Psychiatrists in Middleborough, MA

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Adaeze Nwanegbo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Middleborough, MA 02346
My name is Ada Nwanegbo and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts. I will be providing care and treating acute and chronic mental illnesses and substance use. My patient population is adolescents, adults, and older adults. I provide medication management and supportive therapy for various psychiatric symptoms. I am open-minded and willing work with clients regardless of their age, culture, heritage, gender, faith, sexual/gender identity, life experience and beliefs.
My name is Ada Nwanegbo and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts. I will be providing care and treating acute and chronic mental illnesses and substance use. My patient population is adolescents, adults, and older adults. I provide medication management and supportive therapy for various psychiatric symptoms. I am open-minded and willing work with clients regardless of their age, culture, heritage, gender, faith, sexual/gender identity, life experience and beliefs.
(508) 501-9042 View (508) 501-9042
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Nicole Bradford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Middleborough, MA 02346  (Online Only)
Are you finding yourself facing the challenges of anxiety and depression, grappling with addiction, or experiencing difficulties with attention and focus? Do you find it challenging to regulate your mood and emotions? If so, know that you're not alone, and seeking support is a courageous and vital step. At the core of my practice is a belief in the power of genuine connections. I prioritize building strong therapeutic relationships with my clients, creating a safe and supportive space for them to express themselves openly. This connection is the foundation which we collaboratively develop and implement personalized treatment plans.
Are you finding yourself facing the challenges of anxiety and depression, grappling with addiction, or experiencing difficulties with attention and focus? Do you find it challenging to regulate your mood and emotions? If so, know that you're not alone, and seeking support is a courageous and vital step. At the core of my practice is a belief in the power of genuine connections. I prioritize building strong therapeutic relationships with my clients, creating a safe and supportive space for them to express themselves openly. This connection is the foundation which we collaboratively develop and implement personalized treatment plans.
(774) 713-8834 View (774) 713-8834
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Seahorse Behavioral
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, ANP-BC, PMHNPBC
Not Verified Not Verified
Middleborough, MA 02346
We manage a variety of conditions such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, insomnia, etc. We care for patients and their families across the lifespan and offer Genesight testing, the COPE program as well as Spravato Treatments for treatment resistant depression. We also offer Suboxone, Sublocade and Vivitrol in our Middleboro location. To find out more go to www.seahorsebehavioral.com.
We manage a variety of conditions such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, insomnia, etc. We care for patients and their families across the lifespan and offer Genesight testing, the COPE program as well as Spravato Treatments for treatment resistant depression. We also offer Suboxone, Sublocade and Vivitrol in our Middleboro location. To find out more go to www.seahorsebehavioral.com.
(508) 500-6533 View (508) 500-6533
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Daina Peirce
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Middleborough, MA 02346
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 20 yrs of experience. I have many areas of interest including medication management for those suffering from postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, perinatal mental health, women's mental health, and general psychiatry such as Anxiety, Depression, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia. Working with you and the community to find your emotional balance is utmost important to me. I look forward to assisting you in your journey .
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 20 yrs of experience. I have many areas of interest including medication management for those suffering from postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, perinatal mental health, women's mental health, and general psychiatry such as Anxiety, Depression, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia. Working with you and the community to find your emotional balance is utmost important to me. I look forward to assisting you in your journey .
(508) 689-7447 View (508) 689-7447
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Gateway to Wellness, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Middleborough, MA 02346
Central to this practice is a commitment to evidence-based treatments tailored to individual needs. By conducting thorough assessments and collaborating closely with patients, we develop personalized treatment plans that may include antidepressants, mood stabilizers, or antipsychotics, depending on the diagnosis and symptoms presented. In an era marked by rising mental health challenges, we have an ability to blend psychopharmacology with psychotherapy, which offers patients a comprehensive approach to healing, empowering you to navigate life's complexities with resilience and renewed hope.
