Psychiatrists in Georgia

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Windy Meadows
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
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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Shonali Saha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Smyrna, GA 30082
I diagnose and treat individuals (ages 12 and up) and families with substance use disorders. My goal is to support you and your family to be more than simply drug-free but to return to a state of wholeness and good health. I integrate a medical model for the treatment of the relapsing chronic brain disease of addiction with evidence based practices like mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. I utilize medication assisted treatment for addictions. I also treat comorbid mood disorders such as depression and anxiety in people who struggle with substance use disorders.
I diagnose and treat individuals (ages 12 and up) and families with substance use disorders. My goal is to support you and your family to be more than simply drug-free but to return to a state of wholeness and good health. I integrate a medical model for the treatment of the relapsing chronic brain disease of addiction with evidence based practices like mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. I utilize medication assisted treatment for addictions. I also treat comorbid mood disorders such as depression and anxiety in people who struggle with substance use disorders.
(678) 929-9026 View (678) 929-9026
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Dr. Mary Opara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, BSc, PMHCNS-, BA, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Suwanee, GA 30024  (Online Only)
I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), licensed, and Board Certified, in Psychiatry/Mental Health as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. My Philosophy is "Let all you do be done with love." If a client for instance, has depression and anxiety, we will discuss how it affects their life. Talk about what triggers make it worse, and how they handle the symptoms. For compliance, we collaborate on the best plan of care. I present the options for medications, benefits, alternatives, side effects, and encourage therapy as a great combination with the medication. The ultimate goal is to return the client to be healthy, happy and enjoy life again.
I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), licensed, and Board Certified, in Psychiatry/Mental Health as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. My Philosophy is "Let all you do be done with love." If a client for instance, has depression and anxiety, we will discuss how it affects their life. Talk about what triggers make it worse, and how they handle the symptoms. For compliance, we collaborate on the best plan of care. I present the options for medications, benefits, alternatives, side effects, and encourage therapy as a great combination with the medication. The ultimate goal is to return the client to be healthy, happy and enjoy life again.
(678) 940-6883 View (678) 940-6883
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Beautiful Minds of Fayetteville, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Ms. Stacey L. Coleman-Mitchell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and she is licensed in the states of California, Georgia, Arizona, Florida and New York. She is committed to working together with her clients to ensure they are receiving the best care possible. Stacey decided to become a nurse because she wanted to have a positive impact on the lives of her clients – whether it is addressing an overlooked complaint or educating clients about diagnoses and medication management, Stacey takes great pride in caring for her clients. Her belief: “Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage does." - Unknown.
Ms. Stacey L. Coleman-Mitchell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and she is licensed in the states of California, Georgia, Arizona, Florida and New York. She is committed to working together with her clients to ensure they are receiving the best care possible. Stacey decided to become a nurse because she wanted to have a positive impact on the lives of her clients – whether it is addressing an overlooked complaint or educating clients about diagnoses and medication management, Stacey takes great pride in caring for her clients. Her belief: “Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage does." - Unknown.
(678) 403-6481 x30214 View (678) 403-6481 x30214
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Laura T Houwers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified
Newnan, GA 30263  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Laura. I am a dually certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP and Certified Nurse Midwife. You deserve to have a provider who works with you as a partner in your healthcare. I strive to help you achieve your mental health goals, whether it be through the management of medications or the addition of alternatives.
Hi, my name is Laura. I am a dually certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP and Certified Nurse Midwife. You deserve to have a provider who works with you as a partner in your healthcare. I strive to help you achieve your mental health goals, whether it be through the management of medications or the addition of alternatives.
(770) 481-9660 View (770) 481-9660
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Alexis Kessen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Dr. Kessen graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Utah. She enjoys taking a personalized approach to each patient she sees, taking into account their unique life experiences. Dr. Kessen focuses on medication management of adult patients ages 18 and older with mood and anxiety disorders, as well as others falling under general psychiatry. Dr. Kessen is known to be a good listener who cares greatly for her patients. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and traveling.
Dr. Kessen graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Utah. She enjoys taking a personalized approach to each patient she sees, taking into account their unique life experiences. Dr. Kessen focuses on medication management of adult patients ages 18 and older with mood and anxiety disorders, as well as others falling under general psychiatry. Dr. Kessen is known to be a good listener who cares greatly for her patients. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and traveling.
(678) 540-1907 View (678) 540-1907
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Diana Woodall
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30318  (Online Only)
SAME/ NEXT Week Appointments - I am a board certified psychiatrist committed to providing individualized care to each patient, with an emphasis on empathetic listening and collaboration. My goal in working with patients is to empower each individual to harness their unique strengths and to foster self-actualization and resiliency. My treatment approach is integrative, often combining various modalities including medications, psychotherapy, medical/diagnostic labwork, nutrition, exercise, and other wellness focused approaches catered to each individual's values.
