Psychiatrists in 37205

Photo of Kevin Adams, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse
Kevin Adams
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 10+ years of experience treating patients with various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. I specialize in Medication Management of mental health symptoms, yet approach treatment from a holistic perspective that addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of my patients. My experience has enabled an understanding that life creates stressors for people in diverse occupations, difficulties within relationships and families, and while pursuing educational milestones, and realize treatment must be tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual.
I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 10+ years of experience treating patients with various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. I specialize in Medication Management of mental health symptoms, yet approach treatment from a holistic perspective that addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of my patients. My experience has enabled an understanding that life creates stressors for people in diverse occupations, difficulties within relationships and families, and while pursuing educational milestones, and realize treatment must be tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual.
(615) 488-5281 View (615) 488-5281
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Belle Meade Addiction Medicine & Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We help patients establish a professional relationship with a dedicated physician who knows their medical history and medication regimen. This provides the patient with continuity of care and on-demand access to a doctor through telemedicine or in-person appointments. We manage a wide spectrum of illnesses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. Patients with these conditions have the best chance of improvement when they have regular appointments with the same physician who works with the patient in a professional setting.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We help patients establish a professional relationship with a dedicated physician who knows their medical history and medication regimen. This provides the patient with continuity of care and on-demand access to a doctor through telemedicine or in-person appointments. We manage a wide spectrum of illnesses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. Patients with these conditions have the best chance of improvement when they have regular appointments with the same physician who works with the patient in a professional setting.
(615) 576-8371 View (615) 576-8371
Photo of undefined - Lila Homan, MSN, APRN: Bloom Psychiatry Services, MSN, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lila Homan, MSN, APRN: Bloom Psychiatry Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37205
Not accepting new clients
I believe in the power of listening with acceptance and compassion, and, most importantly, without judgement. My goal is to relate to you as an individual, to understand your unique situation, and to work together with you to develop a treatment plan that will help produce positive and meaningful change. Over a decade of experience as an Emergency Room nurse strengthened my belief in bringing empathy and respect to all individuals, regardless of their struggles. My office is a safe place, and I'm LGBTQ- and gender-affirming. Seeking assistance with personal challenges takes courage and vulnerability. You don't have to do this alone.
I believe in the power of listening with acceptance and compassion, and, most importantly, without judgement. My goal is to relate to you as an individual, to understand your unique situation, and to work together with you to develop a treatment plan that will help produce positive and meaningful change. Over a decade of experience as an Emergency Room nurse strengthened my belief in bringing empathy and respect to all individuals, regardless of their struggles. My office is a safe place, and I'm LGBTQ- and gender-affirming. Seeking assistance with personal challenges takes courage and vulnerability. You don't have to do this alone.
(615) 697-4399 View (615) 697-4399
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Kathryn Eckstein Jalovec
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
I am a board certified psychiatrist in private practice in Nashville, Tennessee. I am a graduate of University of Tennessee Medical School, Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency, and Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program.
I am a board certified psychiatrist in private practice in Nashville, Tennessee. I am a graduate of University of Tennessee Medical School, Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency, and Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program.
(615) 209-9114 View (615) 209-9114
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Tammy Suggs Alberico
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
I am dedicated to helping people suffering from a variety of problems, including depression, anxiety, ocd, social anxiety, panic, autism, adhd, relationship difficulties and behavioral problems. It is a privilege to walk alongside people and help them resolve symptoms they find distressing and improve their quality of life. Ensuring a safe, therapeutic relationship, I allow individuals to share their struggles openly and honestly, and together we pursue healing and hope. We will consider biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors that may be creating problems and address each of these as part of our work together.
I am dedicated to helping people suffering from a variety of problems, including depression, anxiety, ocd, social anxiety, panic, autism, adhd, relationship difficulties and behavioral problems. It is a privilege to walk alongside people and help them resolve symptoms they find distressing and improve their quality of life. Ensuring a safe, therapeutic relationship, I allow individuals to share their struggles openly and honestly, and together we pursue healing and hope. We will consider biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors that may be creating problems and address each of these as part of our work together.
(615) 326-1055 View (615) 326-1055
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Laura Reynolds
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205  (Online Only)
Dr. Reynolds started her practice to serve her patients and help them lead enriched and fulfilling lives. She will guide and support you as you navigate life’s stressors and challenges. In addition to medication, she will use a comprehensive approach for your mental health needs that focuses on the whole self. It takes courage to ask for help and Dr. Reynolds will use her knowledge and compassion to help you achieve your treatment goals. In-person and Telepsychiatry appointments are available for your convenience.
Dr. Reynolds started her practice to serve her patients and help them lead enriched and fulfilling lives. She will guide and support you as you navigate life’s stressors and challenges. In addition to medication, she will use a comprehensive approach for your mental health needs that focuses on the whole self. It takes courage to ask for help and Dr. Reynolds will use her knowledge and compassion to help you achieve your treatment goals. In-person and Telepsychiatry appointments are available for your convenience.
(615) 247-6932 View (615) 247-6932
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Michelle O'Quinn, APRN: Bloom Psychiatry Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
