Psychiatrists in Panama City Beach, FL

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JourneyPure Behavioral Health Counseling
Psychiatrist, Alcohol, & Drugs
Verified Verified
Panama City Beach, FL 32413
SUBOXONE® helps you accept treatment when it feels like living without drugs is impossible. The medication is coupled with therapy that fits into your everyday schedule, an iPhone app with games that reinforce healthy habits and your personal Recovery Coach available 24/7. You'll get down to the core of what's fueling the drugs and alcohol use, including issues like depression and anxiety.
SUBOXONE® helps you accept treatment when it feels like living without drugs is impossible. The medication is coupled with therapy that fits into your everyday schedule, an iPhone app with games that reinforce healthy habits and your personal Recovery Coach available 24/7. You'll get down to the core of what's fueling the drugs and alcohol use, including issues like depression and anxiety.
(850) 779-9233 View (850) 779-9233
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Healing Horizons
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Panama City Beach, FL 32407
Healing is on the Horizon We understand that depression affects each person uniquely, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing. Our experienced providers use evidence-based techniques and a person-centered approach to tailor your treatment plan to your specific needs and goals. We believe in a holistic approach to healing, addressing not only the symptoms of depression but also the underlying causes, helping you build resilience, and fostering a sense of empowerment.
Healing is on the Horizon We understand that depression affects each person uniquely, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing. Our experienced providers use evidence-based techniques and a person-centered approach to tailor your treatment plan to your specific needs and goals. We believe in a holistic approach to healing, addressing not only the symptoms of depression but also the underlying causes, helping you build resilience, and fostering a sense of empowerment.
(850) 988-3802 View (850) 988-3802
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Holly Gardner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Panama City Beach, FL 32407  (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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Kayla Roberts, PMHNP, Green Wave Family Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Panama City Beach, FL 32413
My ideal client is someone who is serious about improving their mental health. Together, we work to come up with a treatment plan that is based on their individual needs. The goal is to help the client reach and maintain optimum functioning.
My ideal client is someone who is serious about improving their mental health. Together, we work to come up with a treatment plan that is based on their individual needs. The goal is to help the client reach and maintain optimum functioning.
(850) 215-5657 View (850) 215-5657
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Safir Azam Md Telpsychiatry Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Panama City Beach, FL 32408  (Online Only)
In my care will mean you have direct access to me 24/7 (except when I am asleep). I beleive in seamless communication and excellence in providing treatment . I completed my Residency trainings at Royal London Hospital UK , SUNY Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn NY , and a fellowship year at UF. Please make sure you are choosing the best educated doctor for your care bc Psychiatry Physicians have the most extensive training to treat Anxiety, ADHD depressed. Mood , PMS, Bipolar, Sleep issues &most Psychiatric conditions. I believe in the Science of medications and the Arts of Psychotherapy. I believe in enhancing the productivity.
In my care will mean you have direct access to me 24/7 (except when I am asleep). I beleive in seamless communication and excellence in providing treatment . I completed my Residency trainings at Royal London Hospital UK , SUNY Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn NY , and a fellowship year at UF. Please make sure you are choosing the best educated doctor for your care bc Psychiatry Physicians have the most extensive training to treat Anxiety, ADHD depressed. Mood , PMS, Bipolar, Sleep issues &most Psychiatric conditions. I believe in the Science of medications and the Arts of Psychotherapy. I believe in enhancing the productivity.
(941) 676-9725 View (941) 676-9725
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MindRest Psychiatry and Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Are you seeking help for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD or behavioral problems? Are you motivated to improve your mental wellbeing, and open to therapy and medication options if necessary? Are you looking for a safe and non-judgmental space to discuss your feelings, thoughts and experiences; to develop coping strategies, and work towards improved emotional stability and overall life satisfaction?
Are you seeking help for anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD or behavioral problems? Are you motivated to improve your mental wellbeing, and open to therapy and medication options if necessary? Are you looking for a safe and non-judgmental space to discuss your feelings, thoughts and experiences; to develop coping strategies, and work towards improved emotional stability and overall life satisfaction?
(850) 290-0889 View (850) 290-0889
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Melissa Richmond
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Panama City Beach, FL 32408
I have experienced my own mental health journey and self-renewal, and seek to help others understand the transformational opportunity that exists during these times. I focus on wellness and wholeness. Under this approach, I partner with patients on their journey to synergize nutrition/lifestyle, hormones, genetics, and nurturing the inner self, in addition to medication to bring about mental wellness. Currently, I see adult and child psychiatric clients. Two locations: 543 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541, Suite 402 and 141 Mack Bayou Loop, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, Suite 301.
I have experienced my own mental health journey and self-renewal, and seek to help others understand the transformational opportunity that exists during these times. I focus on wellness and wholeness. Under this approach, I partner with patients on their journey to synergize nutrition/lifestyle, hormones, genetics, and nurturing the inner self, in addition to medication to bring about mental wellness. Currently, I see adult and child psychiatric clients. Two locations: 543 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541, Suite 402 and 141 Mack Bayou Loop, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, Suite 301.
(850) 220-0185 View (850) 220-0185

