Psychiatrists in 78660

Photo of Kassiah Nabrovskis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 78660, TX
Kassiah Nabrovskis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Pflugerville, TX 78660  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm a veteran flight nurse, a dual-certified Family Nurse Practitioner from UT Austin and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an RYT-200 yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner.
Hello! I'm a veteran flight nurse, a dual-certified Family Nurse Practitioner from UT Austin and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an RYT-200 yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner.
(737) 367-0611 View (737) 367-0611
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Caanan Blakemore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pflugerville, TX 78660
I earned my bachelor's degree from the Univerity of Texas at Arlington and later graduated from Maryville University with my doctorate in nursing practice with a focus on Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner as well as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I serve both children/adolescents as well as adults at our clinic, providing a foundation for lifelong mental health.
I earned my bachelor's degree from the Univerity of Texas at Arlington and later graduated from Maryville University with my doctorate in nursing practice with a focus on Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner as well as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I serve both children/adolescents as well as adults at our clinic, providing a foundation for lifelong mental health.
(512) 641-5993 View (512) 641-5993
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Alexander Kaplan
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Pflugerville, TX 78660
I provide a comprehensive team-based psychiatric evaluation and treatment approach, including the patient, family (if amenable/appropriate), and therapeutic team. I strive to ensure evidence-based, empathic psychiatric care. Be assured you will receive a thorough, patient, and thoughtful evaluation with appropriate recommendations and treatment including psychotropic medications, medical work-up, and therapy.
I provide a comprehensive team-based psychiatric evaluation and treatment approach, including the patient, family (if amenable/appropriate), and therapeutic team. I strive to ensure evidence-based, empathic psychiatric care. Be assured you will receive a thorough, patient, and thoughtful evaluation with appropriate recommendations and treatment including psychotropic medications, medical work-up, and therapy.
(512) 643-7462 View (512) 643-7462
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Shana Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LPC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Shana's philosophy of practice is “a generic perfect path for all does not exist in our reality; to treat every person a clinician sees as if one does, is to do a disservice to an individual’s uniqueness and personal strengths. Everyone deserves to explore and uncover which direction is the best for them”. This philosophy of practice has been developed from her experience across a variety of clinical populations, such as individuals struggling with mood, personality, and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, grief/loss, homelessness, Active-Duty Service members and Veterans, and people in the criminal justice system.
Shana's philosophy of practice is “a generic perfect path for all does not exist in our reality; to treat every person a clinician sees as if one does, is to do a disservice to an individual’s uniqueness and personal strengths. Everyone deserves to explore and uncover which direction is the best for them”. This philosophy of practice has been developed from her experience across a variety of clinical populations, such as individuals struggling with mood, personality, and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, grief/loss, homelessness, Active-Duty Service members and Veterans, and people in the criminal justice system.
(512) 902-3282 View (512) 902-3282
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Bernadette Murorunkwere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Bernadette is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner across the life span who is qualified to practice in psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors.
Bernadette is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner across the life span who is qualified to practice in psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors.
(512) 961-4692 View (512) 961-4692
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Pauravi J. Rana
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Pflugerville, TX 78660
I am most experienced with treating psychiatric concerns of a young adult population but I consult with and treat adults of all ages. I have broad experience treating depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and eating disorder. I enjoy educating clients who may be new to medication treatment and have reservations about it. I work best with clients who are looking to incorporate medication treatment with other therapeutic options such as psychotherapy, lifestyle change, exercise, and mindfulness-based approaches. Though I do not offer specific treatment for addictions, I address self-medication issues and substance abuse issues with all clients.
I am most experienced with treating psychiatric concerns of a young adult population but I consult with and treat adults of all ages. I have broad experience treating depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and eating disorder. I enjoy educating clients who may be new to medication treatment and have reservations about it. I work best with clients who are looking to incorporate medication treatment with other therapeutic options such as psychotherapy, lifestyle change, exercise, and mindfulness-based approaches. Though I do not offer specific treatment for addictions, I address self-medication issues and substance abuse issues with all clients.
