Psychiatrists in Duval County, FL

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Photo of John Banks III, Psychiatrist in Duval County, FL
John Banks III
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Banks implements an integrative approach to his practice that primarily utilizes medication management and various psychotherapy disciplines such as cognitive-behavioral, supportive, and psychodynamic techniques. While Dr. Banks is trained in a variety of therapeutic fields, he works collaboratively with therapists and may recommend their inclusion as part of your treatment team to provide you with the level of care you deserve. The duration of follow-up appointments with Dr. Banks is typically 20-30 minutes.
Dr. Banks implements an integrative approach to his practice that primarily utilizes medication management and various psychotherapy disciplines such as cognitive-behavioral, supportive, and psychodynamic techniques. While Dr. Banks is trained in a variety of therapeutic fields, he works collaboratively with therapists and may recommend their inclusion as part of your treatment team to provide you with the level of care you deserve. The duration of follow-up appointments with Dr. Banks is typically 20-30 minutes.
(904) 351-0601 View (904) 351-0601
Photo of TelepsychHealth, Psychiatrist in Duval County, FL
TelepsychHealth
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32223
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We have availability within 1-2 weeks. Our reviews are on our website. Feel free to call or message us to request an ASAP appointment. You might be a bit hesitant about receiving treatment over the internet if you haven’t done it before, and that’s totally understandable. If we can provide you any reassurance, most people end up finding they enjoy virtual visits more than going to an office.
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We have availability within 1-2 weeks. Our reviews are on our website. Feel free to call or message us to request an ASAP appointment. You might be a bit hesitant about receiving treatment over the internet if you haven’t done it before, and that’s totally understandable. If we can provide you any reassurance, most people end up finding they enjoy virtual visits more than going to an office.
(904) 906-4649 View (904) 906-4649
Photo of Victor Balta, Psychiatrist in Duval County, FL
Victor Balta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Balta is board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. He is also psychoanalyst certified by the Manhattan's William Alanson White Institute. Throughout the years he has worked in different settings including inpatient psychiatry, addiction rehabilitation, administration and grants development. He believes that there must be an initial phase of proactive psycho-pharmaco-therapy trials to find the best individualized medications. There are always psychological roots to a person's sufferings-symptoms and the goal is to learn the connection of the past to present symptoms, and work to have a balanced functional life.
Dr. Balta is board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. He is also psychoanalyst certified by the Manhattan's William Alanson White Institute. Throughout the years he has worked in different settings including inpatient psychiatry, addiction rehabilitation, administration and grants development. He believes that there must be an initial phase of proactive psycho-pharmaco-therapy trials to find the best individualized medications. There are always psychological roots to a person's sufferings-symptoms and the goal is to learn the connection of the past to present symptoms, and work to have a balanced functional life.
(904) 780-5998 View (904) 780-5998
Photo of Jacqueline Marie Stoll, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Duval County, FL
Jacqueline Marie Stoll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, PMHNP, PC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32256  (Online Only)
I specialize in mood disorders, chronic mental illness, and anxiety disorders as well as post-traumatic stress disorder and compulsive disorders such as OCD. In addition to holding certifications in both Medicine and Psychiatry, I am also a certified Addictions Nurse Practitioner with experience in treating substance use disorders as well as process addictions such as gambling and sex addictions. I have also worked extensively within the LBGTQ community around issues of sexuality and gender.
I specialize in mood disorders, chronic mental illness, and anxiety disorders as well as post-traumatic stress disorder and compulsive disorders such as OCD. In addition to holding certifications in both Medicine and Psychiatry, I am also a certified Addictions Nurse Practitioner with experience in treating substance use disorders as well as process addictions such as gambling and sex addictions. I have also worked extensively within the LBGTQ community around issues of sexuality and gender.
