Psychiatrists in Katy, TX

Photo of Amy Azih, Physician Assistant in Katy, TX
Amy Azih
Physician Assistant
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77450
Hooray! We're thrilled to announce that we have same-week appointment slots open for new patients seeking virtual medication management and therapy services across the great state of Texas. You could be on your way to improved mental health as soon as this week with our adept Psychiatric Physician Assistant. Our method is all-encompassing, considering the mind, body, and spirit in our care. We blend medication, supplements, and therapy to deliver a comprehensive care plan. Our solutions are versatile, anchored in scientific evidence, and aimed at helping you conquer your goals.
Hooray! We're thrilled to announce that we have same-week appointment slots open for new patients seeking virtual medication management and therapy services across the great state of Texas. You could be on your way to improved mental health as soon as this week with our adept Psychiatric Physician Assistant. Our method is all-encompassing, considering the mind, body, and spirit in our care. We blend medication, supplements, and therapy to deliver a comprehensive care plan. Our solutions are versatile, anchored in scientific evidence, and aimed at helping you conquer your goals.
(915) 615-2629 View (915) 615-2629
Photo of Ifeoma Maureen Ukachukwu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Katy, TX
Ifeoma Maureen Ukachukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, , FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77494
Have you found yourself overwhelmed after taking care of everything and everyone else’s needs instead of your own? Do you feel frustrated trying to balance your life and relationships with work and other important obligations? Have you begun to feel that nothing you do is ever good enough? Has this imbalance ever started to deprive you of sleep, anxiety, depression, or even overuse of alcohol and substances? If so, you are not alone and I can help. You will receive a comfortable empathetic session where we will work together to find healthy options to address your concerns.
Have you found yourself overwhelmed after taking care of everything and everyone else’s needs instead of your own? Do you feel frustrated trying to balance your life and relationships with work and other important obligations? Have you begun to feel that nothing you do is ever good enough? Has this imbalance ever started to deprive you of sleep, anxiety, depression, or even overuse of alcohol and substances? If so, you are not alone and I can help. You will receive a comfortable empathetic session where we will work together to find healthy options to address your concerns.
(346) 485-4086 View (346) 485-4086
Photo of Kennedy Ogbonna Anyanwu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Katy, TX
Kennedy Ogbonna Anyanwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77494
I firmly believe in holistic care approach with emphasis on providing individualized and culturally competent care to clients with mental health needs, while embracing innovation and staying updated with the latest advancements in mental health care. This mindset has driven me to leverage technology, such as telehealth platforms, to reach and support patients in remote areas, ensuring access to quality mental health services.
I firmly believe in holistic care approach with emphasis on providing individualized and culturally competent care to clients with mental health needs, while embracing innovation and staying updated with the latest advancements in mental health care. This mindset has driven me to leverage technology, such as telehealth platforms, to reach and support patients in remote areas, ensuring access to quality mental health services.
(832) 261-9346 View (832) 261-9346
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Esther Morgan Nkwanyuo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, , BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77494
Esther Morgan N, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNP, BC. An experienced national board certified provider. Helping patients and their families navigate the difficulty associated with Mental health. I provide quality and cost affordable care to all my clients On the first encounter I collect information’s from the client and start to build a therapeutic relationship with the client. Giving each of my client an opportunity to know me, gain trust and answer any questions or doubts one might have concerning their mental health. I will create a new plan in collaboration with the client. A plan that is feasible, effective, and affordable for them.
Esther Morgan N, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNP, BC. An experienced national board certified provider. Helping patients and their families navigate the difficulty associated with Mental health. I provide quality and cost affordable care to all my clients On the first encounter I collect information’s from the client and start to build a therapeutic relationship with the client. Giving each of my client an opportunity to know me, gain trust and answer any questions or doubts one might have concerning their mental health. I will create a new plan in collaboration with the client. A plan that is feasible, effective, and affordable for them.
(281) 475-4218 View (281) 475-4218
Photo of Sireesha Chimata, Psychiatrist in Katy, TX
Sireesha Chimata
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77494
Dr. Sireesha Chimata understands that mental health is complex and can be daunting for patients and their families. Dr. Chimata wants her patients to gain stability and be at peace. She uses an evidence-based approach to therapy.
