Psychiatrists in 78702

Photo of undefined - Erica Burgett - Mental Health & Wellness Austin , FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Erica Burgett - Mental Health & Wellness Austin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78702
As a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner, I approach health from a holistic perspective and believe that well-being includes an awareness of and attention to the body and mind as well as the emotional and interpersonal lives we lead. Human beings are complex and singular in their individuality and life story. My philosophy, as a provider, is one of curiosity, acceptance, and collaboration. My goal is to understand and support my client’s unique lived experience, providing an open, trusting, and engaged therapeutic space.
As a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner, I approach health from a holistic perspective and believe that well-being includes an awareness of and attention to the body and mind as well as the emotional and interpersonal lives we lead. Human beings are complex and singular in their individuality and life story. My philosophy, as a provider, is one of curiosity, acceptance, and collaboration. My goal is to understand and support my client’s unique lived experience, providing an open, trusting, and engaged therapeutic space.
(737) 258-9560 View (737) 258-9560
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Ian M Crooks
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78702  (Online Only)
Your health and well-being matter. If you have been struggling with mental, emotional or behavioral challenges, it can be very helpful to meet with a psychiatrist for a comprehensive & thorough evaluation, as well as discuss treatment recommendations that will get you back on the path to feeling and functioning as you need and want to be. As a physician, I work in a collaborative and caring manner, listening to your concerns and supporting you along the way as you set out on your path to improved health and well-being. Your life matters, and as your doctor, it is my responsibility to be available, accessible and helpful to you.
Your health and well-being matter. If you have been struggling with mental, emotional or behavioral challenges, it can be very helpful to meet with a psychiatrist for a comprehensive & thorough evaluation, as well as discuss treatment recommendations that will get you back on the path to feeling and functioning as you need and want to be. As a physician, I work in a collaborative and caring manner, listening to your concerns and supporting you along the way as you set out on your path to improved health and well-being. Your life matters, and as your doctor, it is my responsibility to be available, accessible and helpful to you.
(512) 271-5156 View (512) 271-5156
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Cole Weatherby
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78702
Not accepting new clients
I feel that achieving health and happiness comes by addressing many aspects of life-mind, body, spirituality, social connectedness, etc. This holistic approach recognizes that we all have an inherent ability to achieve health and that the focus of treatment should be on addressing barriers to this vs. treating or "curing" a disease. None of my patients have been in a textbook. Diagnoses should be used as a general guide for treatment, but that treatment should be customized for each individual person by taking into account the ways in which they do not fit the "textbook diagnosis".
I feel that achieving health and happiness comes by addressing many aspects of life-mind, body, spirituality, social connectedness, etc. This holistic approach recognizes that we all have an inherent ability to achieve health and that the focus of treatment should be on addressing barriers to this vs. treating or "curing" a disease. None of my patients have been in a textbook. Diagnoses should be used as a general guide for treatment, but that treatment should be customized for each individual person by taking into account the ways in which they do not fit the "textbook diagnosis".
(512) 402-8350 View (512) 402-8350
Photo of undefined - Asad Kirmani - Mental Health & Wellness Austin, MD, Psychiatrist
Asad Kirmani - Mental Health & Wellness Austin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78702
Whether you are dealing with a chronic psychiatric condition or seeking care for the first time it can be a daunting task to navigate today's mental health care system. I strongly believe that the most important thing to do when meeting with a patient for the first time is to listen carefully and empathically. Though medications are often an important part of a patient's treatment plan, I strive to use them judiciously and will take the time to explain my rationale for the specific medication I may recommend as part of your care.
Whether you are dealing with a chronic psychiatric condition or seeking care for the first time it can be a daunting task to navigate today's mental health care system. I strongly believe that the most important thing to do when meeting with a patient for the first time is to listen carefully and empathically. Though medications are often an important part of a patient's treatment plan, I strive to use them judiciously and will take the time to explain my rationale for the specific medication I may recommend as part of your care.
(512) 309-7782 View (512) 309-7782
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Latham Fink
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78702
My goal is to help my you thrive and become the most self-realized individual you can be. Often that entails at least some level of healing, whether physical, emotional, relational, or even spiritual, before we leverage awareness of the obstacles that stand in the way of living our fullest. My approach to psychiatry is to seamlessly blend medications and therapy so that you can truly live. While medications can be very helpful at times, I don't believe in a magic pill. It is important that you share with me your values and goals so we can also collaborate to find non-pharmacological approaches to helping you thrive.
My goal is to help my you thrive and become the most self-realized individual you can be. Often that entails at least some level of healing, whether physical, emotional, relational, or even spiritual, before we leverage awareness of the obstacles that stand in the way of living our fullest. My approach to psychiatry is to seamlessly blend medications and therapy so that you can truly live. While medications can be very helpful at times, I don't believe in a magic pill. It is important that you share with me your values and goals so we can also collaborate to find non-pharmacological approaches to helping you thrive.
