Psychiatrists in Lithia, FL

Photo of Tanika S Williams, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lithia, FL
Tanika S Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
Lithia, FL 33547  (Online Only)
As a clinician, I understand what patient - centered means and my goal is to help each patient achieve their personal health care goal through my guidance and expertise. I believe open communication is particularly important and listening to the patients' needs is imperative when developing a trusting and therapeutic patient- provider relationship.
As a clinician, I understand what patient - centered means and my goal is to help each patient achieve their personal health care goal through my guidance and expertise. I believe open communication is particularly important and listening to the patients' needs is imperative when developing a trusting and therapeutic patient- provider relationship.
(813) 568-9869 View (813) 568-9869
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Jennifer Milam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Lithia, FL 33547
Jennifer has over 8 years of mental health nursing experience. While working on an inpatient psychiatric unit she saw the need in the community for more mental health providers so she decided to further her education. She is a compassionate, understanding provider who enjoys taking the time to get to know her patients. Jennifer attended South Florida State College for her nursing degree and the University of South Florida for her bachelor's degree. She obtained her master's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is board certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Jennifer has over 8 years of mental health nursing experience. While working on an inpatient psychiatric unit she saw the need in the community for more mental health providers so she decided to further her education. She is a compassionate, understanding provider who enjoys taking the time to get to know her patients. Jennifer attended South Florida State College for her nursing degree and the University of South Florida for her bachelor's degree. She obtained her master's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is board certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.
(813) 755-8479 View (813) 755-8479
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Mark Weisman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lithia, FL 33547
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
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Robert Wilkins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lithia, FL 33547
Dr. Robert Wilkins sees patients of age eighteen and up at Lifestance. He provides some limited therapy for mood and anxiety disorders. He treats depression, anxiety, psychotic conditions, substance abuse, and ADHD. There is a special interest in the treatment of PTSD. Dr. Wilkins obtained his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, and then completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Colorado. He spent many years at the Veterans Administration before coming to Lifestance.
Dr. Robert Wilkins sees patients of age eighteen and up at Lifestance. He provides some limited therapy for mood and anxiety disorders. He treats depression, anxiety, psychotic conditions, substance abuse, and ADHD. There is a special interest in the treatment of PTSD. Dr. Wilkins obtained his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, and then completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Colorado. He spent many years at the Veterans Administration before coming to Lifestance.
(813) 896-4194 View (813) 896-4194
Photo of Pamela Sanders, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lithia, FL
Pamela Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lithia, FL 33547
Pamela works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Pamela believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Pamela works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Pamela believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(727) 966-2797 View (727) 966-2797
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Kathleen Muller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lithia, FL 33547
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and am passionate about providing quality and compassionate mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. My clinical skills are enhanced by my natural ability to build a rapport with patients and my easy-going communication style. I combine personal observation and clinical experience with evidence-based practice in order to provide all patients with a holistic approach to wellness.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and am passionate about providing quality and compassionate mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. My clinical skills are enhanced by my natural ability to build a rapport with patients and my easy-going communication style. I combine personal observation and clinical experience with evidence-based practice in order to provide all patients with a holistic approach to wellness.
(813) 945-7741 View (813) 945-7741

