Psychiatrists in Racine, WI

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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Racine, WI 53404
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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Wisconsin Healthcare Network
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Racine, WI 53406
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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Orlando Malate
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Racine, WI 53406  (Online Only)
Dr. Orlando Malate is a compassionate mental health nurse practitioner offering therapy and medication management in TX, WA, IL, and WI. He earned his doctorate in nursing from Walden University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Malate's therapy services include Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Cognitive Processing (CPT), Emotionally Focused Therapy, Existential Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness-Based( MBCT) Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, and Solution Focused Brief (SFBT).
Dr. Orlando Malate is a compassionate mental health nurse practitioner offering therapy and medication management in TX, WA, IL, and WI. He earned his doctorate in nursing from Walden University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Malate's therapy services include Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Cognitive Processing (CPT), Emotionally Focused Therapy, Existential Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Mindfulness-Based( MBCT) Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, and Solution Focused Brief (SFBT).
(737) 510-7294 View (737) 510-7294
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Dena Lynn Hinkle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Racine, WI 53401
I hold national board certifications with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and my Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Master of Science degrees in Nursing at Lewis University. I worked as a Certified School Nurse for ten years while pursing my advanced degrees as a Nurse Practitioner.
I hold national board certifications with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and my Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Master of Science degrees in Nursing at Lewis University. I worked as a Certified School Nurse for ten years while pursing my advanced degrees as a Nurse Practitioner.
(847) 380-2584 View (847) 380-2584
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Bienestar Psychiatric Services LLC- Maryan Torres
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Racine, WI 53406  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients-no wait times and flexible scheduling. Maryan is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adults, children, and families. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services and takes a holistic approach to treating the overall person. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition.
Accepting new patients-no wait times and flexible scheduling. Maryan is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adults, children, and families. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services and takes a holistic approach to treating the overall person. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition.
(262) 300-7277 View (262) 300-7277
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Mark Bender
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Racine, WI 53401  (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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Allen Rindfleisch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APNP, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Racine, WI 53402
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.
(262) 279-7511 View (262) 279-7511

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Andrew Sievila
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMHCNS, APNP
Verified Verified
Franksville, WI 53126
Andrew Sievila is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2014. He has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Wisconsin and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Andrew served more than 10 years in the Army and was deployed to Iraq between 2006-2007. He has extensive experience as well working with veterans who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Andrew likes to incorporate non-medication options for clients as well to help improve their mental health.
Andrew Sievila is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2014. He has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Wisconsin and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Andrew served more than 10 years in the Army and was deployed to Iraq between 2006-2007. He has extensive experience as well working with veterans who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Andrew likes to incorporate non-medication options for clients as well to help improve their mental health.
(262) 393-3304 View (262) 393-3304
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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
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Melissa Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Franksville, WI 53126
Melissa Jackson is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing in Wisconsin since 2020. Melissa has a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Carroll College and a Master's of Science in Nursing from Maryville University. She has experience providing care in a variety of settings including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs and outpatient. Melissa believes in developing a therapeutic relationship and including the client in all treatment decisions.
Melissa Jackson is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing in Wisconsin since 2020. Melissa has a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Carroll College and a Master's of Science in Nursing from Maryville University. She has experience providing care in a variety of settings including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs and outpatient. Melissa believes in developing a therapeutic relationship and including the client in all treatment decisions.
(262) 228-2764 View (262) 228-2764
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Dorothy Kozakowski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kenosha, WI 53144
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
Kenosha, WI 53144
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

