Psychiatrists in Pleasant Prairie, WI

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Dorothy Kozakowski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158
Dr. Dorothy Kozakowski is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Kozakowski is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience. Dr. Kozakowski's career has taken her on a journey through the healthcare system.
Dr. Dorothy Kozakowski is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Kozakowski is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience. Dr. Kozakowski's career has taken her on a journey through the healthcare system.
(262) 537-5232 View (262) 537-5232
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Christine Foster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158
Christine Foster is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2001. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University for PMHNP and UIC for FNP. Christine's experience is wide and varied, with expertise in child/adolescent psychiatry, ages 5 years and older, adult psychiatry, and substance use disorders. She offers compassionate care and integrity in her professional relationships with children/families and adults, which include pregnant women and those over age 65. Christine is also registered with the Clozapine REMS program.
Christine Foster is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2001. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University for PMHNP and UIC for FNP. Christine's experience is wide and varied, with expertise in child/adolescent psychiatry, ages 5 years and older, adult psychiatry, and substance use disorders. She offers compassionate care and integrity in her professional relationships with children/families and adults, which include pregnant women and those over age 65. Christine is also registered with the Clozapine REMS program.
(262) 667-5337 View (262) 667-5337

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Mark Bender
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kenosha, WI 53140  (Online Only)
I graduated from USC in 1988. With over 35 years of experience as a physician assistant in a variety of health care settings, I am committed to the whole person concept and improving the quality of life of patients with complex medical conditions and their family members in various settings. My goal is to help patients from all walks of life navigate their complex world by listening to them in order to live a healthier and well-balanced life.
I graduated from USC in 1988. With over 35 years of experience as a physician assistant in a variety of health care settings, I am committed to the whole person concept and improving the quality of life of patients with complex medical conditions and their family members in various settings. My goal is to help patients from all walks of life navigate their complex world by listening to them in order to live a healthier and well-balanced life.
(920) 945-6188 View (920) 945-6188
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Jennifer Ha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kenosha, WI 53142
Able to see new patients soon! Less than a month! If you are struggling with depressed mood, anxiety, trauma, or other mood symptoms - those are areas of specialty of mine! Maybe there was a major event or loss in your life, transitions, stress. There is hope - you deserve to be happy. I like to work with individuals who like to use a comprehensive treatment plan involving lifestyle changes and medication if indicated. Let's identify goals and different approaches to get closer to feelings of fulfillment. You deserve to be surrounded by support and good people.
Able to see new patients soon! Less than a month! If you are struggling with depressed mood, anxiety, trauma, or other mood symptoms - those are areas of specialty of mine! Maybe there was a major event or loss in your life, transitions, stress. There is hope - you deserve to be happy. I like to work with individuals who like to use a comprehensive treatment plan involving lifestyle changes and medication if indicated. Let's identify goals and different approaches to get closer to feelings of fulfillment. You deserve to be surrounded by support and good people.
(262) 439-0448 View (262) 439-0448
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Wisconsin Healthcare Network
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kenosha, WI 53143
We strive to improve the mental wellbeing of each person with whom we come in contact with by providing holistic care. “We aspire to bring Excellence for Extraordinary People”
We strive to improve the mental wellbeing of each person with whom we come in contact with by providing holistic care. “We aspire to bring Excellence for Extraordinary People”
(414) 310-6602 View (414) 310-6602
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Shalini Varma, M.D.
Psychiatrist, Doctor, BdCert, Meds, COACH, Therapy
Verified Verified
Kenosha, WI 53142
Accepting people of all ages within one week! Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, School and Work Accommodations, Difficulty sleeping, Addictions & Medication. Evening appointments are available. Care provided by me, a Physician, a Double Board Certified MD Psychiatrist may be a more effective approach for you. I am structured and organized with treatment. I also provide neuropsychological and psychological TESTING. I am available for urgent needs. Work together to decrease struggling. US born and educated at Rutgers Medical School & completed Psychiatry Residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
Accepting people of all ages within one week! Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, School and Work Accommodations, Difficulty sleeping, Addictions & Medication. Evening appointments are available. Care provided by me, a Physician, a Double Board Certified MD Psychiatrist may be a more effective approach for you. I am structured and organized with treatment. I also provide neuropsychological and psychological TESTING. I am available for urgent needs. Work together to decrease struggling. US born and educated at Rutgers Medical School & completed Psychiatry Residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
(224) 612-2348 View (224) 612-2348
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kenosha, WI 53140
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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Allen Rindfleisch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APNP, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Kenosha, WI 53142
Accepting New Patients. Allen is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with several years of clinical experience.
Accepting New Patients. Allen is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with several years of clinical experience.
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Dr. Robert Loiben
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sturtevant, WI 53177
Robert Loiben, MD, has been treating individuals for over 30 years. His most important aspects of psychiatric care is the initial appointment; taking time to listen to the patient and to get a detailed history in order to formulate a diagnosis, a plan of care, as well as establish a good working relationship.
Robert Loiben, MD, has been treating individuals for over 30 years. His most important aspects of psychiatric care is the initial appointment; taking time to listen to the patient and to get a detailed history in order to formulate a diagnosis, a plan of care, as well as establish a good working relationship.
(414) 348-9638 View (414) 348-9638

