Psychiatrists in Cibolo, TX

Photo of Sara L Koenig Langston - Affective Mental Wellness, LLC, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Affective Mental Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Cibolo, TX 78108
At Affective Mental Wellness, three fully licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners are able to meet your mental health needs in the state of Texas. We are experienced in working with a diverse population of patients. We are able to provide high-quality, comprehensive, compassionate, and patient-focused care for patients between ages 2 to 999 years old. Focusing on the whole person, we, with the patient develop individualized treatment plans.
At Affective Mental Wellness, three fully licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners are able to meet your mental health needs in the state of Texas. We are experienced in working with a diverse population of patients. We are able to provide high-quality, comprehensive, compassionate, and patient-focused care for patients between ages 2 to 999 years old. Focusing on the whole person, we, with the patient develop individualized treatment plans.
(830) 483-8064 View (830) 483-8064
Photo of Felicia Thomas, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Felicia Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Cibolo, TX 78108  (Online Only)
We are now offering Behavioral Health appointments, Therapy, ADHD Assessment and Treatment, as well as Primary Care and much more. We have dual board certified licensed providers ready to assist you with your behavioral health needs. If you're wanting to switch providers or establish online care send us a message for more information. We treat a variety of healthcare needs including medication management, diabetes management, weight management, depression and anxiety. Book today for an assessment. We offer low cash pay prices as well as accept insurance. Download our app today or contact us to confirm we accept your insurance.
We are now offering Behavioral Health appointments, Therapy, ADHD Assessment and Treatment, as well as Primary Care and much more. We have dual board certified licensed providers ready to assist you with your behavioral health needs. If you're wanting to switch providers or establish online care send us a message for more information. We treat a variety of healthcare needs including medication management, diabetes management, weight management, depression and anxiety. Book today for an assessment. We offer low cash pay prices as well as accept insurance. Download our app today or contact us to confirm we accept your insurance.
(337) 242-7322 View (337) 242-7322
Photo of Renee Licorish - Closed!! (Mental Aspects Behavioral Health Clinic), DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Closed!! (Mental Aspects Behavioral Health Clinic)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cibolo, TX 78108  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Permanently closed in Texas!
Permanently closed in Texas!

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Photo of Monique Chen - Ketamine Therapy & Medication Management, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ketamine Therapy & Medication Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Schertz, TX 78154
Inner Healing Ketamine therapy offers ketamine infusions, intramuscular ketamine injections, oral ketamine, IV vitamin therapy, and medication management services to help treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ptsd.
Inner Healing Ketamine therapy offers ketamine infusions, intramuscular ketamine injections, oral ketamine, IV vitamin therapy, and medication management services to help treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ptsd.
(830) 445-7327 View (830) 445-7327
Photo of Jocelyn Jingwa, DNP, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse
Jocelyn Jingwa
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Schertz, TX 78154  (Online Only)
I have a doctorate degree in Nursing Practice with over 13 years of experience in the mental health field. I utilize a holistic approach when assessing, diagnosing, and treating my patients irrespective of your struggles. I provide a safe environment that encourages open communication so I can meet you were you are and we develop an individualized treatment plan. Every patient will be treated with dignity and respect irrespective of their struggles. My patients do feel that they are being heard as a person and that they're not just a diagnosis. We will come up with the safest treatment plan that meets your goals and follow through.
I have a doctorate degree in Nursing Practice with over 13 years of experience in the mental health field. I utilize a holistic approach when assessing, diagnosing, and treating my patients irrespective of your struggles. I provide a safe environment that encourages open communication so I can meet you were you are and we develop an individualized treatment plan. Every patient will be treated with dignity and respect irrespective of their struggles. My patients do feel that they are being heard as a person and that they're not just a diagnosis. We will come up with the safest treatment plan that meets your goals and follow through.
(210) 796-7561 View (210) 796-7561
Photo of Omotayo Yejide Sofela, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Omotayo Yejide Sofela
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Selma, TX 78154  (Online Only)
Abisom Behavioral Health LLC takes a compassionate approach to care, personalizing treatment plans in a welcoming environment with patient well-being as a top priority. Patients receive skilled support on their journey toward a better life by having a provider who takes time to really listen and answer questions — a personalized touch patients can trust.
