Psychiatrists in Appling, GA

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Stefanie Livingston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Appling, GA 30802
Mrs. Stefanie Livingston is a compassionate adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. As a part of her formal education, she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Here, she received her master's degree specializing in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Based in Augusta, GA, Mrs. Livingston is an integral member of LifeStance Health - Georgia. She provides each client with the professional concern and attention needed to attain an improved quality of life. Mrs. Livingston treats anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, bipolar disorders, anger management concerns and PTSD, etc.
Mrs. Stefanie Livingston is a compassionate adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. As a part of her formal education, she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Here, she received her master's degree specializing in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Based in Augusta, GA, Mrs. Livingston is an integral member of LifeStance Health - Georgia. She provides each client with the professional concern and attention needed to attain an improved quality of life. Mrs. Livingston treats anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, bipolar disorders, anger management concerns and PTSD, etc.
(706) 400-4788 View (706) 400-4788
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Jennifer Logan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Appling, GA 30802
Dr. Jennifer Logan attended Augusta University where she received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health. While her clinical experience covers the lifespan, she has a grounded combination of clinical, research and educational experience in working with the adult and veteran population. Dr. Logan has a solid and diverse background in leadership and academic excellence. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Dr. Jennifer Logan attended Augusta University where she received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree with a concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health. While her clinical experience covers the lifespan, she has a grounded combination of clinical, research and educational experience in working with the adult and veteran population. Dr. Logan has a solid and diverse background in leadership and academic excellence. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
(706) 906-6662 View (706) 906-6662
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Linda Y. Evans
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Appling, GA 30802
Dr. Linda Y. Evans is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 1987. Dr. Evans is very thorough in her assessments. She does not just give a pill for a symptom. Dr. Evans strives to understand the person as an individual and tries to see their problems in the context of their life experiences. The trusting relationship between doctor and patient is necessary for effective and safe treatment. Outside of work, Dr. Evans loves to read, do Pilates, try new recipes (especially cakes and cookies), walk, travel, and spend time with her family.
Dr. Linda Y. Evans is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 1987. Dr. Evans is very thorough in her assessments. She does not just give a pill for a symptom. Dr. Evans strives to understand the person as an individual and tries to see their problems in the context of their life experiences. The trusting relationship between doctor and patient is necessary for effective and safe treatment. Outside of work, Dr. Evans loves to read, do Pilates, try new recipes (especially cakes and cookies), walk, travel, and spend time with her family.
(706) 899-3687 View (706) 899-3687
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Kathy Dexter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MLS, MHA, MPA, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Not Verified Not Verified
Appling, GA 30802
Ms. Dexter focuses on supporting the adult patient’s total mental health and emotional well-being. She encourages family involvement in the therapeutic process. Discovering the optimal medication regimen for each patient is her goal. She believes that psychotherapy is an essential adjunct to medication in improving each person’s quality of life.
Ms. Dexter focuses on supporting the adult patient’s total mental health and emotional well-being. She encourages family involvement in the therapeutic process. Discovering the optimal medication regimen for each patient is her goal. She believes that psychotherapy is an essential adjunct to medication in improving each person’s quality of life.
(706) 210-8855 View (706) 210-8855
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Andrea R. Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Appling, GA 30802
Andrea R. Jackson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2023. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Health Promotion and Education. She went on to obtain a Bachelor's of Nursing from Valdosta State University and a Master's of Nursing degree from Rutgers University, followed by a post-graduate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate from Wilkes University. Andrea provides evidence-based, patient-centered care to individuals seeking to improve and maintain their mental health.
Andrea R. Jackson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2023. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Health Promotion and Education. She went on to obtain a Bachelor's of Nursing from Valdosta State University and a Master's of Nursing degree from Rutgers University, followed by a post-graduate Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate from Wilkes University. Andrea provides evidence-based, patient-centered care to individuals seeking to improve and maintain their mental health.
(706) 962-6378 View (706) 962-6378