Online Psychiatrists

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Dr. Matt Weinlander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Thiensville, WI 53092
Hello, and thanks for visiting my profile! I focus on providing personalized, expert, and compassionate mental healthcare in a safe, confidential environment. The cornerstone of my practice is existential psychotherapy and mindful awareness. Through careful examination of your inner life, I will help you identify the processes that are interfering with how you would like to respond or adapt to work, school, or life situations without being burdened by past memories, "scripts," ruminative thoughts, or compulsive behaviors.
Hello, and thanks for visiting my profile! I focus on providing personalized, expert, and compassionate mental healthcare in a safe, confidential environment. The cornerstone of my practice is existential psychotherapy and mindful awareness. Through careful examination of your inner life, I will help you identify the processes that are interfering with how you would like to respond or adapt to work, school, or life situations without being burdened by past memories, "scripts," ruminative thoughts, or compulsive behaviors.
(608) 622-7776 View (608) 622-7776
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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
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Trilogy Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Germantown, WI 53022
Hello ! My name is Nikki (Shalonda) Myles. I am a nurse practitioner (NP) with a focus in family medicine and psychiatry. I offer in-person and Telehealth care.I am currently accepting new patients.
Hello ! My name is Nikki (Shalonda) Myles. I am a nurse practitioner (NP) with a focus in family medicine and psychiatry. I offer in-person and Telehealth care.I am currently accepting new patients.
(262) 999-0250 View (262) 999-0250
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Cup Of Tea Psychiatry- Rachel Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53207
I intentionally keep my patient panel small, so the length of our appointment time can be as long as it takes for you to feel your story has been heard and understood! I specialize in Integrative Psychiatry, meaning I not only prescribe medication, I also offer advanced lab testing and pharmaceutical grade supplementation. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, mood concerns, trauma, or ADHD, we will create a plan tailored to your individual needs.
I intentionally keep my patient panel small, so the length of our appointment time can be as long as it takes for you to feel your story has been heard and understood! I specialize in Integrative Psychiatry, meaning I not only prescribe medication, I also offer advanced lab testing and pharmaceutical grade supplementation. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, mood concerns, trauma, or ADHD, we will create a plan tailored to your individual needs.
(414) 509-1925 View (414) 509-1925
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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.
(262) 806-4398 View (262) 806-4398
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Hong Yin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
I specialize in TMS therapy and see individuals for a course of TMS. This stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation and it is FDA approved and endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association. TMS is ideal to consider if a patient has underwent traditional therapy and medication management but they are still struggling with finding relief from their depressive symptoms. Individuals may still struggle with low mood, lack of interest, low energy, difficulty thinking clearly, sleep and appetite disturbances and more. If you are interested in meeting me, please tell the front desk you are interested in TMS to get an appointment.
I specialize in TMS therapy and see individuals for a course of TMS. This stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation and it is FDA approved and endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association. TMS is ideal to consider if a patient has underwent traditional therapy and medication management but they are still struggling with finding relief from their depressive symptoms. Individuals may still struggle with low mood, lack of interest, low energy, difficulty thinking clearly, sleep and appetite disturbances and more. If you are interested in meeting me, please tell the front desk you are interested in TMS to get an appointment.
(262) 404-3696 View (262) 404-3696
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Kelly Theodore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Kelly Theodore is a Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2015. Kelly provides compassionate, holistic, wellnesscentered care to those with mental health concerns. She believes in the integration of mental and physical health for the best outcomes. Together you and Kelly will work to create a plan that restores balance to your life. Outside of work, Kelly enjoys art, music, camping, biking, and spending time with her twin 5yearolds.
Kelly Theodore is a Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2015. Kelly provides compassionate, holistic, wellnesscentered care to those with mental health concerns. She believes in the integration of mental and physical health for the best outcomes. Together you and Kelly will work to create a plan that restores balance to your life. Outside of work, Kelly enjoys art, music, camping, biking, and spending time with her twin 5yearolds.
(262) 217-9483 View (262) 217-9483
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Amanda L. Bacher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Accepting new patients with immediate openings! My practice philosophy is simple: We all deserve to feel our best! Sometimes, that isn’t as easy as it sounds. Stress from the demands of daily life can cause difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, anger, and other barriers to you feeling your best, or even feeling yourself. I am a warm and approachable provider who will listen to your mental health goals as we together develop a therapeutic treatment plan.
Accepting new patients with immediate openings! My practice philosophy is simple: We all deserve to feel our best! Sometimes, that isn’t as easy as it sounds. Stress from the demands of daily life can cause difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, anger, and other barriers to you feeling your best, or even feeling yourself. I am a warm and approachable provider who will listen to your mental health goals as we together develop a therapeutic treatment plan.
(920) 672-1909 View (920) 672-1909

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Racine, WI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Racine, WI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
86% ADHD
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Sleep or Insomnia
86% Medication Management
86% Stress

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
50% BlueCross and BlueShield
50% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Racine, WI see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Racine?

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.