Psychiatrists in Jacksonville, FL

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Joy James
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Dr. James is a board certified adult psychiatrist. She has 32 years of clinical experience and worked as a Chief of Psychiatry at Pro Medica healthcare company. She has experience in outpatient, inpatient, Consult Liaison and ER settings. Dr. James graduated from Tufts University Boston's affiliated program. She was awarded the resident teaching award for excellent teaching program at Steward  St. Elizabeth Medical Center Boston where she initiated in her residency program. Her inclination is towards community adult psychiatry and is invested in the care of the families and a variety of individual adult populations.
Dr. James is a board certified adult psychiatrist. She has 32 years of clinical experience and worked as a Chief of Psychiatry at Pro Medica healthcare company. She has experience in outpatient, inpatient, Consult Liaison and ER settings. Dr. James graduated from Tufts University Boston's affiliated program. She was awarded the resident teaching award for excellent teaching program at Steward  St. Elizabeth Medical Center Boston where she initiated in her residency program. Her inclination is towards community adult psychiatry and is invested in the care of the families and a variety of individual adult populations.
(904) 736-7851 View (904) 736-7851
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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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Grace-Ann Sutherland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32256  (Online Only)
Book with me now by clicking on my website! As a PMHNP, I am dedicated to creating a compassionate, judgment-free space where you feel heard and understood. My holistic approach focuses on both mind and body to foster healing and growth. With a blend of evidence-based practices and personalized care, I strive to empower you on your journey toward mental wellness. Whether you're navigating anxiety, depression, stress, complex life transitions, or difficult relationships, I am here to support you every step of the way. Let's work together to unlock your potential and achieve your deserved peace.
Book with me now by clicking on my website! As a PMHNP, I am dedicated to creating a compassionate, judgment-free space where you feel heard and understood. My holistic approach focuses on both mind and body to foster healing and growth. With a blend of evidence-based practices and personalized care, I strive to empower you on your journey toward mental wellness. Whether you're navigating anxiety, depression, stress, complex life transitions, or difficult relationships, I am here to support you every step of the way. Let's work together to unlock your potential and achieve your deserved peace.
(904) 664-7871 View (904) 664-7871
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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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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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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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Embracing Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258
We Individualized care that is based on patients needs, most importantly we keep in mind that mental health and your well-being are just as important as physical health in order for patients to reach their full potential in life. We works with families and Individuals across the lifespan by helping them to achieve their behavior and mental health goals.
We Individualized care that is based on patients needs, most importantly we keep in mind that mental health and your well-being are just as important as physical health in order for patients to reach their full potential in life. We works with families and Individuals across the lifespan by helping them to achieve their behavior and mental health goals.
(904) 439-7830 View (904) 439-7830
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Sarah Debrey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Dr. Debrey is board-certified in adult psychiatry. Her approach is client-centered, individualized, and collaborative. She focuses on building a strong therapeutic alliance with each client to work towards achieving enhanced functioning and meaning in their lives. She works with individuals experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression and other mood concerns, bipolar spectrum illnesses, OCD, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders.
Dr. Debrey is board-certified in adult psychiatry. Her approach is client-centered, individualized, and collaborative. She focuses on building a strong therapeutic alliance with each client to work towards achieving enhanced functioning and meaning in their lives. She works with individuals experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression and other mood concerns, bipolar spectrum illnesses, OCD, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders.
(904) 569-7145 View (904) 569-7145
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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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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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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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Virginia Yates
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Dr. Yates is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist. Her practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Yates 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. Yates received her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in San Antonio and has over 20 years of experience as a physician. She completed residencies in both Psychiatry and Family Medicine.
Dr. Yates is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist. Her practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Yates 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. Yates received her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in San Antonio and has over 20 years of experience as a physician. She completed residencies in both Psychiatry and Family Medicine.
(904) 875-8875 View (904) 875-8875
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Alicia Garcete
