Psychiatrists in 27513

Photo of Adare Yanagihara, Psychiatrist in 27513, NC
Adare Yanagihara
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Cary, NC 27513  (Online Only)
Specializing in Perinatal, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Adare is eager to help patients define their mental health goals and develop a treatment plan that suits their individual needs. Dr. Adare believes strongly in the mind-body connection. In addition to completing a master's in nutrition and two years in pediatrics before switching specialties to psychiatry, Dr. Adare continued to focus her training on care for the medically ill, perinatal psychiatry, and ADHD. She has completed a two-year fellowship in treating children and adolescents. She additionally treats depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar and psychotic disorders
Specializing in Perinatal, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Adare is eager to help patients define their mental health goals and develop a treatment plan that suits their individual needs. Dr. Adare believes strongly in the mind-body connection. In addition to completing a master's in nutrition and two years in pediatrics before switching specialties to psychiatry, Dr. Adare continued to focus her training on care for the medically ill, perinatal psychiatry, and ADHD. She has completed a two-year fellowship in treating children and adolescents. She additionally treats depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar and psychotic disorders
(919) 737-2808 View (919) 737-2808
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Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cary, NC 27513
Board certified Psychiatrists (Child & Adult), Psychologists and Therapists in Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs and Raleigh-Durham (North Carolina) provide comprehensive psychiatric care and TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) for Depression and OCD.
Board certified Psychiatrists (Child & Adult), Psychologists and Therapists in Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs and Raleigh-Durham (North Carolina) provide comprehensive psychiatric care and TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) for Depression and OCD.
(984) 205-1952 View (984) 205-1952
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Emily Pevtsov
Physician Assistant, MMS, PA-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Cary, NC 27513  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric PA with over 9 years of inpatient and outpatient mental health experience. I offer telehealth (virtual) services to residents of North Carolina ages 18+. Services include medication management for common mental health problems ranging from depression and anxiety to opiate and alcohol addiction.
I am a psychiatric PA with over 9 years of inpatient and outpatient mental health experience. I offer telehealth (virtual) services to residents of North Carolina ages 18+. Services include medication management for common mental health problems ranging from depression and anxiety to opiate and alcohol addiction.
(919) 899-4461 View (919) 899-4461
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Olivia Sappelt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cary, NC 27513  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new clients! As a psychiatric provider, I have a primary focus in medication management for a variety of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, and more. Whether you are new to taking psychiatric medications, rekindling issues that you have not prioritized for the last few years, need a new provider who better suits you, or have a current provider who is leaving their practice or retiring- I am here for you and your mental health needs. Psychotherapy has amazing benefits, but sometimes more help is needed. My goal is to truly understand you, your concerns, and your struggles.
Currently accepting new clients! As a psychiatric provider, I have a primary focus in medication management for a variety of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, and more. Whether you are new to taking psychiatric medications, rekindling issues that you have not prioritized for the last few years, need a new provider who better suits you, or have a current provider who is leaving their practice or retiring- I am here for you and your mental health needs. Psychotherapy has amazing benefits, but sometimes more help is needed. My goal is to truly understand you, your concerns, and your struggles.
(919) 504-9472 View (919) 504-9472
Photo of Gretchen Barnes, Physician Assistant in 27513, NC
Gretchen Barnes
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cary, NC 27513  (Online Only)
I'm a board-certified PA who offers medication management for teens and adults dealing with common mental health problems. I am eager to help my patients gain insight into the science surrounding various treatment options. I pride myself on being detailed and compassionate in my approach. I believe that shared decision-making can help patients proactively improve their mental wellbeing.
I'm a board-certified PA who offers medication management for teens and adults dealing with common mental health problems. I am eager to help my patients gain insight into the science surrounding various treatment options. I pride myself on being detailed and compassionate in my approach. I believe that shared decision-making can help patients proactively improve their mental wellbeing.
(919) 298-8631 View (919) 298-8631
Photo of Jessica Bullard, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 27513, NC
Jessica Bullard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Cary, NC 27513
I partner with my patients to find the best treatment options for their circumstances. Although medication is often an important part of treatment, providing other resources to patients to help with their mental health is an important part of my approach to patient care. Currently accepting patients aged 4-65 years old.
I partner with my patients to find the best treatment options for their circumstances. Although medication is often an important part of treatment, providing other resources to patients to help with their mental health is an important part of my approach to patient care. Currently accepting patients aged 4-65 years old.
