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Photo of Joe O'Garr, Psychiatrist in 02481, MA
Joe O'Garr
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Wellesley, MA 02481
Dr. Joe O’Garr is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has been providing comprehensive psychiatric care in Massachusetts since 2010. He believes in a strength-based collaborative approach in identifying solutions for children, adolescents, and young adults.
Dr. Joe O’Garr is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has been providing comprehensive psychiatric care in Massachusetts since 2010. He believes in a strength-based collaborative approach in identifying solutions for children, adolescents, and young adults.
(781) 604-1198 View (781) 604-1198
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Erica Sorrentino
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Wellesley, MA 02481
Erica Sorrentino is a Psychiatrist in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2023. She offers compassionate psychiatric evaluation and treatment for adults.
Erica Sorrentino is a Psychiatrist in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2023. She offers compassionate psychiatric evaluation and treatment for adults.
(339) 331-0474 View (339) 331-0474
Photo of Valerie Rice, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 02481, MA
Valerie Rice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified
Wellesley, MA 02481  (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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Jackie Audi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified
Wellesley, MA 02481  (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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Dr. Ekta Taneja
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wellesley, MA 02481
Investing in your mental health is a courageous decision that carries emotional weight. I want to support you on your journey. I provide compassionate, socioculturally informed, and personalized mental health care, including psychotherapy and medication management. I believe in a collaborative approach to care, offering a space for self-reflection, vulnerability, and building insight. I nurture a warm, supportive, nonjudgmental space for you to share your story, and for us to work together toward your goals. For my full bio and to request an appointment, please go to my website: www.kahanipsychiatry.com
Investing in your mental health is a courageous decision that carries emotional weight. I want to support you on your journey. I provide compassionate, socioculturally informed, and personalized mental health care, including psychotherapy and medication management. I believe in a collaborative approach to care, offering a space for self-reflection, vulnerability, and building insight. I nurture a warm, supportive, nonjudgmental space for you to share your story, and for us to work together toward your goals. For my full bio and to request an appointment, please go to my website: www.kahanipsychiatry.com
(781) 650-4743 View (781) 650-4743
Stephen Patrick McDermott
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Wellesley, MA 02481
My ideal client is anyone in need of assistance with their mental health needs. I have over 35 years of experience in the practice and teaching of cognitive-behavioral therapy, which is a short-term psychotherapy that deals with a broad range of problems. Through CBT, patients learn strategies to deal with their problems and over time become their own therapists . This increases self-reliance and lessens the amount of time that patients actually need psychotherapy. Patients want help, but they also want to know that there can be an ending point to their therapy. I have proven success in these using these methods.
My ideal client is anyone in need of assistance with their mental health needs. I have over 35 years of experience in the practice and teaching of cognitive-behavioral therapy, which is a short-term psychotherapy that deals with a broad range of problems. Through CBT, patients learn strategies to deal with their problems and over time become their own therapists . This increases self-reliance and lessens the amount of time that patients actually need psychotherapy. Patients want help, but they also want to know that there can be an ending point to their therapy. I have proven success in these using these methods.
(857) 763-5754 View (857) 763-5754
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Ashley Tobey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified
Wellesley, MA 02481  (Online Only)
Ashley Tobey is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and received her Master of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University. She has a broad range of experience in providing advanced practice psychiatric nursing care to adults in a variety of settings over the last seven years. She specializes in providing evaluation and medication management services to adults struggling with substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorders and adjustment difficulties with acute life events.
Ashley Tobey is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and received her Master of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University. She has a broad range of experience in providing advanced practice psychiatric nursing care to adults in a variety of settings over the last seven years. She specializes in providing evaluation and medication management services to adults struggling with substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorders and adjustment difficulties with acute life events.
(339) 330-4226 View (339) 330-4226
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Sue Lyons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified
Wellesley, MA 02481  (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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Korin Dayton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified
Wellesley, MA 02481  (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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Amanda Sideri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified
Wellesley, MA 02481  (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
Photo of Naila Tariq, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 02481, MA
Naila Tariq
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified
Wellesley, MA 02481  (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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Kristy Lee Eagles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wellesley, MA 02481  (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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Rajvi Broker-Sen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Wellesley, MA 02481
I am a Board certified, Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. I provide comprehensive assessments & offer evidence based psychotherapy & medication management when indicated. I utilize a family approach & fervently believe in the importance of parental involvement in treatment in addition to collaborating closely with skilled therapists, other medical specialists & schools through out the treatment process. I see patients for medication management alone or medication management & psychotherapy and work with children, adolescents & young adults. I treat all disorders & am a out of network provider.
I am a Board certified, Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. I provide comprehensive assessments & offer evidence based psychotherapy & medication management when indicated. I utilize a family approach & fervently believe in the importance of parental involvement in treatment in addition to collaborating closely with skilled therapists, other medical specialists & schools through out the treatment process. I see patients for medication management alone or medication management & psychotherapy and work with children, adolescents & young adults. I treat all disorders & am a out of network provider.