Central to this practice is a commitment to evidence-based treatments tailored to individual needs. By conducting thorough assessments and collaborating closely with patients, we develop personalized treatment plans that may include antidepressants, mood stabilizers, or antipsychotics, depending on the diagnosis and symptoms presented. In an era marked by rising mental health challenges, we have an ability to blend psychopharmacology with psychotherapy, which offers patients a comprehensive approach to healing, empowering you to navigate life's complexities with resilience and renewed hope.
(508) 901-2295 View (508) 901-2295
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Nancy Perroni
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Middleborough, MA 02344
Welcome! I am accepting new adult clients! I look forward to meeting with you to gain an understanding of your individual mental health needs with either in-person or telehealth visits. Together, we can explore what treatments were or were not effective in the past, and work together to make a plan to meet your goals. I offer Genesight cheek swab testing which analyzes individual client’s gene/drug metabolism which can guide treatment when other options have failed. Spravato for treatment resistant depression is also available in the office. I specialize in psychopharmacology for those who have a variety of mental health conditions.
Welcome! I am accepting new adult clients! I look forward to meeting with you to gain an understanding of your individual mental health needs with either in-person or telehealth visits. Together, we can explore what treatments were or were not effective in the past, and work together to make a plan to meet your goals. I offer Genesight cheek swab testing which analyzes individual client’s gene/drug metabolism which can guide treatment when other options have failed. Spravato for treatment resistant depression is also available in the office. I specialize in psychopharmacology for those who have a variety of mental health conditions.
(508) 715-9404 View (508) 715-9404
Sharonda Bagwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Middleborough, MA 02346  (Online Only)
(774) 224-8483 View (774) 224-8483

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Renee M Garbitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, C-NP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Lakeville, MA 02347  (Online Only)
At Grounded Interventions Psychiatric Services we offer treatment grounded in empirically supported strategies to address a dynamic set of behavioral health needs. Our approach is compassionate, individually tailored and aimed at reducing distressing symptoms while improving overall quality of life.​
At Grounded Interventions Psychiatric Services we offer treatment grounded in empirically supported strategies to address a dynamic set of behavioral health needs. Our approach is compassionate, individually tailored and aimed at reducing distressing symptoms while improving overall quality of life.​
(508) 886-3921 View (508) 886-3921
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A Compassionate Mind And Wellness, LLC,
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNPBC, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
Halifax, MA 02338  (Online Only)
Hi my name is Michele Graney, NP, and I would welcome the opportunity to help you. I know that reaching out for support can feel awkward & that it can take time to build comfort, trust, and rapport. As a experienced NP, I do not believe in scheduling "speedy appointments" as this compromises quality of care. You will have ample time to share your concerns. I take the time to listen in order to fully understand you. I believe in being open and honest with each patient. I strive to build and maintain a trusting and genuine therapeutic alliance with each patient.
Hi my name is Michele Graney, NP, and I would welcome the opportunity to help you. I know that reaching out for support can feel awkward & that it can take time to build comfort, trust, and rapport. As a experienced NP, I do not believe in scheduling "speedy appointments" as this compromises quality of care. You will have ample time to share your concerns. I take the time to listen in order to fully understand you. I believe in being open and honest with each patient. I strive to build and maintain a trusting and genuine therapeutic alliance with each patient.
(339) 331-0757 View (339) 331-0757
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Jessica Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Carver, MA 02330
Guiding Light Psychiatry- I treat patients in person as well as electronically via telehealth, which is a safe, secure, and convenient telecommunication platform. I offer evidence-based therapy choices to help people maintain, enhance, and regain their mental health.
Guiding Light Psychiatry- I treat patients in person as well as electronically via telehealth, which is a safe, secure, and convenient telecommunication platform. I offer evidence-based therapy choices to help people maintain, enhance, and regain their mental health.
(508) 684-5310 View (508) 684-5310
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Cameron Schidlmeier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raynham, MA 02767  (Online Only)
Highly skilled PMHNP with nearly 15 years of experience in psychiatric nursing. Extensive background working with Active Duty and Veteran populations with expertise in the treatment of trauma and substance use disorders. Most recently worked for the Commonwealth providing acute psychiatric stabilization and medically supervised withdrawal for individuals admitted on involuntary MGL Chapter 123, Section 35 civil commitments. Currently available to see new patients through Thriveworks. Demonstrated passion for providing the highest quality behavioral and medical care. Compassionate and empathetic advocate for patients and families.