(904) 748-1642 View (904) 748-1642
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Superior Health and Wellness Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32216
I specialize in assisting individuals facing challenges with various mental health conditions. With expertise in trauma, anxiety, depression, & ADHD, I'm dedicated to making a difference. At Superior Health and Wellness, we provide comprehensive psychotherapy using diverse therapeutic techniques. Additionally, we offer expert medication management for all psychiatric concerns. Our team comprises skilled psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, and counselors. As a client-centered private practice, we prioritize your needs, ensuring top-tier personalized care. Reach out today to embark on your journey towards improved well-being.
I specialize in assisting individuals facing challenges with various mental health conditions. With expertise in trauma, anxiety, depression, & ADHD, I'm dedicated to making a difference. At Superior Health and Wellness, we provide comprehensive psychotherapy using diverse therapeutic techniques. Additionally, we offer expert medication management for all psychiatric concerns. Our team comprises skilled psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, and counselors. As a client-centered private practice, we prioritize your needs, ensuring top-tier personalized care. Reach out today to embark on your journey towards improved well-being.
(904) 265-8816 View (904) 265-8816
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Vijapura Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32256  (Online Only)
Dr. Sagar Vijapura is a Harvard trained, board-certified psychiatrist who has expertise in treating the most common mental health issues that can trouble even the highest functioning and most well-meaning people. These disorders include Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Addictions. He believes in custom tailoring a recovery-focused treatment plan for each individual patient, with the goal of optimizing mood and mental clarity to allow his patients to achieve their personal goals. Dr. Vijapura has additional expertise in the management of behavioral and neuropsychiatric issues in professional athletes.
Dr. Sagar Vijapura is a Harvard trained, board-certified psychiatrist who has expertise in treating the most common mental health issues that can trouble even the highest functioning and most well-meaning people. These disorders include Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Addictions. He believes in custom tailoring a recovery-focused treatment plan for each individual patient, with the goal of optimizing mood and mental clarity to allow his patients to achieve their personal goals. Dr. Vijapura has additional expertise in the management of behavioral and neuropsychiatric issues in professional athletes.
(904) 329-7806 View (904) 329-7806
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Emily Komarczyk
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Komarczyk is a board-eligible adult psychiatrist. She takes a special interest in developing the therapeutic alliance with each patient by providing an informative, encouraging, and holistic approach to mental health. At the heart of her practice is creating a warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental space that allows her to work collaboratively with her patients to help them achieve their goals. Her treatment plans include evidence-based medication management as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy.
Dr. Komarczyk is a board-eligible adult psychiatrist. She takes a special interest in developing the therapeutic alliance with each patient by providing an informative, encouraging, and holistic approach to mental health. At the heart of her practice is creating a warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental space that allows her to work collaboratively with her patients to help them achieve their goals. Her treatment plans include evidence-based medication management as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy.
(904) 321-9884 View (904) 321-9884
Photo of Ashley Chatigny, Psychiatrist in Duval County, FL
Ashley Chatigny
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32206  (Online Only)
My name is Ashley Chatigny, DO and I am a board-certified psychiatrist offering online medication management to children and adults.I treat an array of conditions, however, my specializations include PTSD, mood disorders, and ADHD.
My name is Ashley Chatigny, DO and I am a board-certified psychiatrist offering online medication management to children and adults.I treat an array of conditions, however, my specializations include PTSD, mood disorders, and ADHD.
(904) 650-4341 View (904) 650-4341
Photo of Pacifica Care, Psychiatrist in Duval County, FL
Pacifica Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32225
Located in Jacksonville FL, Pacifica Care offers Psychiatry Services, Professional Counselors and Medication Management. Our trained medical and therapy staff provide medical screening medication management services and counseling. Our intent is to provide services that help each individual achieve their optimal mental health and peace of mind. Our goal is to help our patients effectively deal with life's challenges and move forward.
Located in Jacksonville FL, Pacifica Care offers Psychiatry Services, Professional Counselors and Medication Management. Our trained medical and therapy staff provide medical screening medication management services and counseling. Our intent is to provide services that help each individual achieve their optimal mental health and peace of mind. Our goal is to help our patients effectively deal with life's challenges and move forward.
