Psychiatrists in 75035

Photo of Writtika Roy, Psychiatrist in 75035, TX
Writtika Roy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75035
In addition to providing standard treatment of mental illnesses with medication and psychotherapy, I like to help my patients become artists of their own lives. Our minds are greater than our mental illness, and we are greater than our minds. At the same time, we have to be honest about the negative effects of a mental illness in our lives, and not delay remedies which can contain, manage, and even remove the dysfunction. Accepting the reality of an illness, but not letting an illness limit our happiness, requires conscious management. This, my patients can count on me to provide.
In addition to providing standard treatment of mental illnesses with medication and psychotherapy, I like to help my patients become artists of their own lives. Our minds are greater than our mental illness, and we are greater than our minds. At the same time, we have to be honest about the negative effects of a mental illness in our lives, and not delay remedies which can contain, manage, and even remove the dysfunction. Accepting the reality of an illness, but not letting an illness limit our happiness, requires conscious management. This, my patients can count on me to provide.
(469) 336-3283 View (469) 336-3283
Photo of Hope Psychiatry & Associates, PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 75035, TX
Hope Psychiatry & Associates, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75035
Hope Psychiatry & Associates is a Nurse Practitioner driven outpatient mental health clinic managed by our licensed-board certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Bernard K. Marfo. Our provider collaborates with an experienced Psychiatrist to provide client-centered mental health services for children, adolescent, and adult. We pride ourselves in providing culturally competent individualized psychiatric and behavioral services through medication management and brief therapy. Let us help you feel the very best and live a happier life by taking the first step today.
Hope Psychiatry & Associates is a Nurse Practitioner driven outpatient mental health clinic managed by our licensed-board certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Bernard K. Marfo. Our provider collaborates with an experienced Psychiatrist to provide client-centered mental health services for children, adolescent, and adult. We pride ourselves in providing culturally competent individualized psychiatric and behavioral services through medication management and brief therapy. Let us help you feel the very best and live a happier life by taking the first step today.
(972) 433-9774 View (972) 433-9774
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Peace Way Psychiatry - Navdip Kaur
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75035  (Online Only)
Peace Way psychiatrist will reach you where you are because your comfort and safety is our priority. One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means you were put to the test, and you didn’t fall apart. I am here with you in this journey which will be full of miracles and accomplishments. Peace Way team will bring your smiles and success back to your lives that you deserve. Your stories will inspire others and Peace Way Psychiatrist will advocate her clients recognizing strength in the aftermath of their emotional recovery.
Peace Way psychiatrist will reach you where you are because your comfort and safety is our priority. One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means you were put to the test, and you didn’t fall apart. I am here with you in this journey which will be full of miracles and accomplishments. Peace Way team will bring your smiles and success back to your lives that you deserve. Your stories will inspire others and Peace Way Psychiatrist will advocate her clients recognizing strength in the aftermath of their emotional recovery.
(972) 430-7886 View (972) 430-7886
Photo of Lubna Siddiki, Psychiatrist in 75035, TX
Lubna Siddiki
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75035
At Perfect Balance Psychiatric Services our treatment philosophy is primarily based on the belief that people suffering with mental illness can take back control of their lives with excellent treatment and adequate support from our medical staff who care for their well being. We believe people seeking help for mental illness or substance use disorders should feel empowered and supported – not be ashamed of themselves or feel embarrassed. Behavioral health treatment is composed of two main functions: 1) Management of the illness. 2)Gaining Insight about what in a person’s life led to the crisis and the effects of outside influences
At Perfect Balance Psychiatric Services our treatment philosophy is primarily based on the belief that people suffering with mental illness can take back control of their lives with excellent treatment and adequate support from our medical staff who care for their well being. We believe people seeking help for mental illness or substance use disorders should feel empowered and supported – not be ashamed of themselves or feel embarrassed. Behavioral health treatment is composed of two main functions: 1) Management of the illness. 2)Gaining Insight about what in a person’s life led to the crisis and the effects of outside influences
(214) 983-9423 View (214) 983-9423
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Stella A Bediako
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75035
I have over 13 years expedience with psychiatry and I’m passionate in assisting individuals with their mental health. I’m emphatic, compassionate, trustworthy, respectful, dependable and caring individual and I’m willing to help.
