Psychiatrists in 37129

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Alton Appleton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
My ideal client is someone who is motivated and committed to their personal growth and well-being. They may be facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, trauma, or relationship issues, seeking support and guidance to navigate these difficulties effectively. Their needs include a safe and non-judgmental space to explore their emotions, thoughts, and experiences, as well as evidence-based interventions to help them develop coping skills and resilience. Their goals are to achieve greater self-awareness, improve their mental health and overall quality of life.
My ideal client is someone who is motivated and committed to their personal growth and well-being. They may be facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, trauma, or relationship issues, seeking support and guidance to navigate these difficulties effectively. Their needs include a safe and non-judgmental space to explore their emotions, thoughts, and experiences, as well as evidence-based interventions to help them develop coping skills and resilience. Their goals are to achieve greater self-awareness, improve their mental health and overall quality of life.
(629) 280-3841 View (629) 280-3841
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Strong Foundation Behavorial Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Welcome to the first step to a happier you. We don't treat labels; We are symptomologist. We specialize in treating low energy, poor concentration, low motivation, crying spells, being easily startled, crowd avoidance, nightmares, unstable mood, auditory and visual hallucination, aggression, Sleep disturbances (too much or too little), impulsiveness,mild to severe anxiousness and nervousness. Our focus is on the whole person, treating them symptomatically, working closely with them. Our mission is to guide our clients in taking charge of their mental health
Welcome to the first step to a happier you. We don't treat labels; We are symptomologist. We specialize in treating low energy, poor concentration, low motivation, crying spells, being easily startled, crowd avoidance, nightmares, unstable mood, auditory and visual hallucination, aggression, Sleep disturbances (too much or too little), impulsiveness,mild to severe anxiousness and nervousness. Our focus is on the whole person, treating them symptomatically, working closely with them. Our mission is to guide our clients in taking charge of their mental health
(615) 829-8811 View (615) 829-8811
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Oceanic Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Accepting new patients! Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or other mood disorders? Are you experiencing grief or life transitions? There is hope. A happy and meaningful life is possible!
Accepting new patients! Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or other mood disorders? Are you experiencing grief or life transitions? There is hope. A happy and meaningful life is possible!
(615) 436-8727 View (615) 436-8727
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Positive Minds Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Empowering individuals to meet their individualized mental health goals through a team approach is my passion. I treat the whole person not a diagnosis. I think outside of the box and provide education, treatment options, and support each person in obtaining their optimal level of mental health. I perform psychiatric evaluations, provide medication management and supportive therapy for those suffering from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD and specializing in autism spectrum disorder.
Empowering individuals to meet their individualized mental health goals through a team approach is my passion. I treat the whole person not a diagnosis. I think outside of the box and provide education, treatment options, and support each person in obtaining their optimal level of mental health. I perform psychiatric evaluations, provide medication management and supportive therapy for those suffering from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD and specializing in autism spectrum disorder.
(615) 395-3882 View (615) 395-3882
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Jennifer McGlothlin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
I love helping people move through different phases in their lives. It is gratifying to come alongside them on their journey toward healing. I want the patient to live as fulfilling, purpose driven life as possible, moving toward success in whatever method that means to him or her. I enjoy helping improve mental health issues so the patient is able to focus on what matters the most.
I love helping people move through different phases in their lives. It is gratifying to come alongside them on their journey toward healing. I want the patient to live as fulfilling, purpose driven life as possible, moving toward success in whatever method that means to him or her. I enjoy helping improve mental health issues so the patient is able to focus on what matters the most.
(615) 552-0789 View (615) 552-0789
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Kimberly Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
The journey of self-discovery is the best road traveled. I am a doctorate level Therapist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
The journey of self-discovery is the best road traveled. I am a doctorate level Therapist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(615) 492-3559 View (615) 492-3559
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Adriana Beeson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Hi! I'm glad you're here. My name is Adriana Beeson, and my goal is to help you become the happiest and healthiest version of yourself you can be! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and I would love to help you start your mental health journey. Beginning this process can be intimidating, but I strive to make my patients feel comfortable with compassionate and personalized care.
