Psychiatrists in Foxboro, MA

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Mauree Whitaker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Foxboro, MA 02035  (Online Only)
Hi! I am dual certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2011, and truly enjoy providing whole-person care for my patients. I have always felt passionate about mental health and emotional wellness, so I decided to go back to school to get my Psychiatry board certification in 2022 in order to provide the best care possible for my patients. I was born and raised in Athens, Georgia, and love the South, but I also have a love for Massachusetts and the Boston area.
Hi! I am dual certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2011, and truly enjoy providing whole-person care for my patients. I have always felt passionate about mental health and emotional wellness, so I decided to go back to school to get my Psychiatry board certification in 2022 in order to provide the best care possible for my patients. I was born and raised in Athens, Georgia, and love the South, but I also have a love for Massachusetts and the Boston area.
(508) 290-7212 View (508) 290-7212
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Daniel Barron
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Foxboro, MA 02035
Are you a busy professional? Expectant or new parent? Going through a life transition? Let's talk and see how we could work together to improve your improve your mood, manage your stress, and overall stick the landing. My approach is open-minded, evidence-based, and unafraid of humor.
Are you a busy professional? Expectant or new parent? Going through a life transition? Let's talk and see how we could work together to improve your improve your mood, manage your stress, and overall stick the landing. My approach is open-minded, evidence-based, and unafraid of humor.
(617) 712-2666 View (617) 712-2666
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Lisa A. Chapman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Foxboro, MA 02035
Currently accepting new patients at New England Counseling Center, Lisa is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 30 years of experience in mental health. She started her training at Laboure College and continued her education at UMass Dartmouth and Regis College. Lisa believes in working together with patients to provide the safest and best outcomes through medication management in combination with psychotherapy.
Currently accepting new patients at New England Counseling Center, Lisa is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 30 years of experience in mental health. She started her training at Laboure College and continued her education at UMass Dartmouth and Regis College. Lisa believes in working together with patients to provide the safest and best outcomes through medication management in combination with psychotherapy.
(508) 261-7111 View (508) 261-7111
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Hali Massri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Foxboro, MA 02035
Hali Massri is a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 4 years experience specializing in the child and adolescent population. Hali has had experience in treating numerous psychiatric diagnoses from ADHD, depression, anxiety, to mood and thought disorders both in acute and outpatient settings. Hali enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, and nieces and nephews, but also newly a vegetable gardener. Hali received her first Bachelor of Science in exercise health sciences at UMass Boston, however returned to school for a second Bachelors of Science in Nursing completing the accelerated BSN program at Northeastern University.
Hali Massri is a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 4 years experience specializing in the child and adolescent population. Hali has had experience in treating numerous psychiatric diagnoses from ADHD, depression, anxiety, to mood and thought disorders both in acute and outpatient settings. Hali enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, and nieces and nephews, but also newly a vegetable gardener. Hali received her first Bachelor of Science in exercise health sciences at UMass Boston, however returned to school for a second Bachelors of Science in Nursing completing the accelerated BSN program at Northeastern University.
(508) 682-4188 View (508) 682-4188

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Bryan Teran-Zuniga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Canton, MA 02021
I believe that there is nothing brighter than a child's mind. This is why I am passionate about working with children and adolescents of diverse cultural backgrounds struggling with mental health conditions. While I provide psychopharmacological treatment, I believe that treatment should be dynamic, person centered with strong emphasis on life style and behavioral changes as well as environmental supports. Working with a multidisciplinary team is the most effective approach to manage mental health conditions, this is why I REQUIRE that all my clients MUST BE actively engaged on individual/behavioral therapy.
I believe that there is nothing brighter than a child's mind. This is why I am passionate about working with children and adolescents of diverse cultural backgrounds struggling with mental health conditions. While I provide psychopharmacological treatment, I believe that treatment should be dynamic, person centered with strong emphasis on life style and behavioral changes as well as environmental supports. Working with a multidisciplinary team is the most effective approach to manage mental health conditions, this is why I REQUIRE that all my clients MUST BE actively engaged on individual/behavioral therapy.
