Psychiatrists in Waukesha, WI

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Regina Van Gorden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waukesha, WI 53186
Hello! I am accepting new patients, treat a variety of mental health conditions and typically have availability within one week. I am skilled in helping people struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD and PTSD find a regimen that works for their unique needs. I have a special interest in helping those struggling with occupational and/or academic stress including first responders, nurses, therapists, teachers and students.
Hello! I am accepting new patients, treat a variety of mental health conditions and typically have availability within one week. I am skilled in helping people struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD and PTSD find a regimen that works for their unique needs. I have a special interest in helping those struggling with occupational and/or academic stress including first responders, nurses, therapists, teachers and students.
(262) 300-5271 View (262) 300-5271
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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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Hong Yin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waukesha, WI 53186
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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Sarah Wawrzyniak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Waukesha, WI 53186  (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.
(262) 300-5346 View (262) 300-5346
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Psych Med Management, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, APNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waukesha, WI 53188
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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Elizabeth Hamlin
Psychiatrist, MD, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Waukesha, WI 53146
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.
(262) 684-2297 View (262) 684-2297
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Jennifer Ha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waukesha, WI 53186
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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Carolyn Davidson
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, BSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Waukesha, WI 53188
Carolyn’s strength is her ability to build a strong rapport with her patients. Effective communication with patients is a priority, and she takes the time with each patient, she ensures all questions and concerns are addressed. She personally strives to make all patients feel respected, welcomed, and valued while treating symptoms and meeting treatment goals.
Carolyn’s strength is her ability to build a strong rapport with her patients. Effective communication with patients is a priority, and she takes the time with each patient, she ensures all questions and concerns are addressed. She personally strives to make all patients feel respected, welcomed, and valued while treating symptoms and meeting treatment goals.
(262) 686-4927 View (262) 686-4927
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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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Nicole Maki-Rydland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waukesha, WI 53146
*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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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

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Visionary Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Depressed? Did you know that there are new treatment options offering relief from depression in 2 weeks?!?! No, not SSRI's. No, not SNRI's. YES.... covered by insurance and no, not a huge out of pocket spend! Finally, there IS help & hope for YOU! ADHD challenged? ADHD focused care assessed with Neurocognitive Testing & current, once a day treatments! Psychiatric Medication Management offered online throughout Oregon. In-person visits in Tigard, Oregon. Currently accepting new patients! Reach out today at www.visionarypsych.com
Depressed? Did you know that there are new treatment options offering relief from depression in 2 weeks?!?! No, not SSRI's. No, not SNRI's. YES.... covered by insurance and no, not a huge out of pocket spend! Finally, there IS help & hope for YOU! ADHD challenged? ADHD focused care assessed with Neurocognitive Testing & current, once a day treatments! Psychiatric Medication Management offered online throughout Oregon. In-person visits in Tigard, Oregon. Currently accepting new patients! Reach out today at www.visionarypsych.com
(503) 436-6109 View (503) 436-6109
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Jessica Ramintho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
Elm Grove, WI 53122
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in treating adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. My aim is to improve your quality of life by offering therapeutic solutions.
I specialize in treating adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. My aim is to improve your quality of life by offering therapeutic solutions.
(262) 332-4150 View (262) 332-4150
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Aruna K Tummala
Psychiatrist, MD, ABIHM
Verified Verified
New Berlin, WI 53151
Heal the body, heal the mind! Chemical imbalance is a myth. Psych drugs are toxic. I'm Dr Aruna, holistic psychiatrist & de-prescription expert. I offer personalized, holistic, natural, side-effect free medicine, a mind-body-spirit approach that removes your specific root cause so you can find health, joy & vitality again! Because ALL mental illness (depresn, anxiety, autism, trauma, bipolar, ADHD, etc) is from neuro-inflammation/degen caused by ONLY 3 root causes- (wrong) diet, trauma and toxins. Remove them to heal! Many video reviews at trinergyhealth.com. Free e-book at Psychiatry2.com. Call 2629556600 if you are ready to heal!
Heal the body, heal the mind! Chemical imbalance is a myth. Psych drugs are toxic. I'm Dr Aruna, holistic psychiatrist & de-prescription expert. I offer personalized, holistic, natural, side-effect free medicine, a mind-body-spirit approach that removes your specific root cause so you can find health, joy & vitality again! Because ALL mental illness (depresn, anxiety, autism, trauma, bipolar, ADHD, etc) is from neuro-inflammation/degen caused by ONLY 3 root causes- (wrong) diet, trauma and toxins. Remove them to heal! Many video reviews at trinergyhealth.com. Free e-book at Psychiatry2.com. Call 2629556600 if you are ready to heal!
(262) 404-4994 View (262) 404-4994
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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.
(239) 320-7803 View (239) 320-7803
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.
(262) 600-3009 View (262) 600-3009
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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.
(262) 260-9000 View (262) 260-9000
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Nicole Bartelt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APNP, ANP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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.
(414) 895-5734 View (414) 895-5734
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Mary Pintarro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
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.
(262) 379-3406 View (262) 379-3406
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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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Waukesha, WI

10+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Waukesha, WI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
82% Bipolar Disorder
82% Medication Management
73% Trauma and PTSD
64% ADHD
64% Stress

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
64% Aetna
64% UMR

How Psychiatrists in Waukesha, WI see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Waukesha?

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.