Psychiatrists in Travis County, TX

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Kristin Miselis
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78756
Dr. Kristin Miselis was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She took a non-traditional path to a career in medicine that enabled her to augment her medical practice with a broad range of life experiences. She specializes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with a specific expertise in the treatment of individuals with eating disorders. She is proud to be serving the youth and families of Austin and the surrounding communities.
Dr. Kristin Miselis was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She took a non-traditional path to a career in medicine that enabled her to augment her medical practice with a broad range of life experiences. She specializes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with a specific expertise in the treatment of individuals with eating disorders. She is proud to be serving the youth and families of Austin and the surrounding communities.
(512) 379-6769 View (512) 379-6769
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Dr. Beisel Austin Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731
Hi and welcome to my practice . I strive to do a comprehensive psychiatric assessment that looks at the whole person , including their strengths , their history and the goals they may have . While I primarily do med assessments, I also use interpersonal and cognitive techniques to help the person arrive at the goal of Better mental health! All are unique and have had a different journey ....some stand in their own way, and we use a collaborative approach to help the patient self assess , and maintain an improved self , more confident and insightful and assisting in their own mental health needs .
Hi and welcome to my practice . I strive to do a comprehensive psychiatric assessment that looks at the whole person , including their strengths , their history and the goals they may have . While I primarily do med assessments, I also use interpersonal and cognitive techniques to help the person arrive at the goal of Better mental health! All are unique and have had a different journey ....some stand in their own way, and we use a collaborative approach to help the patient self assess , and maintain an improved self , more confident and insightful and assisting in their own mental health needs .
(844) 929-2265 View (844) 929-2265
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Mynd Works Psych
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
I am an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in Austin, Texas. As an PMHNP, I provide both medication managment and psychotherapy and coaching services. I am committed to providing extraordinary, comprehensive care and have a warm, welcoming, and authentic approach. I relate to you as a human being not as a disease or set of symptoms. I suppose you could call that my "bedside manner." I firmly believe that this approach is key to being able to develop a trusting relationship with me, your partner in having the life you desire and deserve. I see patients via tele-session and/or face to face.
I am an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in Austin, Texas. As an PMHNP, I provide both medication managment and psychotherapy and coaching services. I am committed to providing extraordinary, comprehensive care and have a warm, welcoming, and authentic approach. I relate to you as a human being not as a disease or set of symptoms. I suppose you could call that my "bedside manner." I firmly believe that this approach is key to being able to develop a trusting relationship with me, your partner in having the life you desire and deserve. I see patients via tele-session and/or face to face.
(512) 746-1351 View (512) 746-1351
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Princess Uzoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 3 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Psychosis. I began my career in mental health over four years ago caring for children, adolescents, and adults. Over time, I've gained the knowledge, skills, and expertise that now enable me to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders appropriately.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 3 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Psychosis. I began my career in mental health over four years ago caring for children, adolescents, and adults. Over time, I've gained the knowledge, skills, and expertise that now enable me to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders appropriately.
(512) 882-4932 View (512) 882-4932
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Catherine Larson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
I am Board Certified in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. I completed my residency and fellowship training here in Austin, Texas at the University of Texas Dell Medical School. I work with children, adolescents and young adults (age 4-40) using both psychotherapy and medications. I have special interest in Anxiety Disorders but I have experience working with a wide range of diagnoses. For more information about my practice, including fees, schedule etc. please visit my website. I am not currently accepting any insurance plans.
I am Board Certified in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. I completed my residency and fellowship training here in Austin, Texas at the University of Texas Dell Medical School. I work with children, adolescents and young adults (age 4-40) using both psychotherapy and medications. I have special interest in Anxiety Disorders but I have experience working with a wide range of diagnoses. For more information about my practice, including fees, schedule etc. please visit my website. I am not currently accepting any insurance plans.
(512) 270-3592 View (512) 270-3592
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Carly Melancon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78756
My specialty is working with ages 3-17 and in 4.5 years have become very comfortable working with ADHD, autism, trauma, anxiety, and depression. I also have experience working with young people in the juvenile justice system, adopted children and/or those who have been in foster care. I cherish working with a diverse population including folks of many religious, racial, ethnic, sexual, gender, and ability orientations. I invite your whole self into the space of our therapeutic relationship and will honor all aspects of your identity. I have recently expanded the ages I work with to include up to age 40.
My specialty is working with ages 3-17 and in 4.5 years have become very comfortable working with ADHD, autism, trauma, anxiety, and depression. I also have experience working with young people in the juvenile justice system, adopted children and/or those who have been in foster care. I cherish working with a diverse population including folks of many religious, racial, ethnic, sexual, gender, and ability orientations. I invite your whole self into the space of our therapeutic relationship and will honor all aspects of your identity. I have recently expanded the ages I work with to include up to age 40.
