Psychiatrists in Brookfield, WI

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Daniel Noll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Brookfield, WI 53005
Dr. Noll is a board-certified counselor and psychiatric nurse practitioner at LifeStance Health-Brookfield location. He treats adults who are dealing with a variety of mental health"? struggles including mood and anxiety spectrum disorders. In addition to outpatient psychiatry he worked at Rogers Behavioral Health from 2014-2022 servicing inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. Prior to 2014, he worked at Bayview Behavioral Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Dr. Noll is a board-certified counselor and psychiatric nurse practitioner at LifeStance Health-Brookfield location. He treats adults who are dealing with a variety of mental health"? struggles including mood and anxiety spectrum disorders. In addition to outpatient psychiatry he worked at Rogers Behavioral Health from 2014-2022 servicing inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. Prior to 2014, he worked at Bayview Behavioral Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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Raymond Kloss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brookfield, WI 53005
Raymond Kloss is a Psychiatrist in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 1992. Raymond treats affective, psychotic, and anxiety disorders in adults. As a specialist in anxiety disorders, he will be working with therapists to help people manage their anxiety to function better in life. Raymond enjoys working with patients to help figure out the best approach and treatment and believes in the combination of medications and therapy. In his free time, Raymond enjoys photography and travel.
Raymond Kloss is a Psychiatrist in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 1992. Raymond treats affective, psychotic, and anxiety disorders in adults. As a specialist in anxiety disorders, he will be working with therapists to help people manage their anxiety to function better in life. Raymond enjoys working with patients to help figure out the best approach and treatment and believes in the combination of medications and therapy. In his free time, Raymond enjoys photography and travel.
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Psych Med Management, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, APNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brookfield, WI 53005
We are a small group of Advanced Practice Nurse Prescribers specializing in psychiatry and family practice. As psychiatric nurse practitioners, we provide psychiatric assessment, consultation, and treatment. We have specialized expertise in the treatment of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder across the lifespan. Our primary goal is to provide our clients with an individualized psychiatric assessment, medication management and follow up care.
We are a small group of Advanced Practice Nurse Prescribers specializing in psychiatry and family practice. As psychiatric nurse practitioners, we provide psychiatric assessment, consultation, and treatment. We have specialized expertise in the treatment of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder across the lifespan. Our primary goal is to provide our clients with an individualized psychiatric assessment, medication management and follow up care.
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Mary Pintarro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brookfield, WI 53005  (Online Only)
Scheduling new clients within 2 weeks! I provide supportive psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management. I strive for personalized service for each and every client. I speak candidly about how to be successful in a treatment plan and what the most up to date best practices are for complicated psychiatric disorders. I am licensed in multiple states for those who travel.
Scheduling new clients within 2 weeks! I provide supportive psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management. I strive for personalized service for each and every client. I speak candidly about how to be successful in a treatment plan and what the most up to date best practices are for complicated psychiatric disorders. I am licensed in multiple states for those who travel.
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Hilary Tesch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Brookfield, WI 53005
Dr. Hilary Tesch is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2017. Hilary has a Bachelor's in Nursing from Carroll University, a Master's of Nursing from Alverno College, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Dr. Tesch offers a safe space for clients to have a session focusing on their needs in the moment. Dr. Tesch believes in positive therapeutic rapport, with the client being the expert of their life and needs. Dr. Tesch offers education, therapy, and medication management in all sessions.
Dr. Hilary Tesch is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2017. Hilary has a Bachelor's in Nursing from Carroll University, a Master's of Nursing from Alverno College, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Dr. Tesch offers a safe space for clients to have a session focusing on their needs in the moment. Dr. Tesch believes in positive therapeutic rapport, with the client being the expert of their life and needs. Dr. Tesch offers education, therapy, and medication management in all sessions.
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Robin Coleman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN
Verified Verified
Brookfield, WI 53005
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Prescriber, Robin has been providing psychiatric services to clients of Southeast Wisconsin for 30 years. She along with three colleagues obtained the first independent contract for advanced practice nurse prescribers in southeast Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor's degree from Marquette University, her Graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Pharmacology education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is state certified in both therapy and as a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Prescriber, Robin has been providing psychiatric services to clients of Southeast Wisconsin for 30 years. She along with three colleagues obtained the first independent contract for advanced practice nurse prescribers in southeast Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor's degree from Marquette University, her Graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Pharmacology education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is state certified in both therapy and as a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.
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Jillian Rouleau
Psychiatric Nurse, NP, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Brookfield, WI 53005
Dr. Jillian M. Rouleau is a dually board-certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of California, Fresno, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certification from Maryville University, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Rouleau draws from over 15 years of diverse experience in healthcare and uses up to date evidence-based research and recommendations to guide her practice.
