Psychiatrists in 23464

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Danielle Kassella
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
Do you feel alone, even when you are surrounded by people? Do your dark thoughts and feelings impact your energy, sleep, appetite, or sex life? Is it difficult to enjoy time with family and friends, or function at work? Do you feel misunderstood and helpless to change your situation?
Do you feel alone, even when you are surrounded by people? Do your dark thoughts and feelings impact your energy, sleep, appetite, or sex life? Is it difficult to enjoy time with family and friends, or function at work? Do you feel misunderstood and helpless to change your situation?
(772) 758-0769 View (772) 758-0769
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Harpreet Kang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Hello, my name is Harpreet Kang, and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about supporting my clients' mental wellness journey. I have several years of experience working in the mental health field with a client-centered approach. I will meet you with compassion and empathy to identify the best treatment plan for you.
Hello, my name is Harpreet Kang, and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about supporting my clients' mental wellness journey. I have several years of experience working in the mental health field with a client-centered approach. I will meet you with compassion and empathy to identify the best treatment plan for you.
(757) 260-3356 View (757) 260-3356
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Hannah Kilhefner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Hi there! I'm Hannah Kilhefner, PMHNP-BC. I am licensed in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. If you are suffering from mental health issues and struggling to keep up with your work, and your relationships with family and friends, I am here for you. I help high performers like you manage anxiety, depression, and mood disorders to avoid feeling overwhelmed. My approach to therapy includes Narrative, Behavior Modification, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing. Working together, we can identify your strengths and weaknesses and formulate a treatment plan to get you back on track.
Hi there! I'm Hannah Kilhefner, PMHNP-BC. I am licensed in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. If you are suffering from mental health issues and struggling to keep up with your work, and your relationships with family and friends, I am here for you. I help high performers like you manage anxiety, depression, and mood disorders to avoid feeling overwhelmed. My approach to therapy includes Narrative, Behavior Modification, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing. Working together, we can identify your strengths and weaknesses and formulate a treatment plan to get you back on track.
(757) 607-4350 View (757) 607-4350
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
I am board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurances.
I am board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurances.
(833) 306-0920 View (833) 306-0920
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Thrishanna Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
My goal is to help YOU become the BEST version of yourself that you can be. I prioritize my client's concerns and needs throughout their journey. This is a no judgement, stigma free zone. I aim to provide safe, effective, trustworthy client centered care. Everyone is unique. So, I value providing unique experiences to each individual. I welcome cultural diversity and individuals of different backgrounds.
My goal is to help YOU become the BEST version of yourself that you can be. I prioritize my client's concerns and needs throughout their journey. This is a no judgement, stigma free zone. I aim to provide safe, effective, trustworthy client centered care. Everyone is unique. So, I value providing unique experiences to each individual. I welcome cultural diversity and individuals of different backgrounds.
(434) 838-3457 View (434) 838-3457
Dorothy (Dee) Burke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
Life stress can lead to anxiety and depression that makes it even more difficult to cope. Perhaps you feel capable in certain areas of your life while at a loss in others. Finding support is a sign of strength because it means you’re not giving up. I have been performing psychiatric evaluations, doing medication management, using brief therapy and can help with Suboxone if needed.
Life stress can lead to anxiety and depression that makes it even more difficult to cope. Perhaps you feel capable in certain areas of your life while at a loss in others. Finding support is a sign of strength because it means you’re not giving up. I have been performing psychiatric evaluations, doing medication management, using brief therapy and can help with Suboxone if needed.
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Brent Coyle
Psychiatrist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brent R. Coyle, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with the additional distinction of "Distinguished Fellow," with over 36 years of experience in psychiatry in various settings, including inpatient, academic, and outpatient. Dr. Coyle received his M.D. from The University of Minnesota, Mpls. campus, and he completed his Psychiatric Residency at Wilford Hall, USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. His clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health and well-being.
Brent R. Coyle, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with the additional distinction of "Distinguished Fellow," with over 36 years of experience in psychiatry in various settings, including inpatient, academic, and outpatient. Dr. Coyle received his M.D. from The University of Minnesota, Mpls. campus, and he completed his Psychiatric Residency at Wilford Hall, USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. His clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health and well-being.
(757) 210-4466 View (757) 210-4466
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Noah Matilsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
Mental Health Wellness Center (MHWC) is an online virtual clinic providing psychiatric and therapeutic solutions to the ever-growing demand for mental health services in our community and beyond. We understand the constraints of work-life balance and strive to provide easy access for mental health services including diagnosis, treatment planning, consultations, medication management, and counseling for a variety of mental health challenges.
Mental Health Wellness Center (MHWC) is an online virtual clinic providing psychiatric and therapeutic solutions to the ever-growing demand for mental health services in our community and beyond. We understand the constraints of work-life balance and strive to provide easy access for mental health services including diagnosis, treatment planning, consultations, medication management, and counseling for a variety of mental health challenges.
(757) 693-5773 View (757) 693-5773
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Brence Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(571) 771-2090 View (571) 771-2090
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Laura Mary Foster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
I am licensed in NC and VA and run an all virtual practice so I can see clients who live in these two states. I will very soon take BCBS in NC only, I take United, Aetna, Optum, Oscar, Cigna, Oxford in both states and I also take cash pay and sliding scale patients in both states. I do not take Medicaid or Medicare currently. I enjoy helping clients improve their day-to-day functioning with medications, brief counseling, psycho-education and holistic solutions. I have 20 years of sole, successful, clinical experience treating a diverse patient population. I look forward to helping as best I can.
I am licensed in NC and VA and run an all virtual practice so I can see clients who live in these two states. I will very soon take BCBS in NC only, I take United, Aetna, Optum, Oscar, Cigna, Oxford in both states and I also take cash pay and sliding scale patients in both states. I do not take Medicaid or Medicare currently. I enjoy helping clients improve their day-to-day functioning with medications, brief counseling, psycho-education and holistic solutions. I have 20 years of sole, successful, clinical experience treating a diverse patient population. I look forward to helping as best I can.
