Psychiatrists in North Easton, MA

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Gene Jacobs
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Easton, MA 02356
Spent your whole life giving? Spent your whole life taking care of others? Divorced or just taken for granted? Hard to feel joy? Looking for meaning but not finding any? Angry? Resentful? Or just exhausted and sad? I am so glad you found me. I know it is not easy and it takes courage to ask for help. I treat adolescents through adulthood. I specialize in choosing between medication/ psychopharmacology, functional philosophy, soft coaching, intent based behavior therapy, and I am trained in osteopathic philosophy. This all means that I can aid individuals in finding the balance of medications, meaning, behavior, and mind.
Spent your whole life giving? Spent your whole life taking care of others? Divorced or just taken for granted? Hard to feel joy? Looking for meaning but not finding any? Angry? Resentful? Or just exhausted and sad? I am so glad you found me. I know it is not easy and it takes courage to ask for help. I treat adolescents through adulthood. I specialize in choosing between medication/ psychopharmacology, functional philosophy, soft coaching, intent based behavior therapy, and I am trained in osteopathic philosophy. This all means that I can aid individuals in finding the balance of medications, meaning, behavior, and mind.
(508) 978-1187 View (508) 978-1187
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Melissa Gregory
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Easton, MA 02356  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Melissa. As a Lifespan Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to offering individualized, holistic, and comprehensive mental health treatment to each patient. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatment for depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, eating disorders, OCD, women's health, sleep disorders, self-esteem issues, bipolar and mood disorders. I understand that mental health is multifaceted and deeply interconnected with various aspects of an individual's life, including physical health, relationships, and lifestyle factors.
Welcome! My name is Melissa. As a Lifespan Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to offering individualized, holistic, and comprehensive mental health treatment to each patient. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatment for depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, eating disorders, OCD, women's health, sleep disorders, self-esteem issues, bipolar and mood disorders. I understand that mental health is multifaceted and deeply interconnected with various aspects of an individual's life, including physical health, relationships, and lifestyle factors.
(774) 500-3498 View (774) 500-3498
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Duny Damas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP-PMH
Verified Verified
North Easton, MA 02356
Duny Damas, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience. Dr. Dumas is devoted to the care of his patients and is motivated to provide them with compassionate evidenced-based care. Education & Certifications Dr. Damas received his Bachelor in Nursing from The University of Massachusetts “ Boston. He then obtained his Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor in Nursing Practice from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Duny Damas, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience. Dr. Dumas is devoted to the care of his patients and is motivated to provide them with compassionate evidenced-based care. Education & Certifications Dr. Damas received his Bachelor in Nursing from The University of Massachusetts “ Boston. He then obtained his Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor in Nursing Practice from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
(508) 850-0658 View (508) 850-0658
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Melissa Gregory
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Easton, MA 02356  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Melissa. As a Lifespan Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to offering individualized, holistic, and comprehensive mental health treatment to each patient. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatment for depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders. I understand that mental health is multifaceted and deeply interconnected with various aspects of an individual's life, including physical health, relationships, and lifestyle factors. Therefore, my approach to treatment is tailored to address the unique needs and circumstances of each person.
Welcome! My name is Melissa. As a Lifespan Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to offering individualized, holistic, and comprehensive mental health treatment to each patient. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatment for depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders. I understand that mental health is multifaceted and deeply interconnected with various aspects of an individual's life, including physical health, relationships, and lifestyle factors. Therefore, my approach to treatment is tailored to address the unique needs and circumstances of each person.
(774) 545-8675 View (774) 545-8675
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Hali Massri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
North Easton, MA 02356
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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Sheryl P Goodall
Psychiatric Nurse, NP, CNS
Verified Verified
Easton, MA 02334
I use medications and counseling to help with mood related disorders that may include symptoms associated with anxiety, trauma, depression, bipolar disorder, ADD. My focus is to help you achieve your goals.
I use medications and counseling to help with mood related disorders that may include symptoms associated with anxiety, trauma, depression, bipolar disorder, ADD. My focus is to help you achieve your goals.
