Psychiatrists in Saint Petersburg, FL

Photo of Donna K Dempsey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saint Petersburg, FL
Donna K Dempsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS APRN, PMHCNS
Verified
3 Endorsed
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702
Donna Dempsey MS APRN is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience treating adults at all levels of care. I graduated from Ohio State University with a Master's Degree in Psychiatric Nursing and started my career as Head Nurse of Adult Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and have worked in private practice gaining extensive experience in the treatment of a wide variety of mental health disorders, particularly anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I offer Saturday appointments for new urgent visits.
Donna Dempsey MS APRN is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience treating adults at all levels of care. I graduated from Ohio State University with a Master's Degree in Psychiatric Nursing and started my career as Head Nurse of Adult Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and have worked in private practice gaining extensive experience in the treatment of a wide variety of mental health disorders, particularly anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I offer Saturday appointments for new urgent visits.
(727) 312-1019 View (727) 312-1019
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Michelle Mottern
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Hi! My name is Michelle and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and founder of Mosaic Brain Health. At Mosaic Brain Health we strive to destigmatize mental health and emphasize brain health. We provide a comprehensive set of services to help boost your confidence and offer support as you navigate your personal brain health and wellness challenges.
Hi! My name is Michelle and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and founder of Mosaic Brain Health. At Mosaic Brain Health we strive to destigmatize mental health and emphasize brain health. We provide a comprehensive set of services to help boost your confidence and offer support as you navigate your personal brain health and wellness challenges.
(727) 855-6706 View (727) 855-6706
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Ashley Carro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702  (Online Only)
I am board certified in Psychiatry and Family practice. I have several years experience seeing clients from ages 5 - 90's.
I am board certified in Psychiatry and Family practice. I have several years experience seeing clients from ages 5 - 90's.
(727) 485-9882 View (727) 485-9882
Photo of Carative Psychiatry , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saint Petersburg, FL
Carative Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702  (Online Only)
Our mission is to enhance wellness and motivate self-improvement by strengthening minds. We offer high quality health care for patients seeking a trustworthy long-term psychiatric provider who can provide medication management and supportive counseling. The providers at Carative Psychiatry (CP) provide care to their patients using medical and mental health care models in order to treat the whole individual. The providers at CP are passionate about serving the community and helping others achieve their goals by using the Carative theory. Telepsychiatry practice serving Florida.
Our mission is to enhance wellness and motivate self-improvement by strengthening minds. We offer high quality health care for patients seeking a trustworthy long-term psychiatric provider who can provide medication management and supportive counseling. The providers at Carative Psychiatry (CP) provide care to their patients using medical and mental health care models in order to treat the whole individual. The providers at CP are passionate about serving the community and helping others achieve their goals by using the Carative theory. Telepsychiatry practice serving Florida.
(843) 595-8742 View (843) 595-8742
Photo of George Dekeles, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saint Petersburg, FL
George Dekeles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
My name is George Dekeles and I am Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Practitioner whom successfully earned my Master’s in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of South Florida. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, and adults. I am an understanding clinician who provides medication management and psychotherapeutic interventions, while creating a goal targeted and individuated treatment plan. My approach is extremely thorough, charged by compassion, and grounded by evidence based science.
My name is George Dekeles and I am Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Practitioner whom successfully earned my Master’s in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of South Florida. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, and adults. I am an understanding clinician who provides medication management and psychotherapeutic interventions, while creating a goal targeted and individuated treatment plan. My approach is extremely thorough, charged by compassion, and grounded by evidence based science.
(727) 261-1463 View (727) 261-1463
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
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) 295-3005 View (727) 295-3005
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Lauren E Butterfield
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702
Dr. Butterfield is a psychiatrist with specialized fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry from Emory Medical School in Atlanta, GA. She enjoys working with all ages up to 65, but specializes in the treatment of adolescents, college aged adults, and young adults. Dr. Butterfield is able to provide both medication management and therapeutic interventions for a number of symptoms including anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, eating disorders, and others. Dr. Butterfield is passionate about exploring the way creative expression can help improve mental health and behavioral problems in children.
Dr. Butterfield is a psychiatrist with specialized fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry from Emory Medical School in Atlanta, GA. She enjoys working with all ages up to 65, but specializes in the treatment of adolescents, college aged adults, and young adults. Dr. Butterfield is able to provide both medication management and therapeutic interventions for a number of symptoms including anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, eating disorders, and others. Dr. Butterfield is passionate about exploring the way creative expression can help improve mental health and behavioral problems in children.
