Psychiatrists in Cabot, AR

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Omni Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, LCSW
Verified Verified
Cabot, AR 72023
OMNI Health & Wellness is a mental and behavioral health practice for individuals age 14 and up. We offer individual therapy and medication management. Each of our Therapists and Nurse Practitioners are specialists in particular areas and regularly collaborate on patient care. We utilize evidence based treatments and tailor it to each individual client. Our goal is to provide each client the best, most comprehensive care that we can.
OMNI Health & Wellness is a mental and behavioral health practice for individuals age 14 and up. We offer individual therapy and medication management. Each of our Therapists and Nurse Practitioners are specialists in particular areas and regularly collaborate on patient care. We utilize evidence based treatments and tailor it to each individual client. Our goal is to provide each client the best, most comprehensive care that we can.
(501) 557-0761 View (501) 557-0761
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Melissa Bell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
22 Endorsed
Cabot, AR 72023
Hi, I'm Melissa. I'm a Nurse Practitioner, board certified in both Psychiatry & Family Practice. I practice in Conway AR at Christian Perspective Counseling and online throughout Arkansas). I have a relational practice style that encourages open and professional communication, with goals of providing individualized and compassionate care. I believe that shame dies when shared in safe spaces. My clients will feel heard, believed, and valued for who they were, who they are, and who they want to be.
Hi, I'm Melissa. I'm a Nurse Practitioner, board certified in both Psychiatry & Family Practice. I practice in Conway AR at Christian Perspective Counseling and online throughout Arkansas). I have a relational practice style that encourages open and professional communication, with goals of providing individualized and compassionate care. I believe that shame dies when shared in safe spaces. My clients will feel heard, believed, and valued for who they were, who they are, and who they want to be.
(501) 322-6361 View (501) 322-6361
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Lindsay Van Parys
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc, CPNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cabot, AR 72023
Hello! I am a nurse practitioner board-certified in psychiatric mental health and pediatrics. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, medication management, and therapy of individuals of all ages with autism, ADHD, adjustment disorders, anxiety and mood disorders. I am also passionate about helping with sleep problems, parent-child interactions, and substance use. I have a way of helping patients feel comfortable and at ease. My patients are encouraged to be themselves and openly discuss any and all things. I enjoy working with individuals from various backgrounds and openly welcome LBGTQ+ individuals.
Hello! I am a nurse practitioner board-certified in psychiatric mental health and pediatrics. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, medication management, and therapy of individuals of all ages with autism, ADHD, adjustment disorders, anxiety and mood disorders. I am also passionate about helping with sleep problems, parent-child interactions, and substance use. I have a way of helping patients feel comfortable and at ease. My patients are encouraged to be themselves and openly discuss any and all things. I enjoy working with individuals from various backgrounds and openly welcome LBGTQ+ individuals.
(501) 300-9479 View (501) 300-9479
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Deena Garner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, PNP
Verified Verified
Cabot, AR 72023
Are you tired of feeling like every day is a struggle? Are you ready to change your life? Are you looking for more joy, motivation, focus, or just need some support? I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, medication management and supportive therapy of individuals with a variety of mental health issues. Some of the most common are trauma-related disorders, ADHD, adjustment disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, as well as issues with grief, self-esteem and self-worth issues. I enjoy working with families and couples to improve their communication and interactions.
Are you tired of feeling like every day is a struggle? Are you ready to change your life? Are you looking for more joy, motivation, focus, or just need some support? I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, medication management and supportive therapy of individuals with a variety of mental health issues. Some of the most common are trauma-related disorders, ADHD, adjustment disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, as well as issues with grief, self-esteem and self-worth issues. I enjoy working with families and couples to improve their communication and interactions.
(501) 860-2900 View (501) 860-2900

