Psychiatrists in 30078

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Integrative Mental Wellness & ReLeaf Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Snellville, GA 30078  (Online Only)
A virtual clinic offering a holistic, medication free approach to mental health care. Treatment is available in Maryland, DC, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and the US Virgin Islands.
A virtual clinic offering a holistic, medication free approach to mental health care. Treatment is available in Maryland, DC, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and the US Virgin Islands.
(770) 758-7925 View (770) 758-7925
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Esther Narhmartey-Darku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
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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Matachi Ughwanogho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
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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Rashelle Browne-Tomlinson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
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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Olufunmilayo Ajala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
Funmi Ajala is a Licensed Nurse Practitioner with vast experience in Psychiatric-Mental Health providing care for children, Adolescents, and Adults. Funmi is a board-certified Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), PMHNP-BC by American Credentialing Center (ANCC.) Funmi also holds a bachelor’s degree in medical Microbiology, Bachelor’s degree in nursing- at Chamberlain University Chicago and a master’s degree in Psychiatric-Mental Health – at Walden University.
Funmi Ajala is a Licensed Nurse Practitioner with vast experience in Psychiatric-Mental Health providing care for children, Adolescents, and Adults. Funmi is a board-certified Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), PMHNP-BC by American Credentialing Center (ANCC.) Funmi also holds a bachelor’s degree in medical Microbiology, Bachelor’s degree in nursing- at Chamberlain University Chicago and a master’s degree in Psychiatric-Mental Health – at Walden University.
(706) 408-9286 View (706) 408-9286
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Abby Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
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
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Karen Gray
Physician Assistant, MS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
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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Chiriyankandat Sebastian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
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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Aligned Cognition Healthcare Services, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Snellville, GA 30078  (Online Only)
For far too long we have been ignoring our mental health needs. Whether it is because we feel we do not have time for ourselves or the stigma that goes along with seeing a psychiatrist. Whatever the case is, now is the time to let it go. At some point in everyone's life the experiences of sadness (depression?), nervousness (anxiety?), feeling judged (paranoia?), flighty (mania?), scared (PTSD?) and a whole host of other emotions have surfaced. Sometimes these feelings or emotions can get out of hand. Why let them? Let's explore healthy coping mechanisms. Reach out for an appointment!
For far too long we have been ignoring our mental health needs. Whether it is because we feel we do not have time for ourselves or the stigma that goes along with seeing a psychiatrist. Whatever the case is, now is the time to let it go. At some point in everyone's life the experiences of sadness (depression?), nervousness (anxiety?), feeling judged (paranoia?), flighty (mania?), scared (PTSD?) and a whole host of other emotions have surfaced. Sometimes these feelings or emotions can get out of hand. Why let them? Let's explore healthy coping mechanisms. Reach out for an appointment!
(770) 872-6937 View (770) 872-6937
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Anicia Cross-Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Snellville, GA 30078
I am Anicia Cross-Robinson, as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I understand that mental health and well-being can be challenging for many people. Whether you're experiencing anxiety, depression, mood swings, or stress, you're not alone. My team and I are here to help you identify the root of your struggles and work towards creating a balance in your life that works for you. My practice believes in a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. Through medication management and personalized care, we'll help you manage anxiety, avoid burnout, and build a stronger relationship with yourself.
I am Anicia Cross-Robinson, as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I understand that mental health and well-being can be challenging for many people. Whether you're experiencing anxiety, depression, mood swings, or stress, you're not alone. My team and I are here to help you identify the root of your struggles and work towards creating a balance in your life that works for you. My practice believes in a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. Through medication management and personalized care, we'll help you manage anxiety, avoid burnout, and build a stronger relationship with yourself.
(770) 501-6785 View (770) 501-6785
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Dr Joanne Psychiatry NP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Snellville, GA 30078  (Online Only)
We are always accepting new patients! Patients can self schedule at drjoannepsychiatry.com/book-now. Dr. Patterson offers modern, quality mental health treatment using a secure telepsychiatry platform. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she believes that the most important aspect of care is listening to the client's unique story. Dr. Patterson will assess your genetics, reproductive hormonal events, as well as life events/stressors and responses to them. Dr. Patterson also specializes in child and adolescent mental health.