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Kimberly Clayton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, NP
Verified Verified
Panama City, FL 32401  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
(850) 713-8735 View (850) 713-8735
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Michael Thad Owens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Panama City, FL 32407  (Online Only)
Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD, or sleep issues, you can experience relief. These conditions can be debilitating and can disrupt every part of a patient's life. Anxiety is a "thief" stealing precious time that you could spend actively engaging with family and friends. Depression steals your joy and limits your potential. ADHD symptoms steal your opportunity for academic and career advancement, and also affects your relationships with others. Lack of adequate sleep limits your productivity and drains your energy. Treatment can be very effective, allowing you to return to a fulfilled and engaged life.
Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD, or sleep issues, you can experience relief. These conditions can be debilitating and can disrupt every part of a patient's life. Anxiety is a "thief" stealing precious time that you could spend actively engaging with family and friends. Depression steals your joy and limits your potential. ADHD symptoms steal your opportunity for academic and career advancement, and also affects your relationships with others. Lack of adequate sleep limits your productivity and drains your energy. Treatment can be very effective, allowing you to return to a fulfilled and engaged life.
(850) 779-4855 View (850) 779-4855

Online Psychiatrists

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Stephanie Sweeny - Womens Mental Health Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tallahassee, FL 32303  (Online Only)
I help women from all walks of life who are struggling with lifecycle events and ongoing mental health illnesses. I understand that you need support, help determining what is normal, and someone to help you get unstuck. All of my clients deserve to be happy and live a fulfilling life. I work hard to help you achieve your goals.
I help women from all walks of life who are struggling with lifecycle events and ongoing mental health illnesses. I understand that you need support, help determining what is normal, and someone to help you get unstuck. All of my clients deserve to be happy and live a fulfilling life. I work hard to help you achieve your goals.
(727) 496-7987 View (727) 496-7987
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Anzola Wiggins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32308  (Online Only)
Anzola is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats multiple areas of mental health including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and coping skills just to name a few. Anzola is hard-working, compassionate, and an advocate for her patients. Since becoming a PMHNP, Anzola has served as a medication manager, counselor/therapist, and advocate.
Anzola is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats multiple areas of mental health including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and coping skills just to name a few. Anzola is hard-working, compassionate, and an advocate for her patients. Since becoming a PMHNP, Anzola has served as a medication manager, counselor/therapist, and advocate.
(850) 378-3231 View (850) 378-3231
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Dr. Randy Neil
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
Board Certified provider accepting Tricare, Florida Blue, Cigna Insurance patients. As a Medical Doctor (MD), my goal is working with individuals and helping them 'moving forward'. We are often limited by by own beliefs and sometimes achieve only a fraction of what we are capable because of the "old story" we tell ourselves. When it come to medications, I will ask "what is your long term goal" and work from there... Let's have the tough conversation on front end - This is NOT a practice prescribing benzodiazepines long term. If you feel it might be a good fit, then you can go to website and fill out patient intake form.
Board Certified provider accepting Tricare, Florida Blue, Cigna Insurance patients. As a Medical Doctor (MD), my goal is working with individuals and helping them 'moving forward'. We are often limited by by own beliefs and sometimes achieve only a fraction of what we are capable because of the "old story" we tell ourselves. When it come to medications, I will ask "what is your long term goal" and work from there... Let's have the tough conversation on front end - This is NOT a practice prescribing benzodiazepines long term. If you feel it might be a good fit, then you can go to website and fill out patient intake form.
(850) 752-1040 View (850) 752-1040
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Mary Kathryn Parham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tallahassee, FL 32313  (Online Only)
I’m a dual-board certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner operating a private practice seeing patients via secure online video visits as a modern era house call. Trained in primary care at the University of South Carolina and in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, my board certifications are in family medicine and in general child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. My approach is to observe and listen with curiosity and optimism to the individual seeking mental health care, so that we may then have a conversation and learn how to best collaborate to secure all the good that is possible.
I’m a dual-board certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner operating a private practice seeing patients via secure online video visits as a modern era house call. Trained in primary care at the University of South Carolina and in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, my board certifications are in family medicine and in general child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. My approach is to observe and listen with curiosity and optimism to the individual seeking mental health care, so that we may then have a conversation and learn how to best collaborate to secure all the good that is possible.
(850) 750-8768 View (850) 750-8768
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Today Telemedicine
