Psychiatrists in 77008

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Present Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008  (Online Only)
Our goal is to understand our client’s chief complaints, accurately diagnose them, and formulate a treatment plan specifically to that client’s needs. Empathetic listening is the cornerstone of our interview process. We take time to get to know our clients without being judgmental. We specialize in Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD. We take a holistic evidence-based approach to improve a patient’s quality of life rather than trying to fix one problem.
Our goal is to understand our client’s chief complaints, accurately diagnose them, and formulate a treatment plan specifically to that client’s needs. Empathetic listening is the cornerstone of our interview process. We take time to get to know our clients without being judgmental. We specialize in Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD. We take a holistic evidence-based approach to improve a patient’s quality of life rather than trying to fix one problem.
(832) 743-2040 View (832) 743-2040
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Dharmendra Kumar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
Do you suffer from chronic excessive anxieties or mood disorders, cognitive or mood problems after a stroke or brain trauma? Let's take the first step to ease your pain and suffering. Are you getting nowhere with your untreated or undiagnosed Attention deficit disorder? Let's take charge and improve your relationships, and succeed in your education or employment.
Do you suffer from chronic excessive anxieties or mood disorders, cognitive or mood problems after a stroke or brain trauma? Let's take the first step to ease your pain and suffering. Are you getting nowhere with your untreated or undiagnosed Attention deficit disorder? Let's take charge and improve your relationships, and succeed in your education or employment.
(281) 595-1599 View (281) 595-1599
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Reena Kumar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008
Dr. Reena Kumar, MD is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Nutritional Psychiatrist. Dr Kumar earned her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry degree from Dell Medical School at The University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Kumar is very passionate about working with children and their families and making a difference in their lives. Her patients love her for her calm demeanor, indomitable spirit, and genuine love & care she brings into her their lives. She has also received accolades for family therapy, mindfulness and self-compassion work. She also provides experiential group sessions for mindfulness meditation and lifestyle and dietary changes.
Dr. Reena Kumar, MD is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Nutritional Psychiatrist. Dr Kumar earned her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry degree from Dell Medical School at The University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Kumar is very passionate about working with children and their families and making a difference in their lives. Her patients love her for her calm demeanor, indomitable spirit, and genuine love & care she brings into her their lives. She has also received accolades for family therapy, mindfulness and self-compassion work. She also provides experiential group sessions for mindfulness meditation and lifestyle and dietary changes.
(346) 226-3008 View (346) 226-3008
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Divine Psychiatric foundation
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008  (Online Only)
My name is Chikodi Uju Oji, I am a board-certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner(PMHNP) in Houston Texas and New Mexico. My goal is to assist individuals like you overcome life challenges and improve their overall well-being.
My name is Chikodi Uju Oji, I am a board-certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner(PMHNP) in Houston Texas and New Mexico. My goal is to assist individuals like you overcome life challenges and improve their overall well-being.
(713) 364-1583 View (713) 364-1583
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Insightful Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available. www.insightfulpsychiatry.com
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available. www.insightfulpsychiatry.com
(206) 620-1222 View (206) 620-1222
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Belle Meade Addiction Medicine & Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We help patients establish a professional relationship with a dedicated physician who knows their medical history and medication regimen. This provides the patient with continuity of care and on-demand access to a doctor through telemedicine or in-person appointments. We manage a wide spectrum of illnesses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. Patients with these conditions have the best chance of improvement when they have regular appointments with the same physician who works with the patient in a professional setting.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We help patients establish a professional relationship with a dedicated physician who knows their medical history and medication regimen. This provides the patient with continuity of care and on-demand access to a doctor through telemedicine or in-person appointments. We manage a wide spectrum of illnesses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. Patients with these conditions have the best chance of improvement when they have regular appointments with the same physician who works with the patient in a professional setting.
(615) 576-8371 View (615) 576-8371
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Optimal Life Care, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008
I've had the very fortunate opportunity to work with patients from various backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, in the US and abroad. I can honestly say that the common theme is the desire for stability. We know that mental health stability is imperative, before we can successfully manage our home, relationships, jobs/careers. It all begins with understanding that our brain is the most important organ in our body, so its' imbalance affects our functionality. Are you ready enjoy life, travel and explore the world, or just have peace of mind? Let Optimal Life Care help you get on track to living your BEST life.
I've had the very fortunate opportunity to work with patients from various backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, in the US and abroad. I can honestly say that the common theme is the desire for stability. We know that mental health stability is imperative, before we can successfully manage our home, relationships, jobs/careers. It all begins with understanding that our brain is the most important organ in our body, so its' imbalance affects our functionality. Are you ready enjoy life, travel and explore the world, or just have peace of mind? Let Optimal Life Care help you get on track to living your BEST life.
(210) 864-6173 View (210) 864-6173
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Esteem Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008
