Psychiatrists in 78705

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Isabell Webster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
Welcome to Luna Psychiatry, a fully remote private practice. Human connection is an important component to my philosophy for optimizing mental health. In addition to utilizing psycho-pharmaceuticals, I advocate for connectedness. I also understand that caring for our bodies and spiritual selves, can make a large difference to our mental well-being. I use a person-centered approach, and understand the vulnerability it takes for a patient to reach out for help. I believe in approaching mental health care with strategy, consistency and patience. I accept the following insurance: Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Optum, United Healthcare, and Oxford.
Welcome to Luna Psychiatry, a fully remote private practice. Human connection is an important component to my philosophy for optimizing mental health. In addition to utilizing psycho-pharmaceuticals, I advocate for connectedness. I also understand that caring for our bodies and spiritual selves, can make a large difference to our mental well-being. I use a person-centered approach, and understand the vulnerability it takes for a patient to reach out for help. I believe in approaching mental health care with strategy, consistency and patience. I accept the following insurance: Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Optum, United Healthcare, and Oxford.
(737) 727-2560 View (737) 727-2560
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Jessica Boice
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
What drew me to become a physician assistant was to help my patients feel heard. I strive to create a collaborative therapeutic relationship with my clients to develop a treatment plan that maximizes personal growth and health outcomes. My care philosophy takes a three-pronged approach; by combining therapy, non-pharmacological modalities, and medical management, I can help you feel more adjusted and capable to conquer life.
What drew me to become a physician assistant was to help my patients feel heard. I strive to create a collaborative therapeutic relationship with my clients to develop a treatment plan that maximizes personal growth and health outcomes. My care philosophy takes a three-pronged approach; by combining therapy, non-pharmacological modalities, and medical management, I can help you feel more adjusted and capable to conquer life.
(737) 510-7884 View (737) 510-7884
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James Koch
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
Not accepting new clients
My ideal client-someone who needs an empathetic listener. A person who does not feel heard, respected, or needed in life A person that needs direction, and desires to live life to the fullest. Free of anxiety, anger, and fear of abandonment, and knowing they are enough I can help, I offer active and empathetic listening skills. I offer a lifetime of personal and professional experience. I have experienced my own loss.
My ideal client-someone who needs an empathetic listener. A person who does not feel heard, respected, or needed in life A person that needs direction, and desires to live life to the fullest. Free of anxiety, anger, and fear of abandonment, and knowing they are enough I can help, I offer active and empathetic listening skills. I offer a lifetime of personal and professional experience. I have experienced my own loss.
(512) 881-6861 View (512) 881-6861
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
Andrea Yoshiko Carter is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, childhood trauma, and bipolar disorder. Andrea has received training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and is certified in brainspotting.
Andrea Yoshiko Carter is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, childhood trauma, and bipolar disorder. Andrea has received training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and is certified in brainspotting.
(512) 790-5972 View (512) 790-5972
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Jedidiah C Becker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
Our mental health cannot be neatly separated from our physical bodies or from the unique events that have shaped us as individuals. While psychiatric medications have helped millions of individuals find relief from chronic mental illness and reclaim control of their lives, almost anyone who has struggled with depression or anxiety knows that medications alone are rarely enough to achieve the balanced, fulfilling lives that they desire. The question then becomes, “What else can be done?”
Our mental health cannot be neatly separated from our physical bodies or from the unique events that have shaped us as individuals. While psychiatric medications have helped millions of individuals find relief from chronic mental illness and reclaim control of their lives, almost anyone who has struggled with depression or anxiety knows that medications alone are rarely enough to achieve the balanced, fulfilling lives that they desire. The question then becomes, “What else can be done?”
(512) 233-6841 View (512) 233-6841
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Lindsey Schwartz
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
My ideal client is you! I believe in treating the person as a whole, and am in awe of the mind-body-connection. There are many tools we can utilize in the treatment of mental health conditions: medications, therapy, non-invasive treatments and focusing on your overall wellbeing. Together, we will navigate your mental health concerns and use evidence-based research to find the most effective treatments to get you feeling like your best self.
My ideal client is you! I believe in treating the person as a whole, and am in awe of the mind-body-connection. There are many tools we can utilize in the treatment of mental health conditions: medications, therapy, non-invasive treatments and focusing on your overall wellbeing. Together, we will navigate your mental health concerns and use evidence-based research to find the most effective treatments to get you feeling like your best self.
(512) 412-3649 View (512) 412-3649
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Jennifer Schaefer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
Dr. Schaefer is double board certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Schaefer graduated from medical school at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed both her general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship training at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, where she served as chief resident. She works to collaboratively target each patient’s treatment to their particular goals through a combination of medication management and individual or family therapy.