I have over 13 years expedience with psychiatry and I’m passionate in assisting individuals with their mental health. I’m emphatic, compassionate, trustworthy, respectful, dependable and caring individual and I’m willing to help.
(469) 778-3313 View (469) 778-3313
Photo of Sherita Bardley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 75035, TX
Sherita Bardley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75035  (Online Only)
Dr. Sherita Bardley, is a Dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in primary care and psychiatry with over 20 years of experience in the medical field in various settings. She credits her upbringing for her understanding that it takes more than just competence and knowledge in this area to help people cope with mental illness. She believes that in order to be impactful, the healthcare provider must be empathetic and understanding of patients' daily struggles with their illness and society.
Dr. Sherita Bardley, is a Dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in primary care and psychiatry with over 20 years of experience in the medical field in various settings. She credits her upbringing for her understanding that it takes more than just competence and knowledge in this area to help people cope with mental illness. She believes that in order to be impactful, the healthcare provider must be empathetic and understanding of patients' daily struggles with their illness and society.
(469) 638-8290 View (469) 638-8290
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Navdip Kaur
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75035  (Online Only)
Peace Way psychiatrist will reach you where you are because your comfort and safety is our priority. One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means you were put to the test, and you didn’t fall apart. I am here with you in this journey which will be full of miracles and accomplishments. Peace Way team will bring your smiles and success back to your lives that you deserve. Your stories will inspire others and Peace Way Psychiatrist will advocate her clients recognizing strength in the aftermath of their emotional recovery.
Peace Way psychiatrist will reach you where you are because your comfort and safety is our priority. One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means you were put to the test, and you didn’t fall apart. I am here with you in this journey which will be full of miracles and accomplishments. Peace Way team will bring your smiles and success back to your lives that you deserve. Your stories will inspire others and Peace Way Psychiatrist will advocate her clients recognizing strength in the aftermath of their emotional recovery.
(972) 632-1753 View (972) 632-1753
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Edwige Tonye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75035  (Online Only)
As a board- certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate mental health care to patients dealing with anxiety, depression, substance abuse/ addiction, mood/personality disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, PTSD and many more. I possess strong clinical skills and have the ability to build strong connections with patients and families. My goal is to provide an optimum level of care to all my patients by promoting mental well-being. I believe the use of psychotherapy, medication, patient’s active participation in the care, is the key for the treatment of mental health disorders.
As a board- certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate mental health care to patients dealing with anxiety, depression, substance abuse/ addiction, mood/personality disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, PTSD and many more. I possess strong clinical skills and have the ability to build strong connections with patients and families. My goal is to provide an optimum level of care to all my patients by promoting mental well-being. I believe the use of psychotherapy, medication, patient’s active participation in the care, is the key for the treatment of mental health disorders.
(214) 571-7847 View (214) 571-7847
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Compassionate Psychiatric Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75035
Hello, I’m Dr. Mohammed, Medical Director of Compassionate Psychiatric services. I finished Residency in Psychiatry through The University of Tennessee, Memphis-TN in the year 2004. Besides being Chief Resident during this Program, I was the top performer in PRITE(Psychiatry Residents In-Service Exam). I am board certified in General Adult Psychiatry and has extensive experience practicing Psychiatry since 2004. I was an affiliate Asst.Professor of Psychiatry at Loyola Medical School, Hines- IL.
Hello, I’m Dr. Mohammed, Medical Director of Compassionate Psychiatric services. I finished Residency in Psychiatry through The University of Tennessee, Memphis-TN in the year 2004. Besides being Chief Resident during this Program, I was the top performer in PRITE(Psychiatry Residents In-Service Exam). I am board certified in General Adult Psychiatry and has extensive experience practicing Psychiatry since 2004. I was an affiliate Asst.Professor of Psychiatry at Loyola Medical School, Hines- IL.
(972) 846-8314 View (972) 846-8314
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Krishnendu Ghosh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75035
I am accepting new patients. Appointments available both virtually and in person, within 72 hours. I specialize in the treatment of depression , ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety/OCD, as well as trauma/PTSD, dementia and Suboxone induction and maintenance . I am licensed to Practice medicine in TX, CA, FL, IN , NY, MO . I speak English, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali.