Abisom Behavioral Health LLC takes a compassionate approach to care, personalizing treatment plans in a welcoming environment with patient well-being as a top priority. Patients receive skilled support on their journey toward a better life by having a provider who takes time to really listen and answer questions — a personalized touch patients can trust.
(281) 949-7641 View (281) 949-7641
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Tsung Wai Aw
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Schertz, TX 78154
An ideal patient for Dr. Aw, is one who understands that it takes a team to get them feeling better, both the patient themselves and Dr. Aw. Therefore, he enjoys using a collaborative approach and he states, “there must be a buy-in from my patients, otherwise they won’t trust my recommendations and we both should be agreeable to the game plan for getting better. “
An ideal patient for Dr. Aw, is one who understands that it takes a team to get them feeling better, both the patient themselves and Dr. Aw. Therefore, he enjoys using a collaborative approach and he states, “there must be a buy-in from my patients, otherwise they won’t trust my recommendations and we both should be agreeable to the game plan for getting better. “
(210) 762-4683 View (210) 762-4683
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Whitney H Mitchell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Schertz, TX 78154
Whitney H. Mitchell, MD is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice in New Braunfels, Texas. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Mitchell received a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from Texas A&M University. She attended medical school at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where she graduated in the top ten percentile of her class. She completed a residency in Psychiatry in San Antonio and has been in private practice in New Braunfels for 15 years. She specializes in evidence-based treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, and personality and relational problems.
Whitney H. Mitchell, MD is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice in New Braunfels, Texas. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Mitchell received a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from Texas A&M University. She attended medical school at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where she graduated in the top ten percentile of her class. She completed a residency in Psychiatry in San Antonio and has been in private practice in New Braunfels for 15 years. She specializes in evidence-based treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, and personality and relational problems.
(830) 542-9931 View (830) 542-9931
Bernadette Andrea Horton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Schertz, TX 78154
As a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner, we are working hard and dedicating our lives to making the lives of others a priority. We work closely with clients to achieve mental wellness and a new beginning. No two people are the same and we treat patients according to their needs. We will provide treatment specifically for you with the utmost respect and trust. We will work as a team to get you the best outcome and treatment modality.
As a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner, we are working hard and dedicating our lives to making the lives of others a priority. We work closely with clients to achieve mental wellness and a new beginning. No two people are the same and we treat patients according to their needs. We will provide treatment specifically for you with the utmost respect and trust. We will work as a team to get you the best outcome and treatment modality.
(210) 361-5015 View (210) 361-5015
Photo of Ariel De LLanos - Focus & Balance, LLC, MD, Psychiatrist
Focus & Balance, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Schertz, TX 78154
Focus & Balance is a private psychiatric practice mental health professionals qualified and experienced in providing advanced psychiatric treatment, including ADHD in adults and children, to patients in the San Antonio area, With us, you can expect advanced psychopharmacology treatment for all mental issues provided by caring and compassionate clinicians. We are also offer TMS Therapy to our patients with depression. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy is one of the most technologically advanced depression treatments available. This non-invasive, outpatient therapy is FDA cleared and has helped thousand of depressed patients
Focus & Balance is a private psychiatric practice mental health professionals qualified and experienced in providing advanced psychiatric treatment, including ADHD in adults and children, to patients in the San Antonio area, With us, you can expect advanced psychopharmacology treatment for all mental issues provided by caring and compassionate clinicians. We are also offer TMS Therapy to our patients with depression. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy is one of the most technologically advanced depression treatments available. This non-invasive, outpatient therapy is FDA cleared and has helped thousand of depressed patients
(210) 934-4518 View (210) 934-4518
Photo of Daniel Hacker, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Daniel Hacker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Garden Ridge, TX 78266
While working in healthcare for the past 25 years, I have experienced the value of human connection. Every individual has their own story and unique experiences that have shaped them. Understanding these individual differences helps establish an individualized plan of care. Upon establishing a therapeutic relationship with my clients, I strive to learn their stories and help them overcome their struggles. I aim to help clients find meaning and purpose, improve their quality of life, and achieve contentment.