Are you having difficulty coping with the stressors of everyday life? Do you feel depressed and anxious; or are you having symptoms of mood swings, poor energy, low motivation and difficulty sleeping. These are just some of the symptoms that can be treated at Esteem psychiatry. Accurate diagnosis is key to getting you back to enjoying life again. I offer medication management and psychotherapy to help you identify your unique goals and provide encouragement and guidance throughout your journey.
Are you having difficulty coping with the stressors of everyday life? Do you feel depressed and anxious; or are you having symptoms of mood swings, poor energy, low motivation and difficulty sleeping. These are just some of the symptoms that can be treated at Esteem psychiatry. Accurate diagnosis is key to getting you back to enjoying life again. I offer medication management and psychotherapy to help you identify your unique goals and provide encouragement and guidance throughout your journey.
(281) 609-9767 View (281) 609-9767
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Chizelle Onochie
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
Dr. Chizelle Onochie is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Onochie provides medication management for adult patients with depression, anxiety, psychosis, and PTSD/trauma. Outside of work, Dr. Onochie enjoys traveling, writing poetry, and volunteering.
Dr. Chizelle Onochie is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Onochie provides medication management for adult patients with depression, anxiety, psychosis, and PTSD/trauma. Outside of work, Dr. Onochie enjoys traveling, writing poetry, and volunteering.
(346) 788-1407 View (346) 788-1407
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Daniela White
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
Dr. Daniela White is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Board-Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has been practicing since she received her training in general psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and followed it with her fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Daniela believes in addressing psychiatric conditions with pharmacotherapy and complementary alternative therapies ( light therapy, exercise, supplement augmentation, and neuromodulation through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).
Dr. Daniela White is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Board-Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has been practicing since she received her training in general psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and followed it with her fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Daniela believes in addressing psychiatric conditions with pharmacotherapy and complementary alternative therapies ( light therapy, exercise, supplement augmentation, and neuromodulation through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).
(832) 662-1929 View (832) 662-1929
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Dr. Emily Y. Wu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Dr. Emily Wu is a Harvard-trained M.D. Psychiatrist. She is Double Board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. She is licensed to practice in Texas. She completed a two-year advanced fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital through Harvard Medical School. She did her residency in Adult Psychiatry at Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program. She obtained her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Texas A&M University, graduating summa cum laude.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Dr. Emily Wu is a Harvard-trained M.D. Psychiatrist. She is Double Board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. She is licensed to practice in Texas. She completed a two-year advanced fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital through Harvard Medical School. She did her residency in Adult Psychiatry at Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program. She obtained her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Texas A&M University, graduating summa cum laude.
(832) 219-7782 View (832) 219-7782
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Zoraya Ahumada
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
I am a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist in private practice in Houston’s Galleria area. The purpose of my practice is to provide a thorough and individualized assessment of each of my patient’s unique needs, being mindful of all the different aspects of their lives and what matters to them and defines them. Each particular individual suffers from more than just a list of signs and symptoms, more than a condition. I want to work with you to help you understand yourself from a multidimensional and developmental perspective and provide the needed therapeutic methods to sustain a healthier and satisfying life.
I am a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist in private practice in Houston’s Galleria area. The purpose of my practice is to provide a thorough and individualized assessment of each of my patient’s unique needs, being mindful of all the different aspects of their lives and what matters to them and defines them. Each particular individual suffers from more than just a list of signs and symptoms, more than a condition. I want to work with you to help you understand yourself from a multidimensional and developmental perspective and provide the needed therapeutic methods to sustain a healthier and satisfying life.
(346) 214-2454 View (346) 214-2454
Photo of Tracee Lucas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 77008, TX
Tracee Lucas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
Tracee Lucas is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas with more than 20 years of nursing experience. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at William Carey College and a Master of Science in Nursing in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Tracee believes that healing is very individually based; thus, no two people require the same treatment. She feels the mind, body, and soul work in conjunction for your healing.
Tracee Lucas is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas with more than 20 years of nursing experience. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at William Carey College and a Master of Science in Nursing in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Tracee believes that healing is very individually based; thus, no two people require the same treatment. She feels the mind, body, and soul work in conjunction for your healing.
(832) 621-4708 View (832) 621-4708
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Amanda Barrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
I first obtained my Bachelor's in Psychology from Appalachian State University in 2007. I then completed my Diploma in Nursing from Watts School of Nursing in Durham, NC in 2010. While working full time in the local hospital as a registered nurse, I put myself through school to obtain my Bachelor's in Nursing from Appalachian State University in 2010. Life happened and I moved to Ohio to complete my Master's in Nursing; Family Nurse Practitioner from Ohio University while working as a nurse on a med-surge unit.
