Psychiatrists in Hammond, LA

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Modern Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, LCSW, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hammond, LA 70403
Now Accepting New Patients- - -Most Insurance Plans Accepted- - - We are a team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, case managers and primary care physicians offering convenient and comprehensive mental health treatment across multiple states, both in-person and virtually. We specialize in treating a multitude of conditions therefore are able to match you with a provider best suited to meet your specific needs. Let us help you achieve a higher quality of life and overall sense of wellbeing. Contact us today!
Now Accepting New Patients- - -Most Insurance Plans Accepted- - - We are a team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, case managers and primary care physicians offering convenient and comprehensive mental health treatment across multiple states, both in-person and virtually. We specialize in treating a multitude of conditions therefore are able to match you with a provider best suited to meet your specific needs. Let us help you achieve a higher quality of life and overall sense of wellbeing. Contact us today!
(985) 304-9569 View (985) 304-9569
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Sreelatha Pulakhandam
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN
Verified Verified
Hammond, LA 70403
Twelve-Step programs are sometimes critical of medication-assisted treatment, discouraging members by saying they are not really sober if they are taking prescription drugs for their dependency. Despite the evidence that medication-assisted treatment help patients with chemical dependency, using drugs carries a stigma. Many Professional scoff at medication-assisted treatment, dismissing it as a temporary fix or taking the easy way out. This is so disheartening to those that it has helped stay sober. Rather, the physician will coordinate the use of medication with other facets of care to ensure that it is used effectively.
Twelve-Step programs are sometimes critical of medication-assisted treatment, discouraging members by saying they are not really sober if they are taking prescription drugs for their dependency. Despite the evidence that medication-assisted treatment help patients with chemical dependency, using drugs carries a stigma. Many Professional scoff at medication-assisted treatment, dismissing it as a temporary fix or taking the easy way out. This is so disheartening to those that it has helped stay sober. Rather, the physician will coordinate the use of medication with other facets of care to ensure that it is used effectively.
(225) 924-1910 View (225) 924-1910
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Stress Management Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
16 Endorsed
Hammond, LA 70403  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with overwhelming emotions and/or difficulty concentrating on tasks at school or work? Have you been skipping out on gatherings or avoiding loved ones due to lack of interest in doing things? Maybe you feel like you've let down your family or that you're becoming a burden to them. You're unable to quiet your mind and fall sleep. You toss and turn all night, then you get up in the morning feeling exhausted and frustrated all over again. This daily battle with depression and anxiety can leave you feeling isolated, guilty, and overwhelmed. If this sounds like you, know that you ARE NOT alone!
Are you struggling with overwhelming emotions and/or difficulty concentrating on tasks at school or work? Have you been skipping out on gatherings or avoiding loved ones due to lack of interest in doing things? Maybe you feel like you've let down your family or that you're becoming a burden to them. You're unable to quiet your mind and fall sleep. You toss and turn all night, then you get up in the morning feeling exhausted and frustrated all over again. This daily battle with depression and anxiety can leave you feeling isolated, guilty, and overwhelmed. If this sounds like you, know that you ARE NOT alone!
(225) 396-4676 View (225) 396-4676
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Jennifer Imbraguglio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hammond, LA 70403
Have you been struggling with attention and behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, mood, or trauma symptoms? I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). I provide individualized and holistic care to improve your mental health through lifestyle changes, supportive therapy, and pharmacological approach.
Have you been struggling with attention and behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, mood, or trauma symptoms? I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). I provide individualized and holistic care to improve your mental health through lifestyle changes, supportive therapy, and pharmacological approach.
(985) 328-3593 View (985) 328-3593
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Redi-Med Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP
Verified Verified
Hammond, LA 70401
Introducing Redi-Med Psychiatry: Your Path to a Better Tomorrow! Are you seeking a brighter, more balanced future? Look no further than Redi-Med Psychiatry, your trusted ally in mental health and well-being. At Redi-Med, we specialize in providing compassionate care and effective treatments for a range of conditions, helping you navigate life's challenges with renewed strength and vitality. Specializing in Comprehensive Care Our dedicated team of experienced psychiatrists and mental health professionals is here to address a variety of concerns. Whether it's ADHD, anxiety, depression, or other mood disorders.
Introducing Redi-Med Psychiatry: Your Path to a Better Tomorrow! Are you seeking a brighter, more balanced future? Look no further than Redi-Med Psychiatry, your trusted ally in mental health and well-being. At Redi-Med, we specialize in providing compassionate care and effective treatments for a range of conditions, helping you navigate life's challenges with renewed strength and vitality. Specializing in Comprehensive Care Our dedicated team of experienced psychiatrists and mental health professionals is here to address a variety of concerns. Whether it's ADHD, anxiety, depression, or other mood disorders.
(985) 287-4398 View (985) 287-4398
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Gulf Coast Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Hammond, LA 70401
At Gulf Coast Behavioral Health, we believe that mental health is just as important as physical health. We strive to provide our clients with the tools and support they need to achieve optimal mental wellness and lead fulfilling lives.
At Gulf Coast Behavioral Health, we believe that mental health is just as important as physical health. We strive to provide our clients with the tools and support they need to achieve optimal mental wellness and lead fulfilling lives.
(225) 399-4720 View (225) 399-4720
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Kayla N. Watson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hammond, LA 70401  (Online Only)
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and it is often neglected. My goal is to help you get back to your level of normal, bringing out the best version of you.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and it is often neglected. My goal is to help you get back to your level of normal, bringing out the best version of you.
(504) 414-7146 View (504) 414-7146