(919) 975-4281 x2 View (919) 975-4281 x2
West Cary Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cary, NC 27513
The mental health providers, Claudia D. Nunez, MD; Susan Dumire, PMHNP; Susan Schleith, PMHNP, and Nancy Vue, PMHNP, at West Cary Psychiatry take pride in treating every person as an individual. No rushed 10 or 15 minute appointments. No large facility to navigate, and no confusing health system to figure out. Just you and your provider in a comfortable office setting. Our purpose is to help you find your path to wellness and wellbeing.
The mental health providers, Claudia D. Nunez, MD; Susan Dumire, PMHNP; Susan Schleith, PMHNP, and Nancy Vue, PMHNP, at West Cary Psychiatry take pride in treating every person as an individual. No rushed 10 or 15 minute appointments. No large facility to navigate, and no confusing health system to figure out. Just you and your provider in a comfortable office setting. Our purpose is to help you find your path to wellness and wellbeing.
(919) 377-1042 View (919) 377-1042
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Cana Psychiatric Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Cary, NC 27513
Dr Lola is a Family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner:NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! Are you suffering from Anxiety? Hopelessness, helplessness, lack of self-worth, Depression, Bipolar, PTSD, ANGER, ADHD, unsure of your diagnosis, or any other mental health disorders? Are you feeling a low mood? I am Board-Certified Psych Mental Health Nurse Practioner (PMHNP-BC) offering TELEPSYCH services in RTP and the surrounding area in North Carolina.
Dr Lola is a Family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner:NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! Are you suffering from Anxiety? Hopelessness, helplessness, lack of self-worth, Depression, Bipolar, PTSD, ANGER, ADHD, unsure of your diagnosis, or any other mental health disorders? Are you feeling a low mood? I am Board-Certified Psych Mental Health Nurse Practioner (PMHNP-BC) offering TELEPSYCH services in RTP and the surrounding area in North Carolina.
(919) 351-6725 View (919) 351-6725
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Joseph Vincent Jordan
Physician Assistant, MS, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cary, NC 27513  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified PA with a certificate of additional qualifications in psychiatry (CAQ-Psychiatry). I have experience working with adults with a myriad of psychiatric illnesses, but I have a vested interest in LGBTQ+ mental healthcare, treatment-resistant depression, personality disorders, and trauma-based disorders.
I am a board-certified PA with a certificate of additional qualifications in psychiatry (CAQ-Psychiatry). I have experience working with adults with a myriad of psychiatric illnesses, but I have a vested interest in LGBTQ+ mental healthcare, treatment-resistant depression, personality disorders, and trauma-based disorders.
(919) 355-0667 View (919) 355-0667
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Dr. Eliza (Leeza) Park
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cary, NC 27513
Waitlist for new clients
As a psychiatrist offering both therapy and medication treatment, my goal is to provide you with expert care to improve your mental health and overall well-being. Together, we will strengthen your resilience for navigating life's challenges, whether it's dealing with illness, the complexities of parenting, self-criticism, or the weight of grief. Life is too important to do this hard work alone. Drawing from years of experience working with healthcare providers, cancer survivors, and the bereaved, I will work collaboratively with you on your journey to a happier and healthier life.
As a psychiatrist offering both therapy and medication treatment, my goal is to provide you with expert care to improve your mental health and overall well-being. Together, we will strengthen your resilience for navigating life's challenges, whether it's dealing with illness, the complexities of parenting, self-criticism, or the weight of grief. Life is too important to do this hard work alone. Drawing from years of experience working with healthcare providers, cancer survivors, and the bereaved, I will work collaboratively with you on your journey to a happier and healthier life.
(919) 351-6138 View (919) 351-6138
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Amy K Tracy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cary, NC 27513
New appointments can be booked online at www.swiftcreekmhs.com. I provide holistic and individual care to people with mental health concerns. My experience ranges from mild to severe mental illness in the areas of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and adjustment disorders. I see children and adults. I have worked in mental health since 2007, in all levels of care, residential, out patient, intensive outpatient and inpatient. I began treating patients as an APRN in 2015. Not In Network with Medicaid!
