Psychiatrists in Sanford, FL

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Nelson Antonio Pichardo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sanford, FL 32771  (Online Only)
I am a double board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine physician with added qualification in child and adolescent psychiatry. With over 17 years of experience as a clinician and educator, with specialties in Addiction Medicine, Mental Health, Detox, Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) , Pain Management, Military Mental Health, and Harm Reduction. My overall mission is to help clients regain control of their life, and in that way, they can live to the fullest with their loved ones.
I am a double board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine physician with added qualification in child and adolescent psychiatry. With over 17 years of experience as a clinician and educator, with specialties in Addiction Medicine, Mental Health, Detox, Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) , Pain Management, Military Mental Health, and Harm Reduction. My overall mission is to help clients regain control of their life, and in that way, they can live to the fullest with their loved ones.
(321) 221-5183 View (321) 221-5183
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Denise Barnard
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sanford, FL 32771
Dr Denise Barnard is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. She has been successfully practicing in the Central Florida Area for over 30 years, proudly serving patients from the ages of 4 years old to 60. Dr Barnard graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. She believes in a team treatment approach with focus on illnesses such as ADD, ADHD, mood disorders and anxiety, just to name a few. On her spare time Denise Barnard enjoys travelling, gardening and volunteering.
Dr Denise Barnard is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. She has been successfully practicing in the Central Florida Area for over 30 years, proudly serving patients from the ages of 4 years old to 60. Dr Barnard graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. She believes in a team treatment approach with focus on illnesses such as ADD, ADHD, mood disorders and anxiety, just to name a few. On her spare time Denise Barnard enjoys travelling, gardening and volunteering.
(386) 766-7231 View (386) 766-7231
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Wendy Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sanford, FL 32771
Wendy Butler is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from University of South Alabama with a Master's in Nursing practice. Wendy believes in team Approach: a model where patient needs are addressed through multiple care settings. Her main areas of focus include but not limited to depression, anxiety and ADHD. In her spare time, Wendy Butler enjoys spending time with her three children and traveling.
Wendy Butler is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from University of South Alabama with a Master's in Nursing practice. Wendy believes in team Approach: a model where patient needs are addressed through multiple care settings. Her main areas of focus include but not limited to depression, anxiety and ADHD. In her spare time, Wendy Butler enjoys spending time with her three children and traveling.
(386) 766-7348 View (386) 766-7348
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Terry Biemer
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Sanford, FL 32771  (Online Only)
After completing medical training at Yale medical school, I began my career in family medicine. Even at that time, I was interested in mental health and addiction. As a physician assistant, I can provide medical care, evaluations, med management including anti-craving medications. So much of our lives are affected by our state mind and a prescription is not always the answer. Sometimes it is the other resources to assist the patient. My objective is to work with the patient to achieve their goals for a healthy lifestyle. I get a wave of excitement when I watch people turn their lives around! Medicine is not a job, it's a passion!
After completing medical training at Yale medical school, I began my career in family medicine. Even at that time, I was interested in mental health and addiction. As a physician assistant, I can provide medical care, evaluations, med management including anti-craving medications. So much of our lives are affected by our state mind and a prescription is not always the answer. Sometimes it is the other resources to assist the patient. My objective is to work with the patient to achieve their goals for a healthy lifestyle. I get a wave of excitement when I watch people turn their lives around! Medicine is not a job, it's a passion!
(321) 241-9931 View (321) 241-9931
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All Around Health And Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PA-C, LCSW
Verified Verified
Sanford, FL 32771
Welcome to All Around Health And Wellness! We are a specialty clinic for the treatments of Psychiatric, Mental Health, Family Medicine and Wellness. We treat patients from age 12 and up, through a combination of medication management and individual/family therapy. Our multidisciplinary team consists of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners,physician assistant and therapists. We provide professional outpatient services telehealth and In office. Schedule an appointment today!