While working in healthcare for the past 25 years, I have experienced the value of human connection. Every individual has their own story and unique experiences that have shaped them. Understanding these individual differences helps establish an individualized plan of care. Upon establishing a therapeutic relationship with my clients, I strive to learn their stories and help them overcome their struggles. I aim to help clients find meaning and purpose, improve their quality of life, and achieve contentment.
(830) 293-3370 View (830) 293-3370
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Ted Edmund Williams
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78233
Waitlist for new clients
Dr. Williams is founder of Genesis Behavioral Health, and treats adults, children, and adolescents. He is also an adjunct assistant professor of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In addition to medications and therapy, he believes that a person's growth in faith and relationship with God can be an important part of their healing, especially because many of life's struggles don't have easy answers. His approach to treatment is warm, non-judgmental, and professional, and he will talk about faith as much or as little as you like.
Dr. Williams is founder of Genesis Behavioral Health, and treats adults, children, and adolescents. He is also an adjunct assistant professor of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In addition to medications and therapy, he believes that a person's growth in faith and relationship with God can be an important part of their healing, especially because many of life's struggles don't have easy answers. His approach to treatment is warm, non-judgmental, and professional, and he will talk about faith as much or as little as you like.
(210) 529-8186 View (210) 529-8186
Photo of Jolene C. Moore, MD, Psychiatrist
Jolene C. Moore
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Live Oak, TX 78233
Accepting high functioning adults already diagnosed with ADD/ADHD by a psychiatrist, psychologist or neurologist. Ideal for those in need of a new psychiatrist due to moving, aging out of a pediatric clinic or when their psychiatrist retires. Services include psychotherapy, behavioral management, medication management and peer/professional consultation. Consultations also available to those not seeking a new psychiatrist/prescriber and only seeking additional information about navigating medication shortages.
Accepting high functioning adults already diagnosed with ADD/ADHD by a psychiatrist, psychologist or neurologist. Ideal for those in need of a new psychiatrist due to moving, aging out of a pediatric clinic or when their psychiatrist retires. Services include psychotherapy, behavioral management, medication management and peer/professional consultation. Consultations also available to those not seeking a new psychiatrist/prescriber and only seeking additional information about navigating medication shortages.
(210) 742-5204 View (210) 742-5204
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Dr. Joshua James
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Braunfels, TX 78130  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients. Initial consultation is free. Dr. James completed medical school at Texas A&M School of Medicine and psychiatric residency at UT Health in San Antonio. He is committed to serving the people of Colorado, Texas, and Utah. He specializes in helping people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, but can treat other mental health afflictions as well (see list for the most commonly treated conditions). Dr. James works exclusively via telehealth to conveniently fit appointments into your busy schedule. Insurance is not accepted at this time but ask about options for insurance reimbursement.
Accepting new patients. Initial consultation is free. Dr. James completed medical school at Texas A&M School of Medicine and psychiatric residency at UT Health in San Antonio. He is committed to serving the people of Colorado, Texas, and Utah. He specializes in helping people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, but can treat other mental health afflictions as well (see list for the most commonly treated conditions). Dr. James works exclusively via telehealth to conveniently fit appointments into your busy schedule. Insurance is not accepted at this time but ask about options for insurance reimbursement.
(210) 985-7604 View (210) 985-7604
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Jeffrey Benzick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
San Antonio, TX 78233
Please visit my website at www.prescribingwithcare.com, to get an idea of my practice philosophy. Medication has its place in treatment, but the idea is to integrate this with nutrition, exercise, supplements, mindfulness, and even your sense of spirituality to give you the best quality of life. I take customer service very, very seriously and genuinely want your time with me to be the BEST interaction you've ever had with your Psychiatrist. Both in sessions, and in between, your questions, concerns and (if necessary) medication refill requests will be answered expeditiously.
Please visit my website at www.prescribingwithcare.com, to get an idea of my practice philosophy. Medication has its place in treatment, but the idea is to integrate this with nutrition, exercise, supplements, mindfulness, and even your sense of spirituality to give you the best quality of life. I take customer service very, very seriously and genuinely want your time with me to be the BEST interaction you've ever had with your Psychiatrist. Both in sessions, and in between, your questions, concerns and (if necessary) medication refill requests will be answered expeditiously.
