Psychiatrists in Johns Creek, GA

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Shakaola Pinero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Shakaola is a Board Certified Adult Health Nurse Practitioner with an extensive background in Mental Health. She has worked both inpatient, outpatient, and consulting services for the adult population. Combing clinical education and experience has molded her into a well-rounded Practitioner. It has also provided a strong foundation for optimum patient care and improving patient outcomes. She is dedicated to improving access to emotional and behavioral health services and providing individualized care that addresses the whole person.
Shakaola is a Board Certified Adult Health Nurse Practitioner with an extensive background in Mental Health. She has worked both inpatient, outpatient, and consulting services for the adult population. Combing clinical education and experience has molded her into a well-rounded Practitioner. It has also provided a strong foundation for optimum patient care and improving patient outcomes. She is dedicated to improving access to emotional and behavioral health services and providing individualized care that addresses the whole person.
(470) 745-7082 View (470) 745-7082
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Jean Cadet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Jean works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Jean believes that establishing a strong alliance with his clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, he partners with his clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Jean works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Jean believes that establishing a strong alliance with his clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, he partners with his clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(470) 722-8262 View (470) 722-8262
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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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Valentina Asamaigor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Valentina Asamaigor is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2021. She is a graduate of Walden University, South University, and Herzing University. She earned an MSN and specialized in Psychiatry. Valentina believes in providing care with a premier focus on safety. In her spare time, Valentina enjoys outdoor activities, especially gardening and hiking.
Valentina Asamaigor is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2021. She is a graduate of Walden University, South University, and Herzing University. She earned an MSN and specialized in Psychiatry. Valentina believes in providing care with a premier focus on safety. In her spare time, Valentina enjoys outdoor activities, especially gardening and hiking.
(470) 688-3528 View (470) 688-3528
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Akeela Dossa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Akeela Dossa is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of healthcare experience. She is passionate about providing holistic care and sees patients 6-65 years old. She strives to provide the best care that she can provide for her patients. She graduated with Distinction from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, then from Emory University with her Master of Science in Nursing, and then graduated with a certificate of excellence from Augusta University with a Post-Master's certificate in Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse practitioner across the Lifespan.
Akeela Dossa is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of healthcare experience. She is passionate about providing holistic care and sees patients 6-65 years old. She strives to provide the best care that she can provide for her patients. She graduated with Distinction from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, then from Emory University with her Master of Science in Nursing, and then graduated with a certificate of excellence from Augusta University with a Post-Master's certificate in Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse practitioner across the Lifespan.
(470) 722-8198 View (470) 722-8198
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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
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Jeffrey Rausch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Dr. Jeffrey Rausch is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 1982. He obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, completed his psychiatry residency at University of South Carolina, and took a fellowship in Psychopharmacology Research at University of California School of Medicine, San Diego having since served then on faculties of UCSD, MCG, and Emory University, previously as Professor and Case Distinguished Chair of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia.
Dr. Jeffrey Rausch is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 1982. He obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, completed his psychiatry residency at University of South Carolina, and took a fellowship in Psychopharmacology Research at University of California School of Medicine, San Diego having since served then on faculties of UCSD, MCG, and Emory University, previously as Professor and Case Distinguished Chair of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia.
(470) 570-6138 View (470) 570-6138
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David Klein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Dr. Klein is a proponent of the biological-psychological-social model to well-being and provides adult patients with comprehensive psychiatric care including general consultations, initial psychiatric evaluations, medication management and psychotherapy. Treatment is available for issues including, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia and psychiatric issues due to medical conditions. In Dr. Klein's spare time, he enjoys reading, running, and playing video games. Originally from the mid-west, he relocated to escape the winter weather.
Dr. Klein is a proponent of the biological-psychological-social model to well-being and provides adult patients with comprehensive psychiatric care including general consultations, initial psychiatric evaluations, medication management and psychotherapy. Treatment is available for issues including, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia and psychiatric issues due to medical conditions. In Dr. Klein's spare time, he enjoys reading, running, and playing video games. Originally from the mid-west, he relocated to escape the winter weather.
(470) 745-1596 View (470) 745-1596
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Samantha Day
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Samantha Day is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who started practicing in 2014. She obtained her Master of Sciences in Nursing and furthered her education as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and later completed education and licensure to include Psychiatric-Mental Health and Board Certification as a Nurse Practitioner. Samantha believes in a holistic, evidenced-based approach to patient care.
Samantha Day is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who started practicing in 2014. She obtained her Master of Sciences in Nursing and furthered her education as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and later completed education and licensure to include Psychiatric-Mental Health and Board Certification as a Nurse Practitioner. Samantha believes in a holistic, evidenced-based approach to patient care.
(470) 863-1881 View (470) 863-1881
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Linda Octavien
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30022
Meet Linda Octavien, FNP, a seasoned healthcare professional with nearly two decades of experience.
Meet Linda Octavien, FNP, a seasoned healthcare professional with nearly two decades of experience.
(470) 315-9161 View (470) 315-9161
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Susan K Blank
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30024
