Psychiatrists in Tyler, TX

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Fresh Start Psychiatry and Recovery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tyler, TX 75707  (Online Only)
Are you ready for a fresh start? Are you tired of living life chained to a mental health and/or a substance problem? If you want to heal your anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, mood problems (Depression, Bipolar, Mixed moods)-we can together! If you want to break the chains of binging and addiction to alcohol, cannabis, opioids, kratom, benzodiazepine, stimulants, with or without a psychiatric condition- we will do great work as you journey from surviving- to thriving! STEP 1: contact me today for your FREE screening!
Are you ready for a fresh start? Are you tired of living life chained to a mental health and/or a substance problem? If you want to heal your anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, mood problems (Depression, Bipolar, Mixed moods)-we can together! If you want to break the chains of binging and addiction to alcohol, cannabis, opioids, kratom, benzodiazepine, stimulants, with or without a psychiatric condition- we will do great work as you journey from surviving- to thriving! STEP 1: contact me today for your FREE screening!
(903) 600-9210 View (903) 600-9210
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Tyler / Headlight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75703
Headlight is proud to offer Tyler, TX a full circle of mental health care services, including therapy, coaching, support groups, medication management, and an online library of self-care resources. We make world-class mental health care accessible for everyone!
Headlight is proud to offer Tyler, TX a full circle of mental health care services, including therapy, coaching, support groups, medication management, and an online library of self-care resources. We make world-class mental health care accessible for everyone!
(430) 249-2827 View (430) 249-2827
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Creekdale Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tyler, TX 75701  (Online Only)
Hello there, my name is Angela Sanders and I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I treat adult patients 18 and up with mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, PTSD, OCD, and more. I genuinely care about my patient's mental health and want to help them along the way to mental wellness.
Hello there, my name is Angela Sanders and I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I treat adult patients 18 and up with mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, PTSD, OCD, and more. I genuinely care about my patient's mental health and want to help them along the way to mental wellness.
(903) 500-7580 View (903) 500-7580
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Ifeoma Irokwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tyler, TX 75703
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.
(903) 827-3233 View (903) 827-3233
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75701
Omotayo Gbengaojo is a board-certified Psychiatric mental health Nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC). She obtained her bachelor's in nursing from Grand Canyon University and master's degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. Omotayo or "Tayo" as she is fondly called, clinical experience span medical and psychiatry nursing.
Omotayo Gbengaojo is a board-certified Psychiatric mental health Nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC). She obtained her bachelor's in nursing from Grand Canyon University and master's degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. Omotayo or "Tayo" as she is fondly called, clinical experience span medical and psychiatry nursing.
(682) 327-1189 View (682) 327-1189
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75701
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) 308-0088 View (972) 308-0088
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Fadekemi Olude
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75702  (Online Only)
Currently accepting patients with appointments within A WEEK, with flexible scheduling. Are you struggling to find your way out of a dark place? Fighting to overcome feelings of grief, ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder or major life transitions? Have a history of physical, emotional, or sexual trauma? Feeling like you’ve exhausted all options for treatment and given up hope on finding a solution? I am here to provide light at the end of the tunnel for you.
Currently accepting patients with appointments within A WEEK, with flexible scheduling. Are you struggling to find your way out of a dark place? Fighting to overcome feelings of grief, ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder or major life transitions? Have a history of physical, emotional, or sexual trauma? Feeling like you’ve exhausted all options for treatment and given up hope on finding a solution? I am here to provide light at the end of the tunnel for you.
(972) 573-9755 View (972) 573-9755
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Wacha's Wellness PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tyler, TX 75701
Hello! I have been a nurse practitioner since 2016 and I am board certified in both family and psychiatry. I have long had a passion for serving those with mental illness and it is my joy to help clients reach their full potential. I look at the body as a whole and know that each individual has unique needs, which means they each require a specific combination of treatments to help them find wellness. I treat a range of mental health conditions and tailor each treatment plan according to your needs.
Hello! I have been a nurse practitioner since 2016 and I am board certified in both family and psychiatry. I have long had a passion for serving those with mental illness and it is my joy to help clients reach their full potential. I look at the body as a whole and know that each individual has unique needs, which means they each require a specific combination of treatments to help them find wellness. I treat a range of mental health conditions and tailor each treatment plan according to your needs.
(903) 500-7715 View (903) 500-7715
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Jeremiah Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75701
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am a professional who is dedicated to helping individuals with mental health concerns. I provide a range of services, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and support to people with mental illness, substance abuse issues, and other behavioral health issues. I work closely with patients and their families to develop personalized treatment plans and offer support and guidance throughout the recovery process. I offer compassionate, evidenced based care to individuals who are committed to improving their lives and helping them achieve their full potential.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I am a professional who is dedicated to helping individuals with mental health concerns. I provide a range of services, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and support to people with mental illness, substance abuse issues, and other behavioral health issues. I work closely with patients and their families to develop personalized treatment plans and offer support and guidance throughout the recovery process. I offer compassionate, evidenced based care to individuals who are committed to improving their lives and helping them achieve their full potential.
(430) 224-0159 View (430) 224-0159
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Resolute - Addiction and Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tyler, TX 75701
