Psychiatrists in Oakland, FL

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Millian Okafor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Oakland, FL 34787  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm a dedicated healthcare professional with a rich background in nursing education and patient care across various settings. I have extensive, diverse experience working with various age groups. I have held various positions in hospitals in critical care units and worked in private practices in the community as a Nurse Practitioner. Throughout my profession, I have always had a special interest in my patients' mental health, which has enabled me to render holistic and compassionate care to this population.
Welcome! I'm a dedicated healthcare professional with a rich background in nursing education and patient care across various settings. I have extensive, diverse experience working with various age groups. I have held various positions in hospitals in critical care units and worked in private practices in the community as a Nurse Practitioner. Throughout my profession, I have always had a special interest in my patients' mental health, which has enabled me to render holistic and compassionate care to this population.
(321) 341-5154 View (321) 341-5154
Photo of Yuliya Ihlitskaya, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oakland, FL
Yuliya Ihlitskaya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, FL 34787
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I bring a holistic approach to mental health care. My expertise lies in conducting thorough assessments, diagnosing mental health conditions, and developing personalized treatment plans. I offer evidence-based interventions, medication management, and psychotherapeutic support tailored to each individual's needs. Additionally, my commitment extends to education, ensuring clients and their families are well-informed about their conditions and treatment options. By fostering a compassionate and collaborative therapeutic relationship, I aim to empower individuals on their path to mental well-being.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I bring a holistic approach to mental health care. My expertise lies in conducting thorough assessments, diagnosing mental health conditions, and developing personalized treatment plans. I offer evidence-based interventions, medication management, and psychotherapeutic support tailored to each individual's needs. Additionally, my commitment extends to education, ensuring clients and their families are well-informed about their conditions and treatment options. By fostering a compassionate and collaborative therapeutic relationship, I aim to empower individuals on their path to mental well-being.
(708) 694-9573 View (708) 694-9573
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Eric Downes
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Oakland, FL 34787
Eric Downes is a psychiatrist who joined LifeStance Health in August of 2019 with a focus on outpatient psychiatry. He completed his general psychiatry residency at the University of Florida. Prior to that he completed medical school at Florida Atlantic University. In his spare time he enjoys swimming, spending time with his wife, and traveling.
Eric Downes is a psychiatrist who joined LifeStance Health in August of 2019 with a focus on outpatient psychiatry. He completed his general psychiatry residency at the University of Florida. Prior to that he completed medical school at Florida Atlantic University. In his spare time he enjoys swimming, spending time with his wife, and traveling.
(321) 338-3519 View (321) 338-3519
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Alecia White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, FL 34787  (Online Only)
Telehealth Only - Accepting New Patients - Self-Scheduling. Specializes in: Psychiatric medication management, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Mood disorders, and Trauma disorders. Now Accepting BlueCross BlueShield - Massachusetts.
Telehealth Only - Accepting New Patients - Self-Scheduling. Specializes in: Psychiatric medication management, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Mood disorders, and Trauma disorders. Now Accepting BlueCross BlueShield - Massachusetts.
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Kazi Ahmad
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Oakland, FL 34787
Kazi Ahmad is a psychiatrist, who has been practicing since 2000. He graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine with a MD in Psychiatry. Kazi believes in Treating Mind & body as a whole & Individualize treatment as every person is unique & different. He approaches each Patient as a unique & different individual who needs to be treated with dignity, care & respect. He likes to listen to his Patients & devise a treatment plan which will be the best for patient incorporating Patients concerns. His main areas of focus include Addictions, Bipolar & other Mood Disorders, Anxiety/Panic disorders, Psychosis & Gender Issues.
Kazi Ahmad is a psychiatrist, who has been practicing since 2000. He graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine with a MD in Psychiatry. Kazi believes in Treating Mind & body as a whole & Individualize treatment as every person is unique & different. He approaches each Patient as a unique & different individual who needs to be treated with dignity, care & respect. He likes to listen to his Patients & devise a treatment plan which will be the best for patient incorporating Patients concerns. His main areas of focus include Addictions, Bipolar & other Mood Disorders, Anxiety/Panic disorders, Psychosis & Gender Issues.
(689) 204-2653 View (689) 204-2653
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Thessa Moncrieffe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oakland, FL 34787
Thessa Moncrieffe is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. She has a Master's of Science in Nursing. Thessa's passion is caring for others and is driven by the desire to make a positive impact in the lives of those she comes in contact with. As your provider, Thessa believes in taking a personalized, partnered, and holistic approach. Her goal is to provide a safe place free of criticism or shame, but full of compassion and understanding for the single purpose of healing, positive progress toward regaining self-sufficiency, and a sense of normalcy in your life once again.
Thessa Moncrieffe is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. She has a Master's of Science in Nursing. Thessa's passion is caring for others and is driven by the desire to make a positive impact in the lives of those she comes in contact with. As your provider, Thessa believes in taking a personalized, partnered, and holistic approach. Her goal is to provide a safe place free of criticism or shame, but full of compassion and understanding for the single purpose of healing, positive progress toward regaining self-sufficiency, and a sense of normalcy in your life once again.
(407) 863-8946 View (407) 863-8946
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Hanish Sethi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oakland, FL 34787
I am board certified Psychiatrist , Specialize in treatment of anxiety, depression , bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, Schizophrenia , with medications, I do conduct comprehensive evaluation for persons with treatment resistance condition, I treat with TMS ( Trans cranial magnetic stimulation)
I am board certified Psychiatrist , Specialize in treatment of anxiety, depression , bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, Schizophrenia , with medications, I do conduct comprehensive evaluation for persons with treatment resistance condition, I treat with TMS ( Trans cranial magnetic stimulation)
(689) 207-3388 View (689) 207-3388

