Psychiatrists in Rockdale County, GA

Photo of Mind Over Matter Psychiatric Services, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockdale County, GA
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
Photo of Dartiss Chevalier, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockdale County, GA
Dartiss Chevalier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Conyers, GA 30013
Dartiss Chevalier is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2019. Dartiss believes in listening to a patient, validating their worries and fears, encouraging treatment, and helping them choose the right treatment. Outside of work, Dartiss is passionate about living and enjoying life, especially vacationing.
Dartiss Chevalier is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2019. Dartiss believes in listening to a patient, validating their worries and fears, encouraging treatment, and helping them choose the right treatment. Outside of work, Dartiss is passionate about living and enjoying life, especially vacationing.
(470) 536-8905 View (470) 536-8905
Photo of Lori Darnelle Lewis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockdale County, GA
Lori Darnelle Lewis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBA, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Conyers, GA 30094  (Online Only)
I am Lori Lewis, a dedicated Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. For years, I have been committed to making a difference in the lives of those struggling with mental health challenges. With a diverse background in healthcare, I bring a wealth of experience and expertise to my practice. My decision to specialize in mental health nursing came after a personal experience that transformed my life. As a survivor of sexual assault, I spent years running away from my own mental health struggles. As a mental health advocate, I strongly believe the significance of facing your fears while allowing yourself grace.
I am Lori Lewis, a dedicated Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. For years, I have been committed to making a difference in the lives of those struggling with mental health challenges. With a diverse background in healthcare, I bring a wealth of experience and expertise to my practice. My decision to specialize in mental health nursing came after a personal experience that transformed my life. As a survivor of sexual assault, I spent years running away from my own mental health struggles. As a mental health advocate, I strongly believe the significance of facing your fears while allowing yourself grace.
(770) 562-7345 View (770) 562-7345
Photo of Donna Cross, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockdale County, GA
Donna Cross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Conyers, GA 30013
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
Photo of Atlanta Telepsychiatry, Psychiatrist in Rockdale County, GA
Atlanta Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Conyers, GA 30012
Welcome to Atlanta Tele-psychiatry!! We believe in recovery from mental illness that goes beyond the absence of symptoms, and we will work with you to establish and maintain your recovery journey. Our ultimate goal is to help you regain a rich, rewarding, and meaningful life in our community.
Welcome to Atlanta Tele-psychiatry!! We believe in recovery from mental illness that goes beyond the absence of symptoms, and we will work with you to establish and maintain your recovery journey. Our ultimate goal is to help you regain a rich, rewarding, and meaningful life in our community.
(470) 300-1958 View (470) 300-1958
Photo of Selma Ali Yallah, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockdale County, GA
Selma Ali Yallah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Conyers, GA 30012
Selma Ali Yallah is a board-certified nurse practitioner with expertise in Psychiatric Mental Health. She got her Associate Degree in Nursing from Georgia Perimeter College and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of West Georgia. After 10 years of working in the field as RN, Selma decided to pursue a master’s degree, specializing in psychiatric mental health at the Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia.
Selma Ali Yallah is a board-certified nurse practitioner with expertise in Psychiatric Mental Health. She got her Associate Degree in Nursing from Georgia Perimeter College and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of West Georgia. After 10 years of working in the field as RN, Selma decided to pursue a master’s degree, specializing in psychiatric mental health at the Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia.
(470) 243-7805 View (470) 243-7805
Photo of Tranquility Behavioral Services LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockdale County, GA
Tranquility Behavioral Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Conyers, GA 30013
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.
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.
(470) 664-2144 View (470) 664-2144
Photo of Overflowing Health Behavioral , Psychiatrist in Rockdale County, GA
Overflowing Health Behavioral
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Conyers, GA 30013  (Online Only)
At Overflowing Health Behavioral, we believe there is no health without mental health. Our mission is to provide compassionate high quality care and support to all of our clients. We are a 100% tele-medicine practice with both weekend and weekday availability. We understand our clients live busy lives and that work and home life may make it difficult to schedule appointments during traditional office hours (8a-5p) as a solution, we offer flexible alternatives such as same day or after hours appointments (5p-8p). Our goal is to work closely with the patient to figure out what works best.
At Overflowing Health Behavioral, we believe there is no health without mental health. Our mission is to provide compassionate high quality care and support to all of our clients. We are a 100% tele-medicine practice with both weekend and weekday availability. We understand our clients live busy lives and that work and home life may make it difficult to schedule appointments during traditional office hours (8a-5p) as a solution, we offer flexible alternatives such as same day or after hours appointments (5p-8p). Our goal is to work closely with the patient to figure out what works best.
(478) 249-6191 View (478) 249-6191
Photo of Manifesting Minds, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockdale County, GA
Manifesting Minds, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN, MBA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Conyers, GA 30094  (Online Only)
I am Lori Lewis, a dedicated Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. For years, I have been committed to making a difference in the lives of those struggling with mental health challenges. With a diverse background in healthcare, I bring a wealth of experience and expertise to my practice. My decision to specialize in mental health nursing came after a personal experience that transformed my life. As a survivor of sexual assault, I spent years running away from my own mental health struggles. As a mental health advocate, I strongly believe the significance of facing your fears while allowing yourself grace.
