Psychiatrists in Glynn County, GA

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Jessica Coleman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brunswick, GA 31520
I am a dual certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner accepting new patients. I have worked in both inpatient crisis stabilization units and outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse settings.
I am a dual certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner accepting new patients. I have worked in both inpatient crisis stabilization units and outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse settings.
(912) 214-4275 View (912) 214-4275
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Kourtney Gibson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brunswick, GA 31520
Kourtney was born and raised in Pierce County, GA but has called the Golden Isles her home since 2015. She received her Master of Science from Walden University. She has worked in a variety of both inpatient and outpatient settings for over 10 years. Kourtney treats mental health from a complete, holistic, and individualized perspective, offering both psychotherapy and psychiatric services throughout your visit. At this time Kourtney does NOT prescribe any psychostimulants such as Adderall, Concerta, Ritalin, Vyvanse, etc.
Kourtney was born and raised in Pierce County, GA but has called the Golden Isles her home since 2015. She received her Master of Science from Walden University. She has worked in a variety of both inpatient and outpatient settings for over 10 years. Kourtney treats mental health from a complete, holistic, and individualized perspective, offering both psychotherapy and psychiatric services throughout your visit. At this time Kourtney does NOT prescribe any psychostimulants such as Adderall, Concerta, Ritalin, Vyvanse, etc.
(912) 207-8768 View (912) 207-8768
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Lonnie T Scarborough
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brunswick, GA 31520
I've been a psychiatrist for over 30 years and have worked in many areas within the field. I trained during the era when psychiatrists still saw people in psychotherapy and treated them with medications when necessary. Gradually, the psychiatrist's role has shifted away from one as a psychotherapist toward one as a specialist in biological interventions, usually medications. Certainly not every patient asking for help from mental health professionals needs medication, but most patients who need medication or who can benefit from medication can also benefit from focused psychotherapy. I still have this perspective and utilize it as much as possible.
I've been a psychiatrist for over 30 years and have worked in many areas within the field. I trained during the era when psychiatrists still saw people in psychotherapy and treated them with medications when necessary. Gradually, the psychiatrist's role has shifted away from one as a psychotherapist toward one as a specialist in biological interventions, usually medications. Certainly not every patient asking for help from mental health professionals needs medication, but most patients who need medication or who can benefit from medication can also benefit from focused psychotherapy. I still have this perspective and utilize it as much as possible.
(912) 244-7659 View (912) 244-7659

