Psychiatrists in 30052

Photo of Chinara Smith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 30052, GA
Chinara Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, - BC, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052  (Online Only)
Welcome to Renewed Focus Psychiatric Services where we discover transformation by the "Renewing of your Mind." With each individual, my goal is to first provide a safe, confidential space to address concerns, while ensuring you receive competent, prompt and compassionate care. I provide treatment to clients across the lifespan, children and adults who suffer from mental illness with goals to reduce healthcare disparities. My areas of expertise include but are not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Sexual Abuse, Schizophrenia, Addictions, Personality Disorders, Grief/Loss, Medication Management and Talk Therapy.
Welcome to Renewed Focus Psychiatric Services where we discover transformation by the "Renewing of your Mind." With each individual, my goal is to first provide a safe, confidential space to address concerns, while ensuring you receive competent, prompt and compassionate care. I provide treatment to clients across the lifespan, children and adults who suffer from mental illness with goals to reduce healthcare disparities. My areas of expertise include but are not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Sexual Abuse, Schizophrenia, Addictions, Personality Disorders, Grief/Loss, Medication Management and Talk Therapy.
(770) 802-2570 View (770) 802-2570
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Sharon Chapman-Bonilla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052  (Online Only)
Are you feeling frustrated ? Feeling overwhelmed and discouraged ? Do you lack the motivation to accomplish your goals? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit. I'm here to help. You deserve a safe space to heal and grow.
Are you feeling frustrated ? Feeling overwhelmed and discouraged ? Do you lack the motivation to accomplish your goals? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit. I'm here to help. You deserve a safe space to heal and grow.
(770) 415-1576 View (770) 415-1576
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Stephanie Abel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
Stephanie is a certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with 10+years' experience in psychiatry. I work with various populations and has worked in a variety of levels of care, including outpatient clinic, partial hospital program, dual diagnosis treatment, adult memory care, assisted living and inpatient units. My strengths include working with vulnerable populations, those with severe and persistent mental illness, psychotic disorders, dually diagnosed patients, and individuals affected by traumatic experiences.
Stephanie is a certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with 10+years' experience in psychiatry. I work with various populations and has worked in a variety of levels of care, including outpatient clinic, partial hospital program, dual diagnosis treatment, adult memory care, assisted living and inpatient units. My strengths include working with vulnerable populations, those with severe and persistent mental illness, psychotic disorders, dually diagnosed patients, and individuals affected by traumatic experiences.
(678) 839-7041 View (678) 839-7041
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Healthy Minds and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Loganville, GA 30052  (Online Only)
Healthy Minds and Wellness was established to create an opportunity for me to carry out my passion for helping individuals restore their minds and live normal and fulfilling lives. With over 10 solid years of experience in the medical field, I specialize in medication management for treating individuals experiencing mental health issues.
Healthy Minds and Wellness was established to create an opportunity for me to carry out my passion for helping individuals restore their minds and live normal and fulfilling lives. With over 10 solid years of experience in the medical field, I specialize in medication management for treating individuals experiencing mental health issues.
(770) 697-0739 View (770) 697-0739
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Dr. Chasity J Carswell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052  (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.
(470) 822-8559 View (470) 822-8559
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Toyin Adekunle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? I help high performers manage anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. I also integrate mindfulness, yoga, and art to help you develop a stronger relationship with yourself.
Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? I help high performers manage anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. I also integrate mindfulness, yoga, and art to help you develop a stronger relationship with yourself.
(678) 941-1890 View (678) 941-1890
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Obianuju Okpala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is licensed and nationally board certified to provide psychiatric care for patients with mental illness. I am trained to care for patients with mental health issues across the lifespan. I have competence in prescribing and monitoring medications used in the treatment of mental health disorders such as Depression and anxiety, Bipolar, Psychosis, Personality disorder, Disruptive behavior.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is licensed and nationally board certified to provide psychiatric care for patients with mental illness. I am trained to care for patients with mental health issues across the lifespan. I have competence in prescribing and monitoring medications used in the treatment of mental health disorders such as Depression and anxiety, Bipolar, Psychosis, Personality disorder, Disruptive behavior.
(770) 343-5901 View (770) 343-5901
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Total Care Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Loganville, GA 30052
