Psychiatrists in Ocean County, NJ

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OCA Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, , PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to The COVID-19 Health Crisis.
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to The COVID-19 Health Crisis.
(732) 889-7151 View (732) 889-7151
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Vioral Health and Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Forked River, NJ 08731  (Online Only)
Are you looking for medication management and/or therapy? Our practice consists of a psychiatric nurse practitioner and psychotherapists who work collaboratively to provide you with the best care possible. In addition to providing traditional outpatient services, we provide Intensive Out Patient (IOP) treatment for patients who would benefit from a group setting and more intensive support.
Are you looking for medication management and/or therapy? Our practice consists of a psychiatric nurse practitioner and psychotherapists who work collaboratively to provide you with the best care possible. In addition to providing traditional outpatient services, we provide Intensive Out Patient (IOP) treatment for patients who would benefit from a group setting and more intensive support.
(732) 592-3794 x100 View (732) 592-3794 x100
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Grace Behavioral Health Services, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08724
Grace Behavioral Health Services, provides EVALUATION AND FOLLOW-UP VIA TELEHEALTH AND IN-PERSON. Our principle in practice include helping our clients as partners in their recovery process. All factors that impact their health, wellness and disorder are considered in a way to address the whole person, including the body, mind and spirit. In addition to treatment, all-inclusive concepts of health promotion and prevention is supreme. We work cooperatively and collaboratively with our clients to tailor their care to the individual’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances.
Grace Behavioral Health Services, provides EVALUATION AND FOLLOW-UP VIA TELEHEALTH AND IN-PERSON. Our principle in practice include helping our clients as partners in their recovery process. All factors that impact their health, wellness and disorder are considered in a way to address the whole person, including the body, mind and spirit. In addition to treatment, all-inclusive concepts of health promotion and prevention is supreme. We work cooperatively and collaboratively with our clients to tailor their care to the individual’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances.
(732) 475-9881 View (732) 475-9881
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OCA Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
EVALUATION & FOLLOW-UP IS NOW AVAILABLE VIA TELEHEALTH DUE TO THE COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS..... OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively.
EVALUATION & FOLLOW-UP IS NOW AVAILABLE VIA TELEHEALTH DUE TO THE COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS..... OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively.
(732) 365-4207 View (732) 365-4207
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Ashley Anderson - Next Opening: One Week
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Stafford Township, NJ 08050  (Online Only)
Hello! I am Dr. Ashley Anderson, DNP, APRN. I believe in person-centered care with evidence-based treatment approaches and I strongly feel that building a connection with patients is a vital aspect of providing care. I use evidence-based practices with a focus on person-centered care and optimal clinical outcomes targeting quality of life, maximizing wellness, and recovery. I take pride in supporting my patients through difficult mental health symptoms, and I bring a knowledgeable and compassionate perspective to patient care. I like when my patients ask questions, and I'm always happy to address their concerns!
Hello! I am Dr. Ashley Anderson, DNP, APRN. I believe in person-centered care with evidence-based treatment approaches and I strongly feel that building a connection with patients is a vital aspect of providing care. I use evidence-based practices with a focus on person-centered care and optimal clinical outcomes targeting quality of life, maximizing wellness, and recovery. I take pride in supporting my patients through difficult mental health symptoms, and I bring a knowledgeable and compassionate perspective to patient care. I like when my patients ask questions, and I'm always happy to address their concerns!
(973) 310-5349 View (973) 310-5349
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New Way Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Toms River, NJ 08757  (Online Only)
Immediate Same Day Appointments are available 7 days a week for Residents of NJ and NY and your psychiatric evaluation, weight management, suboxone treatment and more and will be performed by a Doctorate level psychiatric provider and prescriber who is specializing and successfully treating clients from age 12. New Way Psychiatry LLC offers a new approach to your mental health world and well-being by offering Integrative psychiatric evaluations and medications management as well as a UNIQUE and personalized treatment for residents of NJ and NY. No waiting list! Appointments are available daily and late evenings, weekends.
Immediate Same Day Appointments are available 7 days a week for Residents of NJ and NY and your psychiatric evaluation, weight management, suboxone treatment and more and will be performed by a Doctorate level psychiatric provider and prescriber who is specializing and successfully treating clients from age 12. New Way Psychiatry LLC offers a new approach to your mental health world and well-being by offering Integrative psychiatric evaluations and medications management as well as a UNIQUE and personalized treatment for residents of NJ and NY. No waiting list! Appointments are available daily and late evenings, weekends.
