Psychiatrists in Washington County, TX

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Mahesh Dave
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brenham, TX 77833
I help you with the State of the Art Psychiatry in Bryan-College Station. TMS-TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION, SPRAVATO-esKETAMINE INHALATION, KETAMINE INFUSIONS, EEG BASED BRAIN FUNCTION - MEMORY TESTING, AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT. With God's Grace, my mission is to help my patients rise against the tide of mental illness and function well, free of stigma, with respect and dignity granted to all of us.
I help you with the State of the Art Psychiatry in Bryan-College Station. TMS-TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION, SPRAVATO-esKETAMINE INHALATION, KETAMINE INFUSIONS, EEG BASED BRAIN FUNCTION - MEMORY TESTING, AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT. With God's Grace, my mission is to help my patients rise against the tide of mental illness and function well, free of stigma, with respect and dignity granted to all of us.
(979) 243-6959 View (979) 243-6959
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Dawn of Grace Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified
Brenham, TX 77833
Is it time to make some changes in your life? Are struggling in ways you don't understand? Depression and anxiety are real. Whether it is lack of knowledge, embarrassment, or misinformation, mental health is the topic many individuals and families would rather avoid. This leads to undiagnosed and untreated mental health struggles that can many times cause one to feel lost, invisible, alone, and unheard—but this does not have to be! Your mental health struggles do not have to control your destiny. You can take contorl and change the trajectory of your life. Let me help.
Is it time to make some changes in your life? Are struggling in ways you don't understand? Depression and anxiety are real. Whether it is lack of knowledge, embarrassment, or misinformation, mental health is the topic many individuals and families would rather avoid. This leads to undiagnosed and untreated mental health struggles that can many times cause one to feel lost, invisible, alone, and unheard—but this does not have to be! Your mental health struggles do not have to control your destiny. You can take contorl and change the trajectory of your life. Let me help.
(346) 567-8256 View (346) 567-8256