Our practice specialize in treating adults and adolescents with a range of mental health concerns. Stephanie treat clients in a professional and confidential setting that feels safe and non-judgmental. Her strengths include working with vulnerable populations, those with severe and persistent mental illness, psychotic disorders, ADHD diagnosed patients, and individuals affected by traumatic experiences, Stephanie enjoy giving clients individualized attention, and the personalized care they deserved.
Our practice specialize in treating adults and adolescents with a range of mental health concerns. Stephanie treat clients in a professional and confidential setting that feels safe and non-judgmental. Her strengths include working with vulnerable populations, those with severe and persistent mental illness, psychotic disorders, ADHD diagnosed patients, and individuals affected by traumatic experiences, Stephanie enjoy giving clients individualized attention, and the personalized care they deserved.
(678) 203-9802 View (678) 203-9802
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Dartiss Chevalier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
Dartiss Chevalier is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2019. Dartiss believes in listening to a patient, validating their worries and fears, encouraging treatment, and helping them choose the right treatment. Outside of work, Dartiss is passionate about living and enjoying life, especially vacationing.
Dartiss Chevalier is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2019. Dartiss believes in listening to a patient, validating their worries and fears, encouraging treatment, and helping them choose the right treatment. Outside of work, Dartiss is passionate about living and enjoying life, especially vacationing.
(470) 536-8905 View (470) 536-8905
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Rashelle Browne-Tomlinson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
Dr. Browne-Tomlinson is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with psychiatric residency training, as well as, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training completed at the University of South Florida. She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia and she is licensed to practice medicine in several states which allow her to extend her reach to meet the mental health needs of the community through telemedicine. Dr. Browne-Tomlinson believes in the whole body approach to treatment and healing utilizing medication management and brief support of therapy.
Dr. Browne-Tomlinson is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with psychiatric residency training, as well as, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training completed at the University of South Florida. She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia and she is licensed to practice medicine in several states which allow her to extend her reach to meet the mental health needs of the community through telemedicine. Dr. Browne-Tomlinson believes in the whole body approach to treatment and healing utilizing medication management and brief support of therapy.
(678) 661-5172 View (678) 661-5172
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Sylvie Shiwiri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Loganville, GA 30052
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have over 20 years working as a health care professional specializing in mental health and developmental disabilities. I enjoy working with clientele from various cultures, socioeconomic statuses, and mental health backgrounds. I am here to work with you to help you live a well deserve life through communication, education, empathy, and understanding. I am always ready to help you!
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have over 20 years working as a health care professional specializing in mental health and developmental disabilities. I enjoy working with clientele from various cultures, socioeconomic statuses, and mental health backgrounds. I am here to work with you to help you live a well deserve life through communication, education, empathy, and understanding. I am always ready to help you!
(470) 660-3107 View (470) 660-3107
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Hawah Guar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
As a bedside ICU nurse of 25 years while caring for the critically ill patients, I realized the psychological and physiological burdens placed on the patients and their families. I wanted to provide more than just bedside care for my patient. As a provider I could provide holistic care: physiological, and spiritual care to my patients so I obtained my master specializing family nurse practitioner. For the last four years I have been providing care as a hospitalist mid-level to acutely ill patients and their families.
As a bedside ICU nurse of 25 years while caring for the critically ill patients, I realized the psychological and physiological burdens placed on the patients and their families. I wanted to provide more than just bedside care for my patient. As a provider I could provide holistic care: physiological, and spiritual care to my patients so I obtained my master specializing family nurse practitioner. For the last four years I have been providing care as a hospitalist mid-level to acutely ill patients and their families.
(678) 607-8379 View (678) 607-8379
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Heather Griffin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
Heather works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Heather believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Heather works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Heather believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(770) 467-3987 View (770) 467-3987
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Zicole Browne
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
