Psychiatrists in 02188

Photo of Naila Tariq, CNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Naila Tariq
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Weymouth, MA 02188  (Online Only)
Naila Tariq, APRN, is a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Naila worked as a psychiatric nurse for five years before obtaining her Master of Science in Nursing from Regis College and graduated summa cum laude. Naila has experience working in community mental health, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient practice, and consult psychiatry. Naila understands the struggles of finding the right psychiatric provider for her patients and wishes to provide the best evidence-based care. Naila sees patients 18 and older.
Naila Tariq, APRN, is a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Naila worked as a psychiatric nurse for five years before obtaining her Master of Science in Nursing from Regis College and graduated summa cum laude. Naila has experience working in community mental health, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient practice, and consult psychiatry. Naila understands the struggles of finding the right psychiatric provider for her patients and wishes to provide the best evidence-based care. Naila sees patients 18 and older.
(339) 300-4275 View (339) 300-4275
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Brain Dynamic Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Weymouth, MA 02188  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, as humans, we all have our innate given potentials. My core believe is to help individuals live and attain their maximum potentials irrespective of mental health challenges. My treatment modality is based on collaborative approach that is centered on careful Psychopharmacological management that incorporates Psychotherapy for upmost outcome. My goal is to provide holistic care that is based on evidence-based research. Understanding human brain as a complex structure with an intricate network of neuro-chemical activity is a key to understanding the imbalance in brain activity.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, as humans, we all have our innate given potentials. My core believe is to help individuals live and attain their maximum potentials irrespective of mental health challenges. My treatment modality is based on collaborative approach that is centered on careful Psychopharmacological management that incorporates Psychotherapy for upmost outcome. My goal is to provide holistic care that is based on evidence-based research. Understanding human brain as a complex structure with an intricate network of neuro-chemical activity is a key to understanding the imbalance in brain activity.
(339) 218-4027 View (339) 218-4027
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Kristy Lee Eagles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Weymouth, MA 02188  (Online Only)
Kristy L. Eagles, CNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master of Science in nursing from the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Master of Science in counseling psychology from Northeastern University, and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has worked in the mental health field in some capacity since 2006. She offers psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy through telemedicine to people located in MA. She primarily sees adults.
Kristy L. Eagles, CNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master of Science in nursing from the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Master of Science in counseling psychology from Northeastern University, and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has worked in the mental health field in some capacity since 2006. She offers psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy through telemedicine to people located in MA. She primarily sees adults.
(339) 217-6146 View (339) 217-6146
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Korin Dayton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Weymouth, MA 02188  (Online Only)
Influenced by concepts of holism and emergence, Korin partners with clients to collaboratively develop client-centered and integrative treatment plans. These plans may incorporate medication management, supportive therapy, mind-body modalities, and/or lifestyle interventions. She provides a nonjudgmental and safe space to strengthen the therapeutic alliance, and her approach is trauma-informed and culturally sensitive. Korin is board-certified in psychiatric mental health (PMHNP-BC), general health/medical care across the lifespan (FNP-BC), and addictions (CARN-AP).
Influenced by concepts of holism and emergence, Korin partners with clients to collaboratively develop client-centered and integrative treatment plans. These plans may incorporate medication management, supportive therapy, mind-body modalities, and/or lifestyle interventions. She provides a nonjudgmental and safe space to strengthen the therapeutic alliance, and her approach is trauma-informed and culturally sensitive. Korin is board-certified in psychiatric mental health (PMHNP-BC), general health/medical care across the lifespan (FNP-BC), and addictions (CARN-AP).
(339) 345-2035 View (339) 345-2035
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CircleCare Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Weymouth, MA 02188
