Psychiatrists in 30144

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Sabelle Mbye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Sabelle Mbye is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner authenticated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She initially attended Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, then pursued her interest in Psychiatry and Mental health, graduating with honors from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master of Science in Nursing. At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, her training included an intensive practicum at Highland Rivers Health, one of Georgia’s largest behavioral healthcare providers operating outpatient clinic
Sabelle Mbye is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner authenticated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She initially attended Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, then pursued her interest in Psychiatry and Mental health, graduating with honors from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master of Science in Nursing. At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, her training included an intensive practicum at Highland Rivers Health, one of Georgia’s largest behavioral healthcare providers operating outpatient clinic
(770) 450-5023 View (770) 450-5023
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Shashank Jha
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Shashank Jha, M. B. B.S. (Educational commission for foreign medical graduate certified by Association of American Medical Colleges(AAMC), F. N. P. (Board certified), P. M. H. N. P. (Board certified), is a double-boarded, across-the-lifespan mental health nurse practitioner who practices psychiatry in Atlanta, GA since 2015. He began his career in healthcare practicing primary care and psychiatry in India in 1994. Shashank Jha practiced medicine in India for almost fourteen years before moving to Atlanta, GA, in 2008.
Shashank Jha, M. B. B.S. (Educational commission for foreign medical graduate certified by Association of American Medical Colleges(AAMC), F. N. P. (Board certified), P. M. H. N. P. (Board certified), is a double-boarded, across-the-lifespan mental health nurse practitioner who practices psychiatry in Atlanta, GA since 2015. He began his career in healthcare practicing primary care and psychiatry in India in 1994. Shashank Jha practiced medicine in India for almost fourteen years before moving to Atlanta, GA, in 2008.
(770) 525-9946 View (770) 525-9946
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Diana Manjarres
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Diana Manjarres is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner authenticated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She worked as a critical care nurse for many years. She noticed how patients with histories of mental illness (from anxiety, depression, to schizophrenia) were easily dismissed in hospital settings. She found herself being an advocate for this patient population. She hopes to help her patients take a pause and just breathe again. She says "Sometimes, we go through life surviving and I hope that, through my services, I can help people start living - truly living for themselves."
Diana Manjarres is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner authenticated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She worked as a critical care nurse for many years. She noticed how patients with histories of mental illness (from anxiety, depression, to schizophrenia) were easily dismissed in hospital settings. She found herself being an advocate for this patient population. She hopes to help her patients take a pause and just breathe again. She says "Sometimes, we go through life surviving and I hope that, through my services, I can help people start living - truly living for themselves."
(678) 839-7880 View (678) 839-7880
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Mindcare Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kennesaw, GA 30144
My philosophy centers around the belief that everyone has the capacity to heal and grow. I am dedicated to creating a compassionate and empathetic therapeutic environment where individuals can feel seen, heard, and validated. I strive to support my clients in rediscovering their inner strength and resilience, empowering them to overcome obstacles and achieve lasting positive change.
My philosophy centers around the belief that everyone has the capacity to heal and grow. I am dedicated to creating a compassionate and empathetic therapeutic environment where individuals can feel seen, heard, and validated. I strive to support my clients in rediscovering their inner strength and resilience, empowering them to overcome obstacles and achieve lasting positive change.
(770) 758-6703 View (770) 758-6703
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Psychiatric Healing for All, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Kennesaw, GA 30144
SAME Day or Next Day appointments.Whether you’re struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar, Panic, or other mental health disorders.Together we can work to help equip you with the necessary tools to help you face and overcome challenges. Please understand you matter. I offer encouragement and understanding. Any mental health can lead to physical problems, trouble with sleep, lack of appetite, weight loss, muscle tension and headaches. I want to help you and work as a team, putting together a treatment plan and offering support. I believe that medication and therapy go hand in hand.
SAME Day or Next Day appointments.Whether you’re struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar, Panic, or other mental health disorders.Together we can work to help equip you with the necessary tools to help you face and overcome challenges. Please understand you matter. I offer encouragement and understanding. Any mental health can lead to physical problems, trouble with sleep, lack of appetite, weight loss, muscle tension and headaches. I want to help you and work as a team, putting together a treatment plan and offering support. I believe that medication and therapy go hand in hand.
(678) 884-4324 View (678) 884-4324
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Jessica Coker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Kennesaw, GA 30144  (Online Only)
Dr. Coker provides psychiatric evaluations and follow-up appointments taking the time to learn the history, life experiences and current circumstances of the patient seeking treatment. Dr. Coker provides a warm environment fostering patience and understanding as she and the patient formalizes a tailored treatment plan for optimal outcomes.
Dr. Coker provides psychiatric evaluations and follow-up appointments taking the time to learn the history, life experiences and current circumstances of the patient seeking treatment. Dr. Coker provides a warm environment fostering patience and understanding as she and the patient formalizes a tailored treatment plan for optimal outcomes.
(404) 736-6507 View (404) 736-6507
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Marie-Andree Parent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, RN
Verified Verified