Dr. Sireesha Chimata understands that mental health is complex and can be daunting for patients and their families. Dr. Chimata wants her patients to gain stability and be at peace. She uses an evidence-based approach to therapy.
(855) 976-2039 View (855) 976-2039
Photo of Edmund Munde, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Katy, TX
Edmund Munde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77450
Welcome to Psychiatric Holistic Care (PHC). We are accepting new patients with appointments available within a week. If you're overwhelmed by depression, anxiety, mood swings, psychosis, life changes, stressful events, or substance use, you're not alone. We provide guidance for healing and self-discovery through a holistic approach that addresses symptoms and underlying causes. We use evidence-based approach to treat our patients. At PHC, we treat conditions like depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, bipolar disorder, insomnia, ADHD, autism, PTSD, substance use disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders.
Welcome to Psychiatric Holistic Care (PHC). We are accepting new patients with appointments available within a week. If you're overwhelmed by depression, anxiety, mood swings, psychosis, life changes, stressful events, or substance use, you're not alone. We provide guidance for healing and self-discovery through a holistic approach that addresses symptoms and underlying causes. We use evidence-based approach to treat our patients. At PHC, we treat conditions like depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, bipolar disorder, insomnia, ADHD, autism, PTSD, substance use disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders.
(832) 307-0167 View (832) 307-0167
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Omolola Oloyede
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77494
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Are you ever wondering if what you're experiencing is typical? Perhaps you are puzzled by your forgetfulness, struggle to focus, or find yourself easily distracted. Maybe getting out of bed in the morning feels like a chore, you lack motivation to engage in life, or you experience unexplained tearfulness. Do you find it difficult to sleep at night, waking up multiple times and feeling exhausted the next day? Have you faced trauma that leaves you feeling anxious and on edge? You don't have to navigate these difficulties by yourself.
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Texas! Are you ever wondering if what you're experiencing is typical? Perhaps you are puzzled by your forgetfulness, struggle to focus, or find yourself easily distracted. Maybe getting out of bed in the morning feels like a chore, you lack motivation to engage in life, or you experience unexplained tearfulness. Do you find it difficult to sleep at night, waking up multiple times and feeling exhausted the next day? Have you faced trauma that leaves you feeling anxious and on edge? You don't have to navigate these difficulties by yourself.
(512) 355-0446 View (512) 355-0446
Photo of The Renewed Mind Behavioral Health and Wellness , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Katy, TX
The Renewed Mind Behavioral Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77494
My name Olaide Akinyinka, PMHNP. I am a board-certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner treating patients across the lifespan. I have worked in the behavioral/medical/mental health field for over 8 years, and am here to help guide you in your healing journey! I treat teens, young adult and elderly population with a focus of ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder. I believe in a collaborative approach. I specialize in medication management. I am dedicated to helping clients optimize their mental health by developing a collaborative partnership with clients and tailoring treatment to meet specific needs.
My name Olaide Akinyinka, PMHNP. I am a board-certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner treating patients across the lifespan. I have worked in the behavioral/medical/mental health field for over 8 years, and am here to help guide you in your healing journey! I treat teens, young adult and elderly population with a focus of ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder. I believe in a collaborative approach. I specialize in medication management. I am dedicated to helping clients optimize their mental health by developing a collaborative partnership with clients and tailoring treatment to meet specific needs.
(346) 375-7371 View (346) 375-7371
Photo of Dr. Scharmaine Lawson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Katy, TX
Dr. Scharmaine Lawson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP, FAANP, FAAN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77494
“You deserve to live a life that leaves you excited to wake up every morning.” Are you ready to make a change in your life? It takes courage to ask for help, but the rewards of doing so can lead to a lifetime of fulfillment. I understand and have experienced the myriad of emotional challenges life has to offer. In working together, we will cultivate growth by understanding the obstacles that you face and develop solutions that can help you gain control of your life and achieve your goals. Therapy coupled with medication management can lead you to greater self-awareness, self-esteem, and most importantly, a more fulfilling life.
