Psychiatrists in 33109

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Rashida Gray
Psychiatrist
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33109
Have you been searching for a psychiatrist without success? Are you frustrated with your current psychiatric care? Do you want a compassionate psychiatrist who listens and provides you with the expert care you deserve? Gray MD Psychiatry is a small patient focused, telepsychiatry practice, providing detailed comprehensive evaluations for patients experiencing sadness, worry, panic, insomnia, or other mental health symptoms. We believe in providing treatment recommendations that are holistic, evidence-based and personalized. Gray MD Psychiatry can you get you scheduled today, no long waits for appointments.
Have you been searching for a psychiatrist without success? Are you frustrated with your current psychiatric care? Do you want a compassionate psychiatrist who listens and provides you with the expert care you deserve? Gray MD Psychiatry is a small patient focused, telepsychiatry practice, providing detailed comprehensive evaluations for patients experiencing sadness, worry, panic, insomnia, or other mental health symptoms. We believe in providing treatment recommendations that are holistic, evidence-based and personalized. Gray MD Psychiatry can you get you scheduled today, no long waits for appointments.
(786) 901-7950 View (786) 901-7950
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Carative Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami Beach, FL 33109  (Online Only)
Our mission is to enhance wellness and motivate self-improvement by strengthening minds. We offer high quality health care for patients seeking a trustworthy long-term psychiatric provider who can provide medication management and supportive counseling. The providers at Carative Psychiatry (CP) provide care to their patients using medical and mental health care models in order to treat the whole individual. The providers at CP are passionate about serving the community and helping others achieve their goals by using the Carative theory. Telepsychiatry practice serving Florida.
Our mission is to enhance wellness and motivate self-improvement by strengthening minds. We offer high quality health care for patients seeking a trustworthy long-term psychiatric provider who can provide medication management and supportive counseling. The providers at Carative Psychiatry (CP) provide care to their patients using medical and mental health care models in order to treat the whole individual. The providers at CP are passionate about serving the community and helping others achieve their goals by using the Carative theory. Telepsychiatry practice serving Florida.
(843) 595-8742 View (843) 595-8742
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Michelle Gavin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33109
Dr. Michelle Gavin is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in the outpatient treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and received her training in adult Psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gavin works closely with her patients in a warm and empathic environment and tailors treatment to fit the needs of the individual. If medication is warranted, she strives to achieve the best possible outcomes with minimal to no side effects.
Dr. Michelle Gavin is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in the outpatient treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and received her training in adult Psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gavin works closely with her patients in a warm and empathic environment and tailors treatment to fit the needs of the individual. If medication is warranted, she strives to achieve the best possible outcomes with minimal to no side effects.
(754) 203-4386 View (754) 203-4386
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Thoughtful Mind Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified
Miami, FL 33109  (Online Only)
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
(281) 519-2513 View (281) 519-2513
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YES in Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33109  (Online Only)
You are Priority! Your Emotional Stability (YES) in Psychiatry is a company that understands your mental health conditions and will help you through recovery with compassion. We believe in teamwork so you can function to your fullest potential with the proper support and motivation. YES in psychiatry, provides patient-centered care via telemedicine as we maintain compliance ordained by the regulatory bodies. Our facility provides transparency as we manage your psychiatric needs through psycho-pharmacological and psychotherapy interventions.
You are Priority! Your Emotional Stability (YES) in Psychiatry is a company that understands your mental health conditions and will help you through recovery with compassion. We believe in teamwork so you can function to your fullest potential with the proper support and motivation. YES in psychiatry, provides patient-centered care via telemedicine as we maintain compliance ordained by the regulatory bodies. Our facility provides transparency as we manage your psychiatric needs through psycho-pharmacological and psychotherapy interventions.
