Psychiatrists in Athens, TX

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Pacificah Nyangau Doctor Of Nursing Practice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , APRN-RN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Athens, TX 75751
I understand life brings challenges that at some point can be very overwhelming to handle alone, leading to the inability to maintain mental calmness and happiness to live to our fullest potential. My Mission is to provide a warm, calm, and compassionate environment for us to walk on the journey together to see you reach your goals. You are not just a number, to me, you are a very special person, so I am here to listen to you and together we will develop a partnership that will help us to evaluate, diagnose, and develop an individualized treatment plan best suited for you to achieve optimal outcomes.
I understand life brings challenges that at some point can be very overwhelming to handle alone, leading to the inability to maintain mental calmness and happiness to live to our fullest potential. My Mission is to provide a warm, calm, and compassionate environment for us to walk on the journey together to see you reach your goals. You are not just a number, to me, you are a very special person, so I am here to listen to you and together we will develop a partnership that will help us to evaluate, diagnose, and develop an individualized treatment plan best suited for you to achieve optimal outcomes.
(832) 957-9499 View (832) 957-9499

Online Psychiatrists

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Whispering Pines Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tyler, TX 75703
At Whispering Pines Psychiatry, our mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based mental health care to our clients. We are dedicated to fostering a supportive and healing environment where every patient feels valued and understood. By combining traditional psychiatric care with a holistic, well-rounded approach, we address the mind, body, and spirit, ensuring that our patients receive the most thorough and personalized treatment possible.
At Whispering Pines Psychiatry, our mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based mental health care to our clients. We are dedicated to fostering a supportive and healing environment where every patient feels valued and understood. By combining traditional psychiatric care with a holistic, well-rounded approach, we address the mind, body, and spirit, ensuring that our patients receive the most thorough and personalized treatment possible.
(430) 202-6712 View (430) 202-6712
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Chronicle Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75231
At Chronicle Psychiatry, we work with clients of all ages and enjoy helping individuals with their mental health needs. We strive to reduce the stigma associated with mental health. We have over two decades of experience. We offer on-site and virtual sessions. Now seeing clients Virtually in Texas, New York, Kentucky, and Ohio ...
At Chronicle Psychiatry, we work with clients of all ages and enjoy helping individuals with their mental health needs. We strive to reduce the stigma associated with mental health. We have over two decades of experience. We offer on-site and virtual sessions. Now seeing clients Virtually in Texas, New York, Kentucky, and Ohio ...
(469) 949-1287 View (469) 949-1287
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Michael Tsovko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76132
My ideal client is the one I can help the most. I am interested in every case and I enjoy solving problems and working on long term solutions that are most beneficial for the client.
My ideal client is the one I can help the most. I am interested in every case and I enjoy solving problems and working on long term solutions that are most beneficial for the client.
(817) 497-8042 View (817) 497-8042
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Oladayo (Dayo) Farodoye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75204
Current wait time: 1-2 weeks. Welcome! As a psychiatric nurse practitioner with a focus on medication management and an integrative approach, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals seeking support, inner peace and balance in their lives. Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), I am here to assist you. If you have already embarked on a journey to improve your well-being but are seeking a collaborative partner to help navigate the complexities of medication management, I would like to help you.
Current wait time: 1-2 weeks. Welcome! As a psychiatric nurse practitioner with a focus on medication management and an integrative approach, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals seeking support, inner peace and balance in their lives. Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), I am here to assist you. If you have already embarked on a journey to improve your well-being but are seeking a collaborative partner to help navigate the complexities of medication management, I would like to help you.
(469) 224-1202 View (469) 224-1202
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Kim Salinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP AHN, APRN
Verified Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75022
Holistic & Integrative Psychiatry for creative, unique and neurodiverse individuals. ​I offer the best aspects of conventional, alternative & integrative psych to help you optimize mental health and overall well-being. Prescription psychiatric medications are used plus natural alternatives, based on your preferences. Please note that I do not prescribe controlled substances, which includes stimulants for attention issues. Emphasizing positivity, self acceptance, celebration of uniqueness and optimizing your individual potential. Focus on now and future forward (no dredging up the past). Friendly, supportive and non-judgmental care.
Holistic & Integrative Psychiatry for creative, unique and neurodiverse individuals. ​I offer the best aspects of conventional, alternative & integrative psych to help you optimize mental health and overall well-being. Prescription psychiatric medications are used plus natural alternatives, based on your preferences. Please note that I do not prescribe controlled substances, which includes stimulants for attention issues. Emphasizing positivity, self acceptance, celebration of uniqueness and optimizing your individual potential. Focus on now and future forward (no dredging up the past). Friendly, supportive and non-judgmental care.
(972) 362-5091 View (972) 362-5091
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Theophilus Uka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mesquite, TX 75150  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), my ideal client would be someone who is dedicated to their mental well-being, personal growth, and healing journey, willing to participate in self-reflection, and actively play a part in the therapeutic process. Some issues that my idyllic client might face are struggles with anxiety or depression, which can significantly impact their quality of life. Their primary goal would be to improve their overall mental health and well-being and in need of guidance and expertise to attain this goal. The client would need to develop coping strategies and find a sense of balance.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), my ideal client would be someone who is dedicated to their mental well-being, personal growth, and healing journey, willing to participate in self-reflection, and actively play a part in the therapeutic process. Some issues that my idyllic client might face are struggles with anxiety or depression, which can significantly impact their quality of life. Their primary goal would be to improve their overall mental health and well-being and in need of guidance and expertise to attain this goal. The client would need to develop coping strategies and find a sense of balance.
