Psychiatrists in Lilburn, GA

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Stacey Fears
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Lilburn, GA 30047
Hello, I'm Stacey Fears, and I want to personally welcome you to Sequence To Health, where my passion for mental healthcare and my commitment to your well-being intersect. With over 18 years of experience in healthcare, my journey began in family medicine, but it was eight years ago that I discovered my true calling in mental health care.
Hello, I'm Stacey Fears, and I want to personally welcome you to Sequence To Health, where my passion for mental healthcare and my commitment to your well-being intersect. With over 18 years of experience in healthcare, my journey began in family medicine, but it was eight years ago that I discovered my true calling in mental health care.
(678) 835-3767 View (678) 835-3767
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Jehovahs Behavioral Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lilburn, GA 30047
Hello, I am Grace Fomunung. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have a plethora of experience with a diverse population including a wide range of experience with the LGBTQIA+ population. I have worked closely with individuals of the trans experience as well. I provide specialized care for clients ranging from adolescents to seniors that struggle with anxiety, depression, and more in both in inpatient and outpatient mental health hospitals in crisis stabilization. I also work with clients who have schizophrenia, OCD, insomnia, bipolar disorder, dementia, PTSD, and substance abuse.
Hello, I am Grace Fomunung. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have a plethora of experience with a diverse population including a wide range of experience with the LGBTQIA+ population. I have worked closely with individuals of the trans experience as well. I provide specialized care for clients ranging from adolescents to seniors that struggle with anxiety, depression, and more in both in inpatient and outpatient mental health hospitals in crisis stabilization. I also work with clients who have schizophrenia, OCD, insomnia, bipolar disorder, dementia, PTSD, and substance abuse.
(770) 691-1402 View (770) 691-1402
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Kahari Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
Lilburn, GA 30047
Kahari Scott is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2023. Kahari's services are curtailed with the understanding that the client is just as much a part of the treatment team as he is. As an advanced practice provider, Kahari recognizes the importance of therapeutic relationships to foster trustworthiness and solidarity. Ultimately, he aims to empower all patients to partner with the evidence-based practice guidelines of his practice, coupled with their vigilant self-awareness, to promote successful treatment outcomes.
Kahari Scott is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2023. Kahari's services are curtailed with the understanding that the client is just as much a part of the treatment team as he is. As an advanced practice provider, Kahari recognizes the importance of therapeutic relationships to foster trustworthiness and solidarity. Ultimately, he aims to empower all patients to partner with the evidence-based practice guidelines of his practice, coupled with their vigilant self-awareness, to promote successful treatment outcomes.
(678) 853-7507 View (678) 853-7507
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Richard Onoja
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
Lilburn, GA 30047
Richard Onoja, DNP, PMHNP-BC Richard Onoja is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia and has been practicing since 2018. He has a Bachelor of Nursing from Kennesaw State University, a Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health from Georgia State University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Augusta University. Richard is passionate about helping clients move toward better perceptions of themselves. He utilizes compassion; affirmation of individual belief system; academic understanding of chemical brain functions; and evidence-based research to empower clients.
Richard Onoja, DNP, PMHNP-BC Richard Onoja is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia and has been practicing since 2018. He has a Bachelor of Nursing from Kennesaw State University, a Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health from Georgia State University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Augusta University. Richard is passionate about helping clients move toward better perceptions of themselves. He utilizes compassion; affirmation of individual belief system; academic understanding of chemical brain functions; and evidence-based research to empower clients.
(678) 616-2971 View (678) 616-2971
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Chiriyankandat Sebastian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lilburn, GA 30047
Dr. Sebastian 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. Dr. Sebastian 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 her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Dr. Sebastian 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. Dr. Sebastian 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 her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(770) 501-6653 View (770) 501-6653
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Heather Griffin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lilburn, GA 30047
Heather works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Heather believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Heather works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Heather believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(770) 467-3987 View (770) 467-3987
