Psychiatrists in Dorchester, MA

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AmiTop Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dorchester, MA 02122  (Online Only)
Welcome to AmiTop Care LLC, where we are dedicated to providing top-tier, comprehensive psychiatry care. Our professional private practice, based in Massachusetts, seamlessly combines psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to deliver personalized mental health solutions. We extend our services to include telepsychiatry for follow-up visits, ensuring continuity of care. We offer specialized services in medication management, pharmacogenomic testing, and psychotherapy treatment. Our expertise extends to managing a range of conditions, including ADHD, depression and anxiety
Welcome to AmiTop Care LLC, where we are dedicated to providing top-tier, comprehensive psychiatry care. Our professional private practice, based in Massachusetts, seamlessly combines psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to deliver personalized mental health solutions. We extend our services to include telepsychiatry for follow-up visits, ensuring continuity of care. We offer specialized services in medication management, pharmacogenomic testing, and psychotherapy treatment. Our expertise extends to managing a range of conditions, including ADHD, depression and anxiety
(617) 295-7359 x102 View (617) 295-7359 x102
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Gerald Jean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Dorchester, MA 02124
Gérald is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) driven by his fervidness for patient-centered, evidence-based practice, and concerted approaches to nursing care. With the experience accumulated over 30 years in health care, he aims at helping close the gap in the delivery of services to the mentally ill. Gérald’s primacy is to support the patients and their families in overcoming the stigmas associated with mental health, help patients improve their quality of life and reach their full potential.
Gérald is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) driven by his fervidness for patient-centered, evidence-based practice, and concerted approaches to nursing care. With the experience accumulated over 30 years in health care, he aims at helping close the gap in the delivery of services to the mentally ill. Gérald’s primacy is to support the patients and their families in overcoming the stigmas associated with mental health, help patients improve their quality of life and reach their full potential.
(781) 230-7340 View (781) 230-7340
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Boston Neurobehavioral Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Dorchester, MA 02124
MSN, APRN,FNP-BC, graduated from Regis college in Western MA in 2011, with honors. I have been a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner for the last 10 years. I've been a Nurse for 27 years. I graduated from Borough of Manhattan College, City University of New York with honors in 1994 with an ASN. Also graduated from Medgar Evers College with honors with a BSN. I am a hospitalist with experience all across the medical, and psychiatry platform. I also have experience in internal medicine and Primary Care. I am also BCLS, ACLS, certified and have professional affiliation, with AANP, and MNA.
MSN, APRN,FNP-BC, graduated from Regis college in Western MA in 2011, with honors. I have been a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner for the last 10 years. I've been a Nurse for 27 years. I graduated from Borough of Manhattan College, City University of New York with honors in 1994 with an ASN. Also graduated from Medgar Evers College with honors with a BSN. I am a hospitalist with experience all across the medical, and psychiatry platform. I also have experience in internal medicine and Primary Care. I am also BCLS, ACLS, certified and have professional affiliation, with AANP, and MNA.
(781) 230-7380 View (781) 230-7380
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Malini Prabhu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dorchester, MA 02121
Dr. Prabhu is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist with 20+ years of experience. She provides comprehensive assessments & offer evidence-based medication management for a broad range of psychiatric and psychological disorders. She provides a warm and collaborative care for adults coping with personal or professional challenges, life transitions, or stressors. Accepting adults ages 18-65 for medication management. She focuses on applying an integrative approach to treatment, combining different psychotherapy modalities and pharmacology.
Dr. Prabhu is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist with 20+ years of experience. She provides comprehensive assessments & offer evidence-based medication management for a broad range of psychiatric and psychological disorders. She provides a warm and collaborative care for adults coping with personal or professional challenges, life transitions, or stressors. Accepting adults ages 18-65 for medication management. She focuses on applying an integrative approach to treatment, combining different psychotherapy modalities and pharmacology.
(339) 215-1970 View (339) 215-1970
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Joshua Selly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dorchester, MA 02121
Are you tired of trying many different medications with no results? As a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Revive Therapeutic Services, my mission is to help my clients overcome any mental health condition or issue that is hindering them from living their desired life. I specialize in providing evidence-based, compassionate care to individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and other psychiatric illnesses.
