Psychiatrists in Gainesville, GA

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Kimberly Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Gainesville, GA 30501
After several years in North Carolina working as a nurse and wanting to do more, I decided to become a nurse practitioner. Relocating to Georgia afforded me the opportunity to become an NP and begin my career working in women’s health and family medicine. In my daily work, I could not ignore the impact chronic physical conditions had on the mental health of my patients. This experience led me to making a change working with individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. It was here I found my niche, leading me back to school for a psychiatric mental health degree.
After several years in North Carolina working as a nurse and wanting to do more, I decided to become a nurse practitioner. Relocating to Georgia afforded me the opportunity to become an NP and begin my career working in women’s health and family medicine. In my daily work, I could not ignore the impact chronic physical conditions had on the mental health of my patients. This experience led me to making a change working with individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. It was here I found my niche, leading me back to school for a psychiatric mental health degree.
(678) 582-2729 View (678) 582-2729
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Dionne Lynch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gainesville, GA 30501
As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to understanding and supporting my patient’s needs. I believe in providing individualized care and involving my patients in their treatment plans. I have attained an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Science at Canton College of Technology. I then attended City College of New York, obtaining a Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree. Driven by my passion for psychiatric care, I furthered my education at Walden University and earned a Master of Science Nursing Degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to understanding and supporting my patient’s needs. I believe in providing individualized care and involving my patients in their treatment plans. I have attained an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Science at Canton College of Technology. I then attended City College of New York, obtaining a Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree. Driven by my passion for psychiatric care, I furthered my education at Walden University and earned a Master of Science Nursing Degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(470) 260-2322 View (470) 260-2322
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Mindbodysoul Mental Health & Family practice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Gainesville, GA 30501
Everyone’s journey is different. We work with everyone for a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Some struggles are harder to overcome than others and require the assistance of a highly trained and compassionate mental health provider. The first step to lasting recovery from alcohol and drug addiction or abuse is getting personalized substance use disorder treatment. Proper treatment for substance use disorder should address both the physical and medical ramifications of your addiction, as well as the lasting behavioral, psychological and lifestyle damage caused by prolonged and untreated substance
Everyone’s journey is different. We work with everyone for a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Some struggles are harder to overcome than others and require the assistance of a highly trained and compassionate mental health provider. The first step to lasting recovery from alcohol and drug addiction or abuse is getting personalized substance use disorder treatment. Proper treatment for substance use disorder should address both the physical and medical ramifications of your addiction, as well as the lasting behavioral, psychological and lifestyle damage caused by prolonged and untreated substance
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Evelyn Booker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gainesville, GA 30507
Evelyn Booker is a Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of psychiatric-mental experience. Evelyn is accepting new patients all over Georgia via telehealth visits for comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Evelyn treats anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones.
Evelyn Booker is a Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of psychiatric-mental experience. Evelyn is accepting new patients all over Georgia via telehealth visits for comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Evelyn treats anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones.
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gainesville, GA 30501
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Online Psychiatrists

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Positive Mind & Body LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, AGACNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309  (Online Only)
Positive Mind & Body provides innovative mental healthcare to adult individuals. My telemedicine practice offers a convenient and secure way to access psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy, medication management and follow-up appointments from the comfort of your own home. I utilize a holistic approach when it comes to providing care for clients which ensures their mental health needs are met.
Positive Mind & Body provides innovative mental healthcare to adult individuals. My telemedicine practice offers a convenient and secure way to access psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy, medication management and follow-up appointments from the comfort of your own home. I utilize a holistic approach when it comes to providing care for clients which ensures their mental health needs are met.
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The Neuropsychiatric Clinic of Atlantis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Villa Rica, GA 30180
La-Vonnie Joiner, APRN, PMHNP-BC adept at building strong therapeutic alliances with clients, cultivating a compassionate and nonjudgmental therapeutic environment where individuals feel heard, supported, and empowered to achieve their mental health goals. I prioritize holistic wellness and strive to address the underlying factors contributing to mental health challenges, advocating for a biopsychosocial-spiritual model of care that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. With over 15 years of experience in psychiatric nursing, I possess a comprehensive understanding of the complexities surrounding mental health disorders.
