Psychiatrists in Visalia, CA

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Evelina Orozco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Visalia, CA 93291
Evelina Orozco provides integrative psychiatric care that incorporates evidence-based practices. Evelina has experience working with underserved populations, incarcerated individuals, and clients of various backgrounds. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, she offers medication management combined with supportive therapy.
Evelina Orozco provides integrative psychiatric care that incorporates evidence-based practices. Evelina has experience working with underserved populations, incarcerated individuals, and clients of various backgrounds. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, she offers medication management combined with supportive therapy.
(559) 235-1298 View (559) 235-1298
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Visalia, CA 93291  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(559) 238-0605 View (559) 238-0605
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Khadija Hamisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Visalia, CA 93277
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence-bas medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence-bas medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
(858) 923-5312 View (858) 923-5312
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Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Visalia, CA 93292  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
(559) 272-9376 View (559) 272-9376
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Jorge H Beber, MD, Exclusively Telehealth Practice
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Visalia, CA 93277  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 38 years of experience, fluent in both English and Spanish. I offer medication management for adult clients 21 years old and up. I specialize in medication management for mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and psychotic disorders. I work collaboratively with my patients to understand their unique experience and develop a treatment plan tailored to their individual needs.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 38 years of experience, fluent in both English and Spanish. I offer medication management for adult clients 21 years old and up. I specialize in medication management for mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and psychotic disorders. I work collaboratively with my patients to understand their unique experience and develop a treatment plan tailored to their individual needs.
(559) 785-2094 View (559) 785-2094
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Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Visalia, CA 93277
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Allied Healers, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Allied Healers, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
(559) 527-0304 View (559) 527-0304
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Kingwai Lui
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Visalia, CA 93291
As a faculty member of Kaweah Health Psychiatry Residency, I offer treatment approaches supported by current scientific evidence. Together, we will explore different options and devise a comprehensive and holistic plan built on trust and open communication. Our plan will be flexible based to your need and best interest as we understand the fluidity of life.
As a faculty member of Kaweah Health Psychiatry Residency, I offer treatment approaches supported by current scientific evidence. Together, we will explore different options and devise a comprehensive and holistic plan built on trust and open communication. Our plan will be flexible based to your need and best interest as we understand the fluidity of life.
(661) 215-8947 View (661) 215-8947
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Setare Eslami
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Visalia, CA 93291
Welcome to my practice! Serving my clients during tough moments on their journey is my honor. I am an adult psychiatrist who tailors treatments for adults of all ages and backgrounds.
Welcome to my practice! Serving my clients during tough moments on their journey is my honor. I am an adult psychiatrist who tailors treatments for adults of all ages and backgrounds.
(661) 735-3887 View (661) 735-3887
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Visalia, CA 93291  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment in our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment in our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99
(909) 378-9879 View (909) 378-9879
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Braincom Advanced
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Visalia, CA 93277  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you having difficulty waking up in the morning, getting through the day, and sleeping through the night? Are you going through cycles of sadness, mood changes, nervousness, and tiredness? We provide holistic and patient-centered care for adolescents and adults from diverse populations to facilitate the process of healing.
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you having difficulty waking up in the morning, getting through the day, and sleeping through the night? Are you going through cycles of sadness, mood changes, nervousness, and tiredness? We provide holistic and patient-centered care for adolescents and adults from diverse populations to facilitate the process of healing.
(951) 338-6944 View (951) 338-6944

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Olivier Bertrand Djoumessi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tulare, CA 93274
I am a board-certified Advanced Practice Nurse with a specialization in Psychiatry with experience treating and managing various mental health and addiction disorders. My clinical expertise is with children, adults, elders, and veterans presenting with psychiatric conditions (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, schizophrenia) and addiction. I know that accurate wellness means treating our bodies and minds with care. We built a safe environment for clients. We provide telehealth and in-person appointments to fit all needs. Book your Appointment.
I am a board-certified Advanced Practice Nurse with a specialization in Psychiatry with experience treating and managing various mental health and addiction disorders. My clinical expertise is with children, adults, elders, and veterans presenting with psychiatric conditions (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, schizophrenia) and addiction. I know that accurate wellness means treating our bodies and minds with care. We built a safe environment for clients. We provide telehealth and in-person appointments to fit all needs. Book your Appointment.
(682) 688-3726 View (682) 688-3726