(904) 747-8391 View (904) 747-8391
Photo of Michael A Coulter, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Duval County, FL
Michael A Coulter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32218
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), as well as, a family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC). I am devoted to providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to children and adults in all walks of life. I am well versed in trauma, addiction, and all mood disorders.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), as well as, a family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC). I am devoted to providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to children and adults in all walks of life. I am well versed in trauma, addiction, and all mood disorders.
(904) 977-2193 View (904) 977-2193
Photo of Alejandra Cattan, Psychiatrist in Duval County, FL
Alejandra Cattan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Alejandra Cattan is a bilingual Psychiatrist that delivers care in English and Spanish. She went to medical school in Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed her psychiatry residency at Bronx Care Health system. She then completed additional training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at NY Medical College Psychoanalytic Institute. After completing residency, she worked as an attending psychiatrist in New York and later transitioned to dedicated outpatient work.
Dr. Alejandra Cattan is a bilingual Psychiatrist that delivers care in English and Spanish. She went to medical school in Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed her psychiatry residency at Bronx Care Health system. She then completed additional training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at NY Medical College Psychoanalytic Institute. After completing residency, she worked as an attending psychiatrist in New York and later transitioned to dedicated outpatient work.
(904) 467-8651 View (904) 467-8651
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32202
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.
(904) 736-3829 View (904) 736-3829
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The Court Doctor
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Dr. Jason Lulejian, a distinguished psychiatrist based in Jacksonville, Florida, is highly regarded for his extensive experience in conducting psychiatric evaluations for non-medical purposes, including legal assessments for courts, DMV, and CPS. A significant aspect of his career involves his expertise in disability evaluations, hearings, and providing expert witness testimony, which demonstrates his deep understanding of the intersection between mental health and legal systems. His role as a director of Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurance plans highlights his proficiency in navigating the complexities of healthcare.
Dr. Jason Lulejian, a distinguished psychiatrist based in Jacksonville, Florida, is highly regarded for his extensive experience in conducting psychiatric evaluations for non-medical purposes, including legal assessments for courts, DMV, and CPS. A significant aspect of his career involves his expertise in disability evaluations, hearings, and providing expert witness testimony, which demonstrates his deep understanding of the intersection between mental health and legal systems. His role as a director of Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurance plans highlights his proficiency in navigating the complexities of healthcare.
(904) 842-3355 View (904) 842-3355
Photo of Lyssa Brooks, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Duval County, FL
Lyssa Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32246
My ideal client is open-minded and motivated and would like to explore medication as part of their treatment plan. They may struggle with various mental health issues such as anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, depression, or other mood disorders. Their goal is to find relief from their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.
My ideal client is open-minded and motivated and would like to explore medication as part of their treatment plan. They may struggle with various mental health issues such as anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, depression, or other mood disorders. Their goal is to find relief from their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.
(561) 823-5024 View (561) 823-5024
Photo of Mohammad Farooque, Psychiatrist in Duval County, FL
Mohammad Farooque
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, ABPN
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32256
I am a Board certified Psychiatrist Medical Director of Craft Behavioral Health LLC and Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. We treat Patients in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. Most insurances accepted as well as cash patients. Treating all Psychiatric conditions and addiction. We accept Children, Adolescents, Adults and Senior Adults. If you are new patient you can click on "website" icon at top left corner. It will take you to appointment site. We also offer Medical Marijuana Treatment for eligible patients as well.
I am a Board certified Psychiatrist Medical Director of Craft Behavioral Health LLC and Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. We treat Patients in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. Most insurances accepted as well as cash patients. Treating all Psychiatric conditions and addiction. We accept Children, Adolescents, Adults and Senior Adults. If you are new patient you can click on "website" icon at top left corner. It will take you to appointment site. We also offer Medical Marijuana Treatment for eligible patients as well.
(904) 342-6037 View (904) 342-6037
Photo of Chad Terry, Psychiatrist in Duval County, FL
Chad Terry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Chad Terry is trained in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He has experience treating a wide variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, and ADHD. He provides medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits.
