Psychiatrists in 30046

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Dr. O Semore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Dual Board Certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse practitioner with over 16 years of combined work experience and have acquired an extensive background in telepsychiatry, impatient, and outpatient mental health over the last 9 years.
Dual Board Certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse practitioner with over 16 years of combined work experience and have acquired an extensive background in telepsychiatry, impatient, and outpatient mental health over the last 9 years.
(678) 605-9447 View (678) 605-9447
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SoulCare Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Welcome to SoulCare Health LLC, where we strive to provide comprehensive Psychiatric Mental Health Services to individuals age 7yrs to older adults. Our team of qualified mental health professionals provides compassionate and personalized care to help our clients improve their mental health and well-being. Soulcare Health is a dedicated to helping individuals achieve a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. At SoulCare Health, we are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of our clients and their families.
Welcome to SoulCare Health LLC, where we strive to provide comprehensive Psychiatric Mental Health Services to individuals age 7yrs to older adults. Our team of qualified mental health professionals provides compassionate and personalized care to help our clients improve their mental health and well-being. Soulcare Health is a dedicated to helping individuals achieve a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. At SoulCare Health, we are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of our clients and their families.
(470) 785-8695 View (470) 785-8695
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Deborah Obinwa @ Psychiatric and Wellness Connect
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN, MHA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lawrenceville, GA 30046  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified PMHNP, and I am currently accepting new patients virtually in GA, WA, & FL. I treat patients across the lifespan with a greater emphasis on adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population. At Psychiatric and Wellness Connect, our mission is to empower individuals and families on their journey to mental wellness by providing evidence-based, compassionate, and personalized psychiatric care, fostering resilience, and promoting a holistic approach to mental well-being. Some of the conditions I treat include Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar, psychosis, Substance Use, and Sleep Disorders.
I am a board-certified PMHNP, and I am currently accepting new patients virtually in GA, WA, & FL. I treat patients across the lifespan with a greater emphasis on adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population. At Psychiatric and Wellness Connect, our mission is to empower individuals and families on their journey to mental wellness by providing evidence-based, compassionate, and personalized psychiatric care, fostering resilience, and promoting a holistic approach to mental well-being. Some of the conditions I treat include Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar, psychosis, Substance Use, and Sleep Disorders.
(678) 736-6143 x4549 View (678) 736-6143 x4549
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Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Kimberly Drummond
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 1 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Mood Disorder, Opioid Use Disorder.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 1 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Mood Disorder, Opioid Use Disorder.
(470) 280-2936 View (470) 280-2936
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Shripal Makim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
I utilize a holistic patient-centered approach in delivering empathetic care. This approach involves collaborative treatment with other mental health providers to ensure that patients receive well-rounded care.
I utilize a holistic patient-centered approach in delivering empathetic care. This approach involves collaborative treatment with other mental health providers to ensure that patients receive well-rounded care.
(470) 619-5808 View (470) 619-5808
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Dr. Chasity J Carswell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046  (Online Only)
Dr. Chasity J. Carswell is a double board certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience. She is the founder and owner of Collaborating Minds LLC. Dr. Chasity received a Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner in May 2014. She then went on to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in August 2019. Dr. Chasity has worked in a variety of settings to include outpatient, inpatient crisis stabilization units, substance abuse detoxification and psychiatric consult liaison.
Dr. Chasity J. Carswell is a double board certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience. She is the founder and owner of Collaborating Minds LLC. Dr. Chasity received a Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner in May 2014. She then went on to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in August 2019. Dr. Chasity has worked in a variety of settings to include outpatient, inpatient crisis stabilization units, substance abuse detoxification and psychiatric consult liaison.
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Chasity J Carswell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046  (Online Only)
Dr. Chasity J. Carswell is a double board certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in psychiatry. Dr. Chasity received a Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner in May 2014. She then went on to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in August 2019. Dr. Chasity has worked in a variety of settings to include outpatient, inpatient crisis stabilization units, substance abuse detoxification and psychiatric consult liaison.
