Psychiatrists in Fulton County, GA

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Photo of Anna Sanchez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fulton County, GA
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
(888) 576-7427 View (888) 576-7427
Photo of Kathleen L Schaaf, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fulton County, GA
Kathleen L Schaaf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Kathy is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (ANCC) who enriches her practice with a broad range of culturally diverse experiences gained from years of international community-based healthcare service. Kathy is dedicated to guiding individuals on their journey toward mental wellness in mind, body and spirit. She employs a collaborative, compassionate, and trauma-informed approach in her practice, emphasizing the significance of mental health resources in preempting future complications.
Kathy is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (ANCC) who enriches her practice with a broad range of culturally diverse experiences gained from years of international community-based healthcare service. Kathy is dedicated to guiding individuals on their journey toward mental wellness in mind, body and spirit. She employs a collaborative, compassionate, and trauma-informed approach in her practice, emphasizing the significance of mental health resources in preempting future complications.
(404) 480-3409 View (404) 480-3409
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Dr. Beatrice Odero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30328  (Online Only)
Do you or your loved ones struggle with Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar, Insomnia among others. We are here to listen. Mental health is complex. Our providers take consideration of genetics, environmental & social factors that may impact your emotional wellness. We offer comprehensive psychiatric assessment, medication management, nutritional psychiatry, psychotherapy, & tips on lifestyle-changes which will positively affect your emotional wellness. We utilize evidence-based interventions to create unique individualized treatment plan. Our goal is to provide compassionate, personalized, & culturally sensitive care.
Do you or your loved ones struggle with Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar, Insomnia among others. We are here to listen. Mental health is complex. Our providers take consideration of genetics, environmental & social factors that may impact your emotional wellness. We offer comprehensive psychiatric assessment, medication management, nutritional psychiatry, psychotherapy, & tips on lifestyle-changes which will positively affect your emotional wellness. We utilize evidence-based interventions to create unique individualized treatment plan. Our goal is to provide compassionate, personalized, & culturally sensitive care.
(404) 640-5497 View (404) 640-5497
Photo of Holly Hart, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fulton County, GA
Holly Hart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Holly Hart graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master’s of Science in Nursing and is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. She treats adults with a wide range of conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, substance abuse, and eating disorders using a combination of treatment options, including medication, supplements, therapy, psycho-education, and more. Services offered include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and therapy.
Holly Hart graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master’s of Science in Nursing and is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. She treats adults with a wide range of conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, substance abuse, and eating disorders using a combination of treatment options, including medication, supplements, therapy, psycho-education, and more. Services offered include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and therapy.
(678) 929-5776 View (678) 929-5776
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Piyush Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30097
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.
(470) 634-8904 View (470) 634-8904
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Keldreca Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30318  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, sexual disorders, intimacy concerns, trauma and behavioral issues. I understand that it can be difficult to make positive changes in your life, but I am here to support you. My focus is on serving clients who are open-minded, solution-focused, and ready to take control of their personal growth and development.
I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, sexual disorders, intimacy concerns, trauma and behavioral issues. I understand that it can be difficult to make positive changes in your life, but I am here to support you. My focus is on serving clients who are open-minded, solution-focused, and ready to take control of their personal growth and development.
(470) 745-4737 View (470) 745-4737
Photo of Santissa T Clapp, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fulton County, GA
Santissa T Clapp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30318  (Online Only)
I am truly passionate about being a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and believe it to be my calling and purpose in life. While mental health is often overlooked or avoided in the realm of healthcare, I have been drawn to it. I know that every patient is unique and I take pride in tailoring each experience to suit their specific needs. My approach focuses on equipping patients with the necessary tools to long term manage their mental health. I also offer psychotherapy and help with natural alternatives to prescribed medications, like vitamins and supplements. Schedule today to embark on your mental health journey.
I am truly passionate about being a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and believe it to be my calling and purpose in life. While mental health is often overlooked or avoided in the realm of healthcare, I have been drawn to it. I know that every patient is unique and I take pride in tailoring each experience to suit their specific needs. My approach focuses on equipping patients with the necessary tools to long term manage their mental health. I also offer psychotherapy and help with natural alternatives to prescribed medications, like vitamins and supplements. Schedule today to embark on your mental health journey.
(678) 680-5596 View (678) 680-5596
Photo of Robbie Geiselman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fulton County, GA
Robbie Geiselman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30324
Robbie is dually certified as a Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with her Master's in Nursing and from Columbia University with her Post Master's Certificate both times getting inducted to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Throughout her career, she has served as preceptor to nurse practitioner students, educated nursing, medical students, residents and fellows in various subjects.
Robbie is dually certified as a Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with her Master's in Nursing and from Columbia University with her Post Master's Certificate both times getting inducted to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Throughout her career, she has served as preceptor to nurse practitioner students, educated nursing, medical students, residents and fellows in various subjects.