I am accepting new patients. Appointments available both virtually and in person, within 72 hours. I specialize in the treatment of depression , ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety/OCD, as well as trauma/PTSD, dementia and Suboxone induction and maintenance . I am licensed to Practice medicine in TX, CA, FL, IN , NY, MO . I speak English, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali.
(972) 573-6221 View (972) 573-6221
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Dr. Noor @ Faith Behavioral
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75035
I see ages 6-60 years old, I work with school for 504 and IEP. As a child, adult psychiatrist, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive care that considers the unique needs of individuals. I focus on the underlying factors that may contribute to their difficulties. This allows me to develop personalized treatment plans that support their overall well-being.
I see ages 6-60 years old, I work with school for 504 and IEP. As a child, adult psychiatrist, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive care that considers the unique needs of individuals. I focus on the underlying factors that may contribute to their difficulties. This allows me to develop personalized treatment plans that support their overall well-being.
(214) 609-1776 View (214) 609-1776
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AG Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75035
We are accepting new patients, and new patients can be seen within 72 hours in person or online . I am a Double Board-Certified , in General psychiatry and Neurology and Addiction Medicine for more than 15 years of experience in the Psychiatry.
We are accepting new patients, and new patients can be seen within 72 hours in person or online . I am a Double Board-Certified , in General psychiatry and Neurology and Addiction Medicine for more than 15 years of experience in the Psychiatry.
(972) 433-9814 View (972) 433-9814
Photo of Aparna Iyer, Psychiatrist in 75035, TX
Aparna Iyer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75035
Not accepting new clients
I firmly believe in the therapeutic value of trusting and respectful relationship with my patient. With a holistic, non-judgmental and gentle approach, I focus my efforts on getting to understand the patient prior to formulating a treatment plan. My approach is thorough, exploring a patient's biological, psychological and social factors before determining the next best step, which may or may not include medications. I treat all adult mental health illnesses with a special interest in women's mental health, including those patients who are pregnant and postpartum. Follow us on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aparnaiyermd
I firmly believe in the therapeutic value of trusting and respectful relationship with my patient. With a holistic, non-judgmental and gentle approach, I focus my efforts on getting to understand the patient prior to formulating a treatment plan. My approach is thorough, exploring a patient's biological, psychological and social factors before determining the next best step, which may or may not include medications. I treat all adult mental health illnesses with a special interest in women's mental health, including those patients who are pregnant and postpartum. Follow us on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aparnaiyermd
(972) 362-1867 View (972) 362-1867
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Shahla Ali, MD at Allen Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75035
Schedule appointment online with just a few clicks at www.allenpsychiatry.com . Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we are providing virtual/telemedicine visits for all appointments except TMS and Spravato treatments. Do you have a concern about a psychiatric or mental health issue? Do you need advice and diagnosis? Do you need medication management of an already diagnosed issue? We now provide TMS Therapy - an FDA cleared treatment for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant treatment. TMS stands for “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.” (TMS).
Schedule appointment online with just a few clicks at www.allenpsychiatry.com . Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we are providing virtual/telemedicine visits for all appointments except TMS and Spravato treatments. Do you have a concern about a psychiatric or mental health issue? Do you need advice and diagnosis? Do you need medication management of an already diagnosed issue? We now provide TMS Therapy - an FDA cleared treatment for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant treatment. TMS stands for “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.” (TMS).
(469) 203-4069 View (469) 203-4069
Photo of Umar Latif, Psychiatrist in 75035, TX
Umar Latif
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75035
Dr. Umar Latif is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology with triple board certification in General Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and member of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Latif completed his residency training at Wayne State University in Michigan and postgraduate fellowship training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Dr. Umar Latif is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology with triple board certification in General Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and member of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Latif completed his residency training at Wayne State University in Michigan and postgraduate fellowship training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
(940) 293-2342 View (940) 293-2342
Photo of Scheena Williams, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 75035, TX
Scheena Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75035
Scheena Williams is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2022. She graduated from Baylor University and Walden University. Scheena is relatable, caring, and compassionate about helping patients reach their most optimal level. Outside of work, Scheena enjoys spending time with her twins, traveling, baking, and listening to many genres of music.
