Psychiatrists in 31405

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Nicole Silvernail
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Nicole Silvernail is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Nicole treats clients of all ages and utilizes holistic client specific care along with medications and brief therapies. Nicole plans to be trained in EMDR in the near future to better serve her clients. In her free time she enjoys making art, photography, gardening, spending time outdoors and quality time with her son and puppy.
Nicole Silvernail is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Nicole treats clients of all ages and utilizes holistic client specific care along with medications and brief therapies. Nicole plans to be trained in EMDR in the near future to better serve her clients. In her free time she enjoys making art, photography, gardening, spending time outdoors and quality time with her son and puppy.
(912) 372-9553 View (912) 372-9553
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Whitney Krawczyk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Whitney works with adolescents, adults, and geriatrics to treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. She has 7 years of nursing experience in hospital and outpatient settings, working with patients from various backgrounds with chronic medical and mental health conditions. She develops clear concise treatment plans through a patient-centered approach, utilizing medications, lifestyle changes, and supportive psychotherapy as needed.
Whitney works with adolescents, adults, and geriatrics to treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. She has 7 years of nursing experience in hospital and outpatient settings, working with patients from various backgrounds with chronic medical and mental health conditions. She develops clear concise treatment plans through a patient-centered approach, utilizing medications, lifestyle changes, and supportive psychotherapy as needed.
(912) 513-4674 View (912) 513-4674
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Ronald Sites
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Dr. Sites is a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and adult attention deficit disorder. He utilizes both medication and brief supportive psychotherapy. Education and Certifications Originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina, Dr. Sites not only attended Furman University but he also completed medical school and his Psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Sites is a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and adult attention deficit disorder. He utilizes both medication and brief supportive psychotherapy. Education and Certifications Originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina, Dr. Sites not only attended Furman University but he also completed medical school and his Psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.
(706) 898-4893 View (706) 898-4893
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Caroline DeRosa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Caroline DeRosa, PMHNP Caroline DeRosa is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who started practicing in 2015. She has a BA in Psychology from Sewanee: University of the South, an MSN from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and an M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University Peabody College. Caroline believes in working collaboratively with her patients in developing and implementing their unique treatment plans.
Caroline DeRosa, PMHNP Caroline DeRosa is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who started practicing in 2015. She has a BA in Psychology from Sewanee: University of the South, an MSN from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and an M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University Peabody College. Caroline believes in working collaboratively with her patients in developing and implementing their unique treatment plans.
(912) 600-2895 View (912) 600-2895
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Kevin Winders
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Dr. Winders is Board Certified in General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He specializes in the evaluation and medication management of psychiatric disorders as well as brief supportive therapy. He works mostly with children and young to middle-aged adults.
Dr. Winders is Board Certified in General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He specializes in the evaluation and medication management of psychiatric disorders as well as brief supportive therapy. He works mostly with children and young to middle-aged adults.
(912) 430-8408 View (912) 430-8408
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Dr. Anna Jackson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Dr. Anna Jackson. I am a board certified psychiatrist treating patients across Georgia. I am passionate about helping women overcome anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, and burnout. Whether you are feeling stuck and trying to find your path, a new mom dealing with anxiety and overwhelm, or feeling burned out from the demands of your busy life, I would love to help! I use an integrative approach to care including medication, therapy, nutritional guidance, lifestyle coaching, sleep hygiene, meditation, and more.
Hi, I'm Dr. Anna Jackson. I am a board certified psychiatrist treating patients across Georgia. I am passionate about helping women overcome anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, and burnout. Whether you are feeling stuck and trying to find your path, a new mom dealing with anxiety and overwhelm, or feeling burned out from the demands of your busy life, I would love to help! I use an integrative approach to care including medication, therapy, nutritional guidance, lifestyle coaching, sleep hygiene, meditation, and more.
(912) 301-4087 View (912) 301-4087
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Kristen Erica Hunkin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Erica is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNPBC) and family nurse practitioner (FNPC), with a PhD in behavioral neuroendocrinology. She is passionate about providing quality, collaborative, and comprehensive mental health services to patients across the life span. Erica possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by a natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidencebased guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, Erica's role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and prescriber.
