Psychiatrists in Bay City, TX

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Dawn Michelle Soland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, RN-MSN, BSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bay City, TX 77414  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my mission is to provide compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals seeking support for their mental health and well-being. I understand that seeking help for psychological concerns can be daunting, and I am committed to creating a safe and supportive environment where patients feel heard, understood, and respected. My approach to psychiatric care is rooted in evidence-based practices, tailored to meet the unique needs and preferences of each individual I work with. I believe in the importance of a collaborative partnership between myself and my patients.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my mission is to provide compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals seeking support for their mental health and well-being. I understand that seeking help for psychological concerns can be daunting, and I am committed to creating a safe and supportive environment where patients feel heard, understood, and respected. My approach to psychiatric care is rooted in evidence-based practices, tailored to meet the unique needs and preferences of each individual I work with. I believe in the importance of a collaborative partnership between myself and my patients.
(979) 491-9731 View (979) 491-9731

Online Psychiatrists

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Amy Azih
Physician Assistant
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77450
Hooray! We're thrilled to announce that we have same-week appointment slots open for new patients seeking virtual medication management and therapy services across the great state of Texas. You could be on your way to improved mental health as soon as this week with our adept Psychiatric Physician Assistant. Our method is all-encompassing, considering the mind, body, and spirit in our care. We blend medication, supplements, and therapy to deliver a comprehensive care plan. Our solutions are versatile, anchored in scientific evidence, and aimed at helping you conquer your goals.
Hooray! We're thrilled to announce that we have same-week appointment slots open for new patients seeking virtual medication management and therapy services across the great state of Texas. You could be on your way to improved mental health as soon as this week with our adept Psychiatric Physician Assistant. Our method is all-encompassing, considering the mind, body, and spirit in our care. We blend medication, supplements, and therapy to deliver a comprehensive care plan. Our solutions are versatile, anchored in scientific evidence, and aimed at helping you conquer your goals.
(915) 615-2629 View (915) 615-2629
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William H. Reading, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stafford, TX 77477
I have been Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for the past 25 years. I am a graduate of San Jacinto College, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, and Texas Tech Medical School Residency program in Neuropsychiatry. I diagnose and treat adults, adolescents, and children for most psychiatric disorders especially major depressive disorder and attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
I have been Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for the past 25 years. I am a graduate of San Jacinto College, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, and Texas Tech Medical School Residency program in Neuropsychiatry. I diagnose and treat adults, adolescents, and children for most psychiatric disorders especially major depressive disorder and attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
(281) 853-8453 View (281) 853-8453
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Onome Edokun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, ACNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Richmond, TX 77406  (Online Only)
At Lights Health, we specialized in Adolescent and Adult mental health. We provide Safe Compassionate care using Evidence Based practice to enhance the well-being of individuals struggling with ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, Insomnia, postpartum depression, eating disorder. We are dedicated to creating a therapeutic alliance with our patients built on trust, empathy and understanding, creating a safe space where individuals can express themselves without judgment. We will work with you to individualize the treatment plan to meet your specific needs.
At Lights Health, we specialized in Adolescent and Adult mental health. We provide Safe Compassionate care using Evidence Based practice to enhance the well-being of individuals struggling with ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, Insomnia, postpartum depression, eating disorder. We are dedicated to creating a therapeutic alliance with our patients built on trust, empathy and understanding, creating a safe space where individuals can express themselves without judgment. We will work with you to individualize the treatment plan to meet your specific needs.
(832) 346-7662 View (832) 346-7662
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VIP Integrative Health Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77072  (Online Only)
Tele Health Virtual Visits Available! New patients are welcome! Same day/Next day appointments available! Call us for Psychiatric Evaluations, Medication Management, Prescriptions, and Addiction. We specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental health challenges.
