Psychiatrists in Cedar Park, TX

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Kyle Vincent
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
I am currently accepting new patients. I work with clients who are looking to find and grow their strengths and ability to handle the challenges in their lives. I am dedicated to improving the quality of lives by providing approachable, evidence-based, and compassionate psychiatric health care services. Our first priority is strengthening emotional and mental well-being for individuals of all ages and walks of life. We aim to support our patients and their families by providing cutting-edge medication and therapy treatments.
I am currently accepting new patients. I work with clients who are looking to find and grow their strengths and ability to handle the challenges in their lives. I am dedicated to improving the quality of lives by providing approachable, evidence-based, and compassionate psychiatric health care services. Our first priority is strengthening emotional and mental well-being for individuals of all ages and walks of life. We aim to support our patients and their families by providing cutting-edge medication and therapy treatments.
(844) 958-2661 View (844) 958-2661
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Bryan Walker - Anew Era Tms Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Bryan Walker is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and is board-certified in psychiatry and mental health (PMHNP-BC). As an advanced practice nurse, Bryan is committed to providing holistic, patient-centered, and evidenced-based care. He believes strongly in an integrated model of care and works in partnership with clients, other healthcare providers, and psychotherapists to achieve the best outcomes. Bryan keeps up with the latest research by attending conferences and improving psychotherapy skills with continued training. He completed his MSN at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.
Bryan Walker is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and is board-certified in psychiatry and mental health (PMHNP-BC). As an advanced practice nurse, Bryan is committed to providing holistic, patient-centered, and evidenced-based care. He believes strongly in an integrated model of care and works in partnership with clients, other healthcare providers, and psychotherapists to achieve the best outcomes. Bryan keeps up with the latest research by attending conferences and improving psychotherapy skills with continued training. He completed his MSN at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.
(512) 957-9668 View (512) 957-9668
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Chase Bishop - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Chase Bishop, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing with honors at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He graduated top of his class with his Master of Science in Nursing – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Texas State University.
Chase Bishop, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing with honors at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He graduated top of his class with his Master of Science in Nursing – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Texas State University.
(512) 273-7957 View (512) 273-7957
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Amanda Anazia | Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the inaugural class of 2012. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the inaugural class of 2012. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
(512) 855-7054 View (512) 855-7054
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Daniel C. Mathews
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78630
Accepting New Patients. Trying to feel better? Austin Mind & Wellness is dedicated to treating common mental health conditions in a supportive environment, while providing outstanding patient care. We strive to formulate a tailored approach that addresses your unique needs. Dr. Mathews and his staff are truly collaborative with a great bedside manner. We are professional, personable, and trustworthy. The practice takes pride in taking the time to really listen and understand your background (90 min initial evaluations). Televideo and in person appointments now being offered.
Accepting New Patients. Trying to feel better? Austin Mind & Wellness is dedicated to treating common mental health conditions in a supportive environment, while providing outstanding patient care. We strive to formulate a tailored approach that addresses your unique needs. Dr. Mathews and his staff are truly collaborative with a great bedside manner. We are professional, personable, and trustworthy. The practice takes pride in taking the time to really listen and understand your background (90 min initial evaluations). Televideo and in person appointments now being offered.
(512) 842-4620 View (512) 842-4620
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Maitreyee Lund
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
I provide individualized psychiatric treatment with careful use of medications along with psychotherapy to adults and older adolescents. After completing psychiatric residency at University of Michigan in 1994, I became a diplomat of American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in 1996. I have worked in various clinical and academic settings as a consultant and a teacher.
I provide individualized psychiatric treatment with careful use of medications along with psychotherapy to adults and older adolescents. After completing psychiatric residency at University of Michigan in 1994, I became a diplomat of American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in 1996. I have worked in various clinical and academic settings as a consultant and a teacher.
(512) 361-5848 View (512) 361-5848
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S. Brooke Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, WHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613  (Online Only)
Anxiety Sun, Depression Moon and Bipolar Rising. I am excited to meet you and start this new adventure. I have over 20 years of experience working as a women's health nurse practitioner and am now transitioning to mental health and wellness. I would say I specialize in women's health, moods and overall happiness, but I also have experience in working with men and the adolescent population, focusing on their specific mental health needs. Please email me and I can give you details on how to schedule an appointment. I am open to seeing new patients and plan to take many common insurance plans.
Anxiety Sun, Depression Moon and Bipolar Rising. I am excited to meet you and start this new adventure. I have over 20 years of experience working as a women's health nurse practitioner and am now transitioning to mental health and wellness. I would say I specialize in women's health, moods and overall happiness, but I also have experience in working with men and the adolescent population, focusing on their specific mental health needs. Please email me and I can give you details on how to schedule an appointment. I am open to seeing new patients and plan to take many common insurance plans.