I am ANCC Board Certified as an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and specialize in medication management. I have over 8+ years of working as an emergency department registered nurse. I believe those years were monumental in teaching me empathy and compassion. Nobody has the same story to tell. We all deserve to be treated with kindness and understanding no matter what choices we have made in life. Without a doubt, it can be challenging to prioritize your mental health but I believe that in doing so, we are choosing to advocate for ourselves.
I am ANCC Board Certified as an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and specialize in medication management. I have over 8+ years of working as an emergency department registered nurse. I believe those years were monumental in teaching me empathy and compassion. Nobody has the same story to tell. We all deserve to be treated with kindness and understanding no matter what choices we have made in life. Without a doubt, it can be challenging to prioritize your mental health but I believe that in doing so, we are choosing to advocate for ourselves.
(615) 709-6072 View (615) 709-6072
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Stephen Rich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
I am a board-certified psychiatrist (accepting most insurance), and my goal is to help each of my patients build a greater sense of purpose & direction in their daily lives. My approach emphasizes affirming who you are while working on strategies to overcome negative assumptions, along with using appropriate medication. I see patients ages 21-69 for monthly visits, and I focus on depression and anxiety. With every patient, my goal is not just about "making you feel better" - it's about enabling you to be more of an active participant in your own life, especially in how you address the fears or sources of stress you face.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist (accepting most insurance), and my goal is to help each of my patients build a greater sense of purpose & direction in their daily lives. My approach emphasizes affirming who you are while working on strategies to overcome negative assumptions, along with using appropriate medication. I see patients ages 21-69 for monthly visits, and I focus on depression and anxiety. With every patient, my goal is not just about "making you feel better" - it's about enabling you to be more of an active participant in your own life, especially in how you address the fears or sources of stress you face.
(615) 489-4274 View (615) 489-4274
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Nicole Hart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
I help clients struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and mood disorders take charge of their lives by offering personalized, responsible care with psychotherapy and medication management. I do not participate in any insurance plans, however, invoices can be provided for you to submit to insurance for reimbursement or toward your deductible. For a consultation, please visit my website: nicolehartnp.com
I help clients struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and mood disorders take charge of their lives by offering personalized, responsible care with psychotherapy and medication management. I do not participate in any insurance plans, however, invoices can be provided for you to submit to insurance for reimbursement or toward your deductible. For a consultation, please visit my website: nicolehartnp.com
(615) 703-3538 View (615) 703-3538
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True Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
True Psychiatry is a gold-standard outpatient private practice combining eclectic therapy and expert medication management with one experienced, down to earth, intuitive, and ABPN board certified psychiatrist for all your therapy and medication needs. If you have a therapist you already like, care will actively be coordinated to provide the best care possible. Dr. Eric Rueth has served in medical directorship positions at both NYU in New York City and Vanderbilt University here in Nashville. Now his experience will be brought directly to the care of a small number of outpatients through True Psychiatry.
True Psychiatry is a gold-standard outpatient private practice combining eclectic therapy and expert medication management with one experienced, down to earth, intuitive, and ABPN board certified psychiatrist for all your therapy and medication needs. If you have a therapist you already like, care will actively be coordinated to provide the best care possible. Dr. Eric Rueth has served in medical directorship positions at both NYU in New York City and Vanderbilt University here in Nashville. Now his experience will be brought directly to the care of a small number of outpatients through True Psychiatry.
(615) 471-7326 View (615) 471-7326
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Kimberly Patterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a board-certified virtual Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, based in Memphis Tennessee, with over 24 years of experience in the nursing industry.
Hello, I am a board-certified virtual Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, based in Memphis Tennessee, with over 24 years of experience in the nursing industry.
(615) 802-4818 View (615) 802-4818
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Redeem & Renew Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
I am a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. My education includes a B.S. in Psychology from Tennessee State University, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University, and an MSN from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. I have worked in the field of mental health in some capacity for the past 20 years, and specifically as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner since 2008. I utilize a natural, caring approach to promote well-being in the clients that I serve.
I am a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. My education includes a B.S. in Psychology from Tennessee State University, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University, and an MSN from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. I have worked in the field of mental health in some capacity for the past 20 years, and specifically as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner since 2008. I utilize a natural, caring approach to promote well-being in the clients that I serve.
(629) 201-7775 View (629) 201-7775
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Erin Fish
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37205  (Online Only)
Are you searching for a compassionate psychiatric provider? As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessment, consultation, and medication management utilizing current standards of care and evidence- based practice. As both a medication provider and clinically trained mental health therapist, I truly believe in patient-centered care focusing on the "whole person" via integration of physical, emotional, and social aspects in an individual's life. In our appointments we will discuss both medication and non-medication treatment interventions.
Are you searching for a compassionate psychiatric provider? As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessment, consultation, and medication management utilizing current standards of care and evidence- based practice. As both a medication provider and clinically trained mental health therapist, I truly believe in patient-centered care focusing on the "whole person" via integration of physical, emotional, and social aspects in an individual's life. In our appointments we will discuss both medication and non-medication treatment interventions.
