Psychiatrists in Waltham, MA

Photo of Dr. Nuzhat Farooqui, MD, PhD, Psychiatrist
Dr. Nuzhat Farooqui
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02453
Graduated from the Gandhi Medical College located at Musheerabad, Secunderabad, India in 1980, specialized in Psychiatry with 40 years of practice. Residency at West Ros Park Mental Health Center. Was a participant in the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System, Medicare Maintenance of Certification Program,Medicare Electronic Health Record,Medicare Electronic Prescribing.
Graduated from the Gandhi Medical College located at Musheerabad, Secunderabad, India in 1980, specialized in Psychiatry with 40 years of practice. Residency at West Ros Park Mental Health Center. Was a participant in the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System, Medicare Maintenance of Certification Program,Medicare Electronic Health Record,Medicare Electronic Prescribing.
(774) 228-7563 View (774) 228-7563
Photo of Lanika Whyte, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lanika Whyte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02451  (Online Only)
Have you found yourself in a rut and wish to get back to the way things used to be? Or have you discovered the way you've been doing things just aren't working anymore? Hi, I'm Lanika a nurse practitioner and I invite you to meet with me and let me know what's going on. Kick back and get comfortable and together we can create a path to help you meet your goals. Life is full of ups and downs, which can lead to the need for medication management. I know it sounds like a lot but you're in good hands.
Have you found yourself in a rut and wish to get back to the way things used to be? Or have you discovered the way you've been doing things just aren't working anymore? Hi, I'm Lanika a nurse practitioner and I invite you to meet with me and let me know what's going on. Kick back and get comfortable and together we can create a path to help you meet your goals. Life is full of ups and downs, which can lead to the need for medication management. I know it sounds like a lot but you're in good hands.
(617) 841-3156 View (617) 841-3156
Photo of Penninah Alweny, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Penninah Alweny
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02452  (Online Only)
HydroHeal is a cutting-edge psychiatric practice that offers advanced and integrative psychiatric solutions. Our team is spearheaded by Pearl Alweny, a board-certified psychiatric mental health practitioner. She has been mentored by renowned leaders in the field of psychiatry in the United States, ensuring the highest standards of care. With licensure to treat individuals of all ages, Pearl incorporates psychotherapy and evidence-based treatments into her practice. Board certification is a rigorous process that evaluates and continually reassesses a practitioner's competence, particularly vital in a specialized field like psychiatry
HydroHeal is a cutting-edge psychiatric practice that offers advanced and integrative psychiatric solutions. Our team is spearheaded by Pearl Alweny, a board-certified psychiatric mental health practitioner. She has been mentored by renowned leaders in the field of psychiatry in the United States, ensuring the highest standards of care. With licensure to treat individuals of all ages, Pearl incorporates psychotherapy and evidence-based treatments into her practice. Board certification is a rigorous process that evaluates and continually reassesses a practitioner's competence, particularly vital in a specialized field like psychiatry
(857) 316-8020 View (857) 316-8020
Photo of Eleftheria Tsavoussis, PCNS, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Eleftheria Tsavoussis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PCNS
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02451
Eleftheria Tsavoussis is a seasoned Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of experience across multiple healthcare settings. She is the founder and CEO of Waltham Behavioral Health, LLC, a thriving private practice employing experienced, compassionate mental-health providers with diverse areas of expertise. Ms. Tsavoussis is a member of the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and serves on the Massachusetts Action Coalition working to remove restrictions that limit patients' access to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare across a variety of specialties.
Eleftheria Tsavoussis is a seasoned Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of experience across multiple healthcare settings. She is the founder and CEO of Waltham Behavioral Health, LLC, a thriving private practice employing experienced, compassionate mental-health providers with diverse areas of expertise. Ms. Tsavoussis is a member of the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and serves on the Massachusetts Action Coalition working to remove restrictions that limit patients' access to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare across a variety of specialties.
