Psychiatrists in Rockport, MA

Photo of Anita Pandolfe Ruchman, NP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse
Anita Pandolfe Ruchman
Psychiatric Nurse, NP, MSN
Verified Verified
Rockport, MA 01966  (Online Only)
Are you depressed, anxious, experiencing loss, grief, illness, divorce or other major life changes ? Are you pregnant, an anxious new mother, overwhelmed, isolated, or sad? Situations seem endless. Perhaps you don't know how you can cope with such hardships. You will have the wise counsel & skill of a Nurse Psychotherapist, helping you to find balance & health. Full-hour sessions inspire & guide you towards positive change. You & I work collaboratively & holistically, as you learn & develop tools for working through anxiety, grief & depression. With my guidance, you discover hope, & a new & different way of thinking about yourself & your life.
Are you depressed, anxious, experiencing loss, grief, illness, divorce or other major life changes ? Are you pregnant, an anxious new mother, overwhelmed, isolated, or sad? Situations seem endless. Perhaps you don't know how you can cope with such hardships. You will have the wise counsel & skill of a Nurse Psychotherapist, helping you to find balance & health. Full-hour sessions inspire & guide you towards positive change. You & I work collaboratively & holistically, as you learn & develop tools for working through anxiety, grief & depression. With my guidance, you discover hope, & a new & different way of thinking about yourself & your life.
(978) 308-0415 View (978) 308-0415
Photo of Joanna Quincy Duda, NP, CNS, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Joanna Quincy Duda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, CNS
Verified Verified
Rockport, MA 01966
Not accepting new clients
Rather than focusing on diagnosis, my practice has centered on the individual, with the strength of the relationship being central. The uniqueness of every individual as special and worthy has motivated my care and compassion in the implementation of the treatment most helpful for that individual. I have valued the spirit and soul of each individual as I skillfully determined the medicine and lifestyle needed for change. My early years as a psychotherapist were influenced by Shamanic practices, as well as a commitment to meditation and mindfulness; these have enabled me to be the channel for the change needed by my clients,
Rather than focusing on diagnosis, my practice has centered on the individual, with the strength of the relationship being central. The uniqueness of every individual as special and worthy has motivated my care and compassion in the implementation of the treatment most helpful for that individual. I have valued the spirit and soul of each individual as I skillfully determined the medicine and lifestyle needed for change. My early years as a psychotherapist were influenced by Shamanic practices, as well as a commitment to meditation and mindfulness; these have enabled me to be the channel for the change needed by my clients,
(978) 357-2963 View (978) 357-2963

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Deborah S Mindnich, MS, RN, PCNS, Psychiatric Nurse
Deborah S Mindnich
Psychiatric Nurse, MS, RN, PCNS
Verified Verified
Essex, MA 01929
I partner with my clients to achieve their goals and intentions. I provide individual, couples and family therapy as well as life coaching. I also see clients for medication management.
I partner with my clients to achieve their goals and intentions. I provide individual, couples and family therapy as well as life coaching. I also see clients for medication management.
(978) 678-4112 View (978) 678-4112
Photo of Elizabeth Martell, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Elizabeth Martell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Manchester, MA 01944
Book with me now by clicking on my website. I specialize in treating women who have experienced depression, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping likely related to hormonal imbalances such as perimenopause or menopause. I also treat men who have hormonal imbalances that may affect mood. These hormonal shifts cause havoc in our bodies. My clients will want to discover the root of the problem and will not just want to be prescribed a medication to "band-aid" their issue. I work as a functional medicine provider using both conventional and holistic methodologies for treatment. I do not treat ADHD.
Book with me now by clicking on my website. I specialize in treating women who have experienced depression, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping likely related to hormonal imbalances such as perimenopause or menopause. I also treat men who have hormonal imbalances that may affect mood. These hormonal shifts cause havoc in our bodies. My clients will want to discover the root of the problem and will not just want to be prescribed a medication to "band-aid" their issue. I work as a functional medicine provider using both conventional and holistic methodologies for treatment. I do not treat ADHD.
(603) 541-7962 View (603) 541-7962
Photo of Brendan Wynne - Atlantic Telepsychiatry, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Atlantic Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Manchester by the Sea, MA 01944  (Online Only)
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS** Atlantic Telepsychiatry offers effective medication treatment for a number of mental health issues to adults anywhere in Massachusetts. With Atlantic Telepsychiatry, you will get personalized mental health care and prescription management from a trained, licensed, and experienced psychiatric prescriber. We help individuals access quality medication treatment for their mental health issues without the hassle of insurance coverage, taking time off work to attend appointments, or wasted time sitting in waiting rooms. Meet with your prescriber on Live Video Sessions from your home, office, or anywhere!
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS** Atlantic Telepsychiatry offers effective medication treatment for a number of mental health issues to adults anywhere in Massachusetts. With Atlantic Telepsychiatry, you will get personalized mental health care and prescription management from a trained, licensed, and experienced psychiatric prescriber. We help individuals access quality medication treatment for their mental health issues without the hassle of insurance coverage, taking time off work to attend appointments, or wasted time sitting in waiting rooms. Meet with your prescriber on Live Video Sessions from your home, office, or anywhere!
(508) 273-8184 View (508) 273-8184

