Psychiatrists in Zachary, LA

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April E Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Zachary, LA 70791
I am a Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Practitioner of Naturopathic medicine, for clients who are looking for traditional medicine or alternative & natural options for mental wellness. I service ages 12-64.
I am a Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Practitioner of Naturopathic medicine, for clients who are looking for traditional medicine or alternative & natural options for mental wellness. I service ages 12-64.
(225) 460-3761 View (225) 460-3761
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Katherine Perkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, PNP-BC
Verified Verified
Zachary, LA 70791
I understand that life can become overwhelming when our mental health is suffering. I also understand that when our mental health is not optimal it can be hard to navigate life. It can affect many areas of our lives including our relationships, employment, sleep and appetite. I believe in treating every patient with dignity and respect, and meeting them where they are. I also believe that listening to our patient's needs is an essential element in developing their personalized treatment plan.
I understand that life can become overwhelming when our mental health is suffering. I also understand that when our mental health is not optimal it can be hard to navigate life. It can affect many areas of our lives including our relationships, employment, sleep and appetite. I believe in treating every patient with dignity and respect, and meeting them where they are. I also believe that listening to our patient's needs is an essential element in developing their personalized treatment plan.
(225) 376-2128 View (225) 376-2128
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Celeste M Howard-Bourque
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Zachary, LA 70791
For several years, I have focused my career path and academic pursuits on learning and developing all-important skills necessary to be great in a psychiatric mental health role. I strive to empower and improve others' outlooks and circumstances as a personal mission.
For several years, I have focused my career path and academic pursuits on learning and developing all-important skills necessary to be great in a psychiatric mental health role. I strive to empower and improve others' outlooks and circumstances as a personal mission.
(225) 396-3517 x101 View (225) 396-3517 x101
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Dr. Willa Rose Shields
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Zachary, LA 70791  (Online Only)
Dr. Shields is a trusted culturally diverse, holistic care visionary, public speaker, life coach, telehealth access consultant and behavioral health provider. She is highly regarded for her integrative behavioral health care expertise. Her care provided is based on underpinnings of psychiatric illness or disease. Depression, anxiety, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, ADHD and mood disorders are just a few of the concerns that are addressed. Your healing and wellness is paramount in the process of care.
Dr. Shields is a trusted culturally diverse, holistic care visionary, public speaker, life coach, telehealth access consultant and behavioral health provider. She is highly regarded for her integrative behavioral health care expertise. Her care provided is based on underpinnings of psychiatric illness or disease. Depression, anxiety, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, ADHD and mood disorders are just a few of the concerns that are addressed. Your healing and wellness is paramount in the process of care.
(225) 351-8079 View (225) 351-8079
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Alison D Mitchell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Zachary, LA 70791
Patients come to my practice for help with their daily mental health issues. They have reached the point of dysfunction and dissatisfaction with their ability to successfully and happily go through life. At times this may mean medication is indicated for treatment and other times breakthroughs can happen with in office psychotherapy. Together we work as a team to assess and work towards your daily, weekly, and life goals.
Patients come to my practice for help with their daily mental health issues. They have reached the point of dysfunction and dissatisfaction with their ability to successfully and happily go through life. At times this may mean medication is indicated for treatment and other times breakthroughs can happen with in office psychotherapy. Together we work as a team to assess and work towards your daily, weekly, and life goals.
(225) 209-9351 View (225) 209-9351
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Jerica Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Zachary, LA 70791  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, lack of focus, loss of motivation, problems with sleep, and/or up and down moods? Or maybe you don't know exactly what is wrong but you know that mentally you are not feeling your best.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, lack of focus, loss of motivation, problems with sleep, and/or up and down moods? Or maybe you don't know exactly what is wrong but you know that mentally you are not feeling your best.
(225) 535-8848 View (225) 535-8848
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Pierre Care Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Zachary, LA 70791  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am Dr. Monique Williams, a passionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) committed to providing personalized mental health care. My approach is rooted in holistic and patient-centered principles, fostering a collaborative alliance that prioritizes trust and open communication. With expertise in areas such as mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and ADHD, I aim to empower individuals on their journey to optimal mental and emotional well-being.
I am Dr. Monique Williams, a passionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) committed to providing personalized mental health care. My approach is rooted in holistic and patient-centered principles, fostering a collaborative alliance that prioritizes trust and open communication. With expertise in areas such as mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and ADHD, I aim to empower individuals on their journey to optimal mental and emotional well-being.
(225) 414-6885 View (225) 414-6885

