Psychiatrists in 27607

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Lucy Magda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Dr. Lucy Magda ("Dr. Lucy") is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, born and raised on the eastern shore of Maryland. She began her registered nursing career in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where she worked to stabilize the most critically ill patients. It is there that her interest in mental health flourished as she witnessed first-hand how essential mental health is for the overall wellbeing of her patients. She realized that there is no health without mental health.
Dr. Lucy Magda ("Dr. Lucy") is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, born and raised on the eastern shore of Maryland. She began her registered nursing career in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where she worked to stabilize the most critically ill patients. It is there that her interest in mental health flourished as she witnessed first-hand how essential mental health is for the overall wellbeing of her patients. She realized that there is no health without mental health.
(919) 887-7628 View (919) 887-7628
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Peter Buonaccorsi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Not accepting new clients
Psychiatric assessment, diagnosis and care are best undertaken with humility and humor in all parties. Though the human condition often feels impossible and suffering unbearable, Psychiatry can offer help with these complex and vexing issues. I promise to do my best to communicate clearly and to listen diligently to your concerns and problems. Working with parents and their children is a special privilege for me. I enjoy helping people meet the tasks of becoming a parent and learning to parent their child. I have found that these challenges are among the most difficult that most people ever encounter.
Psychiatric assessment, diagnosis and care are best undertaken with humility and humor in all parties. Though the human condition often feels impossible and suffering unbearable, Psychiatry can offer help with these complex and vexing issues. I promise to do my best to communicate clearly and to listen diligently to your concerns and problems. Working with parents and their children is a special privilege for me. I enjoy helping people meet the tasks of becoming a parent and learning to parent their child. I have found that these challenges are among the most difficult that most people ever encounter.
(919) 551-3907 View (919) 551-3907
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Susan Slocum O'Connor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Availability in 1-2 weeks for new patients! In-office/telehealth. LGBT+ friendly provider. Adults, teens & children age 10+ - Our brains sometimes do things that don't make sense or feel fair. I work primarily in medication management, but I also really enjoy talking about how brains work and how to work with them to help people feel more satisfied with life. I have particular interest working with individuals around issues of ADHD, addiction, disordered eating, chronic psychosis, depression, generalized and social anxiety.
Availability in 1-2 weeks for new patients! In-office/telehealth. LGBT+ friendly provider. Adults, teens & children age 10+ - Our brains sometimes do things that don't make sense or feel fair. I work primarily in medication management, but I also really enjoy talking about how brains work and how to work with them to help people feel more satisfied with life. I have particular interest working with individuals around issues of ADHD, addiction, disordered eating, chronic psychosis, depression, generalized and social anxiety.
(984) 204-7052 View (984) 204-7052
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Jason Lane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Are you ready to prioritize yourself? New patient appointments for consultation and medication management are usually available within a week of contact. I specialize in working with LGBTQ+ clients or individuals who may be otherwise marginalized. My professional passion lies in partnering with those facing mental health challenges and helping them enjoy the best quality of life possible! Combining medication management with behavior modification to address anxiety, major depression, ADHD, and bipolar mood disorders, can be empowering. Be empowered!
Are you ready to prioritize yourself? New patient appointments for consultation and medication management are usually available within a week of contact. I specialize in working with LGBTQ+ clients or individuals who may be otherwise marginalized. My professional passion lies in partnering with those facing mental health challenges and helping them enjoy the best quality of life possible! Combining medication management with behavior modification to address anxiety, major depression, ADHD, and bipolar mood disorders, can be empowering. Be empowered!
(984) 223-4784 View (984) 223-4784
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Psychiatric Associates of NC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Immediate availability for private therapy & medication management. Seeing adults & children ages 15+. LGBTQ+ welcoming. Spanish-speaking psychiatrist and therapist available. Appointments may be in office in Raleigh or virtually across North Carolina! Evening and weekend hours offered by some providers at request. Most insurance plans are accepted.
Immediate availability for private therapy & medication management. Seeing adults & children ages 15+. LGBTQ+ welcoming. Spanish-speaking psychiatrist and therapist available. Appointments may be in office in Raleigh or virtually across North Carolina! Evening and weekend hours offered by some providers at request. Most insurance plans are accepted.
(984) 689-9841 View (984) 689-9841
