Psychiatrists in 30305

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Armeshia Lawrence
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30305  (Online Only)
Armeshia Lawrence is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is licensed to provide a wide range of services to adults, children, adolescents, and their families in outpatient mental health clinics, psychiatric emergency services, private practice, or in a hospital or community health center.
Armeshia Lawrence is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is licensed to provide a wide range of services to adults, children, adolescents, and their families in outpatient mental health clinics, psychiatric emergency services, private practice, or in a hospital or community health center.
(470) 202-3646 View (470) 202-3646
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Lanonie Simpson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305  (Online Only)
Lanonie is a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner. She is certified as both a Family Nurse practitioner (FNP-C) and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is exceptionally devoted, with over 5 years of experience treating and diagnosing a wide range of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and insomnia. She is extremely passionate about her work and eager to provide comprehensive mental health services to both adolescents and adults.
Lanonie is a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner. She is certified as both a Family Nurse practitioner (FNP-C) and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is exceptionally devoted, with over 5 years of experience treating and diagnosing a wide range of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and insomnia. She is extremely passionate about her work and eager to provide comprehensive mental health services to both adolescents and adults.
(470) 868-2766 View (470) 868-2766
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Kelly Gilfillan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305  (Online Only)
Kelly Gilfillan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with more than 22 years of medication management experience treating a wide scope of mental health issues. She specializes in working with adults and seniors coping with ADHD, anger, sleep disorders, schizophrenia, OCD, depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, and much more.
Kelly Gilfillan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with more than 22 years of medication management experience treating a wide scope of mental health issues. She specializes in working with adults and seniors coping with ADHD, anger, sleep disorders, schizophrenia, OCD, depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, and much more.
(470) 649-3329 View (470) 649-3329
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Kim Dobson-Callahan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305
I am a physician with over 25 years of clinical experience working with patients and supervising trainees at a number of medical schools and universities. I am board certified in the treatment of children, adolescents, and general psychiatry, treating patients aged 2 - 65 years. I offer psychiatric assessment and management of psychotropic medications. However, medication in my practice is only a part of comprehensive mental health care. In my care of children and adolescents, I prioritize a partnership between myself, the child and parents. I value communication with therapeutic providers, teachers and physicians.
I am a physician with over 25 years of clinical experience working with patients and supervising trainees at a number of medical schools and universities. I am board certified in the treatment of children, adolescents, and general psychiatry, treating patients aged 2 - 65 years. I offer psychiatric assessment and management of psychotropic medications. However, medication in my practice is only a part of comprehensive mental health care. In my care of children and adolescents, I prioritize a partnership between myself, the child and parents. I value communication with therapeutic providers, teachers and physicians.
(678) 262-2399 View (678) 262-2399
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Andrew McMerty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305  (Online Only)
Andrew McMerty is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP – BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including anxiety, PTSD, depression, bipolar, anger/aggression, ADHD, and insomnia. He strives to provide compassionate, comprehensive, and person-centered mental health services to adolescents and adults. As a PMHNP, Drew’s role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, and medication manager.
Andrew McMerty is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP – BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including anxiety, PTSD, depression, bipolar, anger/aggression, ADHD, and insomnia. He strives to provide compassionate, comprehensive, and person-centered mental health services to adolescents and adults. As a PMHNP, Drew’s role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, and medication manager.
(470) 394-6429 View (470) 394-6429
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Cody M. Browning
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305
Considered to have an empathetic and calming approach by his patients, Dr. Browning believes in meeting each individual on their terms. Fostering a genuine connection and encouraging a curious mind can help to reveal common patterns of interpersonal interactions, thoughts, and behaviors through a psychodynamic and supportive approach. No one person is the same, and Dr. Browning believes in fusing the biological, psychological, and psychosocial aspects of each individual's experience to create a plan to move forward and begin the journey toward feeling better.
Considered to have an empathetic and calming approach by his patients, Dr. Browning believes in meeting each individual on their terms. Fostering a genuine connection and encouraging a curious mind can help to reveal common patterns of interpersonal interactions, thoughts, and behaviors through a psychodynamic and supportive approach. No one person is the same, and Dr. Browning believes in fusing the biological, psychological, and psychosocial aspects of each individual's experience to create a plan to move forward and begin the journey toward feeling better.
(470) 309-0721 View (470) 309-0721
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A Mind Affair, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30305
Hello this is Dr. Frantz Georges (psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I’ve been working as mental health nurse for over 25 years and as a practitioner the past 6 years. I treat patients with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other psychotic disorders. I treat each one of my patients individually and provide the best possible care to them. If you are looking for someone to listen to your needs and to take time to understand your problems (situation); you have found the right provider. Once again I treat individuals from 5-100 years old with a variety of mental health disorders.
Hello this is Dr. Frantz Georges (psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I’ve been working as mental health nurse for over 25 years and as a practitioner the past 6 years. I treat patients with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other psychotic disorders. I treat each one of my patients individually and provide the best possible care to them. If you are looking for someone to listen to your needs and to take time to understand your problems (situation); you have found the right provider. Once again I treat individuals from 5-100 years old with a variety of mental health disorders.