Dr. Chasity J. Carswell is a double board certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in psychiatry. Dr. Chasity received a Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner in May 2014. She then went on to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in August 2019. Dr. Chasity has worked in a variety of settings to include outpatient, inpatient crisis stabilization units, substance abuse detoxification and psychiatric consult liaison.
(678) 214-2336 View (678) 214-2336
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Maureen Obiofuma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046  (Online Only)
Meet Maureen Obiofuma, a distinguished Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a wealth of experience and expertise. Maureen began with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emory University, where she graduated with distinction. Building upon this foundation, she pursued her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Augusta University, achieving top honors (summa cum laude). With over 11 years of hands-on patient care experience, including specialized work with postpartum and mental health populations, Maureen brings a depth of understanding to her practice.
Meet Maureen Obiofuma, a distinguished Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a wealth of experience and expertise. Maureen began with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emory University, where she graduated with distinction. Building upon this foundation, she pursued her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Augusta University, achieving top honors (summa cum laude). With over 11 years of hands-on patient care experience, including specialized work with postpartum and mental health populations, Maureen brings a depth of understanding to her practice.
(470) 684-2902 View (470) 684-2902
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Mahendra Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 30 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Hyperactive Disorder (ADD / ADHD), Panic Attacks.
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 30 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Hyperactive Disorder (ADD / ADHD), Panic Attacks.
(470) 592-8653 View (470) 592-8653
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Dr. Ezinne Kanu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046  (Online Only)
Hello! I am happy to be in this wonderful and ever-expanding field of medicine. I am captivated by the exploration of the mental and behavioral factors that contribute to one’s unique makeup. I love this personal approach to medicine, and I hope to bring my love of this field to help as many people as I can.
Hello! I am happy to be in this wonderful and ever-expanding field of medicine. I am captivated by the exploration of the mental and behavioral factors that contribute to one’s unique makeup. I love this personal approach to medicine, and I hope to bring my love of this field to help as many people as I can.
(706) 510-3337 View (706) 510-3337
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Debra Harvey Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MHA, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Same Day or Next Day appointments available. Board Certified by The American Nurses Credentialing Center receiving my master’s degree from Walden University. I am board-certified in adult, adolescent, and child psychiatry. I have over 20 years of nursing experience in various areas to include Medical-Surgical, Orthopedics, Oncology, Skilled Nursing/Rehabilitation, Long Term Care, Utilization Review, Care Coordinator, Mental and Behavior Health Services. My passion and commitment is assisting you to become the best version of yourself, by providing client-centered and competent-quality care.
Same Day or Next Day appointments available. Board Certified by The American Nurses Credentialing Center receiving my master’s degree from Walden University. I am board-certified in adult, adolescent, and child psychiatry. I have over 20 years of nursing experience in various areas to include Medical-Surgical, Orthopedics, Oncology, Skilled Nursing/Rehabilitation, Long Term Care, Utilization Review, Care Coordinator, Mental and Behavior Health Services. My passion and commitment is assisting you to become the best version of yourself, by providing client-centered and competent-quality care.
(678) 929-2589 View (678) 929-2589
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Collaborating Minds LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046  (Online Only)
Dr. Chasity J. Carswell is a double board certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience. She is the founder and owner of Collaborating Minds LLC. Dr. Chasity received a Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner in May 2014. She then went on to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in August 2019. Dr. Chasity has worked in a variety of settings to include outpatient, inpatient crisis stabilization units, substance abuse detoxification and psychiatric consult liaison.
Dr. Chasity J. Carswell is a double board certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience. She is the founder and owner of Collaborating Minds LLC. Dr. Chasity received a Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner in May 2014. She then went on to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in August 2019. Dr. Chasity has worked in a variety of settings to include outpatient, inpatient crisis stabilization units, substance abuse detoxification and psychiatric consult liaison.
(678) 932-0393 View (678) 932-0393
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Divive Mind Solution
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
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(470) 466-8556 View (470) 466-8556
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Dr. Diana Jubilee Awuah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMNP-BC, FNP-C, CME
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Dr. Diana Jubilee Awuah. I am the founder of Jubilee Healthcare Providers LLC. I have over 11 years of combined experience as a healthcare provider. Do you feel pulled in many directions and unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health? Are you feeling lost? I help men, women, and children who are struggling with Anxiety, Depression, and other mental health problems to finally get a breakthrough so they can reclaim their joy, restore their confidence, and improve their overall health. Together, we can identify what is not working and get you back to balance.
