Psychiatrists in Galveston County, TX

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Jacquelin Joffray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Friendswood, TX 77546
Jacquelin Joffray is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who enjoys providing mental health care, for a variety of mental health conditions. She began her career as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, graduating with her master's degree from the University of South Alabama. But in realizing she wanted to do more, she later attended Frontier Nursing University, and obtained her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner post-graduate certificate, across the lifespan. Jacquelin takes pride in helping to address the mental health stigma and shame in seeking care.
Jacquelin Joffray is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who enjoys providing mental health care, for a variety of mental health conditions. She began her career as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, graduating with her master's degree from the University of South Alabama. But in realizing she wanted to do more, she later attended Frontier Nursing University, and obtained her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner post-graduate certificate, across the lifespan. Jacquelin takes pride in helping to address the mental health stigma and shame in seeking care.
(281) 374-1872 View (281) 374-1872
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Dawn Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Friendswood, TX 77546
I have thirty-four years in mental health nursing of which nine are as Advance Practice Nurse in Psychiatry. I provide assessment, diagnosis and medication management and/or adjustment of your medications to help you reach your mental wellness goals. I am eager to help determine the best treatment for your particular condition, with the fewest risk of side effects. I was once told by a very successful psychiatrist whom I worked with closely; you must have the 3 As, available, able and affable. I am available and flexible on my schedule. I am able to look at your situation and help your reach your goals.
I have thirty-four years in mental health nursing of which nine are as Advance Practice Nurse in Psychiatry. I provide assessment, diagnosis and medication management and/or adjustment of your medications to help you reach your mental wellness goals. I am eager to help determine the best treatment for your particular condition, with the fewest risk of side effects. I was once told by a very successful psychiatrist whom I worked with closely; you must have the 3 As, available, able and affable. I am available and flexible on my schedule. I am able to look at your situation and help your reach your goals.
(346) 616-1829 View (346) 616-1829
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Mehreen Ghanchi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Friendswood, TX 77546
Mehreen Ghanchi is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry; diagnose, treat and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, and adults. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. Mehreen's heart and passion is not only in caring for others but assisting clients in transitioning to wellness. Mehreen's experience includes several years of working in a psychiatric hospital serving children, adolescent and adult population.
Mehreen Ghanchi is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry; diagnose, treat and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, and adults. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. Mehreen's heart and passion is not only in caring for others but assisting clients in transitioning to wellness. Mehreen's experience includes several years of working in a psychiatric hospital serving children, adolescent and adult population.
(281) 937-8854 View (281) 937-8854
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
League City, TX 77573
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(281) 942-8779 View (281) 942-8779
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
League City, TX 77573  (Online Only)
Omotayo Gbengaojo is a board-certified Psychiatric mental health Nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC). She obtained her bachelor's in nursing from Grand Canyon University and master's degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. Omotayo or "Tayo" as she is fondly called, clinical experience span medical and psychiatry nursing.
Omotayo Gbengaojo is a board-certified Psychiatric mental health Nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC). She obtained her bachelor's in nursing from Grand Canyon University and master's degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. Omotayo or "Tayo" as she is fondly called, clinical experience span medical and psychiatry nursing.
(817) 546-8000 View (817) 546-8000
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Pilgrimage of Hope Behavioral Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C
Verified Verified
League City, TX 77573  (Online Only)
Have you ever felt intimidated or discriminated against by stigmas and stereotypes associated with mental illness, self-harming behaviors, suicidal thoughts, or substance use disorders? Are you suffering alone in silence? Does irrational thinking or poor coping mechanisms triggered racing thoughts, rapid mood swings, or risky behaviors that affect your relationships, home environment, or work performance? Has childhood abuse or past traumas progressed into adulthood, causing you to question your abilities to overcome anger, guilt, or shame? Eventually, you found courage to get help, only to be dismissed by barriers to care.
Have you ever felt intimidated or discriminated against by stigmas and stereotypes associated with mental illness, self-harming behaviors, suicidal thoughts, or substance use disorders? Are you suffering alone in silence? Does irrational thinking or poor coping mechanisms triggered racing thoughts, rapid mood swings, or risky behaviors that affect your relationships, home environment, or work performance? Has childhood abuse or past traumas progressed into adulthood, causing you to question your abilities to overcome anger, guilt, or shame? Eventually, you found courage to get help, only to be dismissed by barriers to care.
(281) 672-8952 View (281) 672-8952
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Jacquelin Joffray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Friendswood, TX 77546  (Online Only)
Believe you're suffering from depression, anxiety, or PTSD? Maybe something else you can't quite figure out? Let me help! Let's work together on putting YOU in charge of your mental health and well-being!