Are you tired of trying many different medications with no results? As a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Revive Therapeutic Services, my mission is to help my clients overcome any mental health condition or issue that is hindering them from living their desired life. I specialize in providing evidence-based, compassionate care to individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and other psychiatric illnesses.
(401) 992-5364 View (401) 992-5364

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Brittney Scavotto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02127  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner specializing in comprehensive and patient-centered psychopharmacological management. I am trained across the lifespan and have a unique passion working with children and adolescents. With years of inpatient RN and outpatient NP experience and a passion for helping individuals navigate their mental health journey, I offer a personalized approach to medication management. I understand that each person's needs are unique, and I take the time to listen attentively to your concerns, goals, and preferences.
I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner specializing in comprehensive and patient-centered psychopharmacological management. I am trained across the lifespan and have a unique passion working with children and adolescents. With years of inpatient RN and outpatient NP experience and a passion for helping individuals navigate their mental health journey, I offer a personalized approach to medication management. I understand that each person's needs are unique, and I take the time to listen attentively to your concerns, goals, and preferences.
(781) 384-1986 View (781) 384-1986
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Ashley Keane-Ames
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02215
Ashley Keane-Ames is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2016. Ashley focuses on building lasting relationships with clients and creating an environment where clients feel comfortable asking questions about their treatment plans and medications. She encourages all clients to be active participants in their mental health treatment and care as a way to build independence, confidence, and trust with their entire clinical team. Through rapport building, consistency, and knowledgeable insights, Ashley uplifts clients to be active participants in their mental wellness.
Ashley Keane-Ames is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2016. Ashley focuses on building lasting relationships with clients and creating an environment where clients feel comfortable asking questions about their treatment plans and medications. She encourages all clients to be active participants in their mental health treatment and care as a way to build independence, confidence, and trust with their entire clinical team. Through rapport building, consistency, and knowledgeable insights, Ashley uplifts clients to be active participants in their mental wellness.
(617) 405-8906 View (617) 405-8906
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Joseph Yeretsian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02118
I work closely with individuals coping with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and work-related challenges, and I offer counseling for couples and families.
I work closely with individuals coping with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and work-related challenges, and I offer counseling for couples and families.
(978) 391-6288 View (978) 391-6288
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Paul E Lynch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02118
I work in a variety of ways in talk therapy to help you get what you want out of therapy. Most often that involves getting relief from painful emotional symptoms, improving personal relationships, becoming more productive in work, and being freed to take more pleasure from life. Therapy can also help you to gain greater control over your life, or change lifelong ways of coping that just aren't working as well as you'd like.
I work in a variety of ways in talk therapy to help you get what you want out of therapy. Most often that involves getting relief from painful emotional symptoms, improving personal relationships, becoming more productive in work, and being freed to take more pleasure from life. Therapy can also help you to gain greater control over your life, or change lifelong ways of coping that just aren't working as well as you'd like.
(617) 446-3003 View (617) 446-3003
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Marie Rose Canton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02122
My ideal client feels overwhelmed by life's demands and struggles with anxiety or low self-esteem. They seek to understand themselves better, manage stress effectively, and cultivate a more fulfilling life. Their goal is to develop coping strategies and build confidence to navigate their world with greater ease. They want guidance to unlock their potential and desire a therapist who listens deeply and offers compassionate, evidence-based support to help them thrive.
My ideal client feels overwhelmed by life's demands and struggles with anxiety or low self-esteem. They seek to understand themselves better, manage stress effectively, and cultivate a more fulfilling life. Their goal is to develop coping strategies and build confidence to navigate their world with greater ease. They want guidance to unlock their potential and desire a therapist who listens deeply and offers compassionate, evidence-based support to help them thrive.
(617) 433-5349 View (617) 433-5349
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Milena Djuric
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02118  (Online Only)
Patients come for various reasons to see a psychiatrist -depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, acute stress, relationship, family, identity problems. My goal is to establish a trusted relationship and supportive environment in order to help my patients to meet their needs, build coping skills, enhance their strengths and resolve symptoms. I strongly believe in compassionate and nonjudgemental approach. I enjoy working with patients of all different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations. My approach is patient centered and individualized.
