Psychiatrists in Ellenwood, GA

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Gary Matthews
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Dr. Matthews holds a bachelor's degree with a major in political science from Tulane University, where he attended from 1989-1993. At Tulane University, Dr. Matthews maintained a full tuition Dean's Honors academic scholarship while volunteering his time tutoring at nearby schools and participating in the African-American Congress at Tulane. Dr. Matthews' Residency rotations included internal medicine, psychiatry - inpatient/outpatient/consults, ER, neurology, VA psychiatry, geriatrics, Child and Adolescent, ECT/TMS, addiction, and research.
Dr. Matthews holds a bachelor's degree with a major in political science from Tulane University, where he attended from 1989-1993. At Tulane University, Dr. Matthews maintained a full tuition Dean's Honors academic scholarship while volunteering his time tutoring at nearby schools and participating in the African-American Congress at Tulane. Dr. Matthews' Residency rotations included internal medicine, psychiatry - inpatient/outpatient/consults, ER, neurology, VA psychiatry, geriatrics, Child and Adolescent, ECT/TMS, addiction, and research.
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Darin Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Darin Williams is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2019. He graduated from Georgia College & State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Walden University with a Master of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification. Darin believes in providing patient-centered, holistic care to his clients. Darin Williams has been a mental health nurse for over 21 years. He has been working with patients across the lifespan in multiple settings.
Darin Williams is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2019. He graduated from Georgia College & State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Walden University with a Master of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification. Darin believes in providing patient-centered, holistic care to his clients. Darin Williams has been a mental health nurse for over 21 years. He has been working with patients across the lifespan in multiple settings.
(770) 758-7370 View (770) 758-7370
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Cecile Pasion-Bregman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Cecile Pasion-Bregman is a psychiatrist treating patients in Stockbridge, Georgia at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals. Patients visiting Dr. Pasion-Bregman, can receive a full range of psychiatric services. She provides general consultations, as well as treatment for specific conditions and issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, PTSD, behavioral issues, anger, etc.
Cecile Pasion-Bregman is a psychiatrist treating patients in Stockbridge, Georgia at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals. Patients visiting Dr. Pasion-Bregman, can receive a full range of psychiatric services. She provides general consultations, as well as treatment for specific conditions and issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, PTSD, behavioral issues, anger, etc.
(770) 758-1695 View (770) 758-1695
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Beatrice Okoye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Beatrice Okoye, CFNP, is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner working in the Stockbridge office of Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals. Beatrice displays kindness and compassion to all of her patients and is a patient advocate that strives to understand all their needs and concerns. She uses a therapeutic approach in providing treatment for adolescents and adults suffering from ADHD, bipolar, depression, anxiety and many more.
Beatrice Okoye, CFNP, is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner working in the Stockbridge office of Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals. Beatrice displays kindness and compassion to all of her patients and is a patient advocate that strives to understand all their needs and concerns. She uses a therapeutic approach in providing treatment for adolescents and adults suffering from ADHD, bipolar, depression, anxiety and many more.
(770) 758-8834 View (770) 758-8834
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Ifeoma Adazi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Ifeoma Adazi is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2020. She has a BSN from University of West GA, an MSN from Walden University, and an ANCC-PMHNP. Ifeoma provides counseling, a therapeutic approach, medication management, and psychiatric assessment. In her free time, Ifeoma enjoys traveling, shopping, politics, and sports, especially tennis.
Ifeoma Adazi is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2020. She has a BSN from University of West GA, an MSN from Walden University, and an ANCC-PMHNP. Ifeoma provides counseling, a therapeutic approach, medication management, and psychiatric assessment. In her free time, Ifeoma enjoys traveling, shopping, politics, and sports, especially tennis.
(770) 501-7840 View (770) 501-7840
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1BEST You, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP-B
Verified
Ellenwood, GA 30294
(678) 252-5486 View (678) 252-5486

