Psychiatrists in Parker County, TX

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Christine @ Uphealing Mental Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Weatherford, TX 76087  (Online Only)
As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive mental health care tailored to the unique needs of each individual. My ideal client is someone who is courageously seeking support to overcome challenges such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, or other mental health issues. These individuals often grapple with feelings of isolation, confusion, and frustration as they navigate their mental health journeys. My approach is centered around creating a safe, non-judgmental space where clients feel heard + respected + empowered.
As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive mental health care tailored to the unique needs of each individual. My ideal client is someone who is courageously seeking support to overcome challenges such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, or other mental health issues. These individuals often grapple with feelings of isolation, confusion, and frustration as they navigate their mental health journeys. My approach is centered around creating a safe, non-judgmental space where clients feel heard + respected + empowered.
(817) 631-6566 View (817) 631-6566
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Weatherford, TX 76086  (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.
(325) 550-1218 View (325) 550-1218
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Recovery Mind Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Weatherford, TX 76086  (Online Only)
Olubukola (Olu) Yoade is an ANCC board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. She's licensed to practice in TX, AZ, and WA. Olu has more than a decade of experience in Psychiatric nursing with various patient age groups. She graduated from Walden University with a Master of Science in Nursing. Olu understands that mental health disorders can be overwhelming for the patient and can negatively impact the quality of life. Therefore, her daily goal is to help her clients live meaningful lives. In treatment with Olu, you will find a thoughtful, warm, and nonjudgmental atmosphere. She creates effective, individualized treatment plan
Olubukola (Olu) Yoade is an ANCC board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. She's licensed to practice in TX, AZ, and WA. Olu has more than a decade of experience in Psychiatric nursing with various patient age groups. She graduated from Walden University with a Master of Science in Nursing. Olu understands that mental health disorders can be overwhelming for the patient and can negatively impact the quality of life. Therefore, her daily goal is to help her clients live meaningful lives. In treatment with Olu, you will find a thoughtful, warm, and nonjudgmental atmosphere. She creates effective, individualized treatment plan
(469) 809-4965 View (469) 809-4965
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Weatherford, TX 76086
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.
(325) 312-3044 View (325) 312-3044
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Jamie Steinert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, FPMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aledo, TX 76008
Everyone deserves the ability to enjoy a calm space in their mind. Some of us can't shake sadness, irritability, worry or distractability. Some of us need guidance, and sometimes, medication to achieve that. Depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, or ADHD do not make us any less human.
Everyone deserves the ability to enjoy a calm space in their mind. Some of us can't shake sadness, irritability, worry or distractability. Some of us need guidance, and sometimes, medication to achieve that. Depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, or ADHD do not make us any less human.
(682) 301-4224 View (682) 301-4224
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24-7 Shalom Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Willow Park, TX 76087  (Online Only)
My expertise is in treating patients with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD who are seeking compassionate, personalized care. If you've experienced feeling overwhelmed, lost or hopeless you've come to the right place. Thorough an empathetic assessment, a tailored treatment plan, and ongoing support, I help patients manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
My expertise is in treating patients with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD who are seeking compassionate, personalized care. If you've experienced feeling overwhelmed, lost or hopeless you've come to the right place. Thorough an empathetic assessment, a tailored treatment plan, and ongoing support, I help patients manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
(469) 589-7456 View (469) 589-7456
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Mental Fitness Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aledo, TX 76008
Kathryn Farishta is a fellowship-trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of experience in behavioral healthcare. Her compassion and dedication earned her the honor of being selected as one of the DFW's Top 100 Nurses of 2023. Her education includes a Master of Science in Nursing from UTA, subsequently earning board certification from the ANCC. Post-graduation she completed a community-focused psychiatric advanced practice provider fellowship where she trained throughout the healthcare continuum including psychiatric emergency, inpatient, outpatient, and consult-liaison services.
Kathryn Farishta is a fellowship-trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of experience in behavioral healthcare. Her compassion and dedication earned her the honor of being selected as one of the DFW's Top 100 Nurses of 2023. Her education includes a Master of Science in Nursing from UTA, subsequently earning board certification from the ANCC. Post-graduation she completed a community-focused psychiatric advanced practice provider fellowship where she trained throughout the healthcare continuum including psychiatric emergency, inpatient, outpatient, and consult-liaison services.
(817) 813-9368 View (817) 813-9368
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Zian Takwi Omene
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Aledo, TX 76008
Your condition does not define you. If you're looking for a trusted Christian provider who listens and offers treatments that address the root problem, consider medication as an option, not the only option. For Christians, we co-create a Kingdom Bible-based plan to help you live your best life.
Your condition does not define you. If you're looking for a trusted Christian provider who listens and offers treatments that address the root problem, consider medication as an option, not the only option. For Christians, we co-create a Kingdom Bible-based plan to help you live your best life.
(817) 587-8099 View (817) 587-8099
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Kyle Smith
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Weatherford, TX 76085
My mission in the practice is to provide high quality evidence-based modern psychiatric care with the goal of improving functioning and performance in your professional, personal or athletic life along with your everyday experience.
My mission in the practice is to provide high quality evidence-based modern psychiatric care with the goal of improving functioning and performance in your professional, personal or athletic life along with your everyday experience.
(817) 760-2405 View (817) 760-2405
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Flowers Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified Verified
Weatherford, TX 76085
Welcome to Flowers Family Psychiatry, where compassionate care meets evidence-based practice. Flowers Family Psychiatry is committed to guiding individuals through challenging times with an open-minded, affirming, and empathetic approach. At Flowers Family Psychiatry, we understand the importance of providing non-judgmental support to individuals across the lifespan.
Welcome to Flowers Family Psychiatry, where compassionate care meets evidence-based practice. Flowers Family Psychiatry is committed to guiding individuals through challenging times with an open-minded, affirming, and empathetic approach. At Flowers Family Psychiatry, we understand the importance of providing non-judgmental support to individuals across the lifespan.
(817) 646-5719 View (817) 646-5719