Online Psychiatrists

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Bo Liz Peng
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN
Verified Verified
New Orleans, LA 70115  (Online Only)
My goal is to develop a safe, therapeutic, and deeply authentic connection with you to help uncover the origins of your symptoms, going beyond symptom reduction, to address the root of the problem. In treating you as a whole person, rather than a list of symptoms, I can help you gain greater insight into your own internal experience - your needs, emotions, and authentic values. Through our work together, I can help you identify obstacles and conflicts that are preventing you from leading a fuller and more authentic life. My preference is to work with patients who are seeking psychotherapy with or without medication support.
My goal is to develop a safe, therapeutic, and deeply authentic connection with you to help uncover the origins of your symptoms, going beyond symptom reduction, to address the root of the problem. In treating you as a whole person, rather than a list of symptoms, I can help you gain greater insight into your own internal experience - your needs, emotions, and authentic values. Through our work together, I can help you identify obstacles and conflicts that are preventing you from leading a fuller and more authentic life. My preference is to work with patients who are seeking psychotherapy with or without medication support.
(504) 384-7934 View (504) 384-7934
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Jennifer R Poche
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mandeville, LA 70448
I am a dual-boarded Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner with over 14 years of healthcare experience in various settings including emergency room, intensive care and behavioral health.
I am a dual-boarded Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner with over 14 years of healthcare experience in various settings including emergency room, intensive care and behavioral health.
(985) 616-5218 View (985) 616-5218
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Holly MacKenna
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Orleans, LA 70118
I am a dual board-certified physician who practices psychiatry and integrative medicine, a mom to a child with autoimmunity, and a patient who experienced decades of chronic pain, brain fog, and frustration as I navigated our healthcare system from both sides. I started Dara Wellness to partner with you as you embark on your journey towards wellness. By providing the most up-to-date services in integrative psychiatry and whole health, we empower our patients to take an active role in their self care and recovery. Please email or schedule a discovery call at darawellnessnola.com to begin your journey.
I am a dual board-certified physician who practices psychiatry and integrative medicine, a mom to a child with autoimmunity, and a patient who experienced decades of chronic pain, brain fog, and frustration as I navigated our healthcare system from both sides. I started Dara Wellness to partner with you as you embark on your journey towards wellness. By providing the most up-to-date services in integrative psychiatry and whole health, we empower our patients to take an active role in their self care and recovery. Please email or schedule a discovery call at darawellnessnola.com to begin your journey.
(504) 584-4288 View (504) 584-4288
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Eurica Rena Gaston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Baton Rouge, LA 70827  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it has been rewarding to assist my clients with their healthcare needs. My clients and I, along with their families, work together as a team. We have developed a level of trust and respect for one another. An atmosphere of trust and respect allows the client to be open to discussion and have a feeling of empowerment in making healthcare decisions. My role as a psychiatric mental nurse practitioner is to offer my clients the knowledge needed to make the best decisions for their healthcare. When we work together, we learn from each other and have positive changes in our lives.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, it has been rewarding to assist my clients with their healthcare needs. My clients and I, along with their families, work together as a team. We have developed a level of trust and respect for one another. An atmosphere of trust and respect allows the client to be open to discussion and have a feeling of empowerment in making healthcare decisions. My role as a psychiatric mental nurse practitioner is to offer my clients the knowledge needed to make the best decisions for their healthcare. When we work together, we learn from each other and have positive changes in our lives.
(225) 777-6658 View (225) 777-6658
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Kara M. Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Metairie, LA 70002
