Psychiatrists in Port Richey, FL

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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Port Richey, FL 34668  (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.
(727) 955-3138 View (727) 955-3138
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Janique Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARPN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Port Richey, FL 34668  (Online Only)
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP- BC) specializing in medication management, I am dedicated to providing personalized, evidence-based care to help you achieve optimal mental health. With expertise in managing conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and more, my approach centers on understanding your unique needs and collaborating with you to develop an effective medication plan. While I focus solely on medication management, I work closely with your therapists and other healthcare providers to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated treatment approach.
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP- BC) specializing in medication management, I am dedicated to providing personalized, evidence-based care to help you achieve optimal mental health. With expertise in managing conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and more, my approach centers on understanding your unique needs and collaborating with you to develop an effective medication plan. While I focus solely on medication management, I work closely with your therapists and other healthcare providers to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated treatment approach.
(786) 244-7347 View (786) 244-7347
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Robin Belcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Port Richey, FL 34668  (Online Only)
am a dual certified Nurse Practitioner (APRN) in Psychiatry and Family Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in Psychiatry and is licensed in the state of Florida, Georgia, Wyoming, and Washington.
am a dual certified Nurse Practitioner (APRN) in Psychiatry and Family Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in Psychiatry and is licensed in the state of Florida, Georgia, Wyoming, and Washington.
(904) 785-8252 View (904) 785-8252
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Hattie Runzheimer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Port Richey, FL 34668  (Online Only)
Dr. Hattie Runzheimer is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, board certified adult and gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, critical care registered nurse, and clinical facility at University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Hattie is passionate about both spectrums of healthcare involving physical and mental illnesses. She still works in intensive care units throughout south Florida’s Miami-Dade and Broward counties. As a dedicated clinical faculty member at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, Hattie teaches undergraduate BSN and graduate PMHNP students.
Dr. Hattie Runzheimer is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, board certified adult and gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, critical care registered nurse, and clinical facility at University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Hattie is passionate about both spectrums of healthcare involving physical and mental illnesses. She still works in intensive care units throughout south Florida’s Miami-Dade and Broward counties. As a dedicated clinical faculty member at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, Hattie teaches undergraduate BSN and graduate PMHNP students.
(786) 565-6776 View (786) 565-6776
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Port Richey, FL 34668
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.
(561) 468-3958 View (561) 468-3958
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Lynne Swink
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Port Richey, FL 34668  (Online Only)
Our provider has been in the medical field for over 25 years. She is double board certified in Family Medicine and Psychiatric Medicine.
Our provider has been in the medical field for over 25 years. She is double board certified in Family Medicine and Psychiatric Medicine.
(727) 472-4384 View (727) 472-4384
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Instic Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Port Richey, FL 34668
Pragnesh Patel, MD Board Certified Psychiatry and Neurology Board Certified. Greetings, my name is Pragnesh Patel, MD, a Florida-licensed, board-certified practitioner, specializing in general/adult psychiatry, with just a few words about Instic Health and our larger purpose as a full-service healthcare company. As Medical Director, I enjoy the privilege of overseeing some of the most earnest, empathetic, and talented office and medical professionals in the field. Together, we represent an exceptionally skilled group that genuinely loves what we do and the patients we do it for.Put us to the test and you’ll find us equal to the best
Pragnesh Patel, MD Board Certified Psychiatry and Neurology Board Certified. Greetings, my name is Pragnesh Patel, MD, a Florida-licensed, board-certified practitioner, specializing in general/adult psychiatry, with just a few words about Instic Health and our larger purpose as a full-service healthcare company. As Medical Director, I enjoy the privilege of overseeing some of the most earnest, empathetic, and talented office and medical professionals in the field. Together, we represent an exceptionally skilled group that genuinely loves what we do and the patients we do it for.Put us to the test and you’ll find us equal to the best
(727) 235-7965 View (727) 235-7965