(781) 679-5379 View (781) 679-5379
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Sangeeta Banerjee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02451
Dr. Banerjee provides psychiatric and psychopharmacological (medical) assessment and treatment for adults. Her areas of interest include various mood disorders,anxiety disorders,women's mental health issues. Education & Certifications Dr.Banerjee completed her medical education at RGKar Medical college( Calcutta University),India. She completed her psychiatry residency from St.Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston. Dr.Banerjee is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Banerjee provides psychiatric and psychopharmacological (medical) assessment and treatment for adults. Her areas of interest include various mood disorders,anxiety disorders,women's mental health issues. Education & Certifications Dr.Banerjee completed her medical education at RGKar Medical college( Calcutta University),India. She completed her psychiatry residency from St.Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston. Dr.Banerjee is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(781) 630-4663 View (781) 630-4663
Photo of Alberta Adu - NewGenn Psychiatry , PMHNP, RN -BSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
NewGenn Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN -BSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waltham, MA 02451
Currently accepting new patients! NewGenn Psychiatry provides in person and tele-psychiatry services to teens and adults in Waltham, Boston, and surrounding cities. Flexible hours are offered to accommodate students and busy professionals. We provide diagnostic assessment and medication management for many psychiatric conditions including but not limited to Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, Anxiety and Depression. Our treatment approach is centered on collaborative, evidence-based care and we work with you and your team to craft an individualized treatment plan.
Currently accepting new patients! NewGenn Psychiatry provides in person and tele-psychiatry services to teens and adults in Waltham, Boston, and surrounding cities. Flexible hours are offered to accommodate students and busy professionals. We provide diagnostic assessment and medication management for many psychiatric conditions including but not limited to Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, ADHD, Anxiety and Depression. Our treatment approach is centered on collaborative, evidence-based care and we work with you and your team to craft an individualized treatment plan.
(781) 430-4381 View (781) 430-4381
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Carolyne Mburu Gerena
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waltham, MA 02451  (Online Only)
Accepting clients in MA! Are you feeling lost, questioning if what you're going through is normal? Do you find yourself struggling with forgetfulness, battling to focus, or easily losing track of your thoughts? Perhaps each morning feels like an uphill climb, lacking the motivation to engage in life, and sometimes tears well up for no apparent reason. The nights become an endless struggle, with sleep eluding you or leaving you restless and drained the next day. Have you endured a traumatic experience that has left you feeling trapped in anxiety and unease? You don't have to carry these burdens alone, not anymore.
Accepting clients in MA! Are you feeling lost, questioning if what you're going through is normal? Do you find yourself struggling with forgetfulness, battling to focus, or easily losing track of your thoughts? Perhaps each morning feels like an uphill climb, lacking the motivation to engage in life, and sometimes tears well up for no apparent reason. The nights become an endless struggle, with sleep eluding you or leaving you restless and drained the next day. Have you endured a traumatic experience that has left you feeling trapped in anxiety and unease? You don't have to carry these burdens alone, not anymore.
(617) 963-0705 View (617) 963-0705
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Stacy Taylor
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02453
Not accepting new clients
In life, all people face periods of challenge and change. These stressful times can have a profound effect on one's ability to function and thrive. In my confidential private practice, I provide psychotherapy and, if indicated, medication treatment to help my patients move through these difficult periods, gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their motivations, patterns and behaviors.
In life, all people face periods of challenge and change. These stressful times can have a profound effect on one's ability to function and thrive. In my confidential private practice, I provide psychotherapy and, if indicated, medication treatment to help my patients move through these difficult periods, gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their motivations, patterns and behaviors.
(508) 859-7622 View (508) 859-7622
Photo of Annet Mugwanya Kabuusu - Global Behavioral Healthcare, MSN, MPH , PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Global Behavioral Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MPH , PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waltham, MA 02451
Global Behavioral Healthcare provides both outpatient and tele-psychiatry mental health services in Waltham and Boston areas. Tele-psychiatry services are provided in the comfort of your home using a computer/ a phone. Currently accepting new patients . Evening and weekend hours are available to those busy during office hours . Global Behavioral Healthcare is the home of Annet Kabuusu, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training and experience across the lifespan in hospitals, emergency room and outpatient settings
Global Behavioral Healthcare provides both outpatient and tele-psychiatry mental health services in Waltham and Boston areas. Tele-psychiatry services are provided in the comfort of your home using a computer/ a phone. Currently accepting new patients . Evening and weekend hours are available to those busy during office hours . Global Behavioral Healthcare is the home of Annet Kabuusu, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training and experience across the lifespan in hospitals, emergency room and outpatient settings
(781) 386-4863 View (781) 386-4863
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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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Nataliya Rozenvayn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02453
Nataliya is a practicing clinician at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates, treating patients of all ages with a variety of mental health diagnoses. She moved to the US from Ukraine in 1991, with a degree in physics from the University of Tartu, Estonia. Nataliya received her Bachelor of Art in Biology from Wellesley College and studied platelet signaling at Beth Israel Hospital. She later entered a field of drug discovery as a platelet biologist and immunologist and worked at Biogen IDEC and Merk. Then, she graduated from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program.