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Frederic J Wilson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
Dr. Frederic Wilson is a licensed medical doctor specializing in psychiatry for all ages. Dr. Wilson utilizes a multidimensional approach to the mental health needs of his patients incorporating the biological, psychological, and social aspects of their lives. Dr. Wilson is board certified in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Frederic Wilson is a licensed medical doctor specializing in psychiatry for all ages. Dr. Wilson utilizes a multidimensional approach to the mental health needs of his patients incorporating the biological, psychological, and social aspects of their lives. Dr. Wilson is board certified in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(512) 861-8637 View (512) 861-8637
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Andrew Pratt
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78723
Medication and psychotherapy are the most common treatments for depression, but they do not work in all cases—in fact, some patients get no relief from either. This can be due to the side effects of their medications or a simple lack of effectiveness in those treatments. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an FDA-approved and indicated therapy with minimal-side effects for these cases. TMS can also treat OCD, Anxiety, and aid in smoking cessation.
Medication and psychotherapy are the most common treatments for depression, but they do not work in all cases—in fact, some patients get no relief from either. This can be due to the side effects of their medications or a simple lack of effectiveness in those treatments. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an FDA-approved and indicated therapy with minimal-side effects for these cases. TMS can also treat OCD, Anxiety, and aid in smoking cessation.
(512) 866-6716 View (512) 866-6716
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Julie Tollemache
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
My philosophy is that each patient has a unique life experience. I work with patients to identify those life experiences that have led them to seek care. I am a passionate advocate for evidence-based psychotherapy, and believe psychotherapy to be essential for healing and growth and that it should be at the core of every treatment plan. In addition to medication, I work collaboratively with patients to build treatment goals, paying special attention to the restoration of a patient’s basic tenants of health including nutrition, exercise and sleep.
My philosophy is that each patient has a unique life experience. I work with patients to identify those life experiences that have led them to seek care. I am a passionate advocate for evidence-based psychotherapy, and believe psychotherapy to be essential for healing and growth and that it should be at the core of every treatment plan. In addition to medication, I work collaboratively with patients to build treatment goals, paying special attention to the restoration of a patient’s basic tenants of health including nutrition, exercise and sleep.
(833) 677-0744 View (833) 677-0744
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Kimberly Sennet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
Hi there! If you’re reading this, I hope I can be of help in your mental health journey today. My name is Kimberly Sennet, and I’ve recently opened additional availability in my practice to take on new clients. I’m a board-certified psychiatric provider and I accept most major insurance plans (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc) because I believe care should be affordable to all. I tend to fill up quickly, but as of right now, I have appointment slots open as early as next week.
Hi there! If you’re reading this, I hope I can be of help in your mental health journey today. My name is Kimberly Sennet, and I’ve recently opened additional availability in my practice to take on new clients. I’m a board-certified psychiatric provider and I accept most major insurance plans (including Cigna, Aetna, United, etc) because I believe care should be affordable to all. I tend to fill up quickly, but as of right now, I have appointment slots open as early as next week.
(737) 520-3173 View (737) 520-3173
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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(972) 752-2167 View (972) 752-2167
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Elisa Hilario
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78701  (Online Only)
Elisa Hilario is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who received her Master's of Science in Nursing in 2018 from the University of Texas at Austin and Bachelor's of Science in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to practicing in outpatient care, Elisa worked in long-term care diagnosing and treating adults with major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and dementia.
Elisa Hilario is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who received her Master's of Science in Nursing in 2018 from the University of Texas at Austin and Bachelor's of Science in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to practicing in outpatient care, Elisa worked in long-term care diagnosing and treating adults with major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and dementia.
(512) 900-2116 View (512) 900-2116
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Candyce Willis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with prescribing authority. I offer medication management, alone or in combination with psychotherapy, to adults. We schedule new patient appointments through a secure form on our website. Please provide the requested information, and a member of our staff will respond promptly! www.pondworkspsychiatry.com
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with prescribing authority. I offer medication management, alone or in combination with psychotherapy, to adults. We schedule new patient appointments through a secure form on our website. Please provide the requested information, and a member of our staff will respond promptly! www.pondworkspsychiatry.com
(737) 201-0724 View (737) 201-0724
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Brent Jakubec
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731
The ideal patient for a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist seeks support navigating diverse mental health challenges across the lifespan. In the case of a child or adolescent, they may be grappling with issues like academic stress, social difficulties, or emerging mental health concerns. The goal is to foster resilience, emotional intelligence, and healthy coping mechanisms during this formative period. For adults, the ideal client might be facing a range of issues such as mood disorders, anxiety, relationship difficulties, or workplace stress.
