Psychiatrists in Green Cove Springs, FL

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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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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
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Dr. Angela White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043  (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
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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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Jill Rockey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
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

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First Stop Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Middleburg, FL 32050
My ideal client may seek help for one condition or a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, or addiction. They require understanding, coping skills, and support to enhance their well-being, including medication management when necessary. Their goals include finding inner peace, mood stability, improved focus, and healthier relationships. They want a fulfilling life, free from emotional burdens, and the ability to enjoy a brighter future.
My ideal client may seek help for one condition or a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, or addiction. They require understanding, coping skills, and support to enhance their well-being, including medication management when necessary. Their goals include finding inner peace, mood stability, improved focus, and healthier relationships. They want a fulfilling life, free from emotional burdens, and the ability to enjoy a brighter future.
(904) 601-0931 View (904) 601-0931
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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
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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
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Dr. Beth Gabriel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Saint Johns, FL 32259  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW clients. Be Seen THIS week! Any provider can prescribe a psychotropic medication - but there is considerable skill involved in creating a thoughtful and effective regimen tailored to each patient and their specific needs. I would say my specialties are depression, anxiety and/or ADHD but I treat all types of psychiatric conditions. I try to get creative and I am not scared to use 'outside of the box' thinking when other methods have failed. I refuse to give up.
Accepting NEW clients. Be Seen THIS week! Any provider can prescribe a psychotropic medication - but there is considerable skill involved in creating a thoughtful and effective regimen tailored to each patient and their specific needs. I would say my specialties are depression, anxiety and/or ADHD but I treat all types of psychiatric conditions. I try to get creative and I am not scared to use 'outside of the box' thinking when other methods have failed. I refuse to give up.
(904) 944-9169 View (904) 944-9169
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Justin Kuhns Spooner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Johns, FL 32259
First and foremost I am a adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist providing the latest evidence-based treatments for all psychiatric disorders with special interests in Autism, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Sleep Medicine. I am always striving to provide the best treatment available.
First and foremost I am a adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist providing the latest evidence-based treatments for all psychiatric disorders with special interests in Autism, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Sleep Medicine. I am always striving to provide the best treatment available.
(904) 650-3639 View (904) 650-3639
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Melissa Jane Boyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Johns, FL 32259
Life is challenging. Occasionally we need additional support and guidance to navigate our personal path. I provide psychiatric evaluations, tailored medication management plans, and supportive psychotherapy. Please reach out if you are struggling-I have both in-person and HIPAA compliant telehealth appointments available for your specific needs and goals.
Life is challenging. Occasionally we need additional support and guidance to navigate our personal path. I provide psychiatric evaluations, tailored medication management plans, and supportive psychotherapy. Please reach out if you are struggling-I have both in-person and HIPAA compliant telehealth appointments available for your specific needs and goals.
(904) 694-3841 View (904) 694-3841
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Jacksonville Psychiatric Association, Inc.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Johns, FL 32259
New Child-Adolescent and Adult psychiatrist in Jacksonville, FL. Same day appointments are available. Dr. Imtiaz Rasul is specialized both in Child-Adolescent and Adult psychiatry. We are located just across from The Avenues mall. We are devoted to providing quality comprehensive psychiatric services and delivering excellent high quality health care.
New Child-Adolescent and Adult psychiatrist in Jacksonville, FL. Same day appointments are available. Dr. Imtiaz Rasul is specialized both in Child-Adolescent and Adult psychiatry. We are located just across from The Avenues mall. We are devoted to providing quality comprehensive psychiatric services and delivering excellent high quality health care.
(904) 406-7043 View (904) 406-7043
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James Tully
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, PMHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Saint Johns, FL 32259
Mr. Tully graduated from Jacksonville University with a Masters in Nursing and is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He currently works full time at an outpatient office, treating adults with mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, thought disorders, abuse, trauma, and behavioral issues.
Mr. Tully graduated from Jacksonville University with a Masters in Nursing and is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He currently works full time at an outpatient office, treating adults with mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, thought disorders, abuse, trauma, and behavioral issues.
(904) 932-1206 View (904) 932-1206
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Melinda Braswell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Johns, FL 32259
Are you feeling depressed, overwhelmed, or lost your zest for life? Do you feel alone with nowhere else to turn? Are your problems adversely affecting your personal relationships or job success? If this sounds like you, it’s time to get help. Let’s work together to recapture the joy and happiness you desire.
Are you feeling depressed, overwhelmed, or lost your zest for life? Do you feel alone with nowhere else to turn? Are your problems adversely affecting your personal relationships or job success? If this sounds like you, it’s time to get help. Let’s work together to recapture the joy and happiness you desire.
(904) 867-4223 View (904) 867-4223
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Shanique Ampiah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Johns, FL 32259