“You deserve to live a life that leaves you excited to wake up every morning.” Are you ready to make a change in your life? It takes courage to ask for help, but the rewards of doing so can lead to a lifetime of fulfillment. I understand and have experienced the myriad of emotional challenges life has to offer. In working together, we will cultivate growth by understanding the obstacles that you face and develop solutions that can help you gain control of your life and achieve your goals. Therapy coupled with medication management can lead you to greater self-awareness, self-esteem, and most importantly, a more fulfilling life.
(346) 449-5188 View (346) 449-5188
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Dr Yahya Saeed - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77494
Dr. Yahya Saeed is a long time Houstonian, having graduated from Stratford High School and from the University of Houston. He has also been a general psychiatry resident at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then completed his addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Urdu/Hindi, and accepts patients who speak these languages. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine.
Dr. Yahya Saeed is a long time Houstonian, having graduated from Stratford High School and from the University of Houston. He has also been a general psychiatry resident at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then completed his addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Urdu/Hindi, and accepts patients who speak these languages. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine.
(346) 512-3713 View (346) 512-3713
Photo of Careen Tetuh, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Katy, TX
Careen Tetuh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77449
A compassionate and empathetic Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of comprehensive experience in health care, providing wellness and mental health management for a variety of populations.
A compassionate and empathetic Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of comprehensive experience in health care, providing wellness and mental health management for a variety of populations.
(469) 447-7667 View (469) 447-7667
Photo of Health Growth Behavioral Services LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Katy, TX
Health Growth Behavioral Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77494
At Health Growth Behavioral Services, we understand that mental health is just as important as physical health. Our team members work together to provide comprehensive and evidence-based treatment to our patients. We offer initial and follow up evaluations, medication management, and other services to help our patients achieve their goals. Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.
At Health Growth Behavioral Services, we understand that mental health is just as important as physical health. Our team members work together to provide comprehensive and evidence-based treatment to our patients. We offer initial and follow up evaluations, medication management, and other services to help our patients achieve their goals. Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.
(346) 553-9633 View (346) 553-9633
Photo of Novus Beginning Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Katy, TX
Novus Beginning Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77494
Many of us struggle with anxiety, depression, mood difficulties, relationship issues, and psychosis. These conditions can be from normal life stressors or from our genetics, and living with them may be difficult for us or our loved ones. Seeking help can be hard when the stigma around mental health is high. However, you know you need help and if you are reading this, then you are at the right place because our goal is to provide you with a Novus (new) Beginning for your life. We strive to provide excellent care which includes therapy and medications as indicated.
Many of us struggle with anxiety, depression, mood difficulties, relationship issues, and psychosis. These conditions can be from normal life stressors or from our genetics, and living with them may be difficult for us or our loved ones. Seeking help can be hard when the stigma around mental health is high. However, you know you need help and if you are reading this, then you are at the right place because our goal is to provide you with a Novus (new) Beginning for your life. We strive to provide excellent care which includes therapy and medications as indicated.
(281) 248-8474 View (281) 248-8474
Photo of Dr Lynda Parker - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Katy, TX
Dr Lynda Parker - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77493
Dr. Lynda Parker is a psychiatrist currently practicing at Anew Era TMS and Psychiatry of Austin in Austin, TX. She also offers virtual consultations.
Dr. Lynda Parker is a psychiatrist currently practicing at Anew Era TMS and Psychiatry of Austin in Austin, TX. She also offers virtual consultations.
(346) 746-6829 View (346) 746-6829
Photo of Elizabeth Macshadiya, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Katy, TX
Elizabeth Macshadiya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77494
Hi, I’m Liz! Are you suffering from challenges caused by depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, insomnia, and more? Do you often wonder if what you are feeling or experiencing is “normal?” Let’s talk! I am an experienced, board-certified psychiatric provider who believes in treating you with respect and compassion, and encourages you to actively participate in your journey to wellness. My overall goal is for you to feel seen, heard, and have a greater overall understanding about your mental health. I focus on you as a whole person, and not just a diagnosis. I see patients ages 6+ in TX, CO, IA, MI, and WA.
