Psychiatrists in Osceola County, FL

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Dorrett McDonald-Lovell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Welcome! I'm Dorrett McDonald-Lovell, a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in the warm and welcoming community of Kissimmee, FL. With over two decades of rich experience in healthcare, my journey has been driven by a passion for enhancing the wellbeing of my patients and their families. My expertise lies in understanding and addressing your mental health needs with empathy and professionalism. I've spent significant time honing my skills, practicing as a PMHNP across all ages. My approach is patient-centered, ensuring that you receive personalized care tailored to your unique situation.
Welcome! I'm Dorrett McDonald-Lovell, a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in the warm and welcoming community of Kissimmee, FL. With over two decades of rich experience in healthcare, my journey has been driven by a passion for enhancing the wellbeing of my patients and their families. My expertise lies in understanding and addressing your mental health needs with empathy and professionalism. I've spent significant time honing my skills, practicing as a PMHNP across all ages. My approach is patient-centered, ensuring that you receive personalized care tailored to your unique situation.
(863) 243-6479 View (863) 243-6479
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Mercedes Gibbons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Mercedes Gibbons is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has over ten years of experience in mental health. Most of her experience is in crisis stabilization management in inpatient settings for adult and children. She also has experience in outpatient settings with medication treatment and management. Over time of working in both hospice care and mental health, she decided to pursue for hidden calling, practicing as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She attended Edison State College (Fort Myers, Florida) where she obtained her Associate of Science in Nursing and Associate of Arts Degree.
Mercedes Gibbons is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has over ten years of experience in mental health. Most of her experience is in crisis stabilization management in inpatient settings for adult and children. She also has experience in outpatient settings with medication treatment and management. Over time of working in both hospice care and mental health, she decided to pursue for hidden calling, practicing as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She attended Edison State College (Fort Myers, Florida) where she obtained her Associate of Science in Nursing and Associate of Arts Degree.
(407) 904-4322 View (407) 904-4322
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Enliven Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Saint Cloud, FL 34769
“It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together”. When mental health is ultimately recognized as essential to physical health, not an extraneous element of it, then we will have access to true, complete, modern medicine.”
“It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together”. When mental health is ultimately recognized as essential to physical health, not an extraneous element of it, then we will have access to true, complete, modern medicine.”
(407) 553-9794 View (407) 553-9794
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Precious M Spencer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Celebration, FL 34747  (Online Only)
I provide assistance in many areas including ADHD, depression, anxiety , mood disorder and many others. The course of treatment is individualized to fit each person’s unique circumstances.
I provide assistance in many areas including ADHD, depression, anxiety , mood disorder and many others. The course of treatment is individualized to fit each person’s unique circumstances.
(407) 706-5864 View (407) 706-5864
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Kajessa Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Celebration, FL 34747
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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Carolann Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Celebration, FL 34747
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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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Kissimmee, FL 34741
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.
(904) 395-4509 View (904) 395-4509
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Mente Suave Psychiatry and Medicine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Mente Suave Psychiatry and Medicine takes a comprehensive approach to treating the mind and body, optimizing the advances of evidenced-based research of neurosciences and neurobiology, with a plethora of testing to include genetic, metabolic, nutritional, hormonal, and various other measures creating a unique approach to tailor individual treatment of ones physical and mental wellbeing. Roger is leading a research project at the University of Florida on post-traumatic stress disorder at the Puerto Rico Medical Center Trauma Hospital. His goal is to help implement a PTSD protocol through the aid of precision medicine.
Mente Suave Psychiatry and Medicine takes a comprehensive approach to treating the mind and body, optimizing the advances of evidenced-based research of neurosciences and neurobiology, with a plethora of testing to include genetic, metabolic, nutritional, hormonal, and various other measures creating a unique approach to tailor individual treatment of ones physical and mental wellbeing. Roger is leading a research project at the University of Florida on post-traumatic stress disorder at the Puerto Rico Medical Center Trauma Hospital. His goal is to help implement a PTSD protocol through the aid of precision medicine.
(407) 794-4474 View (407) 794-4474
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kissimmee, FL 34744  (Online Only)
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
(321) 455-0058 View (321) 455-0058
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Elecia Trowers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Celebration, FL 34747
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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Angel Avila-Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kissimmee, FL 34744  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience treating adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, and psychotic disorders. My goal is Whole-Person Wellness through medication management and psychotherapy. I practice holistic care; I help people achieve their goals by assessing their physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. I believe Whole-Person Wellness is best achieved when medication management and therapy are used in combination. Book a free 15 minutes consultation and commence a life-changing journey toward a brighter future. Hablo español.
I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience treating adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, and psychotic disorders. My goal is Whole-Person Wellness through medication management and psychotherapy. I practice holistic care; I help people achieve their goals by assessing their physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. I believe Whole-Person Wellness is best achieved when medication management and therapy are used in combination. Book a free 15 minutes consultation and commence a life-changing journey toward a brighter future. Hablo español.
(407) 204-9914 View (407) 204-9914
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Walk In Family Psychiatry Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Cloud, FL 34771
"I promise to be there for you every step of your journey. My goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life." M. Levrier, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
"I promise to be there for you every step of your journey. My goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life." M. Levrier, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
(407) 214-5383 View (407) 214-5383
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Dr. Teron Verma
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Dr. Teron Verma is a Psychiatrist with Boston Neurobehavioral Associates (BNBA) with a focus on dealing with various mental health pathologies. He is dedicated on helping his clients deal with the myriad of complexities that come with mental health pathologies, and alleviate stigmas in pursuing care. He provides personalized pharmacotherapy as well as psychotherapy to help his clients deal with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, psychotic disorders or any other behavioral disturbances, which the client needs help with during their visit.
