Psychiatrists in Jacksonville, FL

Photo of Carolyn A. McClinton, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Carolyn A. McClinton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I work with patients across the lifespan. My goal is to help each patient achieve their personal health care goal through evidence based guidance while providing accessible, and quality mental health care to promote the well being of individuals and families. Treating patients with compassion and mutual respect not only provides the foundation for collaboration, but builds trust. Individualized care is based on their needs as a whole, while keeping in mind that mental health and well-being are just as important as our physical health in order to reach patient's full potential.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I work with patients across the lifespan. My goal is to help each patient achieve their personal health care goal through evidence based guidance while providing accessible, and quality mental health care to promote the well being of individuals and families. Treating patients with compassion and mutual respect not only provides the foundation for collaboration, but builds trust. Individualized care is based on their needs as a whole, while keeping in mind that mental health and well-being are just as important as our physical health in order to reach patient's full potential.
(904) 320-0712 View (904) 320-0712
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Aimee Roberts-Serrato
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32223
People struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and others. You need someone who will listen, ask questions, and listen again. Trust in the relationship between yourself and your PMHNP is imperative. Without it, you have nothing. Trust leads to medication adherence, attending follow-up appointments, improved communication, rapport, and understanding. People want to be able to smile and mean it, enjoy their hobbies, find purpose, achieve their goals, and live their life in a way that is genuine to them. These are my goals when we work together.
People struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and others. You need someone who will listen, ask questions, and listen again. Trust in the relationship between yourself and your PMHNP is imperative. Without it, you have nothing. Trust leads to medication adherence, attending follow-up appointments, improved communication, rapport, and understanding. People want to be able to smile and mean it, enjoy their hobbies, find purpose, achieve their goals, and live their life in a way that is genuine to them. These are my goals when we work together.
(904) 299-1607 View (904) 299-1607
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Caitlin Gardiner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Caitlin Gardiner is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy. Dr. Caitlin Gardiner's practice is based on the biopsychosocial model and believes that the foundation of healing is in psychotherapy and human connection. She is known for incorporating therapy into her medication management practice. Typically she offers 30-minute follow-up visits for medication management with focused therapy based on individual needs.
Dr. Caitlin Gardiner is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy. Dr. Caitlin Gardiner's practice is based on the biopsychosocial model and believes that the foundation of healing is in psychotherapy and human connection. She is known for incorporating therapy into her medication management practice. Typically she offers 30-minute follow-up visits for medication management with focused therapy based on individual needs.
(904) 643-7419 View (904) 643-7419
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Kendra Scott
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Kendra M. Scott is a native of Charleston, SC. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina where she majored in Biology and minored in Education. She completed her medical degree and psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Scott is a board-eligible psychiatrist and has worked for several years at the Veterans Administration providing medication management for various diagnoses including PTSD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Anxiety.
Dr. Kendra M. Scott is a native of Charleston, SC. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina where she majored in Biology and minored in Education. She completed her medical degree and psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Scott is a board-eligible psychiatrist and has worked for several years at the Veterans Administration providing medication management for various diagnoses including PTSD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Anxiety.
(904) 822-9633 View (904) 822-9633
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Millian Okafor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32210  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm a dedicated healthcare professional with a rich background in nursing education and patient care across various settings. I have extensive, diverse experience working with various age groups. I have held various positions in hospitals in critical care units and worked in private practices in the community as a Nurse Practitioner. Throughout my profession, I have always had a special interest in my patients' mental health, which has enabled me to render holistic and compassionate care to this population.
Welcome! I'm a dedicated healthcare professional with a rich background in nursing education and patient care across various settings. I have extensive, diverse experience working with various age groups. I have held various positions in hospitals in critical care units and worked in private practices in the community as a Nurse Practitioner. Throughout my profession, I have always had a special interest in my patients' mental health, which has enabled me to render holistic and compassionate care to this population.
(321) 341-5154 View (321) 341-5154
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Yolanda Cardona
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32244  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone seeking psychiatric mental health services, possibly struggling with conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other mental health challenges. They value a collaborative approach to care and seek personalized treatment tailored to their unique needs. They aspire to regain control over their mental health, improve their quality of life, and enhance their overall well-being.
My ideal client is someone seeking psychiatric mental health services, possibly struggling with conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other mental health challenges. They value a collaborative approach to care and seek personalized treatment tailored to their unique needs. They aspire to regain control over their mental health, improve their quality of life, and enhance their overall well-being.
(904) 906-8212 View (904) 906-8212
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Sabera Saklayen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Sabera Saklayen is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with experience treating a diverse patient population in Long Island and New York City. She graduated residency from Stony Brook University Hospital where she served as chief resident, and proceeded to work as an outpatient attending in Manhattan upon graduation. Dr. Saklayen primarily focuses on medication management, however will often bring in integrative therapy approaches to each session based upon your needs within 30-min follow-up visits. She prefers to work in collaboration with you to determine the best and most feasible treatment while considering your safety.
