Psychiatrists in Odessa, FL

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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Odessa, FL 33556  (Online Only)
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
(813) 680-5071 View (813) 680-5071
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Dr. Allison Jackson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Odessa, FL 33556
Dr. Allison Jackson is a Harvard-trained board-certified psychiatrist who opened MindfulMD as a way to provide individually tailored, compassionate psychiatric care for her patients. She is accepting new patients in Florida (in-person in Tampa and virtual over the entire state). She has experience treating a wide variety of conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep issues, sexual health issues, bipolar disorder, PTSD, derm-psych conditions i.e. skin picking and trichotillomania, and many more. She also has worked with patients on managing stress related to relationships, illness, burnout, grief, career, or identity.
Dr. Allison Jackson is a Harvard-trained board-certified psychiatrist who opened MindfulMD as a way to provide individually tailored, compassionate psychiatric care for her patients. She is accepting new patients in Florida (in-person in Tampa and virtual over the entire state). She has experience treating a wide variety of conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep issues, sexual health issues, bipolar disorder, PTSD, derm-psych conditions i.e. skin picking and trichotillomania, and many more. She also has worked with patients on managing stress related to relationships, illness, burnout, grief, career, or identity.
(813) 328-6239 View (813) 328-6239
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Florida Family Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Odessa, FL 33556
Our Commitment to Patients: 1. Highest quality care provided by a board-certified psychiatrist: Dr. Linek is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 2. Family-focused practice philosophy: We believe that families do best when each member of your family gets the help they need. Therefore, we offer psychiatric services for your children, teens, and other family members as appropriate. 3. Compassionate Care: We pride ourselves on being caring, compassionate, and detail-oriented in care delivery.
Our Commitment to Patients: 1. Highest quality care provided by a board-certified psychiatrist: Dr. Linek is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 2. Family-focused practice philosophy: We believe that families do best when each member of your family gets the help they need. Therefore, we offer psychiatric services for your children, teens, and other family members as appropriate. 3. Compassionate Care: We pride ourselves on being caring, compassionate, and detail-oriented in care delivery.
(813) 491-1003 View (813) 491-1003
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Jennifer Cochran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Odessa, FL 33556
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) dedicated to making a difference in my patients lives! I evaluate and screen for various mental health conditions and help to determine if medication is the right route for treatment. I then monitor and adjust those medications in a safe manner. My passion is helping patients achieve balance in their daily life by learning what works for them to decrease their mental health symptoms. I want to help you achieve stability and help you grow. I provide a safe space, am LGBTQA+ friendly, and provide care in a non-judgmental manner either in person or virtually.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) dedicated to making a difference in my patients lives! I evaluate and screen for various mental health conditions and help to determine if medication is the right route for treatment. I then monitor and adjust those medications in a safe manner. My passion is helping patients achieve balance in their daily life by learning what works for them to decrease their mental health symptoms. I want to help you achieve stability and help you grow. I provide a safe space, am LGBTQA+ friendly, and provide care in a non-judgmental manner either in person or virtually.
(727) 610-8533 View (727) 610-8533

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Amira El Kholy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33634  (Online Only)
My ideal client grapples with anxiety, depression, and ADHD, often relying on medication for stability. They seek a holistic approach that combines medication management with specialized ADHD therapy, like CBT. A supportive online community is vital for them to share experiences and learn coping strategies. Cost and convenience matter, as they balance healthcare expenses and life commitments. Telehealth options and flexible pricing are a plus. Their ultimate goal is societal functionality, aiming for long-term strategies to manage stress, improve social skills, and unlock new life opportunities.
My ideal client grapples with anxiety, depression, and ADHD, often relying on medication for stability. They seek a holistic approach that combines medication management with specialized ADHD therapy, like CBT. A supportive online community is vital for them to share experiences and learn coping strategies. Cost and convenience matter, as they balance healthcare expenses and life commitments. Telehealth options and flexible pricing are a plus. Their ultimate goal is societal functionality, aiming for long-term strategies to manage stress, improve social skills, and unlock new life opportunities.
(954) 280-9322 View (954) 280-9322
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Pamela Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Port Richey, FL 34655
Pamela works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Pamela believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Pamela works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Pamela believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(727) 966-2797 View (727) 966-2797
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Ramaje LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33634  (Online Only)
Marie Germinal is a double Board-certified Adult-Gerontology and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has a combined six years of experience background across the lifespan in managing physical and psychiatric health challenges.
Marie Germinal is a double Board-certified Adult-Gerontology and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has a combined six years of experience background across the lifespan in managing physical and psychiatric health challenges.
(844) 919-4607 View (844) 919-4607
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Johnny Tran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33618  (Online Only)
I understand the challenges you might be facing – whether it's struggles with anxiety, depression, addiction, insomnia, or any other mental health concern. Maybe you're seeking a safe space to explore your identity and the unique challenges you face. I'm here to tell you that you're not alone. My approach to mental health care is all about partnership and compassion. I strive to listen deeply to understand your specific needs and work together to create a treatment plan that feels right for you.
