Psychiatrists in Walton County, GA

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Photo of Stephanie Abel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Walton County, GA
Stephanie Abel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP , BC
Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
Stephanie is a certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with 10+years' experience in psychiatry. I work with various populations and has worked in a variety of levels of care, including outpatient clinic, partial hospital program, dual diagnosis treatment, adult memory care, assisted living and inpatient units. My strengths include working with vulnerable populations, those with severe and persistent mental illness, psychotic disorders, dually diagnosed patients, and individuals affected by traumatic experiences.
Stephanie is a certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with 10+years' experience in psychiatry. I work with various populations and has worked in a variety of levels of care, including outpatient clinic, partial hospital program, dual diagnosis treatment, adult memory care, assisted living and inpatient units. My strengths include working with vulnerable populations, those with severe and persistent mental illness, psychotic disorders, dually diagnosed patients, and individuals affected by traumatic experiences.
(678) 839-7041 View (678) 839-7041
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Toyin Adekunle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? I help high performers manage anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. I also integrate mindfulness, yoga, and art to help you develop a stronger relationship with yourself.
Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it all in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work, and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? I help high performers manage anxiety and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. I also integrate mindfulness, yoga, and art to help you develop a stronger relationship with yourself.
(678) 941-1890 View (678) 941-1890
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Dr. Panchajanya Paul Md
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, ABPN
Verified
Monroe, GA 30655  (Online Only)
I am board certified in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I see children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults through telemedicine. I specialize in the use of medications and other holistic approaches to treat mental health conditions. Treating clients with respect, integrity and compassion are my priorities. When managing medications, I incorporate the most current and best evidence based practices. I have several books and research published concerning stress relief and sleep coaching with a holistic approach .
I am board certified in Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry. I see children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults through telemedicine. I specialize in the use of medications and other holistic approaches to treat mental health conditions. Treating clients with respect, integrity and compassion are my priorities. When managing medications, I incorporate the most current and best evidence based practices. I have several books and research published concerning stress relief and sleep coaching with a holistic approach .
(678) 892-6669 View (678) 892-6669
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Total Care Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Loganville, GA 30052
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
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Chinara Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, - BC, APRN, MSN
Verified
Loganville, GA 30052  (Online Only)
Welcome to Renewed Focus Psychiatric Services where we discover transformation by the "Renewing of your Mind." With each individual, my goal is to first provide a safe, confidential space to address concerns, while ensuring you receive competent, prompt and compassionate care. I provide treatment to clients across the lifespan, children and adults who suffer from mental illness with goals to reduce healthcare disparities. My areas of expertise include but are not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Sexual Abuse, Schizophrenia, Addictions, Personality Disorders, Grief/Loss, Medication Management and Talk Therapy.
Welcome to Renewed Focus Psychiatric Services where we discover transformation by the "Renewing of your Mind." With each individual, my goal is to first provide a safe, confidential space to address concerns, while ensuring you receive competent, prompt and compassionate care. I provide treatment to clients across the lifespan, children and adults who suffer from mental illness with goals to reduce healthcare disparities. My areas of expertise include but are not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Sexual Abuse, Schizophrenia, Addictions, Personality Disorders, Grief/Loss, Medication Management and Talk Therapy.
(770) 802-2570 View (770) 802-2570
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Sharon Chapman-Bonilla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Loganville, GA 30052  (Online Only)
Are you feeling frustrated ? Feeling overwhelmed and discouraged ? Do you lack the motivation to accomplish your goals? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit. I'm here to help. You deserve a safe space to heal and grow.
Are you feeling frustrated ? Feeling overwhelmed and discouraged ? Do you lack the motivation to accomplish your goals? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. We'll use a whole self approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit. I'm here to help. You deserve a safe space to heal and grow.
(770) 415-1576 View (770) 415-1576
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Dr. Chasity J Carswell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified
Loganville, GA 30052  (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.
(470) 822-8559 View (470) 822-8559
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Ornaldo Swift Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGPCNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Social Circle, GA 30025
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
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Heather Griffin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
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
Loganville, GA 30052
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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Karen Nguyen
Physician Assistant, PAC
Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
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
Photo of Esther Narhmartey-Darku, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Walton County, GA
Esther Narhmartey-Darku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
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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Chiriyankandat Sebastian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
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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Charles Guillaume
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
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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SoulCare Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Loganville, GA 30052
Welcome to SoulCare Health LLC, where we strive to provide comprehensive Psychiatric Mental Health Services to individuals age 7yrs - 90 yrs old. Our team of highly qualified mental health professionals provides compassionate and personalized care to help our clients improve their mental health and well-being. Soulcare Health is a comprehensive health and wellness platform 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 - 90 yrs old. Our team of highly qualified mental health professionals provides compassionate and personalized care to help our clients improve their mental health and well-being. Soulcare Health is a comprehensive health and wellness platform 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
Photo of Evelyn Booker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Walton County, GA
Evelyn Booker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
Evelyn Booker is a Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of psychiatric-mental experience. Evelyn is accepting new patients all over Georgia via telehealth visits for comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Evelyn treats anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones.
Evelyn Booker is a Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of psychiatric-mental experience. Evelyn is accepting new patients all over Georgia via telehealth visits for comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Evelyn treats anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones.
(470) 517-8356 View (470) 517-8356
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Selma Ali Yallah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
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
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Chine mental health services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Loganville, GA 30052  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental health? Are things becoming overwhelming & unmanageable? My name is Gloria Chine, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of mental health experience. I have extensive inpatient and outpatient experience. I provide comprehensive mental health evaluations, medication management & therapy. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, bipolar, anger issues, ADHD, PTSD (trauma), schizophrenia and not limiting to other mental illness. I have daily appointments. Please schedule your appointment via my website.
Are you struggling to balance your mental health? Are things becoming overwhelming & unmanageable? My name is Gloria Chine, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of mental health experience. I have extensive inpatient and outpatient experience. I provide comprehensive mental health evaluations, medication management & therapy. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, bipolar, anger issues, ADHD, PTSD (trauma), schizophrenia and not limiting to other mental illness. I have daily appointments. Please schedule your appointment via my website.
(404) 487-1960 View (404) 487-1960
Obianuju Okpala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Loganville, GA 30052
(770) 343-5901 View (770) 343-5901

Online Psychiatrists

Sandra Fraro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Conyers, GA 30012
I am board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have over 10 years experience providing compassionate care in the mental health field. I advocate for mental health care access for everyone.
I am board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have over 10 years experience providing compassionate care in the mental health field. I advocate for mental health care access for everyone.
(470) 646-5494 View (470) 646-5494

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Number of Psychiatrists in Walton County, GA

10+

Average cost per session

$215

Psychiatrists in Walton County, GA who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
89% Anxiety
84% Bipolar Disorder
79% ADHD
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% Trauma and PTSD
74% Medication Management

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
94% Cigna and Evernorth
88% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in Walton County, GA see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Walton 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.