(512) 270-6443 View (512) 270-6443
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Alexander Welge
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pflugerville, TX 78660  (Online Only)
Dr. Welge completed his Residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, based at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, NY. For most of the past 10 years, Dr. Welge has primarily worked as an Outpatient Psychiatrist in a Community-based Behavioral Health Center in rural Pennsylvania, where he enjoyed building relationships with clients, some of whom have been with him for almost 10 years. Dr. Welge also has a Master's in Physiology, and that background served as a strength, as their medical issues were as important as their psychiatric ones, given the changes in kidney function, thyroid function, etc as one age.
Dr. Welge completed his Residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, based at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, NY. For most of the past 10 years, Dr. Welge has primarily worked as an Outpatient Psychiatrist in a Community-based Behavioral Health Center in rural Pennsylvania, where he enjoyed building relationships with clients, some of whom have been with him for almost 10 years. Dr. Welge also has a Master's in Physiology, and that background served as a strength, as their medical issues were as important as their psychiatric ones, given the changes in kidney function, thyroid function, etc as one age.
(281) 954-3750 View (281) 954-3750
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Bryan Walker - Anew Era Tms Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Bryan Walker is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and is board-certified in psychiatry and mental health (PMHNP-BC). As an advanced practice nurse, Bryan is committed to providing holistic, patient-centered, and evidenced-based care. He believes strongly in an integrated model of care and works in partnership with clients, other healthcare providers, and psychotherapists to achieve the best outcomes. Bryan keeps up with the latest research by attending conferences and improving psychotherapy skills with continued training. He completed his MSN at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.
Bryan Walker is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and is board-certified in psychiatry and mental health (PMHNP-BC). As an advanced practice nurse, Bryan is committed to providing holistic, patient-centered, and evidenced-based care. He believes strongly in an integrated model of care and works in partnership with clients, other healthcare providers, and psychotherapists to achieve the best outcomes. Bryan keeps up with the latest research by attending conferences and improving psychotherapy skills with continued training. He completed his MSN at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.
(512) 957-9668 View (512) 957-9668
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VPP Clinic | Dr Arif Mirza MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pflugerville, TX 78660  (Online Only)
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(737) 758-3383 View (737) 758-3383
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Xingchun Tang
Psychiatrist, MD , PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pflugerville, TX 78660  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Xingchun Tang is board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. She completed her residency in Medical University of South Carolina & fellowship training at the UT Southwestern at Dallas. She works with adult patients using both medications and psychotherapy. She has extensive experience working with a wide range of psychiatric diagnosis including depression, bipolar, anxiety, ADHD and opioid use disorder. She sees patients for Saturday, and Monday for video appointment.
Dr. Xingchun Tang is board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. She completed her residency in Medical University of South Carolina & fellowship training at the UT Southwestern at Dallas. She works with adult patients using both medications and psychotherapy. She has extensive experience working with a wide range of psychiatric diagnosis including depression, bipolar, anxiety, ADHD and opioid use disorder. She sees patients for Saturday, and Monday for video appointment.
(737) 888-1649 View (737) 888-1649
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Pflugerville, TX 78660  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting daily optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out-of-pocket rates. Also accepting insurances
Accepting new patients via telehealth for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting daily optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out-of-pocket rates. Also accepting insurances
(346) 483-5061 View (346) 483-5061
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Nathan Gardner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Nathan Gardner is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2021. Nathan provides comprehensive mental health care to clients, utilizing his advanced training and expertise in psychiatry and nursing. He conducts thorough assessments to understand the client's mental health concerns, medical history, and psychosocial factors. Through interviews, observations, and standardized tools, he can arrive at an accurate diagnosis. Based on the assessment, Nathan will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to the client's unique needs.