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with an interest in reproductive psychiatry. I have completed additional training in women's mental health through a fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and I have spent several years treating women with a variety of concerns in different clinical settings. While I am able to treat people across the adult lifespan, I particularly enjoy working with individuals who are trying to conceive, pregnant or postpartum. This can be in the form of a one-time consult to provide expert recommendations to be carried out by another treatment team or in the form of ongoing treatment with me.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with an interest in reproductive psychiatry. I have completed additional training in women's mental health through a fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and I have spent several years treating women with a variety of concerns in different clinical settings. While I am able to treat people across the adult lifespan, I particularly enjoy working with individuals who are trying to conceive, pregnant or postpartum. This can be in the form of a one-time consult to provide expert recommendations to be carried out by another treatment team or in the form of ongoing treatment with me.
(504) 327-9628 View (504) 327-9628
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Always Hope LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Prairieville, LA 70769
Brittany Johnson is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). She graduated with her BSN in 2013 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She gained her experience as a RN in a variety of settings including mental health. She later earned her DNP as an adult gerontology nurse practitioner (AGACNP) in 2019.
Brittany Johnson is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). She graduated with her BSN in 2013 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She gained her experience as a RN in a variety of settings including mental health. She later earned her DNP as an adult gerontology nurse practitioner (AGACNP) in 2019.
(225) 777-6929 View (225) 777-6929
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Empowered Mind Solutions LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Ashley, Navarre, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
La Place, LA 70068
I am a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner that services clients across the life span. I offer an integrative mind-body approach for comprehensive, compassionate psychiatric care. My goal is to promote psychological wellbeing. My philosophy is patient-centered, addressing the whole body, mind, social, and spiritual health and wellness. Providing thorough and thoughtful assessments are paramount in order to achieve effective, successful treatment and coordination of care. I work closely with my clients and their therapists to develop a treatment plan best suited to their lives and resources.
I am a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner that services clients across the life span. I offer an integrative mind-body approach for comprehensive, compassionate psychiatric care. My goal is to promote psychological wellbeing. My philosophy is patient-centered, addressing the whole body, mind, social, and spiritual health and wellness. Providing thorough and thoughtful assessments are paramount in order to achieve effective, successful treatment and coordination of care. I work closely with my clients and their therapists to develop a treatment plan best suited to their lives and resources.
(985) 336-2440 View (985) 336-2440
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Bradley Thomas Landwehr
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Orleans, LA 70115
I am a psychiatrist practicing in New Orleans with immediate availability. I am aware of the numerous barriers to accessing mental healthcare. My practice affords me the opportunity to provide a high level of care in a timely fashion. My patients wait, on average, less than a week for new and follow-up appointments. I understand the level of impairment patients face which is why I provide ample availability and quick responsiveness. My treatment is therapy, medication and lifestyle focused. Treatment is tailored to individual needs and adapt over time to life circumstances. I work collaboratively with patients towards recovery.
I am a psychiatrist practicing in New Orleans with immediate availability. I am aware of the numerous barriers to accessing mental healthcare. My practice affords me the opportunity to provide a high level of care in a timely fashion. My patients wait, on average, less than a week for new and follow-up appointments. I understand the level of impairment patients face which is why I provide ample availability and quick responsiveness. My treatment is therapy, medication and lifestyle focused. Treatment is tailored to individual needs and adapt over time to life circumstances. I work collaboratively with patients towards recovery.
(504) 732-0451 View (504) 732-0451
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Dr. Willa Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MBA, APRN-Bc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Covington, LA 70433  (Online Only)
Willa Thompson is a world travel doctorate prepared, board certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over 39 years of health care experience and over 16 years of mental health care experience. Doctor Thompson has worked inpatient , outpatient, residential, court ordered drug re-entry and virtual care. She is a New Orleans native with compassion and a heart to serve. Dr. Thompson is available for speaking engagements and free consultations.