Dr. Sabera Saklayen is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with experience treating a diverse patient population in Long Island and New York City. She graduated residency from Stony Brook University Hospital where she served as chief resident, and proceeded to work as an outpatient attending in Manhattan upon graduation. Dr. Saklayen primarily focuses on medication management, however will often bring in integrative therapy approaches to each session based upon your needs within 30-min follow-up visits. She prefers to work in collaboration with you to determine the best and most feasible treatment while considering your safety.
(904) 601-0999 View (904) 601-0999
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Blanca Osorio Candelaria
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Dr. Blanca Osorio-Candelaria is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and has been practicing for over 16 years. Her practice focuses on medication management, which she typically combines with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. If Dr. Osorio-Candelaria feels you would benefit from working with a therapist in conjunction to medication management, she welcomes collaboration with your therapist to make for the best outcome.
Dr. Blanca Osorio-Candelaria is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and has been practicing for over 16 years. Her practice focuses on medication management, which she typically combines with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. If Dr. Osorio-Candelaria feels you would benefit from working with a therapist in conjunction to medication management, she welcomes collaboration with your therapist to make for the best outcome.
(904) 682-9195 View (904) 682-9195
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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
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Bethanie Simmons-Becil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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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Bernadine Anderson-Clarke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32211
My Name is Bernadine Anderson-Clarke. I was born on the Island of Jamaica. I migrated to the USA in the late 80's. I immediately Attended Palm Beach College and attained an associate degree in the area of dental hygiene. I worked in that field for 4 years. realized that I wanted to further my education and attended South University in 1999-2003, where I earned a bachelor's degree in nursing. I worked in many areas of nursing including Intensive care, emergency medicine, and recovery. medical surgical, birth and delivery, and postpartum. I re-evaluated myself and decided that I could do better for my patients and myself.
My Name is Bernadine Anderson-Clarke. I was born on the Island of Jamaica. I migrated to the USA in the late 80's. I immediately Attended Palm Beach College and attained an associate degree in the area of dental hygiene. I worked in that field for 4 years. realized that I wanted to further my education and attended South University in 1999-2003, where I earned a bachelor's degree in nursing. I worked in many areas of nursing including Intensive care, emergency medicine, and recovery. medical surgical, birth and delivery, and postpartum. I re-evaluated myself and decided that I could do better for my patients and myself.
(904) 849-9847 View (904) 849-9847
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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
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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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Dr. Paula Parsons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSHL, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32205
Life's journey and sometimes trying to navigate through its challenges can feel overwhelming. Perhaps you are a single parent, a grandparent, or someone who is experiencing a major life transition. As a doctorally prepared psychiatric mental health (PMHNP-BC) and primary care nurse practitioner (FNP-C), I apply integrative knowledge in physical and mental health to help synergize your path to wellness. I believe that each day is an opportunity to live authentically and on purpose. Thank you for taking the first steps towards allowing me to walk alongside you through this holistic journey towards wellness. Let's Go!
Life's journey and sometimes trying to navigate through its challenges can feel overwhelming. Perhaps you are a single parent, a grandparent, or someone who is experiencing a major life transition. As a doctorally prepared psychiatric mental health (PMHNP-BC) and primary care nurse practitioner (FNP-C), I apply integrative knowledge in physical and mental health to help synergize your path to wellness. I believe that each day is an opportunity to live authentically and on purpose. Thank you for taking the first steps towards allowing me to walk alongside you through this holistic journey towards wellness. Let's Go!
(904) 875-0897 View (904) 875-0897
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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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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
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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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Michael Richard Martin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32223
I help adult patients to include general psychiatry and mental health issues. If you are suffering with addictions, ADD, ADHD, anxiety, or depression, let me help you overcome these problems. We will work together with a combination of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy when needed. You and your loved ones will see improvements in your overall health and well-being.
I help adult patients to include general psychiatry and mental health issues. If you are suffering with addictions, ADD, ADHD, anxiety, or depression, let me help you overcome these problems. We will work together with a combination of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy when needed. You and your loved ones will see improvements in your overall health and well-being.
(904) 906-9187 View (904) 906-9187
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Robin Belcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32256  (Online Only)
am a dual certified Nurse Practitioner (APRN) in Psychiatry and Family Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in Psychiatry and is licensed in the state of Florida, Georgia, Wyoming, and Washington.
am a dual certified Nurse Practitioner (APRN) in Psychiatry and Family Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in Psychiatry and is licensed in the state of Florida, Georgia, Wyoming, and Washington.
(904) 785-8252 View (904) 785-8252
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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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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
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Medication Management
71% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
92% Cigna and Evernorth
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Jacksonville, FL see their clients

51% Online Only
49% In Person and Online

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.