Psychiatrists in Plano, TX

Photo of Rahman Farishta, MSN, APRN , PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rahman Farishta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
Are you suffering from ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, or any other mental health issue? Are you tired of waiting to see a mental health provider? Do you need medication management for an already diagnosed issue? Are you seeking a second opinion or an advice? Are you tired of trying/taking several medicines? Pinnacle Psychiatry can help provide immediate treatment. Call 940-629-7201 for more information. Schedule an appointment online with just a few clicks at www.pinnacle-psychiatry.com. We provide virtual/telemedicine visits to adults but can also accommodate an in-person visit.
Are you suffering from ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, or any other mental health issue? Are you tired of waiting to see a mental health provider? Do you need medication management for an already diagnosed issue? Are you seeking a second opinion or an advice? Are you tired of trying/taking several medicines? Pinnacle Psychiatry can help provide immediate treatment. Call 940-629-7201 for more information. Schedule an appointment online with just a few clicks at www.pinnacle-psychiatry.com. We provide virtual/telemedicine visits to adults but can also accommodate an in-person visit.
(469) 529-8016 View (469) 529-8016
Photo of Dr. Stephanie Ukoha, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Stephanie Ukoha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
Accepting New Patients - I am committed to providing you exceptional care and support to help you work towards optimal mental wellness. With extensive training and experience in family practice and psychiatric care, I am equipped and dedicated to diagnosing, treating, and managing a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, insomnia, and more. Through active listening, evidence-based assessments, and individualized treatment plans, I create a safe and non-judgmental space where my patients can openly discuss their concerns.
Accepting New Patients - I am committed to providing you exceptional care and support to help you work towards optimal mental wellness. With extensive training and experience in family practice and psychiatric care, I am equipped and dedicated to diagnosing, treating, and managing a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, insomnia, and more. Through active listening, evidence-based assessments, and individualized treatment plans, I create a safe and non-judgmental space where my patients can openly discuss their concerns.
(469) 972-8357 View (469) 972-8357
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JonesWay Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75023  (Online Only)
As a psychiatry physician based in Texas, my mission at JonesWay Psychiatry is to provide compassionate care that promotes mental wellness and provides insight and education to all who need it. I want to create a safe space for healing and growth. I am dedicated to guiding you on your journey to emotional well-being. Together, we can empower you to navigate life's challenges and key into your given strengths. Your mental wellness and wholeness are my priority, and I want to support you every step of the way. Let's embark on this transformative process together.
As a psychiatry physician based in Texas, my mission at JonesWay Psychiatry is to provide compassionate care that promotes mental wellness and provides insight and education to all who need it. I want to create a safe space for healing and growth. I am dedicated to guiding you on your journey to emotional well-being. Together, we can empower you to navigate life's challenges and key into your given strengths. Your mental wellness and wholeness are my priority, and I want to support you every step of the way. Let's embark on this transformative process together.
(469) 770-7297 View (469) 770-7297
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Prestonwood Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024
Prestonwood Health is a physician-founded, owned, and operated psychiatric practice with three board-certified psychiatrists serving patients in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex and throughout Texas. Our team of experienced and compassionate psychiatrists are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal mental wellness and lead fulfilling lives using a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches, including medications, psychotherapy, and other interventions. We pride ourselves on our patient-centered, individualized approach that places you at the center of your treatment.
Prestonwood Health is a physician-founded, owned, and operated psychiatric practice with three board-certified psychiatrists serving patients in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex and throughout Texas. Our team of experienced and compassionate psychiatrists are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal mental wellness and lead fulfilling lives using a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches, including medications, psychotherapy, and other interventions. We pride ourselves on our patient-centered, individualized approach that places you at the center of your treatment.
(214) 810-1898 View (214) 810-1898
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Serena Sessions Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
Serena Sessions is an Adult Psychiatric Clinic, offering specialized mental health care, including bilingual appointments, English -Spanish. Using a combination of psychotherapy and/or medications, treatments are customized to the preferences and needs of each patient. Dr. Elena Ammatuna, MD, is board-certified in General Psychiatry, with 20 years of experience, bringing a wealth of knowledge in treating conditions such as depression, anxiety, episodes of panic attacks, psychological distress from traumatic experiences, medical conditions, or other life stressors.