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Olena Dreyfus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSH, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mansfield, MA 02048
Olena Dreyfus is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts. She offers comprehensive treatment that combines medication with various lifestyle and behavioral interventions. She works with adults of all ages and treats a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, psychotic disorders, and PTSD. Olena uses evidence-based treatments that consider patients’ biological, psychological, spiritual, and social needs. Her top priority is to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where individuals feel heard, understood, and comfortable sharing their experiences.
Olena Dreyfus is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts. She offers comprehensive treatment that combines medication with various lifestyle and behavioral interventions. She works with adults of all ages and treats a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, psychotic disorders, and PTSD. Olena uses evidence-based treatments that consider patients’ biological, psychological, spiritual, and social needs. Her top priority is to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where individuals feel heard, understood, and comfortable sharing their experiences.
(508) 257-7424 View (508) 257-7424
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Mary-Ellen Meltzer PMHCNS, CST-S
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHCNS-, BC, CST-, S
Verified Verified
Norwood, MA 02062
My name is Mary-Ellen Meltzer and I am an AASECT certified sex therapist, sex therapist supervisor, and a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist. I am LGBTQIAA and kink affirming. I work with couples and individuals who struggle with relationship and sexual health issues. I also work with clients who struggle with medical health issues including cancer and menopause. When you are struggling with sexual and /or relationship issues it can be hard to identify a therapist to help you make sense of what you are experiencing. You do not need to struggle alone. All genders, relationships and cultures are welcome.
My name is Mary-Ellen Meltzer and I am an AASECT certified sex therapist, sex therapist supervisor, and a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist. I am LGBTQIAA and kink affirming. I work with couples and individuals who struggle with relationship and sexual health issues. I also work with clients who struggle with medical health issues including cancer and menopause. When you are struggling with sexual and /or relationship issues it can be hard to identify a therapist to help you make sense of what you are experiencing. You do not need to struggle alone. All genders, relationships and cultures are welcome.
(781) 209-5408 x1 View (781) 209-5408 x1
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Katherine Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Franklin, MA 02038
Katherine brings a humanistic approach to her practice. She uses her background in primary care medicine as well as psychiatry to provide compassionate and client-focused care, and to meet the needs of each patient as individuals. Katherine’s clinical experience is broad and includes adult medicine, geriatrics, community health, and college health. Katherine provides medication therapy using evidence-based practice, which include micro-dosing strategies for care tailored to individual needs.
Katherine brings a humanistic approach to her practice. She uses her background in primary care medicine as well as psychiatry to provide compassionate and client-focused care, and to meet the needs of each patient as individuals. Katherine’s clinical experience is broad and includes adult medicine, geriatrics, community health, and college health. Katherine provides medication therapy using evidence-based practice, which include micro-dosing strategies for care tailored to individual needs.
(413) 666-1412 View (413) 666-1412
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Christopher William Driscoll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Franklin, MA 02038
Wether its the day to day, some life changing event, addictions, or a desire for help in being the best version of you - I am here to help.
Wether its the day to day, some life changing event, addictions, or a desire for help in being the best version of you - I am here to help.
(508) 682-5102 View (508) 682-5102
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Maria Eden Aguilar Gianan
Psychiatric Nurse, BSN, NP, CNS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Norwood, MA 02062
My clients are usually feeling overwhelmed by sudden challenges and transitions which can alter perspective and cause stress, depression, anxiety and trauma. I provide the guidance and positive outlook needed to respond to stressful situations as opportunities to learn and grow. I also have a wide range of experience in crisis stabilization. Crisis strongly impacts day-to-day routines, yet with counseling, clients can move forward with life. Learning how to move forward, although often difficult, can prevent further emotional distress.
My clients are usually feeling overwhelmed by sudden challenges and transitions which can alter perspective and cause stress, depression, anxiety and trauma. I provide the guidance and positive outlook needed to respond to stressful situations as opportunities to learn and grow. I also have a wide range of experience in crisis stabilization. Crisis strongly impacts day-to-day routines, yet with counseling, clients can move forward with life. Learning how to move forward, although often difficult, can prevent further emotional distress.