Dr. Schaefer is double board certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Schaefer graduated from medical school at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed both her general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship training at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, where she served as chief resident. She works to collaboratively target each patient’s treatment to their particular goals through a combination of medication management and individual or family therapy.
(512) 842-4316 View (512) 842-4316
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Kendra Smith
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
Seeking mental health treatment in itself can be a challenging prospect for many people. I'm glad you are taking this step! I aim to help patients feels comfortable, safe and that they are in partnership with me to meet their goals. By working together, therapy can be a rewarding experience where patients come to understand themselves, relationships, and patterns of interacting in new ways to effect positive change. At times, medication is needed in conjunction with therapy to address acuity of symptoms and augment progress. In addition to individual and family therapy, I offer medication evaluation and management as needed.
Seeking mental health treatment in itself can be a challenging prospect for many people. I'm glad you are taking this step! I aim to help patients feels comfortable, safe and that they are in partnership with me to meet their goals. By working together, therapy can be a rewarding experience where patients come to understand themselves, relationships, and patterns of interacting in new ways to effect positive change. At times, medication is needed in conjunction with therapy to address acuity of symptoms and augment progress. In addition to individual and family therapy, I offer medication evaluation and management as needed.
(512) 729-5493 View (512) 729-5493
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
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Isela Werchan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
Dr. Isela Werchan is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry. Dr. Werchan completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. She received a medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed a general psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. She was Chief Resident and awarded the VA Outstanding Resident Award and the Van Dao Award. Her training experience includes the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, traumatic and obsessive compulsive disorders, as well as psychotic disorders.
Dr. Isela Werchan is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry. Dr. Werchan completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. She received a medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed a general psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. She was Chief Resident and awarded the VA Outstanding Resident Award and the Van Dao Award. Her training experience includes the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, traumatic and obsessive compulsive disorders, as well as psychotic disorders.
(512) 271-5179 View (512) 271-5179
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
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?
(210) 526-0388 View (210) 526-0388
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Trecy Bergen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78705
Whatever your circumstances may be, I am glad you are here. My goal is to help you access your own inner healer, to help you remember who you are. I have a deep passion for helping others find their strengths, gain new insights, and begin living the life they hope to achieve. I believe every human has the capacity to recover and heal.
Whatever your circumstances may be, I am glad you are here. My goal is to help you access your own inner healer, to help you remember who you are. I have a deep passion for helping others find their strengths, gain new insights, and begin living the life they hope to achieve. I believe every human has the capacity to recover and heal.
(512) 559-8326 View (512) 559-8326
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Tyson Lippe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
I believe all of us will be impacted by mental health at some point, be it personally or from those around us. Because psychiatric conditions are so ubiquitous, it requires individualized approaches. Together, we will find the correct blend of treatments for you to drive change in your life and better your future.
I believe all of us will be impacted by mental health at some point, be it personally or from those around us. Because psychiatric conditions are so ubiquitous, it requires individualized approaches. Together, we will find the correct blend of treatments for you to drive change in your life and better your future.
(512) 607-9404 View (512) 607-9404
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Casey Coton
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
Dr. Coton is board-eligible in general psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Coton attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his residency in general psychiatry at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple, Texas. Dr. Coton completed his Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the St. Mary’s University in San Antonio with focus on addiction populations in drug court programs, neurorehabilitation, and counseling. He has contributed to research in addiction in various patient populations.
Dr. Coton is board-eligible in general psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Coton attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his residency in general psychiatry at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple, Texas. Dr. Coton completed his Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the St. Mary’s University in San Antonio with focus on addiction populations in drug court programs, neurorehabilitation, and counseling. He has contributed to research in addiction in various patient populations.
(512) 961-6173 View (512) 961-6173
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Carlos Tirado
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