(508) 690-4603 View (508) 690-4603
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Mary A Foley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHCNS, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Easton, MA 02375
I have 30 years of clinical experience treating children, adolescents, and young adults. It is my passion to work with my patients and families to address their challenges in a comprehensive way which results in the best outcomes for my patients and their families. I have specialized in ADHD, anxiety, and depression and have conducted research at Mc Lean Hospital in those areas. Medication evaluations, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy are my specialties. I also teach advanced practice nursing and psychopharmacology at Northeastern University. .
I have 30 years of clinical experience treating children, adolescents, and young adults. It is my passion to work with my patients and families to address their challenges in a comprehensive way which results in the best outcomes for my patients and their families. I have specialized in ADHD, anxiety, and depression and have conducted research at Mc Lean Hospital in those areas. Medication evaluations, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy are my specialties. I also teach advanced practice nursing and psychopharmacology at Northeastern University. .
(508) 603-7795 View (508) 603-7795
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Easton, MA 02334
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(508) 715-8305 View (508) 715-8305
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Connor Stimpson
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Easton, MA 02334
My clients are often people who want to get better and are open to treatment recommendations. If you are seeking treatment you should be provided with empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practice.
My clients are often people who want to get better and are open to treatment recommendations. If you are seeking treatment you should be provided with empathy, compassion, and evidence-based practice.
(508) 687-6558 View (508) 687-6558
Rose Paolini, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANP, PCNS
Verified Verified
Easton, MA 02334
I am a psychiatric and adult nurse practitioner who is focused on helping patients feel and do their best. I have extensive experience working with complex patients in an inpatient as well as outpatient setting. I use medications and supportive counseling as methods to help patients achieve relief from symptoms such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, anger outbursts, insomnia and alcohol dependence. I believe my team approach is effective and will help decrease the symptoms that cause pain and interfere with daily living.
I am a psychiatric and adult nurse practitioner who is focused on helping patients feel and do their best. I have extensive experience working with complex patients in an inpatient as well as outpatient setting. I use medications and supportive counseling as methods to help patients achieve relief from symptoms such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, anger outbursts, insomnia and alcohol dependence. I believe my team approach is effective and will help decrease the symptoms that cause pain and interfere with daily living.
(508) 690-9165 View (508) 690-9165
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Easton, MA 02334
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(508) 719-7713 View (508) 719-7713
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Emily Coyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Easton, MA 02334
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
(508) 939-3139 View (508) 939-3139
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Carol Smith
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Easton, MA 02334
Self-discovery and implementation of new habits and skills can be uncomfortable. My ideal client is someone who is ready to be uncomfortable and one who is dedicated to making an investment in their mental health. Having someone who is consistent with their care and transparent about their feelings and symptoms will lead to an efficient resolution of concerns and achieving goals.
Self-discovery and implementation of new habits and skills can be uncomfortable. My ideal client is someone who is ready to be uncomfortable and one who is dedicated to making an investment in their mental health. Having someone who is consistent with their care and transparent about their feelings and symptoms will lead to an efficient resolution of concerns and achieving goals.
(508) 882-6066 View (508) 882-6066
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Francisca Ojei
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Brockton, MA 02301
As a keen practitioner, my journey to helping humanity began 11 years ago after graduating with my Bachelors in Nursing, I dedicated 5 years in serving underserved communities in urban and rural areas, worked in a pediatric facility and top Major Hospitals in Boston. Then I decided to complete my Masters in Nursing at Regis College 5 years ago focusing in internal medication. Mental health medicine caught my attention after working in a methadone and suboxone clinic. I further pursed my interest by working at SouthBay for over 2 years, now at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates for almost 2 years.
As a keen practitioner, my journey to helping humanity began 11 years ago after graduating with my Bachelors in Nursing, I dedicated 5 years in serving underserved communities in urban and rural areas, worked in a pediatric facility and top Major Hospitals in Boston. Then I decided to complete my Masters in Nursing at Regis College 5 years ago focusing in internal medication. Mental health medicine caught my attention after working in a methadone and suboxone clinic. I further pursed my interest by working at SouthBay for over 2 years, now at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates for almost 2 years.
(774) 332-5563 View (774) 332-5563
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All in One Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brockton, MA 02301
Josephine Thuo, CNP, PMHNP is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with extensive experience working with patients from all backgrounds. She treats all age groups. Josephine has a master's degree in nursing. Her clinical practice includes a thorough psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and interventions catered to you.