Hi! I'm glad you're here. My name is Adriana Beeson, and my goal is to help you become the happiest and healthiest version of yourself you can be! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and I would love to help you start your mental health journey. Beginning this process can be intimidating, but I strive to make my patients feel comfortable with compassionate and personalized care.
(615) 985-5148 View (615) 985-5148
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Dr. Shawn Malugin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. I am known among my clients as Dr. Shawn, and I take great pride in employing a holistic approach that considers the brain-body connection when treating individuals. Due to the brain's resilience in these age groups, my passion lies in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. I am dedicated to implementing a holistic treatment approach to foster a productive life for my clients. I am currently welcoming new clients. To ensure effective treatment and gain a thorough understanding of my client's needs, all new client appointments take place in person.
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. I am known among my clients as Dr. Shawn, and I take great pride in employing a holistic approach that considers the brain-body connection when treating individuals. Due to the brain's resilience in these age groups, my passion lies in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. I am dedicated to implementing a holistic treatment approach to foster a productive life for my clients. I am currently welcoming new clients. To ensure effective treatment and gain a thorough understanding of my client's needs, all new client appointments take place in person.
(615) 203-5024 View (615) 203-5024
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Megan Christenberry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Things are hard and life is not easy but there is no need to keep feeling bad. If you are dealing with sadness, worry or other thoughts and feelings that are uncomfortable, don't wait until they become overwhelming. Reach out for help.
Things are hard and life is not easy but there is no need to keep feeling bad. If you are dealing with sadness, worry or other thoughts and feelings that are uncomfortable, don't wait until they become overwhelming. Reach out for help.
(615) 527-8330 View (615) 527-8330
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Amanda Scales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
I have been a nurse for over 17 years, and throughout my nursing career, I have always felt drawn to patients dealing with anxiety and depression. I would love the opportunity to work together to remove obstacles that are preventing you from living your life to its fullest potential.
I have been a nurse for over 17 years, and throughout my nursing career, I have always felt drawn to patients dealing with anxiety and depression. I would love the opportunity to work together to remove obstacles that are preventing you from living your life to its fullest potential.
(615) 930-3589 View (615) 930-3589
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Amber Kerby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37129  (Online Only)
NEW clients BOOK an appointment on my WEBSITE: www.amethystmentalhealth.com/book-an-appointment ...My primary goal is to provide compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, and my approach is WHOLE-istic, incorporating the mind, body, spirit, empathy and understanding. My focus is on building strong therapeutic relationships with my patients, where we can work collaboratively towards a fulfilling life.
NEW clients BOOK an appointment on my WEBSITE: www.amethystmentalhealth.com/book-an-appointment ...My primary goal is to provide compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, and my approach is WHOLE-istic, incorporating the mind, body, spirit, empathy and understanding. My focus is on building strong therapeutic relationships with my patients, where we can work collaboratively towards a fulfilling life.
(629) 276-7430 View (629) 276-7430
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Mandy Kay Gentry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Mandy Kay Gentry is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2017. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Northwest Mississippi Community College and her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in PMHNP from University of Mississippi Medical Center. Mandy worked inpatient psychiatry 20112018 as an RN in adult acute psychiatry, detox, dual diagnosis, geriatrics, child/adolescent, and ECT. She has worked in private practice since 2017 focusing on medication management, supportive psychotherapy, and holistic approaches.
Mandy Kay Gentry is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2017. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Northwest Mississippi Community College and her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in PMHNP from University of Mississippi Medical Center. Mandy worked inpatient psychiatry 20112018 as an RN in adult acute psychiatry, detox, dual diagnosis, geriatrics, child/adolescent, and ECT. She has worked in private practice since 2017 focusing on medication management, supportive psychotherapy, and holistic approaches.
(629) 299-2662 View (629) 299-2662
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Tory Woodard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Tory A. Woodard is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience as a prescriber. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee University, and a Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in psychiatry, from Vanderbilt University. He has experience in treating all ages and has worked predominately in community mental health and private outpatient settings, but also has experience providing services in school-based settings, residential programs, and primary care.
Tory A. Woodard is a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience as a prescriber. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee University, and a Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialty in psychiatry, from Vanderbilt University. He has experience in treating all ages and has worked predominately in community mental health and private outpatient settings, but also has experience providing services in school-based settings, residential programs, and primary care.
