Psychiatrists in 28202

Photo of undefined - Camellia Douglas, PMHNP- Mentable, PLLC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Camellia Douglas, PMHNP- Mentable, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202
Mentable, PLLC IS accepting NEW patients. Mentable, PLLC is an integrative and holistic mental wellness practice. Our mission is to offer a sanctuary for healing, growth, and discovery, where empathetic care meets clinical excellence. We strive to understand and illuminate the diverse spectrum of human emotions, advocating for mental wellness for every walk of life. During our first session, you can expect a warm, patient-centered approach by our provider Camellia Douglas, PMHNP-BC by listening first to collaborate for a better YOU, with an improved quality of life.
Mentable, PLLC IS accepting NEW patients. Mentable, PLLC is an integrative and holistic mental wellness practice. Our mission is to offer a sanctuary for healing, growth, and discovery, where empathetic care meets clinical excellence. We strive to understand and illuminate the diverse spectrum of human emotions, advocating for mental wellness for every walk of life. During our first session, you can expect a warm, patient-centered approach by our provider Camellia Douglas, PMHNP-BC by listening first to collaborate for a better YOU, with an improved quality of life.
(980) 391-6021 View (980) 391-6021
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Everlyne Chesaina
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202  (Online Only)
Hello, My name is Everlyne As a board-certified adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I provide psychiatric medication management as well as supportive therapy.
Hello, My name is Everlyne As a board-certified adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I provide psychiatric medication management as well as supportive therapy.
(704) 288-5910 View (704) 288-5910
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Shanika Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Shanika. Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you stressed? Feeling tired? Would you like to improve your mental clarity? Are you feeling like no one understands your situation? I am here to listen and help. I am a compassionate board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am the owner of Recover All Behavioral Health, LLC. With over 7 years of working experience as a mental health nurse practitioner.
Hello, I am Shanika. Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you stressed? Feeling tired? Would you like to improve your mental clarity? Are you feeling like no one understands your situation? I am here to listen and help. I am a compassionate board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am the owner of Recover All Behavioral Health, LLC. With over 7 years of working experience as a mental health nurse practitioner.
(980) 449-6683 View (980) 449-6683
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Dr. Charlene Whitaker-Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP, CHFN
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202
The MindHeart Institute and Wellness Center, PLLC is a Charlotte, North Carolina based company providing psychiatric and mental health services to the entire state of North Carolina. MindHeart Institute and Wellness Center is located at 10400 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28262. The Center sits at the intersection of West Mallard Creek Church Road/ Prosperity Church Road and Mallard Creek Road. Patients can be seen in person and virtual.
The MindHeart Institute and Wellness Center, PLLC is a Charlotte, North Carolina based company providing psychiatric and mental health services to the entire state of North Carolina. MindHeart Institute and Wellness Center is located at 10400 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28262. The Center sits at the intersection of West Mallard Creek Church Road/ Prosperity Church Road and Mallard Creek Road. Patients can be seen in person and virtual.
(704) 397-3399 View (704) 397-3399
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Noel Treglia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202  (Online Only)
Hello to you! My name is Noel Treglia and I am a family nurse practitioner with a specialization in psychiatry.
Hello to you! My name is Noel Treglia and I am a family nurse practitioner with a specialization in psychiatry.
(980) 372-3896 View (980) 372-3896
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Carla Sinclair
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202  (Online Only)
My name is Carla Sinclair and I am the founder of Braintree Psychiatry. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 15 years of nursing experience.
My name is Carla Sinclair and I am the founder of Braintree Psychiatry. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 15 years of nursing experience.
(704) 666-9479 View (704) 666-9479
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Dr. Angela Rasheed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner with experience providing the highest, quality medication management to diverse populations. Licensed in NC and NY. I have experience treating a wide range of conditions including Bipolar disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, personality disorders, & eating disorders. I know it takes so much courage to finally take a step to refresh your mental health, but I hope to be able to develop a trusting relationship with you that will allow you to feel comfortable & willing to allow me to take this journey back to an optimal mental state with you!
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner with experience providing the highest, quality medication management to diverse populations. Licensed in NC and NY. I have experience treating a wide range of conditions including Bipolar disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, personality disorders, & eating disorders. I know it takes so much courage to finally take a step to refresh your mental health, but I hope to be able to develop a trusting relationship with you that will allow you to feel comfortable & willing to allow me to take this journey back to an optimal mental state with you!
(704) 741-0355 View (704) 741-0355
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Jeanmarie Roberts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and also a Doctor of Behavioral Health. I have been working in mental health since 2001 and in the addictions field since 2004. I combine medication management with psychotherapy in order to get the best possible outcomes for my patients. It is important to me for each of my patients become the best they can be.