Patients come for various reasons to see a psychiatrist -depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, acute stress, relationship, family, identity problems. My goal is to establish a trusted relationship and supportive environment in order to help my patients to meet their needs, build coping skills, enhance their strengths and resolve symptoms. I strongly believe in compassionate and nonjudgemental approach. I enjoy working with patients of all different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations. My approach is patient centered and individualized.
(617) 826-8849 View (617) 826-8849
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Nina Abelowitz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02115
I'm OPEN to new clients! I'm a Nurse Practitioner with fourteen years of experience. I have cared for patients in primary care, oncology and psychiatry throughout the Boston and South Florida area.
I'm OPEN to new clients! I'm a Nurse Practitioner with fourteen years of experience. I have cared for patients in primary care, oncology and psychiatry throughout the Boston and South Florida area.
(978) 625-9708 View (978) 625-9708
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Kara M. Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with an interest in reproductive psychiatry. I have completed additional training in women's mental health through a fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and I have spent several years treating women with a variety of concerns in different clinical settings. While I am able to treat people across the adult lifespan, I particularly enjoy working with individuals who are trying to conceive, pregnant or postpartum. This can be in the form of a one-time consult to provide expert recommendations to be carried out by another treatment team or in the form of ongoing treatment with me.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with an interest in reproductive psychiatry. I have completed additional training in women's mental health through a fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and I have spent several years treating women with a variety of concerns in different clinical settings. While I am able to treat people across the adult lifespan, I particularly enjoy working with individuals who are trying to conceive, pregnant or postpartum. This can be in the form of a one-time consult to provide expert recommendations to be carried out by another treatment team or in the form of ongoing treatment with me.
(504) 327-9628 View (504) 327-9628
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Gregory Labun, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02127  (Online Only)
My deepest admiration for your courage in seeking help! It takes incredible strength to even begin searching for someone who can help with your unique situation. We all face challenges in life , but its not easy to admit when we need help and you have taken the important step towards healing. I understand that these times have been incredibly difficult and I want you to know that I feel deeply for you and your struggles.
My deepest admiration for your courage in seeking help! It takes incredible strength to even begin searching for someone who can help with your unique situation. We all face challenges in life , but its not easy to admit when we need help and you have taken the important step towards healing. I understand that these times have been incredibly difficult and I want you to know that I feel deeply for you and your struggles.
(781) 650-8509 View (781) 650-8509
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Dr. Cheryl Chen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02115
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Chen is not accepting new patients at this time. Dr. Chen is a Harvard trained, double Board Certified psychiatrist who believes in evidence-based and collaborative mental health care for her pediatric and young adult patients.
Dr. Chen is not accepting new patients at this time. Dr. Chen is a Harvard trained, double Board Certified psychiatrist who believes in evidence-based and collaborative mental health care for her pediatric and young adult patients.
(339) 331-1158 View (339) 331-1158
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James Quackenbush
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02118
Please note: At this time, I am primarily virtual but offer intermittent in-person appointments. I am based in Southern NH and Greater Boston, MA. I received my nurse practitioner education at Rivier University and completed clinical training at McLean Hospital, in Belmont, MA. My personal and professional goals include bridging the gaps that exist in our healthcare system to ensure everyone has adequate access and good mental health care, reducing stigma so that people are more inclined to ask for help, and providing a treatment plan where both you and I work together to ensure your needs are met.
Please note: At this time, I am primarily virtual but offer intermittent in-person appointments. I am based in Southern NH and Greater Boston, MA. I received my nurse practitioner education at Rivier University and completed clinical training at McLean Hospital, in Belmont, MA. My personal and professional goals include bridging the gaps that exist in our healthcare system to ensure everyone has adequate access and good mental health care, reducing stigma so that people are more inclined to ask for help, and providing a treatment plan where both you and I work together to ensure your needs are met.