The ideal patient for a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist seeks support navigating diverse mental health challenges across the lifespan. In the case of a child or adolescent, they may be grappling with issues like academic stress, social difficulties, or emerging mental health concerns. The goal is to foster resilience, emotional intelligence, and healthy coping mechanisms during this formative period. For adults, the ideal client might be facing a range of issues such as mood disorders, anxiety, relationship difficulties, or workplace stress.
(512) 714-3403 View (512) 714-3403
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Prestigious Guidance Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78735  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am deeply committed to providing compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health challenges. With a background in family practice and a passion for mental health advocacy, I am dedicated to promoting holistic wellness and empowering patients to achieve their full potential. My journey has been shaped by diverse clinical experiences, where I have had the privilege of working with individuals across the lifespan, from children to adults, in various settings. I believe in the importance of establishing a therapeutic alliance built on trust, respect, and empathy.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am deeply committed to providing compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health challenges. With a background in family practice and a passion for mental health advocacy, I am dedicated to promoting holistic wellness and empowering patients to achieve their full potential. My journey has been shaped by diverse clinical experiences, where I have had the privilege of working with individuals across the lifespan, from children to adults, in various settings. I believe in the importance of establishing a therapeutic alliance built on trust, respect, and empathy.
(737) 520-4986 View (737) 520-4986
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Katharine Conrad
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
I am a board certified psychiatric physician assistant with prescribing authority. I offer medication management, alone or in combination with psychotherapy, to adults. We schedule new patient appointments through a secure form on our website. Please provide the requested information, and a member of our team will respond promptly! www.pondworkspsychiatry.com
I am a board certified psychiatric physician assistant with prescribing authority. I offer medication management, alone or in combination with psychotherapy, to adults. We schedule new patient appointments through a secure form on our website. Please provide the requested information, and a member of our team will respond promptly! www.pondworkspsychiatry.com
(512) 881-8916 View (512) 881-8916
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Scott Psychiatric Consultants, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
My name is Darnelle, and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am a provider who listens to and supports every patient. When life brings you troubles, I support you every step of the way. Disclaimer: I do not prescribe controlled substances
My name is Darnelle, and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am a provider who listens to and supports every patient. When life brings you troubles, I support you every step of the way. Disclaimer: I do not prescribe controlled substances
(737) 520-7823 View (737) 520-7823
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-RN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78701
We are accepting new patients, and yes, we will see you within 24 to 72 hours. Book your appointment online today! I love to help people dealing with real-life issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and those struggling with self-defeating behaviors. My passion is assisting others in their journey, will prescribe medication, if needed, as I can make a difference. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders. For the last 13 years, I have worked various mental health settings and have witnessed the profound impacts of mental health treatment.
We are accepting new patients, and yes, we will see you within 24 to 72 hours. Book your appointment online today! I love to help people dealing with real-life issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and those struggling with self-defeating behaviors. My passion is assisting others in their journey, will prescribe medication, if needed, as I can make a difference. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders. For the last 13 years, I have worked various mental health settings and have witnessed the profound impacts of mental health treatment.
(512) 229-9650 View (512) 229-9650
Photo of Jaime Nelson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Travis County, TX
Jaime Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78752
Jaime Nelson is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has been practicing in the Austin community since 2011. She has experience in inpatient psychiatric hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, group homes and she is currently practicing in private practice with outpatient clients.
Jaime Nelson is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has been practicing in the Austin community since 2011. She has experience in inpatient psychiatric hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, group homes and she is currently practicing in private practice with outpatient clients.
(512) 879-1153 View (512) 879-1153
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Joseph Swider
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
Dr. Joe Swider is a Georgetown trained psychiatrist with over 20 yrs of experience in treating the most challenging mental health issues, and has had over 15 yrs of inpatient experience. Specialties include treatment refractory depression and anxiety, which may include PTSD or OCD. Outside of the office, Dr. Swider enjoys an active life, to include skiing, biking and scuba diving.
Dr. Joe Swider is a Georgetown trained psychiatrist with over 20 yrs of experience in treating the most challenging mental health issues, and has had over 15 yrs of inpatient experience. Specialties include treatment refractory depression and anxiety, which may include PTSD or OCD. Outside of the office, Dr. Swider enjoys an active life, to include skiing, biking and scuba diving.
(512) 777-2591 View (512) 777-2591

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Number of Psychiatrists in Travis County, TX

300+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Travis County, TX who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
81% Bipolar Disorder
79% Trauma and PTSD
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Medication Management
68% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Cigna and Evernorth
84% BlueCross and BlueShield
83% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Travis County, TX see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
32% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Travis 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.