Psychiatrists in Houston County, TN

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Bailey Buckner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Erin, TN 37061
I chose psychiatry because I’ve always been passionate about helping others, and I’ve witnessed, both personally and professionally, how life-changing psychiatric care can be. My ultimate goal is to empower you by providing compassionate, inclusive, and evidence-based care so that we can work together to cultivate your mental health and well-being.
I chose psychiatry because I’ve always been passionate about helping others, and I’ve witnessed, both personally and professionally, how life-changing psychiatric care can be. My ultimate goal is to empower you by providing compassionate, inclusive, and evidence-based care so that we can work together to cultivate your mental health and well-being.
(931) 213-3810 View (931) 213-3810

Online Psychiatrists

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Deanna Martin
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
As a physician assistant, I have had the privilege of working closely with individuals facing a wide range of physical and mental health challenges. Through my experiences, I have developed a deep understanding of patient issues, needs, motivations, and goals. I believe that everyone has a unique story, and I am committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to each individual I encounter. I recognize that mental health is a complex interplay of biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors, and I strive to address all these aspects in my practice.
As a physician assistant, I have had the privilege of working closely with individuals facing a wide range of physical and mental health challenges. Through my experiences, I have developed a deep understanding of patient issues, needs, motivations, and goals. I believe that everyone has a unique story, and I am committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to each individual I encounter. I recognize that mental health is a complex interplay of biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors, and I strive to address all these aspects in my practice.
(615) 437-3118 View (615) 437-3118
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Jackie Fitzgerald
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackie is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 7 years of experience working in the psychiatric field, specializing in depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, substance use disorders, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia disorders. She has worked as a PMHNP in a variety of settings, including outpatient, inpatient, emergency department, partial-hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs. She is accepting new clients for medication management, and looks forward to helping you achieve your goals to live your happiest and fullest life!
Jackie is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 7 years of experience working in the psychiatric field, specializing in depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, substance use disorders, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia disorders. She has worked as a PMHNP in a variety of settings, including outpatient, inpatient, emergency department, partial-hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs. She is accepting new clients for medication management, and looks forward to helping you achieve your goals to live your happiest and fullest life!
(629) 209-6913 View (629) 209-6913
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Lindsay Works
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37238  (Online Only)
Dr. Lindsay Works is board certified in Psychiatry as well as Addiction Medicine. Before joining Talkiatry, Dr. Works was a staff Psychiatrist at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital and the clinical consultant for substance abuse treatment at Fort Campbell, KY, providing patient care in an inpatient and outpatient setting. After completing 8 years of active duty service, Dr. Works honorably left army service at the rank of Major.
Dr. Lindsay Works is board certified in Psychiatry as well as Addiction Medicine. Before joining Talkiatry, Dr. Works was a staff Psychiatrist at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital and the clinical consultant for substance abuse treatment at Fort Campbell, KY, providing patient care in an inpatient and outpatient setting. After completing 8 years of active duty service, Dr. Works honorably left army service at the rank of Major.
(629) 348-4719 View (629) 348-4719
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True Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
True Psychiatry is a gold-standard outpatient private practice combining eclectic therapy and expert medication management with one experienced, down to earth, intuitive, and ABPN board certified psychiatrist for all your therapy and medication needs. If you have a therapist you already like, care will actively be coordinated to provide the best care possible. Dr. Eric Rueth has served in medical directorship positions at both NYU in New York City and Vanderbilt University here in Nashville. Now his experience will be brought directly to the care of a small number of outpatients through True Psychiatry.
True Psychiatry is a gold-standard outpatient private practice combining eclectic therapy and expert medication management with one experienced, down to earth, intuitive, and ABPN board certified psychiatrist for all your therapy and medication needs. If you have a therapist you already like, care will actively be coordinated to provide the best care possible. Dr. Eric Rueth has served in medical directorship positions at both NYU in New York City and Vanderbilt University here in Nashville. Now his experience will be brought directly to the care of a small number of outpatients through True Psychiatry.
(615) 471-7326 View (615) 471-7326
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Tory Woodard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Tory A. Woodard is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience as a prescriber. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee University, and a Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in psychiatry, from Vanderbilt University. He has experience in treating all ages and has worked predominately in community mental health and private outpatient settings, but also has experience providing services in school-based settings, residential programs, and primary care.
Tory A. Woodard is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience as a prescriber. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee University, and a Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in psychiatry, from Vanderbilt University. He has experience in treating all ages and has worked predominately in community mental health and private outpatient settings, but also has experience providing services in school-based settings, residential programs, and primary care.
(615) 747-1431 View (615) 747-1431
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Angie Janicek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Accepting New Clients! Are you ready to seize control of your life and unleash your inner resilience? I commend you for taking this courageous step on your healing journey. I am wholeheartedly committed to guiding you on your path to recovery; I know that rediscovering joy and resilience are within your reach. With 20 years of mental health experience, I have a deep understanding of mood disorders and am particularly passionate about working with individuals who have experienced trauma. I also specialize in working with high school and collegiate-level athletes on injuries, peak performance, and performance anxiety.