New appointments can be booked online at www.swiftcreekmhs.com. I provide holistic and individual care to people with mental health concerns. My experience ranges from mild to severe mental illness in the areas of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and adjustment disorders. I see children and adults. I have worked in mental health since 2007, in all levels of care, residential, out patient, intensive outpatient and inpatient. I began treating patients as an APRN in 2015. Not In Network with Medicaid!
(919) 629-0997 View (919) 629-0997
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EtteillaWellness Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Cary, NC 27513  (Online Only)
Hello everyone. I'm NP, Shirley. Welcome to Etteilla Wellness Services. I am so excited to finally share my dream with you of opening a private practice. Etteilla is my mother's name, spelled backward. Her tragic death inspired me to create a platform to help those who feel trapped and lost. I'm dual certified In psychiatric care and family medicine. I have 26 years of medical experience and provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. With a deep understanding of the human mind and a passion for helping others, I strive to empower individuals on their journey toward mental well-being and a purpose-filled life.
Hello everyone. I'm NP, Shirley. Welcome to Etteilla Wellness Services. I am so excited to finally share my dream with you of opening a private practice. Etteilla is my mother's name, spelled backward. Her tragic death inspired me to create a platform to help those who feel trapped and lost. I'm dual certified In psychiatric care and family medicine. I have 26 years of medical experience and provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. With a deep understanding of the human mind and a passion for helping others, I strive to empower individuals on their journey toward mental well-being and a purpose-filled life.
(984) 249-2262 View (984) 249-2262
Photo of Sara Hubbell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 27513, NC
Sara Hubbell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cary, NC 27513
Struggling with past experiences preventing you from moving forward in life today? Overwhelmed with negative thoughts and beliefs about yourself? Feeling burned out from your work in a helping profession? Struggling with anxiety or depression? Paralyzed with fear because of a previous event? You are not alone, there is HOPE! I believe in your capacity to heal, no matter how insurmountable your experiences may seem today. Your healing journey may involve therapies like EMDR and/or medication. EMDR is a powerful therapeutic technique that alleviates distress linked to fears, trauma, negative beliefs, and past experiences.
Struggling with past experiences preventing you from moving forward in life today? Overwhelmed with negative thoughts and beliefs about yourself? Feeling burned out from your work in a helping profession? Struggling with anxiety or depression? Paralyzed with fear because of a previous event? You are not alone, there is HOPE! I believe in your capacity to heal, no matter how insurmountable your experiences may seem today. Your healing journey may involve therapies like EMDR and/or medication. EMDR is a powerful therapeutic technique that alleviates distress linked to fears, trauma, negative beliefs, and past experiences.
(919) 533-9987 View (919) 533-9987
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Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cary, NC 27513
Board certified Psychiatrists (Child & Adult), Psychologists and Therapists in Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs and Raleigh-Durham (North Carolina) provide comprehensive psychiatric care and TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) for Depression and OCD.
Board certified Psychiatrists (Child & Adult), Psychologists and Therapists in Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs and Raleigh-Durham (North Carolina) provide comprehensive psychiatric care and TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) for Depression and OCD.
(984) 369-8548 View (984) 369-8548
Photo of Kami Smith - Harris, Physician Assistant in 27513, NC
Kami Smith - Harris
Physician Assistant, MHS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Cary, NC 27513
If you are struggling with severe depression, substance use disorder, or thinking about injectable medication for Schizophrenia and Bipolar, I am here to help you on your journey to regain your quality of life and mental health. I see patients online or in person in our Cary office.
If you are struggling with severe depression, substance use disorder, or thinking about injectable medication for Schizophrenia and Bipolar, I am here to help you on your journey to regain your quality of life and mental health. I see patients online or in person in our Cary office.
(984) 283-5065 View (984) 283-5065
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Leistey Tindall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Cary, NC 27513  (Online Only)
Mind & Body Wellness is a premier Mental Health Practice headquartered in Rockingham, North Carolina. Serving all of North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Mecklenburg and surrounding areas. We also offer telemedicine in the state of Florida. All appointments are held virtually and our focus is on your journey in building and managing a healthier you. As a dual Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health and Primary Care I am compassionate about the individual needs of each patient and together we will design a customized and comprehensive care plan for your continued care.
Mind & Body Wellness is a premier Mental Health Practice headquartered in Rockingham, North Carolina. Serving all of North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Mecklenburg and surrounding areas. We also offer telemedicine in the state of Florida. All appointments are held virtually and our focus is on your journey in building and managing a healthier you. As a dual Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health and Primary Care I am compassionate about the individual needs of each patient and together we will design a customized and comprehensive care plan for your continued care.
