Psychiatrists in Black Hawk County, IA

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Photo of Tami Hill, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tami Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Waterloo, IA 50701
Accepting new clients, appointments same week! Tami works with individuals age 14 to 64 and in previous roles she has worked in family medicine, pediatrics, and gastroenterology. When she began her career as an RN, she knew she wanted to work in the mental health field right away. During her clinicals, she met and worked with many patients experiencing mental health challenges and found this to be her passion. In addition, it’s important to her to help break down the stigma around mental health in general. She is a compassionate and down to earth individual, giving her a natural ability to form and build relationships with others.
Accepting new clients, appointments same week! Tami works with individuals age 14 to 64 and in previous roles she has worked in family medicine, pediatrics, and gastroenterology. When she began her career as an RN, she knew she wanted to work in the mental health field right away. During her clinicals, she met and worked with many patients experiencing mental health challenges and found this to be her passion. In addition, it’s important to her to help break down the stigma around mental health in general. She is a compassionate and down to earth individual, giving her a natural ability to form and build relationships with others.
(319) 220-3673 View (319) 220-3673
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Andrew Foster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
To quote Lady Gaga, just because you were “born this way” or perhaps, experienced a trauma along the way, you do not need to hide yourself. Mental health impacts each and every person at some point in our lives. As someone who has personally experienced episodes of mental distress, I realize it can be debilitating and interfere with reaching our life goals and dreams if left untreated. Fortunately, mental illness can be effectively managed with a variety of interventions. I am passionate about helping those in my care overcome feelings of mental distress, maximize their quality of life, and attain their goals and dreams.
To quote Lady Gaga, just because you were “born this way” or perhaps, experienced a trauma along the way, you do not need to hide yourself. Mental health impacts each and every person at some point in our lives. As someone who has personally experienced episodes of mental distress, I realize it can be debilitating and interfere with reaching our life goals and dreams if left untreated. Fortunately, mental illness can be effectively managed with a variety of interventions. I am passionate about helping those in my care overcome feelings of mental distress, maximize their quality of life, and attain their goals and dreams.
(319) 463-3607 View (319) 463-3607
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Kelly Jo Scheffert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50701
I have been working in psychiatry since 2008 in variety settings including inpatient, outpatient, corrections and academia. I am here to help you become the best version of yourself because you deserve it!
I have been working in psychiatry since 2008 in variety settings including inpatient, outpatient, corrections and academia. I am here to help you become the best version of yourself because you deserve it!
(319) 820-4794 View (319) 820-4794
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Cassy Lensing
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waterloo, IA 50701
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated with my Master's of Science in Nursing in 2021 and have worked as a provider in the Cedar Valley in a variety of settings including corrections, community behavioral health, and caring for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to obtaining my graduate degree, I worked as a psychiatric nurse for 8 years in correctional, inpatient mental health, outpatient, substance use/detox, and community-based treatment settings. I value my diverse work experience and believes that it assists me to meet individuals where they are at in life.
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated with my Master's of Science in Nursing in 2021 and have worked as a provider in the Cedar Valley in a variety of settings including corrections, community behavioral health, and caring for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to obtaining my graduate degree, I worked as a psychiatric nurse for 8 years in correctional, inpatient mental health, outpatient, substance use/detox, and community-based treatment settings. I value my diverse work experience and believes that it assists me to meet individuals where they are at in life.
(319) 253-2940 View (319) 253-2940
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Natasha Lash
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Are you struggling with managing mental health illness? Do you want a partner to help you manage symptoms and improve functionality? Would finding someone who is compassionate, empathetic, and knowledgeable be beneficial?
Are you struggling with managing mental health illness? Do you want a partner to help you manage symptoms and improve functionality? Would finding someone who is compassionate, empathetic, and knowledgeable be beneficial?
(319) 271-8894 View (319) 271-8894
Mariah Fury-Swisher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Mariah has always had a passion for mental health and knew from a young age she wanted to work in this field and help people. She has worked in mental health for over ten years and has experience working in two different inpatient settings. She attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology. Mariah attended Allen College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in nursing and worked in an inpatient psychiatric unit. Mariah continued her education at Allen College where she received her Master of Science in nursing and is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
Mariah has always had a passion for mental health and knew from a young age she wanted to work in this field and help people. She has worked in mental health for over ten years and has experience working in two different inpatient settings. She attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology. Mariah attended Allen College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in nursing and worked in an inpatient psychiatric unit. Mariah continued her education at Allen College where she received her Master of Science in nursing and is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
(319) 669-8965 View (319) 669-8965
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Morgan Christy Huls
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, CFMP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Morgan created Transcend out of a passion for holistic wellness. She believes in a mind-body approach to optimal mental health and offers clients personalized, integrative care in attempt to uncover the root cause of a condition. She offers her services through telemedicine and in-person.
