Psychiatrists in Auburndale, FL

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Kelly C Wombles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
Auburndale, FL 33823
I want you to live your best life, but there may be times when that feels challenging and may require the assistance of medication. Don't let fear, anxiety, or depression hold you back from living the life you want. Let me focus on the right medication treatment plan to help with these issues.
I want you to live your best life, but there may be times when that feels challenging and may require the assistance of medication. Don't let fear, anxiety, or depression hold you back from living the life you want. Let me focus on the right medication treatment plan to help with these issues.
(863) 456-7979 View (863) 456-7979
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Jason W Floyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Auburndale, FL 33823
Compassionate and Empathetic Adult and Child Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Board certified, who provides evidence-based Psychiatric solutions for patients seeking to balance and normalize their mental health. Patients may be seeking help with Depression, Anxiety, Adjusting to Situational Stressors, ADHD, Bipolar D/O, recent trauma or mental health issues related to substance abuse, and others. (Not Addiction Medicine trained) Patients with the above conditions will be provided the time, care, compassion, and treatment necessary to return to a more balanced and normal state of mental health.
Compassionate and Empathetic Adult and Child Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Board certified, who provides evidence-based Psychiatric solutions for patients seeking to balance and normalize their mental health. Patients may be seeking help with Depression, Anxiety, Adjusting to Situational Stressors, ADHD, Bipolar D/O, recent trauma or mental health issues related to substance abuse, and others. (Not Addiction Medicine trained) Patients with the above conditions will be provided the time, care, compassion, and treatment necessary to return to a more balanced and normal state of mental health.
(863) 591-3527 View (863) 591-3527