(210) 741-9025 View (210) 741-9025
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Anthony Okafor
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Converse, TX 78109
NOW Accepting NEW Patients! PA Okafor is a fully licensed Physician Assistant in the State of Texas. My goal and passion are to help individuals (18 and above) find and regain their sense of self again using my extensive background & experiences I've encountered in the field of medicine and also working as a PA in San Antonio Behavioral Hospital. Those experiences & exposures to different kinds of people from the underserved to suburban areas prepared me well to be in-tune with others' feelings emotionally, cognitively & physically.
NOW Accepting NEW Patients! PA Okafor is a fully licensed Physician Assistant in the State of Texas. My goal and passion are to help individuals (18 and above) find and regain their sense of self again using my extensive background & experiences I've encountered in the field of medicine and also working as a PA in San Antonio Behavioral Hospital. Those experiences & exposures to different kinds of people from the underserved to suburban areas prepared me well to be in-tune with others' feelings emotionally, cognitively & physically.
(210) 964-3661 View (210) 964-3661

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Andrea Beisner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Andrea Beisner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704
As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my primary goal is to provide compassionate, holistic, and evidence-based mental health care to my patients. I am committed to creating a safe and supportive environment where individuals feel heard, valued, and empowered to actively participate in their treatment.
As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my primary goal is to provide compassionate, holistic, and evidence-based mental health care to my patients. I am committed to creating a safe and supportive environment where individuals feel heard, valued, and empowered to actively participate in their treatment.
(737) 510-4107 View (737) 510-4107
Photo of Shannon Skolaut, RN,  MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shannon Skolaut
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
West Lake Hills, TX 78746
Go to centerforgreenpsychiatry.com/shannonskolaut to book directly! Currently accepting new patients with immediate openings - Shannon Skolaut is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who embraces a holistic and humanistic approach to healthcare. Shannon believes that the body and mind must be treated together as one. She encompasses an approach toward wellness that must be individualized, and each person must be treated based off their individual strengths, abilities, and treatment goals. Shannon embraces an empathetic, compassionate, non-discriminatory, and culturally centered approach to medicine and care.
Go to centerforgreenpsychiatry.com/shannonskolaut to book directly! Currently accepting new patients with immediate openings - Shannon Skolaut is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who embraces a holistic and humanistic approach to healthcare. Shannon believes that the body and mind must be treated together as one. She encompasses an approach toward wellness that must be individualized, and each person must be treated based off their individual strengths, abilities, and treatment goals. Shannon embraces an empathetic, compassionate, non-discriminatory, and culturally centered approach to medicine and care.
(737) 234-7884 View (737) 234-7884
Photo of Steve Scott, PMHNP, FNP, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Steve Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78232
Mental health problems are challenging in so many ways. I can help you navigate evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management in a patient-centered manner. I am passionate about treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) including Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) and Mood Disorders like Depression, Treatment Resistant Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar Depression. I also diagnose and treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Personality disorders.
Mental health problems are challenging in so many ways. I can help you navigate evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management in a patient-centered manner. I am passionate about treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) including Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) and Mood Disorders like Depression, Treatment Resistant Depression, Anxiety and Bipolar Depression. I also diagnose and treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Personality disorders.
(726) 224-7384 View (726) 224-7384
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Chris Masuda MD/Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78745
Dr. Christine Masuda is the psychiatric medical director of the Austin location of Sigma. Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care takes same day appointments and is open 7 days a week except major holidays. Our Austin location has limited in person services and we request that you call to schedule in Austin. We treat people during gaps in care, while they are waiting to get an appointment in the community, and we can continue treatment long-term when our clinic is the best fit for an individual's needs.
Dr. Christine Masuda is the psychiatric medical director of the Austin location of Sigma. Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care takes same day appointments and is open 7 days a week except major holidays. Our Austin location has limited in person services and we request that you call to schedule in Austin. We treat people during gaps in care, while they are waiting to get an appointment in the community, and we can continue treatment long-term when our clinic is the best fit for an individual's needs.
(737) 302-5812 View (737) 302-5812

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Number of Psychiatrists in Cibolo, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Cibolo, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Anger Management
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Wellpoint | Amerigroup
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Cibolo, TX see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cibolo?

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.