Psychiatrists in Prosper, TX

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Dr. Noor @ Faith Behavioral
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Prosper, TX 75078
I see ages 6-60 years old, I work with school for 504 and IEP. As a child, adult psychiatrist, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive care that considers the unique needs of individuals. I focus on the underlying factors that may contribute to their difficulties. This allows me to develop personalized treatment plans that support their overall well-being.
I see ages 6-60 years old, I work with school for 504 and IEP. As a child, adult psychiatrist, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive care that considers the unique needs of individuals. I focus on the underlying factors that may contribute to their difficulties. This allows me to develop personalized treatment plans that support their overall well-being.
(214) 609-1776 View (214) 609-1776
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Dr. Carnika Donald
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC, ADHD-C
Verified
Prosper, TX 75078
Our licensed and board-certified collaborating Psychiatrist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners have rigorous training and credentialing in the specialty area of child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. Our providers possess years of varied training and experience. Our licensed and board-certified providers specializes in psychopharmacology - the medications which treat psychiatric disorders, working with a wide range of psychiatric disorders. Our professional staff provides a wide range of high-quality, affordable, and accessible services to keep you emotionally healthy and physically active. High quality care is delivered in an environment that promotes safety, confidentiality and privacy.
Our licensed and board-certified collaborating Psychiatrist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners have rigorous training and credentialing in the specialty area of child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. Our providers possess years of varied training and experience. Our licensed and board-certified providers specializes in psychopharmacology - the medications which treat psychiatric disorders, working with a wide range of psychiatric disorders. Our professional staff provides a wide range of high-quality, affordable, and accessible services to keep you emotionally healthy and physically active. High quality care is delivered in an environment that promotes safety, confidentiality and privacy.
(972) 734-1573 View (972) 734-1573
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Raigina Preston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
5 Endorsed
Prosper, TX 75078
I understand that seeking mental health treatment can sometimes seem like a task. Whether it’s your first time opening up or you’ve seen someone before, and now you have to retell your story all over again. Either way, you’ve taken a step in the right direction, and that’s to start the process of feeling better because MENTAL HEALTH IS NOT A TREND. IT IS A LIFESTYLE.
I understand that seeking mental health treatment can sometimes seem like a task. Whether it’s your first time opening up or you’ve seen someone before, and now you have to retell your story all over again. Either way, you’ve taken a step in the right direction, and that’s to start the process of feeling better because MENTAL HEALTH IS NOT A TREND. IT IS A LIFESTYLE.
(469) 778-3260 View (469) 778-3260
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Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Prosper, TX 75078
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(972) 737-7530 View (972) 737-7530
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Dr. Farah Ali
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Prosper, TX 75078
As a board certified psychiatrist, I provide psychiatric care for individual adults and adolescents between ages 16 to 65, in a safe and welcoming private office. My work is devoted to helping people like you improve relationships with yourself, family, colleagues, and community. My services include a thorough evaluation, medication management, and patient education. I begin the initial assessment by review of your current physical, mental, and relationship strengths and areas of potential improvement.
As a board certified psychiatrist, I provide psychiatric care for individual adults and adolescents between ages 16 to 65, in a safe and welcoming private office. My work is devoted to helping people like you improve relationships with yourself, family, colleagues, and community. My services include a thorough evaluation, medication management, and patient education. I begin the initial assessment by review of your current physical, mental, and relationship strengths and areas of potential improvement.
(469) 778-3597 View (469) 778-3597
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Care Dominance Health services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Prosper, TX 75078
My name is Caroline Sam, I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My mission as a psychiatric mental health practitioner is to provide compassionate, evidence-based care to individuals and families affected by mental illness. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where my patients feel heard, understood, and empowered to take control of their mental health. Through a collaborative approach that integrates medication management, therapy, and holistic interventions, I aim to improve the quality of life of my patients and help them achieve their full potential.
My name is Caroline Sam, I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My mission as a psychiatric mental health practitioner is to provide compassionate, evidence-based care to individuals and families affected by mental illness. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where my patients feel heard, understood, and empowered to take control of their mental health. Through a collaborative approach that integrates medication management, therapy, and holistic interventions, I aim to improve the quality of life of my patients and help them achieve their full potential.
(214) 214-4362 View (214) 214-4362
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Milka Kamau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FPMHNP
Verified
Prosper, TX 75078
I enjoy treating patients aged 16 and older. I treat all mental health conditions, including, but not limited to depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD/ADD and Bipolar disorder. My non-judgmental approach helps individuals and families understand that there should be no shame or guilt associated with mental illness.
I enjoy treating patients aged 16 and older. I treat all mental health conditions, including, but not limited to depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD/ADD and Bipolar disorder. My non-judgmental approach helps individuals and families understand that there should be no shame or guilt associated with mental illness.
(214) 494-2131 View (214) 494-2131
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Best You Mental Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
2 Endorsed
Prosper, TX 75078
Dr. Raigina Preston, PMHNP, and Emery Chapa, PMHNP, understand that seeking mental health treatment can seem uncomfortable. Whether it’s your first time or you’ve traveled this road before, YOU'RE moving in the right direction of becoming the BEST You.
