Psychiatrists in Crestview, FL

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Kelli E. Pruitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Crestview, FL 32539
I'm Kelli, and I hold dual board certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Over the years, I've honed my skills in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. My true passion lies in mental health, and I'm committed to delivering high-quality and empathetic mental health and primary care services to individuals of all ages. I currently provide care to patients in Florida and Mississippi, addressing conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and various other behavioral health concerns, in addition to general primary care.
I'm Kelli, and I hold dual board certifications as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Over the years, I've honed my skills in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. My true passion lies in mental health, and I'm committed to delivering high-quality and empathetic mental health and primary care services to individuals of all ages. I currently provide care to patients in Florida and Mississippi, addressing conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and various other behavioral health concerns, in addition to general primary care.
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Summer Sievert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Crestview, FL 32536  (Online Only)
Depressed? Anxious? Moods Up & Down? Can't Focus and Concentrate? New Patient Management from $200 and follow ups from $75. Insight Psychiatry is the innovative way to get the mental healthcare you need. With our telemedicine platform that can be accessed across Florida and Kentucky, we make it much more convenient for you to have access to psychiatric care. Or see us in person in Central and North Florida or Bowling Green, KY. We are dedicated to providing high-quality treatment with an attitude of understanding so you feel comfortable communicating openly about your needs.
Depressed? Anxious? Moods Up & Down? Can't Focus and Concentrate? New Patient Management from $200 and follow ups from $75. Insight Psychiatry is the innovative way to get the mental healthcare you need. With our telemedicine platform that can be accessed across Florida and Kentucky, we make it much more convenient for you to have access to psychiatric care. Or see us in person in Central and North Florida or Bowling Green, KY. We are dedicated to providing high-quality treatment with an attitude of understanding so you feel comfortable communicating openly about your needs.
(386) 227-6050 View (386) 227-6050
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Crestview, FL 32539  (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