Online Psychiatrists

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Sung Park
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Fresno, CA 93704
Accepting New Patients - Steve Park, PA-C is a physician assistant at Pacific Mind Health. Steve grew up in Irvine and received his Bachelor of Science degree in gerontology at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired to treat patients, Steve gained experience as an EMT and soon received his Master’s of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Chapman University. Today, he finds great pleasure in helping others improve their mental health and lifestyle.
Accepting New Patients - Steve Park, PA-C is a physician assistant at Pacific Mind Health. Steve grew up in Irvine and received his Bachelor of Science degree in gerontology at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired to treat patients, Steve gained experience as an EMT and soon received his Master’s of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Chapman University. Today, he finds great pleasure in helping others improve their mental health and lifestyle.
(916) 656-0437 View (916) 656-0437
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Joshua Flatow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fresno, CA 93721  (Online Only)
Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, telemedicine, Spravato and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We are excited to offer Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) - a revolutionary 3-minute procedure with equal or better efficacy to standard 40+ minute TMS protocols. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, telemedicine, Spravato and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We are excited to offer Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) - a revolutionary 3-minute procedure with equal or better efficacy to standard 40+ minute TMS protocols. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
(844) 937-1766 View (844) 937-1766
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Jessica Vermeulen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(661) 768-1568 View (661) 768-1568
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Albert Ma
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bakersfield, CA 93311  (Online Only)
Being a psychiatrist for 20 plus years, I have learned that a trusting relationship with a patient is more important than any cutting edge medication. The best medication will become outdated in 10 years or less. But a doctor's compassion will never go out of style.
Being a psychiatrist for 20 plus years, I have learned that a trusting relationship with a patient is more important than any cutting edge medication. The best medication will become outdated in 10 years or less. But a doctor's compassion will never go out of style.
(661) 208-3779 View (661) 208-3779
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Phacharawut Kanchananakhin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fresno, CA 93704
Dr. Phacharawut Kanchananakhin is a highly experienced and board-certified psychiatrist with over 27 years of practice in the field. He specializes in treating patients with traumatic brain injury-related psychosis, psychotic disorders, and anxiety disorders. Additionally, he has expertise in geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, and addiction treatment. He has worked in various psychiatric settings, including outpatient and inpatient care, partial hospitalization programs, and skilled nursing facilities. For appointments contact Fresno: (559) 550-1764, Bakersfield: (424) 425-1232 and Oakland: (415) 480-7362.
Dr. Phacharawut Kanchananakhin is a highly experienced and board-certified psychiatrist with over 27 years of practice in the field. He specializes in treating patients with traumatic brain injury-related psychosis, psychotic disorders, and anxiety disorders. Additionally, he has expertise in geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, and addiction treatment. He has worked in various psychiatric settings, including outpatient and inpatient care, partial hospitalization programs, and skilled nursing facilities. For appointments contact Fresno: (559) 550-1764, Bakersfield: (424) 425-1232 and Oakland: (415) 480-7362.
(916) 745-8199 View (916) 745-8199
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Central Coast Behavioral Health, Inc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fresno, CA 93720
Our group provides medication management and psychotherapy services to a wide range of psychiatric disorders, such as; Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Trauma, Substance/Addiction, Personality Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, and other various Mental Health Disorders.
Our group provides medication management and psychotherapy services to a wide range of psychiatric disorders, such as; Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Trauma, Substance/Addiction, Personality Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, and other various Mental Health Disorders.
(805) 500-0629 View (805) 500-0629
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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93303  (Online Only)
Are you looking for a provider who will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges? At Balance Psychiatric Services, we understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
Are you looking for a provider who will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges? At Balance Psychiatric Services, we understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(503) 217-2913 View (503) 217-2913
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93309  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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★★TeleMind®★★
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Bakersfield, CA 93309
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
(800) 341-3083 View (800) 341-3083

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Visalia, CA

10+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Visalia, CA who prioritize treating:

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

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Optum
86% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Visalia, CA see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Visalia?

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.