Nataliya is a practicing clinician at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates, treating patients of all ages with a variety of mental health diagnoses. She moved to the US from Ukraine in 1991, with a degree in physics from the University of Tartu, Estonia. Nataliya received her Bachelor of Art in Biology from Wellesley College and studied platelet signaling at Beth Israel Hospital. She later entered a field of drug discovery as a platelet biologist and immunologist and worked at Biogen IDEC and Merk. Then, she graduated from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program.
(508) 979-5557 View (508) 979-5557
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Simon M. Selwyn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waltham, MA 02452
I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and medication management of a wide range of mental health issues. Your unique goals and needs are at the forefront of my practice. Kindness, compassion, empathy, and a non-judgmental attitude are the cornerstones of who I am, both professionally and personally. I offer a safe space to work collaboratively and guide you to a more balanced place, towards your particular goals. I look forward to supporting you through difficult periods of your life and empowering you to take back your mental health. My web site: www.belmontpsychiatricservices.com.
I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and medication management of a wide range of mental health issues. Your unique goals and needs are at the forefront of my practice. Kindness, compassion, empathy, and a non-judgmental attitude are the cornerstones of who I am, both professionally and personally. I offer a safe space to work collaboratively and guide you to a more balanced place, towards your particular goals. I look forward to supporting you through difficult periods of your life and empowering you to take back your mental health. My web site: www.belmontpsychiatricservices.com.
(617) 356-0837 View (617) 356-0837
Photo of Joseph Allaire, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Joseph Allaire
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02453
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with multiple years of experience working in Psychiatric and Critical Care Nursing. I have experience treating various Psychiatric disorders and enjoy working with people in all life stages.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with multiple years of experience working in Psychiatric and Critical Care Nursing. I have experience treating various Psychiatric disorders and enjoy working with people in all life stages.
(617) 433-5898 View (617) 433-5898
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Nadine Collier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02451  (Online Only)
The decision to seek help for a mental health issue does not always come naturally. Many people endure needless suffering for months or years even, rather than seek help. The reasons why vary. Some are skeptical about the effectiveness of mental health therapy or concerned about the need for medication. Whatever the reason for not seeking help, it is absolutely crucial that you give yourself a break. Remaining in denial, making excuses, or judging yourself harshly probably isn’t the way you would handle a physical health problem.
The decision to seek help for a mental health issue does not always come naturally. Many people endure needless suffering for months or years even, rather than seek help. The reasons why vary. Some are skeptical about the effectiveness of mental health therapy or concerned about the need for medication. Whatever the reason for not seeking help, it is absolutely crucial that you give yourself a break. Remaining in denial, making excuses, or judging yourself harshly probably isn’t the way you would handle a physical health problem.
(617) 616-8828 View (617) 616-8828
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Carol Smith
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02453
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.
(617) 855-1437 View (617) 855-1437
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02453
Harmony Bay is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(617) 712-2798 View (617) 712-2798
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Jamie Simoneau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHCNS, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02452
Please note: visiting our website (https://middlesexpsych.com/new-patient/) and filling out the 2 forms is the fastest way to inquire about setting up an appointment. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience in providing psychopharmacological medication treatment to adults for conditions including: Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, and PTSD.
Please note: visiting our website (https://middlesexpsych.com/new-patient/) and filling out the 2 forms is the fastest way to inquire about setting up an appointment. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience in providing psychopharmacological medication treatment to adults for conditions including: Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Panic Attacks, and PTSD.
(508) 507-2497 View (508) 507-2497
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02453
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.
(617) 751-6080 View (617) 751-6080
Photo of Liza Hunter, ANP-BC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Liza Hunter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02453
I want to work with clients who are active partners rather than recipients. I view providing care as a partnership. My ideal patient is seeking care because they want to feel better and improve their life. An ideal patient makes their needs and goals known as we work together. I admire my patients who have an open mind to suggestions for interventions that may improve how they feel. I believe this flexibility can open up new possibilities for well-being.
I want to work with clients who are active partners rather than recipients. I view providing care as a partnership. My ideal patient is seeking care because they want to feel better and improve their life. An ideal patient makes their needs and goals known as we work together. I admire my patients who have an open mind to suggestions for interventions that may improve how they feel. I believe this flexibility can open up new possibilities for well-being.
(617) 405-3308 View (617) 405-3308
Photo of Emily Coyle, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Emily Coyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02453
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.
(617) 917-2521 View (617) 917-2521
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Waltham, MA

30+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Waltham, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
83% Trauma and PTSD
80% Bipolar Disorder
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% ADHD
70% Medication Management

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% BlueCross and BlueShield
87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
83% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Waltham, MA see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Waltham?

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.