Psychiatrists in Clay County, FL

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Photo of Debbie Huffman, APRN, ANP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Debbie Huffman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, ANP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043  (Online Only)
Hello! I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with 22 years experience as an RN and 12 as an NP. I have 2 national certifications; 1st as an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP-BC) and 2nd as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have a deep desire to help my clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. I feel a sense of joy when clients tell me how our interactions have changed their lives for the better.
Hello! I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with 22 years experience as an RN and 12 as an NP. I have 2 national certifications; 1st as an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP-BC) and 2nd as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have a deep desire to help my clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. I feel a sense of joy when clients tell me how our interactions have changed their lives for the better.
(904) 875-8133 View (904) 875-8133
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Dr. Marie M Weber
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orange Park, FL 32065  (Online Only)
Patients are the most important aspect of my practice. I strive to create an environment where they feel genuinely heard and understood. My goal is to ensure that my patients know that their concerns are valid and that they matter.
Patients are the most important aspect of my practice. I strive to create an environment where they feel genuinely heard and understood. My goal is to ensure that my patients know that their concerns are valid and that they matter.
(904) 736-3407 View (904) 736-3407
Photo of Brittany Wilson, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brittany Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
15 Endorsed
Orange Park, FL 32073
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Jacksonville, FL. I have been practicing as a mental health provider since 2019. My experience ranges across the lifespan. My aim is to promote mental health awareness and to provide the highest quality of compassionate and specialized care to patients from all walks of life. I strive to achieve the best clinical outcomes and help my patients succeed in prioritizing their happiness and mental health. I envision a future where mental health is not only a priority but an important part of overall health. My overall goal is to transform lives- one session at a time.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Jacksonville, FL. I have been practicing as a mental health provider since 2019. My experience ranges across the lifespan. My aim is to promote mental health awareness and to provide the highest quality of compassionate and specialized care to patients from all walks of life. I strive to achieve the best clinical outcomes and help my patients succeed in prioritizing their happiness and mental health. I envision a future where mental health is not only a priority but an important part of overall health. My overall goal is to transform lives- one session at a time.
(904) 348-0061 View (904) 348-0061
Photo of Nicole Hill - Brainwerks LLC, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brainwerks LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orange Park, FL 32073  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with ADHD? Do you wonder if you have ADHD? ADHD affects millions of people in the United States daily and yet they remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed due to mental health stigma. ADHD affects various areas in the brain, causing impaired ability to function day-to-day or causes great difficulties in executive function skills. Brainwerks LLC may be able to help! We offer a comprehensive evaluation which includes FDA approved testing with QbTest and we offer treatment plans to fit your financial needs. Medication management for only $75/mo.
Do you struggle with ADHD? Do you wonder if you have ADHD? ADHD affects millions of people in the United States daily and yet they remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed due to mental health stigma. ADHD affects various areas in the brain, causing impaired ability to function day-to-day or causes great difficulties in executive function skills. Brainwerks LLC may be able to help! We offer a comprehensive evaluation which includes FDA approved testing with QbTest and we offer treatment plans to fit your financial needs. Medication management for only $75/mo.
(904) 664-1650 View (904) 664-1650
Photo of Gerry L Surrency, APRN, MSN, PMHNP, MBA, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Gerry L Surrency
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP, MBA
Verified Verified
Orange Park, FL 32073
I'm an experienced PMHNP-BC with a demonstrated history of working with serious mentally ill clients in the community and state hospital level. At Amplaa Behavioral Health our clients are encouraged to be active participants in their care. We provide expert care that is compassionate, empathetic, and client focused. Our clients through education develop a thorough understanding of their treatment options and are allowed to voice their preferences without the fear of rejection. Treatment plans are individualized based on their symptom presentation, mitigating factors, and standards of care.
I'm an experienced PMHNP-BC with a demonstrated history of working with serious mentally ill clients in the community and state hospital level. At Amplaa Behavioral Health our clients are encouraged to be active participants in their care. We provide expert care that is compassionate, empathetic, and client focused. Our clients through education develop a thorough understanding of their treatment options and are allowed to voice their preferences without the fear of rejection. Treatment plans are individualized based on their symptom presentation, mitigating factors, and standards of care.
(904) 944-9828 View (904) 944-9828
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Angela Davenport
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Orange Park, FL 32073
NOW serving the Southeastern U.S.! Better Beginnings provides counseling and medication prescribing both in person and via telehealth/online. We understand there is no "one size fits all" approach in life; we value that you are a unique person. The Better Beginnings' model of care honors each parents' unique needs and values. While we specialize in perinatal mental health; we serve both minors and adults outside of that season of life. We also specialize in evaluating and treating ADHD.
