Psychiatrists in 33480

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Online Psychiatrist in Palm Beach, Florida
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Palm Beach, FL 33480  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York City. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York City. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
(561) 944-7960 View (561) 944-7960
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Louis T Joseph
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Opensea.institute for appointments. Perhaps you might ask yourself if you’ve reached a precipice— a point in your life where you know need to make a change. Perhaps, you’re realizing that living your life without an appreciable feeling of balance and fulfillment is no longer something you’re willing to do? At Open Sea Institute, Dr. Joseph offers clients the opportunity to co-create the changes they are seeking in their lives. When you partner with Dr. Joseph, you will develop a clear vision of your truest potential while learning how to work through and remove the steady stream of obstacles that we all must encounter in our lives.
Opensea.institute for appointments. Perhaps you might ask yourself if you’ve reached a precipice— a point in your life where you know need to make a change. Perhaps, you’re realizing that living your life without an appreciable feeling of balance and fulfillment is no longer something you’re willing to do? At Open Sea Institute, Dr. Joseph offers clients the opportunity to co-create the changes they are seeking in their lives. When you partner with Dr. Joseph, you will develop a clear vision of your truest potential while learning how to work through and remove the steady stream of obstacles that we all must encounter in our lives.
(561) 708-4382 View (561) 708-4382
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Carter A. Pottash
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Dr. Pottash is a psychopharmacologist/psychiatrist in Palm Beach, just across the bridge from downtown West Palm Beach. The author/co-author of over 120 research publications, he is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York University and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Trained at Yale for medical school and residency, he treats all psychiatric conditions, but his special interests are in depression, mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, ADD/ADHD, and dual diagnosis substance abuse. Treatment begins with an evaluation of at least 60 minutes, taking a fresh look at diagnosis and treatment and considering tests to rule out medical causes.
Dr. Pottash is a psychopharmacologist/psychiatrist in Palm Beach, just across the bridge from downtown West Palm Beach. The author/co-author of over 120 research publications, he is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York University and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Trained at Yale for medical school and residency, he treats all psychiatric conditions, but his special interests are in depression, mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, ADD/ADHD, and dual diagnosis substance abuse. Treatment begins with an evaluation of at least 60 minutes, taking a fresh look at diagnosis and treatment and considering tests to rule out medical causes.
(561) 291-6372 View (561) 291-6372
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Palm Beach, FL 33480  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients for same day telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Virtual Psychiatric Care offers affordable tele-psych services. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable out of pocket rates-. Now Accepting Medicare, Optum, and Cigna (Evernorth) Insurance.
Accepting new patients for same day telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Virtual Psychiatric Care offers affordable tele-psych services. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable out of pocket rates-. Now Accepting Medicare, Optum, and Cigna (Evernorth) Insurance.
(305) 376-7352 View (305) 376-7352
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The Psychiatry MD
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Palm Beach, FL 33480  (Online Only)
I provide holistic patient care that integrates wellness, mindfulness, nutrition, and exercise with psychiatric management. I understand the challenges individuals face during life's pivotal moments – grappling with transitions, relationships, identity, trauma, culture, race, societal pressures, work demands, and family complexities. Recognizing the overwhelming nature of these struggles, individuals often find themselves lost and hesitant to seek support. I endeavor to establish a nurturing environment where you can openly share your burdens without fear, fostering a safe space for introspection and healing.
I provide holistic patient care that integrates wellness, mindfulness, nutrition, and exercise with psychiatric management. I understand the challenges individuals face during life's pivotal moments – grappling with transitions, relationships, identity, trauma, culture, race, societal pressures, work demands, and family complexities. Recognizing the overwhelming nature of these struggles, individuals often find themselves lost and hesitant to seek support. I endeavor to establish a nurturing environment where you can openly share your burdens without fear, fostering a safe space for introspection and healing.
(781) 622-9246 View (781) 622-9246
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AlcoholRecoveryMedicine.com
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, CPE
Verified Verified
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Why not use evidence-based treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)? If you have lost control over how much you drink, get help from an expert. If psychological or will-power based treatment methods have not worked, the Sinclair Method and medications like naltrexone or baclofen may be critical for your recovery. As a specialist in Addiction Medicine, my evidenced based medical program is affordable, practical, and accessible. Go to AlcoholRecoveryMedicine.com for more information and learn how thousands of people have found freedom from alcohol.
Why not use evidence-based treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)? If you have lost control over how much you drink, get help from an expert. If psychological or will-power based treatment methods have not worked, the Sinclair Method and medications like naltrexone or baclofen may be critical for your recovery. As a specialist in Addiction Medicine, my evidenced based medical program is affordable, practical, and accessible. Go to AlcoholRecoveryMedicine.com for more information and learn how thousands of people have found freedom from alcohol.
