Psychiatrists in Gibson, GA

Photo of Eman Haddad, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Eman Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gibson, GA 30810  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Eman, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner currently living in the Atlanta area. I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from August University in 2018. Previously I worked as a Registered Nurse with children and adolescents in the residential setting. I have been working as a nurse practitioner since 2021 treat a wide range of diagnoses among chil
Hello! My name is Eman, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner currently living in the Atlanta area. I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from August University in 2018. Previously I worked as a Registered Nurse with children and adolescents in the residential setting. I have been working as a nurse practitioner since 2021 treat a wide range of diagnoses among chil
(470) 570-2983 View (470) 570-2983
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Tierria Ogiamien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gibson, GA 30810  (Online Only)
Tierria is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of experience in the Healthcare field. She has worked with diverse populations across the United States including Corrections, Community Mental Health, and Inpatient Psychiatry. Tierria received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi in 2010 and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama in 2016.
Tierria is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 13 years of experience in the Healthcare field. She has worked with diverse populations across the United States including Corrections, Community Mental Health, and Inpatient Psychiatry. Tierria received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi in 2010 and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama in 2016.
(762) 213-9611 View (762) 213-9611
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Ireta Favors
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gibson, GA 30810  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Ireta Favors and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I possess 10 years plus of diverse experience in the field of mental health. I chose and continue to choose the field of mental health because I have a genuine passion for listening, educating and assisting others in becoming the best version of themselves. I look forward to helping you become the best version of you!
Welcome! My name is Ireta Favors and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I possess 10 years plus of diverse experience in the field of mental health. I chose and continue to choose the field of mental health because I have a genuine passion for listening, educating and assisting others in becoming the best version of themselves. I look forward to helping you become the best version of you!
(470) 683-6925 View (470) 683-6925
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Olufunmilayo Ajala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gibson, GA 30810
Funmi Ajala is a Licensed Nurse Practitioner with vast experience in Psychiatric-Mental Health providing care for children, Adolescents, and Adults. Funmi is a board-certified Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), PMHNP-BC by American Credentialing Center (ANCC.) Funmi also holds a bachelor’s degree in medical Microbiology, Bachelor’s degree in nursing- at Chamberlain University Chicago and a master’s degree in Psychiatric-Mental Health – at Walden University.
Funmi Ajala is a Licensed Nurse Practitioner with vast experience in Psychiatric-Mental Health providing care for children, Adolescents, and Adults. Funmi is a board-certified Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), PMHNP-BC by American Credentialing Center (ANCC.) Funmi also holds a bachelor’s degree in medical Microbiology, Bachelor’s degree in nursing- at Chamberlain University Chicago and a master’s degree in Psychiatric-Mental Health – at Walden University.
(706) 408-9286 View (706) 408-9286
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Nicole Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gibson, GA 30810  (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
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Dola Abiodun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gibson, GA 30810
I'm a compassionate Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a passion to help my clients suffering with mental health challenges to better cope and attain optimal health.
I'm a compassionate Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a passion to help my clients suffering with mental health challenges to better cope and attain optimal health.
(470) 260-6934 View (470) 260-6934
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Donna Cross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gibson, GA 30810
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Pract. The clients that I am best positioned to serve are clients with mental health issues and life stressors. I provide comprehensive care to individuals and families. I form strong therapeutic relationships with individuals across the lifespan- becoming familiar with their stories and challenges to transform their lives in a productive way. I promote well-being through prevention and education, and collaboration with patient and family. I want my clients to have the aspirations, desires, and a vision that will allow them to grow and thrive in their respective communities.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Pract. The clients that I am best positioned to serve are clients with mental health issues and life stressors. I provide comprehensive care to individuals and families. I form strong therapeutic relationships with individuals across the lifespan- becoming familiar with their stories and challenges to transform their lives in a productive way. I promote well-being through prevention and education, and collaboration with patient and family. I want my clients to have the aspirations, desires, and a vision that will allow them to grow and thrive in their respective communities.
(678) 562-6976 View (678) 562-6976
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Cidia Awyie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gibson, GA 30810  (Online Only)
Hi there, I’m Dr. Cidia. I want to applaud you for taking the first step in reaching out for help. It takes a lot of strength and courage to seek care. The various experiences of life can leave a tremendous impact on you. Do you sometimes feel like you just want all the chaos and noise to stop? The feeling of loss, anxiety or that something is missing can make you feel like you’re pieces of a puzzle. You are not feeling your best right now. You may be struggling to find the balance, joy, and fulfillment you once felt out of just living life to the fullest.
Hi there, I’m Dr. Cidia. I want to applaud you for taking the first step in reaching out for help. It takes a lot of strength and courage to seek care. The various experiences of life can leave a tremendous impact on you. Do you sometimes feel like you just want all the chaos and noise to stop? The feeling of loss, anxiety or that something is missing can make you feel like you’re pieces of a puzzle. You are not feeling your best right now. You may be struggling to find the balance, joy, and fulfillment you once felt out of just living life to the fullest.
(706) 707-7452 View (706) 707-7452

