Frequently Asked Questions

Are you accepting new patients?
We may be accepting new patients. Please speak with Christina

Walker at extension 1.


Do I need a referral from another doctor or provider?
No, however written referral from your primary care provider or therapist is helpful as it facilitates communication and coordination of your medical care.


How do I schedule an appointment?
For new patients, please call Big Sky Psychiatry at 406-204-2151, extension 1.  Established patients who would like to schedule a visit or change an upcoming appointment are encouraged to call our front desk at 406-204-2151, extension 2.


How long do appointments last?

Appointments usually last 50-90 minutes for new patients and 20-25 minutes for established patients.  Longer or shorter appointments can be arranged as necessary.


What is your cancellation policy?
Just as we make every effort to keep appointments consistently and promptly, we ask our patients to do the same.  If you are unable to keep your appointment, please contact us as soon as possible. 


What insurance do you accept?
We accept and direct bill the following insurance plans: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, Cigna/Allegiance and Pacific Source.  For patients with other insurance plans, we require payment in full at the time of the visit.  A comprehensive receipt is provided to the patient to submit to their insurance company for reimbursement.


How much will my care cost?
We are happy to discuss rates for our services with you and help you determine your portion of the cost for each visit.  Your portion of the cost is due at each visit, payable by credit card.


What is a psychiatrist?
Psychiatrists are medical doctors/physicians who have specialized and sub-specialized in treating mental illness.  Psychiatrists have completed the highest level of training, developing expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of adult, child and family mental health issues.  For more information, please visit the information pages ofAACAP  and APA on this subject.


What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?
Psychiatric nurse practitioners have an advanced degree in nursing, with specialization in diagnosing and treating mental illness.  For more information, please visit the information page of the AANP.


Do you provide psychotherapy in addition to prescribing medications?
We are not currently accepting psychotherapy-only referrals.  While we are fully trained in providing evidence-based individual and family psychotherapies, we typically collaborate with psychologists and therapists by primarily providing diagnostic support and medication management.