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32312  (Online Only)
ADD/ADHD computer testing and stimulants (Adderall, Vyvanse ect) available for Florida residents via telemedicine. see program details. fully online psychiatry, therapy and urgent care. Genetic testing for psychiatric medication available (nearly all medication available except NO benzodiazepines) . Easy self-scheduling from our website www.TodayTelemedicine.com and book a session this week! Insurance accepted, self pay rates initial visit $199, follow ups $99, Qb Test for ADD/ADHD $130.
ADD/ADHD computer testing and stimulants (Adderall, Vyvanse ect) available for Florida residents via telemedicine. see program details. fully online psychiatry, therapy and urgent care. Genetic testing for psychiatric medication available (nearly all medication available except NO benzodiazepines) . Easy self-scheduling from our website www.TodayTelemedicine.com and book a session this week! Insurance accepted, self pay rates initial visit $199, follow ups $99, Qb Test for ADD/ADHD $130.
(850) 789-4302 View (850) 789-4302
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Nicole Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Pensacola, FL 32514
Accepting new patients in FLORIDA....Schedule directly at www.bellathiapsychiatry.com. I can provide psychiatric services including diagnostic evaluation, medication management, laboratory monitoring, follow up care, and referrals as needed. You are important and so is your self care! I'm here to help. I have several years of diverse experience in education and nursing. My goal is to help you understand why you are feeling this way and how we can work together towards meeting your needs.
Accepting new patients in FLORIDA....Schedule directly at www.bellathiapsychiatry.com. I can provide psychiatric services including diagnostic evaluation, medication management, laboratory monitoring, follow up care, and referrals as needed. You are important and so is your self care! I'm here to help. I have several years of diverse experience in education and nursing. My goal is to help you understand why you are feeling this way and how we can work together towards meeting your needs.
(850) 713-9997 View (850) 713-9997
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Thea Brubaker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32308
I want to be part of the light shinning in on those with mental health struggles. Are you looking for a new psychiatry provider? Unsure about starting medication? Recently received a psychological test, and unsure where to go next? Schedule an appointment so we can have a conversation. I offer tele-psych medication services in Pensacola, and surrounding areas, and tele-psych and in person in Tallahassee and surrounding areas. I am located in Eastern Standard Time. (Please be mindful when making appointments. Appointments are made in the provider's time zone)
I want to be part of the light shinning in on those with mental health struggles. Are you looking for a new psychiatry provider? Unsure about starting medication? Recently received a psychological test, and unsure where to go next? Schedule an appointment so we can have a conversation. I offer tele-psych medication services in Pensacola, and surrounding areas, and tele-psych and in person in Tallahassee and surrounding areas. I am located in Eastern Standard Time. (Please be mindful when making appointments. Appointments are made in the provider's time zone)
(850) 801-8962 View (850) 801-8962
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Shanique Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Panama City, FL 32404  (Online Only)
Hello, it’s nice meeting you. I’m Shanique. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience in the healthcare field. My goal is to get all my clients to their optimal mental health based on their individualized needs.
Hello, it’s nice meeting you. I’m Shanique. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience in the healthcare field. My goal is to get all my clients to their optimal mental health based on their individualized needs.
(786) 882-8604 View (786) 882-8604
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Charles Anthony Jennings
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32301  (Online Only)
Do you struggle to find happiness, even when life circumstances are good? Do you worry a lot, even at times when you should be relaxed?
Do you struggle to find happiness, even when life circumstances are good? Do you worry a lot, even at times when you should be relaxed?
(352) 706-6996 View (352) 706-6996
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32312
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(850) 816-3285 View (850) 816-3285
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Your Mentality, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tallahassee, FL 32301  (Online Only)
Hi there, I’m Ann Marie. Do you feel overwhelmed by life? Is your mind racing 100 miles an hour? Are you lacking joy and happiness in your life? Is your medication regimen working? I’m a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner here to help you restore and maintain balance and joy in your life. I use a whole self-approach; addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit with the incorporation of medication if needed. Your mentality is my priority.
Hi there, I’m Ann Marie. Do you feel overwhelmed by life? Is your mind racing 100 miles an hour? Are you lacking joy and happiness in your life? Is your medication regimen working? I’m a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner here to help you restore and maintain balance and joy in your life. I use a whole self-approach; addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit with the incorporation of medication if needed. Your mentality is my priority.
(352) 706-6983 View (352) 706-6983

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Number of Psychiatrists in Panama City Beach, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Panama City Beach, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
86% ADHD
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Behavioral Issues
86% Medication Management

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Panama City Beach, FL see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Panama City Beach?

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.