Psychiatrists in Miami, FL

Photo of Margaret Mary Reyes, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Miami, FL
Margaret Mary Reyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33133  (Online Only)
Margaret Reyes, PMHNP-BC is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and treats patients at Elevate Psychiatry Coconut Grove. She is validating, friendly, and skilled in psychiatric evaluation and management. Dr. Reyes provides empathy to all her patients and includes traditional approaches as well as cutting-edge treatment modalities to make sure her patients get better!
Margaret Reyes, PMHNP-BC is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and treats patients at Elevate Psychiatry Coconut Grove. She is validating, friendly, and skilled in psychiatric evaluation and management. Dr. Reyes provides empathy to all her patients and includes traditional approaches as well as cutting-edge treatment modalities to make sure her patients get better!
(305) 686-2488 View (305) 686-2488
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Jemma Small
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33130  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Jemma Small, I am a dual Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a great deal of experience and excellent people skills. I have been a healthcare professional for the past 34 years.
Hello, my name is Jemma Small, I am a dual Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a great deal of experience and excellent people skills. I have been a healthcare professional for the past 34 years.
(786) 933-9527 View (786) 933-9527
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Lizi Enamorado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33144
I am a dedicated and compassionate dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner with over 23 years of experience in the healthcare field.
I am a dedicated and compassionate dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner with over 23 years of experience in the healthcare field.
(786) 983-8968 View (786) 983-8968
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Echo Meadows Psychiatric and Psychological Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33179
Your recovery is our commitment at Echo Meadows. We are dedicated to providing patient-centered care, which means we believe in seeing patients as individuals, and not just what they are going through currently. We firmly believe in holistic care, and that when mind, body, and soul are in alignment, true wellness can happen.
Your recovery is our commitment at Echo Meadows. We are dedicated to providing patient-centered care, which means we believe in seeing patients as individuals, and not just what they are going through currently. We firmly believe in holistic care, and that when mind, body, and soul are in alignment, true wellness can happen.
(954) 287-0495 View (954) 287-0495
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Giuliana Altare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33183  (Online Only)
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I care for the community by balancing rational, emotional and spiritual well-being. By using a holistic approach I provide my patients with the tools to overcome psychiatric symptoms and stressors. I am described as genuine, compassionate, and empathetic. My patient’s happiness, safety and comfort are of the upmost importance to me. I work with children, adolescents, adults and the geriatric population afflicted with different mental health conditions to develop personalized treatment plans to achieve patient specific optimal goals.
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I care for the community by balancing rational, emotional and spiritual well-being. By using a holistic approach I provide my patients with the tools to overcome psychiatric symptoms and stressors. I am described as genuine, compassionate, and empathetic. My patient’s happiness, safety and comfort are of the upmost importance to me. I work with children, adolescents, adults and the geriatric population afflicted with different mental health conditions to develop personalized treatment plans to achieve patient specific optimal goals.
(786) 933-5189 View (786) 933-5189
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Shanique Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33130  (Online Only)
Hello, it’s nice meeting you. I’m Shanique. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience in the healthcare field. My goal is to get all my clients to their optimal mental health based on their individualized needs.
Hello, it’s nice meeting you. I’m Shanique. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience in the healthcare field. My goal is to get all my clients to their optimal mental health based on their individualized needs.
(786) 882-8604 View (786) 882-8604
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Diana Lankenau
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, FNP-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33155
Diana Lankenau is a board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse specialized in psychiatric mental health at Lankenau Health Services. In her own words: “Life is a journey. We all struggle in understanding our own thoughts, emotions, insecurities, perceptions, and behaviors. Often times, we compare ourselves to others in search for the self”. Diana attempts to help others in understanding that mental health conflicts are very common. Showing emotion during these hard times is not a sign of weakness, or vulnerability but inner strength.
Diana Lankenau is a board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse specialized in psychiatric mental health at Lankenau Health Services. In her own words: “Life is a journey. We all struggle in understanding our own thoughts, emotions, insecurities, perceptions, and behaviors. Often times, we compare ourselves to others in search for the self”. Diana attempts to help others in understanding that mental health conflicts are very common. Showing emotion during these hard times is not a sign of weakness, or vulnerability but inner strength.
(786) 743-4825 View (786) 743-4825
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Envision Mindcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33137  (Online Only)
Laura Pinero, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. Laura speaks both English and Spanish fluently. This linguistic proficiency, coupled with her innate empathy, has been instrumental in her ability to connect with and provide comprehensive care to patients from various cultural backgrounds. Her dedication, empathy, and commitment to cultural competence make her a valued healthcare provider in the vibrant and diverse city of Miami.
Laura Pinero, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. Laura speaks both English and Spanish fluently. This linguistic proficiency, coupled with her innate empathy, has been instrumental in her ability to connect with and provide comprehensive care to patients from various cultural backgrounds. Her dedication, empathy, and commitment to cultural competence make her a valued healthcare provider in the vibrant and diverse city of Miami.
(786) 220-1969 View (786) 220-1969
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Envision Mindcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33137