(470) 649-3365 View (470) 649-3365
Photo of Mercy Oyerinde, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fulton County, GA
Mercy Oyerinde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30308  (Online Only)
I'm Mercy and i am a Nurse Practitioner, providing Psychiatric-Mental Health Care to the general population. I am board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) by American Nurses Credentialing Centers (ANCC). I have years of experience in caring for pediatrics (ages 13 and above), adults, and the aging.
I'm Mercy and i am a Nurse Practitioner, providing Psychiatric-Mental Health Care to the general population. I am board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) by American Nurses Credentialing Centers (ANCC). I have years of experience in caring for pediatrics (ages 13 and above), adults, and the aging.
(470) 648-4840 View (470) 648-4840
Photo of Ayman Fareed, Psychiatrist in Fulton County, GA
Ayman Fareed
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
My name is Ayman Fareed and I am a board-certified, Harvard-trained clinical psychiatrist taking new clients at our Alpharetta location. I worked as an Associate Professor and Director of Addiction Fellowship Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. I currently hold the title of Staff Psychiatrist/Medical Director at Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC).
My name is Ayman Fareed and I am a board-certified, Harvard-trained clinical psychiatrist taking new clients at our Alpharetta location. I worked as an Associate Professor and Director of Addiction Fellowship Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. I currently hold the title of Staff Psychiatrist/Medical Director at Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC).
(678) 580-4576 View (678) 580-4576
Photo of Sherri Simpson Broadwater, Psychiatrist in Fulton County, GA
Sherri Simpson Broadwater
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
College Park, GA 30337
As a double board certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, I provide clinical care in Georgia and will be providing tele-psychiatry in Texas. My mantra is MENTAL HEALTH which, for many, is achieved through forgiveness, healthy living, psychotherapy, spirituality, and pharmacotherapy as needed. I enjoy working with individuals and families whom are open to the often very emotional, slow and complicated therapeutic work required for change, recovery and healing. I recognize the healing power of Jesus, creativity, and healthy living; my therapeutic approach incorporates the interface of the mind, brain and spirit.
As a double board certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, I provide clinical care in Georgia and will be providing tele-psychiatry in Texas. My mantra is MENTAL HEALTH which, for many, is achieved through forgiveness, healthy living, psychotherapy, spirituality, and pharmacotherapy as needed. I enjoy working with individuals and families whom are open to the often very emotional, slow and complicated therapeutic work required for change, recovery and healing. I recognize the healing power of Jesus, creativity, and healthy living; my therapeutic approach incorporates the interface of the mind, brain and spirit.
(470) 748-9081 View (470) 748-9081
Photo of Rosalid Kimani, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fulton County, GA
Rosalid Kimani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30303  (Online Only)
Have you been struggling with mental health illness? Have you been struggling with depression and anxiety? Are your children having behavior issues both at home and at school? Mood swings? Anger issues? Irritability? Lack of sleep? Look no further, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, ready to help you and your family mental health struggles.
Have you been struggling with mental health illness? Have you been struggling with depression and anxiety? Are your children having behavior issues both at home and at school? Mood swings? Anger issues? Irritability? Lack of sleep? Look no further, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, ready to help you and your family mental health struggles.
(360) 953-5797 View (360) 953-5797
Photo of Jasmine Young, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fulton County, GA
Jasmine Young
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30339
Jasmine Young has successfully completed 17 years of nursing and psychiatry has become her passion. She is skilled in delivery, genius, quality, and patient-centered care. Graduated from Georgia State University Suma Cum Laude in December 2018 and works to reduce the stigma associated with mental health disorders in the community, at church, and in my sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, INC.
Jasmine Young has successfully completed 17 years of nursing and psychiatry has become her passion. She is skilled in delivery, genius, quality, and patient-centered care. Graduated from Georgia State University Suma Cum Laude in December 2018 and works to reduce the stigma associated with mental health disorders in the community, at church, and in my sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, INC.
(770) 525-8774 View (770) 525-8774
Photo of Naveed Ummed, Psychiatrist in Fulton County, GA
Naveed Ummed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30097
I am board certified in Psychiatry. I see adults 18 and up in my office in John's Creek and Dunwoody. I am also part of Emory Health Network. Treating clients with respect, integrity and compassion are my priorities. I collaboratively create an individualized and humanistic treatment plan tailored to each client's own specific needs and goals. When managing medications, I incorporate the most current and best evidence based practices.
I am board certified in Psychiatry. I see adults 18 and up in my office in John's Creek and Dunwoody. I am also part of Emory Health Network. Treating clients with respect, integrity and compassion are my priorities. I collaboratively create an individualized and humanistic treatment plan tailored to each client's own specific needs and goals. When managing medications, I incorporate the most current and best evidence based practices.