Tele Health Virtual Visits Available! New patients are welcome! Same day/Next day appointments available! Call us for Psychiatric Evaluations, Medication Management, Prescriptions, and Addiction. We specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental health challenges.
(214) 730-6126 View (214) 730-6126
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Felix Aron Geller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tomball, TX 77377  (Online Only)
I am a firm believer in individualized medicine. Therefore, I usually take time to get to know the person and their life first and then evaluate the medical information in the context of that individual's experiences. I believe that this approach makes for an effective diagnosis and treatment process.
I am a firm believer in individualized medicine. Therefore, I usually take time to get to know the person and their life first and then evaluate the medical information in the context of that individual's experiences. I believe that this approach makes for an effective diagnosis and treatment process.
(910) 463-2744 View (910) 463-2744
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Nelly Okere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Stafford, TX 77477
Accepting NEW clients( children, teens, and adults). Are you feeling overwhelmed, struggling with focus and concentration, anxiety, sleeping, low motivation, over eating, and depression? Untreated mental health illnesses can lead to poor quality of life and make it difficult for you to reach your goals and achieve your fullest potential in life. I'm passionate about helping clients to get prompt mental health diagnosis and treatments so that they can live their lives to the fullest. I specialize in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, symptoms of autism disorder and bipolar disorder. Call now for a consultation.
Accepting NEW clients( children, teens, and adults). Are you feeling overwhelmed, struggling with focus and concentration, anxiety, sleeping, low motivation, over eating, and depression? Untreated mental health illnesses can lead to poor quality of life and make it difficult for you to reach your goals and achieve your fullest potential in life. I'm passionate about helping clients to get prompt mental health diagnosis and treatments so that they can live their lives to the fullest. I specialize in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, symptoms of autism disorder and bipolar disorder. Call now for a consultation.
(713) 955-6469 View (713) 955-6469
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Olatimbo Aladeloye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stafford, TX 77477
My name is Olatimbo “Rebecca” Aladeloye. I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing in healthcare for over 10 years. My clinical expertise includes providing comprehensive assessments, diagnosing mental health conditions, developing individualized treatment plans, and supportive psychotherapy. Mental Health is wealth. There is no reason to suffer in silence. You deserve to be mentally healthy, and I am here to help you through the tough times.
My name is Olatimbo “Rebecca” Aladeloye. I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing in healthcare for over 10 years. My clinical expertise includes providing comprehensive assessments, diagnosing mental health conditions, developing individualized treatment plans, and supportive psychotherapy. Mental Health is wealth. There is no reason to suffer in silence. You deserve to be mentally healthy, and I am here to help you through the tough times.
(346) 708-6703 View (346) 708-6703
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Bridgett Gant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77002  (Online Only)
Hello! If you're visiting my profile, I'm here to assist you on your path to better mental health. My name is Bridgett Gant, and I've just opened more spots at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I accept a range of major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but currently, I have openings from Monday to Friday (morning and afternoon).
Hello! If you're visiting my profile, I'm here to assist you on your path to better mental health. My name is Bridgett Gant, and I've just opened more spots at Legion Psychiatry for new clients. I accept a range of major insurance providers (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc). My schedule tends to fill up fast, but currently, I have openings from Monday to Friday (morning and afternoon).
(713) 322-5394 View (713) 322-5394
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Alisha Fluker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77004  (Online Only)
Are your relationships suffering because of your current mental state? Are you looking for a provider who will listen and partner with you on your journey to mental wellness? Look no further! I provide medication management services via telehealth which means you can be seen from the comfort of your home or office. I utilize a person centered and evidence based approach to mental wellness.
Are your relationships suffering because of your current mental state? Are you looking for a provider who will listen and partner with you on your journey to mental wellness? Look no further! I provide medication management services via telehealth which means you can be seen from the comfort of your home or office. I utilize a person centered and evidence based approach to mental wellness.
(817) 646-3696 View (817) 646-3696
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Esther Christina Kelley-Cook
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77092
Waitlist for new clients
