Psychiatrists in Charlotte County, FL

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Photo of Dinar Sajan, MD, Psychiatrist
Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33983  (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.
(941) 304-4256 View (941) 304-4256
Photo of Michelle L Antanovich, DNP, PMHNP, FNP,  BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michelle L Antanovich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33983  (Online Only)
Are you feeling frustrated, hopeless that you will ever feel better. Many tell me this when we meet. Listening empathetically and to your story helps me formulate a plan that will assist you in improving your mental health. The process can be frustrating at times and as one who has dealt with my own mental health needs. I know all to well how long it takes to find the right provider. One that is empathetic, compassionate and works with you to help your live the best version of yourself. It's time we think outside the box and find new ways to conquer the trial and tribulations of life. Don't let fear hold you back.
Are you feeling frustrated, hopeless that you will ever feel better. Many tell me this when we meet. Listening empathetically and to your story helps me formulate a plan that will assist you in improving your mental health. The process can be frustrating at times and as one who has dealt with my own mental health needs. I know all to well how long it takes to find the right provider. One that is empathetic, compassionate and works with you to help your live the best version of yourself. It's time we think outside the box and find new ways to conquer the trial and tribulations of life. Don't let fear hold you back.
(941) 841-6715 View (941) 841-6715
Photo of Natasha Gil, MMS, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Natasha Gil
Physician Assistant, MMS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33983  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric Physician Assistant, I am here to aid my patients who feel medication is needed to assist with the management of their symptoms relating to depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood swings, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar, and sleep difficulties. I currently treat patients ages 18 and up via telehealth services at our Punta Gorda, Florida location. Call or e-mail today and our caring staff will help to get you set-up with an appointment.
As a psychiatric Physician Assistant, I am here to aid my patients who feel medication is needed to assist with the management of their symptoms relating to depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood swings, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar, and sleep difficulties. I currently treat patients ages 18 and up via telehealth services at our Punta Gorda, Florida location. Call or e-mail today and our caring staff will help to get you set-up with an appointment.
(941) 229-1694 View (941) 229-1694
Photo of Andrew Lister, DO, Psychiatrist
Andrew Lister
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33983
I'm here to help my patients with whatever their mental health needs may be including anxiety, depression, stress, bi-polar, mood disorder, ADHD, focus, trauma, PTSD or other mental health needs.
I'm here to help my patients with whatever their mental health needs may be including anxiety, depression, stress, bi-polar, mood disorder, ADHD, focus, trauma, PTSD or other mental health needs.
(941) 499-8167 View (941) 499-8167
Photo of Jason Farrah - Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
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) 290-0402 View (850) 290-0402
Photo of Lisa Pappa - Faith Based Psychiatry, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Faith Based Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
My psychiatric career has exponentially grow in treating individuals as 3 parts beings: a mind, a body and a soul. I would like to share my deep interest and enthusiasm in becoming a part of your faith-based psychiatric care and treatment. Having had 15 plus years of experience in all aspects of psychiatric care I am eager and energetic about teaching, coaching and treating mental health issues throughout the life span. I have had wonderful testimonials about the impact that integrating faith and mental health care has had on individuals. I am eager to contribute my skills and passion to you.
My psychiatric career has exponentially grow in treating individuals as 3 parts beings: a mind, a body and a soul. I would like to share my deep interest and enthusiasm in becoming a part of your faith-based psychiatric care and treatment. Having had 15 plus years of experience in all aspects of psychiatric care I am eager and energetic about teaching, coaching and treating mental health issues throughout the life span. I have had wonderful testimonials about the impact that integrating faith and mental health care has had on individuals. I am eager to contribute my skills and passion to you.
(585) 549-2757 View (585) 549-2757
Photo of Schevon M Pierre - Curatif Behavioral Health, Inc, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Curatif Behavioral Health, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Port Charlotte, FL 33981  (Online Only)
Welcome to Curatif Behavioral Health, where your journey to emotional wealth begins. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who is licensed to treat individuals across the lifespan. Our practice treats adults who suffer with many disorders, including mood disorders like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders. Other disorders we treat include pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder, sleep disorders, eating disorders, and ADHD. At Curatif, we work with you so you gain a better understanding of your disorder, along with understanding options for treatment either through medication or psychotherapy.
Welcome to Curatif Behavioral Health, where your journey to emotional wealth begins. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who is licensed to treat individuals across the lifespan. Our practice treats adults who suffer with many disorders, including mood disorders like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders. Other disorders we treat include pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder, sleep disorders, eating disorders, and ADHD. At Curatif, we work with you so you gain a better understanding of your disorder, along with understanding options for treatment either through medication or psychotherapy.
(321) 455-8127 View (321) 455-8127
Photo of Tamara Russell, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tamara Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Dr. Tamara Russell is a highly passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of professional experience. She earned a doctorate degree in nursing practice. She is double board certified as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Her experience in the field is varied and dynamic - she has worked in a variety of mental health settings including community mental health, and private clinics. As a seasoned healthcare professional, her patients can expect a holistic approach that incorporates a range of evidence-based, time-tested treatment modalities.
Dr. Tamara Russell is a highly passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of professional experience. She earned a doctorate degree in nursing practice. She is double board certified as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Her experience in the field is varied and dynamic - she has worked in a variety of mental health settings including community mental health, and private clinics. As a seasoned healthcare professional, her patients can expect a holistic approach that incorporates a range of evidence-based, time-tested treatment modalities.
(904) 601-1960 View (904) 601-1960
Photo of Michelle Sanay, PMHNP, MD, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michelle Sanay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MD, RN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Do you feel you're having hard time dealing with your daily life? Any decline in your level of functioning? Are you struggling with the problems you have to face regularly? I apply a client-centered holistic approach by following the FDA approved treatment and guidelines and the most current and reliable scientific research. Treatment plan is co-designed together with you; addressing your short and long term goals, prioritizing your most urgent concerns to improve your overall wellbeing and functioning.
Do you feel you're having hard time dealing with your daily life? Any decline in your level of functioning? Are you struggling with the problems you have to face regularly? I apply a client-centered holistic approach by following the FDA approved treatment and guidelines and the most current and reliable scientific research. Treatment plan is co-designed together with you; addressing your short and long term goals, prioritizing your most urgent concerns to improve your overall wellbeing and functioning.
(954) 833-6274 View (954) 833-6274
Photo of Adil Mohammed - Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Port Charlotte, FL 33952  (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) 248-5598 View (321) 248-5598
Photo of Rebecca Fox, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rebecca Fox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Port Charlotte, FL 33948  (Online Only)
Treatment aims to alleviate symptoms, improve daily functioning, enhance coping skills, foster self-awareness, and promote long-term mental well-being. With the incorporation of therapy and medication when necessary, individuals are empowered to actively engage in their mental health journey.
Treatment aims to alleviate symptoms, improve daily functioning, enhance coping skills, foster self-awareness, and promote long-term mental well-being. With the incorporation of therapy and medication when necessary, individuals are empowered to actively engage in their mental health journey.
(239) 933-6387 View (239) 933-6387
Nicole A Millich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Specializing in child, adolescent, and young adult mental health care, including full medication management.
Specializing in child, adolescent, and young adult mental health care, including full medication management.
(239) 932-4500 View (239) 932-4500
Photo of Tiffany Lynn Yelton - T & S Psychiatric Consulants, LLC, PMHNP, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
T & S Psychiatric Consulants, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
My theoretical foundational approach when it comes to providing patient care is based on a collaborative-practice approach AND a person-centered approach. Current psychiatric practice is one that is guided by evidence-based care, but with person centered care each patient has experiences in their lives that may affect the approach to treatment we may choose, this may be conflicting with current evidence. This approach may not always be easy, and I may have to integrate and adapt my approach. I hope this will help with building rapport and a lasting relationship with my patients.
My theoretical foundational approach when it comes to providing patient care is based on a collaborative-practice approach AND a person-centered approach. Current psychiatric practice is one that is guided by evidence-based care, but with person centered care each patient has experiences in their lives that may affect the approach to treatment we may choose, this may be conflicting with current evidence. This approach may not always be easy, and I may have to integrate and adapt my approach. I hope this will help with building rapport and a lasting relationship with my patients.
(941) 344-3861 View (941) 344-3861
Photo of Schevon Pierre, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Schevon Pierre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Port Charlotte, FL 33981  (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