SAME/ NEXT Week Appointments - I am a board certified psychiatrist committed to providing individualized care to each patient, with an emphasis on empathetic listening and collaboration. My goal in working with patients is to empower each individual to harness their unique strengths and to foster self-actualization and resiliency. My treatment approach is integrative, often combining various modalities including medications, psychotherapy, medical/diagnostic labwork, nutrition, exercise, and other wellness focused approaches catered to each individual's values.
(678) 866-0780 View (678) 866-0780
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Atlanta Plus ADHD Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Our Psychiatrists treat Depression, Anxiety and ADHD patients across lifespan. They are passionate to provide comprehensive evidence based specialist approach to treatment of ADHD, Depression and Anxiety. We embrace treatment philosophy of personalized care to bring remarkable positive change in professional and personal life of our patients.
Our Psychiatrists treat Depression, Anxiety and ADHD patients across lifespan. They are passionate to provide comprehensive evidence based specialist approach to treatment of ADHD, Depression and Anxiety. We embrace treatment philosophy of personalized care to bring remarkable positive change in professional and personal life of our patients.
(678) 605-9549 View (678) 605-9549
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A Brighter Day Psychiatric Services of Atlanta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30331
Unlike some psychiatrists, I focus on the person as a whole, taking time to understand the current difficulties as well as what led to them. Supportive therapy is part of every interaction I have with a patient and medications are used if/when necessary, working with the patient as a valued team member. I believe this will help set me apart from others.
Unlike some psychiatrists, I focus on the person as a whole, taking time to understand the current difficulties as well as what led to them. Supportive therapy is part of every interaction I have with a patient and medications are used if/when necessary, working with the patient as a valued team member. I believe this will help set me apart from others.
(404) 905-3585 View (404) 905-3585
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Dr Joanne Psychiatry NP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C
Verified
Snellville, GA 30078  (Online Only)
We are always accepting new patients! Dr. Patterson offers modern, quality mental health treatment using a secure telepsychiatry platform. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she believes that the most important aspect of care is listening to the client's unique story. Dr. Patterson will assess your genetics, reproductive hormonal events, as well as life events/stressors and responses to them. Dr. Patterson also specializes in child and adolescent mental health.
We are always accepting new patients! Dr. Patterson offers modern, quality mental health treatment using a secure telepsychiatry platform. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she believes that the most important aspect of care is listening to the client's unique story. Dr. Patterson will assess your genetics, reproductive hormonal events, as well as life events/stressors and responses to them. Dr. Patterson also specializes in child and adolescent mental health.
(678) 788-7492 View (678) 788-7492
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Caroline DeRosa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
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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Michayala Bush
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
Albany, GA 31701  (Online Only)
My name is Michayala Bush and I’m a Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have specialized in Mental Health since 2013 treating patients in state mental facilities, correctional facilities, crisis centers, and community mental health. I specialize in depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, and behavioral issues.
My name is Michayala Bush and I’m a Board Certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have specialized in Mental Health since 2013 treating patients in state mental facilities, correctional facilities, crisis centers, and community mental health. I specialize in depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, and behavioral issues.
(229) 216-9340 View (229) 216-9340
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Nicole Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Atlanta, GA 30303  (Online Only)
I am a dually certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of nursing experience in psychiatry.
I am a dually certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of nursing experience in psychiatry.
(470) 518-4840 View (470) 518-4840
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Barry Jones
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cumming, GA 30040
Barry Jones, M.D., is a licensed psychiatrist at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals working in the Cumming office. My training as a medical doctor, addictionologist, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst has given me a unique background for the evaluation and treatment of patients. My education has spanned a period of almost 38 years, and continues so that I may always remain abreast of the latest developments. As with any medical specialty, psychiatry is always changing. New and better approaches to solving problems are being developed.
Barry Jones, M.D., is a licensed psychiatrist at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals working in the Cumming office. My training as a medical doctor, addictionologist, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst has given me a unique background for the evaluation and treatment of patients. My education has spanned a period of almost 38 years, and continues so that I may always remain abreast of the latest developments. As with any medical specialty, psychiatry is always changing. New and better approaches to solving problems are being developed.
(470) 748-6639 View (470) 748-6639
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Lovelyne Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified
Sandy Springs, GA 30342
Lovelyne Joseph, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC Lovelyne Joseph is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2019. She earned a BSN from Remington College of Nursing, an MSN and FNP from South University, and a PMHNP from Florida State University. Lovelyne is certified to provide comprehensive mental health services to ages across the lifespan. Her goal is to provide patients with evidence based, dignified, and compassionate psychiatric mental health care.