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Marie-Andree Parent is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who joined the LifeStance Health group in December 2016. Marie-Andree treats teenagers and adults up to age 65. Marie believes in treating patients with compassion and empowering them. She provides psychopharmacological treatment and supportive therapy Marie works in both Roswell and Kennestone locations. Marie earned her Master's in Nursing from Walden University, Minneapolis, MN in 2015, and her Bachelors in Nursing from Adelphi University. Garden City, NY in 2006; graduated Cum Laude.
Marie-Andree Parent is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who joined the LifeStance Health group in December 2016. Marie-Andree treats teenagers and adults up to age 65. Marie believes in treating patients with compassion and empowering them. She provides psychopharmacological treatment and supportive therapy Marie works in both Roswell and Kennestone locations. Marie earned her Master's in Nursing from Walden University, Minneapolis, MN in 2015, and her Bachelors in Nursing from Adelphi University. Garden City, NY in 2006; graduated Cum Laude.
(678) 905-7899 View (678) 905-7899
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Jamie Mccracken
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kennesaw, GA 30144
I am passionate about my patient's mental health. I work with my patients to come up with a medication plan that is best for them. I have worked with patients of all ages with depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and many others.
I am passionate about my patient's mental health. I work with my patients to come up with a medication plan that is best for them. I have worked with patients of all ages with depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and many others.
(470) 664-6804 View (470) 664-6804
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Mir Wadud
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBBS, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kennesaw, GA 30144  (Online Only)
Welcome to my profile. If you are looking for someone to listen to your needs and take the time to understand you and your situation, you have found the right provider who can actually help you. I have been practicing as a General Physician in Dhaka, Bangladesh since 1984, until I relocated to the USA in 2005. I became a certified Family Nurse Practitioner after receiving a Master’s degree from Kennesaw State University, GA. I worked with several psychiatrists and completed another Master's degree from the University of Cincinnati, OH to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Welcome to my profile. If you are looking for someone to listen to your needs and take the time to understand you and your situation, you have found the right provider who can actually help you. I have been practicing as a General Physician in Dhaka, Bangladesh since 1984, until I relocated to the USA in 2005. I became a certified Family Nurse Practitioner after receiving a Master’s degree from Kennesaw State University, GA. I worked with several psychiatrists and completed another Master's degree from the University of Cincinnati, OH to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(678) 541-7331 View (678) 541-7331
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Mahlet Abebe
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN
Verified Verified
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Mahlet Abebe is dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of nursing experience. Mahlet has been working in collaboration with her supervising physician providing psychiatric evaluation, medication management and supportive therapy. She believes in providing patient centered, individualized, holistic care in way of promoting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Mahlet Abebe is dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of nursing experience. Mahlet has been working in collaboration with her supervising physician providing psychiatric evaluation, medication management and supportive therapy. She believes in providing patient centered, individualized, holistic care in way of promoting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
(470) 745-7079 View (470) 745-7079
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Sydney Cunningham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Kennesaw, GA 30144
A qualified family nurse practitioner, Ms. Sydney Cunningham received two bachelor's degrees, one from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the other from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She then attended Kennesaw State University, where she received her master's degree in family nursing. Ms. Cunningham is available for examinations at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals, located in Roswell, GA. She encourages open communication with her patients, which allows her to guide them through their treatment as active participants in their well-being.
A qualified family nurse practitioner, Ms. Sydney Cunningham received two bachelor's degrees, one from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the other from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She then attended Kennesaw State University, where she received her master's degree in family nursing. Ms. Cunningham is available for examinations at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals, located in Roswell, GA. She encourages open communication with her patients, which allows her to guide them through their treatment as active participants in their well-being.
(770) 525-4371 View (770) 525-4371
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Phoenix Holistic Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, FAPA
Verified Verified
Kennesaw, GA 30144  (Online Only)
Dr. Panchajanya Paul, MD- Offering Telemedicine in Georgia. I am board certified in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I see children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults in my office iand am accepting new patients. I specialize in the use of medications and other holistic approaches to treat mental health conditions. Treating clients with respect, integrity and compassion are my priorities. When managing medications, I have several books and research published concerning stress relief and sleep coaching with a holistic approach.
Dr. Panchajanya Paul, MD- Offering Telemedicine in Georgia. I am board certified in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I see children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults in my office iand am accepting new patients. I specialize in the use of medications and other holistic approaches to treat mental health conditions. Treating clients with respect, integrity and compassion are my priorities. When managing medications, I have several books and research published concerning stress relief and sleep coaching with a holistic approach.
(404) 476-6842 View (404) 476-6842
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Jason Watts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Jason Watts is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who specializes in the diagnosis and medical management of mental health disorders. Her has a Master and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Walden University, and his Associates in Nursing from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Jason has experience with treating depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADD/ADHD and sees patients from ages 18 to 90. Jason has 25+ years of healthcare experience in emergency and behavioral health settings. Jason aims to see each person as an individual with a distinctive situation that needs personal attention.