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Alicia Garcete is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in practice for over 12 years. Her practice focuses on medication management, recognizing family involvement is extremely important and is an integral part of treatment. Dr. Garcete has treated a wide variety of patients. Her primary focus is treating depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD and OCD. Additionally, she can provide supportive therapy and elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy but on occasions more therapy support may be needed, and the recommendation to bring a psychotherapist on the care team may occur to provide an optimal outcome.
Dr. Alicia Garcete is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in practice for over 12 years. Her practice focuses on medication management, recognizing family involvement is extremely important and is an integral part of treatment. Dr. Garcete has treated a wide variety of patients. Her primary focus is treating depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD and OCD. Additionally, she can provide supportive therapy and elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy but on occasions more therapy support may be needed, and the recommendation to bring a psychotherapist on the care team may occur to provide an optimal outcome.
(904) 875-8073 View (904) 875-8073
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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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Kevin Atwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32257  (Online Only)
Kevin Atwell is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has a vast array of experience treating mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and insomnia issues. Kevin also had a variety of experiences prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse and nurse practitioner, such as being a youth counselor for adolescents with autism, an advocate for homeless women, and a direct support professional for men with developmental disabilities.
Kevin Atwell is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has a vast array of experience treating mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and insomnia issues. Kevin also had a variety of experiences prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse and nurse practitioner, such as being a youth counselor for adolescents with autism, an advocate for homeless women, and a direct support professional for men with developmental disabilities.
(904) 590-2650 View (904) 590-2650
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Chelsie Toler B.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Blessed to be a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing comprehensive compassionate holistic care to those facing mental health challenges. I work with all individuals throughout the life span. With an extensive background in emergency and behavioral nursing, advanced training in psychiatry, and a heavy reliance on evidence-based care, I bring a unique blend of clinical expertise and empathy to patient experiences. An understanding therapeutic environment while promoting active listening and other skills is one way to empower and foster a growing and trusting journey together.
Blessed to be a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing comprehensive compassionate holistic care to those facing mental health challenges. I work with all individuals throughout the life span. With an extensive background in emergency and behavioral nursing, advanced training in psychiatry, and a heavy reliance on evidence-based care, I bring a unique blend of clinical expertise and empathy to patient experiences. An understanding therapeutic environment while promoting active listening and other skills is one way to empower and foster a growing and trusting journey together.
(904) 901-7195 View (904) 901-7195
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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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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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Maryann Tasong Esapa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANNP, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner resident in Florida, the “City of Jacksonville”. I have an extensive and diverse clinical background with over 10 years of experience, spending the bulk of my career in Psychiatric nursing caring for individuals with psychiatric and medical emergencies. While working in the community, Psychiatric stabilization units and correctional settings I was inspired to further my career and earned my Masters of Science in Nursing, where I graduated With A Masters of Science PMHNP -BC In 2019.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner resident in Florida, the “City of Jacksonville”. I have an extensive and diverse clinical background with over 10 years of experience, spending the bulk of my career in Psychiatric nursing caring for individuals with psychiatric and medical emergencies. While working in the community, Psychiatric stabilization units and correctional settings I was inspired to further my career and earned my Masters of Science in Nursing, where I graduated With A Masters of Science PMHNP -BC In 2019.
(904) 530-3164 View (904) 530-3164
Linda Marie Lann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32257  (Online Only)
Linda Marie Lann is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who works with children and adults, ranging from 4 years of age to 65. Linda utilizes evidence-based practices when working with all her clients and treats each with empathy. She takes the necessary time to get to know each of them so she can personalize treatment to their needs.
Linda Marie Lann is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who works with children and adults, ranging from 4 years of age to 65. Linda utilizes evidence-based practices when working with all her clients and treats each with empathy. She takes the necessary time to get to know each of them so she can personalize treatment to their needs.
(904) 300-2854 View (904) 300-2854

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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
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Medication Management
72% 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

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.