Psychiatrists in Jacksonville, FL

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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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Stormy Hayes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32256
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) in Jacksonville, Florida. I graduated with my BSN from the University of West Florida and initially found a passion in caring for extremely critical infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). As a nurse, I have loved and cared for babies for over 6 years. Throughout my career, I have seen how daily stress negatively impacts patient’s parents and their mental health. This reignited my passion for psychology and mental health. I graduated with my Master of Science in nursing (MSN) degree from Jacksonville University.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) in Jacksonville, Florida. I graduated with my BSN from the University of West Florida and initially found a passion in caring for extremely critical infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). As a nurse, I have loved and cared for babies for over 6 years. Throughout my career, I have seen how daily stress negatively impacts patient’s parents and their mental health. This reignited my passion for psychology and mental health. I graduated with my Master of Science in nursing (MSN) degree from Jacksonville University.
(904) 861-6452 View (904) 861-6452
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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
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Dr. Sanaz Parsa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32225
I have special expertise in treating individuals who have medical illnesses and are in need of medication support as a component of their care. I work with individuals, couples, and families to address their relationship or career issues. My style is professional, empathic and approachable. Psychoeducation is at the core of my practice. I collaborate regularly with your therapist/PCP to discuss and plan your best, most effective treatment course. Not everyone needs medications.
I have special expertise in treating individuals who have medical illnesses and are in need of medication support as a component of their care. I work with individuals, couples, and families to address their relationship or career issues. My style is professional, empathic and approachable. Psychoeducation is at the core of my practice. I collaborate regularly with your therapist/PCP to discuss and plan your best, most effective treatment course. Not everyone needs medications.
(904) 682-9374 x1 View (904) 682-9374 x1
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Marnie Stefan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Dr. Stefan has vast experience in multiple psychiatric care settings including outpatient care, inpatient care, and assertive community treatment and has served as medical director for large institutions, serving a wide range of complex mental illnesses. Her main focus is patient-centered care, adapting her role to the individual needs of her patients.
Dr. Stefan has vast experience in multiple psychiatric care settings including outpatient care, inpatient care, and assertive community treatment and has served as medical director for large institutions, serving a wide range of complex mental illnesses. Her main focus is patient-centered care, adapting her role to the individual needs of her patients.
(904) 842-3920 View (904) 842-3920
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Danielle Ruben
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32210
Danielle Ruben is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is a Jacksonville native who received both her undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees from the Jacksonville University. As a PMHNP she has worked professionally in both Georgia and Florida, treating mental health patients in crisis within the emergency departments, patients on the medical units with mental health needs, and acute inpatient psychiatric hospital patients. Danielle uses a holistic approach to treating her patients, utilizing medication management, psychotherapy, and behavioral interventions.
Danielle Ruben is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is a Jacksonville native who received both her undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees from the Jacksonville University. As a PMHNP she has worked professionally in both Georgia and Florida, treating mental health patients in crisis within the emergency departments, patients on the medical units with mental health needs, and acute inpatient psychiatric hospital patients. Danielle uses a holistic approach to treating her patients, utilizing medication management, psychotherapy, and behavioral interventions.
(904) 692-7984 View (904) 692-7984
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Jennifer Richie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32257  (Online Only)
I'm Dr. Jennifer Richie, DNP, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). My journey includes earning a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Chamberlain University, a graduate degree from Georgetown University, and an undergraduate degree from Drexel University. With a background in child and adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry, and addiction medicine, I'm committed to delivering high-quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to both adolescents and adults.
I'm Dr. Jennifer Richie, DNP, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). My journey includes earning a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Chamberlain University, a graduate degree from Georgetown University, and an undergraduate degree from Drexel University. With a background in child and adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry, and addiction medicine, I'm committed to delivering high-quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to both adolescents and adults.
(904) 552-9064 x9835 View (904) 552-9064 x9835
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Joyln Ferrell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Joyln Ferrell is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in providing patient-centered care to treat depression and anxiety disorders. She enjoys working with patients to improve their quality of life and helping them reach their specific treatment goals. She received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, and completed her residency training in psychiatry at VA Boston/Harvard Medical School with significant training experiences at McLean Hospital. She additionally completed a fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.
Dr. Joyln Ferrell is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in providing patient-centered care to treat depression and anxiety disorders. She enjoys working with patients to improve their quality of life and helping them reach their specific treatment goals. She received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, and completed her residency training in psychiatry at VA Boston/Harvard Medical School with significant training experiences at McLean Hospital. She additionally completed a fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.
(904) 467-1059 View (904) 467-1059
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Lori Karner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32244  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Lori Karner, a dedicated Family Nurse Practitioner, bringing over two decades of diverse healthcare experience to your service. My journey has led me through the realms of Family Practice, Mental Health, Urgent Care, Occupational Health, Pain Management, and supporting those overcoming Opioid Use Disorder. My commitment to your health is unwavering—I continuously update my knowledge and practice the latest in evidence-based medicine to ensure you receive the most current and effective care. My approach to healthcare is simple: you come first.