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Rashelle Browne-Tomlinson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lilburn, GA 30047
Dr. Browne-Tomlinson is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with psychiatric residency training, as well as, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training completed at the University of South Florida. She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia and she is licensed to practice medicine in several states which allow her to extend her reach to meet the mental health needs of the community through telemedicine. Dr. Browne-Tomlinson believes in the whole body approach to treatment and healing utilizing medication management and brief support of therapy.
Dr. Browne-Tomlinson is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with psychiatric residency training, as well as, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training completed at the University of South Florida. She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia and she is licensed to practice medicine in several states which allow her to extend her reach to meet the mental health needs of the community through telemedicine. Dr. Browne-Tomlinson believes in the whole body approach to treatment and healing utilizing medication management and brief support of therapy.
(678) 661-5172 View (678) 661-5172
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Esther Narhmartey-Darku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Lilburn, GA 30047
Esther is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the ANCC. Esther has a strong rapport with patients of all ages, specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents.
Esther is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the ANCC. Esther has a strong rapport with patients of all ages, specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents.
(770) 758-2057 View (770) 758-2057
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Charles Guillaume
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Lilburn, GA 30047
Charles Guillaume is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2014. Charles graduated from the University of Cincinnati and obtained a post master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Charles believes in helping his client gain better 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. His main areas of focus include Mood disorders, cognitive disorders and psychotic disorders.
Charles Guillaume is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2014. Charles graduated from the University of Cincinnati and obtained a post master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Charles believes in helping his client gain better 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. His main areas of focus include Mood disorders, cognitive disorders and psychotic disorders.
(770) 562-7966 View (770) 562-7966
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Karen Nguyen
Physician Assistant, PAC
Verified
Lilburn, GA 30047
Karen Nguyen Gray is board-certified by the National Commission in Certification of Physicians Assistants (NCCPA). She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion at the University of Georgia in 2012, Cum Laude. She then furthered her education by obtaining her Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been practicing in Georgia since 2015. She lives locally in Tucker and enjoys spending time with her family as well as traveling.
Karen Nguyen Gray is board-certified by the National Commission in Certification of Physicians Assistants (NCCPA). She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion at the University of Georgia in 2012, Cum Laude. She then furthered her education by obtaining her Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been practicing in Georgia since 2015. She lives locally in Tucker and enjoys spending time with her family as well as traveling.
(770) 308-8285 View (770) 308-8285
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Louise Wise
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Lilburn, GA 30047
Offering flexible EVENING & WEEKEND appointments! Discover relief through our compassionate mental health services. Specializing in anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, insomnia, and alcohol addiction. When emotions persist and affect daily life, it's time for healthful solutions. Our approach focuses on individualized options, combining traditional and nutritional treatment plans. Affordable, evidence-based, and holistic care is tailored to patients of all ages. Explore the benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for comprehensive care. Your well-being is our priority, guiding you towards a healthier and balanced life.
Offering flexible EVENING & WEEKEND appointments! Discover relief through our compassionate mental health services. Specializing in anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, insomnia, and alcohol addiction. When emotions persist and affect daily life, it's time for healthful solutions. Our approach focuses on individualized options, combining traditional and nutritional treatment plans. Affordable, evidence-based, and holistic care is tailored to patients of all ages. Explore the benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for comprehensive care. Your well-being is our priority, guiding you towards a healthier and balanced life.
(678) 831-6429 View (678) 831-6429
Healing you First
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP
Verified
Lilburn, GA 30047
(678) 681-9850 View (678) 681-9850

