Psychiatrists in Fernandina Beach, FL

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Denise Ann Dutchak
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
In addition to Adult Psychiatry, Dr. Dutchak is board certified in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and board certified in Forensics. She is also board certified in Acupuncture through the AAMA. Sharing the vision of MAPS Integrated Wellness, she blends psychotropic medication with functional medicine and other holistic treatments in her practice. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones and ballroom dancing. She practices in an integrated team that includes three Psychologists, a dietitian, a personal trainer, and art therapist.
In addition to Adult Psychiatry, Dr. Dutchak is board certified in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and board certified in Forensics. She is also board certified in Acupuncture through the AAMA. Sharing the vision of MAPS Integrated Wellness, she blends psychotropic medication with functional medicine and other holistic treatments in her practice. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones and ballroom dancing. She practices in an integrated team that includes three Psychologists, a dietitian, a personal trainer, and art therapist.
(904) 849-6630 View (904) 849-6630
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Kayleen Bechara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Are you feeling overwhelmed with symptoms of depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and ADHD? I can help. At Monumental Health Partners, we believe in working together with you to address your symptoms. Your appointment will include a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, a diagnosis, and a personalized treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms. Make an appointment with me today. I also speak Spanish.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with symptoms of depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and ADHD? I can help. At Monumental Health Partners, we believe in working together with you to address your symptoms. Your appointment will include a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, a diagnosis, and a personalized treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms. Make an appointment with me today. I also speak Spanish.
(954) 388-7034 View (954) 388-7034
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034  (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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Bruce Brian Beardsley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Hi, I'm Brian, Nurse Practitioner and founder of Introspect Mental Health. We offer psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy via secure video sessions (telehealth), or in-person at our Jacksonville office located in Mandarin. Our caring and highly skilled nurse practitioners are board certified in psychiatry and primary care. We specialize in diagnosing and treating primary mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, adult ADHD, and bipolar disorder, as well as substance use disorders in adults ages 18 and older.
Hi, I'm Brian, Nurse Practitioner and founder of Introspect Mental Health. We offer psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy via secure video sessions (telehealth), or in-person at our Jacksonville office located in Mandarin. Our caring and highly skilled nurse practitioners are board certified in psychiatry and primary care. We specialize in diagnosing and treating primary mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, adult ADHD, and bipolar disorder, as well as substance use disorders in adults ages 18 and older.
(904) 643-6317 View (904) 643-6317
Seacoast Health
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034  (Online Only)
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Jackie's Mental Health Management Solutions, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Yulee, FL 32097
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering medication management services and psychiatric evaluations for ages 6 and up. Currently accepting Cigna, Aetna, Optum, Tricare and BCBS coming Fall 2024. All appointments will start out on online and in person visits are offered to meet DEA requirements for controlled substances. Treating depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar 1 and 2, schizophrenia, ADHD, insomnia, OCD, panic disorder, nightmares, and any other mood disorders. Appointments offered on early mornings (0700) and Saturdays.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offering medication management services and psychiatric evaluations for ages 6 and up. Currently accepting Cigna, Aetna, Optum, Tricare and BCBS coming Fall 2024. All appointments will start out on online and in person visits are offered to meet DEA requirements for controlled substances. Treating depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar 1 and 2, schizophrenia, ADHD, insomnia, OCD, panic disorder, nightmares, and any other mood disorders. Appointments offered on early mornings (0700) and Saturdays.
(904) 300-2994 View (904) 300-2994
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Bethanie Simmons-Becil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fernandina, FL 32034
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and graduate educator with over 14 years of experience providing evidence-based, holistically focused mental health care to multiple patient populations. I am passionate about integrating novel psychopharmacology and science-backed holistic interventions in psychiatric care. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life, regardless of circumstance, and helping them with their depression, anxiety, and mood so that they may find joy in their life again.
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and graduate educator with over 14 years of experience providing evidence-based, holistically focused mental health care to multiple patient populations. I am passionate about integrating novel psychopharmacology and science-backed holistic interventions in psychiatric care. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life, regardless of circumstance, and helping them with their depression, anxiety, and mood so that they may find joy in their life again.
(904) 877-4188 View (904) 877-4188
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Michael A Coulter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Yulee, FL 32097
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
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Jerika Perry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Fernandina, FL 32034
Jerika Perry is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with more than seven (7) years of medical expertise. Do you struggle with feeling disconnected from yourself and others? Do you put your needs at the bottom of the to-do-list? Do you wonder if life should feel somehow better? Happier? Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed and uncertain about how they are supposed to manage their relationships, careers, and their lives. Pushing away your needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long term issues for your mind and body. We believe it shouldnt be so hard to live a better life.
Jerika Perry is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with more than seven (7) years of medical expertise. Do you struggle with feeling disconnected from yourself and others? Do you put your needs at the bottom of the to-do-list? Do you wonder if life should feel somehow better? Happier? Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed and uncertain about how they are supposed to manage their relationships, careers, and their lives. Pushing away your needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long term issues for your mind and body. We believe it shouldnt be so hard to live a better life.
(813) 536-5382 View (813) 536-5382