Welcome to All Around Health And Wellness! We are a specialty clinic for the treatments of Psychiatric, Mental Health, Family Medicine and Wellness. We treat patients from age 12 and up, through a combination of medication management and individual/family therapy. Our multidisciplinary team consists of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners,physician assistant and therapists. We provide professional outpatient services telehealth and In office. Schedule an appointment today!
(321) 231-7332 View (321) 231-7332
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Donna Wrobel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sanford, FL 32771  (Online Only)
I am passionate about providing an empathetic and supportive environment for all patients. I work collaboratively with each patient to develop an evidence-based, patient-centered, holistic plan to promote mental wellness. Mental health affects all aspects of our lives including our relationships with ourselves and others and our ability to function at our best level. Let's work together to devise a treatment plan that will help you live your best life.
I am passionate about providing an empathetic and supportive environment for all patients. I work collaboratively with each patient to develop an evidence-based, patient-centered, holistic plan to promote mental wellness. Mental health affects all aspects of our lives including our relationships with ourselves and others and our ability to function at our best level. Let's work together to devise a treatment plan that will help you live your best life.
(321) 449-8287 View (321) 449-8287
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Laurie Stiger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sanford, FL 32773
I'm Laurie, a Dual Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I've spent many years working in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. I've developed a strong interest in mental health, and my goal is to offer high-quality, compassionate mental health and primary care services to people of all age groups.
I'm Laurie, a Dual Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I've spent many years working in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. I've developed a strong interest in mental health, and my goal is to offer high-quality, compassionate mental health and primary care services to people of all age groups.
(352) 290-7514 View (352) 290-7514
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Sanford, FL 32771
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing in our network of clinics and 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 in our network of clinics and 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.
(352) 268-9087 View (352) 268-9087
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Caya Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sanford, FL 32771
Experience new approach to mental health. We are a group of compassionate behavioral health professionals, consisting of licensed mental health counselors, Psychiatrists MDs, and psych nurse practitioners, treating child through geriatric patients. We are unique in that we take a holistic, whole-person approach to mental health, treating mind, spirit and body, with in house family medicine doctors and NPs. Our primary care physicians understand the inextricable link between our bodies and our mental health. Come experience the difference. CAYA stand for “Come As You Are”. We accept most all major commercial insurance.
Experience new approach to mental health. We are a group of compassionate behavioral health professionals, consisting of licensed mental health counselors, Psychiatrists MDs, and psych nurse practitioners, treating child through geriatric patients. We are unique in that we take a holistic, whole-person approach to mental health, treating mind, spirit and body, with in house family medicine doctors and NPs. Our primary care physicians understand the inextricable link between our bodies and our mental health. Come experience the difference. CAYA stand for “Come As You Are”. We accept most all major commercial insurance.
(407) 305-7451 View (407) 305-7451
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Healing Psychiatry of Florida
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sanford, FL 32771
Call Us Today! We accept New patients, Adolescents, Adults in Office and Telemedicine! No wait time! specialize in the treatment of all types of trauma (recent, longterm, childhood, etc.) and its resulting symptoms. Conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, sudden anger and poor relationships often stem from trauma. I offer the following services in my practice: Therapy for Depression and Anxiety •Trauma •Adult ADHD •PTSD •Family Counseling •Parenting Support •Grief Counseling •Work and Career issues •Stress Management •Transitional •Conflict Resolution •Marriage Therapy.
Call Us Today! We accept New patients, Adolescents, Adults in Office and Telemedicine! No wait time! specialize in the treatment of all types of trauma (recent, longterm, childhood, etc.) and its resulting symptoms. Conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, sudden anger and poor relationships often stem from trauma. I offer the following services in my practice: Therapy for Depression and Anxiety •Trauma •Adult ADHD •PTSD •Family Counseling •Parenting Support •Grief Counseling •Work and Career issues •Stress Management •Transitional •Conflict Resolution •Marriage Therapy.
