Psychiatrists in 37922

Photo of Hannah Hutchins, BS-Edu, BSN-RN, MSN-APN, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Hannah Hutchins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BS-Edu, BSN-RN, MSN-APN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37922
My clients are from all backgrounds and cultures. I have experience working with an array of diagnoses including: Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Eating Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Insomnia, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Major Depressive Disorder, Mood Related Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Panic Disorder, Personality Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Post-Partum Depression, Psychosis, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Self-Harming and Suicidal Ideation.
My clients are from all backgrounds and cultures. I have experience working with an array of diagnoses including: Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Eating Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Insomnia, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Major Depressive Disorder, Mood Related Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Panic Disorder, Personality Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Post-Partum Depression, Psychosis, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Self-Harming and Suicidal Ideation.
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Paul Ivan D'Cruz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37922
I have 25 yrs of experience working as a psychiatrist in Knoxville. I graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1991 and from residency at Wake Forest in 1999. For 5 years I worked in an acute unit at a state psychiatric hospital and then for 17 years I worked at a busy community mental health center. I also worked some years doing consultation-liaison psychiatry treating psychiatric patients which complex medical problems.
I have 25 yrs of experience working as a psychiatrist in Knoxville. I graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1991 and from residency at Wake Forest in 1999. For 5 years I worked in an acute unit at a state psychiatric hospital and then for 17 years I worked at a busy community mental health center. I also worked some years doing consultation-liaison psychiatry treating psychiatric patients which complex medical problems.
(865) 355-4530 View (865) 355-4530
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Edy Cerone, PMHNP, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37922
I am very passionate about providing care to those suffering from symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, depression, ADHD, insomnia, OCD, and other mental disorders. It is important for me to listen to my patient and include their concerns and needs in the plan of care. I started my own business in order to be able to spend time getting to know my patients. My goal is to assist my patients in ways to improve their mental wellbeing and have a more fulfilling life through medication management and counseling.
I am very passionate about providing care to those suffering from symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, depression, ADHD, insomnia, OCD, and other mental disorders. It is important for me to listen to my patient and include their concerns and needs in the plan of care. I started my own business in order to be able to spend time getting to know my patients. My goal is to assist my patients in ways to improve their mental wellbeing and have a more fulfilling life through medication management and counseling.
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Al Mathewson
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37922
Al Mathewson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2004. He holds an MSW degree from the University of South Carolina, as well as an MSN from the University of Tennessee. Al works collaboratively with his clients to build a plan that will work best for them. Outside of work, Al enjoys photography, playing guitar, and spending time with his granddaughters.
Al Mathewson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2004. He holds an MSW degree from the University of South Carolina, as well as an MSN from the University of Tennessee. Al works collaboratively with his clients to build a plan that will work best for them. Outside of work, Al enjoys photography, playing guitar, and spending time with his granddaughters.
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Amy Rosenbalm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37922
Amy Rosenbalm is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been a registered nurse since 1996 after earning her Associate of Science in Nursing in a joint program with Middlesex County College and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mississippi College and her Master of Science in Nursing from King University. Amy began her nursing career in geriatrics and has always enjoyed working with (and learning from) Alzheimer's disease/dementia, stroke, and orthopedic rehabilitation clients.
Amy Rosenbalm is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been a registered nurse since 1996 after earning her Associate of Science in Nursing in a joint program with Middlesex County College and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mississippi College and her Master of Science in Nursing from King University. Amy began her nursing career in geriatrics and has always enjoyed working with (and learning from) Alzheimer's disease/dementia, stroke, and orthopedic rehabilitation clients.
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Photo of Katy Nottingham, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Katy Nottingham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37922
I have more than a decade of experience in evaluating and treating patients across the lifespan, but I have special expertise in the pediatric and young-adult populations (ages 4-30). My practice focus includes anxiety, depression, impulse control disorders, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, mood disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
I have more than a decade of experience in evaluating and treating patients across the lifespan, but I have special expertise in the pediatric and young-adult populations (ages 4-30). My practice focus includes anxiety, depression, impulse control disorders, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, mood disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