Online Psychiatrists

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Navdip Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75254  (Online Only)
Do you feel stressed by everyday challenges? Do you struggle with your mood? Does anxiety hold you back from achieving your goal? Do you struggle with low self-esteem? Are you having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? I treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, eating disorder, gambling addiction, and bipolar using medication management to your target symptoms.
Do you feel stressed by everyday challenges? Do you struggle with your mood? Does anxiety hold you back from achieving your goal? Do you struggle with low self-esteem? Are you having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? I treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, eating disorder, gambling addiction, and bipolar using medication management to your target symptoms.
(832) 400-4281 View (832) 400-4281
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Emerald Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, MA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington, TX 76010
We are accepting new patients, we are a board certified mental health Nurse practitioner. We evaluate, diagnose and manage various mental health conditions such as ADHD, personality disorders, mood disorders and anxiety in both children and adults. Our goal is to bridge the gap in mental health and enhance access to treatment. We are dedicated to the wellbeing of our generation, therefore we are dedicated to both young and old with needs for mental health treatment. You don't have to suffer alone, come let us get you the best care you deserve.
We are accepting new patients, we are a board certified mental health Nurse practitioner. We evaluate, diagnose and manage various mental health conditions such as ADHD, personality disorders, mood disorders and anxiety in both children and adults. Our goal is to bridge the gap in mental health and enhance access to treatment. We are dedicated to the wellbeing of our generation, therefore we are dedicated to both young and old with needs for mental health treatment. You don't have to suffer alone, come let us get you the best care you deserve.
(509) 587-1707 View (509) 587-1707
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Oluwakemi Ajibola Ojo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75254  (Online Only)
Dedicated to your wellness when it comes to Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Schizophrenia and general mental illness.
Dedicated to your wellness when it comes to Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Schizophrenia and general mental illness.
(346) 770-2446 View (346) 770-2446
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Emem Nkanga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Garland, TX 75043
I am Emem Nkanga, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I hold a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in nursing science from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). I have over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with the last three years in psychiatry. My extensive background spans various healthcare fields, including trauma, medical/ surgical, progressive/intermediate care, rehabilitation, and psychiatry. I dedicated my lifelong career to improving the well-being of individuals and communities.
I am Emem Nkanga, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I hold a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in nursing science from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). I have over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with the last three years in psychiatry. My extensive background spans various healthcare fields, including trauma, medical/ surgical, progressive/intermediate care, rehabilitation, and psychiatry. I dedicated my lifelong career to improving the well-being of individuals and communities.
(972) 928-1083 View (972) 928-1083
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Lloyd E Esene
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LLB, BL, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Mansfield, TX 76063  (Online Only)
I take great pride in helping and working with my patients to find solutions to their Mental Health puzzle. For every patient I draw up a Plan of Care to take them from a state of confusion, trauma, depression, anxiety, Psychosis, Bipolar etc, to a state of normality, a state of stable and functional mental wellbeing. I listen and watch out for those unspoken but yet loud mental pain, trauma darkness that are afflicting them and help them find answers. I love to travel overseas and within the United States. I am huge soccer fan, and I love to watch Chelsea FC of London, The Nigerian soccer national team, the Mexican National team,
I take great pride in helping and working with my patients to find solutions to their Mental Health puzzle. For every patient I draw up a Plan of Care to take them from a state of confusion, trauma, depression, anxiety, Psychosis, Bipolar etc, to a state of normality, a state of stable and functional mental wellbeing. I listen and watch out for those unspoken but yet loud mental pain, trauma darkness that are afflicting them and help them find answers. I love to travel overseas and within the United States. I am huge soccer fan, and I love to watch Chelsea FC of London, The Nigerian soccer national team, the Mexican National team,
(682) 301-8203 View (682) 301-8203
