Psychiatrists in Alachua County, FL

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Photo of Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist in Alachua County, FL
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Gainesville, FL 32605
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing in our network of clinics and online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing in our network of clinics and online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(352) 251-0837 View (352) 251-0837
Photo of Better Beginnings, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Alachua County, FL
Better Beginnings
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Alachua, FL 32615
NOW SERVING SOUTH FLORIDA! Better Beginnings provides specialized psychiatry and psychotherapy/counseling services to parents during the perinatal time frame- leading up to, during and after pregnancy. We understand there is no "one size fits all" approach to this time in life. The Better Beginnings' model of care honors each parents' unique needs and values. Ivette Medrano, PMHNP- BC provides telepsychiatry (online/video) services for the South Florida region.
NOW SERVING SOUTH FLORIDA! Better Beginnings provides specialized psychiatry and psychotherapy/counseling services to parents during the perinatal time frame- leading up to, during and after pregnancy. We understand there is no "one size fits all" approach to this time in life. The Better Beginnings' model of care honors each parents' unique needs and values. Ivette Medrano, PMHNP- BC provides telepsychiatry (online/video) services for the South Florida region.
(352) 280-3649 View (352) 280-3649
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Evolution Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Gainesville, FL 32605
Call or text us at 352-575-3600 or go to our website at www.evolutionmentalhealth.com to complete the intake paperwork and schedule an appointment.
Call or text us at 352-575-3600 or go to our website at www.evolutionmentalhealth.com to complete the intake paperwork and schedule an appointment.
(352) 575-3600 View (352) 575-3600
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gainesville, FL 32601  (Online Only)
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
(352) 660-0820 View (352) 660-0820
Photo of Healthy Mind Florida, Physician Assistant in Alachua County, FL
Healthy Mind Florida
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPH, MD
Verified Verified
Gainesville, FL 32601
Now accepting new patients of all ages with immediate availability in-person and telehealth! We provide highly customized one-on-one psychiatric care. We focus on delivering high-quality, personalized care to patients of all ages and address psychiatric care from a holistic approach. Jamie has 13 years experience as a Physician Associate and strives to cultivate a deep and personalized understanding of each patient. She works under the supervision of an experienced Psychiatrist, Dr. Andrea Chamberlain. We specialize in ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, depression, OCD, trauma, Bipolar Depression, and other mood disorders.
Now accepting new patients of all ages with immediate availability in-person and telehealth! We provide highly customized one-on-one psychiatric care. We focus on delivering high-quality, personalized care to patients of all ages and address psychiatric care from a holistic approach. Jamie has 13 years experience as a Physician Associate and strives to cultivate a deep and personalized understanding of each patient. She works under the supervision of an experienced Psychiatrist, Dr. Andrea Chamberlain. We specialize in ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, depression, OCD, trauma, Bipolar Depression, and other mood disorders.
(352) 201-3777 View (352) 201-3777
Photo of Lisa Goldberg, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Alachua County, FL
Lisa Goldberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Gainesville, FL 32605
After a decade of working as an NP in neurology, I returned to school to obtain an additional license as a psychiatric NP to better serve my community and help people with their mental health challenges. With a belief that every individual has the potential to live their best authentic life I have a strong commitment to developing caring, non-judgmental relationships with my patients.
After a decade of working as an NP in neurology, I returned to school to obtain an additional license as a psychiatric NP to better serve my community and help people with their mental health challenges. With a belief that every individual has the potential to live their best authentic life I have a strong commitment to developing caring, non-judgmental relationships with my patients.
(352) 478-4700 View (352) 478-4700
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Robin Joiner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gainesville, FL 32601
I’m a board-certified PMHNP (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner), which means I’m an NP with specialized training in psychiatry. I'm licensed to evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders, which includes the prescribing of psychotropic medications. Through the state of FL, I have additional certification allowing me to practice autonomously while under contract with a collaborating physician. I’m coming to Arise Wellness from UF's adult outpatient psychiatric practice, where I had a busy private clinic and also participated in a weekly clinic for patients with severe or treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders.
I’m a board-certified PMHNP (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner), which means I’m an NP with specialized training in psychiatry. I'm licensed to evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders, which includes the prescribing of psychotropic medications. Through the state of FL, I have additional certification allowing me to practice autonomously while under contract with a collaborating physician. I’m coming to Arise Wellness from UF's adult outpatient psychiatric practice, where I had a busy private clinic and also participated in a weekly clinic for patients with severe or treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders.
(352) 310-3937 View (352) 310-3937
Photo of Rachelle Lee Sansing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Alachua County, FL
Rachelle Lee Sansing
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gainesville, FL 32608
Often our physical, emotional, and relational health are neglected until they demand our attention. Whether engaging with mental health care for the first time or with prior experiences, it is essential that my clients feel their needs and priorities are understood. They should be empowered to develop a deeper understanding of difficult experiences in life as well as to explore solutions. It is my belief that people are most able to thrive when working with someone who can help them create a personalized plan and sees the whole person, in their context, rather than a symptom checklist or problem.