Dr. Jillian M. Rouleau is a dually board-certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of California, Fresno, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Certification from Maryville University, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Rouleau draws from over 15 years of diverse experience in healthcare and uses up to date evidence-based research and recommendations to guide her practice.
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Lauri Lowenbraun
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Brookfield, WI 53005
Dr. Lauri Lowenbraun is a board certified adult psychiatrist who has been treating patients in the Milwaukee area for over twenty years. Following her residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she served as Chief Resident, she settled locally to provide care for the psychiatric needs in her community. Dr. Lowenbraun enjoys treating a full range of psychiatric conditions in adults 18 years and older. Her primary focus, however, includes the treatment of all mood and anxiety disorders. She further values the supportive therapeutic alliance she establishes with her patients.
Dr. Lauri Lowenbraun is a board certified adult psychiatrist who has been treating patients in the Milwaukee area for over twenty years. Following her residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she served as Chief Resident, she settled locally to provide care for the psychiatric needs in her community. Dr. Lowenbraun enjoys treating a full range of psychiatric conditions in adults 18 years and older. Her primary focus, however, includes the treatment of all mood and anxiety disorders. She further values the supportive therapeutic alliance she establishes with her patients.
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Providence Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brookfield, WI 53005  (Online Only)
Seeing new clients within 3 weeks! I offer evening follow up appointments and weekend intake appointments to ensure you don't struggle without treatment. If you are looking for a provider to ensure you have ability to be seen in a timely fashion, please reach out. I am licensed in multiple states for clients who travel.
Seeing new clients within 3 weeks! I offer evening follow up appointments and weekend intake appointments to ensure you don't struggle without treatment. If you are looking for a provider to ensure you have ability to be seen in a timely fashion, please reach out. I am licensed in multiple states for clients who travel.
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Elizabeth Hamlin
Psychiatrist, MD, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brookfield, WI 53045
I enjoy working with patients who are looking for a deeper understanding of their lives and struggles. While I do believe that symptom relief is important, I also believe it is important to address the underlying situations that have brought the symptoms about and that often cause them to recur. I provide both psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy, in which I focus on the importance of interpersonal relationships, including the here-and-now of the relationship with the therapist, to help patients break free of old patterns and to live freer and more authentic lives.
I enjoy working with patients who are looking for a deeper understanding of their lives and struggles. While I do believe that symptom relief is important, I also believe it is important to address the underlying situations that have brought the symptoms about and that often cause them to recur. I provide both psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy, in which I focus on the importance of interpersonal relationships, including the here-and-now of the relationship with the therapist, to help patients break free of old patterns and to live freer and more authentic lives.
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Nicole Bartelt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APNP, ANP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Brookfield, WI 53005
Accepting new patients. Nicole focuses on developing trust and therapeutic relationships with the patients and families she works with. She has a strong passion for treating patients holistically. She is dedicated to reducing stigma regarding mental health and helping patients achieve their goals and live full lives. Prior to specializing in mental health, Nicole has practiced as a nurse practitioner in acute care setting for past 8 years.
Accepting new patients. Nicole focuses on developing trust and therapeutic relationships with the patients and families she works with. She has a strong passion for treating patients holistically. She is dedicated to reducing stigma regarding mental health and helping patients achieve their goals and live full lives. Prior to specializing in mental health, Nicole has practiced as a nurse practitioner in acute care setting for past 8 years.
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Rachel Glick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brookfield, WI 53005
Accepting new patients for med management. Rachel is a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatric/mental health with current availability and is accepted by major insurance providers. Her passion for your pursuit of better mental health is evident in every interaction. She is dedicated to creating a therapeutic and safe environment with an ongoing commitment to providing the best care possible. Her practice is centered around the individual and takes a holistic and personalized approach to your care
Accepting new patients for med management. Rachel is a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatric/mental health with current availability and is accepted by major insurance providers. Her passion for your pursuit of better mental health is evident in every interaction. She is dedicated to creating a therapeutic and safe environment with an ongoing commitment to providing the best care possible. Her practice is centered around the individual and takes a holistic and personalized approach to your care
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Sarah Wawrzyniak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Brookfield, WI 53045  (Online Only)
I have a passion for Healing. From an early age, I was drawn to the intricate tapestry of the human mind. This passion led me to pursue a career in Psychiatry, where I have dedicated myself to understanding and addressing the diverse challenges that individuals face in their mental health journeys. I enjoy treating children and adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, trauma, and eating disorders.
I have a passion for Healing. From an early age, I was drawn to the intricate tapestry of the human mind. This passion led me to pursue a career in Psychiatry, where I have dedicated myself to understanding and addressing the diverse challenges that individuals face in their mental health journeys. I enjoy treating children and adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, trauma, and eating disorders.
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Bobbi Jo Durst
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Accepting new patients! My personal goal is to create and provide positive changes in soceity by being an exceptional mental health role model. I use a collaborative approach and current evidence based practice to focus on prevention, treatment and education to promote health and wellness for my patients.
