Psychiatrists in Heath, TX

Photo of Ayuk Obale, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Heath, TX
Ayuk Obale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Heath, TX 75032
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Do you wonder if what you are feeling is normal? Do you wonder why you have loss of interest, or why you consistently have low energy? Do you wonder why one day you are happy and the next day you are sad. Do you wonder why you consistently worry about everything, and you feel like your thoughts are racing in your head? If you answered yes to these questions, I would love to help. I have experience treating individuals from age 14- 99 years old. My focus is anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders, and thought disorders. I work collaboratively with my patients and value feedback
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Do you wonder if what you are feeling is normal? Do you wonder why you have loss of interest, or why you consistently have low energy? Do you wonder why one day you are happy and the next day you are sad. Do you wonder why you consistently worry about everything, and you feel like your thoughts are racing in your head? If you answered yes to these questions, I would love to help. I have experience treating individuals from age 14- 99 years old. My focus is anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders, and thought disorders. I work collaboratively with my patients and value feedback
(214) 888-3679 View (214) 888-3679
Photo of Deepti Vats, Psychiatrist in Heath, TX
Deepti Vats
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Heath, TX 75032
Deepti Vats M.D. is a compassionate and dedicated physician who has been in the field of Psychiatry for the past ten years. She is board certified in General and Forensic Psychiatry and licensed to practice in Texas. She is well versed with medication management of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and other psychiatric illness.
Deepti Vats M.D. is a compassionate and dedicated physician who has been in the field of Psychiatry for the past ten years. She is board certified in General and Forensic Psychiatry and licensed to practice in Texas. She is well versed with medication management of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and other psychiatric illness.
(972) 217-8131 View (972) 217-8131