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with knowledge in working with clients of all ages and backgrounds including children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. I have experience in psychiatric treatment and management of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorders, ADHD and substance abuse. I use a person-centered, individualized approach to treatment and rely on evidence-based practices that recommend the combination of medication management and a commitment to psychotherapy to improve treatment outcomes.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with knowledge in working with clients of all ages and backgrounds including children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. I have experience in psychiatric treatment and management of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorders, ADHD and substance abuse. I use a person-centered, individualized approach to treatment and rely on evidence-based practices that recommend the combination of medication management and a commitment to psychotherapy to improve treatment outcomes.
(339) 666-1892 View (339) 666-1892
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Jackie Audi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Weymouth, MA 02188  (Online Only)
Jackie Audi, PMHNP is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a BS in Health Psychology, and obtained her BS in Nursing and MS in Nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions. She has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient and residential levels of care, working with patients across the lifespan. Jackie’s primary focus is a collaborative relationship with her patients, and a “pills and skills” trauma informed and culturally competent approach.
Jackie Audi, PMHNP is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a BS in Health Psychology, and obtained her BS in Nursing and MS in Nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions. She has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient and residential levels of care, working with patients across the lifespan. Jackie’s primary focus is a collaborative relationship with her patients, and a “pills and skills” trauma informed and culturally competent approach.
(781) 539-1991 View (781) 539-1991
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Sweeney Dawley Recovery Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Weymouth, MA 02188
I prescribe medication for mental health problems such as anxiety depression and bipolar disorder. I also help patients with substance use disorder with vivitrol. I do not prescribe suboxone or methadone. I believe if you treat the underlying problem recovery will be permanent. Failure to treat the underlying anxiety, depression etc., leads to constant relapse. My goal is to provide nonjudgemental treatment to patients who want to feel better. Congratulations on recognizing the problem! I hope you find a provider that is right for your needs!
I prescribe medication for mental health problems such as anxiety depression and bipolar disorder. I also help patients with substance use disorder with vivitrol. I do not prescribe suboxone or methadone. I believe if you treat the underlying problem recovery will be permanent. Failure to treat the underlying anxiety, depression etc., leads to constant relapse. My goal is to provide nonjudgemental treatment to patients who want to feel better. Congratulations on recognizing the problem! I hope you find a provider that is right for your needs!
(781) 268-2638 x1 View (781) 268-2638 x1
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South Shore Psychiatric Services, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, RNCNS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Weymouth, MA 02188
South Shore Psychiatric Services offers psychiatric evaluations and treatment for children, adolescents and adults in a small, quiet office setting, where clients feel comfortable and are able to maintain a sense of privacy. Together, Dr. Mary Ann McDonnell, Dr. Annmarie Mingolelli, Jennifer Finnerty, PMHNP, Stephanie Grant, PMHNP, Michael Pascale, PMHNP, and Jodi Maxwell, RN work tirelessly to meet the needs of our clients with mental health issues. We have a wide variety of expertise and backgrounds that we bring to this unique group practice. We are currently accepting new clients into our practice.
South Shore Psychiatric Services offers psychiatric evaluations and treatment for children, adolescents and adults in a small, quiet office setting, where clients feel comfortable and are able to maintain a sense of privacy. Together, Dr. Mary Ann McDonnell, Dr. Annmarie Mingolelli, Jennifer Finnerty, PMHNP, Stephanie Grant, PMHNP, Michael Pascale, PMHNP, and Jodi Maxwell, RN work tirelessly to meet the needs of our clients with mental health issues. We have a wide variety of expertise and backgrounds that we bring to this unique group practice. We are currently accepting new clients into our practice.
(781) 837-8833 View (781) 837-8833
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Valerie Rice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Weymouth, MA 02188  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients, Valerie is a Psychiatric/Mental health nurse practitioner who will take time to fully explore medication options to help you meet your treatment goals, as well as non-pharmacological modalities that can help you feel like yourself. She trained as a nurse at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and received her Master’s degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health nursing at Vanderbilt University.
Accepting new patients, Valerie is a Psychiatric/Mental health nurse practitioner who will take time to fully explore medication options to help you meet your treatment goals, as well as non-pharmacological modalities that can help you feel like yourself. She trained as a nurse at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and received her Master’s degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health nursing at Vanderbilt University.
