Psychiatrists in Lakeland, FL

Photo of Kelli Lewis-Foltin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakeland, FL
Kelli Lewis-Foltin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33801
Kelli Lewis-Foltin is a dual certified Adult Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Practitioner and board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2004. She graduated from the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL with a master's degree in science in nursing in 2004. Kelli uses Evidence-based treatments that have been proven effective through outcome evaluations or informed by research and evaluation. She strives to provide quality care, maximize client safety, and exceed client's expectations.
Kelli Lewis-Foltin is a dual certified Adult Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Practitioner and board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2004. She graduated from the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL with a master's degree in science in nursing in 2004. Kelli uses Evidence-based treatments that have been proven effective through outcome evaluations or informed by research and evaluation. She strives to provide quality care, maximize client safety, and exceed client's expectations.
(863) 592-8477 View (863) 592-8477
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33801
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.
(813) 535-4324 View (813) 535-4324
Doctors Isaac & Isaac Psychiatric PA
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33803
We are two psychiatrists and child psychiatrists: Isaac George Isaac, MD and George Isaac, MD, who provide psychiatric evaluations and treatment for children and adults, including senior citizens. We understand the need for excellent psychiatric evaluations, so the problems could be understood well and effective treatment could be provided from the get go, rather than rushed inadequate evaluations resulting in improper understanding resulting in confused treatment and months or years of wasted time and un-necessary suffering.
We are two psychiatrists and child psychiatrists: Isaac George Isaac, MD and George Isaac, MD, who provide psychiatric evaluations and treatment for children and adults, including senior citizens. We understand the need for excellent psychiatric evaluations, so the problems could be understood well and effective treatment could be provided from the get go, rather than rushed inadequate evaluations resulting in improper understanding resulting in confused treatment and months or years of wasted time and un-necessary suffering.
(863) 356-0630 View (863) 356-0630
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Benjamin Elliot Lippmann
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33813
I am a compassionate psychiatrist who cares for those with mild, moderate, and severe mental health issues. I seek to help patients find remission from acute and chronic mental health issues, such as depression, inattention, psychosis, and substance use disorders. Additionally, I care for those with dementia and their loved ones who may be suffering with caregiver burnout.
I am a compassionate psychiatrist who cares for those with mild, moderate, and severe mental health issues. I seek to help patients find remission from acute and chronic mental health issues, such as depression, inattention, psychosis, and substance use disorders. Additionally, I care for those with dementia and their loved ones who may be suffering with caregiver burnout.
(863) 289-0968 View (863) 289-0968
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Lives Matter Mental Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33801  (Online Only)
Twyla has a unique ability to connect with her patients. She is kind, compassionate, and nonjudgmental. This allows her to build a trusting rapport with those she gives care. She actively listens to her patients and collaborates with them for best quality outcomes. Twyla is on a mission to alleviate symptoms that's causing you emotional distress such as depressed mood, anxiety, disturbed sleep patterns. decreased energy, impaired focus and concentration. She also help manage hallucinations and symptoms of PTSD, OCD, ADHD and many more.
Twyla has a unique ability to connect with her patients. She is kind, compassionate, and nonjudgmental. This allows her to build a trusting rapport with those she gives care. She actively listens to her patients and collaborates with them for best quality outcomes. Twyla is on a mission to alleviate symptoms that's causing you emotional distress such as depressed mood, anxiety, disturbed sleep patterns. decreased energy, impaired focus and concentration. She also help manage hallucinations and symptoms of PTSD, OCD, ADHD and many more.
(863) 663-2751 View (863) 663-2751
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Gene Wiggs
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33801
Dr. Gene M. Wiggs is a Psychiatrist in Florida who has been practicing since 2019. Dr. Wiggs provides medication and non-medication treatment for anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders. In his spare time, Dr. Wiggs enjoys documentary films, comedies, historical dramas, and tennis.
Dr. Gene M. Wiggs is a Psychiatrist in Florida who has been practicing since 2019. Dr. Wiggs provides medication and non-medication treatment for anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders. In his spare time, Dr. Wiggs enjoys documentary films, comedies, historical dramas, and tennis.
(863) 434-8504 View (863) 434-8504
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Safir Azam Md Telepsychiatry Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33813  (Online Only)
Mission : My mission is to embody the values of accessibility, seamless communication, respect, and excellence in treatment for each patient. I am Medically trained Physician Psychiatrist.I had the privilege to train at Royal London & St Bartholomew’s Hospital for 4 years in various branches of Psychiatry before I moved to the USA. I had a further Residency Training at SUNY Downstate Hospital Brooklyn, NY followed by a one year of Child Psychiatry training at the University of Florida. I have a fellowship in psychoanalysis from NYU and a 2 year of psychodynamic psychotherapy training at Willam Alanson White Institute , NYC.