Online Psychiatrists

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Anisha Gulati
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Gulati is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 10 years. She has worked in inpatient units, private practice, and community mental health, as well as served as Chief Medical Officer of a large psychiatric hospital. In 2018 she was awarded the Charleston Choice Award for Best Psychiatrist in Charleston, South Carolina. She currently resides in South Florida. Dr. Gulati's practice centers around treating the whole patient: mind, body, and spirit. She believes the judicious use of psychiatric medications, coupled with psychotherapy and alternative treatments such as meditation and yoga, can bring a
Dr. Gulati is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 10 years. She has worked in inpatient units, private practice, and community mental health, as well as served as Chief Medical Officer of a large psychiatric hospital. In 2018 she was awarded the Charleston Choice Award for Best Psychiatrist in Charleston, South Carolina. She currently resides in South Florida. Dr. Gulati's practice centers around treating the whole patient: mind, body, and spirit. She believes the judicious use of psychiatric medications, coupled with psychotherapy and alternative treatments such as meditation and yoga, can bring a
(904) 977-6917 View (904) 977-6917
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Seth Sherman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Seth Sherman, M.D., is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over ten years. At the heart of Dr. Sherman’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis one stablishing trust, rapport, and therapeutic alliance to help persons to feel and live well and to progress toward their goals, both in treatment and in life. Dr. Sherman begins with a consultation, a compassionate, collaborative process of discovery that culminates in a working diagnostic impression and, in turn, treatment recommendations.
Seth Sherman, M.D., is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over ten years. At the heart of Dr. Sherman’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis one stablishing trust, rapport, and therapeutic alliance to help persons to feel and live well and to progress toward their goals, both in treatment and in life. Dr. Sherman begins with a consultation, a compassionate, collaborative process of discovery that culminates in a working diagnostic impression and, in turn, treatment recommendations.
(321) 300-2108 View (321) 300-2108
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Elliott Richelson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Dr. Richelson is a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in clinical and basic neuropsychopharmacology. He provides psychiatric assessment and medication management to adults, with a focus on patients with mood, anxiety, and thought disorders. Dr. Richelson is a part of the Comprehensive MedPsych Systems (CMPS) team, a private interdisciplinary behavioral health practice that offers a broad range individualized and empirically-based psychiatric, evaluation, and therapeutic services for children, adolescents, adults, and families. I OFFER SERVICES IN OUR JACKSONVILLE BEACH OFFICE.
Dr. Richelson is a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in clinical and basic neuropsychopharmacology. He provides psychiatric assessment and medication management to adults, with a focus on patients with mood, anxiety, and thought disorders. Dr. Richelson is a part of the Comprehensive MedPsych Systems (CMPS) team, a private interdisciplinary behavioral health practice that offers a broad range individualized and empirically-based psychiatric, evaluation, and therapeutic services for children, adolescents, adults, and families. I OFFER SERVICES IN OUR JACKSONVILLE BEACH OFFICE.
(904) 293-1585 View (904) 293-1585
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Riaz Ahmed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081
We are a new psychiatric clinic committed to helping the St. Johns community. Located just out side Nocatee and twenty minutes from St. Augustine on Phillips Highway (US1). If you are looking for caring, compassionate and ethical psychiatrist who deals with counseling and medication management, we can provide the care you need on a schedule that fits yours--no need to miss work or school. Give us a call. 904-834-8042.
We are a new psychiatric clinic committed to helping the St. Johns community. Located just out side Nocatee and twenty minutes from St. Augustine on Phillips Highway (US1). If you are looking for caring, compassionate and ethical psychiatrist who deals with counseling and medication management, we can provide the care you need on a schedule that fits yours--no need to miss work or school. Give us a call. 904-834-8042.
(904) 834-8042 View (904) 834-8042
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Yadira Nogueras Rosado
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216  (Online Only)
I am Dr. Yadira Nogueras-Rosado, and it is a pleasure to connect with you. I received my medical degree and psychiatry residency at Puerto Rico.
I am Dr. Yadira Nogueras-Rosado, and it is a pleasure to connect with you. I received my medical degree and psychiatry residency at Puerto Rico.
(904) 977-2771 View (904) 977-2771
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Magnolia Behavioral Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
I like to spend time getting to know a client. Listening is important to me. My focus is to help ensure we can get you to be your best self through optimizing ways in your daily life to find solutions. I look at sleep, nutrition, and movement, then talk about stressors and goals. Together we can come up with a plan to best fit your needs and get you to where you want to go. I use a combination of holistic approaches, medicine, and lifestyle changes to complement what you feel most comfortable doing and then work to get you there.