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of William Chad Garrett, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
William Chad Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lowell, MA 01852
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.
(351) 200-4531 View (351) 200-4531
Photo of Cynthia Beam - Mulberry Tree Integrative Mental Health, APRN, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC, DC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mulberry Tree Integrative Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC, DC
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02199  (Online Only)
A board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is an advanced practice nurse with the primary role of assessing, diagnosing and treating the mental health needs of patients. PMHNPs prescribe medications and provide support for patients with mental health disorders. Our integrated approach addresses the underlying cause of disease using a patient-centered approach encompassing the whole person, rather than the traditional disease-centered approach of an isolated set of symptoms.
A board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is an advanced practice nurse with the primary role of assessing, diagnosing and treating the mental health needs of patients. PMHNPs prescribe medications and provide support for patients with mental health disorders. Our integrated approach addresses the underlying cause of disease using a patient-centered approach encompassing the whole person, rather than the traditional disease-centered approach of an isolated set of symptoms.
(719) 824-2387 View (719) 824-2387
Photo of Patricia Mankeh Manjong - yourplaceofcare.com, APRN, PMHNP, NP-, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
yourplaceofcare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, NP-, BC
Verified Verified
Lowell, MA 01852  (Online Only)
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner( APRN, PMHNP-BC), I strive to ensure that through counseling and medication management, the people who entrust their care to my hand receive holistic, individualized care so that they function in their full capacities. In my 18yrs of nursing practice, I have seen firsthand the stigma associated with mental illness, which often resulted in subpar care. Therefore, as a PMHNP, I foster an empathetic, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment where clients participate in their care, with safety as a priority.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner( APRN, PMHNP-BC), I strive to ensure that through counseling and medication management, the people who entrust their care to my hand receive holistic, individualized care so that they function in their full capacities. In my 18yrs of nursing practice, I have seen firsthand the stigma associated with mental illness, which often resulted in subpar care. Therefore, as a PMHNP, I foster an empathetic, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment where clients participate in their care, with safety as a priority.
(351) 666-4772 View (351) 666-4772
Photo of Jennifer Sammarco, PMHNP, LMHC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jennifer Sammarco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mattapoisett, MA 02739  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner as well as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with many years of experience helping others. I provide psychopharmacological medication management in combination with proven therapy modalities for those that wish to include them. I am currently treating adults 18 and older struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Insomnia, and other mental health concerns.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner as well as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with many years of experience helping others. I provide psychopharmacological medication management in combination with proven therapy modalities for those that wish to include them. I am currently treating adults 18 and older struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Insomnia, and other mental health concerns.
(508) 625-9968 View (508) 625-9968
Photo of Benjamin Brondsky, MSN, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Benjamin Brondsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
Franklin, MA 02038
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner providing medication management and supportive therapy for clients ages 10+. I received my Bachelors and Masters in Nursing from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I worked throughout the medical field as a mental health specialist, a research coordinator and as a school nurse. My work experience and training include McLean Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and multiple public school systems in the Greater Boston area. I have experience working with clients' diagnoses such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, and bipolar disorder.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner providing medication management and supportive therapy for clients ages 10+. I received my Bachelors and Masters in Nursing from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I worked throughout the medical field as a mental health specialist, a research coordinator and as a school nurse. My work experience and training include McLean Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and multiple public school systems in the Greater Boston area. I have experience working with clients' diagnoses such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, and bipolar disorder.
(508) 257-7713 View (508) 257-7713