Jason Watts is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who specializes in the diagnosis and medical management of mental health disorders. Her has a Master and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Walden University, and his Associates in Nursing from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Jason has experience with treating depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADD/ADHD and sees patients from ages 18 to 90. Jason has 25+ years of healthcare experience in emergency and behavioral health settings. Jason aims to see each person as an individual with a distinctive situation that needs personal attention.
(470) 828-5672 View (470) 828-5672
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Meah Mccray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Meah is an advocate for individuals and families impacted by mental illness. She has several years of behavioral health experience working in various settings. In these settings, Meah used her experience, commitment, and dedication, to deliver culturally competent care to ensure everyone was treated with respect and dignity. Meah enjoys spending time with her family.
Meah is an advocate for individuals and families impacted by mental illness. She has several years of behavioral health experience working in various settings. In these settings, Meah used her experience, commitment, and dedication, to deliver culturally competent care to ensure everyone was treated with respect and dignity. Meah enjoys spending time with her family.
(678) 607-8628 View (678) 607-8628
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Jacquelyne Bodea
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Jackie has worked throughout her nursing career to build trusting relationships as a foundation for holistic, clientcentered care and believes strongly in the right of every person to make personal healthcare decisions. She currently provides mental health care for men and women and utilizes her experience as a midwife to provide a unique perspective for mental health during pregnancy and following childbirth. Jackie will provide education, treatment options, support, and guidance as she partners with you on your mental health and wellness journey.
Jackie has worked throughout her nursing career to build trusting relationships as a foundation for holistic, clientcentered care and believes strongly in the right of every person to make personal healthcare decisions. She currently provides mental health care for men and women and utilizes her experience as a midwife to provide a unique perspective for mental health during pregnancy and following childbirth. Jackie will provide education, treatment options, support, and guidance as she partners with you on your mental health and wellness journey.
(678) 562-8961 View (678) 562-8961
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Andrew Daniel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Andrew Daniel is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who specializes in the diagnosis and medical management of behavioral health concerns. Andrew has experience with treating depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADD/ADHD and sees patients from ages 5 to 90. Andrew has 12 years of healthcare experience in emergency and behavioral health settings. He strives to see each person as an individual with a unique situation that needs personal attention. He focuses on an environment that promotes trust and the development of a team atmosphere where he and the client work together to reach common goals.
Andrew Daniel is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who specializes in the diagnosis and medical management of behavioral health concerns. Andrew has experience with treating depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADD/ADHD and sees patients from ages 5 to 90. Andrew has 12 years of healthcare experience in emergency and behavioral health settings. He strives to see each person as an individual with a unique situation that needs personal attention. He focuses on an environment that promotes trust and the development of a team atmosphere where he and the client work together to reach common goals.
(678) 506-7844 View (678) 506-7844
West Cobb Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Our experience enables us to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatric care. We treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a safe and non judgmental environment for individuals and couples. If you struggle with day to day life, or are challenged with debilitating psychological symptoms, we are here to help.
Our experience enables us to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatric care. We treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a safe and non judgmental environment for individuals and couples. If you struggle with day to day life, or are challenged with debilitating psychological symptoms, we are here to help.
(678) 607-8209 View (678) 607-8209
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Catherine Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Catherine 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. Catherine 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.
Catherine 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. Catherine 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) 762-3814 View (770) 762-3814
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Beacon Counseling
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kennesaw, GA 30144
We are Licensed Psychiatrist and Licensed Professional Counselors, who use our clinical training to address your body, soul, and mind. We use research-based interventions to help clients with various issues, including trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, relational struggles, attachment issues, etc. We treat children 8 years +, couples, and adults.
We are Licensed Psychiatrist and Licensed Professional Counselors, who use our clinical training to address your body, soul, and mind. We use research-based interventions to help clients with various issues, including trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, relational struggles, attachment issues, etc. We treat children 8 years +, couples, and adults.
(470) 280-7466 View (470) 280-7466
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Gaelle Gounteni
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kennesaw, GA 30144
I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. I care for adolescent and adult patients in a variety of settings, including in-patient hospitals and out-patient practices. My primary focuses are providing honest communication with her patients and quality resources for all those involved.
I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. I care for adolescent and adult patients in a variety of settings, including in-patient hospitals and out-patient practices. My primary focuses are providing honest communication with her patients and quality resources for all those involved.
(678) 712-3402 View (678) 712-3402

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 30144

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 30144 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
82% Medication Management
73% ADHD
73% Psychosis
73% Bipolar Disorder
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Cigna and Evernorth
89% Aetna
74% Humana

How Psychiatrists in 30144 see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 30144?

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.