La-Vonnie Joiner, APRN, PMHNP-BC adept at building strong therapeutic alliances with clients, cultivating a compassionate and nonjudgmental therapeutic environment where individuals feel heard, supported, and empowered to achieve their mental health goals. I prioritize holistic wellness and strive to address the underlying factors contributing to mental health challenges, advocating for a biopsychosocial-spiritual model of care that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. With over 15 years of experience in psychiatric nursing, I possess a comprehensive understanding of the complexities surrounding mental health disorders.
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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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Kathleen L Schaaf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 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.
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Lotus Health and Wellness Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30308  (Online Only)
Have you ever felt that life is pulling you in every direction possible; between work, relationships, friendships, parenting and you're struggling to keep your head above water to breathe? I can help you understand what anxiety symptoms look like in the physical form, and together we can help identify your triggers, formulate a plan to balance it all, and discuss medication management. Are you self isolating? Neglecting yourself? Have you noticed that you cry more more so than not? Are you having trouble sleeping? Depression may show up different for everyone, but the aching pain that it delivers is the same.
Have you ever felt that life is pulling you in every direction possible; between work, relationships, friendships, parenting and you're struggling to keep your head above water to breathe? I can help you understand what anxiety symptoms look like in the physical form, and together we can help identify your triggers, formulate a plan to balance it all, and discuss medication management. Are you self isolating? Neglecting yourself? Have you noticed that you cry more more so than not? Are you having trouble sleeping? Depression may show up different for everyone, but the aching pain that it delivers is the same.
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Azeezat A Samuel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Azeezat A. Samuel is a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and mental health. She holds a Master of Nursing degree from Walden University and is board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She began her training earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She went on to her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. After graduating she worked as a Nurse Practitioner in an outpatient clinic.
Azeezat A. Samuel is a board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and mental health. She holds a Master of Nursing degree from Walden University and is board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She began her training earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She went on to her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. After graduating she worked as a Nurse Practitioner in an outpatient clinic.
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Anna Elizabeth Hurlebaus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30326
Many people seeking psychiatric treatment can benefit from medication therapy. Managing medications by yourself can be complex and confusing. I can assess your medication needs, educate you about the medications and monitor your progress. This will further your progress toward good health. Clients are treated as individuals with unique needs, and I prescribe the best medications available. You can reach your goals while working together.
Many people seeking psychiatric treatment can benefit from medication therapy. Managing medications by yourself can be complex and confusing. I can assess your medication needs, educate you about the medications and monitor your progress. This will further your progress toward good health. Clients are treated as individuals with unique needs, and I prescribe the best medications available. You can reach your goals while working together.
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Panchajanya Paul
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Dunwoody, GA 30338  (Online Only)
I am board certified in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I see children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults in my office in Dunwoody and am accepting new patients. I specialize in the use of medications and other holistic approaches to treat mental health conditions. I am also the Medical Director of Southern Live Oak Wellness. Treating clients with respect, integrity and compassion are my priorities. When managing medications, I incorporate the most current and best evidence based practices.
I am board certified in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I see children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults in my office in Dunwoody and am accepting new patients. I specialize in the use of medications and other holistic approaches to treat mental health conditions. I am also the Medical Director of Southern Live Oak Wellness. Treating clients with respect, integrity and compassion are my priorities. When managing medications, I incorporate the most current and best evidence based practices.
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Gloria Chine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Riverdale, GA 30274  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental health? Are things becoming overwhelming & unmanageable? My name is Gloria Chine, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of mental health experience. I have extensive inpatient and outpatient experience. I provide comprehensive mental health evaluations, medication management & therapy. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, bipolar, anger issues, ADHD, PTSD (trauma), schizophrenia and not limiting to other mental illness. I have daily appointments.
Are you struggling to balance your mental health? Are things becoming overwhelming & unmanageable? My name is Gloria Chine, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of mental health experience. I have extensive inpatient and outpatient experience. I provide comprehensive mental health evaluations, medication management & therapy. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, bipolar, anger issues, ADHD, PTSD (trauma), schizophrenia and not limiting to other mental illness. I have daily appointments.