Lourdes E. Velazquez Perez, ARNP, FNP B-C, PMHNP-BC is a professionally trained Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in psychiatric services. She is a foreign Medical Doctor who graduated in Cuba from the University of Medicine of Havana, “Calixto Garcia.” She has more than eight years of experience in the medical field. She treats patients with psychiatric conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental health diagnoses. She is passionate and dedicated to her work and patients’ health outcomes.
Lourdes E. Velazquez Perez, ARNP, FNP B-C, PMHNP-BC is a professionally trained Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in psychiatric services. She is a foreign Medical Doctor who graduated in Cuba from the University of Medicine of Havana, “Calixto Garcia.” She has more than eight years of experience in the medical field. She treats patients with psychiatric conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental health diagnoses. She is passionate and dedicated to her work and patients’ health outcomes.
(786) 220-1969 View (786) 220-1969
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Today Telemedicine
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33131  (Online Only)
ADD/ADHD computer testing and stimulants (Adderall, Vyvanse ect) available for Florida residents via telemedicine. see program details. fully online psychiatry, therapy and urgent care. Genetic testing for psychiatric medication available (nearly all medication available except NO benzodiazepines) . Easy self-scheduling from our website www.TodayTelemedicine.com and book a session this week! Insurance accepted, self pay rates initial visit $199, follow ups $99, Qb Test for ADD/ADHD $130.
ADD/ADHD computer testing and stimulants (Adderall, Vyvanse ect) available for Florida residents via telemedicine. see program details. fully online psychiatry, therapy and urgent care. Genetic testing for psychiatric medication available (nearly all medication available except NO benzodiazepines) . Easy self-scheduling from our website www.TodayTelemedicine.com and book a session this week! Insurance accepted, self pay rates initial visit $199, follow ups $99, Qb Test for ADD/ADHD $130.
(786) 745-7592 View (786) 745-7592
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Elizabeth Baylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, BSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33137  (Online Only)
I am an ANCC board-certified PMHNP. I received my MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health from Virginia Commonwealth University. I worked as an RN on a trauma step-down unit, helping patients who had endured bodily trauma and patients withdrawing from substances. The clinical experience I received during my training was largely with inpatient mood disorder and forensic psychiatric populations with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. When I began to work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, that experience influenced my decision to focus on mental health.
I am an ANCC board-certified PMHNP. I received my MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health from Virginia Commonwealth University. I worked as an RN on a trauma step-down unit, helping patients who had endured bodily trauma and patients withdrawing from substances. The clinical experience I received during my training was largely with inpatient mood disorder and forensic psychiatric populations with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. When I began to work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, that experience influenced my decision to focus on mental health.
(786) 244-5481 View (786) 244-5481
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Kelly Lidz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33137  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 10 years of practice as an RN and NP. I received my bachelor's and master of science in nursing from Columbia University. I have experience working in medication management; psychodynamic therapy (individual, family/couples, and group); cognitive behavioral therapy; motivational interviewing; psychiatric, psychotic, and personality disorders; PTSD; ADHD. I specialize in young adults and adult population.
I am an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 10 years of practice as an RN and NP. I received my bachelor's and master of science in nursing from Columbia University. I have experience working in medication management; psychodynamic therapy (individual, family/couples, and group); cognitive behavioral therapy; motivational interviewing; psychiatric, psychotic, and personality disorders; PTSD; ADHD. I specialize in young adults and adult population.
(646) 736-4127 View (646) 736-4127
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Envision Mindcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC, ACNPCAG
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33137  (Online Only)
Maria Botero,APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, ACNPC-AG Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental wellness. With a passion for mental health and a dedication to compassionate care. My mission is to provide comprehensive, evidence-based psychiatric care that promotes healing, resilience, and overall well-being. I am dedicated to advocating for mental health awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness, striving to create a supportive and inclusive environment where individuals feel valued, heard, and empowered to seek the help they deserve.
Maria Botero,APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, ACNPC-AG Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental wellness. With a passion for mental health and a dedication to compassionate care. My mission is to provide comprehensive, evidence-based psychiatric care that promotes healing, resilience, and overall well-being. I am dedicated to advocating for mental health awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness, striving to create a supportive and inclusive environment where individuals feel valued, heard, and empowered to seek the help they deserve.
(786) 220-1969 View (786) 220-1969
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Envision Mindcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33137  (Online Only)
Yumays Torres, ARRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. As a first-generation graduate, I received my master’s degree from St. Thomas University and started treating patients in 2023. As a compassionate caregiver and advocate for patient-centered care, I previously worked in hospital, outpatient, and telehealth settings as a Registered Nurse for 7 years in Miami, FL.
Yumays Torres, ARRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. As a first-generation graduate, I received my master’s degree from St. Thomas University and started treating patients in 2023. As a compassionate caregiver and advocate for patient-centered care, I previously worked in hospital, outpatient, and telehealth settings as a Registered Nurse for 7 years in Miami, FL.
(786) 220-1969 View (786) 220-1969
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Center for Emotional Health - Florida
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33186
