Psychiatrists in Pinecrest, FL

Photo of Gabriel Sanchez, Psychiatrist in Pinecrest, FL
Gabriel Sanchez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Pinecrest, FL 33156
As an experienced psychiatrist based in Miami, my patients appreciate the warmth, professional integrity, and open communication that define my medical practice. I’m determined to help my patients understand their own health so they can be well informed when making important health decisions.
As an experienced psychiatrist based in Miami, my patients appreciate the warmth, professional integrity, and open communication that define my medical practice. I’m determined to help my patients understand their own health so they can be well informed when making important health decisions.
(305) 209-0144 View (305) 209-0144
Photo of Maria Paricio, Psychiatrist in Pinecrest, FL
Maria Paricio
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Pinecrest, FL 33156
There are many reasons why people look for help. Sadness, anxiety, difficulty in coping with losses are the most frequent cases. A complete psychiatric evaluation is imperative to determine if and when psychotherapy and short term medication therapy is/are needed. Empowering the individual to his or her potential is Dr. Maria Paricio's philosophy.
There are many reasons why people look for help. Sadness, anxiety, difficulty in coping with losses are the most frequent cases. A complete psychiatric evaluation is imperative to determine if and when psychotherapy and short term medication therapy is/are needed. Empowering the individual to his or her potential is Dr. Maria Paricio's philosophy.
(305) 842-2648 View (305) 842-2648
Photo of Dr. Nicolas D Sikaczowski, Psychiatrist in Pinecrest, FL
Dr. Nicolas D Sikaczowski
Psychiatrist
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pinecrest, FL 33156
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Physician with same-month availability. I provide medication management and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for both children and adults in Miami & throughout Florida. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school and see child, adolescent, and adult patients. I take time to provide quality, unrushed, evidence-based treatment and it shows in my patient's results. I allocate 90 minutes of intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits in addition to communication via phone and direct message.
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Physician with same-month availability. I provide medication management and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for both children and adults in Miami & throughout Florida. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school and see child, adolescent, and adult patients. I take time to provide quality, unrushed, evidence-based treatment and it shows in my patient's results. I allocate 90 minutes of intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits in addition to communication via phone and direct message.
(305) 680-5376 View (305) 680-5376
Photo of Ileana Dominguez Baute, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Pinecrest, FL
Ileana Dominguez Baute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Psychiatry & Beyond wants to be part of your mental health journey. As a team of compassionate professionals, we’re dedicated to offering a range of services that support your unique needs and personal experiences. We know the complexity of mental health diseases and we are willing to navigate to you side. With a mix of professionalism, kindness, and innovative treatment, we aim to foster a safe space for healing and resilience. We will work as a team empowering and supporting you to improve your mental wellness.
Psychiatry & Beyond wants to be part of your mental health journey. As a team of compassionate professionals, we’re dedicated to offering a range of services that support your unique needs and personal experiences. We know the complexity of mental health diseases and we are willing to navigate to you side. With a mix of professionalism, kindness, and innovative treatment, we aim to foster a safe space for healing and resilience. We will work as a team empowering and supporting you to improve your mental wellness.
(786) 627-6336 View (786) 627-6336
Photo of Sandra R. Pelaez-Munsey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Pinecrest, FL
Sandra R. Pelaez-Munsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Pinecrest, FL 33156
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my approach to mental health care is holistic and patient-centered in nature. I respect the autonomy of my patients and promote aligned treatment goals and collaboration in practice. I work with children, adolescents and adults exhibiting a wide range of psychiatric symptoms and stressors. I use evidence-based treatments to improve self-efficacy and restore a sense of equilibrium.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my approach to mental health care is holistic and patient-centered in nature. I respect the autonomy of my patients and promote aligned treatment goals and collaboration in practice. I work with children, adolescents and adults exhibiting a wide range of psychiatric symptoms and stressors. I use evidence-based treatments to improve self-efficacy and restore a sense of equilibrium.
