Psychiatrists in 02459

Photo of Valerie Zelonis, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Valerie Zelonis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459  (Online Only)
Valerie Zelonis, PMHNP-BC, is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, licensed to practice throughout the lifespan, and specialized in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry.
Valerie Zelonis, PMHNP-BC, is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, licensed to practice throughout the lifespan, and specialized in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry.
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Lazaro Zayas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459
As a Harvard-trained board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, I believe that excellent psychiatric care is centered on the whole person, not just on a diagnosis or a specific medication. With all that life demands, most people oftentimes struggle with complicated and conflicting feelings. The decision to seek help for your mental health is a big one and the path that leads to meaningful, positive change is not always an easy one. I hope to make this path as comfortable as possible by providing you with an understanding, warm environment that fosters positive change.
As a Harvard-trained board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, I believe that excellent psychiatric care is centered on the whole person, not just on a diagnosis or a specific medication. With all that life demands, most people oftentimes struggle with complicated and conflicting feelings. The decision to seek help for your mental health is a big one and the path that leads to meaningful, positive change is not always an easy one. I hope to make this path as comfortable as possible by providing you with an understanding, warm environment that fosters positive change.
(617) 762-5228 View (617) 762-5228
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Gillian Katz- Wies
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459
Not accepting new clients
I am not taking new patients at this time. I am a general psychiatrist with 20 years of experience in treatment of a broad range of psychiatric and psychological disorders. I believe in a holistic approach to mental health and offer consultation and ongoing treatment. I offer an integrated approach to mental health and offer psychotherapy as well as psychopharmacology when indicated
I am not taking new patients at this time. I am a general psychiatrist with 20 years of experience in treatment of a broad range of psychiatric and psychological disorders. I believe in a holistic approach to mental health and offer consultation and ongoing treatment. I offer an integrated approach to mental health and offer psychotherapy as well as psychopharmacology when indicated
(617) 440-7201 View (617) 440-7201
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Khadija Tuitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02459  (Online Only)
Khadija Tuitt is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 15 years of nursing experience in both acute inpatient and community outpatient psychiatric nursing. Khadija specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating individuals across the lifespan who suffer from a host of mental health issues including depression, anxiety and panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar and mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and co-occurring substance use disorders.
Khadija Tuitt is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 15 years of nursing experience in both acute inpatient and community outpatient psychiatric nursing. Khadija specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating individuals across the lifespan who suffer from a host of mental health issues including depression, anxiety and panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar and mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and co-occurring substance use disorders.
(781) 556-6199 View (781) 556-6199
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Martha Stark
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02459  (Online Only)
Are you not as healthy - in mind or body - as you would want to be? Have you already consulted numerous healthcare specialists but remain confused, broken, and desperate for answers and relief? Do you suffer from chronic pain, fatigue, brain fog, memory problems, depression, low energy, insomnia, anxiety? My passion is helping people regain their health and restore their hope. As a seasoned (Harvard-trained / Harvard-affiliated) holistic psychiatrist and innovative psychoanalyst with expertise in the integration of traditional and alternative approaches to MindBodyHealth, I have acquired a broad-based appreciation for the underlying causes of, and holistic treatments for, chronic psychiatric and medical conditions.
Are you not as healthy - in mind or body - as you would want to be? Have you already consulted numerous healthcare specialists but remain confused, broken, and desperate for answers and relief? Do you suffer from chronic pain, fatigue, brain fog, memory problems, depression, low energy, insomnia, anxiety? My passion is helping people regain their health and restore their hope. As a seasoned (Harvard-trained / Harvard-affiliated) holistic psychiatrist and innovative psychoanalyst with expertise in the integration of traditional and alternative approaches to MindBodyHealth, I have acquired a broad-based appreciation for the underlying causes of, and holistic treatments for, chronic psychiatric and medical conditions.