(321) 241-2843 View (321) 241-2843
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Caitlyn Fitzgerald
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33109
My ideal client is committed to thinking, feeling, and doing better now using a multi-modal approach. My patient and I will explore psychotherapy, medications, and meaningful life changes to improve well-being and quality of life. My ideal patient is serious about treating depression, anxiety, alcohol-related problems, and other issues today!
My ideal client is committed to thinking, feeling, and doing better now using a multi-modal approach. My patient and I will explore psychotherapy, medications, and meaningful life changes to improve well-being and quality of life. My ideal patient is serious about treating depression, anxiety, alcohol-related problems, and other issues today!
(305) 602-3275 View (305) 602-3275
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Nowpsych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami, FL 33109
I see children, teenagers and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I have a private practice and have next day openings. I can see patients virtually or in office. I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, addictions and trauma. Typical issues include struggle with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. I am the consultant psychiatrist for an inpatient substance abuse program for teenagers with comorbid mental health issues. I am the psychiatric consultant for All Star Children's Foundation where I work with children that have experienced trauma.
I see children, teenagers and adults with all types of mental health conditions. I have a private practice and have next day openings. I can see patients virtually or in office. I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, addictions and trauma. Typical issues include struggle with school, behavioral issues at home or interpersonal relationships. I am the consultant psychiatrist for an inpatient substance abuse program for teenagers with comorbid mental health issues. I am the psychiatric consultant for All Star Children's Foundation where I work with children that have experienced trauma.
(941) 909-3443 View (941) 909-3443
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Lives Matter Mental Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33109  (Online Only)
Twyla has a unique ability to connect with her patients. She is kind, compassionate, and nonjudgmental. This allows her to build a trusting rapport with those she gives care. She actively listens to her patients and collaborates with them for best quality outcomes. Twyla is on a mission to alleviate symptoms that's causing you emotional distress such as depressed mood, anxiety, disturbed sleep patterns. decreased energy, impaired focus and concentration. She also help manage hallucinations and symptoms of PTSD, OCD, ADHD and many more.
Twyla has a unique ability to connect with her patients. She is kind, compassionate, and nonjudgmental. This allows her to build a trusting rapport with those she gives care. She actively listens to her patients and collaborates with them for best quality outcomes. Twyla is on a mission to alleviate symptoms that's causing you emotional distress such as depressed mood, anxiety, disturbed sleep patterns. decreased energy, impaired focus and concentration. She also help manage hallucinations and symptoms of PTSD, OCD, ADHD and many more.
(863) 663-2751 View (863) 663-2751
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Specialized Psychiatric Care, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified
Miami, FL 33109
Practice focus: the diagnosis, medical treatment & med management of psychiatric disorders and underlying medical conditions. Dedicated provider with 20 years of practice experience as both a psychiatric & medical NP provider. Alum of Yale University -dual speciality, Adult Health/Internal Med & Psych/MH. 10yrs prior private practice, as PCP & Psych provider & contracted hospital ED, ICU, med-surge & SNF psychiatric consult service provider, N. London Hosp, NH; Psych In/Out Pt & Primary care NP at Catholic Med Center, NH; 6 yrs Instructor for FSC, NP program while FT NP provider at LRH Family Health Clinic, Lakeland, FL
Practice focus: the diagnosis, medical treatment & med management of psychiatric disorders and underlying medical conditions. Dedicated provider with 20 years of practice experience as both a psychiatric & medical NP provider. Alum of Yale University -dual speciality, Adult Health/Internal Med & Psych/MH. 10yrs prior private practice, as PCP & Psych provider & contracted hospital ED, ICU, med-surge & SNF psychiatric consult service provider, N. London Hosp, NH; Psych In/Out Pt & Primary care NP at Catholic Med Center, NH; 6 yrs Instructor for FSC, NP program while FT NP provider at LRH Family Health Clinic, Lakeland, FL
(941) 241-3821 View (941) 241-3821
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Randy T Warner
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33109
Each and every individual is unique and has had their own collective experience to shape the person that they have become. Also, each and every individual has variances in how they might respond to standard or novel treatments. Decades of experience in post-residency training and thousands of patients of all ages later have shaped my treatment approach. That would be one that is extremely methodical. You can be assured that every step along the way will be executed to the highest professional standards. I will work tirelessly to see that you are returned to your baseline functioning and won't stop trying until that is attained.