I am Lori Lewis, a dedicated Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. For years, I have been committed to making a difference in the lives of those struggling with mental health challenges. With a diverse background in healthcare, I bring a wealth of experience and expertise to my practice. My decision to specialize in mental health nursing came after a personal experience that transformed my life. As a survivor of sexual assault, I spent years running away from my own mental health struggles. As a mental health advocate, I strongly believe the significance of facing your fears while allowing yourself grace.
(678) 403-6669 View (678) 403-6669
Photo of Joanne B Harris, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockdale County, GA
Joanne B Harris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Conyers, GA 30094
My guiding principle in psychiatric treatment is that you should be heard and respected as an individual. We'll work together to develop a strategy that's attainable and tailored made for you.
My guiding principle in psychiatric treatment is that you should be heard and respected as an individual. We'll work together to develop a strategy that's attainable and tailored made for you.
(470) 868-2160 View (470) 868-2160
Photo of Apex Integrative Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockdale County, GA
Apex Integrative Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Conyers, GA 30013  (Online Only)
At Apex Integrative Health our goal is to provide individualized, integrative approach to care for patients with psychiatric needs. We are board certified psychiatric nurse practitioners with over 20 years of health care experience. Our treatment approach is integrative, often combining various modalities including medications, psychotherapy, medical/diagnostic lab work, nutrition, exercise, and other wellness focused approaches catered to each individual's needs. We offer medication management, psychiatric evaluations, and combined psychotherapy and medication management.
At Apex Integrative Health our goal is to provide individualized, integrative approach to care for patients with psychiatric needs. We are board certified psychiatric nurse practitioners with over 20 years of health care experience. Our treatment approach is integrative, often combining various modalities including medications, psychotherapy, medical/diagnostic lab work, nutrition, exercise, and other wellness focused approaches catered to each individual's needs. We offer medication management, psychiatric evaluations, and combined psychotherapy and medication management.
(470) 329-1697 View (470) 329-1697
Photo of Olasimbo Babatope, Psychiatrist in Rockdale County, GA
Olasimbo Babatope
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Conyers, GA 30012
Welcome to Atlanta Tele-psychiatry! We believe in recovery from mental illness that goes beyond the absence of symptoms, and we will work with you to establish and maintain your recovery journey. Our ultimate goal is to help you regain a rich, rewarding, and meaningful life in our community.
Welcome to Atlanta Tele-psychiatry! We believe in recovery from mental illness that goes beyond the absence of symptoms, and we will work with you to establish and maintain your recovery journey. Our ultimate goal is to help you regain a rich, rewarding, and meaningful life in our community.
(706) 408-6607 View (706) 408-6607
Photo of Ornaldo Swift Healthcare, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockdale County, GA
Ornaldo Swift Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGPCNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Conyers, GA 30012
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
Photo of Naureen Munawar, Psychiatrist in Rockdale County, GA
Naureen Munawar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Conyers, GA 30094
As one of 3 Psychiatrist of Apex Family Healthcare Services, our focus is on meeting the Comprehensive Psychological Needs of the Patient. I am on site 5 days weekly. We collaborate with PCP's, Specialty MD's and other Health Professionals to ensure that our patients treatment is Comprehensive and Effective. We offer medication management, psycho-therapy, substance abuse treatment, individual, family, marriage counseling all in one location. We service children, adolescents and adults. W
As one of 3 Psychiatrist of Apex Family Healthcare Services, our focus is on meeting the Comprehensive Psychological Needs of the Patient. I am on site 5 days weekly. We collaborate with PCP's, Specialty MD's and other Health Professionals to ensure that our patients treatment is Comprehensive and Effective. We offer medication management, psycho-therapy, substance abuse treatment, individual, family, marriage counseling all in one location. We service children, adolescents and adults. W
(678) 883-7724 View (678) 883-7724
Photo of Rholonda Adams, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockdale County, GA
Rholonda Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Conyers, GA 30013
Hi I'm Rho! I'm a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner that treats mental health disorders via medication management and brief psychotherapy skills review. Some of my interests include treating mental health disorders related to life changes, optimizing medication regimens utilizing the fewest effective medications, and helping people learn/implement coping skills to utilize alongside their medications to improve mental wellness. My goal when working with any client is to provide care that enables them to decrease distress and live the life they envision for themselves!
Hi I'm Rho! I'm a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner that treats mental health disorders via medication management and brief psychotherapy skills review. Some of my interests include treating mental health disorders related to life changes, optimizing medication regimens utilizing the fewest effective medications, and helping people learn/implement coping skills to utilize alongside their medications to improve mental wellness. My goal when working with any client is to provide care that enables them to decrease distress and live the life they envision for themselves!
View
Photo of Total Care Behavioral Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockdale County, GA
Total Care Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Conyers, GA 30013
Our practice specialize in treating adults and adolescents with a range of mental health concerns. Stephanie treat clients in a professional and confidential setting that feels safe and non-judgmental. Her strengths include working with vulnerable populations, those with severe and persistent mental illness, psychotic disorders, ADHD diagnosed patients, and individuals affected by traumatic experiences, Stephanie enjoy giving clients individualized attention, and the personalized care they deserved.
Our practice specialize in treating adults and adolescents with a range of mental health concerns. Stephanie treat clients in a professional and confidential setting that feels safe and non-judgmental. Her strengths include working with vulnerable populations, those with severe and persistent mental illness, psychotic disorders, ADHD diagnosed patients, and individuals affected by traumatic experiences, Stephanie enjoy giving clients individualized attention, and the personalized care they deserved.
(678) 203-9802 View (678) 203-9802