(781) 423-1816 View (781) 423-1816
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Kara Ruggiero
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Weymouth, MA 02188
Ms. Ruggiero, a Physician Assistant at Aster Mental Health, specializes in patients looking to treat and manage their ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and bipolar disorder. Her holistic treatment style combines medication management with various psychotherapy techniques including CBT, DBT, and mindfulness-based approaches. She offers medication management as well as psychiatric assessment and treatment.
Ms. Ruggiero, a Physician Assistant at Aster Mental Health, specializes in patients looking to treat and manage their ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and bipolar disorder. Her holistic treatment style combines medication management with various psychotherapy techniques including CBT, DBT, and mindfulness-based approaches. She offers medication management as well as psychiatric assessment and treatment.
(617) 299-7257 View (617) 299-7257
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Amanda Sideri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Weymouth, MA 02188  (Online Only)
Imagine waking up in the morning feeling calm, deeply connected to your body, and energized, ready to embrace each day with renewed vitality. If this vision feels distant, rest assured, you’ve come to the right place to transform it into a reality. Are you experiencing disconnection, exhaustion, low mood, overwhelm, and stress? Tired of hurried healthcare visits resulting in generic prescriptions that may or may not improve your well-being? While these symptoms are common, I recognize your uniqueness and strongly believe you deserve personalized care that truly listens to you. After all, you are the expert on your own body.
Imagine waking up in the morning feeling calm, deeply connected to your body, and energized, ready to embrace each day with renewed vitality. If this vision feels distant, rest assured, you’ve come to the right place to transform it into a reality. Are you experiencing disconnection, exhaustion, low mood, overwhelm, and stress? Tired of hurried healthcare visits resulting in generic prescriptions that may or may not improve your well-being? While these symptoms are common, I recognize your uniqueness and strongly believe you deserve personalized care that truly listens to you. After all, you are the expert on your own body.
(339) 230-2275 View (339) 230-2275
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Francisca Ojei
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Weymouth, MA 02188
As a keen practitioner, my journey to helping humanity began 11 years ago after graduating with my Bachelors in Nursing, I dedicated 5 years in serving underserved communities in urban and rural areas, worked in a pediatric facility and top Major Hospitals in Boston. Then I decided to complete my Masters in Nursing at Regis College 5 years ago focusing in internal medication. Mental health medicine caught my attention after working in a methadone and suboxone clinic. I further pursed my interest by working at SouthBay for over 2 years, now at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates for almost 2 years.
As a keen practitioner, my journey to helping humanity began 11 years ago after graduating with my Bachelors in Nursing, I dedicated 5 years in serving underserved communities in urban and rural areas, worked in a pediatric facility and top Major Hospitals in Boston. Then I decided to complete my Masters in Nursing at Regis College 5 years ago focusing in internal medication. Mental health medicine caught my attention after working in a methadone and suboxone clinic. I further pursed my interest by working at SouthBay for over 2 years, now at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates for almost 2 years.
(774) 332-5563 View (774) 332-5563
Photo of Sue Lyons, CNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sue Lyons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Weymouth, MA 02188  (Online Only)
You are the one thing in this world that you must never give up on… Asking for help is the first step. You are more precious to this world than you will ever know. -Actress Lily Reinhart. Being mentally healthy and finding balance in all aspects of life is just as important as being physically healthy. Taking care of our mental wellbeing is not always easy. I am a dual certified adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with more than 20 years of experience. I can help you find that balance which promotes your optimal mental health.
You are the one thing in this world that you must never give up on… Asking for help is the first step. You are more precious to this world than you will ever know. -Actress Lily Reinhart. Being mentally healthy and finding balance in all aspects of life is just as important as being physically healthy. Taking care of our mental wellbeing is not always easy. I am a dual certified adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with more than 20 years of experience. I can help you find that balance which promotes your optimal mental health.
(339) 210-1739 View (339) 210-1739
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Nicholas Sousa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Weymouth, MA 02188
Nicholas Sousa is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with many years of experience. Nicholas specializes in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, PTSD, Adjustment disorders and bi-polar spectrum disorders, he also has experience working with schizophrenia, substance use disorders and major mental illness. He is committed to providing high quality care for individuals suffering from mental illness.
