Psychiatrists in Tampa, FL

Photo of Tabatha Nicole Sams, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tampa, FL
Tabatha Nicole Sams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33637
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(813) 592-1688 View (813) 592-1688
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Minh-Chau (Chau) Dang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33607
I believe that each person is the expert of their own health experience, and their story is unique! Therefore, I welcome all who are choosing me to involve in their mental health treatment journey. Together, we can explore various treatment perspectives integrated with evidence-based treatment recommendations to address your mental health concerns and to formulate an individualized treatment plan to meet your specific needs and goals in life.
I believe that each person is the expert of their own health experience, and their story is unique! Therefore, I welcome all who are choosing me to involve in their mental health treatment journey. Together, we can explore various treatment perspectives integrated with evidence-based treatment recommendations to address your mental health concerns and to formulate an individualized treatment plan to meet your specific needs and goals in life.
(813) 796-8340 View (813) 796-8340
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33602
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(813) 440-3449 View (813) 440-3449
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Specialized Psychiatric Care, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647
Practice focus: the diagnosis, medical treatment & med management of psychiatric disorders and underlying medical conditions. Dedicated provider with 20 years of practice experience as both a psychiatric & medical NP provider. Alum of Yale University -dual speciality, Adult Health/Internal Med & Psych/MH. 10yrs prior private practice, as PCP & Psych provider & contracted hospital ED, ICU, med-surge & SNF psychiatric consult service provider, N. London Hosp, NH; Psych In/Out Pt & Primary care NP at Catholic Med Center, NH; 6 yrs Instructor for FSC, NP program while FT NP provider at LRH Family Health Clinic, Lakeland, FL
Practice focus: the diagnosis, medical treatment & med management of psychiatric disorders and underlying medical conditions. Dedicated provider with 20 years of practice experience as both a psychiatric & medical NP provider. Alum of Yale University -dual speciality, Adult Health/Internal Med & Psych/MH. 10yrs prior private practice, as PCP & Psych provider & contracted hospital ED, ICU, med-surge & SNF psychiatric consult service provider, N. London Hosp, NH; Psych In/Out Pt & Primary care NP at Catholic Med Center, NH; 6 yrs Instructor for FSC, NP program while FT NP provider at LRH Family Health Clinic, Lakeland, FL
(941) 241-3821 View (941) 241-3821
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Yulonda Leverett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33618
Yulonda Leverett is a dual certified Nurse Practitioner in both Adult Health and Psychiatric Mental Health. She has more than 28 years of nursing experience which includes critical care and perioperative services. She has over ten years of expertise working with the elderly within the long-term care and post-acute rehabilitation setting and is highly skilled in the treatment of various forms of dementia.
Yulonda Leverett is a dual certified Nurse Practitioner in both Adult Health and Psychiatric Mental Health. She has more than 28 years of nursing experience which includes critical care and perioperative services. She has over ten years of expertise working with the elderly within the long-term care and post-acute rehabilitation setting and is highly skilled in the treatment of various forms of dementia.
(813) 536-4674 View (813) 536-4674
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Jerika Perry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33637
Jerika Perry is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with more than seven (7) years of medical expertise. Do you struggle with feeling disconnected from yourself and others? Do you put your needs at the bottom of the to-do-list? Do you wonder if life should feel somehow better? Happier? Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed and uncertain about how they are supposed to manage their relationships, careers, and their lives. Pushing away your needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long term issues for your mind and body. We believe it shouldnt be so hard to live a better life.
Jerika Perry is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with more than seven (7) years of medical expertise. Do you struggle with feeling disconnected from yourself and others? Do you put your needs at the bottom of the to-do-list? Do you wonder if life should feel somehow better? Happier? Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed and uncertain about how they are supposed to manage their relationships, careers, and their lives. Pushing away your needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long term issues for your mind and body. We believe it shouldnt be so hard to live a better life.
(813) 536-5382 View (813) 536-5382
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33605  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Derek Robben
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33609
Tired of ineffective treatments? Are depression, anxiety or substance abuse preventing you from living your best life? Dr. Robben offers TMS THERAPY as an alternative or augmentation to traditional medications. ALSO FOR HIS TMS PATIENTS, Dr. Robben offers genetic testing to match determine if your current medication is the best choice for you or if a change may be in order! This remarkable new tool practically eliminates the "trial and error" approach.
Tired of ineffective treatments? Are depression, anxiety or substance abuse preventing you from living your best life? Dr. Robben offers TMS THERAPY as an alternative or augmentation to traditional medications. ALSO FOR HIS TMS PATIENTS, Dr. Robben offers genetic testing to match determine if your current medication is the best choice for you or if a change may be in order! This remarkable new tool practically eliminates the "trial and error" approach.
(813) 296-5906 View (813) 296-5906
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Leistey Tindall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33624  (Online Only)