Mission : My mission is to embody the values of accessibility, seamless communication, respect, and excellence in treatment for each patient. I am Medically trained Physician Psychiatrist.I had the privilege to train at Royal London & St Bartholomew’s Hospital for 4 years in various branches of Psychiatry before I moved to the USA. I had a further Residency Training at SUNY Downstate Hospital Brooklyn, NY followed by a one year of Child Psychiatry training at the University of Florida. I have a fellowship in psychoanalysis from NYU and a 2 year of psychodynamic psychotherapy training at Willam Alanson White Institute , NYC.
(305) 614-8923 View (305) 614-8923
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33801
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(321) 306-1071 View (321) 306-1071
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Marcus L Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakeland, FL 33811  (Online Only)
*NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AND APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE WITHIN 7 DAYS* Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, issues with body image, severe mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
*NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AND APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE WITHIN 7 DAYS* Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, issues with body image, severe mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
(407) 214-5856 View (407) 214-5856
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33801  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(561) 264-0813 View (561) 264-0813
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Sharon R Carver
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakeland, FL 33811
Appointments available within 7 days! If you're struggling with the weight of depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, or substance abuse, and you've sought advice without finding the right answers, know that I'm here for you. I will bring an unbiased approach, blending traditional therapeutic techniques with careful medication management to create a personalized plan just for you. Let's embark on this journey together, overcoming challenges and shaping a path toward a brighter, more fulfilling life.
Appointments available within 7 days! If you're struggling with the weight of depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, or substance abuse, and you've sought advice without finding the right answers, know that I'm here for you. I will bring an unbiased approach, blending traditional therapeutic techniques with careful medication management to create a personalized plan just for you. Let's embark on this journey together, overcoming challenges and shaping a path toward a brighter, more fulfilling life.
(813) 303-0555 x102 View (813) 303-0555 x102
Photo of Mind Revive Psychiatry LLC , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakeland, FL
Mind Revive Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33811
Now Accepting New Patients and Appointments Available Within 7 days! Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, issues with body image, severe mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
Now Accepting New Patients and Appointments Available Within 7 days! Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, issues with body image, severe mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
(813) 547-6215 x101 View (813) 547-6215 x101
Photo of Yalanda Holmes, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakeland, FL
Yalanda Holmes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33801
Yalanda Holmes is a very empathetic and compassionate nurse practitioner. She has excellent communication skills and is very professional. Also, she enjoys advocating for patients and is adept at considering potential barriers to treatment and comorbid health concerns. Yalanda has passionately provided over 21 years of nursing care in many different specialties. Her professional background includes providing nursing care to dedicated veterans at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, FL. She has worked as a Public Health Nurse for the Florida Department of Health and the Polk County Public Schools.
Yalanda Holmes is a very empathetic and compassionate nurse practitioner. She has excellent communication skills and is very professional. Also, she enjoys advocating for patients and is adept at considering potential barriers to treatment and comorbid health concerns. Yalanda has passionately provided over 21 years of nursing care in many different specialties. Her professional background includes providing nursing care to dedicated veterans at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, FL. She has worked as a Public Health Nurse for the Florida Department of Health and the Polk County Public Schools.
(863) 867-2071 View (863) 867-2071
Photo of Kristen Leigh Heristchi, Physician Assistant in Lakeland, FL
Kristen Leigh Heristchi
Physician Assistant, MPH, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33801
My goal in life is to achieve and maintain inner peace and happiness. After 21 years of practice, I have learned that most of my patients have that same goal. Unfortunately, depression, anxiety, and trauma can sometimes stand in our way, blindside us, and throw us off course.
My goal in life is to achieve and maintain inner peace and happiness. After 21 years of practice, I have learned that most of my patients have that same goal. Unfortunately, depression, anxiety, and trauma can sometimes stand in our way, blindside us, and throw us off course.
(908) 860-8711 View (908) 860-8711
Photo of Mark Weisman, Psychiatrist in Lakeland, FL
Mark Weisman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33801
LifeStance in Brandon, FL provides counseling and therapy online or in person. Also, psychiatry and medication management are available by video. The choice is yours. We offer individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy and marriage counseling. We accept most insurances and serve all ages. Call or book online today!.
LifeStance in Brandon, FL provides counseling and therapy online or in person. Also, psychiatry and medication management are available by video. The choice is yours. We offer individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy and marriage counseling. We accept most insurances and serve all ages. Call or book online today!.