(781) 787-2485 View (781) 787-2485
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Danielle Lasden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Attleboro, MA 02703
Dedicated to compassionate, patient-focused care, Danielle Lasden brings over 7 years of hands-on experience to Emory Recovery Center. As a board-certified Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in addiction medicine, Danielle possesses an unwavering commitment to the holistic treatment of individuals grappling with substance use disorders. Having served at renowned institutions like Brigham and Women's Hospital, Danielle has demonstrated expertise in integrating addiction medicine into primary care, ensuring comprehensive and seamless care for her patients.
Dedicated to compassionate, patient-focused care, Danielle Lasden brings over 7 years of hands-on experience to Emory Recovery Center. As a board-certified Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in addiction medicine, Danielle possesses an unwavering commitment to the holistic treatment of individuals grappling with substance use disorders. Having served at renowned institutions like Brigham and Women's Hospital, Danielle has demonstrated expertise in integrating addiction medicine into primary care, ensuring comprehensive and seamless care for her patients.
(508) 978-4966 View (508) 978-4966
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Sage Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Stoughton, MA 02072
In envisioning my ideal client, I see someone who is courageous and committed to their journey of self-discovery and healing. They may be grappling with a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, or life transitions, but they are determined to confront these challenges head-on. Their needs encompass both emotional support and practical guidance as they navigate their path towards mental wellness. My ideal client seeks a compassionate and understanding ally who can offer them a safe space to explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences without judgment. They crave validation, empathy, and validation.
In envisioning my ideal client, I see someone who is courageous and committed to their journey of self-discovery and healing. They may be grappling with a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, or life transitions, but they are determined to confront these challenges head-on. Their needs encompass both emotional support and practical guidance as they navigate their path towards mental wellness. My ideal client seeks a compassionate and understanding ally who can offer them a safe space to explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences without judgment. They crave validation, empathy, and validation.
(781) 208-5880 View (781) 208-5880
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Good Path Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Norwood, MA 02062
Are you ready to make a change in your life? Are you tired, depressed, lack concentration or motivation? Are you having trouble sleeping at night and feel tired when you awaken? If any of the above describes you, it takes courage to ask for help, but the rewards of doing so can lead to a lifetime of fulfillment. We understand the emotional challenges that life has to offer. In working together, we will cultivate growth by understanding the obstacles that you face and develop personalized treatment approach that can help you on your mental health journey. You are not alone.
Are you ready to make a change in your life? Are you tired, depressed, lack concentration or motivation? Are you having trouble sleeping at night and feel tired when you awaken? If any of the above describes you, it takes courage to ask for help, but the rewards of doing so can lead to a lifetime of fulfillment. We understand the emotional challenges that life has to offer. In working together, we will cultivate growth by understanding the obstacles that you face and develop personalized treatment approach that can help you on your mental health journey. You are not alone.
(857) 290-4276 View (857) 290-4276
Photo of William Chad Garrett, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
William Chad Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Franklin, MA 02038
When you are suffering, you want help now, not one month from now. If symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, depression, or insomnia are negatively affecting your life, follow the link to my website and click the "Request Consultation" button to get started.
When you are suffering, you want help now, not one month from now. If symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, depression, or insomnia are negatively affecting your life, follow the link to my website and click the "Request Consultation" button to get started.
(508) 761-1781 View (508) 761-1781
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Effie Saly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Norwood, MA 02062
If you feel overwhelmed, stressed, unable to cope I am here to help. I provide a safe and supportive and judgement free environment ,where you can be heard and be helped toward healing and hope. I am a Board Certified with dual certifications as Family nurse practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.
If you feel overwhelmed, stressed, unable to cope I am here to help. I provide a safe and supportive and judgement free environment ,where you can be heard and be helped toward healing and hope. I am a Board Certified with dual certifications as Family nurse practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.
(857) 267-8962 View (857) 267-8962
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Roseanne Dolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LICSW, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Norwood, MA 02062  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients. Roseanne, a psychotherapist (LICSW) & nurse practitioner (APRN-BC), values a comprehensive approach to mental health to help individuals realize their positive attributes as they strive for improved health, wellness & healing. While medication is an important component of treatment, she offers both psychotherapy and medication management in a holistic approach to mental health, which includes healthy lifestyle habits such as proper diet and nutrition, helpful sleep habits and exercise.
