Psychiatrists in Thompson, CT

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Vanessa Krasinski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Thompson, CT 06277
Not accepting new clients
NOT accepting new patients.... You may have started therapy but see limited progress. Your doctor or loved one may have suggested that you consider medication to address symptoms of low mood or anxiety. You may be experiencing a major life transition - relationship stress, first-time parenthood, education or career change - and find that despite your best efforts to manage you feel constantly overwhelmed. Whether you are newly interested in medication or are seeking a second opinion, my approach is collaborative and evidence based.
NOT accepting new patients.... You may have started therapy but see limited progress. Your doctor or loved one may have suggested that you consider medication to address symptoms of low mood or anxiety. You may be experiencing a major life transition - relationship stress, first-time parenthood, education or career change - and find that despite your best efforts to manage you feel constantly overwhelmed. Whether you are newly interested in medication or are seeking a second opinion, my approach is collaborative and evidence based.
(860) 821-7909 View (860) 821-7909

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Aurele Kamm APRN, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Putnam, CT 06260
Not accepting new clients
I have 40 years experience in the mental health field as a psychiatric nurse, and 24 years as a prescriber. I work with clients using a collaborative, holistic, compassionate approach that makes best use of my skills as a nurse. I work with children age 10 to adults, including elderly. I have a wide range of experience that varies from ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, dementia... life transitions... basically almost everything. I'm a strong believer in psychoeducation about medications and creating a partnership in the treatment process that is inclusive and empowering.
I have 40 years experience in the mental health field as a psychiatric nurse, and 24 years as a prescriber. I work with clients using a collaborative, holistic, compassionate approach that makes best use of my skills as a nurse. I work with children age 10 to adults, including elderly. I have a wide range of experience that varies from ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, dementia... life transitions... basically almost everything. I'm a strong believer in psychoeducation about medications and creating a partnership in the treatment process that is inclusive and empowering.
(959) 210-0073 View (959) 210-0073
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Cassandra Shepard Wellness of Mind LLC.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified
Woodstock, CT 06281  (Online Only)
My approach is to work collaboratively with the clients and focus on teaching, health promotion, clinical guidelines, and integrative care. Cassandra Shepard is dual-licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner (PMHNP), board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center received her Doctorate, Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph. I have experience in short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, inpatient, outpatient psychiatric treatment settings, and partial hospitalization program services.
My approach is to work collaboratively with the clients and focus on teaching, health promotion, clinical guidelines, and integrative care. Cassandra Shepard is dual-licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner (PMHNP), board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center received her Doctorate, Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph. I have experience in short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, inpatient, outpatient psychiatric treatment settings, and partial hospitalization program services.
(475) 241-0491 View (475) 241-0491
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Quiet Corner Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Putnam, CT 06260
Licensed in both CT and MA, I am a double board-certified psychiatrist with a passion for integrative and holistic mental health care, who believes in compassionate, collaborative, and personalized care. I specialize in tailored treatments for adults, 18-55 years of age, struggling with the complexities of anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and substance use, and seeking a holistic approach to mental wellness. If you've been yearning for a psychiatrist who truly understands your unique struggles and is dedicated to your recovery, you've found your partner on the path to healing. Visit www.quietcornerpsychiatry.com to learn more.
Licensed in both CT and MA, I am a double board-certified psychiatrist with a passion for integrative and holistic mental health care, who believes in compassionate, collaborative, and personalized care. I specialize in tailored treatments for adults, 18-55 years of age, struggling with the complexities of anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and substance use, and seeking a holistic approach to mental wellness. If you've been yearning for a psychiatrist who truly understands your unique struggles and is dedicated to your recovery, you've found your partner on the path to healing. Visit www.quietcornerpsychiatry.com to learn more.
(860) 580-5255 View (860) 580-5255
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Family health care & walk in center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Woodstock, CT 06281
We provide individualize substance and alcohol treatment. We evaluate and manage depression, anxiety, ADHD and bipolar disorders.
We provide individualize substance and alcohol treatment. We evaluate and manage depression, anxiety, ADHD and bipolar disorders.