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Walter Akwo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Rockwall, TX 75087
Walter provides medication management, brief supportive therapy, lifestyle coaching, solution-focused, and goal-oriented therapeutic interventions to individuals from ages 13 years and older, who struggle with depression anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, psychotic and other mood disorders to overcome crippling negative self-talk and reclaim their confidence, purpose, and joy. His philosophy focuses on a multi-faceted practical approach of individualized client-centered care, to achieve overall wellness treatment goals.
Walter provides medication management, brief supportive therapy, lifestyle coaching, solution-focused, and goal-oriented therapeutic interventions to individuals from ages 13 years and older, who struggle with depression anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, psychotic and other mood disorders to overcome crippling negative self-talk and reclaim their confidence, purpose, and joy. His philosophy focuses on a multi-faceted practical approach of individualized client-centered care, to achieve overall wellness treatment goals.
(832) 617-9460 View (832) 617-9460
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MindWell Urgent Care
Psychiatrist, MD, FAACAP
Verified Verified
Rowlett, TX 75088  (Online Only)
MindWell Urgent Care is a revolutionary, first of its kind psychiatric practice that provides the residents of Texas with state of the art, same-day psychiatric care for a wide range of mental health issues. Currently, we are offering same-day psychiatric and telepsychiatry services in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. We are also offering telepsychiatry services throughout the states of Texas, Oklahoma and New Jersey.
MindWell Urgent Care is a revolutionary, first of its kind psychiatric practice that provides the residents of Texas with state of the art, same-day psychiatric care for a wide range of mental health issues. Currently, we are offering same-day psychiatric and telepsychiatry services in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. We are also offering telepsychiatry services throughout the states of Texas, Oklahoma and New Jersey.
(682) 243-8029 View (682) 243-8029
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VPP Clinic | Dr Arif Mirza MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockwall, TX 75032  (Online Only)
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome to VPPclinic.com ... As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available statewide (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(737) 758-3383 View (737) 758-3383
Photo of Sheila Trish Morgan-Freeman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Heath, TX
Sheila Trish Morgan-Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Rockwall, TX 75087  (Online Only)
The most important thing is your mental health. I am here to help you through your struggles. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatments for a wide spectrum of mental health conditions including ADHD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mood disorders, OCD and more. My goal is to empower my patients and equip them with the tools they need to improve their mental health. I look forward to providing you with exceptional care and the best individualized treatment plan after a thorough evaluation.
The most important thing is your mental health. I am here to help you through your struggles. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatments for a wide spectrum of mental health conditions including ADHD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mood disorders, OCD and more. My goal is to empower my patients and equip them with the tools they need to improve their mental health. I look forward to providing you with exceptional care and the best individualized treatment plan after a thorough evaluation.
(817) 904-9017 View (817) 904-9017
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Better Days Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Garland, TX 75043
Are you looking for a caring and compassionate partner on your mental health journey? Do you need a safe space to express your thoughts and feelings without judgment? Do you want guidance on treatment options, medication management, and strategies for coping with life's challenges? I'm here to guide you, providing the tools and support you need to achieve your goals. Let's work together to build the future you desire!
Are you looking for a caring and compassionate partner on your mental health journey? Do you need a safe space to express your thoughts and feelings without judgment? Do you want guidance on treatment options, medication management, and strategies for coping with life's challenges? I'm here to guide you, providing the tools and support you need to achieve your goals. Let's work together to build the future you desire!
(469) 754-9546 View (469) 754-9546
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Shane Tipton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockwall, TX 75087
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working in the practice of Lee Spencer, MD, I provide comprehensive and personalized care for individuals 17 and older who are struggling with a variety of mental health issues such as anxiety, mood disorders (including depression & bipolar disorder), post-traumatic stress, ADHD, problematic substance use, addictive disorders, and many other psychiatric illnesses.
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working in the practice of Lee Spencer, MD, I provide comprehensive and personalized care for individuals 17 and older who are struggling with a variety of mental health issues such as anxiety, mood disorders (including depression & bipolar disorder), post-traumatic stress, ADHD, problematic substance use, addictive disorders, and many other psychiatric illnesses.
(469) 838-5529 View (469) 838-5529
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Kimberly Dobbins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Forney, TX 75126  (Online Only)
Dr. Dobbins brings over a decade of experience and is double board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry. In addition to her previous experience as a professor at UT Southwestern in Dallas, her experience comes from multiple care settings to include high acuity Psychiatric ER, VA outpatient mental health clinic and a community Child Psychiatry clinic. Dr. Dobbins will lead the BasePoint Academy’s client treatment as well as seeing patients individually in BasePoint Psychiatry and Wellness.
Dr. Dobbins brings over a decade of experience and is double board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry. In addition to her previous experience as a professor at UT Southwestern in Dallas, her experience comes from multiple care settings to include high acuity Psychiatric ER, VA outpatient mental health clinic and a community Child Psychiatry clinic. Dr. Dobbins will lead the BasePoint Academy’s client treatment as well as seeing patients individually in BasePoint Psychiatry and Wellness.
(972) 430-6151 View (972) 430-6151
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Great hope psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Garland, TX 75043
I understand your pain and I know how hard it can get sometimes, My goal is to keep every patient healthy, stable, functional, and productive. Great hope Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services is a private, outpatient psychiatric and behavioral health practice based in Garland, Texas. We are committed to helping you navigate challenging situations and achieve your mental health goals. We treat patients with depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, bipolar, moods, sleep disorders and other psychiatric conditions. We also help children with psychiatric disorders, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, and Autism.
I understand your pain and I know how hard it can get sometimes, My goal is to keep every patient healthy, stable, functional, and productive. Great hope Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services is a private, outpatient psychiatric and behavioral health practice based in Garland, Texas. We are committed to helping you navigate challenging situations and achieve your mental health goals. We treat patients with depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, bipolar, moods, sleep disorders and other psychiatric conditions. We also help children with psychiatric disorders, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, and Autism.
(972) 703-4175 View (972) 703-4175
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Dr. Tanveer A Padder
Psychiatrist, MD , ABPN, ABPM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockwall, TX 75087  (Online Only)
