Psychiatrists in 27601

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Jean Jubert
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
Dr. Jubert is a board-certified staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He has been practicing for 5 years. Dr. Jubert's practice focuses predominately on medication management, often in conjunction with supportive therapy, during 30-minute follow-up visits. He approaches medicine holistically with an emphasis on understanding how a patient’s socioeconomic status, spirituality, social connection and physical health affect their overall mental health and well-being. Dr. Jubert received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.
Dr. Jubert is a board-certified staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He has been practicing for 5 years. Dr. Jubert's practice focuses predominately on medication management, often in conjunction with supportive therapy, during 30-minute follow-up visits. He approaches medicine holistically with an emphasis on understanding how a patient’s socioeconomic status, spirituality, social connection and physical health affect their overall mental health and well-being. Dr. Jubert received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.
(919) 849-3904 View (919) 849-3904
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Michele Schaefer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601  (Online Only)
Dr. Schaefer is board certified in adult psychiatry and has been practicing for over 16 years. Dr. Schaefer's practice focuses on medication management, offered in conjunction with supportive therapy and elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Most follow up visits are 30 minutes, and if additional therapy is needed, a therapist may be brought into the care team to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Schaefer is board certified in adult psychiatry and has been practicing for over 16 years. Dr. Schaefer's practice focuses on medication management, offered in conjunction with supportive therapy and elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Most follow up visits are 30 minutes, and if additional therapy is needed, a therapist may be brought into the care team to provide the best outcome.
(919) 705-0016 View (919) 705-0016
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Luna Rivera
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601  (Online Only)
Dr. Luna Sanchez Rivera holds the position of Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry. After completing residency in 2016 at the Ponce Medical School Psychiatry Residency in Puerto Rico, she then moved to North Carolina to complete a subspecialty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Duke University Health System. There, she transitioned into an Assistant Professor position and focused on structuring the Pediatric Emergency Psychiatric Services and helped to support the Consult and Liaison Pediatric Service.
Dr. Luna Sanchez Rivera holds the position of Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry. After completing residency in 2016 at the Ponce Medical School Psychiatry Residency in Puerto Rico, she then moved to North Carolina to complete a subspecialty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Duke University Health System. There, she transitioned into an Assistant Professor position and focused on structuring the Pediatric Emergency Psychiatric Services and helped to support the Consult and Liaison Pediatric Service.
(919) 276-8166 View (919) 276-8166
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Charlene Staff
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
We provide outpatient behavioral health medical evaluations. Every patient is treated with respect and heard. We want to assist you in improving your quality of life. We offer a holistic approach to behavioral health. A tailored treatment plan will be made based upon your needs and goals. Your mental health matters. You matter!
We provide outpatient behavioral health medical evaluations. Every patient is treated with respect and heard. We want to assist you in improving your quality of life. We offer a holistic approach to behavioral health. A tailored treatment plan will be made based upon your needs and goals. Your mental health matters. You matter!
(919) 364-6539 View (919) 364-6539
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Stephanie Price
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601  (Online Only)
Dr. Stephanie Price is a board-certified psychiatrist. Her practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. She believes in a collaborative approach to treatment planning because shared decision-making helps provide the best outcome for patients. She went to college at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY and received her degree in Microbiology. She completed her medical education at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, SC, and completed her residency training at Creighton University School of Medicine-Valleywise Health in Phoenix, AZ.
Dr. Stephanie Price is a board-certified psychiatrist. Her practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. She believes in a collaborative approach to treatment planning because shared decision-making helps provide the best outcome for patients. She went to college at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY and received her degree in Microbiology. She completed her medical education at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, SC, and completed her residency training at Creighton University School of Medicine-Valleywise Health in Phoenix, AZ.
(919) 752-3578 View (919) 752-3578
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Shari Sengupta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
Dr. Shari Sengupta attended the University of OK as a National Merit Scholar and went on to graduate from from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She specialized in Adult Psychiatry at the University of NC Hospitals where she was a chief resident. She received psychotherapy training in insight-oriented and cognitive-behavioral approaches and trained at the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas. She has 18 years of experience providing medication management and psychotherapy in both private practice and community mental health settings and over 10 years of experience in telepsychiatry providing care to underserved communities.
Dr. Shari Sengupta attended the University of OK as a National Merit Scholar and went on to graduate from from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She specialized in Adult Psychiatry at the University of NC Hospitals where she was a chief resident. She received psychotherapy training in insight-oriented and cognitive-behavioral approaches and trained at the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas. She has 18 years of experience providing medication management and psychotherapy in both private practice and community mental health settings and over 10 years of experience in telepsychiatry providing care to underserved communities.
(919) 739-3253 View (919) 739-3253