Dr. Teron Verma is a Psychiatrist with Boston Neurobehavioral Associates (BNBA) with a focus on dealing with various mental health pathologies. He is dedicated on helping his clients deal with the myriad of complexities that come with mental health pathologies, and alleviate stigmas in pursuing care. He provides personalized pharmacotherapy as well as psychotherapy to help his clients deal with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, psychotic disorders or any other behavioral disturbances, which the client needs help with during their visit.
(321) 339-3075 View (321) 339-3075
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Trinese Hardy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Dr. Trinese Hardy is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2015. In addition to dual certification in Family Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health. , Dr. Hardy holds a Doctorate Degree in Public Health, which has enabled her to develop a style that encompasses the whole patient, mind, body, and soul, not just the physical when treating them. Dr. Hardy can offer non-bias, nonjudgmental, respectful, and positive ways to helping clients identify, understand, and manage their mental health challenges through holistic approaches coupled with other evidenced based practices.
Dr. Trinese Hardy is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2015. In addition to dual certification in Family Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health. , Dr. Hardy holds a Doctorate Degree in Public Health, which has enabled her to develop a style that encompasses the whole patient, mind, body, and soul, not just the physical when treating them. Dr. Hardy can offer non-bias, nonjudgmental, respectful, and positive ways to helping clients identify, understand, and manage their mental health challenges through holistic approaches coupled with other evidenced based practices.
(407) 710-9846 View (407) 710-9846
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Lisa Abern
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Kissimmee, FL 34747  (Online Only)
My name is Lisa and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults in multiple settings facing various complex mental health issues, including ADHD, trauma, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and mood disorders.
My name is Lisa and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults in multiple settings facing various complex mental health issues, including ADHD, trauma, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and mood disorders.
(407) 214-3498 View (407) 214-3498
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Hysintine Palle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Dr. Hysintine Palle, is a double board certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner, from Kissimmee AND Florida, treating both physical and mental distress. Dr. Hysintine Palle's main goal is to empower her patients because sometimes, their symptoms leave them feeling helpless. One of her most important obligations as a psychiatric nurse practitioner is to provide hope for her patients. Dr. Hysintine Palle believes that in their practice, patients can discover that their progress and goals are achievable by applying the methods and techniques that she uses in session.
Dr. Hysintine Palle, is a double board certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner, from Kissimmee AND Florida, treating both physical and mental distress. Dr. Hysintine Palle's main goal is to empower her patients because sometimes, their symptoms leave them feeling helpless. One of her most important obligations as a psychiatric nurse practitioner is to provide hope for her patients. Dr. Hysintine Palle believes that in their practice, patients can discover that their progress and goals are achievable by applying the methods and techniques that she uses in session.
(407) 537-6554 View (407) 537-6554
Photo of Rachel Christian, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Osceola County, FL
Rachel Christian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Kissimmee, FL 34758  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC); I bring over 20 years of quality care of nursing with the benefit of specialized education in psychiatry and medication management. I am non judgmental and treat all my patients with respect. I empower my patients to be able to manage their mental health, either through medication alone, with therapy or with different modalities, including diet and exercise. I feel it is essential to form a partnership based in trust and compassion and always with the patient’s wishes and goals in mind.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC); I bring over 20 years of quality care of nursing with the benefit of specialized education in psychiatry and medication management. I am non judgmental and treat all my patients with respect. I empower my patients to be able to manage their mental health, either through medication alone, with therapy or with different modalities, including diet and exercise. I feel it is essential to form a partnership based in trust and compassion and always with the patient’s wishes and goals in mind.
(561) 933-7761 View (561) 933-7761
Photo of Colleen Conrad, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Osceola County, FL
Colleen Conrad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Kissimmee, FL 34758
Are you struggling with your mental well-being? Do you feel like something isn't quite right and you're unsure where to turn? Are you finding it difficult to manage your emotions, thoughts, or behaviors?​ I specialize in providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and diagnoses, along with medication management if necessary. Together, we can uncover the root causes of your challenges and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you regain control of your mental health.​
Are you struggling with your mental well-being? Do you feel like something isn't quite right and you're unsure where to turn? Are you finding it difficult to manage your emotions, thoughts, or behaviors?​ I specialize in providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and diagnoses, along with medication management if necessary. Together, we can uncover the root causes of your challenges and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you regain control of your mental health.​
(904) 977-2724 View (904) 977-2724
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Natacha Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Dr. Smith is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She received her nurse practitioner degree from the University of South Alabama and has been in practice for eight years. She provides evidence-based holistic mental health care to individuals of all ages. She is committed to helping patients reach their goals. She also believes in establishing a long-lasting rapport with her patients. Her objective is to ensure her patients’ needs and concerns are being heard and their needs and purposes are being met.
Dr. Smith is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She received her nurse practitioner degree from the University of South Alabama and has been in practice for eight years. She provides evidence-based holistic mental health care to individuals of all ages. She is committed to helping patients reach their goals. She also believes in establishing a long-lasting rapport with her patients. Her objective is to ensure her patients’ needs and concerns are being heard and their needs and purposes are being met.
(678) 218-1895 View (678) 218-1895
Photo of Dinapoles Galvan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Osceola County, FL
Dinapoles Galvan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Kissimmee, FL 34758  (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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Number of Psychiatrists in Osceola County, FL

40+

Average cost per session

$172

Psychiatrists in Osceola County, FL who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
95% Depression
93% Bipolar Disorder
88% Medication Management
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% ADHD
73% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
97% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
89% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Osceola County, FL see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Osceola 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.