Online Psychiatrists

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Ornaldo Swift Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGPCNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30035
I am a dedicated professional with more than two decades of clinical experience practicing across various cultures. I am board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Our practice, Ornaldo Swift Healthcare, specializes in treating teenagers, adults, the elderly and the underserved population, providing evidenced based psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapeutic counselling. We treat a wide range of psychiatric illnesses . We treat everyone with compassion and care is individualized
I am a dedicated professional with more than two decades of clinical experience practicing across various cultures. I am board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Our practice, Ornaldo Swift Healthcare, specializes in treating teenagers, adults, the elderly and the underserved population, providing evidenced based psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapeutic counselling. We treat a wide range of psychiatric illnesses . We treat everyone with compassion and care is individualized
(678) 582-1116 View (678) 582-1116
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Linda Y. Evans
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Evans, GA 30809
Dr. Linda Y. Evans is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 1987. Dr. Evans is very thorough in her assessments. She does not just give a pill for a symptom. Dr. Evans strives to understand the person as an individual and tries to see their problems in the context of their life experiences. The trusting relationship between doctor and patient is necessary for effective and safe treatment. Outside of work, Dr. Evans loves to read, do Pilates, try new recipes (especially cakes and cookies), walk, travel, and spend time with her family.
Dr. Linda Y. Evans is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 1987. Dr. Evans is very thorough in her assessments. She does not just give a pill for a symptom. Dr. Evans strives to understand the person as an individual and tries to see their problems in the context of their life experiences. The trusting relationship between doctor and patient is necessary for effective and safe treatment. Outside of work, Dr. Evans loves to read, do Pilates, try new recipes (especially cakes and cookies), walk, travel, and spend time with her family.
(706) 899-3687 View (706) 899-3687
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Pediatric & Family Behavioral Health of Georgia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281  (Online Only)
Pediatric & Family Behavioral Health of Georgia provides psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management to children, adolescents, and adults, ages 6 and up, who have been diagnosed with or have symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, insomnia, DMDD, Tourette’s, ODD, and other personality and mood disturbances.
Pediatric & Family Behavioral Health of Georgia provides psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management to children, adolescents, and adults, ages 6 and up, who have been diagnosed with or have symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, insomnia, DMDD, Tourette’s, ODD, and other personality and mood disturbances.
(678) 326-4152 View (678) 326-4152
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Mind Over Matter Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Conyers, GA 30013  (Online Only)
Our provider is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan, currently focusing on adolescents and geriatrics. Tresa acquired a Master’s degree with a focus in Mental Health Nursing and Psychiatry from Walden University, Minnesota.
Our provider is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan, currently focusing on adolescents and geriatrics. Tresa acquired a Master’s degree with a focus in Mental Health Nursing and Psychiatry from Walden University, Minnesota.
(678) 501-7580 View (678) 501-7580
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Stefanie Livingston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Grovetown, GA 30813
Mrs. Stefanie Livingston is a compassionate adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. As a part of her formal education, she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Here, she received her master's degree specializing in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Based in Augusta, GA, Mrs. Livingston is an integral member of LifeStance Health - Georgia. She provides each client with the professional concern and attention needed to attain an improved quality of life. Mrs. Livingston treats anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, bipolar disorders, anger management concerns and PTSD, etc.
Mrs. Stefanie Livingston is a compassionate adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. As a part of her formal education, she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Here, she received her master's degree specializing in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Based in Augusta, GA, Mrs. Livingston is an integral member of LifeStance Health - Georgia. She provides each client with the professional concern and attention needed to attain an improved quality of life. Mrs. Livingston treats anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, bipolar disorders, anger management concerns and PTSD, etc.
(706) 400-4788 View (706) 400-4788
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Mercy Oyerinde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stonecrest, GA 30038  (Online Only)
Mercy Oyerinde is a Nurse Practitioner, now providing Psychiatric-Mental Health Care to the general population. she is a board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) by American Nurses Credentialing Centers (ANCC). Education History Columbus State University, 2010 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Walden University: 2015, MSN, Liberty University, 2021, PMHNP. She is experienced in caring for pediatrics (ages 13 and above), adults, and the aging.
Mercy Oyerinde is a Nurse Practitioner, now providing Psychiatric-Mental Health Care to the general population. she is a board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) by American Nurses Credentialing Centers (ANCC). Education History Columbus State University, 2010 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Walden University: 2015, MSN, Liberty University, 2021, PMHNP. She is experienced in caring for pediatrics (ages 13 and above), adults, and the aging.
(678) 679-1165 View (678) 679-1165
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Affordable Mental Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30901  (Online Only)
We are all human and go through life challenges. I am confident that I can provide empathy and support with the challenges you face, and offer various approaches to overcome them.
