Psychiatrists in Palos Heights, IL

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Shalu Gugnani (Addiction Treatment)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palos Heights, IL 60463
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist for drug and alcohol issues. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
Don't settle for a generic psychiatrist for drug and alcohol issues. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
(708) 401-6391 View (708) 401-6391
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Deep Buch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palos Heights, IL 60463
My name is Deep Buch, and I have been working as a general psychiatrist for the past 5 years. I am from Chicago originally and have spent most of my life in/ around the city. Naturally, I am a Cubs fan and enjoy running in my spare time. I have spent time working all over the city from Lincoln Park to Humboldt Park with various types of patients. I specialize in working with people suffering from substance abuse issues, in particular opiate/heroin abuse. I have also worked with several veteran populations when fortunate enough to do so. I enjoy getting to know the patients I work with as I believe every human interactio
My name is Deep Buch, and I have been working as a general psychiatrist for the past 5 years. I am from Chicago originally and have spent most of my life in/ around the city. Naturally, I am a Cubs fan and enjoy running in my spare time. I have spent time working all over the city from Lincoln Park to Humboldt Park with various types of patients. I specialize in working with people suffering from substance abuse issues, in particular opiate/heroin abuse. I have also worked with several veteran populations when fortunate enough to do so. I enjoy getting to know the patients I work with as I believe every human interactio
(708) 480-9985 View (708) 480-9985
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Bayo Agbolade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Palos Heights, IL 60463
Bayo Agbolade is a highly skilled Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing in Illinois. Specializing in adult general psychiatry, Bayo caters to individuals aged 18 to 65+ with a comprehensive range of mental health needs. His clinical expertise spans various areas, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, mood and personality disorders, substance use disorders, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). With a commitment to holistic care, Bayo approaches each client with a personalized and comprehensive perspective.
Bayo Agbolade is a highly skilled Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing in Illinois. Specializing in adult general psychiatry, Bayo caters to individuals aged 18 to 65+ with a comprehensive range of mental health needs. His clinical expertise spans various areas, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, mood and personality disorders, substance use disorders, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). With a commitment to holistic care, Bayo approaches each client with a personalized and comprehensive perspective.
(708) 722-7611 View (708) 722-7611
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Tasheia Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Palos Heights, IL 60463
Tasheia Williams is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. She earned her Master’s degree in Nursing at Walden University. Among the most common myths related to mental health is the idea that one is either mentally healthy or mentally ill. Regardless of one’s state of being, they exist on a continuum. As a provider, Tasheia provides the most recent evidence-based practice treatment to fully help each patient that is struggling with mental health.
Tasheia Williams is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. She earned her Master’s degree in Nursing at Walden University. Among the most common myths related to mental health is the idea that one is either mentally healthy or mentally ill. Regardless of one’s state of being, they exist on a continuum. As a provider, Tasheia provides the most recent evidence-based practice treatment to fully help each patient that is struggling with mental health.
(708) 734-6558 View (708) 734-6558
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Zoelife Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Palos Heights, IL 60463
Hi! I am Queen **** Our clinic is accepting new patients****We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment. You shouldn’t have to struggle to also find a provider.
Hi! I am Queen **** Our clinic is accepting new patients****We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment. You shouldn’t have to struggle to also find a provider.
(779) 237-7950 View (779) 237-7950
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Chime Ajiere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FPA, FNP-BC, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Palos Heights, IL 60463  (Online Only)
**** Our clinic is accepting new patients****We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment.
**** Our clinic is accepting new patients****We endeavor to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment.
(708) 942-8741 View (708) 942-8741