Accepting new patients! My personal goal is to create and provide positive changes in soceity by being an exceptional mental health role model. I use a collaborative approach and current evidence based practice to focus on prevention, treatment and education to promote health and wellness for my patients.
(262) 218-4677 View (262) 218-4677
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Ann Barbaro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pewaukee, WI 53072  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! I consider myself lucky to work in health care at a time when mental health diagnoses are becoming more accepted and better understood in our culture. I firmly believe that optimal health cannot be attained without giving adequate attention to mental health. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to advocate for patients and direct their care with understanding and compassion. My hope is that the care I provide will ease my patients’ struggles and empower them to live to the fullest degree.
Accepting New Patients! I consider myself lucky to work in health care at a time when mental health diagnoses are becoming more accepted and better understood in our culture. I firmly believe that optimal health cannot be attained without giving adequate attention to mental health. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to advocate for patients and direct their care with understanding and compassion. My hope is that the care I provide will ease my patients’ struggles and empower them to live to the fullest degree.
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Photo of Erika Steinbauer, Physician Assistant in Brookfield, WI
Erika Steinbauer
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milwaukee, WI 53224
Have you ever felt rushed through a mental health visit? Have you ever felt like "just" a diagnosis or collection of symptoms? You are more than that: You are a complex and whole human being and you have a right to be seen. I am committed to establishing a deep level of trust with each client, which I hope will serve as the foundation for our therapeutic alliance. I take the time to get to know each of my patients, understanding their individual experiences and needs, and working with them to develop effective strategies for managing their mental health.
Have you ever felt rushed through a mental health visit? Have you ever felt like "just" a diagnosis or collection of symptoms? You are more than that: You are a complex and whole human being and you have a right to be seen. I am committed to establishing a deep level of trust with each client, which I hope will serve as the foundation for our therapeutic alliance. I take the time to get to know each of my patients, understanding their individual experiences and needs, and working with them to develop effective strategies for managing their mental health.
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Photo of Nicole Maki-Rydland, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brookfield, WI
Nicole Maki-Rydland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
*Accepting new patients* Nicole is board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She is very excited to draw on her 18 years of nursing experience and her previous licensure as a counselor to provide a full spectrum of psychiatric care. She is always researching new and better ways to help people accomplish their mental health goals. Her practice is client-centered, holistic, and tailored to meet both medical and counseling goals of individuals. She has a huge interest in helping people meet their goals with natural medications/supplements and with the help of genetic testing for individuals that interested.
*Accepting new patients* Nicole is board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She is very excited to draw on her 18 years of nursing experience and her previous licensure as a counselor to provide a full spectrum of psychiatric care. She is always researching new and better ways to help people accomplish their mental health goals. Her practice is client-centered, holistic, and tailored to meet both medical and counseling goals of individuals. She has a huge interest in helping people meet their goals with natural medications/supplements and with the help of genetic testing for individuals that interested.
(262) 218-4319 View (262) 218-4319
Photo of Dr. Ronil Shah, Psychiatrist in Brookfield, WI
Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waukesha, WI 53188
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
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Photo of Kelly McAllister, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brookfield, WI
Kelly McAllister
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waukesha, WI 53186  (Online Only)
Now accepting NEW patients via telehealth! If you are struggling with mental health issues we can form an alliance! Together we will make a plan that incorporates your preferences, expectations, and goals. I accept patients of all ages from children to adults. Please contact me via email for an intake form or visit my website
Now accepting NEW patients via telehealth! If you are struggling with mental health issues we can form an alliance! Together we will make a plan that incorporates your preferences, expectations, and goals. I accept patients of all ages from children to adults. Please contact me via email for an intake form or visit my website
(608) 650-6604 View (608) 650-6604
Photo of Ann Barbaro, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brookfield, WI
Ann Barbaro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Accepting New Patients! I consider myself lucky to work in health care at a time when mental health diagnoses are becoming more accepted and better understood in our culture. I firmly believe that optimal health cannot be attained without giving adequate attention to mental health. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to advocate for patients and direct their care with understanding and compassion. My hope is that the care I provide will ease my patients’ struggles and empower them to live to the fullest degree.
Accepting New Patients! I consider myself lucky to work in health care at a time when mental health diagnoses are becoming more accepted and better understood in our culture. I firmly believe that optimal health cannot be attained without giving adequate attention to mental health. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to advocate for patients and direct their care with understanding and compassion. My hope is that the care I provide will ease my patients’ struggles and empower them to live to the fullest degree.
(262) 667-5426 View (262) 667-5426

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Brookfield, WI

10+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Brookfield, WI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
92% Bipolar Disorder
85% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% ADHD
77% Medication Management
69% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Aetna
69% Cigna and Evernorth
69% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Brookfield, WI see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

82% Female
18% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Brookfield?

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.