We are always accepting new patients! Patients can self schedule at drjoannepsychiatry.com/book-now. Dr. Patterson offers modern, quality mental health treatment using a secure telepsychiatry platform. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she believes that the most important aspect of care is listening to the client's unique story. Dr. Patterson will assess your genetics, reproductive hormonal events, as well as life events/stressors and responses to them. Dr. Patterson also specializes in child and adolescent mental health.
(678) 788-7492 View (678) 788-7492
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Hawah Guar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
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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Zicole Browne
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
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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Charles Guillaume
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
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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Dr. Brandy Brown Dnp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Snellville, GA 30078
A professional FNP-C, with a love of nursing and a passion for helping people, Dr. Brandy Brown, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP; is an effective APRN and Educator with 17+ years industry experience. She is also the CEO/Owner of Extraordinary Family Healthcare and ElevateME Holistic Medispa. Dr. Brandy Brown, DNP graduated at every degree level. She has an AA, ASN, and her BSN. Then onto Frontier Nursing University for her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Went on to complete her Doctoral Program for her DNP, and her most recent accomplishment post master’s PMHNP.
A professional FNP-C, with a love of nursing and a passion for helping people, Dr. Brandy Brown, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP; is an effective APRN and Educator with 17+ years industry experience. She is also the CEO/Owner of Extraordinary Family Healthcare and ElevateME Holistic Medispa. Dr. Brandy Brown, DNP graduated at every degree level. She has an AA, ASN, and her BSN. Then onto Frontier Nursing University for her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Went on to complete her Doctoral Program for her DNP, and her most recent accomplishment post master’s PMHNP.
(678) 293-7051 View (678) 293-7051
Photo of Heather Griffin, Psychiatrist in 30078, GA
Heather Griffin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
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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Dr Joanne Psychiatry NP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Snellville, GA 30078  (Online Only)
New patients are always accepted! Dr. Patterson offers modern, quality mental health treatment using a secure telepsychiatry platform. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she believes that the most important aspect of care is listening to the client's unique story. Although medication management is a large part of her role, medicine is only prescribed when absolutely necessary. Dr. Patterson will assess your genetics, reproductive hormonal events, as well as life events/stressors and responses to them. Dr. Patterson also specializes in child and adolescent mental health.
New patients are always accepted! Dr. Patterson offers modern, quality mental health treatment using a secure telepsychiatry platform. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she believes that the most important aspect of care is listening to the client's unique story. Although medication management is a large part of her role, medicine is only prescribed when absolutely necessary. Dr. Patterson will assess your genetics, reproductive hormonal events, as well as life events/stressors and responses to them. Dr. Patterson also specializes in child and adolescent mental health.
(240) 534-1910 View (240) 534-1910
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Heather Griffin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
Evans Mental Health Associates is a psychiatric private practice offering services to the child and adolescent population. Dr. Heather Griffin provides psychiatric assessments and treatment to children and teens locally in Augusta, GA and throughout the state of Georgia through the use of telemedicine services. Dr. Griffin evaluates and treats anxiety, depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, disruptive mood dysregulation, oppositional defiance, and behavioral expressions of autism spectrum disorders as well as other mental health conditions. Give us a call to discuss how we can help your child shine.
Evans Mental Health Associates is a psychiatric private practice offering services to the child and adolescent population. Dr. Heather Griffin provides psychiatric assessments and treatment to children and teens locally in Augusta, GA and throughout the state of Georgia through the use of telemedicine services. Dr. Griffin evaluates and treats anxiety, depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, disruptive mood dysregulation, oppositional defiance, and behavioral expressions of autism spectrum disorders as well as other mental health conditions. Give us a call to discuss how we can help your child shine.
(706) 916-3890 View (706) 916-3890
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Benedicta N Okoye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Snellville, GA 30078  (Online Only)
Dr. Benedicta Okoye has a wide range of clinical experience; she has worked in the healthcare field for over two decades. She is a doctorate dual prepared Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Dr. Benedicta Okoye has a wide range of clinical experience; she has worked in the healthcare field for over two decades. She is a doctorate dual prepared Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(678) 218-1958 View (678) 218-1958

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 30078

10+

Average cost per session

$110

Psychiatrists in 30078 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
84% Depression
84% ADHD
84% Bipolar Disorder
79% Medication Management
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
58% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
94% Aetna
94% Humana

How Psychiatrists in 30078 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 30078?

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.