Each and every individual is unique and has had their own collective experience to shape the person that they have become. Also, each and every individual has variances in how they might respond to standard or novel treatments. Decades of experience in post-residency training and thousands of patients of all ages later have shaped my treatment approach. That would be one that is extremely methodical. You can be assured that every step along the way will be executed to the highest professional standards. I will work tirelessly to see that you are returned to your baseline functioning and won't stop trying until that is attained.
(786) 751-6744 View (786) 751-6744
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Namaste Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified
2 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33109  (Online Only)
Are worry, anxiety, depression, sadness, and insomnia engulfing your life? Join me on a transformative journey of self-discovery and mental wellness at Namaste Psychiatry. Our compassionate, board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializes in treating various psychological conditions. Our mission is to empower clients like you to overcome challenges and achieve lasting mental wellness. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD or any other mental health concern, we offer comprehensive and compassionate care. Our goal is to help you cultivate empowerment, resilience, and inner peace to reclaim your life.
Are worry, anxiety, depression, sadness, and insomnia engulfing your life? Join me on a transformative journey of self-discovery and mental wellness at Namaste Psychiatry. Our compassionate, board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializes in treating various psychological conditions. Our mission is to empower clients like you to overcome challenges and achieve lasting mental wellness. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD or any other mental health concern, we offer comprehensive and compassionate care. Our goal is to help you cultivate empowerment, resilience, and inner peace to reclaim your life.
(813) 544-4244 View (813) 544-4244
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Chanel Freeman NP in Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Miami, FL 33109  (Online Only)
My ideal client would be the client who reaches out for help. I understand that can sometimes be the hardest thing to do. That shows tremendous strength and courage. A client who understands that they need help and is open and willing for treatment can make great change in their life. I believe the client wants to feel good about themselves, they would like some relief from the mental stress or anguish that they are experiencing. With my assistance we will work together to bring about this change.
My ideal client would be the client who reaches out for help. I understand that can sometimes be the hardest thing to do. That shows tremendous strength and courage. A client who understands that they need help and is open and willing for treatment can make great change in their life. I believe the client wants to feel good about themselves, they would like some relief from the mental stress or anguish that they are experiencing. With my assistance we will work together to bring about this change.
(716) 576-3338 View (716) 576-3338
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Ulas M Camsari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33109
I have completed my general psychiatry residency training at Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, pursued Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) subspecialty training at University of Maryland in Baltimore, and Addiction Psychiatry subspecialty training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. I am board certified in General Adult Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.
I have completed my general psychiatry residency training at Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, pursued Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) subspecialty training at University of Maryland in Baltimore, and Addiction Psychiatry subspecialty training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. I am board certified in General Adult Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.
(612) 400-7644 View (612) 400-7644
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Carlos Suarez MD PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33109  (Online Only)
Harvard-trained. Johns Hopkins-trained. Because expertise and experience matter. If you or your child is having difficulties with your relationships, your academic/professional demands, or your emotional well-being, I can help. I assist professionals, business leaders, and other high achievers in removing the psychological barriers that interfere with their progress so that they can reach their full potential. In order to focus exclusively on my patients, I do not accept any medical insurance. However, your medical insurance company may reimburse you for a significant portion of your paid fees (you must contact your insurance company for details).
Harvard-trained. Johns Hopkins-trained. Because expertise and experience matter. If you or your child is having difficulties with your relationships, your academic/professional demands, or your emotional well-being, I can help. I assist professionals, business leaders, and other high achievers in removing the psychological barriers that interfere with their progress so that they can reach their full potential. In order to focus exclusively on my patients, I do not accept any medical insurance. However, your medical insurance company may reimburse you for a significant portion of your paid fees (you must contact your insurance company for details).
