Psychiatrists in 02115

Photo of Jeffrey Lucero, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 02115, MA
Jeffrey Lucero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02115
Welcome. Thoughtful Psychiatry is a group of psychiatric providers devoted to providing a "thoughtful" approach to psychiatric care. The practice consists of multiple psychiatric prescribers that have extensive training in psychotherapy. While we believe that medications can be very helpful, we insist on providing more than medication for our patients.
Welcome. Thoughtful Psychiatry is a group of psychiatric providers devoted to providing a "thoughtful" approach to psychiatric care. The practice consists of multiple psychiatric prescribers that have extensive training in psychotherapy. While we believe that medications can be very helpful, we insist on providing more than medication for our patients.
(781) 679-5270 View (781) 679-5270
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Resolve Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115  (Online Only)
We specialize in ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, DMDD for children, adolescents/teens, and adults. We treat a small group of clients and focus on personalization of services. Allow us to provide quality care to you or your child.
We specialize in ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, DMDD for children, adolescents/teens, and adults. We treat a small group of clients and focus on personalization of services. Allow us to provide quality care to you or your child.
(857) 855-6971 View (857) 855-6971
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Vanja Pumpalovic, PMHNP - OptiMindHealth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115
Vanja received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Tennessee State University and her Masters of Science in psychiatric nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She strives to create a secure and stable environment for her patients in order to facilitate collaboration and the creation of an effective treatment plan.
Vanja received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Tennessee State University and her Masters of Science in psychiatric nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She strives to create a secure and stable environment for her patients in order to facilitate collaboration and the creation of an effective treatment plan.
(617) 925-9496 View (617) 925-9496
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Karina Riedel
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B, MSN
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115
Taking New Patients. I understand that that taking steps towards receiving mental health requires tremendous strength. I aim to foster collaborative relationships with my clients as they move towards their unique goals. I am highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, currently practicing recently relocated from Austin, Texas. I obtained my Master of Science in Nursing from Boston College and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I bring a comprehensive educational background to my role as my clinical experience is extensive.
Taking New Patients. I understand that that taking steps towards receiving mental health requires tremendous strength. I aim to foster collaborative relationships with my clients as they move towards their unique goals. I am highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, currently practicing recently relocated from Austin, Texas. I obtained my Master of Science in Nursing from Boston College and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I bring a comprehensive educational background to my role as my clinical experience is extensive.
(617) 380-4472 View (617) 380-4472
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Ogo George
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115
I am accepting new patients! Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, health and work? Are you unable to belong at all? Feeling overwhelmed with life and its stressors? I help high performers manage anxiety and other mental health challenges. I have held various positions in psychiatric/behavioral health space 15 years. I adopt a holistic, patient-centered approach to providing mental health treatment that is based on evidence-based recommendations. Together, we can identify what is not working and get you back to balance. We will use a completely self-approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit.
I am accepting new patients! Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, health and work? Are you unable to belong at all? Feeling overwhelmed with life and its stressors? I help high performers manage anxiety and other mental health challenges. I have held various positions in psychiatric/behavioral health space 15 years. I adopt a holistic, patient-centered approach to providing mental health treatment that is based on evidence-based recommendations. Together, we can identify what is not working and get you back to balance. We will use a completely self-approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit.
(617) 766-0886 View (617) 766-0886
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Ian Matthews
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02115  (Online Only)
Same week appointments currently available! Ian Matthews created Up Psychiatry with the mission of providing the highest quality psychiatric care that is personalized to each individual. An important foundation of successful psychiatric treatment lies in establishing a strong therapeutic relationship between the patient and healthcare provider. With this, Ian provides special attention to detail throughout the entire treatment journey. He aims to understand each patient's unique story which allows for the application of an individualized treatment approach through evidenced-based medication management and psychotherapy.
Same week appointments currently available! Ian Matthews created Up Psychiatry with the mission of providing the highest quality psychiatric care that is personalized to each individual. An important foundation of successful psychiatric treatment lies in establishing a strong therapeutic relationship between the patient and healthcare provider. With this, Ian provides special attention to detail throughout the entire treatment journey. He aims to understand each patient's unique story which allows for the application of an individualized treatment approach through evidenced-based medication management and psychotherapy.
(857) 314-2338 View (857) 314-2338
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Chloe Wagen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115
I have been working in outpatient private practice for 3 years. I have worked with patients across the lifespan, and I have a particular interest in working with young adults as well as older adults/geriatrics. I am experienced in the evaluation and treatment of many mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and mood disorders including bipolar spectrum disorders. I prioritize establishing a collaborative relationship with the individuals I work with. I hope to help my patients set their own goals and provide the environment and support they need in order to reach those goals.