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Prestige Total Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Winter Garden, FL 34787  (Online Only)
Same-day appointments may be available. Please visit our website to book an appointment: www.prestigetotalhealth.org or call us at (321) 248-5387. All visits are conducted 100% through video, offering you enhanced privacy and convenience.
Same-day appointments may be available. Please visit our website to book an appointment: www.prestigetotalhealth.org or call us at (321) 248-5387. All visits are conducted 100% through video, offering you enhanced privacy and convenience.
(321) 248-5387 View (321) 248-5387
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Willem M Limage
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified Verified
Winter Garden, FL 34787  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and hold a Master’s degree in nursing from Florida International University (FIU).
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and hold a Master’s degree in nursing from Florida International University (FIU).
(407) 612-2462 View (407) 612-2462
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Accelerated Psychiatric Solutions LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Winter Garden, FL 34787  (Online Only)
Greetings! I am Colleen Irwin, a dually board certified, Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP -BC). I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. With a deep understanding of the human mind and passion for helping others, I strive to empower individuals on their journal towards mental well-being.
Greetings! I am Colleen Irwin, a dually board certified, Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP -BC). I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. With a deep understanding of the human mind and passion for helping others, I strive to empower individuals on their journal towards mental well-being.
(407) 753-6227 View (407) 753-6227
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Regional Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Our clinic serves ages 5 & up. Sessions are conducted virtually using a HIPAA compliant platform). We understand that medication management is not the only solution. The lifestyle that precipitated the stress response in the first plans needs to change. In addition to psychotherapy and medication management, we place high regards for modalities such as weight management, medical management, exercise, and sleep hygiene to combat the body’s inflammatory response, which exacerbates mental illness. We aim to uses the lowest effective dose and help people to eventually not depend on medication.
Our clinic serves ages 5 & up. Sessions are conducted virtually using a HIPAA compliant platform). We understand that medication management is not the only solution. The lifestyle that precipitated the stress response in the first plans needs to change. In addition to psychotherapy and medication management, we place high regards for modalities such as weight management, medical management, exercise, and sleep hygiene to combat the body’s inflammatory response, which exacerbates mental illness. We aim to uses the lowest effective dose and help people to eventually not depend on medication.
(407) 612-2606 View (407) 612-2606
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TelepsychHealth
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winter Garden, FL 34787
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We have availability within 1-2 weeks. Our reviews are on our website. Feel free to call or message us to request an ASAP appointment. You might be a bit hesitant about receiving treatment over the internet if you haven’t done it before, and that’s totally understandable. If we can provide you any reassurance, most people end up finding they enjoy virtual visits more than going to an office.
We are a group practice (of psychiatrists and therapists). We have availability within 1-2 weeks. Our reviews are on our website. Feel free to call or message us to request an ASAP appointment. You might be a bit hesitant about receiving treatment over the internet if you haven’t done it before, and that’s totally understandable. If we can provide you any reassurance, most people end up finding they enjoy virtual visits more than going to an office.
(904) 906-4649 View (904) 906-4649
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Danielle Porter💊 Porter Psychiatry Llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Winter Garden, FL 34787  (Online Only)
Welcome to Porter Psychiatry via Grow Therapy! I’m Danielle, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who provides mental health/psychiatric evaluation and medication management via telehealth. My goal is to listen and understand your mental health needs and my treatment approach is to help individuals find therapeutic symptom relief with as little medication necessary. If you are in need of an evaluation, diagnosis, treatment options, prescription refill, or additional services, schedule your visit today via Grow Therapy. I look forward to meeting with you.
Welcome to Porter Psychiatry via Grow Therapy! I’m Danielle, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who provides mental health/psychiatric evaluation and medication management via telehealth. My goal is to listen and understand your mental health needs and my treatment approach is to help individuals find therapeutic symptom relief with as little medication necessary. If you are in need of an evaluation, diagnosis, treatment options, prescription refill, or additional services, schedule your visit today via Grow Therapy. I look forward to meeting with you.
(813) 945-6535 View (813) 945-6535