Scheena Williams is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2022. She graduated from Baylor University and Walden University. Scheena is relatable, caring, and compassionate about helping patients reach their most optimal level. Outside of work, Scheena enjoys spending time with her twins, traveling, baking, and listening to many genres of music.
(469) 256-7331 View (469) 256-7331
Photo of Tate Rubley, Physician Assistant in 75035, TX
Tate Rubley
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75035
I am a Physician Assistant (PA-C) with a Certification of Added Qualifications in psychiatry, practicing since 2010. I work with adults, adolescents, and children and have treated many psychiatric conditions in multiple treatment settings: emergency, trauma, inpatient, intensive outpatient programs, and outpatient clinics. I specialize in ADHD, bipolar disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, and sleep disorders. I focus on medication management and supportive therapy while incorporating lifestyle modifications.
I am a Physician Assistant (PA-C) with a Certification of Added Qualifications in psychiatry, practicing since 2010. I work with adults, adolescents, and children and have treated many psychiatric conditions in multiple treatment settings: emergency, trauma, inpatient, intensive outpatient programs, and outpatient clinics. I specialize in ADHD, bipolar disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, and sleep disorders. I focus on medication management and supportive therapy while incorporating lifestyle modifications.
(469) 205-7969 View (469) 205-7969
Photo of Aminur Rahman, Psychiatrist in 75035, TX
Aminur Rahman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75035
Mental health is essential for leading a happy life. As a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, I work with patients and their families to help alleviate suffering and improve quality of life so they are able to function at their full potential. My background includes understanding family functioning, development, social, academic, occupational functioning and psychiatric challenges. I aim to understand my patients so that I can help improve their mental conditions. My approach is to discuss with my patient and their family treatment options based on the biopsychosocial model.
Mental health is essential for leading a happy life. As a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, I work with patients and their families to help alleviate suffering and improve quality of life so they are able to function at their full potential. My background includes understanding family functioning, development, social, academic, occupational functioning and psychiatric challenges. I aim to understand my patients so that I can help improve their mental conditions. My approach is to discuss with my patient and their family treatment options based on the biopsychosocial model.
(972) 402-6457 View (972) 402-6457
Photo of Dr. Shalini Shetty, Psychiatrist in 75035, TX
Dr. Shalini Shetty
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75035
Dr Shalini Shetty is dual Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as General psychiatry. Dr. Shetty uses a customized approach to tailor the treatment care plans to fit each individual’s needs in a psychologically safe space that respects your privacy and openness to vulnerability. At Nurturing Minds Psychiatry, we strongly believe in shared decision making which is a key component of patient-centered care. There is no universal approach to behavioral health. We believe that each individual is unique.. We use evidence-based approach to meet an individual’s needs.
Dr Shalini Shetty is dual Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as General psychiatry. Dr. Shetty uses a customized approach to tailor the treatment care plans to fit each individual’s needs in a psychologically safe space that respects your privacy and openness to vulnerability. At Nurturing Minds Psychiatry, we strongly believe in shared decision making which is a key component of patient-centered care. There is no universal approach to behavioral health. We believe that each individual is unique.. We use evidence-based approach to meet an individual’s needs.
(972) 440-1049 View (972) 440-1049
Photo of Zia Uddin, Psychiatrist in 75035, TX
Zia Uddin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75035
Adults with ADHD may have been undiagnosed when younger, only having symptoms later in life when something changed (i.e., going off to college, getting married, having children, etc.) Adult ADHD patients also frequently have anxiety, depression or other issues that may or may not be related.
Adults with ADHD may have been undiagnosed when younger, only having symptoms later in life when something changed (i.e., going off to college, getting married, having children, etc.) Adult ADHD patients also frequently have anxiety, depression or other issues that may or may not be related.
(469) 331-6285 View (469) 331-6285

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 75035

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 75035 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
97% Bipolar Disorder
93% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% ADHD
79% Medication Management
76% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Aetna
96% BlueCross and BlueShield
96% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 75035 see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
29% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 75035?

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.