Are you dealing with crippling anxiety or depression? Struggling with addiction issues? Our team focuses on the total recovery of those who are struggling with addiction, co-occurring disorders, or mental health disorders. We love clients who are committed to recreating their lives by following simple principles. Those who have the willingness to make the initial call can apply that willingness to completely changing their lives. Don't believe us? There are thousands of us out there that have completely broken the chains of addiction and mental health disorders and have found a life of purpose, positivity, and joy.
Are you dealing with crippling anxiety or depression? Struggling with addiction issues? Our team focuses on the total recovery of those who are struggling with addiction, co-occurring disorders, or mental health disorders. We love clients who are committed to recreating their lives by following simple principles. Those who have the willingness to make the initial call can apply that willingness to completely changing their lives. Don't believe us? There are thousands of us out there that have completely broken the chains of addiction and mental health disorders and have found a life of purpose, positivity, and joy.
(903) 226-8421 View (903) 226-8421
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Inner Self Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75701  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, Superior Medicaid, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, Superior Medicaid, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
(817) 663-1202 View (817) 663-1202
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Accessible Psychiatry And Consultation Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75704  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients!....Welcome to Accessible Psychiatry, a behavioral health clinic. Mental health issues can be a challenge and hence affect one's quality of life and that of the family as well. so if you or your family member is battling with these issues: Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, OCD, ADHD, addiction, Sleep disorders, eating disorders among others, then you are in the right place to get a long-term solution. For private pay, we have a sliding scale. visit our web htts: accessiblepsychiatry.org or call us today
Now accepting new patients!....Welcome to Accessible Psychiatry, a behavioral health clinic. Mental health issues can be a challenge and hence affect one's quality of life and that of the family as well. so if you or your family member is battling with these issues: Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, OCD, ADHD, addiction, Sleep disorders, eating disorders among others, then you are in the right place to get a long-term solution. For private pay, we have a sliding scale. visit our web htts: accessiblepsychiatry.org or call us today
(214) 833-7613 View (214) 833-7613
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Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75701
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?
(430) 245-5781 View (430) 245-5781
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Tracy Day
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-NP, PMHNP, AMB-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tyler, TX 75701  (Online Only)
Tracy is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner in the Lufkin / Nacogdoches area with over 30 years of healthcare experience in a variety of medical settings. She performs diagnostic evaluations and uses a collaborative and individualized approach to treat mental health disorders in clients ages 12 and older.
Tracy is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner in the Lufkin / Nacogdoches area with over 30 years of healthcare experience in a variety of medical settings. She performs diagnostic evaluations and uses a collaborative and individualized approach to treat mental health disorders in clients ages 12 and older.
(936) 337-4549 View (936) 337-4549
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Ziks Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75705
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advance Practice Nurse (APN) with a dual board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. NJ Domrufus believes in working one to one with each patient to provide expert medical treatment, guidance and care tailored specifically for their health concerns. She conducts psychiatric assessments and makes recommendations for treatment which often includes psychiatric medications and brief solution focused therapy.
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advance Practice Nurse (APN) with a dual board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. NJ Domrufus believes in working one to one with each patient to provide expert medical treatment, guidance and care tailored specifically for their health concerns. She conducts psychiatric assessments and makes recommendations for treatment which often includes psychiatric medications and brief solution focused therapy.
(469) 281-7205 View (469) 281-7205
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-RN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75701
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
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75702  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75704  (Online Only)
Andrea Yoshiko Carter is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, childhood trauma, and bipolar disorder. Andrea has received training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and is certified in brainspotting.
Andrea Yoshiko Carter is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD, childhood trauma, and bipolar disorder. Andrea has received training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and is certified in brainspotting.
(512) 790-5972 View (512) 790-5972
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Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75701
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?
(430) 803-2046 View (430) 803-2046
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Cerebral Lonestar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75701  (Online Only)
My goal is to reach as many underserved clients in need of psychiatric evaluations and 1:1 motivational or straight talk therapy sessions. My focus will be to accommodate as many clients as possible throughout Texas who identify with this population. I am here to be a change agent for clients who are on their journey to being better-functioning people in mind, body, and soul. Medication is not always the answer and should be a last resort option. If you would like to schedule an appointment please schedule it today. My services are cash-based. Therapy sessions are 45-60 min at $75-100. Psychiatric evaluations are 60 min at $125.
My goal is to reach as many underserved clients in need of psychiatric evaluations and 1:1 motivational or straight talk therapy sessions. My focus will be to accommodate as many clients as possible throughout Texas who identify with this population. I am here to be a change agent for clients who are on their journey to being better-functioning people in mind, body, and soul. Medication is not always the answer and should be a last resort option. If you would like to schedule an appointment please schedule it today. My services are cash-based. Therapy sessions are 45-60 min at $75-100. Psychiatric evaluations are 60 min at $125.
(972) 787-1260 View (972) 787-1260

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Tyler, TX

20+

Average cost per session

$162

Psychiatrists in Tyler, TX who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
88% Depression
81% Bipolar Disorder
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Medication Management
73% Trauma and PTSD
65% ADHD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
91% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Tyler, TX see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tyler?

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.