Believe you're suffering from depression, anxiety, or PTSD? Maybe something else you can't quite figure out? Let me help! Let's work together on putting YOU in charge of your mental health and well-being!
(281) 717-6062 View (281) 717-6062
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Oluwatobi Adeleke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Galveston, TX 77550  (Online Only)
Do you find yourself facing challenges in life that leave you feeling unfulfilled? Do you feel less understood and less alone in your daily struggles? As a child, were you the victim of abuse or neglect? Do you frequently feel down, grumpy, angry, tense, or uninspired? Do you lack self-assurance and worry that you aren't good enough? Is it hard for you to believe people? Do you struggle with mental health or relationships? I can help". Do you occasionally use excessive eating, diet restrictions, or drug use to cope? I have assisted many in overcoming these regular human challenges.
Do you find yourself facing challenges in life that leave you feeling unfulfilled? Do you feel less understood and less alone in your daily struggles? As a child, were you the victim of abuse or neglect? Do you frequently feel down, grumpy, angry, tense, or uninspired? Do you lack self-assurance and worry that you aren't good enough? Is it hard for you to believe people? Do you struggle with mental health or relationships? I can help". Do you occasionally use excessive eating, diet restrictions, or drug use to cope? I have assisted many in overcoming these regular human challenges.
(409) 215-0936 View (409) 215-0936
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Linnea Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Friendswood, TX 77546
Linnea Johnson MSN, PMHNP-BC has over 12 years experience in behavioral health. She obtained her Bachelors in Nursing from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. She later attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City to complete her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree and is Board Certified to treat patients throughout the lifespan. She became passionate about child and adolescent behavioral health while working with at risk youth in the foster care system in Kansas City, Missouri.
Linnea Johnson MSN, PMHNP-BC has over 12 years experience in behavioral health. She obtained her Bachelors in Nursing from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. She later attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City to complete her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree and is Board Certified to treat patients throughout the lifespan. She became passionate about child and adolescent behavioral health while working with at risk youth in the foster care system in Kansas City, Missouri.
(281) 509-9697 View (281) 509-9697
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Texas Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Friendswood, TX 77546
At Texas Behavioral Health, we treat a variety of patients that include all age ranges and all socioeconomic ranges. Between our four locations, our providers aim to provide our patients with whatever they may need through both inpatient and outpatient programs.
At Texas Behavioral Health, we treat a variety of patients that include all age ranges and all socioeconomic ranges. Between our four locations, our providers aim to provide our patients with whatever they may need through both inpatient and outpatient programs.
(832) 937-7586 x1 View (832) 937-7586 x1
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
League City, TX 77573
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(346) 514-4159 View (346) 514-4159
Photo of Pheba Pappachan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Galveston County, TX
Pheba Pappachan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Friendswood, TX 77546
Pheba Pappachan is a dual-certified nurse practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Practice with Board certifications through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and American Association of Nurse Practitioners in Texas who has been practicing since 2013. She attended graduate school in Texas at the Texas Woman's University at Houston completing a Master of Science in Nursing for Family Nurse Practitioner program, and postgraduate study and certification in Psychiatry and mental health, along with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Brandman University in Irvine, California.
Pheba Pappachan is a dual-certified nurse practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Practice with Board certifications through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and American Association of Nurse Practitioners in Texas who has been practicing since 2013. She attended graduate school in Texas at the Texas Woman's University at Houston completing a Master of Science in Nursing for Family Nurse Practitioner program, and postgraduate study and certification in Psychiatry and mental health, along with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Brandman University in Irvine, California.
(346) 708-6089 View (346) 708-6089
Moore Health Solutions, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Galveston, TX 77550
Hello: Do you struggle with addiction, or do you have a mental health diagnosis such as anxiety or depression? I understand seeking help can feel overwhelming, even scary. I can help!
Hello: Do you struggle with addiction, or do you have a mental health diagnosis such as anxiety or depression? I understand seeking help can feel overwhelming, even scary. I can help!
(409) 547-7583 View (409) 547-7583
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Shakil Siddiqui
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Friendswood, TX 77546
Shakil Siddiqui, M.D. is a highly rated psychiatrist and a proud member of Lifestance Health PLLC team in Houston, Texas. Dr. Siddiqui has more than 25 years of experience as psychiatrist. He has experience treating multiple different psychiatric illnesses including Schizophrenia, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, PSTD, etc. For several years, Dr. Siddiqui worked at Rusk Hospital in Rusk, Texas where he treated a large number of acutely ill and newly admitted psychiatric patients in the psychiatric unit.
Shakil Siddiqui, M.D. is a highly rated psychiatrist and a proud member of Lifestance Health PLLC team in Houston, Texas. Dr. Siddiqui has more than 25 years of experience as psychiatrist. He has experience treating multiple different psychiatric illnesses including Schizophrenia, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, PSTD, etc. For several years, Dr. Siddiqui worked at Rusk Hospital in Rusk, Texas where he treated a large number of acutely ill and newly admitted psychiatric patients in the psychiatric unit.