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Abby Behavioral Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockdale County, GA
Abby Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Snellville, GA 30078
Funmi is a licensed Nurse Practitioner with experience in Psychiatric-Mental Health providing care for ages 7 - 99. I am board-certified as an Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), PMHNP-BC by American Credentialing Center (ANCC). Currently licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in the State of Georgia and Florida. I hold a bachelor’s degree (BSN) in nursing- at Chamberlain University Chicago and a master’s degree in Psychiatry and mental health at Walden University. Currently in pursuance of the Doctoral degree in Psychiatry and Mental Health program at Walden University. The wellness of my clients is my passion.
Funmi is a licensed Nurse Practitioner with experience in Psychiatric-Mental Health providing care for ages 7 - 99. I am board-certified as an Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), PMHNP-BC by American Credentialing Center (ANCC). Currently licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in the State of Georgia and Florida. I hold a bachelor’s degree (BSN) in nursing- at Chamberlain University Chicago and a master’s degree in Psychiatry and mental health at Walden University. Currently in pursuance of the Doctoral degree in Psychiatry and Mental Health program at Walden University. The wellness of my clients is my passion.
(678) 336-9505 View (678) 336-9505
Photo of Natacha Smith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockdale County, GA
Natacha Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Norcross, GA 30093
Dr. Smith is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She received her nurse practitioner degree from the University of South Alabama and has been in practice for eight years. She provides evidence-based holistic mental health care to individuals of all ages. She is committed to helping patients reach their goals. She also believes in establishing a long-lasting rapport with her patients. Her objective is to ensure her patients’ needs and concerns are being heard and their needs and purposes are being met.
Dr. Smith is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She received her nurse practitioner degree from the University of South Alabama and has been in practice for eight years. She provides evidence-based holistic mental health care to individuals of all ages. She is committed to helping patients reach their goals. She also believes in establishing a long-lasting rapport with her patients. Her objective is to ensure her patients’ needs and concerns are being heard and their needs and purposes are being met.
(678) 218-1895 View (678) 218-1895
Photo of Georgia Telehealth Medicine, Physician Assistant in Rockdale County, GA
Georgia Telehealth Medicine
Physician Assistant
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bogart, GA 30622
I am excited to offer medical services to the state of Georgia, especially patients who may struggle to access and obtain medication. I desire to support individuals who may not have insurance, a primary care physician, or a medical provider comfortable prescribing mental health medications. This online and telehealth medical practice focuses on mental health and providing care 7 days per week. All patients will receive medication for up to 3 months prior to the next visit.
I am excited to offer medical services to the state of Georgia, especially patients who may struggle to access and obtain medication. I desire to support individuals who may not have insurance, a primary care physician, or a medical provider comfortable prescribing mental health medications. This online and telehealth medical practice focuses on mental health and providing care 7 days per week. All patients will receive medication for up to 3 months prior to the next visit.
(706) 919-9722 View (706) 919-9722
Photo of Akeela Dossa, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rockdale County, GA
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

See more therapy options for Rockdale County

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Rockdale County, GA

10+

Average cost per session

$130

Psychiatrists in Rockdale County, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
94% Depression
88% Bipolar Disorder
88% Medication Management
75% Trauma and PTSD
63% Psychosis
56% Addiction

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
86% Aetna
86% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Rockdale County, GA see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rockdale 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.