Psychiatrists in King County, WA

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Photo of Angels Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in King County, WA
Angels Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, MA
Verified Verified
Woodinville, WA 98072
As a board certified mental health provider I guide clients in their mental health journeys with empathy and expertise. Through a patient-centric approach, I create a safe, non-judgmental environment where people feel comfortable expressing themselves. By combining evidence-based therapies like psychotherapy and medication management, I empower patients to overcome challenges and achieve well-being. I am dedicated to ongoing learning, keeping up with psychiatry advancements, and collaborating with fellow healthcare professionals for comprehensive care. Ultimately, I strive to make a positive impact on the lives of those I serve.
As a board certified mental health provider I guide clients in their mental health journeys with empathy and expertise. Through a patient-centric approach, I create a safe, non-judgmental environment where people feel comfortable expressing themselves. By combining evidence-based therapies like psychotherapy and medication management, I empower patients to overcome challenges and achieve well-being. I am dedicated to ongoing learning, keeping up with psychiatry advancements, and collaborating with fellow healthcare professionals for comprehensive care. Ultimately, I strive to make a positive impact on the lives of those I serve.
(425) 537-6287 View (425) 537-6287
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Iman M Yunis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98101
Dr. Yunis is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate degree, practicing in Washington State. Her professional degrees were awarded from Seattle University. She is deeply committed to supporting clients and families in improving their mental health using their strengths and goals. Dr. Yunis believes that you are the expert in your life, and that collaborating with you to create a realistic and individualized treatment plan is essential to meeting your unique needs and reaching your goals. The foundation of her practice is a mindful, holistic and patient-centered approach to wellness.
Dr. Yunis is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate degree, practicing in Washington State. Her professional degrees were awarded from Seattle University. She is deeply committed to supporting clients and families in improving their mental health using their strengths and goals. Dr. Yunis believes that you are the expert in your life, and that collaborating with you to create a realistic and individualized treatment plan is essential to meeting your unique needs and reaching your goals. The foundation of her practice is a mindful, holistic and patient-centered approach to wellness.
(206) 483-0730 View (206) 483-0730
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Transformational Psychiatry NW & TMS Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98116
We are a very experienced mental health practice and have an extensive background in working with those with mood challenges, including those seeking help when medication and/or therapy may not be working. TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) is FDA-approved and is an effective treatment with a high rate of response and remission. It can be helpful for mood challenges such as: Depression; Anxiety; OCD; Addiction; Bipolar/Depression; ADHD; PTSD; tinnitus; smoking cessation. We look forward to working with you to help you achieve your goals and optimal wellness.
We are a very experienced mental health practice and have an extensive background in working with those with mood challenges, including those seeking help when medication and/or therapy may not be working. TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) is FDA-approved and is an effective treatment with a high rate of response and remission. It can be helpful for mood challenges such as: Depression; Anxiety; OCD; Addiction; Bipolar/Depression; ADHD; PTSD; tinnitus; smoking cessation. We look forward to working with you to help you achieve your goals and optimal wellness.
(253) 242-2975 View (253) 242-2975
Photo of Jessica H Gonzales, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in King County, WA
Jessica H Gonzales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052  (Online Only)
I am accepting new clients on a case-by-case basis for medication management. As an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I see patients 18 yo and older, which means that in addition to other tools I've gained from my advanced training, I can prescribe medication when necessary. Medication management is an important component of what I do, and when it's needed, I work collaboratively to find a regimen that works best for you. When you come to me, you may have been working with another practitioner, tried a variety of other approaches, or may be taking a step toward treatment for the first time.
I am accepting new clients on a case-by-case basis for medication management. As an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I see patients 18 yo and older, which means that in addition to other tools I've gained from my advanced training, I can prescribe medication when necessary. Medication management is an important component of what I do, and when it's needed, I work collaboratively to find a regimen that works best for you. When you come to me, you may have been working with another practitioner, tried a variety of other approaches, or may be taking a step toward treatment for the first time.