(863) 588-7489 View (863) 588-7489
Photo of Dr. Allison Jackson, Psychiatrist in Pinecrest, FL
Dr. Allison Jackson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Dr. Allison Jackson is a Harvard-trained board-certified psychiatrist who opened MindfulMD as a way to provide individually tailored, compassionate psychiatric care for her patients. She is accepting new patients in Florida (in-person and virtual) and Massachusetts (virtual only). She has experience treating a wide variety of conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep issues, sexual health issues, bipolar disorder, PTSD, derm-psych conditions i.e. skin picking and trichotillomania, and many more. She also has worked with patients on managing stress related to relationships, illness, burnout, grief, career, or identity.
Dr. Allison Jackson is a Harvard-trained board-certified psychiatrist who opened MindfulMD as a way to provide individually tailored, compassionate psychiatric care for her patients. She is accepting new patients in Florida (in-person and virtual) and Massachusetts (virtual only). She has experience treating a wide variety of conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep issues, sexual health issues, bipolar disorder, PTSD, derm-psych conditions i.e. skin picking and trichotillomania, and many more. She also has worked with patients on managing stress related to relationships, illness, burnout, grief, career, or identity.
(813) 328-6239 View (813) 328-6239

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Psychiatric Equilibrium, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
South Miami, FL 33143
Psychiatric Equilibrium is a safe space dedicated to care for mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, focusing on helping the patient feel improved health every day.
Psychiatric Equilibrium is a safe space dedicated to care for mental, physical, and spiritual well-being, focusing on helping the patient feel improved health every day.
(305) 602-4874 View (305) 602-4874
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Mencia M Gomez De Vargas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami, FL 33156
I would like to accompany you while you walk a process of self improvement. My hope is that you learn to listen to your heart, dream Big, fearlessly be yourself, laugh, love and learn.
I would like to accompany you while you walk a process of self improvement. My hope is that you learn to listen to your heart, dream Big, fearlessly be yourself, laugh, love and learn.
(754) 227-3373 View (754) 227-3373
Photo of Raymond Raad, Psychiatrist in Pinecrest, FL
Raymond Raad
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33143
I am a Cornell and Columbia trained psychiatrist who helps people with psychiatric and life problems live more meaningful and satisfying lives. My approach is to first do a thorough evaluation to form a diagnostic impression, then to work with you to find a treatment plan that best fits your situation and goals. This usually involves finding the right psychotherapy (such as psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, or supportive), and when necessary, medication.
I am a Cornell and Columbia trained psychiatrist who helps people with psychiatric and life problems live more meaningful and satisfying lives. My approach is to first do a thorough evaluation to form a diagnostic impression, then to work with you to find a treatment plan that best fits your situation and goals. This usually involves finding the right psychotherapy (such as psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, or supportive), and when necessary, medication.
(646) 434-0361 View (646) 434-0361
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ElevateTMS Coconut Grove
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33143
ElevateTMS, is a center that offers a safe and non-invasive treatment for those suffering from depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Located in Miami, Florida, we are here to change the stigma around mental health treatments by providing a safe and supportive environment where patients can feel comfortable with their journey towards recovery. Our team of experts will work with you, one on one, to develop a personalized plan based on your individual needs so you can get back to living life again!
ElevateTMS, is a center that offers a safe and non-invasive treatment for those suffering from depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Located in Miami, Florida, we are here to change the stigma around mental health treatments by providing a safe and supportive environment where patients can feel comfortable with their journey towards recovery. Our team of experts will work with you, one on one, to develop a personalized plan based on your individual needs so you can get back to living life again!
(786) 661-1574 View (786) 661-1574
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Tara Brass
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami, FL 33143
I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and earned my MD from Jefferson Medical College. I completed my Psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai (NYC) where I received extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. My specialties are in the areas of mood, anxiety and eating disorders. I am also trained and certified as a health coach by The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I have maintained a private practice in Scarsdale since 2005 and I am now thrilled to be able to offer my services to patients in Florida via my telemedicine practice.
I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and earned my MD from Jefferson Medical College. I completed my Psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai (NYC) where I received extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. My specialties are in the areas of mood, anxiety and eating disorders. I am also trained and certified as a health coach by The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I have maintained a private practice in Scarsdale since 2005 and I am now thrilled to be able to offer my services to patients in Florida via my telemedicine practice.