(617) 431-2019 View (617) 431-2019
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Mayumi Okuda Benavides
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami Beach, FL 33109  (Online Only)
I want to congratulate you on taking the first steps towards self-improvement. You’ve tried everything: therapy, mindfulness, lifestyle changes, but are still struggling. I understand that making that first appointment can often be one of the biggest hurdles. As your psychiatrist, I will work closely with you every step of the way to determine the best treatment that is tailored specifically to your personal needs.
I want to congratulate you on taking the first steps towards self-improvement. You’ve tried everything: therapy, mindfulness, lifestyle changes, but are still struggling. I understand that making that first appointment can often be one of the biggest hurdles. As your psychiatrist, I will work closely with you every step of the way to determine the best treatment that is tailored specifically to your personal needs.
(347) 252-9942 View (347) 252-9942
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Faith & Hope LLC, Mental Health Practice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33109  (Online Only)
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! Dr. Jackie Ustache, now offering online virtual visits via Doxy.me in the comfort of your own home. Skip the waiting room, the driving, and traffic, and receive treatment in your own home or office through my online psychiatric services. Evening and weekend appointments are available. At Faith & Hope, we provide evidenced-based treatments and comprehensive evaluations. SCHEDULE ONLINE TODAY by visiting our website https://www.faithhopellc.com or https://headway.co/providers/jacqueline-ustache
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! Dr. Jackie Ustache, now offering online virtual visits via Doxy.me in the comfort of your own home. Skip the waiting room, the driving, and traffic, and receive treatment in your own home or office through my online psychiatric services. Evening and weekend appointments are available. At Faith & Hope, we provide evidenced-based treatments and comprehensive evaluations. SCHEDULE ONLINE TODAY by visiting our website https://www.faithhopellc.com or https://headway.co/providers/jacqueline-ustache
(813) 296-5699 View (813) 296-5699
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Complete Serenity Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Sharon Johnson-Hyatt, APRN-BC
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33109  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and weight loss coach. I am board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and treat adults (18 and up) who suffer from mental health/psychiatric conditions and nicotine addiction. Passionate about ensuring mental health stability for the next generation. I see patients via secured virtual platform. I take a holistic approach to care. We strive to ensure the most appropriate medication is prescribed, however we do not prescribe stimulants or benzodiazepines (sedatives).
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and weight loss coach. I am board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and treat adults (18 and up) who suffer from mental health/psychiatric conditions and nicotine addiction. Passionate about ensuring mental health stability for the next generation. I see patients via secured virtual platform. I take a holistic approach to care. We strive to ensure the most appropriate medication is prescribed, however we do not prescribe stimulants or benzodiazepines (sedatives).
(954) 231-1268 View (954) 231-1268
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Dr. Melissa Nicholas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
8 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33109
Do you struggle with feeling low, disconnected from yourself and others? Have a hard time concentrating or put your needs at the bottom of the to-do list? Do you wonder if life should feel somehow better? Happier? Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed and uncertain about how they are supposed to manage their relationships, careers and their lives. Pushing away your needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long-term issues for your mind and body. Dr. Nicholas believes it shouldn’t be so hard to live a better life.
Do you struggle with feeling low, disconnected from yourself and others? Have a hard time concentrating or put your needs at the bottom of the to-do list? Do you wonder if life should feel somehow better? Happier? Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed and uncertain about how they are supposed to manage their relationships, careers and their lives. Pushing away your needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long-term issues for your mind and body. Dr. Nicholas believes it shouldn’t be so hard to live a better life.
(813) 906-0642 View (813) 906-0642

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 33109

10+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 33109 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
94% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
89% ADHD
83% Bipolar Disorder
83% Sleep or Insomnia
72% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
82% Aetna
82% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 33109 see their clients

55% Online Only
45% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 33109?

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.