(470) 730-7793 View (470) 730-7793
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Delquis Mendoza
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brookhaven, GA 30319  (Online Only)
Does it seem like your life is spiraling out of control? Are daily tasks and obligations becoming impossible to manage? Do you find yourself more distracted, annoyed, sad, crying more often, or even reverting to unhealthy ways of coping? Feeling depressed, anxious, and like nothing is working? Clients call when they are at or approaching their breaking point. I help my clients regain mental and emotional stability and then I send them back into the world to live the better quality life that they deserve.
Does it seem like your life is spiraling out of control? Are daily tasks and obligations becoming impossible to manage? Do you find yourself more distracted, annoyed, sad, crying more often, or even reverting to unhealthy ways of coping? Feeling depressed, anxious, and like nothing is working? Clients call when they are at or approaching their breaking point. I help my clients regain mental and emotional stability and then I send them back into the world to live the better quality life that they deserve.
(770) 525-7027 View (770) 525-7027
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Niclaire Neely
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Marietta, GA 30062
People come to me for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes people just know "I don't feel like myself." We work together to figure out what the issues are and make a treatment plan that meets your goals.
People come to me for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes people just know "I don't feel like myself." We work together to figure out what the issues are and make a treatment plan that meets your goals.
(404) 738-6507 View (404) 738-6507
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Stacey Velimesis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Stacey Velimesis, as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) I'm dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care across the lifespan. Listening attentively to my patients is paramount to me, as I'm deeply passionate about meeting their unique needs. My approach to care is holistic, integrating evidence-based interventions that encompass physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. This creates a nurturing and supportive environment conducive to healing, where patients feel empowered to take an active role in their mental health and wellness journey.
Stacey Velimesis, as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) I'm dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care across the lifespan. Listening attentively to my patients is paramount to me, as I'm deeply passionate about meeting their unique needs. My approach to care is holistic, integrating evidence-based interventions that encompass physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. This creates a nurturing and supportive environment conducive to healing, where patients feel empowered to take an active role in their mental health and wellness journey.
(678) 661-6351 View (678) 661-6351
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Binh Ngolton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30339
Hello! I am a double board-certified child, adolescent, & adult psychiatrist whose approach seeks a holistic understanding of the person to arrive at an effective treatment for immediate management and especially long-term results. I'm also the author of "The Ocean Within: Understanding Human Nature and Ourselves to Achieve Mental Well-Being." Find out more at www.bngolton.com
Hello! I am a double board-certified child, adolescent, & adult psychiatrist whose approach seeks a holistic understanding of the person to arrive at an effective treatment for immediate management and especially long-term results. I'm also the author of "The Ocean Within: Understanding Human Nature and Ourselves to Achieve Mental Well-Being." Find out more at www.bngolton.com
(470) 465-9396 View (470) 465-9396
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Olumayowa Agbojeyin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Mayo Agbojeyin, NP is board certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has over 16 years of nursing experience pediatric nursing, supportive and palliative care, and pain management. Her areas of clinical interest and expertise include addiction medicine. Mayo enjoys music and travelling.
Mayo Agbojeyin, NP is board certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has over 16 years of nursing experience pediatric nursing, supportive and palliative care, and pain management. Her areas of clinical interest and expertise include addiction medicine. Mayo enjoys music and travelling.
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Hannah Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Hannah Brooks, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, graduating with Honors in Nursing. After completing her undergraduate degree, she accepted a position at UAB Hospital inpatient psychiatry where she worked in the Emergency Department and Inpatient Adult Psychiatric Units. While working towards her graduate degree, Ms. Brooks trained at UAB Hospital, Cooper Green Community Clinic, and the Birmingham VA.
Hannah Brooks, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, graduating with Honors in Nursing. After completing her undergraduate degree, she accepted a position at UAB Hospital inpatient psychiatry where she worked in the Emergency Department and Inpatient Adult Psychiatric Units. While working towards her graduate degree, Ms. Brooks trained at UAB Hospital, Cooper Green Community Clinic, and the Birmingham VA.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Gainesville, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Gainesville, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
80% Anxiety
80% Bipolar Disorder
60% Addiction
60% ADHD
60% Trauma and PTSD
60% Medication Management

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Gainesville, 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 Gainesville?

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.