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Suboxone, Vivitrol, Buprenorphine in Denton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified Verified
Denton, TX 76201
Rodney is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in working with individuals struggling with addiction. Addiction effects all parts of a person and as such requires treatment that addresses each of these parts. Medication assisted sobriety encompasses certain medications that help to work on the parts of the brain that either cause an individual to be more prone to addiction or to help block the reward centers of the brain in order to minimize cravings and desire to use.
Rodney is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in working with individuals struggling with addiction. Addiction effects all parts of a person and as such requires treatment that addresses each of these parts. Medication assisted sobriety encompasses certain medications that help to work on the parts of the brain that either cause an individual to be more prone to addiction or to help block the reward centers of the brain in order to minimize cravings and desire to use.
(940) 531-3195 View (940) 531-3195
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Restore Brain
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Colleyville, TX 76034
We are experts at dealing with patients who suffer from depression of any type. We understand co-occurring disorders and addiction. Patients that need cognitive therapy, treatment from depression, bipolar, anxiety, ptsd. and ADHD.Our staff is experienced and highly credentialed in these areas.
We are experts at dealing with patients who suffer from depression of any type. We understand co-occurring disorders and addiction. Patients that need cognitive therapy, treatment from depression, bipolar, anxiety, ptsd. and ADHD.Our staff is experienced and highly credentialed in these areas.
(817) 438-2868 View (817) 438-2868
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Julie Ross Pittman
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington, TX 76015
Dr. Pittman is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She has a passion for helping people improve the quality of their lives by diagnosing and managing conditions, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, and more. She also helps men and women address weight management issues with thorough medical evaluation and treatment planning regarding diet, nutrition, exercise, and medication.
Dr. Pittman is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She has a passion for helping people improve the quality of their lives by diagnosing and managing conditions, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, and more. She also helps men and women address weight management issues with thorough medical evaluation and treatment planning regarding diet, nutrition, exercise, and medication.
(817) 472-9369 View (817) 472-9369
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Aekta Malhotra
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75243  (Online Only)
Welcome to Apollo Psychiatry! Wait time < 2 weeks. The doctor-patient relationship takes time, and it is the most important aspect of my practice. At Apollo Psychiatry, patients are treated as whole beings, inviting and honoring the full spectrum of emotions that make them uniquely human. You will be offered a customized and collaborative approach to treatment and a psychologically safe space that respects your privacy and openness to vulnerability. I see patients aged 18-70 in both Texas and Colorado, who can pay privately or use out-of-network benefits for reimbursement. Services are delivered over a HIPAA secure Zoom platform.
Welcome to Apollo Psychiatry! Wait time < 2 weeks. The doctor-patient relationship takes time, and it is the most important aspect of my practice. At Apollo Psychiatry, patients are treated as whole beings, inviting and honoring the full spectrum of emotions that make them uniquely human. You will be offered a customized and collaborative approach to treatment and a psychologically safe space that respects your privacy and openness to vulnerability. I see patients aged 18-70 in both Texas and Colorado, who can pay privately or use out-of-network benefits for reimbursement. Services are delivered over a HIPAA secure Zoom platform.
(469) 716-5868 View (469) 716-5868
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Frisco, TX 75034  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth in Texas for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting daily optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out of pocket rates- Also accepting insurances
Accepting new patients via telehealth in Texas for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting daily optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out of pocket rates- Also accepting insurances
(214) 884-4635 View (214) 884-4635

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Parker County, TX

10+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Parker County, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
90% Trauma and PTSD
90% Medication Management
80% ADHD
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
90% BlueCross and BlueShield
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Parker County, TX see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

56% Female
33% Male
11% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Parker 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.