Online Psychiatrists

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Maryann Tasong Esapa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANNP, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Panama City, FL 32404  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner resident in Florida, the “City of Jacksonville”. I have an extensive and diverse clinical background with over 10 years of experience, spending the bulk of my career in Psychiatric nursing caring for individuals with psychiatric and medical emergencies. While working in the community, Psychiatric stabilization units and correctional settings I was inspired to further my career and earned my Masters of Science in Nursing, where I graduated With A Masters of Science PMHNP -BC In 2019.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner resident in Florida, the “City of Jacksonville”. I have an extensive and diverse clinical background with over 10 years of experience, spending the bulk of my career in Psychiatric nursing caring for individuals with psychiatric and medical emergencies. While working in the community, Psychiatric stabilization units and correctional settings I was inspired to further my career and earned my Masters of Science in Nursing, where I graduated With A Masters of Science PMHNP -BC In 2019.
(904) 530-3164 View (904) 530-3164
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Jennifer Upcraft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pensacola, FL 32526  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Jennifer. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. I provide an integrative approach to treatment which includes lifestyle modification, supplements, and medication management without the use of controlled substances. I offer a free 15 minute consultation prior to scheduling your first appointment.
Hi! My name is Jennifer. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. I provide an integrative approach to treatment which includes lifestyle modification, supplements, and medication management without the use of controlled substances. I offer a free 15 minute consultation prior to scheduling your first appointment.
(850) 446-5434 View (850) 446-5434
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Kristen Peterman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Kristen Peterman is a board certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Texas-Arlington and graduated with her master’s degree from Wilkes University.
Kristen Peterman is a board certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Texas-Arlington and graduated with her master’s degree from Wilkes University.
(850) 203-5820 View (850) 203-5820
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pensacola, FL 32514
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(850) 695-8544 View (850) 695-8544
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Melissa Richmond
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
I have experienced my own mental health journey and self-renewal, and seek to help others understand the transformational opportunity that exists during these times. I focus on wellness and wholeness. Under this approach, I partner with patients on their journey to synergize nutrition/lifestyle, hormones, genetics, and nurturing the inner self, in addition to medication to bring about mental wellness. Currently, I see adult and child psychiatric clients. Two locations: 543 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541, Suite 402 and 141 Mack Bayou Loop, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, Suite 301.
I have experienced my own mental health journey and self-renewal, and seek to help others understand the transformational opportunity that exists during these times. I focus on wellness and wholeness. Under this approach, I partner with patients on their journey to synergize nutrition/lifestyle, hormones, genetics, and nurturing the inner self, in addition to medication to bring about mental wellness. Currently, I see adult and child psychiatric clients. Two locations: 543 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541, Suite 402 and 141 Mack Bayou Loop, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, Suite 301.
(850) 220-0185 View (850) 220-0185
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Kayla Roberts, PMHNP, Green Wave Family Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Panama City, FL 32401
My ideal client is someone who is serious about improving their mental health. Together, we work to come up with a treatment plan that is based on their individual needs. The goal is to help the client reach and maintain optimum functioning.
My ideal client is someone who is serious about improving their mental health. Together, we work to come up with a treatment plan that is based on their individual needs. The goal is to help the client reach and maintain optimum functioning.
(850) 215-5657 View (850) 215-5657
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Nancy Hart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Milton, FL 32583  (Online Only)
I am an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner based in Florida. I do medication management, equine therapy and traditional therapy. I am Board Certified in Psychiatric and Mental Health for the past 19 years. I am familiar with mental health medications as well as various counseling techniques. In addition to my education as a Nurse Practitioner, I have a master's degree in counseling psychology.
I am an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner based in Florida. I do medication management, equine therapy and traditional therapy. I am Board Certified in Psychiatric and Mental Health for the past 19 years. I am familiar with mental health medications as well as various counseling techniques. In addition to my education as a Nurse Practitioner, I have a master's degree in counseling psychology.
(850) 820-5114 View (850) 820-5114
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Holly Gardner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Panama City Beach, FL 32408  (Online Only)
Welcome! Holly Gardner is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is Board Certified. She has over 24 years of medical experience behind her with over 8 years of experience treating child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric clients Across the Lifespan. She is also a veteran with over 19 years of experience working directly with the military and veterans.
Welcome! Holly Gardner is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is Board Certified. She has over 24 years of medical experience behind her with over 8 years of experience treating child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric clients Across the Lifespan. She is also a veteran with over 19 years of experience working directly with the military and veterans.
(850) 970-2884 View (850) 970-2884
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Kimberly Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Pensacola, FL 32501
My name is Kimberly Murphy and I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I believe there is no true benefit to the traditional fast-paced outpatient psychiatric environment and feel a patient care model should give more input to the treatment care plan where it belongs...the patient. If you choose to join me at Essential Grace Mental Health Services, LLC, you will find that I provide a compassionate and evidence-based treatment approach to help patients manage their mental health. You will also find I am dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and live a fulfilling life.
My name is Kimberly Murphy and I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I believe there is no true benefit to the traditional fast-paced outpatient psychiatric environment and feel a patient care model should give more input to the treatment care plan where it belongs...the patient. If you choose to join me at Essential Grace Mental Health Services, LLC, you will find that I provide a compassionate and evidence-based treatment approach to help patients manage their mental health. You will also find I am dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and live a fulfilling life.
