Psychiatrists in Arcadia, FL

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Debbie-Ann Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Arcadia, FL 34266  (Online Only)
Debbie-Ann Anderson is a board-certified nurse practitioner who holds dual certification as a family nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and certified life coach. I have over 27 years of experience in the healthcare industry.
Debbie-Ann Anderson is a board-certified nurse practitioner who holds dual certification as a family nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and certified life coach. I have over 27 years of experience in the healthcare industry.
(321) 710-1897 View (321) 710-1897
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Jacqueline Marie Stoll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, PMHNP, PC
Verified
Arcadia, FL 34266  (Online Only)
I specialize in mood disorders, chronic mental illness, and anxiety disorders as well as post-traumatic stress disorder and compulsive disorders such as OCD. In addition to holding certifications in both Medicine and Psychiatry, I am also a certified Addictions Nurse Practitioner with experience in treating substance use disorders as well as process addictions such as gambling and sex addictions. I have also worked extensively within the LBGTQ community around issues of sexuality and gender.
I specialize in mood disorders, chronic mental illness, and anxiety disorders as well as post-traumatic stress disorder and compulsive disorders such as OCD. In addition to holding certifications in both Medicine and Psychiatry, I am also a certified Addictions Nurse Practitioner with experience in treating substance use disorders as well as process addictions such as gambling and sex addictions. I have also worked extensively within the LBGTQ community around issues of sexuality and gender.
(904) 748-1642 View (904) 748-1642
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Tasia Porter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Arcadia, FL 34266
My ideal client is the one who is in need with assistance in cultivating their best life through culturally-appropriate, compassionate, and competent mental health and wellness care.
My ideal client is the one who is in need with assistance in cultivating their best life through culturally-appropriate, compassionate, and competent mental health and wellness care.
(561) 559-7463 View (561) 559-7463
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Fallon Shelton Concierge Mental Health PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Arcadia, FL 34266  (Online Only)
I bring with me a unique set of work experiences that have fostered my passion for helping those that suffer from mental health disorders. My own personal experiences and past employment endeavors have given me empathy to help patients with mental health disorders. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it is my goal to advocate for patients who struggle to be heard or respected, and to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to holistic care. I will do all I can to assist individuals and their families in recognizing, without stigma, the value of psychiatric assistance.
I bring with me a unique set of work experiences that have fostered my passion for helping those that suffer from mental health disorders. My own personal experiences and past employment endeavors have given me empathy to help patients with mental health disorders. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it is my goal to advocate for patients who struggle to be heard or respected, and to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to holistic care. I will do all I can to assist individuals and their families in recognizing, without stigma, the value of psychiatric assistance.
(813) 851-2912 View (813) 851-2912
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Lisa Abern
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN-BC
Verified
Arcadia, FL 34266  (Online Only)
My name is Lisa and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults in multiple settings facing various complex mental health issues, including ADHD, trauma, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and mood disorders.
My name is Lisa and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults in multiple settings facing various complex mental health issues, including ADHD, trauma, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and mood disorders.
(407) 214-3498 View (407) 214-3498
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Mercedes Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Arcadia, FL 34266  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Mercedes. Garcia, Depression and anxiety are coming together. There is hope when your brain says there isn't (John Green ). We can work together to empower your positive thoughts. I like to combine medication management and psychotherapy. A mental health disorder does not define you.
Hi, my name is Mercedes. Garcia, Depression and anxiety are coming together. There is hope when your brain says there isn't (John Green ). We can work together to empower your positive thoughts. I like to combine medication management and psychotherapy. A mental health disorder does not define you.
(786) 841-8375 View (786) 841-8375

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Christina Ralko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Nocatee, FL 34268
I believe in a strong patient-provider relationship in order for the patient to receive the best quality of care. I appreciate the healthcare value of building thoughtful relationships with patients. My passion for behavioral medicine motivates me to care for a wide range of psychiatric conditions. I focus on each patient as a whole taking into consideration
I believe in a strong patient-provider relationship in order for the patient to receive the best quality of care. I appreciate the healthcare value of building thoughtful relationships with patients. My passion for behavioral medicine motivates me to care for a wide range of psychiatric conditions. I focus on each patient as a whole taking into consideration
(904) 447-1694 View (904) 447-1694