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Amanda Ryals
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, AR 72078  (Online Only)
My ideal client is anyone open to learning and change to improve their mental health. Life can be hard, from navigating day-to-day stressors to coping with loss, mental or physical illness. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to seek help. I tend to take a straightforward, honest, and nonjudgmental approach by meeting you where you are now and working collaboratively to address your personal goals and to improve your mental health.
My ideal client is anyone open to learning and change to improve their mental health. Life can be hard, from navigating day-to-day stressors to coping with loss, mental or physical illness. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to seek help. I tend to take a straightforward, honest, and nonjudgmental approach by meeting you where you are now and working collaboratively to address your personal goals and to improve your mental health.
(501) 214-6022 View (501) 214-6022

Online Psychiatrists

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Sarah Cloud
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hot Springs, AR 71913  (Online Only)
I am passionate about caring for the whole person with a focus on mental health. I place an emphasis on the most up-to-date evidence-based research in combination with individualized care that is specific for you, including what will work best for you and your goals of treatment.
I am passionate about caring for the whole person with a focus on mental health. I place an emphasis on the most up-to-date evidence-based research in combination with individualized care that is specific for you, including what will work best for you and your goals of treatment.
(501) 285-8975 View (501) 285-8975
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Dr. Dianna Esmaeilpour
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72205
Now accepting new patients at Capstone Psychiatry. Dr. Esmaeilpour is a Child and Adult Psychiatrist. She treats mood, anxiety, and thought disorders as well as PTSD and neurodevelopmental disorders. She believes that a good patient physician relationship is the foundation for good care.
Now accepting new patients at Capstone Psychiatry. Dr. Esmaeilpour is a Child and Adult Psychiatrist. She treats mood, anxiety, and thought disorders as well as PTSD and neurodevelopmental disorders. She believes that a good patient physician relationship is the foundation for good care.
(501) 441-4980 View (501) 441-4980
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Stephanie Patterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jonesboro, AR 72401
My name is Stephanie Patterson. As a practitioner, I aim to provide kind, personable, and compassionate care to each patient throughout their healing journey. I have more than 19 years of experience in nursing care. And 2+ years’ experience as a mental health nurse. In my new role as psychiatric nurse practitioner, it is my goal to genuinely hear your concerns, provide a safe space and to form the best possible, individualized treatment plan. I believe in holistic care and offer interventions such as psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and psychedelic mental health treatment with other wellness techniques to treat the mind and body.
My name is Stephanie Patterson. As a practitioner, I aim to provide kind, personable, and compassionate care to each patient throughout their healing journey. I have more than 19 years of experience in nursing care. And 2+ years’ experience as a mental health nurse. In my new role as psychiatric nurse practitioner, it is my goal to genuinely hear your concerns, provide a safe space and to form the best possible, individualized treatment plan. I believe in holistic care and offer interventions such as psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and psychedelic mental health treatment with other wellness techniques to treat the mind and body.
(870) 606-2403 View (870) 606-2403
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Kelsey McClellan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72205
I am a licensed medical doctor specializing in psychiatric medication management services for adults and children. I primarily treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism, gender dysphoria, and women’s issues such as postpartum depression and PMDD. I have a special interest in treating the psychiatric manifestations of chronic illnesses such as Ehler's Danlos syndrome, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, mast cell activation, and dysautonomia.
I am a licensed medical doctor specializing in psychiatric medication management services for adults and children. I primarily treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism, gender dysphoria, and women’s issues such as postpartum depression and PMDD. I have a special interest in treating the psychiatric manifestations of chronic illnesses such as Ehler's Danlos syndrome, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, mast cell activation, and dysautonomia.
(501) 727-4183 View (501) 727-4183
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Martha Shaw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Little Rock, AR 72116  (Online Only)
Martha "Mattie" Shaw is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who is board certified to manage a wide range of mental health issues which include PTSD, depression, insomnia, and anxiety. Mattie's role as a PMHNP includes assessing, diagnosing, making treatment recommendations, and medication management.
Martha "Mattie" Shaw is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who is board certified to manage a wide range of mental health issues which include PTSD, depression, insomnia, and anxiety. Mattie's role as a PMHNP includes assessing, diagnosing, making treatment recommendations, and medication management.
(501) 322-6336 View (501) 322-6336
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New Hope Child Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Little Rock, AR 72211