I have been working in outpatient private practice for 3 years. I have worked with patients across the lifespan, and I have a particular interest in working with young adults as well as older adults/geriatrics. I am experienced in the evaluation and treatment of many mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and mood disorders including bipolar spectrum disorders. I prioritize establishing a collaborative relationship with the individuals I work with. I hope to help my patients set their own goals and provide the environment and support they need in order to reach those goals.
(617) 231-9827 View (617) 231-9827
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Maria Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115
Hi there, I'm Maria! Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Whether you're dealing with overwhelm, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, Insomnia, bipolar disorders, substance abuse, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Schizophrenia/Psychosis, ADHD, and others I'm here to help. One of my passions is creating Healing communities- my nurse residency capstone involved creating the inpatient psychiatric family mental health recovery group; main objective was to provide psychoeducation.
Hi there, I'm Maria! Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Whether you're dealing with overwhelm, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, Insomnia, bipolar disorders, substance abuse, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Schizophrenia/Psychosis, ADHD, and others I'm here to help. One of my passions is creating Healing communities- my nurse residency capstone involved creating the inpatient psychiatric family mental health recovery group; main objective was to provide psychoeducation.
(617) 397-4895 View (617) 397-4895
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Joseph Yeretsian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115
I work closely with individuals coping with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and work-related challenges, and I offer counseling for couples and families.
I work closely with individuals coping with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and work-related challenges, and I offer counseling for couples and families.
(978) 391-6288 View (978) 391-6288
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Matthew Joseph Mosquera
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02115
High quality mental healthcare requires an open minded, thoughtful, and dedicated approach. If we work together, I will approach your treatment in this way to evaluate which medications and/or therapy modalities are most appropriate for you. I have a therapeutic team based style to make sure your sessions are worthwhile and engaging.
High quality mental healthcare requires an open minded, thoughtful, and dedicated approach. If we work together, I will approach your treatment in this way to evaluate which medications and/or therapy modalities are most appropriate for you. I have a therapeutic team based style to make sure your sessions are worthwhile and engaging.
(617) 751-1897 View (617) 751-1897
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Stephanie Etienne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , PMHNP-B, RN
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115
Stephanie is accepting NEW patients. As dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I obtained my BSN at Southern New Hampshire University. My desire to make a difference in the mental health field led me to further my education at Regis College, where I graduated with my master’s in nursing in May 2023, specializing in Psychiatry. As a Psychiatric Mental Health NP, my approach to patient care is deeply rooted in compassion and understanding. I VALUE validation; focus on the present, ensure that her patients feel seen, heard, and supported throughout their healing journey.
Stephanie is accepting NEW patients. As dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I obtained my BSN at Southern New Hampshire University. My desire to make a difference in the mental health field led me to further my education at Regis College, where I graduated with my master’s in nursing in May 2023, specializing in Psychiatry. As a Psychiatric Mental Health NP, my approach to patient care is deeply rooted in compassion and understanding. I VALUE validation; focus on the present, ensure that her patients feel seen, heard, and supported throughout their healing journey.
(617) 766-0774 View (617) 766-0774
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Julie Bass, PMHNP - OptiMindHealth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115
Julie received her Master of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University and is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has worked in psychiatric nursing since 2016 in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Julie treats a variety of psychiatric conditions using an individualized approach and creates a treatment plan that is tailored to each patient's individual needs, desired outcome, and personal considerations.
Julie received her Master of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University and is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has worked in psychiatric nursing since 2016 in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Julie treats a variety of psychiatric conditions using an individualized approach and creates a treatment plan that is tailored to each patient's individual needs, desired outcome, and personal considerations.
(857) 309-2737 View (857) 309-2737
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Dr. H. Ho
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, DABPN, DABOM, DABPM
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115
I am a Johns-Hopkins trained, award-winning Harvard psychiatrist, affiliated with McLean and Mass General Brigham, quadruple board certified in Addiction Medicine, Obesity Medicine, Adult Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry. Do you feel no one understands your unspeakable sorrow, helplessness, insecurity, or regret? You don't have to endure alone. I have helped a diverse group: abuse survivors, addiction recoverees, children with anxiety, elders with dementia, missionaries, LGBTQ individuals, physicians, attorneys, administrators, etc. I advocate for using the least amount of medications and non-medication approach whenever possible.
I am a Johns-Hopkins trained, award-winning Harvard psychiatrist, affiliated with McLean and Mass General Brigham, quadruple board certified in Addiction Medicine, Obesity Medicine, Adult Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry. Do you feel no one understands your unspeakable sorrow, helplessness, insecurity, or regret? You don't have to endure alone. I have helped a diverse group: abuse survivors, addiction recoverees, children with anxiety, elders with dementia, missionaries, LGBTQ individuals, physicians, attorneys, administrators, etc. I advocate for using the least amount of medications and non-medication approach whenever possible.
(781) 786-7351 View (781) 786-7351
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Lauren Costello
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02115  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 11 years of experience. Particular interests of mine include working with anxiety and mood disorders.  I provide a thoughtful evaluation of your condition and on-going medication management. We will work together to find the lowest dose of effective medications that will reduce your suffering and minimize side effects.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 11 years of experience. Particular interests of mine include working with anxiety and mood disorders.  I provide a thoughtful evaluation of your condition and on-going medication management. We will work together to find the lowest dose of effective medications that will reduce your suffering and minimize side effects.