Hello! I'm Lori Karner, a dedicated Family Nurse Practitioner, bringing over two decades of diverse healthcare experience to your service. My journey has led me through the realms of Family Practice, Mental Health, Urgent Care, Occupational Health, Pain Management, and supporting those overcoming Opioid Use Disorder. My commitment to your health is unwavering—I continuously update my knowledge and practice the latest in evidence-based medicine to ensure you receive the most current and effective care. My approach to healthcare is simple: you come first.
(904) 368-6027 View (904) 368-6027
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Jacksonville Psychiatric Association, Inc.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32256
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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Kristina Schnitzer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Kristina Schnitzer is board-certified in Psychiatry and obtained her MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has been practicing for over 7 years. Dr. Schnitzer's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Schnitzer may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Kristina Schnitzer is board-certified in Psychiatry and obtained her MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has been practicing for over 7 years. Dr. Schnitzer's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Schnitzer may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
(904) 682-9817 View (904) 682-9817
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Ana Rodriguez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Rodriguez is an adult psychiatrist, who is fluent in Spanish and English. She emphasizes psychoeducation in collaborating with patients to help tailor a personalized treatment plan. Dr. Rodriguez has a patient-centered approach, combined with a passion for optimizing sleep as part of managing psychiatric illness. She offers supportive therapy during medication management visits, and may also offer cognitive behavioral therapy and/or recommend adding a therapist to your care team to optimize outcomes.
Dr. Rodriguez is an adult psychiatrist, who is fluent in Spanish and English. She emphasizes psychoeducation in collaborating with patients to help tailor a personalized treatment plan. Dr. Rodriguez has a patient-centered approach, combined with a passion for optimizing sleep as part of managing psychiatric illness. She offers supportive therapy during medication management visits, and may also offer cognitive behavioral therapy and/or recommend adding a therapist to your care team to optimize outcomes.
(904) 901-6867 View (904) 901-6867
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Satyen Madkaiker MD
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32257
I am a double board-certified psychiatrist and I treat Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis & Schizophrenia, PTSD, Addiction & Substance abuse, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Memory Disturbances.
I am a double board-certified psychiatrist and I treat Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis & Schizophrenia, PTSD, Addiction & Substance abuse, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Memory Disturbances.
(904) 447-2430 View (904) 447-2430
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Lindsay Legnon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Lindsay Legnon is board-certified in Psychiatry and has 15 years of experience in outpatient clinical psychiatry. Her focus is primarily on medication management, but she does incorporate brief cognitive behavioral therapy and supportive therapy when appropriate. If more extensive psychotherapy is felt to be beneficial, she will recommend a therapist and collaborate with them for optimal care.
Dr. Lindsay Legnon is board-certified in Psychiatry and has 15 years of experience in outpatient clinical psychiatry. Her focus is primarily on medication management, but she does incorporate brief cognitive behavioral therapy and supportive therapy when appropriate. If more extensive psychotherapy is felt to be beneficial, she will recommend a therapist and collaborate with them for optimal care.
(904) 944-6952 View (904) 944-6952
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Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32246
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
(561) 349-6236 View (561) 349-6236
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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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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
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Jeremy Mirabile
Psychiatrist, MD, APBM, ADM, FASAM
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32258
We provide excellence in Outpatient Treatment (Drug and Alcohol Rehab) for Substance Use Disorders including outpatient medical detoxification from alcohol and/or drugs. Anyone struggling with alcohol or drug use issues would benefit from a professional assessment at Recovery Keys. He/She will be provided the information needed to enter the appropriate level of treatment to address the disease of addiction.
We provide excellence in Outpatient Treatment (Drug and Alcohol Rehab) for Substance Use Disorders including outpatient medical detoxification from alcohol and/or drugs. Anyone struggling with alcohol or drug use issues would benefit from a professional assessment at Recovery Keys. He/She will be provided the information needed to enter the appropriate level of treatment to address the disease of addiction.
(904) 516-9642 View (904) 516-9642
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Christine Forge
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32210
My ideal clients are pre-teens, teens, and adults who are navigating the complexities of life’s journey. They may be dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, or life transitions. These clients often need support in managing their symptoms, developing coping strategies, and working towards personal growth and stability. Their goals typically include improving mental health, achieving a better quality of life, and fostering positive relationships.
My ideal clients are pre-teens, teens, and adults who are navigating the complexities of life’s journey. They may be dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, or life transitions. These clients often need support in managing their symptoms, developing coping strategies, and working towards personal growth and stability. Their goals typically include improving mental health, achieving a better quality of life, and fostering positive relationships.
(904) 606-1326 View (904) 606-1326
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Number of Psychiatrists in Jacksonville, FL

200+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Jacksonville, FL who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
96% Depression
85% Bipolar Disorder
80% Trauma and PTSD
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Medication Management
71% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Cigna and Evernorth
93% Aetna
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Jacksonville, FL see their clients

51% In Person and Online
49% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
27% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Jacksonville?

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.