Willa Thompson is a world travel doctorate prepared, board certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over 39 years of health care experience and over 16 years of mental health care experience. Doctor Thompson has worked inpatient , outpatient, residential, court ordered drug re-entry and virtual care. She is a New Orleans native with compassion and a heart to serve. Dr. Thompson is available for speaking engagements and free consultations.
(985) 980-6495 View (985) 980-6495
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Dr. Chancey S Penn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DHA, MSN, FNPBC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
New Orleans, LA 70126
As a nurse practitioner specialized in mental and family health care, I'm committed to understanding your unique health challenges and goals. My approach integrates mental and physical health care, allowing for comprehensive support. I distinguish myself by continuously advancing my expertise in these fields and creating a non-judgmental, safe space for all family members, ensuring everyone's concerns are heard and addressed effectively.
As a nurse practitioner specialized in mental and family health care, I'm committed to understanding your unique health challenges and goals. My approach integrates mental and physical health care, allowing for comprehensive support. I distinguish myself by continuously advancing my expertise in these fields and creating a non-judgmental, safe space for all family members, ensuring everyone's concerns are heard and addressed effectively.
(228) 460-0476 View (228) 460-0476
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Louis Dedon
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Metairie, LA 70002
Is today the best day of your life? If not let's change that. I'm a psychiatrist whose worked in the field for over 30 years. I've worked with all issues/ populations. I am looking for clients who wants help and has a small belief at least occasionally that things can get better. I'd sure like to think that my long-term work in the field paired with my passion will suit us to work as a team to meet your needs.
Is today the best day of your life? If not let's change that. I'm a psychiatrist whose worked in the field for over 30 years. I've worked with all issues/ populations. I am looking for clients who wants help and has a small belief at least occasionally that things can get better. I'd sure like to think that my long-term work in the field paired with my passion will suit us to work as a team to meet your needs.
(504) 732-9175 View (504) 732-9175
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Michael J. Henke
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mandeville, LA 70471
At Trajectory Psychiatry, we offer meaningful psychiatric care for children, adolescents, and young adults in Louisiana. We have expertise in assessing and treating problems with behavior, sleep, anxiety, depression, and mood instability. With offices in uptown New Orleans and Mandeville, LA, we're accepting new patients and scheduling both in-person and telepsychiatry appointments within 1-2 weeks.
At Trajectory Psychiatry, we offer meaningful psychiatric care for children, adolescents, and young adults in Louisiana. We have expertise in assessing and treating problems with behavior, sleep, anxiety, depression, and mood instability. With offices in uptown New Orleans and Mandeville, LA, we're accepting new patients and scheduling both in-person and telepsychiatry appointments within 1-2 weeks.
(985) 377-9906 View (985) 377-9906
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Kayontae Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Geismar, LA 70734  (Online Only)
Are you trying to find solace in your life? Are you feeling stressed, anxious, depressed? Are you having issues with day-to-day functioning? I aim to help you help yourself. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I will work with you collaboratively to assist with managing and improving your quality of life. I specialize in depression, anxiety, and ADHD. My services include evaluating, diagnosing, and treating tailored to the individual as a whole, including medication management and psychotherapy. My goal is to provide individualized, holistic, high-quality care tailored to you, driven with care and compassion.
Are you trying to find solace in your life? Are you feeling stressed, anxious, depressed? Are you having issues with day-to-day functioning? I aim to help you help yourself. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I will work with you collaboratively to assist with managing and improving your quality of life. I specialize in depression, anxiety, and ADHD. My services include evaluating, diagnosing, and treating tailored to the individual as a whole, including medication management and psychotherapy. My goal is to provide individualized, holistic, high-quality care tailored to you, driven with care and compassion.
(318) 531-3323 View (318) 531-3323

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Hammond, LA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Hammond, LA who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Bipolar Disorder
71% Medication Management
43% Trauma and PTSD
43% Anger Management

Average years in practice

1 Year

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
86% Aetna
71% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Hammond, LA see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hammond?

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.