Hi there, I'm Dr. Diana Jubilee Awuah. I am the founder of Jubilee Healthcare Providers LLC. I have over 11 years of combined experience as a healthcare provider. Do you feel pulled in many directions and unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health? Are you feeling lost? I help men, women, and children who are struggling with Anxiety, Depression, and other mental health problems to finally get a breakthrough so they can reclaim their joy, restore their confidence, and improve their overall health. Together, we can identify what is not working and get you back to balance.
(470) 458-2539 View (470) 458-2539
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Jessica Herron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lawrenceville, GA 30046  (Online Only)
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Jessica and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Jessica Herron is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She started her career as a registered nurse on a progressive coronary unit at age of 21, where she learned mental health is at the core of healing. She obtained her masters degree in nursing, in 2010 and specialized in psychiatric care. She has worked in many diverse areas of mental health: community, inpatient, crisis, dual diagnosis, detox, children to geriatric and dementia related behaviors.
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Jessica and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Jessica Herron is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She started her career as a registered nurse on a progressive coronary unit at age of 21, where she learned mental health is at the core of healing. She obtained her masters degree in nursing, in 2010 and specialized in psychiatric care. She has worked in many diverse areas of mental health: community, inpatient, crisis, dual diagnosis, detox, children to geriatric and dementia related behaviors.
(954) 787-2591 View (954) 787-2591
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Evelyn Booker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046  (Online Only)
Evelyn Booker is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in the treatment and management of ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental health conditions in adolescents and adults. She looks forward to assisting you to reach your life goals and live your best life.
Evelyn Booker is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in the treatment and management of ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental health conditions in adolescents and adults. She looks forward to assisting you to reach your life goals and live your best life.
(470) 619-2593 View (470) 619-2593
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Richard Onoja
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Richard Onoja, DNP, PMHNP-BC Richard Onoja is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia and has been practicing since 2018. He has a Bachelor of Nursing from Kennesaw State University, a Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health from Georgia State University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Augusta University. Richard is passionate about helping clients move toward better perceptions of themselves. He utilizes compassion; affirmation of individual belief system; academic understanding of chemical brain functions; and evidence-based research to empower clients.
Richard Onoja, DNP, PMHNP-BC Richard Onoja is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia and has been practicing since 2018. He has a Bachelor of Nursing from Kennesaw State University, a Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health from Georgia State University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Augusta University. Richard is passionate about helping clients move toward better perceptions of themselves. He utilizes compassion; affirmation of individual belief system; academic understanding of chemical brain functions; and evidence-based research to empower clients.
(678) 616-2971 View (678) 616-2971
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Abby Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Funmi is a licensed Nurse Practitioner with experience in Psychiatric-Mental Health providing care for ages 7 - 99. I am board-certified as an Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), PMHNP-BC by American Credentialing Center (ANCC). Currently licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in the State of Georgia and Florida. I hold a bachelor’s degree (BSN) in nursing- at Chamberlain University Chicago and a master’s degree in Psychiatry and mental health at Walden University. Currently in pursuance of the Doctoral degree in Psychiatry and Mental Health program at Walden University. The wellness of my clients is my passion.
Funmi is a licensed Nurse Practitioner with experience in Psychiatric-Mental Health providing care for ages 7 - 99. I am board-certified as an Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), PMHNP-BC by American Credentialing Center (ANCC). Currently licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in the State of Georgia and Florida. I hold a bachelor’s degree (BSN) in nursing- at Chamberlain University Chicago and a master’s degree in Psychiatry and mental health at Walden University. Currently in pursuance of the Doctoral degree in Psychiatry and Mental Health program at Walden University. The wellness of my clients is my passion.
(678) 336-9505 View (678) 336-9505

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 30046

10+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 30046 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
79% Bipolar Disorder
74% ADHD
58% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
58% Trauma and PTSD
58% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in 30046 see their clients

53% In Person and Online
47% Online Only

Gender breakdown

93% Female
7% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 30046?

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.