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Karla A Viera-Negron
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
I treat adults 18+ that reside in the state of Georgia. If you have been feeling depressed, anxious, stressed, and are having trouble functioning in multiple aspects of your daily life; is time to seek professional help. Sometimes it is difficult to know where to start. This is the start! As humans, we all seek connection, direction, and living a life with meaning and purpose. At times in life we just feel like we are surviving instead of living. Everyday seems like a struggle, and we wonder if this is it, if there is hope. Let me help you find that hope again. Let's connect, let's figure it out together.
I treat adults 18+ that reside in the state of Georgia. If you have been feeling depressed, anxious, stressed, and are having trouble functioning in multiple aspects of your daily life; is time to seek professional help. Sometimes it is difficult to know where to start. This is the start! As humans, we all seek connection, direction, and living a life with meaning and purpose. At times in life we just feel like we are surviving instead of living. Everyday seems like a struggle, and we wonder if this is it, if there is hope. Let me help you find that hope again. Let's connect, let's figure it out together.
(678) 647-9053 View (678) 647-9053
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Chidiebere Osondu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30316
My name is Chidiebere Osondu. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over twenty years' experience in both medical and mental healthcare. He has experience treating patients in inpatient and outpatient settings, including crisis stabilization centers. Every patient comes with a different life experience and requires a unique and personalized care. I provide care with love and empathy in a non - judgmental environment. My goal is to make your life easier by providing you with an optimal mental healthcare at an affordable price.
My name is Chidiebere Osondu. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over twenty years' experience in both medical and mental healthcare. He has experience treating patients in inpatient and outpatient settings, including crisis stabilization centers. Every patient comes with a different life experience and requires a unique and personalized care. I provide care with love and empathy in a non - judgmental environment. My goal is to make your life easier by providing you with an optimal mental healthcare at an affordable price.
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Katherine Gill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Katherine Gill is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 30+ years of registered nurse experience and an expansive nursing background in psychiatry, public and school health. Katherine has practiced in a wide variety of settings caring for pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients. She uses a patient centered health care model encouraging patients to take part in their plan of care. Katherine has extensive experience in caring for children and adolescents and uses a compassionate, and holistic approach in patient care to obtain optimal mental wellness.
Katherine Gill is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 30+ years of registered nurse experience and an expansive nursing background in psychiatry, public and school health. Katherine has practiced in a wide variety of settings caring for pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients. She uses a patient centered health care model encouraging patients to take part in their plan of care. Katherine has extensive experience in caring for children and adolescents and uses a compassionate, and holistic approach in patient care to obtain optimal mental wellness.
(470) 431-5960 View (470) 431-5960
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Dr. Kristin Dickson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am glad that you are considering taking this important step toward improving your health and well-being.
Welcome! I am glad that you are considering taking this important step toward improving your health and well-being.
(470) 635-3438 View (470) 635-3438
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Scarlet Hurtnole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030
SAME week appointments available! Scarlet Hurtnole PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing care to patients at Atlanta Integrative Psychiatry. Scarlet has taken on many roles as a psychiatric NP. She has worked with patients across the lifespan in settings including, outpatient psychiatry and acute inpatient care. Working with adult patients in outpatient psychiatry has always been Scarlet's primary interest and specialty. She is well-versed in treating an array of diagnoses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders.
SAME week appointments available! Scarlet Hurtnole PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing care to patients at Atlanta Integrative Psychiatry. Scarlet has taken on many roles as a psychiatric NP. She has worked with patients across the lifespan in settings including, outpatient psychiatry and acute inpatient care. Working with adult patients in outpatient psychiatry has always been Scarlet's primary interest and specialty. She is well-versed in treating an array of diagnoses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders.
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Apex Family Healthcare Services
Psychiatrist
Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
We are a Full Service Psychological Services Center with a large team of therapist to fit your needs and help you throughout your journey of recovery. Our facility offers 16 suites with Clinicians trained in every area of psychotherapy to serve you regardless of your diagnosis. We are able to accommodate multiple family members for same day appointments with therapist and doctors reducing your travel time between multiple offices for different appointments. We are a One-Stop-Shop providing excellent care, quality services and an array of skilled professionals of all ages, ethnicities and gender.
We are a Full Service Psychological Services Center with a large team of therapist to fit your needs and help you throughout your journey of recovery. Our facility offers 16 suites with Clinicians trained in every area of psychotherapy to serve you regardless of your diagnosis. We are able to accommodate multiple family members for same day appointments with therapist and doctors reducing your travel time between multiple offices for different appointments. We are a One-Stop-Shop providing excellent care, quality services and an array of skilled professionals of all ages, ethnicities and gender.
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Toyin Adekunle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? I help high performers manage anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. I also integrate mindfulness, yoga, and art to help you develop a stronger relationship with yourself.
Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? I help high performers manage anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. I also integrate mindfulness, yoga, and art to help you develop a stronger relationship with yourself.
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Jonathan Edward Guy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
I provide psychiatric mental health care treatment for adults, adolescents, and children, in both Spanish and English. I listen to my patients and try to understand who they are, what their problems are, and how they are suffering. I believe it is important to understand each patient's unique life including learning about their interpersonal relationships, work life, home life, and what their hopes and dreams are. Psychiatric treatment is a partnership between me and my patients. By working together we can decrease pain and suffering, and create happiness, peacefulness, and the ability to live and enjoy life.
