Psychiatrists in Saint Marys, GA

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Camden Behavioral Wellness
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Saint Marys, GA 31558
The Mission of Camden Behavioral Wellness is to provide and facilitate exceptional behavioral healthcare while striving to identify and meet the unmet mental health gaps in Camden County, Georgia, in addition, to provide education and prevention to the community at large to promote the general wellness of all.
The Mission of Camden Behavioral Wellness is to provide and facilitate exceptional behavioral healthcare while striving to identify and meet the unmet mental health gaps in Camden County, Georgia, in addition, to provide education and prevention to the community at large to promote the general wellness of all.
(912) 207-9473 View (912) 207-9473

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Kourtney Gibson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kingsland, GA 31548
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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Jessica Coleman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kingsland, GA 31548
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

Online Psychiatrists

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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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Coastal Behavioral Health Outpatient Program
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31406
Coastal Behavioral Health provides outpatient services designed to meet the unique needs of adults 18 and older who experience substance use problems, psychiatric symptoms and dual diagnosis of both conditions, but do not require an inpatient level of care. Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) utilize evidence-based methodologies and provide comprehensive treatment to target specific disorders and are provided as part of the continuum of care at Coastal Behavioral Health. Outpatient services are available to clients who need counseling but do not require 24-hour inpatient care.
Coastal Behavioral Health provides outpatient services designed to meet the unique needs of adults 18 and older who experience substance use problems, psychiatric symptoms and dual diagnosis of both conditions, but do not require an inpatient level of care. Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) utilize evidence-based methodologies and provide comprehensive treatment to target specific disorders and are provided as part of the continuum of care at Coastal Behavioral Health. Outpatient services are available to clients who need counseling but do not require 24-hour inpatient care.
(912) 301-5831 x4300 View (912) 301-5831 x4300
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Edyn McKinnon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Axson, GA 31624  (Online Only)
I work with individuals from the age of 6 to geriatrics. I have had the pleasure to work on several inpatient crisis stability units for adult age patients 18-55 years old as well as geriatric units for patients ages 55 years and older. I have also worked in a private practice setting for the past 3 years that I just recently left. I felt it was time to move out more on my own. So here I am, I have come to realize when you love what you do it no longer truly is work.
I work with individuals from the age of 6 to geriatrics. I have had the pleasure to work on several inpatient crisis stability units for adult age patients 18-55 years old as well as geriatric units for patients ages 55 years and older. I have also worked in a private practice setting for the past 3 years that I just recently left. I felt it was time to move out more on my own. So here I am, I have come to realize when you love what you do it no longer truly is work.
(912) 299-8606 View (912) 299-8606
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Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Savannah, GA 31401
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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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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Nurul Hoque
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hinesville, GA 31313  (Online Only)
I am an experienced psychiatrist with more than 20 years of clinical practice, specializing in a comprehensive range of psychiatric conditions including Schizophrenia spectrum, Psychotic disorders, Bipolar and related disorders, Depressive and Anxiety disorders, Trauma- and stressor-related disorders, Somatic symptom disorders, and Substance-related and addictive disorders.
I am an experienced psychiatrist with more than 20 years of clinical practice, specializing in a comprehensive range of psychiatric conditions including Schizophrenia spectrum, Psychotic disorders, Bipolar and related disorders, Depressive and Anxiety disorders, Trauma- and stressor-related disorders, Somatic symptom disorders, and Substance-related and addictive disorders.
(470) 649-1907 View (470) 649-1907
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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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DPS Health and Wellness
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31405
DPS Health and Wellness is an outpatient mental health practice owned by Dr. David Samuels. With two Psychiatrists, 5 Mid-levels and 6 Counselors, the providers at DPS strive to provide quality, caring, person-based mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults. DPS offers evaluations, medication management and counseling. We have three locations for in office visits, as well as offering virtual appointments to accommodate patients throughout the state of Georgia. We don’t just speak your language, we listen to your concerns!
DPS Health and Wellness is an outpatient mental health practice owned by Dr. David Samuels. With two Psychiatrists, 5 Mid-levels and 6 Counselors, the providers at DPS strive to provide quality, caring, person-based mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults. DPS offers evaluations, medication management and counseling. We have three locations for in office visits, as well as offering virtual appointments to accommodate patients throughout the state of Georgia. We don’t just speak your language, we listen to your concerns!
(912) 205-5118 View (912) 205-5118
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Current Mind Care
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31404  (Online Only)
If you are seeking expert medication management, you have come to the right place. We put you first, while we focus on quality care and convenience. As a Certified Physician Assistant in Psychiatry, I am not only knowledgeable, I also have a deep personal connection to the challenges of mental health. Growing up with close family and friends who battled depression and anxiety, I witnessed firsthand the impact these conditions can have on you and your loved ones. This experience has ignited my passion for psychiatry and set me on a path to help anyone interested in making a better life for themselves.
If you are seeking expert medication management, you have come to the right place. We put you first, while we focus on quality care and convenience. As a Certified Physician Assistant in Psychiatry, I am not only knowledgeable, I also have a deep personal connection to the challenges of mental health. Growing up with close family and friends who battled depression and anxiety, I witnessed firsthand the impact these conditions can have on you and your loved ones. This experience has ignited my passion for psychiatry and set me on a path to help anyone interested in making a better life for themselves.
(912) 205-6523 View (912) 205-6523
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Jason Wilcox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hazlehurst, GA 31539  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Georgia. I received my Master's from Walden University and have been practicing for one year. I look forward to helping those who have mental health problems become mentally healthy.
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Georgia. I received my Master's from Walden University and have been practicing for one year. I look forward to helping those who have mental health problems become mentally healthy.
(912) 333-7589 View (912) 333-7589
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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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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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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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Emilie Taulbee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Pooler, GA 31322
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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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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Maria J Vega
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Savannah, GA 31408
I am an experienced, board certified psychiatrist. I earned my medical degree in 1995 and completed a Residency in adult psychiatry at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. I then did a 2 year fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry I worked as an assistant professor at Jackson Memorial Hospital from 2002-2005. I was then voluntary faculty at the University of Miami, Department of Psychiatry. I have vast experience treating eating disorders, ADHD, and autism, via both medication and/or therapy. I am currently residing in both Georgia and Florida, and fluent in Spanish. I offer telemedicine services.
I am an experienced, board certified psychiatrist. I earned my medical degree in 1995 and completed a Residency in adult psychiatry at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. I then did a 2 year fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry I worked as an assistant professor at Jackson Memorial Hospital from 2002-2005. I was then voluntary faculty at the University of Miami, Department of Psychiatry. I have vast experience treating eating disorders, ADHD, and autism, via both medication and/or therapy. I am currently residing in both Georgia and Florida, and fluent in Spanish. I offer telemedicine services.
(305) 834-4419 View (305) 834-4419
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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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Number of Psychiatrists in Saint Marys, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Saint Marys, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Domestic Abuse
100% Grief

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Wellpoint | Amerigroup
100% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Saint Marys, 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 Saint Marys?

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.