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Ngozi Ubaghara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, FPA
Verified Verified
Tinley Park, IL 60477
We are committed to providing whole-person care to our patients, addressing medical, nutritional, hormonal, and environmental causes of symptoms. We will meet individuals where they are and empower them to reach their full potential.
We are committed to providing whole-person care to our patients, addressing medical, nutritional, hormonal, and environmental causes of symptoms. We will meet individuals where they are and empower them to reach their full potential.
(708) 726-4744 View (708) 726-4744
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Basirat Sulaiman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orland Park, IL 60462
My passion is comprehensive healthcare and a commitment to promoting well-being. I am a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) awaiting my board certification in mental health as a PMHNP. I specialize in providing personalized and compassionate care. I have experience in addressing conditions, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, substance use, and PTSD. I am dedicated to providing holistic care that considers the individual within the context of their family, community, and broader societal influences. I am also committed to addressing systemic issues, particularly the impact of racism on mental health outcomes.
My passion is comprehensive healthcare and a commitment to promoting well-being. I am a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) awaiting my board certification in mental health as a PMHNP. I specialize in providing personalized and compassionate care. I have experience in addressing conditions, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, substance use, and PTSD. I am dedicated to providing holistic care that considers the individual within the context of their family, community, and broader societal influences. I am also committed to addressing systemic issues, particularly the impact of racism on mental health outcomes.
(331) 267-5014 View (331) 267-5014
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Anna Lucas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60642
Anna Lucas is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Anna is dedicated to providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations while developing personalized, evidence-based treatment plans that align with client goals. She specializes in treating mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis, neurodevelopmental disorders, and substance misuse. Outside of work, Anna enjoys gardening, hiking trails with her dog, crafting, and reading.
Anna Lucas is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. Anna is dedicated to providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations while developing personalized, evidence-based treatment plans that align with client goals. She specializes in treating mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis, neurodevelopmental disorders, and substance misuse. Outside of work, Anna enjoys gardening, hiking trails with her dog, crafting, and reading.
(773) 364-1585 View (773) 364-1585
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Lexxie Gramke
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, PMHNPBC, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
Tinley Park, IL 60477
My goal is to help all of my patients live their fullest and most fulfilling lives. As a nurse practitioner certified in both psychiatry-mental health and primary care, I use a holistic approach to care, as mental health and physical health are often interconnected.
My goal is to help all of my patients live their fullest and most fulfilling lives. As a nurse practitioner certified in both psychiatry-mental health and primary care, I use a holistic approach to care, as mental health and physical health are often interconnected.
(331) 320-3971 View (331) 320-3971
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Olubunmi Vicki Isijola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Homewood, IL 60430
Accepting New Patients! Whether you need psychiatric evaluation and treatment for Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorder, ADHD, PTSD, Schizophrenia or other mental health problem, Ms. Vicki is dedicated to supporting you in achieving all your wellness goals. Ms. Vicki provides comprehensive evidence-based, holistic healthcare utilizing both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I work with patients in partnership that lets us build a plan that will work better for them! Ms. Vicki provide a thorough assessment of client's physical, emotional, social, and psychological well-being.
Accepting New Patients! Whether you need psychiatric evaluation and treatment for Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorder, ADHD, PTSD, Schizophrenia or other mental health problem, Ms. Vicki is dedicated to supporting you in achieving all your wellness goals. Ms. Vicki provides comprehensive evidence-based, holistic healthcare utilizing both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I work with patients in partnership that lets us build a plan that will work better for them! Ms. Vicki provide a thorough assessment of client's physical, emotional, social, and psychological well-being.
(708) 729-6332 View (708) 729-6332
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Stacey Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Calumet Park, IL 60827  (Online Only)
I believe in patient-led care. As your provider, I am here to listen and to answer any questions that you may have.
I believe in patient-led care. As your provider, I am here to listen and to answer any questions that you may have.
(503) 506-4583 View (503) 506-4583
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Kim Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frankfort, IL 60423  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Kim! I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. I have over a decade of healthcare experience. I believe in providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values.
Hi, I’m Kim! I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. I have over a decade of healthcare experience. I believe in providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values.
(708) 740-2226 View (708) 740-2226
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Samuel Assam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Hello, I'm Samuel, a psychiatric nurse practitioner dedicated to enhancing mental well-being. I began my journey in the field of psychiatry in 2007, and my passion for healing continues to drive my practice. My practice is open to individuals, families, couples, and groups, as I believe in addressing mental health from every angle. I am committed to providing comprehensive care that takes into account the interconnectedness of our lives and relationships.
Hello, I'm Samuel, a psychiatric nurse practitioner dedicated to enhancing mental well-being. I began my journey in the field of psychiatry in 2007, and my passion for healing continues to drive my practice. My practice is open to individuals, families, couples, and groups, as I believe in addressing mental health from every angle. I am committed to providing comprehensive care that takes into account the interconnectedness of our lives and relationships.
(630) 332-0310 View (630) 332-0310
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Dr. Rosalynn Anderson Integrity Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC, FPA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tinley Park, IL 60477  (Online Only)