Morgan created Transcend out of a passion for holistic wellness. She believes in a mind-body approach to optimal mental health and offers clients personalized, integrative care in attempt to uncover the root cause of a condition. She offers her services through telemedicine and in-person.
(319) 249-0924 View (319) 249-0924
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Shelby Leppin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
My name is Shelby Leppin, and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I see patients in Iowa via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in depression, PTSD, Bipolar, and ADHD using motivational interviewing, EMDR, and alternative behavioral therapy to help my clients learn how to regulate their emotions and reach their goals. My approach is determined by the goals of the individual client. I focus on helping clients learn how to regulate their emotions and understand their brain pattern.
My name is Shelby Leppin, and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I see patients in Iowa via telehealth. I work with adults and specialize in depression, PTSD, Bipolar, and ADHD using motivational interviewing, EMDR, and alternative behavioral therapy to help my clients learn how to regulate their emotions and reach their goals. My approach is determined by the goals of the individual client. I focus on helping clients learn how to regulate their emotions and understand their brain pattern.
(319) 250-2688 View (319) 250-2688
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Veronica Holloway
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50703  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! Taking the first steps towards improving your mental health can be intimidating. I sincerely want to help you in the journey to develop hope for the future, with renewed energy, strength and passion for life. I will be there helping and guiding you, to optimize your healing and health, with evidence based recommendations. Let's review your treatment goals and an action plan on how to achieve this. Please call to schedule your appointment 515-207-0110.
Accepting new patients! Taking the first steps towards improving your mental health can be intimidating. I sincerely want to help you in the journey to develop hope for the future, with renewed energy, strength and passion for life. I will be there helping and guiding you, to optimize your healing and health, with evidence based recommendations. Let's review your treatment goals and an action plan on how to achieve this. Please call to schedule your appointment 515-207-0110.
(319) 528-5111 View (319) 528-5111
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Neelam Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50701
Neelam is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner board certified in children, adolescent, and adult populations. Her goal is to partner with her patients for the best mental wellness outcome. Neelam has a wide range of experience including acute and crisis inpatient care. Her credentials include a BSN and MSN in Nursing at Allen College and a BSN in Psychology at Iowa State University.
Neelam is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner board certified in children, adolescent, and adult populations. Her goal is to partner with her patients for the best mental wellness outcome. Neelam has a wide range of experience including acute and crisis inpatient care. Her credentials include a BSN and MSN in Nursing at Allen College and a BSN in Psychology at Iowa State University.
(319) 349-2629 View (319) 349-2629
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Danielle Van Oosbree
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Hi, I'm Danielle Van Oosbree. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I use a client-centered approach with hopes in providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services, along with medication management. I create a relaxed atmosphere, so the patient feels comfortable being able to express themselves without feeling judged.
Hi, I'm Danielle Van Oosbree. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I use a client-centered approach with hopes in providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services, along with medication management. I create a relaxed atmosphere, so the patient feels comfortable being able to express themselves without feeling judged.
(319) 844-5372 View (319) 844-5372
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Jenna Z Berendzen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Jenna has extensive practice experience in psychiatry and reproductive health has helped Jenna gain knowledge and expertise in how hormones and life-changes, such as pregnancy, postpartum and menopause, play a role in one's mental health. She has post-graduate training in perinatal mental health including the 12-hour post-graduate PPD training and the Master Clinician Summit at the Postpartum Stress Center. She helped to found, and is a former board member of, the Iowa chapter of Postpartum Support International.
Jenna has extensive practice experience in psychiatry and reproductive health has helped Jenna gain knowledge and expertise in how hormones and life-changes, such as pregnancy, postpartum and menopause, play a role in one's mental health. She has post-graduate training in perinatal mental health including the 12-hour post-graduate PPD training and the Master Clinician Summit at the Postpartum Stress Center. She helped to found, and is a former board member of, the Iowa chapter of Postpartum Support International.
(319) 469-8951 View (319) 469-8951
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Sara King
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Not accepting new clients
She has a passion for helping children, adolescents, and their families. She believes it is essential to treat the patient and not just the disorder. She has an integrative approach to understanding one’s biological, social, and psychological needs. She feels that a patient-centered therapeutic approach is crucial to help patients’ reach their goals through medication management and therapy.
She has a passion for helping children, adolescents, and their families. She believes it is essential to treat the patient and not just the disorder. She has an integrative approach to understanding one’s biological, social, and psychological needs. She feels that a patient-centered therapeutic approach is crucial to help patients’ reach their goals through medication management and therapy.
(319) 252-8718 View (319) 252-8718
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Cedar Circle Mental Health and wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
I am a 2014 graduate of the University of Iowa. I have worked in healthcare for over 20 years in various capacities. I have practiced as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I currently accept clients 12 years of age and above. I manage a wide range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, and schizophrenia. I firmly believe in a holistic approach for my clients to achieve optimal mental health.