Mind & Body Wellness is a premier Mental Health Practice headquartered in Rockingham, North Carolina. Serving all of North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Mecklenburg and surrounding areas. We also offer telemedicine in the state of Florida. All appointments are held virtually and our focus is on your journey in building and managing a healthier you. As a dual Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health and Primary Care I am compassionate about the individual needs of each patient and together we will design a customized and comprehensive care plan for your continued care.
Mind & Body Wellness is a premier Mental Health Practice headquartered in Rockingham, North Carolina. Serving all of North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Mecklenburg and surrounding areas. We also offer telemedicine in the state of Florida. All appointments are held virtually and our focus is on your journey in building and managing a healthier you. As a dual Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health and Primary Care I am compassionate about the individual needs of each patient and together we will design a customized and comprehensive care plan for your continued care.
(813) 945-7421 View (813) 945-7421
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Today Telemedicine
Psychiatrist, PA-C
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33611  (Online Only)
ADD/ADHD computer testing and stimulants (Adderall, Vyvanse ect) available for Florida residents via telemedicine. see program details. fully online psychiatry, therapy and urgent care. Genetic testing for psychiatric medication available (nearly all medication available except NO benzodiazepines) . Easy self-scheduling from our website www.TodayTelemedicine.com and book a session this week! Insurance accepted, self pay rates initial visit $199, follow ups $99, Qb Test for ADD/ADHD $130.
ADD/ADHD computer testing and stimulants (Adderall, Vyvanse ect) available for Florida residents via telemedicine. see program details. fully online psychiatry, therapy and urgent care. Genetic testing for psychiatric medication available (nearly all medication available except NO benzodiazepines) . Easy self-scheduling from our website www.TodayTelemedicine.com and book a session this week! Insurance accepted, self pay rates initial visit $199, follow ups $99, Qb Test for ADD/ADHD $130.
(813) 820-6808 View (813) 820-6808
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33602
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(813) 945-9687 View (813) 945-9687
Photo of Heather Shonk, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tampa, FL
Heather Shonk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33618
Heather uses a client-centered approach with shared decision making to better formulate individualized treatment goals and optimize treatment adherence. Patient care is tailored to each client's unique needs, using evidence based practice combined with holistic approach to treat the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, instead of just the symptoms of a disease. Her background as a Certified Nurse Midwife gives her experience in diagnosing and treating perinatal mood disorders.
Heather uses a client-centered approach with shared decision making to better formulate individualized treatment goals and optimize treatment adherence. Patient care is tailored to each client's unique needs, using evidence based practice combined with holistic approach to treat the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, instead of just the symptoms of a disease. Her background as a Certified Nurse Midwife gives her experience in diagnosing and treating perinatal mood disorders.
(813) 859-6712 View (813) 859-6712
Harris Feinstein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33609
Life has its challenges at every stage, from early childhood onwards. Problems can arise at school or work, in relationships, and in our pursuit of recreation. Despite our best efforts there are times when it helps to have an objective opinion to help clarify our issues and our solutions.
Life has its challenges at every stage, from early childhood onwards. Problems can arise at school or work, in relationships, and in our pursuit of recreation. Despite our best efforts there are times when it helps to have an objective opinion to help clarify our issues and our solutions.
(813) 377-4138 View (813) 377-4138
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Matthew Joiner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33613  (Online Only)
My ideal patient would be one who is first willing to seek care and work towards successful treatment.. These illnesses can range from anxiety, to depression and ADHD. I would establish realistic goals for treatment which would hopefully include complete remission. Guiding the patient through treatment and providing balance in life to my patients is the ultimate goal.
My ideal patient would be one who is first willing to seek care and work towards successful treatment.. These illnesses can range from anxiety, to depression and ADHD. I would establish realistic goals for treatment which would hopefully include complete remission. Guiding the patient through treatment and providing balance in life to my patients is the ultimate goal.
(813) 565-9093 View (813) 565-9093
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LaLencia Matthews
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33637
As a psychiatric provider, I focus largely on psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I recognize that each person comes to me with unique lived experience and I use this knowledge to personalize my treatment to their individual needs. I educate my clients to empower them to be able to collaboratively work together with our team to optimize your health. I take a holistic approach to cultivate the best outcomes for you as a patient in a non-judgmental environment. Accepting new patients and most insurances, contact me to start thriving and not only surviving. www.laurelgracewellness.com
As a psychiatric provider, I focus largely on psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I recognize that each person comes to me with unique lived experience and I use this knowledge to personalize my treatment to their individual needs. I educate my clients to empower them to be able to collaboratively work together with our team to optimize your health. I take a holistic approach to cultivate the best outcomes for you as a patient in a non-judgmental environment. Accepting new patients and most insurances, contact me to start thriving and not only surviving. www.laurelgracewellness.com
(813) 212-2547 View (813) 212-2547
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Fallon Shelton Concierge Mental Health PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33611  (Online Only)