(857) 380-0135 View (857) 380-0135
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Carly Rando
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing for 7 years. I earned my BS in Neuroscience from Trinity College in 2012 after which I went on to graduate from Boston College Connell School of Nursing, earning a Master’s degree in Nursing in 2014. I have broad-ranging experience working in outpatient settings particularly in in private practice. I have worked and continue to work extensively with diverse populations. My expertise includes treating adolescents, adult and geriatric populations; utilizing a combination of psychopharmacology and supportive therapy.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing for 7 years. I earned my BS in Neuroscience from Trinity College in 2012 after which I went on to graduate from Boston College Connell School of Nursing, earning a Master’s degree in Nursing in 2014. I have broad-ranging experience working in outpatient settings particularly in in private practice. I have worked and continue to work extensively with diverse populations. My expertise includes treating adolescents, adult and geriatric populations; utilizing a combination of psychopharmacology and supportive therapy.
(617) 231-9776 View (617) 231-9776
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Temitope Obasekola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115
Welcome! I am currently accepting new patients. As a provider, my approach to care is one of unwavering support for you as the patient. I try my best to provide a thoughtful and individualized approach to psychiatric care. As a clinician who practices in a group setting, I have the opportunity to be part of a practice that consists of multiple psychiatric prescribers and therapists who have extensive training in psychotherapy. Although I am primarily a medication prescriber; and yes, medications can be very helpful, I also believe and insist on providing more than medication. As such, your care will be integrated and unfragmented.
Welcome! I am currently accepting new patients. As a provider, my approach to care is one of unwavering support for you as the patient. I try my best to provide a thoughtful and individualized approach to psychiatric care. As a clinician who practices in a group setting, I have the opportunity to be part of a practice that consists of multiple psychiatric prescribers and therapists who have extensive training in psychotherapy. Although I am primarily a medication prescriber; and yes, medications can be very helpful, I also believe and insist on providing more than medication. As such, your care will be integrated and unfragmented.
(617) 639-9420 View (617) 639-9420
Photo of Lisa Marie Shaffer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 02115, MA
Lisa Marie Shaffer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02115  (Online Only)
Lisa Shaffer is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has several years of experience in both medical and psychiatric care settings including, inpatient, outpatient and emergency care. She works collaboratively with clients of all ages integrating medication management, and psychotherapy in order to empower her clients in becoming their best self.
Lisa Shaffer is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has several years of experience in both medical and psychiatric care settings including, inpatient, outpatient and emergency care. She works collaboratively with clients of all ages integrating medication management, and psychotherapy in order to empower her clients in becoming their best self.
(617) 855-0075 View (617) 855-0075
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Katherine Kosman
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Streamline your well-being with a Harvard-trained psychiatrist MD with psychotherapy as a focus and cornerstone of care. Individuals describe themselves as educated, aspiring, accomplished. But the journey of through life can scramble priorities and fulfillment. Invest in yourself to break free of patterns, to become the best you, and to chart the life legacy you desire. Connect conveniently from the privacy of your own home, right from where you are. It's Time to Prioritize Your Mental Health and Well-Being. It's Time to Feel Like Your Best Self.
Streamline your well-being with a Harvard-trained psychiatrist MD with psychotherapy as a focus and cornerstone of care. Individuals describe themselves as educated, aspiring, accomplished. But the journey of through life can scramble priorities and fulfillment. Invest in yourself to break free of patterns, to become the best you, and to chart the life legacy you desire. Connect conveniently from the privacy of your own home, right from where you are. It's Time to Prioritize Your Mental Health and Well-Being. It's Time to Feel Like Your Best Self.
(508) 475-5915 View (508) 475-5915
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Gretchen Woodward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02115  (Online Only)
Gretchen collaborates with clients to find the treatments that meet their individual needs. She has completed training in many therapy modalities. She brings her training blended with clinical experience and intuition to provide personalized care. Treating conditions that include ADHD, stress related and mood related disorders. Experienced in trauma based care.
Gretchen collaborates with clients to find the treatments that meet their individual needs. She has completed training in many therapy modalities. She brings her training blended with clinical experience and intuition to provide personalized care. Treating conditions that include ADHD, stress related and mood related disorders. Experienced in trauma based care.
(339) 232-7990 View (339) 232-7990
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Hanna Yapikhina
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02115
Welcome to your wellness journey. I am currently accepting new adult clients for medication management. I am a dual board certified Psychiatric and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with a compassionate approach and 10+ years of clinical experience. I provide a comprehensive psychiatric assessments, develop tailored treatment plans, and implement evidence-based interventions for diverse mental health conditions while considering medical comorbidities.
Welcome to your wellness journey. I am currently accepting new adult clients for medication management. I am a dual board certified Psychiatric and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with a compassionate approach and 10+ years of clinical experience. I provide a comprehensive psychiatric assessments, develop tailored treatment plans, and implement evidence-based interventions for diverse mental health conditions while considering medical comorbidities.
(339) 500-7336 View (339) 500-7336

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 02115

30+

Average cost per session

$312

Psychiatrists in 02115 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
79% Medication Management
71% Bipolar Disorder
68% ADHD
66% Trauma and PTSD
58% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% BlueCross and BlueShield
78% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
74% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 02115 see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 02115?

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.