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Doctors Isaac & Isaac Psychiatric PA
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33803
We are two psychiatrists and child psychiatrists: Isaac George Isaac, MD and George Isaac, MD, who provide psychiatric evaluations and treatment for children and adults, including senior citizens. We understand the need for excellent psychiatric evaluations, so the problems could be understood well and effective treatment could be provided from the get go, rather than rushed inadequate evaluations resulting in improper understanding resulting in confused treatment and months or years of wasted time and un-necessary suffering.
We are two psychiatrists and child psychiatrists: Isaac George Isaac, MD and George Isaac, MD, who provide psychiatric evaluations and treatment for children and adults, including senior citizens. We understand the need for excellent psychiatric evaluations, so the problems could be understood well and effective treatment could be provided from the get go, rather than rushed inadequate evaluations resulting in improper understanding resulting in confused treatment and months or years of wasted time and un-necessary suffering.
(863) 356-0630 View (863) 356-0630
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Kimberly Clayton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33802
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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Care Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO, MS, DABPN
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33801
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
(863) 302-9675 View (863) 302-9675
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Melissa Morgan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33803
If you have been struggling to find balance with your mental health. If you feel like the treatments / medications you are currently taking are not working, please let me help you. You DO NOT have to walk this road alone. If you are looking for a provider that will ensure a safe, judgement free environment, that offers realistic, effective treatment solutions you are in the right place. Together, we can work to explore your challenges, and set goals to help you function at your best. I especially enjoy working with medical professionals, veterans, and first responders, who experience unique challenges related to their occupation.
If you have been struggling to find balance with your mental health. If you feel like the treatments / medications you are currently taking are not working, please let me help you. You DO NOT have to walk this road alone. If you are looking for a provider that will ensure a safe, judgement free environment, that offers realistic, effective treatment solutions you are in the right place. Together, we can work to explore your challenges, and set goals to help you function at your best. I especially enjoy working with medical professionals, veterans, and first responders, who experience unique challenges related to their occupation.
(813) 212-3246 View (813) 212-3246
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33801
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) 306-1071 View (321) 306-1071
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Eloy Franco
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakeland, FL 33805  (Online Only)
Hi there! My name is Dr. Eloy Franco, MD and I am a board certified psychiatrist with 16 years of experience in treating and managing a wide range of mental health conditions. I completed my training at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and then moved to Tampa in 2010. I enjoy caring for patients of all walks of life in a way that is warm, empathic, inquisitive and empowering! If you would like to join my diverse group of patients, please feel free to give us a call. You can find more information about my practice and myself at my website: dreloyfranco.com I look forward to helping and knowing you! Se Habla Español.
Hi there! My name is Dr. Eloy Franco, MD and I am a board certified psychiatrist with 16 years of experience in treating and managing a wide range of mental health conditions. I completed my training at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and then moved to Tampa in 2010. I enjoy caring for patients of all walks of life in a way that is warm, empathic, inquisitive and empowering! If you would like to join my diverse group of patients, please feel free to give us a call. You can find more information about my practice and myself at my website: dreloyfranco.com I look forward to helping and knowing you! Se Habla Español.
(813) 521-7354 View (813) 521-7354
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Schevon Pierre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winter Haven, FL 33880  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients! In Psychiatry, I learned that giving of myself, listening, caring, without judgement, was necessary to facilitate a therapeutic relationship and to help my clients heal. I have a family member who suffers with schizophrenia, so I have personal experience with the struggles of the person who suffers with mental illness. I can also empathize with the heart aches of the family who try to be supportive and often lose hope. I am grateful to be able to do what I love and make a difference in the lives of others.
Accepting New Clients! In Psychiatry, I learned that giving of myself, listening, caring, without judgement, was necessary to facilitate a therapeutic relationship and to help my clients heal. I have a family member who suffers with schizophrenia, so I have personal experience with the struggles of the person who suffers with mental illness. I can also empathize with the heart aches of the family who try to be supportive and often lose hope. I am grateful to be able to do what I love and make a difference in the lives of others.
(321) 401-6139 View (321) 401-6139
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Genci Shkembi UThrive Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Lakeland, FL 33803
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) focused on providing personalized, integrative care for my patients. I help adults, adolescents, and children who are struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, addiction, and more greatly reduce or resolve their concerning symptoms, feel more confident, and achieve balance in their lives. We recognize the interconnectedness of the biological, psychological, nutritional, and lifestyle factors that impact you. My passion is to help you achieve your own wellness goals, feel supported in your environment, and find what gives you fulfillment in life.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) focused on providing personalized, integrative care for my patients. I help adults, adolescents, and children who are struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, addiction, and more greatly reduce or resolve their concerning symptoms, feel more confident, and achieve balance in their lives. We recognize the interconnectedness of the biological, psychological, nutritional, and lifestyle factors that impact you. My passion is to help you achieve your own wellness goals, feel supported in your environment, and find what gives you fulfillment in life.
(727) 591-3587 View (727) 591-3587
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Winter Haven, FL 33880  (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.
(863) 622-0945 View (863) 622-0945
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Yalanda Holmes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33801
Yalanda Holmes is a very empathetic and compassionate nurse practitioner. She has excellent communication skills and is very professional. Also, she enjoys advocating for patients and is adept at considering potential barriers to treatment and comorbid health concerns. Yalanda has passionately provided over 21 years of nursing care in many different specialties. Her professional background includes providing nursing care to dedicated veterans at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, FL. She has worked as a Public Health Nurse for the Florida Department of Health and the Polk County Public Schools.
Yalanda Holmes is a very empathetic and compassionate nurse practitioner. She has excellent communication skills and is very professional. Also, she enjoys advocating for patients and is adept at considering potential barriers to treatment and comorbid health concerns. Yalanda has passionately provided over 21 years of nursing care in many different specialties. Her professional background includes providing nursing care to dedicated veterans at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, FL. She has worked as a Public Health Nurse for the Florida Department of Health and the Polk County Public Schools.
