Psychiatrists in Huntsville, TX

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Equanimity Behavioral Health & Consultation Serv
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Huntsville, TX 77343  (Online Only)
Our Providers understand life brings challenges that at some point can be very overwhelming to handle alone, leading to the inability to maintain mental calmness and happiness to live to our fullest potential. Our Mission is to provide a warm, calm, and compassionate environment for us to walk on the journey together to see you reach your goals. You are not just a number, to us, you are a very special person, so we are here to listen to you and together we will develop a partnership that will help us to evaluate, diagnose, and develop an individualized treatment plan best suited for you to achieve optimal outcomes
Our Providers understand life brings challenges that at some point can be very overwhelming to handle alone, leading to the inability to maintain mental calmness and happiness to live to our fullest potential. Our Mission is to provide a warm, calm, and compassionate environment for us to walk on the journey together to see you reach your goals. You are not just a number, to us, you are a very special person, so we are here to listen to you and together we will develop a partnership that will help us to evaluate, diagnose, and develop an individualized treatment plan best suited for you to achieve optimal outcomes
(936) 213-8480 View (936) 213-8480
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Omar Masihuddin (Addiction Treatment)
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Huntsville, TX 77340
Don't settle for a generic drug and alcohol therapist. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
Don't settle for a generic drug and alcohol therapist. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
(979) 475-2693 View (979) 475-2693
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Chris Kos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Huntsville, TX 77320
I am excited to be offering in person visits at our new clinic in Conroe, at 1904 Longmire, Ste 401, in addition to telehealth visits. I am accepting new patients ages 6 years old and up at Magnolia Psychiatry.
I am excited to be offering in person visits at our new clinic in Conroe, at 1904 Longmire, Ste 401, in addition to telehealth visits. I am accepting new patients ages 6 years old and up at Magnolia Psychiatry.
(936) 251-6832 View (936) 251-6832
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Baraka Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Huntsville, TX 77320
Suffering from depression, anxiety, mood disorders? Don't let yourself live a life that is not fulfilling. At BBH, we sit and listen to you and provide unique and personalized evaluation, counseling, and medications to treat your condition. We see all patients, from children to adolescents, adults to geriatrics right from our office, the comfort of your personal computer, or long term care facilitie. We also attend to our veterans who need mental health services. Putting our hearts into what we do, to offer you high quality and caring service, is what we do best. Weather in office or from home, you are at the center, and YOU matter!
Suffering from depression, anxiety, mood disorders? Don't let yourself live a life that is not fulfilling. At BBH, we sit and listen to you and provide unique and personalized evaluation, counseling, and medications to treat your condition. We see all patients, from children to adolescents, adults to geriatrics right from our office, the comfort of your personal computer, or long term care facilitie. We also attend to our veterans who need mental health services. Putting our hearts into what we do, to offer you high quality and caring service, is what we do best. Weather in office or from home, you are at the center, and YOU matter!
(281) 378-6001 View (281) 378-6001
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Huntsville, TX 77340
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(936) 937-2844 View (936) 937-2844
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Jim Simon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Huntsville, TX 77340
Jim is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who brings a wealth of knowledge about mental health and experience in behavioral health management to our clinic where he serves as our Clinical Director and provides medication management for our patients. Jim has an MSN from Seattle University and worked in behavioral health administration prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse. As an RN, he worked as a staff nurse on a medical-psych unit and as a charge nurse on an adolescent psych unit and an adult psychiatric intensive care unit. He became a nurse to work in psychiatry and has always worked in psychiatry – he loves every day on the job.
Jim is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who brings a wealth of knowledge about mental health and experience in behavioral health management to our clinic where he serves as our Clinical Director and provides medication management for our patients. Jim has an MSN from Seattle University and worked in behavioral health administration prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse. As an RN, he worked as a staff nurse on a medical-psych unit and as a charge nurse on an adolescent psych unit and an adult psychiatric intensive care unit. He became a nurse to work in psychiatry and has always worked in psychiatry – he loves every day on the job.
(979) 406-5618 View (979) 406-5618
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Huntsville, TX 77340  (Online Only)
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(346) 206-1377 View (346) 206-1377