(737) 204-9077 View (737) 204-9077
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Ivan Srdanovic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78702
Ivan Srdanovic is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who encompasses the biopsychosocial model in treating mental health disorders. Ivan believes that each person has a unique history, and considering all aspects of a person’s life is the most effective way of creating a personalized treatment plan for them. Ivan has experience in outpatient psychiatry treating adults and adolescents with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, thought disorders, adjustment disorders, and personality disorders.
Ivan Srdanovic is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who encompasses the biopsychosocial model in treating mental health disorders. Ivan believes that each person has a unique history, and considering all aspects of a person’s life is the most effective way of creating a personalized treatment plan for them. Ivan has experience in outpatient psychiatry treating adults and adolescents with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, thought disorders, adjustment disorders, and personality disorders.
(512) 866-0641 View (512) 866-0641
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Ifeoma Irokwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78702
Welcome to Effulgence Psychiatry, where your journey to mental wellness is honored with compassion, expertise, and a commitment to holistic care. My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a mental health nurse practitioner, I envision my clients as individuals with unique struggles, seeking solace in their darkest moments. Understanding their needs for compassionate care, I strive to empower them to reclaim their lives, overcome obstacles, and achieve personal growth. My goal is to foster an environment where clients feel heard, valued, and supported, paving the way for them to pursue a future filled with hope, resilience, and fulfillment.
Welcome to Effulgence Psychiatry, where your journey to mental wellness is honored with compassion, expertise, and a commitment to holistic care. My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a mental health nurse practitioner, I envision my clients as individuals with unique struggles, seeking solace in their darkest moments. Understanding their needs for compassionate care, I strive to empower them to reclaim their lives, overcome obstacles, and achieve personal growth. My goal is to foster an environment where clients feel heard, valued, and supported, paving the way for them to pursue a future filled with hope, resilience, and fulfillment.
(830) 541-7716 View (830) 541-7716
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Elisa Hilario
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78702  (Online Only)
Elisa Hilario is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who received her Master's of Science in Nursing in 2018 from the University of Texas at Austin and Bachelor's of Science in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to practicing in outpatient care, Elisa worked in long-term care diagnosing and treating adults with major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and dementia.
Elisa Hilario is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who received her Master's of Science in Nursing in 2018 from the University of Texas at Austin and Bachelor's of Science in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to practicing in outpatient care, Elisa worked in long-term care diagnosing and treating adults with major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and dementia.
(512) 900-2116 View (512) 900-2116
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Mary Glenney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS, FNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78702
Mary Glenney is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 1996. She has a Master of Science degree in Nursing, a Master of Science in psychology and a post-master certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Mary offers years of experience in multiple settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and crisis management. She is comfortable treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders. Mary's diverse education allows her to take a holistic approach to mental health treatment. Outside of work, Mary enjoys music, spending time with friends and family, and sports.
Mary Glenney is a Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 1996. She has a Master of Science degree in Nursing, a Master of Science in psychology and a post-master certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Mary offers years of experience in multiple settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and crisis management. She is comfortable treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders. Mary's diverse education allows her to take a holistic approach to mental health treatment. Outside of work, Mary enjoys music, spending time with friends and family, and sports.
(512) 817-3736 View (512) 817-3736
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Zaw Win
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78702
Zaw Win, MD is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in General Adult Psychiatry. Dr. Win was elected by the Membership Committee and the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association to be a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (FAPA) in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of psychiatry. Dr. Win completed his psychiatry residency training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1998.
Zaw Win, MD is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in General Adult Psychiatry. Dr. Win was elected by the Membership Committee and the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association to be a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (FAPA) in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of psychiatry. Dr. Win completed his psychiatry residency training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1998.
(512) 882-2072 View (512) 882-2072
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Holly Franke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78702
Holly Franke is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2020. Holly's approach begins with building rapport and listening to truly understand each patient. She uses a holistic approach and tailored treatment to include lifestyle changes, therapy, and medication management as needed. Holly strives to help her patients identify and achieve their goals to provide the best quality of life. Outside of work, Holly enjoys spending time with her family, lifting weights, and traveling.
Holly Franke is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2020. Holly's approach begins with building rapport and listening to truly understand each patient. She uses a holistic approach and tailored treatment to include lifestyle changes, therapy, and medication management as needed. Holly strives to help her patients identify and achieve their goals to provide the best quality of life. Outside of work, Holly enjoys spending time with her family, lifting weights, and traveling.
(737) 232-6352 View (737) 232-6352
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Rachal Katerle
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78702
Rachal is a Physician Assistant certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She graduated with her MPAS from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 2023 and began pursuing her passion of supporting mental health through psychiatry. Rachal has experience in diagnosing and treating Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Mood Disorders and other psychiatric illnesses. She provides medication management and supportive psychotherapy in collaboration with Dr. Khan.
Rachal is a Physician Assistant certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She graduated with her MPAS from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 2023 and began pursuing her passion of supporting mental health through psychiatry. Rachal has experience in diagnosing and treating Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Mood Disorders and other psychiatric illnesses. She provides medication management and supportive psychotherapy in collaboration with Dr. Khan.
