Psychiatrists in Sebring, FL

Photo of Lovany L Pierre - Eden Psychiatry Health , PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse
Eden Psychiatry Health
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sebring, FL 33872
Lovany is a dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) currently working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) at Eden Psychiatry Health– a widely recognized organization providing remote comprehensive and compassionate psychiatric care. She has extensive knowledge and skills in psychiatric care and her role involves diagnosing and treating mental health disorders, prescribing medications, and providing therapeutic interventions.
Lovany is a dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) currently working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) at Eden Psychiatry Health– a widely recognized organization providing remote comprehensive and compassionate psychiatric care. She has extensive knowledge and skills in psychiatric care and her role involves diagnosing and treating mental health disorders, prescribing medications, and providing therapeutic interventions.
(813) 452-4988 View (813) 452-4988
Photo of Jason Farrah - Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Sebring, FL 33870
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.
(850) 290-0402 View (850) 290-0402
Photo of Dr. Emma Armand, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Emma Armand
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sebring, FL 33871  (Online Only)
Dr. Emma will provide an individualized approach with each and every client.
Dr. Emma will provide an individualized approach with each and every client.
(813) 669-2478 View (813) 669-2478
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SSM Behavioral Health Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, PPCNPBC, FMG
Verified Verified
Sebring, FL 33870
Has your child been acting differently lately? Are they easily angered, irritable, having nightmares, difficulty sleeping, isolating, having interrupted appetite, hyperactive, declining in school performance, not finding joy in activities or not communicating? Are you the caretaker of an elderly family member? Have you recognized them isolating, tearful, declining in communication, decreased appetite, sad or lonely? Undiagnosed psychiatric illnesses can cause major decline in function in the family setting, at work, at school, and in the community. SSM Behavioral Health experts are here to help optimize your quality of life
Has your child been acting differently lately? Are they easily angered, irritable, having nightmares, difficulty sleeping, isolating, having interrupted appetite, hyperactive, declining in school performance, not finding joy in activities or not communicating? Are you the caretaker of an elderly family member? Have you recognized them isolating, tearful, declining in communication, decreased appetite, sad or lonely? Undiagnosed psychiatric illnesses can cause major decline in function in the family setting, at work, at school, and in the community. SSM Behavioral Health experts are here to help optimize your quality of life
(786) 244-6598 View (786) 244-6598

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Adil Mohammed - Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Avon Park, FL 33825  (Online Only)
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.
(772) 212-8364 View (772) 212-8364

