Psychiatrists in Duluth, GA

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Constance Francis Agalaba
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30096  (Online Only)
Constance Francis-Agalaba is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She manages clients with diverse mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and acute stress. She is passionate about providing quality, empathetic, and comprehensive mental health care to adolescents and adults. As a PMHNP, Constance's role is multifaceted, such as medication manager, mental health advocate, therapist, and educator.
Constance Francis-Agalaba is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She manages clients with diverse mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and acute stress. She is passionate about providing quality, empathetic, and comprehensive mental health care to adolescents and adults. As a PMHNP, Constance's role is multifaceted, such as medication manager, mental health advocate, therapist, and educator.
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Karina Lydia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30097
I was born and grew up in Indonesia, and I am fluent in both Indonesian and English. I graduated with my BSN degree (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) from the Kennesaw States University in 2014. After receiving my RN license, I worked as a bedside nurse for two different hospitals from 2014-2020. In August 2020, I received MSN degree (Master of Science in Nursing) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I received board certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from ANCC in September 2020 and started working for LifeStance Health in December 2020. I work mainly with adults age 18 until 60-year-old.
I was born and grew up in Indonesia, and I am fluent in both Indonesian and English. I graduated with my BSN degree (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) from the Kennesaw States University in 2014. After receiving my RN license, I worked as a bedside nurse for two different hospitals from 2014-2020. In August 2020, I received MSN degree (Master of Science in Nursing) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I received board certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from ANCC in September 2020 and started working for LifeStance Health in December 2020. I work mainly with adults age 18 until 60-year-old.
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Linda Octavien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30097
Meet Linda Octavien, FNP, a seasoned healthcare professional with nearly two decades of experience.
Meet Linda Octavien, FNP, a seasoned healthcare professional with nearly two decades of experience.
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Chinyere (Chichi) Okonkwo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30097
Chinyere Okonkwo is a dual board-certified and experienced Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2017. She obtained her Bachelor's in nursing at Brenau University in 2011. She considered it necessary to further her education as a Family/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 2017 and 2021 respectively as she believes in holistic, and patient centered approach. Chinyere is thorough, culturally competent, empathetic, and attentive to her patients. Her previous experience includes many years working in both acute care settings and state agencies treating patients with both medical and mental health challenges.
Chinyere Okonkwo is a dual board-certified and experienced Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2017. She obtained her Bachelor's in nursing at Brenau University in 2011. She considered it necessary to further her education as a Family/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 2017 and 2021 respectively as she believes in holistic, and patient centered approach. Chinyere is thorough, culturally competent, empathetic, and attentive to her patients. Her previous experience includes many years working in both acute care settings and state agencies treating patients with both medical and mental health challenges.
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Anna Sanchez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Duluth, GA 30097  (Online Only)
Are you suffering from anxiety, depression, stress? Have you suffered traumatic events in the past? Are you struggling and having difficulty coping with life? I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. I integrate science into holistic medicine by analyzing the 4 pillars of health which are the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of life. I have an extensive healthcare background in the care of both civilian and military service members. I dispense empathy, hope, and bring awareness of what mental health is all about. I will collaborate with you on your treatment plan. I use i
Are you suffering from anxiety, depression, stress? Have you suffered traumatic events in the past? Are you struggling and having difficulty coping with life? I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. I integrate science into holistic medicine by analyzing the 4 pillars of health which are the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of life. I have an extensive healthcare background in the care of both civilian and military service members. I dispense empathy, hope, and bring awareness of what mental health is all about. I will collaborate with you on your treatment plan. I use i
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Jagruti ' Jackie ' Chaudhari
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30097
Jagruti is an advance practice nurse who works autonomously or in collaboration with other healthcare professionals to deliver family-oriented care. With a combined experience in medical and psychiatric care spanning over 27 years and dual certification in Family medicine and psychiatry, she has worked at local hospitals in various capacities from administrative roles to certified ECT nurse, treating ADHD, Opioid and alcohol addiction, Anger Management, Anxiety disorders, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Panic Attacks/Panic Disorders, PTSD, Schizophrenia.
Jagruti is an advance practice nurse who works autonomously or in collaboration with other healthcare professionals to deliver family-oriented care. With a combined experience in medical and psychiatric care spanning over 27 years and dual certification in Family medicine and psychiatry, she has worked at local hospitals in various capacities from administrative roles to certified ECT nurse, treating ADHD, Opioid and alcohol addiction, Anger Management, Anxiety disorders, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Panic Attacks/Panic Disorders, PTSD, Schizophrenia.
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Omoniyi Mutiu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHMP
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30097
Omoniyi is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience in psychiatric and mental health nursing. Omni is a client-focused practitioner with dynamic experience in psychiatric, behavioral health, addiction, and substance use disorder. Omni is compassionate and provides excellent mental health care for clients with focus and supports for recovery and rehabilitation taking into consideration the unique needs of the individual client's needs. Proven accomplishments in making positive impacts in the lives of individuals and families experiencing behavioral health issues and substance use disorders.