Hi, I’m Liz! Are you suffering from challenges caused by depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, insomnia, and more? Do you often wonder if what you are feeling or experiencing is “normal?” Let’s talk! I am an experienced, board-certified psychiatric provider who believes in treating you with respect and compassion, and encourages you to actively participate in your journey to wellness. My overall goal is for you to feel seen, heard, and have a greater overall understanding about your mental health. I focus on you as a whole person, and not just a diagnosis. I see patients ages 6+ in TX, CO, IA, MI, and WA.
(281) 524-2184 View (281) 524-2184
Photo of Latosha Barnes, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Katy, TX
Latosha Barnes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77450
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama, a Master of Science in Nursing followed by a Post-Master’s Certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and credentialed through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama, a Master of Science in Nursing followed by a Post-Master’s Certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and credentialed through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
(346) 209-4417 x406 View (346) 209-4417 x406
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Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry - Katy
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77493
Not accepting new clients
If you are suffering from medication-resistant depression, anxiety, OCD, or PTSD, a combination of talk therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the answer for you. For many people, antidepressants do not fully relieve the symptoms or cause too many side effects, and it can become very difficult to go through multiple medications that do not seem to work. After failed medication attempts, you are eligible to be treated with TMS and therapy together. Call our Specialists to learn more about your options.
If you are suffering from medication-resistant depression, anxiety, OCD, or PTSD, a combination of talk therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the answer for you. For many people, antidepressants do not fully relieve the symptoms or cause too many side effects, and it can become very difficult to go through multiple medications that do not seem to work. After failed medication attempts, you are eligible to be treated with TMS and therapy together. Call our Specialists to learn more about your options.
(346) 258-7259 View (346) 258-7259
Photo of Ramana Surya, Psychiatrist in Katy, TX
Ramana Surya
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77494
Dr. Ramana Surya is passionate about helping patients improve their well-being, seeing them happy and productive, and having good relationships with family and friends. His approach is holistic, seeing the patient and improving their overall health and outlook.
Dr. Ramana Surya is passionate about helping patients improve their well-being, seeing them happy and productive, and having good relationships with family and friends. His approach is holistic, seeing the patient and improving their overall health and outlook.
(855) 976-2039 View (855) 976-2039
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Ade Adefioye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Katy, TX 77494  (Online Only)
Have you been feeling consistently down, sad or on edge? Have past traumas left lasting scars, affecting your well-being? If you're facing mental health challenges and need someone to talk to without judgment, I am here for you. Take a moment to acknowledge you've taken the first step towards bettering your mental health. I embrace your unique journey, recognizing that the healing process is unique to each person, I am here to offer the specialized support you require.
Have you been feeling consistently down, sad or on edge? Have past traumas left lasting scars, affecting your well-being? If you're facing mental health challenges and need someone to talk to without judgment, I am here for you. Take a moment to acknowledge you've taken the first step towards bettering your mental health. I embrace your unique journey, recognizing that the healing process is unique to each person, I am here to offer the specialized support you require.
(281) 667-0890 View (281) 667-0890
Photo of Veronica Umerah, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Katy, TX
Veronica Umerah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Katy, TX 77493  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm Veronica Umerah. Hi! I just want use this opportunity to appreciate you for taking this bold step to seek help for your mental health, because, let's be honest - starting therapy can be empowering, confusing, or scary, all at the same time. I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment that allows clients to explore obstacles with concerns related to anxiety, depression, Bipolar d/o, Schizoaffective d/o, Schizophrenia and/or self-care.
Welcome! I'm Veronica Umerah. Hi! I just want use this opportunity to appreciate you for taking this bold step to seek help for your mental health, because, let's be honest - starting therapy can be empowering, confusing, or scary, all at the same time. I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment that allows clients to explore obstacles with concerns related to anxiety, depression, Bipolar d/o, Schizoaffective d/o, Schizophrenia and/or self-care.
(346) 553-9544 View (346) 553-9544

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Katy, TX

80+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Katy, TX who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
97% Depression
87% Bipolar Disorder
76% Trauma and PTSD
74% Medication Management
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
66% ADHD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
86% Cigna and Evernorth
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Katy, TX see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Katy?

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.