Psychiatrists in 32216

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Kelly Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32216
I am most passionate about working with all-inclusive clientele within a wide-range of mental health needs. My experience includes depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, C-PTSD/trauma, bipolar disorder (d/o), autism, BPD, other personality d/o, OCD, schizophrenia/schizoaffective d/o, psychosis, AVH (hallucinations), conversion or somatization d/o, eating d/o, adjustment d/o, self-harm, SI/HI, alcohol/opiate/benzo use d/o, women's issues, intellectual disabilities, LGBTQIA2S+, military/vets, 1st responders & more. I am very easy to talk to & look forward to us concluding all encounters, with you much more at ease every time we meet.
I am most passionate about working with all-inclusive clientele within a wide-range of mental health needs. My experience includes depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, C-PTSD/trauma, bipolar disorder (d/o), autism, BPD, other personality d/o, OCD, schizophrenia/schizoaffective d/o, psychosis, AVH (hallucinations), conversion or somatization d/o, eating d/o, adjustment d/o, self-harm, SI/HI, alcohol/opiate/benzo use d/o, women's issues, intellectual disabilities, LGBTQIA2S+, military/vets, 1st responders & more. I am very easy to talk to & look forward to us concluding all encounters, with you much more at ease every time we meet.
(904) 530-3116 View (904) 530-3116
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Melissa Titus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Welcome to Comprehensive Psych Services, where we provide comprehensive help for lasting change. Through a combination of psychological and psychiatric services, we aim to provide holistic treatment to help you on your journey to wellness. From psychological assessments to medication management, Comprehensive Psych is here to support and assist you. Dr. Ybarra and Mrs. Titus have extensive experience in the healthcare field. Their experience combining psychological and psychiatric perspectives will provide you with care and treatment that is less time intensive and more centered on you.
Welcome to Comprehensive Psych Services, where we provide comprehensive help for lasting change. Through a combination of psychological and psychiatric services, we aim to provide holistic treatment to help you on your journey to wellness. From psychological assessments to medication management, Comprehensive Psych is here to support and assist you. Dr. Ybarra and Mrs. Titus have extensive experience in the healthcare field. Their experience combining psychological and psychiatric perspectives will provide you with care and treatment that is less time intensive and more centered on you.
(904) 650-6770 View (904) 650-6770
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Superior Health and Wellness Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32216
I specialize in assisting individuals facing challenges with various mental health conditions. With expertise in trauma, anxiety, depression, & ADHD, I'm dedicated to making a difference. At Superior Health and Wellness, we provide comprehensive psychotherapy using diverse therapeutic techniques. Additionally, we offer expert medication management for all psychiatric concerns. Our team comprises skilled psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, and counselors. As a client-centered private practice, we prioritize your needs, ensuring top-tier personalized care. Reach out today to embark on your journey towards improved well-being.
I specialize in assisting individuals facing challenges with various mental health conditions. With expertise in trauma, anxiety, depression, & ADHD, I'm dedicated to making a difference. At Superior Health and Wellness, we provide comprehensive psychotherapy using diverse therapeutic techniques. Additionally, we offer expert medication management for all psychiatric concerns. Our team comprises skilled psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, and counselors. As a client-centered private practice, we prioritize your needs, ensuring top-tier personalized care. Reach out today to embark on your journey towards improved well-being.
(904) 265-8816 View (904) 265-8816
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Maryann Tasong Esapa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANNP, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner resident in Florida, the “City of Jacksonville”. I have an extensive and diverse clinical background with over 10 years of experience, spending the bulk of my career in Psychiatric nursing caring for individuals with psychiatric and medical emergencies. While working in the community, Psychiatric stabilization units and correctional settings I was inspired to further my career and earned my Masters of Science in Nursing, where I graduated With A Masters of Science PMHNP -BC In 2019.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner resident in Florida, the “City of Jacksonville”. I have an extensive and diverse clinical background with over 10 years of experience, spending the bulk of my career in Psychiatric nursing caring for individuals with psychiatric and medical emergencies. While working in the community, Psychiatric stabilization units and correctional settings I was inspired to further my career and earned my Masters of Science in Nursing, where I graduated With A Masters of Science PMHNP -BC In 2019.
(904) 530-3164 View (904) 530-3164
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Marek Hirsch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32216
I am the Medical Director of Metropolitan Behavioral Services, where we provide medication management and therapy services to patients in Jacksonville, FL. I invite you to visit our welcoming office location, where we see all of our patients in person.
I am the Medical Director of Metropolitan Behavioral Services, where we provide medication management and therapy services to patients in Jacksonville, FL. I invite you to visit our welcoming office location, where we see all of our patients in person.
(904) 720-4347 View (904) 720-4347
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Yadira Nogueras Rosado
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Yadira Nogueras-Rosado, and it is a pleasure to connect with you. I received my medical degree and psychiatry residency at Puerto Rico.
I am Dr. Yadira Nogueras-Rosado, and it is a pleasure to connect with you. I received my medical degree and psychiatry residency at Puerto Rico.
(904) 977-2771 View (904) 977-2771
Alvaro Lacayo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216
I'm a psychiatrist with many year of experiences. I have worked in hospitals, community mental health centers and private practice. I have treated many clients throughout the years. I've worked with clients who were diagnosed with: Major Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar I and II, Schizoaffective, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant, Conduct Disorder, and Adjustment Disorders. I've worked with individuals who were diagnosed with personality disorders.