(281) 767-4089 View (281) 767-4089
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AKADI Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Dickinson, TX 77539
Hello. My name is Carolyn Thompson. I believe that mental well-being is the cornerstone of a fulfilling life. As a PMHNP, I’m committed to: Collaboration: Teaming up with patients, clients, health care colleagues and the community. Holistic Care: Nurturing mind, body, and spirit. Excellence: Providing my best in every encounter. Medication Management and Brief Therapy with Tailored Solutions: We’ll find the right balance for you. Evidence-Based Practices: Backed by the latest research. I provide client centered care to clients in Texas and New Mexico.
Hello. My name is Carolyn Thompson. I believe that mental well-being is the cornerstone of a fulfilling life. As a PMHNP, I’m committed to: Collaboration: Teaming up with patients, clients, health care colleagues and the community. Holistic Care: Nurturing mind, body, and spirit. Excellence: Providing my best in every encounter. Medication Management and Brief Therapy with Tailored Solutions: We’ll find the right balance for you. Evidence-Based Practices: Backed by the latest research. I provide client centered care to clients in Texas and New Mexico.
(832) 937-4514 View (832) 937-4514
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Friendswood Psychiatry and TMS Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Friendswood, TX 77546
I am a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist with advanced training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry where I served as Chief Fellow. I am dedicated to my patients' success in healing, growth, and overall wellbeing. My goal is to guide patients through their mental health journey toward positive outcomes and improved quality of life.
I am a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist with advanced training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry where I served as Chief Fellow. I am dedicated to my patients' success in healing, growth, and overall wellbeing. My goal is to guide patients through their mental health journey toward positive outcomes and improved quality of life.
(713) 487-5481 View (713) 487-5481
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Caroline Lam
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Friendswood, TX 77546
Dr. Caroline Lam is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in treating adults with depression, anxiety, psychosis, and ADHD. She obtained her bachelor's degree at The University of Texas at Austin where she graduated with high honors. She then earned her medical degree and completed a general adult psychiatry residency at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. She is a compassionate psychiatrist who is dedicated to improving the lives of her patients through evidence-based treatments.
Dr. Caroline Lam is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in treating adults with depression, anxiety, psychosis, and ADHD. She obtained her bachelor's degree at The University of Texas at Austin where she graduated with high honors. She then earned her medical degree and completed a general adult psychiatry residency at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. She is a compassionate psychiatrist who is dedicated to improving the lives of her patients through evidence-based treatments.
(281) 937-8209 View (281) 937-8209
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
League City, TX 77573  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Centered Mental Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Galveston, TX 77550
After hours!Do you feel overwhelmed, depressed, feeling down, difficulty with sleep and anxious due to life stressors? EVENING hours available. We offer services starting with a comprehensive psychiatric eval and development of collaborative treatment plan recommendations tailored to your specific needs. But decision to take charge of your mental health is an important decision to help you live a more fulfilling life. We treat Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Postpartum Depression, Stress Management,Trauma, Assessments, Work, ADHD... She uses evidence-based practice, compassionate care, and confidentiality.,headway,zocdoc,Psychology, TX.
After hours!Do you feel overwhelmed, depressed, feeling down, difficulty with sleep and anxious due to life stressors? EVENING hours available. We offer services starting with a comprehensive psychiatric eval and development of collaborative treatment plan recommendations tailored to your specific needs. But decision to take charge of your mental health is an important decision to help you live a more fulfilling life. We treat Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Postpartum Depression, Stress Management,Trauma, Assessments, Work, ADHD... She uses evidence-based practice, compassionate care, and confidentiality.,headway,zocdoc,Psychology, TX.
(469) 378-0040 View (469) 378-0040
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BJT Behavioral Health Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Friendswood, TX 77546
I am here to be part of the community's solution to mental health issues. With treatment plans tailored to individual needs due to the difference in conditions, I aim to minimize the quantity of medication required to achieve the treatment goals of each patient during the treatment journey with the hope of achieving remission.
I am here to be part of the community's solution to mental health issues. With treatment plans tailored to individual needs due to the difference in conditions, I aim to minimize the quantity of medication required to achieve the treatment goals of each patient during the treatment journey with the hope of achieving remission.
(469) 746-3592 View (469) 746-3592

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Number of Psychiatrists in Galveston County, TX

50+

Average cost per session

$149

Psychiatrists in Galveston County, TX who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
91% Depression
86% Bipolar Disorder
84% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Trauma and PTSD
68% ADHD
66% Medication Management

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Cigna and Evernorth
96% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
94% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Galveston County, TX see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Galveston County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.