(914) 499-0168 View (914) 499-0168
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Wendy Oliver-Pyatt
Psychiatrist, MD, FAED, FIAEDP
Verified
2 Endorsed
South Miami, FL 33143
My work with you is based on delving deeply into your inner world, forming a connection and deeper understanding that can provide validation, a greater sense of balance and perspective, and enhanced ability to embrace life with mindfulness and reflection. I am the founder of five distinctive eating disorder programs and the Chief Executive Officer of Galen Mental Health/Galen Hope and Within Health. I was the State of Nevada Medical Director for Mental Health, and have extensive experience in pharmacotherapy. It may be determined that medication is indicated; yet all care eclectic & psychodynamically informed.
My work with you is based on delving deeply into your inner world, forming a connection and deeper understanding that can provide validation, a greater sense of balance and perspective, and enhanced ability to embrace life with mindfulness and reflection. I am the founder of five distinctive eating disorder programs and the Chief Executive Officer of Galen Mental Health/Galen Hope and Within Health. I was the State of Nevada Medical Director for Mental Health, and have extensive experience in pharmacotherapy. It may be determined that medication is indicated; yet all care eclectic & psychodynamically informed.
(786) 481-0877 View (786) 481-0877
Photo of Mariela Padro, Psychiatrist in Pinecrest, FL
Mariela Padro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Coral Gables, FL 33156
LIFE CAN BE HARD AND COMPLICATED AT TIMES BUT IT CAN ALSO BRING JOY, EXCITEMENT AND HAPPINESS. A LOT OF TIMES WE CAN FIGURE IT OUT ON OUR OWN AND MAKE THINGS WORK, OTHER TIMES WE MAY NOT KNOW WHERE TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP TO OR WE MAY EVEN FEEL LOST. SOUND FAMILIAR? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. IF YOU WANT THINGS TO WORK OUT YOU NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE; CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR OR A CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE. WE DON'T HAVE CONTROL OVER OTHERS BUT WE DO HAVE CONTROL OVER HOW WE DECIDE TO MANAGE A SITUATION.
LIFE CAN BE HARD AND COMPLICATED AT TIMES BUT IT CAN ALSO BRING JOY, EXCITEMENT AND HAPPINESS. A LOT OF TIMES WE CAN FIGURE IT OUT ON OUR OWN AND MAKE THINGS WORK, OTHER TIMES WE MAY NOT KNOW WHERE TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP TO OR WE MAY EVEN FEEL LOST. SOUND FAMILIAR? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. IF YOU WANT THINGS TO WORK OUT YOU NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE; CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR OR A CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE. WE DON'T HAVE CONTROL OVER OTHERS BUT WE DO HAVE CONTROL OVER HOW WE DECIDE TO MANAGE A SITUATION.
(305) 456-1014 View (305) 456-1014
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Dr. Ernesto L. Sarduy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33156
Great to meet you! My name is Dr. Sarduy and I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who graduated from Florida International University with a Doctorate degree. I offer fully virtual behavioral health practice and provide support for a wide range of mental health needs (anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and many other conditions).
Great to meet you! My name is Dr. Sarduy and I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who graduated from Florida International University with a Doctorate degree. I offer fully virtual behavioral health practice and provide support for a wide range of mental health needs (anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and many other conditions).
(786) 833-8036 View (786) 833-8036
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Margaret Mary Reyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Miami, FL 33143  (Online Only)
Margaret Reyes, PMHNP-BC is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and treats patients at Elevate Psychiatry Coconut Grove. She is validating, friendly, and skilled in psychiatric evaluation and management. Dr. Reyes provides empathy to all her patients and includes traditional approaches as well as cutting-edge treatment modalities to make sure her patients get better!
Margaret Reyes, PMHNP-BC is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and treats patients at Elevate Psychiatry Coconut Grove. She is validating, friendly, and skilled in psychiatric evaluation and management. Dr. Reyes provides empathy to all her patients and includes traditional approaches as well as cutting-edge treatment modalities to make sure her patients get better!
