Psychiatrists in Jacksonville, FL

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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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Brian Greer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Brian Greer M.D. completed 5 years undergraduate pre-med Magna Cum Laude at the University of Miami, 5 years of Medical School at the Miller School of Medicine in Miami, 3 years of Adult Psychiatry Residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and a two year fellowship in Child/ Adolescent Psychiatry at JMH in Miami, the final year he was selected Chief Fellow, and won the " Clinical Scholar Award ". Dr.Greer then became Unit Director of Child /Adolescent Psychiatry at Charter Hospital in Tampa, then Medical Director of the Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Brian Greer M.D. completed 5 years undergraduate pre-med Magna Cum Laude at the University of Miami, 5 years of Medical School at the Miller School of Medicine in Miami, 3 years of Adult Psychiatry Residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and a two year fellowship in Child/ Adolescent Psychiatry at JMH in Miami, the final year he was selected Chief Fellow, and won the " Clinical Scholar Award ". Dr.Greer then became Unit Director of Child /Adolescent Psychiatry at Charter Hospital in Tampa, then Medical Director of the Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders in Coconut Creek, Florida.
(904) 664-9076 View (904) 664-9076
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Melinda Braswell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32223
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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Hailey Lafferty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32246
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I take a holistic approach to mental well being. I understand that our physical health and mental health are connected and heavily based upon our life experiences and genetics. I know that stability and healing require hard work and I want to partner alongside clients with education and shared decision making to help them become the healthiest versions of themselves. I have completed perinatal mental health training and I recognize the difficulties adjusting to motherhood, seeking to be a support for those along this journey.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I take a holistic approach to mental well being. I understand that our physical health and mental health are connected and heavily based upon our life experiences and genetics. I know that stability and healing require hard work and I want to partner alongside clients with education and shared decision making to help them become the healthiest versions of themselves. I have completed perinatal mental health training and I recognize the difficulties adjusting to motherhood, seeking to be a support for those along this journey.
(904) 685-9871 View (904) 685-9871
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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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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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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32259
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.
(850) 290-0616 View (850) 290-0616
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Dr. Maryam Davari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32246
My ideal client would be one who is open to learning ways to be the best version of themselves and willing to work on making those changes with the help of their healthcare team.
My ideal client would be one who is open to learning ways to be the best version of themselves and willing to work on making those changes with the help of their healthcare team.
(561) 556-8714 View (561) 556-8714
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Michael A Coulter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32218
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), as well as, a family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC). I am devoted to providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to children and adults in all walks of life. I am well versed in trauma, addiction, and all mood disorders.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), as well as, a family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC). I am devoted to providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to children and adults in all walks of life. I am well versed in trauma, addiction, and all mood disorders.
(904) 977-2193 View (904) 977-2193
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Adrian Blotner
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Dr. Blotner is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (FAPA). He is also board certified in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Blotner specializes in the management of mood, anxiety, sleep & chronic pain disorders, with non-addictive medication, physical therapy & stress management / lifestyle adjustment. Dr. Blotner is a part of the Comprehensive MedPsych Systems (CMPS) team. I OFFER SERVICES IN OUR JACKSONVILLE, FL OFFICE.
Dr. Blotner is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (FAPA). He is also board certified in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Blotner specializes in the management of mood, anxiety, sleep & chronic pain disorders, with non-addictive medication, physical therapy & stress management / lifestyle adjustment. Dr. Blotner is a part of the Comprehensive MedPsych Systems (CMPS) team. I OFFER SERVICES IN OUR JACKSONVILLE, FL OFFICE.
(904) 720-4449 View (904) 720-4449
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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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Sujal Kotadia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Dr. Kotadia is a board-certified psychiatrist who completed his psychiatry residency training program at Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, NY. After completing training, he has been practicing outpatient psychiatry and specializes in the evaluation and management of major psychiatric disorders including depression, and anxiety. Typically, he offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Kotadia 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. Kotadia is a board-certified psychiatrist who completed his psychiatry residency training program at Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, NY. After completing training, he has been practicing outpatient psychiatry and specializes in the evaluation and management of major psychiatric disorders including depression, and anxiety. Typically, he offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Kotadia 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) 822-4847 View (904) 822-4847
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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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Melissa Titus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Welcome to Comprehensive Psych Services, where we provide comprehensive help for lasting change. Through a combination of psychological and psychiatric services, we aim to provide holistic treatment to help you on your journey to wellness. From psychological assessments to medication management, Comprehensive Psych is here to support and assist you. Dr. Ybarra and Mrs. Titus have extensive experience in the healthcare field. Their experience combining psychological and psychiatric perspectives will provide you with care and treatment that is less time intensive and more centered on you.
Welcome to Comprehensive Psych Services, where we provide comprehensive help for lasting change. Through a combination of psychological and psychiatric services, we aim to provide holistic treatment to help you on your journey to wellness. From psychological assessments to medication management, Comprehensive Psych is here to support and assist you. Dr. Ybarra and Mrs. Titus have extensive experience in the healthcare field. Their experience combining psychological and psychiatric perspectives will provide you with care and treatment that is less time intensive and more centered on you.
(904) 650-6770 View (904) 650-6770
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Meena Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Meena Shah is a board-eligible psychiatrist and has been practicing for over 16 years. She specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Shah's practice focuses on medication management in conjunction with supportive and emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Dr. Shah believes in the importance of building a therapeutic relationship with her patients and families to help them achieve emotional their goals. Dr. Shah has extensive experience with the child and adolescent population and worked with foster care programs as well as juvenile residential facility programs.
Dr. Meena Shah is a board-eligible psychiatrist and has been practicing for over 16 years. She specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Shah's practice focuses on medication management in conjunction with supportive and emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Dr. Shah believes in the importance of building a therapeutic relationship with her patients and families to help them achieve emotional their goals. Dr. Shah has extensive experience with the child and adolescent population and worked with foster care programs as well as juvenile residential facility programs.
(904) 664-6985 View (904) 664-6985
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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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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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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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Aeonic Medicine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32206  (Online Only)
In my experience as a physician and psychiatrist all diseases, whether mental or physical, are a product of ancestral or generational trauma, which we have to resolve in this life. The symptoms and signs of disease tend to be entangled with our Unconscious Mind. We often times end up doing things, we are not aware of as a unresolved coping mechanism of trauma, like our family has done for ages. I am looking for clients who wish to address the deeper psychological conflicts that underlie their disease and who are ready to transform and let go of the past.
In my experience as a physician and psychiatrist all diseases, whether mental or physical, are a product of ancestral or generational trauma, which we have to resolve in this life. The symptoms and signs of disease tend to be entangled with our Unconscious Mind. We often times end up doing things, we are not aware of as a unresolved coping mechanism of trauma, like our family has done for ages. I am looking for clients who wish to address the deeper psychological conflicts that underlie their disease and who are ready to transform and let go of the past.
(786) 724-0143 View (786) 724-0143
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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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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
81% Trauma and PTSD
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
76% Medication Management
72% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Cigna and Evernorth
92% Aetna
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Jacksonville, FL see their clients

51% Online Only
49% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

71% Female
28% 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.