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William Russell Cannon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
In my psychotherapy practice, my goal is to create a collaborative environment to understand the patterns in our behavior and relationships that hold us back from our potential towards meaning and fulfillment in our lives. There isn't always an answer to our problems/suffering but I do think we can examine our relationship to our struggles in order to make the choices that are most in accordance with our deepest values.
In my psychotherapy practice, my goal is to create a collaborative environment to understand the patterns in our behavior and relationships that hold us back from our potential towards meaning and fulfillment in our lives. There isn't always an answer to our problems/suffering but I do think we can examine our relationship to our struggles in order to make the choices that are most in accordance with our deepest values.
(919) 729-2214 View (919) 729-2214
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Samantha Dietter
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27607
Accepting new clients- Ages 5+, medication management. Virtual and in-office appointments. I have a passion for providing patient-centered mental health care. I will work collaboratively with you to create a personalized care plan, through shared decision making and incorporation of your strengths. Using a holistic approach, we will combine lifestyle changes, psychotherapy, and psychotropic treatments to assist you and your family.
Accepting new clients- Ages 5+, medication management. Virtual and in-office appointments. I have a passion for providing patient-centered mental health care. I will work collaboratively with you to create a personalized care plan, through shared decision making and incorporation of your strengths. Using a holistic approach, we will combine lifestyle changes, psychotherapy, and psychotropic treatments to assist you and your family.
(984) 364-8172 View (984) 364-8172
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Neil Scheurich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
As of 11/27/23 I have No Current Openings for new patients due to a full schedule (I do not keep a waiting list, but feel free to check back after the first of the year). I am a psychiatrist offering medication treatments and/or psychotherapy as appropriate. Most of my patients struggle with anxiety or depression, although I also have broad experience in treating ADHD, bipolar disorder, as well as various issues of life adjustments and relationships. Note that I do not specialize in treating children and adolescents, couples therapy, or addiction treatment. I offer either video or in-person sessions.
As of 11/27/23 I have No Current Openings for new patients due to a full schedule (I do not keep a waiting list, but feel free to check back after the first of the year). I am a psychiatrist offering medication treatments and/or psychotherapy as appropriate. Most of my patients struggle with anxiety or depression, although I also have broad experience in treating ADHD, bipolar disorder, as well as various issues of life adjustments and relationships. Note that I do not specialize in treating children and adolescents, couples therapy, or addiction treatment. I offer either video or in-person sessions.
(919) 283-4391 View (919) 283-4391
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Katherine Myers
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27607  (Online Only)
I am a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and a board-certified Physician Assistant with full prescriptive authority. I treat all psychiatric and neuropsychiatric conditions but have a deep interest working with special needs children and their families.
I am a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and a board-certified Physician Assistant with full prescriptive authority. I treat all psychiatric and neuropsychiatric conditions but have a deep interest working with special needs children and their families.
(919) 899-4948 View (919) 899-4948
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Best Day Psychiatry & Counseling
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
At Best Day Psychiatry, we pride ourselves in providing the time necessary to render excellent care to all age groups, assist our clients in navigating a complex system, finding the best supporting specialists and enabling excellent communication to ensure the highest quality services. Our collaborative approach includes specialized and creative interventions based on your specific needs, whether it is psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two. We are passionate about helping our clients live happier lives and approach each client’s challenges with a caring optimism.
At Best Day Psychiatry, we pride ourselves in providing the time necessary to render excellent care to all age groups, assist our clients in navigating a complex system, finding the best supporting specialists and enabling excellent communication to ensure the highest quality services. Our collaborative approach includes specialized and creative interventions based on your specific needs, whether it is psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two. We are passionate about helping our clients live happier lives and approach each client’s challenges with a caring optimism.
(919) 364-6492 View (919) 364-6492
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Greg Tallent
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Greg is a native of Cape Girardeau, MO, and completed PA school at South University in Savannah, GA in 2005. Following his PA studies, he briefly practiced orthopedics and family medicine before finding his way into emergency medicine. Greg has extensive Emergency Department (ED) experience in both rural and academic settings. Prior to moving to the Raleigh area to work in the ED at UNC Rex Hospital, he was a traveling ED clinician providing care in SC, NC, NY, OH, and VA. After working on the frontline throughout the COVID pandemic and experiencing his own mental health challenges, Greg is excited to join Certus Psychiatry.