(301) 979-9130 View (301) 979-9130
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Mark DeLuca
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Palm Beach, FL 33480
I specialize in General and Forensic Psychiatry, I am part of an exceptional team, which operates three state-of-the-art offices offering an individualized treatment approach using psychotherapy, psychopharmacology and repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) treatment. All general psychiatric conditions can be treated to include; depression, bipolar, anxiety, obsessive compulsive and personality disorders. Substance abuse issues are also treated in an office-based setting with a significant success rate at maintaining sobriety through our treatment approach.
I specialize in General and Forensic Psychiatry, I am part of an exceptional team, which operates three state-of-the-art offices offering an individualized treatment approach using psychotherapy, psychopharmacology and repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) treatment. All general psychiatric conditions can be treated to include; depression, bipolar, anxiety, obsessive compulsive and personality disorders. Substance abuse issues are also treated in an office-based setting with a significant success rate at maintaining sobriety through our treatment approach.
(561) 299-3079 View (561) 299-3079
Photo of Edward Zawadzki, DO, Psychiatrist
Edward Zawadzki
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Palm Beach, FL 33480
It's difficult to keep a free mind. Suffering with psychiatric symptoms makes this even more difficult. The goal of my personalized, intimate practice is to reduce symptoms that are causing you problems. The ideal patient in this practice would be one who is motivated to make choices that will better their lives and reduce symptoms that are problematic, distressing, or even simply annoying or embarrassing. I treat a wide variety of disorders, including anxiety disorders, panic, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD, OCD, dementia, post-traumatic stress, and addiction behaviors.
It's difficult to keep a free mind. Suffering with psychiatric symptoms makes this even more difficult. The goal of my personalized, intimate practice is to reduce symptoms that are causing you problems. The ideal patient in this practice would be one who is motivated to make choices that will better their lives and reduce symptoms that are problematic, distressing, or even simply annoying or embarrassing. I treat a wide variety of disorders, including anxiety disorders, panic, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD, OCD, dementia, post-traumatic stress, and addiction behaviors.
(561) 693-6772 View (561) 693-6772
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Silvia Bernardi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Waitlist for new clients
As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, I believe in treating both the brain and the mind.
As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, I believe in treating both the brain and the mind.
(347) 408-0604 View (347) 408-0604
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Heidi Erickson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Premier Psychiatric Care geared to the private pay patient needing the choice, flexibility, and confidentiality not found in today's behavioral health care world. Care is provided in a holistic context that encompasses the use of both conventional and complementary modalities. I currently provide services (Virtually only ) in South Florida and both in office and virtual visits in Oklahoma.
Premier Psychiatric Care geared to the private pay patient needing the choice, flexibility, and confidentiality not found in today's behavioral health care world. Care is provided in a holistic context that encompasses the use of both conventional and complementary modalities. I currently provide services (Virtually only ) in South Florida and both in office and virtual visits in Oklahoma.
(405) 504-1999 View (405) 504-1999
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Samantha Saltz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Samantha Saltz, MD is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who provides individualized, tailored treatment to each of her patients and believes in a team approach to medicine. She uses a dynamic style involving medication management, therapy and, when necessary, a medical workup. She consults with other providers, family members and, for children, schools, to ensure that each patient is treated to the fullest extent.
Samantha Saltz, MD is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who provides individualized, tailored treatment to each of her patients and believes in a team approach to medicine. She uses a dynamic style involving medication management, therapy and, when necessary, a medical workup. She consults with other providers, family members and, for children, schools, to ensure that each patient is treated to the fullest extent.
(561) 570-6599 View (561) 570-6599
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Aviva Zohar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Here at Thalia Medical Center, we don’t tolerate self-shame. We don’t care what you look like, the car you drive, your background, or your history. Our treatment philosophy balances meeting you where you are and supporting you to get to where you want to be. TMC's services include medication management for depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorder therapy and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. We are powered by a balanced approach — curating an individualized, evidence-based program that supports our clients not just medically, but emotionally, physically, and socially as well. Now offering Telehealth in Delaware & Florida.
Here at Thalia Medical Center, we don’t tolerate self-shame. We don’t care what you look like, the car you drive, your background, or your history. Our treatment philosophy balances meeting you where you are and supporting you to get to where you want to be. TMC's services include medication management for depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorder therapy and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. We are powered by a balanced approach — curating an individualized, evidence-based program that supports our clients not just medically, but emotionally, physically, and socially as well. Now offering Telehealth in Delaware & Florida.
(610) 365-1743 View (610) 365-1743
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Lives Matter Mental Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Palm Beach, FL 33480  (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