Nathan Gardner is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2021. Nathan provides comprehensive mental health care to clients, utilizing his advanced training and expertise in psychiatry and nursing. He conducts thorough assessments to understand the client's mental health concerns, medical history, and psychosocial factors. Through interviews, observations, and standardized tools, he can arrive at an accurate diagnosis. Based on the assessment, Nathan will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to the client's unique needs.
(512) 641-9689 View (512) 641-9689
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Ernest Spiotto
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Dr. Ernest Spiotto is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2017. He earned his M.D. at Albany Medical College. Dr. Spiotto is compassionate and dedicated to improving the mental health and well-being of adults. He offers comprehensive treatment plans, including medication management and supportive psychotherapy, to help patients overcome their challenges and thrive. Outside of work, Dr. Spiotto is an avid reader and traveler, always seeking new knowledge and experiences.
Dr. Ernest Spiotto is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2017. He earned his M.D. at Albany Medical College. Dr. Spiotto is compassionate and dedicated to improving the mental health and well-being of adults. He offers comprehensive treatment plans, including medication management and supportive psychotherapy, to help patients overcome their challenges and thrive. Outside of work, Dr. Spiotto is an avid reader and traveler, always seeking new knowledge and experiences.
(737) 373-2664 View (737) 373-2664
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(737) 727-2503 View (737) 727-2503
Photo of Amanda Anazia - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 78660, TX
Amanda Anazia - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She is a part of the inaugural class of 2012 where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Texas State University. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She is a part of the inaugural class of 2012 where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Texas State University. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
(737) 637-3191 View (737) 637-3191
Photo of Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in 78660, TX
Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(512) 580-7920 View (512) 580-7920
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Fauzia Akhtar - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Fauzia Akhtar is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Fauzia has over 10 years of extensive patient care experience at multiple medical institutions. She is passionate about providing top-quality, benevolent, and comprehensive mental health care to adults ages 18-64. Fauzia possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by the ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience during patient interactions.
Fauzia Akhtar is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Fauzia has over 10 years of extensive patient care experience at multiple medical institutions. She is passionate about providing top-quality, benevolent, and comprehensive mental health care to adults ages 18-64. Fauzia possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by the ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience during patient interactions.
(512) 729-8110 View (512) 729-8110
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Shamima Khan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Shamima Khan, MD, is a highly rated psychiatrist who's board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. A proud member of the LifeStance Health, PLLC, team in Houston, Texas, Dr. Khan treats individuals with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, thought process disorders, substance abuse disorders, PTSD, personality disorders, and eating disorders. Dr. Khan earned her medical degree from the renowned medical school, Dhaka Medical College in Bangladesh.
Shamima Khan, MD, is a highly rated psychiatrist who's board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. A proud member of the LifeStance Health, PLLC, team in Houston, Texas, Dr. Khan treats individuals with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, thought process disorders, substance abuse disorders, PTSD, personality disorders, and eating disorders. Dr. Khan earned her medical degree from the renowned medical school, Dhaka Medical College in Bangladesh.
(281) 853-8327 View (281) 853-8327
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Holistic Psychiatry Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pflugerville, TX 78660  (Online Only)
I am a compassionate provider with effective communication skills that are patient focused and has been helping children from the age of 10 years old with ADHD, conduct disorders, anxiety, as well as mood disorders.
I am a compassionate provider with effective communication skills that are patient focused and has been helping children from the age of 10 years old with ADHD, conduct disorders, anxiety, as well as mood disorders.
(972) 737-9287 View (972) 737-9287
Photo of Angela Sanders, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 78660, TX
Angela Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Pflugerville, TX 78660  (Online Only)
Hello there, my name is Angela Sanders and I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Hello there, my name is Angela Sanders and I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.
(903) 587-5627 View (903) 587-5627

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 78660

20+

Average cost per session

$180

Psychiatrists in 78660 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
96% Anxiety
88% Bipolar Disorder
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Trauma and PTSD
79% ADHD
79% Medication Management

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
90% Optum
86% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 78660 see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in 78660?

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.