I provide psychiatric mental health care treatment for adults, adolescents, and children, in both Spanish and English. I listen to my patients and try to understand who they are, what their problems are, and how they are suffering. I believe it is important to understand each patient's unique life including learning about their interpersonal relationships, work life, home life, and what their hopes and dreams are. Psychiatric treatment is a partnership between me and my patients. By working together we can decrease pain and suffering, and create happiness, peacefulness, and the ability to live and enjoy life.
(470) 215-1841 View (470) 215-1841
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Tanveer A Padder
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Dr Padder is a Triple boarded Psychiatrist - Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Diplomat American Board of Addiction Medicine and added Certification in Clinical Psycho-Pharmacology. He is a preeminent expert in psychopharmacology and has been awarded a Master Psycho-pharmacologist certification. He has received numerous awards, including America's Top Psychiatrists, Patient choice award, Health grades honor roll, Top doctor award, Maryland, and many more. We also offer Ketamine therapy at the comfort of your home. For appointment for ketamine therapy, visit ketamineonline.us
Dr Padder is a Triple boarded Psychiatrist - Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Diplomat American Board of Addiction Medicine and added Certification in Clinical Psycho-Pharmacology. He is a preeminent expert in psychopharmacology and has been awarded a Master Psycho-pharmacologist certification. He has received numerous awards, including America's Top Psychiatrists, Patient choice award, Health grades honor roll, Top doctor award, Maryland, and many more. We also offer Ketamine therapy at the comfort of your home. For appointment for ketamine therapy, visit ketamineonline.us
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Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
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Lola Ogunniyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, RN, MBA, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lawrenceville, GA 30049
Our focus is to provide a comprehensive solution for managing your mental well-being and empowering you to take pride in your physical appearance. While managing your mental health wellness, we provide spa treatments such as neurotoxins, dermal fillers, and microchanneling. These services rejuvenate your body, and contribute to enhancing your overall sense of well-being. By actively listening and collaborating with you, we devise effective strategies for managing stress, anxiety, and depression. We also offer techniques to boost your self-esteem and self-confidence which enables you to view yourself positively.
Our focus is to provide a comprehensive solution for managing your mental well-being and empowering you to take pride in your physical appearance. While managing your mental health wellness, we provide spa treatments such as neurotoxins, dermal fillers, and microchanneling. These services rejuvenate your body, and contribute to enhancing your overall sense of well-being. By actively listening and collaborating with you, we devise effective strategies for managing stress, anxiety, and depression. We also offer techniques to boost your self-esteem and self-confidence which enables you to view yourself positively.
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MindBodySoul Medical Weight Loss
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30032
Being overweight is without a doubt a big health issue. It influences you physically, mentally, and even socially. The excess weight makes you apply more effort in doing basic things like rising from your bed or bending down to pick up things. You find yourself out of breath when you go up the stairs to the second flooring of your house. You start to feel some pains and pains in your neck and back. Your excess weight can also influence your mental health. You know the negative health effects of being overweight and these thoughts often cross your mind and leave you nervous and uneasy.
Being overweight is without a doubt a big health issue. It influences you physically, mentally, and even socially. The excess weight makes you apply more effort in doing basic things like rising from your bed or bending down to pick up things. You find yourself out of breath when you go up the stairs to the second flooring of your house. You start to feel some pains and pains in your neck and back. Your excess weight can also influence your mental health. You know the negative health effects of being overweight and these thoughts often cross your mind and leave you nervous and uneasy.
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Dr. Tina Williams @ Vital Integrative Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC, CNM
Verified
3 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30315  (Online Only)
My clients have a range of mental health conditions including disorders of mood (bipolar), anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive, pre/peri/post-partum, menstrual, reproductive, trauma, stress-related, disruptive, impulse-control, conduct, personality, psychotic, sleep-wake, feeding, eating, neurodevelopment (ie ADHD, ASD, ID, tics) and more. At Vital Integrative Solutions, we specialize in the care of women and minors; we understand the unique needs of our clients and are experts in creating individualized treatment plans that help you, your minor and family quickly, yet safely make strides to optimal stability.
My clients have a range of mental health conditions including disorders of mood (bipolar), anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive, pre/peri/post-partum, menstrual, reproductive, trauma, stress-related, disruptive, impulse-control, conduct, personality, psychotic, sleep-wake, feeding, eating, neurodevelopment (ie ADHD, ASD, ID, tics) and more. At Vital Integrative Solutions, we specialize in the care of women and minors; we understand the unique needs of our clients and are experts in creating individualized treatment plans that help you, your minor and family quickly, yet safely make strides to optimal stability.
(470) 693-9004 View (470) 693-9004
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Overflowing Health Behavioral
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30317  (Online Only)
At Overflowing Health Behavioral, we believe there is no health without mental health. Our mission is to provide compassionate high quality care and support to all of our clients. We are a 100% tele-medicine practice with both weekend and weekday availability. We understand our clients live busy lives and that work and home life may make it difficult to schedule appointments during traditional office hours (8a-5p) as a solution, we offer flexible alternatives such as same day or after hours appointments (5p-8p). Our goal is to work closely with the patient to figure out what works best.
At Overflowing Health Behavioral, we believe there is no health without mental health. Our mission is to provide compassionate high quality care and support to all of our clients. We are a 100% tele-medicine practice with both weekend and weekday availability. We understand our clients live busy lives and that work and home life may make it difficult to schedule appointments during traditional office hours (8a-5p) as a solution, we offer flexible alternatives such as same day or after hours appointments (5p-8p). Our goal is to work closely with the patient to figure out what works best.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Ellenwood, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Ellenwood, GA who prioritize treating:

83% Depression
83% Anxiety
83% ADHD
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Sleep or Insomnia

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% ComPsych

How Psychiatrists in Ellenwood, GA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Ellenwood?

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.