Online Psychiatrists

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Austin Family Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
We provide professional care for the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders. Our goal is to treat Mental Health Disorders with "as few medications as possible and as much good, professional therapy to address the issues at the source." Austin Family Mental Health provides holistic psychiatric care with a primary focus on medication management specializing in the management of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, schizophrenia, substance abuse disorders, and more.
We provide professional care for the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders. Our goal is to treat Mental Health Disorders with "as few medications as possible and as much good, professional therapy to address the issues at the source." Austin Family Mental Health provides holistic psychiatric care with a primary focus on medication management specializing in the management of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, schizophrenia, substance abuse disorders, and more.
(512) 975-2898 View (512) 975-2898
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Richard Senyszyn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Houston, TX 77090
I provide Opioid addiction treatment, painkiller addiction treatment, and detox. See our website (http://www.houstonpsychiatryonline.com/) and our service location website (https://www.lonestarmedicaltexas.com/).
I provide Opioid addiction treatment, painkiller addiction treatment, and detox. See our website (http://www.houstonpsychiatryonline.com/) and our service location website (https://www.lonestarmedicaltexas.com/).
(281) 746-6850 View (281) 746-6850
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Linnea Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Friendswood, TX 77546
Linnea Johnson MSN, PMHNP-BC has over 12 years experience in behavioral health. She obtained her Bachelors in Nursing from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. She later attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City to complete her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree and is Board Certified to treat patients throughout the lifespan. She became passionate about child and adolescent behavioral health while working with at risk youth in the foster care system in Kansas City, Missouri.
Linnea Johnson MSN, PMHNP-BC has over 12 years experience in behavioral health. She obtained her Bachelors in Nursing from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. She later attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City to complete her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree and is Board Certified to treat patients throughout the lifespan. She became passionate about child and adolescent behavioral health while working with at risk youth in the foster care system in Kansas City, Missouri.
(281) 509-9697 View (281) 509-9697
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The HIVE Maternal Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM
Verified
Leander, TX 78641  (Online Only)
The transition into parenthood can be challenging because there are so many changes and things happen unexpectantly. We do our best to be prepared, yet we may find ourselves lost in overwhelm. We are pretty familiar with the physical changes, but less so with the mental ones. If this is you, let me reassure you many others have been there and there is help for your situation. My name is Kimberly Sennet and I'm here to encourage you to take a step- for yourself, your baby, and your family. I'm here whenever you are ready.
The transition into parenthood can be challenging because there are so many changes and things happen unexpectantly. We do our best to be prepared, yet we may find ourselves lost in overwhelm. We are pretty familiar with the physical changes, but less so with the mental ones. If this is you, let me reassure you many others have been there and there is help for your situation. My name is Kimberly Sennet and I'm here to encourage you to take a step- for yourself, your baby, and your family. I'm here whenever you are ready.
(737) 227-0626 View (737) 227-0626
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Mistee J Jefferies
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Temple, TX 76501
I work across the life spectrum providing psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy to help patients live their best lives.
I work across the life spectrum providing psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy to help patients live their best lives.
(512) 667-7506 View (512) 667-7506
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Reproductive Psychiatry and Counseling
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
5 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704
New patient appointments available. If you or your partner are struggling with mental wellness during infertility, pregnancy loss, or pregnancy/postpartum, please consider reaching out for more care. We often try to be strong and work through issues alone without realizing the significant impact our own mental health has on our children and family. Receiving quality treatment can help you to improve your wellness, and by extension, the wellness of your baby, in the safest ways.
New patient appointments available. If you or your partner are struggling with mental wellness during infertility, pregnancy loss, or pregnancy/postpartum, please consider reaching out for more care. We often try to be strong and work through issues alone without realizing the significant impact our own mental health has on our children and family. Receiving quality treatment can help you to improve your wellness, and by extension, the wellness of your baby, in the safest ways.
(512) 710-2173 View (512) 710-2173
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Dana Ebeling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Austin, TX 78746  (Online Only)
I received my BS in nutrition and dietetics in 1986 from West Virginia University. I graduated Shenandoah University in 1993 with my Associates Degree in nursing. Later I went on to earn a Master of Science in Nursing from Shenandoah University in 2013. I am board-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner as well as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a registered nurse for over 25 years, I have provided holistic care to patients in a variety of settings from ICU, acute rehabilitation settings and long-term care.
I received my BS in nutrition and dietetics in 1986 from West Virginia University. I graduated Shenandoah University in 1993 with my Associates Degree in nursing. Later I went on to earn a Master of Science in Nursing from Shenandoah University in 2013. I am board-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner as well as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As a registered nurse for over 25 years, I have provided holistic care to patients in a variety of settings from ICU, acute rehabilitation settings and long-term care.
(512) 883-8951 View (512) 883-8951
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William H. Reading, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Stafford, TX 77477
I have been Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for the past 25 years. I am a graduate of San Jacinto College, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, and Texas Tech Medical School Residency program in Neuropsychiatry. I diagnose and treat adults, adolescents, and children for most psychiatric disorders especially major depressive disorder and attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
I have been Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for the past 25 years. I am a graduate of San Jacinto College, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, and Texas Tech Medical School Residency program in Neuropsychiatry. I diagnose and treat adults, adolescents, and children for most psychiatric disorders especially major depressive disorder and attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
(281) 853-8453 View (281) 853-8453
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Cynthia Benton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704
Cynthia Benton, M.D. provides psychopharmacology and/or psychotherapy services for adult patients in her private practice in Austin, Texas. She completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. She is board certified in General Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has served as adjunct clinical faculty at both the University of California at San Francisco and at the Austin Medical Education Programs.
Cynthia Benton, M.D. provides psychopharmacology and/or psychotherapy services for adult patients in her private practice in Austin, Texas. She completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. She is board certified in General Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has served as adjunct clinical faculty at both the University of California at San Francisco and at the Austin Medical Education Programs.
(512) 843-7026 View (512) 843-7026
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Round Rock Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Round Rock, TX 78664  (Online Only)
Currently offering online telemedicine appointments to all Texas Residents. My pledge to you: I will actively listen to your unique story-what is troubling you, impairing you and distressing you. I will work in collaboration with you to primarily discover what your personal goals are for treatment and then secondarily formulate a mutually-agreed upon strategy for treatment, for achieving your goals. I will do this with empathy and compassion; I will do this with all dignity, respect and complete confidentiality; and I will do this without judgment or assumption.
