Psychiatrists in Verona, WI

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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 needs. 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 needs. 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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Sara Feist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, APRN
Verified Verified
Verona, WI 53593
Sara Feist is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2021. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She completed graduate school at the University of North Dakota earing her Master of Science in Nursing as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Prior to becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Sara spent nearly 15 years as a Registered Nurse caring for children and adults in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric unit and outpatient psychiatric programs.
Sara Feist is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2021. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She completed graduate school at the University of North Dakota earing her Master of Science in Nursing as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Prior to becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Sara spent nearly 15 years as a Registered Nurse caring for children and adults in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric unit and outpatient psychiatric programs.
(608) 527-0544 View (608) 527-0544
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Brada Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Verona, WI 53593
Do you feel like you're constantly struggling to keep up, juggling the demands of work, home, and personal life, yet never quite catching up? Are you overwhelmed by the relentless pace, feeling lost in a sea of responsibilities that seems to grow by the day? It's a shared experience for many, where the pressure to perform perfectly in every aspect of life leads to deep-seated anxiety and a loss of one's sense of self. Ignoring these feelings can lead to a downward spiral of stress and emotional exhaustion. Remember, you're not alone in this struggle. It's crucial to acknowledge these challenges to find a path to peace and balance.
Do you feel like you're constantly struggling to keep up, juggling the demands of work, home, and personal life, yet never quite catching up? Are you overwhelmed by the relentless pace, feeling lost in a sea of responsibilities that seems to grow by the day? It's a shared experience for many, where the pressure to perform perfectly in every aspect of life leads to deep-seated anxiety and a loss of one's sense of self. Ignoring these feelings can lead to a downward spiral of stress and emotional exhaustion. Remember, you're not alone in this struggle. It's crucial to acknowledge these challenges to find a path to peace and balance.
(715) 317-5466 View (715) 317-5466
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Bronwyn Dilley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Verona, WI 53593
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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Kathy J Russeth
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Verona, WI 53593
Wanting comprehensive and holistic mental health care? My approach is tailored to understand and address your specific needs and challenges and goes beyond medication management, incorporating depth psychotherapy, lifestyle modifications, and tangible skills to confront the demands of life today. I focus on treating the whole person, empowering individuals, parents, and families to overcome challenges and achieve growth and well-being. Find out more at centeredpsychiatry.org.
Wanting comprehensive and holistic mental health care? My approach is tailored to understand and address your specific needs and challenges and goes beyond medication management, incorporating depth psychotherapy, lifestyle modifications, and tangible skills to confront the demands of life today. I focus on treating the whole person, empowering individuals, parents, and families to overcome challenges and achieve growth and well-being. Find out more at centeredpsychiatry.org.
(608) 564-5762 View (608) 564-5762

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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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Mary Pintarro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, WI 53706  (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.
(262) 379-3406 View (262) 379-3406
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Embrace Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53701  (Online Only)
I'm Clint Webb. Through my telehealth psychiatric practice, I help people experiencing challenges stemming from trauma, mental health issues, family dynamics, or substance abuse. I utilize a wide variety of assessments when working with clients to understand what they're going through. I help my patients reach their goals using evidence-based treatments that include medication management, therapy and counseling. I'll help you gain the coping and communication skills to live a healthier, happier life.
I'm Clint Webb. Through my telehealth psychiatric practice, I help people experiencing challenges stemming from trauma, mental health issues, family dynamics, or substance abuse. I utilize a wide variety of assessments when working with clients to understand what they're going through. I help my patients reach their goals using evidence-based treatments that include medication management, therapy and counseling. I'll help you gain the coping and communication skills to live a healthier, happier life.
(515) 579-5046 View (515) 579-5046
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Dr. Christine Costanzo M.D., LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53705
I am a psychiatrist who has been practicing since 1997, specializing in psychoanalytic therapy and psychopharmacology. I am currently entering my 4th year at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute for psychoanalytic training as of June 2024. I utilize other modalities including cognitive-behavioral techniques, and have extensive experience with psychopharmacology. I work within a confidential setting in my own private practice and enjoy meeting my clients "where they are", respecting each individual's needs, concerns and comfort level. My approach centers around honoring collaboration as fundamental to healing and growth.