Erica is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNPBC) and family nurse practitioner (FNPC), with a PhD in behavioral neuroendocrinology. She is passionate about providing quality, collaborative, and comprehensive mental health services to patients across the life span. Erica possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by a natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidencebased guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, Erica's role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and prescriber.
(912) 301-5442 View (912) 301-5442
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Alivia McMahan
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Alivia McMahan is a Psychiatric Physician Assistant in Georgia who has been practicing since 2020. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology at Georgia Southern University and her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at South University in Savannah, Georgia. She is a member of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants and American Academy of Physician Assistants. Alivia specializes in treating a wide variety of psychiatric conditions and is passionate about helping patients to feel their best and improve their quality of life.
Alivia McMahan is a Psychiatric Physician Assistant in Georgia who has been practicing since 2020. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology at Georgia Southern University and her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at South University in Savannah, Georgia. She is a member of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants and American Academy of Physician Assistants. Alivia specializes in treating a wide variety of psychiatric conditions and is passionate about helping patients to feel their best and improve their quality of life.
(912) 394-4089 View (912) 394-4089
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Kasara Helou
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, MPH
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Kasara provides effective evidence-based medication management and brief therapeutic counseling for adults, adolescents and children. She treats a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, insomnia, ADHD and autism. She coordinates care by working closely with psycho-therapists, counselors, and other health care providers. She has a strong background working with children and adolescents alongside Dr. Julie Jensen, but also has a longstanding history caring for adults, the elderly and underserved.
Kasara provides effective evidence-based medication management and brief therapeutic counseling for adults, adolescents and children. She treats a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, insomnia, ADHD and autism. She coordinates care by working closely with psycho-therapists, counselors, and other health care providers. She has a strong background working with children and adolescents alongside Dr. Julie Jensen, but also has a longstanding history caring for adults, the elderly and underserved.
(912) 470-5951 View (912) 470-5951
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Windy Meadows
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Windy Meadows is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2015. She has an ASN in Sociology, a BSN from College of Coastal Georgia, an MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgia Southern University, and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Georgia Southern University. Windy's treatment philosophy is patient centered. She meets the patient where they are in life and treats the patient as a whole. All aspects of the person's life effect mental health and mental health effects all aspects of their life.
Windy Meadows is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2015. She has an ASN in Sociology, a BSN from College of Coastal Georgia, an MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgia Southern University, and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Georgia Southern University. Windy's treatment philosophy is patient centered. She meets the patient where they are in life and treats the patient as a whole. All aspects of the person's life effect mental health and mental health effects all aspects of their life.
(912) 423-4151 View (912) 423-4151
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Jeffrey Harris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Jeffrey Harris is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2017. Jeffrey helps clients through psychopharmacology. Outside of work, Jeffrey enjoys spending time with family.
Jeffrey Harris is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2017. Jeffrey helps clients through psychopharmacology. Outside of work, Jeffrey enjoys spending time with family.
(912) 394-3742 View (912) 394-3742
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Lotus Health and Wellness Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405  (Online Only)
Have you ever felt that life is pulling you in every direction possible; between work, relationships, friendships, parenting and you're struggling to keep your head above water to breathe? I can help you understand what anxiety symptoms look like in the physical form, and together we can help identify your triggers, formulate a plan to balance it all, and discuss medication management. Are you self isolating? Neglecting yourself? Have you noticed that you cry more more so than not? Are you having trouble sleeping? Depression may show up different for everyone, but the aching pain that it delivers is the same.
Have you ever felt that life is pulling you in every direction possible; between work, relationships, friendships, parenting and you're struggling to keep your head above water to breathe? I can help you understand what anxiety symptoms look like in the physical form, and together we can help identify your triggers, formulate a plan to balance it all, and discuss medication management. Are you self isolating? Neglecting yourself? Have you noticed that you cry more more so than not? Are you having trouble sleeping? Depression may show up different for everyone, but the aching pain that it delivers is the same.
(706) 397-3644 View (706) 397-3644
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Dr. Brandy Brown Dnp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Savannah, GA 31405
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
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Clara C Ugwuibe-Ogunseye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405  (Online Only)