I first obtained my Bachelor's in Psychology from Appalachian State University in 2007. I then completed my Diploma in Nursing from Watts School of Nursing in Durham, NC in 2010. While working full time in the local hospital as a registered nurse, I put myself through school to obtain my Bachelor's in Nursing from Appalachian State University in 2010. Life happened and I moved to Ohio to complete my Master's in Nursing; Family Nurse Practitioner from Ohio University while working as a nurse on a med-surge unit.
(832) 648-4258 View (832) 648-4258
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Agnes Benjamin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
Agnes Benjamin is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2022. She received her first MSN with concentration in Leadership and Management from Walden University and her Post Master's as a Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner. Agnes meets her patients where they are and helps them attain their highest level of well-being. She collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams while maintaining professional boundaries and therapeutic relationships with patients. Agnes provides unique approaches to addressing underlying psychological issues coping skills and life stresses.
Agnes Benjamin is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2022. She received her first MSN with concentration in Leadership and Management from Walden University and her Post Master's as a Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner. Agnes meets her patients where they are and helps them attain their highest level of well-being. She collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams while maintaining professional boundaries and therapeutic relationships with patients. Agnes provides unique approaches to addressing underlying psychological issues coping skills and life stresses.
(346) 567-6929 View (346) 567-6929
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Bejoy John
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
Dr Bejoy John MD is a board certified psychiatrist with over 12 years of clinical experience in treating depression, anxiety, bipolar , schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders .Dr John primarily treats adults . Dr John graduated from BLDEA Patil Medical College from India .He did his psychiatry residency from Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland , Ohio and completed a year of fellowship at the University of Arizona, Tuscon. In his free time Dr John enjoys spending time with his family, friends and traveling.
Dr Bejoy John MD is a board certified psychiatrist with over 12 years of clinical experience in treating depression, anxiety, bipolar , schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders .Dr John primarily treats adults . Dr John graduated from BLDEA Patil Medical College from India .He did his psychiatry residency from Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland , Ohio and completed a year of fellowship at the University of Arizona, Tuscon. In his free time Dr John enjoys spending time with his family, friends and traveling.
(346) 423-3801 View (346) 423-3801
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Michelle Petmi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
I understand that the individual is the expert of his or her own life, and try to foster an environment where one can develop skills to manage difficulties and gain insight into unique personal challenges. I am trained in the use of both medication management and brief psychotherapy to help individuals reach their desired goals. I have experience in treating a range of Psychiatric conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma related disorders and schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
I understand that the individual is the expert of his or her own life, and try to foster an environment where one can develop skills to manage difficulties and gain insight into unique personal challenges. I am trained in the use of both medication management and brief psychotherapy to help individuals reach their desired goals. I have experience in treating a range of Psychiatric conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma related disorders and schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
(832) 430-7822 View (832) 430-7822
Photo of Maher Chehab, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 77008, TX
Maher Chehab
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
Hello, my name is Maher Chehab and offer immediate face to face and tele visits. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with education and training in treating clients with mental health conditions across the lifespan.
Hello, my name is Maher Chehab and offer immediate face to face and tele visits. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with education and training in treating clients with mental health conditions across the lifespan.
(832) 345-3830 View (832) 345-3830
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Linzi Leighton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
Linzi Leighton is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2012. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2005 and earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2012. Linzi believes in using a collaborate approach that is patient-centered and individualized. She provides support, guidance, and education to address individual needs and enhance emotional well-being.
Linzi Leighton is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2012. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2005 and earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2012. Linzi believes in using a collaborate approach that is patient-centered and individualized. She provides support, guidance, and education to address individual needs and enhance emotional well-being.
(832) 688-6614 View (832) 688-6614
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Amy Enis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77008  (Online Only)
Welcome! Congrats on taking the first step to wellness! Whether you have struggled with mental health issues all your life or if this is new for you, you're in the right place. I have a passion for helping others' find their best selves; it's never too late to start this journey! I see adults age 18 and up for acute and chronic depression, anxiety and panic, stress, grief, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and psychosis, among others.
Welcome! Congrats on taking the first step to wellness! Whether you have struggled with mental health issues all your life or if this is new for you, you're in the right place. I have a passion for helping others' find their best selves; it's never too late to start this journey! I see adults age 18 and up for acute and chronic depression, anxiety and panic, stress, grief, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and psychosis, among others.
(346) 205-0106 View (346) 205-0106

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 77008

20+

Average cost per session

$220

Psychiatrists in 77008 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
86% ADHD
86% Medication Management
81% Bipolar Disorder
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in 77008 see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 77008?

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.