(617) 606-9235 View (617) 606-9235
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Christopher Michael Tangren
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459
Waitlist for new clients
I am a psychiatrist in private practice in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. Services provided include psychiatric diagnostic evaluation/consultation and individual psychodynamic psychotherapy for adults ages 18 to 65. While medication management is not my specialty, I do prescribe medications when appropriate for my patients in regular psychotherapy with me. I am academically affiliated with McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, where I supervise residents, and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, where I teach in a psychotherapy course.
I am a psychiatrist in private practice in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. Services provided include psychiatric diagnostic evaluation/consultation and individual psychodynamic psychotherapy for adults ages 18 to 65. While medication management is not my specialty, I do prescribe medications when appropriate for my patients in regular psychotherapy with me. I am academically affiliated with McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, where I supervise residents, and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, where I teach in a psychotherapy course.
(857) 214-2256 View (857) 214-2256
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Jason Mishoe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with experience in outpatient, inpatient, and emergency psychiatry. I strive to provide excellent, evidence-based care through collaboration and understanding each person’s unique history and needs.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with experience in outpatient, inpatient, and emergency psychiatry. I strive to provide excellent, evidence-based care through collaboration and understanding each person’s unique history and needs.
(617) 214-1265 View (617) 214-1265
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Amanda Sims
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459
I am a Harvard trained psychiatrist, with expertise in both psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment. I have been in private practice for almost 20 years, working extensively with women's mental health issues. I have helped my clients navigate emerging young adulthood, eating disorders, infertility, pregnancy and the postpartum period, and menopause. I am an integrative psychiatrist, that believes in exploring and treating the underlying physiological causes of mental illnesses, and combine nutraceuticals and complementary treatment with pharmacotherapy.
I am a Harvard trained psychiatrist, with expertise in both psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment. I have been in private practice for almost 20 years, working extensively with women's mental health issues. I have helped my clients navigate emerging young adulthood, eating disorders, infertility, pregnancy and the postpartum period, and menopause. I am an integrative psychiatrist, that believes in exploring and treating the underlying physiological causes of mental illnesses, and combine nutraceuticals and complementary treatment with pharmacotherapy.
(617) 648-7244 View (617) 648-7244
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Mary L Goldberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS-, BC
Verified Verified
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Ms. Goldberg treats ages 16 years and older including young adults through geriatrics. Her clinical expertise and interests include: Anxiety, depression, mood disorders, post-partum mood issues, ADHD and safe medication management. Mary provides psychopharmacology evaluations and ongoing medication management.
Ms. Goldberg treats ages 16 years and older including young adults through geriatrics. Her clinical expertise and interests include: Anxiety, depression, mood disorders, post-partum mood issues, ADHD and safe medication management. Mary provides psychopharmacology evaluations and ongoing medication management.
(617) 420-7081 View (617) 420-7081
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Dr. Adam Henderson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02459
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome! I'm a board-certified psychiatrist offering psychotherapy and thoughtful medication management. I'm on faculty at Harvard Medical School and work as a staff psychiatrist at McLean hospital, in addition to my time in my confidential private practice. I'm specialized in trauma recovery, addiction counseling, and BPD treatment. I also help with depression, anxiety, and ADHD. I work with clients new to therapy as well as clients who have tried numerous therapies and/or medications and haven't gotten the results they wanted. I listen and work collaboratively with you.
Welcome! I'm a board-certified psychiatrist offering psychotherapy and thoughtful medication management. I'm on faculty at Harvard Medical School and work as a staff psychiatrist at McLean hospital, in addition to my time in my confidential private practice. I'm specialized in trauma recovery, addiction counseling, and BPD treatment. I also help with depression, anxiety, and ADHD. I work with clients new to therapy as well as clients who have tried numerous therapies and/or medications and haven't gotten the results they wanted. I listen and work collaboratively with you.