I bring with me a unique set of work experiences that have fostered my passion for helping those that suffer from mental health disorders. My own personal experiences and past employment endeavors have given me empathy to help patients with mental health disorders. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it is my goal to advocate for patients who struggle to be heard or respected, and to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to holistic care. I will do all I can to assist individuals and their families in recognizing, without stigma, the value of psychiatric assistance.
I bring with me a unique set of work experiences that have fostered my passion for helping those that suffer from mental health disorders. My own personal experiences and past employment endeavors have given me empathy to help patients with mental health disorders. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it is my goal to advocate for patients who struggle to be heard or respected, and to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to holistic care. I will do all I can to assist individuals and their families in recognizing, without stigma, the value of psychiatric assistance.
(813) 851-2912 View (813) 851-2912
Photo of Alicia Allen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tampa, FL
Alicia Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Alicia Allen is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Alicia starts by asking patients about their treatment goals and expectations. This creates an open dialogue that improves treatment outcomes. She supports each patient’s mental and physical health by integrating evidence-based, patient-centered techniques. Alicia considers it her mission to show empathy, active listening, and flexibility. Her ultimate goal is to fight the stigma surrounding mental health so more people can speak openly about their needs and experiences. Alicia has been treating patients since 2010 and works with patients ages 18-65.
Alicia Allen is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Alicia starts by asking patients about their treatment goals and expectations. This creates an open dialogue that improves treatment outcomes. She supports each patient’s mental and physical health by integrating evidence-based, patient-centered techniques. Alicia considers it her mission to show empathy, active listening, and flexibility. Her ultimate goal is to fight the stigma surrounding mental health so more people can speak openly about their needs and experiences. Alicia has been treating patients since 2010 and works with patients ages 18-65.
(813) 696-3979 View (813) 696-3979
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Cornerstone Psychiatric Care: Ketamine Therapy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33613
Cornerstone Psychiatric Care is currently acceptng new patients for both ketamine infusions and medication management. We are specialists in helping people overcome their treatment resistant depression. If you have struggled with depression and can't seem to make any progress no matter what medication you try, our experts are here to help you overcome that. We also have experts who can work with you no matter your psychiatric needs.
Cornerstone Psychiatric Care is currently acceptng new patients for both ketamine infusions and medication management. We are specialists in helping people overcome their treatment resistant depression. If you have struggled with depression and can't seem to make any progress no matter what medication you try, our experts are here to help you overcome that. We also have experts who can work with you no matter your psychiatric needs.
(561) 448-9147 View (561) 448-9147
Photo of Georges Coupet, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tampa, FL
Georges Coupet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Georges Coupet is a personable and enthusiastic clinician with over 7 years of experience in Psychiatry. He believes in a patient-centered and humanistic approach to treatment. He develops an individualized treatment plan for each client that includes pharmacology, depending on the needs of the client. “My goal is to make my clients as comfortable as possible in order to establish a trusting working relationship. No judgment zone.”
Georges Coupet is a personable and enthusiastic clinician with over 7 years of experience in Psychiatry. He believes in a patient-centered and humanistic approach to treatment. He develops an individualized treatment plan for each client that includes pharmacology, depending on the needs of the client. “My goal is to make my clients as comfortable as possible in order to establish a trusting working relationship. No judgment zone.”
(813) 701-5844 View (813) 701-5844
Photo of Rosario Hidalgo, Psychiatrist in Tampa, FL
Rosario Hidalgo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33614
Dr. Rosario Hidalgo is a board certified psychiatrist with expertise in the diagnosis and psychopharmacological treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in adult patients. She received her medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1991 and completed psychiatry training in 1996. She subsequently completed her general psychiatry residency and fellowship in psychopharmacology at Duke University in 2005. Dr. Hidalgo sees patients that prefer to be seen in a private setting without using their insurance and with direct contact with a physician/psychiatrist. This allows privacy and quality of care.
Dr. Rosario Hidalgo is a board certified psychiatrist with expertise in the diagnosis and psychopharmacological treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in adult patients. She received her medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1991 and completed psychiatry training in 1996. She subsequently completed her general psychiatry residency and fellowship in psychopharmacology at Duke University in 2005. Dr. Hidalgo sees patients that prefer to be seen in a private setting without using their insurance and with direct contact with a physician/psychiatrist. This allows privacy and quality of care.
(813) 321-4823 View (813) 321-4823

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Tampa, FL

200+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Tampa, FL who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Anxiety
78% Bipolar Disorder
75% ADHD
72% Trauma and PTSD
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Medication Management

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Cigna and Evernorth
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
83% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Tampa, FL see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tampa?

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.