Psychiatrists in Woodinville, WA

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Angels Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, MA
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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Dorcas Mwangi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Woodinville, WA 98072  (Online Only)
Welcome to our site. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed in Washington state. I have over 11 years of experience working in the mental health filed. I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations and evidence-based medication management. My ultimate goal is to work with my clients to find an individualized treatment plan that helps them to achieve their best wellness. I believe in offering Patient-Centered Care, to enable my patients to acquire necessary tools to achieve optimal mental health wellness.
Welcome to our site. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed in Washington state. I have over 11 years of experience working in the mental health filed. I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations and evidence-based medication management. My ultimate goal is to work with my clients to find an individualized treatment plan that helps them to achieve their best wellness. I believe in offering Patient-Centered Care, to enable my patients to acquire necessary tools to achieve optimal mental health wellness.
(206) 489-3281 View (206) 489-3281
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Rafael Achacoso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
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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Conquer
Physician Assistant, MBA, PA-C
Verified
Woodinville, WA 98072
Have you hit "rock bottom" yet? Addiction to substances is destructive to so many individuals and their families. The underlying cause of the addiction is multifaceted and complex. If your desire is to see you or your loved one free from this deadly disease, you need support that is compassionate, knowledgeable, and consistent. The fact is, "rock bottom" can always be hit again and lower than we ever thought it could be. Let this be the last "rock bottom" you hit
Have you hit "rock bottom" yet? Addiction to substances is destructive to so many individuals and their families. The underlying cause of the addiction is multifaceted and complex. If your desire is to see you or your loved one free from this deadly disease, you need support that is compassionate, knowledgeable, and consistent. The fact is, "rock bottom" can always be hit again and lower than we ever thought it could be. Let this be the last "rock bottom" you hit
(360) 614-2950 View (360) 614-2950
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James Houser
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Woodinville, WA 98077
James B. Houser, MD is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of adults over the age of 18. He graduated from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 1990 and completed residency training at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
James B. Houser, MD is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of adults over the age of 18. He graduated from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 1990 and completed residency training at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
(425) 324-3462 View (425) 324-3462
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Heather Siegel
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP, PMHNP, FNP, CNM
Verified
5 Endorsed
Woodinville, WA 98072
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.
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.
(206) 535-1674 View (206) 535-1674
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Megan T Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
8 Endorsed
Woodinville, WA 98072
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I prescribe psychiatric medication, perform psychiatric evaluations, and provide solution-oriented counseling to patients. Currently, I am seeing adult patients only. I treat a wide range of mental health issues and provide support and psychiatric care to people navigating lifespan, family, and career transitions, as well as patients facing health challenges like diabetes, cancer, addiction, and declining memory. My approach to prescribing is conservative and transparent; emphasizes safety, efficacy, comfort, and patient understanding; and is supported by research.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I prescribe psychiatric medication, perform psychiatric evaluations, and provide solution-oriented counseling to patients. Currently, I am seeing adult patients only. I treat a wide range of mental health issues and provide support and psychiatric care to people navigating lifespan, family, and career transitions, as well as patients facing health challenges like diabetes, cancer, addiction, and declining memory. My approach to prescribing is conservative and transparent; emphasizes safety, efficacy, comfort, and patient understanding; and is supported by research.
(206) 557-6711 View (206) 557-6711
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Dr. Natalie Dreyfoos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Woodinville, WA 98072
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority. I manage and treat all psychiatric conditions with particular interest in ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, and psycho-oncology. I possess strong skills in medication management, brief supportive psychotherapy and meaning centered psychotherapy.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority. I manage and treat all psychiatric conditions with particular interest in ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, and psycho-oncology. I possess strong skills in medication management, brief supportive psychotherapy and meaning centered psychotherapy.
(425) 510-5571 View (425) 510-5571