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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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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
Photo of Geleen Salcedo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oakland, FL
Geleen Salcedo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DPT, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Winter Garden, FL 34787  (Online Only)
Ever felt like your emotions are a puzzle that doesn't quite fit? Or wondered why focus and motivation sometimes play hard to get? Let's tackle those questions together. I'm here to help you rediscover the joy in life. Struggling to kick-start your mornings or find the energy to face the day? Wrestling with overwhelming emotions that appear out of nowhere? Finding restful sleep elusive, leaving you drained? Lingering thoughts putting you on edge? Let's put these challenges to rest. If your mind feels like a racecar on an endless track, and handling intense emotions is like catching a whirlwind, you're not alone. I can be your guide.
Ever felt like your emotions are a puzzle that doesn't quite fit? Or wondered why focus and motivation sometimes play hard to get? Let's tackle those questions together. I'm here to help you rediscover the joy in life. Struggling to kick-start your mornings or find the energy to face the day? Wrestling with overwhelming emotions that appear out of nowhere? Finding restful sleep elusive, leaving you drained? Lingering thoughts putting you on edge? Let's put these challenges to rest. If your mind feels like a racecar on an endless track, and handling intense emotions is like catching a whirlwind, you're not alone. I can be your guide.
(321) 414-8817 View (321) 414-8817
Photo of Inspire You Mental Health and Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oakland, FL
Inspire You Mental Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Winter Garden, FL 34787  (Online Only)
Inspire You Mental Health and Wellness is a Telemedicine/Telehealth practice company that offers expedient facilities that will bring ease to your life and overall mental health. We are a mental health and wellness organization that is led by Orville. V. Murray, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC who is a US Army veteran with vast experience and knowledge in treating mental illness.
Inspire You Mental Health and Wellness is a Telemedicine/Telehealth practice company that offers expedient facilities that will bring ease to your life and overall mental health. We are a mental health and wellness organization that is led by Orville. V. Murray, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC who is a US Army veteran with vast experience and knowledge in treating mental illness.
(727) 513-7086 View (727) 513-7086
Photo of Dr. Arleen Andujar, Psychiatrist in Oakland, FL
Dr. Arleen Andujar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Winter Garden, FL 34787
I specialize in treating children, adolescents and adults who are struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and OCD. I value a holistic and integrative approach to treatment, which means we will treat root causes, together. We will look at diet, nutrition, exercise, sleep and other lifestyle factors to help obtain best outcomes. I find it important to dedicate time to each patient to truly get to know you and make the best treatment recommendations that are unique to your needs and goals.
I specialize in treating children, adolescents and adults who are struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and OCD. I value a holistic and integrative approach to treatment, which means we will treat root causes, together. We will look at diet, nutrition, exercise, sleep and other lifestyle factors to help obtain best outcomes. I find it important to dedicate time to each patient to truly get to know you and make the best treatment recommendations that are unique to your needs and goals.
(407) 512-8906 View (407) 512-8906
Photo of Lizaida Enamorado @ Kaiwell Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Oakland, FL
Lizaida Enamorado @ Kaiwell Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Winter Garden, FL 34787
I am a dedicated and compassionate dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner with over 24 years of experience in the healthcare field. I hold a Master's degree in Nursing Education and a Post Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Across the lifespan as well as Adult Primary Care. I have a strong background in providing comprehensive care to adolescents and adults, focusing on preventive health measures and managing mental health and chronic conditions.
I am a dedicated and compassionate dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner with over 24 years of experience in the healthcare field. I hold a Master's degree in Nursing Education and a Post Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Across the lifespan as well as Adult Primary Care. I have a strong background in providing comprehensive care to adolescents and adults, focusing on preventive health measures and managing mental health and chronic conditions.
(786) 463-0955 View (786) 463-0955
Photo of Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist in Oakland, FL
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Orlando, FL 32807
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) 290-9169 View (321) 290-9169

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Oakland, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Oakland, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Sleep or Insomnia
86% Medication Management

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Oakland, FL see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Oakland?

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.