Online Psychiatrists

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Georgia Telehealth Medicine
Physician Assistant
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bogart, GA 30622
I am excited to offer medical services to the state of Georgia, especially patients who may struggle to access and obtain medication. I desire to support individuals who may not have insurance, a primary care physician, or a medical provider comfortable prescribing mental health medications. This online and telehealth medical practice focuses on mental health and providing care 7 days per week. All patients will receive medication for up to 3 months prior to the next visit.
I am excited to offer medical services to the state of Georgia, especially patients who may struggle to access and obtain medication. I desire to support individuals who may not have insurance, a primary care physician, or a medical provider comfortable prescribing mental health medications. This online and telehealth medical practice focuses on mental health and providing care 7 days per week. All patients will receive medication for up to 3 months prior to the next visit.
(706) 919-9722 View (706) 919-9722
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Adelle James
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Athens, GA 30606
I have called Georgia home from the age of three. However, since my parents are from Chicago and South Africa, I tasted grits for the first time as an adult, later learned that a couch in the back of a pick-up is “extra seating,” and found out (the hard way) that “Bless your heart” is not a compliment. But, in true Georgia fashion, I moved to Athens to complete a Bachelor of Science at the University of Georgia, studying Medical Science through the Honors Interdisciplinary Studies program. I, then, moved to St. Louis to pursue a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at St. Louis University.
I have called Georgia home from the age of three. However, since my parents are from Chicago and South Africa, I tasted grits for the first time as an adult, later learned that a couch in the back of a pick-up is “extra seating,” and found out (the hard way) that “Bless your heart” is not a compliment. But, in true Georgia fashion, I moved to Athens to complete a Bachelor of Science at the University of Georgia, studying Medical Science through the Honors Interdisciplinary Studies program. I, then, moved to St. Louis to pursue a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at St. Louis University.
(706) 556-7881 View (706) 556-7881
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Emilie Taulbee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Statesboro, GA 30458
I provide effective evidence-based medication management and brief therapeutic counseling for adults. I treat a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. I coordinates care by working closely with psycho-therapists, counselors, and other health care providers. I have a strong background working with adults alongside Dr. Julie Jensen and 15 years of nursing experience.
I provide effective evidence-based medication management and brief therapeutic counseling for adults. I treat a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. I coordinates care by working closely with psycho-therapists, counselors, and other health care providers. I have a strong background working with adults alongside Dr. Julie Jensen and 15 years of nursing experience.
(912) 491-4612 View (912) 491-4612
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Edith Arterberry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Athens, GA 30601  (Online Only)
I am a dual-certified nurse practitioner. I am board certified in both Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). I provide full range of psychiatric-mental health care across the life span. My expertise lies in treating wide a range of mental health conditions with a particular focus on depression, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and insomnia.
I am a dual-certified nurse practitioner. I am board certified in both Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). I provide full range of psychiatric-mental health care across the life span. My expertise lies in treating wide a range of mental health conditions with a particular focus on depression, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and insomnia.
(470) 347-1164 View (470) 347-1164
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Ivydale Wellness center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Winder, GA 30680
Are you feeling depressed or anxious? Each person present with unique nuances as to how a problem behaviorally reveals itself in his or her life. I am a doctoral-prepared dual board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner and as such, every client treatment is individualized and holistic at the same time. I use an integrated approach to care with aims to empower individual's authenticity to make proactive decisions, and enhance his or her ability to effectively cope with the full variety of life's circumstances with using evidence-based practice.
Are you feeling depressed or anxious? Each person present with unique nuances as to how a problem behaviorally reveals itself in his or her life. I am a doctoral-prepared dual board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner and as such, every client treatment is individualized and holistic at the same time. I use an integrated approach to care with aims to empower individual's authenticity to make proactive decisions, and enhance his or her ability to effectively cope with the full variety of life's circumstances with using evidence-based practice.
(470) 318-3874 View (470) 318-3874
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Jennifer Simonds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHCNS, BC
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909  (Online Only)
Jennifer started with Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals in December 2019. She has over 30 years of experience working with individuals with mental health problems and addiction. Jennifer's philosophy is to provide evidence-based treatment within the framework of person-centered care.
Jennifer started with Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals in December 2019. She has over 30 years of experience working with individuals with mental health problems and addiction. Jennifer's philosophy is to provide evidence-based treatment within the framework of person-centered care.
(770) 802-2740 View (770) 802-2740
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Dr. Chelsea Carson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evans, GA 30809
Evans Mental Health Associates is a psychiatric private practice offering services to the child and adolescent population. Dr. Chelsea Carson provides psychiatric assessments and treatment to children and teens locally in Augusta, GA and throughout the state of GA and SC through telemedicine services. Dr. Carson evaluates and treats anxiety, depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, disruptive mood dysregulation, oppositional defiance, and behavioral expressions of autism spectrum disorders as well as other mental health conditions. Give us a call to discuss how we can help your child shine.
Evans Mental Health Associates is a psychiatric private practice offering services to the child and adolescent population. Dr. Chelsea Carson provides psychiatric assessments and treatment to children and teens locally in Augusta, GA and throughout the state of GA and SC through telemedicine services. Dr. Carson evaluates and treats anxiety, depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, disruptive mood dysregulation, oppositional defiance, and behavioral expressions of autism spectrum disorders as well as other mental health conditions. Give us a call to discuss how we can help your child shine.
(706) 825-4461 View (706) 825-4461
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Nurul Hoque