(860) 718-4617 View (860) 718-4617

Online Psychiatrists

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Claire Spencer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified
Manchester, CT 06040
Waitlist for new clients
Each of us carries a unique life story that is rich with experience. Whether you have youth on your side or wisdom in your wrinkles, these experiences have left you with distinct gifts and challenges that are specific to you and you alone. Sometimes, the weight of these challenges becomes too hard to bear, and you find yourself stuck in patterns of “yuck.” Acknowledging you need help is extremely brave, and as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, it would be my honor to walk alongside you on your journey to mental wellness.
Each of us carries a unique life story that is rich with experience. Whether you have youth on your side or wisdom in your wrinkles, these experiences have left you with distinct gifts and challenges that are specific to you and you alone. Sometimes, the weight of these challenges becomes too hard to bear, and you find yourself stuck in patterns of “yuck.” Acknowledging you need help is extremely brave, and as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, it would be my honor to walk alongside you on your journey to mental wellness.
(860) 782-6094 View (860) 782-6094
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Beenu Karun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BHMS , DNP , PMHNP
Verified
Danbury, CT 06810  (Online Only)
I consider myself lucky to work in a progressive age of healthcare, and strongly believe that mental healthcare especially relies on a culture of acceptance and openness. As a Healthcare provider I not only care for patients, but share good practices in empathy and understanding. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to advocate for patients who struggle to be heard or respected, and to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to holistic care
I consider myself lucky to work in a progressive age of healthcare, and strongly believe that mental healthcare especially relies on a culture of acceptance and openness. As a Healthcare provider I not only care for patients, but share good practices in empathy and understanding. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to advocate for patients who struggle to be heard or respected, and to manage their treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to holistic care
(475) 231-4484 View (475) 231-4484
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Randi Cohen
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Westport, CT 06880  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with anxiety, negativity, or a sense of worthlessness? Do you find yourself cut off from feelings or going in circles in your current relationship? Do you have trouble focusing and staying organized? Is it hard for you to get past things that bother you? I am extensively trained in cognitive, behavioral, mindfulness-based, and somatic awareness techniques to help you feel comfortable in your skin. I also offer an option for medications. I work with individuals or with couples. I specialize in addressing OCD, PTSD, Asperger's, ADHD, depression, anxiety, life issues, and relationship stressors.
Do you struggle with anxiety, negativity, or a sense of worthlessness? Do you find yourself cut off from feelings or going in circles in your current relationship? Do you have trouble focusing and staying organized? Is it hard for you to get past things that bother you? I am extensively trained in cognitive, behavioral, mindfulness-based, and somatic awareness techniques to help you feel comfortable in your skin. I also offer an option for medications. I work with individuals or with couples. I specialize in addressing OCD, PTSD, Asperger's, ADHD, depression, anxiety, life issues, and relationship stressors.
(203) 490-4503 View (203) 490-4503
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Jeffrey Gold
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Norwalk, CT 06851  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist who has been practicing for over thirty years. My training consisted in many rotations at Yale and the University of Illinois. Since training, I have spent most of my clinical practice in acute inpatient, which is high-intensity and the most conducive to perfecting my ability to practice psychiatry.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist who has been practicing for over thirty years. My training consisted in many rotations at Yale and the University of Illinois. Since training, I have spent most of my clinical practice in acute inpatient, which is high-intensity and the most conducive to perfecting my ability to practice psychiatry.
(484) 613-2952 View (484) 613-2952
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Dr. Amy R. Salerno
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hartford, CT 06105
PLEASE note: I am out-of-network and do NOT accept insurance. SPRING is around the corner! This is the season for change. I’m glad you’ve taken this step to learn more about yourself. I am a Board Certified Physician with extensive experience in mental health issues across all life stages. I am Fellowship trained in both Integrative Psychiatry and Maternal Child Health. I offer holistic, culturally competent care, in both English and Spanish.
PLEASE note: I am out-of-network and do NOT accept insurance. SPRING is around the corner! This is the season for change. I’m glad you’ve taken this step to learn more about yourself. I am a Board Certified Physician with extensive experience in mental health issues across all life stages. I am Fellowship trained in both Integrative Psychiatry and Maternal Child Health. I offer holistic, culturally competent care, in both English and Spanish.