Serena Sessions is an Adult Psychiatric Clinic, offering specialized mental health care, including bilingual appointments, English -Spanish. Using a combination of psychotherapy and/or medications, treatments are customized to the preferences and needs of each patient. Dr. Elena Ammatuna, MD, is board-certified in General Psychiatry, with 20 years of experience, bringing a wealth of knowledge in treating conditions such as depression, anxiety, episodes of panic attacks, psychological distress from traumatic experiences, medical conditions, or other life stressors.
(214) 997-2952 View (214) 997-2952
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Mosaic Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75024
Mosaic Behavioral Health is a cornerstone of mental health treatment in this community. Whether you're struggling with mood issues, grief, relationship conflict, or managing a life transition, we are here to help you along the way by providing support and guidance.
Mosaic Behavioral Health is a cornerstone of mental health treatment in this community. Whether you're struggling with mood issues, grief, relationship conflict, or managing a life transition, we are here to help you along the way by providing support and guidance.
(469) 361-0467 View (469) 361-0467
Photo of Lizette Nji, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lizette Nji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75074
Everyone wants to feel heard especially when it comes to one's health. I want you to know that I am here to listen and together we can formulate a treatment plan best for you. I have been in mental health for over 3 years and being a part of your journey, ensuring your success, is what drives me. Our first session discusses specific mental health concerns, personal goals, treatment history, and tailored care options. Follow-up sessions assess medication efficacy and progress.
Everyone wants to feel heard especially when it comes to one's health. I want you to know that I am here to listen and together we can formulate a treatment plan best for you. I have been in mental health for over 3 years and being a part of your journey, ensuring your success, is what drives me. Our first session discusses specific mental health concerns, personal goals, treatment history, and tailored care options. Follow-up sessions assess medication efficacy and progress.
(214) 623-6748 View (214) 623-6748
Photo of Satish Narayan, MD, FASAM, Psychiatrist
Satish Narayan
Psychiatrist, MD, FASAM
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024
Dr. Satish D. Narayan is a physician with 18 years of experience providing psychiatric services. He currently holds a position as the Medical Director of the Partial Hospitalization Program at Carrollton Springs and has been in private practice since 2008. He received his medical degree from Bangalore Medical College in 1990. He completed his Residency in Psychiatry at Temple University Hospital in 1998 and became certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 2000. He has a professional membership with the Texas Medical Association.
Dr. Satish D. Narayan is a physician with 18 years of experience providing psychiatric services. He currently holds a position as the Medical Director of the Partial Hospitalization Program at Carrollton Springs and has been in private practice since 2008. He received his medical degree from Bangalore Medical College in 1990. He completed his Residency in Psychiatry at Temple University Hospital in 1998 and became certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 2000. He has a professional membership with the Texas Medical Association.
(972) 608-3231 View (972) 608-3231
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Humaira Khalid
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024
Dr. Humaira Khalid is a board certified psychiatrist with more than 7 years of experience specializing in depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, office based Opioid treatment with Suboxone/Buprenorphine and other common mental health problems. The clinic also offers esketamine treatment and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) services for eligible patients. She accepts various insurances and self-pay patients with ages 15 and above.
Dr. Humaira Khalid is a board certified psychiatrist with more than 7 years of experience specializing in depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, office based Opioid treatment with Suboxone/Buprenorphine and other common mental health problems. The clinic also offers esketamine treatment and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) services for eligible patients. She accepts various insurances and self-pay patients with ages 15 and above.
(972) 608-3013 View (972) 608-3013
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Inspire Mental Health Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
Jean Awosoga, PMHNP-BC. A graduate of Walden University with a master's degree in mental health nursing. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 16 years of clinical experience in nursing. I am very passionate about patient care, safety, well-being, and patient's privacy. I always keeps in mind the personalization and uniqueness of every patient.