(617) 284-0729 View (617) 284-0729
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Alissa Fodor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, APRN, MPHNP
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459
I want to help my clients find an ultimate and healthy approach to their mental wellbeing. My choice of treatment plan is consistent with my client's commitment. Psychiatric symptoms such as Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, ext. can be triggered and exacerbated by many things such as: endocrine issues, insufficient self-care, lack of exercise, poor diet and more. Armed with an understanding of holistic approach along with Psychiatric Medicine, I diagnose and create medication management plans for each of my patients and help address other issues by consulting with appropriate professionals.
I want to help my clients find an ultimate and healthy approach to their mental wellbeing. My choice of treatment plan is consistent with my client's commitment. Psychiatric symptoms such as Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, ext. can be triggered and exacerbated by many things such as: endocrine issues, insufficient self-care, lack of exercise, poor diet and more. Armed with an understanding of holistic approach along with Psychiatric Medicine, I diagnose and create medication management plans for each of my patients and help address other issues by consulting with appropriate professionals.
(781) 244-0115 View (781) 244-0115
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Maria Jose Lisotto
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459  (Online Only)
I am a Harvard-trained, Harvard-affiliated, board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. I strongly believe that the best psychiatric care is centered on the whole person, not just on a diagnosis or specific medication. I provide weekly therapy and work with patients to determine if medications can be of help. I do not believe that everyone needs a medication, but they can be useful in treating particular psychiatric symptoms; I will work with you in order to find the best treatment modality that meets your goals and needs.
I am a Harvard-trained, Harvard-affiliated, board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. I strongly believe that the best psychiatric care is centered on the whole person, not just on a diagnosis or specific medication. I provide weekly therapy and work with patients to determine if medications can be of help. I do not believe that everyone needs a medication, but they can be useful in treating particular psychiatric symptoms; I will work with you in order to find the best treatment modality that meets your goals and needs.
(617) 209-6196 View (617) 209-6196
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Eleftheria Tsavoussis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PCNS
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459
Eleftheria Tsavoussis is a seasoned Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of experience across multiple healthcare settings. She is the founder and CEO of Waltham Behavioral Health, LLC, a thriving private practice employing experienced, compassionate mental-health providers with diverse areas of expertise. Ms. Tsavoussis is a member of the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and serves on the Massachusetts Action Coalition working to remove restrictions that limit patients' access to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare across a variety of specialties.
Eleftheria Tsavoussis is a seasoned Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of experience across multiple healthcare settings. She is the founder and CEO of Waltham Behavioral Health, LLC, a thriving private practice employing experienced, compassionate mental-health providers with diverse areas of expertise. Ms. Tsavoussis is a member of the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and serves on the Massachusetts Action Coalition working to remove restrictions that limit patients' access to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare across a variety of specialties.
(781) 679-5379 View (781) 679-5379
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Dr. Qays Munir
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459
Dr. Munir graduated with academic distinction, receiving his medical degree from Baqai Medical University in Karachi, Pakistan in 2013. He completed his psychiatry residency training at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, MA in 2022 at which point he joined BNBA. Dr. Munir's goal as an early career psychiatrist is to accommodate the wide spectrum of needs of his patients. He is a staunch proponent of patient advocacy, and emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic alliance. He is attuned to the vast array of different cultural, religious and political backgrounds of our diverse communities.
Dr. Munir graduated with academic distinction, receiving his medical degree from Baqai Medical University in Karachi, Pakistan in 2013. He completed his psychiatry residency training at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, MA in 2022 at which point he joined BNBA. Dr. Munir's goal as an early career psychiatrist is to accommodate the wide spectrum of needs of his patients. He is a staunch proponent of patient advocacy, and emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic alliance. He is attuned to the vast array of different cultural, religious and political backgrounds of our diverse communities.
(774) 541-2792 View (774) 541-2792
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Dr. Lana G Elhalabi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board-certified psychiatrist practicing on the East Side of Providence RI and remotely in MA and NY. I am extensively trained in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy (psychodynamic and psychoanalytic) is an integral part of the clinical approach I rely on when treating psychiatric conditions and symptoms impeding daily functioning, interpersonal relationships, and quality of life.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist practicing on the East Side of Providence RI and remotely in MA and NY. I am extensively trained in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy (psychodynamic and psychoanalytic) is an integral part of the clinical approach I rely on when treating psychiatric conditions and symptoms impeding daily functioning, interpersonal relationships, and quality of life.