Photo of Stephanie White, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Stephanie White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newburyport, MA 01950
My ideal client is an individual who has, or suspects that they have, ADHD. They struggle with executive functioning (it's basically a struggle to just get through any given day): trouble regulating what to pay attention to, self-restraint, working memory ("what was I saying?"), emotional control, focus, task initiation (motivation, procrastination), completing tasks, planning/prioritization, organization, time management, defining and achieving goals, overwhelm and stress tolerance. I'm private pay only; see below for more details.
My ideal client is an individual who has, or suspects that they have, ADHD. They struggle with executive functioning (it's basically a struggle to just get through any given day): trouble regulating what to pay attention to, self-restraint, working memory ("what was I saying?"), emotional control, focus, task initiation (motivation, procrastination), completing tasks, planning/prioritization, organization, time management, defining and achieving goals, overwhelm and stress tolerance. I'm private pay only; see below for more details.
(351) 247-8493 View (351) 247-8493
Photo of Omar Haque - Dignity Brain Health, MD, PhD, Psychiatrist
Dignity Brain Health
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brookline, MA 02446  (Online Only)
TELE-HEALTH or In-Person: Insurance-Covered, Harvard-trained, Medication Management that is personalized, compassionate, and evidence-based at Dignity Brain Health. Our dedicated team of expert clinicians is committed to providing top-notch care for individuals struggling with mental health conditions. We prioritize finding the right medication and dosage to enhance your overall well-being and quality of life. With our comprehensive, patient-centered approach, we optimize your treatment plan for optimal results.
TELE-HEALTH or In-Person: Insurance-Covered, Harvard-trained, Medication Management that is personalized, compassionate, and evidence-based at Dignity Brain Health. Our dedicated team of expert clinicians is committed to providing top-notch care for individuals struggling with mental health conditions. We prioritize finding the right medication and dosage to enhance your overall well-being and quality of life. With our comprehensive, patient-centered approach, we optimize your treatment plan for optimal results.
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Jennifer Koch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02420
Growing up and parenting, even under the best circumstances, are full of challenges. When you or your child is struggling, it makes each of those challenges even more difficult. Dr. Jennifer Koch specializes in helping adults and children navigate these difficult times whether they are brought on by life stressors, grief, behavior patterns, or illness. She works with individuals and their families to evaluate their circumstances, to provide personalized recommendations, and to address their concerns so that they may return to a more comfortable, peaceful way of life.
Growing up and parenting, even under the best circumstances, are full of challenges. When you or your child is struggling, it makes each of those challenges even more difficult. Dr. Jennifer Koch specializes in helping adults and children navigate these difficult times whether they are brought on by life stressors, grief, behavior patterns, or illness. She works with individuals and their families to evaluate their circumstances, to provide personalized recommendations, and to address their concerns so that they may return to a more comfortable, peaceful way of life.
(339) 777-6015 View (339) 777-6015
Photo of Kyle B Sargent, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Kyle B Sargent
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Braintree, MA 02184
Kyle B Sargent is a Psychiatric Physician Assistant. He graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences specializing in Psychiatric Health as well as Acute Care. Kyle joined our team in hopes of connecting with patients to create a solid and trusting relationship in order to provide appropriate patient-centered care. He has worked in Urgent Cares across the South Shore, but his main passion is mental health where he aims to serve and provide care to his community in areas that need it the most.
Kyle B Sargent is a Psychiatric Physician Assistant. He graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences specializing in Psychiatric Health as well as Acute Care. Kyle joined our team in hopes of connecting with patients to create a solid and trusting relationship in order to provide appropriate patient-centered care. He has worked in Urgent Cares across the South Shore, but his main passion is mental health where he aims to serve and provide care to his community in areas that need it the most.
(857) 420-6947 View (857) 420-6947
Photo of Wendy Reiser, DO, Psychiatrist
Wendy Reiser
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cambridge, MA 02139  (Online Only)
Dr. Reiser (she/her) is a Staff Psychiatrist at Kendall Psychological Associates, where she works with adults of all ages and backgrounds. Her areas of interest include: Depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, college mental health, and those facing challenges with acculturation. Dr. Reiser incorporates a combination of therapeutic modalities when providing psychopharmacological treatment including acceptance, mindfulness and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Dr. Reiser (she/her) is a Staff Psychiatrist at Kendall Psychological Associates, where she works with adults of all ages and backgrounds. Her areas of interest include: Depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, college mental health, and those facing challenges with acculturation. Dr. Reiser incorporates a combination of therapeutic modalities when providing psychopharmacological treatment including acceptance, mindfulness and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