Online Psychiatrists

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Angela Golon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Oak Creek, WI 53154
I’m Angie and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. You might consider coming to see me if you are contemplating using psychiatric or addiction medications to help address a problem you are having. In addition to psychiatric/addiction medication management, I can also do brief, solution-focused types of therapy. I prescribe a range of medications for mental health needs and for opioid and alcohol addictions including injectable meds like sublocade and vivitrol. My practice style is down to earth and friendly. My number one goal is to help you become your best self.
I’m Angie and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. You might consider coming to see me if you are contemplating using psychiatric or addiction medications to help address a problem you are having. In addition to psychiatric/addiction medication management, I can also do brief, solution-focused types of therapy. I prescribe a range of medications for mental health needs and for opioid and alcohol addictions including injectable meds like sublocade and vivitrol. My practice style is down to earth and friendly. My number one goal is to help you become your best self.
(414) 626-1829 View (414) 626-1829
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Kelly JOSSART
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Verona, WI 53593
My name is Kelly Jossart, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who is dedicated to helping you on your mental health journey. I have committed most of my nursing career to working with and advocating for individuals with mental health. I am devoted to helping those struggling with mental health. I work with children to adults specializing in Trauma, PTSD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and Mood Disorders. I believe in a compassionate, trauma-informed, and holistic approach to improving the emotional, psychological, and social well-being of each person whom I encounter.
My name is Kelly Jossart, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who is dedicated to helping you on your mental health journey. I have committed most of my nursing career to working with and advocating for individuals with mental health. I am devoted to helping those struggling with mental health. I work with children to adults specializing in Trauma, PTSD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and Mood Disorders. I believe in a compassionate, trauma-informed, and holistic approach to improving the emotional, psychological, and social well-being of each person whom I encounter.
(608) 523-9607 View (608) 523-9607
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Bronwyn Dilley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Middleton, WI 53562
Bronwyn Dilley is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 1999. She has a master's degree in Family Nursing and Psychiatric mental health. Bronwyn has a good understanding about how mental health disorders affect the brain. She educates people about the medications and how they work to treat mental disorders. Bronwyn uses a holistic approach using diet, exercise, and sleep hygiene with counseling and medications to treat the mental issues. Outside of work, Bronwyn enjoys golf, gardening, and cooking.
Bronwyn Dilley is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 1999. She has a master's degree in Family Nursing and Psychiatric mental health. Bronwyn has a good understanding about how mental health disorders affect the brain. She educates people about the medications and how they work to treat mental disorders. Bronwyn uses a holistic approach using diet, exercise, and sleep hygiene with counseling and medications to treat the mental issues. Outside of work, Bronwyn enjoys golf, gardening, and cooking.
(608) 292-4917 View (608) 292-4917
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Patrick Allen Cortado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Dual Board Certified PMHNP (psychiatric mental health) and FNP (family practice). Master Psychopharmacology certified with NEI. ADHD-CCSP (ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider). Partnered with GeneSight and has the ability to order gene testing for psychiatric medications. Alumni of Purdue Global University and Rocky Mountain University. Worked in multiple settings such as Retail Clinic, Psychiatry, home health, neurology, and bariatrics/bariatric surgery. My therapeutic approach is patient-centered care; my focus has always been the least amount of medication possible to handle mental health disorders.
Dual Board Certified PMHNP (psychiatric mental health) and FNP (family practice). Master Psychopharmacology certified with NEI. ADHD-CCSP (ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider). Partnered with GeneSight and has the ability to order gene testing for psychiatric medications. Alumni of Purdue Global University and Rocky Mountain University. Worked in multiple settings such as Retail Clinic, Psychiatry, home health, neurology, and bariatrics/bariatric surgery. My therapeutic approach is patient-centered care; my focus has always been the least amount of medication possible to handle mental health disorders.
(414) 420-1997 View (414) 420-1997
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Jerrica Brianne Vaughan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CPNP, PMHS
Verified Verified
Waukesha, WI 53186
I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with a Mental Health Specialty certification. I offer psychological evaluations and provide medication management services for the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, etc. I treat children and adolescents ages 4 through 21.