I understand the challenges you might be facing – whether it's struggles with anxiety, depression, addiction, insomnia, or any other mental health concern. Maybe you're seeking a safe space to explore your identity and the unique challenges you face. I'm here to tell you that you're not alone. My approach to mental health care is all about partnership and compassion. I strive to listen deeply to understand your specific needs and work together to create a treatment plan that feels right for you.
(813) 491-1297 View (813) 491-1297
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Cuong Ton
Psychiatrist, MD/DO
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33618
Dr. Ton, a licensed Psychiatrist and Physician based in Florida, specializes in providing comprehensive mental health care through both telemedicine and in-person visits. He is board certified American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. With a deep commitment to helping individuals navigate their mental health challenges, Dr. Ton's therapy practice is tailored to assist clients in managing various psychological struggles. His ideal clients often grapple with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress, seeking effective strategies for coping and healing. A lot of clients just need help achieving a goal.
Dr. Ton, a licensed Psychiatrist and Physician based in Florida, specializes in providing comprehensive mental health care through both telemedicine and in-person visits. He is board certified American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. With a deep commitment to helping individuals navigate their mental health challenges, Dr. Ton's therapy practice is tailored to assist clients in managing various psychological struggles. His ideal clients often grapple with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress, seeking effective strategies for coping and healing. A lot of clients just need help achieving a goal.
(813) 544-4625 View (813) 544-4625
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A Brighter Day Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGNPC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33625
I understand that these are very trying times. I would like to provide a safe, all-inclusive environment for all of my patients in order to develop the provider/patient relationship all while improving mental health-related issues by goal-setting and medication management. My ideal patient would seek a provider that would look at medication as just one tool to manage their mental health. They would be open to really digging deep to explore what might be the root cause of why they are feeling the way they are, all while managing symptoms with medication and therapy. My ideal patient takes an active approach in their treatment plan.
I understand that these are very trying times. I would like to provide a safe, all-inclusive environment for all of my patients in order to develop the provider/patient relationship all while improving mental health-related issues by goal-setting and medication management. My ideal patient would seek a provider that would look at medication as just one tool to manage their mental health. They would be open to really digging deep to explore what might be the root cause of why they are feeling the way they are, all while managing symptoms with medication and therapy. My ideal patient takes an active approach in their treatment plan.
(561) 448-6561 View (561) 448-6561
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Kristen Elizabeth W. Sciarra
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Lutz, FL 33549
I am a graduate of Nova Southeastern University’s psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program (PMHNP). I have experience as a behavioral health nurse, an emergency department nurse, and as a paramedic, having served my community over the last 25 years. I feel PMHNPs play a more critical role than ever in changing how mental health care is viewed and closing the gap in the availability of mental health services.
I am a graduate of Nova Southeastern University’s psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program (PMHNP). I have experience as a behavioral health nurse, an emergency department nurse, and as a paramedic, having served my community over the last 25 years. I feel PMHNPs play a more critical role than ever in changing how mental health care is viewed and closing the gap in the availability of mental health services.
(813) 308-0743 View (813) 308-0743
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Elizabeth Rose Pare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Lutz, FL 33549
I am passionate about mental health and wellness, and I love working together with my clients to help them feel like the best version of themselves. I have treated clients throughout the lifespan, and while I primarily work with children and adolescents, I am currently accepting both pediatric and adult clients up to age 65. I am currently treating depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar/mood disorders, ADHD, and behavioral disorders. (Please note - I do not treat adult ADHD without an established diagnosis per neuropsychiatric testing.)
I am passionate about mental health and wellness, and I love working together with my clients to help them feel like the best version of themselves. I have treated clients throughout the lifespan, and while I primarily work with children and adolescents, I am currently accepting both pediatric and adult clients up to age 65. I am currently treating depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar/mood disorders, ADHD, and behavioral disorders. (Please note - I do not treat adult ADHD without an established diagnosis per neuropsychiatric testing.)
(813) 922-1532 View (813) 922-1532
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Florida TMS Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33618
You may have felt depressed for as long as you can member. You may have tried many antidepressants with little to no improvement. You may have experienced significant side effects of medications that interfered with your daily life and relationships. If you are like many patients with Treatment Resistant Depression or TRD for short, then you probably have very little hope that the next treatment option could work. I have good news for you. There is an effective, safe, noninvasive, FDA-cleared treatment for your depression. It is called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS. It's time to think outside the pill box!
You may have felt depressed for as long as you can member. You may have tried many antidepressants with little to no improvement. You may have experienced significant side effects of medications that interfered with your daily life and relationships. If you are like many patients with Treatment Resistant Depression or TRD for short, then you probably have very little hope that the next treatment option could work. I have good news for you. There is an effective, safe, noninvasive, FDA-cleared treatment for your depression. It is called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS. It's time to think outside the pill box!
