Psychiatrists in Avondale, AZ

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Estrella Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Avondale, AZ 85392
Estrella Integrative Psychiatry is an outpatient mental health clinic located in Avondale, Arizona. We specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, childhood behavioral problems, substance abuse, and a variety of other mental health issues. We treat patients of all ages, from children and adolescents, to adults and geriatric populations.
Estrella Integrative Psychiatry is an outpatient mental health clinic located in Avondale, Arizona. We specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, childhood behavioral problems, substance abuse, and a variety of other mental health issues. We treat patients of all ages, from children and adolescents, to adults and geriatric populations.
(623) 207-7333 View (623) 207-7333
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Spirit-Mind-Body
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Avondale, AZ 85323
Accepting New clients In-person or Telehealth! You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending - C. S. Lewis. Life can be overwhelming sometimes, you don't have to go through it alone, you need a safe space to express your emotions and not feel judged. 1st step is usually the hardest, it is ok to reach out for help. Let us help you on your road to recovery!
Accepting New clients In-person or Telehealth! You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending - C. S. Lewis. Life can be overwhelming sometimes, you don't have to go through it alone, you need a safe space to express your emotions and not feel judged. 1st step is usually the hardest, it is ok to reach out for help. Let us help you on your road to recovery!
(623) 462-2464 View (623) 462-2464
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Eric Hegybeli
Psychiatrist, DO, FACN, FACOP
Verified Verified
Avondale, AZ 85392
D.O.’s (doctors of osteopathic medicine) are physicians who practice medicine according to a wholistic philosophy. Because of that philosophy I am able to provide more than just routine psychiatric care. I like spending time with my patients and listening to them because I am interested in them as individuals. I trained as a pediatrician as well as a child psychiatrist, so I know child development well and am expert in diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders in children and young adults. I have 7 years of experience treating inpatient Eating Disorders and Anxiety Disorders. I treat pain using non-surgical methods, without medication.
D.O.’s (doctors of osteopathic medicine) are physicians who practice medicine according to a wholistic philosophy. Because of that philosophy I am able to provide more than just routine psychiatric care. I like spending time with my patients and listening to them because I am interested in them as individuals. I trained as a pediatrician as well as a child psychiatrist, so I know child development well and am expert in diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders in children and young adults. I have 7 years of experience treating inpatient Eating Disorders and Anxiety Disorders. I treat pain using non-surgical methods, without medication.
(623) 253-8069 View (623) 253-8069
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Agape Family Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Avondale, AZ 85323
Whether you or your loved one is suffering through Anxiety with or without panic attacks, Chronic Sleep problems, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, psychosis or personality disorder, or just trying to get help dealing with a substance addiction such as smoking cessation, looking to control your weight or simply require help with ADHD. Our family consists of Board Certified Psychiatric NPs, Trauma therapist associates and licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). We treat each patient in a professional and team oriented manner. Constantly collaborating and communicating with you to monitor your progress.
Whether you or your loved one is suffering through Anxiety with or without panic attacks, Chronic Sleep problems, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, psychosis or personality disorder, or just trying to get help dealing with a substance addiction such as smoking cessation, looking to control your weight or simply require help with ADHD. Our family consists of Board Certified Psychiatric NPs, Trauma therapist associates and licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). We treat each patient in a professional and team oriented manner. Constantly collaborating and communicating with you to monitor your progress.
(623) 230-4481 View (623) 230-4481
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Shawn P Gallagher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Avondale, AZ 85392  (Online Only)
I diagnose and treat ADHD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, and more. Look no further if you are an adult seeking psychiatric medication management services. Convenient telehealth appointments from the comfort of your home.
I diagnose and treat ADHD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, and more. Look no further if you are an adult seeking psychiatric medication management services. Convenient telehealth appointments from the comfort of your home.
(623) 292-2474 View (623) 292-2474
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Freedom Psychiatry Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Avondale, AZ 85323
Are you feeling depressed or stress out about life? Are you feeling anxious or have panic attack that you are scared to go out in public? Do you have difficulty focusing on things that is affecting your work or school performance? You are not alone. We are here to help you balance your physical and mental health. We are currently ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. We treat clients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, panic attack, insomnia, and many more. PLEASE, CHECK OUT WHAT OTHER CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT US: https://provider.kareo.com/paul-okoronkwo
Are you feeling depressed or stress out about life? Are you feeling anxious or have panic attack that you are scared to go out in public? Do you have difficulty focusing on things that is affecting your work or school performance? You are not alone. We are here to help you balance your physical and mental health. We are currently ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. We treat clients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, panic attack, insomnia, and many more. PLEASE, CHECK OUT WHAT OTHER CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT US: https://provider.kareo.com/paul-okoronkwo
(480) 933-1344 View (480) 933-1344
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Avondale, AZ 85323  (Online Only)
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
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Samantha Swartz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Avondale, AZ 85392
Hello, I'm Samantha Swartz, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a deep passion for maternal mental health. As a mother of three children myself, ranging in ages from 1 to 8, I intimately understand the unique challenges and joys that come with motherhood.
Hello, I'm Samantha Swartz, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a deep passion for maternal mental health. As a mother of three children myself, ranging in ages from 1 to 8, I intimately understand the unique challenges and joys that come with motherhood.
(623) 280-1728 View (623) 280-1728
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Mercygrace Mental Wellness,PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Avondale, AZ 85323  (Online Only)
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
(623) 462-3855 View (623) 462-3855
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Rising Sun HealthCare & Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHMP, -BC
Verified Verified
Avondale, AZ 85392
(623) 303-8887 View (623) 303-8887