(425) 276-6294 View (425) 276-6294
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Rafael Achacoso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodinville, WA 98072  (Online Only)
Accepting clients w/ immediate openings .As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to offer a safe, warm, and inviting space where your mental health is the priority. I provide comprehensive medication management, ensuring that any medications prescribed are effectively addressing your symptoms while minimizing side effects. My current role as a provider in a hospital, supporting individuals in acute crisis, enriches my clinical knowledge.
Accepting clients w/ immediate openings .As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to offer a safe, warm, and inviting space where your mental health is the priority. I provide comprehensive medication management, ensuring that any medications prescribed are effectively addressing your symptoms while minimizing side effects. My current role as a provider in a hospital, supporting individuals in acute crisis, enriches my clinical knowledge.
(425) 584-6015 View (425) 584-6015
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Kit Ko
Psychiatric Nurse, MN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004
Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and ADHD can make life feel like an uphill climb. Combined with the uncertain times we are living in, things can quickly become overwhelming. Together we will develop a treatment plan the emphasizes your strengths and takes into consideration the many biopsychosocial factors that may be affecting you. Please note that I primarily provide medication management, with some therapy meant to supplement the work you are doing with your primary talk therapist.
Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and ADHD can make life feel like an uphill climb. Combined with the uncertain times we are living in, things can quickly become overwhelming. Together we will develop a treatment plan the emphasizes your strengths and takes into consideration the many biopsychosocial factors that may be affecting you. Please note that I primarily provide medication management, with some therapy meant to supplement the work you are doing with your primary talk therapist.
(425) 968-5948 View (425) 968-5948
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Julie A Lord
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98109
I am a board certified psychiatrist with 20 years of experience. I treat a wide variety of conditions including life adjustment issues, relationship difficulties, anxiety, mood disorders, and other common psychiatric conditions. I specialize in adult psychiatry and psychotherapy, utilizing a strengths-based approach and medications when indicated.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with 20 years of experience. I treat a wide variety of conditions including life adjustment issues, relationship difficulties, anxiety, mood disorders, and other common psychiatric conditions. I specialize in adult psychiatry and psychotherapy, utilizing a strengths-based approach and medications when indicated.
(206) 866-2281 View (206) 866-2281
Photo of Sean Dunn, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in King County, WA
Sean Dunn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, BA
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98107
I know all too well that finding the right provider can be a struggle. I run a client-centered practice, which means YOU come first. Through my patient portal, you can make your own appointments, submit refill requests, track lab results, and get in touch all without lifting a phone. I run an intentionally small-scale, streamlined practice, which means less logistical hassles and phone-tag. While in my care, you will be with a passionate provider who adheres to the most current and evidence-based practices. Learn more and reach out at www.atcpsychiatry.com
I know all too well that finding the right provider can be a struggle. I run a client-centered practice, which means YOU come first. Through my patient portal, you can make your own appointments, submit refill requests, track lab results, and get in touch all without lifting a phone. I run an intentionally small-scale, streamlined practice, which means less logistical hassles and phone-tag. While in my care, you will be with a passionate provider who adheres to the most current and evidence-based practices. Learn more and reach out at www.atcpsychiatry.com
(206) 202-3334 View (206) 202-3334
Photo of Allison Cothern, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in King County, WA
Allison Cothern
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98119  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with both my Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing. Since completing my graduate studies and residencies, I have specialized in treating adults with mental health difficulties and concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and other challenges. I will make it my priority to help you feel comfortable while performing thorough assessments to better diagnose and develop a treatment plan. I believe in a holistic approach to maximize wellbeing and to help you attain the best results.