A board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. Providing quality care to clients from 13 years through 85 years with various mental health conditions. Providing diagnostic assessment, medication management, individual supportive psychotherapy and interpersonal psychotherapy. My goal is to help individuals feel safe, secured and hopeful about their future. Utilizing patient centered approach to care, individuals are involved in planning their care. I am easy going, empathetic, compassionate, reliable, and trustworthy. Treats everyone the way I would like to be treated.
A board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. Providing quality care to clients from 13 years through 85 years with various mental health conditions. Providing diagnostic assessment, medication management, individual supportive psychotherapy and interpersonal psychotherapy. My goal is to help individuals feel safe, secured and hopeful about their future. Utilizing patient centered approach to care, individuals are involved in planning their care. I am easy going, empathetic, compassionate, reliable, and trustworthy. Treats everyone the way I would like to be treated.
(470) 664-2742 View (470) 664-2742
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Shakera Kathleen Snelling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
23 Endorsed
Savannah, GA 31405
Hey! You’re seeking help because it is needed. That’s huge! Many people don’t seek treatment or therapy but you’re already on this path. Some folks don’t find the path. You’ve got some idea of what you need and are ready for someone to be along with you on this journey. We both know humans succeed in a team not so much when we are alone. First, give yourself credit because it takes a lot of courage to not do things alone and to be willing to open up to someone you do not know. Your courage is where our journey together starts. It would be an honor to be a part of your team in life, for life!
Hey! You’re seeking help because it is needed. That’s huge! Many people don’t seek treatment or therapy but you’re already on this path. Some folks don’t find the path. You’ve got some idea of what you need and are ready for someone to be along with you on this journey. We both know humans succeed in a team not so much when we are alone. First, give yourself credit because it takes a lot of courage to not do things alone and to be willing to open up to someone you do not know. Your courage is where our journey together starts. It would be an honor to be a part of your team in life, for life!
(470) 828-2273 View (470) 828-2273
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Santissa T Clapp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405  (Online Only)
I am truly passionate about being a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and believe it to be my calling and purpose in life. While mental health is often overlooked or avoided in the realm of healthcare, I have been drawn to it. I know that every patient is unique and I take pride in tailoring each experience to suit their specific needs. My approach focuses on equipping patients with the necessary tools to long term manage their mental health. I also offer psychotherapy and help with natural alternatives to prescribed medications, like vitamins and supplements. Schedule today to embark on your mental health journey.
I am truly passionate about being a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and believe it to be my calling and purpose in life. While mental health is often overlooked or avoided in the realm of healthcare, I have been drawn to it. I know that every patient is unique and I take pride in tailoring each experience to suit their specific needs. My approach focuses on equipping patients with the necessary tools to long term manage their mental health. I also offer psychotherapy and help with natural alternatives to prescribed medications, like vitamins and supplements. Schedule today to embark on your mental health journey.
(678) 680-5596 View (678) 680-5596
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Mir Wadud
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBBS, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405  (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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Stacey Fears
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Hello, I'm Stacey Fears, and I want to personally welcome you to Sequence To Health, where my passion for mental healthcare and my commitment to your well-being intersect. With over 18 years of experience in healthcare, my journey began in family medicine, but it was eight years ago that I discovered my true calling in mental health care.
Hello, I'm Stacey Fears, and I want to personally welcome you to Sequence To Health, where my passion for mental healthcare and my commitment to your well-being intersect. With over 18 years of experience in healthcare, my journey began in family medicine, but it was eight years ago that I discovered my true calling in mental health care.
(678) 835-3767 View (678) 835-3767
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Julie Greene
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405  (Online Only)
Our mental health is impacted by our genetics, stressors in our environments, and our physical health, and when our minds are not healthy, our physical health and relationships with others suffer.
Our mental health is impacted by our genetics, stressors in our environments, and our physical health, and when our minds are not healthy, our physical health and relationships with others suffer.
(470) 518-5617 View (470) 518-5617
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Millicent Ogoo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405  (Online Only)
Dr. Millicent Ogoo DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC is a board certified nurse practitioner with vast years of experience in treating adults and children with both physical mental health illness.
Dr. Millicent Ogoo DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC is a board certified nurse practitioner with vast years of experience in treating adults and children with both physical mental health illness.
(678) 252-6283 View (678) 252-6283

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Number of Psychiatrists in 31405

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 31405 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
92% Bipolar Disorder
88% Depression
88% Trauma and PTSD
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% Medication Management
58% ADHD

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
91% Aetna
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 31405 see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 31405?

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.