My patients often have another health diagnosis (traumatic brain injury, thyroid/autoimmune problems, etc.) that might make their psychiatric problems (PTSD, depression, anxiety, panic, irritability) difficult to treat, and often they have tried other treatments in the past that didn't work. So now, they don’t want to waste time, and they want value. They want a renewed sense of purpose and meaning, better sleep, improved relationships, to be able to relax and enjoy life, and a treatment plan that works best for them. For more information on my practice, please visit www.fusionpsychiatry.com.
My patients often have another health diagnosis (traumatic brain injury, thyroid/autoimmune problems, etc.) that might make their psychiatric problems (PTSD, depression, anxiety, panic, irritability) difficult to treat, and often they have tried other treatments in the past that didn't work. So now, they don’t want to waste time, and they want value. They want a renewed sense of purpose and meaning, better sleep, improved relationships, to be able to relax and enjoy life, and a treatment plan that works best for them. For more information on my practice, please visit www.fusionpsychiatry.com.
(832) 810-2026 View (832) 810-2026
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Salih Selek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77098
Hello, I’m Dr. Selek, and I’m here to guide you through the intricate world of mental health. With over a decade in academic psychiatry, my mission is to offer personalized, evidence-based treatments empowering you to regain control of your mental well-being. As a dedicated physician and accomplished scholar, I've authored 100+ articles, book chapters, and scientific presentations. I wholeheartedly believe in a practice where third parties don’t dictate the course of treatment or compromise the quality of care our patients receive.
Hello, I’m Dr. Selek, and I’m here to guide you through the intricate world of mental health. With over a decade in academic psychiatry, my mission is to offer personalized, evidence-based treatments empowering you to regain control of your mental well-being. As a dedicated physician and accomplished scholar, I've authored 100+ articles, book chapters, and scientific presentations. I wholeheartedly believe in a practice where third parties don’t dictate the course of treatment or compromise the quality of care our patients receive.
(832) 702-8473 View (832) 702-8473
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Crossroads Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Victoria, TX 77904  (Online Only)
My role in your treatment is to: (1) Diagnose a mental health condition (if one exists). (2) Determine if medications could be safe and helpful for your condition. (3) Maximize the benefit of medications, without doing harm. All to help you lead a more fulfilling life. A Psychiatrist is needed when talk therapy is not enough to achieve the goal of stabilizing your condition and getting you to feel better. As a medical doctor, my job in your care is to manage psychotropic medications.
My role in your treatment is to: (1) Diagnose a mental health condition (if one exists). (2) Determine if medications could be safe and helpful for your condition. (3) Maximize the benefit of medications, without doing harm. All to help you lead a more fulfilling life. A Psychiatrist is needed when talk therapy is not enough to achieve the goal of stabilizing your condition and getting you to feel better. As a medical doctor, my job in your care is to manage psychotropic medications.
(361) 441-0763 View (361) 441-0763
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Karen Ding
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77005  (Online Only)
At Flourishing Mind Psychiatry, I believe in a holistic approach to psychiatric care. I combine evidence-based treatment methods with a compassionate and personalized touch. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where individuals can flourish and achieve their optimal mental well-being. Experience the convenience and flexibility of telepsychiatry with Flourishing Mind Psychiatry via a secure and confidential platform for virtual psychiatric consultations and follow up sessions. Whether you are in Houston or anywhere else in Texas, I am here to support your mental health journey through innovative technology.
At Flourishing Mind Psychiatry, I believe in a holistic approach to psychiatric care. I combine evidence-based treatment methods with a compassionate and personalized touch. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where individuals can flourish and achieve their optimal mental well-being. Experience the convenience and flexibility of telepsychiatry with Flourishing Mind Psychiatry via a secure and confidential platform for virtual psychiatric consultations and follow up sessions. Whether you are in Houston or anywhere else in Texas, I am here to support your mental health journey through innovative technology.
(346) 818-2741 View (346) 818-2741
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Felix Aron Geller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tomball, TX 77377
I am a firm believer in individualized medicine. Therefore, I usually take time to get to know the person and their life first and then evaluate the medical information in the context of that individual's experiences. I believe that this approach makes for an effective diagnosis and treatment process.
I am a firm believer in individualized medicine. Therefore, I usually take time to get to know the person and their life first and then evaluate the medical information in the context of that individual's experiences. I believe that this approach makes for an effective diagnosis and treatment process.
(281) 502-2104 View (281) 502-2104
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Ijeoma Gladys Obijuru