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Adam Jenrola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am passionate about helping clients improve their mental health. As a registered nurse and currently as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have about 14 years experience working with patients struggling with mental health issues. I earned my bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from Chamberlain University and my master of science in nursing (MSN) from Walden University.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am passionate about helping clients improve their mental health. As a registered nurse and currently as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have about 14 years experience working with patients struggling with mental health issues. I earned my bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from Chamberlain University and my master of science in nursing (MSN) from Walden University.
(919) 737-2760 View (919) 737-2760
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Jessica Grimes
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
Dr. Jessica Grimes is a board-eligible child and adolescent and adult psychiatrist. She is originally from Sylva, NC. She earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and minored in biology at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. She graduated cum laude and was inducted into the order of the gownsmen, an honor society. She earned her doctorate from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV.
Dr. Jessica Grimes is a board-eligible child and adolescent and adult psychiatrist. She is originally from Sylva, NC. She earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and minored in biology at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. She graduated cum laude and was inducted into the order of the gownsmen, an honor society. She earned her doctorate from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV.
(919) 351-1408 View (919) 351-1408
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Siera Kirkland
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601  (Online Only)
Dr. Siera Kirkland is an adult general psychiatrist. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Kirkland focuses on collaborative and evidence-based care. She believes it is imperative to form a therapeutic relationship with each individual and work together as a team to formulate the best treatment plan. Her passion is to educate, empower and support. She specializes in medication management and brief psychotherapy.
Dr. Siera Kirkland is an adult general psychiatrist. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Kirkland focuses on collaborative and evidence-based care. She believes it is imperative to form a therapeutic relationship with each individual and work together as a team to formulate the best treatment plan. Her passion is to educate, empower and support. She specializes in medication management and brief psychotherapy.
(919) 344-0934 View (919) 344-0934
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Krista Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601  (Online Only)
Dr. Krista Alexander is a board-certified psychiatrist who loves equipping her fellow human beings to feel and function better. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed her residency at Duke University. She has worked in both private practice and integrated primary care/behavioral health care settings. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the North Carolina Psychiatric Association. Krista offers medication management and supportive psychotherapy for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, ADHD, substance use disorders, and other mental health issues.
Dr. Krista Alexander is a board-certified psychiatrist who loves equipping her fellow human beings to feel and function better. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed her residency at Duke University. She has worked in both private practice and integrated primary care/behavioral health care settings. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the North Carolina Psychiatric Association. Krista offers medication management and supportive psychotherapy for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, ADHD, substance use disorders, and other mental health issues.
(919) 892-6390 View (919) 892-6390
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Xiomara Nieves Alvarado
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
Dr. Nieves-Alvarado is a recent psychiatry graduate from Duke Psychiatry Residency program. She is board-certified and has experience with psychodynamic and supportive therapy. Dr. Nieves-Alvarado is originally from Puerto Rico and practices psychiatry in both English and Spanish.
Dr. Nieves-Alvarado is a recent psychiatry graduate from Duke Psychiatry Residency program. She is board-certified and has experience with psychodynamic and supportive therapy. Dr. Nieves-Alvarado is originally from Puerto Rico and practices psychiatry in both English and Spanish.
(919) 891-1097 View (919) 891-1097
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Megan Freeman
Psychiatrist
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
Dr. Megan Freeman is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry. She completed her residency training at Vidant Medical Center at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina in 2021 where she was the chief resident. Since then, she has worked as an attending physician at an inpatient adult psychiatric unit in Burlington, North Carolina. As a resident and attending she has treated adults of all ages and in all areas of mental health.
Dr. Megan Freeman is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry. She completed her residency training at Vidant Medical Center at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina in 2021 where she was the chief resident. Since then, she has worked as an attending physician at an inpatient adult psychiatric unit in Burlington, North Carolina. As a resident and attending she has treated adults of all ages and in all areas of mental health.
(919) 373-6899 View (919) 373-6899
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Luke Romanow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
Dr. Romanow is double board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training and then attended Drexel University College of Medicine. After medical school, he completed his residency in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, where he obtained a certificate in additional psychotherapy training.After residency, Dr. Romanow completed a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Romanow is double board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training and then attended Drexel University College of Medicine. After medical school, he completed his residency in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, where he obtained a certificate in additional psychotherapy training.After residency, Dr. Romanow completed a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Virginia.
(571) 946-6305 View (571) 946-6305
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Charli Ellis
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601  (Online Only)
Dr. Charli Ellis is a board-certified psychiatrist. She has practiced in myriad settings including psychiatric emergency departments, inpatient hospitals, medical hospitals, and outpatient clinics. Dr. Ellis’ practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this along with supportive psychotherapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, if indicated Dr. Ellis may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Charli Ellis is a board-certified psychiatrist. She has practiced in myriad settings including psychiatric emergency departments, inpatient hospitals, medical hospitals, and outpatient clinics. Dr. Ellis’ practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this along with supportive psychotherapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, if indicated Dr. Ellis may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