Hello! I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and also a Doctor of Behavioral Health. I have been working in mental health since 2001 and in the addictions field since 2004. I combine medication management with psychotherapy in order to get the best possible outcomes for my patients. It is important to me for each of my patients become the best they can be.
(980) 998-1303 View (980) 998-1303
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Carrie Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, CARN-AP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202  (Online Only)
Hi! I am Carrie Hill, a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (Advance Practice) with 8 years experience as an advanced practice provider and 16 years experience working in psychiatry. I provide assessment, diagnosis, medication management, therapy, and addiction treatment services. I work with you, on your team, and listen closely to your needs to develop an individualized treatment plan for those who need help with depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, binge eating disorder, and substance use disorders.
Hi! I am Carrie Hill, a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (Advance Practice) with 8 years experience as an advanced practice provider and 16 years experience working in psychiatry. I provide assessment, diagnosis, medication management, therapy, and addiction treatment services. I work with you, on your team, and listen closely to your needs to develop an individualized treatment plan for those who need help with depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, binge eating disorder, and substance use disorders.
(980) 372-2879 View (980) 372-2879
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Mind & Body Renew
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ADN, RN, BSN, MSN, PMHNP-c
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202
Mind & Body Renew is a Integrative Psych and Wellness practice focused on renewal of the mind, body and spirit . We offer packages personalized wellness packages for your health care needs . Like our name implies , we are here to help you feel better in your Mind and Body . Because of this we offer, Cognitive behavioral therapy services as part of our treatment and services . It’s our goal to help those who need customized , Weight loss & Nutrition plans , basic psychiatric medication management, and aesthetic services such as botox and hydra facials.
Mind & Body Renew is a Integrative Psych and Wellness practice focused on renewal of the mind, body and spirit . We offer packages personalized wellness packages for your health care needs . Like our name implies , we are here to help you feel better in your Mind and Body . Because of this we offer, Cognitive behavioral therapy services as part of our treatment and services . It’s our goal to help those who need customized , Weight loss & Nutrition plans , basic psychiatric medication management, and aesthetic services such as botox and hydra facials.
(984) 689-9010 View (984) 689-9010
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Abundant Life Health Support
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Dr
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28202
Mental health conditions are real. Their impacts on general health, occupation, relationships, or academics are real. I'm a board-certified PMHNP. My work entails assessing patients, diagnosing disorders, and prescribing the necessary treatments. I offer my services with empathic quality because I have experienced depression.
Mental health conditions are real. Their impacts on general health, occupation, relationships, or academics are real. I'm a board-certified PMHNP. My work entails assessing patients, diagnosing disorders, and prescribing the necessary treatments. I offer my services with empathic quality because I have experienced depression.
(984) 400-4605 View (984) 400-4605
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Katasha Jarrin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202
Hello, I am Katasha, a dedicated and compassionate Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. Are you looking for a Mental Health Provider that is culturally understanding, and convenient to meet with? I have a profound passion for mental health care, and I have devoted my career to helping individuals regain control of their lives through personalized medication management solutions. I bring extensive experience in assessing, diagnosing, and tailoring treatment plans to suit each client's unique needs.
Hello, I am Katasha, a dedicated and compassionate Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. Are you looking for a Mental Health Provider that is culturally understanding, and convenient to meet with? I have a profound passion for mental health care, and I have devoted my career to helping individuals regain control of their lives through personalized medication management solutions. I bring extensive experience in assessing, diagnosing, and tailoring treatment plans to suit each client's unique needs.
(704) 270-5360 View (704) 270-5360
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Oasis Wellness and Behavioral Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28202
Joy has worked for 12 years as Psychiatric Nurse with all ages and in different settings. These include inpatient, community, nursing home and group home settings. Joy also worked outpatient providing psychotherapy for patients with drug use and addiction. Joy is a culturally sensitive provider, a good listener, empathetic and always ready to help.
Joy has worked for 12 years as Psychiatric Nurse with all ages and in different settings. These include inpatient, community, nursing home and group home settings. Joy also worked outpatient providing psychotherapy for patients with drug use and addiction. Joy is a culturally sensitive provider, a good listener, empathetic and always ready to help.
(984) 229-8285 View (984) 229-8285
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Rashonda Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202  (Online Only)