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77084
Ijeoma Obijuru has over seven years of clinical experience providing quality, and compassionate care as a mental health provider. She believes in providing exceptional, individualized, and holistic care to her clients - aiming to effectively diagnose and treat them with the least amount of medication possible.
Ijeoma Obijuru has over seven years of clinical experience providing quality, and compassionate care as a mental health provider. She believes in providing exceptional, individualized, and holistic care to her clients - aiming to effectively diagnose and treat them with the least amount of medication possible.
(832) 934-9315 View (832) 934-9315
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Sireesha Chimata
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77494
Dr. Sireesha Chimata understands that mental health is complex and can be daunting for patients and their families. Dr. Chimata wants her patients to gain stability and be at peace. She uses an evidence-based approach to therapy.
Dr. Sireesha Chimata understands that mental health is complex and can be daunting for patients and their families. Dr. Chimata wants her patients to gain stability and be at peace. She uses an evidence-based approach to therapy.
(855) 976-2039 View (855) 976-2039
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Alina Naik - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Alina Naik, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, has worked in a variety of health settings, including acute care, psychiatry and neurology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, with a certificate in Public Health. She then received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, specializing as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Alina is passionate about equity and treats every client with empathy and understanding. Her approach to treatment utilizes culturally-competent, patient-centered care to promote optimal healing.
Alina Naik, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, has worked in a variety of health settings, including acute care, psychiatry and neurology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, with a certificate in Public Health. She then received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, specializing as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Alina is passionate about equity and treats every client with empathy and understanding. Her approach to treatment utilizes culturally-competent, patient-centered care to promote optimal healing.
(832) 536-6494 View (832) 536-6494
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Esteem Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77002
Are you having difficulty coping with the stressors of everyday life? Do you feel depressed and anxious; or are you having symptoms of mood swings, poor energy, low motivation and difficulty sleeping. These are just some of the symptoms that can be treated at Esteem psychiatry. Accurate diagnosis is key to getting you back to enjoying life again. I offer medication management and psychotherapy to help you identify your unique goals and provide encouragement and guidance throughout your journey.
Are you having difficulty coping with the stressors of everyday life? Do you feel depressed and anxious; or are you having symptoms of mood swings, poor energy, low motivation and difficulty sleeping. These are just some of the symptoms that can be treated at Esteem psychiatry. Accurate diagnosis is key to getting you back to enjoying life again. I offer medication management and psychotherapy to help you identify your unique goals and provide encouragement and guidance throughout your journey.
(281) 609-9767 View (281) 609-9767
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Sherry Grogan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Missouri City, TX 77459
I have expertise in diagnosing and treating people who are struggling with mood disorders, life transitions, relationship challenges, work and academic issues, in the context of underlying mental health issues. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Master Psychopharmacologist with more than 12 years experience in the field. My practice combines the best of psychiatric medical and nursing care. Most of my patients have anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma-related disorders, or ADHD. My patients collaborate to find the best treatment plan to move forward with life in a healthy, more satisfied way.
I have expertise in diagnosing and treating people who are struggling with mood disorders, life transitions, relationship challenges, work and academic issues, in the context of underlying mental health issues. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Master Psychopharmacologist with more than 12 years experience in the field. My practice combines the best of psychiatric medical and nursing care. Most of my patients have anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma-related disorders, or ADHD. My patients collaborate to find the best treatment plan to move forward with life in a healthy, more satisfied way.
(832) 536-8703 View (832) 536-8703

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Number of Psychiatrists in Bay City, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Bay City, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Life Coaching
100% Grief
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Anger Management

Average years in practice

1 Year

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Bay City, TX see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bay City?

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.