Psychiatrists in Minneola, FL

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Jake Hernandez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Minneola, FL 34715
The ideal client is someone motivated to learn how to tackle their mental health issues in a holistic approach. They may have difficulty navigating life transitions, dealing with depression, anxiety, or attention deficit issues. They are looking for an integrative approach to their mental health care, one that includes medications, supplements, therapy, and coaching. They want a comprehensive approach that may additional testings to fully understand the root of their issues.
The ideal client is someone motivated to learn how to tackle their mental health issues in a holistic approach. They may have difficulty navigating life transitions, dealing with depression, anxiety, or attention deficit issues. They are looking for an integrative approach to their mental health care, one that includes medications, supplements, therapy, and coaching. They want a comprehensive approach that may additional testings to fully understand the root of their issues.
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Judeline Docteur
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clermont, FL 34715
Hi, I'm Judeline Docteur, a psychiatric provider in Florida. Book with me now by clicking on my website. Many of my clients come to me feeling hopeless, emotionally overwhelmed, and misunderstood. I firmly believe that mental health is as critical as physical health. It influences all aspects of our day-to-day lives and our relationships. I specialize in assisting those who are dealing with Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and ADHD. Often misunderstood by society, these conditions can be incredibly isolating for the individuals experiencing them.
Hi, I'm Judeline Docteur, a psychiatric provider in Florida. Book with me now by clicking on my website. Many of my clients come to me feeling hopeless, emotionally overwhelmed, and misunderstood. I firmly believe that mental health is as critical as physical health. It influences all aspects of our day-to-day lives and our relationships. I specialize in assisting those who are dealing with Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and ADHD. Often misunderstood by society, these conditions can be incredibly isolating for the individuals experiencing them.
(321) 381-4795 View (321) 381-4795
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Wesley Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clermont, FL 34711
Building a judgment-free, therapeutic relationship is my goal. I strive to alleviate symptoms, achieve patient goals, and improve emotional and physical health. Collaboration is key in crafting personalized treatment plans for successful healing journeys.
Building a judgment-free, therapeutic relationship is my goal. I strive to alleviate symptoms, achieve patient goals, and improve emotional and physical health. Collaboration is key in crafting personalized treatment plans for successful healing journeys.
(689) 300-4011 View (689) 300-4011
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Tysam Beckett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clermont, FL 34711
Tysam Beckett is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2021. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Master of Science in Nursing. She is credentialed as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) "“ Board Certified (PMHNP-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Tysam can provide assessment, diagnosis and medication for mental health conditions or substance use disorders. Tysam believes in providing a holistic, evidence-based treatment plan for her patients.
Tysam Beckett is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2021. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Master of Science in Nursing. She is credentialed as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) "“ Board Certified (PMHNP-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Tysam can provide assessment, diagnosis and medication for mental health conditions or substance use disorders. Tysam believes in providing a holistic, evidence-based treatment plan for her patients.
(321) 450-7696 View (321) 450-7696
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Silver Lining Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clermont, FL 34711
Dr. Sherin Parvez is an experienced psychiatrist who specializes in adult mental health diagnosis & treatment. She is up to date with the current cutting edge advancements in the medical field of Psychiatry. She seamlessly combines her training & experience into her practice. Dr. Parvez has more than 10 years of experience in the medical field, which includes her work in Internal Medicine, ObGyn, NeuroPsych, and General Psychiatry. She finished her residency at the University of Missouri, School of Medicine, Columbia.
Dr. Sherin Parvez is an experienced psychiatrist who specializes in adult mental health diagnosis & treatment. She is up to date with the current cutting edge advancements in the medical field of Psychiatry. She seamlessly combines her training & experience into her practice. Dr. Parvez has more than 10 years of experience in the medical field, which includes her work in Internal Medicine, ObGyn, NeuroPsych, and General Psychiatry. She finished her residency at the University of Missouri, School of Medicine, Columbia.
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Harmony United Psychiatric care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing in our network of clinics and 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 in our network of clinics and 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.
(352) 310-8132 View (352) 310-8132
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Dr. Alexander Sidawi
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montverde, FL 34756
Are you feeling down or out of energy? Finding it hard to enjoy life? Always on edge or nervous? Maybe you’re overwhelmed to the point you can’t eat, sleep, or get things finished. Perhaps you’re feeling lonely and isolated? I can help. I’m Dr. Sidawi, and I’m a University of Florida trained, board certified psychiatrist who will spend the time necessary to make sure you feel your problems are understood. I provide my patients concierge levels of access by answering all calls and messages personally, and strive to maintain privacy by protecting your mental health information from automatically being shared with insurance bureaus.