(860) 935-6556 View (860) 935-6556
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Perry Githens APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Thomaston, CT 06787
Perry Githens has sound experience in substance abuse, long-term care settings, outpatient, and acute inpatient settings with pediatric and adult populations. He has experience in all different areas, such as residential substance abuse, alcohol use disorder, inpatient geriatric psychiatry with dementia, and mental illness in the elderly.
Perry Githens has sound experience in substance abuse, long-term care settings, outpatient, and acute inpatient settings with pediatric and adult populations. He has experience in all different areas, such as residential substance abuse, alcohol use disorder, inpatient geriatric psychiatry with dementia, and mental illness in the elderly.
(845) 250-3614 View (845) 250-3614
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Thamara Sterling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMNHNP
Verified
Bridgeport, CT 06608  (Online Only)
I firmly believe every patient has a unique story and deserves personalized care. I have a genuine passion for instilling hope in my patients. I've always put a strong emphasis on actively listening, empathizing, and tailoring treatments to suit each individual's needs. Collaborating with fellow healthcare professionals is a cornerstone of my approach. I ensure that every patient benefits from a comprehensive and holistic care plan. Together we hope to help our patients achieve optimal function and achieve their treatment goals. I hope to empower patients to become their most authentic self.
I firmly believe every patient has a unique story and deserves personalized care. I have a genuine passion for instilling hope in my patients. I've always put a strong emphasis on actively listening, empathizing, and tailoring treatments to suit each individual's needs. Collaborating with fellow healthcare professionals is a cornerstone of my approach. I ensure that every patient benefits from a comprehensive and holistic care plan. Together we hope to help our patients achieve optimal function and achieve their treatment goals. I hope to empower patients to become their most authentic self.
(475) 250-1337 View (475) 250-1337
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Hye Sil Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
East Berlin, CT 06023
Are you grappling with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or ADHD? Perhaps you're seeking ways to cope with life's challenges or transitions. At Simply Lotus Health PLLC, I offer medication management and psychotherapy tailored to your unique needs. Explore www.simplylotushealth.com to learn about our philosophy and approach to care, which is rooted in resilience and personal growth.
Are you grappling with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or ADHD? Perhaps you're seeking ways to cope with life's challenges or transitions. At Simply Lotus Health PLLC, I offer medication management and psychotherapy tailored to your unique needs. Explore www.simplylotushealth.com to learn about our philosophy and approach to care, which is rooted in resilience and personal growth.
(860) 544-5625 View (860) 544-5625
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Danielle Morgan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Guilford, CT 06437  (Online Only)
I work hard to create the most safe and open space for patients to do their best work possible. To this end, I address my own mental wellness daily and seek my own personal definition of this, ever-changing throughout my lifetime as well. The work of personal fulfillment is humbling and great; and work I do not take for granted.
I work hard to create the most safe and open space for patients to do their best work possible. To this end, I address my own mental wellness daily and seek my own personal definition of this, ever-changing throughout my lifetime as well. The work of personal fulfillment is humbling and great; and work I do not take for granted.
(475) 465-5950 View (475) 465-5950
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BE VEry Resilient, L.L.C.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
North Haven, CT 06473
The mission of BE VEry Resilient is to foster resilience by encouraging, uplifting, restoring, and renewing emotional strength, promoting balanced and stable emotions. Our goal for each individual is to cultivate therapeutic skills that enhance mental well-being and empower effective management of daily challenges. Sheneese, the owner/founder of BE VEry Resilient, brings over 10 years of experience in the nursing field, with a significant focus on mental health. Having practiced as a mental health provider in community outpatient settings, Sheneese has dedicated her career to supporting adults from diverse backgrounds.
The mission of BE VEry Resilient is to foster resilience by encouraging, uplifting, restoring, and renewing emotional strength, promoting balanced and stable emotions. Our goal for each individual is to cultivate therapeutic skills that enhance mental well-being and empower effective management of daily challenges. Sheneese, the owner/founder of BE VEry Resilient, brings over 10 years of experience in the nursing field, with a significant focus on mental health. Having practiced as a mental health provider in community outpatient settings, Sheneese has dedicated her career to supporting adults from diverse backgrounds.