Currently offering online telemedicine appointments to all Texas Residents. My pledge to you: I will actively listen to your unique story-what is troubling you, impairing you and distressing you. I will work in collaboration with you to primarily discover what your personal goals are for treatment and then secondarily formulate a mutually-agreed upon strategy for treatment, for achieving your goals. I will do this with empathy and compassion; I will do this with all dignity, respect and complete confidentiality; and I will do this without judgment or assumption.
(469) 530-3631 View (469) 530-3631
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Belle Meade Addiction Medicine & Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Houston, TX 77008
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We help patients establish a professional relationship with a dedicated physician who knows their medical history and medication regimen. This provides the patient with continuity of care and on-demand access to a doctor through telemedicine or in-person appointments. We manage a wide spectrum of illnesses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. Patients with these conditions have the best chance of improvement when they have regular appointments with the same physician who works with the patient in a professional setting.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We help patients establish a professional relationship with a dedicated physician who knows their medical history and medication regimen. This provides the patient with continuity of care and on-demand access to a doctor through telemedicine or in-person appointments. We manage a wide spectrum of illnesses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. Patients with these conditions have the best chance of improvement when they have regular appointments with the same physician who works with the patient in a professional setting.
(615) 576-8371 View (615) 576-8371
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Shani Alam
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austin, TX 78758  (Online Only)
I have been practicing general adult psychiatry since 1997 and have extensive expertise in evaluating and treating individuals of all ages, as well as treating a wide variety of emotional and mental conditions that range from mood/anxiety disorders, substance abuse, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and eating disorders to consulting with clients about grief, trauma, work stress, relationship problems, adoption, legal cases, disability, and other major life changing events. I utilize biopsychosocial approach to mental illness that takes into account each individual's physical health, environment, and psychological experiences throughout their life.
I have been practicing general adult psychiatry since 1997 and have extensive expertise in evaluating and treating individuals of all ages, as well as treating a wide variety of emotional and mental conditions that range from mood/anxiety disorders, substance abuse, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and eating disorders to consulting with clients about grief, trauma, work stress, relationship problems, adoption, legal cases, disability, and other major life changing events. I utilize biopsychosocial approach to mental illness that takes into account each individual's physical health, environment, and psychological experiences throughout their life.
(512) 686-2315 View (512) 686-2315
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Lindsey Sansing
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
Lindsey is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and received her training and education from The University of Texas at Austin. Her primary areas of interest are working with clients struggling with addiction, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and PTSD. She has a wide array of training and experience providing trauma-informed care to Veterans and first responders, as well as to survivors of child abuse, sexual assault, exploitation, and domestic violence. If you live in Texas and are 15+, she can see you via telehealth. Schedule now: www.texasmindandbody.com.
Lindsey is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and received her training and education from The University of Texas at Austin. Her primary areas of interest are working with clients struggling with addiction, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and PTSD. She has a wide array of training and experience providing trauma-informed care to Veterans and first responders, as well as to survivors of child abuse, sexual assault, exploitation, and domestic violence. If you live in Texas and are 15+, she can see you via telehealth. Schedule now: www.texasmindandbody.com.
(512) 489-9791 View (512) 489-9791
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Ugo Rufus - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Ugochi Rufus is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP- BC), certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Ms. Rufus received her Masters degree in Nursing, from the University of South Alabama.
Ugochi Rufus is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP- BC), certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Ms. Rufus received her Masters degree in Nursing, from the University of South Alabama.
(512) 764-3345 View (512) 764-3345
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Jennifer Brock-Garcia
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78727  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide compassionate, up-to-date mental health care to my clients. This can range from prescribing medication, providing information about how to improve sleep or nutrition, or simply helping clients to understand how mental health issues happen, how they can affect our lives, and what options for treatment exist. Trauma, anxiety and depression (unipolar or bipolar) and hormonal issues (PMDD, menopause) are areas of specialty for me, as I have had significant experience treating these issues. Currently, I can see clients age 17 and over.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide compassionate, up-to-date mental health care to my clients. This can range from prescribing medication, providing information about how to improve sleep or nutrition, or simply helping clients to understand how mental health issues happen, how they can affect our lives, and what options for treatment exist. Trauma, anxiety and depression (unipolar or bipolar) and hormonal issues (PMDD, menopause) are areas of specialty for me, as I have had significant experience treating these issues. Currently, I can see clients age 17 and over.
(512) 359-3575 View (512) 359-3575
Photo of Julie Tollemache, Psychiatrist in Washington County, TX
Julie Tollemache
Psychiatrist, DO
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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Harry Siegele
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77024  (Online Only)
Dr. Siegele will meet with you for a one-hour initial consultation to gather a comprehensive psychiatric, medical and social assessment. He will then work with you to determine a preliminary treatment plan using evidence-based treatment, encompassing both medications and therapy. Some patients may require a longer period of assessment as Dr. Siegele reviews previous treatment records, collaborates with family members or visits with you to gather more of your history. Dr. Siegele strongly believes in a collaborative doctor-patient alliance and he will work with you to find the best treatment plan for your specialized needs.
Dr. Siegele will meet with you for a one-hour initial consultation to gather a comprehensive psychiatric, medical and social assessment. He will then work with you to determine a preliminary treatment plan using evidence-based treatment, encompassing both medications and therapy. Some patients may require a longer period of assessment as Dr. Siegele reviews previous treatment records, collaborates with family members or visits with you to gather more of your history. Dr. Siegele strongly believes in a collaborative doctor-patient alliance and he will work with you to find the best treatment plan for your specialized needs.
(281) 377-0535 View (281) 377-0535
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Mindful Health Solutions | Brian Zachariah, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Houston, TX 77004
My ideal patient is someone who is looking not just for symptom relief but a deeper understanding of their condition. Their goals extend beyond mere "coping" to attaining a sustained quality of life. I also encourage patients to keep an open mind when it comes to treatment options. When medication isn't working, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) could be an option that helps them finally find relief.
My ideal patient is someone who is looking not just for symptom relief but a deeper understanding of their condition. Their goals extend beyond mere "coping" to attaining a sustained quality of life. I also encourage patients to keep an open mind when it comes to treatment options. When medication isn't working, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) could be an option that helps them finally find relief.
(832) 688-4472 View (832) 688-4472

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Washington County, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Washington County, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Alzheimer's
100% Medication Management
50% Addiction
50% ADHD

Average years in practice

19 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
50% Aetna
50% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Washington County, TX see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Washington 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.