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Jania Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85213
Dr. Jania Davis is a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating children and adolescents with 20 years of experience in the family behavioral health field. She is dedicated to pursuing the latest and most advanced treatments and interventions available in psychiatry today.
Dr. Jania Davis is a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating children and adolescents with 20 years of experience in the family behavioral health field. She is dedicated to pursuing the latest and most advanced treatments and interventions available in psychiatry today.
(623) 400-2764 View (623) 400-2764
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Jason Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85201
Helping people with their mental health has been a passion of mine for decades. My goal is to improve your self-esteem while supporting you to be your best self. I am attentive to personal needs and listening to concerns. I’ll focus on individual learning methods so we can work together on developing a treatment plan that fits your personal lifestyle. I use the latest information from evidence-based practice to provide excellent patient care for you through medications and therapies. My laid-back, caring, and compassionate nature allows our communications to be centered around you and as easy as a conversation.
Helping people with their mental health has been a passion of mine for decades. My goal is to improve your self-esteem while supporting you to be your best self. I am attentive to personal needs and listening to concerns. I’ll focus on individual learning methods so we can work together on developing a treatment plan that fits your personal lifestyle. I use the latest information from evidence-based practice to provide excellent patient care for you through medications and therapies. My laid-back, caring, and compassionate nature allows our communications to be centered around you and as easy as a conversation.
(480) 878-7802 View (480) 878-7802
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Marcus Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85201  (Online Only)
*NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AND APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE WITHIN DAYS* Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, issues with body image, severe mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
*NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AND APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE WITHIN DAYS* Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, issues with body image, severe mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
(623) 254-4909 View (623) 254-4909
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Justin McKinley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85201
NP McKinley, a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, has had years of providing stellar healthcare. His expertise and experience have made him compassionate, thorough, and well versed in advanced care, beyond sole medication management services. In addition, he utilizes Evidence-Based Guidelines to create unique treatment plans for each and every individual. He earned his Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Phoenix, his Master's degree from Maryville University.
NP McKinley, a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, has had years of providing stellar healthcare. His expertise and experience have made him compassionate, thorough, and well versed in advanced care, beyond sole medication management services. In addition, he utilizes Evidence-Based Guidelines to create unique treatment plans for each and every individual. He earned his Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Phoenix, his Master's degree from Maryville University.
(480) 613-9336 View (480) 613-9336
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85201  (Online Only)
We are board-certified in treating Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in Arizona via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluation and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified in treating Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in Arizona via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluation and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
(833) 306-0894 View (833) 306-0894
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Dr. DePalma Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Please go to onepsychiatry.com to schedule appointments and for more information about my practice or call us. I use a combination of methods tailored to each individual patient. Methods used range from medication management to psychotherapy to mindfulness based therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients and drawing from a broad background in psychopharmacology, molecular biology and combining this psychotherapy training. I am a non-judgmental a provider that will use every tool in my arsenal to help you . To schedule an appointment or to get more information, see onepsychiatry.com.