Dr. Zicole Browne is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 2018. As an adult psychiatrist, Dr. Browne is trained to treat an array of psychiatric conditions including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and psychotic disorders. His approach to patient care is a joint venture. Dr. Browne envisions a safe and nonjudgmental environment in order to build a strong therapeutic alliance which will facilitate positive outcomes. While utilizing a combination of medications and therapeutic interventions, Dr. Browne likes to discuss the diagnosis and management plan together after sharing all treatment options.
Dr. Zicole Browne is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 2018. As an adult psychiatrist, Dr. Browne is trained to treat an array of psychiatric conditions including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and psychotic disorders. His approach to patient care is a joint venture. Dr. Browne envisions a safe and nonjudgmental environment in order to build a strong therapeutic alliance which will facilitate positive outcomes. While utilizing a combination of medications and therapeutic interventions, Dr. Browne likes to discuss the diagnosis and management plan together after sharing all treatment options.
(770) 697-0846 View (770) 697-0846
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Esther Narhmartey-Darku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
Esther is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the ANCC. Esther has a strong rapport with patients of all ages, specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents.
Esther is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the ANCC. Esther has a strong rapport with patients of all ages, specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents.
(770) 758-2057 View (770) 758-2057
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Chiriyankandat Sebastian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
Dr. Sebastian works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Dr. Sebastian believes that establishing a strong alliance with his clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, he partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Dr. Sebastian works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Dr. Sebastian believes that establishing a strong alliance with his clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, he partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(770) 501-6653 View (770) 501-6653
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Charles Guillaume
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
Charles Guillaume is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2014. Charles graduated from the University of Cincinnati and obtained a post master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Charles believes in helping his client gain better insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. His main areas of focus include Mood disorders, cognitive disorders and psychotic disorders.
Charles Guillaume is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2014. Charles graduated from the University of Cincinnati and obtained a post master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Charles believes in helping his client gain better insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. His main areas of focus include Mood disorders, cognitive disorders and psychotic disorders.
(770) 562-7966 View (770) 562-7966
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Karen Gray
Physician Assistant, MS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
Karen Gray is board-certified by the National Commission in Certification of Physicians Assistants (NCCPA). She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion at the University of Georgia in 2012, Cum Laude. She then furthered her education by obtaining her Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been practicing in Georgia since 2015. She lives locally in Tucker and enjoys spending time with her family as well as traveling.
Karen Gray is board-certified by the National Commission in Certification of Physicians Assistants (NCCPA). She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion at the University of Georgia in 2012, Cum Laude. She then furthered her education by obtaining her Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been practicing in Georgia since 2015. She lives locally in Tucker and enjoys spending time with her family as well as traveling.
(770) 308-8285 View (770) 308-8285
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Matachi Ughwanogho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
Matachi is a compassionate and experienced dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. Friendly, easy to talk to, and a strong advocate of patients with mental illness and their families. Matachi believes in holistic, patient-centered, and family involved care approach that provides optimal wellness. She treats patients with dignity and respect, and committed to culturally competent care. She treats patients across lifespan with behavior and mental health disorders.
Matachi is a compassionate and experienced dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. Friendly, easy to talk to, and a strong advocate of patients with mental illness and their families. Matachi believes in holistic, patient-centered, and family involved care approach that provides optimal wellness. She treats patients with dignity and respect, and committed to culturally competent care. She treats patients across lifespan with behavior and mental health disorders.
(770) 796-5726 View (770) 796-5726
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SoulCare Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Loganville, GA 30052
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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 30052

20+

Average cost per session

$212

Psychiatrists in 30052 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
91% ADHD
87% Bipolar Disorder
83% Medication Management
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
95% Cigna and Evernorth
81% Humana

How Psychiatrists in 30052 see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 30052?

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.