(727) 316-9932 View (727) 316-9932
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Sarah Iannucci
Psychiatrist
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in quality, patient-centered psychiatry and psychotherapy. I provide a caring, empathetic treatment environment and do my best to support and empower each of my patients to make the most informed choices about their health. My whole-person approach respects that the mind and body are intimately connected and that health and wellness are complex issues. I have experience treating a wide variety of chronic and complex mental health conditions. People of all backgrounds and perspectives are welcome in my practice.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in quality, patient-centered psychiatry and psychotherapy. I provide a caring, empathetic treatment environment and do my best to support and empower each of my patients to make the most informed choices about their health. My whole-person approach respects that the mind and body are intimately connected and that health and wellness are complex issues. I have experience treating a wide variety of chronic and complex mental health conditions. People of all backgrounds and perspectives are welcome in my practice.
(941) 662-4213 View (941) 662-4213
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Dr. Walter Griffith & Dr. TMS Therapy
Psychiatrist, PhD, MD
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33703
Depression is one of the most debilitating diseases out there. Lacking sleep? Lacking focus? Motivation? Happiness? Do you feel like you have to wear a mask? Is there a 'fog' surrounding you? Are you experiencing the heavy burden on your shoulders? Do you regret the past? Or are you fearful of the future? Are the antidepressants even working? We provide the tools & solutions you need to beat depression. This allows you to spend more time with your family & friends. It allows you to start up those hobbies you used to love doing. You can get the sleep you deserve & still wake up early to accomplish your goals. As a team, we can do it
Depression is one of the most debilitating diseases out there. Lacking sleep? Lacking focus? Motivation? Happiness? Do you feel like you have to wear a mask? Is there a 'fog' surrounding you? Are you experiencing the heavy burden on your shoulders? Do you regret the past? Or are you fearful of the future? Are the antidepressants even working? We provide the tools & solutions you need to beat depression. This allows you to spend more time with your family & friends. It allows you to start up those hobbies you used to love doing. You can get the sleep you deserve & still wake up early to accomplish your goals. As a team, we can do it
(727) 485-9717 View (727) 485-9717
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Offering affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-up $99. Accepting Medicare, Cigna (Evernorth), and Optum/UHC/UBH insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Offering affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-up $99. Accepting Medicare, Cigna (Evernorth), and Optum/UHC/UBH insurances.
(844) 643-9418 View (844) 643-9418
Photo of Rachel Lee McKenna, Psychiatrist in Saint Petersburg, FL
Rachel Lee McKenna
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
6 Endorsed
Saint Petersburg, FL 33715
MD Support is a private psychiatric practice located in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida! Dr. McKenna, Dr. Luevano, Dr. Larson and Dr. Angermeier make up our team of wonderful providers. Although there is a St. Petersburg, Florida office, many appointments are conducted online based on the patient's preference. The MD Support team is passionate and enthusiastic about what we do! We genuinely strive everyday to be the best that we can be for each and every one of our patients! Our team specializes in a wide range of diagnoses and treats children, adolescents and adults of all ages.
MD Support is a private psychiatric practice located in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida! Dr. McKenna, Dr. Luevano, Dr. Larson and Dr. Angermeier make up our team of wonderful providers. Although there is a St. Petersburg, Florida office, many appointments are conducted online based on the patient's preference. The MD Support team is passionate and enthusiastic about what we do! We genuinely strive everyday to be the best that we can be for each and every one of our patients! Our team specializes in a wide range of diagnoses and treats children, adolescents and adults of all ages.
(786) 565-6729 View (786) 565-6729
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Orion Behavioral Health Network
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701  (Online Only)
Northwest Florida, Central Florida and South Florida: we are here for you via virtual house call. Our services include a thorough evaluation which will include an initial diagnostic impression via virtual medicine. Our office will provide you with patient education and our reccomendations for additions to your current treatment plan, and may serve as a complement to the current treatment team. We are a multidisciplinary team and utilize multiple modalities for patient care with virtual medicine. Orion Behavioral Health Network provides comprehensive behavioral assessment from a care team.
Northwest Florida, Central Florida and South Florida: we are here for you via virtual house call. Our services include a thorough evaluation which will include an initial diagnostic impression via virtual medicine. Our office will provide you with patient education and our reccomendations for additions to your current treatment plan, and may serve as a complement to the current treatment team. We are a multidisciplinary team and utilize multiple modalities for patient care with virtual medicine. Orion Behavioral Health Network provides comprehensive behavioral assessment from a care team.
(727) 308-6753 View (727) 308-6753
Photo of Remiluc Dumas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saint Petersburg, FL
Remiluc Dumas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701  (Online Only)
I proudly serve individuals from all walks of life. I encourage each individual to reach out if they need help to overcome their mental illness so that they can keep their lives and families intact and function well in the community again. I promise to be there for you every step of your journey.
I proudly serve individuals from all walks of life. I encourage each individual to reach out if they need help to overcome their mental illness so that they can keep their lives and families intact and function well in the community again. I promise to be there for you every step of your journey.
(727) 591-3926 View (727) 591-3926
Photo of Lynne Swink, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saint Petersburg, FL
Lynne Swink
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33710  (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. She offers private, compassionate, individualized psychiatric mental health assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy and medication management with extended online office hours to accommodate a time that works best for you. You can meet with her from the comfort of your own home.