Josephine Thuo, CNP, PMHNP is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with extensive experience working with patients from all backgrounds. She treats all age groups. Josephine has a master's degree in nursing. Her clinical practice includes a thorough psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and interventions catered to you.
(774) 772-5154 View (774) 772-5154
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Claire DiIlio
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brockton, MA 02301  (Online Only)
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management to individuals across the lifespan. I graduated from the MGH Institute of Health Professions with a BS in Nursing and, after gaining experience as a registered nurse, attained a master's from Northeastern University. As an RN, I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital on the Inpatient Psychiatric Service. Through this experience, I became familiar with the holistic, interdisciplinary approach to the management of mental illness with a patient-centered focus.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management to individuals across the lifespan. I graduated from the MGH Institute of Health Professions with a BS in Nursing and, after gaining experience as a registered nurse, attained a master's from Northeastern University. As an RN, I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital on the Inpatient Psychiatric Service. Through this experience, I became familiar with the holistic, interdisciplinary approach to the management of mental illness with a patient-centered focus.
(508) 286-6770 View (508) 286-6770
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Easton, MA 02334
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(508) 500-8931 View (508) 500-8931
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Integrated Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CARN-AP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Easton, MA 02334
Betty Yu , PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FNP-BC is triple board certified in psychiatry, addictions and internal medicine with extensive experience in treating psychiatric and substance use disorders. With her deep understanding of psychiatric disorders, she can help you find the path to recovery and improved well-being. Betty Yu specializes in managing various psychiatric disorders, including but not limited to: ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, PTSD, Schizophrenia. We have availability within 2 weeks for both adult and adolescent patients, starting from ages 6 and up, ensuring that you receive timely care when you need it most.
Betty Yu , PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FNP-BC is triple board certified in psychiatry, addictions and internal medicine with extensive experience in treating psychiatric and substance use disorders. With her deep understanding of psychiatric disorders, she can help you find the path to recovery and improved well-being. Betty Yu specializes in managing various psychiatric disorders, including but not limited to: ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, PTSD, Schizophrenia. We have availability within 2 weeks for both adult and adolescent patients, starting from ages 6 and up, ensuring that you receive timely care when you need it most.
(508) 859-9349 View (508) 859-9349
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Betty Yu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CARN-AP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Easton, MA 02334
Betty Yu , PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FNP-BC is an experienced nurse practitioner with triple-board certifications in psychiatry, addictions and internal medicine. Having accumulated extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, Betty is able to effectively address a diverse spectrum of psychiatric challenges, demonstrating a commitment to delivering comprehensive and impactful mental health care. Immediate availability is offered for both adult and adolescent patients, starting from the age of 6 and above.
Betty Yu , PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FNP-BC is an experienced nurse practitioner with triple-board certifications in psychiatry, addictions and internal medicine. Having accumulated extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, Betty is able to effectively address a diverse spectrum of psychiatric challenges, demonstrating a commitment to delivering comprehensive and impactful mental health care. Immediate availability is offered for both adult and adolescent patients, starting from the age of 6 and above.
(339) 217-6807 View (339) 217-6807
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Guerline Norbrun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Brockton, MA 02301
Dr. Guerline Norbrun, DNP, PMHNP-BC, ARNP, AGNP-BC is an experienced board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and primary care. She has been practicing in both capacities' inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Norbrun provides comprehensive and individualized care to all ages, social and cultural background with psychiatric disorders including ADHD, Asperger's, addiction, Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorder, Schizophrenia, schizoaffective, Bipolar, Borderline personality Disorder among others. Her commitment is to deliver comprehensive and impactful mental health care to her patients’ population.
Dr. Guerline Norbrun, DNP, PMHNP-BC, ARNP, AGNP-BC is an experienced board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and primary care. She has been practicing in both capacities' inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Norbrun provides comprehensive and individualized care to all ages, social and cultural background with psychiatric disorders including ADHD, Asperger's, addiction, Depression, Anxiety, Panic disorder, Schizophrenia, schizoaffective, Bipolar, Borderline personality Disorder among others. Her commitment is to deliver comprehensive and impactful mental health care to her patients’ population.
(508) 422-5654 View (508) 422-5654

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Number of Psychiatrists in North Easton, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in North Easton, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Aetna
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in North Easton, MA see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in North Easton?

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.