(203) 350-7077 View (203) 350-7077
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Beatrice Peku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamden, CT 06518
Mental and behavioral health are integral parts of our overall health and wellbeing. If you are one of over 57 million Americans suffering from mental illness, Thorough Immersion Health is here to help. Our approach to restoring health and wellbeing is patient centered, holistic, and culturally sensitive. We prioritize fleshing out each patient’s unique underlying biological, environmental, and socioeconomic factors to inform diagnosis and direct treatment. We offer both in-person and virtual consults for convenience.
Mental and behavioral health are integral parts of our overall health and wellbeing. If you are one of over 57 million Americans suffering from mental illness, Thorough Immersion Health is here to help. Our approach to restoring health and wellbeing is patient centered, holistic, and culturally sensitive. We prioritize fleshing out each patient’s unique underlying biological, environmental, and socioeconomic factors to inform diagnosis and direct treatment. We offer both in-person and virtual consults for convenience.
(203) 904-2576 View (203) 904-2576
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Brian Eddy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
West Hartford, CT 06107
Are you feeling tired, can't keep up with your daily routine, emotional for no reason, dealing with overwhelming stress? You may be struggling with untreated medical symptoms. These symptoms can be treated with the guidance of a physician. "Let's talk and see what happens." I hope to keep things as open as possible, because not every patient will present with a textbook case of issues. I strive to find a way to connect with each patient in a way that respects their autonomy and dignity.
Are you feeling tired, can't keep up with your daily routine, emotional for no reason, dealing with overwhelming stress? You may be struggling with untreated medical symptoms. These symptoms can be treated with the guidance of a physician. "Let's talk and see what happens." I hope to keep things as open as possible, because not every patient will present with a textbook case of issues. I strive to find a way to connect with each patient in a way that respects their autonomy and dignity.
(860) 498-4777 View (860) 498-4777
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Sadaf M Hashmi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Farmington, CT 06032  (Online Only)
I am a, Yale School of Medicine and University of Connecticut trained, board certified Adult and Forensic psychiatrist with a background in outpatient, correctional, emergency and forensic psychiatry. I am also employed at Boston University and have a virtual private practice in the Back Bay area, and have just opened a new virtual practice in Connecticut.
I am a, Yale School of Medicine and University of Connecticut trained, board certified Adult and Forensic psychiatrist with a background in outpatient, correctional, emergency and forensic psychiatry. I am also employed at Boston University and have a virtual private practice in the Back Bay area, and have just opened a new virtual practice in Connecticut.
(617) 977-6853 View (617) 977-6853
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Kelly K. Prior
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified
4 Endorsed
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling with feelings of sadness and inability to enjoy things that used to make you happy? Are you worrying so much that your mind is unable to relax even when things might be going well? Are you having a difficult time getting adequate sleep to focus during the day? Are you a mother having a rough time managing "having it all?" Are you having difficulties focusing on your work? I have a special interest in helping mothers, working professionals, nurses, therapists, gamer geeks,and both undergraduate and graduate students.
Are you struggling with feelings of sadness and inability to enjoy things that used to make you happy? Are you worrying so much that your mind is unable to relax even when things might be going well? Are you having a difficult time getting adequate sleep to focus during the day? Are you a mother having a rough time managing "having it all?" Are you having difficulties focusing on your work? I have a special interest in helping mothers, working professionals, nurses, therapists, gamer geeks,and both undergraduate and graduate students.
(860) 855-3561 View (860) 855-3561
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Garrit Cerruto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Litchfield, CT 06759
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Garrit is a certified advanced practice professional. He is an expert at assessing client needs and prescribing medications that will treat accordingly. Garrit has comprehensive knowledge of medicine, pharmacology, clinical skills, and standards of care resulting in the highest possible level of safety.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Garrit is a certified advanced practice professional. He is an expert at assessing client needs and prescribing medications that will treat accordingly. Garrit has comprehensive knowledge of medicine, pharmacology, clinical skills, and standards of care resulting in the highest possible level of safety.
(860) 979-5455 View (860) 979-5455

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Thompson?

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.