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Covington, GA 30014  (Online Only)
I am an experienced psychiatrist with more than 20 years of clinical practice, specializing in a comprehensive range of psychiatric conditions including Schizophrenia spectrum, Psychotic disorders, Bipolar and related disorders, Depressive and Anxiety disorders, Trauma- and stressor-related disorders, Somatic symptom disorders, and Substance-related and addictive disorders.
I am an experienced psychiatrist with more than 20 years of clinical practice, specializing in a comprehensive range of psychiatric conditions including Schizophrenia spectrum, Psychotic disorders, Bipolar and related disorders, Depressive and Anxiety disorders, Trauma- and stressor-related disorders, Somatic symptom disorders, and Substance-related and addictive disorders.
(470) 649-1907 View (470) 649-1907
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Dr. Judith Ngulefac
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Dr. Judith Ngulefac, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, DOT-CME is an experienced doctoral-prepared board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner with over 14 years of experience in diverse health care settings providing high-quality care to clients. Dr. Ngulefac believes that your mental health is as important as your physical health and requires the same attention. She provides an initial psychiatric evaluation that will enable her to diagnose & develop an individualized treatment plan with routine follow-up visits to monitor symptoms and medication effectiveness.
Dr. Judith Ngulefac, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, DOT-CME is an experienced doctoral-prepared board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner with over 14 years of experience in diverse health care settings providing high-quality care to clients. Dr. Ngulefac believes that your mental health is as important as your physical health and requires the same attention. She provides an initial psychiatric evaluation that will enable her to diagnose & develop an individualized treatment plan with routine follow-up visits to monitor symptoms and medication effectiveness.
(470) 348-2404 View (470) 348-2404
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Tuvia Breuer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Macon, GA 31210
Dr. Breuer is a Doctor of Osteopathy. He is up to date with the latest research and has the ability to put patients at ease. Dr. Breuer has 6 children. He enjoys jogging, planting flowers, and is a fan of the NY Mets.
Dr. Breuer is a Doctor of Osteopathy. He is up to date with the latest research and has the ability to put patients at ease. Dr. Breuer has 6 children. He enjoys jogging, planting flowers, and is a fan of the NY Mets.
(478) 606-0160 View (478) 606-0160
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Stephen Fleming
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Athens, GA 30605
Dr. Stephen Fleming is a psychiatrist who has been practicing since 2012. He obtained his bachelor's degree at the University of Georgia and his medical school education at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. He received training in general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia while completing his residency and fellowship. Dr. Fleming seeks to utilize his clinical expertise to help those who are struggling with mental illness not only treat their illness to remission but also achieve the sense of well-being and fullness of life they desire.
Dr. Stephen Fleming is a psychiatrist who has been practicing since 2012. He obtained his bachelor's degree at the University of Georgia and his medical school education at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. He received training in general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia while completing his residency and fellowship. Dr. Fleming seeks to utilize his clinical expertise to help those who are struggling with mental illness not only treat their illness to remission but also achieve the sense of well-being and fullness of life they desire.
(762) 985-0380 View (762) 985-0380
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Dartiss Chevalier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Conyers, GA 30013
Dartiss Chevalier is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2019. Dartiss believes in listening to a patient, validating their worries and fears, encouraging treatment, and helping them choose the right treatment. Outside of work, Dartiss is passionate about living and enjoying life, especially vacationing.
Dartiss Chevalier is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2019. Dartiss believes in listening to a patient, validating their worries and fears, encouraging treatment, and helping them choose the right treatment. Outside of work, Dartiss is passionate about living and enjoying life, especially vacationing.
(470) 536-8905 View (470) 536-8905
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Salient Health and Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Lawrenceville, GA 30043  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Patients! VIRTUAL appointments in GA, WA, OR, FL & IA. Meet Dr. Joy Ibeh, a doctoral trained, double board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC), with over 15 combined years of clinical experience. In Salient Health and Wellness, we are patient-centered, and our services include Psych assessments, Medication Management, and Individualized Treatment Plans. She approaches her patients with focus in understanding the peculiarity of their psychiatric & mental health needs. Her goal is to cut through various barriers that may place limitation in getting Mental Health Care.
Accepting NEW Patients! VIRTUAL appointments in GA, WA, OR, FL & IA. Meet Dr. Joy Ibeh, a doctoral trained, double board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC), with over 15 combined years of clinical experience. In Salient Health and Wellness, we are patient-centered, and our services include Psych assessments, Medication Management, and Individualized Treatment Plans. She approaches her patients with focus in understanding the peculiarity of their psychiatric & mental health needs. Her goal is to cut through various barriers that may place limitation in getting Mental Health Care.
(470) 458-3875 View (470) 458-3875
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Faith Psychiatry
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Martinez, GA 30907
I have been in psychiatry for 28 years. I see all ages, I typically offer second medication opinions to those who have been struggling with their current medications and lack of satisfactory results. I also offer supportive therapy.
I have been in psychiatry for 28 years. I see all ages, I typically offer second medication opinions to those who have been struggling with their current medications and lack of satisfactory results. I also offer supportive therapy.
(762) 252-8771 View (762) 252-8771
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Martell Hawkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30901  (Online Only)
My name is Martell. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health NP (PMHNP). I've been a PMHNP for 6 years. I want to partner with clients to help navigate their mental health challenges.
My name is Martell. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health NP (PMHNP). I've been a PMHNP for 6 years. I want to partner with clients to help navigate their mental health challenges.
(762) 888-9620 View (762) 888-9620

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Number of Psychiatrists in Appling, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Appling, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
80% Medication Management
60% ADHD
60% Grief
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Appling, GA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Appling?

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.