Photo of Andrew Rucker, DO, Psychiatrist
Andrew Rucker
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palm Beach, FL 33480  (Online Only)
Dr. Andrew Rucker, a Psychiatrist, is dedicated to providing the best possible care. He has been practicing medicine since 2017. He focuses on the mental health needs of children, adolescents, and college-age. Along with these goals, he strives to provide care in a comfortable and relaxing environment.
Dr. Andrew Rucker, a Psychiatrist, is dedicated to providing the best possible care. He has been practicing medicine since 2017. He focuses on the mental health needs of children, adolescents, and college-age. Along with these goals, he strives to provide care in a comfortable and relaxing environment.
(954) 799-4080 View (954) 799-4080
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Margie Francis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Palm Beach, FL 33480  (Online Only)
I provide a holistic approach to my clients. I provide medication management, psychiatric evaluation, and supportive therapy.
I provide a holistic approach to my clients. I provide medication management, psychiatric evaluation, and supportive therapy.
(954) 737-3285 View (954) 737-3285
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Psychiatric Specialty Center - TMS Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Psychiatric Specialty Center is a mental health practice in West Palm Beach, Florida. We offer Medication Management and Psychotherapy both In-Person and Telehealth. We also offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) which is a FDA approved, medication free treatment for patients who have depression. This is a cutting-edge treatment that can offer you relief from your suffering even if medications have not worked.
Psychiatric Specialty Center is a mental health practice in West Palm Beach, Florida. We offer Medication Management and Psychotherapy both In-Person and Telehealth. We also offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) which is a FDA approved, medication free treatment for patients who have depression. This is a cutting-edge treatment that can offer you relief from your suffering even if medications have not worked.
(561) 571-8115 View (561) 571-8115
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Refresh Psychiatry and Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Palm Beach, FL 33480
The mission of our practice is to provide Person-Centered Care and empower our clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve their desirable goals. We strive to provide the highest quality evidence-based, compassionate care through a combination of medication management and customized psychotherapy to help patients/families overcome their most difficult challenges and achieve their greatest goals to lead their most joyful, fulfilling lives.
The mission of our practice is to provide Person-Centered Care and empower our clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve their desirable goals. We strive to provide the highest quality evidence-based, compassionate care through a combination of medication management and customized psychotherapy to help patients/families overcome their most difficult challenges and achieve their greatest goals to lead their most joyful, fulfilling lives.
(561) 532-1304 View (561) 532-1304
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Michelle Gavin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palm Beach, FL 33480
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
Photo of Tamala Russell - Dpsychdoc.com, Jill, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dpsychdoc.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Jill, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Palm Beach, FL 33480  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone who is motivated, open-minded, and seeking guidance to overcome challenges in their personal or professional life. They want clarity, direction, and practical strategies to achieve their goals and improve their circumstances. They value personal growth, seek fulfillment, and aspire to live a purposeful and satisfying life. They appreciate a friendly and supportive partnership to help them navigate obstacles and accelerate their progress towards a more fulfilling future.
My ideal client is someone who is motivated, open-minded, and seeking guidance to overcome challenges in their personal or professional life. They want clarity, direction, and practical strategies to achieve their goals and improve their circumstances. They value personal growth, seek fulfillment, and aspire to live a purposeful and satisfying life. They appreciate a friendly and supportive partnership to help them navigate obstacles and accelerate their progress towards a more fulfilling future.
(954) 833-0855 View (954) 833-0855
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Dr. Eli Nader
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palm Beach, FL 33480  (Online Only)
Dr. Nader is a highly accomplished Triple Board Certified Psychiatrist, possessing specialized expertise in both General Adult Psychiatry from Harvard University and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) from Boston University. He has earned Board Certification in both specialties from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Additionally, Dr. Nader is recognized as a Board Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Over the course of his extensive career, Dr. Nader has garnered a wealth of experience which he dedicated for the wellbeing of his patients.
Dr. Nader is a highly accomplished Triple Board Certified Psychiatrist, possessing specialized expertise in both General Adult Psychiatry from Harvard University and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) from Boston University. He has earned Board Certification in both specialties from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Additionally, Dr. Nader is recognized as a Board Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Over the course of his extensive career, Dr. Nader has garnered a wealth of experience which he dedicated for the wellbeing of his patients.
(321) 410-5442 View (321) 410-5442

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 33480

30+

Average cost per session

$272

Psychiatrists in 33480 who prioritize treating:

87% Depression
87% Anxiety
77% Bipolar Disorder
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% ADHD
68% Trauma and PTSD
68% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Cigna and Evernorth
85% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
85% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 33480 see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 33480?

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.