Please go to onepsychiatry.com to schedule appointments and for more information about my practice or call us. I use a combination of methods tailored to each individual patient. Methods used range from medication management to psychotherapy to mindfulness based therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. I enjoy working with a wide variety of patients and drawing from a broad background in psychopharmacology, molecular biology and combining this psychotherapy training. I am a non-judgmental a provider that will use every tool in my arsenal to help you . To schedule an appointment or to get more information, see onepsychiatry.com.
(623) 257-7264 View (623) 257-7264
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Unchained Wellness Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85201
Our Ideal client is someone that has struggled with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, or addictions. They want to be heard and their specific story heard and understood. They want to be seen as an individual and be treated as a unique person, not just another prescription to fill. Our clients want richer and more vibrant lives. They want to wake up with Hope, looking forward to seeing their family, friends and co workers. They want to feel like they did before...
Our Ideal client is someone that has struggled with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, or addictions. They want to be heard and their specific story heard and understood. They want to be seen as an individual and be treated as a unique person, not just another prescription to fill. Our clients want richer and more vibrant lives. They want to wake up with Hope, looking forward to seeing their family, friends and co workers. They want to feel like they did before...
(480) 690-9157 View (480) 690-9157
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Hopeland Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85203
Are you a busy adult, parents who is tired of waiting weeks or even months to get an appointment to see your prescriber for a simple refill of psychiatric medication? Are you sick of spending hours sitting in a crowded urgent care or waiting room while you are missing work or time away from your family or studies? Do you have a therapist you love but who can’t prescribe your medication? Hopeland Health is the best place for you were you can walk in to the clinic and get your mental needs addressed. You booked an appointment online and will be seen immediately..
Are you a busy adult, parents who is tired of waiting weeks or even months to get an appointment to see your prescriber for a simple refill of psychiatric medication? Are you sick of spending hours sitting in a crowded urgent care or waiting room while you are missing work or time away from your family or studies? Do you have a therapist you love but who can’t prescribe your medication? Hopeland Health is the best place for you were you can walk in to the clinic and get your mental needs addressed. You booked an appointment online and will be seen immediately..
(928) 767-6244 View (928) 767-6244
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Symonpeter Ndungu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85201
Most of my clients present with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, addiction, ADHD, PTSD, sleep disorders, schizophrenia etc. Some see me for counseling and therapy as they deal with life stressors such as grief, trauma or relationship problems.
Most of my clients present with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, addiction, ADHD, PTSD, sleep disorders, schizophrenia etc. Some see me for counseling and therapy as they deal with life stressors such as grief, trauma or relationship problems.
(480) 908-8814 View (480) 908-8814
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Hannah Parrish
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85210
Hannah Parrish is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Arizona who has been practicing since January 2023. Hannah's passion to become a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner began at an early age after losing a friend to suicide. A wonderful organization was developed by the parents of Hannah's friend to help raise awareness for mental health and the stigma associated with it. Being able to openly talk about depression and suicide at such a young age enlightened Hannah about the invisible struggles that people experience. This experience gave Hannah the desire to pursue a career in the field of mental health.
Hannah Parrish is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Arizona who has been practicing since January 2023. Hannah's passion to become a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner began at an early age after losing a friend to suicide. A wonderful organization was developed by the parents of Hannah's friend to help raise awareness for mental health and the stigma associated with it. Being able to openly talk about depression and suicide at such a young age enlightened Hannah about the invisible struggles that people experience. This experience gave Hannah the desire to pursue a career in the field of mental health.
(623) 303-7543 View (623) 303-7543

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Avondale, AZ

10+

Average cost per session

$160

Psychiatrists in Avondale, AZ who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
90% Trauma and PTSD
90% Bipolar Disorder
80% ADHD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Medication Management

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Avondale, AZ see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

56% Female
44% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Avondale?

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.