Psychiatrists in 85201

Photo of Adam Ellis, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Adam Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85201  (Online Only)
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
(651) 400-8967 x2 View (651) 400-8967 x2
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April Aranda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85201
I help those searching for help with their mental health regarding depression, anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, OCD, and more.
I help those searching for help with their mental health regarding depression, anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, OCD, and more.
(480) 780-1476 View (480) 780-1476
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85201  (Online Only)
We are board-certified in treating Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in Arizona via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluation and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified in treating Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in Arizona via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluation and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
(833) 306-0894 View (833) 306-0894
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Troy Fulton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP-
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85201
I strive to help children, adolescents and adults achieve peace and harmony. Life has ups and downs and sometimes we all need some help to overcome these opportunities in life. Struggles with depression, anxiety and a variety of other problems lead to frustrations and a decrease in the quality of a persons life. This is where I come in to help balance therapy, medications, complimentary alternative medicine, and the art of nursing to provide a comprehensive approach to healing the mind.
I strive to help children, adolescents and adults achieve peace and harmony. Life has ups and downs and sometimes we all need some help to overcome these opportunities in life. Struggles with depression, anxiety and a variety of other problems lead to frustrations and a decrease in the quality of a persons life. This is where I come in to help balance therapy, medications, complimentary alternative medicine, and the art of nursing to provide a comprehensive approach to healing the mind.
(480) 780-2422 View (480) 780-2422
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Mesquite Valley Integrated Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85201
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am skilled at combining the art of nursing with evidenced based science of advanced nursing care. My experience and training allow me to provide holistic care across the lifespan. I am respectful, kind and compassionate to my clients and their family. My goal would be to balance psychopharmacology with psychotherapy and complementary treatments integrating client input to achieve the most effective treatment plan. At Mesquite Valley Integrated Health, we focus on achieving wellness by utilizing a blend of medication, therapy, and complementary health to achieve overall wellness and balance.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am skilled at combining the art of nursing with evidenced based science of advanced nursing care. My experience and training allow me to provide holistic care across the lifespan. I am respectful, kind and compassionate to my clients and their family. My goal would be to balance psychopharmacology with psychotherapy and complementary treatments integrating client input to achieve the most effective treatment plan. At Mesquite Valley Integrated Health, we focus on achieving wellness by utilizing a blend of medication, therapy, and complementary health to achieve overall wellness and balance.
(480) 568-1339 View (480) 568-1339
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Lori Parker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85201
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I obtained by associate's degree in Nursing at Penn Valley College in Kansas City, Missouri in 2001. I completed my Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing in 2020. I have 23 years of nursing experience in various areas, both medical and neuropsychiatry.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I obtained by associate's degree in Nursing at Penn Valley College in Kansas City, Missouri in 2001. I completed my Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing in 2020. I have 23 years of nursing experience in various areas, both medical and neuropsychiatry.
(480) 745-2737 View (480) 745-2737
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85201
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(480) 741-1883 View (480) 741-1883
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David Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85201
My ideal clients are adults dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD and/or bipolar disorder. They seek a compassionate professional to understand and manage their conditions. Their goals are to improve mental well-being, gain symptom control, and achieve a balanced life. They desire change, understanding, and strategies to enhance personal and professional relationships, driven by a need for empowerment and improved quality of life.
My ideal clients are adults dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD and/or bipolar disorder. They seek a compassionate professional to understand and manage their conditions. Their goals are to improve mental well-being, gain symptom control, and achieve a balanced life. They desire change, understanding, and strategies to enhance personal and professional relationships, driven by a need for empowerment and improved quality of life.
(520) 619-7067 View (520) 619-7067
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Justin McKinley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85201
NP McKinley, a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, has had years of providing stellar healthcare. His expertise and experience have made him compassionate, thorough, and well versed in advanced care, beyond sole medication management services. In addition, he utilizes Evidence-Based Guidelines to create unique treatment plans for each and every individual. He earned his Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Phoenix, his Master's degree from Maryville University.
NP McKinley, a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, has had years of providing stellar healthcare. His expertise and experience have made him compassionate, thorough, and well versed in advanced care, beyond sole medication management services. In addition, he utilizes Evidence-Based Guidelines to create unique treatment plans for each and every individual. He earned his Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Phoenix, his Master's degree from Maryville University.
(480) 613-9336 View (480) 613-9336
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Jason Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85201
Helping people with their mental health has been a passion of mine for decades. My goal is to improve your self-esteem while supporting you to be your best self. I am attentive to personal needs and listening to concerns. I’ll focus on individual learning methods so we can work together on developing a treatment plan that fits your personal lifestyle. I use the latest information from evidence-based practice to provide excellent patient care for you through medications and therapies. My laid-back, caring, and compassionate nature allows our communications to be centered around you and as easy as a conversation.
Helping people with their mental health has been a passion of mine for decades. My goal is to improve your self-esteem while supporting you to be your best self. I am attentive to personal needs and listening to concerns. I’ll focus on individual learning methods so we can work together on developing a treatment plan that fits your personal lifestyle. I use the latest information from evidence-based practice to provide excellent patient care for you through medications and therapies. My laid-back, caring, and compassionate nature allows our communications to be centered around you and as easy as a conversation.
(480) 878-7802 View (480) 878-7802
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Care Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO, MS, DABPN
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85201
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
(520) 231-8397 View (520) 231-8397
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Unchained Wellness Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85201