I am a psychiatrist who has been practicing since 1997, specializing in psychoanalytic therapy and psychopharmacology. I am currently entering my 4th year at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute for psychoanalytic training as of June 2024. I utilize other modalities including cognitive-behavioral techniques, and have extensive experience with psychopharmacology. I work within a confidential setting in my own private practice and enjoy meeting my clients "where they are", respecting each individual's needs, concerns and comfort level. My approach centers around honoring collaboration as fundamental to healing and growth.
(608) 420-5066 View (608) 420-5066
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Monika Zawadzka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53713
Monika Zawadzka is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2017. Monika believes she can help her clients by listening to their concerns, educating them about their illness and medications, and by including them in the process of developing a treatment plan. They are more likely to respond better to treatment when they understand it and when they are a part of the team. Outside of work, Monika enjoys hiking, biking, reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.
Monika Zawadzka is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2017. Monika believes she can help her clients by listening to their concerns, educating them about their illness and medications, and by including them in the process of developing a treatment plan. They are more likely to respond better to treatment when they understand it and when they are a part of the team. Outside of work, Monika enjoys hiking, biking, reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.
(608) 736-1381 View (608) 736-1381
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Shyleena Dettinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53711
I work with patients to understand their concerns, needs, and goals. Ideally we work collaboratively toward the best plan of care and positive outcomes. I expect that we will have some difficult conversations with the understanding that we need to have a good provider/patient relationship to reach your goals.
I work with patients to understand their concerns, needs, and goals. Ideally we work collaboratively toward the best plan of care and positive outcomes. I expect that we will have some difficult conversations with the understanding that we need to have a good provider/patient relationship to reach your goals.
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Undivided Attention, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, APNP, FNP-BC, ADC-C, ADHD, CCSP
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53719
Kelly Pickens is an ADHD Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who works with adults and older adolescents with ADHD. She has extensive training in the underlying mechanisms of ADHD. Kelly understands the struggles people with ADHD experience, which go way beyond not being able to pay attention. There is a lot of misinformation and negative bias about ADHD among the public, in the media, and even in the clinical setting. People face significant challenges when trying to find a provider/doctor/clinician who fully understands ADHD and can diagnose and effectively treat the disorder with expertise and compassion.
Kelly Pickens is an ADHD Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who works with adults and older adolescents with ADHD. She has extensive training in the underlying mechanisms of ADHD. Kelly understands the struggles people with ADHD experience, which go way beyond not being able to pay attention. There is a lot of misinformation and negative bias about ADHD among the public, in the media, and even in the clinical setting. People face significant challenges when trying to find a provider/doctor/clinician who fully understands ADHD and can diagnose and effectively treat the disorder with expertise and compassion.
(608) 591-5013 View (608) 591-5013
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Denise Matel-Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse, APNP, RN
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53717
I am a compassionate practitioner with a doctorate in nursing and dual certifications as a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP). In addition to working as a PMHNP, I was a lecturer and clinical instructor for undergraduate nursing students, published research on a variety of mental health topics, and provided medical care at a psychiatric hospital for adults and children/adolescents. My research focuses on resilience, positive thinking, and resourcefulness in vulnerable populations. In practice, I treat a broad range of mental health concerns for adults.
I am a compassionate practitioner with a doctorate in nursing and dual certifications as a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP). In addition to working as a PMHNP, I was a lecturer and clinical instructor for undergraduate nursing students, published research on a variety of mental health topics, and provided medical care at a psychiatric hospital for adults and children/adolescents. My research focuses on resilience, positive thinking, and resourcefulness in vulnerable populations. In practice, I treat a broad range of mental health concerns for adults.
(608) 736-1355 View (608) 736-1355
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Anita Vijayakumar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53713  (Online Only)
Anita Vijayakumar is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in Adult Psychiatry. She completed her medical training at the University of Illinois and and completed psychiatry residency training at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she was the Chief Resident. She has been practicing for over 7 years and has a wide range of experience in depression, anxiety, and various life transitions. Dr. Vijayakumar's approach is holistic, collaborative, supportive, and patient-centered. She uses a measurement based approach so patients can see the progress they make.
Anita Vijayakumar is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in Adult Psychiatry. She completed her medical training at the University of Illinois and and completed psychiatry residency training at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she was the Chief Resident. She has been practicing for over 7 years and has a wide range of experience in depression, anxiety, and various life transitions. Dr. Vijayakumar's approach is holistic, collaborative, supportive, and patient-centered. She uses a measurement based approach so patients can see the progress they make.