(321) 972-9215 View (321) 972-9215
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Maria Nieves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sanford, FL 32773
Maria Nieves is a Bi-Lingual (English and Spanish) Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Nursing in 1997 at Medical Science Campus University in Puerto Rico. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing specializing in psychiatry from Walden University in 2022. She has more than 26 years of clinical experience in various settings including Primary care, Emergency Room, Oncology, Home Health, and Acute/Inpatient psychiatric care.
Maria Nieves is a Bi-Lingual (English and Spanish) Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Nursing in 1997 at Medical Science Campus University in Puerto Rico. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing specializing in psychiatry from Walden University in 2022. She has more than 26 years of clinical experience in various settings including Primary care, Emergency Room, Oncology, Home Health, and Acute/Inpatient psychiatric care.
(407) 904-8861 View (407) 904-8861
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Kelly Walker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sanford, FL 32773
Kelly Walker is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. Kelly offers clients experienced, empathetic, and compassionate care. When she is not working, Kelly enjoys solo traveling, reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and hanging out with her dogs.
Kelly Walker is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2022. Kelly offers clients experienced, empathetic, and compassionate care. When she is not working, Kelly enjoys solo traveling, reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and hanging out with her dogs.
(407) 891-4843 View (407) 891-4843
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Evencare Psychiatric and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sanford, FL 32773
How would you feel if your constant mood swings and anxiety suddenly disappear? Are you finding it difficult to maintain relationship because of unstable mood. How would you love to finally be able to focus and get task done? Dr Abi Somorin is accepting new patients. He is a dual certified Family and Psychiatric provider with wide experience both inpatient and outpatient treating mood disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD and PTSD, Dr 'Abi' got his doctorate from the Florida State University and he has more than a decade experience in psychiatry.
How would you feel if your constant mood swings and anxiety suddenly disappear? Are you finding it difficult to maintain relationship because of unstable mood. How would you love to finally be able to focus and get task done? Dr Abi Somorin is accepting new patients. He is a dual certified Family and Psychiatric provider with wide experience both inpatient and outpatient treating mood disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD and PTSD, Dr 'Abi' got his doctorate from the Florida State University and he has more than a decade experience in psychiatry.
(386) 854-4406 View (386) 854-4406

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Complexity Care Mental Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Casselberry, FL 32707  (Online Only)
My journey to becoming a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) took a nontraditional route. Initially leaving school to work in construction, I later earned my GED, driven by a desire to make a meaningful impact in people’s lives. This realization led me to pursue and obtain my degree from Vanderbilt University, marking the beginning of my career in mental health.
My journey to becoming a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) took a nontraditional route. Initially leaving school to work in construction, I later earned my GED, driven by a desire to make a meaningful impact in people’s lives. This realization led me to pursue and obtain my degree from Vanderbilt University, marking the beginning of my career in mental health.
(321) 342-1281 View (321) 342-1281
Nalin Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Our focus is to help individuals heal from their pain, energize and become aware of their strengths.
Our focus is to help individuals heal from their pain, energize and become aware of their strengths.
(321) 463-4746 View (321) 463-4746
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Healing Psychiatry Of Florida
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Call us today! We accept new patients, Adults and Adolescents! NO wait time! Healing Psychiatry of Florida is a growing psychiatric services in Central Florida. Sad? Anxious? Relationship issues? We have available counselors and Nurse Practitioners to help you with medication management and counseling. If you or your loved one is struggling with a mental health issue, we can help. Our approach and techniques reflect evidence-based improvements over the last 25 years in mental health treatment technology.
Call us today! We accept new patients, Adults and Adolescents! NO wait time! Healing Psychiatry of Florida is a growing psychiatric services in Central Florida. Sad? Anxious? Relationship issues? We have available counselors and Nurse Practitioners to help you with medication management and counseling. If you or your loved one is struggling with a mental health issue, we can help. Our approach and techniques reflect evidence-based improvements over the last 25 years in mental health treatment technology.