I'm a psychiatrist with many year of experiences. I have worked in hospitals, community mental health centers and private practice. I have treated many clients throughout the years. I've worked with clients who were diagnosed with: Major Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar I and II, Schizoaffective, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant, Conduct Disorder, and Adjustment Disorders. I've worked with individuals who were diagnosed with personality disorders.
(904) 497-4671 View (904) 497-4671
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Chelsie Toler B.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Blessed to be a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing comprehensive compassionate holistic care to those facing mental health challenges. I work with all individuals throughout the life span. With an extensive background in emergency and behavioral nursing, advanced training in psychiatry, and a heavy reliance on evidence-based care, I bring a unique blend of clinical expertise and empathy to patient experiences. An understanding therapeutic environment while promoting active listening and other skills is one way to empower and foster a growing and trusting journey together.
Blessed to be a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing comprehensive compassionate holistic care to those facing mental health challenges. I work with all individuals throughout the life span. With an extensive background in emergency and behavioral nursing, advanced training in psychiatry, and a heavy reliance on evidence-based care, I bring a unique blend of clinical expertise and empathy to patient experiences. An understanding therapeutic environment while promoting active listening and other skills is one way to empower and foster a growing and trusting journey together.
(904) 901-7195 View (904) 901-7195
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Alina M Galliano-Pardo
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, FASAM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Originally from San Juan, PR, Alina M. Galliano-Pardo, M.D. completed her medical school and residency training at University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Galliano-Pardo has been practicing psychiatry for over fifteen years and has diagnosed and treated thousands of patients. She is a Fellow in both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She is one of few private practice psychiatrists on Florida’s First Coast who is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and is the only female.
Originally from San Juan, PR, Alina M. Galliano-Pardo, M.D. completed her medical school and residency training at University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Galliano-Pardo has been practicing psychiatry for over fifteen years and has diagnosed and treated thousands of patients. She is a Fellow in both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She is one of few private practice psychiatrists on Florida’s First Coast who is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and is the only female.
(904) 685-9385 View (904) 685-9385
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Raluca Harris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32216
I prefer working with a variety of patients coming from different backgrounds and with different diagnosis in order to provide comprehensive and individualized care. I enjoy forming strong therapeutic relationships with individuals across the lifespan – becoming familiar with their stories and challenges to transform their lives in a positive way.
I prefer working with a variety of patients coming from different backgrounds and with different diagnosis in order to provide comprehensive and individualized care. I enjoy forming strong therapeutic relationships with individuals across the lifespan – becoming familiar with their stories and challenges to transform their lives in a positive way.
(904) 822-7510 View (904) 822-7510
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Saira Saqib
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Currently Tele-Medicine appointments with prompt appointments. Treatment for PTSD, Unipolar and Bipolar Depression, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Eating Disorders, OCD, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Bariatric Surgery Pre- Surgical Evaluations, Spinal Cord Stimulation Evaluation, Couples Therapy, Substance Abuse and much more. Online groups to come soon. Call 904-296-3113
Currently Tele-Medicine appointments with prompt appointments. Treatment for PTSD, Unipolar and Bipolar Depression, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Eating Disorders, OCD, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Bariatric Surgery Pre- Surgical Evaluations, Spinal Cord Stimulation Evaluation, Couples Therapy, Substance Abuse and much more. Online groups to come soon. Call 904-296-3113
(904) 490-6860 View (904) 490-6860
Photo of Tamara Russell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 32216, FL
Tamara Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Dr. Tamara Russell is a highly passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of professional experience. She earned a doctorate degree in nursing practice. She is double board certified as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Her experience in the field is varied and dynamic - she has worked in a variety of mental health settings including community mental health, and private clinics. As a seasoned healthcare professional, her patients can expect a holistic approach that incorporates a range of evidence-based, time-tested treatment modalities.
Dr. Tamara Russell is a highly passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of professional experience. She earned a doctorate degree in nursing practice. She is double board certified as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Her experience in the field is varied and dynamic - she has worked in a variety of mental health settings including community mental health, and private clinics. As a seasoned healthcare professional, her patients can expect a holistic approach that incorporates a range of evidence-based, time-tested treatment modalities.
(904) 601-1960 View (904) 601-1960
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HavenNexus Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32216
At HavenNexus Family Psychiatry, we utilize an integrative and personalized approach to assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients with medication management, psychoeducation and supportive therapy.
At HavenNexus Family Psychiatry, we utilize an integrative and personalized approach to assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients with medication management, psychoeducation and supportive therapy.
(386) 465-3454 View (386) 465-3454
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Lindsey Burd