Online Psychiatrists

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Allpure Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Hello! My name is Stephen Poulos, MD and I am the founder and director of Allpure Behavioral Health. We are not your average psychiatric clinic. We provide full spectrum psychiatric/addiction care in a welcoming, friendly, non-judgemental environment where you can be you. We provide medication management, therapy, coaching, addiction treatment & more. I was voted one of the best psychiatrists in the area and our center is also LegitScript certified. Let's end the stigma once & for all. Your mental health matters, so take the time to prioritize self-care and nurture your wellbeing with us at Allpure Behavioral Health.
Hello! My name is Stephen Poulos, MD and I am the founder and director of Allpure Behavioral Health. We are not your average psychiatric clinic. We provide full spectrum psychiatric/addiction care in a welcoming, friendly, non-judgemental environment where you can be you. We provide medication management, therapy, coaching, addiction treatment & more. I was voted one of the best psychiatrists in the area and our center is also LegitScript certified. Let's end the stigma once & for all. Your mental health matters, so take the time to prioritize self-care and nurture your wellbeing with us at Allpure Behavioral Health.
(239) 758-9332 View (239) 758-9332
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Bethany Martin
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS, MS
Verified
Sarasota, FL 34243
Bethany is a certified Physician Assistant specializing in child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. Bethany strives to help her patients reach their goals for their mental health by utilizing a holistic approach. She is attentive to each of her patient’s concerns and aims to communicate clear treatment plans and objectives to ensure these needs are met. She has a background in Molecular Medicine and has a passion for staying informed on the latest developments in psychiatric research and treatments. Bethany is currently seeing patients in-person at our Sarasota office or virtually via telepsychiatry.
Bethany is a certified Physician Assistant specializing in child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. Bethany strives to help her patients reach their goals for their mental health by utilizing a holistic approach. She is attentive to each of her patient’s concerns and aims to communicate clear treatment plans and objectives to ensure these needs are met. She has a background in Molecular Medicine and has a passion for staying informed on the latest developments in psychiatric research and treatments. Bethany is currently seeing patients in-person at our Sarasota office or virtually via telepsychiatry.
(941) 900-3216 View (941) 900-3216
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified
Crawfordville, FL 32327  (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.
(850) 290-0293 View (850) 290-0293
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Kelvin Dupera
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34972
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Some of my practice specialties include, but not limited to, PTSD, ADHD, Personality Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Eating Disorders, and Addictions. I began my career at South Florida State Hospital, as a Mental Health Technician. After working as a Mental Health Technician and seeing how Mental health is affecting the community, my true meaning and purpose of helping came as a vision .
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Some of my practice specialties include, but not limited to, PTSD, ADHD, Personality Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Eating Disorders, and Addictions. I began my career at South Florida State Hospital, as a Mental Health Technician. After working as a Mental Health Technician and seeing how Mental health is affecting the community, my true meaning and purpose of helping came as a vision .
(786) 802-0131 View (786) 802-0131
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified
Lauderhill, FL 33313
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.
(754) 203-5529 View (754) 203-5529
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Rachel Lee McKenna
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
6 Endorsed
Saint Petersburg, FL 33715
MD Support is a private psychiatric practice located in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida! Dr. McKenna, Dr. Luevano, Dr. Larson and Dr. Angermeier make up our team of wonderful providers. Although there is a St. Petersburg, Florida office, many appointments are conducted online based on the patient's preference. The MD Support team is passionate and enthusiastic about what we do! We genuinely strive everyday to be the best that we can be for each and every one of our patients! Our team specializes in a wide range of diagnoses and treats children, adolescents and adults of all ages.
MD Support is a private psychiatric practice located in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida! Dr. McKenna, Dr. Luevano, Dr. Larson and Dr. Angermeier make up our team of wonderful providers. Although there is a St. Petersburg, Florida office, many appointments are conducted online based on the patient's preference. The MD Support team is passionate and enthusiastic about what we do! We genuinely strive everyday to be the best that we can be for each and every one of our patients! Our team specializes in a wide range of diagnoses and treats children, adolescents and adults of all ages.
(786) 565-6729 View (786) 565-6729
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Addiction and Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Dr. Zaidi is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with additional qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry. He completed his Psychiatric Training at MHC - New York Medical College and Training in Addiction Psychiatry at NSUH - New York University School of Medicine. He provides Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment at Operation PAR Detox Facility and Windmoor Hospital. He provided his psychiatric services as a Medical Director at Bay Pines VA Hospital, Boley Centers, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, St. Pete General Hospital and North Side Hospital. Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Tammy Kurecki, ARNP is a new addition to our team.
Dr. Zaidi is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with additional qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry. He completed his Psychiatric Training at MHC - New York Medical College and Training in Addiction Psychiatry at NSUH - New York University School of Medicine. He provides Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment at Operation PAR Detox Facility and Windmoor Hospital. He provided his psychiatric services as a Medical Director at Bay Pines VA Hospital, Boley Centers, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, St. Pete General Hospital and North Side Hospital. Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Tammy Kurecki, ARNP is a new addition to our team.
