Psychiatrists in Tamarac, FL

Photo of Dr. Celeste Boyd, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tamarac, FL
Dr. Celeste Boyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Tamarac, FL 33321
You awaken every morning, not knowing what the day holds. Thinking, if today was my last, I wouldn’t have to feel pain, feel lost, or feel empty. You start to feel alone, trapped, sad, burdened with everything in your life. If you could, you would close the door to life and reality. You're attempting to climb out of that deep dark hole that exist within you. You struggle as you walk out of your door. Then an alarming sense of fear overtakes you. You feel paralyzed in that moment and now must decide to hide or go to therapy. Is more help needed? Has your therapist mentioned reaching a roadblock and considering medication?
You awaken every morning, not knowing what the day holds. Thinking, if today was my last, I wouldn’t have to feel pain, feel lost, or feel empty. You start to feel alone, trapped, sad, burdened with everything in your life. If you could, you would close the door to life and reality. You're attempting to climb out of that deep dark hole that exist within you. You struggle as you walk out of your door. Then an alarming sense of fear overtakes you. You feel paralyzed in that moment and now must decide to hide or go to therapy. Is more help needed? Has your therapist mentioned reaching a roadblock and considering medication?
(561) 708-5835 View (561) 708-5835
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Tamarac, FL 33309  (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.
(321) 306-0278 View (321) 306-0278
Photo of Ama Adusei, Physician Assistant in Tamarac, FL
Ama Adusei
Physician Assistant, MMS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Tamarac, FL 33321  (Online Only)
I provide medication management for all FL residents through telemedicine! We offer flexible scheduling including weekends and evenings. I am the owner of S.N.A Psychiatry, currently welcoming new patients. With 7 years of clinical expertise in psychiatry, neurology, and internal medicine, I leverage my diverse background to provide comprehensive care. I cater to patients ranging from 6 years old and up, addressing issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, ODD, DMDD, bipolar disorder, and postpartum depression/anxiety.
I provide medication management for all FL residents through telemedicine! We offer flexible scheduling including weekends and evenings. I am the owner of S.N.A Psychiatry, currently welcoming new patients. With 7 years of clinical expertise in psychiatry, neurology, and internal medicine, I leverage my diverse background to provide comprehensive care. I cater to patients ranging from 6 years old and up, addressing issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, ODD, DMDD, bipolar disorder, and postpartum depression/anxiety.
(954) 737-2202 View (954) 737-2202
Photo of Jacqueline Boutrouille, Psychiatrist in Tamarac, FL
Jacqueline Boutrouille
Psychiatrist, MD, PA
Verified Verified
Tamarac, FL 33321
Dr. Boutrouille is a highly recognized expert in the field of treating patients with drug and alcohol addictions, a field in which she has spent over 20 years. She is a physician, a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction. She also is Outpatient Detoxification Certified and has extensive experience in the treatment of addictions. Since July 2012, Dr. Boutrouille has been an Assistant Professor for Psychiatry and Substance Abuse at University Pavilion in Tamarac, Florida. Dr. Boutrouille is a part of the CMPS team. I OFFER SERVICES IN OUR TAMARAC, FL OFFICE.
Dr. Boutrouille is a highly recognized expert in the field of treating patients with drug and alcohol addictions, a field in which she has spent over 20 years. She is a physician, a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction. She also is Outpatient Detoxification Certified and has extensive experience in the treatment of addictions. Since July 2012, Dr. Boutrouille has been an Assistant Professor for Psychiatry and Substance Abuse at University Pavilion in Tamarac, Florida. Dr. Boutrouille is a part of the CMPS team. I OFFER SERVICES IN OUR TAMARAC, FL OFFICE.
(904) 853-3946 View (904) 853-3946
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Mindful Psychiatry & Home Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Tamarac, FL 33309  (Online Only)
Do you worry a lot, feel sad, irritated, angry, or maybe hopeless? Do you feel like you're dragging to make it through the day, can't sleep or focus? I'm Josefina Dort, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 14 years of nursing experience. I offer virtual visits and treat various mental health disorders such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, nightmares, insomnia, depression, eating disorders using a variety of effective treatments that include medications and psychotherapy.
Do you worry a lot, feel sad, irritated, angry, or maybe hopeless? Do you feel like you're dragging to make it through the day, can't sleep or focus? I'm Josefina Dort, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 14 years of nursing experience. I offer virtual visits and treat various mental health disorders such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, nightmares, insomnia, depression, eating disorders using a variety of effective treatments that include medications and psychotherapy.
(954) 932-7838 View (954) 932-7838
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SSM Behavioral Health Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, PPCNPBC, FMG
Verified Verified
Tamarac, FL 33309  (Online Only)
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
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Psych 4 U
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Tamarac, FL 33321
Mr. Hyman has been a mental health provider for approximately twenty years. He earned his master’s degree at Boston College and is ANCC certified in Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health. He has a great deal of experience working with special populations.
Mr. Hyman has been a mental health provider for approximately twenty years. He earned his master’s degree at Boston College and is ANCC certified in Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health. He has a great deal of experience working with special populations.
(754) 529-4355 View (754) 529-4355
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Justin Nepa
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Tamarac, FL 33309
The mission of our practice is to provide Person-Centered Care and empower our clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve their desirable goals. We strive to provide the highest quality evidence-based, compassionate care through a combination of medication management and customized psychotherapy to help patients/families overcome their most difficult challenges and achieve their greatest goals to lead their most joyful, fulfilling lives.
The mission of our practice is to provide Person-Centered Care and empower our clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve their desirable goals. We strive to provide the highest quality evidence-based, compassionate care through a combination of medication management and customized psychotherapy to help patients/families overcome their most difficult challenges and achieve their greatest goals to lead their most joyful, fulfilling lives.
(561) 823-1698 View (561) 823-1698
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Latoya Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Tamarac, FL 33309
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, licensed and Board Certified with experience, knowledge, and compassion in Adult, Geriatric, Pediatrics, Crisis Intervention, therapy, holistic medicine and substance abuse.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, licensed and Board Certified with experience, knowledge, and compassion in Adult, Geriatric, Pediatrics, Crisis Intervention, therapy, holistic medicine and substance abuse.
(754) 240-8509 View (754) 240-8509