Omoniyi is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience in psychiatric and mental health nursing. Omni is a client-focused practitioner with dynamic experience in psychiatric, behavioral health, addiction, and substance use disorder. Omni is compassionate and provides excellent mental health care for clients with focus and supports for recovery and rehabilitation taking into consideration the unique needs of the individual client's needs. Proven accomplishments in making positive impacts in the lives of individuals and families experiencing behavioral health issues and substance use disorders.
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Dr. O Semore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30096
Dual Board Certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse practitioner with over 16 years of combined work experience and have acquired an extensive background in telepsychiatry, impatient, and outpatient mental health over the last 9 years.
Dual Board Certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse practitioner with over 16 years of combined work experience and have acquired an extensive background in telepsychiatry, impatient, and outpatient mental health over the last 9 years.
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Ramakanth K Vemuluri
Psychiatrist, MD, MRCPsyc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Duluth, GA 30096
Dr. Ram is a passionate psychiatrist who strives for total wellness using evidence-based treatments with collaborative and integrative approaches to mind-body medicine. His style is nonjudgmental, building a trusting relationship, accepting the client as is, and working towards intrinsic change. He believes that caring for the patient is the secret to care.Dr. Ram has completed a master’s in Ayurveda and an integrative medicine course. Ayurveda is the oldest form of medicine practiced in India.
Dr. Ram is a passionate psychiatrist who strives for total wellness using evidence-based treatments with collaborative and integrative approaches to mind-body medicine. His style is nonjudgmental, building a trusting relationship, accepting the client as is, and working towards intrinsic change. He believes that caring for the patient is the secret to care.Dr. Ram has completed a master’s in Ayurveda and an integrative medicine course. Ayurveda is the oldest form of medicine practiced in India.
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Shakaola Pinero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30096
Shakaola is a Board Certified Adult Health Nurse Practitioner with an extensive background in Mental Health. She has worked both inpatient, outpatient, and consulting services for the adult population. Combing clinical education and experience has molded her into a well-rounded Practitioner. It has also provided a strong foundation for optimum patient care and improving patient outcomes. She is dedicated to improving access to emotional and behavioral health services and providing individualized care that addresses the whole person.
Shakaola is a Board Certified Adult Health Nurse Practitioner with an extensive background in Mental Health. She has worked both inpatient, outpatient, and consulting services for the adult population. Combing clinical education and experience has molded her into a well-rounded Practitioner. It has also provided a strong foundation for optimum patient care and improving patient outcomes. She is dedicated to improving access to emotional and behavioral health services and providing individualized care that addresses the whole person.
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Valentina Asamaigor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30096
Valentina Asamaigor is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2021. She is a graduate of Walden University, South University, and Herzing University. She earned an MSN and specialized in Psychiatry. Valentina believes in providing care with a premier focus on safety. In her spare time, Valentina enjoys outdoor activities, especially gardening and hiking.
Valentina Asamaigor is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2021. She is a graduate of Walden University, South University, and Herzing University. She earned an MSN and specialized in Psychiatry. Valentina believes in providing care with a premier focus on safety. In her spare time, Valentina enjoys outdoor activities, especially gardening and hiking.
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Samantha Day
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Duluth, GA 30096
Samantha Day is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who started practicing in 2014. She obtained her Master of Sciences in Nursing and furthered her education as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and later completed education and licensure to include Psychiatric-Mental Health and Board Certification as a Nurse Practitioner. Samantha believes in a holistic, evidenced-based approach to patient care.
Samantha Day is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who started practicing in 2014. She obtained her Master of Sciences in Nursing and furthered her education as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and later completed education and licensure to include Psychiatric-Mental Health and Board Certification as a Nurse Practitioner. Samantha believes in a holistic, evidenced-based approach to patient care.
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Akeela Dossa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30096
Akeela Dossa is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of healthcare experience. She is passionate about providing holistic care and sees patients 6-65 years old. She strives to provide the best care that she can provide for her patients. She graduated with Distinction from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, then from Emory University with her Master of Science in Nursing, and then graduated with a certificate of excellence from Augusta University with a Post-Master's certificate in Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse practitioner across the Lifespan.
Akeela Dossa is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of healthcare experience. She is passionate about providing holistic care and sees patients 6-65 years old. She strives to provide the best care that she can provide for her patients. She graduated with Distinction from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, then from Emory University with her Master of Science in Nursing, and then graduated with a certificate of excellence from Augusta University with a Post-Master's certificate in Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse practitioner across the Lifespan.