Psychiatric Nurse, CRNP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216  (Online Only)
Now Accepting New Patients! Over 10 years experience providing patient-centered mental health care to ages 6 years to 65 years. I work with you to offer holistic treatment, meaning you are treated as more than a diagnosis. Your lifestyle, unique challenges, and strengths are always considered. I work with patients to offer collaborative and integrative mental health care, with your needs and goals as part of the treatment plan. I offer personalized psychiatric care from the comfort of your own home via telepsychiatry.
Now Accepting New Patients! Over 10 years experience providing patient-centered mental health care to ages 6 years to 65 years. I work with you to offer holistic treatment, meaning you are treated as more than a diagnosis. Your lifestyle, unique challenges, and strengths are always considered. I work with patients to offer collaborative and integrative mental health care, with your needs and goals as part of the treatment plan. I offer personalized psychiatric care from the comfort of your own home via telepsychiatry.
(904) 454-8458 View (904) 454-8458
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(904) 395-4509 View (904) 395-4509
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Thriving Minds ADHD Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216
We specialize in Adult ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment. Book Online Today. www.thrivingmindsadhd.com Virtual or In-Person visits available. No wait list.
We specialize in Adult ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment. Book Online Today. www.thrivingmindsadhd.com Virtual or In-Person visits available. No wait list.
(904) 447-5574 View (904) 447-5574
Photo of Megan Blevins, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 32216, FL
Megan Blevins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32216
I am a compassionate, energetic, and knowledgeable psychiatric nurse practitioner who offers medication management with supportive therapy. I listen, asks questions, and listen again to understand my clients and their struggles. I want you as my client to feel comfortable, heard, and understood.
I am a compassionate, energetic, and knowledgeable psychiatric nurse practitioner who offers medication management with supportive therapy. I listen, asks questions, and listen again to understand my clients and their struggles. I want you as my client to feel comfortable, heard, and understood.
(904) 822-8454 View (904) 822-8454
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Lizaida Enamorado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Hi, my name is Lizaida Enamorado, and I am a Bilingual Psychiatric mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida. I work with adolescents and adults and specialize in anxiety, stress, depression, mood disorders, and more. I also like using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to help my clients make progress and start feeling better. I like to bring a complete and holistic therapeutic approach to improve the functioning of my patients by providing psychotherapeutic interventions, prescribing medications and often collaborating with other healthcare providers as needed to improve my patient's care.
Hi, my name is Lizaida Enamorado, and I am a Bilingual Psychiatric mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida. I work with adolescents and adults and specialize in anxiety, stress, depression, mood disorders, and more. I also like using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to help my clients make progress and start feeling better. I like to bring a complete and holistic therapeutic approach to improve the functioning of my patients by providing psychotherapeutic interventions, prescribing medications and often collaborating with other healthcare providers as needed to improve my patient's care.
(904) 780-9477 View (904) 780-9477
Photo of Angela Davenport, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 32216, FL
Angela Davenport
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216
NOW serving the Southeastern U.S.! Better Beginnings provides counseling and medication prescribing both in person and via telehealth/online. We understand there is no "one size fits all" approach in life; we value that you are a unique person. The Better Beginnings' model of care honors each parents' unique needs and values. While we specialize in perinatal mental health; we serve both minors and adults outside of that season of life. We also specialize in evaluating and treating ADHD.
NOW serving the Southeastern U.S.! Better Beginnings provides counseling and medication prescribing both in person and via telehealth/online. We understand there is no "one size fits all" approach in life; we value that you are a unique person. The Better Beginnings' model of care honors each parents' unique needs and values. While we specialize in perinatal mental health; we serve both minors and adults outside of that season of life. We also specialize in evaluating and treating ADHD.
(904) 204-2495 View (904) 204-2495
Photo of Bernadine Anderson-Clarke, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 32216, FL
Bernadine Anderson-Clarke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216
My Name is Bernadine Anderson-Clarke. I was born on the Island of Jamaica. I migrated to the USA in the late 80's. I immediately Attended Palm Beach College and attained an associate degree in the area of dental hygiene. I worked in that field for 4 years. realized that I wanted to further my education and attended South University in 1999-2003, where I earned a bachelor's degree in nursing. I worked in many areas of nursing including Intensive care, emergency medicine, and recovery. medical surgical, birth and delivery, and postpartum. I re-evaluated myself and decided that I could do better for my patients and myself.
My Name is Bernadine Anderson-Clarke. I was born on the Island of Jamaica. I migrated to the USA in the late 80's. I immediately Attended Palm Beach College and attained an associate degree in the area of dental hygiene. I worked in that field for 4 years. realized that I wanted to further my education and attended South University in 1999-2003, where I earned a bachelor's degree in nursing. I worked in many areas of nursing including Intensive care, emergency medicine, and recovery. medical surgical, birth and delivery, and postpartum. I re-evaluated myself and decided that I could do better for my patients and myself.
(904) 849-9847 View (904) 849-9847

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 32216

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 32216 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Bipolar Disorder
90% Trauma and PTSD
85% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 32216 see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

94% Female
6% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 32216?

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.