(469) 966-1272 View (469) 966-1272
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H and M Healthcare of Texas Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rowlett, TX 75089  (Online Only)
Dedicated and patient-focused professional with extensive experience in providing psychiatric consultation, diagnostic, and treatment services to the identified patient population, including medication management and crisis intervention services. Maintains composure and makes decisions in fast-paced, unpredictable, and stressful environments. Demonstrated abilities in discussing with patients about their problems, building relationships with patients, implementing therapies, administering medication, monitoring patient progress, handling distressed patients in a non-threatening manner, implementing care plans, updating records
Dedicated and patient-focused professional with extensive experience in providing psychiatric consultation, diagnostic, and treatment services to the identified patient population, including medication management and crisis intervention services. Maintains composure and makes decisions in fast-paced, unpredictable, and stressful environments. Demonstrated abilities in discussing with patients about their problems, building relationships with patients, implementing therapies, administering medication, monitoring patient progress, handling distressed patients in a non-threatening manner, implementing care plans, updating records
(972) 779-9695 x75089 View (972) 779-9695 x75089
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Wholerapha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75254  (Online Only)
As a person, I am always available to listen to my surrounding concerns and struggles; moreover, I go above and beyond to help find a solution to their concerns. As a Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practioner, I listen to my patients; in creating a therapeutic rapport, I ask about their short-term and long-term goals and what they expect to achieve when they come to my search. Furthermore, I always use a holistic approach that includes pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches.
As a person, I am always available to listen to my surrounding concerns and struggles; moreover, I go above and beyond to help find a solution to their concerns. As a Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practioner, I listen to my patients; in creating a therapeutic rapport, I ask about their short-term and long-term goals and what they expect to achieve when they come to my search. Furthermore, I always use a holistic approach that includes pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches.
(520) 636-6672 View (520) 636-6672
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Mabel Nwachukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PNP
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75204  (Online Only)
Mab Nwachukwu is a Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with many years of experience. She works with clients 18 years and older, helping them to achieve their recovery goals while treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, fatigue, women's issues, and much more.
Mab Nwachukwu is a Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with many years of experience. She works with clients 18 years and older, helping them to achieve their recovery goals while treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, fatigue, women's issues, and much more.
(469) 871-8609 View (469) 871-8609
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Aminur Rahman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75034
Mental health is essential for leading a happy life. As a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, I work with patients and their families to help alleviate suffering and improve quality of life so they are able to function at their full potential. My background includes understanding family functioning, development, social, academic, occupational functioning and psychiatric challenges. I aim to understand my patients so that I can help improve their mental conditions. My approach is to discuss with my patient and their family treatment options based on the biopsychosocial model.
Mental health is essential for leading a happy life. As a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, I work with patients and their families to help alleviate suffering and improve quality of life so they are able to function at their full potential. My background includes understanding family functioning, development, social, academic, occupational functioning and psychiatric challenges. I aim to understand my patients so that I can help improve their mental conditions. My approach is to discuss with my patient and their family treatment options based on the biopsychosocial model.
(972) 402-6457 View (972) 402-6457
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Excellent Touch Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington, TX 76010  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients within a week appointments available; weekdays and on weekends. Are you struggling with loneliness, not your usual self, or feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or feeling stuck? You are not alone, we are here to help at Excellent Touch psychiatry, to listen, and help you become the best version of yourself, by providing client-centered, empathetic, trauma-informed, and competent quality care delivered through telehealth. We specialized in treating anyone with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar and any other mental issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, and social life.
Now accepting new patients within a week appointments available; weekdays and on weekends. Are you struggling with loneliness, not your usual self, or feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or feeling stuck? You are not alone, we are here to help at Excellent Touch psychiatry, to listen, and help you become the best version of yourself, by providing client-centered, empathetic, trauma-informed, and competent quality care delivered through telehealth. We specialized in treating anyone with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar and any other mental issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, and social life.
(817) 904-9434 View (817) 904-9434
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Lawretta Njideka Ezukanma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75243  (Online Only)
I put patient care above all else, aiming to make psychiatric services accessible to all patients with mental health disorders. I am eager to work with and support you to become the best person you look forward to being by applying holistic and evidence-based practice. Clients should expect a relaxing environment that is empathetic, compassionate, safe, and non-judgmental, encouraging patients to freely express their mental health concerns and feel heard. I take individual approach to treat patient with compassion, dignity and respect
I put patient care above all else, aiming to make psychiatric services accessible to all patients with mental health disorders. I am eager to work with and support you to become the best person you look forward to being by applying holistic and evidence-based practice. Clients should expect a relaxing environment that is empathetic, compassionate, safe, and non-judgmental, encouraging patients to freely express their mental health concerns and feel heard. I take individual approach to treat patient with compassion, dignity and respect