I am a 2014 graduate of the University of Iowa. I have worked in healthcare for over 20 years in various capacities. I have practiced as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I currently accept clients 12 years of age and above. I manage a wide range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, and schizophrenia. I firmly believe in a holistic approach for my clients to achieve optimal mental health.
(319) 271-3292 View (319) 271-3292
Photo of Kathleen Holden, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kathleen Holden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Kathleen is accepting NEW Patients 18+. When a patient arrives at the clinic, they will encounter a healing space with health and wellness in mind. Kathleen is here to hold space during times of crisis. She wants to help you build a treatment plan with your goals in mind. She finds meaning in helping patients who are in times of struggle, as well as, those who are ready to move from feeling “good enough” to feeling truly like themselves again.
Kathleen is accepting NEW Patients 18+. When a patient arrives at the clinic, they will encounter a healing space with health and wellness in mind. Kathleen is here to hold space during times of crisis. She wants to help you build a treatment plan with your goals in mind. She finds meaning in helping patients who are in times of struggle, as well as, those who are ready to move from feeling “good enough” to feeling truly like themselves again.
(319) 246-5254 View (319) 246-5254
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Crystal Lee-Cook
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Crystal Lee Cook, MSN, PMHNP, APRN My approach to mental health care involves patient center care and utilizing evidence-based practice and a collaborative approach involving patient and provider insights. A holistic assessment expands the assessment beyond the purely clinical experience to include factors such as social support, cultural background, spiritual beliefs, and lifestyle factors which facilitates improved outcomes and client empowerment.
Crystal Lee Cook, MSN, PMHNP, APRN My approach to mental health care involves patient center care and utilizing evidence-based practice and a collaborative approach involving patient and provider insights. A holistic assessment expands the assessment beyond the purely clinical experience to include factors such as social support, cultural background, spiritual beliefs, and lifestyle factors which facilitates improved outcomes and client empowerment.
(319) 456-4640 View (319) 456-4640
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Health Growth Behavioral Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50703
At Health Growth Behavioral Services, we understand that mental health is just as important as physical health. Our team members work together to provide comprehensive and evidence-based treatment to our patients. We offer initial and follow up evaluations, medication management, and other services to help our patients achieve their goals. Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.
At Health Growth Behavioral Services, we understand that mental health is just as important as physical health. Our team members work together to provide comprehensive and evidence-based treatment to our patients. We offer initial and follow up evaluations, medication management, and other services to help our patients achieve their goals. Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.
(346) 553-9633 View (346) 553-9633
Photo of Ann Barbaro, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ann Barbaro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waterloo, IA 50701  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! I consider myself lucky to work in health care at a time when mental health diagnoses are becoming more accepted and better understood in our culture. I firmly believe that optimal health cannot be attained without giving adequate attention to mental health. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to advocate for patients and direct their care with understanding and compassion. My hope is that the care I provide will ease my patients’ struggles and empower them to live to the fullest degree.
Accepting New Patients! I consider myself lucky to work in health care at a time when mental health diagnoses are becoming more accepted and better understood in our culture. I firmly believe that optimal health cannot be attained without giving adequate attention to mental health. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to advocate for patients and direct their care with understanding and compassion. My hope is that the care I provide will ease my patients’ struggles and empower them to live to the fullest degree.
(262) 587-6075 View (262) 587-6075
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Zackary Ladson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Waterloo, IA 50703  (Online Only)
I am a certified Physician Assistant and completed my master's degree at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. I have several years of experience as a Family Medicine Physician Assistant, operating as the sole medical practitioner of my outpatient community health clinic. I manage an extensive array of acute and chronic health conditions, with a significant portion of my practice dedicated to diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders ranging from mild to severe.
I am a certified Physician Assistant and completed my master's degree at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. I have several years of experience as a Family Medicine Physician Assistant, operating as the sole medical practitioner of my outpatient community health clinic. I manage an extensive array of acute and chronic health conditions, with a significant portion of my practice dedicated to diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders ranging from mild to severe.
(217) 262-1734 View (217) 262-1734
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Thoughtful Mind Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613  (Online Only)
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
I am a Dual-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of extensive nursing experience. My philosophy is “people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). I'm passionate about delivering compassionate care to patients dealing with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. I understand that different experiences through a patient's life journey can contribute to mental health issues. As such, I obtain detailed psychiatric history and work with patients to create a customized treatment plan.
(832) 572-5136 View (832) 572-5136

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Number of Psychiatrists in Black Hawk County, IA

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Black Hawk County, IA who prioritize treating:

90% Depression
90% Anxiety
83% Bipolar Disorder
76% ADHD
76% Medication Management
69% Sleep or Insomnia
59% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

81% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
69% BlueCross and BlueShield
69% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Black Hawk County, IA see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

93% Female
7% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Black Hawk 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.