Nicholas Sousa is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with many years of experience. Nicholas specializes in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, PTSD, Adjustment disorders and bi-polar spectrum disorders, he also has experience working with schizophrenia, substance use disorders and major mental illness. He is committed to providing high quality care for individuals suffering from mental illness.
(781) 488-7178 View (781) 488-7178
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Jennifer Tufts
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Weymouth, MA 02188
Dr. Tufts, a Psychiatrist at Aster Mental Health, specializes in PTSD & trauma-related disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, substance abuse, women's mental health, and perinatal & postpartum psychiatry. Her multidimensional treatment approach utilizes tools such as medication, psychotherapy, mindfulness, & lifestyle changes. She is a University of Vermont & Boston University trained Psychiatrist offering medication management as well as psychiatric assessment and treatment.
Dr. Tufts, a Psychiatrist at Aster Mental Health, specializes in PTSD & trauma-related disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, substance abuse, women's mental health, and perinatal & postpartum psychiatry. Her multidimensional treatment approach utilizes tools such as medication, psychotherapy, mindfulness, & lifestyle changes. She is a University of Vermont & Boston University trained Psychiatrist offering medication management as well as psychiatric assessment and treatment.
(857) 675-3812 View (857) 675-3812
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Illumina Behavioral Medicine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Weymouth, MA 02188
“Each patient present with unique nuances as to how a problem behaviorally reveals itself in his or her life”. I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and as such, I can prescribe medication, if necessary, as an adjunct to psychotherapy. I worked in various healthcare including inpatient and outpatient settings providing both psychiatric and medical care. I use integrated approach to care with aims to empower individual’s authenticity to make proactive decisions and enhance his or hers ability to effectively cope with the full variety of life’s circumstances.
“Each patient present with unique nuances as to how a problem behaviorally reveals itself in his or her life”. I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and as such, I can prescribe medication, if necessary, as an adjunct to psychotherapy. I worked in various healthcare including inpatient and outpatient settings providing both psychiatric and medical care. I use integrated approach to care with aims to empower individual’s authenticity to make proactive decisions and enhance his or hers ability to effectively cope with the full variety of life’s circumstances.
(339) 217-8672 View (339) 217-8672
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Kyle B Sargent
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Weymouth, MA 02188
Kyle B Sargent is a Psychiatric Physician Assistant. He graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences specializing in Psychiatric Health as well as Acute Care. Kyle joined our team in hopes of connecting with patients to create a solid and trusting relationship in order to provide appropriate patient-centered care. He has worked in Urgent Cares across the South Shore, but his main passion is mental health where he aims to serve and provide care to his community in areas that need it the most.
Kyle B Sargent is a Psychiatric Physician Assistant. He graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences specializing in Psychiatric Health as well as Acute Care. Kyle joined our team in hopes of connecting with patients to create a solid and trusting relationship in order to provide appropriate patient-centered care. He has worked in Urgent Cares across the South Shore, but his main passion is mental health where he aims to serve and provide care to his community in areas that need it the most.
(857) 420-6947 View (857) 420-6947
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Kimberly Seaward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Weymouth, MA 02188  (Online Only)
***Currently Accepting New Patients*** Coastal Psychiatry provides outpatient mental health and medication management services to adolescents and adults (ages 16 and older) located anywhere in Massachusetts via telehealth. We treat a range of Behavioral Health Disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Adjustments Disorders, Grief and Bereavement, Divorce and Separation, Relationship issues as well as sleep issues.
***Currently Accepting New Patients*** Coastal Psychiatry provides outpatient mental health and medication management services to adolescents and adults (ages 16 and older) located anywhere in Massachusetts via telehealth. We treat a range of Behavioral Health Disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Adjustments Disorders, Grief and Bereavement, Divorce and Separation, Relationship issues as well as sleep issues.
(978) 982-2314 View (978) 982-2314

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 02188

10+

Psychiatrists in 02188 who prioritize treating:

78% Anxiety
72% Depression
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
61% Bipolar Disorder
56% ADHD
56% Trauma and PTSD
50% Medication Management

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
88% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 02188 see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 02188?

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.