Our Ideal client is someone that has struggled with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, or addictions. They want to be heard and their specific story heard and understood. They want to be seen as an individual and be treated as a unique person, not just another prescription to fill. Our clients want richer and more vibrant lives. They want to wake up with Hope, looking forward to seeing their family, friends and co workers. They want to feel like they did before...
Our Ideal client is someone that has struggled with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, or addictions. They want to be heard and their specific story heard and understood. They want to be seen as an individual and be treated as a unique person, not just another prescription to fill. Our clients want richer and more vibrant lives. They want to wake up with Hope, looking forward to seeing their family, friends and co workers. They want to feel like they did before...
(480) 690-9157 View (480) 690-9157
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Symonpeter Ndungu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85201
Most of my clients present with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, addiction, ADHD, PTSD, sleep disorders, schizophrenia etc. Some see me for counseling and therapy as they deal with life stressors such as grief, trauma or relationship problems.
Most of my clients present with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, addiction, ADHD, PTSD, sleep disorders, schizophrenia etc. Some see me for counseling and therapy as they deal with life stressors such as grief, trauma or relationship problems.
(480) 908-8814 View (480) 908-8814
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Erica Y Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85201  (Online Only)
At MindFlo Psychiatry, an ideal client would be any client who is struggling with a psychiatric disorder. Erica is licensed in Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Arizona. She provides telehealth psychiatric care to all clients.
At MindFlo Psychiatry, an ideal client would be any client who is struggling with a psychiatric disorder. Erica is licensed in Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Arizona. She provides telehealth psychiatric care to all clients.
(301) 450-7075 View (301) 450-7075
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Justin Mehan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85201  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Justin Mehan and welcome to my profile. I'm a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner seeing adult patients online all over the state of Arizona. I offer very flexible scheduling (evenings, weekends, nights, same day), whatever you need to fit your schedule. I'm currently only accepting cash pay patients (no insurance). My rate is $250 for an intial evaluation and $125 for a follow up visit. I can provide a receipt, that can be submitted to your insurance for reimbursement.
Hello, I'm Justin Mehan and welcome to my profile. I'm a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner seeing adult patients online all over the state of Arizona. I offer very flexible scheduling (evenings, weekends, nights, same day), whatever you need to fit your schedule. I'm currently only accepting cash pay patients (no insurance). My rate is $250 for an intial evaluation and $125 for a follow up visit. I can provide a receipt, that can be submitted to your insurance for reimbursement.
(623) 624-8695 View (623) 624-8695
Photo of Danielle Putrow, PsyNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Danielle Putrow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85201
If you are looking for an experienced prescriber who doesn't throw a bunch of meds at you, that's me. I have decades of experience in child/ adolescent/ young adult psychiatry- performing psychiatric evaluations (which is the first appointment, when we chat about you and what's concerning you), making diagnoses, and discussing meds. My ultimate goal is that you feel comfortable. We will talk about you / your child as a whole person. I schedule lots of time in our early appointments to make sure your questions get answered. I have a dedicated receptionist and respond promptly to portal messages when concerns pop up.
If you are looking for an experienced prescriber who doesn't throw a bunch of meds at you, that's me. I have decades of experience in child/ adolescent/ young adult psychiatry- performing psychiatric evaluations (which is the first appointment, when we chat about you and what's concerning you), making diagnoses, and discussing meds. My ultimate goal is that you feel comfortable. We will talk about you / your child as a whole person. I schedule lots of time in our early appointments to make sure your questions get answered. I have a dedicated receptionist and respond promptly to portal messages when concerns pop up.
(480) 775-4240 View (480) 775-4240
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CalmPsych, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, LAC, MA, MEd, BHT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85201
Calm Psych is an outstanding patient-centered psychiatric mental health clinic catering to individuals of all ages in Tempe and Gilbert, Arizona. Led by Dr. Priti Patel, MD, the collaborative team provides comprehensive support and specialized treatment, fostering the well-being of their patients. The team is easy to reach via text messages and communicates with patients promptly. During an initial consultation, the providers learn about the patient’s goals and walk alongside them, helping them achieve overall health.
Calm Psych is an outstanding patient-centered psychiatric mental health clinic catering to individuals of all ages in Tempe and Gilbert, Arizona. Led by Dr. Priti Patel, MD, the collaborative team provides comprehensive support and specialized treatment, fostering the well-being of their patients. The team is easy to reach via text messages and communicates with patients promptly. During an initial consultation, the providers learn about the patient’s goals and walk alongside them, helping them achieve overall health.
(623) 263-1255 View (623) 263-1255
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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PHMNP
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85201  (Online Only)
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(412) 467-6410 View (412) 467-6410
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Rachel Ann Eager
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85201
TELEPSYCH and in person visits available! I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in medication management for children, adolescents, and adults. Finding the correct medication can be life transforming and allow you to live the life you have always envisioned for your child or yourself. I approach psychiatric care holistically and will provide you with nonmedication suggestions and resources that can enhance your recovery process. Our practice also offers ketamine infusion therapy and TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).
TELEPSYCH and in person visits available! I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in medication management for children, adolescents, and adults. Finding the correct medication can be life transforming and allow you to live the life you have always envisioned for your child or yourself. I approach psychiatric care holistically and will provide you with nonmedication suggestions and resources that can enhance your recovery process. Our practice also offers ketamine infusion therapy and TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).
(480) 542-0222 View (480) 542-0222
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Pathway Virtu-Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85201  (Online Only)
Our ideal client is any one seeking answers about their mental or emotional health. We can help create a treatment plan together to help you achieve your personal goals.
Our ideal client is any one seeking answers about their mental or emotional health. We can help create a treatment plan together to help you achieve your personal goals.
(520) 337-2293 View (520) 337-2293

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 85201

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 85201 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
92% Depression
88% ADHD
88% Medication Management
85% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
85% Bipolar Disorder
77% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
86% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 85201 see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 85201?

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.