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Larry W Warner
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN
Verified Verified
Baton Rouge, LA 70811
Board certified psychiatrist here in the Baton Rouge area providing the highest level of mental health service. In addition to psychiatric care which includes medication management and education Dr. Warner also provides services for addition through the usage of Suboxone to those truly motivated for sobriety.
Board certified psychiatrist here in the Baton Rouge area providing the highest level of mental health service. In addition to psychiatric care which includes medication management and education Dr. Warner also provides services for addition through the usage of Suboxone to those truly motivated for sobriety.
(225) 240-7102 View (225) 240-7102
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Integrated Behavioral Health-Baton Rouge
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, LPC-S, LCSW, LPC
Not Verified Not Verified
Baton Rouge, LA 70818
This location is currently accepting patients ages 5 and older for general psychiatry and therapy both in person and virtually. At IBH we are a multidisciplinary team focused on providing comprehensive care to patients ages 5 and older. Our Baton Rouge team includes Blaine Grice, PMHNP-BC (Nurse Practitioner-In Person and telehealth appointments available in Baton Rouge and New Orleans), Casey Sommers, LPC-S (Associate Clinical Director), Elizabeth Standifer LCSW, Daja Williams, M.S., LPC. Our other location is on Poydras Street in New Orleans. Please call today or contact us on our website, www.ibhpsych.com
This location is currently accepting patients ages 5 and older for general psychiatry and therapy both in person and virtually. At IBH we are a multidisciplinary team focused on providing comprehensive care to patients ages 5 and older. Our Baton Rouge team includes Blaine Grice, PMHNP-BC (Nurse Practitioner-In Person and telehealth appointments available in Baton Rouge and New Orleans), Casey Sommers, LPC-S (Associate Clinical Director), Elizabeth Standifer LCSW, Daja Williams, M.S., LPC. Our other location is on Poydras Street in New Orleans. Please call today or contact us on our website, www.ibhpsych.com
(225) 424-1822 View (225) 424-1822