(833) 351-8255 View (833) 351-8255
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Monica Gorski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APNP, APRN, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, WI 53726
At the core of my work is a radical healing relationship that attunes to whatever is calling for your attention. Whatever feelings or parts of you you've learned were unlovable, unacceptable, or bad, I welcome here. Together, we can sensitively tune in and learn to see and relate to these parts differently. I help people remember how to be with themselves, the sensations in their body, their messy humanness, and their awe-inspiring magic. Here, your autonomy is central, and your care is organically holistic.
At the core of my work is a radical healing relationship that attunes to whatever is calling for your attention. Whatever feelings or parts of you you've learned were unlovable, unacceptable, or bad, I welcome here. Together, we can sensitively tune in and learn to see and relate to these parts differently. I help people remember how to be with themselves, the sensations in their body, their messy humanness, and their awe-inspiring magic. Here, your autonomy is central, and your care is organically holistic.
(608) 433-2482 View (608) 433-2482
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Chelsea Schwartz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53706
We offer the array of psychiatric services and the convenience of telehealth!
We offer the array of psychiatric services and the convenience of telehealth!
(262) 500-4049 View (262) 500-4049
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Nora Hill
Physician Assistant, PA-C, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, WI 53717
During initial visits, I provide a thorough examination of the psychological, physiological, and social etiologies of a patient's symptoms. With that foundation, I can offer the most appropriate and beneficial recommendations for pharmacotherapy and counseling. My holistic clinical approach encompasses the mind-body connection. I incorporate into my recommendations on compassion and mindfulness practices, proper nutrition and sleep, joyful movement, as well as medication in the creation and maintenance of overall well-being.
During initial visits, I provide a thorough examination of the psychological, physiological, and social etiologies of a patient's symptoms. With that foundation, I can offer the most appropriate and beneficial recommendations for pharmacotherapy and counseling. My holistic clinical approach encompasses the mind-body connection. I incorporate into my recommendations on compassion and mindfulness practices, proper nutrition and sleep, joyful movement, as well as medication in the creation and maintenance of overall well-being.
(608) 812-8156 View (608) 812-8156
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Mental Health for Women: Medication Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APNP
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53701
I provide counseling and psychiatric medication management. I am also a Mindfulness practitioner and teach Mindfulness Meditation which is enormously beneficial for well-being and healing from within. I collaborate with the person I see regarding medication options. It's important that I understand my patient's story and experience in order to select appropriate medication/s. My specialities includes working with people with anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorders (ADD), mood disorders such as depression, and PTSD.
I provide counseling and psychiatric medication management. I am also a Mindfulness practitioner and teach Mindfulness Meditation which is enormously beneficial for well-being and healing from within. I collaborate with the person I see regarding medication options. It's important that I understand my patient's story and experience in order to select appropriate medication/s. My specialities includes working with people with anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorders (ADD), mood disorders such as depression, and PTSD.
(608) 333-9030 View (608) 333-9030
Bronwyn L Dilley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Middleton, WI 53562
I have been a practicing Nurse Practitioner for 23 years. I have a completed the certification for Master of Psychopharmacology with the Neurological Education Institiute (NEI) and ADHD certified with Evergreen certifications as a clinical services provider. I try to focus on the patient's needs by listening to their concerns. Together we work on the most important struggles the patient is experiencing. I use a holistic approach to treatments, such as diet, exercise, sleep hygiene, with medications and counseling to treat mental issues. I feel that it is most important to listen to my patients.
I have been a practicing Nurse Practitioner for 23 years. I have a completed the certification for Master of Psychopharmacology with the Neurological Education Institiute (NEI) and ADHD certified with Evergreen certifications as a clinical services provider. I try to focus on the patient's needs by listening to their concerns. Together we work on the most important struggles the patient is experiencing. I use a holistic approach to treatments, such as diet, exercise, sleep hygiene, with medications and counseling to treat mental issues. I feel that it is most important to listen to my patients.
(608) 200-2871 View (608) 200-2871
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53703
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Verona, WI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Verona, WI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Medication Management
80% ADHD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Optum
75% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Verona, WI see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Verona?

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.