CEH offers traditional and alternative mental health services to ensure our patients have the best treatment and support available. CEH offers the following services: virtual + in-office appointments, therapy + counseling, medication management, medicated assisted treatment for substance abuse + veteran support services. CEH provides treatment for patients ages 4 and older, with a less-than two-week waiting period guaranteed at our 50+ office locations. CEH has convenient locations in North Carolina and Florida, including those serving the Jacksonville, Miami, Pembroke Pines, and Tampa areas.
CEH offers traditional and alternative mental health services to ensure our patients have the best treatment and support available. CEH offers the following services: virtual + in-office appointments, therapy + counseling, medication management, medicated assisted treatment for substance abuse + veteran support services. CEH provides treatment for patients ages 4 and older, with a less-than two-week waiting period guaranteed at our 50+ office locations. CEH has convenient locations in North Carolina and Florida, including those serving the Jacksonville, Miami, Pembroke Pines, and Tampa areas.
(786) 745-7232 View (786) 745-7232
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Mahogany Primary Care & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33168  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Mental Health is an important aspect of life today. Many are still facing the stigmas of seeking care for conditions such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and other mental health problems. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who strives to give patient-centered, individualized care to those seeking assistance with their mental health.
Mental Health is an important aspect of life today. Many are still facing the stigmas of seeking care for conditions such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and other mental health problems. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who strives to give patient-centered, individualized care to those seeking assistance with their mental health.
(954) 807-1530 View (954) 807-1530
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Troy Saintable
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33130  (Online Only)
Hi! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I work with clients to discuss mental health concerns, identify treatment goals, and work towards meeting those goals. I use psychiatric assessments and screening tools to guide diagnosis and medication recommendations/options.
Hi! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I work with clients to discuss mental health concerns, identify treatment goals, and work towards meeting those goals. I use psychiatric assessments and screening tools to guide diagnosis and medication recommendations/options.
(786) 613-4251 View (786) 613-4251
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Miami Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33166  (Online Only)
Do you need help or guidance? Let's work together! Lazaro Gafas has been working in the field of psychiatry and mental health since 2016. His experiences in mental health began long before any of his studies. Lazaro saw firsthand how mental illness (Major Depressive Disorder) affected his mother, who sadly passed away in 2019. "I saw how mental illness consumed her, how it impacted our family, and how if left untreated can destroy and leave psychological scars". Lazaro seeks to treat each one of his clients with the same empathy and understanding that he would his mother. "I'm hopeful we can work on this together!"
Do you need help or guidance? Let's work together! Lazaro Gafas has been working in the field of psychiatry and mental health since 2016. His experiences in mental health began long before any of his studies. Lazaro saw firsthand how mental illness (Major Depressive Disorder) affected his mother, who sadly passed away in 2019. "I saw how mental illness consumed her, how it impacted our family, and how if left untreated can destroy and leave psychological scars". Lazaro seeks to treat each one of his clients with the same empathy and understanding that he would his mother. "I'm hopeful we can work on this together!"
(786) 751-7182 View (786) 751-7182
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SSM Behavioral Health Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, PPCNPBC, FMG
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33169  (Online Only)
Has your child been acting differently lately? Are they easily angered, irritable, having nightmares, difficulty sleeping, isolating, having interrupted appetite, hyperactive, declining in school performance, not finding joy in activities or not communicating? Are you the caretaker of an elderly family member? Have you recognized them isolating, tearful, declining in communication, decreased appetite, sad or lonely? Undiagnosed psychiatric illnesses can cause major decline in function in the family setting, at work, at school, and in the community. SSM Behavioral Health experts are here to help optimize your quality of life
Has your child been acting differently lately? Are they easily angered, irritable, having nightmares, difficulty sleeping, isolating, having interrupted appetite, hyperactive, declining in school performance, not finding joy in activities or not communicating? Are you the caretaker of an elderly family member? Have you recognized them isolating, tearful, declining in communication, decreased appetite, sad or lonely? Undiagnosed psychiatric illnesses can cause major decline in function in the family setting, at work, at school, and in the community. SSM Behavioral Health experts are here to help optimize your quality of life
(786) 244-6598 View (786) 244-6598
Photo of Claudia Rivero, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Miami, FL
Claudia Rivero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33130  (Online Only)
Clients should know that as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I possess the necessary qualifications, experience, and expertise to provide comprehensive mental health care. I believe in a holistic, collaborative, patient-centered approach and remain committed to continuous professional development while upholding ethical practices. My ultimate goal is to support clients on their journey towards improved mental well-being.
Clients should know that as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I possess the necessary qualifications, experience, and expertise to provide comprehensive mental health care. I believe in a holistic, collaborative, patient-centered approach and remain committed to continuous professional development while upholding ethical practices. My ultimate goal is to support clients on their journey towards improved mental well-being.
(305) 912-8890 View (305) 912-8890

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Miami, FL

400+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Miami, FL who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
82% Bipolar Disorder
78% Trauma and PTSD
76% ADHD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Medication Management

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Cigna and Evernorth
92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
90% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Miami, FL see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Miami?

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.