(401) 648-7864 View (401) 648-7864
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Dr. Swaminathan Thangaraj
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459  (Online Only)
Dr. Swaminathan Thangaraj is a double-board certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist in Boston. He is currently an assistant professor at Drexel College of Medicine. Dr. Thangaraj also worked at McLean Hospital/Harvard University and Sheppard Pratt establishing various inpatient units. He is one of the few doctors who treats patients of all ages from toddler, adolescence to adulthood.
Dr. Swaminathan Thangaraj is a double-board certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist in Boston. He is currently an assistant professor at Drexel College of Medicine. Dr. Thangaraj also worked at McLean Hospital/Harvard University and Sheppard Pratt establishing various inpatient units. He is one of the few doctors who treats patients of all ages from toddler, adolescence to adulthood.
(339) 255-1723 View (339) 255-1723
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Donna Agave
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton Centre, MA 02459  (Online Only)
Are you looking for personalized and empathetic care for your mental health? Do you have more questions than answers and need someone who will patiently walk you through the path to mental wellness? I am sensitive to each persons struggles and have a range of experience to draw upon to better help my patients.
Are you looking for personalized and empathetic care for your mental health? Do you have more questions than answers and need someone who will patiently walk you through the path to mental wellness? I am sensitive to each persons struggles and have a range of experience to draw upon to better help my patients.
(781) 384-5326 View (781) 384-5326
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Rebecca Kaye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459
Bex Kaye is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2023. She studied at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Columbia University, and Wellesley College. Bex thoughtfully integrates psychodynamic principles and individualized approaches to medication management. She encourages patients to approach their challenges with curiosity and compassion, exploring root causes to gain insights that promote deep healing.
Bex Kaye is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2023. She studied at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Columbia University, and Wellesley College. Bex thoughtfully integrates psychodynamic principles and individualized approaches to medication management. She encourages patients to approach their challenges with curiosity and compassion, exploring root causes to gain insights that promote deep healing.
(857) 575-4008 View (857) 575-4008
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MD Psychiatry Clinic , Gregory Labun, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton Centre, MA 02459  (Online Only)
My deepest admiration for your courage in seeking help! I will help you find answers to the following questions: How to deal with stress and anxiety? How to feel confident in making decisions? How to deal with lack of motivation, energy, and poor time management? How to stop being lazy and procrastinating? How to improve focus and concentration and retain information? How to avoid being hyper fixated? How to avoid feeling like a failure? How to find your purpose and joy in life? How to improve job performance?
My deepest admiration for your courage in seeking help! I will help you find answers to the following questions: How to deal with stress and anxiety? How to feel confident in making decisions? How to deal with lack of motivation, energy, and poor time management? How to stop being lazy and procrastinating? How to improve focus and concentration and retain information? How to avoid being hyper fixated? How to avoid feeling like a failure? How to find your purpose and joy in life? How to improve job performance?
(781) 650-8509 View (781) 650-8509
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Marie Gipson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02459
Dr. Marie Gipson is a multilingual board-certified psychiatrist and child and adolescent psychiatrist who places her patient’s interests first. She believes that a psychiatrist’s role is, at its most basic, one of stewardship of a person’s unlimited potential.
Dr. Marie Gipson is a multilingual board-certified psychiatrist and child and adolescent psychiatrist who places her patient’s interests first. She believes that a psychiatrist’s role is, at its most basic, one of stewardship of a person’s unlimited potential.
(339) 675-2132 View (339) 675-2132
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Number of Psychiatrists in 02459

20+

Average cost per session

$285

Psychiatrists in 02459 who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Anxiety
80% ADHD
76% Medication Management
68% Trauma and PTSD
56% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
56% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Aetna
79% BlueCross and BlueShield
71% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 02459 see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 02459?

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.