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Roxana Ferrera, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Roxana Ferrera
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32803  (Online Only)
Mental health is an integral part of being healthy. Positive mental health allows people to realize their full potential, cope with the everyday stressors of life, work productively in society and make meaningful contributions in society. Just as we can develop problems with our physical health, mental health problems will be experienced by many of us throughout the course of our lives.
Mental health is an integral part of being healthy. Positive mental health allows people to realize their full potential, cope with the everyday stressors of life, work productively in society and make meaningful contributions in society. Just as we can develop problems with our physical health, mental health problems will be experienced by many of us throughout the course of our lives.
(321) 449-8977 View (321) 449-8977
Photo of Jason Farrah - Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33624
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) 257-2689 View (321) 257-2689
Photo of Diana Nelson, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Diana Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33614
Our mind and body are connected and when either one is out of balance, the other one can be impacted. We will explore what is contributing to the symptoms that are impacting your ability to function optimally. This may include adjusting physical activity, sleep hygiene, dietary choices, vitamins, and practicing mindfulness. If the symptoms are overwhelming, we can also explore medications as an option. My goal is to help reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, ADHD, etc. through an individualized treatment plan.
Our mind and body are connected and when either one is out of balance, the other one can be impacted. We will explore what is contributing to the symptoms that are impacting your ability to function optimally. This may include adjusting physical activity, sleep hygiene, dietary choices, vitamins, and practicing mindfulness. If the symptoms are overwhelming, we can also explore medications as an option. My goal is to help reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, ADHD, etc. through an individualized treatment plan.
(813) 652-0415 View (813) 652-0415
Photo of Yi Duan Low, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Yi Duan Low
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wellington, FL 33414  (Online Only)
Yi has acute expertise in psychiatric mental health and wellness, and is able to treat a wide variety of mental health conditions. She works closely with each client on a personalized one-on-one basis to determine an effective, customized treatment plan and is heavily invested in each client’s success. Yi’s deliberately small practice allows her to provide outsized individualized attention to each client, and further enables her to be your advocate for success at every step of the way.
Yi has acute expertise in psychiatric mental health and wellness, and is able to treat a wide variety of mental health conditions. She works closely with each client on a personalized one-on-one basis to determine an effective, customized treatment plan and is heavily invested in each client’s success. Yi’s deliberately small practice allows her to provide outsized individualized attention to each client, and further enables her to be your advocate for success at every step of the way.
(786) 461-1449 View (786) 461-1449
Photo of Jason Farrah - Harmony United Psychiatric Care , Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33127
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) 248-1612 View (321) 248-1612
Photo of Shannon Meyers - Renew Psychiatric Group, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Renew Psychiatric Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oviedo, FL 32765
Now Accepting New Patients- Hello, I'm Dr. Meyers. I’m double-board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner, though I practice exclusively in psychiatry. My background and clinical experience in family practice and psychiatry gives me a well-rounded perspective of both physical and mental well-being. I treat patients ages 5-64. I enjoy working with patients with a variety of diagnoses across the spectrum of mental health disorders. I look forward to working with you to improve your mental health.
Now Accepting New Patients- Hello, I'm Dr. Meyers. I’m double-board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner, though I practice exclusively in psychiatry. My background and clinical experience in family practice and psychiatry gives me a well-rounded perspective of both physical and mental well-being. I treat patients ages 5-64. I enjoy working with patients with a variety of diagnoses across the spectrum of mental health disorders. I look forward to working with you to improve your mental health.
(407) 337-2587 View (407) 337-2587
Photo of Siddharth Arora - Care Clinic, DO, MS, DABPN, Psychiatrist
Care Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO, MS, DABPN
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33602
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
(863) 302-9675 View (863) 302-9675
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brandon, FL 33511  (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.
(813) 576-2064 View (813) 576-2064
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Tonja Johnson Md
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Have you found yourself overwhelmed after taking care of everything and everyone else's needs instead of your own? Do you feel frustrated trying to balance your life and relationships with work and other important obligations? Have you begun to feel nothing you do is ever good enough? Has this imbalance in your life started to cause you to have poor sleep, anxiety, depression or even overuse of alcohol and substances? If so, you are not alone and I can help. You'll receive a comfortable empathetic session where we will work together finding healthy options to address your concerns.
Have you found yourself overwhelmed after taking care of everything and everyone else's needs instead of your own? Do you feel frustrated trying to balance your life and relationships with work and other important obligations? Have you begun to feel nothing you do is ever good enough? Has this imbalance in your life started to cause you to have poor sleep, anxiety, depression or even overuse of alcohol and substances? If so, you are not alone and I can help. You'll receive a comfortable empathetic session where we will work together finding healthy options to address your concerns.
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Tabatha Sams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702
My care approach includes a team dynamic between myself and my patients. I ensure my patients feel educated on all of their treatment options so that we can work together as a team to decide on your best possible treatment plan. I strive to ensure my clients feel accepted and safe while in my care.
My care approach includes a team dynamic between myself and my patients. I ensure my patients feel educated on all of their treatment options so that we can work together as a team to decide on your best possible treatment plan. I strive to ensure my clients feel accepted and safe while in my care.
(727) 435-1607 View (727) 435-1607
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Affordable Psychiatry Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Maitland, FL 32751  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Benjamin Howell, the Heart and Soul behind Affordable Psychiatry Services. We have EVENING and WEEKEND available for you so your busy schedule never has to stand in the way of you achieving mental health wellness. With over 10 years of experience working in the field of mental health and intellectual developmental disabilities, I bring a wealth of experience with me. Regardless of how long you have been struggling, I believe that recovery is achievable through our work together. I see psychiatry as a delicate blend of science and compassion—this is the approach that defines my practice.
Hi, I'm Benjamin Howell, the Heart and Soul behind Affordable Psychiatry Services. We have EVENING and WEEKEND available for you so your busy schedule never has to stand in the way of you achieving mental health wellness. With over 10 years of experience working in the field of mental health and intellectual developmental disabilities, I bring a wealth of experience with me. Regardless of how long you have been struggling, I believe that recovery is achievable through our work together. I see psychiatry as a delicate blend of science and compassion—this is the approach that defines my practice.
(321) 353-6689 View (321) 353-6689
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Dr. Christopher J. Smallwood, PhD, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jupiter, FL 33477
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
(561) 349-4894 View (561) 349-4894
Photo of Johnny Tran, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Johnny Tran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33618  (Online Only)
I understand the challenges you might be facing – whether it's struggles with anxiety, depression, addiction, insomnia, or any other mental health concern. Maybe you're seeking a safe space to explore your identity and the unique challenges you face. I'm here to tell you that you're not alone. My approach to mental health care is all about partnership and compassion. I strive to listen deeply to understand your specific needs and work together to create a treatment plan that feels right for you.
I understand the challenges you might be facing – whether it's struggles with anxiety, depression, addiction, insomnia, or any other mental health concern. Maybe you're seeking a safe space to explore your identity and the unique challenges you face. I'm here to tell you that you're not alone. My approach to mental health care is all about partnership and compassion. I strive to listen deeply to understand your specific needs and work together to create a treatment plan that feels right for you.
(813) 491-1297 View (813) 491-1297
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Tariq Halim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
A mental condition is never the result of one cause. The biopsychosocial treatment model was developed to address the interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors. While psychologists, LCSWs, or LMHCs are able to manage the psychological and social aspects of treatment, only a psychiatrist can assess and treat all three spheres. There may be underlying medical conditions that can present as psychiatric symptoms. Many mental conditions (depression/anxiety/ADHD) may require specific drugs that only an MD can provide.
A mental condition is never the result of one cause. The biopsychosocial treatment model was developed to address the interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors. While psychologists, LCSWs, or LMHCs are able to manage the psychological and social aspects of treatment, only a psychiatrist can assess and treat all three spheres. There may be underlying medical conditions that can present as psychiatric symptoms. Many mental conditions (depression/anxiety/ADHD) may require specific drugs that only an MD can provide.
(941) 236-5715 View (941) 236-5715
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Florida Family Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lutz, FL 33549
Our Commitment to Patients: 1. Highest quality care provided by a board-certified psychiatrist: Dr. Linek is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 2. Family-focused practice philosophy: We believe that families do best when each member of your family gets the help they need. Therefore, we offer psychiatric services for your children, teens, and other family members as appropriate. 3. Compassionate Care: We pride ourselves on being caring, compassionate, and detail-oriented in care delivery.
Our Commitment to Patients: 1. Highest quality care provided by a board-certified psychiatrist: Dr. Linek is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 2. Family-focused practice philosophy: We believe that families do best when each member of your family gets the help they need. Therefore, we offer psychiatric services for your children, teens, and other family members as appropriate. 3. Compassionate Care: We pride ourselves on being caring, compassionate, and detail-oriented in care delivery.
(813) 491-1003 View (813) 491-1003

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Sebring, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Sebring, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
75% Addiction
75% Child
75% ADHD
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Psychosis

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
75% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Sebring, FL see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Sebring?

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.