Our provider has been in the medical field for over 25 years. She is double board certified in Family Medicine and Psychiatric Medicine. She offers private, compassionate, individualized psychiatric mental health assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy and medication management with extended online office hours to accommodate a time that works best for you. You can meet with her from the comfort of your own home.
(727) 349-1764 View (727) 349-1764
Photo of A Brighter Day Telepsychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saint Petersburg, FL
A Brighter Day Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33709  (Online Only)
I understand that these are very trying times. I would like to provide a safe, all-inclusive environment for all of my patients in order to develop the provider/patient relationship all while improving mental health-related issues by goal-setting and medication management. My ideal patient would seek a provider that would look at medication as just one tool to manage their mental health. They would be open to really digging deep to explore what might be the root cause of why they are feeling the way they are, all while managing symptoms with medication and therapy. My ideal patient takes an active approach in their treatment plan.
I understand that these are very trying times. I would like to provide a safe, all-inclusive environment for all of my patients in order to develop the provider/patient relationship all while improving mental health-related issues by goal-setting and medication management. My ideal patient would seek a provider that would look at medication as just one tool to manage their mental health. They would be open to really digging deep to explore what might be the root cause of why they are feeling the way they are, all while managing symptoms with medication and therapy. My ideal patient takes an active approach in their treatment plan.
(727) 349-1095 View (727) 349-1095
Photo of Martha Del Rosario Alzamora, Psychiatrist in Saint Petersburg, FL
Martha Del Rosario Alzamora
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33712
Dr. Martha R. Alzamora is a psychiatrist working with adult population. She is the President and Medical Director of Continental Psychiatric & Lifestyle Medicine Services, PLLC and Nassau Psychiatric Services, P.C. Dr. Alzamora completed her training in Adult Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York State. She worked as Assistant Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, teaching and training medical residents.
Dr. Martha R. Alzamora is a psychiatrist working with adult population. She is the President and Medical Director of Continental Psychiatric & Lifestyle Medicine Services, PLLC and Nassau Psychiatric Services, P.C. Dr. Alzamora completed her training in Adult Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York State. She worked as Assistant Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, teaching and training medical residents.
(727) 800-9705 View (727) 800-9705
Photo of Trilogy Behavioral Health Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saint Petersburg, FL
Trilogy Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702
Hello Nikki (Shalonda) Myles! I'm delighted to introduce myself as Nikki Myles, a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in family medicine and psychiatry. I provide both in-person and Telehealth care, and I'm currently accepting new patients. Please explore my website to learn more about my services and our dedicated team of providers. Your health and well-being are our top priorities. Looking forward to the opportunity to assist you on your healthcare journey!
Hello Nikki (Shalonda) Myles! I'm delighted to introduce myself as Nikki Myles, a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in family medicine and psychiatry. I provide both in-person and Telehealth care, and I'm currently accepting new patients. Please explore my website to learn more about my services and our dedicated team of providers. Your health and well-being are our top priorities. Looking forward to the opportunity to assist you on your healthcare journey!
(727) 349-5438 x53223 View (727) 349-5438 x53223
Photo of Jarryd Lunger, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saint Petersburg, FL
Jarryd Lunger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Petersburg, FL 33713
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Are you stuck in therapy, do you find yourself impulsive, erratic, or perhaps void of thought and feeling altogether? Have you felt rushed at your doctor's office, unable to find the words before they're already gone and somehow you have a prescription in hand? I was part of this system once, and I knew there had to be a better way. With extended appointments, my clients don't leave feeling frustrated or invalidated. My clients are empowered to make decisions about their healthcare with options that include nutrition and alternative methods to precise and scientifically backed treatment plans. We work as a team, you're not alone.
Are you stuck in therapy, do you find yourself impulsive, erratic, or perhaps void of thought and feeling altogether? Have you felt rushed at your doctor's office, unable to find the words before they're already gone and somehow you have a prescription in hand? I was part of this system once, and I knew there had to be a better way. With extended appointments, my clients don't leave feeling frustrated or invalidated. My clients are empowered to make decisions about their healthcare with options that include nutrition and alternative methods to precise and scientifically backed treatment plans. We work as a team, you're not alone.
(727) 235-7535 View (727) 235-7535
Photo of Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist in Saint Petersburg, FL
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33710
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) 248-5519 View (321) 248-5519
Photo of Lynne Swink, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Saint Petersburg, FL
Lynne Swink
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33710  (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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Number of Psychiatrists in Saint Petersburg, FL

100+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Saint Petersburg, FL who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
94% Depression
83% Medication Management
80% Bipolar Disorder
76% Trauma and PTSD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% ADHD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Cigna and Evernorth
85% Aetna
85% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Saint Petersburg, FL see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Saint Petersburg?

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.