Online Psychiatrists

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Harry Siegele
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77024  (Online Only)
Dr. Siegele will meet with you for a one-hour initial consultation to gather a comprehensive psychiatric, medical and social assessment. He will then work with you to determine a preliminary treatment plan using evidence-based treatment, encompassing both medications and therapy. Some patients may require a longer period of assessment as Dr. Siegele reviews previous treatment records, collaborates with family members or visits with you to gather more of your history. Dr. Siegele strongly believes in a collaborative doctor-patient alliance and he will work with you to find the best treatment plan for your specialized needs.
Dr. Siegele will meet with you for a one-hour initial consultation to gather a comprehensive psychiatric, medical and social assessment. He will then work with you to determine a preliminary treatment plan using evidence-based treatment, encompassing both medications and therapy. Some patients may require a longer period of assessment as Dr. Siegele reviews previous treatment records, collaborates with family members or visits with you to gather more of your history. Dr. Siegele strongly believes in a collaborative doctor-patient alliance and he will work with you to find the best treatment plan for your specialized needs.
(281) 377-0535 View (281) 377-0535
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Life Patterns Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77099
Have your mental and emotional health got in the way of living your best life lately?
Have your mental and emotional health got in the way of living your best life lately?
(832) 864-7921 View (832) 864-7921
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Belle Meade Addiction Medicine & Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77008
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We help patients establish a professional relationship with a dedicated physician who knows their medical history and medication regimen. This provides the patient with continuity of care and on-demand access to a doctor through telemedicine or in-person appointments. We manage a wide spectrum of illnesses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. Patients with these conditions have the best chance of improvement when they have regular appointments with the same physician who works with the patient in a professional setting.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We help patients establish a professional relationship with a dedicated physician who knows their medical history and medication regimen. This provides the patient with continuity of care and on-demand access to a doctor through telemedicine or in-person appointments. We manage a wide spectrum of illnesses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. Patients with these conditions have the best chance of improvement when they have regular appointments with the same physician who works with the patient in a professional setting.
(615) 576-8371 View (615) 576-8371
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Mohammed Oladimeji Abubakar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77083  (Online Only)
I am a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a strong commitment to providing exemplary mental healthcare to individuals in need. My journey in healthcare began with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, then a Master of Science in Nursing. As a PMHNP, I remain committed to providing quality care, showing empathy, and fostering a therapeutic alliance with my clients. Together, we can work towards achieving emotional well-being, empowering self-growth, and helping individuals reclaim their lives. it's honored to be a part of my client's journey towards mental wellness.
I am a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a strong commitment to providing exemplary mental healthcare to individuals in need. My journey in healthcare began with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, then a Master of Science in Nursing. As a PMHNP, I remain committed to providing quality care, showing empathy, and fostering a therapeutic alliance with my clients. Together, we can work towards achieving emotional well-being, empowering self-growth, and helping individuals reclaim their lives. it's honored to be a part of my client's journey towards mental wellness.
(832) 952-0760 View (832) 952-0760
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Sheila Morgan-Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77057  (Online Only)
Trish is a board-certified PMHNP who obtained her BSN from the University of Texas at Arlington and her MSN from Eastern Kentucky University. She has over 27 years in healthcare including working as a psychiatric registered nurse, where she became passionate about caring for those dealing with mental health issues. Supporting, advocating for, encouraging, and motivating her patients is imperative to her when providing care. She strives to provide exceptional care to her patients.
Trish is a board-certified PMHNP who obtained her BSN from the University of Texas at Arlington and her MSN from Eastern Kentucky University. She has over 27 years in healthcare including working as a psychiatric registered nurse, where she became passionate about caring for those dealing with mental health issues. Supporting, advocating for, encouraging, and motivating her patients is imperative to her when providing care. She strives to provide exceptional care to her patients.
(281) 500-9937 View (281) 500-9937
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Dr Michael Millstone - Brain and Behavior, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77030  (Online Only)
I know your time is valuable. Initial consultative evaluation appointments are available for scheduling WITHIN 1-2 WEEKS, unless I am not accepting new patients at that time. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with Fellowships in Psychoanalysis and Mindfulness based treatments. I provide individualized treatment for those dealing with concerns about mood, anxiety, or struggles in one or more areas of life. While I offer short sessions of psychiatric care, my area of expertise is long sessions integrating treatments such as psychoanalysis talk therapy, exercise, mindfulness, and medications when indicated.
I know your time is valuable. Initial consultative evaluation appointments are available for scheduling WITHIN 1-2 WEEKS, unless I am not accepting new patients at that time. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with Fellowships in Psychoanalysis and Mindfulness based treatments. I provide individualized treatment for those dealing with concerns about mood, anxiety, or struggles in one or more areas of life. While I offer short sessions of psychiatric care, my area of expertise is long sessions integrating treatments such as psychoanalysis talk therapy, exercise, mindfulness, and medications when indicated.
(832) 990-0327 View (832) 990-0327
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Rafael D. Guerrero
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77449