We are all human and go through life challenges. I am confident that I can provide empathy and support with the challenges you face, and offer various approaches to overcome them.
(678) 679-9294 View (678) 679-9294
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Salient Health and Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Lawrenceville, GA 30043  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Patients! VIRTUAL appointments in GA, WA, OR, FL & IA. Meet Dr. Joy Ibeh, a doctoral trained, double board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC), with over 15 combined years of clinical experience. In Salient Health and Wellness, we are patient-centered, and our services include Psych assessments, Medication Management, and Individualized Treatment Plans. She approaches her patients with focus in understanding the peculiarity of their psychiatric & mental health needs. Her goal is to cut through various barriers that may place limitation in getting Mental Health Care.
Accepting NEW Patients! VIRTUAL appointments in GA, WA, OR, FL & IA. Meet Dr. Joy Ibeh, a doctoral trained, double board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC), with over 15 combined years of clinical experience. In Salient Health and Wellness, we are patient-centered, and our services include Psych assessments, Medication Management, and Individualized Treatment Plans. She approaches her patients with focus in understanding the peculiarity of their psychiatric & mental health needs. Her goal is to cut through various barriers that may place limitation in getting Mental Health Care.
(470) 458-3875 View (470) 458-3875
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DPS Health and Wellness
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Statesboro, GA 30458
DPS Health and Wellness is an outpatient mental health practice owned by Dr. David Samuels. With two Psychiatrists, 5 Mid-levels and 6 Counselors, the providers at DPS strive to provide quality, caring, person-based mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults. DPS offers evaluations, medication management and counseling. We have three locations for in office visits, as well as offering virtual appointments to accommodate patients throughout the state of Georgia. We don’t just speak your language, we listen to your concerns!
DPS Health and Wellness is an outpatient mental health practice owned by Dr. David Samuels. With two Psychiatrists, 5 Mid-levels and 6 Counselors, the providers at DPS strive to provide quality, caring, person-based mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults. DPS offers evaluations, medication management and counseling. We have three locations for in office visits, as well as offering virtual appointments to accommodate patients throughout the state of Georgia. We don’t just speak your language, we listen to your concerns!
(912) 205-5118 View (912) 205-5118
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Chinara Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, - BC, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Loganville, GA 30052  (Online Only)
Welcome to Renewed Focus Psychiatric Services where we discover transformation by the "Renewing of your Mind." With each individual, my goal is to first provide a safe, confidential space to address concerns, while ensuring you receive competent, prompt and compassionate care. I provide treatment to clients across the lifespan, children and adults who suffer from mental illness with goals to reduce healthcare disparities. My areas of expertise include but are not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Sexual Abuse, Schizophrenia, Addictions, Personality Disorders, Grief/Loss, Medication Management and Talk Therapy.
Welcome to Renewed Focus Psychiatric Services where we discover transformation by the "Renewing of your Mind." With each individual, my goal is to first provide a safe, confidential space to address concerns, while ensuring you receive competent, prompt and compassionate care. I provide treatment to clients across the lifespan, children and adults who suffer from mental illness with goals to reduce healthcare disparities. My areas of expertise include but are not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Sexual Abuse, Schizophrenia, Addictions, Personality Disorders, Grief/Loss, Medication Management and Talk Therapy.
(770) 802-2570 View (770) 802-2570
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Misty Lewis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Augusta, GA 30909
Dr. Lewis is a South Georgia girl with southern charm. She attended the University of Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. As an Augusta University Jaguar, she continued her educational journey in graduate school where she completed her Masters in Clinical Leadership in 2017 and obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health in 2021. While there, she served as a scholar for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program that integrated behavioral health with primary care. She has special interests in mood disorders, PTSD, and ADHD.
Dr. Lewis is a South Georgia girl with southern charm. She attended the University of Georgia where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. As an Augusta University Jaguar, she continued her educational journey in graduate school where she completed her Masters in Clinical Leadership in 2017 and obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Psychiatric-Mental Health in 2021. While there, she served as a scholar for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program that integrated behavioral health with primary care. She has special interests in mood disorders, PTSD, and ADHD.
(706) 943-2877 View (706) 943-2877
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Dr. Olaocha B. Okwuadigbo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Dr. Olaocha Okwuadigbo is a Licensed adult Psychiatrist, specialized in evaluating, diagnosing & management of various mental health illnesses: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, insomnia, OCD, as well as medication management. She is result oriented medical professional consistently motivated and committed to improving the health of her patients.
Dr. Olaocha Okwuadigbo is a Licensed adult Psychiatrist, specialized in evaluating, diagnosing & management of various mental health illnesses: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, insomnia, OCD, as well as medication management. She is result oriented medical professional consistently motivated and committed to improving the health of her patients.
(678) 884-1974 View (678) 884-1974

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Number of Psychiatrists in Gibson, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Gibson, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
88% Depression
75% Bipolar Disorder
50% ADHD
50% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
50% Anger Management
38% Child

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Gibson, GA see their clients

62% Online Only
38% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Gibson?

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.