(848) 294-1561 View (848) 294-1561
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Grace Behavioral Health Services, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, APN
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08724
Grace Behavioral Health Services, provides EVALUATION AND FOLLOW-UP VIA TELEHEALTH AND IN-PERSON. Our principle in practice include helping our clients as partners in their recovery process. All factors that impact their health, wellness and disorder are considered in a way to address the whole person, including the body, mind and spirit. In addition to treatment, all-inclusive concepts of health promotion and prevention is supreme. We work cooperatively and collaboratively with our clients to tailor their care to the individual’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances.
Grace Behavioral Health Services, provides EVALUATION AND FOLLOW-UP VIA TELEHEALTH AND IN-PERSON. Our principle in practice include helping our clients as partners in their recovery process. All factors that impact their health, wellness and disorder are considered in a way to address the whole person, including the body, mind and spirit. In addition to treatment, all-inclusive concepts of health promotion and prevention is supreme. We work cooperatively and collaboratively with our clients to tailor their care to the individual’s unique conditions, needs and circumstances.
(732) 475-9881 View (732) 475-9881
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Jessica Augustyniak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08723  (Online Only)
I treat symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorders, mood disorders, insomnia, and ADHD.
I treat symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorders, mood disorders, insomnia, and ADHD.
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Phenita Mouzon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Toms River, NJ 08753  (Online Only)
Take the first step. Imagine how much better life will be without feelings of depression or anxiety. I can help whether you are suffering from codependence, anxiety, depression, ADHD or self confidence. My goal is to always build trusting relationships with my clients. Providing an environment that is comforting and safe. I have helped many clients become the best version of themselves again. Treatment is always individualized to your specific needs, with a holistic approach. Together we can work to come up with a plan that works best for you. Looking forward to helping you too. Please feel to call 732-998-7191 for appointments.
Take the first step. Imagine how much better life will be without feelings of depression or anxiety. I can help whether you are suffering from codependence, anxiety, depression, ADHD or self confidence. My goal is to always build trusting relationships with my clients. Providing an environment that is comforting and safe. I have helped many clients become the best version of themselves again. Treatment is always individualized to your specific needs, with a holistic approach. Together we can work to come up with a plan that works best for you. Looking forward to helping you too. Please feel to call 732-998-7191 for appointments.
(732) 998-7191 View (732) 998-7191
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OCA Behavioral Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis.
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis.
(732) 517-7681 View (732) 517-7681
Valeo Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Our team is experienced in offering effective outpatient, individualized psychological medication for patients suffering from substance abuse. We effectively treat such patients through constant consultation and medication management.
Our team is experienced in offering effective outpatient, individualized psychological medication for patients suffering from substance abuse. We effectively treat such patients through constant consultation and medication management.
(732) 808-3013 View (732) 808-3013
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Latisha L Marshall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, APN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Forked River, NJ 08731
My name is Latisha L. Marshall, and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in many psychiatric and mental health disorders. I have been practicing for many years and have experience in numerous psychiatric disorders. I also have experience working in outpatient settings, inpatient psychiatric units, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. I also have experience working as a consultation-liaison. Working together is my approach to helping guide my clients through any issues or obstacles they face.
My name is Latisha L. Marshall, and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in many psychiatric and mental health disorders. I have been practicing for many years and have experience in numerous psychiatric disorders. I also have experience working in outpatient settings, inpatient psychiatric units, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. I also have experience working as a consultation-liaison. Working together is my approach to helping guide my clients through any issues or obstacles they face.
(732) 278-5459 View (732) 278-5459
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Irene Marsh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, IBCLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toms River, NJ 08753
Talking about Mental Health openly is a new concept. As the light is shed on mental health in general, there is another population that is struggling. This is the Perinatal population. Pregnancy is a wonderful time for some, while others struggle with anxiety and depression. Others do great during the pregnancy but struggle postpartum. Do you feel you need medication management? We can build a collaborative relationship and discuss the risks and benefits of all available treatments. Medication is an option, not a requirement.
Talking about Mental Health openly is a new concept. As the light is shed on mental health in general, there is another population that is struggling. This is the Perinatal population. Pregnancy is a wonderful time for some, while others struggle with anxiety and depression. Others do great during the pregnancy but struggle postpartum. Do you feel you need medication management? We can build a collaborative relationship and discuss the risks and benefits of all available treatments. Medication is an option, not a requirement.
(732) 627-4843 View (732) 627-4843
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Dr. Obinna Ezealor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Toms River, NJ 08753
I am Dr Obinna Ezealor, DNP, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I have an extensive psychiatric experience, having worked for over 12 years in one of the NJ state-established long-term psychiatric hospital and experience in General and Addiction Psychiatry. I also have experience working both in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and treating clients from various ethnic and cultural groups. I am a highly motivated and organized individual passionate about caring for the mental health and addiction population, and my philosophy is to tailor each client’s care to their need.