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Christopher J Miller, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, Physician Assistant
Christopher J Miller
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brandon, FL 33511
I specialize in providing diagnostic mental health evaluations and medication management for patients with ADHD, depression, anxiety, and other behavioral disorders in adults, children, and adolescents. Through my previous work in internal medicine, I have worked with and provided compassionate care to chronically ill patients with complex conditions. Behavioral health problems often occur with other medical conditions, and I am especially sensitive to patients’ needs for mental health support when combined with other illnesses. I also oversee Ketamine assisted therapy and TMS treatments.
I specialize in providing diagnostic mental health evaluations and medication management for patients with ADHD, depression, anxiety, and other behavioral disorders in adults, children, and adolescents. Through my previous work in internal medicine, I have worked with and provided compassionate care to chronically ill patients with complex conditions. Behavioral health problems often occur with other medical conditions, and I am especially sensitive to patients’ needs for mental health support when combined with other illnesses. I also oversee Ketamine assisted therapy and TMS treatments.
(727) 594-8853 View (727) 594-8853
Photo of Jason Farrah - Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33614
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.
(321) 249-2608 View (321) 249-2608
Photo of LaLencia Matthews, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
LaLencia Matthews
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33637  (Online Only)
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
Photo of Bryan Espinet, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Bryan Espinet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34232  (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
Photo of Ingrid Maria Suazo - Sublimity Care, LLC, DrHA, MSN, AAPRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sublimity Care, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DrHA, MSN, AAPRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33637
Ingrid Maria Suazo, DrHA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has been practicing in the field of mental health for over 25 years.
Ingrid Maria Suazo, DrHA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has been practicing in the field of mental health for over 25 years.
(813) 437-5784 View (813) 437-5784
Photo of Kevin Atwell, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kevin Atwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Clearwater, FL 33756  (Online Only)
Kevin Atwell is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has a vast array of experience treating mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and insomnia issues. Kevin also had a variety of experiences prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse and nurse practitioner, such as being a youth counselor for adolescents with autism, an advocate for homeless women, and a direct support professional for men with developmental disabilities.
Kevin Atwell is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has a vast array of experience treating mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and insomnia issues. Kevin also had a variety of experiences prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse and nurse practitioner, such as being a youth counselor for adolescents with autism, an advocate for homeless women, and a direct support professional for men with developmental disabilities.
(904) 590-2650 View (904) 590-2650

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Charlotte County, FL

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Charlotte County, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
93% Depression
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Bipolar Disorder
79% Stress
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Cigna and Evernorth
85% Aetna
62% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Charlotte County, FL see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Charlotte 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.