Online Psychiatrists

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Alivia McMahan
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Pooler, GA 31322
Alivia McMahan is a Psychiatric Physician Assistant in Georgia who has been practicing since 2020. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology at Georgia Southern University and her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at South University in Savannah, Georgia. She is a member of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants and American Academy of Physician Assistants. Alivia specializes in treating a wide variety of psychiatric conditions and is passionate about helping patients to feel their best and improve their quality of life.
Alivia McMahan is a Psychiatric Physician Assistant in Georgia who has been practicing since 2020. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology at Georgia Southern University and her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at South University in Savannah, Georgia. She is a member of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants and American Academy of Physician Assistants. Alivia specializes in treating a wide variety of psychiatric conditions and is passionate about helping patients to feel their best and improve their quality of life.
(912) 394-4089 View (912) 394-4089
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Dr. Tyquitta Perrier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Hinesville, GA 31313
At Livality Integrated Health, we employ a non-judgmental and welcoming approach to hold space for healing. With a background in physical health, but also extensively mental health & Addictions for more than 15 years, I fully recognize the complex interplay between mind and body. I welcome clients that are curious about what may lie ahead in terms of improving their health circumstances. I offer inclusive, integrated modalities dedicated to individuals reaching the best versions of themselves. I strive for each client to leave feeling heard and valued.
At Livality Integrated Health, we employ a non-judgmental and welcoming approach to hold space for healing. With a background in physical health, but also extensively mental health & Addictions for more than 15 years, I fully recognize the complex interplay between mind and body. I welcome clients that are curious about what may lie ahead in terms of improving their health circumstances. I offer inclusive, integrated modalities dedicated to individuals reaching the best versions of themselves. I strive for each client to leave feeling heard and valued.
(904) 906-9760 View (904) 906-9760
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Nicole Silvernail
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Nicole Silvernail is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Nicole treats clients of all ages and utilizes holistic client specific care along with medications and brief therapies. Nicole plans to be trained in EMDR in the near future to better serve her clients. In her free time she enjoys making art, photography, gardening, spending time outdoors and quality time with her son and puppy.
Nicole Silvernail is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Nicole treats clients of all ages and utilizes holistic client specific care along with medications and brief therapies. Nicole plans to be trained in EMDR in the near future to better serve her clients. In her free time she enjoys making art, photography, gardening, spending time outdoors and quality time with her son and puppy.
(912) 372-9553 View (912) 372-9553
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Emilie Taulbee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Statesboro, GA 30458
I provide effective evidence-based medication management and brief therapeutic counseling for adults. I treat a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. I coordinates care by working closely with psycho-therapists, counselors, and other health care providers. I have a strong background working with adults alongside Dr. Julie Jensen and 15 years of nursing experience.
I provide effective evidence-based medication management and brief therapeutic counseling for adults. I treat a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. I coordinates care by working closely with psycho-therapists, counselors, and other health care providers. I have a strong background working with adults alongside Dr. Julie Jensen and 15 years of nursing experience.
(912) 491-4612 View (912) 491-4612
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Jeffrey Harris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Pooler, GA 31322
Jeffrey Harris is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2017. Jeffrey helps clients through psychopharmacology. Outside of work, Jeffrey enjoys spending time with family.
Jeffrey Harris is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2017. Jeffrey helps clients through psychopharmacology. Outside of work, Jeffrey enjoys spending time with family.
(912) 394-3742 View (912) 394-3742
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Benedicta N Okoye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Savannah, GA 31401  (Online Only)
Dr. Benedicta Okoye has a wide range of clinical experience; she has worked in the healthcare field for over two decades. She is a doctorate dual prepared Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Dr. Benedicta Okoye has a wide range of clinical experience; she has worked in the healthcare field for over two decades. She is a doctorate dual prepared Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(678) 218-1958 View (678) 218-1958
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Dr. Anna Jackson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Dr. Anna Jackson. I am passionate about helping patients overcome anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, and burnout. Whether you are feeling stuck and trying to find your path, a new mom dealing with anxiety and overwhelm, or feeling burned out from the demands of your busy life, I would love to help! I use an integrative approach to care including medication, therapy, nutritional guidance, lifestyle coaching, sleep hygiene, meditation, and more.
Hi, I'm Dr. Anna Jackson. I am passionate about helping patients overcome anxiety, depression, difficult life transitions, and burnout. Whether you are feeling stuck and trying to find your path, a new mom dealing with anxiety and overwhelm, or feeling burned out from the demands of your busy life, I would love to help! I use an integrative approach to care including medication, therapy, nutritional guidance, lifestyle coaching, sleep hygiene, meditation, and more.
(912) 301-4087 View (912) 301-4087
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Kristen Erica Hunkin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Erica is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNPBC) and family nurse practitioner (FNPC), with a PhD in behavioral neuroendocrinology. She is passionate about providing quality, collaborative, and comprehensive mental health services to patients across the life span. Erica possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by a natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidencebased guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, Erica's role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and prescriber.
Erica is a dual board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNPBC) and family nurse practitioner (FNPC), with a PhD in behavioral neuroendocrinology. She is passionate about providing quality, collaborative, and comprehensive mental health services to patients across the life span. Erica possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by a natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidencebased guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, Erica's role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and prescriber.
(912) 301-5442 View (912) 301-5442
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Ronald Sites
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Dr. Sites is a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and adult attention deficit disorder. He utilizes both medication and brief supportive psychotherapy. Education and Certifications Originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina, Dr. Sites not only attended Furman University but he also completed medical school and his Psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Sites is a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and adult attention deficit disorder. He utilizes both medication and brief supportive psychotherapy. Education and Certifications Originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina, Dr. Sites not only attended Furman University but he also completed medical school and his Psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.
(706) 898-4893 View (706) 898-4893
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Caroline DeRosa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