(984) 217-8847 View (984) 217-8847
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Chloe Griffith
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
(571) 517-1956 View (571) 517-1956
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Rose Ifeyinwa Chigbo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mental health comes in different forms. As a mental health provider, understanding your need is my priority and goal. A client seeks understanding, empathy, and a safe space to express emotions. My responsibility is to provide personalized coping strategies and treatment that will manage your symptoms effectively, therapeutic support, and a non-judgmental environment, help you build resilience, improve self-esteem, and foster overall well-being. Ultimately, helping you develop a sense of control and sustainable mental health within a balanced life.
Mental health comes in different forms. As a mental health provider, understanding your need is my priority and goal. A client seeks understanding, empathy, and a safe space to express emotions. My responsibility is to provide personalized coping strategies and treatment that will manage your symptoms effectively, therapeutic support, and a non-judgmental environment, help you build resilience, improve self-esteem, and foster overall well-being. Ultimately, helping you develop a sense of control and sustainable mental health within a balanced life.
(804) 570-1607 View (804) 570-1607
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Albert Quainoo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
(571) 604-5658 View (571) 604-5658
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Helen Lancy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
(703) 828-0857 View (703) 828-0857
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Brence Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Brence Brooks is a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020. He received his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Louisville and his master’s degree in Nursing from Walden University. Specialty areas include medication management for major depressive disorder, bipolar I and II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, childhood behavioral disorders, psychotic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(703) 420-5136 View (703) 420-5136
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Sherelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
My ultimate goal as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to be able to effectively assess, diagnose, and treat commonly occurring mental health conditions while providing a personalize holistic care approach.
My ultimate goal as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to be able to effectively assess, diagnose, and treat commonly occurring mental health conditions while providing a personalize holistic care approach.
(757) 906-6731 View (757) 906-6731
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Tracie Grider
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
Hello there, I am Tracie Grider, a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in the state of Virginia. I have over 18 years of nursing experience mostly working in the mental health care field. My approach to treatment is collaborating with my patients to improve their mental health by providing education on the disease process, and medication use, as well as supporting overall wellbeing.
Hello there, I am Tracie Grider, a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in the state of Virginia. I have over 18 years of nursing experience mostly working in the mental health care field. My approach to treatment is collaborating with my patients to improve their mental health by providing education on the disease process, and medication use, as well as supporting overall wellbeing.
(571) 462-6780 View (571) 462-6780
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Erin L Palmer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I understand the importance of trust in the therapeutic journey. It is my commitment to you to cultivate a safe and supportive space where you feel understood, respected, and empowered. My approach to treatment is rooted in compassion, empathy, and evidence-based practices. I believe in the inherent resilience of every individual and the transformative power of therapy in fostering personal growth and healing. Whether you're navigating through life transitions, struggling with mental health challenges, or seeking self-discovery, I am here to walk alongside you on your path to wellness.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I understand the importance of trust in the therapeutic journey. It is my commitment to you to cultivate a safe and supportive space where you feel understood, respected, and empowered. My approach to treatment is rooted in compassion, empathy, and evidence-based practices. I believe in the inherent resilience of every individual and the transformative power of therapy in fostering personal growth and healing. Whether you're navigating through life transitions, struggling with mental health challenges, or seeking self-discovery, I am here to walk alongside you on your path to wellness.
(240) 332-4460 View (240) 332-4460
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Adetutu Awodipe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
My name is Adetutu Awodipe, licensed as a Mental Health and Family NP in Several States across the United States; proficient in offering care to individuals needing care for Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety-related disorders, and Substance Addiction treatment through Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT). Medication management is combined with Individual Therapy choices in an attempt to empower patients to address day-to-day challenges to enhance treatment success.
My name is Adetutu Awodipe, licensed as a Mental Health and Family NP in Several States across the United States; proficient in offering care to individuals needing care for Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety-related disorders, and Substance Addiction treatment through Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT). Medication management is combined with Individual Therapy choices in an attempt to empower patients to address day-to-day challenges to enhance treatment success.
(757) 919-9331 View (757) 919-9331
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Jc Health Group Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a doctoral-prepared dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I manage most mental health issues and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. I'll use a whole self-approach, in addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit. I am passionate about working with diverse populations and strive to create a safe space for all, regardless of gender, religion, race/ethnicity or sexual orientation. I'm privileged to understand culturally conscious care, which has allowed me to help many families who have experienced trauma and cultural barriers.
I am a doctoral-prepared dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I manage most mental health issues and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. I'll use a whole self-approach, in addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit. I am passionate about working with diverse populations and strive to create a safe space for all, regardless of gender, religion, race/ethnicity or sexual orientation. I'm privileged to understand culturally conscious care, which has allowed me to help many families who have experienced trauma and cultural barriers.
(804) 966-0209 View (804) 966-0209
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Number of Psychiatrists in 23464

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 23464 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
96% Depression
83% Stress
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% Bipolar Disorder
61% ADHD
61% Behavioral Issues

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Cigna and Evernorth
90% Aetna
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 23464 see their clients

65% Online Only
35% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

87% Female
13% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 23464?

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.