(617) 915-3367 View (617) 915-3367
Photo of Aminat Mohammed - Tanima Health Inc , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tanima Health Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02135  (Online Only)
Tanima Health supports your mental health wellness. Our PMHNPs provide psychopharmacological treatment, offer an ease of service and secure access from the comfort of your home. We currently accept insurance and offer affordable out- of-pocket pricing.
Tanima Health supports your mental health wellness. Our PMHNPs provide psychopharmacological treatment, offer an ease of service and secure access from the comfort of your home. We currently accept insurance and offer affordable out- of-pocket pricing.
(857) 575-4969 View (857) 575-4969
Photo of Rachel Grace Folger, MEd, MSN, CAGS, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rachel Grace Folger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MEd, MSN, CAGS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Bedford, MA 02745
I welcome anyone aged 5 - 40 years old, and those who identify within the LGBTQ spectrum, who seek a provider with no preconceptions about gender or sexual identity, or someone who prefers a provider that is open-minded, empathetic, and nonjudgmental. If you wish to refer your child or a patient that you care for, please use the referral form on my practice website.
I welcome anyone aged 5 - 40 years old, and those who identify within the LGBTQ spectrum, who seek a provider with no preconceptions about gender or sexual identity, or someone who prefers a provider that is open-minded, empathetic, and nonjudgmental. If you wish to refer your child or a patient that you care for, please use the referral form on my practice website.
(508) 500-6411 View (508) 500-6411
Photo of Donna Marie Feeney, MSN, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Donna Marie Feeney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
East Wareham, MA 02538  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients within 1-2 weeks. Welcome. I am a mental health and psychiatric nurse practitioner with about 15 years experience dealing with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I focus on the entire patient, not just the diagnosis. I am a Nurse Practitioner who provides a full range of psychiatric services including psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, medication review and management, and supportive psychotherapy. Services are available for adults.
Accepting new patients within 1-2 weeks. Welcome. I am a mental health and psychiatric nurse practitioner with about 15 years experience dealing with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I focus on the entire patient, not just the diagnosis. I am a Nurse Practitioner who provides a full range of psychiatric services including psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, medication review and management, and supportive psychotherapy. Services are available for adults.
(774) 208-0874 View (774) 208-0874
Photo of Margaret Oloyede, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Margaret Oloyede
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cambridge, MA 02139  (Online Only)
Margaret Oloyede is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner with 8 years of experience treating adults who are struggling to cope with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and eating disorders.
Margaret Oloyede is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner with 8 years of experience treating adults who are struggling to cope with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and eating disorders.
(339) 329-8812 View (339) 329-8812
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Global Behavioral Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02451
Samson Osebor, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, prioritizes holistic healing and individualized care. With over 15 years of healthcare experience, he empowers patients by integrating education, advocacy, and precise medication management. Specializing in various psychiatric disorders, Samson Osebor fosters resilience and guides patients towards sustainable recovery. His compassionate approach creates a safe space for patients to address mental health challenges openly and confidently.
Samson Osebor, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, prioritizes holistic healing and individualized care. With over 15 years of healthcare experience, he empowers patients by integrating education, advocacy, and precise medication management. Specializing in various psychiatric disorders, Samson Osebor fosters resilience and guides patients towards sustainable recovery. His compassionate approach creates a safe space for patients to address mental health challenges openly and confidently.
(781) 785-8164 View (781) 785-8164

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Number of Psychiatrists in Rockport, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Rockport, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Grief
100% Spirituality
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Self Esteem

Gender breakdown

100% Female

How Psychiatrists in Rockport, MA see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rockport?

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.