Lovelyne Joseph, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC Lovelyne Joseph is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Georgia who has been practicing since 2019. She earned a BSN from Remington College of Nursing, an MSN and FNP from South University, and a PMHNP from Florida State University. Lovelyne is certified to provide comprehensive mental health services to ages across the lifespan. Her goal is to provide patients with evidence based, dignified, and compassionate psychiatric mental health care.
(404) 554-9748 View (404) 554-9748
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Akeela Dossa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Akeela Dossa is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of healthcare experience. She is passionate about providing holistic care and sees patients 6-65 years old. She strives to provide the best care that she can provide for her patients. She graduated with Distinction from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, then from Emory University with her Master of Science in Nursing, and then graduated with a certificate of excellence from Augusta University with a Post-Master's certificate in Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse practitioner across the Lifespan.
Akeela Dossa is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of healthcare experience. She is passionate about providing holistic care and sees patients 6-65 years old. She strives to provide the best care that she can provide for her patients. She graduated with Distinction from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, then from Emory University with her Master of Science in Nursing, and then graduated with a certificate of excellence from Augusta University with a Post-Master's certificate in Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse practitioner across the Lifespan.
(470) 722-8198 View (470) 722-8198
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Cecile Pasion-Bregman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Cecile Pasion-Bregman is a psychiatrist treating patients in Stockbridge, Georgia at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals. Patients visiting Dr. Pasion-Bregman, can receive a full range of psychiatric services. She provides general consultations, as well as treatment for specific conditions and issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, PTSD, behavioral issues, anger, etc.
Cecile Pasion-Bregman is a psychiatrist treating patients in Stockbridge, Georgia at Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals. Patients visiting Dr. Pasion-Bregman, can receive a full range of psychiatric services. She provides general consultations, as well as treatment for specific conditions and issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, PTSD, behavioral issues, anger, etc.
(770) 758-1695 View (770) 758-1695
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Mahlet Abebe
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN
Verified
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Mahlet Abebe is dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of nursing experience. Mahlet has been working in collaboration with her supervising physician providing psychiatric evaluation, medication management and supportive therapy. She believes in providing patient centered, individualized, holistic care in way of promoting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Mahlet Abebe is dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of nursing experience. Mahlet has been working in collaboration with her supervising physician providing psychiatric evaluation, medication management and supportive therapy. She believes in providing patient centered, individualized, holistic care in way of promoting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
(470) 745-7079 View (470) 745-7079
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Windermere Medical Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Cumming, GA 30041
Windermere Medical Group (WMG) was established in 2009. Our goal is to ensure we do everything possible to help our patients maintain happy, productive and successful lives. Please visit one of our 3 locations in North Georgia: Cumming, Canton and Baldwin. WMG prides itself on having Providers (MD, PMHNP, NP/PA) that are dedicated, compassionate, and innovative. Our excellent reputation is a reflection of our commitment to actively support continuous quality improvement and providing exceptional care via proven treatments. We specialize in all ages (children, teens, adults, and seniors).
Windermere Medical Group (WMG) was established in 2009. Our goal is to ensure we do everything possible to help our patients maintain happy, productive and successful lives. Please visit one of our 3 locations in North Georgia: Cumming, Canton and Baldwin. WMG prides itself on having Providers (MD, PMHNP, NP/PA) that are dedicated, compassionate, and innovative. Our excellent reputation is a reflection of our commitment to actively support continuous quality improvement and providing exceptional care via proven treatments. We specialize in all ages (children, teens, adults, and seniors).
(470) 333-7758 View (470) 333-7758
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Atlanta Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30324
SAME week availability. At Atlanta Integrative Psychiatry, our mission is to provide comprehensive and integrative care. We combine multiple psychological and medical disciplines to build a truly holistic, individualized model of treatment for our patients. Our goal of quality care ensures that providers are working as a team and collaborating on behalf of their patients. After identifying the root cause(s) of your symptoms, a number of treatments and interventions may be utilized such as: medications, TMS therapy, psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, and esketamine therapy.
SAME week availability. At Atlanta Integrative Psychiatry, our mission is to provide comprehensive and integrative care. We combine multiple psychological and medical disciplines to build a truly holistic, individualized model of treatment for our patients. Our goal of quality care ensures that providers are working as a team and collaborating on behalf of their patients. After identifying the root cause(s) of your symptoms, a number of treatments and interventions may be utilized such as: medications, TMS therapy, psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, and esketamine therapy.
(404) 806-7978 View (404) 806-7978

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Georgia who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
91% Depression
80% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
70% Trauma and PTSD
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth
71% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Georgia see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Georgia?

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.