I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with a Mental Health Specialty certification. I offer psychological evaluations and provide medication management services for the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, etc. I treat children and adolescents ages 4 through 21.
(414) 867-7072 View (414) 867-7072
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Heather Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LPC, CSAC
Verified Verified
Glendale, WI 53209
Heather D. Talley is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor. She received her Master’s Degree from Springfield College in Community Counseling. She has been providing therapeutic services since 2013.
Heather D. Talley is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor. She received her Master’s Degree from Springfield College in Community Counseling. She has been providing therapeutic services since 2013.
(414) 420-9345 View (414) 420-9345
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Tatyana Siminak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Mequon, WI 53092
Tatyana Siminak is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2022. She graduated from Walden University with Master Degree in Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Tatyana is passionate about providing respectful, compassionate, culturally sensitive, and excellent services. She strives to make her clients feel comfortable to share the most vulnerable and intimate details. Tatyana is here to help you in this challenging journey. She sees herself as your partner in recovering from mental health illnesses.
Tatyana Siminak is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2022. She graduated from Walden University with Master Degree in Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Tatyana is passionate about providing respectful, compassionate, culturally sensitive, and excellent services. She strives to make her clients feel comfortable to share the most vulnerable and intimate details. Tatyana is here to help you in this challenging journey. She sees herself as your partner in recovering from mental health illnesses.
(262) 384-5694 View (262) 384-5694
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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.
(262) 300-5918 View (262) 300-5918
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Therese Alm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53215
I’m a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, with over 25 years of experience in nursing focused on public health and psychiatry/mental health. I believe that mental health should be first health and that there is a critical connection between physical health and mental health. My approach is holistic, understanding medication can be beneficial but is not the only tool to be utilized. We'll also explore how therapy, nutrition, sleep, and physical activity may be affecting how you feel.
I’m a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, with over 25 years of experience in nursing focused on public health and psychiatry/mental health. I believe that mental health should be first health and that there is a critical connection between physical health and mental health. My approach is holistic, understanding medication can be beneficial but is not the only tool to be utilized. We'll also explore how therapy, nutrition, sleep, and physical activity may be affecting how you feel.
(414) 441-6598 View (414) 441-6598
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Molly Lubin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53703
Are you feeling depressed, anxious, confused, or stuck? I listen closely to your story, and through supportive, careful exploration, we work to increase your understanding of yourself and of the causes of your symptoms. We build on this to reduce symptoms and help you create positive change in your life. A warm and accepting therapy relationship, where you get to be seen and heard as you, can be transformative. I also prescribe medication when needed.
Are you feeling depressed, anxious, confused, or stuck? I listen closely to your story, and through supportive, careful exploration, we work to increase your understanding of yourself and of the causes of your symptoms. We build on this to reduce symptoms and help you create positive change in your life. A warm and accepting therapy relationship, where you get to be seen and heard as you, can be transformative. I also prescribe medication when needed.
(608) 579-3241 View (608) 579-3241
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Eduard Tsyrulnykov
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mequon, WI 53092
Eduard Tsyrulnykov is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2019. Eduard helps clients by exploring possible underlying medical conditions that might be responsible for mental health problems and adjusting psychiatric medications/minimizing side effects and meds toxicity. Outside of work, Eduard enjoys learning about Chinese philosophy and Zhou dynasty.
Eduard Tsyrulnykov is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2019. Eduard helps clients by exploring possible underlying medical conditions that might be responsible for mental health problems and adjusting psychiatric medications/minimizing side effects and meds toxicity. Outside of work, Eduard enjoys learning about Chinese philosophy and Zhou dynasty.
(262) 588-3241 View (262) 588-3241

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Psychiatrists in Pleasant Prairie, WI who prioritize treating:

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100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

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How Psychiatrists in Pleasant Prairie, WI see their clients

100% In Person and Online

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pleasant Prairie?

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.