Often our physical, emotional, and relational health are neglected until they demand our attention. Whether engaging with mental health care for the first time or with prior experiences, it is essential that my clients feel their needs and priorities are understood. They should be empowered to develop a deeper understanding of difficult experiences in life as well as to explore solutions. It is my belief that people are most able to thrive when working with someone who can help them create a personalized plan and sees the whole person, in their context, rather than a symptom checklist or problem.
(352) 254-3553 View (352) 254-3553
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Psych Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gainesville, FL 32601
Reaching out for help can be the most important yet difficult step in the process of healing. From our initial contact our goal is to help you feel welcomed, understood, and supported. ​ Psych Care is a psychiatric and psychological practice serving North Central Florida. We offer research based and highly effective treatment and evaluation, with great attention to confidentiality and responsive scheduling. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes psychiatrists, board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioners, and licensed therapists.
Reaching out for help can be the most important yet difficult step in the process of healing. From our initial contact our goal is to help you feel welcomed, understood, and supported. ​ Psych Care is a psychiatric and psychological practice serving North Central Florida. We offer research based and highly effective treatment and evaluation, with great attention to confidentiality and responsive scheduling. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes psychiatrists, board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioners, and licensed therapists.
(352) 280-3495 View (352) 280-3495
Photo of Kimberly Teitelbaum, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Alachua County, FL
Kimberly Teitelbaum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gainesville, FL 32653
Not accepting new clients
*** Not currently accepting new patients at this time*** Whether you are considering psychiatric care for the first time or have received mental health services for years, I look forward to gaining a thorough understanding of you, including the desires you have for your life and what wellness means to you.
*** Not currently accepting new patients at this time*** Whether you are considering psychiatric care for the first time or have received mental health services for years, I look forward to gaining a thorough understanding of you, including the desires you have for your life and what wellness means to you.
(352) 414-0851 View (352) 414-0851
Photo of Erin Delaney, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Alachua County, FL
Erin Delaney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alachua, FL 32615
I work with adult women who would like to work collaboratively with their Psychiatric provider in managing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and/or attention issues and are looking for a warm and personalized approach to their mental health treatment. I can manage many psychiatric medications through pregnancy and postpartum if that is part of their plan and focus on tailoring each treatment plan to the individual.
I work with adult women who would like to work collaboratively with their Psychiatric provider in managing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and/or attention issues and are looking for a warm and personalized approach to their mental health treatment. I can manage many psychiatric medications through pregnancy and postpartum if that is part of their plan and focus on tailoring each treatment plan to the individual.
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Photo of Focused Path Integrative Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Alachua County, FL
Focused Path Integrative Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gainesville, FL 32608
Are you a burned out, high-achieving professional ready to feed your own vitality? You may see your strengths but have difficulty embracing your next step, be it a baby step or a leap into the unknown. You want to experience an integrative health and mind-body approach. You are actively dedicated to your own growth and prefer a collaborative approach as you understand the human condition is complex and nuanced and want support in the same manner. You are drawn to depth work, body work and the spiritual journey and are ready to experience vitality, joy and wonder.
Are you a burned out, high-achieving professional ready to feed your own vitality? You may see your strengths but have difficulty embracing your next step, be it a baby step or a leap into the unknown. You want to experience an integrative health and mind-body approach. You are actively dedicated to your own growth and prefer a collaborative approach as you understand the human condition is complex and nuanced and want support in the same manner. You are drawn to depth work, body work and the spiritual journey and are ready to experience vitality, joy and wonder.
(352) 706-4776 View (352) 706-4776
Photo of Ann Marie Bowring, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Alachua County, FL
Ann Marie Bowring
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newberry, FL 32669  (Online Only)
Now Accepting Patients! I am fully committed to your mental health journey and ensuring you receive the appropriate care you deserve. My extensive knowledge and clinical expertise are the result of 30 years of dedicated service in the hospital setting. With four years of specialized experience as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am well-versed in the complexities of mental health care. I provide a holistic approach to care and am truly committed to listening to your story and creating goals and a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.
Now Accepting Patients! I am fully committed to your mental health journey and ensuring you receive the appropriate care you deserve. My extensive knowledge and clinical expertise are the result of 30 years of dedicated service in the hospital setting. With four years of specialized experience as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am well-versed in the complexities of mental health care. I provide a holistic approach to care and am truly committed to listening to your story and creating goals and a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.
(352) 461-1096 View (352) 461-1096
Photo of Sarkis Family Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Alachua County, FL
Sarkis Family Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gainesville, FL 32607
Innovative holistic team of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and therapists collaborating on the cutting edge of evidence based therapeutics, including esketamine, TMS, and neurofeedback. Sarkis Family Psychiatry has eight years of experience with transcranial magnetic stimulation (or TMS, a treatment for depression that does not involve drugs, surgery, or electric shocks), ten years of experience with neurofeedback (biofeedback that focuses on brain activity), and we are a certified esketamine clinic.
