Psychiatrists in Pulaski County, AR

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Photo of Brandi Yarberry - New Hope Child Psychiatry , DO, Psychiatrist
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
Photo of Julie Harris, MNSc, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Julie Harris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72209  (Online Only)
Life can be tough, but you don't have to face it alone. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a safe space for you to heal and grow. I take a holistic approach to mental health care. This means caring for the whole person and addressing mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs. I focus on treating the mental health needs of adults and older adults.
Life can be tough, but you don't have to face it alone. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a safe space for you to heal and grow. I take a holistic approach to mental health care. This means caring for the whole person and addressing mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs. I focus on treating the mental health needs of adults and older adults.
(501) 298-4148 View (501) 298-4148
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Richard Flanigin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72205  (Online Only)
I treat mood disorders (depression & bipolar), anxiety & thought disorders such as schizophrenia.
I treat mood disorders (depression & bipolar), anxiety & thought disorders such as schizophrenia.
(501) 669-3655 View (501) 669-3655
Photo of Amanda Ryals, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amanda Ryals
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Little Rock, AR 72116  (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
Photo of Alicia Baros, PhD, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alicia Baros
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNPBC
Not Verified Not Verified
Little Rock, AR 72211  (Online Only)
Dr. Alicia Baros earned her doctorate in pharmacology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in research addiction medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina where she was appointed Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Alicia Baros earned her doctorate in pharmacology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in research addiction medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina where she was appointed Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
(501) 261-6500 View (501) 261-6500
Photo of Jennifer M Hernandez, MNSc, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jennifer M Hernandez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72223  (Online Only)
My passion is to provide mental health care to each client with a whole body approach to wellness in a safe and supportive environment. Professional nursing experience includes 16 years of inpatient oncology/stem cell transplant, palliative care, and mental health. Current treatment areas include mood disorders, women's issues, sleep disorders, schizophrenia disorders, and trauma. All populations are served. I look forward to working with you on this journey to health! Please EMAIL to schedule an appointment. A response email will include the link to my scheduling portal.
My passion is to provide mental health care to each client with a whole body approach to wellness in a safe and supportive environment. Professional nursing experience includes 16 years of inpatient oncology/stem cell transplant, palliative care, and mental health. Current treatment areas include mood disorders, women's issues, sleep disorders, schizophrenia disorders, and trauma. All populations are served. I look forward to working with you on this journey to health! Please EMAIL to schedule an appointment. A response email will include the link to my scheduling portal.
(501) 333-9190 View (501) 333-9190
Photo of Jennifer Rawls, MNSc, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jennifer Rawls
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Little Rock, AR 72211
Jennifer Rawls is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She provides diagnosis and treatment for a variety of mental health conditions across the lifespan, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, insomnia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She offers medication management and psychotherapy with a collaborative, holistic, and evidence-based approach. Jennifer understands that the journey to wellness is multifaceted. She strives to address her client’s emotional, physical, social, and spiritual needs.
Jennifer Rawls is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She provides diagnosis and treatment for a variety of mental health conditions across the lifespan, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, insomnia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She offers medication management and psychotherapy with a collaborative, holistic, and evidence-based approach. Jennifer understands that the journey to wellness is multifaceted. She strives to address her client’s emotional, physical, social, and spiritual needs.
(501) 382-7545 View (501) 382-7545
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Dr Arif Mirza MD | Germantown Private Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Little Rock, AR 72205  (Online Only)
Welcome! ...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. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome! ...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. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(501) 322-6678 View (501) 322-6678
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Jeremy R Thompson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
I am a general psychiatrist in a small private practice providing medication management services. I manage most psychiatric conditions including but not limited to depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and addiction. My practice is largely telehealth. I accept new patients and most insurance plans.
I am a general psychiatrist in a small private practice providing medication management services. I manage most psychiatric conditions including but not limited to depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and addiction. My practice is largely telehealth. I accept new patients and most insurance plans.
(501) 271-4412 View (501) 271-4412
Photo of Nihit Kumar, MD, DFAACAP, Psychiatrist
Nihit Kumar
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAACAP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72205
I am a licensed and board-certified medical doctor specializing in psychiatric medication management and addiction services for adults and children. Through my contributions to clinical work, teaching, and research, I've been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I primarily treat ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Trauma in children and adolescents, and substance use problems in youth and adults.
I am a licensed and board-certified medical doctor specializing in psychiatric medication management and addiction services for adults and children. Through my contributions to clinical work, teaching, and research, I've been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I primarily treat ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Trauma in children and adolescents, and substance use problems in youth and adults.
(501) 298-4789 View (501) 298-4789
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Rhonda Mattox
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72223  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Dr. Mattox specializes in helping people "Rise, Shine, & Transform" after a fall. It's tempting to ruminate and retreat after life's great disappointments (divorce, death, downsize & other devastating blows.) But Dr. Mattox helps you get off the sidelines and get back into the game of life. She serves as a guide to facilitate the process through coaching. Some think they "should be stronger" or that it's weak to invest in coaching. But the truth is that it's not weak to seek feedback. Why do you think Tiger Woods, Venus Williams, and Michael Jordan have coaches? Why do you think Fortune 500 companies have advisory boards? Results!