Highly skilled PMHNP with nearly 15 years of experience in psychiatric nursing. Extensive background working with Active Duty and Veteran populations with expertise in the treatment of trauma and substance use disorders. Most recently worked for the Commonwealth providing acute psychiatric stabilization and medically supervised withdrawal for individuals admitted on involuntary MGL Chapter 123, Section 35 civil commitments. Currently available to see new patients through Thriveworks. Demonstrated passion for providing the highest quality behavioral and medical care. Compassionate and empathetic advocate for patients and families.
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NG Psych Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Taunton, MA 02780
At Ng psych services we have experienced board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioners who specialized in treating mental health issues, substance use, and diagnosable disorders like ADHD, mood disorder, depression, anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD schizophrenia and to mention a few. We believe in establishing a strong therapeutic relationship with our patients by providing safe, confidential, and holistic care.
At Ng psych services we have experienced board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioners who specialized in treating mental health issues, substance use, and diagnosable disorders like ADHD, mood disorder, depression, anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD schizophrenia and to mention a few. We believe in establishing a strong therapeutic relationship with our patients by providing safe, confidential, and holistic care.
(774) 458-9209 View (774) 458-9209
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William Chad Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgewater, MA 02324
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.
(781) 390-4882 View (781) 390-4882
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Judith Austin, PMHNP, Align Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgewater, MA 02324  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide medication management only; I do NOT provide counseling/therapy services. I am passionate about the work I do and I am committed to assisting you in improving your mental health. I am also a provider that will be direct with my patients, ensuring that plain-speaking, honest conversation leads to open lines of communication. As a prescriber of psychiatric medications, and before discussing a potential medication regimen that you may benefit from, we will engage in a thorough discussion about your life, your past history, your current situation, and your treatment goals.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide medication management only; I do NOT provide counseling/therapy services. I am passionate about the work I do and I am committed to assisting you in improving your mental health. I am also a provider that will be direct with my patients, ensuring that plain-speaking, honest conversation leads to open lines of communication. As a prescriber of psychiatric medications, and before discussing a potential medication regimen that you may benefit from, we will engage in a thorough discussion about your life, your past history, your current situation, and your treatment goals.
(774) 430-3148 View (774) 430-3148
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Nadine Rousseau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakeville, MA 02347  (Online Only)
Feeling overwhelmed in times of distress is common, but remember, there's always hope. If you're in pain or facing a crisis, I truly understand. As a Nurse Practitioner, I'm here to help with comprehensive psychiatric services tailored just for you. Your emotional well-being is my top priority. Whether you need an evaluation, medication review, or therapy, I ensure personalized care. Battling addiction? I'm here to guide you on every step, providing specialized treatments. Evenings and Saturdays, I'm here for you. Let's find your strength together and start your healing journey now.
Feeling overwhelmed in times of distress is common, but remember, there's always hope. If you're in pain or facing a crisis, I truly understand. As a Nurse Practitioner, I'm here to help with comprehensive psychiatric services tailored just for you. Your emotional well-being is my top priority. Whether you need an evaluation, medication review, or therapy, I ensure personalized care. Battling addiction? I'm here to guide you on every step, providing specialized treatments. Evenings and Saturdays, I'm here for you. Let's find your strength together and start your healing journey now.
(508) 257-7479 View (508) 257-7479
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Jessica Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carver, MA 02330
I am currently accepting new patients for medication management (children/adolescents only), please go to www.safeharborwellness.org/new-patients to request an appointment. I enjoy working with children, adolescents and their families to identify challenging areas of their life and provide assistance in improving the quality of their day to day life and relationships. This process will look different for each child, and we will work together to achieve mutual goals. I look forward to meeting and working with your family!
I am currently accepting new patients for medication management (children/adolescents only), please go to www.safeharborwellness.org/new-patients to request an appointment. I enjoy working with children, adolescents and their families to identify challenging areas of their life and provide assistance in improving the quality of their day to day life and relationships. This process will look different for each child, and we will work together to achieve mutual goals. I look forward to meeting and working with your family!