Greg is a native of Cape Girardeau, MO, and completed PA school at South University in Savannah, GA in 2005. Following his PA studies, he briefly practiced orthopedics and family medicine before finding his way into emergency medicine. Greg has extensive Emergency Department (ED) experience in both rural and academic settings. Prior to moving to the Raleigh area to work in the ED at UNC Rex Hospital, he was a traveling ED clinician providing care in SC, NC, NY, OH, and VA. After working on the frontline throughout the COVID pandemic and experiencing his own mental health challenges, Greg is excited to join Certus Psychiatry.
(919) 551-6538 View (919) 551-6538
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Dr. Lindsey Renee Goldberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN-Ed, PMHNP
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607  (Online Only)
I focus on mindfulness, lifestyle, nutrition, spiritual and natural methods, as well as medication management. The foundation matters I take my time, and with that, I get to know my clients and our safe space emerges. I have training in working with all ages, predominantly 14-95, any gender, sexuality, polyamorous or open relationships, sex work/er. pregnancy, birth, postpartum, abuse (sexual, physical, emotional), trauma, body image, PTSD, grief & loss, anxiety, depressive disorders, bipolarity/mood, neurodivergent disorders, personality, and anyone in recovery (or guests to listen).
I focus on mindfulness, lifestyle, nutrition, spiritual and natural methods, as well as medication management. The foundation matters I take my time, and with that, I get to know my clients and our safe space emerges. I have training in working with all ages, predominantly 14-95, any gender, sexuality, polyamorous or open relationships, sex work/er. pregnancy, birth, postpartum, abuse (sexual, physical, emotional), trauma, body image, PTSD, grief & loss, anxiety, depressive disorders, bipolarity/mood, neurodivergent disorders, personality, and anyone in recovery (or guests to listen).
(919) 736-6328 View (919) 736-6328
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Susan Schleith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Susan is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from East Tennessee State University. She gained extensive experience working as an inpatient psychiatric nurse for many years, becoming skilled at addressing a wide range of psychiatric disorders for individuals in acute crisis and those with chronic mental health needs before continuing her journey to become a nurse practitioner. She believes in personalized care and strives to work collaboratively with individuals to aid them in achieving their optimal mental and physical health.
Susan is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from East Tennessee State University. She gained extensive experience working as an inpatient psychiatric nurse for many years, becoming skilled at addressing a wide range of psychiatric disorders for individuals in acute crisis and those with chronic mental health needs before continuing her journey to become a nurse practitioner. She believes in personalized care and strives to work collaboratively with individuals to aid them in achieving their optimal mental and physical health.
(919) 646-3099 View (919) 646-3099
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Imad Khan
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
I am a board certified psychiatrist practicing at HRC Behavioral Health & Psychiatry and practice in both the Chapel Hill and Raleigh locations. My treatment approach is to provide evidenced-based treatments and to work collaboratively with therapists and other medical providers. My goal is to work together with patients to identify the most effective treatment options.
I am a board certified psychiatrist practicing at HRC Behavioral Health & Psychiatry and practice in both the Chapel Hill and Raleigh locations. My treatment approach is to provide evidenced-based treatments and to work collaboratively with therapists and other medical providers. My goal is to work together with patients to identify the most effective treatment options.
(919) 785-0384 View (919) 785-0384
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Certus Psychiatry and Integrated Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Certus is Latin for determined. At Certus Psychiatric & Integrated Care in Winston-Salem, we are determined to help our patients emotionally and physically to achieve balance by being active participants in their own care. At Certus, we are a "stigma-free zone." You can come to us with peace of mind in knowing no one will stand in judgment of you. Our primary objectives are to evaluate your symptoms and develop strategies to help put you on a path to recovery and wellness. Believe in WE, and together we will work to help you realize a better quality of life and improved mental wellness.
Certus is Latin for determined. At Certus Psychiatric & Integrated Care in Winston-Salem, we are determined to help our patients emotionally and physically to achieve balance by being active participants in their own care. At Certus, we are a "stigma-free zone." You can come to us with peace of mind in knowing no one will stand in judgment of you. Our primary objectives are to evaluate your symptoms and develop strategies to help put you on a path to recovery and wellness. Believe in WE, and together we will work to help you realize a better quality of life and improved mental wellness.
(833) 701-3111 View (833) 701-3111
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Jayson Varughese
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