(512) 559-8428 View (512) 559-8428
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Anitha Dayalan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Difficulties with mental health are incredibly common but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer alone. I encourage anyone struggling with their mental health to seek help from a professional. I enjoy learning about people and will work with you to understand your individual needs and challenges. If I think medications may be beneficial in your journey to recovery, I will utilize the least amount of medication possible to ensure your safety and comfort.
Difficulties with mental health are incredibly common but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer alone. I encourage anyone struggling with their mental health to seek help from a professional. I enjoy learning about people and will work with you to understand your individual needs and challenges. If I think medications may be beneficial in your journey to recovery, I will utilize the least amount of medication possible to ensure your safety and comfort.
(737) 302-6783 View (737) 302-6783
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Dr Lynda Michele - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Dr. Lynda Parker is a psychiatrist currently practicing at Anew Era TMS and Psychiatry of Austin in Austin, TX. She also offers virtual consultations.
Dr. Lynda Parker is a psychiatrist currently practicing at Anew Era TMS and Psychiatry of Austin in Austin, TX. She also offers virtual consultations.
(512) 409-9932 View (512) 409-9932
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Dr. Todd A Cornett
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Seeking help from a qualified psychiatrist can provide the support and treatment needed to overcome mental health challenges. As a skilled and experienced psychiatrist, I offer personalized, evidence-based care to those struggling with a range of mental health concerns. We will work closely to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals. With a seasoned and compassionate approach, I am committed to helping you achieve improved mental wellness and overall well-being.
Seeking help from a qualified psychiatrist can provide the support and treatment needed to overcome mental health challenges. As a skilled and experienced psychiatrist, I offer personalized, evidence-based care to those struggling with a range of mental health concerns. We will work closely to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals. With a seasoned and compassionate approach, I am committed to helping you achieve improved mental wellness and overall well-being.
(737) 250-6832 View (737) 250-6832
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Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry - Cedar Park
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
If you are suffering from medication resistant depression, anxiety, OCD, or PTSD, a combination of talk therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the answer for you. For many people, antidepressants do not fully relieve the symptoms or cause too many side effects, and it can become very difficult going through multiple medications that do not seem to work. After failed medication attempts, you are eligible to be treated with TMS and therapy together. Call our Specialists to learn more about your options.
If you are suffering from medication resistant depression, anxiety, OCD, or PTSD, a combination of talk therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the answer for you. For many people, antidepressants do not fully relieve the symptoms or cause too many side effects, and it can become very difficult going through multiple medications that do not seem to work. After failed medication attempts, you are eligible to be treated with TMS and therapy together. Call our Specialists to learn more about your options.
(737) 747-7224 View (737) 747-7224
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Integrative Psychiatry-Austin
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Many of us realize that our mind is something that we want to treat with the most care, compassion and love. We have found that entrusting its health to the limitations of a narrow focus of healthcare can be less than optimal. We recognize the need of every human being to be seen and heard. People usually consult us because of our unique assessment and treatment philosophy. We provide care for the individual as well as the family. We provide care for children, adolescents and also adults. People appreciate our collaborative model of care. They also appreciate our striving for spiritual growth in ourselves and other people.
Many of us realize that our mind is something that we want to treat with the most care, compassion and love. We have found that entrusting its health to the limitations of a narrow focus of healthcare can be less than optimal. We recognize the need of every human being to be seen and heard. People usually consult us because of our unique assessment and treatment philosophy. We provide care for the individual as well as the family. We provide care for children, adolescents and also adults. People appreciate our collaborative model of care. They also appreciate our striving for spiritual growth in ourselves and other people.
(737) 204-7411 View (737) 204-7411
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Phyllis R Peterson Physician Associate
Physician Assistant, MSPA, PA-C, CAQpsy
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Physician Assistants are medical professionals educated and trained in general medicine, much like physicians, but in a shorter period of time and then certified and licensed to work in collaboration with physicians. I planned on practicing general medicine but discovered a passion for psychiatry and saw a need for prescribing providers in that field. Health and wellness includes all aspects of our lives and should be integrated. So understanding medical issues and the science of how physical and mental health interact and affect the patient’s life and function leads to my holistic or integrated approach to care.
Physician Assistants are medical professionals educated and trained in general medicine, much like physicians, but in a shorter period of time and then certified and licensed to work in collaboration with physicians. I planned on practicing general medicine but discovered a passion for psychiatry and saw a need for prescribing providers in that field. Health and wellness includes all aspects of our lives and should be integrated. So understanding medical issues and the science of how physical and mental health interact and affect the patient’s life and function leads to my holistic or integrated approach to care.