Beginning with a thorough assessment of the issues you are facing, the AHC team will develop a personalized treatment plan to best meet your needs, including,if appropriate, a gentle, medically managed detox. We offer a multitude of treatment options such as Quantitative EEG (Brain Mapping), Hormonal Assessment, Nutritional Assessment, Neuropsychological Testing, Cognitive Therapy along with Traditional Twelve-Step Facilitation. Your Success is our Business - When combined with well established techniques and evidenced based practices, patients are able to achieve the greatest chance of successfully controlling their diesase of addcition.
Beginning with a thorough assessment of the issues you are facing, the AHC team will develop a personalized treatment plan to best meet your needs, including,if appropriate, a gentle, medically managed detox. We offer a multitude of treatment options such as Quantitative EEG (Brain Mapping), Hormonal Assessment, Nutritional Assessment, Neuropsychological Testing, Cognitive Therapy along with Traditional Twelve-Step Facilitation. Your Success is our Business - When combined with well established techniques and evidenced based practices, patients are able to achieve the greatest chance of successfully controlling their diesase of addcition.
(678) 929-5446 View (678) 929-5446
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Ravi Singareddy
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, FAASM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Dr. Singareddy has expertise in treating individuals with depression, OCD and anxiety disorders who are not improving despite multiple medication trials and therapy. He offers innovative FDA approved treatments including TMS and Spravato (Es-Ketamine). He is board certified in psychiatry and has published in the area of depression and anxiety disorders. Prior to coming to private practice he worked at Penn State Univ. Med Ctr. for almost 10 year and was involved in clinical work, education and research.
Dr. Singareddy has expertise in treating individuals with depression, OCD and anxiety disorders who are not improving despite multiple medication trials and therapy. He offers innovative FDA approved treatments including TMS and Spravato (Es-Ketamine). He is board certified in psychiatry and has published in the area of depression and anxiety disorders. Prior to coming to private practice he worked at Penn State Univ. Med Ctr. for almost 10 year and was involved in clinical work, education and research.
(678) 883-7211 View (678) 883-7211
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LaRue Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, CNP
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30097  (Online Only)
Khalilah LaRue is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (Across the Lifespan). A graduate of The Ohio State University, Khalilah LaRue, PMHNP-BC also completed her psychiatric residency training program at OSU Medical Center (OSU Harding Hospital), Southeast Mental Healthcare Center, and OhioHealth. She remains active with Ohio State, as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, teaching Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students as well as resident physicians assistants. She a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners.
Khalilah LaRue is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (Across the Lifespan). A graduate of The Ohio State University, Khalilah LaRue, PMHNP-BC also completed her psychiatric residency training program at OSU Medical Center (OSU Harding Hospital), Southeast Mental Healthcare Center, and OhioHealth. She remains active with Ohio State, as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, teaching Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students as well as resident physicians assistants. She a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners.
(470) 798-1215 View (470) 798-1215
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Chelsea Owen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30097  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience with the clinical treatment of psychiatric/mental health patients, offering an individualized approach to management and treatment. Additionally, I have over a decade of experience as a registered nurse working in acute care hospital facilities.
I have extensive experience with the clinical treatment of psychiatric/mental health patients, offering an individualized approach to management and treatment. Additionally, I have over a decade of experience as a registered nurse working in acute care hospital facilities.
(470) 613-6274 View (470) 613-6274
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Olufunmilayo Ajala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30097
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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Atlanta Plus ADHD Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30022
Our Psychiatrists treat Depression, Anxiety and ADHD patients across lifespan. They are passionate to provide comprehensive evidence based specialist approach to treatment of ADHD, Depression and Anxiety. We embrace treatment philosophy of personalized care to bring remarkable positive change in professional and personal life of our patients.
Our Psychiatrists treat Depression, Anxiety and ADHD patients across lifespan. They are passionate to provide comprehensive evidence based specialist approach to treatment of ADHD, Depression and Anxiety. We embrace treatment philosophy of personalized care to bring remarkable positive change in professional and personal life of our patients.
(678) 605-9549 View (678) 605-9549
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Simone Graham-Murray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30097  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I primarily work in substance abuse treatment with clients who also experience mental disorders.
Hello! I'm a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I primarily work in substance abuse treatment with clients who also experience mental disorders.
(706) 690-3632 View (706) 690-3632
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Cidia Awyie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30097  (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
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SoulCare Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Welcome to SoulCare Health LLC, where we strive to provide comprehensive Psychiatric Mental Health Services to individuals age 7yrs to older adults. Our team of qualified mental health professionals provides compassionate and personalized care to help our clients improve their mental health and well-being. Soulcare Health is a dedicated to helping individuals achieve a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. At SoulCare Health, we are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of our clients and their families.
Welcome to SoulCare Health LLC, where we strive to provide comprehensive Psychiatric Mental Health Services to individuals age 7yrs to older adults. Our team of qualified mental health professionals provides compassionate and personalized care to help our clients improve their mental health and well-being. Soulcare Health is a dedicated to helping individuals achieve a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. At SoulCare Health, we are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of our clients and their families.
(470) 785-8695 View (470) 785-8695
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Anna Sanchez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Johns Creek, GA 30022  (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
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Number of Psychiatrists in Johns Creek, GA

20+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Johns Creek, GA who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
84% Depression
84% Medication Management
80% Bipolar Disorder
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
64% ADHD
64% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
92% Aetna
79% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Johns Creek, GA see their clients

76% In Person and Online
24% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Johns Creek?

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.