Caroline DeRosa, PMHNP Caroline DeRosa is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who started practicing in 2015. She has a BA in Psychology from Sewanee: University of the South, an MSN from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and an M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University Peabody College. Caroline believes in working collaboratively with her patients in developing and implementing their unique treatment plans.
Caroline DeRosa, PMHNP Caroline DeRosa is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who started practicing in 2015. She has a BA in Psychology from Sewanee: University of the South, an MSN from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and an M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University Peabody College. Caroline believes in working collaboratively with her patients in developing and implementing their unique treatment plans.
(912) 600-2895 View (912) 600-2895
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Dr. Pamela Mokoko, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31419
I am a board certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of various mental health disorder across life span, including ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, substance abuse, oppositional defiant disorder and antisocial personality. Collaborating with other clinicians , I also provide Individual, Couples and Family psychotherapy. My approach is Patient Centered and Comprehensive. I will take the time to get to know you and understand your specific concerns and goals. Using motivational interview, together we will work to address your goals so that you can have a more fulfilling relationships and life experiences.
I am a board certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of various mental health disorder across life span, including ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, substance abuse, oppositional defiant disorder and antisocial personality. Collaborating with other clinicians , I also provide Individual, Couples and Family psychotherapy. My approach is Patient Centered and Comprehensive. I will take the time to get to know you and understand your specific concerns and goals. Using motivational interview, together we will work to address your goals so that you can have a more fulfilling relationships and life experiences.
(855) 969-4621 View (855) 969-4621
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Kasara Helou
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, MPH
Verified Verified
Pooler, GA 31322
Kasara provides effective evidence-based medication management and brief therapeutic counseling for adults, adolescents and children. She treats a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, insomnia, ADHD and autism. She coordinates care by working closely with psycho-therapists, counselors, and other health care providers. She has a strong background working with children and adolescents alongside Dr. Julie Jensen, but also has a longstanding history caring for adults, the elderly and underserved.
Kasara provides effective evidence-based medication management and brief therapeutic counseling for adults, adolescents and children. She treats a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, insomnia, ADHD and autism. She coordinates care by working closely with psycho-therapists, counselors, and other health care providers. She has a strong background working with children and adolescents alongside Dr. Julie Jensen, but also has a longstanding history caring for adults, the elderly and underserved.
(912) 470-5951 View (912) 470-5951
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Keldreca Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31401  (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
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Sheeba Samuel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31415  (Online Only)
As a Board Certified Psychiatrist Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in nursing and a deep passion for mental health, I bring a unique blend of skills and experiences to my practice. Having spent many years as a nurse, I have seen the profound impact that mental health struggles can have on individuals and their families. My passion for mental health is not just a profession; it's a deeply personal commitment.
As a Board Certified Psychiatrist Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in nursing and a deep passion for mental health, I bring a unique blend of skills and experiences to my practice. Having spent many years as a nurse, I have seen the profound impact that mental health struggles can have on individuals and their families. My passion for mental health is not just a profession; it's a deeply personal commitment.
(770) 758-1692 View (770) 758-1692
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Ashley Lewis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CPNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Savannah, GA 31406
I provide psychiatric care for children and adults seeking help for emotional distress, mental health strain, or behavioral issues. Whether seeking support for yourself or a loved one, help is available to those hoping for change. My practice addresses mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, postpartum struggles, ADHD consultation, and other concerns. My treatment approach is mindful of the special considerations for those experiencing addictions or an eating disorder.
I provide psychiatric care for children and adults seeking help for emotional distress, mental health strain, or behavioral issues. Whether seeking support for yourself or a loved one, help is available to those hoping for change. My practice addresses mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, postpartum struggles, ADHD consultation, and other concerns. My treatment approach is mindful of the special considerations for those experiencing addictions or an eating disorder.
(912) 205-5568 View (912) 205-5568
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Alexandra Whiddon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Savannah, GA 31411  (Online Only)
Many patients struggle to find a clinician that is relatable and compassionate, or they are frustrated that they will not be given an individualized approach to their treatment. I offer an evaluation that looks at many facets of a persons life that could be contributing to their mood and/or anxiety disorders. During an evaluation we will discuss medical history, environment, past trauma and lifestyle issues that will help formulate an integrative treatment plan. Diet, gut health, supplements, and inflammation all are considered in the treatment plan. I am totally virtual, I have practiced this way for over 10 years prior to COVID.
Many patients struggle to find a clinician that is relatable and compassionate, or they are frustrated that they will not be given an individualized approach to their treatment. I offer an evaluation that looks at many facets of a persons life that could be contributing to their mood and/or anxiety disorders. During an evaluation we will discuss medical history, environment, past trauma and lifestyle issues that will help formulate an integrative treatment plan. Diet, gut health, supplements, and inflammation all are considered in the treatment plan. I am totally virtual, I have practiced this way for over 10 years prior to COVID.
(912) 205-5950 View (912) 205-5950
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Windy Meadows
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pooler, GA 31322
Windy Meadows is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2015. She has an ASN in Sociology, a BSN from College of Coastal Georgia, an MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgia Southern University, and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Georgia Southern University. Windy's treatment philosophy is patient centered. She meets the patient where they are in life and treats the patient as a whole. All aspects of the person's life effect mental health and mental health effects all aspects of their life.
Windy Meadows is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2015. She has an ASN in Sociology, a BSN from College of Coastal Georgia, an MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgia Southern University, and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Georgia Southern University. Windy's treatment philosophy is patient centered. She meets the patient where they are in life and treats the patient as a whole. All aspects of the person's life effect mental health and mental health effects all aspects of their life.
(912) 423-4151 View (912) 423-4151

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Glynn County, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Glynn County, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
67% Addiction
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

44 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Glynn County, 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 Glynn 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.