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Nobu Buckley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified
5 Endorsed
Woodinville, WA 98072
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with Prescriptive Authority. I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments, medication management, and brief therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. My areas of special interest include ADHD, Autism spectrum disorder, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety disorders, and Depression. Before nursing, Nobu was a high school chemistry and physics teacher in the Lake Washington School District. She brings knowledge and experience with school accommodations to her work as a provider.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with Prescriptive Authority. I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments, medication management, and brief therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. My areas of special interest include ADHD, Autism spectrum disorder, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety disorders, and Depression. Before nursing, Nobu was a high school chemistry and physics teacher in the Lake Washington School District. She brings knowledge and experience with school accommodations to her work as a provider.
(425) 949-0204 View (425) 949-0204
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Robert Devney
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
5 Endorsed
Woodinville, WA 98072
I have a general psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry practice and will see individuals up to the age of 65 years. Interests include autism spectrum disorder in patients with co-occurring physiologic illness. My practice often focuses on anxiety, mood, thought disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These diagnoses frequently present as home, school, and work concerns. For assistance with substance use disorders, I rely on other community providers.
I have a general psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry practice and will see individuals up to the age of 65 years. Interests include autism spectrum disorder in patients with co-occurring physiologic illness. My practice often focuses on anxiety, mood, thought disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These diagnoses frequently present as home, school, and work concerns. For assistance with substance use disorders, I rely on other community providers.
(425) 949-0204 View (425) 949-0204
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Sara Maurer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified
Woodinville, WA 98072  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and have worked as a registered nurse for over twenty years caring for patients in hospital, residential and outpatient settings before pursuing a career in mental health. For the past six years I have treated patients with eating disorders in addition to being trained and experienced with many psychiatric disorders including anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and PTSD. I utilizes evidence-based guidelines in diagnosis and treatment planning and can provide medication management as well as brief therapy.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and have worked as a registered nurse for over twenty years caring for patients in hospital, residential and outpatient settings before pursuing a career in mental health. For the past six years I have treated patients with eating disorders in addition to being trained and experienced with many psychiatric disorders including anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and PTSD. I utilizes evidence-based guidelines in diagnosis and treatment planning and can provide medication management as well as brief therapy.
(425) 532-3552 View (425) 532-3552
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Dr. Kory Simonsen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Woodinville, WA 98072  (Online Only)
I am excited that you found yourself here. My training prepares me to be here and serve as a guide in helping you navigate through life's most significant challenges. I tailor my approach to your unique needs, and offer personalized solutions and support using psychotherapy and, when necessary, medications as we navigate the journey forward.
I am excited that you found yourself here. My training prepares me to be here and serve as a guide in helping you navigate through life's most significant challenges. I tailor my approach to your unique needs, and offer personalized solutions and support using psychotherapy and, when necessary, medications as we navigate the journey forward.
(425) 578-5929 View (425) 578-5929
Neupathway LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Woodinville, WA 98072
Accepting new clients same week availability................................... Neupathway is deeply passionate about delivering exceptional mental health care that makes a significant positive impact on her patients' well-being. Her unwavering commitment to the field is reflected in her dedication to addressing the complexities of mental health, with a particular emphasis on anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.In an ever-evolving field, Eirin stays current with the latest research and therapeutic techniques to ensure that her patients receive the highest standard of care.
Accepting new clients same week availability................................... Neupathway is deeply passionate about delivering exceptional mental health care that makes a significant positive impact on her patients' well-being. Her unwavering commitment to the field is reflected in her dedication to addressing the complexities of mental health, with a particular emphasis on anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.In an ever-evolving field, Eirin stays current with the latest research and therapeutic techniques to ensure that her patients receive the highest standard of care.
(425) 584-6202 View (425) 584-6202