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Shamilah Lyons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lauderhill, FL 33319  (Online Only)
Greetings, My name is Shamilah Lyons. I am a devoted and empathetic psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP) who strongly believes in prioritizing the needs and choices of my clients. My main focus is providing mental health services and empowering individuals as they navigate their own paths towards mental well-being.
Greetings, My name is Shamilah Lyons. I am a devoted and empathetic psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP) who strongly believes in prioritizing the needs and choices of my clients. My main focus is providing mental health services and empowering individuals as they navigate their own paths towards mental well-being.
(954) 287-4709 View (954) 287-4709
Erers Esrer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sunrise, FL 33351
My ideal client is one who needs help enhancing their self esteem and confidence in themselves as well as within relationships. I will help them to increase meaningful relationships through self discovery and acceptance of oneself.
My ideal client is one who needs help enhancing their self esteem and confidence in themselves as well as within relationships. I will help them to increase meaningful relationships through self discovery and acceptance of oneself.
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Michelle Demenkow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plantation, FL 33313
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Clinical Psychologist with an emphasis in Health Psychology. I received my Master’s degree in Nursing Science from the University of South Alabama and my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. I adopt a holistic approach and provide clients with psychosocial supportive therapy, psychoeducation, and psychopharmacolocial treatment throughout their recovery.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Clinical Psychologist with an emphasis in Health Psychology. I received my Master’s degree in Nursing Science from the University of South Alabama and my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. I adopt a holistic approach and provide clients with psychosocial supportive therapy, psychoeducation, and psychopharmacolocial treatment throughout their recovery.
(754) 212-9697 View (754) 212-9697
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Jonelle Rivas Gibson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lauderhill, FL 33313
I have time for you and your concerns. I’d like to listen to your expression of what you're feeling. Let’s explore your concerns in a supportive and compassionate environment. Sometimes, the best course of treatment is listening with recommendations for behavioral changes, other times, medication may be more beneficial. My goal is to pursue the best course of action for you. Let me help you develop the cognitive tools to lead a meaningful and productive life.
I have time for you and your concerns. I’d like to listen to your expression of what you're feeling. Let’s explore your concerns in a supportive and compassionate environment. Sometimes, the best course of treatment is listening with recommendations for behavioral changes, other times, medication may be more beneficial. My goal is to pursue the best course of action for you. Let me help you develop the cognitive tools to lead a meaningful and productive life.
(754) 238-5036 View (754) 238-5036
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Total Family Health Care Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP-, FNP-C, MCAP
Verified Verified
Sunrise, FL 33322  (Online Only)
Total Family Health Care Center (TFHCC) is a Community Mental Health Center that provides Psychiatric Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Medical Services for patients across the life span-children to geriatrics. We have offices in several locations and its a multidisciplinary behavioral healthcare group organized to meet the comprehensive mental health needs of our community and the surrounding South Florida area. Services includes psychiatric evaluations, medication, individual, group, couple, marriage and family therapies, substance abuse, and mental health counseling for adults and children.
Total Family Health Care Center (TFHCC) is a Community Mental Health Center that provides Psychiatric Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Medical Services for patients across the life span-children to geriatrics. We have offices in several locations and its a multidisciplinary behavioral healthcare group organized to meet the comprehensive mental health needs of our community and the surrounding South Florida area. Services includes psychiatric evaluations, medication, individual, group, couple, marriage and family therapies, substance abuse, and mental health counseling for adults and children.
(954) 431-7676 View (954) 431-7676
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Anahi Munoz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP, ARNP-BC
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Sunrise, FL 33351
I believe that medications should never be the sole mode of treatment for mental health disorders. Counseling should be provided to help individuals learn to manage or minimize their symptoms. Individuals often need to learn new skills, such as anger management or problem solving, to help them interact with others more successfully.
I believe that medications should never be the sole mode of treatment for mental health disorders. Counseling should be provided to help individuals learn to manage or minimize their symptoms. Individuals often need to learn new skills, such as anger management or problem solving, to help them interact with others more successfully.
(954) 356-2011 View (954) 356-2011
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Evolution Health Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33319