(817) 761-4365 View (817) 761-4365
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Damian Hooker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Little Elm, TX 75068  (Online Only)
Damian Hooker is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He is currently licensed in Washington State, New Mexico, and Texas. He has a passion for mental health and helping patients become their best self. He uses evidence based practice to treat patients to the best of his ability. Damian uses compassion, empathy, and respect to ease patients through difficult times. Damian works with patients that have mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and etc. He also has experience with sleep medicine. He believes in the importance of involving patients in their care.
Damian Hooker is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He is currently licensed in Washington State, New Mexico, and Texas. He has a passion for mental health and helping patients become their best self. He uses evidence based practice to treat patients to the best of his ability. Damian uses compassion, empathy, and respect to ease patients through difficult times. Damian works with patients that have mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and etc. He also has experience with sleep medicine. He believes in the importance of involving patients in their care.
(940) 799-4068 View (940) 799-4068
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Eva Nyambura Kirara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aubrey, TX 76227  (Online Only)
Hello my name is Eva, a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) of more than 10 years of experience in medicine and nursing which offers a wealth of experiences. Professionally, I have history of diverse roles in various care settings and have faced numerous situations where understanding and recognizing a patient’s mental health was essential. Because of this, I developed an indomitable passion for mental health, ultimately leading her to obtain my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2018.
Hello my name is Eva, a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) of more than 10 years of experience in medicine and nursing which offers a wealth of experiences. Professionally, I have history of diverse roles in various care settings and have faced numerous situations where understanding and recognizing a patient’s mental health was essential. Because of this, I developed an indomitable passion for mental health, ultimately leading her to obtain my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2018.
(214) 225-4527 View (214) 225-4527
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Plano Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
I am a Double Board Certified psychiatrist in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. I try achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. I have been helping my patients in remission of opioid, nicotine, alcohol dependance. I have extensive experience in Medication Assisted Treatment.
I am a Double Board Certified psychiatrist in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. I try achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. I have been helping my patients in remission of opioid, nicotine, alcohol dependance. I have extensive experience in Medication Assisted Treatment.
(469) 590-4272 View (469) 590-4272
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Dr. Taiye Popoola - Zoe Psychiatry And Sleep Medicine
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Allen, TX 75013
I am a Board Certified General Psychiatrist, Perinatal Psychiatrist, and Sleep Medicine Specialist. I am accepting NEW Patients and have availability within 48hrs. I provide compassionate and patient centered care using medication management and brief psychotherapeutic interventions to help my patients overcome their mental health struggles.
I am a Board Certified General Psychiatrist, Perinatal Psychiatrist, and Sleep Medicine Specialist. I am accepting NEW Patients and have availability within 48hrs. I provide compassionate and patient centered care using medication management and brief psychotherapeutic interventions to help my patients overcome their mental health struggles.
(972) 433-7337 View (972) 433-7337
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Zian Takwi Omene
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Your condition does not define you. If you're looking for a trusted Christian provider who listens and offers treatments that address the root problem, consider medication as an option, not the only option. For Christians, we co-create a Kingdom Bible-based plan to help you live your best life.
Your condition does not define you. If you're looking for a trusted Christian provider who listens and offers treatments that address the root problem, consider medication as an option, not the only option. For Christians, we co-create a Kingdom Bible-based plan to help you live your best life.
(817) 587-8099 View (817) 587-8099
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Tyler / Headlight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75703
Headlight is proud to offer Tyler, TX a full circle of mental health care services, including therapy, coaching, support groups, medication management, and an online library of self-care resources. We make world-class mental health care accessible for everyone!
Headlight is proud to offer Tyler, TX a full circle of mental health care services, including therapy, coaching, support groups, medication management, and an online library of self-care resources. We make world-class mental health care accessible for everyone!
(430) 249-2827 View (430) 249-2827
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Mindset Psychiatric PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Desoto, TX 75115
Beatrice May is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive training in mental health and chemical dependency with over ten years of clinical experience. She is licensed in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, & Arizona. She is available in person in Colorado or virtually -Telehealth- in CO, TX, NM & AZ . Education: Bachelors of Science in Nursing - UT Arlington; Masters of Nursing Degree - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Walden University. Ms. May applies evidence-based practices that are based on current research to promote optimum outcomes and quality of life for her patients.
Beatrice May is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive training in mental health and chemical dependency with over ten years of clinical experience. She is licensed in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, & Arizona. She is available in person in Colorado or virtually -Telehealth- in CO, TX, NM & AZ . Education: Bachelors of Science in Nursing - UT Arlington; Masters of Nursing Degree - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Walden University. Ms. May applies evidence-based practices that are based on current research to promote optimum outcomes and quality of life for her patients.
(719) 416-5894 View (719) 416-5894

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Number of Psychiatrists in Athens, TX

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Psychiatrists in Athens, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Domestic Abuse

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Wellpoint | Amerigroup
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Athens, TX 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 Athens?

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.