(508) 859-4148 View (508) 859-4148
Photo of Stacy Taylor, Psychiatrist in 02481, MA
Stacy Taylor
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Wellesley, MA 02481
Not accepting new clients
In life, all people face periods of challenge and change. These stressful times can have a profound effect on one's ability to function and thrive. In my confidential private practice, I provide psychotherapy and, if indicated, medication treatment to help my patients move through these difficult periods, gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their motivations, patterns and behaviors.
In life, all people face periods of challenge and change. These stressful times can have a profound effect on one's ability to function and thrive. In my confidential private practice, I provide psychotherapy and, if indicated, medication treatment to help my patients move through these difficult periods, gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their motivations, patterns and behaviors.
(508) 859-7622 View (508) 859-7622
Photo of Jonathan Moran, Psychiatrist in 02481, MA
Jonathan Moran
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wellesley, MA 02481
Not accepting new clients
Are you sad or anxious too much of the time? Stressed from work? Do you wish you could be closer to the people in your life? Are you feeling a little lost? Life is challenging and seeking help can be an important first step towards feeling better. I offer weekly or every other week psychotherapy for adults in a warm, empathic and private setting. As a physician, my practice may include medications, if clinically indicated. I look forward to working together so that you may achieve a rewarding and fulfilling life.
Are you sad or anxious too much of the time? Stressed from work? Do you wish you could be closer to the people in your life? Are you feeling a little lost? Life is challenging and seeking help can be an important first step towards feeling better. I offer weekly or every other week psychotherapy for adults in a warm, empathic and private setting. As a physician, my practice may include medications, if clinically indicated. I look forward to working together so that you may achieve a rewarding and fulfilling life.
(774) 221-7026 View (774) 221-7026
Photo of Tola T'sarumi, Psychiatrist in 02481, MA
Tola T'sarumi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wellesley, MA 02481  (Online Only)
I provide outpatient psychiatric services for adult population age 18 and above with an expertise in Addiction. My patients benefit most from the opportunity to express themselves freely to me in a strictly confidential setting where we build a strong and trusting relationship.
I provide outpatient psychiatric services for adult population age 18 and above with an expertise in Addiction. My patients benefit most from the opportunity to express themselves freely to me in a strictly confidential setting where we build a strong and trusting relationship.
(617) 941-9163 View (617) 941-9163
Photo of Kimberly Monestime, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 02481, MA
Kimberly Monestime
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Wellesley, MA 02481  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients at TeleNP Health! Visit our website to access an appointment. Taking the first step, isn't always easy, but you made it this far! My main goal is to help patients identify & conquer the hurdles that stand in their way to a happy, fulfilled, & purposeful life. Feeling constantly tired, stuck, overwhelmed, having a hard time sleeping? Maybe the list goes on, but you do not have to live this way. Currently offering telepsychiatry services for Adolescents, College Mental Health, & Adults.
Accepting New Patients at TeleNP Health! Visit our website to access an appointment. Taking the first step, isn't always easy, but you made it this far! My main goal is to help patients identify & conquer the hurdles that stand in their way to a happy, fulfilled, & purposeful life. Feeling constantly tired, stuck, overwhelmed, having a hard time sleeping? Maybe the list goes on, but you do not have to live this way. Currently offering telepsychiatry services for Adolescents, College Mental Health, & Adults.
(973) 434-5030 View (973) 434-5030
Photo of Gretchen Woodward, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 02481, MA
Gretchen Woodward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wellesley, MA 02481  (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
Photo of Derek Terrell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 02481, MA
Derek Terrell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Wellesley, MA 02481
Derek Terrell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2022. Derek is a skilled mental health provider who is adept at providing evidenced-based psychiatric assessments, evaluations, diagnosis, and treatments of patients including prescribing medications and/or other psychotherapeutic interventions. As a mental health provider, Derek believes in treating the "whole patient" across the lifespan, by establishing and maintaining a therapeutic alliance, in order to collaborate with patients, and to meet their own treatment goals according to established measurable outcomes.
Derek Terrell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2022. Derek is a skilled mental health provider who is adept at providing evidenced-based psychiatric assessments, evaluations, diagnosis, and treatments of patients including prescribing medications and/or other psychotherapeutic interventions. As a mental health provider, Derek believes in treating the "whole patient" across the lifespan, by establishing and maintaining a therapeutic alliance, in order to collaborate with patients, and to meet their own treatment goals according to established measurable outcomes.
(781) 875-8054 View (781) 875-8054
Photo of Christopher Robertson, Psychiatrist in 02481, MA
Christopher Robertson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wellesley, MA 02481  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified, Harvard-trained psychiatrist providing psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapy to children, adolescents and adults. I specialize in helping individuals with ADHD, depression, autism and those who are  gender-diverse or other LGBTQ+ individuals. I believe in guiding and empowering you to make your own decisions about what is right for you and your mental health. Whether through diagnosis, medication, or therapy, I will help you meet your personal treatment goals. Ultimately, I believe the relationship between the clinician and the patient is the most important factor in treatment.
I am a board-certified, Harvard-trained psychiatrist providing psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapy to children, adolescents and adults. I specialize in helping individuals with ADHD, depression, autism and those who are  gender-diverse or other LGBTQ+ individuals. I believe in guiding and empowering you to make your own decisions about what is right for you and your mental health. Whether through diagnosis, medication, or therapy, I will help you meet your personal treatment goals. Ultimately, I believe the relationship between the clinician and the patient is the most important factor in treatment.
(617) 221-5040 View (617) 221-5040

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 02481

20+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 02481 who prioritize treating:

75% Anxiety
71% Depression
61% Trauma and PTSD
61% Medication Management
50% ADHD
50% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
46% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% Cigna and Evernorth
67% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 02481 see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

83% Female
17% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 02481?

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.