(813) 640-4934 View (813) 640-4934
Photo of Jerika Perry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakeland, FL
Jerika Perry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33803
Jerika Perry is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with more than seven (7) years of medical expertise. Do you struggle with feeling disconnected from yourself and others? Do you put your needs at the bottom of the to-do-list? Do you wonder if life should feel somehow better? Happier? Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed and uncertain about how they are supposed to manage their relationships, careers, and their lives. Pushing away your needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long term issues for your mind and body. We believe it shouldnt be so hard to live a better life.
Jerika Perry is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with more than seven (7) years of medical expertise. Do you struggle with feeling disconnected from yourself and others? Do you put your needs at the bottom of the to-do-list? Do you wonder if life should feel somehow better? Happier? Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed and uncertain about how they are supposed to manage their relationships, careers, and their lives. Pushing away your needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long term issues for your mind and body. We believe it shouldnt be so hard to live a better life.
(813) 536-5382 View (813) 536-5382
Photo of Jamie Lee Durchin, Physician Assistant in Lakeland, FL
Jamie Lee Durchin
Physician Assistant, MSPAS, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakeland, FL 33801
I am physician assistant with specialty certification in psychiatry and prescribing privileges. I have over 15 years experience performing psychiatric evaluations and providing medication management to adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations.
I am physician assistant with specialty certification in psychiatry and prescribing privileges. I have over 15 years experience performing psychiatric evaluations and providing medication management to adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations.
(863) 709-8543 View (863) 709-8543
Photo of Melissa Morgan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakeland, FL
Melissa Morgan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33811
If you have been struggling to find balance with your mental health. If you feel like the treatments / medications you are currently taking are not working, please let me help you. You DO NOT have to walk this road alone. If you are looking for a provider that will ensure a safe, judgement free environment, that offers realistic, effective treatment solutions you are in the right place. Together, we can work to explore your challenges, and set goals to help you function at your best. I especially enjoy working with medical professionals, veterans, and first responders, who experience unique challenges related to their occupation.
If you have been struggling to find balance with your mental health. If you feel like the treatments / medications you are currently taking are not working, please let me help you. You DO NOT have to walk this road alone. If you are looking for a provider that will ensure a safe, judgement free environment, that offers realistic, effective treatment solutions you are in the right place. Together, we can work to explore your challenges, and set goals to help you function at your best. I especially enjoy working with medical professionals, veterans, and first responders, who experience unique challenges related to their occupation.
(813) 212-3246 View (813) 212-3246
Photo of Stages Health & Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lakeland, FL
Stages Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakeland, FL 33801  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed by depression, stress, or anxiety? As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with dual certification in Family Medicine, I offer compassionate, holistic care tailored to your unique needs. Whether you're a preteen, teen, adult, or elderly, I provide evaluations and medication management via secure, HIPAA-compliant Tele-psychiatry video conferences.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by depression, stress, or anxiety? As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with dual certification in Family Medicine, I offer compassionate, holistic care tailored to your unique needs. Whether you're a preteen, teen, adult, or elderly, I provide evaluations and medication management via secure, HIPAA-compliant Tele-psychiatry video conferences.
(863) 431-9217 View (863) 431-9217
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Bryan Espinet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33803  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you struggle with this constant heaviness inside of you? Do you carry what feels like the weight of the world on your shoulders? Have you struggled with depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, trouble concentrating, struggling to sleep, and just never feeling “just right” for a long time with little relief? Do you feel like no matter how hard you try; your voice is never truly heard?
Do you feel like you struggle with this constant heaviness inside of you? Do you carry what feels like the weight of the world on your shoulders? Have you struggled with depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, trouble concentrating, struggling to sleep, and just never feeling “just right” for a long time with little relief? Do you feel like no matter how hard you try; your voice is never truly heard?
(941) 265-2681 View (941) 265-2681

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lakeland, FL

30+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Lakeland, FL who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
91% Depression
89% Bipolar Disorder
86% ADHD
83% Medication Management
71% Trauma and PTSD
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
89% Cigna and Evernorth
78% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Lakeland, FL see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

56% Female
44% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lakeland?

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.