(727) 308-6193 View (727) 308-6193
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Janique Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARPN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Port Richey, FL 34668  (Online Only)
Is it difficult finding a provider that you are able to build a connection with or are you having bad experiences with providers who are unreliable? Being a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I know that those relationships you build are so important. I will work very closely with you to build an individualize treatment approach, that will help you to create a balance in your life. I have extensive experience in medication management for many mental health concerns. I am here to advocate, guide, educate, support, mentor and empower you every step of the way so that you can accomplish all your goals.
Is it difficult finding a provider that you are able to build a connection with or are you having bad experiences with providers who are unreliable? Being a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I know that those relationships you build are so important. I will work very closely with you to build an individualize treatment approach, that will help you to create a balance in your life. I have extensive experience in medication management for many mental health concerns. I am here to advocate, guide, educate, support, mentor and empower you every step of the way so that you can accomplish all your goals.
(954) 519-4302 View (954) 519-4302
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Transformation Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Veteran
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Florida! Are you feeling forgetful, unable to concentrate or easily distracted? Are you finding it hard to get out of bed, lack motivation, feel tearful or sad? Do you find it hard to fall asleep or wake up multiple times during the night making you feel uber tired the next day? Have you experienced trauma that sends your anxiety through the roof? Then it might be time to seek help. Remember, it's okay not to be okay. I will respond to your email within 48 hours. If you don't see an email from me, please don't forget to check your SPAM folder.
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Florida! Are you feeling forgetful, unable to concentrate or easily distracted? Are you finding it hard to get out of bed, lack motivation, feel tearful or sad? Do you find it hard to fall asleep or wake up multiple times during the night making you feel uber tired the next day? Have you experienced trauma that sends your anxiety through the roof? Then it might be time to seek help. Remember, it's okay not to be okay. I will respond to your email within 48 hours. If you don't see an email from me, please don't forget to check your SPAM folder.
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LaLencia Matthews
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33637
As a psychiatric provider, I focus largely on psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I recognize that each person comes to me with unique lived experience and I use this knowledge to personalize my treatment to their individual needs. I educate my clients to empower them to be able to collaboratively work together with our team to optimize your health. I take a holistic approach to cultivate the best outcomes for you as a patient in a non-judgmental environment. Accepting new patients and most insurances, contact me to start thriving and not only surviving. www.laurelgracewellness.com
As a psychiatric provider, I focus largely on psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I recognize that each person comes to me with unique lived experience and I use this knowledge to personalize my treatment to their individual needs. I educate my clients to empower them to be able to collaboratively work together with our team to optimize your health. I take a holistic approach to cultivate the best outcomes for you as a patient in a non-judgmental environment. Accepting new patients and most insurances, contact me to start thriving and not only surviving. www.laurelgracewellness.com
(813) 212-2547 View (813) 212-2547
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Dr. Hershenta Cohen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32837  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or low self-worth that affects your ability to function in your relationships, career and life in general? Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed or frustrated just getting through the day? Do you wonder if life will ever be better? I believe your life can and will be better than you’ve ever imagined.
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, or low self-worth that affects your ability to function in your relationships, career and life in general? Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed or frustrated just getting through the day? Do you wonder if life will ever be better? I believe your life can and will be better than you’ve ever imagined.
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Christina Burge
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34231
I am board-certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience evaluating and treating a broad range of psychiatric conditions over the lifespan with a focus in adolescence through adulthood, including perinatal and postpartum mood concerns. My treatment focus is on psychopharmacological interventions while employing a comprehensive approach to mental health with the guidance of an individual’s specific health needs and desired health outcomes.
I am board-certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience evaluating and treating a broad range of psychiatric conditions over the lifespan with a focus in adolescence through adulthood, including perinatal and postpartum mood concerns. My treatment focus is on psychopharmacological interventions while employing a comprehensive approach to mental health with the guidance of an individual’s specific health needs and desired health outcomes.
(941) 213-1089 View (941) 213-1089
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Olamiju Olaleye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. I hold a Doctor of Nursing degree from the University of North Florida. I am board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
I am a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. I hold a Doctor of Nursing degree from the University of North Florida. I am board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
(813) 536-5241 View (813) 536-5241

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Number of Psychiatrists in Arcadia, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Arcadia, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
83% ADHD
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Trauma and PTSD
67% Grief

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Other

How Psychiatrists in Arcadia, FL see their clients

83% Online Only
17% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Arcadia?

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.