(770) 904-9724 View (770) 904-9724
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John Tumeh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30305
My ideal client is someone battling Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), or major depressive disorder with suicidal thoughts. They seek compassionate care, innovative treatments like TMS and Spravato (esketamine), and a personalized approach to find relief and regain a fulfilling life. Their goal is not just recovery but to reclaim life's richness and build emotional resilience. They want to break free from suffering and embrace purpose, joy, and growth, driven by a deep desire for transformation.
My ideal client is someone battling Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), or major depressive disorder with suicidal thoughts. They seek compassionate care, innovative treatments like TMS and Spravato (esketamine), and a personalized approach to find relief and regain a fulfilling life. Their goal is not just recovery but to reclaim life's richness and build emotional resilience. They want to break free from suffering and embrace purpose, joy, and growth, driven by a deep desire for transformation.
(404) 998-4384 View (404) 998-4384
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Brian Teliho
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30305
If you're tired of searching for the right provider, don't settle. Dr. Teliho has more than 20 years of experience. Does your schedule or location prohibit you from getting quality care? Dr. Teliho is pioneering the advancement of telemedicine in psychiatry. Conduct appointments right from your own home or workplace, even after hours. The future of quality mental health care is already here. Ask for a referral from your current therapist or primary care physician, and visit his website for more information about his practice and how telemedicine may work for you.
If you're tired of searching for the right provider, don't settle. Dr. Teliho has more than 20 years of experience. Does your schedule or location prohibit you from getting quality care? Dr. Teliho is pioneering the advancement of telemedicine in psychiatry. Conduct appointments right from your own home or workplace, even after hours. The future of quality mental health care is already here. Ask for a referral from your current therapist or primary care physician, and visit his website for more information about his practice and how telemedicine may work for you.
(404) 949-0344 View (404) 949-0344
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Lola Ogunniyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, RN, MBA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30305
Our focus is to provide a comprehensive solution for managing your mental well-being and empowering you to take pride in your physical appearance. While managing your mental health wellness, we provide spa treatments such as neurotoxins, dermal fillers, and microchanneling. These services rejuvenate your body, and contribute to enhancing your overall sense of well-being. By actively listening and collaborating with you, we devise effective strategies for managing stress, anxiety, and depression. We also offer techniques to boost your self-esteem and self-confidence which enables you to view yourself positively.
Our focus is to provide a comprehensive solution for managing your mental well-being and empowering you to take pride in your physical appearance. While managing your mental health wellness, we provide spa treatments such as neurotoxins, dermal fillers, and microchanneling. These services rejuvenate your body, and contribute to enhancing your overall sense of well-being. By actively listening and collaborating with you, we devise effective strategies for managing stress, anxiety, and depression. We also offer techniques to boost your self-esteem and self-confidence which enables you to view yourself positively.
(678) 562-6948 View (678) 562-6948
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Dr. Sora Park
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatrist who is passionate about helping people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and their general mental health. I particularly enjoy working in women's mental health and with second generation Americans. I know each person has a unique set of circumstances contributing to their current situation, which means every treatment plan is equally as unique. I believe in working together to create a collaborative plan tailored to fit you.
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatrist who is passionate about helping people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and their general mental health. I particularly enjoy working in women's mental health and with second generation Americans. I know each person has a unique set of circumstances contributing to their current situation, which means every treatment plan is equally as unique. I believe in working together to create a collaborative plan tailored to fit you.
(404) 383-8532 View (404) 383-8532
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Total Home Detox
Psychiatric Nurse, RN
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305
Total Home Detox is a Georgia medical in-home detox program utilizing a psychiatrist specializing in detox protocols. Susan Stein, a psych/detox registered nurse will administer the detox in the comfort of your own home.
Total Home Detox is a Georgia medical in-home detox program utilizing a psychiatrist specializing in detox protocols. Susan Stein, a psych/detox registered nurse will administer the detox in the comfort of your own home.
(678) 940-6278 View (678) 940-6278
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Sharat Vallurupalli
Psychiatrist, MD, SEP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30305
Whether you are a parent concerned about your child who is struggling, or an adult working on their own challenges, I am here to provided a safe space to explore these issues with you and find the solutions that work for you. I have worked across a wide variety of clinical settings, age groups, and cultures and I have extensive training in the fields of psychiatry and trauma. I am available for diagnostic consultations and psychotherapy. I do not accept insurance at this time. I can be flexible. Please click on the link to my website to see my fees.
Whether you are a parent concerned about your child who is struggling, or an adult working on their own challenges, I am here to provided a safe space to explore these issues with you and find the solutions that work for you. I have worked across a wide variety of clinical settings, age groups, and cultures and I have extensive training in the fields of psychiatry and trauma. I am available for diagnostic consultations and psychotherapy. I do not accept insurance at this time. I can be flexible. Please click on the link to my website to see my fees.