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Rohini Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 20 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Hyperactive Disorder (ADD / ADHD), Schizophrenia with compassion and compassion with good reviews, focus driven as it relates to patient care and treatment.
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 20 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Hyperactive Disorder (ADD / ADHD), Schizophrenia with compassion and compassion with good reviews, focus driven as it relates to patient care and treatment.
(470) 837-5902 View (470) 837-5902
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Evelyn Booker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30043  (Online Only)
Evelyn Booker is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in the treatment and management of ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental health conditions in adolescents and adults. She looks forward to assisting you to reach your life goals and live your best life.
Evelyn Booker is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who specializes in the treatment and management of ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental health conditions in adolescents and adults. She looks forward to assisting you to reach your life goals and live your best life.
(470) 619-2593 View (470) 619-2593
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Omoniyi Mutiu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHMP
Verified
Duluth, GA 30097
Omoniyi is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience in psychiatric and mental health nursing. Omni is a client-focused practitioner with dynamic experience in psychiatric, behavioral health, addiction, and substance use disorder. Omni is compassionate and provides excellent mental health care for clients with focus and supports for recovery and rehabilitation taking into consideration the unique needs of the individual client's needs. Proven accomplishments in making positive impacts in the lives of individuals and families experiencing behavioral health issues and substance use disorders.
Omoniyi is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience in psychiatric and mental health nursing. Omni is a client-focused practitioner with dynamic experience in psychiatric, behavioral health, addiction, and substance use disorder. Omni is compassionate and provides excellent mental health care for clients with focus and supports for recovery and rehabilitation taking into consideration the unique needs of the individual client's needs. Proven accomplishments in making positive impacts in the lives of individuals and families experiencing behavioral health issues and substance use disorders.
(470) 946-6361 View (470) 946-6361
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Debra Harvey Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MHA, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Same Day or Next Day appointments available. Board Certified by The American Nurses Credentialing Center receiving my master’s degree from Walden University. I am board-certified in adult, adolescent, and child psychiatry. I have over 20 years of nursing experience in various areas to include Medical-Surgical, Orthopedics, Oncology, Skilled Nursing/Rehabilitation, Long Term Care, Utilization Review, Care Coordinator, Mental and Behavior Health Services. My passion and commitment is assisting you to become the best version of yourself, by providing client-centered and competent-quality care.
Same Day or Next Day appointments available. Board Certified by The American Nurses Credentialing Center receiving my master’s degree from Walden University. I am board-certified in adult, adolescent, and child psychiatry. I have over 20 years of nursing experience in various areas to include Medical-Surgical, Orthopedics, Oncology, Skilled Nursing/Rehabilitation, Long Term Care, Utilization Review, Care Coordinator, Mental and Behavior Health Services. My passion and commitment is assisting you to become the best version of yourself, by providing client-centered and competent-quality care.
(678) 929-2589 View (678) 929-2589
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Integrative Mental Wellness & ReLeaf Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Snellville, GA 30078  (Online Only)
A virtual clinic offering a holistic, medication free approach to mental health care. Treatment is available in Maryland, DC, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and the US Virgin Islands.
A virtual clinic offering a holistic, medication free approach to mental health care. Treatment is available in Maryland, DC, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and the US Virgin Islands.
(770) 758-7925 View (770) 758-7925
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Mindspring Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Mindspring Health is available for same/next week appointments via tele-health (GA and IN) or in-person sessions (GA). Our board-certified psychiatrists specialize in evidence-based and patient-centered treatment. Our psychiatrists completed training in General Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine. We treat children, teenagers, adults, and elderly patients. We also specialize in forensic psychiatry and conduct independent medical evaluations, fitness for duty evaluations, competency to stand trial, and criminal responsibility evaluations.
Mindspring Health is available for same/next week appointments via tele-health (GA and IN) or in-person sessions (GA). Our board-certified psychiatrists specialize in evidence-based and patient-centered treatment. Our psychiatrists completed training in General Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine. We treat children, teenagers, adults, and elderly patients. We also specialize in forensic psychiatry and conduct independent medical evaluations, fitness for duty evaluations, competency to stand trial, and criminal responsibility evaluations.
(470) 570-2498 View (470) 570-2498
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Dr. Chasity J Carswell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified
Lawrenceville, GA 30046  (Online Only)
Dr. Chasity J. Carswell is a double board certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience. She is the founder and owner of Collaborating Minds LLC. Dr. Chasity received a Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner in May 2014. She then went on to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in August 2019. Dr. Chasity has worked in a variety of settings to include outpatient, inpatient crisis stabilization units, substance abuse detoxification and psychiatric consult liaison.
Dr. Chasity J. Carswell is a double board certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 9 years of experience. She is the founder and owner of Collaborating Minds LLC. Dr. Chasity received a Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner in May 2014. She then went on to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in August 2019. Dr. Chasity has worked in a variety of settings to include outpatient, inpatient crisis stabilization units, substance abuse detoxification and psychiatric consult liaison.
(678) 679-6542 View (678) 679-6542
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Neha Arora Khurana
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Norcross, GA 30071
I am a solo practitioner in Norcross working with a broad range of individuals. In addition to providing medication management, my practice offers injections, and substance abuse treatment (No Opiate MAT) I am currently seeing clients in-person and look forward to helping you on your mental health journey.
I am a solo practitioner in Norcross working with a broad range of individuals. In addition to providing medication management, my practice offers injections, and substance abuse treatment (No Opiate MAT) I am currently seeing clients in-person and look forward to helping you on your mental health journey.
(678) 737-4856 View (678) 737-4856

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lilburn, GA

10+

Average cost per session

$187

Psychiatrists in Lilburn, GA who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Anxiety
92% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Bipolar Disorder
83% Medication Management
75% ADHD
58% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
91% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Lilburn, GA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lilburn?

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.