Innovative holistic team of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and therapists collaborating on the cutting edge of evidence based therapeutics, including esketamine, TMS, and neurofeedback. Sarkis Family Psychiatry has eight years of experience with transcranial magnetic stimulation (or TMS, a treatment for depression that does not involve drugs, surgery, or electric shocks), ten years of experience with neurofeedback (biofeedback that focuses on brain activity), and we are a certified esketamine clinic.
(352) 292-1951 View (352) 292-1951
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Hawthorne, FL 32640  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(321) 290-9335 View (321) 290-9335
Photo of Kimberly Clayton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Alachua County, FL
Kimberly Clayton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gainesville, FL 32605  (Online Only)
Kimberly Clayton has worked in the medical field for more than 20 years. Subacute care, long-term care, case management, nursing clinical director, and wound care management are all part of Kimberly's medical experience. Dr. Clayton returned to school to obtain her PMHNP credentials after seeing the necessity for additional specialized training in mental health. By applying a comprehensive approach to all facets of healthcare, Kimberly is dedicated to providing patients with high-quality care and enhancing their quality of life. She is looking forward to meeting you and assisting you in overcoming the stress caused by mental health
Kimberly Clayton has worked in the medical field for more than 20 years. Subacute care, long-term care, case management, nursing clinical director, and wound care management are all part of Kimberly's medical experience. Dr. Clayton returned to school to obtain her PMHNP credentials after seeing the necessity for additional specialized training in mental health. By applying a comprehensive approach to all facets of healthcare, Kimberly is dedicated to providing patients with high-quality care and enhancing their quality of life. She is looking forward to meeting you and assisting you in overcoming the stress caused by mental health
(904) 774-2719 View (904) 774-2719
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Gainesville, FL 32603  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Offering affordable visit rates. Accepting Medicare, Aetna, Cigna (Evernorth), and Optum/UHC/UBH insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Offering affordable visit rates. Accepting Medicare, Aetna, Cigna (Evernorth), and Optum/UHC/UBH insurances.
(844) 643-9418 View (844) 643-9418
Photo of Today Telemedicine, Psychiatrist in Alachua County, FL
Today Telemedicine
Psychiatrist, PA-C
Verified Verified
Gainesville, FL 32607  (Online Only)
ADD/ADHD computer testing and stimulants (Adderall, Vyvanse ect) available for Florida residents via telemedicine. see program details. fully online psychiatry, therapy and urgent care. Genetic testing for psychiatric medication available (nearly all medication available except NO benzodiazepines) . Easy self-scheduling from our website www.TodayTelemedicine.com and book a session this week! Insurance accepted, self pay rates initial visit $199, follow ups $99, Qb Test for ADD/ADHD $130.
ADD/ADHD computer testing and stimulants (Adderall, Vyvanse ect) available for Florida residents via telemedicine. see program details. fully online psychiatry, therapy and urgent care. Genetic testing for psychiatric medication available (nearly all medication available except NO benzodiazepines) . Easy self-scheduling from our website www.TodayTelemedicine.com and book a session this week! Insurance accepted, self pay rates initial visit $199, follow ups $99, Qb Test for ADD/ADHD $130.
(850) 397-0031 View (850) 397-0031
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Laura Pohl ~Women's Mental Health Specialists
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gainesville, FL 32601
My goals are to help you feel your best, in all areas of your life! Whether you have had mental health struggles before or are seeking mental health support for the first time. I have firsthand experience and knowledge of the options available - from complex medication management to therapy options. Together we can close the gap.
My goals are to help you feel your best, in all areas of your life! Whether you have had mental health struggles before or are seeking mental health support for the first time. I have firsthand experience and knowledge of the options available - from complex medication management to therapy options. Together we can close the gap.
(727) 594-4926 View (727) 594-4926
Photo of Leistey Tindall, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Alachua County, FL
Leistey Tindall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Gainesville, FL 32608  (Online Only)
Mind & Body Wellness is a premier Mental Health Practice headquartered in Rockingham, North Carolina. Serving all of North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Mecklenburg and surrounding areas. We also offer telemedicine in the state of Florida. All appointments are held virtually and our focus is on your journey in building and managing a healthier you. As a dual Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health and Primary Care I am compassionate about the individual needs of each patient and together we will design a customized and comprehensive care plan for your continued care.
Mind & Body Wellness is a premier Mental Health Practice headquartered in Rockingham, North Carolina. Serving all of North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Mecklenburg and surrounding areas. We also offer telemedicine in the state of Florida. All appointments are held virtually and our focus is on your journey in building and managing a healthier you. As a dual Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health and Primary Care I am compassionate about the individual needs of each patient and together we will design a customized and comprehensive care plan for your continued care.
(813) 945-7421 View (813) 945-7421

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Number of Psychiatrists in Alachua County, FL

30+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Alachua County, FL who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
91% Anxiety
88% Trauma and PTSD
82% Medication Management
79% Bipolar Disorder
73% ADHD
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Cigna and Evernorth
92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
92% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Alachua County, FL see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

90% Female
10% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Alachua 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.