(508) 850-0531 View (508) 850-0531
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Spring of Hope Health Services Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, - BC, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgewater, MA 02324  (Online Only)
At Spring of hope, we are passionate in helping people find healing and fulfillment. We have over 15 years of experience working in the mental health sector. We are board-certified to diagnose various mental health conditions, prescribe medications, manage psychiatric needs, and provide psychotherapy to young and older adults. Our goal as psychiatric providers is to see people live at their full potential. We offer comprehensive assessment and treatment of Depression, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, insomnia, Schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses. Spring forth and start enjoying life at it's best.
At Spring of hope, we are passionate in helping people find healing and fulfillment. We have over 15 years of experience working in the mental health sector. We are board-certified to diagnose various mental health conditions, prescribe medications, manage psychiatric needs, and provide psychotherapy to young and older adults. Our goal as psychiatric providers is to see people live at their full potential. We offer comprehensive assessment and treatment of Depression, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, insomnia, Schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses. Spring forth and start enjoying life at it's best.
(781) 650-5149 View (781) 650-5149
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Thoughtful Therapies, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Raynham, MA 02767  (Online Only)
Sabrina Ritchie is a dedicated PMHNP who created Thoughtful Therapies, LLC to provide a judgment-free space for clients to be open and have the opportunity to grow. She provides individual therapy and medication management to adults who are working through life transitions, managing anxiety and depression, and trying to improve their overall wellness. She offers telemedicine with a complimentary 15 minute introductory call to review pertinent items and ensure it will be a good fit.
Sabrina Ritchie is a dedicated PMHNP who created Thoughtful Therapies, LLC to provide a judgment-free space for clients to be open and have the opportunity to grow. She provides individual therapy and medication management to adults who are working through life transitions, managing anxiety and depression, and trying to improve their overall wellness. She offers telemedicine with a complimentary 15 minute introductory call to review pertinent items and ensure it will be a good fit.
(774) 804-8205 View (774) 804-8205
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Lauren Wenzl
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raynham, MA 02767  (Online Only)
My name is Lauren Wenzl, I am a certified Physician Assistant specializing in Psychiatric-Mental Health. In 2016 I achieved a Masters Degree in Physician Assistance from Keiser University and now have 7 years practice experience. I have come to understand that all of us need someone to listen to our concerns. Someone who listens without judging, offers empathy, compassion, and lends an ear to our struggles can make a significant impact in our mental health. My goal is to provide that relief to my patients through talk, recommendations, medications, or therapeutic care guidance.
My name is Lauren Wenzl, I am a certified Physician Assistant specializing in Psychiatric-Mental Health. In 2016 I achieved a Masters Degree in Physician Assistance from Keiser University and now have 7 years practice experience. I have come to understand that all of us need someone to listen to our concerns. Someone who listens without judging, offers empathy, compassion, and lends an ear to our struggles can make a significant impact in our mental health. My goal is to provide that relief to my patients through talk, recommendations, medications, or therapeutic care guidance.
(508) 213-0843 View (508) 213-0843
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Wendy M Carlson Psychiatric Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSCJ, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Raynham, MA 02767
Welcome! I AM accepting new patients for medication management. I am a Board Certified PMHNP with 22 years nursing experience. My nursing philosophy hasn't changed in 22 years. My aim is to deliver the same level of care equal which is expected for members of my family. Treatment efforts should be comprehensive and collaborative with the treatment team and the client's family.
Welcome! I AM accepting new patients for medication management. I am a Board Certified PMHNP with 22 years nursing experience. My nursing philosophy hasn't changed in 22 years. My aim is to deliver the same level of care equal which is expected for members of my family. Treatment efforts should be comprehensive and collaborative with the treatment team and the client's family.
(508) 403-0192 View (508) 403-0192

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Middleborough, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Middleborough, MA who prioritize treating:

71% Depression
71% Anxiety
71% Trauma and PTSD
57% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
57% Bipolar Disorder
57% Medication Management
43% Addiction

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Middleborough, MA see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Middleborough?

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.