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Nina M Gagnier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Riverview, FL 33569
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in geriatric psychiatry working alongside Trevon Friar Founder and CEO of Pivoting Minds Psychiatry, Nina Gagnier brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. Her expertise includes conducting comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing and treating patients with a wide range of psychiatric disorders. Nina Gagnier prescribes medicines to treat a wide span of mental health disorders including Schizophrenia, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Insomnia, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in geriatric psychiatry working alongside Trevon Friar Founder and CEO of Pivoting Minds Psychiatry, Nina Gagnier brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. Her expertise includes conducting comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing and treating patients with a wide range of psychiatric disorders. Nina Gagnier prescribes medicines to treat a wide span of mental health disorders including Schizophrenia, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Insomnia, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
(813) 896-3105 View (813) 896-3105
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Dr. Melissa Nicholas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Brandon, FL 33511
Do you struggle with feeling low, disconnected from yourself and others? Have a hard time concentrating or 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. Dr. Nicholas believes it shouldn’t be so hard to live a better life.
Do you struggle with feeling low, disconnected from yourself and others? Have a hard time concentrating or 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. Dr. Nicholas believes it shouldn’t be so hard to live a better life.
(813) 906-0642 View (813) 906-0642
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Mind Revive Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Valrico, FL 33594
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 View (813) 547-6215
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Instic Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mulberry, FL 33860
Pragnesh Patel, MD, is a Florida licensed Board-certified General/Adult Psychiatrist. He served as lead resident in department of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in 2015. He serves as a Medical Director at Instic Health. Dr Patel has developed standards to offer better care to patients. Instic Health is an outpatient psychiatric practice providing outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment across FL.
Pragnesh Patel, MD, is a Florida licensed Board-certified General/Adult Psychiatrist. He served as lead resident in department of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in 2015. He serves as a Medical Director at Instic Health. Dr Patel has developed standards to offer better care to patients. Instic Health is an outpatient psychiatric practice providing outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment across FL.
(813) 946-6052 View (813) 946-6052
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Mary Kathryn Parham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Valrico, FL 33596  (Online Only)
Dual-board certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner operating a private practice seeing patients via secure online video visits as a modern era house call. Trained in primary care at the University of South Carolina and in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, my board certifications are in family medicine and in general child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. My approach is to observe and listen with curiosity and optimism to the individual seeking mental health care, so that we may then have a conversation and learn how to best collaborate to secure all the good that is possible.
Dual-board certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner operating a private practice seeing patients via secure online video visits as a modern era house call. Trained in primary care at the University of South Carolina and in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, my board certifications are in family medicine and in general child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. My approach is to observe and listen with curiosity and optimism to the individual seeking mental health care, so that we may then have a conversation and learn how to best collaborate to secure all the good that is possible.
(813) 547-6449 View (813) 547-6449
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Prestige Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Valrico, FL 33596
Where Mental Wellness Meets Humanity: At Prestige Health & Wellness, we're dedicated to putting your mental health first, so you can rediscover what it means to truly thrive. Our ethos revolves around "Bringing Humanity Back to Mental Wellness," as we believe in fostering compassionate healing both within and beyond our walls. With a personalized approach to every interaction, we view you as a valued partner in your health journey. Specializing in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, we're equipped to address a spectrum of mental health challenges, from anxiety and depression to PTSD, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
Where Mental Wellness Meets Humanity: At Prestige Health & Wellness, we're dedicated to putting your mental health first, so you can rediscover what it means to truly thrive. Our ethos revolves around "Bringing Humanity Back to Mental Wellness," as we believe in fostering compassionate healing both within and beyond our walls. With a personalized approach to every interaction, we view you as a valued partner in your health journey. Specializing in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, we're equipped to address a spectrum of mental health challenges, from anxiety and depression to PTSD, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
(813) 845-0867 View (813) 845-0867
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Trevon J. Friar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Riverview, FL 33569
Trevon Friar, PHMNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner in Florida, based in the Tampa Bay area. Combining his expertise in evaluation and treatment, he founded Pivoting Minds Psychiatry. He provides comprehensive psychiatric services in Riverview, Florida and throughout the state of Florida, via telemedicine. Through extensive coursework, clinical rotations, and clinical practice, he has received specialized training and years of preparation in psychiatry for adolescents, adult and geriatric patients. He is skilled at using assessment-based and treatment-focused approaches to enhance mental clarity.
Trevon Friar, PHMNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner in Florida, based in the Tampa Bay area. Combining his expertise in evaluation and treatment, he founded Pivoting Minds Psychiatry. He provides comprehensive psychiatric services in Riverview, Florida and throughout the state of Florida, via telemedicine. Through extensive coursework, clinical rotations, and clinical practice, he has received specialized training and years of preparation in psychiatry for adolescents, adult and geriatric patients. He is skilled at using assessment-based and treatment-focused approaches to enhance mental clarity.
(813) 328-5754 View (813) 328-5754
Photo of William M Homan, Physician Assistant in Lithia, FL
William M Homan
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-PSY
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Riverview, FL 33579
*Please note: I'm a practicing Physician Assistant, with prescribing authority located in Brandon, FL. I provide services in General Adult Psychiatry. My primary goal as a provider is to work with patients to establish and implement the treatment plan that best suits them. Working in a collaborative fashion with the use of therapy, medications, or a combination of both. I seek to help people improve relationships and pursue lives they find meaningful.
*Please note: I'm a practicing Physician Assistant, with prescribing authority located in Brandon, FL. I provide services in General Adult Psychiatry. My primary goal as a provider is to work with patients to establish and implement the treatment plan that best suits them. Working in a collaborative fashion with the use of therapy, medications, or a combination of both. I seek to help people improve relationships and pursue lives they find meaningful.
(813) 519-3969 View (813) 519-3969
Photo of Krista White, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lithia, FL
Krista White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Riverview, FL 33569
Krista White is a dual certified FNP-C, PMHNP-BC serving the greater Tampa area. She is dedicated to promoting mental and physical health and wellbeing to adult individuals. The impact that mental health and physical health have on each other is undeniable. As a board-certified family and psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 25 years of experience. Equipping individuals with the necessary tools to make quality decisions regarding their health is her philosophy; health promotion, disease prevention, and quality care are her priorities!
Krista White is a dual certified FNP-C, PMHNP-BC serving the greater Tampa area. She is dedicated to promoting mental and physical health and wellbeing to adult individuals. The impact that mental health and physical health have on each other is undeniable. As a board-certified family and psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 25 years of experience. Equipping individuals with the necessary tools to make quality decisions regarding their health is her philosophy; health promotion, disease prevention, and quality care are her priorities!
(813) 519-5303 View (813) 519-5303