Are you feeling down or out of energy? Finding it hard to enjoy life? Always on edge or nervous? Maybe you’re overwhelmed to the point you can’t eat, sleep, or get things finished. Perhaps you’re feeling lonely and isolated? I can help. I’m Dr. Sidawi, and I’m a University of Florida trained, board certified psychiatrist who will spend the time necessary to make sure you feel your problems are understood. I provide my patients concierge levels of access by answering all calls and messages personally, and strive to maintain privacy by protecting your mental health information from automatically being shared with insurance bureaus.
(407) 900-9656 View (407) 900-9656
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Dr. Sharon A Walker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Clermont, FL 34711
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, it will be my goal to provide my clients with integrative care of the mind, body, and spirit and to advocate for clients who struggle to be heard and understood, and to manage their treatment with empathy and compassion.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, it will be my goal to provide my clients with integrative care of the mind, body, and spirit and to advocate for clients who struggle to be heard and understood, and to manage their treatment with empathy and compassion.
(352) 675-3427 View (352) 675-3427
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Carolann Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Winter Garden, FL 34787
A board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, Ms. Carolann Brooks is humble and caring. She is currently employed at Life Stance Health Celebration, FL location. Patients visit her for a variety of concerns involving mood disorders, anxiety, adhd, psychiatry consultations, and medication management. Ms. Brooks earned her bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida. She pursued her master's degree in counselor education from Florida Polytechnic University and another master's degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University.
A board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, Ms. Carolann Brooks is humble and caring. She is currently employed at Life Stance Health Celebration, FL location. Patients visit her for a variety of concerns involving mood disorders, anxiety, adhd, psychiatry consultations, and medication management. Ms. Brooks earned her bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida. She pursued her master's degree in counselor education from Florida Polytechnic University and another master's degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University.
(407) 307-2737 View (407) 307-2737
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Optimum Care Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP
Verified Verified
Montverde, FL 34756
Clients can expect customized treatment tailored to meet their specific mental health condition. Collaborative care, promoting always a safe, comfortable environment that empowers clients to share without hesitation or reservation. My goal is to assist every client to achieve optimum results, tangible goals, which vary among clients.
Clients can expect customized treatment tailored to meet their specific mental health condition. Collaborative care, promoting always a safe, comfortable environment that empowers clients to share without hesitation or reservation. My goal is to assist every client to achieve optimum results, tangible goals, which vary among clients.
(352) 675-3851 View (352) 675-3851
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Kelly Spence
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clermont, FL 34711
Graduated UTSW and completed internal medicine/psychiatry residency at KUMC. Double boarded in internal medicine and psychiatry.
Graduated UTSW and completed internal medicine/psychiatry residency at KUMC. Double boarded in internal medicine and psychiatry.
(321) 203-0576 View (321) 203-0576
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Amy Bockelkamp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clermont, FL 34711
NP Care Clinic specializes in diagnosing and managing psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, bipolar II, ADHD, and binge eating disorder. Our focus areas include mental health for organ transplant patient recipient families, infertility (for both men and women), fibromyalgia, rheumatology, and college-age populations.
NP Care Clinic specializes in diagnosing and managing psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, bipolar II, ADHD, and binge eating disorder. Our focus areas include mental health for organ transplant patient recipient families, infertility (for both men and women), fibromyalgia, rheumatology, and college-age populations.
(352) 747-8004 View (352) 747-8004
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Excel Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Clermont, FL 34711  (Online Only)
I am a nurse practitioner who is board certified in both family practice and psychiatric mental health. I have been in practice for 25 years as both a registered nurse and a nurse practitioner. I have extensive experience in psychiatric mental health, emergency medicine, and working with adolescents and the elderly. I am able to treat many mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injuries, and much more. My practice has developed an ADHD program for out patients who have or are curious if they have ADHD. Call to lean more!
I am a nurse practitioner who is board certified in both family practice and psychiatric mental health. I have been in practice for 25 years as both a registered nurse and a nurse practitioner. I have extensive experience in psychiatric mental health, emergency medicine, and working with adolescents and the elderly. I am able to treat many mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injuries, and much more. My practice has developed an ADHD program for out patients who have or are curious if they have ADHD. Call to lean more!
(407) 559-8892 View (407) 559-8892
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Kris Haukoos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
50 Endorsed
Clermont, FL 34711  (Online Only)
I love working with clients in various stages of their life. Our mental health needs change depending on where we are in life and sometimes you can feel like you've lost your way. I see children, teens, college students, and adults. Additionally, I provide care for expectant and postpartum mothers. I am experienced in the treatment of depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and behavioral issues like oppositional defiant disorder.