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Jean Cadet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30096
Jean works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Jean believes that establishing a strong alliance with his clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, he partners with his clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Jean works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Jean believes that establishing a strong alliance with his clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, he partners with his clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
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Antoinette Theodore
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30096
Antoinette Theodore is a board-certified Physician Assistant with a Certificate of Added Qualifications specialization in Psychiatry. Her experience includes outpatient medication management, inpatient (dual diagnosis) treatment, and drug and alcohol treatment. Areas of special interest include depression, anxiety, panic, ADHD, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, sleep disorders, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Initial Evaluations, and Electroconvulsive Therapy Initial Evaluations. Antoinette is compassionate, uses a collaborative, non-judgmental approach.
Antoinette Theodore is a board-certified Physician Assistant with a Certificate of Added Qualifications specialization in Psychiatry. Her experience includes outpatient medication management, inpatient (dual diagnosis) treatment, and drug and alcohol treatment. Areas of special interest include depression, anxiety, panic, ADHD, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, sleep disorders, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Initial Evaluations, and Electroconvulsive Therapy Initial Evaluations. Antoinette is compassionate, uses a collaborative, non-judgmental approach.
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Piyush Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30096
Dr. Piyush C. Patel is a board-certified Psychiatrist practicing in the Atlanta area since 2005. He received his medical degree from the N.H.L Municipal Medical College, Gujarat university of India, completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency from East Tennessee State University-James H. Quillen College of Medicine, and completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training from Emory University School of Medicine.
Dr. Piyush C. Patel is a board-certified Psychiatrist practicing in the Atlanta area since 2005. He received his medical degree from the N.H.L Municipal Medical College, Gujarat university of India, completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency from East Tennessee State University-James H. Quillen College of Medicine, and completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training from Emory University School of Medicine.
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Athena Sotus-Nawar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30096
Dr. Nawar's focus is the establishment of a strong therapeutic working relationship to develop assessments and treatment plans in alliance with her clients and their recovery goals. Her experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry grounds her practice, assisting individuals with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia spectrum. Dr. Nawar feels particularly grateful in her work with the LGBTQ+ individuals as an ally and fellow learner. She enjoys mentoring Emory Medical students and has supervised fellow psychiatrists and advanced level practitioners in her past roles.
Dr. Nawar's focus is the establishment of a strong therapeutic working relationship to develop assessments and treatment plans in alliance with her clients and their recovery goals. Her experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry grounds her practice, assisting individuals with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia spectrum. Dr. Nawar feels particularly grateful in her work with the LGBTQ+ individuals as an ally and fellow learner. She enjoys mentoring Emory Medical students and has supervised fellow psychiatrists and advanced level practitioners in her past roles.
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Jeffrey Rausch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30096
Dr. Jeffrey Rausch is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 1982. He obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, completed his psychiatry residency at University of South Carolina, and took a fellowship in Psychopharmacology Research at University of California School of Medicine, San Diego having since served then on faculties of UCSD, MCG, and Emory University, previously as Professor and Case Distinguished Chair of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia.
Dr. Jeffrey Rausch is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 1982. He obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, completed his psychiatry residency at University of South Carolina, and took a fellowship in Psychopharmacology Research at University of California School of Medicine, San Diego having since served then on faculties of UCSD, MCG, and Emory University, previously as Professor and Case Distinguished Chair of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia.
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Ritu Chadha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30096
Dr. Chadha is Board certified in General Adult Psychiatry. She has 15 years of practice experience in diverse clinical settings. She makes a genuine effort to facilitate a comfortable environment for patients. That allows her to create a connection with patients that is so important for a healing relationship and quality care.
Dr. Chadha is Board certified in General Adult Psychiatry. She has 15 years of practice experience in diverse clinical settings. She makes a genuine effort to facilitate a comfortable environment for patients. That allows her to create a connection with patients that is so important for a healing relationship and quality care.
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Tricia Rumble
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Duluth, GA 30096
Understanding your struggles with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and Bipolar Disorder is crucial. These challenges can feel overwhelming due to various factors like stigma and limited resources. Depression can make daily life feel impossible, while anxiety can leave you constantly on edge. ADHD might hinder your focus and success, and Bipolar Disorder can cause unpredictable mood swings. But together, we'll navigate these hurdles with tailored support and understanding, empowering you to reclaim your joy and fulfillment
Understanding your struggles with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and Bipolar Disorder is crucial. These challenges can feel overwhelming due to various factors like stigma and limited resources. Depression can make daily life feel impossible, while anxiety can leave you constantly on edge. ADHD might hinder your focus and success, and Bipolar Disorder can cause unpredictable mood swings. But together, we'll navigate these hurdles with tailored support and understanding, empowering you to reclaim your joy and fulfillment
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Duluth, GA

30+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Duluth, GA who prioritize treating:

87% Depression
87% Anxiety
80% Bipolar Disorder
77% ADHD
77% Medication Management
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
57% Cigna and Evernorth
53% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Duluth, GA see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Duluth?

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.