(603) 782-9508 View (603) 782-9508
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Claudio O. Toppelberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02120
Dr. Toppelberg is an experienced, Harvard-trained child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, usually working with ages 3-30. He evaluates and treats emotional/ behavioral difficulties including ADHD, depression, trauma, stress, anxiety, and selective mutism, and those preventing weight loss. He has focused on issues of performance at work, study and competitive sports. He regularly works with tour-level tennis players and other professional and student athletes. He is an expert in neurodevelopmental disabilities, as well as learning and language disabilities. He runs psychiatric services at an excellent school for children/adolescents with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, the prestigious New England Center for Children.
Dr. Toppelberg is an experienced, Harvard-trained child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, usually working with ages 3-30. He evaluates and treats emotional/ behavioral difficulties including ADHD, depression, trauma, stress, anxiety, and selective mutism, and those preventing weight loss. He has focused on issues of performance at work, study and competitive sports. He regularly works with tour-level tennis players and other professional and student athletes. He is an expert in neurodevelopmental disabilities, as well as learning and language disabilities. He runs psychiatric services at an excellent school for children/adolescents with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, the prestigious New England Center for Children.
(617) 681-7184 View (617) 681-7184
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Kimberly Monestime
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients at TeleNP Health! Visit our website to access an appointment. Taking the first step, isn't always easy, but you made it this far! My main goal is to help patients identify & conquer the hurdles that stand in their way to a happy, fulfilled, & purposeful life. Feeling constantly tired, stuck, overwhelmed, having a hard time sleeping? Maybe the list goes on, but you do not have to live this way. Currently offering telepsychiatry services for Adolescents, College Mental Health, & Adults.
Accepting New Patients at TeleNP Health! Visit our website to access an appointment. Taking the first step, isn't always easy, but you made it this far! My main goal is to help patients identify & conquer the hurdles that stand in their way to a happy, fulfilled, & purposeful life. Feeling constantly tired, stuck, overwhelmed, having a hard time sleeping? Maybe the list goes on, but you do not have to live this way. Currently offering telepsychiatry services for Adolescents, College Mental Health, & Adults.
(973) 434-5030 View (973) 434-5030
Photo of Stephanie Etienne, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dorchester, MA
Stephanie Etienne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , PMHNP-B, RN
Verified Verified
Roxbury, MA 02118
Stephanie is accepting NEW patients. As dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I obtained my BSN at Southern New Hampshire University. My desire to make a difference in the mental health field led me to further my education at Regis College, where I graduated with my master’s in nursing in May 2023, specializing in Psychiatry. As a Psychiatric Mental Health NP, my approach to patient care is deeply rooted in compassion and understanding. I VALUE validation; focus on the present, ensure that her patients feel seen, heard, and supported throughout their healing journey.
Stephanie is accepting NEW patients. As dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I obtained my BSN at Southern New Hampshire University. My desire to make a difference in the mental health field led me to further my education at Regis College, where I graduated with my master’s in nursing in May 2023, specializing in Psychiatry. As a Psychiatric Mental Health NP, my approach to patient care is deeply rooted in compassion and understanding. I VALUE validation; focus on the present, ensure that her patients feel seen, heard, and supported throughout their healing journey.
(617) 766-0774 View (617) 766-0774
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Richard Cook
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02118
People seek psychotherapy for a variety of reasons, but they frequently share one thing in common, the desire to relieve pain and to improve satisfaction with their life. This goal can be accomplished in a variety of ways, and a key component to successful treatment is the patient-physician relationship. I provide an empathic and non-judgmental environment that can facilitate the type of exploration and collaboration that can help one to learn more about themselves, to examine the patterns in their life that they wish to change, and to develop the courage to make those changes.
People seek psychotherapy for a variety of reasons, but they frequently share one thing in common, the desire to relieve pain and to improve satisfaction with their life. This goal can be accomplished in a variety of ways, and a key component to successful treatment is the patient-physician relationship. I provide an empathic and non-judgmental environment that can facilitate the type of exploration and collaboration that can help one to learn more about themselves, to examine the patterns in their life that they wish to change, and to develop the courage to make those changes.
(857) 255-9969 View (857) 255-9969

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Dorchester, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Dorchester, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
80% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Dorchester, MA see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Dorchester?

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.