatric care. You want to get the help you need now, and with current changes in laws controlling healthcare delivery it's more important than ever to get established with a provider near you to avoid interruption in your care!
Acknowledging your having a problem and asking for help is hard, and you don't want to wait weeks or months to get the help you need - this can be both frustrating and dangerous! Your Primary Care Provider is great for many of your needs, but for mental health you really want to be seen by someone who specializes in psychiatric care. You want to get the help you need now, and with current changes in laws controlling healthcare delivery it's more important than ever to get established with a provider near you to avoid interruption in your care!
(360) 559-3456 View (360) 559-3456

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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David Penner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Centralia, WA 98531
I am a double board-certified Harvard-trained child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist specializing in treating hard-to-treat depression through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). For over ten years, I've treated adults and children with a wide range of acute and chronic mental illnesses and implemented TMS into my services when I saw the incredible results my patients were achieving.
I am a double board-certified Harvard-trained child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist specializing in treating hard-to-treat depression through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). For over ten years, I've treated adults and children with a wide range of acute and chronic mental illnesses and implemented TMS into my services when I saw the incredible results my patients were achieving.
(360) 339-8759 View (360) 339-8759
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Diana Wilcox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Centralia, WA 98531
Accepting new patients! Is your battle with depression taking too much out of you? Is your child in need of mental health support? I am a board-certified Gonzaga Trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My main focus is on offering medication-free treatment for depression through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). In addition to TMS treatments, I work with children and adolescents. Our office is the only one in Tumwater that offers TMS for adolescents ages 15 and up. We have impressive remision rates of depression - 62 percent. No medication!
Accepting new patients! Is your battle with depression taking too much out of you? Is your child in need of mental health support? I am a board-certified Gonzaga Trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My main focus is on offering medication-free treatment for depression through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). In addition to TMS treatments, I work with children and adolescents. Our office is the only one in Tumwater that offers TMS for adolescents ages 15 and up. We have impressive remision rates of depression - 62 percent. No medication!
(360) 367-3088 View (360) 367-3088
Photo of Julie Ann Thompson, DNP, APRN, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Julie Ann Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Centralia, WA 98531
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I help clients navigate their feelings and thoughts around the experience of being human. Listening to the client's life goals is the most important aspect of my care. My responsibility is to listen, offer suggestions and advocate for them.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I help clients navigate their feelings and thoughts around the experience of being human. Listening to the client's life goals is the most important aspect of my care. My responsibility is to listen, offer suggestions and advocate for them.
(360) 776-6599 View (360) 776-6599

