Psychiatrists in Okeechobee County, FL

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Jane Powell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34972
I am a DNP, board-certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner with a career in healthcare and education spanning over twenty years, I bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the field. I also have experience treating patients with anxiety disorders, depression and bipolar disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), thought disorders such as schizophrenia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I’m also experienced in buprenorphine maintenance therapy, helping patients maintain abstinence from opioids.
I am a DNP, board-certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner with a career in healthcare and education spanning over twenty years, I bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the field. I also have experience treating patients with anxiety disorders, depression and bipolar disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), thought disorders such as schizophrenia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I’m also experienced in buprenorphine maintenance therapy, helping patients maintain abstinence from opioids.
(863) 261-8354 View (863) 261-8354
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Norma Goodrich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34972
I am a Board-Certified, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), with a specialty in Psychiatric-Mental Health Care. I am bilingual and dedicated to caring for individuals of all ages struggling with mental health challenges. I specialize in providing compassionate care and support to individuals facing mental health challenges. My journey in the field of psychiatric nursing has been fueled by my compassion and a deep desire to help those in need. Throughout my career, I have specialized in addressing a wide range of issues, including trauma, addiction, ADHD, Depression, Abuse, Anxiety, and sleep disorders.
I am a Board-Certified, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), with a specialty in Psychiatric-Mental Health Care. I am bilingual and dedicated to caring for individuals of all ages struggling with mental health challenges. I specialize in providing compassionate care and support to individuals facing mental health challenges. My journey in the field of psychiatric nursing has been fueled by my compassion and a deep desire to help those in need. Throughout my career, I have specialized in addressing a wide range of issues, including trauma, addiction, ADHD, Depression, Abuse, Anxiety, and sleep disorders.
(863) 656-3898 View (863) 656-3898
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M. Asim Nisar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Triple Board Certified and a fellowship in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from New York University. I provide comprehensive psychiatric and psychological diagnostic evaluations as well as evidenced and empirically-based psychotherapy & medication management treatment services for adolescents, adults and families in Conflict . I have experience caring for Transition in life , Divorce , Couples issues , Identity issues , Depressive, Anxiety, Bipolar, Substance abuse, Personality, Obsessive Compulsive, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders. I'm deeply committed to providing high-quality and compassionate care. I am fluent in English and Spanish.
Triple Board Certified and a fellowship in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from New York University. I provide comprehensive psychiatric and psychological diagnostic evaluations as well as evidenced and empirically-based psychotherapy & medication management treatment services for adolescents, adults and families in Conflict . I have experience caring for Transition in life , Divorce , Couples issues , Identity issues , Depressive, Anxiety, Bipolar, Substance abuse, Personality, Obsessive Compulsive, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders. I'm deeply committed to providing high-quality and compassionate care. I am fluent in English and Spanish.
(786) 610-5040 View (786) 610-5040
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Kelvin Dupera
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34972
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Some of my practice specialties include, but not limited to, PTSD, ADHD, Personality Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Eating Disorders, and Addictions. I began my career at South Florida State Hospital, as a Mental Health Technician. After working as a Mental Health Technician and seeing how Mental health is affecting the community, my true meaning and purpose of helping came as a vision .
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Some of my practice specialties include, but not limited to, PTSD, ADHD, Personality Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Eating Disorders, and Addictions. I began my career at South Florida State Hospital, as a Mental Health Technician. After working as a Mental Health Technician and seeing how Mental health is affecting the community, my true meaning and purpose of helping came as a vision .
(786) 802-0131 View (786) 802-0131
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Charles A. Buscema, MD. Addiction Alternatives LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34972
I have noted with great concern the explosion of prescription opiate drug abuse in south Florida and subsequently the number of addicted and disfunctional persons who suffer from this terrible disorder. My practice is oriented towards substitution of Suboxone for prescription opiates. You will receive careful monitoring and medical management with individual evaluation, urine screening, program and group referrals with a reasonable tapering of the Suboxone over a period of weeks or months in accordance with federal oversight guidelines.
I have noted with great concern the explosion of prescription opiate drug abuse in south Florida and subsequently the number of addicted and disfunctional persons who suffer from this terrible disorder. My practice is oriented towards substitution of Suboxone for prescription opiates. You will receive careful monitoring and medical management with individual evaluation, urine screening, program and group referrals with a reasonable tapering of the Suboxone over a period of weeks or months in accordance with federal oversight guidelines.
(772) 675-1237 View (772) 675-1237
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Willem M Limage
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34974  (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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Ismel Fernandez-Calienes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34974  (Online Only)