Dr. Ampiah is a Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist who believes in the power of early intervention and its ability to change the trajectory of psychiatric illness. Dr. Ampiah provides comprehensive, compassionate care and works to align with her patients and their families to achieve the best overall outcome while employing a biopsychosocial model guided by empiric data. She also focuses on behavioral intervention foremost with medications only when indicated. She will work alongside your child's treatment team to ensure full collaboration.
Dr. Ampiah is a Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist who believes in the power of early intervention and its ability to change the trajectory of psychiatric illness. Dr. Ampiah provides comprehensive, compassionate care and works to align with her patients and their families to achieve the best overall outcome while employing a biopsychosocial model guided by empiric data. She also focuses on behavioral intervention foremost with medications only when indicated. She will work alongside your child's treatment team to ensure full collaboration.
(904) 853-8094 View (904) 853-8094
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Telepsychiatric Bridge Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Johns, FL 32259
BE SEEN THIS WEEK. VERY AFFORDABLE RATES. Exceptional reviews, check me out on Google. Come to our office to be seen and meet our therapy dogs. Want to receive mental health treatment and medication management from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office? I see patients in office or over a HIPAA compliant telepsychiatry service, providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management. You need fast internet a PC or Mac with a webcam and Google Chrome. In a pinch a smartphone with WIFI will work. I e-prescribe to the pharmacy of your choice.
BE SEEN THIS WEEK. VERY AFFORDABLE RATES. Exceptional reviews, check me out on Google. Come to our office to be seen and meet our therapy dogs. Want to receive mental health treatment and medication management from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office? I see patients in office or over a HIPAA compliant telepsychiatry service, providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management. You need fast internet a PC or Mac with a webcam and Google Chrome. In a pinch a smartphone with WIFI will work. I e-prescribe to the pharmacy of your choice.
(904) 601-1557 View (904) 601-1557
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Summit Pediatric Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Johns, FL 32259
Now accepting private insurance Aetna and United Health Care (coming soon) via Headway. Accepting New Patients AND No Long Wait Time! Jorge A. Diaz, M.D is an experienced Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist seeing ages 4 to 24. If you're worried about your child's mental health, Dr. Diaz can provide an empathetic evaluation and evidence-based treatment to alleviate and prevent any worsening on symptoms. "As a father myself I like to answer any important question a parent might have about their child's current condition and to provide the best support. I believe in an individual care plan tailored to each patient".
Now accepting private insurance Aetna and United Health Care (coming soon) via Headway. Accepting New Patients AND No Long Wait Time! Jorge A. Diaz, M.D is an experienced Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist seeing ages 4 to 24. If you're worried about your child's mental health, Dr. Diaz can provide an empathetic evaluation and evidence-based treatment to alleviate and prevent any worsening on symptoms. "As a father myself I like to answer any important question a parent might have about their child's current condition and to provide the best support. I believe in an individual care plan tailored to each patient".
(904) 584-3933 View (904) 584-3933
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Geraldine Rodrigues-Pratt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Saint Johns, FL 32259  (Online Only)
Is depression or anxiety keeping you from being the best version of yourself? Have you been a victim of a traumatic event? Is your child having academic or interpersonal struggles at school? Or do you feel stuck in your life and need assistance? I am a board certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience. I enjoy working with patients throughout the life span from 5 years of age and beyond. I provide medication management, psycho-education and counseling to address a wide variety of psychiatric conditions in my office or conveniently through teleconferencing using Doxy.me or FaceTime.
Is depression or anxiety keeping you from being the best version of yourself? Have you been a victim of a traumatic event? Is your child having academic or interpersonal struggles at school? Or do you feel stuck in your life and need assistance? I am a board certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience. I enjoy working with patients throughout the life span from 5 years of age and beyond. I provide medication management, psycho-education and counseling to address a wide variety of psychiatric conditions in my office or conveniently through teleconferencing using Doxy.me or FaceTime.
(904) 569-5876 View (904) 569-5876
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Elite Psychiatry Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Saint Johns, FL 32259
Seeking mental health treatment is not easy and requires courage. Our practice is aware of the challenges and barriers that prevent people from inquiring about treatment options. At ElitePsych, we provide personalized care that is customized to the individual’s need. We strive to maintain mutually respectful treatment relationships with every one of our patients.
Seeking mental health treatment is not easy and requires courage. Our practice is aware of the challenges and barriers that prevent people from inquiring about treatment options. At ElitePsych, we provide personalized care that is customized to the individual’s need. We strive to maintain mutually respectful treatment relationships with every one of our patients.
(904) 747-6283 View (904) 747-6283
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Altitude Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Saint Johns, FL 32259
At Altitude Health, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health services that prioritize your well-being. Our mission is to offer personalized care plans and innovative treatment options to help you overcome mental health challenges and achieve a higher level of wellness. With our same-day appointments, customized plans, enhanced diagnostics, and continuum-of-care approach, Altitude Health is the leading choice for those seeking exceptional mental health care in Jacksonville, FL.
At Altitude Health, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health services that prioritize your well-being. Our mission is to offer personalized care plans and innovative treatment options to help you overcome mental health challenges and achieve a higher level of wellness. With our same-day appointments, customized plans, enhanced diagnostics, and continuum-of-care approach, Altitude Health is the leading choice for those seeking exceptional mental health care in Jacksonville, FL.
(904) 531-0743 View (904) 531-0743

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Number of Psychiatrists in Green Cove Springs, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Green Cove Springs, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
80% Child
80% ADHD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum
80% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Green Cove Springs, FL see their clients

80% Online Only
20% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Green Cove Springs?

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.