Dr. Raigina Preston, PMHNP, and Emery Chapa, PMHNP, understand that seeking mental health treatment can seem uncomfortable. Whether it’s your first time or you’ve traveled this road before, YOU'RE moving in the right direction of becoming the BEST You.
(469) 414-9534 View (469) 414-9534
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Ag Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Prosper, TX 75078
We are proud to bring expert psychiatric care to the team at AG Psychiatry. Treating patients aged 4 and older in Frisco & Little Elm.  The psychiatrists brings years of experience to their services and a passion for improving overall health and mental well-being. We offer innovative forms of individual or family psychotherapy, medication management, and school-based services to improve day-to-day well-being. Convenient virtual or in-person appointments are available on weekdays, after school hours, and on weekends.  The AG Psychiatry team looks forward to improving your and your family’s mental health.
We are proud to bring expert psychiatric care to the team at AG Psychiatry. Treating patients aged 4 and older in Frisco & Little Elm.  The psychiatrists brings years of experience to their services and a passion for improving overall health and mental well-being. We offer innovative forms of individual or family psychotherapy, medication management, and school-based services to improve day-to-day well-being. Convenient virtual or in-person appointments are available on weekdays, after school hours, and on weekends.  The AG Psychiatry team looks forward to improving your and your family’s mental health.
(469) 312-6967 View (469) 312-6967
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Aloha Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Prosper, TX 75078  (Online Only)
I partner with my clients to find the best treatment options for their situations. Having been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, I know the impact of mental health on the lives of not only our patients but also their families and loved ones. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in all lifespans for treating conditions related to mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, substance use, ADHD, and other behavioral health-related issues. I feel privileged to have the experience of working with diverse populations in outpatient, inpatient, residential, and community settings.
I partner with my clients to find the best treatment options for their situations. Having been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, I know the impact of mental health on the lives of not only our patients but also their families and loved ones. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in all lifespans for treating conditions related to mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, substance use, ADHD, and other behavioral health-related issues. I feel privileged to have the experience of working with diverse populations in outpatient, inpatient, residential, and community settings.
(469) 717-6635 View (469) 717-6635
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The Healed Mind Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Prosper, TX 75078
Alvin Ndubuisi is a board certified psychiatric mental health NP. He has been in practice for over 5 years. He takes patient care, views, and opinions regarding their mental health management very seriously. His practice is evidenced- based, and using holistic approach, comes up with the best treatment plan that is uniquely tailored to the patient.
Alvin Ndubuisi is a board certified psychiatric mental health NP. He has been in practice for over 5 years. He takes patient care, views, and opinions regarding their mental health management very seriously. His practice is evidenced- based, and using holistic approach, comes up with the best treatment plan that is uniquely tailored to the patient.
(940) 350-5071 View (940) 350-5071
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Excel Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Prosper, TX 75078
Schedule appointment online at www.excel-psychiatry.com or call at designated number. Dr. Zia is a Double Board-Certified Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist with 10 years of experience in diagnosing and treating common Psychiatric conditions including Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and psychosis. Dr. Zia completed her residency training at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee. She did her fellowship from University of Texas Southwestern Medial School, Dallas, TX in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Schedule appointment online at www.excel-psychiatry.com or call at designated number. Dr. Zia is a Double Board-Certified Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist with 10 years of experience in diagnosing and treating common Psychiatric conditions including Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and psychosis. Dr. Zia completed her residency training at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee. She did her fellowship from University of Texas Southwestern Medial School, Dallas, TX in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
(469) 287-7191 View (469) 287-7191
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Tayo Olotewo @ Thrive Psychiatry,PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Prosper, TX 75078
Immediate in-network availability! Are you ready to take the first step in getting the help you desire? At Thrive Psychiatry, PLLC, we provide virtual and in person psychiatric treatments. We incorporate holistic, individualized treatment to each client's treatment. If you are looking for a safe, compassionate judgment free zone, we are here to assist you.
Immediate in-network availability! Are you ready to take the first step in getting the help you desire? At Thrive Psychiatry, PLLC, we provide virtual and in person psychiatric treatments. We incorporate holistic, individualized treatment to each client's treatment. If you are looking for a safe, compassionate judgment free zone, we are here to assist you.
(972) 433-5439 View (972) 433-5439
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Cordelia Odunayo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Prosper, TX 75078
My name is Cordelia Odunayo, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide psychiatric treatment, diagnoses, evaluations and medication management for children and adults. I specialize in treating a wide range of mental health concerns such as: Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Addiction and other psychiatric disorders. I am enthusiastic and compassionate, providing an outstanding quality and individualized care. Please give us a call today. We Are Here To Help.
My name is Cordelia Odunayo, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide psychiatric treatment, diagnoses, evaluations and medication management for children and adults. I specialize in treating a wide range of mental health concerns such as: Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Addiction and other psychiatric disorders. I am enthusiastic and compassionate, providing an outstanding quality and individualized care. Please give us a call today. We Are Here To Help.
(682) 213-8483 View (682) 213-8483