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Pamela Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Port Richey, FL 34655
Pamela works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Pamela believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Pamela works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Pamela believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(727) 966-2797 View (727) 966-2797
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Jay Leathers
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Port Richey, FL 34655
Dr. Leathers has the experience, insight and personal interest to help treat mental illness within the community. He is a support to help improve the lives of patients who want to improve their lives and to grow from their current mental health hardships. He listens well to help understand what the patient is requesting. He has the knowledge to help educate and inform the patient of their treatment options, and he is able to help the patient develop an informed decision for an appropriate treatment plan.
Dr. Leathers has the experience, insight and personal interest to help treat mental illness within the community. He is a support to help improve the lives of patients who want to improve their lives and to grow from their current mental health hardships. He listens well to help understand what the patient is requesting. He has the knowledge to help educate and inform the patient of their treatment options, and he is able to help the patient develop an informed decision for an appropriate treatment plan.
(813) 797-5735 View (813) 797-5735
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Sara Christina Beal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
New Port Richey, FL 34652
Good, effective, and empathetic mental health care is difficult to find but is possible as I have shown with my practice over the last four years. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, then you have arrived at the right place. I specialize in care of anxiety and depression with or without correlation to ADHD diagnosis by creating a deeper understanding of symptoms and how to go about treating them. My personalized and caring approach caters to my patients and their individual needs with easy access to provider should issues arise. Let's start to make the positive changes in your life to get where you want to be.
Good, effective, and empathetic mental health care is difficult to find but is possible as I have shown with my practice over the last four years. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, then you have arrived at the right place. I specialize in care of anxiety and depression with or without correlation to ADHD diagnosis by creating a deeper understanding of symptoms and how to go about treating them. My personalized and caring approach caters to my patients and their individual needs with easy access to provider should issues arise. Let's start to make the positive changes in your life to get where you want to be.
(727) 594-0191 View (727) 594-0191
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Tara Payne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Hudson, FL 34667
“My goal is to create compassionate relationships within a trusting environment that encourages expression of needs, concerns, and objectives to promote positive mental health management”.
“My goal is to create compassionate relationships within a trusting environment that encourages expression of needs, concerns, and objectives to promote positive mental health management”.
(813) 548-5882 View (813) 548-5882
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Aundrea Guillaume-Sponsel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Holiday, FL 34691
Aundrea Sponsel, a dedicated healthcare professional with two decades of experience, has transformed her career from a Licensed Practical Nurse to a Nurse Practitioner in psychiatry. Passionate about mental health, she believes in a collaborative journey with her patients, valuing their input in crafting personalized mental health plans. A native of Florida and a loving mother of three, Aundrea cherishes family time at the beach. At Unclouded Mind, we prioritize your mental well-being. Aundrea Sponsel, our provider, crafts personalized medication management plans, ensuring precise prescriptions and adjustments.
Aundrea Sponsel, a dedicated healthcare professional with two decades of experience, has transformed her career from a Licensed Practical Nurse to a Nurse Practitioner in psychiatry. Passionate about mental health, she believes in a collaborative journey with her patients, valuing their input in crafting personalized mental health plans. A native of Florida and a loving mother of three, Aundrea cherishes family time at the beach. At Unclouded Mind, we prioritize your mental well-being. Aundrea Sponsel, our provider, crafts personalized medication management plans, ensuring precise prescriptions and adjustments.
(727) 855-8394 View (727) 855-8394
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Instic Health - Inverness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Port Richey, FL 34653
As Medical Director, I enjoy the privilege of overseeing some of the most earnest, empathetic, and talented office and medical professionals in the field. Together, we represent an exceptionally skilled group that genuinely loves what we do and the patients we do it for. In my own recent past as Vice-Chair of Medicine at Tampa Community Hospital; and, as a lead resident at Department of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, I saw there was a fairly large gap between the standard of mental care needed by patients and that which was typically delivered in terms of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
As Medical Director, I enjoy the privilege of overseeing some of the most earnest, empathetic, and talented office and medical professionals in the field. Together, we represent an exceptionally skilled group that genuinely loves what we do and the patients we do it for. In my own recent past as Vice-Chair of Medicine at Tampa Community Hospital; and, as a lead resident at Department of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, I saw there was a fairly large gap between the standard of mental care needed by patients and that which was typically delivered in terms of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
(727) 755-9300 View (727) 755-9300
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Lievy Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C, MSN-ED
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Hudson, FL 34669
My name is Evelyn Hamman and I am the founder of Lievy Psychiatry, LLC. I am a double board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I'm offering tele-psychiatric behavioral health services for ages 12-60. I love serving the community and I'm trained to treat depression, anxiety, panic disorders, sleep disorders, ADHD/ADD, bipolar, schizophrenia, and more. I am bilingual in English and Spanish. Now offering Genesight testing! Now offering student preceptorship.
My name is Evelyn Hamman and I am the founder of Lievy Psychiatry, LLC. I am a double board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I'm offering tele-psychiatric behavioral health services for ages 12-60. I love serving the community and I'm trained to treat depression, anxiety, panic disorders, sleep disorders, ADHD/ADD, bipolar, schizophrenia, and more. I am bilingual in English and Spanish. Now offering Genesight testing! Now offering student preceptorship.
(727) 758-7796 View (727) 758-7796
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Cuong Ton
Psychiatrist, MD/DO
Verified Verified
New Port Richey, FL 34654