(863) 867-2071 View (863) 867-2071
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Mark Weisman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33801
LifeStance in Brandon, FL provides counseling and therapy online or in person. Also, psychiatry and medication management are available by video. The choice is yours. We offer individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy and marriage counseling. We accept most insurances and serve all ages. Call or book online today!.
LifeStance in Brandon, FL provides counseling and therapy online or in person. Also, psychiatry and medication management are available by video. The choice is yours. We offer individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy and marriage counseling. We accept most insurances and serve all ages. Call or book online today!.
(813) 640-4934 View (813) 640-4934
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33801
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.
(813) 535-4324 View (813) 535-4324
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Dr. Reham Sadek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Lakeland, FL 33805  (Online Only)
In my practice, I prioritize children, adolescents, and their families' unique needs, fostering a safe and supportive environment for exploration and growth. As a dedicated mental health professional, I am particularly passionate about addressing ADHD and its impact on individuals' lives. I believe in a holistic approach to treatment, recognizing that each client's journey is multifaceted and deserves personalized attention. By combining evidence-based interventions with compassion and empathy, I strive to empower my clients to navigate the challenges of ADHD and other mental health concerns with resilience and confidence.
In my practice, I prioritize children, adolescents, and their families' unique needs, fostering a safe and supportive environment for exploration and growth. As a dedicated mental health professional, I am particularly passionate about addressing ADHD and its impact on individuals' lives. I believe in a holistic approach to treatment, recognizing that each client's journey is multifaceted and deserves personalized attention. By combining evidence-based interventions with compassion and empathy, I strive to empower my clients to navigate the challenges of ADHD and other mental health concerns with resilience and confidence.
(813) 688-0342 View (813) 688-0342
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Benjamin Elliot Lippmann
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Winter Haven, FL 33880
I am a compassionate psychiatrist who cares for those with mild, moderate, and severe mental health issues. I seek to help patients find remission from acute and chronic mental health issues, such as depression, inattention, psychosis, and substance use disorders. Additionally, I care for those with dementia and their loved ones who may be suffering with caregiver burnout.
I am a compassionate psychiatrist who cares for those with mild, moderate, and severe mental health issues. I seek to help patients find remission from acute and chronic mental health issues, such as depression, inattention, psychosis, and substance use disorders. Additionally, I care for those with dementia and their loved ones who may be suffering with caregiver burnout.
(863) 289-0968 View (863) 289-0968
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Bryan Espinet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakeland, FL 33803  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you struggle with this constant heaviness inside of you? Do you carry what feels like the weight of the world on your shoulders? Have you struggled with depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, trouble concentrating, struggling to sleep, and just never feeling “just right” for a long time with little relief? Do you feel like no matter how hard you try; your voice is never truly heard?
Do you feel like you struggle with this constant heaviness inside of you? Do you carry what feels like the weight of the world on your shoulders? Have you struggled with depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, trouble concentrating, struggling to sleep, and just never feeling “just right” for a long time with little relief? Do you feel like no matter how hard you try; your voice is never truly heard?
(941) 265-2681 View (941) 265-2681
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Gene Wiggs
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33801
Dr. Gene M. Wiggs is a Psychiatrist in Florida who has been practicing since 2019. Dr. Wiggs provides medication and non-medication treatment for anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders. In his spare time, Dr. Wiggs enjoys documentary films, comedies, historical dramas, and tennis.
Dr. Gene M. Wiggs is a Psychiatrist in Florida who has been practicing since 2019. Dr. Wiggs provides medication and non-medication treatment for anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders. In his spare time, Dr. Wiggs enjoys documentary films, comedies, historical dramas, and tennis.
(863) 434-8504 View (863) 434-8504
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Debbie Mock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33801  (Online Only)
Do you love yourself? Have you lost that desire for your very own existence? Do you feel like you are carrying around a ton of bricks. lost interest in your favorite things, lacking energy, nervous all the time, and self-medicating with drugs or alcohol? Does the sound of the alarm clock turn your stomach? Are you struggling to obtain a full night's sleep? Can't stop your thoughts from racing? If this sounds like something you are going through, we can help you focus on getting your life back on track and learning to fall in love with yourself again.
Do you love yourself? Have you lost that desire for your very own existence? Do you feel like you are carrying around a ton of bricks. lost interest in your favorite things, lacking energy, nervous all the time, and self-medicating with drugs or alcohol? Does the sound of the alarm clock turn your stomach? Are you struggling to obtain a full night's sleep? Can't stop your thoughts from racing? If this sounds like something you are going through, we can help you focus on getting your life back on track and learning to fall in love with yourself again.
(813) 773-1332 View (813) 773-1332
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LaTangra M McIntosh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, LMHC
Verified Verified
Winter Haven, FL 33881
LaTangra McIntosh (LaTonya) is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Family Nurse Practitioner, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counselors. With over 30 years of working with diverse populations in settings such as in the home, communities, county jails, juvenile justice programs, hospitals, community mental health, as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment centers for psychiatric wellness, LaTangra can help you! LaTangra’s background as a Christian Counselor also allows her to provide counseling to Christians without fear of judgement. When you partner wi
LaTangra McIntosh (LaTonya) is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Family Nurse Practitioner, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counselors. With over 30 years of working with diverse populations in settings such as in the home, communities, county jails, juvenile justice programs, hospitals, community mental health, as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment centers for psychiatric wellness, LaTangra can help you! LaTangra’s background as a Christian Counselor also allows her to provide counseling to Christians without fear of judgement. When you partner wi
(863) 880-1940 View (863) 880-1940

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Auburndale, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Auburndale, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Dissociative Disorders (DID)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Suicidal Ideation
100% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

1 Year

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Auburndale, FL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Auburndale?

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.