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Megan Tusken
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Megan Tusken is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her Medical Doctor degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Prior to joining Talkiatry, Dr. Tusken completed residency training in general psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Tusken provides evidence-based, patient-centered care and considers a trusting doctor-patient relationship integral to helping her patients achieve their treatment goals.
Dr. Megan Tusken is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her Medical Doctor degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Prior to joining Talkiatry, Dr. Tusken completed residency training in general psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Tusken provides evidence-based, patient-centered care and considers a trusting doctor-patient relationship integral to helping her patients achieve their treatment goals.
(972) 573-7244 View (972) 573-7244
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Kaycia Vansickle
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Vansickle is a board-certified adult psychiatrist, who has been in practice for over 25 years. At the heart of Dr. Vansickle's clinical approach is an emphasis on establishing trust. She focuses on building strong therapeutic and collaborative environments with patients who are struggling with depression, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety including social, obsessive-compulsive, and generalized anxiety disorders. She provides psychiatric medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy and education.
Dr. Vansickle is a board-certified adult psychiatrist, who has been in practice for over 25 years. At the heart of Dr. Vansickle's clinical approach is an emphasis on establishing trust. She focuses on building strong therapeutic and collaborative environments with patients who are struggling with depression, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety including social, obsessive-compulsive, and generalized anxiety disorders. She provides psychiatric medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy and education.
(512) 361-1847 View (512) 361-1847
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Jessica Matthews
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Jessica Matthews is a staff physician who is board certified in general psychiatry. Dr. Matthew's practice focuses primarily on medication management. She typically offers this in addition to applicable supportive and cognitive behavioral focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, Dr. Matthews may believe that additional therapy is needed and asks that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, in San Antonio, TX, before moving to Honolulu, HI to complete her residency.
Dr. Jessica Matthews is a staff physician who is board certified in general psychiatry. Dr. Matthew's practice focuses primarily on medication management. She typically offers this in addition to applicable supportive and cognitive behavioral focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, Dr. Matthews may believe that additional therapy is needed and asks that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, in San Antonio, TX, before moving to Honolulu, HI to complete her residency.
(720) 571-8306 View (720) 571-8306
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Christopher Hasseltine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Christopher Hasseltine is a board-certified psychiatrist who has seen over 20,000 patients and has practiced psychiatry in four states, two countries, and at five major medical centers. He has worked in most psychiatric settings: universities, emergency rooms, adult and adolescent inpatient units, dual diagnosis units, consult liaisons, four nursing homes, seven community mental health centers, prisons, and maximum security units, and has had a large outpatient psychiatric practice.
Dr. Christopher Hasseltine is a board-certified psychiatrist who has seen over 20,000 patients and has practiced psychiatry in four states, two countries, and at five major medical centers. He has worked in most psychiatric settings: universities, emergency rooms, adult and adolescent inpatient units, dual diagnosis units, consult liaisons, four nursing homes, seven community mental health centers, prisons, and maximum security units, and has had a large outpatient psychiatric practice.
(512) 222-6419 View (512) 222-6419
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Brett Abernethy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
McKinney, TX 75071  (Online Only)
Dr. Abernethy is a board-certified psychiatrist. He has experience treating a wide scope of mental health related symptomatology among diverse populations ranging from mood and anxiety related issues to behavioral manifestations of Autism and other developmental disorders. Dr. Abernethy is willing to treat the younger population, and actually a majority of Dr. Abernethy's experience over the past decade has been with treating Children and Adolescents including but not limited to ADHD symptoms, conduct/behavioral related issues, anxiety, teenage depression.
Dr. Abernethy is a board-certified psychiatrist. He has experience treating a wide scope of mental health related symptomatology among diverse populations ranging from mood and anxiety related issues to behavioral manifestations of Autism and other developmental disorders. Dr. Abernethy is willing to treat the younger population, and actually a majority of Dr. Abernethy's experience over the past decade has been with treating Children and Adolescents including but not limited to ADHD symptoms, conduct/behavioral related issues, anxiety, teenage depression.
(512) 661-0513 View (512) 661-0513
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Titilope Lawal-Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Celina, TX 75009  (Online Only)
My name is Titilope Lawal-Johnson. I am a PMHNP who has been practicing in healthcare for the past 12 years. I take pride in helping other be their best. We first complete a detailed evaluation, arrive at a diagnosis, then develop an individualized plan of care to address the issues that are most important to our patients.
My name is Titilope Lawal-Johnson. I am a PMHNP who has been practicing in healthcare for the past 12 years. I take pride in helping other be their best. We first complete a detailed evaluation, arrive at a diagnosis, then develop an individualized plan of care to address the issues that are most important to our patients.
(972) 433-5648 View (972) 433-5648

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Prosper, TX

10+

Average cost per session

$275

Psychiatrists in Prosper, TX who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
93% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
93% Bipolar Disorder
86% ADHD
86% Medication Management
71% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Aetna
93% Cigna and Evernorth
86% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Prosper, TX see their clients

93% In Person and Online
7% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Prosper?

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.