NOW serving the Southeastern U.S.! Better Beginnings provides counseling and medication prescribing both in person and via telehealth/online. We understand there is no "one size fits all" approach in life; we value that you are a unique person. The Better Beginnings' model of care honors each parents' unique needs and values. While we specialize in perinatal mental health; we serve both minors and adults outside of that season of life. We also specialize in evaluating and treating ADHD.
(904) 204-2495 View (904) 204-2495
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Heather Brooks Burson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fleming Island, FL 32003  (Online Only)
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and brief supportive therapy via secure video sessions (telehealth). I use nonjudgmental active-listening and motivational interviewing to understand your symptoms and goals for treatment.
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and brief supportive therapy via secure video sessions (telehealth). I use nonjudgmental active-listening and motivational interviewing to understand your symptoms and goals for treatment.
(904) 867-8761 View (904) 867-8761
Photo of Lewis Monroe, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lewis Monroe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Orange Park, FL 32073  (Online Only)
Looking for a provider who covers Talk-therapy and medication management?
Looking for a provider who covers Talk-therapy and medication management?
(904) 231-9590 View (904) 231-9590
Photo of Virmarie Diaz Fernandez, MD, FAPA, Psychiatrist
Virmarie Diaz Fernandez
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Orange Park, FL 32073
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico by a Cuban mother and a Puertorrican father; completed my medical school training as well as my first year of Psychiatry Residency at the University of Puerto Rico Medical School – San Juan, which is the largest Medical Center in Puerto Rico. After completion of my first year of residency I transferred to Gainesville, Florida to finish my psychiatry residency from the University of Central Florida/ HCA Consortium program.
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico by a Cuban mother and a Puertorrican father; completed my medical school training as well as my first year of Psychiatry Residency at the University of Puerto Rico Medical School – San Juan, which is the largest Medical Center in Puerto Rico. After completion of my first year of residency I transferred to Gainesville, Florida to finish my psychiatry residency from the University of Central Florida/ HCA Consortium program.
(904) 780-9217 View (904) 780-9217
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Dr. Michael Amiel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orange Park, FL 32073
Dr. Amiel provides psychiatric services to both adolescents (16+) and adults. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, we offer a highly personalized approach tailored to clients' individual needs to help attain the personal growth they’re striving for. Dr. Amiel and his psychiatric team offer medication management services alone or in collaboration with the agency's psychotherapy services.
Dr. Amiel provides psychiatric services to both adolescents (16+) and adults. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, we offer a highly personalized approach tailored to clients' individual needs to help attain the personal growth they’re striving for. Dr. Amiel and his psychiatric team offer medication management services alone or in collaboration with the agency's psychotherapy services.
(904) 344-0438 x1 View (904) 344-0438 x1
Photo of Nicole Hill, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nicole Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Orange Park, FL 32073
Throughout my life, I witnessed many close and immediate family members struggle and overcome various mental health disorders including major depression, anxiety, PTSD, and most impactful to me, substance abuse. I believe this personal experience has enabled and encouraged me to provide holistic patient-centered care and to foster a warm and trusting relationship with all my clients. I believe in shared decision-making and taking care of your brain as you would for any other organ in your body, “your brain is an organ just like your heart, lungs, kidneys and liver… and just like those other organs, your brain can get sick too.”
Throughout my life, I witnessed many close and immediate family members struggle and overcome various mental health disorders including major depression, anxiety, PTSD, and most impactful to me, substance abuse. I believe this personal experience has enabled and encouraged me to provide holistic patient-centered care and to foster a warm and trusting relationship with all my clients. I believe in shared decision-making and taking care of your brain as you would for any other organ in your body, “your brain is an organ just like your heart, lungs, kidneys and liver… and just like those other organs, your brain can get sick too.”
(904) 560-6612 View (904) 560-6612
Photo of Jill Rockey, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jill Rockey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Everyone can benefit from extra support when they are going through a difficult time. I enjoy working with people and getting to know them so we can collaborate on the best treatment and goals to help them move forward. I offer EMDR and supportive therapies, Functional Medicine, and medication management.
Everyone can benefit from extra support when they are going through a difficult time. I enjoy working with people and getting to know them so we can collaborate on the best treatment and goals to help them move forward. I offer EMDR and supportive therapies, Functional Medicine, and medication management.
(904) 375-2353 View (904) 375-2353
Photo of Dr. Tyquitta Perrier, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Tyquitta Perrier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Middleburg, FL 32068
At Livality Integrated Health, we employ a non-judgmental and welcoming approach to hold space for healing. With a background in physical health, but also extensively mental health & Addictions for more than 15 years, I fully recognize the complex interplay between mind and body. I welcome clients that are curious about what may lie ahead in terms of improving their health circumstances. I offer inclusive, integrated modalities dedicated to individuals reaching the best versions of themselves. I strive for each client to leave feeling heard and valued.