Have you been looking for a mental health provider where you feel you are being heard? Whether you are seeking help for yourself or your loved one, feel confident you have made the right decision in choosing us. Rochelle Boyd is a board certified Nurse Practitioner who holds dual certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has over 15 years experience in the healthcare industry. Rochelle encourages total wellness, both physically and mentally. She currently treats conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, PTSD, psychosis, sleep disorders as well as ADHD.
Have you been looking for a mental health provider where you feel you are being heard? Whether you are seeking help for yourself or your loved one, feel confident you have made the right decision in choosing us. Rochelle Boyd is a board certified Nurse Practitioner who holds dual certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has over 15 years experience in the healthcare industry. Rochelle encourages total wellness, both physically and mentally. She currently treats conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, PTSD, psychosis, sleep disorders as well as ADHD.
(954) 231-2264 View (954) 231-2264
Dwad Wdw
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sunrise, FL 33351
My true passion was always psychiatry and medical school was always just a means to an end for me. After returning to the United States, I spent some time with my family in Tampa, FL and put myself through the tedious licensure process here. Four exams and around a dozen clinical internship experiences later, I found myself finally beginning my post-graduate training in General Adult Psychiatry in Miami, FL. Prior to this though, I spent a year and a half working as a Substance Abuse Counselor in New York City at a Suboxone clinic where I witnessed the devastation of the opioid ep
My true passion was always psychiatry and medical school was always just a means to an end for me. After returning to the United States, I spent some time with my family in Tampa, FL and put myself through the tedious licensure process here. Four exams and around a dozen clinical internship experiences later, I found myself finally beginning my post-graduate training in General Adult Psychiatry in Miami, FL. Prior to this though, I spent a year and a half working as a Substance Abuse Counselor in New York City at a Suboxone clinic where I witnessed the devastation of the opioid ep
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Erika Regis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oakland Park, FL 33309  (Online Only)
Erika Regis, APRN-PMHNP-BC, is a seasoned Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a professional history spanning many years in the nursing field. Specializing in the treatment of adults and geriatrics, Erika's approach to care is holistic, underpinned by her belief in the essential synchrony between mind and body for optimal health.
Erika Regis, APRN-PMHNP-BC, is a seasoned Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a professional history spanning many years in the nursing field. Specializing in the treatment of adults and geriatrics, Erika's approach to care is holistic, underpinned by her belief in the essential synchrony between mind and body for optimal health.
(786) 886-3279 View (786) 886-3279
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Alina Health Medical Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP, ARNP-BC
Verified Verified
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319
Alina Health Medical is committed to providing exceptional patient care to anyone who needs Mental Health or Family Medical Services. We are Licensed & Certified by The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Alina Health Center ensures that all residents of Florida receive a high standard quality of care by showing compassion and respect and holding every member of our team to an even higher standard of expertise. Our goal is to understand and meet the healthcare needs of both current residents and the growing population of Florida while staying true to our mission.
Alina Health Medical is committed to providing exceptional patient care to anyone who needs Mental Health or Family Medical Services. We are Licensed & Certified by The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Alina Health Center ensures that all residents of Florida receive a high standard quality of care by showing compassion and respect and holding every member of our team to an even higher standard of expertise. Our goal is to understand and meet the healthcare needs of both current residents and the growing population of Florida while staying true to our mission.
(954) 833-4873 View (954) 833-4873
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Alina Community Center at Mount Dora LlC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319
Alina Community Center is committed to providing exceptional patient care to anyone who needs Mental Health or Family Medical Services. We are Licensed & Certified by The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Alina Community Center ensures that all residents of Florida receive a high standard quality of care by showing compassion and respect and holding every member of our team to an even higher standard of expertise. Our goal is to understand and meet the healthcare needs of both current residents and the growing population of Florida while staying true to our mission
Alina Community Center is committed to providing exceptional patient care to anyone who needs Mental Health or Family Medical Services. We are Licensed & Certified by The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Alina Community Center ensures that all residents of Florida receive a high standard quality of care by showing compassion and respect and holding every member of our team to an even higher standard of expertise. Our goal is to understand and meet the healthcare needs of both current residents and the growing population of Florida while staying true to our mission
(352) 290-8718 View (352) 290-8718

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Tamarac, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Tamarac, FL who prioritize treating:

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

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum
88% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Tamarac, FL see their clients

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tamarac?

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.