I am an adult psychiatrist with interests in mood disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders as well as geriatrics.
I am an adult psychiatrist with interests in mood disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders as well as geriatrics.
(919) 785-0384 View (919) 785-0384
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Asa Cordle
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27607
Not accepting new clients
After a decade in psychiatry, I have worked with individuals from many walks of life and a variety of treatment goals, usually related to navigating problems with mood, anxiety, or focus. The majority of my experience, including a fellowship, has involved working with individuals recovering from depression during midlife. Depending on conditions and goals, approaches have included medications, tms, psychotherapy, and applying therapeutic frameworks to exercise and diet.
After a decade in psychiatry, I have worked with individuals from many walks of life and a variety of treatment goals, usually related to navigating problems with mood, anxiety, or focus. The majority of my experience, including a fellowship, has involved working with individuals recovering from depression during midlife. Depending on conditions and goals, approaches have included medications, tms, psychotherapy, and applying therapeutic frameworks to exercise and diet.
(984) 217-4811 View (984) 217-4811
Photo of Katie Verucchi Weinel, Psychiatrist in 27607, NC
Katie Verucchi Weinel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Dr. Weinel has expertise in the treatment of mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and more. Dr. Weinel believes that her role as a psychiatrist should be focused on carefully listening to patients’ stories, hearing each individual’s unique perspective, and collaborating to set treatment goals together. She is passionate about supporting her patients and enabling them to discover their own strengths and achieve their personal goals. Dr. Weinel enjoys working with children, teens, parents, families, and adults.
Dr. Weinel has expertise in the treatment of mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and more. Dr. Weinel believes that her role as a psychiatrist should be focused on carefully listening to patients’ stories, hearing each individual’s unique perspective, and collaborating to set treatment goals together. She is passionate about supporting her patients and enabling them to discover their own strengths and achieve their personal goals. Dr. Weinel enjoys working with children, teens, parents, families, and adults.
(919) 276-8260 View (919) 276-8260
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Erica Palmiero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27607
Are you struggling with ups and downs in your mood? Or feeling tense, anxious, or irritable for no apparent reason? I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have completed advanced perinatal mental health training through Postpartum Support International. I have worked in numerous inpatient settings including New York Presbyterian’s Division of Psychiatry and have over fifteen years of experience providing psychiatric care across the lifespan. Specializing in therapy and medication management, I use a holistic and integrative approach to diagnose and treat anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions.
Are you struggling with ups and downs in your mood? Or feeling tense, anxious, or irritable for no apparent reason? I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have completed advanced perinatal mental health training through Postpartum Support International. I have worked in numerous inpatient settings including New York Presbyterian’s Division of Psychiatry and have over fifteen years of experience providing psychiatric care across the lifespan. Specializing in therapy and medication management, I use a holistic and integrative approach to diagnose and treat anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions.
(919) 635-4056 View (919) 635-4056
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Hannah Snyder
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
4 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27607
I am excited about collaborating with any patient who desires guidance along their journey to mental wellness. I particularly enjoy working with patients who seek treatment for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders. I recognize that a person's individuality, preferences, and unique life experiences mean that the same treatment option will not always work the same for everyone. Because of this, I highly value patient input and prioritize discussing multiple options for treatment while placing patients at the center of their care and decision-making.
I am excited about collaborating with any patient who desires guidance along their journey to mental wellness. I particularly enjoy working with patients who seek treatment for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders. I recognize that a person's individuality, preferences, and unique life experiences mean that the same treatment option will not always work the same for everyone. Because of this, I highly value patient input and prioritize discussing multiple options for treatment while placing patients at the center of their care and decision-making.
(919) 858-2651 View (919) 858-2651

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Number of Psychiatrists in 27607

20+

Average cost per session

$170

Psychiatrists in 27607 who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
88% Anxiety
80% Medication Management
76% ADHD
72% Bipolar Disorder
68% Trauma and PTSD
64% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% Cigna and Evernorth
62% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 27607 see their clients

92% In Person and Online
8% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 27607?

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.