Jean Awosoga, PMHNP-BC. A graduate of Walden University with a master's degree in mental health nursing. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 16 years of clinical experience in nursing. I am very passionate about patient care, safety, well-being, and patient's privacy. I always keeps in mind the personalization and uniqueness of every patient.
(469) 727-9792 View (469) 727-9792
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Ifeoma Irokwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75024
Welcome to Effulgence Psychiatry, where your journey to mental wellness is honored with compassion, expertise, and a commitment to holistic care. My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a mental health nurse practitioner, I envision my clients as individuals with unique struggles, seeking solace in their darkest moments. Understanding their needs for compassionate care, I strive to empower them to reclaim their lives, overcome obstacles, and achieve personal growth. My goal is to foster an environment where clients feel heard, valued, and supported, paving the way for them to pursue a future filled with hope, resilience, and fulfillment.
Welcome to Effulgence Psychiatry, where your journey to mental wellness is honored with compassion, expertise, and a commitment to holistic care. My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a mental health nurse practitioner, I envision my clients as individuals with unique struggles, seeking solace in their darkest moments. Understanding their needs for compassionate care, I strive to empower them to reclaim their lives, overcome obstacles, and achieve personal growth. My goal is to foster an environment where clients feel heard, valued, and supported, paving the way for them to pursue a future filled with hope, resilience, and fulfillment.
(830) 541-7716 View (830) 541-7716
Photo of Crystal Akunne, PMHNP, MSN, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Crystal Akunne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024
I am driven by a profound passion for mental wellness and an unwavering commitment to fostering positive change within the mental health community. With extensive experience in diverse mental health settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics, I have consistently delivered high-quality care. My dedication lies in providing compassionate, holistic care that significantly influences patient's lives in a holistic manner.
I am driven by a profound passion for mental wellness and an unwavering commitment to fostering positive change within the mental health community. With extensive experience in diverse mental health settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics, I have consistently delivered high-quality care. My dedication lies in providing compassionate, holistic care that significantly influences patient's lives in a holistic manner.
(469) 224-5617 View (469) 224-5617
Photo of Dr. Stephanie Ukoha, DNP , PMHNP-C, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Stephanie Ukoha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75093
Welcome to Wholesome Clinic, where healing begins and hope thrives. Whether you're seeking to alleviate distressing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, or intrusive thoughts; navigating relationship dynamics, or seeking to heal from past traumas, I provide a safe and supportive space where you can express yourself without judgment and explore effective strategies and interventions to manage these symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.
Welcome to Wholesome Clinic, where healing begins and hope thrives. Whether you're seeking to alleviate distressing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, or intrusive thoughts; navigating relationship dynamics, or seeking to heal from past traumas, I provide a safe and supportive space where you can express yourself without judgment and explore effective strategies and interventions to manage these symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.
(214) 466-7630 View (214) 466-7630
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Splendid Hope Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
Joyce Mwaniki is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a doctoral degree in nursing practice and from the University of Texas in Arlington with a master’s degree in psychiatric/mental health. She is trained to assess, diagnose & treat children, adolescents, and adults with mental and behavioral disorders.
Joyce Mwaniki is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a doctoral degree in nursing practice and from the University of Texas in Arlington with a master’s degree in psychiatric/mental health. She is trained to assess, diagnose & treat children, adolescents, and adults with mental and behavioral disorders.
(469) 529-8454 View (469) 529-8454
Photo of Ameena Isa, MD, MSCS, Psychiatrist
Ameena Isa
Psychiatrist, MD, MSCS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75075
Our practice offers patients and families a calm, comfortable and confidential environment to explore evaluation and treatment options. We evaluate and treat emotional and behavioral issues, which may be adversely affecting family relationships. We also evaluate for educational success and the development of appropriate social skills. We are available to provide professional opinion and begin this process with you. We look forward to working with you!
Our practice offers patients and families a calm, comfortable and confidential environment to explore evaluation and treatment options. We evaluate and treat emotional and behavioral issues, which may be adversely affecting family relationships. We also evaluate for educational success and the development of appropriate social skills. We are available to provide professional opinion and begin this process with you. We look forward to working with you!