(850) 988-0060 View (850) 988-0060
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MindRest Psychiatry and Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Panama City, FL 32401
Are you seeking help for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD or behavioral problems? Are you motivated to improve your mental wellbeing, and open to therapy and medication options if necessary? Are you looking for a safe and non-judgmental space to discuss your feelings, thoughts and experiences; to develop coping strategies, and work towards improved emotional stability and overall life satisfaction?
Are you seeking help for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD or behavioral problems? Are you motivated to improve your mental wellbeing, and open to therapy and medication options if necessary? Are you looking for a safe and non-judgmental space to discuss your feelings, thoughts and experiences; to develop coping strategies, and work towards improved emotional stability and overall life satisfaction?
(850) 290-0889 View (850) 290-0889
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Miramar Beach, FL 32550  (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.
(813) 820-6557 View (813) 820-6557
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Adam Horn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pensacola, FL 32503  (Online Only)
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
(904) 861-6221 View (904) 861-6221
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JourneyPure Behavioral Health Counseling
Psychiatrist, Alcohol, & Drugs
Verified Verified
Panama City Beach, FL 32413
SUBOXONE® helps you accept treatment when it feels like living without drugs is impossible. The medication is coupled with therapy that fits into your everyday schedule, an iPhone app with games that reinforce healthy habits and your personal Recovery Coach available 24/7. You'll get down to the core of what's fueling the drugs and alcohol use, including issues like depression and anxiety.
SUBOXONE® helps you accept treatment when it feels like living without drugs is impossible. The medication is coupled with therapy that fits into your everyday schedule, an iPhone app with games that reinforce healthy habits and your personal Recovery Coach available 24/7. You'll get down to the core of what's fueling the drugs and alcohol use, including issues like depression and anxiety.
(850) 779-9233 View (850) 779-9233
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Dr. Leigh Powers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Niceville, FL 32578
At Bluewater Behavioral Health, we hope to provide patients in the Niceville area a closer option for mental health treatment. We are located at Merchant's Walk in Bluewater Bay with a second office on Mar Walt Drive in Fort Walton Beach, convenient to Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Crestview. Patients can be seen in a private office setting during convenient hours. We offer regular business hour appointments as well as evening and Saturday appointments.
At Bluewater Behavioral Health, we hope to provide patients in the Niceville area a closer option for mental health treatment. We are located at Merchant's Walk in Bluewater Bay with a second office on Mar Walt Drive in Fort Walton Beach, convenient to Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Crestview. Patients can be seen in a private office setting during convenient hours. We offer regular business hour appointments as well as evening and Saturday appointments.
(850) 797-2598 View (850) 797-2598
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Emilia Banse
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, postMSN, PMHNPBC, EMHSA
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Dear guest, my name is Emilia. I have been a diagnostician and prescriber for over 12 years and healthcare field for over 22 years in various roles. I am a veteran. I have extensive experience in types of settings, conditions, and specialties. I have specialized in: community mental health, veterans, forensics Attica Federal Detention facility, LBGTQII- Whitman walker health, inpatient, outpatient, crisis, private practice, geriatrics, pediatrics, consulting, teaching. Conditions I treat include but not limited to: cPTSD, ADHD, MDD, GAD, eating d. (exclude anorexia), psychosis, bipolar, addictions.
Dear guest, my name is Emilia. I have been a diagnostician and prescriber for over 12 years and healthcare field for over 22 years in various roles. I am a veteran. I have extensive experience in types of settings, conditions, and specialties. I have specialized in: community mental health, veterans, forensics Attica Federal Detention facility, LBGTQII- Whitman walker health, inpatient, outpatient, crisis, private practice, geriatrics, pediatrics, consulting, teaching. Conditions I treat include but not limited to: cPTSD, ADHD, MDD, GAD, eating d. (exclude anorexia), psychosis, bipolar, addictions.
(850) 608-4148 View (850) 608-4148
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TCL Medical
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Panama City, FL 32404
I am a dual certified NP in psychiatry and family medicine. I have integrative and holistic psychiatry and medical experience! I have spent the last 17 years caring for patients in all different walks of life. I have 12 years of education post high school to improve and/or enhance patient’s mental and psychical health and well-being. My comprehensive nurse practitioner experience is in psychiatry, naturopathic, integrative, holistic medicine, addiction medicine (in and outpatient) and internal medicine, urgent care, walk-in clinic, pulmonology and pediatric rehab medicine.
I am a dual certified NP in psychiatry and family medicine. I have integrative and holistic psychiatry and medical experience! I have spent the last 17 years caring for patients in all different walks of life. I have 12 years of education post high school to improve and/or enhance patient’s mental and psychical health and well-being. My comprehensive nurse practitioner experience is in psychiatry, naturopathic, integrative, holistic medicine, addiction medicine (in and outpatient) and internal medicine, urgent care, walk-in clinic, pulmonology and pediatric rehab medicine.
(727) 605-5740 View (727) 605-5740
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Kameko McGuire - New Hope Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, NP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mary Esther, FL 32569
I pride myself on being approachable. I have worked with clients of all ages. I feel it is imperative to decrease the stigma associated with mental health care. How can I help? I am your mental health advocate, and as a team, we will work on getting you what you need to be the best version of yourself. Please review my list of accepted insurances. I do not accept Medicaid at this time.
I pride myself on being approachable. I have worked with clients of all ages. I feel it is imperative to decrease the stigma associated with mental health care. How can I help? I am your mental health advocate, and as a team, we will work on getting you what you need to be the best version of yourself. Please review my list of accepted insurances. I do not accept Medicaid at this time.
(850) 204-9390 View (850) 204-9390

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Number of Psychiatrists in Crestview, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Crestview, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Eating Disorders
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Testing and Evaluation
100% Behavioral Issues
100% Medication Management

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Crestview, FL see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Crestview?

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.