Dr. Chad Terry is trained in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He has experience treating a wide variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, and ADHD. He provides medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits.
(904) 615-8612 View (904) 615-8612
Photo of Shelby Goicochea, Psychiatrist in Duval County, FL
Shelby Goicochea
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Goicochea is Peruvian and speaks Spanish fluently. She is a “triple Gator” having completed her undergraduate and medical degree at the University of Florida (UF) and psychiatric training at UF Jacksonville. She was recognized by the Gold Humanism Honor Society for exemplary service, integrity, clinical excellence and compassion and awarded Resident of the Year for exceptional clinical skills and commitment to patients.
Dr. Goicochea is Peruvian and speaks Spanish fluently. She is a “triple Gator” having completed her undergraduate and medical degree at the University of Florida (UF) and psychiatric training at UF Jacksonville. She was recognized by the Gold Humanism Honor Society for exemplary service, integrity, clinical excellence and compassion and awarded Resident of the Year for exceptional clinical skills and commitment to patients.
(904) 320-0735 View (904) 320-0735
Photo of Rishell Tsujimoto-Ryzewski, Psychiatrist in Duval County, FL
Rishell Tsujimoto-Ryzewski
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Tsujimoto-Ryzewski is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. She completed her residency with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine where she served as a chief resident during her last year of training. Dr. Tsujimoto-Ryzewski has treated patients with a wide variety of diagnoses both during her residency and after her training while working at a busy private practice clinic as well as for the Veteran’s Administration.
Dr. Tsujimoto-Ryzewski is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. She completed her residency with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine where she served as a chief resident during her last year of training. Dr. Tsujimoto-Ryzewski has treated patients with a wide variety of diagnoses both during her residency and after her training while working at a busy private practice clinic as well as for the Veteran’s Administration.
(904) 774-2533 View (904) 774-2533
Photo of Chadd Eaglin, Psychiatrist in Duval County, FL
Chadd Eaglin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dr. Eaglin is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry. He completed medical school at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, and residency training through the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Eaglin evaluates and treats children and adults, using evidence based methods. He provides medication management and psychotherapy services, focusing on improving psychiatric health and well-being. Dr Eaglin believes in using medications responsibly and only as necessary. Far too often patients are improperly diagnosed and prescribed excessive amounts of medication.
Dr. Eaglin is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry. He completed medical school at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, and residency training through the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Eaglin evaluates and treats children and adults, using evidence based methods. He provides medication management and psychotherapy services, focusing on improving psychiatric health and well-being. Dr Eaglin believes in using medications responsibly and only as necessary. Far too often patients are improperly diagnosed and prescribed excessive amounts of medication.
(904) 601-0983 View (904) 601-0983
Photo of Patricia Klaine, Psychiatrist in Duval County, FL
Patricia Klaine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Patricia Klaine is an attending physician working at Talkiatry. She is board certified in adult psychiatry. After completing her training in adult psychiatry, she continued her education by completing a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry which enables her to confidently treat patients with a variety of medical comorbidities. Dr. Klaine focuses on medication management. She offers this in addition to supportive psychotherapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. For some patients, it may be important to bring in additional psychotherapy for well-rounded care.
Dr. Patricia Klaine is an attending physician working at Talkiatry. She is board certified in adult psychiatry. After completing her training in adult psychiatry, she continued her education by completing a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry which enables her to confidently treat patients with a variety of medical comorbidities. Dr. Klaine focuses on medication management. She offers this in addition to supportive psychotherapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. For some patients, it may be important to bring in additional psychotherapy for well-rounded care.
(904) 853-9094 View (904) 853-9094

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Number of Psychiatrists in Duval County, FL

200+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Duval County, FL who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
96% Anxiety
84% Bipolar Disorder
82% Trauma and PTSD
78% Medication Management
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Cigna and Evernorth
94% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
92% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Duval County, FL see their clients

51% Online Only
49% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

69% Female
30% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Duval 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.