(305) 686-2488 View (305) 686-2488
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified
Miami, FL 33156
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) 334-2227 View (321) 334-2227
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Psychiatric Equilibrium, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified
South Miami, FL 33143
I have been in the medical field since 1999 after I graduated in 1999 as a Doctor of Medicine in Cuba and practiced for 8 years. In the United States. I certified APRN in 2020 at South University, Savannah Georgia. In 2023 I certified as a PMHNP-BC at San Thomas University. I currently work as a PMHNP. I work with populations from adolescents to older adults. Within my scope of practice, I can perform assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients' mental health needs. I perform different types of therapy and can prescribe medications for different mental health conditions. I can also perform physical evaluations.
I have been in the medical field since 1999 after I graduated in 1999 as a Doctor of Medicine in Cuba and practiced for 8 years. In the United States. I certified APRN in 2020 at South University, Savannah Georgia. In 2023 I certified as a PMHNP-BC at San Thomas University. I currently work as a PMHNP. I work with populations from adolescents to older adults. Within my scope of practice, I can perform assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients' mental health needs. I perform different types of therapy and can prescribe medications for different mental health conditions. I can also perform physical evaluations.
(305) 680-1612 View (305) 680-1612
Photo of Iraisy Mendez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Pinecrest, FL
Iraisy Mendez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
South Miami, FL 33146
Iraisy Mendez is an ANCC board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, with experience providing treatment for a wide variety of mental health concerns, including mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and personality difficulties. Iraisy perfectly balances management, excellent clinical care, quality education to students pursuing careers as psychiatric providers, and distinguished, tailored care to patients and staff. Her focus on education ensures that high quality of care is delivered to each and every Mental Health patients.
Iraisy Mendez is an ANCC board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, with experience providing treatment for a wide variety of mental health concerns, including mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and personality difficulties. Iraisy perfectly balances management, excellent clinical care, quality education to students pursuing careers as psychiatric providers, and distinguished, tailored care to patients and staff. Her focus on education ensures that high quality of care is delivered to each and every Mental Health patients.
(786) 648-7658 View (786) 648-7658
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Deana Goldin - Pinecrest Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, DNP, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
South Miami, FL 33143
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who evaluates and treats individuals with emotional difficulties, depression, anxiety, adult and young adult mood and behavioral disorders/difficulties, ADHD and substance abuse. I specialize in medication management and psychotherapy. My goal is for us to work together to create positive outcomes, helping you gain a sense of well-being and stabilization through effective management.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who evaluates and treats individuals with emotional difficulties, depression, anxiety, adult and young adult mood and behavioral disorders/difficulties, ADHD and substance abuse. I specialize in medication management and psychotherapy. My goal is for us to work together to create positive outcomes, helping you gain a sense of well-being and stabilization through effective management.
(786) 244-7160 View (786) 244-7160
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Safir Azam Md
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33176  (Online Only)
Mission : My mission is to embody the values of accessibility, seamless communication, respect, and excellence in treatment for each patient. I am Medically trained Physician Psychiatrist.I had the privilege to train at Royal London & St Bartholomew’s Hospital for 4 years in various branches of Psychiatry before I moved to the USA. I had a further Residency Training at SUNY Downstate Hospital Brooklyn, NY followed by a one year of Child Psychiatry training at the University of Florida. I have a fellowship in psychoanalysis from NYU and a 2 year of psychodynamic psychotherapy training at Willam Alanson White Institute , NYC.
Mission : My mission is to embody the values of accessibility, seamless communication, respect, and excellence in treatment for each patient. I am Medically trained Physician Psychiatrist.I had the privilege to train at Royal London & St Bartholomew’s Hospital for 4 years in various branches of Psychiatry before I moved to the USA. I had a further Residency Training at SUNY Downstate Hospital Brooklyn, NY followed by a one year of Child Psychiatry training at the University of Florida. I have a fellowship in psychoanalysis from NYU and a 2 year of psychodynamic psychotherapy training at Willam Alanson White Institute , NYC.
(786) 305-3546 View (786) 305-3546

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Pinecrest, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Pinecrest, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Psychosis
83% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Medicare
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
75% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Pinecrest, FL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pinecrest?

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.