(919) 925-3927 View (919) 925-3927
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Cristina Seicarescu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601  (Online Only)
Dr. Seicarescu is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from the Carol Davila University of Medicine in Romania and completed her psychiatry residency at Wayne State University in Detroit. Dr. Seicarescu's approach is collaborative, supportive, and patient-centered. Her practice focuses on medication management along with elements of therapy from different modalities, such as supportive and cognitive behavioral therapy that are patient-tailored.
Dr. Seicarescu is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from the Carol Davila University of Medicine in Romania and completed her psychiatry residency at Wayne State University in Detroit. Dr. Seicarescu's approach is collaborative, supportive, and patient-centered. Her practice focuses on medication management along with elements of therapy from different modalities, such as supportive and cognitive behavioral therapy that are patient-tailored.
(919) 925-3927 View (919) 925-3927
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Duncan McEwen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27601
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. I am dual board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction medicine. I have extensive experience in treating psychiatric problems such as depression, anxiety and related mood disorders. I offer Ketamine treatment for patients experiencing treatment resistant depression. Patients integrate their experience with Ketamine with the psychological issues that are important to them thus enhancing their counseling experience. Treatment should lead patients towards growth, independence, and resilience. Learn more about my work at www.wfpanc.com and facebook.com/wellnessfirstpsychiatric.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. I am dual board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction medicine. I have extensive experience in treating psychiatric problems such as depression, anxiety and related mood disorders. I offer Ketamine treatment for patients experiencing treatment resistant depression. Patients integrate their experience with Ketamine with the psychological issues that are important to them thus enhancing their counseling experience. Treatment should lead patients towards growth, independence, and resilience. Learn more about my work at www.wfpanc.com and facebook.com/wellnessfirstpsychiatric.
(919) 429-7458 View (919) 429-7458
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Saman Hasan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist run a private practice called Max Psychiatry, conveniently located in Apex, NC. I have been practicing psychiatry from over 10 years in Cary, Apex, Durham, Raleigh Holly Springs, Wake Forest area of NC. I believe in comprehensive treatment plan with an appropriate blend of psychotherapy and medication management. My specialties include treatment of symptoms such as depression, ADHD, anxiety, family conflicts, stress management, women issues, trauma/PTSD, sleep disorders, eating disorders, Schizophrenia, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and psychosis.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist run a private practice called Max Psychiatry, conveniently located in Apex, NC. I have been practicing psychiatry from over 10 years in Cary, Apex, Durham, Raleigh Holly Springs, Wake Forest area of NC. I believe in comprehensive treatment plan with an appropriate blend of psychotherapy and medication management. My specialties include treatment of symptoms such as depression, ADHD, anxiety, family conflicts, stress management, women issues, trauma/PTSD, sleep disorders, eating disorders, Schizophrenia, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and psychosis.
(919) 842-3772 View (919) 842-3772
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Ria Battaglino
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
I am a board certified psychiatrist that practices holistic psychiatry and integrative medicine. I help my patients to achieve optimal mental health via a holistic approach that addresses each individual's physical, mental and spiritual health. I am experienced in complex medication management and psychotherapy as well as incorporating natural, medication-free options that may be just as essential to your overall well being. My belief is that mental health and emotional perspective heavily influence physical health and vice-versa. I address the complex psychiatric issues that arise from this interaction to help you feel your best emotionally and physically.
I am a board certified psychiatrist that practices holistic psychiatry and integrative medicine. I help my patients to achieve optimal mental health via a holistic approach that addresses each individual's physical, mental and spiritual health. I am experienced in complex medication management and psychotherapy as well as incorporating natural, medication-free options that may be just as essential to your overall well being. My belief is that mental health and emotional perspective heavily influence physical health and vice-versa. I address the complex psychiatric issues that arise from this interaction to help you feel your best emotionally and physically.
(919) 728-5045 View (919) 728-5045
Photo of Hani Elwafi, Psychiatrist in 27601, NC
Hani Elwafi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
At Transformance Health, we focus on helping clients become better versions of themselves, and to transform potential into reality. We apply evidence-based principles of neuroscience, psychology, ketamine assisted psychotherapy, meditation and mindfulness, stress management, nutrition, exercise, and pharmacology to promote thriving.
At Transformance Health, we focus on helping clients become better versions of themselves, and to transform potential into reality. We apply evidence-based principles of neuroscience, psychology, ketamine assisted psychotherapy, meditation and mindfulness, stress management, nutrition, exercise, and pharmacology to promote thriving.
(919) 348-2598 View (919) 348-2598
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David Ahlberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27601
Affiliated Medical Group, PLLC is a private practice Psychiatric Group serving all of North Carolina and Florida. We have many years of combined experience working with people in a variety of settings. We have expertise in the treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric challenges across the lifespan, and we are ready to meet your needs.
Affiliated Medical Group, PLLC is a private practice Psychiatric Group serving all of North Carolina and Florida. We have many years of combined experience working with people in a variety of settings. We have expertise in the treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric challenges across the lifespan, and we are ready to meet your needs.
(910) 939-0724 View (910) 939-0724

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Number of Psychiatrists in 27601

30+

Average cost per session

$220

Psychiatrists in 27601 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
89% Medication Management
83% Bipolar Disorder
81% ADHD
81% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
81% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in 27601 see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 27601?

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.