Currently accepting new patients. Roseanne, a psychotherapist (LICSW) & nurse practitioner (APRN-BC), values a comprehensive approach to mental health to help individuals realize their positive attributes as they strive for improved health, wellness & healing. While medication is an important component of treatment, she offers both psychotherapy and medication management in a holistic approach to mental health, which includes healthy lifestyle habits such as proper diet and nutrition, helpful sleep habits and exercise.
(781) 230-6620 View (781) 230-6620
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Neuro Behavioral Center
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Walpole, MA 02081  (Online Only)
Neuro Behavioral Center is a premier outpatient center focused on providing you with the highest quality of mental health services. Our highly qualified team of compassionate and caring professionals are dedicated to providing the most advanced and comprehensive treatment and adult psychiatric and psychology services. Utilizing advanced technology and evidenced-based treatment, we maintain a private and secure communication channel with our patients, while collaborating with other care providers to ensure the success of our therapies.
Neuro Behavioral Center is a premier outpatient center focused on providing you with the highest quality of mental health services. Our highly qualified team of compassionate and caring professionals are dedicated to providing the most advanced and comprehensive treatment and adult psychiatric and psychology services. Utilizing advanced technology and evidenced-based treatment, we maintain a private and secure communication channel with our patients, while collaborating with other care providers to ensure the success of our therapies.
(774) 332-5573 View (774) 332-5573
Diligence healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Stoughton, MA 02072
DHC is a multidisciplinary group providing a total and comprehensive outpatients behavioral health and psychiatric care to all ages. We recognize and appreciate our patients cultural, religious and social differences . We have a team of experienced staff, (doctors, NP, Therapist, etc) that are professional and sensitive to our patients individual differences, diagnosis and therefore offer care that is individualized using best scientific and evidence based methods that is suitable to every patient accurate diagnosis. we are currently accepting most insurance with no waiting list, and Weekend appointments are available.
DHC is a multidisciplinary group providing a total and comprehensive outpatients behavioral health and psychiatric care to all ages. We recognize and appreciate our patients cultural, religious and social differences . We have a team of experienced staff, (doctors, NP, Therapist, etc) that are professional and sensitive to our patients individual differences, diagnosis and therefore offer care that is individualized using best scientific and evidence based methods that is suitable to every patient accurate diagnosis. we are currently accepting most insurance with no waiting list, and Weekend appointments are available.
(781) 404-3213 View (781) 404-3213
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Gary Warstadt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Canton, MA 02021
I believe deeply that people can change their lives, and I have dedicated my life's work to just that. Patterns of behavior always exist for good reason. They begin as a way of adapting to circumstances, then the situation changes, and years later, what was once a way to cope has now become a liability. There is nothing more gratifying than assisting people in recognizing these lifelong patterns in which they have been entwined, and learning how to slip those bonds. Understanding alone, though, is not enough. The hard part is putting together and implementing a plan to change.
I believe deeply that people can change their lives, and I have dedicated my life's work to just that. Patterns of behavior always exist for good reason. They begin as a way of adapting to circumstances, then the situation changes, and years later, what was once a way to cope has now become a liability. There is nothing more gratifying than assisting people in recognizing these lifelong patterns in which they have been entwined, and learning how to slip those bonds. Understanding alone, though, is not enough. The hard part is putting together and implementing a plan to change.
(781) 350-3245 View (781) 350-3245
Photo of Alicia Cashman, MSN, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alicia Cashman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP
Verified Verified
Franklin, MA 02038
Waitlist for new clients
I provide person-centered therapy and medication management. I work with individuals with anxiety, depression, life transitions, mood disorders, ADHD, stress, family conflict and more. I strive to develop a genuine therapeutic relationship with each client to ensure I have a good understanding of your concerns and goals. I work with each client to develop a treatment plan with hopes of alleviating distress and helping individuals build their coping skills.
I provide person-centered therapy and medication management. I work with individuals with anxiety, depression, life transitions, mood disorders, ADHD, stress, family conflict and more. I strive to develop a genuine therapeutic relationship with each client to ensure I have a good understanding of your concerns and goals. I work with each client to develop a treatment plan with hopes of alleviating distress and helping individuals build their coping skills.
(781) 531-8586 View (781) 531-8586

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Foxboro, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Foxboro, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
75% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Sleep or Insomnia
50% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Foxboro, MA see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Foxboro?

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.