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Sule Karakus
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
I obtained my medical degree from University of Istanbul Medical School. I completed my Psychiatry Specialization at Case Western Reserve University. I was the chief resident of the inpatient units at Harvard Medical School. I have held positions at Western State Hospital, Good Samaritan Behavioral Health and Navos Mental Health. I was a pediatric neurosurgeon previously and have vast experience working abroad in the international medical communities of Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Australia. I am fluent in English, German, French and Turkish. Services Offered: My focus will be on medication management.
I obtained my medical degree from University of Istanbul Medical School. I completed my Psychiatry Specialization at Case Western Reserve University. I was the chief resident of the inpatient units at Harvard Medical School. I have held positions at Western State Hospital, Good Samaritan Behavioral Health and Navos Mental Health. I was a pediatric neurosurgeon previously and have vast experience working abroad in the international medical communities of Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Australia. I am fluent in English, German, French and Turkish. Services Offered: My focus will be on medication management.
(425) 243-1078 View (425) 243-1078
Photo of Deanna Bronfermakher, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Woodinville, WA
Deanna Bronfermakher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
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 Massoud Stephane, Psychiatrist in Woodinville, WA
Massoud Stephane
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Dr. Massoud Stephane is a Psychiatrist in Washington who has been practicing since 2019. Dr. Stephane graduated from Damascus University Medical College and was trained in neurology at La Salpeteriere in Paris, France and in psychiatry at Tufts University and Yale University. He was also a research fellow in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School where he was faculty for short time afterwards. Over his career span, he practiced psychiatry in the East Coast, Midwest, and West coast; and held professorial positions at the University of Minnesota, Indiana University and Oregon Health and Science University.
Dr. Massoud Stephane is a Psychiatrist in Washington who has been practicing since 2019. Dr. Stephane graduated from Damascus University Medical College and was trained in neurology at La Salpeteriere in Paris, France and in psychiatry at Tufts University and Yale University. He was also a research fellow in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School where he was faculty for short time afterwards. Over his career span, he practiced psychiatry in the East Coast, Midwest, and West coast; and held professorial positions at the University of Minnesota, Indiana University and Oregon Health and Science University.
(425) 510-0200 View (425) 510-0200
Photo of Kenny Kehinde, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Woodinville, WA
Kenny Kehinde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP
Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Kenny Kehinde is a Nurse Practitioner in North Dakota who has been practicing since 2022. He has a Bachelor's degree from the United Kingdom and an MSN from the Walden University. Kenny is non-judgmental in his approach and provides individualized treatment. Kenny provides medication management for adults with a particular interest in Mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, psychosis/schizophrenia, and substance use disorders, to mention a few. Outside of work, Kenny enjoys playing table tennis, cycling, and playing and watching soccer. He is an ardent supporter of Arsenal FC in Premier League in the U. K.
Kenny Kehinde is a Nurse Practitioner in North Dakota who has been practicing since 2022. He has a Bachelor's degree from the United Kingdom and an MSN from the Walden University. Kenny is non-judgmental in his approach and provides individualized treatment. Kenny provides medication management for adults with a particular interest in Mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, psychosis/schizophrenia, and substance use disorders, to mention a few. Outside of work, Kenny enjoys playing table tennis, cycling, and playing and watching soccer. He is an ardent supporter of Arsenal FC in Premier League in the U. K.
(425) 475-2906 View (425) 475-2906
Photo of Shannon La Douce, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Woodinville, WA
Shannon La Douce
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Bothell, WA 98011  (Online Only)
FEB 2024 - Appointments available this week! I am passionate about supporting those who have dedicated their lives to service (of all types!). I am adept at working with the "givers" - people who are often over-extending to those around them. I am committed to creating a safe and judgment-free space for you to finally be the one that receives support. Whether you're a veteran navigating the challenges of post-service life, a healthcare provider managing pressures of the field, a mom juggling parenthood, or the friend who everyone turns to, I am here to partner with you to give YOU the support you deserve.
FEB 2024 - Appointments available this week! I am passionate about supporting those who have dedicated their lives to service (of all types!). I am adept at working with the "givers" - people who are often over-extending to those around them. I am committed to creating a safe and judgment-free space for you to finally be the one that receives support. Whether you're a veteran navigating the challenges of post-service life, a healthcare provider managing pressures of the field, a mom juggling parenthood, or the friend who everyone turns to, I am here to partner with you to give YOU the support you deserve.
(206) 739-0245 View (206) 739-0245
Photo of Karim Saleh, Psychiatrist in Woodinville, WA
Karim Saleh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Karim Saleh is a graduate from Ain Shams University - Faculty of Medicine and completed his medical residency at Saint Louis University. He's been practicing psychiatry in Washington since 2010 and helping adults with a wide range of conditions, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia and co-occurring disorders. Karim believes in an evidence-based treatment philosophy. In his spare time, he enjoys sports and travel.
Karim Saleh is a graduate from Ain Shams University - Faculty of Medicine and completed his medical residency at Saint Louis University. He's been practicing psychiatry in Washington since 2010 and helping adults with a wide range of conditions, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia and co-occurring disorders. Karim believes in an evidence-based treatment philosophy. In his spare time, he enjoys sports and travel.
(425) 600-1563 View (425) 600-1563
Photo of Julian Edward Shorter, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Woodinville, WA
Julian Edward Shorter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bothell, WA 98011
(425) 225-4761 View (425) 225-4761

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Woodinville, WA

10+

Average cost per session

$215

Psychiatrists in Woodinville, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
92% Bipolar Disorder
77% ADHD
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Medication Management
62% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Regence
92% Premera
77% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Woodinville, WA see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Woodinville?

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.