(689) 232-3708 View (689) 232-3708
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Healing Psychiatry of Florida
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longwood, FL 32779
Call us Today 386-218-6335! We accent New patients, Adolescents and adults! So many people struggle with mental health issues or chemical dependency but are afraid to seek help. Here’s the truth — there is no shame in finding the care you need. In fact, it’s one of the bravest things you can do. Better mental health is a process, and there is no shame in working with an expert who can guide you through that journey. Our practice employs a holistic approach to care for people struggling with addiction, anxiety, insomnia, inattention, fatigue, low mood, stress, and depression. It’s time to get the support you need.
Call us Today 386-218-6335! We accent New patients, Adolescents and adults! So many people struggle with mental health issues or chemical dependency but are afraid to seek help. Here’s the truth — there is no shame in finding the care you need. In fact, it’s one of the bravest things you can do. Better mental health is a process, and there is no shame in working with an expert who can guide you through that journey. Our practice employs a holistic approach to care for people struggling with addiction, anxiety, insomnia, inattention, fatigue, low mood, stress, and depression. It’s time to get the support you need.
(321) 972-9215 View (321) 972-9215
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Trinity Psychiatric Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Dr. Sherry Gergis is a child/adolescent psychiatrist and is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, and American Academy of Child Psychiatry. She is also the owner Trinity Psychiatric which has become one the top psychiatric counseling centers in the Orlando Florida area. Dr. Gergis has successfully treated thousands of patients of all ages and continues to do so with proven psychiatric therapies at her beautiful private practice in Lake Mary, FL. Trinity Psychiatric's passion starts with Dr. Gergis and her valuing a strong therapeutic relationship with patients.
Dr. Sherry Gergis is a child/adolescent psychiatrist and is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, and American Academy of Child Psychiatry. She is also the owner Trinity Psychiatric which has become one the top psychiatric counseling centers in the Orlando Florida area. Dr. Gergis has successfully treated thousands of patients of all ages and continues to do so with proven psychiatric therapies at her beautiful private practice in Lake Mary, FL. Trinity Psychiatric's passion starts with Dr. Gergis and her valuing a strong therapeutic relationship with patients.
(407) 324-0484 View (407) 324-0484
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Andrew Rucker
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Winter Springs, FL 32708
Hi, I'm a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who provides in-person and virtual services. We provide services to children, adolescents, and college-aged students. I treat all Child and Adolescent conditions. We provide neuropsychiatric testing to help diagnosis Autism as well. We have some weekend and after hours availability to help with busy families. We look forward to working with your family to help them succeed.
Hi, I'm a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who provides in-person and virtual services. We provide services to children, adolescents, and college-aged students. I treat all Child and Adolescent conditions. We provide neuropsychiatric testing to help diagnosis Autism as well. We have some weekend and after hours availability to help with busy families. We look forward to working with your family to help them succeed.
(321) 483-8389 View (321) 483-8389
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Gabriel Alvarez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Longwood, FL 32750
Hablo Español, we provide in office and tele-psychiatry services throughout the state of Florida. We are a small practice, you will have direct access to the medical provider through a HIPPA compliant application. You can call or text the main office number on the website if you have any questions. Looking forward to meeting you and working together on restoring your mental peace.
Hablo Español, we provide in office and tele-psychiatry services throughout the state of Florida. We are a small practice, you will have direct access to the medical provider through a HIPPA compliant application. You can call or text the main office number on the website if you have any questions. Looking forward to meeting you and working together on restoring your mental peace.
(407) 974-6539 View (407) 974-6539

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Sanford, FL

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Sanford, FL who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Anxiety
85% ADHD
85% Bipolar Disorder
85% Medication Management
69% Trauma and PTSD
62% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

2 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
92% Cigna and Evernorth
92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Sanford, FL see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Sanford?

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.