Several options. Depending on your income, you may qualify for county mental health services; check the government pages in the phone book or online. If you have resources, many psychiatrists greatly prefer direct pay rather than going through health insurance.
Can be done. Most towns and cities have family services clinics sponsored by the united way, or the jewish federation, or similar type charities, that run on a sliding scale, based on what a patient can afford. Medical schools teaching hospitals and/or university graduate programs in psychology may run free or low-cost clinics. And of course in emergencies, the er is always there.
Make appointment. Perhaps I am not aware of something relevant, but you make an appointment with a psychiatrist the same way you would any other physician. Talk to your family physician, and ask for a referral. If you don't have an fp, call the local medical school, and ask for the department of psychiatry. They will recommend a psychiatrist for you. You can pay the psychiatrist directly for his or her services.
Pay for them. Lots of practitioners of behavioral therapy are not covered with insurance and accept only direct pay. If that's not feasible, depending on the need, if this is for a child, the school may authorize and pay for behavioral services through an individualized education plan (iep). Also, if you meet criteria, public insurance (medicaid) may pay for such care. Read more...