Dr. Yarberry is a Little Rock native. She attended Mt. St. Mary Academy, then Lyon College, and received her medical degree at Ohio University. Dr. Yarberry completed both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her last two years she served as Chief Resident and Co-Chief Resident. She is double board certified in Child and Adolescent and General Psychiatry. When she's not in the office she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, dancing and spending time with her husband, 8 year old daughter, 2 cats and adorable Chihuahua.
Dr. Yarberry is a Little Rock native. She attended Mt. St. Mary Academy, then Lyon College, and received her medical degree at Ohio University. Dr. Yarberry completed both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her last two years she served as Chief Resident and Co-Chief Resident. She is double board certified in Child and Adolescent and General Psychiatry. When she's not in the office she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, dancing and spending time with her husband, 8 year old daughter, 2 cats and adorable Chihuahua.
(501) 300-6282 View (501) 300-6282
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Buffalo River Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Yellville, AR 72687  (Online Only)
Providing psychiatric services for adults and children. Treating a variety of mental health diagnoses including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Very often after developing a successful treatment plan we hear “I feel like I have gotten my life back.”
Providing psychiatric services for adults and children. Treating a variety of mental health diagnoses including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Very often after developing a successful treatment plan we hear “I feel like I have gotten my life back.”
(870) 259-5108 View (870) 259-5108
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Whitney H Reed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mountain Home, AR 72653  (Online Only)
An ideal client is someone that needs support in navigating and understanding how medication management can be an important component in meeting their treatment goals. My ideal client communicates with me openly about their response to medication, both good and bad. They are willing to be open-minded and are interested in learning about their medication and advocating for themselves when something isn't right.
An ideal client is someone that needs support in navigating and understanding how medication management can be an important component in meeting their treatment goals. My ideal client communicates with me openly about their response to medication, both good and bad. They are willing to be open-minded and are interested in learning about their medication and advocating for themselves when something isn't right.
(870) 259-5098 View (870) 259-5098
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Med Minds Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSNc, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72205  (Online Only)
I believe in holistic health: which means caring for the whole person and addressing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families across the lifespan. Mental and emotional health are often the foundation of a healthy and fulfilling life. My specialty is medication management for a variety of mental health needs, across the lifespan. Initial appointments are usually (60) minutes in length and follow up appointments are usually (20) minutes in length. I want each person I partner with to feel comfortable and well informed of their options so that they are able to make an informed decision.
I believe in holistic health: which means caring for the whole person and addressing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families across the lifespan. Mental and emotional health are often the foundation of a healthy and fulfilling life. My specialty is medication management for a variety of mental health needs, across the lifespan. Initial appointments are usually (60) minutes in length and follow up appointments are usually (20) minutes in length. I want each person I partner with to feel comfortable and well informed of their options so that they are able to make an informed decision.
(501) 474-6168 View (501) 474-6168
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Rhianna Harberson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryant, AR 72022  (Online Only)
I specialize in all ages across the lifespan. I primarily treat Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Disruptive Behavior and Impulse Control, PTSD, Autism, and ADHD (no stimulants). I think it is important that clients understand that medications don't "fix" people and they do not teach skills. It is important for clients to know that my job is not to ever talk you into medications, but rather help to discuss the pros and cons to see how we can help benefit and better you.
I specialize in all ages across the lifespan. I primarily treat Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Disruptive Behavior and Impulse Control, PTSD, Autism, and ADHD (no stimulants). I think it is important that clients understand that medications don't "fix" people and they do not teach skills. It is important for clients to know that my job is not to ever talk you into medications, but rather help to discuss the pros and cons to see how we can help benefit and better you.
(501) 359-5981 View (501) 359-5981
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Cathy Petty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Little Rock, AR 72116  (Online Only)
Cathy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Arkansas. She is qualified to diagnose, manage, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe medications to children, adolescents, and adults with mental health disorders. Cathy has experience working with individuals who experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, impulsivity, behavioral issues, adjustment difficulties, trauma, and psychosis. She is passionate about providing comprehensive mental health services with a holistic approach to individuals of all ages.