(615) 576-8433 View (615) 576-8433
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Eydie Cloyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, JD, MSN, RN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37205
My practice offers an integrative approach to psychiatric care, focusing on treating the whole person - body, mind and spirit. This approach is grounded in the belief that each person’s healing journey is unique and should be supported by a treatment plan that is tailored to meet their specific needs. I became a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2005 with the desire to support adolescents and adults in feeling more empowered in their own healing journeys and this remains my goal for each patient who steps into my office.
My practice offers an integrative approach to psychiatric care, focusing on treating the whole person - body, mind and spirit. This approach is grounded in the belief that each person’s healing journey is unique and should be supported by a treatment plan that is tailored to meet their specific needs. I became a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2005 with the desire to support adolescents and adults in feeling more empowered in their own healing journeys and this remains my goal for each patient who steps into my office.
(615) 392-4960 View (615) 392-4960
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Dr Arif Mirza MD | Germantown Private Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205  (Online Only)
Welcome! ...As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome! ...As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(423) 592-5752 View (423) 592-5752
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Miriam Rose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, FNP-C
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37205
I am goal oriented, and I help patients see their full potential. While I believe pharmaceuticals are only a piece of the puzzle, I recognize when medicine is a necessary modality to help a patient feel like themself again. I am capable of diagnosing and prescribing for all mental illnesses, as my behavioral health experience includes: working in inpatient psychiatry, working for a psychiatrist as his personal Nurse Practitioner, and as the psychiatric provider for a clinic that serves the working uninsured. we do not file your visit with insurance. Intake appts are $250 and follow up appts are $150 and we can see you within a week.
I am goal oriented, and I help patients see their full potential. While I believe pharmaceuticals are only a piece of the puzzle, I recognize when medicine is a necessary modality to help a patient feel like themself again. I am capable of diagnosing and prescribing for all mental illnesses, as my behavioral health experience includes: working in inpatient psychiatry, working for a psychiatrist as his personal Nurse Practitioner, and as the psychiatric provider for a clinic that serves the working uninsured. we do not file your visit with insurance. Intake appts are $250 and follow up appts are $150 and we can see you within a week.
(615) 905-1389 View (615) 905-1389
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Benjamin Frock
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205  (Online Only)
I believe we are shaped by our experiences, relationships, and loss over time. As such, all persons will have needs specific to the moment and I aim to provide highly individualized care. I understand that not all situations require medications and I am happy to provide psychotherapy or collaborate with additional therapists in the community.
I believe we are shaped by our experiences, relationships, and loss over time. As such, all persons will have needs specific to the moment and I aim to provide highly individualized care. I understand that not all situations require medications and I am happy to provide psychotherapy or collaborate with additional therapists in the community.
(615) 461-4778 View (615) 461-4778
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Stasha Hampton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
Our vision at Prosperity Mental Wellness Center is to provide holistic care that balances eastern & western philosophies to assist patients in achieving & maintaining mental wellness. We believe in the importance of creating a personalized care plan for each of our patients, taking into account their medical history, lifestyle, & personal goals. We strive to create a healthy space where patients will feel safe and supported to begin their healing journey. We are dedicated to highlighting the power of the brain & body conversation in order to improve the overall health & wellbeing of our patients.
Our vision at Prosperity Mental Wellness Center is to provide holistic care that balances eastern & western philosophies to assist patients in achieving & maintaining mental wellness. We believe in the importance of creating a personalized care plan for each of our patients, taking into account their medical history, lifestyle, & personal goals. We strive to create a healthy space where patients will feel safe and supported to begin their healing journey. We are dedicated to highlighting the power of the brain & body conversation in order to improve the overall health & wellbeing of our patients.
(629) 888-4161 View (629) 888-4161
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Tamara Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP, FNP, CIMHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37205  (Online Only)
Are you seeking a provider who will listen and guide you on your journey to mental wellness? Are you ready for a more personalized touch to mental health care? Are you tired of your mood keeping you from living your best life? If you said yes to any or all of these questions, I would love to assist you.
Are you seeking a provider who will listen and guide you on your journey to mental wellness? Are you ready for a more personalized touch to mental health care? Are you tired of your mood keeping you from living your best life? If you said yes to any or all of these questions, I would love to assist you.
(901) 445-9353 View (901) 445-9353
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Pam Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
Welcome to the practice! We are currently accepting adult patients. I am a doctorally prepared, dually board certified nurse practitioner who has experience as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Having worked extensively with hospitalized patients in various psychiatric settings in the past, I now see patients exclusively in my private practice in middle Tennessee near Vanderbilt University.
Welcome to the practice! We are currently accepting adult patients. I am a doctorally prepared, dually board certified nurse practitioner who has experience as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Having worked extensively with hospitalized patients in various psychiatric settings in the past, I now see patients exclusively in my private practice in middle Tennessee near Vanderbilt University.
(615) 205-4358 View (615) 205-4358

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 37205

20+

Average cost per session

$212

Psychiatrists in 37205 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
81% Medication Management
78% Trauma and PTSD
78% Bipolar Disorder
74% ADHD
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
82% Cigna and Evernorth
82% UMR

How Psychiatrists in 37205 see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 37205?

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.