Online Psychiatrists

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Dr. Gold Nwokochah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
Dr. Nwokochah is a doctoral-prepared, licensed, dual-board-certified family nurse and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Dr. Nwokochah offers medication management and brief supportive therapy for clients facing challenges not limited to ADHD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Insomnia, Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia, and more. I'm here to help guide you through these obstacles.
Dr. Nwokochah is a doctoral-prepared, licensed, dual-board-certified family nurse and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Dr. Nwokochah offers medication management and brief supportive therapy for clients facing challenges not limited to ADHD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Insomnia, Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia, and more. I'm here to help guide you through these obstacles.
(206) 900-8109 View (206) 900-8109
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Davonna (Dee) Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Vancouver, WA 98660
Embarking on the journey of seeking support takes immense courage, and I appreciate the strength it takes to reach out. As a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I offer compassionate therapeutic support and Medication Management for anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, OCD, and more. Specializing in adults, children, and teenagers, my integrative approach unravels persistent patterns, empowering you to confront life's challenges with resilience. Let's collaboratively navigate your journey towards healing and growth.
Embarking on the journey of seeking support takes immense courage, and I appreciate the strength it takes to reach out. As a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I offer compassionate therapeutic support and Medication Management for anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, OCD, and more. Specializing in adults, children, and teenagers, my integrative approach unravels persistent patterns, empowering you to confront life's challenges with resilience. Let's collaboratively navigate your journey towards healing and growth.
(360) 564-7718 View (360) 564-7718
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Youngoak Kim Pryor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Poulsbo, WA 98370
I specialize in psychopharmacological ( Psychiatric Medication) evaluations and the treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, OCD, and ADHD. I hold two Board Certifications; Child/Adolescent and Adult. I have 27 years of independent practice experience as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in Kitsap county preceeded by 17 years of experience as an RN in the areas of Nursing Education, Medical, Surgical, Family Practice, and Community Health nursing. My passion is treating those patients considered "treatment resistant" with the most effective methods available.
I specialize in psychopharmacological ( Psychiatric Medication) evaluations and the treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, OCD, and ADHD. I hold two Board Certifications; Child/Adolescent and Adult. I have 27 years of independent practice experience as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in Kitsap county preceeded by 17 years of experience as an RN in the areas of Nursing Education, Medical, Surgical, Family Practice, and Community Health nursing. My passion is treating those patients considered "treatment resistant" with the most effective methods available.
(360) 464-1917 View (360) 464-1917
Photo of Amy Brumbaugh, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amy Brumbaugh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
My clients come from different backgrounds and walks of life, all seeking support for their emotional well-being and mental balance. I specialize in helping those dealing with mood disorders and anxiety, offering a tailored approach to address their unique struggles (including medication management, supplements & exercise programs, and therapy options). My ideal client is someone who's ready to work together on this journey towards better mental health, with trust, understanding, and a shared commitment to positive change.
My clients come from different backgrounds and walks of life, all seeking support for their emotional well-being and mental balance. I specialize in helping those dealing with mood disorders and anxiety, offering a tailored approach to address their unique struggles (including medication management, supplements & exercise programs, and therapy options). My ideal client is someone who's ready to work together on this journey towards better mental health, with trust, understanding, and a shared commitment to positive change.
(206) 207-0191 View (206) 207-0191
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Ohana Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Puyallup, WA 98371
Some areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and general life stressors. During our in-person initial intake - We will meet, go over intake questions, discuss your thoughts/needs/goals and work together to discover how to proceed forward. Time is precious and I value your time.
Some areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and general life stressors. During our in-person initial intake - We will meet, go over intake questions, discuss your thoughts/needs/goals and work together to discover how to proceed forward. Time is precious and I value your time.
(253) 793-0604 View (253) 793-0604
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Dr. Annabelle Dampier
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Dr. Dampier is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist accepting new patients. She has extensive experience with assessing and treating a diverse array of psychiatric diagnoses. Moreover, she incorporates cultural psychiatry into clinical supervision and psychiatric assessments. Her private practice offers pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy medical interventions. She enjoys working alongside neuropsychiatrist to manage patients who undergo acute and intermittent neuromodulation.
Dr. Dampier is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist accepting new patients. She has extensive experience with assessing and treating a diverse array of psychiatric diagnoses. Moreover, she incorporates cultural psychiatry into clinical supervision and psychiatric assessments. Her private practice offers pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy medical interventions. She enjoys working alongside neuropsychiatrist to manage patients who undergo acute and intermittent neuromodulation.
(206) 593-3343 View (206) 593-3343
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Natnael Gebeyehu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Currently accepting new clients. Services Provided: Psychiatric Evaluation, Psychopharmacology, and Talk Therapy using individually tailored modalities. Specialties include Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Psychotic disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and LGBTQIA+.
Currently accepting new clients. Services Provided: Psychiatric Evaluation, Psychopharmacology, and Talk Therapy using individually tailored modalities. Specialties include Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Psychotic disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and LGBTQIA+.
(425) 842-0331 View (425) 842-0331
Photo of Heather Siegel, ARNP, PMHNP, FNP, CNM, Psychiatric Nurse
Heather Siegel
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP, PMHNP, FNP, CNM
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Kirkland, WA 98034
As a psychiatric medication prescriber, I work with children, teens, and adults. I see all psychiatric complaints, including depression, anxiety, panic, ADHD, bipolar, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, and psychosis. I focus on listening to the patient, thorough care, and helping the patient to live the best life they can live. As a certified nurse midwife, I remain committed to providing high quality mental health care to pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding moms. I do not prescribe ongoing benzodiazepines for anxiety or sleep.
As a psychiatric medication prescriber, I work with children, teens, and adults. I see all psychiatric complaints, including depression, anxiety, panic, ADHD, bipolar, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, and psychosis. I focus on listening to the patient, thorough care, and helping the patient to live the best life they can live. As a certified nurse midwife, I remain committed to providing high quality mental health care to pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding moms. I do not prescribe ongoing benzodiazepines for anxiety or sleep.
(206) 535-1674 View (206) 535-1674
Photo of Steven Pline, DNP, ANRP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Steven Pline
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ANRP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98121
All are welcome here. We all live with problems: and they need not define us. I provide proven treatments to help patients access wellness and recovery. You have choices here. Since there are many paths of wellness and recovery, I recommend evidence-proven options to help you experience health, hope, and meaning your way.
All are welcome here. We all live with problems: and they need not define us. I provide proven treatments to help patients access wellness and recovery. You have choices here. Since there are many paths of wellness and recovery, I recommend evidence-proven options to help you experience health, hope, and meaning your way.
(206) 590-4772 View (206) 590-4772
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Rebekah Strong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Renton, WA 98056
I am board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I hold a Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Washington. I see adult clients with a variety of mental health issues and diagnoses including: depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar spectrum disorders, panic disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. I love caring for clients seeking medication management while planning pregnancy, already pregnant, and in the postpartum period.
I am board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I hold a Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Washington. I see adult clients with a variety of mental health issues and diagnoses including: depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar spectrum disorders, panic disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. I love caring for clients seeking medication management while planning pregnancy, already pregnant, and in the postpartum period.
(425) 230-4370 View (425) 230-4370
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Marlen Lukatsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98122  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed and practicing in the states of Colorado and Washington. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, and adults (ages 10-64) with a passion for providing clients with the best possible comprehensive care while focusing on their mental health. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, medication management, and psychotherapy. At this time, I am accepting new clients for medication management with supportive therapy.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed and practicing in the states of Colorado and Washington. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, and adults (ages 10-64) with a passion for providing clients with the best possible comprehensive care while focusing on their mental health. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, medication management, and psychotherapy. At this time, I am accepting new clients for medication management with supportive therapy.
(206) 590-7428 x1 View (206) 590-7428 x1
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Cindy Bello-Utu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSW, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tukwila, WA 98188
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in the state of Washington with prescriptive authority. My primary areas of focus are depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD/trauma. While I am licensed to treat across the lifespan my primary focus will be individuals between the ages of 18-60 years old.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in the state of Washington with prescriptive authority. My primary areas of focus are depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD/trauma. While I am licensed to treat across the lifespan my primary focus will be individuals between the ages of 18-60 years old.
(425) 640-7009 x9310 View (425) 640-7009 x9310

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Chehalis, WA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Chehalis, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
80% Addiction

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Chehalis, WA see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Male
40% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Chehalis?

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.