Accepting New Clients! Are you ready to seize control of your life and unleash your inner resilience? I commend you for taking this courageous step on your healing journey. I am wholeheartedly committed to guiding you on your path to recovery; I know that rediscovering joy and resilience are within your reach. With 20 years of mental health experience, I have a deep understanding of mood disorders and am particularly passionate about working with individuals who have experienced trauma. I also specialize in working with high school and collegiate-level athletes on injuries, peak performance, and performance anxiety.
(615) 437-5245 View (615) 437-5245
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Toksy Akinleye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! Looking for someone who provides non-rushed appointments or someone who’s not looking to just provide a quick prescription, look no further. I understand that mental health issues can be debilitating and that seeking mental health care can be challenging. I work closely with individuals who have anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, psychosis, and more. My passion is to help my patients achieve and improve their mental well-being. My goal is equitable and inclusive care for every individual I care for. You have taken the first step toward mental health and emotional wellness!
Accepting new patients! Looking for someone who provides non-rushed appointments or someone who’s not looking to just provide a quick prescription, look no further. I understand that mental health issues can be debilitating and that seeking mental health care can be challenging. I work closely with individuals who have anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, psychosis, and more. My passion is to help my patients achieve and improve their mental well-being. My goal is equitable and inclusive care for every individual I care for. You have taken the first step toward mental health and emotional wellness!
(801) 890-5307 View (801) 890-5307
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Dr. Samuel Polek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clarksville, TN 37040
Dr. Polek is a board-certified psychiatrist dedicated to improving mental health through evidence-based therapy and medication management. With over 13 years of experience and expertise in mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD, Dr. Polek combines understanding and leading treatments to provide personalized care. Focused on promoting mental health, he helps clients in overcoming hurdles and sustaining well-being for the long term. Available appointment times can be found here: www.therapyportal.com/p/polekmd/
Dr. Polek is a board-certified psychiatrist dedicated to improving mental health through evidence-based therapy and medication management. With over 13 years of experience and expertise in mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD, Dr. Polek combines understanding and leading treatments to provide personalized care. Focused on promoting mental health, he helps clients in overcoming hurdles and sustaining well-being for the long term. Available appointment times can be found here: www.therapyportal.com/p/polekmd/
(332) 242-2540 View (332) 242-2540
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Femi Olarubofin
Psychiatrist, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37064
Dr. Femi is a compassionate board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP) with 10+ years in mental health field. My primary goal is to use my professional skills and knowledge to alleviate the sufferings and struggles of clients with mental health illness with a holistic approach, non-judgmental, and professional manner. Versatile and experienced in treating patients with various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan, with specialization in Medication Management of most mental health presentations. Dr. Femi has an extensive experience in treating both veterans (military) and civilian populations.
Dr. Femi is a compassionate board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (DNP) with 10+ years in mental health field. My primary goal is to use my professional skills and knowledge to alleviate the sufferings and struggles of clients with mental health illness with a holistic approach, non-judgmental, and professional manner. Versatile and experienced in treating patients with various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan, with specialization in Medication Management of most mental health presentations. Dr. Femi has an extensive experience in treating both veterans (military) and civilian populations.
(629) 299-2711 View (629) 299-2711
Jennifer Wheeler
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37209
I am a Psychiatrist with training and experience in a multitude of mental health and substance use disorders. I believe each person has their own unique story and goals and look forward to exploring how I can help you on your journey to wellness. I am excited for the opportunity to working alongside the other mental health providers at Family Care Center so
I am a Psychiatrist with training and experience in a multitude of mental health and substance use disorders. I believe each person has their own unique story and goals and look forward to exploring how I can help you on your journey to wellness. I am excited for the opportunity to working alongside the other mental health providers at Family Care Center so
(629) 300-6797 View (629) 300-6797
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Tanitha Moncier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Every journey begins with one step. Perhaps you are feeling “stuck” and repeating the same patterns? I am committed to creating the possibility of well-being for you and helping you live a more fulfilling life, let’s work together so you can feel your best. With my expertise as a double board certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner, the focus of care in my practice is flexible and individualized to each client.
Every journey begins with one step. Perhaps you are feeling “stuck” and repeating the same patterns? I am committed to creating the possibility of well-being for you and helping you live a more fulfilling life, let’s work together so you can feel your best. With my expertise as a double board certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner, the focus of care in my practice is flexible and individualized to each client.
(615) 619-4204 View (615) 619-4204
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Michelle Hornbaker-Park
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37238  (Online Only)
Dr. Michelle Hornbaker-Park is a board-certified General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with over nine years of experience. Her practice focuses on medication management founded not only on evidence-based medicine but on the understanding that a trusting therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of behavioral health healing. She incorporates CBT, supportive therapy, and psychoeducation into her medication management appointments and may refer patients for additional psychotherapy to improve outcomes.