(813) 867-3646 View (813) 867-3646
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TMS of New Tampa
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33615
TMS of New Tampa is a cutting-edge approach to treat depression. Multiple studies support the efficacy of TMS for depression. A randomized control trial of 199 patients found that TMS quadrupled the odds of remission after six weeks. By using TMS, we can effectively treat depression without the continual crutch of medications.
TMS of New Tampa is a cutting-edge approach to treat depression. Multiple studies support the efficacy of TMS for depression. A randomized control trial of 199 patients found that TMS quadrupled the odds of remission after six weeks. By using TMS, we can effectively treat depression without the continual crutch of medications.
(813) 536-3729 View (813) 536-3729
Photo of Margarette Leandre, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Margarette Leandre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33634  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Dr. Leandre. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who has completed a graduate degree in advanced practice nursing and a certification in psychiatric care. I am a certified psychiatric Nurse in family practice. I received my Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of North Florida, my Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Washburn University, and my Family Nurse Practitioner at South University.
Hello, I am Dr. Leandre. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who has completed a graduate degree in advanced practice nursing and a certification in psychiatric care. I am a certified psychiatric Nurse in family practice. I received my Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of North Florida, my Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Washburn University, and my Family Nurse Practitioner at South University.
(352) 261-8468 View (352) 261-8468
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Muhammad A Ali
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Land O Lakes, FL 34638
Muhammad Ali is child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has trained and worked in a variety of clinical settings. He is fully trained in both Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Muhammad Ali is child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has trained and worked in a variety of clinical settings. He is fully trained in both Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
(813) 452-4073 View (813) 452-4073
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Walid T Aziz
Psychiatrist, MD, PA
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33614
Dr. Aziz's extensive training and his expertise in the field of psychiatry enables him to evaluate, diagnose, and treat a wide range of mental health conditions with compassion and professionalism.
Dr. Aziz's extensive training and his expertise in the field of psychiatry enables him to evaluate, diagnose, and treat a wide range of mental health conditions with compassion and professionalism.
(813) 933-2100 View (813) 933-2100
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Risoldi Wellness Group/Just Psych, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, A-APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
The 1st Psychiatric Spa in Palm Harbor, Florida. We do telehealth throughout Florida and in-person visits specializing in psychiatry, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and talk therapy with spa features. In a world of so much uncertainty, it is important to have someone to talk to, gain insight, guidance or just to talk. Memberships available or ala carte for Salt Floats and Spa, Psychiatry, TMS, and Therapy. Taking new patients!
The 1st Psychiatric Spa in Palm Harbor, Florida. We do telehealth throughout Florida and in-person visits specializing in psychiatry, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and talk therapy with spa features. In a world of so much uncertainty, it is important to have someone to talk to, gain insight, guidance or just to talk. Memberships available or ala carte for Salt Floats and Spa, Psychiatry, TMS, and Therapy. Taking new patients!
(727) 334-0384 View (727) 334-0384
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Camille Turner-Snagg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33634
For the past 14 years, I have worked in settings where my therapeutic communication skills impacted client wellbeing. While starting my career as a psychiatric nurse’s aide, I began to see value in growing my skills with each client I encountered. I have a knack for identifying with others and a passion for mental health.
For the past 14 years, I have worked in settings where my therapeutic communication skills impacted client wellbeing. While starting my career as a psychiatric nurse’s aide, I began to see value in growing my skills with each client I encountered. I have a knack for identifying with others and a passion for mental health.
(813) 722-1532 View (813) 722-1532
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Hartmann Health Medical LLC
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS, CAQ-Psy
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Land O Lakes, FL 34638  (Online Only)
Don't have good insurance? Get the best Psychiatric care from a practice made for self-pay patients! Affordable, transparent pricing. $149 the first month, then only $79 monthly. Includes one follow up visit monthly and everything else needed for Psychiatry treatment! Get Psychiatric treatment from a private practice Psychiatric Medical Provider you can know and trust in. Afternoon and weekend availability! Quick scheduling! (don't wait months). Convenient virtual visits! Accepting new patients all throughout Florida.
Don't have good insurance? Get the best Psychiatric care from a practice made for self-pay patients! Affordable, transparent pricing. $149 the first month, then only $79 monthly. Includes one follow up visit monthly and everything else needed for Psychiatry treatment! Get Psychiatric treatment from a private practice Psychiatric Medical Provider you can know and trust in. Afternoon and weekend availability! Quick scheduling! (don't wait months). Convenient virtual visits! Accepting new patients all throughout Florida.
(352) 641-3976 View (352) 641-3976

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Number of Psychiatrists in Odessa, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Odessa, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Odessa, FL see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Odessa?

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.