Are you tired of feeling down, and depressed with low to no motivation? Are you struggling with feeling overwhelmed, racing thoughts and/or trouble sleeping? Are you or a loved one struggling with staying on task, focusing, or remembering things? What about experiencing some increased stress and needing help with coping skills? No worries! I am here to help! My name is Rashonda Wilson, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed by the State of North Carolina and board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Are you tired of feeling down, and depressed with low to no motivation? Are you struggling with feeling overwhelmed, racing thoughts and/or trouble sleeping? Are you or a loved one struggling with staying on task, focusing, or remembering things? What about experiencing some increased stress and needing help with coping skills? No worries! I am here to help! My name is Rashonda Wilson, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed by the State of North Carolina and board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
(980) 983-5591 View (980) 983-5591
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Clearis Anujeh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Hope For All LLC is a general adult psychiatry practice. Currently, all services are provided via telehealth. Accepting clients ages 18-65 for psychiatric consultation and evaluation, individual psychotherapy, and/or medication management. our goal is to advocate for patients who struggle with mental illness to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, a non-judgemental approach, and focus on holistic care.
Accepting New Clients. Hope For All LLC is a general adult psychiatry practice. Currently, all services are provided via telehealth. Accepting clients ages 18-65 for psychiatric consultation and evaluation, individual psychotherapy, and/or medication management. our goal is to advocate for patients who struggle with mental illness to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, a non-judgemental approach, and focus on holistic care.
(336) 585-7134 View (336) 585-7134
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Adam Jenrola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202  (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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Nkwachioma Nwosu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202
Hello, My name is Nkwachioma Nwosu, and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) dedicated to fostering mental health and well-being. My clinical interest is in managing and treating patients with a wide range of mental health concerns, including Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorders, Depression, Anxiety disorders, PTSD, Dementia, Addiction, mood disorders, personality disorders, and Anger management. My mission is to positively impact the lives of those I serve.
Hello, My name is Nkwachioma Nwosu, and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) dedicated to fostering mental health and well-being. My clinical interest is in managing and treating patients with a wide range of mental health concerns, including Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorders, Depression, Anxiety disorders, PTSD, Dementia, Addiction, mood disorders, personality disorders, and Anger management. My mission is to positively impact the lives of those I serve.
(919) 629-9931 View (919) 629-9931
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Esther Adedokun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric and mental health Nurse practitioner. I have worked in the field of mental health for several years, starting as a patient care coordinator of a mental health clinic. Later as a Psychiatric Registered nurse and proceeded to Vanderbilt University where I earned the MSN degree with a specialization in Psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, some years back.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric and mental health Nurse practitioner. I have worked in the field of mental health for several years, starting as a patient care coordinator of a mental health clinic. Later as a Psychiatric Registered nurse and proceeded to Vanderbilt University where I earned the MSN degree with a specialization in Psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, some years back.
(704) 396-5132 View (704) 396-5132
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Liz Lemons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202  (Online Only)
I am a very compassionate and professional Nurse Practitioner who has managed and treated a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep/insomnia, OCD, Bipolar II, PTSD, substance use, and other areas and have over 11 years of experience treating teens, adults and seniors.
I am a very compassionate and professional Nurse Practitioner who has managed and treated a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep/insomnia, OCD, Bipolar II, PTSD, substance use, and other areas and have over 11 years of experience treating teens, adults and seniors.
(704) 440-5830 View (704) 440-5830
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Advanced Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28202
Dr. Tina is a highly experienced and compassionate provider who leaves no stone untouched when it comes to healthcare delivery. She utilizes her years of experience as a dual certified Nurse Practitioner in Family medicine and Psychiatric/Behavioral medicine to take care of her clients. Dr. Okonkwo has exceptional listening skills, and she engages her clients in a relaxing way. She understands that there is no "one size fits all" in healthcare; hence, she approaches each client as a person and not a patient, and she treats the conditions and not the symptoms.
Dr. Tina is a highly experienced and compassionate provider who leaves no stone untouched when it comes to healthcare delivery. She utilizes her years of experience as a dual certified Nurse Practitioner in Family medicine and Psychiatric/Behavioral medicine to take care of her clients. Dr. Okonkwo has exceptional listening skills, and she engages her clients in a relaxing way. She understands that there is no "one size fits all" in healthcare; hence, she approaches each client as a person and not a patient, and she treats the conditions and not the symptoms.
(336) 715-3561 View (336) 715-3561

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 28202

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 28202 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
87% Bipolar Disorder
82% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Trauma and PTSD
50% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
94% Cigna and Evernorth
88% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 28202 see their clients

52% Online Only
48% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 28202?

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.