I love working with clients in various stages of their life. Our mental health needs change depending on where we are in life and sometimes you can feel like you've lost your way. I see children, teens, college students, and adults. Additionally, I provide care for expectant and postpartum mothers. I am experienced in the treatment of depression, anxiety, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, and behavioral issues like oppositional defiant disorder.
(352) 660-7681 View (352) 660-7681
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Good Shepherd Psychiatric & Medical Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clermont, FL 34711
At Good Shepherd Psychiatric & Medical Center, we believe health is not just the absence of disease, but a state of immense vitality. Our mission is to help you feel better, live longer, and become the best possible you! We tailor a unique approach to best serve each individual needs and goals. Our clinicians are Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and License Clinical Social Workers. Our services are designed for individuals who prefer to receive psychiatric care, Primary Medical Care, and Counseling services in Assisted Living Facilities, Nursing Home Facilities, or via telehealth.
At Good Shepherd Psychiatric & Medical Center, we believe health is not just the absence of disease, but a state of immense vitality. Our mission is to help you feel better, live longer, and become the best possible you! We tailor a unique approach to best serve each individual needs and goals. Our clinicians are Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and License Clinical Social Workers. Our services are designed for individuals who prefer to receive psychiatric care, Primary Medical Care, and Counseling services in Assisted Living Facilities, Nursing Home Facilities, or via telehealth.
(954) 371-2817 View (954) 371-2817
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Verdant Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Clermont, FL 34712  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My name is Erika Cortes, I am a bilingual nurse practitioner who specializes in psychiatric mental health and can provide same day telehealth consultation, late nights and weekends. Visit my website to make a free 15 minute 'meet and great'. I have practiced in family health, hospital setting, geriatric rehab and other medical specialties. I have a master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner masters.
My name is Erika Cortes, I am a bilingual nurse practitioner who specializes in psychiatric mental health and can provide same day telehealth consultation, late nights and weekends. Visit my website to make a free 15 minute 'meet and great'. I have practiced in family health, hospital setting, geriatric rehab and other medical specialties. I have a master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner masters.
(352) 437-6275 View (352) 437-6275
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Kajessa Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Kajessa D. Joseph is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. Kajessa started working as a certified pharmacy technician at Aspire Health Partners which solidify her desire into mental health. She also worked there as a licensed practical nurse and a registered nurse. She acquired experience as a registered nurse in the progressive care unit, postpartum and newborn nursery at Advent Health hospitals.
Kajessa D. Joseph is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. Kajessa started working as a certified pharmacy technician at Aspire Health Partners which solidify her desire into mental health. She also worked there as a licensed practical nurse and a registered nurse. She acquired experience as a registered nurse in the progressive care unit, postpartum and newborn nursery at Advent Health hospitals.
(689) 202-4191 View (689) 202-4191
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Elecia Trowers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Elecia Trowers is a Board-Certified Adult, Child, and, Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree at The University of South Florida in 2016, she then went on to completing her Master of Science Nursing Degree at The University of Alabama Birmingham in 2019. She completed her psychiatric internship at Florida Behavioral Medicine, Lakeland Regional Health, and, Yantra Psychiatric Services. Elecia's professional background includes surgical transplant nursing, cardio thoracic nursing, she is also a proud nurse leader and continues to practice cardio thoracic nursing at the bedside.
Elecia Trowers is a Board-Certified Adult, Child, and, Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree at The University of South Florida in 2016, she then went on to completing her Master of Science Nursing Degree at The University of Alabama Birmingham in 2019. She completed her psychiatric internship at Florida Behavioral Medicine, Lakeland Regional Health, and, Yantra Psychiatric Services. Elecia's professional background includes surgical transplant nursing, cardio thoracic nursing, she is also a proud nurse leader and continues to practice cardio thoracic nursing at the bedside.
(407) 986-2094 View (407) 986-2094
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Stacy Felix
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clermont, FL 34711
I have an extensive history working with veterans and, as a provider my goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of the patients, their families and communities I serve. I strive to build a therapeutic relationship and provide holistic care of the mind, body, and spirit for those who have entrusted me with their care. It's an honor and privilege to serve the needs of those who may be struggling. I will walk with you on your journey and devote myself to helping you achieve optimal results.
I have an extensive history working with veterans and, as a provider my goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of the patients, their families and communities I serve. I strive to build a therapeutic relationship and provide holistic care of the mind, body, and spirit for those who have entrusted me with their care. It's an honor and privilege to serve the needs of those who may be struggling. I will walk with you on your journey and devote myself to helping you achieve optimal results.
(407) 725-0012 View (407) 725-0012
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Hallandale, FL 33009
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) 257-3145 View (321) 257-3145

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Number of Psychiatrists in Minneola, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Minneola, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Life Coaching
100% School Issues
100% Coping Skills
100% Medication Management

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Minneola, FL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Minneola?

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.