(678) 607-8364 View (678) 607-8364
Photo of Harleen Singh, Psychiatrist in Fulton County, GA
Harleen Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Roswell, GA 30076
Please call our office directly for appointments at 678-394-0000. Thanks
Please call our office directly for appointments at 678-394-0000. Thanks
(678) 797-7826 View (678) 797-7826
Photo of Nicole Williams, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fulton County, GA
Nicole Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30303  (Online Only)
I am a dually certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of nursing experience in psychiatry.
I am a dually certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of nursing experience in psychiatry.
(470) 518-4840 View (470) 518-4840
Photo of Michael Joseph Rosen, Psychiatrist in Fulton County, GA
Michael Joseph Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Roswell, GA 30076
Dr. Rosen is board certified in both psychiatry and internal medicine. He has extensive experience in treating all aspects of psychiatry. He greatly enjoys treating adolescents as well as adults, managing the problems of Depression, ADHD and learning disabilities, educational advocacy, Bipolar disorders, and Anxiety disorders (including OCD and Panic disorder). Dr. Rosen's practice now has Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Major Depression. Go to www.roswellpsychiatry.com and click on the TMS link to learn more. It is a proven, effective non-drug treatment to help overcome depression, and is covered by most insurance.
Dr. Rosen is board certified in both psychiatry and internal medicine. He has extensive experience in treating all aspects of psychiatry. He greatly enjoys treating adolescents as well as adults, managing the problems of Depression, ADHD and learning disabilities, educational advocacy, Bipolar disorders, and Anxiety disorders (including OCD and Panic disorder). Dr. Rosen's practice now has Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Major Depression. Go to www.roswellpsychiatry.com and click on the TMS link to learn more. It is a proven, effective non-drug treatment to help overcome depression, and is covered by most insurance.
(404) 491-8499 View (404) 491-8499
Photo of Evelyn Dennis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fulton County, GA
Evelyn Dennis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30314  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating teen and adult mental health issues such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder ), and depression. I'm a board-certified advanced psychiatrist Nurse practitioner with experience in inpatient, outpatient, and community settings, as well as a strong track record of building solid relationships with clients, their families, and colleagues, with high expertise in assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, medication management, and treatment in a variety of mental health conditions and across the lifespan.
I specialize in treating teen and adult mental health issues such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder ), and depression. I'm a board-certified advanced psychiatrist Nurse practitioner with experience in inpatient, outpatient, and community settings, as well as a strong track record of building solid relationships with clients, their families, and colleagues, with high expertise in assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, medication management, and treatment in a variety of mental health conditions and across the lifespan.
(404) 334-2465 View (404) 334-2465
Photo of D. Diane Wilson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fulton County, GA
D. Diane Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
Not accepting new clients
Mental health disorders truly impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. Years of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders may result in adverse health behaviors like a sedentary lifestyle, inadequate eating and sleeping habits, difficulty in relationships, and negative coping skills such as smoking and substance use. I practice a holistic approach to treatment, utilizing medication management as needed and a focus on lifestyle changes such as improved nutrition, adequate sleep, and exercise. I am committed to reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues.
Mental health disorders truly impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. Years of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders may result in adverse health behaviors like a sedentary lifestyle, inadequate eating and sleeping habits, difficulty in relationships, and negative coping skills such as smoking and substance use. I practice a holistic approach to treatment, utilizing medication management as needed and a focus on lifestyle changes such as improved nutrition, adequate sleep, and exercise. I am committed to reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues.
(470) 888-7057 View (470) 888-7057
Photo of Linda Floyd, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Fulton County, GA
Linda Floyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
Linda Floyd is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Since beginning to work with patients in 2014, Linda has engaged with patients in a variety of treatment settings. She understands the distress and impaired functioning her patients are experiencing. Her goal is to engage with patients to reduce their distress, improve functioning, and help them reach their potential. She develops a therapeutic alliance with each patient, using best practices to set treatment goals and select the proper treatment plan. She combines psychopharmacology and non-pharmacological approaches, including mindfulness stress reduction technique
Linda Floyd is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Since beginning to work with patients in 2014, Linda has engaged with patients in a variety of treatment settings. She understands the distress and impaired functioning her patients are experiencing. Her goal is to engage with patients to reduce their distress, improve functioning, and help them reach their potential. She develops a therapeutic alliance with each patient, using best practices to set treatment goals and select the proper treatment plan. She combines psychopharmacology and non-pharmacological approaches, including mindfulness stress reduction technique
(404) 923-8177 View (404) 923-8177

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Number of Psychiatrists in Fulton County, GA

300+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Fulton County, GA who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
93% Anxiety
78% Bipolar Disorder
73% Medication Management
68% Trauma and PTSD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
66% ADHD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
87% Cigna and Evernorth
74% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Fulton County, GA see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
24% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fulton County?

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.