Dr. Tirado is Board Certified in General and Addiction and Addiction Medicine. He is a recognized thought leader, innovator, mentor and clinical expert in addiction treatment and systems of care. Dr. Tirado spent the first half of his career in academia holding faculty appointments at University of Pennsylvania and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He subsequently has developed and implemented hospital, facility-based and outpatient addiction treatment services, outpatient chronic pain management and primary care for addiction programs. His consulting work concentrates on medication therapy and clinical trials, health plans, peer recovery support, expert witness and medical board review.
Dr. Tirado is Board Certified in General and Addiction and Addiction Medicine. He is a recognized thought leader, innovator, mentor and clinical expert in addiction treatment and systems of care. Dr. Tirado spent the first half of his career in academia holding faculty appointments at University of Pennsylvania and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He subsequently has developed and implemented hospital, facility-based and outpatient addiction treatment services, outpatient chronic pain management and primary care for addiction programs. His consulting work concentrates on medication therapy and clinical trials, health plans, peer recovery support, expert witness and medical board review.
(512) 360-9356 View (512) 360-9356
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Spelber Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705  (Online Only)
Patients often enjoy working with me because of my patient-centered, collaborative, and informative approach to psychiatric assessment and treatment. I enjoy explaining and educating individuals on the origin of psychiatric symptoms and how various treatment options–psychiatric medications or neuromodulation–work and compare to one another.
Patients often enjoy working with me because of my patient-centered, collaborative, and informative approach to psychiatric assessment and treatment. I enjoy explaining and educating individuals on the origin of psychiatric symptoms and how various treatment options–psychiatric medications or neuromodulation–work and compare to one another.
(512) 641-3581 View (512) 641-3581
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
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) 265-2532 View (512) 265-2532
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Aaron Cummins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LCSW, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
Thank you for taking the time to read about me and my professional experience. My name is Aaron Cummins, and I am a PMHNP and LCSW. Working in psychiatry and behavioral health is an honor for me. I am dedicated to helping people meet their personal, relationship, academic and career health and wellness goals. I subscribe to an individualized and holistic approach to healthcare and recognize we all have personal preferences and beliefs that should be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Your stories, experiences, struggles and successes deserve to be seen, heard, and validated.
Thank you for taking the time to read about me and my professional experience. My name is Aaron Cummins, and I am a PMHNP and LCSW. Working in psychiatry and behavioral health is an honor for me. I am dedicated to helping people meet their personal, relationship, academic and career health and wellness goals. I subscribe to an individualized and holistic approach to healthcare and recognize we all have personal preferences and beliefs that should be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Your stories, experiences, struggles and successes deserve to be seen, heard, and validated.
(210) 972-0736 View (210) 972-0736
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Lindsay Bisby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BSN, RN, CPN
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
Lindsay is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with experience working with patients across the lifespan and a special passion for working with children and adolescents struggling with life changes and mental health challenges. Lindsay has dedicated herself to the field of mental health both professionally and personally as a pediatric nurse working with children, adolescents and their families during difficult circumstances and over a decade of experience working with local agencies focused on supporting caregivers of foster children with complex behavioral needs.
Lindsay is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with experience working with patients across the lifespan and a special passion for working with children and adolescents struggling with life changes and mental health challenges. Lindsay has dedicated herself to the field of mental health both professionally and personally as a pediatric nurse working with children, adolescents and their families during difficult circumstances and over a decade of experience working with local agencies focused on supporting caregivers of foster children with complex behavioral needs.
(512) 882-0212 View (512) 882-0212
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Michelle McClellan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78705
Are you feeling like life's vibrant hues have faded into shades of gray? It's time to reclaim your spectrum of emotions and rediscover the beauty of living in full color. As a dedicated Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in helping individuals like you paint a brighter picture of your life. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use or other addiction or simply seeking guidance through life's challenges, I am here to support you every step of the way. My goal is for you to be the best version of yourself.
Are you feeling like life's vibrant hues have faded into shades of gray? It's time to reclaim your spectrum of emotions and rediscover the beauty of living in full color. As a dedicated Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in helping individuals like you paint a brighter picture of your life. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use or other addiction or simply seeking guidance through life's challenges, I am here to support you every step of the way. My goal is for you to be the best version of yourself.
(432) 278-1991 View (432) 278-1991

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 78705

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 78705 who prioritize treating:

90% Depression
87% Anxiety
84% Trauma and PTSD
77% Bipolar Disorder
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% ADHD
65% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Cigna and Evernorth
79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
71% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 78705 see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Male
40% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 78705?

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.