Dr. Ton, a licensed Psychiatrist and Physician based in Florida, specializes in providing comprehensive mental health care through both telemedicine and in-person visits. He is board certified American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. With a deep commitment to helping individuals navigate their mental health challenges, Dr. Ton's therapy practice is tailored to assist clients in managing various psychological struggles. His ideal clients often grapple with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress, seeking effective strategies for coping and healing. A lot of clients just need help achieving a goal.
Dr. Ton, a licensed Psychiatrist and Physician based in Florida, specializes in providing comprehensive mental health care through both telemedicine and in-person visits. He is board certified American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. With a deep commitment to helping individuals navigate their mental health challenges, Dr. Ton's therapy practice is tailored to assist clients in managing various psychological struggles. His ideal clients often grapple with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress, seeking effective strategies for coping and healing. A lot of clients just need help achieving a goal.
(813) 544-4625 View (813) 544-4625
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Instic Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Port Richey, FL 34653
Pragnesh Patel, MD, is a Florida licensed Board-certified General/Adult Psychiatrist. He served as lead resident in department of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in 2015. He serves as a Medical Director at Instic Health. Dr Patel has developed standards to offer better care to patients. Instic Health is an outpatient psychiatric practice providing outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment across FL.
Pragnesh Patel, MD, is a Florida licensed Board-certified General/Adult Psychiatrist. He served as lead resident in department of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in 2015. He serves as a Medical Director at Instic Health. Dr Patel has developed standards to offer better care to patients. Instic Health is an outpatient psychiatric practice providing outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment across FL.
(727) 755-9300 View (727) 755-9300
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Julie Angileri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
New Port Richey, FL 34652  (Online Only)
Now ADHD and Autism Certified! I know you're looking for a better life, I know you don't like how things are going right now. I'm here. I'm here to help you. It takes tremendous courage to take the first steps toward wellness. I know that together, we can get you to your goals quickly. I am a double board certified NP with over 20 years of experience in family medicine, psychiatry, and I have additional training in integrative medicine. I treat any age for depression, anxiety, mood, autism, ADHD and PTSD. Today is your day, now it the time, give me a chance to help you.
Now ADHD and Autism Certified! I know you're looking for a better life, I know you don't like how things are going right now. I'm here. I'm here to help you. It takes tremendous courage to take the first steps toward wellness. I know that together, we can get you to your goals quickly. I am a double board certified NP with over 20 years of experience in family medicine, psychiatry, and I have additional training in integrative medicine. I treat any age for depression, anxiety, mood, autism, ADHD and PTSD. Today is your day, now it the time, give me a chance to help you.
(727) 235-7429 View (727) 235-7429
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Andrew Joseph Hewitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hudson, FL 34667
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have expertise in medication management and specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric disorders. I provide compassionate, knowledgeable, and individualized psychiatric and talk therapy care to teens and adults with a wide range of emotional and psychological concerns and issues. I believe that the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that cause conflicts in our lives can be identified and processed using a variety of techniques and methods. Some personal information about me: I am a native New Yorker. I grew up in Brooklyn. I am a husband and father.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have expertise in medication management and specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric disorders. I provide compassionate, knowledgeable, and individualized psychiatric and talk therapy care to teens and adults with a wide range of emotional and psychological concerns and issues. I believe that the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that cause conflicts in our lives can be identified and processed using a variety of techniques and methods. Some personal information about me: I am a native New Yorker. I grew up in Brooklyn. I am a husband and father.
(727) 334-2392 View (727) 334-2392
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Robert Nicholas Brady
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Port Richey, FL 34655
Robert is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner MSN, APRN,PMHNP-BC. Roberts professional career spans over a decade in various environments from Intensive care, Case Management and other various leadership roles. Robert enjoys nothing better than coming alongside someone to help them to achieve a greater sense of well-being and fulfillment in life. Although he considers ADHD his specialty, Robert is able to treat a wide array of conditions including PTSD, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Bipolar Disorder and many others.
Robert is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner MSN, APRN,PMHNP-BC. Roberts professional career spans over a decade in various environments from Intensive care, Case Management and other various leadership roles. Robert enjoys nothing better than coming alongside someone to help them to achieve a greater sense of well-being and fulfillment in life. Although he considers ADHD his specialty, Robert is able to treat a wide array of conditions including PTSD, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Bipolar Disorder and many others.
(941) 541-2963 View (941) 541-2963
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Sarah Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Port Richey, FL 34655
Hello! I understand that seeking mental health support is a courageous step, and I am honored to be part of your journey toward wellness and healing. I am committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals of all ages who are facing mental health challenges. With years of specialized training and experience, I possess a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding mental health disorders and their impact on overall well-being.
Hello! I understand that seeking mental health support is a courageous step, and I am honored to be part of your journey toward wellness and healing. I am committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals of all ages who are facing mental health challenges. With years of specialized training and experience, I possess a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding mental health disorders and their impact on overall well-being.
(727) 353-6784 View (727) 353-6784

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Port Richey, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Port Richey, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Bipolar Disorder
71% ADHD
57% Addiction
57% Eating Disorders

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Humana
100% Medicare

How Psychiatrists in Port Richey, FL see their clients

71% Online Only
29% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Port Richey?

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.