Cathy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Arkansas. She is qualified to diagnose, manage, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe medications to children, adolescents, and adults with mental health disorders. Cathy has experience working with individuals who experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, impulsivity, behavioral issues, adjustment difficulties, trauma, and psychosis. She is passionate about providing comprehensive mental health services with a holistic approach to individuals of all ages.
(501) 790-4332 View (501) 790-4332
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Kellie Cox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jonesboro, AR 72401
My ideal clients are individuals or families seeking holistic healing and mental wellness support. They include parents dealing with children's mental health issues, adolescents facing anxiety, trauma survivors, and mothers grappling with fertility issues or loss. They seek a compassionate, understanding provider committed to a comprehensive healing approach. They want empowerment, knowledge, and coping skills, and a safe, non-judgmental space. If this resonates with you, I'm here to support your journey to optimal health and well-being.
My ideal clients are individuals or families seeking holistic healing and mental wellness support. They include parents dealing with children's mental health issues, adolescents facing anxiety, trauma survivors, and mothers grappling with fertility issues or loss. They seek a compassionate, understanding provider committed to a comprehensive healing approach. They want empowerment, knowledge, and coping skills, and a safe, non-judgmental space. If this resonates with you, I'm here to support your journey to optimal health and well-being.
(870) 860-7677 View (870) 860-7677
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Adarsh Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72201
My clients/ patients include but are not limited to people with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, mood disorder, psychosis, substance use disorders, and ADHD. People reach out to me for various reasons, including needing a different approach to managing their issues, providing adequate time to address all their problems, and wanting someone who is easily reachable, questionable, respectful, and nonjudgmental. My goal is to provide highly personalized service for a small number of clients. I strive to be an active listener with a nonjudgmental attitude.
My clients/ patients include but are not limited to people with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, mood disorder, psychosis, substance use disorders, and ADHD. People reach out to me for various reasons, including needing a different approach to managing their issues, providing adequate time to address all their problems, and wanting someone who is easily reachable, questionable, respectful, and nonjudgmental. My goal is to provide highly personalized service for a small number of clients. I strive to be an active listener with a nonjudgmental attitude.
(501) 222-4553 View (501) 222-4553
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Amber Marengo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbrier, AR 72058
Working with women is my main focus - women struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and grief are a few of the issues I have a love for addressing. I am passionate about helping women build stronger, more satisfying lives, and I work hard to help you achieve your goals and begin to thrive instead of just "existing." I currently offer CBT and ACT therapy services with a background as a previous prescriber. I understand both medical and mental health sides of therapy, and I am continually striving to expand my therapy modalities and provide clients with the most effective forms of treatment!
Working with women is my main focus - women struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and grief are a few of the issues I have a love for addressing. I am passionate about helping women build stronger, more satisfying lives, and I work hard to help you achieve your goals and begin to thrive instead of just "existing." I currently offer CBT and ACT therapy services with a background as a previous prescriber. I understand both medical and mental health sides of therapy, and I am continually striving to expand my therapy modalities and provide clients with the most effective forms of treatment!
(501) 474-6728 View (501) 474-6728
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Channing Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Conway, AR 72034
I provide assessments and medication management, giving special attention to each client’s specific needs. This includes consideration of their personal histories, experiences and/or circumstances, questions/concerns or even fears about the initiation of medication(s), while addressing those needs with patience, understanding, and helpful explanations that facilitate treatment and aid in building rapport, comfort and trust.
I provide assessments and medication management, giving special attention to each client’s specific needs. This includes consideration of their personal histories, experiences and/or circumstances, questions/concerns or even fears about the initiation of medication(s), while addressing those needs with patience, understanding, and helpful explanations that facilitate treatment and aid in building rapport, comfort and trust.
(501) 302-4565 View (501) 302-4565

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Cabot, AR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Cabot, AR who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Grief
100% Bipolar Disorder
75% Relationship Issues
75% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% TRICARE

How Psychiatrists in Cabot, AR see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cabot?

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.