Dr. Michelle Hornbaker-Park is a board-certified General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with over nine years of experience. Her practice focuses on medication management founded not only on evidence-based medicine but on the understanding that a trusting therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of behavioral health healing. She incorporates CBT, supportive therapy, and psychoeducation into her medication management appointments and may refer patients for additional psychotherapy to improve outcomes.
(629) 777-4355 View (629) 777-4355
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Lee Dockery
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37238  (Online Only)
Dr. Lee Dockery serves as a general pscyhiatry provider for Talkiatry since joining in August 2022. He is board-eligible with expected certification in fall 2022, with further addiction psychiatry board-certification expected in 2023. He has been training and practicing psychiatry since 2018. Dr. Dockery’s practice emphasizes medication management within a therapy-informed framework, utilizing skills from Acceptance and Commitment therapy, mindfulness based therapies, motivation interviewing, and supportive therapy. Typically, he offers 60-minute new visits and 30-minute follow-up visits.
Dr. Lee Dockery serves as a general pscyhiatry provider for Talkiatry since joining in August 2022. He is board-eligible with expected certification in fall 2022, with further addiction psychiatry board-certification expected in 2023. He has been training and practicing psychiatry since 2018. Dr. Dockery’s practice emphasizes medication management within a therapy-informed framework, utilizing skills from Acceptance and Commitment therapy, mindfulness based therapies, motivation interviewing, and supportive therapy. Typically, he offers 60-minute new visits and 30-minute follow-up visits.
(629) 777-4355 View (629) 777-4355
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Tennessee Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Franklin, TN 37064
Whether it is medication management, or in-depth talk therapy, the team at Tennessee Psychiatry is ready to help. Our team of psychiatrists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers are here to help you get back on track.
Whether it is medication management, or in-depth talk therapy, the team at Tennessee Psychiatry is ready to help. Our team of psychiatrists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers are here to help you get back on track.
(629) 333-3820 View (629) 333-3820
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Kindril Climer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Kindril is a certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Prior to transitioning to mental health, she worked as a family nurse practitioner. Her background in primary care laid the foundation for her encouraging, holistic approach to mental health. In addition to utilizing evidence-based medication, individuals are empowered to set achievable goals related to nutrition, movement, and sleep hygiene to optimize overall health and wellness.
Kindril is a certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Prior to transitioning to mental health, she worked as a family nurse practitioner. Her background in primary care laid the foundation for her encouraging, holistic approach to mental health. In addition to utilizing evidence-based medication, individuals are empowered to set achievable goals related to nutrition, movement, and sleep hygiene to optimize overall health and wellness.
(865) 505-7885 View (865) 505-7885
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William Siegal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Franklin, TN 37069
Will is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 10+ years of experience working in Mental Health. He specializes in psychiatric medication management as well as psychotherapy and sees children (ages 6 and up), adolescents and adults with a range of conditions including but not limited to ADHD, PTSD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and autism. Will works collaboratively with clients in an open and nonjudgmental manner, often with humor, curiosity, and intentional therapeutic self-disclosure to help uncover the biological, medical, spiritual and social dimensions of concerns.
Will is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 10+ years of experience working in Mental Health. He specializes in psychiatric medication management as well as psychotherapy and sees children (ages 6 and up), adolescents and adults with a range of conditions including but not limited to ADHD, PTSD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and autism. Will works collaboratively with clients in an open and nonjudgmental manner, often with humor, curiosity, and intentional therapeutic self-disclosure to help uncover the biological, medical, spiritual and social dimensions of concerns.
(629) 465-4880 View (629) 465-4880
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Carrie Lewey Psychiatric Physician Assistant
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
With empathy & proficiency, Carrie focuses on psychiatric diagnosis, treatment & medication management. She also makes referrals to suitable therapists when warranted & relentlessly employs every resource available on behalf of the care of her patients. Carrie believes we are given a sound mind, & treating the whole person - mind & body - promotes optimum health.
With empathy & proficiency, Carrie focuses on psychiatric diagnosis, treatment & medication management. She also makes referrals to suitable therapists when warranted & relentlessly employs every resource available on behalf of the care of her patients. Carrie believes we are given a sound mind, & treating the whole person - mind & body - promotes optimum health.
(629) 205-0637 View (629) 205-0637
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Benjamin Frock
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37215  (Online Only)
I believe we are shaped by our experiences, relationships, and loss over time. As such, all persons will have needs specific to the moment and I aim to provide highly individualized care. I understand that not all situations require medications and I am happy to provide psychotherapy or collaborate with additional therapists in the community.
I believe we are shaped by our experiences, relationships, and loss over time. As such, all persons will have needs specific to the moment and I aim to provide highly individualized care. I understand that not all situations require medications and I am happy to provide psychotherapy or collaborate with additional therapists in the community.
(615) 461-4778 View (615) 461-4778
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Marilynn Yvette Richardson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clarksville, TN 37042  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience working with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My experience includes treating patients with substance abuse/addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. I use the most current DSM diagnostic guidelines and evidence-based treatment to help my patients get back to feeling their best. I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and my goal is to remove the stigma of mental illness and teach others to make their mental health a priority.
(629) 276-7331 View (629) 276-7331

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Number of Psychiatrists in Houston County, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Houston County, TN who prioritize treating:

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

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Houston County, TN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Houston 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.