I like to spend time getting to know a client. Listening is important to me. My focus is to help ensure we can get you to be your best self through optimizing ways in your daily life to find solutions. I look at sleep, nutrition, and movement, then talk about stressors and goals. Together we can come up with a plan to best fit your needs and get you to where you want to go. I use a combination of holistic approaches, medicine, and lifestyle changes to complement what you feel most comfortable doing and then work to get you there.
(904) 877-4216 View (904) 877-4216
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Anton Georgiev
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32257  (Online Only)
Anton Georgiev is a culturally diverse, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) focused on a holistic treatment approach. Anton began his psychiatric career in 2013 working for River Point Behavioral Health and Memorial Hospital, both major inpatient psychiatric facilities in Jacksonville, Florida. Since 2019 Anton has been gaining experience as an outpatient psychiatric resident, while retaining his inpatient nurse duties. His experience includes the emergency stabilization psychiatric unit, addiction unit, geriatric psychiatry, and adolescence psychiatry. In addition to direct inpatient and outpatie
Anton Georgiev is a culturally diverse, board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) focused on a holistic treatment approach. Anton began his psychiatric career in 2013 working for River Point Behavioral Health and Memorial Hospital, both major inpatient psychiatric facilities in Jacksonville, Florida. Since 2019 Anton has been gaining experience as an outpatient psychiatric resident, while retaining his inpatient nurse duties. His experience includes the emergency stabilization psychiatric unit, addiction unit, geriatric psychiatry, and adolescence psychiatry. In addition to direct inpatient and outpatie
(904) 507-4818 View (904) 507-4818
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Olivier Djoumessi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32210  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Patients! Welcome to Advanced Medical Psychiatry Group, an Integrative Psychiatry Practice founded on the belief that healing is a holistic process. We help children, adults, elders, and veterans with depression, anxiety, untreated ADHD, trauma, addictions, aging concerns, and life transitions build self-confidence, clarify their inner purpose, establish calmness of mind, and find fulfillment in life and love. Our goal is not just to prescribe you a medication and send you on your way. It is a long-term, trusted partner in helping you achieve a happy and fulfilling life. we believe in high-quality, affordable care.
Accepting NEW Patients! Welcome to Advanced Medical Psychiatry Group, an Integrative Psychiatry Practice founded on the belief that healing is a holistic process. We help children, adults, elders, and veterans with depression, anxiety, untreated ADHD, trauma, addictions, aging concerns, and life transitions build self-confidence, clarify their inner purpose, establish calmness of mind, and find fulfillment in life and love. Our goal is not just to prescribe you a medication and send you on your way. It is a long-term, trusted partner in helping you achieve a happy and fulfilling life. we believe in high-quality, affordable care.
(727) 597-5765 View (727) 597-5765
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Katherine Vital-Daley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Katherine Vital-Daley is an adult psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She treats all adults and her passion lies in providing accessible care for women facing challenges throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum and in reproductive psychiatry. Dr. Vital-Daley's academic background is rooted in science, with an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Merced. She then pursued her medical doctorate at the Medical University of the Americas. Following medical school, she completed her psychiatry residency training.
Dr. Katherine Vital-Daley is an adult psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She treats all adults and her passion lies in providing accessible care for women facing challenges throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum and in reproductive psychiatry. Dr. Vital-Daley's academic background is rooted in science, with an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Merced. She then pursued her medical doctorate at the Medical University of the Americas. Following medical school, she completed her psychiatry residency training.
(267) 459-2363 View (267) 459-2363
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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
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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

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Number of Psychiatrists in Fernandina Beach, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Fernandina Beach, FL who prioritize treating:

80% Depression
80% Anxiety
80% ADHD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Medication Management

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Cigna and Evernorth
80% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Fernandina Beach, FL see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fernandina Beach?

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.