Dr. Padder is a Triple boarded Psychiatrist - Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Diplomat American Board of Addiction Medicine and added Certification in Clinical Psycho-Pharmacology. He is a preeminent expert in psychopharmacology and has been awarded a Master Psycho-pharmacologist certification. He has received numerous awards, including America's Top Psychiatrists, Patient choice award, Health grades honor roll, Top doctor award, Maryland, and many more. We also offer Ketamine therapy at the comfort of your home. For appointment for ketamine therapy, visit ketamineonline.us
Dr. Padder is a Triple boarded Psychiatrist - Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Diplomat American Board of Addiction Medicine and added Certification in Clinical Psycho-Pharmacology. He is a preeminent expert in psychopharmacology and has been awarded a Master Psycho-pharmacologist certification. He has received numerous awards, including America's Top Psychiatrists, Patient choice award, Health grades honor roll, Top doctor award, Maryland, and many more. We also offer Ketamine therapy at the comfort of your home. For appointment for ketamine therapy, visit ketamineonline.us
(470) 625-6043 View (470) 625-6043
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Cynthia A Lynch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Royse City, TX 75189  (Online Only)
Everybody deserves to be happy and live their best life. Nobody deserves to suffer with anxiety, depression, the effects of past trauma, or any other mental health issues. I am a caring and compassionate provider with strong Christian values and many years of experience and I would love to help you feel your best and be your best. Let's work together to figure out what is most important to you, so that we can set goals and achieve them together to help you live a happier, healthier life. You will be highly involved in every step of the process so that the treatment decided upon is tailored specifically to you and your unique needs.
Everybody deserves to be happy and live their best life. Nobody deserves to suffer with anxiety, depression, the effects of past trauma, or any other mental health issues. I am a caring and compassionate provider with strong Christian values and many years of experience and I would love to help you feel your best and be your best. Let's work together to figure out what is most important to you, so that we can set goals and achieve them together to help you live a happier, healthier life. You will be highly involved in every step of the process so that the treatment decided upon is tailored specifically to you and your unique needs.
(469) 812-0807 View (469) 812-0807
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Michael Akwo-Adelowo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNPBC
Not Verified Not Verified
Rockwall, TX 75032
Michael has over a decade of experience as a Nurse Practitioner in various mental health clinic settings. Michael's clinical experience includes working with adolescents, young adults and geriatric adults facing challenges with mental health, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders.
Michael has over a decade of experience as a Nurse Practitioner in various mental health clinic settings. Michael's clinical experience includes working with adolescents, young adults and geriatric adults facing challenges with mental health, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders.
(469) 345-7590 View (469) 345-7590
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Healing Souls Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockwall, TX 75087
At Healing Souls psychiatry, we strive for the best experience by offering non-judgmental, compassionate and empathic mental and behavioral health services. Our goal is to help you lead a more autonomous and productive lifestyle. We believe in individualized therapeutic services to meet specific needs of our clients.
At Healing Souls psychiatry, we strive for the best experience by offering non-judgmental, compassionate and empathic mental and behavioral health services. Our goal is to help you lead a more autonomous and productive lifestyle. We believe in individualized therapeutic services to meet specific needs of our clients.
(972) 433-9895 View (972) 433-9895
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockwall, TX 75032
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?
(469) 557-4748 View (469) 557-4748
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Blessy Anu Kuncheria
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rockwall, TX 75032
I'm a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I'm passionate about providing high quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. I possess strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. My goal in treating my patients is to help them reclaim their mental health in a setting which offers quality individualized care where my patients come first.
I'm a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I'm passionate about providing high quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. I possess strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. My goal in treating my patients is to help them reclaim their mental health in a setting which offers quality individualized care where my patients come first.
(214) 544-6870 View (214) 544-6870
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Integrated Psychiatry Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rowlett, TX 75088
My ideal client is someone actively seeking mental health support and dealing with issues like mood disorders or trauma. They value a holistic approach, combining medication and psychotherapy. I appreciate clients who engage in collaborative, judgment-free sessions. Their goals include improving overall quality of life, developing coping strategies, and building resilience. I aim to empower them to achieve positive change and navigate life's challenges through a strong therapeutic alliance.
My ideal client is someone actively seeking mental health support and dealing with issues like mood disorders or trauma. They value a holistic approach, combining medication and psychotherapy. I appreciate clients who engage in collaborative, judgment-free sessions. Their goals include improving overall quality of life, developing coping strategies, and building resilience. I aim to empower them to achieve positive change and navigate life's challenges through a strong therapeutic alliance.
(469) 658-7786 View (469) 658-7786
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Healing Souls Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Royse City, TX 75189
At Healing Souls psychiatry, we strive for the best health outcome by making every effort to offer personalized, non-judgmental, compassionate, and evidence-based treatment. Our focus is to work collaboratively with each client to live a productive and more fulfilled lifestyle. We believe in an individualized, collaborative, and evidence-based care approach to meet the unique needs of our clients.
At Healing Souls psychiatry, we strive for the best health outcome by making every effort to offer personalized, non-judgmental, compassionate, and evidence-based treatment. Our focus is to work collaboratively with each client to live a productive and more fulfilled lifestyle. We believe in an individualized, collaborative, and evidence-based care approach to meet the unique needs of our clients.
(972) 430-4607 View (972) 430-4607
Photo of Dr. Micah Duke, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Heath, TX
Dr. Micah Duke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Forney, TX 75126  (Online Only)
Micah is a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a dual Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed to practice in the state of Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming. Micah specializes in medication management and psychotherapy for PTSD, depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, eating disorders, personality disorders, and addiction for all age groups.
Micah is a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a dual Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed to practice in the state of Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming. Micah specializes in medication management and psychotherapy for PTSD, depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, eating disorders, personality disorders, and addiction for all age groups.
(469) 437-7829 View (469) 437-7829
Photo of Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Heath, TX
Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rockwall, TX 75032
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?
(469) 746-3544 View (469) 746-3544

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Heath, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Heath, TX who prioritize treating:

50% Depression
50% Anxiety
50% Trauma and PTSD
50% Psychosis
50% Other
50% Bipolar Disorder
50% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

2 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Amerigroup
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Heath, TX see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Heath?

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.