Hello! I am Ismel Fernandez-Calienes, your PMHNP-BC currently located in the Miami area. I am a big fan of good music, good movies, fishing, and reading. My office is based in Miami, FL, but I have patients in all of Florida whom I assess via Telemedicine for their convenience and their best time management.
Hello! I am Ismel Fernandez-Calienes, your PMHNP-BC currently located in the Miami area. I am a big fan of good music, good movies, fishing, and reading. My office is based in Miami, FL, but I have patients in all of Florida whom I assess via Telemedicine for their convenience and their best time management.
(786) 756-4098 View (786) 756-4098
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Frances Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Okeechobee, FL 34974
My name is Frances Murphy and I am a dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner offering comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and follow-up visits remotely through telemedicine throughout the state of Florida. I provide medication management and brief psychotherapy to adolescents (13 +), adults and elders suffering from various mental health conditions. I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, addictions and trauma.
My name is Frances Murphy and I am a dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner offering comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and follow-up visits remotely through telemedicine throughout the state of Florida. I provide medication management and brief psychotherapy to adolescents (13 +), adults and elders suffering from various mental health conditions. I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, addictions and trauma.
(561) 556-5160 View (561) 556-5160
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Psych by Tammy/Healthy Mindz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okeechobee, FL 34974  (Online Only)
Are you tired of struggling to maintain true wellness that encompasses the mind, body, and soul? At Healthy Mindz, we believe that the key to optimal health begins with a healthy mind. We deliver care that is aimed at treating the whole person; not just their mental health needs. It is understood by our practitioners that all of these aspects affect your overall health and wellbeing so our support is aimed at patients’ social, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs as well as their mental health.
Are you tired of struggling to maintain true wellness that encompasses the mind, body, and soul? At Healthy Mindz, we believe that the key to optimal health begins with a healthy mind. We deliver care that is aimed at treating the whole person; not just their mental health needs. It is understood by our practitioners that all of these aspects affect your overall health and wellbeing so our support is aimed at patients’ social, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs as well as their mental health.
(954) 800-2212 View (954) 800-2212
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Esther Luc Pelissier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34974  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Esther, owner of BBMH, profile managed by Grow Therapy. Have you ever felt alone and misunderstood? Like you had no one to turn to for help? What if I told you that you didn't need to be alone? I specialize in helping people of all ages with various mental health issues, including but not limited to mood disorders and anxiety. I am extremely passionate about assisting others and aim to provide the utmost care. I like to take on a more individual and personal approach, developing a care plan that works best for you and your situation.
Hello, my name is Esther, owner of BBMH, profile managed by Grow Therapy. Have you ever felt alone and misunderstood? Like you had no one to turn to for help? What if I told you that you didn't need to be alone? I specialize in helping people of all ages with various mental health issues, including but not limited to mood disorders and anxiety. I am extremely passionate about assisting others and aim to provide the utmost care. I like to take on a more individual and personal approach, developing a care plan that works best for you and your situation.
(386) 356-3203 View (386) 356-3203
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Dinapoles Galvan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34974  (Online Only)
Dr. Galvan is an English and Spanish speaking provider who services clients 5 years old and up dealing with depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD and other mental health conditions.
Dr. Galvan is an English and Spanish speaking provider who services clients 5 years old and up dealing with depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD and other mental health conditions.
(786) 504-7362 View (786) 504-7362
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Christen McNew
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34974  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Accepting new patients for medication management! I only provide medication management, no therapy services. Please email me or call to set up an appointment! I have worked with many patients on an outpatient basis, and have treated disorders including Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and ADHD. I enjoy what I do and I look forward to working with you and helping you to be your best self again!
Accepting new patients for medication management! I only provide medication management, no therapy services. Please email me or call to set up an appointment! I have worked with many patients on an outpatient basis, and have treated disorders including Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and ADHD. I enjoy what I do and I look forward to working with you and helping you to be your best self again!
(813) 734-7081 View (813) 734-7081
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Holly Gardner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34974  (Online Only)
Welcome! Holly Gardner is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is Board Certified. She has over 24 years of medical experience behind her with over 8 years of experience treating child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric clients Across the Lifespan. She is also a veteran with over 19 years of experience working directly with the military and veterans.
Welcome! Holly Gardner is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is Board Certified. She has over 24 years of medical experience behind her with over 8 years of experience treating child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric clients Across the Lifespan. She is also a veteran with over 19 years of experience working directly with the military and veterans.