At Livality Integrated Health, we employ a non-judgmental and welcoming approach to hold space for healing. With a background in physical health, but also extensively mental health & Addictions for more than 15 years, I fully recognize the complex interplay between mind and body. I welcome clients that are curious about what may lie ahead in terms of improving their health circumstances. I offer inclusive, integrated modalities dedicated to individuals reaching the best versions of themselves. I strive for each client to leave feeling heard and valued.
(904) 906-9760 View (904) 906-9760
Photo of Dr. Angela White, PhD, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Angela White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fleming Island, FL 32003  (Online Only)
I believe that medications are often, but not always, a critical piece of treating any psychiatric condition. My motto is that prescribing medications should be done in a thoughtful way through a collaborative relationship with the client. I also stay current with cutting edge treatments as well as alternative therapies so that I can make the most holistic recommendations possible. I truly enjoy and value the relationships I make with my clients. I feel it's important to find an individual treatment plan that is right for you and that will help you move towards optimal health.
I believe that medications are often, but not always, a critical piece of treating any psychiatric condition. My motto is that prescribing medications should be done in a thoughtful way through a collaborative relationship with the client. I also stay current with cutting edge treatments as well as alternative therapies so that I can make the most holistic recommendations possible. I truly enjoy and value the relationships I make with my clients. I feel it's important to find an individual treatment plan that is right for you and that will help you move towards optimal health.
(904) 351-0748 View (904) 351-0748
Photo of Steven Pinkert - Psych Care, MD, Psychiatrist
Psych Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orange Park, FL 32073
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
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Middleburg, FL 32068
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) 248-1851 View (321) 248-1851
Photo of Marcia Starkman, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS, BC, Psychiatric Nurse
Marcia Starkman
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS, BC
Verified Verified
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Things are tough all over! It can be hard to ask for & find help. I’m a warm, compassionate, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in solo practice. I ONLY do "talk therapy,” using a combination of evidence based methods. I do NOT provide OR refill medications OR prescriptions! Confidential (e-mail, text, video, phone) and remote - whatever way works for you. I mainly work with women, but welcome everyone! My specialties are reproductive mental health (PMDD, PMAD, pregnancy loss, infertility, menopause), anxiety/mood disorders, BPD, HSPs, kids, life transitions, disordered eating, nomads, nurses, young adults & college students.
Things are tough all over! It can be hard to ask for & find help. I’m a warm, compassionate, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in solo practice. I ONLY do "talk therapy,” using a combination of evidence based methods. I do NOT provide OR refill medications OR prescriptions! Confidential (e-mail, text, video, phone) and remote - whatever way works for you. I mainly work with women, but welcome everyone! My specialties are reproductive mental health (PMDD, PMAD, pregnancy loss, infertility, menopause), anxiety/mood disorders, BPD, HSPs, kids, life transitions, disordered eating, nomads, nurses, young adults & college students.
(267) 609-5744 View (267) 609-5744
Alvaro Lacayo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orange Park, FL 32073
I'm a psychiatrist with many year of experiences. I have worked in hospitals, community mental health centers and private practice. I have treated many clients throughout the years. I've worked with clients who were diagnosed with: Major Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar I and II, Schizoaffective, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant, Conduct Disorder, and Adjustment Disorders. I've worked with individuals who were diagnosed with personality disorders.
I'm a psychiatrist with many year of experiences. I have worked in hospitals, community mental health centers and private practice. I have treated many clients throughout the years. I've worked with clients who were diagnosed with: Major Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar I and II, Schizoaffective, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant, Conduct Disorder, and Adjustment Disorders. I've worked with individuals who were diagnosed with personality disorders.
(904) 497-4671 View (904) 497-4671
Photo of Donita Jones, ARNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Donita Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orange Park, FL 32073
Thank you for looking at my profile! I have been providing mental health services to the community since 2018 but also have training and experience in family medicine, pediatrics, case management, OBGYN, emergency intervention, critical care, progressive care, IV therapy and TMS which gives me a well-rounded approach to managing a whole person. Our office utilizes an integrated approach in a non-judgmental environment and would be happy to assist on your journey!
Thank you for looking at my profile! I have been providing mental health services to the community since 2018 but also have training and experience in family medicine, pediatrics, case management, OBGYN, emergency intervention, critical care, progressive care, IV therapy and TMS which gives me a well-rounded approach to managing a whole person. Our office utilizes an integrated approach in a non-judgmental environment and would be happy to assist on your journey!
(888) 793-2304 x102 View (888) 793-2304 x102
Photo of Jason Farrah - Harmony United Psychiatric Care , Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043  (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

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Number of Psychiatrists in Clay County, FL

20+

Average cost per session

$162

Psychiatrists in Clay County, FL who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
92% ADHD
88% Bipolar Disorder
75% Trauma and PTSD
67% Medication Management
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
87% Cigna and Evernorth
87% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Clay County, FL see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Clay 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.