(910) 537-6828 View (910) 537-6828
Photo of Carolyn Ballantine, Psychiatrist in 27513, NC
Carolyn Ballantine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
14 Endorsed
Cary, NC 27513
The brain is an organ where specialized treatment and medications may be needed to help restore physiological balance and correct functioning. Keeping all aspects of each individual in mind, I prescribe medications when needed and work with the team of therapists at LifeCare so together, we can address the whole person. Therapy can be an effective tool in restoring the soul, which has a direct impact on the well-being of our mind, will, and emotional state. Therapy can also allow us to clearly map out a spiritual path and help us maintain an active relationship with God.
The brain is an organ where specialized treatment and medications may be needed to help restore physiological balance and correct functioning. Keeping all aspects of each individual in mind, I prescribe medications when needed and work with the team of therapists at LifeCare so together, we can address the whole person. Therapy can be an effective tool in restoring the soul, which has a direct impact on the well-being of our mind, will, and emotional state. Therapy can also allow us to clearly map out a spiritual path and help us maintain an active relationship with God.
(984) 205-9058 View (984) 205-9058
Photo of Reshmi Saranga, Psychiatrist in 27513, NC
Reshmi Saranga
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cary, NC 27513
If you feel confused at times, distracted, have trouble focusing, overwhelmed, sad, difficulty coping with life changes... you may need to see a psychiatrist for evaluation. I'm a board certified- adult and geriatric trained psychiatrist that can help you experience freedom from overwhelming emotions that make your life difficult to enjoy. My passion has always been for helping the elderly, because I enjoy learning about their life experiences hence trained in geriatric psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center.
If you feel confused at times, distracted, have trouble focusing, overwhelmed, sad, difficulty coping with life changes... you may need to see a psychiatrist for evaluation. I'm a board certified- adult and geriatric trained psychiatrist that can help you experience freedom from overwhelming emotions that make your life difficult to enjoy. My passion has always been for helping the elderly, because I enjoy learning about their life experiences hence trained in geriatric psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center.
(919) 842-5840 View (919) 842-5840
Photo of Vinay Saranga, Psychiatrist in 27513, NC
Vinay Saranga
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cary, NC 27513
Childhood is a time of innocence and wonder. A time of discovering the world, and learning about oneself. But what happens when that innocence is marred by mental illness or emotional disturbance? How can you tell if a child is needing treatment or just in a difficult phase? It's easy to miss the signs. As parents we tend to take things as they come, and we learn as we go. If you have a child who cries often and hard, it may be that this is his way of dealing with frustration or tension in his life.
Childhood is a time of innocence and wonder. A time of discovering the world, and learning about oneself. But what happens when that innocence is marred by mental illness or emotional disturbance? How can you tell if a child is needing treatment or just in a difficult phase? It's easy to miss the signs. As parents we tend to take things as they come, and we learn as we go. If you have a child who cries often and hard, it may be that this is his way of dealing with frustration or tension in his life.
(919) 729-5215 View (919) 729-5215
Photo of Eric D Morse, Psychiatrist in 27513, NC
Eric D Morse
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Cary, NC 27513
Dr. Eric Morse helps people recover from many substance use disorders and mental illnesses. He has a busy Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) maintenance program for opioid use disorder within his private practice in Carolina Performance (see www.CarolinaPerformance.net) at 8300 Health Park. He works for the SAMHSA Opioid Response Network and Physician Clinical Support System as a mentor to train physicians on the proper treatment of opioid use disorder and directs the opioid treatment programs known as the Morse Clinics, see www.MorseClinics.com
Dr. Eric Morse helps people recover from many substance use disorders and mental illnesses. He has a busy Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) maintenance program for opioid use disorder within his private practice in Carolina Performance (see www.CarolinaPerformance.net) at 8300 Health Park. He works for the SAMHSA Opioid Response Network and Physician Clinical Support System as a mentor to train physicians on the proper treatment of opioid use disorder and directs the opioid treatment programs known as the Morse Clinics, see www.MorseClinics.com
(919) 229-8245 View (919) 229-8245

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 27513

20+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in 27513 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
92% Anxiety
85% Medication Management
77% Bipolar Disorder
73% ADHD
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in 27513 see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 27513?

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.