(615) 747-1431 View (615) 747-1431
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Kara Darretta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Dr. Kara Darretta is a boardcertified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Valparaiso University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing. Dr Darretta's experience working with individuals of all ages spans anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, thought disorders, substance abuse, and personality disorders. She also has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Dr. Kara Darretta is a boardcertified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Valparaiso University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing. Dr Darretta's experience working with individuals of all ages spans anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, thought disorders, substance abuse, and personality disorders. She also has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
(615) 645-2065 View (615) 645-2065
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Tennessee Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Whether it is medication management, or in-depth talk therapy, the team at Tennessee Psychiatry is ready to help. Our team of psychiatrists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers are here to help you get back on track.
Whether it is medication management, or in-depth talk therapy, the team at Tennessee Psychiatry is ready to help. Our team of psychiatrists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers are here to help you get back on track.
(629) 333-3820 View (629) 333-3820
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Rebecca Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Rebecca Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee. She graduated Belmont University’s BSN, RN program in 2015 and Frontier Nursing University’s MSN, PMHNP program in 2022. Rebecca primarily provides medication management services with light, supportive therapy. Rebecca’s philosophy centers around the principles of active listening, thoughtful inquiry, and collaborative partnership with her clients. This dialogue forms the foundation upon which she builds unique and personalized treatment plans that cater to each client’s specific needs.
Rebecca Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee. She graduated Belmont University’s BSN, RN program in 2015 and Frontier Nursing University’s MSN, PMHNP program in 2022. Rebecca primarily provides medication management services with light, supportive therapy. Rebecca’s philosophy centers around the principles of active listening, thoughtful inquiry, and collaborative partnership with her clients. This dialogue forms the foundation upon which she builds unique and personalized treatment plans that cater to each client’s specific needs.
(615) 805-6102 View (615) 805-6102
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New Day Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Located in Murfreesboro and welcoming new patients, insurance accepted. We are experts in helping you feel your best and offer medication management for mental health. Have you ever felt like something is missing in your life or that life is harder than it should be? Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles and move forward to where you want to be in your life. We promise to be there for you every step of your
Located in Murfreesboro and welcoming new patients, insurance accepted. We are experts in helping you feel your best and offer medication management for mental health. Have you ever felt like something is missing in your life or that life is harder than it should be? Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles and move forward to where you want to be in your life. We promise to be there for you every step of your
(615) 282-5842 View (615) 282-5842
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Kate Dunn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Dr. Kate Dunn is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Dunn has clinical experience with patients of all ages, in acute inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings, for both civilians and military.
Dr. Kate Dunn is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Dunn has clinical experience with patients of all ages, in acute inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings, for both civilians and military.
(629) 276-6346 View (629) 276-6346
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD , MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Murfreesboro, TN 37129  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Tennessee. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Tennessee. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
(615) 205-9448 View (615) 205-9448
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Eric Avent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Eric Avent is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. His training and experience qualify him to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Eric's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. He offers telemedicine services. Some of his practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Eric Avent is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. His training and experience qualify him to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for patients across the lifespan. Eric's primary focus is to deliver evidence-based mental health care services and provide quality resources for patients involved. He offers telemedicine services. Some of his practice specialties include (but not limited to): ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 37129

20+

Average cost per session

$115

Psychiatrists in 37129 who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
91% Anxiety
86% Bipolar Disorder
82% Trauma and PTSD
77% Medication Management
73% ADHD
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% Cigna and Evernorth
82% Optum
76% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 37129 see their clients

87% In Person and Online
13% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 37129?

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.