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Amber Redfield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37922
Amber Redfield is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing in Tennessee. She obtained her BSN from Tennessee Wesleyan College and her MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at the University of Tennessee. Amber has been working in mental health nursing since 2007 in inpatient and outpatient community mental health and since May 2018, as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in community outpatient. She additionally has experience as a nurse practitioner in addiction, working in detox since 2020. Amber is certified to treat people over the lifespan.
Amber Redfield is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing in Tennessee. She obtained her BSN from Tennessee Wesleyan College and her MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at the University of Tennessee. Amber has been working in mental health nursing since 2007 in inpatient and outpatient community mental health and since May 2018, as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in community outpatient. She additionally has experience as a nurse practitioner in addiction, working in detox since 2020. Amber is certified to treat people over the lifespan.
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Tammy Ellington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP, DNP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37922
Tammy Ellington is an ANCC board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has worked in both private practice and community mental health settings, and has experience treating anxiety and panic disorders, depression, bipolar disorders, psychosis, schizophrenia, schizoaffective, trauma, personality disorders, eating disorders, OCD, prolonged grief, postpartum depression, anger and impulse control issues, conduct disorders, ODD, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, executive function deficits, sensory integration issues, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and co-occurring substance use.
Tammy Ellington is an ANCC board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has worked in both private practice and community mental health settings, and has experience treating anxiety and panic disorders, depression, bipolar disorders, psychosis, schizophrenia, schizoaffective, trauma, personality disorders, eating disorders, OCD, prolonged grief, postpartum depression, anger and impulse control issues, conduct disorders, ODD, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, executive function deficits, sensory integration issues, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and co-occurring substance use.
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Mikayla Vican
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37922
Mikayla Vican is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She obtained a Bachelor of Nursing degree from South College in 2018 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2022. She also serves in the United States Air Force as an Aerospace Medical Technician since 2014. She has experience in caring for patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management to patients that are 8 years of age and older.
Mikayla Vican is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She obtained a Bachelor of Nursing degree from South College in 2018 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2022. She also serves in the United States Air Force as an Aerospace Medical Technician since 2014. She has experience in caring for patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management to patients that are 8 years of age and older.
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Dr Arif Mirza MD | Germantown Private Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37922  (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.
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Photo of Ladonna Hubbard, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ladonna Hubbard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37922  (Online Only)
At The Tiqvah Clinic we will work together to help you look forward to a future filled with hope, without the pain, anxiety, depression, and regret, you may be living with today. Are you looking to make changes in your life to maximize your mental health? Are considering a job change and struggling with tough decisions? Perhaps you’re struggling with an abusive spouse or other family member, and need guidance concerning how to navigate the situation safely. Anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder. We can help! Telemed offers you the convenience of a visit from the privacy of your home or wherever you have a cellular connection.
At The Tiqvah Clinic we will work together to help you look forward to a future filled with hope, without the pain, anxiety, depression, and regret, you may be living with today. Are you looking to make changes in your life to maximize your mental health? Are considering a job change and struggling with tough decisions? Perhaps you’re struggling with an abusive spouse or other family member, and need guidance concerning how to navigate the situation safely. Anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder. We can help! Telemed offers you the convenience of a visit from the privacy of your home or wherever you have a cellular connection.
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Photo of Gundu Reddy, MD, MBBS, Psychiatrist
Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37922  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in 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 in 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.
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Photo of Linda Cabage, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Linda Cabage
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Knoxville, TN 37922  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am currently unable to accept new patients. Child and adolescent patients are being referred to Dr. Cynthia Easter at Bright Star Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