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Alicia Allen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lithia, FL
Alicia Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Deltona, FL 32738  (Online Only)
Hello! I am Alicia Allen a dual certified Adult-Gerontology and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.... Are you feeling off balance? Maladjusted? Looking to achieve mental and emotional stability? Together we can cultivate hope, a sense of belonging, healing and growth in challenging conditions.
Hello! I am Alicia Allen a dual certified Adult-Gerontology and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.... Are you feeling off balance? Maladjusted? Looking to achieve mental and emotional stability? Together we can cultivate hope, a sense of belonging, healing and growth in challenging conditions.
(904) 842-2657 View (904) 842-2657
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Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Melbourne, FL 32901
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.
(321) 449-7089 View (321) 449-7089
Photo of Jason W Floyd, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lithia, FL
Jason W Floyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Auburndale, FL 33823
Compassionate and Empathetic Adult and Child Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Board certified, who provides evidence-based Psychiatric solutions for patients seeking to balance and normalize their mental health. Patients may be seeking help with Depression, Anxiety, Adjusting to Situational Stressors, ADHD, Bipolar D/O, recent trauma or mental health issues related to substance abuse, and others. (Not Addiction Medicine trained) Patients with the above conditions will be provided the time, care, compassion, and treatment necessary to return to a more balanced and normal state of mental health.
Compassionate and Empathetic Adult and Child Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Board certified, who provides evidence-based Psychiatric solutions for patients seeking to balance and normalize their mental health. Patients may be seeking help with Depression, Anxiety, Adjusting to Situational Stressors, ADHD, Bipolar D/O, recent trauma or mental health issues related to substance abuse, and others. (Not Addiction Medicine trained) Patients with the above conditions will be provided the time, care, compassion, and treatment necessary to return to a more balanced and normal state of mental health.
(863) 591-3527 View (863) 591-3527
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Tampa Bay Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33629
Get help and feel better. Are you seeking mental health treatment and don't know where to start? Visit my website and click on "10 Ways to Seek Treatment" for a quick guide to help you get started. www.TampaBayPsychiatry.com. Feel free to contact me with questions after reviewing the guide.
Get help and feel better. Are you seeking mental health treatment and don't know where to start? Visit my website and click on "10 Ways to Seek Treatment" for a quick guide to help you get started. www.TampaBayPsychiatry.com. Feel free to contact me with questions after reviewing the guide.
(813) 551-2523 View (813) 551-2523
Photo of Tracey Rzepka, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lithia, FL
Tracey Rzepka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sarasota, FL 34239
We have some same or next day appointments available and others available within one week in person as well as online Tuesday-Friday. Tracey Rzepka is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing management of psychiatric medications and psychotherapy. She has a background in general medicine and offers holistic care addressing the body, mind and spirit providing personal, compassionate care. Her visits are longer than most psychiatrists providing more time for counseling and support.
We have some same or next day appointments available and others available within one week in person as well as online Tuesday-Friday. Tracey Rzepka is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing management of psychiatric medications and psychotherapy. She has a background in general medicine and offers holistic care addressing the body, mind and spirit providing personal, compassionate care. Her visits are longer than most psychiatrists providing more time for counseling and support.
(941) 202-6352 View (941) 202-6352

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Number of Psychiatrists in Lithia, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lithia, FL who prioritize treating:

83% Depression
83% ADHD
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Medication Management
67% Anxiety
67% Psychosis

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Lithia, FL see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lithia?

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.