(678) 209-0214 View (678) 209-0214
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Corey Allen Beck
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305
I believe that a combination of skilled psychotherapy and proper medication management helps people recover faster. My goal is to get you back to living your life to its fullest as quickly as possible.
I believe that a combination of skilled psychotherapy and proper medication management helps people recover faster. My goal is to get you back to living your life to its fullest as quickly as possible.
(678) 712-2924 View (678) 712-2924
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Apex Family Healthcare Services
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305
We are a Full Service Psychological Services Center with a large team of therapist to fit your needs and help you throughout your journey of recovery. Our facility offers 16 suites with Clinicians trained in every area of psychotherapy to serve you regardless of your diagnosis. We are able to accommodate multiple family members for same day appointments with therapist and doctors reducing your travel time between multiple offices for different appointments. We are a One-Stop-Shop providing excellent care, quality services and an array of skilled professionals of all ages, ethnicities and gender.
We are a Full Service Psychological Services Center with a large team of therapist to fit your needs and help you throughout your journey of recovery. Our facility offers 16 suites with Clinicians trained in every area of psychotherapy to serve you regardless of your diagnosis. We are able to accommodate multiple family members for same day appointments with therapist and doctors reducing your travel time between multiple offices for different appointments. We are a One-Stop-Shop providing excellent care, quality services and an array of skilled professionals of all ages, ethnicities and gender.
(678) 782-7272 View (678) 782-7272
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Jasmine Munroe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305
Hello, my name is Jasmine Bryant I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who possesses exceptional clinical skills and expertise, but more importantly, I demonstrate genuine empathy and understanding towards the clients' needs. I tailor my therapeutic approach to the unique needs and preferences of each patient, integrating evidence-based practices with empathy, compassion, and cultural sensitivity. I collaborate closely with patients to foster trust and empowerment in the therapeutic process. The most common theoretical approach in the work of psychiatric nurse practitioners is the biopsychosocial model.
Hello, my name is Jasmine Bryant I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who possesses exceptional clinical skills and expertise, but more importantly, I demonstrate genuine empathy and understanding towards the clients' needs. I tailor my therapeutic approach to the unique needs and preferences of each patient, integrating evidence-based practices with empathy, compassion, and cultural sensitivity. I collaborate closely with patients to foster trust and empowerment in the therapeutic process. The most common theoretical approach in the work of psychiatric nurse practitioners is the biopsychosocial model.
(323) 508-2308 View (323) 508-2308
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Panchajanya Paul
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305  (Online Only)
I am board certified in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I see children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults in my office in Dunwoody and am accepting new patients. I specialize in the use of medications and other holistic approaches to treat mental health conditions. I am also the Medical Director of Southern Live Oak Wellness. Treating clients with respect, integrity and compassion are my priorities. When managing medications, I incorporate the most current and best evidence based practices.
I am board certified in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I see children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults in my office in Dunwoody and am accepting new patients. I specialize in the use of medications and other holistic approaches to treat mental health conditions. I am also the Medical Director of Southern Live Oak Wellness. Treating clients with respect, integrity and compassion are my priorities. When managing medications, I incorporate the most current and best evidence based practices.
(678) 883-7328 View (678) 883-7328
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D. Diane Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305
Not accepting new clients
Mental health disorders truly impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. Years of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders may result in adverse health behaviors like a sedentary lifestyle, inadequate eating and sleeping habits, difficulty in relationships, and negative coping skills such as smoking and substance use. I practice a holistic approach to treatment, utilizing medication management as needed and a focus on lifestyle changes such as improved nutrition, adequate sleep, and exercise. I am committed to reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues.
Mental health disorders truly impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. Years of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders may result in adverse health behaviors like a sedentary lifestyle, inadequate eating and sleeping habits, difficulty in relationships, and negative coping skills such as smoking and substance use. I practice a holistic approach to treatment, utilizing medication management as needed and a focus on lifestyle changes such as improved nutrition, adequate sleep, and exercise. I am committed to reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues.
(470) 888-7057 View (470) 888-7057
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Amitha L Dhingra
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305
Dr. Dhingra is board certified in General Psychiatry. She completed her residency in adult psychiatry at the Emory University School of Medicine, and was chosen to serve as the Chief Resident for Emory University Hospital in her final year of adult psychiatry. Dr. Dhingra completed an additional year of training in Geriatric Psychiatry, graduating in 2020.
Dr. Dhingra is board certified in General Psychiatry. She completed her residency in adult psychiatry at the Emory University School of Medicine, and was chosen to serve as the Chief Resident for Emory University Hospital in her final year of adult psychiatry. Dr. Dhingra completed an additional year of training in Geriatric Psychiatry, graduating in 2020.
(404) 991-6950 View (404) 991-6950
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Dr Joanne Psychiatry NP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30305  (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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 30305

20+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in 30305 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
75% Medication Management
65% Bipolar Disorder
60% ADHD
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
55% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
71% Cigna and Evernorth
64% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 30305 see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 30305?

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.