I am Dr Obinna Ezealor, DNP, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I have an extensive psychiatric experience, having worked for over 12 years in one of the NJ state-established long-term psychiatric hospital and experience in General and Addiction Psychiatry. I also have experience working both in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and treating clients from various ethnic and cultural groups. I am a highly motivated and organized individual passionate about caring for the mental health and addiction population, and my philosophy is to tailor each client’s care to their need.
(732) 641-4655 View (732) 641-4655
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OCA Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively.
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively.
(732) 782-9615 View (732) 782-9615
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Lotus Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Brick, NJ 08723  (Online Only)
I am a Dual Certified Practitioner, board certified in both Psychiatry and Adult Medicine. I have worked in many settings, psychiatric hospital, hospital ICU, Inpatient detox, outpatient psychiatric and addiction treatment. I also specialize in Medical & Psychiatric patient education.
I am a Dual Certified Practitioner, board certified in both Psychiatry and Adult Medicine. I have worked in many settings, psychiatric hospital, hospital ICU, Inpatient detox, outpatient psychiatric and addiction treatment. I also specialize in Medical & Psychiatric patient education.
(732) 631-3575 View (732) 631-3575
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Nicholas LaCorte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSW, MSN, PMHNPBC, RN, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toms River, NJ 08755  (Online Only)
Imagine what your life could be after taking a leap of faith. The first step is always the hardest but if it changes your life for the better why not see where it leads you. Whether you suffer from depression and anxiety, ADHD or codependency issues I can help. I have helped build confidence, improve assertion and self esteem. I have helped decrease co-dependence and build independence. Reach out to me if you're ready for change, or even if you're contemplating it and are anxious or unsure about what to expect.
Imagine what your life could be after taking a leap of faith. The first step is always the hardest but if it changes your life for the better why not see where it leads you. Whether you suffer from depression and anxiety, ADHD or codependency issues I can help. I have helped build confidence, improve assertion and self esteem. I have helped decrease co-dependence and build independence. Reach out to me if you're ready for change, or even if you're contemplating it and are anxious or unsure about what to expect.
(848) 222-3963 View (848) 222-3963
Photo of Gabriella Quigley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ocean County, NJ
Gabriella Quigley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toms River, NJ 08753
Not accepting new clients
Are you continuing to face unwanted symptoms of a potential mental health diagnosis despite acknowledgement or even psychotherapy? Are these symptoms holding you back from a life of contentment and joy? Perhaps you feel a life of remission is unfeasible but deep down you know what you want and need: wholeness and fulfillment. Imagine a life without mood swings, anxiety, addiction, disturbed sleep, or disordered eating. That is what you deserve, and we can help you achieve that through an individualized treatment plan and medication management.
Are you continuing to face unwanted symptoms of a potential mental health diagnosis despite acknowledgement or even psychotherapy? Are these symptoms holding you back from a life of contentment and joy? Perhaps you feel a life of remission is unfeasible but deep down you know what you want and need: wholeness and fulfillment. Imagine a life without mood swings, anxiety, addiction, disturbed sleep, or disordered eating. That is what you deserve, and we can help you achieve that through an individualized treatment plan and medication management.
(848) 278-6863 View (848) 278-6863
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OCA Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to The COVID-19 Health Crisis.
OCA Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively. Evaluation & Follow-up is now available via Telehealth due to The COVID-19 Health Crisis.
(732) 907-8786 View (732) 907-8786
Photo of Grant Myers, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ocean County, NJ
Grant Myers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toms River, NJ 08753
Are you looking for a provider that will listen to you? I collaborate with my clients to find the best way to improve their health. Not sure if you are on the right medication? This practice specializes in medication management. Learn simple tools to assist you in decreasing your anxiety and improving your mood. I see clients online and in my Toms River office. I am currently accepting new clients and have 16 more openings left for the next two months. Visit the website now and book an appointment today! Once the slots fill I will close to new clients. www.gardenstatepsych.net
Are you looking for a provider that will listen to you? I collaborate with my clients to find the best way to improve their health. Not sure if you are on the right medication? This practice specializes in medication management. Learn simple tools to assist you in decreasing your anxiety and improving your mood. I see clients online and in my Toms River office. I am currently accepting new clients and have 16 more openings left for the next two months. Visit the website now and book an appointment today! Once the slots fill I will close to new clients. www.gardenstatepsych.net
(848) 301-1023 View (848) 301-1023

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Number of Psychiatrists in Ocean County, NJ

70+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Ocean County, NJ who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
95% Anxiety
88% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
81% Bipolar Disorder
81% Medication Management
79% ADHD
68% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Aetna
85% Cigna and Evernorth
76% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Ocean County, NJ see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Ocean County?

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.