(469) 478-2867 View (469) 478-2867
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Philip David Korenman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75093
I am a Board Certified psychiatrist, and have been practicing in North Dallas and Plano for over 30 years. My specialty is mood disorders (including Bipolar Disorder), but I also treat anxiety disorders, eating disorders, ADD/ ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, relationship and situational stress (including gender issues), and virtually any other situations that need professional consultation. While not an Addictions Psychiatrist, I have treated alcohol and substance use disorders for my entire career. Many substance use issues benefit from medication judiciously prescribed to assist in preventing cravings or relapse behaviors or to treat co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
I am a Board Certified psychiatrist, and have been practicing in North Dallas and Plano for over 30 years. My specialty is mood disorders (including Bipolar Disorder), but I also treat anxiety disorders, eating disorders, ADD/ ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, relationship and situational stress (including gender issues), and virtually any other situations that need professional consultation. While not an Addictions Psychiatrist, I have treated alcohol and substance use disorders for my entire career. Many substance use issues benefit from medication judiciously prescribed to assist in preventing cravings or relapse behaviors or to treat co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
(973) 832-0857 View (973) 832-0857
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Chelsea Dickson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75024  (Online Only)
I am born and raised in Texas and have been in the nursing field since 2011. I have experience in various areas including Pre-op, PACU, Med-Surg, OR and ER.
I am born and raised in Texas and have been in the nursing field since 2011. I have experience in various areas including Pre-op, PACU, Med-Surg, OR and ER.
(972) 284-0938 View (972) 284-0938
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Tonya Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Plano, TX 75093
Meet Tonya Williams, an esteemed professional with a doctorate in nursing practice and dual board certifications in family psychiatric mental health and family medicine. Congratulations on taking the first step toward addressing your mental health needs! I'm thrilled to extend a warm welcome and accompany you on this journey.
Meet Tonya Williams, an esteemed professional with a doctorate in nursing practice and dual board certifications in family psychiatric mental health and family medicine. Congratulations on taking the first step toward addressing your mental health needs! I'm thrilled to extend a warm welcome and accompany you on this journey.
(214) 247-1358 x256 View (214) 247-1358 x256
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Mehvesh Afrina
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75093
I am a Double Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist practicing psychiatry since 2008. I am committed to improving the wellness of my patients through a flexible and responsive approach. Special interests include holistic medicine, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and women's issues. I treat each and every one one of my patients as the unique person that they are.
I am a Double Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist practicing psychiatry since 2008. I am committed to improving the wellness of my patients through a flexible and responsive approach. Special interests include holistic medicine, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and women's issues. I treat each and every one one of my patients as the unique person that they are.
(972) 473-7444 View (972) 473-7444
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Cherylonda Ramzy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plano, TX 75093
Cherylonda Ramzy is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She earned her masters of science degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington with honors. She is a seasoned psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 16 years experience in healthcare treating adolescents, adults and geriatric populations. Mrs. Ramzy has a special interest and is adept in treating many psychiatric illnesses. Cherylonda is passionate about providing warm, patient-centered and compassionate psychiatric care. She has very strong clinical skills and works with her patients as a team to achieve the best outcomes.
Cherylonda Ramzy is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She earned her masters of science degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington with honors. She is a seasoned psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 16 years experience in healthcare treating adolescents, adults and geriatric populations. Mrs. Ramzy has a special interest and is adept in treating many psychiatric illnesses. Cherylonda is passionate about providing warm, patient-centered and compassionate psychiatric care. She has very strong clinical skills and works with her patients as a team to achieve the best outcomes.
(469) 382-5956 View (469) 382-5956

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Plano, TX

100+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Plano, TX who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
89% Depression
80% Bipolar Disorder
72% Trauma and PTSD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Medication Management
67% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% BlueCross and BlueShield
84% Aetna
84% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Plano, TX see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
35% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Plano?

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.