Online Psychiatrists

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Royal Health & Wellness Clinic LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lafayette, LA 70508
My name is Helen Ajala. I am a doctoral-prepared Board Certified Family Practice and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a graduate of the Loyola University of New Orleans and Frontier Nursing University, Versailles Kentucky, I have over 35 years of experience in healthcare. I treat patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from hospitals to outpatient clinics. My philosophy is an all-inclusive patient-centered approach. Our team of dedicated professionals provides fully integrated primary care and behavioral health services for children and adults.
My name is Helen Ajala. I am a doctoral-prepared Board Certified Family Practice and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a graduate of the Loyola University of New Orleans and Frontier Nursing University, Versailles Kentucky, I have over 35 years of experience in healthcare. I treat patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from hospitals to outpatient clinics. My philosophy is an all-inclusive patient-centered approach. Our team of dedicated professionals provides fully integrated primary care and behavioral health services for children and adults.
(337) 202-2513 View (337) 202-2513
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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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Sreelatha Pulakhandam
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN
Verified Verified
Lafayette, LA 70506
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) 238-1378 View (225) 238-1378
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Serenity Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Baton Rouge, LA 70827  (Online Only)
Serenity Mental Health Services provides telehealth/virtual mental health consultations to individuals across Louisiana. Specializing in medication management, our services cater to patients aged 8 and above facing emotional or behavioral challenges. We welcome individuals seeking evaluation and medical treatment for psychiatric disorders. It's important to note that we do not typically prescribe benzodiazepines (such as Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, etc.).
Serenity Mental Health Services provides telehealth/virtual mental health consultations to individuals across Louisiana. Specializing in medication management, our services cater to patients aged 8 and above facing emotional or behavioral challenges. We welcome individuals seeking evaluation and medical treatment for psychiatric disorders. It's important to note that we do not typically prescribe benzodiazepines (such as Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, etc.).
(225) 314-6906 View (225) 314-6906
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Ashley Pollard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Orleans, LA 70127  (Online Only)
I have been a nurse for 15 years and am Board Certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I work with people with a variety of struggles, including depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, OCD and ADHD. I love to work with people of all backgrounds, but strive to offer a space space for Black/Latinx/POC, LGBTQIA+ populations. I am currently serving clients in Louisiana.
I have been a nurse for 15 years and am Board Certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I work with people with a variety of struggles, including depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, OCD and ADHD. I love to work with people of all backgrounds, but strive to offer a space space for Black/Latinx/POC, LGBTQIA+ populations. I am currently serving clients in Louisiana.
(504) 618-1401 View (504) 618-1401
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Gerren Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Orleans, LA 70114
I am a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner that services clients across the life span. I am trained in diagnosing and treating numerous mental health disorders such as: depression, anxiety disorders, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, insomnia, psychosis, bipolar disorder, and many others. 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 am trained in diagnosing and treating numerous mental health disorders such as: depression, anxiety disorders, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, insomnia, psychosis, bipolar disorder, and many others. I work closely with my clients and their therapists to develop a treatment plan best suited to their lives and resources.
(504) 273-4426 View (504) 273-4426
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Timothy Gioe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
New Orleans, LA 70130  (Online Only)
I specialize in psychiatric evaluations and treatment for ADHD, ADD, depression, and anxiety disorders. After a comprehensive evaluation, I develop a treatment plan best suited to each individual's needs using a variety of evidence-based practice treatment modalities. I have extensive knowledge of psychotropic medications and I am very passionate about exercise, nutrition, and helping patients become the best version of themselves. I especially enjoy working with college students, married couples, new parents, and those starting a new career. Please visit www.crescentcitypsychiatric.com/blog to learn more about our services.
I specialize in psychiatric evaluations and treatment for ADHD, ADD, depression, and anxiety disorders. After a comprehensive evaluation, I develop a treatment plan best suited to each individual's needs using a variety of evidence-based practice treatment modalities. I have extensive knowledge of psychotropic medications and I am very passionate about exercise, nutrition, and helping patients become the best version of themselves. I especially enjoy working with college students, married couples, new parents, and those starting a new career. Please visit www.crescentcitypsychiatric.com/blog to learn more about our services.
(985) 202-9436 View (985) 202-9436
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Crystal Hebert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Crystal Hebert is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Baton Rouge Louisiana. She provides an integrative mental health perspective and has experience caring for a wide range of diagnoses across the lifespan. Crystal has over 13 years of combined nursing experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She enjoys working with neuro-divergent adolescents and young adults and serves as a guide in navigating obstacles.
Crystal Hebert is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Baton Rouge Louisiana. She provides an integrative mental health perspective and has experience caring for a wide range of diagnoses across the lifespan. Crystal has over 13 years of combined nursing experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She enjoys working with neuro-divergent adolescents and young adults and serves as a guide in navigating obstacles.
(225) 535-8883 View (225) 535-8883
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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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Hope Psychiatric Consultants
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Yulanda, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
From the moment I enrolled in Jacksonville State University where I eventually earned both my master’s and Doctorate of Nursing with a specialty in Adult Gerontology Acute Care to my travels to the University of Texas where I earned my specialty in Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As the proud owner of Hope Psychiatric Consultants. The “Hope” in Hope Psychiatric Consultants happily stands for “Handing Out Positive Energy.” I ideated and implemented this telehealth psych platform to give those in need the medical attention and listening ear they need for their mental health.
From the moment I enrolled in Jacksonville State University where I eventually earned both my master’s and Doctorate of Nursing with a specialty in Adult Gerontology Acute Care to my travels to the University of Texas where I earned my specialty in Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As the proud owner of Hope Psychiatric Consultants. The “Hope” in Hope Psychiatric Consultants happily stands for “Handing Out Positive Energy.” I ideated and implemented this telehealth psych platform to give those in need the medical attention and listening ear they need for their mental health.
(334) 301-6915 View (334) 301-6915
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Laura Kight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MBA
Verified Verified
32 Endorsed
Lafayette, LA 70506
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 Fast Appointments for Suboxone in 1 or 2 days: Just ASK! Are you ready for a better life? Addiction is Tough but Recovery is Possible! Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), such as Suboxone and Sublocade, are proven options for the treatment of opioid addiction. In-person or remote (online) visits. We treat Pain Pill Addiction and Opioid Addiction.
(337) 455-7847 View (337) 455-7847

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Zachary, LA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Zachary, LA who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
86% Medication Management
71% ADHD
71% Bipolar Disorder
71% Sleep or Insomnia
57% Behavioral Issues

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
67% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Zachary, LA see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Zachary?

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.