(512) 722-7976 View (512) 722-7976
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Emma Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78702
My approach is grounded in meeting clients wherever they are in life's journey. Embracing a pragmatic perspective that recognizes the influence of environmental, economic, and societal factors, I am committed to a client-centered approach that emphasizes self-exploration and collaborative care.
My approach is grounded in meeting clients wherever they are in life's journey. Embracing a pragmatic perspective that recognizes the influence of environmental, economic, and societal factors, I am committed to a client-centered approach that emphasizes self-exploration and collaborative care.
(737) 348-0518 View (737) 348-0518
Photo of Elizabeth Emebo, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Elizabeth Emebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78702  (Online Only)
Elizabeth Emebo is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She started her nursing journey in 2009 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. In 2013, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Nursing at Prairie View A&M University in Texas and her Master’s degree at Walden University of Minnesota in 2020. Before working as a nurse practitioner, Elizabeth has over 12 years of experience in bedside nursing, transitional care unit, psychiatric unit, pediatric/adult home health, and Medical-surgical/neurology/neurosurgery unit
Elizabeth Emebo is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She started her nursing journey in 2009 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. In 2013, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Nursing at Prairie View A&M University in Texas and her Master’s degree at Walden University of Minnesota in 2020. Before working as a nurse practitioner, Elizabeth has over 12 years of experience in bedside nursing, transitional care unit, psychiatric unit, pediatric/adult home health, and Medical-surgical/neurology/neurosurgery unit
(281) 709-2745 View (281) 709-2745
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Danielle Rott
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78702
Danielle Rott is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2010. She has an MD from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and a BS from Michigan State University. Danielle has expertise in medication management for adults. She has specialized in the college population. Danielle treats a multitude of disorders including Depression, Bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and psychosis. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys traveling and is trying to visit every continent. She loves trying out new restaurants, hiking, movies, and spending time with her dog.
Danielle Rott is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2010. She has an MD from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and a BS from Michigan State University. Danielle has expertise in medication management for adults. She has specialized in the college population. Danielle treats a multitude of disorders including Depression, Bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and psychosis. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys traveling and is trying to visit every continent. She loves trying out new restaurants, hiking, movies, and spending time with her dog.
(737) 758-3920 View (737) 758-3920
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Lejla Medic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78702
Mental health, happiness, and healing is attainable for everyone. By building a genuine connection with my clients, we create a treatment plan together to address their unique needs. My focus is on holistic, integrative care through the use of medications, psychotherapy, and promoting healthy lifestyle shifts. I strive to create an inclusive, safe environment for all.
Mental health, happiness, and healing is attainable for everyone. By building a genuine connection with my clients, we create a treatment plan together to address their unique needs. My focus is on holistic, integrative care through the use of medications, psychotherapy, and promoting healthy lifestyle shifts. I strive to create an inclusive, safe environment for all.
(512) 270-1105 View (512) 270-1105
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Elena Cosenza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGCNS, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78702  (Online Only)
Elena Cosenza is a highly skilled advanced practice provider specializing in psychiatry and mental health. As a board-certified Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS-BC), she delivers exceptional care, encompassing medication management and brief supportive psychotherapy for individuals aged 18 and above. Elena holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cell Molecular and Genetic Biology with a Psychology minor from Boston University and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Austin.
Elena Cosenza is a highly skilled advanced practice provider specializing in psychiatry and mental health. As a board-certified Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS-BC), she delivers exceptional care, encompassing medication management and brief supportive psychotherapy for individuals aged 18 and above. Elena holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cell Molecular and Genetic Biology with a Psychology minor from Boston University and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Austin.
(737) 302-4556 View (737) 302-4556
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Patrick Ellis
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78702  (Online Only)
Do you want to find out if our clinic is a good fit for your needs? Find out in less than five minutes when you fill out our new patient survey on our website (www.drpatrickellis.com; click on Our Services/ New Patient Paperwork)
Do you want to find out if our clinic is a good fit for your needs? Find out in less than five minutes when you fill out our new patient survey on our website (www.drpatrickellis.com; click on Our Services/ New Patient Paperwork)
(405) 645-6371 View (405) 645-6371
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Carly Decker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78702  (Online Only)
Same day virtual appointments available for medication management with Carly Decker, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Same day virtual appointments available for medication management with Carly Decker, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(512) 768-2548 View (512) 768-2548
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Martha Motari
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78702
I AM Accepting new clients. Welcome! I'm Martha K. Motari, a dedicated and compassionate nursing professional. My expertise lies in conducting thorough mental health assessments for children and adults, identifying their needs, and developing personalized care plans. My approach is rooted in evidence-based practice, ensuring that each patient receives the most effective treatments available.
I AM Accepting new clients. Welcome! I'm Martha K. Motari, a dedicated and compassionate nursing professional. My expertise lies in conducting thorough mental health assessments for children and adults, identifying their needs, and developing personalized care plans. My approach is rooted in evidence-based practice, ensuring that each patient receives the most effective treatments available.
(817) 646-5350 View (817) 646-5350

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 78702

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 78702 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
90% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
90% Bipolar Disorder
75% ADHD
75% Trauma and PTSD
60% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Aetna
75% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 78702 see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 78702?

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.