Dr. Mattox specializes in helping people "Rise, Shine, & Transform" after a fall. It's tempting to ruminate and retreat after life's great disappointments (divorce, death, downsize & other devastating blows.) But Dr. Mattox helps you get off the sidelines and get back into the game of life. She serves as a guide to facilitate the process through coaching. Some think they "should be stronger" or that it's weak to invest in coaching. But the truth is that it's not weak to seek feedback. Why do you think Tiger Woods, Venus Williams, and Michael Jordan have coaches? Why do you think Fortune 500 companies have advisory boards? Results!
(501) 322-8165 View (501) 322-8165
Photo of Deena Garner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, PNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Deena Garner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, PNP
Verified Verified
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
Photo of Ryan Nikolai Leslie, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan Nikolai Leslie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Little Rock, AR 72204  (Online Only)
My practice was born out of a desire to escape the transactional nature of modern corporate medicine and provide authentic, person-centered care that is not driven by metrics and checkboxes. I wanted the freedom to build a practice with the provider-patient relationship placed at its center. I truly take the time to get to know my patients and listen to their thoughts, feelings, and concerns without judgment. My practice provides a safe space where all persons, including members of the LGBTQ+ community, are welcomed with open arms and treated with dignity.
My practice was born out of a desire to escape the transactional nature of modern corporate medicine and provide authentic, person-centered care that is not driven by metrics and checkboxes. I wanted the freedom to build a practice with the provider-patient relationship placed at its center. I truly take the time to get to know my patients and listen to their thoughts, feelings, and concerns without judgment. My practice provides a safe space where all persons, including members of the LGBTQ+ community, are welcomed with open arms and treated with dignity.
(501) 381-5237 View (501) 381-5237
Photo of Chloe Ward, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chloe Ward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Little Rock, AR 72211
Chloe (Cyd) Ward is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has provided clinical services for adults with serious mental illnesses as well as for individuals with traumatic stressors or difficulty managing anxiety and depression. She understands that being diagnosed with a serious mental illness doesn’t have to define you, but rather is just one component of who you are. She believes in addressing the root cause of an illness whether that be an addiction, childhood trauma, or wellness concerns. Cyd is an empathic listener and cares deeply for her patients, colleagues, friends, and family.
Chloe (Cyd) Ward is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has provided clinical services for adults with serious mental illnesses as well as for individuals with traumatic stressors or difficulty managing anxiety and depression. She understands that being diagnosed with a serious mental illness doesn’t have to define you, but rather is just one component of who you are. She believes in addressing the root cause of an illness whether that be an addiction, childhood trauma, or wellness concerns. Cyd is an empathic listener and cares deeply for her patients, colleagues, friends, and family.
(501) 382-8379 View (501) 382-8379
Photo of Zack Coco, MNSc, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Zack Coco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72211
I have experience treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, insomnia, and substance abuse disorders. Being certified in mental health treatment throughout the lifespan, I am able to see children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. I offer medication management, Spravato (esketamine) treatments, and IM and IV Ketamine infusions for treatment resistant issues.
I have experience treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, insomnia, and substance abuse disorders. Being certified in mental health treatment throughout the lifespan, I am able to see children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. I offer medication management, Spravato (esketamine) treatments, and IM and IV Ketamine infusions for treatment resistant issues.
(501) 238-8812 View (501) 238-8812
Photo of Stephanie Burnett, APRN, PMHNP-C, CNL-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Stephanie Burnett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C, CNL-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Maumelle, AR 72113
Welcome! I offer medication management, supportive therapy, genetic testing for psychotropic mediations, mindfulness techniques, and other ever evolving holistic practices. I'm not your typical Psych Nurse Practitioner. I have spent over a decade building concepts taught within my practice. Within all sessions, I integrate a systematic approach composed of my 7-Step Butterfly Method TM which offers educational concepts of awareness, growth and healing from faulty thinking patterns. You will find ease in your life and more control over your emotional life and mindset.
Welcome! I offer medication management, supportive therapy, genetic testing for psychotropic mediations, mindfulness techniques, and other ever evolving holistic practices. I'm not your typical Psych Nurse Practitioner. I have spent over a decade building concepts taught within my practice. Within all sessions, I integrate a systematic approach composed of my 7-Step Butterfly Method TM which offers educational concepts of awareness, growth and healing from faulty thinking patterns. You will find ease in your life and more control over your emotional life and mindset.
(501) 271-3874 View (501) 271-3874
Photo of Chastity Qg Stephens - Med Minds Psychiatry, MSNc, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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
Photo of Mary Paal - Paal & Paal Consulting, APRN, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Paal & Paal Consulting
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72202
The focus is on adults ....helping humans cope - physical/emotional/nutritional health assessed - working with adults to design a focus to improve relationship with self and others
The focus is on adults ....helping humans cope - physical/emotional/nutritional health assessed - working with adults to design a focus to improve relationship with self and others
(501) 263-2866 View (501) 263-2866
Photo of Martha Shaw, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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
Photo of Jennifer Shuler, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jennifer Shuler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72205
I seek to serve women who are worn out. So much of being a woman is being told to be a certain way, and it's making us ill. As a critical care nurse who burned out and clawed my way back to purpose, I seek to support those in helping positions or professions who realize their coping mechanisms just aren't enough anymore. I'm tired of seeing people at the end of their journey, suffering from a life of stress that has caused physical harm; and want to help people shift into wellness now. A full life with purpose is possible!
I seek to serve women who are worn out. So much of being a woman is being told to be a certain way, and it's making us ill. As a critical care nurse who burned out and clawed my way back to purpose, I seek to support those in helping positions or professions who realize their coping mechanisms just aren't enough anymore. I'm tired of seeing people at the end of their journey, suffering from a life of stress that has caused physical harm; and want to help people shift into wellness now. A full life with purpose is possible!
(501) 301-0441 View (501) 301-0441

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Number of Psychiatrists in Pulaski County, AR

40+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Pulaski County, AR who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
85% Trauma and PTSD
83% Medication Management
81% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
81% Bipolar Disorder
68% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% BlueCross and BlueShield
77% Cigna and Evernorth
72% Ambetter

How Psychiatrists in Pulaski County, AR see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pulaski County?

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.