I am accepting New Patients! A communicative Healthcare provider with a twenty-plus-year background assisting vulnerable patients with varying degrees of mental illness and substance-alcohol dependency. Certified in Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Medicine. Well-versed in developing and implementing effective treatment plans and monitoring patient progress. Caring, compassionate professional dedicated to administering quality patient care to promote healing and health wellness.
I am accepting New Patients! A communicative Healthcare provider with a twenty-plus-year background assisting vulnerable patients with varying degrees of mental illness and substance-alcohol dependency. Certified in Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Medicine. Well-versed in developing and implementing effective treatment plans and monitoring patient progress. Caring, compassionate professional dedicated to administering quality patient care to promote healing and health wellness.
(708) 438-6523 View (708) 438-6523
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Bashiru Oladele Babawale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBChB, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hazel Crest, IL 60429  (Online Only)
Have you been diagnosed with a psychiatric condition and overwhelmed by symptoms and treatment failure? Are you currently on psychiatric treatment but struggling with medication schedule and side effects? Are you having psychiatric issues and does not know how to go about it? Are you currently having issues with keeping appointments with your provider due to your busy schedule, transportation problem, or any other logistic constraint? Are you dissatisfied with your current provider and need to try another provider?
Have you been diagnosed with a psychiatric condition and overwhelmed by symptoms and treatment failure? Are you currently on psychiatric treatment but struggling with medication schedule and side effects? Are you having psychiatric issues and does not know how to go about it? Are you currently having issues with keeping appointments with your provider due to your busy schedule, transportation problem, or any other logistic constraint? Are you dissatisfied with your current provider and need to try another provider?
(708) 726-0253 View (708) 726-0253
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Devika R Patel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tinley Park, IL 60477
I am currently accepting new patients. I have been providing excellent care for over 5 years with great compassion. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients age of 5 years and older with Anxiety Disorders, Depression, ADHD, Mood disorder, PTSD, Opioid Use Disorder, and other mental health problems. I treat each patient as an individual and work together in developing treatment plans. I spend the time needed with each patient to get to know them and understand the source of their struggles.
I am currently accepting new patients. I have been providing excellent care for over 5 years with great compassion. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients age of 5 years and older with Anxiety Disorders, Depression, ADHD, Mood disorder, PTSD, Opioid Use Disorder, and other mental health problems. I treat each patient as an individual and work together in developing treatment plans. I spend the time needed with each patient to get to know them and understand the source of their struggles.
(331) 248-6192 View (331) 248-6192
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Dr. Ola Fapohunda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Frankfort, IL 60423  (Online Only)
Do you miss your old self? Do you still enjoy the things that you once upon a time found very enjoyable? Are you struggling with keeping up with your work, daily tasks and social life? Are you overwhelmed by the general worries of life? My goal is to help you get back to your optimal mental health by bringing you back to a place where you can do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people without any difficulty.
Do you miss your old self? Do you still enjoy the things that you once upon a time found very enjoyable? Are you struggling with keeping up with your work, daily tasks and social life? Are you overwhelmed by the general worries of life? My goal is to help you get back to your optimal mental health by bringing you back to a place where you can do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people without any difficulty.
(708) 419-3580 View (708) 419-3580
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Premier Psychiatry, Psychiatric and Behavioral
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60467
Our ideal client seeks compassionate care and effective solutions for their mental health challenges. They may struggle with depression, anxiety, or trauma and desire relief from symptoms that hinder their daily life. They seek understanding, validation, and support in navigating their journey towards healing and self-discovery. Their goal is to regain control, find inner peace, and live a fulfilling life, free from the burdens of their mental health issues.
Our ideal client seeks compassionate care and effective solutions for their mental health challenges. They may struggle with depression, anxiety, or trauma and desire relief from symptoms that hinder their daily life. They seek understanding, validation, and support in navigating their journey towards healing and self-discovery. Their goal is to regain control, find inner peace, and live a fulfilling life, free from the burdens of their mental health issues.
(708) 934-0464 View (708) 934-0464
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Genesis Psychiatry - Jarryd McGuire
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orland Park, IL 60462
You struggle to find a mental health provider. If you find one, there is a 6 month wait list until the next appointment. After you finally have your appointment, you may have questions. You call and leave message after message with no response. At Genesis Psychiatry, we take a different approach. We do mental health care the right way by saying NO to month long wait lists and YES to being able to directly contact your healthcare provider. We have quick appointment times and a HIPPA compliant portal where you can send messages directly to your provider. Don’t delay your depression, anxiety, or ADHD treatment.
You struggle to find a mental health provider. If you find one, there is a 6 month wait list until the next appointment. After you finally have your appointment, you may have questions. You call and leave message after message with no response. At Genesis Psychiatry, we take a different approach. We do mental health care the right way by saying NO to month long wait lists and YES to being able to directly contact your healthcare provider. We have quick appointment times and a HIPPA compliant portal where you can send messages directly to your provider. Don’t delay your depression, anxiety, or ADHD treatment.
(563) 235-1630 View (563) 235-1630

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Palos Heights, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Palos Heights, IL who prioritize treating:

83% Depression
83% Anxiety
83% Trauma and PTSD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Bipolar Disorder
67% Drug Abuse
67% Medication Management

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Beacon Health Options | Carelon
80% Aetna
80% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Palos Heights, IL see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Male
20% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Palos Heights?

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.