(737) 758-2833 View (737) 758-2833
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Ugo Rufus - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Ugochi Rufus is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP- BC), certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Ms. Rufus received her Masters degree in Nursing, from the University of South Alabama.
Ugochi Rufus is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP- BC), certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Ms. Rufus received her Masters degree in Nursing, from the University of South Alabama.
(512) 764-3345 View (512) 764-3345
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Dr Terry Eagan - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Dr. Terry Eagan brings to Anew Era TMS an extensive body of professional experience in the field of psychiatry, encompassing both his clinical private practice and multiple Medical Director positions where he provides medical and psychiatric oversight of mental health treatment centers. Dr. Eagan’s diverse background includes the founding of various institutes that focus on providing specialized and innovative treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Terry Eagan brings to Anew Era TMS an extensive body of professional experience in the field of psychiatry, encompassing both his clinical private practice and multiple Medical Director positions where he provides medical and psychiatric oversight of mental health treatment centers. Dr. Eagan’s diverse background includes the founding of various institutes that focus on providing specialized and innovative treatment for a variety of psychiatric disorders.
(512) 601-4675 View (512) 601-4675
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Annmarie Staats
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cedar Park, TX 78613
AnnMarie Staats is a is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a post- Masters Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Cincinnati. Ms. Staats has experience treating adults and adolescents 16 years and older with an array of mental health issues. She has practice experience medication management and therapy in the outpatient. She has experience treating patients experiencing depression, anxiety mood disorders including bipolar disorders. Her clinical training includes work with patients experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating and addiction disorders.
AnnMarie Staats is a is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a post- Masters Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Cincinnati. Ms. Staats has experience treating adults and adolescents 16 years and older with an array of mental health issues. She has practice experience medication management and therapy in the outpatient. She has experience treating patients experiencing depression, anxiety mood disorders including bipolar disorders. Her clinical training includes work with patients experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating and addiction disorders.
(512) 456-9383 View (512) 456-9383
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Fauzia Akhtar - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Fauzia Akhtar is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Fauzia has over 10 years of extensive patient care experience at multiple medical institutions. She is passionate about providing top-quality, benevolent, and comprehensive mental health care to adults ages 18-64. Fauzia possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by the ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience during patient interactions.
Fauzia Akhtar is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Fauzia has over 10 years of extensive patient care experience at multiple medical institutions. She is passionate about providing top-quality, benevolent, and comprehensive mental health care to adults ages 18-64. Fauzia possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by the ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience during patient interactions.
(512) 729-8110 View (512) 729-8110
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LaSonda Michelle Courts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Michelle is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Masters Degree of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Ms. Courts has experience treating adults and adolescents ages fourteen and older with mental issues. She has obtained experience in treating patients experiencing depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Her clinical training includes working with patients experiencing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and eating disorders.
Michelle is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Masters Degree of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Ms. Courts has experience treating adults and adolescents ages fourteen and older with mental issues. She has obtained experience in treating patients experiencing depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Her clinical training includes working with patients experiencing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and eating disorders.
(844) 960-3089 View (844) 960-3089
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out of pocket rates. Accepting some insurances
Accepting new patients via telehealth for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out of pocket rates. Accepting some insurances
(737) 530-5855 View (737) 530-5855
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Amanda Anazia - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She is a part of the inaugural class of 2012 where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Texas State University. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
Amanda Anazia MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as a certified family nurse practitioner. She is a part of the inaugural class of 2012 where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Texas State University. Amanda obtained her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she specialized in Family in 2020. She also obtained a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she specialized as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.
(737) 637-3191 View (737) 637-3191

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Number of Psychiatrists in Cedar Park, TX

40+

Average cost per session

$187

Psychiatrists in Cedar Park, TX who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
93% Anxiety
88% Medication Management
78% Trauma and PTSD
78% Bipolar Disorder
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% BlueCross and BlueShield
79% Aetna
76% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Cedar Park, TX see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
34% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cedar Park?

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.