I am currently unable to accept new patients. Child and adolescent patients are being referred to Dr. Cynthia Easter at Bright Star Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
(865) 761-4279 View (865) 761-4279
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Noelle K. Pease
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37922
Noelle received her BSN from Tennessee Wesleyan University and MSN from Lincoln Memorial University. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She began her nursing career working with the pediatric population gaining experience with a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders and family centered approach to patient care. After 7 years in the nursing field she decided to further pursue her education in the mental health field.
Noelle received her BSN from Tennessee Wesleyan University and MSN from Lincoln Memorial University. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She began her nursing career working with the pediatric population gaining experience with a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders and family centered approach to patient care. After 7 years in the nursing field she decided to further pursue her education in the mental health field.
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Tonya McCarroll
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37922
Tonya McCarroll is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2023. Tonya approaches each patient with empathy and active listening. She embraces patient-centered care by involving the patient in their care plan and respecting their autonomy. Tonya maintains clear communication and fosters a non-judgmental atmosphere. Outside of work, Tonya loves to watch movies and read mystery books. She also loves spending time with her family and her dogs!
Tonya McCarroll is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2023. Tonya approaches each patient with empathy and active listening. She embraces patient-centered care by involving the patient in their care plan and respecting their autonomy. Tonya maintains clear communication and fosters a non-judgmental atmosphere. Outside of work, Tonya loves to watch movies and read mystery books. She also loves spending time with her family and her dogs!
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Photo of Ashley Lawhorn, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ashley Lawhorn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37922
Ashley Lawhorn is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2016 in a variety of settings, including community mental health, dual diagnosis centers for substance abuse/mental health and private practice. Ashley provides psychiatric evaluations, with diagnoses and medication management, for ages 5-99. She enjoys all ages and will continue to treat the lifespan. Ashley's clients are from all backgrounds and cultures. Ashley believes your input, as her client, is the most important part of your treatment journey together.
Ashley Lawhorn is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2016 in a variety of settings, including community mental health, dual diagnosis centers for substance abuse/mental health and private practice. Ashley provides psychiatric evaluations, with diagnoses and medication management, for ages 5-99. She enjoys all ages and will continue to treat the lifespan. Ashley's clients are from all backgrounds and cultures. Ashley believes your input, as her client, is the most important part of your treatment journey together.
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Dee Brahmbhatt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37922
Hello! My name is Dee and I provide psychiatric medication management services for ages 18-45 years old. I particularly enjoy helping young adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, adjusting to college and/or other situations that arise as they enter adulthood. Please visit www.knoxpsychnp.com to learn more about me. Thank you!
Hello! My name is Dee and I provide psychiatric medication management services for ages 18-45 years old. I particularly enjoy helping young adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, adjusting to college and/or other situations that arise as they enter adulthood. Please visit www.knoxpsychnp.com to learn more about me. Thank you!
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Photo of Mary Salerno, MSN, PMHNP, CBIS, LNCC, CLCP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mary Salerno
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, CBIS, LNCC, CLCP
Verified Verified
Knoxville, TN 37922  (Online Only)
Telepsychiatry is proven to be a very effective means of treating mental health issues. All patients are treated with respect and dignity via of HIPAA-compliant televideo appointments. Most follow-up appointments last 20 to 30 minutes and offer you the convenience of a visit from the privacy of your own home or wherever you have a WiFi or cellular connection. No waiting in crowded lobbies or driving to appointments. Medications are sent electronically to your pharmacy and are ready within a short period of time. I offer convenient appointment times. I do not provide therapy or counseling sessions; I do medication management only.
Telepsychiatry is proven to be a very effective means of treating mental health issues. All patients are treated with respect and dignity via of HIPAA-compliant televideo appointments. Most follow-up appointments last 20 to 30 minutes and offer you the convenience of a visit from the privacy of your own home or wherever you have a WiFi or cellular connection. No waiting in crowded lobbies or driving to appointments. Medications are sent electronically to your pharmacy and are ready within a short period of time. I offer convenient appointment times. I do not provide therapy or counseling sessions; I do medication management only.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 37922

10+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in 37922 who prioritize treating:

89% Depression
83% Anxiety
78% Bipolar Disorder
72% ADHD
67% Sleep or Insomnia
67% Medication Management
61% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
85% BlueCross and BlueShield
85% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 37922 see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

93% Female
7% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 37922?

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.