I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with both my Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing. Since completing my graduate studies and residencies, I have specialized in treating adults with mental health difficulties and concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and other challenges. I will make it my priority to help you feel comfortable while performing thorough assessments to better diagnose and develop a treatment plan. I believe in a holistic approach to maximize wellbeing and to help you attain the best results.
(206) 752-9926 View (206) 752-9926
Photo of Seattle Anxiety Specialists, Psychiatrist in King County, WA
Seattle Anxiety Specialists
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98101
Currently accepting new patients.
Currently accepting new patients.
(206) 312-1922 View (206) 312-1922
Photo of Jonathan Allotey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in King County, WA
Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(206) 895-7857 View (206) 895-7857
Photo of Copestone Psychiatric - Warren Shadko, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in King County, WA
Copestone Psychiatric - Warren Shadko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kirkland, WA 98034  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Accepting New Clients (Nevada & Washington): You are searching for a psychiatric provider that will help you follow through with needed care to complete and maintain your recovery. Copestone Psychiatric works to provide quality mental health care across the lifespan through medication management, therapy, coaching, and more. All psychiatric complaints are treated, including: ADHD, Anxiety disorders, Depressive/Mood disorders, Panic, PTSD, OCD, and Sleep/Wake Disorders. Click our "Website" link to schedule your free, 15-minute consult so we may chat!
Accepting New Clients (Nevada & Washington): You are searching for a psychiatric provider that will help you follow through with needed care to complete and maintain your recovery. Copestone Psychiatric works to provide quality mental health care across the lifespan through medication management, therapy, coaching, and more. All psychiatric complaints are treated, including: ADHD, Anxiety disorders, Depressive/Mood disorders, Panic, PTSD, OCD, and Sleep/Wake Disorders. Click our "Website" link to schedule your free, 15-minute consult so we may chat!
(425) 217-1651 View (425) 217-1651
Photo of Robert Hernandez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in King County, WA
Robert Hernandez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Same or next Day Appointment - Guaranteed! (including evenings and weekends)
Same or next Day Appointment - Guaranteed! (including evenings and weekends)
(206) 589-5616 View (206) 589-5616
Photo of Hea W Shin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in King County, WA
Hea W Shin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98119  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. I believe each client needs individualized care, and approach every client with respect and nonjudgmental way. I provide combination of talk therapy, comprehensive evaluation, and medication management. *** Please make sure to contact the correct location, I do practice in two different states. Contact the one that you are currently permanently residing***
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. I believe each client needs individualized care, and approach every client with respect and nonjudgmental way. I provide combination of talk therapy, comprehensive evaluation, and medication management. *** Please make sure to contact the correct location, I do practice in two different states. Contact the one that you are currently permanently residing***
(972) 360-9649 View (972) 360-9649
Photo of Seong-Hun Kim, Psychiatrist in King County, WA
Seong-Hun Kim
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98125
I am a psychiatrist who specializes in integrated psychiatric treatment that combines biological, social, cultural and psychological perspectives. My practice draws upon various evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches, and utilizes psychiatric medications if appropriate. I strongly believe that each person has a natural tendency to grow and realize her/his potential, but this process is frequently impeded for a variety of reasons. We will work together to identify those obstacles and to explore and articulate the feelings, thoughts and attitudes that are often not fully recognized. This is a collaborative, shared effort in a professional setting that is safe, open and supportive.
I am a psychiatrist who specializes in integrated psychiatric treatment that combines biological, social, cultural and psychological perspectives. My practice draws upon various evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches, and utilizes psychiatric medications if appropriate. I strongly believe that each person has a natural tendency to grow and realize her/his potential, but this process is frequently impeded for a variety of reasons. We will work together to identify those obstacles and to explore and articulate the feelings, thoughts and attitudes that are often not fully recognized. This is a collaborative, shared effort in a professional setting that is safe, open and supportive.
(206) 966-6989 View (206) 966-6989
Outpatient Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Issaquah, WA 98027
We treat most psychiatric disorders and provide both medication management and brief psychotherapy. We offer evidence-based treatment for various conditions, including depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar, and ADHD. We also believe psychotherapy and lifestyle changes are essential parts of mental well-being to achieve long-term recovery. We are experienced and trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Strength-Based Therapy.