I love my job and count myself blessed to be able to help others find the healing and help that they are often looking for when struggling with the issues of depression, anxiety, problems with mood and ADD/ADHD. All of theses can have a huge impact on our daily lives, in our marriages and at school. I use medication with supportive therapy to help you achieve resolution of these and other issues.
I love my job and count myself blessed to be able to help others find the healing and help that they are often looking for when struggling with the issues of depression, anxiety, problems with mood and ADD/ADHD. All of theses can have a huge impact on our daily lives, in our marriages and at school. I use medication with supportive therapy to help you achieve resolution of these and other issues.
(281) 305-8952 View (281) 305-8952
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Joanna Afolabi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77032  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you are trying to juggle a million different things at once? Do you find it difficult to balance your relationships, career, and health? Is it challenging to treat yourself well? As a Board-Certified Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner, together we can figure out what isn't working and restore equilibrium to your life. My goal is to offer professional, sympathetic, impartial, culturally sensitive, and evidence-based care. I provide care to patients of all ages, including children, adolescents, young adults, and older adults. Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Bipolar disorders, and Psychotic disorders.
Do you feel like you are trying to juggle a million different things at once? Do you find it difficult to balance your relationships, career, and health? Is it challenging to treat yourself well? As a Board-Certified Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner, together we can figure out what isn't working and restore equilibrium to your life. My goal is to offer professional, sympathetic, impartial, culturally sensitive, and evidence-based care. I provide care to patients of all ages, including children, adolescents, young adults, and older adults. Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Bipolar disorders, and Psychotic disorders.
(832) 864-5198 View (832) 864-5198
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Courageous Coaching MT
Psychiatric Nurse, LVN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beaumont, TX 77703  (Online Only)
You will never make it to your destination if you don't know where you are.
You will never make it to your destination if you don't know where you are.
(409) 405-4922 View (409) 405-4922
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Sarah Etinfoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77031  (Online Only)
Sarah Etinfoh, PMHNP-BC is a dedicated and experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 8 years of experience in Mental Health.  She works with patients across the lifespan starting at age 4, diagnosing and treating a range of mental, emotional, behavioral, and mood disorders.  My goal is to help each patient realize there full potential and to empower them to be part of their individualized treatment plan. Together we will tailor a plan that will address your holistic needs Mind and body. .
Sarah Etinfoh, PMHNP-BC is a dedicated and experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 8 years of experience in Mental Health.  She works with patients across the lifespan starting at age 4, diagnosing and treating a range of mental, emotional, behavioral, and mood disorders.  My goal is to help each patient realize there full potential and to empower them to be part of their individualized treatment plan. Together we will tailor a plan that will address your holistic needs Mind and body. .
(346) 536-5234 View (346) 536-5234
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Roopa Challapalli
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Dr. Roopa Challapalliis board-certified in adult and geriatric psychiatry and has more than 30 years of clinical experience helping patients with acute and chronic mental illnesses. Dr. Challapalli offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and completes bariatric surgery evaluations and same-day initial evaluations. She completed her psychiatry residency at the Chicago Medical School and the University of Rochester. Dr. Challapalli completed her fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Rochester. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Telugu.
Dr. Roopa Challapalliis board-certified in adult and geriatric psychiatry and has more than 30 years of clinical experience helping patients with acute and chronic mental illnesses. Dr. Challapalli offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and completes bariatric surgery evaluations and same-day initial evaluations. She completed her psychiatry residency at the Chicago Medical School and the University of Rochester. Dr. Challapalli completed her fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Rochester. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Telugu.
(855) 976-2039 View (855) 976-2039
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MindHaven Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Cypress, TX 77433  (Online Only)
Do you often encounter emotions of being misunderstood and not having enough support? Do you desire to establish a connection with someone who is receptive and impartial? Let me introduce you to Chinwe, the founder and owner of MindHaven Behavioral Health Services. With more than 16 years of expertise in the mental health domain, Chinwe prioritizes patient-centered care and crafting personalized interpersonal treatment strategies, guaranteeing meticulous attention to your mental health needs. Please visit Mindhavenbehavioralhealthservices.com.
Do you often encounter emotions of being misunderstood and not having enough support? Do you desire to establish a connection with someone who is receptive and impartial? Let me introduce you to Chinwe, the founder and owner of MindHaven Behavioral Health Services. With more than 16 years of expertise in the mental health domain, Chinwe prioritizes patient-centered care and crafting personalized interpersonal treatment strategies, guaranteeing meticulous attention to your mental health needs. Please visit Mindhavenbehavioralhealthservices.com.
(281) 984-6780 View (281) 984-6780
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Bene Aneke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77002
Hello, I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner licensed in Texas and New York. In addition to my specialization in mental health, I am also a board-certified family nurse practitioner.
Hello, I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner licensed in Texas and New York. In addition to my specialization in mental health, I am also a board-certified family nurse practitioner.
(817) 587-8919 View (817) 587-8919

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Number of Psychiatrists in Huntsville, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Huntsville, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
86% Anger Management
86% Bipolar Disorder
86% Medication Management
86% Stress

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Medicare

How Psychiatrists in Huntsville, TX see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Male
20% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Huntsville?

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.