(850) 970-2884 View (850) 970-2884
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Shannon N Turner-Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, - BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okeechobee, FL 34974
My name is Shannon Turner-Anderson. I am a Florida Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I hold a Master's Degree in Nursing from Alabama University in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a Bachelor of Science from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Before relocating to Florida, I lived in Windsor, Connecticut. I am married with three daughters, ages seven, seventeen, and twenty-two. I enjoy spending time with my family, attending church on Sundays, and watching track and field and basketball. I am passionate about mental health care.
My name is Shannon Turner-Anderson. I am a Florida Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I hold a Master's Degree in Nursing from Alabama University in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a Bachelor of Science from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Before relocating to Florida, I lived in Windsor, Connecticut. I am married with three daughters, ages seven, seventeen, and twenty-two. I enjoy spending time with my family, attending church on Sundays, and watching track and field and basketball. I am passionate about mental health care.
(813) 547-5719 View (813) 547-5719
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Natalie Jagarnauth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34974  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who has over 7 years of experience working in mental health.
Hello, I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who has over 7 years of experience working in mental health.
(786) 882-6834 View (786) 882-6834
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Olamiju Olaleye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34974  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. I hold a Doctor of Nursing degree from the University of North Florida. I am board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
I am a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. I hold a Doctor of Nursing degree from the University of North Florida. I am board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
(813) 536-5241 View (813) 536-5241
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Roseline Raphael
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34974
I am a dedicated and compassionate healthcare professional with over 15 years of experience in the field. As a dual-certified Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing comprehensive care that addresses mental and physical well-being.
I am a dedicated and compassionate healthcare professional with over 15 years of experience in the field. As a dual-certified Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing comprehensive care that addresses mental and physical well-being.
(772) 227-1454 View (772) 227-1454
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Katherine Soine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34974  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to feel like you are in control of your life? Are your mental health symptoms keeping you from doing the things you want or need to do? I help people who are often struggling to get through each day to reclaim their lives. I use a personalized approach to help you achieve your mental health goals. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in anxiety and mood disorders. Using a focused approach, we will identify your concerns, symptoms, and what you would like to work on.
Are you struggling to feel like you are in control of your life? Are your mental health symptoms keeping you from doing the things you want or need to do? I help people who are often struggling to get through each day to reclaim their lives. I use a personalized approach to help you achieve your mental health goals. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in anxiety and mood disorders. Using a focused approach, we will identify your concerns, symptoms, and what you would like to work on.
(305) 680-3884 View (305) 680-3884
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Okeechobee, FL 34974  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Offering affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-up $99. Accepting Medicare, Cigna (Evernorth), and Optum/UHC/UBH insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Offering affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-up $99. Accepting Medicare, Cigna (Evernorth), and Optum/UHC/UBH insurances.
(844) 643-9418 View (844) 643-9418
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All Family Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okeechobee, FL 34974
My name is Kelly, and I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to you! As a mental health professional, I understand that seeking help can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. Therefore, I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where you can feel comfortable discussing your concerns and fears. My approach to treatment is collaborative, holistic, and evidence-based. I believe in empowering my clients to take an active role in their care, and I work with each individual to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs and goals.
My name is Kelly, and I am dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to you! As a mental health professional, I understand that seeking help can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. Therefore, I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where you can feel comfortable discussing your concerns and fears. My approach to treatment is collaborative, holistic, and evidence-based. I believe in empowering my clients to take an active role in their care, and I work with each individual to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs and goals.
(352) 649-3268 View (352) 649-3268

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Number of Psychiatrists in Okeechobee County, FL

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Okeechobee County, FL who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
87% Depression
70% ADHD
70% Bipolar Disorder
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% Trauma and PTSD
47% Addiction

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Okeechobee County, FL see their clients

70% Online Only
30% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Okeechobee County?

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.