We treat most psychiatric disorders and provide both medication management and brief psychotherapy. We offer evidence-based treatment for various conditions, including depression, anxiety, stress, bipolar, and ADHD. We also believe psychotherapy and lifestyle changes are essential parts of mental well-being to achieve long-term recovery. We are experienced and trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Strength-Based Therapy.
(206) 944-5055 View (206) 944-5055
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Psychiatry of Seattle
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Welcome to Seattle's Premier Online ADHD Medical Practice! Discover a personalized approach to managing ADHD right from the comfort of your home with our cutting-edge online medical practice in Seattle. At Psychiatry of Seattle, we understand the unique challenges that come with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and we're here to provide compassionate care tailored to your individual needs.
Welcome to Seattle's Premier Online ADHD Medical Practice! Discover a personalized approach to managing ADHD right from the comfort of your home with our cutting-edge online medical practice in Seattle. At Psychiatry of Seattle, we understand the unique challenges that come with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and we're here to provide compassionate care tailored to your individual needs.
(206) 207-9450 View (206) 207-9450
Photo of Deanna Bronfermakher, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in King County, WA
Deanna Bronfermakher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bothell, WA 98011
Deanna Bronfermakher is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Washington who has been practicing since 2015. Deanna offers a holistic approach in which she addresses your individual needs. Together, you will address your concerns, establish an appropriate treatment plan, and help you overcome those personal obstacles that have impacted your quality of life. Using a comprehensive approach to care, Deanna evaluates and treats symptoms such as those associated with depression, anxiety, trauma, and other psychiatric conditions.
Deanna Bronfermakher is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Washington who has been practicing since 2015. Deanna offers a holistic approach in which she addresses your individual needs. Together, you will address your concerns, establish an appropriate treatment plan, and help you overcome those personal obstacles that have impacted your quality of life. Using a comprehensive approach to care, Deanna evaluates and treats symptoms such as those associated with depression, anxiety, trauma, and other psychiatric conditions.
(425) 541-1304 View (425) 541-1304
Photo of Ann M Griffin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in King County, WA
Ann M Griffin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98119  (Online Only)
I specialize in medication management for adults age 20 and up. I emphasize a holistic approach, focusing on multiple factors that contribute to overall functioning, mental health, and wellbeing. Education is a fundamental component of my approach, so I strongly believe in empowering each client with the knowledge to take an active role in their treatment. The therapeutic alliance I develop with each of my clients is based on trust, open communication, compassion, and respect, which cultivates positive development, recovery, and healing. With this focus, I hope to serve as a guide to help clients meet their goals.
I specialize in medication management for adults age 20 and up. I emphasize a holistic approach, focusing on multiple factors that contribute to overall functioning, mental health, and wellbeing. Education is a fundamental component of my approach, so I strongly believe in empowering each client with the knowledge to take an active role in their treatment. The therapeutic alliance I develop with each of my clients is based on trust, open communication, compassion, and respect, which cultivates positive development, recovery, and healing. With this focus, I hope to serve as a guide to help clients meet their goals.
(425) 272-6425 x9873 View (425) 272-6425 x9873
Photo of Inno Ogbede, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in King County, WA
Inno Ogbede
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98109
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in Washington state. I went into healthcare to serve others; I started from the bottom and walked my way up. I went from a certified nursing assistant to a vocational nurse to a registered nurse and now a nurse practitioner.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in Washington state. I went into healthcare to serve others; I started from the bottom and walked my way up. I went from a certified nursing assistant to a vocational nurse to a registered nurse and now a nurse practitioner.
(425) 842-1705 View (425) 842-1705

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in King County, WA

700+

Average cost per session

$227

Psychiatrists in King County, WA who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
92% Depression
85% Medication Management
80% Bipolar Disorder
76% ADHD
76% Trauma and PTSD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Aetna
75% Cigna and Evernorth
68% Premera

How Psychiatrists in King County, WA see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
29% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in King 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.